February 28, 2011
Lila is starting to talk more and more. Were working on keeping her pipe in her crib, instead of always in her mouth. But there are times it suits me more to have it in her mouth. Does that make me a terrible mother? Nah. It seems with all of my kids that as soon as we took the pipe away, they started talking, she is no exception! She still does her share of screaming and crying, but were working on it!
Elliot is Elliot. Not much to update on that boy. He is looking more and more like Landon the older he gets though. I often get a wierd feeling when looking at him that I've gone back in time. And, I definitely can't keep their names straight. I was never going to be THAT mom, but I am. "Landon, I mean Lila, I mean Bailey... ugh, I really mean Elliot". It happens all the time! I'll blame it on the chemo (how long can I use that one???)
Bailey starts girls on the run tomorrow. She is also doing swimming at school right now, so that girl has a LOT of stuff to carry back and forth! But this will be so good for her! My goal would be to be able to run the 5k with her (although she would prefer I run far far behind her) at the end. Probably won't happen, so she won't have much to worry about!
Landon... no sports right now, although baseball starts soon (right after spring break I believe). He's busy with homework every night it seems, and going to the girls basketball games, and the Bridge, and church, and this weekend he get's to go to camp for two nights with church. It looks like he will have a fabulous time!
I am doing a Mom2Mom sale at church on Saturday. If you want any of my kids clothes, be sure to come check it out! I am hoping to get a LOT priced and set out there! Not to mention toys and other miscellaneous stuff. There are 25ish sellers that will be there, so you'll have plenty of options!
And, a post without a picture, just isn't a post! Elliot playing DSI with his friends in the fort that we built. We love to build forts this time of year!
Forgotten God by Francis Chan...
We overanalyze the things that don't deserve a second thought and we blow right past the clear, obvious, important things in life.
Other books I've been enjoying right now...
Crazy Love by Francis Chan
Remembering the Forgotten God (a workbook to go with Forgotten God)
Jesus Calling by Sarah Young
Jesus Lives by Sarah Young
and this book has been pretty good (ok, really good) as well!
February 22, 2011
Pray all the time. 1 Thessalonians 5:17
How would my life change if I thought of each person I come in contact with, as Christ?
It ought to be the business of EVERY day to prepare for our FINAL day!
Have a great Monday!
February 19, 2011
When we face the holy God, "nice" isn't what we will be concerned with, and it definitely isn't what he will be thinking about. Any compliments you received on earth will be gone; all that will be left for you is truth.
Just read that, among many other things in this book it made me stop and think!
February 16, 2011
I had three books open this morning. My bible, a sample of the book Jesus Calling (which I got for free here, I will be buying both the adult version and the kid version of this book soon) and I picked up Crazy Love again. Oh, and my BSF was out as well. All four of these rescources kept pointing me to spending more time with Him. And recognizing what a big God he is. I loved the line in Crazy Love (now highlighted and underlined and starred) that said He is a God that can not be exagerated. WOW. Wow.
My prayer this morning:
God, I want to know you better. I want your love to flow from me. I want to trust you with my life and my kids lives. You are so much bigger than I could ever even imagine. I tend to put you in the little box of my understanding, but you are SO much more than anything I could ever comprehend. You are so much bigger than my time encased, air, food and sleep dependant life. You are set apart and Holy. Perfectly Holy. You are a God, my God, that I couldn't exagerate if I tried. You know me, you know every detail of my life before I do. You know the details that I try to hide from others. You know when I'm hurting, when I'm weary, when I'm angry and happy. God, I was created by you and for you, but I constantly fail to recognize that. I want to believe that you were created for me and my purposes. I am here to bless you by blessing others. I'm here to love you and others through you. Each day I should be asking what I can do for you, but to often I end up telling you what I want you to do for me. God, please help me to change that. Help me to live for you. Help me to see your will and follow it. God, help me to come to you for refreshment instead of turning inward to myself. I want to receive the perfect peace that only you can offer. Help me to focus on you instead of the plans and problems of the day, knowing tha tyou will give me strength if I seek your face always. Help me to follow the command of 1 Corinthians 7:31, to not dwell on things of this world, things that won't matter in eternity, but to focus on you.
Thank you for your grace, your forgiveness and your strength. Without these things I am nothing.
February 14, 2011
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February 10, 2011
I love to watch hoarders. The saddest part of that show though is that I understand how people get to be that way. I understand being emotionally connected to things. I have gotten much better with age, but I used to want to hold on to EVERYTHING because it inevitably had some kind of emotion attached to it that I couldn't let go of. Something that my mom had, or made or something that my kids used when they were little. As I've gotten older (and wiser of course) I've been able to realize that they are just things. They have no place in our eternal future, therefore are not necessary in this life either. I think of how little some people have, and how happy little things make them. I think of my kids and how they seem to appreciate nothing. Because they have so much. Were going to make changes here. Were clearing things out. Were not going to make unnecessary purchases. Were going to keep things SIMPLE.
And, with any luck we'll sell enough at the garage sale so that I can get the new lens I've been lusting after for years! Oops, maybe I'm complicating things.
February 9, 2011
What do you need to give yourself permission to do? Leave me a comment. Inspire me...
February 7, 2011
My good friend EJ moved to Vermont back in the summer of '09 (or was it '08)????, anyway, it's been a while. I've wanted to go visit her for about that long as well, but the price of a plane ticket just didn't fit into my budget. And, I felt guilty taking a trip without my family, or at least my husband. So, I kept talking about it, but never went. Since EJ has moved she has had two babies (to go along with her other two boys). Each time she has a baby my desire to get out there and see her is even greater. When EJ had her first son I spent a LOT of time with him (and her), and then I had Landon 18 months later. When EJ had her second son I had a baby (Bailey) 13 days later. Our kids were close. We were close. We had gone through a lot together. When EJ had her third son I couldn't be any closer than a phone call. It sucked. And then, only 18ish months later she had her fourth son (yup, four boys... bless her heart) and I still couldn't be there. It sucked again. EJ has been home two times since moving east, but it's never for long enough.
February 3, 2011
There are 9 different songs to choose from and each call is only $1.00. Seriously, what a sweet valentine and for only ONE dollar. Can't buy flowers or even a card for that!