Saturday, January 30, 2010
Friday, January 29, 2010
This experience was so valuable to me, and I hope that the feeling of gratitude and closeness to God that I am feeling right now lasts forever. It was such a good reminder of what Jesus did for us, and it made me even more thankful for the things in my life. I have always viewed myself as a Christian, but after having my children my feelings deepened. After going through the whole process of each pregnancy and child birth, and holding these little miracles made me ever thankful for my healthy beautiful children. Then as Steve and I each experienced job headaches in a terrifying job market, and things started to change and look up for each of us, once again I knew that God was looking out for us and had a plan.
Long story short, I knew I needed this. I wanted to thank God (as I do every night in my prayers) for everything that he has given me, and continues to bless me with daily. But what I didn't expect was to learn so much, and feel so much love from him. It was an emotional weekend, and anytime I slow down and just recall things about it, I cry again. I know I am an emotional person (I have always had the ability to cry at a drop of a hat), but this weekend I cried a river. Some of them were tears of sadness after listening to other people's journeys to God, but most of them were joyful tears.
I am so thankful for everything in my life, and my family and friends mean the world to me (I hope you all know that). However, I learned that I need to reprioritize things some. I really need to put God first, and continue to trust that he will guide me down the right path. I know I will stumble, but I am confident that I can lead a more fulfilling life if I can do this.
Wednesday, January 20, 2010
Monday, January 18, 2010
As I toured the museum alongside of these women, I learned so much about Birmingham's history, as well as the civil rights movement. It is truly amazing to be living in a city where SO much history has taken place to further the rights of black people. Today I wanted to share some of those things with those who read this (and may not know it).
Back in the 1920s Birmingham had two baseball teams, the "Barons," and the "Black Barons" since the teams were segregated. The "Black Barons" started in the early 1920s, and were very good for the 40 years they were around, and ended up having five of their players inducted in the National Baseball Hall of Fame. They played at the historic Rickwood Field, the oldest ballpark still in use today. Both whites and blacks enjoyed watching them play (even though they had segregated seating), especially in the late 1940s when Willie Mays played for them and they competed for the Negro National Championship.
The astonishing pace of Birmingham's growth through the turn of the century earned it the nicknames "The Magic City" and "The Pittsburgh of the South". Much like Pittsburgh in the north, Birmingham's major industries were iron and steel production. 30% of those laborers were white, while 70% of them were black. However, it was the burial business which led to the success of a few black men in Birmingham.
It is hard to imagine that from 1940 to the mid 1960s, there were 50 unsolved bombings, giving Birmingham another nickname: Bombingham. Then on 12/1/55, Rosa Parks refused to give up her seat on a crowded bus in Montgomery. It was that defiance that led to continued violence between the blacks and whites for the next couple of decades, but also the beginning of laws changing. A year after Ms. Parks famous move, the Supreme Court said that segregation on public transportation was unconstitutional.
Laws continued to slowly change over the years, so I was shocked to read that in 1990 (just 20 short years ago), a burning cross was put in the yard of Huntsville, AL couple (a city 1.5 hrs north of Birmingham) because the white woman was dating a black man. That is pathetic! So, as we celebrate Martin Luther King, Jr Day today, I hope you all know the reason we celebrate this day. It is because he fought to end racial discrimination in a nonviolent way. So in observance of him, teach your children to love everyone equally. If we can end racial discrimination, perhaps we can make this world a safer, happier place with less war and turmoil for their future.
Saturday, January 9, 2010
Preston's personality has really started to come out more and more. He is constantly babbling, and loves to "talk" on the phone. In fact, if we are on the phone he reaches for it and cries if we don't give it to him. This morning Steve was on the phone, and Pres started crying. So we called my parents so Pres could talk to them. He babbled some, did a little singing, hung up on them a couple of times, but was happy. It is so funny to see him repeat some of Bennett's behaviors from a year ago http://www.blogger.com/post-edit.g?blogID=3555477724792780629&postID=3180277077404312701.
Friday, January 8, 2010
Thursday, January 7, 2010
Tuesday, January 5, 2010
Monday, January 4, 2010
Preston got a new book for Christmas filled with various mother goose stories, and the kids just love it. Yesterday Steve was reading it to Pres, and when he came to "Peter Piper" he asked Preston to copy him. Pres sputtered and babbled, and Steve thought it was so funny. He told me about it when I got home, so he got the camcorder after dinner and made him do it again.
Bennett hates to be left out of any photo/video session, so we asked her to sing for us. Enjoy!
Friday, January 1, 2010
Anyway, last night Steve's parents kept our children OVERNIGHT for us. It was Preston's first night away from me since he was born. It is not that I am an overprotective mother, but he is the worst sleeper ever, and I hated to do that to someone else. He has been sleeping better, but of course he pulled a typical Preston and woke up at 1am last night for them, which got their whole house stirring (including Bennett). Needless to say, they didn't get any sleep. We, on the other hand, partied like rock stars! Knowing that we didn't have kids to come home to caused us to stay out later than we should have and drink more than we should have. This wicked combination is now making us suffer tremendously today.
Now that the kids are finally taking naps, I too need to get some beauty sleep so I can function the rest of the day. When will I learn my lesson, and realize that I am no longer the 23 year old that could rebound within a few hours!
Happy New Year to you all!