Thursday, January 31, 2013

Thankful for our Daily Bread

Before John and I were even married, we talked a lot about being good stewards of the financial resources God has entrusted us with. Over the years life has changed and we have tweaked our budget here and there, but we have tried to live a simple life in order to have the freedom to give back to God as He calls us.

This past month, we made some necessary purchases and some unwise purchases that lead to a lack of money in the grocery/household account when we were only two weeks into the month! I wasn't sure if we were going to be able to stick to the budget, but I tried to be optimistic. We had quite a few things in the freezer and our pantry was well stocked. I had to be a bit more creative with meal planning and we had simpler dinners...but here we are at the end of the month and our budget will be reset tomorrow!

While I am extremely thankful that we will soon be able to go shopping again, I have to admit that the past few days has given me a new appreciation to the Lord's prayer - specifically the part about how God gives us our daily bread. I realized as I read Sariah's baby bible this week that it is so much harder to be thankful when we have plenty. Actually, I am not sure if it is harder to be thankful or if it is just easier to forget to be thankful. I have always been thankful for the food we are blessed with because I have seen true hunger. I praise God every time I come home from a trip to Costco with a box full of milk, cheese, bananas, beans, etc. However, I felt more thankful this week than I have in a long time. This week I was also able to be very specific in my prayers: "Thank you, God, for this package of smoked salmon and the four tomatoes I will use to make pasta sauce." As the end of the month approached we had less and less meal options and I became more and more thankful for every meal.

From here on, I want to live a more thankful life! I don't want to only think about the blessings God has showered upon us during Thanksgiving. I want to be thankful when we have plenty and when we don't. Praise God for his provision!

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

A Year Ago Life Changed

I clearly remember that a year ago, I woke up in the morning feeling exhausted and not at all like my normal self. I had suspected that I was pregnant...but I had thought that many other times and it was never the case. This times, I got a pregnancy test, read the instructions 200 times and proceeded to pee on the stick. Before I ever put the cap back on the pregnancy test showed the positive sign.

In disbelief, I looked at John and asked: What do we do now?

We enjoyed that moment together and excitedly shared the news with family and friends! We prayed that God would protect our little baby in the womb, we prayed for a safe birth and we prayed that God would prepare us to become parents.

Today, we are so thankful for our little girl! We enjoy every day that we get to spend with her and we pray that God will bless us with many years together.

She takes bubble-making seriously!

Thank you, Hailey Rahm Photography for these photos!!

Thursday, January 17, 2013

Four Months Old

  • Found her ear and loves playing with it while nursing.
  • Learned how to make kissing sounds with her tongue.
  • Did great on a 4.5 hour drive to Vancouver for Christmas!
  • Likes meeting other babies.
  • Started playing with toys.
  • Caught her first cold.
  • Stayed at the church's nursery for the first time and loved the baby swing.
  • Easily gets distracted while nursing.
  • Started responding when we call her by name!
  • Discovered her feet and cannot stop staring at them.
  • Likes watching people eat and drink.

Friday, January 11, 2013

The iPotty iPad Dock

John sent me this link last night...and I am still laughing:

We would never let our child use something like this, but I know quite a few adults who would enjoy an adult version of this potty way too much!

Thursday, January 10, 2013

The Whole Sweep of Scripture

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