Saturday, May 15, 2010

Double Digits



10 years ago today my life changed forever. I entered the crazy world of motherhood.

I think it was quite fitting that I went to the hospital the night before, which happened to be Mother's Day, to be induced. I had no idea what to expect with labor. Or with becoming a mom. I was one of those people who had said (or at least thought) "My kids will NEVER be the kids throwing a temper tantrum in the grocery store. Or eating fast food. Or have snotty noses and dirty faces. My kids will be controlled." Oh man, I can picture God above chuckling and getting ready to make me eat my words.

When Miles finally entered this world he was the most beautiful thing I had ever seen... and that is saying something because for those of you who have seen a newborn, you know what they look like: covered in goo and screaming. As an aside, I find comfort in the fact that this is the way God looks at us. We are drenched in our awful sins, dragging our feet and kicking and screaming, yet he loves us just the same.

I can remember leaving the hospital with our new baby. And no instruction book. As the youngest in my family, I had plenty of nieces and nephews around and had taken care of lots of babies. It's a different world though when they belong to you. When you are one of the two people that have been entrusted with a new life. I can honestly say that it wasn't until that day that I could truly start to appreciate my parents and all that they had done for us.

10 years have passed. We added two more kids to round out the family. We are done with diapers and formula and getting up every two hours for feedings. We have traded in the booties for baseball cleats and the rattles for video game controllers. The funny thing is that with every new stage we enter with our kids it's like reverting back to having a newborn. We don't know what to expect and we still wish we had the instruction book.

Happy birthday Miles. We love you so much. Thank you for being the one that introduced me to the crazy, beautiful thing called motherhood.

Wednesday, March 31, 2010

girlfriends

Do you have a friend...

who doesn't care if your clothes don't match...


or if your hair is a little messy...


and even if you don't get to see each other nearly as much as you'd like, when you do get together it's like you haven't missed a beat?


Well, I do. And I love her to pieces.


Saturday, February 27, 2010

crazy week

It's been quite a week for the Brown family.

The week started with me trying to recover from a fever and cold that had me down for the count. I don't think I've ever blown my nose so many times in a 5 day period. 3 boxes of Kleenex gone... seriously.

On Wednesday, after dropping the kids off at school, I was in the first real accident of my life. I rolled my car once in high school (on the way home from school) but I don't really count that since I was the only car involved. I like to make up my own rules when keeping score.

Anyway, I was about 1/2 mile from home and I was minding my own p's & q's. I saw a car approaching the road that I was on (trying to cross it) and she pulled to the stop sign and stopped. I proceeded and, well, so did she. I guess she looked but didn't see me driving because she pulled out right as I was coming into the intersection... no time for me to stop. It's crazy because it was like a movie in slow motion - the 1/2 second before impact seemed like it took forever. I hit her passenger side full force.

We were the only two people in the vehicles and lucky for both of us no one was hurt. At all. The poor 16 year old girl was on her way to school. When she got out of her vehicle she was bawling and saying "I'm sorry" over and over... I actually think she was waiting for me to start yelling into her. I felt so bad for her that I just had to give her a hug.

Funny thing is that as I was dropping the kids off I was thinking to myself "Maybe I should swing through the car wash. The van is so dirty that I can hardly stand it." It was pretty cold so I figured I would wait until it warmed up a little. If I would've gone through the car wash, I wouldn't have been in the accident. But - as my dad likes to say, "If ifs and buts were candy and nuts we'd all have plenty for Christmas."

We're still waiting to hear the status on the van. The insurance company said they were going to total it but when I said we were hoping to be able to fix it she said she would see if they could make it work. For all of the phone calls and interviews I've had to do with the insurance people, they better make it work. :)

Then on Friday, the school called about 1/2 hour after I left (from working there) to say that Greta had thrown up in her classroom. Several times. I brought her home - bucket in tow - because I was driving a rental. The poor kid spent the better part of the night with her head in the bucket.

I'm still fighting the cold, Greta's starting to feel better and we're praying the van will be fixable. And really, really hoping that next week is a little better than this one. :)

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

My 2 cents

I watched the last 20 minutes of the show Undercover Boss this past weekend. The CEO of Hooters restaurant was on there and something he said has stuck with me. He said "I would have no problem with my daughters being Hooters Girls when they are older." Then he went on to talk about how he wanted people to know that there are more to the waitresses than what you see.

Really? Because the name of your restaurant is Hooters, which means boobs in case you didn't know. And you hire girls to serve food in ultra-tight shirts and barely there bottoms. I'm guessing that their personalities aren't really what you're after.

I'm not a feminist by any means... and really, if that's how those women want to pay the rent then let them. But as a father, to say that you wouldn't mind your daughters being oogled over by men day after day is crazy. Gross, even.

Society just really irks me sometimes.

Saturday, February 06, 2010

8!

In honor of Linus' 8th birthday, I thought I'd compile a few of my favorite quotes from him.

Linus, who apparently never picked up the word urinal: "I don't get why boys have to use a urine-hole and girls don't."

Linus, pointing at his nipples: "Miles, did you know that these are my nibbles and that they don't do anything? Girls have nibbles too but they are private. Mine aren't private because I'm a boy."

"Don't worry grandma, I can hold my hungries."

"Greta, sometimes you are so ig-noying!"

"Mom, don't you wish that God made it so that we didn't have to poop or pee?"

"Mom, how come when you or dad get frustrated with us you sometimes lose your temperature?"

Linus, when he caught Greta using some of his stickers: "Greta, you are such a cotton-headed-ninny-muggins!"

"Mom, I don't think I can eat my broccoli. I think I read somewhere that it has too much sugar in it." I can't remember if he was 3 or 4 but I DO remember that he couldn't read yet.

On his 5th birthday:
Me: "Linus, I can't believe that 5 years ago today I got to see and hold you for the very first time!"
Linus: "On my birthday!??!" (Like it was the biggest coincidence in the world.)

Monday, February 01, 2010

Crown Financial

It's no secret that our society is one submerged in debt. The 'buy now & pay later' mentality is second nature to most. Unfortunately, my family has been no exception. Up until about 2 months ago, that is. Dustin and I were both feeling convicted about money: how we were spending and how we were (more like were not) saving.

It felt strange to me that our money seemed to be gone before the paycheck was in the bank. After all, we don't make big purchases. We don't care about fancy cars or nice furniture. We don't really do the vacation thing and we don't go shopping for anything other than groceries on a regular basis. To figure out where our money was going we started tracking all of our purchases. When we sat down at looked at the results it was crazy. I can't believe how fast you can nickel and dime yourself into debt. None of our purchases were big - mostly things like $20 for book orders through school (we have 3 kids you know), a few trips through the drive thru when we were too tired to cook, a dvd purchase - you probably get the drift. Add that to the multitude of medical bills that we are paying and the money is gone before you know it.

We then decided to make out a budget. Now this was the tricky part for us... we have tried using a budget in the past and we do really good for a couple of weeks and then start to veer off course. You know how that is... life happens. There would be some yarn that I REALLY needed or a video game that Dustin wanted and we would indulge... and then go down the slippery slope of other "needs."

This time when we were working out the budget we decided to start the Crown Financial biblical financial study. I can't explain how much this study has helped us (and we are only part way through!) We have set some drastic but attainable financial goals for ourselves. We will have to stretch every dollar - but it's something we should have already been doing.

I think the most important thing for us is to be purposeful in our spending. We are desiring to put God first. If we work hard and pay off our debt, imagine the way that we can bless other people!

Sunday, January 31, 2010

I've been a bad blogger...

I was (lovingly) reminded today that I haven't posted on here for some time. I was actually just thinking about it the other day and I need to keep current on here so that some day, in the far off future, my kids will remember what day to day life was like when they were young. Without further ado, here is a pic from a few weeks ago. Note: the kids did this to themselves, although it did spark a few ideas in our minds. ;)