Tuesday, April 27, 2010

funny stories

Okay so to say the least, Brennan has really been showing his independence, exerting his will, testing the limit, revealing the sin within, BEING TWO...
However, here are two funny stories from the latest discipline issues: Last night, before refusing to eat his "pizzadilla" (which he loves) he saw me open the freezer to get something and saw popsicles..to which he threw himself down of the floor begging for one and fitting for not getting it right then. After refusing to get up he was spanked, after screaming & hitting me on the way to get in his seat he was spanked again, after throwing the beloved pizzadilla on the floor, he was removed from the table, spanked and we prayed together once again that he will obey mommy and daddy and that God would work in his heart for salvation even now..However, while we were praying he whispered (just as he does in bedtime prayers when he wants to remind me to thank God for something..) "popsicle"...as if to say 'ask God for me to get that popsicle..!!ha!
And then this morning, after throwing a similar fit because he could not have 'one more' flinstone vitamin, i told him 'no fit' and asked if he wanted to draw, to which he commenced another fit..so i said if you do not stop kicking and screaming, if you do not stop this fit i will get the spanking spoon. He said 'no spanking spoon, stir food' and he turned his chubby little finger round and round in a pretend bowl!! Yes! He was saying don't spank me with that spoon, stir food with it!!
WOW! And just in case you are wondering, it is a wooden spoon that i use only for spanking, and i never do more than two sturdy swats (being that he is two). I always have him recite my command, ask if he obeyed it and then tell him i have to spank because i love him and want him to learn to obey.
Being a citizen in this world and in desire that he will one day be a citizen in a Much Better Place, i must teach him that rules are made and are to be followed for his safety. Not to mention that the book i choose to live by commands me numerous times to discipline my child if i love him!
So friends, any battle stories that might be of encouragement? Or are your children perfect, never defiant, always joyfully obedient little angels?
Please know that i dearly love my little Booger and i rejoice with him daily over little joys as well as these trying times!

links

Okay friends here are a couple of fun blogs. i know i posted the love actually one recently, but i wanted to share some more fun..since many of you are in the same shoes as me and need the encouragement.
1. For stay at home moms:
(these women are professional authors on the topic of motherhood!!!) enjoy!

Two other sites that i have found to be of encouragement are the proverbs 31 and hearts at home ministries. Google them to find out more if you are interested..

And check this out. This is an amazing story of faith and trust in God, the testimony of a young mother who had her baby for only 9 minutes...
Plus a wonderful tip she gave for mommies called 7 prayers a day click here to read more..

Sunday, April 25, 2010

extreme makeover finch edition

Our new door. poor bailey was used to having a doggie door and the other night when Ben let her out to potty she came running up the stairs and slammed into this glass door!!

As you can see Brennan tried his best to 'help' Papa and Daddy, but was more in the way than anything. He mostly stayed inside, as he was not feeling well anyway..
I will post some of the outside, i meant to take those pictures too, i just forgot..maybe it was the torrential rain fall we have had that kept me from doing the outside at the same time...

Thursday, April 22, 2010

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Romans 15

~We must not just please ourselves.2 We should help others do what is right and build them up in the Lord. 3 For even Christ didn’t live to please himself. ..4 Such things were written in the Scriptures long ago to teach us. And the Scriptures give us hope and encouragement as we wait patiently for God’s promises to be fulfilled.~
okay, so as you probably gathered it has been tough around here. Shortly after my post yesterday, my vibrant, lovely, strong willed little 2 year old had a complete meltdown over putting blocks away. Today, our morning was a struggle and at one point i thought 'i want to go back to "work"'. It was seriously easier and more "rewarding". As this fleeting, one second thought scanned my mind i asked myself 'is that what would make you happy?' That would be to please me. I get the fulfillment of 'pouring my life into' 25-30 students. To get smiles, teacher appreciation gifts, a paycheck..I get more money, more public recognition, more adult conversation. For what? For myself? Is this life about me? Do i live to please myself? And in the end will that make me happy, more content, will it give me satisfaction? I knew the answer, ONLY in Christ will i find fulfillment and true satisfaction.
Then i read this passage. Life is not about just pleasing myself, it is about helping other do what is right and building them up in the Lord..can't think of a more literal description of biblical motherhood than that can you?
Fellow mothers:
13 I pray that God, the source of hope, will fill you completely with joy and peace because you trust in him. Then you will overflow with confident hope through the power of the Holy Spirit.

And please dear friends, pray this for me also!!

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

whoa...

So as a catch up...we had the stomach bug for 4 days. It went through all of us except Knoxie...Praise-a-lujah! Then Brennan had an ear infection, after a week of that -he was worse so we went back to the doc and he had a upper respiratory virus and Knox did too. They were put on allergy meds and "myizine" drugs-which give make them have difficulty sleeping and (according to the side effects cause "moodiness, irritablity, possible hallucinations and nightmares"..
LOVE IT!!! Whew! I'm telling you!
My dad is up from Alabama helping Ben close in the office space on the old back porch. At one point i went out there in tears and said "Guys i need some reinforcement". I was calling in the troops. It was one of those days.
Today is better. The sun is shining which always helps everything. Right? I'm hate when people don't admit their realities in life. I want you all to know i am not complaining. I LOVE my babies and i am thankful for medicine. We must all admit at times that it gets hard and i greatly dislike when people don't do that.
The only time i had "in the Word" yesterday was to read the daily Proverb, but believe me i was in continuos prayer ALL DAY. HE was so gracious. I miraculously had dinner for my hard working dad and hubby, i still loved and rocked both babies when they were upset. I still had a joy that it was all gonna be okay!
I will post pictures asap..

Sunday, April 11, 2010

Fun with Friends

PAPA with Knox, Charlie, & Brennan
MEME with Brennan, Chase, Knox and Hunter
Happy Birthday Chase!
Here is Brennan and Isabel-looks like his first date..burgers and avocado..mmm...she is so earthy!!
And maybe Ava and Knox 1st date?? Knox sure looks excited!
Here we are having a picnic on a BEAUTIFUL Sunday evening at City Park with Capri, Alison and Don Nation..

Knox's Car

This is what Knox got from Ben's dad for Christmas and he is just now able to enjoy it! And boy does he! Doesn't he look so grown and happy?!
Here Brennan is loading some rocks in for him.
Brennan like to push him!
Won't be long and this little guy will be driving for real!

Good Friday

For as long as i can remember, my family has planted a garden on Good Friday. You get out there while the grass still has dew on it..you put your swimsuit on under your clothes and in an hour you can feel the sun soaking your oh-too-white-skin. My dad has these little brown bags of seeds with the type & price written in pencil. He lays out the rows and we throw fertilizer and start with the seeds. Brennan will never know this like i did because now my dad has a tractor, a seeder, and three grand boys. I was one of 2 girls and we had no tractor or seeder! I remember feeling like such a back woods poor girl as a child. Now i am PROUD that i know how to plant a garden, glad to be a part of a family tradition and happy that my dad invested that time in me and tried to make it fun!
Brennan LOVED it!!! Playing in the dirt, being with Papa outside, riding the tractor as he laid out the rows...does it get any better??
Brennan followed him EVERY step of the way!

Ahh..!nothing like ice water from a mason jar to tell you that you are in South Alabama!

Easter

My niece-smiley Anna Bethy..pretty in pink..
i don't know if she knows any other colors truly exist!
My boys look like they have never seen easter eggs before!

Anna Beth, Charlie, Knoxie, & Brennan

And they're off to find the eggs!

Thursday, April 8, 2010

what must i DO?

~Most of us are naturally “doers.”

Then they asked him, “What must we DO to do the works God requires?” Jesus answered, “The work of God is this: to believe in the one He has sent.” (John 6:28–29)

Notice: they are asking Jesus what they must do to live a life that pleases God. And Jesus answers that the work of God is to believe. In other words, the Christian life is not about doing, it is about believing.

We gladly embrace the next project, the next challenge, the next assignment. So our pursuit of Christian maturity produces a lot of busy effort, but little lasting change. Why is this so? Because we are doing too much and believing too little.

You see, our surface sins are only symptoms of a deeper problem. Underneath every external sin is a heart idol—something that has hidden the true God in our thoughts. To paraphrase Martin Luther, every sin is in some way a breaking of the first commandment (“You shall have no other gods before me”). Luther wrote, “As [the First] Commandment is the very first, highest and best, from which all the others proceed...so also its work, that is, faith in God’s favor at all times, is the very first, highest and best, from which all other [works] must proceed...”

The key to gospel-driven transformation is learning to repent of the “sin beneath the sin”—the deeply rooted idolatry and unbelief that drive our more visible sins.

Reflecting on the “sin beneath our sin” shows why the gospel is essential for true heart change. It’s possible to repent of surface sins for a lifetime yet never address the deeper heart issues behind them! When I sin, I have broken the first commandment. An idol has taken God’s place in my soul. I am trusting in that idol, rather than in God, to be my Savior. I need to apply the gospel by (1) repenting of my deep heart idolatry and (2) believing—that is, turning my mind toward the specific gospel promises that break the power of my characteristic idols.~

~exerpt from "The Gospel Centered Life" (a study i am currently taking part in with a small group of women)

WOW!!

YOU ARE FAITHFUL by Hillsong

Lord of all the earth
how You care for me
You have made me
You will save and carry me always

You are faithful
You are faithful
You are faithful
Your joy is my strength

Lord you are my God
i rely on You
i put my hope in things not seen
Your promises all true
Always you’re with me
Your hand will lift me
My trust is in your hands
Always you’re with me
Your hand will lift me
My trust is in your hands

Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Comfort

Here are a few of my favorite things. Things have been a little tough here lately. Ben was gone for a week, we all went through the stomach virus, i haven't had much of a break. Last night i wanted to curl up on some seasoned, friendly older lady's back porch, sip lemonade and have her tell me that it was 'gonna be okay' in a southern accent-then proceed with stories of her trying times as a mother...but instead, i poured out my heart to God, sat in my own back porch swing, thinking of the words to a song i will post later and these things came to my mind. Thought i would share..so what comforts YOU?

sounds
of comfort:
the ocean
birds chirping
a saw in the distance (yes, a tablesaw)
a train whistle in the distance
the screech of a screen door

sights of comfort:
two arms wide open waiting for no one else but me
my hubby coming home from work
babies sleeping
butterflies
happy mothers

smells of comfort:
freshly peeled oranges
freshly cut grass
sawdust
wood burning heaters
hot spiced cider
fresh laundry

tastes:
ice water on a hot day
ice cream
hot cocoa
pecans straight off the ground
watermelon

touch:
sand under my toes and waves over my feet
finding Ben's warm toes with my cold ones
baby skin
cool grass on bare feet
warm towels fresh from the dryer