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Monday, October 29, 2012

Monday Musings

Hello Fall!

The other day I had been telling Rebekah not to do something over and over. Then later she tried to do it again and I told her no... and she obeyed me. Oh my gosh! This is not me bragging because it is only God who can make this happen, but it was just this awesome moment. I tell her not to touch things all the time knowing full well that she doesn't understand, and then yesterday... she understood.

I am loving the weather - the high on Friday was 67. RB took a nap and I drank hot chocolate mmmm. I even wore boots and tights. Beautiful.

I've decided that when you're sad, all TV shows and movies are sad.

How is that some "one pieces" have large cut outs in them? If you can see the entirety of someone's midriff, it doesn't matter if it is made out of one piece of fabric, it is not a true one piece. Misleading.

We went to an awesome halloween party where we went as Pirates and covered RB's onesie in gold coins so that she was our treasure. It was super cute and legit.

I feel like the only one in the world who is as hot nature-d as I am. It's in the 50's and 60's with lows in the 40's but I still have the AC on and the fans running.

I am craving s'mores, hot chocolate, friendship and romantic comedies. Who's with me? 

Cal was out of town all weekend and it was like Rebekah knew I had no help and decided to act up. Friday night she stayed up until 11pm (wouldn't sleep), Saturday she had a pretty good day with D (her babysitter), but then woke up Sunday morning at 4am. Maybe she felt bad about that because she slept until 7am today. I think she just missed her daddy. They have such a sweet relationship.

Anyone else doing a Monday Musing blog - let me know! I'd love to hear what is randomly going through your head too.

Happy Birthday, Stella!!

First time hanging outside in the good weather!

She loves making sounds with her mouth, so cute

Helping Mommy make Daddy's Halloween Costume!

Baby, it's cold outside!

Sunday, October 28, 2012

The Gospel

A Call to Experience the Gospel for yourself (stolen from Biblical Homemaking)

Gala Apples are fantastic.

They are tangy, a bit earthy even; soft, yet crisp. Moist and delicate, the sweetness of these apples linger on your tongue after each bite. Nothing else tastes quite like these apples. They are incredibly good.
Can you taste one of those apples in your mind right now?
If so, why do you think that is?
You can accurately imagine- you understand exactly what I’m describing- because because you’ve experienced those things before.
Imagine if I told you about the apple, but you had never had one before. You have never tasted something tangy, or something sweet. I could describe the apple to you in hundreds of different ways, but you wouldn’t really understand what I’m talking about until you take that first bite. You know what I mean?

Experience allows us to understand descriptions. We frame the meanings of words given to us by what we have experienced in real life. Your body has to have tasted “tangy” for me to truly be able to communicate what tangy means to you. Once you’ve experienced “tangy”, you know what it means.
Much like the apples, you have to truly experience what the Gospel means in order to fully understand it. My words can’t give you the true experience of the Gospel.

We can define it, we can explain it- we even walked through it step by step for 15 weeks. But do our hearts truly understand what the “gospel” means?

We can talk about for days, but the power of the Gospel doesn’t truly come through words alone. Explaining it doesn’t give you the experience. The true power of the Gospel is found in the very depths of our soul.

The truth of the Gospel is this: God the Father, in His infinite wisdom, created the world, sent His Son to die for the very people who sinned against Him. His mercy redeemed those whom He chose for the purpose of bringing glory and honor and praise to His name.

We exist for the glory of God. Not for our own sake, but for the name of God to be made great.
God is the center of our world- our lives- because He is God.

In our sinful rebellion, we left God behind and sought after ourselves and our own pleasures. Every single one of us. All of us have sinned and fall short of the glory of God. {see Romans 3:23}

Standing in horrific pride against the Creator of the UNIVERSE, we desired to make our own name great. We desired to serve ourselves in this time on the earth.

We rebelled against God, and we deserve to be separated from Him. For eternity. Who can stand before the very God of all, who is Holy, Just, and Truth, and demand that we deserve anything in light of what we’ve done? When that final day comes, could you possibly stand and say “God, why are you so unjust to send me away to be separated from you from eternity?”

Would you dare to demand that you deserve a second chance?

We cannot even stand on our feet without God willing it to happen. Who could say anything in response to Him?

Oh, we are so full of sin and pride.

But God still loved us.


Not because of any redeeming quality we had.

He loved us because He is merciful.

He created us, He wrote the plan of salvation before the foundation of the world, for His glory. Not for anything else.

If you feel a welling up of resistance in your chest to that statement, you are feeling the very thing we all need to be redeemed from: pride.

God is GLORY. God is HOLY. God is JUST.

He is the Alpha, and the Omega. The beginning and the end.

We are nothing but dust. We have nothing in light of Him.

And yet in the most incredible way, He lowered Himself to our status and came in human form to live as we do, so that we could be rescued from the very sin that condemned us to eternal separation from God.

Jesus came and fulfilled the laws of God, and sacrificed Himself- a spotless Lamb- and defeated the power of sin and death through His resurrection- so that we could be made new- so that we could be made righteous like Him. So that we could become His sons and daughters.

Do you see it? Do you understand?

You are desperately in need of Jesus. You have nothing to offer God. He is EVERYTHING.

God doesn’t need you to do anything for Him. You need Him.

The Holy Father has provided a way for you to fellowship with Him again. You could never be good enough or moral enough to get there on your own. No amount of singing His praise, of being good to others; no amount of following of the Bible, no amount of offering thanksgiving will ever bring you to salvation. You cannot offer God anything in exchange for His grace.

Matt Chandler says it so well in the Explicit Gospel: “If everything is God’s, you have nothing to give him that he doesn’t already own. This means that you cannot put him into your debt. And this means, alternately, that God owes no man anything. Our very existence has been gifted to us by his grace.”

You have nothing in comparison to His glory.

And yet He offers you everything.

Can you lose your pride, and admit that you are vile and desperate, and in need of a Savior?

That’s what you have to do to truly understand the Gospel.

You have been given a chance to be a child of the one true and living God.

Jesus gave up Himself, so that you could be a chosen one.

Friend, if you understand this, you cannot help but worship Him.

He is Glory, the one unchangeable, unshakeable,the undeniable God.

Do not reject Him. Don’t.
You have one chance in this life you’ve been given. You have one life to live.

You’ve been given the gift of redemption. You have been given a chance to be saved from the consequences of your pride and sin. A chance you don’t deserve in any way, shape, or form.

Will you accept the gift of salvation? Will you give your life to Christ?

The Gospel is the Good News. The news that God has redeemed you if you believe in Him. If you confess with your mouth the Lord, and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved.

Confess that the Lord is God, and you are not. Confess that you are broken and desperate, and in need of a Savior. Tell Him. Tell others. Believe that HE has risen from the dead and conquered death so that you might understand His power.

Nothing on this earth is more important than this.

No one- nothing- but Jesus can redeem you. He did it. For you. Because He loved you.

When you believe this is true, your heart is forever changed.

Your life will forever change. You will truly understand the Gospel, and you will worship Him- your heart will live for Him. And you won’t be able to explain it, but your heart will change in ways you could never change yourself.

You are a creature made to glorify the God who redeemed you. You can choose to glorify and serve God in this time on the earth, or you can choose to glorify and serve yourself here. But I have to warn you, if you choose yourself, you will not spend eternity with God. You can’t. You must have faith here and believe in Him on earth to receive the gift of salvation. One moment after death is too late.

There are no do-overs.

Whom will you serve here?

No serving two masters. It’s you or Him.

Will you choose to be His?

And will you do it with all of you? Every single part of your life- He requires it, sweet friends.

Give it all back to Him. Nothing held back.

That is the power of the Gospel- the story of a merciful God giving life- to the dead.

A heart that once was as hard as stone- a heart that served itself- becomes transformed into a new creation. A heart of stone becomes a heart of flesh when it is filled with the power of the Spirit of God. He has done it in me, and I can tell you it’s unlike anything you’ve experienced on this side of Heaven.

There is no one- no author, no song, no experience in nature- nothing that speaks into my soul like His Spirit does. I can’t describe how powerful His presence is in my heart. There is no one- not one single thing on this earth that arouses my heart to worship like His Spirit. He is worthy. Oh, how He is worthy.

Holy, holy, holy, is the Lord God Almighty! He is great in power and in might, and there is no God on Heaven or earth besides Him.

Will you serve Him with your life?

Choose today.

Live for Him today.

Nothing else matters.

Monday, October 22, 2012

Monday Musings

My baby girl is laughing! I mean just laughing spontaneously and it is wonderful! It was a hard day of cleaning and not getting to bake the cookies I wanted to bake, so her laugh was so amazing. This evening we actually just sat around laughing. I would laugh at her laugh and she would laugh at my laugh. It went on for several minutes, haha!

She likes taking a bath more when I let her sit in the tub. Suweeeeet!

Molasses Cookies with Lemon Glaze. Oh my goodness, y'all. No joke. They were really odd and good. I would have never pared (paired?) the flavors myself, but they were really good. Sort of ginger snappy (they have real ginger that I grated and powdered ginger) tasting. I got them from TheKitchn and I am more than happy to pass on the recipe if you'd like it. I do not know what I'm going to make for tomorrow's home group.

If I see the Galaxy GS3 commercial one more time (it's like a minute long) I am going to explode (hand motion from the commercial). I don't want an iPhone, I really don't, but I also don't want to see the same commercial over and over and over again.

I have a friend on The Voice!

I got to buy my first pumpkin of the season today and I am so excited. I wish I could cover my house with pumpkins and feaux fall leaves (I saw someone say feaux-liage haha).

I am sometimes scared because RB loves solids more than nursing.

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

7 Months

My little girl is 7 months old, whoa! How the time flies!

Fun facts for month seven:
Weight: Honestly... I don't know. I don't own a scale.
Height: Ooops.
Eating: Every three to four hours during the day
Sleeping: Mainly 2 naps, and sometimes one rest where she won't sleep, but she needs to unplug for a little bit
Diaper: Size 2
Clothing: A little bit 3-6 month and 6 month
What's new for month seven:
  • She is sitting up unassisted! She has even (one time) sat up from laying down. Whoa!
  • This is still true: She is chewing on anything and everything she can get her hands on. Her favorites include: Mommy/Daddy's hands/knuckles, the back of spoons or forks, baby spoons, my face, her seahorse rattle, and straws. She loves to attempt to put things quite large into her mouth too which is hilarious.
  • She can say "Mama!" when she wants something fixed. It breaks my heart if I can't fix it.
  • She loves to kick things really fast and loves if you make her legs dance
  • She hates tummy time these days. She is just so frustrated that she can't crawl! But she is trying and reaching out for something in fron tof her
  • She loves to fly and stand
  • She has laughed once but we have yet to get her to do it again. It was so cute the first time that we need it to happen again!
  • She is back to really loving her pink bird blanket. She even is better at child care if we bring it with us I have been told.
  • She loves reading, reading, reading. She comes by that honestly! I have memorized the 123 book and the Belly Button Book (most of several others) from reading.
  • She loves sweet potato more than anything, but also likes carrots, peas, yobaby yogurt, bananas and wheat bread. We are trying pears and squash coming up this week. 
  • We have our next kidney check up in November. Please be praying that she will come off those antibiotics at that appointment. She is on a probiotic to make sure she has all that good gut bacteria, but I'd rather just take her off of the antibiotics all together and my pediatrician agrees. 
Some fun pictures for you!

Had a fun visit from Papa

Our first attempt at 7 months pictures, she was kicking up a storm!

Love that face

Give me that!

Look Mommy, I can read already!

Monday, October 15, 2012

Monday Musings

I think I should make a button for this and allow people to link up with their random thoughts of today. Anyone agree? Would you link up and be random with me if I did?

I am sick. The babe got sick last week (I can't remember if I already told you). She was coughing and had a runny nose which was no fun for any of us. She cried and slept a lot. Now I have it...
I haven't been feeling good at all. I got a fever last night, but it broke this morning. I was sweating up a storm this morning. There is nothing better than waking up laying in your own sweat. The babe has still been super sleepy but that has kind of been nice since I feel awful.

The babe was in fine form yesterday. It was just a mommy sort of day. She would only be happy if I was holding her. She would cry and cry and cry unless I held her and then she would smile up a storm. Little manipulator haha. I gave in. Her smile is too cute! I can't help it!

My whole body hurts. I want to google it, but I know I will just end up thinking I have meningitis or cancer or something. WebMD is super dangerous.

The babe had a viral rash last week and I didn't know that it was viral. So I spent a long time on doctor websites looking at pictures of rashes trying to figure it if it was life threatening or not. Can I just say - gross. About 10 pictures in, I thought I was about to lose my lunch.

My Nana/Papa quilt is the most comforting thing when the husb is at work. Poor guy, I have gone to bed early for a few days and he has had to spend the evening alone. Oh wait... he probably loved it haha. He doesn't love that I'm sick or that I go to bed early, but he enjoys getting some alone time on the occasion. 

Friday, October 12, 2012

1 Corinthians 1

My quiet time today:


18 For the word of the cross is folly to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God. 19 For it is written,“I will destroy the wisdom of the wise, and the discernment of the discerning I will thwart.” 20 Where is the one who is wise? Where is the scribe? Where is the debater of this age? Has not God made foolish the wisdom of the world? 21 For since, in the wisdom of God, the world did not know God through wisdom, it pleased God through the folly of what we preach to save those who believe. 22 For Jews demand signs and Greeks seek wisdom, 23 but we preach Christ crucified, a stumbling block to Jews and folly to Gentiles, 24 but to those who are called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God and the wisdom of God. 25 For the foolishness of God is wiser than men, and the weakness of God is stronger than men. 26 For consider your calling, brothers: not many of you were wise according to worldly standards, not many were powerful, not many were of noble birth. 27 But God chose what is foolish in the world to shame the wise; God chose what is weak in the world to shame the strong; 28 God chose what is low and despised in the world, even things that are not, to bring to nothing things that are, 29 so that no human being might boast in the presence of God. 30 And because of him you are in Christ Jesus, who became to us wisdom from God, righteousness and sanctification and redemption, 31 so that, as it is written, “Let the one who boasts, boast in the Lord.”

This was my quiet time and I have to say it meant a lot to me. As someone who always wants perpetual degrees, loves school, and considers learning one of the greatest uses of her time, this hits home for sure!  
One thing I wanted to ask you is about the words I've "bolded" here. God called and God chose. Let's talk predestination.

Monday, October 8, 2012

Monday Musings

Well it looks like it is going to be a long day. The Babe only slept a few hours last night thanks to a lovely little thing called drainage that has taken up residence in her throat.

Talk about a day in the life of Claire
I have also been suctioning a snotty nose. I told someone she was snotty yesterday and they were surprised that I could think a baby so young, my baby, was rude. Haha. I was being literal. She is literally snotty, snot is coming out of her nose. She snots on me every time she sneezes or eats. You know a girl is tired when she falls asleep while you change her diaper. I slept on the couch so that at least one of the adults in this family got some sleep. (p.s. Cal does this for me all the time probably actually more often than I do it for him. He's awesome.)

I baked cupcakes for some girls yesterday who decided they didn't want them - sad face.

Do you ever feel like everyone else in the world (well at least all of my friends who are female) is stylish and has figured out their clothing niche except you? I like so many different styles, but I feel like none of them actually look right on me. I have decided that I no longer have a traditional body type. My current body type is: mom.

On a similar note, I am buying some new running shoes today or tomorrow because I am cleared to run again. Being told by your doctor that you can't exercise is an odd sensation.

RB liked my Dad when he came to visit! It took a day to figure him out, but she came around and was smiling and reaching for him by his last day here. We even got to skype with mi hermana while he was here - spoiled! SJ kept making hilarious faces at RB trying to get her to laugh.

RB laughed on Saturday for the first time!! 10/6/12 - We were in the Johnny Jumper and playing that "ooooooo Boo!" game, when she let out an audible laugh. I almost died! Cal was outside mowing and I ran outside to tell him. We have tried and tried to get her to do it again with no success, but we will not give up.

There are a pair of Toms (Desert Wedges in Brown suede mmmmmm) that are beginning to cross that line in my mind between want and need. Maybe if I sell more cakes, I can convince Cal to let me get them.

We finally replaced the Jetta after a long saga last week! The good news is the Jetta is dead and can no longer hurt anyone any more and we got a beautiful '06 Honda Accord (Manual Transmission for Cal). The bad news is we realized that now that we like to use both cars, we want to get a second base for our carseat. Should we go ahead and make the plunge or should we wait since we will probably be in the convertible carseat in less than 6 months?

I made fun cupcakes for the cutest 3 year old's Buzz Lightyear birthday party this weekend and part of my thumb is still dyed dark violet from working the fondant, haha.

I got to hang out with my awesome friend, TC, the other night. We finally found time to get together and stayed up well past 2am talking at a local diner. Worth it! It didn't even feel late.

I think I'm going to have to break down and purchase some adult clothes because most of my clothes aren't work appropriate. Bummer.

Why is it that when you have one expense, it seems like you end up having a million expenses? But, then you can have a whole month where nothing is unexpected. I wish we could just plan it so that they happen over the whole year and not all at once! Silly expenses. It's a good thing we save in the easy months. Praise the Lord for His wisdom there.

I just finished Romans - whoa.

Monday, October 1, 2012

Monday Musings

So here is some random information that you may or may not care about, but is floating around in my brain. A lot of it has to do with how I think my baby is a genius, so don't read ahead if that's not your cup of tea!

So the babe has begun babbling! She has officially said... "Mama"!! My baby is a genius. I think she is awesome. She is saying "mama", "nahnah", and "lala" these days. It's totally adorable. She is also sitting up all on her own!

I was recently so so sick, it was awful. On the upside, my pre-pregnancy jeans fit, on the downside I would rather way a thousand pounds than throw up every hour. Gross. My knees are getting better so I am hoping that I will be able to run again soon. I am run/walking these days to try to get there more slowly.

I cannot wait for Dr. Horrible 2 to come out.

RB has been pooping like a champ... it's getting gross. I recently heard somebody say they play sunrise chicken because neither wants to get up with their children (we totally get this). We play diaper chicken haha. I am so excited though that she is pooping more because it makes me feel like she is getting plenty to eat. I'm hoping our little girl will put on some pounds and get out of the 2nd percentile!

She has started eating solids more often. She likes sweet potatoes, peas, and bananas thus far. No matter how we disguise it, she will not eat avocado. We are going to keep trying though and hope she comes around. We are planning to do carrots next. Anybody have any suggestions? I think pears or peaches will be her next fruit, but I don't want to introduce much fruit until we have an arsenal of vegetables that she will eat. It's easier for her to eat vegetables too. She likes the stuff that doesn't puree into complete mush like bananas do. It's just easier to keep it in her mouth so she can swallow it.

Once Upon A Time is a fantastic show and has started back up, but I am waiting to watch it until RB's next nap so that I can be promised to watch the whole thing without interruption. I have a pile of laundry with my name on it that needs to be folded just for this occasion.

My Daddy is coming to visit us tomorrow through Thursday! Let the cleaning commence!