Thursday, April 30, 2015

Good mothering

Be brave and courageous and tell us your struggles. We will always listen to your courage. And we will love you through anything. Love does not always agree or affirm someone — but it is always sacrifices for someone.  

This is what good mothering, what good parenting does: We don’t say,  “Do whatever you want, just be you.” We say, “Become whatever is the best version of you — just be like Him.”  We will lay down and sacrifice and serve you with our lives — so that you can have the best kind of life. 

This is the expansive embrace of Christianity: There is always first no condemnation — followed always by a movement into transformation.

--Ann Voskamp, 4/30/15

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Two and a half

At two and a half years old: 

Weigh about 28lbs according to the home scale
Wear 2t (adjustable waist) pants and mostly 2t shirts and size 4 diapers and a size 7 shoe. 
Can pee on the potty before a bath or shower and can tell me when you have a dirty diaper
Speak in complete sentence and can verbalize what you want ... Mostly 
Will eat whatever is put in front of you with some bribery
Like facing forward in the car and can point out all the trucks, school buses, fire trucks, and diggers
Christmas was a lot of fun this year with cousins. And you continue to ask for them to come play. 
Moved to a bed in March without issue
Go to Home Depot and Lowes kid workshops with dada 
Still obsessed with Daddy
Like to help whether it's with the laundry, getting a diaper for John, making waffles, or washing yourself up in the shower. 
Sit in a booster at the dinner table now. 
Becoming quite the little man with an attitude and have a definite opinion and personality. You know how to make us smile or mad

Saturday, April 11, 2015

More on Marriage

It’s called effort. It’s called selflessness. It’s called not everything is about your damned feelings. Sometimes you have a job to do. A duty. A responsibility to your wife, to your kids, and to God (incidentally, this was yet another secular marriage sermon that completely puts aside the spiritual component, which already makes it effectively useless).

“Love, and do what you will,” as the great Saint Augustine said. “If you keep silent, do it with love. If you cry out, do it with love.”

One imagines if he were around today, he might add, “if you text message, do it with love. If you use Pintrest, do it with love. 

Love is a choice. Love is always a choice. Love is an act. Love is a promise. Love is fulfillment. If social media gets in the way of love, cut it off, like Christ commanded. But if it doesn’t — if you can keep these things in perspective and in balance and still love your spouse — then so be it.

-- Matt Walsh blog, 4/10/15

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Power and Love

More than once I have heard God say that power belongs to him and that his love is constant. (Psalm 62:11-12 GNT)

All powerful and all loving. All at the same time. 


"We can do more the kingdom of God together than we can apart" - our marriage motto 

3 Reasons for Marriage

To reflect the image of God and be more like Him
Genesis 1:26 - God created man in his image and said it was no good for him to be alone so he created Eve, a helper and companion to Adam 
Ephesians 5:22-31 - to make us more like Christ and show us a picture of the church 

To reproduce 
Genesis 1:28 - be fruitful and increase in number 
Psalm 127:3 - children are a blessing 

To reign and subdue the earth 
Genesis 1:28 - to fill the earth and subdue it. To be good stewards of our resources and battle for the kingdom of God together