April 2014 archive

Time for Your Check-Up

****If you sang the title of this post as you would the check-up song on Doc McStuffins, one thousand points to you!****

This handsome man had his one year check up yesterday…

He's a good lookin' rascal!

He’s a good lookin’ rascal!

He weighed in at 27 pounds and measured 32″ long.  He’s in the 97th percentile for height and 95th percentile for weight.

He's so much fun!

He’s so much fun!

He brings us so much joy and did his part to show off and flirt with all the ladies at the clinic.  He didn’t really appreciate his shots but he got a green sucker afterwards and that totally made it better!

What a smile!

What a smile!

He will smile on command (see above) and you will bow over in a fit of giggles…or at least I do.

We are so thankful that we live in a country in which we have access to sound medical care and are extremely thankful for our big, healthy boy!

People Trump Tasks

I don’t have to be tomorrow, who I am today. 

The Lord has given us the freedom of choice so I can choose to be different or act different or think different anytime I, well, choose.  We have the opportunity to change our futures and to do things differently than the generations before us…for me, that’s a big deal.

The Lord has been saving me from a life of mediocrity for about twelve years and counting.  He has soooo much more for us than just surviving, ya know?  I have chosen to raise my children differently than I was raised and to have a marriage that’s different than what I witnessed growing up and to base the foundation of my being on Jesus and nothing else.

Those are some of the biggies and they are all things that have come easily for me.  I love being a wife and a mom and it doesn’t feel like work to attempt the things He asks in those areas with excellence.  There are, however, so many more things that the Lord keeps bringing to my attention that He desires for me…things that I know won’t be easy (for me) but things my heart is longing to attempt.

I want to be more about people and less about tasks.  I’m sure to some of you, that sounds easy.   For a type A, black-and-white, meticulous planner?  Not so much.  I’m wired in a way where the to-do list trumps all and being prepared for anything and everything is my mantra.  My mind is always looking ahead…what do I need to pack or get ready?  What’s next on the agenda?  What might cause a problem/throw a wrench in our plans or our peace?  How do we avoid that problem?  What do I need to do now to make things easier later?

Honestly, those things are constantly on my mind and it’s not even exhausting!  Dare I say it’s sort of enriching for me?  (You’re worried about me, aren’t you?)  Don’t be…about that anyways. ;)

Sadly, things like stopping to talk to people for extended periods of time or jumping in to lend a helping hand or investing in something other than wifedom/motherhood doesn’t always make the cut.  To an extent, that’s ok; my family IS my priority, but I know myself enough to know that those priorities aren’t always the reason for my lack of engagement.  I’m an introvert and a doer and that doesn’t leave a lot of room for people.

Jesus was a people person.  He was a doer, yes, but He cared infinitely more about hearts and souls than He did any physical deficiency or any task that warranted His attention.  I’m married to a people person who comes from a line of people persons and they are leaving a legacy of the fear of the Lord because of the time they take to sincerely invest in people.  It’s a beautiful, beautiful thing.

When I think back on all the times in my life that I was affected in the deepest ways for Christ, it wasn’t by someone who worked their tail off at a task…it was by someone who took the time to invest in me. 

Oh man, I wanna be like that!  It’s not something that’s going to come easy for me; it’s going to be something that takes work (I should like that then, yes? Ha!)…something that will require a new mindset and array of habits…but the reward is great and the consequences of not changing are greater yet.

I don’t know what this looks like for sure yet and I’m sure I’ll be stumbling through it for a while…or forever…but I’m determined to make attempts towards that goal.  Thankfully, I have that choice and thankfully I have a Father that I know will reward my efforts to be more like Him.

****** People trump tasks.  Repeat.  Repeat.  Repeat. *******

Goo Goo

Oooooooohhhhhhh, this lady…

DSCF1759She is so special to us.  We’re all a blubbering mess around here.  She left to go back home today and none of us were quite ready to see that happen.  Our week together just went so darn fast.   Why does it happen like that?

We are so blessed by her unending love and encouragement for us.  She loves her kids and grandkids and great-grandkids more than any person I’ve ever met.  She never has anything but kind words to say about any of us; she is truly a speaker of life.

DSCF1819She is in constant communication with the Father and she intercedes for her family with fervor!  I have no doubt that our names are on her lips every. single. day.

DSCF1795She’s a really easy house guest!  She’s always ready and willing to pitch in…I probably should’ve let her more.  I did let her whip us up some mashed potatoes last night – definitely one of her specialties!

Goo-Goo and two of her great-grands!

Goo Goo, we sure do love you!  You honor us so well and I pray we return the favor in at least the slightest!  Thank you for loving us and praying for us and for conforming to our whacky schedules and kid rules.  :)  Thank you for wanting only the best for us and continuing to press in even if we bristle up or poo-poo some of your concerns; we know your heart and it has nothing but love for us.  We have yet to know anyone else like you, and that’s really a shame…because the world could sure use more Goo Goo’s…

Until Next Year, Cubbie Bear

 And you must commit yourselves wholeheartedly to these commands that I am giving you today. Repeat them again and again to your children. Talk about them when you are at home and when you are on the road, when you are going to bed and when you are getting up. Tie them to your hands and wear them on your forehead as reminders. Write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates.     Deuteronomy 6:6-9

I am a lover of Jesus and believe the Bible to be the inerrant word of God.  It is completely whole, lacking nothing, and it is the foundation for which my family and I base our life and make decisions.  As followers of Christ, we have chosen to stake our lives and our futures on the fact that we believe in Him and His word and we receive His gift of salvation…not because of anything we’ve done (or will do) but because of His graciousness.

In so doing, I’m also in love with His Word (which is also Him).  A Bible teacher once told us that “time IN the word was time WITH the Word.”  It’s timeless and true and it’s pages overflow with the love and wisdom and grace and mercy and justice of Jesus.

Sawyer loves to “read” her Bible and it delights my soul!  She’ll sit and repeat stories and lessons she knows to me or Wryder or to herself.  Sometimes they get a little discombobulated but that’s ok…I have no doubt that the Lord is delighted with her love for His word.

We’re big fans of the Awana programs and Sawyer’s been a member of Cubbies this year.  Last night, she had her Cubbies award ceremony and it was so heartwarming to see so many kids who have taken the time to go through these programs and hide the Lord’s word in their hearts.  Some of these kids come from non-Christian homes and some from homes where parents don’t have the most intimate relationship with the Lord, yet they work to memorize Scripture together.  It’s a beautiful thing…

Getting her Appleseed award!

Getting her Appleseed award!

These leaders and teachers take time every week to help these kiddos grow in their relationships with the Lord by helping them learn Scripture and apply it to their lives.

With her leader, Ms. Rochelle...

With her leader, Ms. Rochelle…

Goo Goo is definitely leaving a legacy of the fear of the Lord with her family...

With Goo Goo, who is definitely leaving a legacy of the fear of the Lord with her family…

Cubbies has been a huge blessing to our family and I pray that if you are in area that has an Awana club that you would sign your children up!

One last hug until next year...

One last hug until next year…

Sweet Sawyer, I pray your love for the Word and your love for Jesus never waiver…that your thirst for His truth would never be quenched.  I am so incredibly proud of all you’ve accomplished and learned this year.  You inspire me to dig deeper and memorize more.  I love you, sweet pea!

The Bloomberg Boys

Oh, friends…are these guys cute or what?!?!

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Sweet Brenhem

Brenhem and his stuffed cow...

Brenhem and his stuffed cow…

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Sweet Berwick

Berwick and his stuffed cow...

Berwick and his stuffed cow…

I am so in love and can not WAIT to meet these little miracles!!

My sister has started a blog that they will update from time to time to keep friends/family/prayer partners up to date on what’s going on with the boys.  Check it out (link below), hear her story and pray for this family.

The Bloomberg Boys

These little warriors are having heart surgery today.  Please join me in praying for them and their momma and daddy.  The Lord has been so incredibly faithful to them and we have no doubts that He will continue to be.  We love the Bloomberg boys!

Worth 1,000 Words: Easter Egg Hunt # 1

Easter basket time!

Easter basket time!

The crown was a big hit!

The crown was a big hit!

"Thank you, Jesus, for Easter eggs..."

“Thank you, Jesus, for Easter eggs…”

and balls!

and balls!

Uncle Waco is the best!

Uncle Waco is the best!

A little post-birthday snuggle...

A little post-birthday snuggle…

Goo-Goo and two of her great-grands!

Goo-Goo and two of her great-grands!

The Phipps' and two of their great-grands!

The Phipps’ and two of their great-grands!

Headin' to the hunt!

Headin’ to the hunt!

They had a few eggs - this was one of 6 fields!

They had a few eggs – this was one of 6 fields!

Handsome boys!

Handsome boys!

Uncle Waco had his hands full!

Uncle Waco had his hands full!

Go get 'em Wryder!

Go get ‘em Wryder!

He did AWESOME!

He did AWESOME!

Let's open these bad boys up!

Let’s open these bad boys up!

Sawyer's turn!

Sawyer’s turn!

She did good, too!

She did good, too!

Just lovely...

Just lovely…

Slide time!

Slide time!

Somebunny Turned ONE!

Our sweet little Wryder turned one last week and we celebrated his birthday with family while we were in Nebraska this weekend.  Wrexy’s parents allowed us to raid their home (thank you!) and all of the great-grands made it in, along with Uncle Waco, to celebrate with us!

This was one of the smaller little parties I’ve thrown but, by far, one of my most favorite!

I designed this invitation and then went from there…

WDBdaybunnyinvite2I love lots of color and different patterns and textures and I was really pleased with how everything came together.

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We took the little bunny from his invitation, blew it up and then cut it out of foam board.

DSCF1610DSCF1612I knew I already had a lot of bunting going on but I knew I wanted a series of 13 pictures that showed him every month from birth to one year.  I knew Robin had this little tree in the corner of the dining room, so I printed the pictures and then hung them on the tree…

DSCF1614DSCF1615My friend Stephanie (fantastic name, yes?!) makes delicious and beautiful cakes!  How cute are these?!  She went above and beyond my little instructions…girl after my own heart!

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DSCF1642DSCF1645DSCF1649DSCF1650I also made “carrots” (candy coated pretzels) in “dirt” (crushed Oreos).

DSCF1636For thank-you’s, we got each couple a photo book of Wryder’s first year – they were a hit!

DSCF1635We drank fun soda (Bunny Beer) and ate…

  • Hoppin’ Ham Sammies
  • Funny Bunny Fries
  • Garden Greens
  • Fuzzy Fruit Skewers
  • Cottontail Carrots and Ranch

DSCF1655DSCF1651DSCF1652The little guy had as much fun as we did!

DSCF1640DSCF1656He got lots of fun boy toys…

DSCF1676DSCF1669DSCF1681His little cake was a hit, too!  Remarkably, he ate like such a gentleman!

DSCF1685DSCF1687DSCF1692DSCF1695DSCF1696It was a wonderfully exhausting weekend celebrating our sweet baby boy!  Now, great-grandma is home with us for a week…more posts full of fun to come!

Easter Advent: Sunday

He is RISEN, friends!  He carried our sin and our shame and our death to the cross and the grave and it is no more!  He is so worthy of our love and our allegiance.  I pray you have had a blessed Easter Sunday worshiping our Savior together!

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Easter Advent: Saturday

Busy days and bad internet connections have made me a bad blogger.  Forgive me.  Regardless, I pray your Easter weekend has been full of Jesus and full of those you love and who love you back!

Buried in a Tomb

Read: Verses in activity below or Matthew 27:57-66    Mark 15:33-47    Luke 23:50-56

Do: Make resurrection rolls!

Ingredients: Supplies:
1 cup pecans Ziploc bag
1 tsp. vinegar wooden spoon
3 egg whites wax paper
pinch of salt cookie sheet
1 cup sugar tape
Bible

Directions:
Preheat oven to 300oF (this is important to do before you start the mixing).

Place pecans in Ziploc bag and let children beat them with the wooden spoon to break them into small pieces.  Explain that after Jesus was arrested, He was beaten by the Romans soldiers.
Read John 19:1-3.

Let each child smell the vinegar. Put 1 tsp. vinegar into a mixing bowl.
Explain that when Jesus was thirsty on the cross, He was given vinegar to drink.
Read John 19:28-30.

Add egg whites to vinegar. Eggs represent life.  Explain that Jesus gave His life to give us life.
Read John 10:10-11.

Sprinkle a little salt into each child’s hand. Let them taste it and brush the rest into the bowl.
Explain that this represents the salty tears shed by Jesus’ followers, and the bitterness of our own sin.
Read Luke 23:27.

So far, the ingredients are not very appetizing. Add 1 cup sugar.
Explain that the sweetest part of the story is that Jesus died because He loves us. He wants us to know and belong to Him.
Read Psalm 34:8 and John 3:16.

Beat with a mixer on high speed for 12 to 15 minutes until stiff peaks are formed.
Explain that the color white represents the purity in God’s eyes of those whose sins have been cleansed by Jesus.
Read Isaiah 1:18 and John 3:1-3.

Fold in broken nuts. Drop by teaspoons onto wax paper covered cookie sheet.
Explain that each mound represents the rocky tomb where Jesus’ body was laid.
Read Matthew 27:57-60.

Put the cookie sheet in the oven, close the door and turn the oven OFF. Give each child a piece of tape and seal the oven door.
Explain that Jesus’ tomb was sealed.
Read Matthew 27:65-66.

Go TO BED!
Explain that they may feel sad to leave the cookies in the oven overnightJesus’ followers were in despair when the tomb was sealed.
Read John 16:20 and 22.

On Easter morning, open the oven and give everyone a cookie. Notice the cracked surface and take a bite. The cookies are hollow! He is risen!
On the first Easter, Jesus’ followers were amazed to find the tomb open and empty.
Read Matthew 28:1-9.

Pray: Thank you for bringing hope to the world!  Thank you for loving us!  We worship you!

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