Saturday, April 25, 2009

Girl Time...

Last weekend, Haley and I attended a "Secret Keeper Girl" event. This ministry puts on a fun show with a message to girls ages 8-12 about their identity being in Christ, modesty and true beauty. We had a great time! The "Secret Keeper Girl" staff does a great job of being fun and entertaining while keeping the message clear and Biblical.

We went with some great friends which is always fun!

Sharing a hot cocoa with Haley. I think the most meaningful part of the event for me was when the speaker asked us, moms, to tell our daughters what we loved about them and then we prayed over our girls and they received a one-of-a-kind handmade braided bracelet to remind them that they are God's unique creation.

I think Haley just loved the attention and special girl time. It was a reminder that kids spell love as t-i-m-e.

Thursday, April 23, 2009

Great Read...

I have been reading this book and really enjoying it!

If you are blessed with boys, I would HIGHLY recommend it.

I am so thankful for my boys!

How about YOU, any book that you have read lately and would recommend?

Friday, April 17, 2009

Go Cubs Go!!

On Wednesday we had the opportunity to go up to Chicago to a Cubs game. Our whole family went and my dad. It was so fun! We just cherished the time with our kids.

Walking the streets of Chicago to Wrigley Field. There is something so fun about visiting Chicago.

That famous sign...

Caleb was pumped!

The girls. It was a little cold at first, but then it warmed up by the 5th inning.

Travor ready to catch a fly ball.

Haley all bundled up.

The Cubs were playing the Colorado Rockies and the Rockies won 5 - 2. Caleb called Grandpa Lehman on the way home to tell him the outcome of the game. He said the "Rockies smoked the Cubs!" :-)

Clapping for her team!

Thursday, April 9, 2009

The 'new' latest happenings...

I guess I like to do big, all-encompassing we go...

We went to Leo with Steve and Danae to see Gerb and Natalie for a weekend.
I love this pic of Caleb and his cousin-bud, Eli.

Hope at Barnes & Noble.

Hamming it up!

Hope hanging with her cuz, Violet.

Caleb singing in the rain.

I feel like Hope has transitioned from baby to toddler. She thinks she is big stuff now that she is walking.

All ready for the church Easter program on Palm Sunday. I give up on a "normal" picture. Normal is boring, right?
Today, we caught a toad in our window well. After much screaming from me (I kept apologizing for being such a wimp!) we got it into a bucket.

Haley got out her animal book to look up what kind of toad we caught. We think it is a 'Common Toad" -very exotic sound - I am sure my screaming was justified? Our neighbor, Tyler is in the pic too.

Wednesday, April 1, 2009

From the Heart...

Our church has been study the book of James together. I was doing my devotion in James today which I have to confess, a bit half-hearted, more because I know I need to get it done rather than a deep desire. I have been feeling tired and just plain unmotivated lately.

God is so faithful. I just felt so ministered by Him during my devo (thank you God!). I wrote this e-mail to Andy and thought I would share it here too. Maybe it will be an encouragement to you...

Also, I was convicted of my tiredness... I read these verses:

Ps. 34:1 " I will extol the Lord at ALL times; His praise will ALWAYS be on my lips."

Heb. 13:15 " Through Jesus, therefore, let us CONTINUALLY offer to God a sacrifice of praise - the fruit of lips that confess HIS NAME."

Eph. 5:20 "ALWAYS giving thanks to God in EVERYTHING, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ."

I was convicted to have more "praise on my lips at all times." I think it is easy for me to feel down with all the sour news of the economy and all my fears with raising a family, doing a good job etc... This attitude of mine does not honor God and certainly zaps energy! He is honored by faith and trust. It feels good to be convicted of this and I am going to focus on praising Him today!

What can mortal man or a bad economy do? My HOPE and salvation is in God - THE creator of Heaven and Earth. He speaks and it is done. He is so powerful and yet, He allows me to know Him personally, to live in my heart which is dirty and filthy but made clean by Him?? Awesome! I have EVERYTHING to be thankful for!