I can't let this weekend pass without expressing thanks to God for...
Friday, November 28, 2008
Posted by Ryan and Katie at 10:34 PM
Tuesday, November 25, 2008
Today was great! Not perfect, but great! I managed to stop auto-pilot mothering long enough to catch some sweet moments of my children.
As we were walking home from school I watched my 3, 4 and 5 year olds strolling down the path enjoying the day and each other.
We started to put up Christmas decorations and found the box with all our Christmas books. This is Zac's first Christmas at home and he found our favorite children's book about the birth of Jesus right away. I got to watch him turn the pages and delight in the pictures and sounds the book makes.
Jacob helped me put up some outside lights today. I got to witness the most beautiful, delighted grin on his face when we turned the lights on tonight.
Watching Jacob proudly singing his songs at his preschool's Thanksgiving Feast.
Jacob singing, "God is Love, God is Love..." under his breath at the playground today.
Walking in to find Hallie had put her Precious Moments Nativity scene up in her room. All the animals and people were facing baby Jesus, not facing out for her to see them. Is that perfect or what?
As I approach Thanksgiving I am overwhelmed by God's tender mercies and abundant gifts to me. My salvation was more than I could even have asked for and yet his love is so deep that he lavishes moments like these on me every day. I saw Him working and present today in my life and I am grateful!
"Give Thanks to the Lord, for He is good!" Jeremiah 33:11
Posted by Ryan and Katie at 9:26 PM
Saturday, November 22, 2008
This idea was inspired by http://audreycaroline.blogspot.com/2008/11/7x7. I decided to find verses to pray for my kids each day. My goal is to pray this scripture out loud, over them each day as they are getting ready to start their day and each night before they close their eyes to go to sleep. I believe in God and His promises so completely that I want my children to hear his truth and be blessed by it. My hope is that in doing this I will see God working in their lives more clearly and they might begin to recognize Him too.
Posted by Ryan and Katie at 9:44 PM
I find myself too often feeling spent at the end of a day. My nerves are shot from repeating the same things over and over to my children and trying desperately to catch them doing good instead of always finding fault. Today, was one of those days. Our sweet little Zac seemed to have spent a large majority of his day whining, grabbing, crying and disobeying. It is so frustrating to me. I question whether it is him being three, a boy, adoption issues, sibling rivalry, poor parenting...and then I try to balance doing laundry and cleaning our home with quality play time with all the kids. It's hard to figure out the balance, give each child the love and care I want to give them and manage a home. So, what is the solution?
Posted by Ryan and Katie at 8:22 PM
Friday, November 21, 2008
I wanted a place to write some of my reflections and thoughts about seeing and knowing Jesus in the midst of mothering my three children, Hallie, Jacob and Zachary. Too many times, my focus shifts away from Him as I go through my days and my heart's desire is that I would set my mind and heart on Him at all times and see him in all things. So, this is my attempt to journal about the moments in life that I, or others too often dismiss as mundane, routine or attribute to chance and instead see Jesus knitting all those moments together for His glory and good purposes in the lives of others and for me.
Lord, I pray that You would go before me. That You would guard my way and hem me in Your perfect plan. That I would know and say and do all you've prepared for me, to accomplish Your good purpose and bring glory to Your Name.
Posted by Ryan and Katie at 3:47 PM