Saturday, April 24, 2010

Not Forgotten

This blog post is in honor of our Grandma Mary who we lost one year ago today. Our hearts still hurt. We still get tears in our eyes. We will put smiles on our faces because we know she is no longer hurting. She is able to sit at the feet of our Lord Jesus, and when we get there we will give her a big hug and tell her how much we missed her. We took a trip yesterday to the cemetery to bring cuttings from our snapdragons. Though we know it's only her body resting there, it brings peace to visit.

You have gone up to Heaven
Your worries are gone
We miss you so much
If only we can touch each other
Lets not cry, but celebrate
because she's in a better place.
Love, Kiley
Orchids Adam grew this year from Grandma Mary's plant
She flew up to Heaven
on the wings of angels
By the clouds and stars
and passed where no one sees

And she walks with Jesus

and her loved ones waiting

And I know she's smiling saying

Don't worry 'bout me.
We love and miss you so much!

This picture is for those who are not close enough to visit

Thursday, April 22, 2010

An Evening at the A's Game

Last night we went to the A's baseball game. We took August and Kiley along. There were a few other family members who came along also. It was cold and pretty uneventful. The A's lost. The highlights were hot dogs for $1 and during the 7th inning the camera man was in our section and filmed the girls. They were jumping and cheering and then looked up and they were on the big jumbo screens. They were very excited. This was the first baseball game that they can remember going to. Getting up on the screen is sure special. Of all the games I've been to I've never been up there. But, I'm not as cute as they are.

(The pictures were taken on my phone so they aren't the best)

Monday, April 19, 2010

A Fun Weekend With The Little Twins

Adam and I had a rare opportunity of just having the two little girls alone this weekend. All of the bigger girls were gone. It's nice to be able to spend special time with the kids alone or in smaller groups, especially since the age gap is pretty big. We took Emily and Julia out to breakfast at IHop. They each had free meal pass for their birthday. And we headed off to the Zoo.

They had so much fun. We didn't see the entire zoo, we mostly were in the Children's area. They have been to this zoo a few times so they showed us what there was to do. It was super cute. We had a wonderful time. They got their faces painted, which seemed the highlight of their day.

After the zoo we came home and planted a little mini veggie garden. We will be planting more soon, this was just to get us started. Actually, Adam, Emily and Julia did the gardening. I'm not allowed because I have a black thumb. HA!

(photo comments are above each photo)

Snapdragons in our back yardette
Cool swinging monkey guy
Making clay California Poppy planters
A rare glimpse of me. My Sweetie and Me!
Emily, Julia and Adam
Daddy and Julia having her face painted
Emily's face painting
Julia's kitty paint (she was very excited)
Emily the tiger (she was equally excited)
Always climbing
Pretty flowers
Neat little yellow frog
Brushing goats
Daddy gardening
With their new garden stuff (thanks Auntie Amy)
Our little garden

Saturday, April 17, 2010

Founding Fathers

Founding Fathers Quotes
"The country's first two presidents, George Washington and John Adams, were firm believers in the importance of religion for republican government." --official Library of Congress statement"
...both the legislators and the public considered it appropriate for the national government to promote a nondenominational, nonpolemical Christianity."--official Library of Congress statement

Have you ever read a quote that seemed to show that our Founders weren't Christians? Click here to see an example of a quote taken out of context, and a tutorial on examining these quotes!

Friday, April 16, 2010

Did you ever learn this?

It's amazing how far the leaders of this country have strayed. How many of you were taught what a God fearing humble Christian man George Washington was? "This was never a Christian nation" This nation was founded on the gospel of Jesus Christ! The principals of freedom are directly from the Word of God. The main text used in the first American schools was the 1611 King James Bible.

Many of the original documents and Charters of the United States colonies were written in the name of Jesus Christ showing him the ONLY King they would serve.

More to come soon. I will not post more on this post to save it's length.

George Washington's Prayer Journal excerpt:

Sunday Morning
Almighty God, and most merciful father, who didst command the children of Israel to offer a daily sacrifice to thee, that thereby they might glorify and praise thee for thy protection both night and day, receive, O Lord, my morning sacrifice which I now offer up to thee; I yield thee humble and hearty thanks that thou has preserved me from the danger of the night past, and brought me to the light of the day, and the comforts thereof, a day which is consecrated to thine own service and for thine own honor. Let my heart, therefore, Gracious God, be so affected with the glory and majesty of it, that I may not do mine own works, but wait on thee, and discharge those weighty duties thou requirest of me, and since thou art a God of pure eyes, and wilt be sanctified in all who draw near unto thee, who doest not regard the sacrifice of fools, nor hear sinners who tread in thy courts, pardon, I beseech thee, my sins, remove them from thy presence, as far as the east is from the west, and accept of me for the merits of thy son Jesus Christ, that when I come into thy temple, and compass thine altar, my prayers may come before thee as incense; and as thou wouldst hear me calling upon thee in my prayers, so give me grace to hear thee calling on me in thy word, that it may be wisdom, righteousness, reconciliation and peace to the saving of the soul in the day of the Lord Jesus. Grant that I may hear it with reverence, receive it with meekness, mingle it with faith, and that it may accomplish in me, Gracious God, the good work for which thou has sent it. Bless my family, kindred, friends and country, be our God & guide this day and for ever for his sake, who lay down in the Grave and arose again for us, Jesus Christ our Lord, Amen.

Sunday Evening
O most Glorious God, in Jesus Christ my merciful and loving father, I acknowledge and confess my guilt, in the weak and imperfect performance of the duties of this day. I have called on thee for pardon and forgiveness of sins, but so coldly and carelessly, that my prayers are become my sin and stand in need of pardon. I have heard thy holy word, but with such deadness of spirit that I have been an unprofitable and forgetful hearer, so that, O Lord, tho' I have done thy work, yet it hath been so negligently that I may rather expect a curse than a blessing from thee. But, O God, who art rich in mercy and plenteous in redemption, mark not, I beseech thee, what I have done amiss; remember that i am but dust, and remit my transgressions, negligences & ignorances, and cover them all with the absolute obedience of thy dear Son, that those sacrifices which I have offered may be accepted by thee, in and for the sacrifice of Jesus Christ offered upon the cross for me; for his sake, ease me of the burden of my sins, and give me grace that by the call of the Gospel I may rise from the slumber of sin into the newness of life. Let me live according to those holy rules which thou hast this day prescribed in thy holy word; make me to know what is acceptable in thy holy word; make me to know what is acceptable in thy sight, and therein to delight, open the eyes of my understanding, and help me thoroughly to examine myself concerning my knowledge, faith and repentance, increase my faith, and direct me to the true object Jesus Christ the way, the truth and the life, bless O Lord, all the people of this land, from the highest to the lowest, particularly those whom thou has appointed to rule over us in church & state. continue thy goodness to me this night. These weak petitions I humbly implore thee to hear accept and answer for the sake of thy Dear Son Jesus Christ our Lord, Amen.

Monday Morning
O eternal and everlasting God, I presume to present myself this morning before thy Divine majesty, beseeching thee to accept of my humble and hearty thanks, that it hath pleased thy great goodness to keep and preserve me the night past from all the dangers poor mortals are subject to, and has given me sweet and pleasant sleep, whereby I find my body refreshed and comforted for performing the duties of this day, in which I beseech thee to defend me from all perils of body and soul. Direct my thoughts, words and work, wash away my sins in the immaculate blood of the lamb, and purge my heart by thy holy spirit, from the dross of my natural corruption, that I may with more freedom of mind and liberty of will serve thee, the ever lasting God, in righteousness and holiness this day, and all the days of my life. Increase my faith in the sweet promises of the gospel; give me repentance from dead works; pardon my wanderings, & direct my thoughts unto thyself, the God of my salvation; teach me how to live in thy fear, labor in thy service, and ever to run in the ways of thy commandments; make me always watchful over my heart, that neither the terrors of conscience, the loathing of holy duties, the love of sin, nor an unwillingness to depart this life, may cast me into a spiritual slumber, but daily frame me more 7 more into the likeness of thy son Jesus Christ, that living in thy fear, and dying in thy favor, I may in thy appointed time attain the resurrection of the just unto eternal life bless my family, friends & kindred unite us all in praising & glorifying thee in all our works begun, continued, and ended, when we shall come to make our last account before thee blessed saviour, who hath taught us thus to pray, our Father....

Monday Evening
Most Gracious Lord God, from whom proceedeth every good and perfect gift, I offer to thy divine majesty my unfeigned praise & thanksgiving for all thy mercies towards me. Thou mad'st me at first and hast ever since sustained the work of thy own hand; thou gav'st thy Son to die for me; and hast given me assurance of salvation, upon my repentance and sincerely endeavoring to conform my life to his holy precepts and example. Thou art pleased to lengthen out to me the time of repentance and to move me to it by thy spirit and by the word, by thy mercies, and by thy judgments; out of a deepness of thy mercies, and by my own unworthiness, I do appear before thee at this time; I have sinned and done very wickedly, be merciful to me, O God, and pardon me for Jesus Christ sake; instruct me in the particulars of my duty, and suffer me not to be tempted above what thou givest me strength to bear. Take care, I pray thee of my affairs and more and more direct me in thy truth, defend me from my enemies, especially my spiritual ones. Suffer me not to be drawn from thee, by the blandishments of the world, carnal desires, the cunning of the devil, or deceitfulness of sin. work in me thy good will and pleasure, and discharge my mind from all things that are displeasing to thee, of all ill will and discontent, wrath and bitterness, pride & vain conceit of myself, and render me charitable, pure, holy, patient and heavenly minded. be with me at the hour of death; dispose me for it, and deliver me from the slavish fear of it, and make me willing and fit to die whenever thou shalt call me hence. Bless our rulers in church and state. bless O Lord the whole race of mankind, and let the world be filled with the knowledge of Thee and thy son Jesus Christ. Pity the sick, the poor, the weak, the needy, the widows and fatherless, and all that morn or are broken in heart, and be merciful to them according to their several necessities. bless my friends and grant me grace to forgive my enemies as heartily as I desire forgiveness of Thee my heavenly Father. I beseech thee to defend me this night from all evil, and do more for me than I can think or ask, for Jesus Christ sake, in whose most holy name & words, I continue to pray, Our Father....

Tuesday Morning
O Lord our God, most mighty and merciful father, I thine unworthy creature and servant, do once more approach thy presence. Though not worthy to appear before thee, because of my natural corruptions, and the many sins and transgressions which I have committed against thy divine majesty; yet I beseech thee, for the sake of him in whom thou art well pleased, the Lord Jesus Christ, to admit me to render thee deserved thanks and praises for thy manifold mercies extended toward me, for the quiet rest & repose of the past night, for food, rainment, health, peace, liberty, and the hopes of a better life through the merits of thy dear son's bitter passion. and O kind father continue thy mercy and favor to me this day, and ever hereafter; propose all my lawful undertakings; et me have all my directions from thy holy spirit; and success from thy bountiful hand. Let the bright beams of thy light so shine into my heart, and enlighten my mind in understanding thy blessed word, that I may be enabled to perform thy will in all things, and effectually resist all temptations of the world, the flesh and the devil. preserve and defend our rulers in church & state. bless the people of this land, be a father to the fatherless, a comforter to the comfortless, a deliverer to the captives, and a physician to the sick. let thy blessings guide this day and forever through J. C. in whose blessed form of prayer I conclude my weak petitions--Our Father....

Tuesday Evening
Most gracious God and heavenly father, we cannot cease, but must cry unto thee for mercy, because my sins cry against me for justice. How shall I address myself unto thee, I must with the publican stand and admire at thy great goodness, tender mercy, and long suffering towards me, in that thou hast kept me the past day from being consumed and brought to nought. O Lord, what is man, or the son of man, that thou regardest him; the more days pass over my head, the more sins and iniquities I heap up against thee. If I should cast up the account of my good deeds done this day, how few and small would they be; but if I should reckon my miscarriages, surely they would be many and great. O, blessed father, let thy son's blood wash me from all impurities, and cleanse me from the stains of sin that are upon me. Give me grace to lay hold upon his merits; that they may be my reconciliation and atonement unto thee,--That I may know my sins are forgiven by his death & passion. embrace me in the arms of thy mercy; vouchsafe to receive me unto the bosom of thy love, shadow me with thy wings, that I may safely rest under thy suspicion this night; and so into thy hands I commend myself, both soul and body, in the name of thy son, J. C., beseeching Thee, when this life shall end, I may take my everlasating rest with thee in thy heavenly kingdom. bless all in authority over us, be merciful to all those afflicted with thy cross or calamity, bless all my friends, forgive my enemies and accept my thanksgiving this evening for all the mercies and favors afforded me; hear and graciously answer these my requests, and whatever else thou see'st needful grant us, for the sake of Jesus Christ in whose blessed name and words I continue to pray, Our Father....

Wednesday Morning
Almighty and eternal Lord God, the great creator of heaven & earth, and the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ; look down from heaven, in pity and compassion upon me thy servant, who humbly prostrate myself before thee, sensible of thy mercy and my own misery; there is an infinite distance between thy glorious majesty and me, thy poor creature, the work of thy hand, between thy infinite power, and my weakness, thy wisdom, and my folly, thy eternal Being, and my mortal frame, but, O Lord, I have set myself at a greater distance from thee by my sin and wickedness, and humbly acknowledge the corruption of my nature and the many rebellions of my life. I have sinned against heaven and before thee, in thought, word & deed; I have contemned thy majesty and holy laws. I have likewise sinned by omitting what I ought to done, and committing what I ought not. I have rebelled against light, despised thy mercies and judgments, and broken my vows and promises; I have neglected tech means of Grace, and opportunities of becoming better; my iniquities are multiplies, and my sins are very great. I confess them, O Lord, with shame and sorrow, detestation and loathing, and desire to be vile in my own eyes, as I have rendered myself vile in thinned. I humbly beseech thee to be merciful to me in the free pardon of my sins, for the sake of thy dear Son, my only saviour, J. C., who came not to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance; be pleased to renew my nature and write thy laws upon my heart, and help me to live, righteously, soberly, and godly in this evil worlds; make me humble, meek, patient and contented, and work in me the grace of thy holy spirit. prepare me for death and judgment, and let the thoughts thereof awaken me to a greater care and study to approve myself unto thee in well doing. bless our rulers in church & state. Help all in affliction or adversity--give them patience and a sanctified use of their affliction, and in thy good time deliverance from them; forgive my enemies, take me unto thy protection this day, keep me in perfect peace, which I ask in the name & for the sake of Jesus. Amen.

Wednesday Evening
Holy and eternal Lord God who art the King of heaven, and the watchman of Israel, that never slumberest or sleepest, what shall we render unto thee for all thy benefits; because thou hast inclined thine ears unto me, therefore will I call on thee as long as I live, from the rising of the sun to the going down of the same let thy name be praised. among the infinite riches of thy mercy towards me, I desire to render thanks & praise for thy merciful preservation of me this day, as well as all the days of my life; and for the many other blessings & mercies spiritual & temporal which thou hast bestowed on me, contrary to my deserving. All these thy mercies call on me to be thankful and my infirmities & wants call for a continuance of thy tender mercies; cleanse my soul, O Lord, I beseech thee, from whatever is offensive to thee, and hurtful to me, and give me what is convenient for me. watch over me this night, and give me comfortable and sweet sleep to fit me for the service of the day following. Let my soul watch for the coming of the Lord Jesus; let my bed put me in mind of my grave, and my rising from there of my last resurrection; O heavenly Father, so frame this heart of mine, that I may ever delight to live according to thy will and command, in holiness and righteousness before thee all the days of my life. Let me remember, O Lord, the time will come when the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall rise and stand before the judgment seat, and give an account of whatever they have done in the body, and let me so prepare my soul, that I may do it with joy and not with grief. bless the rulers and people of this and forget not those who are under any affliction or oppression. Let thy favor be extended to all my relations friends and all others who I ought to remember in my prayer and hear me I beseech thee for the sake of my dear redeemer in whose most holy words, I farther pray, Our Father...

Thursday Morning
Most gracious Lord God, whose dwelling is in the highest heavens, and yet beholdest the lowly and humble upon the earth, I blush and am ashamed to lift up my eyes to thy dwelling place, because I have sinned against thee; look down, I beseech thee upon me thy unworthy servant who prostrate myself at the footstool of thy mercy, confessing my own guiltiness, and begging pardon for my sins; what couldst thou have done Lord more for me, or what could I have done more against thee? Thou didst send me thy Son to take nature upon

The manuscript ends here.....[William J. Johnson George Washington, the Christian(New York: The Abingdon Press, New York & Cincinnati, 1919), pp. 24-35.]

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Another Year Older. Emily & Julia are 4!

This Monday was Emily and Julia's 4th birthday. We had a party over the weekend with the family and a few close friends. On Monday, their actual birthday, we had a little girls tea party. Emily and Julia's favorite friend came over to help celebrate. All the girls dressed up in pretty dress-up dresses. We had tea (pink lemonade) and yummy snacks.

I felt I have neglected my children by not teaching them sooner that Red Vines can double as straws. They were very fascinated and excited by this. In my book this is a fact every child should know.

They received some wonderful gifts this year. I am always so grateful to everyone for their generosity. Two of our wonderful friends and their families bought us a year long pass for the Oakland Zoo. This is just awesome. We can go everyday if we want to. My in-laws bought the girls much needed bikes. I can't wait for Adam to do some maintenance on all of our bikes so we can go out riding together. They also received some MUCH NEEDED new dresses/skirts, along with some new toys.

Each time we go to Safeway the little girls like to go over to the bakery section to get a free cookie. They love to look at the cakes, especially the ones that look like princesses. My mom bought them each a princess cake. They were so very excited.

The Princess Cakes

Grandma and Auntie Kathryn

Opa, Auntie Amy and Grandpa

Uncle Chris and his girlfriend

Mimi and Emily

Adam and his mom "Oma"

The next photos are of the tea party we had on their birthday. We bought some china cups and saucers and cloth napkins at the thrift store. I got the cute tea pot from freecycle and we found the flowery fabric in our closet. They loved drinking from real tea cups.

Tea Party Table

The tea party girls

Red Vine straws

After tea the 3 little girls did a Princess craft

All finished!

They had a fabulous birthday. They loved it!

Friday, April 9, 2010

Sweet Little Girls

This morning I woke up to the kisses and cuddles of two very sweet almost-4 year olds. I love waking up in the mornings. I always open my eyes to someones sweet kisses.

I am so grateful for the change God put in my heart nearly 3 years ago, from 50 hour a week working mom. To full time 24/7 Mommy, wife and now teacher.

I used to "think" I could never be a mommy at home, I now can't even imagine being away. I can't get enough of my children. I don't want to miss any of it. It's amazing how much joy children bring to your life. God has blessed me with the most amazing children, I surely don't deserve. And, a wonderful husband who walks through blizzards everyday to provide for us. I love my life. God is so good.

Lo, children [are] an heritage of the LORD: [and] the fruit of the womb [is his] reward. Psalm 127:3

Thursday, April 8, 2010

New Bikes for our Birthday!

Emily and Julia got brand new big girl bikes from their Oma and Opa. They got to go spend a few days at Oma and Opa's house and received their birthday present early. They just loves their bikes, and their Oma and Opa too of course.

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