Thursday, June 19, 2008

Words from Zach on his new and old bed

Zach's "Big Gunk Bed!"

My baby boy is in a big bed. Last night was his first night. He did great! didn't get out once! So proud. He is in naptime right now, so we'll see how that goes. He loves the bed and for some reason enthusiastically says "my Big gunk bed!" I have no idea what that is about...its not like its a bunk bed. dunno! But he's cute and I'm so glad to see excitement and not fear! =)


Zach's big boy bed.

Zach and Laney check out the bed.

Zach and Daddy do serious manly tool work to take down Zach's crib.

Even Laney and Charlie join in the work, supervising of course!

Monday, June 16, 2008

More Pondering....(click on the book titles if you want to check them out)

I recently read The Shack and am currently reading Abba's Child. Both have had and continue to greatly challenge my thinking about myself and God. I highly recommend both. Because I'm still working through Abba's Child, I can't express exactly what it is all about. I can tell you that its about finding your true identity as Abba's Child. I have struggled this year with who I am and what is exactly my purpose and why does this christian life seem so dull. I've been God's child since forever, meaning I can't remember not being saved. As a child I experienced many times of joy and passion and realness with God. But I've grown up and decided maybe I'm too casual with God, not in enough awe. I should have more of a concept of how "evil" I am. And now I'm here, in this drudgery of christianity. bored at church, sick of churchy words that have no reality in my life, sick of the guilt of not preforming correctly in serivice, starting to wonder if God really likes me or if he is so sick of my failures that he has left me. I know its not supposed to be like this. My spirit testifies in me that God is not those things and that there must be more.So I'm looking, and I'm being awakened to hope and to seeing that I am NOT failing God, that he is in fact "very fond" of me. What a concept!!! =) I wanted to share a paragraph from Abba's Child that pretty much describes where I've been. I share because its a lonely place and one that maybe some of you have been too. I want you to know that there is hope, truely knowing God is not any of the above. p.54 "Finally, I accepted my brokenness....I had never come to terms with that. Let me explain. I knew I was broken. I knew I was a sinner. I knew I continually disappointed God, but I could never accept that part of me. It was a part of me that embarrassed me. I continually felt the need to apolozie, to run from my weaknesses, to deny who I was and concentrate on WHAT I SHOULD BE. I was broken, yes, but I was continually trying never to be broken again-or at least to get to the place where I was very seldom broken..." That's me, caught in the performance aspect of my relationship with God. Thinking his favor hinges on if I have been obedient enough and have not been broken lately. But the truth is, I'm so exteremely broken in everything I say and do, that I don't even know I'm broken.But God knows all that and not only loves me but LIKES me and has compassion on me! Amazing! And he wants me to stop beating that broken self up and embrace her and bring her to him. I don't know that I've worked anything out yet...its all new thoughts. You can't change your thinking over night....but God is so good, so tender and loving. So much more than I ever realized.

Sunday, June 15, 2008

Happy Father's Day!

This is my attempt to get a cute picture of the kids with Eric on Father's day. Zach is saying "Cheese!"



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Saturday, June 14, 2008

The Finished Kitchen

Eric and I did the final "crown molding" in the kitchen this weekend. I think it looks good. A vast improvement anyway. However I'm not sure about the curtains. Any thoughts?



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Friday, June 13, 2008

Something I'm pondering...

Isaiah 55:2

"Why do you spend money for what is not bread, and your wages for what does not satisfy? Listen carefully to Me, and eat what is good, And delight yourself in abundance."

Lately, I have been pondering. I know that I run after many things, trying to make them satisfy me and yet they do not. duh! But, finding what is "good" to eat is tough too. How does the Lord want to fullfill me? yeah, yeah, I know all the churchy answers, what I want is a real, sink your teeth into it answer! This I wonder and seek after. How excellent to be delighted in something that is truely good, not just "worldy good". I pray that the Lord would show each of us how to taste and see that he is good! And praise Him because he is faithful and promises when we seek Him we will find Him!

Thursday, June 12, 2008

Mommy is bored so....

She took some videos.

Zachie Shots

Some shots of Laney

This is Laney on the day of her One year well check, only a month late, she is growing just like she should be!

I kept trying to get a shot of laney wearing my hat but she would take it off so fast that I never did get a shot. she was having fun though.

We had a fun stamping experience. The ink was not washable.And yes, we had to go out in public looking like we kissed the Grinch!

Lane is modeling one of mommy's latest bows.

Monday, June 2, 2008

Lane VS the Rake

Lane was cracking me up in this video. She was enjoying our splash pool and pulling up on the side. She repeatedly would pull up and let herself fall back down. Big fun, unless there is a rake under your bum! Twice she sat on the rake, point side up. She was not happy! I threw the rake out after the first time but Zach threw it back in.

Painting the kitchen

Eric and I got an inpluse and decided to paint our kitchen this weekend. We have talked about it for awhile but with the house on the market weren't inspired to put in the work and then leave it. However, we are considering the possiblity that God wants us to stay put so we went ahead and painted. Although it is darker, there is so much natural light in our kitchen and living room we figured it could work. We are very pleased with the result. Eric is going to install crown molding around the top sometime this week.




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Sunday, June 1, 2008

Zach learns to use a baseball glove.

Today Zach found Daddy's old baseball glove among some toys. After putting on his Bob the Builder tool belt he attempted to pitch some balls. He didn't quite have the hang of it but attempted to copy Daddy after he watched his example. It was so funny because his pliers kept falling out of the tool belt when he would try to pitch and he'd bend over to get it and the music from the Bob the Builder walkie talkie would play bc he hit the button with his tummy. Of course during all of this his ball got away from him and Lane grabbed it. Kids are so fun to watch! oh and don't worry, Daddy made sure Zach figured out to throw the ball with the hand NOT in the glove! =)

If you can't find your ball, play with dog poop!