Monday, August 27, 2007

Ah, weekend retreats...

Weekends are always good. Even though Keith's schedule makes him work some weekends and gives us some "mid-week weekends", Saturday and Sunday are always a little more laid back for me. This past weekend, Keith took full-time care for the boys and let Katie Beth and I go to a scrapbook retreat near Waco. Katie Beth is almost 6 mos old and I had not yet started on her baby book. Even with stopping to nurse and taking time to play with her, I still got 28 pages done!

Anyone who knows me very well at all knows that I love all things pregnancy-childbirth related. It was so fun to look back over the pictures from my pregnancy and her birth and be reminded of the blessing that God allows us as moms to be part of a miracle. I know we use that term flippantly in our society, i.e, "If I get there on time with all this traffic, it'll be a miracle." But when you start realizing everthing that must happen to acheive pregnancy, grow and carry a healthy baby, have a healthy mom, deliver a baby and then have that baby go from complete dependence on the mother's body to breathing room air in a matter of seconds...it truly is a miracle.
Psalm 139:13-18
13 For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother's womb.
14 I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well.
15 My frame was not hidden from you when I was made in the secret place. When I was woven together in the depths of the earth,
16 your eyes saw my unformed body. All the days ordained for me were written in your book before one of them came to be.
17 How precious to me are your thoughts, O God! How vast is the sum of them!
18 Were I to count them, they would outnumber the grains of sand. When I awake, I am still with you.

Monday, August 20, 2007

Rub-a-dub-dub...

...three kids in the tub!


The boys were having a ball, Katie...not so much.

Good memories.

Well, this is the kind of stuff we do as moms when our hubby's are at work late into the night, the mall is closed, our kids are being high-energy and we have cabin-fever. (See, we loose all presence of mind and try to bathe all three kids at once, including one who is not sitting up yet.) But these are the joys of motherhood...the smiles, the laughs and even the tears. When I see all of them in one spot, I am reminded again of how blessed I am and what a responbility I have as a steward of these little lives. Lord, help me remember that they are a temporary gift that you have entrusted to me for a few short years. Help me to point them to You!

Friday, August 17, 2007

In the beginning...

Well, I guess it's finally time I started blogging. Not that anyone will be interested or read it, but it's a good way for me to look back at our family and see what God has been doing in our lives. Today we have been listening to the sounds of chain saws and shredders as a tree service worked in our yard. We had one tree cut down and the others pruned as we get ready to build our long awaited woodshop for Keith. We hope to be under construction in the next few months and dare I say...finished by year's end? We moved in to this house 3 years ago and have been waiting to build and I think we are finally getting close. Well, I think they want to get paid, so I'll close. Look at these before and after shots.