Surviving Pee, Poop, and Puke

Surviving Pee, Poop, and Puke

Surviving Pee, Poop, and Puke We were in a dimly-lit, quiet hospital room. Beautiful gifts lay around from the excited grandparents and friends who had visited. My dreams of having a little boy had come true, and I stood beside the crib, drinking in his handsome face. My husband joined me, leaning on the opposite side of the crib. The moment was pure joy. Suddenly, the two new parents, inexperienced and clueless, changed their first poopy diaper alone. I didn’t expect it when a beautiful sparkling stream of urine exploded from the baby, raised in a high arc out of the crib and onto the floor. My husband and I both took a step back, unsure of how to react at first. A split-second later, my mommy instincts kicked in and I used a clean diaper to catch the ceaseless stream. I cleaned up baby, changed his sheet, and cuddled him. If only I could have looked into the future about how many gross things would lay ahead. It was a mere two weeks later. My brother set up my living room with his professional equipment to photograph our new addition. It was the idea of someone to have the new daddy hold his naked baby on his bare arm for a perfect naked-baby-picture. In the middle of taking pictures, my beautiful new baby had rocket poop blast out and onto his daddy’s arm, shirt, and the backdrop. My poor husband, the new daddy, almost dropped our new little baby, because the event shocked and disgusted him. It wasn’t our first or last experience with such grossness. We added...
Forgiveness Part Two

Forgiveness Part Two

Forgiveness Part Two   In the last post, I talked about forgiveness. I addressed what I go through when someone has hurt me. What about when I am the one who has hurt someone else? Don’t leave just yet! I’m not here to point fingers and tell you anything bad. I’m going to ask that you sit with me and be honest for a few minutes.   We all have done the hurting. Whether it was intentional or not, we have all said things in a mean way or had a tone of voice that was unacceptable. Rude. Cruel. Mean. We have all had times when we allowed that behavior to exude from our words and actions. I have had so many moments when I have said things that I should not have said. I argue with my husband about things that just do NOT matter. My desire in those arguments is to be RIGHT. I reject humility and grace so I can be “the winner” and RIGHT. How many times have I hurt my husband because of my lack of grace? How many times have my words cut deep into his heart? How many times? I have moments when I lose it with my kids. I have told them what NOT to do. Yet, they do it again and again. “I TOLD you to STOP hitting your sister!” “I TOLD you to stop hitting the ball against the wall!” Those times that I have displayed my impatience, my tone of voice has hurt my children’s hearts. It wasn’t my intention to hurt them, but I did. In these...
Forgiveness Part One

Forgiveness Part One

Forgiveness. One little word. And it can mean so much. It can also be one of the most difficult things to do. It is hard to extend grace to someone when you hurt. It is hard to forgive when the person hasn’t apologized. Or when they do apologize but they cause the same hurt to your heart over and over. Matthew West has a song called Forgiveness. One of the lines hits to the heart. “So let it go and be amazed To see through the eyes of grace. The prisoner that it really frees is you. Forgiveness.” I had never considered unforgiveness a prison cell. I had to ask myself, “Could I be a prisoner to unforgiveness?” I’m going to be honest with you: people close to me have hurt me. I ask God what to do, and I know immediately in my heart that I need to forgive. In those moments, I am so hurt that I tell God that awful word of rejection: “No.” It is just so difficult to let go of hurt. When I get hurt, I look to God and want the person who hurt me to immediately be judged for their meanness and ill behavior. Don’t we all expect a small bolt of lightning to come down and do its work? We expect the lightning bolt to get their attention, so they would come to their knees, ask for forgiveness, and never hurt us like that again. That’s the stuff of dreams. Sorry…? In reality most of the time when I have been hurt, nothing in way of apologies and formal forgiveness...
Take Notice, Find Joy

Take Notice, Find Joy

Take Notice, Find Joy When you look around, what do you see? What do you NOTICE? Do you see: … the trees blowing in the breeze? … the smile of a really happy child? …the content sigh from a spouse? Do you only see: … laundry that needs to be finished? …dishes that have to be washed? …carpet that needs vacuumed? What exactly do you notice?   Things I Notice I’m a wife and a mom. I have four lively children. We have a household of six people, 1 dog, 1 cat, and a hamster. You could guess what I notice: endless laundry, endless dishes, crumbs on the carpet, something sticky on the kitchen floor, an argument between siblings that needs intervention, and a dog that needs to go out. It’s loud. It’s busy. It’s my life. I love it. You think I’m crazy. But I truly love all of it. I have bad days. We all do! But in all the chaos and busyness, I choose to notice small things that bring me JOY. I notice the laundry and I’m thankful for the abundance of clothing that my children have been blessed with. I notice the dishes and I’m grateful that we had meals that day, which requires me to cook and clean. I notice the crumbs on the carpet that was caused by one of my kids spilling a bowl of snacks, and I’m grateful for those snacks. I notice the sticky floor, because one of my kids decided to attempt getting their own juice or milk, which shows me how independent they are becoming. I notice the...
January is Like a Restart Button

January is Like a Restart Button

At the start of each year, everyone seems to feel a sense of freshness. Renewal. Starting over. A clean slate. Our culture has been making New Year’s Resolutions since I can remember. Then a few years ago, people started choosing a new word to focus on in the year ahead. I know this year I have had more urge to “get organized” than I have in years before. (I’m hoping my new Purposeful Planner will help with that! Read More here: Organize My Life) I enjoy the newness of January. We can form new ideas for a fresh year ahead. (More organization is a popular choice!) I can make resolutions about myself that I would like to improve.(Working out or losing weight is a popular choice for that.) We can choose words that we want to incorporate into our daily lives. Words like: serenity, joy, renewal, restore, and faith. Most people who choose words or make resolutions have one goal: improve self — or find oneself. I read something in my daily reading of Sarah Young’s Jesus Calling that struck me for this new year and the desire in each of us to improve self. She wrote, “Enjoy the adventure of finding yourself through losing yourself in (God).” It really is THAT simple. The way to ”find yourself” is to actually lose yourself in God. Immerse yourself in Him on a daily basis. Know His voice. Know His Word. Be still before Him. Lose yourself in Him. The same day, I read this: 2 Thessalonians 1:11-12 (NIV)  “…we constantly pray for you, that our God may make you worthy of His calling, and...
You Have Been Lied To

You Have Been Lied To

  You Have Been Lied To   A friend recently told me that God would not give her more than she could handle. I had to disagree with her. She was going through a tough time in life, and she felt overwhelmed. Her hope rested in the idea that God wouldn’t allow her to feel the full weight of her burdens. She was told, like most of us who grew up in church, that God wouldn’t allow us to feel overwhelmed to the point of drowning in a situation. She thought that “God would never give anyone more than they could handle.” We’ve all heard the popular phrase: “God will never give you more than you can handle.” I heard it growing up. I believed that.  It is a lie.  I’m not sure who started the lie. Its origin doesn’t matter. What matters is that you, my friends, realize that this silly phrase is a serious untruth that will cause you to doubt the goodness of God. Listen, friends: God is absolutely, completely, in every way going to give you more than you can handle. You may have times of rest and recuperation, but God will continue to give you more than you think you can handle. He loves you, and that is without a doubt. But He will still pile more on you, until you think you can’t go further on the journey.   Taking a Look at History Let’s look at one Biblical example. Gideon. God called Gideon to fight in a battle. Gideon felt ill-equipped. He asked God for specific signs that he was indeed who...