Saturday, October 31, 2009
blonde, but I'm not going to spend $60 every 6 months or so to get it maintained. Now, Lily can't pull my hair quite as hard!
texting, or had some kind of music device in their ear. It is such a different world since I have been in school. My kids and I felt like foreigners. Not a bad thing. Many of the kids were very rude and it didn't feel like there was much control. The illusionist was a great trooper and even though it was very distracting, several people made decisions for Christ. On the way home, I had a chance to answer questions and the two older boys both told me they are glad that our family is different. They had been complaining lately, that they didn't like how we are different (we make them work and have rules), now they are thanking me for it! Yeah!
Josh had raised his hand at the show and rededicated his life to the Lord. At bedtime, Marcus asked if he could do it, too. I was glad I went after all!
I had Bible study in my home two days ago, when in the middle of the our Beth Moore video, I hear "Mom, come quick, Josh had a stick sticking into his bone!" Oh, great! We run out there and Josh is hysterical. There was a stick about the diameter of about a pea sticking out of his leg. I couldn't tell how far it was in, so I was about to call Steve (was he there? Nooooo) and ask him if I should try to pull it out or take him to the ER. Margaret looked at me calmly and said, "Aren't you going to just pull it out?" She reached down, covered Josh's eyes and pulled. It took three really good pulls to get it out. Man, it must have hurt! It gave me the heebie jeebies! He's OK, but now it is infected. We are putting lots of peroxide and Neosporin on it. He has his last game of soccer today. He doesn't want to miss it, but I really hope he doesn't get kicked in the shin!
Yesterday was an awesome day! I quickly homeschooled, and then went to tea with my friend, Rachel. We had a great time and chatted for, oh, 2 hours! We had to run home and nurse our babies afterwards! It was just so good to catch up and encourage each other in the Lord.
We also had their whole clan come for dinner. We had slow-cooked herbed pork roast and carameled apples for dessert. The kids had so much fun together, and the adults, too! They are a terrific family and our kids get along really well! I'll post pictures later!
So today is soccer, ACTS, and a Harvest Party! Whew! Now I'm supposed to cook, clean, and do laundry in there somewhere, right? LOL!
Thursday, October 29, 2009
Tuesday, October 27, 2009
I really think she needs to blow this up and frame it!
"My son, hear the instruction of your father, and do not forsake the law of your mother; for they will be graceful ornaments on your head, and chains about your neck."-Proverbs 1:8-9
Love you guys! Pray the kids don't get sick so that we can enjoy Friday evening together eating casserole and Rachel's famous caramel apples!
Sunday, October 25, 2009
My little ones are so full of life, love and laughter! They crack me up with their mispronounced words and literalness (is that a word?). They bring Steve and I such joy. It is worth all the bickering and such that comes with lots of siblings.
Homeschooling is going well. I have been more consistent this year and I am seeing the fruit of it. Josh is reading better and Marcus is really starting to enjoy math. Jessica seems to enjoy math as well. I have been more relaxed as a teacher and less fretful that I am missing out on something or that there will be holes in their education. I am just one tool in God's tool box!
We have gone an lots of field trips this year. The above picture is our most recent one at the Discovery Center. It's a great way to go on a rainy day. We get a membership every year, which saves our family a ton of money. We are sitting on a giant carved sturgeon.
We are all very healthy right now. What a blessing that is. Except for the occasional cold, or strep, we have been sick-free.
We are also thankful for all the wonderful friends and family that God has blessed us with (you know who you are!). It is wonderful to be loved and to love others that God has placed in our lives for different times and seasons.
We also have a loving church family. Our pastor is going through a battle with cancer and it has been very difficult for him. He knows time might be short and it helps me to look at life and maybe let go of some of things that might have otherwise stressed me out. Things that don't matter, that aren't truly important.
Again, can I just say that life is good right now?
Saturday, October 24, 2009
I just have to brag about my sweet sister, Jackie. She is the most amazing woman! Our spiritual journeys are very similar. We believed in Jesus around age six. Grew some, but kind of back slid when we were in high school and college. After I got married and became pregnant with Josh, the Lord got my attention and this is when I would say that I made my faith my own. Jackie, unfortunately was inundated with the thinking of college professors that were very liberal. She was very confused. As my faith grew and I started learning about revering and submitting to my husband, she could see the fruit in that. She bought a Life Application Bible and took OFF! I would get convicted of something, share with her and then she would get convicted. It seemed like I was always a step ahead for awhile. Things have changed now. She has grown so much in the Lord! She knows the Word, she digs the nuggets of wisdom as if they are great treasure. If I want godly advice on how to handle something, I know that I can go to her. If we don't know the answer, we start digging some more! She is my gift from God. She is my best friend, my other half.
We talk almost every day on the phone. She is my greatest cheerleader. She encourages and advises me with my children, husband, editing devotions and my blog.
She rides a HUGE Harley, she loves tea parties and pretty things, she loves the Lord and is a wonderful mommy to two fiery redheads! She is a military wife who endures LONG absences while her husband is away on drills, trainings and wars. She is into healthy eating so much that she makes EVERYTHING from scratch, including her own cheese. She is my sister, my twin and my best friend. You can visit her at her blog http://www.homesteadwannabes.blogspot.com/
We always say, "Everyone should have a twin". We know we are blessed and we don't take it for granted.
Sorry, Jack! Just had to brag about you! Love ya...
Friday, October 23, 2009
Even though he still has a ways to go, he is well on his way to being thin and healthy. I'm so happy for him! The kids and I are his greatest cheerleaders. He is so open and honest with them and others about his eating addiction. I pray that they see the courage that it takes to face an addiction head-on and ask God's help to be freed from it. He is being a wonderful role model to our children!
It is exciting to see 14 years of prayers being answered before my very eyes!
I will end this with a quote on marriage. I want to encourage the ladies who have taken the 30 Day Challenge to not speak negatively about or to their husbands.
"A successful marriage is not one in which two people, beautifully matched, find each other and get along happily ever after because of this initial matching. It is, instead, a system by means of which persons who are sinful and contentious are so caught by a dream bigger than themselves that they work throughout the years, in spite of repeated disappointment, to make the dream come true." -Elton Trueblood
I'm praying for you, Ladies! Remember, if you fail, repent and pick yourself back up again. You are becoming aware of bad habits!
The Lord bless you!
Thursday, October 22, 2009
Wednesday, October 21, 2009
I was dreading having our family photo taken today, so I decided to pray about my attitude this morning. I told God that I knew He was awful busy running the world, but I believed that he is a big enough God to help me in the smaller things. He answered my prayers and it was the most pleasant and fast photo session ever! Thank you, Lord!
Tuesday, October 20, 2009
I'm going to be writing some encouraging words and quotes to help spur on the ladies who have decided to take the 30 Day Challenge. I think I need this as much as anyone! Most of it will be taken from Gary Thomas' book "Devotions for a Sacred Marriage".
"Listening is the motor oil for both spiritual growth and marital health. Without it, the friction and the heat will cause the gears of our souls to jam and break, blowing up the engine. Relationships start to break down when both parties keep talking and stop listening. Being together, building intimacy, and growing in oneness require listening. When we stop listening, we stop loving.
It all begins with our prayers. If we keep rattling off a list of things we want God to change about our spouses, we're not paying attention to the list of things God wants to use our spouses to change about us. My morning prayers have become virtual marching orders. God almost never points out something my wife needs to do for me; ninety-nine times out of a hundred, he reveals to me what I'm to do for her.
Listening, of course, require a monumental shift in attitude. We should enter each day of marriage as learners, not teachers. God uses the challenges of marriage to teach us about ourselves. He uses our spouses to teach us how the other gender thinks and reacts. he uses marriage to give us perspective, and perhaps even a new outlook. God does not limit his lessons according to the gifting of the persons with whom we live; he is well able to speak through even the worst of sinners.
But when we refuse to listen, we miss all of this. You can change the entire spiritual climate in your home merely by choosing to listen. It's amazing what this simple spiritual act can do. Days of despair get transformed into days of discovery; disappointment gives way to discernment.
The best way to change your marriage is to start listening more than you talk. and when you pray, listen to God more than you complain about your spouse."
Yesterday, my husband came home very late from an activity. My first tendency was to jump all over him. In fact, I did ask him in an irritated voice why he was an hour late. I should have known I could have trusted him. He had a very good reason for being late. I was ashamed that I spoke first without letting him explain himself. We ended up having a wonderful hour long discussion about the things we like about our marriage. What a blessing!
Let's start listening more and speaking less!
God gave us two ears and one mouth.
Monday, October 19, 2009
I just found this article I wrote for our church magazine about the 30 Day Challenge by Nancy Lee Demoss. I have also decided that it would be fun to have a give-away at the end of the 30 days. To enter, all you need to do is leave a comment saying that you are going to join the Challenge. If you don't have a blog that I can contact you at, please email me at email@example.com so that I can get a hold of you. In the meantime we will all be praying for each other!
Dear Mothers and Wives,
Last month I encouraged you to let your words be fewer. I pray that you have had many moments these past few weeks to put that into practice. After I wrote that devotion, the Lord presented me with another challenge. He not only wanted my words to be few, but he wanted to change the words I used permanently! He asked me to take a 30-Day Challenge of not speaking negatively, to my husband or about my husband. I honestly didn’t think I could do it. I have always been able to run to my understanding friends seeking the affirmation that I needed when I had been wounded. It was as if the Lord was saying, “That’s enough! Run to me. I am hear and stop speaking bad about your husband”. I knew immediately that I would need accountability. I chose four people whom I knew would call me to the carpet if I stepped out of line. I invited them to take the challenge as well. They were all on board! Through emailing and phone calls, we have held each other accountable and shared our victories. It has been so encouraging! We have added two other people to our group as well. The Lord wants our marriages to be godly. I believe marriage is under a full-blown attack right now. Well, we are taking back some ground
Would you let the Lord do something extraordinary in your marriage? The whole point of this is to not change your spouse, but to change you! You should hear some of the testimonies of these women. Some of them are in very hard situations and yet they are experiencing God’s peace and joy day in and day out as they lovingly speak to their husbands and look for ways to sow peace into their marriages.
OK, so you say, “I’m not married. I’m a single mom. How does this pertain to me?” You can start by practicing on your ex-husband. If you have a habit of speaking badly about him, this is the time to change. If that isn’t a problem, I challenge you to not speak negatively to your children or about your children. We ALL need to work on that one.
Just so you know, our husband’s know nothing about this challenge, yet they are responding in ways that we never could have imagined. They are loving us, serving us, and listening to us. All of this because we chose to follow God’s commands and give them the respect that He tells us to give our husbands, whether they deserve it or not. It is a sacrificial life, but the peace, love and joy that is bearing fruit in our lives is a testimony unto it’s self.
Will you take the Challenge? If so, I would love to hear from you! I’m even considering a give away to all that sign up!
May God bless you, as you become a godlier wife and mother!
From One Mom to Another,
Saturday, October 17, 2009
Ruth asked if I would consider reposting Nancy Lee Demoss' "30 Day Challenge" that some friends and I took last year. Here is the original post...
The Lord has challenged me to go 30 days without saying anything negative about my husband. I have asked four friends to hold me accountable. You know, the friends that I normally gripe too, if I think Steve is being selfish or unfair. They have also taken up the challenge and now there are five of us doing it.
I quote one of my dear friend's email ...
"I'm in, Stacie! Let this be our own Olympics where we know we will all win the gold medal, where we run the race set before us like never before. Let the games begin. We can't help but be winners in this with each other as cheerleaders and coaches, fans and participants. We have the power of the Holy Spirit on our side, Jesus is within and without, God is calling us to this challenge. I love it. And I promise not to go to anyone else with complaints to replace any of you. I will merely say, "I'm struggling" and expect to receive love, prayers, and compassion from you. Thank you for presenting us with this idea, Stacie. "
If that isn't inspiring, I don't know what is!
I can't wait to see where I am spiritually after this 30 days. I've done good today and feel like the Spirit has led me with certain responses.
Do you want to grow spiritually? Do you want turn a miserable marriage into a good one? Do want to turn a good marriage into a great one? Then take the challenge with me!
If God is with us, who can be against us?
Lord, change our hearts! You say in your Word, "Out of the overflow of the heart the mouth speaks." What is in your heart? Is it kind, loving and peaceful? Or is it bitter, miserable and vengeful?
Please leave a comment if you decide to take the challenge we can all be praying for each other that way!
LET'S DO IT!!!
It is good that they are learning to defend themselves. I have Steve teach me a few of the moves, like wrist escapes. I think every woman should know those.
Thank you to all who commented recently. You all were so sweet and encouraging as I made myself vulnerable once again. It makes me want to keep blogging. I have a whole new support system now! I will be posting another devotion soon, so stay tuned!
Have a blessed day and enjoy being with your children. Enjoy serving your husband. You can enjoy it because you are doing it unto the Lord!
Friday, October 16, 2009
Mohawk. Sigh! A kid on his soccer team had it and he wanted to try it. At first we were just playing around but he really became insistent. I decided that it was his hair and if he wanted to look strange than that was his problem. I told him he has to shave it for our family pictures next week. He agreed. I thought he would get embarrassed, but I was wrong. He loves the darn thing! Oops, that backfired! I am a mom who will pick her battles. Better than an earring, I guess...
Mohawk) he came out and said, "Mom, look, I have hairy armpits!" I went in and saw that he had taped his hair to his armpits with packaging tape! Now if that doesn't make you laugh, I don't know what would! Crazy kid!