Friday, December 21, 2012

Soybeans and Daddy

At some point in the last few months, Sami has decided that Jay is her favorite over Mommy.  Now, she still loves me a lot.  Just not QUITE as much as her Daddy.  Basically every night, this is what they look like at our house:

Tonight we planned to have our "at home" Christmas celebration after getting Sam from daycare.  While we were driving home the girls asked what we were having for dinner and I said, "Addi asked for shrimp cocktail and pizza, and I bought some edamame."  If you don't know what edamame is, it's steamed soybeans with salt, and it's pronounced ed-a-ma-mee.

Sam said, "Yum!  I love edamame!"


"But I'd love it more if it was called "ed-a-daddy."


Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Last year's Christmas, Sam-style

I know this story will live on long after Sam is an adult.  And for good reason.  It's a great recap of a sweet, loving, innocent three-year-old who has just one wish for Christmas.


Monday, December 17, 2012

My thoughts about the shootings in Connecticut

I wonder if I had children when 9-11 happened if I'd feel like I do today.  When those planes hit, I felt scared for myself, and for the world, and about what might happen to the world.  But I didn't know anyone who died, and it was easy at the end of the several days to think, wow, thousands of people died, what a shame.  And eventually move on.  Even after the Columbine shootings so many years ago when I was still in school myself, I shook my head, was sad, and moved on.

Many less people died last Friday at that school in Connecticut than in the attacks on 9-11.   And it has shaken me in ways I couldn't imagine, ways I don't remember being shaken that September.  Maybe it's because I didn't have kids of my own back then.  Maybe it's because I'm almost 35 and so much wiser.  Or maybe it's because I could finally put myself into those families' shoes and feel the terror and pain they must feel.  I can't look at those kids faces on TV.  I can't look at the pictures of kids who made it out alive walking single file to safety.  I can't even think about it without feeling that punch to the gut. 

This past weekend I purposely didn't watch TV.  I didn't do my daily check in on  I just couldn't.  What I still did was check my Facebook account, and after a few minutes shut it down.  People are just nuts and I couldn't take the arguing, the blaming, and worst of all, the pictures of those sweet kids who have died. 

I did, however, come across two articles that made sense to me and spoke to me in ways that I feel are reasonable.  If you are like me, these might be good reads for you too. 

'I Am Adam Lanza's Mother': A Mom's Perspective On The Mental Illness Conversation In America

I Won’t Yell About What You Want Me To

Now, I'm off to hug my kids, tell them I love them, and pray for other mothers not as lucky as me.

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

30. I'm Grateful for Patience

I learned long ago not to pray for patience.  God does WAY too good of a job with that one, giving me a lot of opportunity to practice being patient.  Lately, I've asked for calmness.  We'll see how that goes!

Even if I don't pray for patience anymore, I am very grateful when I have it, and when people show it to me.  So even though this is 12 days late, I'm grateful for patience!

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