Wednesday, April 29, 2009
Tuesday, April 28, 2009
:: Watch where you sit - even awesome photographs aren't worth multiple ant bites on your bottom!
:: The van is a much better place for a 17 month old to sleep, tents are overrated!
:: Little boys with mud stained faces doesn't mean your a bad parent it actually means your a great parent. I don't think the boys faces were clean the whole 3 days - despite my best efforts, I probably went through a hundred wet wipes!
- :: Wagons do tip over when piled high with too many children and too much junk - especially when going diagonally up a steep hill. Sorry little boys, you handled the tip so well!
:: Always put on the rain fly - even a 20% chance of rain can turn into 100% - especially at 5:00 am.
:: Little boys with longer hair, who are camping, are often mistaken for girls. Note to self - give Gabe his first haircut.
:: Fiddle with the F stop and shutter speed on your camera - the pictures turn out way better when you feel like a real photographer - the auto setting is for beginners! Thanks Zac for my lesson!
:: Texas lakes are really mud pits just waiting for grown men to engage in a harsh mud flinging fight.
:: S'mores really aren't too bad - Drew especially liked his first and second and even asked for a third. Can you tell the boy doesn't get much sugar?
:: Couponing while camping is a lot more fun than clipping at home alone! Just watch for wind gusts, if your coupon lands in the fire no husband will fish them out, even if it was a buy 1 get 1 free for your favorite cereal!
:: Eggs fried in bacon grease are really good - I've never had them like that before, I would hate to see the fat content!
:: Drew "making butter" with his stick fresh out of the fire is really fun, but dangerous to those around him. Watch your back and your head!
- :: Camping is so relaxing, watching the boys run around with sticks and toys relaxes the soul. A little adventure, 5 boys under 4, and dirt = Extreme Fun!
We had a blast and are already looking forward to making more memories and capturing more moments on camera in October - Dinosaur Valley here we came!
Go here to watch the three part Life-Money-Hope seminar that Dave Ramsey gave at Life Church this past weekend. I attended a similar broadcast via telecast through our church this past Thursday, it was an awesome even that inspired us to continue along our debt freeing journey. It even made us look into possible options we could take to getting our lat remaining debt paid off - our home mortgage. Much of what Dave talks about was covered in the telecast from last Thursday. I really appreciated his simple application of the scriptures - get out of debt, give generously, and live on a budget. Three simple yet monumental challenges for Christians to overcome - yet necessary to conquer if you want to become all that God wants you to be. I personally loved the Cheetah & Gazelle video!
The very beginning of the telecast Dave Ramsey speaks in a no nonsense way about the economy - where we've been and where we're going. It was an evening of hope and also a reality check! Dave covered the historical facts of the Great Depression and the two recessions we've had since, the bigger picture certainly created hope, not fear that the media keeps obsessing over. Enjoy the 3 part message - it will inspire and point us to the one True Hope that rests in Jesus Christ alone. It will also inspire change in the way you view money, finances, and economy.
Sunday, April 26, 2009
Sunday, April 19, 2009
Well this past week was a total failure - from a type A, perfectionists point of view! I hardly ever get sick, but this past Easter I came down with the flu - it lasted through Wednesdayy, then on Friday I woke with a horrible migraine and sinus infection. Drew and Gabe have been taking turns getting sick, I thought Drew was finally well but Drew came home from church with a high fever. Alas - we're all getting it out of our system before our big camping trip this coming Friday - Sunday!
Gabe spent the week wishing he wasn't home with sick people. He is at the awkward age where he doesn't really play well with others, but wants desperately to be included. His sweet disposition has altered a little and he is now, lets just say, turning those terrible 2's a little early. At 17 months Gabe has discovered his own opinion and normally it is the opposite of what you have just asked him to do. Gabe has mastered the art of placing himself on the time out mat (in the pantry) and can place himself there when he knows he just might get into some trouble. You may or may not noticed that I sat on the "mat" and that would be because if he wants to be especially naughty he will fling cat litter all over the laundry room floor - so he is now banished to the rug where hopefully he can't touch anything spillable. On a happier note, he is leaning to come when called (when he feels like it of course) and really enjoys playing outside all day long in the sandbox. His fat rolls are quite funny looking because the arms have tanned from all the time outside, but the folds of his skin haven't so he has nice fleshy white stripes down his already chubby arms.... very cute indeed! Can you see Gabe's attitude in the above picture? Yes, he will be our fun to discipline child!
Drew spent the week watching TV. He actually said today that he didn't want to watch anymore TV which is huge! He is never one to pass up a good Little Einstein's or Busy Town. Most days he watches 30 minutes or less of TV, so spending 3 days infront of the TV was a novelty! Drew also spent some time outside reading books and watching his Chrysalis' turn into butterflies! He managed 1 day of pre-school before getting sick, he cried all morning because he wasn't able to go see his friends at school.
John spent the week working various jobs for clients, substituting, and working at HD. He also took the test for the K-6 teaching exam (pray he passes!). John was blessed with an interview for a teaching position next year - the interview went really well, but we've been through this so many times not one is getting their hopes up. We're still trying to decide what to do about our hailed on car, so John went and looked at a few pre-owned vehicles too. He spent the rest of his time helping out on the home front so I could get some rest.
I spent the week mostly sleeping - at least that is what it felt like. I just couldn't overcome how tired I was last week. Even today I'm dragging and it is only 7:00 pm. I was really depressed mid-week and then realized Thursday at my mom's group that, aside from church on Sunday, I hadn't left the house in 7 days. That is enough to depress anyone! I think I'm back into my grove - I really missed the rhythm of family life. I never noticed how much I enjoy my little routine and inspired motivation to get things done. All last week I was drained and tired, to have some of that energy and motivation back feels so refreshing! While being sick I had more time than usual (really it was less excuses) to read and spend time in God's word. I was challenged by some re-occurring themes throughout the week and we've all gotten back into memorizing scripture. It has been a very unifying activity that even Drew is starting to enjoy. I hope this little challenge lasts a long time and we memorize a lot! I want to be able to speak words of life into my family - to speak those words I must first have the words in my mind and be meditating on them in my own life. That is my vision for this month, to memorize more scripture, practice walking in them, and speak them into my family. What things are you working on this month?
Saturday, April 18, 2009
Sunday, April 12, 2009
Saturday, April 11, 2009
Thank you Father for Your sacrifice, before the foundation of the world you created a plan to redeem sinful man. Your plan is permanent and stands before all mankind as an option. You don't force yourself on anyone, yet long to save everyone. May I never forget your sacrifice and the reality that heaven and hell really exist. If I really believe that truth then I'll seek to share that truth with all of mankind. The consequences are too high
(This was a video our church showed a few weeks back, I was so touched by this atheist who understood the message of Christ, didn't believe the message, but understood the depravity of mankind if Jesus is in fact who he claims to be. His statements were convicting to me, if unbelievers are going to Hell, why isn't my message more urgent and why am I so timid in sharing what I believe and know to be true?)
Next, our day ended with a Good Friday service where we sang songs to our Lord and listened to a narration about the various colors surrounding the crucifixion. I kept finding myself wanting to jump to the resurrection, and gloss over the sacrifice. Its so brutal, horrible, and painful to think about. I put myself in the shoes of God, I could never love anyone so much that I'd sacrifice my child. Yet, that is exactly what God did for me... for us. I really wanted to tell Drew that Jesus rose again, but without understanding the sacrifice, the resurrection isn't very powerful.
And Jesus Christ our Lord was shown to be the Son of God when God powerfully raised him from the dead by means of the Holy Spirit. Through Christ, God has given us the privilege and authority to tell Gentiles everywhere what God has done for them, so that they will believe and obey him, bringing glory to his name.
Lastly, we wrapped Jesus (a play mobile figure) in gauze and placed him in the tomb with the Roman soldiers standing guard. Sunday the stone will be rolled away and Jesus will be alive! That is the whole message of Christianity, Jesus was crucified, the most awful death one could imagine, then rose three days later. Our Saviour not only died for us, but also lives for us!
Wednesday, April 8, 2009
Hint: Jesus Washes our sins white as....snow.
Sunday, April 5, 2009
"Tell the daughter of Zion,Look, your king is coming to you,humble, and mounted on a donkey,and on a colt, the foal of a donkey."
The disciples went and did as Jesus had directed them; they brought the donkey and the colt, and put their cloaks on them, and he sat on them. A very large crowd spread their cloaks on the road, and others cut branches from the trees and spread them on the road. The crowds that went ahead of him and that followed were shouting,
"Hosanna to the Son of David!Blessed is the one who comes in the name of the Lord!Hosanna in the highest heaven!"
When he entered Jerusalem, the whole city was in turmoil, asking, "Who is this?" The crowds were saying, "This is the prophet Jesus from Nazareth in Galilee."
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Saturday, April 4, 2009
This week we all got back in the swing of things. John spent some time working on some jobs for clients and helping me out with the boys. He also finished the model of Jesus' tomb! Then the boys and I went to the store and found some play mobile people who will act out the roles of Jesus, the guards, and Mary. Such fun! The actual traditions taken from Noel Piper's book Treasuring God in Our Traditions calls for a clay model, but John came up with some bigger ideas! So far Drew is fascinated with the tomb, mainly because its a great accessory when playing race cars!
Didn't John do a great job? I had no idea the project would be such a hit with all the boys! Gotta love traditions and teachable moments! We started telling Drew part of the Crucifixion story, he is starting to understand a little. Today while I was telling him the story of Jesus Drew responded, "Don't worry mommy, the tomb is empty, Jesus is Alive!" Such sweet words from my 4 year old. Drew loves the play mobile people we found, he thinks its especially neat that the soldiers have swords and real bow and arrow's that shoot across the room. Mommy's a little tired of keeping the small pieces away from our toddling, teething 1 year old!