~Capturing the context of contentment in every day life~
~Every Thursday at Like Mother, Like Daughter~
Sunday was such a pretty day, balmy and not cold at all. We decided it was the perfect day to take one of our long hikes at Hagerman.
Still stitching away at Benjamin's stocking. I'm going backward through the family, Ben up to Pete. I've always wanted to make these but never felt I had the time and realized if I had just started on them, many would be done by now. The kids each picked out their stocking (except Noah, he is getting a Noah's Ark stocking) and I'm loving this project. It's the 80's teen in me I'm sure. I spent many a night sitting on the couch with my Mom watching Dallas, Fantasy Island, or on Saturday SNL, and Night Tracks (pre-MTV days) cross stitching while my Dad worked late nights as a Deputy Sheriff (so we always had the scanner going too). Those are good memories and working on this project takes me back there.
We decided over the Holiday's to quit sitting on the fence about 'do we have time to add one more thing' etc...etc... This guy really needed something that was his. He is uniquely sandwiched between the only girl in the family and the baby. We wanted him to have something special, and have been thinking and praying about this for a while. When talking to a dear friend and the mother of one of his good friends the idea of giving Scouts a try formed. Pete and I discussed it, contacted the troop that his friend is a part of and they had an opening. So voila, our guys is a Bear Cub now.
Just in time for the Pinewood Derby
He is beyond excited about this and already enjoying the activity of creating his derby car.
I think we've made a good decision here, Scouts is already making him very happy.
We are having a fun time finding these meme's and signs on the web.
We didn't get Samwise to be an alarm system, but we are loving the German Shepherd Community..
and how protective this breed is. Meanwhile....
does this look very 'alarm system` worthy'?
Nope, and we like that just fine.
He did about bust out our window yesterday because a stranger was walking through our yard...the stranger was 2 and had gotten away from her mother. I was like "Really, Sam - a 2 year old??" and he just kept giving me this confused puppy look of "wait, that was wrong?" and he continues to be scared of poodles at the park while Linus is saying "he doesn't realize he is a German Shepherd does he"...we love this dog and all the comic relief he brings to our every day.
Sam, Ben and the garbage debate...every. single. day...they could sit there for ever waiting to see if Sam will go for it or not - while Ben keeps telling him "nope, no, don't do it' and then laughs his head off when Samwise goes for it....ugh!
The brouhaha over the remarks made by Pope Francis this week caused quite a stir. I want to clarify that the Pope did not depart from church teaching and the whole idea of having a large family has actually been supported and praised by the Pope.
I receive far more sweet and kind comments about my family nowadays, and oh my goodness do I love that.
I was the target of some pretty nasty comments back when I had lots of little, little boys and seemed to be consistently pregnant. When hormones are at their worst and children are having a bad day, that is when some mean spirited person would swoop in and zing me - and the 'be like rabbits' media spin 'breed like rabbits' comment took me right back there.
You see, I understand all the nuances and deeper layers of church teaching and the context to which the Pope was speaking...but the person who wants to use those words to justify their saying something about my family size or 'responsible procreation (if they even know that word)' is going to now feel like they can, because they are not going to investigate all the context and nuances - they are just going to stand on their soapbox and now quote my own Pope to do so - and that is what I have a problem with. I would NEVER pretend to think I had a right to tell someone else how many children to have or how to live their life but because I have a large family or 'a litter' (yes, that one has been used to describe my family. 'or breed like a rabbit' (yes, that one too) now their is an assumed justification by the ignorant in not holding back and zinging that poor pregnant Mama while she shuffles along her little ones...and that is what pains me about the whole thing.
Do not use the Pope's words to inflict pain on a Mama.
It is ignorance that hurts the most about the whole thing, because the ignorant will be the ones to use such commentary to hurt.
~Love one another~
Besides, having lots of children....many never get to experience this and I realize how blessed I am to have been given this gift.
Who else but older brothers would help all the younger ones when a hike becomes too long...
and you just want to be held for a while.
A brother can carry you and does not feel burdened by your weakness.
We need to do that for one another~
Please join Leila for today's PHFR.