Thursday, July 31, 2008

Computer Crash

Our computer has crashed and my wonderful husband is trying to fix it. I am on his laptop at the moment, so I just wanted everyone to know that we are all doing good, listening to Noah jump in the jumper and Karis is doing a puzzle. I will be back in the blogging world once our computer is fixed or we get another CPU. Our week has been good, lots of fun with friends and family. Have a wonderful rest of the week, and I hope to be back online soon!
We asked Karis who broke the computer, and she said, "God did." Maybe there is a lesson in there about our reliance on the computer to communicate with others, maybe we should get back to the old way of communication: the phone and letters!!

Tuesday, July 22, 2008

Who am I?

I have been thinking a lot lately about who I am in Christ. Reading, Because He Loves Me, is reminding me of finding my worth and success only in Christ and what He has done for me on the cross. All of my accomplishments and successes are only that because Christ has paid my penalty of sin on the cross, what a freeing and challenging truth to mediate on daily. It is freeing because it reminds me that my self-esteem, self-worth, and self-love can only truly be found at the cross. The gospel should bring all these to light as only found in my Savior who loves me. It is challenging because it reminds me that ALL things are related to the gospel.
My identity for most of my life has been found in relation to someone else. I was "Coach Adams' daughter, Shawn's sister, Mrs. Adams daughter, Jeanna the athlete, then I became Justin's wife, for awhile I was Coach Childers' teacher/coach for two years, then I returned to Justin's wife, Karis' mom, and now I am the pastor's wife, and Karis and Noah's mom."
My identity is still in someone else, Christ. Every dirty diaper I change, every time I discipline my child, every dish I wash, bathroom I clean, floor I mop, etc, these are all things that I do bearing the identity in Christ. If my day seems mundane or ordinary, it is because I have allowed the world to try and dictate who I am and not who Christ says I am.
I am so thankful to be able to go to the Word to remind me who I am:

"Blessed are those whose lawless deeds are forgiven, and whose sins are covered; blessed is the man against whom the Lord will not count his sin." (Romans 4:7-8)

Christ Jesus is the one who died-more than that, who was raised-who is at the right hand of God, who indeed is interceding for us. (Romans 8:34)

... and raised us up with him and seated us with him in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus, so that...he might show the immeasurable riches of his grace in kindness toward us in Christ Jesus. (Eph. 2:6-7

In this the love of God was made manifest among us, that God sent his only Son into the world, so that we might live through him. I this is love, not that we have loved God but that he loved us and sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sins. (1 John 4:9-10)

These are only a few verses that have really reminded me of who I am in Christ and what His love has done for us. Sometimes staying home and raising my children leave me to feel like I do not have a my own identity, I am only the wife, mom, maid, cook, disciplinarian, etc., but Christ is my all, so I don't need any other identity but His. Hallelujah, what a Savior!!

Friday, July 18, 2008

Calvin likes to slide!

We discovered a few months ago on our own slide in the back yard, that Calvin, our dog, likes to slide. We thought it was so funny and had a great time watching him. I thought you might enjoy seeing Calvin slide with Karis. This is at the park down the street from our house. Justin, Noah, Calvin, and I all went for a walk, and Karis rode her bike, thus the helmet on her head. Lots of times at home when she is riding her bike, she won't take her helmet off when she goes to do other things. I hope you enjoy this, it really is a funny sight!

Monday, July 14, 2008

Texas Summer 2008

I am glad to be home after our two week and four day vacation in Texas. We had a wonderful time with both our families and with my mom's extended family. We flew into Houston on Monday June 23 and were met by my parents. They let us borrow their car to for our time with Justin's family on Orange. We shared a brief hug and kiss and were off to Beaumont to see Justin's sister, Courtney first. We then spent the next few days in Orange at Pop Pop and Grammy's house with Aunt Courtney.
We ate good Mexican food, went to the water park, and visited Mamou and Papou as much as we could. Noah meet his great-grandparents for the first time and slobbered and spit up on everyone! Here are some pictures from our trip. We already miss you all!

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More to come later from our time with my parents and the family reunion.