{Today's Letters}

Tuesday, October 19, 2010


Today's Letters: Dear Mr. Loerke, before we met I had never studied lab values, shot a wrist rocket, or knew what a 2-1 pitch or a full count was. Thanks for teaching me new things. Dear Mast Brothers, we think your chocolate is the shiz. Please don't stop making it. EVER. Dear Sloan Macfarlan, after holding you for 15 minutes I A) experienced biceps that burned like fire B) had spit up running down my legs into my shoes C) was confident that every mom I knew deserved a raise or D) all of the above. Dear Husband, next week you start your OB/GYN rotation. One word: YOUARESOBRAVE.

What's something parenting has taught you? Even though Husband and I are sans poop sacks, we'd still love to pick your brains.

PS, HAPPY 6 MONTH BIRTHDAY LITTLE BLOGGY. We maybe might be having a giveaway next week to celebrate. Maybe ...

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31 comments:

Han said...

I'm not a parent yet - maybe one day but for now I will babysit.

My friend's little boy (we'll call him Yoshi) fell over on Sunday while him, hubby and another little boy aka Lambkin were playing. Yoshi fell over trying to jump up the step and run through the hall at church. he fell over and Lambkin tried to shut him in. Yoshi leg was in the door way :( it hurt! Hubby was trying to comfort him with words like "it'll be okay, it's fine up you get" and stuff like that. I jumped up, scooped Yoshi up and gave him a massive Hannah-hug. Sometimes a hug is needed rather than comforting words.

Han said...

On the other hand me and Essie (a different friends 2yo) curled up on the sofa and watched Wallace and Gromit :D and had a lovely cuddle as she was tired and due a nap

Michelle (michabella) said...

The picture....PRICELESS! I need me some of that chocolate goodness! <333

Kim said...

My baby is now 19 and she texted me from college this morning and told me she was horribly sick and felt wretched. It doesn't matter how old they are, when they need comforting, it breaks your heart. Especially when you are 100+ miles apart. 19 years old or 19 months old, it all feels the same when it's your child.

Brooke said...

Holy Bearded Men Batman! Three fist pumps from the Fishes. Parenting has taught me that you are NEVER as patient as you need to be or think you are. Also, once you have kids, you understand the unconditional love of God. xo

Meg said...

I have a 5 week old little girl...i haven't slept longer than 3 hours for 5 weeks, l've been pooped, peed, and spit up on. I get to shower maybe 2 times a week, and I have to poop while stimulating a bouncy chair with my foot :). I can't imagine life any other way, nor would I want to. Children make you selfless, and it's a whole new, amazingly wonderful perspective on life and why we are living this "dream"

Stacy said...

We have learned we have more patience than we ever thought we had. We have learned we have less patience than we ever thought we had. I have learned not to put too much vocal emotion into the reading of "Are You My Mother?" because it makes our banana cry. We have learned that the Disney movies we grew up with or that are older (Dumbo for example) are really scary and will result in a third party taking prime middle of the bed real estate halfway through the night. We have learned there is much to learn.

Beck said...

Parenting: goodbye selfish self, hello extra compartment in heart that I didn't know was there to fill up on child love, life slows down & simple things are fun again: "look! a flower! let's hold it and look at it!", plus intense awareness that i have the weight of raising a lil bit to understand the vastness of our God = terrible, scary, awesome burden sitting square on my shoulders. Also? i think quite a bit about how wonderful my own parents are and what a great job they did...if i can only do half as well...

Happy Anni, TL.

Beth W. said...

The two things I've learned are patience and selflessness. Being a parent exposes every flaw you never knew you had. It's completely challenging and frustrating, but completely rewarding at the same time.

CAW said...

you learn to appreciate your parents- you learn the value of love- the lessons of life- you learn you really aren't smarter than a 1st grader
you learn they grow fast- time does not stand still so you write love letters and hide them in their book sacks, lunch box, or folders- you learn you need a bigger box and a better organizing system to save all the letters they write you- you learn that you learn something new everyday-

Jennifer said...

I never knew that parenting would reveal so much about my relationship with God. Unconditional & unrelentless love, discipline, sacrifice, patience are a few of the things God has shown me. We just adopted a little girl from Ethiopia, so that has been even more revealing about our adoption in Christ. It's super awesome!

bigsoup said...

that no one is able to predict how your pregnancy, delivery, adoption, fostering, or parenting life is going to go. I seem to remember many people telling us it would be like this or like that, and we had some ideas of how it was going to work out - but really, no one knows. It is part of the magic of it all. Some things are out of our control and we just have to live, love, and trust.

I have also learned that you need a good solid early bedtime when the kids are young—that will give you the much needed time for yourself and your partner.

brlracincwgrl said...

I'm in love with this photo! You two are so darn cute! Happy Blog Anniversary! Woot, woot! *Spins around in her office chair*

Shew...now I'm dizzy! :)

Christi said...

Happy 6 months! I started reading a few months ago, but this is my first comment. I just became a parent 5 weeks ago, and I've already learned that I didn't know I could love someone so much, and that flexibility is super important. (Also, I've learned to block the bottom with a diaper when changing because projectile poop isn't fun, but I don't think that's what you meant when asking this question :)

Jessica said...

Parenting has taught me 1) Just how much God loves me and 2) How much more I love my husband as I watch him with our girls!

Becky said...

Parenting has revealed in me a love that I didn't know existed. It has also raised my awareness of what a sinful, wretched soul I am, in need of Jesus more and more each day! The highs are the highest you could ever imagine; the lows keep you turning back to the cross each day.

R said...

being a parent has brought me closer to God and caused me to examine why i believe what i believe as my children mature and begin to ask faith questions.

it's also taught me how selfish i've been all my life. parenting will send your 'self' to the backseat with a quickness. and i like this new others-centered me!!

i also know now just how much love my heart can hold. i had no idea i could love people as much as i love my little peanut gallery!

and don't forget prayer...parenting has taught me the power of prayer like i've never experienced before.

Shandell said...

1st your photo made me laugh out loud and startle my son.
2nd parenting has taught me many things. On of the biggest things has been that I'm not strong enough to do it on my own. I don't have the patience or the knowledge I thought I did, but God is continually guiding me to be the best mama for my son.

In the Tweeds said...

I'm looking forward to holding Miss Sloaney ALL. THANKSGIVING. LONG. Yay!

Ornery's Wife said...

Happy six months. :)
Parenting (on the back side, now--kids are 24 and 30) has taught me
1. that there is no more valuable lesson that you can teach them than who they are in Christ--valuable, holy, righteous and perfect in His sight. All the other stuff falls into line when they identify with how much God loves them.
2. it is easier to do it yourself, but it is wiser to let them do it themselves (and experience the consequences of failure and fixing it back)--don't do anything for them that they are able to do themselves.
3. from the moment of conception they experience what you feel and they learn from your heart. There is no greater gift for their health and happiness than for you to live at peace and filled with joy.
4. they really are worth sleepless nights, hectic days, ginormous messes and all the rest. Really.
tm

The Margin Wight said...

Parenting has taught me love, tolerance, happiness, fun, cooperation, to be a companion, to make the hard decisions, to be a teacher, a listener, an enforcer, to keep silent, to speak out, to play music, read poetry, look at pictures and cartoons, to read stories and listen to excuses, to value peace and quiet, to embrace chaos, to embrace children, to keep secrets, to sound alarms, to fear evil's encroach, to trust, and to hold in my heart the joys I am allowed and to learn from the heartbreaks I am given to experience. It has been by far my greatest work.

Andrea Cherie said...

Last week I was randomly surprised (because I'd pretty much forgotten about it) with a book of letters & weekly belly pictures- just like your 'favorite letters"book there on your side bar- that I had written to our baby from the week we found out we were pregnant (wk. 5) to the miscarriage (wk. 12). It's been 3 months this week since we lost our first and it's incredible to me to re-read my thoughts and deep love for a baby we never met. So in my very short stint at learning to be a parent- knowing what unconditional love is & how God loves us unconditionally (like someone said above) sure sticks out to me.

Becky said...

I didn't get the beards at all, until I got my latest issue of Cooking Light with a feature on the Mast Bros themselves. Hilarious you two are.

Ashley said...

I am a mother to a seven-month-old. Something that parenthood has helped me realize: To sacrifice is to make something sacred. You sacrifice as a parent. As you do so, you are making parenthood and the bond you share with your child a sacred experience. I've looked back on experiences in my life where I have sacrificed and those are some of the most sacred experiences I've had.

There are a few more things I've learned about parenthood in this post:

http://ashleyschultz.blogspot.com/2010/04/parenthood.html

Today's Letters said...

wow. thank you so much for sharing pieces of your own stories. we get to share glimpses of our lives but we love getting to see glimpses into yours.

note to self: expanding our family will inevitably grow me in selflessness and patience. nuff said.

xoxo

rob ~ cathie said...

we are the so blessed dad and mom of a 34.yr.old, 31.yr.old, and 29.yr.old and we totally agree with the comments about patience and selflessness. we also know that when your kids are very young you are all they know of God. So if you're inconsistent, they reason that He must be inconsistent. If you erupt in unreasonable, angry outbursts and administer discipline that does not fit the offense then, in their minds, so will He. BUT, if you are always there NO MATTER WHAT, the He must always be there, with a loving forgiving embrace. If you 'lay out the plan' ahead of time so they know what to expect then it's not a far leap for them to accept that that's what He's done in His Word. Our family motto? Your best will do just fine (implying that anything less than your best will not)...lots of grace, lots of love, lots of forgiveness, no room for pride and plenty of opportunities to say, "Hey, that wasn't my best self...please forgive me."

Today's Letters said...

rob & cathie, loved what you said, esp the last part. it always comes down to eating our humble pie, owning our part, and asking for forgiveness. congrats on being married so long! i'm guessing 35+ yrs? LOVE IT.

Anonymous said...

You've only been blogging for 6 months? I do not know how you do it every day, but thank you all the same. :)

Rachel Howell said...

I've watched the Mast Brothers make chocolate on a YouTube video, and have fantasized ever since of going there.Their beards are so cool... How is their chocolate different?

Today's Letters said...

rachel, mast brothers makes their chocolate all from scratch. they also hand wrap their bars with handmade wrappers. it's all part of the small craft movement. unfortunately, most of us have gotten used to eating cadbury eggs or hershey bars and thus, affecting our pallet for decent chocolate. you should try some chocolate from the mast bros. if you ever get a chance!

Jax said...

Where did you guys get your map??

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