Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Easter 2017

Easter!  My girls were so excited for Easter (Kate especially).  We started the day off with our church family, and I was thankful that my parents joined us for the service.  After church, we came back to our house and my sister and brother-in-law joined us after their church service.  They actually beat us to our house and hid eggs around the yard for the kids to go find. 

Also while we were at church, the Easter bunny visited our house.  I know those of you with small kids understand the struggle of getting a family ready to go somewhere in the mornings.  Sunday mornings are always a rush for us to get everyone ready and out of the door on time.  Add in the fact that Kevin needs extra time to study (so the kids need to be somewhat quiet for a bit), and the fact that we get to church 30-45 minutes before it starts, and.... things get REAL hard.  

So, the last few years, we've tried to ease some of the rush and our Easter bunny has visited our house while we are at church. (i.e. - we load up into the car, and mama runs back inside to get something I "forgot", and put the baskets on our fireplace hearth.)  Not sure we can pull this off much longer but it's been nice while it's lasted.  The other plus, is that we all get to see the excitement of the kids actually seeing their baskets for the first time. 


And of course, we had to get a few Easter pictures...  








As thankful as I am to spend time with family, I'm even more thankful for the significance of this day - Resurrection Sunday.  No matter how good we are, no matter how hard we try, and no matter how bad we want it, we cannot be perfect enough on our own to earn salvation and be "made right" with God.  It is only through the perfect, sinless sacrifice that Jesus willingly offered to us through his death and resurrection can we be made clean. It is only through Jesus that our sins, failures, and shortcomings can be forgiven. 


And for that, I am most thankful. 

Saturday, April 8, 2017

Perfect Timing


I have a habit of reading my Bible app when I'm drying my hair in the morning. One thing about being a mama is that you take multitasking to a whole new level. :)  The scripture I came across was something I'd read many times before, but because of circumstances and events that had happened over the past week, it hit me in a way that it never had before and it got me thinking about God's perfect timing. 

It's easy for people to say "God's timing is perfect", when what they're really trying to tell you is to just be patient.  We try so hard to rush things and force things to happen, when in reality, God's answer to our prayer is simply "not yet".  

When the answer to our prayers is simply "wait" and the waiting gets hard, we can take comfort in knowing that His timing is perfect in EVERYTHING.  

But when the right time came, God sent his Son, born of a woman, subject to the law. - Galatians 4:4

From the moment that Jesus came into the world as a newborn baby, to the moment He was crucified on the cross, to the moment He was raised from the grave, God's timing was perfect.  The biggest events in the history of the world were planned and known from the beginning of time. The timing was perfect.

And even though the things in my life are definitely not as monumental as the Savior's birth, life, crucifixion and resurrection, I'm so thankful that God's perfect timing is apparent in a deeply personal way. There are countless personal examples of that divine timing in my life, but of course one of the biggest examples are these two girls right here:



I am so thankful for HIS timing, through bringing these two into our family.  Anytime I need a reminder to just trust and be patient, I really should just open my eyes a little wider and remember the ways that God has already worked in my life.  How about you? 


Friday, March 24, 2017

Not What I Expected

Kate's class at church on Wednesday nights has been working on memorization of bible verses.  Kate and I spend a little bit of time each evening reciting a new verse for the next Wednesday.  Kate loves it and is so excited to go to church to tell her teachers the verse she has learned. (And, she's also pretty excited to earn a price for memorizing it.)  Anyway, Karsten is almost always around when Kate and I practice and she has picked up quite a few verses herself.

This past Wednesday, we were driving to church and I was trying to get Karsten to recite her verse.  This week's verse was "I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made!"

Well, this is what went down..





Sunday, February 26, 2017

A Girl and Her Bunny

When Kate was a baby, my mom and dad gave her a small JellyCat bunny for Easter.  She played with it some, but it basically got put into a box with lots of other stuffed animals that just sat in her room.  Kate likes Barbies and figurines (like Lion Guard plastic animals, etc) but was never one to play with stuffed animals or baby dolls. Just wasn't her thing.

When Karsten was born, we pulled out a few small stuffed animals for her room and the JellyCat bunny was one of them.  Almost from the first time she held that bunny, she became attached. She has since named him "Bunny" or "Bun Bun" and he goes everywhere with her.







 

There have been a couple of almost-disasters with Bunny when we have misplaced him. Cooper also snatched Bunny out of Karsten's arms one day and ran around the yard with him in his mouth. If we had lots of neighbors, Karsten's screams would have sent everyone running. (In reality, we don't really have many neighbors close to us, so there wasn't a false alarm.)

After the Cooper incident, we got a backup.  And then the backup ended up staying at my Mother in Law's house because we left bunny up there multiple times and had to drive to her house at 10pm a few nights to get him because Karsten wouldn't go to sleep without him. 

So we got another backup.  We now have three bunnies and I'm hopeful that these last us a while!

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Bunny has definitely been Karsten's first friend. She's had a few other stuffed animals that randomly make their way to her arms. We've had a stuffed Max from Secret Life of Pets, a stuffed Simba and Nahla, and a few others.  Karsten has played with them a few times, but nothing will replace Bunny.

 


Bunny has been with Karsten through so many growing pains in just a few short years.  He's been there to comfort her when she has gotten a boo boo.  He's been there for her to snuggle with every night.  She needs him at bedtime to fall asleep, but somehow she still needs him through the night because she'll be clinging to him tightly hours later when I check on her. He's been there to keep her brave in church nursery when the separation anxiety was intense. She's dressed him up in sunglasses, held him up to watch tv, read him stories, given him sips of her apple juice, and probably tried to shove a cheerio or two in his mouth. But hey, isn't that what friends are for? 




              

We joke that Bunny may end up going to college with Karsten.  :)  And just maybe he will.


I know one thing though, if this girl grows up to love Jesus as much as she currently loves this bunny, God can use her to do great things. And that's my biggest prayer for both Karsten and her big sister- that they know and love Jesus. 

Saturday, February 25, 2017

Daddy's Girl

It's no secret that Kate has always been a Daddy's girl.  She may have said "mama" first, but her Daddy definitely has her heart.  I'm so thankful for the relationship they have.  Last night, Kevin got the privilege of taking her to her very first Daddy/Daughter dance.



Kate has been looking forward to this night for WEEKS.  Almost every day she would ask "Is the Daddy/Daughter dance tonight?"  About a week ago, I took her to Kohl's to pick out a dress.  She specifically picked this one because it was "twirly".  Oh, and it had a necklace. Five year old priorities, y'all.  





I warned Kevin that when they got to the school, Kate would very likely ditch him for her friends.  And guess what?  That's exactly what happened. Ha!  Kate had a blast though, and that's all that matters. 


Sunday, February 19, 2017

Silly Putty Fiasco

Sunday mornings are busy in our house.  Since Kevin is a pastor, he needs to spend some time Sunday mornings studying and preparing for the upcoming service, and he also leaves to get to church a bit earlier than us.  Because of that, he kind of does his own thing.  And so I get the girls ready for church.  I probably should wake up earlier to get going, but I really like an extra few minutes of sleep, so Sunday mornings are pretty rushed. :)  We always get to church about 15-30 minutes before the service starts, but there aren't any extra minutes to spare at home.

So this morning, when I walked into the living room to start getting Kate ready, I was not prepared for her to tell me "Mom, I got something in my hair."  THIS is what I saw.


That is silly putty, and it is ALL in her hair.  This is the only picture I took, but this was just the front part that you can see.  There was at least this much more wrapped up on the underside of her hair too.  She apparently went to bed holding the silly putt and in the middle of the night.... well, it ended up like this.  

Google was no help (FYI - conditioner and olive oil don't help) but my Facebook friends came to the rescue.  If you ever run into this in your house, JIF is your friend.  Peanut butter seemed to do the trick and an hour and a half later, I finally got the comb all the way through her hair.  


Prior to trying the JIF, I honestly thought Kate was going to have to get it cut out of her hair.  She wasn't upset about that, but wanted to make sure that the Silly Putty was saved.  I assured her that she didn't need to worry about that, because Silly Putty is no longer allowed at our house.  Ever. 


Oh and PS - We still made it to church on time. 


Saturday, February 18, 2017

Valentines Cuties

I don't know where you're reading this from, but here in SC the weather has been AWESOME. It's the middle of February but 75 degrees, so we broke out the sandals for Valentines day.  Happy Valentines day from these two sweet girls! They are nothing alike personality-wise, but (usually) get along so well.  I am so thankful that they call me Mama.


Karsten is my sensitive, thoughtful, loving little helper.  She will pull all of her play food into the kitchen and throw it on the floor to "help" me cook.  She is a mamas girl through-and-through.  She likes to cuddle and will randomly say "Guess what Mama!?  I love you!"  


Kate is strong willed, determined, and caring. If you have a boo boo, she's the first to try to help you.  She had a somewhat rough start to kindergarten, but is now reading almost everything in sight. I can't believe how far she's come in 6 short months.  She is my independent little extrovert and I wouldn't be surprised if she is high school president one day. :) 





Happy Valentines day from my three Valentines.  I sure do love this family of mine!  God is good!



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