Posted in Funny

To Brighten Your Saturday

PinkGirl, who is Pragmatic Compendium’s daughter, found this and posted it. yes, I’m plagiarizing! Thanks PinkGirl!

And if that giggling wasn’t enough, here’s another one from Pragmatic Compendium. Laughing is the BEST WAY to START THE DAY!

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Posted in Me

An mp3 Mom Meme

Pragmatic Compendium tagged me for a meme. I don’t listen to my iPod a whole lot–I’m not in the van a whole lot!–but I do have one and it has a very eclectic variety of music on it. This might prove to be interesting. Here are the instructions:

1. Put your iPod (or MP3 player) on shuffle.
2. For each question, press the next button to get your answer.
3. YOU MUST WRITE THAT SONG NAME DOWN NO MATTER HOW SILLY IT SOUNDS!
4. Tag some Moms you admire who could use a laugh and a song.

HOW DID YOU BECOME A MOM?
“Here I am to Worship” by Michael W Smith (Worship Again)

WHAT DID YOU THINK THE FIRST TIME YOU SAW YOUR BABY?
“Heartbeat of Heaven” by Steven Curtis Chapman (Heaven in the Real World)

WHAT DID YOU DO THE FIRST MORNING AFTER A SLEEPLESS NIGHT?
“These are They” by Gaither Vocal Band (A Few Good Men)

WHAT DO YOU SAY WHEN SOMEONE COLORS ON THE WALL?
“Creed” by Rich Mullins (A Liturgy, A Legacy and a Ragamuffin Band)

HOW DO YOU DEAL WITH A TODDLER’S BODILY FLUID ISSUES?
“There is None Like You” by Michael W. Smith (Worship Again)

IF SOMEONE SAYS “Can I have a snack?” YOU SAY?
“Walk on By” by Susan Ashton (Angels of Mercy)

IF SOMEONE LEAVES THEIR STUFF ON THE FLOOR, YOU SAY?
“Stand by Your Man” by Tammy Wynette (Sleepless in Seattle)

IF SOMEONE ISN’T SICK TODAY, YOU SAY?
“Come Thou Fount” by Haven (Acappella Hymns)

HOW DO YOUR KIDS ENJOY YOUR COOKING?
“Jacob and 2 Women” by Rich Mullins (The World as Best as I Remember It)

HOW DID YOUR KIDS DO IN SCHOOL TODAY?
“In the Mood” by Glenn Miller (Decade of Music Vol. 1)

WHAT DO YOU THINK OF WHILE SITTING IN CARPOOL LINE?
“I’ll Fly Away” by Alison Krauss and Gillian Welch (O Brother Where Art Thou?)

HOMESCHOOLERS, WHAT IS THE FIRST SUBJECT TAUGHT OF THE DAY?
“I have Come to Worship” by SonicFlood (SonicPraise)

WHAT DO YOUR KIDS WANT TO BE WHEN THEY GROW UP?
“In You Alone” Kim Hill (Renewing the Heart)

WHAT DO YOU WANT YOUR KIDS TO BE WHEN THEY GROW UP?
“40″ by U2 (War)

WHAT WOULD BEST DESCRIBE YOUR PERSONALITY AS A MOM?
“Innocence Lost” by Susan Ashton (Angels of Mercy)

WHAT IS YOUR LIFE’S PURPOSE AS A MOM?
“Speak” NickelCreek (This Side)

WHAT IS YOUR MOTTO AS A MOM?
“The Sounds of Silence” by Simon and Garfunkel (Simon and Garfunkel’s Greatest Hits)

HOW DID YOU KNOW YOU WERE REALLY A MOM?
“The Just Shall Live” by Rich Mullins (The World as Best as I Remember It)

WHAT DO YOU THINK ABOUT MOST OFTEN AS A MOM?
“Real Good Man” by Tim McGraw (Tim McGraw and the Dancehall Doctors)

WHAT IS YOUR LIFE STORY AS A MOM?
“We Seek His Face” by Twila Paris (Perennial)

WHAT IS THE ONE THING YOU REGRET AS A MOM?
“I’m Movin’ On” by Rascal Flatts (Rascal Flatts)

WHAT IS THE BEST THING YOU’VE EVER DONE AS A MOM?
“Happy Working Song” by Amy Adams (Enchanted Soundtrack)

WHAT DO YOUR KIDS DO THAT MAKES YOU LAUGH?
“Homeward Bound” by Simon and Garfunkel (Simon and Garfunkel’s Greatest Hits)

WHAT DO YOUR KIDS DO THAT MAKES YOU CRY?
“Rubber Meets the Road” by Steven Curtis Chapman (Signs of Life)

WHAT DO YOUR KIDS DO THAT SCARES YOU THE MOST?
“Boy Like Me/Man Like You” by Rich Mullins (The World as Best as I can Remember It)

HOW DO YOUR KIDS DESCRIBE YOU AS THEIR MOM?
“Seasons of Love” by RENT (Rent Soundtrack)

IF YOU COULD GO BACK IN TIME, WHAT WOULD YOU CHANGE?
“Don’t Fear the Reaper” by Blue Oyster Cult (Agents of Fortune)

WHAT WILL YOUR MOM OF THE YEAR CERTIFICATE SAY?
“King of the Jungle” by Steven Curtis Chapman (Heaven in the Real World)

My favorites?

WHAT WILL YOUR MOM OF THE YEAR CERTIFICATE SAY?
“King of the Jungle” by Steven Curtis Chapman (Heaven in the Real World)

and

IF SOMEONE SAYS “Can I have a snack?” YOU SAY?
“Walk on By” by Susan Ashton (Angels of Mercy)

and

WHAT DO YOU THINK OF WHILE SITTING IN CARPOOL LINE?
“I’ll Fly Away” by Alison Krauss and Gillian Welch (O Brother Where Art Thou?)

Tagged: Alane, Jennifer, Jo–if you have an mp3 player and a little time.

Posted in To Do List

Taking Turns

After yesterday and the complete lack of getting anything done I am trying to play catch up. I am taking turns today. A) Doing something around the house B) Do something fun. It seems to be working. After posting this, I’m going upstairs to put away all the darks that have been hanging out on our bed for a week or so. Sigh. I swear, laundry is the bane of my existence.

Posted in School, Snow

Snow Day

It’s 4:17 in the afternoon on a snow/ice day. I don’t know what it is about having the kids home, but man do I NOT get anything accomplished. The fact that Jim is in the basement on conference calls and I can’t do laundry only adds to the mix.

I really hope we’re back to school tomorrow!

Posted in Addiction, Kids, Snow

A Tuesday Snow

I have two at home and two in 1/2 day of school. Catie is home sick with strep and Ethan we opted to keep home given the snow we are currently getting and the forecast. His school bus ride is 1 1/2 hours long in GOOD weather, so we chose safety over education. I hate making that choice at 6:30 in the morning, but it frequently has to happen. Is he sick enough to stay home? Should we send him and hope for the best? Only once have I gone in to Philly to pick him up and I really REALLY don’t want to do that again. Picking up from our local elementary school–3 whole miles away–is much easier.

So on this not-so-quiet Tuesday, with the snow gently falling and Arthur on in the playroom, my life will look a little different than I planned. With children at home I never seem to get as much done. Quiet times are much harder to focus on, although I WILL HAVE ONE TODAY. With the doctor, the pharmacy and grocery shopping I forgot to yesterday and felt the lack.

I was reading the Run a muck this morning. Challenging post. Hard to read post. Sad post. I, too, have put myself and my struggles out there for you all to read. In the end I’m glad. Hiding sin gives it power and I don’t want to grace it with anything more than mere existence. I have twinges now and then, but have been “good” with it for awhile now. Sobriety, which is what we call it even if it’s not alcohol, is definitely hard fought over. The longer you go forward in it, the more you want to continue, so as not to mess up your record. Sobriety becomes its own entity to be cherished and coddled, cared for and honored. But it also allows for distance between you and how you felt when you fell. It’s a humbling, shaming, horrible feeling. And that can make for some laziness instead of vigilance. Which just puts you back down in the pit again.

So, on this snowy Tuesday, with my taxes almost done (just a final run through), two kids home and lots of laundry on my list, God is at the top of the To Do List.

Posted in Sick

The Sickies have Hit!

Bennett is sick with a fever. Catie is sick with a fever. Laura has a bad cold. Jim has a bad cold. Ethan has the sniffles. I have a mild case of the sniffles. It’s gonna be a fun week.

Not.