Saturday, March 27, 2010

Review of the busy mom's Bible

Okay, so I promised I would use this bible (published by Zondervan) for a few weeks and then write a review of it on my blog. I don't normally do stuff like this but I have to admit I was intrigued by the special features in The Busy Mom's Bible (plus - it has a pink cover which always makes me smile). Like many moms I am easily sidetracked by the "urgent" away from the "important" - in this case the "important" being time in God's word. This bible contains 52 one-minute Thought-Starters that give you a verse or two and a quick thought to dwell on throughout the day. It then goes on to give an outline for those of us who find we have 5 or 10 minutes more. In the back of the Bible are more studies and reading plans - all designed for 5 or 10-minute study times. The amazing thing that I discovered was that when I thought I only had a minute - I actually realized that I was able to spend the extra time as well. It's incredible how God has a way of aligning my day when I take that time to focus on him first.
Another nice feature of this bible is it's slim design. It easily fits into my bag and is handy when I'm waiting at an appointment or to pick up one of the yahoos from an activity or school.
The bottom line is - we all know we need to spend more time in the Word and in this season of growing a family even spending the few minutes a day outlined in The Busy Mom's Bible are often the difference between anxiety and peace.

Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Killing Time

So I'm sitting at the local hospital killing time - a typical Wednesday afternoon. Jonathan has PT on Wednesdays and I decided to bring the 'ol laptop with me today. I don't know why I don't do it more often. I don't feel a bit of guilt sitting here typing away and catching up on other blogs. We only live 5 minutes from the hospital (and that's if I hit both stop-lights between here and there) but it just seems silly to drive home and wait. Sometimes I do, but I kind of like sitting here and just enjoying the downtime. (They should put in a tanning bed or something - then I could get that sunkissed look while I waited for my kid. Maybe I'll just go up to the nursery and sit under the bilirubin lights. Do you think it would have the same effect?) Jonathan is such a loudmouth. Every once in a while I'll hear him from way back in the back of the PT room. I never hear the other patients that are back there! But, they all seem to love him here - he's quite the celebrity for some reason. He's such a little charmer and it sometimes takes people awhile to figure out that he's also a little schemer. I'm worried about 1st grade. Some of the teachers are so sweet and compassionate that I think Jonathan would steal their heart and run right over them. We'll see how things go. I'm hoping we get him assigned to his 1st grade teacher a little early so she can be involved in his IEP conference in 2 weeks. I may have to make a few phone calls to make that happen.

The other 3 start PS119 practice today. This is a bible memorization group that meets about twice a year at church. They take a passage of scripture (35-50 verses) and memorize it in script form and then present it to the congregation. Ms. Lisa does a great job with the kids and they have so much fun hiding God's word in their hearts with their friends. They are so excited. I love it too. It's amazing how quickly the kids can get this stuff memorized. While each kid has their own part memorized they also tend to have the entire passage memorized by the time we present it about 7 weeks from now - WORD PERFECT! I have trouble just remembering my cell phone number - let alone 35 verses of scripture!

Eric is bummed but tonight is meatloaf (prepared by my cousin Heather) with corn (maybe I'll cream it) and throw together some mashed red potatoes. I love meatloaf and so do Joseph and Jonathan, so we're excited. The others can just suck it up and eat! I'm a real sweetie!!