Monday, August 29, 2011

Multitude Monday

360. Trees to climb

361. Goggles

362. concentration

363. First Birthdays

364. new boots (these are so cute! baby "rainboots")

365. Limo Rides! Lucy won a Limo Ride at VBS. 

366. Third Birthdays!...367. Mrs. Potato Head

368. Sweet smiles

369. Fifth Birthdays
370. Dinosaur costumes, just his size

371. Night lights

372. summer scooter fun

373. makeshift tables
374. anywhere picnics

375. little feet
376. His footsteps ever showing us the way
I will praise the name of God with a song; 
I will magnify Him with thanksgiving. Psalm 69:30

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Happy Feet!

Well, after about 4 years of asking if she could take ballet lessons, her night has finally arrived!
I just dropped Lucy off for her first dance recital! Needless to say, she is very excited.
Good luck Lucy! :)

She asked if she could do one more pose. :)

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Multitude Monday

359. Resurrection

So much can be said on this topic. The excitement of life to begin with, the nurturing of that life and enjoyment of it, and then seeing it slip from your hands. Life beginning to fade. The hopelessness and despair and finality of death. What would we do if there was NO hope? Where would we be if Christ had not risen form the dead? I don't know where I would be. I am in no way qualified to speak here in great details on the matters of life and death. What do I know; what I have I experienced in comparison to so many others? Very little, is the answer. I have but a few small treasures to hold out in my hand for you in regards to this subject. Like a little child with a small and fragile bouquet of wildflowers picked from her city backyard. Cherished treasures nonetheless.

We had a plant growing on the east side of our house when since we've moved here six years ago now. In the spring, it grows beautiful long slender green leaves. The rounded ends sprout out of the ground in a majestic show. A welcome sight in early spring. Suddenly, one day they began to wilt and die. Tyson carefully watered and cared for them, but it was all in vain. Our beautiful plant despite all our efforts wilted into a pile of brown limp leaves. Months passed and new flowers and plants sprang up. We forgot about our plant as all that remained in its place was bare ground, no signs of life whatsoever. Then, in late summer, to our utter amazement, tall slender stalks began to grow, holding at the top a crown of flower buds, a royal promise. Yes, they bloomed. Beautiful soft pink halo of flowers, delicate yet majestic, rising above all other plants around it. A sight to treasure. I don't know much about plants, but I believe that there are many plants that fit this category of "resurrection" plants. They grow and then seem to die off only to give way to beautiful flowers. They remind me of so many verses. I am so thankful for resurrection and the hope and joy that is securely held in the promise of our future resurrection in Christ.

Some scripture to meditate on:

John 11:25, 26a "Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life. Whoever believes in me, though he die, yet shall he live, and everyone who lives and believes in me shall never die."

John 12:24, 25 "Truly, truly, I say to you, unless a grain of wheat falls into the earth and dies, it remains alone; but if it dies, it bears much fruit. Whoever loves his life loses it, and whoever hates his life in this world will keep it for eternal life."

Romans 14:9 "For to this end Christ died and lived again, that he might be Lord both of the dead and of the living."

Romans 8:24-25 "For in this hope we were saved. Now hope that is seen is not hope. For who hopes for what he sees? But if we hope for what we do not see, we wait for it with patience."

2 Corinthians 4:16-18 "So we do not lose heart. Though our outer self is wasting away, our inner self is being renewed day by day. For this light momentary affliction is preparing for us an eternal weight of glory beyond all comparison, as we look not to the things that are seen but to the things that are unseen. For the things that are seen are transient, but the things that are unseen are eternal."

2 Corinthians 5:7 "for we walk by faith, not by sight."

Hebrews 11:1 "Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen."

A poem to ponder:

Hope and Joy by Christina Rossetti
If hope grew on a bush, 
And joy grew on a tree, 
What a nosegay for the plucking
There would be!
But oh, in windy autumn
When frail flowers wither, 
What should we do for hope and joy, 
Fading together?

Saturday, August 13, 2011


So, before I am accused of not being thankful, I want to thank my sweet friend Catie for making a new blog header for me. Did you notice? Isn't it neat! If you get my blog posts by email, you might want to come to my actual blog in order to see the new design. I've made some changes to the layout of my blog too. There is now an option to subscribe to get my posts automatically sent to you by email. So, if someone is forwarding these to you regularly, you may want to sign up to be sure you don't miss anything. :) Not that I've been posting a lot lately, but I have so many ideas and am trying to make some time to write and share. It keeps me on my toes. :)

You might also want to head on over to Catie's blog and see the cute header she made for herself. She has a really cute post up there about things she never wants to forget about her sweet little girl. It will bring tears to your eyes! She's also just created a blog for our MOPS group.  I tell you, this girl's got talent!

Now that I have her to help me, I might just change the look a little more often. :) How do I get one of those neat signature know that you end your posts with? :)

Thanks Catie for thinking of me!

Tuesday, August 9, 2011


Are  you a perfectionist? Am I? I'm afraid to answer that question...probably because I wouldn't answer it perfectly. :)  Do I expect my kids to be perfect? I think sometimes I do. Where did I ever get the notion that I would have kids who obeyed me perfectly? Where did I ever get the idea that I would be able to train them to obey immediately and perfectly? Do I really believe that? I think that sometimes I do. Why else do I get so frustrated and upset when they don't? 

Now, obedience is important! I DO believe we need to train and teach our children. However, I know for myself, somewhere along the way, my mind, my heart, tends to lose focus of what the real goal is. Instead of training them and leading their hearts to see the Lord in everything, I slip and want them to be make it easier for me. Instead of seeing their mistakes and sins as great teaching and learning opportunities, I sigh at the inconvenience it is going to cause me. I'm tempted to throw in some explanations and cover-ups, lest I really make myself sound THAT bad, but then I'm reminded. I am sinful. Sin is ugly. 

There are a LOT of parenting books out there. I don't want to mention any of them because I know my focus is to focus too much on this book or that book and lose the bigger picture. However, I do want to give credit to the person where the idea for this helpful chart came from. While I never read his book, our Sunday School class went through a DVD series on the book, Shepherding a Child's Heart, by Tedd Trip. (And actually you can buy DVD's of the teaching on Amazon!) Anyway, as the title suggests, a lot of the focus here is on the child's heart. So many times we try to only deal with the behavior. Ted talks about how you can't just put good fruit on a bad tree and expect that to make a difference, inside, the tree is still bad. 

So, I made this chart to hang up in our room...a nice private place where a lot of our discipline and training talks can happen without embarrassment. These are charts that Tedd used in the videos. 

At first, I mostly used this chart with Lucy and Jude, but now, it is really hitting home with Mayme. Even, if I just remind her and ask her where her heart is, is it clean or is she sinning, a light goes on in her head (sometimes). Sometimes, she even runs to the piece of paper and tells me where she is on it. 

This first part, explains that when we have sin in our heart, we will consequently behave badly. When our heart is clean, right with the Lord, free of sin, our behavior will reflect that as well. Now, notice that you can't immediately go from bad behavior to good behavior, or from good to bad. You have to go up through the heart, and even through the cross. You make a decision of what you will do with Christ. 

The bottom of the chart explains Ephesians 6:1 and Deuteronomy 5:16. When, the child is in the circle of honoring and obeying, he is safe. When he chooses to disobey and step out of that circle, he is in danger. 
Genesis 4:7 If you do well, will you not be accepted? And if you do not do well, sin is crouching at the door. Its desire is for you, but you must rule over it.” And my role as a parent is to keep my child safe and bring them back into the circle. 

If you want further explanations of how I use these charts, you can contact me. They are pretty self-explanatory, which is the point, even our 3 year old understands them. Sometimes she even tries to tell stories about them and change their meaning. :) haha This is one thing I don't want her to confuse though, so I straighten the story out and she finishes it correctly. And of course, it is a good reminder for me as well. Where is my heart? Where is your heart? 
Proverbs 4:23 Keep your heart with all vigilance, for from it flow the springs of life.
Proverbs 23:19 Hear, my son, and be wise, and direct your heart in the way.

I didn't mean to upload this picture, it just was there. :) What a good reminder. Have fun and enjoy those kids! They are just kids. It is not my job to make them perfect people,
but to help shepherd their hearts and direct them to their Shepherd.

Oh yeah, one more thing...going back to the perfectionist thing. (How's that for a summary statement? :)
God, who we all agree is the ONLY perfect parent, has children who go astray and rebel against him.

Isaiah 1:2 Hear, O heavens, and give ear, O earth;
for the LORD has spoken:
“Childrena have I reared and brought up,
but they have rebelled against me.
So why would I think I could do a better job and expect my children to behave perfectly? This is a good reminder to go back to the heart of the issue. Lord, where is my heart?

Monday, August 8, 2011

Multitude Monday

344. Cereal for breakfast on Sunday mornings...
the kids look forward to this all week. So do I, although most weeks
I find something else for breakfast. It is quick and easy and helps us
get to church on time. The week these pictures were taken, Jude had his tie flung
over his shoulder so it wouldn't get dirty. :) Too cute.
I guess, Sunday morning bowls of cereal has become a tradition in our home.
What do you eat for breakfast on Sundays?

345. the smell of a summer walk, freshly cut lawn, freshly washed laundry,
dinner on the grill, sweet smelling flowers
346. scenic views
347. brilliant sunsets
348. sticks, stones, blocks, hours of play
349. His still small voice
350. Grace and mercy even when we don't still ourselves and obey His voice
351. lazy summer days
352. good books
353. learning harmonies
354. songs of my childhood being rediscovered by my children
355. rain boots
356. pink tutus
357. faithful friends
358. The Good Book