Thursday, July 16, 2009


It's mid-July isn't it? Hannah's been swimming every morning at her lessons and I think our goal of having her swimming this summer is about 80% attained. She has her last lesson tomorrow and after two weeks of having to be somewhere everyday, I feel like I just found a routine. And that routine didn't involve much blogging. So here's what we've been up to the last month or so.

In June, when the weather was beautiful and mild, Jason and I attended his uncle's wedding. It was on a harbor cruise in Long Beach. Phillip got to come along for the ride. It was a "Hawaiian Attire" affair and Jason went to thrift store and found this shirt, which if you know that my husband wears a gray shirt pretty much everyday, this would make you chuckle. It ended up being a fine purchase because just a month later we had another party to go to with the same theme. My dress happened to be thrifty as well because I've owned it for at least 8 years, which is amazing because I bought it at one of those cheap teeny bopper stores, and I am stunned it hasn't fallen apart after all this time. Hooray for being frugal!
Friday nights have recently been designated S Family Game Night. H has lots and lots of games, and so often she'll ask to play and J and I are busy doing something else, or we just plain don't feel like it. In an effort to not be boring parents who are always putting stuff like that off, we have started this tradition and it's been really fun. The kids really look forward to it.
For the 4th we stuck close to home and walked to the parade our city has in the morning. They were so excited to wave their flags.

Here are J, Phillip, and my pop.

Phil is getting to be so jolly (and tubby). He makes us all swoon when he smiles.

We've got loads to be thankful for. The past several weeks we've been on a roller coaster ride with ideas and schemes of trying to move, not move, add on, not add on, and on an on. Be glad I spared you all of that on this blog. If you are my real-life friend, sorry I didn't, and please forgive me. For now, we are staying put and making do, and being grateful for what we have. I just read this passage in Molly Sabourin's book Close to Home:

It's nuts around here-I've had four hours of sleep, the children are all bickering, no one is pleased about my dinner plans, and there is a fork in the road, two paths to choose from: resentment or the illogical thankfulness found only in relation to the Kingdom of heaven. Spiritually, emotionally, physically stay in the thick of it, and find Christ-designing the daily ups and downs that will most effectively strip me of the longing to be anywhere but in His presence. It's not always pretty, but today I'll take authentic purpose over fleeting glamour, and pray tomorrow for the strength to do the same.

Been there? I'm having a beautiful day so far, but these days do come. I'm going to strive for the thankful road myself and be at peace.

God bless you and thanks for reading my blog!


Blogger Yara said...

: )
if you have time to see my blog, you'll understand

5:37 PM  
Blogger Maria Nichole Ham said...

"...and find Christ-designing the daily ups and downs that will most effectively strip me of the longing to be anywhere but in His presence."

Words for me to live by...thanks for posting. I always love reading your thoughts.

Love you :)

6:23 PM  
Blogger Jamie said...

You have such a great heart Lauren. I admire your striving. Striving to be positive. Striving to be the best mom and together the best parents.

BTW, I don't mind your talking about these things. I do it too and it's how I process stuff and figure out my next step.

I like your family game night idea. We really need to do something like this too.

9:02 PM  
Blogger jenny baker said...

thank you so much for including the word 'tubby' in your blog. it made my day. :)

10:38 PM  
Blogger ::Sylvia:: said...

What a beautiful photo of you guys! The wedding must have been beautiful!

Candy Land is a favorite in our house too, right alongside of Chutes and Ladders. :)

7:55 AM  
Blogger Therese said...

I just love your family. Its so great to read your thoughts. Hugs!!

11:48 PM  
Blogger Molly Sabourin said...

Hi Lauren! Thank you so much for reading my book and for introducing me to your sweet blog and family! Your children, well all of you, are adorable! That was my daughter, Mary, by the way in the brown floral dress. It was a hand-me-down from her older cousin and we both love it! Blessings to you!

With much love in Christ,

Molly Sabourin

9:26 PM  
Blogger Xenia Kathryn said...

Okay, James and Philip are TWINS separated by 2 years! Wow. Hannah looks just like them, too :)

Nice work on using the dress again. It's rather amazing how some "cheap" clothing items end up lasting for YEARS! Unless, of course, it's a grubby t-shirt that my husband has hoarded since the SIXTH GRADE and continues to wear....OY! :)

You all look great! Wonderful post!

12:30 AM  
Blogger Michelle M. said...

Love the update :) I really need to get a copy of that book- it sounds wonderful! I hope you all enjoy the rest of your summer.

5:02 PM  

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