Sunday, February 27, 2011

And the Award for Best Supporting Actress goes to... You. Moms and wives everywhere. Women who make the world go around, and who make it cleaner, neater, more orderly and better smelling as they do it.
Feminists got it wrong (boy, isn't that an understatement!). We are not too good to be caring for our homes, husbands and children. We are not wasting our intellect by serving others without pay. We are not demeaning ourselves by completing the tasks that are necessary for clean, healthy and orderly life. We are not being suffocated when we consider others before ourselves. We are called to be supporting actresses. And there is no other role, though however glamourous, that I would rather have.
This post was inspired by a post by Courtney at Women Living Well - check it out. And as always, Soli Deo Gloria.

Saturday, February 26, 2011

Photo Shoot! (or, too many pictures for Brit...)

The story behind this weekend photo shoot begins with the dress....isn't it adorable? The bookkeeper at my school made it to sell on her Etsy store, and wanted me to try it on Charlotte to 1) check for sizing and 2) take some pictures for her to post as she tries to sell the dress. Enjoy!

The money shot...

Monday, February 21, 2011

I know, I know, you're supposed to warn your readers if you're going to take a blogging break...

In my defense, I didn't know I was going to be taking one. Honestly, it was just a combination of a couple of things, including crummy work weeks for Adam, a lot on my plate at school and all of us in the house being sick or rashy. Yuck. Anyway, most of February has really just gotten away from me. But I have been thinking of you while I've been striving in the non-blog world, and here is what I have to share.

There is great truth to the FlyLady's idea of keeping your home together: if you keep one spot of one room together, the rest of the room will likely stay together. Her first step, and main mantra of organization is "shine your sink." The idea, in a very simplified form, is that if your sink is shiny, you won't put dishes in it, so you'll unload your dishwasher and clean your dishes as you cook instead of piling them into your, shiny, sink. Get it? Well, I've been thinking about this a lot in the past couple of weeks, coupling it with the idea from the GirlTalk blog of Pick One Spot. That idea is to pick one spot (obviously) in your home that needs a little TLC and fix it! :) These two ideas go very well together - pick the one spot in each room that impacts the rest of the room and make it better. I like this idea because it's small and not overwhelming like life can be. Think about it as you walk around your house this week. Here's my example: the spot in my bedroom that affects the rest of the room is the floor. If there are clothes on the floor, then clothes will continue to pile onto the floor, and Adam will leave clothes on the footrest of the bed, and I won't move them, and they'll collect Simon hair. Then we're more likely to collect clothes and junk on the dresser, and when I change my clothes at the end of the workday, I'm less likely to fold them and put them away in my closet. Anyway, just some food for thought - remember, I've been gone for a while. :)

I was folding laundry today with Charlotte (long story as to how I was home today) and we had turned the radio on in her room to listen to music. Now don't laugh at me because I promise there is a REDEEMING point to this story. The song that came on was one of my favorites in middle school, the song "Shoop" by Salt n Pepa. Okay, now you can laugh.... It's fine, I can take it. Yes, when I was in middle school, I listened to (and kind of loved) Salt n Pepa. Spinderella was my favorite because I thought her name was funny and clever. Anyway, are you done laughing? Okay. Now, I am not prepared to defend the rap group, nor am I prepared to make any sort of case for them being anything that I am trying to promote. BUT...the song "Shoop" made me stop for a minute and listen. Because it is a song sung by a woman about how great her man is. And it made me think about how little this is done now....think about it...the only songs currrently written in admiration of the opposite sex are for wooing, not for just admiring the one who's already been wooed. Have you sung this song to your man lately? Have you even made a list about all of the things you like about him? Have you treasured him? Let him know you respect him? Think about it, while you're thinking about your spot in your house to clean.

I guess that's it for now. I also finished the novel The Secret Life of Bees, which, except for the weird Our Lady spirituality stuff, was really good. I hope you're reading something good, and having a great week. Soli Deo Gloria.

Thursday, February 10, 2011

New pictures

Charlotte on Sunday in her new purple outfit that she asked to wear (and the skirt that she took off during church a couple times because it's a little big...)

Tonight, she read while I fixed dinner...

...then she saw me with the camera and made a funny face for me. My favorite little girl.

David's Song of Deliverance

"The Lord is my rock and my fortress and my deliverer,
my God, my rock, in whom I take refuge,
my shield, and the horn of my salvation,
my stronghold and my refuge,
my savior; you save me from violence.
I call upon the Lord, who is worthy to be praised,
and I am saved from my enemies.....
[Selah, added by me...]
With the merciful you show yourself merciful;
with the blameless man, you show yourself blameless;
with the purified you deal purely,
and with the crooked you make yourself seem tortuous.
You save a humble people,
but your eyes are on the haughty to bring them down.
For you are my lamp, O Lord,
and my God lightens my darkness.
For by you I can run against a troop,
and by my God I can leap over a wall.
This God -- his way is perfect;
the word of the Lord proves true;
he is a shield for all those who take refuge in him."

2 Samuel 22:2-4, 26-31

Amen. It has been a tough couple of weeks, but these words are soothing to my soul. May they soothe your soul also today. Soli Deo Gloria.

Saturday, February 5, 2011

Touchdown-Dance Vegetarian Recipe

Vegetarian recipes are hard. Especially for me, who shouldn't eat a whole lot of, if any, dairy. So when I find a great (and I mean, great!) vegetarian recipe that my husband and child will eat, feel full from and not complain about when it's on the menu in the future, I want to do the homekeeper's equivalent of a touchdown dance. I stumbled upon this recipe on Rachael Ray's website, and for Brit, I'll contain my urge to write about how much I love Rachael Ray. The link to the original page is here; please try and enjoy this! It was a soup/stew the night I made it, then I took it to school the next day, and it was more like a pasta.

Lazy Weekend Meals

Friday nights are always a relief, nights when we have no more energy as a family. Every couple of weeks, we will make/order pizza on Friday night and watch a movie. This Friday, we ordered pizza that was a great deal and rented Despicable Me (which was hilarious). We ate downstairs in front of the TV as a family, and it was just what the doctor ordered for what was a long, sort of crappy week for everyone.

Charlotte's crazy after-a-whole-day-of-daycare ponytail.

Oh, and she rediscovered her rocking horse for a little bit, even though she's disappointed that the batteries ran out. :)
And this is tonight's dinner. Usually Saturday is "new recipe" night, but tonight, I just made chili mac with turkey. Charlotte had spaghetti-o's and applesauce before we ate, but then she saw our "miscetti," and she wanted some of her own. Baked cheetos rounded out her meal.
Oh, and we don't take baths on Saturday night. The joke was on us tonight. :)