Sunday, June 20, 2010

Happy Father's Day!

I just wanted to take this moment to acknowledge 3 important men in my life: My dad, my husband, and my father-in-law.
Dad, thanks for being the provider and leader of our family. Thank you for your Godly example and support through the years. And for being there for our family.
George, thank you for raising up a wonderful son who makes a great father himself because of the example you showed him.
Thank you to both of you for the Grandpa's that you are to our children. It's so awesome to see the generations continue and the legacy you pass on to them.

And to my wonderful husband and father of my children: Thank you, Paul for being the provider and leader of our home, the example of God's love through discipline and mercy.
I love each one of you. Happy Father's Day!

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Self-Discipline...


Lately I have felt like i am often taking the easy route in life and not moving outside my comfort zone. Sometimes i see this in my parenting (ugh, i really hate to admit that) and often in other areas (i.e. allowing someone else to be the welcoming host instead of going up and introducing myself to a visitor in church) I have been convicted to try the more difficult route and see through with the challenge. With my parenting it would be to stay calm and patient even though i feel like i am ready to blow (one of the residents referred to this as the "Hulk Mom," you know the guy who turns large and green when angry. Not one of my better self-descriptions :( in other areas it is going up and talking to new people (I'd rather be the wall-flower), being self-disciplined and sticking with a devotional time daily (and not letting it fade a week or two into it), and in my personal life - signing up for and completing a half-marathon. All of these things take self-discipline and follow-through. Two things i feel God is calling me to improve. Two things that are valuable to a Christian walk.
Perhaps someone else can put it better for me (I'm terrible at this writing thing!) This devotional was in my mailbox a few weeks ago, right at the time i was beginning to tumble around in my mind the idea of needing to improve my self-discipline:

I discipline my body like an athlete, training it to do what it should. Otherwise, I fear that after preaching to others I myself might be disqualified I Corinthians 9:27


I was struggling through the first mile of my run, I thought about my lack of motivation to lace up my running shoes that day. I didn't feel like running. I didn't want to stop what I was doing at home and take time to go running. I didn't want to do the hard work. The phrase "I discipline my body" went through my mind. As my legs pumped and my muscles strained and my heart cried out for relief, I certainly understood what Paul meant when he wrote that verse.

As I ran, my mind cycled through the many other things in life that are worth doing, yet require us to "discipline our bodies" into submission to accomplish them. In some instances we must physically discipline our bodies. Taking care of ourselves, exercising, and making healthy eating choices requires resolve, sacrifice, and some hard work.

In other instances we must emotionally discipline our bodies. Choosing to honor our husbands, or our parents, with our words and attitudes requires a continual humbling process that our flesh rails against.

Still other times we must spiritually discipline our bodies. I am learning it's not enough just to say I want a close relationship with God. I have to "discipline my body" to pursue Him. This includes getting up early when my body wants to sleep longer so I can start my day by having a quiet time. And I can't say I want to live by His Word if I am not willing to spend time studying it, disciplining my body by foregoing my desire to veg out in front of the TV in favor of reading the Bible.

I am learning that most things in life that are worth doing aren't going to be easy. Yet my flesh—my lazy, insolent, ugly flesh—continually hangs onto the thought that it should be easy.

Sometimes my flesh wins out, I won't lie. But for the most part I am learning that when I make the effort to "discipline my body" I am always glad later that I did.

That seems to describe my dilemma pretty well :)
And on a different note, i just had to post a recent pic of the kiddos (for the grandmas!!)

Wednesday, June 2, 2010

a month later...




I had the best of intentions to post before now but...well.... : )
This last month we emerged from the house to enjoy the warmer weather and sunshine! Owen is into wanting to help. In whatever task Paul or I is(?) doing, Owen is always running up to ask "Can I help?!" So he's often helping Paul fix things and helping me cook. He loves to switch the clothes from the washer to the dryer, and gets out the sweeper to sweep after supper. Hannah is picking up more and more words each day and has quite the vocabulary. She cracks us up daily and loves to be all decked out in a hat, shades, boots, and several layers of clothes. Maddie is continuing to develop and had her 4 month check up yesterday. She is 14 lbs 14 oz. She is doing really well holding her head up and enjoys hanging out on her belly. She has even started to roll a little from belly to back. Maddie is starting to babble and throughly enjoys watching Owen and Hannah run around.
Summer is here and school is out so our days just got busier. But it's great to have a sandbox and swingset in our backyard for the kids. We have a few small trips for the summer which will be our vacations and we are looking forward to them!