Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Finding Joy

Being a wife and a mother is work. All good relationships require some effort. And when the relationship is with a tiny, needy person(s) with no emotional maturity or sense of self and who is solely dependent on you for life... well it can get a bit draining. (I meant the kids not the husband. Zing.)
I used to think I was so laid back and patient. Heh. Let's just say God tested that theory with my first darling boy. FAIL!
I have been realizing more and more that I need to "recharge" by spending time with God. When I make the time to pray and read my Bible, even for a short period of time, my day is drastically different. No this is not a major revelation, but rather one of those "easier said than done" things.
My kids still do crap like this:

and a lot of this:
But my ability to "deal" is exponentially better. I think this can be true in any circumstance in life. When things suck, bring it to the Lord.
There is an old Hymn that has been stuck in my head lately that says it much more eloquently than I can.

The first verse goes like this:

What a friend we have in Jesus,
All our sins and griefs to bear!

What a privilege to carry
Everything to God in prayer!

Oh, what peace we often forfeit,
Oh, what needless pain we bear,
All because we do not carry
Everything to God in prayer!
My specific prayer has been for JOY and that I would truly enjoy this season of my life. And you know, what? It's working.

Monday, July 19, 2010

Party Time!

Hello internets. I did something very klutzy last week and sprained my foot/ankle. I've been making use of my hours on the couch watch the entire season of Pushing Daisies. (Why did it get cancelled? It's so much more original and interesting than so many other shows.)

I've also been doing some party planning! Oh how I love a good theme party. Before mommyhood I had visions of Martha-esque kid's parties complete with technicolor cakes and pinatas full of trinkets. Now I know the dangers of food dye and the true cost of cheap plastic toys. It kinda makes me a party pooper sometimes. I am determined to overcome this and get a little creative if needed.

Party 1: DS#1's Fourth Bday Party!
Theme: Electricity/Robots
We are just doing a small family shin-dig at my in laws, but I still wanted to make it special for him. The boy is completely obsessed with all things electrical. However, light bulbs aren't exactly a popular party theme. He (and I) like robot motifs as well so I'm going to make it an electric/robot theme. Evite.com had some great robot choices. Will have to shop around for plates and such. (Any ideas?) I think it would be funny to come up with some silly names for the foods. I will be freezer paper stenciling him a 4 shirt.

Lightbulb Cake, Lightbulb Cupcakes

Party 2: Baby's First Birthday (aka "How is my little baby turning one already?")
Theme: Manly/Mustache
I call him little-old-man-face and little-dude and little-man due to his serious, yet sweet, demeanor. I love all the mustache stuff I've been seeing around the blogs and lookie! Evite even has a Manly Mustache invite. I don't want to give away all my plans, but chocolate mustaches? How can I not make those? I'd like to do a bigger party since it is his first, but will have to crunch some numbers and see what I come up with.
Inspiration: The Mr. Man Party, Bronson's Manly Bash, Fenn's Little Man Party

I also am in the midst of a bigger production still, a baby shower for a certain BFF. However I shall keep all those plans under wraps for now.

I love this crap! teehee If only I had unlimited funds for this area of my life.

Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Feelin' Hot Hot HOT!

I feel like we skipped the spring. It is so HOT!

My AC was like the little engine that could last week. It was trying, but only keeping our house in the 80's. Refreshing.

My oldest did his first Vacation Bible School this month. He had fun and (on the couple days I didn't help out) I had an actual break. Weird, but nice. I have him in another VBS program for last week and this week.

I am itching to get in the kitchen for some bagel baking, but the weather is not conducive. I did try cooking pizza on the grill. Will post more about that later.

I have started The House That Cleans Itself program. I think it makes complete sense, but am a little overwhelmed at all the work that I need to do. I will press on though. I need to get back on the house horse and get the housework under control again.

On a more personal level, I have been seeking and finding joy in my day to day. Sounds simple, but it's not always easy to enjoy the mundane. I've been thinking about writing about that but I always wonder what is too personal to share, you know?

Add in "beach time" and that's my summer in a nutshell thus far.