Thursday, April 15, 2010

Daring mothers...

I loved this post over at Passionate Homemaking.  It's focused on daughters, but everything in it is true for mothers of boys too.

I particularly loved this...

Being a godly mother can be a daring assignment.
May we accept our mission in faith, not fear! May God’s goodness flow through us and our family, and through each of son and each DAUGHTER.
May we raise DARING daughters who follow God’s purposes, in complete submission to Him, with fervent love  . . . and perhaps, with dirty feet.
And as moms, may we be DARING too!
I strive to be a godly mother, a daring mother.  And even more so, I am thankful for having a godly mother who was daring, who allowed me and supported me as I followed God's call to dangerous places, whether they be physically or emotionally dangerous.  I can't imagine it was easy when I came home and announced I intended to graduate high school a year early and head off to college having just turned 17, or when I called to tell her I was going to travel the country for a summer serving communities that had just experienced horrific natural disasters, or any of the other terrifying moments I gave her as a mother where she had the choice either to caution, contain, and prevent me from heading out into a scary world following God's call or to support me, pray for me, and prepare me!  What an awesome example she is as I embark on godly motherhood!

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Montessori

This really explains so much of what I love about Montessori.  We are so blessed to live next door to a lovely nature-based Montessori school that I can walk B through the woods to school to on mornings like today, when the air is crisp and it smells like the earth is groggily waking up just as I am.

Saturday, April 10, 2010

Just like on 7th Heaven.

I married a pastor. That makes me a pastor's wife. I know it seems pretty obvious, but people who knew me long before I was married sometimes don't quite get it. In fact, before PC (Pastor Chris) and I were married, people would find out that I was dating or engaged to a guy who was becoming a pastor and far more often than it should have been, their first response was "you mean like on 7th Heaven?". Oh thank you, Aaron Spelling.

Yep, just like 7th Heaven. I have 5 (or even 7 in the later years of the show, wouldn't want to screw up the meaningful name) kids, my children go through disgustingly obvious moral dilemmas and life lessons in each episode day, and my husband regularly inserts himself into the lives of absolutely everyone in town, creating dramatic suspense, and ultimately saves the day.

No. None of that is true. I guess I am getting a little closer now that I am married and have two children. We even live in a parsonage next door to the church. But no, my life is not like 7th Heaven.

Me being a pastor's wife has taken my family and friends a bit of time to come to terms with, and well, I'm still working on it myself. While churches (at least none that you would find PC and I at) no longer expect the pastor's wife to direct the church choir (thank goodness, you would not want me doing this), run the church office, or bring jello molds and casseroles to every event they have (well ok, they might still expect this), being a pastor's wife is an odd role with sometimes overwhelming expectations whether stated or implied.

I recently found this blog which has since moved to hereThe Rebellious Pastor's Wife.  Now, that's the kind of blog I can get behind even if the name is rooted in her self-identity as a sinner rebelling against god (based on Daniel 9:9) and not her rebellion against the traditional role of pastor's wives.  Anyway, she wrote a post about the role of a pastor's wife that really hit the nail on the head for me and had some great advice. 

From this...(bolding mine)

The daily process of being a pastor's wife in and of itself is awkward. I always say the part that bugs me the worst is the ontogeny of it. The very fact that there are 140 people that actually KNOW where I live bothers me. Very few other careers involve having the general public knowing and caring about where your family lives and what happens in their lives....celebrities and big time politicians are the only people that come to mind. I don't even know if my doctor HAS a wife. I don't know if the policeman that pulled me over several months ago has kids....let alone who they are and where they live. For a woman who grew up with a six foot block wall around her house and an unlisted phone number, this can leave me feeling simply vulnerable.
to this...
The man that I am married to has received a Divine Call to provide care to this congregation by preaching The Word and administering the Sacraments and using these to forgive them, guide them, heal their wounds, and admonish them. He is to love them as Christ loves them. I happen to be married to him.
Where do I fit in? I'm his wife. I love him, raise his children, and try to provide a safe (though nowhere near neat) home. I rejoice in his love and honor and respect him. My relationship to the congregation? I'm a member. The things that I do in the congregation I do because I am a child of God and feel that God has given me gifts in certain areas so that I can serve there. However, I am serving God just as much in my home by raising good Christian children as I am by serving on any committee. Even more so.
and oh yea, definitely this....
I also am a rather emotional woman with two rather emotional children. There are Sundays where we wake up and it is clear that it just isn't worth it. I don't make my children go to church because they are the pastor's kids. Somewhere I did right, because they love church.
and finally and absolutely this...

There are definitely days (too frequent to count) where I am brought to tears by this life and that I wish that my husband would find something else. Then I remember the souls that have been brought to faith because of him. I see how much he cares for his flock. I listen to him preaching in the pulpit....and I can't imagine him doing anything else....and until the next storm, I am comforted.
Oh yes, her post sums up so much of what I've thought but not put into words.  Having just (barely) survived Holy Week, the last quote really sums it up. 

We have a wonderful church family who supports both my husband and my family in countless wonderful ways.  My husband works hard to draw boundaries while embracing our family as a part of church life.  We all do a funny little dance that tries to welcome and encourage my kids and myself as active members of the congregation and community while trying to keep our lives separate enough to be healthy and safe.  We attempt to open our home and our lives with hospitality and yet keep a place of refuge and renewal.  It's a strange dance.. for all of us.  Yet, we dance it in the Lord's name... Psalm 149:3.

Friday, April 9, 2010

Shop Rite Checkout Girl

Hubby went grocery shopping for me today. Like always, I sent him with a repurposed envelope (came with a bill that we paid online or something arrived in the mail in it) filled with coupons with a list on the back that reads something like this...

Kosher Salt (1) - 1.29
Caribou Coffee (2) - 4.49 each

etc... item, quantity, and what the price SHOULD be so as to not have him buy something at a price I wasn't expecting and therefore disappoint me when I look at the receipt excited to see the rock bottom prices I achieved. (Yes, let's pause for a moment and appareciate what an amazing husband I have to do this for me and only make fun of me a little. Ok, moving on.)

When my husband arrived at the register today, the check out girl recognized him..

Checkout girl - "Hey, you're the guy that likes to bag his own groceries" (is this so odd??)
Hubby - "Well, like is a strong word"
Checkout girl - (giggle) "Oh and you always have a ton of coupons!"
Hubby - (sheepishly, I imagine) "Yea, well, uh, they help"
Checkout girl - "Oh yea, it's smart."

Yep that's right... the Shop Rite checkout girl knows my husband as "the guy who likes to bag and has a lot of coupons". Awesome.

Thursday, April 8, 2010

Sprouts and Seedlings


This is a double post from my other blog about my boys

We are very excited to be starting our garden.  Benjamin was very excited!  Here is a little picture tour of our adventures starting seedlings with our own little sprouts.


We gathered empty egg shells, cartons, and small plastic containers for our planting.





Ben and Daddy got to work filling our containers with dirt, and then planting seeds.  

We planted seeds on March 14th.




Meanwhile, Elijah did not want to be left out of the fun so here is his chance to play with some dirt too!  Yea he might have tried to eat it.  He figured out it didn't taste good, so he stopped that pretty quick.




We set up our trays of seeds in their happy home in the far, far, away room where they were protected from curious hands and had lots of sun.  And believe it or not, they began to grow!  Here they are on March 26.





And on April 2.





And today, April 8th.





Next week, Pop-Pop is coming to help us build the garden outside.  

And soon after that, it'll be time to transfer our plants!