Sunday, November 27, 2011

Blogged myself into a corner

First, thanks Cate for noticing my absence.

When you tell everyone in your real-life world about your blog, you shouldn’t be surprised that there comes a day when it’s hard to blog about what’s happening in life and still keep things socially kosher.  Hmmmmm. Lesson learned.

Things are ok, don’t worry. And none of you IRLs should be paranoid. Just a lot going on in my head… wonderings, musings, thinking, and pondering.  Stuff that needs to be hashed out.  But not here.

When I get time to get back to documenting some of this crazy life that’s flying by, I’ll let ya know.

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

“Belittled.” Well timed.

I have been having internal battles a little bit. But feeling rotten about feeling rotten about “unworthy” things in the midst of the more important pain of those around me.

Then today, right in my inbox, there’s this…. Belittled. Take a moment and read it. Please.  Then can you do me a favor and tell me if you can relate? Did this hit home with you too?

My favorite part…

The grace of God and of friends in the valley is needed. Counting stars during the long, dark night of our soul is more comforting with others beside us. The first ray of light often is glimpsed by them anyhow. If you are longing for a close companion, pray for one. Perhaps joining a small group, calling an acquaintance for coffee, or helping a neighbor will be the beginning of a beautiful friendship. (emphasis mine)

No matter what other voices have said, your pain is valid.

Would love to hear your thoughts on this article… It encourages me.

And if you’d like to get that kind of good stuff every day, here’s what you need. I’m looking forward to what comes next…

Proverbs 31: Encouragement for Today

Saturday, November 5, 2011

Braska's first

Tomorrow my daughter will attend her first memorial service for a friend. It is so wrong that , before her 5th birthday, she will know what it is like, in her limited understanding, to be a part of a celebration of a life that is no more on this earth.

Tonight before bed we prayed, as we always do, for friends and family, for our sweet friends who need mommies and daddies, and as we have for 8 days now, we prayed for Maddy's mommy and her brothers. I know the girls don't understand fully, but we have talked about how sad Maddy's mommy is that she can't hold her anymore. And they understand sadness. It is just no fun that this is part of their childhood. But that is life here and now.

I'm thankful that we have more than this life to bank on. We are just passing thru, as the old song says.

Please be in prayer for Madison's family and friends tomorrow, specifically at 1 pm when her service will begin.

Thursday, November 3, 2011

Parenting. The strange moments.

I just ordered this.

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And I’m excited about it!!

Then it hit me, that I’m excited about a DVD and CD about using the bathroom.  I mean, it makes total sense for my current station of life, but wow…  I still sometimes get a little taken aback by the things that can bring a thrill in this house these days.

But hey, it goes both ways.  There’s nothing like the two little girls clapping and cheering for me outside (or sometimes inside) the bathroom when they hear the telltale tinkle.  “Good job, Mommy!”  Or Braska’s crack-up line… “That’s a great potty Mommy! Give me five!”

Life is sure funny sometimes.