Saturday, May 31, 2008

Plastic People

The Official Last Day of School

was yesterday. To celebrate, we took a field trip to the zoo. It is spring here in the Midwest, and we have had some uncharacteristically cool weather with lots of rain. I think yesterday was the warmest, muggiest day we have had all year. And we were at the zoo. We really did have a good time.

We spent most of our time in the children's zoo. The kids had a blast. They had changed some of the exhibits and that made it new and exciting.

Petting the Guinea Pigs, posing, and play vet.

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In the Goat Yard...
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Some interesting butterflies at the butterfly garden...
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Really we had a great time even if it was hot...

Thursday, May 29, 2008

100 Days of Thankfulness #2

Today I am thankful for my Bible Study Ladies. We finished a 6 week study tonight and I am really going to miss them. They are becoming more and more like family every session.

AJ Reading

Wednesday, May 28, 2008

The Boys....

thought the cat looked lonely I guess.

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Anyway, Allie found herself sleeping with the boys stuffed animals. Doesn't she look thrilled. hmm....kind of like a mother cat putting up with her kittens..:o)

Sunday, May 25, 2008

100 Days of Thankfulness Day #1

I recently posted what I felt the Lord was teaching me about worry. One of the biggest ways to combat worry is to be thankful. So, as I was wandering around the web, I came across a new blog. Azul at The Blue Eyed Mexican has been doing a series on 100 days of Thankfulness. I feel this is perfect for me right now, so today I am going to begin my own series.

Today, I am most thankful for my Savior. I am thankful that he loves me inspite of all of my shortcomings. I am thankful that He never gives up on me. I am thankful that little by little He is making me the new creation that He wants me to be. I am thankful that He has forgiven my sin and loves me unconditionally. What a wonderful God he is. He is "familiar with my weakness, devoted to the end."* My Redeemer, Savior, Friend.


*from the song Redeemer, Savior, Friend by Darrel Evans and Chris Springer

Saturday, May 24, 2008

Dads are more fun....

or at least today Dad was. It was chilly all morning and threatening to rain. The Engineer was desperate to finish some yard work before the heavens opened. So I was mowing, he was working on the pool and the kids were helping or maybe not helping him. Anyway, after lunch Sweet Pea went to bed and the boys were back out in the yard. Sure enough the rain finally came, and Mr. Engineer let them play in it. It was a gentle rain, not in any way severe and they had a blast. Now since I am Mom and it was cold there is no way I would have let them stay out there. But Dads are different. Dads (or at least this dad) will take the time to look at life through the eyes of a child and just roll with it. So my two sweet boys made a tent out of deck chairs and our freshly removed (say stinky) pool cover and had the time of their lives. They were wet. They were a little smelly. They had fresh cut grass stuck to them, but it was worth it. You can tell that by their smiles.

Friday, May 23, 2008

My own personal gardener

I love spring and flowers and gardening. The bad thing is I kill the flowers. I guess they would do better if I was faithful in watering them. Don't even get me started on weeding. I am just not good at it. However, I have this brother that loves plants, and he really does well with them. So I took him and bought plants and he has spent the last couple of days before work planting flowers for me. He really is doing a good job and I am very blessed!! He even offered to come over every day to water for me. I might just have to take him up on it especially for the weeding.

Worry

Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:6-7 (bolding mine)

Everyone knows these are uncertain times. We have stress. If I really take the time to look at the world, well, I get stressed and depressed. Our nation, our government, the gas prices, the food prices. It all adds up to just stress.

Our Thursday night ladies Bible study has been doing a series on Daniel by Beth Moore. We have spent the last six weeks comparing our culture to Babylon. It has been eye-opening to say the least.

This week she talked about three ways we respond to trying situations.

1. Panic - Do the wrong thing.
2. We can be Paralyzed - We do nothing.
3. We can Pray - We do the power thing.

She talked about how Daniel, when faced with the difficult situation of the lions' den, he had already established a habit of prayer, and he just did what was natural to him. He prayed.

Then she mentioned the verse above with a special note on thanksgiving. When we give thanks in EVERYTHING, we take our eyes off of our situations and onto the Lord. We realize just what the Lord has done for us, and if He did it before, He will do it again and again.

Isn't God great?

Sunday, May 11, 2008

Legacy: A Mother's Day Tribute

Our Pastor asked my grandmother, my mom and I to do a presentation today. We each talked about our mothers and the heritage that they have given us. This was my part of the presentation.

Proverbs 31 starts with these words "The sayings of King Lemuel - an oracle his mother taught him." The oracle his mother taught him. This is truly what mothers do: teach. We teach with words. We teach with punishments and rewards. But mainly we teach with actions, and those actions will have a far greater impact than words every will. My mother taught me many things, but the most important thing she taught me was what it means to be a Christian. This she has lived out before me. I have seen her commitment to the Lord lived out daily. I have listened to her pray for needs: my needs, others needs, and even her own. I have watched her give faithfully of her time, and her talents, and her money, even when it seems she has nothing left to give. I have watched her put aside herself and let Christ shine through her. This is my mother. This is my heritage. The is my legacy, a baton of godliness that has been past down through the women of my family to me. And now, it is my turn with the baton. My turn to teach. My turn to teach my children all that has been passed to me. So one day, I can pass the baton to them. So that my daughter can teach her children and the legacy will continue. It is not a legacy of money, or lands, or jewels but one of love, joy, peace, and a risen Savior. I am not running alone. I have a beautiful mother and two wonderful grandmothers cheering me on. Running with me on their knees. Proverbs 31:28 says her children rise up and call her blessed. This is what I do today. I call you, mom and grandmother, blessed. And most of all, I thank you for the Legacy.

Tuesday, May 06, 2008

The creativity of a child

TA was in the backyard playing by himself this afternoon, and this is what I see. He is always trying things, dangerous, break your neck kind of things. So looking at this I thought he had made his own basketball return.








Here he is still working on it.







Testing it out.












He finally sees me.







I think it was an obstacle course for a the ball. When I asked him, he said something to do a trick. But anyway it is cute. And so is he!



Freecyle subject line in my Inbox....

Wanted: small doghouse for my wife.


Hmmmm...why exactly does he mean by that?

Friday, May 02, 2008

Sweet Pea in her new apron.


I finished this apron for her a while back but wanted to post with a picture and just have not had the time to get one. This morning she was dying to help me with breakfast and I thought it was a perfect opportunity.

Weathering Storms...

Thoughts on the Vine...and some storms that passed last summer -  Living in the Midwest comes with it share of weather.  We can start ...