Friday, July 31, 2009

Das Not Funny Friday: Axes, Coverups and Twins



So Caleb is back this week and you know that means fun times! Make sure you click on the above link for some more funny stories.

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On the way home from church on Sunday, Caleb noticed some trash on the side of the road and asked how it got there.

Me: Someone threw it out of their car. We call that littering and the people litterbugs.

Caleb: What can we do to stop the litterbugs?

Me: Well, sometimes they are charged lots of money for it.

Caleb: We can attack them with axes, crowbars and sledgehammers. That will stop them next time.

True, that would probably stop them.

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David was talking about some situation and mentioned that the guy involved "just did it to cover his butt." Caleb's ears perked up. "Why did he want to cover his butt daddy? Was he running around naked?"

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Nathan discovered his long lost twin this morning:






They played together for quite awhile and the twin promises to visit another time soon. ;)

Have a fabulous weekend!

Thursday, July 30, 2009

Let the (Learning) Adventure Begin!

I have been working (reading blogs/websites, praying and thinking) on what I would like to do with Caleb this fall for preschool. He is still a year shy of being a true Pre-Ker, but I know we both need a little more structure and that he needs a little more challenge to his day. What I have concluded so far is:

1. We are going to do some type of home-preschool this fall. It will not be strictly structured or curriculum based. While I would love to do something that is curriculum based, all my prayers toward that end are being answered with a "You are not there yet." I am doing my best NOT to get ahead of God on this one (and trust me it is HARD!)

2. I need to have a plan of activities for Caleb to do each week. Activities could be anything from blowing bubbles, playdough, making jello, coloring sheets, lacing, beading, etc. After we get through this next week, I am hoping to sit down and do some master brainstorming lists to depend upon each week. (Suggestions are always welcome!)

3. It will be helpful to have some type of system to hold me accountable to follow through and do these activities. I am intrigued by this workbox system I keep reading about. (Another great reading on it is found here.) I think we will start with 4-6 boxes that I fill with different activities each week (maybe bi-weekly). We would try to do "Box Time" several times during the week. Caleb would pick out which box he wants to work in and would not follow a particular order yet. I feel like I have a lot of supplies I have to get first, but hope this idea will be in place by the end of August.

So that is where I am in my thoughts for this fall's schooling. I am fairly excited and a little bit scared about taking this first (although tiny) step toward homeschooling.

Let the learning adventure begin!

Wednesday, July 29, 2009

WDYDW Motivation

"But in abundance of counselors there is victory."
Proverbs 11:14b


I have known for awhile that I need to be more intentional with Caleb during the day. Days with no plans end up with him following me around the house, asking over and over and over again "What can we do now?" and those days usually end up with me slowly going insane. I know that our days are much better when I have a couple some activities planned.

But I just haven't done it.

So this week's What Do You Do Wednesday question is all about motivation.

What do you do to get/stay motivated about something?

Right now, my motivation is a very bored three year old. While this is quite compelling, it still has not been enough yet.

Also, accountability is a big motivation for me. That is why sharing with you all is so important I guess.

So,
what do you do to get/stay motivated about something?

I am hoping to learn from you guys so please share!

Tuesday, July 28, 2009

When LOVE moves

When LOVE moves
minds open

palms open

hearts grow

When LOVE moves
clothes are washed

food is prepared

needs are met

When LOVE moves
I am humbled

amazed

never the same again

When LOVE moves
lives are changed

individuals are transformed

eternity is impacted



Thank you for allowing LOVE to move through you as you gave to and prayed for the Only Servants Ministry. What a difference 48 hours and LOVE moving can make!


Sunday, July 26, 2009

Challenge

A challenge I am willing to take, that I pass on to you dear friends. I can only imagine what would happen if everyone who reads this takes part in this challenge in some way...

From our pastor/friend's blog:

(Please take time to read this entire blog post.)

I don't know if you have ever organized or been a part of a yard sale, but this week we have been doing just that as a way to raise a little financial support towards our travel to Rwanda. (We are adopting from Rwanda. No, we have not have any breaking news regarding our adoption.)

While preparing for and working through the yard sale I realized how wasteful I am.

  • I sold barely used clothes for less than a $1.
  • I sold shoes that had only been worn once for $2-3.
  • I carried boxes of trinkets, toys and random items to cars of people who were now beginning a collection of items for their own future yard sale.
  • I sold items I bought at a yard sale over 15 years ago.
  • I enjoyed the art of bargaining, making sure to get my extra .50 cents.
Now don't get me wrong, I am grateful for what God put before us today and it was a very productive time. Yet while I am selling my leftovers, my dear friends, Chris & Lindy Thompson, in Nairobi, Africa are washing filthy clothes and handing out used shoes to young men whose addictions have left them seemingly without hope.

As I was cleaning up tonight from our successful yard sale, God laid it upon my to ask each of you to help supply hope to Chris & Lindy as they hand out hope to those in their care in Kenya. So here is the challenge:
  • Email this blog post or information to everyone you know who is involved in or is aware of Chris and Lindy's ministry.
  • Go to Only Servants Ministry blog and read the post, From Rags to Stitches. (This highlights one of several ministries in which Chris and Lindy are involved. You can read more about their other ministries on their blog as well.)
  • Then dig through your change jars, sofa cushions, grocery money or coffee money and use their online giving method to offer some hope to Chris and Lindy's ministry. (Under the Join the Team Ministry.)
  • (Note: If you give through paypal this may or may not be a tax deductible gift. If you want to make sure this is a tax deduction, then you can go mail a payment to Outreach Christian Fellowship, as noted on their site as well. You do not have to have a paypal account to use this feature. You can do as I did and use your debit card.)
  • Then the important step. Send Chris and Lindy an email at chrisandlindyt@gmail.com. Let them know how much you are able to help them out during this time of hope. Send them a note of encouragement as well.
  • On Monday night at 11:00pm I will post the grand total of our 48 hours of giving on this blog.
So, get started, forward a link, let go of $5-10-20, shed some hope on a young ministry and wonderful couple.

(By the way - Chris and Lindy have no idea I am doing this and may not approve of this method, but they will have to get over it. Show some hope.)

Hope starts now!

Friday, July 24, 2009

Getting Snitted Upon

No one likes to get snitted upon. I certainly do not enjoy being on the receiving end of a harsh word, bad attitude or mean action. I do not enjoy it when someone (child or adult) throws a fit or pouts when they do not get their way.

Then why, oh why, is it so easy for me to snit upon others?

Like when I do not get my own way...

Or when someone or something invades my perfectly planned schedule/timing for my life...

Or when my children are misbehaving and I have just had enough.

I have a choice in each of these situations. I can get snappy with my words and sit on the couch, pouting like a two year old (Of course I did not chose to do this just last night.) OR I can remember that important rule Jesus commands us to do as we are to treat others like we want to be treated.

Do I like to be snitted upon? Nope, not one bit.

Should I snit freely upon others? Nope, not one bit.

Instead, I should seek to clothe myself with the compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience and love God has so richly supplied, for that is how I wish others would treat me.

Anything less than this and life is just, well, snitty.

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

WDYDW Organization

"But in abundance of counselors there is victory." Proverbs 11:14b

It is Wednesday again. Time to share your wisdom with the world!

Last Wednesday, I alluded to the fact that I enjoy reading. The word enjoy is truly an understatement. I LOVE to read. I LOVE books. I have stacks of books and full book shelves throughout my house.


I am always on the lookout for more books and this weekend David's mom offered me several new books. Thus, inspired by the need for a place for my new books, I am on an organizational kick this week.

Some books are going away (we had two copies of most of these books.)...


Craft supplies are finding a new home...


And so much more...

So here is your What Do You Do Wednesday question...

What do you do to organize? What is your best tip/organizational secret?

Me? I am not a very organized person and most of my organization involves random stacking. Still, I am excited about my new plastic boxes and hope they will help me with some preschool activities this fall. So what do you do to organize your life?






Monday, July 20, 2009

Monday's Musings

Monday is almost over, but I thought I would share a few musings before the day is through.

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It sure is quiet around here. Caleb is staying with Nana and Papa this week. (They have all kinds of fun planned for him.) It is hard to believe how quiet it is without him. I did not realize till now just HOW talkative my big guy can be.

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My back decided to stay on vacation with Caleb I think. I spent most of the day on the couch after it went out in a spasm of pain/glory this morning. I was blessed that David was able to work from home today and he was tremendous help in caring for Nathan.

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While visiting Nana and Papa over the weekend we got to spend some time with David's grandfather. On the way to his house we saw several dear and a bear walking across the road! After listening to him though, it appears the beavers are the ones to fear in that part of the woods. He told us another story of when a beaver attacked him, similar to the one we heard from David's Grandmother. There goes my entire view of the beaver as a nice, kindly animal.

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We also got to spend some time with David's guy friends from college. They live all over the states but were in VA for the weekend. It was neat to see him interacting with them and fun to meet their families and to see how all those guys now have little boys (and one little girl) that they are raising, all future Hokies of course.

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Nathan is all over the place with is one-legged crawling. He is a quick little sucker and pulls up on everything. Today he even got adventurous and let go for a few moments, standing on his own. Anyone ready to place bets as till when he will be walking?

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Well that is it from the Richly Supplied household. Here is to hoping you had a magnificent Monday!

Thursday, July 16, 2009

The 5:00 Shadow

Dong. Dong. Dong. Dong. Dong.

5:00 o'clock.

At one point in life, this time would bring me great joy and relief that work was over and the time to go home was here.

Now, it does not bring nearly the same joy. "Why?" you ask.

The 5:00 Shadow. (don don don...cue scary music.)

What? You have never heard of this notorious figure? You have no experience of his dastardly deeds? Dear friend, you either do not recognize him or you do not have small children.

Before Caleb was born, I read of him in several places. To be honest, no one called him by the name I have come to know him by, but many recognized the weirdness that befalls small children around the 5 o'clock hour.

For instance, Caleb can be having a great day until around 5 o'clock, when he becomes a whining, fit-throwing, spectacle of himself.

The 5:00 Shadow
strikes! (don don don...cue scary music.)

Nathan is a very content baby, happily sitting on the floor entertaining himself, until around 5 o'clock, when he attaches himself to my hip, while shrieking as loud as he can.

The 5:00 Shadow
strikes again! (don don don...cue scary music.)

I wish I could say that it gets better as you get older, but I myself succumb to the wiles of the 5:00 Shadow. My stress level (and voice level) gets higher as I fight to control his impact on the kids and fix a good meal.

The 5:00 Shadow
strikes again! (don don don...cue scary music.)

I guess I can be thankful for one thing though. Neither Caleb or Nathan can tell time and they do not know it is always 5:00 somewhere! (don don don...cue scary music.)

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

WDYDW Freetime

"But in abundance of counselors there is victory." Proverbs 11:14b
"Oh, I get by with the help from my friends."
The Beatles

Wednesday again! Last week, I asked about summer boredom, but I think everyone must of been out having fun!

This week for What Do You Do Wednesday, I am wondering,

What do you do when you have a little free time?

When you get 15 minutes to yourself, how do you spend it? I am a reader. Give me any book, for any length of time and I am happy. I especially love historical fiction and am always open for a suggestion!



Monday, July 13, 2009

The BIG Big Picture

I have come to realize the big picture scares me terrifies me makes me incredibly anxious. What big picture? ANY big picture...

Around the house, if I sit for a moment and think of all the things I need to get done, I quickly get overwhelmed by the list that keeps growing and growing...

After reading a book about a homeschooling family with their kids in college, I started worrying over Chinese lessons, money for trips to Italy to study art and keeping a narrative transcript for college applications. All this is just added to the anxiety I already was feeling over teaching Caleb to read, tie his shoes and master multiplication...and just when I was feeling good about having him potty trained!

The big picture scares me terrifies me makes me incredibly anxious. As I stare at the big picture with my eyes glazing over, my chest tightens, I find it difficult to breath, I get short tempered and my tongue becomes razor sharp to those who dare come near.

Still, I think I might be missing the truly BIG big picture. My life, as I see it, is not the BIG big picture. The education of my boys is not the BIG big picture. God, Creator of the universe, Sovereign Lord and the Lover of my soul, alone is the BIG big picture and He gives some gives some good advice to those scared by terrified by made anxious by the big picture:

Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to his life?...Seek first His Kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. Matthew 6:27, 33

I need to stop staring at the big picture and truly start to gaze upon the BIG big picture of God's faithfulness to and loving care for me. I need to trust that what needs to get done will get done because the Creator of the Universe is madly in love with me (He is madly in love with you too!!)

Putting first things first, I need to focus on the tasks at hand, realizing that if I take the chore list a little at a time and the educating list one step at a time, big things will happen before I know it.

Therefore, do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own. Matthew 6:34

Now that truly is the BIG big picture.

Friday, July 10, 2009

Das Not Funny Friday: Like Father, Like Son


It is Friday again! Click above for some other Das Not Funny Friday stories!

Several months ago, David found a pipe leaking in the crawlspace under our house. Taking no chances with the muck, mire and ghost crickets (LARGE white crickets that swarm under our house), he made his own biohazard suit before venturing into the darkness. Notice the duct tape around the ankles- no chance for crickets climbing up there!



Since then, Caleb has told many people about this grand adventure and this week decided to be like daddy and make his own biohazard suit, fixing the broken pipe in his clubhouse.

Black toe sock gloves, check!

Safety goggles, check!

Big bat to beat the crickets back, check!


Like father, like son.

Wednesday, July 8, 2009

8 for 8

In celebration of Nathan turning 8 months old this week, here are 8 great pictures and 8 great facts about our little guy:

1. He is on the move! Nathan started crawling this week. He is still on the slow side, but quite determined to be able to go go go.


2. I have such a sweet spirited little guy! He is just as content sitting and watching the world go by as being in someone's lap.


3. Nathan's nicknames are numerous so far...Natedawg, Nateroo, Roo Roo...


4. Not only is he crawling, but he is pulling up on anything he can. I wonder if he will be a climber like his daddy (His daddy regularly crawled out of his crib at 10 months old.)


5. Nathan is still eating like a champ. Favorites include cottage cheese, yogurt and apple sauce. His dislikes change daily, but he is clear to let you know when he does NOT like what you are offering. No teeth yet, but lots of drool!


6. Nathan plays hard all day and sleeps great at nap time and night!


7. Big brother Caleb is quick to comfort Nathan and can usually get a smile fairly easily. Nathan obviously adores Caleb and eats up any attention Caleb gives him.


8. Nathan loves to be outside. As you carry him out the door, he will do the happy dance in your arms (legs and arms moving and kicking as hard as he can) as well as sing his happy song for you (a high pitched quick inhale over and over again-sounds like Ah Ah Ah AHHHH.)


Hard to believe our little guy is already 8 months old. It is fun to see him grow and to watch his little personality just come out more and more each day. We are falling more in love with him each and every day!

I couldn't resist sharing one last picture...


But wait! That's not Nathan...that is Caleb at 8 months old. Are these boys brothers or what?!?

WDYDW Summer Boredoms

"But in abundance of counselors there is victory." Proverbs 11:14b "Oh, I get by with the help from my friends." The Beatles

It is hard to believe it is Wednesday already again and that it is already JULY! This summer has flown by so quickly. Thank you to everyone who shared their talents with us last week. I have such creative friends!

This week, things have slowed down a bit for us in the Richly Supplied household and I believe the summer boredoms are just around the corner. (Each day, the first thing out of Caleb's mouth is "What are we going to do today?") So this week's question for "What Do You Do Wednesday" is...
How do you fight the summer boredoms in your family?

We like to play outside a lot, but it is getting too hot for that sometimes. Playdough, playing with friends and trips to the zoo keep us busy, but I am always looking for creative and new ideas! So please share how do you fight the summer boredoms in your family?

Tuesday, July 7, 2009

Seeds of Discontent

If my kitchen was nicer, I am sure I would want to clean it more often.

If it were only painted a different color, I would be more eager to wipe down the cabinets.

If the floor was only nicer, I would want to mop it all the time.

If the appliances were newer, I would clean them with gusto, making sure every nick and cranny was clean.

If my kitchen was nicer, I am sure I would not only clean it more often, but would want to cook more often too.

As I cleaned my kitchen this week, I found myself mulling over these thoughts, allowing seeds of discontent to be sown in my heart- discontentment with the look of my kitchen, discontentment with the appliances I have, and discontentment with the role I have as chief chef of our home.

Like most discontentment, there is a seed of truth at its core. I do not like the looks of my kitchen. I see others' kitchens and can be a little jealous of what I do not have. Still, there is nothing wrong with my kitchen. It has come a long way since we first bought the house- no more pictures of birds or butterflies pasted to the walls and no more ivy glued to the cabinets. I am truly blessed with working appliances, solid cabinets/floor/counter tops and a great view into a beautiful backyard.

Still, it is easy to let the seeds be sown as I start to daydream about how great it would be to make further changes. In the end, it is my choice whether I allow the seeds of discontent to take root and grow into full discontent trees bearing the fruits of grumbling, envy and strife. If I dwell on the thoughts of what I do not have instead of the many blessings I do have, the seeds will begin to take root and begin to challenge my trust in the fact that God has richly supplied all I need.

Now that I have finished cleaning my kitchen, maybe it is time to do a little gardening and work on pulling the seeds of discontent out before they take root... even if a tile floor would sparkle oh so much more than my worn linoleum.

Monday, July 6, 2009

F-O-U-R-T-H

Friday, we went blackberry picking at a friends house. It was the BIGGEST patch of blackberries we have ever seen! Already we have had blackberry cobbler, pancakes, smoothies and have even made blackberry preserves. Caleb ate quite a few before we left the patch as you can see...

On Saturday, we went to see my brother Chip and his family. Caleb's favorite part was the pool...


Until he went fishing with Daddy, Uncle Chip and Bree...


Right in the middle of it all were Patrick and Nathan...




These cupcakes were a perfect finish to a great Fourth of July!


Hope you and yours had a great holiday weekend too!

Wednesday, July 1, 2009

WDYDW Gifts and Talents

"But in abundance of counselors there is victory."
Proverbs 11:14b

"Oh, I get by with the help from my friends."
The Beatles

For this What Do You Do Wednesday, I am inspired by my friend Beth and her fabulous giveaway. (I wonder if I get multiple entries for multiple mentions...hint hint)

Beth has found a great way to use her talent so I am wondering....

What Do You Do to use your gifts and talents on a daily basis?

As for me, this is a hard one to answer as I am not sure what my gifts are. I am not an artist, musician or photographer. I like to write, so I guess blogging uses some of my talents. I have a good memory and get to use that daily, I guess. I also have the gift of public speaking, but alas, Caleb and Nathan are about as public as I get on a daily basis.

So what about you? What Do You Do to use your gifts and talents on a daily basis?
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