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2008 January 16 » Philoxenos

Philoxenos

A little bit of nothing

16th January 2008

A little bit of nothing

If anyone is paying attention, this is the 16th of January and I’ve only posted three times in the entire month. I have learned that there are people that check my blog every day to see if I’ve written anything new. Some of these are grandparent-type people who are starving for information on their grandchildren and figure my blog is the only way they’ll get any news, considering how frequently we email.

So. I’m writing. However, I have nothing of substance to say, so I’ll just waffle on a bit and then publish and take a nap.

This month I have learned how to recreate McDonalds Vanilla Iced Coffee. It required a special trip to a different supermarket to purchase vanilla coffee syrup. And it was worth every extra minute of travel time. The medium size coffee drink cost something like $1.80, including tax. Although not a tremendous amount of money, considering how often I was wanting to buy them, it definitely added up. Even just twice a week was $3.60, which over a year would be $187 and that, my friends, is not inconsequential. So I’ve come up with my own recipe which is fantastico! But now that I know what goes into those things, I’m a-thinkin’ it’s not so good to have them very often. Sugar, fat, calories, all that stuff.

I have recently started thinking about learning about more natural methods of keeping my family healthy, something not requiring trips to the Costco pharmacy to get prescriptions filled. My kids are sick again. And Handsome and I are, too. Yes, we were just sick in December. No, this isn’t fun. So I’m thinking it would be a wise investment of my time to learn about homeopathy or naturopathy or herbal medicine. First step: learn the difference between these. If you have any information to add, I would greatly appreciate it. I don’t really know where to start, although I’ve found some reputable sites that look like good reading.

My son is learning to sleep through the night. Before he got sick late last week he was routinely sleeping until at least 5am. This is a big improvement over the 2-4am waking time that he had previously. I’m going to give him one more night to use the “I’m sick” excuse and then it’s back to crying for him! I know, I know, it sounds so cruel, but trust me, it’s totally working and he doesn’t even remember in the morning.

Oh, Little Boy now has three teeth. Two on the bottom and one on the top, which I just noticed this afternoon.

BSF rocks! Our teaching leader totally knows how to teach the Word of God. Go read Matthew 13. Be prepared to be convicted. And read chapter 12 while you’re at it. Which leads me on to the next thing.

Last week in BSF we studied about the Sabbath. Matthew 12 is when the Pharisees were telling Jesus off for healing the man with the shriveled hand on the Sabbath, who just happened to be sitting in the temple near them and Jesus. They totally framed him. But Jesus is like, whatever. But our teacher was talking about it and putting it into context about keeping the Sabbath holy. And during this last week I’ve been thinking about it - what do I do to set apart Sunday as a special day, a day for focussing on God? Well, we go to church and we make going to church a big deal for the kids because we want them to know it’s a special thing and a privilege that many people in the world don’t have. But what do I do when we get home? I often try to catch up on laundry, run errands, and generally just take advantage of the fact that I have my husband home so I can share childcare and use the car. So I’ve been thinking about things that I can do to make it a different kind of day. Note, I didn’t say that I’ve been praying about it. Because if I start to pray about it then I’ll have to actually listen to what God wants to tell me and then if I don’t do what he tells me, then I’m disobedient and that’s not fun. Because if my children are disobedient then they get a smack. I personally don’t want to cause God to give me a smack because that would be no fun.

As I type I realise that by choosing not to pray about it, I’m already being disobedient because I’m obviously convicted about it. So, I suppose I should start working on obeying or else check the sky for lightening bolts.**

**I say that in jest, but I recognise that I reap what I sow. If I choose to disobey God’s direction then there will be consequences.

So now I’m thinking about how to make the Sabbath different in our family. I need to talk to Handsome about it. He works at the church on Sundays, so that’s a bit of a challenge as far as the rest part goes. But we can still make it a day to focus on God and I think that’s the key. It’s about heart attitudes.

Okay, I think the kids are all finally asleep for their naps, so I’ll stop rambling and take a nap myself. I appreciate any feedback regarding any of these issues that I’ve mentioned.

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