Tuesday, April 28, 2009

The Road to Recovery.... ?

Our family may be on the road to recovery....

Alexa finally seems to be improving. Today she actually ate two decent meals. For dinner tonight she actually ate a (#2) jar of baby food, 1/3 of a boiled sweet potatoe, 1/2 a can of pears, and a few steamed carrots!! Then she drank 4 ounces of milk after that!! This was a HUGE meal, especially compared to what she has been eating.... up to this point, we've been lucky to get 1/2 a jar of baby food down and she's only been eating 2 ounces of formula every 2 hours (even through the night).
She only woke up twice last night (4 & 6am) and her energy level seemed to be much better today. Typically in the afternoons, after her nap, she has been lathargic and seems barely able to move around on her own, but today she kept her energy until about 30 minutes before bed time.
This is great news - I'm so excited to finally see her acting like her "old" self again.

Tim ended up going to see Dr. L on Monday about his finger, which was still swollen. The doc said he either didn't pull the pin out all the way, or that the pin could have shifted back down to the knuckle/joint area, either way, he either had to pull it partially out some more or go ahead and remove it. Because the fracture looked like it was healing pretty well from the x-ray on Friday he went ahead and decided to remove the pin entirely.
Tim will be cancelling his therapy appointment for tomorrow, his hand is still too sore to move at all. He said it was still pretty swollen and he actually felt like the pin was still in it. If he wants to bend his finger at all, he literally has to use his other hand to fold it down and back up. At this point he has absolutely NO functionality in it. I believe this is normal, his tendons have not been moved in almost 6 weeks.... it's going to take time and therapy to get them working again.
Tim goes back in on Friday for the doctor to take another look and make sure that things are progressing and should start therapy next week if all goes as plans.

As of right now, we are back in Portage, we came down Sunday night. I decided to come to be closer to my friend Jaime if and when she needed me while she helps her family make the final arrangements for her little niece Nevaeh. Please continue to lift them up in your prayers.... they have an incredibly long road ahead of them.

Book Study Update

I just want to let you all know, the book study is still coming.
Obviously, this week has been a little out of the ordinary. I have the first part written but it still needs to be edited and re-read. I'm hoping to start the study next week sometime (I'm thinking Mondays.... we'll see though)

Sunday, April 26, 2009

No Words

I don't really know what to say except to ask for prayer for our dear friends Josh and Jaime, I just found out moments ago, that their little niece Nevaeh went home to be with Jesus this morning.

We ask for prayers for the entire family, especially for Nevaeh's parents Jamie and Matt and their three older children.

Feel free to visit their site and leave the family a message of encouragement.

Saturday, April 25, 2009

Weekend Post

We called the on-call doctor for Tim's hand today, as it has swollen quite a bit since yesterday (Tim is saying double). He is also experiencing a significant level of pain, he says that his hand hasn't hurt this bad since days after the surgery. Tim tends to think that there was some damage done with the taking out of the pins, I'm not so sure that this isn't normal... I mean think about it.... THERE WAS AN ACTUAL PIN IN HIS BONE, not to mention the fact that his tendons, which were completely severed, have not been moved for over 5 weeks!! I mean... Yeah.... sounds painful to me!

(Anywho)

The on-call Doc said that it does sound a little "off" and that it shouldn't be swollen as much as it is, and he had a concern that Tim may have gotten an infection (we're not so sure that's what it is), so he is now back on a stronger antibiotic (very important to take with food), and we are to call back tomorrow if he doesn't notice a difference.

Date-Nite with Treyton
Tonight we were planning to take the family to our favorite sushi/Japanese restaurant, we had invited Aunt Toni to join us but she had already made plans with Cousin Waylon, so Toni offered to watch Lexie while we went. (Thank you, thank you, thank you, Aunt Toni!!)We took her up on the opportunity to spend some alone time with Treyton, something we hadn't done since Lexie was born.

It was AWESOME!!

Treyton absolutely LOVED the habachi. His favorite parts were the fire that went up to the ceiling, the cook throwing shrimp into his hat and pocket, and the umbrellas that came in his kiddie cocktails (yes, he got TWO drinks!!). It was such a treat to spend a little time with our little man alone. He just soaked up the attention. I realize now just how important this is for both kids.... to get some alone time with mom and dad together.

Hope that you all have a great rest of your weekend!!

Friday, April 24, 2009

Tim's Hand Update

We had Tim's appointment this afternoon. Dr. L did remove one of his pins and then pulled the second pin up past the knuckle.
In all honesty, the pulling out of the pin was not nearly as horrific as I thought it would be. Tim handled it very well and said "it hurt, but it wasn't too bad"

Tim had another x-ray done to make sure he pulled the pin out far enough (for Tim to bend his first knuckle) and to see how the finger was healing. The finger is healing really well, the doctor was impressed, but the pin did need to be pulled out more.

All-in-all the appointment went well, but Tim's finger is MUCH more painful. He says he actually feels like he re-broke it (we know this isn't the case because they took the x-ray) but he says even the smallest touch or vibration causes a stinging feeling down his finger.
He is not able to bend his finger at all, even if he (or the doctor) forces it to bend, the pain is excruciating and real tight.

Tim starts occupational therapy this week - he has one appointment, and then next week he will begin therapy 3 times a week for 6 weeks. Tim still has a long road ahead of him, but the doctor seems confident that Tim will regain at least partial use of the fingers.

Letter Advise

As most of you know, Treyton and I have been homeschooling for preschool this year. We have really had a blast so far, and though we spent most of the first half of the year doing crafts and games, this last half of the year Treyton has really started to absorb some of the more concrete lessons (letters and numbers).

I have come up with a few cute games and ideas for learning numbers, this seems to be easy seeings as how math/numbers are such a "hands-on" subject. However, I am struggling coming up with hands-on/fun ways to teach letters.

I had started with introducing a letter, we practice writing it (which is his favorite part) we then come up with items/words that start with that letter (ex: R = rainbow, run, red, rocket, etc.) I may do a few crafts associated with the words (rainbow pictures, etc.) reading the story of the first rainbow (Noah's ark) have a running exercise/game, a raisin snack, etc. However, although this is fun (and we plan on continuing to do some of this), and he is slowly getting the hang of it, I would like to come up with something a little more "hands-on" as he seems to catch on to things like that so much faster.

I actually feel like we are missing a step. I am trying to associate letters with words, when he doesn't really even understand letters together make up words.... does that make sense?

Anyhow, I think that I need to take a few steps back. I'm looking for some fun games (like my ladybug game) and exercises that we can do.... I know it's hard to put such an abstract thing (letters) into a hands-on game, but I'm looking for anything that worked for you guys.... any advice, tips, games, etc. are appreciated.

Thursday, April 23, 2009

(Sigh)

Treyton now has the stomach flu, please keep him in your prayers. He just started getting sick, I pray it's a one time thing.... please pray with me!

Upcoming Book Study

I just got through reading A.W. Tozer's book "God's Pursuit of Man" - WOW!! Awesome.

I have heard of A.W. Tozer from several resources and I have always thoroughly enjoyed reading his quotes, however, this is the first book of his that I have read, and I absolutely LOVED it!!
This is for sure a 5 out of 5 stars for me!!

God in His providence is so faithful, this book addressed almost all of the things that I have been "chewing on" in the past several months, it gave me a well organized, and fresh perspective to the many questions I have been bringing to the Lord.
"God's Pursuit of Man" speaks fervently of God's desire for man to be saved and the action He takes as He "invades" the human soul. Tozer then explains how it is through the power and promise of the Holy Spirit that we can truly understand the mystery of the Triune God.
This book, for me, was one I couldn't put down, I finished it in 4 days, and while I was reading it I kept thinking things like "Oh, my goodness, I'm going to have to post on this, this is EXACTLY what I've wanted to say." Because of that, I have decided to do a little book-review/study on the blog. I haven't worked out all the little details, but what I do know is that we will be going through one-section at a time (possibly chapter-by-chapter) and we will take the main point of the chapter/section and discuss it. I will open the post with quotes from the chapter, as well as some scripture and of course a few of my thoughts, and then we will discuss it together.

You will not need to have the book to join in with the discussion. I will provide the main topic of discussion which is possible to do without reading or having the actual book. However, for those of you that like to read a good book or that are interested in going "a little deeper"here is the opportunity to get the book and follow along in the actual book. I would recommend the book, for sure, but again, it's not necessary.

I obviously, have to touch on the fact that for this to work well, and for us to get the most out of it, we need some actual "discussion" (a.k.a comments) please be sure to take the time to post some comments and let us hear what you have to say, whether in agreement or disagreement, the Bible tells us to meditate on and study His Word, and a great way to do that is through discussion. So please, join in if you're interested, and leave a comment on the posts that you either have questions, disagreements or opinions on.

Okay, let's get started!! ..... I mean soon.... not right now, I'm not quiet prepared :)

My Baby Girl

Well, I just wanted to update you all and let you all know that Lexie has not thrown up since 9:30 last night!!

She woke up 4 times last night and every time we gave her 1.5-2 ounces of pedialite, then this morning I gave her 2 ounces of soy formula, which she has so far kept down (it's been over an hour). She is still sleeping, as I expect her to do most of the day.

Praise God she is keeping some liquids down!! She has obviously not been up and about yet this morning, so my prayer is that once she does get up things only continue to get better. However, the fact that she has at least taken in some liquids over night is a HUGE blessing!

Thank all of you guys for your prayers, God heard them!

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Update on Lexie

We took Alexa to the Doctor's office this morning, the doctor is fairly sure that it is just the stomach flu. After her appointment I gave her an ounce of pedialite, which she kept down, so 30 minutes later I gave her another ounce. Within an hour she had 3 ounces of pedialite. 30 minutes later, I gave her 2 ounces of formula, I wasn't real sure about it, but the poor baby was screaming she was so hungry, so I decided it was time.

After 2 ounces, she laid down for a nap, within 20 minutes she woke up throwing up. However, it wasn't all of her formula and it was very little of the pedialite, so the good news is that she did keep some down.

It has now been 5 hours since our appointment and she has only thrown up that one time and kept down about 3 ounces of liquid!!! Praise God, this is the only liquid she has kept down in the last 24 hours.... we're praying that it will only get better from here!!

One of the concerns I have is that last month when we brought Alexa in she weighed in at 18 pounds 14 ounces, this time she weighed in at 18 pounds 6 ounces.... so in a month she lost 1/2 a pound.

A Few Prayer Requests

~ Word Filled Wednesday Below ~

Please pray for our dear friends little niece. Nevaeh, from Madison. Nevaeh was born on February 14th, 2008 with Hypoplastic Left Heart Syndrome (half a heart). She had her first open heart surgery at eight days old and her second at four months old.
She went in to the Milwaukee Children's Hospital last night for some sort of heart complication. Please go to my friend Jaime's site for more information or the family's caringbridge site.

Also, I would like to ask for more prayers for Lexie, yesterday afternoon she got what I believe to be the stomach flu. She has kept NOTHING down, except two ounces of formula for the past 20 hours. She is (as you can imagine) very tired, very lethargic and hungry. We have set up an appointment for 11:45 with, I'm a little concerned with how many stomach issues she has had in the last month. This may just be a stomach flu, but I would like to rule out anything more than that. Please keep her in your prayers today.

Do Not Fear






Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Faithfulness: Part 4 The Detailed Will of the Father

Let's continue on in our exploration of why God's faithfulness is not always evident in our lives. So far we covered the topic of Spiritual warfare and making agreements with lies of the enemy. Today we are going to discuss some other areas in which we may be responsible for blocking the perfect will of God in our lives.

2. Ignoring the Will of God.
Romans 12:2 "Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect."

The will of God for our lives is perfect, acceptable and good. Where do we sign up?

Let's look at this a little more closely and see what God has for us here. The Bible talks a lot about the will of God, and I'll be honest, this was an area that I didn't understand very well, but I recently read an article by John Piper that helped clear things up a little bit for me.

There are two different meanings of the term 'God's will'. There is the "Sovereign Will of God" which includes the part of God's will that in His sovereignty He controls and causes to come to pass. These things are not controlled by human will or desire, but rather the providence and wisdom of the Father. This part of God's will is very complex and I don't have the time or space to go through it all in this post, but I hope to touch more on it later, in a different post.

The second type is God's "Will of Command". This part of God's will is what we can choose to follow or disobey. It is God's will of command that we seek to discern for our own lives. When we seek to live in His will, follow His commands and fulfill our calling (which is all part of His will for our lives), we will experience His blessings in our lives.

What this all means is that when we choose to directly disobey the commands of God that we know to be true, when we ignore our calling, we make a choice to step out of the will of God and when we do that, we cannot expect Him to bless us.

Scripture references on the Sovereign will of God: Proverbs 16:33, Matthew 10:29, Daniel 4:35, Matthew 26:39, Matthew 28:18, Romans 9:15-16
Scripture references on God's will of command: 1 Thess 4:3, Matthew 7:21, Romans 12:2, Ephesians 5:15-17

3. Not Asking
Another mistake we often make is assuming that certain problems are not big enough to concern God with, or that we don't need to tell God about the details of our life. The truth is our God is a God of intimate detail and He cares about the smallest concerns in our lives.

1 Peter 5:7 says "Cast all your anxiety on Him because He cares for you."

When you are experiencing an emotional heartbreak or stresser, where do you turn? Do you turn to God? Or do you call your husband? friend? mother? sister? What is your first reaction when something happens, good or bad?

Beth Moore had a challenging word in her study Living Beyond Yourself, she said "Next time you are hurting, or fearful or anxious, don't call your husband or a friend, and don't take it out on your children - go to the Father! Immediately! Tell Him how you feel and all that has happened. Ask Him to quiet you with His love. Be bold - and ask Him to reveal His love in some obvious way. Ask Him to minister to you and HE WILL."


Don't make the mistake of not receiving because you don't ask. If you have a need or a concern, bring it to the one who can actually help. Better yet, bring it to God BEFORE it's a problem. The most effective way to manage a problem is to prevent it before it becomes one.

Concerned about an uncertain medical issue? Do you have a relationship that isn't what it's supposed to be? Are you worried about what tomorrow may hold? Bring it to the One who knows and the One that can turn it around.

When you are hurt by a friend, tell the Lord about it, the Creator of relationships.
When you receive an emergent phone call, cry out to the Healer even if you don't know the details of what has happened.
When you don't know how you feel or why you feel a certain way, tell Him that, give it all over to the Lover of your soul.

No matter how big, no matter how small, He can handle it, and not only can He handle it, He can transform it.

Faithfulness Series
Part 3: Spiritual Warfare
Part 2: He's Proven Faithful
Part 1: Faithful in Suffering

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I'm Still Here!

Yes, we are still here. I have taken a few days off from.... ahem.... everything, to do some much-needed scrapbooking. I am happy to report that I am now caught up through December of last year, and that I just ordered my pictures from January - April of this year and my goal is to catch up entirely in the next month (wish me luck!)
Anyhow, all of that to say, that I do realize I have left some of you "hanging" without updates on Tim's hand or finishing up the series on faithfulness. Have no fear, the rest of the series is coming. I have most of the next section written, I hope to post it in the next day or so.... or at least this week :)

Tim's Update
Tim had his appointment this past Friday, we were hoping to get his pins taken out but the doctor decided to go ahead and wait another week. So the new plan is that on this coming up Friday, Dr. L will be removing one of the pins and then pulling the other pin up past his first knuckle so that he can bend his first joint, but not the second one. We will then go in the following Friday and he will remove the second pin entirely.
I'm nervous, but I will NOT be leaving the room while they remove the pin. Doctor L. gave me the option of sitting in the waiting room during the procedure, but don't worry, I set him straight! I will definitely be in the room and watching carefully watching how they remove the pin. First of all, I am a loving and supporting wife, I will not leave my husbands side when he will be going through a painful procedure, and besides, I could never forgive myself if I missed (from a medical/scientific point of view) this type of opportunity.... I must see how this is done, so that I can come back and report to you all what I have learned!! Okay, so maybe it is more of the latter than the whole "supportive wife" part, but still.... I want to be supportive too!! If he can hold my hand during labor I can certainly hold his during this!

Lexie's Update
I am fairly certain Lexie is getting her 5th tooth!! Yea!! You can see just the tiniest piece of it, it's an upper one, towards the right (if you're looking at her) but because of her gap in the front two teeth I can't tell if it's the one directly next to those or the ones furthest over.... am I making any sense here at all?

An Update on Me (savor this because there aren't too many of these) I went to the eye doctor last week and I am now wearing glasses!! This is not to say that I won't be wearing my contacts still, but normally I wear my contacts ALL the time. I'm excited to have a little bit of a difference, but am a little nervous about the look of glasses. I took a picture, please ignore the "tired" and no-make-up look, I hate to show you all what I "really look" like but here it goes.... I'm taking the mask off! I think they will take some getting used to but Tim (and Lexie) love them, so that's all that really matters.

Treytonisms (Of Course I couldn't leave Treyton out!!)
Not much of an update but thought I would throw in a few of his cutest sayings lately:

Me: I really love you, Treyton
Treyton: I like you too, mom
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Treyton says the cutest things when he is really impressed by something:
"That's really cool, huh mom?"
"That's AMMAAAZING!"
"That's pretty awesome!"
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Today Treyton was reading me a Bible story out of his Bible - David and His Goliath (his favorite one) and this is how part of it went:
"and they said (talking about the Israelite army - he changes his voice to squeaky high pitch) "You big Giant, you got big hair, big feet, big tummy, big nose, and really big teeth.... we're going to fight.... we really scared.... auughh!!"

Monday, April 20, 2009

The Loving Wrath of God

I was listening to a Mark Driscoll sermon this morning on Revelations, he was on the section of scripture where God's wrath is revealed and poured out on the earth. This concept (and most of what goes along with the end times) is something that frightens most of us, it's a contradiction in our mind that a "loving" God could get angry and pour out his wrath on sinners. I love the example Mark gave in his sermon about being a father and husband. He said (and I'm paraphrasing), If a person was coming into my home night after night and molesting my children and threatening my wife and family, and I forgave him and offered him friendship, yet he continued over and over to betray me and continued to do horrible things to my family. My failure to protect my family would not be loving, it would be the opposite. By allowing these things to continue to happen and not intervening would make me worse than Satan!

"He [God] has a plan for sinners and sin, you and I would love it if God intervened in human history, we want all of the sin to be taken care of, we want all the sin to be taken away; as well as it's stain and it's sting of sickness and death. What you and I don't want is for God to deal with sinners, we just want Him to deal with sin. The problem is that sin resides in us and sin comes out of sinners, and if God is going to deal with sin he has to deal with us. Those of us who have had our sin dealt with by bringing it to Jesus who is our God, who died and rose in our place for our sin, will find ourselves standing with Him (Revelations 15)."

Saturday, April 18, 2009

Happy Blogiversary!!

It's been one year today since I created and made the first post on this blog!!

It's amazing to look back and see the growth and changes through the last year and where I can see God's hand along the way, not only in my day-to-day life but in the gift and desire He has given me to blog. I look forward to many more years blogging!!

Have a Happy Blogiversary!!

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Faithfulness: Part 3 Spiritual Warfare

~Word Filled Wednesday is below~

In the first two parts of this series we discussed the faithfulness of God. We know that God is faithful, He has proven Himself to be trustworthy through scripture, and through our sufferings. But knowing that God is faithful can sometimes leave us confused when we go through times in our life that we aren't experiencing God's presence in our lives and we aren't seeing His promises to us fulfilled. I'm not referring to trials and sufferings, I'm referring to anytime we aren't experiencing the faithfulness and promises of God fulfilled in our life.
This can leave us wondering: If God is faithful why do we feel so.... alone, abandoned, let-down, and disappointed? Why aren't we experiencing God's presence and guidance in a clear, constant, undoubtable way?

There are many possible roadblocks between God's faithfulness and promises and our reception of them. Beginning in this post, and continuing on into part 4 and possibly part 5, I am going to begin discussing what I believe some of the primary thieves of God's faithfulness and blessings in our life are.

1. Spirirtual Warfare: I think that John Eldredge does a fabulous job of addressing this specific area in our lives. One of the points that John Eldredge makes in his books, is the fact that the enemy is constantly looking for any area in our lives to lie to us about, and he is hoping that we will make an agreement with him about ourselves or about God.
"The Enemy will take any small victory he can get. After a while it just becomes a cloud we live under, accept as normal." "Most of the time we don't recognize it as an attack. At first it tends to be vague - not voices in the head, not an obvious assault, but more of a "sense" we have, an impression, a feeling that comes over us. The power of suggestion."
The Bible tells us that Satan is out there to "seeking someone to devour" (1 Peter 5:8). He is going to do everything in his power to prevent you from experiencing the promises of God in your life. I can guarantee that we all have some agreements that we have made about ourselves, others and/or God. These lies that you are believing will negatively affect your life, relationships and walk with God.
Remember, these agreements will be subtle and hard to recognize. But you can be sure that they are causing you heartache and pain. Look for the areas of your life that you are most emotional about - the people or situations in your life that "hit your buttons" or annoy you.... start there.

What do your agreements look like? To give you a taste of what these agreements will look like I've thought of some of the lies that I have (and sometimes still do) struggle with, they include:
~ 'God must not love me enough to step-in here'
~ 'My prayers are affecting the entire group - I am the reason why our prayers aren't being answered'
~ 'I'm a horrible person, God would never want to help me.'
~ 'This problem isn't big enough to bother God with. God doesn't care about something this insignificant.'
~ 'God doesn't have my best interest at heart'
~ 'God can't possibly understand what I am going through'
~ 'So-and-so is purposely trying to hurt my feelings'

Regardless of what the lie is, any agreements that you have made with the enemy can and will prevent you from stepping out in faith to experience God's faithfulness, especially in that area. This is huge!! This is something that the enemy does NOT want you to realize, so please, take time, reflect and ask God to show you the areas in your heart and mind that you are believing that are not true.

John 10:10 "The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have life and have it abundantly." This is Jesus talking! This is a very real truth - Satan does NOT want you to experience God. This is something we all must face, because it exist in each of our lives. Just because we choose to ignore it doesn't mean we aren't a part of it.

If this is an area that you need to explore deeper, some books and resources that I would recommend to you are "Waking the Dead" John Eldredge, "Captivating" John Eldredge and "The Lies Women Believe and the Truth that sets them Free." Nancy DeMoss, and my friend Jaime's Blog (actually I would recommend her blog for almost all of the specific points we're going to be discussing, she is my bestest friend and I recommend her with the highest confidence!!)

I thought about going on with some of the other topics I had in mind, but I'm going to take a break for now, mostly because I want you to take some time with this. I pray that you will seriously stop and take a look at this in your life. Many of our next points stem from some of the agreements that we have made in the past, the sooner we identify our personal agreements, the sooner we can begin to fight them with the truth!!

Word Filled Wednesday




Monday, April 13, 2009

Lexie's First Step (kinda)


Look what Lexie learned to do today! I don't know if this counts as a "first step" or not, when Treyton took his first step it was off the couch with no encouragement from mom and dad.... Lexie had a little encouragement here :)
However, she was hardly leaning against me, she totally has the mechanics down, no problem, it's just learning to trust herself to do it (isn't that always the way?)

~UPDATE~ We're calling this her first "half-step".... Yea Alexa!!

Sunday, April 12, 2009

Cute Kids Book We Love

Treyton and I recently picked up a cute book at the bookstore. It has quickly become one of my favorites. It is called "You Are My I Love You".

Some of the lines in the book include:
I am your calm face; you are my giggle.
I am your wait; you are my wiggle.
I am your audience; you are my clown.
I am your London Bridge; you are my falling down.
I am your dry towel; you are my wet bath.

You can get the idea. I just thought it was precious and it is exactly what parenting is all about (at least in the Schoessow household!)

Saturday, April 11, 2009

Lots of Family Pictures

I have had a lot of fun taking pictures lately, you all know how I like to overload you with all my pictures, right? So here it goes.

Just so you are aware, these pictures are going backwards in order. Starting today (part of our Easter) and going back for the last few weeks.

Typical pose of Treyton.... just goofing around on the couch. This is him being patient, waiting for his Easter basket this morning. He gets so excited he just has to move around.

Alexa, waiting for her Easter basket.

Treyton with his new Potato Head - He's very creative!

I just love his smile here. It's not very often at this age that we get Treyton's "real" smile. I really treasure these.

Just having fun.... doing cartwheels and rolls.... Treyton is always having a good time and moving around.

Our Little Princess. Isn't she so proper?

Our Easter Bunnies, Alexa is just about done sitting here like a lady!!

Kite Flying last Wednesday (before the stomach flu :))

Our house is perfect for kite flying, we get a strong breeze off of the field across the street. I think I was the most excited, I was running around yelling like a kid. This was the best I had ever remembered flying a kite, actually the only time I remembered flying a kite.

Lexie, napping. This hasn't happened all to much in the last few weeks, so this is a nice reminder that it once existed :)

Treyton got new shoes from Mommer, this is him showing them off for the camera.

Watching Big Brother play outside.

Looking through our window at Treyton.

This is one of Treyton's favorite games right now. We pour a little water on the table and then he zooms his cars and trucks around. (notice the tongue.... just like his dad!!)

Friday, April 10, 2009

Faithfulness: Part 2 - He's Proven Faithful

"We can believe in God because He is believable, we can have faith in Him because He is faithful!" "God is faithful whether or not we believe Him! He will do what He promised!"
Beth Moore Living Beyond Yourself

The Bible tells us that "Faith is the assurance of things hoped for and the conviction of things not seen" (Hebrews 11:1)

Lets start with a few simple questions:
~ What do you hope for (or in)?
~ Are you certain of what you hope for?
As Christians we are called to put our hope in the Lord. So the questions is:
~ Are you certain (absolutely positive) of who God is and what you know about Him?
~ Do you believe what God says about Himself and the promises that he has declared for you?

Regardless of how you answered the above questions, God is who He says He is. In spite of some of our flawed beliefs and struggles of faith, God remains God - Lord of heaven and earth - all powerful, all knowing, all-present, all-loving..... He is everything He says He is.

Our faith can only be as strong as the person (or thing) that we have faith in. So the question is asked: Is God as faithful as we hope He is? Can we be certain that God is as good as we think He is? Is what we read in the Bible about Him true? Beloved, praise His holy name because we can be sure!! He is faithful, and He has proven Himself to be true.

We know our God to be believable for many reasons, but the one I chose to focus on today was God's gift of prophesy in our Bible. Prophesy is one of the primary things that sets our Bible (and God) apart from other books and religions in the world. We live in a very blessed time. We have at our fingertips, the infallible Word of God that has proven itself reputable and true. I know that in the past I have often overlooked the greatness of what prophesy is and what it means. We take it for granted. However, the reality is that what we are reading was written over thousands of years ago, and it predicted things that could not POSSIBLY have been guessed or coincidence.

I went back and read and keyed in my Bible a few of the OT prophesies of Jesus. It's a reminder to me that God's word is proven, factual and true!! I want to share with you some of what I found. In bold are the prophesies followed by where the original prophesy is found and then where the fulfillment is found in scripture.

He would be God's Son- Pslam 2:7; Mark 1:1
He would enter into the temple Malachi 3:1, Luke 1:35 (by the way the temple was destroyed in 70 A.D. so whoever the messiah was had to have come before that)
He would be Born Emmanuel, of a virgin- Isaiah 7:14; Matthew 1:23; Luke 1:35
He would be a descendant from Abraham- Genesis 12:2, 15:5, 17:2; Matthew 1:2, 1:16, 18-25
.... from David in the Tribe of Judah- Samuel 7:8-16; Psalm 89:20-38, 132; Jeremiah 23:5-6; Genesis 49:10; Isaiah 9:6; Matthew 1:6, 16, 18-25; Matthew 4:7; Mark 11:9-10; Luke 1:32
He would be Born in Bethlehem- Micah 5:1; 2 Samuel 5:2; Matthew 2:1, 5-6
His birth would be announced By a Star- Numbers 24:17; Matthew 2:2
He would Come out of Egypt- Hosea 11:1; Matthew 2:15
He would be called a Nazarene- Isaiah 66:19; Matthew 2:23
His way would be prepared from one in the Desert- Isaiah 40:3, Malachi 3:1;Matthew 3:3 Matthew 11:10
The Spirit of the Lord would come to rest on Him- Isaiah 11:2; Matthew 3:16-17
He would teach by Means of Parables- Psalm 78:2; Matthew 13:10-11 He would heal the Eyes of the Blind- Isaiah 42:7; John 9
He would enter Jerusalem riding a donkey Isaiah 62:11; Zechariah 9:9; Matthew 21:5
He would be betrayed be a Companion- Pslam 41:10; John 13:18
.... for thirty Pieces of Silver- Zechariah 11:12-13; Matthew 26:31
He would be silent before His accusers- Isaiah 53:7; Matthew 26:63
His robe would be taken and gambled for Psalm 22:19; Matthew 27:35
He would endure public Humiliation- Isaiah 52:14; John 19:5
.... be Insulted- Psalm 22:8; Matthew 27:39
.... be taunted for His Reliance on God- Psalm 22:8; Matthew 27:43
.... feel Forsaken- Psalm 22:2; Matthew 27:46
.... be abandoned- Psalm 69:21; Matthew 27:49
He would thirst on the Cross- Psalm 69:22, 22:16; John 19:28-30
.... be pierced by a Sword (Lancea)- Psalm 22:20; John 19:34
.... be Killed without His Bones being Broken- Exodus 12:46; Numbers 9:12; Psalm 34:19-20; John 19:36
Although He was poor he would be buried in a rich man's Tomb- Isaiah 53:9; Matthew 27:59-60

Isn't our God UNBELIEVABLY AMAZING! Our savior fulfilled over 61 prophesies that were prophesied a minimum of 400 years (up to 2000 years) before He was ever even born! The odds of that happening are more than impossible (don't ask me to do the exact numbers, but it's WAY up there!!).

We may not understand much and God may keep some secrets from us, but He did give prophesy to prove who He is! These prophesies not only validate that Jesus is who He says He is, but that the Bible is in fact true, so we can read and meditate on the scripture knowing that they are God-breathed words, written to us, about Himself to strengthen, encourage, correct and teach.

Beloved, we can trust who He says He is because He has proved Himself to be true. Our God is Faithful.

Treytonisms

When I put Treyton down for his nap today, he got very frustrated and started crying. I asked him to come to me and I picked him up in my lap and said
"Honey, this is no reason to get upset. You're obviously tired and you need to rest. I don't want you to be sad about it."
To which he replied "But you already hurt my feelings."
I was a little taken aback by this because he's never talked about his "feelings" before, and especially not being hurt.... it gave me a little giggle (though not in front of him)

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Tim was giving Treyton a hard time about something and Treyton said
"Come on Dad, are you kidding me? That wasn't a good joke anyway."

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On Sunday night we were watch America's Funniest Videos (one of our favorite shows as a family) and of course we were all laughing our heads off. On one of the videos that a guy was getting hurt Treyton went "Oooohhh, that hurts".

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Treyton: Mom, can I stamp your hand? (He had his stamp set out and was stamping his entire body)
Me: Yeah, just one though
He stamped my hand
Treyton: Now you are a super...(thinking)... girl, because I gave it to you.
Me: Wow? I'm a super hero?
Treyton: No, No, No..... you're a super girl
Me: Oh, I see
Treyton: Yeah (with a little disappointment in his voice)

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As we're eating dinner at night, one of Treyton's new things is to say
"I have an idea!" and jump up on his chair
"we should make popcorn and watch Dancing with the Stars"

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Treyton has always been a performer but recently he has really stepped into his own. He loves to sing and dance so he is always telling me "Watch me sing, mom!" "Watch me dance!"
One day Tim, Lexie and I sat on the bed while Treyton sang several renditions of His song "I Love God" it was rather beautiful.... and loud....
When he tries to perform and I'm not paying attention he'll say "watch me, Mom, Watch me right here" (and he points to his mouth or his feet)

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I was a little behind this year with getting our Easter stuff out and together. Just this week I got out the resurrection eggs. The other day Tim and Treyton went through the story with the eggs, and then today I went through them with Treyton, I hardly had to say anything.... he knew what most of the things meant.
He told me how "the mean guys killed Jesus" and that "Jesus washed my ickies away and forgave my sins" (meaning his, Treyton's) he also talked about all the pieces by themselves about how bad the nails would hurt, and how Jesus loves him.... it was incredible to see that he is in fact "getting" it this year and that we can talk about what Jesus did for us because He loves us.

Wednesday, April 8, 2009

Yet another prayer request.

It seems as though the stomach flu has made a stop at our home.
Please keep our family in your prayers. Treyton and Tim are currently experiencing the stomach flu, I believe Lexie had it yesterday (though I didn't know that that was what it was at the time). So far I am the only man left standing.... pray it stays that way!!

Thanks again for all of your prayers, we truly appreciate them,
Amber

My Babies

Here's a picture of the kids that I took today.... I am so proud of myself, I finally found out how to edit some of my pictures the way I want. I have blurred the photo with keeping the focal point in focus and "sharp"!! I also cropped the edges.

This is the original picture
and this is what I did.....
What do you think?

Tuesday, April 7, 2009

Word Filled Wednesday





Faithfulness: Part 1 - In Suffering -

"Whatever is going on in your life right now, the answers lie not in the help you decide you need but in the help God is ready to offer you - through His wisdom and love."
Quote taken from Be Still and Know that I am God Devotional (Sorry, but I don't know the exact author)

This concept has been one that the Lord has continually pointed out to me in the last year. Over and over again I keep finding myself trying to pray away certain circumstances and situations. There were times that the Lord answered those prayers with a "Yes" and led me around a trial. And there were other times that the prayer was answered with a "no" and God instead chose to send His peace and strength to get me through the trial.

We've all experienced this, the times in our life when God chooses instead of removing a burden to encourage us through His word, to send people to help us carry the load, and His Holy Spirit to empower us to keep moving - one small step at a time. When this happens, we tend to respond by asking the most difficult and unanswered question.... "why?"

Why does the Lord choose to cause us go through some trials and around others?

Tim and I have been asked several times since his accident "Why do you think this happened?" and we can come up with lots of possible answers and scenarios, but in reality, we have no idea "why" and to be honest, we don't care to focus on the "why", and let me tell you why (corny, I know but I just couldn't pass it up :))

There are times that God chooses to reveal His ways to us, and when that happens the Bible tells us that He does this to increase our faithfulness. (Deuteronomy 29:29 "The secret things belong to the Lord our God, but the things that are revealed belong to us and to our children forever, that we may do all the words of this law."However, the Bible tells us that "It is the glory of God to conceal things" (Proverbs 25:2) and that His ways and thoughts are higher than ours (Isaiah 55:8-9). There are times that we will not know "why", it is in these times that we are called to trust Him. We have to have to BELIEVE that His ways really are higher than our ways and that He has a plan.

I'll be honest with you guys (maybe too honest). I have faced some trials that haven't seemed worth the cost, regardless of the gain. Do you know what I mean? I look at the loss of my little nephew Trent and I know that for me there is no reason that anyone can give me that will make his death "okay" or worth it - at least not on this side of heaven. I wish that I were a stronger person, able to say to you that those who have come to know the Lord through His death, somehow made it better, that my closer walk and dependence on God relieved my pain, but it didn't (not for me). Don't get me wrong, I have chosen to rejoice over the goodness that has come from his death, but it didn't relieve my pain, and it didn't even begin to justify it for me. Nothing, absolutely nothing, has (or will) make it okay. Maybe that's why God chooses not to reveal to us His reasons sometimes, because in our humanness (this side of heaven) we cannot comprehend or understand them.

I know that God is good, and I know that He has everything under control, I know that He was in charge the day that Trent was taken from us, and I know he was in control when Tim hurt his hand, I know that He will redeem all of the trials we have been through. However, I am learning that there is a big difference between knowing something and believing something. When you are in the midst of a storm, do you really BELIEVE "all things will work together for the good of those that love God"? (Romans 8:28)

This is a process, and trust me when I say it does not come naturally, it's painful and it's hard. I have experienced two extremely difficult losses in the last two and a half years, and I handled them completely differently. With the first one, I questioned everything I believed in and doubted the promises of God. I fell into a depression and the trial worsened it was an extremely difficult time in my life, marriage and faith. It took me a long time to realize that God was still good, even in the midst of my pain. With Trent's death, instead of questioning, I clung to what I knew. I still cry, I grieve, I doubt, but I don't let go of God, and what I know to be true about Him and He has given me Peace and Joy and a sense of His arms around me that I cannot describe in words. He is fulfilling His promises to me in the middle of my storm.

We cannot choose our circumstances, but we can choose our response, and our decision will affect how we get through that trial. As we learn to have faith in the Lord, and thank Him for our trials, and focus on Him instead of the failing world around us, our relationship, communion with Him, and Peace that we obtain will outweigh that situation. It may not make it better, it may not feel worth it from our earthly perspective, but when we turn our eyes on Him and we make it about Him and not about us, we will be blessed, and one day we will see and experience the full blessing that was worth the sacrifice. Right now, our understanding may fail us, but He will not.