Our Summer Favorites

Well, this post isn’t the norm. I’m just gonna list some of our favorite “stuff” this summer as promised. Here goes…

Books:
This summer we’ve gotten into books…like big time. Part of this is due to me finding the Podcast Read Aloud Revival. We’ve maxed out library cards. Gotten addicted to audiobooks. And the free app “Libby”¬†from the library was a game changer!

Our favorites have been (there are links but most are at the library):
Mercy Watson series (Jonathan)
39 Clues series (Caleb)
Big Nate (Stephen)
Squish & Amulet (comic books…all the boys)
Madeline series (Esther & Kenan)
Iggie’s House (read aloud)
The Green Ember (read loud)
The Color of Water (Me)
The ONE Thing (Me)
Essentialism (Me)
The Power of Moments (Me)
12 Ways Your Phone is Changing You (Me)

Music:
The boys have a varied taste in music that I’m a little embarrassed to share (you would judge us). So I’ll share 3 of my “cling to” songs this summer:

Great is Thy Faithfulness by One Sonic Society
Scandal of Grace by Hillsong United
Build My Life by Housefires III

Study:
Jen Wilkin’s Genesis study was great!

It’s been a fine summer. Really. We’ve made simple memories together. Taken only 1 trip. But it’s been sweet.

I’m thankful for what was. What is. And what’s to come.

And super thankful that He knows about all of it!

“Do not boast about tomorrow,¬†for you do not know what a day may bring.” (Proverbs 27:1)

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(That time we rode with Jeremy to a wedding rehearsal thinking it was near one of our favorite stores. Only to find ourselves in the middle of nowhere with an hour and a half to spare. Sigh. Thankful for GPS and random parks and trails!)

 

 

 

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When 2017’s already spiraled…

It’s been a little over 3 weeks since Christmas. 3 weeks since celebrating His birth. And already…I’ve shut myself in the bathroom. Hid. Begged God to come right now.

We have friends hurting. We have friends moving. We have friends fighting battles no one saw coming.

And as long as we’re here…these battles will continue.

Sin will consume us. Threaten our very lives. Steal our joy. Force us into locked bathrooms. And that “roaring lion” will keep scratching on the door. Telling us over and over again…it’s just too hard.

“And one of the elders said to me, “Weep no more; behold, the Lion of the tribe of Judah, the Root of David, has conquered, so that he can open the scroll and its seven seals.” (Revelation 5:5)

But Jesus is the Lion who will devour the devourer.

Where Satan comes to destroy, Christ comes to do battle.

In wherever you’ve found yourself in 2017. Death. Suffering. Sorrow. Questions.

He. Is. There.

To keep fighting for you.

” All the tomorrows of our life have to pass Him before they can get to us.” (F. B. M.)

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Today will be gone tomorrow…

I can feel the tension in my back as I sit down to type this. Force my shoulders to relax. Take this moment and release.

He’s 5. He followed me around all morning asking me to come to his show. Handing me “tickets” of cut out white paper. Finally I went. Watched him do puppet shadow tricks on the wall. Listened to him talk about Moses in the basket.

Honestly, it was boring. I had so much to do. The older 2 still needed to finish school.

Later he was cutting up more tickets. I gave him a jar to put them in. And he said to me, “Kenan can have these when I die.” What? Die? You’re 5?

I couldn’t help but tear up as I asked him what he meant. Of course, he meant when he’s like “95,” but the thought lingered.

And I remembered Ann Voskamp’s words, “The way to experience unlimited elation may be to imagine unexpected limitation.” And then this, “It’s only when you realize everyone you love will one day leave you that you really begin to love.”

I walked over to that blonde-headed little boy. Picked him up and sat him on the kitchen bar. He giggled the whole time as I asked, “Do you know Mommy loves you?” “Yes.” “How do you know?”

He hesitated as I waited for…you cook me food, wash my clothes, read to me. But he said none of those. Instead he offered something simpler. Much sweeter. “Because you’re my Mom.”

I am blessed with another day to love on these kids. I’m blessed to be their Mom. Even though it doesn’t always feel like that.

And I’m blessed to know God loves me just because He’s my Dad. He can’t stop loving me. Won’t stop.

Slow down. Thank God for the now that will be gone tomorrow. Love big knowing a big God loves us.

What sweet joy!

“This is the LORD’s doing; it is marvelous in our eyes. This is the day that the LORD has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it.” (Psalm 118:23-24)

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