My Fitness

Monday, May 23, 2011

Focus on the Family

I received an email from the President the other day. I thought, "Oh my! What is Obama emailing me about?" Obviously it wasn't exactly him, but rather his office on his behalf.

But actually, no. It wasn't that President at all :(

It was from the office of the president of Focus on the Family. HA! Well, I wasn't too disappointed...especially after I read what was written. But first let me tell you that my sonogram photos were courtesy of FoF and I had written them an email saying "thanks, this was the best gift ever" and I included some of the sonogram photos that I had scanned into my computer.

This was the reply:

Dear Lauren:

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.

Tammy Masters

Focus on the Family

Put a smile on my face. Not often (or ever) do people do something nice for me and then not expect something in return.

Monday, May 16, 2011

Daily Time in the Word

I often miss days spending time in the Word. Time management was so much easier when it was just me. Even when it was just Felipe around I could manage my time fairly well...but Caleb is a handful - in a good way. I don't resent him or anything bad like that. I just have to be better about organizing my time. For instance it takes discipline for me to not browse the internet instead of spending time in the Word.

However, a couple of things I still have difficulty with. First, even if I do read the Bible, I'm not always convicted or learn something. Often I don't know why I should read something when I have it memorized. I don't remember what the other things is that I was going to write about.

So today I read Daily Light on the Daily Path and even though I knew the passages, it was refreshing. And that's when I realized that even if you don't learn something new your spirit will be edified by reading the Word.

Sunday, May 15, 2011

The Party

Caleb had a wonderful birthday party. He thoroughly enjoyed being the center of attention and loved the pizza and cake!

Friday, May 13, 2011

The Beginnings of Caleb's Party

(top left to right, middle right to left, bottom left to right)

The above is a photo collage I made for Caleb's birthday party. I was trying to figure out a way to nicely display it and also the photo we got from Sears together. I was trying to be frugal and creative and this is what I made:

Here's the rest of the Sears photos:

There were a couple of photos that I felt were too "little" for him - one where he's holding his toes lying on his back, like a little baby, and another where he's on his belly looking like he's going to crawl...but he's already walking and doesn't lay around on his back much at all, so I didn't like those. He was very obedient and good the entire time we were at Sears; so much so that the staff there was amazed! First they were amazed that he was running around, then they were amazed that he did just what I asked him to do.

I also made Caleb's birthday cake:

This is Caleb "helping" me ice the cake (notice the green icing on his forehead):

And I drew him a chalk message on our back patio:

Happy Birthday Little Stinker!

Sonogram of BABY MICAH!

We got our sonogram of Micah earlier this week. Here it is (almost 8 minutes):

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Caleb Found Some Cereal!

"Did I do something wrong?"

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:

Family Back Ride and Sonogram of Baby M!

Here's a cute photo of Felipe carrying me and Caleb. I had jumped on Felipe's back and Caleb wanted to join us:

We had our sonogram yesterday. It was very sweet. We were able to tell that we're are going to have a boy. We're going to name him Micah Jude!

This is Micah, seeming to be smiling at the camera:
Here he is rubbing his eyes:

And here's Caleb snuggling up to me when we were all done. He's so sweet!

I will work on compiling a video for a future popsting. It takes a little work and I'm tired right now.

Thanks to Focus on the Family for donating the equipment to Arlington's Pregnancy Center that allowed me to get the sonogram and meet my little son. We would not have been able to afford it without you! Also, thanks to my mom for driving :)

Saturday, May 7, 2011

Satirical Commandment

I found this today and thought how it rightly pointed out the ridiculousness we sometimes hold ourselves to.

Here's the repost:

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

Happy Birthday Felipe!

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:
We happened to be awake when Felipe woke up to go to work at 4:30 and we gave him his card. Then in the morning Caleb made his daddy a hand-made card! It's way better than mine! It's the first birthday card Felipe has ever received from his own son:

When Felipe got home he had a wonderful surprise waiting for him!

Then we sang him Happy Birthday and ate the cake.

and after the cake...

And now, we go to eat Daddy's birthday dinner. yum!

Thursday, May 5, 2011

Mother's Day

I've been trying to figure out why I didn't want to celebrate Christmas, Valentine's Day, my birthday, and now Mother's Day too. I think I was finally able to pinpoint and articulate why in a conversation I had the other day.

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.