October 30, 2008
October 27, 2008
For the first time in 4 years Joel and I got away without our kids. We've had the overnight here and there, but this is the first weekend away we've been able to have. We went up to Helen GA where there is nothing much to do at all. So guess what we did, nothing much at all. We held hands alot, and caught up on all the cable TV we wanted. And went out to eat. It was just from Friday night to Sunday early afternoon, but it was so nice. We have to do this more often. It was way too long to wait. Some super cool friends from church watched Josiah and Eden. We built them up by telling Jos and Eden that #1 they have a dog, #2 they have a scooter #3 they both play guitars. And then the perks that we couldn't be sure would happen (but thankfully everything went as planned) the aquarium, red-neck sledding at Ross' Landing, apple orchard with goodies, and McDonald's happy meals! Eden was sad that she had to go home with me! "I wanna go back to Laura's!!" she cried as we buckled her in to go home.
Today was something that required the schedule of a drill sargent. Not a single minute went unplanned from 7am to 8:30pm. So here I am blogging and watchin' Heroes full of satisfied exhaustion and looking toward the days ahead in order to plan for the less rigorous but equally satisfying events.
We need to get away more often. And maybe take Monday off too.
October 22, 2008
The external and internal beauty of my son inspires many a long happy sigh. This sweet photo deserves a blog post of it's own. Josiah and his little green friend. He named him Clifford.
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October 21, 2008
We have been talking about Ecclesiastes in our new awesome small group. It has been a breath of fresh air! Before you think, "Huh, Ecclesiasties? Refreshing?" I know, it has a lot of hopelessness in it, but it gives me a perspective that keeps my eyes looking upward. Today I walked Josiah to school (with Eden) and I prayed as I went to bed last night for God to heal my back. I'm not in constant pain or anything, I'm just so weary of feeling like I was put together like a marionette! My pelvis feels like an independant structure. It's painful sometimes, sometimes I am scared that I will wipe out somewhere that won't be so cool. Did I mention I tripped over a lamp cord in front of my entire Elementary art class a couple weeks back? Joel got me a prenatal massage for my birthday and I can't wait to use it. I want to use it when I feel tired. Walking to school is the best time of day. It's crisp, my body is rested, I love the short jaunt. If I could just bottle that feeling I'd be a powerhouse all day. I talk to Eden about the sky as we walk home. And I'm reminded of the phrase "under the sun" that is used over and over in Ecclesiates. Nothing is good under the sun. But above the sun, where our Lord symbolically dwells, things are not in vain. The truth, the decisions, the love, the hard work are not fruitless.
So I saw that there is nothing better for a man than to enjoy his work, because that is his lot. For who can bring him to see what will happen after him? Ecc. 3:22
I do want to enjoy my work, even though this most recent painting is making me a bit frustrated. And I do love teaching even though I stick my foot in my mouth and I have to deal with upset parents. Thankfully, that does not happen often, and I have a good boss. But yesterday it did happen, and I also got evaluated by my boss which made me a little nervous. No wonder I was so pooped I fell asleep before the end of Heroes. Dern, it's the only thing on TV I like (that Joel will watch with me). But I fell asleep snuggling with my husband. That's good.
My boy Josiah is becoming a lover of writing and drawing. He truly feels empowered. I can't say he loves school, but the fruit of his labor is showing. Being able to sit and enjoy a sunny afternoon during fall break and watch Josiah draw pictures of the family, pictures of superheroes and villians is just better entertainment than much out there. Maybe even than the actual Heroes TV show. Children hold that weight of simplicity and complexity that brings me to my knees again and again. I am reminded that God is watching my coming and going with the same loving gaze. And even if my artwork is meaningless, my work is not. Just like Josiah's chalk drawings don't last very long, but the progress is so heart warming and important.
So even though my back is already sore and tight at 9:30am, I am full of gratitude for another day that might be just comings and goings, but these days are for enjoying and remembering that what is above the sun is our reward. My new friend Sarah (who gave me the nest necklace) said she saw a painting when I was talking about this stuff. We'll see, falling asleep on the couch at 9:30pm is no recipe for productivity. God's grace gives me strength to work.
October 16, 2008
Psalm 141: 1-5
O Lord, I call to you; come quickly to me.
Hear my voice when I call to you.
May my prayer be set before you like incense;
may the lifting up of my hands be like the evening sacrifice.
Set a guard over my mouth, O Lord;
keep watch over the door of my lips.
Let not my heart be drawn to what is evil,
to take part in wicked deeds with men who are evildoers;
let me not eat of their delicacies.
Let a righteous man strike me--it is a kindness;
let him rebuke me--it is oil on my head.
My head will not refuse it.
October 14, 2008
October 13, 2008
Yesterday was my 32nd birthday. It was a good day. Sunday's can be a mix of boredom and exhaustion at our house. Waiting out the day, wearing out the kids, until church at 5:30. We had the special opportunity to have breakfast with some new friends yesterday morning. The Coopers just moved here from Cookeville TN and we have a lot in common. They have a housefull, 5 kids 6 and under. Sarah is a dancer/ dance teacher, and Stephen works for TVA doing accounting stuff. So you can see how we have a good connection. We also have the same desires and love for God and His power. They shared stories of God moving in their lives in amazing ways and it inspired Joel and I to continue seeking, and believing that there is more than what we plod through everyday. After a delightful and busy waffle, pancake, coffee, juice, bacon and eggs (with feta) breakfast with 7 kiddos, we were able to get to know each other better. I mentioned it was my birthday and they kicked it into high gear! Sarah grabbed their birthday banner left over from their youngest's first birthday a few weeks back, and lit a candle for me to puff out. Fun times. Sarah had to got to work and before she left she gave me this little nest necklace. Three eggs for my three babies. She got it when she was pregnant with her third. It was very special and emotional. Giving away meaningful jewelry is something that grandmas do, yet Sarah wanted to make this time for me really special. So we hugged like girls and had a few happy tears. What a special present! It happened to be the only physical present I received ON my birthday, and unlike all the other presents I asked for that are painfully practical, this spontaneous gift made my day feel full of love and kindness.
To top it off, at church we had an extended time of worship. God really hung out with us last night, and we sang and danced and worshiped until after church meetings got cancelled and kids' bedtimes were reached. I was glad it was my birthday, and what special gifts I came home with.
October 9, 2008
One of the hardest things about the past few weeks has been Josiah continuing struggle with being a student. Some kids fall naturally into this pattern, I believe Eden is more like this. Josiah is impossibly social, is always looking for action, and has almost no desire to "sit and do a nice little project". So of course these days are bitter sweet for me, as I send my son off to school where for 6-7 hours he is made to "sit and work on projects". And I get to stay at home with Eden who will sit and work on projects for an hour at a time. Of course Josiah gets a super long lunch, recess, and related arts (music, art, Spanish, gym). I am happy about my choice. Josiah is in the hands of caring professional educators who have communicated their desire to help him learn and grow even though they have 19 other students in the same room. It has been heart wrenching, and amazing at the same time. So here is a picture I snagged off of Battle Academy's Kindergarten newsletter. It's Josiah and a bunch of his classmates acting out a play during their library field trip. Josiah is the farmer, and he looks like he's having the most fun in the world.
And another proud moment for me is this drawing he brought home. Many of you may not understand. Josiah has been in Kindergarten for like 25 days, and he barely drew a thing before he started. Never willingly. He hardly wrote a single letter. And he never would choose a hand to write with enough for me to decide if he was right or left handed. Josiah's fine motor's are a smidge sluggish. I am not worried, I love him and he's doing great! This drawing is "A Stinky Whale". Isn't it great!!! He went into great description about the "poop" coming out of his tale, the green stink spray that was around him and the orange worms that he was eating and are swimming at the top. He also gave this poor whale a "sick eye" (pink eye in our house). He told me he collaborated with his buddy Patrick to come up with quite a descriptive, and boy-ish, creature. This mama artist is very proud, and encouraged.
October 7, 2008
This is in progress. I tried my derndest to get this to a state that I could take a picture for an Ann Nichols article. I hope it's alright enough for that. I've got a couple weeks before the drop off to tidy it up with nice little bits. Working at the easel usually means I'm sitting, on a pillow, sometimes with my friend the Hot Water Bottle on my lap or against my back. How do I do this to myself! For the love of art and progress. I really am proud of myself, I sit around plenty and little tiny bits of time to paint is worth it. This is the corner of E Main and Washington. Where the empty OCI buidling is. Nice and creepy eh? This painting will be at Create Here's final gallery show called "Scary Stuff". Cat's got some creepy trees going in and they got that cool haunted house look! I'm hoping to get started also on some Metros of Tokyo. If I can ever find a minute to hop to North Chatt and pick up my pictures. Ok, I have a wiggly daughter who is literally kicking the laptop. Gotta jam.
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October 1, 2008
I always feel dumb putting my birthday lists on my blog, but its easier than emailing and I can put links and pictures. Wheee! So I do have a button for an amazon wish list on the sidebar, but there are a few things that amazon just can't wish list for me so here some more. And for those of you that look at my list and say,"Uh, Kate, half the stuff isn't for you at all!" well, it kinda is, but this stuff most definately is for me!
1. A prenatal massage. Madia's is down the street!
2. A membership to the TN Aquarium, Nature Center or YMCA
3. A Maria Cardillo shower head photo that's framed. I liked the big ones, but the smaller ones are better for the homestead. And/or one of Laura Pettit's small abstracts. Love 'em.
4. A nice yummy home candle from Umbra
5. A Haircut
6. Gift Certificate for a great local restaurant
7. Mulch and weed under my bushes. I'm crazy, but self slavery is the greatest reflection of love.
8. A new lower back.
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