Monday, April 27, 2009
Wednesday, April 22, 2009
Saturday, April 18, 2009
As soon as the few groceries were put in their respected places, I logged onto the Focus on the Family website and began listening to the other 2 broadcasts. My hand could not keep up with with my brain as I was noting points of interest to reflect on further, talk with Mickey about, and of course, later blog!
I know you are all wondering "What did you learn about men?" So, here it goes:
- First and foremost, men need to feel respected, trusted and supported in a relationship. What does that look like? Well, take for instance that you and your hubby are on your way to meet some friends for dinner. This is a new restaurant and notice that you seem to keep passing the same landmarks time and time again. Well, as women, we would say, "Honey, why don't you pull over and ask for directions?" To a man we are basically saying, "Honey, I don't trust you and your since of direction to be able to get us to the restaurant on time."
- Second, we need to stop all the nagging (Yes, I was convicted to the core, but I have since asked for forgiveness from Mickey.) When we continue to "nag" about certain issues (maybe the landscaping outside your house...haha) It sends the message to our husbands that we are disappointed in them. They process our nagging as "I've failed!" or that we do not trust him to get it done. We should make a concerted effort to say to ourselves, "I've asked him to do it. He hasn't done it. So, there has to be a reason why it hasn't been done yet (time, monetary resources, etc.) I will trust him to get it done. " Drop it. Move on. "
- Next, it is very easy for a man to measure success at work by promotions, salary, awards, etc. The only measurement of success at home is the happiness of his wife!
- After that, I wrote down that men and women think of romance in very different ways. Women usually associate romance with candles, flowers, dinner out, etc. Men tend to associate romance with doing things together like going to Home Depot, watching football, playing golf together, etc. Another point that was intriguing regarding romance is that men seem to think they have to do it "bigger or better" next time. Shaunti gave the example that for one of her birthdays her husband surprised her while on a trip to NYC with private ice skating lessons at Rockefeller Center. She then went on to say that it took 3 years before her husband did something romantic again. After they talked about it, she discovered that in his mind nothing could live up to the last event so he just did nothing. We need to reassure our husbands that unexpected flowers, a card, gift certificate, our favorite candy, etc. is just as romantic as a weekend away. It really is the thought that counts!
- We should make every effort to keep ourselves healthy and beautiful for our husbands. That can be anything from getting out of those same black sweat pants and t-shirt to purchasing some new makeup or perfume to keeping our bodies at a healthy weight. That one hit me in the gut!! Shaunti was quick to mention that this doesn't neccessarily mean losing weight, but that is an area I have really been struggling with lately. I want my body to be something that I am not ashamed of. Mickey tells me time and time again how beautiful I am, but I want to get to a point where I feel beautiful (yet, that's another post!)
Anyway, those are just a few of the insights I gleaned from listening to this wonderful broadcast. I strongly encourage you to head over to Focus on the Family and check it out for yourself. Once you are on the main page you will have to click on the link for daily broadcasts, then click last week and go to page 3 and 4.
Be sure to let me know what you think about the broadcasts and tips you have for keeping the romance alive in your home!!!
Friday, April 17, 2009
Just in case you are wondering what Mickey and I will be up to tonight....
We will be having a "date night" as we watch our favorite TV show together- Prison Break!! The encore of last season's finale will begin at 8 PM and will be followed by the 1st in the final 5 episodes beginning at 9 PM. Mickey and I haven't missed an episode since the show first started. So...Mackaylan will be put to bed early, popcorn will be popped, and Mickey and I will tune in to Fox 21 for another nail-biting, action packed episode of Prison Break. In my opinion, there is no better way to spend a Friday night!
Thursday, April 16, 2009
Friday, April 10, 2009
Tuesday, April 7, 2009
Sunday, April 5, 2009
For example, I started reading A Moment of Weakness by Karen Kingsbury (my favorite author) on Friday night before bed. I woke up Saturday morning and read every possible waking moment that I could. That means in between making breakfast, turning on "shows," playing with my 4 yr. old DD, making PB&J sandwiches, working on the blog, etc. the book was in hand. After reading well over 3/4 of the book it was time to go to bed and......I COULDN"T SLEEP! The characters and the plot were running over and over again in my mind. All I could think about was Jade, Tanner, Ty, and what the remaining pages had in store. I tossed and turned and eventually had to get out of bed, get a drink of water, and take some meds. I tried to clear my mind by watching a little college basketball on TV and eventually I fell asleep. When I woke up this morning all I could think about was getting back into my book. I read the entire time my family was at church and finally successfully completed the book this afternoon!
If you have never read any of Karen Kingsbury's work I highly recommend you get in your car, drive to your local library or bookstore and pick one up. I promise that once you start reading you will not want to stop. You may just find yourself addicted as well!! By the way, while you're out, can you pick up Halfway to Forever for me?
Saturday, April 4, 2009
- drink 64 oz. of water daily
- limit myself to one soda/glass of tea each day
- exercise daily (walking...just what the doctor ordered!)
- continue quiet time and working through current Bible study- Discovering God's Will
- M&M: allow Mackaylan to choose at least one activity daily that we complete together (craft, outdoor activity, game, etc.)
- memorize at least 1 Bible verse
- attend required physical therapy sessions
- read at least 1 book
- make bed daily (I have been backsliding on this one!)
- meal plan and shop accordingly each week
- "Clean Sweep" each night before going to bed- all items picked up
- clean out closet and organize spring/summer wardrobe
- organize KK's clothes/toys
- shop for a few "spring" household decorations
- organize jewelry
Now I guess I need to print these off and hang them in a visible location so I will be sure to adhere to the goals I have set for this month. What about you? Do you have something that you have been wanting to do, but have lacked the motivation and/or accountability to carry through? You are more than welcome to join the fun as we all "press on" toward our goal(s)! :)
Thursday, April 2, 2009
- loves to watch "the singing show"- American Idol
- watches High School Musical repeatedly
- enjoys taking dance (tap and ballet)
- shares a "special kiss" with her mommy- from HSM 2!
- gives "butterfly kisses" to her daddy everyday
- has many names- Mackaylan, KK, Mac, Mac-a-doodle,
Doodle Bug, and sometimes Sarah Allen :)
- favorite foods are PopTarts, chicken nuggets, PB sandwiches
and cheese dip
- Pepsi/Sprite are her favorite drinks
- is a huge helper around the house
- always on the go
- had her first sleepover w/ friends last weekend
- entertains her imaginary friends Casey and Dizzy often
- generous heart
- is finally #2 potty trained w/ the help of many dollar bills
- makes me laugh when she says"Mom, it sure is froggy
outside this morning!"
- another cute phrase "Oh, I have an eyeflash in my eye!"
- changes clothes MANY times a day
- loves watching The Backyardigans, Wonder Pets,
Max and Ruby and anything else on Noggin
- loves Jesus and going to church
- enjoys singing
- would rather play with decorations around the house
than her toys
- loves to help daddy feed Sima
- likes to play outside on her "playground!"
- wears dresses almost everyday
- loves going to daddy's 4-wheeler races with the family
- has lots of friends of all ages
- is often called "chatter box" b/c she talks non-stop!
- has a large vocabulary
- loves learning the meaning of new words
- is anticipating a trip to Disney World in the future
- wants a baby brother or sister about as much as
her mom/dad do!
- is blessed with grandparents who allow her to
"spend over the night" often!
- is loved so much by her ENTIRE family
- loves pink and anything "girlie"
- has a vivid imagination and can pretend play for
hours on end
- preceeds most sentences with "____, I need to tell
...and the list could go on and on!
Happy 4th Birthday, Mackaylan! We love you!