April 2009

Jacob: Mom, are bats good?

Mom: Who made the bats?

J: God. And everything God made is glorious.

M: Right.

J: Are mosquitoes good? Bats eat mosquitoes.

M: So they are glorious too!


Phew. I got out of that one!

Just kidding. Just shows ya adults that everything God made is Good and has a Purpose.

One of Jacob’s favorite songs is David Crowder Band’s “Everything Glorious.” I always tell Jacob that God makes all things glorious and God made Jacob therefore, my little Jacob is glorious. Ohhh, he is soooo glorious!!


You make everything glorious

You make everything glorious

Yeah, You make everything glorious

And I am Yours

What does that make me?


At about 9 every night I get a second wind. I am not tired at all. I do not want to go to bed—I feel that I could stay up all night!

Here’s my theory:

After all the kids are in bed and any chores that I wanted to give my attention to are complete, the stress is gone. Gone. I can breathe for 5 minutes!

Then I get rejuvenated. You know the feeling. I’m not talking about doing more laundry or cleaning the bathroom. No, no exercise or catching up on letter-writing. I just want to stay up and do my own thing.

So what if I watch 2 or 3 movies in a row, play Wii-skateboarding or spend 3 hours on Facebook. This is my time baby! I don’t even want to read a book.

The activity at this time of the day has to be mindless. I am thinking like a 2 ½, 4 ½ and 10 ½ year all day. I am thinking about how I am going to detour or diffuse the next tantrum. I am trying to get chores done amidst endless requests from the little children in my house. I am busy setting play dates and doctor appointments, running errands, and making meals.

So, tonight I AM NOT GOING TO GO TO BED. I’m off to surf the net . . .  later dudes!

Tim “The Tool Man” Taylor says, “Arrr . . .  Arrr . . .Arrr.”

Krista “The Perfectionist” says, “ARRGH!”

I learned several things when attempting a minor home improvement project this morning:

  1. If you want your plan to go the way you think it will—it WILL NOT!

Especially because of item #2.

  1. Do not attempt a home improvement project, no matter how small, if you have children about.

They will not leave you alone. A 15 minute project can take over an hour when kids are present (even if you think you have them set up with their own activity).

  1. Centipedes do not like to be disturbed by a human’s home improvement project.

I do not like to be disturbed by centipedes period! That particular 2 inch critter will never walk the face of this earth again. It put up a good fight with the vacuum cleaner though!

  1. I need my own complete set of tools—one of every kind.

My groom cannot be relied upon for such a resource. The man does not even know where his own tools are—scattered here and there throughout the house. Hm, when I first met him I was told, “You are welcome to use my tools. When you’re finished, always clean them and always return them to their rightful spot.”

  1. My 1934 house was built with wonderful craftsmanship!

How hard can it be to remove trim and a baseboard? The detail is to be admired. No shortcuts here–even in the closet! (Am I making you nervous Steve?)

All in all, I was indeed, successful. The closet is as imagined (just need a bigger one), the children have resumed well-behaved play and, as stated, the centipede is gone.