Tuesday, July 28, 2009

The Catch-Up Post

Since my last post, we've been quite busy around here. Two weeks ago, I was spending time cleaning out for a yard sale and preparing for Amelia's 4th birthday. Last week was spent in Pigeon Forge, TN, where Madison was playing in the SEAA Fast Pitch World Series.

Amelia had a great time at her family party on Saturday the 18th. We had our yard sale that morning, and then Amelia had been invited to attend the birthday party of her friend, Catherine. It was a princess/pirate party, so Amelia finally got to wear her princess costume that I picked up on sale at Cracker Barrell last year after Halloween. She decided to continue wearing the costume for her party later that evening and played the part of the birthday princess very well!

After church the next day, I spent the afternoon washing clothes and getting packed up for our trip to Tennessee. Brad was unable to get off work the first part of the week, so my mother and aunt went with me and the kiddos up there on Monday morning. On Thursday morning, Brad, my dad, and his dad (who drove in from Texas last week) met up with us at the ball park. After the game, we had a birthday lunch for Amelia (since it was officially her birthday that day), and then we went back to the condo for birthday cake and ice cream. My mom, dad, and aunt then returned home, and the rest of us came home Saturday. We didn't do so well at the tournament, but we had a great time at the condo, which had an indoor water park with water slides. Fun!

Paw Paw (Brad's dad) is spending this week with us. We went shopping on Monday, bowling yesterday, and I think he's taking everyone to the movies today. Matthew and I will probably stay home - I need to catch up on some house work and that seems like a good opportunity since Matthew is at an age where he doesn't exactly want to sit still and be quiet in a movie theater. Brad's mom will be flying in to Birmingham on Saturday, and they'll both stay another week before driving home the next Saturday. Madison is having all four wisdom teeth removed on Monday (please say a prayer for her as she's pretty nervous), so next week will probably not be too busy. I hope to start school the following Monday - we'll see!

Here's some pictures from the past few weeks ----

Amelia wanted to try out Matthew's baby bed. I'm not sure what Matthew was doing, but I thought his expression was hilarious!

Madison straightened Amelia's hair, and she looked like a totally different child.
Amelia was quite pleased with the end result.

Amelia feeding Matthew.....I was doing something in the kitchen and returned to find this.

We met up with some friends at McIntosh Reserve in Whitesburg. Here's Cari and Amelia enjoying the water. (Amelia appears to be flying.)

Another comical picture of Amelia and Matthew - I guess the flash was too much!

Amelia enjoying her birthday supper. We grilled hamburgers, but all she wanted
was the potato salad and baked beans - and of course the homemade
chocolate ice cream that followed!

Trying on her new Sperry's from Aunt Angela.

~ Playing with the pink sand ~

Future softball player

Present softball player

Amelia enjoying present softball player's game.

After the last game, some of our team met up at The Old Mill in Pigeon Forge. We had to wait 1.5 hours, but it was well worth it. The girls got a little silly while they were waiting.

Pool time!

Paw Paw on the slide


While waiting at The Old Mill, Cari discovered this bonnet (Amelia had to have one, too). On our way home Saturday, we drove through Cade's Cove and took some old fashioned photos. (BTW, we saw three bears [but no Goldilocks] while driving through!)

Wednesday, July 8, 2009

A Loaded Quote for Parents

What is life really all about? Yards and homes and possessions are just a physical vanity, all destined to decay. Our children are our masterpieces - our life's spiritual work. They are the only works we will leave behind by which others will know who we were. Michael Pearl

Friday, July 3, 2009

The Summer of Matthew

Matthew enjoyed his first "swim" this week. It was rather impromptu as he just "jumped in" clothes and all! :>)

Thursday, July 2, 2009

Recipe Disasters

Last week, my sister wrote on her blog about her recipe disaster. It brought back a memory of one of my worst episodes.

We were at a home school swim party, and I had brought the ice cream freezer along to make homemade ice cream for the children to eat after swimming and eating lunch. I started it as soon as we arrived, but two hours later, two bags of ice later, and nearly a whole box of ice cream salt later, the ice cream was still no where near ready. A helpful dad had taken over my position at the freezer and was a bit bewildered himself. So, he took the motor off the top of the freezer and removed the lid to the canister to investigate. He immediately noticed what the problem was. I had forgotten to put the paddle into the canister!

I had another disaster last week, but thankfully ice cream was able to save the day this time. We had invited some friends over, but they were unable to make it (if you're reading this, you should be thankful you were unable to make it!). The main dish was grilled chicken, and evidently I didn't let the coals get hot enough or didn't use enough, but after what seemed like a very long time, I took the chicken off the grill thinking it was ready. But it wasn't. So, I threw it in the frying pan to let it finish cooking. Unfortunately, it still wasn't completely done when we finally sat down to eat it. Thankfully, though, no one later exhibited any evidence of salmonella.

I had also (successfully) made some homemade ice cream. When I realized the chicken was going to take forever, I asked "who wants dessert first tonight?" I didn't get any complaints about that!

Wednesday, July 1, 2009

Seeking a Meek and Quiet Spirit - Part 2

As Tammy mentioned in her comment below, seeking a meek and quiet spirit is "a lifelong journey." Wouldn't it be great if we could just read a book, study all the scriptures on the topic, and be there? That's obviously not the case for me since I'm reading the book by Teri Maxwell for the third time! In my reading this morning, Nancy Leigh DeMoss made some good points regarding this:

We're not talking about moralism or self-correction or making ourselves something better than we are. We're talking about Christ who lives within us, who has paid the price for our sin and lives within us. By the power of his Holy Spirit, He pours His grace into our lives to make us something supernaturally that we could never be apart from Him.

There's no formula. Godliness is a process. Sanctification is a process. It's Christ in us who fulfills the righteousness of God in us.

....there are no shortcuts to godliness. It's day in and day out. Humbling ourselves. Acknowledging our need. Letting God form Christ in us.