too much talking on the phone?

today i realized that i may talk on the phone too much. probably my baby is just an observant little girl but it made me stop and think. this is what happened...

normally, i don't let jane play with my iphone. one, it costs a lot and i want to keep it nice. two, i don't want her to be one of "those" babies that is obsessed with phones. well, she is. anyway, i was showing her a picture of herself on the phone and she was being very well behaved so i flipped through and showed her the album. she caught on quickly and took the phone to touch the screen and flip through on her own (it was very cute.) next thing she does is hold the phone right next to her ear! it was so cute and funny. i didn't go get the other camera (not sure why) so i don't have proof. but i let her hold onto the phone and she did it again about 30 seconds later. she seemed to be listening for someone to talk to her. who taught her this? probably me. but i am impressed that she learns things just by watching. it makes a momma proud.

so, the time came for us to move on and put the phone away... bad idea. she threw the biggest fit of her life so far. it was screaming, and i mean screaming. she threw herself on the floor. and the crying went on for about 2 minutes! i tried distraction, talking to her, even her baby doll didn't comfort her. finally i took her outside and she calmed down. i am telling you, sin nature is strong in this child. one surprise for me, being a new parent, is that discipline starts sooner than i thought.

moral of the story, jane is not ready for phone responsibilities. she goes all crazy like gollum on lord of the rings, not cute!

signs that point to me getting older

okay, i am now 26 years old. i know that to some of you who read this that seems young and you may long to be 26 again. to some of you, 26 is only a few years removed from where you are now and you are much wiser, i'm sure, because of it. and to some of you, dear readers whoever you are, you are younger and can't really imagine being 26. i was like you, not long ago (even at 25.) so let me start by clarifying that i am not complaining about getting older, i quite enjoy it. i am just starting to notice little things that i just realized happened many years ago. here is my list:

~ i have now been married SIX years! yes, i know, i was married when i was "young" for most standards of marriage; but it seems like six years is starting to lean toward no longer being newlyweds and being, just, married.
~ the students that i taught my first year of teaching are graduating this week! i taught them when they were in 9th grade geography. and oh, what a crazy class they were. luckily they have changed a lot since then, they have matured into young adults (almost) who are good at what they want to be good at. and i am happy to say, a few have given their lives to Christ in the past few years!
~ one of the cheerleaders that i coached at chs when she was a junior is now the coach! yikes. this is the one that got me thinking about being older because my girl band friend, allie, made cheerleader this year and her coach was my cheerleader in 06 and 07. which means she has been graduated from high school for 3 years already and may graduate college next year.
~ my little baby jane is almost one year. this does not make me feel old, necessarily, but it made me realize that time is moving quickly and i need to be better at documenting the moments and live my life completely.
those are a few of the things that hit me recently and i know practically every year i will have some moments like these. i hope i can always love the age i am and become a better person every year because of, or in spite of, my experiences. thank you Jesus for the people You have put in my life to help me see the good things You provide and the memories i have. amen.

february and march books

i have been slacking off in most areas of life lately. i pretty much feel behind the game, all the time. house work, dinners, laundry, Bible reading, prayer, gym time, blogging, and my monthly reading. i am going to make some radical changes in my life so i can get back on track. first i thought i would catch up on some blog updates.

february book:

for february i read a book called "culture shift" by al mohler. it was a smaller book comprised of short essays/sermons he had written and crammed into a book. most of them deal with hot topics in american culture such as education issues, abortion, gay rights, politics in general - which is why it's titled culture shift. i think it is meant to jog your brain so that the reader can make decisions on what they really believe. i liked the book because it filled some of my academic void and gave me insight into what the rest of christian society could be if we thought about things in a Biblical way and not based on what is "moral" or "hip" right now.

march book:
in march i read a book titled, "why we're not emergent: by two guys that should be" by kevin deyoung and ted kluck. it was a great book for me to read at that time. i think utah is a bit behind the rest of the nation in this area (but aren't we always a few years behind) which is probably a good thing. the book gives a basic overview on what the emergent culture and movement is and it also gives Biblical reasons on why some of their ideas and doctrines (or lack of) are not in line with the Bible. i thought it was very well written and did not in any way "bash" the leaders or emergent culture but gave a carefully thought out basis of why we should be discerning when it comes to new ideas and teachings on what it means to be Christ-like. i am not doing a good job of explaining it so i think you should read it for yourself. i am possibly going to bump a few books off my year list in order to put more books by them on the list. a few are, "why we love the church" which is sort of a follow up book. and the other is "just do something" by kevin deyoung which is about finding God's will in your life without waiting for some mystical sign from God as to what His will is.

so there you have it. two more books down - 9 to go! can you believe there are only 8 months left in 2010. yikes, i need to get to reading (yes, my april book is not quite finished - and it's may already)