Reformed Grits

Things I learned in the night
February 28, 2007, 8:41 am
Filed under: Life

1.  Never, under any circumstances, email a cousin saying, "We have been relatively unscathed this winter, sickness wise.  No stomach bugs in our house this year!  Of course we will probably all wake up in the night throwing up." 

2.  Blueberries that your grandfather picked by hand and you put in homemade  pancakes that you even ground the flour for can be healthy if kept in the digestive tract for a normal course.  And they don’t stain nearly as bad if they have been soaked in stomach acid for, say, 6 hours.  But I wouldn’t recommend that as a stain-removing tip. 

3.  It is possible to throw-up while one is sleeping.  Twice, in fact. 

4.  Bad smells don’t seem to affect you nearly as much if you have just been woken by a screaming child covered in chum but only if you have just woken up from "that really good place" when you just fall asleep.  But beware when that fog wears off. 

5.  The smell of Clorox can be comforting, if you are concerned you may be covered in viruses and bacteria. 

6.  I don’t have nearly enough twin-sized sheets. 

7.  If you are going to buy new mattresses, go ahead and invest in waterproof mattress pads.  Yes, they are expensive, but you will be glad if, say, your kids ever loose their blueberry pancakes all over them in the middle of the night.  I know I would have been glad, had I made that investment.

8.  And lastly, it’s not really necessary to catch up on your laundry.  If you do, "someone in authority" may laugh at you and allow your child to get a violent stomach bug.  I’m just sayin’.     


Monday Madness
February 26, 2007, 8:42 am
Filed under: What's she up to now?

Lest you think the Grits family has it together…

For your viewing pleasure I present, Monday Madness!!!!!!  (Guess what I will be doing today!)

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Busy weekend
February 24, 2007, 8:45 am
Filed under: Life

It started yesterday with me having to go shopping (which I LOVE) while the kids were at school for outfits for the boys to wear for our family picture for the church directory last night.  (I used the word "for" FOUR times in that sentence.  Wow.)  So I knocked that out with only a slight amount of pain, especially knowing that Jojo was going to HATE what I got him (a white, Old Navy oxford).  Hey, it was better than the pink ones that had in sizes for everyone! 

So that afternoon I get all the clothes ironed and coordinated and all the kids dressed and ready for the picture which was to be at 5:20. 

An hour later, we escaped with our lives and our wallets (they like to first offer you the $800 package…)  The kids did fine and all was well but now we were getting home close to 7 and I hadn’t started dinner.  (My fault!)  So Super Mr. Grits went to Zaxby’s and got some big yum for us!  Woohoo! 

This morning, we have JD’s Blue and Gold Banquet for Cub Scouts at 10, Jojo and Mr. Grits have practice at 2, and then everyone has to be at my nephew’s birthday party at 4. 

And all my kids are fighting upstairs. 

Tomorrow, Mr. Grits has to serve communion at both services, teach Sunday School, and then go to a Session meeting.  He also has to study for his class Monday night. 

And all my kids are now fighting downstairs while hollering, "MOOOOM!!!!!!!"

February 23, 2007, 8:41 pm
Filed under: All things Scottish

I’m excited!  I think I’ve mentioned that Mr. Grits and I are going to Scotland this summer for a missions trip to a place we have been before.  When we first started planning for it I had it on my heart to find a way to bring Bibles to give to the kids who come to the HBC (Holiday Bible Club which is like Vacation Bible School) and or to the football (soccer) programs.  A week or so ago I had the idea to ask our VBS directors at our church if they would consider making this the missions project for our church’s VBS.  Today I got word that they have decided to do that!  So our children will be raising money to buy Bibles for our friends in Scotland! 

I know, I know, the first thing everyone has said to me is, "Well how are you gonna get them there?"  Well, party poopers, I have discovered that if I order on’s website then there is free shipping on Bibles anywhere in the UK so we could have them shipped right to the pastor’s house there! 

All the money we raise will go right toward the Bibles, not shipping, and we won’t even have to transport them!  I am so thankful God worked this out and that He’s allowed me to see the way His mission is unfolding for the people who are so much in and on our hearts there.  I can’t wait to go back!   

It’s Limerick Thursday!
February 22, 2007, 10:25 am
Filed under: Limerick Thursday

Limerickthursday_3 It’s only now quarter past ten

Already I’m eating again!

This time it’s ice cream,

I want to just SCREAM

Soon, I’ll need a ‘script for Phen Fen.


Ok, so I’ve liked making bread.

The yeasty smell goes to my head!

But now I must sew

Abandon the dough

And take up my needle and thread. 

🙂 Have a great day! 

Confessions of a Hobbit
February 21, 2007, 1:55 pm
Filed under: Life

I’ll admit it… I hate to shave my legs.  But to my benefit is the fact that I don’t grow man-hair on my legs.  It’s fairly soft and blonde and to be honest, Mr. Grits has never noticed– that he’s ever said–when I neglect to shave.  Which is a lot. 

In fact, before today I had shaved my legs ONCE this year.  2007, I mean. 

But today I came up with probably one of the best reasons to shave on a regular basis.  I was walking with Bee going down the back staircase of the school and literally was having a bizarre conversation with myself about how terrible it would be to fall down those stairs because the well is far enough from others that I’m fairly confident I wouldn’t be found for a while, even if I screamed. 
And wouldn’t you know it, but I totally missed the last 2 steps landing square on my knees holding Bee upright and she never even knew anything happened.  (Feel free to submit my name for Mom of the Year…)  Ouch.  All I could think about, outside of the blinding pain, was that if I got toted off in an ambulance they would take one look at my hairy, hobbit legs and rush me to the nearest animal clinic. 

So I promptly came home and shaved off the golden locks (ew, I know) and I feel like I am now ready for whatever emergency may befall me. 

(Said with fear and trembling…)

***And as a sidenote, I am FINE but my left knee is sore and I truly jarred my back landing on my knees upright that way and so I’m in the bed with motrin.  Thanks for asking.   

Limerick Thursday
February 15, 2007, 6:58 am
Filed under: Limerick Thursday

Limerickthursday My man had to go out of town.

It left me home feeling quite down.

Tonight he’ll be back

The kids will attack

Then far from my face goes the frown.


The weather here’s bitterly cold

It makes me feel stiff and just old.

But just for the show

I’d love to see snow

That’d be a fine sight to behold!