Sunday, September 28, 2008

Two Days Old

Pastoral Musings

Chris often sends out emails to our church family. Here's one from last week that I thought I'd share... I hope it feeds your heart.

So, it's cold and rainy outside. Quite breezy as well. Gas prices are sky high and gas stations are running out of gas. The stock market keeps dropping and the housing market is abysmal. Banks are failing and food prices keep shooting up.

At home, I have a new born baby girl (Thank you Jesus!) and an exhausted wife (poor Elisabeth). We've had three sick kids over the past three days (one with a fever and diarrhea, two with fever and nausea). I had some nausea myself last night (oh, the joy). That means that I have had to be "Mr. Mom" this whole week. I’ve done TONS of laundry, protected mom and newborn from the kids, cleaned house, looked after meals, entertained guest, planned a birthday party (for our sick two year old), led a prayer service, got estimates on a couple of needed house repairs, and squeezed in some church work on the computer. Add to that, that I've been stuck at home while church members need visits, phone calls need to be made, sermons to work on, meetings to schedule, counseling sessions to be conducted, etc. Much has been neglected as I take up Elisabeth's role at home. It DEFINITELY makes me appreciate the work she does around here!! (It's going to be real hard not to smack the next person who ask my wife if she works or is she a "stay at home" mom. The answer is YES!).

Add all of this on top of the fact that Brother Donald (our other minister on staff) has been out of the office this week as well, tending to his dear grandmother who isn't doing well at all. Mrs. Jeannean (our secretary) says she misses her "coffee buddies" at church. It has been one crazy week!

So, there is a particular word that I love more than any other this week…“grace”.
And I realize that, despite my whining, things could be much worse. And I realize that, despite my complaining, I am blessed. And I realize, that despite my fears, God is still on His throne as Lord of all. My verse for the day is:
“Yet I will exult in the LORD, I will rejoice in the God of my salvation. 19 The Lord GOD is my strength, And He has made my feet like hinds' feet, And makes me walk on my high places. For the choir director, on my stringed instruments.” Hab 3:18-19

Here is a great sermon that humbles me and encourages me:


Family Pictures

Here's a few pictures (my mom left her camera here for a few weeks!) from this past whirlwind of a week... Autumn is a sweet baby with a gentle personality so far, and all the children love her like crazy!!

If Seth is willing to share his bear blanket, then you know he really likes her!!

Five Alive! They may look small now, but just wait until they're 19, 18, 16, 14, 12... That will be a powerful lot of kids!!

And yes, Savannah is thrilled to finally have a SISTER! More pictures will be coming soon... (Seth's birthday was the day Autumn came home from the hospital. She sure does know how to steal a show!)

Monday, September 22, 2008

She's Here!

Elisabeth gave birth to Autumn at 2:58 pm 9/20/08! Praise God!

Post by Daddy

Friday, September 12, 2008

In Jacob's Words

Every week in Spelling, Jacob has to write a journal entry on a specific topic. This week his assignment was to write about his family...

Savannahs favrite number is five and she likes to play. Her favrite coler is pink. Her favrite aninal is a butterfly.
Jacob helps Seth wen he crys and I am graet. I hlep my cibleans play. I am tall.
Elijh is three. Elijh is scarde. He has more booboos then us but he is stil speshel. His favrite coler is yellow. Elijhs fast.
Seth is one. Seth is fun. He is a love boy. He is some one you just cant stay mad at.
Momy is prity and nice. Her favrite coler is pink.
Daddy is paster. I like how he preachis. He is good at it. It is wunderful. He is strong. I love him.

Jacob made 100% on his spelling test today. "Favorite", "color", and "siblings" were not on his spelling list for this week. Just for the record.

Monday, September 8, 2008

Superman Sighting

Indulge me...

Yesterday was a great day for football. Maybe not for the poor Patriot fans, but for me and my Dallas Cowboys, well let's just say I love my Cowboys!! Obviously we won our first game of the season, we had phenomenal stats from almost every member of our team, and that includes Superman!

Yes, in case you didn't know, when Clark Kent retired, Marion Barber took over Superman's role. He is my absolute favorite football player!

And I am almost positive I am going to win my matchup in my fantasy football league. And so far, I am beating Chris in the football Pick 'Em, too.

Like I said, it's a great day for football!

Friday, September 5, 2008

"Just Burn It" Update

Just thought I'd let ya'll know...
A very sweet and kind lady came over yesterday and provided supper for my family. Also, by the grace of God, we were able to purchase a very nice dryer off of Craigslist for only $25! WooHoo! And Chris says the basement isn't as bad as I thought. And he is my hero - he has singlehandedly done all of the current laundry which includes the "wet" sheets from a certain son every night, everyone's clothes from this week, and all the dirty laundry from the trip. And also some towels and blankets and 2 pillows. There is not a water line in the basement, so basically everything that was on the floor got wet. If it was up higher than the floor, then it's fine. There is still a mildew-y smell down there, but there is hope on the horizon! :-)

Wednesday, September 3, 2008

Just Burn It

When in the event that your dryer breaks the day before you go on a weeklong trip, and the remnants of a hurricane flood part of your city during the first couple of days of your trip, and you come home to discover (after you've been home for 2 days) that everything in your basement is wet and stinky from the week before "flooding" (including the couch, boxes of stored clothes for the kids to grow into, Christmas decorations, etc...), and you are 3 1/2 weeks away from your due date...
Then my personal advice is to burn it. If it's wet, it won't burn, right? But at least you'll feel better after you light the match. And then after you "burn it", get your 7 year old son to help you haul it out to the trash, and then start over. And attempt to buy a "new" dryer on Craigslist...