Tuesday, January 31, 2012

the week, the work, and the women who give up

the week was pretty fantabulous
even though it started off with a loss

a 49er loss to the Giants                                         
we were smiling because we got to                      
wear our fan-girl outfits                               
sadly us three girls had no idea                          
what was going on unless one                                     
of the guys moaned in football-loss-agony   
but by Tuesday we managed to pick 
ourselves up and meet a friend in downtown
but not just any friend, an old co-worker friend,
an awesome friend, a pick-up-right-where-you
left-off kind of friend, a BAKER friend
and to top it all off, it was a gorgeous day

 the last week two weeks have been devoted to                               
working through Habakkuk                                             
its still up for debate                                                
 but in all seriousness, have you ever studied it?                           
I hadn't, and I wish i wouldn't have waited so long                 
its so good, so rich with truth on                                           
 God's holiness                                                 
God's goodness                                                
 God's patience                                                       
God's justice                                                      
 God's sovereignty                                                  
and of course THE GOSPEL                                    
are you in need of a dose of those truths?                     
read it, study it, and pray the last two verses                
you'll be glad you did   
while I studied Habakkuk
 Aidan studied the letter L
L-for-Ladybug, in case you were interested
     And it was ladybug everything
 ladybug cutting, ladybug writing,
ladybug crafting, ladybug matching
 in fact i wouldn't mind if i never looked
at another ladybug again
thankfully I won't see one this week
 because we're now on the letter M
   and I'm really excited
   because in our curriculum
    the theme for M is M&Ms!
  its taken apples, butterflies, caterpillars,
   dinosaurs, elephants, fish, gumballs, hippos,
 inchworms, Jesus, kites, and ladybugs to finally
    get to CHOCOLATE!

And i'm totally thankful for chocolate
but even before that
I'm thankful that my friend got to bring her baby boy home from the hospital on Friday
I'm thankful that our dear friends made it to Scotland safely to 
begin the work the Lord's called them to
 I'm thankful for the pastries our friend treated us to when he spotted us in the store on Saturday
I'm thankful for the babysitter God provided to watch my girls at bible study 
 I'm thankful for the gift we were given so we could have dinner out as a family last night

and I'm thankful for the women who give up
I was thinking about my sister-in-law who is now a military wife
who's really excited to see her husband today return from some training
which got me thinking about another military wife friend of mine
who had to say goodbye to her husband last week when he was deployed
and i'm so grateful for the men and women who give up their lives
but this week I found myself REALLY grateful for the 
women who give up their husbands
and the men who give up their wives 
so they can give up for us
Thank You

Friday, January 20, 2012

i'm actually reading

So far so good, 2012
Chilly wind, but beautiful weather makes for good park days
which we are taking full advantage of

but i'm pretty sure these girls are too cool to be my children
a hipster on the left and a fashionista on the right

thankfully they haven't figured that out yet, so they still let us hang with them

Even let us have the pleasure of their company for lunch at Little Lucca
where I totally stuffed my face

Aidan ordered some Doritos, which she then asked to put in the freezer
because apparently, that's where junk food goes
Thank you Berenstain Bears

This year I'm finding myself obsessed with two things


and this

shocked? so was I.
not about Downton Abbey, I've always been a sucker for the Brits
Brit, movies, accents, fashion...the only thing they haven't won me on is the food
but i'm getting there

no, I was shocked about the book
I'm no reader
even Harry Potter, which I love, i didn't read
I listened to it, 
but this...i'm reading...I'm reading a lot
In fact I'm done
started last Saturday, and five days later...

amazed? maybe not
its probably routine for most people
but for me, no
I've been working on the same book for over a year now
want to know what chapter i'm on?

so be amazed

 And after you're done being amazed
Go buy it
because its THAT GOOD
and then make some of this

and for dessert

or cake pops like these


and then sit yourself by the fire
(because its now pouring or snowing outside for must of us in the U.S.)
and get obsessed

New Year's Resolution:
Write Thank You cards


Days left until its been so long that its just too embarrassing to even pass them out:

I better get to work

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

so long 2011, and a big welcome to 2012

I think every family handles Christmas a little differently
For me, Christmas morning begins very early
I've always been like this
I was the kid who was up at the crack of dawn ready to open gifts,
or in most cases, ready to leave for the airport
(we traveled standby a lot, and if you travel standby you know exactly why we flew that morning)

even now...the idea of Christmas day gets me excited and i'm up super early
before the kids
way before the kids
this year it was 5:30 am


I think not. I was so thankful that the Lord woke me up way before anyone else
I got to spend some time in prayer thanking Him for His Son, my blessed Redeemer, without the interruption of someone asking me to make them breakfast and turn on Elmo.
Sorry, am I complaining?

I got to make breakfast for my family, while humming
O Holy Night and We Three Kings.
 Which gradually turned to singing.
Kind of loud singing actually.

And then everyone woke up to the smell of bacon
and coffee
and we were all ready for 

present opening...

church going...

cupcake decorating...

And baked brie (Kim's Baked Brie) eating...
BY ME...
all by myself

And it was a good day.

And shortly after Christmas we packed some bags and flew down to 
San Diego to visit the grandparents for a little R&R.

Aidan got welcomed with some new Vans.

Jason turned into a hipster

And I got reunited with Ethel
my car from highschool

Overall it was an amazing time with family and encouragement, and some great BBQ.
And then it was over,
as quickly as it started

And I really miss them

And that was the ending to our year.
But God is good, and this is a new year
that He has provided for
new challenges,
new lessons,
new decisions,
new mercies,
new acts of love,
new growth.
And I'm ready.
Seriously, I don't say that lightly.

so a great big welcome to 2012!
I know its like 10 days late...but welcome anyway!

And my new years resolution...
Thank you cards...which I shall begin today.