The truth as I know it:

We witness a miracle every time a child enters into life. But those who make their journey home across time & miles, growing within the hearts of those who wait to love them, are carried on the wings of destiny and placed among us by God's very own hands. ~~~ Kristi Larson

Thursday, April 09, 2009

It was bound to happen....

Well, it really is no surprise that I stained my favorite t-shirt this week. It's bound to happen when you absolutely live in something. I should have known not to dye Easter eggs in this shirt! Now I'm limited to my long-sleeve billboard shirt even though it's warm outside and spring has clearly arrived here (see photo of the tree right outside my front window above.) Is it a frivolous use of my money to buy ANOTHER shirt (Brian don't answer that), even though the money will go to a good cause? Hmmm? Crazy Love didn't address such specifics. Maybe the Bible has something on going overboard on a particular topic... must get back to you on that one.

We did have fun dying the eggs though. Even though they turned out a little less than gorgeous.

I did NOT predict that my parents would surprise me with a visit yesterday. I was sitting on the window seat in the kitchen watching the kids play when the back door opened and it was my Mama! I was so happy to see her. I didn't know they were going to stop in Nashville on their way home from visiting our family in Alabama. They were going to my brother's baseball game (he coaches in a neighboring county) and spending the night at a resort here, but they didn't tell me. So it was a very nice treat for me and the kiddos to have them for a couple of hours. A welcome diversion right in the middle of Spring Break week. And they brought Webkinz for Liam and Connor, which was perfect timing because they had JUST asked for them this week when they discovered that their other Webkinz had expired. Thanks Meme and Pepaw!

The other thing that I could have predicted this week? I "lost" two followers on my blog. Maybe it's a total coincidence that I blog about my faith and try to dispel some long-held myths and two folks sign off on the same week. I don't want to be one of those paranoid people who think everything is connected to some perceived injustice. However, I can't help but wonder. Maybe they just tired of my ranting. Maybe they just didn't find the content interesting. Maybe they are struggling with conviction regarding orphans and couldn't stand the constant barrage of pleas. I don't know. I just know they are gone without so much as a good-bye and it seems very coincidental that I mention Catholicism, in an environment where I know Catholics to be highly misunderstood, and they slip away in silence. Jesus said it would be this way if we followed Him, though, so I am not concerned. I will continue to spill what's on my heart and He will continue to use it as He will. It's hard, though, not to want 5,000,000 followers. It's hard not to be a little excited when you see someone else has decided they "like" what you're saying enough to officially say it. But, that's the danger and the trap of popularity, it can so easily become about ME and not Him, so I am not going to fret about it. I just noticed it and noted the odd timing and thought it was worth mentioning. Because I think He wants us to be loving one another, not trying to find reasons to disagree over how it "looks."

One thing I did NOT predict was how well my THREE kiddos would get along. That's Maggie for giving Jack a much needed vacation from little siblings. She came up this week for a meeting and took Jack home with her for a little break of his own. And she also bought me two pairs of shoes and new purse while she was here, after taking ALL of us (our family and Brian's sister's family) out to dinner. Thanks Maggie! But the other three left behind are having a very unusually perfect week of cooperation and love. It's a perfect storm, the stars must be aligned or God has taken mercy on me in my allergenic/head-ache ridden state and my children have been the picture of sibling love and cooperation. This only happens once in every mother's lifetime, so I feel very sure I should mark the date on my calendar and remember it every year with some sort of pilgrimage or burnt offering!

Maybe it's the power of the sunglasses. You know, the new glasses that Jack just HAD to go to the mall (bleck) to buy and then all the kids just HAD to spend their OWN money to have a pair too... well, maybe I paid for Meg's, but the rest of the kids definitely paid me back for their $7 worth of cool! Nothing says Spring Break at home like watching TV in your new shades!

But even super heroes need their rest. A long day of perfect harmony takes it's toll, even on Super Man. That, I could have definitely predicted!

Matthew 28:6

"He is not here; he has risen, just as he said. Come and see the place where he lay."


Becky and Keith said...

I'm sorry you lost two followers. I'm still here!!!! And yes, you really SHOULD go buy another favorite shirt. Of course, you'll have to wear it twice as often to get it back into "favorite shirt" wear category. Brian will totally understand. :-)

Tiger & Kar said...

I'm still here also!! And I second Becky - - by all means go buy another favorite shirt. Brian will eventually understand.


Carol said...

Buy your shirt - we mamas need to take care of ourselves too - as a I eat a pudding cup with P is napping - hehe don't tell. We each have a shirt now, you can still wear the stained one, it means it has been loved. Oh the kiddos are growning, how is P's little girlfriend?

Kim Abraham said...

Wait a minute... did you just say Webkins expire??? Oh dear!

I for one enjoyed your recent posts and even learned a few things.

P.S. How do you know exactly who is following your blog?

Kristine said...

Girl, I love ya just the way you are!

Yes, buy a new shirt...its important.

Love the piggies on Meg!


Come see pics...

Lindsay said...

Happy Easter to you and all the family. Can't believe how much Meg has grown!

Kristine said...

Ok...somehow when I tried to be a follower of your blog when I logged some point with my google account..I am Boomer Sooner...just in case you are wondering who that is and yes, I am an Oklahoma fan. :)

Anonymous said...

okay, I have no idea what a blog follower is. is that a blogspot thing? I appreciated your posts and now that my house is calm & quiet, I'm looking forward to reading through them again.

I've got to know where to find this "$7 worth of cool" at the mall! My child has exactly that and is on the prowl for sunglasses! too funny!

Meghan, Bill and Nick said...

Ondrea, thanks for your comment. I don't know how you haven't seen my blog before, maybe because I have very low readership (smile!). You asked about our son's heritage. His birth mom is from Turkmenistan, bordering Uzbek. I think our children do have similar features and Meg is adorable.
You have a beautiful family!

I have enjoyed reading your blog and have learned much from you along the way. I appreciate the fact that you don't seem to hold much back and are very strong in your convictions! Thank you for being so open!

Anonymous said...

Maybe the readers whom you lost came to your blog to read cute kid stories, or to follow Meg's progress since she came home. I know that's why I read it.

It's wonderful that you have strong faith and want to spread the word, but honestly, that's not what I'm looking for in the blogs that I read. I'm looking for a little entertainment when I'm drinking my coffee or have a few minutes to waste on the computer.

I'll confess that I skip the 'churchy' posts but read the cute kid posts. I hope that doesn't hurt your feelings.