Sunday, April 20, 2014

He is Risen!

We made resurrection rolls this year for breakfast this morning. It was very cool to open them up this morning and see that "Jesus" was no longer in the tomb. 
 
 

 
And of course our before church picture that for the second year in a row was so bright they couldn't hardly keep their eyes open.


Andrew is finally getting old enough to take a picture of us also. I haven't attempted a family picture outside since the year in Kansas that the wind blew my camera off where it was standing and broke my camera. Maybe some time I'll have the nerve to try it again.
 


Hope you all had a great day celebrating the resurrection of our Savior!

Saturday, April 19, 2014

Resurrection Journey

This morning we took our kids to a local church that was putting on a Resurrection Journey. It was such a great experience for us all. I'm so glad we went. Here are some pictures from our journey.
 
Triumphal Entry: We were told about how Jesus told His disciples to go get Him a donkey and then how He rode into Jerusalem while they were shouting praises to Him. The kids received a palm branch and were able to pet a donkey.
 From there we went to the Betrayal and we heard about how Judas was willing to betray Jesus for 30 pieces of silver. I didn't get a picture at this station but the kids were given a coin as a reminder of what they talked about.
 
Next we went to the Passover Feast and the kids were given bread and able to sit down with Jesus to eat.

They were also given a cup for the wine and some nuts and fruit to take along as a reminder.

Then we learned about Jesus' arrest. We talked about how they were in the Garden praying when Judas arrived with a large group of soldiers there to arrest Jesus. The kids all got a piece of rope to show that they would have tied up Jesus' hands and led him away.

Next we met Peter and he talked about how Jesus told him he would deny Him 3 times before the rooster crowed. The kids received a picture of a rooster and got to pet a live rooster.


Then we met some Roman Soldiers who talked about how they mocked Jesus, spit on him, put a crown of thorns on his head, cast lots for his robe, beat him and nailed him to the cross. The kids received a nail to take home with them as a reminder.

Then we saw a cross and were told about the Crucifixion. They talked about how He had to carry His cross and then was hung with a criminal on each side. The kids got a small cross to take with them.

After the crucifixion we met several women who were preparing spices to put on Jesus' body.

The kids got to make some spice pouches to take with them.

Then we went to the tomb and we met some women who told us that Jesus was not there but they had seen Jesus ALIVE! They were so excited and wanted us to go and tell everyone we know that Jesus is alive. The gave the kid a stone with a cross engraved on it then led us to the celebration room.

The celebration room was decorated like a big party with streamers and balloons. The kids got to make a wreath that told the Resurrection story from the Triumphal Entry to His Ascension. Then the kids got to have a snack and get a few pieces of candy.
After the celebration room we were able to go outside and pet some other animals and play on their playground or just leave. It was such a great opportunity to make the story of Jesus' last week come alive so they could understand it better. What a blessing!

It is so awesome to think about all that Jesus has done for us so that we could have eternal life. Let us celebrate and tell everyone we know that Jesus is RISEN!

“Why do you seek the living among the dead? He is not here, but has risen. Remember how he told you, while he was still in Galilee, that the Son of Man must be delivered into the hands of sinful men and be crucified and on the third day rise.” -- Luke 24:5-7

Sunday, February 2, 2014

Happy 6th Birthday

We just completed a week long celebration of Josiah's birthday. I cannot believe he is 6!!! Where has the time gone?
We started our celebration with a sleepover. He had 3 friends come spend the night. There was cake...

Lots of playing...

and presents...but not a lot of sleep.
 Then when we actually got to the day of his birthday we started the morning with chocolate chip pancakes, had more presents, more cake, and more fun... and school of course. I think he had a very fun birthday.



Josiah has really grown to be his own little boy over the last couple of years. He now stands his ground and voices what he wants. He is a sweet boy who still loves to give his mommy and daddy kisses and hugs. This year he started Kindergarten and has surpassed all my expectations. He loves his teachers and has lots of friends. He is making great strides in learning to read. Most importantly he has grown in his knowledge and love for the Lord. In October he prayed to ask Jesus to save him. He still asks a lot of questions about salvation and we are continuing to help him grow in his knowledge of Christ. He is in Sparks in AWANA this year and LOVES it. He has finished his book and is almost through the review. I continue to be amazed at how well he is learning and starting to understand God's Word. He still loves to play with trucks, cars, and trains. He loves playing with his brother and sister and would be happiest if he could ride his bike all day. He loves to be outside.

We are so blessed and so proud to have Josiah in our life. I can't believe how quickly the years have flown. How did this sweet boy grow up so fast?

Saturday, December 7, 2013

Our Tree

The first 2 years we were married we went and cut down our own tree. It was such a fun tradition. Then kids came along and it was hard to even think about wanting to drag my sweet little babies out into the bitter cold in search of a tree. On top of that we are never even home for Christmas because we always travel to be with our families. Well this year...we are going to be home for Christmas so I said we needed to cut down a tree. The kids are old enough now to enjoy the fun and it's not nearly as cold down here in the mid-south...well usually...today was in the 20's. =) So this afternoon we went in search of our Christmas tree...and...

WE FOUND IT!!!

The nice man at the farm cut it down and daddy conquered it by hauling it to the tractor for the hay ride back.

They were so excited!

Now it's home and sitting in our living room dripping water from our ice storm we had yesterday all over my floor but the smell...OH the smell....is so lovely and I forgot how wonderful that pine smell in my house really is. This kids can't wait to put up the decorations but we are hoping to let it stop dripping a little before we add electricity to it. =)

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Thanksgiving


It's November (well, now it's actually almost the end of November) and I want to take the opportunity to give my list of what I'm thankful for this year...

I am still humbled beyond belief that Jesus Christ would lower himself and come to this sinful earth so that I could have forgiveness of my sins and be allowed to spend eternity with Him. I am so thankful for His humble sacrifice and that I can trust in Him to take care of every one of my needs. God is so good and I don't deserve one ounce of His grace and mercy He has given to me.

I am also so very thankful for Mark. He still amazes me in how much he loves me unconditionally. I am blessed beyond measure to have such a humble, honest, thoughtful, loving, kind, generous, gracious, helpful, encouraging husband. I am so thankful for his spiritual leadership in our family and I am constantly reminded of how privileged I am to be his wife.

I am so thankful for Andrew. This year he followed the Lord in believers baptism and has continued to grow in his love for the Lord. I have enjoyed listening in on him telling his brother and sister about Jesus and ultimately leading them to pray and ask Jesus to save them. I am thankful for a good teacher this year that is helping Andrew to grow in knowledge of reading and math and this year has been MUCH better than last! Praise the Lord!!!

I am thankful for Josiah. He started Kindergarten this year and he is loving school. I am thankful he is doing so well in school and he too has a great teacher. He is making friends and learning a lot. He also prayed this year on Oct 22 to ask Jesus to save him. What a precious conversation between Andrew and Josiah to listen in on and be a part of. God is so good!

I am thankful for Abigail. This year both boys went off to school so we've had some extra bonding time. It has been fun getting to spend this year with just her. She also prayed with her brother on Oct 22 to receive Jesus as her Savior. We are praying that both her and Josiah completely understand and that they will grow in their relationships with Jesus. What a mighty God we serve.

I am thankful for my family. My sister always has the right words to say when I need encouragement. This summer when we were on our family vacation my brother gave a devotional that has been a constant encouragement to me since and I've thought on that many times over the last several month when I begin to feel overwhelmed or weary in serving. My mom gave up two weeks of her life for me this spring to come take care of my family and house while I underwent surgery and recovery. My mother in law came after my mom had to leave to spend another week helping me though my recovery. My parents, grandpa and Mark's parents all sacrificed their responsibilities and time to come and be a part of Andrew's baptism...what a blessing to have everyone here to watch Andrew make this very important step in his relationship with Christ. My mom is always such a great encouragement to me as well...always knowing what I need to hear and her constant faithful prayers for me and my family. I am overwhelmed by all that God has given.

I am thankful we are a part of a church that faithfully teaches the truth of the Word of God. We have a Pastor who is not afraid to teach the Word. I am thankful for the opportunity God has given me to work part time for the church as the Children's Ministry Director. I am thankful for the people in our church who will step up and help in whatever way is needed and come along and encourage me along the way.

As we step into this holiday season don't forget about Thanksgiving. Take the time to pause and thank the Lord for all He has done and blessed you with this year. Praise Him because without Him you can do nothing.

Psalm 100
Make a joyful noise to the Lord, all the earth!
Serve the Lord with gladness!
Come into his presence with singing!

Know that the Lord, he is God!
It is he who made us, and we are his;
we are his people, and the sheep of his pasture.


Enter his gates with thanksgiving,
and his courts with praise!
Give thanks to him; bless his name!


For the Lord is good;
his steadfast love endures forever,
and his faithfulness to all generations.

Friday, November 1, 2013

Fall

We may have seemed to disappear this fall...Well...here's what's been keeping us away.

Soccer...Abigail played soccer and had a lot of fun...eating snacks. =) She told my mom this summer when they were together that she was most excited about the snacks after the games. It took her to the last 2 games of the season to kick the ball. But I think she had fun.


Chick-Fil-A 5K..Mark ran the annual Chick-Fil-A 5K and did pretty well. He's still trying to run as he has time but the dark mornings are hard to get up and head out. His next race is a 15K on Nov 9. 

Field Trips...Abigail's preschool class went to a farm.

They got to do all kinds of stuff but she loved her pumpkin and the hay ride.

Andrew's class did a reader's theater of "The Little Red Hen"...he was the dog.

Then Josiah's class headed to the farm...he too loved the pumpkins

and the playground

and mom just couldn't pass up this picture.

Birthday parties...more farm fun

Complete with more pumpkins and hay rides.

Wedding...we headed to Kentucky for my cousin's wedding...Abigail was her flower girl and she did a wonderful job...fun side note...I was her mom and dad's flower girl about 30 years ago.

The other side of the family came down from Ohio and we got to spend a little time together at the wedding.

Then more field trips to the farm

Pony rides

and fun photo opportunities
Andrew's baptism...On Oct 20 Andrew followed the Lord's commands in baptism. He had the honor of having both sets of his grandparents and a great-grandpa there to witness this next step of following after the Lord with his whole heart.

Gifts from his grandparents to encourage him in his relationship with Christ
Lunch out with everyone before they all head home...he is one special little boy to have so many people travel so many miles to see him be baptized.
Mommy's birthday...anticipating cake while daddy lights the candles.

Fall Festival at church...let the candy intake begin

Lots of fun games

Fun was had by all

And finally the rain stopped so we could go out trick or treating on Oct 31.

In the midst of all the activities Mark is keeping busy with work and I've started a new position at our church as the Children's Ministry Director. We have had lots going on but we praise the Lord for all His many blessings and how He continues to take care of us and meet all our needs.


Thursday, August 8, 2013

Back to School

I'm sitting here in a quiet house and can't believe my babies are so big. This week has been full of getting ready and sending all three of my babies off to school. This morning was the first day of school for my boys.

All ready for school


First day of First grade
Yesterday was meet the teacher. I'm very excited about Andrew's teacher this year. We had kind of a rough year last year so I'm praying for a great year this year. When we took a picture with Josiah's teacher he wanted Andrew in the picture with him and of course Abigail didn't want to be left out. So when we took the picture with Andrew's teacher they all three had to be in that one too. This is Andrew's teacher.
Ready to go in his classroom for the first day
All ready for Kindergarten

Everyone with Josiah's teacher. I am so excited about Josiah's teacher. I've prayed hard that God would give us good teachers this year. She is very sweet and I think she's going to be perfect for Josiah.


Ready to go in on his first day of Kindergarten. Ready and excited to learn.

This week we also sent Abigail off to her first day of Preschool. Josiah went to a month of preschool in June and I loved his teacher and all that she teaches her students...it's not just daycare. When I picked him up from his last day I asked her if she had any opening for the fall and she had one day. So I took her up on that day and Abigail is loving her school too.


I've cried a little this week over how quickly my babies are growing up. I can't believe how fast the years fly by. Someone told me once that the days are slow but the years fly...I now believe them. It's exciting to see them growing and learning and I'm so thankful for how they are growing and becoming more independent but most I love to watch them grow in their desire to love God and know Him more.