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my mommy

my mommy loves me.

she is patient when i cry.
she is loving when i fall.
she is encouraging when i try.
she loves Jesus more than all.

she is there when i am sick.
she is there when i'm asleep.
she applauds all of my tricks.
she resists pinching my cheeks. (at times)

she is loving to my daddy.
she is always happy when he's home.
but more than that
she is most happy
finding faith in Christ alone.

so i'm not the greatest poet.
i'm also 7 months old.
what were you doing when you were 7 months old?

atticus

our faith

we've been meeting with a couple of jehovah's witnesses each week, and it has sparked a lot of reading and many deep conversations in our house about what the bible really says and what we truly believe.

there is one god. god is three persons: father, son and holy spirit. all distinctly, individually, only god. and they are one.

jesus is god. he is not an angel, he was not just a good teacher or whatever. he is god.

jesus was murdered by crucifixion, and was physically, bodily resurrected. it was not a metaphorical death or a metaphorical rising. god raised him from true physical death to true physical life. while it definitely also included spiritual death and spiritual life, it actually happened to his body.

if you receive god's grace and put your trust in christ to save you via that grace, you will also be resurrected to consciously live with god eternally.

if you reject god's grace and salvation, you will be judged by god and will live in conscious, terrible separation from him for all eternity. this is hell. and yes it does hurt. you are not just unconscious, you are not just asleep, you are not just dead.

human beings were created for relationship with god, but when they chose to serve themselves above god, they broke that relationship and had to be separated from the one true, perfect, holy god. however, because of god's great love for us, he sought to reconcile us to himself in a way that did not in any way compromise his justice. therefore, god came to earth as a human being - lived as we do, was tempted in all the ways in which we are, yet remained sinless in order that he could take our sin upon himself to pay our debt to god and to purchase our salvation.

in the phrasing of mark driscoll, he lived the life we could not live, died the death we should have died, in order to pay the debt we could not pay. he did all this so that we could be who we were created to be: loving servants of god, made for relationship with him and to worship him as the true god.

god's grace allows us to accept or reject this, and to reap the consequences of whichever path. if we are saved by god through his grace and our faith, a fruitful life (increasing good works) should follow suit out of a response of gratitude and and as a result of the holy spirit living in us.

this is the true gospel. if anyone preaches a gospel that says you must work for your salvation, that god is in any way different than the unchanging triune god of the bible, that there are multiple ways to reach salvation or eternal life, or anything else that does not fall in line with the truth of the gospel, it is a deception. be diligent to weigh whatever you hear against scripture in order to judge for yourself whether it is something that unifies you with christ or something that (however subtly) draws you away from him and his work on the cross.

one annoyance i forgot.

first nurse.

seriously.

it's a sad day when you realize the internet is CONSISTENTLY more helpful than the nurse. yes, i am that parent, but yes, they are those nurses.

things and people i love (and one thing i don't)

current loves:

..mixed cd's from my husband.

..shaker architecture.

..maxi dresses.

..my new sabbath (tuesdays).

..morning walks with my awesome kid.

..vintage snapshots.

..farmhouses.

..mary kay foundation.


current annoyances:

..stupid useless zippers on all skirts and dresses.


favorite todd quotes from the week:

.."this is totally worth the hepatitis" (as he digs through the trash at the car wash for $2.25 in cans)

.."i don't need eeneebuddy. i got me some ritz crackas." (narrating the thoughts of a lone neighbor girl)

.."want some fridge ice? it's not so much ice as it is kind of cold water in one-ounce servings."

.."no, paige, i will not try your homemade beano."


current favorite quality about my son:
..his favorite of favorite foods is prunes. he will eat anything as long as it's served with prunes.

a day at the park

a couple weeks ago (actually, it was like two months ago...whoops), todd, atticus and i took a family trip to the park down the street. it was so much fun! atticus loved the swing and the slide. he wasn't so sure about "dunking," though...






























so little time!

oh my word, atticus has been keeping me on my toes! lots of stuff happening...

..he is army-crawling EVERYWHERE, and thisclose to figuring out how to (for-real)crawl.

..he has another tooth and is working on a fourth.

..he needs YET ANOTHER haircut (his fourth).

..he can get up to sitting from laying down, which means going down for a nap has been much more like playtime than napping lately.

..speaking of naptime, we've cut out his evening nap, so he's taking two two-hour naps per day.

..he's eating lots of actual foods - fruit and oatmeal for breakfast, and a fruit/veggie meal once or twice a day. he's not super interested in them, though. we've also done noodles, biter biscuits, and saltines.

..he's figured out how to hit stuff with other stuff, how to crawl over to the drapes, how to play with the noisy whirligig behind the bedroom door, how to pull up to standing against the couch, how to cruise around the furniture, how to click his bottom teeth against his top tooth, how to spray peas EVERYWHERE (because spitting them out just isn't 'pyrotechnic' enough), how to shake his head 'no' when he doesn't want to eat something, how to wrinkle his nose when he grins, how to cry for attention (seriously, it did take him this long, but he's got it down to a science now), how to reach out his arms when he wants to be held...and on and on.

i would type more, but he's up from his nap. got to go-go-go!

purposefulness and four others

"purposeful" month has been going well. i've also dubbed it "intentionality" month, because that word really resonates with me.

there are certain things that i really try to be intentional at doing - being a wife and mom, for instance. i try to do those things with intentionality. in other areas of life, though, i take a more "if it happens, it happens" approach - remembering/accomplishing things on my to-do lists and reading my bible, for instance.

this week has been awesome when it comes to bible reading. i finished the gospel of luke, which i've been working through for some time, and began ephesians. i was also intentional about getting my galatians verses memorized before friday morning (lisagrace comes friday afternoon to recite our verses together). i've also been more diligent at drastically cutting back my tv time, which has not only given me more time to read my bible (as well as other for-fun reading and down-time stuff in general) but also an opportunity to think throughout the day about what i've read. i really feel that god is blessing my efforts - which are really not my efforts at all, but his holy spirit working through me.

i've been thinking a lot about the holy spirit lately - but that's another entry for another time.

the other thing i've been trying to be intentional at is relaxing...doing the things i want to do and enjoy doing, instead of either working or squandering away my free time with things that just pass the time but don't bring me fulfillment.

i haven't started 'the seven habits of highly effective people' yet, but i'm planning on doing that here in the next couple of days.

also, in response to various issues that have arisen lately, i've decided on a couple more monthly themes:

september: sabbath/nourishment
so, surprise of surprises to any and all who know me, i'm a type-A personality and i stretch myself entirely too thin. it's a pride issue at heart, because i like to be in charge and in control, i don't like to delegate, i don't like to say "no" to things, and i don't like to look like i have everything less than 110% together. but god gave us a sabbath as a blessing, and it has been one that i've refused to accept before now, but i think it's sorely lacking in my life.

october: hedging in/hedging out
this is in regards to relationships - the working title was "boundaries," but i think i'd like to use this month to develop healthier relationships all around - both by more adamantly fostering and protecting my most important relationships and by setting boundaries on my less important or less healthy relationships.

november: joy in the everyday
this one's pretty self-explanatory. i watched a clip of a girl talking about "inviting the glorious into the mundane" and it really got my wheels spinning. i think i let the mundane rule the mundane. i read this quote in 'love and respect,' and it's so entirely true: 'the problem with life is that it is so daily.' (anon.) i would like to invite god to do glorious things with my daily life.

i'm also hoping to have a book to read that goes along with each theme.

so, in summary:
july: intentionality: seven habits of highly effective people
august: welcome: a life that says welcome
september: sabbath: ??
october: relationships: boundaries
november: everyday joy: homespun memories from the heart (maybe- still looking for something that might fit a little better)

...and seven more left to go...any ideas for books or themes? what has god been laying on your heart lately?

12 months of...words.

i've decided to have themes for each of the next 12 months. this month's theme is 'purposefulness.'

so far, this is the plan:
..be purposeful in watching less tv.
..be purposeful in doing what i SAY i'm going to do.
..read '7 habits of highly effective people'
..work on establishing a scheduling/planning system.

next month, the theme will be 'welcome.' after that...i have no idea. i still have 10 more themes to decide on. maybe i'll be purposeful about figuring out what they'll be.

father's day

the weekend before last, we went down to my parents' to celebrate father's day. saturday night, we had a barbecue and atticus got to spend some quality time with his aunt lauren, grandma karen, and grandpa doug.

























then sunday morning, i got to see my high school friend alisha, who lives in south carolina but was back in mp to visit her mom. those are her twins, isaac and liam.





(atticus enjoyed wearing isaac's hat)







then in the afternoon, we headed to my grandparents' to see them as well as my dad and his wife.





four generations on father's day...how fun!





















playing the piano with his grandpa...




what a fun weekend!