Thursday, January 31, 2008

A Day In The Life Of...In Photos! Part Three

Time for the baby to wake up from his AM nap!
One of our favorite times of the day!

A Day In The Life Of...In Photos! Part Two


A Day In The Life Of...In Photos!

So, yesterday, I decided to document our day in photos! I should say, part of our day, because I only got to early afternoon! It was alot of fun, and helped me to see the normal things we do in a different light! Plus, it gave me some practice with ambient lighting!

This will be several posts, due to the amount of photos! We start with breakfast:

I made some yummy orange-cranberry new favorite! It was the King Arthur mix, though, I'm afraid to say! No homemade scones this morning!

And, then there was Vanilla Biscotti coffee. Another favorite of mine lately!

So, now you're thinking...what does this jar have to do with breakfast? Well, it's my candle jar! The top holds a votive holder and a tealight candle. While I was making my yummy scones, Nehemiah was...yes, tasting the candle! I turned around to find what you see in the picture below! Oh, how a 1 1/2 year old keeps you on your toes! :)

Typical morning at the McGrath house! :)

Monday, January 28, 2008

Do's and Don'ts of Caring for a Newborn...

Click here for the whole cartoon set! Very funny! (Got this link from

Sunday, January 27, 2008

Ho, Ho, Ho...hee, hee!

I got to see the first family I ever was a nanny for when we went home this past Christmas. It just so happens that Mike, the dad, dresses up as Santa every year. So, he dressed up and they "stopped by" Shane's parents house. It was so fun for the kids! This was Nehemiah's first "Santa sighting." This picture makes me giggle! :)

Friday, January 25, 2008

No Greater Love...

Click here for a beatiful story of a mother's love. I'm sure her child is thankful that she chose life for him! Brings tears to your eyes!

Thursday, January 24, 2008

I want to smile more...

"..Smiles are little things, cheap articles to be fraught with so many blessings, both to the giver and the receiver-pleasant little ripples to watch as we stand on the shore of every day life. These are the higher and better responses of nature to the emotion of the soul. Let the children have the benefit of them-those little ones who need the sunshine of the heart to educate them, and would find a level for their buoyant nature in the cheerful, loving faces of those who need them. Let them not be kept from the middle-aged, who need the encouragement they bring. Give your smiles also to the aged. They come to them like the quiet rain of summer, making fresh and verdant the long, weary path of life. they look for them from you, who are rejoicing in the fulness of life....

But, O woman-whether you live in a palace or in a hovel-if your chief care be to have God ever live in your heart, His light within you will shed such unearthly beauty on all things. You will make your loved ones see a fairy palace in this world, in spite of your own poverty and your life of hard labor. So, keep that light ever full in your family's soul.

The chief aim in your sharing all joys and amusements with your dear ones should be to make them feel that your presence, your love is for them the source of all present happiness, and that they can come to your arms, to your heart at all hours."

(from"Daughters Of Destiny" by Noelle Wheeler)
(picture is Lizzie as a baby)

Wednesday, January 23, 2008

Godliness and Purity

Okay, Shane and I have gone back and forth on the issue of letting our girls watch High School Musical, the big hit that all the kids are into. We let our girls watch both the first two movies, and though we didn't find them "bad," we just felt that there were better role models we could put in front of our children. Although the movies didn't put out "bad" messages, we didn't feel that any of those girls were who we wanted our girls to emulate. The movies were just more Amoral-not good morals, not bad morals.

Now, some people have thought us a bit...oh...maybe legalistic or maybe we have just agreed to disagree when we prefer to not have our girls watch the movies at home anymore. But, we all have to do what we feel God is telling us.

I just found this article, after having heard it from Shane. Not sure if some of you have heard...but is this really who we want our girls emulating? I don't claim that the movies, which are "worldly-innocent" are celebrating this, but this is who our girls are looking up to and want to be. God has called us to raise our children in holiness, and to put Godly role models in front of them. Please don't misunderstand me. We have made many mistakes and many wrong choices, and have had to go back and rethink things. And, I don't know what the answer is. Are there any shows that uphold Godly virtues for our young children? Do we stop watching TV altogether? I doubt any of us will, but we have a responsibility to our children to protect them from immoral role models, to uphold Godliness and purity to them. Is sexiness "empowering," as Vanessa says? Is NOT posing for Playboy moral enough for us? Is this what we want for our girls? Or, is Godliness beautiful?....just food for thought.

"High School Musical star Vanessa Hudgens {who plays Gabriella} has split with her boyfriend and
co-star Zac Efron, and is considering posing for a men’s magazine - according to
Hudgens, who was involved in a nude photo scandal earlier this
month, split with boyfriend Efron while he was overseas, OK! magazine
The mag said Hudgens was seen with another man at a Hollywood Hills
party while Efron was in Australia to promote the movie
Eyewitesses told OK! magazine that Hudgens was “all over” her
older date, and when someone asked her about Efron she “threw a
Meanwhile, the Starpulse entertainment blog reported Hudgens is
considering posing for a men’s magazine - but has ruled out a spread in
“I think being a woman and being able to show a sexy side is
empowering,” Starpulse reported Hudgens as saying.
“Being able to show we are
comfortable in our skin is a good thing. I totally would pose for a sexy
magazine. But not Playboy.”
Earlier this month, a nude photo of Hudgens
circulated widely on the internet.
Hudgens said she was “embarrassed” and
regretted ever having taken the photos.
It is not yet known who leaked the

Friday, January 04, 2008