I haven’t had a chance to blog for awhile. I took a part-time position as Children’s Director at my church. Adding those extra hours to my week has filled my schedule and I haven’t adjusted yet.
I am really enjoying the job. You can visit the children’s ministry blog and see what we are doing.
In other news…
Emily is driving now and has made 2 trips on the interstate. The DC area is not the easiest place to learn to drive but I figure if she can master this, she ought to be able to drive anywhere.
Peanut butter and jelly. Everyday Daniel and Chloe want peanut butter and jelly sandwiches. Jessica doesn’t eat sandwiches so she opts for peanut butter crackers. I try to make cool lunches to tempt them to eat new things but it’s always the same. Everyday I have 3 peanut butter faces to clean after lunch. 🙂
Out with the old, in with the new. My parents are moving to a new house soon so they are giving me their couch and 2 twin beds that won’t fit in the new place. I am so excited! We are giving away one of our old couches…I have never liked that couch! I am so happy to see it go.
We needed the 2 twin beds for the girls. Jessica and Chloe have been sharing a full bed for awhile but Jessica is a definite bed hog and Chloe is getting pushed out too often.
Things are going well. I am still reading through The Message but I have to admit that I’ve not had as much time the past week. I am hoping to get back on track.
I don’t have any big thoughts to share so I will share some random thoughts instead.
Power Struggle. Since Joshua has gone off to public school this year, this is the first time that the 3 little ones and I have been home by ourselves on a regular basis. Jessica (the princess you see in the photo) has always been in charge and Daniel and Chloe pretty much just do as told. Now Daniel, being the oldest child home during the day, is suddenly trying to take his place as “man of the house”. If I go to the bathroom, he announces that he is “in charge” until I return. He also keeps reassuring me that when I am gone someday, he will take care of Jessica and Chloe so I don’t have to worry about it. Jessica still hasn’t figured out what is going on and I think she is saving it all for a big showdown soon.
SpotBot. I am cleaning the nursery rug this week. One of my friends from church let me borrow her Bissell SpotBot to clean all the stains on the carpet (thanks Jessica). Now I am totally addicted to the SpotBot. It is easy to use, works virtually by itself, and does a great job! I can see myself spending many happy hours cleaning all the little spots left on my carpet by my kids, cats, and most of all, my husband. It is definitely going on the top of my Christmas Wish List (Donald…hint, hint).
Allergic. I have developed a couple of irritated spots on my skin. The newest one is on my right eye lid so of course, this meant it is time to visit the doctor. Apparently, this is some type of allergic reaction. I have never been allergic to anything, so now I have to try and figure out which of the 7,000+ things I come in contact with daily is suddenly causing this reaction. I haven’t changed any major prducts lately…cleaners, hair products, etc… so it could be anything. I don’t know how I’ll ever figure it out.
Klutz. I am a klutz…no doubt about it. Today, I broke my beloved 9×13 Pampered Chef stoneware baker. I used it to make baked ziti and asked my kids not to clean it because I always try to be careful with my stoneware…it’s not cheap. So when I went back to clean it, I dropped it in the sink and it broke. As my mother-in-law pointed out to me, this is not the first piece of cookware I have broken. Just off the top of my head…two 9x 13 stoneware bakers, one stoneware round pizza pan, a Crockpot, a blender, a George Foreman, and a griddle (maybe two)…all dropped by me. My mother-in-law said at least she knows what to buy me for birthdays and Christmas. I think I am going to start letting my kids wash my stoneware in the future…probably safer.
Day 13. I am just finishing 1 Samuel 22 of The Message. It certainly is taking longer than I expected but I have loved reading through Judges, Ruth, and 1 Samuel. All the great things happening make for an easy read. I’ve read them all many times before but they never get old.
I am about halfway through Numbers. I thought I would be further along at this point, but I’m not.
Things I have learned reading The Message:
- The Message has attitude! Because it is written in contemporary language, the wording comes across with a lot more emotion than other versions. You are reading along and then come across Abraham saying to God, “Are you serious?” or Abimelech saying to Abraham, “Whatever were you thinking of when you did this thing?” I’ve laughed out loud on several occasions already.
- I shouldn’t have picked a extended holiday weekend to start my reading. With Donald and the kids all home, I didn’t get nearly as much reading time in as I would have liked.
- I can’t read The Message in the same room while my husband is watching football. I know this sounds like a no-brain-er but when I am reading fiction, I have no trouble tuning out the TV while I am reading. Can’t do that with The Message…much more brain power required for the truth!
- I am glad I am not a priest in the time of Leviticus! All that blood…how did they ever keep their beautiful robes clean? Then if that isn’t enough, their other main duties involve checking people with sores and skin irritations to decide if they are infectious or not, and checking mold on cloth and in homes. I’ll have to ask Pastor Steve what he thinks of that for a job description.
- Leviticus and Numbers are tedious no matter what version or paraphrase you read. I am coming close to the end of Numbers and I am looking forward to reading actual events again. Of course, Donald reminded me that I still have Chronicles coming up soon. At least Chronicles has stories mixed throughout all of it.
Despite the slow start and reading the measurements of temple curtains and tables multiple times, I’ve really been enjoying my reading. I hope to have read a lot further next time I update you.