Ginny is TWO months old

How did this happen? How did we go from “weeks” to MONTHS?

Don’t apply math or logic to that question folks. It was somewhat rhetorical. and besides I haven’t had a lot of sleep. I’m not even sure I am currently safe to use a word like rhetorical. It may be damaging to someone in my current state of consciousness.

Anyway, Ginny turned two months yesterday and of course that means that we break out the camera and inflict the pictures on all our friends and readers.

I love the look she is giving MAK in one of these photos. It looks like he said something that she found surprising.

I beg your pardon?

I beg your pardon?

And I know the outfit LOOKS pink. But actually it is a really light purple. Honest.

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singing through the pain

I don’t know if you have ever been in a choir gentle reader, but if you have you may understand this. There is a connection between a good director and his choir. It’s almost a relationship. And when the director moves on, away from a choir – for whatever reason – there is a grieving process.

Well, my church choir lost our director last week. Under really rotten circumstances. It was sudden. and it hurts.

Right before Christmas too.

Lovely.

Christmas is such a hard time of year to be hurting. Especially when you have to perform and help others to FEEL the good feelings that are supposed to be associated with this season. As a performer, you have to be emotionally open when you sing and right now most of us are clenching our teeth to keep from crying.

Makes it kinda difficult to emote, ya know?

Oh and in case you are wondering why I’m talking about this now, before Halloween. When I have such a huge hang-up about not doing anything Christmas-y too early? Well, because we were already working on Christmas music, one of the first comments from a fellow choir member when we found out about losing our director was “Well, now Christmas is going to suck”

um….yea. I thought. It is. ……oh crud.

But then I had to stop and really process that.

Christmas. the Celebration of the Birth of Christ was going to suck because of one man losing his job? a beloved and talented man, yes…..But dang it, this is NOT going to ruin Christmas.

Will it hurt sometimes to smile and sing? oh Yes. absolutely.

But there is a possibility that this year could turn out to be a very meaning-filled year for us. A chance to concentrate on God and His blessings with the strength born of desperation.

We NEED God to help us sing through Christmas this year. The ache in our hearts is instructive. It forces us to acknowledge just how much we need to keep our eyes turned to Christ. We are weak, but God is strong.

There is a great song, sung by Michael W. Smith that sort of encapsulates this for me. We are hurting. Tears are indeed falling. Violence has been done to our hearts. we SOOOOO need to hear from God. And in the midst of all this hurt, comes the celebration of Christ’s birth. The tiny baby, the tiny spark of hope and healing that will grow if we keep our eyes on HIM.

Thank you Jesus, for your timing and for your healing work that is already beginning. With absolute certainty, I claim your promise to speak to us and through us as a choir this season Lord. Bless us all. Every. Single. One.

Welcome to our world
(as performed by Michael W. Smith)

Tears are falling, hearts are breaking
How we need to hear from God
You’ve been promised, we’ve been waiting
Welcome holy child
Welcome holy child

Hope that you don’t mind our manger
How I wish we would have known
But long awaited holy stranger
Make yourself at home
Please make yourself at home

Bring your peace into our violence
Bid our hungry souls be filled
World now breaking heaven’s silence
Welcome to our world
Welcome to our world

Fragile fingers sent to heal us
Tender brow prepared for thorns
Tiny heart whose blood will save us
Unto us is born
Unto us is born

So wrap our injured flesh around you
Breathe our air and walk our sod
Rob our sin and make us holy
Perfect son of God
Welcome to our world.

voting

I don’t care who you vote for.

yes, you heard me.  I don’t care who you vote for.

AS LONG AS YOU VOTE

just Vote.

get out and do the thang folks.

I firmly believe that GOD raises up kings (or governments) and HE pulls them down (Daniel chapter 2) so for me voting is not so much about directing my country as it is about

EXERCISING my Civic Duty TO my Country.

It is my DUTY to express an opinion as a member of this extended government we are all supposed to be participating in.

So go out and participate.

For me, there are two ways my religion impinges on my vote:

1. the responsibility to find out as much as I can about the real stance and voting record of each candidate (not the spin or the commercials) and make a PRAYERFUL decision about who I feel lead to vote for

and (now this is the kicker)

2. to respect other people’s right to hold an opinion different from mine and STILL BE KIND AND COURTEOUS TO THEM.

Oh, and there is one more thing:

To support my government by obeying the laws and to Pray for the President.  With. Out. Ceasing.

No matter who ends up at the top of the heap when the dust clears next month.

desk work, a new perspective

Normally the phrase “hot for the holidays” to ME means that I am eager to get on with the decorating, baking and shopping….and… eating.  I’m really good at that last one.

But Missy over at “It’s Almost Naptime” has given the phrase a new meaning.

She is challenging herself and anyone who wants to join her to set themselves a goal and get, if not actually HOT by the time December 25th gets here, at least be hotter than we are now.

Since I have a new baby at home (did you know?) and I work, there is precious little time for sleep. Never mind any time for exercise. BUT I have jumped on the bandwagon over at Missy’s blog and I will do my best to become “hot for the holidays” along with her and fifty-some-odd of her closest friends.

So, since I have no time at home the only way I can get in any kind of work-out is to either use my baby girl as a kind of bizarre barbell, or find ways to stay in shape at work.

I know the exercises listed below are not gonna cause me to actually lose weight. But, if I can manage to do them regularly, maybe I won’t feel like such a blob at work and I just might increase some muscle tone. And as we all know, toned muscles burn more calories even at rest, so it’s all good. Instant psychological benefit and potential long term physical pay-off. I like it.

I’m posting these, not so that you can fly to Atlanta, come by my desk and make fun of me, but so that if anyone has any additional exercises to point out that can be done at work, I’d love to read them.   Specifically I need exercises for these flabby arms of mine.  But it can’t involve me looking like I’m trying to communicate with my computer via semaphore.  It has to be subtle enough to be done at my desk without a casual passer-by noticing what I’m up to.  Anybody got any ideas?

Just post them to the comments section.

Exercises for the work environment

1. Kegels. Not just for pregnant ladies anymore. You could look at them as kind of a private crunch. One that no-one but you knows you are doing. Just do them sitting at your desk.

2. Wall Push-Ups. Stuck in an elevator? Waiting for your morning coffee to brew? Do some push-ups against a wall. Be careful to maintain good form.

3. Take the Stairs. Simple. If you can’t do them fast (and who can really?) or don’t want to arrive at your meeting all sweaty, try for slow, controlled movements. Even going down the stairs can be a good quad workout if you take it slooooow.

4. Leg Extensions. On hold forever? While sitting at your desk, raise your right foot to vertical, tensing the quad. Hold for a count of 5. Relax. Repeat for 20 reps. Switch to the left leg.

5. Heel Raises. Waiting for the copier? Try going up on your toes (both feet) and holding that for a count of 5. Repeat till your copier job is done.

baby shower

Some folks at my church threw a baby shower for us this Sunday. It was fun. There was tons of food, lots of laughter and plenty of friends….okay and loot.  there is always loot at a shower. 😉

To celebrate, here are some photos.

The shot of Martin with the radio-flyer is him reading the card from his siblings and the cousins. I wish I had the text of the card with me this morning. It was very funny and sweet.

Thank you to everyone who helped, gave gifts or came and gave us the gift of your presence. It was very much appreciated. Thank you also to those who couldn’t make it, but sent notes and cards. We are constantly overwhelmed by the love being shown to us and our beautiful little Ginny.

And now for the biggest thank you of all:

The group shot has us all waving ’cause we were waving to Mel & Steve and telling them once again how grateful we all are for the gift of Ginny.

just becasue

Just because……

  • I haven’t posted a photo of my daughter in days.
  • She is incredibly adorable
  • I have a very handsome husband who gains even more handsome points when holding the baby
  • The look on Ginny’s face as she stares adoringly up at Martin is inspiring
  • Ginny is EIGHT weeks old today

but mostly because…..

  • Missy will personally fly to Atlanta and string me up if I don’t post a photo of Ginny at least every third day or so.

Here is a picture of Ginny from last week that I messed around with in Photoshop to make it look like a painting.  I think it came out rather well.  Enjoy.