Sunday, February 21, 2010

Our Prayer Jar

I love blog world. I find so many neat ideas from other faith-filled moms! This one came from another family who is also adopting through AGCI. The kids and I ( mostly the kids) made our first Prayer Jar yesterday. Now we need to use it. My plan is for the kids, and Jon and I too, to write down people and things we want to pray for and then choose one time during the day, either supper or bedtime to pray the requests.

As a family we have been much better at bringing our requests to the Lord over the last couple of years. This is just a way to remind us daily and have some fun in the process! If you can't read it on the picture it says" the JOY of Family Prayer. We used a plastic peanut butter jar, cut-up tissue paper, clear glue and letters cut out from magazines- simple and fun!

Any prayer requests we could add to our new jar?

Saturday, February 20, 2010

Love Languages

My hubby and I are pretty lucky in that we both know that gift giving is not either of our "love languages". So for Valentines Day there was no candy, no cards, no gifts. And honestly, we are both SO ok with that.

But, we did get to go out the night before for an incredible dinner, we ordered and shared our FIRST bottle of wine ( mom and Kara- you'd be proud)and then hung out with some friends and listened to some live music - still home by 10:30. (Thanks Mom D. for hanging with the kids and bringing the yummy supper for them!)

Anyway, I am so thankful that early on, we established what really makes us feel loved. I believe it is so important in a marriage to love as your spouse wants to be loved, not they way we think they want to be loved, or selfishly the way we want to love them. Any time my man picks up his dirty socks, unloads the dishwasher or makes the bed, I feel the love BIG TIME. For any of you that know Jon well, you can guess his love language, need I go further?

So- love your spouse the way Christ loves us, unconditionally, and without parameters, even when they don't necessarily "deserve" it.

Friday, February 5, 2010

Growing too fast!

OK- can I just say that I want time to stand still for a bit? Our Ava was 8 on Wednesday and while I am thankful for the years God has allowed us to have her, they are just going by too fast! Ava is such a beautiful, even-keeled, spirit. She is so ready to go with the flow and really takes time to let things sink in. At a party with kids and grown-ups, she loves to hang with us old folks.

Last week after getting our teeth cleaned, she said "Now, I either want to be a teacher or clean teeth!" Thought that was so cute, as she has wanted to be a teacher since she was 4. My kids love going to he dentist- only because they get a new toothbrush, toothpaste and a pencil. Thankfully, none of them have had any cavities yet, but if/when that time comes around, they may change their tune a bit.

My precious Ava- Mom and Dad are so incredibly proud of the young lady God has led you to be. We pray for you to continue to grow in His grace, love him with your whole heart and serve him with gladness.