Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Fabulous Friends!

What a beautiful day for beautiful friends!
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I'm so, so thankful for the fantastic weather & sweet, sweet friends!

Thursday, March 18, 2010

Guess what my little man can do???

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I think he's growing up entirely too FAST!!!!

In other exciting news, Allie Beth has turned 8 months old. Talk about time flying!
Right now she:
*sleeps all night!!!
*plays in her bed ALL by herself!
*crawls like a champ!
*pulls herself up anywhere and everywhere!
*smiles ALL the time!
*squeals out loud when she laughs!
*eats "big people" food; no baby food!
*"talks" about all kinds of stuff!
*plays in the playroom with her big brother just like she's as big as he is!
*wears size 6-9 months; very seldomly 12 months
*blesses her mama's heart A LOT!
And here is the sleeping beauty...
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And one more thing that blesses my heart...
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Warm sunshine, pretty GREEN grass, and a beautiful view from my kitchen!

The ONLY bad thing about this time of year is that this fellow gets home later!
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Have a great night friends!

Saturday, March 13, 2010

Grateful!

I know God has blessed me with more than I could ever imagine, and lately with my children I find myself saying "Thank You, Lord!" all throughout the day.[unfortunately not as much as I should but I am praying that I will get better!]
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God has answered specific prayers and I am so thankful!
*Allie Beth is WAY happier and does not cry NEARLY as much!
*She is able to entertain herself for several minutes at the time!
*She is sleeping through the night!
*Even when she wakes up, she lays in her bed and plays with her dolls for quite sometime!!
*John Luke is sleeping through the night!
*John and I are usually in bed by 9:00 or 9:30! [I know, I know we are soooooo old, but I love it! I have ALWAYS been an early to bedder! Wish that meant I was an early to riser...working on that too!]
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[Time for plugcovers]
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This precious little cutie is super fun these days! He is talking like crazy and is incredibly funny!! I love to see what he will say/do next! He has learned his ABC's, days of the week, and months. I ask him to say it about 100 times a day b/c I love to hear him say it in his little voice! When he gets to April he says "JuJu born in April!" Then when he gets to July he says, "Allie Baby born in July!" We're still working on Mama and Daddy.
I learned from a sweet friend that teaching our children gratitude could actually be quite simple so I have started taking her great advice! I say "Thank You, Lord for the sunshine", or Thank You, Lord for the birds and trees and the pretty sky." And so now when John Luke looks outside and sees the sun he says, "Thank You, Jesus for the sunshine", or when he hears a bird chirping he says, "Thank You, Jesus for the birds!" It's precious! I love how he says Jesus...he drags it out Jeeeesus!
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Thank you, Jesus for answered prayers!

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

Friday, March 5, 2010

What could be any more fun...

than a Big Red Tractor in your backyard??!!! John Luke was playing in his sandbox this morning and all of a sudden I hear squealing. So I run to the back door and look out and he is standing on the picnic table saying, "Look, Look Mama! Mr. Russell is feeding my cows!" [Apparently since the cows are behind his house, they now belong to him!] So, Mrs. Kriss, pass the word along to Mr. Russell we will take good care of his/John Luke's cows!
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Happy Friday! Have a wonderful weekend!

*[Mamy & Mamy K... Do y'all remember Happy Friday?!?!?]

Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Trying to Escape & Choosing Gratitude

Man, she is growing so FAST!
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On another subject, I have been reading another FABULOUS book. It is called Choosing Gratitude --- Your Journey to Joy, by Nancy Leigh DeMoss. It has been an absolute eye-opener and I think everyone would be blessed by reading it! It would be totally worth your time!

The back of the book reads:
"Is the gratitude that flows out of your life as abundant as the grace that flows into your life? The world tells us annoyances and afflictions cause discouragement and doubt-- and that we are right to demand our way. Then there are circumstances that aren't what we wish or even what we think we need and suddenly we're convinced life hurts. The only option we have is to protest or whine-- or so it seems. True gratitude is not an incidental ingredient in the Christian's life. It's a crucial one. It's a grace-infused commitment each of us chooses...and it's totally worth it!"

A few of my favorites...

* "The thing that awakens the deepest well of gratitude in a human being is that God has forgiven sin." -- Oswald Chambers
* "Thankless children we all are, more or less, comprehending but dimly the truth of God's fathomless love for us." -- Elisabeth Elliot
* "When we take simple blessings for granted as if they were owed to us, or conversely, when we start to think that our house, our car, our wardrobe, or our general station in life is beneath what we deserve, ingratitude finds all the oxygen it needs to thrive." -- Nancy Leigh DeMoss
* "Gratitude unleashes the freedom to live content in the moment, rather than being anxious about the future or regretting the past." -- Ellen Vaughn
* "Two kinds of people: the grateful and the ungrateful. It's the difference between squandering life and sharing life, between being blinded to glory and "To God Be the Glory," between assured bitterness and "Blessed Assurance." -- DeMoss
* "...gratitude is a revealer of the heart, not just a reporter of details. And among the things it reveals about us most is our level of humilty." -- DeMoss
* "Pride is the father of ingratitude and the silent killer of gratitude." -- DeMoss
* "Are you more prone to focus on what you wish you had (or didn't have) or on the blessings you do have that are far greater than you deserve?" -- DeMoss
* "Yes, grateful people are easily contented, while the ungrateful easily become prisoners to bitterness." DeMoss
* "I've acknowledged that my natural "bent" is to react to people and life's circumstances in a negative way. When I'm asked how I'm doing, the first thing that pops into my head is often the burden I'm carrying, a hurt I'm harboring, or a deadline I'm working under. As a result, I'm afraid people who hang around me for any length of time may find themselves thinking how difficult and wearisome it is to be a Christian and serve the Lord."
* "Ingratitude is toxic. It poisons the atmosphere in our homes and workplaces. It contaminates hearts and relationships. Moms and dads can break the spirits of their children with it, and husbands and wives can deaden every sensitive emotion in the mate they once swore at a church alter to love and to cherish from that day forward. We can be obsessive about spritzing away the disease-carrying, odor causing bacteria from our tables and countertops, but nothing is more contagious in our homes than an ungrateful spirit."
* "To give thanks to Him for all things, is, indeed, a very difficult duty; for it includes giving thanks for trials of all kinds; for suffering and pain; for reproaches; for loneliness. Yet those who have learned submission will not find it a hard duty." -- Priscilla Maurice
* "I have learned along the way that, regardless of how I may feel, anything that makes me need God is (ultimately, in the truest sense) a blessing. Be it disappointment. Be it physical suffering. Be it mental or relational anguish." -- DeMoss
* "Therefore, as Charles Spurgeon said, "Let us daily praise God for common mercies- common as we frequently call them, and yet so priceless that when deprived of them we are ready to perish." ~Bath soap. Toothpaste. Hot water. Dishwashing detergent. Houseplants. Sunsets. Sunglasses. Blue Skies. Flashlights. Blankets. Family photos. Warm clothes. Books. Clean sheets. Sticky notes.

~I made a list of a few of my own common mercies: Sunshine. Ponytail holders. Cards. Smiles. Sweet little laughs. Flowers. Green grass. Shady trees. Cool breezes. Cozy fires. Heated blankets. Picnics. Gas[in my car!]. Soft pillows. Beds. Music. Disposable diapers. Microwaves. Eyesight. Rest. Fun. Relationships. Electricity. Storage bins. Internet. Washing machines. Flipflops. Mail. Pictures. Memories. Diet Coke. Bargains. Assurance. Love.

What are you grateful for?
It's really sooooooooo easy to think of sooooooo much!

"Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in Christ with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places." -- Ephesians 1:3