EDIT-HAPPY: I finished the not-yet-a-mom survey. If you want to fill it out, message me your e-mail address! Can’t wait to hear your fun answers!

EDIT 2: Kristin, Kimberly (Beth Elaine, Abby, etc.), can you give me some ideas of questions to ask you? I don’t want to just say “How do you think you’ll parent someday?” I have some good ideas but would love your input!

EDIT: The surveys keep coming–I have 33 now. They’re so good–can’t wait to read the rest. I’ll post some follow-up questions periodically when I need some more specifics. And I’m working on something for you not-yet-moms. I value your input, and besides, I just want your names in the book!

Thanks for praying. The meeting went really well. Tiny Tots was going on at church, so Livi and Nina just hung out with the other kids in a big room with riding toys and balls and stuff. Ava was being clingy and stayed in the room with Pastor Eric and me. But it was a large room with toys in the far corner, so I don’t think she heard any of our conversation. We got a lot accomplished during the meeting which is always a good thing.

He apologized for all the meetings and video shoots and whatnot. Our church is going through a transition period with starting a church plant and a lot of the people and staff leaving to go to the new church. They’ve hired some new people, and it’s all a bit confusing at the moment–who’s in charge of what? But I think we’re all on the same page now.

Pastor Eric’s assistant came to watch the girls while I did the video shoot with the production technology guy. She (the assistant) brought a 2-week-old kitten with her. It’s an orphan that her 15-year-old daughter has adopted, and she brings it to work every day so she can bottle-feed it. The girls loooooved it.

We did the video interview-style which was waaaay more comfortable than trying to remember a script. It took all of five minutes. Beautiful.

Thanks for your encouragement. Enjoy the rain today–it will make your flowers pretty!

Speaking of flowers, we just got some for our porch and deck last week, and I’m having a hard time keeping them thriving. The hanging baskets are doing well, but the others are withering and wilting. We get to church this morning, and there are huge pots of gorgeous flower arrrangements. I ooh and ahh over them and how pretty and full they are. Ava turns to me, mouth agape, and says, “How do they keep them ALIVE?” I had to explain to her that most people know how to keep flowers from dying an early death. Her mother is the problem.

Have a good one!

17 thoughts on “whew

  1. tonialynn59

    I can’t wait to read the new book.  The survey sounds interesting and even one for people with no kids yet.  I guess I love listening to what others think and all.  I always like to see both sides of things even when I have a strong opinion myself!:)

  2. bekisue

    Did you get my survey? I hope so. I loved filling it out.

    The kitten is a modern day miracle. We need to remember that. God is good. I’m so glad it went well for you.

    You have a beautiful smile. I’ve never told you that before, but everytime I come to your site or see a comment from you, I think, “What a beautiful smile.” I’ve been holding this in to myself but I just remembered that sometimes we all need to hear stuff like that. So there it is.

  3. faithchick

    my plants fried in the sun.

    i’m working on your survey. just plodding along. i’m having trouble sitting down to do things-even when the kids are happy-i get all nervous waiting for the little time bombs to go off; so i can’t even collect my thoughts! when’s the deadline-christmas?

    (hey…maybe my lack of focus problem even answers one of the questions.

  4. jbnygaard

    I prayed specifically that there would be something at the church that would keep your girls occupied! A kitten! How cool is that?!

    Plants. I’m getting better with them. However, I do better with plants in the ground outside. I don’t do well with houseplants or anything in a pot. They require more water, and I always forget to water on a regular basis!

    Ava = hilarious!!!

  5. Abs7

    I don’t even bother with plants anymore. I blame the fact that we don’t have any plants on my cat, but the truth is that I kill them all.

    I think it would be interesting to see the different answers of moms vs. not yet moms. I often wonder how much my life views will change once I have kids.

  6. ch1pch0p

    Without having kids, what are things you think you’ll never do? always/absolutely do?

    How many kids do you want? (Especially good if you’re asking parents how many kids they wanted before they started having them versus how many they want after they’ve had them.)

    What’s something you watch parents do that you think is a mistake? is good?

    Who is your parenting role model?

    What is important in your spouse/significant other as far as parenting?

    If I think of more, I’ll let you know!

  7. ch1pch0p

    I don’t do flowers either. Even if I could keep them alive, I’d probably sneeze to death.

    Glad everything worked out so well… although it would’ve been more funny (for me) if the girls had asked you a bunch of questions!

  8. YoYoYoder

    I prayed for you this morning. I’m glad it all worked out so well! I, too, have that problem of killing plants/flowers. Ava’s comment cracked me up!

  9. gsowell

    Such ready answers to prayers. A church program…toys in the room…a kitten…interview-style…God is a MUCH better planner than we are!

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