The Mommy Bloggy

Reflections of a Mother's Heart

Happy Birthday, Logan! May 31, 2009

Filed under: The Ferguson Family — Michelle Ferguson @ 7:00 pm

Mama and LoganToday is my first born son’s seventh birthday!  Logan is an energetic, passionate, smart, and loving little boy!  He got a new bright red bicycle for his birthday, and he is so cute riding it with his bright blue helmet!  I can hardly believe he is old enough to read, ride a bike, and swim!  It seems like he was just born!

His birth happened three months after the death of my father.  It was a very emotional time, with my mother and husband at my side, as I brought a new life into this world and said goodbye to the life of my father, who would never meet his first grandson this side of Heaven.  Before my father died, he told me one day on the phone, with great excitement, that he had had a dream and that my baby was a boy.  I clung to that and was not surprised at all when my husband declared at 2:41am on May 31, 2002, “It’s a boy!”

I have lamented over the years all the times my father has missed and all that my children have missed not knowing him.  My father was a wizard at everything he did.  He could fix anything that was broken and knew everything about plumbing, electricity, carpentry, building, gardening, boating, and cars.  I so wish Logan could spend time going around the yard working with my dad.  I wish they could have gone fishing and crawled under a car together.  When I get sad, though, I think about my Dad in Heaven, and I know that he is happy, and that really, I am the one who is missing out!  Heaven is a glorious, more beautiful place than we can imagine.  I’m thankful I will have a place there one day, hopefully nextdoor to my Dad.

Thank you, God, for my earthly father and the years I knew him.  Thank you God for my son, Logan, and for Your Son, Jesus!

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No Short-Order Cook Here! May 30, 2009

Filed under: Brad and Me Plus 3 — Michelle Ferguson @ 6:33 pm

There are lots of vows about child rearing that I made before I had children.  Then….I had children of my own!  I must confess I have compromised on some of those vows, like allowing a 2 year old to continue using a pacifier, like never having a child make a scene in public, and like counting to three when I’m asking a child to do something.

One vow I have kept is that I do not cook separate meals for my children if I happen to be making something they are not particularly fond of.  I  am not a short order cook!  My kids cannot always have it their way.  I think catering to a child’s likes all the time tends to make him selfish and expectant of that treatment in all areas of life.  Typically, I plan our meals and take nobody’s likes and dislikes into consideration, (except for mine!).May 2009 040 However, I will fix their requested meal on their birthday and occasionally I ask for their ideas for dinner.  What I put in front of my kids to eat, I expect them to eat.  If they don’t, they go to bed hungry.  We do eat a variety of foods and I expect my children to at least try everything on their plates.  I do not require that they finish everything.  However, if they want dessert, they do have to finish all of their dinner.  Dessert is a treat at our house because we do not have it often.  Dessert may be blueberries covered with vanilla yogurt and honey.  Sometimes it’s ice cream or homemade cookies.

As a result of this practice, I do not have very picky eaters.  Lindsay has learned to like tilapia and salmon, and Logan has learned to like spaghetti sauce (as long as it has hamburger in it).  They both love fruit, vegetables, and salads.  One thing Lindsay has not learned to enjoy yet is potatoes.  Every time we have potato salad, mashed potatoes, or scalloped potatoes, she gets some on her plate and has to try it.  I’m thinking one day she will come around!  I’m still working on them with avacados too!

 

A Sock M.I.A. May 12, 2009

Filed under: Brad and Me Plus 3 — Michelle Ferguson @ 8:15 pm

One day recently while folding laundry, I discovered I had a missing sock for Logan.  It’s not too unusual because occasionally while doing laundry, I end up with a leftover sock or two with no match.  I call them M.I.A. because somewhere between the dresser drawers, the laundry baskets (if they even make it there!), a trip downstairs to the laundry room, and then back upstairs,  they go missing in action!  It’s a very curious thing!

With three children, I typically do a couple of  loads of laundry every other day.  If I don’t, it piles up big time!  When sheets and towels have to be washed from four beds and five bodies, well that’s another story!  Do I hear an “Amen?”

This predicament makes me think of my relationship with the Lord.  Am I missing my prayer time or my Bible reading?  Am I missing serving in my church?  Am I missing opportunities to love my neighbors?  Am I missing being a light to a dark world, pointing others to Christ?  I do not want to be M.I.A. from God!  When Jesus returns one day, I want Him to find me busy doing His work, perfectly matched up with His will for my life!

A few days after missing Logan’s sock, I was cleaning up under his bed.  To my surprise, I found a roll of toilet paper (what’s that about?) and that missing sock!

 

Salt of the Earth May 7, 2009

Filed under: Laughter and Lessons — Michelle Ferguson @ 10:38 pm

Logan

Laughter:  One night during dinner I got up from the table and announced that I was going to retrieve the soy sauce from the refrigerator to put on my rice.   My six-year old son said, “Oh, you mean the stuff that makes it taste?”  I just had to laugh, and then I thought a little more deeply about that.

Lesson:  The Bible tells us in Matthew 5:13 that Christians are the salt of the earth.  Dictionary.com defines salt as a “compound for seasoning food… a preservative.”  My favorite definition given is  “an element that gives liveliness.”  I think these definitions should certainly also describe Christians.  We are to permanently change the flavor of our surroundings by adding life.  When salt is added to something, especially if it is too much, it definitely changes the flavor, and that saltiness can never be removed.  As followers of Christ, we are to permanently impact the lives of others with the Gospel.  Let’s be remembered as people who give “liveliness” by sharing the Good News of Jesus.  Be the stuff that makes the world taste!