Wednesday, November 12, 2008

My BUSY Schedule!

I am just now getting a chance to check and return emails, phone calls, pay bills...etc. It has been an incredibly busy week! Natalie and I were both under the weather. My parents were in town, and I didn't really get to enjoy them being here. They asked to take Landri back to Plainview with them, which was great! I thought I was going to get so much accomplished while she was gone since that meant I would just have one baby at home then. I had plans to get caught up on laundry after falling WAY behind and plans to finish up baby thank you notes that I'm even more that WAY BEHIND on! I hope that it doesn't sound like I blame my precious almost 2-year-old Landri for not being able to do things, because that's not where I was heading. However, it was much quieter and a little easier with just a 4 month old. I missed Landri terribly. It's just that I set my expectations of myself too high most days. I want to do so much that I end up being disappointed. Needless to say, neither one of those things was finished. All because I didn't feel well. Now, Mom and Landri are back, and I am so glad!!!!! Landri is my little sunshine, and she just brightens up my day!

However, this is how the week has been. Monday was spent getting Landri ready for her first day of preschool at our church! (She is going to Mother's Day Out! YEA!!!!!) Then I picked up Noah and Lainie after school, and Mom and I took ALL FOUR to the mall to shop for shoes! Needless to say, we were all wiped out after buying 6 pairs of shoes. But, that's what happens, I've discovered, when you have FOUR kids! Tuesday was great. Landri went to "school" like a pro! She had her monkey nap mat, monkey lunch bag, diaper bag and of course her "tassy" (paci). She was so ready to go, that I could only snap two pictures because she was ready to go inside. It was really cute. Then Mom and I spent the day trying to prepare for a MOPS fundraiser, in which, Mom has a booth and is selling baby blanket sets with burp rags and bibs. Then it was time to get Landri from school, Noah and Lainie from school and take Lainie to ballet. To top it off, I still had to go to the grocery store and SAM'S Club for stuff for Josh's 40th birthday party. Meanwhile, Mom is at home trying to help with Noah's homework, help me with laundry and take care of Natalie. (I took Landri with me to ease the load.) Needless to say, again, we were WIPED OUT! However, today, takes the cake! If I could pack it full with things to do, I did. How I am still awake at almost 11 pm is beyond me. I started out at 4:30 this morning, so that I could make a 5:15 AM spin class. That is something I have never done before, but wanted to try! It was awesome, by the way, but I'm totally paying for it now!! Then I had to come home, make breakfast, lunches and get kids dressed and Lainie's hair done for school. Not only that, but I had to be there for an 8 am yearbook committee meeting. Then, I had Landri scheduled for her 2-year pictures, but that schedule went out the window, since she was up at 5:45 this morning. So, we had to do pictures sooner that we had planned in order to accomodate a soon to be tired toddler. Pictures went perfect, which was a pleasant surprise! Then we ate a quick lunch and put Landri and Natalie down for naps. I then had to pick Noah and Lainie up from school early in order to make our 4:30 appointment for the kids' Christmas pictures. I figured that with naps, I would have 2 chipper babies. We made it to the appointment on time, which in itself, speaks volumes, because we are never on time! However, here is where my expectations were set too high. Landri refused to smile or stand still for that matter. Mom and I were jumping around like weirdos, trying to make Landri smile. Everything she did while taking pictures this morning, she did the opposite of this afternoon. It was really out of character for her. Natalie, although happy as a lark, spit up EVERYTHING we had just fed her ALL over her new Christmas outfit! Not just once either, but 5 times!!! Again, by the time we made it through our 2nd round of pictures for the day, Mom and I were exhausted, to say the least. By the time pictures were ready, all the kids were fussing, crying, complaining, you name it! I still had to get gas, because I was on empty, get through rush hour traffic, figure out something for dinner and try to make it to choir rehearsal. I must be out of my mind, right? Well, I didn't make it to choir, but at least we made it through Chicken Express, bathtime and bedtime!

How, you ask?????

I have told you all this because, I can only say that it was by the grace of God and the help of my precious mother, that I was able to maintain a good attitude (with only a stumble here and there!) But, I still, even after a busy day like today, (and it's only Wednesday) I couldn't be happier! I love my life, my husband and my children. I wouldn't want it any other way! I know that I have been blessed and I AM truly thankful! I can't say that I have had the best attitude the whole time this week, but I know God is trying to teach me not to try to be Superwoman and actually focus on the really important things. I know I can handle my day better when I give my first fruits to Him! That is something that I am working on right now, "tithing my time". It is very hard for me to do that, but even when I fail at it, I still feel that desire to spend that time with Him, even if it means while I'm taking a shower! Pretty awesome to think that I can call upon His Name and praise Him even in the shower!!!

Wednesday, November 5, 2008

America chose!

Even though I am truly saddened by the election results, I am told by the Word of God that I am to obey the governing authorities. I woke up this morning with a horrible attitude. I did not want to accept the outcome, and it made my stomach churn at the thought of what our new president will change in our country. However, two of my friends have pointed out the 13th chapter in the book of Romans.

Romans 13
Submission to the Authorities
1Everyone must submit himself to the governing authorities, for there is no authority except that which God has established. The authorities that exist have been established by God. 2Consequently, he who rebels against the authority is rebelling against what God has instituted, and those who do so will bring judgment on themselves. 3For rulers hold no terror for those who do right, but for those who do wrong. Do you want to be free from fear of the one in authority? Then do what is right and he will commend you. 4For he is God's servant to do you good. But if you do wrong, be afraid, for he does not bear the sword for nothing. He is God's servant, an agent of wrath to bring punishment on the wrongdoer. 5Therefore, it is necessary to submit to the authorities, not only because of possible punishment but also because of conscience. 6This is also why you pay taxes, for the authorities are God's servants, who give their full time to governing. 7Give everyone what you owe him: If you owe taxes, pay taxes; if revenue, then revenue; if respect, then respect; if honor, then honor.
Love, for the Day is Near
8Let no debt remain outstanding, except the continuing debt to love one another, for he who loves his fellowman has fulfilled the law. 9The commandments, "Do not commit adultery," "Do not murder," "Do not steal," "Do not covet,"[a] and whatever other commandment there may be, are summed up in this one rule: "Love your neighbor as yourself."[b] 10Love does no harm to its neighbor. Therefore love is the fulfillment of the law.
11And do this, understanding the present time. The hour has come for you to wake up from your slumber, because our salvation is nearer now than when we first believed. 12The night is nearly over; the day is almost here. So let us put aside the deeds of darkness and put on the armor of light. 13Let us behave decently, as in the daytime, not in orgies and drunkenness, not in sexual immorality and debauchery, not in dissension and jealousy. 14Rather, clothe yourselves with the Lord Jesus Christ, and do not think about how to gratify the desires of the sinful nature.[c]

I have a complete attitude change after reading this!!! Because I want to glorify and honor my Lord and Savior, I want to obey Him! So, instead of grumbling and complaining, I will support and pray for our new president, for I know that he has a tough job ahead of him. I pray that he will make good decisions. I strongly disagree with his views on MANY things. However, I will not be the one he answers to in the end when it comes to his supporting abortion and gay marriage, which the Bible tells is absolutely wrong. I trust my Lord, and I know that He will always take care of the things that I need. I will praise Him during every storm and every beautiful day! For Jeremiah 29:11 states: For I know the plans I have for you," declares the LORD, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.

I will remember this always, because I have a hope in my God!!!

Saturday, November 1, 2008

Why isn't the media asking these questions?

I was emailed a youtube video, which a lot of you have probably already seen. I actually forwarded it to everyone on my friend list. So, I went to their website and found this one. These are questions I have wondered myself.
As I watched it, it included part of one of Obama's rallys. He was talking about his two girls and how he was going to teach them "first about values and morals", "but if they make a mistake I don't want them to be punished with a baby." My first response to hearing that was of utter disgust! There are people throughout this country who would give everything they have to have children, but can't. Adoption is a better answer to an unwanted pregnancy. Then the more I thought about it...Why in the world didn't those who were parents get up and walk out?!?!?!?! Talk about morals and values, since when did abortion become morally right? Roe v. Wade may have made it legal, but to me there is a difference between legal and morally right. Others may disagree with me, and that's okay. However, I know what the BIBLE says, and abortion is WRONG, period! Then, he said he would sign the Freedom of Choice Act. One of the actions is to remove restrictions on parental notification. If you were a parent and YOUR child was pregnant and wanted to get an abortion, wouldn't you want to be notified????????? WHO COULD SUPPORT THAT? I am truly dumbfounded that any family-oriented person would stand up and applaud this man. Are we hearing different things? I don't think so. Any parent, anyone wanting to BE a parent, any Christ-follower, should oppose this man wanting to be the leader of our country. I included Christ-follower, because you don't pick the parts of the Bible you want to believe and follow. The Bible is God's Holy Word and we as Christians are to believe all it says 100%. Someone told my husband yesterday that they were voting for Obama, but, get this...they hoped they wouldn't be sorry. HELLO...IF YOU HAVE DOUBTS ABOUT THIS MAN, DON'T VOTE FOR HIM!

I once thought that I should watch the things I say, especially during this election. However, this is too important to stand aside and not say anything! So, I am going to continue to post anything else I can get my hands on in order to show the Obama supporters that he is the WRONG MAN for the job of President of our United States! So, watch this video and ask yourself...Why AREN'T these questions being asked? They seem pretty important as to the character of Barak Obama. Wouldn't you want someone with integrity in the White House as our Commander in Chief? I think you can tell the way I feel.