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Saturday, February 26, 2011

By His Wounds I am Healed

This is SO my song right now.

"But he was pierced for our transgressions, he was crushed for our iniquities; the punishment that brought us peace was upon him, and by his wounds we are healed." (Is. 53:5)

Friday, February 25, 2011

On Patience

Fill in the blank.

You know you've lost your patience when____.

1. You start counting to 10.

2. You start praying along the lines of: "Dear Lord, help me not to knock (insert name) from here into next week."

3. You start slamming doors and dishes.

4. You start looking around for anything you can get your hands on to throw/strike with.

5. You can finish this sentence: "If one more person touches me/asks me for anything, so help me God, I will ________."

6. You suddenly feel a connection with those moms you've seen on the news.

7. You find that you're somewhere in your home hiding.

8. You're mumbling something under your breath about not being afraid to go to jail.

9. You got everyone scared to move because you're irritated when others engage in any of the following:

1. Relaxation.
2. Laughter.
3. Leaving the premises.

Your immediate responses/thoughts to these actions are:

*with a crazed look in your eye*

"What are you doing? (pause) Nothing. Exactly."
"What are you laughing at? (pause) Ain't. Nothin'. Funny."
"Oh? Where you going? (pause) If anybody needs to go somewhere, its me!"

10. You have sudden thoughts of yourself with a new name, lying on a beach somewhere wearing dark sunglasses and a wig.

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Monday, February 21, 2011

The Gift of an Ordinary Day

As a mom with young children, I really value the experience and insight that comes from parents who have adult children. Older people usually can't tell me enough to "enjoy your children while they're young! This time goes by so fast!"

This clip of author, Katrina Kenison reading from her book, The Gift on an Ordinary Day is very insightful and gives me a lot to think about as a young mom. It makes me not want to take one moment for granted!

Thursday, February 17, 2011

Big Sister, Little Sister

Just as I suspected, Bella is quite the little nurturer. She comes in my room often to check on the baby and asks me if she can "keep and eye" on her.

One night, she took the baby doll that my mom bought for Halle and covered it up under a blanket next to Halle. Bella was proud of her work.

Bella was made sure that both Halle and her baby doll were comfortable. If you look closely, you will see that she even added a "special touch" by using one of my breast pads as a pillow for the baby doll.
Bella even wanted to nurse Halle. I explained that I had that part under control;)

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Our Snowman

Hubby took advantage of the Blizzard of 2011 and made a snowman with the kids. This our family's first snowman, and I look forward to many more to come!

Monday, February 7, 2011

The Heart of Courageous

We loved Flywheel, Facing the Giants, and Fireproof. In September 2011, Sherwood Pictures will be introducing its newest motion picture: Courageous! I can't wait!

Thursday, February 3, 2011

How to Change a Diaper

Connie, a homeschooling mom of 8 blessings, has a delightful and informative blog called Smockity Frocks. Not only do I acquire many useful tips while browsing her blog, but Connie's upbeat persona and sense of humor keeps me laughing out loud while I read.

Because I am currently at home perfecting my newborn mothering skills with baby #4 (and since she's pooping right now as I type this), I decided to watch Connie's tutorial on How to Change a Diaper. Like me, perhaps you've already changed your fair share of diapers. But, you should watch it anyway. Not only does Connie offer some unique tips and a great perspective on diaper changing, but I'll bet she makes you laugh while doing so:)

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Creatively Blessing

There's not much that can compare to the love felt when friends and family go out of their way to bless you during these initial postpartum weeks.

Amidst the bits and pieces of both bliss and chaos that usually surround the postpartum season, we our are so thankful to have been blessed with delicious soups, lasagna, sweets, phone calls, visits, and gifts for the baby. I think that my appreciation for these things grow as our family grows. Moreover, seasons like this one, when I am on the "receiving" end, cause me to think of more ways I can be a blessing to others in the future when I have the opportunity to be on the "giving" end.

There are so many ways in which people can be a blessing to each other. Even when our own resources seem limited, I think it helps to think creatively. Jenn, a blogger and mother of 3 writes;

"...I believe in living creatively. Even if you can't draw a straight line. Can you make a warm and comfortable home? Can you fix an engine? Bake a pie? Write a poem? Living creatively is living in harmony with God's creative spirit. God is the Creator and we were created in His image. We weren't meant to sit uselessly and be entertained. We weren't made to always receive. We were made to move, to love, to work, to serve..."
-Jenn @ Spejory

Lord, give me the creativity, strength, and resources to be a blessing to others in a way causes them to feel your love and care.