Monday, March 31, 2008

Molly Bean

Lucky me! This past week, I was able to spend some time with my good friend Steph and her darling little girl Molly.
Molly still likes her pacifier, and I think she looks so sweet with it. It took her a couple of minutes to wake up when I first saw her, but she finally started smiling.
Molly was very excited when Steph said she could have a peep. She soon was covered in yellow, and part of the peep ended up on the floor.

A glowing mommy

One last smile from Molly Bean!

Wednesday, March 26, 2008

Baby Nathan

The story is confirmed: there is indeed a baby Nathan Feely, and he is darling.

On Sunday, Robby and I drove to Phoenix, Arizona after church to visit Jeff and Deb and their new little one who was born February 6. We were mistaken as to how long the trip would be. For some reason, I had it in my head it was four hours (don't ask me why!) and Rob thought it was five. It is most definitely a 6-7 hour trip, and that is with little to no traffic. However, seeing our little nephew was without a doubt worth the trip--oh yeah, and seeing his parents, too :)

Here are a few highlights of our very short but very packed two and a half days there. By the way, it was hot! We wore shorts and tank tops! In March!

Rob and I both jump to holding Nathan the moment we see him and Deb. He was so good and immediately loved his Auntie Candace and Uncle Robby. (Well, he at least didn't cry when we held him.)
Nathan is a lucky charm. And he constantly leaves little "charms" for his mom to have to clean up. He is an eater...and if you have an eater, you have a charmer.

Nathan loved looking at his Uncle Robby. We wondered if he saw any resemblance between Uncle Robby and Daddy.

Sleeping peacefully. He often clasped his little hands together. So sweet!

Toward the end of day 2, Nathan decided he had had quite enough running around and shopping. This is him letting us all know that.

Surrounded by people who love him...and this is only a fraction of all the people who adore him.

We had a wonderful time seeing our new nephew and hope to get to see him again soon. Deb, be sure and show him this blog, so he doesn't forget us!

Friday, March 21, 2008

Good Friday

Good Friday
Christina Rosetti

Am I a stone, and not a sheep
That I can stand, O Christ, beneath Thy cross,
To number drop by drop Thy blood's slow loss,
And yet not weep?

Not so those women loved
Who with exceeding grief lamented Thee;
Not so fallen Peter weeping bitterly,
Not so the thief was moved;
Not so the Sun and Moon
Which hid their faces in a starless sky,
A horror of great darkness at broad noon--
I, only I.

Yet give not o'er,
But seek Thy sheep, true Shepherd of the flock;
Greater than Moses, turn and look once more
And smite a rock.

Monday, March 17, 2008

Happy St. Patty's Day!

Wear Green Today!

St. Patrick's Prayer

This day I call to me:
God's strength to direct me,
God's power to sustain me,
God's wisdom to guide me,
God's vision to light me,
God's ear to my hearing,
God's word to my speaking,
God's hand to uphold me,
God's pathway before me,
God's shield to protect me,
God's legions to save me.

Sunday, March 16, 2008

Friendly Cows

On Thursday, Robby and I went to my high school's Mr. Whittier Christian show, which was sponsored by Chick Filet. Robby snagged a number of these mini cows and took them home. The next morning, I came out of our room, and he had posed them all on our couch. I died laughing! So later, we had a little photo op with them.

I know. We are nerds.

Just to clarify, I'm not saying we should only eat chicken. I'm sure doing so would hurt the dairy business very much. Eat beef! Drink milk!

Thursday, March 13, 2008

Update on "Dentists and Cars"

Yesterday, I had my dental treatment completed, but today my bottom right tooth was especially sensitive, and it seemed a piece of the filling hadn't been filed down enough. So, I had to do the dreaded thing all over again: go to the dentist office to be drilled on! I called, made an appointment for right after school, then rushed myself over. I must say it actually was not a horrific experience: they got me in right away (before my appointment time, even), quickly checked my tooth, drilled it down some, and voila! I felt better! No more sharp stabbing pain from the filling touching my other tooth. Although I'm still a bit sensitive, I do believe my dental treatment has been a success.

Other good news: My extremely resourceful husband fixed the front part of our car while I was sitting in his office typing yesterday. Apparently, he found a way to buff out a lot of the marks, and when he put the license plate back on, nearly everything was covered up. Of course, underneath the license plate is a gash, but who cares? I do not think it would be right of us to make that poor man pay for something that is only surface and will only be known to us. Furthermore, Robby said that when he dropped off the note at the man's house saying he didn't have to pay anything, he mentioned some great things in there about God. Who knows? Maybe the grace we have shown him will affect his life positively.

So, about 24 hours later from the last post, I am writing again with much improvement in my situation, much more adoration for my sweet husband, and much less pain in my mouth.

Cheers to talented dentists and smart spouses!

Wednesday, March 12, 2008

Dentists and Cars

Today was a traumatizing day for me. I had to do the one thing that I absolutely hate: visit the dentist to get "dental treatment" done. They call it "treatment" instead of a filling so it sounds better, but it's not. I left school early, drove myself to the Cerritos Dental Office, and had three fillings done. Yuck. I was so nervous at the beginning that the dentist was kind enough to offer me a very low dose of Valium, which I thought did very little for me. But I'm sure it calmed me some. When he first began drilling, I immediately felt pain. So, again, he was kind enough to help me out and gave me another shot, and a painful one at that. After he gave me the shot, he told me to rinse, and for some reason I started tearing up. (I am really quite scared of the dentist!) I managed to hold back my tears, though, sit down and prepare myself for more pain. Luckily, the extra shot worked, and I felt no more drilling pain. Of course I'm still numb right now, so the pain may come later. Still, after "treatment" pain is much more bearable than during "treatment" pain.

So, with that horrible event over, I was on my way to church to meet Robby and hang out until youth group. As I was about two minutes away, some man accidentially hit the front of my car as he was trying to turn left out of a gas station. It wasn't a very wise decision of his since things were really busy and he clearly couldn't see me, but we've all had our share of making stupid decisions when driving. There was a generally small scrape on the front of my bumper and the license plate had been knocked off. However, when we drove it over to a body shop, they said it would be over $600 to fix! Bummer. Even though he or his insurance will have to pay, I still feel bad. Having just gone through a rear-ending in January with Robby, I know it's still no fun - even if you acknowledge it's your fault.

I find it very interesting that this happens the day I after I write that my "warning sign" I have is a lack of patience. I can honestly say that I kept my cool pretty well, although perhaps that can be attributed to my relatively numb state in which I left the dentist office :) Or, it could be God answering my prayer for patience and trust. The latter is probably true.

Tuesday, March 11, 2008

Monday Morning Questions

At the worship conference we went to last month, one of the speakers discussed his Monday morning routine of asking himself questions. Even though it's Tuesday, I'm feeling that a bit of reflection might do me good. Here are the five questions:

1. What were the highlights of the past week?
Sunday's time of worship at church was honestly a real highlight for me. I thought about it throughout the day and even on Monday. Also, Robby and I had a nice and relaxing Saturday morning together, which was especially needed after a long and busy week. The weekend weather was absolutely beautiful. Spring is in the air!

2. What were the hard things of this past week?
Grading was hard for me this week. My students are well into the research paper process, and I feel the pressure of needing to get things back to them very quickly, so they can start on the next step. Also, our great friends John and Kelly had some disappointing news about John's Grad school hopes, so that was difficult.

3. What is a key lesson God has been teaching me this past week?
Not to give the cliche answer, but it truly is to trust Him. In our own lives, in the lives of our friends, and in the lives of our family members, I see the need to trust that God cares about us more than we even care about us. That's quite a difficult thing to fully grasp. Does God really care about my husband more than I do? or my family? But he does. I must trust that His plan is the best plan because it's the only one that clearly includes the most important component - Him and His kingdom!

4. Are there any warning signs I need to be aware of?
Well, I wouldn't write anything too personal, but I can see my patience has been thinning the past week. Like I said, school is extra busy right now, which usually means my patience is not as long-suffering as it should be. I need to be mindful of that.

5. What is one action point I can put into practice?
To help my "warning sign" in number five, perhaps I can be sure and take time each day this week to just rest and be still a moment. Usually, my patience dissolves when I'm too busy running from one place to another.

And with that, I should go and take the moment I have right now.

Saturday, March 8, 2008

Kitchen (Nearly) Disaster

Thought I'd share a near disaster that took place yesterday:

I was in the kitchen frantically trying to make dinner for both a woman at our school who has cancer, and Robby and me. I ended up cooking two different things because I had a ton of hamburger meat and was browning meat for spaghetti sauce and mixing in spices for taco meat. The stove was covered with pots and messy spoons, so I had placed a paper towel down on which to lay the spoons.

I turned my back to rinse something off in the sink, and when I turned around to continue stirring the spaghetti sauce, the paper towel was on fire! I didn't know what to do! I mean, I knew I needed to get the fire out, but it was so quickly burning up the paper towel and getting bigger and bigger and bigger. I just stood there trying to decide if I should pour water on it or pick it up or what. I didn't want to ruin all my food I had been making, but obviously I had to do something. I have never experienced really being stunned before - but stunned I was. I was like the idiot person on the movie who isn't reacting the way she should be, and the entire audience is yelling, "Grab the towel!"

I finally came to my senses (it really was probably only a second that I stood there), grabbed the paper towel (which, by the way, caused the fire to move even faster), threw it in the sink and turned the water on. Little pieces of black, burnt paper towel floated up into the air. Luckily, the spaghetti sauce was safe, and Robby didn't comment on the tacos tasting smoky at all.

I just realized that the fire alarm didn't go off, though. Wonder what it would take to set it off. I would surely want to be awakened if a fire of that size was occurring in my apartment while I was sleeping.

Well, another disaster avoided. Have a safe and fire-free day!