Wednesday, October 31, 2007
Tuesday, October 30, 2007
We had some wonderful friends visit this past weekend. Before Ladybug was born, they had visited Europe and sent some beautiful gifts. One was this handmade dress, which makes Ladybug our little German girl. Isn't she just the cutest?
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Monday, October 29, 2007
Well, now that Ladybug is here, it all went out the window. I keep my laptop next to the chair where I nurse and rock Ladybug, so as she falls asleep I can read Scripture and surf my favorite inspirational sites (which has turned into reading my fave bloggers). And with so many new things on my plate, I feel that I am not connecting with God the way I need to.
The day after the conversation with my friend I clearly heard God speaking to all of this. Actually, two days in a row, He spoke to me.
Hubby gave me a new devotional book for my birthday. Just a page per day, but with great thoughts about prayer. First, I read James 4:2-3,
2 You want what you don't have, so you scheme and kill to get it. You are jealous of what others have, but you can't get it, so you fight and wage war to take it away from them. Yet you don't have what you want because you don't ask God for it.3 And even when you ask, you don't get it because your motives are all wrong—you want only what will give you pleasure.
Then Romans 12:11-12,
11 Never be lazy, but work hard and serve the Lord enthusiastically.*12 Rejoice in our confident hope. Be patient in trouble, and keep on praying.
So I am now asking God to help me be quiet in mind and heart before I read and pray. And I am asking that He help me sort out the distracted, way-too-busy feelings that I've felt. It's only been a few days, but I feel that this simple discipline has changed the way I approach everything.
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Lord, when I have questions or fears, let me turn to You. When I am weak, let me seek Your strength. When I am discouraged, Father, keep me mindful of Your love and Your grace. In all things, let me seek Your will and Your ways. Amen.
Sunday, October 28, 2007
God has blessed us so incredibly with friends! I am so thankful for these friends and for the time we had together this weekend. If I ever complain about not having any friends, please SMACK ME! I am so thankful for my friends in the blogosphere as well. I am truly blessed. And I am thankful for the reminder that God gave me this weekend.
The seeds of good deeds become a tree of life; a wise person wins friends. Proverbs 11:30
An honest answer is like a kiss of friendship. Proverbs 24:26
As iron sharpens iron, so a friend sharpens a friend. Proverbs 27:17
Friday, October 26, 2007
Me and Ladybug at the Beach (10/25/07) - yes, it was overcast, but still bright!
Notice the tractors on the left side of the photo - cleaning up seaweed!
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Thursday, October 25, 2007
Again, another week with many things for which to be thankful!
1. Family close by... almost all of Hubby's immediate family lives within a few miles of us. Even though we're all busy with daily living, it's great to be able to get together often.
2. Wonderful friends... I could name names, but I'm sure I would leave someone out. What a blessing Christian friends are!
3. My wonderful Hubby and beautiful daughter... They fill my days with happiness, joy, laughter.
4. Feeling secure in my Lord... Only He can give me peace that passes all understanding. And I am so thankful for that peace!!!
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Wednesday, October 24, 2007
ADVISO: I am a Beauty Consultant with Mary Kay. I know there might be a few folks out there that have been burned by someone either in Mary Kay or a similar direct sales company. BEFORE YOU CLICK AWAY, I just want you to know that I sell Mary Kay because I love the products and the company. Our founder, Mary Kay Ash, was a wonderful Christian woman who wanted to provide a career opportunity for women with products that they could get behind. The “Mary Kay Way” is one of operating by the Golden Rule (Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.). If you have been burned by someone in this business, I SINCERELY APOLOGIZE! For me, this business is about forming relationships with people so that they trust me and feel comfortable taking off their make-up in front of me. If you have any questions about the Mary Kay products that I recommend, please contact me or your personal beauty consultant. (Mary Kay has been the best selling brand of skin care and color cosmetics for 13 years, and also has the number one selling eye make-up remover!)
That said, here are the categories that Mrs. Fussypants is gathering opinions about. She asked us to focus on inexpensive brands, as being Fabulous doesn’t have to be expensive!
Let's find our favorites in these categories-
Shampoo & Conditioners – I usually buy Suave, or whatever is on sale. I like the berry scented ones!
So, those are my faves! I know that women love to give their opinion, so please leave me some comments about what you like. And of course, visit the Fabulous Mrs. Fussypants for her common sense approach to all things Fabulous!
Tuesday, October 23, 2007
My birthday was last week, and I am SOOOOO super excited about 2 of my gifts! I just have to share!!!
First, my wonderful SIL gave me this book by Jessica Seinfeld, wife of Jerry Seinfeld. It has recipes for sneaking veggies and fruits into your cooking so that your kids (and YOU!) are getting good nutrition, in spite of being picky eaters. The book has great advice on preparing and storing purees, and I think it's a great cookbook, even for those who are not as adept in the kitchen. Click here for some of her recipes. I've experimenting with this concept since I read about it in Parenting magazine.
UPDATE: The book gives great advice on making the purees to incorporate into your recipes, but also suggests making up batches of purees and freezing them in 1/2 cup to 1 cup portions. You can even used canned or frozen veggies. That helps to cut down on last minute prep time when you have little ones clamoring for your attention.
And the other gift that I really, really love is this book that my thoughtful Hubby gave me. Stormie Omartian is a great author, and I highly recommend her. She has also written "The Power of a Praying Woman" and "The Power of a Praying Wife."
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Sunday, October 21, 2007
6 Oh, that I had wings like a dove; then I would fly away and rest!
Friday, October 19, 2007
Dr. Lambie and Ladybug (10 days old)
1932 - Robert Reed, American actor (d. 1992)
1945 - John Lithgow, American actor
1962 - Evander Holyfield, American boxer
1965 - Ty Pennington, American television carpenter
This Day In History
1469 - Ferdinand II of Aragon marries Isabella of Castile, a marriage that paves the way to the unification of Aragon and Castile into a single country, Spain.
1512 - Martin Luther becomes a doctor of theology (Doctor in Biblia).
1781 - At Yorktown, Virginia, British commander Lord Cornwallis surrendered to a Franco-American force led by George Washington and the comte de Rochambeau, paving the way for the end of the American Revolutionary War.
1813 - The Battle of Leipzig concludes, giving Napoleon Bonaparte one of his worst defeats.
1864 - Confederate raiders launch an attack on Saint Albans, Vermont from Canada.
1873 - Yale, Princeton, Columbia, and Rutgers universities draft the first code of American football rules.
1960 - The United States government decides to place an embargo on Communist Cuba.
1985 - The first Blockbuster Video store opens in Dallas, Texas.
1987 - (Black Monday) Dow Jones Industrial Average falls by 22%.
2005 - Saddam Hussein goes on trial in Baghdad for crimes against humanity.
2005 - Hurricane Wilma becomes the most intense Atlantic hurricane on record with a minimum pressure of 882 mb.
Also on this day, October 19th, over three decades ago (but less than four), on a crisp autumn day in Pennsylvania, Yours Truly was born!
Wednesday, October 17, 2007
Tuesday, October 16, 2007
4 Great is the LORD! He is most worthy of praise! He is to be feared above all gods. 5 The gods of other nations are mere idols, but the LORD made the heavens! 6 Honor and majesty surround him; strength and beauty fill his sanctuary.
Monday, October 15, 2007
Sunday, October 14, 2007
1 Praise the LORD! Yes, give praise, O servants of the LORD. Praise the name of the LORD!2 Blessed be the name of the LORD now and forever.
We read Psalm 113 today in worship, and at the time, I knew that it had some significant meaning for me today. But I wasn't sure what that was. Until this evening.
Today, Hubby, Ladybug, and I attended the Walk to Remember at our local hospital. It is annual memorial service to remember the babies that families have lost. Our first daughter, Susie, was stillborn on December 6, 2004. (You can read that story here.) So we have attended the Walk to Remember for 3 years now. Last year when we attended, we were 7 weeks pregnant with Ladybug. And this year, she was there with us as we remembered Susie.
I had left my Bible open to Psalm 113, so when we returned home, I re-read it. Wow. Verse 9. He gives the childless woman a family, making her a happy mother. Wow. In the 2 1/2 years between Susie's death and Ladybug's birth, I always knew I was a mother, but I didn't feel like one because I didn't have my baby with me. Now that we have Ladybug, I am experiencing a lot of "new mother moments." But I'm not a new mother. I have a daughter who would be almost 3. It's a weird place to be.
Life would be very different if Susie were with us. But I am thankful that she is with the Lord, and that we are promised that we will see her again. So I am a happy mother. Happy that Susie is with the Lord, and that He has blessed us with a happy, healthy, beautiful Ladybug.
So, to all of my friends who have babies waiting for them in heaven, your sweet babies were remembered today. Tomorrow, October 15th is Pregnancy and Infant Loss Remembrance Day.
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Friday, October 12, 2007
Thursday, October 11, 2007
So many reasons to give thanks today!
1. A good check-up for Ladybug last week.
2. Friendship with my SIL. We've become much closer this year, and I'm so thankful!
3. Hubby's j.o.b. A friend of ours was "encouraged to resign" this week. Pretty crappy, since he has a wife and 4 kids. It just reminds us that nothing in this world is secure except our standing with Jesus Christ.
4. Our men and women in uniform. One of my cousins is being deployed on Saturday to Iraq.
5. For the joy that I have in my Savior. He continues to shower us with blessings and joy that we can only find in Him!
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Wednesday, October 10, 2007
And here is the fabulous Ladybug. The sun hat reminds of the Fabulous Mrs. Fussypants.
I have become a suburban mom.....
Tuesday, October 9, 2007
"For I know the plans I have for you," says the LORD. "They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope.12 In those days when you pray, I will listen." Jeremiah 29:11
In a recent conversation with a friend, we were discussing fears, rational or otherwise. As a mom, I have a lot of fears - am I doing the best I can for my child? should I let her watch TV or will it rot her brain? And the list can go on. I have fears in other areas of my life, and some of them I recognize as lies and distractions from the devil. As a believer in Christ, we are to avoid the devil's schemes, but sometimes it's hard to escape those fears.
It hit me yesterday that those fears we have keep us from moving forward. They bind us to the past. But we are not to live in the past, but live for the future that God has for us. One of the reasons the Israelites wandered for 40 years was their tie to the past. They only remembered slavery in Egypt, they had never seen the promised land. But they feared the unknown of the future more than slavery.
I know that I will be meditating more on the future that God has for me. How about you?
Sunday, October 7, 2007
Ladybug had an early feeding this morning, so I laid her back in her crib while I got myself ready for church. When I had myself put together, she was awake again and I got her dressed. She looked adorable. Some of the dresses that we received as gifts don't have bloomers with them, so I dress her in a onesie under the dress. The a/c runs on high at church, and I don't want her to get too cold.
When we got to church, I nursed her while Hubby did a final run-through of music with the praise team. While I was feeding her, she pooped. Nothing out of the ordinary, except that her diaper failed. So I laid her on the floor to change her. I ALWAYS have an extra onesie in the diaper bag. Nope, not today. There were 2 pair of pants and a bib, but no onesie. So I cleaned her up, rinsed out her onesie, but it was too wet to put back on her. I finished nursing her in diaper only, just in case. When she had a good burp, I put her dress back on. Then the spit up came. She's a spitter anyway, but this morning it seemed like alot. She got me, herself, the floor. Then when I tried to put her in the sling, she fussed spit up some more.
In the meantime, it's time to do sound check. After a bit more fussing, I got her settled in the sling just in time for the service to start. I was a bit frazzled and didn't really have the right frame of mind going into worship. I was tempted to just sit out and not sing with the team, but we were short staffed, missing several key singers and instruments. I didn't feel that I could leave Hubby with so few people.
Wow. Worship was pretty sweet. The music flowed, the prayers were fragrant offerings, and the message was thought provoking. Halfway through the service, I no longer felt frazzled. It was great worship.
So in spite of not being prepared and feeling distracted, I heard God's still, soft voice. No big revelations. Just a quiet assurance that He's in control, especially when I feel out of control. I needed that reminder today. I needed to remember that it's not about me.
4 The one thing I ask of the LORD— the thing I seek most—is to live in the house of the LORD all the days of my life, delighting in the LORD's perfections and meditating in his Temple. Psalm 27:4
Saturday, October 6, 2007
I also had to prepare a talk that I gave to a group of high school girls tonight. It's been over 6 years since I spoke to youth on a retreat and it was a good chance to serve in that way again. I didn't have a chance to get to know any of the young ladies that were present, so I had to trust that the Lord gave me the right words to say. I used to do this sort of thing all the time, and I had a process of preparation that worked well. I trust that process, so in spite of having more demands on my attention (mainly a 4 month old!), I again fell into that process. I felt a bit rusty. But I know that God can use even a broken vessel like me.
I'm thankful that I had the opportunity to serve in that way. It wasn't out of my comfort zone, just out the norm. But what is normal to us may lead to being stuck in a comfort zone. There are dangers in that comfort zone. One danger being complacency. Ouch. It's easy to become complacent, isn't it? To turn a blind eye to the needs and hurts around us. We rationalize not getting involved.
Being involved in the lives of others is messy. Oh, yeah. The cross is messy too. That didn't stop our Savior from dying on it offer us forgiveness. And I am so thankful that Jesus wasn't afraid to get messy.
Thursday, October 4, 2007
“Sing praises to the Lord, O you his saints, and give thanks to his holy name.” ~ Psalm 30:4 (ESV)
It's Thankful Thursday! I am thankful for so much!
1. My mommy-friend, Beth. It's wonderful having another mommy to talk to about mommy stuff!
2. Being able to spend time with my Nieces every day after school. What characters they are! I'm either laughing or scratching my head at the things that come out of their mouths.
3. My Hubby. He's such a blessing to me. Words cannot express my wonder at God's goodness in picking out such a wonderful soul-mate for me.
4. Our Ladybug. She's such a happy baby. I love hearing her giggles!
5. Our church family. They are a huge support to us and our music ministry. Their encouragement always comes at just the right time!
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Wednesday, October 3, 2007
Works for me Wednesday is backwards this week and this is perfect for my first WFMW!!! So instead of giving advice I'm asking for it.
I have commercial grade carpet in my house but it's not immune to stains. What are your suggestions for a good spot remover?????
Thanks for your help!!!
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Tuesday, October 2, 2007
Last night as I came home from my meeting, I couldn't get there fast enough! I wanted to see my Ladybug, even though I knew she would probably be asleep already. My heart raced in anticipation of being with her, cuddling her, and just being with her. Yes, she was asleep when I got home, but it was wonderful to be with her again.
Isn't that how God our Father is with us? Doesn't He long to be with us, hold us? We are His children. He wants to see us more often than once a week on Sunday morning. Because of the gift of the Holy Spirit, we can be with God, anywhere, anytime. We don't have to wait for special occassions to spend time in his presence. And He grieves when we are apart from Him.
So the challenge is, in the midst of the busyness of life, to remember that God is with us always. He is always accesible, always approachable. He wants to be with us in the mundane details of our lives. Although Ladybug and I don't do much that I consider exciting, just being with her is a joy. And our Father considers it joy to be us as well.
Monday, October 1, 2007
This is one of my favorite verses when talking about community. This is describing the events following the first Pentecost, when the Holy Spirit came upon many thousands of new believers at the same time. All of these new believers joined together. This experience bonded them together, so they continued to be drawn to each other. They desired to learn, study, and pray with one another.
The desire to be close with others who have a shared experience. Times of tragedy, times of joy, even times of difficulty bond us with others. We want to relive the experience, or at least comiserate with each other about the experience. But is that where it stops? Do we learn from the experience? Do we take what we've learned and apply it elsewhere in our lives, or even reach out to help others who can benefit from the wisdom of our experience?
I think we have an obligation to do just that. Whether it's walking through a tough season of life, or coming out on the other side of it, there is someone out there that needs to hear what you've learned. As my mom always says, God doesn't make you go through something tough for your own good. It's always for the good of others." My mom is a very wise woman.
Who needs the benefit our your experience today? If you've been through some tough circumstances, I encourage you to share that experience. You never know how God may choose to use you in someone else's life.