Reformed Grits


Happy Reformation Day!
October 31, 2006, 4:06 pm
Filed under: Faith

What?  You don’t know what Reformation Day is?  Well, here at the "REFORMING Grits" household we choose to celebrate this grand historical occasion as opposed to celebrating Halloween which scares the begeezers out of my kids, even without my telling them it’s orgins (although the older ones know…) 
At our house, if you ask, "What is Reformation Day?" this is the response you will get:  "It’s the celebration of the day that Martin Luther nailed the 95 Theses to the church door in Wittenburg, Germany. "

What’s so important about that?  Well, it began a firestorm of revival and reformation (which means "change")  in Europe.   Some of  Luther’s major complaints were that the Catholic church was corrupt through and through, as seen by the sale of indulgences and the oppression of the peasant/working class people around the world.  Luther’s lightbulb went off over the passage of scripture that says, "The just shall live by faith."  Not by works; not by the sale of indulgences; not by the beating of the body. 

Here is some interesting FAQ’s about Reformation Day. 

Some things to do to celebrate, not that we do any of these!

Bloggers who blogged about it:  (I am not necessarily endorsing these folks; just saying they blogged about it!)

Jolly Blogger (last year’s) and this years

Challies

Just thinking

Knight of the Living God

And finally, our wonderful pastor, Jeff Lowman, preached on Sunday about the importance of the Reformation and what it means to us today.  This was an outstanding sermon and I hope you will take the time to listen to it while you iron or cook dinner or whatever you do that you can listen for a bit.  Here is the webpage to the sermons and the title is Illumined by the Reformation.  You can watch it  or just listen to it. 

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Fun contest!
October 30, 2006, 8:16 pm
Filed under: Web/Tech

Go here and register to win a cool prize!  I have been visiting Jennifer on her site and she is a former "Alabamian" from my area and is a very creative person and I really enjoy her blog.   And that was the biggest run-on sentence.  Ever. 

Scat!



Kitchen Days
October 30, 2006, 2:54 pm
Filed under: Life

Do you have a comforting "food smell" from your childhood?  Like the house on Thanksgiving?  Or something your mom made that just smelled yummy?  Those things can take you back, can’t they? 

I have a couple of "food smell memories."   One, that my kids and I were talking about at Sunday breakfast, was going to visit my grandparents in the summer.  We would stay for weeks at a time because they had air conditioning in their house and we did not (remember, DEEEEEP south here!)  It was almost mandatory it was so hot.  One summer we returned from out of town and our candles had LITERALLY MELTED.  Crazy hot.  Anyhow, on Saturdays at my grandparents’ house I would awaken to the smell of percolating coffee, bacon, and my granddaddy’s waffles.  I could EAT that smell.  There was always plenty and it was just a happy thing to wake to, knowing I was on vacation at my grandparents. 

Another one is brownies.  I grew up in a house where the main thing you could do to please my dad was to put out a plate of warm brownies.  The only way to make him happier would be to load it up with a ton of vanilla ice cream with Hershey’s syrup.  I loved to make brownies because I knew it would make him happy.  Oh, the simple strivings of a young child! 

The other food memory I have is when I was in high school.  I took a lot of "challenging classes" and was on the SGA, was a cheerleader, played softball, was an officer in the NHS, etc, etc, etc.  I frequently was stressed out.  One day, I had evidently fallen asleep doing my homework and woke up to the smell of homemade bread.  Not just ANY homemade bread, but sourdough bread.  My mom had made some from a starter she had gotton (from my future mother-in-law) and had baked a loaf while I lay exhausted in my bed.   When I woke up, it was dark outside but I smelled that bread and my mom came in to the room and asked me if I would like some.  (Yes, please, with butter.)  I just remember the homey feeling it gave me. 

Today I have spent most of the day in the kitchen.  I think y’all know I LOVE to cook.  It gives me great satisfaction to know my family will be eating something yummy that they will enjoy.  I started off making some taco soup.  Now I have 2 loaves of homemade 100% whole wheat bread in the oven, and as soon as it comes out I will be putting in a batch of cowboy cookies.   The house smells incredible.  The kids will be taking a portion of all of that down the street to a friend who just had her first baby.  When they walk in the door, I hope they develop a "food smell memory" of home, and the good things their mom loved to cook for them. 



Ahhhh soccer reprieve
October 28, 2006, 10:14 pm
Filed under: Life

Today was our first weekend since I can remember without soccer!  Hooray!  We love soccer but were really ready for our lives to not revolve around it. 

Mr. Grits and I slept in, and enjoyed a leisurely morning.  Around 11 we went out to plant the bulbs of my granddaddy’s that we dug up from our old house before we moved.  I don’t know if any of them were actually viable but we will know in the spring.   He then went on to do a little yard work while I really did nothing of much consequence in the house. 

At 3:30 we went to our school’s Fall Festival and really had a great time.  I was thankful that we didn’t spring for the $20 armbands as most of my kids had more than enough with their $5 cards (the little ones especially) and the older ones pitched in $5 of their own to get a $10 card which totally was enough (JD actually had some punches left.)  Jojo ran around playing with the kids his age and really didn’t need much at all.  He waited it out til the end when they were GIVING the candy away!  Everyone had a good time, including Mr. Grits and I as we got to fellowship with friends. 

We came home; the little ones got baths, and I made a late dinner.  Now we are just sitting back and relaxing for a change (I take that back; Mr. Grits is studying for his Monday midterm.) 

I have another sinus headache so I am on my way to bed.  Hope y’all are enjoying your weekend as much as we are!



I feel a blog comin’ on (aka, Let it go)
October 27, 2006, 10:22 am
Filed under: Faith

I have never been characterized by worry.  Maybe because I’m the baby of the family I tend to always be an optimist and think things will work out.  That said, in the last month or so I have been totally gripped by worry in one area of my life. 

I don’t like the feel of this. 

The word "gripped" seems so appropriate because I have this mental image of a hand squeezing me and crushing me.  I can’t get out.  I can’t wriggle free.  I’m being seized for all it’s worth.  I am gripped. 

Something occured to me this morning while reading in 2 Corinthians 4 and 5.  The hand that is squeezing me is my own.   The fears I am fighting are not valid in that they are not involving sin in my life; however they have become a stumbling block for me TO sin as I worry and fritter and fret.  Does that make sense?  I am allowing the cares of this world to trip me up, focusing on the groaning of "this tent" instead of "being pleasing to Him."  Which, in this case involves releasing my grip. 

I can close my eyes and see the hand that has been crushing me, open to receive the blessing, yes the peace that is offered through yielding to the fear of the Lord instead of the fear of the mortal. 

But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, that the surpassing greatness of the power may be of God and not from ourselvs; we are afflicted in every way, but not crushed; perplexed, but not despairing; persecuted, but not forsaken;  struck down, but not destroyed; always carrying about in the body the dying of Jesus, that the life of Jesus also may be mainfested in our body.            II Corinthians 4:7-11



Heart failure…
October 26, 2006, 5:44 pm
Filed under: Cute kids stuff

Can I say that it is THE cutest thing to see 6 year old Poo lovingly carrying around Bee?  It is SO sweet!  He loves her to pieces. 
Today she was laying on a burp cloth in the floor under a little activity toy in the living room and he was in there with her.  All of a sudden I hear a blood-curdling cry and panicked screaming, (both from him) like, I don’t know, like a bat had landed on his face or something.  It totally scared the (crap) out me and I went flying through the house, expecting to have to thereafter call 911.  I finally got him to tell me that…
a bug had crawled near his precious baby Bee and "he couldn’t get to her fast enough." 
I actually threw something at him I was so mad, lol, but it was pretty sweet that he was worried he didnt get to her fast enough.

It’s only funny in retrospect, however.



Milk Blister
October 26, 2006, 3:39 pm
Filed under: Life

Have any nursing moms out there had one of these?  I have my second one ever right now.  Ouch.  Normally I would go in to what it looks like and what I had to do to it, but this is a public blog and I don’t know you so I will save you the embarrassment of having me describe what this thing looks like, given it’s location. 

You are welcome.

I will tell you, it HURTS!  And to boot I think I’m getting a clogged duct.  I have a weird situation too where I only nurse from one side so my poor injured jug is limping along.  Bee is no worse for the wear.  She is growing so big and has little chub all over.  She is so sweet and happy most of the time now and gives out smiles to anyone who tries to gain one.  She also chuckled at me today when I was playing with her.  Yes, moms of 6 DO take time out to play with and enjoy their little ones.   Totally made my day.