Tuesday, October 24, 2006

October 24, 2006

What a fun week we have had in the Williams' home! This past week we celebrated Birthday's and visited with one of my best friends - Bethany & her son Johnny! Drew was very envious the first day, as you can tell from his pictures sitting in the exer-saucer, but Drew really enjoyed his new friend the rest of the week. Even now I will ask Drew where Johnny is and he will run all over the house looking for him. Bethany and I were able to stay up until the wee hours reminiscing and chatting about life. The temperature cooperated, by cooling off, so we sat outside with blankets sipping hot tea. Bethany laughed, amazed that I was so excited about winter weather. The two of us visited Southlake Town Center, Downtown Fort worth, and Six Flags. We also went to see "One Knight With The King" in the theatre, it was the best movie I had seen in years! Drew and I were so sad to say good-bye. The boys loved playing together and had ao much fun entertaining one another.
Drew's new words are "airplane" and "alto." It took us weeks to figure out that the spanish word alto actually meant in Drew's language... are you ready for this... "A Door." Drew goes around the house and points to the doors now all the time. He is such a goof! His binky is now called a "me me" and the vacuum is an "a que." Drew really does speak a lot, we just haven't learned his language yet.
Julie & Ruben visited this week too! We had a Birthday celebration; mom bought a cake and made us a yummy dinner. My friend Shannon and Bethany were also there for the festivities.

John is finally done with school! I have waited years to say that! His last final was on Saturday! Now he is just waiting for his grades - he knows he has an "A" in one class already! John spent the first two
days reading down my "honey do" list and cleaning up his messy garage. We are going camping this weekend with some friends and family so he will be packing us up for that later this week. I hope Drew loves camping as much as John does. Ruben and Julie will be coming, this is Ruben's first camping trip ever! I will post pictures on Monday!

Melissa

Friday, October 20, 2006

Modeling: God's Plan For Women

Last week I tackled my fears of speaking in public and shared with a group of women about my awesome experience of being mentored. Below is what I was able speak on, I hope it will encourage you to find a special friend that will come along side and push you onward towards spiritual maturity.


Modeling: God's Plan For Women
Titus 2:3 from the Message paraphrases mentoring as
"... older women(guiding younger women) into lives of reverence so they end up as neither gossips nor drunks, but models of goodness. By looking at them, the younger women will know how to love their husbands and children, be virtuous and pure, keep a good house, be good wives. We don't want anyone looking down on God's Message because of (our) behavior."
The design of women mentoring women was established by God for divine purposes! I experienced first hand the blessings of God through my mentoring relationship with Julie this past year. I prayed for years to find a Mentor , knowing the awesome strength that I could gain from having another pour into my life; it was a very vulnerable experience but necessary so that I could grow and mature in my journey towards holiness. We tackled my gut wrenching issues like "how to have a quiet time when your child is hanging on your leg," or " how to get back down to your pre-pregnancy weight. " As a new mom she freed me from my cleanliness battles by explaining that my home did not come before my child and if I read or played with him instead of folding laundry that was far more beneficial. Julie helped shape my persona of mothering from one of duty to one of love and laughter.
The verse above in Titus speaks about women being "model's of goodness, virtue, & purity." What awesome adjectives to describe our lives as women. These qualities have been my passion for years and I felt that having someone to share and invest back into my life, would help in my daily pursuit towards holiness. In my first meeting with Julie I described to her 5 areas in my life that I deeply desired to mature in - all 5 areas were rooted in developing a self disciplined life. Self discipline has always been one of my stumbling blocks towards growing nearer to my Lord. It is a fleshly area in my heart that I have longed to conquer. The next 6 months we journeyed together through prayer, phone calls, meetings, lunches, and of course - coffee! I would love to say that I have arrived and self discipline is no longer a struggle, but that will probably never be the case. Instead Julie helped me look at my Lord and Savior in new and fresh ways so that I now long to spend my days growing closer to my Redeemer. I discovered that the nearer I draw to the Lord - through faith, discipline and trust - and then delight solely in Him, the less I struggle with self-discipline.
Julie's impact on my life will forever be felt because she had gone before me, she had walked where I was walking and sat where I was sitting. She was so much like me, and lived a life so much like my own, that only the Lord could have brought us together. My Father God placed Julie in my life at precisely the right moment, that happened to be the moment my earthly father, a schizophrenic, had a serious mental breakdown. Julie was there to be the hands and feet of Jesus, she was able to share with me her own story about her brother's battle with this same mind overtaking disease. During our 6 month relationship we also worked through similar family conflicts, marriage dilemmas, issues with children, and so much more. Julie was an encourager during these inevitable trials that came into my life and a continued source of strength that God used to draw me closer to Himself.
I will forever be grateful for the purifying lessons the Lord taught me through my mentoring relationship; life lessons straight from of the Word of God, lived out on earth with a dear friend who came alongside me. I will leave you with a few words from Martin Luther that encompass our journey through life and reveal our need for a sweet gentle friend to support us along the way:
This life is not a state of being, but becoming;We are not yet what we shall be,but we grow toward it;The process is not yet finished, but it is still going on;This life is not the end,it is the way to a better.All does not yet shine with glory;nevertheless, all is being purified."
Thank you.

Monday, October 16, 2006

October 16, 2006
Birthday's are so much fun! I had a small get together tonight with some friends for John's 26 th Birthday. How did he get that old? Drew was able to stay up late tonight and eat tons of cake and play with his buddy Jonathan. John spent most of his Birthday at the Library writing papers for his last week of school. Drew spent the day at the Mothers Day Out program. He made a pumpkin face and painted it orange. His teacher said he loved to play in the paint. I spent my quiet Monday working! I am taking off Wednesday - Friday this week, so I have a lot to get done.
My friend Bethany & her son Johnny will be here tomorrow night! I can't wait. We are going to have so much fun! We are even going to visit Six Flags on Saturday. Hopefully we will spend the time relaxing and sipping ice tea while the kiddo's play. The weather here is very nice, in the 70's or 80's during the day and 60's at night. I just received my electric bill and it went down 100.00! Fall is finally here.
John's surgery went very well, he is up and running already. They only did half of his back though, the other side will be done the beginning of November. John's foot is healing too, it is still very sore and swells a lot. But, another month or so and it should be better than before the surgery. We are all going camping the last weekend in October! It is to celebrate all our Birthday's and so John can relax knowing that school is finished.
Nothing very new to share, Drew's vocabulary is still quite limited. He is starting to use two words together more frequently like " Up Please" "All Done" " That' s Mine" "A plane." Drew is teething yet again so he has been crabby & whiney a lot. Hopefully this is the last group of teeth for a long, long time.
Love,
Melissa

Saturday, October 7, 2006

October 7, 2006

The Autumn planting has arrived. Today Drew and I drove to Rockwall (near Dallas ) to a huge plant nursery to pick out our fall plants. We also were able to pick up two white crape myrtles that match the one we already have planted in our backyard. Our hope is to create a canopy under the three trees and build a small patio underneath just perfect for a bench and birdbath. Fall is the best time to plant for the Spring so our house is hopping with lots of dirt and digging and pruning. I just finished digging three large holes in the backyard for some new trees. In a few years it will have lots of shade and color! I did have a little problem thought, everything was going smoothly, Drew was taking a nap and I was digging to my hearts content. That evening I went in and the phone and internet were down - it turns out I dug through our fiber optic line! Oops!

Well, today while I was waiting for the Verizon person I managed to fertilized the lawn and then transplanted some of my larger plants that have grown too large for their current location. I can't wait for John to finish the wood flower bed - bordering our backyard. There are so many things to plant before Winter arrives. It doesn't even seem like Fall yet, our temperature has been in the 90's with very little rain. We are supposed to have a cold front pass through this week dropping us into the high 70's during the day. Doesn't that sound nice!

This weekend we all went out to a friends farm. I am working with their 3 year old Paint Gelding! Can you believe I am able to ride as much as I want and I don't have to pay for anything! While we were there Drew decided to play in the biggest mud puddle he had ever seen. The only bad thing is that he realized he hates to be dirty! Drew cried and cried while I stripped his clothes off and hosed him off. Then he had fun chasing mommy with the hose! You can see the video for laughs!

John is busy finishing up school! He can't wait to be done, only 2 more weeks! We are celebrating with a camping trip to the lake. It is Drew's first camping trip this year so I hope he is good. John's Rhizotomy will be on the 12 th of October and he should only be laying around for a day or two. Then his back should feel up to lots of work around the house. John received this really neat electric muscle stimulator; last night john was so proud of himself because he had hooked this think up to his feet and his toes were separating with the help of the shocker.. If you know John fairly well, you know that he can't move any of his toes, his foot is like one big blob with absolutely no dexterity. It was comforting to know the proper muscles are still down their just waiting for him to refine his muscle control!

Drew is still active as ever, loving every moment of his childhood. Every day is a new experience that is more exciting than the day before. His smile and giggles are so contagious that John and I find ourselves giggling along with him. I tend to be the more serious one in this family so it is refreshing and invigorating to be around two amusing boys who take the most fun out of every moment!

Melissa

Sunday, October 1, 2006

The Children's Hourby Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

The Children's Hourby Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
Between the dark and the daylight,When the night is beginning to lower,Comes a pause in the day's occupations,That is known as the Children's Hour.I hear in the chamber above meThe patter of little feet,The sound of a door that is opened,And voices soft and sweet.From my study I see in the lamplight,Descending the broad hall stair,Grave Alice, and laughing Allegra,And Edith with golden hair.A whisper, and then a silence:Yet I know by their merry eyesThey are plotting and planning togetherTo take me by surprise.A sudden rush from the stairway,A sudden raid from the hall!By three doors left unguardedThey enter my castle wall!They climb up into my turretO'er the arms and back of my chair;If I try to escape, they surround me;They seem to be everywhere.They almost devour me with kisses,Their arms about me entwine,Till I think of the Bishop of BingenIn his Mouse-Tower on the Rhine!Do you think, o blue-eyed banditti,Because you have scaled the wall,Such an old mustache as I amIs not a match for you all!I have you fast in my fortress,And will not let you depart,But put you down into the dungeonIn the round-tower of my heart.And there will I keep you forever,Yes, forever and a day,Till the walls shall crumble to ruin,And moulder in dust away!