Thursday, June 14, 2012

Summer Time

Sprinkler time, it was just yesterday that I had 3 little tikes out in the backyard, running through the sprinkler for the first time.  Jenna was shy of it then, now Brady is the shy one hanging back.

Vacation Bible School time, it's been a great week for them.  The three oldest have loved going each morning. Joe and I had big plans to work on house projects while they were out.  It hasn't happened, instead we have been enjoying slowly drinking coffee, until we can see the bottoms of our cups. We've been having uninterrupted conversations, without little ears around, while 2 little ones napped. The work projects can wait until next week.  We went shopping with just 2 children.  {Someone made a comment about how busy we are with 2 so close in age, we just laughed and told them we have 3 more at VBS.} We realized how easy life is when we only have two, so much quieter and slower, if I only knew then what I know now. I know I struggled when I had Bethany and Joseph 14 months apart, in my mind it seems like life was harder for me then than it is now, God has taught me some hard lessons since then via mono and a thyroid disorder. But I'm so thankful!
Friendship bracelet making time.
Picking flowers from the fence row time, you can do that when you live in the country.
Loving, nursing, rocking, holding, kissing Anne Charlotte time. I know we'll love her more tomorrow because we love her more today than yesterday. She is an incredible gift.
She is 7 weeks old today and just now made it for her 1 month check up because her doctor had to reschedule her original appointment.  She weighs 10lbs 15oz and is 22 inches long. 50% for her height and weight. And for the record, I got the first smile!
Talking time, just today Bethany asked me why some words are called what they are and why they aren't given easier names or like what they are.  When asked more specifically to explain she said, "Like the words aviation and consequences, why are they such a weird words, why don't they give them something that makes since."  "Like what?" I asked. "Well, hmmm, like...wow, this is really hard!" she replied.  I tried to tell her how words come from other words or parts of words so we dissected "consequences" and talked about "sequences" and what that word means.  We've also been talking about what the words "flirt" and "deported" mean.  The other day she asked, "Mommy, what's the difference between someone saying, 'You're cool' or someone saying 'You're hot.' " Things get interesting around here, and if I had time I could think up a bunch more stuff we've been talking about.
There are many things we don't have time for but our hours are full of many good things, from reading about Jackie Robinson to playing Lego's, we're enjoying summertime.
On a person note, I read this reading yesterday from My Utmost For His Highest, and it absolutely  pierced and spoke to me in a number of ways.  I love the "original life" statements and the "never making my experience in surrendering to Christ a principle for others". I want to be a "holy experiment"! Below is only a portion from the entire devotion.

Getting There
June 13th
. . . come, follow Me —Luke 18:22



....We have the idea that we can dedicate our gifts to God. However, you cannot dedicate what is not yours. There is actually only one thing you can dedicate to God, and that is your right to yourself (see Romans 12:1). If you will give God your right to yourself, He will make a holy experiment out of you— and His experiments always succeed. The one true mark of a saint of God is the inner creativity that flows from being totally surrendered to Jesus Christ. In the life of a saint there is this amazing Well, which is a continual Source of original life. The Spirit of God is a Well of water springing up perpetually fresh. A saint realizes that it is God who engineers his circumstances; consequently there are no complaints, only unrestrained surrender to Jesus. Never try to make your experience a principle for others, but allow God to be as creative and original with others as He is with you.
If you abandon everything to Jesus, and come when He says, “Come,” then He will continue to say, “Come,” through you. You will go out into the world reproducing the echo of Christ’s “Come.” That is the result in every soul who has abandoned all and come to Jesus.
Have I come to Him? Will I come now?

Blessings!

1 comment:

Sweats, Nikes, and No Make-up said...

It's so fun peaking into your family's sweet, wonderful, busy world. Glad you all are enjoying summertime together!