Friday, December 31, 2010
Thursday, December 30, 2010
And the picture the day my family left. Everyone but Charlotte looks great.
I know, I know, we didn't take any pictures of Christmas morning. I did take a video, but I don't have the patience for trying to load it right now. Maybe later.
I stayed up til 1:00 last night playing Dominion with Josh, my husband and his GameStop manager Branden. Therefore, no 5 o'clock club this morning. I am still on Winter Break though...definitely next week, though. Don't be discouraged...you can still do it.
More later, I just wanted to post these pictures.
Tuesday, December 28, 2010
Life in our home this holiday season has been full of hospitality. This is where I say that I have seen definite growth in grace in my life; by nature, I am not a hospitable person. I don't want to wait on people, accomodate them, clean up after their messes (and meals that I've made), or do what they want to do. I am prideful and want to have my break selfishly. But God....(do you ever notice that those two words in scripture are the beginning of something amazing?) But God has changed my heart, slowly giving me a heart of service. Giving me a more and more unselfish heart. This cannot be of me because I never would have seen the value in being this way. It is only of God's grace and I praise His name for it (and I will when I rise early, purposefully, tomorrow morning.
Also, before I close, I wanted to guide you (pass on guidance, really) about quiet time. This is a dilemma I found when I started rising early....okay, so now what? And for the couple weeks before the holiday, I just re-read passages of scripture we'd been studying in church (so Ephesians, James, and a little Isaiah for Christmas) and of course, praying. But, reading the girltalk blog book Shopping for Time that I just bought with Christmas money, has convicted me that we need to follow a reading plan for reading scripture. How else will we learn what we do not know, grow in our faith and knowledge of God, or venture into the minor prophets? Check out this website for a great Bible reading plan, especially for the new year. Soli Deo Gloria.
Wednesday, December 22, 2010
I know...I felt like the worst mother ever. How could I possibly lose (or let her lose) the single most important item that she owns. We lost it at Target during one of the busiest shopping days of the year. We went back and looked everywhere, everywhere we had been which, today, wasn't very many places. Brit called Lost and Found, and they had it! But when I went to get it, it was a different white blanket with Winnie the Pooh on it. I looked again, and still no where to be found. My hope was all but lost.
And we were in line to check out, and I remembered Gretchen's rabid chipmunk story (which is long and random and really rather here nor there). So, Charlotte and I, in the checkout line at Target, prayed to God who knows all things and has power over all things that we would get the blankie back. Nothing is too small or big for Him. On our way out of the store, I stopped to check in Lost and Found again, just to see if someone had turned it in since we had been there. And there it was. So we praised God. Because He can do all things, knows all things and has power over all things. Praise God for giving us Charlotte's blankie back. A stupid thing, reminding me of God's awesome sovereignty over all things. Praise God from Whom all blessings (even security blankies) flow. :)
Tuesday, December 21, 2010
Decorating sugar cookies with Grandma.
Wednesday, December 15, 2010
Saturday, December 11, 2010
As a still newish mom, I have been giddy to start traditions this season as Charlotte begins to understand the holidays. Today, we decorated sugar cookies for the Christmas praise and worship night tomorrow night at church.
Wednesday, December 8, 2010
Tuesday, December 7, 2010
But I've been thinking a lot. Thinking about a lot of different things. Christmas and Advent. Biblical womanhood. Biblical wife and motherhood. All of Christ's godliness being in a tiny baby. Serving others. Making food. IBS-safe food. So many things. And here's some of what I came up with.
I didn't want Christmas to sneak up on me this year. And I'm not talking about gifts...the gifts are not a big deal in our house. No, I just wanted to really soak up the meaning of the season, meditating on the well-known story and learning from it. Having it affect me freshly. Having it affect and mean something to my family. Teaching Charlotte the Christmas story and some prophecy through our new Advent calendar tradition. Not letting my heart grow cold or numb to the miracle of the birth of our Savior and Lord. Much of my preparation this season has been to make memories for us and for Charlotte. Establishing traditions and caring for the needs of everyone. Making the house warm (which is so much easier with our new gas furnace :)), welcoming, peaceful and comfortable. Cooking....I cook so much more than I cooked two years ago. I'm also working on IBSifying my diet, which is happening bit-by-bit. All of these things tie together, and again, I am content to be in this season of my life.
Yes, I am content to be in this season of my life. It's not perfect, and it is difficult and tiring, but I wouldn't give up my life for anything. That's a pretty good place to be right now. And you know what? So is wherever you are today. Take a moment to thank God for His goodness and grace today. We need it every hour of every day. Soli Deo Gloria.
Sunday, November 28, 2010
Saturday, November 27, 2010
Monday, November 22, 2010
Here's Brit's pre-birthday party picture. She'll probably be appalled that I posted this picture. :)
Charlotte wasn't really her cheery self at the party. As a matter of fact, she was downright grumpy. But this is my favorite picture of us from her party - with the bear that Joe and Kathy gave her. :) Thanks, Lisa, for taking the pictures at the party.
Friday, November 12, 2010
Thursday, October 28, 2010
- Special Christmas Eve dinner - what? I don't know yet. Something special...like? Nope, no ideas yet.
- Using an Advent calendar. Adam got me a beautiful one last year for my birthday, and I would like to begin filling it this year, teaching Charlotte the story as we go.
- I anticipate that we will continue our tradition of going to Target during the appointed "trick or treating" time on Sunday, not because we are inhospitable, but because hoards of people commute to our neighborhood for the festivities. No, thanks. See you there, Rafe.
- Making Thanksgiving dinner. In our house. In our kitchen. In my new, sweet apron. Making the side dishes that we want...and probably birthday cake for Charlotte.
- Having a birthday party for Charlotte the weekend before Thanksgiving (or the week after, I guess it depends on when Thanksgiving is).
- Putting up the tree and decorating the whole house (since I've gotten the knack for it during this fall season) the day after Thanksgiving.
- Maybe Black Friday shopping...maybe. Without Kohl's and my mom, it just isn't the same. But maybe C and I will make the drive.
- Cycling through all of our Christmas choir CDs through the next two months (as long as they work...they've been at odds with our stereo lately).
- Finding some holiday recipes to make our own. Also recipes for leftovers. Again, we've never had to do these things before.
- And finally, making tender moments happen whenever possible. This was the last part of the Making Your Home a Haven challenge that I did this month (kind of...). Creating tender moments, like pausing dinner to read Goodnight Moon on the kitchen floor with Charlotte in my lap. This is what truly makes holidays and families special.
P.S. Here are some pictures I took this week. Enjoy.
Wednesday, October 27, 2010
Here are Charlotte and me. Charlotte is, hopefully obviously, Princess Leia this year. Since she had that costume, I decided to be Leia's mom, Queen Amidala, from the prequel movies. Adam called us Princess Lottie and Queen Mommy-dala, which I thought was clever. Honestly, my church was not the best audience for this costume decision, since about half the people I saw thought that I was a geisha. I should have said that I would never dress up as a geisha to come to a church function, but most people don't really know what geishas are/were anyway.
Here we are - the whole strange family. Adam was in a kind of monk/choir robe regalia since he was a part of the storytelling earlier in the evening. If it were not for that, I think we could've talked him into being Annakin. He really wanted to be Darth Vader chasing Charlotte around saying, "Give me back those plans! I want those plans!" Haha. All in all, it was a fun, but long day and evening. I already have an idea for tomorrow's post, so tune in! Soli Deo Gloria.
Friday, October 22, 2010
I tried to come up with an original, not predictable 1o things list this week, realizing that topping last week's 10 pumpkin patch pictures is almost impossible.
10 reasons that I love this season of my life:
- My child sleeps through the night, every night. She and mommy both need a lot of sleep, so this is truly a blessing.
- I also love toddler-Charlotte. She is wonderful, funny, expressive and playful. As she gains independence, I see glimmers of the woman she will become. It worries me because I don't want to mess her up! but I know that my Lord is sovereign over her and our imperfect parenting.
- I appreciate my home so much when I am here. I am learning more and more what it means to care for it, create a haven in it and cope with the imperfections of it. While it is true that this house is the biggest reason I cannot stay at home right now, I am truly appreciative of the fact that we have it and that it is more than adequate for us.
- I truly love my husband. We have been through it in the past two years, and even though our situation right now is not ideal, it is much better than it was five months ago. I praise God for the growth He has ordained in both of us in this time of struggle, and say with confidence that I truly love my husband, til death do us part. We are such a better couple now than when we got married - isn't that the way of it? :)
- I love our family coming to visit, inviting us to visit and sending us presents for Charlotte when they can't visit. Charlotte and I both get so excited when packages come for her.
- I love our church family as it is right now. Growing from without and within, it is a blessing many don't even know they are lacking to be in a body such as ours.
- I love the fact that I have a best friend in Brit. Without getting into overdramatic details, I have never really had a best friend like her, and she is so much more than a babysitter, an auntie to Charlotte or a co-housekeeper. She is a dear friend to our family, most of the time, part of the family, and I truly apprectiate the fact that God has matched up our lives at this point in them.
- I am also loving being a mentor to Allison. She is so passionate about growing in the Gospel and killing the sin in her life that she convicts me to do the same. Though we are close in age and friends, our mentor-mentee relationship is in its proper place and being her mentor focuses me on the battle at hand.
- Our jobs...I do not love them, but I am grateful for them. Again, we are not where we were five months ago (and all of our parents sigh with relief) and that is truly of grace.
- I am excited about the coming holiday season. November is just around the corner, which in our home doesn't just mean Thanksgiving, but it also means birthdays. Planting traditions for our young family is very exciting to me (and daunting, see #2), and though the next two months will be busy (since there are baby showers galore in November as well!), I am looking forward to the rejoicing with one another.
I hope this little list finds you well, maybe encouraging you where you are today. Soli Deo Gloria.
Monday, October 18, 2010
Thursday, October 14, 2010
1. Cheeseball. That's all for that picture.
2. Mommy and Charlotte in front of a bulldozer full of pumpkins. Sweating our faces off in high-80 degree weather.
4. Charlotte on the hayride to/from the pumpkin patch. I don't really think she was amused at all by the ride, only enjoying the breeze that we got because we were moving.
10. And here she is tonight after she finished eating dinner. After two pumpkin patch trips in one week, church until late last night and a day of playing at the center, she was one tired pup.