Friday, January 28, 2011

TGIF



Today we had the pleasure of watching Luke this morning. Him and Abigail enjoyed playing Little People together! Abigail also helped get his bottle and tried to feed him some cheerios. At first though she didn't want Luke to be on mommy's lap but after a while she became ok with it and kept saying baby shhhhh....certainly going to be a great big sis!!
Then what do you do on a 70 Texas winter day? Why go outside and play in a pile of leaves on the porch!!

Thursday, January 27, 2011

What's in a name?

Abigail, from the Bible:

* She is smart and sensible. (vs. 3)

* People look to her for wisdom and leadership in times of trouble. (vs. 14, 17)

* She is decisive and wastes no time worrying, pitying her situation, or fussing at those who cause her trouble — instead she takes action to improve the situation. (vs. 18, 23)

* She is generous, (vs. 18, 27) even willing to lay down her life for others. (vs. 22, 24)

* She is humble (vs. 24, 41) and quick to ask forgiveness. (vs. 28)

* She speaks eloquently and tactfully — with a knowledge of God — as she gives one of the longest speeches by a woman recorded in the Bible. (vs. 24-31)

* She looks out for the well-being and reputation of others — even Nabal’s. (vs. 25, 31)

* She trusts God, holds her tongue, and waits patiently for the right timing. (vs. 36-38)

Abigail has always been one of my favorite women in the Bible. She has it all — wisdom, character, courage, faith, eloquence, graciousness. She possesses both inner and outer beauty.

Thursday, January 20, 2011

Mom's Unite

March 8th, Bellville United Methodist Church is starting a mother's bible study and fellowship group. I will be leading the group, if you are interested please contact me as we are starting a sign up sheet and need to know how many books to order and also the need for childcare. Following is info about the group.

MOM’S UNITE

BUMC Mother's Bible Study & Fellowship

Meeting twice on month on the 2nd and 4th Tuesdays 10:00-11:30am, Room TBA
All moms with children of all ages are welcome to join.

What a privilege and gift from God it is to be a mother! Yet, the challenges of being a Christian mother in today’s world can bring feelings of inadequacy, loneliness and frustration. Mom's Unite is designed to help equip mothers by:

  • Promoting spiritual growth through prayer and Bible study
  • Cultivating Biblical parenting skills
  • Providing encouragement through supportive friendships
  • Building a sense of Christ-centered confidence

Schedule:

10:00am Fellowship/light refreshments

10:15am Opening Prayer and announcements

10:30am book review and discussion

11:15am Devotions & Prayer Requests

While the mothers meet, the children are given an opportunity to play and learn through our Children’s Ministry.

For more information or to sign up contact jennie@bellvilleumc.org

WINTER/SPRING 2011 SEMESTER STUDY-5 Week Study, First Meeting is March 8th (Please sign up in advance so you have your book in time for the book study.)

Mom and Loving It: Finding Contentment in REAL Life by Laurie Lovejoy Hilliard and Sharon Lovejoy Autry http://mom-andlovingit.blogspot.com/

Two real moms—with six kids between them—inspire women to find purpose in nurturing their children and cherishing the present with the families that God has given them. Fresh voices in the mom arena, Laurie and Sharon, who happen to be sisters, are compassionate and transparent as they share from their lives and offer practical help to lift the weight of motherhood through real stories from real moms with real struggles and real victories using scripture and Bible passages. Each chapter ends with Stop, Drop, and Restore your Soul followed by Making the Most of the Moments. “Love the Lord with all your heart, soul, mind and strength . . . making the most of every opportunity . . . as you sit at home, walk along the road, lie down and get up.” (Mark 12:30, Eph. 5:16, Deut. 6:7) Book Cost: $12.00

SUMMER 2011 SEMESTER STUDY-Starts June 14th

Real Moms, Real Jesus by Jill Savage

What does Jesus know about the peanut-butter-and-jelly life of a mom? Plenty? Jill Savage, found and director of Hearts at Home, introduces the real Jesus to real moms. In chapters that examine key behaviors and decisions Jesus made during His life on earth, Jill brings those lessons right down to the laundry-filled, sticky-finger days every mother knows. Between the chapters are interactive vignettes that turn the concept of the book back around. If the meat of the content is looking at Jesus’ life on earth and understanding how to apply that in our everyday lives, these perspective vignettes are brief, refreshing glimpses starting with our own messy, busy lives. Jill continually reminds the reader that Jesus is not an unattainable deity, but a Friend who understands. Book Cost: $

FUTURE UPCOMING BOOK STUDIES:

Wisdom for Mothers by Denise Glenn. Is an eight-week study that will help you find Biblical answers to your important questions about marriage, children and work. In addition to the Bible study, you will learn to improve your mothering skills and will find helpful mothering tips designed for moms of all ages at the end of each lesson. Based on Proverbs 31.


The Mission of Motherhood
by Sally Clarkson Paperback (Waterbrook Press, 2002) 242 pages Since writing and publishing Seasons of a Mother’s Heart in 1998, it has been on Sally’s heart to write a book that will draw mother’s back to God’s original design for motherhood and the home.

Saturday, January 15, 2011

Ah baby, baby, baby...



Abigail loves playing with Aidan's things, I guess she is testing them out for him for when he arrives to make sure there safe for him. We got a car seat for him and Abigail has been putting her dolls in it and also trying to lug it around the house. Today though she opted for trying it out herself. She was able to squeeze herself into the car seat and cover herself up.

The other day, she got to practice being a big sister to Luke. Here she is rocking him to sleep. She got him to sleep for less then 10 minutes then decides to bring her loudest toy she has to give to him while he was napping. To say the least, the nap didn't last long. So now I know when baby is asleep, must move baby away from Abigail. But she has a fun time playing sister, she was helpful in watching him, playing with him, bring his blanket and getting his bottle for me. Of course she did try to help herself to his snacks out of his hand. I am sure though she is going to be great sister and love her new brother who will be here in less then 3 months!!

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Happy to report...


Today I had an OB appointment, the last time I was in I had to do the 1 hour glucose test for gestational diabetes, which I still feel to this day is not a very accurate test. This is because when I was pregnant with Abigail I failed it and they diagnosed me with it, even though I had no at risk symptoms the whole time I was pregnant, never had one issue with it or had high sugar. In fact my sugar was on the low end of the spectrum every time I had to prick my finger and get tested. So I think it is time the medical world finds a different way of testing for this. I sure do feel for those that do actually have diabetes and what they go through with testing and managing their diabetes, etc... So back to my appointment today and sorry for that rant, but today I got the results from my test and passed with flying colors!! Yay for me!!! Of course Aidan is doing great in my belly, moving lots!!

I have been working my new job at the church for the past few weeks and I love my job. I work three part-time jobs, Membership/Guest Ministries Coordinator, Yoga Teacher, and web & marketing for Country Collection Antiques, my mom's store. I really love all my jobs and feel so blessed to be able to say that. I know not many people can say they love their jobs. But I for one really do! Abigail enjoys being my little helper too. Here is she last Sunday as we were heading out the door and yes it was a cold one as you can tell she is wearing a jacket.

Saturday, January 8, 2011

Lovey


We almost lost Lovey, well we did for a night. Thank goodness she still had her special blanket to comfort her. As we were putting Abigail to bed last night, we noticed no Lovey, we all looked every where and finally just had to say good night without Lovey. Abigail was ok, though she kept asking for Lovey while she was being tucked in. This morning first thing she said where's Lovey. So again I started the hunt and finally found Lovey, in the couch cushions. "Yay!!" Abigail said.
Funny thing is we actually do have two Lovey's and this is her spare, the other one's head is about to fall off, guess it is time to fix the other Lovey or buy a new one. I see Target still has them available on-line.
Makes me wonder if Aidan will have a Lovey and what his will be? I have seen other posts from other mom's about their children's Lovey. Really think it be cute to have a book of children's different Lovey's. Hmmm...maybe another project for my list.

Wednesday, January 5, 2011

It's that time of the year and I am already late...

New Year's Resolutions??? How many of you have thought about it or even made them??? I love planning, organizing, making lists, so resolutions come somewhat natural to my personality!!

So for me and my family this year, would love to have more quality family time, though not sure yet what that looks like. But I like to spend more time doing family things together, parks, events, hanging out with friends, art projects, etc...

We have house projects to complete and Ryan has been busting his butt doing them, so grateful he is so handy. The guest house will be done soon and so will Aidan's room!! Then it is just minor things or so I hope, though Ryan has lots of ideas. I guess we should prioritize projects and see what needs to be done this year and can wait till next year. But I also think we need to have a mini celebration a welcome to our new home for family and guests. So not much of a resolution, but it is something I want to do this year.

Personally, I want to continue to learn and grow in my yoga practice and share that with others. A goal of mine is to start a family and/or children's yoga class. Also continue to learn more about the word of God, continue deepening my faith, and sharing that through all that I do. Such as parenting, relating to others, working with others, and just everyday to day living. The church, bible study, and MOPS have been very helpful in growing my faith. One of the things I really want to do is start a mother's bible study group this summer in Bellville. If there are any other mothers interested in a bible study, please do let me know.

One thing that I would like to master is meditation and being able to stay present at all times. I have a tendency to be sitting and doing something, while thinking OK I need to be doing that too. This one will probably be the most difficult. I have struggled with meditation since I started yoga more then 10 years ago. But I know this would be a wonderful benefit not only for myself but for those around me, most important my family.

OH and most important is to prepare for Aidan's arrival!! Can't believe he will be here in about 3 months!!

So now that I have wrote these out for you to see, this will help me to stay focused and maybe ya'll can send me friendly reminders when I need them. I think this is something we all should do, write our goals/resolutions/wishes, whatever you want to call them, so that others will help us hold to them.

Tuesday, January 4, 2011

January slow down...


WOW, time is a flying this month already. So many projects on my to do list. Plus Ryan has been busy getting our guest house ready. So sorry not much to write at this time.
But we did enjoy a nice short trip to Austin to celebrate our 6 year wedding anniversary and to bring in the New Year! Wish we could have taken a few more days!! We enjoyed visiting with the Wooster clan, eating some yummy food (I swear Austin has the best restaurants), time at Zilker park, and just not having to do projects.
One of the item's on my to do list is to sit down and enjoy some time inspiring and focusing on some resolutions for my family and I. But for now I need to get back to my to do list...