September 1, 2008 at 3:18 pm (Parenting)

Labor Day Fun!

How long were your labors?

1.  6 hours, 50 minutes of pushing.

2.  6 hours, 10 minutes of pushing.

3.  6 hours, 2 pushes.

4&5 Almost 2 years.

How did you know you were in labor?

1, 2, 3:  When the labor inducing drugs kicked in and I wanted to die.

4&5:  When I was devastated over the possibility of having to call off the adoption over not having fully immunized children.

Where did you deliver?

1, 2:  In the labor and delivery room.

3: In the operating room.

4&5: In a court room in Wroclaw, Poland.


1, 2:  Oh yes, epidural dripping nicely.

3:  Oh yes, epidural flipped wide open, flooding my system.

4&5:  Chocolate, and lot of it.


1, 2: No.

3:  Almost.  After Rose’s heart rate crashed to 7bpm that’s where we were headed, but I pushed her out faster than the OB could cut her out.  Whew!

4&5:  No, although I felt like I had been cut open a few times during the process.

Who delivered?

1, 2, 3: Dr Wonderful.

4&5:  The hand of God via the hearts of my husband and I.

Interested in more?


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Small Victories!

August 26, 2008 at 6:00 pm (Parenting)

Rose, Han Solo, and Anakin are outside playing football.  You have to be tough for this here.  The children are playing in a rock landscaped back yard (hot) fenced by slump block (hot) and it’s 90 degrees out at 6:00pm (hot) and is 49% humidity (hot).  And yet they are out there playing and having a great time.


As I sat marveling at this I watched Anakin run straight into Han Solo’s face.  Expressions changed and I froze to watch what was to become of this.  (OK, really I wanted to see if Han Solo was going to throw a right jab or left.)


Then the clouds parted.


After Han Solo recounted what happened, Anakin said,


“I’m sorry, will you please forgive me?”


He then promptly received a nod/bear hug combination from Han Solo and they continued as they were.


Desert Monsoon Heat – GROSS


Cardinals Football that has Been to Poland and Back – OVERPRICED


Boys who Seek and Offer Forgiveness Without Being Reminded  – PRICELESS!

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Free Give Away!

June 27, 2008 at 7:58 am (Parenting)

Have you heard of the wonderful DVD set, “Reclaiming the Culture”?  Wouldn’t it be fun to try to win a free set?  Head over to Families Against Feminism and leave a comment answering the question: As a Mom (or a Dad, if you are one!), where do you most need encouragement/help?  Be quick, the deadline is tonight at midnight!

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New Mercies

May 2, 2008 at 6:20 pm (Parenting)

Mr. Perfect has been travelling for business since Wednesday morning.


Why do the boys always save their biggest ongoing stunts when he leaves?


It had been one of those 48-hour-long ‘days’, and I was pretty sure that by the time Mr. Perfect got home that I was going to be completely over the edge, or attic-bound with rope in hand.  One of the boys was doing his best to ensure that I would be donning a straight-jacket in the very near future.


And the killer is, it’s not his fault.  I’m not excusing the sin, but I do have to look at it through a different perspective.  He’s missing a few years of cognitive input and this is just what he does.  Sometimes more often than others.



Anyway, Wednesday had been a particularly trying day, starting bad and getting progressively worse.  Then on Thursday I had the pleasure of spending the day with a dear friend and her children.  I spent 15 minutes that afternoon unloading in frustration and asking for sound advice for my concerns of “What if he grows up to be a sociopath???”  She reminded me of something very important.


He’s tender hearted and deeply appreciates beauty.


He cries at classical ice skating performances and at baptisms at church.  He loves like no one’s business and offers unbelievably big hugs from his skinny little arms.  His heart is bigger than any other I’ve seen, save for Mr. Perfect himself.


Point taken.


So this morning I woke up and was reviewing notes from this past Sunday’s service.  I had jotted down the address to James 1:5:


If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not, and it shall be given him.


I read on through James 1:6:


But let him ask in faith, nothing wavering.  For he that wavereth is like a wave of the sea driven with the wind and tossed.


Back to my notes from church.  Next jotted down was Deuteronomy 29:29:


The secret things belong unto the Lord our God: but those things which are revealed belong unto us and to our children forever; that we may do all the words of this law.


OK.  I need wisdom to get this little boy raised to the glory of God, THAT’S for SURE!  I can’t waver, or it’s not going to do anyone any good.  Whatever the Lord reveals to me is done so that I can carry out His law.


Got it.


Then my heart was taken to Deuteronomy 6:7:


And thou shalt teach them diligently unto thy children, and shalt talk of them when thou sittest in thine house, and when thou walkest by the way, and when thou liest down, and when thou risest up.


He’s told me where to go for guidance, how to ask, why to do so, and then what to do.


New mercies every day, to be sure.

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