Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Friday, October 21, 2011

What a beautiful, beautiful sound

If the name of Jesus does not sound beautiful or great to you...if the sound of Savior, Defender, Redeemer does not stir up in you a desire to worship, to praise...a feeling of conviction, maybe, or a need to fall to your knees and cry out...

Please examine your heart.

The man, Jesus, is rarely disputed, but while Jesus was fully man, He was also equally fully GOD. Jesus is the reason we can say the name of God, the reason we can approach the throne with confidence in prayer. We all need Jesus JUST the same, and if you have for any reason been desiring to know more, to talk to someone who will readily admit faults and a need for forgiveness and redemption that is NO lesser or greater than your own desire for the same,

I don't know how many people read this blog. I know some friends read it for a time and then forget about it. I know there are family members out there who even forget they can keep up with me this way...but I also know I receive emails from complete strangers who run across my blog because they, too are raising all boys...or because they are a friend of a friend of a friend of mine who received a random popular post. I love when I have a "WHAT?! I didn't know you read my blog!!" moment. Most people don't comment, and honestly, I don't comment on most of the blogs I read.

I just wanted to put this song on get those of you thinking who need to be thinking. The Holy Spirit lays things on my heart from time to time, and I love to know that the Lord is using such a simple thing in such a huge way. I also would very much hate to miss an opportunity to be the "mouth piece" (so to speak...the fingers, since I'm typing??? ;) ) for God's purposes.

I'm no different than you...GOD is available to meet our needs (in fact, to do ABUNDANTLY above what we might ask.) When I go to bed at night, I can rest in knowing that His grace and mercy through Jesus' death on the cross covers the multitude of my sins. I can wake up the next morning, claiming His NEW mercies...yet again. The same gifts are available to you, and I am more than willing to chat openly about it.

Lord, use me. Amen!!

P.S. This was the best video of this song I could find, with lyrics. Know that Jesus didn't walk around on the earth with a glowing light surrounding Himself. He humbled Himself, became human, was a servant...don't be fooled by the pictures on the video.


This precious monkey
(who thanked God for legos the other night at dinner)

is "potty training."

I put that in quotes, because the only thing I have really "trained" him in, in respect to using the toilet is to...

teach him to close the door after using the toilet (in order to keep little brother out)

...and to just "turn and sit" and not to climb all OVER the toilet while trying to position himself to USE the toilet, lest he fall in the water.

We DO call him, Monkey, you know? :)

I am so proud of you, Eli!!!!!!!!!!! You are such a big boy!!

Saturday, October 15, 2011

Facebook Funny/Freaky

Facebook creeps me out at times. I stay on it, choosing not to delete my account (yet), despite the many changes going on constantly. Why do I choose to stay on it? Well, because at least for right now, I have been able to stay connected with people for GREAT reasons, including learning of friends who are sick, need prayer, or have announcements like a baby on the way, etc. It seems like when I get that feeling of, "Alright, that's it. I'm deleting my account," something happens that makes me want to keep it. (like when I found out my midwife's husband was in the hospital for something very serious)

Either way, I'm still not sure I'll stay on if they continue the ridiculousness on there, BUT I thought this was hilarious (and also adds to my feelings of being "creeped" out...I mean, how do they comb through everyone's updates and posts in order to place meaningful ads and links on their sidebar????) Below is the entirety of my sidebar on Facebook tonight.

Now, let me be clear. To my saved friends, I'm not bragging, and to those of you who don't know Christ as your personal Savior, I'm also equally NOT embarrassed by this. Let me point out, though, that I certainly don't throw around God's name casually, and I definitely don't intend to "like" the "Jesus Loves You" cartoon. God is real, He exists as a Triune being (NOT in the form of trees, the wind, each and every one of us, etc.), and I'm not sure how He feels about this Facebook thing. If I had to guess, I would think He would err on the side of caution...telling us to be cautious not to be so egotistical and so easily sucked into the internet, etc. etc.

Anyway, I just think this goes to show that "they" are watching us, and I'm not quite sure I'm comfortable with that...I DO, however, love my husband and wouldn't mind "liking" THAT sweet page :) The rest of it, though? Well, just look at those pictures of "God" and "Jesus." Really, people? That hardly begins to portray the image of the Spirit of the Living God. Hopefully, my posts and status updates that include anything that has to do with the Lord portray Him in a true light, despite the ads those posts and updates have conjured up for my Facebook sidebar! Sheesh!!

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Fort Frye

King-sized sheets we received over 8 years ago as a wedding present: Well, free :)

Ladder: $30

Watching the boys and their Daddy make a big mess in the living room with pillows, sheets, a ladder, and a bunch of clothes pins while all (well, not Derek) wearing really cute dinosaur pajamas? Priceless

Monday, October 10, 2011

The Big Picture

As a homeschooling mom, I am always looking at the "big picture" as far as learning experiences go. I want as much of our day (every day!) to involve learning, and I want it to be fun and beautiful and inspiring, etc. At this age and stage (Kindergartners and below!), that kind of thing is easy. Simply eating a snack can turn into a lesson on patterns:

~Snack time turned into Fruit Kabob time, which turned into a lesson on patterns :) ~

Sunday, October 9, 2011

A couple funnies from today

Justus: Mom, can I have a snack?
Me: No, snack time is over. We'll be eating dinner soon.
Justus: mmmmmm (in a semi-grumbling mumble that sounded like a complaint about to leave his lips) Do everything without whining or complaining.
Me: What?
Justus: I was just saying the Bible verse. John 13
Me: You mean Philippians 2:14? Good for you. Thank you for not complaining :)
Titus: Mom, I put my dirty clothes in the dirty clothes basket.
Me: Thank you! You can put a sticker on your chart!!
Titus: Yea!! Mom, that's my last sticker. Now I have TEN stickers, and I get to pick a movie from the Redbox!!
Me: That's great, bud!!
Titus: (after a brief pause in his excitement about the Redbox movie reward)...What does that mean anyway?

More baseball pictures...such is our life right now :)

(or well, probably for the next 18 years or so!!)

Incoming!!! Too bad I'm not good at taking action shots :)
No babies were harmed in the making of this blog post. It was just a really close call. Really, really close.

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