I’m typing this story with red kool-aid stained hands. This morning I attempted to dye my daughters hair pink with cherry kool-aid mixed with conditioner. I used two packets of kool-aid per girl and a good squirt of conditioner. I let the girls mix it up with a spoon and it seemed the longer they mixed, the more the conditioner separated into a watery grainy mess, so I recommend not stirring too much and putting it on immediately before the conditioner separates. Then I started mixing it into their hair and it was very drippy and I got some on the floor. After about two minutes, they started complaining that it was itchy and began scratching. So after five minutes, I put them both in the shower and we watched the water turn red at their feet. They got out, got dressed and I don’t see any pink hair. What a disappointment, maybe we didn’t keep it in long enough, but it was kind of fun to do an activity with them and our house smells great. I’ll have to go to the store and see if I can find some temporary pink hair dye and we’ll try it again.
Yesterday was a good eating day and my run this morning went well. My friend wants me to go on a long run with her this weekend, 8 miles, I’m a little scared, my husband said he doesn’t mind watching the kids while I go.
Some cute things the girls did yesterday
-Prov spent quite a long time playing and laughing with a fly in the window.
-Cara covered herself in hair-tyes and accessories and rode her scooter through the house all morning. (Yesterday she told me she wants to be a stunt skateboarder and I told her to start out on her scooter.)
-We had to come home twice because we couldn’t get Cara’s shoes right before preschool. The first ones were too small, the next ones were two right feet (one her sister’s). The third pair she didn’t like, but she wore them anyway.
-After naptime, Prov insisted that I carry four stuffed animals to the couch along with her to cuddle.
-Hope has told me that she plans to marry Nicholas when she gets older, he has told her he is a farmer boy and he loves God (she really wants horses), so her criteria for a husband has been met by him.
Goals for Today
eat strictly low carb
spend time playing with girls
go to playgroup
sew up tear in couch
plan an at-home date night for my husband and myself
don’t play on the computer during my evening hours
A prayer of Moses the man of God.
1 Lord, you have been our dwelling place
throughout all generations.
2 Before the mountains were born
or you brought forth the whole world,
from everlasting to everlasting you are God.
3 You turn people back to dust,
saying, “Return to dust, you mortals.”
4 A thousand years in your sight
are like a day that has just gone by,
or like a watch in the night.
5 Yet you sweep people away in the sleep of death—
they are like the new grass of the morning:
6 In the morning it springs up new,
but by evening it is dry and withered.
7 We are consumed by your anger
and terrified by your indignation.
8 You have set our iniquities before you,
our secret sins in the light of your presence.
9 All our days pass away under your wrath;
we finish our years with a moan.
10 Our days may come to seventy years,
or eighty, if our strength endures;
yet the best of them are but trouble and sorrow,
for they quickly pass, and we fly away.
11 If only we knew the power of your anger!
Your wrath is as great as the fear that is your due.
12 Teach us to number our days,
that we may gain a heart of wisdom.
13 Relent, Lord! How long will it be?
Have compassion on your servants.
14 Satisfy us in the morning with your unfailing love,
that we may sing for joy and be glad all our days.
15 Make us glad for as many days as you have afflicted us,
for as many years as we have seen trouble.
16 May your deeds be shown to your servants,
your splendor to their children.
17 May the favor of the Lord our God rest on us;
establish the work of our hands for us—
yes, establish the work of our hands.
Lord, you have been convicting me lately of spending my time more wisely. I think I’ve become rather addicted to the internet/blogging world and would like to spend my time being a better mom and wife instead. Teach me how precious time is and how quickly it slips away from us. Help me to spend today showing my children who You are, helping them to really get that You love them. I haven’t been doing well meeting my health goals either. I think I’m just going to try to go one entire day of eating healthy instead of a whole week. Give me the strength and discipline I need to say no today to bad food. Give me a passion to teach my children about You God. Help me not to waste my day on foolish decisions.
Goals for the Day:
Cook and de-bone turkey
no sugar or bread
do a devotional with Cara
mow the lawn tonight
go for a walk after mowing the grass to get the rest of my miles in?
keep the house mostly clean
finish the laundry
only check the computer once today after picking Hope up from school
spend 30 minutes reading books or just playing with kids.
sew up tear in couch
“To fully experience our fulfillment in Christ and fulfill His will for our lives, we must come to the point where we give our whole selves to Him –our freedom, our time, our bodies, all of our possessions and gifts–trusting Him to show us how to use all that we are for His glory. To sacrifice means to give up or surrender something of value. We are living sacrifices, which means that moment by moment, out of our worship of Him, we are to surrender our own needs and expectations for the greater value of pleasing our Lord…..He clearly states, again and again, that if we lose our lives for Him, we will find our lives–the joy and fulfillment we long for.” The Mission of Motherhood by Sally Clarkson
I’ve kind of been feeling the tug of my heart to go more this direction, but I’ve been ignoring it in favor of my own desires. To be honest, I know exactly what things I do in my life that are frivolous and don’t bring me satisfaction..only temporary amusement, but I keep doing them anyway just because I want to. Today I want to give my time to my daughters, I want to put puzzles together with them, spend an hour reading every book in the house, bake something delicious, teach them some bible stories and love on them all throughout the day without them having to beg for my attention.
God, help me to put my wants aside and go get what I really need. Help me to find my life. Show me what it really means to sacrifice my desires. Amen