Amy Scott's Thoughts

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Thoughts on Family, Charter Members and Staying in One Place a Really Long Time April 26, 2014

Filed under: Family Time,Parenthood,Women in Ministry — Amy Scott @ 12:05 pm
Enjoying dinner out on a Friday night!

Enjoying dinner out on a Friday night!

This Thursday, I had the honor and privilege to attend a memorial service for one of the charter members of Bethel Church. There are very few of these charter members left. It’s hard to imagine what it must have been like to start Bethel Church in 1940. Back then it was a church plant from Centralia to Chehalis. Eventually the congregation out grew their downtown Chehalis location so the church moved down the freeway to a large piece of property that would accommodate expansion and a growing church. Our church has a great history. As hard as it is to say good-bye to one of our founding members, I am so grateful for the legacy that he has left in Lewis County. I am friends with his daughters and many of his grandchildren.  Shorty Ames was a man of few words, but my life has been touched by his faithfulness to love his family well.

Memorial services always get me thinking. They are a time to examine my own life. I am so inspired by the stories I heard on Thursday and the love that was shared. I was once again reminded at how important these days are. One after another. We never know how many we have. Shorty had almost 95 years of them. I was thinking about not only the changes he saw in our church family, but in Lewis County as a whole. I wonder if he ever drove through downtown Chehalis and had flashbacks to 1940. I’ve been a Lewis County resident since 1998. I will have lived here 16 years come August. Of course, I never know how long I will be here, but what if I’m here another 50 years? What if… I’m sure the landscape will change drastically and I’ll have flashbacks to 1998. Remember when there was no Starbucks? No Dutch Brothers? Remember when the Walmart wasn’t a Supercenter or remember when Walmart was the ONLY place to shop and you always ran into 4o people you knew while there? Good times.

Yesterday was my favorite day of the week – FRIDAY! It’s the one day that Jeremy isn’t down at the church. One family day to just be us and do what we want. Fridays are the best. I love spending time with my husband and son and little dog. There was a mixture of productivity and resting. Jeremy and I each got stuff on our to-do list done, but we also spent time together. It’s days like yesterday that remind me that family is the best thing I can invest myself in. There are lots of worthwhile causes to give myself to, but I think family is the best. Time with my family is unparalleled. There is no match. Jeremy decided that we should go out to dinner rather spur of the moment and then this decision led to a mini-adventure! We had a good time and just enjoyed the time together. It was one of those days where I would just like to slow time and stay in those moments a little while longer.

My time is precious and how I invest it is important. Shorty’s memorial service was just another reminder of how family is worth the time and investment. I admire the longevity he had to one location and to one church. It seems like people are all over the place these days. They move here and there and everywhere. If they don’t like a church then they go find a new one. Church hopping happens often. Bethel Church was the church we settled on when we moved here in 1998 and it’s the church I still serve at today. I hope that I can have the same longevity Shorty shared. I want to stay through it all. Through the ups and downs. I want to be faithful (a word that was used multiple times to describe Shorty’s life). I want my family to know that they are loved in word and action. I want to be a wife and a mother that is engaged and present. I want to make a difference and leave this world a better place. I know people seem saint like after they die… It’s the nice part of memorial services. I know that my chances of being saint like are slim. I am human after all. But I want to try. I want to give myself away every day. I want to leave that kind of legacy.

 

Marshmallow Goodies April 23, 2014

Filed under: Cooking Experiments — Amy Scott @ 2:28 pm

The last two weeks have been marshmallow themed when it comes to my Wednesday night class snack. Last week, I got the inspiration from Food Network Magazine to make a special cake. I used food coloring to make the layers rainbow colored then I frosted and covered the whole cake in mini marshmallows. I learned a couple of things from this process. First off, my cake carrier only handles a three layer cake. I had made four layers so the pink layer didn’t make it on the cake. Since I used the fruit flavor marshmallows, it would have matched better to make the rainbow layers pastel colored. I used neon food coloring, so my marshmallows and cake layers didn’t completely go together. It was sure a colorful explosion! The marshmallows on the outside of the cake made it pretty darn cute in my opinion! I like making these out of the ordinary snacks from time to time because my class gets really excited. It was fun to share it my girls.

Marshmallow Cake!

Marshmallow Cake!

This week, it’s Fluffernutter Chocolate Chip Bars for snack. My sister-in-law made these for me when I visited for a play date last month and they were so good, I asked for the recipe. Once again, another snack with mini marshmallows! These cookie bars for chewy and soft. The marshmallows are gooey and give the cookie bars a fun look. I can’t wait to bring these to class tonight! I’m hoping for some leftovers so I can keep munching on them! Here is a link to the recipe if you want to make them yourself – click here!

Fluffernutter Chocolate Chip Bars

Fluffernutter Chocolate Chip Bars

My Baking Buddy

My Baking Buddy

 

Easter Weekend April 21, 2014

Filed under: Children's Ministry,Family Time,Parenthood — Amy Scott @ 1:50 pm
Happy Easter

Happy Easter

Easter weekend has come and gone and we survived! Hurray! Easter weekend is always a massive endeavor and you add a baby to the mix and things get a little nutty. Owen decided to be anti-nap this weekend which led to him having a sparkling personality most of the time.  There were moments where I was on the brink of insanity. I had joked about checking myself into the locked psych ward at the hospital to get some rest. Thankfully that wasn’t necessary, but I was close. Thursday and Friday were big prep days for Easter Eggstravaganza. On Friday, I had to put an SOS call out to my mom. I was working on filling prize eggs at home and Owen didn’t like the fact that I was multitasking. Thankfully my mom came to the rescue and alternated between filling eggs with me and keeping Owen occupied. Saturday was the big egg hunt day. The weather was not very nice. There was much rain and wind. However, we live in Washington and no one seemed phased by the wild weather. We had record attendance which was quite mind blowing. Owen and I made it to the first egg hunt. He ended up sleeping through his egg hunt. Since it was pouring down rain, I didn’t really plan on setting him in his field just to sit in a puddle. Next year he will be mobile and able to participate. This year Easter Eggstravaganza was a spectators sport for Owen. My family worked at the hot dog booth so Owen and I crowded under their pop-up canopy to take in the sights from a somewhat dry location. After the first hunt, we found Jeremy to say hi and greet the volunteers. After that it was off to home for a supposed nap that never happened. Saturday night was our evening Easter gathering at church. Sunday morning were two more Easter gatherings and two family gatherings. That about sums up the weekend. Busy, busy. We loved seeing our families and spending some time catching up with them.

Today, we are grateful for a day off around the house! I have been sorting baby clothes and boxing things up. Owen is now transitioning to 9 month clothes and the next box of diapers I buy will be size 3! Crazy! Owen has enjoyed two solid food meals already today as I start the routine of breakfast, lunch and dinner with him. Jeremy has been in the kitchen baking and cooking. I’ve been keeping the washer and dryer busy and working on updating my pictures. I’ve also had some  time to tidy the house and Jeremy has gone outside for a bit. We took a family walk and this is all before 2:00pm! It’s amazing what you can get done with two parents and a day around the house! Owen is also back to a more regular nap schedule today and I am thankful. Despite the craziness of Easter weekend, I’ve been reflecting a lot on what the true meaning of the weekend is all about. I am beyond grateful for a Savior who loved me enough to die for me. I am amazed and humbled at the power of the cross and the fact that death couldn’t hold Jesus down. I serve a RISEN Savior who is alive and active in my life. In some of the zaniest moments of this weekend, I called out to him and knew that I never alone. He is risen! He is risen, indeed!

Owen enjoying Eggstravaganza!

Owen enjoying Eggstravaganza!

Ducky

Ducky

This doesn't taste good!

This doesn’t taste good!

Reading his new book

Reading his new book

 

Stats & Snapshots April 17, 2014

Filed under: Parenthood — Amy Scott @ 11:21 am

Today was Owen’s six month appointment. Our little guy is weighing in at 17lbs and 6oz which puts him in the 62nd percentile for weight. He is the 52nd percentile for length and his head is still in the 90th percentile! That’s our big headed boy! Like father, like son! Owen is doing great and is a healthy boy. We’ve been experimenting with solid foods for the last two months, but now Owen is going to get serious about food. Three meals a day is the new plan and introducing table foods in the next few months. Looks like family meal time is going to get exciting in our house. It’s a big weekend for our family as we prepare for Easter Eggstravaganza. 70,000 candy filled eggs, 2 giant egg hunts, pony rides, petting zoo, animal shows and much more. So much stuff to plan and prepare for! I’m sure I’ll have all sorts of fun updates after this Easter weekend. Since it’s a crazy busy time for us, I’ll wrap this blog up with some recent photos!

How does this thing work?

How does this thing work?

All 5 cousins together!

All 5 cousins together!

Play date with Neymar!

Play date with Neymar!

First swing ride!

First swing ride!

 

Half a Year April 8, 2014

Filed under: Parenthood — Amy Scott @ 2:48 pm
6 months!

6 months!

Owen is half a year old today. We have hit the 6 month milestone. 6 months is a big deal in my mind because it is the tipping point for the year. From now on he will be closer to age one than to being a newborn. So crazy. Owen has changed so much in the last month and really even in the last week. Jeremy had his first overnight commitment since Owen was born this last weekend. I wasn’t quite ready to be on my own with Owen for 33+ hours so I invited my sister over to join me. In just that short overnight period, Owen mastered sitting up unsupported, jumping in his jumperoo and babbling. It was an incredible change all in the blink of an eye!

Owen loves to play with toys. He especially loves to sit and play with them. Jeremy got him a new activity cube that he can use to play and support himself. The cube has been a fun addition to the toy rotation. Owen loves his toes as well. He is often grabbing them and rolling from side to side. He loves to pull off his socks and suck on them.

Another big milestone is Owen is now a crib baby. For the last four months, he has been sleeping in his Pack’N’Play in his room. This wasn’t ideal, but he slept so well in it that we just kept him in it. I was going to make the big crib transition after our Canada trip, but I wanted sleep so badly that I just let him keep on sleeping in the Pack’N’Play. I told Jeremy that no matter what, come 6 months, Owen was going to move to his crib. Last night went better than expected. We did have a rough hour between 12:45-1:45am, but things could have been worse. I’m hoping that he’ll continue to get comfortable with his own crib and soon he’ll get back to old ways of sleeping through the night. Progress is being made!

It’s fun to listen to Owen babble now. He really likes saying “a-da”. He is well on his way to saying “Da da”. Jeremy should be thrilled about that. While, I’m sure he didn’t mean to, I’m positive that Owen said “no” this last week! Jeremy heard him say something close to “hi” this weekend. It will be fun to see his vocabulary develop soon.

So far no teeth have made an appearance. I’m kind of a okay with that. Owen still chews on his thumb like it’s the best thing ever. He also licks everything he can get his hands on! We tried finger foods for the first time yesterday because Owen has been so interested in our food. He has the pinching part of finger foods down, but he isn’t quite sure what to do with the food once he has it in his hand. He certainly makes a face when it hits his tongue. Owen is getting really good at drinking out of a cup. He really loves to drink like a big boy. As you see, never a dull moment. Owen is growing, developing and changing quickly. It makes life one big adventure. Each day is full of snuggles, love and fun, for sure!

Carrot face!

Carrot face!

Playing in the jumper!

Playing in the jumperoo

Activity cube fun!

Activity cube fun

This is what happens when Jeremy goes out of town!

This is what happens when Jeremy goes out of town!

Helping Daddy at Children's Church

Helping Daddy in Children’s Church

 

 

Carry On Warrior: Thoughts on Life Unarmed by Glennon Doyle Melton April 2, 2014

Filed under: Amy's Bookshelf — Amy Scott @ 3:04 pm

I’ve become one of those people. Those people who read in bed before turning out the light. I love to read in bed and before Owen, you could find me in bed with a book on any given day, at any given time. Bed and books go together. But now I’ve become a before going to sleep bed reader. I usually have about an hour between putting Owen down and turning off the lights. I read for this hour while my hubby plays Words with Friends on his iPad. He also checks the weather and news. But I read. It’s become my most productive reading time.

I just finished Carry on Warrior: Thoughts on Life Unarmed by Glennon Doyle Melton and I really enjoyed it. I love Glennon’s honesty. The whole book is essays about her life. It’s real and extremely refreshing to see someone put it all out there. The book really addresses that parenting is hard and I love that. She wrote an essay saying that just because parenting is hard doesn’t mean your doing it wrong. Thank you, Glennon, you made my day! She also said that she was going to start telling everyone the whole truth about herself just as her introduction. Her sister discouraged this and told her that she needs to use a filter. By a filter, do you mean lying she asked. In way, yes. I love that she sees using a filter as lying! That’s honestly how I feel! Now I don’t lie on here. I just don’t always include the whole story… which can feel a bit like lying. I know you can’t necessarily trust the whole world with every detail of your life and that filters are necessary, but I love that Glennon has chosen a life where she filters very little. I was relived to see I’m not alone. Her words of truth were freeing to me.

Because it’s a book of essays on parenting, marriage and honesty, I found there was a lot that I could relate to. I also laughed out loud a lot while reading this book. I’ve really needed a good laugh these days and this book provided many. While, I think Glennon and I might differ on a few matters of faith and doctrine (and swearing), I was inspired to see someone living their faith so wide and open, so free. I love that she can’t cook and that she finds hospitality stressful. She meets life’s challenges with a laugh and love. I think that I’m learning a lot about love right now. If I love well, isn’t that enough? If my life isn’t perfect, but I’m investing in and loving others, isn’t that what it’s really supposed to be about? Makes me think about where I spend my energy.

If this wasn’t a library book, there would be highlight marks all over it! I wanted to include a quote from the book in this post, but there are just too many to choose from. I highly recommend this book to any mama, especially those who are doing the hard work right now. Carry on warrior!