Thursday, February 27, 2014

She’s a Smartie

I had the jar of Smarites out today when I was doing some projects with Elaine…

Playing with paper Money

Playing with paper Money
(She was counting the amount of Smarties to match the amount of the money)

I neglected to put the jar away, and my other “little smartie” found it!

Libs eating Smarties

Libs eating Smarties
She takes after Grandpa Godby – in looks and taste!

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Wordless Wednesday

Kenny & Bex with twins    Kenny & Bex with twins
Uncle Kenny got to meet his red-haired niece!  (And Aunt Bex too!)

Nehemiah and the Vacuum
Nolan loved the vacuum at this age.  I could hardly get the floor done today – he was chasing me so fast.  Following in Brother’s footsteps!

Nehemiah and the Vacuum

Nehemiah and the Vacuum
This is his toothless grin.  He does it when he is very pelased with himself.  He may take after the Hamilton/Kuenzi side, but he’s got Uncle Wesley’s smile!

Nolan making faces
Um…yeah.  I’m not even sure.  Let’s just summarize it as “the middle child”.

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

A Tale of Two Water Bottles

Twins with water bottles
The twins got a hold of our water bottles last week during our trip to Alabama.  Talk about the perfect toy!  They fought over them, traded them, chased them, and chewed on them.  Liberty especially got very angry if Nehemiah took her bottle.  And I can’t get over how red her hair is in these pictures!

Twins with water bottles    Twins with water bottles

Twins with water bottles
We are talking some serious baby fat.  These pictures don’t even begin to show the fat rolls and thunder thighs on this baby girl!

Twins with water bottles

Twins with water bottles
I cracked up so much when I saw this picture!  Both of their expressions just kill me!  And it shows how Nehemiah is tall and lanky, but Liberty is fat and… fat!

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Wordless Wednesday

Drinking through a straw
Drinking through a Straw     Drinking through a Straw

Drinking through a Straw     Drinking through a Straw
Liberty was the first to succeed at the straw, but Nehemiah does it better than she does!

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Sledding in all of this “Global Warming” we’ve been getting

Noodle Necklaces     Noodle Necklaces
Noodle Necklaces for the letter N

Thursday, February 6, 2014

Thankful Thursday–God’s Amazing Provision

This was a special week for our family.  God did something really big for us.  Ben is self-employed as a home improvement contractor.  It has been kinda up and down since Christmas.  Not many people want a construction zone in their house during the holidays.  For the last two weeks he hasn’t really worked at all. 

We took the trip to Keysville, VA for our first deputation meeting by faith – because we didn’t have the money for the expenses.  God met the need and completely covered the cost of our trip through the love gifts of the two churches we were at.

Last week I added up the amounts of our bills and we began to ask God specifically to provide this amount.  Ben tried to find work – he scoured Craigslist, he called some customers, he looked into delivering flowers for Valentine’s Day.  But each time the answer was no. 

And while we really needed the work and the income, his time at home was very profitable during that time.  He was able to contact a lot of pastors and do a lot of work toward deputation.  We had a goal of scheduling 25 meetings for the year, and we are 40% there.

God has been providing for us all along the way.  I had a pretty well stocked pantry and freezer, so I had already decided to have an “eat from the pantry” month and do minimal grocery shopping.  When we needed gas in the car, there was money there.  We received some pre-paid wash & fold service at our laundry mat for Christmas, so the clothes still got washed.  I had just stocked up on diapers at the beginning of January.

Last Saturday God provided for our request.  He not only gave us the amount we prayed for, but He gave us a little extra too.  Then we received another gift – totally unexpected and totally of the Lord – which will pay our rent for this month.  In a matter of 36 hours God not only paid all of our bills (past due and present), but He threw in the rent just because He can

We have been scheduling deputation meetings, but they haven’t been lining up the way we thought they would.  We are all over the east coast – back and forth – until this summer.  It doesn’t make any sense – to us.  We hadn’t intended to travel so far away (Florida, Georgia, Virginia, Colorado) until we had some support coming in already.  But God is literally dumping these meetings in our laps.  Several pastors have called us asking us to come.  We have one in California who wants us to come because he wants to support someone in the Bronx!

Not only is God providing us the meetings, but He is providing the income that we are missing while not at home.  He is confirming to us that He wants us in the Bronx.

Not only am I thankful for all of these things – this amazing provision – but I am thankful for God’s perfect peace.  It has been a challenging two weeks (and even a hard January).  When Ben is home there is no income, and the bills keep coming.  My tendency in my flesh is to fret, to worry, to try and fix it on my own.  But during this time God has given me the peace that passes understanding to trust His timing and His provision.  It wasn’t a hand-wringing time.  It was neat time of praying, trusting God, and watching Him provide.  It was a great victory for me.

Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Wordless Wednesday

From the Broncos’ Super Flop

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1618465_624417450927525_2113092226_n  Broncos Super Bowl Shirts

Broncos Super Bowl Shirts

First Spaghetti!

First Spaghetti

First Spaghetti    First Spaghetti
Not too sure yet..

First Spaghetti

First Spaghetti   First Spaghetti
Bagel for breakfast…fried rice and grilled cheese for lunch…spaghetti for dinner.  “They’re like real people!”  (Daddy’s very words!)

First Spaghetti
Liberty’s expressions were priceless.  Nehemiah smacked his lips all the way through dinner.  Liberty wore a lot of her spaghetti on her shirt, but she thoroughly enjoyed the meal.  {Her hands were stained orange for a little while afterwards}