Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Charlotte's surgery day

 I know you will be wondering, so here are the pictures of Charlotte's surgery day. We had to get to the hospital so early that Charlotte got to color for a while before we got called back.
 Charlotte in her gown (and hoodie because it was freezing everywhere we went!)
 Charlotte's mask
 Mommy and Charlotte before heading in
 Charlotte post-op with the bunny that Pastor Eddie and Pastor Brett brought for her.
 Eating goldfish post-op with Daddy
 Getting in the wheelchair to go home
Maxing and relaxing on the couch. :)

Thanks for all the prayers; God definitely hears our prayers, especially in times like this.

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Humbled by a Story I've Heard a Thousand Times

Family worship in our house in nothing extraordinary. We put Jonah to bed, sit on Charlotte's bed together and read a story out of the Jesus Storybook Bible. We read through the Bible and then start over again from the beginning. After we read the story, we go around and choose someone to pray for. Then we pray as a family, and then we read another book. Simple. Routine. The length of a 4 year-old attention span at bedtime.
Tonight, I had a hard night. No particular reason, just an exhausted, overwhelmed and flustered kind of afternoon/evening. We didn't have sauce for the pasta that was planned for dinner. We didn't have eggs for our backup dinner of pancakes. Adam was running late. It's not Spring Break yet. It was just a hard night. We got through it, of course. Adam took Charlotte and me to Firehouse Subs. The kids got baths and got into bed. No harm, no foul.
When we read to Charlotte tonight, the story was an extraordinarily familiar one: the Christmas story. I know it's spring, but that's where we are in the book right now. So we're reading the story, and God convicted me. Using a children's book and a story. The angel tells Mary about the baby, Mary and Joseph travel to Bethlehem, Jesus is born, the end.
Except today, I thought that if I were in that situation, I would probably be annoyed. I would be tired and grouchy to be giving birth in a stable. I would probably be cold and uncomfortable. I would be less inclined to gaze at the baby face of the Savior of the world and more inclined to worry about my current circumstances.
Because that's how I felt tonight. I felt wrapped up in my circumstances and overwhelmed, and lost focus of Christ's majesty. God's plans. His provision. His care for His sheep. His mercy and wisdom. His peace. And suddenly, with everything back in the right perspective, I feel better. Still tired, but better. Praise God for His conviction tonight. I hope it finds you where you need it. Soli Deo Gloria, y'all.

Homework Tonight

Saturday, March 9, 2013

The rest of 10 Things Thursday

And a bonus picture: when we came upstairs on Thursday night, this is what we saw.

Thursday, March 7, 2013

8 Things Thursday

 Well, it's been a while since we did this 10 (8) Things Thursday thing, huh? (I had two videos for the end, but I can't get them to upload from my Mac...grrr.) Well, before my mother can ask, here are some new pictures of the kids (actually, mostly Jonah...huh.)
 First up, spaghetti night. :) I think we can all agree that he's a fan.

 Such a cute picture of my two kiddos.
 "Look what I can do!"