Reformed Grits

To answer your questions…
December 30, 2006, 10:02 am
Filed under: Life

Thanks for everyone’s emails, etc asking about the whole dog thing.  I’ll try to answer your questions best I can:

–  YES, I’m fine.  The bite on the back of my leg is still a little swollen and sore it I only feel it when I sit but it doesn’t hurt.  The one on my shoulder is worse but I don’t ever feel that one. 

–  My nephew is fine.  I think he had the tiniest of scratches on his forehead but like I said, the dog was aggressively playing with him.  He was just mad at me because I took his toy away! 

–  The dog?  Well, I foolishly didn’t make any phone calls and let him off the hook just because I was at a family gathering and didn’t want to be bothered by it.  There was no collar on the dog and it was very dirty.  Dumb decision because I hope it doesn’t hurt someone else.  I just wanted to be over it.  I really didn’t want to make a deal.  So if I come down with rabies, y’all look for an above-the-knee golden chow dog in my dad’s neighborhood, ok?  He’ll probably be dead by then though.  I’m kidding!!

–  Yes the kids were really scared (well, the younger ones) and JD couldn’t sleep that night (he actually was scared because the dog bit me and I kissed him, so he was afraid he might have rabies.  Wow, that’s um really nice.)  but all is well now.   I think my sister was more upset than anyone and she wasn’t there… but then she had dealt with her 2 year old swalling a Coreg the night before and going to the ER.  Fun for all.  And of course these things only happen when her DH is out of town. 

–  Did you know it’s a state law that dog bites must be reported??  I didn’t know but I did call the Dept. of Health and they said, "We don’t take individual reports.  It must come from your doctor."  WHAT?  You mean I have to go to the doctor for a scratch and some bruises?  Um, I don’t have the time for that!  Oh well, I tried!

Again, thanks for your concern.  We are all really fine. 


No medals necessary
December 28, 2006, 11:07 pm
Filed under: Life

To make a long story short, tonight while I was watching all 6 of my kids plus 3 of my sister’s kids over at my dad’s house a chow-mix dog came over and started attacking the 5 y/0 nephew.  I ran over, picked him up, and tried to run with him but the dog jumped up on me biting me once on the shoulder and once on the back of the leg!  I held him over my head (because the dog was jumping up trying to get him still) and eventually put him up where the dog couldn’t get to him and helped the other kids get to safety too.  It was very scary but the dog finally left.  That dumb dog ripped one of TWO shirts that fit my chest.  😦 

Later at home, Jojo came up and thanked me for looking out for everyone during that scary time.  I told him that there were circumstances where moms will do anything to protect their children (ok, and their nephews).  That it didn’t mean I wasn’t afraid but sometimes something in you screams out that you must act, and you must.  And that that wasn’t just moms, but as a future man he would have times like that.  He was concerned that he wouldn’t have been brave enough to do it in my shoes.  I told him that if I hadn’t been there I was sure beyond a doubt that he would have acted courageously and boldly to protect his cousin and certainly everyone else there.  He wasn’t so sure, but I was.  I know him and I think sometimes it takes confrontation and inspiration to know what you would do in a hard situation.   Now that he’s thought about it I’m confident he would be the one grabbing kids and running for his life.  I hope I inspired him to be a courageous warrior in the future, even though I was just being the mom.  Next time, he’ll be the man.   

December 27, 2006, 1:51 pm
Filed under: Faith, Family, Life

The grass is always greener, is it not?  Or is it not just a kind way of saying, "WAHH!  I’m never satisfied!!!"  THAT part is true.  What we have, we rarely fully appreciate.  (Our salvation, our fertility, our family, the love of a good man, etc…)  When we have what we do not want by nature we are never thankful.  When it’s taken away we are sometimes more clearly able to see the blessings of a "thorn."  So then we go from discontent with a blessing or gift to discontent because it has been removed or taken away.  I know I’m being vague but I just want to remind myself that I am to be content in all stations of life, including submission to my beloved husband, nursing mother of a tiny girl, mother of 6, homemaker, bookkeeper, etc.  If any of these situations were removed or taken away in my life, I would be devastated– so why should I not be grateful and content today when they are IN my life? 

Reminds me of a poem that a dear friend from church shared at our Women’s Retreat a while back:

I stood, a mendicant of God, before His royal throne and begged Him for one priceless gift, which I could call my own.  I took the gift from out His hand, but as I would depart I cried, "But Lord, this is a thorn, and it has pierced my heart.  This is a strange and hurtful gift which Thou hast given me."  He said, "My child, I give good gifts.  I gave My best to thee."  I took it home.  And though at first the cruel thorn hurt sore, as long years passed I learned at last to love it more and more.  I learned He never gives a thorn without this added grace:  He takes the thorn to pin aside the veil which hides His face.  — Anonymous

Happy Birthday to me
December 25, 2006, 8:55 am
Filed under: Life

Happy Birthday to me

Happy Birthday to me

Happy Birthday dear… me…

Happy Birthday to me!

Common phrases and misconceptions about having your birthday on Christmas:

-No, it doesn’t bother me.  I have never known anything different.

-No, you may NOT combine gifts for me.  Do I ask if I can do that for you?  Didn’t think so.

-No, people usually don’t forget my birthday in the excitement of Christmas.  If anything EVERYONE remembers because it’s a big ol’ Post It memo on my head!  I have friends from elementary school that will call and wish me a happy birthday because they remember.  So I guess that’s cool. 🙂

-YES I AM A CHRISTMAS "baby", and NO you folks who check my id at stores when I write a check are, in fact, NOT the first ones who have noticed that.  So don’t be surprised when I am not as shocked as you are when you mention it. 

-And finally, no, I don’t get "double."  I get the same as you; I just get all mine in one day. 


And in other news, MERRY CHRISTMAS to you all and a blessed holiday season.  We had finished Christmas at our house by 7:15 AM and all declared it was the best Christmas ever. 

Praise be.  Now, tomorrow morning I will be ready to put all the Christmas away.   I love Christmas, but guess what folks…. tomorrow, it’s OVER!  🙂

(Time to start shopping for next year!)   

Limerick Thursday
December 21, 2006, 7:00 pm
Filed under: Limerick Thursday

Limericthirsday_3My Bee was last week just a bean

This week, she’s approaching thirteen! (pounds, lol)

She’s been eating good–

I told you she would

Since I have been eating obscene.


Today lots of cookies we made

In hopes that we all would then trade.

Too many indeed,

We’ve more than we need

And now I dread getting me weighed   

I’m here
December 20, 2006, 3:10 pm
Filed under: Life

Milk I really am here.  Actively trying to make rich milk has taken away a lot of my "free time" (cough, cough) and as a result my blogging has suffered.  In my down time I have to rest and I am really, really trying to do that!   As I am sitting in my bed with my laptop a million things that I "need" to do are running through my mind. 

Friday night Mr. Grits and I went to our Encourager’s Group Christmas party and as always had a wonderful time.  I walked away with a set of the Snowflake Candleholders seen here (I tried to get a separate link but it was stingy with me.) They are very pretty and highly recommended.   Good times. 

Saturday we found out Jojo had strep so we had to dr him up.  This time of the year we felt it was our social responsiblity for us to all stay home to make sure no one else had it before we "shared the joy" with others, so we watched our church service in a live webcast on our tv at home on Sunday morning.  That was cool.   

Tuesday night I went to an ornament swap (what happened there, stays there).   It was, um, mildly entertaining.  snicker, snicker.  I learned more than I ever wanted to know about some folks. 

So today I am resting and recovering and lactating.  It’s a dirty job, but someone must do it. 

Oh, and while I’m thinking about it, in the next few days I am planning on putting a blog up with whatever bags I have available.  I have made a couple and will put them up.  But typepad says I need a blog name.  So therefore, I’d love some suggestions.  Since it is for Scotland, a Scottish reference would nice… Nothing too hokey… I’m not going to make a huge issue of it but I will tell you now that I will just put a link in the places I hang out section… So there ya go.

I should have known!
December 17, 2006, 10:07 am
Filed under: Faith

I am a big advocate of  If you hear a story that is too sicky sweet, sappy, or will give you anything free then check it out please!  I do this all the time!   It’s a fun site to read for all the stories you have heard your whole life too… such as the story of the orgin of the candy cane.  I’m guessing we all have at one point in our lives gotton a stick with this little story attached to it.  I always thought it was neat and pretty cool.  But I guess I should have known better!   My sister was looking for a small gift for her Sunday School class that she teaches and I recommended that idea.  This morning, I received THIS in my inbox.  (dum, dum, DUUUMMMMM!) 

And while I’m out destroying all your fluffy white Christmas fantasies, did you know the story about the 12 Days of Christmas is rubbish too?  I should have known better, once again but here’s the story on that one.

For more bubble-bursting stories, click here

And Merry Christmas to ya.