Tuesday, May 25, 2010

A Fun Weekend

This past weekend we took some time out for fun family adventures. Friday we took our newly acquired passes to the Fernbank Natural History Museum and had a fun day exploring dinosaurs, nature and weather. Then we had a picnic at the park. And on Saturday evening, the zoo had a members only night. The zoo was open that evening to members only and had lots of special events for free. It was a very fun weekend. Here are some pictures of our adventures.

Josiah chillin with his lunch!

This was a very cool part of the museum!

Caleb made a bubble

Noah checks out lightning

Caleb got to broadcast the weather. He was a little short and needed a boost. He could see himself on the TV. I wish I had taken a video of his weather report because it was great and very cute.


At the zoo with the gorillas


Do you know how hard it is to get three little ones to all look at the camera at the same time? Especially at the end of the day?!?! Well, it's hard! Here is one of them in a bird's nest that I wanted to get to compare it to one we took last March 2009. 
This was the best shot we could get!
Here's a year or so ago:
Caleb and Noah- March 2009

Monday, May 24, 2010

Non-Negotiable

Yesterday, my handsome husband preached at our church. I love sitting under his preaching. God has truly given him a gift and a passion for teaching His word. God has also given him a great passion for missions. And yesterday Jack got to combine the two as he preached on missions. His sermon was titled Missions is Non-Negotiable.

If you want to hear his sermon, you can go here to stream it online or you can go here to download the mp3 to your computer or mp3 player or you can go to his iTunes podcast here.

You will be challenged by it. I was. What a blessing when your pastor is also your husband.

Thursday, May 20, 2010

I love him

I love him. My husband, that is. I am just so beyond in love with him. And so beyond grateful for him. And so beyond blessed by him. It was 10 years ago right around this time that I met him in the Atlanta airport. Ten years. Wow. Ten of the most magnificent years.

But I was not inspired to write this post to commemorate our 10 year anniversary of meeting. It's because of him. I seriously have the most wonderful and supportive husband on the planet. He is so very hands on with our boys- he feeds Josiah, changes dirty diapers, wrestles, plays, reads to them, disciplines them. He is a present dad.

But he also is a present husband. He rubs my feet after a long day (or my back or plays with my hair), he watches Glee with me (even though it is so not his thing), he never criticizes my house cleaning or cooking, he does laundry, he picks up toys, he cleans the kitchen. On Tuesday night, he kept the kids while I went grocery shopping. I was beyond exhausted on Tuesday after my Monday night with Noah, so the house was a disastrous mess, the kids were cranky and I was very grateful for the opportunity to be alone at the grocery store. I jokingly told Jack that I would not mind if everyone was in bed when I got home! I got home at 8:00 to boys who had all three been bathed and in pj's and the two oldest were in bed asleep. The living room was clean. The playroom was picked up. The kitchen was cleaned. He unloaded the groceries and put them away while I fed Josiah and put him down to bed. By 8:30 peace reigned in our house, thanks solely to one man.

My husband is Jesus for me. He lives out Ephesians 5:22. He sacrifices himself all the time for me. I know cleaning our house was not what he wanted Tuesday night, but he did it for me. He sacrificed his time to relax after a long day at work so that he could serve and love me. He was like Jesus washing the disciples feet. It is a joy and privilege to submit to his leadership. It is my joy and my privilege to be his wife. Our marriage is not perfect and I am far from Proverbs 31. But this I know. God is glorified in the way my husband loves me. And I hope that everyday I am growing into a wife who does the same. Today, this I know... I love him.

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

And still I am grateful....

Oh what a night! I was up all night with Noah last night (Jack was up with us most of the time, too). He woke around 2 and got sick. And from then on he was very clingy. And although he never got sick again, he continued to cry that his tummy was hurting. So I ended up sitting up in the bed holding him as he slept on my chest all night. Needless to say, I am exhausted today! And Noah seems great.... with loads of energy! Ha!

But this morning, I am still grateful.... I am grateful for being able to cuddle my middle boy all night. It won't be long before he will no longer fit on my lap. I am grateful for a husband who got up with us all night. I am grateful for a happy boy this morning. I am grateful for sweet boys who play quietly so this exhausted momma can rest. That's what this journey to 1,000 gifts is all about... choosing to be grateful.... choosing to have an attitude of thankfulness no matter the circumstances of my day. This is the day the Lord has made. I WILL rejoice and be glad in it!

121. my best friend and partner
122. middle of the night cuddles
123. a family night at the park
124. siah's brother giggles
125. a child's prayers
126. naps
127. backyard fun
128. comfy couches
129. sweet behavior
130. three boys ready for the bath......


holy experience

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

My Swagger Wagon

So, this video has been all over Facebook. I think it's so funny- and true.... I love me some minivan. I know there are a lot of minivan haters out there, but let me tell you, I love mine! I don't know how I'd survive without it. You can keep your SUV, just give me my swagger wagon!

Monday, May 10, 2010

Mother's Day

Being a mother is beyond words. I love it. I love these three precious gifts from God. And I am exhausted by it. And I don't want to do anything else with my life. And I need a break. Get the picture? It is absolutely the most rewarding thing I have ever done. There is nothing, and I mean nothing, like hearing these boys say they love me or feeling their little hands in mine or watching them sleep or hearing their giggles. And it is also the hardest thing I've ever done. It challenges me like nothing else in my life ever has. It makes me rely on Jesus daily. It convicts me of the sin in my life. Being a mom is something I am good at. I multitask like no other, I have lots and lots of love to give, I kiss boo-boos with the best of them, I sing them songs every night at bedtime (they each have their own song), I cuddle, I play, I teach, I discipline. And it is something I am terrible at and need Jesus to do through me because I lose it, I am tired, I am lazy.

But most of all, being a mom is what I know God created me and called me to do. I know it with every fiber of my being. I cannot imagine my life any differently. I am so grateful everyday for the blessing of being a mom. And I know God has uniquely gifted me for it.

My mom is amazing and I am so thankful for her friendship. My mother-in-law is a blessing because I know that godly kids don't raise themselves. It's not an accident my husband is the godly man who I adore. Here's what I also know: Moms are superheroes. Moms can do anything. Dads would be lost without us. Here is an excerpt from an article that I read recently that I have found to be sooooooooooo true in my life!

"Fathers receive adulation like this all the time. If David has more than one of our children under his care for more than three minutes, people line up to tell him what an incredible father he is, even if I'm only in the restroom. Mothers, never. It's considered to be, merely, our job."

And so, because I love it and because it's hard and often unnoticed (unless you're a dad! ha!), I am thankful for mother's day- a whole day to celebrate moms! Heck yeah!

My mother's day was wonderful- Jack made breakfast, took me out to lunch and made dinner. He even cleaned the kitchen and told me to lay on the couch with my feet up! We played outside and the boys took sweet pictures with me. It was so nice to just sit and enjoy my boys, to be pampered and served. I felt very loved and very appreciated.

Here's to all the mothers out there! Treasure the little things, love your role, rest in Jesus, and know that you are a superhero!

Blessed So Much I Can't See Straight


Publix

Another great shopping trip. I don't have a picture because Jack is on his way back from delivering bottled water to Nashville, so it was just me and the boys tonight. I was lucky to get the groceries in the house and put away! But I did save a lot tonight- not my best trip, but still a good one!
Total Before Sales and Coupons: $154.04
Total Out of Pocket: $62.99!!!
Total Saved: $91.05 :)

A Banner Trip to CVS

It was a great trip to CVS today (I haven't been to Publix yet- had to get to CVS cause we were out of diapers!). I got a jumbo pack of Huggies, a pack of Kotex U tampons, 2 Right Guard deodorants, 2 Crest pro health toothpastes and a pack of Schick hydro cartridge replacements (I plan to get the razor for free at publix later tonight!) and a pack of M&Ms for some well behaved boys (not pictured because they were long gone when we got home!).
Total before sales and coupons: $49.53
Total paid out of pocket: $3.98!!!!
Total Saved: $44.66
And I got $10 back for next time which means I made $6.02 PROFIT!