We love our new church. There is a real heart for children here.
The girls were able to participate in a little production for Valentine's Day.
Bamma and Papa came to see the girls.
Pastor David did an awesome job teaching about God's love for us. He taught about how when Jesus died on the cross that was really the ultimate Valentine's Day. He did it because he loves us. He challenged us to love God with ALL of our heart, soul and mind. And to love our neighbor as we love ourselves. (my paraphrase but you can get the real deal here.) This has been a challenge for Jim and I because we tend to have some protective mechanisms that lead us to want to protect ourselves from being used and abused. We kind of grew up with the idea that everyone just wants something from you. But we have discovered that a) This has not worked out to well for us. b) There are people out there that deserve our trust. c) We at times may have used people ourselves. Even if this was not done on purpose the outcome to the other person is the same, they felt used. d) This is really not trusting God.
Pastor David taught about the 2 beams to the cross. The vertical beam is God reaching down and extending his love, forgiveness, mercy, grace and salvation to each one of us. The horizontal beam represents his desire for us to extend that same love, forgiveness, mercy and grace to others. Good stuff!
stuffed waffles with fresh strawberries. She is usually my late sleeper so I did not think I had to get up early to start breakfast. Funny thing is I did not think that she might get up early because of the excitement a birthday creates! Poor girl had to lay in bed for an hour waiting for her breakfast in bed!!! Happy Birthday Callie girl!!!!
I have noticed that many of my fellow bloggers have been doing something called Stream of Consciousness. I like to call them Random Thoughts. . . . . . . . . I really want to be better about posting on this blog. I really want to use this blog to journal about all the of awesome things God is doing in our life. My 6 year old son will not go to the bathroom by himself. He has to have a perpetual conversation with whomever is nearby so he can reassure himself he is not alone.
"Yes Conner, what do you want?"
"Nothing, just making sure you are still there."
It is kind of funny actually. I made the best BLTs tonight for dinner. Our kids have made new friends. They are the neighbor kids right down the street from us. Callie's glittery eyeliner is super cute. Emma is coughing and coughing and coughing. 7 days with no Starbucks. : ( No fast food February at our house. I have a goal that I will be better about cooking healthy dinners every night. I will have a weekly menu to help me reach my goal. I really want a baby. Jim and I have gone on more dates in the last 6 months than we had in the last 6 years. I really love a good tall glass of iced tea. Ice tea is cheaper than Starbucks and a lot less calories. Marriage retreat coming up in 27 days. Need to find people to take our kids when we go to our 1st ever Marriage retreat. What we fasted and prayed for in January is being played out before us. God answers prayers. My brother John came over this week and make the best brownies. He used honeybutter and vanilla soymilk. mmmmmmmm Callie told me on Tuesday that she really, really wants to go swimming. She was wondering if we knew of anyone with a heated pool. Kathleen called us on Wednesday and asked if we wanted to come swimming in the heated pool at the Wigwam on Friday. So Jim has Conner and Callie at the Wigwam swimming. I am home with Emma. Listening to her coughing and wondering why bacon stinks up the house so bad. I really like hummus. That is pretty much all I had had to eat today until I enjoyed the yummy BLT. 3 months til Family Camp!!!!!!! Need to go play in the snow soon. Girl Scout cookies came in. Add that to the hummus and THAT is pretty much all I had had to eat today. Wish I had some pictures to add. Jim added security to our computers. Can't figure out how to download my camera. Bacon really makes me thirsty. I think I will go have some iced tea.