Saturday, June 27, 2009

Titus 2:11-15

For the grace of God that brings salvation has appeared to all men, teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously and godly in this present age, looking for the blessed hope and glorious appearing of our great God and Savior Jesus Christ, who gave Himself for us that He might redeem us from every lawless deed and purify for Himself His own special people, zealous for good works. Speak these things, exhort and rebuke with all authority. Let no one despise you.


A couple of weeks ago our pastor asked the congregation to memorize these verses. I was excited to have that challenge and a goal to work toward. After I started to have a good portion I realized that I should include the kids in on it too. I so want the word to be hidden in their hearts too. I want their lives to be governed by what God says in His word, and that means that I need to be giving them the word so that it can find it's way into their hearts to stay. Unfortunately I only went over the verse with them, having Livvy and Sammy just repeat after me, whenever I remembered...which was a only couple times a week.
Thankfully the times that I did go over the verses with the kids, some of the verses stuck. Livvy memorized all the way up to "...looking for the blessed hope..." Sammy knows one phrase, "...appeared to all men..." I want to make going over this verse a daily part of our lives. Once we have this one completely memorized, I want to pick another verse. What I need to make this happen is, yup, discipline...not one of my strong suits (I love it, but it doesn't come naturally to me). Maybe tomorrow I'll start making it apart of our day. I just need to do it.
Anyway, two weeks ago, our pastor had some volunteers get up and say the verses to the rest of the congregation. They received some candy for it. He then had all the congregation say it to someone else, and everybody who said it was also given some candy. Well, when Livvy heard this she wanted to tell Pastor Mark what she had memorized so she could get some candy too. We told her that she might have to go on stage, which she was agreeable to, as long as Daddy went with her. So, last Sunday Tom took Livvy up to tell Pastor Mark her verses during the time that everybody was telling others their verses (thankfully he didn't ask for volunteers to go on stage, Tom wanted me to go with him and Livvy, which I didn't want to do). She got some coconut flavored M&M's for her effort. I was very proud of her for her confidence and desire...she certainly didn't get it from me.

Thursday, June 25, 2009

Three-Ringed Circus

Today I felt like I joined the circus. Well, maybe joined isn't the right word. Maybe, I felt like my life became a three-ringed circus, would be a better way of phrasing it.

There I was, the ringmaster, standing in the middle of the big tent trying to tame, train and, frankly, not get eaten alive by three ferocious animals - their cuteness is only a cover. In one ring I had Livvy, wild and crazy, always on, always asking some question or another tiring my feeble mind. Sammy was in the next ring, walking the tight-rope. Would he stay on and be his happy, goofy, loving little self? Or would he waiver, disobey, and crash in foolish defiance? Lastly, there was Ben's little ring. Really he's ring doesn't have much going on in it, a few "no, don't touch"s, but that's manageable. It's just that his ring is usually located right under or slightly next to my feet. Just to attend to what's happening in the next ring, I'm having to do a little shuffle-high step to get away from his reach.

It really wasn't even a bad day. I think I would have really enjoyed it, but...for some reason my heart wasn't in it. I just wanted to run away from the circus and join a home. But, from what I hear, most homes are a circus, some just more orderly and godly than others. And honestly, I wouldn't want any other circus or home. I love my life, my kids, Tom and I's relationship, our God-driven parenting philosophy...maybe I'll just finish my little "drink" and go to bed early. Tomorrow is a new day.


Last Wed the kids and I went to the Teddy Bear Picnic. Livvy spent most of the time sitting with anybody who would read her a story.
Sammy just followed the teddy bear around...in awe.
Our little Ben turned 11 months old on Sun. I can't believe it!
"This is the day the Lord has made, I will rejoice and be glad in it"

Monday, June 22, 2009

Growth

Things around here are starting to grow! Our garden has really taken off and one of our apple trees has a few apples on it. It's fun to see things start to come to life.

Sunday, June 21, 2009

Handy-Man-Special Cont

The men have been hard at work! Jim’s been getting the new furnace and water heater in place. Tom’s been getting the plumbing all hooked up – he's been using Wirsbo instead of copper piping. My parents came up last weekend and my dad worked on getting the electrical all hooked up in the panel. There still some framing that needs to be done, the bath-tub surrounds, a built-in bookcase in the master bedroom, and the stairs…minor details (actually, the stairs can’t be built until the addition is insulated – we have to put a hole in the existing house to start building those and we don’t want all of our heat to escape.
So, tomorrow is rough trade inspection! Pray that we pass and that we can get the insulation done Tues or Wed (we’re subbing it out – it’s actually cheaper to have somebody else do it for you, then just buying the insulation yourself, imagine that). We’re in the process of getting bids on having somebody else do the drywall. Hopefully it’ll come back nice and low so we can have that taken off Jim and Tom’s plate.

On Thur the kids and I helped Jeannie (the friend from church that I drew up addition-house plans for in trade for landscape materials, etc.) started working on the front yard. To prep for her arrival with the Bobcat, the kids and I moved about 5 wagon-full loads of bricks from the front yard to the back. What big helpers I have. It was fun to see Sammy and Livvy pull and push the wagon – “team work, team work” they shouted. “Many hands make quick work”.
After transplanting some grass (another use for the trusty Radio-Flyer), the weed-barrier was laid and then the rock spread! It has been such a blessing working along-side an amazing Christian woman. We’d level some rock, talk a little theology, level some rock, discuss a little bit of how the church of today doesn’t welcome so much the gifts of discernment, exhortation, and prophecy – too judgmental, too harsh, too critical, not tolerant, not loving, etc. We need both, truth and grace, not just grace. Sorry, I got off track there for a minute… It was just refreshing to be near somebody who knows the word of God inside out and is struggling to apply it, to be faithful to all that God has spoken; all while moving some rocks around, I love it!The creek bed is not quite finished yet and eventually I’d like to build a rock wall to border the rock, but for now it looks fantastic!!
Things are starting to happen around here again. It’s so fun to see and be apart of...I'm so thankful for how God has orchestrated everything with this house so perfectly. I feel so blessed!

Friday, June 5, 2009

Well...

I have so many thoughts running in and out of (quite quickly I might add) my head all day that I wished I had time to blog about, but there's just not enough time, energy or even the thought by the time I would be able to sit down to write them all...and even if I did, who would want to read my ramblings anyway? It's funny to me that my thoughts are so composed, as if I were writing a book (which maybe someday I will, who knows) but then I roll over, blink, have a small child come and try to interact with me and the book, the great thought, is totally gone...what was I thinking about that seemed so important at the time? Who knows...or maybe he doesn't either (that's a joke for my dad :>...hi Dad).

Anyway, on to what we've be up to this week. Not much really. Life goes on with hubby, kids, chickens and cat.

The kids and I did have some fun yesterday with a little outside project. We made a tiny little garden and planted some seeds. My mom had sent us some flower and zucchini seeds (thanks Mom!) so that started the need to make the garden and plant something. We haven't gotten around to planting the flower seeds yet, not quite sure where they should go; but we did get the zucchini seeds in the ground along with yellow squash (my choice), carrots (Livvy's choice), sweet onion (again, my choice...what's zucchini without yellow squash and onions? Squash medley, my favorite summertime vegetables), pumpkin (Sammy's choice) and cherry pits (yes, I know, something about them needing a cold spell to germinate or something... I'm not really expecting much from them, the kids wanted to plant them, so why not, right?). So, here's our little garden...if anything does grow in it, it'll be sorely crowded. Live and learn.