Brave Adventure

Brave Adventure

Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Recap of Recent

Well I know that I have been a loser blogger for the last month, so I thought that I would give you a recap of the goings on in the Mummert house! All concluding with a new belly pic! So here we go, beware it's a picture heavy post!

Stella turned 2 this year!

She's opening Cal and I's present - blocks!


We took a Babymoon! We heard that everyone should take a vacation before their baby is born and we knew we would not have time to really celebrate our anniversary so we had a stay-cation. We ate at a bunch of awesome places, stayed at a B&B in The Heights, and had massages - omg a prenatal massage is the best thing ever.




Lola's








Thanksgiving in Mississippi!

Cutting down trees, a family tradition



We picked out a REAL Christmas tree!

Then we decorated for Christmas!



Life Group Shower in Mississippi!





Tallowood Youth Worker Christmas Party (I went a little crazy on the baking!)

Fudge Filled Cheesecake

Apple Tart/Crostata

Peanut Butter Balls

My awesome friend Raq and me!

My mentor and friend, Rebecca!


Sarah Pollack and Joel Anderson Wedding - looots of baking involved










Christmas in Houston - Thompson installment


Cal's "Santa" gift!

China!

Christmas dinner!

Blackberry Cobbler

Christmas Day at Tallowood

Cal and I making truffles

We rolled them by hand!

Christmas truffles make great gifts!


AND as promised - HAPPY 27 WEEKS to our little Eggplant! (in my Christmas Eve Gift - pajamas!)

Monday, December 26, 2011

Rebekah

When we began to look for names for our little one (p.s. Belly Pics to come), Rebekah made it on our list because it was Biblical and because we have met so many faithful, women of God with this name. There's a little more to the process than that, but that's the cliff notes version.

Anyway, this morning I was reading in Genesis 24 about the first time we meet Rebekah. She is a faithful woman! God so clearly had a plan for her to be in the family of God and to be a part of Jesus' lineage. Though she is not named as one of the four chosen women in the genealogy of Matthew or Luke, it is still clear that she was chosen by God. While we look at this differently since the resurrection of Christ, our little girl has similarly been chosen by God. Our Rebekah will not be in an arranged marriage most likely, and will not get the privilege of contributing to the lineage of Christ, but God has still chosen to bring her into this world and into this family. God chose us to be her parents. Well that is just incredibly overwhelming. I am choking up a little bit just thinking how God could have chosen me to be this little girl's mother. ME? I am so unworthy for the task and God is going to have to do some big things through me to make it happen. This little Rebekah was chosen to be a part of this family, a family to devoted to the Lord, a family of God. I hope that one day we will see her make that decision to become one of His children.

The Rebekah of the Bible did not know anything about Isaac except the name of his father (Abraham) and that the Lord had sent the servant to choose her specifically. Isn't it amazing when get little glimpses of God's purpose? Isn't it great when get confirmation from the Lord of His path? God has certainly confirmed in my heart that I am supposed to be our Rebekah's mother and that He equally has a plan for her just as He did for the Rebekah of the Bible. I hope and pray that I will be obedient like this, I hope and pray my daughter will be obedient like this.

God is good. All the time.
All the time. God is good. (-Dr. Brooks)


Genesis 24

Isaac and Rebekah
 1 Now Abraham was old, well advanced in years. And the LORD (A)had blessed Abraham in all things. 2 And Abraham said to his servant, (B)the oldest of his household, who had charge of all that he had, (C)“Put your hand under my thigh, 3 that I may make you swear by the LORD, the God of heaven and God of the earth, that (D)you will not take a wife for my son from the daughters of the Canaanites, among whom I dwell, 4 (E)but will go to my country and to my kindred, and take a wife for my son Isaac.” 5 The servant said to him, “Perhaps the woman may not be willing to follow me to this land. Must I then take your son back to the land from which you came?” 6 Abraham said to him, “See to it that you do not take my son back there. 7 The LORD, the God of heaven, (F)who took me from my father's house and from the land of my kindred, and who spoke to me and swore to me, (G)‘To your offspring I will give this land,’ (H)he will send his angel before you, and you shall take a wife for my son from there. 8 But if the woman is not willing to follow you, then (I)you will be free from this oath of mine; only you must not take my son back there.” 9 So the servant (J)put his hand under the thigh of Abraham his master and swore to him concerning this matter.  10 Then the servant took ten of his master's camels and departed, taking all sorts of choice gifts from his master; and he arose and went to (K)Mesopotamia[a] to the city of Nahor. 11 And he made the camels kneel down outside the city by the well of water at the time of evening, the time when (L)women go out to draw water. 12 And he said, “O LORD, (M)God of my master Abraham, (N)please grant me success today and show steadfast love to my master Abraham. 13 Behold, (O)I am standing by the spring of water, and the daughters of the men of the city are coming out to draw water. 14 Let the young woman to whom I shall say, ‘Please let down your jar that I may drink,’ and who shall say, ‘Drink, and I will water your camels’—let her be the one whom you have appointed for your servant Isaac. (P)By this[b] I shall know that you have shown steadfast love to my master.”
 15 Before he had finished speaking, behold, Rebekah, who was born to Bethuel the son of (Q)Milcah, the wife of Nahor, Abraham's brother, came out with her water jar on her shoulder. 16 The young woman (R)was very attractive in appearance, a maiden[c] whom no man had known. She went down to the spring and filled her jar and came up. 17 Then the servant ran to meet her and said, “Please give me a little water to drink from your jar.” 18 She said, “Drink, my lord.” And she quickly let down her jar upon her hand and gave him a drink. 19 When she had finished giving him a drink, she said, “I will draw water for your camels also, until they have finished drinking.” 20 So she quickly emptied her jar into the trough and ran again to the well to draw water, and she drew for all his camels. 21 The man gazed at her in silence to learn whether the LORD had prospered his journey or not.
 22 When the camels had finished drinking, the man took a gold ring weighing a half shekel,[d] and two bracelets for her arms weighing ten gold shekels, 23 and said, “Please tell me whose daughter you are. Is there room in your father's house for us to spend the night?” 24 She said to him, (S)“I am the daughter of Bethuel the son of Milcah, whom she bore to Nahor.” 25 She added, “We have plenty of both straw and fodder, and room to spend the night.” 26 (T)The man bowed his head and worshiped the LORD 27 and said, “Blessed be the LORD, (U)the God of my master Abraham, who has not forsaken (V)his steadfast love and his faithfulness toward my master. As for me, the LORD (W)has led me in the way to the house of my master's kinsmen.” 28 Then the young woman ran and told her mother's household about these things.
 29 Rebekah had a brother whose name was (X)Laban. Laban ran out toward the man, to the spring. 30 As soon as he saw the ring and the bracelets on his sister's arms, and heard the words of Rebekah his sister, “Thus the man spoke to me,” he went to the man. And behold, he was standing by the camels at the spring. 31 He said, “Come in, (Y)O blessed of the LORD. Why do you stand outside? For I have prepared the house and a place for the camels.” 32 So the man came to the house and unharnessed the camels, and gave (Z)straw and fodder to the camels, and there was (AA)water to wash his feet and the feet of the men who were with him. 33 Then food was set before him to eat. But he said, “I will not eat until I have said what I have to say.” He said, “Speak on.”
 34 So he said, “I am Abraham's servant. 35 The LORD (AB)has greatly blessed my master, and he has become great. He has given him flocks and herds, silver and gold, male servants and female servants, camels and donkeys. 36 And Sarah my master's wife (AC)bore a son to my master when she was old, and (AD)to him he has given all that he has. 37 (AE)My master made me swear, saying, ‘You shall not take a wife for my son from the daughters of the Canaanites, in whose land I dwell, 38 but you shall go to my father's house and to my clan and take a wife for my son.’ 39 I said to my master, ‘Perhaps the woman will not follow me.’ 40 But he said to me, ‘The LORD, (AF)before whom I have walked, will send his angel with you and (AG)prosper your way. You shall take a wife for my son from my clan and from my father's house. 41 Then you will be free from my oath, when you come to my clan. And if they will not give her to you, you will be free from my oath.’
 42 “I came today to the spring and said, (AH)‘O LORD, the God of my master Abraham, if now you (AI)are prospering the way that I go, 43 behold, I am standing (AJ)by the spring of water. Let the virgin who comes out to draw water, to whom I shall say, “Please give me a little water from your jar to drink,” 44 (AK)and who will say to me, “Drink, and I will draw for your camels also,” let her be the woman whom the LORD has appointed for my master's son.’
 45 “Before I had finished (AL)speaking in my heart, behold, Rebekah came out with her water jar on her shoulder, and she went down to the spring and drew water. I said to her, ‘Please let me drink.’ 46 She quickly let down her jar from her shoulder and said, ‘Drink, and I will give your camels drink also.’ So I drank, and she gave the camels drink also. 47 Then I asked her, ‘Whose daughter are you?’ She said, ‘The daughter of Bethuel, Nahor's son, whom Milcah bore to him.’ (AM)So I put the ring on her nose and the bracelets on her arms. 48 (AN)Then I bowed my head and worshiped the LORD and blessed the LORD, (AO)the God of my master Abraham, who had led me by the right way[e] to take (AP)the daughter of my master's kinsman for his son. 49 Now then, if you are going to (AQ)show steadfast love and faithfulness to my master, tell me; and if not, tell me, that I may turn to the right hand or to the left.”
 50 Then Laban and Bethuel answered and said, “The thing has come from the LORD; we cannot (AR)speak to you bad or good. 51 Behold, Rebekah is before you; take her and go, and let her be the wife of your master's son, (AS)as the LORD has spoken.”
 52 When Abraham's servant heard their words, (AT)he bowed himself to the earth before the LORD. 53 And the servant brought out jewelry of silver and of gold, and garments, and gave them to Rebekah. He also gave to her brother and to her mother costly ornaments. 54 And he and the men who were with him ate and drank, and they spent the night there. When they arose in the morning, he said, (AU)“Send me away to my master.” 55 Her brother and her mother said, “Let the young woman remain with us a while, at least ten days; after that she may go.” 56 But he said to them, “Do not delay me, since the LORD has prospered my way. Send me away that I may go to my master.” 57 They said, “Let us call the young woman and ask her.” 58 And they called Rebekah and said to her, “Will you go with this man?” She said, “I will go.” 59 So they sent away Rebekah their sister and (AV)her nurse, and Abraham's servant and his men. 60 And they blessed Rebekah and said to her,
   “Our sister, may you (AW)become
   thousands of ten thousands,
and (AX)may your offspring possess
   the gate of those who hate him!”[f]
 61 Then Rebekah and her young women arose and rode on the camels and followed the man. Thus the servant took Rebekah and went his way.
 62 Now Isaac had returned from (AY)Beer-lahai-roi and was dwelling in the Negeb. 63 And Isaac went out (AZ)to meditate in the field toward evening. And he lifted up his eyes and saw, and behold, there were camels coming. 64 And Rebekah lifted up her eyes, and when she saw Isaac, she dismounted from the camel 65 and said to the servant, “Who is that man, walking in the field to meet us?” The servant said, “It is my master.” So she took her veil and covered herself. 66 And the servant told Isaac all the things that he had done. 67 Then Isaac brought her into the tent of Sarah his mother and took Rebekah, and she became his wife, and he loved her. So Isaac was (BA)comforted after his mother's (BB)death.

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

The Mission of Mercy

I have been so blessed this week to have the week off. I planned to do a lot of homework, but truthfully our apartment has been THE most ridiculous mess since I have been overwhelmed so much recently. Cal does so much to cook and work and take care of me, so I spent yesterday just cleaning all day. Our living room could still use some work but at least our bedroom, bathroom and kitchen have gone back to sanctuary status. Well, I am currently taking a break from all that I'm doing today to eat lunch and check out blogs.

I was at the Ordinary Hero blog and reading about how some beautiful children were able to come home to their families from Ethiopia recently and see the smiles on their faces. How blessed we are to just have families! How blessed we are to know that we will not go hungry, to drink clean water, to have people who love us. One of the coolest things was that I got to see a video of this group visiting Ethiopia. It was beautiful. I encourage you to watch it - towards the end they get the amazing privilege of telling a little boy that he has been chosen to be a part of a family.


You know each one of us has already been chosen. God chose to make us, to make us in His image, and to love us. If you are a believer, you have been further given the gift of salvation through faith in Christ Jesus! If you do not know Him, He desires to know you. God is the ultimate Father! God loves these children even before they have permanent families. We want to spread His love so that they might all be children of God and we continue in fervent prayer that they would receive a permanent family as well.

Friday, November 11, 2011

November!

So we have had a lot of fun getting ready for November, and then the beginning of November has already been awesome! In fact... I finished my last Hebrew Recitation today!! Whoop! Well, lots more has happened so I have some pictures to help you see what we've been up to:

We had a fun but low key Halloween. Cal and I have been trying to get to know our neighbors, so we stayed home on Halloween to hand out candy and carve a pumpkin. I was a Mango for Halloween and by Mango I mean I wore green on the outside and orange underneath. Our baby was Mango sized that week so it was easy. Also, since we were carving a pumpkin I didn't want to use one of my nice costumes.







We didn't have very many trick-or-treaters, but we still had a good time and hand some candy of our own.

We also had some big news that came up recently!!

This is my 20 weeks picture and I took it on the day that we found out the gender of our beautiful baby! That night I went to our home group and made some special cupcakes for our reveal.




I forgot to take a picture of the inside, but..... we're having a little GIRL!

Rebekah Blakely Mummert

She will be making her debut into the world around March 23, 2012.