Well it’s been another busy week to say the least. It came off of a busy weekend and I’m sure with all that is planned (baby shower, company in town, etc.) this weekend to come will be busy too. It’s good sometimes to have things going on, but it’s also nice not to have anything on the table because it gives you breathing room.
Another thing I’ve found is when I’m busy and I have every detailed planned out in my life, it really hinders me from being open to what God really wants for my life. That is something that I have realized as I get frustrated when things don’t turn out the way I think they should. I tend to do this with people I love too. When I have someone that is leaning on me for support because they are having a difficult time, instead of praying for them and giving it up to God, I take personal ownership of it and make it “my project” to help them get out of their difficult time. When in actuality, I should be letting God handle it. Those of you that know the situation that my mother is in, know where I’m coming from. Some things you just can’t plan out the way the coin will fall. I have the tendency to get stressed out when things don’t happen as planned, but who’s plan am I going by anyways? I feel that God has a bigger plan and if I just trust in him, he will take care of everything.
My little sister whom I love and adore spent the weekend with us this past weekend. Since she’s in a tough situation right now we decided to spoil her and show her as much love as we could. I think we succeeded. Friday night we took her to see the movie Up 3D. She really enjoyed it and we giggled on the way home reminiscing on the talking dog and the silly movie antics. We also took her to Target to get her some new clothes for school. She was really excited about that because she’s use to going to thrift stores and getting clothes second hand (not that there’s anything wrong with that) and for once enjoyed “new” clothes. Sunday we all went to church together and heard a great message from a guest speaker who on paper “had it all” but it wasn’t until he hit rock bottom that he learned to lean on God. Isn’t that so true? How come we are so hard headed? I got a lot of great notes on how to help recover from a difficult situation that I found really helpful. So, back to spoiling my lil sis; I thought that she would really enjoy a manicure/pedicure so I took her to the nail salon for her very first. She beemed as she got her arms and legs massaged and got a pretty shade of pink on her toes finished off with a cute little flower on her big toes! It just made me remember when I came to Atlanta to live with my Aunt Marie and how she introduced me to my first pedicure. I’m still forever greatful for that!
Dan was able to reimage an older laptop that we own and give to Amanda as well. She’s been needing one for a while for school and this one is in great shape. It’ll be perfect for her to use for her projects and research as she heads into her first year of Middle School. It was so nice to be able to visit with her over the weekend and hopefully she was able to leave her issues aside for a weekend and focus on her own happiness.
Dan and I took the “Baby Basics” class on Saturday morning. It was really informative and probably one of the best classes we’ve had so far. The lady teaching it was extremely thorough and explained everything really well. We learned everything from feeding to diapering to how to calm your baby. We got the DVD “The Happiest Baby on the Block” where we learned the 5 S’s to trigger the calming reflex. Swaddling, Side or Stomach position, Shhh’ing, Swinging, and Sucking. It was simply amazing to see these technicques used on screaming babies and within minutes have them quiet into a calm happy state. I just can’t wait to swaddle our little squiggles.