Thursday, April 24, 2014

What the Lambs think about marriage

*We have spoken to the Lambs about spouses of the people they know by calling them sweeties. This has postponed conversations with the Lambs about unmarried or divorced couples which has been very helpful as part of a pastor's family. It also helped when they knew one member at church, but not that member's spouse. For example: Your Sunday School teacher's sweetie. Plus it makes me smile to think of couples married over 50 years as sweeties.

1. When we listened to Tom Sawyer, there is a chapter where Tom has a discussion with his friends if they want to get married when they grow up. The consensus for Tom and his friends is they don't want to get married because married couples just fight a lot. I asked the Lambs about what they thought of that. Lamb 2 immediately answered, "Why would I fight with my sweetie?" It made me happy that he doesn't think married couples fight.

2. We raised caterpillars and are ready to release the butterflies but the weather hasn't cooperated for release- it has been rainy, cold, and windy. I am just hoping that we don't have to raise more butterflies because we are delaying the release. Lamb 1 said he thinks he knows which ones are male because he thinks some of them have brighter colors than other ones. I don't see that, but he does. Lamb 2 said he thinks he knows which ones are males because they fly around the cage more. Lamb 2 said, "Boys are always looking for a sweetie." I expect both Lamb 1 and 2 are right in more ways than they realize.

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Grandma's flowers

My dad's mom had one request for her funeral. She wanted the Nebraska state flower on top of her casket. That meant she was requesting goldenrod for the top of her casket. My parents couldn't believe she wanted that on top of her casket, isn't that what everyone is allergic to? It turns out that many people are allergic to ragweed, which is different from goldenrod but blooms around the same time so people blame goldenrod.
I was unable to attend Grandma's funeral. She died in the winter a few years ago so it was impossible for the florist to fulfill her request, but they were able to find some silk flowers that looked similar to goldenrod. After the funeral the silk flowers ended up at my parents house.
Last summer my parents came to visit us and brought my great aunt's cedar chest to me. The silk flowers were in the cedar chest and my parents didn't know what to do with them so the flowers came to me too. Soon after their visit I took them to a lady at church and asked if she could use something like that as she is a wedding planner.

On Easter morning I was surprised to see this arrangement on top of the organ at church. We have a small altar area but she tries to put silk arrangements around the organ area especially for the Easter season. She used grandma's silk goldenrod (I think it is actually forsythia) and combined it with other flowers she had. I have no talent to arrange flowers. I am not a big flower person, especially if the flowers are silk. But the symbolism of the resurrection when I will see all my loved ones in heaven again meant a lot to me when I saw those flowers again on Easter Sunday. It was extra special because I didn't know she was going to do this when I gave them to her last summer and then I didn't see them again until Easter.

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

He is Risen!

"Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! According to his great mercy, he has caused us to be born again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead," (1 Peter 1:3)

Monday, April 21, 2014

In 1983

The Sunday School children at our small church were taught "This is the Feast" from the liturgy in the new hymnal then (Lutheran Worship). The idea was to teach some of the liturgy to the children during Sunday School opening and then when it was introduced to the congregation the children could be leaders for the congregation. It ended up working quite well.

I had no idea then how useful learning that would be later in my life. Yesterday, after not singing the hymn of praise during Lent many people in our congregation hurried to turn pages in their hymnal to find "This is the Feast". At the same time Lamb 1 and 2 started fighting over their space in the aisle. At that moment I was glad I had the words memorized from my childhood. Thank you, Mr. Scholl and dad, (the organist and pastor). We may have a new hymnal but we still use liturgy from both of the old hymnals.

Sunday, April 20, 2014

Christ is risen!

"He has risen," the angel announces to the woman. "He is going before you to Galilee; there you will see Him." (Matthew 28:6-7) But the Lord decided not to make them wait. He appears to them on the way and tells them to rejoice and not be afraid. He doesn't make you wait either. He meets you today in His Divine Service, chasing away your fears and filling you with His resurrection peace. 

Alleluia! Christ is risen!

(From CPH April 20, 2014 Bulletin Cover)

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Moments to ponder in my heart

We have had some trouble with Lamb 1 recently. Everyone I've talked to with older boys has told me if he just turned 10 then this is nothing compared to what will happen in a few years. I won't spend too long on my blog about this, but I will mention that in the last few weeks he lost a new sweatshirt and his bike helmet at the neighbor girl's back yard. Both times it was an extreme crisis until he found it the next time he went over there. Ram was not surprised by this at all, he replied that he probably would have done the same thing when he was Lamb 1's age. (Unless it was a book-he never would have forgotten a book!) This is so difficult for me after growing up with no brothers.

He found the sweatshirt tonight and I tried to give the Lambs as long as possible to play with their friends. That was my mistake-I should have called them in earlier than I did to change their clothes for church. I had a lot of complaints about needing to hurry to change clothes and why they needed to change clothes instead of wearing shorts and t-shirts and even why we needed to go to church tonight.

We made it to church and took our seats at exactly 7pm. The congregation began singing the first hymn. We were smaller in numbers tonight than we are on Sunday mornings. But Lamb 1 sang loudly for the first hymn. It made me smile after the rush to get to church. Moments like this help me keep at this parenting of boys. Because this is really what matters.


Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Ewe with Lamb 1

I came across this photo while I was recently organizing photos. I'm often not in our family photos because I'm taking the pictures. My Grandma gave me the advice to give the firstborn extra TLC. This picture makes me smile with my firstborn. This picture was taken while we visited Ram's parents for New Year's and Lamb 1 and Lamb 2 gave a small piano recital for us. Lamb 1 loves to play hymns out of the hymnal!