Exercise costs money!

May 16, 2008

Hi there.  I am posting these confessions as an entry to win a Wii console PLUS the new Wii Fit balance board and game over on Three Kid Circus.   Heaven knows my purchases of fitness equipment did not result in my becoming fit.   Probably the largest waste of money I ever spent was for the fancy-schmancy treadmill.  It is programmable, can incline, take your pulse, etc.  We’ve had it well over 10 years.  How many times has it been used, you ask?  Less than 12.  I used it about 3 times total.  It looks brand new.  It has been residing in our garage for the past few years.  Made a great clothes rack while it was in the house.  We’ve offered it to my brother who I’m sure will get more use out of it (ha).  Until I read the post on the link above, I had forgotten about the stairmaster that I bought from a t.v. commercial.  I used it a few times before it started squeaking with each step.  Needless to say, that noise did not induce me to exercise.  Then there is the electronic jump rope that is still in the package.  But, it was ON SALE!  Clearance, even!  So that wasn’t a bad deal right?  My two sets of dumbbells are hiding in our closet… I was afraid the kids would hurt themselves with them since they have not learned how to correctly use them by watching anyone in this house.  I bought a pedometer once.  I never felt like setting it up to recognize my gait.  It is still around here somewhere.  I think.  I keep finding the instruction book, but  haven’t seen the little gadget recently.  I am pretty sure I just automatically get enough walking time in around the house.  Don’t you think?  What with all the trips to the kitchen and the laundry room and all.  I bought an exercise mat last year.  After all, if it makes the floor softer, I’ll be more likely to watch the exercise show on the tv, right.  I’ve watched that show a few times and never felt like I got much out of it.  Maybe if the toys on the floor weren’t in the way, I could have participated.  Sigh.   I’m worn out just thinking about all this exercise.  I think it’s time to go to bed.  Thanks for reading! 


I need help

April 10, 2008

At first, I was excited to learn that Lysa’s latest Swap & Hop was about an organization challenge.  I got out my camera and went around my house taking pictures of the places I need help.   Okay, so I won’t mention how many pictures I took or how many rooms in our house I took pictures of.  Oh my mercy could I be the poster child for having organization challenges. 

I went through the pictures and settled on one room that I really do not know what to do about.  This room was previously our living room.  Then it was changed into a bedroom for a few months (which explains why it has two doors).  I need this room to serve as a library/school/piano room.  A wonderful family from church is blessing us with their piano.  This room is also home to our china cabinet/hutch.   I just recentlly started homeschooling and have no idea how to organize our school stuff. 

This first picture was taken from the door that leads to the dining room.  The second door can be seen on the left wall.  Just to the left in this picture is an antique desk (yes, it is buried in clutter).  On the far wall is a bookcase.


This second picture is taken from the second doorway.  It shows the front window, the china cabinet/hutch and in the far corner is a small stereo with CD rack.  Behind the door on the right is a small bookcase and the antique desk I mentioned before.  This desk is home to my modem and wireless router. 

This third picture takes us back to the door leading to our dining room.  Behind it is another bookcase. 

Last week, I moved several boxes and storage containers of “school supplies” out of this room so I would have room to “organize”.  Ok, so now what?  I need to get our school supplies organized in this room plus make room for a piano.  I also would like to store photos and scrapbooking supplies in this room, but that might not be possible.  We do not use this room for doing school but it is where I need to be ORGANIZED.  Any suggestions from anyone would be most welcome!  Moving to a larger home is not an option.  I need Help!

Four-year old songwriter

January 30, 2008

My 4-year old “wrote” his first song while taking a bath one morning.  After his bath, he told me about his song and then sung it for me.  It had two verses:


“God is holding us,

God is holding us,

God is holding us. 

He will never drop us, no.

He will never drop us, no.

He will never drop us, no.”


Later that day, I asked him what made him think of those words.  He then showed me the Cedarmont Kids video where the kids are singing “He’s Got the Whole World In His Hands.”   He pointed out to me at the end of the video, there was a picture of a huge hand holding the earth.  He said that was God’s hand holding us.  How precious is his faith… I hope he never loses that.

Too young to get baptized?

January 29, 2008

What is the right age for a child to understand the truth about salvation?  It is a concept that even adults can struggle with.  Recently our family was discussing in the book of Mark when John The Baptist baptized Jesus.  Our 5-year old wanted to know more about what being baptized means.  We believe in baptism by immersion so we explained to him how that is done.  He was less than thrilled to learn what it involves.  He is a worrier and frets over things at times.  Since then he has been asking questions about baptism.  He has never questioned that someday he will choose to be baptized.  We have told him he does not  need to think about it too much until he is a little older.  I do believe, however, that he has a fairly good grasp of God’s grace and forgiveness and the price Christ paid on the cross for our sins. 

On a funny note, yesterday he found his swimming goggles while we were cleaning up around the house.  He looked at them for a while and seemed to be thinking about something.    Then he said, “Mommy, when I go baptizing, can I wear my goggles?”.  It seems he felt that it would help alleviate his fears of going under the water if he could wear his goggles.  🙂

Bedside Baptist

January 27, 2008

I missed church today with a sick child, so I went to Bedside Baptist (got my sermon on tv) today and listened to Dr. Charles Stanley.  The sermon today was on the Holy Spirit.  This is one I needed to hear, not that I do not need to hear most sermons.  I went to a support group for homeschooling moms recently and listened to an inspiring testimony from a mom who spoke of how she relies totally on the Holy Spirit in everything, including finances.   Since that evening, my thoughts have been centered around what is it that is missing in my life that I do not hear the Spirit like she does.  Is it that I am not listening?  Is there too much noise in my life that I cannot hear HIM?  Am I just too independent to want to lean on HIM?  I believe it is a combination of all the above and then some.   If you read this and you have thoughts about why a person does or does not hear the Holy Spirit, I would love to hear your comments. 

Hello world!

January 27, 2008

I just heard about two boys who were on flag duty at their elementary school and decided to see if their tongues would stick to the flag pole in the cold weather.  Guess what?  It is not a myth!  Maybe they should have called Myth Busters? 

Hi.  This is my first post and after hearing that on the news, it became my first topic to discuss.  Some people will not believe things until they experience it for themselves.  Unfortunately, sometimes that means they will experience some pain or worse yet, possibly death.  Another story on the news was about four teenage girls who were joyriding on a hilly road and got airborn, crashed into a stone pillar, bounced off and caught fire.  None were killed, amazingly, but a couple were in critical condition.  It seems this road is popular for teens because if you drive fast enough, you can get “air” on the hills.  I have read how our brains are not done maturing until we are in our 20s which is why some young people make bad choices like that.  Yet, we let them drive cars as young as sixteen.  I’m sure there are many grieving parents who wonder now if sixteen is a wise age.   As my oldest nears that age, I’m sure her dad and I will be looking at that a lot closer. 

Well, time for me to go to sleep.  My five-year old has pneumonia so he might be up during the night if his fever goes back up again.pneumonia