Monday, October 31, 2011

This October has been a very full month with almost 3 weeks of family visiting!!!

There have been many things that I have let "slide" this month with the hustle and bustle...this blog, deep cleaning :), discipline, eating healthy, exercising, and organization.

In fact, my "anything important that I need to hold onto, review, or do some thing with" drawer is OUT OF CONTROL!!! I even took a picture in case you didn't believe me. :) In fact, if you have asked something of me, or if I have told you I would do might need to touch base with me about it again. It may very well be written on a sticky note that is now stuck to the bottom of some other piece of paper. Yep, it's that bad!

Prayerfully, the fog will lift, the drawer will get organized, and my blog will gain some speed. At the moment, though, my main focus is on my soul and the souls of my kiddos. There have been weeds of sin that have been allowed to grow in all of our hearts that need some digging out!

I have been reading in 1 Timothy and my heart has been convicted and reminded that there is only one thing we are called to give ourselves "entirely to", only one thing that is "profitable for all things"...God's Word and living a life of godliness, a life that seeks to live out the Word every moment of every day. Junk drawers can get messier, blog posts can go unwritten...but the Word of God must remain a constant, a strong tower, our hope, joy, nourishment, and the blanket of truth that wraps around every thought we have!

Would you join me in heeding the council of Paul and joining in the example of Timothy as he sought to be "nourished in the words of faith and of the good doctrine which (he) carefully followed"....setting an "example to the believers in word, in conduct, in love, in spirit, in faith, in purity" attention "to reading, to exhortation, to doctrine". May we "meditate on these things, give (ourselves) entirely to them, that (our) progress may be evident to all". (1 Timothy 4)

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Precious Memories

We had a wonderful week with my grandparents...and the kids formed bonds with their Great-Grandparents that were tighter than I ever thought they could be. Three of them were literally sobbing when they had to say good-bye. My heart is so full of thanksgiving for the gift of a week with them, a week of making new memories, and an opportunity to celebrate...including a belated 80th birthday party for my Grammy in Seattle!

Of course, while in Seattle, we also had to take a walk to "Top Pot Doughnut" since we were within walking distance!:)

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Please Pray

It's late, I should be sleeping...but I had to pass this along and ask you to join in prayer for this family that lives in my parent's town. My mom sent me the following email today:

I am passing on a prayer request that came our way concerning a Hood River family who adopted a little guy from Ethiopia a few months ago. Andrew, the husband, has had what they thought was pneumonia for weeks. Yesterday he took a big turn downhill and now is in ICU on a ventilator with what they think is an African worm that has burrowed into his lungs causing a punctured lung and one that is about to pop. As of last night he was on full life support. The mortality rate is 87%.

Oh Lord,

I pray that you would deliver Andrew's soul from death and his family from tears. Oh Lord, strengthen them and keep their feet firmly planted. May Andrew, soon, walk before you still here on earth, if it be Your will. We love you, Jesus and we know that You hear our prayers...You hear the cries of our heart. The pains of death surround this family and I cannot imagine the sorrow they must be going through. Oh Father, please hear their cry and our cry and deliver Andrew. God, you are gracious and merciful. Please deal bountifully with this family for Your name's sake. (Psalm 116)

In Jesus Name, Amen

Friday, October 7, 2011

An Equation

10 boys + 4 hours + 1 birthday party = Bryan taking my grandparents on a drive to the beach for some peace and quiet!:)

Thursday, October 6, 2011

Pumpkin Scones

Trying new recipes can be one of the most frustrating things to fact, I often avoid it at all costs unless there are a bunch of great reviews or someone personally tells me just how wonderful the recipe is.

I can't tell you how many recipes I have made only to go, "Well, I won't be making that one again!"

So it's super fun to post another recipe that you have just gotta make!!! YIPEE! That makes 2 in one week!!!!:)

Once Fall hits, my desire for all things pumpkin kicks into overdrive...and my love for a good cup of coffee hits an all time high!:) If you already have that good cup of coffee...this scone will be the perfect compliment!!!

I did the whole thing in my Kitchen Aid...and they turned out fantastic!

Pumpkin Scones

2 cups all purpose flour
1/4 cup plus 3 tablespoons granulated sugar (we used turbinado)
1 tablespoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
6 tablespoons cold butter, cut into 1-inch cubes
1/2 cup canned pumpkin (we used our fresh pumpkin puree)
3 tablespoons half-and-half
1 large egg

Powdered Sugar Glaze

1 cup plus 1 tablespoon powdered sugar
2 tablespoons milk

Spiced Glaze

1 cup plus 3 tablespoons powdered sugar
2 tablespoons milk
1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg
Pinch of ground ginger
Pinch of ground cloves

You'll want to check out the website for the instructions and pictures!

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

I am teaching myself!

I got to giggling a few minutes ago because I had planned to share with you a verse that jumped out at me and blessed my heart this past week...and then I got the niggling thought that maybe I had actually written about it in the past. Sure enough, back in June of last year, I blogged about Galatians 4:19 and, as I read what I wrote, I was so thankful for another opportunity to relearn truths that continue to be living and active no matter the season of my soul or my life.

So, I guess I'll quote myself :):

"My children, with whom I am again in labor until Christ is formed in you..."

What a verse for mommies to treasure and ponder in their heart, huh?! We know the pain of labor...the ebb and flow...the times of pressure and the times of pain so intense it makes us see have something take over our body that we have absolutely no control over and must trust God's plan (the work He is doing) amidst the pain... knowing that the pain is producing something so beautiful and precious...a little one to hold in our arms!

How true when it comes to the salvation of our children's souls?! Salvation is a work of the Lord...yet we are called to teach, to train, to admonish, to use the Word of God in our everyday talk in such a way that our conversations point our kids to Him and lifts His name on high! It's a season of labor...the pain of our kids sinful choices is real to our own hearts and I know that we have all lifted up words that sound more like groans to the Throne of God on behalf of our children. How often my kids point me to Jesus...the One who is in control of all things...when their actions and attitudes seem to be spinning out of control and the only thing that I can do is trust the promises of God...His plan...and faithfully fulfill the role He has called me to in their lives...all the while praying that part of His plan is the salvation of their souls...that Christ would be formed in them...and that they would be a lover of Christ above all else!

So, ladies, we are still in labor...let's not forget it! May the days of pain point us to our Savior and may our "breathing technique" be one of continual breaths of prayer to our Lord. As we begin to realize more and more that, ultimately, our lives and our families are "out of our control", may we remember that NOTHING is out of the control of our Sovereign God. And when the labor pains are bringing us to the point of exhaustion may our strength be renewed by the inter-venous flow, not of drugs, but of the Word of God!

"Let us not lose heart in doing good, for in due time we will reap if we do not grow weary." Galatians 6:9

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Time is ticking away....

....and I have not been documenting it as well as I would like!:) is some catch up of the last couple of weeks!

Caleb lost his first tooth! Don't ask Titus what he thinks about that, though, because, although he is a year older than Caleb, he has yet to lose a tooth. It's a bit of a "sore subject" for Titus.:)

If you talk to Titus and Caleb about school...they will be quick to inform you that they go to school, too! It's only for 2 1/2 hours once a week...but, to them, its a BIG DEAL! They take their backpacks, water, snacks, and anything else they deem necessary and we drive just a few minutes down the road to TLA for their art class! They have a lovely teacher and they just love going. The last couple of weeks they have been learning about the painting works of Vincent Van Gogh and bringing home some beautiful artwork!:)

Once a week, Titus gets to enjoy a "cup" of coffee with his Dad. How it got started and when it got started, I don't remember...but I do know that Titus LOVES following in his Daddy's footsteps and that includes coffee.:) When we saw this little mug at Starbucks, it has Titus' name written all over it! (And yes, if Titus ends up the shortest of all the boys, you can blame us for it!:))

My grandparents (my dad's parents) came on Sunday to visit us for a week. We feel so incredibly blessed to have them with us. They have had health problems in recent years that made us all wonder if we would ever get to see each other again...if they would ever get to meet Samuel and Caleb. It's hard to believe they are really here! The boys are taking full advantage of my Grammy's love for games. She is being such a good sport!:) Yesterday, I overheard them talking and the conversation went something like this:

Titus: Who should go first? I'll go!

Caleb: No, Grammy should go first. Age order. :)

I cracked up! this actually isn't a picture of Micah's birthday cake...but it's pretty close. The one I made only had one layer of peanut butter filling in the middle. I actually borrowed this picture from my sister-in-law's blog because it was her (and her sisters) recipe that I followed. And let me tell you, it was the BOMB and SUPER EASY!!!:) Everyone raved about it and my cake making credibility soared!:) And to think it all starts with a box cake mix!

You want the recipe, don't you?!:) You can head over to Near to Nothing to get it!(PS....I didn't use the wax paper...and it still came out great!)

Monday, October 3, 2011

Happy Birthday, Micah!

Yesterday, our oldest boy, Garett, would have turned 12 years old! Just one year after Garett's stillborn birth I went into labor and, early in the morning on October 3rd, I delivered a healthy 6 pound 8 ounce (3 week early) little boy!


I can't begin to tell you what an amazing feeling it was to hold you in my feel the warmth of your body, hear your cry, and see you wriggle around. Everything we didn't get to experience with your older brother, Garett, was realized in you and I can't begin to tell you what a precious gift from God you were and continue to be!

Micah, you have made our lives exciting.:) Sometimes, we could have done without all the "excitement" but God used you, especially during your earlier years, to grow your Dad and I, to seek God's Word more and more, and to depend on Him and His wisdom and not ourselves!

You're growing up...both in height and in maturity. And you are growing up in the Lord which is our greatest blessing to see! You are starting to make decisions for yourself and, as a mom, it can be a bit scary and I can be a bit uncertain. I am used to "telling you what to do" :)....and then expecting you to follow through. It's easy for me to fall back into that mode instead of taking the time to "draw out" what is in your heart and then guide you with Scripture and encouragement. We are both growing and learning through this new season...both sinning and repenting, huh Bud?!

I am so thankful that you have your Dad to look up to and to seek his advice and council. I see you going to him more and more, as you should, and my heart rejoices knowing that your father loves Jesus more than anything else and will point you in His ways!

You often come up to me, measure your height against my own, and remind me that you will soon be taller than I am! That isn't so hard to do with a mom that is only 5 feet tall :) and I know you'll be passing me up in the next year or too. But, always remember that you will never be too tall for a hug, to big for an "I love you", or too mature for my prayers! Though you may keep growing, there will always be a little bit of me that sees you as my baby boy!

I love you, Son!