Blue Like Jazz by Donald Miller is a book that I read in college. Then I read it again later in college. Then I read it again... and again... and again... You get the point. I loved this book. It gave me a whole new way to look at life. Having grown up in a Christian home, Christian church and Christian school, sometimes I think we can get a little bit lackadaisical in our faith and we just start spouting off the "Sunday School" answers without really thinking about what we are really saying in regards to our beliefs. This book was my answer to that. I didn't necessarily agree with 100% of what he said (he tends to be quite liberal sometimes), but most often, he is right on the money and says great things. I honestly think everyone should read this.
To me, the book is about what to do with your faith. You know that God exists and who He is, but this is about what you do with that belief. How you use it to live your life.
"I mean that to be in a relationship with God is to be loved purely and furiously. And a person who thinks himself unlovable cannot be in a relationship with God because he can't accept who God is; a Being that is love. We learn that we are lovable or unlovable from other people," Paul says. "That is why God tells us so many times to love each other." -Blue Like Jazz
For the last couple weeks, JJ has been trying to roll over. He would make it as far as laying on his arm and that's it. He just couldn't get past his arm! Then last Tuesday, May 25, he finally did it! He figured out that if he just moved his arm out of the way, he could finish his roll! He was just so proud of himself! Now he rolls over all the time and holds his head up high. I'm such a proud mama! Gary and I heaped praise on him and he soaked it up. He loves it when we get excited over the things he does. But, now that he's rolling over, we had to take out the pack 'n play because I was afraid he was going to roll himself right under the chair!
I cannot believe how fast my little boy is growing up! He'll be 4 months old soon and I know this rolling over is only the beginning. Part of me wants him to stay like this forever, but the other part of me cannot wait for him to start talking. I know he has lots to say (I can see it on his face now! :0) ) and I think he's just going to be so wonderful to be able to have conversations with him! Although, if he takes after his mama, once he starts, we'll have a hard time getting him to stop! :0)
So I've decided that I have not been a very good blogger lately. There really hasn't been too much going on around here. Well, not worth blogging about; there is always something going on around here!!
JJ just turned three months old on Monday and I am amazed at how fast it has gone by already. He is still the light of my life and I cannot imagine life without him. I've been back at work for two weeks now and I hate it. That's not fair, I still love my job and I love my co-workers, but I hate that I can't be with JJ during the day. I feel much better that he's with my mother-in-law than with a stranger, though. We are very lucky to have her so close and available. Plus, she loves being a grandmother, so she really enjoys spending the day with him. One of these days I'll be able to work from home. I haven't quite figured out how exactly I'm going to do that, but I will!! :0)
During my last week of maternity leave we got most of our backyard done. We just need the grass and some outdoor furniture and we are good to go, just in time for summer!! We bought this house knowing that we would have to remodel the backyard because it was so heinous. We started doing it on our own. Gary spent many hours out there doing a lot of hard, manual labor. Finally we decided that enough is enough and we needed to just get it done. It was taking too long doing it ourselves and it would take forever to finish. We set a budget for ourselves and looked about hiring people to do it for us. It took the paver guys 3 days and now the backyard already looks 100x better! I can't wait for it to all be done so we can have BBQ's and just hang out back there. It'll be nice for JJ to have a place to play too! When I go back there, I can just imagine him riding around on a little tricycle riding or drawing chalk pictures or playing chase with Dakota. It's going to be great!!
I'm a wife and mother. I'm a homemaker and a full-time office worker. I hate to clean but I can't stand a mess. I am a foodie and I love food, but I almost always feel guilty after I eat. I watch too much TV. My Faith is very important to me. I am a nerd in the sense that I just about burst with excitement over superhero movies, but I won't read comic books because that's a line I'm not willing to cross. I read a lot. I cry very easily. I can't sing with a lick, but I have a deep appreciation for people who can sing really well. I have a deep appreciation for anyone who does anything very well. I love to laugh and if you can make me laugh, that will give you a lot of points in my book. There is no excuse for poor grammar. I'm creative, but not artistic. The amount of hate and anger in our world makes me sad, but I truly believe there are more good people than bad, we just don't hear about them. I have a very thin mental filter and tend to just speak. I can be judgmental. I still deal with self-esteem issues and I'm not sure I will ever think anything I do is good enough. I love magic because I find it mind-boggling and there aren't enough mind-boggling things in everyday life.