Saturday, May 23, 2009

Muffins with Mom

Friday, May 8th was a precious day in my world. It was the Friday before Mother's Day and I was cordially invited by my little boy to attend "Muffins With Mom" at his preschool. He escorted me in to his classroom to share this special time with him and his friends.

Thursday, May 21, 2009

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

The LONG awaited jello post!

Remember me telling you about the day we made letters out of jello? Remember me telling you that I had lots of pictures? Remember me saying a post was coming soon? Well, apparently I lied! Actually, I had really good intentions. Because, I'm looking now and I actually uploaded all of these pictures on May 9 at 9:26 a.m. (which was a couple of weeks after the actual event!) But, somehow, as I posted new things, this unpublished post kept getting pushed to the bottom and I just discovered it. So, forgive me and read on!!

Jonah was home sick for three whole days. Dan and I try to split his sick days because many times, Dan can work from home and actually get more done than being in the office. Who would have ever thought a 2 year old would bring less distractions than a church office? On Tuesday of that week, I took the whole day off because Dan had a lot going on. When I put Jonah to bed Monday night, I told him about all the fun things he would do with me the next day. It wasn't particularly exciting because those were all things we had done in the past. UNTIL I said the word JELLO!

I explained to him that we were going to make jello, use our cookie cutters to make letters and then we would talk about the letters and what sounds they make. (I was trying to combine education with fun!) I left his room and forgot about the Jello. He, on the other hand, did not! He ran into our room at 5:45 a.m. on Tuesday saying "I wanna make Jello letters!" Ummm, excuse me? It is currently 2 hours before you normally get out of bed! So, I put him back in bed and told him he had to sleep more before we made Jello letters. One hour later, I awoke to him standing right next to me saying "Is it time to make Jello letters now, Mommy?" (Note to self: DO NOT EVER TELL HIM ANYTHING FUN IS ON THE HORIZON)

Now, at this point a good mommy would have gone straight to the kitchen to get jello out of the fridge. Well, this mommy did not think far enough ahead to make the jello the night before. AND, to make matters worse, when you make Jello for cutouts, you have to use a different recipe that actually takes longer to gel. So, we were still looking at a four hour wait!!!

When the time was down to the last thirty minutes, I told Jonah we had to pick up all of his toys so he house would be clean for the Jello. Who knew that jello minded a dirty house? But, the logic worked for him and the kiddo cleaned like a mad man.

Jonah has known every letter since he was about 18 months old but he can now pick up the letter, tell you what sound it makes and a word that starts with that letter. So, to waste a little more time, we worked our way through the entire tin of letters.
Ahhh...the finished jello! Who knew a pan of jelled green stuff could bring a 2 year old so much joy??

He sorted through all the letters to find the ones that make his name. Although, he did get very confused because of the way the A looks. He said the window was missing in the A.

His first attempt was with the letter O. We learned quickly that you have to press down pretty hard to get a good cut. As you can see, this one wasn't quite hard enough. So, we had to do the O again.

I used my SLR to take the pictures but wanted some video of this for Dan. So, thus the small camera in the next couple of pictures.

Way Back WHENsday!!

Since Monday is Memorial Day, I went back to May of 2007 to find five pictures of Jonah on his first Memorial Day. It looks like he enjoyed the day!

Sunday, May 17, 2009

The Louie Story

Several of you have emailed or left comments wanting to know the story I mentioned about Louie Giglio and how his words caused us believe God gave him a message specifically for us. So, here goes...

When we were engaged in September of 1998, we had our lives planned just perfectly. Dan was on staff at Harmony Baptist Church in Crystal Springs, MS as the Student Minister and I was the Office Manager for Dr. Jeff Cumberland in Richland, MS. Dan was doing Seminary through the NOBTS extension center at Mississippi College. We planned to get married the next August and keep on with life just as it was.

On the way to an MSU Campus revival in Starkville one night in January of 1999, Dan looked at me and said "school is such a waste of my time! I am getting nothing out of it and am bored out of my mind. The professors are there out of obligation not passion. I hate going there every Monday and spending 9 hours in class. It really is awful!" We talked most of the way there about how we could leave and go to Seminary but where? And then, how would we live? We didn't have any money and we certainly couldn't give up two great jobs. We left the car with no answers but we weren't really expecting any. It was more a conversation out of frustration than anything else.

We attended the revival service at MSU that night and to be honest, I don't remember at all what Louie talked about. But, as we were leaving, we walked past the long line of people waiting to speak to Louie. As we got even with him, he made eye contact with Dan and Dan said "Thanks for your message tonight!" Louie turned from who he was speaking to and took Dan's hand to shake it. He said something along the lines of thanking Dan for his kind words and then looked at him and said "Are you a student?" Dan told him that he graduated two years ago and was serving full-time on a church staff. Louie said "So, you have finished seminary?" Dan said "No, I am actually doing the extension center while working full-time." Louie said "Let me guess, you hate it, you feel like you are wasting your time and dread going every week!" Dan looked at me (amazed that we had just spend 2 hours discussing that on the drive up there) and then looked back at him and said "Yeah!"

Louie looked at us and said "Are you married?" Dan told him we had gotten engaged back in September and were planning an August wedding. Then he looked at both of us and said "I don't know why God brought me here for this revival except to say this to you. Resign your position, trust God to provide for you, move to a Seminary and GET DONE with your education so you can focus on what God has called you to do!"

As all the blood drained from our faces, we smiled, said goodbye and walked in silence to our car. As we got about 50 feet from the car, Dan said "Well, I guess we need to go visit Seminaries!" God used Louie Giglio to speak one of the clearest, most plain messages from Him we have ever heard. We knew that God used him to speak to us and we were blown away by the message.

But, you know what? We changed our wedding date, resigned our positions effective the end of July and began to plan our move to Fort Worth, Texas. And God was with us every step of the way!


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