"The Honest Prayer Of a Righteous Man Can Accomplish Much"
Tuesday, September 30, 2008
"The Honest Prayer Of a Righteous Man Can Accomplish Much"
Sunday, September 28, 2008
My best friend Bethany is here visiting! We've been to Fort Hood to visit some friends and then to Waco for more visiting. We saw our old youth pastor and his sweet family for a few hours. Its been a great visit with facials and Goodwill shopping! Drew is loving having "Mrs. Bethany" and Kayla to play with.
I posted a few pictures from our week.
:: Drew after waking up with a messy pull-up, "Oh no, mommy. my poop woke up before me." After sitting on the potty Drew exclaimed, " Mommy, my poop must have gone back to sleep, it won't come out."
:: "Look Mommy, my fingers are praying!" As I look into the backseat, Drew has his tiny fingers laced together -- smiling with glee.
:: Mommy to Drew, "Drew, we don't run around the house naked, take the underwear off your head and put them on your bottom!"
:: Drew pulling the Q-tip out of his ear, "Yuck mommy, there is pee in my ear!"
Monday, September 22, 2008
Drew didn't inherit any "tall or even medium height genes" so he is presently the size of an 18 month child - too small to actually stand up and make it into the toilet. For the past three months I've been in denial - I kept thinking that the pee on the floor was an "infrequent accident." Unfortunately for Drew three "infrequent accidents" in 1 day have sent mommy out of denial. So, tonight after cleaning each bathroom I've officially had it! There will be no more standing in our house (except for John - I can't control his peeing habits)!
Friday, September 19, 2008
Thursday, September 18, 2008
I did manage to play with the boys today, ignoring laundry and floors, I played "Hide & Seek" the only problem was the dog kept finding me instead of Drew. We also "buried" Gabe in the sandbox and danced around the living room while Gabe laughed hysterically (really he fell over from laughing so hard!)!
Now, I'm off to laundry duty and preparations for tomorrow!
Yesterday, John took Drew to his favorite store - Home Depot! While John was collecting the wood he needed for his latest project, Drew scurried over to the bays and asked if he could play. John replied, "Yes, just stay in the bay, no crawling under the bays and scaring the customers on the other side." Now, with that response, can you tell that Drew's done this before?
John then grabbed an associate to help him with his large purchase, Drew played contently in the bays pretending to be a monkey. Now, 10 seconds later (John's exact words), the associate all of a sudden look up and points, "Is that your son?" John turns around to find Drew 15 feet in the air on the top rack of the shelving! Drew seeing that he had an audience, exclaimed, " Look Daddy, I'm a little monkey and I stayed in the bay, just like you told me to!" I believe there were sound effects involved too!
Sunday, September 14, 2008
412. John’s men’s conference, John really enjoyed all the worship!
413. Routine date nights, John even calls and arranges the sitter!
415. Power, we’re so blessed to have hurricane Ike miss our area, there was little rain and only slight wind.
418. New bookshelves and storage for our new “library/school room,” I'm thankful for handy husband who can build anything!
419. Drew’s new teacher, she is wonderful and a huge blessing and answer to prayer. Drew adores her and loves his classmates. The other class/teacher didn’t click with him, he cried and said he didn’t like school. We’re so blessed God worked it all out!
423. A fun Saturday spent with Nicole & Ethan!
424. Drew’s first unassisted prayer spoken in a whisper, “Jesus, God, help me to obey my mommy and daddy, watch over me while I sleep, I love you. Amen”
427. First soup of the fall season - peaceful home enjoying the smell while caring for sick little one.
428. A surprise for sweet husband – a hunting trip to Oregon with his family - a dream he thought of often, but didn’t expect to become a reality!
429. Cooler weather, the impending breeze of fall, the changing of the seasons!
Saturday, September 13, 2008
Friday's Movie & Pizza night was awesome! John didn't fall asleep this time and we all enjoyed Nim's Island (except Gabe who had to go to sleep!). Drew loved the storm and the volcano that smoked. The bearded dragon's were very cute too! Drew was sad at bedtime because we forgot to get the white chocolate popcorn that we made out of the freezer.... oops!
Friday, September 12, 2008
Wednesday, September 10, 2008
Drew and I took Kitty for some pond swimming yesterday and some men were there fishing. They were catching fish right and left! Drew was fascinated! He ran over, ignoring the whole "don't speak to strangers" rule and asked if he could try. They were so sweet, for about 20 minutes they would catch fish and let Drew reel them in. Kitty enjoyed the process too, after chewing up her tennis ball she decided to chase some fish around the pond! Drew had such a great time! Now, he wants to become a fishermen!
On Monday I headed out for more bargains. Lets just say that people are getting hygiene products in their stockings this year! I think I ended up with 192.00 worth of products and I spent out of pocket 38.00, but I'll receive 45.00 back in rebates, so I really made 7.00 on 192.00 of Walgreens/CVS deals. The best was making 7.00 on 3 bottles of Robitussin! If any of you come to visit, don't bother bring toothpaste, toothbrushes, deodorant, shampoo, razors, etc - we already have a stockpile! Actually, we're putting together Christmas care boxes with some of the excess.
Friday, September 5, 2008
Lets see, John took me out on a date Thursday, we went out to eat and then to Home Depot where he purchased my Birthday gift a little early. We are working on snazzing up the downstairs and since John works for an interior decorator she came over and gave us some great tips. For starters, John fixed my under counter lighting, added a light under the sink (where my new storage shelves are located), installed encased blinds on our back door, and is presently installing a screen door/pull out screen. I love it! We're going to repaint the red wall and do a few other little things. John bartered with the seamstress and he is exchanging work for venetian blinds all downstairs. The dining room is turning into our playroom/library/school room. I'm excited to take the money I earned selling some furniture and buy book shelves and a comfy rug. We'll see how it turns out.
Drew's first week of school went well, but we're moving him to the Tuesday/Thursday class - the 3 day a week class was a little too much for me to handle - I love Drew being home with me, plus my mom's group meets Thursday's so he would have been at school 4 out of 5 week days. Now, he will only be gone 2. Gabe is still teething - his diaper rash is back so that means the teeth are actually moving up a little. I can't wait to him to be done teething for a while.
Tuesday, September 2, 2008
2 Samuel 9, Psalms 63
I had only seen this boy less than a dozen times my entire 4 years of High School. I remember our first encounter vividly because he had a bright smile on his face, which detracted from his awkward walking tempo. He would drag his crooked right foot behind his body and both knees never fully locked into place. I learned later that this boy was a Christian, which explained his bright smile and cheerful demeanor. This boy, who I came to know three months before graduation as John, had endured six surgeries since birth to help minimize the effects of his muscular disease - Cerebral Palsy. John's most invasive, yet beneficial surgery, included the removal of three vertebrates from his lower spine.
Tonight I asked my husband to share openly about how people with disabilities are viewed in society and what Christian’s can do to love them more like Christ. John responded by saying that,
“...we’re all people longing to be accepted for who we are. In our lives, the first thing people notice is the disability and it turns people off from knowing who we are inside – what are our hopes, dreams, fears, etc. My disability does not define who I am, it may limit certain dreams, but God can overcome my disability. When I was a little boy and on into my teens, I dreamed about having a wife and children, but did not have the faith to believe that God could fulfill my longing. Now, I am blessed to share my life with not only a wife of 5 years, but I am a father of two wonderful little boys. My disability was used by God to shape who I have become. Much like Paul, my constant pain keeps me from becoming prideful and reminds me where my true strength belongs. I daily ask God to free me from the pain - some days the answer is a temporary "yes", other days the answer is "no".
If I had not been born with C.P. I would not have needed the Lord’s strength to sustain me through the trials of this life. It is also through the pain that I am reminded that this world is not my home -- thank goodness! Soon I will be in a place void of spastic pain and disease. I’m looking forward to running and jumping with a perfect body – much like the bodies of my kids! I will say, I am grateful to those around me who got past my disability and accept me for who I am. I don’t think people with disabilities are the only people struggling to be accepted, in our society that values perfection, we all fall short, and have a deep God given need to be accepted and loved. This acceptance is available to all – it was fulfilled in the blood of Jesus Christ. Jesus overcame so we can overcome.”
David’s acceptance of Mephibosheth’s disability showed Israel that God values life – even the life of the disabled. I love how David did not just provide for Mephibosheth’s physical need; the Bible says that he met his aloneness need as well. Mephibosheth was invited to dine nightly at David’s table; he was treated with dignity and equality (vs. 7). In a society where we value “perfection”, it is import to remember that God is the creator of life and that all people are “disabled” in one way or another – it’s just that some disability’s are easier to hide.