Thursday, March 31, 2005

Please pray for my cousin Mark's wife (he's the pilot for hire in the right hand column). She has a tumor on her brain stem. We don't know yet if it's malignant or not. Her dad is battling a malignant brain tumor, too.

Teen Ink: Written by Teens

Adventures in a Small Town: A fictional short story by Carrie R
This looks like Paradise on earth for Prairie Muffins

Wednesday, March 30, 2005

"What are you?"

This has been asked of me recently by acquaintances who thought I was a Protestant Fundamentalist Prairie Muffin, but see that I read Catholic and LDS blogs. ;o)

I grew up in a liberal Mennonite church, have attended Raphael (European Four Square) fellowships, American Baptist churches and non-denominational churches. We currently attend an Evangelical Free church. We are not so big on denominations, but on finding Bible believers to fellowship with in our community. I grew up traveling to a nearby town for church... When I moved to the Netherlands I also traveled 30 miles to another town... When we moved to the States we again traveled 30-40 minutes to find a "good" church. But a couple of years ago Steadfast and I were convicted to bloom, really bloom, where we are planted... Right where we are planted. There were two churches to choose from in our small town... And our first Sunday visiting one, we found out they were merging. ;o) So this is our church, because this is where we are... And we love it dearly.

We are moving to Ohio and the town we are looking at has mostly Baptist churches. Steadfast, being European, has a strong aversion to the name "Baptist"... Even though we have attended a Baptist church and loved everyone there, he was greatly relieved when they took Baptist out of the name and called it a Christian Fellowship. Even though at the heart of it's doctrine it was still American Baptist, he felt better.

I link to LDS blogs, because I read them. There is one especially that always interests me. The Concierge seems to share a lot of the same interests as I, even though our religions vary. I read her blog because she is always finding neat stuff to talk about. ;o) There is also the fact, that in spite of our religious difference, LDS'ers, on the whole, value family values, value moral values, and have that great system for storing lots of food... Something worth learning when you have a larger than average family in Earthquake territory.

I link to Catholic blogs because... Well... I don't think our beliefs are all that different. I have found time and time again that I have more in common with the devout Catholic moms I know than with many women in my own church family. There are few women in my church who homeschool, or even feel homeschooling is right. There are few that believe in letting the Lord plan our family size. There are few that believe birth control is immoral. There are few that believe moms should stay home and raise their kids. But in our local Catholic homeschooling community, I am finding many moms who believe as I do. That's not to say that moms who work, use birth control, or want only two kids aren't saved. That's not what I mean. I'm just saying I don't have as much in common with those women. I do meet a lot of Fundamentalist Baptist type women in homeschool groups who tell me Catholics aren't saved. But there are many former Catholics in my current church, and they have no doubt they were saved while still Catholic, and I have no doubts either.

Just as there are saved and unsaved people walking around in Catholic churches, there are saved and unsaved people walking around in Protestant churches. It's all about Christ and our belief in Him. Christ is the deciding factor.

I think, when God looks down from Heaven at His Church, He doesn't see His people set apart in this box here, and that box there... He doesn't see us divided by lines... He looks down and sees a mass of people and here and there are dots of Light, His Light shining in His People. Like Salt sprinkled around. Like stars twinkling here and there in the darkness. Okay, that's just a visual image... Who am I to know what God sees? But I don't believe He looks at us and sees the labels we've given ourselves, like Catholic, Baptist, Prairie Muffin, Attachment Parent..... He looks down and says "There's my child that I created for my Glory & Joy"

That said... I don't think one official world-wide Church is a good idea. ;o)
Feeding Tube Under Consideration for Pope

Tuesday, March 29, 2005

The MS has wiped out my right leg and I have three kids in the tub. What to do? It's gone all floppy. Anyone have any tips?

I'm not sure my big girls are up to this. They are normally upbeat and helpful, but with Steadfast gone all these months and being unable to walk (at the moment) I am relying on them more to be my legs... it's getting to the point that no matter which one I ask to help they say "can't you ask Jane???" or "can't you ask Elizabeth??" And honestly, I don't feel I should lean on them. They're kids after all. Not mothers or nurses. They didn't sign up to have a mom with MS. On the other hand... this is what we are given to work with. What would I do if they both weren't here and Steadfast was gone? I would have to manage somehow. I need to find some way to manage.

Monday, March 28, 2005

We celebrated Lydia's 2nd birthday yesterday (Resurrection Sunday) since Steadfast had to leave early this morning for GA and won't be home for a couple of weeks. Here are some pictures of the birthday girl!
Mary and Lydia

Friday, March 25, 2005

The Emerging Church: Last Days Apostasy and a Return To Darkness

Better full than empty.

It seems several people don't understand, how when you let God plan your family size, He also gives you desire for babies... and more babies... ;o) To have been longing for another for nearly two years, and to have several miscarriages under my belt, to see someone announce "#3" with responses of "you're crazy" or "my sympathies" or "better you than me" or "Lord, help us!" simply HURTS! I saw one woman who has been longing for her first for nearly a year respond with jealousy and I hurt for her too. How can people be so flippant about life's greatest treasure? Are they not one of God's greatest gifts? Would any of us trade one of our children for $1,000,000?? I think not, but then why do people seem to long more for money than children? How much joy did we receive with our first-born? With our second? Don't we realize our third will bring so much more? I can tell you I felt richly blessed with my first child.... but that doesn't near compare to the wealth I feel when I gaze at my five together. I practically burst... and I'm sure being a billionaire would not fill me so much as this. With each child my joy has doubled, tripled, quadrupled, quintupled... how can I not long for another?

Thankfully I do have dear friends, with even more children than I, who understand this longing, and I am not alone and lonesome in feeling this way.

Just, you know, if I do turn up pregnant... please don't express shocked and negative reponses in front of my kids. If you say "you're crazy", they don't realize you mean I'm crazy about the baby... they think you mean having *any* kids. They think "my sympathies" means we lost another baby. They think "better you than me" means no one should want any kids... and guess what? My kids are kids! They think you mean no one should want them! And please don't say "oh my, you have your hands full" as if they're a lot of ill-behaved hooligans.... when they're not ill-behaved hooligans... and don't say it front of them... it takes some time to rebuild that damage to their self-esteem.

Better full than empty.

Sunday, March 13, 2005

Various quotes from the New Living Translation.

This is mainly for myself, to gather several "like minded" verses in one central spot... and ponder them. I'm not intending to make any statements. ;o)

"You will be hated all over the world because of your allegiance to me. And many will turn away from me and betray and hate each other. And many false prophets will appear and will lead many people astray. Sin will be rampant everywhere, and the love of many will grow cold. But those who endure to the end will be saved."

"Don't be fooled by what they say. For that day will not come until there is a great rebellion against God and the man of lawlessness is revealed--the one who brings destruction."

"For many will come in my name, saying, `I am the Messiah.' They will lead many astray."

"And many will turn away from me and betray and hate each other."

"For false messiahs and false prophets will rise up and perform great miraculous signs and wonders so as to deceive, if possible, even God's chosen ones. "

"For a time is coming when people will no longer listen to right teaching. They will follow their own desires and will look for teachers who will tell them whatever they want to hear. They will reject the truth and follow strange myths."

"And so the Lord says, "These people say they are mine. They honor me with their lips, but their hearts are far away. And their worship of me amounts to nothing more than human laws learned by rote."

"How terrible it will be for you teachers of religious law and you Pharisees. Hypocrites! You are so careful to clean the outside of the cup and the dish, but inside you are filthy--full of greed and self-indulgence! Blind Pharisees! First wash the inside of the cup, and then the outside will become clean, too."

"How terrible it will be for you teachers of religious law and you Pharisees. Hypocrites! You are like whitewashed tombs--beautiful on the outside but filled on the inside with dead people's bones and all sorts of impurity. You try to look like upright people outwardly, but inside your hearts are filled with hypocrisy and lawlessness."

For you have been given not only the privilege of trusting in Christ but also the privilege of suffering for him.

You should also know this, Timothy, that in the last days there will be very difficult times. For people will love only themselves and their money. They will be boastful and proud, scoffing at God, disobedient to their parents, and ungrateful. They will consider nothing sacred. They will be unloving and unforgiving; they will slander others and have no self-control; they will be cruel and have no interest in what is good. They will betray their friends, be reckless, be puffed up with pride, and love pleasure rather than God. They will act as if they are religious, but they will reject the power that could make them godly. You must stay away from people like that.

For you know quite well that the day of the Lord will come unexpectedly, like a thief in the night. When people are saying, "All is well; everything is peaceful and secure," then disaster will fall upon them as suddenly as a woman's birth pains begin when her child is about to be born. And there will be no escape. But you aren't in the dark about these things, dear brothers and sisters, and you won't be surprised when the day of the Lord comes like a thief. For you are all children of the light and of the day; we don't belong to darkness and night. So be on your guard, not asleep like the others. Stay alert and be sober. Night is the time for sleep and the time when people get drunk. But let us who live in the light think clearly, protected by the body armor of faith and love, and wearing as our helmet the confidence of our salvation. For God decided to save us through our Lord Jesus Christ, not to pour out his anger on us."

Friday, March 11, 2005

A wise child brings joy to a father; a foolish child brings grief to a mother. -- Proverbs 10:1

Thursday, March 10, 2005

"We're not a family, we're a party." - Elizabeth, 13

Elizabeth and I watched with great interest an ad about a contest where they are seeking families to participate. "You can be any kind of family... families are wonderful and diverse, and they come in all kinds of ways and shapes... we're looking for all kinds of families to participate, just as long as it has no more than four members." If your family has more than four, you are disqualified from participating.

Elizabeth noted that companies don't seem to know what a family is anymore. She pointed out that if we go buy a readymade frozen "family size" meal in the grocery store, we need at least three packages, not one, and the "family size" lasagna barely feeds us. I remarked that was true, and that is why I purchase the party sized lasagna instead. I also mentioned that if we go out to a nice restaurant we are charged an extra gratuity because of the size of our "party". At this the teen lost her indignancy and collapsed on the floor in giggles.

"We're not a family, we're a party!"

Wednesday, March 09, 2005

Movie Quotes

From Donna (linked below in previous post).

Quick! The first five movie quotes that come to mind!

Here they are....

1. "Badges? We don't need no stinkin' badges" from Blazing Saddles (a misquote taken from The Treasure of the Sierra Madre")
2. "Go and boil your bottoms, you sons of a silly person." from Monty Python and the Holy Grail
3. "But Miss Scarlet, Miss Scarlet,...I don't know nuthin' 'bout birthin' no babies!..." from Gone with the Wind"
4. "He's right on top of us. I wonder if he is using the same wind we are using." from Princess Bride
5. "Have you ever gotten the feeling that you aren't completely embarassed yet, but you glimpse tomorrow's embarrassment?" from Jerry Maguire

Thursday, March 03, 2005

A little diversion from Donna via Concierge Services:

1. Grab the nearest book
2. Open the book to page 123
3. Find the fifth sentence
4. Post the text of the next 3 sentences on your blog, along with these instructions.
5. Don't you dare dig for that "cool" or "intellectual" book in your closet! I know you were thinking about it. Just grab what is closest!

"....After practicing this rhyme several times, tell the child that you are going to look for pictures of two things. Hold up two fingers again and ask the child to count the fingers that are up. Count, 1-2."

~Slow and Steady Get Me Ready: The How-To book that Grows With Your Child (260 Weekly Developmental Activities from Birth to Age 5) by June R. Oberlander

Tuesday, March 01, 2005


Danielle Bean is bleaching... last time I bleached a house, I went into labor exactly an hour later.....