April 25, 2012

My office today

School is almost out and the summer fun (and craziness) will begin.  I decided to take my office to the beach, along with my bible study and journal. 

April 18, 2012

What's Your Anything?

I just started a new book called "Anything: The Prayer that Unlocked my God and my Soul" by Jennie Allen.  I am just in the first chapter, but I think I am really going to love this one. 

April 10, 2012

Breakfast...It's What for Dinner

When Sam is out of town, the kids favorite place to eat is Cracker Barrel.  Yum!

April 8, 2012


We start a new Bible study on Thursday.  I love the start of a new study.  Getting a new book to dive into and the anticipation of what God is waiting to show me. 

Mini-Me Runner

Maddie ran in a race with Sam this weekend and did so great!  She is such her father's daughter...

He. Is. Risen.

He. Is. Risen. So blessed with wonderful friends and family to celebrate Easter, but even more blessed to know my future thanks to the sacrifice of Jesus. Amazing what a difference a resurrection can make, followed by the power of the Holy Spirit. I often imagine what it would be like to be in the room in Acts 2:1-4 “…all the believers were meeting together in one place. Suddenly, there was a sound from heaven like the roaring of a mighty windstorm, and it filled the house where they were sitting. Then, what looked like flames or tongues of fire appeared and settled on each of them. And everyone present was filled with the Holy Spirit and began speaking in other languages, as the Holy Spirit gave them this ability.” Wow!

April 6, 2012

Good Reads

I've been thinking it would be fun to get some magazines for the kids.  I remember how fun it was to get a magazine in the mail, plus it gives you some fun, light reading to do between books or when you just want to chill out.  Maddie has enjoyed an issue of the American Girl magazine.  It has great crafts, recipe ideas, fun articles, etc.  I ordered that for her, but was also looking around for others, particularly some with a Christian focus (since so many of the ones targeting young girls seem to focus on appearance or celebrity).  I'll post any good ones I come up with.  For now, here are a few that were recommended to us...

April 5, 2012

Sick Kiddos

Jake has had a stomach thing for the past couple of days...poor boy.  We had the day off today for Easter break.  We had planned to go to the beach with some friends, but instead we will be spending some quality couch and movie time together.  Maddie found some fun crafts to make from her American Girl magazine.  She even made a cute frog from buttons for Jake.  Hoping everyone feels better tomorrow.

April 2, 2012

Easter Conundrum via Jen Hatmaker

Love these two posts from Jen Hatmaker...

Easter Conundrum - Part 1

"Assessing the typical American Easter, on one side I see Jesus on the cross, humiliated and mutilated, bearing the failures of every person past and present, rescuing humanity through an astonishing miracle of divine redemption, splitting history in two and transforming the human experience for eternity. On the other side, I see us celebrating this monumental heroism with chocolate bunnies and boiled eggs, with Jesus as an afterthought. It doesn’t make sense."

"Jesus is a redeemer, a restorer in every way. His day on the cross looked like a colossal failure, but it was his finest moment. He launched a kingdom where the least will be the greatest and the last will be first, where the poor will be comforted and the meek will inherit the earth. Jesus brought together the homeless with the privileged and said, “You’re all poor, and you’re all beautiful.” The cross leveled the playing field, and no earthly distinction is valid anymore. There is a new “us” – people rescued by the Passover Lamb, adopted into the family and transformed into saints. It is the most epic miracle in history.

That is why we celebrate. May we never become so enamored by the substitutions of this world that we forget."

Easter Conundrum - Part 2

"I wondered if the American church was like well-mannered nice-talkers, sitting in a living room sipping coffee, talking about choir practice, while the world burns down outside our windows. While the richest people on earth pray to get richer, the rest of the world begs for intervention with their faces pressed to the window, watching us drink our coffee, unruffled by their suffering."

"So I blubbered in front of 3000 women, bawling for the anguish of others and my own heinous disinterest, worried we were missing the point. I told the story about giving away my boots and asked if a similar moment wasn’t in order – not that shoes will change anyone’s life, but there is something spiritual and submissive about offering the shoes on your feet, the sweater off your back. It tells Jesus: I’m in."

April 1, 2012

Scrabble strategy

These two are so much alike in so many ways, especially their love of Scrabble....

April Fools

Looks like St. Patrick's Day and April Fools crossed at our house today.  Here is what we found...

The "city" has a Green Cross & Green Shield (instead of Blue Cross and Blue Shield) and a Greenfish Restaurant (instead of Bluefish, a restaurant in our neighborhood.