Wednesday, April 29, 2009
Tuesday, April 28, 2009
(Today's passage is from the New International Version. Bible Gateway)
Sunday, April 26, 2009
Friday, April 24, 2009
Thursday, April 23, 2009
Monday, April 20, 2009
And then there are the "signs of the times" that point to the fact that we are living in the last days... in the Biblical way. We are living in the generation in which the Lord will return.
Here we are.
It's not an accident. God 's plans are perfect and He knows who is alive in this year and He knows what He has called each of us to. He's created each of us with great purpose and plans of destiny. He uses His children, those who call him Lord, to expand His Kingdom on the earth. We are part of the story of Eternity.
So, when someone attempted to pour out their fears on me about the times we are living in and how that should or shouldn't effect my decisions, I said NO, in my spirit.
If we are living in rough times -- here we are -- but we are still called to LIVE!
If we are living life in the end times -- and I believe that we are -- we are called to LIVE!
I will not live under or out of fear.
I will not live like we are all destine to die and this doom and gloom mind set.
There is HOPE!
As Christians, I believe that our relationships are FOREVER!
I will know my child and my husband and parents and my sister and all of our dear friends/family who also know Jesus -- FOREVER in ETERNITY.
That's Awesome! Think about it....
I could spend 1,000 years with each person I have ever known and loved and still have hundreds of thousands more to spend with all of the cool people I did not get know in this life.
Maybe this sounds CRAZY to some of you.
I believe that the Bible is wholly and fully true. And I believe that each person is created with an eternal soul.
This is not the end. This is just a short part of a very long and masterfully crafted story by our creator God.
He is our HOPE!
He LOVES us!
His plans are perfect!
So.... may you LIVE LIFE to the FULL every single day!!!
I want to.
Sunday, April 19, 2009
Highlights from Month 19:
-talking so much more
-everyone keeps saying you LOOK older
-wears 2T clothes; 7&1/2 shoe; 4 diaper
-you are very funny & you are learning so much
-your first throw-up bug
-teething... finally got our 1st Canine in (top right)
-weening & almost totally finished
-much better on keeping a bed time & regular nap time this month (and sleeping well)
-love going to the park
-the slide (called the "Whee") is still best
-plays pretend; understood a pretend story line that he and Daddy made up about a red string on the kitchen floor, a "snake" and the stuffed dog went in to "get the snake"
-good eater: chicken, veggies, fruit, even new stuff
-gives kisses (even just on his own)
-said: "I like it" and "I get that Mama"
-Says "Apple" very clear & loves to eat them
-Plays WITH other kids (interacting)
-drinking a lot more (water & juice)
-learning letters, colors, & shapes
-still love animals, animals sounds, & animal books
-enjoyed helping Daddy water plants
-said, "Back, Da" over by the door when I told him Daddy would be gone to work and then he was coming back
-said, "Der y'go, Da"
-Gives Hi Fives to anyone now (even Junior)
-2nd EASTER and enjoyed throwing the eggs into the basket (it looks like a ball, right?)
-loves to sleep w/ one hand on our face (Mama or Daddy or whom ever is holding him) and it's so sweet... it melts my heart
-Letter Recognition (so far): A, C, E, G, L, O, P, R, S
-Enjoys going to the bank where candy comes in a magic plastic container, directly to our car window
-calls all other kids "Baby" even if they are older
-Dances randomly and laughs when we join him
-Still loves some of his same movies, but added NEMO & BOZ to the top of the list
-Still calls Coke & all soda "Gucky" (aka yucky)
-Things He tells "NO" to: The FBI Warnings before the movie starts, snakes & the letter "S", the large Bees outside our door, bugs, barking dogs, the monkeys in the Jungle Book, the rat in Lady and the Tramp, the Bees in Winnie the Pooh, the sharks in NEMO, wall outlets, and the things he's not supposed to touch
HAPPY 20 MONTH BIRTHDAY!
Thursday, April 16, 2009
Monday, April 13, 2009
We had a great weekend, just before Easter, we went up to the lake and my little guy got to go on his first FISHING trip with Daddy (and Mama, and his Aunt and Uncle too)! The weather was great and we were both feeling much better. Other than the occasional runny nose. It was a great weekend. We ate dinner with friend on that Sunday night and went to church together.
PHOTOS FROM OUR DAY AT THE LAKE
April 4, 2009
Then, the following Tuesday, our little guy started running a fever. He ran a fever off and on and then threw up (sorry if this is TMI) on Wednesday night, Thursday night, & Friday night. It was a hard week. He was fighting a virus and dealing with teething. He just points to his cheeks like they hurt and then he carefully places food all the way to the back molars to chew. Bless him. The fever finally broke on Friday morning and has not been back! He is still hurting -- from the teething though -- and very fussy. You'll hear a Mom say, "they are just not themselves" and I guess I wondered what that was even supposed to mean. But now that I am a Mom, I understand. He truly was just not himself. It's like the Mom - radar thing when you just know that something is NOT RIGHT. He's been doing better. Eating better. Sleeping better. (Praise the Lord!) But we missed all of the Easter Egg Hunts and other fun stuff we'd planned to do with him last week. I even had to miss church on Easter Sunday!!!! (I've never had to miss on Easter before and I was really looking fwd to going.) My husband got to go and he told me all about the great service. You see, we had two of our friends from our small group who were baptized on Sunday! I really did not want to miss that. But he was there and he said it was awesome. How neat, to be baptized on Easter Sunday!
We did go to our family lunch and dinner on Sunday. He did Ok. He actually did MUCH better than the day before -- as far as fussy stuff and just being more like himself. I'll post Easter photos soon!
So...... I guess I had a reason for being a blog slacker.
Thursday, April 2, 2009
Most of my life, I 've had a hard time adjusting to changes. It takes me a while to get OK with things. Some people thrive on change and look for changes. I guess I felt safest in the what was KNOWN and any changes, even GOOD CHANGE, often meant I would be entering the great UNKNOWN. I feel like God has brought me on a journey in this area and I do feel that I handle change better than I once did... but just to honest, it is harder when it's multiple changes all at once. You know? Our work has been slow and we've been praying for break thru there (see all of the posts about Supernatural Provision). I have not felt great, because of the cold, so we've been praying for complete healing and health over our family. My little 19 month old is dealing with weening, teething, the runny nose, and mom 's attempt at sticking with a sharp bed time. We've made the decision to change churches -- to help with a new church plant (more on that in another post). It's like all of the sudden there are so many changes. And not everything that changes is bad. In fact, I know that if I had a blog time machine, I could fast fwd to my blog post in a like two months.... and a lot of this would be FINE. A lot of this would be settled. And in fact, most of what is changing in my life would end up being really good!
Anyway, that's just where I am this week. I know God is faithful and He must be teaching me a lot even thru this time of transition.
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