Sunday, July 31, 2011

Less Like Scars

I'm loving this song right now.

It's been a hard year
But I'm climbing out of the rubble
These lessons are hard
Healing changes are subtle
But every day it's
Less like tearing, more like building
Less like captive, more like willing
Less like breakdown, more like surrender
Less like haunting, more like remember
Less like a prison, more like my room
It's less like a casket, more like a womb
Less like dying, more like transcending
Less like fear, less like an ending
And I feel you here
And you're picking up the pieces
Forever faithful
It seemed out of my hands, a bad situation
But you are able
And in your hands the pain and hurt
Look less like scars and more like
Character 


By Sara Groves from the album All Right Here

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Worry

My mom emailed me this great devotion yesterday, and I found it so encouraging!  It is taken directly from here, so click over if you want to read all of it.  I especially liked this part:

One day I was reading my Bible and noticed how Martha’s worries were making her weary, and making her wonder if Jesus cared that her sister left her in the kitchen to do all that work, all by herself.

And listen to how He responded: “‘Martha, Martha,’ the Lord answered, ‘you are worried and upset about many things, but only one thing is needed. Mary has chosen what is better, and it will not be taken away from her.’” (NIV)

So, how do we choose what is better? How do we let go of our worries and take hold of confident peace that assures us God notices and God cares?

First Peter 5:7 tells us: “Give all your worries and cares to God, for he cares about you.” (NLT)

The apostle Paul tells us the same and he tells us how: “Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need and thank him for all he has done. Then you will experience God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus.” (Philippians 4:6-7, NLT)

It sounds so doable, but why is it so hard? I think it’s because Satan whispers the opposite. He tells us, “Don’t be calm about anything; instead worry about everything. Tell God what He should do. Then take control if He doesn’t listen. And concerns that consume you will become like acid in your heart, eroding your confidence with worry and doubt!”

Instead of giving into the whispers of worry, spoken by the enemy, let’s listen to God’s promise for peace. When we feel overwhelmed by life this week, let’s commit to …

• Stop worrying — Press the pause button on our consuming concerns.

• Start praying — Talk to God about all we’re doing. Ask if there’s anything we need to cut back so we can seek Him as much as we serve Him, and others.

• Keep thanking God — Thank God for what He’s done in the past and will do in the future. This helps us remember how good He is at being God.
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Today on She {hearts} it

Today on She {hearts} It, I am reviewing a nursing top from Peek-a-boo.

Read that review here!


Psst... there is also a great coupon code attached to my review!

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Mission Trip to Richmond Pt. 1

Today is another super-busy day for various reasons, so I still don't have time to do a complete post on our youth mission trip.  I do want to post a few pictures, though!

the whole group before we left
VBS theme: God Always Wins!
day #1 memory verse

Alyssia & Sarah
Tad & me in our God Always Wins t-shirts
Vera playing with sidewalk chalk

Kevin & Vera
I'll try to post more pictures and a re-cap soon!

Monday, July 25, 2011

Trusting Even Though

Today we are trusting in God's perfect faithfulness, in spite of the sadness that fills our hearts.  Yesterday morning, our senior pastor resigned from our church.  It is very heartbreaking for Tad and me considering the circumstances surrounding his resignation (which you can read about here). 

For the time being, Tad has no plans to leave our church since he has an active and thriving youth ministry there.  We actually just returned from a mission trip with them and I'll be posting about that soon. 

Please pray for our church during this difficult time of transition, and please keep Travis and Andrea in your prayers as well!

Sunday, July 24, 2011

There is a Fountain

This hymn has brought me peace and hope this morning.

There is a fountain filled with blood
drawn from Emmanuel's veins;
and sinners plunged beneath that flood
lose all their guilty stains.
Lose all their guilty stains,
lose all their guilty stains;
and sinners plunged beneath that flood
lose all their guilty stains.

Dear dying Lamb,
thy precious blood
shall never lose its power
till all the ransomed church of God
be saved, to sin no more.
Be saved, to sin no more,
be saved, to sin no more;
till all the ransomed church of God
be saved, to sin no more.


E'er since, by faith,
I saw the stream
thy flowing wounds supply,
redeeming love has been my theme,
and shall be till I die.
And shall be till I die,
and shall be till I die;
redeeming love has been my theme,
and shall be till I die.

Thursday, July 21, 2011

Christmas in July

Around this time of the summer, I start to get really excited about Christmas.  I've recently been inspired by some fun images on Pinterest!  Thought I'd share in case any of you are (like me) already getting excited about Christmas (which, btw, is 156 days away).
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Anyone else getting excited about Christmas?

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Vera's Eleven Months Old!

Today little Vera turns eleven months old!  She's growing so fast it feels like we're watching her on fast-forward.  Since last month, she started walking, so that has been keeping us busy!  It is very exciting seeing her develop into such a fun little person with such a big personality.

Some milestones:
-walking (can push up from a seated position; can walk 40+ steps without stopping; can turn around without falling down)
-blows raspberries and makes other cute noises with her mouth
-starting to squeal when happy or excited
-eats so many different kinds of foods (feeds herself everything, including messy stuff like yogurt) and is always willing to try new things
-nurses 4-5 times a day
-is very gentle with the kitty
-loves her sippy cup (we just give her water)
-will only stand up while being bathed (refuses to sit in the tub)
-takes a morning nap and an afternoon nap
-sleeps about 12 hours each night
-weighs: ?? (need to check...)
-waves and smiles at people she sees in stores and at church
-loves being "chased" by Daddy and tries to run away
-claps and bounces to music
-laughs a LOT
-chubby little thighs are a tickle spot!

We love our Vera!

Monday, July 18, 2011

A Thumb-Sucker

Vera never took a pacifier, but she has always been a thumb-sucker.  I think we saw her sucking her thumb on one of her ultrasounds!  I think it's adorable!
photo by Andrea

Friday, July 15, 2011

Spurgeon's Story of the Gardener

I came across this story on another blog recently, and found it encouraging!  May it encourage you today as well.
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A child had a little garden in which she planted many flowers, but they never grew. She put them in, as she thought tenderly and carefully, but they would not live. She sowed seeds and they sprang up; but very soon they withered away.

So she ran to her father's gardener, and when he came to look at it, he said, "I will make it a nice garden for you, that you may grow whatever you want." He fetched a pick, and when the little child saw the terrible pick, she was afraid for her little garden. The gardener struck his tool into the ground and began to make the earth heave and shake for his pickaxe had caught the edge of a huge stone which underplayed almost all the little plot of ground.

All the little flowers were turned out of their places and the garden spoiled for a season so that the little maid wept much. He told her he would make it a fair garden yet, and so he did, for having removed that stone which had prevented all the plants from striking root he soon filled the ground with flowers which lived and flourished.

Just so, the Lord has come, and has turned up all the soil of your present comfort to get rid of some big stone that was at the bottom of all your spiritual prosperity, and would not let your soul flourish. Do not weep with the child, but be comforted by the blessed results and thank your Father's tender hand!

Thursday, July 14, 2011

Visit with Pops & Mimi


Last week while Tad was at youth camp, Vera and I went up to visit my parents - her Pops and Mimi!

We had a great visit with them.  I love these two pictures:

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

First Potato

The other evening, Tad peeled his first potato EVER!  He made delicious homemade mashed potatoes for us (with lots of garlic...mmm!), as well as pork and broccoli.

Vera liked the mashed potatoes too!

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Laughing

Last night Andrea asked me and Vera to model for her so she could practice using an awesome new lens she got (watch for a review/giveaway on She {hearts} It this Wednesday!).

We had a great time, and Vera laughed almost the whole time!  Andrea must really know how to make her giggle.  Enjoy these awesome pics from Andrea!
 
 
I'll post more pictures from the shoot later this week! 

Thanks again, Andrea... the pictures are beautiful!

Monday, July 11, 2011

Collard Greens?

Our very sweet neighbor who loves to garden just gave us a HUGE bag of collard greens (as well as some squash and cucumbers)!  We are very thankful for his generosity, but we've never made collards before!  We love trying new foods, and we'll eat pretty much anything, but we were wondering if you have a favorite way of preparing collards.

Please share your recipes!  Thanks!

Friday, July 8, 2011

Cow Appreciation Day 2011

We enjoyed participating in Chick-fil-A's Cow Appreciation Day again this year!  (Remember last year?)


Vera looked so cute dressed like a cow (my favorite part was her tail!).

She enjoyed eating her first waffle fry!

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Good Friends

I got to see my dear friend Kristin and her sweet new baby Adalynn on the 4th of July!  This picture of us is blurry (and we both have the "glazed over mom eyes,"), but I'm glad we have it!  It will be fun to look back on this time when our babies were so small.

Monday, July 4, 2011

Patriotic Mini Fruit Pizzas!

Inspired by Our Best Bites' red, white, and blue fruit pizza, I made these mini fruit pizzas over the weekend!  Oh my goodness....these are AMAZING!  The "sauce" of the pizza is to die for (light and fluffy with a hint of orange), and these are a great way to add festivity to your 4th of July table!
I didn't really change anything about their recipe (except I halved it and made 6 mini pizzas instead of 1 large one).  So, if you want to make these yourself, click here for the recipe!

Happy 4th of July!

Saturday, July 2, 2011

Leaning Wall Shelves

Here is a project I forgot to post about!  Tad made me these leaning wall shelves from reclaimed wood back in April.  I love them!  I just forgot to post pictures, so here they are!
I love storing extra silverware in these Ikea jars.

Notice how they are built to lean against the wall.

I love how they turned out!
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