Thursday, February 25, 2010

God Bless Chick-fil-A!!

I have said it before and I will say it again and again and again - I am thankful for CFA!! David and I have just returned home from Washington DC where we attendend our annual CFA seminar. It was like a great big family reunion!! We had several great guest speakers and singers - this was one of my favorites! More pictures and detail to come later!

Thursday, February 18, 2010

SNOW

"God thunders wondrously with his voice; he does great things that we cannot comprehend. For to the snow he says, 'Fall on the earth,' likewise to the downpour, his mighty downpour. He seals up the hand of every man, that all men whom he made may know it."


Can you guess which picture is my favorite?
Suzanne this is for you

Parenting is by far the hardest job I will ever have. That was a big surprise wasn't it??!! Thankfully it is also very joyful and God has given me wonderful friends to share the woes and throes of parenting along the way. Who else can understand your sippy cup mishaps?? Your 1 year old's screaming fits?? The selfishness of one child and the kindnesses of another?? What school to send your child to? The list could go on but you get the picture. This award goes to my dear friend Suzanne!! I have told her she should have her own blog she has lots of great stories and her kids say some cute things but since she doesn't I am blogging this story for her and for me too!

A little info for those who need it. I met Suzanne through CFA - our husbands work together. She has 3 children. Madelyn is 5 and goes to school with Nathan. Samuel will be 3 in March and Caroline is 16 months - she and Ethan are 3 weeks apart. So you can see we live in the same season of life right now. There are many things I love about Suzanne - she is authentic, her kids are not perfect and she doesn't try to hide it - hence the picture below and this blogpost.


This picture was taken on my phone on our recent walk in her neighborhood. It is not a very good picture so let me set the scene for you. Nathan and Madelyn and Luke and Samuel are supposed to be taking turns riding in the powerwheels jeep. Ethan and Caroline are being pulled along in the wagon. In this picture Nathan and Madelyn are having their turn in the jeep and Samuel well - he is not liking it - in fact for 97% of the walk he didn't like it. He is running after them screaming and crying and making a spectacle of himself. So we end up turning around and eventually Suzanne has to pick him up and hold him - all the while he is flailing around and screaming and making an even bigger spectacle of himself. Meanwhile the jeep runs out of battery and we still have two babies in a wagon and we have a bit of a ways to get home. Needless to say it was a less than pleasant walk. We made it back jeep and all and we were laughing a little then - but now we laugh a lot about it. I can only write this because I have had similar experiences and because we both know our kids aren't perfect and neither are we. As I write this I realize this story probably isn't funny to anyone else -because it is one of those where you kind of just needed to be there. However I want to look back and remember these seasons (I love reading my old blogposts - they make me smile because I forget soo much!) and thank God for giving me friends (like Suzanne ) to share them with who know exactly what you are talking about, who share the same Hope and desires for their children. "And we proclaim Him, admonishing every man and teaching every man with all wisdom, that we may present every man complete in Christ. " Col. 1:28

Monday, February 1, 2010

A little wisdom from a 5 year old...

Recently I completed a bible study on Heaven. I learned a lot and there is still much to be learned. Of course my kids know what I am studying and thus brought a few questions about heaven. This of course thrills me - as I love to talk about God's word with my children. Obviously Nathan being older - he understands some things better than Luke does. Nathan knows there is heaven and hell and just knowing about the two places has given me great opportunities to share the gospel with him. What a privilege that is for me!! A burden as well because I so desire for him to take hold of the gospel and for the Holy Spirit to change him - God is sovereign. Luke on the other hand - not sure really what he understands. He was playing this afternoon and told me his boy had an accident on the playground and he "got died." So of course I said Luke what does it mean to die - to which he responds "to get dead." Which caused me to ask what does it mean to be dead - " to not get up and doesn't it have to do with cowboys." I am sure you are laughing by now because it was hard for me not to. I tried to do a little explaining but who knows how far that went because a little while later he asks where my daddy is and I say you know he is in heaven and then Luke asks when is he coming back and I said he's not coming back. Then my wise little five year old says yes he will - when we get a new world. Boy did he put me in my place - as scripture clearly states there will be new earth. It is safe to say Nathan knows way more about heaven than I did as a 5 year old. Thankful he is listening and praying God will raise him up for His glory!!