This morning, and really yesterday, too, Joseph's left eye looks icky, so we are home from church together this morning. I put on a Tommy Walker CD to hear one of my favorite songs. TW can be a little too affected for my tastes, but the lyrics of this song are my prayer. It goes like this:
All About Your Glory I wanna make my life all about your glory I wanna spend my days telling the world Your story In everything I do In everything I say Following after You Giving You thanks and praise
I wanna make my life all about Your honor morning, noon, and night my best I want to offer In everything I do In everything I say Following after You Giving You thanks and praise
Make me an instrument Make me a song of praise Make me a shining light that radiates your ways Make me Your masterpiece Lord, put me on display That I may ever be a picture of Your Grace
There's a bit more, but you get the general idea. Maybe my very technically gifted husband can put a link to the song here so you can listen. So, anyway, Joseph and I sang and danced around the living room together, which is quite a workout when you are carrying some extra, ahem... fluffiness. The next song on the cd is 'To God be the Glory', to a different, peppier arrangement. This is a song that the kids and I have sung together quite a bit before school, so Joe has heard it a lot. But this was the first time he's ever sung the actual words, or, more accurately, about every other word. It was so precious to hear this little toddler's voice singing praises to the Lord! I like worshipping with you, buddy. From the lips of children and infants You have ordained praise... Psalm 8:2a
On Monday, the fifteenth, Kevin and I went to the opening of the new Sprint Center in downtown KC (Power and Light District) with our friends Matt and Jessica. It was fun to get to see the new state-of-the-art facility, and who can complain when they feed you, too? We stayed for part of the Miranda Lambert concert, but country music isn't really our thing, so we left early in search of a Starbucks to warm us up. (Mmmmm... Pumpkin Spice Latte is just one of the best drinks ever...) Kevin took a picture of us on his phone, and was surprised when one of his co-workers sent him this picture, off of the Sprint Intranet:
I'm sure most of you have seen the headline about the Maine middle school whose board approved the policy of dispensing birth control to middle-schoolers. If not, here's Fox's story.
I find this kind of thing so upside-down and crazy; such a good example of Man's wisdom vs. God's wisdom. Examples like this show that they (man's wisdom and God's) are often diametrically opposed, not just slightly off-kilter. I found this particular quote to be especially ironic.
"If my daughter were not able to talk with me about something, if she couldn't reach me for whatever reason, to keep her safe and healthy, I would want to make sure she had access to those resources from trusted adults," Verrier said. As if a little pill is what will keep her 'safe and healthy' from heartbreak, emotional scars, and lack of self-respect... not to mention those pesky STDs.
Lord, help us to make a difference in our broken world.
Yes, Lily and I share the same birthday, which is lots of fun. Though she tends to think that all cards that come in the mail should be for her. We had a great day; Lily went on a special breakfast date with Daddy, while I rushed around getting Keely ready for her field trip. We had the best time participating in a 'Living History' field trip at Lanesfield School; the only one-room schoolhouse still standing in our county. Four of Keely's friends rode with us out to the rural school, where we met about 20 other homeschoolers and Moms. The kids were able to learn about and experience what a typical school day was like for children in 1904. The teacher was very strict, and it sure was different for the kids to not be able to ask questions or for the teacher to repeat herself. I think a lot more was expected of children back then, and as our 'teacher' pointed out, the divide between adults and children was much more pronounced back then. The Moms got to do the schoolwork, too; and let's not talk about how I did on the mental math drills... :) Keely thought it was hilarious that I couldn't keep up.
My dear friend JoLynn was here at home with the kids while Keely and I were gone, and they had a great time playing and baking and decorating fall cookies. Our babysitter for the evening arrived after she got out of school, and Kevin and I went to dinner and a play with some friends. It was such a fun day, and the weather was gorgeous. And thankfully I was able to get a nap in the next afternoon... :)
I saw this little girl on Oprah months ago (Kevin will not like for me to admit publicly that I occasionally watch her show; He can't stand her...) and literally had tears in my eyes as I listened to her sing. Opera isn't really my thing, but you can't help but appreciate this little girl's gift.
Ahh... little girls are so much fun. Lily had her party this afternoon, and 6 little girly-girls, plus Rowan, crafted, played games, and transformed themselves into princesses. And I think there was one lion. I am so thankful to have 3 (4) girls. The world of Star Wars, Bionicles, and Legos is somewhat of a mystery to me. (Though I love having boys, too. It's a good way for me to imagine how men must feel about women-things.) Not only did Lily get to socialize with her favorite people, I did, too. Dana and Dawn, two godly and fun friends, hung out and assisted for the duration of the party. We had a great discussion about family size, a topic all of us have struggled with, or continue to struggle with. If you believe that children are a blessing, as God's Word says, is it right to limit the amount of children you have? If so, when? We all agreed that this is such a tough one, that it must be left to individual couples to wrestle with. It seems like it would be so much easier to just have an answer spelled out clearly, and not have to work through all of the questions and doubts. But, I know God has a purpose in the fact that He didn't say more in His Word. Please feel free to leave a comment; I'd love to hear any thoughts or insights on this topic. Now: back to the crumbs, wrapping paper scraps, and dress-up clothes...
Before I begin, I must say that the hardest thing about blogging is coming up with a title for every entry! I am sure that it's good for me to be stretched in some literary sort of way...
Well, it has been a while...Let's see: Last week Kevin's dear Grandmother passed away, and we planned a flying trip to AR for her funeral. My parents were so wonderful about moving their visit up a few days, and were here last Friday by noon so Kevin and I could go to the funeral alone. (We didn't want to drive the very long distance, and plane tickets for everyone was of course not feasible.) So, we left the kids in the blissful presence of Grandma and T-Pa, and we were off. Kevin's Mom got us really inexpensive plane tickets, which was a huge blessing, but unfortunately, we were unable to get on our flight from Atlanta to Shreveport, because we were flying standby. I'll spare you all of the details, but we decided to rent a car and drive all night to be able to make the funeral. It was not a fun experience, and I had to apologize to Kevin for my highly un-encouraging (read: rotten) attitude on the trip, but we know it was the right thing and meaningful to Kevin and his family for us to be there. The service was beautiful, and we enjoyed our short visit with Kevin's Aunts, Uncles, cousins, Mom, and sister and her family. Thankfully we had no trouble getting home on Sunday.
My parents were here til early Wednesday morning, and we really had a great time. The weather was just beautiful, and we had a nice balance of relaxing and doing a few fun things out of the house. We visited the Arabia Steamboat Museum in downtown KC on Monday, and that was very interesting. Tuesday night we had a mini-celebration for Lily's birthday. We sang to her, enjoyed a little cake that Mom picked up for her, and watched her open her gifts from Grandma and T-Pa. She got some adorable horse pajamas, a new outfit, and two stuffed horsies from them. (Need I say what she's interested in right now?) By now I think Mom and Dad are in West Virginia, visiting my Uncle Joe. Hope they're having a terrific and restful vacation.
Tomorrow afternoon we're having Lily's Official Fifth Birthday Party. Five little girls will be coming to play and celebrate with us. Should be lots of fun. I am going to make Lily a horse cake this evening. Keep your fingers crossed for me that it'll resemble a horse and not an armadillo or something...
"I urge, then, first of all, that requests, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for everyone--for kings and those in authority, that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness. This is good, and pleases God our Savior, who wants all men to be saved and to come to a knowledge of the truth. For there is one God and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus, who gave himself as a ransom for all men--the testimony given in its proper time."