Saturday, March 30, 2013

The Ministry of Marrige

“Let us not love with words or tongue but with actions and in truth” (1 John 3:18).

My husband is a Pastor that means he often ministers to other people. He spend hours preparing a sermons, praying for and talking to people. He also sees our marriage as a ministry, he is wise and knows it takes work to have a happy marriage. It is really awesome when he tells me he loves me, it is even nicer when he goes out of his way to show me.

We love date nights and look forward to them. In some seasons of life we go weekly and in some seasons we go once a month, occasionally we will not go for a long stretch if we are really busy at church. Lately we have been going once a week and it really blesses our relationship. It does not matter were we go, what is important is taking the time to connect. In a large family if we did not make this time we could easily lose touch.

There are a lot of needs around us, our children, our church, our family. We NEED to put each other first and find time to love and encourage one another. We really do adore our children but we know that we will be left with each other when they are grown and gone, we want to still be in love.

In this same way, husbands ought to love their wives as their own bodies. He who loves his wife loves himself. After all, no one hated his own body, but he feeds and cares for it, just as Christ does the church. Ephesians 5:25 

My husband certainly takes care of me, I am so very thankful for him and his love and care for me.

We  love having one of the kids snap a picture of us on date night this one is from years ago:)

I love these “one another” scriptures.

• Be devoted and give preference to one another. (Romans 12:10)
• Accept one another. (Romans 15:7)
• Care for one another. (1 Corinthians 12:25)
• Carry each other’s burdens. (Galatians 6:2)
• Forgive one another. (Ephesians 4:32)
• Encourage, build up one another. (1 Thessalonians 5:11)
• Spur one another on to love and good deeds. (Hebrews 10:24)
• Confess your sins to one another. (James 5:16)
• Pray for one another. (James 5:16)

We are going on the ultimate date this week. A few day getaway to Pismo Beach. We go on marriage retreats a couple of times a year with our church and they are a huge blessing! This time we are getting away for his birthday to just refresh and reconnect after a busy season. I am so thankful to my mother-in-love that makes our special getaways possible by taking care of our children.

Beloved, let us love one another, for love is from God, and whoever loves has been born of God and knows God.
1 John 4:7

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Friday, March 29, 2013

This Good Friday

Today is Good Friday... a powerful day! I remember last year (my post from last year) having the revelation that while we call Good Friday Good it was actually Jesus darkest day. I was in a dark time also and I was so inspired by his example.  

There has always been a part of me that thought it was strange that his suffering is called GOOD. After this last year I understand a little more...

The suffering of losing Jonathan was painful and so difficult to walk through but looking back a year latter....It was GOOD. How can I say losing my beloved son was good? 

  • Because he did not just die, HE LIVED!
  • Because his LIFE changed and shaped our family.
  • Because Jesus broke through my pain to bring comfort.
  • Because my eyes were opened in a new way to the suffering of others.
  • Because my heart was transformed to give undeserved mercy.
  • Because I am more like Jesus today because of Jonathan.
  • Because we have the inheritance of a son in Heaven!

Yes suffering produced a harvest of GOOD in my life.

Oh and the suffering of Jesus On that Friday many years ago.....

It was Beautiful, it produced the SALVATION of all of mankind!

He himself bore our sins in his body on the tree, that we might die to sin and live to righteousness. By his wounds you have been healed.
1 Peter 2:24

For this reason I also suffer these things, but I am not ashamed; for I know whom I have believed and I am convinced that He is able to guard what I have entrusted to Him until that day.
2 Timothy 1:12

I want to know Christ and the power of his resurrection and the fellowship of sharing in his sufferings, becoming like him in his death, and so, somehow, to attain to the resurrection from the dead. Not that I have already obtained all this, or have already been made perfect, but I press on to take hold of that for which Christ Jesus took hold of me. 
Philippians 3:10-12

"By the cross we, too, are crucified with Christ; but alive in Christ. We are no more rebels, but servants; no more servants, but sons!"
- Frederic William Farrar

Praise GOD for his goodness!!

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Thursday, March 28, 2013

Shayla Ballerina

Shayla has been taking ballet and absolutely loves it. She dances around the house all day singing and doing ballet... priceless memories:)

She loves taking dance with her wonderful friend Emma.

Love these sweet Ballerinas!:)

 "You will go out in joy and be led forth in peace; the mountains and hills will burst into song before you, and all the trees of the field will clap their hands." Isaiah 55:12 

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Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Reflecting on Jonathan and a New Baby

It is interesting that since I found out I was pregnant I have been extremely busy or extremely sick and have not had a lot of time to really write or even think for that matter. Of coarse the pregnancy hormones have me more emotional. However I seem to think of Jonathan and shed a few tears rather than all out cry like a used to. I remember this time last year I was a total wreck. I did not sleep at all and was in a deep pit of grief. I did not think it would ever get any better. I would read blogs of mommies farther down the road and think I will never get there. Yet here I still hurts but not in the same way, not with the same all consuming intensity. I am so thankful for that. 

I am so blessed I can now think of Jonathan, smile and just be thankful for his life and all he taught us. There are moments when it really stings like when I see a baby his age. Sometimes when I see Joseph playing on the floor my heart aches to think Jonathan should be there with him. When I was pregnant with Jonathan there was an organic milk carton with a picture of two little boys very close in age I remember looking at that so fondly even before I knew Jonathan was a boy. So when I see two little brothers very close in age my heart aches a little. All the big boys are CONVINCED that the new baby HAS to be a boy for Joseph to have a little buddy:) Shayla disagrees LOL.

I do not feel really fearful of this pregnancy or even disconnected from the baby, as I thought I might. I feel like I am doing all I can do, resting, taking my vitamins, praying for this little one. The out come of life and death is out of my hands. I do know that God is good! Even as I held my precious much wanted son that had gone to heaven in my arms, God was still good. Now even more than ever I believe God is good in all he does, in conception, in life and death. Even when it hurts and at times I still don't understand but I KNOW He is good!

So I am ten weeks and starting my pregnancy's journal I have keep one for all my kids. I love to look back on my pregnancy and I have to say I have a strong feeling this will be my last. I have never felt that way before, I have always wanted more kids! I am not sure maybe this is something God is whispering to my heart, maybe not. I am going to do my best to drink it in and enjoy all the sweet moments and sick moments:) and know that these symptoms are reminding me of the precious, little life growing inside of me.

Dear Jonathan, I still think of you every day, many times a day. I kiss your picture or your urn and whisper my love to you every night. You are a special, wonderful part of our family and no one will ever replace you my love.
Your, mommy

Thank you Hannah for this beautiful picture from Angel babies names in the sand.

 Whoever dwells in the shelter of the Most High will rest in the shadow of the Almighty. I will say of the Lord, “He is my refuge and my fortress, my God, in whom I trust".
Psalm 91

Monday, March 25, 2013

Shayla's AMAZING Birthday Party!

Ok this is a crazy picture post but we put a lot of love into Shayla's party and I want to be able to look back on the details.
When Shayls walked in the house she was speechless and in aaaww:)
Jimmy had to tell her twice that the doll was a cake. I loved this cake when I was little, my Mamaw made it for my sister Tabitha and I. I was so excited to finally make it for my little girl!
The back yard....Shayla said WOW this is just what I wanted!!!
After a scrumptious lunch the girls decorated Melissa and Doug ballerina dolls.
Time for cake...hey after all that work I was sure to get a lot of pictures:)
This is Shayla's ok enough pictures look:)
Time to cut the cake! The icing was delicious just like I remember from my childhood..
Presents for a princess!
Oh yes, all the little girls got presents as well. A tutu, hair bow(made by my AMAZING niece) and goody box perfect for a ballerina.
Great friends and good memories!
It was a blessed, wonderful day filled with special memories!

You make known to me the path of life;
in your presence there is fullness of joy;
at your right hand are pleasures forevermore.
Psalm 16:11

Friday, March 22, 2013

These Days

These last few days, weeks have been busy and draining. I have been feeling REALLY awful and suspected I was anemic. The Doctor confirmed I am and I stared iron supplements and hopefully a diet rich in Iron. I got a cold that lasted many days followed by the stomach flu:( Now I have a virus that is causing a very sore mouth and throat. Which means eating anything is painful. Yep that is almost a recipe for misery. The doctor told me yesterday my immune system is suppressed from the surgery, pregnancy and being anemic.

I have not been able to blog or even go on the computer much at all. I usually write post and catch up on the blogs I read after the kids are in bed or at nap. Lately I am in bed resting or asleep about ten minutes after I put them down. I have missed blogland but my body needs rest right now more than anything. I have written about ten posts in my dreams LOL.

In other family news we were really busy finishing up our spring cleaning and home projects. Our new furniture arrived and I was mad shocked surprised to see they sent the wrong cushions. The ones that arrived look like a hotel lobby in Hawaii. The company is sending us the ones we ordered but in the meantime these kind of grew on us and while, yes they are a little cheesy they make me smile and think of Paradise. So now we will have two looks for our living room by changing the cushions, which is a blessing!

We finished the backyard/ back house clean up. The boys got the old furniture for the back house and they quickly turned it into a true boys room. Complete with workout equipment, music equipment and lots of books for reading while kicking back on the couch. The best part is that I view the back house as an indoor yard and I don't feel compelled to have to always be cleaning it. They seem to be taking a lot more responsibility for it now that it is their space.

  The boys also got their new beds and desks. That means Jojo graduated to a big boy twin bed. He is doing great and only occasionally sneaks into someone else bed like mine or little Jimmy's

We had an AMAZING birthday party for Shayla last weekend. Picture post to follow.

I have no baby update other than they are sending me straight to the high risk Doctor. My regular OB will not see me for the pregnancy. My due date is October 22 which means I am nine and a half weeks. Oh yes and morning sickness is really ALL day sickness this time around.

SO life is busy, full and tiring just the way I like it;) Well minus the two weeks of sickness.

Then your light will break forth like the dawn, and your healing will quickly appear; then your righteousness will go before you, and the glory of the LORD will be your rear guard.
Isaiah 58:8
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