Phew! We recently got back from a week-long vacation in Phoenix, AZ. There were days of shopping, going to the zoo, and, of course, eating! We had such a great time with our extended family, I wanted to share a few of our favorite photos:
Today I feel a little overwhelmed. I know You gave me 24 hours every day, but did You really mean for me to use all of them cleaning up after other people? Your Word says to give thanks in all things, so that is what I will try today, since complaining about everything yesterday didn't go so well:
~ I am thankful for the squished grapes and spilled cereal under my feet, and for the children who put them there.
"I only like the yellow..."
~ I am thankful for the mounds of clean laundry sitting in my living room, because that means we all have plenty to wear (or we will, when I fold them).
~ I am thankful for the stacks of dirty dishes, and the food You graciously provided us to eat on them.
Chocolate-dipped fingers - mmm, mmmm, good!
~ I am thankful for the beds I need to make, because that means we were all well enough to get out of them this morning.
~ I am thankful for the phone that won't stop ringing, and the people on the other end who care enough to call.
"Hello? This is the call of the wild..."
~ And God, I'm thankful for comfy pajamas, because at this rate, I'm going to be in them all day!
Linsey, the oldest of our three girls, has the natural ability to make things go her way. I will often give she and her sister a snack or a prize, then, the next time I turn around, Linsey has convinced Hannah to trade. Or do Linsey's chores for her. Or give her the rest of her candy. She can talk her into anything. The funny thing is, like most younger siblings, Hannah seems happy with her servitude most of the time.
What Linsey doesn't understand is why this same method doesn't work on adults - namely, me. The other day, while looking through a magazine, she saw the "mini me" dolls, and decided she had to have one for Christmas (her list has been on the fridge since September). Blond hair, blue eyes, freckles, matching outfits - what's not to love? Our conversation went like this: "Please, Mom?? It's what I REALLY REALLY want!"
"You don't even like dolls!"
"That's because I don't have this one! I would love this one!"
"If I got you that for Christmas, or your birthday (two weeks later), it would be the ONLY present you would get. I don't think you'd like that; your list is pretty long."
Cue water works. "Could I get this doll AND something else?"
"No...actually, if you REALLY want it, that would probably be the ONLY thing you'd get for Christmas AND your birthday! Is that what you want?"
Linsey slowly shook her head and cried. She thought for a long time, then sighed in defeat, "Can I just get it for Thanksgiving then?"
They say a picture is worth 1,000 words - and with Natalie, I'd say they're worth at least that! She doesn't make my posts too often because she doesn't talk much yet, but as you can see from these pics, what she lacks in words she makes up for in character. For my Wordless Wednesday, here is our littlest monkey: