Monday, December 8, 2008
Time flies when you are having fun as 8 years has flown by. Seems just like yesterday when Jon and I were taking long walks on the beach getting to know each other. Saying our I do's in Savannah was such a memorable time and I am so thankful that I said them to Jon!
Since then, we have lived a rich 8 years. 8 years of living side by side - working together, raising two beautiful children together and loving life together. Every day is a new experience and I love being able to share them with him.
I pray that we continue to live out our vows to eachtoher year after year. Thank you Jon for showing me unconditional love in the flesh!
Monday, November 10, 2008
Psalm 40:8 says:
I desire to do your will, O my God;
your law is within my heart."
Sometimes it isn't easy to do His will. It takes dying to flesh and making choices based on faith. Faith that God will carry you through whatever trial you are enduring.
It isn't always easy to do God's will. I catch myself making excuses as to why I am above what God desires me to do. I make deals with God saying "well, I won't fall into that trap if I do this..." But I need to stop those deal making statements that are lies from the enemy. I need to step out and just do what He wants me to do even when I don't want to. He knows the big picture!
I am thankful that He resides in my heart, that His soft gentle voice guides my every step and that if I listen to Him, and obey his word, my life will be full.
Sunday, November 9, 2008
Saturday, November 1, 2008
Tuesday, October 28, 2008
Sunday, October 26, 2008
Kylie loves Peter Pan and what a better party to have than Tinkerbell! At first I was fearful as it was a girly theme. Since some of Kylie's friends are boys, I wanted something to counter all of the girlieness, and pirates are a sure fire winner. The party took shape and soon became a dress up party as well.
Enjoy the pictures!
Saturday, October 4, 2008
Saturday, September 27, 2008
Kylie told me that I was the best mom ever! I asked, what makes me the best mom? These were her answers
~ I pray with her
~ I spend quality time with her
~ I read to her
~ I give her yummy treats to eat
~ I hike with her
and others but you get the gist. Those are her exact words and not embellished by me! I was shocked at the maturity of her answers. Her answers were humbling as usually I feel that I am pushing her aside to do the things that I want to do - check email, make one more blog post etc...
So our conversation then turned to the spiritual side of life. She spoke about hell and heaven and what you had to do to get to both places. She accepted Jesus into her heart at 3 but Luke has not - until today that is! So right after bath time Luke prayed something that went like this:
Dear Jesus, thank you for dying on the cross for me. Thank you for taking away my sins. Jesus, please come into my heart. Amen.
That is something as a parent you treasure. Luke, I pray that you hold fast to your faith, that you continue to love Him and in turn love others.
On a lighter note, Kylie asked me if Daddy had Jesus in his heart. I said of course honey! Somehow the conversation then turned to future spouses. She said that she will make sure she asks the man before she marries him because she will not want to have a husband who does not love Jesus! After a minute or two, she said "Mommy? What if he is so handsome I forget to ask?" I about died with laughter! That's my girl!
Thursday, September 18, 2008
Thursday, September 4, 2008
We went to the park today and my sweet husband took some great pictures of the kids!
I have gotten a bit behind of some quality shots of them so I am thankful for these!
This park sits right next to the St. John's River. The rain from Tropical Storm Fay continues to effect many here in this local area.
Homes along the river are flooded as well as neighborhoods next to chain lakes. Pumps run 24/7 throughout the city to pump some of the water away from the neighborhoods. It is so sad to see how such a storm has effected so many. These pictures were taken today - not when TS Fay hit over two weeks ago.
I just thought this sign was a bit humorous.
Wednesday, September 3, 2008
I think we will go to Olive Garden instead and maybe have a flashlight party some other time!
Monday, August 25, 2008
This award comes with a set of rules:
1. The recipient must link back to the award's creator. (It's on the award.)
2. You must post the rules to receive the award.
3. To receive the award, you must pass it on to 5 others.
4. You must fit the characteristics of the award recipient. (below)
5. Post the characteristics of an award recipient.
6. Create a post sharing your award with others.
7. Thank the giver.And here are the characteristics of award recipients.
~ Must display a cheerful attitude (not all the time - we're all human!)
~ Must love one another.
~ Must make mistakes (This must be what helped me get this award.)
~ Must learn from others.
~ Must be a positive contributor to the blog world.
~ Must love life.
~ Must love kids.
I am passing this one on to:
Lynn - at a Mothers Journal - I always love reading her blog as it gives me a tiny vacation each time I take a virtual stroll through her garden. She inspires me through her writing, her creativity and her peacefulness.
Sarah - hee hee - at Loving and Learning with Three - Sarah has been my great friend for way too many years! She has encouraged me to go where I thought I would never go - from parenting choices ;) to homeschool, and now running. Aack! Thank you for always challenging me to grow and become who I am now!
Laura over at Stepping Out of the Boat - Who could help not smile at her new addition! Hudson is completely adorable and is completely theirs! The pictures that she is sharing has inspired me to take more of my crew and to venture into the creative world of photography. Laura has me laughing, crying and laughing some more so take a peek into her world!
Shay in Maine has a great blog called Oh Shay Can you See and just that name puts a grin on my face! Now Shay is one I wished blogged daily. If she did, there would be no need for doctors (sorry for your dh Shay) because laughter truly is the best medicine. She always has such a great spirit at the challenges life brings her way. Just spend some time with her and you will be blessed!
And last but not least, Candache (or Candace) at His Mercy is New. I check her blog often so I can get some sense of what to do with some of my units! I think her home must be so much fun as she takes the time to prepare wonderful life experiences for her 3 kiddo's (and any others who might be visiting!;)). She has a great way of sharing info and inspiring others to squeeze the most out of their homeschool.
Now Smile away!
Thursday, August 21, 2008
Notice there is a tree that has fallen. There were some maintenence guys there checking out the water situation seconds before the tree fell. Fortunately, they were ok but a bit shocked!
Close up of the tree. The road is also under a good amount of water. The drains are still working well so hopefully it will be ok. We live on a hill so we feel fortunate that the water won't effect us too much.
Better post this now before we loose power! It has been blinking on and off all day.
Thursday, August 14, 2008
Service Video: Life in the Kingdom - Mother's Nature from Northland Services on Vimeo.
Sunday, August 3, 2008
Now you know that just when you think you have the perfect schedule, things change so in no way is this written in stone! It is just what works now!
A few weeks ago I was so distraught at the kids behavior in the afternoon. They were disobedient, fighting with one another and outright loud! They would burst into tears at the slightest provocation. I am sure you guys can relate!
I finally said, that is enough! I am a mom who totally believes in naps, hey, in fact my kids love naps! I just don't like 3 hour naps which keep them up until 10pm every night.
One of my friends sends her daughter to day care and they take an hour nap every day. I asked her when her girl goes back to bed at night. Low and behold it was around the same time as before she had napped! What? Is that so???!
Now I know my son is the king of the power nap. He can sleep for any length of time and wake up happy as a clam. My daughter isn't so blessed! She acts like a girl in full throws of teenagerdom. She moans, complains and begs to be left alone until she wakes up on her own. What do I do with that after an hour nap?
Aaaaaahhhh, the trusted babysitter of our days... The TV of course!
Now before you guys all throw stones at me, hear me out. Since starting school, we have changed our daily routine. We wake up, get dressed, eat and then start school. Can you see what is missing? Morning TV time!!! So I will allow them to gently wake up to their tv fix first thing after nap. It will also allow for me to get a few things wrapped up after nap. Genius!
Now pray that this schedule sticks for awhile as I kinda like it!
Friday, August 1, 2008
I have come to the conclusion that everything written by Patricia Piccolo will be a winner, and this book is no exception!
The story revolves around a boy Eli who visits his Aunt Chip. All the townspeople of Triple Creek have been sucked into too much TV watching and have totally forgotten how to seek joy from books. GASP! Because of the relationship between Aunt Chip and her nephew Eli, the town of Triple Creek learns the importance of reading and how it can effect their daily life.
If you haven't already picked this one up, I suggest that you do so today! It was as much fun to read as it was for my kids to listen!
Monday, July 28, 2008
Wednesday, July 23, 2008
I have read my share of homeschooling articles, talked to many a woman who school their kids and I have done preschool activities with both kids on a fairly regular basis. No schedule, no plan really, just building memories and having fun.
Then I realize that if my dd was only 3 weeks older, she would be going to school as a kindergartner. AAAAACCCCCKKKKK! Since my sweet dh isn't totally sold on the whole homeschooling experience (he doesn't mind me doing it, just something he doesn't want to do!) I have told myself that this year is my pretend Kindergarten. So school it is and it is for real, kinda.
Now I am remembering all of my friends laments about their children bawking at school, discussing real tricks to get them to buy into school and all of their vents about their day. Day 2 and it is HARD!! LOL! Can't school just be a TV program about letter sounds?? Hey, wait, I used that - Letter Factory!!!
Anyhoo, Kylie is loving her school, it is Luke that is making me chuckle. He sits down and follows along and two minutes in he pronounces that "I am done!" And promptly gets up and walks off. I have some fun things for him to do throughout the morning but his little personality is so different than Kylie's at that age. He just makes me laugh.
Pray that I can make it through day 3 ok??
Sunday, July 20, 2008
So here is my plan.
- Wake up before 6:30 - have some quiet time and coffee and be out the door at 7
- Run - either at the gym or outside (way too hot!!!)
- Go to bed before 10:30pm
My hope is that by excercising, I will want to eat better and drink my water. Then I will get back down to a healthy weight. I just feel blah right now!
I will edit this post daily for 21 days to keep me accountable in my undertakings! Anyone want to join me??
- up and out of the house - ran 2 miles, walked 1
- drank my water and kept it in good point range through weight watchers.
- I am dead tired so I now I will be snoozing way before 10:30!
- up and awake by 7 - my ds woke up at the same time so no excercise yet! My plan is to go tonight and walk 3 miles after they go to bed.
- drinking my water and eating well!
- I am sooo ready for bed and it isn't even the evening yet!
- up and out - ran 2 miles and walked 1 - just trying to get my groove back.
- drank my water and ate well!
- went to bed at 11:00pm - oh well!
Saturday, July 19, 2008
So while they are gone, I am going to read, spend some time finishing up my homeschool plan for this year and enjoy the quiet! Wait, I still have 7 boys here so quiet is relative.
Tuesday, July 15, 2008
Monday, July 14, 2008
So Kylie wanted to sing a song of her own. This was totally made up on the spot as you can tell but we had fun none-the-less!
Tuesday, July 8, 2008
Sunday, June 29, 2008
What?? I am no artist and art isn't a really big deal in my house. I told her that I really don't know how to paint etc. She replied "well then after I am big and not around the house, you can take some classes THEN open an artist store. Or you could be a firegirl, a garbager, or a painter. Whatever you want to be!"
Well ok then. Glad she has my life all figured out.
What do you want to be when your kids are all out of the home? Yikes! What thoughts!
Thursday, June 26, 2008
We rented a home and looked for a church to go to in the meantime. The first church we went to was Northland, A Church Distributed and the rest was history! Jon looked at me and said "this is the church that I wanted to start! We don't need to reinvent the wheel, lets just go here." While I would have loved to be a pastor's wife, I did breathe out a huge sigh of relief.
While my desire at first was to go to a church that was smaller and more community oriented, Northland has been a great fit for us. Pastor Joel Hunter is a remarkable man who is reaching my hearts cry at what the church should be. He has been active in community at the local and national level and it will be exciting to see where God takes him in the years to come. We are blessed as a family to be involved in such a ministry!
A few weeks ago, we went to church and this song was in my head for days afterwards. I was poking around the Internet today and found it! Hope you enjoy it!
Holy God RP from Northland, A Church Distributed on Vimeo.
Wednesday, June 25, 2008
Saturday, June 21, 2008
My kids continue to grow so fast. Yesterday my dd was running around the house with my cell phone in her back pocket - just like her momma! If Kylie was just a few weeks older, she would be eligible to start Kindergarten. Instead of that though, we will be doing light school at home and Luke will tag along.
Today I spent quite a few hours planning our activities next year. I am so inspired by visiting others blogs, checking out the Five in a Row message board and other organizational websites to see what they are all up to. I am excited to hit the ground running as I can't wait to learn with my kids. Now when they get to high school math, then I might have to hire a tutor!
Talking about growing up, Kylie has decided that she likes art! I can't wait until I am home when I can post pictures but she has finally slowed down and is paying attention to detail. She is coloring the correct colors and is attempting to stay in the lines. She is taking her time and doing a great job! She has a passion right now for writing her letters as well so she will draw a picture and I will spell what she wants to write below the picture. Precious!
Luke too has been showing a lot of self motivated growth. He is drawing little people (with huge eyes and legs!) but he is trying to get his detail correct as well. As dramatic as he gets, it makes me laugh every day at his emotion and perseverance as he tries to draw figures.
Enjoy your day!
Friday, May 9, 2008
Luke ran a 100 meter dash which as you see, he was in the front of the pack!
Thursday, May 8, 2008
The atmosphere of a race is something you really can't describe until you have done it. The nerves are jumping throughout your body and all you want to do is get the start over with! Everyone is bouncing around, talking and just enjoying the moment before you are off on a wild adventure.
This is the second race I have ever done and now I think I am hooked. We ran a 15K which is 9.3 miles and suprisingly it went by quickly! Here is a picture in MGM Hollywood around mile 7?
Then me at the finish line. I look like a big dork now but I was happy that it was over!
Anyone wanna run?
Tuesday, April 29, 2008
Sunday, April 20, 2008
Today as I was run/walking (aka dying!) 7 miles on a beautiful stretch of trail, I was encouraged by the number of people taking in God's beauty. Some were fit, some not so much, but they were all getting active.
Last year I entered in something more my speed. It was a 5K and it was the most shocking thing I have ever seen pertaining to fitness. There were walkers there!!! And overweight people! They weren't all fitness guru's with perfect bodies and 6 minute mile times. I was flabbergasted because it broke my stereotype down. I thought you would have to be perfect to enter into the race.
Before I was a Christian, I believed I had to be perfect to allow God to love me. I had some dear friends who stuck with me, even in my sin to show the love of God to me. It was unconditional and pure even when I was not. They showed me that God loved me right where I was. He loved Kristina, bad habits and all.
I know for me that running has proven to be a big parallel to my spiritual walk. I wrestle every time I am about to go outside and get active. Uggghhhh, I think to myself - I just don't want to do it! But after putting the first foot forward I am so glad I did. Once I take a dip in the cool refreshing water of His word, I am so thankful I have paused to take a drink.
Hebrews 12:1,2 says...let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles, and let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us. 2Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith...
You don't have to be perfect, sinless for Jesus to care for you. You just have to be willing to put that first foot forward. He will take care of all the rest.
Wednesday, April 16, 2008
I made a comment about the bedding and Kylie quickly said, "awwww. I want a baby in our house. Do I need to talk to God about that?" "Well, I guess so!" I slowly responded. So on the spot she starts praying. "God, please give us another baby because I love looking at them and they are so cute. Thank you God, Amen."
She then looked up "MOM! You are starting to get FAT!!"
So I believe she thought that God heard her and granted her prayer instantly.
The faith of a child...
Sunday, March 23, 2008
Happy Easter to you and your family.
I have spent multiple hours today searching online, reading friends blogs and their beautiful Easter posts of children in fancy dresses and suits. Spring flowers and dyed Easter Eggs.
Well, hate to disappoint you but there will be none of those pictures around here! My daughter and I are sick so we have basically been laying around today. Kylie had some medicine so she spunked up to join Jon and Luke in a bit of egg dying. Picture a bunch of jammie dressed folks with wild hair all getting enough energy to make a craft. After we dyed them we were all worn out so we took a nap!
The eggs were taunting my poor son so we had a fun afternoon of hiding eggs in the living room and kitchen. My fear was that we weren't going to find them all since they were real eggs! Fortunately I think they are all safe and sound.
Hope your Easter was all that you imagined it to be. Mine, even though it wasn't what I had hoped, it was still special and it will remain a wonderful memory.
Saturday, March 22, 2008
I know this is just a season of life. My precious children will grow up quicker than I would like but I really want to curl up and spend some time with God ya know? Is that too much to ask?
So I will take what I can get. Lately, I hide in my shower. Yes, my shower. Now I am not the first mom who will admit that they have great revelations from God in the shower. It is quiet, it is cleansing, and most of all, it is quiet. Did I say there are no interruptions in the shower??!
Today in my prayer closet (aka the shower) I just had a long time chat with my Papa. See, I know Jon and I were obedient in paring down our living quarters. Some things just have to change. We moved from our home and are taking advantage of low cost housing provided from our work, a wonderful opportunity if you ask me. Things seemed so clear to me, to us that we needed to make a change.
Now, I don't think that we heard wrong from God. I still believe that we are on this road for a purpose. We continue to trust in the one who will provide for us. We had great plans of being freer with our finances, being able to give more as we felt led. Now we are in gridlock with a budget as tight as stone. I feel torn at wanting to give to people in need but having nothing to give.
I am thankful for all that we do have. Our health (aside from this nasty sniffle I have currently), our family, a roof over our head and food on our table. We are blessed with awesome friends who love on us to no end.
What I pray for us as a family is that we can continue to trust in the plan God has for us. Our future is not clear for us but we can trust the One who has our lives in His hands.
This is our favorite verse not only for ourselves but for the boys we serve.
11 For I know the plans I have for you," declares the LORD, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.
I am so thankful for Hope!
Monday, March 10, 2008
I love doing things that revolve around food, and what better thing to do was to bake croissants! We took the easy way out and did the Pilsbury kind but it was fun to roll the shapes. Luke had a great time taking turns with rolling. Notice the cheesy grin?
After all the hard work was done, Kylie enjoyed eating them.
We also had french bread during one dinner so the next morning we had french bread dipped in hot chocolate which I read is done in France. While my kids love hot chocolate, they couldn't fathom dipping french bread in it. After a few "eeeewwwwwwws" and "yuck" moments they ate it all.
Then the real fun began when they got to make the Eiffel Tower with cheese and toothpicks. This task was mostly done by us as they really couldn't master the finger dexterity needed. Jon worked with Luke (thus the near perfect structure) and I helped Kylie (poor girl!) They had fun eating their creation after it was all done.
Monday, February 25, 2008
Luke really wanted a pirate party, did I say he liked swords?? Well, for our goody bag, we made treasure chests to hide our "booty!"
After we made our booty bags, we had the pinata which was quite entertaining. See a whole bunch of short people trying to reach the treasure chest was hilarious! Jon had to help out and give the final whack.
Luke loved his tresure chest cake - can you tell? His face is about to explode from excitement! LOL!
Saturday, February 9, 2008
Kylie and Bethany showing the vast expance of strawberries!