Monday, January 28, 2013

First Packer Game!!

On January 5th, Treyton attended his first Packer game. It was the game against the Vikings. 

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Here are Treyton and and Dad getting ready to go to the game. 

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Here they are at the game. They had great seats. They were in the 4th row (? I'm forgetting now), between the G and the R. 

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This was an incredible blessing for our family. Treyton is at an age where he really appreciated the opportunity. He loves sports, especially the Brewers and Packers. He was floored to be finally be able to go to a game! 

Of course it was a super late night for him (being a night game) - he fell asleep on the way home, and even after he got home he actually fell asleep again taking his shoes off! 

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 Priceless! 

 

 

 

Thursday, January 24, 2013

El-Roi: The God Who Sees

I mentioned in a recent post that I am in the process of reading Kay Arthur's "Lord, Teach me How to Pray in 28 Days" and that we were studying The Lord's Prayer. In this first week, we have taken the time to look at and pray one of the Lord's names in scripture. It's been such a sweet blessing to study Him and what He was revealed about Himself through His names. 

As most of you know, this week marked the 40-year anniversary of Roe v. Wade. As a nation we tragically remembered and reflected on the 50 million lives that have been murdered, legally in the last 40 years. Last night, Tim and I watched a video called 3801 Lanchaster.

It was awful, horrible and heart-wrenching and as strange as it sounds:

you should all watch it!!

Reality is, sometimes it takes us seeing something so terrible and painful to realize that we can't just sit by and do nothing. At the very least, we MUST be on our knees in prayer for our country and the millions of innocent victims of abortion. 

We don't see it.

We don't see the daily tragedy and evil that surrounds us. But we have a God that does. 

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The God Who Sees

Genesis 16:13 "So she called the name of the Lord who spoke to her, “You are a God of seeing,”for she said, “Truly here I have seen him who looks after me."

He sees it all. 

Psalm 139:7-8 "Where shall I go from your Spirit? Or where shall I flee from your presence?
If I ascend to heaven, you are there! If I make my bed in Sheol, you are there!

Everyday there are children and women (and even men) who are abused, and hurt and in pain. This week we clearly see the pain and effect abortion has had on our nation. But every day we watch as more tragedy and pain is brought to our attention. Human trafficking, a real and frightening reality, even in the seemingly safest of places. Sexual abuse, including rape and incest happen at horrific rates. NewImage

It can be overwhelming and seemingly hopeless to see what our world is becoming. It's easy to want to ignore the realities and to turn our backs on the statistics and the painful documentaries sharing the truth behind them. 

But…. 

There is hope. 

We have El-Roi.

The God who sees. The God who knows the pain of every victim and every wounded. 

El-Roi. 

He sees. 

He knows. 

He is just. 

He is loving. 

He is merciful towards those who repent.

We have no reason to fear. 

We have no pain that He does not see and there is no sin that will go unpunished. 

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Come quickly, Lord Jesus! 

2 Peter 3:8-9 "The Lord is not slow to fulfill His promises as some count slowness, but is patient toward you, not wishing that any should perish, but that all should reach repentance." 

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Days Like Today….

On days like today I wonder why I do the things I do. 

I wonder if it's worth the time and sacrifice. I wonder if it would be worth the ease of turning you over for 8 hours a day to someone else to teach you. 

I know (in my head) that we're doing the right thing but I just wish there was a guarantee, a way to know that what I think is good for you, really will be in the end. 

On the days like today….

Days when I don't even take a look in the mirror, except for the few minutes it takes to brush my teeth. 

Days when I can't get a moments peace or a minute alone. 

Days when I just want to do what I want to do, but can't. 

Days when I just want to be alone. 

Days when the laundry seems like a bigger deal, than it really is, and a spilled glass of milk really does make me want to cry. 

…. it's on these days I must remind myself. The choice, ultimately is not about me, it's not even about you. It's about HIM and what HE has called us to. 

Sunday, January 20, 2013

What My Man Did this Weekend

Friday night the entire family is sitting at the table eating dinner when we hear a huge crash! We all jump up and run to the laundry room where the noise came from and this is what we see:

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Our cabinet and shelving system fell off the wall!! 

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So needless to say, the first free Saturday we had in several weeks was spent doing this:

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Saturday, January 19, 2013

"They're Just Saying….." (January Links)

The Giglio Imbroglio — The Public Inauguration of a New Moral McCarthyism by Albert Mohler

The Gospel and Newtown on Radical.Net (David Platt's Blog) - A great article on God's sovereignty even in our suffering. A great read at any time. 

You Can Never Ask Too Much by John Piper - a blog post on prayer

How Prayer Glorifies God by John Piper 

Parenting as Storytelling - an interview with Sally Lloyd Jones

The List of Jonathan Edwards 70 Life Resolutions - an amazing list to read, study and live by

Product I recently discovered and LOVE Seeds Family Worship CDs - they are verses (word for word) to music. A great tool to use as a family to learn scripture!! 

The Names of God

Studying the names of God this week and moved by all that HE IS! 

(I received the information on this chart from Kay Arthur's "Lord, Teach Me How to Pray in 28 Days") 

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Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Christmas Break Projects

We took two weeks off of school for Christmas Break this year. I ended up getting lots of projects done which felt great. 

The first project I worked on was getting Audrey's 1 Year Scrapbook album started and finished. Yes, you heard right, 1 year album, and yes, she will be 3 in March. Better late than never right? This project took nearly two days straight. My dear mother-in-law had offered to take a few of the kids for a couple of nights - we sent the two girls, and I was able to work on the scrap book, with the two boys. :)

I also made the older two kids new hats, Treyton wanted a Green Bay Packer one, easy enough.

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Plus I made it just in time for him to go to his first Packer game this past Saturday night!!! (Post on that coming soon!) 

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Alexa wanted a purple flower one. (I made her a hat using this pattern)

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For Titus we made a first year ornament from our Christmas Tree trunk. I got this idea from a friends post on Facebook. LOVE it! We decided to do Titus' ornament from a smaller portion of the trunk so that it could hang easily on our tree - but went ahead and cut off the bottom of our tree and burned the year on it to have for maybe a future project with our Christmas trees. 

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For Audrey, I made some leg warmers - which I would really rather made from a different type of yarn, but I went with what i had and they work okay, but I think I will be making a new pair soon. 

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For myself, I made a scarf - Tim's sister, Toni, had made me one similar to this for Christmas that was green and tan, and I loved it so much I decided I wanted another. LOVE the design, and they are pretty simple to make. 

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Our biggest project for the season was definitely the Family Birthday Boards we made. My sister-in-law, Tami had told me about at our family Christmas on the 22nd. We had all three of them done (ours, Tim's mom's and my mom's) by the following weekend!! They were a little labor intensive but the finished project was TOTALLY worth it. 

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My mom's 

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Tim's Mom's

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and finally ours 

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Each of them are color-coded by family, they are WAY cool (if I do say so myself). 

Finally, Alexa and Audrey needed somewhere to hang all of their necklaces, as they had grown out of Alexa's jewelry box. So we had the idea to have Alexa paint on a canvas (that I had drawn on), and attach hooks to it to hang them on. It turned out really cute, and I love the idea of using something that she made. 

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The colors aren't showing up real well on the pictures, but it's way cute, and I love that she made it herself. 
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Overall, we had a very productive break, now it's time to get back to school!! We are exactly halfway through our school year and looking forward to what's to come!! 

Thursday, January 3, 2013

Treasure Pondered 1.1.2013

There are so many things my kids do that I want to remember - things they say or do that seem so memorable when they happen, but that I forget nearly hours later when trying to retell them to Tim. I've committed to over the years trying to record the cute things that they say in my "overheard" posts - my "Treasured and Pondered" posts are going to be for things that aren't necessarily overheard but are done and that I want to look back and remember well. 

The title comes from Luke 2:19 "But Mary treasured up all these things, pondering them in her heart." 

My children are one of the greatest treasures the Lord has blessed us with and I want to reflect on who they are and what they do and remember these moments - the moments that make my heart stop - forever. 

 

January 1st, 2013

After seeing that I was doing my morning quiet time. Alexa informs me that she wants to do quiet time and write in her notebook too. She sat next to me, quietly and started writing - I look over and see this: 

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I pray this will always be the message she write with her life. 

Tuesday, January 1, 2013

Treytonism: Talent

Today I heard Treyton say to Alexa: 

"That's your talent, Alexa, while we're kids, that is your talent, like in Tinkerbell. In school, you're smart and you're funny, that's your talent." 

Repeatedly, after this, he told her how funny she was. 

He has always been a great big brother, but I love to see him grow more as he is learning to love his sisters in particular in more personal ways. 

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