What I Learned This Week

I’ve had a busy, stressful couple of weeks. It seems like one thing piled on top of the next and before I knew it, the deck was stacked against me and I was facing one crazy thing after another.

Thankfully, God’s mercies are new every morning and things seem to be settling down a bit.

Bless it.

Here’s what I learned this week…

1. American Eagle now has a clothing line for dogs called American Beagle. One month ago, this fact would have made me roll my eyes. Now that I’m a dog owner though? Not so crazy.

What is crazy though, is that they haven’t asked my cute boy, Bentley to be part of their “Paw”some program.

2. I have almost put as many miles on the SKY in two years, as the previous owner did in five years.

3. “Potty training” a dog is harder than what I thought.

4. Alex has a pair of jeans, that in his opinion, “Make him look fat.”

Dear goodness.

5. When asked what he’d like for his birthday, my soon to be nine-year old always says, “A pocket knife.”

6. When ordering pictures from the Mart of Walls, you might want to double check that you are sending them to the RIGHT Wal-Mart.

7. When planning to meet a friend for Mexican, you should probably make for certain that you are clear about which city you are meeting in, otherwise, you may end up at a restaurant in one city and she in another.

8. Thanks to the “find my iPhone” feature on my beloved iPhone, McDaddy is able to find me even when I am lost and looking for a restaurant in another city.

9. The kid bagging my crap at the grocery store couldn’t care less about smashing my bread.

10. A ninety-minute voice memo will not transfer from iPhone to iTunes.

11. A three pound dog will gain a certain amount of confidence watching his three pound brother jump off of a couch.

12. White chocolate candy corn M&Ms are nasty.

That’s what I learned this week.

Now, what did YOU learn?

To join in on the What I Learned This Week carnival, simply follow these steps.

1. Any time this week, publish your What I Learned This Week post on your blog and link to this post.

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Easy enough?

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Yes To Being Still

A couple of years ago, I had a big, ugly argument with a friend from our church. It took the wind out of my sails. I was so angry and sad, I spent several days in prayer. I remember praying to God while running the vacuum and asking Him to let me know if I was wrong. I wanted to do something. Make a phone call. Stomp my foot. Kick. Scream. Something? Anything! Instead, I discussed the situation with my husband. And then, I waited…

I am guest blogging today over at We Are THAT Family.

Head over there to read about how I said YES to being still.

What I Learned This Week

When he was thirteen months old, Alex played Baby Jesus in our church Christmas play. As he sat on “Mary’s” lap in the nativity scene, he ate a handful of Ritz Bits crackers with peanut butter.

Minutes after the play, Alex puked violently five or six times. Once we arrived home, he seemed to be fine. I chalked it up to a virus or food that didn’t agree with his stomach.

The next day, it dawned on me that he had eaten peanut butter for the first time. I called his Pediatrician and she suggested we have him tested for food allergies.

As it turned out, he was allergic to peanuts, tree nuts, eggs and soy.

We were heartbroken. I have prayed many nights that the Lord would take these food allergies away. We are so thankful that his allergies – though very pronounced – do not / have not seemed life-threatening.

I received a call today from Alex’s Allergist today. The nurse was reporting the results of his latest blood test to see if any of his allergies have gotten worse. I was expecting to hear, “no change.” Instead, the nurse said, “I am just calling to report the results of Alex’s blood test. There was no change in the peanut, cashew, pistachio or egg allergy. Tests for almond and walnuts were negative.”

Y’all.

That. Is. A. Big. Deal.

I praised the Lord right in my kitchen!!!

How did we celebrate?

With Little Debbie (and her walnut brownies) of course!!!

I learned this week (in more ways than one!) that God is faithful in all things if we just trust Him.

Here’s what I learned this week.

That’s what I learned this week.

Now, what did YOU learn?

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What I Learned This Week

As a new puppy owner, we are having so much fun with our sweet boy, Bentley. Today happens to be his two month birthday. If I had thought of it earlier, we would’ve had a full fledged furday party.

There are some personnel issues going on up in here that I am not at liberty to discuss here on the blog. Our home dynamic has changed indefinitely and I ask for your prayers as we trudge through these foreign, murky waters. One of the things that I’ve learned (IN A BIG WAY) is that you should be very specific when praying. I have learned through this situation that when we seriously seek the Lord and His will for our lives, we should first prepare ourselves for the possibility that His will may not be in line with our thoughts.

And that you might just end up saying, “Okay, Lord, I trust You.”

Here’s what I learned this week….

1. A two pound dog is aggravated by a collar and a metal name tag.

But it makes for a really cute picture.

2. Potty training a puppy dog is a lot of work. It takes consistency, perseverance and patience.

3. Potty training a puppy is a lot like potty training a kid.

4. The new Mexican cornbread recipe that I made today was a flop. Or either my oven is not heating appropriately.

5. Appearances can be very deceiving. In church. On Facebook. You name it. Unless you’re living in someone else’s shoes, you have no idea what road they are walking.

6. According to the Rheumatology specialist I saw last week, she is quite certain that the chronic ear pain I’ve been experiencing since March, is indeed, Relapsing Polychondritis.

7. My post titles and the word Inmates in my blog title are the same font as The Brady Bunch font. That makes me smile.

8. I could watch Dirty Dancing weekly.

9. When a friend (Heather!) cleans up all the crazy characters strung throughout your blog, you will visit it daily for the first week to make for sure and certain that they. are. really. gone.

10. And then you will let out a war-hoop each and every time that you discover that yes, indeed they are still gone. Thanks, Heather!

11. I don’t like to go very long without seeing this sweet face.

That’s what I learned this week.

Now, what did YOU learn?

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What I Learned This Week

It’s been an interesting week here at the McResidence. Things have changed quite a bit and we are loving our sweet puppy.

We’ve had Bentley for one week. He is a lot of work and a lot of fun. He enjoys being with people. He loves to chew on things, fingers, cords, toes, clothing, and any little thing he can find lying around. He gets excited easy and lets me cuddle him when he’s tired.

Here’s what I’ve learned SO FAR this week….

1. Having a new puppy in the house is like having a newborn in the house.

2. A Yorkie puppy can sleep in ANY position.

3. It is easy to fall head over heels in love with two pounds of energy.

4. House training is a tough process.

5. Bentley sleeps about seven hours at night before whining to get out of his crate.

6. Yorkie tails are often docked for cosmetic reasons.

7. The average Yorkshire Terrier is approximately seven – eight inches tall and weighs between three – seven pounds.

8. There is a high concentration of Yorkies in New York City.

9. Yorkshire Terriers usually live to be 12 to 14 years old.

10. A Yorkie with championship bloodlines may cost as much as $4,000.

11. A Yorkie puppy gets a lot of attention out in public.

12. Alex is not a fan of dogs, but he loves Bentley.

That’s what I learned this week.

Now, what did YOU learn?

To join in on the What I Learned This Week carnival, simply follow these steps.

1. Any time this week, publish your What I Learned This Week post on your blog and link to this post.

2. Link up with the Mr. Linky form down below. Please put the link to your POST, not the front page of your blog.

3. Then visit the other participants and see what they learned this week.

Easy enough?

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