EDIT: I just got an interesting e-mail.
Dear Marla, I just read an excerpt of yours on CBN.com about the first year of marriage. I enjoyed it and got some good advice from it. I do, however, think it is hypocritical that you act so Christian but say you despise the entire feline species. Aren’t we told to love all of God’s creatures?
Hmmm…good point. I actually don’t hate all cats. Was just trying to be funny. It doesn’t always work. I’m not quite ready to admit, though, that not being fond of cats makes me a hypocritical Christian. Maybe it does.
Do you like mosquitoes? Cockroaches? Sewer rats?
Seriously, though, I apologize for offending you.
We had a blast at the zoo–along with half the population of central Ohio. What a gorgeous day. It’s always fun when big animals are right next to the viewing window instead of asleep in some far-off corner. We got to see a tiger, a couple bears and a gorgeous male lion up close and personal. Nina wasn’t so sure about the tiger rubbing up against the glass she was touching.
I’m just as fascinated by the people who come to the zoo as I am the animals–how did God think of so many combinations? And yes, Kim, we get a zoo pass every year. It’s a fabulous deal, and we spend a lot of time there.
We’re heading to a metro park after supper. Gabe took Livi and Ava to one yesterday while Nina and I napped. Then we went back and took a picnic supper and watched waterfowl and turtles through a telescope. I love zoos and parks and being outside. There are some really neat metro parks around here. When Nina’s older, we’d like to start going camping.
I obviously don’t get out shopping much, or I would have known to get the girls Old Navy flipflops before April 1. I had no idea that they’d be completely and totally sold out. I was really mad at myself for not realizing that you have to buy for each season three months in advance. And poor Livi–she tried on a few bathing suits, and they just gap everywhere–up top, around her thighs. She looked in the mirror in the Target dressing room and moaned, “I’m just too skinny!” We’ve had lots of talks lately about how God made all of us different and how we’re just the way He wants us to be. That would include my tummy sticking out farther than my chest. I’m learning to accept my body.
I’ve been thinking lately about a lot of things. It’s all swirling around in my brain, so when it stops, I’ll write about some of it. My life is still cluttered and unfocused, but Krista made a good point about it being that transition to Spring where we’re outside soaking up sunshine instead of hunkering down inside and getting things accomplished. I’m all for living in the moment and being unfocused and cluttered if it means having fun with my family. This goes against my natural personality, so I’m working on it. If I die tomorrow, I want my girls to remember me as loving, fun, and enjoying my life as their mommy.
Later, gators! Go Bucks!