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2008 September » Philoxenos

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Swimming in shampoo

26th September 2008

Swimming in shampoo

I just got back from a Walgreens run. I do believe that, if I chose to, I could actually swim in shampoo and conditioner.

Every so often they put out a $5 off $20 purchase and when they do the diehards like me just can’t pass it up. If one plans well then one can make a bit of money on the deal. And I figure that any hobby that actually saves me money is a good hobby :)

Earlier in the week, when I was starting to plan this expedition, I was trying to figure out how I could justify buying more shampoo and conditioner, considering that I already have enough to last my family probably another six months at least. And then it hit me!

I’m hosting a baby shower in November and I’ve been told that apparently it’s the custom in America to give a party favour to those that attend. My reaction was - what? why?

Ahem. I was quickly corrected.

So, what in the world am I supposed to give? I’m not going to knit a bunch of booties or create some other kind of baby themed gift. So what do you think I’m going to give? SHAMPOO!!

I realise that’s a rather non-traditional party favour. But, it’s useful. And it smells good. Kinda like a candle! And it’s not the cheap stuff either, it’s L’Oreal. And the bottle is pink! So there you go.

There is a slight chance that I’ll never be asked to host a baby shower again. But hey, the food will be excellent as always. And who couldn’t use some free shampoo?

If you’re coming to the baby shower, please act surprised.

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19th September 2008

Heart Obedience

In our family we spend a lot of time training our children. Training them to not throw oatmeal on the floor. Training them to flush the toilet after they use it. Training them to say please and thank you. But most importantly, we train them to obey the first time.

We want them to obey the first time because God has asked them to. Yes, they need to do it because we asked them to, but ultimately it’s because God wants them to obey. This kind of training takes a LONG time. LOOOOOOONG time. But every once in a while we get a glimpse that it’s actually happening, that it’s getting into their heart.

I heard last night from my husband about something that happened at AWANAs on Wednesday night. Precious, nearly 5 years old, was playing the games with the big kids and won. The prize was a piece of bubble gum.  She was just holding it in her hand. The leader told her to go ahead and eat it, she didn’t have to wait. Her response? “My mom and dad said I can’t eat gum.” She didn’t whine about it. She didn’t try to sneak it. She just quietly obeyed what she knew her mom and dad had taught her.

Turns out that Daddy was just around the corner and he came upon the scene and told her that she could go ahead and eat it. She told me later, when I asked what she thought about gum, “It was pink! That’s my favourite colour.”

Although we don’t let the kids eat gum, simply because it doesn’t serve any useful purpose and I don’t want to be cutting gum out of hair, I am so happy that her first experience chewing gum was with pink gum. Cause that makes it just that much more special :)

When I heard this story last night from Handsome, I was almost glowing. I realised that it’s moments like that when I know all the time invested is worth it. And I pray that in a few years when it’s a decision even more crucial that she will remember what she’s been taught. And she will cling to the promises of God and know His ways are always the best.

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15th September 2008

The Nutcracker

About 10:30 this morning I got a call from Handsome, to say that he saw an advertisement for The Nutcracker Ballet, which comes to town every Christmas season. We had talked previously about taking the girls and he wanted to know if we should by tickets. They had three shows over Thanksgiving weekend. I told him to go for it and he purchased tickets for the Saturday matinee for both of the girls and himself. It will be a memory-making date with Daddy.

I neglected to ask him the price of the tickets.

He came home for lunch and said that he bought the tickets. The girls’ tickets were $25 each. I gasped. I was so stunned that I forgot to ask how much his ticket was, thinking that they were probably all the same. Dumb. I’m really dumb.

Later in the conversation he mentioned that he bought the really good seats so the kids could see. At that point I remembered to ask how much his ticket was. $56!!! I double gasped. But then I got over it.

Had he asked me in the beginning if he could spend $100 to take the girls to a ballet, I probably would have come up with some really good reasons why that wasn’t a good idea.  But now that it’s done I know that the girls will have a great time and they will love getting all dressed up to go with Daddy.

My dad told me this once about money (and he’s quite wise with money) : It’s just money. You can make more. To put this statement into context, Handsome and I were on holiday here in the States and had driven down to San Diego to stay with friends. On the way down we had seen an advertisement for Universal Studios and Handsome was very keen to go because he’d never been. It was out of our budget for the trip. I was on the phone with my dad for some reason and that’s when he told me it was just money and we can make more. He knew that we both had jobs and that we weren’t destitute.

So, this is an instance when my frugality isn’t going to swerve towards being cheap. We are frugal so that we might spend our money in places where it really counts. And time with our children definitely counts.

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14th September 2008

I’m almost too cool for a nap

This is what I found when I checked on Cutie during her nap:

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12th September 2008

comments

Hello New Readers!

And I know you’re out there because I was just checking my stats and readership is way up the last few days.

So that I don’t feel like a loser blogger, please occasionally leave a comment. Please. Particularly those people that are coming to my blog because they searched for “Homemade Fajita Seasoning”. I would love to know how your fajitas turned out ;)

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10th September 2008

Need. Meat.

I just arrived home from a quick trip to Savemart to buy milk. Handsome is home again and we were totally out of milk.

I took the opportunity to have some alone time. At the supermarket. Only a mom of small children would find that fun. Anyway, I was wandering the aisles, trying to get some inspiration. If you’ve been reading for any length of time you will know that I love to cook. But lately? Not so much.

I went down every aisle, slowly, looking for something new. I found a few interesting things and then I’d look at the price tag and think to myself (as I was returning it to the shelf) “They want me to pay what??” And of course I was also thinking that I could make it from scratch for 1/4  of the price.

As it turns out the only thing that really struck my fancy was the meat case. I spent a bit of time looking at the lamb. They had a nice lamb roast and some lamb chops. I haven’t cooked lamb since we moved to America. Then I looked at the beef and was thinking “Hmmm… steak….” I’m not normally a huge meat eater, but I think that it’s time I planned to make a few meat dishes, and not just chicken or ground beef, but real meat. Maybe it’s the soon to be changing seasons? Am I in need of comfort food?

The fact that I’m eating chicken noodle soup probably answers that question.

I should have bought that lamb. Mmmm….

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10th September 2008

Hiding God’s Word In Their Hearts

You know, sometimes I don’t tell the truth. (GASP!) The weight listed on my driver’s license being a prime example. :) When I’m with my kids all day, sometimes I unwittingly lie.

“Mom, can we go to Grandma’s and swim?”  “Sure, honey, just as soon as we… (fill in the blank).”

But then that thing takes longer and all of a sudden it’s nap time for Little Boy and we have to go home instead of going swimming. I didn’t mean to lie, but I did.

One of the things that I love about parenting God’s way is that he NEVER lies. I can point the kids to the Bible and know that God’s Word is always true.

Does God really love me? You betcha! It says so in John 3:16.

Does everybody sin? Even Daddy? Yep. Romans 3:23.

Today we started back to Bible Study Fellowship  . Both of the girls get to go and Little Boy will start in March when he turns 2. This year we’re studying the Life of Moses, which runs from Exodus through Deuteronomy. The children study the same passage of scripture as the women. The same Biblical truths. They learn about sin and redemption and justification and fun stuff like that. But most importantly they learn that the whole Bible points to Jesus. The Old Testament looks forward to Jesus’ birth and the NT looks forward to his coming again. And that the only way to heaven is through Jesus.

When I picked up the girls from their classes I asked them what songs they sang and Precious told me they sang Holy, Holy, Holy (they have about 15 songs that they rotate throughout the year so they learn some meaty, deep theological hymns) . It thrills my heart to know that my little almost-five year old is memorising a hymn that she will remember her entire life.  And it’s not a fluffy, feel good song that focuses on self. It’s all about Him.

Holy Holy Holy! Lord God Almighty! Early in the morning our song shall rise to Thee!

My prayer is that my kids will remember the Biblical truths that they are learning. That they will be able to apply them to their little lives and then share them with others. What a privilege it is for me to be with my children, watching them learn about our God.

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9th September 2008

Life when dad’s away

Handsome has been gone since Sunday night, away on business.

What did we have for lunch? McDonalds.

What did we have for dinner? Kraft Mac and Cheese. But I DID give them peas and pears with their macaroni, so they won’t be dying of scurvy any time soon.

I’m looking forward to his return tomorrow night. Otherwise I’d have to make a run to the store for more macaroni and cheese.

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5th September 2008

Two things I love

1. Google Maps. They have been resurfacing the roads in my neighbourhood and I just realised, after a call from my dad, that the main entrance to our street is blocked off. He called me to ask how he was supposed to get in to drop off the dog that we’re taking care of for a few days. I got on Google Maps and was able to guide him in exactly, no problems. Gotta love it. Of course, he could have put it into his GPS too and I’m not sure why he didn’t do that. Probably easier to just call me. After all, he has people ;) (sorry, that will only make sense to about three people in the world)

2. My parents’ dog. Now that we have our own house, with a yard, we are able to dogsit for my parents’ dog. He is a like a vacuum cleaner. He’s been here less than ten minutes and already he’s eaten up almost all the crumbs on the floor, which is not an inconsequential amount. Whenever he’s here I sweep about 50% less. That’s about the only reason I would consider getting a dog right now.

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