Thursday, July 23, 2009

I am a pathetic blogger...

and today as I'm pathetically laid up with my back out (but the first time it's been out since Christmas) are some pics for you to enjoy!

Back on Memorial Day...

Father's Day at the zoo...

Last weekend of June in Rock Hill...

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Proud moment in mommying...

He said "poopy" "potty" - we went - he went.
It was glorious.
And I'm so proud of my 2 year old little fella!

Monday, March 16, 2009

Ah, the ides of march - my boy's b'day

Ollie turned TWO yesterday! We had a very nice and very busy day - we ran our usual church day in the morning and at night and in between we had a special birthday lunch after morning church with some friends - "frins" as Ollie would say - which I love hear him say it this way because it sounds just like Bailey Wade when he was this age - ah, the memories of being pregnant with Ollie while Emma Grace and Bailey were running around while Jen and I did anything two pregnant women could do! =) SO back to the story --- we had a hectic day and Ollie took NO nap, but all was well worth it - we loved it all. Enjoy the pics here and on facebook.

Thursday, March 5, 2009

Picture Pages...

Yeah, do you remember those with Bill Cosby when we were kids? I can still hear the little ditty in my head, "Picture pages, picture pages, time to do our picture pages, time to draw with crayons and with pencils..."

So some pics for those of you that don't facebook...

Wednesday, March 4, 2009

"So You keep reminding me of you..."

So Sunday here in Kennesaw, we had big beautiful snow dumped on us the whole time we were in church. On the up side, it was beautiful and cleansing. On the down side, it was slushy and slippery...and my parents who had been here for the weekend had to leave while we were at church to try and get ahead of the storm system which dumped 5 inches of snow on parts of Metro Atlanta! And we were coming home in the car, missing my folks and being cautious in the traffic on Cobb Parkway and the new Charlie Hall song, "Scenes", just kept playing in my has the line in it, "so You keep reminding me of you." In every season of our lives, God will keep reminding us of Him. This week was one of those kinds of weeks. Then I sat to be in God's Word. One of the ways, God keeps reminding me of Him is with His love...

I was reading Psalm 103, a Psalm of David. And I love it. It spoke to my heart. I'm so glad that even when I can be so consumed with everything swirling around me that God still wants me to stop and consume me with His love.

Psalm 103 says,

1 Praise the LORD, O my soul;
all my inmost being, praise his holy name.

2 Praise the LORD, O my soul,
and forget not all his benefits-

3 who forgives all your sins
and heals all your diseases,

4 who redeems your life from the pit
and crowns you with love and compassion,

5 who satisfies your desires with good things
so that your youth is renewed like the eagle's.

6 The LORD works righteousness
and justice for all the oppressed.

7 He made known his ways to Moses,
his deeds to the people of Israel:

8 The LORD is compassionate and gracious,
slow to anger, abounding in love.

9 He will not always accuse,
nor will he harbor his anger forever;

10 he does not treat us as our sins deserve
or repay us according to our iniquities.

11 For as high as the heavens are above the earth,
so great is his love for those who fear him;

12 as far as the east is from the west,
so far has he removed our transgressions from us.

13 As a father has compassion on his children,
so the LORD has compassion on those who fear him;

14 for he knows how we are formed,
he remembers that we are dust.

15 As for man, his days are like grass,
he flourishes like a flower of the field;

16 the wind blows over it and it is gone,
and its place remembers it no more.

17 But from everlasting to everlasting
the LORD's love is with those who fear him,
and his righteousness with their children's children-

18 with those who keep his covenant
and remember to obey his precepts.

19 The LORD has established his throne in heaven,
and his kingdom rules over all.

20 Praise the LORD, you his angels,
you mighty ones who do his bidding,
who obey his word.

21 Praise the LORD, all his heavenly hosts,
you his servants who do his will.

22 Praise the LORD, all his works
everywhere in his dominion.
Praise the LORD, O my soul.

It's just God!

Verse 4 - He redeems your life and CROWNS you with love and compassion. The ESV says He crowns you with steadfast love and compassion. The NASB says lovingkindness and compassion.

Verse 8 - “The LORD is compassionate and gracious, slow to anger, abounding in love.”

Verse 10 - “He does not treat us as our sins deserve or repay us according to our iniquities.” Praise God that He does not treat us as we deserve...He paid the highest price so He could forgive us – He gave His son Jesus for us!

Verse 12 - “as far as the east is from the west, so far has he removed our transgressions from us.” He gave Jesus as our sacrifice so that He could remove our transgressions from US as far as the east is from the west. I am so humbled by that. I should be.

And in my humanity – I often forget how compassionate and loving God has been towards me even in my affliction, my joy, my life...and I stop with a broken heart to ask Him to forgive me yet again that He has to remind me of Him. God loves us and wants us to be like Him – to love others – Paul's writings continually challenge us to love like Jesus loved – and I was brought around in my Study Bible to Romans 12:9-21 and I just stopped.

Romans 12 says,

9Love must be sincere. Hate what is evil; cling to what is good. 10Be devoted to one another in brotherly love. Honor one another above yourselves. 11Never be lacking in zeal, but keep your spiritual fervor, serving the Lord. 12Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer. 13Share with God's people who are in need. Practice hospitality.

14Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse. 15Rejoice with those who rejoice; mourn with those who mourn. 16Live in harmony with one another. Do not be proud, but be willing to associate with people of low position. Do not be conceited.

17Do not repay anyone evil for evil. Be careful to do what is right in the eyes of everybody. 18If it is possible, as far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone. 19Do not take revenge, my friends, but leave room for God's wrath, for it is written: "It is mine to avenge; I will repay,"says the Lord. 20On the contrary:
"If your enemy is hungry, feed him;
if he is thirsty, give him something to drink.
In doing this, you will heap burning coals on his head."

21Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.

That's what love should look like in our humanity as we come closer to the heart of God; being conformed more to His image than to the world. Verse 9 – is brutally honest – Love must be sincere. Sincere. The ESV says let love be genuine and the NASB, let love be without hypocrisy. Ouch. Yeah, recover from how insincere and disingenuous we can all be and keep reading...It says to be devoted to one another, honor one another above yourselves, keep your spiritual fervor – the next verse struck home -- “Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer.” - How I struggle with that – don't we all if we're honest in some way? I am so grateful God is patiently teaching me how to be more like Him – ever so grateful, my lessons since we've followed God to Georgia have been tough for me, but it's because God loves me – He wants me to BE for Him – He wants ME – He wants me to be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer. I want to be – oh I am so glad he loves me with His steadfast love and compassion – that it is my crown as Psalm 103 says. Ever so glad! That's my heart today – I hope it encouraged yours!

Friday, February 13, 2009

Happy Anniversary...

Happy 38th Anniversary to my in-laws, known around here as Grandma Jane and Pa David!
We love you!!!

And of course, some love from their 3 grandkids, too...

Okay --- so yes, I have fallen of the blogging band wagon - again. What can I say? My name is Jen and I love facebook. (Hi, Jen.) I still follow all my friends' blogs and some amazing money saving blogs - but I would rather facebook stalk you than blog now - what has this world come to? =D

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(It may be my most favorite Valentine's present ever - is that sad?)
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Now - what you all came for - pics of the kids -- honestly, we spent most of January sick or sick of being sick! EG would get a round, then Ollie, then me, then Chris would be out of town, then EG would get sick, then Ollie, then Chris would be out of town...lather, rinse, repeat. It was awful, but I'm hoping we're all on the mend now. Even if we all have runny noses today. Bless it.

So, here's Ollie loving on the humidifier - we had to eventually put it away b/c of his infatuation with it!

I think we had someone sleeping on the couch for most of January!

Hooray - we're all well at the same time!!!

We also suffered some earthly losses in January - we were ready to move on to February - I just ask that you keep both of our families in your prayers. I won't go into detail here - but the Holy Spirit will intercede as you pray. I will share that my 24 year old cousin, Michelle, died January 30th in a terrible car accident on Celanese Road in Rock Hill - please pray for her many friends and family left behind. It was very sudden and tragic. They need your prayers right now to live life without her here. We rest in knowing she's in the Father's arms without pain of any kind worshiping Jesus eternally.

Immediately after her death, my dear friend pulled a choir piece out called "Bow the Knee" - and it hit home - I found the lyrics for free online - I've sung this song before at our home church, but this time, it hurt to sing because it was so real as it seems our lives aren't as "easy" as they used to be - I've found being close to God's plan for us hurts some times, but it all falls into His plan to make me more like Him. I'm so glad Jesus wants me to be like Him and loves me enough to push me out my comfort zone to live my life for Him. I never thought I'd find comfort in the uncomfortable and excruciating, but this last year has taught me many lessons to grow me (BP you can STOP preaching directly to me at any time, for real!) and keep growing me - even when I resist and refuse. God's always working. Yay God!

And for now - I'm back, but who knows when I'll fall off the wagon, again!

Thursday, December 18, 2008

7 days to go...ho, ho, ho

Thanksgiving seems so long ago...
And we got up our tree...

It's the time for brotherly love...

And time for angels jumping for joy...

And Santa stopped by along the way...

I'm so glad my Savior changed the world by coming as a baby...
Happy Birthday Jesus - please heal us all and bring us your love.