Thursday, March 22, 2007

"So much to do, so little time??"

My sister just emailed me this poem. My mom had the last stanza of this poem in a framed needlework in our hallway growing up. I've often thought of it during these years with young children, and enjoyed reading the entire poem. It was a timely reminder of how fast these little ones grow up and how short our time is with them. It's easy to think of the "stuff" of life and how much we have to do and there never seems to be enough time. But these little lives that God has so graciously allowed us to be a major part of? There is so much to do - so much to teach them about our wonderful God and who He is - and so little precious time!

Mother, oh Mother, come shake out your cloth
empty the dustpan, poison the moth,
hang out the washing and butter the bread,
sew on a button and make up a bed.

Where is the mother whose house is so shocking?
She's up in the nursery, blissfully rocking.

Oh, I've grown shiftless as Little Boy Blue
(lullaby, rockabye, lullaby loo).
Dishes are waiting and bills are past due
(pat-a-cake, darling, and peek, peek-a-boo).

The shopping's not done and there's nothing for stew
and out in the yard there's a hullabaloo
but I'm playing Kanga and this is my Roo.
Look! Aren't her eyes the most wonderful hue?
(lullaby, rockaby, lullaby loo).

The cleaning and scrubbing will wait till tomorrow,
for children grow up, as I've learned to my sorrow.
So quiet down, cobwebs. Dust go to sleep.
I'm rocking my baby and babies don't keep.

-- Author Unknown

Saturday, March 17, 2007

Joey's 7th Birthday (. . . oh yeah . . . and my 30th . . .)

Joey turned 7 years old on March 8. Yes, he was born on my 23rd birthday. Ah, I was so young!! He had a good birthday. For those of you who can't tell what it is, that was my best attempt at a blue Lego cake. He liked it, so that's all that matters :o)

And Joshua had his first taste of blue icing - he was sucking it off his lips and fingers for a while :o)

And, since your 30th birthday only happens once - at least if you're honest - my mom surprised me and flew out for a quick visit. We had a nice time, and I enjoyed that she got to spend some time with the kids. This picture is of when we took my mom downtown Indianapolis to walk around and have some dinner - and, yes, she actually let us get a picture of her!

Gracie's Day With Daddy

We've continued in a tradition that my dad started with us. Every year, Joe takes each of the kids on a special activity of their choice - just them and Daddy. Gracie LOVES animals, and this year she chose to go to the circus with Daddy. Of course Joe said she enjoyed the pony rides and big blow-up slide more than the show itself :o)

And Joe was surprised to look behind one row and down a few seats from where they were sitting and see Indianapolis Colts' center, Jeff Saturday - there for a day with his family. Joe didn't get his autograph, though. He said he was bombarded and he didn't want to bug the guy while he's trying to have a day with his kids.


Okay, so the swing has these cute little animals on the side to entertain the baby. Don't you think that's kind-of cruel to put those interesting little things sewn onto the side where the baby can't get to them?? Well, Joshua figured out how to get the little giraffe, and boy did he enjoy it :o)