Tuesday, August 28, 2007

Tuesday's Tidbits
I have three children. When people ask me if I plan to have a fourth, I tell them I'm still thinking about it. But actually, I have a moderate amount of fear that I'll never be a mother of four. In my more paranoid moments, I fear becoming the laughing stock of my family when I end up pregnant with twins next time.

You see, my mother has two older sisters who are identical twins. She also has a younger brother and sister who are fraternal twins. Yes, my grandmother had one set of each, and two singletons, one of which was my mother, to round out the family. Mom would love nothing more than to have her daughter be the one to continue that lovely tradition. In fact, one day as we hypothesized about my telling her "Twins!", she said she'd come stay with us for awhile--after she recovered from her roll-on-the-floor laughing fit.

I wonder if Suzanne Steece was laughing when the doctor told her she was expecting quadruplets. That's quite a shock for someone who took the lowest dose of medication to increase ovulation--once. And to top it off, those quads were really two sets of twins--one identical and the other fraternal. The doctors say the odds of that happening are so remote that the odds don't even exist.

Maybe one set of twins doesn't seem so frightening anymore.


Monday, August 27, 2007

Monday's Musings

My firstborn is growing up...

First day of First Grade

Friday, August 17, 2007

Friday's Facts: Did you know...?
...that Jane Austen was never acknowledged publicly as the author of her books until after her death?
...that there are over 60 regional chapters of the Jane Austen Society of North America? (you can visit their site at http://www.jasna.org/)
...that Jane Austen sold her first manuscript, what would later be titled Northanger Abbey, for 10 pounds?
...that Jane Austen's gravestone does not even mention that she was an author?
...that Jane Austen's books have never been out of print? (Wow!)

You can find much more information on Jane Austen--her life, books, film adaptations, etc--on the JASNA web site. I annually read one of Jane's novels--well, re-read, since I've read them all. Usually I try to do this during the summer, when I feel I'm supposed to have more time for such pursuits. It didn't happen this year. So when my friend Sandi mentioned that she's taking a class devoted to the Austen novels, I volunteered to read along with her. Get this, a doctoral level class all about Jane Austen's books, where you get credit for reading and analyzing your favorite books! That's virtual nirvana for an Austen addict.

So we're now reading Emma. Funny story that goes along with Emma: when my DH and I were dating, he had seen Sense and Sensibility and actually liked it, considering that it was a chick flick. So when Emma came to video, we rented it and watched it at his parents's house. I sprawled on the floor, enraptured and entertained with Gwyneth Paltrow's well-meaning troublemaker character. John sat on the couch, so I never saw his face. About 3/4 of the way through, he commented, "Is it going to get better?"

I was appalled. You mean you haven't been enjoying it even halfway as much as I have? You think this is awful? Well, yes. In fact, that movie has become the measuring stick for bad movies, in his mind. "Was it as bad as Emma?" Of course, that name also got scratched from our list of possible girl names--ha!

DH that he is, he recently sat through the 2006 release of Pride and Prejudice with me. Sacrificial love and all that. But he liked it much better.

For those of you like me, who do enjoy the Austen books and films, check out the JASNA site for all sorts of interesting information, and pick up a copy of Emma and read along with us this month.

Sunday, August 12, 2007

Fast Forward

I've been quiet on the blog this week. I know, I know, after promising to write more consistently. So now I'll confess why: I attended a 3-day conference, with my DH (dear hubby), on leadership. Our new church in McKinney was a host site for the Willow Creek Leadership Summit, and we were both able to attend at bargain rates. And, oh, the information and inspiration we received! Makes me wish I were still in leadership...

In an effort to process at least some of the excellent teaching, I plan to blog it in the upcoming weeks. Some of the speakers we heard: Bill Hybels, John Ortberg, Colin Powell (yep, the general), Carly Fiorina (of HP fame), Marcus Buckingham, filmmaker Richard Curtis (think Notting Hill and Girl in a Cafe).

The most striking performance of the conference? Not Kirk Franklin, though he was fun; not Patrick Henry Hughes, the severely handicapped yet brilliant musician; not Eric Mongrain, the talented guitarist; not the musical worship times, which were led by a fantastic band. The most memorable performance was the 15-minute multimedia presentation called "Fast Forward"--a combination of song, rap, and spoken words backed by larger-than-life video images that chronicled the history of the Christian church. Highlights (and lowlights) were brought to life in vivid color and expression, with an ending that asks the question "How are we going to write the next chapter of this magnificient story?"

This performance alone was worth the price, and the WCA (Willow Creek Assoc) is offering it on their webstore as an independent DVD. I highly recommend pastors and teachers check it out--buy it!--and show to their congregations and students.

Saturday, August 04, 2007

Total Momsense

I found this on the Abundant Blessings site, and man is it hilarious. I've never seen this lady before, but she reminds me of Erma Bombeck before parenting "advice" went stand-up. Click twice and prepare to laugh! Janice, this could be you :).

Authentic Parenting

I'm not the only one interviewing Mary DeMuth and reviewing her new book, Authentic Parenting in a Postmodern Culture. Take a look at these blogs when you have a chance and see what they have to say about this work. Remember, you can pick up a copy of Authentic Parenting here or at any local Christian bookstore.

Abundant Blessings
Actual Unretouched Photo
Bluebonnet in the Snow
child of divorce/child of god
Good Word Editing
Ripples and Reflections
So Many Books...So Little Time
The Point
Tiffany Colter
Toni V. Lee