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Monday, December 14, 2009

Experiencing Christmas

Before Mr. Goodbar and I even had children we discussed how we wanted Christmas to be and how we intended on handling it with our future children; we have adapted and added to that plan as our family grows and we grow as Christians.

We want Junior Mint to understand not just the true meaning of Christmas, but the whole concept of the world verses Christians. He needs to understand that just because other people have twenty-five presents under the tree doesn’t mean he needs that many. We feel a few is more than sufficient or that just because someone else has very expensive gifts doesn’t make them better than a gift from the heart! His life will be full of things that we will have to explain that just because someone else does something, it doesn’t make it okay!

A big one for us is gratitude! People have forgotten what that words means, I’m not even sure it is in Webster’s anymore!!! He needs to understand that it is NOT and NEVER will be appropriate or accepted that he gets mad or upset at not getting what he wants!! We want him to understand that presents are not the focus of Christmas! Present are a privilege, not a right!!

I know a lot of parents say they love to see the “joy their kids have” when they open gifts…however I believe they love the joy they feel at picking out a great gift for their child (and I use the term joy very loosely there). We want Junior Mint to understand that there is NO joy that comes in a box wrapped under a tree or comes with a FROM tag. The only true joy that he will feel will be from the Lord!

We want Junior Mint to understand that you don’t behave between Thanksgiving and Christmas because Santa is watching; you behave all year because God requires obedience! There is no “pitching fits” at the thought of having to wait to open presents until AFTER we eat or until Mommy/Daddy take care of a few things. Obedience and patience are requirements from God!

Now, I do understand that there are probably a lot of people reading this thinking that “well, she will see it’s different when he gets a little older and all he cares about is that new toy”…no you see, we feel that isn’t an attitude they develop on their own. That attitude is planted and cultivated! Now…for the half of you that didn’t check out after that…..

We have spent over two years expressing our views/plans about Christmas and how we want our children to experience it. I think that no matter how we put it, we can’t quite get the point across. I heard an illustration used in our sermon yesterday that was perfect. It sums up EXACTLY how we want Junior Mint (and the little nugget and any future children after) to feel about Christmas. I really hope that when you read this you will stop and think…not just about your kids, but about how you treat Christmas!!


Christmas morning a little girl sat in a living room. After opening all the presents, her mom looked at her and asked “Honey, did you get everything you wanted for Christmas?” The little girl responded, “NO, but it isn’t my birthday”!!

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Your opinion can only be expressed if you agree with me!

First off, sorry for the massive amounts of time that seem to be passing between my posts recently. Between the holidays, taking care of Junior Mint, being so tired and housework I struggle to find time to throw up (which is very often at this point)!

Moving on, if any of you are on Facebook and see my comments you will understand where this is coming from, for those of you who aren't, let me give you a little insight! I often post OPINIONS as my statuses and have recently come under fire for some of those. It started with a comment about Grey's Anatomy and more recently started a "firestorm" with a comment about Thanksgiving being a day to thank God. This all has really made me extremely frustrated with our country.

Why is it that Christians seem to come under fire for personal opinions but (for lack of a better term) liberals* seem to be able to say anything they want and we have to accept it? (Just for the record I don't believe you can be a true Christian and a true liberal at the same time.) Why is it what they say is "being politically correct" but what we say is being judgmental?

It really bothers me that they can degrade our holidays and traditions and mold them into what they want but we can't even say that Christmas is about Christ. Mr. Goodbar and I recently heard the news interview someone about the Gap ad (refer to my previous post if you don't know what I am talking about) and they said that "we" (Christians) need to understand that Christmas is an "all-inclusive" holiday now and more than Christians celebrate it and we shouldn't exclude non-Christians. Please explain that to me....without Christ there would be NO CHRISTmas!! How has Christmas become an all-inclusive holiday? Why do we, Christians, have to be the ones to concede to everyone else?

I'm so tired of the message that "Your opinion can only be expressed if you agree with me" that is being sent out by liberals (and I really don't like that term, but what other term would be better here). Why is my opinion so wrong but they are so right? Why can't I voice my opinion without being attacked as being judgmental? What has happened to our nation?

What has happened to Christianity?



*I do not use the term liberal and democrat synonymously. The term liberal is used with beliefs that typically contradict Christian beliefs.

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

America Speaks, Gap Responds...

After AFA called for a boycott of Gap, Old Navy and Banana Republic, the support poured out. People stood up for what was right and spoke out against the company and Gap listened! Check out this link to the Gap response:


Make sure you keep an eye out for this new commercial! See....standing up for what is right does have some influence!!!! Now, if people would stand up for more things maybe this country could show some improvement!

Thursday, November 19, 2009

What happened to Christmas?

Have any of you heard the new Gap commercial? Here are the words:

2, 4, 6, 8!
'Tis the time to liberate!
Go Christmas!
Go Hanukkah!
Go Kwanzaa!
Go Solstice!
Go classic tree, go plastic tree, go plant a tree, go without a tree!
You 86 the rules!
You do what just feels right!
Happy do whatever you want-a-kah and to all a cheery night!

Really???

This commercial bothered me the first time I saw it...but ever since it bothers me more and more!! What happened to Christmas, where has it gone?

Christmas is disappearing before our eyes and no one is doing anything about it! How many Christians are going to be lining up at Gap, Old Navy or Banana Republic? This is crazy!!

Christmas isn't about the presents anyway! I think we are forgetting the true meaning of Christmas....the birth of Christ!

Santa doesn't matter, presents don't matter, decorations don't matter, food doesn't matter...who cares about the lights, bows and glitter? Without Christ it is all pointless anyway!!

Okay..I know this is going to hit hard with a lot of people (including myself) but check out this list of "Companies against Christmas"

Companies against "Christmas"
updated 11-18-09

Advance Auto Parts
Aldi
Banana Republic
Barnes & Noble
Braum's Ice Cream
CVS Pharmacy
Dick's Sporting Goods
Gap Stores
Harris Teeter Stores
Home Shopping Network
Kroger
Limited Brands
McDonald's
Nordstrom
Office Depot
Old Navy
Olive Garden
Outback Steakhouse
Radio Shack
Staples
SUPERVALU
Victoria's Secret

I know how that looks...that is a hard hit for some of us!! This is a list put out by the AFA! Please consider what buying from these places does for the meaning of Christmas!


In case you want to know the whole list including the "Companies for Christmas" check out:

Monday, November 9, 2009

Can't have too much prayer!!!

After a lot of discussion around our house, Mr. Goodbar and I have decided that there is NO topic that can have too much prayer (okay, that didn't take a lot of discussion but the next part did).

We are expecting a BABY!!! After the last pregnancy, we debated not telling people for a while, but we figured you can't have too much prayer. You can't have too big of a support system. You can't have too many people caring!!

We went to the doctor and the baby is great. No signs of any problems from before! The heart beat is wonderful!!! We go back in two weeks for another ultrasound....the doctor said it is only for my comfort!

We are due in June!!!

Please pray for us and the baby!!! We can't have too much prayer!!!!

We will rejoice in what God has blessed us with now and not worry about the future...for HE is in control!

Thursday, November 5, 2009

Horsey.....

Junior Mint has a horse that he rides when he goes to my parent's house. It is Mr. Goodbar's dad's from when he was a little boy! Junior Mint LOVES to ride...check it out!







Cookie Break

Time for a Cookie Break...........







Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Check Back...

Make sure you check back after Friday and Saturday to see the cutest little boy you have ever seen in his Halloween costume!!!

Sunday, October 18, 2009

Christian Responsiblity

So this week we were watching Grey’s Anatomy and I got SO mad at them using the Bible to defend homosexuals, me being me, then Tweeted about it which sparked several comments. They got me thinking, Christians have NO Christian responsibility today (well, I will say we do when we want to).

If you know Mr. Goodbar, you know that he is pretty strong willed, this can cause some arguments sometimes because I don’t understand why things matter so much. I am now finding myself jumping on the same things that he has been saying for years. In our home, we don’t purchase Pepsi because it is one of the “Official Sponsors” of several gay pride parades around the nation. We don’t eat McDonald’s because of the same things, we don’t buy Campbells Soup because they are adjusting their advertising to “appeal to the ‘modern’ family” including homosexuals. The latest boycott is Susan G. Komen…this one FLOORED ME!!! They give money to Planned Parenthood! More babies are killed by abortion than women die of breast cancer each year. This is so contradictory to me….their sole purpose is to save lives yet they give to an organization whose biggest thing is killing lives!! Explain that to me!!!

Anyway, all that made me think….here I am boycotting these companies with my hubby (reluctantly on the Pepsi thing, seeing as Mtn. Dew is part of that), and I sat there and didn’t turn off Grey’s when they were spewing out that crap!! I had just had a conversation with a friend about a radio show here in Atlanta that Christians need to stop listening to so they will stop talking about all the junk and yet I sat there watching Grey’s because I like the show! Now, here I am thinking about my Christian responsibility.

We have a responsibility to strive to live as Christ lived. We have a responsibility to be in the world not of the world!! Several people jumped on my Tweet about Grey’s saying that Jesus never condemned homosexuality and he preached love, that’s what we should do, love them, I agree we should love them. You love the sinner, hate the sin! But homosexuality is no different than any other sin. Why do we excuse people who cheat on their spouses (or better yet, not excuse them but excuse homosexuals)? No, I don’t think this sin is any worse than any other sin, but I do believe it is a sin, as I do most of the story lines on Grey’s Anatomy!! I realized I am mad about them twisting the Bible but not about the constant sinning that they portray as normal in today’s society.

We have a responsibility to stand out, stand out from the non-Christians, more like STAND UP!! We have to stand up and take this country back!! What happened to the days where TV didn’t show a couple in the same bed, or allow even the word crap on TV…now they bleep out God but leave in the “f” word!! If we, as Christians, would stand up and take the responsibility of being a Christian, we could take this world back!! It has worked…Ford pulled their sponsorship of gay pride parades because their sales plummeted when AFA (American Family Association) told us to boycott them! What about all the stores that stopped saying Christmas but yet we had no issue shopping at them? Why can’t we change the channel or find a new store to shop at or a new place to eat? Is being a Christian to inconvenient? God never said it would be easy to be a Christian!

We have the responsibility to turn off the TV, change our drink, shop somewhere different, or just stand up to our friends when it comes to GOD!!! Or even better, get on the computer and send letters, letters and more letters to the shows and companies that are doing these things! (This is what I am going to do with Grey’s, my letter may not do anything, but I bet a million would!) If I loose a friend because they don’t like how I stand up for God, I’m okay with that, but if I have to answer for not standing up for God when someone was speaking against Him or His teachings….which would you choose??

You see, I am so tired of people getting irritated over conversations about homosexuality being wrong or people getting mad because we as Christians don’t like what’s going on in with our nation! I personally believe I have a responsibility to voice what the Bible teaches and to try to avoid sin. Do I believe homosexuality is any worse than any other sin, NOPE…but it seems to be the “sin of today” that everyone thinks is okay!! It has become the norm instead of the exception so we have to accept it! This is just a crazy concept to me! I believe in God’s love and I believe that His love can move mountains, so why can’t it help this nation find God again?


It’s time to STAND UP instead of SHUT UP!!!!!!!!!!


Thursday, October 8, 2009

Really??

So, where do I start? You know those days where you should have just hid under the covers and not gotten out of bed? Well, today was one of those days!!

Where do I start? How about the fact that from the moment Junior Mint (side note: he doesn't like Junior Mints at ALL) woke up he was out to destroy our home. He walked out his bedroom door and refused to go downstairs without his Cookie Monster book, considering that the big blue cookie hungry monster has now taken over the Noble lives. We can't go anywhere that Cookie Monster is without hearing a loud little "COOOOKIE" in the famous Cookie Monster voice! So after 10 minutes of trying to get down the stairs with a book in tow (which he is determined to do by himself because he is so incredibly independent) we make it to breakfast. Breakfast went well! Then playtime rolled around.

He pulled EVERY toy he had that he could get to out and just left them, didn't play with them, just left them. He then got a stuffed ball and threw it to the dogs and when they started tearing it up, he thought it was funny. Every time the dogs stopped he took it back to them to tear up some more, leaving me with a pile of white fuzz in the floor that looked like our dogs ate a bunny in our living room!

I then decided that being inside for the 3rd straight day was too much for one little boy...so off to the park we went. That's where it got really bad!! We got to the park and ate lunch then played for about 30 minutes. Then, Junior Mint went up the stairs about 10 feet from me and he started stomping his feet and staying "Mommy, ouchy, ouchy". I ran to him and he was brushing his legs. I looked down and his feet were COVERED with fire ants! I jerked his shoes and socks off and ripped his shorts off. I was screaming inside but trying to stay calm on the outside so Junior Mint wouldn't cry. He DIDN'T!! He hung in there like a big boy while I stripped him down on a picnic table. All the bites started to swell. They are mostly on his ankles and wrists and knees. I have counted 17 so far and I know that's not all. The doctor said to watch him for a couple hours...his breathing was fine and no major problems other than local reactions. The bites swelled up and he kept telling me they itched. I gave him Benedryl and Motrin and he has been fine other than the itching, which will hopefully subside after the baking soda bath. They said that fire ant bites look worse the next day...so that should be interesting. If you have ever seen Junior Mint with a mosquito bite you understand why this worries me! Mosquito bites swell up like golf balls! If the bites swell or look really bad they want us to come in tomorrow and they may have to give him an oral steroid...but I don't think that will happen!

As if that wasn't enough, we get the mail this evening and we have a letter from the IRS saying that we owe money from 2007. There was a W2 turned in that we didn't claim on our return. When we looked at the information, it is a company that I have never heard of! There was a W2 issued to the IRS in my social security number! YEA!! Now, I get to call that company and try to get them to send a corrected W2 to the IRS. I could have had the IRS do the leg work, but it's way more complicated! I have to get all this done by November 4th!

Then we went to Chick-Fil-A...Junior Mint deserved it after the day he had and Mommy needed a break! I open my sandwich and there is a hair in it. I took it back and they were so amazing about it. I got a new sandwich, another sandwich free for a later visit and a personal apology from the owner! I LOVE Chick-Fil-A!! For those of you who don't know...I also LOVE my CFA tea!!! I was on my second cup and I went to take the tray and knocked my cup on the floor, where it then exploded EVERYWHERE!! The owner cleaned it up for me and was awesome about it, while I was completely embarrassed!!

So...that is the Noble Nuggets day!!! Now, you can see why we all should have just stayed in BED!!

Psalm 18:1-3
I love you, O LORD, my strength. The LORD is my rock, my fortress and my deliverer; my God is my rock, in whom I take refuge. He is my shield and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold. I call to the LORD, who is worthy of praise, and I am saved from my enemies.

Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Something's not right....

Something just doesn’t seem right this week, I feel off somehow! I’ve been thinking and I’ve figured it out!!

It’s because I’ve missed church for two weeks in a row!!! We were out of town on both weekends. We usually try to make it when we are away, but it just didn’t happen this time.

Anyway, since I feel weird I was thinking about church and what it means to me and why I feel so “off” when I don’t go!

Church isn’t about the building…it’s not the brick and mortar that I miss when we aren’t there, and yes to some extent it is the people, but it’s mainly an act of obedience. So really, not going to church is an act of disobedience. You know that feeling you used to get when you did something wrong as a child, that’s kind of like this…I’ve been disobedient and yet God loves me the same.

We are commanded to set aside a day for the Lord. That day is Sunday for us. Sunday is the beginning of the week!! If you don’t get off on the right foot, how can the rest of the week go well?

There are several thoughts about church, many people don’t feel the need or think that if they semi go that’s good enough, or what about the people who attend a Bible study somewhere and think that’s good enough? God gives us spiritual gifts, gifts to be used to minister. How can you grow and nurture your spiritual gift if you don’t go to church and share it with others who are trying to nurture theirs too? The Bible says we are to meet with other Christians to use their gifts to strengthen us. The Bible also talks about the church meeting the needs of others. It is the church’s responsibility to take care of the needs of others, if we don’t see the need to go to church, what will happen? What if everyone decided not to go, there would be no need for a church? I Corinthians 12:21 expresses it this way: "The eye cannot say to the hand, I have no need of you." Neither can a Christian claim to be self-sufficient today.

I also believe that the church is a place of accountability. It is really easy to rationalize sin if you (and your group of friends) are the only ones that are “in the sin” and discuss it. How many times have you gone in church and felt like you were getting your toes stepped on? That’s an awesome thing when you think about it! That means you obviously got something out of the service!

I believe that we are the body of Christ, the church is within us and we carry him where we go, but the “corporate gathering” is a necessary part of your Christian walk. The Bible tells us to praise God with a song…do you lift up praises to God on your own? It’s not just the sermon that you get out of a church service…it’s the whole package. I love my Sunday School, but it isn’t the same as church, neither is our Bible study. Church is somewhere you praise God with music, hear a sermon instead of putting your two cents in like Sunday School. Church service is also where most conversions happen. I’m sure they have happened in Sunday School or Bible studies, but most of the ones that happen in church happen in the service. You wonder what that does for you….it gives you a renewed sense of witnessing. It reminds you that sharing your faith can produce results. This is also where you witness baptisms and dedications and communion (which is also an act of obedience). It’s amazing what all you get out of a church service!! This verse should be enough for the argument of going to church: Hebrews 10:25 not forsaking our own assembling together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another; and all the more as you see the day drawing near.

So you see, the week just isn’t right if I don’t go to church. I will leave you with this thought from our preacher (by the way, this came from a church service).


If you don’t think you get anything out of church service, just remember:

You have to take the top off the tank to fill it up!!

Monday, September 28, 2009

Wait for it...

Don't worry...I'm not M.I.A.

I'm planning a new post...hopefully, tomorrow if Junior Mint cooperates!

Monday, September 14, 2009

OCD???

Can we say OCD?



Yes....all that because his hands are dirty! We go through this about 15 times during dinner now. For about 5 days now it takes 15 or so napkins or a wet washcloth to get through dinner. He will NOT continue eating until his hands are clean. It doesn't matter what is on them either! We did this with toast this morning! Let's hope this is just a phase!

Like Father, Like Son.....

I now realize that there is NO denying the phrase "Like Father, Like Son". I think the pictures say it all!!


Dedication Sunday


We FINALLY got the little man dedicated on September 6th. This is my two favorite men on the morning of the dedication, waiting to "have our moment in the spotlight".

Yes, I know that most people have their child dedicated not long after the baby is born. We had some extenuating circumstances at our old church and decided to hold off until we were more comfortable. (If you want to know more...email me and I will share all that.) After we left that church we didn't want to have him dedicated in a church that wasn't "our church". We have found the right church for us with an amazing Pastor, Associate Pastor and congregation!

For those of you who don't understand this....it is a time when we as parents choose to dedicate our lives to raising our child in the ways of the Lord and the church dedicates themselves to helping that in any way they can. It does not do anything for the salvation of the child!

If you want to check out all of photos from that day, you can! Click the album: Dedication Sunday

You can see the progression we made from a little boy who was just enjoying looking at everyone to a little boy who got very bored and just wanted down to play. Now I know why parents opt for this when the child is a baby and doesn't really move around! Needless to say, he had NO problem heading back to the nursery to play with his friends!!

Friday, September 4, 2009

Update....

Some of you know that this week has been crazy for us. I thought I would give a quick update as to what I know.

I have had these horrible headaches since last week. I tried everything I could think of, but nothing helped. I ended up at the doctor on Tuesday, who then sent me to the hospital for a CT scan on my brain!

As of today, I was told the results hadn't come back yet, and if it was something bad they would have called right away, so I can assume it's good news. (Odd, I know)

I also had my post-op appointment today. We found out that the problem was "product of conception"...basically something went wrong at conception. It was NOT my hemorrhage or the placenta...which is GREAT news. He said it was just something that happened and probably would never happen again. We chose not to do the chromosomal testing....does it really matter if the baby had a disease? He told us to wait a month or two more before trying again, but he doesn't foresee any problems getting pregnant.

So...good news from the OB/GYN and no news from the CT scan. I still am having the headaches...they gave me two different things, but one I don't want to take unless someone else is here to take care of Junior Mint...maybe I will try it tomorrow if the headache is still bad.

I will post more updates as things change!

Monday, August 31, 2009

P.U.S.H

I know we have all seen those bracelets...Pray Until Something Happens. Well...I thought about that bracelet yesterday as we discussed prayer in Sunday School.

We were talking with our preacher on Saturday and then again on Sunday. He said "have you ever prayed and felt like your prayers aren't going further than the light?" Think about that for a minute. I'm sure we have all felt like that at one point or another. Then I was thinking how people say...just keep praying. Well...maybe that's not how we should handle things.

Now, don't get me wrong, I'm not saying don't pray by any means; what I am saying is maybe just praying until something happens isn't the right answer either. We talked about how sometimes when you pray there is "static", like a radio station that is fading out. Maybe your prayers aren't getting further than the ceiling because you are "out of touch" with God. Maybe your prayers aren't being answered because God is testing your faithfulness. Maybe your prayers aren't genuine. Maybe you are selfishly praying. Then maybe, it's just you are not focused, you're not praying to God but praying at God. What I mean is you are praying but not really wanting the truth.

Then I was thinking about something that Charles Stanley had said when we went to his church here in Atlanta. You don't keep praying for the same things over and over again. That shows a lack of faith in God. Do you think that God doesn't hear your request the first time or that if you keep praying it will change his mind? You come to God in genuine prayer with the request of your heart, however you need to be praying that his will be done in that situation and leave it at his feet and leave it alone. You walk away with faith that he will answer your prayer, which is true faith. However, that doesn't mean that you will get what you want, that means that you will accept His answer to that prayer, no matter what it is.

If we all would get a little closer to God...(which you get closer to God by getting on your knees more) and lift up our prayers with a faithfulness in His will and we pray that His will will be done and He will reveal that will to us, we may all be hearing a little less static in our prayers.

Instead of praying until something happens, we need to pray that something will happen...happen in us!

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Famous Question....

I have been meaning to blog about this for a while, but little things kept distracting me...I know they shouldn't!!!

If you are a Christian I know you have heard this question and if you are not I am pretty sure you have asked this question:

How could such a loving God send someone to hell?

A very dear, loved friend (and associate pastor) explained it to someone at our house recently and I thought about how AWESOME his explanation was and how I wish I had heard it much earlier in my life, so I thought I would share it with all of you!

Q: How could such a loving God send someone to hell?
A: It's like this.....you go somewhere and someone wants to give you a gift of M&Ms (cause they are great) and you refuse to take them. They keep wanting to give them to you but you keep saying "NO". It is a free gift of something that could give you some kind of satisfaction, but you don't want it.

Well...God is like that person, he has a free gift to give you and it can give you satisfaction in life, but you don't want the free gift. So, you see God doesn't send people to hell, people choose to not except the gift of life and send themselves to hell!

Now, next time you hear that question you can offer a little piece of insight!!



**Sorry Larry if I didn't get it verbatim**

Hiatus...

You may have noticed that I've been M.I.A lately. Well, it is because the whole Noble Nugget crew has been on vacation. We went from Atlanta to Savannah to Tybee Island to Hilton Head to Ormond Beach, FL to Daytona Beach, FL to Cape Canaveral, FL to Cocoa Beach, FL and back! We visited a LOT of beaches but we stayed two nights in Savannah and then seven nights in Ormond Beach. That place is AWESOME! Check out some of the pictures from our vacation by clicking the link. And don't worry....I'll be back to my writing soon! : )

Monday, August 10, 2009

I do....

I recently sat and listened to my husband telling a friend that he alone could not satisfy me, nor could I alone satisfy him, but if we place our faith in God and let him be the source of our joy, we have everything we need to satisfy each other!

I thought about that for a while, and coincidentally enough, while I was thinking about it I heard these facts:
70% of people live together before they get married
Of those 70% you have a 50% greater chance of getting divorced
and over 50% of marriages end in divorce.

And I thought about how all that fit together (and it does, stay with me here)! I thought, if only people could think about marriage from a more biblical standpoint. My wonderful hubby bought me a new Bible while I was away, The Message, (you should check it out). The way it states the common "love verses" from Corinthians is interesting to me. It is easily understood by everyone...maybe this should come with every engagement ring!!

Love never gives up.
Love cares more for others than for self.
Love doesn't want what it doesn't have.
Love doesn't strut,
Doesn't have a swelled head,
Doesn't force itself on others,
Isn't always "me first,"
Doesn't fly off the handle,
Doesn't keep score of the sins of others,
Doesn't revel when others grovel,
Takes pleasure in the flowering of truth,
Puts up with anything,
Trusts God always,
Always looks for the best,
Never looks back,
But keeps going to the end.

I thought the way that lays it out is so simple!! Why can't people understand these simple concepts? Why can't people understand that marriage isn't some complicated concept that God doesn't understand?

Even Christians seem to have a problem with that one...for example:
We've been told (by Christians) that things are different now than when the Bible was written, and the concept of "no divorce" was outdated!?! Mr. Goodbar and I are very forthcoming with the idea that we will NOT end in divorce, we tell people divorce isn't an option for us...and they don't seem to get that! People ask me, "how do you know that" or "what if he cheats on you" or "what if your husband hits you, are you saying you would stay with him?" Now...I will answer every one of those right now:

"How do you know that"--because my marriage is a covenant between my husband, me and God...not just a piece of paper with the state! We have taken it seriously and we understand that just because we would get a new piece of paper saying we have dissolved our marriage doesn't mean that the covenant with God has been dissolved. That's like saying if I make a promise to you, I don't have to keep that promise if I don't want to do what I promised anymore. The Bible is clear about divorce, check out this article).

"What if he cheats on you?"--well, this kind of goes with the next one so I will answer more in a minute...but--IF (and that isn't really an IF, because he would NEVER do that) I believe we could get through that, with God and forgiveness...if God can forgive me for all the sins I have committed, why can't I forgive the man whom he sent my way for me (and yes, I believe true repentance is needed)?

"What if your husband hits you?"--I can say he would NEVER do that...because I married a Godly man, he was a wonderful, Christian man when I started dating him but we have both grown by leaps and bounds in God since we got married! Now...if I married a man who wasn't a Godly man then I would have to ask myself that question, however I married a Godly man who believes in the word of God and this is what the Bible says about the marriage relationship.

(Ephesians 5:21-28 (The Message))

21. Out of respect for Christ, be courteously reverent to one another.

22-24. Wives, understand and support your husbands in ways that show your support for Christ. The husband provides leadership to his wife the way Christ
does to his church, not by domineering but by cherishing. So just as the church submits to Christ as he exercises such leadership, wives should likewise
submit to their husbands.

25-28. Husbands, go all out in your love for your wives, exactly as Christ did for the church—a love marked by giving, not getting. Christ's love makes the
church whole. His words evoke her beauty. Everything he does and says is designed to bring the best out of her, dressing her in dazzling white silk, radiant
with holiness. And that is how husbands ought to love their wives. They're really doing themselves a favor—since they're already "one" in marriage.

Now...if a man truly believes all that and chooses to follow God with his heart, how can he hit his wife, how can he cheat on her, how can he divorce her and visa-versa?

You see...I don't understand how with the odds like I posted in the beginning, you can afford NOT to approach marriage from a biblical standpoint! Marriage is hard...anyone who has been married longer than 48 hours knows this! There is NOTHING we can't handle if we focus on God. If there is such a high divorce rate in this country, why aren't people willing to do anything to save their marriage.

There are people who do all kinds of things to save their marriage...they sleep in separate rooms, they have separate lives, they go to numerous therapist, they seek advice of their friends, they go outside their marriage to find pleasure and they open their marriages up to other people, but yet they won't open a book that tells you EXACTLY how to have a great marriage. And for those of you who automatically jump to the bedroom...the Bible even addresses that (just
check out 1 Corinthians 7:1-9).

My point is...my husband hit the nail on the head...we alone can't satisfy each other...but with God, we have every tool we need to satisfy and make the other happy! People need to understand that the only way to get closer to each other is to get closer to God (just take a look)!


If people would focus more on how marriage was created to be instead of making themselves happy...they won't end up just another statistic!

Monday, August 3, 2009

Obedience in a Disobedient World

While Junior Mint and I were out today I observed some things, therefore causing me to remember past experiences that have happened to us. You see, we are in the middle of a very big "lesson" with Junior Mint that won't end anytime soon....obedience. Not just obedience, but first-time obedience. That seems like such a simple concept to you and I, however to a 16 month old, this is the hardest thing he has to do right now and it shows!

The Bible says "Children, obey your parents in the Lord, for this is right. HONOR YOUR FATHER AND MOTHER (which is the first commandment with a promise), SO THAT IT MAY BE WELL WITH YOU, AND THAT YOU MAY LIVE LONG ON THE EARTH." Ephesians 6:1-3. We try to teach Junior Mint that he needs to obey Mommy and Daddy because it makes God happy. Of course, we want him to obey us, as it makes everyone's life easier, however, the main goal is to teach him to be obedient overall-Obedient to us, which grows into an obedience to authority figures and in turn an obedience to God (as we all should have).

Teaching obedience has proven to be a challenge for us (as I'm sure it is for all parents). I am finding that it is increasingly hard to impart the concept of obedience to Junior Mint. I stopped and looked around today and realized that it is incredibly hard to teach obedience in a disobedient world!

You see, we are all born with a predisposition to sin, we have to overcome that with obedience, obedience to God! While we will never become "sin-free" we can choose to obey God's commands and follow Him and ask for forgiveness when we fail. I'm sure all Christian parents would say this is what they are trying to teach their children, to obey God and when we fail we have to ask for forgiveness. However, this world makes it very hard to teach this lesson!

I have noticed many things that are happening in this world that make teaching obedience to our son so difficult! I try to teach Junior Mint to walk appropriately and hold Mommy's hand while he walks, yet there are children running across parking lots and through stores. I try to teach him to sit in his seat until every person is done eating and until he is excused from the table, and yet there are children running to the playground at Chick-fil-a with food in their mouths while the rest of the family is still eating. I try to teach him appropriate playground behavior (ie...wait your turn, use the equipment appropriately, etc...) and yet there are kids pushing my son out of the way to walk up the slide. I try to teach him to respond when he is spoken to and yet everyone says "oh, it's okay don't worry about it" or doesn't respond when we speak to them. I try to teach him not to hit, scream or cry when he is frustrated and yet you see temper tantrums just about everywhere you go these days.

You see, I understand that these things are going to happen, this is the decline in our world today! We explain to him how these things are disobedience and disobedience makes God sad. (And you say "you say this to a 16th month old...yes, and it will get more in depth very soon and does at times...disobedence is sin and sin is separation from God to be exact). Anyway....while we explain this to him it is still difficult....he is in that monkey see, monkey do stage! He sees these things and wants to duplicate them.

With all that being said, it's okay....we still will hold steadfast to what we are doing, cause we know that it WILL pay off. In Proverbs 22:6 it says "Train up a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not turn from it". I FULLY believe that!! We will continue to train our son in first-time obedience and pray that God will guide us through the process cause you see, it is increasingly hard to teach obedience in a disobedient world!!

Wednesday, July 29, 2009

A New Found Love...

I'm sure all of you know what all has been going on in the lives of the Nobles. It has been a sad week here! While I understand that God has reasons for everything and I may not understand what has happened, but I do accept it. I cry one minute and am fine the next...that seems to be the cycle here in our home this week. You see, we saw our little baby 3 different times, all wiggly and heard the heartbeat, strong and normal, then there it was nothing. It was devastating and still is.

However, with all that being said I have discovered a new found love during all this. I love my husband more than I can even express, however over the past several days I have discovered a whole new love for the man whom I have committed myself to.

He has washed dishes and cleaned house and done laundry and even scrubbed poop out of cloth diapers! While all that is wonderful, that isn't the reason I have this new love. I realized this man loves me and our son SO much! I am constantly asking if he is okay and his response is always "I'm okay if you are okay". He has held me through the breakdowns and shed tears along side me. He has reassured me and encouraged me like only he can. As for him being both Mommy and Daddy this week....

As I was coming out of the shower I caught sight of something that I have never seen and will never forget. I saw my wonderful hubby dancing around the living room with Junior Mint. He was laughing and holding onto his daddy with such love. I just stood there watching, I couldn't move as it brought tears to my eyes to watch the love that is shared between the two most important men in my life! Then I had a chance to see it again as I watched them through our front door as they played outside with their ball caps on and writing with chalk on the sidewalk. I thought..."there's my everything". I realized right then that I am okay. I am so blessed right now and everything else is OK!

So, you see my new found love is for a man who wipes my tears, holds my hand, comforts my heart, takes care of me, talks to me, reassures me, encourages me and loves me!

I LOVE MY HUSBAND!!!

Saturday, July 25, 2009

What is happening???

I know many of you know by now what is happening in the Noble family, but for some of you I'm sure you are asking "what is happening?" And right now, I find myself asking the same thing.

I will start at the beginning. For the back ground to all of this you can check out the post "God is Great...God is Good!" Yesterday morning I woke up with some pretty heavy bleeding, if you read the above post you know this is not unusual, but I wasn't sure when it was too much bleeding and should worry, so I called my OB nurse, Brooke, who is amazing. She decided I needed to come in for an "immediate ultrasound". The sound of that was worrisome but I tried to stay calm. We have a wonderful associate pastor who was able to keep Junior Mint and our awesome neighbor drove me so I could ride home with Mr. Goodbar (who was meeting me there).

Well, as soon as my ultrasound started we both knew there was something wrong...then came those dreaded words "Honey, I am so sorry". It took a few seconds to set in and when it did, it hit hard! So, there we sat in the ultrasound room crying, more so balling our eyes out. Then we had to move to the room to speak with the doctor. There it became even more real as we had to discuss our next options. It all was a blur, I just wanted her to hurry up so we could get out of there, but that wasn't the case. They gave us 15 minutes to get to the hospital (which wasn't a problem because it is directly across the street) so they could work me into surgery. You see, I was 12 weeks and 5 days and the other options were not something I wanted; the idea of "wait and see what happens" wasn't happening in my book, I knew I couldn't handle that.

So, off to the surgery center we went. We went from home, to the doctor, to the hospital, to pre-op to the OR in a matter of hours. There an amazing doctor (Dr. McLendon if you EVER need a wonderful OB-GYN) explained how something wasn't right from the beginning, between my placenta and the hemmorhage. He held my hand as they put me to sleep, reassuring me that I would have more perfect babies just like my perfect son I have now! Everything went well, I guess if that's how to describe everything. I was home by 4:30 and resting.

Yes, I am okay. Surprisingly, okay. Yes, I have cried but over all I'm surprisingly good. I have faith in my God. I will find a way to glorify Him. I don't know why this happened. I know there is no reason for me to be angry, who is there to be angry with? I know my God didn't do this out of "retaliation" for my sins or because he enjoys his children hurting. I know my God has reasons for everything, while I may not understand it, I know there is a reason. I had a wonderful person, Angela, send me this yesterday:

Ecclesiastes 3:1-8 (she sent 1-13 but that's really long)

There is a time for everything,
and a season for every activity under heaven:

a time to be born and a time to die,
a time to plant and a time to uproot,

a time to kill and a time to heal,
a time to tear down and a time to build,

a time to weep and a time to laugh,
a time to mourn and a time to dance,

a time to scatter stones and a time to gather them,
a time to embrace and a time to refrain,

a time to search and a time to give up,
a time to keep and a time to throw away,

a time to tear and a time to mend,
a time to be silent and a time to speak,

a time to love and a time to hate,
a time for war and a time for peace.

It came at such a wonderful time. As I was laying in bed last night, a song kept ringing in my head:

I will serve You, Lord always

For You are my strength when I am weak

And I will never be afraid

For You are my rock and You protect me

But I'll praise You, for You are Holy Lord

And I'll lift my hands but You are worthy of so much more


For You are awesome God of the Nations

Lion of Judah, Rock of the Ages

Alpha, Omega. Worthy of all praise

More than these hands I raise


You see, I am fine, I will be fine. I know my God is right beside me, you see, if I lean on Him I can't go wrong! He IS my strength and He IS my rock!!

Thank you for all your prayers and support!!!

Thursday, July 23, 2009

Just Because....


Just because he is so darn cute:


Oh the things....

So, as we are raising our son we are trying to teach him right and wrong and good and bad and as many other parents out there we are trying to teach him manners and good hygiene. In our quest to teach good hygiene we try to teach Junior Mint to brush his teeth, wash his hands and not let the dogs lick his hands then eat off of them. Take a moment to check out how well it has all sunk in!!



Cool Dude....

Check out the coolest dude around...

Tuesday, July 7, 2009

Long Live the King

“Long Live the King”…that’s the statement that Madonna used to describe Michael Jackson. When you hear that statement what do you think? I will tell you what you should think…and it’s definitely NOT Michael Jackson.

There is only ONE King, that King is Jesus Christ. Our pastor made a statement that couldn’t ring more true today of all days: “When you stand before THE KING, you won’t be the king of anything”.

You can’t turn on the TV without a flood of images of Michael Jackson or hearing his songs or plans for his funeral. Every time they show a group of people there is, undoubtedly a large number of them crying, sobbing really, for a “King” they never knew. You see people holding prayer vigils for the “biggest influence on this generation”. You see people talking of “an icon” that will live forever. Does this bother anyone but me? Yes, I understand that he made a big impact on the musical community, but ask yourself, “what did he really do for ME?”

What if I told the story of a King who walked this earth without the fame and fortune, died a horrible death and does LIVE FOREVER. It really bothers me to watch the tears flow from people, including Christians, who say “it just isn’t fair” or “how could this be”. There is something that is far more unfair than that! Think of a man who was beaten and killed by the people he wanted to save. How can people sob at the thought of a human, a man destined to die, leaving this earth and yet not shed a tear when they see Jesus hanging on a cross left to die? How can these people shed more tears for a man they never met and never will, than they do for a family member or for the King of Kings? How can they hold prayer vigils for someone who they know nothing more about than what the media has told them but yet turn away and refuse to prayer to a risen King?

I do feel saddened by people living this earth tragically, and yes, I believe Michael Jackson’s death was tragic. However, I’m not going to put my life on hold for a man who is just a man. There are people who are quitting their jobs in order to attend the funeral services but yet would those same people give up a weekend on the lake for an Easter service? Christians need to wake up in this world…..wake up and realize we serve a risen King, not a fleeting person who had a brief walk on this Earth and will face the same judgment we will ALL face.

Please don’t read this and think I’m callous to the fact that a family lost a son, brother, father, etc….but I can honestly say I didn’t loose a king of anything. My King is living, I am serving my King, my King will live forever, my King is there for you too.

So despite what you think of Michael Jackson, please remember that if you are a Christian, he is NOT your king and he will NOT be there for you like the King you have chosen to serve. If you are not a Christian, please know that Michael Jackson is not a king to be worshiped, there is a King that wants to be there for you, a King that never dies, a King that will reign supreme!

Remember: When you stand before The King, you won’t be the king of anything!!!

Monday, June 29, 2009

Noble Nugget Update....

As most of you know, we had a follow-up ultrasound today to check on the little Noble Nugget. Everything looked good on the ultrasound. The little nugget was very wiggly. The heartbeat looked great too!

They did find either a new hemorrhage or the one from two weeks ago is still there. They said I may have more bleeding but my doctor seemed to think everything was okay.

We go back in 4 weeks and they will take yet another look at that cute, wiggly, little nugget!!

Thank you so much for all your prayers and please continue to keep us in your prayers as we go through the pregnancy!

Saturday, June 20, 2009

Oh..this is a BIG deal!

I know you've been holding your breath and checking my blog every hour or so just waiting for the BIG change that was coming to our home today!

Well...we did follow through with the plan and things did make a BIG change today, especially for Junior Mint.
Junior Mint made a big step...up to a TODDLER BED! Our little escape artist had become an expert at getting out of his crib and not falling...somehow climbing down without making noise and playing in his room. I was worried that he would fall and get hurt. We had already decided that he would make the change before the newest Noble nugget arrived, however we hadn't intended on it being this soon!
I know this may not seem like a BIG change to some of you...if not, you must not have kids : ) It's always a big deal when a little boy gets a big boy bed. So, if any of you see the little guy, please make sure to tell him how cool it is to be in a big boy bed!

Now....I may have a much different post tomorrow. We will see how tonight goes. He did pretty well with nap in it this afternoon and he fell right to sleep tonight.

The funniest part is now the dogs can get in his bed and he thinks "Puppy", otherwise known as Apollo, should get to sleep with him! (Apollo thinks he should too, I had to kick him out tonight)

Hopefully, there will be no problems tonight and it will be an easy adjustment. Please keep us in your prayers as we make this change!

Friday, June 19, 2009

Tomorrow...Tomorrow

Okay...so a big change is coming to our home tomorrow (as the plan stands now). Check back tomorrow night to see what is happening in the Noble household!!



I know that's mean...you thought I was going to spill the beans right here and now, didn't you?

Monday, June 15, 2009

God is Great...God is Good

So, I’m not really sure where to start this post…so I’ll start in the beginning. Stick with me, I promise you will want to read the info that will slowly begin to make itself known!

When Mr. Goodbar and I decided to start our family we thought it would be like you always hear….you go off birth control and bam 6 months to a year later, there you have it, a baby. But God had different plans, his timing was WAY better than ours…God is Great, God is Good!

After two and half years of trying and blood work after blood work and appointment after appointment, we were pregnant with Junior Mint….God is Great, God is Good!

However, when I found out I was pregnant, I instantly had horrible pains that put me in the hospital where they thought I was having an ectopic pregnancy. Come to find out it was a cyst that ruptured on one ovary while the baby came from the other…God is Great, God is Good!

So, the pregnancy progressed well and delivery came. I was supposed to be induced but found out I was already in labor when I got there. After a fairly quick progression, I started to push, and push and push. I pushed for 5 hours and nothing was happening! Junior Mint ended up having to be vacuumed out. It was a miracle that his heart rate never dropped and that he was born without anything broken…God is Great, God is Good!

Moving on, Junior Mint is an amazing little boy that is growing so fast! Mr. Goodbar and I decided that we want our children close in age a long time ago. We had decided to start trying to get pregnant this summer. Well, the first month we decided to stop trying to avoid pregnancy, you guessed it…we found out we were PREGNANT…God is Great, God is Good!

Everything was going well, until this morning, the day of my first OB appt. I woke up with bleeding…and if you know anything about pregnancy, that’s NOT good. It got pretty bad and very, VERY, scary! So off to the doctor we go, praying and praying and when we thought we were done praying, we prayed some more! They started the OB questions and I interrupted her and told her about my bleeding, I didn’t want to go through all that just to find out something had happened to the baby. So off to the ultrasound we go. That felt like the longest probably 2 minutes ever! As I lay there waiting for that black and white image, I don’t think Mr. Goodbar or I took a single breath. And there it was, the little baby, with a strong heartbeat, looking perfect…God is Great, God is Good!

To sum it all up, the Noble Nuggets are adding a little nugget! I have to go back for another ultrasound in two weeks and “take it easy” until then. They are pretty sure I had a something, something hemorrhage. Basically, during implantation a piece of the uterus comes off…or something like that. I am still having some bleeding but taking it easy thanks to an AMAZING husband and WONDERFUL friends…God is Great, God is Good!!

(UPDATE: it was called a Subchorionic Hemorrhage)

Please keep us in your prayers over the next few weeks and months. Please pray that this baby will grow healthy and strong. Most importantly, please pray that HIS will be done and we will accept His will and not loose sight of what is important, that GOD IS GREAT, GOD IS GOOD!

Thursday, June 11, 2009

One of Those Days...

No pictures, no philosophical insights, no deep thoughtful discussions, just a little insight to "One of Those Days".

I'm sure we have all had those days, you know the ones where you wish you had just stayed in bed...well for me that was today!

I'll just make a list cause that's all I feel like doing:

Let's start with Junior Mint waking up 30 minutes early when I really needing that sleep

Junior Mint decided to play in the dog water...over and over and over again, despite correction...over and over and over again. (and yes I removed him from the situation, several times)

JM them decided to feed the dogs their dog food piece by piece, and they took it that way for over 15 minutes

Went swimming, so I had to blow up JM's float...turned on the air compressor and it blew a breaker

Had to find my way through a dark garage to come up stairs to get a flashlight to go back down into the pitch black garage to reset the breaker

Still had to blow up the float so I had to use a foot pump--SLOW

While I am doing this, Junior Mint pulls the beach bag off the chair and my plastic water bottle lands just right and cracks, leaving 32 oz. of ice water in a puddle on my carpet

Went swimming and I got way more burnt that I thought

Swimming lessons are going great, however my son has NO fear of the water and just wants to jump in every 2 seconds

On the way home, his bug bites started driving him crazy so he started crying

Junior Mint was into EVERYTHING before dinner and I had to pick up blocks from everywhere around the house

He didn't want to eat dinner, yet once again, so no dinner before bed again tonight

I had to argue with Waste Management to get our trash can back that they picked up that didn't belong to them

I had to argue with FedEx cause they have supposedly tried to deliver a package but didn't leave anything saying they were here and they were 3 hours late for their delivery time


Now, Junior Mint is in bed and awesome friends brought me a chocolate milkshake (which made all that a little better) and it's time for me to hit the sack. Mr. Goodbar comes home tomorrow after a week long conference.

Tomorrow will be a GREAT day!!!!

Saturday, June 6, 2009

Family.....

This is our new family photo that we had made a couple of weeks ago! There is also the picture of Mr. Goodbar and me, I realized that is the first photo we have had taken since we got married in 2004! That got me thinking…..

I’m sure that after this post I will have some people that have some harsh things to say to me and some major disagreements with me, that is okay. I want to hear all you have to say!

Now for the thinking part….I realized that we called the picture of the three of us our “Family Photo” but then I realized that our “Family Photo” was just as complete with any photo of Mr. Goodbar and me before we had Junior Mint.

Now, let me explain. We believe that God created the husband and wife relationship to be a family. To us, that means that the family is complete when we got married, any children that we are blessed with are additions to our family.

Don’t get me wrong, Junior Mint is such a big part of our family and our family NOW wouldn’t be complete without him. But God completed the family with the union of husband and wife. I think far too many people forget this.

The most important relationship in a person’s life is that between you and God, after that comes the husband/wife relationship, THEN the child/parent relationship. Only when the husband/wife relationship is okay, can the parent/child relationship be okay.

When a child is put in a place where they are the center of the family, that is exactly what they become, the center! They come to believe they control the family. By this I mean, that they start to control what gets done and when. The child’s schedule will adapt to fit yours, not the other way around. We, as adults, have to continue living in the world while we raise our children, therefore they have to adapt to our schedules! (Of course…using God given parental wisdom to create a workable schedule for parents and children)

I understand the randomness of this….however; I look around and realize that there are so many families that are “child-centered” families! What happens to the parents? What happens to that preciousness of that relationship? What happens to the structure set forth by God? What happens when the child is all grown up and leaves, what is left?

Monday, June 1, 2009

Swim Lessons....

Today was Junior Mint's first day of swim lessons! Who would schedule a swim lesson at 9:00 am on a Monday morning...definitely not me ; ) Anyway, the place we are going is pretty cool. You can walk into the pool like the beach and they have this "river" that is a small circle that has flowing water!

We started out by having them get used to just being in the water and practice kicking and then moved right into jumping off the side! Junior Mint needed a little "help" with the jumping part, but he soon was good to go! Then, he got a noodle and I held the noodle while he floated around the "river", learning to maneuver in flowing water. After that, we moved to blowing bubbles--Junior Mint is a pro at that! Next, they blew bubbles and practiced kicking! Junior Mint (being on his tummy) laid over on my arm and wanted to take a nap, apparently all that swimming tired him out! And that, my friends, rapped up the lesson!

We will do it all over again on Wednesday....except supposedly with songs and more going under the water! This will be our 9:00 am activity every Monday and Wednesday for the next three weeks! Hopefully, ending with a little 15 month old swimmer!!!

Summer Has Arrived....


Well...Summer has arrived in the Noble household! Now, I know that Summer doesn't "officially" begin for a few weeks, but here it has already begun. If the past few days are any indication of how hot it is going to be this summer, we are in for some trouble!

Junior Mint loves the pool! We even threw our two little dogs in with him and he loved that! You have to check out the great pictures that Mr. Goodbar snapped of him enjoying his "swim".

Splish-Splash



What is the indication that summer has arrived in your household?

Oreo Anyone?




Thursday, May 28, 2009

Now that's one cute little bum!!

If you have read my blog, you know that I was going crazy (many of you probably think literally) over trying to decide what cloth diapers to use!

Well....my search is over! Over this past weekend, I went to buy some AIOs to try and ended up with Bummis. You really need to check them out!! I went with the cotton cloth diapering system.

There are two versions, here are what they came with:

8-15lbs
36 UNBLEACHED prefold diapers
6 Super Whisper Wrap
1 roll of 100 liners

15+ lbs
24 UNBLEACHED prefold diapers
4 Super Whisper Wrap
1 roll of 100 liners

We bought both versions so we could go ahead and plan for any future babies, plus we found them on sale!

I know that when people see the word prefold they check out....but just wait and read, PLEASE!!

I washed the diapers 3 times and they became so "fluffy" and soft, and super absorbent! You fold the diapers just like you do when you go to put them away and they lay in the wraps perfectly. The wraps even have a "pocket" that the front slides in to keep it in place.

We also bought 3 AIOs for church and for babysitters, while they are very cute, I have found that they are actually more "complicated" than my Bummis. You see there are no pins, no snaps, no anything to deal with on the Bummis. I folded all the diapers and put a liner on them before I put them away and now I just grab one and lay it in the cover! Don't get me wrong, the AIOs are good, but I can fold and line about 3-4 prefolds by the time I stuff one pocket diaper (and I have multiple brands so it's not that). It took me about 5 minutes to fold and line and put away 18 prefolds this morning! I also love the fact that you can pick up the liner and flush away the poo with it!

Now, for the only drawback: Some background info: I have found is my son is a VERY HEAVY wetter. We have some disposables left (and me being the crazy OCD person I am, I wanted EVERY cover and diaper clean) so I used one while I was doing the wash yesterday. He peed through that disposable and all over his shirt and shorts in about 3 hours (which was a nap no less). In the Bummis he pees and the cover has gotten wet 3 times in 5 days so I had to use a new cover....but it DID NOT get on his clothes!!! I will change that cover every time if his clothes stay dry! I think if your child isn't a heavy wetter you won't have the same problem!

I did try a prefold someone had given me in the Bummis wrap...it worked, the wrap kept his clothes dry but the prefold wasn't NEAR the same quality as the ones from Bummis!!!

I know that prefolds have a "bad wrap" so to speak, but my experience has definitely sold me on them! The Bummis wraps works GREAT! So, if you are looking for a cloth diapering system take a minute to check out BUMMIS!

Wednesday, May 27, 2009

In Control?

To give you a little glimpse into our household over the past week or so...
Went on a trip to NC, husband got a rash and we thought it was shingles but turned out to be pityriasis rosea, changed over to cloth diapers, attempted to shave the dogs, went to a Memorial Day swim, and many, many more things!

So, now I bet you are wondering what the point to all that was. Well, I'll tell you! I was talking to some friends yesterday about planning for baby #2 and we were talking about what I call "the fear factor". The fear factor is when you get freaked out by the possibility of 2 children to be responsible for, twice as much food, twice as much laundry, twice as many boo-boos and midnight feedings all over again. Even though Mr. Goodbar and I are sure we want more children, I still have those moments. When I get all mentally prepared and say "I can handle more children, no problem" I get freaked out and think, I can't do that! I can't handle breastfeeding a baby ever 4 hours while trying to keep up with a toddler!

But you know what keeps me sane....knowing I don't have to "handle it". I don't have to do it. I don't have to deal with everything. Why, you ask....because I have someone who will handle it for me, NO not a nanny---GOD!

I know that God has promised that he won't give me more than I can handle, he won't leave me! I look back on Junior Mint's life and realize I didn't get him to this point....God did! God gave me the knowledge and ability to handle everything that came my way.

There were many nights that I thought "I'm so tired I will never hear him wake up", but I always did. There were days I thought I couldn't get up, but I did. There were days I thought "if I have to breastfeed one more time today I will scream", but I never did. There were days I thought that if I had to scrub baby poop off of one more outfit I would loose it, but I didn't.

You see, I quickly realized I wasn't in control of my life. Many people tried to say, you don't control your life anymore, you live for your baby! Don't get me wrong....I love my family beyond belief, but that isn't what I live for. I live to bring glory to God! I am not in control of my life, because God is in control of my life! God knows what I can handle and what I can't, he knows where my breaking point is and he knows me better than I know myself!

Mr. Goodbar and I decided a long time ago that we would put our family in His hands and let Him guide our lives. We realized if things had gone according to our plan, things would be A LOT different, and not in a good way!

So, you see whether it is thoughts of another baby or new job or a potential spouse...put it in His control, happily! We always tell our son to obey without whining, complaining or arguing.....do you do that with God? Do you put him in control? Do you obey the first time, all the way, with a happy heart? Just remember God will never give you more than you can handle....if you allow him to handle it for you!

Remember the song: "Cast all your cares upon Jesus"


Fear not, for I am with you; Be not dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you, Yes, I will help you, I will uphold you with My righteous right hand.--Isaiah 41:10

¨But God is faithful, and he will not let YOU be tempted beyond what YOU can bear, but along with the temptation he will also make the way out in order for YOU to be able to endure it.¨--1 Corinthians 10:13 . . .


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This past weekend Junior Mint experienced a big milestone...his very FIRST haircut. Mr. Goodbar wanted him to have his first haircut where he had his, so that's what we did. Back in our home state of NC there is a little barber shop with a great man named Joel! We called and planned for him to cut his hair. Now, I was VERY worried about Junior Mint flipping out, between the sounds and the gigantic chair I thought he would get scared and cry. It was just the opposite!

Junior Mint LOVES to have his hair combed/brushed so for about 5 minutes leading up to the big event we prepped him. We asked if he wanted his hair combed and he constantly said "yes" and then we said "now Mr. Joel is going to cut your hair like he is cutting that man's" and he said "yes".

Then the time came....Joel put a "seat" in the chair to lift him up and there he sat, big and tall! He sat so still the WHOLE time, even with the clippers and the sound! The only time he cried was when Joel got the blow dryer out to blow him off. (He's cried at the blow dryer as long as I can remember, not sure why...if you are a psychiatrist maybe you can help me out there).

Junior Mint had an AMAZING first haircut, thanks to Joel and his wonderful way with kiddos! If you are ever in Maiden, NC I know a great place to get a guy/boy's haircut!

If you want to check out the whole experience, check out the album here: Mason's First Haircut

Quick Rant

I thought I would take a quick moment for a quick rant!

As you have noticed, it has been a while since I have posted here on the blog. Our family went to NC to visit our parents for Memorial Day weekend....we had a big milestone while we were there. Check out a future post!

Anyway, I have been having blog withdrawals! I was so ready to post some updates and write out some stuff last night. I got all ready, pictures on the computer, baby in bed and uninterrupted time...finally!! Then, I logged on to post and guess what...BLOGGER WASN'T WORKING!! I couldn't get my Blogger to work for ANYTHING! I was SO MAD!!

Anyway....I'm over that. I just wanted to share my frustration for a moment. Thanks for listening reading!!

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

I've been diagnosed with CDIO....


Yes, I have officially been diagnosed with CDIO, aka Cloth Diaper Information Overload. For several weeks now I have been researching cloth diapers.






Yes, I know Junior Mint is a little over a year old...but hopefully we will have more babies and their cute little bottoms will need to be covered as well.

Yes, my mother tried to get me to use them with Junior Mint and I would not.

Yes, I know they are better for the environment.

Yes, I know they are better for the little tushy.

Yes, I know they are cheaper.

Now, with all that out of the way...I want to change over and use them in the future.

The cloth diapers now are not "your momma's diapers"! They range from the ones like I wore as a baby to ones that are literally just like disposables except you wash them. However, they are more expensive initially...hence why we want to start buying now and buy a few at a time and hopefully by the time we are ready for another baby we will have a full stash ready to go!

So now, I'm sure you are asking why I am saying I have CDIO...if you haven't caught all the information floating around, let me introduce you to the little unknown world of cloth diapering!
There are AIO (all-in-ones) the closet to disposable, there are pocket diapers, there are pocket AIOs, there are AIT (all-in-twos), there are overnight ones, there are prefolds, there are fitted and there are flat. Now, several of these don't need covers, some of them do. Now, you ask "how many types of covers can there be?". Well, there are nylon, PUL, wool, cotton and fleece to name a few. Then, there are the sized ones or the one-sized, meaning do I get ones that can be used from newborn until potty training?

I often wonder what does a newborn look like in a diaper that fits an 18 month old? I'm guessing we would be able to save on clothes, because with that diaper the poor newborn wouldn't need a shirt, it would be like a tube top and diaper in one!

So, after weeks of searching, talking to friends, seeing some of the name brands in action, researching, researching and more researching....I am no where CLOSE to picking "my" brand! I need some cloth diapering expert to come look at my baby and say...you need X kind, X number, X inserts and etc...

So you see folks, my CDIO is about to get the best of me, I'm about to have a mental melt-down!

So…if any of you have “cures” for my CDIO, please let me know; or if there are any CDIO specialists, please send some info my way; or if you just want to make fun of me, that’s okay too!