Sunday, August 31, 2008

Princesses in Training

Nevaeh was in the princess mood yesterday. Dresses, crowns, shoes and plenty of dancing!
"Aren't I such a beautiful Princess mama?"
she asked, as she practiced her twirls in front of the mirror.
"Ya gotta turn dis way, dis way, then all the way round!"
"Dance with me mama!"
"Char will be the prince!"

Char can never be left out of anything and so she had her turn to be a princess too! Charlotte is really into putting things on her head lately. Yesterday she crawled in the room with a onesie on her head that she had fished out of the laundry basket....never a dull moment with that one. She has also taken a few steps and prefers to walk down the hall holding on to the wall as opposed to crawling...she should be taking off any day now. No rush....absolutely no rush.

Monday, August 18, 2008

Girlz in Curlz

Mother-Daughter Bonding.
Can you believe she has enough hair for curlers?! I thought this day would never come. My little bald baby in curlers! Its really weird having a daughter that's like a real person now. I look at her often, several times a day at least, and think ,
"Wow I can't believe your my little bald baby, with little eyes as wide as they can get, little heart so soft and timid"

Black Attack

Well ladies and gentlemen...I finally did it. My once white Shabby Chic Antique table is now BLACK! Ok well, I didn't actually do it myself, my dad (Ernie, to specify between the many) painted it for us and did a marvelous job. It turned out really shiney which is okay with me it just means that everything shows up on it and I have to clean it often...which is a good "have to" for me. You would think that a white table would require more cleaning attention.. but Oh So not so...white hid the crumbs, which fall my the tons around here, much better. But I was so tired of my white table and chairs that Al and I bought 7 years ago just before we were married. We found the table at an antique shop in Reedley, Ca. For those of you who think Fresno is small town, you should visit Reedley. I think we paid like $200 for it which seems like alot now seeing as how there were no chairs, but at the time it felt like a steal! We found our four matching chairs at "Wisteria" a quaint little shop in Fresno's Tower District, next to the guy with the used bookstore who looked like Peter Jackson when he directed Lord of the Rings. That was a great little store, its gone now...Anyone know where he went? Anyways My table is Black and I like it.

Wednesday, August 13, 2008

The Ministry of Motherhood

I've been reading this book called "The Ministry of Motherhood" and have been so incredibly blessed by it. It's written by a woman named Sally Clarkson, mother of four, and author of several motherhood books and teachings. She describes a day when she and her husband sat down and realized that they needed a plan in raising their children, they needed a goal and they needed to be on the same page. To actively "raise" and disciple their children with a purpose as opposed to just living day to day aimlessly and hoping they turn out okay in the end. In that sitting they came up with the acronym GIFTS -the gift of Grace-Inspiration-Faith-Training-Service. She begins each of the 5 parts with and example of Jesus and how he implemented each one of these in the lives of His disciples. Each part is filled with explanation, examples and funny stories from her own life and at the end of each part is a page for study and discussion. Its been really enlightening and encouraging for me for any moms out there in need of a little direction I recommend this read.

"They don't need sweet platitudes of faith that will momentarily placate their emotions. They need the authentic strength that comes from the true foundation of a biblical world-view and a proper understanding of the real Christ who is worthy of their worship. They need an unwavering, internal, moral and spiritual compass that will help them weather today's storms and tomorrow's and will guide them for the rest of their lives. They also need to see what real faith looks like when lived day in, day out, so they will have a pattern to follow. The process of providing such GIFTS to my children is what I've come to think of as the ministry of motherhood. " -SC

Wednesday, August 6, 2008

Post by Nevaeh

My Bapa and Ada came to our house....cause they live far far far far away. Lets see.....what I do. I just played. They live far away. And then I play with Char too. Hmmm.... did I bring Dan (her horse) or something? Where did we go to? Did we go to the store or something? We ride the Horsies! and Char cried...and hey I know, what about we spell it! what about we read it! I saw a monkey and and... and what? And a I saw an alligator, fishies and snake. Did we... um we played Moses! In the basket... and I just lay in there and he put the blanket up. And then uh ....he take it off! I had a little sippie when I took a nap.....umm.... maybe we uh....thats all. I think thats all.