Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Thank God for dirty dishes...


Monday, October 24, 2011

So Cool


Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Truth


Tuesday, October 11, 2011

A stirring/moving video

Please watch this brief 30 min video:
"180"

Clothing transfer

Every Spring and Fall I get the blues as we change out our children's clothing for the upcoming season.  *sigh*  Some women seem to be able to switch things in-and-out without batting an eye.  Me?!  I'm nearly blotting my eyes with tissues (from tears) as it's so hard to put things away...

My children will NEVER wear these articles of clothing again...
They are getting bigger...

It's such a hard pill to swallow for me.  In one regard, I love their new found independence and abilities and talents, etc.  But it's so hard to accept the fact that they are growing up.  That they won't always be children.




Long days turn into short years...




That is SO what defines motherhood...

                                                                      Seasonal...


A season of pregnancy.  A season of post-partum.
A season of frequent nursings.  A season of sippy cups.
Diapers.  Underpants.
Onesies.  T-shirts.
Kindergarten.  High School.
Home.  World.
Singleness.  Marriage.
Youth.  Old age.

It's ALWAYS changing.  Never stagnant.  Out with the old.  In with the new.  You're never in the same spot for long.  And just as soon as you think you've got something somewhat figured out, it rises up and changes on you.


Change is a good thing though.
Albeit bittersweet at times.

Two times a year I am faced with the stinging (but sweet) reality that my kids are growing up.
As they should.

Lord, help me to SAVOR every day that I have with these children You have SO RICHLY blessed me with.  Help me not to get frustrated in the moment with difficulties and trials, but rather remind me that "to everything there is a season".  Help me to live every day in the now, not wishing for another/different season.  Help me to live out my moments without regret, living and loving to the fullest.  Amen.

Thursday, October 06, 2011

Need a laugh?

Tim Hawkins on Hand Sanitizer:

YouTube

Simple but fabulous!

Monday, October 03, 2011

Thursday, September 29, 2011

Evolution: Fiction

Something cannot be made from nothing. Only a Creator God can do that!

This is a great Bible study for kids about creation:
CBH Ministries- Keys for Kids: God's Awesome Creation

Monday, September 26, 2011

Psalm 119:11
11 I have stored up your word in my heart, that I might not sin against you.

If our minds are not washed in the Word, they will be washed by the world.

Saturday, September 24, 2011

Tincture time!

Double-E Immune Booster - organic - Bulk Herb Store

Gonna be placing my order here soon so I can get my tincture brewing for this up and coming cold and flu season. It takes 3 weeks to make a batch. This stuff is great because it actually BOOSTS the immune system so when we come in contact with germs and bacteria/viruses our bodies can effectively fight it off. At the first onset of symptoms, start taking the tincture.

Can't wait to get our brew on!


This breaks my heart...

People may laugh at this comic strip, but it's actually a shining example of society's anti-child attitude (one that's even crept into the church). At it's core is the belief that they are a burden. This attitude is NOT of God! Children are made in the image of God. He loves them. They are a blessing!

Are they hard work? An emphatic YES! But the hardest part about them: having to deal with my own sin and dying to my selfishness. I can't live for "just me" anymore. Therein lies a HUGE part of them being a blessing: in having them, we have to die to self, and our sanctification deepens. That is very pleasing to the Lord!



Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Bendaroos

These are by far one of the coolest art toys our kids have received. Literally HOURS of play.

I gotta get some more of these!


Bug trap

With all the summer produce that's been going through our home lately we've had a TON of fruitflies.

So annoying.

I've tried a number of traps- but I have FINALLY found a super easy, super effective recipe.

Fill a dish with:
white vinegar

Add:
1 T of sugar
approx 5 drops liquid dish soap
Stir until well blended.
Set out near trouble spots.

Happy trapping! :-)


This is HILARIOUS! It's seriously become a family favorite! Brings a smile to our hearts.

Monday, September 19, 2011

Returning

This has been many months in coming, but I have finally decided to leave the world of Facebook. It has been a big decision. I hope to one day unfold in a future post as to why. MANY reasons.

But in my leaving FB I will be returning to my blogs. This one is public. But if any if you would like to see my family blog (which is private) please email me at growthasawifeandmom(@)yahoo(dot)com and I'll email you an invite.

So looking forward to returning to my blogs. Bear with me as I try to organize things. There will be many back logs as I try to put older posts on here.

Friday, May 20, 2011

Do you know?...

I want joy.
A happiness that remains regardless of my shifting circumstances.

I want a gentle and quiet spirit.
A heart that is fastened tightly to the Lord.

I want the Fruit of the Spirit.
A sweetness of spirit that is overflowing, uncontainable.

I want peace.
A peace that surpasses all understanding.

I want patience.
A gracious long-suffering and ability to forgive others.
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How can this happen?
Is this attainable?
Will this ever manifest within me?

This will only happen by knowing God.
Not just knowing about Him: being filled with factoids, theory, and doctrine.

But KNOWING Him.

I liken it to knowing my husband.
If I only spent 1 hr with him a week, how could I ever claim to know him?
I know my husband because I call him, text him, talk with him, laugh with him, share with him, think about him, pray for him, etc. Not just once a week. But every day!!!
To be honest, I probably don't go even an hour without thinking about my husband. Our lives are so meshed, intertwined, and integrated.
I truly love him because I KNOW him.

This is an earthly snapshot of what our relationship can, and should, be like with our Lord and Savior.

This connectedness with God is the only way we can truly and fully experience joy, peace, and patience. It's the only way we can attain the Fruit of the Spirit and that gentle and quiet spirit. It will be a natural outpouring from our blossoming and deepening relationship with Him. It's not a thing we "try" to be. It won't be a "fake it till ya make it" thing either. It will simply and purely become who you are!

Will it require effort and hard work? Of course!
Using my above marriage illustration: Marriage takes effort! It requires a heck of a lot of hard work!
Relationships, in general, always do.

But it'll be worth it...

This is my earthly pursuit... I want to KNOW GOD!
I want to be conformed into the image of Christ.

May it be yours as well.

Seek Him.
Know Him.
Allow Him to change you!
There is hope.

Friday, March 11, 2011

Herbs and gardening '11

Last night, hubby and I went on our weekly date night and we purchased our first herb and garden seeds for the year! I'm so excited! I can't wait for winter to finally blow away and bring on the warm weather!

Here's what we purchased last night:

Culinary Herbs:
Thyme
Oregano
Basil
Dill
Chives
Rosemary
*These will be in pots and planters near our entryway for easy culinary access.

Garden:
Peas
Green Beans

Edible Flowers:
Nasturtiums

Medicinal Herbs:
Echinacea (purple coneflower)

Veggie-wise, we're only going to get tomatoes to add to our peas and green beans. With the baby coming, I don't want to go all out in the produce department. Going to try my hand at those Topsy Turvy Hanging Tomato Plants.

But I definitely want to get my hands on more medicinal herbs. I've got a list going of what all else I want to add to our garden. We already have lavender, comfrey, garlic, and various forms of mint.

I love this time of year! It's so fun to plan and dream and await the warm breezes of Spring!

Monday, February 28, 2011

31 weeks and counting...

I absolutely cannot believe that I am nearing the end of this pregnancy.

All over Facebook I hear people commenting on "0h, I wish Spring would come soon!". But secretly, I almost dread the warmer weather. Because with it... comes birth.

May 4th is the due date of our sweet Baby "G". Francesca's was April 24. 10 days difference. So as I walk this path of pregnancy, I feel as though I am relieving the path of last year's.

Even now, we are doing things that we were doing last year... 4-H Pancake Breakfast, helping our church prepare for some of its members to take a missions trip to Haiti, planning Arianna's birthday party, etc.

I was doing SO GOOD staying strong emotionally and spiritually during this pregnancy. But now I feel like like everything within me is crumbling, giving into fear and anxiety.

I think about Francesca ALL OF THE TIME! And I think about Baby "G" ALL OF THE TIME.

There was no human/earthly reason for Francesca to pass. There was nothing wrong with her or myself medically. Perfectly healthy placenta, umbilical cord, everything. The doctor who did her autopsy actually said, "this was an act of God". No earthly explanation...

I have absolutely NOTHING but God and His Word to cling to at this time. NO ONE can help. NO ONE can do anything. NO ONE can promise me a good outcome.

Not even me. I can eat right, exercise, take my prenatals and herbs... but it all rests outside of my control. Absolute control over life and death rests in God alone. He is the Author, Creator, and Sustainer of all life.

All the days ordained for me were written in His book before one of them came to be (Ps 139:16).


I literally CLING to Ps. 139:16 as my source of comfort. Francesca's days were ordained. Baby "G's" days are ordained. Whether that's 9 months... or 90 years.

I don't merely want to "endure" the rest of this pregnancy. I want to enjoy it, savor it. I want to stand strong and fearless, God as my Rock. To have a peace that surpasses all understanding. An unwavering strength and trust in God. An unshakable settledness in my soul.

And I truly believe this is just where God wants me to be right now. Broken. In order that I will completely rest in Him alone, and no earthly prop or person.

Do I want to be here?... No.
But is it where God wants me?... Yes.

So here I will stay...
Completely
in His hands.
Completely in His care.
Completely resting in Him alone.


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Take My Life
Take my life and let it be
consecrated, Lord, to Thee.
Take my moments and my days,
let them flow in ceaseless praise.
Take my hands and let them move
at the impulse of Thy love.
Take my feet and let them be
swift and beautiful for Thee.

Take my voice and let me sing
always, only for my King.
Take my lips and let them be
filled with messages from Thee.
Take my silver and my gold
not a mite would I withhold.
Take my intellect and use
every power as You choose.

::Chorus::
Here am I, all of me.
Take my life, it's all for Thee.

Take my will and make it Thine
it shall be no longer mine.
Take my heart it is Thine own
it shall be Thy royal throne.
Take my love, my Lord I pour
at Your feet its treasure store
Take myself and I will be
ever, only, all for Thee.
Take myself and I will be
ever, only, all for Thee.

Here am I, all of me.
Take my life, it's all for Thee.

(Take my life, Lord take my life. Take all of me)

Here am I, all of me.
Take my life, it's all for Thee.