In Which Michelle Talks About Her Children (Say Whaa??)

It’s probably bizarre for some people my age – college, late teens – to think about their kids. To imagine what they’ll look like or act like or be good at or desire…

I think about my future children almost every day.

I pray for them…that they’ll love the Lord more than anything, pursue Him with all of their hearts, and serve him in any way they can.

That they won’t feel too much pain…I know they will experience hardships, but I hope that it is minimal and that they heal from anything that happens to them.

I hope that they have a passion, and that they pursue it whole heartedly. As cheesy and dramatic as it sounds, I have never had a talent in which I was confident. I’ve never felt ‘good’ at anything specifically. I hope with all my heart that they have that confidence that I never did.

That they will live with abandon and joy, without fear of those around them…fear of rejection or labels or even hatred.

I firmly believe that I was put on this earth to be a mother. I don’t know when it will happen, but God has given me a peace about this that is unmistakable. So I pray that I will be good. I pray that I will be patient and loving and firm…that I will have the wisdom to know what to say and that they won’t hesitate to come to me when they need me. That they will know just how much I love them…how much I’ve always loved them.

Yes crazy, I know. But crazy is me in a nutshell.

In Which Noelle and Michelle Live Blog Through Revolution Episode 3…Or At Least That Was The Plan

 REVOLUTION: EPISODE 3

Michelle: Hey there guys!

So, Noelle and I have long been avid readers of live blogs, where bloggers will go through tv shows, writing their own thoughts and recaps on the different episodes, often with hilarious results. So we decided to take a crack at it.
Noelle: NBC has premiered a new show called Revolution!  *insert clever ‘power button’ for ‘O’* The premise is interesting–at some point in the future, all electrical power on the earth is lost; everything from lights to phones to batteries is no longer operational.  All forms of government have fallen, militias have sprung up, and a new, cruder, (and crueler) form of government is now in place.
LAST TIME ON REVOLUTION: *takes deep breath*
The main character, Charlie, (short for Charlotte, but having a boy’s name is supposed to make her look tough and brave!  Ooh rah!) is looking for her brother, Danny, who was captured by the Monroe militia, (the only form of government left in the country formerly known as America) headed by creepily handsome Captain Tom Neville, who was really after her father, because they believed he had an idea as to how to get the power back on, due to a mysterious phone call made to his brother Miles seconds before the power cut off; Miles being accompanied by a strange blonde man who early on in the episode is revealed to be *gasp* MONROE himself!) but was accidentally killed in a Mel Gibson’s The Patriot style standoff in which the brave, stupid, and asthmatic son tries to defend his father and ends up getting him shot. (exhale)  Right  before he dies, with his last dramatic breaths, he tells his blue doe eyed daughter (who has managed to produce not even one good fake tear for her father’s demise) to go to Chicago and find Miles.  Whaa? you ask? GOOD QUESTION.  Fortunately, Charlie knows exactly where Chicago is, because she’s been stealing and hiding 15 year old perfectly preserved postcards with pictures of Chicago landmarks on them, which serve as proverbial breadcrumbs to help her find her way across this barren and highwayless nation to a city that she has never been to. Logical?  Maybe not.  But hey!  This is TV!
Michelle: So Charlie sets off to find her kidnapped brother (which is exactly what the militia was hoping she’d do), accompanied by her late father’s best friend (and former Google executive), Aaron, and British girlfriend, Maggie. While traveling, they bump into a smooth talking, handsome and muscular loner who goes by the name Nate. I assume Charlie has not encountered her fair share of handsome men because she immediately trusts him to join them, despite Maggie’s adamant counsel to leave homeboy in the dust. They find Miles in a bar and eventually convince him to join them.  In a sudden and completely unforeseen twist, the handsome stranger Nate turns out to be militia! (As you can tell this show is completely unpredictable.)
Noelle: Somewhere far away, Danny  manages to escape and is found by a strange woman who *gasp* has access to electricity! Neville however tracks him down and recaptures him.  A man named Randall comes to the woman’s house after they leave and kills her (so there goes that thread of story…?)
Miles and Charlie leave Aaron and Maggie and go to find Miles’ friend Nora, who has voluntarily been made a slave.  It is discovered that she is part of a rebel sector who is trying to bring back the United States.  Miles gives her the stink eye and warns her that she’ll be killed if her subtle tattoo of the US flag on her back is seen.  She scoffs (with a speech).
And the big reveal at the end of the episode?  Charlie and Danny’s mama is ALIVE!  And working for Monroe! Dun dun duuuun!

Michelle: So, this post was supposed to be a quick catch up on the first two episodes before live blogging the third, but it’s kind of long, and we never actually got to it…….so um, tune in next time for what we actually promised you! 🙂 At least you’re all caught up now!
Let us know what you think! Have you gotten into Revolution? What other shows are you obsessed with?

In Which Michelle Is Given Relationship Advice By An 11-Year-Old

As a nanny, I am constantly having ridiculous and hilarious conversations with my 8 and 11 year old boys. I make sure however that the conversations are never about me, ya know, so nobody has to get hurt if they cross the line 🙂

Until yesterday, when our conversation took a turn that I wasn’t expecting. I decided to share this humbling experience with you. I will refer to the kids as ‘K’ (11 year old) and ‘J’ (8 year old).

Scene: dining room table, doing homework. Or at least K is; J is playing with his chair and being told repeatedly to sit on his bottom and get to work or so help me, he will regret it. All 3 of us have just finished an impromptu pillow fight, and my appearance is a little worse for the wear.

M: J, sit down and do your math! This is the last time I’m going to tell you. And K, give me back my phone. How did you get that?

K: Oooooh, Miss Michelle has a text from a boy!!

J: Ohhh, you have a boyfriend?!?

*lots of shouting and hooting, me shushing everyone down*

M: No I don’t. Calm down and do your homework.

K: (leaning forward and looking me in the eye) Are you lonely?

M: Um, what? (nervous laughter, not liking where this is going) No I’m not lonely, I have you guys! (more nervous laughter, pause) Why do you say that? Do I look lonely?

K: Yes.

M: (gawking) What?? How do I look lonely??

K: Your hair.

M: (runs hand through hair) What’s wrong with my hair??

K: (looking thoughtfully) Welllll, I would say 25% of why your lonely is your hair. You need to change up your look.

M: (mouth hanging open in disbelief)

A few minutes later, while wrestling with J to get back a pencil, my hair is hit and K shouts, ‘Oh now we’re up to 50%!’

By the time I was about to leave their house, the boys had concluded that my hair was 100% the reason that I am single, and as taken aback -and quite frankly, horrified- as I was, I had to laugh at the  unfounded theories  unabashed honesty of these kids. *sigh* Children can be so silly sometimes!
Hope they like my buzz cut.

THIS is what lonely hair looks like.