swirly saturday (volume 1/issue 5)

~~At what point do these posts switch to volume two? Is there volume/issue protocol I should know about? Or should I wallow in my ignorance and make my own rules? Such tough choices.

~~Today was not a good day painwise. I invented a hands-free ice pack for my neck though, so that was a positive. You take some ice, wrap it in a wet washcloth, put it in a baggie, stuff it in one of your hubby’s tube socks, put it in the freezer, then position it on your neck, tie it in the front and try not to choke. And I’m so thankful that I saved my daughters’ teething toys. For most of the day, I was holding either a frozen frog, duck or caterpillar up to different parts of my face.

~~I’m ready to pray for healing now.

~~Livi was counting her money in the hallway tonight. She has more money than anyone in our family ($30+). Nina was watching her, then made a grab for some bills. Livi: No, Nina! Nina: My teacher says we share! Gabe (piping in from the bedroom): … because we care! Nina: No, we don’t care. We just share. I have taught my children well.

~~Gabe, my blogmaster, was looking at some blog stats yesterday. “You should look at these,” he said. “Why?” “You can see which posts got the most traffic, then you can write about that stuff more often.” “Nah, that’s okay.” “What’s this post about ‘anomaly’? It got a ton of visitors.” I grin.Β  “Yeah, that would be the time I admitted that I buy my underwear from the thrift store and caused an uproar.”

~~I’m a little discouraged that the Expecting books I promised a list of bloggers haven’t been sent out yet. It’s been over a month. The good news? The publisher ran out of them and had to do a 2nd printing. So, that’s exciting. So far, my 2nd and 4th books are doing well and my 1stΒ  and 3rd? Not as hot. I would love to break the cycle with #5. But #5 is already giving me fits, and no one has even agreed to publish it yet (and I haven’t written it). If you’re interested in reviewing any of my books on your blog, e-mail me. I can’t guarantee you a free book, but there’s a good chance.

~~Is this swirly enough yet? Am I jumping from topic to topic sufficiently? Hmm…

~~Dr. James Dobson retired from Focus on the Family today. I just spent some time browsing a couple blogs that released the news. The comments were laced with spewing venom. Regardless of how you feel about him personally, no one deserves to have such vile, hateful things said about him. In some of the comments, it was blatantly obvious that the real object of the person’s intense hatred was none other than Jesus Christ. I’m not saying James Dobson got it all right, but he was passionate about the gospel of Christ and the sanctity of human life. Am I being persecuted for my faith? If not, maybe I’m not doing such a hot job of sharing it.

~~Working on our taxes. Maybe that’s what caused my headache.

~~Speaking of, my ear and teeth feel like they’re going to explode. That’s my cue. See you tomorrow with another edition (volume, issue) of word sabbath! I can’t decide whether to post pics of all of us in various stages of pain and sickness, or…

~~You don’t want to miss this one! Happy Saturday, all!

~~p.s. I just previewed my post and was AGHAST when I realized I left out the SWIRLIES! And I did it last week too!! Why did no one tell me?! Were you all whispering and giggling about it behind my back all week long? Oh, the horror.

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~p.p.s. I might have gone the teensiest bit overboard.

15 thoughts on “swirly saturday (volume 1/issue 5)

  1. Stephanie

    I hadn’t heard that Dr. Dobson retired. From what I know of him, I’m impressed. I think he served God faithfully for many years and has done a lot of fantastic things for families.

    My husband and I had the opportunity to visit the FOTF headquarters in CO about five years ago and really enjoyed it. It’s a fun place for kids, that’s for certain…

  2. Lacey

    Okay…so i am behind on blogging and “internet news” but Dr. Dobson retired???? I am so sad. I think he is such s great man. Of course he is not perfect but he has done many, many great things. Where is all the info at???

  3. Stephanie

    I’ve been praying every day for you and your pain! I don’t think I have it as bad as you, but to some degree I understand. There hasn’t been one night in the past month that I haven’t gotten up 2-3 times in the middle of the night (NOT normal for me) because the pain (head and teeth and ear) was so bad, took a handful of ibuprofen, and laid in bed fervently praying and calming myself and trying not to cry until the drugs kicked in and I fell back asleep. I have been assuming it was a sinus infection, but now I’m wondering if I should go to the doctor. I agree with (above) Kelly’s idea that you should get a second opinion to really make sure it’s not a sinus infection before you spend mucho $s on a CT scan.

    LOVE the money story with Livi and Nina. I miss your girls!

  4. Kelly @ Love Well

    I’m new here, Marla, but if you have list of book reviewers, I would love to be on it. Reading is a great escape for me, but I mostly read nonfiction, so that excludes me from many of the book reviews on the web. Sounds like your books would be a great fit for me.

    I hope you feel better soon. I know one doctor has already ruled out a sinus infection, but man — it sounds like a classic case. Maybe you can get a second opinion before you do anything more drastic?

  5. Missy

    I just looked up Dobson’s retirement. Call me niave, but I had no idea people were so vehemently opposed to him. “Naive!” There, I did it myself.

    I also have to add, it is quite scary to see and read the stark hatred people seem to have for believers in general. I wonder how long the persecution here in the US will remain only in words.

    So sorry that you have no relief yet. I’m barely sitting still over here wishing there were something I can do, but obviously, there isn’t. Praying that God will give you healing and relief! Love you, Marla!

  6. Brittany

    Hi Marla, I am one of Lysa Terkeurst winners. I just wanted to let you know that I received my book and I’m looking forward to reading it. Thank you so much!

  7. faithchick

    good morning. my eyes are too swollen shut to even think (that doesn’t make sense, since i don’t think with my eyes.)…but i just wanted to say good morning.
    nina’s “not caring”=hilarious. HILARIOUS.

  8. Megan@SortaCrunchy

    Well, I am so BUMMED that Diapers is not doing well because it is a FANTASTIC book. Hmph.

    ITA with what you said about Dr. Dobson. I am personally not a fan of his politics, but there is no doubt in my mind he has been devoted to Christ throughout his ministry. There is no need for venemous hate. How disappointing.

    Don’t start looking at your stats. It’s a slippery slope. Just don’t do it to start with. You’ll be much happier, I promise.

    I will be PRAYING for healing and for, at the very least, some answers. My heart is with you today.

  9. Joyce

    Hi Marla-I received your book yesterday (well, it’s for my daughter but I’m reading before handing over). Thanks for the speedy service.

    Also, someone may have posted this already but I’ve had a brutal headache/toothache combo before and it was sinus. Apparently sinus infections can give you tooth pain, particularly in the back teeth. Just passing this on fyi. I haven’t read all comments on prior posts so this may be old news to you.

    Hope and pray you feel better today!

  10. Tara

    Hey Marla! You make me laugh! I love reading your blog posts. Such a fun time πŸ™‚ I pray you are feeling better! I just had to say, although they say mine is a sinus infection, I feel your pain! I have had the left side of my face, cheek, eye, ear and teeth killing me! It’s worse in the middle of the night and early when I wake up and advil takes it away slightly but girl I feel for you! You made me laugh when you were talking about it being a brain tumor because two nights ago as I lay feeding my 6 month old and in major pain, my mind kept going over all the things like tumor and cancers that probably came from the excessive amounts of diet coke I drink, and all the things I needed to tell my husband about what I wanted him to teach and tell the kids because I knew I would be dying…Ahhh lovely pain can do that huh? Your kids crack me up! And I will be praying God shows you many things and makes joy come in the mornings! Blessings!
    Oh I need to get a baby book for a friend having a baby and yours was the first that came to mind! I love your books and I can’t wait for #5! πŸ™‚
    < Tara
    (now hows that for a swirly comment? πŸ™‚

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