Merry Christmas From the Minters

In keeping with our family tradition, here’s a little video to wish you a Merry Christmas!

here’s 2009 & 2010 if you want a look down memory lane!

It Fell Out!

Today we were at a friend’s house and Avery’s tooth was just begging to come out.   It was so lose she couldn’t talk, eat, or even play.  She finally decided that Misty could pull it, but I was not allowed to touch it.  So out it came =)

 

Perspective

Driving down the road the other day, I hear Elliana  say:  “Look, its so beautiful.  It must be heaven.”

 

I hear Justus a few seconds later state:  “Ahhh.  Its an alligator and its going to eat you!”

 

The same situation.  Same image in front of them.  One perspective sees the beauty laying in front of us.  The other perspective sees the danger.

Life can be like that sometimes, can’t it?  Some days we wake up and our perspective is great, and we see a little bit of God’s hand in every circumstance.  Other days we wake up and our perspective is not so great, and we struggle to see God in anything.

Perspective truly is everything.  God’s word tells us:

In God, whose word I praise, in God I trust; I shall not be afraid. What can flesh do to me?(Psalm 56:4 ESV)

When we trust, I mean completely trust that God is in control, our perspective truly does change.

We are able to walk with confidence that He is leading and watching over us.  We are able to look at what might be an alligator chasing us and begin to see the hand of God reaching down to bless us.

 

 

Our Attempt

We attempted to decorate a Gingerbread House tonight

There was a little someone who couldn’t quite grasp why we would glue candy to a house and not just eat the candy.

Pretty sure he ate his fair share of what should have been on the house

Fortunately,  my artsy child came through and had a plan and a vision for the house and the willingness to not eat all the decorations.

Thanks to her determination, we finished with this

Beautiful, right?! =)

Too Cute Not to Share

Tonight the little man was insistant that since daddy wasn’t home, Justus needed to lead family worship.  It was just too cute not to share.

 

If you’ve ever been around my husband, you’ll understand why this is just precious. Justus imitates Brent’s legs, hands, voice, even the way he strums the guitar. A little intimidating seeing a picture of how closely the kids watch us and imitate what we do!

Needing a Change in Perspective

I’ve been reading a few different books lately and just wanted to share two of them with you this morning.

The first book is called Plan B by Pete Wilson


So many good truths and great perspectives in this book. Its an easy read, but such a necessary read. He takes the Bible and uses a lot of well known stories and points out the attributes of God and how that impacts and changes people as they walk through a “plan B” period in life. I mean Joseph probably didn’t plan his life out and dream about spending a few years in prison, but yet it happened that way, and God was still with him. Naomi didn’t plan her life out and dream about her husband and sons dying, but yet it happened and God provided her with Ruth to support her, we misquote scripture saying God won’t give us more than we can handle, while God continually contradicts that statements by stating that its His strength, not ours, that will handle stuff for us.  The list could go on, but the main point is that oftentimes we miss the blessings of who God is when we are in the midst of a part of life that doesn’t look the way we want it to.

This book has been a huge blessing to me right now. I have loved reading it, and I keep going back and rereading parts. Such great truths that continually point me back to Jesus. Love it!

Kisses from Katie by Katie Davis

This is a missionary biography that will have you getting up out of your seats and wanting to go change the world. I’ve read her blog for awhile, but the book is even more encouraging. Her unbelievable faith and complete obedience to God are inspiring to say the least. I received this book right about the time I was needing some big encouragement and a perspective shift about what God is and will do in my life and around me. A big shift is what I got. Perspective is everything and Katie’s perspective on life is a perspective I needed to be immersed in for awhile.

I’ve written before about how I’ve been in a season of waiting for awhile.  For a long while actually.  I’ve been patiently and not so patiently waiting on the Lord for a specific answer and just when I was getting weary of waiting, He plopped these two books in my lap.  God is so good.

Another First

I guess the whole Kindergarten year is full of firsts.  First time reading, first time tying her shoes, first loose tooth, and now her first piano recital!  This post probably only interests the grandparents and this proud momma, but here is our little Avery at her first piano recital over Thanksgiving break.

 

If you notice it was a very small recital! The advantages of teaching her myself. The recital was only a few minutes long =)

She also attempted to play her first duet with Nana. Pretty fun!

Thankful

This month we did our annual Thankful Tree again.  This is the forth year we’ve done this, and it is seriously one of my favorite things we do.

So to capture our hearts at this stage in life, here are some of the things we are thankful for this month.

  • Breakfast (this was said A LOT.  I must make good breakfasts =)  )
  • Thankful Tree
  • The Bible
  • Swimming pools
  • Ms. Lexi
  • Mrs. Talessa and Mr. Joseph (said 4 times!)
  • Tape
  • daddy & mommy (said a total of 10 times…makes me smile)
  • Seanna
  • laughing with my family
  • Family game nights
  • God
  • Ice Cream
  • cookies
  • Good sleep
  • Pajama days
  • Short Work Weeks
  • How God speaks to us
  • Quiet mornings
  • Hot Coffee
  • Mrs. Colleen & Mrs. Kathy
  • Grandma and Grandpa
  • That God made us feel better
  • Gymnastics
  • Uncle Ben
  • Justus and Elliana
  • fruit
  • Evie
  • Making pumpkin things to eat
  • water
  • friends at preschool
  • holidays
  • homeschool
  • date nights
  • movies
  • (the rest Avery wrote, and she spells the way she thinks a word sounds which means I have no idea what they say!  We’ll just say we’re thankful for a lot =) )

Happy Thanksgiving to you all!

 

He’s Changed His Name

The little man will no longer allow you to call him Justus.  Instead he introduces himself as this…

 

And just so you know, he will correct you if you try to call him Justus. He now only answers to “big boy”. If it keeps him pottying in the big boy potty and sleeping in his big boy bed, I’ll call him whatever he wants me to. =)

Sidenote: did you hear his poor raspy little voice? Really dislike chronic bronchiolitis!

Peace

Patsy Clairmont became one of my new favorite speakers at the Woman of Faith conference I went to a few months ago. That event was the first time I had heard her speak and quickly decided I wanted to read her books as well. So when I was offered Stained Glass Hearts by Patsy Clarimont from Thomas Neilson Publishing in exchange for a review, I quickly accepted.

The premise of the book is focusing on your emotional health and how it relates to how God created us. She begins to explore this concept by using the picture of the broken glass put together to form a beautiful stained glass window. Our brokenness coming together to form God’s beautiful stained glass image in our life is a powerful picture.

But how do we get to that beautiful picture and not just stay in the brokenness? That is the true focus of her book.

It honestly has taken me quite a while to get through this book. Its an easy read, but I think God had me read it in sections for a reason. Relating to God through different creative elements has been a journey I’ve been on for a while, so her book reminded me of things I already knew rather than challenged me to think through new concepts. However, the reminders are really good and needed in the busyness of life.

For example, around this time every year, I forget that I relate to God through nature and stillness and poetry and books, and each chapter of this book took me back to that simplicity of life that I sometimes hurry through. That simplicity is what we all need  in life so that we are be able to hear God’s voice.  His voice and presence in our life is what allows our brokenness to be healed and turned into that beautiful picture.

“Peace offers such a sacred perspective. Unruffled behavior. Quiet confidence. Calm heart. Untroubled mind. Tranquil outlook. Aren’t you drawn to people with a serene center who have the space and grace to receive others?”

This simplicity and wholeness of life is what I’m pursuing wholeheartedly. Its where I’m most at peace, and I’m thankful God put this book in my path to remind me and bring me back to the emotional place He desires me to be.

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