Saturday, May 24, 2008

For those of your not looped in on Hosking Family Planning 101 - this half of the Hosking family is baby-crazy and rearing to go; the other half of Hosking family is working really hard to push aside the sing-song voice in his head that keeps repeating "baby=end of life/fun/sleep/freedom/fishing for-ev-er."* Eventually these two halves will meet up and that little voice is going to be silence, but in the meantime I've been trying to absorb all I can from the mom's around me (and via blog - Jenn Avila, thank you - i think - for the blog the other day outlining your entire morning with London. That one was eye-opening; RJ's mantra lived in my own head for 2 days after that!)

Anyway, two fun things I learned this week:

1) When putting footsie pajamas on a 10 month old don't try to get them on feet first. Especially if this 10 month old is particularly wiggly and his mom has a video camera nearby. (I have a small inkling that video might pop up at some future shower)

2) Beware of squashing a 5 year olds dreams. Today I was returning from the Decker's Outlet with my girlfriend Raegan (awesome sale this weekend for you Ventura folk), her daughter Hannah, and her son Elijah (age 5.8). From the back seat, admist a steady stream of conversation and questions, Elijah informed me that he is dying to go to Disney World. Having visited Disney World myself, and knowing it isn't on his family's radar at the moment, I though I would encourage Elijah to wait to visit Disney Word until he's a bit older and can enjoy all the large rides, and in the meantime be content with his season pass to Disneyland. He took in what I had to say, thought on it a moment, and then with out even a pout he replied: "Why does everyone always have to ruin what I want to do." Deep sigh.

So, there you have it, I'm a dream crusher.

*In all seriousness, I am so blessed to have a husband who takes the responsibility of parenting seriously. I appreciate that he's taking his time making such a huge decision. If the prospect of being a father didn't scare him at all than he wouldn't be ready to be one.


Jenn said...

oh, you are a dream crusher....then you are totally ready to be a mom. all i do all day is tell bubba what he can't do. my advice, definitely wait until you are both ready. it is such a tag team effort. without travis, we would both be dead!


CoachZ said...

Hey Anna,
Came across your blog through Linda's...cool to get updated on you an the RJ! Hope things are good...

Just a couple of verses (I'm sure you've heard of) to hopefully shed some light on the Children=Life is Over mindset.

The first a positive command right after God created Man and Woman:

And God blessed them. And God said to them, "Be fruitful and multiply and fill the earth and subdue it and have dominion over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the heavens and over every living thing that moves on the earth." Gen 1:28

2nd one from the Psalms very different from life is over:

Behold, children are a heritage from the LORD, the fruit of the womb a reward.
Like arrows in the hand of a warrior are the children of one’s youth. Ps 127:3-4

(I wasn't going to put the warrior one in but figured it would speak to RJ more than the fruit of the womb dealio ;)

I'll tell you what, our boyz are a handful and a half. Whenever my Bride leaves me for an extended period of time with them I wonder how she does it every day. But there isn't much, outside of building God's Kingdom, that can compare with having those beautiful, made-in-God's-image boys in our lives...nothing.

All that to say yes it's hard, yes it's a sacrifice, but everything worth anything is hard and a sacrifice. I'm gonna stick with God's positive command and His reward. My dos centavos.

Linda Z said...

I remember when RJ got assigned to my 3-4th grade Sunday School class and I thought, "Oh boy, this guy is not liking kids so much! Who put him here?? This is going to be an interesting semester!" And then by the time we were sharing at the Christmas party, he was going on and on about how much he liked the kids and how much he'd learned. He had that great big grin of his on his face... so cute! I think it'll be like that with your kids, too. Like my hubby said, it's just about switching the mindset, which is hard with the world and your flesh telling you differently. But God's word is definitely true! Don't stop believing!! :)

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