Wednesday, February 25, 2009
*Since I said I'd update you, I spent a third of my birthday money this weekend--$8 on a sweater here (it's not maternity, though it is a verstile enough style and fit that I can wear it now and later--yay!) and $4 on this cereal (used a $1 coupon). That might sound strange to use my fun money to buy cereal, but I'm very practical and I have a personal spend limit of $2.50 per box, so buying this flavor is a rare splurge.
*I just received my first check from Ebates--I love that program! It's such an easy way to earn a little cash back if you're already making on-line purchases--I really recommend them.
*I recently signed up for this free program--it's basically a "virtual notebook," which is pretty high-tech for this pen and paper girl. I heard about it from Real Simple, and have enjoyed experimenting with saving links and articles I want to keep filed.
*Last but not least, many thanks to Debra and Nicol for recently honoring me with blog awards. I appreciate your thoughtfulness!
Monday, February 23, 2009
Thank you so much for taking the time to share--I really appreciate it!
Friday, February 20, 2009
Wednesday, February 18, 2009
One of my favorite lessons focused on how God created every woman to be a lifegiver. According to author Barbara Mouser, "One of the traditional ways that women have given life to others is through their homes. Whether single or married, we all influence our loved ones through the environments we create."
To help us better identify our role in the home, Barbara gives the following definitions of homebuilding, and I really like how she describes them.
Housekeeping: daily mundane duties in the house such as making beds, washing dishes, dusting, etc.
Homemaking: habitually creating an atmosphere at home that is conducive to rest, fellowship, love, learning, security
House-building: the long-term lifework of helping a man, creating and nurturing a family, producing wealth, earning a reputation, blessing the local church and community, strengthening the nation, and thus influencing the world (Gen. 24:60; Ruth 4:1-12; Prov. 14:1)
Barbara encourages us to balance all of the above definitions in our homebuilding, and continues to define lifegiving by saying that "All women give life in one way or another. Lifegiving is anything which raises life above mere existence. Physically, we are invigorated with food, clothing, shelter, and health care. Spiritual lifegivers nurture the soul and spirit with words of love and truth and through gifts of heritage, traditions, culture, the arts, and holidays."
What an awesome privilege and responsibility we have--I am thankful God created me to be a lifegiver!
Note: Most of this post was originally published on May 22, 2007. I felt led in my latest retreat to review my notes from this portion of the study, and was blessed to be reminded of my role as a lifegiver, so I wanted to re-post these concepts. In looking through my notebook, I was startled to come across this prayer I wrote when I was a month away from delivering Nathan:
"Father, as I anticipate childbirth and becoming a mom, help me rely on You. I can do none of this without You. Help me accept that there will be pain and struggle, but to find joy in what You will bring us through." To which I now add, Amen!
Monday, February 16, 2009
*We're just 4 weeks away from meeting our daughter--it's gone so fast up until this point, but I have to admit it's hard to maintain a consistently cheerful attitude in the midst of the discomforts that come with (late) pregnancy!
*I finished my work at the college a couple of weeks ago. I'm so thankful God provided those opportunities, but am also glad that I will have more flexibility in my schedule these final weeks before we go through a major transition!
*As for blogging, it was totally the right decision to cut back a few weeks ago. I continue to take Thursdays off from blog stuff altogether, and that just makes me look more forward to checking in on Fridays! Makes me think of the adage "less is more"--it's certainly been true for me.
Friday, February 13, 2009
Environmental stewardship is an area I continue to think a lot about. Remember this book? I'm very excited, because the author's wife will be publishing a book of her own this spring. (And since I have a sister-in-law who works for the publishing company, I managed to snag an advanced copy. Let me tell you--I'm only in the second chapter, and learning so much already! I'll be sure to share more soon.)
Tuesday, February 10, 2009
Monday, February 9, 2009
Heather was awesome to work with, we had decent weather, and you can't beat the scenery of a Colorado castle, which happens to be where Monica and David were married 5 years ago this month.
I wanted to share my favorite shots from the morning:
a rare view of the whole crew
Friday, February 6, 2009
Monday, February 2, 2009
To set the stage a bit, Nathan is usually quite fussy when we first get home from any kind of errand or outing. We'd just walked in the door from church and he was whining about pretty much everything. I was feeling discouraged about the way he was acting, and said a quick prayer that God would help me.
A little later, I started crying about something that had touched my heart, and Nathan came over to me and said, "Mommy's crying." I told him that sometimes Mommy and Daddy get sad just like he does. Nathan responded by handing me his bear, aka his favorite thing in the world. I tearfully thanked him for being so kind, but what he did next made me cry even harder. He grabbed a pillow and blanket and brought them to where I was sitting, then climbed into my lap and said "Let's snuggle, Mommy." I wept for his sensitivity and compassion, for the Lord's faithfulness in developing our son's character, and for the comfort Nathan extended to me in my sadness.
You answered my prayer for help and encouragement, Lord, and in such a beautiful way. Thank You for Your faithfulness, and for reminding me to be faithful in praying for my children.