Friday, February 27, 2009

Clayton Pictures, 4 months

She didn't much like the bathtub of feathers.
Or the flowers.

Yes, I am holding her in this one, I tried to figure out how to blot myself out, but I didn't.

She liked smiling at Mama!!

This is my favorite!

Here are some pictures of Clayton, she will be 4 months on Monday. WoW! She is getting so big, so fast. We have her dr.'s appt on Monday to check her weight, get shots, etc. I am excited to see how much she has grown. She is such a good baby. Everyone says that the 3rd has to be, well I have been blessed with her. She sleeps from 10:00 pm to about 7:00 am every night!! She eats good every 3 hours and takes a lot of nice long naps in the daytime. I am trying to get her on a good napping schedule. So far, I have got her doing 2 hours in the morning and 2 hours in the afternoon, and 1 hour in the evening. She still sleeps a lot, but that is fine with me. I have been putting her on her tummy lately and she just flops right on over to her back. Sometimes she will move her little knees like she is trying to crawl. It is funny, cause she is so little. I have been working on her sitting up, my goal is to have her sitting up by the time she is 6 months old. She loves to stand up and look around. She also loves to yell and squeal and growl. She is very loud. It is pretty funny, but I think sometimes people think something is wrong with her. Anyway, a mother can go on and on about her precious baby.

Sunday, February 22, 2009

As you can see Kenndall's kisses are a little slobbery.
Clayton ready to be on the move like her big sis and brother.


Here is a video of Clayton talking, I don't know if it will work or not, but this is my first time using Blogger's video upload.

We are doing good around here. As usual we are very busy. There are not enough hours in the day to get everything done. But, that is ok. The dishes, laundry, picking up is a never ending job around here, so I just get what I can done, and I do not worry about it.

I have been thinking about relationships lately. Today in Bible class, Matt (our teacher right now) was talking about how after Saul's conversion to Christianity, he spent 3 years in Arabia. It took 3 years of intense relationship building for him to begin getting ready to share his faith. I think so many of us do not realize how much time it takes to become close to someone. I read the other day (some unknown source) that a true friend will last over 7 years, other friends just fall by the wayside. Obviously a lot can happen in 7 years and it takes a lot of work from both sides to keep that relationship going. I think one of the best ways to improve your relationships with anyone is just to spend time with them. Whether is it friends, family or God, the relationship will start losing some of it's pertinence if no time is spent with that person. When you chose to spend time with someone, you are telling them they are more important than whatever else is going on in your life at that moment. What a great gift to give, and it doen't cost a thing! Time on the phone, time in person, time sending a note, writing an email, and yes, even texting. All of these tools can help improve our relationships as long as we take the time to do it. I don't know why I have been thinking about this lately, but I have. My great-grandfather, toward the end of his life, once said, "I wish I had made more friends." My great grandfather had hundreds, if not more than a thousand friends and yet, he felt he should have more. What an interesting statement. He had been a missionary to the Jews his entire life and he did not say, he wished he had led more people to Christ, he said, "I wish I had made more friends." He knew that it is by having a good relationship with someone that you can touch them in a way that a stranger never will. Your Christian example to your friends is the most wonderful source of encouragement. Service and time with your friends is such an important calling as a Christian.

Well that is my soapbox for today.

Sunday, February 15, 2009

Kids and Listening to God, part III

A sister picture! Clayton is looking a little scared. Funny.
Sweet little angel with great lips!!!

Clayton has been trying to sit up!

The dirt children.

My precious children. 2 out of the 3 are smiling, that is a success!!

The kids are doing so good, they have stayed healthy for almost 2 months, and it is still winter, yeah!! Kenndall is talking more all the time, she has started using a lot of sentences and sometimes drives me nuts because she never is quiet. She will say a phrase over and over and over and over until you aknowledge what she is saying. One day on our way to church she said, "Mama, Dadda, Mama, Dadda, Mama, Dadda" the entire way to church.
Cooper can sing the ABC's all by himself with no prompting, he can also sing Twinkle Twinkle Little Star. So cute. He loves to sing and sings along with our Hallel and Acapella CD's that we listen to in the car. Pottying is getting a little better. He has pooped in the potty 2 days straight! Yeah!! He has had a couple of potty accidents, but not too many. I know I have been dragging my feet with getting him trained, but it is really hard to fit a potty trip once an hour to an already full schedule, so I have been trying a little harder lately and it has paid off.
Clayton is such a sweetie. She loves attention an she just smiles all the time. She tries to sit up and loves it when you let her stand up and hold her hands. She yells if she has gone too long without someone talking to her, it is funny now, but I wonder what the future holds. She has such a cheerful personality.
In my journey to learn to listen to God. I have made several discoveries, not of my own, but spoken to me by a wonderful devotional book by Priscilla Shirer called "Discerning the Voice of God". It is a must read in my opinion. She is the daughter of Tony Evans, some of you may know who he is. Anyway. Who these revelations come from is God, but through the words in this book. First, God has set a task before us, for Moses it was the children of Israel, right in front of his eyes, but it took a burning bush to get him to see the task; for me, it is my family. God has given me four beautiful blessings (my husband is one, and no I am not pregnant) that are my daily task. What a great mission!! I know that God has a great plan for me and I believe that He wants

me to continue my education so that I can influence many in the future. But for now, my influence is extraordinarily important within the task set before me, which is my family. So, to avoid beating around the bush, I have decided to forego school for the time being. I am so at peace with this decision. God has allowed me to see that when I seek Him and His characteristics, His will becomes clear. My decision is upheld by His written word, by my conscience, and by the Holy Spirit. What is even greater is that I am discovering a gift and a ministry. I love people, the kids I teach, the people I go to church with, my friends, and my family. I believe that God has called me to service to them! I believe that as I grow in my service to others, that will be the best way to teach my children how to serve the Lord. So as I have begun listening to God, God has shown me wonderful things. Even today, something that I have struggled with for awhile was revealed to me in a new way and it caused my struggle to melt away. It was amazing. I am so thankful and inspired.

Friday, February 13, 2009

Prayers Needed for Reese Griffith

Some of you out in blogland and in my circle of friends know the Griffiths, Jeremy and Emilie. Their daughter Reese has William's syndrome and it has caused her some heart problems. She is about 6 months old and is going in for surgery on Monday. Unfortunately her cardiologist is not optimistic and has basically said their is nothing else he can do. Our God is a God that can do anything and I ask that you pray for His power to be manifest in the situation, no matter the outcome. God is a miracle worker and I am going to pray that God interceed for Reese. I appreciate your prayers and know that the Griffiths are going to need as many people as possible to pray them through this.

Saturday, February 07, 2009

My delight

My children are the greatest blessing God has given me. Everything new that they do is amazing and I make a ridiculous to do over it. Right now you will hear me say these things to my children, "Clayton, are you talking to momma?", "Kenndall, you can comb your hair, you are so big." "Cooper, you can sing the ABC's, you are so smart!". I love to watch my children's vocabulary, skills, and awareness increase daily. They are my delight. As they grow and gain independence, my love for them increases. Having children made me completely change my view of God. I know the way I feel about my sweet babies is exactly how God feels about me. He loves that I am growing and changing and maturing, He watches me closely to see what I can do next, sometimes helping, sometimes letting me try things and learn from my mistakes. He is always there, providing for my every need. I am God's delight. Many of us think of God as a white haired old man with a big book of rules that is just waiting to slap our hand and tell us we cannot do something. In a way, that was my view of God for a long time. But now, I am starting to get a clue that when God calls us His children, He feels about us what we feel about our own children. What a blessing that I finally realize this! I know many people do not want children of their own, or cannot have children of their own and that is fine, that is their decision. But, I do think that some of us were chosen to be mothers and fathers. If not just to change the depth of our relationship with God, but also to pass that love on to our own children. "Children are a blessing from the Lord."

Monday, February 02, 2009

Prayer Request

Cameron's (my brother-in-law) father passed away this morning, please keep him, Kim, and his family in your prayers.