Monday, March 28, 2011

A Picture Story

This is the gate meant to keep little Princess Charming downstairs.

This is little Prince Charming getting ready to climb over the gate and go upstairs.

This is little Prince Charming succeeding in going upstairs.

This is little Prince Charming looking cute so he won't get a spanking for going upstairs.

Everytime I go upstairs to retrieve him, he looks at me and says, "Hug, hug." Yes, I know what you are thinking, "How can you spank him after that?" It is hard, nearly impossible, and it happens rarely.

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

This Chick Got Sold Out

Sunday night Samuel Thomas of Hopegiver's International spoke at our church. Our church has had a lengthy relationship with both Samuel and his father, M.A., who passed away last year. I love to hear the Word spoken by them, and I am amazed at how both men can take a verse from a familiar story and make it so profound. Sunday night Samuel spoke on Mary & Martha. If you know the story, you've always been taught that Mary was doing the right thing by sitting at Jesus' feet. Shame on Martha, we've all thought, for putting preparations before Jesus. We've tried not to be her, the one working, while others worshipped. There are books about being a Mary and not a Martha. In this case, could she have made a better choice - one with more eternal benefit? I'm sure she could have, but did you know she was also a worshippper? A little while later when her brother Lazarus had died, it was Martha who confessed Jesus as the Son of God. Pretty amazing, if you think about it. As Samuel pointed out, God wants us to be both workers and worshippers. There is a time for both. I have to admit, I'm a worker by nature. I don't like to sit still, so I often find myself like the Martha who was busy with her preparations, but I want to be both and I'm working on that. Are you both a worker and worshipper?

Saturday, March 12, 2011

The end of an era

Jon Tyler & Allie are spending their first night in their new bunk beds. This moment is bittersweet, meaning Jon Tyler is now in a big boy bed! For me, these things are fun because it is something new and sad because my baby is growing up. We are in the process of bidding farewell to our old faithful crib which is almost 16 years old and has been through 6 kids, obviously not all mine. In the process means that I can't get it apart. I've always had trouble with it and it's always led me to the point of losing my sanity. So it is partly disassembled and still in their room (which I do not recommend when trying to transition. 'nough said). Allie is as tickled as she can be and so excited about her new bed and being big enough to sleep on top. I think when you are the third child being big enough to do anything is exciting! So we'll see how this new phase of life goes for them. I'm praying for a smooth transition.