Friday, August 13, 2010

My Soap Box

Collossians 3:23-24 "Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for men, since you know that you will receive an inheritance from the Lord as a reward. It is the Lord Christ you are serving."



This is the passage than runs through my head every time that I am at work, especially when I feel like banging some heads together. As a follower of Christ, I think it's easy for us to remember this at our jobs, every day, during the week or whenever you work.



But you know when I think it's hard to remember this? On Sunday morning. When you are setting up tables in the foyer, or unpacking the trailer, or unwinding cables, teaching children, it's hard, sometimes to really put into perspective why you are doing what you do. I think people feel obligated to serve for one reason or another, to avoid guilt, to not let your pastor down, etc. But what does the Bible say about that? it says WHATEVER you do, work at it WITH ALL YOUR HEART, AS WORKING FOR THE LORD.



Ever wonder why you're getting fatigued in your service at church? Ever feel like you "need a break"? Ever feel like something or someone pissed you off, so you're just going to stop being a servant? Maybe even leave? Take a good hard look at your intentions. I mean, seriously. Examine your heart. Pray to our LORD about it. Why are you being a servant in the first place? You can't have 2 masters! If you try, you will fail one of them. You have a choice. Serve man (that includes selfish reasons for serving) or serve God.



Be committed! Have fun! Do something you love! And if something you love isn't available to do, do something else and have a good attitude about it! Do I serve God b/c I think our church is awesome? Or because I think we have all the answers? Absolutely not! I serve b/c God called me to be in the place that I am, and b/c I love God and want to do whatever I can to please Him!



IT IS THE LORD CHRIST YOU ARE SERVING!

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

What??!? It's only been a year! Seriously, in a real lifetime perspective, that's nothing! OK, I need this outlet, I want to write, I want to remember things that happen when my brain feels like letting the supposed unforgettable moments of my life slip through the cracks.

Judah started first grade today. All day--eating lunch in the cafeteria--sitting at his own desk--first grade. I'm a little overwhelmed! But him? He's doing great. Loved every single second of his new adventure. I'm not sure I expected anything different out of him, he's so much like Brent in new or unfamiliar situations. He is a rock, unmovable, unshakable, and takes everything with a grain of salt. He is my little champ, and I love that about him.

The summer of 2010 brought alot of activity to our schedule. Jude and I spent 2 weeks in Idaho with family and friends. We got 10 days of a wonderful visit with my sister and her fam. We had such a blast having a full house while they were here. We high-tailed it to the beach a dozen or so times, and went swimming at friends pools more often than that. Judah turned into a little brown bean, despite my sunscreen efforts. Brent put in hundreds of hours at work, thank you LORD, and hoofed around the Zoo and Wild Animal Park with us as often as we could. We planted a container garden in early May, and are now enjoying more zucchinis and tomatoes than we know what to do with. Brent and I celebrated our 11 year anniversary with a dinner cruise on the SanDiego harbor, and tried to squeeze in as many other date nights as possible. Judah and I attended an alpaca shearing and brought home 2 fleeces. I crafted as often as I could squeeze it in, knitting here, dyeing there, and spinning when it was cool enough that the wool wouldn't stick to my fingers. I've been a real slacker as a photographer..it's all part of the shame. No good pictures = nothing for me to blog about. We've had a few days of down time, but we found them rather boring in general. So I'm fairly content to settle into a nice little schedule of school days.


Playing drums with Dad


My little ham


Wool roving all the colors of the rainbow


Judah with a baby alpaca





a knitted set of monsters for my friend Billie's baby boy


Our little garden around July...I think.


One of my dad's bird houses. They are fabulous!


A scarf I knit out of my own handspun yarn
for Judah's Kindergarten teacher


First day of First Grade!!


Our anniversary date

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

The Birthday Boy



He's a F.I.V.E. year old now. Hard to believe it, I know....it's a little freaky for me too. Judah was arguing with me this morning about being 5, and he said, "I will be 5 when it looks like a birthday party." So, I guess he's more correct than he realizes, since he won't technically be 5 until about 4:00 or so this afternoon (5:00 Idaho time...). Big Spiderman birthday plans are in store, including a pinata, which seems to have become a tradition.

Grandma and Grandpa are here to help celebrate the big day, we've already been to Disneyland, so there are plenty of pictures to come! Stay tuned!

Tuesday, September 01, 2009

Pictures? How about some pictures!

Some more pics of our Anniversary weekend! We had such a great time, it was MUCH needed, and so appreciated!


The trees at Seaport Village


Coronado Beach


a view of downtown


The Coronado bridge



Goofy happy.


Goofy hubby.


blurry first day of school pic. I *might* have been a bit nervous....


lining up. big kid.


Judah's classroom

Friday, August 14, 2009

A Week Ago

This was the view from my bed...



Now, I know you see a parking lot and a street, but all I can see are the palm trees and the harbor!

Brent and I had a great time on our little 10 year anniversary getaway, with much thanks to Laurie for the great deal on the room, and thanks to Jamie for being the babysitting machine for Judah!!


More pictures to come when I'm not so pissed at the lousy internet connection.

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

It's the first day of the rest of your life, Judah.

No it's not mom!!

He has no idea that school will dominate his energy, time, thoughts, emotions, ....life....from now until he's a man. wow. This is scary. How did I get out of that Kindergarten classroom without crying today? I guess I knew I had to, I didn't want him to think I was sad b/c I'm not sad. I'm soooo happy. but in a sad sort of way. Every mom knows this feeling. I'm glad I'm not alone.

Brent was talking to him mom about his first day of Kindergarten, and she told him that she cried. He asked if I was going to cry and I told him I might. He was a little confused as to why I might cry or why his mom did. REALLY??? ugh. men. Love that man, but for reals....seriously? I told him that I guess it's different for moms than it is for dads, at least stay at home moms. You spend pretty much 24 hours a day (minus sleep time) for FIVE years with a person, and then one day, you just leave them...in a room with 24 other kids and only ONE adult? Are we all clinically insane? yes. yes we are.

I didn't just leave Judah behind. I left my heart. I guess that's what makes you want to cry. The only thing that held the tears in until I reached the car was knowing that I am still doing what is best for Judah. He needs this, he will grow and blossom so much in school. I am confident of this. The smile on his face as he waved goodbye was priceless. I'm glad that, for once, I got a milestone on video.

video

Saturday, April 25, 2009