Monthly Archives: July 2009

Putting on a swim cap


Putting on my swim cap before getting in the pool is somewhat difficult for me. Maybe I bought a size too small. I’ve heard from different people that it’s best to put it on when your hair is dry and others have said that it’s best to wet your hair first. Ugh. Well, as all people do when they need a tutorial, I went to YouTube to find an easy solution. After viewing the typical routine videos of “How to put on a swim cap”, I found one more interesting that I decided to share with my followers. All I need now is a friend to join me in swimming so we can put each other’s swim caps on!

My weekly A La Carte


Ok, so Challies does it and so does AHM. I think I’ll join the club and do an A La Carte, too. I mean, there’s so much good and funny stuff out there in cyberspace!

Our Wayward Children
Noelle Piper describes what it was like having a wayward child reconnect with their family and to God.

My Life on Antidepressants: Taming the Beast
This article was written in preparation for a magazine feature promoting my friend, Betty Smartt Carter, who released her first volume of memoirs in the same year, 2003. I think her writings are funny and full of depth. She’s even more hilarious in person.

Wedding Party Gets Their Groove On

Over 12 million people have viewed it but I can’t resist posting it once more in another spot on the Internet. If you haven’t seen the sweet dancin’ crazy wedding party procession, you should make some time for it. Afterwards, you can read Amanda’s and/or Lisa’s take on it.

7 quick takes


1. Mitch and I are going white water rafting this weekend with some friends. I hope we don’t tip over! One of my friends is terrified of falling in the water. Watch it be me and not her. Maybe I’ll buy one of those waterproof disposable cameras since it would be difficult to paddle with my Canon Rebel XTi strapped on. That would make a cool picture!

2. At age two, Abigail is almost completely potty trained. She alerts me throughout the day when she needs to tinkle and has only had one accident in the past three days. She is consistently waking from her afternoon nap and in the mornings totally dry. She doesn’t like to be “dirty” so we haven’t had any issues regarding #2 yet either (did I really just type that?). Wow, can it be that for the first time in five years that we might soon be a household empty of diapers? Goodbye wipes and hello flushable Cottenelle!

3. I have ENJOYED this summer immensely. We have had so much fun with our playgroup, going to various parks in our city, visiting family, doing Disney, sleeping late, and packing picnic lunches almost every day – we are always running out of bread. But, to be honest, I am READY FOR SCHOOL TO START BACK!

4. I’m still getting up in the mornings and swimming laps. I really do enjoy the time in the pool and it’s nice to be able to workout in the cool water….well, they did find a small snake in the (indoor) pool yesterday but the lifeguards quickly removed it and killed the thing. I’ve noticed that I’m getting a wee bit faster with my time. I’ve been swimming for almost two months and it’s encouraging to see improvement in my speed. Of course, I seem to always get the lane next to the girl who swims competitively and always brings her coach with her. I can either see her as a challenge, or give up – ’cause there’s no way I’m gonna lap her.

5. I let the kids fingerpaint on their art paper yesterday in the kitchen. Let’s just say that most of the paint ended up on the kitchen floor and not on their paper. However, I haven’t mopped yet and I don’t think I’m going to anytime soon. I like to imagine that three little Picasso’s left their masterpieces for me to enjoy. No, I just don’t want to mop.

6. It’s 1:13 a.m. as I type this. I’m not even gonna try to trick you by setting this post in draft to appear later today. See, you need to pray for me that I will get more sleep. I need to be more disciplined in getting to bed at a decent hour. Friends joke that sleep deprivation is gonna be the death of me but it’s just that my mind begins to race like crazy once the kids are in bed. My hands get busy doing things that they couldn’t do when the children were awake and sometimes I want to veg and simply just sit and be lazy since I’m on GO all day long.

7. Mitch and I are about to embark on a journey we’ve never been on before. I can’t really type details here but you can ask me privately on email and I’ll be glad to share. We’d love to have friends and family praying for us.

Do I display these attributes?

Put on then, as God’s chosen ones, holy and beloved,
compassionate hearts, kindness, humility, meekness, and
Colossians 3:12

It’s been a hard morning. I pray that I will be compassionate towards my children and to the world. I pray their little eyes will see others being kind and will want to be kind in return. I pray my children won’t be arrogant but rather humble and desire no reward in life but eternal life with the Father. I pray I will display self-control and patience so that my three little ones will see the power of God at work. My heart is just as bent toward sin as theirs.

Two of many favorite hymns that are bringing me strength today:

Satisfied (1875 Clara Williams)

All my life long I had panted for a drink from some cold spring
that I hoped would quench the burning of the thirst I felt within.
Hallelujah! He has found me, the one my soul so long has craved!
Jesus satisfies all my longings, through his blood I now am saved.

Well of water, ever springing. Bread of life, so rich and free.
Untold wealth that never faileth, my Redeemer is to me.
Hallelujah! He has found me, the one my soul so long has craved!
Jesus satisfies all my longings, through his blood I now am saved.

Poor I was and sought for riches; something that would satisfy.
But the dust I gathered ’round me only mocked my soul’s sad cry.
Hallelujah! He has found me, the one my soul so long has craved!
Jesus satisfies all my longings, through his blood I now am saved.

There is a Fountain

There is fountain filled with blood, Drawn from Emmanuel’s veins;
And sinners plunged beneath that flood, Lose all their guilty stains.

The dying thief rejoiced to see
That fountain in his day;
And there may I, though vile as he,
Wash all my sins away.

Dear dying Lamb, Thy precious blood
Shall never lose its power
’Til all the ransomed church of God
Be saved to sin no more.

E’er since, by faith, I saw the stream
Thy flowing wounds supply,
Redeeming love has been my theme,
And shall be ’til I die.

The Montgomery Zoo


No, not your house, Tera.

We are members of The Montgomery Zoo so we like to go as much as possible. The kids love seeing the animals and imitating their sounds. The weather was hot that day but nothing stopped us from enjoying wildlife and each other. Since the zoo is only a hour and half drive away, we hope to go several more times and take some friends along with us. Andrew says Chad would fit in great with the monkeys (schmell you later!).

Stake a tent in the backyard and call it a camp-out!


We purchased a used tent from our church yard sale but decided that going to a real campground wasn’t gonna happen anytime soon. So, Dad did the next best thing….he staked it up in the backyard! All three guys slept out there this past Wednesday night and I didn’t hear a peep out of them until 7:00 am the next morning when they came inside. The boys thought it was the coolest thing ever!

Blueberry pickin’


I took all the kids to a blueberry patch in Opelika this morning to pick some of the juicy fruit for a cobbler I want to make. Like my friend, Nikki, exclaimed while nibbling on our pickings, “I’ve never tasted such sweet blueberries straight off the vine before!”. I had to agree with her….we were in a large patch with some of the most delicious blueberries ever!

The blueberries are ripe for the pickin’ now and will be for a few more weeks. If you’d like the information on the location of this patch, leave a comment or email me and I’ll give you the phone number and driving directions…it’s super easy!

After picking just a few, my kids led the expedition of a frog hunt near the neighboring watering hole. I filled up my gallon bucket with berries while Andrew and Luke filled theirs with tiny new frogs. Fun was had by all!

Holly, Nikki, Alison, Angela, and Chrissy….let’s do it again. I’ll look for a strawberry patch, yeah?

Sunday marker moment


Abigail and I had some time alone together a few Sunday mornings ago after Mitch took the boys early to church with him. So I could finish getting ready, I taped some paper to the kitchen floor and gave her our set of toddler markers with which to create something. These markers are not only washable (thank goodness!) but they also make the sound of that particular animal when the cap is removed and replaced. The kids think the sounds are so funny and I laughed all the way to the cash register when I saw the set of four was marked down to 90% off the retail price. I’ve never seen this set on sale anywhere before and can’t even find them listed on the Crayola website. Maybe that’s why they were such a steal!