Saturday, October 31, 2009

Halloween 2009

We're not huge Halloween fans around here...avoiding witches and ghosts and all things scary.
Philippians 4:8
Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, lovely, admirable -- if anything is excellent or praiseworthy, think about such things.

We do not sacrifice our children or try to summon the dead. eesh.

Deuteronomy 18: 10-12
Let no one be found among you who sacrifices his son or daughter in the fire, who practices divination or sorcery, interprets omens, engages in witchcraft, or casts spells, or who is a medium or spiritist or consults the dead. Anyone who does these is detestable to the Lord.

We do, however, carve pumpkins, dress up in happy costumes and head to the Harvest party at church!

Amy dressed as a cheerleader (which I can totally see her being when she's older), Yolanta as Sharpay (from Highschool Musical) and Katie was a princess (of course).

Doesn't Yolanta look JUST LIKE her?


All in all it was a fun holiday, except that I was SICK. Still am, actually. So I didn't get to go to the harvest party at church but I hear it was pretty awesome. Husband took the girls and they came home pumped up on sugar, bags full of candy and laughing their little heads off.

Monday, October 26, 2009


Have you ever had one of those days, where you woke up thinking about your grandpa because he died exactly one year ago?

I have. It's today.

Also, we attended a funeral today. So that made me think about him even more.

And then I read a blog post of a lady who was in the process of adopting a baby girl from Haiti, but the baby died before the adoption was finalized - one year ago today. So I left a comment that maybe her baby was sitting on my grandpa's knee while Jesus told them a story.

I love you Grandpa. I miss you.
I love you Grandma, and I'm sorry your husband is gone.
I love you dad, and I'm sorry your hero and best pal is gone.

Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted. Matthew 5:4

Monday, October 19, 2009

Be Brief, Brother, Be Brief

12 points are a lot to cover in a 40 minute sermon.
But Pastor Phil did it and did it well!
He of course stuck to his seminary teaching of the 5 B's.
(I'm quoting Pastor Phil here!)
Be brief, brother, be brief.

A Jesus Church...

1. imitates Jesus
2. is Spirit filled
3. is evangelistic
4. is a holy church
5. is serving
6. is expectant of Christ's return

...hey, are these things true of my own life, too?

Servants of Jesus...

1. endure hardships
2. live to please God
a) Do your feelings get hurt easily?
b) Do you crave appreciation?
c) Do you long for recognition?
d)do you struggle with obscurity?
3. lead by example
4. are tender hearted
5. are hard workers
6. are great encouragers I a servant of Jesus?

These 12 points were found from:
1 Thessalonians Chapter 1 Verses 5-10 and Chapter 2 Verses 1-12

Saturday, October 10, 2009

10 on the Tenth

I read this blog as I like her "every day" kind of feel. She hosts a 10th on the 10th that I think I'll start being a part of. If I remember.

Okay... it's pretty simple.
List 10 things on the 10th of the month.

Some ladies do themes like "10 things I love about my husband" or "10 things I hope to do with my kids" or "10 things I complain about." Well, no one has ever done that (that I've seen) but wouldn't it be sinfully fun to do?

This is an especially special day to start because it's the 10 month of the year!
Yeah, I'm nerdy like that.

My list theme is going to be Ten Random Things. Which, secretly, means I have no theme.

I also have no pictures this go'round. But that will hopefully change starting November 10th.

Here we go!

1. Ten rooms in my house that need to be vacuumed.

Yes, I have been blessed with a big house (that I LOVE by the way).

1a) Family room

2a) Dining room

3a) Formal living room

4a) Husband's home office

5a) Amy & Yolanta's shared bedroom

6a) My and husband's bedroom

7a) Katie's bedroom

8a) Guest bedroom

9a) Homeschool room

10a) The hallways/stairs

Never mind needing to sweep and mop the kitchen and bathrooms!

2. Ten times I have checked Molly's blog today to see if she has posted a sneak preview into the photos she took of my family.

3. Ten times I have called my sister today. And I think she has called me 10 times which makes 20 times I have talked to my sister on the phone. You think I'm kidding? I'm not. Not allllll days are this phone incessant, but today was. Oh my gosh, IS! She just called me again. We're twins so she probably knew I was talking about her.

4. Ten little fingernails I wish I had repainted. As I've mentioned, we had family photos taken today. My 8 year old had chippy florescent yellow fingernails! Yikes.

5. Ten times I have looked at my cell phone wondering if maybe I've missed The Call. You see, my friend Sarah is pregnant with twins and I have been honored with the task of photographing the delivery! I don't care if they don't let me in (she might have a c-section) my camera and I will be there!

6. Ten times I have talked to God today. This isn't an actual exact count so maybe it's not valid. It's probably more. I offer up little prayers and talk to my Creator all day long. I love God.

7. Ten minutes I have spent trying to think of something to put for #7. This list is harder than I thought it would be. And I've got a random theme going...seems like it would have been easier. It's hard.

8. Ten miles. Ten miles is a long way to run. But guess what? I used to be able to run ten miles quite well. I've run it several times. I've run marathons and half marathons. Ten miles was part of my training. But, sadly, I have not run in months. MONTHS. Seriously, I wonder if I can even run for 10 minutes. And 10 minutes is about how long it takes me to run ONE mile. Ten tears streaming down my cheek now.

9. Ten days left till my book club night. I love book club night. My BFF and I go together, it's walking distance from my house, and the book we're reading is FANTASTIC! Here's a picture of the book. It's called A Shepherd Looks at Psalm 23. I recommend it!

10. Ten minutes I sat and listened to my daughter practice the piano. I adore her 8 year old playing and hope she continues to play for 10x10 more years. The other 20 minutes of her practice I couldn't hear very well because I was giving my 5 year old a bath. But during those 10 minutes I soaked in every note.

That's it! Gosh, it's just after TEN o'clock. That almost counts for another one!

Thursday, October 8, 2009

I almost cried a little.

There was a 20 year old in my house today.
She is gorgeous.
A college student.

As I am asking questions about her and getting to know her (what 20 year old doesn't love to talk about themselves!?) she begins to tell me about a guy.

Of course.

"But," she says, "he's old."

"Oh really?" I prompt.

"Yeah, he's like in his early 30's."

Monday, October 5, 2009

October 5, 2001

My little Amy Joy turned 8 years old today.
And to celebrate, we took her to get her ears pierced!

I have so much to say about Amy and the beautiful person God has created her to be and will post on that soon. Very soon.

But for now, enjoy these pictures of the day she put holes in her ears.

I love you, Amy! Happy Eighth Birthday.

Thursday, October 1, 2009

Hats and Harmony

I love the sound of harmony. The Anderws Sisters have that classic 1930's sound and it's filled with 3 part harmony. This 7 minute Disney cartoon was one of my FAVE-orite cartoons when I was little. And now my girls love it, too.

It's catchy and jingly and you'll be singing it for days.
Rated E for everyone.