Monday, January 23, 2012

A few of my favorites

Just for grins, here are a few scenes that make me a happy mama:

A pre-teen who always has something to say

My two crazy chicas playing a shape-memory game

Our little ladies, all ready for church

A sweet kitty who puts up with lots of love

Doggy breath steaming up my door

Silly faces, Little People, and dirty shirts

A little treat

A daddy who rescues fish and sneaks in a science lesson

Thursday, January 5, 2012


I clearly remember in August thinking, "Wow. Things are going so well right now, so smooth. That's not going to last, so I better enjoy it now."

I'm grateful for that respite, because things are piled up now. Jay's mom is having a mastectomy tomorrow, and we're hoping the tumor is small, contained, and not spread to lymph nodes. His grandmother is adjusting to life in the nursing home and recovering from a nasty infection of some sort. And his other grandma is having surgery to place a stint in an artery next Monday. And, Lainie's Trileptol dose doubles tomorrow morning.

But today, today was not tomorrow. And tomorrow's worries can wait for another 15 minutes or so. Today, I took Lainie to school and heard a great report from her teacher, who sees no side effects or behavioral changes from the medication or seizure. Praise God!

The rest of the day was Natalie-Mommy time. We hung out together, all day, just the two of us. We made rice krispie treats, her first time, and a pie. She put on a little apron, used her little oven mitt and mixing spoons, and just had fun. We watched Bubble Guppies together, colored a picture, read a few books, and tried some potty training. No fits, lots of talking, lots of tickling, and lots of giggling from her and smiling from me. I needed that.

And, then, we got the mail and had a card with no return address with a visa cash card for us, signed a friend from our church. Just as we are dropping Jay's truck off for a major mechanical repair.

God always gives us what we need, if we are willing to receive it and sometimes willing to wait for it and always willing to work for it. I truly believe that and I hope you do, too.

But I hope you can believe it without going through hardships to come to that realization.