Thursday, February 25, 2010

First NBA Basketball Game

Last night Tim and I had the privilege of attending my first ever professional Basketball Game.
Not only was it my FIRST game ever but we were given INCREDIBLE tickets - and by incredible I mean FLOOR SEATS!!!
Tim's sister Toni and her boyfriend, Ken graciously invited us to go to the game with them with some tickets that Ken got through his work. Seriously, AWESOME!!
Thank you so much Toni and Ken, we had such a great time. I don't think it's something I will ever forget.

A Highlight for Tim was that - as Bogut (a player) ran off the court Tim gave him a high five
For me I don't even think I could pick a highlight except how close we were.... it was almost surreal.

Of course we got some pictures - here  they are:
Here's a picture of us in the club part (I don't remember what it was called, but it was nice)
Here are pictures of the game
I am so proud  of this picture, you wouldn't believe how hard it is to get a good picture - they are really fast!!
Here is Tim, me and Ken
Self-Portrait Tim and I in our seats
Toni and Ken in front of our seats
Tim, Me and Ken in our seats.

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Treytonisms

It's been a while since I've posted any Treytonisms - here are a few of the more recent things he's said/done:

While on a normal trip to Wal-Mart Treyton and I needed to make a bathroom stop (go figure), in this particular restroom there were 4 stalls - 3 "normal" and 1 handicap. When we walked in Treyton claimed his stall "I want this one, and you can have that one" (pointing to the handicapped one).
"Why do I need the big one?" I asked
"Because. You're a big mama!"
(side note: both Treyton and Tim refer to me as big mama)

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Last night at the supper table Treyton (out of what seemed to be nowhere) said to Tim "Dad, you can't just sell steel, you need to make something"
Tim said "No, I can just sell steel - that's what I do"
Treyton being insistent on the fact, went on for about 5 minutes, adamantly declaring things like: "NO! You need to make something." "You might get dirty, but you need to work." "No, no, you don't understand, you can't just sell it, you need to make something."
He and Tim went around and around... finally Treyton dropped it, but he never did agree.

A few days later the kids and I ran by the shop to pick Tim up for an appointment we had. While we were sitting in the van waiting Treyton again said "You know mom, I really wish Daddy made something to sell."

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Tim often says to Treyton when they are wrestling or being rough - "If you're going to be stupid, you got to be tough" to which Treyton usually laughs, but on one particular time he looked at Tim and said "I am stupid".
Tim obviously told Treyton he wasn't stupid, but I thought it was funny. (Trust me, Treyton does not think he's stupid :))

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The other day, I told Treyton while we were out that we were going to pick up lunch on our way home - he asked me where and I said "I'm not sure, do you have somewhere you would like to eat?" and he said "Barby's is fine" (he meant Arby's)

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Athe dinner table one night Treyton was getting really loud talking to Jesus.
I said "Woaw! You might want to be careful, you don't want to yell at Jesus."
He looked and me and said "I'm not yelling, I'm proud."
I was obviously a little confused so I asked what he meant and he put both hands in the air and waved them and said "You know, when you go wooo-hooo, and clap."
I said "Do you mean like when you are part of a crowd?"
"Yeah, and when you are happy about someone and you go woo-hoo"
Tim and I talk alot about being proud of Treyton and we often cheer for him so I think to him the two go hand-in-hand.

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Monday, February 22, 2010

*Review* "Love Your Heart" by Tim McGraw & Tom Douglas

We got in the mail today our newest book to review from Thomas Nelson. "Love Your Heart" by Tim McGraw and Tom Douglas. The kids and I read it 3 times so far and then Dad read it to them once after dinner. It is definitely being enjoyed in our home, so far!

I think this book is absolutely adorable. It's message is simple but one that all parents want to convey to their children and that is that: we love all of the great things that they do - their funny sayings and cute cheeks, their loud singing and hilarious dance moves but above all that we love their hearts!!

In a story about a girl searching for a talent for the school talent show, a larger lesson is learned and that is that kindness and beauty from the heart more valuable than any talent you might possess. A simple truth but one we all often miss.

The illustrations were cute, not my favorite style, but still cute. I particularly liked some of the outfits Katie wore throughout the book. My only negative would be that the name of the dog in the book is "Palio" - I know it's kind of silly but when reading a book to my kids I hate when I come up against names I have no idea how to pronounce and the fact is, Tim and I pronounced I differently, which is something that could be avoided.
Like I said, it's the only negative I have, so overall I rate this book pretty high, I'm glad it's a part of our family library and I would certainly recommend it to other families.

I received this book free from Thomas Nelson Publishers as part of their BookSneeze.com review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

A Few More Pictures of Our Family

I have really been slacking on here as far as posting pictures and updates for our family, so I am going to post a few now that I just cleaned off my camera, and hopefully will be able to go back a little bit later and post some more :)

This weekend, while we were home for Lucas' birth, Mommer and Papa (Tim's mom and dad) also had a sledding party. Here is Tim, his sister Tami, and her son Sawyer with Lexa and Treyton getting ready to go down the first time:
 

  
 Lexa has always loved accessories, and lately she has really taken to the Mr. Potato Head glasses, here she is wearing them --- she will walk around for a while like this, just giggling and putting them back on (because they obviously don't stay on all that well)
 
Alexa is sick, she has a little cold, this morning when she got up she was particularly whiny and icky, Treyton set her up a place to rest on the couch (totally on his own) and climbed up next to her to cuddle.

Pictures of Lukas Floyd - 2.20.10

 
Lukas Floyd Born 2.20.10 
4:10 am
8 pounds 2 ounces, 20 inches
  
 Finally ready to see mom and dad!
  
 Getting oxygen, he was in respiratory distress at first but the fluid in his lungs cleared up right away.
  
 Being weighed
  
 Lukas and Dad for the first time
  
 Holding Lukas for a few seconds before I went home (5:30 in the morning)
  
 Uncle Tim and Lukas (the next morning)
  
 Auntie Amber & Lukas, the next morning.
  
 Mommy holding Lukas for the first time.
  
 Kisses from Mom, before she could hold him.
 
Footsies

We praise God that Autumn was able to deliver vaginally after a previous c-section, and that her body went into labor on it's own and continued to progress, something that did not happen during her labor with her daughter Shayla. 

God is good! 

2 down.... 2 to go!! (on my side at least) 4 to go if you're counting both me and Tim's!! How exciting.

Sunday, February 21, 2010

Blogging Changes - Again

If you've followed my blog for any amount of time you know I have a tendency to change things up quite a bit. If you're reading this in an e-mail or reader, please head over to the blog and check out my new header... I made it entirely on my own!! I'm pretty happy with it. 

The most recent changes are thanks to the following links:

JiroKen: Make Your Own Header Tutorial - I actually have Photoshop but I used some of her pointers to get me started

Kevin and Amanda's Free Digi Scrap Kit - I found this background which was made using the kit, and then I downloaded the kit to make my own header and buttons.

Kevin and Amanda Add a Signature to Every Post Tutorial

Allie Brown's Layouts - this is where I found my background.

Postcard Swap

* This is a duplicate post from Refined Metals - just trying to get the word out:)

My sister in law passed along this blog to me that is putting together a postcard swap.

How it works: 50 families (one from each state) will swap postcards over the next year. Each state will have their own week and will send out 49 postcards, one to each state, during that week. We will go in alphabetical order of the state. At the end of 50 weeks we will all have received a postcard from 49 other states!

I had seen a couple of these but they were already full so we couldn't become a part of it - so far she has started 3 separate groups to participate - I e-mailed her, I believe we will be in group 3. I wanted to pass it along, to anyone else who might be interested in participating. This is a great way to get all 49-other states!! How exciting!

The exact link to the swap is here - but this button will also get you to the blog.


Friday, February 19, 2010

It's Time... Maybe!!

My sister, who is almost 1 week over her due date with her second child just called and said she thinks she is labor.
She woke up at 3am with contractions 10 minutes apart. They stopped at about 5am but she got up and walked around which got them going again 12 minutes apart.
So far this is all we know, but we're excited.

Autumn had to have a c-section with her first daughter after 2 days of labor, but is really hoping to deliver vaginally this time (she's a stronger woman than I am!!) This means lots of monitoring and not a lot of help to progress labor if things do slow down.
(This is a picture of Autumn and Marv with their daughter Shayla at thanksgiving, they have two older children as well Ashley and Dylan, not pictured) 
Please keep her and her hubby, Marv in your prayers today. I am getting ready to head that way, with a phone call - I was asked to be in the delivery room to take pictures - I am so excited!!

Let's pray that we meet little Lucas today!! (Lucas is named after my step dad, Luke) 

Thursday, February 18, 2010

A Letter

Call it pregnancy hormones, call it life, call it whatever you want but I am literally doing the "ugly cry" over the letter Beth Moore wrote her 4 year old grandson Jackson for his birthday!!

Maybe it isn't to everyone, but it was certainly encouraging to me. 

Just had to share.

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Treyton's Questionaire

Virginia over at Roger's Family Blog posted an interview/questionnaire that her 4 year old son Caleb did, and I just couldn't help but copy the cute idea with Treyton!!

What is your name: Treyton

When is your birthday: I forgot

How old are you: 4

Who is your Mama: Mom, Amber

What does your Mama do: I don't know what her do, do school with me, play with me

Who is your Daddy: Tim

What does your Daddy do: Work, play with me,

What is your favorite color: Orange

What is your favorite song: Boom Bop

What do you want to do when your grow up: Be a doctor

Where do you want to live when you grow up: I don't know

What is your favorite food: Noodles, um, maybe bacon

What is your least favorite food: Tomatoes, onions

What is your favorite animal: Snakes, dogs and turtles

What do Mama and Daddy do after you go to bed: Stay up a little bit, and talk about their day

Who does our family love the most: Mom

Where do we go to church: Pathway

Why do we go to church: Cause I learn about Jesus

What is your favorite movie: Kung Fu Panda

What is your favorite Ice Cream Flavor: Chocolate and another favorite vanilla with sprinkles

Where do you like to eat: Sushi and Hu-Hot

Who is your favorite person: Mommer (this is his grandma)

Who is your best friend: Sammy

What is your favorite book: It's kinda hard to say, Joseph

Who is your sister: Lexa, Lexa Natalee

Where did your sister come from: In your tummy

What is your favorite thing to do: play with lexa, play with everybody I like.

Monday, February 15, 2010

Audrey's 34 Week Appointment

Today I had Audrey's 34 week appointment - pretty basic and straightforward.

I put on another 4 pounds (I know, tell me about it). Audrey's heart rate was 142.

The doctor did feel around my belly and said that at this point the baby is laying transverse (which is sideways). Lexie was breech at this point too, so not too much of a concern.

My next appointment is in 2 weeks and I am really hoping to not gain ANOTHER 4 pounds :)

Sunday, February 14, 2010

Clarification on Justification Vs. Sanctification

Earlier this week I posted a quote by John Piper from his book "When I Don't Desire God" In response to that post I received a comment that I wanted to take the time to respond to, as I was researching my response and putting together my comment I really felt like some of the things I was discussing were important enough to post to everyone rather than just the comment readers.

So here is my response:

I want to start by saying, this comment/post is not a defense of Piper or his book, per se. I have not read the book except for a few small passages. So at this point, I am not in a position to defend what I have not read.

However, I do feel the need to address the issues of sanctification and justification from a Biblical perspective (at least as much as I can).

First, I want to just be clear what I am meaning, and what I believe John Piper was meaning, by both terms we are using. The term justification (justify, justified, etc.) – is interpreted by Strong’s as to “render righteous, to declare or pronounce one to be just or righteous”. It is the declaration of “not guilty” that we receive the MOMENT we put our faith in Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of our sins.

I am assuming, or perhaps hoping, that the difference in our interpretation is what we are meaning by sanctification. There are actually two separate greek words translated into our English word “sanctify” or “sanctification”

The first word ‘Hagiazo’ means (according to Strong’s) “to render or acknowledge, or to be venerable or hallow, to separate from profane things and dedicate to God, consecrate things to God, dedicate people to God, to purify: to cleanse externally, to purify by expiation: free from the guilt of sin, to purify internally by renewing of the soul” – an example of it’s usage can be found in where Paul is greeting the church in Corinth “To the church in of God that is in Corinth, to those sanctified in Christ Jesus….” This word refers primarily to an act of dedicating something to God.

The second word is ‘Hagiasmos’ which means “consecration, purification, the effect of consecration, sanctification of heart and life”. In the KJV it was translated equally as either sanctification or holiness. An example of this word in use (and one that Piper used) can be found in Romans 6:22 “But now that you have been set free from sin and have become slaves of God, the fruit you get leads to sanctification and its end, eternal life. “

When discussing sanctification, we must be very careful to take these different word uses into account. Additionally, another important caution we must take when discussing concepts of scripture is to not “flatten” texts. This is when we incorrectly take a text from one particular place in Scripture to compare it with a similar verse in another area of scripture. The risk we run is that, one scripture may be interpreting the same word/term differently or from a different perspective or even (in our case) using two different greek/hebrew words into the same english word. When this occurs we do not find a contradiction in the Word, but rather a possible misinterpretation by the user.

Saying that, if we are using sanctify to mean different things I can understand more clearly where you are coming from when you say that you think sanctification occurs before justification. However, if you are referring to the process of sanctification, which is in fact a Biblical concept, occurs BEFORE justification I feel as though we may be on completely different pages theologically.

It is my (very strong) belief that we do NOTHING in our own accord to earn or prepare ourselves for salvation. It is a free gift from God and we don’t need (nor can we) do anything to deserve a right-standing with God. We have in fact been set apart, or sanctified, and we have certainly been justified, being able to stand before the Judge of creation covered in a robe of righteousness, all in Christ Jesus. This is absolutely true, the order in which those two things occur… and we’re moving into a little bit of predestination theology here, really doesn’t matter. What does matter, and what the point of Piper’s quote is – it is only after we are justified (made right before God) that an inward transformation begins to occur. As we are always in this process, we will never be fully sanctified in our actions this side of heaven, we must be careful not to confuse the fact that justification is NOT the same as the process of sanctification. Otherwise, our justification would somehow be contingent on our works and ability to make ourselves holy…. Which is clearly unbiblical (for more reading on this I suggest the book of Romans and/or Galatians as a starting point).

Thursday, February 11, 2010

Making it Through my Moments

I am currently going through Beth Moore's "Breaking Free" study. We just started week four - I watched the video session yesterday. A large portion of the session was based on the principle that:

"We will never make it to our milestones if we can't make it through our moments"

She gave a rather humorous example of her son-in-law teaching her grandson (when the time comes) that any time he faces sexual temptation with a girl, for him to put his hand in the air and say "give me five!"
She went on to encourage us moms to use this same approach - right as you go to scream at that unruley child - put your hand up and ask 'em to "give you five".

I got such a kick out of the whole thing... and to be honest, I may actually use it - Ha!

Back to the point of my post...

I felt like Beth was talking right to me during most of the video - I have much to apply to my own personal life to more than one area! But the biggest thing I am learning is this importance of overcoming the individual moments before I can defeat an entire stronghold or bondage area. 

It starts with one - overcoming that agreement/temptation - one time, then another, and another. And sometimes we'll have to start over, and that's okay. We HAVE to start with the one!

For some this may seem so simple and obvious and writing it here,  I somewhat agree with you - but in the moment, things have not gone so simply for me.
In fact I have a long list of lies and agreements I use as soon as I come up against one of these "moments", do any of these sound familiar to you?
~ "What's it matter, I've already screwed this day up, I'll do better tomorrow"
~ "What's one more, it's not like it's going to make a difference"
~ "I'm never going to make it, so why should I even try"
~ "Lord, just take it away, remove this temptation - I can't do it on my own" (side note: this is not a horrible thing to pray, it's just that I was taking the responsibility off of myself and putting it onto God)
~ "I just can't, it hurts to much, I can't wait for the Lord to heal me in this area so that I can"

I have heard Beth talk on this before (at the simulcast from here in Green Bay) but she talked about the fact that at the end of the day, we are all going to do what we want to. We aren't going to change and break free from our bondage until we really want to. Often our prayers are for God to remove a temptation or struggle in our life is said while we are tightly clinging to it with white-knuckled fists. We must come to a place where we have had enough - where we actually HATE the sin/pit that we have fallen into.


Maybe you're not there yet (I know there are many areas that I am not), and the best place to start is to be honest with yourself about that. And once you can do that, be honest with God, lay it out before him and ask for him to change your "want to".

As I begin to have the Lord work on a few twisted areas of "want to" in my life, I am continuing to take it a moment at a time, facing each decision for what it is - a choice I must make. I am taking a journey to freedom and I'm not going to stop - and that journey takes place one step at a time.
The Lord is faithful, and He is changing my want to, but that doesn't mean my struggles have been taken away, it means I am taking it a moment at a time, with small victories, and yes, some defeats. I know that in the end I WILL SUCCEED. My deep want to is changing and I have had enough, I am ready for freedom, I am ready for whatever sacrifices I must make to reach my milestone of freedom!
I'll be honest, I wish that this journey were easier, faster and a little less painful; but as I continue towards healing and victory the Lord is drawing me closer to Himself. I am learning more about Him, His character and His heart for His people. He is teaching me so much and I am grateful.

The journey continues!

Great is our God and worthy of praise!

Tuesday, February 9, 2010

{Review} "Nelson's Complete Book of Bible Maps and Charts"

I just finished using and reading the "Nelson's Complete Book of Bible Maps and Charts: Third Edition"
I was SOOO pumped for the opportunity to review a Bible resource book and I was not disappointed!

Product Description (From Amazon)
This updated edition of Thomas Nelson's popular Complete Book of Bible Maps and Charts has everything you need to visualize the events, places, and people in the Old and New Testaments.

Perfect for small-group leaders, Bible school teachers, or if you're simply curious about biblical times, Complete Book of Bible Maps and Charts provides a visual overview of the Bible in its entirety. Valuable resources include new, full-color, high-resolution maps and charts along with downloadable PDFs for presentations and classes; tables, charts, and diagrams that organize Bible information for ease of learning and memorization; historical articles providing insight into Bible times; and introductions to each book of the Bible.

My Review 
This resource book is a great addition to any Bible student's library it is simple and easy to use while being full of valuable information. I got several benefits in the last couple of weeks, using this book along with my Bible. One of my favorite things about it was that it was in color (maybe it's just me, but I like for my books to look pretty too)!

The book is broken down by books of the Bible - each book has a section for the author, date, themes and literacy structure, the book at a glance, and an outline. Following  these you can find more specifics and details for each book. These sections obviously included charts, maps, and a few pictures, but there was more as well. I was satisfied with the amount of information for this type of resource and would highly recommend it not only for individual study but also for teachers who are looking for tools to use with their students.

In addition to not only being an incredible book resource Thomas Nelson offers all of the maps and charts available for free download! You do need to purchase the book to access this resource, but it is just another handy way to use this book - easily being able to print the resources for yourself or others. The publisher does ask that you limit any reproductions to under 1000 and that you not resale for a profit any of their resources.


I received this book free from Thomas Nelson Publishers as part of their BookSneeze.com review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

Confusing Justification and Sanctification

Yesterday at church I picked up a John Piper book called "When I don't Desire God: How to fight for Joy", I had heard of this book but never thought seriously about reading. I decided to go ahead and pick it up. In the car on the way to lunch I opened the book up (to skim) and this is what I read:

"God gives us his Holy Spirit to transform us morally and progressively into the image of his Son. This progressive change is not justification but is based on justification. This change is what we call sanctification. "Now that you have been set free from sin and have become slaves of God, the fruit you get leads to sanctification and its end, eternal life" (Rom 6:22). First the legal issue must be settled. In the courtroom of heaven, an ungodly sinner is declared righteous by faith alone! Christ's righteousness is imputed to him. He does not have a righteousness of his own when God accepts him (Phil 3:9). His faith is all receiving. He has not yet become loving. Christ's faithful life of love, which perfectly fulfilled the law of God is imputed to the ungodly. This is justification. This is the settling of the legal issue first.
When that is settled - and it is settled in the twinkling of an eye - then the moral progress goes forward (sanctification). Both are gifts, and both are bought by the blood of Christ. They are inseparable but different. Both are by faith alone. Justification is by faith alone because only faith receives the declaration that the ungodly is counted righteous. Sanctification is by faith alone because only faith receives the power to bear the fruit of love. It is crucial in the fight for joy that we not confuse or combine justification and sanctification. Confusing them will, in the end, undermine the gospel and turn justification by faith into justification by performance. If that happens , the great gospel weapon in the fight for joy will fall from our hands."

I think that says it all!

(Update: I actually found this video this morning and knew I wanted to add it to this post, I actually wrote this post Sunday)


Monday, February 8, 2010

My Man is Awesome!

Have I mentioned how amazing or talented my husband is lately?

Well, if I haven't let me just state for the record - HE IS!!My husband is the BEST!

This weekend, while Treyton and I had a little mommy and son time Saturday morning, Tim and Alexa went out to Tim's shop and put together a little something for the family.

Tim and I have been discussing for a while what we would like to do over our fireplace, as far as decoration. We wanted some sort of a cross thing, and Tim had talked about maybe making something at work (he owns a metal company), or having an artist guy he knows make something for us (out of metal). I thought it sounded like a great idea --- well, on Saturday Tim got the ball rolling.

He had a "prototype" made up by the time Treyton and I got home but he wanted to make a few changes to it. So yesterday, he went back to the shop before the superbowl and started working on a new model. He then went back (after the super bowl) to finish it up. Well, at 11:30 last night he finished it (I don't totally know, because I was already sleeping :)). This morning this is what I found in my living room. 
 

 
(Note: I do plan on moving the plaque above the cross to something else, but for now, that's what's there so...) 

Isn't it AWESOME?!!?

Saturday, February 6, 2010

Freedom Through Truth

I am 3 weeks in to the Beth Moore "Breaking Free" study. I am absolutely loving it and as always, the Lord was faithful in aligning the study in my life at a perfect time. The truth is, most of us (if not all of us) are in some sort of bondage in our spiritual walk and are in need of a little (or a lot) of FREEDOM! Beth describes captivity as anything that prevents us from experiencing an abundant and effective Spirit-filled life.

I don't know about you, but I can think of a few things that are holding me in captivity.

This week in the study Beth talked specifically about truth as we interpret it, lies we believe from the enemy and the ultimate Truth of God.

Something that God really pressed on my heart was the fact that our truth (which is a combination of our environment and experiences) is subject to our perception.

I have never seen that as clearly as I have this last week - on Monday, I went back to a town that I lived in as a little girl. My sister actually bought a house there and I was on my way to help her unpack and decorate. While we were there I showed the kids and Tim the house I lived in for 2 years (a near record for our family), my old neighborhood, the gas station where we bought penny candy (that's no longer open), and the "big" hill that we used to ride our bikes on.
To say that I was a little surprised would be an understatement, truth is, I was SHOCKED by how much smaller and different things were than what I remembered. Our house was similar to what I remembered, but the neighbor's house some how shrunk and the "old neighborhood" was WAY smaller, the roads were narrower, the trees shorter, and the "big" hill we used to ride our bikes on I almost missed and the little town grocery store which I thought was at least a mile down the road was actually only a block away!!

I kept telling Tim: "This is so surreal, I remember it, it hasn't changed that much, but it's not exactly like I remember it, it's so much.... smaller." (and let's be honest, it's not that I'm that much bigger!)

This is excactly what the study was talking about - our truth is based on our perception. It's not that what we think isn't real - but it IS effected by our perception, interpretation and our memory (which can be selective). "Not everything we think happened, happened the way we think it did." ~Beth Moore~

I Praise the Lord that we have a hope and a reality that is not reliant on our flawed human ability - we have an absolute Truth. A Truth that is unaffected by perception, emotion or bias and this is God's Truth!

Isaiah 44:20-22 (regarding a man in idolatry) says "He feeds on ashes: a deluded heart has led him astray and he cannot deliver himself or say 'Is there not a lie in my right hand?' Remember these things... I formed you; you are my servant; you will not be forgotten by Me. I have blotted out your transgressions like a cloud and your sins like mist; return to me, for I have redeemed you."

Beloved, read that verse as many times as you need too - it is like a desperately needed breath of fresh air!!

We are clinging to an idol of false perception (of our truth) we often allow our "truth" to affect our emotions and our pain; to define our lives, our thoughts, our prejudices and our fears. Just think of a few of the lies we have fallen in trap to and live in every day:
~ We know that God loves the world, but we can't accept that He loves us individually
~ We doubt the presence of God in our daily lives
~ We live guilty and full of shame after we have been fully forgiven
The list could go on - we all have our issues, but we're struggling to even admit that part of the problem is that what we are believing is a lie (v. 20)! I love the second part of the verse - God gives us a very powerful list of Truths that are FACT - not relative to how we are feelings or what we can see, but on Him and His character - this is an unfailing, absolute.

My encouragement to you today is to, regardless of what you are feeling or seeing in your life, cling to what you KNOW to be true. Cling to the character of God which you may not fully understand but that the Word tells you is true about Him. Cling to the promises that He has given you in His Word.

To help get you started I will give you a list of some of the truths that I have needed and clung to in the last week:
~ God will never leave me (Hebrews 13:5, Isaiah 43:2-3)
~ The LORD will give strength to His people; the LORD will bless His people with peace (Psalm 29:11)
~ Regardless of how I feel, God knows what is going on in my life and He is working it out for my good (Romans 8:28, Job 23:8-10)

I pray that as you begin to seek His Word for His truth that it will penetrate your heart and change your life, bringing you freedom! 




Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Alexa's Room Pictures - FINALLY!

We've had it finished for a while now but I keep forgetting to take the final pictures - I finally managed to get around to it this weekend - so here you go!!
This is the view when you walk into the room. I just love the color and the peacefulness the white offers. The white curtains really brighten the whole room up.
Here you can see Alexa's kitchen - she plays with this ALL the time - as does Treyton. I love that we got one that matches the room. I know it doesn't matter but I enjoy it.
 
Mommer, made the bench cushion/cover for her toy box. This was actually my toy box when I was a little, repainted. Mommer just pointed out (correctly) that I forgot to mention that Alexa picked out the material from Hobby Lobby for her bench - she was given three choices and picked this one more than once. She absolutely loves it to (the cushion) the last two days she has brought it out to the living room just to to jump on and off of it.


Tuesday, February 2, 2010

Audrey's Check-Up

I had my 32/33 week check-up this morning for Audrey. Things are looking great. I'm measuring right on and her heartbeat was at 150. I put on 4 pounds, which they tell me is good news.
The doc said that I should be feeling her move 4-6 times in an hour (which I'm not) but then again, I don't think about it most of the day unless they are "big" kicks. Audrey moves lots at night and can certainly get her energy going, but compared to the other two she is much less active and more "laid back".... I'm trying not to get my hopes up, but do you think I could possibly have a laid back/calm baby? LOL!

As of right now, we will not be having any more ultrasounds (Yea!!) and after 36 weeks (which is only 3 short weeks away) they will not try to stop labor if it happens. That just blows me away!! Not that I think I'm going to go into labor in 3 weeks, but the prospect of having another child in my arms in as little as 3 weeks is.... a shock. Even thinking 7 weeks is beyond my imagination. Time is really flying.

I suppose I should have 'seen it coming', but I really didn't. Alexa and Treyton (and life in general) have kept me so busy that I really haven't thought about the reality of going from 2 to 3. I have heard many moms say this was their hardest transition. Only time will tell for us I guess.

The doctor did mention inducing at 39 weeks because of the band, I haven't really talked to Tim about it yet, but I know we would rather things happen on there own rather than being induced. I have no problem hearing the doctor out... but we will see.

Hope things are going well with you all. Especially all you pregnant mama's out there (there seem to be alot of us right now!!).

Natural Living: Detox Recipes

My dear, dear, dear, husband started a detox diet in the beginning of January this detox is directed and controlled by our doctor, so no, this post is not to assist you in going through your own detox - if it's something you're interested in pursuing ask your health care provider to direct you in a safe, effective way to detox.

What this post is about is to share some of the yummy recipes that my hubby came up with (mostly on his own). In the first week Tim was on a very limited diet, with no meat and lots of protein supplements. One of the first things he made was a Bean Salsa. I was not excited about it in the least bit until I ate it and then I seriously couldn't stop - it was so delicious!! Now, to clarify, I am NOT one of those people that will lie to you and tell you --- oh eating healthy and organic deserts are just as good as the fatty processed ones, lets be honest it's just not true! But seriously, this salsa... super yummy... I don't know of anything processed to compare it to - but just as far as eating goes, I actually craved this, which is saying something (I don't crave much healthy stuff)

All-Organic Bean Salsa:
Now my husband and I do not use alot of measuring in our cooking but I will do my best
6 Roma Tomatoes (seeded and cut up in small pieces)
1 Cucumber (cubed, small)
1/2 Red Onion, chopped
1 Green Pepper, chopped
Black Beans (canned, about 1/2 a can)
Garbanzo Beans (canned, about 1/2 a can)
Kidney Beans (canned, about 1/2 a can)
Minced Garlic (for your taste)
Sea Salt (to taste, I like more than Tim)
Cayenne Seasoning (to taste)
Lime Juice (for your taste, we use about 1 - 2 Tbl)

You can eat it right away but it taste better after the lime juice has had time to do it's thing and the salsa has been chilled. Tim was not able to eat it on chips or anything, and I didn't need to - we would literally just scoop up a bowl and chow down!!


A few nights later Tim made some really great
Organic Vegetable Soup 
He sauteed:
Minced Garlic
Onions, chopped
Green Pepper, chopped
Beets, cubed
and his Organic Bean Salsa

He was careful not to cook the vegetables too much keeping them a little crispy, which was one of my favorite things about the soup.

He added in organic vegetable broth (I'm not sure how much but it really depends on how soupy you like your soup)

He then seasoned with:
Cayenne
Sea Salt
Seasoning Salt

After we ate this a couple times we started topping the soup with organic broccoli/carrot slaw and once Tim could add in chicken to his diet (the third week) we would chop up some chicken breast to add in - this soup because of the vegetables is warm (for the winter) but offers a refreshing crispiness and freshness that reminds me of summer - a perfect combo for January!
DELICIOUS!! 

Monday, February 1, 2010

{Review} Words that Rhyme with Orange - Ross King

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Words that Rhyme with Orange, Music CD for children

Age Group This Book/Product is for: 2-12

Put out by: Ross King of Ross King Music

Price: $12.00

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Note: Ross King Music is independent and “self-produced, which means this product in only available online and not in stores.

I feel so blessed to be writing my first review for Mama Bzz !!


My kids LOVE music - Treyton loves to sing and play his "guitar" and Lexie loves to dance and twirl Any music with even a little bit of a beat gets them on their feet and moving! I don't know where they get it, Tim and I certainly love music but we are in no way musically talented or gifted... at all! But the kids seem to actually have a little bit of rhythm.

This might explain why as soon as we opened the mail and saw our copy of Ross King's "Words that Rhyme with Orange"  CD Treyton wanted to listen to it! The CD was a hit as soon as the first song started! The beat had Lexie bouncing and nodding her head in less than 3 seconds!! Treyton ran to grab his "guitar" to play along.

Treyton's favorite song was the 3rd track " If I wasn't so cute" because of the beat of it - I liked "Juciebox" (the 2nd track) because it actually made me laugh out loud.

The kids listened through the entire CD the first time we played it which is saying something. As much as they love music they love to change CDs in the CD player, but this one they managed to keep in.


To be honest, we don't have alot of children's music that I don't find annoying - my kids are the kids that know mostly adult worship songs because that's all that I can handle listening to for long periods of time. We do listen to some children's CDs but it's on a limited basis. That was one of the things that most impressed me with this CD - the fact that it didn't manage to annoy me! (am I being too honest about myself here - ;))

After Tim got home, Treyton and I showed him a few of our favorite songs - Treyton knew which songs he liked and which ones he didn't. Tim, like me, laughed out loud a couple of times at the songs and thought the CD was pretty cute.

We've listened to the CD several times since we got it - I wanted to let the kids choose it on their own if they wanted too and they certainly did.

Disclosure: We were provided with this product, free of charge, by Ross King Music, in association with MamaBuzz, for the purposes of this tour