With a really busy next few days ahead (my parents will be here tomorrow and Collin's first birthday is on Saturday!!!!!), it's wonderful to hear the sound of the rain hitting the windows and my precious first born snoring on the living room floor with her arm around our dog. All is quiet or I would take a picture. Gotta love these rainy days during nap time. I am off for some relaxation...
Thursday, July 31, 2008
Tuesday, July 29, 2008
little somethin by Beth at 7:08 PM
Monday, July 28, 2008
Tonight, I ran the longest distance I ever have: 7 miles. What I learned? When running on back country roads, run fast and carry a big stick. Oh and don't breathe too deep when passing a pig farm. You just might hurl. Good run, Hollie!
little somethin by Beth at 8:20 PM
I didn't feel like just sitting in my room today for my quiet time. I felt like a lesson from Beth Moore. I have a few to catch up on so I randomly picked one, but God knew which one I needed.
I have decided that instead of worrying about Dan's job situation, each day I just have to get up and thank him that Dan isn't laying beside me (even though that is wonderful...on weekends). Thank him that Dan is actually at work. He has blessed us with two full weeks of work. It's something that I had taken for granted. Like a spoiled child, I just expected Dan to have work.
Today, Beth had me in 2 Chronicles 20: 2-26. Some verses that stuck out to me:
vs 12 - basically, we don't know what to do but our eyes are on you.
vs 15 - Do not be afraid of discouraged...the battle is not yours it is God's.
vs 16 - even though the battle is not ours, the Lord still calls us to participate.
---ultimately their praise becomes a weapon.
The point that she touched on was that we need to change what we are saying. God wants us to be victorious. Here's steps we need to take to change what we are saying:
- bring our complaint to the Lord
- gather the prayer support we need
- stop rehearsing our complaint and start praising
The more we rehearse our problem, the more we will believe defeat. We are basically rehearsing disaster.
How incredibly simple things would be if we bring our concerns before God and then the rest of the time trust, leave the battle up to Him, and bring Him our praise. I don't know about you but I would totally rather praise Him that worry about defeat or rehearse disaster.
Lord help me.
little somethin by Beth at 3:24 PM
Thursday, July 24, 2008
First, let me say a big "Happy Birthday" to my Momma Shirley today! I know I already sang to you my most requested version of Happy Birthday to You but just wanted to publicly say how thankful I am for this day and how much you have blessed my life. Hope you get your "pink motorcycle cake".
Well, my Mommy's Helper is here this morning and what big task have I accomplished? Let's see...I went for a run and then came in and have spent the rest of the time with my God. The organization of the office was calling me but, for those of you who know Him, my God's voice is bigger.
I haven't been sleeping. I have become quite obsessed with our money situation and my part in getting more of it. I have put resumes out and actually had an interview yesterday. Something just hasn't felt right. I have been torn between sitting back and just relying on God to provide our needs and then wanting to go out there and make some extra cash to stock pile for when things get really bad...is that wrong of me? Dan makes enough money. Although, we are feeling the pains of higher gas prices and other financial things that have popped up over the past couple months. The letter from Dan's employer was a BIG wake up call for myself. My spending had gotten out of control and I wasn't placing God at the center of our finances. I like to be in control. Dan's job situation is totally out of my hands. I need to trust. We revised our budget this past weekend and that was eye opening. It's now beside my fridge to record weekly spending and keep track of everything down to the very last cent. So far so good, but I know I am going to have to wake up every morning and ask for His wisdom, guidance, and self control. He will be faithful to provide our needs.
Which brings me to something I read this morning:
That right there was my answer. I need to seek God...chase after him not money. I need to simplify things.
I can't sacrifice the time I have with my little ones right now. I can't leave them for a few hours everyday just because I want to pay off debt and have a big savings. A few hours seems like an eternity to them right now. My kids go down for nap and wake up and think they slept to the next day. This is where I am supposed to be. This is where my heart is.
little somethin by Beth at 10:05 AM
Wednesday, July 23, 2008
Yes, this one is on The Crim training...again.
We have gotten serious. We broke out the stopwatch for the first time last night. I ran my first mile in 8:15...pretty good considering it was my first of three. My second I did in 8:30...a little disappointing, but at least I was consistent. Total time for my three miles: 25:36.
Tonight I was determined to keep it under 8 minutes. I was shooting for 7:30. Wouldn't you know, I came in, my lungs and legs burning, looked at the stop watch to see 7:34. Almost what I had hoped for. I will take it. We caught our breath and finished the night off with another two miles.
The big day is drawing near...August 23, 2008.
little somethin by Beth at 9:16 PM
Tuesday, July 22, 2008
I have been blessed this summer with a Mommy's helper that comes every Thursday morning for a couple hours. She watches my kids while I get some serious cleaning and organizing done. Her Mom offered her services to me for free of charge so she can get some experience and then can use me later as a reference.
Around here, there are things I need to get done and things I want to get done. Usually, wants take a back seat while I focus of the things that need to get done to keep this house running smoothly and the kids all happy and taken care of. Behind the scenes though, lurking in the places that were off limits, it was falling apart.
It really bothers me to start a project and only be able to devote tidbits of time to it throughout the week. I hate leaving things half finished. It keeps me up at night and it consumes my thoughts if I know that I left it sitting there like that. It's been wonderful to have a couple hours at a time once a week to really dig into and finish projects around here.
I was able to tackle the storage area in the basement. There was barely any room to walk around down there and things were all over the place...no real order to it at all....it's amazing how that seems to happen by itself. I like to store things in plastic bins and keep the labeled. So, I took everything out of the twenty something bins I have down there and did some organizing and (I know, big surprise) some throwing away. I got about four bags of trash out of there and was left with 6 empty bins! With all the organization, came some space of my own. I set up a little corner down there and designated it as my scrapbooking and sewing area.
Next on my list was our walk in closet and underneath of master bathroom sinks. It was amazing to me how much I could cram in such little spaces and stuff that I saved too. I did manage to find Dan's SS card and my hospital bills from when I had the kids (I did tuck those away). When all was said and done, I took out two bags of trash (clothes, papers, and things we didn't use anymore) from it. My room is now my sanctuary again.
This week, I plan on tackling the office. That should do it. After that, for the rest of the summer while my Mommy's helper is here, I will shut myself in the storage area and work on Dan's scrap book. I took apart his baby book and then I am adding photos from the rest of his life until we were married... kinda like The Story of Daddy for our kids. I am pretty excited. I started it when I was pregnant with Kaitlyn but ended up relaxing with my feet up, in bed, watching TV. So, I already have all the materials. It just needs some creativity and to be put together.
little somethin by Beth at 11:52 AM
little somethin by Beth at 11:36 AM
Sunday, July 20, 2008
little somethin by Beth at 8:35 PM
Friday, July 18, 2008
Kaitlyn: Mommy, there's a kitty! Landon lets go meet her.
Kaitlyn and Landon ran over.
Kaitlyn: Hey, Landon, lets name her Kimmie.
Landon : Yeah, Kimmie.
They play with the cat for a few minutes. Landon burps really loud and scares it. They both laugh.
Kaitlyn: Can we keep her? Curtis needs a wife.
Me: No Kaitlyn, we can't keep her. Curtis hates other cats. She probably has a home.
Before I could say anything, Kaitlyn bends down and scoops the cat up. The picture to the side is the result. He got her pretty good.
I called her over and tried to comfort her while telling her that we NEVER EVER pick up an animal we don't know. Landon chimes in...
"We knew her. Her's name was Kimmie."
little somethin by Beth at 11:24 AM
Wednesday, July 16, 2008
I have been recording Life Today with James Robinson on Wednesdays. Why Wednesdays? Well, that's when I can see and listen to Beth Moore talk to me in my own living room. So, if you don't get that channel or are unable to watch, every Wednesday I will be highlighting points from my notes.
19When they could not find a way to do this because of the crowd, they went up on the roof and lowered him on his mat through the tiles into the middle of the crowd, right in front of Jesus.
20When Jesus saw their faith, he said, "Friend, your sins are forgiven."
21The Pharisees and the teachers of the law began thinking to themselves, "Who is this fellow who speaks blasphemy? Who can forgive sins but God alone?"
Two obstacles that get in the way of our faith:
- crowds - We have to stop thinking in a crowd that what Jesus said was not for us.
- Pharisees - we keep people where they've been because we remember where they've been and what they've done.
22 But Jesus, aware of their reasonings, answered and said to them, "Why are you reasoning in your hearts?
23 - "Which is easier, to say, 'Your sins have been forgiven you,' or to say, 'Get up and walk'?
24 -"But, so that you may know that the Son of Man has authority on earth to forgive sins,"--He said to the paralytic--"I say to you, get up, and pick up your stretcher and go home."
25 -Immediately he got up before them, and picked up what he had been lying on, and went home glorifying God.
Beth made these points that really hit home:
- Not all healing involves forgiveness
- All forgiveness involves healing
- Some cannot accept forgiveness
Then she said this:
"We go on with our lives, our heads hung in shame, and we continue to repent, thinking we are unworthy. Do we call that humility? God calls it unbelief. When we are paralyzed by past sin, we are reaffirming that we are not really forgiven. Our new reaction should be, 'Thank you, Jesus!'"
How many times do I go to God and tell him I am sorry for something that happened in the past? How many times do I relive it in my head and bring up those feelings again? All the while, reaffirming that Jesus isn't enough...His forgiveness isn't enough...I still need to dwell on it. When my mind starts to take me back to what I have done, I should automatically respond in praise. Thank you Jesus for giving me a clean slate! Thank you for your mercy and grace!
She ended with this:
"The hardest place to live out your healing is at home. They saw you at your worst. Let God 'let you out'. He'll believe the change is real before anyone else. Get up and walk!"
little somethin by Beth at 3:02 PM
Yesterday we said good bye to the smallest Walmart in the world. I will miss having to juggle my three kids while trying to push the door open to get in. Good bye to searching for something only to find they either do not carry it or it's in an odd place (nail polish next to the cookware). I will also miss pushing a cart load and trying to juggle my three children all while trying to push the door open to get out and feeling like every cashier is watching but no one can get away from their long line to help.
This morning, was the official grand opening of our new Super Walmart. It's probably the smallest Super Walmart in the world but hey, it's super to us. This is a day even my children have been waiting for...my son loves Super Walmart for some reason. We were all so excited to pull in the parking lot and grab a brand new cart. Miss America was at the front door signing autographs and there was a frightening clown walking around waving to the ceiling...what could be more fun than that?! Our first experience was a good one. I didn't need much because we had done our shopping at Aldi on Monday. I had about 5 things that I couldn't get there. The only disappointment: No swim diapers. I didn't travel into the groceries as not to tempt anything to jump into my cart that we didn't need so I don't have a review on that but everything else looked pretty darn good. Today we are on the map.
little somethin by Beth at 9:40 AM
Monday, July 14, 2008
little somethin by Beth at 9:29 PM
Thursday, July 10, 2008
little somethin by Beth at 8:32 PM
Wednesday, July 9, 2008
little somethin by Beth at 11:05 AM
Tuesday, July 8, 2008
Today, one year ago, was my due date with the baby that we lost. This day will forever be significant in my life. Last year was bitter sweet. This year, it seems like forever ago. So much has gone on, time has really flown by, and I am thanking God for the magnificent things he has taught me through it.
little somethin by Beth at 9:30 PM
Monday, July 7, 2008
little somethin by Beth at 2:51 PM
Sunday, July 6, 2008
Seems like forever since the beginning of the long holiday weekend. Rather than have this post be book length and bore you with details, I thought I would break it down...
Things that made me smile...
I have really enjoyed time with my husband this weekend. It was a nice weekend of just being together whether it was the two of us joking around, out late by the fire, or having fun family time. It was just nice to be with him. He's great!
Kaitlyn quoting Colossians 3:23 to us, a verse she learned at my parents church in Michigan while visiting. She seems to think that verse is for everyone else and doesn't apply to her. It goes, "In whatever you do, do it heartily as unto the Lord." Apparently, Landon wasn't obeying me heartily enough for her taste today. :-)
Driving to church, all five of us, crammed in Dan's Chevy Aveo. I found myself smiling about it all day.
Watching the kids play at Woodstock Waterworks today. After 5:30, the rates go down and so do the crowds!
Things that made me think...
On Thursday, I started a book, Heaven by Randy Alcorn. I am almost 100 pages in and I am really enjoying it. It was given to me by my father-in-law after my uncle passed away. It's a post, maybe a few, in itself...a must read!
My uncle's passing in general has made me think a lot. It's the first death in our immediate family...yes, I am very blessed to still have all my grandparents. It's shaken me up a bit and I am trying to sort through all my thoughts (probably another post).
Things that got me worried (and on my knees)...
Our van is leaking gas... A LOT of gas. I am thankful for that piece of junk but it sure has given me a lot of sleepless nights worrying about how we are going to pay for yet another trip to the shop. Ugh! It's waiting to be fixed right now and I don't know any details.
Dan got a letter on Saturday from his employer...happy holiday. I guess I was in denial or something. I am not surprised. Things have slowed down and it said that journeymen are going to have to start rotating days off. Again, I don't know any details but that sent me right into scrimp and save mode...which I should have already been in. I know that God will supply all our needs...it's up to us to be obedient.
Things I am looking forward to...
During one of our "quality time" chats, Dan and I finally picked a day to kick off our youth ministry at our church. We are working through details and I can't wait to get back into the swing of things. I am really excited about it!
It's time to start getting serious about training for The Crim. This week, after dropping Kaitlyn off at VBS, starts hill training. I have got my times down for my 4 mile...time to kick up my distance and add in a more challenging terrain.
little somethin by Beth at 9:17 PM
Friday, July 4, 2008
Wednesday, July 2, 2008
He took his first dip in the pool this past month. He is so different than the other two were at this age. He is perfectly content to sit in his little float and watch everyone.
He's such a happy little guy. I am still loving that he is a little cuddle bug...better enjoy it while I can. He's almost a year old!!
little somethin by Beth at 6:05 AM
Tuesday, July 1, 2008
little somethin by Beth at 10:27 PM