Monthly Archives: January 2010

On a lighter note…


…I got the question again today. My tribe and I were sitting in Arby’s enjoying- well enjoying may be stretching it– our lunch, and I noticed this older man that kept looking over at us. I tried to enjoy my 10,000 calorie meal consisting of a Beef and Cheddar sandwich, curly fries, and of course sweet tea, and ignore the man.

But alas, he kept staring.

Finally he got up to leave, and as he walks by our two, yes two, tables, he asks it. The big one, the one I was waiting with bated breath to hear: “they all yours?”

I smile ever-so-sweetly and say, “yes.” He replies back with something along the lines of, “they keep you busy, huh!” Of course I politely reply back, “yes they sure do.”

Next time someone asks, I am going to have to have a clever little something tucked away in my back pocket, all ready to go. Maybe it will go something like this:

Nosy Rosie: “Are they all yours?”

Me: “Well, not legally. I found this ad on Craigslist…’said they’d pay me to take in their kids! Well, I’ll be darned if they weren’t joking, they gave me $10,000 per littl’un. Those two right there (points to twins), they paid me double, ‘said they were a package deal!”

Nosy Rosie: “Oh, well ok….sorry I asked.”

Me: throws head back and laughs maniacally….

I wished after the twins were born I would have thought to keep a running tabulation of how many times I got asked that. It really doesn’t bother me, but I like to poke a little fun at the subject.

Just another day in the life I suppose!


The Giving Girl.


I have a particular daughter who happens to be a very generous and giving girl. Her name is Elizabeth;  Lizzie for short. I am astounded that a child of seven would freely give away her most prized possessions; even new ones she got for Christmas just last month. She is the most tender-hearted of my five blessings, and she wears her heart on her proverbial sleeve.

If you’ll remember my post about the young girl the Lord put in our path a couple of weeks ago- well she has most recently been the  recipient of my dear Lizzie’s generosity. Last week, Lizzie went into her toybox and gathered up her Barbie dolls ( furniture too!) and put them into a plastic bag to give to her. Lizzie is so generous that she started going through her big sister’s dresser drawers to look for items to give away!

For awhile Lizzie was wrapping up little trinkets to take to her friend Savannah at church. It was quite the back-and-forth with these two, constantly exchanging “gifts” with one another. So sweet to witness that. Rarely does a day go by that Lizzie  is not writing a letter or drawing pretty pictures to give to her friends or her family.

I said all that to say this; giving does not happen to be my particular spiritual gift. I know that my most prominent spiritual gift is mercy. Quite funny is that my pal over at “The Journaling Gina” is just the opposite of me.

I am so thankful that my daughter has a giving heart, and truthfully speaking, I wish giving came more naturally to me. I am glad that at such a young age she is learning to love and to help others less fortunate. My prayer is that all of my children will be ready to step in and give of themselves to help meet the needs of people and show Christ’s love through their giving.

“Take my life and let it be…..”

Eye opening.


That’s the way I would describe the condition a new friend of Sam’s is currently living in.

Yesterday, the kids and I were outside enjoying the beautiful weather God gave us, and we see a young girl across the way playing with the horse that lives in the field. She saw us and asked if the kids wanted to come pet the horse, etc. Sam went over there and ended up becoming fast friends with this young lady of 14. She didn’t appear 14 to me and I was kinda surprised, because these days most 14 year olds look more like 16 year olds.

So they played with the horse and Sam went over to the girl’s apartment down the street, and she ended up eating dinner with the girl and her mom there. When she got back, everything was fine and the girl even came back over to watch the new episode of ICarly with us.

Fast forward to this morning. We had gotten back from taking the twinkies to school and were eating our breakfast and chit-chatting. Sam and I started talking about her new friend and she said, “she doesn’t have a bed.” I said, really?  “Nope, not even a mattress.” She also informed me that they had one spoon, a few plates, a couple of cups, and bare cupboards with little to no food. Sam saw this for herself, and she would have no reason to lie about it. They have one loveseat in the living room, a tiny tv, and no microwave. I was teary-eyed as I began our prayer this morning to give the Lord our day and for us to be a blessing to someone.

I’ve been praying for our family to be a blessing to someone, and for us to show God’s love to whoever we meet. I’m so glad our God answers prayers, and so thankful He allows us to be a part of His plan. It just makes me realize that our home might be humble and small to us, but to others it might be a mansion full of nice things. Mostly I hope they find it to be stuffed full of love.

I was reading the Daily Bread devotional yesterday and it had an awesome quote by the mother of Emmett Till, who was convicted and killed for “talking” to a white woman back in the 1950’s. She says this:

“Two months ago I had a nice apartment in Chicago. I had a good job. I had a son. When something happened to Negroes in the South, I said, ‘That’s their business, not mine.’  Now I know how wrong I was. The murder of my son has shown me that what happens to any of us, anywhere in the world, had better be the business of us all.”

It goes on to quote Leviticus 19:18 which says, “you shall love your neighbor as yourself.” This is no coincidence; that verse and that devotion was read on the day we met this young girl, and the Lord used it to speak to me.

I don’t know what will happen with this family. All I know is we have invited them to church; and hopefully they’ll see that God loves them more than anything.


Thank you to my sweet friend at The Journaling Gina….I now have a lovely blog award thingy! I also have to reveal 10 honest things about myself. Hmm. This is a toughy.

Here goes. Maybe.

1. I had a knowledge of God from a young age, but not a saving knowledge until I was 20. I was around 9 or 10 years old and I can remember writing  a letter to God to help my family with some need and thinking that when I checked back later the letter would be gone-because, He is God after all! The letter was there when I looked for it later.

2. I used to never want to get married or have children. Ha.

3. I constantly second-guess myself. I don’t like it, but I have done it for a very long time. Old habits die hard, as they say. Whoever “they” is.

4. I have mad badmitton skills . I think part of my pride just died as I typed that. It is true though- won 1st place two years running in high school-although there never was an actual school team. Just P.E.

5. I have never flown in an airplane. Never even boarded one. Someday, someday. Sigh.

6. I so want to go to New York City, if just for the weekend. I want to see a broadway show and visit Central Park and just sightsee ’till my feet fall off.

7. I love salsa. Chips and salsa to be more specific. It’s kind of an addiction with me. I would love to open up a salsa restaurant with all different types of salsas sometime. I already have a name for it. “The Salsa Stop.” Yum-o.

8. I do not like roller coasters, or heights to be more accurate. Just thinking about them will literally give me butterflies in my tummy. Maybe this goes back to the airplane thing???

9. I am an aunt to 11 nephews and 1 niece-most of whom I never see and some I’ve only met once.

10. I love God. I love being around God’s people. I feel absolutely at home when I am around them. And I kinda am.