Monday, March 22, 2010

Healthcare

I am going to save you my political rant this morning in favor of reminding you and myself:

God is in control. Nothing can separate us from him. No matter what.

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

introverted

I am an introvert. I married an extrovert.

I was told at our premarital counselling that this may be a difficult obstacle to overcome. A book that specialized in premarital counselling even went to far as to say that we should seriously consider getting married at all.

I have since had extroverted kids....I'll have to keep you posted on how everybody turns out, but as of right now, I KNOW that Gabriel is...Elise and Amelia are, usually, but they have a sensory switch, where, sometimes they hit a "full" button, and need to get away., but then they will be fine to rejoin after 5 minutes. Charlotte, I believe will be a full-fledged introvert. She LOVES alone time. She basks in the time when all her siblings are down for the night...and is my first and only who seeks out her own room to play...no playmate required.

I got to watch my niece last weekend, who hit her full quotient pretty early into the party and had NO desire to return. It got me to thinking what really makes an introvert/extrovert.

This is what Wikipedia has to say: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Extraversion_and_introversion

...and while I looked at more than just this site, I was amused by the part where is said that introverts were not necessarily "loners", but that their thoughts and imagination were stimulating enough to preclude the need for outside entertainment...I'll have to go with that!


Ethan NEEDS time with others, to the point where he actually likes to go out to a restaraunt or mall or whatever just for people time..it acts on him like a happy drug. I have to drag myself to parties, I can hang with the big kids...but eventually, I have to tap out and sit in the bathroom for a few minutes...if I could stay home the whole time, I'd probably be okay as long as someone could get books and craft supplies to me...don't get me wrong, I like spending time with people, and really like hanging out with a friend and their kids, but much more than that, and it becomes work. After reading up, I am beginning to wonder if it is actually that my brain is too full.

And for those that say being an introvert is based in a lack of social experience...go watch my kids...I can safely say that it is not a "nurture" thing and more a "nature" thing!

What do you think you are? Do you think it is a Nature/Nurture area? I am curious what YOU think?

Saturday, March 6, 2010

dolls, fabric, and other addictions

Not to make myself sound like a 1950's woman, but I find sewing relaxing. (Oh, and I really do like pearls...) I can't really follow a pattern, because I apparently have the attention span of a cat, but I do okay for myself when I make it up as I go... My mother taught me to sew, which is one of life's ironies, because she'll tell you she can't sew....so I'm not sure what that means...she also taught me to crochet, and all she can do is chains...she gave me just enough to get me good and tipsy in a fabric store! I can't knit because I don't have the patience (cat, remember?).

But, I have been eyeing waldorf dolls lately. They are VERY expensive. They also can be BEAUTIFUL! (www.bamboletta.com) But I can't pony up that much money unless I think that my kids will adopt and care for them with the affection that that kind of adoption fees require...That said, I have been searching how to make waldorf dolls on the internet.

My mother will tell you that I used to cut up "laps" and sew dolls when I was about 9. Laps are named after their job in the operating room, and I would sew doll clothes, dolls, and whatever else came to mind or were needed in play. They were also equivalent to dish cloths in our household, and I got in trouble semi-regularly for appropriating too many.

I now go into the fabric section at Walmart or Hobby Lobby or Joann's and really struggle with addictions! I see all that lovely material that WANTS to be cut up and played with! Shouldn't I open my home to all that lonely fabric??? :) It is like a child, a whole future aching with dreams!

I can't sew as much as I like...as it is an expensive pastime. I also have "helpers" that don't help...or if they do, the consequences of that help is somewhat of a mixed bag...BUT I am hoping to make a lovey for my girls...I'll let you know how this plan progresses...and, of course, I found a lovely quote that impressed me with the tradition of handmade dolls...and spurred me on!!

"...a handcrafted doll is one of a kind, an individual that carries the spirit of the maker in its stitches and absorbs the spirit of the child who loves it."

Now tell me that doesn't inspire you!!

I will keep you aware of the highs and lows that this project will undoubtedly produce!