Friday, November 06, 2009
Friday, September 18, 2009
Tuesday, September 15, 2009
I just learned that I can post a blog FROM MY TEXT MESSAGES ON MY PHONE!
Haha. Now, I'll be sending them from time to time I think. Maybe. But I'm on the computer all the time anyway and don't blog, so who knows?
Anyway, things are crazy around here as normal. School is in full swing for the kids and me.
We are in the process of trying to buy a house. We have found one we put an offer on yesterday and it is great! Hopefully we'll hear from them really soon about accepting that offer and moving forward. It has 5 bedrooms! That rocks!
Anyway, gonna check out the mobile post...
Tuesday, September 01, 2009
Anyway, my weeks are packed! Tuesday and Thursday mornings I'm at school. Saturday I'm at school all day long. Tuesday nights are guitar lessons and life classes at Hope Fellowship. Every other Saturday night is our Bible study. Wednesday nights, the boys have youth group. We're about to start stuff on Monday nights with Vintage. Every other Sunday night is a Vintage meeting.
It's all making my head spin and it's just manifesting as grumpy. Not ok at all. I need to repent to my kids and get over it.
On top of it all, I uploaded bunches of picturs to Facebook and somewhere between my computer and Facebook, they disappeared.
AND I need to do laundry in the worse way. But that's always it seems like.
Ok, enough. We're leaving for guitar. Maybe I'll try those pictures again when we get home tonight.
Wednesday, August 05, 2009
The current series I just finished was on the end times. He teaches that we shouldn't use prophecy to try to predict the future, but should know God's Word and his prophecies so that when something happens, we can say, "Oh, that's what He was talking about". That way prophecy is faith building, which is one thing it's intended for.
I love...Brother Duane. hehe.
Oh, and I got a really cool MP3 player for my birthday early and I love, love, love it! I can put all my music and Duane's messages right on there and listen whenever I can plug it in. Cool.
Gonna go watch Dumbo for the 3rd time today with Joshua.
Wednesday, July 29, 2009
It's not that I don't have little pieces of things running around in my head. And I also get the gist of how I want the reader to take what I write. I understand how I want the message to be received and what I want to say. I just have a block as to how to write it out and make it that way.
Every now and then, I'll get one down absolutely awesome! And then the computer will dump it. I think God does that to keep me humble.
I'm not good at everything I touch.
Anyway. That was just my random thoughts that come out sometimes. This post is about being in God's will, not my writing abilities.
There is a huge difference in being in God's will and doing God's will. Think on that. When we are being something, it comes from deep inside us - it's just who we are. When we are doing something - we don't have to really be that to do it. It's a state of our heart. I want to simply be in God's will. Then everything I do will be in His will because that is where I am to begin with. What I do will simply follow suit.
It's amazing what God will show you if you'll pay attention.
Saturday, July 25, 2009
Anyway, I can't really remember the exact circumstances, but Joshua started saying "yes, ma'am" when he was addressed! He was so cute and I thought the first time I had misunderstood him. He went on to say it twice more before the day was over. Oh, this child is so cute! I could just eat him up!
Tuesday, July 21, 2009
Anyway, Joshua is sleeping in his big, big boy bed now. I took the crib down today. I wasn't as sad as I thought I would be. And he looked sooo proud when he crawled into the bed. He just makes my heart melt.
We moved Emily's bed over to Joshua's side of the room and Dad and Trey brought Karleigh's bed, which was Jacob's bed over for Emily. It's all set up and ready to go, but I have no clue where the shelves that go with Emily's bed are going to go. No clue.
This week has been a change of pace. Emily and Cody are gone to San Antonio until school starts when Cody will come back. School starts August 24. I have a friend's kids this week, but only this week. Last week, this week and next week, I've got another friend's baby for three days of the week. He's sweet. I'm glad I can't have any more. I like to hold him, but really, really don't want one.
Dena and I are going to take the little kids and go to Missouri August 10. I'm so super duper excited! I can't think of anybody I'd like to spend that much of a drive with (besides David). It normally takes 8 hours, but well, you know...it took us 13 when Josh was a baby. We'll see.
Oh, the biggest thing! David's going through the interview process with the Dallas Police Dept. I'm super excited for him! When he gets through all the red tape, he'll spend 8 months in the
Academy, then be a rookie for a while before he's cut loose as a cop. I think he'll love it.
We've been all over the place as far as churches go. We've been to Hope Fellowship on Sunday mornings, Vintage meetings on some Sunday nights, and have been once to Victory Life in Sherman on Saturday evening. We definitely plan to be at Victory Life as much as we can - it was awesome! Hope is really great too. Oh, and of course, CLA on Wednesday nights for youth group. Wow, we are church-hoppers. Our first commitment will be with Vintage, and then we'll hop after that. On top of all that, our Bible study is now going to be on Saturday nights every other weekend.
I'm gonna go peek in on Joshua...
Saturday, June 27, 2009
I could not ask for a smoother transition to his big boy bed. He actually told me this afternoon that he was ready for a nap. I cannot believe how easy he is compared to the first 15 months of his life (in which neither one of us slept and when he wakes up in the night now I immediately have flashbacks - can we say scarred?) I can only hope it's this easy moving him from his toddler bed to his bigger big boy bed when Emily leaves.
I just sometimes can't get over this sweet boy. He's so loving and obedient (mostly). He simply needs to understand what it is that will please me and he's all over it. I pray that he stays that way toward God and us as he grows up.
Thank you, Lord, for my sweet, sweet son. He is so very precious.
With his cousin, Paige, when they came to visit a couple of weeks ago. Doesn't it look like they just shared a really cool secret?
At one of Jacob's last ballgames.
At the beach here in Little Elm. He had a BLAST!
Thursday, June 25, 2009
I went into his room yesterday at naptime to get him because he was hysterical and he was in the process of climbing over, straddling the side of the crib. I thought it was a bit of a fluke and maybe he was just learning that, so didn't make a big deal of it, just ignored it.
Jenna was over and was getting his shoes on so we could take her home. She told him to go get some socks, so he went in there and just climbed right up and over the side of his bed to get the socks inside the crib.
So, I took the side off. Last night was his first night without it. He acted like I was strange. We took the bunk beds apart and put one twin on the floor for Emily. Well, it's not really on the floor, it's still the bed and frame, just not stacked. We took the mattress from the bottom bunk and slid it under Emily's bed. I took the side of the crib and scooted it in under the bed on top of the spare mattress.
I only had to put him back in bed 10 times last night. Literally. And a couple of the times, he had gotten under Emily's bed and pulled out the side to the crib and was trying to put it back on. I think he thinks I broke it?
Today's nap went alright also. He got up only 4 times and I ended up lying in Emily's bed so he wouldn't get up again and he went to sleep. So did I. Haha.
He's in bed now and did not get up one time, but that could have something to do with swimming today...which he's such a little fish!
Sunday, June 21, 2009
All the kids are out of school and my house is over-run with kids. We have VBS for a week, which was fun, and then David's family was all here for just about a week. This was the first time I really got to be around Andrea and I LOVE her! She's so much fun and so very easy to have around.
Jake's on vacation with Mom and Dad. Cody and Emily are here and of course Josh.
We are loving Vintage Church! And it's just in the planning stages!
David has an interview tomorrow with FedEx. If he got that, he could be home at night! Way cool!
Josh is getting so very big. He's starting to take an interest in the potty, and talking really well. He's fun.
Well, that about sums it up. Maybe I'll get around to some pictures later...
Sunday, May 24, 2009
I guess this will just be random thoughts.
Jake went to his grandma's tonight. We left before him and I left him a key with instructions to lock the door and put it under a rock. I showed him specifically which rock and everything. Well, when we came home, the door was unlocked and the key was not under the rock. After a careful search and an adament "I locked it and put it under the square rock" from Jacob, we found it in the lock. Nice.
We went to a friend's house for dinner tonight. We dropped off Josh and Cody at Monika's so she could watch them for us. I so appreciate her for that. Anyway, the dinner was great. Our friends are starting a church that will be different. It will still teach the Bible, of course, but it will give feet and hands to our faith. They will be serving the community like no church I know. That's the plan anyway. He said he was asked a question that floored him. He was asked that if the church they were in put out a sign that they were closed and offered no explanation and no warning, would anybody in the community miss it? I can see how that is flooring. I could see how the members of the church would miss it, but the community? Great question! We are definitely praying about this because it seems like what we've been looking for.
I also heard a new term tonight. Overchurched. I've heard unchurched and dechurched, but not overchurched. I think I'm overchurched. I love the Lord with all my heart, but in all honesty, church has been leaving me a bit dry for a long time. That's not saying I'm not in a good church. That's not saying there aren't good churches all over. That's just saying that it's just not home for me anymore. I need something more. I need somewhere I can grow. I need to come away changed. I want to encounter Jesus. The real Jesus. The man who is bold, strong, loving, kind, unashamed, gentle, strong - not the passive, two-dimensional Jesus that so many churches make him out to be. There just has to be more. I'm praying for God to show us if this is where we are to be or not.
Stephen R. Lawhead is an awesome author. I've loved all three of the books of his that I've gotten to read. We went to Half Price Books tonight and got another one of his. I love his style and he writes in series! I love series stories. He's edgy and surprising. He doesn't seem to copy anybody else's style which is a major pet peeve of mine. His books don't feel cranked out to meet a deadline. I'm just really happy to have found something else to read.
David's off tomorrow! Woohoo! He talked to his parents this morning and they are coming for a weekend in June. It'll be nice. We haven't seen them in forever.
Cody pulled a Jacob tonight at Half Price Books. We were standing on the Sci Fi aisle and he said "These books just look used to me". Oh. My. Goodness.
Ok. Off to read my new Stephen R. Lawhead book and go to bed!
Friday, May 15, 2009
There are certain times with my kids when I think, "There is no way I could ever forget this moment." Sometimes I don't, but more often than not, I remember thinking that thought, but can't remember what I was thinking about at the time. I had one of those moments the other day that I really don't want to forget. It was just a little thing, but one that warmed my heart.
I was sitting on the love seat. Jake was lying on the big couch and Josh was curled up next to me with his head lying on my leg. I had a full view of both boys' heads. We were watching The Lion King - Joshua's first time to see it and he was into it.
Anybody who knows my boys knows that they both twirl their hair. It's sweet to me that they both do it and each has since they had hair. I used to get on to Jake about it because he looks kinda' silly standing there with his hand in his hair when you're talking to him, but I gave up trying to get him to stop. Joshua does the same thing. Exactly the same thing, which I didn't realize how exactly until the other day.
I sat there watching The Lion King, a movie that used to be Jacob's favorite with both of them lying there twirling their hair. I've never really looked at exactly how they twirl it until then. Each of them moves their fingers in the exact same way.
It may seem silly, but it was so precious to me. Man I love these kids.
Sunday, May 03, 2009
Me: "Ummmm.....really, Jacob?"
If you are reading this, you probably know my son and it's safe to say this question will probably not surprise you. It goes along with a couple of others statements that have come from him.
"Hey, Mom, there's a lime in my limeade!" or
"Oh my gosh! There's a banana in my banana split! Wait! There's another one!"
He's so very sweet, but such a blonde!
Another first today - I handed my kid a credit card! It was so surreal. I've never imagined that before. Not really.
Oh, and just to let you know....Atkins rocks! I know it's only been since Friday, but I've already lost 5 lbs! I know that the rate of loss won't stay this quick, but that's awesome! I haven't had any trouble except that my body just doesn't know what to think of not eating any sugar. I'm totally shocked at how really easy it is. And the Atkins snacks are sooo good.
Wednesday, April 29, 2009
Me: "Hi, we don't use our service and would like to cancel it."
Stephen: "Oh, we'd hate to lose you as a customer, is something wrong."
Me: "No, we just don't use the service and would like to cancel it. I believe my contract is up."
Stephen: "Yes, your contract is up this month. Wouldn't you rather just deactivate the account and have the option to re-activate it after six months? You wouldn't have any charges accrued during that time."
Me: "No, we just don't use the service and would like to cancel it."
Stephen: "Well, is there a different package you would like?"
Me: "No, we just don't use the service and would like to cancel it."
Stephen: "How about if we give you a credit of $5 each month to lower your bill?"
Me: "No, we just don't use the service and would like to cancel it."
Stephen: "Ok. We really hate to lose you as a customer. If you ever need satellite service again, please call."
Me: "Thank you."
Wednesday, April 22, 2009
Monday, April 20, 2009
I got a free day from my second two classes today (yay!).
I am not a writer - especially in reference to my History class.
My sweet husband is snoring on the couch.
My precious 2 year old is watching Blue slide down a slide and giggling.
I love 2 year old giggles.
My niece has a broken collar bone and arm (poor baby).
Joshua has an ear infection.
Jake and Cody are just fine.
I wish Emily were here.
I wish Trey were home.
I wish David could find a new job that he would be happy with and get satisfaction from.
I love my husband.
We finished up Romans in Bible study last night and are going to be going through John next.
I'm thinking Roma's pizza sounds really, really good for lunch!
Sunday, April 19, 2009
Thursday, April 16, 2009
Tuesday, April 14, 2009
That's hard. Really hard. I can't imagine what her Mom and Dad are dealing with. Just can't imagine it.
I'm certainly praying for them.
Monday, April 06, 2009
Did you hear that?
I stood in church with my hard-core, Metallica-loving, bad-boy chasing friend, Monika! And she now loves and worships the same God I do!
God is so great and good. He is good for now and forever-more. And I get to stand in Heaven and worship His Holiness with my redeemed, washed in the blood friend, Monika! Wow!
I am so humbled to be given these privileges.
Saturday, April 04, 2009
Anyway, while journaling the other day, I was praying and thinking about how I want to be away from sin. I don't want it in my life, but I don't want to be legalistic. I need that balance. About that time, I started smelling something dead. I don't know where it was coming from. (I am hoping it is outside and not in our bedroom wall or something, because that would be really gross.) Anyway, as I smelled it, I started thinking in the direction of "the wages of sin is death..." and how horrible death smells to us. The Holy Spirit showed me that smell is exactly how sin smells to our Father. He just absolutely cannot stay in it's presence. He is Holy. Clean. Alive. He is Life! There is no decay or death around Him and He can't have it around Him, just by His nature. Wow. "but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ, our Lord." Wow again. Because of my Savior's death and then His overcoming of that death, I can have that horrible stench and decay removed from my spirit so I can walk right into the Holy God's presence. Hallelujah! That is just so amazing!
On a side note....I had my hair cut and I hate it!
Thursday, April 02, 2009
My husband found this youtube video that sums it up in about 9 minutes. My heart is broken.
See it here.
Wednesday, April 01, 2009
Do not purchase these for your small child. Although they appear to be the proper size for little fine-motor-skill-challenged children, like Josh, they are not good. I now am sporting blue and green fingers and have a really nice spot on our living room floor where he touched the carpet with them while trying very sweetly to color Thomas the Train blue. They work just like markers, but are disguised as twistable crayons.
I do have to give him props for picking the correct color for Thomas.
Tuesday, March 31, 2009
read it here: http://davidwilkersontoday.blogspot.com/2009/03/urgent-message.html
I am compelled by the Holy Spirit to send out an urgent message to all on our mailing list, and to friends and to bishops we have met all over the world.
AN EARTH-SHATTERING CALAMITY IS ABOUT TO HAPPEN. IT IS GOING TO BE SO FRIGHTENING, WE ARE ALL GOING TO TREMBLE - EVEN THE GODLIEST AMONG US.
For ten years I have been warning about a thousand fires coming to New York City. It will engulf the whole megaplex, including areas of New Jersey and Connecticut. Major cities all across America will experience riots and blazing fires—such as we saw in Watts, Los Angeles, years ago.
There will be riots and fires in cities worldwide. There will be looting—including Times Square, New York City. What we are experiencing now is not a recession, not even a depression. We are under God’s wrath. In Psalm 11 it is written,
“If the foundations are destroyed, what can the righteous do?” (v. 3).
God is judging the raging sins of America and the nations. He is destroying the secular foundations.
The prophet Jeremiah pleaded with wicked Israel, “God is fashioning a calamity against you and devising a plan against you. Oh, turn back each of you from your evil way, and reform your ways and deeds. But they will say, It’s hopeless! For we are going to follow our own plans, and each of us will act according to the stubbornness of his evil heart” (Jeremiah 18:11-12).
In Psalm 11:6, David warns, “Upon the wicked he will rain snares (coals of fire)…fire…burning wind…will be the portion of their cup.” Why? David answered, “Because the Lord is righteous” (v. 7). This is a righteous judgment—just as in the judgments of Sodom and in Noah’s generation.
WHAT SHALL THE RIGHTEOUS DO? WHAT ABOUT GOD’S PEOPLE?
First, I give you a practical word I received for my own direction. If possible lay in store a thirty-day supply of non-perishable food, toiletries and other essentials. In major cities, grocery stores are emptied in an hour at the sign of an impending disaster.
As for our spiritual reaction, we have but two options. This is outlined in Psalm 11. We “flee like a bird to a mountain.” Or, as David says, “He fixed his eyes on the Lord on his throne in heaven—his eyes beholding, his eyelids testing the sons of men” (v. 4). “In the Lord I take refuge” (v. 1).
I will say to my soul: No need to run...no need to hide. This is God’s righteous work. I will behold our Lord on his throne, with his eye of tender, loving kindness watching over every step I take—trusting that he will deliver his people even through floods, fires, calamities, tests, trials of all kinds.
Note: I do not know when these things will come to pass, but I know it is not far off. I have unburdened my soul to you. Do with the message as you choose.
God bless and keep you,
A song of ascents. Of Solomon. Unless the Lord builds the house, its builders labor in vain. Unless the Lord watches over the city, the watchmen stand guard in vain.
Wow. This is really striking a chord in me today. I don't even know what to say about it other than that. It really is making sense. If we don't let the Lord build our house, what sense is there in it? Just like where you store your treasures. What good are earthly treasures? I can see how material things are a blessing in the material realm, but in reality, it's the material things that really come between me and God, so am I really blessed? If this life is like a fleeting mist, why would I really care about things to have and own? The moths will destroy it anyway.
In vain you rise early and stay up late, toiling for food to eat-- for he grants sleep to those he loves.
I'm not done thinking on this one yet.
Sons are a heritage from the Lord, children a reward from him.
Of course this is beautiful. Especially just coming off of the high from being there for Miss Taylor Grace's entry into this life. Children are a reward. I may have to memorize this one so that I can tell myself that when I'm ticked and they don't seem like much of a reward. haha!
Like arrows in the hands of a warrior are sons born in one's youth.
Still chewing on that one too.
Blessed is the man whose quiver is full of them. They will not be put to shame when they contend with their enemies in the gate.
What stands out to me in this one is that the Lord is saying "when", not "if" they contend with their enemies.
Sunday, March 29, 2009
Friday, March 27, 2009
I'm so very happy for them.
Friday, March 20, 2009
God is calling us to holiness. True holiness. Not pretend holiness. I don't even know how to express everything. He's calling us to be separate, but still love. The only way to balance that is with Him. He's calling us to cut sin out of our life and mourn - not because we miss the sin, but because of it's existance at all. He is calling us to study the scripture and be ready. For what? Ready for His judgment.
I don't know who actually reads this blog, but He is calling us to get off the fence. Not to talk about it, but to get off. Be holy. Stand for holiness.
I'm not a prophet. I have been led to read some scripture and with direction have seen a pattern of the Lord's judgment. Every nation who turns God out gets judged. We are so slack and so comfy in our christianity, that it really can't be called christianity. We are called to so much more.
The United States has turned God out. The United States is being judged. And God's going to pour out His holy wrath. I don't fear the wrath anymore. I know He is holy and His holy wrath is justified. I trust Him. His wrath has never been poured out on His children, just the unrighteous.
I feel in my spirit the dusk of a day. The day's light is about to be out and the night is going to be upon us. I do not fear because I know that His joy comes with the morning!
Monday, March 16, 2009
I do have some papers to get written and need to stay up to speed on my A & P, but it's certainly not like it would be during the week.
Monday, March 02, 2009
Oh, and I found my January pictures. hehe. I was so disappointed I thought I hadn't taken any, but I had this nagging feeling of being just sure I had. Anyway, they were on a different memory stick. So, now, all is right in Katie's world, except for the laundry....
Friday, February 27, 2009
My only regret is that we didn't get a picture...
Oh, and that he didn't actually go potty, but that will be another day.
Thursday, February 26, 2009
School is crazy, but in a groove, I think. I've just got to get my Anatomy and Physiology under control. I have a wonderful lab instructor. I love her. My lecture instructor was just replaced with another lady who I like so far. She seems really organized and knowledgable. I am really liking my Lifespan Psychology class, much to my surprise, and am not the least bit interested in Math anymore. History is fun, but I'm not surprised.
Kids are good. Josh is talking like crazy. I love it. Jacob is in a contest to make an edible car, and I'm not really seeing how it's gonna make it. It's not even really started good, even though they have an idea of what they're gonna do. I'm not really hopeful. I guess I should be more enthusiastic and supportive, but he is on a team with three girls who just would really giggle and chit-chat than get to work. Compound that by the fact that they couldn't seem to organize a time to meet, and you have no car started yet. Poor kid.
Cody is fine. He's looking forward to getting to see his Mom this summer. I understand. I know he misses them down there.
Emily is coming for Spring Break. It will be fun to have her.
That's all for now.
Monday, February 09, 2009
School is crazy, crazy, crazy.
The kids are great.
I am still coughing and really fatigued from the flu.
Joshua isn't sick anymore, but I think he might be teething or something because he's been nasty lately.
Jacob got in trouble for playing is brand new psp in the bed last night at 11:00.
Oh, Jacob got a brand new psp.
Karleigh will be 7 this weekend.
Did I mention my new laptop?
Sunday, February 01, 2009
I went to the Care Now and the doctor took a swab of what felt like my brain through my nose and it came back positive for the b-strain of the flu. After that I spent an hour and a half at the pharmacy waiting on my prescriptions. The doctor said I'd be pretty miserable for a few weeks, but have not been communicable since earlier this week. I hope that's not what Josh has. He's pretty miserable too.
The cool part is, I have some really good cough medicine with codeine. It knocks you out! Dad told me that you can't hardly cough with it in effect anyway, and I believe he's right.
Thursday, January 29, 2009
I've been reading my favorite prophecy website again. God just showed me something.
Ex 20:5 You shall not bow down to them or serve them, for I the LORD your God am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers on the children to the third and the fourth generation of those who hate me,
6 BUT SHOWING STEADFAST LOVE TO THOUSANDS OF THOSE WHO LOVE ME AND KEEP MY COMMANDMENTS.
I've read this many, many times and never seen the part, "of those who hate me"!
I was taught over time that we are a blessing or a curse to our children. Ok. I can totally see it, but now I see it differently. When we are born again - TRULY born again, Jesus broke ALL curses on us! That's something to get excited about. I don't have to walk in the thought that I am breaking a "curse" from my forefathers. I don't have to do anything except walk in that divine freedom.
Don't get me wrong, I never sat around thinking about my "curses", just had always accepted that my "bad" things would be "curses" to my kids. I never really, really gave it too much thought.
Wow, what unexpected, beautiful freedom!
Thank you, Lord!
Tuesday, January 27, 2009
Thursday, January 22, 2009
His appointment is at 4:45, and we have to be there at 4:15. I don't know how long it'll take the radiologist to get his results to Dr. Goebel, but hopefully it will be tomorrow sometime. I'm not too keen on waiting until Monday.
Tuesday, January 20, 2009
After the lab, I met David at Joshua's doctor's office for his 2 year checkup. The doctor is concerned about the size of his head. He said the was growing on a proper growth curve until now when he spiked off the chart. Until now, he's had a big head, yes, but never an abnormal growth. He said he is concerned that Josh may have hydrocephaly - meaning water on the brain. Well, actually spinal fluid, but that's another name for the condition. He wants a CAT scan on Thursday to find out. He said it probably wasn't, but you know, when you tell a Mama that, there's no way she won't think about it. I know it's a precaution.
We've got some financial issues. It's beating us up. I'm so tired of this.
3. It's every man's honor to avoid strife,
but every fool is quick to quarrel.
I am apparantly a fool. I can be quick to quarrel, but lately I've been doing much better. I want that honor. I don't want to be arguementative. I don't want to be a fool anymore.
4. A sluggard does not plow in season;
so at harvest time he looks and finds nothing.
How can we expect to see a harvest for the Lord or for ourselves if we don't plow in the correct season? How can we expect to plow in the correct season if we don't stay in relationship with God for Him to tell us when to plow? How can we plow if we don't know how? How can we expect to know how if we don't read His word and talk to Him? It all comes down to knowing the Lord and learning how to hear His voice and be sensitive to His Spirit. I love Him so much and am so guilty of not spending the time I should with Him. It's one of the regrets I have for my life to this point. I'm going to pray to turn that around.
11. Even a child is known by his actions,
by whether his conduct is good and right.
That one just sticks out to me right now. It's a reminder that our reputation is so very important. I am not perfect, but I do want to be mindful of the fact that I'm representing Christ everywhere I go and with everything I do - and it's not just cliche'.
17. Food gained by fraud tastes sweet to a man,
but he ends up with a mouth full of gravel.
Wow. What a statement against lies and fraud. It is nothing but a mouth full of gravel. I pray that the Lord remind me of the taste of gravel when I consider fraud at all.
20. If a man curses his father or mother,
his lamp will be snuffed out in pitch darkness.
How can I be an effective witness (my lamp) if I speak of my parents in any way other than honoring them. They are not perfect. I love them. My lamp will be snuffed out. There are so many levels this one can speak on. The bottom line is: I don't want any lamp of mine to be snuffed out, so I will not speak negatively of my parents.
21. An inheritance quickly gained at the beginning
will not be blessed at the end.
So much for winning the lottery.
24. A man's steps are directed by the Lord.
How then can anyone understand his own way?
I love this. I know I've read it before, but I don't remember it. I needed this. I needed to hear in preparation for, well, the rest of my life. Nobody is going to understand my way when I'm directed by the Lord. It's not going to make sense even to me, so how can they? He's made it clear that His thoughts are not my thoughts and His ways are not my ways, so how can even I, who wants to walk His way, understand my way? That's beautiful to me.
Saturday, January 17, 2009
Tuesday, January 13, 2009
David's in Arkansas until Thursday for work. I know, Arkansas? But that's where they sent him.
I love, love, love having Laura and Tim close. I missed her more than I realized. It was so nice for her to call and come by today. I spent yesterday morning at her house. Our kids are playing together and they couldn't be cuter. I love it that they're growing up together. I'm excited to see them get settled into a church and the kids get settled into their schools. It looks like Leah will be going to a Mother's Day Out close to us.
School starts on Monday. I'm excited and a little scared at the same time. I know I'll be pretty-much the oldest kid in the class. Haha. Which is a change from when I went to high school/college before. I was always the youngest. Not now. Most of those babies are right out of high school. I'm taking Anatomy & Physiology I, History, Math and Lifespan Psychology. It's a full load. I went after my books the other day (with a voucher for $600.00) and they rang up to a grand total of $591.00!!!! And I was hoping for a backpack. Oh, well, but those are some really expensive books.
Jacob's turned into a punk. I knew it was just a matter of time. It's sad, but true. He's got quite a mouth on him and he won't even be a teeanger until the end of the month.
I just got done with making arrangements for Emily to come the end of the month. It's a goal we now have to get her here about once a month. She won't be here at all in Feb, but will be here for Spring Break.
I think that's all I have for now.
Wednesday, January 07, 2009
He rode in the basket part of the cart for the first time. I actually stuck him in there just to keep up with him for a minute while I talked to the pharmacy tech, and he loved it so I left him.
But that wasn't the important part.
I put three gallons of milk in the cart with him and he kept saying "I got" while he was struggling to pick him up. I was just struck by how helpless he really is. He's so small, even though he's big for his age. He would be lost without parents. Then I started thinking about Jake and how it was not that long ago when he was sitting in a cart struggling to lift a gallon of milk. They grow up so fast. I know it's cliche', but they do. I can't believe Joshua's already 2 and I know I'll blink and another 2 years will have gone by and pretty soon, he'll be turning 13.
Then I went a step farther and started thinking of the analogy of God being a father to us. I wonder what he thinks about me while I sit in the small cart he's placed me in for my own protection (so I don't run off) and struggle to lift a gallon of milk that I really don't have to lift in the first place. Where would I be without Him? I'm truly as helpless as Joshua and like him, most of the time I just don't realize it.
Sunday, January 04, 2009
We did the usual. On Christmas Eve, we were with my Mom's family and Christmas Day was with Granny Franny.
On New Year's Eve, Tim, Laura, Eric, Leah, Julie, Keith, Trace and Logan came over. It was nice. We discovered that we really enjoy playing Phase 10 Twist and just hung out.
On Thursday, we hung out at Tim and Laura's new house and met their new neighbor - Wilson. At least that is what he will be called as long as he lives there. All we ever saw of him was his eyes and forehead for the entire hour we talked to him. Pretty funny.