Thursday, May 30, 2013

Mom + Ninja = Minja


 I had just set something down on the entry hall floor and noticed this huge ugly spider.  I mean it was huge. It had really thick legs.  And it was ugly.  Of course, that might be open to interpretation as it's just my humble opinion.  It might have greatly appealed to a female spider.

In case you're wondering, I don't KNOW that it was a male spider or not.  I just assumed.  It wasn't like it was wearing a dress or 5 inch stilettos or anything.

I didn't have the bright lights on but even though it was a little dark I could totally see it, lying on the floor in wait for me.  Waiting to pounce.

I knew I had to do something right then and there.  I knew it was him or me.  I said "Are you looking at me? Are. You. Looking. At. Me???" (o.k., I have no idea what movie that quote came from but somehow I know the quote)

It's hard to leave a spider because you don't know what it's going to do when you're gone. I mean, after all it's not like you want it to stalk you.  What if it's not there when you get back?  Where did it go?  Your pillow?

I am convinced that there is a Spider Intelligence Network (aka SIN, no pun intended) and that everything we do is watched and noted by them.  They don't miss a thing.

So I slowly crept away to get a paper cup.  I figured I'd trap the thing until my hubby or one of the boys got home.

I grabbed the cup and crept stealthily back to the spider.  I moved really slow because I didn't want to announce my arrival by casting a shadow on it.  I didn't want it to see me coming.  

I held my breath as I slowly put the cup over it.  It didn't even move as I trapped it in its paper jail.  I hoped it didn't have a shredder or scissors on it.

Then I thought that maybe it might have been working out in some spider gym.  Who knows, maybe it's been lifting lizards or bees or frogs or something.  Maybe it has a six pack.  Or rather, a one pack.  

I didn't want it making a desperate break for freedom out of there so I put something on top of the cup.  


And I took this picture for you.  You're welcome.  Sometimes I amaze even myself.

My sweet hubby barely got in the door when I was telling him all about the huge ugly spider that I had trapped under a paper cup. I was telling him it was huge and had thick legs and I wanted him to get rid of it NOW!!!!

Hubby burst out laughing and promptly told me that I had "trapped" a fake spider. I didn't believe him.  He had no idea what he was talking about, right?


So hubby removes the cup and reaches down to pick up the monstrous spider.  I back up about five feet and go into a crouch.  Hands up and eager to defend.  I am ready for anything.  

I am a ninja.  But I'm a mom so maybe I'm a minja.


As his hand moves closer to the spider I am telling him "No, don't touch it!  Don't touch it!  It's real!"

And that's when my whole story began to fall apart.  From several feet away I notice the spider is not reacting.  It's not moving.  Could it be dead?

I creep a couple of feet closer.  It sits in the palm of my husband's hand.  Not moving.  Is it true?  Is it really a fake?  I creep closer to it, with one foot placed desperately behind me, ready to make a run for it should the need arise. My husband waits patiently for me to get closer.  His hand is shaking with laughter.


I see this.



Sure enough, I managed to protect myself from a plastic spider and all that planning and slow maneuvering so it wouldn't "see" me and run away before I trapped it was wasted. Spider fail. 

Apparently earlier in the day my hubby had brought something in from the garage and the fake spider fell onto the floor.  He just left it there as he was in a hurry to get out the door.

The really ridiculous thing is that later I asked my husband to go get the spider so that I could take a picture for this blog post.  Then I promptly forgot about it.

Awhile later my husband comes up to me with the plastic spider in his hand and innocently says "Here, you wanted this."

Naturally I had forgotten and had no idea what he was talking about.  So when I turned and saw the spider in his outstretched palm I again freaked and jumped a couple of feet in the air while he had a good laugh.  

That spider had better be in the garbage tonight if hubby knows what's good for him.....


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Sunday, May 26, 2013

Let's Stop Comparing Ourselves To Others

Making your home sing Mondays


Welcome to the Making Your Home Sing Monday linky party! Every day you are doing something to make your house into a home for yourself and your family (if you have one). 

My point with each Monday post is, what are YOU doing or going to do today to make your home sing? It can be an attitude or an action. So have fun, do some blog hopping, link up and don't forget to give a link back to this post!  Thanks!

Topics can include marriage, parenting, encouraging women, organization, cleaning, saving money, our behavior and attitudes, homemaking, homeschooling, recipes....the opportunities are endless.


Note:  We had 75 linkups last week which is awesome!  Don't forget to visit one another and try to leave a comment on at least one blog to encourage someone today!  :)

When I was a little girl I loved to play "pretend."  My friends and I would choose someone to be.  I was a bit of a tomboy so sometimes I was a pirate.  Sometimes I was a beautiful princess, sometimes a mommy, sometimes a cowgirl, sometimes I was a superhero.

It was so much fun to pretend to be someone else.  I would have a car, a big house, a dozen children, maybe even my own jet!  My world was whatever I created it to be.

Sometimes as adults, we "pretend" to be someone else.  Many times we don't even realize we're doing it.

We watch how our friend is so welcoming to others, or how our pastor's wife parents her children, or how our neighbor always seems to be so patient and kind, and so we adopt their behavior.

It's not a bad thing to emulate someone else's positive behavior. 

But sometimes we can get so lost in trying to BE like that person we admire so much that we get discouraged because we feel like we fail to measure up.

We fail at being them because we AREN'T them.

We forget that God designed us with our own unique gifts and talents and personality.

We forget that we are to model Christ, not our best friend.

We forget that God's plan for us is based on our personality, our gifts and our abilities; not our best friend's, not our pastor's wife, not our neighbor's. 

You will always fail at being someone else.  Always.

But you cannot fail at being yourself. Oh sure, you may stumble a bit as you find yourself losing your patience or snapping at someone or saying words you wish you could take back.

We all fail at one time or another.  This is because we're not perfect, we sin, but we're growing every day  and prayerfully becoming more like Him.

But you won't ever fail at being YOU. You can't, because God designed you to succeed.  He has given you just the right gifts, talents, personality and abilities to succeed at being YOU.

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Would you rather be the best YOU that you can be or an inferior copy of someone else?


So stop comparing yourself to someone else and feeling guilty because you don't measure up.  You were never created to measure up to them.  

He has equipped you to be the YOU that He has designed you to be.

The you that follows HIM.  You fail when you try to be someone else.  You will succeed when you try and be yourself.  Just keep being YOU and following after Him and make your home sing today!


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Friday, May 24, 2013

When Your Days Are Filled With BUSY

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Today I was in a store and a young girl was pounding away on the piano.  From a couple of aisles away I heard her mother tell her to "stop pounding" on the piano.

The little girl kept pounding away and her older brother came over and said "Mom told you to stop playing the piano."

The little girl replied, "No she didn't.  She told me to stop pounding on the piano.  I'm not pounding.  I'm making music."


Are YOU pounding away at something today?  Or are you making music?


Sometimes it depends on how we look at a situation, doesn't it?

To my ears she was pounding away on that thing, but to her ears she was making beautiful music.  Who's to say who's right?

I heard loud noise and she heard beautiful music.  I heard pounding, she heard inspired.  I heard discord, she heard harmony.  To me it was an annoyance, to her it was pure fun.  I heard clashing keys, she heard a song.

Maybe sometimes it's all in how you do it, how you view it, how you hear it and who you're doing it for.

Think of everything you do each day.  There's a lot of repetition in it.  You get up and do your morning routine.  You either go to work for several hours or stay home and start a load of laundry, clean the house, change diapers or chase toddlers, wipe noses, mediate between quarrels.

Make lunch, put them down for naps, get them up from naps.  More diapers, mopping up tears and maybe even some spills on the floor.  Errands, doctor's appointment, homework to help with.  Kiss hubby hello,  mediate more quarrels, flip the laundry, start dinner and still more diapers.

Then there's cleaning up the kitchen, picking up the house, baths, story time, prayers and bed for the kids and folding laundry for mom.

Maybe your kids are older, or you have no kids, but your days are filled with busy.  You're exhausted and your day tomorrow looks pretty much the same.  You're not sure if you can stand the same old same old of it all.  So you go to bed, and wake up to start all over again..

But what if you woke up with the intent to make something beautiful out of your day today?

Psalm 118:24 "This is the day the LORD has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it."

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What if you wake up with the thought that today is the day that the LORD has made just for YOU, geared to your needs and perfectly suited to your strengths and weaknesses and abilities?

A day perfectly ordered to build you into the woman He desires you to be.

Will you rejoice and be glad in it?  Will you make beautiful music or will you pound away in frustration when it seems like things aren't going your way?
 
It's a brand new day, my friend.  You can make music, or you can make noise.  Make some music.


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Missional Women http://christianmommyblogger.com HappyandBlessedHome.com Please save image and put it in your post or on your sidebar.
The Life Of FaithTheBetterMom.comWhat Joy Is MinePhotobucketHappy Wives ClubExceptionalisticCovered in GraceRaising Imperfection i should be mopping the floor125 Titus 2 Tuesday ButtonCourtship ConnectionTeaching What Is Good Messy MarriageDucks 'n a RowFamily Home and Lifehttp://www.wildernesswife.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/10/Wicked-Good-Wednesday-Blog-Hop-Button.jpg Wise-Woman-Builds All Things with Purposekatherines corner Photobucket