Monday, February 8, 2016

Project 365, Week 6

A day of pain followed by the seven-month anniversary of my surgery followed by a less than positive visit with a new wound doctor had me feeling frustrated and discouraged this week. My expectations and my timeline were so different than the reality of where we are now and the constant, day after day suspense we've been living with, the what's-going-to-happen-next, when-is-this-going-to-be-over dailyness of it is wearing.

So when I woke up on that next morning, I did the only thing I could do. I gave it all to God. The Bible tells us that we can cast all our cares on Him because he cares for us. Its all too much for me to carry and worry about so I purposed not to.

And then I just praised Him. I thanked Him for being a big, big God and for loving me and for taking care of me. I thanked Him for the blessings in my life, an inexhaustible list, and I remembered all the reasons I have to worship. And I determined to focus on His power and not my problems. It didn't make them magically go away, I'm just not under the weight of them anymore.

And this is my prayer in the fire

In weakness or trial or pain
There is a faith proved of more worth than gold
So refine me Lord through the flame

This is my prayer in the battle
When triumph is still on its way
I am a conqueror and co-heir with Christ
So firm on His promise I'll stand

I will bring praise, I will bring praise
No weapon formed against me shall remain
I will rejoice, I will declare
God is my victory and He is here

Here's some of those blessings I am thankful for. :)

February 1
Lots of basketball shooting going on this week, especially for Aiden and Amanda. Aiden was recently shown how to shoot such that the ball actually goes into the hoop, which has, understandably, made the endeavor much more enjoyable. He tries to get 50 baskets and then the next day he tries for 75 and on.

The goal Amanda is working on is to not cause fights while she's out there playing with others. :)

February 2
More of the same.

February 3
The sunrise was superb, which was such a gift because the rest of the day was gray and rainy.

When I came in the house from taking pictures and talking to God, I found the girls were up and admiring the view as well.

Train them up in the way they should go and when they are old they will not depart. ;)

February 4
I made several attempts to play basketball with Aiden in various ways (guard him, feed him the ball, etc) but he really just prefers me to be out there watching him while he talks and talks. And talks.

Its something I've learned and am learning...slowing down enough to really listen. To be available for the talks of legos and battles and hoops. First, its all of high importance to him and I'm honored he wants to share it with me. But also I've found that beautiful heart-talks are hidden right in the middle of a monologue about weaponry on a lego ship or fun facts about sharks.

February 5
Our first SNOW day! It snowed until about 3 PM and then the sun came out and God showed off.

February 6
Basketball and shoveling and sledding.

My favorite part of the day was when Shaun came home before 9 PM and the kids got to stay up late because it wasn't a school night. We tucked in close together and hung out. What do they do for fun on a Saturday night? Math problems!!

February 7
BRONCOS Day, aka the Super Bowl. :)

The three brothers...the most knowledgable, die hard fans I know.

Dance party during the half time show.

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

He Directs The Snow

I really kind of like Groundhog Day. Its completely silly and I have no idea how it made it onto the calendar as an actual event, but regardless, its a day when we talk about Spring and that's a good thing! My kids love all the seasons, so they are hoping for more snow this winter.  In the meantime, I have these pictures to look back on from the storm last week. When I see them, I hear laugher, squeals of delight and fights over the sleds and whose turn it is. :)

The next day...

He directs the snow to fall on the earth and tells the rain to pour down. Job 37:6

Monday, February 1, 2016

Project 354, Week 5

Unbelievable that we've cleared out of another month already! I didn't even have to try extra hard to enjoy January this year...the weather made it perfectly delightful and the kids even got a sampling of snow.

The pictures can't tell of all that is going on around here, but I'm continually thankful for God's love and grace. All of my life, in every season You are still God. I have a reason to sing, I have a reason to worship. So true!!

January 25
She takes the road less traveled...I love that about her.

I attended work dinner...good food, good conversation and a plan laid out for this year and beyond. Normal people stuff. :) I'm so thankful to be able to work for a man of excellence and integrity who is highly esteemed in his industry.

January 26
The sun comes up, its a new day dawning...

January 27
I dealt with a little more than a dozen people this week regarding H's schooling, both in person and in conference calls. Dealing with the state used to get me all worked up (I'm convinced that, in order to fulfill their degree requirements, "they" must take a course in how to make a foster parent feel like banging their head against a brick wall) but I've learned (for the most part) to take it all in stride....its too big for me to change by being frustrated.

So, while I continue to work and advocate for H, I am also working with him here at home. As he's shown an interest, I've been introducing him to the Bible. He is completely unfamiliar with any of the stories so its such an honor and so much fun to get to be the one to introduce him to the exciting and fascinating stories the Book contains.

Since its been Aiden's long time favorite, I had him read David and Goliath. After, we talked about it, he wrote a paper, and I let him watch Veggie Tales' Dave and the Giant Pickle. :) Good stuff!

January 28
We got sidetracked on our way to school by that super thin ice that's fun to crack (and apparently fun to eat).

Lots of games happen around here. Its so fun to have kids old enough to enjoy playing with. When they are three and you're playing UNO or Memory for the 50 millionth time, you think this day will never come, but it does!

January 29
I took a picture of Aiden and I reading together. He was quite pleased with how this one came out. :) Do YOU know what snowmen do at night??

January 30
There are so many good things about a Saturday 8:30 AM basketball game!

  • The beautiful morning light flooding into the gym
  • Avery's best friend from school was there to watch her sister...with a screen.
  • And her brother was there...with a screen.
  • Shaun got to watch 15 minutes before heading into work.

Later at Avery's game.

The four kids biked while I trailed behind on foot. If its even close to "nice enough", we take advantage.

Third time's a charm getting dressed for church. Camo pants and a t-shirt. Try again. Camo pants and this shirt. Try again. Adjusting his collar Mom, I look just like Dad, right? :)

January 31
The kids hit the chores hard in the morning, so we went for a hike/picnic/romp around at the local state park. So blessed to be their momma!