Monday, March 29, 2010

the one about sunday

Chloe Belle's first Sunday at church, and her first time in a dress. She was super cute!

my amazing husband got me those chucks I really really wanted!!!

Chloe Belle looking cute for Supper Club! I LOVE my job and my UMin family!

Thursday, March 25, 2010

the one with words that soothe my heart

How sweet the Name of Jesus sounds
In a believer's ear!
It soothes his sorrow, heals his wounds,
And drives away his fear.
It makes the wounded spirit whole,
And calms the troubled breast;
'Tis manna to the hungry soul,
And to the weary rest.
Dear Name! the Rock on which we build;
Our shield and hiding-place;
Our never-failing treasury, filled
With boundless stores of grace.
Jesus, our Savior, Shepherd, Friend,
Our Prophet, Priest, and King;
Our Lord, our Life, our Way, our End,
Accept the praise we bring.

Sunday, March 21, 2010

the one with our favorite place

Papa Brackner Park is one of our favorite places. My aunt found this tiny little park hidden away in McCalla. We had our engagement pictures there, our wedding was there, and we go there often always to celebrate our love. I know that sounds corny, but its totally true. This little park is a place of joy for us, and it always reminds us of all the good things in our lives.
We took Chloe Belle to our park for the first time yesterday. It was bright and sunny, promising of Spring to come! It was so fun to have her there.
Life at our park:

we're engaged! January 2007

we're married! May 2007

our first anniversary May 2008

we're a family of three! March 2010

Here's my facebook album with all the pictures from our trip to the park yesterday

Saturday, March 20, 2010

the one with the most awesome random t-shirt

So we found this incredibly awesome t-shirt for $7. Obviously, had to buy it. Found out later its some comedian making jokes about dead, not so great on that end. But, it says I KEEL YOU! bahahahahahahaha!

Thursday, March 18, 2010

the one where I know I'm a mommy

Today Chloe Belle got her 2 month shots. She cried REALLY hard. I cried too.

Remember when your mom used to say, "I promise it hurts me more than it hurts you"? Remember how we always thought she was stupid? Well, today I said that to Chloe as she got her shots, and I really meant it. Now I can officially join the mommy club.

Thursday, March 11, 2010

the one where I'm sad

Yesterday I was on reading some article about the Oscars. I clicked on a link to read an article about celebrity religious tattoos (yes this is embarrassing but oh well.) There were pictures of 10 celebrity tattoos. Nine of them had Christian origins, most were crosses.

Last night at UMin worship we sang the song, "Beautiful the Blood." One verse says, "Never knew these nails would love unfold, Never knew these wounds would heal my soul."
Made me so sad. I thought about how so many people use the cross as decoration and art. They're familiar with the cross, but they don't know that His wounds will heal their soul. It makes my heart ache with the pain of the world's lostness.

I'm so grateful that God has healed my soul and I so desire others to know His healing and love.

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

the one where I tell you

I really want these. Really really really.

the one where I'm a scaredy cat

I love to fall asleep to the sound of rain. I hate waking up in the middle of the night to thunder and lightning. I don't like storms. I'm a scaredy cat. And now to add to it, the crazy loud thunder last night woke Chloe Belle up three times. So I had to sit up and rock my baby to comfort her while needing some comforting myself. Maybe one day I'll be a grown up and no longer afraid of thunder.

I won't even talk to you about how I act over tornadoes.

Sunday, March 7, 2010

the one about chocolatey goodness

This last week I made 6 chocolate cakes-oh the things you'll do to get college students to like you. Here is the recipe:

3/4 cup oil
1 small box instant vanilla pudding mix
4 eggs
1 tbsp vanilla
5 oz chocolate syrup
1 pkg butter yellow cake mix
8 oz sour cream
6 oz chocolate chips
1/2 cup melted butter

Mix oil, pudding, eggs, vanilla, sour cream, butter, and cake mix. Add chocolate chips and chocolate syrup. Pour into greased bundt pan; bake at 325 for about one hour.

It is a really super yummy cake. The 6th time I made it this week I used caramel syrup instead of chocolate, and did half chocolate chips and half caramel chips. mmm mmm good.

Thursday, March 4, 2010

the one with multiple posts in one day...#5

this is a note that Adam's teacher's aide wrote to another student (names have been changed to protect the innocent):

how bout next time you decide to file paper do it neatly. I have straiten this draw to many times, put the papers completly in the foldes so the draw will not look a hot mess like it is now.

the one with multiple posts in one day...#4

been watching all the old seasons of The Office while I nurse.

Office Olympics is the best episode of any TV show of all time.

the one with multiple posts in one day...#3

I've had two big spiritual revelations lately.

#1: I'm selfish. Last week this really hit home with me. I was having some really selfish thoughts in relation to Chloe Belle. Let's hope this is totally normal for first-time moms.
We've been blessed because Chloe is such a good sleeper. Last night we put her down around 8:30, but she just would not quit crying, which is unusual for her. I did not want to go get her. My mind was racing with selfish thoughts. Didn't Chloe Belle know I just wanted to snuggle in bed with Adam and watch a movie? I really didn't want to be a mom in that moment. So, I go get her and bring her back to bed with us. We probably had the most precious hour together. Chloe was so happy. She sat up with us and just giggled and cooed and made the most precious faces. I was blessed beyond measure in that stolen hour together. If I had let my selfish nature prevail, I would have missed out on our sweet time. It made me think about all the times in life when I selfishly choose myself over others. How many blessings have I missed out on because I'm thinking only of myself?

#2: This past week was GIC at church. It was a really unique experience for me because its the first time in 4 years where I haven't run the event. Plus, this GIC was special because we brought home all of Shades' home missionaries. I have such a strong relationship with so many of our missionaries, and it was so nourishing to be around them all. As I heard story after story of their lives on the field, I was motivated. I began thinking thoughts like, "I want to do something radical for God." As I was reflecting on this in the wee hours of the morning one night, I realized something radical indeed. I'm not headed for the mission field anytime soon, but I can live radically here. What if I strived for radical holiness? What if I attempted to live a life of complete obedience? Sure, its certainly not as attractive to me as life in Africa, but it is desperately needed. My life is lacking. But its not lacking in the way I sometimes think. What I need to live the kind of life I dream of is radical obedience-the absolute pursuit of holiness.

God, please let me rest in your grace and supply me with the power of your Spirit so that I can live a Christ-like life!

the one with multiple posts in one day...#2

I've had alot going on in the last week or so. I have taken Chloe Belle somewhere everyday with me for the last 9 days. We are both tired! In addition to running errands, all the GIC events, and catching up with N&W and B&A, we've had three not so minor crises (that is spelled correct-I looked it up) in our life in the last 9 days. Let me tell you about it:

Crisis #1: Last Tuesday I'm busy trying to clean up the house cause the group is all coming over to the house after dinner at some Mexican restaurant. Chloe Belle spits up all over herself. I run and put all her gross clothes in the wash and start it. Then I decide she needs a bath. She still gets baths in the kitchen sink. Problem: kitchen sink full of dirty dishes. So, I stick her in the swing in just her diaper and a smile, and start washing dishes. Dishes washed. I go to throw the kitchen towel in the dirty clothes in the laundry room only to discover the washing machine is broken somehow and there is water flooding the laundry room and into the den. awesome. I call my awesome boyfriend-in-law Shea and he tells me how to turn the water off to the house to stop the damage. Then my dad brings over all the towels from their house and I sop it all up.
Super fun times.

Crisis #2: Last Friday morning I let the dogs out and I start feeding Chloe Belle. I go to let them in 30 minutes later only to discover they've dug out and are on the run. Great. How am I supposed to go chasing dogs with a 6 week old in 45 degree weather? My dad comes over to help, but he's only got 20 minutes to give. No dogs. I load Chloe Belle into the car and we drive around the neighborhood. No dogs. My amazing sister hikes it across town to help me. We all 3 get in the car. Five minutes later we find Jimmie and Max going crazy for some german shepherd 10 houses away. They come straight to me as if to say, "Hey mom! Thanks for letting us play and for picking us up! We've had tons of fun!"
And that is the story of Jimmie and Max Keel's 5 hour romp through the neighborhood.

Crisis #3: We had a huge power bill this last month. $450. Super great. As if we weren't already poor little church mice. So, had a service man come out. Outdoor heating unit completely shot. Going to require more money than we have to fix it.
So, we are all cold and wearing hoodies inside. Do you think if I send the power company a picture of Chloe Belle they'll think she's so cute that they won't charge us this next month? Is it worth a shot...???

There you go. Yay for being an adult where life is full of adult-sized problems. Chloe Belle has no idea how much she has it made. All she's got to worry about is whether or not I'm going to change her diaper as soon as she poos.

the one with multiple posts in one day... #1

hey. It's been a while since I've been here, and I'm going to play catch-up. Expect multiple posts from me today...

Here are some highlights from life lately:

Sweet Chloe Belle is so much fun! Lately she's really loved sitting up and looking around. She's got great expressive faces that are just hints of her fun personality!
So glad Jimmie and Max are with us, but man they have been a handful lately!

I had a great time last week with the old crew. It felt so normal to have them around. I miss them tons and tons and tons! These girls are a source of great joy in my life!