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An Easter Resurrection

8 Apr

As we were celebrating our risen Savior today, it was only fitting to come home and find a resurrection of a different kind.

The pigeons are back.

For being “rats with wings” as Husband says, they are quite smart. They managed to tear down his chicken wire barricade and build a roomy nest in the eave of our house. But for all their brains, they clearly have a short memory because they’ve completely forgotten what Husband did to their relatives last year, and by the look in Husband’s eyes, I fear they’ll suffer the same fate.

However, I’ll put death talk aside and talk about life for a moment. It’s so easy to take for granted that we have a living Savior who cares about every detail of our lives, although we don’t deserve it. So, with that in mind, I want to share one of my favorite vocal performances of all time. I’ve probably watched this video a hundred times, but it never fails to give me chills. Happy Easter!


Wild West Baby Showers

7 Apr

Husband and I are days away from becoming an uncle and aunt, and while we anxiously await the blessed day, I’ve been busy throwing/attending baby showers for my sis. I shared before about the diaper cake my other sis and I made for one of the showers, but here’s how the rest of the decorations turned out:

Here are some more fun photos of the 3 showers she’s had. I just can’t wait for that little munchkin to be here!

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My Hiatus From Blogging (aka Where Have I Been?)

6 Apr

For the few of you that may follow this blog, you may have noticed my absence over the past several weeks. Just to reassure you, Husband and I are alive and well – just busy. We’ve been living and loving life and that’s left me little time to write about it. So, what have we been up to that’s sucked up every second of my available writing time?

  1. Baby showers, baby showers, baby showers. (more on this later)
  2. Game night with friends. If you haven’t discovered Cranium or Munchkin yet, get yourself to Target and check them out. All you need are a few friends, and you’re guaranteed an evening full of laughs.
  3. Our wedding anniversary celebration. Two words: Capital Grille. Yum!
  4. Husband’s week-long birthday celebration, including a surprise birthday party that I barely pulled off. Husband will tell you he knew the whole time, though.
  5. Spring cleaning. Yes, all of our winter clothes are now packed away in celebration of warmer weather and longer days, and those drawers that needed cleaning out are now stowing a much lighter load.
  6. For Husband, motorcycle track days and day trips with his buddies have filled much of his time.
  7. Reading. I caught the Hunger Games bug and read all 3 books in 1 week – then went to see the first movie with a friend. While the story is captivating, I can’t decide if I actually like it or not.
  8. Working out. Husband and I have become quite the gym rats and have been consistently going 5 nights a week. I have to say he’s looking pretty buff lately!
  9. Making some safety improvements to our house, including a new alarm system which helps me sleep easier on the rare occasion when Husband is out of town.
  10. See #1

As you can see, there’s plenty to catch everyone up on. So, be looking for more posts in the coming days!


Financial Makeover

31 Jan

Husband and I spent the last year giving our house a makeover, and we are excited about beginning this year with a financial one. We have begun the 13-week Dave Ramsey Financial Peace University course with a group from his office, and after only 2 weeks, we are so excited about what this course is teaching us.

It’s more than just a course in how to manage your money, it’s about how to manage your attitude towards money. Luckily, we’ve been doing a lot of things right, but there are several areas of improvement that we are pumped about working on. The one surprise (for me at least) has been learning how much the Bible talks about our personal finances. It’s full of wisdom on how we should be stewards of what God has blessed us with.

Verses About Personal Finance

  • 1 Timothy 5:8
  • 2 Thessalonians 3:10
  • Proverbs 28:20
  • Genesis 41:35-36
  • Hebrews 12:11
  • Psalm 62:10

The most eye-opening verse we’ve covered is Proverbs 22:6-7. While most of us have heard Proverbs 22:6 as a promise to parents, we rarely here it coupled with the verse immediately following it:

“Train up a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not depart from it. The rich rules over the poor, and the borrower is a servant to the lender.”

Dave Ramsey uses these verses to make the point about how important it is that we teach our children how to handle finances. I am so looking forward to doing this one day!

Scripture Sunday – Psalm 118:1

29 Jan

“Give thanks to the LORD for He is good. His love endures forever.”  – Psalm 118:1

His love endures forever. His love endures for-ev-er. Let that sink in.

If you’re anything like me, you’ve waited in your fair share of long lines, had a long day where you flat-out forgot to eat, or even gone a few months without talking to a friend. And I describe all these situations the same way: “It’s been forever since…”

So needless to say I was overwhelmed this week to realize that God sees forever from a completely different perspective. Psalm 136, which begins with the verse above, repeats the phrase “His love endures forever” 26 times as it lists some of the most powerful acts the Lord made on behalf of the Israelites to free them from bondage – even when they rejected Him.

This thought had been lingering in the back of my mind this week, but it wasn’t until this morning in church that the light bulb came on. We were covering some scripture in Ephesians when I noticed I had underlined Eph. 3:18 some time ago:

“And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, may have power, together with all the saints, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, and to know this love that surpasses knowledge – that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God.”

As I read those words, my heart began to beat faster as God’s meaning of forever sank in. His love is so vast that it’s difficult to comprehend, but when we do understand it we’ll be filled beyond belief. And that’s exactly how I felt at that moment. Filled beyond belief.

I’m overjoyed to know that I have a Savior who’s loved me through every high and every low, and always will. He’s performed powerful acts in my life – even when I have rejected Him – and there is no end to this love. But here’s the best part: He does the same for you!

I hope these verses will be the encouragement you need to make it a great week. It certainly worked for me. 🙂

Scripture Sunday – Psalm 119:11

22 Jan

“I have hidden Your Word in my heart that I might not sin against You.”  -Psalm 119:11

I must start today’s post with a confession. I got busy and didn’t write this week’s scripture on my board because I already had it memorized. However, I don’t feel that it counts because that means I wasn’t contemplating the verse all week like I should have been. So, I’m not going to fabricate some deep thoughts this week, but if you’re doing Project Scripture along with us, I’d love to hear how this verse impacted your week! Oh, and I promise to get back on track this week.

Scripture Sunday – 2 Timothy 3:16

15 Jan

It’s time for another Scripture Sunday. This week’s verse was 2 Timothy 3:16.

“All scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness.”

I’ll be honest. This verse seemed pretty vanilla when I started the week. God wrote the scripture through man, and it’s useful for life. Duh. But when I started to memorize it, one thing stood out to me in a way I had never considered before. It was the word rebuke.

Rebuke is defined as “expressing sharp disapproval or criticism of someone (often in an angry manner) because of their behavior or actions.” These days, I think the body of Christ as a whole focuses more on this word than any of the other uses listed in this verse. Yes, there is so much in the world worth rebuking, but have we done our part in teaching, training, and correcting? How can we judge a world we haven’t made an effort to show Christ to in the first place?

And so, I have been convicted. Convicted to teach and train before I rebuke, and when I do rebuke, do it in righteousness and love. Because while my rebuking may fall on deaf ears, as 1 Corinthians 13 says, love never fails.