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Monday, January 20, 2014

Provision and Purpose

God called me to stay home to raise our kids full time.

That was already two years ago! I am embarking on the second anniversary of choosing to heed the call to be head of domestic affairs for our household.  It is truly a blessing, but as with every blessing, there have been tests along the way, some of which I have passed thanks to God's mercy, but some of which I have failed due to my own attempts.  Thank Jesus for His grace because when I try to hold all of it together and it falls and breaks, He is always there to help me up and pick up all the pieces.  Jesus is what holds it all together; He is the glue.

I recently failed one of these tests on Saturday.  It's always humbling because hindsight is 20/20 - and like the cliché reminds us: just hold on for one more day!  Hope is on the horizon.

God's provision is perfect, both in what it is, and when it comes.  He is holy, and He sustains me, even when I misplace my faith, leaning on something other than Him for support.

This time, my Jesus worked through lovely people in our family to remind me of His heart that is moved with compassion for me.

Just like when Jasper is crying and crying and probably assuming the worst things about his own parents, I know I will never leave him to figure out this life on his own.  I am there to wipe his tears and calm his soul.  I will comfort him and help him rest...

What insight parenting has given me into the heart of my Heavenly Father!  And praise Him that He does it perfectly!!! Because as I type this, Jasper is crying in his crib, and I am behind the bathroom door with the vent on because he is refusing to let me comfort him!  Yet, how often do I try that with Jesus?! He wants to give me true rest, but I'm looking for my own definition of comfort or my own idea of happiness.  Still, He knows my heart is His in the end, and eventually, I will reach my arms out for them only One who can give me true security.

Shh shh shh, little one, you're okay.  Rest now.

Thursday, January 16, 2014

Happy and New

And so the new year begins (or has been going on for half of January already!), and I realize that I haven't been posting nearly as much as I would like to.  I mean, FB status updates and photos are okay, but one cannot possibly know what is going on from that, can they?

I have felt challenged lately to remember why we are here.  I mean, why is anyone anywhere, right?  Wait, I'm not trying to get philosophically deep or anything.  I am simply trying to remind myself that God called us out of one land to bring us into another.  That is exactly what Deuteronomy 6:23 tells us. And God would not bring me into a land without a purpose.  Without getting deep into details, I know that a large part of why our family is here is to love on our family that lives in this lovely state.  It is such a privilege to have such wonderful in-laws.  I'm blessed to have this time for the boys to get to know them all - especially their cousins!  My cousins have always been so special to me, and I can't imagine raising my own kids without knowing all of their cousins!

So on those bad days, when the kids are sick, or I'm cranky because I stayed up too late on Pinterest, when it's raining out and Miles seems to have extra energy, or I planned to work out but the timing didn't allow it to happen... it's important for me to remember that we're here to do what God has called us to do.  And entering back into the place of purpose makes me happy.  Somehow, I go from being exhausted to invigorated (Jesus is so amazing!), from irritable to entertained, from lazy to loving.

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So what is new with you this year?  There are lots of things I'd like to share for the month of January:

I love making pot pies!
And I make them pretty darn well, too...

I got my hair chopped!
It's an asymmetrical pixie with long bangs

Miles and Jasper are the best of friends

This five-month-old found his hands and feet!


Jujubee can officially sit on his own!

"Look, even with my eyes closed!"

Fevers and head colds can't stop us!

We love Steak 'n Shake
(that's just a fact, it's not new)

Hmm... let's see, what else can I share about?

  • Miles and I started fiddling around with the keyboard
    • He mostly has me play "Changes" by David Bowie, and "This is Halloween"
  • His imagination truly impresses me... he defs gets it from his Dada
    • Seriously, I can take his toys away, and he'll play with his hands
      • "Oh, hi, how are you?"  "I'm good, let's go hide over here!"
  • He loves Jasper - people ask if he gets jealous... not really, he wants to pay more attention to Jasper if someone else is!
  • I love that Miles' sense of humor is developing.  We were cracking up at a Tom & Jerry cartoon yesterday
  • He is able to express really complex ideas
    • He was playing with James, and at one point, the characters didn't interact the way he wanted them to, so the PNK girl from Monsters University started crying.  When Mike Wazowski (James) asked her what was wrong, Miles answered, "Oh, I was tryin' to go in der, then I got stuck, and said, 'Johnny, help me!' but Johnny no help me."
  • Jasper can turn from back to tummy and tummy to back
  • The boy is LOUD!
  • He loves his little exersaucer - especially to chew on stuff
  • He is an eagle eye - he can spot me from the next room!
  • Jas loves to laugh when he hears someone else laughing, especially Miles!
  • He is venturing into solid foods like a pro!  We're trying table food, so no rice cereal or strained peas for this kid!
    • This has made for some very interesting diaper changes... :P
  • I think we'll be starting him in the high chair at dinner time soon

This year is a year of destiny.  Pray for us as God reveals more of His plans!

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

2013 in Review

Two Thousand Fourteen!!

Um okay, so where did last year go?  Seriously, I was talking to James the other night and realized that it has been ten years since I graduated college.  (And earned that degree I'm using to raise our boys!  Ha... that rant shall remain untyped.)  But on a much more positive note, I would like to think back to last year, and share 13 photos to remind us of the fun we had in 2013!!

Okay 2012 - December 30th
Austin's Birthday Dim Sum:
Chicken Feet Challenge!

Couch Potato Miles in his footie jammies

Taught my very first Zumba class -
here's my FB status invite:

But that's not really a picture, so here's M&M's birthday

Miles and Flat Stanley from Olivia's class

Visiting the Magic Kingdom before leaving CA

"Hang on, I have an itch..."

Visiting with Uncle Dennis, Auntie Jody,
Brayden, and Lucybelle

Super fun birthday with my Fasha!


Bath Time

Fall Fun Fest in Lovejoy

Robin, my hero

 Auntie Bethy & Uncle Clayton visited

And Grandpa, too - of course!

Punk baby

Okay, I know I put more than one for a few months, but I had to.  Happy January.  Another post coming soon.