Thursday, August 28, 2008

We're here...

...and don't have internet at the house until Sunday, so if I've not answered e-mails and (obviously) haven't updated the blog, that's why! I'll get back on next week and update everyone. Things are going well - crazy of course, but that's moving for ya! And we better get used to it, right?! TTYS :-)

Monday, August 4, 2008

Mix-ins we tried today...

For lunch, I sauteed some yellow squash in olive oil with some seasonings, then offered both the sliced squash AND a grilled cheese with a few slices of the squash "snuck" in. He had a few bites of the grilled cheese, but seemed to gag on one of the pieces with a bigger slice of squash. So I'm wondering if I should try more finely dicing them next time. He didn't even try the squash that was separate, but I'm going to keep offering!

Now on to the success! I don't know if this is unique or not, but I mixed equal parts avocado and peanut butter together to make a dip for graham crackers (one of his favorite things). He seemed to LOVE it! He ate the whole dip, which was probably 3 T. all-together, making a nice brain-healthy snack. I'm keeping this one in our repertoire!

Sunday, August 3, 2008

Licking the bowl - our homemade popsicles!

I ran across a Popsicle mold at Target on clearance! It's been on my mind to get one, so I was thrilled to find it. So Friday afternoon I had Graeme "help" me mix some chocolate pudding up to make some "fudgesicles". And, of course, the reward for every good kitchen helper is licking the bowl - a first for him. It took a little bit of modeling for him to realize what I was giving first he just looked at the bowl and looked at me like, "It's empty, Mom." But then....

As you can imagine, he caught on pretty quickly!!!!!

How did he like our finished product, you ask? Well, if this picture is any sign, I think it was awfully YUMMY! Mama forgot a bib, but that poor outfit already had a juice stain on it - and thankfully, the chocolate came out pretty well. That's my boy! :-)

Womanhood: the Titus teaching

I have not posted much on this blog about what I believe regarding motherhood and womanhood - for many reasons, mainly because that is not the purpose for this blog.

But I simply cannot pass this article up - it is an excellent call to re-think how we young women are being taught motherhood. I have long believed that our disregard of the Titus model has caused Christ's Church much pain...we young women *crave* the instruction that God designed older women to be able to give. Indeed, we desperately need it! What 25 year old comes "naturally" equipped to know the ins-and-outs of motherhood LOL?! None of us! That's for sure.

It's a great read if you can carve out 10 minutes:
Older women likewise are to be reverent in their behavior, not malicious gossips, nor enslaved to much wine, teaching what is good, that they may encourage the young women to love their husbands, to love their children, to be sensible, pure, workers at home, kind, being subject to their own husbands, that the word of God may not be dishonored. [Titus 2:3-5]

According to this plan, who was to teach the womanly arts? Who was to teach the young women how to love and be subject to their husbands, how to love their children, how to be sensible, how to be pure, how to be a worker at home, how to be kind within the home and to extend kindness from the home? It was the older women. The womanly arts were to be transmitted from the older women to the younger women.

Please note that no male was assigned this task. It does not appear in the overseers' (pastors') job description. It does not appear in the older men's job description. It does not appear in the young men's job description. It does not appear in the bondslaves' job description.

The pattern for the church specified to Titus was that the womanly arts should be transmitted from godly older women to the younger women in the church--male involvement in this process is conspicuously absent from this plan.