Monday, September 20, 2010

Still learning...

Jake and I love to talk to one another. We love to talk about politics, religion, family, children...and more children. ;) And, in these conversations we have lots of realizations of how our hearts are changing and the things we place importance on are changing. It has become our intense desire the past year to change our lives and how we can impact our children with these changes. We have always leaned more towards wanting to live and raise our children in our comfortable little bubble. We love our home and love being home with one another. But, it seems as of late that God is making us realize just how selfish that we have become. Our eyes have been opened to how many children in the world are orphans. There are approx. 133 million orphans in the world. A child is orphaned every 2.2 seconds. That is a staggering thought. There are so many people that are hurting and alone. There are so many people that are struggling with issues that we as Christians tend to turn our back on because we always think "they did this to themselves". These were not the thoughts of Christ. He taught us to love and run to help those that need it...even if it is over and over again. This is a difficult concept for me to understand. But, it is what He desires for us. He wants us to love. That is an easy thing to do when we think about loving a beautiful lost child. But, it is very difficult for me when I am faced with a drug addict that turns his/her life upside down over and over again. Or the person that is homeless on the street with mental illness. God has called us to clothe ourselves with compassion. I am challenged to change my own ways and be an example to my children. It is my intense desire to raise them as compassionate individuals and Jake and I are praying to do that everyday. It is so easy for Christians to boycott, criticize, protest, and even show disdain for others. I know there is another way. For now, this verse is my "daily bread". ~

Therefore, as God's chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience. Bear with each other and forgive whatever grievances you may have against one another. Forgive as the Lord forgave you. And over all these virtues put on love, which binds them all together in perfect unity. Colossians 3:12-14

Friday, September 17, 2010

Gideon on first day of 4K with celebratory nutella toast with candle(PLEASE look over the garbage in background. We had a racoon visit during the night;) ), working on an experiment using a sieve (or colander since we didn't actually have a sieve).

Looking Forward to Fall

Our family is very much looking forward to fall. And, of course all that comes with fall. Cooler temperatures, pumpkin patches, leaves changing, and of course roasting marshmallows and hotdogs. Just such a fun time. Gideon has begun his 4K homeschooling. He is doing so well and seems to be so happy doing it. It seems like he has suddenly become the big boy. He is just such an amazing little fella. Annalise has adapted quite well to Gideon's school time and seems pretty content just to sit with us and listen or play at the table while we work. And, little Gabriel is napping during our work time, but wakes up in time for morning playing...usually outside.

Jake is changing jobs at the end of the month. It is a welcomed change and he is very much looking forward to new opportunities. God has been so good to us...way better than we deserve.