Showing posts from January, 2014

7 QT: Suburban Wildlife

I'm taking a break from writing about books for a week, but don't worry, there will be more book recommendations in the future! Today I'm addressing the kind of critters we find in the wilds of Oregon City.
--- 1 --- These are our neighbor's chickens, but they enjoy hanging out on our porch.  This may or may not be due to the fact that we tend to throw stale cereal and sandwich crusts to them.  Max has not figured out that throwing gravel AT the chickens is not the same as throwing cereal TO the chickens.
--- 2 --- Spotty the Cheetah (based on the book Put Me in the Zoo) enjoys some birthday cake (i.e. blue  megablok) --- 3 --- Grandma Laurie's second gift box did not remain unseen until Valentine's Day. Oh well…I guess the kids have to wear their new adorable clothes now.  What a burden! (Not.)
--- 4 --- (All together now) Awwwwwwwwwwwww!
--- 5 --- Jury is out on whether that hat makes him a dinosaur or a monster, but he looks skeptical either way.

--- 6 --- W…

A Nice Compliment

My husband paid me a lovely compliment tonight.  It was one of those nights, where the kids went to bed way too late and were exhausted and all three of them were crying (loudly) in unison.  You feel me, fellow parents?  Yeah, it was rough.  And then, out of nowhere, my husband told me the nicest thing.  I asked him to type it up.

I (Allen) told her that she was like an anchor for me.  Generally, I have a difficult time putting up with bedtime shenanigans from the kids and often revert to yelling far too much.  Tonight, with Jenny in the room, it was like having a constant gentle reminder/example of what I was capable of (being gentle) and I felt like I could draw peace right from her.  

Isn't that all kinds of "words of affirmation" (which just so happens to be my top love language)?  Awwww.

I love you, Allen, and I'm glad that (sometimes) I can be a calming, gentle, and gracious presence for you and for our children.

Tribute Tuesday: My Mom

This post could be endlessly long, you know.  I mean, we're talking about my mom, Laurie Lowe.  I don't even know quite where to begin, or quite how to say it all.   I feel pressed for time yet fearful that I might leave out any good thing.  I guess I'll just do some straight up thank yous.
Mom, thank you for teaching me about Jesus.  You made the introductions when I was very young, so young that I can't even remember a time before knowing that Jesus loved me.  You planted the seeds and worked to cultivate the soil.  Of course, God has been the one to make the seeds grow, and He's done lots of pruning and cultivating over the years and through many people.  But I will always owe it to you for teaching me the faith and seeing to it that I always had a Bible to read, good books and music to learn from, a good church to attend, and lots of prayers said over me.
Mom, thank you for being a great reader and always keeping me (and now my children) well-supplied in wonder…

A Good Day for Mail

You know what's awesome?  Getting something in the mail that is not a bill, junk mail, or misaddressed mail (given our frequency of moving, that happens a lot).  Heck, I even get excited about getting my high school and college's alumni magazines, so you can imagine my level of excitement when I beheld my mail today.
Not one box.
Not two boxes.
But THREE boxes were sitting on my doorstep, guarded by our neighbor's five security chickens (wish I had a picture of that).
I got two boxes from home and one that I had ordered two weeks ago.
What's that you're murmuring?  Oh, how I wonder what is inside those boxes!  Well, it's your lucky day, because I am going to give you a running photo commentary!
First, the box that I ordered.  This was exciting because I was really excited to receive the product.  It's a Mama's Notebook Weekly Planner & Organizer.  I am not a terribly organized person, so having a planner is important…and it's also satisfying …

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