Not Made to Stand Still

JD isn’t crawling yet, but he uses bottom scooting, pushing backwards, and the belly clock to get around.

Do you know what I’m talking about when I say “belly clock”?  It’s that thing babies do before they can crawl, where they just spin around in a circle and push backwards on their bellies.  He has very limited mobility, but he works awfully hard on it, every single day.

  Last night JD woke up 5 TIMES, so I’m seriously a walking zombie today.  I’m counting down the minutes until Daniel is tired enough to put down for a nap.  Until then, I figured I’d update my somewhat neglected blog.

  The boys had SUCH a great time last week with their cousin Matthew here last week.  Matthew is 17, and to say that Joshua and Caleb seriously look up to him would be an understatement.

  There was one night that Caleb had a cub scout meeting, but his best jeans, which he wears with his uniform, were nowhere to be found.  Alan’s solution was to make Caleb wear khakis instead.  Caleb was a bawling mess, and he absolutely refused to come down stairs and have Matthew see him in those pants!!!  HAAAA!!!  I love raising these boys.  They delight my heart.  I went upstairs and located Caleb a new pair of blue jeans, and all turned out well.

  Here are a few more photos from the visit:


Joshua and Matthew built this snowman together.


the builder, hard at work


Joshua, Matthew, and their creations


Ya’ll, I try so hard.  I really do, but let’s face it, I can only be in so many places at one time.  Daniel made this mess about 1 hour after Betty finished cleaning the entire kitchen.  I had her come an extra week while we’re having company.  This doesn’t even cover how vast the mess was.  See below….


The little bitty sprinkles were everywhere, and I wasn’t getting much sleep last week, which made my stress threshold lower.  I might have actually cried when I saw this.  I cry kind of often these days.

Did I mention that all of my guests are very neat and tidy people, and this just further served to show me that I will never live up to what I’d like to be?  I know.  That may sound ridiculous, but to me it just felt like failure.  I barely had the energy or the time to clean it up.

This is what happens when you compare yourself to other people:  discouragement. It never helps. I must stop doing that!  We all have different strengths and weaknesses and circumstances.

I need to make friends with some slackers so that I will feel better about myself……   ; )

I believe there’s a Bible verse about this (my comparing myself to other people):

Not that we dare to classify or compare ourselves with some of those who are commending themselves. But when they measure themselves by one another and compare themselves with one another, they are without understanding

2 Corinthians 10:12


For am I now seeking the approval of man, or of God? Or am I trying to please man? If I were still trying to please man, I would not be a servant of Christ.

Galatians 1: 10



Nonna and the three biggest boys



Now here’s something I SERIOUSLY enjoy:  bargain shopping!!  Nonna and I hit a consignment sale, and I got all of this for $38.  That included 9 shirts for Joshua and Caleb, plus the books, and the baby outfit, and several of these things still had the original tags on them.  Oh, the fun!!!!

chill time


This week I’m in full on stressed-out April mode.  I’m trying to keep ‘calm.’  There’s just something about a military move with four children hanging over your head that makes it a little hard to not become an annoying, hyper version of myself.  I spent two hours this morning trying to get a pediatric neurology appointment for Caleb, only to be met by brick walls.

Don’t you just love an aggravating problem to have to solve?  Ugh.  I have to get my little man seen before the move, and apparently I’m going to have to jump through a whole lot of hoops to do so.

John David is teething, NOT sleeping at night, and he’s still refusing the bottle.

Sleep changes everything, ya’ll.  I promise it does.  I’m a much, much nicer person when I’ve gotten sleep.

I have about a thousand little problems in my head right now, but I won’t bore you with them.  INSTEAD, I will share a few funny quotes I’ve heard lately because, you know, who doesn’t love funny?

*****    Kids are funny!!!!!      ******

The other day, we had to pick up my van from the shop after a terrible oil leak.  I think I hit some rocks or something in a construction zone that ripped up the belts under my hood.

We all six rode over to the Toyota place in Alan’s truck.  As soon as we parked, Caleb was all, “I want to go in!!  I want to go in!!”  That was followed immediately by Daniel’s, “Me!!  Me!  Daniel!  Daniel go!”

  Alan made one request:  “Anyone who goes in has to be still and not fight with any brothers.”

To which Joshua quickly re-buckled his seat belt, as he replied, “Oh, no, that’s not me.  I’m staying here.  I was not made to stand still.”

LOL!!!  Good thinking, Joshua!

…..Meanwhile, Caleb and Dan piled out with Daddy–since they’re so good at standing still—-BAAAAAAHAHAHAHAH!


While sitting in the truck with me, Joshua said, “You know what I think when I hear ‘Toyota’?  I think of a toy Yoda, like from Star Wars.”



The boys were pretend playing, and I heard Joshua ask the group, “Who is going to be good, and who is going to be bad?”

Daniel, jumping up and down, shouted, “Me be bad!!  Me bad!!!  RAAAAAAAAWR  GROOOOOAAAAAAAR!”


I think if I were a little boy, I’d be very happy here in this house, and that’s not a bad accomplishment:  providing a happy home for the boys.  As Rick Warren says in his book, it’s not really about me, is it?

  • Jamie

    Those stories at the end are precious!! Enjoy these days, sweet Mama. They will be gone before we know it. And do not compare yourself to anyone. Just remember… Joy is not a feeling, or a response, or an emotion. It is a lifestyle that you choose, moment by moment, day by day. Just like love. Choose it!! 🙂 (Oh and Josh informed me that I have your church address on our mailing list. How in the world did that happen? Ha!! So sorry for the mistake. Can you please send me your current one? Thanks!!)

    • Under neath the stress, I do feel joy, but I am definitely struggling with the sleep bit and the pride when it comes to my housekeeping. I will send you a message with my current address. I don’t know how you do it all, Jamie!

  • Oh man are those butterscotch crumbs all over the floor? That so looks familiar!! Gotta love kids 🙂

  • McMom

    Love the scooting! That IS very cute. You are smart to not compare yourself to others – that is so hard for me too sometimes! You are great at looking at the positive side. Great stories – that is hysterical. I can totally see Joshua saying that. Praying JD sleeps better at night (and takes a bottle!) – you are SO RIGHT. Sleep deprivation is NOT pretty!!!!! It is unreal the difference long term interrupted sleep can make Unreal!

    • Thanks, Amy! I was not made to thrive on little sleep! Yesterday I said that if I got some sleep last night, I would actually put on real clothes today. Thankfully, JD only woke up at 2am, SO I wore real clothes today….if I can get that a few nights in a row, I might even fix my hair and wear contacts!!!

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