My 1 year old with an ear infection that comes with a 103 temp for free!My 3 year old that was rushed away so that Mommy could finish preparing for her class at the church building.Whew! What a morning.
Hannah and Reese are playing soccer this season. They had their first practice last week and it was so cute. I have to say I was very proud of Hannah. She listened to her coach and did what she was asked and she really tried. (Not saying we have a soccer prodigy on our hands - don't worry.) She just did really well with listening and taking turns. It was great to watch. We will see how the rest of the season goes....
Oh, and Justus showed his support by wearing his soccer shirt but he was very upset when he realized he could not go out on the field with Hannah. He had fun making friends with all the parents and younger siblings, though.
My group finished up with Simple Hospitality. I really liked it. It has some great ideas in it. If you are the type of person that wants to bless others around you, then you should read this book. It is light, nice, and teaches you a lot of simple things to think of and do for others.
We are about to start (in a week) Crazy Love: Overwhelmed by a relentless God by Francis Chan. I know nothing about this book but the title itself is interesting. I will let you know...
** My aunt gave us this beautiful tile with this wonderful saying on it for Christmas. Chris and I decided that the bathroom counter was the perfect place for us to put it and see it every morning and every evening.The first time Hannah walked in and saw it. She stopped, turned, scrunched her nose up, pointed her pointer finger, but did not outstretch her arm, and said...
"Why did you put a list in your bathroom up there?"
I have no idea why my child would know anything about a list or putting up lists or having lists or anything. She is just 3. How could she know about something like that?
** You know how when a child has to go to the bathroom, and someone is using it at the moment, you always look at the child and ask them if they can "hold it?" Well I think this is where this one comes from...
I am leaving her room after telling her goodnight and she is still trying to talk to me and ask me crazy questions just to stall a little. I tell her that we are finished talking and it is now time to go night night... She whines "But Mommy, I can't hold my talker." And continues to ask the very non-important question she was asking.
Hannah is asking for a snack 30 minutes before supper and 45 minutes since her last snack and I tell her no, of course. She then whines "But Mommy, I can't hold my hunger." ((Trust me on this - she is NOT starving!))
** On Sunday morning Hannah and I are in mine and Chris' room. We are about to go downstairs to start breakfast. Hannah gives Chris sweet kisses to wake him up and we tell him to go get Justus and come downstairs.
As Hannah and I are eating breakfast we see no sign of the boys and hear nothing upstairs. I told Hannah that Daddy might not have gotten up yet and she says, "I think Daddy's breath told him to go back to sleep."
(Sorry Chris, had to record that one!)
** Hannah comes up to me with a play back pack full of stuff and this is the conversation we had:
H: I have to take this backpack today. I packed it so I am ready for the judgment. Me: The judgment? When will it be? H: In a couple of weeks. I am ready. Me: *moment of silent thought* What is the judgment? H: *blank look* (opens it up to show pretend food) I put food and milk in so I don't get hungry or thirsty on the judgment day. Me: Who told you about the judgment day? H: (looks at me like I am crazy for not knowing) Mr CW! (she says the first and last name of our song leader) In his song. Me: (I am starting to understand) What song? H: You know it. Me: Sing it for me. H: Will you sing it please, Mommy? Me: (I, of course, at that moment can not think of the words so I start to humm it.) H: *singing* Are... You... Ready? Are... You.... Ready? Are you ready for the judgment day? Me: Oh Yeah! I know that song. H: I am going to be ready.
Humbling isn't it? I better make sure I am ready. I don't, however, think that Hannah is going to be hungry or thirsty on that day - do you?
Celebration by Fern Michaels was good! It is everything you want from Fern Michaels - Sweet Puppies, Strong Woman, and Crazy Circumstances. I am still amazed at her imagination and creativity. I would never be able to weave the incredible webs she weaves.
I am going to say, again, in case anyone ever wants to read her books, that she is not a Christian writer. Great morals involved but not all the Christian morals are followed. Just be aware!
Next up, a book that I have no idea how it got into my house or when it got onto my bedside table. It just looks interesting and I decided I wanted to try something new. So, I am now reading Catching Genius by Kristy Kiernan.
From reading the reviews in the book, I think this is her first novel. Which is great for me because if I like it I can look up a few more of her books.
Here are a few quotes from the book some girl friends and I are reading together.... (Simple Hospitality by Jane Jarrell)
* Hospitality is sowing seeds of kindness toward others, no matter where you find them.
* Sharing and ministry together mean "enjoying others as an act of service," the very cornerstone of hospitality.
* Your ministry is your service to believers and your mission is your service to unbelievers.
* Good intentions coupled with lack of action are a recipe for doing nothing. (I fall into this recipe all too often!)
* On the day of the event, take a few moments in the morning to pray for your dinner party or special occasion. Pray for each guest who will be attending. Pray for peace in your own spirit, and watch this same peace spill over into your household.
And the one that made me laugh today was this one of Justus. I was standing behind Chris peeking around to see him and try to make him smile and.... this is what he did. He tried to look just like me. :-)
(The pictures are the result of a Google search for "Peaceful Photo- graphy.")
Mr Danny had a wonderful lesson recently on Peace. I think we could all use a little of that in our hearts. Here are a few things that I wrote down and a few scriptures that were read.
* Peace is a harmon- ious relation- ship.
* Real peace is not absence of problems but presence of God.
* Without grace there is no peace.
* In John 14:27 Jesus says "Peace I leave with you; My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you."
* In John 16:33 Jesus says "These things I have spoken to you, so that in Me you may have peace. In the world you have tribulation, but take courage; I have overcome the world."
* Romans 5:1-2 Therefore, having been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom also we have obtained our introduction by faith into grace by which we stand; and we exult in hope the glory of God.
* Philippians 4:4-7 Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, rejoice! Let your gentle spirit be known to all men. The Lord is near. Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all comprehension, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
If you don't get it, I highly suggest you do. It is wonderful.
This month's issue was about Marriage. I was reading an article called Three Marriage Warning Signs You Need To Know by Lonnie Jones and the very first paragraph intrigued me so much I have been thinking about it ever since.
Ever hear a story that you have heard hundreds of times but you suddenly see something different in it than you have ever seen before? That is what happened to me. It has strangely affected me. I want to share it with you. (As you are reading this, remember that this is an article about marriage!)
"In Matthew 7:24-27 Jesus tells us a story of two builders. Both construction projects encounter identical weather patterns. The storms, if you will, caused rain to descend, floods to come, winds to blow and beat upon both houses. One of these houses stood and the other fell with a great fall. The warning signs that one of these houses was in trouble was not in meteorological pattern that befell them. Having a storm isn't necessarily a sign of trouble. How the houses responded to the storm was evidence that there was trouble. It is important to note that the wise man lived in a house that got the exact same weather that the fool got. It is not about the weather; but the response to the weather that is proof of good construction."
Way back long ago in January when Hannah was sick...
We were bored!
I told her we could take some pictures and she said that she wanted to do some "faces" pictures. SO, we did. See what she came up with.... (remember she was sick so there was no hair combing done that day!)
I am a Christian woman with the most wonderful husband. He is the absolute perfect man for me. I also have a beautiful daughter and a handsome son. We are blessed! Our family, daily, tries to do God's will and live as He would want, following the example of His Son, Jesus Christ.
"And those who know Your name will put their trust in You; For You, Lord, have not forsaken those who seek You."