Monthly Archives: February 2008

Unexpected Conversations and Songs


I have such a great husband, for many reasons, but one of my favorites is that he makes me laugh. Here are a couple of his recent funnies:

Overheard, from Matt to his mother:

"But you really are cool, mom. You’re like the Fonz of moms!"

Another thing I love is when Matt "narrates" our babies. I laugh so hard when he (in a goofy baby voice, of course) says the things he imagines our infants might be thinking. He makes up songs, too. Here’s his recent song for Alyssa (who gets a bit odiferous if she’s not bathed!) His inspiration was the girls watching Beauty and The Beast in the background, so you have to imagine him singing this to Alyssa, in the tune of "Be Our Guest":

  He’s had a few endings to this song, I’ll have to post if he ever settles on one . . .

Be my guest,
I smell fresh,
put my odor to the test.
I am cleaner than a whistle
‘Cause I’m washed with good milk thistle,
and some honey,
bet some money
that my odor isn’t funny.
Yes, I know you don’t believe me
let thy nostrils not deceive thee.
With the power of a shower
I smell nicer than May flowers.
Yes it seems a contradiction
but it’s certainly not fiction. . .




Little Tidbits


What a week! I feel like I’m spending it in the bathroom with a baby and a "big girl" baby. This is due to the two main events of the week: feeding Alyssa baby food (and simultaneously being astonished at the mess she can make) and trying to potty train Juliette (oh the dandy stage of potty training!) Between bathing Alyssa and sitting by Juli as she uses the big girl potty, I’ve seen little else than my bathroom. Though I did manage to get out with the girls to play and enjoy some gorgeous fifty degree weather! You can see some pictures below.

Care for any potty training stories? Don’t they always abound! Isabelle took about two weeks, Hannah took a week, and Naomi took the cake for amazing quickness in one day! Juliette, however, takes the cake for goofiness and just having to figure out a different way to do the whole thing! The first day she pottied and poopied in the toilet quite a few times – hooray, lots of praise and candy, etc! The next day she decided she’d had enough of that and was now quite stressed about using the toilet, so she proved her nearly impeccable bladder control by just holding it – for a looooooong time! That is, until her bladder could take it no longer and she flowed forth freely upon our dining room chair, or in bed! Now for day three: she got to the point that she would still hold it as long as toddler-ly possible, then wet a tiny bit and say she had to go to the potty. So I’d take her quite happily, and she’d squirt two drops in the toilet and proudly proclaim that she’s done! How DO you get them to empty their whole bladder??? You’d think I’d remember . . . She’s really been quite chipper today, just trying to avoid the toilet. We disovered a whole range of words we didn’t even know she could pronounce. Here were her excuses:

Mommy: "Juliette, can you show mommy where you go potty now?"

Juliette: "No, Jooey all done potty twain!"

Next time I asked:

Juliette: "No, I don’t know how" (this one sounded pathetically like "I no know how, I no know how!" It was very convincing until she started trying it when I’d tell her to tidy up, give a toy back to sister, or come see mommy! hmmm. . . methinks she fooled me!)

Next tactic:

Juliette: "No, I no want to" At least this one was direct.

In all cases, she still ended up on the big potty, much to her chagrin. I think I’m finally figuring out how to work her little system. First I discovered that loose panties and tights work great. She can get them down, and they are just enough to catch all the minor "oopsies" so I have no extra cleanup. When she goes on the big potty, I have to go out of the bathroom for a few minutes (even if I just hide around the corner) for her to go. I also have to convince her that her frumpy little gumby lips won’t convince me she doesn’t need to try. Then I have to remind her that if she potties in her panties, we have to clean her up in the tub (the one place she’s currently less fond of than the toilet). Lastly I have to make sure to show her that lovely clear jar full of candies which she may choose from upon successful completion of her mission. It’s been an interesting few days figuring out how to help her decide to do all this, but she’s really doing pretty well, I think. All things considered, anyway.  We even made up her own little song, which she likes to sing again, and again, and again:

I’m big Juli, and I have dry panties;

No wet panties for big Juli girl;

I go potty on the big girl toilet;

I go potty with a happy heart!

Didn’t you just always hope I’d post a potty song?  Ok, enough of this! Happy potty training to all who may currently be sharing this time! Here are some almost Spring pictures:

In this one, we were "helping" the rapidly melting snow by shoveling it off of our yard!

Big girl Juli in her little potty training tights!


Live Well, Laugh Often, Love Much


I sure enjoyed having a contest for you all – thanks for joining in the fun! Now here is a somewhat lengthy mission statement I’ve been working on. Really, these could be so long, or short, specific or detailed, depending on the particular area of your life you wanted to write out your goals for. This one kind of overarches my life right now. This is my goal. While I certainly never fulfill it perfectly, it’s nice to write down what I am seeking to do.

My mission is to be a woman (wife, mother, daughter, sister, friend, etc) after God’s own heart. Thus I will daily seek, first of all, to love my God above all else. (Dt. 6:5  You shall love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your might.) I will be thankful for Him and for all is kind blessings to me.

I will remember that I am a woman, and not forget the purpose for which women were lovingly fashioned. (Gen. 2:18 Then the LORD God said, "It is not good that the man should be alone; I will make him a helper fit for him.") I will remember that God made me specifically to marry Matthew and He has perfectly suited me for the task of being his wife. I will daily thank God for my wonderful husband and I will seek to bless Matt, respect him and show him sweet affection and comfort in all things. (Gen. 24:67 Then Isaac brought her (his new wife, Rebekah) into the tent  . . and she became his wife, and he loved her. So Isaac was comforted after his mother’s death.) I will encourage him, pray for him, and while he is away at work and such, I will honor him by spending my time wisely in caring for our home and children. (Prov. 31:10-11 Who can find a virtuous wife? For her worth is far above rubies. The heart of her husband safely trusts her; So he will have no lack of gain.)

I will remember that motherhood is a high calling in God’s eyes. I have been given the task of training up the young hearts and minds of the daughters God has given me. I will thank God each day for my children, remembering that they are blessings and not burdens (Ps. 127:3 Behold, children are a gift of the LORD, The fruit of the womb is a reward.) I will remember the charge to teach them God’s Word (Dt. 6:6-7 And these words that I command you today shall be on your heart. You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, and when you walk by the way, and when you lie down, and when you rise.) And I will let this be my ultimate goal as I teach my children in our homeschool. I will remember my childrens’ frame, as God remembers mine, and seek to not be easily angered. I will lovingly discipline and correct them when they sin, that they may learn true happiness by walking in God’s way. (Pr. 31:26 She opens her mouth with wisdom, and the teaching of kindness is on her tongue.) I will seek to be the woman I want my girls to be. I will remember that visible joy is the kind they understand and so I will seek to fill our days with laughter and enjoyment of God’s world, for the joy of the Lord is our strength. I will seek to teach and show my girls Philippians 4:4 "Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, Rejoice"!

As I am able, beyond serving my family, I will seek to bless and minister to others, especially by inviting others to share meals in our home. I will remember what God desires of a righteous wife, as seen in 1 Timothy 5:9-10 ". . . the wife of one husband,and having a reputation for good works: if she has brought up children, has shown hospitality, has washed the feet of the saints, has cared for the afflicted, and has devoted herself to every good work."

I will remember that in all things I can do this only through Christ (Phil. 4:13 I can do all things through Him who strengthens me.), and that he has equipped me for these good works (II Tim. 3:16-17 All Scripture is inspired by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, for training in righteousness; so that the man of God may be adequate, equipped for every good work.  II Peter 1:3 His divine power has granted to us all things that pertain to life and godliness, through the knowledge of him who called us to his own glory and excellence)

I will remember to seek Him in His Word and in prayer, and to rest in Him for my strength. (Is. 30:15 For thus said the Lord GOD, the Holy One of Israel,"In returning and rest you shall be saved; in quietness and in trust shall be your strength. . . )

Lastly I will seek to remember and remind my girls of these and so many other verses, which so beautifully show the life of a Christian:

Psalm 27:3-5; 7-8 "Trust in the LORD and do good; Dwell in the land and cultivate faithfulness. Delight yourself in the LORD; And He will give you the desires of your heart. Commit your way to the LORD, Trust also in Him, and He will do it."

Colossians 3:12-17 "Put on then, as God’s chosen ones, holy and beloved compassionate hearts, kindness, humility, meekness, and patience, bearing with one another and, if one has a complaint against another, forgiving each other; as the Lord has forgiven you, so you also must forgive. And above all these put on love, which binds everything together in perfect harmony. And let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in one body. And be thankful. Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly, teaching and admonishing one another in all wisdom, singing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, with thankfulness in your hearts to God. And whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him."

Here’s a fun short version. This one’s not from the Bible (actually, can someone tell me who originally said it? I’ve seen it attributed to a few different people!), but I just love it.

I want to live well, laugh often and love much!

Valentine's Day


Happy Valentine’s Day everyone! Make sure to give an extra hug to all those special people in your life! Thank you to all who entered my mission statement contest, and a special thanks to those who were kind enough to share their mission statement. I was so blessed by them, and I’m sure everyone who had a chance to read them was encouraged and inspired as well!  As promised I will post the contest winner today. I entered everyone’s name into a hat (those who posted their mission statements, three times) and Miss Isabelle closed her eyes and randomly picked out a winner. Drumroll please. . . . the winner is Dawn from my4sweetums. Congratulations, Dawn! I sent you an email, but do leave me a comment or email if it doesn’t come through, so I can make sure to send you your prize. I hope you love your new pearls!

I was going to post my mission statement here as well, but it made the post a bit long. I know, I know, I often write long winded posts, but in any case I promise to put my mission statement up next!


No Teep Jooey And Other Meandering Thoughts


Today was such a lovely day! It truly was – the ground is still covered in quite dirty snow (thanks to a huge windstorm last week), but it felt Spring-ier today. It was sunny and warm (42 degrees, or so). Alyssa and I took a bike ride and loved being outside.  Matt took the other girls grocery shopping (with his specialty – doughnuts!) and I thoroughly enjoyed the time to catch up on odds and ends around here. Later we rearranged the cribs, as Alyssa’s really getting too big for a bassinet, weeded out all sorts of stuff, reorganized parts of our house, etc – overall it just made the house seem so much more peaceful! I’ve even started exercising lately (in part thanks to my little sister who sent me a pilates video). This is a feat which I’ve never accomplished on a regular basis, but it feels so good not to be exhausted even when I’m up half the night with a sick baby. I am just so thankful for this time, as I really went through a rough post-partum hormonal time after Alyssa. God is good to be the lifter of our heads!

The girls are getting so much older – Isabelle reads us stories now instead of only the other way around. Our morning routine is taking less time as the girls are able to do more of the dressing/dishwasher unloading/water glass filling things by themself. And it’s encouraging to realize that lately I actually prefer to have them be dinner helpers, as their help is greatly missed when I don’t use it. They’ve still been amusing me with their comments, so I shall post a few more:

Hannah (of course!) while snuggling and trying to wake up from a nap: "Mommy, I want you."

Me: "Well, you have me, baby. I want you, too and I love you."

Hannah: "Mommy . . . I’m so glad God gave you to me for my good little wife!"

Me: "hmmm, well not quite, but I’m glad God gave you to me too."

Later, after telling daddy the story, he said "oh, but she can’t be your good little wife; she’s my good little wife!"

Me: "I can be your good little Mother, Hannah"

Hannah: "Yes, you can be my good little mother . . . and my good little baker"

Leave it to Hannah to bring it all back to food!

And one from Juliette:

The girls all get very excited on their dinner helper night (on this night they also get to stay up late for special time with Matt and me.) They usually spend the afternoon chanting "I’m dinner helper, I get to stay up late!" Naomi, having fewer words that she’s able to pronounce, usually shortens it to: "No sleep for Naomi!" She knows this really only means twenty minutes less sleep than the others, and even if she didn’t know that, her big sisters waste no time in correcting her. Juliette, on the other hand, has never seemed to make the connection, although she thoroughly enjoys both staying up late with us and being dinner helper. Well, last week she finally connected it. She was SO excited after nap – she ran straight downstairs and picked out her favorite apron (which she calls the dinner helper). After I tied the "dinner helper" onto her, thus making her the official dinner helper, she began chanting "No sleep for Juliette". In her cute manner of speaking, this actually sounded like: "No teep Jooey, no teep Jooey." Thus went her happy refrain all evening. After we had tucked in all of her sisters, she proudly carried her favorite books to our big bed, to snuggle up and read. After this we had a little tickle game, pillow fight, and all the other traditional fun-after-bedtime stuff. She was quite pleased. We even extended her special time for ten extra minutes, before starting the sleepytime routine of blessings and such. But when we said it was time for bed and started to bless her, she became most distressed! She reiterated "no teep Jooey, no teep Jooey" to make sure we hadn’t forgotten. At that unfortunate moment I realized she thought there would be literally no sleep for Juliette that night. So I explained it in my best two year old fashion, and even had her repeat after me the important part about "no teep Jooey" time being all done. She seemed to understand – she seemed relatively satisfied. Then we started to bless and tuck her and the refrain began again – so much for getting it! We finally had to give up and tuck in our little distressed daughter, who fell asleep that night murmuring "No teep Jooey, no teep Jooey, no teep Jooey  . . . "

Here are some pictures, too. Oh, and if you’ve read this far, remember there is only one day left to leave a comment on my contest post if you’d like to win some lovely pearl jewelry. I’m closing the contest tomorrow night, and shall pick a winner on Valentine’s day. Hope you all enjoy a lovely week!

Alyssa enjoying daddy read some PG Wodehouse.Happy Birthday Naomi – big three year old girl!Loving her birthday surprises. . . Like her new dolly stroller and carrier!Enjoying some tea time – I LOVE having a little kitchen with a bar for the girls!Our neighbors were so kind as to pass on their daughters’ old unicorn costumes . .. .What fun! There are only two, so they’re much coveted sometimes! One day I heard Isabelle say "here Hannah, you may have mine." I was so proud of her for sharing! Then a few minutes later, she came downstairs dressed in her princess dress, whereupon she ordered Hannah into a crawling position so she could "ride" her!Lots of snow!And even bigger icicles . . . which, of course, all the girls wanted to lick!Lots of snow!Upon which to sled . . .Have you notice the theme of "lots of snow?" It’s finally starting to melt a bit, but we sure enjoyed it – even the necessary shoveling involved! It took us fifteen minutes to get all the girls through the snowdrifts from our front yard to our backyard for sledding!

Happy Tears And Random Foes


Such a lovely thing happened today that I had to write it down (well, type it down, of course). Matt had some notes and his Bible at the dinner table because he was trying to explain some things he’d been listening to in some James Jordan lectures (which he HIGHLY recommends!) While he was talking, Isabelle snuck his Bible away and was looking at the pages. All of a sudden she broke into the conversation by reading half a paragraph and asking a pretty clever question about what she had just read in Genesis. She’s been reading very well lately, but I still had to do a double take to realize she’d just picked up a Bible, read it fluently, and understood what she’d read. I know that probably seems mundane, but I was so excited I got tears in my eyes – sort of a similar feeling to seeing our girls being baptized, it was just so beautiful to see my little daughter, who’s a daughter of the King, reading the King’s Words to us!

On a  sillier note, Hannah’s said so many funny things lately that I’ve forgotten most of them. But I do remember two, and hopefully I didn’t already post them.  She was telling me how happy she was that daddy worked at his job, and I was agreeing with her. Her reasoning went something like this: "I’m so glad for daddy’s work, because if daddy didn’t do his work, we wouldn’t have a house, so we would live in the middle of the street and the cars would roll on us!"

Isabelle often runs about calling to her sisters "Quick, run, there’s a dragon!" Or she’ll grab a pretend "bow and arrows" and shoot the wicked dragon. Makes perfect sense from all those fairy tales. Then along comes Hannah. She runs for a bit, stops to glance furtively around her, then says in a tone of utter, yet frantic, seriousness – "We must run, hurry, I see it, run, there’s a wicked antelope!" Oh yes, must watch out for those antelopes . . .

And lastly, don’t forget to enter my contest – see the post below this one! All you have to do is leave a comment and you’re entered to win some lovely pearls!