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Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Ye Haw!!

First, I got to do senior pictures for two boys that were in our youth group a couple of years ago. They've moved away and grown up into men. They're both headed to College Station next year. 


Next, my Alexis is my little horse lover. Before she was even born my friend, Jonanne, gave her a stuffed horse which she became attached to and still has to sleep with. Jonanne invited her to come and ride her horse. She was so excited she had her clothes laid out the night before. It was her first time to really ride and she couldn't wipe the smile off her face! 


Her love of horses seems to have come out of nowhere. We live in town and don't have anything to do with horses but Alexis continues to pray that we would live on a farm. I'm curious what God will do with our little cowgirl.

Thursday, May 19, 2011

{Parenting} A Good Foundation

I'm going to add a new category to my blog...parenting. Now, the trick is just to figure out how to categorize my blog. I want one of those bars across the top so people can find what they're looking for! If anyone knows how to do that please help :-) Anyway, another thing I'm equally passionate about is parenting, or mothering in my case. In Ephesians 6:4 we see the charge to bring up our children in the training and instruction of the Lord. For me that's the goal of parenting. Not that I am in anyway perfect, but by the grace of God I will pursue that goal. I love to see and hear what the Lord does in different families to achieve godly training. I also love reading books on training children and will share some of the things that have been helpful to me with my small children. If you have a teenager I won't be much help since my oldest is eight :-)

There is one verse that's really freeing to me as a believer and as a parent. It was Jesus' response to being asked which was the greatest commandment. In response He said, "love the Lord your God with all your heart, and all your soul, and all your mind" and the second "love your neighbor as yourself" . If I want to be a good wife and mother I first, have to start with my relationship with God. If I'm walking in Christ and my heart is thirsting for His direction I can trust that He will teach me how to be a good mom and wife and when I mess up I get the most awesome gift of his grace! And boy am I gonna need a lot of that!!

My next priority is my relationship with my husband. I remember a time before I had kids when I sat in a Sunday School class and the teacher began to talk about the struggle of putting her kids before her husband. I thought she was crazy!! Not having kids I couldn't imaging loving anyone more than Chance! Fast-forward about 10 years and now who was crazy...or naive rather. I had no idea of the immeasurable, overwhelming, abounding, love I would have for my kids. Time after time God uses the love I have for them to remind me of his abounding love for me. My kids are such a blessing and its easy to put them before Chance and neglect that relationship. So, I think as moms who have a natural tendency to put our kids first we have to be intentional about loving our husbands. There are some great books out there about being wives. The Excellent Wife by Martha Peace was one of my first favorites but if you're not the homey type or fond of old school you might not like it. Another thing that has helped tremendously with figuring out how to love my husband, who is polar opposite of me, is The Five Love Languages by Gary Chapman. I never actually read that book! I heard so many people teach on it I didn't figure I needed to read it. But, it helps you to figure what makes people feel loved so that you can treat them in a way that makes them feel loved.

Last, I want to leave you with the challenge to examine your priorities (as I also examine mine). Who is first in your life? Kids? Work? God? Spouse? And, I can't have a post without a picture so here's a funny moment at our home.

Sunday, May 1, 2011

Easter, bunnies, and seniors

This year we went to Poolville for Easter. Chance's step-mom is from the same small town where I grew up so our kids had 2 out of 4 sets of grandparents in the same town. They had easter eggs for them to dye, an easter egg hunt, chicks, and ended with the annual chicken chasing!
Easter is such a great holiday!! So great to celebrate the resurrection of Christ and what that means for our lives. When we got home that night we made Resurrection Cookies from a recipe my mom found and sent me: 

To be made the evening before Easter

You need:

1 tsp Vinegar
egg whites
Pinch Salt
Pecan Halves
2 cups Sugar
Zipper Baggie
Wooden Spoon
Tape
Wax Paper
Bible

Preheat oven to 300 (this is important - don't wait until you're half done with the recipe)

Place pecans in zipper baggie and let children beat them with the wooden spoon to break into small pieces

Explain that after Jesus was arrested, he was beaten by the Roman soldier.
READ JOHN 19:1

Let each child smell the vinegar.
Put 1 tsp Vinegar into 
mixing bowl.

Explain that when Jesus was thirsty on the cross, he was given vinegar to drink.
READ JOHN 
19:28-30


Add egg whites to vinegar. Eggs represent life. Explain that Jesus gave his life to give us life.
READ JOHN 10:10-11

Sprinkle a little salt into each child's hand. Let them taste it and brush the rest into the bowl.

Explain that this represents the salty tears shed by Jesus' followers and the bitterness of our own sin.
READ LUKE 
23:27

So far the ingredients are not very appetizing.
Add 1 cup Sugar

Explain that the sweetest part of the story is that Jesus died because he loves us.
He wants us to know this and how to belong to Him.

READ PSALM 34:8 AND JOHN 3:16


Beat with a mixer on high speed for 12-15 minutes until stiff peaks are formed.

Explain that the color White represents the purity in God's eyes of those whose sins have been cleansed by Jesus.

READ ISAIAH 1:18 and JOHN 3:1-3

Fold in broken nuts.
Drop by teaspoons onto a wax paper covered cookie sheet.

Explain that each mound represents the rocky tomb where Jesus' body was laid.

READ MATTHEW 27:57-60

Put the cookie sheet in the oven, close the door and turn the oven OFF.
Give each child a piece of tape and seal the oven door.

Explain that 
Jesus' tomb was sealed.

READ MATHEW 27:65-66

GO TO BED!!!

Explain that they may feel sad to leave the cookies in the oven overnight.
Jesus' followers were in despair when the tomb was sealed.

READ JOHN 
16:20-22

On Easter morning, open the oven and give everyone a cookie. Notice the cracked surface and take a bite. The cookies are hollow inside!!!
On the first Easter Jesus' followers were amazed to find the tomb open and empty!!!

LOVE, PEACE, AND BLESSINGS TO YOU AND YOURS



Well, our cookies weren't hollow in the middle but they tasted FABULOUS! Also, you might notice in the first part of the recipe it calls for 2 cups of sugar and then later is says 1??? I used 1 and they were plenty sweet but I'm wondering if that's why they weren't hollow. Anyone know??

Next, I got to take pictures for the Cornerstone Montessori School in Dublin as I mentioned before. This was too fun!! I was going to take Alexis but I didn't have her dressed in time (she's my little farm girl). She would have loved it.


And, here are a couple of seniors from Tarleton. They both have some of the most beautiful eyes I've ever seen!!