Posts Tagged ‘babies

02
Dec
08

Two-fer Tuesday: Kids by Miz Pink

pink-cat-childI love my kids. Sometimes I’m not so sure about other people’s kids.

Okay, I’m usually not sure of other peoples kids. Its easier to get annoyed at them but still I often smile when I see a strange baby or some other person’s toddler or preschooler galavanting around.

But as nice as kids are to have, the more important thing is being able to raise them right and the problem is that a lot of people have kids and don’t consider that.

They don’t consider whether they have the resources or patience or skill or support or anything else to put the kid on a good path.

Too many people have kids for reasons like this:

  • Hold on to a man they are afraid of losing/pin down a woman at home that man is afraid of losing
  • Because kids are so cute (or worse yet, “my kids are too big to cuddle now and I want something new to play with while I make them fend for themselves”)
  • Because I can
  • Because I don’t care to be responsible enought to bother with birth control.
  • Because if I can’t afford it, the state will pay/I can give it away/the other parent will take care of it while I split.

Having kids and raising them is a huge responsibility. I see some Christian brothers and sisters online who seem to think that the problem with today’s youth is that they don’t marry soon enough. These folks think that if kids got married and had kids earlier they’d be more responsible. I shudder to think of that. I think of big families in my extended family tree where they started young and what happened was a lot of bad parenting because there wasn’t enough maturity, or time for the kids…and then older kids are placed into parental or baby sitting roles that they aren’t ready for. I’m all for pitching in, but there were folks in my family in recent generations that basically handed the babies off to the older kids and didn’t do crap themselves half the time.

God entrusts us with these new lives and he expects us to take care of them and to take the job seriously. To do anything less is an affront and an insult.

08
Nov
08

Eyes of God by Miz Pink

pink-baby-gazeNah, I’m not talking about Gods Eyes, those little yarn and stick projects. I’m talkin about the pair on my new little girl Mini Pink Model 3. I’m reminded of the first two kids as I look at her face and how those big, moist eyes suck you in. I don’t think God’s eye (if he has any) are that innocent because Lord knows he’s seen everything. They’d be deeper and more complex. But still I can’t help thinking of God when I look at Mini Pink 3’s eyes. They are so open. So inviting. So utterly lacking in malice.

It’s the purest most untarnished thing that any of us probably get a chance to look at.

I know that we’re “born in sin” and we start early with the desires to keep things and take things and sometimes hurt others. But a newborn or an infant or even a toddler is for the most part so devoid of malice and scheming and nastiness that its a joy to look into their faces.

It gives me a bit of innocence I think. I think that when I look into my little newborn girl’s eyes that the love in my eyes must increase. My heart is filled and I am made a little better.

It’s one of those wonderful little gifts God gives us that we often don’t appreciate and that we too easily forget later on in the press of life.

It’s my third time and I’m sure I’ll forget how wonderful it is again when she’s saying “no” a billion times in a row or screaming becuase I won’t turn the TV on or something.

But for now I’m just goin to revel in those eyes.

(And no that’s not my baby girl. Just like I don’t post pics of me I don’t post pics of my family.)

11
Oct
08

Cornerstones and Cribs by Miz Pink

What I’m really gonna talk about today is foundations and nurseries, really (hey, I’m pregnant and about to pop any day now…kid related stuff is consuming my brain and everything is in kid metaphors these days for me). But “foundations and nuseries” didn’t have the alliteration kick I was lookin for, so “cornerstones and cribs it is”!

So what the hecky-hoo am I blabbing about anyway?

It’s just the way I’m seeing things these days. We need firm foundations in our lives if we’re going to be worth a lick ‘o salt. If what we do is gonna matter, we have to base it on something strong. If we plan to stand for something, we have to have something firm to stand on.

I’ve had two other kids before the upcoming one. Mini Pink #1 and Mini Pink #2 didn’t not come into the world without a nursery waiting for them. The nursery might not have been quite as together as I wanted it to be, but it was there. There were onesies and diapers and blankets and someplace where they would be able to sleep. Even with the first husband, who I didn’t get along with from pretty much the moment after we got hitched, we had some kind of nursery ready for Mini Pink #1. And Sir Pink and I were pretty well on top of things for Mini Pink #2. This time, we’re scary ready, with mobiles and monitors and all sorts of doo-dads and a nice neutral color for the nursery since we are still going for the surprise factor on Mini Pink #3’s gender. A new life was coming into the world, and it needed a good start with all the basics in place at the very lease.

For something as important as your life, your legacy, your stands on major issues, your philopsophical outlook on life, how you treat people, what kind of work you will pursue…doesn’t it make sense to be prepared?

For the building that is your life, you need a strong cornerstone but most importantly a good foundation. And this is something Jesus told us quite clearly:

The Wise and Foolish Builders 24 “Therefore everyone who hears these words of mine and puts them into practice is like a wise man who built his house on the rock. 25 The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house; yet it did not fall, because it had its foundation on the rock. 26 But everyone who hears these words of mine and does not put them into practice is like a foolish man who built his house on sand. 27 The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house, and it fell with a great crash.” (Gospel of Matthew, chapter 7, verses 24-27)

Far as I’m concerned, there is no better foundation to build on than God and Jesus.

A shame that so many people who call themselves Christians don’t really build on that foundation, and are willing to spread lies, spew hate and do violence all while telling us they do it for God.




Deacon Blue is the blogging persona of editor and writer Jeffrey Bouley. The opinions of Jeff himself on this blog, and those expressed as Deacon Blue, in NO WAY should be construed as the opinions of anyone with whom he has worked, currently works, or will work with in the future. They are personal opinions and views, and are sometimes, frankly, expressed in more outrageous terms than I truly feel most days.

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