Tuesday, April 26, 2011

A Picture Update

Funny faces....

Charlotte's new favorite toy...the bottle (and sippy cup) for her babies. It's amazing what a $5 toy can do. :)

The Easter dress...complete with Piggy and Simon in the background.

Sleeping in a big bed (on the floor) in the hotel on the way to Florida to see Uncle Nick, Aunt Kristen and baby cousin, Cole.

A trip to the Jacksonville Zoo...with Daddy and the elephants.

The giraffe

And with Mommy and the giraffe...

Not wanting to be on the gorilla statue between Daddy and Uncle Nick

Thursday, April 14, 2011

Pigtails on a Thursday Morning

You can't see the pigtails very well. Oh well. They were curly and cute. :)

Sunday, April 10, 2011

Prayer requests

I don't do this much, post prayer requests on the blog. But let's be honest with each other about two things: 1) I have a lot of prayer warriors who read this blog and 2) life is not simple and easy in my house right now. So, if you could, please pray for us. I am by no means trying to complain or whine; that is something I never wanted to do on this platform. We just need prayer. Thank you so much; we cannot do it without you.

  1. Stability in our home with Adam's job!! This is the most prevalent prayer request in the past two years. Adam's jobs have been unstable at best for that long, and that constant change every school year is getting old and difficult. Please pray that he would get a job at the school where he is supposed to spend his career so that we may finally have stability in this area.

  2. That God would be faithful to the desires He has placed in our hearts. It is often difficult to trust Him, and we want to take matters into our own hands almost daily, even though He will be faithful to satisy the desires that He gave us (mainly, my desire to come home).

  3. Peace, joy and peace.

Thank you so much for this, y'all. God delights to hear the prayers of His people. Soli Deo Gloria - and He will be glorified in this beautiful set of trials being over.

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

You haven't lived until you've...

...ironed a dress for a toddler. Guess who has picture day at school tomorrow? This is what I would post if I had Facebook. :)

Saturday, April 2, 2011

Being forced to take a break

As y'all know, I love the Girl Talk blog. I think the wisdom that Carolyn Mahaney and her daughters have to offer is convicting, refreshing and funny. For Christmas, I bought myself one of their books called Shopping for Time. I think I have mentioned it before on here. This book is a great find: biblical, anecdotal, practical, and barely 100 pages - perfect for those of us with no time!

Anyway, the reason I bring up this book again is that there is a chapter in there about taking a mothering/wifing break to reflect, plan, prioritze and relax. This break is supposed to be once a year, I think, and when I read that chapter, I thought to myself, "There is no way I could ever do that! I can't be away from my family when I don't have to be!"

Haha. Thank you, Lord.

Today, I am writing from Williamsburg. Yes, Williamsburg. I came to a conference here with a colleague of mine and four great students from our school. I am not actually attending the conference; really, I'm just a chaperone and another adult on the trip. So I am being forced to take a break. To reflect, plan, prioritize and relax. And grade research papers.

So what have I learned so far? Here is a brief summary:

  1. Cable TV is not as good as I sometimes remember it. And I don't have TLC, which makes me sad.

  2. The people in the conference that I am attending (I'm eating meals with my peeps here) are in a totally different subculture of this society than me, that I've never really seen or experienced. Also in a totally different subculture is the competitive cheerleading squad sharing a hotel with us. All I can say is, wow, I never knew that people like this existed in real life.

  3. I can no longer underestimate the capacity of grading I can get done when stuck in a single room with a very comfy bed and hours of crime dramas at my disposal.

  4. I miss my family. I mean of course I do.

So honestly, I haven't made much of a spiritual journey so far this weekend. I didn't want to waste the time, so I cranked out a class of research papers yesterday, and I feel good about that. But I know that I should do some actual prayer, reading and reflection. And I will. And I wanted you to know. Please pray for me for the next 24 hours: not because I'm lonely, but that God would use this forced break (that He has obviously ordained) for His purpose and His glory. Thanks, y'all. :)

P.S. Oh, and yes, Dad and Adam, I will make sure that I visit Colonial Williamsburg while I'm here - I'll go this afternoon. :)