Saturday, November 29, 2008
Thank you again for your many prayers and comments in regards to my dad. My parents have both read the comments on my blog and Monica's and are also very appreciative of your support.
I am so excited for the Christmas series next week, and it was encouraging to me that many of you said you would have attended the class with me! The instructor friend I met with asked me during our session if I would be interested in teaching the course in the future. Preparing these posts has been a good way for me to interact with the material, and I will consider in the next year if teaching the class is something I would like to pursue. (Hopefully, people would sign up--ha!) It's been a challenge to condense the information into 4 brief posts, considering that it's normally a 4-hour workshop. So please bear with me, and I look forward to your comments and ideas.
Wednesday, November 26, 2008
"Have you ever found yourself in the midst of Christmas trees, parties, shopping and gift-wrapping and looking for something more? Do you find yourself wanting to be moved by the celebration of the spirit instead of being moved to hit a sale at the mall? This class is ideal for anyone who struggles to maintain a family-oriented Christmas. You will have an opportunity to explore your values around giving, family traditions, decorations, family time, and to explore what truly energizes you in your celebration."
When I noticed the instructor was an acquaintance I've admired, I wanted to attend even more and convinced my friend Jody to join me. Well, apparently we were the only ones interested--no one else registered for the class!
I was really disappointed the evening was canceled, but decided to ask the instructor if she would be willing to review the material with us privately. Jody was unable to come at the time we scheduled, so not only did I receive one-on-one guidance through the "class," I also didn't have to pay the $12 registration fee!
I am so excited to share with you what I learned that afternoon, and plan to do a series of posts on this topic next week. I hope you'll join me and look forward to your comments and ideas.
Until then, have a blessed Thanksgiving!
Tuesday, November 25, 2008
By opting to join, I had to complete a brief survey in which an OB nurse asked me a series of questions about my pregnancy and my overall health. I was cruising through with the "right" answers, until she asked if I eat 5 servings of fruits and veggies a day. Umm, well, not so much. When I confessed that I did not, she said she would send me some information on nutrition during pregnancy! Well, it's been interesting that I've been more motivated in this area since that phone call. I think I just needed a little push in the right direction.
I'm really trying to make better choices! For example, the other night I was craving a bowl of ice cream. Before indulging, I tried to convince myself to choose an apple instead, but that did not sound nearly as appealing. While wrestling with my decision, I then remembered a simple and healthy milk shake recipe from What to Expect that I'd made several times when pregnant with Nathan. So that felt like a good compromise. I've learned about myself that I like to eat healthy meals, but when it comes to snacking, I am way too likely to reach for carbs/unhealthy fats. I'm trying to make strides in getting to the 5/day goal, which is healthy for pregnancy and beyond!
What about you--where would you place yourself on a healthy eating continuum? And if you're currently pregnant, do you find yourself putting more emphasis on nutrition?
If you're interested, here's the recipe for the "double milk shake:"
1 c. milk
1/3 c. non-fat dry milk
1 frozen overripe banana, cut into chunks
1 t. vanilla (I omit this)
chocolate syrup to taste
Puree in blender--makes one tall glass.
Monday, November 24, 2008
It sounds so cliche to say most of us think something like this will never happen in our own family. I understand that. Just a couple short weeks ago, I would never have predicted we'd be facing cancer square in the face. We were given a little warning, after all--though it was the kind I didn't think too much about because originally it was a pretty positive prognosis.
But now . . . I'm reeling--there's just no other way to say it. We'd greatly appreciate your prayers for our family at this time. And I can tell you, Thanksgiving will taste a little different this year.
Friday, November 21, 2008
I don't usually cry in movies, but the story and message touched my heart and I was in tears several times. I think we can all relate to aspects of the characters (whether married or not), and I strongly encourage you to go see the film. As we walked out of the theatre, Eric said the movie reminded him to not take anything for granted. Marriage is a sacred gift and covenant!
Also on the subject of marriage, I keep thinking about a statement I read on my friend Amanda's blog that "marriage is not supposed to be hard, it is supposed to be good, and we have the choice to make it that way, by being led by the Spirit . . . I've always heard that marriage is hard work, until I met this couple. Marriage does not have to be hard work, dying to self is the difficult part." Wow, that's pretty thought-provoking!
In addition, I am reminded of the Scripture passage Eric and I chose to have read at our wedding:
Therefore, as God's chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience. Bear with each other and forgive whatever grievances you may have against one another. Forgive as the Lord forgave you. And over all these virtues put on love, which binds them all together in perfect unity.
Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as members of one body you were called to peace. And be thankful. Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly as you teach and admonish one another with all wisdom, and as you sing psalms, hymns and spiritual songs with gratitude in your hearts to God. And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.
Wednesday, November 19, 2008
One of you will win either a 5x7 print or a set of 5 notecards--your choice of image! (I personally love this cheerful mitten print.)
To enter, go to Lisa's shop, and look through the fabulous selections. Leave a comment with the title of your favorite(s) and indicate if you would like a 5x7 or the notecards. Comments will be open until Friday, November 21 at 12:00 pm CST. Make sure I have a way to contact you if you win, wither via a blog or an e-mail address--thanks.
*As a special holiday offer through December 10, Lisa's giving away 5 free notecards for readers of this blog when you make any purchase from her shop. Just enter "watibg" in the instruction section.
Tuesday, November 18, 2008
-Shepherds Abiding by Jan Karon--loved it and reviewed the series here
-Cleaning Up the Clutter by Emilie Barnes--was interested in reading this because Monica found it so helpful. It wasn't my favorite, though I always enjoy reading about organization! =)
-The Girlfriends' Guide to Toddlers by Vicki Iovine--half-way through, though I've enjoyed her other books more than this one
-The Simple Living Guide by Janet Luhrs--am determined to read this and return it to my mom at Christmas because she loaned it to me in April!
Now it's your turn to show and tell--please link directly to your swap post!
Monday, November 17, 2008
barbara: I follow both of your blogs and really enjoy them, and your mother's sweet comments. I don't blog, but I do have a sister (and a brother). Unfortunately, we are not close and this is sad for me. How do you maintain your long-distance relationship? (I am in MI and my sister is in OH.) What is your age difference? (I am 7 years younger than my sister.) The only thing we have in common is being in the same family . . .
Michelle: Were you and Monica close as children? I'm wondering if your parents did anything in particular that helped you to cultivate a strong relationship, or if it was something that you grew into as adults?
Ruth: I don't remember intentionally working to foster a close relationship between Monica and Carrie, but we did do quite a few things together as a family (camping is an example). We also had a foster daughter in our home for 2 1/2 years (she was younger than M&C) -- I believe that experience created a bond between them as sisters as well.
Carrie: "Growing into our relationship as adults" is an accurate description. We've only gotten closer as we've become wives and moms, and also moved far away from one another.
Carrie--I taught 8th grade reading and writing for a year, before deciding to return to my alma mater as a women's dorm director. I then worked at the college in student programming and public relations until Nathan was born.
Friday, November 7, 2008
Tuesday, November 4, 2008
Monday, November 3, 2008
I'd love to hear your guesses, and feel free to elaborate on your choice in the comments. If he/she cooperates, we'll know the news later today, and I'll be sure to post the results tomorrow! (Thanks to my sister-in-law, Kendra, for the cute poll idea.)
I would like for Nathan to note that the word "baby" is singular. He keeps pointing to my belly, and saying "Two babies!"