Saturday, May 31, 2008
We enjoyed a wonderful Memorial Day BBQ with our friends, Aaron and Becky and half of Becky's family (her Dad was on a business trip and her sister was off on her Honeymoon!) It's so great how Christians have an instant bond in the Lord even if they don't know each other all that well. Thanks for such a fun day, Aaron and Becky!
Friday, May 30, 2008
Thursday, May 29, 2008
Wednesday, May 28, 2008
Tuesday, May 27, 2008
Monday, May 26, 2008
Sunday, May 25, 2008
As you know, we have been reading through 2 Kings. I keep reading about generations of evil kings. They had totally set aside the Law of the Lord and were worshipping false gods and doing all kinds of wicked things (ripping open pregnant women, sacrificing their own children, etc.) Josiah's own grandfather was probably the worst there was.
But, then you come to Josiah. He started ruling when he was only eight years old, he had an awful heritage. He could have easily gone astray and followed in the footprints of his grandfather and father, but he followed the Lord. He went a step farther than many of the other kings and tore down the "high places" were the people were worshipping idols. He set to restore the house of the Lord. One of the priests found the Book of the Law that had been cast aside generations previous. When Josiah heard the Word of the Lord, he was completely convicted and humbled. He didn't just keep it to himself though, he read it to all the people and made a covenant before all of them to obey the Lord.
Then, he cleaned house! He went through all of Israel and literally tore to pieces all of the idols and alters, and all of the things used to worship the the false gods. I'm sure this made many people very angry, but he didn't care. He was courageous and was serious about getting rid of sin and reestablishing God's Law. He not only acted externally, but he gave the Lord his whole heart and soul.
These are the kind of people we need to hold up as our heroes!
Friday, May 23, 2008
Thursday, May 22, 2008
I have lost nine pounds in five weeks. My goal was ten pounds, but that's not too far off. That means that if I want to stay on my weight loss schedule, I will have to lose eleven pounds next month. That should be doable if I don't slack on my counting calories and if I start exercising regularly. I'm glad that I'm accountable to you all through this blog, otherwise I would've given up by now, after all, who would know? Thank you for reading this and for making comments. They are so encouraging!
Does anyone know what are some low calorie, high protein foods? I feel like I need to eat lots of protein to stay full. Whenever I don't eat protein, I feel sort of light headed, but I don't want to eat extra calories either.
Side note: Tomorrow is our ten year anniversary! I have a special surprise planned for Ryan that I'm excited about. He has a surprise for me too, and it's driving me crazy that I don't know what it is! I keep peppering him with questions and his answers just make me more confused! He has been doing some mysterious things this week! Hopefully I'll have lots to tell you tomorrow!
Wednesday, May 21, 2008
"Jesus said to them, 'I am the bread of life; whoever comes to me shall not hunger, and whoever believes in me shall never thirst. But I said to you that you have seen me and yet do not believe. All that the Father gives me will come to me, and whoever comes to me I will never cast out."
Thank you Lord for giving me to the Son! Thank you for keeping me eternally! I don't deserve this at all, in fact I deserve quite the opposite! I know this is not based on anything I have (or will do)! That makes it all the more secure! I praise you Holy God for your perfect plans!
(Ryan's Mom is home and doing better, thank you for praying. They think she may have Diabetes now.)
Tuesday, May 20, 2008
My baby, Anna, has RSV, but the doctor said it's not bad enough for her to be on medication. The poor little girl has been coughing and sneezing and just seems like she feels miserable.
(For my records: She now weighs 10.13 and started sleeping upstairs in her crib, sharing a room with her big sister!)
Monday, May 19, 2008
“Reader, if God has given you His only begotten Son, beware of doubting His kindness and love, in any painful providence of your daily life! Never allow yourself to think hard thoughts of God. Never suppose that He can give you anything which is not really for your good. Remember the words of Paul: ‘He who spared not His own Son—but delivered Him up for us all, how shall He not with Him also freely give us all things’ (Romans 8:32).
See in every sorrow and trouble of your earthly pilgrimage the hand of Him who gave Christ to die for your sins! That hand can never smite you except in love! He who gave His only begotten Son for you, will never withhold anything from you which is really for your good. Lean back on this thought and be content. Say to yourself in the darkest hour of trial, ‘This also is ordered by Him who gave Christ to die for my sins. It cannot be wrong. It is done in love. It must be well.’"
Sunday, May 18, 2008
Saturday, May 17, 2008
Several times, they were on the brink of complete destruction, but God stepped in and saved them. God was angry with them, they had disobeyed Him even after repeated warnings. He had every right to let them be destroyed (He had every right to let them be destroyed even if they hadn't disobeyed them, but that's for a different post.) Yet, God, because of His perfect nature, was faithful to the the promises He had made to Abraham. He didn't have to. He is not bound to any man, but because He is perfect, He was faithful and He keeps His promises. He does this for His glory and for His future plans.
I am so thankful that He kept His promises to the Israelites back then (this had/has future ramifications for us) and that He still keeps His promises today!
Friday, May 16, 2008
Preschool Crafts/Educational Materials: This site offers free, downloadable ideas and templates for crafts and teaching materials. You can also sign up for their free enewsletter and get printables sent to you a few times a week. I've used their ideas several times with Rylie.
Modesty: This is a series of must read blog posts for every woman. Even if you think that you are a modest woman, there is something in here to make you think.
Free Audio: Here is another link to a site that offers free audio. You can download these great works of literature for free! I have really been enjoying this. I hate to do housework, but it makes it much more enjoyable if I can do housework while listening to a book on my iPod. Plus, there are several books that I would like to read/re-read, but don't have time to sit down with a book. This is a nice alternative. There is definitely value in sitting down with the paper and ink, but this is a good substitute when you don't have that luxury.
Please let me know if you have any good links you want me to include !
Thursday, May 15, 2008
I have not found time to exercise this last week except for one walk with Michelle and the kids at the mall (thanks Michelle!) For reasons I will not go into here, I have not been able to do my workout DVD, so I really need to find other forms of exercise and make it a priority. I will get back to the DVD soon. I need to start thinking of exercise as a normal part of daily life and incorporate it into our routine.
Total Weight Loss: 8 pounds
Pounds Remaining: 67 pounds
Wednesday, May 14, 2008
Tuesday, May 13, 2008
Sunday, May 11, 2008
Friday, May 9, 2008
Christian Audio: This site is chock full of Christian books, fiction and nonfiction, that are available for purchase in a downloadable format or in the form of a CD that you can have shipped to you. They also have a catalogue of free downloadable items. I downloaded quite a few John Piper sermons into my iTunes library. The part I liked the best though was that they give away a full book once a month. Free! This month they are giving away Martin Luther; In His Own Words, a $12.98 value.
Coupons: Who doesn't love coupons?! (I got a good quality lunch meat the other day for only fifty cents using coupons!) This site has printable coupons for almost everything. You can even put in your zip code and they will tell you about local deals.
Lost Spoilers, Theories, and More: If you are a Lost fan (as I am!) you need to check out this site for everything Lost. There are Easter Eggs, theories, spoilers, summaries, behind the scenes info, etc. Very fun!
Let me know you're favorite links! Email or comment me. Sending you all some linky love!
Thursday, May 8, 2008
Tuesday, May 6, 2008
First of all, thanks to Aunt TeeTee (Sarah) for Rylie's pretty dress. She loved it! She also liked her "ballerina" hairdo. Unfortunately, by the end of Sunday School her up do was more of a messy braid, but she was still cute.
We started having her do some chores. She really enjoys her "special jobs". She got upset the other day when I forgot and put my clothes down the laundry chute instead of having her do it. We are also working on a children's catechism with her. So far she has four questions/answers memorized. For some reason she feels she needs to yell the answers half of the time! My favorite is hearing her answer number two, "Why did God make you?" Answer: "To glorify and enjoy him". To hear this in her little voice is just precious!
The Banana had her two month well baby check up today. She is now 10lbs, 10 ozs. She has gained almost a pound just in the last two weeks. She is now in the 50th percentile for weight and 75th for height (23 inches). She had to get four shots, which are always hard to watch. Her little bottom lip was sticking out so far, it was so sad. The doctor confirmed that she did have acid reflux and was pleased to see that the Zantac is starting to work. She said that Anna will need to be on that for the next couple months at least. She also reiterated that Anna needs to be on hypoallergenic formula (which is ridiculously expensive) due to allergies, etc. The Doctor said that neither of these treatments will help with her excessive spit up. I've decided to just tell people that it is my new perfume. Other than these things, Anna is very healthy. The doctor said that she thinks she is going to have a "sweet personality". Anna was smiling and cooing at the Doctor during the whole exam.
Have I mentioned that Anna has said "Mama" 6 times now?! I know, I know, she's only two months old and I am an unrealistic mother, but, I have had four witnesses (at different times)! I'm not saying that she knows what she's saying, but she is at the very least imitating me. Hundreds of times a day I'm telling her, "Mama, Mama, Mama". She also gets a big smile and watches my mouth very closely. If I can capture it on video, I'll post it!
Rylie and I have been gearing up (translation: scouring the house for change) for garage sale season. She has her own change purse and wants to stop whenever we see a sign. Last weekend I got myself a lined black Gap coat for only a dollar. Rylie bought herself some new books, and stuffed animals (because we don't have enough of those!) for less than a dollar.
I'm going to start a new feature, "Linky Love". There have been several web sites I've found that I'd like to share with you all. I'm going to try to post links once a week. If you have any favorites you think I should include, email me or leave a comment. Be looking for the first edition on Friday.
And now, I need to get to bed. My new schedule of getting up at 6:30 every morning is making me very tired around this time of night.