Wednesday, December 30, 2009
My sister and brother in law took my kids to Miami Seaquarium today. So I had a whole day to myself! (The 2nd day this week by the way!!!) I resisted the urge to go to the stores and shop which left me with not much to do! My house was basically clean-sure I could have rearranged a closet or organized a cabinet but I decided against that (of course!). So I did what any mom with a free day would do-I took a nap!! After the 1st nap (yes, I said the 1st ;) I decided I should do something. So I put in a load of laundry and ran to Blockbuster to rent a chick flick and then ran in to Publix and got some sushi and edamame for lunch. When I got home I watched the movie and ate lunch then took nap #2. I resolved again that I needed to do something more. So I put in another load of laundry and folded and put away more laundry. Wow, this was a lot of excitement for one day. Without a doubt, a day of relaxation and nothingness is a welcome treat. I recommend it for all moms, wives, and working women. I feel refreshed and ready to take on our camping trip tomorrow. But I did realize that my life would certainly be empty and boring without my children. I will look back on the day that I took 2 naps with fondness as I'm sure it will be a LOOONG time before it happens again. Right now it's 10 til 6 and while I don't take my FREE day for granted, I can't wait for my cuties to get home!!!
at 5:35 PM
Monday, December 28, 2009
As I pondered (one of my new favorite words after studying the Christmas story this season!) 2009 and look forward to 2010, God gave me this verse:
II Cor. 5:7 We live by faith, not my sight..
This is an exciting verse for me. So many times I see things wrongly or don't see them at all. So I'm thankful to live by faith. If I focused on what I see in the world we live in today, it would be a depressing life!! I'm amazed by the hope that I have in Christ.
Of course, when I think of 2010 I think of the dreaded New Years Resolutions-of course I have the same 2 as many-read my Bible through and lose some lbs. I am working on both but don't want to be discouraged when I'm not meeting my goals as quickly as I hoped. I also would like to set some other goals that may get pushed aside because I'm so focused on the other 2 resolutions like:
1. Praying for my children and husband regularly-not just when things are going on...
2. Praying for my students regularly-again...not just when they're making me crazy!
3. Continuing to be frugal-we have made great strides in our finances with spending wisely-I want to continue to be good stewards of all God has blessed us with.
4. Be more consistent with our family devotions.
5. Be a good housekeeper...I have developed great habits with being on top of laundry and keeping the house tidy,(my tidy habits sometimes make my family crazy!) but I need to stay on top of it because it gets away from me so quickly!!
6. Use a soft voice with my children. I hear Dylan talking to Holly sometimes and I hear the tone I use with my children! sometimes it's scary! I need to continue to reinforce first time obedience and then a consequence-If I am consistent that process eliminates me having to get frustrated!
God showed me a fantastic "goal" verse for 2010. May this be my prayer...
II Corinthians 5:9 So we make it our goal to please Him, whether we are at home in the body or away from it.
Wednesday, December 23, 2009
When I was a little girl I LOVED Barbies. And I played with them until I was ...I'm embarrassed to say 12! Of all the Christmases at my home growing up I hardly remember any of the gifts that I received, BUT I vividly remember the "Barbie" Christmas. I was in 4th grade and we had moved to Tallahassee to take care of my grandmother who was not doing well. My dad left behind his air conditioning business, also leaving behind income. My little brother who was 1 1/2 at the time had been sick and in the hospital until Christmas Eve. I'm sure, to my parents, Christmas looked grim that year. But as a child I was clueless to the stress and worries that I'm certain my parents must have experienced. It turns out that Christmas was the best, most memorable ever! I still have the gifts I received that year! My daughter and my nieces now play(and fight) over them!
My Mom and Grammie made pillows and cushions for Barbie furniture, and lots and lots of Barbie clothes. My Dad and Granddaddy made solid wood Barbie furniture. It's amazing that we didn't receive the "must have" gift of the season, or the newest technology-(which I'm sure was like a walkman with an Andy Gibb cassette at the time), but it is THE most memorable Christmas of my childhood. The lesson for me here is that I want to raise children that are content in the Lord, not in things. It doesn't matter whether or not we have the means to give them the newest or best or most. I don't want to do that. I believe if we did we would be doing a terrible disservice to our children! Those gifts and the labor of love that went into them are priceless. I hope that my children will have at least one memorable Christmas (and hopefully many more) as I did that year!
This was the living room furniture. Some of the cushions have since gone missing!
This is the dining room table.
This is the wardrobe. It was filled with beautiful clothes.
This is the bed. My favorite piece! Notice how the headboard is carved with Barbie's name. My mom has since made a new mattress and linens.
Sunday, December 20, 2009
As I try to ponder all aspects of the Christmas story in an attempt to have a Christ-filled Christmas I came across Mary's song. I have been a student of God's Word for 25 years and I don't ever remember reading this! It just goes to show how the Holy Spirit can enlighten as you read God's Word.
I am in awe of Mary. Now, let me say that I know that Mary is not a god and she is not to be worshipped. Mary was just an instrument used by God. Perhaps that is what draws me to her...I want so badly to be an instrument used by God. Luke 1:46-55 gives a glimpse into Mary's servant heart. What an example for those who strive to be godly women!! Here are a few verses:
And Mary said: "My soul glorifies the Lord and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior, for he has been mindful of the humble state of his servant. From now on all generations will call me blessed, for the Mighty One has done great things for me-holy is his name..."
My Christmas tree is simple-about 7 feet, white lights, a few red bows and bulbs. But what I love about our tree is the precious ornaments that bring back memories as we look at each one and hang them.
Most years my mother in law has bought us personalized ornaments. This one is the first ornament after we had Dylan. Now that Holly can read she asked why her name is not on some of the ornaments!
This is an ornament that Dylan's Sunday School teacher made. He was a 1 1/2. So squeezeable!!!
This ornament was given to us when I was pregnant with Holly.
This was our first ornament as a family of 4.
This is an ornament that Holly made in Sunday School. Of course I love any ornaments with pictures in them!
This one is a picture of my mother in law and father in law. My father in law passed away about 4 years ago.
What are your favorite ornaments on your tree??
Wednesday, December 2, 2009
#53 on my 101 Goals was to go camping. Scratch that one off!! We went to River Ranch with our dear friends the Sophie's. It was a super family time. It was in the 40's at night which made the campfire and hot chocolate that much more fun! Our days and nights there consisted of petting zoos, visiting horses, flashlight tag, campfires and lots of yummy food. We were able to go to the campground chapel Sunday morning for worship. We thought we would see fellow campers at the service...instead we found not one other camper, only a sweet church family. We were the youngest by about 30 years! It was a down home, sing from the hymnal, solid preaching from the Word of God-service. I personally loved it! It reminded me of the church I grew up in-Griffin Road Baptist Church. I wasn't sure how my kids felt about it-but later Dylan suggested we bring canned food for the shut-ins to the Mustang Center-he was listening! Well it was a great time...we are in the process of planning our next trip on New Year's weekend. Can't Wait!!