Lets celebrate the weekend with some Friday Funnies! I've been meaning to put together this video of the kids trying out the water hose for the first time. We tried it out back in March and it was hysterical fun! Just praying we don't have a water ban this summer so we can have some refreshing entertainment while our average temps reach over 100 degrees!
Easter weekend is definitely a celebration in our household. Celebrating the miracle of Jesus's resurrection which means eternal life for all of us who believe. But something else has been speaking to my heart this weekend. Just ponder the sacrifice that Jesus made for us and how we, as parents, should be prepared to do the same for our children and surrender daily. Take, for instance, the holidays. I used to get so excited about them. It meant hanging out with extended family, playing games until the wee hours, having a late breakfast and just relaxing together all day. Now it's filled with the normal daily tasks that need to occur to get the kids ready, fed, cleaned up, disciplined and entertained - not much of a "holiday" for us parents. I can even remember thinking what a bummer it is that I spent my few hours of free time shopping for the kids' outfits and I didn't get anything new for myself. Or how disappointed I was when the kids all came down with coughing-runny nosed-can't-hide-it colds and I couldn't bear to drop them at the church nursery and chance getting everyone else's little ones sick. So now we weren't able to enjoy the Easter services like we'd been looking forward to all weekend - and it wasn't just for a free hour sans kids ;). It was in that selfish moment that God spoke to my heart to tell me times have changed and I need to rise to the challenge. My dinky sacrifices will never compare to that of Jesus, but these little things that we do put on hold while raising our children mimic His character and our kids will see that He is very much alive in us. Thank you, Lord Jesus, for your ultimate sacrifice - may we celebrate it all year long.
Sophia Waits Patiently For the Egg Hunt
Finn Taste Tested Every Egg
Noah Runs With His Loot
Cohen Dutifully "Cleans Up" All the Eggs
Cousin Madeleine Wears Her Basket Like A Purse
Our "Casa-Noah" Gives Busha Some Love
The Break in the Rain Gave Way to a Beautiful Lunch Outdoors
Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him and he will direct your paths. Proverbs 3:5-6
The Texas wildflowers are in full bloom right now and we hadn't ventured out to see them yet. Rumor has it they aren't going to last much longer so I thought I'd better take advantage of the overcast afternoon - thinking great natural lighting for outdoor photos. It wasn't until I was aimlessly looking for a private field of wildflowers where the kids could safely play and pose for photos, that it occurred to me that I might get lost. I had no map, no GPS, and four toddlers in my car which meant no stopping and running in somewhere to ask directions. Chris is not available for the "can you mapquest something for me and tell me if I'm going the right way?" type of calls at work, so I started to pray. It was something like, "Okay God, sorry I didn't really prepare here, could really use your help". I decided on trying to locate the field we'd found with my parents last year. I traced our drive from a year ago, praying continuously, "Lord, please tell me if I need to turn." Nothing was looking familiar, nothing felt right until I needed to turn and then, suddenly I'd remember. Then another straight away and I'd doubt some more, but yet again, a turn I needed to make would come up and again I knew I was back on track. We got to the field and man, what a disappointment. I had passed a dozen or more fields that were far brighter, prettier than this one right off the highway. But the kids were sick of being in the car so I parked next to the sparsely-flowered field and decided we'd picnic under a tree and plan to find another photo-op with a map and Daddy on another day.
Still, it turned out to be a perfect afternoon. The boys were so excited about all of the abundance of sticks that they barely noticed the lack of flowers while Sophia loved every flower she could find and simply running up and down the hill. I enjoyed the safety the spot allowed and the shade under the sprawling oak trees was pretty nice too since the sun decided to poke out after all.
All said and done, I couldn't help but ask myself if I truly am trusting God to direct my path. Am I leaning on my own understanding too often? Not allowing things into my life that might look like a bust yet be just the place God needs me to be? I'd like to think he'll direct my path in spite of my strong will to be in control - it'd just be a lot easier if I'd trust him the whole way.
And so there I was in a field enjoying my kids in full bloom...
(Cohen, Sophia, Noah & Finn)
"Awe shucks, picking just one bunch won't hurt..."
(Sophia, Noah & Finn)
"Look, Mom, I can touch the sky!"
"Flowers are yummy...."
"I think I found one of those flowers you were hyping up the whole way here!"
"Blue skies, bluebonnets and the wind in my hair - doesn't get much better than this!"
We are parents to three rambunctious boys and one even more rambunctious little girl who were all born in the same minute of the same day in August of 2007. This entire journey has allowed us to witness everyday miracles and proves to us that God is very much alive and walking among us. Great challenge has come with the miracles and we are learning to choose to be joyful through the daily tests. This blog is a collection of memories and a look at how we learn to grow more mature in our faith even as our faith is stretched to the max at times. Thank you for walking it with us, your encouragement and prayers are such a blessing to our family.