Monthly Archives: May 2007

Not Sleeping.

It is 4:59……AM.   (Emphasis on the “A.M.”)!  Yes…..there really IS a 4:59 AM!

 I woke from a fitful night of sleep about an hour ago.  So, what do I do?……catch up on some blogging 🙂

I can’t believe I am awake.  I mean, REALLY ….AWAKE!!  This will certainly make for a fun day with preschoolers!


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the First Day of the Rest of Her Life.

My youngest daughter is now an adult.  She graduated last night, and I am so proud!  Proud of her and the growth she has made over the last eighteen years. 

 From diapers to pull-ups to braces and hair straighteners…she has always been a joy. 

The most exciting moment by far was the day she accepted Christ as her Lord and Savior!  Her Dad and I were so relieved to see her acknowledge God’s hand in her life!

She has grown spiritually, especially within the last several years.  I have seen her turn to God in times of trouble.  She has taken steps to stand up for and defend her faith at school, even when it meant persecution.  She has increased in confidence and boldness – even to the point of realizing that sometimes faith in God means choosing Him over friends and family.  This is a hard lesson for a young person to learn, yet she has accepted it gracefully.

She has a heart for others, often showing concern for friends who may be off the “narrow path”.  She has chosen wisely in regards to relationships with guys.  She has remained pure, drug-free, and available for God’s calling.  For this….we are so thankful!

As graduation came nearer, and scholarship applications had to be completed, she struggled in verbalizing her goals and dreams.  Knowing that only she could come to a realization of that, I struggled, wanting to step in and fill her dreams with my own.  However, I knew I couldn’t.  She had to come to a realization of what it was that God wanted for her to do the rest of her life. I knew that now, especially now, SHE had to be the one to make the decisions.    —Time to let go……..Wow, this is the hard part for a parent 😦

Seven days before graduation, God chose to reveal His immediate plans for her.  In a series of almost unbelievable events, her goals and dreams were defined and became a reality!  She sent me an e:mail expressing her excitement at the realization that God already knew what was in her heart.  Even though she had yet to confidently state it, God personally arranged her future, sending unknown people and circumstances in to pave the way!

She now will be going to college, a Christian college, playing on a soccer scholarship, and sharing this time with a good friend who will be attending as well.  God has worked out the finances (Praise the Lord!), and the timing.  The soccer coach drove over 7 hours to meet with us and was so encouraging, patient and kind to answer all of our questions.  She will be able to study in the computer/graphic arts field while playing the sport she loves, all the while being able to openly express and participate in Christian activities on a campus that focuses on our Lord. 

We couldn’t be happier for her!  — and so humbled that God would protect and love our daughter so much.  Sometimes we, as parents, think that it is up to us to arrange and prepare the future for our children.  We forget that God, Himself, has the ultimate control, and takes the lead in laying the foundation for their success after high school.

God Is…the First Day of the Rest of Her Life —

He is also the “Inbetween” and the never-ending Last. 

Congratulations, my daughter!  We Love You!   


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Laughing 4.

This is one of those forwarding e:mails that I usually don’t do, but it was so “entertaining” as a Mom of preschoolers, that I felt obliged to share it with you! 

Hope you have a good laugh with me today 🙂

Potty Talk — A 3-year-old tells all from his mother’s restroom stall. By Shannon Popkin

My little guy, Cade, is quite a talker. He loves to communicate and does it quite well. He talks to people constantly, whether we’re in the library, the grocery store or at a drive-thru window.

People often comment on how clearly he speaks for a just-turned-3-year-old. And you never have to ask him to turn up the volume. It’s always fully cranked. There’ve been several embarrassing times that I’ve wished the meaning of his words would have been masked by a not-so-audible voice, but never have I wished this more than last week at Costco.

Halfway, through our shopping trip, nature called, so I took Cade with me into the restroom. If you’d been one of the ladies in the restroom that evening, this is what you would have heard coming from the second to the last stall:

“Mommy, are you gonna go potty? Oh! Why are you putting toiwet paper on the potty, Mommy? Oh! You gonna sit down on da toiwet paper now? Mommy, what are you doing? Mommy, are you gonna go stinkies on the potty?”

At this point I started mentally counting how many women had been in the bathroom when I walked in. Several stalls were full … 4? 5? Maybe we could wait until they all left before I had to make my debut out of this stall and reveal my identity.

Cade continued, “Mommy, you ARE going stinkies aren’t you? Oh, dats a good girl, Mommy! Are you gonna get some candy for going stinkies on the potty? Let me see doze stinkies, Mommy! Oh … Mommy! I’m trying to see in dere. Oh! I see dem. Dat is a very good girl, Mommy. You are gonna get some candy!”

I heard a few faint chuckles coming from the stalls on either side of me. Where is a screaming newborn when you need her? Good grief. This was really getting embarrassing. I was definitely waiting a long time before exiting.

Trying to divert him, I said, “Why don’t you look in Mommy’s purse and see if you can find some candy. We’ll both have some!”

“No, I’m trying to see doze more stinkies. Oh! Mommy!” He started to gag at this point. “Uh oh, Mommy. I fink I’m gonna frow up. Mommy, doze stinkies are making me frow up!! Dat is so gross!!” As the gags became louder, so did the chuckles outside my stall. I quickly flushed the toilet in hopes of changing the subject. I began to reason with myself: OK. There are four other toilets. If I count four flushes, I can be reasonably assured that those who overheard this embarrassing monologue will be long gone.

“Mommy! Would you get off the potty, now? I want you to be done going stinkies! Get up! Get up!” He grunted as he tried to pull me off. Now I could hear full-blown laughter. I bent down to count the feet outside my door.

“Oh, are you wooking under dere, Mommy? You wooking under da door? What were you wooking at, Mommy? You wooking at the wady’s feet?” More laughter. I stood inside the locked door and tried to assess the situation.

“Mommy, it’s time to wash our hands, now. We have to go out now, Mommy.” He started pounding on the door. “Mommy, don’t you want to wash your hands? I want to go out!!”

I saw that my “wait ’em out” plan was unraveling. As I sheepishly opened the door, and found an open sink, I thought, Where’s the fine print on the ‘motherhood contract’ where I signed away every bit of my privacy?

But as my little Herald gave me a big, cheeky grin while he rubbed bubbly soap between his chubby little hands, I thought, I’d sign it all away again, just to be known as Mommy to this little fellow.

Shannon Popkin is a freelance writer and mother of three. She lives with her family in Grand Rapids , Michigan , where she no longer uses public restrooms.


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One Word.

Busy….that’s my word for the day!  I want to apologize to each of my gazillion (ha ha) readers out there for not updating too much lately.  We are preparing for Senior Graduation! (Woo Hoooo!)

All of the school year’s final activities, along with several other things, have created a busy time for us right now, so hang in there with me…..I’ll be back 🙂

In the mean time, I thought I would ask for your input to the question: 


Think about it for a minute, and then post a ONE WORD comment that says what God is to you. 

Let’s just all give Him praise today.  I hope you’re having a great one! 🙂


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With Heather.


Ok…I just gotta’ say it again — You HAVE to check out Heather’s site  (click here)— Her story just keeps touching me, and I know it will touch you as well. She is recovering from brain surgery on Thursday, and is doing wonderfully.  She is able to walk and move both arms and legs.  The only difficulty that I know of so far, is that she is struggling to synchronize her thoughts with her audible words.

 Many are praying for her.  Praise God for His provision for their family!!

 Relaying a message to her prayer partners, she says, “I am still standing”.  Thank God!

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