Thursday, February 26, 2009

Flu Invasion

The flu has invaded our house! Well, it has invaded Dalton. Poor thing, he is miserable. He has been running a fever since Sunday night, and there doesn't seem to be an end in sight. He will be out of school for an entire week! Being the attendance stickler that I am, this is driving me crazy! Aaaaggghhh!

Not to mention the extreme lysol cleaning of the house, and the fact that I have one child miserable, and one that is runnning on extra hyper! Carson can not seem to leave Dalton alone, and Dalton can't stand it!

Anyway, pray for us as we continue to heal and stay healthy around here. And pray that Dalton's fever goes away and stays away! We have had a couple of times this week that the fever broke and went away for 12 hours and came back! No wonder why they say fever free for 24 hours! Sneaky fever!

Here are a couple of pics of "The Flu"



I just had to throw in one of Carson in rare form: STILL!

Friday, February 20, 2009

Restored Joy

I haven't posted in a while, but I finally feel "blog-worthy"! For about all of January, I have been in some kind of funk, and I mean no joy-having funk! Like I would know that things needed to be done around the house, look and them and go "yeah, I don't care" and so things were really "blah" around here for awhile.

I had been praying, reading my Bible everyday, praying some more, other people were praying for me, and then one day...POOF! My joy came back (God renewed my joy). This is how it happened..One Tues I was talking to my friend Kim, about how I had no joy what so ever, and how I didn't know how to get out of this funk. That same Thurs, I was on my way home from work, on the phone with my friend Jennifer, and it "just happened". "What happened?" You ask. Well, my joy was renewed, God restored my joy and gave me a new found hope. I was excited to go home and be with my family, this was a first for a few weeks! I walked in the door with a smile on my face and glad to be there. My husband noticed the difference right away! And he asked what Jennifer said to me that restored my joy, and it wasn't anything Jennifer said, it is what happened as I was dialing her number and listening to the phone ring...There is no other explanation than this-God renewed my joy. He gave me the desire to want to be the wife and mother He calls me to be. This is not something I can do on my own, this is something that we can only do through Him!

I think this was the lesson He was teaching me. Kinda the same as the lesson He taught me several years ago.."You can't be happy anywhere, until you are finally happy with where you are" (Another lesson God used my friend Jennifer to help me see). This time, I knew that I couldn't do anything without Him, but yet I was still trying to, without even realizing it. I was falling for that LIE FROM know the one, the one that takes God's word and twists it all around to say "You need to do EVERYTHING in your house or you aren't a good wife and mother" You are supposed to do it ALL BY YOURSELF, or you aren't following God's plan" "If your kid can't read, IT'S ALL YOUR FAULT, YOU ARE A BAD MOM, and so on, and so on."

This is a bunch of baloney straight from the pit of hell! And on Thursday God showed me that I was not following His plan for me, but that I was trying to take it all on my own shoulders, as my own burden to carry. Hmmmmm, isn't that right where Satan wants us? IN BONDAGE! Well, no more bondage over here my friends! I am singing the glory and praises of Our Lord and King! (Yes, Kim, Singing Loud with great JOY to The Lord!) LOL! To My Savior who paid it all, so that I could lean on His strength, not my own!

So, here is to my new found hope! That the prayers that I felt from my friends, will continue on, since I know from experience that Satan does not give up! Well, I am continuing to turn to God, I am continuing to wake up daily prepared to fight the battle with the greatest warrior in the world on my side!

Tuesday, February 3, 2009

Sibling Rivalry

Ok, so for those of you that don't know this about me, I am an only child. When I was younger, I dreamed of having a big sister, sometimes, even a little sister to boss around. Now, these sisters and I never ever fought. They were absolutely perfect! Absolutely everything a girl could want!

Fast forward a couple of decades, and I always wanted to have more than one child. I never wanted my kids to be without a playmate, I never wanted them to have to go through anything alone. I wanted them to always have a best friend. The way I see it, I am going to be the only one dealing with any arrangements and such for my mother. I don't say this as a burden, but only as a fact. Whenever God chooses for her to go home, there will be no one to help me with that. I didn't want this for my child. So, these are some of the reasons I wanted more than one child.

Now, Jason has a brother and as far as he was concerned, he was just fine with one child. I believe this is because he never knew the side of an only child. So, after many discussions and me saying over and over why I could not only have one child, we decided to have another. Now, one thing that nobody, not one of my friends (all of whom are siblings) warned me about, is that they fight! I assumed that there would be disagreements, maybe a little argument over a toy here and there, but not knock down drag out fights before they are teenagers!

They fight over everything, and I do mean everything! It is not uncommon in my house, to walk in one room and see one child choking or sitting on the other. I am waiting for the day that someone has actually hog tied the other! (Lord, I hope not!) I seriously thought that something was wrong with them, until all of my friends with siblings said that this was completely normal! "Really? I thought, this is normal? My dream sisters and I never fought!" I am constantly explaining to my boys over and over that they are very blessed to have a brother, they are blessed to have a best friend and playmate always. But, they don't seem to see it that way!

Aaaaaggghhh.... it's going to be a long, but eventful life ahead here at our house! Continue to pray for us in our journey, and please let me know if there is anyway that I can pray for you!