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Monday, January 28, 2008
Sometimes It's Good To Be Sure They Are Hearing What We Are Saying
My Best Girl's Bible class teacher came to talk with me on Sunday. She wanted to apologize for what my Best Girl has been learning. I was confused until she explained. The three-year-olds are studying the miracles of Jesus. Every week, they talk about how Jesus healed the blind man, Jesus healed the lepers, Jesus healed the lame man, etc...

Last week, my Best Girl was visibly upset in class, so her teacher asked what was wrong. My Best Girl exclaimed, "But I don't want Jesus to kill me!" Apparently, every time the teachers said the word healed, my Best Girl heard the word killed. She wasn't ready to follow Jesus if it meant her death!

I'm sure you won't be surprised to learn that the teachers have changed their terminology. They are now saying, "And Jesus made them all better!"

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Wednesday, January 23, 2008
Small Talk with My Favorite Boy
We made it through the birthday bonanza, but now my Best Girl is sick with croup. The good news is that she has a mild case, so we are not having to spend time in the bathroom with the shower running to help her breathe. The bad news is that my Favorite Boy is very susceptible to croup, so he may be sick again soon. I am praying that he will avoid it! Croup usually hits him pretty hard.

On a lighter note, I wanted to share this conversation between my Favorite Boy and me. One night this week, I was lying with him in his bed, and I said that I couldn't believe he was almost six. I told him he was growing up too fast.

He said, "Mom, I am not growing up too fast. You are just confused because it is winter. The days are much shorter now, so it just seems like I am growing faster."

If only that were true! We could move to Alaska during the summer and the south pole during our winter. Then it would be daytime for most of the day, and it would seem like he wasn't growing up at all! I guess, however, that I just have to accept that my baby boy is no longer a baby at all!

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Tuesday, January 22, 2008
Happy Birthday to My Favorite Boy!
My baby boy turns six today! He had a wonderful party with friends last night at the bowling alley. The kids bowled for an hour and fifteen minutes, and then they went to a party room for pizza, cake and presents. My Favorite Boy has never had a big party, so sharing his birthday with 13 other kids was a special treat.

Here are my kiddos bowling. The birthday boy did pretty well; my Best Girl looked like a little granny as she gently dropped the ball onto the lane. It took quite some time for the ball to meander down to the pins.

Today, I plan to take Krispy Kreme doughnuts at lunchtime to share with my Favorite Boy's classmates. At his school, all the birthday kids get their pictures on the television during morning announcements. He is a little excited about this. After school, we are going to see the Veggie Tales movie with some friends.

The last few days have been fun! I hope all these events have been special to my Favorite Boy. He sure is special to us!



Happy Birthday to my Favorite Boy in the Whole Wide World!

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Sunday, January 20, 2008
Let's Get This Party Started
My Favorite Boy turns six on Tuesday; we are celebrating already. On Saturday, Grandma and Papa Don drove up for a small family party. We visited, played, and ate chili and a chocolate-chip cookie cake. As you can see in this picture, our afternoon was filled with happiness and love.

Okay, in all honesty, I happened to catch one brief moment of happiness and love. Our actual afternoon also included some tears and sibling rivalry; but overall, we had a good time!

My Favorite Boy got a new bike from us. It is about 15 degrees right now, so it may be a few days before he can ride it outside.

Although Grammy, Papa, and my Favorite Boy's aunts, uncles, and cousins couldn't be here, the gifts they sent were greatly enjoyed! The birthday boy got a several new Xbox games and a racing wheel.

Both kids wanted to try the racing wheel. My Favorite Boy is cautious, and he is not a risk-taker. I am sure I will worry when he is old enough to drive a real car, but you can see he is the serious type.


My Best Girl is a little more free-spirited. She seemed to take instruction well; but when left to handle the wheel alone, she had a little too much fun.

She'll turn 16 in 2020. You're safe until then.


We are not partying today, but tomorrow we will be bowling with friends. Stay tuned!

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Tuesday, January 15, 2008
Whay I Shouldn't Have To Take a Nap, Reason #137
Last week, I was trying to get my Best Girl down for her nap. She invented a new reason why she shouldn't have to rest.

"But Mommy," she said, "I can't take a nap! There's movie traps in my bed!"

Just a guess, but I think she meant bo0by traps (I'm sure she heard this on Backyardigans). I never know what will come out of her mouth next.

For the record, she still had to go to sleep. I checked her bed very carefully, but I couldn't find any movie traps. :)

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Saturday, January 12, 2008
An Airel Takeover
We have new neighbors. They have two daughters and one son (ages 9, 6, and 5). Amazingly, they were friends with my hubby's sister and her family in another state. When they recently moved into our town, they bought the house next door to us. What a small world!

It didn't take our new neighbors long to realize that my daughter likes to dress up like princesses, particularly Snow White. As they were unpacking, they found an Ariel dress that was too small for their girls. My Best Girl was more than willing to take it off their hands! Now, it seems Snow White is no longer number one around here. Ariel is my Best Girl's new favorite.


This morning, my Best Girl asked if we could play Ariel. She, of course, would be Ariel; her daddy would be King Triton. Then she said, "Mommy, you can be the big, mean, and ugly one."

Great. She wanted to play The Little Mermaid, and the first character that came to mind when she thought of me was Ursula the Sea Witch. Maybe I need to work on my parenting style. :)

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Thursday, January 10, 2008
Just When You Think You Are Getting Through
On Monday evening, I was studying the Good Samaritan with my Favorite Boy and Best Girl. I started by explaining that the story of the Good Samaritan was a parable that Jesus told. My Favorite Boy said, "Oh, yes! That's like a fiction story, but Jesus used it to teach a lesson."

I told him that he was exactly right, and we continued. When we got to the part about the priest and Levite passing by the wounded man without helping, my Favorite Boy said, "They were God's helpers, so they should have helped! It would be like if we were on the way to church, and we saw someone who needed help, God would want us to stop and help, right?"

Again, I told him that he was right, and I was feeling good about our discussion. We got to the end of the story where the Good Samaritan told the innkeeper that he would pay for any expenses that the injured man might incur. At that point, my Favorite Boy exclaimed, "Well, why did he do that? Now they won't call him the Good Samaritan, they'll have to call him the Poor Samaritan!"

I guess we still have work to do. :)

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Wednesday, January 2, 2008
Small Talk at My House
Tonight, I overheard my Best Girl talking to my Favorite Boy. (I am substituting the word brother for my son's name in the conversation.)

BG: Brother, are you married?

FB: No.

BG: Great! You can marry me!

Keep in mind that only two weeks ago, she was demanding that I make him stop breathing. Now she wants to marry him. I guess there is nothing like the love/hate relationship between a brother and sister!

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Tuesday, January 1, 2008
My 2008 Reading List
The Secret Life of Bees
The Joy of Digital Photography
A Young Woman after God's Own Heart
Sentinel: City of Destiny
A Thousand Splendid Suns
The Forgiving Hour
Reclaiming Nick
The Digital Photography Book
Taming Rafe
Just Beyond the Clouds
Light on Snow
The Mermaid Chair
Happily Ever After
The Digital Photography Book, Vol.2
Mansfield Park
Tying the Knot
Arms of Deliverance
Resistance
There Is No Me Without You
Secret Keeper
And the Bride Wore White
Grace in Thine Eyes
The Lady of Milkweed Manor
Generation NeXt Marriage
Life of Pi
A Whisper of Freedom
Someday
Understanding Exposure
Sweet Caroline
The Busy Mom's Devotional
Memoirs of a Geisha
A New Day Rising
Playing for Pizza
Instructing a Child's Heart
A Land to Call Home
From a Distance
My Heart Remembers
Lookin' Back, Texas
Persuasion
Bookends
My Life Unscripted
Get Cozy, Josey!
Finding Stefanie
Just Jane
Mozart's Sister
Life Is a Gift
Millionaire by Thirty
The Complete Guide to Walt Disney World 2008
Shoot the Moon
Unbridled Dreams
The Edge of Recall
Pride and Prejudice
Becoming a Titus 2 Woman
Before the Dawn
The Unofficial Guide Walt Disney World 2009
Love Starts with Elle
Washington's Lady
A Lady of Secret Devotion
Like Gold Refined
Rachel's Secret
Sunset
A Journey by Chance
Rebecca's Reward
Where the Heart Leads
The Apothecary's Daughter
The Centurion's Wife
Until We Reach Home
The Lucky One

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