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We reached another milestone with Avery.  From the time she was little, she has always loved stories so I thought reading would come pretty easily to her.  I was wrong.  She has more interest in math/science and has really had to work to learn to read.  But she finally made it through the first box set of the Bob Books!  We now have a reader in the house!


Can a mother’s heart feel more pride than watching her kids work hard to learn new skills? Love this little girl!

Summer Slump

What is it about summer that just relaxes you?  All schedules are thrown out the window.  Spontaneous actions are frequent. Life just seems carefree during the summer.

This undisciplined, carefree attitude makes summer a blast and creates tons of fun memories; unfortunately life can’t always be lived this way.  And even more unfortunately, the Lord has made it clear that my free spirit has bled over into my walk with Him and its time to put some structure back in my life.

This summer I’ve been sleeping until 6:30am and spending time with the Lord later in the day.  Not really a problem until God opens my eyes to how easily frustrated I’ve been since I made that choice.

This summer I’ve also enjoyed the laziness of watching a TV show or two during naptimes or in the evenings instead of reading a book , getting some housework done, or spending quality time with Brent.  Again, not really an issue until the Lord begins to reveal to me a connection between these activities and how I haven’t really felt rested in awhile.

Sleeping in and watching TV are not sins.  But yet, they have begun to pull my focus away from God.  I would rather sleep and watch a show than chase after God.

For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also. Matthew 6:21

Startling words to speak aloud.

True words, but startling all the same.

Then I read Psalm 66 on Sunday

Come and hear, all you who fear God, and I will tell what he has done for my soul. I cried to him with my mouth, and high praise was on my tongue. If I had cherished iniquity in my heart, the Lord would not have listened. But truly God has listened; he has attended to the voice of my prayer.

I knew the minute I read that verse the Lord was speaking to me and calling me back into a stronger devotion with Him.  I can so easily be drawn into a story that TV, fiction books, pretty much anything with a storyline (even old 80’s mystery shows!) suck me in and consume me.   This summer, I have just lounged and consumed life instead of pursued Christ wholeheartedly.

But I refuse to cherish iniquity in my heart. The Lord has made clear the path He desires for me and so I must choose obedience.  This means my TV  and sleeping in days are through for awhile.  At least until I get my life back in the proper balance.

I’m thankful the Lord gave me this summer to just relax, and I’m even more thankful He has opened my eyes to the root of my restlessness and frustration.  For truly, refreshment and love come only through living in the presence of the Lord.

He’s Not Mad At You

Sometimes we take life too seriously.  Sometimes we get caught up in trying to be perfect or make the perfect decision. Sometimes we stress over things that shouldn’t be stressed over.

Sometimes we just need to be reminded that God’s arms are open to us.  Sometimes we need to remember that God is not mad at us.

Though others may push us away, God never will.  Though others may reject us, God never will.  Though others will disappoint us, God never will.

This song is one of my favorites and an incredible reminder to just Come As You Are to God.

Today I urge you to worship our Father who loves you dearly; who has chased after you; who desires you. Rejoice and seek Him wholeheartedly today.

Why I love the 4th of July

The Urbandale parade, followed by lunch at Famous Daves, followed by mom’s birthday celebration, followed by sparklers on the front yard.  Seriously, can holidays get much better than this?

My Little Drummer Boy

Little man is obsessed with the drums and guitar.  Here’s a little sneak peak at what he does ALL. DAY. LONG.  That is when he’s not wrestling his sisters to the ground.


See the bandage on his arm?!  Poor guy got some 2nd degree burns up the inside of his wrist and is now scared of ANYTHING that is slightly warm.  That includes playgrounds.  He touches them and then starts screaming, “it burn me!! It burn me!!!”

I think I’m going to try to convince Brent that the only way to cure Justus of this fear is to put a pool in the backyard. I’ll even go for just one of those inflatable huge above ground pools. Anything with water in it that allows us to be outside during a Texas summer. Oh, and would help little man get over his fear of the heat =) I have tried convincing Brent EVERY summer for the past 5 years and notice we still have no pool. So here’s my idea…every one quick go to his blog and tell him that he needs to put a cheap, above ground pool in our backyard! Maybe together we can manipulate =)

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