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Two-year old Bode hates the rain.  HAAA-AAA-TESSS the rain.  He screams “I wet!!!  I WET!!!!” if he ever has to step foot outside in so much as a sprinkle.

Almost five year old Jonah?  Well, this is what he drew today.  I wrote on the left of each picture his exact words.

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Note the happy face in the top picture, and the frown in the bottom.

So… guess which of my children was born in Colorado, and which one in the not-so-sunny state of Oregon?  🙂

-N

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Which is Better?

(I know I promised you a quote… frankly, I can’t think of or find a good one right now… ideas would be welcome)

Which is better: to defend those you consider friends, even if affects you negatively… or to stay quiet while their characters are attacked?

Even if you don’t agree with everything those friends do or have done?  

Even if, had you been in the same position, you would have done things WAY different?

Well, this week I stepped in, and found myself pretty deep in the mud and muck that was being slung from one side to another.  Perhaps it’s just my nature… I simply cannot step aside when I feel that those I care about are being treated poorly.  But did I have a choice?

Yes, I know one always has a choice.

Did I choose wrongly?

Which is better, to step into the fray or to wait on the sidelines?

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Well Said, John. Well Said.

“If you don’t point people to God for everlasting joy, you don’t love. You waste your life.”  – John Piper, from Don’t Waste Your Life

 

Lord, help me to demonstrate love.  

Love for you over love for the idols of this world.  

Over the junk we convince ourselves is important.  

Over the insecurity that we may impede someone’s short-term “happiness”.  

Help me, help us, through our words and actions to instead purposefully — and lovingly — point them to the true joy they could know only in You.

 

There’s so much more I could say on that point right now, with all the goings on in and around my house and family.  But I’ll just leave it.

It’s better that way.

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I am so technically not savvy.

I’m probably the person for whom (insert technological advance here) for Dummies was written.

And I can’t even understand that.  

Hence my complete inability to copy a blog button onto my blog.  Argh.

(And before you say it, YES, I know there’s a book out there called WordPress for Dummies.  I’ve borrowed it from the library.  Three times.)

Despite this, I apparently am the go-to gal for at least one friend on all things “modern” and “technical”.  In other words, I can figure out how to find and purchase things on iTunes.  Yep, I know that’s SO like eight years ago… pretty much an eternity as far as technology goes.  But I’m with it.  iTunes, that is.  Oh, yeah… just watch me.

This, of course, begs the question:  If I’m that far behind the times, just how far behind is my dear, sweet, lovely friend?  Well, THIS is what she sent me today to illustrate how she feels when I explain this crazy “modern” iTunes technology to her:

(And if that video actually works, I may, out of pure excitement at my ability to post a video… pee.  Just a little.  But I’m not getting my hopes up.)

Love you, Sandy.  🙂

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In Honor of Labor Day

Even when on a hiatus of sorts, she still comes up with (or comes back again) with some great stuff.  So in honor of the upcoming Labor Day weekend, here are some good ol’ hard facts from the labors of yours truly.  

Oh, how I would LOVE to read Jenni’s version of this.  🙂

How long were your labors? 

Kid #1:  Something like 20 hours, give or take.  Then he was taken… out of me, that is.  I’ll get to more about that below.

Kid #2: 10 hours.

Kid #3:  15+ hours.  Kid did NOT want to come out.

How did you know you were in labor? 

Kid #1:  My contractions intensified over time, then we went to the hospital where they told me I was not yet in enough pain to be admitted (or was it that I wasn’t dialated far enough?) and plopped me in a hot tub… and then promptly admitted me.  Dang, that hot tub works wonders.

Kid #2:  In the hospital.  I was induced, because they thought the child was enormous and I was attempting a VBAC.  My wonderful doc had to break my water to convince the giant baby-man to get a move on.

Kid #3:  Ditto #2.  Except replace “giant baby-man” with “wee baby girl.”  Apparently they were wrong on the whole “enormous” thing this time around.

Where did you deliver?

Kid #1:  Meridian Park Hospital in Tualatin, Oregon.  Lovely place.  I highly recommend it.

Kids #2-3:  Sky Ridge Medical Center in Lone Tree, Colorado.  Not too bad either… although I always seemed to get a “view” of the rooftop heating systems rather than the pretty mountains.  But that’s where the wonderful doc works, so that’s where I be.  🙂

Drugs?

Um, yes.  Thank you.

I actually tried to deliver #2 naturally, but threw in the towel (or perhaps I felt like I was being filleted and so screamed madly for medical intervention) before I was completely dialated.

C-section? 

Kid #1:  Yep.  I had the threat of a C-section with him for one reason or another through the whole pregnancy: placenta previa, breech position, you name it.  Then the placenta migrated to its proper place, and my lovely doc in Oregon performed a successful version two weeks before delivery (that, by the way, ranks as THE most painful three minutes of my entire life.  Just so you know.).  Then that stubborn kiddo decided to flip sunny-side up during delivery, and wouldn’t you know that an almost TEN POUND child with a 120%-ile headsize wouldn’t quite fit through that way?  Stinker.

Kids #2-3:  Successful VBACs, both of them.  And the first (refer to “giant” comment above) was pretty much the same size as his older brother… he just decided to follow the rules and come out the right way.

Who delivered?

Kid #1:  Amazing Christian doc, partner of my regular ob/gyn in Oregon.  She actually prayed over my laboring body before going into the operating room.  Without being asked.  Awesome.

Kids #2-3: Amazing Christian doc and Ohio State alum (very, very important in this family).  I was so blessed to be able to have her deliver both of my Colorado kiddos!

 

If you want to play along, I’d love to hear about your experiences.  Just leave your comments below, or leave a link to your blog at RocksinMyDryer and let me know that you did!

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Grateful

“Praise the LORD!  Praise the LORD, O my soul!  I will praise the LORD as long as I live; I will sing praises to my God while I have my being.”  – Psalm 146:1-2

 

For fresh tomatoes…

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… from our wee little garden.

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(yeah, that barren place in the foreground… and the dead green bean plants you can’t see… we’re not going to talk about those)

For little boys who love each other…

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… who love their sister…

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… and who love to make her laugh.

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For a hubby who takes time out of his busy schedule to put more shelves up for all my books (I mean seriously, have you EVER seen anything so sexy?)…

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… to play with his beautiful baby daughter…

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… and to take his wife and kids to the zoo.

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Yep, I most certainly am grateful today for God’s many blessings.  He is awesome, He is wonderful, and He is worthy of praise.

What are you grateful for today?

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