Tuesday, April 21, 2009
Tuesday, April 14, 2009
It really is quite a gift.
Since the baby books aren't particularly up to date.
I'm just sayin'.
Anyway, one of the things she does with the older kids, is to interview them and write down their responses to some questions. Such as . . . favorite food, favorite color, best friend, favorite toy, etc.
It's so fun to have all of this down! Each letter is in plastic sheet protectors and we add them to a three ring binder as she gives them to us. Each child has their own notebook and they love to look through them. They can read about the day they were born, what they were like at 2, etc. She also includes significant world events and leaders.
SO. . .
Last week was Son's (#4) birthday, as you know, and he turned 9.
I was intrigued by the answer to one of the questions my mom asked him.
Grandmother: "What do you and your siblings usually fight over?" (this was a bonus question, I suppose)
Son #4: "Nothing. We just fight for fun."
Grandmother: "Why is it fun?"
Son #4: "Because you get to beat them up and they get to beat you up."
And THAT explains a alot.
Monday, April 13, 2009
We celebrated Son's (#4) 9th birthday!
We took a lot of Ranger rides - even though it was chilly.
(They don't wear helmets on the Ranger, but Little Man and Daughter (#7) LOVE to put on the four-wheeler helmets and just SIT - waiting for a ride!)
We had a glorious Easter back at home, with early service and a quiet afternoon.
Here's the Lily that my Daddy brought me last week. Isn't it pretty?
Later, we went to my parents with my brothers and all of their family for Easter dinner.
After we got back from the farm on Saturday, we reorganized the garage.
Moved all of the coats and shoes and backpacks outside - to create more space in the laundry room.
And it's time for me to get going, too.
The dishwasher and dryer are humming, George is long over and the grocery store is calling.
Happy Monday, Friends!
I pray you had a blessed Resurrection Sunday, celebrating the hope of eternal life that we have in Jesus Christ.
Monday, April 6, 2009
(He broke his arm Friday night.)
Friday, April 3, 2009
Motherhood, with all of it's joy and wonder, can be rough. For one thing, I never knew it would be such hard work! Physical WORK. And tired? I didn't know it was possible to be as tired as I've been over the last 14 years.
If you're like me, you love your kids, pour your life into them, pray and train them to be used by God for His glory. You believe that being a wife is an amazing opportunity to support, encourage and help your husbands.
All of that has tremendous rewards.
But some of those rewards take awhile to be seen.
And in the meantime, we have to LIVE this life of a woman, wife, mother.
With the sickness, the dirt, the laundry, the food, the budget, the baby weight, the selfish children and good grief - the relationships!
Then there is THE GUILT.
Let me get rid of it for you right now. No one has a perfect life. No one. That's why we need Jesus.
And our desire to do it well - this thing called motherhood? That's a GOOD thing, when we take it to the Lord and ask Him to show us what needs to change, be let go, be a higher priority.
THAT is what this blog is about. My desire to let you see me, our home, our family FOR REAL. The growing, learning, changing, seeking.
That we can be thankful even when things go wrong. That God is working His will out in our lives every day. Even the rough ones, when the sun doesn't shine, no one says thank you and the house is dirty.
My life is amazingly blessed - but it's not perfect.
So that's what it's all about here at Mrs. Troop. Running this race for His glory, praying God's will for our kids while training them to obey the Lord and serving our husbands so they can be successful by God's standards. I've got a long ways to go.
OK. Here's the promised banana bread recipe. I've tried tons of them. This is our favorite. Enjoy!
Banana Carrot Bread
Beat in electric mixer:
1 C mashed ripe banana (I use three)
1 C sugar
3/4 C vegetable oil
In a separate bowl, measure:
2 C flour
1 tsp. baking soda
1/2 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. cinnamon
Slowly add dry ingredients to wet.
1 C finely grated, peeled carrots (I use baby carrots that I've grated in my food processor)
1/2 C chopped pecans.
Pour into two greased, medium sized loaf pans.
Bake at 350 for appox. 55 min - test for doneness.
And while I'm keepin' in real, here at Mrs. Troop, today, I should mention that I was up most of the night with my two year old. Don't know why. He was just screaming. Always fun.
The sad part is that the kids had a late start to school today because of a banquet we had last night. My opportunity to sleep in was lost. I finally gave up at 5 and just got up with him.
So while you are making banana bread today, go ahead and forgive me if my eyes took a long blink and I forgot something (even though I've checked it over and over!).
Little Man has fallen asleep on the couch. At 8:30 in the morning. Which gives you an idea of how tired he is.
Think I'll join him.
"Cast not away therefore your confidence, which hath great recompence of reward. For ye have need of patience, that, after ye have done the will of God, ye might receive the promise. For yet a little while, and he that shall come will come, and will not tarry." Hebrews 10:35-37