Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Gongysmos

gongysmos:
arguing-foolish disputatious reasoning. -reasonings that have ulterior and malicious. desires.
Imagine yourself as an Israelite crossing the Red Sea.
Would you enjoy the miracle you are part of, be amazed at the sight of the walls of water on each side of you, recognize the part you are playing in the history of mankind?
OR
Would you grumble about the long walk, the mud ruining your sandals, the uncomfortable feeling of cold muck in your toes? Would you be so engrossed in the negative that you miss the beauty of the miracle?
I often miss the beauty of the daily miracles around me because my head is down, my heart and mind concentrating on the negative. I think back to when I have muttered the words "nothing goes my way" when my suv is stuck in traffic on my way home from my job that provides for us with my beautiful baby in the back.
Why is it my nature to take small inconveniences in life and define my life by them. Why do I concentrate on all the bad and neglect to be in awe of the numerous blessings in my life. I KNOW how I should act, but that doesn't change the bad habit of negativity.
Time to stop gongysmosing...

Monday, September 29, 2008

Don't forget the plot...


Ever have it where someone says something that strikes a little too close to home? That has been happening to me quite often in the last few months about the same topic...my attitude. I know that I have been negative lately (ok, for a few years...) when I have so much to be grateful for. I know that if I notice that my attitude sucks, other people around me noticed it WELL before I did.



Yesterday at church, the series on Phillipians and why the best letters come from prison continued. Rob Bell spoke about Phillipians 2, verse 14-16.



Do everything without complaining or arguing, so that you may become blameless and pure, children of God without fault in a crooked and depraved generation, in which you shine like stars in the universe as you hold out the word of life — in order that I may boast on the day of Christ that I did not run or labor for nothing.


Well, that caught my attention, because lately I don't do anything without grumbling or complaining. Anyone else have that, where the grass ALWAYS looks greener on the other side and nothing goes your way? The message was incredibly compelling to me and I need to go deeper. On that note, my posts this week will be breaking down the reasons why we, as a human nature, grumble and complain. I need to fix the root problem to my not so sunny disposition...




Tomorrow: Gongysmos




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Saturday, September 20, 2008

Chicago Day 4

Our last day in Chicago! Tyler and I headed off to Navy Pier where he got SOAKING wet playing in the water at the Children's Museum. Like a good mom, all of his extra clothes were packed up at the hotel...so he went around the rest of the time in a sweatshirt and diaper only. Hey-I thought it was cute. Speaking of cute and biased mothers, I uploaded a ton of pictures because I couldn't narrow the selection more...and they are out of order. : )




























Like those dirty hand prints on the glass? Reminds him of home....





Thursday, September 18, 2008

Chicago Day 3

Day 2 in Chicago brought beautiful weather. We went shopping in the afternoon and Tyler got some new clothes and an awesome winter hat from H & M. I spent the rest of the afternoon browsing through the shops on Rush and State Streets, my favorite being Anthopolgie. It was very hard leaving that store without buying anything! I really love Rush Street. It's quaint and cute and it seems like you are a million miles away from the Magnificent Mile. I prefer shopping this area than being on Michigan Ave.




Tyler's new sweater from H & M

A few of my favorite things from Anthropologie right now...(as in if I had $, they would be mine)












Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Chicago Day 2


Day 2 in Chicago wasn't much fun. It poured all day and there was an hour long wait (outside) for a taxi because of some conference at the hotel.


18 month old + one room + all day long = not fun


I ended up working from the hotel on Monday since we couldn't go anywhere using their wifi that was as slow as dial up. Another fun part of my day.
On a brighter note, I wasn't at home with chores to do or at work!

We played hide-and-go seek with the chair in our room for entertainmnet...




Tyler had fun with Oreos while I worked.

Kids with stuff on their faces used to really gross me out.

Now it means I'm accomplishing something...


Sunday, September 14, 2008

Chicago Day 1

We were in Chicago last week because Mike was working the Mitsubishi booth at a machine/manufacturing show (IMTS) at McCormick Place. Tyler and I tagged along so we could play while Mike worked. We arrived Sunday evening and we stayed at the Hyatt Regency (where we stayed for our honeymoon). It's a great hotel with a view of the Chicago River. The room's windows were floor to ceiling and Tyler was in love with leaving his finger prints all over the window while shouting at people on the street who, of course, couldn't hear him...











Saturday, September 13, 2008

Craft Day (afternoon) Goodies...


Magnets




Journal



Push Pins




Binder Clips

Hope you like, good chance you will get something similar from Santa Caitlin this year...