Monday, March 21, 2011

Some things I've been thinking on...

So...a few days ago I started to write this blog...and I gave myself some bullet points that I wanted to make sure and share are the "bullet points":


Washing all pink loads... anyone?

The Gospel..."A Gospel Primer for Christians"

Having three kids and would love some heads up...

Gratitude...I love the noise of the girls voices.

Jada's sleepover success and why I am so thankful for the girls in our lives...

After I wrote the bullet points for myself I decided I was too tired to think that I closed my computer and went to sleep!

So now, in the middle of my Wednesday, after just completing some photography work, I am coming back to it (not really full of energy) set on completing this mission too! And so I don't have to say it later...all of these pictures were taken from phones, so please excuse the blurriness and try to enjoy the moment :)

Here goes...I have been thinking about what following the Lord was like when I first came to Christ. It was Good Friday 1998. I knew I had so much to learn and in a short season grew so quickly. It was fun and hard and challenging and beautiful...I look on that season fondly. The Lord gave me deep understanding of who Jesus is and how He is so much better than anything else. That came out in all sorts of different circumstances where surrender (though through tears at times) was easy. When I say "easy" I mean, it was so clear that Jesus was better and I had to make a choice...Jesus or "fill in the blank". I learned quickly that my heart wasn't a safe gage to follow and that I had to lean into and trust what the bible said. The Lord was gracious and over and over again spoke loud and clear. The Lord redeemed so many things that were broken and still he continues to redeem things and relationships from my life "before Christ." So, as I have been reflecting on the Lord's current redemption of things from long ago, I have asked myself the question "what about now? What am I surrendering now? Am I continuing to make choices that say Jesus is better than...?" Through all of this, I think the Lord is asking me to be more disciplined in prayer, in the scriptures and in pursuing Him more...just talking to Him more. I am excited and hopeful...I don't want to miss anything the Lord could give me or my family out of laziness or an unexpectant posture towards Him.

And I find myself sorting clothes for laundry and now I have a whites, darks, mediums, and pinks...yep...I run all pink loads! Every now and then purple will join the pink party too, but good thing Judson is coming next to defend the blue in our home!

And it seems there has been a lot of talk about the gospel...what it really is and the implications of it for a lost world. I have lots of thoughts, but mainly I wanted to write about a fabulous book that my friend Kari gave me last summer. It is called "A Gospel Primer for Christians". I have found it sooo good and helpful for me to understand the Gospel in deeper ways and to literally remember it daily for myself and the people I see in the places that I go. You can get it for $5 on is really really worth your time and energy getting it!
And since we are embarking on being outnumbered by the children in our home...I thought I would ask any and all of you to give me some advice on how to mother/parent three children. Anything from carefully shepharding their hearts to how to grocery shop would be helpful! So, please get back to me on it...assume I am clueless!

And we had a day at home recently where there just never seemed to be a moment where Jada or Kiva weren't needing my full attention. They were loudly calling for me constantly...even when I was sitting next to them or holding them. And I was feeling some anxiety start to rise up in my heart when I seriously and suddenly broke into laughter...the sounds of their voices turned from needy to wonderfully delightful...they will be in their 20's far too quickly...and the days that I have with them now are truly treasures to me. So, as I ask the Lord for patience and perspective, I hope to enjoy every single moment they need something or just want my attention :). I am grateful for it!

And I left off last time with Jada wishing for a sleepover for her huge and monumental 4 1/2 birthday. Well, it was amazing. Bernie and Kellie celebrated her so sweetly. They made her favorite meal...pancakes and bacon...and the pancakes were even pink! The evening she was gone I was truly overwhelmed and humbled by their love. There is something so unique about other people extravagantly loving your children. I thought about how that must be why the Lord tells us to love one another...He really enjoys it. So, thank you Bernie and Kellie for Jada's...and I quote..."best night of her whole life in the whole world."
And on other random are some other photos from our latest days...Jada had a play date at the Crawford's home and when Kiva and I went to pick her up we walked in on a girl band. Love it!
And make no mistake...Kiva loves Aunt Ashley. She points to her picture when she is not there and says "A-ley" and gets excited every time she sees her. So...I took this pic of Kiva reaching for Ashley's pic to prove to her that she does this while she is not precious!
And with these fabulous spring days we've been having, we have been going on lots of walks and made many trips to the park. The girls LOVE bringing their sand toys and can spend hours shoveling dirt, sand or rocks into different containers. And you may recognize the brown dress that Jada is wearing from when she was a flower girl. Truth is, she wears this "princess dress" daily...even on walks. So funny. And the last picture is a bunny that was hopping down our street last week on one of our walks. The girls were giggling and totally into this little guy...Jada requested that I take a pic. So here it is :)

Saturday, March 19, 2011

It was a pretty big day...

Jada has been awaiting this day for a long time...for months she has been asking about it. And FINALLY (in Jada's world) the much awaited day came. That's right people...her Half-Birthday! She officially turned 4 1/2 today. I am really not exaggerating in any way...for some reason she has longed to be 4 1/2. So of course, I made a little blueberry struesel for breakfast with four and a half candles and we sang. She was giggly excited. Then she was surprised with "blonde" Ashley coming over with a crayon-tower and two little flowers to plant in cute little pots. I don't think there could be a better gift than a crayon-tower for 4 1/2 year old Jada. She was mesmerized and giddy. And then of course, we finished the day with some pink and white circus animal cookies with sprinkles. It was fabulous. I asked her "If you could do anything for her half birthday, what would it be?" She said she wanted to have a sleepover with Bernie and Kellie. So, Monday Jada's wish will be granted. SO fun. And the day ended with a very silly bath time leading into this scene...
Kiva pushing Jada in her grocery cart AND the doll stroller...we were all cracking up at one point!
So there you have a fun and very happy four and a HALF year old Jada!
On other news, spring break was great with Brian home. We were able to relax and just be together as a family a lot. I am super grateful for this time! On Friday we went to the zoo in Waco and met our old/good friends, The Coles and Sepulvedas...minus their husbands who don't have spring break :(. It was great to see them and to see our children growing up together. We took a group pic at the end...which was pretty funny, but it is proof that we were together!

Monday, March 14, 2011

a visit, big sis shirts and getting older

I bought the girls matching big sister shirts. It is humorous to see Kiva in a "Big Sister" shirt for were some quick pics I took...and I just had to include the one with Kiva standing with her cute little tummy out and sway back. And also, please take notice of Jada's favorite new shoes "twinkle toes"...yep, they have rhinestones and they light up. They are pretty fantastic. If Jada knew how to blog, this post would be about the awesomeness of her "sparkly light up shoes."

And I have been thinking a lot about this life being a breath...a vapor...even more I have thought about how time flies by and how I want to live fully. I want to be 80 years old and FULL of life in the Holy Spirit...full of energy and full of faith. I don't want to be old. I like being 32. I like this season of life and I am NOT wishing I was 20 again or anything like that. What I mean is, I don't want to act and live like I am old. So, I am reading a book about parenting called "Raising children to Adore God." I am not too far into it and it is good for sure. But they used a quote that I wanted to shout out a "YES...exactly!"...

"Anyone who stops learning is old, whether it happens at twenty or eighty. Anyone who keeps on learning not only remains young but also becomes constantly more valuable."- Harvey Ullman

I like that. I want to be steadily and constantly teachable...not just by someone older than me or who has some radical story, but I want to be able to be taught by the Lord through anyone. My children, other people's children, friends, younger men and younger women, peers, older folks get my point. I want to be a learner and I want to live like I am in process of knowing God and knowing what this life is about. From parks with squealing children to a cemetery full of obvious silence, I want to have ears to hear the Lord. So, who is with me??? Let's be young forever...even with wrinkles and gray hair (possibly not showing b/c of great hair color products...we'll see :))

I am planning to post about 'Talitha' soon. I have lots of thoughts and stuff to share. I love those girls.

And to kick off spring break, Grammy and Grumpy came in for a weekend visit. It was a wonderfully relaxing time together. Their birthdays were in February, but they both were a bit under the weather, so we got to celebrate together with some good ol' cheesecake factory cheesecake :) We really enjoyed our time together!

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

some love

Here are lots of random photos that I just had to share...some life stuff...most of these were taken with my phone camera so sorry for the blurriness. I just love these girls!
Here...a normal morning consists of Jada dressing up in a 'beautiful dress" and Kiva immediately finds some sort of jewelry!
Aunt Shannon gave this cutie outfit to Kiva...I love these photos. This is a Kiva deep thought face...or "I am considering if I should obey or not."And this is very normal...Kiva is ALWAYS running/walking super duper fast!Jada likes wearing her hair in "bun-piggies"...she reminds me of minnie mouse but cuter :)this is a pic from a few weeks ago but Jada has been practicing her "wink" that she is proud of mom and I went to a quilting store to just look for fabric for Judson's room...and we found the cutest turtle fabric and I just LOVE the colors. We found everything that we love! So, my mom will begin doing Judson's bedding soon. YAY!

Monday, March 7, 2011

Our son's name!...

Has anyone ever heard of a missionary named Adoniram Judson? If you know Brian, you know that he loves reading biographies of the people God has used to change the world. One of his favorite biographies was of a man named Adoniram Judson who was alive 1788-1850. He was a missionary to Burma and literally created their written language AND translated the bible AND started the first Christian church there AND suffered a whole lot yet remained faithful to God and God's call on His life. He lived a life of surrender and obedience and God used him mightily!

His story is should read all about him! Especially since he is our son's namesake! His name actually means "one who praises God"...and Christopher is Brian's middle name and means "christ-bearer." So we are praying for our God Praising-Christ Bearer!!!

Judson Christopher Lee!