Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Wow...This is good stuff...

Please click on the link below to read the heart of a young American girl who gave up everything to move to Uganda and help the orphans there. This is just beautiful and very difficult to hear, but I think we all need to hear it. It is so true. What are we willing to give up for Jesus? Take a look at THIS.

Monday, February 15, 2010

Snow, Haircuts & Scripture

Huge Texas Snow: Feb 11-12, 2010

We awoke Thurs morning to a beautiful snow. Since the roads weren't icy, we all had to go to work and school. Unfortunately, Judah was running a fever so my mom stayed with him while I went to work and took Elijah to school. When we got home, Judah was feeling a little better, so we went outside to play.

The boys built a snowman:

They were both so excited to be wearing their "snow boots" :-)

Are you sure we live in Texas??? Crazy!

Judah was all about "boot, coat, hat, hand (gloves), out". When we weren't outside, he was insisting to wear them inside.

These are on Friday morning. It is just gorgeous!!!

You can't even see the street!

The trees were my favorite!

Elijah and I made snow ice cream after Judah went down for his nap on Friday. It was very yummy!

Thank you God for the gorgeous snow...we LOVED it!

Judah's 1st "Official" Haircut

On Saturday, we decided it was finally time to take Judah to a professional for his first haircut. I mean, he was starting to sort of sport a mullet in the back...NOT COOL! :-) I think everyone at the preschool will be very happy with me for finally buckling down and doing it. It's amazing that he's nearly 2 and we're just now doing this...his hair must grow at turtle speed.

A few "before" pictures while waiting our turn:

We went to the same barber where Elijah got his first haircut. As you can see, he was not too sure about it at first. He was saying, "MAMA, MAMA!!!"

"Seriously dude, quit messing with me, I don't like it!"

"Okay, I guess I need to suck it up, no one is going to save me."

"I am so over this."

"Don't I look handsome? Mama saved all of my curls in a baggy for my baby book."

Then Elijah decided he wanted to chop his off as well, much to Daddy's dismay. Daddy likes it long but mommy is tired of wetting it down every. single. morning for school!

And the finished product for both of my boys. They are so grown up! Almost 6 and almost 2.

My verse for February 15th:

Ephesians 4:1-2
"I urge you to live a life worthy of the calling you have received. Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love."

I have been talking with some lately about your calling and how to know what your calling is. God has a specific purpose for our lives while we are here on this is not just to coast through until we get to heaven. If we are not in tune with God and His word then it is probably difficult to know what He has called you to do. Also, if we let things hold us back from our calling such as fear, our comfort, money, the opinions of others or anything else, then we are selling ourselves short of the exciting life God has planned for us. I feel like I am starting to get an inkling of some of the things God has planned for me through study of His word, conversations with others and some confirmation...I am praying about this a lot right now and thought this verse would be a good reminder for me to press on in my search.

p.s. I think it's funny after I said the last post was for my 2 fans that I had 2

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Finally, a new post!!!

I know my 2 fans have been on the edge of their seats for a blog, this one's for you! :-)

Elijah had Western Day at school last week. Here he is in his duds:

He is just growing up so fast! Some things about him right now:
*I think he is officially not a bed wetter anymore (knock on wood :)
*One of his bottom front teeth is still loose but doesn't appear in a hurry to come out yet
*I took him to the dentist a few weeks ago for a check up and he has 3 cavities. :( Poor guy, I guess he gets that from me. I didn't eat a lot of sweets and brushed well but have always had cavities. We will be going back to get those filled in March.
*He is doing really well in school. I met with his teacher last week for a mid-year conference and he is excelling, especially in reading. She said that he had already mastered everything he is supposed to have to go to 1st grade next year.
*He says he is ready for 1st grade because kindergarten is boring. :)
*He wants to have a swimming party for his 6th birthday with a Batman cake.
*He and I have memorized two scriptures together so far. We recite them on the way to school every morning.
*He loves to pester his baby brother...sibling squabbles already.
*He is testing my patience right now as we struggle through homework, video game restrictions and his constant urge to argue with me.

Oh, how I love him though! I mean, just look at him!

Judah at 21 months old:

Oh, Judah Judah. What to say about him. He is a MESS!
*Just this week I have been the parent with the screaming, flailing toddler in the middle of the store TWICE! Once at Walmart and once at Lifeway Christian bookstore. Yikes...I never thought I would be the one on the receiving end of all of the stares.
*Apparently we have started the terrible twos early...I am hoping that means they will end early as well. :)
*His vocabulary has exploded lately, and he will at least try to say everything you ask him to.
*We have started time-outs with him (wonder why:)..and so far they work
*He will be 2 in just a couple of months...I CANNOT believe it!!! Sesame Street party is in the works.
*He is still attached to his pacifier (blah) and blanket (coey)....I have no idea why he calls them that
*He has yet to have a "real" may be time soon though :)
*Favorite foods: yogurt, pepperoni, fruit (esp bananas & strawberries), crackers, goldfish, cereal bars and juice...nothing GREEN!
*Recently he adores Kaki, Elijah (yijah), school, his teacher Ms. Pam, his new bff Jace, balls, trains, cars, Sesame Street, dinosaurs and throwing fits (ha ha)

He is teaching me so many things right now and we just love him!!! Don't you like the price tag that he put on himself??? I think he's worth a little more than that. :)

The boys were showing us their muscles here:

We also went to Deacon's birthday party last weekend:

Judah enjoyed his balloon immensely!

And what have I been up to???
*Getting over a cold / congestion
*Teaching at the preschool, which I am loving!
*Spending time with my hubby and boys
*Starting a new Beth Moore bible study with friends from the preschool on Tues nights
*Enjoying bunco with friends once a month
*Growing a precious new friendship (those don't happen as often as you get older)
*A lot of praying, soul searching and growing in the Lord
*Memorizing scripture and
*Preparing for change

Hopefully the next posts won't be so few and far between!

Monday, February 01, 2010

Memory Verse #2

Philippians 4:6-7

6 "Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done. 7 Then you will experience God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus".

I tend to worry, worry, worry about things I just shouldn't worry about. I want to experience the peace that God has for me in letting go of those worries and giving them over to Him. I am excited to commit this scripture to memory, and pray that it takes hold in my own life.

I am a bad blogger lately and I apologize for that. I will try to get some pictures up of the kids soon.