Thursday, February 26, 2009

Condemnation

I can spend a lot of time dwelling on guilt and condemnation for my sins and wrongs. I think it is something that a lot of us do... whether they are things that have been recent or are long in our past. Whether those sins seem small or great. But lately God has been working in me and showing me that He does not condemn me and I am free from the guilt of my mistakes.

It started while reading Battlefield of the Mind by Joyce Meyer. She made this statement:

"How much time are you going to waste in guilt and condemnation?"

And that's the truth of it. It IS wasted time.

Then, while still thinking about that, a few days later while reading my Psalm section in my Bible in a Year I read this...

You have made my days a mere handbreadth; the span of my years is as nothing before you. Each man's life is but a breath. Psalm 39:5

Immediately after reading the phrase "each man's life is but a breath" I felt like God was asking me "What are you going to do with it?" I felt this so strong that I stopped to highlight the phrase in my Bible and wrote the question beside it. I have not been able to get it out of my head for a few days now. Life is short.... don't waste it living in guilt and condemnation.

After that I was reminded of Romans 8:1...

Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus.

Ok. Sounds good. But then I realized that I wasn't REALLY sure that I knew what the word condemnation meant. The only thing that came to mind was a judge sentencing someone. So... I looked up the definition and found that condemnation means "the act of condemning or the state of being condemned." Not a lot of help... so I looked up condemn.

Condemn: 1. to pronounce an unfavorable or adverse judgement on; express strong disapproval of 2. to give grounds or reason for convicting or for censure 3. to pronounce to be guilty; sentence to punnishment 4. to judge or pronounce to be unfit for use or service 5. to declare incurable.

Good news!!! I am not condemned!! God does not disapprove of me! I am not guilty! I do not have to be sentenced to punnishment! I am still fit for use or service and I am curable! :) God is good!

I started reading a book by John Bevere the other day and he said...

"Time misused can never be recovered. Once the sun goes down the day is forever gone."

Today is the day to stop wasting and misusing your time living in guilt and condemnation. Confess your sins to God and leave them at His feet. Then receive His forgiveness and go and sin no more!

Pslam 103:10-12
He does not treat us as our sins deserve or repay us according to our iniquities. For as high as the heavens are above the earth, so great is his love for those who fear him; as far as the east is from the west, so far has he removed our transgressions from us.

Wednesday, February 25, 2009

What is THAT!?

I was leaving Walmart this morning and saw this guy with a huge, dark mark on his forehead. My first thought was "what is that!?" Then I noticed his wife had it too... it was just the ashes for Ash Wednesday.

After seeing these two people with their ashes I had a flashback. I grew up in the Catholic church and went to Catholic school all twelve years.... so of course we always had mass on Ash Wednesday and we all got to wear our ashes all day.

Well one year.... After waiting in line it was finally my turn and the priest stopped to cough and sneeze in to his hand.... the same hand with which he then took his big fat thumb and dipped it in the ashes and smeared them on my forehead. Needless to say all I could think was "YUCK!" and I was really grossed out.

Monday, February 23, 2009

Dream come true!!!

Yesterday I was talking with Mike about how nice it would be to sit on a beach alone for a few days... soaking up the sun, relaxing with the sound of the water, reading a good book and spending some quality time with God.

And do you know what he said!?!? "Can you do it for $500?" You bet I can!

So I got online and looked around. I found a hotel right on the beach in Daytona. Booked that and a flight for about a total of $450.

I am beyond pumped! I'm going for five days/four nights in the middle of March. I leave in 22 days! I'm already running through my list to pack in my head.

I do have to admit though that I am a little bit nervous. It's been a long time since I have traveled alone and the last time I did that I took a Greyhound to Boston and had someone meeting me there. But I am looking forward to the adventure that will lead me to sunshine!

Anyways... I have the best husband in the world. He is so great and cares about my needs and is willing to make sacrifices so I can do things like spend a week on the beach... while he stays home with the kids... without complaining. What a gift!!

Sunday, February 22, 2009

Psalm 103

Praise the Lord, O my soul;
all my inmost being, praise his holy name.
Praise the Lord, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits-
who forgives all your sins
and heals all your diseases,
who redeems your life from the pit
and crowns you with love and compassion,
who satisfies your desires with good things
so that your youth is renewed like the eagle's.

The Lord works righteousness
and justice for all the oppressed.

He made known his ways to Moses,
his deeds to the people of Israel:
The Lord is compassionate and gracious, slow to anger, abounding in love.
He will not always accuse,
nor will he harbor his anger forever;
he does not treat us as our sins deserve
or repay us according to our iniquities.
For as high as the heavens are above the earth,
so great is his love for those who fear him;
as far as the east is from the west,
so far has he removed our transgressions from us.
As a father has compassion on his children,
so the Lord has compassion on those who fear him;
for he knows how we are formed,
he remembers that we are dust.
As for man, his days are like grass,
he flourishes like a flower of the field;
the wind blows over it and it is gone,
and it's place remembers it no more.
But from everlasting to everlasting
the Lord's love is with those who fear him,
and his righteousness with their children's children-
with those who keep his covenant
and remember to obey his precepts.

The Lord has established his throne in heaven,
and his kingdom rules over all.

Praise the Lord, you his angels,
you mighty ones who do his bidding,
who obey his word.
Praise the Lord, all his heavenly hosts,
you his servants who do his will.
Praise the Lord, all his works everywhere in his dominion.

Praise the Lord, O my soul.


GOD IS GOOOOOD!!

Jason's One Year Photo Shoot



We did a little photo shoot of Jason today. I don't take the kids to get professional pictures done. Instead I just try to get a decent one by myself. Liza was much easier to get pictures of. I don't know why... she just was. She would always look at the camera or be doing something REALLY cute. Photogenic little girl.... until she realized that she could just be stubborn and not look at the camera any more.

Jason is a different story. I sit him where I want him for the picture and he just gets up and walks to me. Never gives me enough time to get a good picture. So it's been a challenge and I have actually considered taking him to a studio somewhere and letting them deal with it haha. I don't want Jason to complain like I do... about being the second child and not having any where near as many pictures as the first. (I still love you mom and dad. I know it's tough with two small ones.)

But we did ok with pictures today. He is always looking up and never at me because Mike has to stand behind me and do stupid things to get his attention. Oh well... I think these turned out decent enough and I won't have to be spending my money to pay someone else to get an ok picture.




Jason's Birthday

Jason turned one year old this past Friday.

I'm not real big on doing parties for kids that aren't old enough to remember them so we just did something small. We also don't have a lot of relatives nearby so it is really easy to keep things small. Mike's family came over for dinner and some fun time with Jason... and Liza of course. We cooked up some meatball subs. Yum!

Jason was super cute... as always. But he's getting cuter and cuter every day. More personality. More talking. He's getting smarter by the minute!

After dinner we had dessert. I also don't like the whole mess that comes with babies and cake so we skip that. Instead for first birthdays we do mini blueberry muffins.



Jason thought they were pretty yummy!









Then we did the presents. Liza was pretty upset that the presents weren't for her. She cried a bit. Then she tried to be sneaky and open them when we weren't really paying attention.



We probably should have just let Liza open Jason's wrapped presents because he didn't really care about them. You would think that a kid would love tearing paper. Nope. Wasn't interested. Once the presents were all open though he did enjoy playing with them and dancing to their music. Sometimes though I think the rest of us enjoy figuring out the toys more than the kids do!






Saturday, February 21, 2009

Project 365

I was typing this blog and realized I was writing January instead of February on all the dates... turns out I did that on my last Project 365 blog as well. No one mentioned it. I should go fix that though.

February 17, 2009

Once again my hat has been stolen. My kids both insist that they need it if I decide to wear it.... it's cute... but it is also probably the reason that I can not find it right now.

February 18, 2009

Jason is always so cute when I put him to bed. I love him!! He just makes my heart so happy. The name Jason means "healer" and I can't even begin to count the number of times he has already healed my heart just by smiling and being himself.

February 19, 2009

I'm wrapping presents for Jason's birthday. He turns one tomorrow... already! The year has flown by. I bought him a bunch of toys over the summer at garage sales so he will be getting plenty.

February 20, 2009

It's Jason's birthday!! My baby boy is one. Ahhh! Where did the year go? He was so cute eating his little cupcake. He didn't really care about opening his presents... but he did enjoying playing with them once they were opened.

Weekend Getaway

Mike and I had a really great time during our three days without the kids. Because Mike doesn't work in the winter it made the babysitting arrangements easy. We drove to my parents on Thursday and spent the night there. In the morning we woke up, got ready, got the kids breakfast and said goodbye. We were off! For three whole days!!!

We spent our weekend in Erie. We planned over Christmas that we would take Valentine's weekend and go there. After decided that I was talking to my best friend... they had received a package deal to Splash Lagoon and were planning to go the same weekend as we were.... and they had two tickets they weren't going to use!!! So we got to go to Splash Lagoon for free.

Splash Lagoon
is an indoor water park and it was sooo much fun to be swimming and riding the slides in the middle of winter. All that was needed was a good dose of sunshine. The slides were great fun. A lot of them were completely dark and I like control and I like to be able to see where I am going so the first few times down were tough for me haha. But I got used to it. I think my favorite thing though was that a lot of the slides were tube rides and they had double tubes... so Mike and I got to go down together.

We spent one morning at the Family First Sports Park. We had seen a brochure and it had a coupon for mini golf... buy one get one game. So we did. We went early in the morning so we ended up being the only people on the course. It was great. We had a blast and made fun of each other a lot. I won. :)



After golfing we checked out the arcade. Again there was no one else around. We were about to put our quarters in the skee ball game when we realized it took tokens. Kind of confusing because they had a quarter machine nearby. One of the workers saw what was happening and told us to go to the counter and he would get us some tokens.... nice guy.... he didn't make us pay for them because of the confusion and we got a whole handful of tokens for FREE! I won skee ball too. :)



We went out to eat for all our meals.... I think I am still full a week later. I always enjoy going out to restaurants that we don't have in town... we got to go to TGIFridays and Golden Corral. The buffet at Golden Corral is huge and they have everything you could ever want to eat. And the dessert buffet..... massive. I could have gained ten pounds if I wanted to.

I really enjoyed the whole weekend. It was so fun to just be "Laura and Mike" for a few days and not have to worry about being being "mom and dad".

We are so thankful for the people in our life that are willing to watch our kids for us every once in a while so that we can still date. I don't know what we would do without them!!

What I really want...

A few months ago I still needed to lose a bit of the weight that I gained while pregnant with Jason and I was having a hard time getting motivated so Mike and I made a deal. We live on a pretty tight budget and were using all extra to pay off our debt (which is now done!!!) and now the extra goes in to savings for a house. That doesn't leave us a whole lot of money for extra things right now.

Well the deal we made was that for every pound I lost I would get $10. I get paid soon and last time I weighed I had earned $210! :) Only four pounds from my goal weight.

My plan is to use this money to treat myself to a weekend alone. Most people think I am crazy for wanting to go alone... but I love time to myself and once kids come along it is a hard thing to get. But for me... a weekend of not having to think of any one but myself, eating and sleeping when I want and not having to stop my day for a kids nap or bedtime... that sounds GREAT!

I've been thinking though... what I REALLY want is a few days alone on a beach. The warm sun. Some good books. But I don't think my $210 will stretch that far. :( By the time I pay for a plane ticket somewhere, transportation, hotel and food.... that adds up.

So I guess I will be sticking with my original plan to get a cheap hotel and use the extra for a massage... a good massage is almost as good as a day on the beach.

Thursday, February 19, 2009

Swimming

Today was Liza's last day of swim lessons. It was family day so we got to take Michael and Jason along. Liza was a blast as always and showed everyone how good she can splash. :) We sing The Wheels on the Bus at swim lessons and it has become her favorite song. She asks me to sing it ALL THE TIME now.

Jason didn't seem to mind the water. He wasn't very enthusiastic, but he didn't complain either. He is getting a tooth so he just kind of hung out with his entire fist in his mouth the whole time. Of course he was super cute in his swim shorts that were way too big.

I'm debating if I want to sign Liza up again for the next cycle of swim lessons. If I did I would sign Jason up as well. But I also saw in the schedule at the YMCA some Child/Parent gymnastic classes. I think Liza would enjoy something like that a lot. She loves doing somersaults and dancing and spinning and getting dizzy. She has a ton of energy so maybe I should sign her up for something like that instead. I only have a few days to decide.

I wish all these fun programs didn't cost extra money on top of membership. If they were free we would do them all!

Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Creamy Red Potatoes

We made these potatoes for dinner tonight. It worked well because I was able to put them in the crockpot this morning and they were ready in time for Mike when he got home from work today. He threw some burgers on the grill and we had an easy, yummy dinner. Try these potatoes!!!

2 pounds small red potatoes, quartered
1 package (8 ounces) cream cheese, softened
1 can (10 3/4 ounces) condensed cream of potato soup, undiluted
1 envelope ranch salad dressing mix

Place potatoes in a slow cooker. In a small mixing bowl, beat cream cheese, soup and salad dressing mix until blended. Stir into potatoes. Cover and cook on low for 8 hours or until potatoes are tender.

Makes 4-6 servings.

digital scrapping

Every once in a while a I get in the mood to do some scrapping but don't want to deal with the mess of paper and glue... so I do some digital scrapping.

My favorite thing about digi scrapping is that I can make my photos whatever size they need to be to fit the space. Plus it is REALLY cheap. You can buy lots of fancy things for digi scrapping but everything I use I find for free.

Some of the sites I like to go to for free stuff are:
http://www.ikeagoddess.blogspot.com/
http://aworkinprogresskits.blogspot.com/

Digi scrapping is really easy. You need to have an editing program on your computer. Then you just open the papers, pictures and elements that you want to use in the program. It's all just using layers and adding all the things you want to use. You can add text, shaddows and any kind of edit that you can find.

Here are a few pages I have made recently....







This one was made using a template. Someone else designed the layout and I just added the papers, photos and text.


You can see other pages I have made at HERE.




Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Project 365

February 9, 2009

Jason's favorite thing is to put his stuffed animals in his mouth and carry them around like that. He usually just bites right on to the nose and he is always so proud of himself.

February 10, 2009

Liza was hanging out on McQueen and saw that I had my camera out. She came up to me and told me to take her picture... that is a very rare thing. Usually when I get the camera out she refuses to look at me.

February 11, 2009
I didn't get a photo today. I spent the day cleaning and packing, getting ready to go on our little vacation and it was the end of the day before I realized that I never got my camera out.

February 12, 2009

Just a cute picture of my little cutie Jason. I can't believe he is almost 1!!

February 13, 2009

I've been trying to get a book like this for a few weeks now. I saw one at Borders in our mall and was just waiting to get a coupon in my email. The coupon came and the book was gone!! Bummer. I found this one today while we were out doing some shopping. It's basically a super large, detailed book that is written like a class.... just for my specific camera! I can't wait to see what all I can learn from it.

February 14, 2009
This is me beating Mike at some mini golf. :) We had the weekend without the kids and saw a coupon for golf... buy one game get one free... so we figured why not! There was no one else there and we had a great time. It was the first of many things that I beat Mike at during the weekend.

February 15, 2009
We picked the kids up from my parents today. It was so nice to see them again after being gone for three days. We bought them these little stuffed animals... dogs... and they loved them. Jason did what he usually does and put it in his mouth. He loves when some bites on the other end and plays with him. It's like two animals fighting for the toy... but it makes Jason laugh so we do it!

February 16, 2009
While staying at Grandma's for the weekend Liza was introduced to play dough. She loves it. Will sit for a REALLY long time in her own little world with play dough. She likes to make snowmen, snakes and cookies.



Monday, February 16, 2009

Mondays with Mike: Washington Monument

The Washington Monument, in Washington D.C., stands over 555 feet high. At the very top, engraved on the metal cap are the Latin words: “LAUS DEO” which means “Praise be to God”.



It happened.

I've been saying for a while now that one day I will wake up and be having conversations with Liza. Today was that day.

We are at my parents' house and I was sleeping in the same room as Liza. When she woke up and saw me she just started talking and talking and talking... about everything. She was asking questions, telling stories... just going on and on.

I loved it.

Saturday, February 14, 2009

God hears our prayers

Today we got to go to an indoor water park and it was loads of fun. At the end of the day I was sitting with my friend while we waited for our husbands to finish up with one more slide that they wanted to go on. While waiting, a mom asked us if we had seen her boy walk by. She told us he was five and wearing spiderman shorts and sandals. He had wandered off. We told her we hadn't seen him and she let us know that she was going to walk around the park and asked if we saw him would we have him stand by us until she got back.

The woman made her way around and we hadn't seen the boy. By now she was looking worried and I don't blame her a bit. She went looking some more. I decided to say a little prayer that God help us find the little boy. Right after that I looked up and I noticed a little boy and he was wearing the spiderman stuff! I couldn't believe it! In a huge park with tons of people God helped me spot the little boy that I had never seen before! And I couldn't even see clear because I didn't have my glasses or contacts on.

God heard my prayer and answered... immediately. And the boy was then safe with his family. It was so amazing to be used by God in that way and to have such a quick answer to my prayer. I am so glad that he used me to help that family.

Don't forget to pray!!!

Friday, February 13, 2009

Photo Challenge: Saddness

This weeks photo challenge was sadness. Liza was REALLY sick and she was sooo tired. She just laid down on the couch while watching a movie and I thought she looked so sad. :( Normally Liza is full of energy and laughing and smiling and having a blast... seeing her like this was definitely a picture of sadness.

Wednesday, February 11, 2009

That was refreshing!

I feel like we have been in the house sooo much lately. With the kids being sick last week we had to stay in. And since we are going away this weekend I didn't want to risk them getting sick again so we have avoided other people. I know that sounds ridiculous but Mike and I are leaving the kids at my parents for THREE DAYS and that is worth being ridiculous about! So don't judge. :)

It's over 50 degrees today and the ice and snow have melted off the road so I got the kids dressed and we headed outside for a stroll up and down the road. We loved it! It was so refreshing to get outside and walk and not be freezing. Liza was super cute... as always. She kept saying "I takin' a walk. I takin' a walk." And she was telling me what everything was. She can't wait till Daddy comes home and she can tell him what we did.

Jason just chilled in the stroller. I was going to let him walk too until I realized that I don't have any shoes for him. I guess it's time to invest in a pair of sneakers... and another monkey backpack.

Monday, February 9, 2009

Love Languages.

A while ago I read the book The Five Love Languages by Gary Chapman and I was certain that my primary love language was words of affirmation. And it DEFINITELY was not gifts. It made sense at the time. I told Mike that is what I thought it was and he agreed that it made sense.

I was wrong.

I've been paying more attention lately. I've changed my mind. I think my primary love language actually is gifts. And I am not saying that just to get nice things from Mike! It's my love language. No doubt about it. God was showing me this week that I even get giddy over every answered prayer because I see each answer as a gift. I feel loved.

It all really does make sense too now that I think about it. Usually a person shows love in the way they like to receive love. I looove giving gifts! I would spend all my money buying gifts for people. And not just any gift... It needs to be meaningful, thoughtful.

I'm pretty sure that I won't be changing my mind again. I've got it all figured out. Primary love language is gifts. Secondary love language is quality time.

Now if I could just figure out what Mike's love language is! (He doesn't even have a guess... not much help!)

Mondays with Mike: The Great Seal of the United States

The back of the One dollar bill has the Great Seal of the United States. There is a lot of symbolism displayed within the seal but the one thing I want to point out is the Latin phrase “Annuit Coeptis”. It translates “He(God) has favored our undertakings.”





Information taken from:
“On Two Wings-Humble Faith and Common Sense at the American Foundation” by Michael Novak and Wikipedia

Sunday, February 8, 2009

Project 365

February 4, 2009

This would be the day that both Liza and Jason got sick. It was a sad, gross day. My poor babies were so exhausted... and so was I.

February 5, 2009

You have no idea how happy I was to see Jason playing and smiling a little bit. After how sick he was yesterday this made my heart happy and I knew he was past the worst of it.

February 6, 2009

As always, Liza likes to play IN things.

February 7, 2009

The thing that you see Liza playing in actually goes under her bed to hold blankets. I looked in her room to check on her and found her just laying there with her blankets on her... resting and relaxing. She does strange things.

February 8, 2009

Today Liza discovered that the world looks pretty cool through my red water bottle. She was pretty amused and so was I!

I'm glad the week is over.

It's been a crazy week in our house. I haven't got a lot done because three days were spent trying to catch the kid's puke in a bucket before it fell on the carpet or furniture. It was pretty gross. We spend our days watching movies and sitting on a blanket. Resting and doing nothing.

For me, it was hard. Neither of the kids have ever been sick like that before and it broke my heart. If I could have taken their sickness from them I would have... in a heartbeat. They were so tough though. Especially Liza. She was the sickest. I don't know if I have ever been as sick as she was.

Mike and I are doing good.... haven't got the flu and don't plan to. :)

Saturday, February 7, 2009

Jesus loves me!

It still amazes me how many times my reading for Bible in a Year goes right along with what is happening in my life. I was recently reminded of a time in my life when I was full of hurt, anger and bitterness. It took a long time for me to work through forgiveness and deal with it all. It took fully relying on God and a determination greater than I had. But today my heart is whole again and what was in the past no longer makes me hurt or angry.

Psalm 30:1-3, 11-12
I will exalt you, O Lord, for you have lifted me our of the depths and did not let my enemies gloat over me.
O Lord my God, I called to you for help and you healed me.
O Lord, you brought me up from the grave; you spared me from going down in to the pit.

You turned my wailing in to dancing; you removed my sackcloth and clothed me with joy,
That my heart may sing to you and not be silent.
O Lord my God, I will give you thanks forever.

Wednesday, February 4, 2009

Project 365

January 31, 2009

Liza is learning how to make silly faces. She only has a few so far but we are working on learning more.

February 1, 2009

Steelers win their sixth superbowl!!

February 2, 2009

The girl loves purses. If you leave one laying where she can get it she WILL get it. Liza's Aunt Rachel came to babysit her and the green purse is hers. Liza got it and got in to it and found a zippy bag. Rachel explained that she used it to pack her lunch... so Liza decided to pack herself a lunch with her plastic fruit.

February 3, 2009

It was the end of the day and I didn't yet get a photo. I've been working on a scrapbook of my cousin's wedding for them and just finished up a page. So I took a photo so you can have a sneak peek. I'm really liking how this scrapbook is turning out. It's going to be hard to give it away.


It could have been a looong night....

... but it wasn't!!

Around 10:00 Liza woke up crying a really whiny cry so Mike went to check on her. She just kept crying and told us her belly hurt. She was coughing and didn't look good at all. I was sure that the puke was on it's way so we sat in the bathroom because it's about the only uncarpeted space in the house.

Things weren't looking or sounding good.

So I sat with Liza and talked to her about God and how he heals us and then we prayed a simple prayer asking God to make her belly better. And right away Liza started to feel better. She stopped crying and settled down.

But she kept coughing a little and her breathing sounded rough... like stuff was draining down her throat instead of out of her nose.

So we prayed for her throat and her breathing and before we even said amen she was fine.... and two seconds later she was laughing and being normal Liza again.

It was such a sweet moment that we got to share. What could have been a really long night was over in five minutes. God is cool like that. We are loved. He hears our prayers and answers us. Liza and I hugged and rocked a little longer while talking about God and how much he loves and that we need to believe in Him. That God is our healer and he cares about us and wants to take care of us. I love that I get to teach her these things.

When we were done I put her back in bed and she fell asleep. When she woke up this morning she was still fine.

Thank you God!

Don't forget to pray... about EVERYTHING!

Tuesday, February 3, 2009

Potty Training Progress Report

It has been just over two weeks since we started potty training Liza. Even though we aren't where I would like to be... Liza going to the potty, pulling her own pants down, sitting on the potty, going, pulling her pants back up, washing her hands all on her own.... we have come a long way.

If I put Liza on the potty every hour we can get through the day with only one or two accidents. That's pretty good I guess. I should be happy. Although it is a lot of work and I would rather have her tell me when she had to go.

We have tried all kinds of incentives. We have tried diapers, pullups and big girl undies. It doesn't seem to matter what she is wearing. We have been trying EVERYTHING... just hoping to find that one thing that will REALLY get her motivated.

The other day something came in the mail and it had a Steeler sticker on it. Liza wanted it and Mike was smart. He told her after she peed on the potty she could have the sticker. And Liza... being as smart as she is decided to get on that right away. She said "gotta go!" and ran to the bathroom and went. And then she got her Steeler sticker. Who would have thought stickers would be the answer! She gets stickers twice a day anyways.... but I guess she wants more.

So now we have some stickers in the bathroom and every time she pees she gets a new one to wear on her hand... which only survives about five minutes before she rips it up. It's her way of playing with stickers. And I can handle the mess of stickers every where in the house if it will get her going on the potty!

Since we got going with the stickers she is doing better. Today she told us four times now that she had to pee and actually DID pee. Wow! I'm amazed. I should have tried stickers from the start! I hope this is a turning point in the training and that I will no longer have to ask her every fifteen minutes if she has to pee.

Trust in God

Everyone seems to be watching the news lately and talking about the latest store closings and layoffs and how bad the economy is. Everyone is worried. Everyone is wondering how this will all get fixed.

I see a lot of people putting their hope and trust in the government to take care of them and "bail them out." To create jobs for them. To take away all their problems.

Even today in my Bible study we talked for a while about how bad things were and someone said "I don't know what it is going to take to fix all this mess." HELLO! Ummm.... let's try GOD!

In the Bible God says....

Don't worry about what you will eat or drink or wear. I take care of the birds. Do you think I won't take care of YOU!?! Just trust in me. Be obedient and have faith. Give me all your worries. I care about you and I will take care of you.

God is the answer this country needs... not more government. Be careful not to let it become your idol.

A woman in my Bible study group shared with us an amazing story and testimony of God in her life. Years ago her husband didn't have work for 27 months! She said they sold everything in the house but the kids beds. One time there were only two cans of soup in the cupboard and they would eat that for lunch but didn't know what they would have for dinner. But she said she never went without. Time and time again God used others to bless her and her family. Bills got paid on time. Food was always on the table. For 27 months!!!! God took care of their every need.

He will do the same for you. Trust in Him.

Monday, February 2, 2009

Steelers!



It's a good time to be living near Pittsburgh!! We are about an hour outside of the city which means 99.9% of the people around here are major Steeler fans.

All last week everything turned to black and gold. Schools had Steeler days, businesses dropped dress codes so everyone could wear their Steeler jerseys and t-shirts. It was EVERYWHERE. Even at church. People who always come in their Sunday best were wearing black and gold this week, terrible towels hanging out of pockets.

And what happens after they win the superbowl? Everyone continues wearing their black and gold proudly for the rest of the year. Schools had delays this morning... not because of the weather! It's all anyone seems to be able to talk about today and it's all that is on the news. It's a big deal.

And it is definitely exciting.... however I have to admit I am happy the football season is over for a while and soon people will be able to talk about something other than the Steelers again.

Sunday, February 1, 2009

Project 365

January 27, 2009

Jason found Liza's big kid chair today and he loved it. We had to show him how to get in and out of it because his diving wasn't working. It didn't take him long to get it all figured out.

January 28, 2009

Liza decided that the cushions for the couch belonged on the kitchen floor today. Jason agreed with her that it was fun. I think one of my favorite things about Jason right now is how he will just lay down on a blanket or a pillow... or even just the floor!... and smile. It's pretty much one of the cutest things I have ever seen.

January 29, 2009

I decided to take a little walk outside with my camera today. It's been so cold and snowing sooo much. We have all been spending a lot of time inside. It was nice to get out in all the snow... not to mention IT'S BEAUTIFUL!! There is still a layer of ice on EVERYTHING and then the snow is resting on top of it. Sometimes I wonder if I will ever see grass again.

January 30, 2009

There is STILL ice on everything. The trees were sparkling in the sun today. Beautiful.

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