When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; And through the rivers, they will not overflow you. Isaiah 43:2

Friday, February 22, 2008

A Future Cheerleader?

We went to the Liberty game to watch daddy ref and to support Grandpa Mac's Patriots. Kya decided to join up with the cheer squad! :) She moved her little arms and legs and clapped and jumped like a pro! Oh dear, it is starting much too early!

Wyatt Can't Stop Climbin'

Don't leave a stool out!...or a ladder...or a hill...he'll climb on ANYTHING!!!!!

Thursday, February 21, 2008

Kya's Memory Verse

Inspired by a little video clip at church, we are following the memory verse from church this week and Kya has it memorized...and it is penetrating my heart more and more everyday as well, which I think was all a part of God's sly plan ;).

Ephesians 4:32 "Be kind to one another."

So simple, but so integral to any life that seeks to follow Christ's example.


Sunday, February 17, 2008

A Good Sunday

Today was a nice day. A great message from pastor Ron about getting involved in fellowship and small groups that really has us thinking and praying and a lovely afternoon of sunshine (70 degrees!) and family. We are contemplating leading a small couples group in our home, but can't tell if it's God's will for us just yet.

Kya has a new friend down the street with whom she spent the better part of the day. Her name is Abby and she is five. She loves Kya and they play SO nicely together. They played at our house for a few hours this afternoon and it was so nice to hear the sounds of THREE kids running around...:)

I led worship with Scott (not hubby, a different one) and Adam at The Hub this evening which was a blast as usual. We sang "Amazing Love" and " Marvelous Light" among others, and it was so great to jam with those guys! (You can hear Adam's Hub song by clicking the link to the right--you might have to download the player, but it's worth it! He's hilarious.)

The Haners watched the kids for THREE LONG HOURS!!!! (Scott had a basketball meeting) so Scott and I had our own separate kidless activites this evening which was a nice change of pace. THANKS AGAIN IN-LAWS...I think every post could just be an ode to my in-laws. They rock!

Tomorrow's a holiday so there are many possibilities--maybe we will go visit friends in Fresno...we are praying about how to best help them as their 8 week old struggles with infant botulism. She is making a remarkable recovery, but has been in the hospital for sooo long. We want to help but can't decide how best to help. Of course we are constantly praying, so that's the most powerful help, but what else to do...hmmm. Scott is getting a cold so we don't want to expose them to that by going up there. Any ideas? We could send something there...like flowers or candy...doesn't seem personal enough...we will pray about this more. Good night all! Sooo sleepy...Prayer for them please!!!

Friday, February 15, 2008

Hallelujah for the New Week!

I am so thankful for this new week with renewed energy and new ideas. I have had so many great pieces of advice since the last post, and so much has changed for the better that I thought I'd better update lest everyone think I am still miserable! LOL!

I have joined the gym (LOVE IT!) at the advice of several people, who find it both energizing and relaxing. I am getting up earlier and spending quiet time alone. I have unsubscribed to some of my email groups that were sucking my time away from my family, and I am taking more time to myself to regroup. All of these things coupled with the added gifts of housecleaning (THANK YOU IN-LAWS!) and flowers from my sweet hubby have made this week a fabulous new adventure! I have found renewed patience and energy to love and play with the kids, and it FEELS GREAT!!!!

Saturday, February 9, 2008


Well, it's Saturday, but it doesn't feel that different from any other day. Mommyhood doesn't change. And in fact the kids have been extra challenging this morning--or maybe I'm just extra impatient. So I have been seeking advice. How do other mommies handle that feeling like, "I've been doing this 24 hours a day 7 days a week without a break FOREVER and there's no break in sight!!!" I just am starting to feel like running away to a distant land, changing my name, and having a little private mommy meltdown. Not really, but...sometimes...any thoughts or brilliant advice welcome. :)

Saturday, February 2, 2008

A Wise Woman

From nogreaterjoy.org:

A wise woman doesn’t take anything for granted. She is thankful to be loved and seeks to make herself more lovely.
A wise woman doesn’t allow herself to be a liability but strives to be an asset to the marriage bond. She looks for ways to make, save, and use money wisely. Her husband knows he is a richer man because she is his wife.
A wise woman seeks to be a part of her husband’s life. His interest becomes her interest. She looks for ways to help him in every endeavor in which he is involved. When he needs a helping hand, it is her hand that is there first.
A wise woman knows that his peace of mind (and sometimes, wise understanding) is something she can give or take away by her observations and conversation concerning circumstances or people. She limits her conversation to the positive.
A wise woman sets a joyful mood in the household. She uses laughter, music and happy times to stir the children to a positive, joyful frame of mind. She knows this light-heartedness helps take stress off her husband.
A wise woman gauges her husband’s needs. She seeks to fulfill his desires before even he is aware of them. She never leaves him daydreaming outside the home. She supplies his every desire.
A wise woman understands that her husband’s need to be honored is not based on his performance but on his position. She learns quickly to defer with enthusiasm to his ideas or plans. She looks for ways to reverence him. She knows this is God’s will for her life.
A wise woman is not pitiful, puny, or whinny. She seeks to be confident, capable and thankful.
A wise woman does not dream of what “could have been.” She sees clearly that she is not God’s gift to men; thus she is blessed in her present circumstances. She learns to be content.
A wise woman never expects anyone to serve her; therefore she is never disappointed. She is ready to help—a giver. By her example her children learn to serve cheerfully and energetically.
A wise woman doesn’t attempt to instruct her husband through feigned questions. Her questions are sincere inquiries concerning his will.
A wise woman is always learning. She is open to change. She is ready to hear. She wants to know. She doesn’t cloud her mind with the foolish folly of entertainment. She uses her time wisely.

A View from Kya's Window

Well, actually, a view from inside the room. These are two pink fabric curtain panels that Dani Munoz gave to us ages ago that I tied and draped. I finally got them gathered into some semblance of randomness that looks decent. Kya loves her crazy curtains and her new duvet from Ikea (not in this picture since we just go it) that has a fairy circus theme. You can see it at this link (until somebody buys it:)
Our friend Aimee picked it out and we just think it's SOOO cute!
I love havin' a girl! If you look super close, you can see the ornament I won at Raquel's Cookie Exchange hanging from Kya's ceiling fan! :)

A fence is down!

The recent forceful winds (gusts to 60 MPH) caused two large panels of our fence to blow over. This is a picture from our backyard INTO the neighbors' backyard. It has taken some hard work to dig out the old posts and take out old rusty stapled, but Scott is working diligently in all his "free time" to get it back up. In the meantime, the doggies spend a lot fo time in the garage, which they don't seem to mind. Last night Scott was getting dressed after his shower and we heard someone yell, "put on some clothes!" We are used to the field and no neighbors behind us! LOL!