We sure have had lots going on here lately. We just finished up LoveLoud through our church. It’s a church-wide Mission Project. Our class went a few different directions, and we were able to be a little part of all three projects. We’ve been having church out at a local mobile home park for about 4 months on Wednesday nights. […]
Don’t have much time, but I just wanted to mark it down that today, 14 years ago, Josh and I became a couple. The kids wondered what that meant, so I told them that it meant we only wanted to be together and didn’t want to be apart. They also wondered how old I was. I told them I was 19 and in college and that they shouldn’t even think about being a couple with anyone until they are college-aged. Makes sense to me. We’ll see if they take my advice.
This really happened this morning. I got up at 8:00 this morning. The sleep was heavenly. Josh was gone an hour earlier. I could hear the kids playing nicely down the hall. Mack made one visit to tell me he was “hungry as a bear.” Then, he went to play when I told him I’d be making pancakes soon. I got up, made breakfast, the kids were very pleasant…though there was a lot of whispering at the table and making sure I didn’t hear them. I told them that I would be reading my Bible and having some coffee and didn’t want to be interrupted. They complied and went on their merry way upstairs. About thirty minutes later, Ruby appeared looking a little suspicious, though not horribly so. I asked her what she was doing, and she innocently said, “Oh, we’re just gonna go out in the backyard.” Then, Molly and Mack came down looking even more suspicious. I asked Ruby, again, what they were going to do with all the stuff they were taking outside. (Molly had a backpack, a big coat, and a peppermint stick. Mack had a pair of pajamas in hand and an umbrella and a blanket.) Ruby said, “Well, we were just going to go on a journey and didn’t want you to know that we were leaving the house.” You see, these munchkins were planning to go on a long walk in the neighborhood. […]
This morning I was straightening up Mack’s room while he was getting dressed. He was just talking about random things, and I was listening as he rambled. He then said, “Hey Mom–you know who is happy when we are mean?” I asked, “Who?” He said, very soberly, “The devil. He likes when we do bad things. When we are mean […]
“We simplify, not just to be less busy, even though we may be right to pursue that. Rather, we simplify to remove distractions from our pursuit of Christ. We prune activities from our lives, not only to get organized, but also that our devotion to Christ and service from His kingdom will be more fruitful. We simplify, not merely to save time, but to eliminate hindrances to the time we devote to knowing Christ. All the reasons we simplify should eventually lead us to Jesus Christ.” Donald S. Whitney I have had so many thoughts going through my mind over the last few days, and I am going to attempt to process some of them on this blog. I am certain many of the questions I have do not have clear answers and that the answers that come will be very personal, catered to our family. Most of the thoughts are around the high-pace, over-booked calendar culture in which we live. I’ve heard from quite a few folks lately how they aren’t sure when life will slow down or how they are trying to figure out what to say “no” to and what to keep doing. I hear fellow parents complain about sports schedules and games scheduled on Sunday. I watch my own calendar fill up with church events, committee meetings, traveling weekends, weeknight outreach events, mission projects, and more. And then there is just the LIFE stuff–cooking, laundry, homeschooling, […]
We went out to run a few errands and picked up a few pumpkins…and pumpkin flavored coffee and muffin mix! I love, love, love this time of year. After putting our pumpkins out and about inside and outside, I said, “The house looks like Fall.” Mack said, “Oh no! The house is making us fall?” We went to Trader Joe’s […]
We had a great time in South GA with family. I didn’t bring my Nikon, but I managed a few poor pictures on my phone. I’ll post them here, but I doubt you can see them very well. We went down to be a part of Merrilee and Jason’s shower. They are getting married the first weekend in November, and […]