Wednesday, September 22, 2004

So much has happened...

If anyone out there in the blogworld has yet to experience childbirth... you need to. Find someone who you know who is pregnant and just politely ask them if you can "hang out" in the birthing room when they are having the kid. If they are truly nice people they shouldn't mind at all. Sharing is good for the soul right? This is one of God's miracles that we get to witness first hand... birth. It is a beautiful thing indeed. When a child is born into this world it makes your heart feel like it never has before. Especially when it happens to be your son or daughter. Ten fingers..ten toes..we are good to go!! My daughter was born Friday the 17th at 12:03 in the afternoon, she wieghed in at 7 lbs 14 ounces and 21 inches long, she is definitely a keeper. Our little princess has no idea that her older brother and sister
adore her and will smother her(literally) with more love and affection that she could possibly imagine. It's not as bad as it sounds...a couple lessons of childcare and baby safety should sit really well with my 6 and 2 year old if I could only get them to sit still long enough to listen and learn.
So whatever happened to us? Kids of the 60's. How did we make it this far? No car seats..Mom and Dad smoking a pack of Marlboros child swings..what is an exersaucer? We had a rope, a tree, and a tire. I learned how to change the channels on the tv when I was two ( no remote). My Mother was always at home with us and my Dad worked sometimes two jobs to provide for the four of us. It was hectic was crazy..but it was home..and we were always happy and more important.. We were a Family.
Soooooo it is almost feeding time for Payton so I will go assist Mother and bond with G and try and get him out of barbie mode and into trucks and bugs and dirt and boy stuff (it's a guy thing). Then we will walk over to school and pickup D and walk home talking about her day at school. There surely must be a grant somewhere to enable fathers to stay at home with the kids and bond and teach and learn. I am having such a good time with my family. I also would like to thank anyone who reads this blog that has done a meal for us. God Bless you all for your prayers and generosity during our time of family growth. One more Christian youth to enter our public school system and teach others about Jesus. It just doesn't get any better than that.
Lavishly our lives are wasted
Humbleness is left untasted
You can't live your life to please yourself (yeah)
That's a tip from my mistakes
Exactly what it doesn't take
To win you've got to come in last place (yeah)
To live your life you've got to lose it
And all the losers get a crown
I get down and
He lifts me up
I get down and He lifts me up
I get down and He lifts me up
I get down
All I need's another day
Where I can't seem to get away
From the many things that drag me down (yeah)
I'm sure you've had a day like me
Where nothing seems to set you free
From the burdens you can't carry all alone
In your weakness He is stronger
In your darkness He shines through
When you're crying He's your comfort
When you're all alone, He's carrying you
Everytime I'm down the Lord lifts me up
This valley is so deep
I can barely see the sun
I cry out for mercy, Lord
You lift me up again.
Peace Out!!

Saturday, September 04, 2004

Bible Small Group

So here I am...on the blog again. Greg and I have formed a group that meets once a week and we are using the guidelines of a book called Leadership Principles from the Life of Christ. It's been really great when we get when Greg doesn't have to work overtime...or when I have to fix something at the house. It just makes me look forward to it more than I already did. There are a couple guys from work that are also interested in our group...what a great way to spend time with others. Discussion and trying to put ourselves into the position of a bystander in scripture.
We did a study on a passage from Luke 5:1-11. Now tell me the truth..if you were out fishing with three of your buddies all night..ALL NIGHT...morning arrives you get everything packed up, your nets, your supplies, you didn't catch anything at all. This guy comes down to the water with a crowd of people following him and steps into one of the boats that is on the shore and asks one of your buddies to push him out into the water a little so he can better talk to the crowd that has gathered by the coastline. Your buddy agrees. You are sleepy, you are tired, you are bummin' because you didn't catch anything and you were out all night with your buddies(explain THAT to the wife when you get home!!) and yet your call yourself a fisherman.
So this guy says,"Go back out into the water and you will catch many fish". Would you unpack everything? Would you do what he said? These guys did.. with no complaining or whining at all. When they did they caught so many fish that the nets started to rip and they had to call for help because the boats were so full of fish that they started to sink.
Then they knew that this was Jesus, they fell to their knees, amazed at what had just occured, Jesus told them they they are now "fishers of men". They left everything and followed him.
What an awesome our group it is quite a discussion and informative when you put it in a modern day perspective and think what it would be like to witness such a miracle.
I leave you with a quote from Rob Bell that hit me pretty hard; SO MANY PEOPLE ARE PUTTING RELIGION AND GOD TOGETHER AND WALKING AWAY FROM BOTH. I am guilty. I used to say something like that when I didn't know alot about God. I now frown on the word religion because I do not like to be associated with religion. I am a follower of Jesus..a Jesus Freak.
The only thing I do religiously is maybe go to the bathroom once a day..or I go to work religously at 6 o'clock. I am not religious.
Something to ponder
The weaker I get , the stronger I become
God Bless and Peace Out

Friday, September 03, 2004

DJ & G

Our wonderful children
on Dj's first day of 1st Grade
I would like to thank Steve T. for hearing
my cry for help and helping me link to others.
The video class he gave me was also very helpful.
BIG THANKS to our Groups guy!!
I got a big blog brewin'....tomorrow.