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Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Holy! Week


Over the weekend, I got to go and visit with some friends in Johnson City. While I was there, I read *part* of a book that they had. I can't remember the name of the book.......something about Hope.....and I don't know who wrote it either. (Friend, if you read this -- tell us the name of the book.) Anyway - the book talked about how we Christians have made Christmas more important than Easter. From what I understood, the author thinks that we should value Easter more than Christmas. I'm not sure I agree with that. I feel that they go together. BUT - it did get me to thinking about how we do so much to get ready for Christmas and how we do so little to get ready for Easter.

Even though some of us do observe Lent, at times it seems to be more of a joke than a real observance of what Lent is really to be about. It becomes a way for us to get attention by 'giving something up'.We give up something and then we tell everyone we know all about how hard it is. Goodness knows that I'm guilty of doing this exact thing. And yet, that definitely isn't what Jesus would have our Lenten observances to be. No, Jesus would want our fasting to be as He taught us in Matthew 6.

16"When you fast, do not look somber as the hypocrites do, for they disfigure their faces to show men they are fasting. I tell you the truth, they have received their reward in full. 17But when you fast, put oil on your head and wash your face, 18so that it will not be obvious to men that you are fasting, but only to your Father, who is unseen; and your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you.

Hopefully, during Lent, beginning with Ash Wednesday - we are reminded of our fatally flawed (thanks T and K for the term here!) selves and are aware of the depth of our sin! This past Sunday was Palm Sunday. I'm sure that in most every church, the children came in waving palm branches shouting (or like most kids I know either whispering or not saying anything at all) "Hosanna! Hosanna! " Yes, Palm Sunday is a celebration of Jesus' triumphal entry into Jerusalem.


This particular year at our church we celebrated Palm/ Passion Sunday in order to incorporate all that Holy Week holds. When this is done, Jesus us left hanging on the cross in our place. It isn't meant to be a happy, "feel good" Sunday. It is meant to make us aware of what Jesus did for us. TO leave us feeling aware of our sin. Aware of our Savior dying on a cross for our sin.


In light of all of this, I'm desperately trying to pay FULL attention to what Holy Week really is. Lots of people won't even bother to take the time to attend a Maundy Thursday service this year or a Good Friday Service. BUT lots of people wouldn't think of missing a Christmas Eve Service.


Anyway - I've just come to the conclusion that we really should put just as much importance on this week - HOLY week as we put on the weeks before Christmas. So, I thought I would share a couple of ways that you can make this week more meaningful for you and your family.


Last year, I shared this devotional.


Or you can try this one. I think I'm going to book mark this page this year.


I found this site with some great idea's of things to do with kids.


I plan on making Holy Week more important in the life of my family now and in the years to come. I think it is important to reflect on and share with my family all that was happening to Jesus during this week. In order that when Easter is here --- they know we are celebrating the resurrection of our Savior. And not a bunny!


I'd love to know what you are doing this Holy Week?


in HIM-


Thursday, March 25, 2010

I heart

I am participating in this weeks I "heart"... at You and Me Plus Three. Go there now to add yours and read others!!
I heart them!
I heart buttercups.....and the promise of warm weather to come!
I heart them!


I heart thunderstorms like the first one of the year.....raging outside my window now!
I heart watching him play with them on impromptu
trips to the park!




I heart
my family!!!

In HIM-



Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Today......

*Today I'm thinking about the Free Photo Book I ordered last week. It should be here any day and I am so excited to get it and see how it looks.

*Today I'm thinking about these two quotes that I read over at Life in A Shoe.

"Let me get this straight—we’ve got a health care plan passed by a Congress that hasn’t read it but exempts themselves from it, signed by a president that hasn’t read it and smokes, with funding administered by a treasury chief who didn’t pay his taxes... and financed by a country that’s broke. What could possibly go wrong?"

And this second one is something that Al Sharpton said and while I'm not a fan, it does make one stop and think.....

"I think that [the passing of the healthcare bill] began to transform the country the way the president had promised. This is what he ran on....the American public overwhelmingly voted for socialism when they elected President Obama..."




*Today I'm wondering why these people in the public eye (i.e. Joe Biden) aren't smarter about what they say standing near a microphone. OR even why they even need to use words like that at all. Crass. Very Crass!!!!

*Today I'm super excited about two giveaways that I entered and really hope to win. I heart anything with a monogram/name on it!!!!! The first one is at a little etsy love and the second on is at BooMama's place.

* Today I'm really excited that I need less than 100 more Swagbucks in order to get a Starbucks giftcard. Oh, there are other things I could get and maybe I will sometime. But right now, I'm working for some free Caramel Macchiato's! If you don't do Swagbucks, you should! It is easy peasy!!!!

*Today, I'm worried about laying at Jesus' feet some concerns over two meetings coming up at our church. Would you please join me in praying that God's will be done in both of these meetings. And that both situations would end up glorifying God? Don't worry -- HE knows what the situations are!

*Today, I'm excited for my girls to get to go see two sets of grandparents for Spring Break.....but I'm a little sad, too. I'm very aware of how happy I think I'm going to be to have a bit of a break but also how much I'm going to miss them next week.

*Today, I'm not exited about all the laundry I need to get done to send my girls to the grandparents for a week. I mean - am I the only one hates trying to pack for a trip this time of year. The Weather. You just never know what the temperature is going to be. Just this week at my house, on Monday it snowed and today the high is to be around 70 degrees. I feel like I have to pack for summer and winter. That makes it rather difficult.

*Today, I'm VERY excited about the fact that I get to go visit some friends who I rarely get to see this weekend and surprise one of them! SO EXCITED!!!!!

* Today, I'm wishing that the powers that be would give me some tickets to go see The Little House on the Prairie Musical like my friend, Carolina Mama received. I would so be willing to write a blog post about it. Hubs and I looked up the cost and unfortunately it's not in the budget. It's a little heart breaking for me because we have such a love for all things Little House! Miss A even dressed like her for a presentation last week!


*Today, I'm also a little concerned that my kids Easter outfits haven't arrived in the mail yet. Yes - I know that it is still a week and a half away but still. I like to be prepared and this is cutting it close for me.

*Today, I have a whole load of Easter bows to make and am beginning to get antsy over the ribbon order I placed. It better get it quick! Don't worry, though, One Hip Mom.....It's gonna get here!

*Today, I'm thinking a LOT about being genuinely authentic as a Christian......post coming soon!

*Today, as if all this wasn't enough, there are a million other things that I'm thinking about and working on. And now, I'm wondering why I thought a post with so many links was a good idea this morning with so much to do. I mean I'm very technically challanged and this has taken me a long time to do. Maybe not the best idea I've ever had..... So, I had better go get on those hairbows. That is the first thing on my agenda today. That is in the 25 minutes I have left before I'm to meet friends for lunch. Guess I will be making bows all afternoon and then all evening after church.

*So, Today -- I hope you all have a great Wednesday and enjoy and truly be in each moment of your Today.

In HIM-

Monday, March 22, 2010

An Eventful Weekend




Wow. This is my 500th post.

We've had a pretty eventful weekend. On Friday Miss A had her first ever presentation to give at school. They were asked to pick a historical figure and do a presentation on them. A picked Laura Ingalls Wilder. She looked very cute dressed as Wilder. I am very proud of her. She did a fantastic job and unlike her Mom, wasn't nervous at all. She must get that from her Daddy who speaks to a crowd all the time.
Saturday was a beautiful day! We spent some time playing on the playground at our church. It was a beautiful warm day! So nice.
On Sunday, we went to church, of course. Then we went to lunch on the way to the Young Artists Show at a local University. Miss M. 's Georgia O'Keefe drawing was selected as one of only 15% of the whole schools art work to be displayed. I was very proud of her also! She was very excited to get there and find her artwork, but then sort of just took it all in stride.


We had a fantastic family weekend! I hope that you all did, too!

in HIM-

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

FREE Photo Book!!!!

Yesterday as I was perusing the blog reader, I found Jessica's post on free photo stuff on the web! I decided to try one of them in particular and guess what!??!

I just ordered a FREE photo book from Picaboo. Ya'll......it was free. Well - except for the shipping BUT -- it was a $39.99 value for $8.99------I'd call that a deal!

Picaboo is a photo developing company that makes photo books and cards. This offer is for first time users only. And is available until March 31st. To get your free book, you'll need to use the code AFFLGB.

One more thing. To use this coupon, you have to download the Picaboo software. It was easy to download....trust me -- I'm terrible at computer stuff and I was able to do it with no problems.

I personally hadn't heard of this company before, but Jessica said she read lots of positive reviews about their work. I'm looking forward to getting the album I made. I am eagerly awaiting it's delivery.

Go get yours now!
And have a great Thursday. House work (as usual) is calling my name. I'm going to do some laundry (as usual) and then some "BIG" cleaning downstairs. So, hopefully I will remember that at noon I gotta go get my 5 year old. =)

Talk to ya'll soon!

in HIM-

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Monday, March 15, 2010

The Flamingo Flu!


That's right the Flamingo Flu has infected my house!



Our Youth Group has been running a fundraiser for the past month or so. The Flamingo Flu has struck all over town in yards of church members and their friends. In another churches front yard. Everywhere.

Flu Season ended this past Sunday. It was a very successful fundraiser for your youth group. And they loved sneaking around "flocking" people's yards.
Since the event ended this past weekend, and we had to that point avoiding being infected, I thought we had dodged a bullet.
However, it seems that ours was the last house to be flocked.
During Sunday School this past Sunday those sneaky kids adorned my yard with all of these beautiful pink flamingos.
It really is a sight to see.....
Pink Flamingo's everywhere!
And while I must admit that it is rather amusing--Especially to see people walk by our house and wonder about this pink infestation, these 4 have me beat. They are truly tickled pink.

They are hoping
that the flamingo's

can stay!


Especially this little boy.
Who spent the afternoon trying to kiss them all!



I'm ok with the pink birds decorating my yard for a few days......but I think my kids wish they could stay.
We're thinking of begging to keep a couple just for B, who loves them so. They will be put elsewhere though......my front yard isn't the place for a forever home!..


In HIM-


Thursday, March 11, 2010

Pinch Proof Your Girls......

Need a hairbow for your girl to wear next week so that she is Pinch Proof for St. Patty's Day?



Go here now! Hurry! St. Patrick's Day is next Wednesday. =)



in HIM --

Monday, March 8, 2010

Parenting 101?




Let me tell you about a little parenting issue we've been having lately with one of our kids. Miss L. never wants to clean up her room. Well, you say, that is not unusual for kids. I know but here the the issue. No matter what we do she won't clean her room. We've tried to wait her out. Have her stay in her room until she gets it done.....two....three afternoon's will pass and it still isn't done. In fact, it's become even more messy because all she does is play.

We've given her spankings. We've set timers. We've taken away activities.


So, finally hubs had had it. A couple of days ago, L was again asked to clean her room and she was told that if she didn't get her room cleaned, then we would take everything that was still in the floor, clothing and all and it would be gone for a while.


SO, that is exactly what happened. L refused to clean up. K went in her room with a garbage bag and scooped up everything that was in the floor. Clothing, toys, hairbows, shoes, everything.
What happened, you ask? Exactly what you think happened! L started screaming and crying about her stuff.
What I found sort of comical, sad, and endearing all at the same time is that BOTH of her sister's started crying, too. They were sad that L had lost "all of her stuff". They actually thought that hubs was going to throw all of her stuff away. "Even all of her American Girl stuff".
Here's the thing, though. A and M cried much longer than L did. L got over her stuff being gone very quickly.
Well. By this time, it was bedtime and the girls were to be brushing their teeth. L saunters into the living room where her Dad and I are standing and says " Well at least you didn't get my Bitty Baby because that was on my bed. Humph!". And with that she flung her hair over her shoulder and walked back down the hallway to her bedroom.
SO - here's the question. WHAT are we going to do? HOW are we supposed to get this girl to clean her room (not to mention the sassiness of that last statement!)
I'd love to hear how you get your kids to clean their rooms! Any suggestions for us?
Is it an age related thing that she will grow out of (remember, she's five)? I mean A and M complain about cleaning their room but they do it.
Or maybe it is because she has to clean her room up herself and she she's that her sister's do their room together.....that is her chief complaint. "I can't do it all by myself."
SO- let's hear it. How do you get your kids to clean their rooms? I'd love it if it could be in a way that doesn't involve a screaming match. =)
I look forward to seeing what ya'll have to say!
in HIM -

Sunday, March 7, 2010

Fabulous Weekend

I had an absolutely wonderful weekend!

On Friday night, our family was invited to go to a cub scout banquet at our church. K and I discussed back and forth during the day about whether or not it was a good idea to take B since he is at an age where sitting in a high chair (or anywhere) is his least favorite thing. When he woke up from his afternoon nap as ill as a hornet, we decided that it would be best if K took the girls and I stayed home with B. So, B and I had a quiet supper at home and B went to bed early. I had a couple hours of complete quiet in my house and that was very nice. I did some laundry and watched some tv and relaxed. Very nice!!!

On Saturday, hubs got up early and headed to the church to help with the local Rotary Club's pancake breakfast. The kids and I went down for breakfast. And there was a cake walk. The girls all participated and Miss M won a cake. A strawberry cake with nuts.....or so I hear. I've not tried it. I'm not a big cake fan. I know - pick your chin up off the floor!

After breakfast, hubs came home to stay with the kids. I got to go have a Girls Day out! A couple of my sweet VW's came and met me in Asheville. We met for lunch at the Mellow Mushroom and then walked around and browsed through the stores in downtown. We then moved to Biltmore Village where we found a coffee/ice cream shop and decided to sit for a while. Ya'll! We talked so much that we closed the place down! We got kicked out but don't get too excited. They closed at 6PM. By that time we needed some supper so we went to Neo Mexican Cantina. It was my first tapas experience. YUMMY (Yes, I'm from a tiny town). After supper it was time to head back home for all of us. But it was a great day. We were so busy catching up that we only got one picture of ourselves.....even though I carried my camera around all day- We ended up taking a picture of ourselves right before we parted company.


It was an wonderful catching up with friends. A day that I have really needed for a long time. I love these girls and cherish their friendships. We've decided that we are going on a beach trip next. YEAY! And seriously, if you've never been to Asheville, it's a great place to visit! You should come.
Yesterday, of course, was church. The kids and I got ready and made it (almost) on time for the 9AM service. It was a wonderful service and hubs had an awesome sermon that God used to speak to me so much! He also used it to speak to others yesterday, too. I know because one sweet lady came and told me how blessed she feels to have my hubby as the leader of our church. I don't know about other PW's, but it blesses my heart so much to be told my a church member how much they appreciated my husband!
After the service I sent the kids off to Sunday School and on a typical Sunday, I catch up with K and hang out in his office until time to get the kids and head to the 11AM service. Well. Yesterday, my friend, Kandi, asked me to go over to this awesome little cafe' across the street from the church for brunch. After making sure that my kids could go to the service with one of their super wonderful Sunday School Teachers, I shrugged off the guilt of leaving the family and went. We ended up having 4 other church members go with us. It was a great brunch and time for me to get to know a few more folks in our congregation a bit more! It was wonderful. Thanks for the invite, Kandi!
What an amazing blessing my weekend was to my heart, mind and spirit! I'm so thankful that God orchestrated this last weekend in my life!
I hope yours was just as fantabulous!!!!
in HIM -

Thursday, March 4, 2010

18 Months and Haircuts

I honestly cannot believe that my baby is 18 months old. I know that everyone says that about their kids. That it "seems like just yesterday that he was born". But I really don't know where the last year and a half has gone. It has flown by.
So, let's see B, what are you up to these days?

*You are walking everywhere and trying hard to run. One of my favorite things is to hear you toddling around the house!

*You are a picky eater. Which isn't surprising given that your Daddy and sisters are picky, too. I'm working on that though!

*You do LOVE bananas, blueberries, cheese and milk. And any kind of candy. You learned about that very quickly thanks to your sisters.

*You love your blanket and passy and won't sleep without them.

*Speaking of sleep, you still rarely sleep through the night.

*And if you wake up at night, you refuse to go back to sleep in your bed. Preferring to sleep and snuggle with Mommy. Which, while really sweet, is something I'm hoping will end soon. kinda.

*You are learning more words every day. Right now, you can say: MaMa, DaDa, dog pronounced "daw", bye bye, go, juice (pronounced "juw" and refers to anything you drink), no no (pronounced "nuh-nuh"), yes (pronounced "yesh" and always includes a head nod), more (pronounced 'mo' always including the sign language to go with it), all gone (pronounced "aw gaow"- also always done with sign language), hi and hey - kind of combined together...., you say "ice" for eyes, and "no" for nose. And you say "SSSSSSSSS" for ssshhhh and put your finger over your mouth. You say "ot" for hot and "ock" for sock.

*You also do some sign language. You know the signs for eat, more, drink, all done or all gone, please, thank you , and your welcome.

* You can name some body parts when asked. You point to your nose, mouth, and hair every time your asked. You know your eyes, ears, fingers and toes but rarely choose to do that for us.

*You love your sisters and get really excited to see them when they come home from school.

*You don't really like to give out hugs and kisses as much as I would like.

* You do the Fish Face and I love that.

* You love to play in the bathtub! Whenever anyone is taking a bath, you are literally begging to get in and play.

*I'm loving learning about boys. You are definitely all boy, too. You love cars, trucks and trains. You also love dirt and seem to be drawn to it. You love to be outside and I can't wait until it starts warming up so you can get outside and play in the dirt. You also like to ride on your sisters Dora big wheel. I'm thinking a riding toy for your birthday will be a perfect gift!

*You are always ready to go. When we say "Let's go", you run and get your coat so you will be ready to get out the door. However, riding for long periods in your carseat is NOT something you like.


I honestly can't believe he is growing up so fast. K and I took him to get his hair cut today. This was his 2nd hair cut but since I wasn't at the first one, the only pic. was taken on hubs phone....so here are some pics from today. He did very well sitting in the chair. We think that since this is just the second time, he was still really unsure about it so he sat very still for most of the hair cut.


See, doesn't he look unsure?
and still.....see - unsure....









Look at this handsome little boy!

And after it was done, wow!
OH! And his other new word "Cheeeeee"

Doesn't he look like such a big boy? Makes me a little sad but, oh how I love this sweet big boy.
in HIM -

Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Snow Day Ritual

I woke to the sound of the phone ringing at 6:30 this morning. It was the school system calling to say that we had a two hour delay. I got up and looked outside to. .....nothing. But shortly there after the rain turned to snow, it didn't seem to be sticking too much so we got ready for school. We got all the way to the school and finally they had cancelled it. The snow was beginning to stick and was coming down pretty hard. By the time we got home, it looked like this.....So, we hunkered in for another snow day. We did some 'chores' this morning which the girls weren't really happy about, but we did them anyway. After lunch we did what seems to have become our snowday ritual.....
B wandered around outside
looking at the snow. Falling down.
And needing help to get back up.

There were our usual snowball fights with Daddy....


This wasn't good "sledding" snow. It was really
wet and slushy. So, the girls slid down the hill
instead.

And spent a lot of time climbing back up....
then they decided to roll down down the hill....





Eating snow seems to be a prerequisite....














This is the best shot we got of all 4 of them.
By this time, B was ready to go inside and
everyone was SOAKED to the bone!

Then we came inside and had hot chocolate
of course!!!


YUM!


Then everyone watched a little animal planet....

Except for these two who took a nap....

It was really a great day. Even though I really didn't want another day out of school to have to make up. My heart is full of the blessings that God has given me tonight! I loved the snow day with our kids and hubby hanging out with us this afternoon. I even love the snow. It was a beautiful gift from God today!!!!!
in HIM -























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