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Our boys in their new school shoes…

What is it with guys and shoes? Daniel loves shoes way more than I do…he has more shoes than I do….Personally I would rather spend money on an article of clothing that goes somewhere other than my feet…

Anyways, yes the boys are trying to perfect their “swag” as they call it before school starts…

If only I had time to ponder on and work on my swag…

Right now its the messy hair and spit-up infused t shirts and jeans I am swagging… 🙂

They are cute guys…I love them so much…

Have a swagtastic day!!!

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The Eagle and Child was a pub in Oxford England where C.S. Lewis, J.R.R. Tolkien, Owen Barfield and other writers would meet 1 or 2 times a week…They were called The Inklings

They nick-named the pub Bird and Baby

It was a little society of their own…where they would discuss the happenings of that day…they would share their most top secret manuscripts…they would encourage one another…probably downed one or two beverages while puffing on a pipe, all the time discussing deep matters that expand the mind and soothe the soul…

Oh…to be a fly on that wall…

Or to have been invited by Lewis himself…

Sometimes I really long for stuff like that…deep, meaningful, thoughtful conversations with people who love God as much or preferably more than I do…to be steeped in the richness of Jesus with others…to have thought provoking, intelligent conversation about real stuff…

That sounds so much better than sitting around eating chips and hearing people talk about Alabama football…Doesn’t it? ( not that talking about football is bad…but it just seems like everywhere I go…thats all people talk about)

It shows so much of how easily pleased people are these days…

Where are our souls? Our passion? Our desires?

In the words of Lewis himself…” It would seem that our Lord finds our desires not too strong, but too weak.”

Just a little thought for you this Sunday afternoon…

I would love to visit that pub one day and soak in that place…

Have a great Week!!!

P.S. I’m sorry the posts are fewer and further between…I write when I have time…which is rare these days :)….thanks for continuing to read…

 

 

 

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Are you serious??……………

I’ve never paid much attention to her…until last night…

We are sitting watching the finale of American Idol…which may I just confess that I should not have been doing…

The last few episodes have had so much trashy entertainment on them that to watch it last night was sin…because I knew in my spirit that it was wrong…but I did it anyway…

When Lady Ga Ga came on, my heart felt sick…my stomach ached…I honestly wanted to cry or yell…

I wanted to seriously look around me and scream…”Can you believe this??? WAKE UP PEOPLE!!!!” …but it was just Daniel sitting next to me and he doesn’t give me the dramatic response I soooooooooooooo need at this moment in time…

So then I dreamt about walking on the American Idol stage and screaming….”Can you believe this???WAKE UP PEOPLE!!! Snap out of it!!! Whatever happened to the days of Mary Tyler Moore and Lucille Ball and Frank Sinatra??!!! Dont you see that entertainment like this…our pop culture…its ruining us…our children!!!!!!”

And then me and God had a conversation that went something like this…

God: “Sweet child, what do you expect from a world that is ruled and governed by satan himself…He is the deceiver…the liar…the prince of everything dark and evil and wrong…”

Me: “Great! So..how in the world am I supposed to raise Maris, Davis, and Mac…but especially my daughter…in a world like this? How God!!!? I can’t just lock her up until she is 30………………..Can I?…………….. What do I do!!!!?”

God: “You show her Me, Lauren……….  You teach them about me….You show them me…Because I am better…The Light is better…And if you are faithful to not just talk at them about me, but SHOW them me…then the world and its lies, what satan has to offer won’t be appealing…because they will choose what is better!”

Me: “Infinitly better! Like The Washhouse filet compared to dogfood…no…that doesn’t even do you justice…”

Then I proceeded to beg for mercy…because I am just as messed up and sin filled as the next guy…and if it weren’t for Jesus I’d be singing along with lady ga ga and believing every single lie the enemy threw at me…

But, I do believe…for us Christians…there is a wake up call in order…

We need to be firm and vigilant…

We have to be in and not of this world…

We have to be salt and light….

AND!…

Show our children and the world what is better!!

Much Love sweet ones!!!!

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Some Brightness

Resolutions are always fun to think about…to write out…I don’t think I blogged them last year.  I remember a few…many were left undone…some untouched completely…and some accomplished…

Here are a few, realistic goals…ideas…dreams for the coming year:

-read and learn more about photography

-with lots of prayer…learn more of the Bible…to really become a student of it and gain a love for it like I’ve never had

-spend more time soaking up Maris and Davis…and less time worrying about house cleaning

-grow this little blog into something more creative, more developed

-paint ONE, just one painting that I love and matt it and frame it and hang it on a wall

-read various books on homeschooling

Yep…thats mine.

 I’m so looking forward to what the next year brings.  Lord, fill it and go before us….Thank you for the love, goodness, blessings, and the things you have taught us through the tears and hard times in the past year.  No good thing do you withhold. I love you.

Do you have some brightness planned for 2011? I’d love to hear!

Love to you!

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Pretty December

I never get around to doing a Christmas card.  I’d like to…but just never make the time to do it.  So, maybe this can be our blog Christmas card to you!

I hope you are enjoying this Christmas! God bless you and your family!

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Bless This Mess

You should seriously see our home where we live…our little apartment…it is a complete disaster area…I would post pictures but it is too embarrasing…

I look around and I’m like…”What kind of a mom and wife am I? I honestly cant see the carpet there is so much crap on the floors!!”…

The toilets need cleaning, the carpets need vacuuming, Maris’ clothes need organizing, Davis’s clothes need washing, bottles need boiling, dishes need washing, paperwork needs doing, and so on…

And all I want to do is crawl in bed and go to sleep…

I feel like a lot of the time I just give, give, give…all these little ones…they need, need, need…like little leeches…cute, precious little leeches…

But, a lot of the time I give with a mean spirit…a bad attitude…

Lord, I am horrible…

And what He continues to speak so gently and sweetly to me….is to die…

Die to Myself…

And I fight Him…I want to selfishly live for myself…claim my rights and my wants and what I deserve…

And For some strange and very odd reason, I had no idea it would be this way when Maris the firecracker was a little peanut in my tummy….I thought I could just do what I wanted and still be this magnificent mother and she would be an obedient child who loved the Lord all her life…

When, in actuality, Motherhood is about dying….giving…cheerfully giving…giving of yourself…all of the time…

To stop what I am doing to play with Maris when I’d rather be on the computer, spending time playing with Davis,  cleaning our apartment when I’d much rather just lie on the couch, or spending time with the boys when they are just really getting on my nerves, or doing something for Daniel around the house that he needs done..

Lord have mercy, I am so far from this…

Sooooooo far…

I am such a mess of a mother and wife at times…

Jesus, please Bless this Mess…please help me to die to myself…because then and only then…will I truly live

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Sometimes I get really down.  It might be the surge of hormones…but no, I really don’t think so…because this happens even when I’m not pregnant…

This look in the mirror or the closet and have a meltdown moment type thing…They don’t occur as much as they used to…I remember being newly married and Daniel and I would be going out on a date somewhere and he would be ready to go and he would find me on the floor in my closet about in tears because nothing fit right or my hair wouldnt do right or something….Poor guy…

This post may sound pathetic, shallow, and un-spiritual…but I care about how I look…and I love my hair…and I’m mourning over it…

Has anyone ever asked you what your favorite physical feature is…that one thing that you are so glad God gave you?

Eyes, nose, great teeth…lol

Well, my answer was always…my hair. Tear.

I’ve always had lots of hair…its actually very fine…the follicle…but I have many many of them.  And I’ve always loved it because I have naturally curly hair but its not so curly to where I cant straighten it.  So…..any given day I can wake up and decide if I want curly or straight hair…or the days where I don’t want to do anything to it…I don’t have to! Great, huh!!!

Well, the problem is my hair is falling out…Yes, lots and lots and lots of it…and I am just wanting to vent about it…

I talked to Dr. Shoemaker about it at my last appointment, wanting…wishing for something…ANYTHING to cure my post-baby hair loss….”I’m going bald, Dr. Shoemaker!”… I emphatically told him. He reassured me that I wasn’t going bald and it was just a part of it and to keep on taking my vitamins…

So, the hair loss, coupled with flat, dull, lifeless hair is just so fun right now…And it doesn’t help that every hair product company known to man are just plain LIARS!!!

See…I really have nothing deep to say…just that I miss my full, curly, straight, pretty hair…and I hope it will come back one day very soon…Thanks for letting me vent…I feel better now!  🙂

I hope you are having a good hair day! Enjoy it for me!!

Love to you!!!!

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