Tuesday, December 29, 2009
Monday, December 28, 2009
Tuesday, December 22, 2009
we spent monday night just the four of us, just chillin in one another's company. brad an i watched the boys play and played along (when they let us). we commented on how blessed we are to have these two beautiful and healthy boys. we observed max's incredible size and maturity, we marveled at bear's development. we adored how sweet they played together, and shook our heads at how naughty they can be in the next minute.
while lying in bed, i remarked to brad that i felt guilty for not "doing" anything "fun" with the boys that night. brad was shocked at my comment and reminded me that there is so much good in just being together.
what an incredible idea. for even on that first christmas, there was much celebrating, gift giving, rejoicing, and heralding. but there was also a teeny tiny brand new baby boy and parents who were utterly and completely enamored with his very presence.
this christmas i dont want to lose the gravity of jesus' mere presence. for HE is still here, still changing all of eternity.
Saturday, December 19, 2009
Wednesday, December 9, 2009
Monday, December 7, 2009
it seems so easy to get settled into this comfortable existence, but i believe that we have such incredible opportunities and abilities when we align oursleves with the lord and i believe that this is a powerful way to do just that. when i allow myself to recognize my hunger and thirst for more of jesus, i am humbled by my lack of time spent set aside to spend with him. i pray that in this season of celebration, i embrace jesus wholly and truly live what i believe.
Friday, December 4, 2009
thursday was a full day. full of bible study, counseling, and small group. all of which are awesome, and challenging. while i seriously considered canceling one or more of these events, yet again, god proved faithful. he blessed my presence at bible study by surrounding me with neighbors who truly care and support. he blessed my counseling appt by reminding me of his grace and faithfulness throughout all aspects of my life. he blessed my presence at small group by giving me a real community of real believers who truly seek to do his will on earth.
on a night when i expected to be completely drained, i found myself fulfilled and deeply satisfied. when one aligns themselves with the lord, he provides strength enough to thrive. as rob bell says, it is not about survival, but thrival.
thank you jesus for the reminder of what a blessing it is to follow your call.
Tuesday, December 1, 2009
Monday, November 30, 2009
Saturday, November 28, 2009
Thursday, November 26, 2009
despite the circumstances, i find myself filled to overflowing with thankfulness for god's faithfulness in our lives.
i am SO grateful for the healing that has taken place, thank you jesus.
thank you jesus for allowing me to wake up to the kisses of baby bear.
thank you jesus for all my boys so we could bond over monster trucks and tractor pulls already this thanksgiving morn.
Monday, November 23, 2009
maxer got the flu.
lots of recovery and laundry at our house this weekend!! i hate seeing my boys sick. during max's bout of vomiting, i would often stroke his hair and ask him questions about how i could make him more comfortable. at one point, in between "are you warm enough" and "would you like a little sip of water" max looked up at me with his precious pained eyes and said, "mom, just leave me alone".
Saturday, November 21, 2009
thank you jesus for granting us this child. we pray our family glorifies you lord.
Friday, November 20, 2009
Tuesday, November 17, 2009
waiting anxiously for brad's arrival home from his big hunt, i am ecstatic to announce he is:
Monday, November 16, 2009
Saturday, November 14, 2009
Friday, November 13, 2009
Wednesday, November 11, 2009
Tuesday, November 10, 2009
My life has made me distracted lately. lots going on, requiring lots of conversations on the phone with various family members. Despite his age, maxer is a wise boy who is quite aware of the goings on in this household. On monday, max went to great lengths to remind me that he needs me too.
While i was on the phone, maxwell took the memory card from our camera and put it in the mug of coffee i was holding. i yelled and tried to salvage the card while he climbed onto the counter and started dumping sugar from my canister onto the floor. while cleaning that up he proceeded to pour out water from a bowl onto the carpet. grrrr. in response i was short with him, gave him glares, and grabbed him a little harshly to emphasize my displeasure.
when he was at last no longer struggling against me, he just began to cry.
more like weep.
finally i recognized that the poor thing does not understand what is happening, just that something is. he reminded me that i am the thermostat for his days. he looks to me for mood, behaviour, and guidance. he needs my attention and love.
i took action and left the house for a park. we played hard. with action and word, i assured maxwell he is the most important.
once home again, i bathed and cuddled the boys, then sent them off for a nap. not a complaint was uttered as max obediently walked upstairs.
how this day reminded me of my own need to look to Jesus for guidance, attention and love. unlike any imperfect human being, his love is never failing and his guidance is perfect. may we look to him and depend on him to supply our needs. when we are focused on our Father his presence will provide for us all we are seeking.
Sunday, November 8, 2009
wes spent some time getting loved on by sweet kenedy.
max and teagan bonded over cookies. when maxer woke up from his nap his first words were "where my friends go?" cute!
Saturday, November 7, 2009
wes literally plays himself pantless
in max's words, he is "riding the pony"
we actually refer to that pony as a cupboard door. due to the illness factor in our home, we have not left the house in a few days, so what can i expect. the child was using his imagination. this pony ride is only a problem if that cupboard door breaks off. those cupboards store toys, and i utilize the shove and then close really fast before stuff falls out method.