Saturday, June 28, 2014

Half and Half

We were eating Shrimp Lo Mein for dinner and Collin was singing a made up song about Chinese noodles.  Son asked Collin, "Do you know what you are?  You are half Vietnamese."

Collin asks, "And what else?"

I asked him, "What do you think?"

Collin's reply: "Texan!"

I told him he was exactly right! :)

Love that boy, and mommy is training him right!

Monday, June 23, 2014

How Birth Order Is Determined - the scientific reason

Collin -  mommy, do you know why I was born first before Grace?

Me - because that was God's plan for our family.

C - No, it's because when all the babies were in your tummy we were having races and contests, and I was the winner so I was born first.  Then Grace was next.

(Can you tell he's my super-competitive one?  Everything is a contest & somehow he makes the rules so that he always wins.  We are working on a humble spirit & putting others first.)

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

The Refining Pot

I always thought that I did pretty good handling God's tests.  How arrogant of me.

We are selling our home and had been waiting 2 weeks for an answer that could impact us financially.  I had been fine (or so I falsely believed).  I was "trusting" in God to deliver the answer (the answer that I wanted).

Surely, if God had made it clear to us that we were to make this move that He would make it easy on us.  But that isn't biblical thinking, there is no verse in the bible that says "If you do what I ask you to it will be easy".  Not even close.

While at the pool with friends I received an email with the answer that we had been waiting for.  However, it was the exact opposite answer from what we were hoping for.  I was angry, no longer able to enjoy the morning, more harsh to my children than they deserved as we were packing to leave, and basically acting in a way that was the exact opposite of actually trusting in God.

After putting the kids in bed for naps I sat down to respond to this disappointing emailed answer.  My Bible was next to the computer.  In the rush to get ready for our fun day I had also neglected my quiet time this morning.  I knew that my heart was not right, and I knew that the only thing that could change that was time with God.  I pushed aside the computer and opened the quiet time book.  One of the first verses I read:

"The refining pot is for silver and the furnace for gold, but the LORD tests hearts." Proverbs 17:3


I had just failed a pretty simple test - in an epic way.  I can "trust" God while waiting on an answer, but pretty much pitch a huge temper tantrum when I do not get the answer that I wanted.  But my heart was wrong.  My desire should be for God's answer, not my own.

But do you know what the best part is?  That despite my failure, God still promises to work all things for good for those who love Him.  And, despite my shortcomings and sinful nature, I do love God desperately, and deep down, I know that His plans are infinitely better than our own.

I am praying and pleading this verse today:

"Create in me a pure heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me." Psalm 52:10

Thank you God for using this day and this disappointment to teach me a truth about the contents of my heart.  Please help me to have a renewed, right heart so that when it is tested, it is pleasing to You.

I can't wait for my kids to wake up so that I can sit down with them, apologize for my harshness, and read these verses to them and talk about the importance of the contents of our hearts.

Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Big Brother

This boy has such a heart for his little sister.  He continually amazes me with how much he loves her and considers her in everything.  Tonight at choir he earned two toys from the treasure chest and for one item he chose a ballerina toy that he knew Grace would love so that he could give it to her.  This is not the first time that he has chosen to get a gift for her over a toy for himself.  I could not be prouder, my heart is bursting ❤️

Then, at home he wanted to read her bedtime story for her.

I love how they love each other :). Yes, they often have their fair share of brother & sister arguments...but they truly love each other & it makes this mommy very proud!

Thursday, February 27, 2014

In Collins Words

Collin: Mommy, when you get married, do you have to kiss the other person on the lips?

Me: Yes

C: Then I think I will marry Kerrigan!

Grace toots & I asked her if she needs to go potty.

Collin:  no, she's just relaxing and has too much air.

While driving down the road...

Collin: mommy look!  You are driving 80!!

Me:  ummm, no I'm not.  It just looks like that because you can't see the 70.

C: I think you should go 120!

Note to self: control my speed & prepare myself for Collin's 16th birthday!!

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Happy Thanksgiving

Even though I was sick in bed with a terrible cold/flu, Son & the kids still managed to have fun :). And even though I was sick, it was still nice to be in Pensacola and around family (especially since they all took such good care of me)!

Son & his Aunt Yen carving the meat -  I did manage to sneak a few pictures before I was confined to my room :)

My precious loves, Lincoln & Lilo.  They are getting soooo big!!

The kids table - impossible to get them to all smile and look at once ;). We missed sweet Jaeden, but look forward to seeing him soon on our Christmas trip!

I hope everyone else had a wonderful Thanksgiving!!  Now, as soon as I make a full recovery we will be in full Christmas preparation mode :)

Thanksgiving Feasting

Collin & Grace have already enjoyed two Thanksgiving Feasts.  The first event was at their Tuesday morning Mom2Mom class at church.

They looked adorable in their Turkey shirt :)

Up next was the Thanksgiving Feast at school.

Collin and Cohen being silly ;)

My littlest pilgrim :)

They are practiced and ready for the real Thanksgiving Dinner in Pensacola next week!