Friday, June 12, 2009

1 Peter 5:7

I have a dry erase board up in my kitchen where I copy down whatever is in my calendar for the week as well as grocery items as I run out of them. On the bottom, I write an inspirational Bible quote each week. This week's Bible quote is from 1 Peter 5:7 - "Cast your cares upon the Lord, for He cares about you."
I've been feeling very stressed lately because my daughter is teething, has reflux, and never, ever wants to be put down. She hasn't even been taking naps lately. I have even affectionately referred to her as my little screaming tumor.
Of course, I also have a 4 year old with special needs who has been sick one way or another for the past six months, as has passed on just about every single illness to me.
And, of course, there's life in general.
So, lately, I've been choosing inspirational quotes having to do with frustration, stress, and anxiety. Interestingly enough, one of the Christian radio stations I listen to has been having a series this week on just those subjects. It's been very comforting to listen to talks about remembering to trust in God, and how worrying is downright sinful because it means you don't trust that God is handling everything for your own ultimate, if not immediate, good.
Last night, the Bible quote they were discussing was the one on my dry erase board. I thought that was so neat.
I know these are things I will continue to struggle with, but it's good to know that no matter what, everything is going to be okay.

Tuesday, June 9, 2009

Tuesday Weigh-In

Well, I missed last week because my son and I had strep. That's why I wasn't on much last week. Then this weekend we were busy having fun. So, I'm back today. I'm down another 3.6 lbs. Total of 16.6 lbs at Weight Watchers and according to my scale at home, 46 lbs. Woo Hoo!

11th Wedding Anniversary

We celebrated our eleventh wedding anniversary on Saturday. We got a babysitter and went out alone for the first time since Valentine's Day 2007. It was lovely. We went to a very nice restaurant on the Hudson River. One of the first things we did was lean back in our chairs. We never get to do that when we eat. It was sooo nice to relax during a meal and not have to rush. I started out with an aperitif of Chambord and Champagne. Yummy. Then I had Chilean Sea bass with a Parmesan crust, veggies, and the largest potato croquette I've ever seen. I've never had Chilean Sea bass before, and it was absolutely delicious. I brought most of my dinner home so that I wouldn't overeat too much...I have no idea how many points are in this meal, and I'm quite sure I wouldn't want to know.

Anyway, I needed to save room for dessert. I had creme brulee and cappuccino. Delicious.

It was a very different experience getting to lean back in our chairs, eat before feeding someone else, and just being able to eat slowly, enjoy each other's company, and have an adult conversation with one another. We talked and we laughed a lot, and after dinner, we went for a romantic stroll along the sidewalk beside the river. We looked over a peer at some ducks and ducklings, and watched the sun begin to set. It was a lovely evening.

Monday, June 1, 2009


My son has three favorite things...drums, fire engines, and guitars (music falls in with the instruments). So, he just loves parades. I'm sure one day we'll see a guitar at a parade, but for now, just having drums and fire engines is enough. We go to as many parades as I can find, which has been about one a week for the past several weeks. On Memorial Day, my son waited for the parade to continue even though they had opened the streets to traffic. On Saturday, he decided he was going to follow the parade when the end came, so my husband indulged him. I walked back to the car, fed our daughter, then drove to meet them when the street opened. Boy, my son had a great time. My daughter likes the parades too, and so do we, but the best part is seeing the joy on my son's face as he watches and pretends to drum on anything around and points out every fire engine.
Next week there's a Hat Parade in one of the local communities. I'm not sure if there will be fire engines and drums, but we'll get to make hats and BE in the parade...that's gotta be fun too!