Saturday, March 29, 2008
After I've picked up the house and made sure that everything is sparkly and clean please don't make food or eat for at least 1 hour. Please. Pretty please. So, I can enjoy the loveliness and the clean smell. The smell of onions and potatoes cooking usually smells great, however, when I see all my hard work being washed down the kitchen sink I really want to cry. That could be the onions, but I doubt it. Request over...thanks for listening! Ciao~
Friday, March 28, 2008
Just thought I would share my "moment" with you since I'm sure you had the same reaction!
Be back later...(hopefully!)
Thursday, March 27, 2008
In the spirit of practical jokes I am giving you this link to have tons of fun with! I can tell you that I've already picked out the perfect "prank" to play on my unsuspecting coworkers when I go in for a meeting. What a day to have a meeting too! They will never expect it and I can't wait to see their faces! (insert evil chuckle)
This was during breakfast.
(I really do wash my children's faces before bed!)
Wednesday, March 26, 2008
camera for these kind of "creative" shots. One day I'll have my dream camera!
I took it at just the right moment!
But beware...it may not be what YOU thought you needed to read! (Funny how that works)
So, this morning I pulled up this devotional from February 5th. It was titled "Respect". Amazingly enough, it's was about the exact thing I've been working on and praying about for a long time! What a powerful reminder that we need to obey God's command to respect our husbands! We may not think they deserve it, but that isn't our call. We are to obey and only after we obey will we see a "miracle".
That is such a difficult thing to remember in the heat of the moment. I struggle with it every day and am constantly learning to "adorn" myself "with a meek and quiet spirit" (1 Peter 3:3-6). I'm much better than I was so that is a good thing (I just hope my hubby thinks so too!)
Anyway, I encourage you to read the devotional that I linked above, as well as going through the archives. I'm going to go reheat my coffee now!
Have a happy Wednesday!
Tuesday, March 25, 2008
Rocking Caleb just before I lay him down
Singing to Afton as I tuck her into bed
Know that a mama's hugs and kisses make everything all better
Little arms wrapped around my neck as they hug and kiss me
Watching Afton mash bananas for banana bread (she thought that was great!)
Listening to my children giggle as they play together
Loving the fact that Afton is all princess, but also loves to play in the mud
Building trains & bridges out of blocks and realizing that we need a TON more so I can build them a city too!
Listening to Caleb sing along with me and Afton
Listening to Afton's prayers at night & thanking God for my two, beautiful blessings
Making forts with the couch cushions
Afton's adventurous spirit
Caleb's gentle spirit
The way they both are concerned when they accidentally hurt you (and the hugs & kisses you get after!)
I am so blessed to be the mama to two wonderful, amazing children! I am learning every day not to take a moment for granted. The day will come when I will miss all the childish things they do! I want to keep every beautiful moment in my memory...forever!
Saturday, March 22, 2008
Technically this needs no introduction...just watch this and you'll understand! Good thing I saw this commercial before I tried the same thing...that would have been embarrassing!
Make sure your children know that God created them in His image, therefore they are perfect the way they are. They do not need surgery, implants, injections, pills, diets or drinks to make them "perfect".
Friday, March 21, 2008
Today, thousands of years ago, Jesus died on the cross for us! It's hard not to think of today as "Friday" "almost the weekend"or "just another day", but instead it is a day to remember that Jesus gave His life for us so that we would have the privilege of going to Heaven when we die. I was listening to this song earlier this morning and how fitting that God put it in front of me at exactly the right moment, Good Friday!
Yesterday I read this devotional from In Touch with Charles Stanley. This truly makes you think about what we take for granted every day...Jesus' sacrifice, our salvation and the weight of sin Jesus had to bear. God had to turn His back on his one and only Son because He could not look upon sin! I can't imagine how that must have hurt Father and Son. (Actually, I can only relate on a human, motherly level). Jesus was willing to take on everyone's sin and God's wrath because He loved us. How can I not praise and worship Him?
So, instead of thinking of today as just another day of the week, take time to reflect on the gift we have been given because Jesus became the ultimate sacrifice thousands of years ago! ....And remember, He may have died on Friday, but he ROSE AGAIN on Sunday!! How awesome is that?!?!?!!!
(I included the devotional below just in case you didn't click on the link!)
In Touch Daily Devotional
by Dr. Charles Stanley
March 20, 2008 -- The Lord's Other Cup -- Mark 14:32-36
Paintings of the Lord's Table show one cup and one platter. The cup represents the blood Jesus shed to save us from sin. And the platter holds bread symbolizing His body, which was broken for us. What we don't see is the second cup that Jesus drank alone-- one that made our salvation possible.
The phrase "drink from this cup" refers to a person's willingness to take part in an act. Jesus knew that He had come to earth for the purpose of dying for sin--in other words, this mission was His "cup." While praying in Gethsemane, our Savior asked that this cup pass from Him if possible; however, He would willingly submit to His Father's will.
Some people assume Jesus was asking to avoid the excruciating physical suffering of crucifixion. But even more difficult for Him to face were two spiritual agonies He knew He must undergo. First, our Savior would bear the world's transgressions, actually becoming sin on our behalf (2 Corinthians 5:21) and dying so that its power over our lives could be destroyed. The sinless One would know the weight, guilt, and sorrow of the incalculable wrongs committed throughout all time. But more than just experiencing the ugliness of sin, He would bear the Father's full wrath for all human iniquity. And second, because holy God cannot look upon sin, Jesus would be separated from His Father for the only time since eternity past, and He would have to bear this unthinkable burden alone.
Jesus drank from the cup of suffering, sin-bearing, and separation so that we can share in the cup of salvation.
Thursday, March 20, 2008
Wednesday, March 19, 2008
So, the only thing I have to do, aside from the normal stuff, is make cookies with the kids! We'll probably start those in a few minutes so they can be baked in time to eat and then it's lunch (if they have an appetite after the cookies!) and nap time for everyone!! Yay...a nap...I NEVER get one of those!!
Monday, March 17, 2008
Saturday, March 15, 2008
Why, do you ask, did I choose this quote for today? Because apparently that is what I need to do in order to stay away from the junk food! This past week has been horrible as far as my eating habits. Don't get me wrong I've eaten some good food, but I've eaten a LOT more bad food (at least more than normal for me).
For example, Thursday, would you like to see what I demolished...in an hour!?!
Well, that was all well and good until I went to the store last night. I was doing great until I walked past the blue and eggshell wrapping & the music started playing! (Get it...Symphony...music!)
Needless to say, that gigantic candy bar didn't have a chance. It's sitting in my cupboard right now waiting to be eaten at the perfect time. Is 7:45am too early?
Sunday, March 9, 2008
"Please help Miya not to be scared, and if she does get scared...talk to God, Mymy!...and please talk back to her God, OK? In Jesus name we pray, amen"
I just love how she prays! She is so grown up sometimes in what she says and how she expresses herself, but so wonderfully 4 at the same time.
Monday, March 3, 2008
This verse puzzled some women in a Bible study and they wondered what this statement meant about the character and nature of God.One of the women offered to find out the process of refining silver and get back to the group at their next Bible Study.
That week, the woman called a silversmith and made an appointment to watch him at work.She didn't mention anything about the reason for her interest beyond her curiosity about the process of refining silver.As she watched the silversmith, he held a piece of silver over the fire and let it heat up.He explained that in refining silver, one needed to hold the silver in the middle of the fire where the flames were hottest as to burn away all the impurities.
The woman thought about God holding us in such a hot spot; then she thought again about the verse that says: "He sits as a refiner and purifier of silver."She asked the silversmith if it was true that he had to sit there in front of the fire the whole time the silver was being refined.The man answered that yes, he not only had to sit there holding the silver, but he had to keep his eyes on the silver the entire time it was in the fire.If the silver was left a moment too long in the flames, it would be destroyed.The woman was silent for a moment.Then she asked the silversmith, "How do you know when the silver is fully refined?"He smiled at her and answered, "Oh, that's easy -- when I see my image in it"
How amazing is that? Seriously?! When I read that last week it really amazed me that God puts the right things in front of my eyes at the exact moment that I need to read it! What a comfort to know that no matter what we are going through, the difficulties and challenges we face, the hurt we experience, the trials we go through and the testing we endure God is always with us. He is with us in the midst of all of it! He will never leave us, nor forsake us.
Remember this verse over the next week...anytime you need strength call out to God & ask Him!
Psalm 46:1 "God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble."
At least I have some good news...Mike accepted a new job! Already I can see the difference in his attitude. He seems so much more relaxed! The only problem is that he went back to his second (night) job this week! So I enjoyed the "relaxed hubby" while I could! Now we just have to adjust to this new schedule and routine.
More good news is that my amazing best friend is back home from her short, but very exciting road trip. I can tell you that my week just wasn't the same with her gone! I'm so glad she went and was able to visit with her friend from college because it's so nice to catch up! However, a week without talking to her was excruciating! I have to say that she made up for it with the stories of her run in's! I haven't laughed that hard in an entire week!
I really don't have much more to say tonight. My pillow is calling my name and the alarm will be going off much to early in the morning! I'll do my best to be a better blogger, but I can't make any promises!