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We are a family of fifteen: eight already with Jesus and seven in desperate need of Him. This is the story God is writing in our lives. Proverbs 16:9

Tuesday, April 25, 2006

Reflections on Parenting

One of my (Tiffany) favorite books is Sacred Parenting by Gary Thomas. I am not a very good reader, but I was able to read this book slowly and contemplatively and was driven to remember much of what it said so I could recall it every day. So much of it has changed the way I consider the task of parenting. I have been amazed at how God gave me, not just any child, but the child I need to raise in Andrew. I see so many glimpses of myself in him, especially when it comes to his frustrations. I wonder how many times I have argued, kicked, and screamed, sure that my way was the best way while God in His perfect patience stood close and urged me toward self-control, sumbission, and repentance. At the end of tantrums, I pray I can show patience toward Andrew and he can find peace in obedience and am thankful that God is always patient with me.

Andrew loves to sit in the rocking chair. He and I sit and read a lot- and talk about the new addition to our family. His baby brother Elijah will be born in the next couple of months! He is so excited about baby "I-jah"~ as are Micah and I. I can't help but wonder what God has in store for me in giving us another precious little boy.

Wednesday, April 19, 2006

Around our neighborhood...

Andrew has been riding his tricycle around our home. He is headed for the Tour de France for sure~ if he can just master the pedals.

In our neighborhood, there are more dandelions than we have ever seen. There are some areas where there is no grass at all- just dandelions. They spread so quickly and vigoriously. We pray we can be as diligent in planting seeds around us as these little plants.

Monday, April 17, 2006

Now to give credit where credit is due-

Joy in the Journey - Michael Card (1994)

There is a joy in the journey
There's a light we can love on the way
There is a wonder and wildness to life
And freedom for those who obey

And all those who seek it shall find it
A pardon for all who believe
Hope for the hopeless and sight for the blind

To all who've been born in the Spirit
And who share incarnation with Him
Who belong to eternity stranded in time
And weary of struggling with sin

Forget not the hope that's before you
And never stop counting the cost
Remember the hopelessness when you were lost

There is a joy in the journey
There's a light we can love on the way
There is a wonder and wildness to life
And freedom for those who obey

Easter 2006

On our first blog, it is so appropriate that Easter was just yesterday and it was our first opportunity to wear new clothes for new pictures.

Micah has been preaching from the book of Colossians at the church he pastors in Bagdad, KY. A few Sundays ago, he preached from Colossians 3:10 and encouraged us to put on our new clothes; as we now are made completely new in Christ. Yesterday was the day all of that was put into prespective and the weight of the opportunity to shed our "old"clothes and be risen with Christ was made evident as we worshiped God for sending Jesus.

As for where we are at this point in life- There are so many new things happening. I hope this blog gives you a glimpse into the life of our family as it unfolds even to us ~ As we find joy in our journey.