Monday, May 3, 2010


It was a banner day for Team Testosterone yesterday. All three of my sons got baptized! At our church we do "believer's baptism," kicking it New Testament-style with the addition of a testimony of faith before the pastor immerses you in the water (not the Jordan River, however). It was so cool to hear each of them share their faith in Jesus and their favorite Bible verse (I John 4:10, John 14:2, John 3:16, in order of their picture above) in front of everyone gathered to watch. Then they each got "dunked" in turn, their profession of faith public. I had never planned on all three of them doing this together, I really wanted this to be their individual choice about obedience. God is so good to me--to give me these sons who are growing bold about their faith in Him. I was one proud mama, indeed!

And then I yanked on my garden gloves and got after the business of spring planting. Glorious day! During my breaks I sat on the front porch inhaling fresh-cut grass, tulips and lilacs mixing together in an intoxicating perfume. Mosquitoes nibbled at my ankles while I read a manuscript for a friend, birds sang and the children played without fighting. Clothes flapped in the breeze on the back clothesline, the crab apple trees unleashed their full show of blossoms and Mr. D ran down a couple acres' worth of dandelions leaving swaths of green behind his Brand New Lawnmowing Machine. His team split their double-header Saturday with a team vying for first place in their conference, so his spirits were running high, too.

At dusk I went to bring in the clothes, feeling deeply satisfied with the entire weekend. I pinched open the final clothespins and grabbed Mr. D's heavy Carhart jacket off the line when a deep sting shot up my right thumb. WTF! I shook my hand free and watched my thumb slowly swell to twice it's size. Yelping, I flipped the jacket over and tried to find the cause. I never did see what stung me--wasp or bee, but it got me good and deep!

A banner weekend--three boys baptized, a huge win for the baseball team, first mosquito bites of the year, lilacs blooming and the first bee sting of the year.

And a winner! Fannie from This Isn't What I Ordered is the lucky winner of April's FABULOUS--M.K. Graff's mystery novel The Blue Virgin. Congratulations, Fannie!

Spill it, reader. What banner-worthy things happened to you this weekend?

20 comments:

  1. Sounds like a great weekend...we are of the baby sprinkling faith, so I can only imagine how it must feel to see all of your boys consciously come to that place where they want to declare their beliefs.

    I painted, which I detest. It has to be done and time is running out. And since DOTR is not allowed anywhere near paint, indoors or out, it's me or nobody.

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  2. That is so awesome about your boys! What a proud moment :) Love the picture and that they played without fighting (those days are few and far between in this house!)

    Ugh to the sting! We have had a ton of bumble bees hanging out in our yard this year...our oldest swells like crazy from bee stings so playing outside is an adventure to say the least!

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  3. Wow. Busy weekend! I don't do anything. Nothing memorable. Nothing at all... nope.

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  4. I had a fantastically busy weekend and enjoyed most every minute of it--maybe not the 8 loads of laundry, but all the rest!

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  5. I can't top that! Then again, I didn't get a bee/wasp sting either, so...tradeoffs.

    I didn't so much have a banner weekend as a satisfying, contented one. :)

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  6. I took my first bike ride of the season. A 20 miler with a stop for Japenese Pan Noodles at the mid-point of the ride.

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  7. What a GREAT weekend! I, however, wasn't as lucky. I did get some shopping done for myself, and did make a great (though simple) dinner on the grill last night.

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  8. Hooray for Team Testosterone! I wish I would have known yesterday...I would have scrounged up some treats to celebrate while they were playing with Kitty!

    You see the proof of our great weekend...A SLIDE!!!!!! Right in kitty's backyard!!!!!!

    It doesn't get much better than that for a two year old. :)

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  9. Oh honey I'm there with you on the planting. That is until I watched the weather reports for this upcoming weekend = frost. I'm waiting until next weekend to plant. Get those blankets ready & Good luck!

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  10. Sounds like a great weekend. We found a cottage we're thinking about putting an offer on. Stopped at the casino and placed bets on the Kentucky Derby, lost that.

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  11. That bee sting was just to keep it real, methinks. All of creation was around you, both good and ouchy. But what a great weekend, honey!

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  12. Banner-worthy for me was my birthday and also starting to plant tomatoes.

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  13. Sounds like a red letter weekend. We were out in the garden too, dodging lightning. It seems like it waits until the weekend to rain, and it's the only time I have to garden, so this weekend, I just buckled down and got wet!

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  14. Sounds like you had a good one except for the bites and stings! I found awesome stuff at the flea market and I'm turning it all into even more awesome stuff for the consignment shop!

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  15. Sounds like a great weekend, and even if the bee sting was no fun, it sounds like you handled it with aplomb!
    I worked all weekend--am at work now--and just got assigned a patient who needs enemas every 2 hours. Not exactly banner worthy, but the time will fly.

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  16. Hmmm, visited my sister and her hubby, stayed two nights in their tiny flat and they are buying a new house!!

    Going for a loooong bike ride today.

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  17. I won! Thanks so much! I spent most of Sunday gardening too. Weather was glorious.

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  18. I crocheted dish cloths. Silly and mindless.

    I'm so glad about the boys - what a great thing! They are mighty cute. And so close in age - they must play together well.

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  19. How did I miss this? What a happy day! (Except for the bee sting!) Congrats to each of your handsome boys. There's nothing that brings a happy tear to my eye like a baptism. Yey!

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  20. How awesome that all three boys got baptized on the same day! Baptism is such a special thing, I'm sure you were proud!

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