Sunday, March 30, 2008
Friday, March 28, 2008
As for other Friday news, I received my first tutoring paycheck!! I am once again a working woman. I am still waiting for my fingerprints to go through, so I currently get an average of two hours of tutoring a week. Needless to say, the paycheck was very small, but it is enough for Scott, Ada, and me to go to our favorite Mexican restaurant tonight. Yea. And hopefully the fingerprints will go through soon, and I will be on my way to contributing to the bank account once again.
Thursday, March 27, 2008
Luke and Ellie with their rabbit ears. Notice Luke's soccer ball basket, and his little ball easter eggs. He is obsessed with all balls--football, basketball, whatever, he wants to play with it. Already a little athlete. Ellie had cinderella eggs, her favorite disney character, I think.
Wednesday, March 26, 2008
So during pregnancy I became very accustomed to elastic wasted jeans that came up past my belly button, so when I finally had to give up my maternity jeans (weeks after Ada was born), I was astonished at how low waisted they all were. Not to mention the fact that they no longer fit like they did pre-pregnancy. I have been on a mission to find jeans that are not too tight and not too low waisted. Mission accomplished. Gap's "the essential" jeans are just the right fit. Slightly baggy and slightly higher on the waist, and I am IN LOVE with them.
2. My new, 7.00 jeans, from Target.
Yes you read that correctly, 7.00. I was looking through the clearance rack at Target--a weekly activity--and I noticed this pair of jeans in my size. Now, as I have mentioned before, I love Target, but even I have been slightly skeptical of their jeans. I tend to splurge a little when buying jeans, but I decided it wouldn't hurt to try them on. And I loved them. The waist is lower than I now prefer, but for 7.00 I decided I could live with it.
3. Sandra McCracken
My sister, Sarah, let me borrow one of Sandra McCracken's c.d.'s because I needed something to listen to in the car this past Sunday, and I am in love with her. Her voice is beautiful, and I love her lyrics. Check her out. I added a link to her website. Plus she is wife to my long time favorite, Derek Webb, whom I will always love.
4. The fact that I am picking up my BRAND NEW straightener from the post office tomorrow.
My chi died this past weekend. It was so very sad. I plugged her in, and she started smoking. I go no where without my chi, so I did go through a time of mourning, but by Saturday night, I had ordered a brand new straightener from the website, Folica. I opted to go with something other than the chi, and it had really good reviews, so I am excited--and somewhat nervous--to try it out. The one I ordered is called the HAI--anyone know anything about it? It was somewhat of a gamble, so we'll see. I have a hair appointment on Saturday, and I really need a quality straightener to really get all that I am wanting out of my new haircut.
5. And finally, Fountain Diet Coke
I am always excited about fountain diet coke, but the love affair has been renewed lately due to the fact that I am no longer pregnant or nursing. It is almost an addiction. It just isn't the same out of a can. Particularly, I love large diet cokes from Zaxby's. Nothing gets me through a long afternoon like a large diet coke from Zaxby's.
Sunday, March 23, 2008
In this post-modern world that we are living in, it is often hard to find clarity about anything. We are living in a culture that has blurred the lines of right and wrong, fact and fantasy so much, that I often view the world with marred vision. However, the gospel allows me to find the truth to stand on and view everything else. It is as if I am looking around and cannot quite make out an image of anything, then I turn to the gospel, and everything comes into focus. All that matters, the only thing is, are we living or dying? Without the death and resurrection of Jesus being a reality in our lives, we are dying, and if it is a reality, we are living--simple as that. There are two options--life or death. And it affects everything.
I am reminded of the C.S. Lewis quote, "And that is precisely what Christianity is about. This world is a great sculptor's shop. We are the statues and there is a rumour going round the shop that some of us are some day going to come to life." And isn't that true? If we know Jesus in his death and resurrection then everything, all of life, is about being made into the true version of ourselves--the live version of ourselves. If I am changing Ada's diaper, and fixing her bottle, and cleaning my house, and cooking dinner, I can trust, as one who has been redeemed, that Jesus is using these daily things to make me more and more into the person that He has intended me to be. And if I am not redeemed, even if I am accomplishing great worldly things, I am still living a life that ultimately results in death. No matter what great thing I do, I will still die. It will still end. So there is always this great dichotomy--either we are living and investing in the eternal, or, even in the great things, we are dying. What hope we have in the fact that Jesus came to us in our despair and lived and died that we might come to life. And, as Steven mentioned in the sermon, it is not a truth to ponder only on Easter, it is a daily thing. Because it is his resurrection that brings life to our daily stuff. Our daily routines. If we do not grasp the meaning of his resurrection then the life we are living is lived in vain.
Saturday, March 22, 2008
Because I am now a stay at home mom living on quite the strict budget, I have evolved into a very creative shopper. So when Easter Sunday loomed ahead with its tradition of a new, spring dress, I headed to Target (always my fall back when in need of a new outfit) in search of good fashion and low prices. And I was successful. However, Thursday night I was sitting in my mom's kitchen having just arrived from Atlanta, and my youngest sister walked in the door excited to show us her Easter dress. Lo and behold, it was the same dress I planned to wear in a different pattern. It was quite the fashion emergency. My mom, however, saved the day, when she offered to not only give me the money to purchase a new dress, but she also agreed to baby-sit Ada while I spent most of Friday shopping in Huntsville. I felt as if I had won the lottery.
All of this to say that yesterday I found myself in Banana Republic at Bridgestreet Town Centre in Hunstville, AL purchasing a new outfit. And sadly enough, I discovered that Banana Republic clothing does in fact fit and look better than Target and Old Navy--the only two places I ever shop. I can only imagine how it would feel to dress myself in true designer clothing (and I don't mean Vera Wang for Kohl's). Another exciting discovery about Banana Republic, I wear a size smaller there than everywhere else, another reason to love nice, expensive clothing. By the way, I am so impressed with that shopping center. It was a beautiful day, I was in flip flops and short sleeves, and there is nothing I love more than a day of shopping all by myself. I love to be with friends and family, but I always prefer to shop alone.
Today, however, I am back to being mom to Ada, and she has just woken up from a nap, so now I must go.
Happy Easter to all!!
Monday, March 10, 2008
Thursday, March 6, 2008
On that note, I thought today was a day worth noting. Ada is going through a stage where she easily becomes bored. She had already had two semi-succesful naps, we had been on a run/walk (in a continued attempt to train for the half-marathon), and I desperately needed to clean up my bedroom (it has not really been straight since we moved in). Afternoons are our longest stretch because there isn't much for Ada to do, so I decided that she would practice sitting up while I cleaned the room. And she did so well!!! This is the first time that I have been able to just let her sit in the room and play, so I feel like this is a sort of milestone. And of course I documented the milestone with pictures. Enjoy.
There she sits, with her pile of toys that I thought would keep her busy for a while. And she is playing...playing...playing...and she topples over...and she continues to play. I let her play on her stomach for a while, hoping it would encourage her to crawl, and then I sat her back up, and we started the routine all over again.
Finally, because her shirt was once again soaking wet, I changed her into her precious pink auburn onesie that Laura Leary gave to Ada. Laura said she wanted to make sure that everyone knew that Ada was both an Auburn fan and a girl--thanks, Laura!! The Auburn logo is in the bottom left corner of the onesie, and I had to get a picture of the football on the back. So cute.
Wednesday, March 5, 2008
Monday, March 3, 2008
As for the weekend--it's been a good one. Saturday, I left Ada with Scott and drove to Columbus with Amy Rambo to meet Laura Leary and Jeannie Myers for some quality girl time. It was so refreshing to see friends who have known me for so long--what a comfortable thing, to spend a day with friends who know you so well. We talked and laughed and caught up on each other's lives. It was such a good break for me, and by the time I got home Saturday night, Ada was already asleep, but when she woke up crying at 9 pm--something that normally would frustrate me--I practically ran up the stairs to get her, so excited to see her after the day away.
We ended the weekend on a good note by visiting a community group from the church we have been visiting here in McDonough. The group has been inviting us to come for weeks now, but we have been putting it off for one reason or another, and last night we finally went. The couple who hosts the group has three kids, and they had an extra baby bed, which turned out to be such a blessing!! As soon as we got to their house at 7 pm, we put Ada down, and she slept the entire time we were there--we had to wake her up just to take her home. The couple had this amazing fan that blocked out all outside noise, so though Ada was only one room away from Scott and me, in her room it sounded as if she was sleeping in her own little wing of the house. It was such encouragement to be able to talk and pray with other adults, and I was able to share some of the struggles I am having with staying at home and being in a new town. The mother whose house we were at prayed for me, and it stuck with me. She said, "Lord, help Laura Beth to be completely satisfied that she is in your will. Give her purpose each day." She really put voice to my desires--I know that this life that I am living is the Lord's will for me, as different as it may look from MY original plan, and I want to find satisfaction in that. Isn't that all that I need, to know that I am in the center of God's will? I want to really feel purpose each day that I wake up, realizing the importance of this job that I am doing--raising Ada. Scott and I were so encouraged by the fact that Ada slept so easily while we were there; it felt like such confirmation that God has led us here to this place, and that he is taking care of us. Even in these small, but important, details of our lives such as needing to be able to go somewhere with Ada and enjoy time with other adults. I am so thankful for a God that is present in the details of our lives. As small as my concerns might be, He empathizes with them. What comfort I find in that!!