Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Respectful Evangelism

Today three very polite LDS missionaries knocked on my door. I don't typically answer the door during the day. When I saw who it was I hurriedly said, "I don't have time for this today!" and quickly closed the door.

One of them yelled after me, "Is there anything we can help you do?"

I thanked them and told them no. Again, yelling as I walked away from the door.

I really did not have time today to talk with them as I was getting ready to leave to go grocery shopping.

Honestly,I don't like people knocking on my door, if I don't know them, for any reason and have never liked this method of evangelism. I personally don't find it effective. But that is just my introverted opinion.

But, the sincere offer for help when it was obvious I was in a hurry has truly stuck with me today. I honestly think if I had said they could have helped, they really would have done whatever task I needed done. That was a much more meaningful form of evangelism than anything they could have told me about their denomination's specific beliefs.

Jenn- Posted from my iPhone

Monday, February 18, 2013

Happy Valentine's Day

In case you are not on my Christmas card mailing list, or if you received a empty envelop from our family, sorry Kellys,  this week, here is our Valentine's Day greetings to you.

No, I didn't get these out by Christmas.  Luckily several years ago I learned that Christmas cards didn't have to be Christmas cards.  In fact, I kind of like sending them on a different holiday when the card is one of a handful that arrive, instead of getting lost with all the others that arrive at Christmas. 

The picture was taken at Jo's Coffee on South Congress in Austin.  It seemed like a good spot for a Valentine's Day card.  It was very popular and there were several other people taking pictures there that day.

If you did not receive a card and would like to be on my holiday card mailing list (notice I didn't call it the Christmas card list) send me an email and I'll add you.

I hope everyone had a great Valentine's Day.

Thursday, February 14, 2013

A New Use for Duct Tape

Mom is currently going through chemotherapy for breast cancer. She is doing great and her prognosis is wonderful.

I'm currently visiting to hang out and see for my own eyes how she is handling the chemo.

Mom's hair has been falling out for a few weeks now. She had it buzzed before it started to fall out. What hair is left is prickly and itchy and driving her crazy.

Today we got out the duct tape and "waxed" her head. I'd take a strip, apply it against the grain, smooth it down good, then rip it off.

It was actually kind of fun. We laughed bunches. She said it didn't hurt and she says it feels much better now.

Mom and Sherri, tried this method a few weeks ago but didn't have as much success as the hair was shorter. Sherri, where did you come up with this method?

Jenn- Posted from my iPhone

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

I Love You the Most

I promise this is the last post on the kids 14 Days of Valentine's.

Honestly, when I saw this idea I thought it was cute but too much work. I wasn't going to do it. Over lunch, at the end of January, my friend Dianne said she was going to do it and urged me to give it a go myself.

I'm so glad I listened to her! My kids have absolutely loved it. They are very excited each day to see what I write. If I'm behind on getting them done, they remind me. The girls love to compare each other's each day, which definitely keeps it challenging for me.

I'm traveling this week. One of the girls' biggest concerns about me being gone was who would do their valentines.

When I told Ruby it was going to be Daddy she was not very confident in his ability. She inquired if I had taught him how to do them. I assured her I had. Actually, I did them for him. All he has to do is tape them on their doors. I think he is up to that challenge. And, he has plenty of other things to keep him busy while I'm gone.

A couple of days ago I decided to basically tell each child they were my favorite. That day they received the following:

Ruby: I love you the most

Eliza Claire: I love you the best

Charlotte: I love you the highest

Rehm: I love you the greatest

That night Ruby asked, "Do you really love me the most?"

I replied, "Yes! I love you the most. And, I love Eliza Claire the best. And, I love Charlotte the highest. And, I love Rehm the greatest."

"But, you love me the most, Mommy?" She insisted.

"Yes, Ruby, I most certainly do!"

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Thursday, February 07, 2013


It's been a long and full day. Many things did not get done that should have.

After coming home around 9:45 from a meeting, I should have made time for laundry,

And dishes, I won't show you but it's as bad as the laundry.

Instead, I did today's Valentines,

And worked on Eliza Claire's sleepover bag, it's almost done.

Yes, the house is a mess, but my kids feel loved and important. The other stuff can wait.

Jenn- Posted from my iPhone

Tuesday, February 05, 2013

Now for a Nicer Parenting Moment

Thanks to Pinterest I have been posting hearts with messages on each child's door this month. Actually, I have to post Rehm's in his room as it embarrasses him to have them on his door.

They all love it, but the girls are actually vocal about it. They love to check and see if they've gotten new messages and what everyone's say.

In fact, they love it so much they have started leaving hearts for us on our door.

Now, I have to admit, it is really hard to come up with 14 things per child that are special and not going to make anyone feel left out. Does that make me a bad mom? It should be easy to come up with 14 things I love about each kid, right? But it is so hard. Would it be easier if I had fewer children? I don't know but it makes me feel like I'm doing it wrong.

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Confessions of Tsumommy

My Mother-In-Law gave me this comic strip about a year ago.  I promptly hung it on my refrigerator.  It is still there today.

Since seeing the comic strip I have taken Tsumommy on as one of my many nicknames.  I've even asked to have it put on a personalized license plate on my van.  My dear husband assures me there are better uses of our money than to have a personalize license plate.  Maybe a bumper sticker or some kind of window decal with a wave and a Tsumommy Warning.  Oh, I know, the Tsunami warning sign with a wave with a mom head and kids running screaming away.


I did notice that there is a book out called Tsumommy:  Riding the wave of Motherhood when I was on Google trying to find the  Baby Blues comic strip.  I haven't read it but think I might have to at some point.  It came out prior to the Baby Blues comic strip so I guess I need to give it credit for the term.

Today has been a major TsuMommy kind of day.  The kids are out of school for three consecutive teacher work days and they are driving me crazy.  They are whiny and bickering and messy.
This morning they were going to play Wii but could not get any remote controls to work.  When I went to investigate I found a huge mess of poorly taken care of components and games and I was TsuMommy.

I'm so over them not taking care of their stuff.  I'm very close to packing up all the games, controllers and console and selling it all.  Of course when something doesn't work they have no clue why that might be the case.  Even when telling me about it they are standing on a Wiimote!

The solution today is they all lost electronic privileges.  And if any Wiimotes or other components need to be purchased it will be from their collective allowance.  I am not spending more money on this for them to continue to throw it on the floor and walk over it.

Yep, TsuMommy is in the house today!  It's a shame, as I really don't like her. 

Monday, February 04, 2013

Overheard in the Van

While driving around this afternoon, the girls were talking about school. Charlotte mentioned playing Jeopardy in math.

Ruby: What's Jeopardy?

Charlotte: It's a game show on TV that old people watch.

Grandpa, I think she may be referring to you. And I guess Rehm has been old since he was a toddler. He loves that show.

Jenn- Posted from my iPhone