January 31, 2011

Beginning a "Book List"

I am a list person. I love making lists. My mister (aka - husband) always teases me that if I spent as much time doing the things on my list as I did making the list, I would get lots more accomplished! That may be true, but I always feel so much better once everything is written down, and I can check things off as I work. The list I am working on this week is of all the books I would like to read this year. I have this terrible habit of beginning really good Bible study books, but then I find another one that I think would be more helpful to me, and I start it before finishing the first, and then I find another and start it before finishing the second, and the vicious cycle continues. So, I am trying to find all the books I have started and never finished and read them again from beginning to the VERY END! Something else I am trying to do is copy important quotations from the books into a journal. I find that if I write something down, I remember it more easily, and I also think on it more often. I am going to try to post my list some time this week, and then as I read each book, I'll try to let you know what I thought about each one. I'd love to hear of books you might be reading, too. It doesn't need to be a Bible study book. I love reading classics and historical Christian fiction (as shameful as it is to confess - I always finish those)! So, if you have any suggestions, let me know! I hope you all have a great Monday and a wonderful week! I am much more motivated this week and am very thankful for that "little blessing" today! :)

January 29, 2011

Attack of the "Sock Skin"

Thursdays and Fridays at the Lipskoch house are always exceptionally busy because we drive an hour (one way) so that I can teach elementary and high school choirs at our church's school. Believe me, many people think (and have informed me) that I am absolutely crazy to do this, but I do enjoy it. It gives me a chance to somewhat keep up with my vocal technique and to get out of the house a little. Saying all that to say this: the last two days have been busy!!! :)
On Thursday afternoon, I got home, and my two little ones, Garrett (3) and Madelyn (2), were very cranky and tired - made for a glorious evening!!! Garrett finally ended up being sent to his bed because of all his whining. As I was walking through the hall, I noticed his whining had changed to genuine crying, and so I went in to see what was wrong. When I asked him what was wrong, he VERY tearfully informed me that his foot hurt "really, REALLY bad!" I asked him why, and he told me because he took off his sock and there was "sock skin" on it. It took me forever to figure out what all this meant. After much explaining and tears from Garrett (and much hidden laughter from me), I discovered the fuzz that was left on his foot from his sock was the sock skin, and he was just too tired to deal with anything more. That sock skin was just killing him! Needless to say, we put the jammies on right away and sent him to bed before he had a complete mental breakdown! :)
It was quite humorous, and I must say, I was a good mom, and stepped outside the door, laughed my head off, and then came back and dealt with my little man's problem. It reminded me, though, of how many times, I make a huge deal out of things that really are nothing. I wonder how many times my Heavenly Father smiles a little at my stress over things that really are not important at all. But then, like a loving Father, He guides me through my "huge problem" and sees me safely to the other side where I can look back and clearly see where my imagination took over my faith! Poor Garrett, he really does come by it quite honestly...his mommy is very much the same way! I'm thankful for the "little blessing" of my Heavenly Father loving me despite my much exagerated moments, and I'm thankful for my "little blessing" named Garrett.

January 26, 2011

Counting God's Little Blessings

I have decided to take up another project!!! Yes, I cannot NOT be busy, and so I am venturing into the world of blogging. I enjoy sitting down and putting my thoughts on paper. I love the personal touch of handwriting, but alas, I can type faster than I can write, and so because of my busyness, I did compromise there. I want to use this blog as a way to let my family (most of whom live out of state) hear about the everyday things that happen in our lives, and if someone else ventures into here (bless their pea-pickin' hearts), I pray they will find something to either make them laugh (which is pretty much a guarantee with the stories that happen around here) or make them think on God's goodness in their lives.

One of the reasons I gave this particular name to my blog is because there are times when I look back over my life and see how I would not have chosen everything for me that God chose, but I am so thankful for where I am now. God's blessings to me have been huge - mega huge, but sometimes, I forget to notice the "little" ones. Noticing the little blessings, though, is what allows me to see how truly good God has been to me.

We did not have a very successful homeschooling day today. My little man Andrew enjoys school, for the most part, but has a hard time focusing in and sticking with it. Just this week, the curriculum we are using, has doubled the number of papers he is supposed to do in a day. Needless to say, it is going to take some getting used to. He still made me smile, though. When we first started kindergarten, he was learning to write the number 8. His big sister, Evvie, was telling him that this is the hardest number ever! I decided to encourage him a little by saying it was my favorite number because it reminded me of beautiful dancing. So, to this day, everytime he writes the number 8, he says to me, "I get to dance now, Momma!" It makes me smile everytime, but it also reminds me of how easily influenced my kiddos are and of the great impact I have in their lives even when I don't realize it. What a responsibility I have been entrusted with, but I am so thankful God has given me the "little" blessing of His promise to strengthen me and help me as I teach my children to love Him.