Friday, July 29, 2011

6 months already!

Dear Tierzah,
You truly are living up to your name and have become mommy and daddy's delight. We love you so much and are thankful for everyday we are gifted to have you in our lives!

P.S. As I constantly add to the pile of baby items that need to be stored because you are now too big for them... I ask that you possibly slow down this growing up thing! :)


Thursday, July 28, 2011

Farewell Jedidiah...

Jedidiah is our former microwave! I can't remember who, but someone gave Stephen and I this microwave at least 4.5 years ago. We were excited at the time that we wouldn't have to purchase one of our own. It didn't ever seem to bother us that there was a huge sticker on it, and so it traveled with us from our wee apartment, to our 1st home, and across the US to the east coast. It served us well and was still in great working order until.....

I was in our kitchen trying to prepare lunch for myself (which was butternut squash soup). I had Tierzah in her bumbo on the dinning room table. Worried about how she seemed to be getting enough strength to push out of her bumbo (which she can now do!) I was rushing to get my bowl of soup into the microwave while keeping an eye on Tpot who was reaching for a toy she had flung just out of reach of her fingertips. I entered "1 minute and 30 seconds", then pressed "start", and rushed back over to Tierzah. I picked her up and when I looked back at the microwave I noticed flickers of light inside of it and realized "there's a fire!!!" I immediately went into panic mode and prayed "Oh God! Help!" I ran into the livingroom, put Tpot in the play pen, ran back into the kitchen, picked up my phone to dial 911 and decided that it was more important to put the fire out now rather than waiting for it to blow up, so I ran to the sink, filled up a glass of water, ran to the microwave, opened the door, saw the fire and then ran back to the sink, and out of fear...I tried to throw the water from that distance instead of getting closer, meanwhile I didn't think about how I was tossing water ALL over the place!! :) I was a wreck! Thank God, the fire did go out and I stood there with adrenaline pumping, shaking, in a puddle of water just wondering what to do next. So...I called my dad, brother-in-law, and later that day I got to talk to Stephen and they all suggested that I throw it away. I had to take some deep breaths to calm down first, though. Oh ya, and I needed to mop up my floor and counters! :)

As the picture indicates, Jedidiah is gone and a new, black, Target-sale-microwave, is in it's place. I believe this one is labeled, Sunbeam.

A day in the life... :)

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Friday, July 8, 2011

Say What?

A few weeks ago, I was reading one of the devotionals from the book, Faith Deployed...Again by Jocelyn Green. Which by the way, if you are a military spouse...I would just stop reading this and go order the book real quick. :) It's definitely a "must have." Anyway, this particular devotional was titled, Soul Talk, and the writer quoted Jennifer Rothschild as she was discussing the things that we may not verbalize but still say to ourselves. To be honest, I had never heard of Jennifer up until that point. Well...a couple hours after reading this devo, I got an email from my friend whose husband met my husband in training at Camp McCrady before heading on their specific IA deployments. It turned out that our husbands discovered that we actually not only live in the same city but that we are in the same neighborhood! How awesome is that? :) This friend was emailing to give me information about a women's summer Bible study that we could attend together. Guess what the study was going to be on?! Yep! Jennifer Rothschild's new book, Me Myself and Lies. I had to laugh because it seemed pretty obvious that God has something to teach me on this topic!

Here's a short clip about the study:

So good! We've completed our 1st week today and I am learning a ton of hard yet wonderful truths. God has been shinning a flashlight into the hidden areas of my heart as Jennifer has us asking ourselves some tough questions. For example, she mentioned that researchers have found that we speak about 150-300 words per min to ourselves! She then asked what we spend most of our time thinking/meditating on? Is it on our Cares? Concerns? Likes? Dislikes? Goals? Plans? Treasures? Scripture? I immediately thought to myself, "I probably spend most of my time being concerned about the well being of my family and friends." Well, that sounds really nice but when I actually began to keep track of my thoughts the next day...I was embarrassed to discover that they were actually mostly focused on myself...not others. Not only that, but they usually were not kind or true words that I was thinking...words like: "I'm fat, I look ugly today, I'm not a good wife or mom, I'm not making a difference with my life, I'm not very interesting, I'm not as intelligent/beautiful/graceful/or amazing as ____. Of course these aren't the only things I thought about all day, but a huge chunk of time was spent thinking about ME and my likes and dislikes. It was clear that I needed a thought closet make over! I have been enjoying discovering what God has to say about all of this and knowing that I don't have to be weighed down in my sometimes overwhelming jumbled thoughts. :) So, I've been trying over the past few days to take captive my thoughts that are false or negative and exchange them for thoughts that are, as Paul says, "...true, noble, right, pure, admirable, excellent and praise worthy..." Phil 4:8

Thursday, July 7, 2011

Need a Laugh?

Tierzah thought the sound I was making was hilarious. My phone camera wasn't focused very well at times but she still is pretty stinkin cute! :)

I've read on different blogs that Thursdays are "Thankful Thursdays." Well, I am very thankful for this little smile maker, my baby girl, and her adorable daddy, my Sweetheart! Love you two!

"And now, dear brothers and sisters, one final thing. Fix your thoughts on what is true, and honorable, and right, and lovely, and admirable. Think about things that are excellent and worthy of praise." -Phil 4:8 NLT

...My goal today...