My Husband "Subvet" says that when our first son "Sonshine" was born the sun rose on our world, when our second son "Gator" was born the sun laughed and when our daughter "Sugars" was born all the flowers bloomed. That says it all.

"Life is not about waiting for the storms to pass...
It's about learning how to dance in the rain."

Your mind is the garden, your
thoughts are the seeds, the harvest can either be flowers or weeds. — William

Saturday, November 10, 2007

Winners, Answers, and Alphabet Soup (E...)

When I said that competition for the Silly Goose Award was getting fierce I wasn't kidding! As a matter of fact, it's so fierce this week...we have a TIE!

So here are our winners:

Karen h.
Frisson - Redneck word for Freezing - It has been Frisson cold here this week.
Frisson; another mispronunciation, this time it's for "freezing". As in, "I'm frisson my butt off in this weather".
Factotum: a tiny little fact, as in the kind of facts I learn every day from my four year old. We're driving through the neighborhood and he points at a house and yells, "it's California!" Same house, everytime. It's a factotum.

And, here is your prize:

Miss Smarty Pants is Diane
Frisson: A delicate, ephemeral feeling, such as fear.

Usage: Sarah felt a frisson of fear run up her spine when she saw Gator with the cattle prod.

And here's your prize:


frisson - n. a sudden passing sensation of excitement; a shudder of emotion; thrill

factotum - n. an assistant who takes on a wide range of tasks and responsibilities

The very idea of having a factotum gives me a frisson!

On to Alphabet Soup.

Effort. Before I got married I was fighting depression, anorexia and other assorted emotional troubles. Everything in my life took supreme effort. It took a huge effort to decide on, make and eat a meal. Even my post partum depression at its worst didn't compare to back then. Today, some days take effort, others don't. And even the days that take maximum effort are GOOD days!

Evenings. This is MY time. I've always been a night owl and now it's even more pronounced. With the kids in bed and Subvet off to work, I can finally unwind and do something that's just for me. I spend the better part of most evenings emailing back and forth with friends.

Email. I wouldn't be where I am if it wasn't for email. Subvet and I fell in love through email....then phone calls. He finally moved to Texas (4 months after we first met online) because it was cheaper than paying his $600-700 per month phone bill (mine ran about $300). Now I love email because with 3 toddlers there is rarely a "good" time to talk on the phone. If I need to tell someone something I can email it to them at a good time for me and they can read and respond at a good time for them.

I love tracing, stamping or painting my kids' hands. These fat little fingers just get me. Even now when they're wrapped around my medic alert necklace trying to strangle me. I think I have pictures of each child holding my finger as an infant. I almost always have someone's fingers in my hair, currently it's Sugars, but that's just because the other two are asleep. Subvet's hands are rather large and strong (matches the rest of him). We've never been able to "hold hands" because my hand is so much smaller than his. So I hold two of his fingers. It's the most comforting gesture, and I love that it's just "ours". There is actually a picture in my wedding book of us walking across the room and I have hold of his's one of my favorite pictures.

My sweet little boy says grace for the family at every meal. I really should record him saying it. It is so very sweet to my ears, and must be even more so to God's.

Gratitude I try very hard to stay in an attitude of gratitude. I am constantly reminding myself of the myriad things I have to be grateful for. Starting with a wonderful husband and three perfect hooligans. When the tide rolls out and life becomes hard, I start naming my blessings. Out loud. And the tension will ease and I will find the ability to cope.

Handsome Husband!
I feel so very blessed to have my Subvet. I really do. He can always make me laugh...always. He always knows just what I need to feel better...whether a hug, a joke, a Dr. Pepper, or an hour out of the house. He has always jumped in there and helped me wherever he could. Even after a long night at work. He works hard and provides a very good life for us.

I am constantly amazed as I sit and listen to my boys play at their newly emerging imaginations. Sonshine has started making up scenarios for his toys. Recently the fireman was driving the firetruck to get pizza. And the (rainstick) windmill that was atop the (weeble treehouse) restaurant wanted to wear a (upside down top) hat before it all got knocked over by a flying (hand) cheeseburger. (Part of that scenario came out of The Asparagus of La Mancha)


Anonymous said...

OK, didn't feel like crying at this moment, but you made me! Love you, friend.

Anonymous said...

Oh, and I won a prize! The first thing I've ever won! Wow!

Diane@Diane's Place said...

Ha! I got it right! ;o)

Love your alphabet soup you've got cooking. ;o)



Pen of Jen said...

Diane is a brainiac!!! Yeah!!!

I don't even open my mind to think that I could know the I am impressed Diane!

I must say I love email too..

but g for grace is the best! I know that hearing precious children praying to Him is wonderful. I know that parents training their children in the ways of the Lord are also wonderful..

As I have said before and will say are one good momma!

Karen H. said...

Good Afternoon Mighymom,
Oh Wow, I can't believe I've won an award. Thank you, Thank you so much my dear friend. I feel so honored to have one this. I've never won anything like this before. I really enjoyed playing this game, so I will be back this Thursday. I may not know what they really mean, but it sure is fun making up something. LOL. Yep, that there Diane is a wiz. I wish I had just a little of her smartiness. LOL. I enjoyed your post on the Veteran's. I posted a little something on my blog too. I will get my award tomorrow if that is okay with. Since today is Veteran's Day, I just don't feel right putting it up there. Take care my friend and again, Thank You. God Bless You and Your Family. Tell your wonderfull hubby "THANK YOU" for me for what he has done for our country and that I really do appreciate him and all the others.

Karen H.

Anonymous said...

Hey Mighty Mom!! We finally got a new computer and internet service again, so I just had to stop by and see how you are doing!! The picture of the kids is just beautiful, and I love your alphabet soup!! I can really relate to your E for effort, since I also dealt with those issues in my late teens, and still do to a point... and YES, you should definitely record your boy saying grace, how precious!!! :-)