Camryn is closest, Boston is in the middle, and Hailey is in the back...AWESOME!!
Wednesday, October 28, 2009
Tuesday, October 27, 2009
Saturday, October 24, 2009
Why is it that we are not happy? As a society, we are not happy. As a workforce, we are not happy. As a people in general, we are not happy. My answer at first had to do with the economy. We are in a recession so we are not happy. Money is tight so we are not happy. But then I realized that even when things are going great people are not happy, I am not happy. A popular actress said on her show last week that she wished something bad would happened to her because then she could justify the way she felt. She was unhappy. Her train of thought really resonated with me...
Sometimes (or a lot of the time) I find myself finding the bad in whatever I am thinking about, talking about, or doing at that moment. Why am I like that? Why are we as a people like that? I know I am making very broad statements at the moment about most people, so I apologize to those who don't understand what I am talking about, but in general I have noticed people aren't happy anymore. It's almost as if there is something missing in our lives.
The Sunday school answer is, that there is a Jesus shaped hole in my heart, and only He can fix it. While that sounds juvenile, it is so true. My brother came back from the brink of death 1 year ago today. Ask him if he is mad about it or why it happened and nothing negative will come out of his mouth. Through this experience he has relied on the Lord for everything. Michael laughs all the time and is happy everytime I call. Why is it that I have everything I could possible want or need and I am not like that? Why can't I be joyful?
I will have to ponder on these questions more to reflect on my life. I know that this kind of thing doesn't change over night, but if I continue to do nothing things will stay the same. Our Christian radio station, KSBJ, has challenged it's members to live a joyful life. To show Christ's love solely through our actions. If Christians act sad and depressed all of the time no one will want to be around them, let alone be like them. I challenge you this year to find joy.
Joy is not the absence of suffering. It is the presence of God.
Joy is prayer - Joy is strength - Joy is love - Joy is a net of love by which you can catch souls. God loves a cheerful giver. She gives most who gives with joy. The best way to show our gratitude to God and the people is to accept everything with joy. A joyful heart is the inevitable result of a heart burning with love. Never let anything so fill you with sorrow as to make you forget the joy of the Christ risen.
I cannot understand why those who have given themselves up to God and His goodness are not always cheerful, for what possible happiness can be equal to that? No accidents or imperfections which may happen ought to have power to trouble them, or to hinder their looking upward.
-Francis de Sales
Friday, October 23, 2009
Speaking of mohawks...Hailey just had to try it...so a special thanks goes out to Malachi, the inspiration behind this fro'hawk!
So this is literally how Hailey learned to crawl. I think she was afraid to try out of the tub because crawling can be a scary thing. You know there's all the coordinating that has to take place between the arms and legs. And then there's that whole pesky face/floor thing! So she learned how to crawl in the tub and then took to exploring the open floor!
I just thought this picture was super funny and should be shared with the world.
Thanks to Sam (one of my former students) for holding Hailey for me while I volunteer at church!
Why wasn't Hailey in Sunday school? Good question. She had some bug bites and that escalated to chicken pox which escalated to Camryn getting kicked out of Sunday school...just in case! ;-)
This is just one of the super cute outfits baby Walker will be sporting! He is due around Thanksgiving, so please pray that the timing will work out that Matthew will be home for the delivery.
So I have a lot of pictures to up load that you have GOT to see! And not only will the pictures be coming in full force with this update but the new things that little Hailey can do will be coming in full force! Are you ready for this??? Now in the words of a very fun Disney ride, "Buckle up folks cause you're in for a wild ride!!"
New things Hailey has done...
-She is crawling!! Took her long enough but she's finally on the move!
-She is eating like a pig! 2 containers of baby food, a WHOLE slice of bread, half a banana, and a hand full of puffs. She just kept her mouth open last night until I put more food in! Maybe the crawling is making her extra hungry!!
-Talking like crazy. She says da-da, ba-ba, ba-da (unsure of what that means), ah-da (we think that's mommy), eeeeeeee, and she can sign "milk" and she's almost signing "please"
-Standing up in the crib. I don't like this one so much, but what are you going to do?
I hope you enjoy all of the pictures I send. I will not be collage them because many people have commented that the collage is not easy to print. And as we like to please our captive audience, we will not be collaging this batch of pics. ENJOY!!