Friday, March 20, 2009

Not a Bug Boy

When I was pregnant the first time around, T and I joked that we'd better have a boy so he could kill all the bugs and spiders for me when T was at work. Well, we have our boy now, but it seems there is little hope of employing him as my on-call exterminator. Even the tiniest fruit fly sends him into a tizzy of panicked, blood-curdling shrieks. Today I wanted to show him a cricket that was on the outside of our sliding glass door. I thought he would think it was neat, since we just checked out The Very Quiet Cricket, by Eric Carle, from the library yesterday, but no, he had the same response as usual, even though I explained that the cricket was outside and couldn't hurt him at all. I had to pull the blinds closed before D.L.F. would stop screaming. Hopefully he will outgrow his bug phobia soon!

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Free Audio Book Download

You will not want to miss this! Ten P's in a Pod is the true story of a family with eight children who traveled around the country in the 1950's giving gospel presentations, singing, and reciting huge chunks of Scripture. Their family was very dedicated to reading and memorizing God's Word, and their example of living by faith (they almost never knew where their next meal or money for gas would come from) is so encouraging.

I read the book a few months ago and really enjoyed it, so I was so excited to see that it's free to download this month at The audio book is read by the author, Arnold Pent III, and it includes some bonus material that is not found in the printed book.

You do have to input a credit card number, but the audio book is completely free:

Here's the link:

Ten P's in a Pod

HT: Kim at Life in a Shoe

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Cupcake at 10 Months

If T is the one to get the diapers out of the dryer, sometimes he puts Cupcake in the laundry basket and gives her a ride along with the diapers.


I usually wake Cupcake up at 5 AM to nurse her and put her right back to sleep, but this past Sunday, we woke up late enough that we let her stay up at that point...and she couldn't quite make it all the way to her 1 PM nap time!


Monday, March 09, 2009

Things Have Been Quiet

Things have been quiet on this blog lately, I guess because I've been feeling introspective and just not very chatty. I've been thinking a lot lately about habits and trying to break some of my bad ones. I've been doing a lot of reading and research about nutrition and exercise and I've made some positive changes (and lost ten pounds in the past month...but I still have a long way to go until I will really feel fit). I've been trying to eat more mindfully and be in tune with the way my body feels after eating certain foods. I've also been educating myself about conventional food production and why it really does make sense to spend extra on organic produce and hormone- and antibiotic-free meats when possible. The Meatrix is a good introduction to the unsanitary and inhumane practices of conventional meat production.

Friday, March 06, 2009

A Spring Poem

Through all the frozen winter
My nose has grown most lonely
For lovely, lovely colored smells
That come in springtime only.

The purple smell of lilacs,
The yellow smell that blows
Across the air of meadows
Where bright forsythia grows.

The tall pink smell of peach trees,
The low white smell of clover,
And everywhere the great green smell
Of grass the whole world over.

"Smells," by Kathryn Worth

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