Thursday, February 28, 2008

Lance Buckland

Isabel, my 4-about-to-be-5-year old, has a husband. His name is Lance. That is her choice of words, not mine. Not boyfriend, mind you. "Husband." The object of her affection is a cute little guy in her K4 class. She comes home everyday talking about him. At first, she described him as her "friend." Then one day "friend" became "husband." And now she doesn't hide it, from me, him, or anyone else. She tells me all the time, "Mom, I really love him." At first, I was worried that my poor daughter would get her heart broken. But apparently, he feels the same way about her. He drew a picture on Valentine's Day of the two of them together, on which they both signed their names. I already like the kid, because he's obviously very smart and has excellent taste in women.

Well, a couple of weeks ago, Isabel and I were sitting in the kitchen talking, and she proceeded to tell me that she wanted to move out and get a new family. I tried to hide my hurt, and asked her to further explain herself. She clarified by telling me that she was ready to have her OWN family, one in which she would be the mother, Lance would be the father, and she would have her very own children. I explained to her that this was much more complicated than it seemed. For instance, she would have to change her name to Isabel Johnson (Lance's last name), and that she would no longer be a "Buckland". She then, emphatically and incredulously explained, "Umm, no Mom, you mean Lance will have to change his name to Lance BUCKLAND." I am already praying for the poor kid!

I honestly don't remember thinking about marriage and family when I was this young. I guess Ren and I are doing something right since she, not only isn't freaked out by the idea of marriage, but eagerly anticipates it. Hopefully, we can keep it up. It's funny, I thought that Isabel's first crush would totally devastate me. On the contrary, I actually think it's quite adorable. I guess I'd be scared and devastated if she were talking about moving in with him first. I mean her future is either going to have to involve marriage and family or a nunnery. I am afraid there will be no in-between.

Wednesday, February 27, 2008

More on Children, and That's Not a Play On Words!

I have had children on the brain a lot these days. Maybe it's because I am expecting. Maybe it's because I have so darn many of them as it is. We currently have 3 of the little buggers, and another baby bugger on the way, due in mid-June. So come summer time, we will have our hands full with, count 'em, 4 buggers, ages 5, 3, 18 months, and larva. I have heard several kind people say in the past that God must be pleased with how we're raising our kids, and therefore, keeps blessing us with more. However, I am beginning to see holes in this theory. The inverse simply can't be true, that God takes kids AWAY from people that are sucky parents??? Maybe if they're Charles Manson. I've known incredible people, that for whatever reason, have lost children. Job is one example that comes to mind, and God Himself called him blameless and upright. No, I am beginning to believe that this is just how many kids it's taking to finally make Ren and I half-way decent human beings. I wonder how many more it's going to take…

Saturday, February 23, 2008

Worst Album Covers of All Time

I found this the other day and it made me laugh out loud. Hysterically. These are 100% for real. The sad question I must ask, however, is why are the majority of these Christian??? Go figure. Let me know which one creeps you out the most.

Bonus points to the person who can tell me what famous song the band Orleans recorded. Hint: We've done it at church!!!


I just read something that said that God helps those who help themselves, but He also helps those who can't. That made me smile. God's nice.

Friday, February 22, 2008

A thought from the wreckage...

Life with small children. How can something so beautiful, wonderful, whimsical, and charming one moment, be so painful and torturous the next? I'm just sayin'…