It feels really good.
Sunday, September 18, 2011
Saturday, August 6, 2011
Felipe has been an amazing chef recently. I thought I'd share some of his creations.
Thursday, August 4, 2011
Thursday, July 14, 2011
Wednesday, July 13, 2011
This is Caleb in his skivvies working on a wheel:
And him trying to test it out and push it around:
And finally, him testing out the back seat while I pushed him around (he very much liked that):
Tuesday, July 5, 2011
I can understand such sentiments from non-Christians. They don't have Christ and could never understand that before all things following Christ is most important. But it saddens me that Christians look at us as think that because we've chosen to trust God we are foolish. We believe that God creates and nothing created comes from anyone other than God. Therefore every child is a gift from God not a symptom of sex. And while God does use sex to bring about children, there are many people having unprotected sex who are not conceiving and even one recorded instance where someone conceived without having sex.
We also trusted God with our jobs. We were told to forge grades, forget about teaching just make them pass the TAKS, don't count kids tardy or absent because it'll interfere with our funding...unethical and illegitimate. It went against every idea of what an "education" should be. It's no wonder Americans are ranked near the bottom of all developed countries for education. Not only were those the dumbest kids I ever met, their parents were dumb, their teachers were dumb, the administration was dumb, the church was dumb and the rest of the local population was dumb. I've never met a dumber group of people. We left when we attempted to make a positive difference and were told to stop and forced to stop.
There's nothing I would do differently. I've trusted God and He has graciously provided. I've gotten all of Caleb's toys at yard sales and through craigslist. We shop at Aldi and rent a room from my parents. We don't eat out or go to the movies. We don't buy new clothing. We have a loving church body that has provided me with more than ample supply of maternity clothing when they found out that I didn't have any. Felipe's job switched locations so that we don't spend hardly any gas any more. And his tips are better. We are living frugally.
The Lord has been good to us. And still I complain. I don't like having to rent a room from my parents. I don't like their furniture and I don't like the lack of storage. I don't like the sewing stuff in every nook and cranny and everywhere I turn. I hate the stairs. But it is so much better than so many other places. And I'm grateful that when I'm especially worn out, my mom is here to watch Caleb while I take a nap. In our own place I would just let Caleb play or watch Baby Einstein while I napped, but this place isn't baby-proof and so Caleb needs to be watched.
I am grateful and need to be reminded that things are good. I often feel like the Israelites as they left Egypt. They were miraculously provided for over and over and yet they still doubted and had fears and complained. I had a friend once point out how ridiculous they were because God's shakina glory was visibly before them showing them the way with a cloud by day and a pillar of fire by night. And yet that same shakina glory resides inside of me and I'm the same whiny Israelite.
False Teachers and True Contentment
Teach and urge these things. 3 If anyone teaches a different doctrine and does not agree with the sound words of our Lord Jesus Christ and the teaching that accords with godliness, 4 he is puffed up with conceit and understands nothing. He has an unhealthy craving for controversy and for quarrels about words, which produce envy, dissension, slander, evil suspicions, 5 and constant friction among people who are depraved in mind and deprived of the truth, imagining that godliness is a means of gain. 6 Now there is great gain in godliness with contentment, 7 for we brought nothing into the world, and we cannot take anything out of the world. 8 But if we have food and clothing, with these we will be content. 9 But those who desire to be rich fall into temptation, into a snare, into many senseless and harmful desires that plunge people into ruin and destruction. 10 For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evils. It is through this craving that some have wandered away from the faith and pierced themselves with many pangs.
Fight the Good Fight of Faith
11 But as for you, O man of God, flee these things. Pursue righteousness, godliness, faith, love, steadfastness, gentleness. 12 Fight the good fight of the faith. Take hold of the eternal life to which you were called and about which you made the good confession in the presence of many witnesses. 13 I charge you in the presence of God, who gives life to all things, and of Christ Jesus, who in his testimony before Pontius Pilate made the good confession, 14 to keep the commandment unstained and free from reproach until the appearing of our Lord Jesus Christ, 15 which he will display at the proper time—he who is the blessed and only Sovereign, the King of kings and Lord of lords, 16 who alone has immortality, who dwells in unapproachable light, whom no one has ever seen or can see. To him be honor and eternal dominion. Amen.
17 As for the rich in this present age, charge them not to be haughty, nor to set their hopes on the uncertainty of riches, but on God, who richly provides us with everything to enjoy. 18 They are to do good, to be rich in good works, to be generous and ready to share, 19 thus storing up treasure for themselves as a good foundation for the future, so that they may take hold of that which is truly life.
Monday, May 23, 2011
Thanks so much for your e-mail, accompanied by the sonogram pictures of your son! We were so moved by these images, and we can’t tell you how much it means to know that our donation to the Women’s Pregnancy Center in Arlington enabled you to see your precious baby on the ultrasound screen. That’s such an amazing experience, and we trust the Lord has wonderful things in store for little Micah in the years to come. May His hand of blessing and protection be on you and your son throughout the remainder of your pregnancy and during the birth.
Thanks again for getting in touch, Lauren -- your e-mail brightened our day! If there’s ever some other way we can come alongside your family, we’re counting on you to let us know. Please give little Micah a kiss from his friends at Focus when he arrives! All God’s best to you and yours.
Focus on the Family
Monday, May 16, 2011
Sunday, May 15, 2011
Friday, May 13, 2011
Wednesday, May 11, 2011
No, not really. Just very, very cute. Some mommies and daddies might get upset but that's just silly! How can you get upset with such a cute kid? I can't.
This was the scene earlier this week when I was making lunch and I heard Caleb playing with some boxes in the kitchen. He was shaking them and pounding him in his usual way when he suddenly became almost silent. I turn around and find this waiting for me:
Saturday, May 7, 2011
Commandments Concerning God’s Will
And concerning God’s Will thou shalt strive with all diligence to figure out where it is hiding and stand in the perfect center of it. And thou shalt accomplish this task with all fear and trembling for one false step shall surely mean utter destruction of thee and all thine house and thy little dog too.
And when thou abidest in God’s will thou shall in any wise take care that thou not scooch up over on the side nearby the edge or lollygag over on the left side of it nor take field trips over to the right. For if thou takest but one small step to the right or the left thou shalt land right smack dab in the permissive will of God and this is confusion of heart and will land thee in a heap of trouble.
And even if thou shalt be in the perfect center and not in the permissive nor yet standing outside it where the Presbyterians freely roam, thou shalt still spend many weary hours second guessing and agonizing over the one thou shalt marry, and the school thou shalt attend, and on which street thou shalt soulwin. For the Lord doth dearly love to play head games with thee and then chuckle at thy missteps.
And if it shall come to pass that thou know not at all the will of God, thou shalt seek it out from the Holy Spirit. And for thy convenience the Holy Spirit hath taken residence inside the leadership of thy local New Testament Independent Fundamental Bible Believing Baptist Church and thou mayest ask the leadership what the Spirit sayeth on any matter they shall be more than happy to tell thee.
Independent Baptist Book of Everlasting Rules and Requirements, p 15
Posted by Darrell
Friday, May 6, 2011
Today is my wonderful husband's birthday! I was so excited to be able to help make him feel special today. He didn't want anything in particular. Last night after he fell asleep, I made him a really cute card with a bunch of family pictures and some warm-wishes on the inside:
and after the cake...
And now, we go to eat Daddy's birthday dinner. yum!
Thursday, May 5, 2011
At first I thought it was just something with Romans 14:5, "One person esteems one day as better than another, while another esteems all days alike. Each one should be fully convinced in his own mind." That may be part of it.
Then I thought that maybe it was just becoming a parent and putting things into perspective. Did I really want to receive gifts on Christmas when Caleb could receive more if I didn't? Do I really want to receive a new gadget or something [from Felipe] when that money could have been used to buy us groceries? (this is why Felipe and I did not give each other gifts this past Christmas.) Felipe and I have had a couple of nice Valentine's Days, and birthdays, but that's more money that could be better spent...spent on Caleb! or on groceries.
While these two aspects might have a hand in why I suddenly dislike these holidays, I think it is mostly that each of these have been so abused by our consumerist, self-centered, and entitled society.
Christmas has become so much less than a celebration of Jesus. Every Christian I know has said something along the lines of "remember the reason for the season" but has also focussed too much time on what gifts they can receive. They are welcome to do as they wish. It's their money...until they start saying, "what did you get for me?" and expect that I get them something 'good enough'. When that happened, I decided that family pictures is what everyone is getting for now on.
It seems that Valentine's is all about the man acting like a slave to the woman. And birthdays are innately self-centered. Then Mother's Day...
So many people have decided to let Halmark decide for them if they should be offended or not on a certain day each spring. Instead of being offended and telling my husband and children to buy me things and make me cards and telling them to take me to an overly expensive dinner, I want to celebrate why I'm a mother, Caleb. And I couldn't be a mother without Caleb's father, Felipe. So on Mother's Day, instead of insisting on focussing on me, I want to celebrate being a happy family.
On Mother's Day for the rest of my life, I want to let my children know that I conceived and birthed children not slaves. I did not selfishly choose that I wanted children. I did not decide to selfishly not have children. I chose to be submissive to God and part of that submission was to allow him the right to give and take children as He sees fit. He said children are a blessing, not because they are supposed to make my life easier, because they most certainly do not. Being a mother is difficult. But the love that is passed on to Caleb and Felipe make motherhood a blessing. Even when Caleb is cranky or bratty, I love him and I never want him to think his birth was a birth of convenience or a mistake. We did not choose to have Caleb because we thought our lives were missing something or that he'd complete us. We didn't choose to have Caleb at all. We chose to love and follow God. God chose to give us Caleb. Felipe is the best gift from God I've ever received. Caleb is the second best blessing I have ever received. I would never want to demand anything from them because I love them. I would never want to guilt them into doing anything for me because love does not insist on its own way.
So this Mother's Day I celebrate my family.
Thursday, April 28, 2011
Here's our spoils from our baking...yum!
And down the slide!
And this is me trying to show off my baby bump: