Sunday, December 18, 2011
Sunday, December 11, 2011
Sunday, December 4, 2011
While I made dinner tonight, Charlotte painted at the table, and I couldn't resist getting this super-cute picture of her.
Thursday, December 1, 2011
- Decorating the tree, or as Charlotte called it this year, "building Christmas."
3. Charlotte holding the Mommy-Charlotte Willow Tree ornament.
4. Waiting on Black Friday to get our very first haircut.
6. Putting her chin down .
7. Almost done.
8. Wearing the monkey hat Grandma and Auntie Liz got her for her birthday.
9. We went out to ice cream on Charlotte's real birthday.
Monday, November 21, 2011
Tuesday, November 15, 2011
Saturday, November 5, 2011
Me: Okay, baby.
(She cleans her plate because she's growing)
Charlotte: Momma, can I have some candy?
Me: No, you've had a lot of sweets today.
Charlotte: Can I have ice cream?
Me: No, you've had a lot of sweets today.
Me: How about some applesauce instead?
Adam: This must be the only household that that switch would work in.
- It was cold.
- We have no street lights, and I didn't want Charlotte to get freaked out by kids in costume in the dark.
- Charlotte's had a cough for about two weeks.
- People bus into our neighborhood to trick or treat, even though I'm not exactly sure why since we don't have street lights, sidewalks, or any wealthy people handing out full size candy bars.
Anyway, here is our Rapunzel. I think Adam had as much fun as Charlotte did, if not more.
Friday, October 28, 2011
Thursday, October 20, 2011
- Clean off my desk at school. I've been avoiding this for about a day and a half.
- Put a roast on for dinner. (CHECK! Already done!)
- Call the vet to renew Simon's seizure meds. (CHECK!)
- Get to the vet to pick up Simon's seizure meds. (questionable whether this will happen...)
- Pick out and purchase some of Charlotte's school pictures for Christmas gifts. (I hope they're good...)
- Get into the Word so that God can combat my tendency toward craziness.
- Run to the store and buy some produce since all of ours went dead at the same time. I really feel like peanut butter and celery...isn't that random? Adam also needs food coloring and shaving cream for an experiment at school....
- Make a list for the trip to the store so I don't forget anything. :)
- Try to sit down most of the day so that my feet aren't balloons by 8:00 tonight.
- End the day in a better mood than I began it...so far, that's right on track to happen.
I hope you have a good day today. Feel free to share what you're doing or avoiding, and soli Deo gloria.
Wednesday, October 12, 2011
Monday, October 10, 2011
Thursday, October 6, 2011
Charlotte loved everything about the trip. She got to ride the big school bus there, and thought that was the greatest thing ever. She loved the wagon ride to the pumpkin patch, picking out her pumpkin and riding back to the farm. She loved playing in the corn, jumping on the inflatable trampoline, riding the cow train and seeing the animals. She loved lunch and getting to jump again before riding the big bus back to school. And I think she loved seeing me come into school and pick her up so that she could nap in her own bed. :) It was a wonderful day, and I feel so rejuvinated for having taken the day off to go.
On the wagon ride to pick out our pumpkins...
Playing in the corn...not quite as much fun as last year, but definitely still fun.
Sunday, October 2, 2011
P.S. There's a trip to the pumpkin patch this week - stay tuned for those pictures.
Thursday, September 1, 2011
- School's not so bad. Every year I stress and panic about it and how I will handle everything that comes with it. And every year I get into it and realize that I can do this. I've been doing it for six years after all.
- Mornings, on the other hand, are a train wreck. Charlotte is a complete X factor in the mornings, and has recently taken to choosing her own clothes. This leads to many morning negotiations, most of which I don't have time for if I'm going to get through the worse-than-last-year traffic to school five minutes earlier than last year.
- Adam loves his job. Praise God. He loves his school, his kids, his principal, everything. What a blessing. Even with an hour commute.
- Adam is taking up the lead in our family. This is a true answer to prayer because Adam, like most modern guys, isn't really used to leading when he's at home. He is being very deliberate in his leadership, and this includes coming home when he says he will and putting Charlotte and me first. It is truly a blessing to me, her and our family.
- New baby is doing well and moving a ton. Everything looks good, including its feet. No, we still don't know what it is ;)
And there you have it - the update on what we've been going through since I haven't been writing. I want to close by encouraging working moms trying to glorify God. You can do it. I know that it feels like too much - too much energy, too much to do, too much to give to too many people. I know. And I know that SAH moms feel this too; it's just different. To my working mom readers out there, I know what you're going through, and if I can get through it, you can too. Soli Deo Gloria.
Thursday, August 4, 2011
Contentment is something I've been thinking about a lot in the past week, and it's a sort of sticky idea. I know that we as believers like to blame a lot of our difficulty (with anything) on "society" when really the difficulty is there regardless; I think that being content is one of those things. Of course our society is never content. Of course it ebbs and flows based on a whim and is always looking for the next big thing. Then, almost paradoxically, it strives to live in the moment, abandoning thoughts of consequences for actions.
Ladies, do not fall into this trap of thinking or living.
For me, all this came about because of a sermon on Genesis 40 - Joseph in jail. Even though Joseph had God's favor upon him, he still spent over two years in jail for an offense he didn't commit. And yet, he famously says later to his brothers, "You meant evil against me, but God meant it for good..." (Gen. 50:20). In the end, no one, not even faithful Joseph, could have imagined how God was working in this situation; Joseph being exalted to the kind of power he would eventually have was more than any of his wildest dreams. God's timing was perfect and purposeful, and that same God is our God who desires good for us because He is good.
Having come out of (I think we're coming out of it, anyway) a pretty difficult two year stretch, this story humbled me immensely. When we got home, I talked to Adam about this feeling of a lack of contentment that we have had with our situation. We've been looking ahead to when things would be better, easier and more perfect, not really stopping to appreciate what we have been provided. God has truly provided, blessing us abundantly. By being discontent though, we have been acting ungrateful for His provision. It's become an easy habit to maintain; society is telling us we should look toward the bigger, better next thing, and we have fallen into line with it.
So, my question for you, dear readers, is are you content with where God has you today? Do you trust His purposes and goodness? Do you love His sovereignty even if you are in trial? Are you resting in His promises and everlasting character?
Do not turn this into legalism; being content won't make you righteous before God. But take a moment to evaluate where your heart is in this issue, and have a great day. Soli Deo Gloria.
Friday, July 29, 2011
So, here are the BEFORE pictures. We were even still using her changing table if you can believe it :)
And here are the AFTER pictures. It's not done quite yet - there's a lot of little stuff to finish doing that will probably take until the baby comes in December. She's not moved into her dresser at all (that's the thing behind her rocking chair) and there's a hutch that goes on top of it that we haven't figured out how to secure yet. We moved out some of her stuff animals to make room for some more of her toys, and the room that the dresser space frees up in the closet will probably go to toys too, but we'll see. At least the big stuff is done.
What do you think?