Sunday, December 30, 2007
Friday, December 28, 2007
Here's a pretty nativity scene, and me looking awesome as ever. Oh well, the nativity scene was what I wanted the picture of anyway.
And since it was so cold outside, we spent a lot of time inside, not looking at lights, which was the purpose for the excursion. Ethan was wearing this full snowsuit thing that was just a bit too small for him, which made for a cute little wedgie. Oh, you don't think wedgies are cute? They are on a baby who can barely walk!
Here's Kaitlyn and one of her gifts. She also got some underwear in her stocking, and Troy really liked to make fun of her, so he made sure he got it in every picture. Because, you know, underwear is so silly!
Here's Grandma Price's house, where we went for breakfast and lunch on Christmas. Steven was playing with the boys, and then he thought he could stop playing and sit down. Ha ha, not so, my friend. You don't understand little boys.
We went to Grandma Howell's house afterward for dinner. Here's Ethan and Allston on Grandma's lap. We had a really nice day, and it's nice living closer so we can see everyone on Christmas, but still get to go home to our own beds at the end of the day.
Saturday, December 22, 2007
Friday, December 21, 2007
The book actually started off a bit slow, and I was thinking why did Jini (my pastor's wife, who recommended it to me) think this was so good? And honestly, I think it was probably almost 200 pages in before I really got into it and started loving it. It takes place in the early years just after Christ's death, and is the story of a young Jewish (by nationality) Christian girl, who is taken captive and becomes a slave to a Roman family.
I've never been good at reviewing books, and making them sound really good, or even making my review sound all that interesting in the first place. I will say that this book was so good that there were times when I had to stop reading because my heart just felt so full. It was kind of an indescribable feeling, but definitely a good feeling. I cried many times throughout the book, and even though I admit to being an easy crier, that still doesn't mean it wasn't good or cry worthy!
I just really need to get my hands on the next two books right now!
Thursday, December 20, 2007
Wednesday, December 19, 2007
The Survivor finale was last Sunday, and although I really didn't care a lot about any of the contestants this season, it was definitely interesting. I always love to watch the final tribal council, and see the strategies that people use to try to win. I always like it best when they own up to their game and say, "yes, I did lie to you and vote you out, but look where it got me", instead of "I'm so sorry, I had no choice". If you're going to apologize, and act like you had no control over your actions, people probably aren't going to vote for you to win, because they will think you didn't really play a good game. Hence, Amanda only getting one vote.
The other thing I've always found funny is people going on and on about someone's integrity in a game. In real life, I would never condone lying and scheming, but this isn't real life, it's a game. If someone bluffed in poker, and eventually won all the money, you wouldn't go on and on about how they lied, and how horrible that was. I see Survivor very much like a poker game. Is it possible to win in both being honorable and honest the whole game through? Probably, but not very likely. Both games reward bluffing your way through, because let's face it, you're never going to have a hand of aces in either game all the time.
Also very interesting is the very person who went on and on about integrity (to Todd, at the final tribal council) is the one who flat out lied after the game (at the reunion show), when nothing was on the line. Read the story here.
Tuesday, December 18, 2007
You make everything glorious
And I am Yours
What does that make me?
Click below to hear the song.
|David Crowder Band...|
Monday, December 17, 2007
Sunday, December 16, 2007
guide me in your truth and teach me,
for you are God my Savior,
and my hope is in you all day long.
But the eyes of the LORD are on those who fear him,
on those whose hope is in his unfailing love
Psalm 62, vs 1-2, 5-8:
1 My soul finds rest in God alone;
my salvation comes from him.
2 He alone is my rock and my salvation;
he is my fortress, I will never be shaken.
5 Find rest, O my soul, in God alone;
my hope comes from him.
6 He alone is my rock and my salvation;
he is my fortress, I will not be shaken.
7 My salvation and my honor depend on God;
he is my mighty rock, my refuge.
8 Trust in him at all times, O people;
pour out your hearts to him,
for God is our refuge.
1 Peter 3: 15-18:
But in your hearts set apart Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect, keeping a clear conscience, so that those who speak maliciously against your good behavior in Christ may be ashamed of their slander. It is better, if it is God's will, to suffer for doing good than for doing evil. For Christ died for sins once for all, the righteous for the unrighteous, to bring you to God. He was put to death in the body but made alive by the Spirit.
Saturday, December 15, 2007
- "I tried out Christianity already. My parents dragged me to church when I was young, and I hated it. As soon as I could stop going, I did."
- "You did _______. How can you call yourself Christian?"
- "__Insert denomination here__ is (or is not) Christian."
Okay, to start off with, being a Christian is a very personal thing, and is a change of heart that a person, as an individual has gone through. Going to church doesn't make you a Christian. Because your parents made you go to church when you were young, doesn't necessarily mean you were a Christian. If you hated it, chances are, you never tried out Christianity. You tried out church-going. This takes me to my third point, when someone judges another's Christianity because of their denomination. I don't believe it has anything to do with which church you decide to go to, and everything to do with what's in your heart. And guess what? Nobody can see what's in anybody elses heart. Only God can, so I think we could leave the deciding of who's Christian and who isn't to Him.
Now onto my second point, I'm sick to death of hearing people who aren't Christian make those kinds of statements about those who are. Those people have no idea what Christianity is about. When you become a Christian, you don't become perfect. In fact, it's just the opposite. You recognize that you're a sinner, and that you never will be perfect, and that's exactly why you need a Savior, hence becoming a Christian. Sure I'm striving to become Christlike. I'd like nothing better than that. But I also recognize that's not going to happen in my lifetime. That's exactly why I've placed all my trust in Christ, knowing that it's Him who saved me. And that's why I love what it says in 2 Corinthians 5:21:
God made him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.
Yup, we are covered by the blood of Christ, so when God looks at us, He doesn't see all our many sins, he sees the light of Christ that covers us. It's we humans, we sinners, who look at each other and judge.
So, I know nobody who I'm really directing this to is going to read my blog. This is just something that over time has annoyed me, and now I've said my bit about it, and got it off my chest. Thank you, and good night.
Thursday, December 13, 2007
Here's my sweet Kevin, making his tree. He did a really good job getting all the gumdrops close together.
Here's Kaitlyn making hers. She started off trying to do patterns, but then just decided to do it random.
Here's the finished product. Kaitlyn's is on the right, Kevin's on the left. I'm not sure where I'll put them yet. Maybe on the table once I get it cleaned off.
Wednesday, December 12, 2007
Tuesday, December 11, 2007
Monday, December 10, 2007
I've been asked a couple times recently what Christmas traditions we do in our family, and to be honest, I can't really think of much. We do read the Christmas story in the Bible on Christmas Eve, but that's about it. For so many years of our marriage, Christmas has always been kind of up in the air. Sometimes we're at Troy's parents, sometimes at mine, and one year we were actually at home (although we traveled to Utah on Christmas after we opened gifts). That made it hard to make any Christmas traditions, because nothing was really stable. So this year, I'm going to try to think of some really special, meaningful ones. We'll be attending a Christmas Eve service this year, which I'm really looking forward to. Other than that I'm a bit stuck. We'll probably drive around one night and look at Christmas lights, so there's something.
I would also love to incorporate some kind of service into our Christmas celebrations. To me, that's what Christmas is all about. It's the giving, not the getting, and I'd love for my kids to be able to see that, and not just have me tell them.
The other thing I was thinking about is how great this whole sermon series has been for me, because these little things are what is going to keep me from experiencing complete happiness, and living the life that God wants me to live. The sermon yesterday on anger was very timely, considering that I had got a bit upset at Troy on the way to church. And it was really over nothing, for the most part (something he said, but I can't even remember what). A lot of times Troy says something, and he probably doesn't mean it in a bad way, but I take offense over it, and then I don't want to talk to him. Then when the pastor started giving the sermon on anger it was like a lightbulb moment for me. Sure, I don't have any huge issues in my past I need to get over. For me it's just the simple every day things where I could either take offense when none was meant, or just forget it right then and move on.
Jesus said, "Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called the children of God." (Matthew 5:9) That's definitely something I need to keep close to my heart.
Saturday, December 8, 2007
Friday, December 7, 2007
Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made. In him was life, and that life was the light of men. The light shines in the darkness, but the darkness has not understood it.
There came a man who was sent from God; his name was John. He came as a witness to testify concerning that light, so that through him all men might believe. He himself was not the light; he came only as a witness to the light. The true light that gives light to every man was coming into the world.
He was in the world, and though the world was made through him, the world did not recognize him. He came to that which was his own, but his own did not receive him. Yet to all who received him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God—children born not of natural descent, nor of human decision or a husband's will, but born of God.
The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the One and Only, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth.
Wednesday, December 5, 2007
Tuesday, December 4, 2007
This is the time of year when I want just the opposite to happen. I would love for life to just slow down, so I can focus on the Savior and the true reason I'm celebrating Christmas. I wanted to have all this extra time to do meaningful things with the kids each day for Advent. None of that's happening, because everything is too busy. But then I think maybe it's because I'm not making those things a priority. Maybe if I focused on the Savior first, and worried about everything else after, my time would be better spent. So that's my new plan. Jesus first, other stuff second.
Monday, December 3, 2007
Reading this book has made me realize how thankful I am to live here in America. Although I've often thought there are those in this country who would love for the country to have freedom from religion, instead of freedom of religion, I still get to go to church every Sunday with no problems whatsoever. Nobody tries to stop me, and I certainly don't have to worry about going to jail for it. I can read my bible whenever I want to. I will probably never have to be a martyr for Christ in the way the people in many of the persecuted churches (in various countries) are. I'm so thankful for that, and I pray for those who are persecuted.
I would recommend this book to anyone. I promise you will get something out of it!
Monday, November 26, 2007
When I think like this, I think life is pretty fair. Sure there are people who have more money than me, or a bigger house, and such, but that doesn't bother me one bit. I'm not missing out on anything. But then I start to think of the flipside. I think of the millions and millions of people living in extreme poverty. The children who don't have any parents or family at all. The ones who go to bed with an aching belly because they had one meal that day, if they were lucky. There are so many out there who don't even have clean water to drink. Something I never worry, or even think about.
That's when I start to think life isn't fair at all. Why do I have so much, when they have so little? We are sponsoring a child in Kenya through World Vision, and I know that helps a little. Even helping one child does make a difference, but it doesn't feel like enough. And I just feel so helpless.
Monday, November 19, 2007
And then I thought about how I had it all set out that on Sunday I'd list 7 blog posts that inspired me that week. And that throughout the holiday season I was going to post 1,000 things I'm thankful for. And my next thought was why? Do I really need to focus so much on the numbers? Why not post about blogs that inspire me when they inspire me? Why not post about things I'm thankful for just to post them, instead of counting them up to get to a pre-determined number. It's not that focusing on inspirational things, and everything I'm thankful for isn't important. It's when I make things too planned out that I can't stop and actually enjoy.
This is something I think I struggle with in life, and not just with a blog. I start making up specific things that I need to do, and when to do them. Grand schemes that almost always fail. And then, inevitably, I feel bad. So why do I keep doing this? Why not just realize that I'm just going to do the best I can in life, and enjoy who God made me to be? Enjoy the simple things in life, clean the house when I can, take every moment to enjoy my children; because I believe it's the unplanned moments in life that bring the most joy. Not when I'm checking off a to do list, or focusing on how many or how long.
I will still set goals, I will still strive to become more than I am now. But it will be as I feel led to do so. Not Monday is this, Tuesday is this . . . I want to pray each morning, and have my day be focused on Christ, and not on me. That is my ultimate goal, and the goal that will bring the most peace and joy into my life and my home.
P.S. If I'm being realistic, there's no way I'm going to make it to 1,000 things by the end of November. I might make it to 100, if I'm good. But I'll keep trying, because it's always good to be thankful.
- Speak softly. I'd like to speak to my kids with a soft, gentle, and loving voice, even when I'm angry. This would be a nice change from crazy monster voice that makes it's appearance every once in awhile.
- Make the area around my mantle and TV uncluttered and pretty.
- Clean the master bedroom. I want it to be a retreat for Troy and I. Right now it's a catch-all for everything. Laundry, books, just way too much.
- Take walks with my kids (and husband if he's home) every day. Enjoy the loveliness that God made outside.
- Do something about my sandpapery hands. They are so dry this time of year, and I want them to be soft.
Ephesians 1: 7-8 says:
"In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, in accordance with the riches of God's grace that he lavished on us with all wisdom and understanding."
As Thanksgiving approaches, I hope to show the love and gratitude I have for Christ and His gift, through the love I show to others.
Saturday, November 17, 2007
Thursday, November 15, 2007
Troy and I got a new bed, after having the same (crappy) one for 8 years of marriage. We were starting to be able to feel bumps in the bed (I'm assuming the springs), so we decided it was time for a new one. We got a really soft, comfortable one, and we love it. It's so nice.
Here's Kevin standing next to our bed. You can see it's very plush, because it's quite high up. I have to give a little jump to get into bed. I actually prefer lower beds, but I won't complain, cause it's very nice to have a soft bed for a change!
- Troy, my husband. For being my very best friend, always willing to talk with me, even when I can't express what I'm thinking very well. And for being the love of my life. (4)
- Kaitlyn--she's always so loving, and gives great hugs. She also tries hard to be empathetic. (5)
- Kevin--he's the sweetest, cuddliest little boy in the whole world. (6)
- Kevin's brown eyes (7)
- Ethan--for bringing joy into my life daily, by being my little bundle of sunshine (8)
Tuesday, November 13, 2007
Monday, November 12, 2007
It's almost impossible for me to put into words what Christ means to me. It's something so personal, and so meaningful to me, that there's no words I could say to encompass my feelings on the subject. No matter how much I say, it could never be enough to express how thankful I am for Christ. But, since I started out to do it, I'll give it my best shot.
It's unthinkable to me, to imagine a life without Christ . . . a life without the knowledge and acceptance of what Christ did for me. I am so thankful that He loved me enough to suffer on the cross, and to pay for my sins. He did it for all of us, but I know He would have done it still, if it was only just for me. Me, a lowly sinner, who without Him, would not be saved at all. He was the sacrifice for my sins; without Him I would be separated from God forever. How do I say thank you for something like that? Anything I could do seems so small compared to what He did for me. He is my Lord, my Savior, my Redeemer. Thank you, Jesus!
"Above all else, guard your heart, for it is the wellspring of life."
We have two kinds of hearts: our physical, and our spiritual hearts. Our spiritual heart is where everything comes from. The things we say, the things we do, the things we think, etc.
One of the ways we can monitor our hearts is to check for symptoms of heart disease (this is all spiritual hearts, of course). Reading through Matthew 15: 1-20 gives a pretty good idea of what spiritual heart disease is. Jesus is talking to the pharisees and saying that "these people honor me with their lips, but their hearts are far from me". Then later he says: "Don't you see that whatever enters the mouth goes into the stomach and then out of the body? But the things that come out of the mouth come from the heart, and these make a man 'unclean.' For out of the heart come evil thoughts, murder, adultery, sexual immorality, theft, false testimony, slander..."
So the Pharisees basically were all about outward acts of righteousness; doing things to look good in the eyes of men. I tried to think to myself if there were times when I did this, and I think the answer to that could be yes. If I'm ever doing anything with thoughts of "how good will this make me look", instead of doing it because I love God, then my heart isn't right.
Two of the symptoms of heart disease are: 1. We fake devotion to God, and 2. Ocassionally, we say and do things that dishonor God. I think it's pretty easy for almost anyone to fake spirituality, or a devotion to God. When life is going good, and everyone is being nice to you, and you're healthy and happy, isn't it a lot easier to love your neighbor, and to serve others, and even to be pleased with and love God? It's those times when things aren't great, maybe when someone has said something to upset you or that makes you angry, or when you're not feeling well that your true heart shows through. The times when you get sick, or a loved one gets sick, that you get upset with God. I can't count how many times, in a moment of anger, that I've said things that I regretted, or certainly shouldn't have said. When my heart is unguarded, am I still showing Christlike love to others? That's when it counts--that's when you just can't fake it. I know that's something I need to work on, and I also am so thankful for Jesus that He paid for my sins, and the sins of my heart.
Friday, November 9, 2007
- Being able to read things that touch my heart and soul. (1)
- Those quiet moments, where nothing outwardly special is happening, but inward, God is speaking to me in simple ways, and I get such a feeling of joy, that life is so good, and so beautiful, and so right. (2)
- Have daily scripture study--read through the Gospels (spiritual)
- Figure out a cleaning plan that works and stick with it (home)
- Make a lunch date with a friend or family member once a week (social)
- Find a time to read to the kids every day for at least 15 minutes (family)
Thursday, November 8, 2007
So I chose the new title for two reasons. One, because my blog is about me and the goings on around my house. But the second, and more important reason, is because it reminds me of one of my favorite scriptures. Joshua 24:15, which says:
And if it seem evil unto you to serve the LORD, choose you this day whom ye will serve; whether the gods which your fathers served that were on the other side of the flood, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land ye dwell: but as for me and my house, we will serve the LORD.
Wednesday, November 7, 2007
This song is one that Kevin will be singing with the children's choir for Christmas at church. He can sing along with more when we're listening to the CD, but this is the only part he knows from memory. They have sign language that they're doing with it, so he's learning that too. I just love how he says Jesus. It's more like cheesus. I love my little Kevin!
Kevin wore this M&M costume, and he loved it. Almost every house we stopped at, someone said how cute he looked. Sadly, I didn't get any pictures of Kaitlyn in her Halloween costume. If you must know, I took this one of Kevin last Monday, not on Halloween at all.
Here he is with one of his sweet smiles. Please ignore the messy room. It's where the kids play, and they had just been playing. So of course I don't clean it up as they play. The whole house doesn't look like this. :)
And here he is, about to do one of his favorite things, which is get into his diaper drawer, and pull out all his cloth diapers. I can't tell you how many times a day I put those back in.
I thought for a second he might actually walk here. He was standing alone, looking like he was going to step towards me, but nope. He did his usual falling forward. This boy just refuses to walk!
Monday, October 29, 2007
Even Ethan gave it a try, although he didn't really like it at all. I guess he doesn't really see the point. He just wanted Troy to take him off.
Ooh, scary! Kevin loves these teeth. He wears them all the time, but the sad part is that he can't swallow while they're in, so there's a lot of wetness.
Kevin really, really wanted me to take a picture of them next to this sign. If it was that important to him, it must be important enough for me to put here.