Sunday, September 27, 2009

My new favorite song :) (that and "Soon" in the playlist to the right)

I couldn't find this song to add to my playlist, so here it is with a video:) I was baptized this morning, and we sang this song after all of the baptisms. It wasn't the first time we had ever sung it (is that grammar correct?), but I just LOVED singing it today. You know how some people talk about eternity, and they're like..."Yeah, I mean are we going to be floating around with wings and singing to God for the rest of our lives?" (etc. etc.) Well, I used to be one of those people. Don't get me wrong, I always looked forward to Christ's return. I looked forward to the end of pain, the end of struggles, poverty, starving people, etc. I just wasn't sure exactly what FOREVER was going to be like. I mean, FOREVER, my goodness. I can't even wrap myself around that "timeline" (if you will ;) ), let alone what we'd be DOING that whole time. Well, since coming to the Village, my eyes have been opened. Our pastor talks about the new earth and our eternal life with Christ in a way that makes me want to jump for joy. Come quickly, Lord. Come quickly!!

("Soon" is also a song about seeing Jesus face to face. Love it. Enjoy this one. Here it is again!)

Hillsong
You Hold Me Now lyrics

On that day when I see
All that You have for me
When I see You face to face
There surrounded by Your grace

All my fear is swept away
In the light of your embrace
When Your love is all I need
And forever I am free

Where the streets are made of gold
In Your presence healed and whole
Let the songs of heaven rise to you alone

No weeping, no hurt or pain
No suffering You hold me now
You hold me now
No darkness no sick or lame
No hiding You hold me now,
You hold me now

In this life I will stand
Through my joy and my pain
Knowing there's a greater day
There's a hope that never fails

When Your name is lifted high
And forever praises rise
For the glory of Your Name
I'm believing for the day

When the wars and violence cease
All creation lives in peace
Let the songs of heaven rise to you alone

No weeping, no hurt or pain
No suffering You hold me now
You hold me now
No darkness, no sick or lame
No hiding You hold me now,
You hold me now

For eternity
All my heart will give
All the glory to Your name

For eternity
All my heart will give
All the glory to Your name

For eternity
All my heart will give
All the glory to Your name

For eternity
All my heart will give
All the glory to Your name

No weeping, no hurt or pain
No suffering You hold me now
You hold me now
No darkness no sick or lame
No hiding You hold me now,
You hold me now

No weeping, no hurt or pain
No suffering You hold me now
You hold me now
No darkness no sick or lame
No hiding You hold me now,
You hold me now

No weeping, no hurt or pain
No suffering You hold me now
You hold me now
No darkness no sick or lame
No hiding You hold me now,
You hold me now


Saturday, September 26, 2009

Eli is 10 months old!!!!






We love you, crazy monster :)

Friday, September 25, 2009

Fill us up and send us out, Lord...

What I learned this week...



1. I need to strip the boys' diapers more often.

2. Justus and Titus' Mother's Day Out teachers must be reading the same websites and blogs I'm reading, because they're stealing all of our at-home activities!!

3. Writing my testimony...something I should already have written, considering the fact that I grew up in a Christian home and went to church and Christian schools my whole life...was not as easy as I thought it would be!

4. Making a list of people and things to pray for really doesn't feel that weird, and it really helps to remind me what to pray for....not to mention the fact that it helps remind me to stop and PRAY!

5. I have a strong need for writing things in my planner and on notes around the house in order to remember things I need to do, people I need to call, places I need to go....

6. I have to actually look at my planner and those brightly colored pieces of paper staring me in the face to see those things I need to be reminded of!! :)

7. I knew laughter was good for the soul, but I learned this week that hearing a baby laugh with his Daddy can bring a whole new level of joy to my heart!

8. Slime is extremely easy to make and provides hours of entertainment for little boys:)

9. Toy cars and slime are not a good combination!

10. I can...NOT...WAIT until I only have one child in diapers!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Our Morning in Pictures

brothers





goofballs




peekaboo



slime





wrestle





climb



play





Saturday, September 12, 2009

Randomness I never want to forget:)

Justus while we were drinking milkshakes: "Mom, we need a lot of milkshake, cause we're really thirsty. That's just b/c God made us that way."



9/11/09 - Eli has been walking around, pushing a kitchen chair, the high chair, a toy, etc. He loves it, and Derek told me he held something standing up without support for a few seconds the other day. Oh, brother!!!!



9/1/09 - Justus and Titus share a room now. Titus sleeps on a twin mattress on the floor, and Justus sleeps in his twin bed (1/2 of their future bunk bed.) Derek or I read books or color with them, pray, then sing songs, say Goodnight, and close the door. They talk for a few minutes, and then it's quiet!!!!! Piece of cake:) They love it, we love it. They are the BEST friends...play together all day long. It's amazing. I can't believe they don't fight MORE!! (Don't get me wrong, they fight plenty!!)



Last night, it was storming outside, and Justus and Titus went on the back porch to play. It thundered once, and I looked outside to see the boys. Justus was standing in front of Titus with his hands gently cupped over Titus' ears. How sweet is that?:) He is such a great big brother.



Derek had boards yesterday and didn't get home until after we had eaten dinner. Making dinner and sitting with three boys, ages 4 and under, to eat without Derek being here is so stressful in and of itself, even if everyone is behaving!:) Last night, everyone was NOT behaving, so the stress was tenfold!! We finally sat down to eat, and the lovely non-adult conversation and noises began. I was holding myself together and just trying to get enough food shoved into everyone's mouths so as to meet the dinner requirements, so they could all get back down and go play. Of course, they all need things at different times, so I basically get about 5 bites of my own meal in my mouth before it's all said and done for everyone else (and I'm already a slow eater to begin with.) Titus needed more chicken (praise the Lord, he asked for seconds!!), Justus didn't want his noodles and he needed more water, Eli was shoving chicken AND noodles in his mouth like nobody's business and constantly needing more added to his tray, and on and on.

Once the little boys finished, I cleaned them up and let them loose, and of course, Justus decided he was done at this point, too. I told J and T to go have separate room time while I finished MY dinner and cleaned up the kitchen, since they hadn't had any alone time today. They ran down the hallway like a stampede, with even Eli slamming his hands on the floor and crawling as fast as possible.

This is where the story gets ugly. Justus ran back to his room and slammed the door (trying to be funny but making me mad b/c I have told him a million times JUST today NOT to slam the doors b/c he might hurt someone's little fingers.) Titus started crying, but it was a feelings-hurt, not fingers-hurt kind of cry, so I decided to stay at the table and yell from there...first mistake on my part. Titus was crying, Justus was playing loudly in his room, and Eli was slamming his hands against Justus' door, so of COURSE, no one could hear my yells from the kitchen, telling Titus to go play in Eli's room until I finished dinner. Mistake number 2, I hit my hand on the table and get up to take care of business. After getting everyone into their separate corners to play, I returned, yet again, to the table to finish my cold dinner. I was mad, and I'm sure my blood pressure was rising!!

Let me just stop here and say that, truly, my anger was not warranted based on the events listed above. The problem was not simply the dinnertime stress, but it just topped off the stress built up from the day we had had. I know I overreacted, and in my anger, I sinned. I needed to go apologize to everyone.

Finally, we get to the cute part of the story...the part I REALLY want to remember:) I always talk to Justus about "being angry, but not sinning," so I once again went with that lesson...however, it was all me admitting MY fault this time. I explained how I should have taken a "time out" way before I got that mad, so that I could have calmed myself down. I told J and T that I lost my temper and did something I shouldn't have done. I yelled and I hit the table, and that's not how I should have behaved. We all hugged, I apologized, and we went on our merry way (kids are so forgiving, aren't they?) As we walked down the hall, Justus stopped and looked at me and with his cute, innocent, confused look he asked, "Mom...where did your temper go?"

Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Monday, September 7, 2009

It's a 6-For-1 Deal Today:)

This is like 6 posts in one, so bear with me! Derek officially has TWO MORE TRIMESTERS TO GO!!!! WOOHOO:) On his 2 week break, we went to see my parents in Knoxville. We did all kinds of stuff, so prepare for another picture overload!!!!! Eli turned 9 months old while we were there:) Justus went fishing for the first time ever and caught a fish!!! Lots of fun to share, so see below!

Family Fun

Our first few days there, my brother and his fam were there. Talk about a full house:) The boys had so much fun with their cousins.
A majority of the time at Mimi and Grandbob's house was spent playing in the garage...go figure!



My parents' next door neighbor let us borrow their wagon while we were in town, so Derek got his exercise by pulling 4 kids up the big hills on numerous walks! haha



Fun at the "Water park"











Eli is 9 months old!!!!!!

Eli, there are not enough words to describe how cute you are to us. You truly light up our lives. I know I talk about your smile a lot, but it is worth mentioning over and over. You literally do light up a room with that grin. You make every day a good day just by being here. Once again, we praise God for another month!!





Go Fish!!

My Dad (a.k.a. Grandbob, a.k.a. Granddude) took Justus, Titus, and their cousin, Asa fishing. Derek and I figured Justus and Asa would enjoy themselves, and we figured Titus would be all over the place, wanting to jump in the water at any moment. Well, we were right, but one thing happened that we did not expect. Justus and Asa L-O-V-E-D fishing. They did not want to stop to go back to the house!! Justus even told us, "Well, I'm gonna stay here all night long, because I have to catch a fish." Those boys (aside from Titus:)) cast their lines over and over, reeled them in like pros, and did so the entire time. Talk about patience!! My Dad and Derek went out and bought Justus a Spiderman fishing pole (and even a tacklbox:)), and the second time they went fishing, Justus caught a fish. What a great way to top off a new experience!!

Asa reading his Fishing guide from Granddude


Justus


Titus








Look at that proud face:)


Oh yeah, and my Dad caught a fish, too:) Do you see it? haha



Next up the Gatlinburg Aquarium...



Watching a Dive Show



Awesome jellyfish






Walking through the shark tunnel (I love this picture:))


And lastly, Happy Birthday to me:) I turned 27 while we were on vacation!




I can't believe I just "wrote" that long of a post!!:)

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