Thursday, March 27, 2008

Ouch...

I am doing a book study with a couple of friends here in Macon. It's really great: because we all have young kids and realize that getting together to having meaningful conversation with 7 toddlers is about impossible, we "meet together" online. We have our own website where each week one of us posts questions from the chapter for that week. We then discuss and challenge one another throughout the week, when each of us has time. Then, when we do get together, we're not bound to an agenda. We can simply enjoy each other's company. It's been really good for me to have this kind of fellowship and accountability. The book that we are reading is Feminine Appeal by Carolyn Mahaney. It goes through the virtues of Titus 2 that older women are to model for their younger sisters. This is a book that I have wanted to read and have never gotten around to buying. For those of you who are looking for a good/challenging read, I highly recommend it. We got ours on the Mahaney's ministry website.
Anyway, this week's chapter was about self-control. One of the topics highlighted was the discipline of sleeping for the glory of God. I have never considered myself a morning person and thought that that was okay. However, this quote has really challenged my habit of being a "night owl:"
"I have heard of women who pride themselves on being "night people." That means that they have trouble getting up in the mornings because they come alive at night. They may stay up to all hours reading, watching television, or pursuing some sort of interest. The next morning they are too tired to get up and care for their family...These women are not "night people." They are lazy and selfish. who would not rather stay up late to do whatever they please and sleep late the next day? Once a young wife begins getting up earlier than her children and her husband, she will cease to be a "night person." She will be tired at night and go to bed at a reasonable hour so she will be there to serve her family the next morning." (by Martha Peace, Becoming a Titus 2 Woman)
...Ouch!

Tuesday, March 25, 2008

Pics of Our Trip





My dear friend, Shelly, took the last two pictures. She is a gifted photographer and was willing to go with us to a park and get some shots of the kids. I will post more later, but these are two of my favorites. Thanks Shell! Love you!

Monday, March 24, 2008

Travel with Two

The kids and I spent last week in St. Louis visiting the family. It was spring break for mom and Laura and Fred had a busy week preparing for Easter services, so we figured it was a good week for me to go. I had been anticipating this trip with both excitement and a bit of anxiety because of the whole flying thing. I really didn't know what to expect traveling with Joshua and Anna Bell all by myself. There are so many factors that play into it: getting through security, the train thingy at the ATL airport, ear trouble with AB, diaper changing....you get the point. Thankfully, I had received some great advice/tips from those of you who have done this before (thanks, Holly!!!). The absolute best advice is BRING THE STROLLER!!!! Atlanta was so crazy with business travelers on Monday morning that I really don't know if we could have done it without the double umbrella stroller. Basically, they treat you like a handicapped person when you have one of these things, so we didn't have to wait in the forever long line for security. Instead, they usher you right up to the front and into a specific stroller/handicap line. It was truly a lifesaver! I also called the airline ahead of time and they placed a request on my ticket that Fred be able to go to the gate with me. They said that whether they granted this request depended on the level of security for that day, but PRAISE GOD, our request was granted and Fred came with us all the way to our gate! The flight itself wasn't bad at all: Joshua spent most of the time pealing Thomas the Train stickers and Anna Bell was tired of sitting by the end of it, but stayed pretty quiet. On the way back, we had to make it through the airport without Fred (which was a little crazy, trying to get on and off the tram with the kids, bag, stroller, and Joshua's carseat!) but we made it without too much excitement.
We had such a blast at Grandpa and Grandma's house. We went shopping, to the zoo, swimming at the Y, and spent lots of time just hanging out together. Maddie and Joshua had a great time- although their relationship is a bit dramatic (Joshua really enjoys getting Maddie upset). Anna Bell loved all the attention that she received and really loves Molly, my parents' Golden Retriever. We had a great time and the week flew by, but it's good to be home-- we all really missed Fred and the kids missed the routine of being at home. Thanks for having us Mom and Dad. We love you and miss you!!!
*Side note: A new mall opened in Macon while we were gone. It's really close to our house and has lots of fun new shops. We decided to go check it out this evening. As well pulled up in front of B&N, Joshua excitedly said "I want to go in there and drink my coffee!!!!"...That's my boy:)

Wednesday, March 12, 2008

Gross and Weird!

Joshua got a couple of Nerds this morning for going poopoo in the potty. After he was finished eating them, he brought his cup to me and I noticed a little white thing sticking out of his nose. It was a little nerd!!!! The candy coating had dissolved off of it, but otherwise it was a whole nerd that had come through his throat and nasal passages out his nose! Yucky!!!

Tuesday, March 11, 2008

Ladybugs and Belly flops

This is a pretty random post, but there are several stories/updates that I keep meaning to put on here and am finally getting around to it. So...here are some fun happenings from the Broome home:
1. Ladybugs:
For some reason, ever since we moved into our house, we've had a constant visiting of ladybugs. I have no idea where they come in, but they like to congregate at the windows. Because most of the trim in our house is stained wood, I often times do not notice the ladybugs before the kids do. Needless to say, Anna Bell has eaten at least two of them (maybe I need to work more protein into her diet..ha!). Joshua just likes to play with them until he says "Uh oh, mom, I squished em!" Oh well.
2. Belly flops: There is no doubt that Joshua is "all boy" and extremely tough. Although I think that it has to do, in part, with the fact that we don't make a big fuss when he falls or bumps his head. More than that, I think that he's just a tough kid. Our prayer is that Joshua would live up to the verse that we pray over him: that he would be strong and courageous and obey the Word of the Lord (Joshua 1:7-9) However, his latest "courageous" stunt is a little too much for mom and dad. Last week, as we were all hanging out in the family room, Joshua stood up on the couch and jump off doing a complete belly flop onto the floor! What in the world! He didn't fuss at all, but I thought that surely he was just trying to be tough and wouldn't attempt the stunt again. Oh no, he has done it like five times since then!!! Crazy kid.
3. I hate Wallpaper: When we moved into our house in October, I was rip roarin ready to get all the wallpaper out of the house in the first week. Well, here we are: going on our sixth month of living here, and we've only finished two bathrooms. We still have our master bath and the kitchen to do. The paper is original to the house, so not only has it been up for 20 years, but the wallboard was not primed before it was put up. This means that it takes forever to get it off and it leaves a lot of imperfections in the wallboard. While Fred was out of town this weekend, I decided to try to putty the seams in the paper with joint compound and paint over it. So far that's looking like a bad idea. Has anyone done this and did it look okay once you were all done?

Thursday, March 06, 2008

Fellow LOST Fans...

What in the world is going on?!!?

Monday, March 03, 2008

Thanks Mom & Dad!

One of my favorite simple pleasures in life is an unexpected delivery from the United States Postal Service. Today as the kids and I were eating lunch, we heard the doorbell. As I curiously peeked out the window I was surprised with one such delivery! Wooo Whooo!!! No one in our family is especially good at sending packages, so I know that this was quite an accomplishment and sacrifice, mom and dad....Thanks!!!! Inside of the box was an assortment of fun treats including books, candy, a CD with pics on it and an all-time classic treasure among the Prosser family- "Bullfrogs and Butterflies" on CD!!!! I know that some of you listened to this as well when you were little (...and probably on record like we did!) It was SOOO fun to introduce Joshua and Anna Bell to such a great part of my childhood! Joshua LOVED it! I'm so thankful for bands like Hillsong Kids that aren't so "kiddy" sounding that we all love to listen to, but nothing beats childhood classics such as these!