Wednesday, December 24, 2008
Saturday, December 20, 2008
2. Shoveling. Playing in the snow. More shoveling. Repeat.
3. Watching my toddler play in the snow and LOVING it! My boys are definitely fond of the winter.
4. Being cute. 'Nuff said.
Friday, December 19, 2008
I am sitting in the quiet while the rest of the house sleeps. Hubby gets to stay home today. It's a SNOW DAY!!! One extra day gets added onto his two week break. The kids can bundle up and play in the freshly fallen snow, and mommy will be waiting with hot chocolate and marshmallows.
Wednesday, December 17, 2008
Sunday, December 14, 2008
Cody turns 7 tomorrow...the 15th. I can't believe that! I say it every year, but it seems like yesterday he was just a little baby in my arms. How fast they grow! This weekend at church, I watched him stand up and sing with the children's choir and he also carried a banner down the aisle for one of the songs. He's even considering playing percussion with a drum ensemble on Christmas Eve. He's really growing up!
We had a Wall-E/space theme party with some of his neighborhood friends. We got very creative and came up with all kinds of fun things for the kids to do and eat while they were here. The kids painted flying saucers and also made glow-in-the-dark moon rocks. For food, we had intergalactic asteroids (pizza rolls), flying saucer pizzas (mini bagel pizzas), martian food (a watermelon filled with lots of fruit), mission to mars juice (green kool-aid and green ice cubes), out of this world cheese stars (cheese cut-outs), and little dippers (carrot sticks with ranch dressing). We had lots of fun naming the food!
Caden enjoyed a cherry candy cane which only added to the excitement. : )
Truly, a great time was had by all.
Dear Cody,These past seven years have been such a blessing for me, your mom. You are such a kind-hearted, sweet little boy. I love watching you grow and change before my eyes. The time we've had together this year has been especially meaningful, as I feel we've gotten to know one another in new and different ways. I love watching you play with and help take care of your little brother. Caden looks up to you and you make his eyes twinkle with happiness (MOST of the time!). The two of you have gotten to be such good buddies and that makes me so happy. I am seeing you grow and mature in areas I've prayed about since you were an infant. I watched you serve in church this past weekend and sing His praises. I listen to you every day, memorizing your Awana or Sunday school verses, reminding myself what a blessing it is to have God's Word at our fingertips that we might hide it in our hearts. I see you learning and growing and I give all the glory to God for all that is good in you. It is a privilege to be your mom, and there is not a DAY that goes by that I don't thank God for the gifts He's given me...you are one of mommy's special gifts, indeed.I love you, sweetie! Here's to a wonderful year #7!Love,Mom
Thursday, December 11, 2008
Monday, December 08, 2008
Wednesday, December 03, 2008
Saturday, November 29, 2008
Charity was a sight. So beautiful....and happy.
And the ringbearer? Well....look at him! Isn't he handsome? Here he is below, giving Mama a HUGE squeeze.
It was a tiring day, but one of great celebration and happiness.
Congratulations, Charity and Matt! We can't wait to hear all about your life together.
Friday, November 28, 2008
Wednesday, November 26, 2008
- Freedom in Christ found in the gift of salvation.
- My loving husband (and best friend)
- Our immediate and extended families
- Great neighbors
- A wonderful church where we can worship freely
- A warm, comfortable home
- Being able to spend quality time with my kids
- God's provision
- My husband's job and a steady stream of students each week
- The privilege of being a mom and watching my two precious boys grow
- The simple, everyday joys in life
Monday, November 24, 2008
Saturday, November 22, 2008
Thursday, November 20, 2008
Monday, November 17, 2008
I can't believe how fast these little boys are growing up. I look at those faces and my heart overflows with love and adoration. Having them home with me to enjoy each and every day is such a privilege and one that I don't take for granted. Thank you, Lord, for the gift of children.
Friday, November 14, 2008
"I don't know why God allows suffering, Corrie, all I know is across the blueprint of our lives, God wrote the word Ravensbruck....Tell them, Corrie - tell them that no pit is so deep that He is not deeper still."
Wednesday, November 12, 2008
Monday, November 10, 2008
I called him over to the area where we change his diapers and as I began the process once again, trying to count how many diapers I must have changed in the past two and a half years, I began to rant and rave about how tired I was of changing stinky, yucky, diapers, and how I wish he'd learn to go on the potty, and how sick I was of buying diapers, and blah, blah, blah. As if the two year-old cares.
All of a sudden, I hear a sweet little voice say, "Mom, do you want me to change Caden? I will if you want me to."
Guilt filled my head and heart as I thought about how silly it was to complain about this task. It is, after all, part of the job description.
I gently replied, "No, no Cody. It's okay. You don't have to do it. It's mommy's job. I really shouldn't have said that to Caden. I'm sorry."
Fast forward to tonight, just about an hour ago. I was fixing dinner, and all of a sudden Cody came into the kitchen and he said, "Mom, do you want me to put this in the garbage or should I take it outside?" I stopped and turned to see him holding a diaper. After recovering from the shock of it all, I walked in to see that Cody had changed Caden and even got him dressed and back in his clothes. He didn't just change a wet diaper. He had changed a dirty one!!!
Strange as it sounds, I was so humbled that Cody had done this for me. Without even asking, knowing I was working to make dinner in kitchen, he took it upon himself to serve his brother.
Now that's what I call brotherly love.
Be devoted to one another in brotherly love. Honor one another above yourselves.
Friday, November 07, 2008
Thursday, November 06, 2008
For HE is "the God of this city, the King of these people, the Lord of this
nation. He's the light in this darkness, the hope to the hopeless, and the
peace to the restless. Greater things have yet to come, and greater things are still to be done in this city."
May we all be on our knees like never before and may His sovereign will be done. Our hope is in Him, not man. Let's all get behind our new president and watch what God is going to do.
Tuesday, November 04, 2008
Let us remember to get on our knees today and pray that God would heal our land.
Let us not fear.
Let us walk in faith.
Let us proclaim Christ boldly with our vote.
Let God's will be done.
10 So do not fear, for I
am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am
your God. I will strengthen you and help
you; I will uphold you with my righteous
Monday, November 03, 2008
Friday, October 31, 2008
We participate in trick or treating in our neighborhood. We told the boys that we weren't spending money on costumes this year, so Cody and Jerry got creative and worked hard on his robot costume, made completely of stuff we had lying around the house. The robot even has lights wired inside of it! Caden is wearing one of Cody's costumes from several years ago, and he's tickled about being a "fwog." Isn't he precious???
Oh how they grow up so fast. Last year he rode around in his stroller and cried when we tried to put him in his monkey suit.
Cody and Caden got out this week and helped Jerry rake leaves. Of course, they could care less about bagging them. It's all about the leaf piles!
Hope you're all enjoying this BEAUTIFUL day and that you have fun with your kiddos this weekend.
Wednesday, October 29, 2008
For God, who said, "Let light shine out of darkness," made his light shine in our hearts to give us the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Christ. But we have this treasure in jars of clay to show that this all-surpassing power is from God and not from us. We are hard pressed on every side, but not crushed; perplexed but not in despair; persecuted, but not abandoned; struck down, but not destroyed. ~2 Corinthians 4:6-9
Monday, October 27, 2008
Friday, October 24, 2008
**Updated to add: There are two other people I want to award. I know. You're only supposed to give five. Oh well. I'm breaking the rules and adding two more: Julie of Life with Ash and Ave and my husband (duh!). Julie and I have become friends through church. She has two beautiful children. She and her husband are both very talented and we've enjoyed the friendship we've begun with them. Julie, I was thinking earlier that you deserve this award! I love coming to your blog and reading up on you all! (I know that we see each other every week, but blogs are so fun!!!) And to my hubby, even though he rarely updates, he deserves this award simply because he HAS a blog. : )**
Monday, October 20, 2008
Cody: Did you know that nobody really knows what kind of fruit Adam and Eve ate off the tree?Me: Everyone just assumes it was an apple.D: Maybe it was a pear or a plum!Me: All we know is that God said not to eat from it.Cody: Yeah! Because if you eat from the tree of knowledge, God will make you a naked sinner!!!
Cody: I'm gonna tell you a story of when my mom was a little girl. It was the eighties. So I'll tell you the short ending. Okay, my mom says that when she was little, and my Nanna asked her to do something, she did it RIGHT AWAY and didn't argue or ANYTHING! And then one time, when my Nanna said, "Jump," my mom would ask, "How high???" Isn't that amazing?
Saturday, October 18, 2008
Wednesday, October 15, 2008
On Monday, we decided to take advantage of the fact that Jerry had the day off and turn it into a trip to the Adler Planetarium in Chicago. We have been studying Astronomy in our homeschool, so we thought it would be fun to do it all as a family. The Adler was free on Monday which sweetened the deal! I have to say that I was very surprised when I saw this quote on the wall from Psalm 8. The Adler is clear on its stance that the creation of the solar system happened as the result of "the big bang" so I thought it was pretty interesting (and cool) that this scripture was in place for all to see.
Friday, October 10, 2008
Wednesday, October 08, 2008
Tuesday, October 07, 2008
Monday, October 06, 2008
Saturday, October 04, 2008
Thursday, October 02, 2008
Tuesday, September 30, 2008
This is just prior to the beginning of the game when the band takes the field. I love that flag over there to the right which says, "The Power of Red."
These two dudes showed up just before the game started and then left. I think they were in the wrong section or something, but they let me snap their picture. They cracked me up.
Here's quarterback Joe Ganz. He came out and threw the ball around a bit before the players officially took the field.
And speaking of that, this is where the players come out after the "tunnel walk." This is one of the best parts of being at a live game. I LOVE that part!
Finally, here is one of the Husker vision screens. I think they are so cool!
So, now that you've seen some of the photos, here's the story. We left Friday afternoon and started our long trek to Nebraska. On our way, we decided to stop for a late lunch/early dinner. We were the youngest people in the place, by the way. Unfortunately, we didn't qualify for the senior discount, however the manager approached our waitress while we were talking to her and said that we qualified for a free dessert. Apparently, all you have to do is wear "the colors" while in Iowa and it earns you a free apple dumpling. I'm so glad I was sporting my Husker-wear. (Turns out he's originally from Nebraska.)
Monday, September 29, 2008
Sunday, September 28, 2008
Thursday, September 25, 2008
Monday, September 22, 2008
Friday, September 19, 2008
We had a great day at the apple orchard. If you live in the area where I do and you are looking for a great, family friendly, Christ-centered place to spend the day, you must go to Royal Oak Farm Orchard. It is totally worth the drive. The grounds are beautiful. For $6.50, you can pick five of your own apples, take a hay ride, eat an apple cider donut, watch a movie in a teepee about apples, bees, pollination, and honey, visit a petting zoo, play on the grounds, visit their market and gift shoppe, and drink a half pint of fresh apple cider. We couldn't have asked for a more beautiful day. The wonderful thing about this particular orchard is that they openly talk about God's creation and they teach the children that it is because of Him and His wonderful ways that the apples can even grow on the trees. They taught us about the cooperation that occurs between the farmers and the bees and how they are such great "workers." If it weren't for the bees, we wouldn't have apples. (This gave me a new appreciation for the bees. : )
Wednesday, September 17, 2008
Tuesday, September 16, 2008
Monday, September 15, 2008
Sunday, September 14, 2008
Saturday, September 13, 2008
To My Local Cable Company That We Switched To Because You Promised it Would Be Better But Have Failed to Deliver:
Now, I understand that FSN is part of your premium sports package that I am....dare I say...paying PREMIUM dollars to have in my living room, and yet, everytime I go looking for a game, it's $30+ dollars to watch my beloved Cornhuskers on pay-per-view! What's the deal????
Now, I ask you. How is this fair? How is that I am paying all this money, and we are entering our third weekend of the Huskers season and you still have not graced the 15 FSN stations with one Huskers game? Why must you play only the teams YOU like? I mean, really. How many stations need to carry some silly game between Colorado and who knows who? I realize this may not be your fault. After all, it's FSN that's carrying the game on pay-per view.
I'm just saying.
I'm very upset with you.
Friday, September 12, 2008
Please understand that this blog is not a political one. It's a place where I share what's on my heart, hopefully encourage somebody who may need it, and keep track of the things my children are doing and saying as they grow. It's a place where I share my faith which is first and foremost in my life. I will be completely honest and say that I try to steer clear of topics which could be controversial, because that's not the kind of forum that this is. However, September 11th is a day that will forever be engraved on all of our hearts. I sat for days in front of my television seven years ago, awaiting the birth of my first child, and all I could do was weep. My husband had to drag me from the TV and take me outside for fresh air because I couldn't stop watching the horror. I couldn't stop crying. It was a terrifying time for all of us Americans. We lost our innocence that day. And every time 9-11 rolls around each year, we Americans grieve all over again. Yes, we're healing, but we still grieve.
So after reading your comment, I just really wanted to share my heart with you on this subject. I am sure that many people in other parts of the world blame America for the suffering that is currently going on in Iraq and the surrounding countries. President Bush is viewed negatively around the world, and I'll admit he's lost many American's support. Our country is awaiting an presidential election where it's being promised by Republicans and Democrats alike that change is coming. We are in desperate need of change. Our country is suffering too. I know it may look different than the suffering in other countries, and I don't minimize what others are experiencing, but tough times have fallen on many, many Americans. We are hurting too.
Please understand that I am just one person who represents Americans. I do not speak for all of us, just as you don't speak for everyone in your country. I don't agree with all of the decisions of our president, but I do stand behind him. I support him and I support the troops that are fighting to defend our freedom and safety here and abroad. I have young children to think about. They are in my care and I have to support whatever measures are being taken to protect me, them, and all of us here in the United States. I know that many people have died because of the war in Iraq. I am not naive to that, and my heart breaks for all of those who have lost loved ones here and abroad.
Bottom line: I think it's unfair for Americans to be blamed for the suffering that's happening in other parts of the world. There are two sides to this story, and none of us really knows the truth. We can only do our part to support our fellow countrymen and our leaders.
And as I said yesterday, ultimately, it is our job to be on our knees. We serve a God who is in control of all of it. He asks us to pray and to trust Him. What else can we do?
I would challenge you to look at your own part of the world and remember that you, like us, are subject to the leadership of your country.
Thank you for reading and I do hope you'll come back.
Thursday, September 11, 2008
This post was originally written two years ago today. It was my very first blog post. I thought it was appropriate to bring it back today. I will say that as I re-read this post, I can praise the Lord that He has lessened my anxiety about the future for my children. Even as we approach this election, it would be easy to fear for our country, but I know that God hand-picks the leaders of this world for a divine and ultimate purpose. We need not fear! Our God is an awesome God. He is in control. And He is working out His plan. To the families and friends of those who perished in the massacre of 9/11, I am praying for you today.
I remember turning the car around and heading back home, believing I would be safer at home instead of going to my bible study that morning. Looking back, I would have been better off being with my sisters in Christ than turning on the TV and not moving from it until my husband arrived home from work later that evening. What kind of world was my unborn child going to come into? A world full of terrorism, fear, hatred, and distress?
I finally reached for my Bible after crying and staring at my television for the majority of the day. It was there that the Lord comforted me in my distress by His promises in Isaiah 40:11. It reads, "He tends His flock like a Shepherd; He gathers the lambs in his arms and carries them close to His heart; He gently leads those that have young." I remember feeling peace in my spirit for the first time that day.
At this five-year anniversary, I am still prone to fear, anxiety, and uncertainty about our nation's future (and what kind of world my children will be living in years from now), but 9/11 taught me that in the midst of adversity, ours is a God who is still bigger and greater than any terrorist plot could ever be. For me, today will be a reminder that where I need to be is on my knees before my God and King.
Wednesday, September 10, 2008
So I sing because I'm happyAnd I sing because I'm free;His eye is on the sparrowAnd I know He watches me.
Sunday, September 07, 2008
Friday, September 05, 2008
Wednesday, September 03, 2008
I personally loved this life-size Batman. They also had Darth Vader!
We also saw a really cool 4-D movie, attended a presentation on how legos are made, and the boys had lots of opportunities to build their own creations. (There are no pictures here of Caden because he wouldn't stop long enough for me to take his picture. Every single picture features the back or top of his head! He had a ball!) It was a very cool place to visit, and I'm not even a huge fan of legos. (Maybe it's because I'm always stepping or tripping on them...ouch!) At any rate, the boys had a great time.