Thursday, April 28, 2011

Our final birthday in April

April has always been a delightful month for our family.
When my husband and I decided on a date to get married way back in 1995, I thought April was perfect!
It felt "spring-like" to me with all the flowers and pastels and pretty spring things in the stores.
Tulips and pink everywhere.
Like new life and a fresh start were bursting out everywhere after the long winters!
My husband's birthday was the day after our wedding day, so that immediately made it fun.
I grew up with my sister and my mom also having their birthdays during that month.
So I felt right at home when I found out our second child would be born in April.
That settled it for me, and I was thrilled with the idea of having all our babies in April, and sure enough,
our third child was born 2 years later in April.

He turned 9 this last Friday!
I remember the exact moment my OB/GYN looked at the sonogram and told me we were having a boy.
I couldn't believe it.
I really, honestly, always thought I would have 4 girls, one after the other, and we would live happily ever after.
I couldn't imagine what to do with a boy.
I thought boy clothes were so boring.
And I know nothing about sports or cars or fishing or hunting.
What would I teach him about?
I was pretty sure boys were not interested in cake decorating or tea parties or nail polish or shoes!!
But when the doctor laid that 8lb. 6oz. baby boy on my belly for the first time, I was IN LOVE!
I thought he was the single most gorgeous baby boy I had ever laid eyes on.
(And I STILL think that!!)
But what a journey we've been on with him over the last 9 years.
His ADHD has taught us so much about ourselves and where we need to do better as parents, and has forced us to depend moment by moment on the Lord for patience, endurance, wisdom, and understanding.
We have learned so much about how God has wired the ADHD brain that we can almost pick them out in a crowd!!
We are so thankful for what the Lord has taught us about Himself, His relationship with us as His children, and how He has a very specific purpose for how He makes each of us unique.

Happy 9th Birthday, Grant!!

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Wednesday, April 27, 2011

"Get a loaf of this!"

We're winding down the school year here at Brough Academy, and I wanted to be sure to fit in a couple more field trips.
We've found several great locations not far from our church in Fort Worth, TX, and if we time everything just right, we can finish up the field trip and head over to church for the Wednesday evening suppers they serve just before services begin.
Plus, every other Wednesday my husband is off work.
So, he goes along with us for extra Daddy time too!!
It works out great for us!!
Dinner is just $3.00 per person or $12.00 per family, so we can't beat that.
Plus the food is always delicious and the fellowship is delightful!!

So last Wednesday, we scheduled a field trip to our local "Mrs. Baird's Bread Factory."

 We weren't allowed to take ANY.THING. into the factory (including jackets, wedding rings, purses, cameras, cell phones, or gum!) so I have no pictures of us in the ugly hair nets and hard hats we had to wear!!
But I can tell you it was really interesting, and we enjoyed seeing the machines that mass produce store-bought bread and hamburger buns!
And you can't beat the cost:  FREE!!

As I was thinking back over our afternoon at the bread factory, a thought occurred to me:
My husband and I took our children to a place where they can learn about bread for physical nutrition,
but are we daily leading them to the source of the "Living Bread?"
Are we teaching them how to seek and find nourishment for their souls?
Is it enough to just tell them about our Savior, Jesus Christ?
Shouldn't I be teaching them how to study His Word and to find filling for that hunger to know God that each of us has deep within us?
"And Jesus said unto them,
I am the bread of life;
he that cometh to me shall never hunger..."
John 6:35

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Do you recognize that voice?

Over the Easter weekend, my husband and I had the privilege of participating in our church's Easter Cantata.
So last week we had a couple of extra rehearsals with the choirs and cast of the drama in preparation for the performances.
On Tuesday evening, several of our children were playing in the church nursery during one of these rehearsals.
They could hear the choir and the drama as it was piped into the nursery through the sound system, but the video was not rolling, so they couldn't see any of it.
Their daddy is one of several dozen choir members, and during one of the scenes, the choir began screaming and yelling as part of the background in the drama.
The children could hear all of this going on, and later commented to us that they could hear their daddy's voice above all the others.

That reminded me of something.....
"Am I so familiar with my Father's voice, that I can hear it immediately above the noise of all others?"
"How well do I know my Savior's voice?"

"....and he calleth his own sheep by name,
and leadeth them out.
And when he putteth forth his own sheep,
he goeth before them, 
and the sheep follow him:
for they know his voice.
And a stranger will they not follow, but will flee from him:
for they know not the voice of strangers."
John 10: 3-5

Monday, April 25, 2011

Making more room

Last week was just so busy for us.
I almost feel like we could use another vacation!
Have you ever felt like that?
After getting everyone settled back in from our anniversary trip last weekend, we jumped right into the week with a pretty big project.
When you have 6 children living in a 1400 square foot house with 3 bedrooms, you have to be creative and think outside the box in relation to the sleeping arrangements and finding room for everyone.
The easiest solution is to just start stackin' 'em up!!
Our boys share a bunkbed in their room, and the girls were sharing one set of bunkbeds in their room.
Well, we were having some issues with everyone wanting to play musical beds every night and confusing the issue of who was going to sleep where.
So we decided that it was time to set up another set of bunkbeds in the girls room.

Daddy's "helpers"

Here's another reason why this project ALL afternoon....the crowding factor.

Then, of course, we had some of this going on too.

The finished project!!

Tight quarters, but we're getting used to the "dorm" feel we have going on in there!!

Saturday, April 23, 2011

Celebrating the victory

We're celebrating the most powerful victory in human history this weekend.
My husband and I have the privilege of participating in the musical drama entitled, "The Centurion" at our church this weekend.
We've been dwelling on the lavish love of our Heavenly Father in sending the mortal, human manifestation of Himself in the person of His Son, Jesus Christ, to die a horrific, despicable death for our foul, putrid sin.
Tomorrow we celebrate His victory over the bondage of death, the proof of our eternal life found only in Him...
Resurrection Sunday!!
May all your activities of this Passion Week culminate and find you at the door of the empty tomb of your risen Savior where new, eternal life, out from the shadows of death,  can be found.

Monday, April 18, 2011

Anniversary Get-Away!!

Would you like a peek at our 15th Anniversary Get-Away Weekend?
This year we decided to invest in our relationship and make extra special time for each other.
What do you do to strengthen your marriage and remove all the distractions of daily life for a time,
and just focus on encouraging each other and learning to do better?

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Thursday, April 14, 2011

Happy Birthday, Again!!

Today we're celebrating my husband's birthday!
Yesterday was our 15th anniversary, and we've been working hard to pull off a little getaway weekend.
We have the children going in various directions for the next couple days, and we're heading off to a couples retreat in a neighboring state!!  So excited to get to do this!
Have a lovely weekend!!

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Happy 11th Birthday!!

Today, we're honoring Ashlyn who is celebrating her 11th birthday.
More pictures of all the fun tomorrow!

Saturday, April 2, 2011

Saturdays are for: Baseball!!

Grant decided that this spring he wanted to play baseball again.
He played with our local city league two years ago, and seemed to like it.
But I could tell that his ADHD really got in the way of him "getting" the game.
I could tell that he was bored in the outfield, had trouble focusing at the plate, and emotionally just mirrored his teammates reactions.  I could tell he had no idea why they were "high-fiving" each other!
He would climb in the van after the game was all over and never say another word about it.
Then he got smacked in the eye with the baseball one game (at the end of the season).
That was it.
He didn't want to play anymore.
Until this spring.
Whenever we asked if he wanted to register, he said no.
Until this spring.
This spring, his friend asked him if he was playing on his team again.
Last Saturday was opening day.
We'll be at the baseball field every Saturday this month.

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Friday, April 1, 2011

Happy Birthday!!

2 weeks ago was my self-appointed "Personal Assistant's" 7th birthday!!

This precious child is such a gift of Grace from the Lord.
He knew I would need her.
She has such a servant's heart that neither her father nor I can take one ounce of credit for developing or nurturing.
It was programmed into her from God above.
She is such a helper; but not one that needs any instructions.
If something is lost in the house, ask Abby.  She always knows where it is.
If I'm getting ready to leave the house, Abby is making sure I have everything I need.
If I'm creating in the kitchen, Abby will be at my elbow, wanting to help.
If her younger siblings are fussing or disgruntled, Abby will entertain and help them work through the problem.
If it's time to sit quiet and do our schoolwork, Abby has her pencil and books in front of her.
If I'm cleaning a bathroom, Abby picks which fixture to clean with me and makes it sparkle.
A gift.
Not perfect....still has a few rotten spots, but precious to our family!!
Happy Birthday, Abby!!!

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