Wednesday, December 29, 2010

4 Years Old!!!

My baby turned 4 years old!! Where has the time gone?? **sniff** I wish they could stay little forever!! But I know that's not possible... :(
Last week I asked Jacob for his birthday supper and cake request...hamburgers and dirt cake!! I think dirt cake is the new favorite cake for birthdays seeing that it's the third one I made in two months!!
Last week he received birthday money from his grandpa and grandma, so Monday we decided to let him pick out his toy or whichever he wanted. Well, in my blog from yesterday you know about the cell phone incident...so, we were at Best Buy looking to see if Jason could get a new one, only to find out that he had to wait til May!! Anyhoo, while we were there, we asked Jacob if he wanted to look at Wii games to see if he could find one he'd like. He found Indiana Jones II!! :) He was super excited seeing that it was going to be just HIS and only HIS first Wii game that he could call his very own!! Even though we have several games at home, this was just his and he could give or not give permission to his siblings whether or not they could play HIS game or not!!!
Yesterday morning we decided to wake him up before Jason went to work so he could open his present :) Shark Hotwheels set with a couple water changing color cars!! Sleepy as he was, he was excited for his present!! Despite the excitement, he was already asking to play on the Wii to play more of his new game. Later, the boys started playing his game and he came to me and said, ''mom, the boys didn't ask to play my game'' so I said to the boys, ''boys, you don't like it when Jacob plays your games without asking, you need to ask Jacob before you play'', ''Jacob, can we play your game?'' ''Sure!'' ...what a goof!! Has to be like the big kids...
The day consisted of cleaning, going to the dump, and going to the library. As we got in the car, Jacob says, ''Mom, it's my birthday, you said I can sit in a new seat!'' ''Oh, that's right!'' he was soooooo thrilled to finally be out of his old car seat to a booster seat! Such a big boy now... :)
At supper, he was excited to tell daddy about sitting in a new seat. He proceeded in asking me, ''Can I stay up until 10 o'clock now?'' ''um, no'' ''Whyyyyy?? I'm four years old now!!'' When Jesse turned 10 we let him stay up until 9 instead of 8 like everyone else :)
Later was dirt cake and full little bellies :)
Jason made sure he got his birthday tickles before he went to bed!
Still can't believe my baby is 4!!!

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Overview of the month

December...where have you gone? It seems like yesterday we were setting up the Christmas tree, decorating the house, listening to Christmas music, baking cookies, and anticipating the morning of Christmas as you hear the sounds of cheer and laughter as the kids open their gifts. Now it's over...well, Christmas is over but not the meaning. The true meaning lives daily in our hearts.
It's been a busy month as usual. School for the kids, mainly and ice fishing! :) For the last few years, we've seen the need for a bigger ice shanty that would fit us all instead of cramming into a two person shack. We couldn't figure out what was worse...catching no fish for the third time, or the stress of the crowdedness in the shack. Hmmm...both!! Oh, then to top it, the gas powered ice auger no longer cut the ice, so we had to use the hand one...that was nooooo fun!! So, this Christmas, we decided to get a family gift...a new ice shanty...and of course new blades for the auger!!! The kids were excited when we had gotten it, but that soon faded Christmas Eve as Jason took us on a 10 mile hike across the Mississippi River to find that ''perfect'' spot that the map said would be ''awesomeness'' fishing!!! Hear the sarcasm?? Jesse and Joshua took turns pulling the new ice shack on a sled and pulling another sled with chairs and koolaid. Jessica pulled the food and chairs. And Jason and I pulled the old ice shack that had everything else we needed on it. We finally arrive to our destination!! And 20 holes and 8 hours later...nothing...no fish!! Then to haul it all back, the kids were not looking forward to going again the day after Christmas! :)
Christmas morning the kids were excited to open up presents! We first read the Christmas story from Luke then they opened up presents. It was fun watching their faces filled with excitement as they were excited to get the gifts they wanted :) It was a fun day. That evening, we had our turkey dinner...which of course is always delicious :)
The next day we went ice fishing again, determined that this next new spot we were gonna catch fish!! Again, Jason took us on a heart pounding hike on the Mississippi River to find that ''perfect'' spot that the map told us were there would be ''awesomeness'' fishing...jeepers!! We were hopeful as the tip ups were going up as we were still setting up, but no fish and one close one as we were robbed a minnow by some fish. As the day went on, I was dozing off while jigging in the nice heated ice shack, when I heard Jason say, ''Jenny! That was my phone!!'' yep, Jason dropped his Blackberry in the fishing hole....goodness! He only had that phone for 6 months! It was gut wrenching...and even more so as we could see it on the fish camera. After the initial shock, I finally said to the kids, ''maybe I should call dad's phone and tell the fish to bite the bait and then tell them no texting or going on the internet from dad's phone!!'' :)
FLAG!!! We run out of the shanty and Jason realizes that it's actually a fish this time! He pulls out a 31 inch Northern!! Excited as we were, it still didn't make up for the lost phone...lol! Jig pole!! Jessica caught a little Crappe and the line of two other jig poles which turned into a tangled up mess!! The evening was closing in...FLAG!!! We ran out again, this time Jason had me bring it in...oh my goodness, it was heavy feeling...I was super excited as the adrenaline was pumpin!!! Another 31 inch Northern!!! :) There IS fish in the Mississippi!! Ha! The kids were excited but were once again dreading the hike back to the car as we started packing up. Maybe next year we'll invest in a four wheeler again....wishing we never sold our other one :(
Can't wait to have our fish dinner :)
One more week of no school as we prepare to bring in the New Year!!
Today we are celebrating Jacob's 4 birthday! That will be a whole nother blog :)
Looking forward to what next year will bring....

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Hunter, Oh Hunter!!

Don't be fooled by his look of innocence!! He has TROUBLE written ALL over his face...along with some gray. It's beyond me that he is still alive. I mean, come on...after ALL the stuff he has eaten over the years?? I'm surprised he's still alive!! Buuuut, ya gotta love him. No matter how mad I can get with him for, yet again getting into that garbage, he still wants to be by you. He loves ya unconditionally :)

Friday, December 3, 2010

A Humbling Song

I came across this song on youtube by accident really. I am a huge 19 Kids and Counting fan...no, I'm not gonna have more. But this family is so real and their relationship with God is so genuine. Anyways, I was bored and decided to look up on youtube the Duggar family...I don't know why, really. I came across this video of them singing at a summer camp. After listening for a moment, I realized that I knew the song somewhat. Heard it years ago, maybe a couple of times while growing up. After several tries of trying to hear some of words so that I could jot them down and google it, I found the name of the song on google then found it on youtube. Wow! is all I have to say. If you look for it on youtube, click on the video with a picture of a cross.
The words are heart piercing to the soul...at least for me. It brought tears to my eyes as I listened. Why should I be able enter in to this glorious place called Heaven after all the sin I have done. I deserve to suffer endlessly in hell. It is through His blood that I've been redeemed!! Thank you Jesus for loving a wretched sinner as I.
Colossians 1:12-14 ''Giving thanks unto the Father, which hath made us meet to be partakers of the inheritance of the saints in light:
Who hath delivered us from the power of darkness, and hath translated us into the kingdom of his dear Son:
In whom we have redemption through his blood, even the forgiveness of sins:''
Skip down to verses 21-22 ''And you, that were sometimes alienated and enemies in your mind by wicked works, yet now hath he reconciled
In the body of his flesh through death, to present you holy and unblameable and unreproveable in his sight:''
Wow!! Not only did He die for ME, once I had accepted Him as my Lord and Savior, and continue to fail Him daily...He still sees me holy and blameless. Wow...is all I have to say. I am in awe of His love for me!
I am going to write out the lyrics to this song. I had posted this song on Facebook a few days ago, but the words are continually in my heart and head, so I thought I'd write more on my blog...which I did :) and share the words as well. I hope that whoever still reads my blogs, will take the time to listen to this song and feel blessed.

~It's Through the Blood~
Verse 1:

When I think of Heaven and all the sights I'll see
The walls of jasper, gates of pearl
The clear and golden street
Why should I be present?
Why should I enter in?
After all the sinful living
And the wicked one I've been
Verse 2:

In the Presence of Jehovah
As I stand before the throne
The accuser of the bretheren
Starts to read the things I've done
As I hear the awful charges
The question fill my mind
Why should I not be put in hell
To suffer for all time?
Chorus

It's through the blood
That's all I have to plea
It's through the blood
That Jesus shed for me
Not by works of my own righteousness
For filthy rags are they
But because of that old rugged tree
Hanging on dark Calvary
That is my only plea
It's through the blood
Verse 3:

When I'm walking through a valley
And I feel there's no way out
The wind of sorrow threaten me
And they turn my world around
That's when I look to Jesus
And the price He paid for me
I can lift my hands in praise to Him
And shout the victory!
Chorus

It's through the blood
That's all I have to plea
It's through the blood
That Jesus shed for me
Not because of my own righteousness
For filthy rags are they
But because of that old rugged tree
Hanging on dark Calvary
That is my only plea
It's through the blood

Thank you Jesus!!

Thursday, November 25, 2010

Jessica' birthday

My little girl turned 7 years old November 20th!! She is growing up waaaay too fast!! :)
For her birthday, she wanted to go hunting with her daddy :) So at 4am, I bundled her up to go deer hunting with Jason. I knew she wouldn't last long...they were on their way home by 10am...but that was a long time for a little girl to be outside in that cold weather. They never did see anything, but I think that special alone time with her daddy will always remain a memory.
While they were out, the boys and I had gone out birthday shopping. We had gotten home, I wrapped it and within seconds she unwrapped her gifts :) A penguin pillow pet and an easy bake kit that you make stuff in your microwave. She was thrilled!! :) So of course, her and I made cookies and cake...she was sooo very proud of the food she made, that she wanted to share some with our elderly neighbor. So after visiting with the neighbor, we come back home only to find the remaining cookies and cakes gone...ugh!! HUNTERRRRRR!!!! I felt terrible!! She didn't even get to try one :( She seemed ok seeing that she had 4 more things she could still bake.
Anyways, after that mishap, Jessica and I made her dirt cake. She was excited to help and then was excited to top it with gummy worms. That evening we had a spaghetti dinner that she requested and then her birthday cake :)
She had received birthday money, so the other day we went shopping and she had gotten another pillow pet,a unicorn :)
Hope she had a fun, memorable birthday! :)

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

We Will Worship You

We Will Worship You ~Carlos Whittaker

We fix our eyes on You, You are God alone
We fix our eyes on You, You're our only hope
For all we have to lose is our very souls

We fix our eyes on You, You are God alone
We fix our eyes on You, You're our only hope
For all we have to lose is our very souls

Save us from these comforts
Break us of our need for the familiar
Spare us any joy that's not of You
And we will worship You
Yeah, we will worship You

Satisfy us, Lord, in Your unfailing love
Satisfy us, Lord, that You would be enough
We have nothing here, let your kingdom come

Save us from these comforts
Break us of our need for the familiar
Spare us any joy that's not of You
And we will worship you
Yeah, we will worship you

Hallelujah, Hallelujah
Hallelujah, Hallelujah

Save us from these comforts
Break us of our need for the familiar
Spare us any joy that's not of You
And we will worship You
Yeah, we will worship You

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Birthday weekend!!

Joshua, my independent boy who wouldn't wait for the midwife to deliver him but dad instead, turned 9 on November 6th!!! :) Still from the day he independently entered this world, he's still my independent boy :) He is my athletic, competitive, kind-hearted boy. Yes, yes, he can be stubborn and whiney at times, but for the most part he shows kindness as he helps his brothers and sister. :)
It was a special birthday because my sister and my nephew and niece were able to come up to visit for the weekend. Even though he wasn't showered with several gifts, he loved the things he had gotten...mainly Wii games!! :) I think he was just happy to have his cousin, Ethan, here to play.
He requested meatball sandwiches and dirt cake for his supper and birthday cake. I also made a chocolate eclaire dessert, knowing that the dirt cake would be devoured!!
All in all, it was a fun weekend!!

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

3 songs....sooo bare with me :)

Many of you who know me or actually read my blogs, knows that I love music. I feel that not only can God speak to me through His Word, but also through music. Since moving up north, I have come across a christian radio station that is not Klove (which I miss), but they have played so many other songs that I have not heard. Goodness, I could list and write out bunch more than what I am about to :) Maybe at the end of this blog, I will write out a list of the many others that you can look up later on youtube. Well, if you've seen my facebook, then you've probably already heard ALL the songs seeing that I am constantly posting songs!! :)
So here are just 3...for now ;)

Open Hands ~Matt Papa

To give unselfishly
to serve the least of these
Jesus I'm learning how to live with open hands
All these treasures that I own
will never satisfy my soul
Jesus I lay them at your throne with open hands

I lift my hands open wide
let the whole world see
how You love, how You died, how You set me free
free at last, I surrender all I am with open hands, with open hands

To finally let go of my plans
these earthly kingdoms built of sand
Jesus at Your cross I stand with open hands

You took the nails, You bore the crown
You hung your head, Your love poured out
You took my place, You paid the price
So Jesus now I give my life


Rediscover You ~Starfield

I just need to admit
My faith is paper thin
I'm feeling so burned out
On religion

I say an empty prayer
I sing a tired song
I need to just admit that the passion's gone

And I want to get it back

You told me
Look for You and I will find
So I'm here
Like I'm searching for the first time
Revive me, Jesus
Make this cold heart start to move
Help me rediscover You

I want to learn to pray
The way that David prayed
I want my soul to burn when I hear Your name
I want to feel like new
Bring me back to life like only You can do
Cause I don't want to stay the same

You told me
Look for You and I will find
So I'm here
Like I'm searching for the first time
Revive me, Jesus
Make this cold heart start to move
Help me rediscover You

Lord, I want to be Yours today
I want to know the passion of the saints
And how they were changed

I want to burn for You
Bring me back to life, Jesus
Help me rediscover You


Save Me from Myself ~Carpark North

Gone
I used to waste the days
So distraught,
I thought:
I'm changing my ways

Now You're changing my ways

You save me
Save me from myself
There is no one else
I'd lean on
Save me
You save me from myself
There is no one else to set me free

Start
The start of something new
I what I find
When I'm
Just looking at You

Lift
You lift me off the ground
Keep holding my hand
I won't land
Won't even look down

Don't look down

You save me
Save me from myself
There is no one else
I'd lean on
Save me
You save me from myself
There is no one else to set me free


Thanks for baring with me :) Here are some other songs to look up if you're bored ;)
Here is Our King ~David Crowder Band
Wonder of the World ~Rush of Fools
If We've Ever Needed You ~Casting Crowns
Oh Happiness ~David Crowder Band
You Can Have Me ~Sidewalk Prophets
No Matter What ~Kerrie Roberts
Kingdom and a King ~Robbie Seay Band
Awakening ~Chris Tomlin
Christ is Risen ~Matt Maher
Shipwreck, Unashamed, and The Saving One ~All by Starfield
Empty Me ~Chris Sligh
Attention ~Know Hope
Rise ~Michael W. Smith
Let it out ~Chris and Conrad
Come Home ~Luminate

Visible Reminders

The other day I read Colossians 3:1-10 in my devotions. ''Set your mind on things above, not on things on the earth. For you died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God.'' ''Do not lie to one another, since you have put off the old man with his deeds, and have put on the new man who is renewed in knowledge according to the image of Him who created him.''
It can be so easy to lose focus when all ya focus on is yourself. That's been me!! I have the ''whoa is me'' blues...I have been missing friends and family, my mind has not been focused on Him and my heart has been wandering. I've been convicted within my heart and feel like I am constantly seeking repentance for not keeping my heart, mind, and soul on Him. I feel like I am constantly putting to death the ''old man'' so I can continue to be the ''new man'' in Christ.
I have been given the idea by friends, to put up visible reminders by putting verses on post-it notes and place them in spots where I would see them the most. Have I done this yet? uh, no...will I?? I need to!! Satan is out to destroy me!! He knows my weakness and gets me ALMOST every time!! I need to continue to be in His Word so that I can 1) have a better relationship with Christ 2) be strong to be able to resist the everyday temptations.
I know I won't be perfect, but I am thankful for a forgiving God who loves me, who died for me when I deserve eternity in hell.
Thank you, Lord for your love, forgiveness, grace, and mercy that you have bestowed upon me!!

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

It's all coming together...

My next post, I will post pictures :) The last two weeks has been crazy!! Two weeks ago I had packed up our house and we moved, last week I unpacked and tried to get settled in. The upstairs is finished, I am working on the basement this week. Over the weekend, my mom and sister and her two kids, came up to visit and help decorate the house with some new decorations they spoiled me with for my kitchen :) Thanks to my mom and sister, the upstairs is mostly finished with decor :) Downstairs is the boys' room then another room which is the play\school\exercise room. A friend came over yesterday to help rearrange the room and Jason helped hang my dry erase board and thumb tack boards for school. Today I will put up letters and charts. I am so excited seeing the basement all come together :) Like I said, I will post pictures on my next blog...until now...laters!!

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Boxes, boxes, and more boxes!!!!

Well as many of you already know...we MOVED!!!! Let me just say, ''never, never, NEVER, well maybe never again, do I want to move!!''
It all started back in August when Jason was winding down with work and nothing too promising for the next several months. I put a shout out for prayer for him on good ol' Facebook. That night his friend from up north from us, called and said that they could really use some help seeing that they were losing 5 guys as they were gonna be heading back to college. So Jason figured he'd give it a try. Well I know I had mentioned a bit about the job in my last blog or so, that it really isn't the worlds greatest job, but it's a job and we are thankful he has work. So anyways, two weeks ago the kids and I had gone up with him and stayed the week at our friends house. I did some calling around for apartments...it was a little unsettling to me because it was becoming all to real for me that this move might happen, and I wasn't mentally prepared for it. Well, I had finally found two places through a realitor and made an appointment the next evening with her for her to show it to both Jason and I. I was a bit skeptic seeing that she sounded uncertain to do an evening showing. So Jason and I show up at th office Wednesday evening at 6:30pm as planned. Hmmm...we waited, I called and left a message on her cell phone...no show. So, Jason was like, ''maybe God doesn't want us to move or for me to take this job''...he had a really bad day that day. So we get back to his friends house and my friends was like, ''just call tomorrow''. I really didn't want to, because we figured, well, if she couldn't show up for a showing, then why call again? But I did, I called the next morning and explained the situation and the guy was like, ''I'm surprised she scheduled such a late showing, she's nearing 80, plus she was in Eau Claire''. So he had me talk to her and she was willing to show it to me that morning. At first I found it to be odd that she made no mention of the night before, but I thought, ''well, she IS nearing 80, she probably forgot already!!'' So my friend Kris, the kids, and I went to look at the two rentals. The first one was a nice 3 bedroom side by side duplex, and the second side by side wasn't finished. So, I had taken pictures of the first place, filled out paper work and handed it the next morning. I still found it odd that she made no mention or apologies for the missed showing, but I brushed it off. After I had turned in the papers on Friday morning, that afternoon we had gotten a call from the realitor. She wanted to talk to me. She's was like, ''I'm so sorry for not showing up yesterday for the showing,'' (well, it was Friday an yesterday was Thursday and the showing was Wednesday...anyhoo). She said, ''I was detained in Eua Claire'' I said, ''that's ok''. So she goes on to say, ''Now you were interested in seeing the two rentals?'' and I said, ''Well, I saw them already, you showed them to me yesterday with my friend and my kids, and I filled out paper work and turned it in this morning'', ''Oh'', she says. ''Then you're approved!'' I was thinking, ''Oh really now, DOES SHE EVEN KNOW WHO SHE'S TALKING TO???'' Jason, Kris, and I had a good laugh :)
So we came home late Friday night and the next day I was up early. I couldn't sleep, my mind was trying to process it all. Trying to give it all to God. So Saturday consisted of sorting, tossing, and packing. Monday my mom and sister came over to help. The next few days was like that. I figured that I had two weeks to pack and in the first week I would pack as much as I could so I could send up a big load for Jason to take back up.
Well, come Wednesday evening, Jason calls and says,''we're getting a big moving truck and Mike is coming down with and we're gonna move it all this weekend'' I went into sheer panic mode!! He reassured me that we could do it. So now I had to kick it up a notch with packing. My mind had no time to process anything!! The kids were upset that they had to leave their friends ad family sooner. The next few days seem like a blurr now, but it was sure crazy!!
Jason came home late Friday night and Saturday by noon we were loading up. We were still packing up at 11:30pm and ended up camping out in our empty house we were about to leave. We set out early the next morning and had gotten to our new place by 11am. By 1pm we had a handful of teens from our friends' church over here helping unload. It was nice just to stand in the living room giving direction to each person with a box or item :) The big truck was unloaded in such a short time...we were so thankful for their help!!
These last few days have been busy unpacking. The kids are enjoying the new place...they still miss ''home''. I am exhausted so today instead of unpacking we did a little exploring and walked around town and had fun finding many places :)
I am sure I will have my breakdown once all settles down and my mind can process it all. I do miss my friends and family, thankfully there is facebook!! :)
I know God has something in store for our family and I am excited to see what opportunities He will bring! :)
Well, I better start breaking down boxes...fun fun!!

Thursday, September 9, 2010

Jesse's project

We have a Play Station 2, and well, it no longer works. The kids have been really disappointed. Basically the motor is shot. So Jesse had this brilliant idea to try and fix it. So seeing that it's already broken, what more could he do? So here he is, Mr. Determined to get this thing working...more power to him!!

The silence has broken....

Holy shamoly!! Had to clear the tumble weeds, cob webs, and the dust that filled this blog!! I guess I didn't realize how long it's been since my last blog. And to be honest, I really haven't been THAT busy not to be able to. Life seems to be moving at a slow pace. I feel like in limbo as I wait for the next thing to happen.
A few things are going on. Work for Jason has been real slow for awhile. A friend of his called him up and offered him a job. GREAT, you might think or what we thought, unless you like being surrounded in cow manure all day. No, we are thankful for this opportunity, it just isn't the worlds best job...Jason should be on that cable show that used to be on (it may still be on, we don't have cable anymore), Dirty Jobs!! :) The downside to this job is that the job is up in Eau Claire, 5 hours away from us. So Jason has been going up there and staying the week with his friend and his family. He also has been taking the car, which leaves us a bit house bound. Jeepers, you don't realize how much you appreciate your husband and his presence!! I miss him terribly, maybe cause I am in desperate need of some relief from the kids...lol. I miss his presence, I miss his hugs and kisses, I miss our talks, I miss the way he annoys me into laughter, I miss him picking on me and pinning me down so the kids can all tickle me!! I hate feeling like a single parent! So our 7:30pm phone calls we all look forward to when we all get a chance to talk to him. Last week, he surprised us by coming home a day early! This weekend we will be going up with him to be with him for the week. Please be in prayer for our family as Jason has to make a decision as to whether or not to move us all up there. I have been yappin and texting a friend to help keep me company and help pass the time :)
Life without a car has become a bit challenging. Last week, my aunt had watched the kids so I could run a few errands. I was able to borrow my parents firebird with kids in tow to run errands (ok, yeah, cool ya think...I got to drive a firebird. My mom wanted to know if I felt like hot stuff, and well, not really when ya got 4 kids in the back with ya...the kids sure had fun!). We rode bikes to the library and to some parks. This week, we rode bikes to the park, library, AND the store. The store trip was a bit nerve racking...traffic was a bit too much, and when you are trying your best to think of the best and safest route for your kids...your adrenaline is flowin'!! Needless to say, we all made it safe and sound!! The best part was that we made it home with uncracked eggs...ALL 18!!!
So, despite our little vehicle situation, we're still able to get out some :)
I am still trying to get school material for the kids. I am very thankful to have run into a friend at Walmart. She had the whole 5th grade curriculum and said I can have it!! Now ALL I need is the workbooks for 1st, 3rd, and 5th grade, but are extremely tight financially...sooo, not sure when we will be starting :\
Last Saturday, I had gone into Union Grove with the kids to visit Shepherds and visit the ladies I cared for and to visit the staff I had made friends with. One big highlight to this visit was that a friend who used to work with me there was coming to visit from Michigan. She emailed me and wanted to visit Shepherds and the staff we used to work with and me :) I was so excited, I hadn't seen her since November! It was a good visit...many changes since I left, but what's new, changes are happening all the time there. It was good to see everyone again :)
So that's what has been happening in our household. So now you aren't left in the dark... :)

Friday, August 20, 2010

Summer fun!

This has been a hot summer this year!! I am so very thankful that Jason's sister and brother-in-law has a pool!! We are pretty much the only ones who use it. Joshua and Jessica both made huge accomplishments this year!! I am sure that Joshua could have done this last year, but I have a hard time letting go :) This year, I finally let him swim in the deep end...he was thrilled!! He's been ready for awhile and does very well! Jessica pushes herself and has been practicing constantly so she could swim alone in the deep end too. With much practice and with Jason and I with her, she is another fish in the water!! She too is excited to be able to swim in the deep end by herself, of course with me watching like a hawk!! Jacob was excited to realize that he could touch bottom in the shallow end without a floatie :) And of course, Jesse has been having a blast diving, swimming backward, doing forward and backwards underwater summer saults...pretty much anything he can think of, he loves swimming!
I hate seeing summer come to an end :( But as the saying goes, ''All good things come to an end''

Thursday, August 19, 2010

I Will Praise You in This Storm

I Will Praise You in This Storm ~Casting Crowns

I was sure by now, God, that You would have reached down
and wiped our tears away,
stepped in and saved the day.
But once again, I say amen
and it's still raining
as the thunder rolls
I barely hear You whisper through the rain
''I'm with you''
and as Your mercy falls
I raise my hands and praise
the God who gives and takes away

And I will praise You in this storm
and I will lift my hands
for You are who You are
no matter where I am
and every tear I cried
You hold in Your hand
You never left my side
and though my heart is torn
I will praise You in this storm

I remember when I stumbled in the wind
You heard my cry to You
and raised me up again
my strength is almost gone, how can I carry on
if I can't find You
and as the thunder rolls
I barely hear You whisper through the rain
''I'm with you''
and as mercy falls
I raise my hands and praise
the God who gives and takes away

I lift my eyes onto the hills
where does my help come from?
My help comes from the Lord, the maker of heaven and earth

Monday, August 9, 2010

Friends :)

Hannah and Jessica's last time of spending quality time together for a while. Hannah and her family will be ministering in Coasta Rica for a year. We will miss them!

Friday, August 6, 2010

Overcome

A few months ago, a friend had given me a couple of songs that she wanted me to hear. So I jotted the two songs down and was like, ''ok, when I get a chance, I'll look it up.'' One of the songs was called Lead Me by Sanctus Real and now have heard it several times now on Klove...very good song. Today as I was flipping through a book called God's Promises that is filled with just scripture verses, I came across that little piece of paper of the two songs I jotted down a few months ago. I realized that I never looked them up, again I've heard the one many times now, but the other one I just couldn't remember if I have ever heard it. So I looked it up on youtube. Within the first few notes, I knew the song. We've sung it at church a few times. Overcome by Desperation Band or New Life Worship. I needed this song today. I looked up the lyrics and wrote them down to take in the words. I also came across this verse in reference to this song.
Revelation 12:11 ''And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb, and by the word of their testimony; and they loved not their lives unto the death.''
I am reading a book called Idols of the Heart. What idols have I placed before my God? time, people, what others think of me?? ''Idols cause us to ignore the true God in search of what we think we need'' ''Jesus said that the primary love in your heart has to be centered on God, anything less than that is idolatry'' ''As the Holy Spirit illumines your heart to Christ's beauty, your love will grow. The false gods that entice will lose their appeal'' ''Every day we have to choose whom we will love the most: God or ourselves (and the gods we create)''. These were just a few points that have so far stuck out to me in this book. I am starting chapter 7. Anyways, this song and verse in Revelations and the book I am reading, has reminded me that if we choose Christ, He will help us overcome trials, tribulation, and temptation. I struggle everyday, but with God on my side, I will overcome.

Overcome~ Desperation Band

Seated above, enthroned in the Father's love
Destined to die, poured out for all mankind
God's only Son perfect and spotless one
He never sinned, but suffered as if He did

All authority, every victo-ry is Yours
All authority, every victo-ry is Yours

Savior, worthy of honor and glory, worthy of all our praise, You overcame
Jesus, awesome in power forever, awesome and great is Your name, You overcame

Power in hand speaking the Father's plan
You're sending us out, light in this broken land

We will overcome by the blood of the Lamb
And the word of our testimony, everyone overcome

Is it really August?

Wow!! Where has the time gone? Sorry for the lack of posts to all my fans out there...ha! j/k ;) Nothing really spectacular has been going on. We have still been finishing up on last years school material so we can get started on this years material :\ We've done some swimming, playdates at the park with friends, and the Racine County Fair. My sister had treated our family by taking us to the fair last Saturday.
This week I have been buckling down on getting last year school done. Please be in prayer for us, as right now we do not have the funds to order this years school material. I am trying not to fret, because I know that my God will provide, He always have!!
Next week, I am taking the kids to VBS in Racine. Seeing that we were unable to finish out the week at our church due to being sick, I was excited to find out that a church in Racine is doing the same theme as our church had. The kids are excited as well :)
Well, I guess I am not being a good listener as Jessica is doing her reading to me while I blog.....

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

A nail in the foot

Monday was a crazy day!! For the last week, we had been going over to my sisters house. Jason has been putting in a bathroom downstairs at my sisters and I have been trying to help. Well, Monday was like any other day...kids fed and playing outside as I help Jason. I happened to be outside for a bit as I watched the kids climb trees, forgetting about the old fence boards on the ground. Joshua was under the tree and walked around it and then a sudden scream!! He came hopping out from under the tree. At first I thought it was a bee sting, but then I saw all the blood coming from his foot and realized that it must have been a nail. So I rushed into the house to get Jason and a wet wash cloth. After cleaning it up a bit, I saw a piece of sandal in his foot. Jason said he needed to go to the dr...joy...So Jason carried Joshua to the car and off we went. I tried to prepare him for the worst, hoping that it wouldn't happen...but my fears came true. After the doctor took a look at it, he said all that I pepared Joshua for...a shot in the foot by the nail hole to numb it so they could take out the piece of sandal and then a tetanus shot in the arm. The doctor explained everything that was going to happen. He was scared and I was scared for him. He was to lay on his belly as I was to help hold him down as a nurse held his leg as the doctor put in the needle. Tears filled my eyes as he screamed and held him down, trying to comfort him and talk to him. It was over...the foot was numb and the doctor was able to remove the sandal piece. Then the tetanus shot...wasn't nearly as bad as the foot. He handled that one quite well. After paying the $225 BILL!!!! I took him for some ice cream :)
Yesterday as I was making supper, Joshua brought up his foot and the nail and said, ''Jesus had a nail in His foot''. I said, ''Yes He did, and in both of His hands and His nails in his hands and feet went ALL the way through, think of how painful that must have been?'' ''He did that for you and me and for everyone, because He loves us.''
Today as I was thinking of our conversation in the kitchen, this well known verse came to mind. Isaiah 53:5 ''But he was wounded (or, tormented) for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed.'' As I thought about how hard it was for me to see Joshua in pain, I couldn't imagine the pain God the Father must have gone through as He saw His Son , Jesus beatened, tormented, nails driven through His hands and feet, a crown of thorns pressed into His head. I can't imagine what He must felt. It helps put my priorities into place as I remember ALL that He had done just for me and the whole world!
It was a good reminder to me. I'm just thankful that Joshua is ok. He has restrictions, but he'll be ok :)

Thursday, July 15, 2010

Do I really see the light at the end of this tunnel??

It started out as a cough, which then turned into a cold, then sinus infection, then laryngitis (I had no voice for 4 days), and now strep!! I have been sick for 4 weeks!! I think I've coughed up a few lungs (well, I only have two), thought my head would explode from the pressure from my sinus infection, thought Jason's and the kids prayers would be answered that my voice would never return...basically, just shoot me!! I was a wreck!! This week I have strep and it also happens to be VBS. I helped out in the nursery and once I saw the spots on my throat Tuesday night, I was devastated!! I held all those kids!! I am praying that they will be ok!! So now my kids are unable to go and they are greatly disappointed...they were having so much fun!! Thankfully my friend, Steph realized that death was knocking on my door and came to the rescue :) I think she was trying to kill me more with this wretched oil of oregano!!! hahahahahaha....just kidding, Steph!! :) Well, this oil of oregano is to help, correct me if I'm wrong, build up my immune system, same with this syrup stuff called elderberry, zinc, and echinacea. I am also taking amoxicillian, which my sister hooked me up with without having to go to the doctor :)
Anyways, I finally am starting to feel somewhat better...whaahooo!!! It is nice not too feel miserable!!! I am finally on the road to recovery!! Thanks to those who have been praying!! So far my kids have had just colds...pray that they and the nursery children and my husband do not get strep!!

Monday, July 12, 2010

Sunday afternoon shootin' :)

Jason thought it would be fun to take the kids shooting. The targets were paper targets and little cowboys and indians figures. The guns that would be used were, the Red Rider BB gun, a pellet gun, and a 22 rifle. So we all piled up in the car and headed over to Jason's friends house. In the pictures below, are the kids shooting the BB gun. They liked that one, especially Jesse because it made hardly any noise :) It was funny watching the younger ones ''eye'' up the target. Jacob and Jessica were no where close, but that's ok, Jacob still said, ''that was so AWESOME!!'' He's so funny, everything is ''so awesome'' or ''cool''.
The next gun was the pellet gun, but after many failed attempts by Jason to get the gun sited in to shoot properly, he gave up and we moved on to the 22.....psssssssst, I shot the indian right off the target with the pellet gun....hehehehehehe, but I aimed over his head...lol!! we still didn't let the kids shoot it seeing that it still wasn't shooting accurate.
Anyways, I'll explain more in the next set of pictures. :)

Sunday afternoon shootin' part 2

Here in these pictures, are the kids shooting with the 22. The kids liked this one the most because they blew the cowboys and indians to smitherines!! :) Jacob didn't get any but it was still ''so awesome!!'' After many rounds with everyone and several wounded figures, we were done and decided to let the kids go swimming in the pond Jason's friend has. Many frogs were caught and tossed back into the pond. The kids had fun swimming.
We were invited to stay for a cookout, and so we did :) Later, it was time to go and I piled all the kids back up into the car, but got a talkin' with Jason's friends wife...anyways, we leave and head home. A little bit later we get a phone call...we forgot Jesse!! Aparently, he got out while we were talking, and told Joshua that he was going back to get the rest of the cowboys and indians. After returning and picking up a little distraught boy, we were headed back home :) All in all, it was a fun afternoon!!

Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Fourth of July Weekend!

Sniffles, coughs, sneezes was how our Fourth of July consisted of!! We still had a nice weekend, but everyone was kinda sick. Saturday I made cupcakes as the kids had frosted them and decorated them. Saturday night we took the kids into Sturdavent for fireworks, we were pretty close and the kids had fun. We even shared our OFF spray with some teenagers who were in desperate need of some spray as they were getting eaten alive!! Sunday, we stayed home, due to not wanting upset parents for getting their kids sick at church. We grilled out for lunch and supper. After supper the kids did sparklers and snaps. Jason was still not feeling well, so he opted out on going across the street to watch the Burlington fireworks, so the kids and I went. I should have opted out as well as we sat there in the rain...kids still enjoyed it :) Then this morning we headed out to Union Grove for their Fourth of July parade. Oh my goodness did the kids ever get a load of candy!!! It was very hot and humid, but I was thankful it didn't rain as predicted. On the way home we stopped at the Veteran Memorial and saw the army tanks. Jesse climbed to the end of the barrel and wanted me to take his picture. I was a bit nervous and told him to get down slowly!! My sister posted a neat post yesterday on facebook. I probably won't get it word for word but you'll get the point. Seeing as yesterday was Independence Day, we are reminded of two.....ok, ok, I had to save this and look on facebook to get it exactly right cuz I liked it so much. ''Only two defining forces have ever offered to die for you...JESUS CHRIST and the AMERICAN SOLDIER. One died for your soul; the other for your freedom. GOD BLESS AMERICA!!'' I thought it was a neat quote :)