Thursday, November 26, 2009

Give Thanks With a Grateful Heart!

"Unto thee, O God, do we give thanks, unto thee do we give thanks: for that thy name is near thy wonderous works declare." Psalms 75:1

I am thankful...
He died for me and for you.
"For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish but have everlasting life." Jn. 3:16
And then he arose and lives today!!!
"Why seek ye the living among the dead? He is not here, but is risen: rememeber how he spake unto you when he was yet in Galilee, Saying, The Son of man must be delivered into the hands of sinful men, and be crucified, and the third day rise again." Luke 24:5-8

I am thankful...
God gave me this man --as long as we both shall live-- on April 22, 2006.
"For this cause shall a man leave his father and mother, and shall be joined unto his wife, and they two shall be one flesh." Ephesians 5:31

I am thankful...
He then gave us these two precious lives.
"Lo, children are an heritage of the LORD: and the fruit of the womb is his reward. Happy is the man that hath his quiver full of them... Psalms 127:3,5
(My mother reminds John that a quiver holds lots of arrows. John says his quiver might be small. We shall see...)

I am thankful for a loving and supportive family...ALL of them!!!
"A new commandment I give unto you, That ye love one another; as I have loved you, that ye also love one another." John 13: 34

I am thankful I live in the beautiful south!Photobucket
"Thou are worthy, O LORD, to receive glory and honour and power: for thou hast created all things, and for thy pleasure they are and were created." Revelation 4:11

I am thankful for good health...
"for I am the LORD that healeth thee." Exodus 15:26

I am thankful that this world is not my home!Photobucket
Let not your heart be troubled: ye believe in God, believe also in me. In my Father's house are many mansions: it it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself: that where I am, there ye may be also. John 14:1-3

"It is a good thing to give thanks unto the LORD, and to sing praises unto thy name, O most High." Psalms 92:1


Monday, November 23, 2009

Updates from our homefront

Our sweet little girl is now 4 months old. She is still a little on the fussy side, but I am trying VERY hard to "give thanks in all things". I know I have so, so much to be thankful for! A fussy baby is a blessing considering the alternatives! I'm sorry if you have been one of the ears hearing all the complaints! I promise I am trying to do better!
So for a little update: She weighs 11 lbs.10 oz. (as of a few weeks ago), 24 1/2 inches long. Dr. Baldwin said she looks perfect. She's going to be tall and skinny (maybe so for her sake!) I still thinks she's a peemite~ She is smiling and all out laughing now! It is sooooo funny to hear!!! And her newest trick is rolling over!
Precious! That's all I can say!
This would be our goofball... he keeps us laughing! He is getting absolutely hilarious and too much fun! What did we do for entertainment before he came along?!?!
"Do not let kindness and truth leave you; Bind them around your neck, Write them on the tablet of your heart. So you will find favor and good repute in the sight of God and man." Proverbs 3:3,4

I was reading in a book today that contained the following words:
What pictures will my son remember
when he comes to the plain granite marker
over his father's grave?
What will my daughters remember?
Or my wife?
What pictures will be left behind
for them to thumb through
in the nostalgic, late afternoons
of their lives?
Will the pictures strengthen them for the journey?
Or send them hobbling through life, crippled...
I've resolved to give fewer lectures,
to send fewer platitudes rolling their way
to give less criticism,
to offer fewer opinions.
After all, where does it say that a father
has to voice an opinion on everything?
Or even have an opinion on everything?
From now on, I'll give them pictures they can live by,
pictures that can comfort them,
and keep them warm
in my absence.
Because when I'm gone, there will only be silence.
And memories...
Of all
I could give
to make their lives a little fuller,
a little richer,
a little more prepared
for the journey ahead of them,
nothing compares to the gift of remembrance--
pictures that show they are special
and that they are loved.
Pictures that will be there
when I am not.
Pictures that have within them
a redemption all their own.
--Ken Gire
It's so hard in my day-to-day life not to get too busy with all the things of the day, and to take the time to give my children, my husband, "pictures" that will last. "Pictures" that will actually mean something to them one day! I hope I will take the time to make those precious memories!!!

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

These sweet sugars are some good helpers when it comes to baking cupcakes!
I think this one has had all she can take!
Hope y'all have a safe night from the storms. We will be stuffing ourselves with cupcakes all night!

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

1950's Housewife?

I was looking at the blogs this morning and came across Tara's blog and saw where she had heard on a radio program about the duties of a 1950's housewife. I was interested to see what those "duties" were so I searched the topic and came up with this...

Home Economics High School Text Book, 1954

*Have dinner ready. Plan ahead, even the night before, to have a delicious meal, on time. This is a way of letting him know that you have been thinking about him and are concerned about his needs. Most men are hungry when they come home and the prospect of a good meal are part of the warm welcome needed.

*Prepare yourself. Take 15 minutes to rest so that you'll be refreshed when he arrives. Touch up your makeup, put a ribbon in your hair and be fresh-looking. He has just been with a lot of work-weary people. Be a little gay and a little more interesting. His boring day may need a lift.

*Clear away the clutter. Make one last trip through the main part of the home just before your husband arrives, gather up schoolbooks, toys, paper, etc. Then run a dust cloth over the tables. Your husband will feel he has reached a haven of rest and order, and it will give you a lift, too.

*Prepare the children. Take a few minutes to wash the children's hands and faces (if they are small), comb their hair, and if necessary change their clothes. They are little treasures and he would like to see them playing the part.

*Minimize all noise. At the time of his arrival, eliminate all noise of the washer, dryer, dishwasher, or vacuum. Try to encourage the children to be quiet. Be happy to see him. Greet him with a warm smile and be glad he is home.

*Some don'ts: Don't greet him with problems or complaints. Don't complain if he is late for dinner. Count this as minor compared with what he might have gone through that day. Make him comfortable. Have him lean back in a comfortable chair or suggest he lie down in the bedroom. Have a cool or warm drink ready for him. Arrange his pillow and offer to take off his shoes. Speak in a low, soft, soothing and pleasant voice. Allow him to relax and unwind.

*Listen to him. You may have a dozen things to tell him, but the moment of his arrival is not the time. Let him talk first.

*Make the evening his. Never complain if he does not take you out to dinner or to other places of entertainment. Instead, try to understand his world of strain and pressure, his need to be home and relax.

*The Goal: Try to make your home a place of peace and order where your husband can renew himself in body and spirit.

While I love all things home, I am feeling a little inadequate! I don't think I have mastered all these just yet! How about y'all?!?!

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Hope y'all have a great weekend!

Trick-or-Treat & More...

This year I thought we would have lots more fun trick-or-treating, but I think I was wrong. I have had John Luke's costume for ages, and every time he would see it hanging in his closet, he wanted to wear it. He would run around the house squealing "MICKMICK!" But when it came time to actually wear it to go trick-or-treating, he was so mellow! WHO KNOWS?! Sometimes he can be hard to figure out!!



The other day, John Luke kept telling me Baby Wrench was sleepy. I couldn't figure out what he meant so I told him to show me. So he brought his wrench into the living room wrapped up in a blanket and started "putting him to sleep"...
1st he fed him...
Then he burped him...
Next he layed him in the swing and covered him up...
Then he turned on the swing...
And there you have it...a sleeping, sleepy Baby Wrench! And we don't think they pay us any attention!!!
Mamy got a RING!