Thursday, September 22, 2011

Mommy's Breakfast, Free for the taking...

Some of you may know I had appendicitis over the weekend and had to have surgery. While I reveled in many snuggly hugs and kisses and funny conversations with my 4 yr. old after my return home from the hospital, it is good to know that some things just never change when you are "Mom" no matter what. Let me explain.

I am still pretty weak right now trying to recover, and this morning, I laid in bed as long as I could until the motivation of hunger was too strong so I mustered up all I could to get to the kitchen to assemble something for myself. Everyone is supposed to have already eaten with full bellies, so no danger of vultures descending, right? Wrong. The 2 yr. old, upon seeing my piece of teff bread (one of the few grain alternatives I am not currently allergic to) begins whimpering for it, the whimper turning into an all-out wail, though I offered a banana, he only had eyes for my special bread. I am beginning to feel a little woozy at this point, but I give him my eggs and start on a new batch. While the 2nd attempt of eggs are sizzling in the pan, Princess comes floating up and says "hmm, are those eggs for YOU?" "Yes!" I snap a little, surprising myself. Don't mess with me when I am hungry people. I steal away with my breakfast to the Dining Room which is now the school room during the day where my beloved Queen sits quietly working. I look at her and say "You're not going to ask for my breakfast too, are you?" "No! Of course not!" She says emphatically. "But if you don't mind me suuuure looks yummy!" with a smile. I did manage to finish with out an inquiry from the 4 yr. old as he was occupied by the T.V..

On a good day, I should have been thrilled for an opportunity to be generous, but well, I wasn't. It's good to know though that things haven't changed, that Mom is still expected to be an overflowing source of all things for all! :)

Hey! Ok, I feel a religious comparison coming on, sorry, that's what you get with a Theology Major. The Church is an overflowing source of all things to all people too. She is mother to all, she feeds all, and her source is overflowing because her head is Christ. Hm, as my source should also be overflowing because Christ is my....I'll just shut up now. Breakfast anyone?

Saturday, September 3, 2011

Editing template...

It has come to my attention that my beloved daughter, my first girl, the one that practically runs the house? Is not particularly happy with her title on the cover of my blog. And while it seemed a trifle silly at first and not a big deal, it became clear to me that it really was a big deal. We had a heart to heart talk and while I tried to explain how being "The Boss" makes her a great leader and yada yada yada, she has a way of cutting to the chase, and she said "but mom, you are always telling me to not be bossy, so how is that good?" Hmmmm, she has a point there. Anyway, as of today she is now "the Queen" instead of "The Boss" because well, she is my queen and I love her, and someday, I will REALLY let her take over everything, because she is just that good. I believe that if we respect our children's feelings no matter how "silly" they may seem, they will learn to respect others feelings as well, and of course, our own feelings. But who cares about those. ;)

Thursday, September 1, 2011

I love it when a plan comes together...

I couldn't resist, My husband has been watching the A-Team with our oldest lately and lines and songs are constantly playing in my head.

Today, as our daily school routine began we read the scripture readings for today as we usually do and watched the "reflection video" on the USCCB website.  The gospel was this:

While the crowd was pressing in on Jesus and listening to the word of God,
he was standing by the Lake of Gennesaret.
He saw two boats there alongside the lake;
the fishermen had disembarked and were washing their nets.
Getting into one of the boats, the one belonging to Simon,
he asked him to put out a short distance from the shore.
Then he sat down and taught the crowds from the boat.
After he had finished speaking, he said to Simon,
"Put out into deep water and lower your nets for a catch."
Simon said in reply,
"Master, we have worked hard all night and have caught nothing,
but at your command I will lower the nets."
When they had done this, they caught a great number of fish
and their nets were tearing.
They signaled to their partners in the other boat
to come to help them.
They came and filled both boats
so that the boats were in danger of sinking.
When Simon Peter saw this, he fell at the knees of Jesus and said,
"Depart from me, Lord, for I am a sinful man."
For astonishment at the catch of fish they had made seized him
and all those with him,
and likewise James and John, the sons of Zebedee,
who were partners of Simon.
Jesus said to Simon, "Do not be afraid;
from now on you will be catching men."
When they brought their boats to the shore,
they left everything and followed him.

The reflection we watched was this:
In the video we watched the priest talked about how Christ called Peter to go out into the deep to fish, he compared it to the idea that sometimes we need to go deeper in the spiritual life to really grow. (loved this and had never thought of it before). My oldest daughter remarked that it must have been really hard for them to leave everything to follow Jesus. I said yes it was hard for them, but Christ promised that the reward would be great, and besides, he was worth it. Sometimes he does ask us to go into the deep, to give up everything to follow him, but his promise is that he will give back 100-fold. I remembered that last night I had stumbled upon a video on you-tube after watching another one a friend sent, and thought, it would totally apply to all we had just talked about.
  It frequently happens while homeschooling that we are talking about something and amazingly what ever we read that day or watch applies directly to that spontaneous conversation. It is like a lesson plan I never could have come up with on my own, but which is perfectly planned for the grace of the moment. God knows I am often crazy busy and while I would love to be super homeschooling mom and plan the perfect homeschooling day, sometimes I am lucky to get dinner on the table and diapers changed. So, he fills in the gaps. 
He's the ultimate lesson planner. 

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