Wednesday, February 20, 2008

News Flash! soccer, sleep and Starbucks

Soccer! Yes, Elijah is now enrolled at Arena sports, as a "cottontail". He loves it. He refers to it as "I'm going to play a soccer game!" He and Tim have a blast, it has been fun hearing about it when he gets home and his stories of "red light, green light".
Last night was the 3rd night, yes 3 in a row, that Gratia slept for 7.5 hours straight!! Hip Hip Hoorah for Gratia! I can sure tell a difference when I have more than 3 hours of sleep at night. It's actually the best thing since sliced bread!!
And lastly but not least, Tim may have landed himself a new job. I believe it is official but still on the down low...shhh! But here are the stats: a bigger store in Bellevue. That's what I got.


Yes, it is a word. Fiamma's newest word. Otay. Can you guess what she is trying to say?
Ok I'll tell's her word for "Okay". The reason I share this news is because it's pretty darn cute when she says it. Like you want her to keep saying it so you can get a good giggle and a squeeze in. I'm just a proud mamma. Love it. Love her.

Tuesday, February 12, 2008

Here is Elijah both saying the Fruits of the Spirit and reciting his catechism. He of course needs to do this while hammering on the barn... we call it "working on the barn"

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Saturday, February 9, 2008

My first week solo with Gratia..hehehee

Ok, so this was my first week after Tim went back to work. I admit, I am fine and I never thought I wouldn't be able to handle it, but when you have your side kick with you for 5 weeks you get a little spoiled and come accustomed to the finer things of life. It was wonderful having Tim home. But this week I learned a lot about myself, my son and my daughters. Mostly about my relationship with Elijah.
I have never parented a 2.5 yr old boy. Nothing to compare it to. I feel like I get stuck. In a place of no return. To put it lightly this week was probably hardest week I have ever faced with Elijah. I will blame it on the weather. True it was a very cold, windy and rainy week, which means that most people are inside all day. Especially with the little ones. There are the lack of walks, tball games. poo sticks, riding bikes ect.
Basically what it led to was a child who on more than one occasion trying to show off his wrestling moves with his younger sister, and a mom, that's me, realizing that just because he isn't listening doesn't mean I need to talk louder (yell) so that he can hear me better. I am not proud of those moments. God definitely grabs me. I repent. Not only to Him but to my son as well.
In spite of myself God somehow takes those horrible moments and turns them around. I find when I repent to Elijah and ask his forgiveness and vice versa it tightens our relationship. God is truly amazing.
This will always be an ongoing tension, discpline and finding out what works, but as of now what I know to be true and need to remember, and continue, is to daily renew my mind with His Word, to pray pray pray, and be ok with a day of horsey rides, even if I don't get the toilets cleaned.

Sunday, February 3, 2008

John Owen

A quote from one of my favorite theologians. I am currently reading his book on the atonement. It is great! Here is John Owen's heart in his own words.

"I will not judge a person to be spiritually dead whom I have judged formerly to have had spiritual life, though I see him at present in a swoon (faint)as to all evidences of the spiritual life. And the reason why I will not judge him so is this -- because if you judge a person dead, you neglect him, you leave him; but if you judge him in a swoon,(faint) though never so dangerous, you use all means for the retrieving of his life. "

John Owen


The Lord bless you and keep you; the Lord make his face shine upon you and be gracious to you; the Lord turn his face toward you and give you peace.