Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Loooots of Catching Up!

It's been something everyday, it seems. The children (and I) are settling back into more structure with school being in session. John, my who-has-time-to-learn-when-I-could-be-outside child, had a true zeal the first two weeks of school. It started to wane the third week. It was a distant memory this week! LOL! Ethan is the eager beaver that the always is in school (but have to drag the child outside). Lydia has really enjoyed working in her workbook. She wants to do page after page after page. Josiah is a bona fide tornado. Of course, isn't that the short definition of a twelve month old? His favorite pastime right now is to go in my room, open the dresser drawers, pull out all the clothes and fling them where he may. If he's feeling very industrious he will put them back. I gave up on folding them back the second day he starting this and resolved to ironing my wrinkled t-shirts. Just another day in my wonderful, joy-filled chaos! :-) I wouldn't trade it for anything.

We had such great excitement last week because the boys' bunk bed came. We bought one 2 years ago from Craigslist. It was a futon over twin and it never really worked well. It served it's purpose but it just couldn't stand up the the punishment that can be given by so many little ones. We tightened our belt and decided it was time for a new one ... after all, the old one had large metal rods jutting out of it!

We now have 3 boys in that room. After a lot of researching, reasoning, and praying we decided to hunt a triple bunk bed with all real wood construction. Sounds like a small thing, but it wasn't! We could find a twin over twin with a captain's bed by it in a corner being advertised as a "triple bunk bed." These were way out of our price range and would take up too much room. We finally found something that would meet our need and we could afford at The Bunk and Loft Factory.

Getting this new bed was such a thrill for my bunch. It was better than anything to them! When we told them that the bed was going to have to be shipped via an 18-wheeler, you would have thought that we had told them we were going to have a surprise vacation to Mars! They were beside themselves that a real "big truck" was going to be coming to our home, no less, with their triple bunk bed. The big day finally came that the bed was to arrive. This naturally meant that every 10 to 15 minutes I was asked "Mom, when's the bed gonna get here?" and "What's taking him so long?" "Does he know where we live?" "Since we're getting a big truck come to our house, do I still have to do school?" "What's the truck driver's name?" "Does he have kids?" and everything else under the sun. This began at 6:15 in the morning and didn't end until he pulled up in our drive at 3 P.M. When the big moment finally got here my husband knew the driver (I tell you, he knows everyone), watched him unload the 575lb crate with a lift gate and then we all toted it piece by piece into the house since rain was in the area.

The bunk bed puzzle now in the center of the living room created so much more excitement. Each child was sure they could put it together with no help from anyone else and each was eager to try. They were also eager to climb all over it and drive Matchbox cars on and through it. I managed to keep the bed from getting scratched and all other perils at bay as well. After Jeremy got it put together the kids got to sleep on it. Lydia wanted to sleep so very badly on it, but we couldn't let her. She still has some overnight accidents and the mattress had no cover on it. She cried like her reason for living was now gone and resolved to have her nap on the new bed the next day.

My dear, sweet husband also installed a small fluorescent light in that room. A ceiling fan once hung where the light is now. We took it down for obvious reasons. (Yes, honey, deep down inside you know that it wouldn't have worked, haha) There has always been low-lighting issues in that room, so the fluorescent light was a blessing. It's also good to keep large rotating blades away from the kids' heads.


The next piece of excitement was Josiah's birthday party, which was the next day after bunk bed day. As always, Mrs. Britney out did herself on Josiah's birthday cake. So, there will be LOTS of cake photos.

The whole cake (the animals are toys, all other decorations are edible)

Closeup of the barn (toys with fondant hay bale)

Piggy sitting in fondant "mud" (love the corn and bib!!!)

Toy hen with nest, also made from fondant (hope I'm getting this right Britney!!)

Then the little man's cake. The critters are picks. The "1" and the polka dots are fondant.

The whole spread on the table cloth which had the red edging (which you can't see) like the cups there on the left.

I can't tell you how much I loved this cake. I mean, Britney's cakes always have the "wow," but this one had the "wow" and the "awwwwwwww."

We opened presents with siblings and cousins...

...then climbed on the presents!

We sang "Happy Birthday"...

He wasn't too sure about the cake at first...

...he examined it for a while...

...and needed some encouragement.

He still didn't seem to thrilled about the whole cake ordeal...

...until he got some more encouragement with the aid of a fork from John, who would have shoveled in the whole cake had I not intervened.

After all this, he was feeling more comfortable with the cake...

...until my Mom had to try ice cream! Too cute! :-)

Monday, August 30, 2010

Happy Birthday Josiah!

Although I am I bit late...

Okay, a lot late.

Here is ONE thing I love about Josiah, who turned one on the 24th.

  1. CURLS!!!!!!
So there are 10 ba-zillion things I could list here. I wanted to list something that was unique about him. I adore those tight baby curls!! But what makes it even more cute to me is that it's straight on top, but the curls are so tight in the back that my pinky finger can't fit into some of them.

I especially love this photo because I was singing Jesus Loves Me in my opera voice (lol) and he has this look that says, "Mom, sometimes you are so strange."

Friday, August 20, 2010

Large Family Thoughts

Sharing a blessing...

Here's an older post from Large Family Mothering.

"We know you believe in God and everything, but He gave you a brain, you know, and He expects you to use it!"

I know I have done lots and lots of stupid things, but having children is not one of them. Having children is just about the smartest thing a person could "choose" to do (God is the one who actually decides--remember the patriarch stories in the Old Testament--God is always the one opening and closing the womb).

Children give you reasons to get closer to God.

Children help you to live a more holy, moral life.

Children are the only investment that has an eternal return.

Children can go out into the fallen world and be lights for Jesus Christ to others who are in darkness.

Children give you reasons to handle your money more wisely.

Children help you to grow up--if you allow them to.

Children keep you healthier--you eat better, and at more regular intervals; you rest more regularly, and you exercise more (you might even take more vitamins).

Children give you joy and all sorts of other happy emotions.

Children keep you from becoming selfish, so that you are naturally a happier person.

Children give God more reasons to bless you financially.

The more children you have, the less likely you are to be lonely and destitute in old age--it is still true, especially when one thinks about the future of Social "Security".

On the other hand, couples who see children as a liability are the ones who are "stupid". I would not like to wake up one day at retirement age and have only money to take care of me...

Thursday, August 19, 2010

Sharing Some Links

Out here in the middle of nowhere, quality Christian radio is hard to come by. At one time we could get Pensacola Christian College's Rejoice Radio, but for some reason we can't get it anymore. It seems like they're lowered their signal strength. Anyway, here at the house we enjoy many conservative radio stations. As a disclaimer, I am not fully aware of the doctrinal stand of many of the preachers, but most of them are doctrinally sound. The music, however is nothing to worry about.

Here's a list of great streaming conservative Christian radio broadcasts:
Bible Broadcasting Network
Rejoice Radio
Fundamental Broadcasting Network (probably my favorite from the list)
VCY America (home of a great news/information program called CrossTalk)
FBC radio (one that I'm pretty new to)

At our house we're blessed with a few pieces of technology that help us listen throughout the house. We recently bought a wireless router. We use our MacBook in the living room to stream Godly music that's enjoyed all day long. Hope these links are a blessing.

Friday, August 13, 2010

The Foolishness of Preaching

A curious thing, isn't it: that God said through the foolishness of preaching to save them that believe. As I was reading my Bible this morning I was lead to meditate on this passage:

1 Corinthians 1:18-29.
For the preaching of the cross is to them that perish foolishness; but unto us which are saved it is the power of God. For it is written, I will destroy the wisdom of the wise, and will bring to nothing the understanding of the prudent. Where is the wise? where is the scribe? where is the disputer of this world? hath not God made foolish the wisdom of this world? For after that in the wisdom of God the world by wisdom knew not God, it pleased God by the foolishness of preaching to save them that believe. For the Jews require a sign, and the Greeks seek after wisdom: But we preach Christ crucified, unto the Jews a stumblingblock, and unto the Greeks foolishness; But unto them which are called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God, and the wisdom of God. Because the foolishness of God is wiser than men; and the weakness of God is stronger than men. For ye see your calling, brethren, how that not many wise men after the flesh, not many mighty, not many noble, are called: But God hath chosen the foolish things of the world to confound the wise; and God hath chosen the weak things of the world to confound the things which are mighty; And base things of the world, and things which are despised, hath God chosen, yea, and things which are not, to bring to nought things that are: That no flesh should glory in his presence.

As I was reflecting on this passage I was thanking the Lord for preaching. I understand and appreciate that no two preachers preach alike: soft-spoken preachers, ones that shout to the top of their lungs for an hour and a half, preachers who run, ones who stay behind the pulpit, ones who jest, ones who are serious and all points in between. We all have our preferences because we all have different personalities.

Our church has been holding revival meetings this week and it has been so good. It's just been one of those weeks that the Lord has known just what I need. The preaching has been right on target. I have been fed from God, have been shown things from the Lord, and by His strength I can go on and be more for the Lord.

I just want to thank God for this week and thank him for the PREACHING of God's Word. I love, love preaching.

And just in case you're wondering what kind of preaching I like... ;)

  • I like preaching LOUD!
  • I like preaching LONG! I love for a service to last 3 hours or more (and I mean with one man preaching).
  • I like it when the Holy Ghost gets in a service and there's shouting from the congregation.
  • I like it when preachers walk/run the aisles and climb pews.
  • I like it when a preachers comes to the pulpit and says, "I got up this morning and, although I've spend days praying and studying, didn't know what to preach."
  • I like it when a preacher doesn't preach until the Holy Ghost gives him direction on what to preach.
  • I like for a preacher to tell me what a low-down, dirty, rotten sinner I am because I know that in me dwelleth no good thing. (yeah, that says "no" as in no...as in nothing...as in even when I'm "good" I fall short)
  • I like to be told that God has a standard of holiness and he expects us to do all we can to meet it.
  • I like to be reminded just how sweet heaven will be and that it will not be a quiet place.
  • I like old-fashioned, Holy Ghost preaching. I could not and would not be in a church where everything was scripted.
  • I wouldn't give you a plugged nickel for these men who think they know all there is to know about God and always have an answer for everything. I like simple preaching about a simple gospel from a simple man for a simple people.
Here's a short YouTube that I found of the evangelist that's preaching this week. In this video he's singing a solo in his home church ... and a little preach got into the mix. I sure love this video!

Thursday, August 5, 2010

Guess My Riddle

If you follow the traditional wedding anniversary gifts, you receive silver on your 25th wedding, pearl on your 30th, etc. If we did that sort of thing, which we don't, I could have given/received a gift of tin or aluminum today. If I lived in the U.K. I would have received tin or coal. (coal, seriously?!) That said, I put forth this riddle: How many years are my husband and I celebrating today?

Give up?


Yup! Today we celebrate ten wonderful years together. My sweet sent me a lovely surprise today also.

Aren't they lovely? It was a very special treat. I really love fresh flowers. They brighten up the whole house!

He sent ten stems, one per year. (Which took me a minute to figure out. Don't tell him, sometimes I let my blond show) Each and every one looks just this nice, too. Roses are so much better than tin. LOL!

Thanks for ten wonderful years, honey! I'm looking forward to each year being better than the one before.

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Josiah Loves Tea!

Okay, so this isn't the most healthy thing for him, I know. But as good southerners, sweet tea is nearly a staple. We don't really make it "Southern Sweet," though. We try to use between 3/4 and 1 cup of sugar per gallon. I have known people to use 3 cups per gallon! Anyway, Josiah has always loved his Daddy's tea glass. He always drinks tea from the same glass and knows it when he sees it. I decided to grab my iPhone and video him. I thought it was soooooo funny!