Saturday, April 28, 2007
Friday, April 27, 2007
Tomorrow is Clara's birthday...she turns nine. And here I sit frantically trying to come up with a plan. This will probably be our busiest weekend of the year. Tomorrow we have a T-ball game, two soccer games, and a service project. Sunday we have at least one, maybe two soccer games, Life Group and our girls are attending a musical.
On the positive side...I'm learning to work with what I have...Lemons to Lemonade kind of thing. Plus, today is unscheduled, so I can devote time to coming up with a good plan. What used to take me a month to do can now be done in twenty-four hours.
Clara's is precious and we will enjoy celebrating her life tomorrow!! She loves to play soccer!! She gets to play with her friends twice on her birthday. What more could she want? If she were here right now she would say...PRESENTS!!
Tuesday, April 24, 2007
Our first response was there is no way we are going to pay that much money to get our really old, broken down van fixed. We will just purchase a different vehicle. So, for about four and a half hours I was in "gotta buy a new to us used car quick" mode. Then, the children went to bed and David and I had about five minutes of quiet where we regained our sanity. Tomorrow we will call the mechanic and nicely ask him to fix our van and grudgingly (I mean willingly) write a check for an obscene amount of money. And, yet, it will be the wise thing to do. Yes, it is risky, because our van is older than dirt. Oh, how we pray that God will honor our commitment to not incur debt by extending the life of our van until the end of this year!!
The hardest part is telling our children we are not getting a new to us car. We rented a Suburban (really large tank-like vehicle...I felt strong and mighty) today. Noah LOVES it. He thinks it's cool because it can seat nine people. Today on the way to school he was deciding who we could add to our family. His conclusion was Katie H., Jeremy D and Josiah D. He did point out that we also need to build them beds in our house so they can sleep. Poor Noah will be disappointed on so many levels. But, he will survive.
The bottom line is we can afford to fix our car. We cannot afford to purchase a new car.
Monday, April 23, 2007
We spent time talking with our Life Group (smaller group of friends) about this passage and what it really means. It seems like it is easy to say we want to follow Jesus and we are willing to give it all. But, when we are called to give up something that's when it gets harder. This morning I'm still pondering what this means in my life and I'm not really sure.
As one friend said last night this looks different for each person. I remember in the Bible when Jesus told Peter what was coming..."when you are old you will stretch out your hands, and someone else will dress you and lead you where you do not want to go". Then Jesus said to him, "Follow me". Peter's response was to ask what was going to happen to John. Jesus response..."what is that to you?" Basically...none of your business.
This is what is on my mind this morning!! My desire is to Follow Christ and I don't want that to be just lip service. I want it to be real. Following Christ means that my eyes must be fixed on Him...not looking around. Following Christ means walking where He leads. Following Christ means loving the people He puts in my life. Love God..Love Others. Four simple words that are so difficult.
Friday, April 20, 2007
Oohh, what does Noah have over there, it looks pretty cool. I think I'll wander over and check out what he has.
Wednesday, April 18, 2007
Monday, April 16, 2007
Clara would be the girl in the peach shirt. She squeezed the life out of the day. This was about the only view we had of her all day. She had a good day with friends and participated FULLY in our church treasure hunt. By the end of the day she was helping paint faces.
Hannah had it made in the shade for her Easter Egg Hunt. They saved a ton of eggs for the 5th grade and there were about 15 participants. She had eggs in her hood, her pockets and her bag was FULL.
Friday, April 13, 2007
A little while later, David went out for his daily trip to Kroger. When he came home and brought the groceries in...He asked "Who has been in the garage?" As I followed David to the garage, I thought "Oh, no, what did Noah do?" The evidence loomed before me. My sweet innocent, little boy experienced his first bout with grafitti. He had taken the spray paint and painted several places. Luckily Smokey, the cat is still gray, not painted white and our van was not in the garage.
We sat down with our little hoodlum and began to discuss this. He said "It looked like fun when Daddy did it." (David and Clara had painted a frame the day before.) When we began to get to the nitty gritty of what the consequences would be. A bright smile came to his face and he said, "But, I found my fishing pole." Nice diversionary tactic. We again turned the conversation back to the consequences and he said, "But I found my buckets." Again, diversionary tactic.
At this point we are about to bust out laughing when Elijah, who was innocently hitting his golf ball, just happened to whack the snot out of it. It hit the wall behind where I was sitting, then zinged over to the other wall and landed in the kitchen. BOYS, BOYS, BOYS!!
Wednesday, April 11, 2007
Saturday, April 07, 2007
This is the team in between games at the hotel while at the Stones River Tournament. They were in total girl mode...getting their nails done. Thanks to Molly's mom, India who coordinated this fun event. She ran an excellent nail salon with the perfect colors of red, white and blue...team colors, team spirit. This was a fabulous bonding experience for the players and for the families. This is their second season playing together and it is fun to see them developing into a sweet little team.
Lest Hannah become like Jan Brady and say Marsha, Marsha, Marsha (Clara, Clara, Clara)..I thought I would post a cute picture of her. She had an EXCELLENT time at the tournament. She got a chance to spend time with two of her friends, Sophie and Katie. She is becoming such an amazing young woman. Last night we watched the movie "One Night With A King" and as soon as it was over she read the entire book of Esther. Next year Hannah will begin homeschooling. We gave her the first assignment...compare and contrast the movie with the biblical account. It will be interesting to see what she comes up with in her report.
Wednesday, April 04, 2007
A verse that has been speaking volumes to me is "Now may the Lord of peace himself give you peace at all times and in every way." The phrase "at all times in every way" trips me up a bit. That seems so out there. But, how I long for peace in the middle of the chaos, whatever the chaos of the day or moment might be. And, it is Jesus Himself that gives the peace. I can't manufacture it. I can't fake it. Instead I'm oftentimes the creator of chaos in my life.
So my preparations for Easter this year may look a little different. With a can of lysol and a vat of laundry detergent, I will fix my eyes on Jesus the author and perfecter of my faith. I will let the Prince of Peace invade my heart so that he may do His work in me.