Monday, September 29, 2014

lake varner

This past Saturday we visited a new (to us) park that a friend told us about.  It is next to Cornish Creek Reservoir and Lake Varner which is about 12 minutes from our house and we didn't know existed until two days ago!

  Since we only had about an hour and a half before we had to get back home, so I could get ready for a baby shower, we just drove around the property first and saw the lake and reservoir, big grassy,  rolling hills and rocks to climb, a walking nature trail and a big playground.

We spent the rest of the time playing on the playground and throwing the football and enjoying the quiet fun family time.






















Sunday, September 28, 2014

sunday song

Song Title - Rise

Artist Name - Trent Monk
Album - Rise

He is waiting with arms opened up
For all who hunger and thirst for more of His peace, truth, and love
Hearts afire, we gather in His name
The strong and the weak and all who seek, let us find our song today

chorus:
Hey, hey people rise, lift one voice
Sing, sing, sing it loud, a joyful noise
That our God is alive and here to revive 
And mend every wounded soul
Hey, hey people rise, rise and sing

Every sin upon Him was laid
But death could not win He stood up again 
And He rolled the stone away
Now all sons and daughters can rest in their souls and be free
So let's go high and low and let our voices grow
Until all have heard and seen

(chorus)

Bridge: (X3)
We sing hallelujah all as one
As we lift our voice
Praises to the Holy One
We make a joyful noise

'Cause our God is alive and here to revive
And mend every wounded soul
So hey, hey people rise, rise and sing


Friday, September 26, 2014

phone pic friday


Last weekend while Micah was sick we put him and Logan to bed early and gave our middle man some alone time love with a game night.




Scary ghost.





My oldest baby was pitiful for 4 days with a crazy high fever.  He laid upstairs for over 48 straight hours sleeping, watching movies and laying there covered in cool towels and ice packs.  He was also super sweet and loving towards his mama.  Just a perk of sick babies :)\




So I'm sitting in our big leather recliner writing and reading and I look over and there's a frog sitting on the blinds.  inside.  what?





Micah made this robot costume over 4 years ago after watching a Curious George episode.  It's still a favorite around here!




I had to take Micah to the doctor on Monday.   Our amazing, sweet and funny pediatrician walked in and looked at Micah and said, "He's got a lot of hair."





 This is what happens to a logi bear that plays instead of sleeps during rest time.



 Some of my favorite childhood books that I busted out of storage while on a search for a for a book for a friend.




 Master builder Connor and his plane




 Any guesses on who stole my phone and turned on the camera?






I lost this notebook a few weeks ago and finally found it this week.  I played catch up big time!]






 Fall appeared!





 Gorgeous day, gorgeous boy, gorgeous time at the park!







Abiding is a reminder I need daily.





I love pretending to be a writer.





rest time?










 Jenga tower 2.0






Connor has a friend from school!  Oh
 the many many prayers that preceded this gift for my boy.


Thursday, September 25, 2014

falling


The weather this week has been an incredible gift.  So cool and reviving with a breeze that makes you want to stop and take a deep breath and just be. 

 With cool weather comes the arduous task of what I like to call "the changing of the clothes."  It makes me feel like it's more of a thing of royalty instead of what it really is, which is lugging bins of handme down boy clothes from the shed and going through closets to see who is in what size now, and what needs to be taken out and what needs to be added, and so on and so forth, until there are piles of clothes around you that all need to be washed, folded and put away. 

But with the cooler weather and change in calendar also comes one of my favorite things, decorating.  Next to the big plastic tubs of clothing is another one full of all things fall.  Oh how I enjoyed unpacking the box of pumpkins, garlands, leaves, plates and wreaths full of greens, browns, creams and blues (no orange here) and fitting them in new places, gathering items from around the house and combining it all it a different way until it fell into place.  













And then like everything else about my life right now, my mind drifted to another time.

Last year Fall was more of a verb than a season.  Life was all about survival mode and concentrating strictly on the priorities of God and family, with a little time and energy left over for those close friends, but everything else getting almost forgotten.  

I know I'm not alone in this.  There are many times in life where your scope has to get smaller due to all manner of things, from the happy (and exhausting) like welcoming a newborn or a great job that moves you on a new adventure, to the hard, heartbreaking (and exhausting) like losing a loved one, family trials of numerous kinds, or God quite frankly just shaking things up in any part of your life to bring you to Him.

I am constantly reminded that life is not easy nor was it meant to be after sin entered the world.  It is definitely not a wide leisurely walk and it is not even a straight uphill climb.  It is not going to be normal!   There is a reason for the verses that remind us that this life is a fight, its a race, it's a narrow road that is hard much of the time.  AND why there are many more that tell us who to abide in, who to run to and who is more than capable, more than a conqueror

Not I have already obtained this or am already perfect, but I press on to make it my own, because Christ Jesus has made me his own.  Brothers, I do not consider that I have made it my own.  But one thing I do:  forgetting what lies behind and straining forward to what lies ahead, I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.  Philippians 3:12-14

I have fought the good fight I have finished the race, I have kept the faith.  2 Timothy 4:7

Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight, and sin which clings so closely, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking to Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is seated at the right hand of the throne of God.  
Hebrews 12:1-2

But I do not account my life of any value nor as precious to myself, if only I may finish my course and the ministry that I received from the Lord Jesus, to testify to the gospel of the grace of God.  Acts 20:24

Enter by the narrow gate.  For the gate is wide and the way is easy that leads to destruction, and those who enter by it are many.  For the gate is narrow and the way is hard that leads to life, and those who find it are few.  Matthew 7:13-14

Have you not known?  Have you not heard?  The Lord is the everlasting God, the Creator of the ends of the earth.  He does not faint or grow weary; his understanding is unsearchable.  He gives power to the faint, and to him who has no might he increases strength.  Even youths shall faint and be weary, and young men shall fall exhausted; but they who wait for the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles; they shall run and not be weary; they shall walk and not faint.

This fall I am feeling the season and we are filling it with all the things we missed out on last year, but taking with me a joy that only comes from knowing what has been done for me.

Deep Breath.




Sunday, September 21, 2014

sunday song

Sovereign Over Us
Aaron Keyes
 
There is strength within the sorrow, There is beauty in our tears
You meet us in our mourning, With a love that casts out fear
You are working in our waiting, Sanctifying us
When beyond our understanding, You're teaching us to trust

Your plans are still to prosper, You have not forgotten us
You're with us in the fire and the flood
Faithful forever, Perfect in love
You are sovereign over us

You are wisdom unimagined, Who could understand your ways
Reigning high above the heavens, Reaching down in endless grace
Youʼre the Lifter of the lowly, Compassionate and kind
You surround and You uphold me, Your promises are my delight


Your plans are still to prosper, You have not forgotten us
You're with us in the fire and the flood
Faithful forever, Perfect in love
You are sovereign over us


Even what the enemy means for evil
You turn it for our good, You turn it for our good and for your glory
Even in the valley You are faithful
Youʼre working for our good, Youʼre working for our good and for your glory


Your plans are still to prosper, You have not forgotten us
You're with us in the fire and the flood
Faithful forever, Perfect in love
You are sovereign over us

Friday, September 19, 2014

phone pic friday


Auburn game snuggles with Connor and Big Tiger.
War Eagle!



Logan and his big haircut fixed a snack for church all by himself!


Micah is hiding under the blanket so he can spy on Connor and Logan


New purse from my love :)


Logan has gotten really good at building stickah towahs



Micah started piano lessons.  Right now he has to practice on a speakerless keyboard but I'm trying to finish our piano quickly!


Drawing time produces the quietest house.  Sweet silence!



My parents came up last weekend to watch the boys while Zach and I went to a church seminar on Psalms (really good!).  We fit in some time to play Settler's and daddy won his first game!


I'm in the (slow) process of collecting a tag from every state.  A friend from church brought me Michigan last Sunday! 



The only fall decorating I've done so far is the mantle and I kind of love it. 


I spend a few nights cutting, crumpling, twisting and hot glueing brown paper around a wreath form.  I burned the mess out of my fingers on several occasions but I think it turned out fantastic!  I've got plans to try a Christmassy one with left over wrapping paper soon.