jesus. husband. babies

jesus. husband. babies

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

It all matters so much.

Proverbs 1: 7-9 The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge; Fools despise wisdom and instruction. Hear, my son, your father's instruction And do not forsake your mothers teaching; Indeed, they are a graceful wreath to your head and ornaments around your neck.

Some days I feel like I have 2 babies going through the proverbial "Terrible 2's". 
My sweet boy didn't throw a tantrum until well past 3 and I think Ava's first tantrum was at birth. This girl knows what she likes and more importantly, she knows what she DOES NOT like. She is so very precious.

Some days I feel like I am constantly saying "No" or "Listen to me or I will need to swat your bottom!" and I don't know if either of those phrases have ever come across in a loving voice.

While reading this morning I was so struck by the above verses! God has entrusted me with Tennyson and Ava. He didn't entrust them to Sunday School, pre school, caretakers at the gym, other mommy friends or even grandparents, aunts and uncles. They are given to Daniel and I to raise and instruct.

The question that these verses shouted to me was "As I raise them am I pointing them to Jesus?" My job isn't to list rules and "do not's" but to model and teach a fear of The Lord and in that the grace if Jesus and (As Tenn's bible so clearly states) The "Never stopping, never giving up, unbreaking, always and forever love of God" through his son Jesus.

So today my heartfelt prayer for myself and my sweet mommy friends is that the Holy Spirit would so clearly remind us that our kids are not ours but give to us by God, their perfect Father, to instruct in HIS ways and truth. What an amazing joy and responsibility. I pray that all day long (especially on days that seem SO long) we would remember that every word of encouragement or correction needs to so desperately point back to Him!

Happy Wednesday :)

Thursday, January 10, 2013

Well, we tried.

We decided to take pictures this year and give them as Christmas gifts to family. On a side note I always feel ridiculous doing that "Hey, Merry Christmas, here is my face to look at"! But lets be serious, grandparents love it.

SO we set out to get it done. Let me show you a few gems:

Let me tell you a few things I notice about this picture:
1. My husband looks weird (this is NOT his smile, I have never seen this smile before and I hope to never see it again).
2.Clearly Ava doesn't recognize him with this smile, notice she is staring thinking "Who is this man and why can't he wipe that ridiculous smile off his face?"
3. Why does my boy look like he is trying NOT to smile?

Clearly at this point Ava just decided the action was better anyplace else than where she was. 

We have over 180 pictures that were taken. In 90% of them Ava is looking at us or the camera as if to say "Who is this freak family and where did they put my real parents!"

There are a lot of things wrong with this one:

Tenn caught the bored bug:

Lighting issues (we will leave it at that):

Everybody seems to be a little worn down, a photo shoot is very hard work!

Again, too many things going wrong here to even begin to mention:

Getting warmer.....


And this, dear friends, is the best you will get with 2 kids that (apparently) were not in the mood for a photo shoot:

Happy 2013 :)