Saturday, April 26, 2014

On the mend

 So it's been a couple of weeks ago, but we got to greet friends coming home from the airport!!!!  YEA!!!!!!!!!  We were so very thrilled this has taken years to get to this point and they were so more then ready.  And of course there were way to many bumps in the road to count!! 

BUT THEY ARE HOME!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!  PRAISE GOD!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
 So instead of a pool (which we don't have at this house), we have an outdoor patio and a couple of water tables, a hose, beach toys, and a big tub.  IT WORKS!  :) 
 Didn't seem to both them! 
 They enjoyed it! 
 I am pretty sure this will be a common activity this upcoming summer ;). 
 Surprise- Joanna has new hair ;).  He he he he
 About 14 inches worth! 
 Daddy even tried it out.  Creepy!!
 Here is the new me!  ;) 
 This got shipped off to Locks of Love! 
 This was a house hunt that Daddy came up with. 
 The kids had fun with it. 
 Fun clues. 
 Cute smiles.
 Good memories. 
 And it is something you can do no matter what the weather! 
 Kids all helping each other. 
 Sometimes it helps to sit in the laundry tub to think things out!  ;)
 Cat food was involved....
 Oh and it ended with ICE CREAM!!!!  YOU SCREAM!!! We all scream for ice cream!!
 Afternoon quiet time rotation.  **Do you see sensory needs ;).  He he he he.....
 Andrew is our king of legos! 
New train set we were given :).  The kiddos have been very creative with it! 

So last wee I had a UTI.  Then sinuses hit.  Then my body gave up!  :(  Not any fun!  I am trying to recover, but it has taken a lot longer than I wanted!!!! 

Feeling better now and ready for the week!!!  Next weekend Jason and I are going away for the weekend- ALONE :)!!!  YEA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! 

Saturday, April 12, 2014

Sabbath part 3

 So today's picture are brought to you by Joanna & Michael's special day out!  We went to Magic Kingdom with them and got fast passes to do Peter Pan ride, meet and greet with Ariel, and then do story time with Belle.  We watched their all new afternoon parade!  Had a BLAST!!!
 So Sabbath part 3- how does it look? 
 That is something I don't think is set in stone. 
 Sometimes it is going to Disney, to the beach, on a walk, to the park, to the movies, reading a book on the couch, fixing a meal for fun, baking,
 Nap time- (can I get an amen?), bed time for the kids- no really this is time you have to cherish!  Or at least you should!  :) 
 A day out with just one or two of your children, date night with the hubby,
 Early morning prayer time, afternoon prayer time, early morning walks by yourself,
 running, jogging, working out......
 going into the closet with the Word, a flashlight, and chocolate!!!!!  :)
 It can be a project you enjoy and can have time to just think and pray as you go! 
 OH MY the possibilities are ENDLESS!!!!!!!!! 
 What it doesn't include:  WORRY!  CHORES!  NOT FUN THINGS!  GRUMBLING! 
 So how about it?  What can you do to give yourself SABBATH??? 
 SCHEDULE IT!!!  PLAN IT!!!  Don't try to cram to much into it- RELAX!!!!! 
 Sometimes it is once a week for a full day.  Sometimes it is a break time everyday in addition to that. 
 Sometimes it is a week or two- BUT NO WORKING!!!!!!!  That is key!  In fact you may have to throw the phone in a drawer!!!!!!!!  PUT IT AWAY!!!!! 
 So how does it feel to have Sabbath?? 
 OH MY OH MY OH MY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! 
 Like your brain is spinning with new energy!!!!  Like God is filling your heart to overflowing!!!!
 Like you are a new person!!!!
 THAT is why it is necessary!!!!! 
 Living life to the fullest  IS NECESSARY!!!!
 Giving it all you have IS NECESSARY!!!!!
 Enjoying those moments that will soon be behind you IS NECESSARY!!!!
 So schedule it! 
 Set a date! 
 Make a plan! 
 N0 really NOW!
 Don't wait or get distracted......
 Because today is the perfect day to start RENEWING YOURSELF! 
 Your husband/wife will thank you!!!!! 
 Your siblings will thank you!!!! 
 Your boss with thank you!!!! 
 Your friends will thank you!!! 
 God will say- COME AGAIN SOON!!!  Let me remind you WHO YOU ARE! 
 Let me remind you WHOSE YOU ARE!!!!! 
 Give me yourself!!!! 
Give me your burdens and let me give you NEW LIFE!  :)