Archive for May 29th, 2008

It’s a GIRL!

Thursday, May 29th, 2008

I have wonderful news! Our daughter Laura and her husband Darren have a new little daughter, born today: Carly Annalise. We are so thankful to the Lord for Carly’s safe arrival. At birth, Carly weighed 6 pounds 12 ounces, and was 19 inches long.

Here’s an interesting comparison. Laura is a twin, and I carried her and her sister Sarah full-term (actually a week or so over). At birth, Laura weighed 6 pounds 5 ounces and was 20 inches long. Her sister weighed 6 pounds 10-1/2 ounces and was 20 ¼ inches long.

Here’s an old photo of our family. I’m holding Laura and Sarah on my lap. Our son Philip is by Rick, and Rick is holding baby Michael.

13 Ways I Show My Family I Love Them

Thursday, May 29th, 2008

1Corinthians 13:4 Love is patient and kind; love is not jealous or boastful;

verse 5 it is not arrogant or rude. Love does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful;

verse 6 it does not rejoice at wrong, but rejoices in the right.

verse 7 Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.

This Thursday 13
I’ve chosen to list 13 ways I show my family I love them:

  • So, I thought of the most important thing last, after completing my rough draft of the list, but I’ll put it first now for you: Attitude is EVERYTHING! Day by day, I keep an eye on my attitude. For example, if I’m irritable with my family, I am not loving them. If I’m resentful, I am not loving them. I go to God for His grace to be patient and kind with my family, to truly LOVE them.
  • Cook a special meal (or even any meal at all when the schedule is extra busy!).
  • Take one or two children out for a special coffee.
  • Bake a special dessert, just because.
  • Play card or board games with them.
  • Listen to my husband and children when they want to talk.
  • Go with them to games at the Middle School, the High School, and for our local minor league basketball team.
  • Be available to answer questions during homework time.
  • Facilitate get-togethers with their friends (Think: sleepovers!)
  • Take them to the movies, or out shopping.
  • Plan fun birthday celebrations!
  • Be especially comforting and helpful when they’re not feeling well.
  • Recommend books to one another; read the books; talk about the books (ditto on music, restaurants, interesting web sites, etc.)