Lakes are cool too!

So this weekend our couples Bible study class hosted a picnic at a local park. It was a pretty cool Lake Park that had a nice big sandy beach area. The lakes here are all REALLY BIG. Not like the lakes I’m used to in Land O’ Lakes. So it’s actually an okay compromise for the beach. In fact, if we had a boat, I’d probably say it’s a GREAT compromise to the beach. Maybeeee….. anyway, I got some really great pictures of the girls that I must share. 🙂

Daddy loves his girls

🙂

T-R-O-U-B-L-E

My sweet girls, love those outfits from NeeNee 🙂

M took that picture, with my giant DSLR. Pretty good huh?

On another note, I started reading through James again. Boy did I need a refresher on this book. I was really struck by James 1:22 Do not merely listen to the Word and so decieve yourselves. Do what it says. (NIV)

Of course I looked it up in other translations because that really helps it to sink in.

NLT- But don’t just listen to God’s word. You must do what it says. Otherwise, you are only fooling yourselves.

The Message-Don’t fool yourself into thinking that you are a listener when you are anything but, letting the Word go in one ear and out the other. Act on what you hear!

Inititially when you read it, it seems rather “simple” and could easily “go in one ear and out the other”. But it caused me to once again examine myself and be sure that I am a DOER of the Word and not just listening and thinking that’s “enough”. I absolutely do not want to be living out a “dead Faith”. I want my Faith to be one that is rich and obvious to others because they can SEE me acting on what the Word of God says. This can often be hard for those of us that are mothers and stay at home. Who’s watching us?? Yep, our children. Which happen to be VERY important little eyes and souls. It’s easy to forget and think some of what we do doesn’t matter and isn’t impacting the kingdom. But that’s a lie from satan, (that I frequently fall for). So I encourage you other mommies out there (and those of you who are out working in the world) Colossians 3:23-24 Work willingly at whatever you do, as though you were working for the Lord rather than for people. Remember that the Lord will give you an inheritance as your reward, and that the Master you are serving is Christ.

Whether it’s cooking, cleaning, laundry, playing with your kids, disciplining, or LOVING, do it all for His glory. Be encouraged by the fact that your job as a mommy is VERY important and you’ll never know just how many lives you touch by being the mommy God has created you to be.

That’s all for now….. Happy Monday!

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M and R

So I decided to just take the glass out of M’s frame and hang them both up, glass-less, for now. (I say for now but I’ll probably never get around to changing them out ha!) I honestly think they look fine.

Here is R’s. Can you guess where the watermark was???

And M’s

I’m a little concerned that they aren’t quite BIG enough. I had trouble finding frames that fit the squareness of the cardstock. Jason suggested framing them out with the same molding we used on the lower half. What do you think? Yay or Nay? And I didn’t know if we should paint the molding in the white or brown? Or leave it.

The girls NEW bedroom

So, as I said in my last post, we decided to head in a different direction with the girls bedroom decor. In fact, we decided to move them to an entirely different room. We have had this one empty bedroom that we haven’t been sure what we should do with it. (Secretly I’ve been dreaming about baby number 3’s nursery 🙂 ) Jason has been really wanting a room upstairs to retreat to with a TV and couch and what not. Well it just so happens the girls bedroom would fit that purpose perfectly. Apparently Jason suggested this when we first moved in…… I don’t doubt he did. I just really wanted to make that bedroom an imagination station for the girls. This makes more sense though. We plan to keep all their toys in their little “nook” but then we will put a couch up there and basically make it another TV loft area. I know, as if we need another room centered on a TV.

So, once we agreed on switching their room we had to agree on a “design”. I showed Jason a few ideas and I told him HE could pick the color. We decided to go for more of the pink and brown look. We headed to home depot and he chose the Glidden color Gentle Fawn in eggshell finish. We decided to paint the top in Gentle Fawn and do the bottom in the Antique White to match the base boards. We also did chair rail and made boxes with moldings, all painted in the Behr Antique White Semi Gloss. It looks very clean and classy I must say. Jason did a fantastic job. I have to admit when the brown was going on the wall I was WoRRieD!!! But Jason did not disappoint me. Here are some pictures of it all done and put together. We still need some “wall art” which will come in time. For now it still looks superb 🙂 🙂 🙂

My Lamp really POPS in here a lot better 🙂

M’s bed

R’s bed

What’s great now too is THIS bedroom has a walk in closet 🙂 🙂 Way better for these girls with all their clothes. We actually ended up putting their chest of drawers in the closet as well.

I’ll post more pictures as we add new things. I found an adorable chandelier I plan to get in a few weeks after we save some moolah. I’ll also update you on the progress of the new upstairs entertainment room. It will probably be a few months considering we have to buy a couch, lol. I am also ecstatic that we’ll be able to use the coffee table I had bought for our Sea Holly house. I always liked that table 🙂

Back at the homefront….

So we’re back at home and it feels so good. Well minus the screaming head ache I’ve had for the last 30 hours and counting and whatever stomach bug me and R have. Yes, we were so happy to get home yesterday evening and then all that glorious sleep I had caught up on, while staying in Florida, was quickly gone last night. R woke up around 3:00am and continued through the rest of the night dry heaving and puking mostly mucous. Little ones throwing up is one of the most heart breaking things to watch. She seems fine today with the exception of her diarrhea, nothing a few bananas can’t take care of. 😉 (Sorry for the TMI) It wasn’t long till I started feeling nauseous which was the last thing I wanted to add to my head ache. But hey this is life, and there are people out there that deal with things like this DAILY. So, I’m thankful for being generally a healthy person with healthy kids.

 Anywho, I HAVE to share a few of the random things going on now that we are back. While Jason was busy in the yard he ran across these little babies.

After some googling he figured out they are little baby bunnies. So sweet! We weren’t sure if the mommy would come back for them but after a few experiments we figured out she had. (Whew…. I wasn’t ready to mother baby rabbits) I just love the nature going on in our backyard though.

Also, while we were away, Jason built this desk for our office.

We’re going to paint and put up some window treatments, eventually, and I’ll update you once it’s complete. I know….. the arcade game has GOT to go….

And of course it didn’t take long for me to decide that I want to go in a different direction with the girls room. We’re thinking more of a neutral color on the walls accented with the “fun girly colors”. Well I say we but really it’s Jason that prefers the neutral colors. Sooooo, we’ll be painting in there within the next few days. 🙂 And when we do, I’ll update with photos. I have some ideas running that are simple and easy to do that I hope will make the room look really nice and clean. Which is definitely how Jason likes it. A lot of his life was spent in basically a “model home” and the decor was gorgeous so now he has that kind of taste. He calls it “mature”. 🙂 Apparently mature doesn’t involve pink or green walls. lol. What’s really gonna kill me is I KNOW it’s going to look really good b/c it never fails that Jason taste always looks better than mine haha. I guess in reality we just have the SAME taste and maybe I’m trying to rebel from it or something.

My trip to florida was very enjoyable. Of course I didn’t have enough time to see everyone. I never do. I need like 2 weeks down there. But I was able to celebrate my brother CJ’s birthday, which was actually the sole purpose of my visit. And of course Mother’s Day fell on this weekend too so that was perfect. I was so excited to be able to spend ample amounts of time with my family, especially my niece and nephews.

Me and D, I really love this photo.

 

my brothers, wouldn’t have had it any other way

CJ’s wife Jamie, my S-I-L 🙂

My dad’s parents 🙂

Jason’s dad with the girls at, where else, Carrabba’s, 🙂 my faaaaavorite restaurant!

Jason’s mommy and her mommy with the girls, Mother’s Day after church

And then let me just share some of the sweetest photos of ALL time 🙂

Reading with Popi 🙂 miss this!

Linda came by to see the girls after work and just happened to be wearing black and white as well!

Took these in our back yard weekend before last. They turned out really good, I was excited!

Best for last right 😉

Alright now it’s time to go sleep these aches away.

Encouragement from Hebrews

I LOVE this passage. Check it out in a couple different translations. It just really strengthens my Faith every time I read it.

Hebrews 12:1-3

(NLT)

Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a huge crowd of witnesses to the life of faith, let us strip off every weight that slows us down, especially the sin that so easily trips us up. And let us run with endurance the race God has set before us. We do this by keeping our eyes on Jesus, the champion who initiates and perfects our faith. Because of the joy awaiting him, he endured the cross, disregarding its shame. Now he is seated in the place of honor beside God’s throne. Think of all the hostility he endured from sinful people; then you won’t become weary and give up.

(NIV)

Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith. For the joy set before him he endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. Consider him who endured such opposition from sinners, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart.

Not Perfect, but loved by Him regardless :)

Often I am just REALLY touched by music. I’ll hear a song and be like “That is SO me” and “I’m so glad God loves me for who I am and that I can’t hide from him and it doesn’t matter if I feel like a failure b/c he loves me no matter what.” and then I think “Sweet, let’s move on and live thankfully, glorifying Him in all you do! Geez, Katie.” 🙂  So anyway, when something hits me I like to share it b/c maybe it can touch you too. Two songs  I heard today listening to Pandora while cooking din-din, (stir fry 😉  ) Natalie Grant: Perfect People and Casting Crowns: Stained Glass Masquerade.  Check out the videos I found on youtube with the lyrics. 🙂 It always helps me to really GET the song when I read the lyrics while listening to it.

One thing I feel like my parents have really instilled in me was to be aware of having grace and mercy towards others. I get this concept b/c I know that I want to be accepted just as much as the next person. In the Casting Crowns song they say “Would the love of Jesus, Be enough to make you stay”. Something that I always have hoped I can exemplify is the love for others and accepting people where they are at. (Probably b/c I want others to do this for me) Isn’t it so hard to love people some times though?! We can be down right mean! (I speak for myself of course) But as Christians we are called to “love our enemies” and “pray for those who persecute us” (Matthew 5:44) and everything in between! Brotherly love, sisterly love, neighborly love, family, friends, the list goes on, love love love. I of course am NOT perfect and as much as I want to love people for who they are I can’t accomplish this apart from the power of the Holy Spirit and I’ve been trying to pray a lot on this topic of loving people.   

Geez, I did not intend to write that much, I was only going to post the links to the songs and went off on a rant. Oh well.

Thank you Lord for your grace and mercy. Give me the ability to love others the way you do. The way you love me. 🙂

Natalie Grant: Perfect People

Casting Crowns: Stained Glass Masquerade