Sunday, July 31, 2011

Week in Review/Potty/Kisses/Ice Cream & More!

We had a good week here! After Brit left on Tuesday :( I tried to stay home as much as possible to work on potty training. Annabelle does sooooo well at our house but once we leave our house she doesn't want to go.

I know this is normal and it doesn't even "bother" me, I just am not sure the best approach for her. I know she is kinda scared of big pottys and I know that will get better! Today I did take her potty to church and she went there so that was exciting!
 Adam and I laugh because the way I got her to go in the first place was telling her I was going to throw away her bathing suit if she peed in it again. haha! That girl loves her some clothes!
 The Lord decided to lead me through calm My Anxious Heart again with a friend and I am so excited about doing it again. I feel like it is one of those books I should just continuously read! Have you ever had a book like that?
We have soo many things we could do this week but I'm not sure how far to push Ab. Any advice. Would it be better to stay home and work on getting comfortable or will she "go" in strange places when she is ready? Dilemmas, dilemmas. 

Adelyn sure did have fun inside. That girl can have fun doing anything as long as her tummy is full! She is a hoot seriously!
 After we got home form the fair on Thursday night, we had these cookies from Marmie that Merm dropped off for us! How awesome is that?! They were homemade and oh so yummy! They are all gone already!
 And yesterday, after a half a week of doing so well with the potty, we took Ab to get ice cream in a cone with sprinkles (which she has never had before!) It was such a treat for everyone! This has definitely been one of those weeks where I can sit back and say, my life is not void of hardships, but I am so blessed! And I am thankful!!

Friday, July 29, 2011

The Union County Fair!

 Last night we went to the Union County Fair. Compared to the fair that we are used to in Memphis it is pretty small but fun none the less! The girls enjoyed getting to ride in their wagon (best thing ever for them!) and it was so nice to have the canopy because it was hot. (Sorry southerners I kinda cringed when I said that but it was in the mid 90s and that is hot.)
 Anyway, we had a ton of fun. We always think it is neat to get to show the girls animals that they never get to see in person but only in books or on TV. They liked the turkeys. They were HUGE!
 Yesterday morning when I went to get Annabelle from her room, I told her we were going to the fair and at first she said, "What's that?" and then she said,"I want to ride the cars!"

 She remembered the cars from last year! Crazy! And so fun for her and Adelyn to get to ride them together! Last year it was Ab and Ry.
And then of course we had to ride the merry go round!
 Annabelle was such a big girl and she rode all by herself! I just stood there just to make sure she didn't fall.
And Adelyn liked riding on the seat with me or daddy. Adelyn also found one of her favorite people at the fair...Tammy! She loves her and that is a big understatement!
 It was my mission to win the girls a fish and I did!! We got home and I asked Annabelle what she wanted to name it and she said Pascal because that is Rapunzel's little chameleon's name. So cute!
 I totally forgot to get a family picture this year which is unfortunate but oh well! The pic above is us last year at the fair. It's so fun that the girls are getting older and that we get to watch them enjoy more things!

And this is our first trip to the fair in Union County. Ab was about 10 months old and I was 4 months pregnant with Adelyn! Crazy how things have changed since then! We already can't wait to go to the fair again next year; it is such a fun family tradition!

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Our attempt at Landscaping

 (Adelyn thought this was a thermometer. ha!)

This is the start to our landscaping and the girls enjoying being outside while we were finishing it. We bought the house as a foreclosure and it had zero landscaping (so imagine grass all the way up to the house) and after two years we finally got started on it and I had to post about it of course! I think I'm going to get more flowers next year and I'm not sure what else. I really don't know much about this kind of thing but I love learning! Do you have any tips for me?

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Thankful Tuesday/Brit's Visit/Daniel Study

 Today is THANKFUL TUESDAY!! Yah! I am so thankful for so many things today! The first thing that comes to mind is the weather. I mean perfect. I would take this kind of weather all year round! Also, I am so thankful for Brittney coming to visit me these past couple days. There is just nothing like a sweet visit from a friend!
 She was perfect with the girls of course and they had a blast with her here! We sooo missed sweet Presley Kate (her little girl!) I am also thankful for these two little cuties in this picture below. They decided to watch Tangled this morning when they got up (we didn't make it through that much of it) but I love love love it when they sit together on the couch! It blesses my heart!
 I am also thankful for my Daniel study and I want to turn the rest of this post to that topic. I have been learning so much from God's word and Beth Moore's teaching and I just have to jot some of it down. I guess it's a woman thing.
The first lesson was called "Choices to Make."Our purpose on earth is to be relevant for the kingdom of God for His glory, to influence and not to be indoctrinated."

These are some statements that stuck with me:
 *The enemy is after all of the spiritual progress we have ever made taking us all the way back to the place of our biggest stronghold and our greatest despair."
*Babylon in that day was a lot like our culture. We are completely self absorbed, it is all about our self will and the overindulgent choices before us! It's the tyranny of choice.
* We focus on the smart, young, and beautiful. We focus on how together we appear and how beautiful we are.
* God has assigned us to the world and the enemy has assigned the world to us. The question is...which one will win out?
*If your not doing everything you can not to be indoctrinated by the world-you will be!
*You simply have to say "no" to some things, period. Practicing "I can" but "I won't."
*Daniel had to spend his life there, away from home, where he was different.

And the scripture of course:
Psalm 27:4- One thing have I desired and I will I seek.
Colossians 3:1-2- So if you're serious about living this new resurrection life with Christ, act like it. Pursue the things over which Christ presides. Don't shuffle along, eyes to the ground, absorbed with the things right in front of you. Look up, and be alert to what is going on around Christ—that's where the action is. See things from his perspective.
1 Corinthians 6:12-Just because something is technically legal doesn't mean that it's spiritually appropriate. If I went around doing whatever I thought I could get by with, I'd be a slave to my whims.

And this is only the first weeks worth of good stuff!! Can't wait to share more later! Night!!

Sunday, July 24, 2011

Our Week Randomness & A Recipe

 (Doesn't she look so big!?)

We have had a good week. I'm pretty sure the Lord is trying to teach me patience. I tried potty training Annabelle this week because she gives me all of the signs that she is ready. She was doing great but somewhere along the way she changed her mind and this is her third day to refuse to even look at the potty.

Oh well, right?! What can you do? With all the potty drama, I totally forgot to do Thankful Tuesday! So, this week I am thankful for so many things. Although I'm not in the most thankful mood. Just one of those days I suppose or maybe it all goes back to it is all how you look at things. This morning I thought to myself in the service, even though I have to get up by myself on Sundays and get the kids ready alone etc etc at least my husband is a christian and I am not coming alone while he doesn't want to be a church. That puts things in perspective for me for sure!
 (Ad got her toes painted for the second time ever this week by Mrs. Beth. She LOVED it!)

Something I have been learning a lot about is that self pity is a form of idolatry. There are lots of reasons I want to wallow in my self pity mostly having to do with living so far from family but that is just has sinful as pride because it is still all about me and not at all about God.
 (I painted Ab's fingers and toes teal at her request. I love having girls.)
I seriously need to write about my Daniel study. It has been soooo eye opening and humbling. I am thankful for it!
 (We swim almost every day. Ab looks like such a diva in my sunglasses!)

(Yesterday we were swimming and I saw Ab memorized by the sprinkler in the neighbors yard. I asked her if she was ok and she said, "Look moma, it's a hummingbird!;" That girl is hilarious!)

In other big news, me have a new niece named Lilah Jane Fisher and our friends Sammy and Kimberley now have baby Zeke!!! God is good. Pictures of babies to come I promise!

On a completely different note, I made this dessert for a  family at our church last night. It looked so goo I wanted to eat it but I couldn't so I'll have to make it again soon!! I have no idea what it is called; my sister in law Dottie introduced me to it and I don't think she even has a name for it!
 Ingredients= chips ahoy cookies (1 or 2 packages depending on how big of a pan you are making)
                      a large tub of whipped cream
                      a cup of milk
                     your favorite candy (optional)
 line pan with whipped cream and dip cookies in milk and top whipped cream with them and then repeat those two steps again.

and make sure whipped cream is your last layer and top with crumbled cookies (not dipped in milk) and crushed candy. Sooo easy and next time I'm going to have Ab hep me because I think she would LOVE it and there is no way to really messs this recipe up!!

Oh and I'm sure you are wondering how in the world I made this without Annabelle around!? Well, Adam took both girls out for ice cream with his first official outing with both girls! I had the house to myself for about an hour and a half! It was awesome!

Have a wonderful REST DAY!

Thursday, July 21, 2011

31 Biblical Virtues to Pray for Your Children


31 Biblical Virtues to Pray for Your Children
by Bob Hostetler

1. Salvation—"Lord, let salvation spring up within my children, that they may obtain the salvation that is in Christ Jesus, with eternal glory." (Isa. 45:8; 2 Tim. 2:10)
2. Growth in Grace—"I pray that my children may grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ." (2 Pet. 3:18)
3. Love—"Grant, Lord, that my children may learn to live a life of love, through the Spirit who dwells in them." (Gal. 5:25; Eph. 5:2)
4. Honesty and Integrity—"May integrity and honesty be their virtue
and their protection." (Ps. 25:21)
5. Self-Control—"Father, help my children not to be like many others around them, but let them be alert and self-controlled in all they do."
(1 Thess. 5:6)
6. Love for God's Word—"May my children grow to find Your Word more precious than much pure gold and sweeter than honey from the comb." (Ps. 19:10)
7. Justice—"God, help my children to love justice as You do and act justly in all they do." (Ps. 11:7; Mic. 6:8)
8. Mercy—"May my children always be merciful, just as their Father is merciful." (Luke 6:36)
9. Respect (for self, others, and authority)—"Father, grant that my children may show proper respect to everyone, as Your Word commands."
(1 Pet. 2:17)
10. Biblical Self-Esteem—"Help my children develop a strong self-esteem that is rooted in the realization that they are God's workmanship, created in Christ Jesus." (Eph. 2:10)
11. Faithfulness—"Let love and faithfulness never leave my children, but bind these twin virtues around their necks and write them on the tablet of their hearts." (Prov. 3:3)
12. Courage—"May my children always be strong and courageous in their character and in their actions." (Deut. 31:6)
13. Purity—"Create in them a pure heart, O God, and let that purity of heart be shown in their actions." (Ps. 51:10)
14. Kindness—"Lord, may my children always try to be kind to each other and to everyone else." (1 Thess. 5:15)
15. Generosity—"Grant that my children may be generous and willing to share, and so lay up treasure for themselves as a firm foundation for the coming age." (1 Tim. 6:18-19)
16. Peace-Loving—"Father, let my children make every effort to do what leads to peace." (Rom. 14:19)
17. Joy—"May my children be filled with the joy given by the Holy Spirit."
(1 Thess. 1:6)
18. Perseverance—"Lord, teach my children perseverance in all they do, and help them especially to run with perseverance the race marked out for them." (Heb. 12:1)
19. Humility—"God, please cultivate in my children the ability to show true humility toward all." (Titus 3:2)
20. Compassion—"Lord, please clothe my children with the virtue of compassion." (Col. 3:12)
21. Responsibility—"Grant that my children may learn responsibility, for each one should carry his own load." (Gal. 6:5)
22. Contentment—"Father, teach my children the secret of being content in any and every situation, through Him who gives them strength." (Phil. 4:12-13)
23. Faith—"I pray that faith will find root and grow in my children's hearts, that by faith they may gain what has been promised to them." (Luke 17:5-6; Heb. 11:1-40)
24. A Servant's Heart—"God, please help my children develop servant's hearts, that they may serve wholeheartedly, as if they were serving the Lord, not men." (Eph. 6:7)

25. Hope—"May the God of hope grant that my children may overflow with hope and hopefulness by the power of the Holy Spirit." (Rom. 15:13)
26. Willingness and Ability to Work—"Teach my children, Lord, to value work and to work at it with all their heart, as working for the Lord and not for men." (Col. 3:23)
27. Passion for God—"Lord, please instill in my children a soul that 'followeth hard after thee,' one that clings passionately to You." (Ps. 63:8)
28. Self-Discipline—"Father, I pray that my children may acquire a disciplined and prudent life, doing what is right and just and fair."
(Prov. 1:3)
29. Prayerfulness—"Grant, Lord, that my children's lives may be marked by prayerfulness, that they may learn to pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers." (1 Thess. 5:17)
30. Gratitude—"Help my children to live lives that are always overflowing with thankfulness and always giving thanks to God the Father for everything, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ." (Eph. 5:20; Col. 2:7)
31. A Heart for Missions—"Lord, please help my children to develop a desire to see Your glory declared among the nations, Your marvelous deeds among the peoples." (Ps. 96:3)

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Slip and Slide & James 2

1MY BRETHREN, pay no servile regard to people [show no prejudice, no partiality]. Do not [attempt to] hold and practice the faith of our Lord Jesus Christ [the Lord] of glory [together with snobbery]!    2For if a person comes into your congregation whose hands are adorned with gold rings and who is wearing splendid apparel, and also a poor [man] in shabby clothes comes in,
    3And you pay special attention to the one who wears the splendid clothes and say to him, Sit here in this preferable seat! while you tell the poor [man], Stand there! or, Sit there on the floor at my feet!
    4Are you not discriminating among your own and becoming critics and judges with wrong motives?
5Listen, my beloved brethren: Has not God chosen those who are poor in the eyes of the world to be rich in faith and in their position as believers and to inherit the kingdom which He has promised to those who love Him?    6But you [in contrast] have insulted (humiliated, dishonored, and shown your contempt for) the poor. Is it not the rich who domineer over you? Is it not they who drag you into the law courts?
    7Is it not they who slander and blaspheme that precious name by which you are distinguished and called [the name of Christ invoked in baptism]?
    8If indeed you [really] fulfill the royal Law in accordance with the Scripture, You shall love your neighbor as [you love] yourself, you do well.
9But if you show servile regard (prejudice, favoritism) for people, you commit sin and are rebuked and convicted by the Law as violators and offenders.    10For whosoever keeps the Law [as a] whole but stumbles and offends in one [single instance] has become guilty of [breaking] all of it.
    11For He Who said, You shall not commit adultery, also said, You shall not kill. If you do not commit adultery but do kill, you have become guilty of transgressing the [whole] Law.(B)
    12So speak and so act as [people should] who are to be judged under the law of liberty [the moral instruction given by Christ, especially about love].
13For to him who has shown no mercy the judgment [will be] merciless, but mercy [full of glad confidence] exults victoriously over judgment.    14What is the use (profit), my brethren, for anyone to profess to have faith if he has no [good] works [to show for it]? Can [such] faith save [his soul]?
    15If a brother or sister is poorly clad and lacks food for each day,
    16And one of you says to him, Good-bye! Keep [yourself] warm and well fed, without giving him the necessities for the body, what good does that do?
    17So also faith, if it does not have works (deeds and actions of obedience to back it up), by itself is destitute of power (inoperative, dead).
    18But someone will say [to you then], You [say you] have faith, and I have [good] works. Now you show me your [alleged] faith apart from any [good] works [if you can], and I by [good] works [of obedience] will show you my faith.
    19You believe that God is one; you do well. So do the demons believe and shudder [in terror and horror such as [a]make a man's hair stand on end and contract the surface of his skin]!
(I started repainting this piece of furniture today...more to come)

20Are you willing to be shown [proof], you foolish (unproductive, spiritually deficient) fellow, that faith apart from [good] works is inactive and ineffective and worthless?
    21Was not our forefather Abraham [shown to be] justified (made acceptable to God) by [his] works when he brought to the altar as an offering his [own] son Isaac?(C)
    22You see that [his] faith was cooperating with his works, and [his] faith was completed and reached its supreme expression [when he implemented it] by [good] works.
    23And [so] the Scripture was fulfilled that says, Abraham believed in (adhered to, trusted in, and relied on) God, and this was accounted to him as righteousness (as conformity to God's will in thought and deed), and he was called God's friend.(D)
    24You see that a man is justified (pronounced righteous before God) through what he does and not alone through faith [through works of obedience as well as by what he believes].
    25So also with Rahab the harlot--was she not shown to be justified (pronounced righteous before God) by [good] deeds when she took in the scouts (spies) and sent them away by a different route?(E)
    26For as the human body apart from the spirit is lifeless, so faith apart from [its] works of obedience is also dead.

(Amplified Version)