Quote from "Stepping Heavenward" by Mrs. E. Prentiss

"She says I shall now have one mouth more to fill and two feet the more to shoe, more disturbed nights, more laborious days, and less leisure or visiting, reading, music and drawing.

Well! This is one side of the story, to be sure, but I look at the other.

Here is a sweet, fragrant mouth to kiss; here are two more feet to make music with their pattering about my nursery. Here is a soul to train for God; and the body in which dwells is worthy of all it will cost, since it is the abode of a kingly tenant. I may see less of friends, but I have gained one dearer than them all, to whom, while I minister in Christ's name, I make a willing sacrifice of what little leisure for my own recreation my other dear darlings had left me. Yes, my precious baby, you are welcome to her time, her strength, her health, her tenderest cares, to her lifelong prayers! Oh, how rich I am, how truly, wondrously blest!"

Monday, November 24, 2008


Today has been one of those days if it could go wrong it just might. Things were to begin later at work than usual so I redid my day to include a trip to the bank to get $ for a couch deal we made Saturday at a yard sale in my daughter's neighborhood. Must admit I was quite smug this morning thinking of all I had gotten done by 9:30 (because I was WIDE AWAKE at 5 - Lord help me, I'm becoming my mother). I knew this was a day of great accomplishments and that I could get all my stuff done and be home from work by 1 at the latest while fitting in all my hours. My living room would be finished and I'd have a great dent in the kitchen and dining room this afternoon before I cooked dinner. I had the day "all figured out".

Sooo, I take my oldest son to work with me to work on shelves and we drop off movies to the library, run an errand to the church, hit the bank to get the $ for the couch. I was so psyched to get this for her family. My daughter had just redone her whole home in beautiful warm colors and this would be the perfect fit for her living room. Not to mention I was so excited that my daughter was sooo excited to get this for her home as a Christmas gift. I was going to haul off her old couch Saturday after she finished painting her home to make room for the new one but told her we best wait to be sure she had something to sit on in the meanwhile. (Thank you Lord for wisdom!) My fabulouso sister was going to help me at work today so I could get back home quick today to work on the house. Went to work, got labels a moving and work a rolling for my mom and John Russell and then went to pick up the couch for Cindy to only find out the lady I made the deal with had sold it to somebody else although we had made a deal for me to come pick it up today. I was sooo bummed! Not to mention, I hate time stealer's too. I would've never fit in the bank and trip to Cindy's around working hours to make a longer day out had I known she wasn't going to hold her part of the deal. Well, at least I got to see my beautiful grand babies for a minute and my daughter's cute decorated home (for Christmas).

I'm driving back to work and would you believe, clunk-clunk, the insides of my door fell apart as I rolled my window down at the drive-thru for my ice fix from Sonic. (Can't drown my sorrows in chocolate but I can do sonic ice and it's less than a buck.) Now my door only locks and doesn't unlock. My husband will have to take apart the whole door to see if he can get the assembly back together. Last time I had a dealership fix that it cost me over $400!! And that was with "the family deal!". I yi yi. My door lets you out but you can't get in :).

I get back to work and realize our cell bill came in that should've been ~$200 for our whole family and it says a whopping $925...so we spend an hour with the phone company trying to get it straight and we're not there yet. Call home and kiddos are doing good (of course, I find out later that's because they decided to veg out!!). At last, I finished my work and should've told my mama I didn't have time because now I'm 3+ hours behind getting back home to the kiddos but noooo, not me, I volunteered to go to her house to turn off her window heater that she thought she'd left on (but didn't)and hit a poor raccoon on the way. My son John Russell and I were yelling at it "run, run" (as if it was really listening) as I was hitting the brakes but still had a ka-thunk and "aw darn" before the poor guy could make it.

Get home and to my utter dismay, my home is still a disaster because I'm in the middle of trying to get it all painted before Thursday (what was I thinking???) and now I'm too totally exhausted to even think about getting back at it today. Not to mention my usual productive kids were slugs today and I think I have "symphis pubic dysfunction" this pregnancy because I can only do so much at a time and my bones hurt so bad I have to sit for a bit. What homeschooling mom of 7 with one on the way, who runs a book business and does children's church has time to sit? The temptation to load up on chocolate or carbs was definitely there but then would've had to turn in sorry levels to the dr next week when I show the doc my gestational diabetic readings that I turn into my appts every other week. [And since when is 42 so old you have to go to a high risk doctor every 2 weeks along with your regular doctor every 2 weeks. And since when can doctors justify making you sit for 4 hours a visit as if your time isn't as important as theirs. But that's a rant for another day. Although I'm now a big Favre fan - they said he was too old too in his field too!!!]

So now I'm in my p.j.'s while my 9 year old daughter just finished cooking yellow rice and black beans for the troops (yum) while I work on my cell phone bill trying to figure out what in the world happened. I'm seriously considering of applying for a bail out from the govt. It's working for everybody else. I hear Atlanta even has their hands out. I don't feel like actually restructuring my bills when I could just get the the money handed out to me.

But God!! The best thing is that although this day is in so many ways shot - I have happy, healthy children, a great marriage, my thanksgiving is all planned out and paid for, we have money coming in to pay our bills, and Lord willing, I know I will begin tomorrow very optimistically with grandiose plans of finishing my work, painting, housecleaning, sewing my middle daughter's Christmas dress with a pleasant attitude and fabulous, helpful children. Did I mention I'm sure the birds will be singing happy around our home, Christmas music will be playing in the background with the aroma of fresh cookies and banana bread wafting through the house. (Hey, if we're going to dream let's do it big!!) More importantly no matter how bad things seemed, I serve a God who loves me. I know that I know that I know he loves me unconditionally. What more could I ask for? I thank Him and praise Him for another day and for the ability to go to bed tonight in His perfect peace no matter the circumstances. The Lord is good and His love endures forever!!

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