Monday, July 18, 2011

If Kindergarteners could teach us...

 Does anyone remember this? I remember reading this several different times in my life but somehow not absorbing the truth to this "poem." For some of us, kindergarten seems a lifetime away, but I will never forget the things I learned in that classroom with miniature chairs and tables, roll out mats for nap time, a teacher who was next to perfect in my world, and the only concern was when recess was! 

All I really need to know about how to live and what to do and how to be I
learned in kindergarten. Wisdom was not at the top of the graduate school
mountain, but there in the sandpile at Sunday School. These are the things
I learned:

Share everything.
Play fair.
Don't hit people.
Put things back where you found them.
Clean up your own mess.
Don't take things that aren't yours.
Say you're sorry when you hurt somebody.
Wash your hands before you eat.
Warm cookies and cold milk are good for you.
Live a balanced life--learn some and think some and draw and paint and sing
and dance and play and work every day some.
Take a nap every afternoon.
When you go out into the world, watch out for traffic, hold hands, and
stick together.
Be aware of wonder. Remember the little seed in the Styrofoam cup: The
roots go down and the plant goes up and nobody really knows how or why, but
we are all like that.
Goldfish and hamsters and white mice and even the little seed in the
Styrofoam cup--they all die. So do we.
And then remember the Dick-and-Jane books and the first word you
learned--the biggest word of all--LOOK.

Everything you need to know is in there somewhere. The Golden Rule and love
and basic sanitation. Ecology and politics and equality and sane living.

Take any one of those items and extrapolate it into sophisticated adult
terms and apply it to your family life or your work or your government or
your world and it holds true and clear and firm. Think what a better world
it would be if we all--the whole world--had cookies and milk about three
o'clock every afternoon and then lay down with our blankies for a nap. Or
if all governments had as a basic policy to always put things back where
they found them and to clean up their own mess.

And it is still true, no matter how old you are-- when you go out into the
world, it is best to hold hands and stick together.

--Robert Fulghum

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Vacation is over :(

My mom, my kids and I just recently took a trip to Arizona to see family and friends. We left Oregon on June 15th, arrived in Reno, Nv. that night only to discover the reservations I made a month and a half prior, were not in their system! But all was well, they had an available room and I actually got it cheaper! We stayed the night, got up very early and drove to Phoenix, Az. I must say here, we were slightly naive when it came to knowing how long it would take to get to Phoenix. We made several stops along the way especially since my two girls seem to have the tiniest bladders in the world universe! Las Vegas was one of the stops, and we decided to go ahead and eat dinner there. We stayed on the outskirts of the town fearing a trek downtown to the strip would evoke a few questions from my kids. Alas, we finally made it to Phoenix about 10 pm (after 16 hours on the road, by the way I have four children). We spent the next six days with family and we had an awesome time. My kids keep asking when we will be going back, I just tell them in the winter!
After leaving Phoenix, and kissing my sweet Grandpa goodbye (hardest part of the trip), we drove to Prescott, Az. Oh I forgot to mention, while in Phoenix, we took a day trip to Yuma, Az. where we have family and my mom used to live. It was so nice to see family and I even got to see one of the churches my great-grandmother, Oma Ellis, pioneered! So back to Prescott, we spent the night there (also another place my great-grandma had a church) and left early the next morning for Winslow, Az. Along the way, we stopped at a place called Montezuma Castle, very cool! We arrived in Winslow around 2 or 3, to see and spend a few days with our dear friends the Boldings. And what a time we had! My kids did not want to leave! It was so nice to be with friends. While we were there we went to the Grand Canyon, the most amazing, breathtaking sight! Pictures do not do it justice! The day we went also happened to be Levi and Myles' 12th and 10th birthday. What an incredible place to spend your birthday, seeing the awesomeness of your Creator!
We left Winslow (and yes I did stand on the corner in Winslow, Az. though you'd only understand if you ever heard the Eagles song "Take it Easy") on Monday morning, headed to Bakersfield to see my totally awesome friend Shandi! We spent the night w/her and her adorable little girl Emilee. My kids adore Shandi because she spoils them, she went the next morning before they were awake and bought them doughnuts! After Bakersfield, we went to Sacramento. First we went to visit family (Aunt Shell, Aunt Paula, Grandma Esther, and cousins) then we went to our home church, The Rock Church. We were so excited to be there with our family and friends. Of course, service was awesome as usual, and preaching was incredible (I could listen to Pastor Young preach all day). Then to top off our trip we spent the next day with Auntie Lou (Aunt Sherry), Stacie, and little time w/ Uncle Les because he was working.(We love and miss our family).The boys went home with Clayton and Sarah, and were spoiled beyond measure! They had so much caffeine surging through their veins, they could hardly stand still! I also squeezed in a visit to my friend, Amy, who I grew up with and have been friends with since second grade. What a great time! We were sad to leave, but ready for our own beds. We arrived home that evening, June 30th, completely wore out but blissfully happy. I believe I even saw little smiles on the faces of my children as they dreamed of their eventful trip.

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Sólo quiero una siesta!

Just a little rest for the weary! Seems like I never get enough sleep! Alas, the life of a full-time mommy...*sigh*

After I was done cleaning downstairs, I headed upstairs to, well, clean. Unfortunately, I sat down on my bed (mistake numero uno!), picked up a cookbook I have been wanting to read and realized I was quite tired! My eyelids were getting heavy and my pillow was drawing closer to my head. At last, I dropped the cookbook to the floor and gave way to the sleepiness that was quickly overtaking me. As my eyes were closing, I glanced at the clock, 3:09..hmmm maybe I can sneak in 30 minutes?? I believe I was even dreaming...then I hear, "MOMMY!" in a high falsetto, sing-song voice! This of course, awakens me out of my slumber, I glance at the clock, 3:14!!! WHAT??? Only five minutes! Well, so much for a nap...

However, if I see this I am as quiet as a mouse....

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Warning!! This post may offend someone!

Before reading this post, please refer to Psalms 119:165. I must preface everything by saying that my kids are not perfect and I am aware of that. However, I am striving to train my children in the way they should go according to my bible. My children have their faults, but that is why I am the parent, to teach them and help them grow.

We mothers are funny creatures! We can look into the face of our snotty nosed, chocolate smeared crumbcruncher, our hearts melt and we desire to give them, not only half of our kingdom, but the whole thing! Often we think doting on them will be helpful, as "we didn't get this, that or the other, when we were children." Sadly, this creates the "give me" attitude and sets our children up for failure in the long run.

Reading in Galatians 5:22-23 regarding the fruits of the spirit, it says: "But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, 23) Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law." If you look in the New International version, just to simplify the words, it says, "But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23) gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law."
Notice the two words forbearance and self-control? Many times we teach our children to be loving and kind yet we miss the other fruits of the Spirit that are just as important. Self-control and forbearance (which essentially is the same thing, restraining oneself).

It is in our nature, as a mother (I can only speak from a mother's perspective) to nurture and care for our children. Loving them with an unchanging love, making sure their every need is met, attending to their hurts and pains, soothing their broken hearts, but is giving them their every WANT, in their best interest? Yes, we want them to be happy, but to what degree? Superficial happiness? Or do we want them to mature into a healthy adult, who is not demanding, who understands life is not always fair and they are okay with that? In teaching our children to apply and emulate the fruits of the Spirit, not only will they lead more successful lives but they will be successful Christians.

Sunday, July 3, 2011

Long live the Blog!!! (Yeah, right!)

Ode to the blog: 

Ode to the blog
Lost and forgotten
Not much is written
Ode to the blog 

Tis time to restore myself to my blog
Are there even any readers? 
Please forgive me for my unfaithfulness
I will try to mend my ways

Well, a lot has changed since my last post! In February, my husband got a job (miracle in itself) and we moved to Portland, Or. I have long loved Portland and never really imagined myself living here but now I am and I love it! I do miss my family and friends back in Sacramento, but now I am even closer, only a day's drive away! I am even closer to my family and friends here in Oregon and above me in Washington! 

We attend the Mallory's church which is located in Newberg (we live in Sherwood, yes it looks like a forest). Levi likes to say it is a mini Rock Church. We love our church family and God is doing a great work. I am just happy to be a part of whatever God is doing!  

 In the days to come, I will strive to keep you updated with pictures and such from our crazy life :)