Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Deuteronomy 6:5

I recently purchased a new frame for my “gallery wall”.  Now all of the pictures of my kiddos are in matching frames.  This left me with an empty frame, so of course I needed something to fill it!  I decided to hang it between two pictures of Elaine & Nolan, and I created a subway art to put in the frame.

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{You can print this one for yourself by clicking on the picture to enlarge it, then right click on the picture and save it to your computer.  It is an 8x10 print.  If you want a different background color, feel free to ask…I can change it very easily! 
Just email me at doablediapers (at) gmail (dot) com!}

I was really thrilled with the way it came out and the look it adds to my wall!  I had to create my own because most of the printable subway art I find on the internet is not in the King James Version. 

Monday, May 28, 2012

May Photo A Day Part 4

Day 20: Something You Can’t Live Without

Day 20 Something You Can't Live Without
I think that God's Word and my relationship with Him are the only things that I can TRULY not live without, though there are many things/people that are very dear to me and I can't imagine life without them

Day 21: Where You Stand

Day 21 Where You Stand
"On Christ, the solid Rock, I stand..."

Day 22: Pink

Day 22 Pink
it’s one of her favorite colors!

Day 23: Technology

Day 23 Technology  May 23 Technology
Couldn’t resist two pictures for this one.  Nolan loves phones…it doesn’t matter how they look!

Day 24: Something New

May 24 Something New
new earrings

Day 25: Unusual

May 25 Unusual
We use cloth diapers.  I guess some people think that is really unusual.

Day 26: 12 o’clock

May 26 12 O Clock
en route from Denver to Chicago, and later on home to NYC.

Happy Memorial Day!

I wanted to get this posted before Memorial Day has come and gone.  I know that this holiday is meant to remember those who have died in the line of duty, fighting for and preserving our freedom.  I don’t personally know anyone who has given his life in this way, but I do know many who have served our country in the Armed Forces.  They have made other sacrifices – deployments away from family for long periods of time, fighting in a combat zone, leaving familiarities to be stationed overseas or all over the country.

My dad served in the Air Force for over eight years.  He was in law enforcement, and then weather forecasting.

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Don’t you think he is handsome?  {Just ignore the huge glasses…}

My grandfather, Don Paul, served in the Army during the Korean War.  My Uncle Lewis was also in the Army. 

Ben also has some military personnel on his side of the family.  His grandfather Carl Kuenzi was in the Swiss military.  And his grandpa Perry Hamilton was in the Air Force. 

We lived in Virginia Beach for 2.5 years while Ben took Hebrew at Tabernacle Baptist Seminary.  We were just north of Oceana Naval Air Base.  I loved seeing and hearing the jets all the time!  Many of the men and women in our church there were also serving our country, mostly in the Navy.

Thank you to all who have made sacrifices so that my family could live in a free country!  And thanks especially to those who have paid the ultimate price by given their lives in the service of our country!

Friday, May 25, 2012

Five Minute Friday: Opportunity

Today is Five Minute Friday over at the Gypsy Mama!

1. Write for 5 minutes flat – no editing, no over thinking, no backtracking
2. Link back here and invite others to join in.
3. And then absolutely, no ifs, ands or buts about it, you need to visit the person who linked up before you & encourage them in their comments. Seriously. That is, like, the rule. And the fun. And the heart of this community.

Today’s writing prompt is:

Opportunity…

Go.

I was just thinking about this last night.  I am in Colorado right now visiting my parents.  They are the resident managers at a gated community in Denver called The Polo Club North.  This is our first visit to their new home!  And we have had lots of golden opportunities. 

There is a pond here, with ducks and baby ducks.  I was hoping we would have the opportunity to see them, because I knew Elaine would love it!  This opportunity almost slipped by us…but today, on our last morning, we finally found the baby ducks out and about!

 

“Ma” & “Pa” also have a swimming pool!  Elaine has enjoyed swimming every day since we arrived!

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Elaine has been salivating to ride the motorcycle with “Pa.”  She has talked about it for months.  If she hears a “cycle” she tells me how she is going to ride it with Pa.  This week, Elaine had the opportunity to fulfill her wish!

Elaine's first Motorcycle Ride

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We had the opportunity to spend some time with my parents and my grandparents.  Since we live in NYC these opportunities are becoming few and far between.  It has been nice to see everyone…even some Aunts & Uncles that I haven’t seen in a long time!

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But I was also thinking about some missed opportunities.  I have a friend that I worked with at McDonalds for 9 years.  She still lives in Denver.  I had hoped to meet up with her.  But we haven’t been able to connect, and I leave tomorrow.

As a Christian, I have the opportunity to share the Gospel with people around me.  Some are familiar and friends, some are strangers.  Yesterday we were shopping, and we made a lot of purchases, and came into contact with a lot of cashiers.  But I had not loaded up my purse with Gospel tracts.  And while handing out a tract is not completely fulfilling the Great Commission, it is a seed that is planted which God can use in someone’s heart and life to draw them to Himself.  I missed those opportunities yesterday.  I hope to rectify it tomorrow on our return trip home.

Stop.

What opportunities have you enjoyed or missed lately?

Monday, May 21, 2012

May Photo A Day, part 3

Day  13: Mum

Day 13 Mum
I am “mum” to these adorable kiddos {Betsy & Sally included}.  By the time this post is published I will be spending time with my own “mum” in Denver, Colorado at her new home!

Day 14: Grass

May 14 Grass (2)
Grass was hard to come by in a rainy NYC week.  So I waited for Denver, and there I saw this little seahorse wrapped around some grass in his aquarium tank.

Day 15: Love

May 15 Love
Elaine’s memory verse says it all when it comes to love: “God is love.”  There you have it.

Day 16: What You’re Reading

May 16 What You're Reading
My stack of books on the nightstand.  I haven’t been making much progress lately.  But it’s a couple of devotional books and some parenting books.  Soooo excited to read Erin Davis’ new book, “Beyond Bath Time.”

Day 17: Snack

May 17 Snack
It’s gotta be a grandpa thing.  My Gramps always made the best popcorn.  And tonight…my dad made popcorn for Elaine.  She shared it with Betsy.  It was a great snack.

Day 18: Something You Made

May 18 Something You Made
Peace cobbler {from Mom’s home-canned peaches} for Wesley’s birthday dinner.  I don’t usually like peaches too much, but it was de-lish!

Day 19: A Favourite Place

May 19 A Favorite Place
These Rocky Mountains say “Colorado” to me.  I grew up in Colorado and it is always nice to come “home.”  Dad drove us up to Lookout Mountain after church to take this picture.  I love NYC, but it will never quite compare to the beauty of my Colorado mountains!

Friday, May 18, 2012

Five Minute Friday: Perspective

On Fridays over here {the Gypsy Mama} a group of people who love to throw caution to the wind and just write gather to share what five minutes buys them. Just five minutes. Unscripted. Unedited. Real.  Your words. This shared feast.

1. Write for 5 minutes flat – no editing, no over thinking, no backtracking
2. Link back here and invite others to join in.
3. Please visit the person who linked up before you & encourage them in their comments.

OK, are you ready? Give me your best five minutes on…

Perspective…

Go.

I’ve been learning a lot about perspective lately.  I have been praying daily to let the Lord control my thoughts, my actions, and my emotions.  When I am walking in the Spirit, I can have His perspective on the life situations that come across my day, throwing my “perfect” schedule and plan to the wind.

When I don’t have time to read my Bible in the morning, I am learning that that is when I really need to read my Bible, and especially to take time to pray.

When I feel like I can’t handle any more {whatever} then I hear the Spirit whisper to me the words of Philippians 4:13, “I can do all things through Christ who strengtheneth me.”

When my children are challenging me at every turn, disobeying, throwing fits, and making me feel overwhelmed, my perspective wants to be “whose kids are these, anyways?”.  But then I remember that God has a high and holy calling for women to be mothers.  To be keepers at home.  To train their children in the nurture and admonition of the Lord.  It’s not always easy, and it often doesn’t feel worth it {right now} but one day I will reap the harvest of the seeds I am planting now.

When unexpected challenges come and interrupt my schedule {you know…the glass that breaks into a million pieces all over the kitchen floor and requires cleaning right now; the rain that drenches us on a walk to the doctor; the parking ticket for forgetting street cleaning day} I have two choices.  I can get frustrated, stressed out, and ugly with others.  Or, I can choose to look at it with God’s perspective.  Like Jeremiah 29:11, “For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the Lord, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end.”  God’s perspective is that everything is in His control and in His plan, and it is infinitely better than what I could imagine.

I desperately want to look at things from God’s perspective.  Biblical perspective.  All the time.  But I fail.  A lot.  So I just have to keep asking the Lord to keep teaching me.  To keep showing me His perspective.  Because it is so much better than my own!

Stop.

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Mother’s Day

I had a wonderful day on Mother’s Day.  My kids are not old enough to understand yet, but we enjoyed our day together.  I had sick kids for the last week.  I missed three church services.  On Mother’s Day I was scheduled for the nursery {because I am visiting Colorado next week!}.  Mrs. Bickel was so kind and offered to take my place.  I felt so blessed.

I worked all week to finish some sewing projects, one of which was matching skirt/dress for myself and Elaine.  We had enough fabric leftover to make one for Betsy too.  I wanted to wear them on Mother’s Day, and I am so glad I was able to get them done in time.

Matching Dresses

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Ben asked what I wanted for Mother’s Day.  It’s not a big holiday and we usually keep gifts low-key {to keep the budget happy}.  I asked to go out for dinner.  And I wanted to eat at Outback.  I l.o.v.e. their fried mushrooms and coconut shrimp.  So…we braved a nice, sit-down restaurant with two little kids.  We don’t eat out often, so it was definitely a special treat!

Ben was smart and made a reservation.  We still had to wait about 20 minutes, but when we exited the restaurant 2 hours later the same people were still in line.  I think I would have given up and gone to McDonalds.

Nolan seriously ate for the two hours that it took for us to be served and finish our meal.  He had animal crackers, bread, clam chowder, mushrooms, broccoli, grilled cheese, baked potato, and sweet potato fries.  And I think he would have kept going, but the food was cleared away!

Mother's Day 2012I don’t know what she was doing, but at least her hand is in her mouth…not her nose!

Mother's Day 2012Nolan enjoyed the whole experience, especially the straw!

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My happy little family…Betsy and Sally included

Saturday, May 12, 2012

Nolan’s First Haircut

Today the whole family took a little trip to the Barber Shop…for Nolan’s first haircut!  Elaine was very concerned that “it not hurt him, Mommy?”  I’m not sure she was convinced that I told the truth once Nolan started screaming!  He didn’t care for the clippers much, and cried through the entire haircut. “Barber Sam” was thrilled to give Nolan his new cut, and asked for a picture with Nolan in the end.  Nolan no longer looks like my baby boy – he is now my little man.  But still oh-so-cute!

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May Photo A Day, part 2

Day 6: You

Day 6 You
I’ve been doing a bit of sewing lately…

Day 7: Someone that inspires you

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Elisabeth Elliot.  I had the privilege of hearing her speak and having her sign my book when I was in high school.  I hope to some day be the godly wife, mom, Christian, and missionary that she is.

Day 8: A smell you adore

Day 8 A Smell You Adore
Pretty much anything from Bath & Body Works…but especially Eucalyptus Spearmint fragrance oil.  They call it Stress Relief for a reason!  I would have never picked this scent off the shelf, but Ben gave it to me as a gift one time and I have been addicted ever since.

Day 9: Something you do everyday

Day 9 Something You Do Everyday
Dishes.  With no dishwasher, I end up washing quite a few of these every day!

Day 10: A favourite word

Day 10 A Favorite Word
Starbucks is synonymous with coffee right?  I wasn’t as much of a coffee drinker unitl I became a mommy.  I have tried to break my habit, but I keep coming back for more!

Day 11: Kitchen

Day 11 Kitchen
My favorite, most-organized part of my kitchen – magnetic spice shakers.  It almost makes me happy when I have to cook dinner!

Day 12: Something that makes you happy

Matching Dresses
A finished project…by my deadline.  Tomorrow Elaine and I will wear matching dress & skirt to church.  I had enough fabric leftover to make Betsy a little dress too.  {That’s Elaine’s baby doll, in case you’re new here}.

Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Wordless Wednesday: Video Style!

Elaine has this little play laptop that sings songs and teaches colors & shapes.  One of the song is the Alphabet Song.  I snuck up on Elaine while she was singing along.  Listen especially to how she sings “l-m-n-o-p” – twice!

Sorry it’s a little jumpy–Nolan was pulling on my legs and I didn’t want to alert Elaine that I was recording!

Sunday, May 6, 2012

May Photo A Day, part 1

May Photo A Day hosted by Fat Mum Slim

Day 1: Peace

May 1 Peace
some of my favorite verses, Isaiah 26:3-4.  True peace only comes from trusting in the LORD.

Day 2: Skyline

May 2 Skyline
I really wanted a Manhattan skyline picture, especailly since the Freedom Tower surpassed the Empire State building in height this week.  But…the weather was too overcast.  So here is the skyline above my house and looking down my street.  We live in the Brownstone with the dirty yellow crown on the left.

Day 3: Something I Wore Today

May 3 Something I Wore Today
I actually wear this almost everyday.  Ben bought it for me in Israel.  And while I am not Jewish myself, my Messiah is Jewish.  And I am grateful to God for the Spiritual Blessings that have been passed to me through His people, Israel (Gen.12:3).

Day 4: fun!

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Nolan had utter fun dumping every puzzle and book of the shelves, and then discovering how to climb on the puzzle box so he could reach more.

Day 5: Bird

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I actually ended up with two for this assignment, when I didn’t think I would even get one good picture!  Birds in NYC seem to be just like the people – always in a rush!  This birdie is on the power cable that runs between my neighbor’s backyard and mine.

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As I was coming home from the park I spotted this little pair of birdies dancing on the step in front of my door.  And then they posed for me!