Thursday, January 29, 2009

Life is just a...

bowl of cherries? Well at least Little D would eat them! Ha! I have never understood or have empathy for picky eaters and now I have one. The other boys tell me they don't like things, but they eat them when I tell them to, but Little D is another story. He won't eat anything green, doesn't like potatoes (except fries) or cereal like Cheerios (I thought all babies loved Cheerios), hates most meat (except hot dogs and other processed stuff). In general, he likes bread and fruit. I try to supply whole grain bread and unsweetened fruit and he does okay with that. Of course, he likes anything really messy like spaghetti or other tomato-ey pasta things. It's bath time after eating any of that! Last night for the first time, I gave him a plastic bowl and a real spoon to eat his dinner and he really dug in! It was a chicken-couscous thing that I made up with orange marmalade and balsamic vinegar and he actually liked it. He ate it again for lunch today, which is also a miracle, because he hates leftovers, even if it was something he ate well the first time. I can't figure him out yet.

Since his surgery, he is really beginning to talk. Everyone says that it's because he can actually hear now that the tubes are in and the gunk is out. He can say "bye", "meow", "night night", "g'pa" (grandpa), "ma ma" (grammy). There are probably other words I can't think of right now. For a while now, he has answered the question, "how old are you" by sticking his right finger in the air and saying "one"! Sometimes, he turns to look at you and says something with all seriousness in baby talk and he expects that you understand it. It's all very cute.

Websites of note

I have known of Connecting Threads for years, at one time I received their catalogs regularly. I lost track of them a while back and ran across their website Connecting Threads. It's worth a visit because their prices are reasonable, especially on their thread.

Also, I found their nice little quilting community called Quilt With Us. Haven't spent much time here, but it looks good.

Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Audio Bible Sent Via TEXT Message

I heard about this on the radio tonight and I wanted to post it so I wouldn't lose it.

Audio Bible Sent Via TEXT Message

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Where I find myself

Here I am in front of the computer again, wondering what to write, and yet feeling the desire to put something in my blog. So I dug up something I wrote a while back and freshened it up with new thoughts and scriptures and here it is:

One of my favorite Bible people is David. I always thought of him, “being a man after God’s own heart,” as so spiritual. But when we studied his life closely in Sunday School a few years ago, I discovered that he had his ups and downs, as we all do. He often did things without consulting God and the results were less than pleasing. When he stopped to “inquire of the Lord”, God gave him great victories. The Psalms are full of David’s prayers, sometimes he was joyous and sometimes like a lost sheep, but always ready to praise God, even when he couldn’t see Him working.

Psalm 28: "To you I call, O LORD my Rock; do not turn a deaf ear to me. For if you remain silent, I will be like those who have gone down to the pit. Hear my cry for mercy as I call to you for help, as I lift up my hands toward your Most Holy Place…
Praise be to the LORD, for he has heard my cry for mercy. The LORD is my strength and my shield; my heart trusts in him and I am helped. My heart leaps for joy and I will give thanks to him in song."

Sometimes we look at others around us and think they are so spiritual, especially those at church or who are in full-time ministry. We think they have a special conduit to God and must be really close to Him. But the demands and pace of daily living, can actually be a detriment to a person’s relationship to God. Too busy to stop and meditate on God and His word, we can find ourselves in the wilderness, wondering how in the world we got there! But God is never surprised at where we find ourselves.

God is with me wherever I go, even in the wilderness, though I might not see or hear him there. He has promised to never leave me or forsake me, but sometimes, I choose to leave Him.

Right now, my time is demanded by three little boys who need me, especially Little D, who is nineteen months and every bit a toddler now. Walking, running, climbing and exploring his world, he requires constant supervision. I never leave him or forsake him; I am always nearby and listening, even if I can’t see him at a particular moment. It’s a madhouse here sometimes, as I try to keep up with three boys.

I am glad that God can watch over millions of His children at the same time! He knew where David was when he was in the wilderness, running from Saul. He knows where I am when I am yelling at the kids and He loves me just the same. When David was spiritually dry, he still looked to the Lord. I recognize this dryness in me, feeling like God is not nearby and my enemy (Satan) is triumphing over me. Even so, David was able to recognize God’s unfailing love and write a song:

Psalm 13: "How long, O LORD? Will you forget me forever? How long will you hide your face from me? How long must I wrestle with my thoughts and every day have sorrow in my heart? How long will my enemy triumph over me? Look on me and answer, O LORD my God. Give light to my eyes or I will sleep in death; my enemy will say, 'I have overcome him,' and my foes will rejoice when I fall. But I trust in your unfailing love; my heart rejoices in your salvation. I will sing to the LORD, for he has been good to me."

So, when I take time and inquire of the Lord, reading his Word daily, life is supposed to go smoothly, right? Not always. That is where trusting him comes in.
When I can't see him, he is still there.
When I can't feel him, he is still there.
When I don't look for him, he is still there.
When I don't talk to him, he is still there.

Praise you, Lord. Thank you that you never leave me or forsake me, because I certainly have done both to you many times. Thank you that you are with me. Remind me of your presence and provision and give me the time and desire to spend time with you. Love, Becky

Monday, January 26, 2009

The beginning

I've finally gone and done it...after procrastinating for a long while, I have decide to blog. This seems to be a place to journal, writing my thoughts and recording other trivial minutia. I doubt anyone else will be interested, but here goes.

Tonight I made a good casserole for supper. It was based on lasagna, using whatever I had on hand. So, elbow macaroni, chicken thighs, leftover spaghetti sauce, cottage cheese and mozzarella became a casserole. It was pretty good, if I say so myself. Ha!

As I was putting it all together, Mom called and wanted some more advice on the quilt she is designing. I have been helping her by putting ideas into Electric Quilt and then she works it over on the design wall. I had to put her off until dinner was over, DH and Big D went to a basketball game, Middle D was in the tub and I was in Little D's room sitting on the floor with my laptop and the phone. Little D played with his toys while Mom and I discussed the quilt.

This is for her new line of fabrics, Tulips. We designed 4 quilts last year when her line of Poppies came out. She's not happy with the way this one is coming along, but I think it's a good beginning. We think it needs some darker "solids", but she didn't find what she wanted today, so will look again tomorrow at another shop.

I'm excited to be studying Esther by Beth Moore and am looking forward to learning more about my Lord and Savior, developing my relationship with Him. So, I best quit writing on this and get back to studying!