Wednesday, February 27, 2013

My So-Caled Life as a Proverbs 31 Wife

My So-Called Life as a Proverbs 31 Wife
By Sara Horn

My So-Called Life as a Proverbs 31 Wife: A One-Year Experiment...and Its Surprising Results

My friend gave me this book some time ago and she had just finished reading it and suggested it as a light hearted easy read.  It has taken me WAY LONGER than anticipated to get through this light hearted easy read but I am finally finished.  It was a nice little read.  Reads much like a blog where a lady blogs about her experiences for an entire year of trying to be more like the Proverbs 31 wife.  Short, topical chapters with very little scripture thrown in.  The text is funny though and hooks you in so you WANT to know the results of the experiments.  It's also encouraging to see someone else fail (what, you aren't encouraged every now and then to see that someone else burns their cooking because they were trying to do too many things at once?) now and then trying to be the best wife possible.  Let's you know you are not alone in this journey.

I did toward the end of this book read the exact challenge I needed for my life today though.  The challenge my best friend has been trying to gently get across to me was hit home through this paragraph.

"Do we have a responsibility as moms and wives to our families?  Of course.  But our first responsibility is to God.  And I don't think we can say, "We just need to balance."  Because saying we need to balance implies making things equal.  And God is not equal with anything.  Or anyone.  God comes first.  Period.  And by placing him first, the rest comes together.  So all these ambitions I had . . . all of them are nice, but none of them are as important as what I do to honor God." 

Gut check for me right there.  If my day is too full for God then my day is too full.  If God isn't my first thought of the day then my thoughts need rearranging.  Balance isn't the answer . . . priorities are. 

My friend pegged it right a light hearted easy read.  Can't recommend it for a devotion book or a book that will challenge you spiritually a whole lot but it does contain little nuggets like I got from the one above that can challenge you in the long run.  Half a thumbs up for this one!

Friday, February 15, 2013

Happy Valentines Day

Well, we didn't get all the things done I had envisioned doing for Valentines day.  Pinterest fills my head with big ideas and I LOVE doing things to make holidays special for my family, especially valentines day since it is one of my favorites.   However, with the addition of a two year old in training (training to obey, training to eat properly, training to have manners, training not to run away from me in a public place . . . ) and a 3 month old to our family I had to do less this year than I wanted.  Hopefully it was special just the same and I know we enjoyed our time together as a family.

Thanks to Marisa for watching the kiddos so Tim and I could have a quiet dinner out!  Thanks to Mom for watching the little kiddos so that I could go to Andrew's class party with him.  Thanks to my hubby for the beautiful flowers and thanks to my secret prayer pal for the balloon that has kept all three kids occupied!  :-) 

We made some huge heart cookies for Andrew's teachers and ourselves.  Little Lady and Andrew decorated their own cookies and ate them almost as quickly.  Little Lady was COVERED in red icing!  No white covering for the cookies this year . . . red piped icing and sprinkles was all I was willing to do but I don't think they missed it!  My mom used to let us decorate our own little cakes each year for Valentines day.  A tradition that I really enjoyed as a kid.  Not willing to do cakes yet but thought these huge cookies would be just as nice.  Wish I had a picture of Andrew rolling and cutting the dough . . . he worked very hard on this project.

Then heart shaped pizza's for dinner which Andrew also helped with!  He put on all the pepperoni!

Overall, a wonderful day/week with my Valentines.  Time spent doing things together is the best gift a girl could ask for and we got lots of it this week!

Thursday, February 7, 2013

The Beginning of a new phase

The beginning of a new phase in this foster parenting journey.  Little lady (2 1/2) and Baby G
(3 months) have tripled the number of children in our home with 2 hours warning.  To say it's been overwhelming is an understatement.  I'll write more on that another day when my thoughts are more clear and I have more time. For today I just wanted to leave you with some pictures of the last couple weeks.  The pink gloves give away where Little Lady is . . . wearing Andrew's old snowsuit.

Little Lady absolutely LOVES to color!  Pretty good about not getting it on the floor or walls too thankfully!

When we come in from the snow we don't have hot chocolate . . . we have snow cones with real snow!!  Andrew and my nephew Daniel enjoying theirs .  .  . the girls loved theirs too but no photos of that . . . sorry.