Thursday, January 20, 2011

Executive Decision

We are expected to get 1-3 inches of ice and snow today during school hours. They didn't cancel school, but from my experience last year with picking up kids early due to bad weather I made the executive decision to keep my boys at home! It's coming down pretty good right now. The flu is also going around really bad right now. Peyton's class had 11 kids go home sick yesterday, now that is crazy!

My sweet friend Katie gave me the link to this blog that really blessed me and if you're a stay at home mom and reading "Radical" it is worth clicking on and reading her post "Obedience Is Not Always Radical". It spoke to me with all the rollercoaster of emotions I'm feeling right now! Thanks Katie!

http://www.hopeunfolding.blogspot.com/

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

This and That

Just some things that have been going on:

Easton had his 6 month allergy appointment. The doctor was very pleased that we have taken him off Zyertec and Singulair and he is doing great. Still having to take Nasonex and eye drops, but we are happy about his progress. We don't have to go back for another year YEA! Still highly allergic to peanuts which the doctor doesn't seem to think will ever change. Overall a great appointment!

Peyton has started playing Upward basketball. The first game ended in a tie, which to me is always better than a loss. Then last Saturday they pulled off a win, just barely, I was on the edge of my seat! James is coaching and he about has a heart attack at every game. I know how he feels because I coached Braxton's team for 2 years and it is crazy! Peyton doesn't love basketball but he is about 1-2 heads taller than everyone else in the league so he gets a LOT of rebounds and is very agressive so he holds his own pretty well. He made 12 points in his first game, but the 2nd game he only scored 4. Bless his heart he probably shot 30 times but nothing would go in for him. Hopefully next week will go better. Braxton decided to sit out basketball season this year. It has been nice to only have one in something right now. Baseball will be here before we know it and with 2 involved that will be something every night! Both boys are CRAZY about football and Peyton got in the car from school last week and said "Mom only 6 more months till we get to start practicing football!" They watch it on tv, they play it on the XBox and they play on the playground. They know all the players and the teams it is crazy!

On Sunday Papaw Carter took the big boys squirrel hunting and Easton got to have some one on one time with Maw, which doesn't happen very often! I am pretty sure they all had a great afternoon!


They spared all the animals. No animals or children were harmed during the hunt!

When the boys got home James informed them that a squirrel had been playing in the backyard the whole time they were gone! They weren't very happy about that!


I did get out and go to town with Heather yesterday. It was so wonderful to be out of the house! We had a great girls day!

We have some fun stuff coming up in the next few months: a concert, a trip to see great friends, DNOW oh and a pretty big wedding too! I'm ready for warmer weather and fun times!

I have been loving my quite time with God this week. He has really shown me some things I really needed to see through his word. I loved this verse and it spoke volumes to me for this season of my life: "If you, then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children how much more will your Father in heaven give good gifts to those who ask him." Matthew 7:11 God may not give me exactly what I pray for, but he gives me what I need to get through everything!

Sunday, January 16, 2011

Radical

We are reading the book "Radical" in church for the next 6 weeks and studying it in groups and on Sundays. I have to admit it stings and it stings bad. I am reflecting and praying and digging into what God wants me to get out of this study. I am so blessed to have a wonderful Life Group to go through this study with and pray for each other over the next 6 weeks. It's always good to start the year off with your priorities in check, and hopefully grow and maintain them through out the year. I love Jesus, but I am not perfect, so not perfect. The only one to walk this earth that was and ever will be perfect is my Jesus and I am so thankful for him today and every day!

"Enter through the narrow gate. For wide is the gate and broad is the road that leads to destruction, and many enter through it. But small is the gate and narrow the road that leads to life, and only a few find it." Matthew 7:13-14

This verse has always terified me, but today Brother Jeff put it more into perspective. Jesus is the narrow gate. It won't be an easy journey to follow Jesus and to put him first in this world we live in, but it will be the most rewarding journey in the end. I yearn for Jesus to just pour out of me and I feel like I come up short all the time. I just want to grow each day in my relationship with him and hopefully someday he will pour out of me. I won't ever quit trying and he won't ever stop loving me that I am sure of.

We were talking in our Life Group today about IF God called you to do something radical would you do it? I don't feel like God has ever called me to do something like move to Africa or adopt a child or sell everything I own etc. So I keep asking God what does he want from me, why am I here? I don't have what others would see as a radical answer, but sometimes I think maybe God 's will for me right now is to raise 3 Christian men? Maybe that is my purpose. It may not seem like much but I will assure you, it is radical, and it is NOT easy and there are days I want to throw my hands up, but I don't. I will press on for as of right now this is why God has me here. Maybe in 10 years he will ask me to do something else radical and I pray that I will be ready to accept his request with a joyful heart!

"I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus." Phillippians 3:14

Snow Day

Last Monday the boys had a snow day. There wasn't a lot of snow, but mostly ice on our streets. Our hill is prime for sledding when we get ice. I even took a go at it a few times and it was fun! Lori next door leaned out her front door and gave me a perfect 10!!

Easton LOVED it! He kept saying I want to ride my sleigh! Lucky for the boys that Maw bought them all sleds for Christmas this year!
The big sledding hill!
Braxton and Peyton cracking up and having fun!
Braxton ready, set and go!
We made a fire, played in the snow and had hot chocolate! A prefect snow day!