Now, I know what you are thinking, it's not too late! And you are right, it's not. In fact I have had so many inspirational sermon's/bible studies as of late that I want to continue to try my hardest to reach some of those goals. But I think I made too many to make them all obtainable. I have to remember baby steps help you achieve a goal. I also had a suggestion from a friend of mine in Bible Study. She suggested making a prayer journal. Now that really wasn't one of my goals, but I think keeping up with a prayer journal will help me keep some of my goals.
So, come Feb. 1 I am getting up in the morning, going for my morning jog (okay, more of a walk), and then start the day by being still in prayer. It's really a neat journal. She had me write 7 headlines (ex: forgiveness, praise, personal needs, national needs, ect.) and then each day, under those headlines, I pray for something different (ex: Monday-forgive/my anger, Praise/a song, Personal Needs/hubs health & safety, National Needs/president). That way, when I open my prayer journal, I know exactly what to pray for (and add urgent prayer needs beyond that). I'm excited and hopeful to begin my days in such a positive way. And if I stray, that's okay, because I can just pick up the next day and start anew.
While playing in the living room:
Kyra: (whinning) Katie, stop copying me!
Katie: Copin me!
Kyra: NO. Josh (her older cousin), doesn't like it when I copy him, so I don't like it either!
(Oh, a dose of her own medicine)
During prayer time:
Kyra: Can I pray?
Mom: Sure, just make sure you try to pray for things that are important to you (lately, she just says - Lord thank you for everything we needed, Amen).
Kyra: Okay. Dear Lord, thank you for the Lord. Thank you for everything we needed (so much for specifics). Help us to listen to each other, be patient, and precious to one another. Keep my Mom and Dad safe, and help them to not run away. Amen.
(awww...she did end up praying for specifics, and how precious was that prayer. Did we give her any indication we were running away though?)
While in the car:
Mom: Look Kyra, there's the mailman.
Kyra: No Mom, that's a mailperson.
(leave it to my daughter to correct her politically incorrect mother)
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The scripture was based on Acts 16:16-25. It's a story of Paul and Silas, and how they were greeted by a slave girl and scorned for their efforts in saving people to become believers of God. They were seized, brought to the Romans, attacked, stripped, beaten, and thrown in prison. Then after they were put in their cell, they began to sing hymns to God. Wow, now I can imagine praying for mercy, but singing praises to God? How hard would that be after all that torture. I don't think I would have it in me. Yet the pastor asked us, "how often do we go to music for comfort in times of trial?" We probably do it more then we think. Singing "Amazing Grace," "Jesus Loves Me," "Then Sings My Soul," "Thy Lamp," can all be very therapeutic. They are reminders to us of how great God's love is for us. They help us in dark times see that God is not forsaking us. So the next time you are feeling down, in marital stress, or experience a death, try singing a song of praise. We need it.
Now fast forward to a week later. We were on our way to dance class again, and before I even brought up the incident again, Kyra told me that first thing, she was going to apologize to her teacher. I was quite impressed that she remembered, because I frankly had forgotten about the whole ordeal. She marched right in to the class, and said she was sorry to the teacher. The teacher however looked quite confused. I then took her aside and said that she was sorry for breaking whatever she broke, and I would like to replace the item. The teacher then smiled, and said Kyra didn't break anything. She said they giggled and got sidetracked a few times (like any normal 3 year old would), but that she was fine! Oh my goodness, did I feel like a dipwad. I had repremanded my poor little daughter, for a tall tale she made up. I guess from now on I will know to talk to the teacher before I trust a 3 year old's story. To think Kyra took the heat for something she didn't even do (and sacrificed her fudgecicle for it too). Needless to say, my guilt stepped in, and she got 2 cookies after dance.
While watching a grown up show:
(Kyra caught a snipit of a show I was watching, which just happened to have a scene where a man and woman french kissed).
Kyra: Moommmy! Look, they just kissed. They are married right?
Mom: No, they aren't married, they just really like each other.
Kyra: But then tomorrow they can get dressed up and get married right? (my sister was just in a wedding and was dressed up all beautifully. She now seems to think if you get dressed up and kiss a man, then butta bing butta boom, you're married).
Mom: Well...it's not that easy, they have to really be in love first.
Kyra: (moving on) Oh, that was called a chomp kiss right?
Mom: Why do you say that?
Kyra: Because they chomp up and down like this (and proceeds to chomp)
(okay, time to turn off this program)
While goofing around, some one passed gas:
(I had permission from my hubby for this one-I guess now you know who passed gas)
Kyra: Daddy, you are sooo stinky!
Dad: Who's the number one stinker?
Kyra: You are!
Dad: But who's the number 2 stinker (trying to get her to turn on her mother of course)
Kyra: You still are!
Dad: Really? Well then what's Mom?
Kyra: A scuba diver.
(We then proceeded to laugh. I had no idea what she meant by scuba diver, but at least she was loyal to her mama!)
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Well, our local news station provided a link for a website that helps you pick a candidate! You answer a few questions, and they find a candidate that best suites you (based on the issues you deem most important, and how you feel about them). My hubby and I found it very interesting, if not for the candidate that it chose for us, just a topic of conversation on how we really feel about certain issues (or what some even mean).
Here's the link, if you want to take a stab at it: http://glassbooth.org/
Kyra: Mom, who created God?
Mom: Well, sweety, no one did. He has been there from the very beginning.
Kyra: But He has to have a Mommy.
(Aww...where do I even go on this one.)
While in the car:
Kyra: Mom, on Christmas Day, I forgot to tell Jesus - Happy Birthday!
(Oh, He knows babe, He knows)
While filling out a preschool application:
Mom: (the question on the app was, "what is your child's concept of God", hmm...maybe I'll just ask her) Kyra, who is God?
Kyra: (pauses, and then nonchalantly says) Nobody.
(Evidently she forgot who we pray to everyday, talk about at Sunday School, and learn about through song and books - not to mention her previous conversations about Him).
While getting PJ's on with Dad:
Dad: Here, Kyra, put these on.
Kyra: But Dad, they don't match.
Dad: Sure they do, they're both blue
Kyra: No, this one has white in it, and the other has stripes (then shakes her head). You're just not very good at this are you. Mom knows which ones match.
(2 minutes later, Kyra comes into the living room with her PJ's on, with the previous conversation unbeknownst to Mom).
Mom: Kyra, your PJ's don't match.
Dad: (rolls his eyes) Like mother, like daughter!
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This month we have been searching for preschools for my daughter who will be 4 in the fall. What came as a big surprise to me was that open enrollment began already for some of the area schools and are already filled up. Apparently I am not as on the ball as I thought I was (figuring that searching in January would leave me plenty of time). Now we had been wondering what would be best for our little girl - christian school, homeschooling, or public school. We have a fairly good public school system, but it would be nice to have the added benefits of a Christian education (but then there is the cost issue - wow, expensive). I am all for homeschooling, but honestly think I would go bananas trying to teach a 4 year old while the 2 year old is running around the house causing destruction. So, I guess my question is what are some of your (bloggy mommy's) views on Christian verses public education?
I guess when it comes down to it, we simply have to pray that we make the right decision. And I know if we picked the wrong school, it's not like we couldn't pull her out, or even that she would be scared for life for not having the best preschool experience (are we being overprotective parents or what?).
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In the process of getting PJ's on:
Mom: Kyra, time to get PJ's on!
Kyra: (with a grimacy face) Dad, let's stack her into a pile.
(apparently, she wasn't pleased with my comment, but just how is she going to accomplish that one?)
At the dinner table:
Kyra: Someday when I get older I can be married. Grandma told me so.
Mom: Yes, you sure can.
Kyra: You're married right?
Kyra: Can I marry Daddy?
Mom: I'm afraid not, he's taken. I'm married to Daddy.
Kyra: I guess I'll have to marry Uncle Mike then.
(not the choice I would have thought, and fortunately he's taken too. There is plenty of time girlfriend, plenty of time.)
After a bath:
Mom: Katie, come her, we need to comb your hair.
Katie: (after we finished her hair) You turn (as she pushes me to the floor. She begins to comb my hair or rather pull my hair. She has really gotten into dolls and combing hair lately, but unfortunately has never been too gentle).
Mom: (I turn around) All done?
Katie: Nooooo. Tun round. Sit dun. (and proceeds to push my head around. Ahh, my little drill sargeant. This happens a dozen or so more times, until I finally put it to a stop. I just enjoy her becoming more interactive and using more little phrases.)
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