Thursday, April 30, 2009

Burnin' Love...

This past weekend was the last weekend for "open" burning in our area. This is one of those chores that my sweet hubby doesn't mind. I suspect he really enjoys it. 

But, he does have a history of setting fields on fire.  So, when the old grass on the side hill started burning up toward the house, I was a bit concerned. 

It didn't last long . He was on top of it. 



I love this guy! You'd never guess that today he turns the big 2-9! 

Happy Birthday Sweetie! You are still my hunk of burnin' love. 

Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Nursery Days - Which one is yours?

Last Sunday marked the end of our month long (job) joy of serving in the nursery at church. We found that most kids in our class fit into one of the following stereotypes.

 Which one is your child? 

  • The Loner - This child could really care less that there were other children in the room. He is perfectly content to play all by himself and would really prefer it that way.

  • The Snacker - This one immediately requests a snack and will gladly sit at the snack table for the entire duration of the session, only getting up to ask you for a refill of goldfish. 

  • The Stingy - This child is learning that sharing is not really fun. Most often he does not want to play with the toy, he just doesn't want anyone else to play with the toy. 

  • The Sympathy Cry-er - As soon as one starts, they sympathy crier immediately joins in. Often the parents arrive and say "He never cries!" , but you know the real story. He is not often in a room of 5 other kids to set him off.  Hopefully this child will grow to be a compassionate person and not just a cry-baby.

  • The Stinky - This child has been done a great disservice by his parents. He is labeled the stinker, because his family thought you wouldn't notice that he arrived at church with a load in his drawers. Parents - you aren't fooling anyone and remember we don't want to change it either. We will try to ignore it as long as possible with hopes that the sermon will be a short one. 

  • The Quiet One - The nursery workers dream. This child is an observer. Often she is found in a corner or under a table, wide-eyed, mouth ajar and quiet as a mouse. Is she afraid of me or the other kids? 

  • The Cling-On - This child has a parent that says "He will be fine as soon as I leave." Yaaaaaa, riiiiggghhhtt. This child screams as soon as you put him down. It is almost as though he has a sensor that goes off alerting him when you have almost touched his bottom to the carpet. Again, we just hope the sermon is a short one. 

  • The Screamer - This child is good natured and pretty mellow, but when you least expect it, they will let off a blood curdling scream. Usually it is for no reason and last only a few seconds- just enough time to set off the sympathy crier and the cling-on. 

I know you are thinking - my child is the loner or the quiet one. He is perfectly content in all situations. Keep dreaming. 

If you would like to make your child's nursery worker, care provider, or Sunday school teacher a little more joyful in his/her duties try these tips: 

1. Always take them in with a clean diaper. 

2. Do not leave them for the volunteer to handle if they are ill, exhausted or famished. 

3. If your child has a special pacifier, blanket or toy that soothes them, let us know! 

4. If possible take your child with you during the singing portion of your church service and drop them off when the sermon starts. They usually love the music and are rarely disruptive when people are singing. 

5. Volunteer. It seems helpers are always needed and think of it as your civic duty to let another parent have a few minutes of peace, while they sit in the pew. 

6. Say thank you. Write them a note to let them know how much you appreciate their efforts. It really goes a long way in helping crabby attitudes. 

So which child is mine? He has probably been them all at one point or another. I hold no grand  illusions that he is perfect - well at least not since I had to rescue our nursery volunteer from my son - the cling-on, sympathy crying, screamer. 

Tuesday, April 28, 2009

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Monday, April 27, 2009

Just a little off...

I haven't blogged in a few days.

Here are my reasons:

1. Norse took Friday off and I wanted to spend it with him (because he is awesome).
(this isn't from Friday, but does display Norse's awesomeness)


2. B and I have been plagued with a bad case of unending snot

(The sheen is not from that buttery plastic corn or the saliva he produces, no, it is mucus)

3. The crap that clogs up life has been keeping me too busy to want to write something encouraging to my fabulous readers.

4. It snowed 5 inches at my house today and I am struggling to be thankful for the moisture. (It is supposed to be SPRING!)

So, if you are just wishing you had something interesting to read, let me suggest two great links to tide you over:

First, there is Rocks in My Dryer - whom I adore. This post has really helped me think about "why" I blog and if I am adding to the noise or really have something to say.

Second, there is Simple Mom - who I just found out is my sweet friend Carly's sister-in-law! So you could almost say she is like my friend too! Well, maybe not, but she always has helpful ideas!

So satisfy your bloggy needs by checking them out and forgive me for my recent lack of communication.

Thursday, April 23, 2009

No 'Fro, Just Food

I am not sure if you have met the Pioneer Woman. I must admit that I have a bit of a hero-worship problem regarding her amazing blog. It may be because she cooks deliciously, takes great pictures and lives on a ranch. (The first two things I really want to do, the last is just romanticised in my head.) She also home schools and gives away fantastic goodies - if you are into that sort of thing.

Regardless, if you need a yummy, man friendly, fattening treat (and something that is incredibly similar to those evil "onion strings" at Famous Dave's) You have gotta try her recipe. Don't blame me if your cholesterol shoots up after you make a few (hundred) batches of these golden yummies, blame the PW.

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Spring Swingin' - Wordless Wednesday

We have enjoyed several days - in a row- of beautiful weather. B also got to enjoy his first trips to the park for swinging.



I think he likes it.

More WW

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

They actually have a brain?

Perhaps you may have missed the question that apparently "cost her the crown". It was the one Miss California answered. The question's root was - do you think gay marriage is right or wrong. She replied by saying  that she felt that marriage was meant for one man and one woman. Now she is being hung out to dry by one of the judges.



I didn't realize that you had to leave all your moral convictions at the door when you decide to be a beauty queen. I guess that is just one more reason why I am not a big fan of these "scholarship programs". I am sure this is teaching a whole new generation of young women to just lie to get what you want. Who cares if you really have an opinion on the subject. Who cares if you actually have a brain that evaluates more interesting issues than what color sequins you want on your bikini.

Monday, April 20, 2009

Workin' for the Weekend

"Everything a believer has must come from Christ, through the channel of the Spirit of grace. Just as all the blessings flow to you through the Holy Spirit, nothing good can come out of you in holy thought, devout worship or gracious act apart from the sanctifying operation of the Spirit." -Charles Spurgeon


I think it is comforting that I don't have to strive to "be good". There is freedom in knowing that I am a total failure without the work of the Spirit in my life. I can rest in Him, knowing that while I abide in Him, He will do the hard work. 

Sorry my posts may be brief early in the week. Things are busy. 

Friday, April 17, 2009

Do you have the time?

"Faith is not a once-done act, but a continuous gaze of the heart at a Triune God" - AW Tozer


I was thinking about our weekend plans and hoping that we aren't overwhelmed with the number of kids in the nursery again this week. Easter Sunday is a big week for people to go to church. If the amount of children in our class was any indication of the number in the service we probably doubled in size.

After reading the quote by Tozer I started thinking a lot about how that relates to the influx of parishioners on Easter and Christmas. I want to preface the following comments with this: I think it is great people feel the desire to go to church, even if it is only one day a year. I hope that what they receive on that day is love, acceptance, and the Gospel. I also know that just because you do or do not regularly attend church is not a reflection of the true state of ones relationship with Jesus. Church does not make a person a Christian, Christ does (otherwise we would be called churchians - and no one wants to be that).

However, I do think that the spike in the numbers does reflect a genuine spiritual hunger and shows a lack of discipleship between people of faith. We are called to make disciples. Disciples are not made in a day.

We referenced the parable of the sower in our bible study this week. It talks a lot about how we can so easily find ourselves overwhelmed by what life throws at us. I currently have several friends who are dealing with potentially faith shattering circumstances. Some have great support groups and others are facing things almost completely alone. It seems that Christians who are willing to stand with people, for the long haul, are exceptionally rare. I know I have been guilty of being too busy to put in the effort to build close relationships. But I want to be a disciple, who is a discipler.

I want to be a person who keeps pointing my brothers and sisters to that amazing heart of God. I want to be there through thick and thin. I don't want to throw in the towel. I am beginning to understand that as my "job" has changed from employee to momma, that God has given me the amazing gift of time - time to pray, time to make the effort, time to show interest in people, time to walk along side - because people are important.

Is there someone in your life that you can encourage in the faith? Are you struggling through something and feel like no one will understand? I encourage you to take the first step. Make the extra effort if you can make the time. If you need someone don't be afraid to be honest. ( I can't guarantee that who you confide in won't act like a jerk-wad, we Christians can do a good job at being giant idiots. Just try to choose carefully or you can email me and I'll try not to be a totally reject)

Maybe if we all gazed a little harder at Christ and the people He put in our lives, our faith would be more vibrant, more purposeful, and more life changing. Maybe then people will see relevancy in church instead of it just being something we have to do on Easter and Christmas.

(For those of you currently struggling through hard times, this post is not for you, it is for the rest of us who need to kick it in gear and walk with you, through it. Press on, dear one, and let us help carry the load)

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

SFMTY - Girls Week ROCKS!

It's another edition of Sincerely 'Fro Me to You...(apparently the 'Fro carnival was cancelled this week...too late, I already posted this =) I am also linking it up to the carnival for April 23 )

These pictures were captured in 2007. I had the amazing priveledge of directing All Girls Camp at Big Sky Bible Camp. It ended up being one of my last Camp hurrah's because the following summer I was a new momma.



Poor girl was gettin' all the love in my sleep deprived insanity. I love ya "Happy"!


Nothing like a bunch of random props and Jr. High girls to make a person laugh. I am also noticing that my arm is probably the tannest it has ever been in this picture. Wow I am such a white-girl.


Sometimes I make stupid faces, all in the name of fun, never anticipating that they would be spread all across the world via the internet.


We had a horrible summer storm that blew trees down (one on my husbands truck, while he was leading a backpacking trip in the Jewel Basin) and knocked out power at my house. I wasn't even able to shower for 48 hours. I am blaming this headband and flat hair on the lack of water.




I promise not every counselor gets this haggard, just sometimes a first time director. That experience, though hard on my beauty sleep, was most refreshing to my spirit. I will cherish those memories forever, just not the pictures.

If you are interested in sending your kids to Montana for camp, or would like to serve as a counselor, nurse, or kitchen worker please check out the website: www.bigskybiblecamp.com. We are looking forward to another fantastic summer season.

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Wordless Wednesday - First Cake


I think that is for me...






Just put it riiiight here...





Cake is AMAZING!



More Wordless here.

Linked up

With Mother's Day approaching, maybe you better check out this giveaway over at ASPTL. Perhaps you can just leave the screen up and your nice husband or child will get the hint (How fab would it be to get that mama necklace?). So check out her shop, enter the giveaway, and if you don't win, then hope your family gets the hint!

Monday, April 13, 2009

RIP Easter Bunny

We had a pretty busy Easter weekend. Family came to visit, we had an early birthday party for Norse, B and my Father-in-law. And there was a tragic end to our weekend.

Easter Bunny was decapitated... Shhhhhhh! Don't tell the kids, but we found this in our living room.

I am suspicious of this sharp dressed man wielding Safety First nail clippers. Perhaps the DNA test result will show that the drool soaked vest had traces of bunny fuzz. 
He looks so sweet and innocent, but isn't that what they say about most diabolical minds. 

Rest in peace Mr. Bunny, rest in peace.

Saturday, April 11, 2009

Saturday Song - When I Survey The Wondrous Cross

When I think of Easter, I think of this song. 


WHEN I SURVEY THE WONDROUS CROSS 
Isaac Watts

When I survey the wondrous cross
On which the Prince of glory died,
My richest gain I count but loss,
And pour contempt on all my pride.

Forbid it, Lord, that I should boast,
Save in the death of Christ my God!
All the vain things that charm me most,
I sacrifice them to His blood.

See from His head, His hands, His feet,
Sorrow and love flow mingled down!
Did e’er such love and sorrow meet,
Or thorns compose so rich a crown?

His dying crimson, like a robe,
Spreads o’er His body on the tree;
Then I am dead to all the globe,
And all the globe is dead to me.

Were the whole realm of nature mine,
That were a present far too small;
Love so amazing, so divine,
Demands my soul, my life, my all.

Friday, April 10, 2009

Just as He Said

I have no clever words or funny one-liners. I have labored over this post because I long to convey to you  what a beautiful thing God has done for you. (and no getting mad at me for preaching at you, because you are choosing to read this) 

I want you to know, dear reader, that today I celebrate a glorious event: the day my Savior died for me. I want you to know that He died for you, too. He gave all He had because of His great love for you. 

You may not know Him, you may not like Him, you may hate all things Christian, but it really makes no difference. He has already paid the price for your apathy, unbelief, or hypocrisy. He died for you, on a cross, with blood pouring from His body, as people mocked Him. He did that so you could be healed, so humanity could be healed. 
"He was despised and forsaken of men, A man of sorrows and acquainted with grief; and like one from whom men hide their face. He was despised, and we did not esteem Him. Surely our griefs He Himself bore and our sorrows He carried; yet we ourselves esteemed Him stricken, smitten of God and afflicted. But He was pierced through for our transgressions, He was crushed for our iniquities; The chastening for our well being fell upon Him, and by His scourging we are healed. All of us like sheep have gone astray, Each of us has turned to his own way, but the Lord has caused the iniquity of us all to fall on Him." - Isaiah 53:3-6

He has thrown the ball in our court now. 
While we were still helpless, at the right time, Christ died for the ungodly. - Romans 5:6
It's up to you, I already made my decision.
If you confess with your mouth Jesus as Lord, and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved;  for with the heart a person believes, resulting in righteousness, and with the mouth he confesses, resulting in salvation.  For the Scripture says, "WHOEVER BELIEVES IN HIM WILL NOT BE DISAPPOINTED." Romans 10:9-11

I hope you will join me in celebrating, not His death, but His glorious resurrection, His conquering of death, His great gift. He is God and your decision will not change that, but your decision will change you. 

For more information about taking the first step to a relationship with God please click here or leave a comment with your contact information and I will get in touch with you. You can read more about part of my journey to Jesus here and check out more stories that remind us of the real reason for Easter here

Blessings to all on this glorious weekend of celebration! 

"He is not here, for He has risen, just as He said." - Matthew 28:6 


 







Thursday, April 09, 2009

Who You Callin' Stupid?

Sometimes, those Bible words are hard to understand. Sometimes, people may complain that the Bible is too difficult to interpret. There are times, however, when things are very easy to understand...

"Whoever loves discipline loves knowledge, but he who hates reproof is stupid." Proverbs 12:1

There went my self-esteem. =) 

Wednesday, April 08, 2009

Bite Your Tongue - Part 2

Words are a powerful weapon. Often in our marriages they are used to manipulate and wound instead of build up and praise. Have you taken a moment to think about how you use your words? Maybe these excerpts from The Word will help you put things into perspective. 

"...a babbling fool will be ruined " Proverbs 10:8b

"There is one who speaks rashly like the thrust of a sword, but the tongue of the wise brings healing." Proverbs 12:18 

"A gentle answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger. " Proverbs 15:1

"A soothing tongue is a tree of life, but perversion it it crushes the spirit." Proverbs 15:4

"The heart of the righteous ponders how to answer, but the mouth of the wicked pours out evil things." Proverbs 15 :28

"A fool does not delight in understanding, but only in revealing his own mind." Proverbs 18 :2

"The contentions of a wife are a constant dripping." Proverbs  19:13

"It is better to live in a corner of a roof (or a desert land (v.19)) than in the house shared with a contentious woman. " Proverbs 21:9

"Like a madman who throws firebrands, arrows and death, so is the man who deceives his neighbor and says "Was I not joking?" Proverbs  26:18-19

Ladies, perhaps you do not suffer from the same fatal flaw of the flapping tongue that I do, but for those of you who share my struggle take a moment to think about what you have said to your dear husband in the last 24 hours. 

  1. Did you bombard them with all your troubles as soon as they walked in the door? 
  2. Did you scold them as you would your children for any reason? 
  3. Did you give them a backhanded compliment and then smile and say "Oh, I was just joking!" ?
  4. Did you nag them in hopes that it would motivate them to action? 
  5. Did you tell them at least one reason why you appreciate them? 

After taking inventory, sometimes we realize how far we've gotten from that hopeless romantic that said yes to the proposal (x amount) of years ago. I challenge you to join me in being more deliberate in what you say, not only to your husband, but to all the people in your life. It is my desire to be a woman who speaks life into the hearts of those around me, not death, even if that means biting my tongue sometimes. 


"Pleasant words are a honeycomb, sweet to the soul and healing to the bones." Proverbs 16:24


(I recognize that some of you may be in very unfortunate circumstances, with husbands who seem to have no redeeming qualities. Start small and see if the Lord begins to change your heart - even if it means thanking them for showering daily. I also want to clarify that being positive and choosing our words carefully does not mean ignoring serious problems or being a doormat. For more clarification reference this list. )


Tuesday, April 07, 2009

Bite Your Tongue - Part 1

I warned you I'd be writing to the ladies this week (after my mini-rant on the man folk). So, here it is pretty women, but I am sure for most of you this isn't an issue. Riiiigggghhhhhtttt. =) 

Recently my Bible study Sista's and I have been talking about how it is so easy to become a woman filled with negativity instead of optimism and grace. We set out to change our ways. Well we asked each other to pray that God would help us change our ways.

 It was no more than 6 hours later that this happened: 

I am playing cards with some friends at a recent gathering. Dear hubby is in the living room with another group. Baby B is at my side and becoming antsy. I decide that a few toys would occupy his curiosity for a little while and I do my best to get Norse's attention. He doesn't hear me and Lori's nice hubster starts coming to my aid, finding some toys. Most women would react well in this situation. It is no big deal. Right? 

Well, I am no ordinary woman. I transform into the mad lady, complete with death stare and snarl. I yell at my husband to not let someone else do what he should be doing. (Don't wince in horror, you know you've done it too)

Immediately my sista's called me on it. I could only laugh. How was I so oblivious to that seething, crazy woman that so easily surfaced, at the smallest inconvenience. It was then that I knew I really wasn't as gracious and positive as I had deceived myself into thinking. 

I apologized to Norse. I probably should have apologized to the whole group of people for making a fool of myself. It really started making me think about how my words affect those around me.  

(tune in tomorrow for more...)

Monday, April 06, 2009

Nursery Days

Norse and I are on nursery duty for the month of April. We had our first Sunday, yesterday, with 5 little cuties (including ours) ages 10-23 months. I learned a few things about my son. 

1. He is a sympathy crier
2. He gets jealous when other children are being held by his parents
3. He likes to poke other kids in the face
4. He also likes to ram other kids with the toys he is playing with. 
5. He is the busiest little one in this age group. While other kids were content to sit and play with one group of toys, he had to investigate and take out all the other toys. From bin, to bin, to bin he went, having to have them all. 
6. He is my favorite

One week down , three to go. Is it wrong to pray that we won't get very many babies next week? Probably. =) 


Friday, April 03, 2009

Stuck

After a very unproductive week and such a productive day last week, I am going to stay off the internet for most of the day. Here is the reason why:


My child gets this face when he is stuck and it makes me laugh, because I am a wicked mother. 




Things start innocent enough- on the quest for a Sharpie. 




But quickly take a turn for the worse.



Turning sideways and putting one leg first does not help. 


Just turn back and give mom the googly eyes. That gets him out every time. 

What's new on the web pales in comparison to what new trouble this guy can find in a day. Hope you have a happy Friday! 

Wednesday, April 01, 2009

Hot Momma - SFMTY


Another installment of the 'Fro over at The Glamorous Life.

This is my mom. (Don't tell my hubby, but we kind of look alike) I haven't embarassed her in a 'Fro post and since she doesn't have internet access she will probably never know.



You may be able to tell, by the amazing vehicles, that we were, are, and always will be - a Ford family.

My mom's hair is naturally curly and she and I have battled those "wings" she is sporting for a very long time.

However, you cannot deny that she rocked that half shirt and short shorts. I am feeling the need to go work out now.

Enjoy more pictures of the past here.

Movie Night

Why is it that when my sweet husband and I want to watch a video, B decides to stay up until 9:00 pm. It is a strange phenomena in our house.

We watched the movie, Fireproof. I am a bit of a cynic when it comes to "Christian" movies, but even with the cheesy acting, dramatic salvation scenes, and random silliness thrown in for good measure, they always suck me in. They always make me cry, because I love a happy ending.

The best thing about this movie was that it was the husband fighting for his marriage. So often men are portrayed as -the problem. While they are part of the problem it was refreshing to see the man doing some work for the marriage.

I am often surprised by how much wives work toward romancing their husbands, making time for them, creating a happy home, while men kick back, enjoy the hard work of the wife, and feel that they've done there part, because they bring home the bacon. (I know not all men are like this. I just hang out with a lot more women than I do men and I think that is a positive thing for my marriage :))

I also recognize that women can be very toxic to their spouse by the words they use. (There will be more about this in a later post). I don't want you to think that I am giving the ladies a free pass.

So, if you haven't seen the movie yet and want something to challenge your marriage, I would suggest renting Fireproof. Just be prepared for some goofy scenes that you just can't take seriously.