Tuesday, September 28, 2010
Last week we were arriving back at home, and Zech got really excited saying, "Daddy's car!" To him that meant that Titus was home from work. If the car is there, his dad is not far from it.
I explained to Zech, that no, Daddy is not home from work, his car is broken.
Zech is still at the age where everything he responds to is done in the form of a question, so he says, "Daddy's car broken?" I told him "yeah, unfortunately it is. Remember, we drove daddy to work."
A little bit later Zech and I went somewhere and as we were coming home again he asked, "Daddy's car broken?" I agreed with him, "yeah, it's still broke."
And with a big smile he matter of factly says, "Daddy fix it." I love to see my husband through the eyes of his children. Daddy is their hero, and Daddy can do anything!
Sunday, September 26, 2010
My kids love this, and specially request it on occasion. It's a kind of spicy burrito made with chicken. Beware when you make it, your house will be filled with the smell of spices and it holds particularly well to your clothes.
2 15oz. cans pinto beans
1 tsp. cumin
3/4 tsp. oregano
1/8 tsp. ground cloves
1/8 tsp. red cayenne pepper
1 tsp. minced garlic
1 tsp. salt
3 chicken bullion cubes
3 cups water
Monterey Jack cheese
Cut chicken in cubes and fry. Add beans, chilies, water & seasonings. I usually simmer this for about 1 hour, until all the water is cooked off. Serve hot on tortillas, top with Monterey Jack cheese.
It's very easy to make, and tastes wonderful!
Saturday, September 18, 2010
I remember going in for the sonogram and finding out I was having a baby girl, exactly like I wanted. I bought her a pair of pink jelly shoes and hung them up in my car so I could see them everyday.
I remember holding her for the first time in amazement. It felt unreal that she was truly my little girl, and my little mermaid.
I remember getting excited about her first real smile, and her first bite of real food as all the family gathered around her.
I remember cracking up over her first few steps she took. We're certain she was jealous over all the attention that we were giving to the new dog.
I remember the first time she said, "mama" and held her hands up to me.
I can remember the shock I had at hearing what we thought was her first bad word she said, "Shet", only later to realize she was talking about her favorite movie "Shrek".
I remember how excited I was to tell her she was going to be a big sister, and seeing her give the baby a kiss for the first time.
I remember her first swimming lesson, and her getting out of the pool, running away from the teacher towards the deep end. She had no fear.
I remember getting her hair cut for the first time. She's always had such beautiful blonde hair.
I remember the first trip we took to the ER with her when her temperature was too high, and we were so worried about her.
I remember bringing her back to the ER another time when she needed staples in her head. She was so brave, and I tried not to cry so that she wouldn't cry either.
I remember the first time she got in big trouble with a teacher at church and I realized my little girl wasn't always the perfect angel.
I remember the first time I brought her to the dentist and how scared I was when they said I couldn't go back with her.
I remember her getting tubes in her ears and how long that half hour was as I sat in the waiting room.
I remember having to let go of her when I drove her to school that first day of kindergarten. I cried every day for a month but always tried to hide my tears so she would be excited to go back.
I remember the excited look on her face as she read the certificate that she was getting her very own bird.
I remember her reading me the first story she could all by herself. She's always been so smart.
I remember getting the phone call saying she won second prize in a writing contest and how proud I was of her.
I remember crying with her in her room as I told her Valentine flew away. Then I remember a week later as the tears we cried were from joy because someone had found our bird.
I remember the first time she had to choose a pair of glasses and how excited she was as she tried on all the pretty colored frames.
I remember the conversation with her teacher at school who said she was so smart, and should be tested for gifted. I remember how proud I was when she passed the test with almost a perfect score.
I remember all the times she's been a caring big sister to her little brothers, and the time she spends reading and teaching them school.
I remember how excited she was when she came home from camp and yelled out the bus window, "I got baptized in the Holy Spirit!" I couldn't contain my tears of happiness.
I remember the prayers she prays, and the faith she has in knowing that Jesus is going to answer them.
I remember all her kisses and hugs she loves to give each night before going to bed.
I remember the birthday parties we've had and how much planning and love has gone into each and every one of them.
I remember the day she was born, and how I thought my heart would burst with love for her. I look back on that day now, and I see that I hardly even knew how to love her. My love has grown so strong, and so wide that it would fill the earth several times over. I can't believe she's already nine years old...
We have done many exciting birthdays in the past for Ariel ... her first was The Little Mermaid, then Tigger, and swimming with Nemo in a big pool. Her 4th birthday was Strawberry Shortcake, and 5th was a bird party. For her 6th we were pirates and hunted for treasure finding crocodiles along the trail. Her 7th was butterflies and staying up till midnight with several little girlfriends. 8th was a book party, giving away "The Trumpet of the Swan" to each of her friends.
This August was 9 years!! A Daddy Cake's birthday party. We celebrated all weekend long, and even started the week before. Ariel invited a friend over to tie dye aprons with us. We had 11 beautiful aprons that we dyed.
My sister Stefanie works for Daddy Cake's as one of their bakers. She gets to make delicious treats for us all the time. The girls all came for the party and were each given their own apron to wear and then were sent off to wash their hands. It was time for a baking lesson with Chef Stef.
I found the baking lesson to be so interesting! I've never been in a commercial kitchen before, and they have the most fun equipment. I think I was most impressed with the size of their wire whisk. I wish I would have been fast enough to get a picture. The girls each got to take turns measuring different ingredients for a "Death by Chocolate" cake. Yum...
I wish I could remember the amounts of all the things we added. It was huge! Much different than just making a single cake mix.
I believe it was 16 eggs that the recipe called for! Each girl, and Gabe, got to crack an egg. It was fun to watch because some of the girls were pros at it and then some I think cracked their first egg.
Posing for a picture in their aprons!
My beautiful sister was bringing out the special order of Daddy Cake's. Each of the girls got to RSVP ahead of time for which cupcake they wanted to eat.
Cosmopolitan is my favorite cupcake, a special for Saturdays!
Ariel personalized her cupcake. This was the first time she had tried a "Retro".
We had our own party corner. The ladies at Daddy Cake's were the perfect hostesses.
So excited to get this piggy bank! She had been wanting it for over 6 months!
What a great party!! She made out pretty good!
After the party, we headed home for some dinner and then out to a movie... just us girls.
"Ramona and Beezus" has got to be one of my new all time favorite movies. I've seen it twice, and it is such a good family film. I would highly recommend it to anyone, even if you don't have kids!
Ariel got to have a friend over for a sleepover after her party!
Ariel had been wanting to see "Diary of a Wimpy Kid" for a very long time, and was so excited to open it up for her birthday. We invited all my family over for a movie and knew she would choose to watch this one. I wouldn't recommend it as highly as "Ramona and Beezus" but it was a pretty funny kids movie.
We had CHOCOLATE to dip all our favorite snack foods in. The chips are one of the best things dipped in chocolate I think. Very very tasty!
Happy Birthday, Dear Ariel, Happy Birthday to You.
Stefanie took Ariel to the mall for her birthday to JUMP! It was quite fun to watch, and we were all amazed how fast her time went by.
Thursday, September 16, 2010
So often we do negative self talk from our mouths and in our minds that regularly commits suicide in our lives.
"The tongue has the power of life and death, and those who love it will eat its fruit."
Proverbs 18:21 (NIV)
"Words kill, words give life; they're either poison or fruit—you choose." Proverbs 18:21 (The Message)
We focus so much on eliminating the negative thoughts in our lives, we often forget to emphasize positive thoughts to ourselves.
We need to learn to make personal declarations in our lives.
We must focus on God's promises and start verbalizing them.
Use "I Declare" Statements:
"I declare when I feel afraid, I will trust in Him."
"I declare I will walk by faith, not by sight."
"By faith, I declare God's promises are bigger than my circumstances."
"I declare God will be with me."
"I declare I will open up before God, I will keep nothing back, and He will do what needs to be done."
"I declare there is no fear in love, perfect loves drives out fear."
"I declare God will provide a way out for me."
"I declare I will bind myself with the peace God has given me."
So all this is good to hear, but it means nothing unless you apply it to your life. Our pastor handed each of us an index card. On one side of the card we were supposed to write down what our biggest struggle is right now. And then on the opposite side, we needed to find a declaration to say. Something that is a promise from God.
Right now my biggest personal struggle is STRESS. Even just hearing the word causes me to feel anxious. I have so much stuff going on this month; I've been spending way too much time worrying about how I'm going to get it all done. I have a few big projects that I'm working on. Our church is going to be sponsoring "Rev Up Your Engines" in a few weeks, and I'm in charge of getting 500 copies of the coloring book printed, bound, and stuffed into some goody-bags. The printing itself takes me days to do. I have a few other ministry things I've agreed to do this month for church, and on top of that it's my son's 3rd birthday. That means a party! I never do things small, no matter how good my intentions are, the parties turn into big gigantic loads of work. There are costumes, invitations, food, party games, etc. that all need to get planned. It's a lot of work, but for the most part I really enjoy doing it for my children. It's a gift of my love to them.
My personal declaration is :
I declare I will take things one step at a time, one day at a time, because God has not given me more than I can handle!
Monday, September 6, 2010
Here's the list Gabe and I came up with. Maybe you can steal a few of our ideas to add to your own fun!
3) Read a book
4) Work on treasure map book
5) Build with Lincoln Logs
6) Do a puzzle together
7) Play board games
8) Play outside
9) Play in the downstairs playroom
10) Play with play dough or make your own play dough
11) Play with the bedroom toys
12) Sidewalk chalk
13) Lite Brite
14) Write in Journal. Keep a record of what we do each day and illustrate it.
15) Make a tent with chairs and sheets
16) Practice making sentences
17) Play tag outside
18) Hide N’ Seek
19) Play with Valentine our bird
20) Dance to a CD
21) Dance Praise Pad
22) Perler bead crafts
23) Paint a picture
24) Play with Legos
25) Tea Party
26) Make a feeling bag
27) Flashlight tag
29) Coloring book
30) Paper airplane contest
31) “Snowball” Sock Fight
32) See what shapes you can see in the clouds
I'm sure we'll be adding to our list as the days go on!
Nobody likes to be bored and feel like they have nothing to do!
Sunday, September 5, 2010
The Good, The Bad, & The Ugly
Conviction, Condemnation, Correction
1) The Ugly One - Correction
Correction - Do it this way, instead of the way you're doing it right now.
All of us need correction from time to time.
None of us have it "all" right!
We all need people we are willing to accept correction from.
2 Timothy 4:1-2 "..I give you this charge: Preach the Word; be prepared in season and out of season; correct, rebuke and encourage—with great patience and careful instruction."
A pastor's job is to Instruct, Encourage, Correct, & Rebuke.
Instruction - Here is the way to do it
Encourage - You can do it
Correction - Do it this way, instead of the way you're doing it
Rebuke - Quit doing what you know is wrong
All of us sometimes need someone to rebuke us
Who do you let tell you when you're wrong?
2) The Bad One - Condemnation
Condemn - to pronounce final judgement on someone
All of us have felt condemnation - It's the devil's favorite tactic
"You'll never change"
"You're no good"
"You'll always be that way"
"It's just the way you are"
"Just give up"
Condemnation always focuses on identity. It's not just about your actions, but about the heart of who you are.
Romans 8:1-2 "So now there is no condemnation for those who belong to Christ Jesus. And because you belong to him, the power of the life-giving Spirit has freed you from the power of sin that leads to death."
I may be... but in Christ Jesus I can become more
You need to get a handle on the voices so you can overcome and live a victorious life.
3) The Good One - Conviction
Conviction - the quiet but constant voice of God inside of us that beckons us to Him
Conviction is God reaching out to us
John 16:8-9 "He will come to convict the world of sin, to show the world what has God’s approval, and to convince the world that God judges it. He will convict the world of sin, because people don’t believe in me."
It takes that convicting, convincing power of God to make us realize it's not going to work living like that.
Does it always feel good? No..
God not only sees who you are right now, but He can see what He created you with and what He created you for.
He convinces us of the wrongness of our lives so we can change to do good.
How do you handle the voice of condemnation in your life?
What is God trying to convince you of lately?
I told him, “of course, and probably I would try to kill the person myself if they were really trying to kill you.”
So he replies, “You know who could save me? Your father could.”
I laughed a little at that idea, “oh yeah?”
He very seriously says, “I’m not talking about your Father Papa, I’m talking about your Father God.”
I just love my son's faith in God! Yes, God can always save us no matter what the problem is!