The Googegs - Strangers in the World

The Googegs - Strangers in the World

Saturday, November 14, 2009

Mama's Birthday

My birthday was November 13 and it was a wonderful day. Actually, it started the night before when Braydon was moved to pray

"Thank you, Lord, that you have allowed Mom to make it to 44."

I don't usually retort a child's prayer, but it slipped out of my mouth a little too quick,

"Not yet, buddy!"

Well, Praise God, the sun rose the next day and indeed I made it to 44.

My girls made me the most beautiful cake:

We had a lot of fun just hanging around the table:

Some of my best gifts were kisses:

Back at ya' baby!


My official gift was a new set of kitchen knives. Something that I really needed. Ricky seemed to think they were cool too:

In the evening my Ladies Small Group Bible Study came over. Not to celebrate my birthday in particular, but our group takes a hiatus over the holidays and will not pick up again until February. At the last dinner party we enjoy each other and reveal who our "secret sisters" have been for the last 8 weeks or so.  I have never been so blessed as I have been by this group of women. When we came back to this church, my first question was do you still have small group. Then I racked my brain to figure the schedule out around my kids. These women pray, listen, cry, laugh and generally hold each other up as we walk along the road towards Christ. I say things there that I would not say anywhere else and I know that what is said in small group stays in small group. I love my sisters and it was a double blessing to have them on my birthday. Thank you ladies for a wonderful evening.

All I can say about the next few pictures is: be careful when you leave the tribe alone with a camera.

Monday, November 9, 2009

Hard Tellin', Not Knowin'

I was thinking today about silly phrases I say to my children all the time like:

"I'm gonna snatch a knot in your tail."

That was something my Dad used to say and I still say, but the kids know that it is all in fun.

Or after a really crazy and obvious lie, my eyes get big and I say, "Do I have 'stupid' written on my forehead?"

And occassionally I have to tell them, "Sorry, hon, I speak English." After they have mumbled something unintelligible that they assume I have totally understood.

One of my favorites though is, "Hard tellin', not knowin'" Which I got from an old TV show. It is so true, because we want to know how so many things are going to turn out.  "What will happen if..." "Mom, do you think it might..."

"I don't know. Hard tellin' not knowin.'"

But, some things we can know for sure. Those things I am trying desparately to pass to my children. These things I know.  I wrote some of them in my post on the The Last Mama.  At my church Sunday we had a visitor sing a powerful song by The Martins called "The Promise".  Our family sits in the second pew -- which really ought to be the first since no one sits in front of us. I was not prepared for what came my way. I looked into the choir and I saw eyes closed, heads bowed and tear stained cheeks. The tears simply ran from my eyes.

All the things that song promises are for us from Jesus Christ as our savior. He never promises us earthly riches or freedom from troubles. He does most certainly promise that we will never be without him. The last stanza:

I didn't say you'd never taste the bitter kiss of death
Or have to walk thru chilly Jordan to enter into rest
But I did say I'd be waiting right on the other side
And I did say I'll dry every tear you've cried

I have a Mama's heart. I want them to know I will always be here for them, but the truth is... I will be gone someday. I am trying to lead them to the one that will, absolutely, never leave them. I have told them that I know where I am going when I do leave, I want to see them there. I am going home and my final address is in heaven, please make it home.

If you have few minutes, click the link on the title above -- oh and grab a tissue first!

Friday, November 6, 2009

Educating Mama

I love to read. I really want my kids to love to read. I am having some success, my older two are voracious readers.

Recently, Jerome and I have tried scheduling time, individually, with our children to foster bonding. With Adela and Mary I have times to work in the kitchen together preparing a meal. I am amazed at how much they are learning and enjoying our times together.

With Riane I am having a more loose time. We meet together once a week to pray and discuss whatever is on her mind. Lately, she has asked me to watch a few old musicals with her -- something we both enjoy. We have also decided that I will read some of the same books with her for fun. I tend to read non-fiction books. The last one I picked up was all about Polio, its spread in the US and the hunt for a vaccination. I found it fascinating. Riane's response was, "Only you would read a book about Polio!"

"So, what are you reading, what are we going to start with for discussion?"


"Hamlet??"  I haven't read Shakespeare since college. Well, I am reading it now. I am still reading it. She has gleefully finished, went on to polish off Wuthering Heights and is now reading Jane Eyre. Okay, I'll admit it, I am struggling to keep up.

I am being out read by 15 year old. So, keep an eye on my "What I've Been Reading" sidebar. It's definitely going classic.