Thursday, January 31, 2013

Thursday Thoughts

Today isn't really my day. Nothing has gone wrong but it just feels like the black cloud has parked itself over me and no matter how hard the wind blows it's here to stay for a while. Days like this aren't much fun. It's a constant struggle for me to not let things that should not bother me... bother me. There is some hope though... I talked to a pharmacist that many friends have recommended. He specializes in hormonal imbalance and the more I read about it the more I think that that could be what is wrong with me.

Symptoms that I experience... headaches, fatigue, mood swings, depression and I think there were more. After talking with the pharmacist I left with a natural solution... or hopefully it will be a solution. I'll give it a try for a while and see if there are changes. If there are I will be sure to let you all know about it.

Until then I'll just keep hoping that I wake up on a sunny beach somewhere. Today more than ever I am missing the warmth of the sun on my skin. I am a sunshine girl for sure.

A day like this would be so refreshing right now...

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I'm having a fun time putting together my package of favorite things to send off to my swap partner!! And I'm excited to get a fun package in the mail sometime soooon!

Fun mail always makes my day.




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Superbowl this weekend. Us Pittsburgh fans have a hard dilemma on our hands. Do we root for the team that would have as many superbowl rings as the Steelers if they win? Or do we root for our greatest rival? Perhaps we'll just eat good food and pretend it doesn't really happen.

But here's the hardest news about the superbowl...

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 (Photos from The A21 Campaign)

Slaves... in AMERICA! 

So... while this weekend may be nothing more than fun and games for most... so many will just be living a continuation of their nightmare. I'm not trying to make it so that you aren't able to enjoy the superbowl, the parties, the food. But do, please, be aware of what else is going on. 

Become educated about sex trafficking. If you see something suspicious call the trafficking hotline to report it so that someone can look into it...  888-373-7888  (just put that number in your cell phone... even if you live in the middle of nowhere. You never know when it might come in handy!)

Louisanna, I know I have some readers from that state... that is where the superbowl is coming. And with it will come sex slaves. Girls as young as 12 and 13 years old being bought and sold for sex. Please pass the hotline number onto your friends. That simple thing... a moment to pass on a number and create some awareness... could save a life.  

I'll be writing more about sex trafficking sometime in the near future. It's hard to get my thoughts together on it and then communicate them clearly. But it is something that needs to be discussed so I will continue working on it until it comes together.


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Whew... this is kind of a downer of a post! I didn't intend for it to be that. I'm off to put on some cozy clothes, snuggle up in my afghan that I MADE! and do some crocheting. Made a cup cozy last night. I think I need to make some more. And I need to continue working on the new afghan I started. I'm kind of obsessed... and I never even though I would finish that first baby one I started!

How are you doing today?

Wednesday, January 30, 2013

God is...

Back in November we had a Butler Praise and Coffee meeting where we discussed who God is. During the month of December we posted a letter each day and everyone continued in the discussion as we shared names of God and adjectives that describe him. We came up with a wonderful list and I just want to share it with anyone who might be interested.



A – Almighty, All-knowing, Adonai, Admirable, Awesome, Advocate, Amazing, Abba, Alive, Always

B – Beautiful, Bountiful Bestower, Bright Morning Star, Believable, Bold, Bread of Life, Bridegroom, Blesser, Best Friend

C – Constant, Counselor, Comforter,  Creator, Caring, Covenant Keeper, Compassionate, Chief Cornerstone, Courageous Crusader, Calming Source, Cleanser, Champion, Commander, Convicter,

D – Daddy, Deliverer, Defender, Director of Steps, Defeater of Death, Delights over us, Desire of all nations, Dedicated, Divine, Discipliner, Debt Payer

E – Eternal, Emmanuel, El Shaddai, Everything, Exalted, End, Extraordinary, Extravagant, Everywhere, Everlasting, Enthusiastic and Eager, Eternal Love, Elohim, Exquisite

F – Forgiver, Friend, Fairest of Ten thousand, Faithful, Fascinating, Forever, Fearless, Father, Finisher, Fair, Firm Foundation,

G – Good, Grace, Great, Gracious, Glorious, Giver, Generous, Gentle, God, Guardian

H – Healer, Hope, Hiding Place, Husband, Heart, Helper, High Priest, Holy, Holy Spirit

I – Irreplaceable, Integrity, I Am, Invincible, Intercessor, Instructor, Inheritance, Infinite, Intimate

J – Justification, Just, Justifier, Joyful, Jealous for us, Jesus, Jehovah

K – Kind, King of Kings, Knowing, Keeper of Our Tears

L – Love, Lion of the Tribe of Judah, Life, Leader, Listener, Living Water, Light of the World, Lover

M – Majesty, Mighty, Messiah, Miracle Worker, Merciful, Master, Mindful of Us

N – Never Failing, Near, Never Ending

OOmnipresent, Omnipotent, Omniscient, Overshadowing, Order

P – Prince of Peace, Present, Peace, Protector, Prosperity, Praiseworthy, Potter, Physician, Perfect,    
Patient, Precise, Provider

Q – Quiet, Quick, Quencher of Thirst

R – Redeemer, Reigning, Righteous, Refuge, Restorer, Rescuer, Reassuring

S – Savior, Sinless, Sovereign, Supreme, Supernatural, Shepherd, Sincere, Solid, Security, Sanctifier, Strength, Sustainer

T – Truth, Teacher, Trustworthy, Triumphant

U – Uplifter of Souls, Unconditional, Understanding, Unchanging, Unifier

V – Virtuous, Victorious, Vital, Vine

W – Wonderful, Warrior, Worthy, Wisdom, The Way

X – Exalted, Exchange, Extraordinary, X-ray (He sees the straight through to the heart.)

Y – Youthful, Yahweh, Yearns for us

ZZoologically Savvy, Zealous


Is there anything you would add?

Feel free to copy. If you want me to email you the document just let me know!


 

Monday, January 28, 2013

Happy Monday!

It's another dreary Monday here in PA. We are on a two hour delay due to freezing rain overnight. Kids slept till almost 8:30 and they are currently having breakfast. I enjoy being able to be a bit slow paced on these delay days.

I saw a wonderful video in my FB newsfeed today and just wanted to pass it along. It's a fantastic little pep talk full of awesome cuteness. It will make your day... promise!


Friday, January 25, 2013

Butler Praise and Coffee ~ A Night of Casting Our Cares

Butler Praise and Coffee has been such a blessing for me this past year. We meet once a month and through our meetings I have enjoyed meeting some of Butler's best women, forming new relationships, encouraging others in their relationship with God, and watching as women find freedom in Christ.

We have had great speakers, great discussions and our numbers have grown. God is truly blessing us!

Yesterday we even made the newspaper!! Me and Amy (co-founders of the group) were interviewed and the article was wonderful! It really made my day!! :)

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Last night we had our monthly meeting and we talked about casting our cares on God.

Most women are pretty good at worrying. We are good at wanting to control our lives. We are good at hanging on to guilt and shame.

But we are told in 1 Peter 5:7 (NLT)
Give all your worries and cares to God, for he cares about you.

Worry means
to torment oneself with or suffer from disturbing thoughts; fret
to torment with cares, anxieties, etc; trouble; plague

 I love Psalm 55:22 (NIV)
Cast your cares on the LORD and he will sustain you; he will never let the righteous fall.

To sustain means to
support, hold up, bear the weight of
to keep from giving way
to supply with the necessities for life


After giving the intro to the topic we split into groups for discussion and answered the following questions:

1. Do you struggle with handing your cares over to God? If so, why do you think that is?
2. For those of you who have been casting your cares onto Him, how do you do it?

There were several things that keep us from giving our worries and cares to God.
Some don't want to give up the feeling of being in control.
Some have a hard time trusting God.
Some let guilt or shame stop them.
Some feel that what they are dealing with is too small to take to God.
And the reasons go on and on.

Not much was said about HOW some cast their cares which leads me to believe that most people struggle with this.

But it is something we MUST learn to do!

We had a time of application... actually giving our cares over to God. This is something you can do by yourself at home or with a group of friends.

We asked the ladies to spend about ten minutes in prayer, alone, asking God to reveal what things they are holding onto instead of trusting Him with. These "cares" and "worries" were wrote down on paper for their eyes only.

Before we cast our worries I shared what God had put on my heart...

God has the entire WORLD in his hands. Yet we worry that WE might burden HIM with our lives. What feels like a massive weight to us would be nothing to Him! And if His hands are large enough to hold the world... imagine how huge His heart must be!!!! And His heart is FOR you! He cares! He is your Sustainer! He WILL take care of you! He LOVES you!!

It was time to lay our burdens down. Time to leave them with God. Time to trust Him to be who He says He is and do what He says He will do.

One by one the ladies lined up placed their cares in the large box at the foot of the cross.

When they were done I nailed that lid shut.

The pounding of the nails... the finality of the situation... the fact that it was DONE...

God saying...

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Whew! You guys!!! It was a powerful night! It was a night of finding freedom. It was a night of encouragement! A night of realizing that we all struggle with worry and it's ok because we are going to work through this together. 

A night where 34 women left their burdens in God's might hands and walked out feeling a lot lighter.

My heart is happy!



What keeps you from casting your cares?













To be or not to be... frank?






Ugh... I have two posts in draft that I want to use for Frankly Friday but frankly... I've been convicted. You see, just because we like to be frank (in an open, honest, and direct manor) it doesn't mean that we have a right to be rudely frank... or ugly frank as I've come to think of it.

Are the things I have to say that are sitting in draft topics that are worth bringing up and talking about? Yes! Yes they are. However, the way I have addressed them does not benefit anyone. I didn't write in a way that would be helpful or uplifting. I wrote in a way that would tear some down and leave others doing fist pumps and thinking "Yeah girl! You speak my language!"

Neither of those reactions are what I want.

I have this blog here called A HEARTY Overflow... and I'm reminded of why I chose that name. When I did the name change I wrote...

Hearty
-Warm-hearted, affectionate, cordial
-Heartfelt, genuine, sincere
-Enthusiastic or zealous
-Exuberant, unrestrained
-Substantial, abundant, nourishing
A Hearty Overflow is a little play on words from the verses above. I want the overflow of my heart to be pleasing to God. I want my words to be uplifting, honest, life giving. To have that be what I talk about, that must be what I cultivate in my heart.

I also wrote...

And I want A Hearty Overflow to be a place that is nourishing.

Nourishing- to strengthen, build up or promote.


My words that are sitting in draft do not build up and strengthen. They are not warm-hearted and sincere. And so they sit until I can rework my attitude about it and write about them in a more nourishing and hearty way. In a way that builds up instead of tearing down.

And that is as frank as I am going to get today.


You can read the full post on why I chose A Hearty Overflow HERE.


Thursday, January 24, 2013

It's Demolition Time

I'm processing a new thought again and writing isn't fast enough so you are going to get a blog post to read out of it. You're welcome. :)

I decided that I would memorize 2 Corinthians 10:3-4
For though we live in this world we do not wage war as the world does. The weapons we fight with are not weapons of the world. On the contrary, they have divine power to demolish strongholds.

I have it memorized and since I still have a week before it's time to pick a new verse I've just been letting these verses roll around in my head and my heart.

You see, there IS a war going on. God is real. Satan is real. They both want our hearts... God, because he is loving and good and wants relationship with us. Satan, because he wants to destroy us and keep us from God's best.

The war is spiritual.

"Our battles are fought in a realm unseen, and our enemies are not the people we know." ~Lisa Bevere

I love looking up definitions to help me gain greater understanding of what some of these words mean so let's get to it...

DEMOLISH
*to throw or pull down; to raze; to destroy, as a heap or structure; to ruin

The picture that comes to mind is a wrecking ball taking out a building until it is nothing but a pile of rubble that is good for nothing.

RAZE
*to subvert (overturn) from the foundation; to overthrow; to destroy
*To erase; to obliterate

As I looked up more words in those definitions I was seeing words like "to kill" and "annihilate". When you demolish something, what is left of it is not a pretty site. And it's not rebuildable.

After working through the word "demolish" I moved onto "strongholds". What is a stronghold?

I didn't get very far. It was saying things like "a safe place" and "a fortified place". Huh? Why would I want to demolish those? So I looked up what it means to fortify.

I found that it means "to surround with a wall or ditch with a view to defend against the attacks of an enemy."

And that's when I remembered what I shared in my post Why Change Takes Time. Lysa TerKeurst wrote about it in her book Unglued...


Brain research shows that every conscious thought we have is recorded on our internal hard drive known as the cerebral cortex. Each thought scratches the surface much like an Etch A Sketch. When we have the same thought again, the lie of the original thought is deepened, causing what's called a memory trace. With each repetition the trace goes deeper and deeper, forming and embedding a pattern of thought. When an emotion is tied to this thought pattern, the memory trace grows exponentially stronger.


Do you see that? Our thoughts create memory traces that go deeper and deeper each time we think them. I imagine them forming deep grooves with high walls. I've been thinking about that all week. And then BAM!

Here we are at a fortified place!

Our wrong thinking, when done over and over, creates memory traces that are deep... like ditches, surrounded with a wall. And that's right where Satan wants us. Trapped behind those strongholds because he views God as the enemy and he doesn't want our help (God and truth) to be able to reach us.

But God is bigger than that! There is no pit too deep for God to pull you out of!

Psalm 40:2 ESV
He drew me up from the pit of destruction, out of the miry bog, and set my feet upon a rock, making my steps secure.

You see... we have been given weapons with divine power to demolish, raze, annihilate, pull down, ruin, destroy those fortified places. Not only can we escape these strongholds but we can completely demolish them!!

However, if we try to do that in our human strength and in worldly ways we will only find ourselves exhausted and worn out. Why? Because we do not wage war as the world does and our weapons are not weapons of this world. We need to start using our weapons that God has given us that hold divine power!

We don't need to remain prisoners of these strongholds forever. No! We can demolish them!

Don't just take whatever this war throws at you and accept it as your lot in life. RISE UP AND BE A WARRIOR!

Get your wrecking balls of prayer and truth out and use them!

And be on guard... especially with your thoughts.

Let's check out 2 Corinthians 10:3-4 in another translation and tack on verse 5... NASB...

For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war according to the flesh, for the weapons of our warfare are not of the flesh, but divinely powerful for the destruction of fortresses. We are destroying speculations and every lofty thing raised up against the knowledge of God, and we are taking every thought captive to the obedience of Christ.

Take thoughts captive! Don't let them form memory traces that become strongholds. And if you have some thoughts that have already become strongholds don't forget that you have weapons with divine power to destroy them!

It's time to stop living as prisoners of war and run to the front lines with weapons drawn!!

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Hair Chop!

I've had long hair for quite a while now. I like my hair long. But I was tired of it and ready for a change. I normally get my hair cut by a friend in my hometown when I go to visit my family but I just couldn't wait any more. The hair had to go. It was time.

I turned to facebook and asked my friends to recommend a local hair person and convince me why I should use them. I chose one and called for an appointment.

At 5:00 this evening I looked like this...

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At 6:00 I looked like this...

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I know this next one is fuzzy... I didn't take it. :)
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I saved the hair so I could send it to Locks of Love. Kind of weird carrying my hair around!

Anyways... I love the new hair! I needed something fresh and this was a good change.

When I walked in the door Liza looked at me and said "You got your sisters haircut!" And I think she's right. But in my defense I haven't seen my sister in a few months and I didn't request this specific haircut. I simply said "I want chin length hair, no bangs, easy to style." And she said ok and went to work. I can't help it that she chose my sister's style!!

So... new hair. Love it. But I'm going to have to put those afghan projects on hold and make some scarves!!! This neck is COLD!

 


Look What I Made!

First... if you signed up for the Valentine's Day Swap you should have received an email with your swap partner info. Start putting those packages together and make sure to get them in the mail by Feb 2!!

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Second... we tried this soup recipe last night and it was awesome! Well... the kids didn't love it but they've been picky lately. Me and Mike... we definitely agree it is one to add to the recipe list and make again. It is more like a stew and less like a sissy soup that is mostly broth and little food. This soup is a man soup for sure.

(Tastes Like Lasagna Soup)
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Third... look what I made!!!

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(Please ignore the fact that my floor is two different colors, unfinished and rough.)

The hat orders have been really slow and being that it is still winter outside we are home a lot with not much going on. I don't mind sitting around at home but if I am going to be sitting around at home I have to have some kind of project to work on. For some reason I decided that I should try to crochet a baby blanket. 

I've never done blankets because I just knew I wouldn't finish them. They take FOREVER!

And that's exactly what I thought as I started this. It seemed I had been working for HOURS and had hardly made any progress. I was pretty certain I would never make another blanket again.

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But all of a sudden I was halfway done. And I was loving it! And it was gorgeous! I couldn't stop. I HAD to finish it!! And I did. :)

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It's beautiful and soft and I guess I'll just put it away until I know who to give it to as a gift. (Unless someone wants to buy it. Will sell for $50. Yeah... didn't think you'd want it that bad but really people... HOURS of my time!)

As I was working on the baby blanket in my living room I realized what was missing... besides decorations because those are still non-existant. So what was missing? AFGHANS!! Growing up there were ALWAYS afghans around the house. My grandma, the one who taught me how to crochet, is amazing at making afghans and she made them for all her kids and grandkids. To this day there are still afghans in my moms living room. I don't remember a time when there weren't any.

And so I decided I needed afghans in my living room and I got right to work on my first one. I am following this pattern but only making it one color.

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This is how far I've made it...

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I'm loving it! And I love having a project that keeps me warm while working because it won't make it above freezing at all this week. (Woke up to 4 degrees this morning. Awesome!)

This one gets made in panels and then you connect them. I have three panels done, the fourth started. There are eight in all. I'm making good progress.

Next I'll make this one...

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I'll make it in a cream color. I would have started it first but the store was out of the yarn I wanted.

Afghans in the living room... it's a must!


Have you been working on a project lately?




Monday, January 21, 2013

Purification from Contamination

I've been reading in 2 Corinthians. Sometimes when I read the Bible I feel like it's in a different language. I read it and then find I need to reread what I just read... and then reread it again because nothing seems to be affecting me, making sense, clicking. Nothing.

But sometimes something will catch my attention and the wheels start spinning.

Yesterday I read the bit about not being unequally yoked. WAIT! Don't roll your eyes and click out yet! I promise that I have something new to say about this unequally yoked business. First... let's read the verses that talk of that and the ones that follow...

Actually let me start with a photo of what it looks like to be "yoked" with someone/thing.

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2 Corinthians 6:14-7:1 NIV
Do not be yoked together with unbelievers. For what do righteousness and wickedness have in common? Or what fellowship can light have with darkness? What harmony is there between Christ and Belial? What does a believer have in common with an unbeliever? What agreement is there between the temple of God and idols? For we are the temple of the living God. As God has said:

"I will live with them
     and walk among them,
and I will be their God,
     and they will be my people."

Therefore,

"Come out from them
      and be separate, says the Lord.
Touch no unclean thing,
     and I will receive you."

And,

"I will be a Father to you,
     and you will be my sons and daughters,
     says the Lord Almighty."

Therefore, since we have these promises, dear friends, let us purify ourselves from everything that contaminates body and spirit, perfecting holiness out of reverence for God. 


It was that THEREFORE that caught my attention. "Therefore, since we have these promises, let us purify ourselves from everything that contaminates body and spirit."

When there is a therefore you have to read what is before it and that whole thought process begins with being unequally yoked with unbelievers. Stay with me here! It's not JUST about unbelievers is it?

It's about
righteousness and wickedness
light and darkness
Christ and Satan.

We are asked the question, "What agreement is there between the temple of God and IDOLS?"

Idol: Any thing on which we set our affections; that to which we indulge an excessive and sinful attachment.

Why are we to purify ourselves from everything that contaminates body and spirit? Out of reverence for God.

Reverence: fear mingled with respect and esteem; veneration

Veneration: The highest degree of respect and reverence; respect mingled with some degree of awe; a feeling or sentiment excited by the dignity and superiority of a person, or by the sacredness of his character, and with regard to place, by its consecration to sacred services.

We purify ourselves of all contamination because we respect God, because we love him.

So it's not just about being unequally yoked to unbelievers in the relationship sense. There is more... light and darkness, righteousness and wickedness... and when I think this through I find myself back at the thought of...

What do the books I read, movies I watch, places I go, music I listen to, language I use, etc, say about who I am... and ultimately who I serve?

There is no agreement between God and idols. There is nothing in common between light and darkness.

I really like the same verses in The Message...

Don’t become partners with those who reject God. How can you make a partnership out of right and wrong? That’s not partnership; that’s war. Is light best friends with dark? Does Christ go strolling with the Devil? Do trust and mistrust hold hands? Who would think of setting up pagan idols in God’s holy Temple? But that is exactly what we are, each of us a temple in whom God lives. God himself put it this way:
“I’ll live in them, move into them;
    I’ll be their God and they’ll be my people.
So leave the corruption and compromise;
    leave it for good,” says God.
“Don’t link up with those who will pollute you.
    I want you all for myself.
I’ll be a Father to you;
    you’ll be sons and daughters to me.”
The Word of the Master, God.

With promises like this to pull us on, dear friends, let’s make a clean break with everything that defiles or distracts us, both within and without. Let’s make our entire lives fit and holy temples for the worship of God.

 It's time to let these verses be about more than dating relationships and marriage. "Let's make a clean break with EVERYTHING that defiles or distracts."

We are the temple of God himself... it's time to get the idols out of his temples.

Sunday, January 20, 2013

Thank You for Saving Me

This song... I find myself listening to it, singing it, processing it over and over and over.

Thank You God for Saving Me by Chris Tomlin
 


What can I give to you
What can I offer to the king
For all the love you've shown
For all your mercy over me

[Chorus:]
I called your name, you heard my cry
Out of the grave, and into life
My heart is yours, my soul is free
Thank you God for saving me
Thank you God for saving me

The rock of salvation
My hope is built on nothing less
Morning by morning
How great is your faithfulness

[Chorus:]
I called your name, you heard my cry
Out of the grave, and into life
My heart is yours, my soul is free
Thank you God for saving me
Thank you God for saving me

[Bridge:]
You have your life upon the cross
You suffered once for all
You made a way
Jesus in victory you rose
You made us all your own
Now we are saved

Saturday, January 19, 2013

They Love Each Other... Really



We decided to watch a movie tonight and picking it is always the hardest part so I decided to get a head start. I was cooking dinner and told Liza and Jason to work together to pick out a movie to watch later tonight.

After a while…
LIZA: Jason only wants to watch Lightning McQueen and I don’t want to watch that one. Every time I say a different movie he says no. No, no, no!
ME: Well you guys need to work it out.
JASON: I know! We can do rock, paper, scissors three times! Whoever wins gets to pick the movie!
ME: Sounds like a good plan. If Liza's ok with that come into the kitchen so I can help you guys keep it fair.

1st round… Liza wins.
2nd round… Liza wins again.

ME: Liza won the best of three so that means that she gets to pick the movie.
JASON: *walks away with super pouty face, shoulders slumped and begins to cry* But I waaaaaanted to piiick the moooviieee.

The crying continues and it takes Liza FOREVER to pick a movie.
She finally picks one… a short movie with all the Disney Princesses and teaches her how to dance. I didn’t think that was fair for Jason so since it was short I told her we would watch hers now while dinner was cooking and then Jason could pick one for after dinner. Win win right?

Wrong.

Liza didn’t want to watch hers now. And Jason couldn’t find happiness in it either. After they completely frustrated the situation I said “Never mind. Go up to your rooms for a while. We aren’t watching a movie tonight.”

Their rooms are right beside each other and they went up yelling and crying and screaming at each other. The things that they say crack me up. So I sat here typing them so that I could laugh and maintain some sanity and see the humor in it all... and share it with you.


LIZA: I prefer libery! Libery libery libery!
ME: What is libery?
LIZA: I. SAID. LIBERY!
ME: What is libery?
LIZA: I don’t know! I heard it in a movie!


LIZA: Goodness gracious mo my Liza!
JASON: I’m pluggin my ears!
LIZA: I’m talking to myself!
JASON: Lalalalalalalalalalalalalalalala


JASON:Ready to get spanked?
LIZA: NO SIR!
JASON: Oh I bet you are.
LIZA: NO. I. AM. NOT.
JASON: I bet you are! I bet you are! I bet you are!
LIZA: You liar!
(I haven't spanked either of them in probably two years.) 


LIZA: Do you want me to say stupid again?
JASON: That’s a bad word.
LIZA: I know. Do you want me to say that to you again?
JASON: No.
LIZA: I would say “You’re stupid Jason. That’s what I would say.”


LIZA: This is all your fault!
JASON: *in super teasing voice* It’s all your fault haha haha.
LIZA: It’s not nice to make fun of people!
JASON: *begins singing a song about it all*
LIZA: Stop making fun of me and making words at me I don’t want!
JASON: Liza! You interrupted this song!
LIZA: Right. Sure. Sing it again.
JASON: I have to start over.
LIZA: Then do it.
JASON: I wasn’t going to sing it twice!
LIZA: Alright. Just go for it.
JASON: I’m not!
LIZA: Good!
JASON: Back at my face!


After a good while of this...
 

JASON: Mommy?
ME: What?
JASON: I smiled a couple of minutes ago.
ME: What does that mean?
JASON: I smiled.
ME: And? What do you want me to know about that?
JASON: Nothing. I just wanted you to know that I smiled.

 
I think that means he’s trying to convince me to let him out… but they are still way too fired up at each other and I no longer can put a movie on to help us have a calm night. Perhaps I’ll just put them to bed really early.

And now Jason is singing… 
"As much as you love me I love you more than you love me. I love you every day and all day. Even when we fight and even when we’re sad. And I love you in the nighttime and I love you when we sleep. I love you always. I love you alweeeeeees. I doooooo loooooooooove you... alweeeeees!

Maybe it won’t be such a bad night after all. 

Or maybe it will... because they are STILL going on and on and on.

This is my ridiculous life.
Can I get some peace and quiet please!?


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