The boys had a snowday last week and went to work with Eric. He sent me this picture mid way through the day….
They actually enjoyed working and didn’t want to leave at the end of the day.
I’m reading “In the Grip of Grace” by Max Lucado. Sofar, I’m really enjoying it and I thought I’d share just an insert from one of the pages.
What a God!
Ponder the achievement of God. He doesn’t condone our sin, nor does he compromise his standard. He doesn’t ignore our rebellion, nor does he relax his demands. Rather than dismiss our sin, he assumes our sin and incredibly, sentences himself. God’s holiness is honored. Our sin is punished… and we are redeemed. God does what we cannot do so we can be what we dare not dream: perfect before God.
For nearly a year, I have been in a funk. I know God has been moving in many different directions but I continued to have this void inside of me. I’m sure partly because I have chosen it but not completely.
Our family attends a large church that allows for me to sink in my seat and get lost each week and usually that’s what I chose to do. I feel God’s presense there week after week as He meets up with me during worship and reminds my of His plans for my life during each message. I’m very thankful for this resting place for my heart. I do have some amazing friends that come and sit next to me each week. To watch their spiritual growth in spite of certain circumstances has been very inspiring to me.
Recently God moved in us to begin reaching out again to others for His greater purpose. We started a “small group”. It was about the most natural thing to do for us yet we never felt the calling until now. There’s been a void of community in our lives and we were doing nothing about it. It’s only been a couple of weeks, but I’m amazed at the way its already brought so much healing.
We meet in a house that has no furniture. We have brown chairs, Bibles and one HOT worship leader. 🙂 The growing group has taken on their roles, like: bringing toilet paper, snacks, crayons and paper towel… Oh yea, and for sure coffee!
Lord God of Heaven and Earth… I fall at your feet this morning and say THANK YOU!
This past Saturday, the twins had a birthday party they were supposed to be going to. I told my older boy that him and I could do a “date” at Starbucks. He said, that’s good mom, cause I have something to talk with you about. Well this really got my ears perked, so I said “about what”.. He says, well….. I think at the next dance, I’m going to ask the question… I was pretty sure I knew what this question was but I needed to make sure.
Me: What question is that?
Blare: I’m going to ask her to be my girlfriend
Me: sigh…. Are you ready for this?
Blare: (very seriously I might add) I think I am mom
Me: Well what does this mean? Like, does this mean you hold hands…
Blare: (again very serious) NO mom! I’m not like that
I think it’ll be a good idea to chaperone this next dance.
I mean this is huge as I have really high standards for the girls my boys date… Like, they have to like to bake cookies with me and wear matching outfits… I’ve already talked with this girl, and she’s in so for now, we’re good.
We met this cool guy named Justin Thorton.
We asked him to come live with us and now he’s staying in our basement.
I love his heart. And it’s nice to see my husband encouraged. God works in mysterious ways!
I forgot how much I appreciate all the other seasons.
I am usually one of those people who waits until the very last week to cram in all my christmas shopping…Not this year, oh no… I have saved my money from every paycheck this year and scheduled a shopping trip to go out of town with a wonderful friend. We went a couple weekends ago. I even have everything wrapped!
Last weekend, instead of going to the Christmas Tree farm to pick out a tree to cut down, we stopped by the local Home Depot and grabbed one…. Once we got home and put it in the stand, we quickly realized the tree was a tad too tall. Because it was already up and also just because its something I would do, I decided to just trim the top of the tree. Hmm. So the tree doesn’t really thin out like most would, but hey, it’s unique. 🙂 Of course, during all of this, my oldest son had went downstairs to discover that there was water coming in from outside and now soaking the nearly new carpet…Trying to stay positive, we worked on continuing the christmas spirit… As we began to put the last year’s lights on the tree, we discovered half of them to be out… URGGGG….
Another trip out in the wonderful snowfall and we were golden…
Monday morning as the boys were eating their breakfast, they all watched the tree tilt to rest on the nearby wall. Once Eric got home, we worked on getting our tree straight… Yay~ It worked… Although I’ve sure never had a tree shed so much. That night lying in bed, we hear a CRASH!!!!!!!! YIKES…. Oh yea, its the tree alright on the carpet leaking water everywhere and had ripped my nicely wrapped presents open.. Also soaking the cardboard boxes they sit in… Pine needles everywhere, clogging up the vacuum… 🙂 It only took us until about an hour to clean up the mess. I really didn’t need 8 hours of sleep anyway… (Staying Positive)
The boys sensing my despair decided to have me come home from work on Tuesday for a surprise… The twins were out shoveling the driveway. My eldest son greeted me at the door… Taking me through our home room by room… Neatly hung-up coats and back packs in the breezeway. A candle lit on the table where each homework folder lay open for my signature. Coffee brewing in the kitchen where each lunchbox was open after being packed for my approval.. The living room had my slippers waiting for me and wood was brought in from outside now laying inside the fireplace.:)
Oh how I love my children so….
Tis the season!
The other night I couldn’t find my husband…
I went upstairs only to find him getting all geared up for none other than the opening night for the Detroit Pistons…
Apparently this is a really BIG DEAL? He was so excited because he had three extra jersey’s laying on the bed for the boys…
On Monday nights in our home the house is filled with this exciting energy as time stops around 8PM as we get pumped up for the Monday night football theme song??? My husband also informed me that October happens to be the greatest month EVER… Hockey, World Series, Football, and basketball all in one month… Oh my…
I LOVE IT! I like to pretend that I don’t like it but I wouldn’t change it for the world! 🙂