Saturday, March 26, 2011

Two Years, Four Days

The last few weeks have been crazy busy around our house as I’ve kicked it in to “high gear” preparing for the Midwest Homeschool Convention which I’ve been looking forward to for the past several months!! I’ve been a little overwhelmed as I research as much curriculum as I can here at home before I get to the Exhibit Hall and have every vendor booth calling my name, but this stuff gets my blood pumping, so I’ll be honest and admit it’s been a little fun too.

Well, as busy as life has been, its all come to screeching halt since Thursday afternoon.

I got a call from Tim at about 4:15, I was on the phone with my mom (I think) and didn’t pick up. He called me back right as I was about to call him back. When I picked up I heard it in his voice – something had happened.

Tim told me that he had cut his hand at work again. It was exactly 2 years, 4 days since the last phone call I received saying the same thing.

I told him I just had to get the kids in the car and I would be right there. I asked him “How bad?”

He said “Pretty bad, I need to go to the Emergency Room.”

“As bad as last time?”

“No, I don’t think so” He said.

“What fingers did you cut?”

“My pinky again, on the same hand, and my index finger.”

“Do you think you’ll lose the finger?”

“I don’t know.”

“I’ll be there in 10 minutes”

“No, don’t worry about it, I can drive myself”

“Um, no. I’ll be there as soon as I can.”

~silence, then~ “Okay”

As soon as I hung up the phone I ran upstairs and told Treyton to pack a bag of books and toys for him and Alexa. He was watching “The Cat in the Hat”. He complained a little and I said “Daddy cut his hand at work, we need to go and pick him up and take him to the doctor, so can you please get a move on it.”

“How bad?” Treyton asked

“Not too bad, he’s going to be okay but he’s going to need stitches. I need your help here buddy, can you help me get everything we need?”

“Yup!” and Treyton ran off to start packing his bag.

20 minutes later I had a couple of bags packed, the kids dressed and in the van.

I got to the shop at about 4:35.

I left the kids in the van watching a movie and ran into the shop. Tim was in the office alone. He was finishing up some paperwork and had his hand all bandaged up.

I gave him a big hug and told him I loved him, I could tell his spirit was crushed. So I just stood with him for a little while.

We left the shop at 4:55 (after Tim finished up his stuff).

Tim had called his sister, who had cancelled her plans to watch the kids. She was at the house when we got there.

Tim asked if I would let him re-bandage his hand and look closer at it to see if he could fix it himself. I said “Sure, but I’m still taking you to the hospital.”

“Hmph” he said.

After Tim took the bandages off I (of course) snapped a few pictures. He cleaned it out and wrapped it better, but it didn’t take him but a few minutes before he was beginning to get light headed. As soon as he wrapped his finger back up we headed out. 

IMG_0039 (Tim texting in the ER)

Once we got to the ER, things moved pretty slowly. Lots of waiting. After the doctor got there, he said he wanted to get x-rays to see if Tim had hit the bone in his pinky. He said the pointer looked like it was a pretty “simple” cut and that he would be able to stitch it right up.

Tim’s x-rays showed what appeared to be a “knick” in the bone, so the ER doc said that he was going to stitch up the hand, but that he needed to make an appointment with a hand specialists. Because of our prior relationship with Dr. L they recommended that we work with his network again. They were not on call but the ER doctor did talk to one of the doctors in the network and they said that Tim should definitely come in the next morning.

Tim was unable to feel anything on the outer side of his pinky, so they knew that he had severed a nerve, they weren’t sure about the tendon. With both cuts, before the doc sewed them up he cleaned both cuts out really well with a “pressure wash” (using a special syringe), when he sprayed the water into the pinky a piece of metal came out. He realized that this was probably what he saw on the x-ray and that the bone was not actually knicked. He examined both cuts thoroughly to see if he could see any tendon damage, thankfully he didn’t.

During this time, Tim began to feel rather light-headed so they laid him back on the gurney. For a while, I thought that he might actually pass out. The doctor said that this was normal, that it wasn’t necessarily the sight of blood (which has never been a big deal to Tim) but that sometimes when people were getting worked on they reacted this way.

Tim’s pinky had 9 stitches, the cut was 3 1/2 cm (or 1 and 3/8 of an inch) long.

His pointer finger took 5 stitches and was 2 cm long.

Tim experienced fairly minimal pain (compared to last time) throughout the night and didn’t need any pain medication.

The next morning we went in to see Dr. D (an associate of Dr. L who performed Tim’s surgery 2 years ago). He gave us two options:

1. Leave the finger as it is, with the chance of nerve repair at nearly 0%.

2. Have surgery to repair the nerve, with a good chance of 80% sensation (or more). With the nerves it’s impossible to push the nerves together, you can only repair the “tubing” that encases the nerves to “direct” the nerve endings to each other. It’s up to the nerves to actually find their “mates” and reconnect.  (Modern medicine truly is amazing!!)

Tim wasn’t sure that he wanted to have the surgery, in fact he leaned against it. I, on the other hand, was for the surgery, particularly because the nerve was severed on the outside of his hand, if he were to set his hand down on something there’s a chance that he would not even feel it!! And even to get as much function as he can from the pinky, nerves are important (at least I feel that way). As long as he has his fingers (and I pray that that’s forever) I want to do everything we can to get it to optimal function.

Tim really didn’t want to have his finger cut into (again) and by doing the surgery he was going from a simple “stitch job” to being in splint for weeks, limited hand function and physical therapy all over again. We went back and forth for a while, making our cases, but eventually he decided to do the surgery.

We had to wait for the hospital to order a nerve tube that would work. They found one at a local hospital and are able to get him in to surgery on Monday morning.

He will be going under general anesthesia – which I didn’t realize when we were discussing the idea of surgery and causes me to not be in favor (as much) of the surgery. Originally they had talked about keeping him awake and just numbing the arm, I guess they changed their minds :(

We have several of prayer requests:

1. No complications during surgery (period).

2. Complete nerve repair in the pinky.

3. Tim does not do well under general anesthesia and is known to throw up when waking up from surgery (ALOT!). Last time he had surgery they insisted that “the next time” he warn the surgeons before hand so that they could give him some medicine before the surgery to minimize the effects. They have prescribed him a patch that he will wear the day before the surgery which will hopefully help this. Pray that he wakes up from surgery with minimal nausea.

4. Pray for Tim’s spirit. I don’t want to go into too much, but I will say that accidents are not easy on anybody, but particularly men. And the fact that this is the second time Tim hurt his hand in 2 years…. 

5. Alexa seems to have picked up some type of stomach bug – so we are currently dealing with the mess (literally) of a two year old dealing with the stomach flu. I just pray this doesn’t sweep through the whole house and that the family sleeps through the night and that Lexie wakes up completely refreshed and no more vomit!

God is faithful, and I know that he has us in his hands. We value your prayers.

 

SIDE NOTE: Like last time :), I won’t publish the pictures here (to save the many gag reflexes I know that they would get), but I have pictures of his finger before we went to the hospital and will send them to you (via email) if you want to see them. Just let me know!!

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Treytonism: Put it Online

IMG_0497 The other night Treyton and Daddy were playing the Wii. Tim was doing the Wii Fitness, where you play 3 rounds of games and then you find out your “Fitness Age”. Tim was playing bowling and while he usually does really well, he did rather poorly (he didn’t even get past the second lane). Treyton thought this was absolutely hilarious, so he called me from the bedroom to come take a look.

He was falling on the floor laughing when he said “That’s so embarrassing, we need to put that online mama!!”

Tim and I started laughing and then Treyton said, “That’s soooo funny because I don’t even know what online is!!!”

Tim laughed and said “Yeah, we know”

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Quotes on Sanctification

After my recent post on “The Importance of Sanctification” I wanted to post some quotes from “Smart People” regarding Sanctification:

Sanctification is a work in us, not a work for us. It is a work in us, and there are two agents: one is the worker who works this sanctification effectually – that is the Spirit; and the other, the efficacious means by which the Spirit works this sanctification – Jesus Christ, and His most precious blood. Imagine, to put it as plainly as we can, there is a garment that needs to be washed. There is a person to wash it, and there is a bath in which it is to be washed. In terms of sanctification, the person is the Holy Spirit, but the bath is the precious blood of Christ. It is entirely correct to speak of the person cleansing as being the sanctifier. It is quite as accurate to speak of that which is in the bath and which makes the garment clean, as being the sanctifier too. So, the Spirit of God sanctifies us through the blood of Christ, through the water that flowed with the blood from Christ’s side… The Spirit renews and changes the nature, turns the bias of the will, and makes us seek that which is good and right, so that every good thing in us may be described as “the fruit of the Spirit” (Gal. 5:22), and all our virtues and all our graces are efficiently worked in us by the Spirit of the living God. Never, never, never forget this.
- Charles Spurgeon, The Key to Holiness

 

Since faith embraces Christ, as offered to us by the Father [cf. John 6:29]—that is, since he is offered not only for righteousness, forgiveness of sins, and peace, but also for sanctification [cf. 1 Cor. 1:30] and the fountain of the water of life [John 7:38; cf. ch. 4:14]—without a doubt, no one can duly know him without at the same time apprehending the sanctification of the Spirit. Or, if anyone desires some plainer statement, faith rests upon the knowledge of Christ. And Christ cannot be known apart from the sanctification of his Spirit. It follows that faith can in no wise be separated from a devout disposition.

~ John Calvin ~

 

We could not take one step in the pursuit of holiness if God in His grace had not first delivered us from the dominion of sin and brought us into union with His risen Son. Salvation is by grace and sanctification is by grace.

~Jerry Bridges~

 

We are brought into God's Kingdom by grace; we are sanctified by grace; we receive both temporal and spiritual blessings by grace; we are motivated to obedience by grace; we are called to serve and, finally, we are glorified by grace. The entire Christian life is lived under the reign of God's grace.

~Jerry Bridges~

 

The Christian life requires hard work. Our sanctification is a process wherein we are coworkers with God. We have the promise of God's assistance in our labor, but His divine help does not annul our responsibility to work (Phil. 2:12-13).

~R.C. Sproul~

 

John Piper recently spoke at a conference on this very topic addressing his own areas of sin that he’s recently struggled with and came head-to-head with during his nearly year long sabbatical. He did a much better job at articulating all of this – It’s called I Act the Miracle and you can either watch it or read it. I highly recommend it – it’s great.

Monday, March 21, 2011

The Importance of Sanctification

image So here it goes, my journey has brought me to the point where I broach the subject (again) regarding the fine lines between sanctification vs. justification and conviction vs. condemnation.

We all know change isn’t easy – in fact it’s resisted. And it isn’t a big surprise  that when a person (particularly a believer) begins to examine their heart and the direction of their life that the Enemy is right there to condemn, accuse and shame them. As I’ve began to work through all that God has brought to light in my heart I have certainly been on the receiving end of the enemy’s lies, and to be real honest, sometimes it was more than I had within me to resist – and there were times I had to rely on the help and prayers of my man to get me through it. And while I know that the New Testament preaches very clearly that we have freedom, and no condemnation in Christ, I also know that it would be even more damaging to allow the condemnation (meant as a distraction) to dampen or distract me from the issues of sin and idols that God is pin-pricking in my heart.

Through this whole process God’s work has been deep, and it’s forced me to ask some tough questions of myself to get to some of the heart issues that lie at the roots of my (tolerated) sin.

Why is it I have allowed myself to so easily dismiss the Holy Spirit’s conviction in my life?

and

Why was I desiring sin more than I was desiring God?

As a believer I know that I am dead to sin (Romans 6 & 7), that I am now seen as righteous by the blood of Christ, and because of this I know that I don’t have to be held captive by the bonds of sin. I live by grace alone and I praise God that there is now no condemnation for me (Romans 8:1). And I pray that nothing I ever say, do or experience diminishes that reality in my life or in any other believer’s life. I want to live in that grace and I need it to be my daily portion, my hope and my future.

BUT….

I never want the freedom of the grace I was freely given to prevent me from continuing on in the process of sanctification.

I am fully justified – no doubt about it. But I live in a process of sanctification. These two things are different, both beautiful, both works of God (one from Christ, the other from the Holy Spirit) both are important (though I would argue that justification may be the more important of the two), one is complete, the other is not. And the complicated reality is – they are inseparable.

Therefore, my beloved, as you have always obeyed, so now, not only as in my presence but much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling, for it is God who works in you, both to will and to work for his good pleasure. Philippians 2:12-13

This is just one verse, but there are others that refer to us (the Justified believers) working out our salvation, or putting to death our earthly desires (Col. 3:5, Rom 8:13, 7:6); and while we need to be careful not to confuse the process of Justification and Sanctification which produces the false assumption of faith by performance, we cannot ignore the fact that the Holy Spirit works in and through us to bring about God’s will for our lives, and that will includes growth and putting to death our sin.

My act of the will is a God-given will.

“By the grace of God I am what I am, and his grace toward me was not in vain. On the contrary, I worked harder than any of them, though it was not I, but the grace of God that is with me.” 1 Corinthians 15:10

While we cannot and should not even waste our efforts in attempt to earn God’s grace, we must guard ourselves against the temptation to allow our freedom to result in tolerating sin in our lives.

For you were called to freedom, brothers. Only do not use your freedom as an opportunity for the flesh, but through love serve one another. Galatians 5:13

What shall we say then? Are we to continue in sin that grace may abound? By no means! How can we who died to sin still live in it?  Romans 6:1-2

I guess what I am learning through all of this is that there is a fine line between trying to work out your salvation in an attempt to justify yourself (which is unbiblical and uselessly painful), and working through the process of sanctification because I am freely justified by the empowering of the Holy Spirit.

God’s design is hardly able to be comprehended by us mortals, and I don’t pretend to understand the ins-and-outs of how everything all works; but I am learning that God loves me and sees me as righteous where I am right now, but He also tells me that if I love Him I will obey His commands. There is a “working out” a “pressing forward” at work within me. It’s proactive, it’s real and it’s sometimes violent.

I love the book of 1 John, it’s beautifully written wrapped entirely in the love of God, but clearly speaks about the obedience and outward signs of a Believer’s life

By this we know that we love the children of God, when we love God and obey his commandments.  1 John 5:2

but whoever keeps his word, in him truly the love of God is perfected. By this we may know that we are in him 1 John 2:5

Whoever keeps his commandments abides in God, and God in him. And by this we know that he abides in us, by the Spirit whom he has given us. 1 John 3:24

So here it comes the ugly truth - where the rubber has met the road in my life. As the Lord began to reveal (again) the process of sanctification, the importance of self-examination and my dependence on the Holy Spirit in my life, I saw some areas that I had been ignoring. There were areas in my life that I was living in compromise and the truth is, I didn’t want to deal with them. I was enjoying my sin. I wanted to stay in my sin. The fact is, part of me still wants to live in my sin.

It was at this point that the “fear of the Lord” began to kick in. (And for the record, I’m grateful for this fear). I began to realize what a dangerous place I had allowed myself to come to.

At what point did I decide it was okay to ignore the conviction of the Holy Spirit?

Who did I think I was taking advantage of the grace the Jesus gave His life to give to me?

This was not a fun place, okay allow me to be honest, this is not a fun place to (currently) be in. After all this, after knowing all that I know, I still struggle. I still want to return to the pit of sin from which I’m trying to break free from!!

I am more now, than ever aware of my desperate need for the Holy Spirit and how I cannot do this on my own. Even my sanctification, my purification is a result of grace, lest I should boast. Like I said in my original post, “If I go anywhere from here, I will never be able to doubt that it was by His miraculous power and will.”

I praise God for who He is, who He always has been and will forever continue to be. Despite of where I am, despite of pit I’ve allowed myself to reside in for so long, despite the residual sin that remains in my human heart – He is faithful and He is going to complete the work that He has started. I am not abandoned, I am not alone, I am not rejected. I am only a daughter, in need of the gospel as much today as I was the day of my conception. I will never outgrow my need for His grace, the forgiveness of the cross and the Love of my Savior.

Spring Reading Challenge

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I am so motivated to get some reading done this spring so I think I am looking forward to the Spring Reding Thing Challenge more than ever!!
For this Spring’s Callapidder Days Challenge I am hoping to read the following books:

Non-Fiction
Hard to Believe by John MacArthur
The Well Behaved Child by John Rosemund
The Discipline of Grace by Jerry Bridges
When I Don’t Desire God by John Piper
Radical Together by David Platt
Luther Gold Compiled by Ray Comfort
Respectable Sins by Jerry Bridges

Fiction
Black by Ted Dekker
Red by Ted Dekker
White by Ted Dekker
Adam by Ted Dekker



Goals
My goal is really simple and it’s to read 2 books a month. I’m hoping to do more than that, but I want to keep my goal attainable and not too big, so I’m going to go with 2 a month.
I would also like to write posts on each book that I read.

Interested?
If you are interested in The Spring Reading Thing 2011 Challenge, set your own goals and join in. The Challenge runs March 20 - June 20.

Friday, March 18, 2011

To Live for Him Alone

I feel myself on the verge of a change. I want to live ONLY for Christ. I need a change, I want a change. And yet… I hesitate. I hold back, trying to maintain a piece (though a small piece) of my old ways, my old heart, a piece of my own authority.

It’s impossible.

It’s sinful.

And yet, I hesitate.

I keep waiting. Waiting for the Holy Spirit to rise up within me and remove all my hesitation, to fully enable me to make a change without doubt, without the desire to hold back, but it hasn’t come.

I realize now that the Holy Spirit has brought me to this place.

A place where I have finally seen my sin for what it is. A place where I have a healthy fear of the Lord. A place where I am aware of my inability and His power.

If I go anywhere from here, I will never be able to doubt that it was by His miraculous power and will.

In this place (where I now find myself) there is a fine line between humility and self-condemnation. I can sense my enemy and he is crouching nearby; he pounces at every opportunity to deceive, attack, distract and tempt.

My ultimate desire is being put to the test and an important decision of where to go from here needs to be made. It’s a place of unmatched potential and unknowns.

Exciting.

Scary.

So this is it.

This is my moment, do I choose my suffering or my safety? Do I choose the way I know I want but is filled with things I don’t desire to do?

or

Do I choose the way I do not want but is filled with my comfort and fleshly desires?

Paul states in Romans 7:15-20

“For I do not understand my own actions. For I do not want what I want, but I do the very thing I hate. Now if I do what I do not want, I agree with the law, that it is good. So now it is no longer I who do it, but sin the dwells within me. For I know that nothing good dwells in me, that is, in my flesh. For I have the desire to do what is right, but not the ability to carry it out. For I do not do the good I want, but the evil I do not want is what I keep on doing. Now if I do what I do not want, it is no longer I who do it, but sin that dwells within me.”

I have never understood this passage more than I do now.

In the chapter prior to this one, verses 6 & 7  Paul says:

“our old self was crucified with Him in order that the body of sin might be brought to nothing, so that we would no lover be enslaved to sin. For one who has died has been set free from sin.”

According to this portion of scripture I am free from the bondage of sin. I do not have to be bound by it’s dominion over my life, over my thoughts, over my desires.

Romans 6: 13-14 “Do not present your members to sin as instruments for unrighteousness, but present yourselves to God as those who have been brought from death to life, and your members to God as instruments for righteousness. For sin will have no dominion over you, since you are not under law but under grace.”

But then why is this so hard? I love the Lord, I truly want to serve Him wholly and fully, but the act of tearing down my idols is harder than I thought.

In the end it comes down to this:

Do I believe what the Bible tells me to be true?

Do I trust Him to be who He says He is?

Do I trust Him enough to hopelessly abandon what I “know” for what He says?

Is He enough?

Will He come through?

Isaiah 30:18-22 (my verse of the year) “Therefore the LORD waits to be gracious to you, and therefore he exalts himself to show mercy to you. For the LORD is a God of justice; blessed are all those who wait for him. For a people shall dwell in Zion, in Jerusalem; you shall weep no more. He will surely be gracious to you at the sound of your cry. As soon as he hears it, he answers you. And though the Lord give you the bread of adversity and the water of affliction, yet your Teacher will not hide himself anymore, but your eyes shall see your Teacher.  And your ears shall hear a word behind you, saying, "This is the way, walk in it," when you turn to the right or when you turn to the left. Then you will defile your carved idols overlaid with silver and your gold-plated metal images. You will scatter them as unclean things. You will say to them, "Be gone!"

Double Whammy: Treytonisms & Alexaisms

IMG_0005 The other day while shopping for some gifts for Audrey’s birthday Alexa had picked up this HUGE tea party set from the shelf. It wasn’t as heavy as much as it was big, so she had a hard time holding it. When she went to pull it off the shelf she said “Tooooo HEAVY!” in a grunted voice, as she accidently pulled the box underneath the one she was trying to hold off the shelf and onto the floor.

She looked at me, she looked at the box on the ground and tried to push the box she was trying to hold back onto the shelf as she said, “Uh-oh, that’s my bad!”

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Alexa has started this thing where she called people (particularly Audrey) “Honey”

Audrey was crying in the middle of the floor the other day after falling over from standing. Lexie walks over to her, stands over her, looking down and says “It’s okay honey, you all right”

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IMG_0151 Treyton loves thinking he knows how to speak spanish. Though he really only knows how to count, he thinks it’s pretty cool.

While riding in Tim’s truck the other day they were listening to ‘90s on the 9’ and the song called “Pretty Fly for a White Guy” came on and if you’ve ever heard the song you know it starts with “Uno, Dos, Tres, Quattro, Cinco, Cinco, Seis”

Treyton said “Oh yeah buddies, I know what you’re talking about, Cuz I know Spanish!!”

Tim told me later, as he was telling me about it - “At that point I knew that he was listening so I turned it off!”

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We’ve been working with Alexa on using her manners. She knows how and when to say please and Thank You, but she’s developed a bad habbit of now using them.

One particular night we went out to eat and were driving there. Lexie likes to listen to certain sons over-and-over again. We didn’t mind but we were making her say “Please” and “Thank You” when she would ask.

Around the fifth time around she said “Play the song, Thank You.”

IMG_0123Realizing she said the wrong “manner” she said “Oh, Nuts!!”

“Play the song, PLEASE”

“Thank You!”

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  When we pulled into the driveway from running errands Alexa said “Here’s our house!! I love it here…. in Wisconsin” :)

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One night Alexa and I were talking about boys and girls. I asked her:

“What is Daddy?” IMG_0139

Alexa: “A Boy”

Me: “What is Mommy?”

Alexa: “A Girl”

Me: “What is Audrey?”

Alexa: “A Girl.”

Me: “What is Treyton?”

Alexa: “A Choo Choo”

(Alexa calls Treyton, “Train”)

Monday, March 14, 2011

{Review} Deeper into the Word

imageDeeper into the Word New Testament by Keri Wyatt Kent.

 Product Description:

“Translators have done their best to render the words of the Bible into English, but capturing the nuances of the ancient languages is an inexact science. Kent gives readers an opportunity to investigate the roots and biblical context of the words within the Word. Deeper into the Word is a fascinating devotional, but it can also be used as an accessible reference tool, as it explores 100 of the most important words of the New Testament. Kent unpacks each word's Greek origins, shows how it is used in the Bible, and offers insights into its significance in our lives.”

The back of the book states “Words matter. God cares about them and so should we. Going a little deeper into the Bible’s words can make an old passage seem new again, enriching your understanding of God’s message to his children. Why was this word chosen rather than that one? What does it imply in its original language that you can’t see in English? And without knowing Greek, how can you learn to explore the details of God’s word for yourself? Keri Wyatt kent provides a fresh encounter with the most important words of the New Testament. Deeper into the word can be used as a daily devotional or as an easy-to-use reference tool. Either way, you’ll find yourself excited by the wonders of God’s amazing Word.”

Product Review:

When given the chance to review this book from Bethany House I wasn’t really sure what to expect, and I’ll be honest my expectations weren’t that high, but as soon as I opened the book and started reading – I was very pleasantly surprised.

This book is a great resource and a diverse tool to be used in different ways in your personal walk.

Rather than reading this book straight through, at first I used it more as a resource and looked up a few key words that I had been reading in my own personal study. I then used it by randomly picking a word to read on and build on from there in my quiet time. I learned a lot both ways and the Lord used this book several times to speak to me and to reinforce some things He is teaching me.

This book is a great addition to my library of books and I foresee it sitting on my stand for a while. If you enjoy word study and looking deeper into the meaning of words used throughout the Bible, this book is a great beginner’s tool to not only understanding more but learning how to study words on your own.

Disclaimer: I received a complimentary copy of this book from BethanyHouse for the purpose of my review. The opinions expressed are my own.

Our Little Peanut

Just got back from Audrey’s one year appointment.

IMG_0154 copyOur little peanut weighed in at 16 pounds 5 ounces and measured 28 inches long. That’s the 1 percentile for weight and 17th for height. IMG_0157

The doctor wants her to come in monthly for weigh-ins, just to keep an eye on her weight, but says he isn’t too concerned, for she is healthy and strong.

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As far as her motor skill development he was happy to hear about her progress in the last week and also gave us a few options if we should decide we wanted her to be evaluated further.

We are thankful that Audrey continues to do so well.

God is good.

Sunday, March 13, 2011

A Poopy Day

This afternoon was bath-time for all the kids.

Tim had changed Audrey’s poopy diaper and called to me from her bedroom where I was changing out her 3-6/6-9 month clothes to 6-9/12 month clothes (yeah she’s tiny) “Audrey’s ready for her bath mama!”

I told him I’d be there in a sec, and he said “Alright”.

Next thing I know I hear a bunch of commotion in the living room and Tim say “Ohhh No!”

And Treyton yelling “What happened? What happened?!”

I come out to see Tim running to the bathroom.

I turn the corner into the living room to see this trailing all the way into the bathroom:

IMG_0361…. I guess she wasn’t done.

IMG_0358….she had poop from her chest to her toes…

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HaPPy FirSt BIrtHdAy AuDrEY!

We just came through Audrey’s birthday weekend. It was a great weekend and the entire family had a fun time. IMG_0053

Tim and I keep telling each other how much Audrey seems to have changed in one week. It’s amazing!

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She's finally started pulling herself up, and once she started that it just seems that she’s started trying everything. She’s crawling up on stuff, sitting up on her own, jabbering and even showing interest in toys and people (other than mom).

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She’s army crawling all over now, exploring and getting into things that up until now I didn’t realize she even knew was there. Just this afternoon, she got into the cabinets in the kitchen and pulled all the cups out.

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Her relationship with her brother and sister has much more interaction than before and I see her now as another “child” rather than “the baby”.

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I know for some of you out there this seems like a given, but this is something that I didn’t expect to happen all of a sudden like it has (and so soon). Up to this point Audrey has been so laid-back, and in no hurry to develop her finer motor-skills. I really expected her to be 15-months or more before she even pulled herself up. This is all very exciting for us!

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I think you can tell from the pictures – Audrey’s personality is pure joy.

She’s a happy baby, and only gets upset when she’s hungry or tired. She doesn’t complain about much at all and more than our other two did, she is adjusting well to learning how to play by herself more than being held. It’s still a learning process (obviously), but I’m proud of her.

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On Friday morning, her actual birth day – the family woke up bright and early (6:30). We all sang Audrey “Happy Birthday” in bed, and after breakfast we all got dressed and ready for opening presents.

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Audrey wanted to get started before we all finished getting dressed, so she did. :)

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After Audrey opened her presents we spent a little time playing with them – Her favorite gift was a little tikes slide. IMG_0057

Her first time down the new slide it didn’t go "smoothly” but that’s okay, she still ended up loving it!!

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And I have to say three days later: for those looking for a great first birthday gift this is it! IMG_0059

We had a few errands to run on Friday, so we spent most of the morning picking up some last minute things for Audrey’s party.

Friday night the family headed to Nakishima’s (a local Japanese restaurant our family loves), where we have gone for everyone’s birthday dinner. It was a nice way to include the younger two kids in Audrey’s celebration, they love going there. We all ate too much – including Audrey :)

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Saturday was Audrey’s party it was the smallest party to date and the first time ever that we’ve ever invited family-only. It was fun and intimate.

I made Audrey’s banner myself (using scrapbooking paper, ribbon and my cricut). It turned out better than I even pictured and I LOVE IT!!

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I also made the party favors – using children’s Build a Mugs & scrapbook paper; I personalized them for each of the underage party guests. We filled some bags with some treats and put them in the cups. (Sadly, I didn’t get pictures of them but they were really cute).

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For Audrey’s cake I made it homemade. It was sugar-free (we used agave nectar to sweeten) and dairy free (we used rice milk and coconut milk) cake and frosting.

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The frosting was a coconut cream frosting and it was DELICIOUS!!

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She did go for the candle, but Tim blew it out right before she touched it. I’m sure it was still hot, but as soon as she got a little frosting in her mouth she forgot all her troubles :)

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It was a great weekend celebrating the life of our youngest blessing. God has been so good to us, there are no words to express our gratefulness for all He has done for us. He deserves all the glory!!

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Of course I’ll share BUNCHES of party pictures for those of you who weren’t able to join us. Enjoy!       

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