Happy Thanksgiving!

Over the last few weeks, the girls have been adding what they are thankful for to their Thankful Tree. (Click here if you have no idea what I’m talking about) I thought I would share their list of things they are thankful for as we all celebrate Thanksgiving today. So in their own words, here are the things we have been thankful for over the past 2 weeks.

  • Avery’s new book
  • Elliana
  • Having Friends over for dinner
  • Daddy is home from his trip
  • Justus, Daddy, Mommy, and Avery
  • Trees and Flowers
  • Daddy’s home
  • Balloon
  • Peanut Butter Sandwich
  • Butterflies and Balloons
  • Gloves
  • Pink Plates
  • Daddy, Mommy, Justus, Elliana, and windows
  • Freedom
  • Cold Weather
  • Stickers
  • Being Home
  • Susan and Andrew
  • Thankful tree
  • Daddy coming home
  • Friends
  • Thankful tree
  • Grandma and Grandpa’s house
  • New Spoons
  • Coke (which neither one of them has ever tasted!)
  • Thankful Tree
  • Carson, Tyson, and Jansen
  • Trees
  • My Family
  • Friends
  • Flowers
  • Family and Bread
  • Thankful Tree
  • Justus
  • Date Night with Daddy
  • Dance School
  • Cookies and Mr. Andrew
  • Connor and Bryce
  • Going on a date with daddy
  • Thankful Tree
  • Family

Such a Girly Girl

“I’ll help you with the pumpkin pie but can I have a napkin? I don’t want my hands to get messy.”She was not convinced when I told her the best part about cleaning pumpkins was the messy hands and she cleaned that entire half with a napkin in her hand.

My Spiritual Journey

Instead of my personal journey, let’s do something a bit different and try to create some dialogue =)

My favorite way to review the scripture I’m memorizing is by taping the verses to the outside of the shower (ignore the soap scum. Who invented glass showers anyway? Certainly not the person who had to clean them!)

Even if little faces are pressed up against the outside of the shower(which they often are), I can’t hear what they’re saying over the water, so I can still concentrate on the verses I’m memorizing.
So now its your turn. How do you memorize scripture?

He’s Sick….Again

We have been stuck in the house a lot over the last few months because Justus has had so many sinus infections and colds.

Today I decided to teach him a new trick to help pass the time. You might not be able to tell from the video, but I taught him to blow his nose. He only does it into a Kleenex every once in a while, but he loves blowing his nose on my shirt.

Kind of gross, but at least it gives him something to do besides cry!

And that, my friends, is the glamorous life of a mommy =)

Observations of the Day

Elliana: “if you throw up on yourself, just tell mommy and she’ll give you the medicine and a trashcan.” (this was said very seriously to Justus as if teaching him a very important lesson)
Avery: “How deep is your tummy? I think it starts here (pointing to her throat) and goes all the way to your belly b. Which means I need more to eat because my tummy is pretty deep”

Family Fun Day

No pics of our day this week, at least not yet =)

We spent the afternoon taking family pictures so I’ll post those as soon as I get them back. Other than that, we had a relaxing day as a family eating breakfast at McDonalds (nothing but the best food for my kids =) ), playing board games, and running errands.

So sorry about the boring post, but to quote a line from the movie “UP”, “I know it may sound boring, but its the boring stuff I remember the most”. (You know the scene…where the little boy is telling the old man about all things he remembers doing with his dad, and all his fond memories are the ones where him and his dad are doing nothing together)

Hope you all enjoyed your weekend!

Messy Again

This floor had been scrubbed and mopped less than 24 hours earlier…Anyone else out there feel my pain =) I think my kids must have holes in the bottom of their lips!

My Spiritual Journey

I will sprinkle clean water on you, and you shall be clean from all your uncleannesses, and from all your idols I will cleanse you
Ezekiel 36:25

Meditating on God’s word is powerful and life changing. This week I spent the week meditating on vs. 25

“from all your idols I will cleanse you.”

Idols. Those things that you worship in addition to or more than God. These words were clearly impressed on my heart, so I knew God was calling me to take time to sit with him so he could reveal some idols I had formed in my heart. I was expecting Him to tell me I had started making my kids or my house or my ministries an idol. I wasn’t expecting Him to tell me this, but plain as day, He said

You are your own idol.

Me? How could I be my own idol? I am sacrificing everything I used to want or desire in order to stay home and raise and disciple my children. I’m giving my life to what God called me to. How can I be an idol?

As the week has progressed, the answer became pretty clear. Why do I get frustrated when nap time isn’t what I want it to be? Because I feel I have the right to some down time during the day. Why do I get angry when fits are thrown or toys aren’t picked up or when sleepless nights begin to become the norm instead of the exception? Because I feel I have the right to expect perfection from others and sleep and alone time for myself.

My dissatisfaction with things comes because I believe deep down in my heart that I have the right to have an easy life full of fulfilling opportunities for myself.

My desires, or what I feel are my rights, have become my idols. They have become the thing I chase after more than I chase after God.

My rights have been submitted to the proper authority and my focus is on chasing after God even in the midst of a life full of dirty diapers, tantrums, messiness, no alone time, little money, an adoring husband, kids who love me, a house with very little things that need fixed, friends who call to check on me, a mom who drops everything to support me, and sisters who bring great joy to my heart every time we talk.

Idols make it really easy to focus on what’s missing in life. God makes it really easy to focus on how much He has blessed my life.

Meditation on God’s word is powerful.

This Book of the Law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do according to all that is written in it. For then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have good success. Joshua 1:8

Goals for this week:

  • Finish Life with God by Richard Foster
  • Continue memorizing and meditating on Ezekiel 36:25-27
  • Focus on daily submitting my rights and chasing after God.

We Finally Made It

I saw this idea on another blog I read a few weeks ago and thought to myself “what a great idea. I should do that with the kids.”

But the thought of making and cutting out leaves was enough to keep pushing the project to the back burner…it became a “maybe tomorrow” type of project.
Until tonight! We finally made our thankfulness tree! I think the motivation was some leftover cutout flowers I had from a breakout session I taught yesterday at church which meant I did not have to trace or cut out leaves with the girls. For some reason, the thought of making leaves exhausted me =)So here’s our tree. So far we just have a few flowers and hearts added with things we’re thankful for. Hopefully we’ll get a little deeper as we continue over the next 2 weeks. Right now we’re still just thankful for balloons and trees =) But even if it never goes any deeper than that, at least they’re learning what it means to be thankful. And hopefully having a bit of fun in the process =)

Family Fun Day

A trip to the zoo with Grandma
The weather was perfect and the animals were active. The girls showed no fear getting up close and personal with this tiger!
The elephants and giraffes were a big hit as well. I’ve never seen them run in the zoo before. Usually they just stand there and eat. I think Grandma and I had just as much fun as the girls!What makes a trip to the zoo even better? Riding the train!
The girls even put on a little show for Grandma and practiced their dance routines. Well, Avery danced; Elliana giggled and “skipped” through the living room.
It was a great day!