Sunday, December 30, 2012

A Lala Visit

 What we did while Lala was visiting:
1) Read LOTS of books
 2) play, play, play
 3) Love
 4) Smile :)
 5) Eat Cookies
 6) Eat Cupcakes to celebrate Lala's bday
7) Eat Mexican Food
 8) Have a date night



We have been so so blessed to have so many visitors lately. We are so thankful to God for the wonderful family He has blessed us with!


And I couldn't help but share a few of my favs from this week:









Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Pregnancy Update

I had my appointment this am at 9:15. The snow was falling and falling this morning and I was nervous. But I knew no matter what the doctor said today, I was going to be ok...because I know my God wastes no suffering (John 9:3) and always always works things together for the good of those who love Him. (Rom 8:28) Nevertheless, I wanted to hear the good news, that my baby was still alive and doing not just good but great!

We got the ultrasound almost immediately and there was a heartbeat and a strong one at 150 bpm and that the baby had doubled in size since last week!! We were ecstatic! My doctor told me that if today was the first time she had seen me, she would have never even thought there had been a problem.

The doctor was so happy for us and we discussed why in the world we were told so many times the baby wasn't going to make it when it was just fine. She came to the conclusion that hormone levels going down didn't make sense at all but that it is a mystery how exactly babies are made. We know that to be true because we serve a Sovereign God who made the whole universe (Gen 1), and certainly rules and reigns over life and death! (Job 1:21)

 My doctor said since I am not past the first trimester so I am not in the clear. She suggested that I get a ultrasound next week to keep checking everything. I am glad she is being so diligent since I have had problems with this pregnancy.

When we got home we really wanted to tell the girls since we finally felt like we could all get excited....





 The video explains their reaction. It was so funny to us. Annabelle already has predicted a girl! ha!

video

The scripture that I had in my mind this morning was 2 Tim 1:7 God did not give us a spirit of fear, but of power, of love, and of a sound mind!

My dear friends sent me scriptures as well...
Peace I leave with you. My peace I give to you. Not as the world gives I give to you. Let not your hearts be troubled or afraid! John 14:27

and

O Sovereign Lord! You made the heavens and the earth by your strong hand and powerful arm. Nothing is too hard for you! "I am the Lord, God of all the peoples of the world! Is anything too hard for me?? Jeremiah 32:17,27

And afterward I kept thinking Psalm 40:5:
Many, O Lord my God, are the wonderful works which You have done, and Your thoughts toward us; no one can compare with You! If I should declare and speak of them, they are too many to be numbered.

And I cannot leave this post without saying THANK YOU to ALL who have prayed for this baby! God is good whether He decided to let us have this baby in this life or not but we are so thankful to Him that right now He has decided to let us "keep" this baby!


Tuesday, December 25, 2012

Christmas Eve and Christmas


~Christmas Eve~


 {cookies for Santa}


 {Our "Christmas" pj's this year were pink of course!}



 ~Christmas~

 This morning as I opened the word so much scripture came to mind....

For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given and His name shall be called: WONDERFUL COUNSELOR, MIGHTY GOD, EVERLASTING FATHER, PRINCE OF PEACE. Isaiah 9:6

{I loved this one this morning in particular because when I look back over my life I can see how Jesus has been each one of these things to me. He has been my counselor, the only one who really "gets it" the one with the most empathy and compassion, the one who has seen me through and promises to stick with me until the end. (Phil 1:6) He has been Mighty God performing modern day miracles before my eyes to where when I sing the song "How Great is our God" I have my own slideshow of works God has done in my presence. He is my father, my forever father, my protector, who loves me endlessly and passionately. And He is the prince of peace, the author of peace, the fighter for peace, the one who weeps when there is no peace. What a powerful scripture.}

Also, this one came to mind:

For we do not have a High Priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses but one who in every respect has been tempted yet without sin. Hebrews 4:15

{This verse instantly reminded me of this post. He understands everything and He does because He CHOSE to come and live as a human. It's just unthinkable only it really happened....}

 Have this mind among yourselves, which is yours in Christ Jesus, who, though he was in the form of God, did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped, but emptied himself, by taking the form of a servant, being born in the likeness of men. And being found in human form, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross. Therefore God has highly exalted him and bestowed on him the name that is above every name, so that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.
Phil 2:5-11

{And this passage was just plain convicting. Jesus emptied Himself...I rarely do this for anyone... if for anyone it's my kids because that is absolutely what it takes to be a mom but all others I would not say I hardly ever if ever empty myself. That would require me being empty afterward and I always hide a reserve of myself for myself...always. It's part of my selfishness. This broke my heart over my sin and my lack of being like Jesus. I am the absolute worst at being a servant for my husband. I don't know why my heart in my flesh doesn't want to serve him so badly, it's sad. So conviction fell on me this morning, but with all conviction comes joy because it means that my God has not finished working on me, that He loves me enough to show me where I sin and need to be like Him. What a good God I serve. What a good good God.}



 
 {Santa ate the cookies and drank the milk!}
{This little one was on a sugar high for most of the morning. She loved it.}
 {Fun with all the new toys!}

 {Attempting to read the Christmas Story}

 {Singing Happy Birthday to Jesus}


 {And finishing the day off with a tea party.}

We stayed in our pj's all day! It was so great! Our family needed this day of rest! I made Adam's favorite parmesan chicken for dinner. We all loved it and it felt so homey and hearty! Gotta love comfort food!

Tomorrow is the big doctor's appointment. I am nervous but ok because I know that my Sovereign God has a plan that I cannot see and I DO trust Him. I mean it so sincerely.

What a fabulous day celebrating Jesus' b-day! Overwhelmed with gratitude at the sacrifices He has made for me.





Monday, December 24, 2012

Songs and Santa




We got A and A's picture with Santa today. Adelyn has been so scared of Santa all Christmas season but she was really excited today to see him right up until we got to where he was and then she started bawling, but she watched Annabelle talk to him and decided it was ok to sit beside Santa as long as she was holding Annabelle's hand. :) So sweet.

We have a Christmas Eve service tonight. I LOVE Christmas music. I especially love "Everything Changed" by North point Church this year.

Some of the other great songs on the list for tonight include:

God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen   by Mercy Me  (ignore the video)
O Come All Ye Faithful  by Chris Tomlin
Emmanuel by Chris Tomlin
Glory in the Highest by Chris Tomlin
O Holy Night  by Chris Tomlin

I love what I have heard so much this Christmas season, the phrase CELEBRATE CHRIST. O come let us adore Him. Merry Christmas!

Sunday, December 23, 2012

BLESSED!

 We have been so blessed by many visitors lately! Gigi and GePaw came to visit us this weekend!
We had such a great time with them! They just treated and treated us to good things! It was so fun for the girls and so relaxing for me!

 This morning was a little rough. The girls were really sleepy and cranky. I wanted to get a picture of them in their Christmas dresses but this is what we ended up with....which is sooo real life! :)
 Adelyn's class had a birthday party for Jesus. It was so neat! The girls have the best teachers who are just so excited about teaching. It's such a blessing!!


 Annabelle was supposed to sing in church today but decided she wasn't going to. I didn't make her. It's so just part of who she is.
 I wanted to include some of the "goods" the Lord has been showing me lately. I am so thankful that His word is alive and active and never gets old ever! What a precious gift we have!! I am in Luke and so if it doesn't reference a book of the bible, it's probably Luke. :)



 {You are in control of nothing is such bad grammar right? I am NOT a grammar expert for sure!!!}




 I cannot believe tomorrow is Christmas Eve. This Christmas season has flown by! Merry Christmas!