In my favorite poem by Robert Frost, Nothing Gold Can Stay, he reminds us that like the seasons of nature, life is one season melting into another, and quickly fading away. This is my attempt to document each season in my life and my family.

A Few Random Thoughts

Filed under: Family,Kids,Quotes,Random Thoughts,Writing — Rachel at 1:23 pm on Monday, January 12, 2015

I’ve had a hard time getting into the swing of things since the kids went back to school. I slept late too often during their Christmas break, and it was hard for me…the total opposite of a morning person…to get used to getting up early again. I spent most of last week feeling tired. I did manage to write my first short story of 2015, though. I’m really happy with it, and am planning to submit it to a literary journal before the end of the month. I think it’s one of the best pieces I’ve ever written, and I’m pretty proud of it. Hopefully, someone else will agree with me. If it gets turned down by the journal that I’m submitting it to first, I’m going to submit it all over the place, since most lit mags accept simultaneous submissions.

My three little guys are playing basketball this year, and their first game is tonight. I’m pretty excited about it. They’re pretty cute playing. They’re all three on the same team, so that makes it easier on us. Kyra is playing this year as well, but she has only just had her first practice last night. I was surprised to see that she looks better than she did at the end of last year’s season. She has grown so much since then. I think that’s the biggest reason for her improvement. She’s not the shortest kid on the team this year! (I’m always hoping that my kids will not be short like me but that their dad’s genetics will take over in the height department.)

Speaking of height, Hailey has shot up recently. She is getting so tall! Just before Christmas, her pants fit perfectly. They were just the right size. Now, a couple weeks later, they are all an inch too short. These kids are breaking us up with their constant need to outgrow things!

I had two boys throwing up this morning, which is a terrible way to start a Monday. Elijah has a stomach bug, I think, because his dad had it over the weekend. So he had to stay home from school today. Logan, on the other hand, just has to take some really yucky tasting medicine and couldn’t hold it down the first time. My littlest guy has had severe stomach pain for a week. I took him to the doctor on Saturday. We aren’t sure what’s wrong with him. Doc thought it might be gastritis. He’s been on a bland diet over the weekend to give his tummy a break, and the doc put him on Zantac. So far, no real improvement, but last night was the first night he’s not went to bed at five p.m. I’d appreciate your prayers for him. If he isn’t showing a lot of improvement by tomorrow, I’m going to have to take him back to the doctor for some blood work and maybe some other tests, which I know he won’t enjoy.

Matt was gone for the weekend for ILE. Since our youngest three had practice and I also had my kids for the weekend since their dad had drill, too, I didn’t get to go along with Matt like I’ve been doing. It’s crazy how much you can miss someone when they are only gone for one night. He told me he didn’t sleep well that night, and it took me forever to finally get to sleep. I have gotten so used to sleeping next to each other, it’s hard to sleep when he’s not there. I just really don’t like being apart.

At church yesterday, the pastor was talking about our schedules, and I appreciated this quote from him: “Schedule what you want to be not what you have to do.”  I thought that was excellent, and went right along with what I’ve been thinking about in regard to my writing. Allowing myself to think of reading, writing and blogging as equally deserving of my time as cleaning house and running errands has made a real difference for me. I want to be a great wife and mother, but I also want to someday be a great writer. So, I’m building my schedule to allow me to do both.

That’s all the news from our crew for now!

Kids and Books

Filed under: Kids,Quotes,Reading — Rachel at 4:36 am on Wednesday, November 23, 2011

I want to have a bit of a discussion here if anyone is game. My nine year old daughter is a voracious reader, and I want to do everything I can to encourage that. So far, we’ve not had very many issues with her or Elijah wanting to read books that I don’t want them to read.
The only instances of that have been “Diary of a Wimpy Kid” books and “Big Nate”. I told them I don’t want them to read them. Not because they’re “bad” books, but because I don’t like the name-calling in them. Kids my kids’ ages are already prone to name-calling and making fun of each other, and I don’t want to reinforce that by reading books that seem to put an emphasis on calling people “morons” etc. I just don’t like rude kids. At all. So, that’s just a small thing, and I think I’m probably in the minority with it. I don’t like the “gross out” books that appeal to boys, but I wouldn’t tell Elijah he couldn’t read one if gross was the only issue. I can handle gross a lot better than rude. I would rather him read something with a little more substance, but I don’t want to put so many rules on reading that it takes the excitement out of it.
Another thing that hasn’t come up yet but that I have already made my mind up about is “Harry Potter”, “Twilight”, and other books about witchcraft, vampires, etc. I’m not into that. I don’t like it. I don’t want my kids to have a positive opinion of such things. I believe witchcraft is both real and wrong. I don’t want it glamorized for my kids. There will probably be a time when I lift that restriction and let my (older) children make their own choices about that genre of books, but it won’t be anytime soon.
So, besides rude and witchcraft, I’ve pretty much let them read whatever appeals to them. I’ve felt like those few restraints were pretty reasonable for nine and seven year olds. However, the other day, I came upon this quote by C.S. Lewis:

“I am a product […of] endless books. My father bought all the books he read and never got rid of any of them. There were books in the study, books in the drawing room, books in the cloakroom, books (two deep) in the great bookcase on the landing, books in a bedroom, books piled as high as my shoulder in the cistern attic, books of all kinds reflecting every transient stage of my parents’ interest, books readable and unreadable, books suitable for a child and books most emphatically not. Nothing was forbidden me. In the seemingly endless rainy afternoons I took volume after volume from the shelves. I had always the same certainty of finding a book that was new to me as a man who walks into a field has of finding a new blade of grass.”

This quote has really got me thinking. If a man like C.S. Lewis is the product of unrestricted access to any book he cared to read…well, I wouldn’t mind one of my children being the next C.S. Lewis. At the same time, I don’t think C.S. Lewis was wading through piles of asinine children’s books in his father’s library. Also, it was his father’s library and not the public library that he mentions, so I guess that implies a sort of screening of the books. Only the books his parents were okay with made it into the home, right?

So what do you guys think? I know that my readers come from lots of different places and viewpoints. What is important to you in regards to what your children read? Is it carefully pre-screened at your house or anything goes? Are there any topics that are taboo? Is there an age you have in your mind where you will give the kids the reins in the book selection process? Please share. I really want to get lots of comments and lots of points of view.

Love This!

Filed under: General,Quotes — Rachel at 9:36 pm on Monday, October 31, 2011

‎”There is a fresh I-don’t-care-ness that accompanies belief in the gospel. Whether you like me or not doesn’t matter, because my worth and my dignity and my identity are anchored in God’s approval. Christ won all of the approval and acceptance I need.”
–Tullian Tchividjian

Quote of the Day

Filed under: Quotes — Rachel at 7:28 pm on Thursday, October 14, 2010

“We profess to be strangers and pilgrims, seeking after a country of our own, yet we settle down in the most un-stranger-like fashion, exactly as if we were quite at home and meant to stay as long as we could.” – Amy Carmichael