Sunday, January 24, 2016

Sick Days

My poor boys had a rough couple of days at the end of last week. RSV for both (basically viral pneumonia if you're not familiar with RSV) and a double whammy ear infection for poor Amos knocked them both out. I am thankful for medicine and access to great doctors. 

It was a sad, pitiful fight for Mama's lap as we waited for the doctor, until one poor sick boy fell slap out :

After getting a diagnosis and some meds, home to quarantine we did go. Over the next two days we experienced exciting activities such as:

Dropping a toy in a boot and retrieving it over and over:

Various and sundry lego creations:

Reading lots of books: 

Demolishing the living room: 

Snuggling for little one and cartoons for big one: 

Finally learning to peacefully coexist on the same lap: 

But at the end of sick day number two, Amos was so over it: 

I am so very thankful that Saturday things started looking up, and both boys are now on the mend. I do not take for granted the health of these precious little ones, and brief illnesses like this make me all the more grateful for it. Also-I certainly do not ever wish sickness on them, but this working mama doesn't mind too terribly much when she gets to stay home with sick babies and get lots of love and snuggles! 

We got to go to church this morning as a family, and tonight I got to go back and sing There is Nothing Greater than Grace with these two sweet girls. A great end to the weekend. 

 I hope your weekend was good, and that you are staying healthy and warm! 

Tuesday, January 12, 2016


I've got to record a few of this baby's funny little sayings! People are always telling me to write them down, lest I forget them one day when his precious baby babbles have turned into a deep, booming baritone.

Overall observations--all words are spoken with an exclamation point. No exceptions.

"Bruddy!": meaning- brother 
"Me-Mauk!": meaning- T.Mark

He loves to pat his belly, which he calls his "Money!". I have no idea why this is, but I think it's pretty hilarious. 

"'Nack!": meaning- snack. This can refer to any meal, at any time of day. In fact, usually his first communication in the morning is "Mama! 'NACK!!"
"Appa": meaning- supper. This can also refer to any meal, at any time. 

Can you tell the boy likes food? I'm telling you, he eats as much or more than a grown man. A typical breakfast for this guy is a whole banana, some Cheerios, and three fried eggs. No, that was not a typo. Yes, I said three. 

"Pay! Bock!": meaning- Play! Blocks! Commonly spoken immediately upon finishing his "'nack", when he wants to get down and play blocks with his brother.

"Tud! Oo-bee!": meaning- Ted and Ruby. These are our dogs. Amos is OBSESSED with them, more than T.Mark ever was at this age. 

"Weee!": meaning- the slide in the playroom. He loves to try to escape unnoticed from whatever we are doing downstairs to try to sneak up the stairs to go "weee!" 

"Da-doo": meaning-thank you. He's got "peas!" down too. Polite little gentleman.

"Uhh-dooo": meaning- I love you. Sweetest little syllables in the world. 

These are just a few of this boy's precious little words. I know they won't mean much to anyone but me and maybe one or two others reading, but they are music to my ears and a delight to my heart. I love you, sweet Amos! 

Friday, January 8, 2016

Wrestling Match

   "And he arose that night and took his two wives, his two female servants, and his eleven sons, and crossed over the ford of Jabbok.  He took them, sent them over the brook, and sent over what he had.  Then Jacob was left alone; and a Man wrestled with him until the breaking of day.  Now when He saw that He did not prevail against him, He touched the socket of his hip; and the socket of Jacob's hip was out of joint as He wrestled with him.  And He said, 'Let Me go, for the day breaks.'
    But he said, 'I will not let You go unless You bless me!'
    So He said to him, 'What is your name?'
    He said, 'Jacob.'
    And He said, 'Your name shall no longer be called Jacob, but Israel; for you have struggled with God and with men, and have prevailed.'
    Then Jacob asked, saying, 'Tell me your name, I pray.'
    And he said, 'Why is it that thou ask about My name?' And He blessed him there.
    So Jacob called the name of the place Peniel: 'For I have seen God face to face, and my life is preserved.'  Just as he crossed over Peniel the sun rose on him, and he limped on his hip.
    Therefore to this day the children of Israel do not eat the muscle that shrank, which is on the hip socket, because He touched the socket of Jacob's hip in the muscle that shrank."
 Genesis 32: 22-32

  I've always been curious about this passage, and have not completely understood it.  I couldn't sleep last night, and the Lord brought it to my mind. I read it over and over in the wee hours of the morning, trying to make sense of it.  I googled some commentaries, and I prayed through it.  What I came to is this:  that just as Jesus would humble himself and become a servant, God humbled himself in this situation as well and allowed Jacob to wrestle with him, in the flesh.  He humbled himself so much, in fact, that he even allowed Jacob to feel as if he could have a "real" wrestling match, with Him.  God Himself.  If you believe God is who He says He is, then he holds the earth and the heavens and the mountains and the waters and not to mention all power in his hands...and I don't know about you, but I'm just not sure I want to get into a wrestling match with this guy. And yet, I do. And amazingly, he allows it.

  Have you ever wrestled with a child?  A loving parent or grandparent does so tenderly, with a "pretend" toughness borne out of love and kindness.  A desire to touch the beloved child, come down to their level, and allow them to feel a realness in the tussle.  But the reality is that with one flexure of a muscle, the adult could snap a tiny arm in two, if he wanted. But of course that would never happen.  The love and protection of the child by the parent or grandparent is far too great.  To me, that is a picture of what is going on here.  God demonstrates his ability to overcome Jacob with a single touch in verse 25 when he simply touches Jacob's hip socket, and Jacob is immediately debilitated.

 Jacob quickly realizes at that point that he is in the hands of Someone who is much more powerful than he.  Who has not only incredible power, but also the ability to bless.  And in typical Jacob fashion, determined and overly confident, he tells the Man that he will not let Him go unless He gives a blessing.  Jacob acknowledges the Man's power and ability to bless. His weakness moves to (slightly stubborn!) submission, and through submission, strength comes.  

   Have you ever wrestled with God over something?

   One of the most beautiful, too-lovely-for-words, absolutely breathtaking attributes of my God's character is this:  His tender kindness and compassion to us even in the midst of our own mess.  A picture of this that the Lord impressed upon me a few weeks ago is the tenderness and care he showed Adam and Eve in the garden, after they had sinned.  They had hurt Him, and were faced with shame and disgrace because of their own actions, not God's, and yet the Bible says that "The Lord God made clothing out of skins for Adam and his wife, and He clothed them." What a precious picture of the Lord's compassion for us.  Another example of this is the prophet Jonah.  He was swallowed by that fish--and yet the greater miracle is that despite his disobedience, and in all his fear, worry, and wrecked emotions--he was already provided for.  He was providentially not swallowed up or consumed.  In his darkest moment, there was provision.  Romans 5:8 says "While we were yet sinners, Christ died for us."  Sometimes I can't wrap my mind around this concept.  Sometimes I think that there's no way it really means me.  There's no way God can really feel that way about me.  But Scripture says that He does.  

I am grateful.