My Fitness

Thursday, July 14, 2011

If You're Happy and You Know It

This might be the best video I've ever compiled. Enjoy!

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Double Stroller!!

The other day I had some spare time and thought that I should put the double stroller together before Micah comes. Caleb was awake and helped me. At one point one of the wheels was too far away for me to get and I asked Caleb to get it (it took awhile for him to understand what I wanted him to do) and he went and got it for me!

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):


Yesterday, Felipe, Caleb and I were at Starbucks. Caleb was playing on one of the oversized chairs.

He was being very cute but suddenly became very loud! So I put my finger to my lips and said, "Caleb, shh." And he immediately put his finger to his lips too and quieted down. It was so cute. This was the first time I had ever seen him do that.

Here's his "shh" pose (not as good as the original):

Now he's showing Daddy:
He's showing me and is so cute for completely missing his lips!

Today Caleb and I watched "Yo Gabba Gabba" and there was a song called "Inside Voice Outside Voice" and during the inside voice the characters put their hands to their lips and said, "Shh." Caleb remembered how to do that too and every time they said, "Shh" he put his finger to his lips! Good job, Caleb!

This is Caleb hugging Mama's big belly!

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Godliness with Contentment is Great Gain

Sometimes I feel foolish that Felipe and I have decided to follow God. I think of the non-Christians who look at us and think we should have just lived together until we accumulated enough wealth and we should still have waited to have children until we were settled into our marriage. Even many Christians would look at us and think we were foolish to trust God with creating children when He saw fit instead of trying to "play God" and guess at when He would have created by accident and created on purpose - as if God didn't know exactly what He was doing when a child is formed.

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.

So wouldn't you know it - today's Bible passage was from I Timothy 6. And it struck a nerve. God should be allowed to be God without having to be held accountable to me. I heard one person say that God's decisions are the same decisions we would make if we knew all the details...which we don't and couldn't ever. I'm only concerned with myself not with the butterfly effect my acts and lack of action has on those around me that eventual lead to something completely unseen or unheard by me.

I heard someone else say that while what's happening is terrible that Jesus loves us, and God will do anything to transform us into the image of his son. So it might not be fun. But not only is God concerned with the well-being of the over-all human population, He is also very concerned with my individual strivings. And while it doesn't always seem that he cares about our mini-trials and tribulations, I need to realize that what I'm experiencing is insignificant to the sufferings of Christ and His martyrs across the world and time. I am very blessed. But still whiny.

And so I leave you with I Timothy 6:

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.