Saturday, October 31, 2009

Happy Halloween....

...from Raggedy Anne & Andy!

Thursday, October 29, 2009

Proudly emotional for my Jesus

When I was a little girl, I would sit with my parents in church. And my mother, every week it seemed like (in reality it probably wasn't), would get emotional during the worship time. I would sit next to her and cringe as I heard her singing and saw tears began to fall down her cheeks. I worried about what people around us would think. Would they think her crying was somehow my fault? Would they think that I was so badly behaved that she was crying because of me? What if people began to stare at us? In my foolish childlike thinking, I worried about these things.

This past Sunday in church, I had one of these moments again. Except I wasn't the little girl sitting next to my mom. I was the mom standing next to my husband. And a song that so beautifully displays the gospel began to play. It's a song that I've heard often but as of late, everytime I hear it I am completely overwhelmed. As I stood there, fighting back the tears and trying to maintain my composure, I began thinking about my experience as a child. And how much the Lord has changed me. And how much He is still doing. And how ashamed I feel for having those thoughts as a child. And how blessed I am to have a mother that is so overwhelmed with the love and sacrifice of her Savior that she begins weeping in church while singing to Him. I suddenly felt incredibly fortunate for my mother and the example that I have had in her throughout my life.

So, at the risk of Cayden being totally mortified of me crying in church someday, I will proudly do it. I want him to see how in love with Jesus his mother is. I want him to know the depths at which the Lord has gone to in order to be with him someday. I want him to see how real He is. How powerful. How loving. How awesome. How perfect.

The song that I am talking about is "How Deep the Father's Love For Us" by Stuart Townend. Here are the lyrics:

How deep the Father's love for us,
How vast beyond all measure
That He should give His only Son,
To make a wretch His treasure.

How great the pain of searing loss,
The Father turns His face away
As wounds which mar the chosen One,
Bring many sons to glory.

Behold the Man upon a cross,
My sin upon His shoulders.
Ashamed I hear my mocking voice,
Call out among the scoffers.

It was my sin that held Him there
Until it was accomplished.
His dying breath has brought me life,
I know that it is finished.

I will not boast in anything
No gifts, no power, no wisdom.
But I will boast in Jesus Christ,
His death and resurrection.

Why should I gain from His reward?
I cannot give an answer.
But this I know with all my heart,
His wounds have paid my ransom

The video of it is below. I don't know how anyone who knows Jesus can hear it and not be moved.

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Family Fun Day - October 2009

My precious husband had the brilliant idea that we should start planning a fun outing for our trio on a monthly basis. Nothing over the top, just a day out doing something fun together. So, this month we decided to take Cayden on his first trip to the zoo. It was a gorgeous day to go and we had a really fun time.

He wasn't too sure what to think when we you can tell by the face.

Checking out the gorillas with daddy

Halloween photo op courtesy of the Fort Worth zoo. Please excuse the Frankenstein head.

Cayden LOVED strolling through the zoo on his daddy's shoulders. It's his favorite form of transportation.

We were really lucky because all the animals seemed to be out and active.

Cayden was staring at sea turtles here but you cannot tell from this picture.

All pooped out from a long, fun day!

Thursday, October 22, 2009

Am I the only one?

One of my biggest pet peeves right now is for strangers to touch my child. I don't mean to sound harsh, but it's true. We are smack dab in the middle of flu season in a city where the infection seems to be running rampant. If I have to run errands with child in tow, I would like to be able to do so without fear of strangers touching his hands (which he will later put into his mouth) or his head and face (eewww!). Why do people feel the need to touch a child that they do not know? I don't know you or whether or not you are a frequent hand washer or whether or not you're getting over being sick. I would never go up to a baby whose parents I don't know and touch his face (like the sketchy woman at the drycleaners today). I guess I can understand the urge to love on my little monkey though, he is pretty cute...even if I am baised.

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Random Thoughts

This picture has nothing to do with this post. It's just a quick snapshot I took on my phone yesterday while we were out running errands. I could stare at those beautiful baby blues all day!

I am huge into making lists but my problem is that I usually only accomplish about 1/3 of what's on my list. In an effort to be held somewhat accountable, here are the things on my mind today (including many to-do's):

•I need to find a drycleaners by my house that I like.
•I'm so thankful my parents made it to Missouri safely yesterday and hope they have a great anniversary today!
•I need to put the final touches on the study and on Cayden's room so they will be done.
•I wonder how hard it would be to add crown molding to both the above mentioned rooms.
•Why do people, including me, say "safe and sound"? What does that mean exactly? Does "sound" mean of sound mind? So really if you ask someone if they're safe and sound, are you asking them if they're safe and not crazy?
•I would like to have a garage sale but am totally overwhelmed and don't want to tackle it alone.
•I wonder when the best time to put winterizer on the grass is...should be getting close.
•I need to organize the pantry...well, all the cabinets now that I think about it.
•I am planning to start weaning Cayden sometime in his 11th month of life and I'm dreading it. He loves to nurse. I think it's his favorite time of day. In fact, I'm certain it is. I'm afraid weaning is not going to go well.
•I'm extra excited for Christmas this year.
•I need to iron work shirts for Collin.
•I need to get better about couponing and learning how to be more thrifty.
•Cayden needs a haircut.
•One of the three things that I didn't like about this house is that there's no fireplace. We are looking at having a corner fireplace put in the living room and I'm debating if I want to spend the extra money and put an electric in or just put a black box in that I can arrange candles in. The latter is completely useless, it's just for looks. But really the whole reason I want it is for looks. I want a mantle to decorate! We live in Texas, it's not like anyone here really needs a fireplace. Having an electric would be cool but is it really worth several hundred dollars to me?
•We really need to finish babyproofing the house, which includes finishing covering all the outlets, finishing locking all the cabinets, and anchoring/mounting all heavy furniture/electronics to the wall.
•I want to finish reading Blue Like Jazz.
•I need to do laundry and dust, vacuum, and mop the house.
•I will never get tired of hearing Cayden's precious chuckle. It's my favorite sound ever.
•I have got to figure out where I want things on the wall - most of our decorative stuff is still in the garage because I cannot seem to make up my mind. Collin has given me until weekend after next to decide.
•I need to decide on who I want to do Cayden's 1 year pictures and go ahead and schedule them.
•We're out of Bath & Body Works hand soap
•I want to learn how to use our camera really well.
•I need to decide on a cute, non-cheesy 1 year old birthday party theme idea and finalize the date & time.
•I want to learn to sew.

Alright, that's all I have time for. Everyone have a super day!

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Sunday, October 18, 2009

Pumpkin Patch '09

We loaded up and headed out to Flower Mound yesterday with our dear friends the Simpson's for the much sought after pumpkin patch pictures. We could not have picked a more beautiful day to go and apparently, everyone else in the metroplex agreed because it was crowded! Nevertheless, we got some cute pictures of the kids.

"What in the world are these things?!?"

"Mom, these pumpkins are stinky!!

This was taken right before he started chewing on the wood

Cutie pie Maylee - this is one of the only shots that I ended up getting at this particular moment of her looking up because sweet Maylee was too interested in trying to catch the eye of passers by so that she could smile at them! She is by far the cutest welcoming committee I've ever seen!

He wanted to grab all the stumps!

His face and hair in this one make me laugh!

After we had taken the above pictures, it was time for a quick wardrobe change because it ended up being much warmer outside than the weather man said it would be. I changed Cayden's clothes and he was sitting in the stroller while Collin took some pictures of Maylee with their camera while I deleted old pics off of our camera to make room for more pumpkin patch pics. While all that was going on, Cayden was planning his great escape... (please excuse my annoying talking!)


They always seem to hold hands on their own and it's so sweet!

Daddy's shoulders = Cayden's favorite form of transportation

We were exhausted by the time we got home but are glad that we went. This was a cool place with hayrides and trains and bounce houses and all kinds of cool things for kiddos. I'm sure if we go back here next year, our experience with children who can walk will be much different!!