Saturday, March 25, 2006

Our Confession

Jesus Christ is God's Son and He's our High Priest.

After He made purification for sins
He sat down at the right hand of the Father,
where He intercedes for us
and runs all things
by the Word of His power.

He will preserve us
through suffering, trial, and temptation
by giving us grace and mercy,
if we draw near to Him and
hold fast our confession.


Friday, March 24, 2006


I should know by now that when my children are doing crafts/coloring and laughing in the other room that I shouldn't be fooled into thinking that they are just having fun and being obedient and being sweet to one another. THAT they were doing, but also they let Chandler have a little too much fun.....

Here ya go, mom.

Like what I did?

It sure was fun!

Maybe my one year old really is smart enough though to know to grab the green marker because it's an "army color" (as my 3yo says) and he wanted to be in camo like his brother was!
Haha.....I doubt it.....

Wednesday, March 22, 2006

Cost of Kids

Cost of Kids
Author Unknown
(my comments in paranthesis)

The government recently calculated the cost of raising a child from birth to 18 and came up with $160,140 for a middle income family. Talk about sticker shock! That doesn't even touch college tuition. But $160,140 isn't so bad if you break it down. It translates into $8,896.66 a year, $741.38 a month, or $171.08 a week. That's a mere $24.24 a day! Just over a dollar an hour. Still, you might think the best financial advice is don't have children if you want to be "rich." Actually, it is just the opposite. What do you get for your $160,140?

* Naming rights. First, middle, and last!~
* Glimpses of God every day.
* Giggles under the covers every night.
* More love than your heart can hold.
* Butterly kisses and velcro hugs.
* Endless wonder over rocks, ants, clouds, and warm cookies. (among many other amazingly simple things.....)
* A hand to hold, usually covered with jelly or chocolate. (or mud!)
* A partner for blowing bubbles, flying kites, building sandcastles, and skipping down the sidewalk in the pouring rain.
* Someone to laugh yourself silly with, no matter what the boss said or how your stocks performed that day. (or what housework you got done that day!)
* You get to finger-paint, carve pumpkins, play hide-and-seek, and catch lightning bugs.
* You get to frame rainbows, hearts, and flowers under refrigerator magnets and collect spray painted noodle wreaths for Christmas, hand prints set in clay, and cards with backward letters. (and all the other treasures that fill up your fridge!)
* YOU GET TO BE A HERO just for retrieving a Frisbee off the garage roof, taking the training wheels off a bike, removing a splinter, filling a wading pool, coaxing a wad of gum out of bangs, (and fill it in!)
* YOU GET A FRONT ROW SEAT to history.....when you witness the first step, first word, first date, first time behind the wheel. You get to be immortal. You get another branch added to your family tree, and maybe even a long list of limbs in your obituary called grandchildren and great grandchildren.
* YOU GET AN EDUCATION in psychology, nursing, criminal justice, communications, (AND more!) that no college can match. In the eyes of a child, you rank right up there with God. (and we ARE called to be an example of HIM to them) You have all the "power" to heal a boo-boo, scare away the monsters under the bed, patch a broken heart, police a party, and love them without limits, day they will, like you, LOVE without COUNTING THE COST.


Wow, isn't this a powerful reminder? And I'm sure any parent could add even more to this list!
And.....I get to multiply this by 4!!! I won't do the math now, but that's quite a cost, AND worth every penny!
(I just wonder if they added the cost of diapers to this!? surely.....)

I think they are priceless actually.....

Thursday, March 16, 2006

Chandler Elijah turns ONE!

Thursday, March 9th, 2006

We are grateful to God for our 4th born, Chandler. He has been a JOY and a blessing beyond what we could have imagined. Life is precious and we are humbled that God would grant us another little life we are responsible for raising and training for HIS glory.

Some things about our "baby"

C limber, Crawls VERY fast, Charming, Content
H appy, Huggable
A bsolutely Adorable
N ever likes to be left inside - if his siblings go outside
D efinitely a keeper, Determined
L ikes to kiss, Likes to say Uh-Oh,
E ager to be where the action is,
R isk taking (already!) & Ready to move


H appy & Huggable
E xtremely cute
I nto everything (so I hear!)
D efinitely a keeper
I s her parents pride & joy

I am looking forward to how much these two will change over the next year as their personalities develop even more.

Sunday, March 12, 2006

The Wrecking Crew