Sunday, February 26, 2012

love on valentine's day

 ww and mm started off the day with valentine's from mommy and daddy. i hadn't planned to wrap their little surprises but we had this exchange at least 3 times the day before: "hey mom, are you and daddy going to give me a valentine tomorrow? yes, mary martin.  "yay! don't forget to wrap it."
 william's candy valentine was a toolbox of chocolate tools. it was precious if i do say so myself. in the time it took me to take the twisty ties off mm's pony, the hammer and wrench were GONE. so i guess they were good and cute.
one of my valentine's to george robert...cause nothing says i love you like bacon.
 cookies for ninno's class party. (ninno is william, have i mentioned he sometimes calls himself ninno?) he can't really say L's so wiLLiam is a tough one. it first sounded like yu-yum, then ninnam, which is how he usually says it, but sometimes it comes out ninno. :)
our attempt at a cute idea i saw on pinterest. ..not exactly how i planned it, but we LOVE you all anyway!!

Monday, February 20, 2012

a few Christmas pictures..

better late than never, right? the phone is so convenient to take pictures because its always around, but the bad thing about having most of my pictures on my it is that i never do anything with them. we've had a few "stay-at-home-days" as mary martin calls them, so i took the time to get them on the computer.
 the sweetest santa ever! he read them a story to let william warm up to him before the picture. the fact that it was 9:55 a.m. right after thanksgiving did help i'm sure because there was only one other family in line.
 our "gingerbread" manger scene.
 school party day! all dressed up in our Christmas outfits...i was so happy william agreed to wear his red keds that day! he's worn them literally 4 times since i bought them in september.
 cookie and fletcher having a tea party.
 fletcher being a superhero and rescuing cookie who is the damsel in distress on Christmas Eve morning at dede and shug's house
Christmas Eve on the way home from juju and papa's house. little buddy was sorn out from all the fun. juju and papa gave him dexter the digger which he plays with almost every day. dexter often sleeps in the crib. william plays with everything he got for Christmas. the batcave and all its accessories: every day, all the trucks: every day, light saber: almost every day. he rotates them around, but i'd say he loves everything. mary martin plays with her stuff sporadically, but i'm not sure she couldn't live without any of it. which is why my husband was SO right, when he suggested santa not overdo it. this was also the first Christmas i was conflicted about the whole santa situation...i don't want to nix it altogether, but its hard to explain giving to needy children when they don't understand why can't santa just bring them their toys too? for example, they kept wanting everything out of the operation Christmas child shoeboxes and asking why they couldn't have it, and why we had to give it to someone else, etc..i even showed mm the operation Christmas child website photos, but it never registered. i'm so thankful she has never known hunger or a physical need that couldn't be met, but she has also never seen it. and she's not quite old enough yet to understand (she's not quite mature enough to go 'out into the real world'), so maybe all that will all come together before long and she can get a better grasp of how blessed and fortunate we are and how it truly is better to give than receive. i did not mean to get off on that from just a few Christmas pictures! its just been on my mind since we see commercials and go to stores and have never-ending wishlists. it made me realize how important it is that as soon as it is developmentally appropriate that they see not everyone lives the same way they and their friends do.

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

a post i never posted

below is a blog post i started this past SUMMER, in 2011.
[you know how God can be pretty persistent when He wants your attention on something? i find He's getting especially persistent when He starts using mutliple media :) It starts with a thought. but it's easy to ignore a "thought" or rationalize that it might have been my idea not God's. then i'll hear something on the radio or that very day's devotion will be on the subject, then i KNOW it was God's idea all along, and i have to smile because He loves me enough to orchestrate these circumstances.
so that brings us to today. i'll just be real. i love the internet- shopping, pinterest, blogs, facebook, googlin' stuff- i love it. and i wake up about 20-40 minutes before my children sometimes less, but i will hop on my laptop and read a few blogs i like or look at things in that time. but last fall [that would be fall 2010] i first had the thought that maybe i should give that precious time to God. it wasn't that i didn't have quiet time, i do my quiet time at nap time because it's longer. so i thought, no i'll keep doing what i want to do. but the thought would come again, and again and i would enjoy my computer time less and less because i felt like i was cheating God so to speak. a couple of mornings i did read my Bible and pray, but i never stuck with it, rationalizing that i was having quiet time later. well, i had the thought this morning so i got up and i read my Bible and prayed a little. later i saw the title for a daily devotion i get via email by nancy leigh demoss. it said "starting your day with God"  and i got it. i laughed to myself and said, well that does it, from now on i'm starting my day with God
i don't think there's anything inherently wrong with the internet or the things i look at, but God is asking me to give Him the firstfruits of my day. almost as a safeguard, because sometimes we have company or i have tasks around the house that have to be done right then and quiet time might get drastically reduced or squeezed out altogether.]
PRESENT DAY: so how's that going you might ask? well...i'm sad to say i again did not stick with it. i continued my 'mid-day quiet time' but did not consistently give God the firstfruits of my day. then monday i decided i would. and then everything went wrong. not wrong bad, just wrong not how i planned it. but i just thought to myself, that is ok. this day is covered in prayer and i'm not going to worry about it or let the devil steal my joy. and all day i felt confident in my choices and actions because i consulted the Acient of Days before i started my day. now i'm hoping since its 'out there' in blogland that it will make me accountable and i'll be disciplined in my early morning prayer. what do i pray? i'm glad you asked. right now, i simply bow my knee to the One True God and thank Him for His son Jesus. I thank Jesus for loving me. i ask that he order my day according to His plan (psalm 90:12) and help me show Jesus to others. i also pray for healing for friends and loved ones.
i feel almost hypocritical even typing this because i fail every day. every day it seems i blow it one way or another. but that's the beauty of serving a God who keeps no record of wrong. every day i get to start fresh.
for some reason i'm having a hard time hitting "publish post" for fear of sounding pious or like i've got it all figured out because the Lord knows that couldn't be more false, i guess my hope is, that if anyone reading this has wished they had time for prayer or felt they didn't know where or how to start, then just know i don't either! i am just learning day by day and we can do it together! it's a discipline just like exercise or anything else that will eventually produce positive results. God will bless the time we give Him and we'll never regret a moment spent honoring Him.

a 2012 update

hello friends! it was pointed out to me by a dear friend that it had been quite a while since i updated our blog. frankly i was thankful that someone besides my parents read it! we had a great Christmas, i just don't really have great pictures to show for it.
2 friends emailed me these pictures from william's class Christmas party. william loves his little friends at school!
this is with my phone before church a couple of weeks ago. mary martin wanted to take her Bible to 'worship' and i certainly didn't want to discourage that even though she can't read. :)  i did get a camera for Christmas, so hopefully i can add some better pictures soon! you can see our new rug in this picture, we got it right before Christmas. it not only looks pretty, but it keeps the sofa from sliding backward when you 'flop' on it. :)
in other news, william is 2.5 and is showing little to no interest in potty training. but is talking up a storm and i can understand most of it! what i can't understand his sister usually can. she is getting so grown up and will be going to "real" kindergarten next year. which excites and scares me.
i began a new beth moore study in january on james, called "James: Mercy Triumphs" it is really good so far. she encouraged participants to memorize the entire book of james! i personally am not doing this, but i am trying to memorize the "addresses" of verses i already knew and learning by heart (not paraphrase) other familiar verses. so that's about it for now...happy 2012, i hope your new year is off to a great start!