Thursday, February 23, 2012

Bicycle & Tricycle Fun

It is a gorgeous February day here, which happens like once every 25 years, so we dug the kids bikes out of the garage and took the time to enjoy it!

Seriously…. my kids are stinkin’ cute!

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Our Little Man

Throughout our parenting journey we have gone through some great times and tough times with each of our children as we try our best to train and disciple them.

IMG_0898_ed1We have recently come through one of the tougher patches with Treyton, as we were dealing with difficult behavioral and attitude issues that we couldn’t just “change” but had train him through. We crawled on our knees, as we prayed our way through it, and while of course we don’t have a perfect home, child or parents, we seem to be going through a “high” with our nearly 6 1/2 year old, little man.

In the last several weeks the Lord has encouraged me repeatedly through things that Treyton has said or done and I wanted to record them on “paper” as well as ponder them in my heart.

I was talking to a friend of mine this past weekend about our children’s love languages and it really hit home with me as I started to really think about how Treyton feels the most loved. So I decided to ask Him myself. Many of his answers I knew, but it was still emotional to hear it come from his own mouth.

He said he felt most loved from Dad and I when:

  • We go on dates
  • When we cuddle in bed after the girls are laid down
  • Anytime that it’s the three of us
  • Talking and telling stories
  • Playing games
  • Writing and getting notes to mom

A while ago I wrote a note to Treyton and put it on his bed, just to say I love you. He was ecstatic about the entire thing and that night, I found my own little note sitting on my pillow. Since then we have been leaving each other post-it notes (anywhere we think to put them). I have been saving them all in a little notebook to keep forever. On Valentines, I found this on my bed. IMG_0743Treyton loves to talk about his (and others) feelings, how and why things are they way they are and things that are far beyond his years. I treasure my talks with him and I wish I could somehow record them to remember all of the wisdom he speaks. I pray often for God to continue to develop this gift in him, for I know that it isn’t nearly as important how you start as it is how you finish.

Recently, Tim has started reading through the book of proverbs with him at night. They cover several verses a night, Treyton reading them and then the two (and sometimes three of us) talking about what they mean. Since this has started Treyton has expressed an interest in reading the book of John next. Tim said “Sure”. Well, apparently Treyton couldn’t wait, during quiet time one afternoon, Treyton asked if he could use the i-pad to read the book of John (we use the i-pad because it is easy to make the print larger, which for some reason seems to make a big difference in reading). We also pulled out his NiRV Bible so that he could read it from either source.

At dinner, I asked him what he read, and if he had any questions. He ran to his bedroom and brought me his Bible, he said “I found a verse that I want to memorize… I was so excited to read it I was like ‘Yeah! Awesome!!’ here it is.”

He pointed to and read John 1:14 which says “The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the One and Only, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth.”

He’s currently memorizing Psalms 23 for AWANA, but he says he wants to memorize this one too. Tonight, when I tucked him in he tucked his Bible in at the foot of his bed, telling me that he was going to keep his Bible there from now on.

I love how God is opening his heart to His word and giving him his own passion for it. Oh, God I pray that this continue throughout ALL of his days.

Treyton is a very sweet kid, he continues to struggle with gratitude and a respectful attitude, but I see the Lord working on his heart in these areas, and I trust Him to complete the work that He’s started. He has a big heart, and loves to have fun. He’s funny, energetic, fast-paced, organized, precise and controlling.

I am the most blessed mom in the world. God has given me so much more than I deserve.

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(okay, so I couldn’t decide between which edited picture to post, so I posted them both ;))

Friday, February 17, 2012

Book: Respectable Sins by Jerry Bridges

image Well, finally, after three years of being on my “want to read list” I finished “Respectable Sins” by Jerry Bridges.

This was a great book, dealing with subtle sins that we in the Christian community regularly struggle with. According the Bridges “the primary purpose of this book… is to help us honestly confront the subtle sins we tolerate in our own lives so that we will tend to walk more humbly before God and with respect to the unbelievers towards whom we may be so judgmental.”  I think he does a great job fulfilling the purpose.

My favorite aspect of this book is the fact that Bridges reminds us over and over, not only about the gospel, and the grace of the cross, but of the sovereignty and wisdom of God.

The sins discussed in this book are:

  • Ungodliness
  • Anxiety and Frustration
  • Discontentment
  • Unthankfulness
  • Pride
  • Selfishness
  • Lack of Self-Control
  • Impatience and Irritability
  • Anger
  • The Weeds of Anger
  • Judgmentalism
  • Envy, Jealousy and Related Sins
  • Sins of Tongue
  • Worldliness

This book has much to offer all of us. The first part of the book is handled and written so gracefully to explain the grace and truth of the cross, the commandment of dealing with our sin, and the work of the Holy Spirit in our lives.

I enjoy Jerry Bridges writing style – it’s to the point and easy to read. He’s trustworthy, truthful and has a God-given gift to teach and explain the Word.

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Blessed Beyond Measure

So…. for a while I felt like I might never write this post again, but God was and is faithful and has brought our family yet another blessing to proclaim his glory.

This past week, we found out that we are expecting our fourth miracle! imageWe are expecting little Schoessow #4 on or around October 20th, 2012.

Tim and I are over the moon excited and are looking forward to this next chapter of our life. The kids are pretty excited as well.

When we told the kids Treyton was PUMPED!! And since then he seems to be constantly thinking about both me and the baby. It has actually caused a big change in him, in a good way, and I’ve noticed him treating his sister’s more kindly and considerately.

We went out to eat this past Sunday and when the waitress asked us “Five?” Treyton said “Actually, there’s 6 of us!” as he pointed to my belly.

He came to Tim and I one night after dinner and said “So, I’ve been thinking of some names for the baby… what do you guys think of Troy?”

He’s completely in love with this new baby, and I can hardly wait to see them together.

Alexa, who has been less than receptive to some of the new babies in our lives (three new babies in the last 6 weeks), but when we told her we were pregnant she took a deep breath in and said “Oh my word, mama!” She hasn’t said much since then, and I’m not sure if she even has thought about it since then.

Audrey of course doesn’t realize what’s going on, but is typically excited anytime the rest of us are :) She loves, loves, loves to hold all of the new babies, so I am sure she will do great with it!!

I will be updating throughout the pregnancy as things continue to progress.

Monday, February 13, 2012

Treytonism: Exercise

Treyton asked me today why I don't exercise.
I said "I don't exercise because sometimes I feel like I don't have time to exercise."
He said "If you have time for snacking you have time for exercise!"
Hmmmm.... I guess he gave me something to think about!

Friday, February 3, 2012

Recipe: Nutty Granola

I’ve been in a rather “home maker” mood lately, and felt the recent urge to do a little bit more in the kitchen.

I had seen on several blogs that I read different granola recipes that looked good. I started reading them all, comparing and figuring out things that I thought our family would like (or not like) and created a recipe that I thought would fit our family. Jan-Feb 2012 023

This is my best attempt at writing my recipe down (I'm not always the best at measuring things out, and I "tweak" a lot - go figure ;)) It's pretty easy though and WAY good!!

Ingredients
3 Cups Old-Fashioned Oats (these are not the same as minute oats)
1 Cup almonds (unsalted)
1 Sunflowers (unsalted)
1 Cup Cashews
1 Cup Coconut Flakes (I wanted coconut chips but couldn't find them, the flakes work fine)
3/4 Honey
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup butter melted
Handful of Chocolate Chips

Directions

mix "dry" ingredients"
mix "wet" ingredients (including brown sugar)
mix together
Spread onto a baking sheet covered with a GREASED aluminum foil sheet.

Bake for 30 minutes @325
Stir every 10 minutes.
Let cool in the pan - the longer it cools in the pan the bigger your clumps are going to be. We like clumps, but if you don't I would remove from pan fairly early.

I allowed mine to completely cool in the pan and it was a little "tricky" getting it off of the aluminum foil. Doable, but tricky. So maybe it's best not to allow it to cool completely before you take them off.

Store in an airtight container.

(Side note: The handful of chocolate chips I added completely melted and after the first "stir" so they basically just coated the granola.)  Jan-Feb 2012 025

Thursday, February 2, 2012

Alexaism: Movie Lines

Alexa has an unnatural ability to remember things that she hears, particularly if she hears them more than once. She usually learns her AWANA verse for the week after the first few times of us telling it to her, she learned my phone number after just one day, and she repeats things I (and others) say often (too often sometimes) :) IMG_0091 A few of her favorite things to watch/listen to right now is her Tangled movie and the Lion King Storybook CD (like every morning she listens to it).

So throughout the day as she’s playing, coloring or even sitting by herself, it’s not uncommon to hear her repeating lines from the movie/book – lately a few of her favorites have been:

“Who are you and how did you find me?”

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“We must leave pride rock.” “We’re not going anywhere!”

“You gotta put your past behind ya!”

“Rapunzel, Rapunzel let down your hair!”

“Just let me heal him” (when Rapunzel wants to heal Flinn after her mother stabs him) this one she says with a “voice” – so funny. IMG_0196

“Okay, we’re going to be late, it’s time to go, it’s time to go. We’re going to be late!” (this one is from one of the Free Willy movies that her and Treyton watch in the van).

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Treytonism: A Tiny Bit

I tell Treyton this morning “You are so smart”

He says “You’re smarter, by a tiny bit”

Not sure if that’s a complement or an insult….