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The Burts in 2013

Wednesday, January 20, 2010


My kids have discovred Throwback Mountain Dew and Pepsi. And guess what? They like it better than "modern day" Mt. Dew & Pepsi. Hmmm...is that because it tastes that much better? Is it the novelty? Maybe the idea of drinking the same kind of Dew their dad had way-back-when? Personally, I think it tastes different because it's made with sugar, not high fructose corn syrup. But that's my opinion because of my preference for sugar grown from the cane rather than corn turned into sweetener that that has the consistency of motor oil...

Do I need to have a "Throwback" in any area of my life? Maybe I need to remember what it was like when my children were babies - you know, that sweet newborn smell that doesn't last long enough, the tiny fingers and toes, the way they stretch when they wake up and then snuggle right back down in your arms. Perhaps I need to remember the toddler years, when everything they learned was amazing and new and somehow made the whole world amazing and new to me, too. What about learning to read? How many wonderful memories do I have of my children reading - the first word, sentence, nursery rhyme, early reader, chapter book, classic, etc.? What about a "throwback" to the first of my kid's to get a job, drive, go on a missions trip or embark on a new journey learning all of their own accord? Those early years of watching their personalities and God-given gifts begin to really take root. Watching them with their younger siblings, with their friends, with their pets - and being amazed at this wonderful little person the Lord allowed into my life. And now, as my son writes papers for his college classes, as my oldest daughter consistently lands her double salchow (she figure skates and that's a double rotation jump she's recently mastered), my middle child as she plays the piano more and more beautifully each day, my fourth child's creations from clay, my youngest's interest in marine life and her deep care for Orca whales in particular.

Twenty years ago, would I ever in a million years have guessed that THIS is the life I'd get to live? I have more to be thankful for than I can ever possibly give thanks for - and I really mean that, those aren't just words! God has given me so much more than I ever could have dreamt, asked for or imagined. I'm blessed. So my version of the ideal "throwback" isn't living in the past, wishing I was younger-thinner-whatever. My ideal "throwback" is remembering the seasons of my life with my husband and children and enjoying today, knowing that one day I'll remember this all with the same fondness.

Enjoy your "throwbacks", whatever they might be!

Day 12 done :)

Jan L. Burt


  1. Very nice. I've been thinking the same thing with my girls (8, 2, and almost 5 months). The time flies!

    I agree about the sugar vs. high fructose corn syrup! Believe it or not, my husband and I just talked about this after watching a History Channel Modern Marvels DVD from the library about sugar. HFC is nasty, not to mention bad for you!

  2. Thank you for reminding us to remember. Just like God used to do with the Israelites...Looking back helps to keep perspective and trust in God's goodness. To everything there is a season! SAmom