Monthly Archives: June 2008

Life Lesson #857

If you decide to “cheat” by wearing a pair of maternity capris even though you’re not pregnant (because they’re just SO comfy and quickly became your favorite pants, maternity or non), be sure you wear a top that’s long enough to cover the elastic waistband.

Otherwise while you are waiting in line at a small bakery, 2 older ladies may loudly call you over to where they are sitting and ask you where you got your “comfortable elastic pants”.

Not that this happened to me today or anything. :l


A Fairy Tale

Once upon a time, in the humble town of Edina, MN, a  maiden was born.


Meanwhile, in the relatively-far-away kingdom of Burnsville, a charming young prince awaited.

As the young maiden grew, she spent her days riding her noble steed,

singing with the songbirds,


and dreaming of the day she would marry her handsome prince.

Meanwhile, the valiant prince embarked upon his long and perilous quest to find his one true love.

He fought great battles,

defeated deadly dragons,

and though other, villainous young maidens stepped into his path,

nothing could stop him from his brave quest to find his one true love.

The years went by, and both the maiden and the prince grew in stature,

and both the maiden and the prince survived the long, dark valley of awkwardness.

Still, the prince never gave up on his quest. He fought more great battles,


and even boarded HIS noble steed to travel through the land of the long-haired.

Finally, the day came when the prince found the maiden

(clearly, the maiden was still in the Valley of Awkwardness at this point), 

and on June 25, 2005,  the maiden and the prince were united in marriage.

It wasn’t long before the happy couple added to their brood, as they soon had a handsome young prince of their own.

And henceforth it was decreed that the 25th day of June would be a day of much rejoicing in the castle of Wallace .

The eldest prince, meanwhile, came into the kitchen and wondered why the princess was spending the evening of their anniversary blogging.

And they lived happily ever after.

The End




Life Lesson #238: Never Bring Baby Into a Target at Lunchtime without a Pacifier or Some Other Type of Toy

If you do, the following things are subject to happen:

  • Your sunglasses may become a play toy (and may land on the floor repeatedly)
  • Your purse may become a play toy
  • In a last-ditch effort, your shopping list may become a play-toy (and then be lost on the ground)
  • By the time you reach the checkout lane, your baby’s screams may become so distracting that you forget to use the $1 off diaper coupon and $2 off baby sunscreen coupon that were the entire reason you purchased those products in the first place.

This has been a public service announcement from the W-family alliance for relaxed (and frugal) mothers.

Piper in the 80’s

I’m in the middle of listening to a sermon by John Piper entitled “Raising Children Who Hope in the Triumph of God” (ca. 1988), and had to laugh when I heard this paragraph:

“To confess that Jesus is Lord means that you believe that he will triumph over all things. He is not a small-town god. He is more powerful than Reagan and Gorbachev and Hatcher and Khomeni and Kadafy and all the other leaders of the world put together. He will come in triumph. And when he comes, he will be just as visible and real in Minneapolis as Michael Jackson at the Met Center, only his audience will be bigger, and his band will be louder, and his laser will be like lightning from one horizon to the other, and when his concert is over, all the evil and unbelief in the world will be gone, and those who followed him will live and play and work as happy as a child could ever be forever and ever.”

Hard-hitting, mind-blowing Piper preaching — 80’s style.


Lemon Meringue Fame

I’m a bit of a stats nerd when it comes to my blog. Every couple of days I like to check the stats on my dashboard to see things like how many people have visited, what links they have clicked on on my site, what links they clicked on to GET to my site, most popular posts, what words people Googled that led them to my site, etc. I don’t know why. I really don’t care about numbers; the stats are just interesting to me for some reason. (I’m often captivated by un-interesting things while ignoring things that should be of greater importance. But that’s another blog post.). Anyway, I’ve noticed a funny thing on my stats page. My most popular post ever, by far, was nothing spiritually profound (not that I get very spiritually profound), and nothing containing any attempts at household hints or witty anecdotes. No, it was a post I wrote roughly a year ago about how I impulsively purchased a lemon meringue pie due to a pregnancy craving

Almost every day, someone Googling “lemon meringue pie” has arrived at my blog.

In fact, my lemon meringue pie post is viewed almost every day, and has been viewed 231 times. TWO HUNDRED AND THIRTY ONE TIMES (to give you a frame of reference, the next top post has been viewed 89 times. And the one before that, 56. And it’s all downhill — way downhill (like, down to 1)– from there.)

My curiosity was piqued.

Why in the world would such a random, lame post about a pregnancy craving draw such a high volume of traffic? , I wondered.

So I decided to do a little research to discover the root of the issue.

This should be easy, I reasoned, because I have absolutely nothing else keeping me busy these days.

OK, that’s not true at all. However, it still was easy, because all I had to do was a Google Image search the words “lemon meringue pie”. 

Go ahead. Try it.

Yes, that’s right. If you Google Image search “lemon meringue pie”, the 6th picture in will lead you to my blog.

So…I’m not really that profound at all. I just picked a good pie picture for my post.

What with this and my recent stint on the “Ask Pastor John” podcast, I’m headed straight for the hall of fame  (Which, in my house, is located directly up the stairs on my way to the nursery to get my baby out of his crib when he’s crying. I’m pretty famous with him in that hallway).


10 Baby Products I Am Thankful For

There are LOTS of baby products and toys that I am thankful for…however, as a new mom, here is a list of 10 “not-so-obviously-essential” products that I don’t know how I could have survived the past 9 months without!

1. Robeez (footwear)- baby socks fall off — constantly. Robeez don’t. Ever. And they’re easy to put on. And they’re STYLIN’, too! (we also have a pair of Bobux, which are great, too)

2. PraiseBaby CDs – These CDs contain well-produced, pleasant worship music, perfectly suitable for naptime — for baby OR mommy. I love it that the music is so soothing and that the lyrics are so uplifting. My idealist mind prays that they are embedding themselves into Will’s little head as he nods off. 🙂 Thanks to my friend Bethany (who works at Provident) for hooking me up with the 3 disk set! 

3. Baby Einstein & PraiseBaby DVDs – Whoever invented the concept of the Baby-Einstein-style DVD has to have made a fortune! These are some of the most cheaply produced DVDs I have ever seen — yet my baby is FASCINATED by them. They simply contain 10-second “scenes” (usually of something simple like a pinwheel spinning or a toy dinosaur walking) set to classical music (or worship music, in the case of PraiseBaby). Supposedly they provide healthy stimulation for a baby’s brain, too. Whatever. I’m just happy they can keep him occupied for the few minutes while I’m getting ready in the morning (or, ahem, when I need a few extra minutes of sleep in the morning after my little early bird baby has awakened!)

4. Tub-Seat – I don’t know how to describe it, but it’s this thing:

My sister-in-law gave it to me with the explanation that it’s “pure gold” (i.e. hard to come by these days) Apparently it was recalled because parents were using it to leave their babies in the tub unattended, which is NOT what this product is for. It’s simply a tool to help keep your baby upright in the tub (and to keep your back healthy!) while you’re bathing him. I don’t even know what this product is called or if it’s available anywhere but garage sales anymore…but if you see one, snatch it up! We love ours!!!

5. Superyard XT – ‘We ordered ours a few months ago…before baby could crawl, before we knew firsthand just how curious this little guy could be. I’m SO glad we did. While it’s not initially what I pictured (I was thinking it would be more easily portable than it is — something that I could quickly fold up and bring downstairs, on a whim), it’s still great. We’ve got it set up in our living room on a big quilt, stocked with baby’s toys. It’s big enough that he doesn’t feel caged in, but small enough to get around fairly easily. It will also come in handy once he is walking, as the gates come apart and can be used to block off areas of the house where we don’t want baby to wander (i.e. furnace, music area, etc.)

6. Elizabeth Mitchell CDs – A friend introduced me to her music, and I simply love it. It’s sweet, it’s simple. It will only get on your nerves if you leave it in your CD player for several months on end (which we did). Still, it’s wonderful children’s folk music that’s pleasant for the grown-ups too (for the first couple months, that is. :)).

7. Wee-Block – I know it’s a little crude, but truly: no parent of a baby boy will regret owning one, especially in those early days. Truly. (Oh, and Mindy, ours says “tinkle tinkle little star”. Hee hee!)

8. Exersaucer – just…have one. 🙂

9. Nuby brand sippy cups (with handles) – Granted, I’ve never tried any other brand of sippy cup…but these ones are awesome. The handles are large and easy for tiny hands to grip, and it’s not too hard for him to get the water out, either! 

10. Boppy pillow – I LOVED these things — especially early on,  when he was so tiny and nursing took so long. With the Boppy, I could nurse him and read a book or just close my eyes, with no arm pain! Highly recommend.


Those are my favorites…what about you?