Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Treytonism: Not So Good & Daddy’s Hands

Treyton's HatI made homemade granola, and when it was time to taste it the girls and I went nuts… I was worried that we wouldn’t have any to save there for a while.

Treyton, however, just took his initial small piece, ate it and walked off and continued playing. I asked him “Did you not like the granola?”

“Welll…” he said “I don’t want to say your a bad cook. I mean, I’ll eat it, but no, it’s not my favorite. I think that I should stop talking though, because I don’t want to say anything mean for your feelings.”

“Okay, thank you for telling me the truth, but being so nice about it. That’s good manners, bud.”

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This morning we were talking about hands for some reason. And Treyton said

“Yeah, like Daddy’s hands, you know, like Dad’s hands.”

“No, I don’t know what exactly you mean. How are Dad’s hands?”

“You know, they’re like tough, and like strong and really big. Not like ____ and ____’s. My Dad’s hands are, you know, tough. Probably like what Jesus’ hands were like.”

“I like Daddy’s hands too, but you know what. Jesus actually worked with wood, so his hands were probably a little rougher than Daddy’s.”

“Yeah, that’s true, especially after the cross, they were probably real rough after he was nailed to that cross!!!”

“Yes, you’re right, in fact the Bible says he still has the scars on his hands.”

“Yeah…. hmmm…”

And he wandered off, thinking on that.

Handsome Little Man

Monday, January 30, 2012

January 2012

It’s been a while since I’ve posted any family pictures, so I decided I would post a few of my favorites from the last month, though I’ll be honest most of them are of Audrey.

I spend so much time taking pictures of the old two kids during school, that I tend to compensate by taking pictures of Audrey when we’re not doing school. I’m going to try to do better at taking pictures of Alexa and Treyton when we’re not doing school.

IMG_0005 Mom and Audrey cuddling

IMG_0216   Princess Alexa, beading

IMG_0116 First real snow of the year, living it up.

IMG_0119 Crazy hair day at the Schoessow house

IMG_0126  Treyton’s idea of warming up while playing outside

IMG_0132  Snow Angels for Alexa

IMG_0135Audrey is becoming quite the little ham, she has learned recently how to say “cheese” for the camera.

IMG_0138   IMG_0158 Oh my word, that’s adorable!!

IMG_0192 Alexa always want to take “silly pictures”, here’s her infamous funny face.


Inspired by my friend, Amanda, I have been making crocheted hats the last several weeks, both of these have since been completed and improved, but I love these pictures of the girls.

IMG_0312 Audrey discovered our horsey in the basement, and she apparently loves it!


IMG_0346 Audrey LOVES all of the babies in our recent family baby boom. She loves to hug and kiss them.

IMG_0361We have a chalkboard hanging in our kitchen that we write different verses on, Treyton is really interested in it and recently asked that next time we change it that he could help pick the verse and write it. When it was time to change it, he followed through with it…. this melts me heart.

IMG_0358Audrey and her cousin Peyton have a slight “fighting” problem. They will yell at one another for apparently no reason at all. After staying the night at our house, they actually hugged one another good bye…. of course we had to take a picture, just in case it never happens again :)

January 2012 064 Cuddle time for the girls… gotta love it!!

Riding Through the Heavens

Sitting in my quiet time this morning, before I opened the Word I was just meditating on the Lord and I had a sweet thought of that glorious day when Jesus will ride through the heavens on a white horse…. what a day that will be!! IMG_0015During my actual quiet time, the Lord through two separate resources I’m going through brought me to the passages of Deuteronomy 3:26-27

"There is none like God, O Jeshurun, who rides through the heavens to your help, through the skies in his majesty. The eternal God is your dwelling place, and underneath are the everlasting arms. And he thrust out the enemy before you and said, Destroy.”


Psalm 18: 1-2, 6, 10

“I love you, O LORD, my strength. The LORD is my rock and my fortress and my deliverer, my God, my rock, in whom I take refuge, my shield, and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold.

In my distress I called upon the LORD; to my God I cried for help. From his temple he heard my voice, and my cry to him reached his ears.

… He rode on a cherub and flew; he came swiftly on the wings of the wind.”

While I don’t pretend for a moment to know what “riding through the heavens” would look like, it still amazes me. And He there are several things that I do know:

I know that He is my Defender, my Protector, my Provider, my Refuge and Rock. His ears hear my cry and His eyes watch me day and night. His everlasting arms are underneath me!

Who am I, O Lord? Who am I that you would be mindful of me?

I’m humbled by your greatness and filled with gratefulness towrds your grace and mercy towards me – I am so unworthy, yet you chose me and called me anyway….

May you use my life in accordance to your will for Your glory!!

I pray that you will be glorified in my life and your power be made perfect in my weakness. (2 Cor. 12:9)

Monday, January 23, 2012


Romans 15:13 “May the God of all hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that by the power of the Holy Spirit you may abound in hope.”

Romans 5:1-5 Therefore, since we have been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ.  Through him we have also obtained access by faith into this grace in which we stand, and we rejoice in hope of the glory of God.  More than that, we rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, and endurance produces character, and character produces hope, and hope does not put us to shame, because God's love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit who has been given to us.

I love the word, hope.


Every time I hear it, I feel like I’m able to exhale a little easier.

God has placed this word on my heart recently, and I have truly delighted in reflecting on it’s Biblical meaning. I’ve seen all over the blog world, people picking a “word of the year”, I’ve never done this in the past, but I think this year, if I were to pick one, Hope would be my word.

Biblical hope, unlike worldly hope, is more than just a vague optimistic expectation. Hope, for the believer, is a specific confident assurance.

Assurance that God is who he says He is.

Assurance that God will do what He said He will do.

Assurance that we our forgiven, because Jesus paid the price and bore the wrath that we could not.

Assurance that God will be faithful to complete the work He started in our lives.

There are times in each of our lives when we feel defeated, when we come to the end of our own strength and worldly “hope”. When we can’t see an ounce of good in a particular situation, time or place that God has placed us in.

When these times come, it’s easy to feel like you don’t know what to do. And, what are we to do when we don’t know what to do?

I believe the answer is hope. Hope in Him.

We can be sure and confident in Him. We may not always like the route He takes us, we may not see His plan this side of heaven. But we can have hope, assurance that He will see us through, that His ways are better than our ways, even when we don’t understand.


What a blessed assurance.

Psalm 46:1-2 “God is our refuge and strength a very present help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear though the earth gives way.”

Monday, January 16, 2012

Book List 2012

I always look forward to posting the book list for the year. I didn’t read as many books as I had expected or wanted to in 2011, but that’s alright, there is always this year. :)
An entire bookshelf remains full of books that I have bought, or that have been given to me that I want to read, not to mention several (okay like 20) more books on my “wishlist”. Like the t-shirt that my mother-in-law got me for Christmas says “So many books, So little time” I don’t think a truer statement could describe my life :).

Books I’ve Read This Year
Though it wasn't just this year, I concluded reading through the Bible for the second time at the completion of 2012!! I believe it took me 2 years, though it might have been 3. Out of all the books that could be read, the Holy Scriptures are by far the best. If I could have only read one book this year, it would have been this one!!

"Desiring God: Meditations of a Christian Hedonist" by John Piper
 image Based on the concept that as Christians "Delight is our Duty" - it is from this that one of John Piper's more famous philosophies stem "The chief end of man is to glorify God by enjoying Him forever". This book is very practical and helpful in developing a mature Christian walk and relationship with God. Filled with scripture and important Biblical truths, it is God-honoring and encourages us to use our whole lives to worship God.

Respectable Sins” by Jerry Bridges
I have had this book on my to-read list for 3 years now and have started it a number of times. For real, I’m going to read it this time, I’m on chapter 6!
I finished this book and would recommend it - you can read my "unofficial review" on it here.

1, 2, 3 John and Jude” by John MacArthur
I’m going through this study with some ladies from my church, a great study. MacArthur is great.

Real Marriage by Mark and Grace Driscoll
A book on marriage (obviously), written by a pastor and his wife of 15 years. Talking truthfully they share the  beauty and ashes of marriage and share some Biblical insight on how to approach your marriage, regardless of where you are. To go-along with this book Mark Driscoll is going through a sermon series covering their book chapter by chapter.... it covers a lot (but not all) of the books material.

The Well-Behaved Child” by John Rosemond
This book gives great practical parenting tips – with a no-hold, no psychobabble “punches” Rosemond is to the point and gives no apologies for his authoritative, yet loving parental approach. There are a few of his ideas that I don’t necessarily agree with, but overall every tip of his that I’ve implemented in our home has been very effective and helpful in training.

The Educating the Wholehearted Child” Clay and Sally Clarkson
I started this book a while ago, and I’m about halfway through. It is a great homeschooling resource giving ideas of how to educate, train and disciple the whole child, not just the mind through our homeschool and home (which in reality are one in the same). An EXCELLENT resource.

The Ministry of Motherhood” by Sally Clarkson
I haven’t actually started this one but I loved the Mission of Motherhood and am loving Educating the Wholehearted Child by Clay and Sally Clarkson.

"The Explicit Gospel" by Matt Chandler
The best book that I have read this year. The gospel clearly and unapologetically defined BIBLICALLY. Matt Chandler, by far my favorite preacher to listen to via podcast, his book was just as good. easy to read, penetrating, powerful and full of truth. I recommend this book to EVERYONE. Seriously, everyone should read this book.

"One Thousand Gifts" by Ann Voskamp
The Lord brought this book to my nightstand at a very specific time. I've owned this book for over a year and heard it recommended a million times. I've also read Ann Voskamp's blog over the years. When I started One Thousand Gifts, I read 3 pages, and literally had to stop as I found myself sobbing over the words. Voskamp writes slightly more poetically than I am used to but it creates a realness and power to her words that really wrap you in to what she is saying. This book was amazing and I highly, highly recommend it! 

"A Woman After God's Own Heart" by Elizabeth George 
I did the Bible study that goes along with the video segments. This was a phenomenal study from which I learned so much about discipleship and having strong disciplines. I am hoping to read her book as well... maybe next year. 

The Hunger Games Trilogy by Suzanne Collins 
  • The Hunger Games 
  • Catching Fire 
  • Mockingjay 
I know these books were debated by some, and I can see some of their reasoning, however, I thought they were really good and I couldn't put them down. Like most people, I finished each of them within a couple of days.

Wildflowers in Winter by Katie Ganshert
I reviewed this book this year, I enjoyed it.

Breath of Dawn by Kristen Heitzmann
The third of one of my all time favorite series.... LOVED it! 

Books on my Nightstand

"James: Mercy Triumphs" Beth Moore's newest Bible Study
My sister, Skye, and I decided to do this Bible Study together at a VERY slow pace. We are both loving it, if we get done before the end of the year I would be surprised :)

"Creature of the Word" by Matt Chandler
I love Matt Chandler's writing style so much I was excited to see that he actually had another one out so soon. He is a phenomenal teacher and pastor. This book focuses on what a Jesus-centered gospel-focused church should look like as well as practical steps to get there.

A Little Bit (urgh, I mean ALOT) of Christmas

I do realize that we are halfway through January and I have yet to post on our Christmas or New Years.

Believe it or not, we did celebrate the holidays this year.

Schoessow Christmas

Our celebrations started on the 17th of December with the Schoessow side of the family. This year, Toni, Tim’s older sister hosted, which was nice for us, because we only live 15 minutes from her house. imageAunt Tami and Audrey, snuggling.

This year we had the adults each pick a child’s name to buy a gift for. I liked this approach, simple, fun to shop for and kids still got to open gifts. image

imageAfter gifts and a lasagna dinner the kids played a game with Mommer and then we headed up to Green Bay to see the Garden of Lights.  image I love that we have this near us – we’ve done it a few times in the past and it is a great holiday tradition. Alexa complained most of the time (it was a little cold for her blood), but Treyton really liked it. I wore Audrey in a front carrier with a blanket around her, so she was pretty warm the entire time and I didn’t hear too much from her.    image(Treyton’s favorite part of the Schoessow Family Christmas – Wrapping Paper War) 

image (Mommer and Papa with the Grandkids)

Our Family Christmas


The original holiday plan was to do Christmas Eve with my side of the family and then Christmas Day at home with our family, but my mom invited our family to join her, my step dad and uncle on Christmas Day at her house. So last minute (and by last minute I mean 4:30 on the 23rd) we decided to spend the 23rd as our family Christmas, 24th with my entire family and then the 25th at my mom’s.


Because we kind of rushed our own family Christmas, we left out some of our traditions and treats – like Jesus’ Birthday Cake and Root Beer Floats, but that was okay because we ended up spreading these things to New Years – and you know what? I think Jesus was okay with a little belated birthday cake.


The kids each got their normal 3 gifts from Tim and I, but this year they also exchanged with one another – Treyton picked out and bought with his snack stand money gifts for his sisters, mom and dad. This was his own idea which he had started thinking of back in October. 

For our “Nice Dinner” we had lamb, brussel sprouts, and mashed potatoes.    IMG_0113Treyton got another Mario DS game, Angry Birds Knock on Wood Game, and Big Box of Legos from Tim and I. From Alexa he got a pogo stick and from Audrey he got Batman Jammies. (Side Note: it is extremely difficult to get pictures of Treyton opening his gifts because he’s so fast :))IMG_0118Audrey got a new play kitchen, a little monkey cabbage patch doll and a baby blackberry (alphabet) toy from Tim and I, for a little lagniappe she got some dress up princess shoes (a last minute buy that ended up being her favorite gift). She got a Remote toy from Alexa and a Disney princess chair from Treyton.

IMG_0122Alexa got a Rapunzel doll and dress up set, a Hello Kitty DS game, and a princess snuggie from Tim and I. A Princess Dress up kit from Treyton and Trio building blocks from Audrey.

IMG_0124 Treyton got mom a Sonic DS game (LOVE it, by the way… I used to play Sonic all the time back when Sega was cool) and Dad the Cars 2 movie. He had told Tim at one point “I know you wanted to Cars 2 movie, Dad, but I got you something else instead.” So when Tim opened the Cars 2 movie, Treyton was way excited for “tricking Dad” – if you’ve never seen Treyton’s excited face – now you have ;) IMG_0132It was a nice Christmas, a little rushed, but worth it in the end. We are certainly blessed beyond measure.

Rebman Christmas

Christmas Eve we headed to my sister’s house. Everyone exchanged names, which makes Christmas fairly relaxing and enjoyable but everyone still gets to open something.

My mom always goes ALL OUT on the food for Christmas Eve, we love it. It’s a lot of work for her, and we keep telling her to simplify, and maybe one day she will, but until then we will enjoy our MANY options of yummy snack foods.


I apologize for too many pictures in advance – my brother in law Aaron LOVES taking my camera and taking hundreds of pictures that I have to clean out (and I’m not even kidding in 6 hours he managed to take over 500 pictures).  And be forewarned, there are more of me than anyone else, partially I think because I had a glass of wine this day, which for some reason gets my family all gitty and it’s like they want as much “proof” as possible that Amber is a wine-o…. whatever :) IMG_0138This is me and my brother-in-law Aaron, we give each other a really hard time, but truth be told, I have a lot of fun hanging out with him (when he’s not crabby from lack of sleep). There’s a reason why my sister Skye likes the two of us so much, we’re a lot of like. When we're together we’re usually in some type of "heavy discussion” which we both actually agree with one another on, but are saying differently. We both like to prove our point…. Tim and Skye typically just stay out of the way and let us have at it. IMG_0140 My man and his little girl. They are so cute.

IMG_0142 Luke and Skye

IMG_0149 Audrey being silly.

IMG_0155 Aaron caught a picture of me doing my “Skype face”…. big funny.

IMG_0168 My sister, Autumn and I, getting cozy on the couch together. I LOVE hanging out with Autumn, seriously, we laugh the most when we’re together. Autumn laughs at ALL of my jokes, seriously, she makes me feel like I should be a comedian. She’s awesome.

IMG_0203 A rare picture of little ms. Peyton, not smiling .

IMG_0205Madison, being a little ham ;) It was actually Madison’s birthday on Christmas… so we sang a little birthday tune for her this day.

IMG_0216 Audrey, my little princess.

IMG_0225 Aaron, I’m really not sure what he’s doing here…. but this is called payback.  IMG_0240 A rare (or maybe the only picture of my brother in law Marv and I), yes, I still have a glass of wine in my hands…. I savor, I don’t guzzle. IMG_0286 My Uncle Todd got Bewitched season 1 & 2 for Christmas – Alexa was very interested.

IMG_0310 I have no idea what my man is doing to this baby doll, but this picture cracks me up, I apologize if others find it disturbing. IMG_0323 My Grandma had bought all of her Christmas presents before she got sick in November. She had my mom’s name this year, so this is the last present my mom will ever get from her mom. It was a hard moment, but a moment I know my mom was really grateful for.  IMG_0336 Peyton and Treyton, the rhyming cousins, wrestling. IMG_0379 Can I make myself any more clear, Aaron? IMG_0401  IMG_0426 Peyton, all wrapped up. IMG_0445 Superhero Treyton. IMG_0453My Grandma had also gotten all four of us girls little sock purses, my mom and uncle added in a piece of silver and a small figurine from what we refer to as the “Aunt Jemima” salt and pepper shakers she used to have all over her house from her. IMG_0464 Uncle Todd and Alexa cuddling. IMG_0483 My man, with his “thinking face” on :)  IMG_0488 And the moment passed :)  IMG_0550 Two preggers…. aren’t they beautiful?  IMG_0490Okay, here’s the scoop – since I was a teenager I have tried really, really, really hard to inflict some sort of pain on my step dad, Luke. We used to wrestle around quite a bit and I would get so mad, because he would just laugh. I’ll punch him over and over in the arm, and I know it hurts him, but he refuses to admit it and he’ll just laugh…. nothing makes me “madder”. (Yes, I know this sounds twisted, but Luke’s really weird, it’s too much to try and explain :)) Anyhow, this year, Aaron tempted me to give his arm a shot…. here he’s showing his red arm.

Here are some family pictures from the day: IMG_0546

One goofy….

IMG_0513 Two serious… IMG_0539

And of course no holiday would be complete if Luke didn’t take his holiday nap :) IMG_0378

Christmas Day

Christmas Day was very relaxed at my mom’s house – she made a delicious meal and I didn’t lift my finger hardly all day. We did the kid’s stockings at my mom’s but other than that, there were no gifts this day – which was also nice.


IMG_0562What?! Nerf Gun Bullets!! Thanks Mom and Dad!  

IMG_0566Lexie got a princess Charm bracelet from Disney. She really wanted it at Disney, but Tim said no, he got it for her (behind her back) and gave it to her for Christmas.

IMG_0565 A charm for her actual charm bracelet

IMG_0572 Papa Luke and the girls.

IMG_0573 My Uncle Todd

IMG_0574 Time to eat!!


IMG_0579 My mom and my Uncle T.  IMG_0581 Time for dessert. IMG_0583Happy Birthday to Jesus, with my mom’s pies. 

IMG_0585 What? I wasn’t eating anything.

It was a fun Christmas, I love seeing our families and celebrating with them all. We are so lucky to live close enough to spend the time with them.