I spoke to a lady not long ago who was extremely judgemental of not just my family, but a number of families I know to be exceptional, upstanding people. I felt my claws begin to come out, but quickly reigned them in. It took a lot of self God control. I won’t go into the details of the conversation, but I will say that it sure did remind me of the harshness of the judgemental woman. A woman I used to be. A woman who I still wrestle with on occasion. With God’s help, I’m winning more and more.
My family has chosen to live our life a certain way. We homeschool, take issue with birth control (I’d think that would be obvious), have a fundamental biblical view of the family, free range our kids (to an extent), eat white sugar and an occasional hot dog, don’t vaccinate, and clip coupons.
For years I believed that my way was the only correct way. And while it might be the correct way for my family, I’ve come to learn that the harsh judgementalism (is that a word?) I have felt towards others during those “years of me” was not born of wanting better for them. It was me wanting to feel like I was better than them - an ego building exercise of sorts.
Eww. Doesn’t that drip of ugliness.
I’d tell you about the moment my eyes were opened to that ugliness…
Yeah. I’m not going to. You’ll just have to trust me that it was really. uncomfortable.
So, yeah, some people homeschool. Some people don’t watch TV. Some people don’t breastfeed their babies. Some people don’t like olives.
We can do things differently and still be sisters in Christ.
Just so long as we agree that my way is better. [just kidding]
I was delighted when MyBlogSpark partenered with Yoplait and offered me a simply… Go-gurt gift pack. Receiving the package arrived at the perfect time. The weather has warmed up, my kids are playing outside all. the. time.
That means I hear “I’m hungry. Can I have a Pop-Tart?” more often than normal. To which I snap, “No! Those are for Mommy!”.
Okay, not really, but it does mean I have to say, “no” more often than normal. Children’s snacks are expensive, tend to be high in all the bad stuff and low in all the good stuff, and quite often leave my littles more hungry than before they ate the snack. Simply… Go-gurt appears to do better than that. I pleased with this new snacking option, and the added gifts in my package were icing on an already delicious cake.
I opened the package and much to my delight was a mini Etch-a-Sketch, a car seat back organizer, a free coupon for a pack of Yoplait simply… Go-gurt, and, my favorite thing in the box, a sweet pink daily planner.
My kids love any food that comes in a tube. I’m not sure why, but you could put broccoli in a tube and they’ll go ga-ga over it.
While Yogurt isn’t quite like broccoli, and they do actually like yogurt in a cup, putting it in a tube and serving it as a frozen or refrigerated treat-in-a-tube is more appealing and draws much more excitement than just a bowl and a spoon. Plus, the elimination of the bowl and spoon means no dishes.
Yoplait’s new simply… Go-gurt is a huge improvement on the old Go-gurt variety! No artificial colors, no high fructose corn syrup, just good yogurt. It’s is available in two kid-friendly flavors, strawberry and mixed berry (we like strawberry the best).
And now you have a change to get your own Yoplait simply… Go-gurt gift pack!
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He’s going to be a man someday way too soon, but in so many ways he already is.
While he still has pretend battles outside with his 5 younger brothers, he’s becoming quite protective of his older sister.
And while he still prefers to play video games than do chores, he’s always willing to lend a hand, take care of something that seems to be overloading me, and do his part around here.
And while he still plays Nurf war, he is an excellent shot in paintball, and with his pellet gun and crossbow.
He laughs a lot, despite having a serious disposition, and is always ready with a silly joke.
He doesn’t take offense easily and has the ability to laugh at himself easily. Though, he does not want me to joke with him about liking girly things. Especially when we are in Target and I’m talking loudly.
Some humorous quotes from Joe over the years -
“I told my poo-poo not to be bad. But it didn’t listen” (age 3 – just after an accident)
Crying when I told him he was only pretending to be Superman he couldn’t jump off the counter to fly, “but I thought I really was Superman!”
“My head is not a peanut!”
and quite recently -
“Can we ride bikes in the colda, no, colder, no, colber, no, colbeysack?” (he was trying to say ‘cul-de-sac’)
He’s a good boy and is going to be a really good man. I love who he is, and I’m so proud of who he is becoming.
People wonder about us – we get questioning stares quite often.
I used to think it was because I always had a large number of children following me around. Then it dawned on me that maybe it was the petrified ketchup on my 6 year old’s face at 9 in the morning gaining me attention. Or that one kid whose hair was overlooked by the comb. Or that somebody in my lineup is still wearing batman pajamas – not because I was okay with it, just because in counting heads I often miss noticing the rest of the body.
I’m that lady with the 12 passenger van full of car seats. The one changing a toddler’s wet pants right there in the Publix parking lot. The one wiping last night’s dinner off a 4 year old’s face in the middle of the entrance to the grocery store.