What I Did Not Learn About Me

filed under: Miscellaneous on February 15, 2009

Hello friends and family!  Did you notice I was 'missing'?  I went to visit some family in Bemidji and Fargo last week and had a really good time! 

Whats that you say?  Did I take some pictures?  Well, of course! 

Not nearly as many as I would have liked, but I have found that when you are busy taking care of three kids under 4 on the road, stopping and catching a fun moment is not as easy as I would have thought.

And of course, I did learn a few things along the way…a few things I would like to incorporate into my Not Me! Monday.

Welcome to Not Me! Monday! This blog carnival was created by MckMama. You can head over to her blog to read what she and everyone else have not been doing this week.


For instance, I did not learn…  It gets cold when you turn off your heat!  I know, I know, its like I'm a genius or something.  I turned off the heat when I left home Monday, and when I walked in my house Sunday afternoon, it was 47*.  I kid you not.  It was COLD!

I did not learn… how long it takes 5 adults and 3 children who love cake to eat half of one.  About 7 minutes.  And we weren't even trying.  FYI, we were celebrating a birthday for my dad who is celebrating his real birthday this Wednesday…

I also did not learn  how utterly insignificant I am.  At least in the blog world.  I am fairly certain no one knew I was MIA and the amount of traffic and comments support that theory. 

Why do I mention it?  Because it was a lesson I needed!  Sometimes I get caught up in my blog… how many people are visiting, how many comments I get, how many entries I make… it can even take away from my 'real' life, and from why I blog in the first place. 

And when I do get caught up in all that, I start to really get prideful… and the only place pride takes me is away from God. I need to stay as close as possible to the One who brings me peace, joy, mercy and grace!

So thank you, all of you who are not reading my blog right now.  It was the message I needed and I appreciate your enthusiastic willingness to ignore me and find my life perfectly boring! 

You have done a good thing. My husband and kids thank you.

And finally, I did not learn…that I can be a good listener.  I am not saying I was a good listener, but I learned that I could if I wanted to be.  I can actually listen to what someone is saying, hear what they are saying, and not formulate my response until they are done talking.  I never knew it was in me.  And honestly, it wasn't until I specifically asked God to help me in that area. 

I think I am going to actually enjoy talking about me less and listening to you more!

Lessons learned, now for pictures.


I loved this outfit on Parker and could not resist putting Audrey in it.  I would never dress my darling little girl like a boy!  Ok.  I would and did.


Cutie Parker.


Borrowing grandma's glasses.


Big sis and Audrey.


Audrey, Colton, and Inga.  I love all of their individual expressions.


Mom and Audrey.  Sigh.  Just precious.


Shes getting so big already.


Big sis and Inga Grace



This was the kids giving grandpa his birthday card.  I promise.  There is a grandpa in there somewhere.

Thanks so much stacy, derrick, kenny, tommy, scott, avery, mary, karen, mom, dad, angie, kurt, and inga for letting us take over your space for a few days.  We had a wonderful time!  Hope to be back soon!

God bless!

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  • Julie in WA says:

    Yea! You are back. I will have you know that I check your blog EVERY SINGLE DAY, sometimes two and three times. I have learned not to be disappointed when there is nothing new to see or read. But you were missed!

  • Heather says:

    Good post! Great pictures!

  • Liz says:

    I’ll be honest….I didn’t know you were gone ๐Ÿ™ But in my defense I haven’t been around much either!!:) Great pics, You take wonderful pics!

  • Laura says:

    Of course you were missed….well you and new pictures of your little cuties! ๐Ÿ™‚
    I love the glasses, the big bow and the last picture where Audrey is climbing over the chair, very cute. Have a wonderful week!

  • Kristin says:

    I’ll start by saying I DID notice you were missing, but thought maybe Mommy duty was taking over for a few days.
    That being said, I had some of the same thoughts this weekend. I was thinking about how many (or few!) comments I had been getting lately and wondered what I could write about that people would find interesting, etc. I was really stressing about it. It is so easy to put more importance on my blog than really should be placed on it! My husband kind of pulled me back to reality and told me my blog was for fun, for me, but that it wasn’t something to get so caught up in! Oh, yeah, I guess he was right. Kind of humbling, though. Pride is a dangerous thing!

  • Janis says:

    I knew you were gone….of course, you told me but STILL I would hope that I would notice that you hadn’t blogged in a while since yours is one of the first ones I check for! ๐Ÿ™‚
    Glad you had a great time! Awesome pics. Can’t wait to see your little one for real! Still on for the 27th? ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Amanda says:

    Don’t feel bad about dressing your daughter in blue. I was looking at my little guy and all his hair and I came really close to putting a bow in it…. just to see how it looked. My girl just didn’t ever have enough hair for cute bows when she was tiny. Thanks for visiting my blog!

  • he & me +3 says:

    I am thinking only my family of 5 could eat half a cake or maybe the whole thing in like 5minutes. LOL
    We went out of town too and turned the heat down…only to 62 though and that was BRRRR. I can’t imagine 47 yikes!
    Great pictures! So cute! Love the grandma glasses one:)

  • BP says:

    That looks like a fun birthday get together. Audrey is looking so different now in these pictures, what a sweetie!

  • Aimee Perry says:

    Great Not me post! The pictures are wonderful! Your kids are soooo cute! Thanks for stopping by my blog and praying for Tater Bug! All is well! Have a great evening!

  • sarah says:

    so cute! wonderful children photography (especially baby climbing over the chair)