Tuesday, March 30, 2010
Gabriel is a sweet boy.
Now 15 months old, "outside" is a word we do not say out loud, but rather spell out,
otherwise, one cute-as-a-bug blond boy will grab your finger and proceed to drag you to the door,
which he can open by himself, much to my disapproval.
Our yard is not exactly baby safe: ditches lay uncovered, the porch does not have a railing, and mud everywhere.
But, he was emphatic about being outside,the mud was calling his name.
He is an avid outdoors man, for sure.
Must be in the blood.
He does generally get taken on a walk everyday. The bad part is when he has to come back in, which is always too early, and he lets us know it. Although he seems to be plenty smart, he calls me "daddy" with great enthusiasm.
I'm really not sure if this is a sense of humor, or what, since none of our other children had any difficulty in saying MAMA!
Gabe loves books, and will sit down and leaf through a chapter book with apparent great interest.
His favorite books are those that have music, either electronic or the kind I have to sing,
like the "Row, Row, Row Your Boat" book.
He likes to do a little dance to the Baby Einstein music book Grammy got him. It is very cute.
His newest enjoyment is feeding himself, which, probably qualifies as a hazardous sport.
Then, since he so sweet, he thinks he should feed me too.
I don't think so.
I am enjoying the last of his babyhood, it all goes so fast.
Blink and they are bigger than you and doing algebra.
Here are Rose and Anna in what I would call spunky outfits for spring, which we thought was here, until it snowed today. It can be difficult to find shirts and blouses that cover everything we think they should and look feminine too. When we go shopping we pray that God would provide for our family the things we need. He is ever so faithful. I cannot recall the times, over and over, that a particular item was needed and found thrifting.
Long flowing skirts are my personal favorite, but I am an incurable romantic. In summer, we like to take a long barefoot walk, even in the rain, in our long flowy skirts. Quite picturesque. Finding beautiful clothing that does not scream SEXY is not always easy. If you are having problems finding appropriate things, try to find someone with the gift of shopping. They are around and would most likely be overjoyed to have an opportunity to help you. We have made jokes that Shopping could be a spiritual gift....more likely someone who loves to shop has the gift of encouragement or giving. In either case, they are the kind of people who really would like to give you a hand at something they are good at.
Dressing modestly is fun and exciting. It is the right thing to do to protect our brothers in Christ, to not be a stumbling block to them. Modesty is a joy, a way to express our uniqueness and feminine appeal at he same time. Some things we do to make sure our clothes will not be revealing are: bend over in the mirror to make sure the neckline of the top does not lend a view. Sit down to check skirt length(some skirts look fine when standing, but when sitting show more leg than we would like. When wearing pants, sit, stand, walk, bend, to assure no midriff shows, we also do this for tops- lift arms, bend, lean forward while sitting, etc. The layered, long tops that are now popular are really helpful for this, especially if you have a long torso like Rose.
Hope you enjoyed in our fun!
Friday, March 19, 2010
Human reasoning tells us that bad things are terrible, horrible, and to be avoided at all costs, like having a baby who has severe medical problems. God tells us that these difficult circumstances are blessings. The world says, your house burning down besides is truly awful. But a biblical understanding says, hmm, God is up to something, something so big that I cannot grasp it yet, but He is good, and I trust his plan. Perhaps in heavens eyes, such a family is doubly blessed. I am not saying these are not hard times, but it is through just such times that one can feel the comforting hand of God. If everyday was easy and smooth sailing, how many of us would understand our need for a Savior or the intamate involvement our loving heavenly Father has for us? Trials are character building opportunities, my husband always says. He is a man of great faith.
So in the end, we should not pray that those we love would not have trials, but that they would see clearly the handprint of God moving in thier life through the trials, and become more in love with Jesus because of it. When the difficult times come, we can perk up and surmise: God is up to something here, and be confident that it will be bigger and better than what we can possibly imagine.
"It is good for me to draw near to God: I have put my trust in the Lord God, that I may declare all thy works." Psalm 73:28
Often times, because of the trial, we long for heaven and for complete communion with God, and our soul reaches out, saying: "As the deer pants for the water so my soul longs after you, O God."
It is in the trials that we come to the end of our own strength and discover that God's strength is eternal. His love is empowering, His Fatherly affection is our comfort.
Blessed be Your name, O Lord, when times are good and when times are bad. And Thankyou for your great love through both.
"The Lord is my strength and my shield, my heart trusted in him, and I am helped: Therefore my heart greatly rejoices, and with my song will I praise him." Psalm 28:7
Saturday, March 13, 2010
Tuesday, March 9, 2010
This is us doing school work. Science at the time. Many people have asked if we were planning a school room in our new house. Although I like the idea, I didn't feel it would work well for our laid back style of school, which happens with much preschooler chaos, amidst cooking, puttering, and baby care. Everyone has their favorite spot to work alone, but when we are reading together, the cozy, cushy living room furniture is our preference.
You might be quiverfull if: your original maternity clothes have come back into
You might be quiverfull if: you have been shopping for a diaper bag
with a 15 year warranty.
You might be quiverfull if: you have to make
reservations to use your bathroom.
Sunday, March 7, 2010
God's blue prints are clear in the Bible, and if we do not follow them we will indeed labor in vain, having spent our parenting years for naught,
I have noticed that children will tend to be just like their parents.
God's building plan tells us to work hard,
and with fear,
because the days are short,
making disciples, the first of whom are our children.
This means besides work, there is much self sacrifice.
Gone must be the agendas to get this done, or go enjoy that,
perhaps a favorite hobby must be put on hold for a different season.
We sacrifice for the souls of our children, and if we get distracted from that focus,
we are easily ensnared and rerouted onto the fruitless and vain road.
If we are selfish, harsh, easily angered people, how could we possibly expect our children to grow up emulating God?
But, if our lives, on a daily basis, are God focused,
and filled with the power of the Holy Spirit at work through us,
our home will be filled with good and pleasant things;
like children who rise up and call their mother blessed,
and young men who seek wisdom, because their father has taken the time to spiritually mentor them and teach them and model for them what a man who loves Jesus looks like.
This is a daddy who is blessed because he has done the hard things.
His wife is a fruitful vine,
and he is not ashamed when he goes out among the brethren.
This is the mother who set aside the things she likes to do to care for and train her children,
while loving her husband and living a Proverbs 31 life.
She is tired, because it is taxing and exhausting work, but her sleep is sweet.
She knows she is doing well for her household.
Are we laboring in vain?
It is a daily question I must ask myself.
A moment by moment decision I must make to follow God's plan and do the hard things before I sit down to enjoy my favorite past time.
A purpose to do my best to train my children in the truths of the Bible,
and model before them how to live that out in a daily walk with our Saviour.
I have a framed copy of this hymn in my bedroom, for constant encouragement:
"O give us homes built firm upon the Savior, where Christ
is head and Counselor and guide;Where every child is taught his love and favor and gives
his heart to Christ, the crucified..O give us homes with godly fathers, mothers,
who always place their hope and trust in Him; whose tender patience turmoil
never bothers, whose calm and courage trouble cannot dim; A home where each
finds joy in serving others, and love still shines, tho days be dark and grim."
Monday, March 1, 2010
6pm- dinner(two week menu plan)