Chewbaca Trapped In My Nighstand -- YouTube (For you Star Wars lovers out there. My eight year old has watched this 47 times.)
What John Piper Said At His Granddaughter's Funeral -- Desiring God Ministries
I'm skipping out on posting my own Works-For-Me-Wednesday tip this week, because I wanted to use the space to tell you about a fun idea for next week's themed WFMW.
Next Wednesday, October 3rd, is Backwards Day in WFMW-Land. Instead of giving a tip, you'll ask for one, on a very specific subject. You'll be inviting all the WFMW readers to weigh in with their clever solutions to your most stubborn problems.
"What's an effective disciplinary tool for a six year old with a sassy mouth?"
"How do I get Sharpie marker off my coffee table?"
Not that any of those issues have ever plagued the Dryer house. Oh, no-o-o.
Be thinking of what you'd like to ask Bloggityville next week, and keep in my mind that more specific questions will likely elicit more responses. We aren't trying to solve the mysteries of the universe here, girls, we just need a little help with laundry stain removal and backpack storage.
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2. Laura in KY (children cleaning)
3. ellen b ~ help bloggers
4. Jill (kitchen tips)
5. Kandy (saving money in Vegas)
6. Mandy Houk (the dork who put the wrong link earlier)
7. Demeter (Ziploc baggies and moving!)
8. Tamara (girls dresses you love)
9. PASS THE TORCH (parenting tip)
10. WorksForMom (Clean Stove Top Trick)
11. OW (great sanitizing wipes)
12. Rhen (yestheyareallmine!!)
13. Stacy~ Great Christian Resource
14. The Pumkin Patch(Out with old, in with new)
15. AnneGlamore(Week O\'Recipes)
16. FamilyBriefs (me time)
17. Smockity Frocks (Make 3 Casseroles)
18. Capturing Today (Travel Safety Tips)
19. A Juggling Mum (Cling Wrap)
20. Lady Why (scrapbook organization)
21. EmmyJMommy (sticking to a grocery list)
22. Joyful Days (progressive apple peeler)
23. Nikki (emergency storage tips)
24. fAiThFuL cHiCk (Kid-stuff organizer)
26. Jen (no more wasted bananas!)
27. Charlotte (Homesick Kids!)
28. Mrs. Brownstone @ XBOX Wife (Getting kids to eat vegetables and love it!)
29. Abel (Car Seat Safety: 4 Simple Tips To Keep Your Child Seated)
31. LANA G! (TRUNK CONTROL)
32. Activities Coordinator (Carganization)
33. DebMomOf3 (color wonder)
34. Missy(New to Blogging Tip)
35. Lindsey (Laptop Shortcut)
36. Chocolate and Garlic (Haircare for fine hair
37. My Twenty Cents Keeps Moving (poetry for kids)
38. ChoosingHome (Sing Alongs)
39. phyllis (handwashing)
40. Marie (1st time) kitchen
41. Jen (save >50% on groceries for FREE)
42. Mommy-fied (simple vegetable dressing)
43. Katrina in Wa. (sorting laundry)
44. Dawn (Lower Calorie Chocolate Fix)
45. At A Hen\'s Pace (blogging tips)
46. Julie (Carpet Spot Remover)
47. Stacey (Bins for Each Month)
48. SINGFORHIM @ Real Life(Organizing toys)
49. Lynnae (Notebook)
50. SINGFORHIM @ Real Life(Kid\'s Stranger Safety Video)
51. Karla~Looking Towards Heaven (praying for your child)
52. Elizabeth (kids happily eating healthy food)
53. Duckabush Blog (Custom Grocery Lists)
54. Corrie (fabulous Organizing tool)
55. Sarah (Great Podcasts for Kids)
56. Jenny (computer basics for toddlers)
57. Meesh\'s Journeys (lists)
58. Michelle at Scribbit (sack lunch ideas)
60. Mommy of Three (Medical Files and Credit Reports)
61. Infinity Goods (reusing plastic bags)
|62. DeputyHeadmistress(Make the most of small space)
63. Mandy (cheap and easy teeth whitening)
64. Family Doin\'s (getting kids to do chores!)
65. The Traveling Family (save when booking travel)
66. Adena (egg whites)
67. Proverbs31 (Kids Brushing Teeth!)
68. Robin (using your calendar)
69. Laane (storing socks)
70. Stuck In North Idaho (keep your teeth)
71. Mommin\' It Up! (getting kids to eat fiber)
72. monica (Preserving Grandma\'s recipes)
73. Crystal @ Money Saving Mom (Cash 4 Books)
74. T with Honey (snack drawer)
75. DramaMama(Cinnamon Rolls)
76. Peggie (Creative Cooking)
77. Georgia Mom (getting kids ready on time)
78. The Building Brows (Make Money with Your Blog)
79. Organising Queen (frugal organising ideas)
80. Katie (Bee Sting Relief)
81. Candace (Personalized X-mas Gift)
82. The Not Quite Crunchy Parent (Handmade Toys- sort of)
83. The Not Quite Crunchy Parent (The Candy Fairy whisks away Halloween treats)
84. Milehimama (40 Days for Life)
85. Jen (keeping friendships going)
86. Elena@The Wuggy Chronicles (fresh bread crumbs)
87. Kathy (Better Commuting)
88. Heather@Mommymonk (Hunting Harmony)
89. Heather@Mommymonk (Prayer)
90. Heather L. (carrying everything)
91. Lori - Queen of Dirty Laundry (Containers)
92. Princess Leia (SpaceBags)
93. Mrs. Jones (Filling Out Forms 4 Kids)
94. Jenn - Quick Hair pick up
95. Saph (washing dishes)
96. Liz ~ Kid\'s Bath
97. Tonsofsons ~ no more missing links
98. Nap Warden (snap crackle bake!)
99. Amyswandering (free Bibles)
100. Jes (Win it!!)
101. Amy (toddler-proof DVD player)
102. Wooden Porch (Make Fabric Piping!)
103. Amy (Chore List)
104. By His Grace (Keeping Your Car Clean)
105. Ann\'Re (Writing Elected Officials)
106. Rachel Anne (best and easiest Pot Roast ever)
107. Sarah @ To Motherhood and Beyond (Sabbath Candle)
108. Melissa at Yesterday\'s Hopes(Chores and Allowances)
109. Texastanya(Child Modesty in Restroom)
110. Jeni - snacks in the diaper bag
111. Barbara H. (Making small fonts readable)
112. Supermom (bow holder)
113. Vida (getting kids ready for school on time)
114. Amy (pesky potato peels)
115. Jeana (Saving $$ at the Grocery Store)
116. Elena (Piano lessons for lotsof kids on a budget)
118. SAHMmy Says (grocery shopping)
119. Kisses of Sunshine: Avoiding Sticky Jar Lids
120. Amy W (simple fall gift)
121. Andrea (journal blogging)
122. Cyndi (ironing)
|123. Just In case: Picture labels for pre -readers|
124. Mommy Zabs (craigslist)
125. Amy (holiday shopping)
126. Stephanie (Laundry Tips for Kids)
127. Briggie - Fundraising
128. Naturemama (natural acne scrub)
129. Kathryn (microwave popcorn
130. Jill (CDPJ) - "Borrowing" craft ideas
131. Kris at Wonder Mom
132. Song of the Sagebrush (Help in the Kitchen)
133. Stacey (sneaky foods)
134. GP in Montana
135. Not the Queen (frozen meals)
136. LinesFromTheVine(Crochet Patterns/Hope Chests)
137. Sarah @ Ordinary Days (Stocking Schwag)
138. Cee(Art Work Art)
139. Simply A Musing (Add Sk*rt button to post)
140. MooBeeMa (Chore Tracker)
141. Holly (sharing pictures)
142. Cindy (Girlfriend Night-Choctoberfest!)
143. Liza - Sitemeter and Internet Safety
144. Slava Bogu (Spiral Bound Index Cards)
145. Billie (self-flush toilets)
146. Many Little Blessings (Get Going in the Morning)
147. KimC [no picky eaters]
148. Lizzie (tired feet)
149. Melissa (getting rid of cradle cap)
150. Abbey (Living Out of a Suitcase)
151. Cindy (how my child says "may I?")
154. Melinda (Energy Saving tips)
155. Suzanne (getting out the door)
156. Karen (another organizing post)
157. Kelley - O2BNAZ (FaceBook)
158. MemeGRL (time with kids alone)
159. Scott (teaching Euchre to kids)
160. Momma 2 Beans (birthday reminders!)
161. Kelli@GohnCrazy (Use LESS Paper Towels)
162. Bri (Dipping Sauce for Chicken)
163. Mandi - (battling selfishness parent tip)
164. Clappy Shoes (Inexpensive Garden Soil)
165. Ann Kroeker (psalter/proverb reading plan)
166. MommaofMany (home-made all purpose cleaner that really works!)
167. Katie (removing sharpie from skin)
168. Kayris (Chop Hot Peppers Safely)
169. Sasha(Easy Menu Planner)
170. Sasha(Frozen/Opened On Label Download)
171. Rachel (Letting Go)
172. Tracy (tear free onions)
173. Amy (paci storage)
174. Mamalady(Signing Time)
175. Melonie (Workerette.com): Staging Bottles
176. Kim - Tantrum Prevention
177. Sandi (traveling with kids)
178. Grace Whisperer (Bible Study)
179. Elizabeth (removing ink stains)
180. Stewardship Living (cloth diapering)
182. Daring One (car organization)
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For my daughter, life is one big Rodgers and Hammerstein musical. At any moment, she will burst into song about what is going on RIGHT THEN.
But these are not the trite songs of preschool-hood--oh, no. She has "Twinkle, Twinkle" and "The Wheels On the Bus" in her repertoire, but Corrie's songs are original. She is an artist, by gosh, and she must create.
When she plays with her dollhouse, she sings a song about a dollhouse. When we're in the car, she songs about the car. When she sees my cell phone, she sings a song about a chicken.
I have no idea, either.
Yesterday, she was playing in the bath while I got ready, and the moment was just right for another song burst. "Jesus wuvs me and Momma is hungwy," she sang, mastering two important eternal truths in one fell swoop.
The one that has me puzzled, though, is a song in which she sings over and over in an aching voice, "When I was safe..."
When she was safe? I love the way fellow grocery patrons look at me when she sings that one. I mean, it's very tortured and Les-Miserable-esque of her, but she is, after all, only two years old.
Evidently all the unconditional love and nurturing has pushed our girl to the very brink of despair.
"...while I do believe even now the Father can heal her, we are walking with hope in the Lord that He will reveal Himself to us in a fresh and mighty way tonight - not that she will defy science or statistics, but that she will be free in Him... and that Conor and I, in the Lord's perfect provision, will perhaps defy what the world says two young parents holding their dying child can never be counted on to do: sing His praises..." -read more-
There are times when I wish my faith in God was perfectly box-shaped, with the corners tucked in neatly, and the whole thing tied up with a big, red bow.
There are times I wish I had bite-sized answers for the hard questions. Answers that make easy sense within the framework of my humanity. Answers that don't stretch me too much.
But it doesn't work that way. Faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen. And that can get messy. Young mothers get sick. Husbands leave. Terrorists fly planes into buildings. I follow a God who has promised me peace and comfort and joy, but on His terms, not mine.
And I know--I really do know--that this is a tough thing for some people to swallow. From the outside looking in, it looks like a blind faith, or a crutch. I've traveled that road of skepticism more times than I can count. I wrestled until my soul was bruised. There were times, when I was younger, that I didn't think I'd ever be able to believe again.
But I do believe now. I do, with all my heart. Even when it's messy. But how? How can I follow a God who doesn't always stop suffering?
I don't have a theologian's answer to that question, because I'm not a theologian. There was I time when I needed that kind of answer--the facts, the explanations, the persuasion. I've heard them all, and those answers are all an important part of my faith journey.
Now, all I really need to see is His track record in my life. I believe because I've seen what He's done, in my own life--my peace in the storms, my journeys out of the wildnerness. I don't doubt His goodness, simply because He's proven it to me so many times, through my own circumstances, through Scripture, and most of all, on the cross.
My daughter hates it when I make her hold my hand to cross a parking lot. She hates it when I have to tug a little to get the tangles out of her hair. She hates it when I say "no" to snacks right before dinner.
I do all this because I see the big picture. She doesn't.
Yet in all of this, she still loves me and prefers me. Why? Because she knows that the same momma who says "no" to snacks is the same momma who makes sure she's always well-fed. The same momma who grabs her hand in the parking lot is the same momma who kisses her scraped-up knee. I have a track record of proving my love for her. When I do something that makes her angry, she ultimately accepts it as coming from the hand of a mother who always acts with her best interests at heart.
Is that too simple an analogy? Maybe. But faith is simple. It's taking a leap and suspending disbelief just long enough to see if God is who He says He is. If He is, He can handle the tough questions. If He is, He'll meet us on our journey, taking a thousand steps toward us when we take just one toward Him.
From the bottom of my heart, I'll tell you--He's worth the risk.
You know how, during a football game, they'll show a little box highlighting a player's stats? It will say his hometown, and his position, his age, etc. And then (*shudder*)...it will say his weight? Tonight I saw a highlight for a kid who weighs 317 pounds. 317!
CAN YOU IMAGINE having your weight publicized on national television? Could there be a greater horror? I broke into hives just telling the lady at the DMV.
But I guess if you weighed 317 you wouldn't worry too much about people laughing at you.
One of the faithful readers here is Elizabeth, a high school friend of mine. And I use the phrase "high school friend" loosely; a more accurate account would be "she was a senior when I was a 7th grader and I thought she was sophisticated and smart and pretty while I had a bad perm and braces." But then the world aligned just right so that we grew up to live in the same city, and we are actually friends, and (saints be praised!) I no longer have a bad perm.
And this whole story has basically no point at all, except to tell you that today's WFMW tip comes straight from Elizabeth's grandmother, and I wanted you to know about whom I was speaking. So techincally speaking, this doesn't work for me, it works for her, but it's such a cute idea I had to tell you anyway.
Where in the heck was I?
Ah yes, the tablecloth.
Elizabeth's grandmother kept a white tablecloth on her dining room table. Whenever any guest would come over, she handed them a pen and had them sign the table cloth. Then every so often, she would go over their signature with a needle and thread, embroidering all her guest's signatures right on to her table cloth. Is that the most fun keepsake you've ever heard of?
And hand-embroidering over a signature is NOT hard. It's a simple up-and-down with the needle. If you can play connect the dots, you can teach yourself to embroider. This also helps.
Oh, and don't forget to check BloggyGiveaways.com this week--there's some really fun stuff over there!
|1. ellen b ~ get going
2. Diatribal (Keeping kids on task)
3. Mandy Houk (jazz for kids)
4. WorksForMom (Recycle Cellphone For Money)
5. Grace4Gayle (Diet Success!)
7. Jill (travel bag)
8. The Natural Mommy (Happily Co-Sleeping)
10. Pass the Torch (homework organization)
11. FamilyBriefs(use for extras)
12. Smockity Frocks (Children in Church)
13. Nikki (stamps and boxes)
14. Jodi (sew simple kit DIY)
15. Pmom @ Chocolateandgarlic.blogspot.com (reading Rx labels)
16. Stretch Mark Mama (Potty Seat)
17. Anne Glamore -Detox Smelly Shoes
18. Liz (Being prepared in the car)
19. Michelle at Scribbit (sack lunch ideas)
20. Mommy-fied (how to fold a t-shirt in 2 seconds)
21. Lana G! - CLUTTER FREE
22. Julie (Stop Door2Door Solicitors)
23. Tamara (House Smells Good)
24. Nikki (anti-procrastination day)
25. Texastanya (Free Food Magazine)
26. Alexandra(The Perfect Roast)
28. Christa @ No End in Site (understanding baby\'s needs)
29. Kandy (too many books)
30. Suzanne (dirty laundry sorting)
31. DebMomOf3 (morning schedule)
32. At A Hen\'s Pace (cheapest cinnamon sticks anywhere)
33. My Twenty Cents Keeps Moving (sandwich game)
34. Joyful Days (picky eaters)
35. Ewokgirl (removing hair from drain)
36. Dawn (Great Family DVD)
37. Capturing Today ("Green" Cleaning Tips)
38. Abel (Teaching Children Social Skills)
39. Karla~looking towards heaven (uses for photo ondex sheets)
40. Jane(homework tip)
41. Proverbs31 (WD40 for crayon)
42. Meesh\'s Journeys (easier recycling)
43. Duckabush Blog (Love&Respect)
44. Liza\'s Eyeview (No TV)
45. OW (Tips for Vegas!)
46. ~Amy (toilet paper storage)
47. margalit (hangnail removal)
48. Mommy of Three (Junk Mail Clutter/Freezer Tips)
49. Deputy HeadMistress
50. InfinityGoods (Bath toys)
51. SINGFORHIM @ Real Life(Organizing toys)
52. Robin (bug-free flour)
53. Ann\'Re (Bible Reading)
54. jenn (clean sneakers)
55. Mrs. Brownstone @ XBOX Wife (First time! Making airports easy.)
56. Organising Queen (double-duty items)
57. Sasha (Easy Freezer Labels)
58. Multitasking Mama (Making Veggies Taste Good)
59. Laane (recycling garden material)
|61. Amy Jane (Prevent TP unrolling)
62. Kel (Lots of CrockPot Recipes)
63. Georgia Mom ("me" time)
64. It Coulda Been Worse (A Fungus Amongus)
65. Mrs. Jones (Organizing Coloring Books)
66. Milehimama (Family closet)
67. warillever (making time to read to kids)
68. Llama Momma (the witching hour)
69. Cheri-wood cleaner
70. Barbara (library books)
71. The Building Brows (Ways to stay healthy in changing temps)
72. Mama-rama (Organizing Kids Closet)
73. Melissa at Yesterday\'s Hopes(Saving Money)
74. Charity (toilet cleaning)
75. Jes(watching TV)
77. Sarah @ To Motherhood and Beyond (personal cookbook)
78. EmmyJMommy (cleaning w/ 4 year old!)
79. Amy (prevent house fire!)
80. The Not Quite Crunchy Parent (Saving Artwork)
81. Momma 2 Beans (What\'s NOT for Dinner)
82. Heather L.(behavior system)
83. Candace (Free Coloring Sheets)
84. Activites Coordinator
85. Peggie (Quit Procrastinating)
86. Trixie @ FarmHomeLife (Chores you Dread)
87. Joanna (George Foreman grill)
88. a suburban housewife
89. Carrie (quiet time)
90. Lorie(Hamburger Helper Recipe)
91. Sarah @ Ordinary Days (Pickin\' Your Own)
92. T with Honey (coffee drinking)
93. Tonsofsons ~ Tons of Fall Links ~ recipes, etc.
94. Kathy (cooling oatmeal)
95. Jennifer (cold remedy)
96. Lynnae (The Lily Series)
97. Miranda(waking kids)
98. Nettie (Easy Breakfast)
99. Jenn (sending cards)
100. Demeter (Potholder Storage Hooks)
101. Andrea (laundry day)
102. Ashley (Dog-proofing your home)
103. Emily at Mommin It Up (birthday party tips)
104. Summer\'s Nook (cleaning non-stick pans)
105. So Many Joys (Getting the last of the Peanut Butter)
106. Amyswandering (chore helper sites)
107. Jill (CDPJ) - Travel Potty Seat
108. Walk With Me (plastic bags holder)
109. Autumn Daisy Studio (Making the Most of a Small Space)
110. Niki - I\'m new
111. Princess Leia (recycled changing table)
114. PinkJeweledCat (no-stress dinner)
115. Many Little Blessings (Amaze Friends and Family)
116. At Home with Kris (cleaning fans)
117. Barbara H. (Emergency lighting)
118. Jennapiller (bucket baking)
119. TXPoppet(Supermarket Safari)
120. SAHMmy Says (Do Less Housework!)
|121. Just In Case (Sunday treats and Chore charts)|
122. Amy W (lint roller- broken glass)
123. GP in Montana
124. phyllis (preserve family history)
125. Kelli@GohnCrazy (toy organization)
126. KimC (mood food latte)
127. Stacey (ziploc freezer bags)
128. Lisa Kay (sending cards to friends in the hospital)
129. Rachel Anne (potty training - think outside the boxers)
130. Not the Queen (baby sling)
131. Heather (A Pity Party)
132. Lady Why (girls growing out bangs)
133. Andie @ ProchnowBlessings (children\'s routines)
134. Karen (children\'s chores)
135. Billie (toothbrushing)
136. KimC (mood food latte)
137. Kelley-O2BNAZ (Managing E-mail)
138. Ann Kroeker (group books by color)
139. Janelle (Weekly Plan)
140. Sandi (hotel discounts)
141. Callista (Toddler Keys)
142. Dana (Pizza Cutters)
143. Amy (framed pictures)
144. Bessers (Car Seat Safety)
145. Adena (color coding and moving)
146. Jeni (frozen chopped onions)
147. Amy@Sonshinecottage (Org.tip & bibs)
148. Rachel (Kids Help Yourself)
149. Kathy Days (seasoning a lower-fat bird)
150. Rachel (appropiate Bible story books)
151. Allison (real simple calendar)
152. Lindsey (sk*rt)
153. Elena using del.icio.us tags on your blog
154. Stewardship Living (meal planning)
155. Rhen (yestheyareallmine)
156. Crystal @ Biblical Womanhood (Bible memory for young children)
158. Bree (Magazine Clippings)
159. Kim (Grill Press)
160. Melissa (cold & sinus remedies)
161. NerdMom (Homeschooling with Little Ones)
162. Dawn (library books)
163. Jendi@ Musings & Mommy Stuff
164. ABC (Charitable Giving)
165. Stacey (healthy eating)
166. Anita (Easy Chicken Alfredo)
167. April (easy decorating idea)
168. Nancy (alka-seltzer)
169. Like I Was Saying (money saving tip)
170. Toni (Free Postcards)
171. Anne (gift wrap)
172. Frugal Homemaker Plus (chore list)
174. Jeana (Homemade Mixes)
175. Grace Whisperer
176. MooBeeMa (paper piles)
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We're having tile
laid lain put down in our bathrooms, because they were, formerly, carpeted. Let me tell you that no one in their right mind would ever put down carpet in a bathroom. But, our house was built in 1983, so I am giving them the benefit of the doubt and assuming they were all distracted by the Cold War or something.
Anyhoo, we're using the same tile in the master bath that we plan to
lay lie put down in the kitchen, which is a much more expansive area. The master bath is basically our "trial run" to make sure we like the tile and the grout.
I love the tile, no question. I also love the black grout, and I think it will be great in our kitchen--especially because it will be
laid lain put down in a diagonal pattern, and the dark grout will accentuate this. Plus, we have lots of black accents in the kitchen, so it should all pull together nicely.
Really, I'm getting to the point.
The problem is that my tile
liar layer putter-downer doesn't like the dark grout. And this has me second-guessing myself, because I thought it looked really looked good. And so this is one of those moments when I take full advantage of having a blog, and I ask you this most critical question, Internet--
Do you like the dark grout?
(And by the way, ignore the schmutzy baseboards. That's leftover grout that hasn't been cleaned yet.)
Let me have your honest opinion. I can take it.
Your response to this post was too much fun, and THANK YOU for keeping me from coming up with my own blog fodder during what is sure to be one of the craziest weeks I've ever had. I'll jump right in here with some of the more profound, life-altering questions.
When you have to run out really quickly, even just to the mailbox, what shoes do you throw on and where are those shoes?
None. I'm a barefoot girl whenever possible, even in the dead of winter.
Based on each of your kids' personalities and interests right now, what are they going to grow up to be?
Adam will be something that is both brainy and creative--maybe a software designer?
Stephen will be doing something that requires smooth-talking leadership. Hopefully not a mafia don--there are days we wonder...
Joseph will be a caretaker of some sorts, I predict--maybe a vet or a doctor or a counselor.
And Corrie, if she has her way, will be a pwincess.
What is the ONE ITEM OF CLOTHING you can't wait to wear in the coming fall/winter season and why?
Lightweight cardigans. Because they cover a multitude of waist-line sins.
Why did you start blogging?
I actually wrote out this one a few months ago here.
Why do cats leave gifts of half-eaten frogs on the sidewalk?
Probably for the same reason I feel the need to post pictures of everything I sew.
Do you still love your Dyson vac?
I have told my husband I want to be buried with it someday. Yes, I love it. It was worth every penny.
How did/do you contain all the boy clutter?
I'm sorry, I didn't know containing all the boy clutter was even a physical possibilty. I'm DROWNING in it. I've stepped on so many Legos that the bottoms of my feet are permanently polka-dotted.
How do you come up with the links for Sunday Linkage?
Many of them are e-mailed to me by family and friends, and many of them I stumble on myself during late-night surf fests.
What is your favorite Bible verse and/or story?
If you were stranded on a deserted island with only one piece of luggage, what would be in that luggage?
With my luck? Probably a cell phone with a dead battery.
Have you had to face broken bones or stitches?
Remarkably, through three boys, we've only been to the emergency room twice. Once was for 11 stitches after Stephen took a serious tumble. The other was when Stephen had symptoms of appendicitis that turned out to be a very expensive gas bubble. But that's okay, because he got to be pushed down the hallway on a stretcher while rattling the sides and making tie-fighter noises. I was so proud.
How old are you and how much do you weigh?
I'm 24 and I weigh 110 pounds.
Okay, no, actually I'm 35 and I weigh 110 pounds.
What do you picture your life to look like 20 years from now?
I hope I'm toodling around the US in a big, honkin' RV with my Hubs, visiting grandchildren and seeing the country.
I also hope that I have finished remodeling my kitchen in 20 years. At the moment, it doesn't feel very promising.
How did you overcome the brick wall when potty training Corrie?
Overcome? Overcome? Oh, sister, we are sitting at the foot of that brick wall, camped out, staring at it, singing songs about it, but not taking one TINY step over it.
Is your life at this age what you thought it would be like (when you dreamt ahead as a child). How is it the same and how is it different?
I wrote about this, kind of, here.
How did you like the South Beach Diet?
I loved doing it. It was easy, and I felt good. Unfortunately, I only lost six pounds and just STUCK there. Couldn't lose anymore. Evidently that diet isn't for me.
And? I missed bread. Really, really missed bread.
What is the one thing that drives you nuts the most?
The way that conservatives are often accused of "hate speech" when they speak out about against things that concern them. Yet when liberals speak out, they're lauded for exercising "free speech".
It's a ridiculous double standard, and I loathe double standards.
What is the update with that stolen purse? I mean, we know that you got a new one, but did people go running around using your credit card? Was Kohl's ever nice? Did they find the people?
It was never found. We jumped through all hoops of new cards, driver's license, checking account, etc.--only in the last few days is it finally all done. Everyone has been very helpful.
EXCEPT KOHL'S. Their "helpline" wasn't, um, helpful. I can't say I'd recommend getting a KOHL'S card.
But my new wallet and purse are very cute, and my new driver's license picture is better than the old one. It's the little things, y'all.
Is your bedroom tidy?
There are days when I think I'm going to have to pole vault over the laundry and Mega Blocks just to get into my bed.
No, it's not tidy.
See? I told you these were profound.
Many of your questions had to do with blogging issues. I'll tackle those tomorrow. Thanks for playing along!
(Update: Um, y'all--I don't really weigh 110 pounds. I'm being sarcastic, though possibly not very effectively...)
You can imagine my total, squealy delight a few months ago when I got an e-mail from Good Housekeeping. They had read this post, and they wanted to publish it in their magazine, and would that be okay with me? And I tried to act all all subtle and refined and not jump through my monitor screen while shouting "yes, yes, YES!"
At their request, I called them in their New York (City! New York City!) offices to discuss the details. I spoke first with the editor of this particular section, then with her assistant. They were both lovely and helpful and complimentary, and they both had noticeable New York accents. Which can only mean one thing: I had a noticeable raised-in-rural-Arkansas accent.
Which can only further mean that they must've gotten off the phone in their swanky New York offices and said, "OH SWEET HEAVENS, WHO IS THE HILLBILLY WE'VE AGREED TO PUBLISH IN OUR REPUTABLE MAGAZINE?"
Actually, I doubt New Yorkers say "oh sweet heavens." Maybe it was more like "fugghedaboutit", or...what DO New Yorkers say?
Anyhoo, back to the point of this post, and believe it or not there is one, my little ol' blog post is in Good Housekeeping this month. I can't remember the page number--my copy is buried under sheet rock--but it's toward the back of the magazine. And there's even a picture of the kids and me in it too, so I can actually prove that Dryer children do not have little black boxes for faces.
Next time you walk by a newsstand, take a peek!
I'm not sure why I'm in such a walk-down-memory-lane sort of mood lately, but I am. Today I'm going to tell you one of my favorite stories. It involves one of my oldest and dearest friends, a sorority sister whose privacy I want to be very careful to protect. So I'll just tell you only that her name begins with Mich- and ends in -elle.
(I'm totally giving her a hard time, because I know she's reading this. Hi, darlin'!)
Hubs and I first met our junior year in college, Michelle and Hubs were both very active leaders in a particular student organization. They had to work closely together, and in the course of their interactions they had somehow butted heads. Badly. Both of these people I love dearly are very (how shall I say it?) independent-minded, and the two of them together wasn't a nice combination.
Anyway, Hubs and I had met in February of '93, with initially disastrous impressions of each other. Thankfully, circumstances continued to put us around each other, and we formed more favorable opinions. We quickly became friends, and I developed a pretty significant crush on this smart, funny, ambitious fraternity boy who was unlike anyone I'd ever met.
In March, my sorority held a "date function", which is another word for "cruel, medieval torture device." Not really, but it did mean that the girl from the sorority invited a boy to the party. As in, asked him out. On a DATE. Because of the very proper way I'd (thankfully) been raised, I would've rather thrown myself in front of a bus than ask a boy out, so I had skipped most of these date functions up to that point.
But then there was Hubs. And I WANTED A DATE with that man. I fretted and stewed and wrung my hands and somehow summoned every ounce of courage deep in my soul. I was going to ask him to the party.
This particular date function required that the sorority member sign up her date's name on a list posted in the chapter house. Then that list would be published in the student newspaper, and the girl would then call the boy and say, "Hey! Did you see your name on the list? That was from me!"
So not only could you potentially be rejected, but you could potentially be rejected with the entire University of Arkansas watching. It was a grand tradition.
With sweaty palms, I nervously wrote "Hubs Dryer" on the list. It was horrible, but I was ready to sacrifice my dignity for a date with Dream Boy. I took a deep breath and dashed to class.
As I headed across campus, though, I heard someone shouting my name. It was Michelle, and she was frantically chasing me. Breathless, she said, "Did I see that you put Hubs Dryer's name on the date function list? I didn't even know you knew him!"
"Yes," I told her. "We met about a month ago, and I think I like him."
She told me how she knew him, how they'd worked together. "Shannon," she said firmly. "He is AWFUL. So bossy. You cannot possibly go out with him." Then she delivered the final blow: "Trust me--the two of you would NEVER work out."
Of course, that was just IT for me. My nerves couldn't take anymore. As soon as I got the chance, I thoroughly erased his name from the list, thankful my friend had spared me from a horrible date with Awful Boy.
Yet, Awful Boy continued to show up in my path, almost daily. And he wasn't that awful. Not at all. When he spared me the trauma and asked me out a month later, I fell hard.
The wonderful irony of this story (and there is much) is that Michelle and Hubs are dear friends now, which tickles me pink. Except for this one gaping incident, every other piece of advice she's given me has been spot-on correct, but I still won't let her live it down. In fact, I recall standing behind her in the foyer of my hometown church on my wedding day. Pachelbel's Canon in D was swirling in the air and Michelle, my maid of honor, was about to head down the aisle.
"We'd never work out, huh?" I whispered.
Thankfully, a good sense of humor is one of her many gifts. (I love you, my sweet friend! Oh, and Awful Boy? I love you too.)
No, I'm not a grandparent--not yet. (Though if the bizarre popping noise my knees make when I climb my stairs is any indication, an invitation from AARP should be arriving any day.)
I've mentioned that my parents have recently moved to our city. It has been absolutely delightful, and my children have eagerly set up shop at their House of Endless Chewing Gum. And my parents, knowing that there would be a steady stream of Dryer kids funneling through, had the good sense to turn one of their bedrooms into a "grandkids room". It's still a bedroom, but it contains my old dollhouse and my brothers' old Star Wars toys, with a few new things thrown in.
But the most brilliant thing about it is an idea my mom implemented. She actually told me I had to share this with all of you because she says "it's the only good idea" she's ever come up with. Which doesn't say a whole lot about what she thought of giving birth to me, but as long as she continues to provide free babysitting, I can get over it.
Anyhoo, my parents' six grandkids are regularly coming to their house and leaving a trail of drawings, and there's only so much one refrigerator door can hold, even a grandmother's. So my mom bought six bulletin boards, one for each grandchild, and she painted the frames bright red. Then for each grandchild she bought one of those unfinished wood initals you can buy at any craft store. (Thankfully, each grandchild has a different first initial, which makes it easy.)
She painted each intial and has attached it to its own bulletin board, and all six of them line the walls. Now when grandkids come over and draw another "treasure", there's a place to put them. And the kids are all thrilled that their creations are being used to decorate the room. (I know it would really work for you if I'd include a picture, but that would've required forethought and planning, and I'm all out of that these days. Sorry!)
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