A year later!

Ok, so it’s been a loooooong time since I posted anything on this blog.  I’m a busy wife and mom…that’s all I can say ;)  Well no, that’s not all I can say…I actually have a lot to say.  But, I’m not going to say any of it today because it’s spring break this week for my kiddos and me.  Dave took the day off today, and we all went to the Woodland Park Zoo.  If you live in Seattle, you know how beautiful our zoo is.  It’s a rare 70-something degree spring day here, and we had a lot of fun just being outside, let alone seeing zebras, giraffes, lion cubs (there are 4 right now), hippos, orangutans, grizzly bears, penguins, a daddy jaguar (mama and her tiny cubs are not on display yet), kangaroos, wolves, eagles, elephants, snakes, bats, lizards, meerkats, oh I could go on and on.

Anyway, here are some pictures from today, and the last couple of months, to keep you happy for a few days until I post some of my deeper thoughts…

the backyard under a white blanket

the backyard under a white blanket

Dave's birthday

Dave’s birthday

Easter morning 2013

Easter morning 2013

Dave & Lori on Easter morning

Dave & Lori on Easter morning

Post Dairy Queen pajama run!

Post Dairy Queen pajama run!

trees in bloom at the park

trees in bloom at the park

Cassidy's "under the sea" birthday party

Cassidy’s “under the sea” birthday party

sea turtle cupcakes

sea turtle cupcakes

Young 5 at Cassidy's party

Young 5 at Cassidy’s party

blowing out the candle to celebrate 12 years!

blowing out the candle to celebrate 12 years!

up close with Ellie Fant ;)

up close with Ellie Fant😉

three "Young" monkeys

three “Young” monkeys

Sunshine

Sunshine

Spunk

Spunk

Spark

Spark

Daddy Jaguar

Daddy Jaguar

Forever Friends!

Forever Friends!

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Changing the World

Thought I’d share some words I spoke to my friend, at the baby shower my girlfriends and I threw for her a couple of weeks ago.

If you’re a mom, or you know one that this applies to, perhaps this will bring encouragement and truth…

Dear (Friend),

You are about a month away from welcoming your fourth child into your family, and into the world.  What an unspeakable blessing!  I know you are feeling both excited and nervous at the same time, but I also sense the underlying peace and purpose you have, and I am so honored to be your friend and watch all that God is doing through you.  You and (your husband) are changing the world.  You are changing the world!  I know you already know the truth of this statement, and because I’m also a Mom, I know how easy it is to lose sight of this truth in the day to day tasks.  We know we’re changing diapers, changing the sheets on everyone’s beds, working on changing certain behaviors in our children, pausing before we speak so we can…ahem, hopefully change our tone, but changing the world?  Some days it seems a far off goal.  Since, I know you’re a very practical thinker, and in the weeks and months ahead, you may be a bit sleep-deprived and need to refer back to some hard evidence, here it is, based on the solid foundation of God’s Word in Titus 2.

Titus was an apostle assigned the task of living among the Cretans, and teaching the new Christians there how to set things straight on the island of Crete…how to reform a society in such disarray.  As we know, it was quite the assignment, as Cretans were described by those who lived among them as “always liars, evil brutes, lazy gluttons”, but Timothy, who was Titus’s mentor, wrote a letter with God-breathed instruction that is still relevant for our world today.

The heading on chapter two of Timothy’s letter is entitled “What Must Be Taught to Various Groups”, and Timothy gives direction on what Titus is to teach five categories of Cretans: older men, older women, younger women, young men, and slaves.  The instructions are so simple, and are still relevant for bringing lasting change and abundant life to individuals, to small and large communities, and we pray…to the world.

Here is God’s instruction on how the “younger women” (that’s you) are to go about changing the world.  They are to:

v.4…love their husbands and children, to be self-controlled and pure, to be busy at home, to be kind, and to be subject to their husbands, so that no one will malign the word of God.

I will now present my findings, line my line ;):

“love their husbands and children” – Your love for (your husband and children) is unmistakable.  You live it and breathe it.  You maintain a home that is a haven of peace for your family and your words and prayers build them up and cover them.  You are an inspiring wife and mother.

“be self-controlled and pure” – You are intentional and prayerful in the manner in which you conduct yourself.  Your words are true and gentle, and your guide on how to handle life’s circumstances and relationship is the Word of God.  I have watched you walk through sticky situations with grace, determined to unflinchingly adhere to truth and virtue.

“to be busy at home” –  (I could rest my case right here!).  You work hard each day bringing order to chaos, preparing nourishing meals (and homemade bread!), wiping!, and teaching your children how to think, how to speak and how to act.

“to be kind” – You are characterized by kindness, and many of us in this room have been recipients of your kind words and selfless deeds, from bringing a meal to offering warm hospitality, to praying a heartfelt prayer, you are so kind.

“to be subject to their husbands, so that no one will malign the malign the word of God” – “subject to their husbands”? some would ask.  Yes, I’m going there.  Aside from husbands and wives having a passionate relationship with Jesus, there is nothing that can protect God’s intended foundation of family better than a wife respecting her husband, encouraging him in his leadership as a husband and father, and being unselfish in supporting him in the way God is leading him.  You do all of that for (your husband), and God is blessing you and your family for it.

So there you have it, girlfriend, YOU ARE CHANGING THE WORLD!

May God bless you, strengthen you, encourage you, and bring you success as you continue.

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In a Line

When I wrote in my journal a little while ago, I felt my spirit pouring out gratitude; the “deep crying out to deep”.  While I am in the midst of  the busyness of my days, and the tasks at hand, my thoughts often turn to Jesus, and if the task is mindless, my lips may even be whispering prayers, and my ears tuned for His voice, but for the bulk of the day, my attention, and definitely my hands belong to the work (which I love, by the way).  But then it comes time to give in to what my spirit thirsts for, and enjoys the most; the opportunity to turn mind, will, emotion and action in God’s direction.  Like a horse running toward the stable, or like coming up for air after holding your breath underwater for too long.   This morning when I sat still and devoted my time and my pen, this was the cry…

“Thank you, Lord, for your Word.  Thank you for the truth , and the strength and power imparted into my life when I walk in it.  Thank you for your blood; its cleansing power and its healing of my mind and body.  Thank you for your Spirit; your illuminating presence.  Thank you for the order, provision, direction and revelation you bring.  You truly are the treasure of all time…May your name be lifted high in praise and awe.”

It spilled out for a couple of pages, and my mind, my will, my emotions and my actions were all in a line.  All in a line.

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On to Christmas

We had a fun Thanksgiving week around here.  Dave took the week off and we all enjoyed spending the extra time together.  We did a bit of Christmas shopping (well, it was more like browsing), picked up a few last grocery items for the feast, and worked together to clean the house, set the table and prepare the food for our family gathering.  I must admit that I always get a bit nervous (ok, I freak out and lose sleep.  Just kidding…maybe) about the turkey and trimmings all turning out right, and everything being done at the same time.  Depending on who hosted last, it’s been at least a year since I last prepared a turkey dinner, and for crying out loud…the pressure on this meal being all that everyone dreams it will be, well it’s enough to make me joke about having pizza next year…heh, heh, heh.  Perhaps some of this year’s trepidation came from me daring to mess with the revered family stuffing recipe.  Yep, I threw caution to the wind.  I omitted and added as if I had every right to.  In the end, everything turned out beautifully, just like Dave assured me it would, and I even received compliments on the stuffing.  It’s always that way…worrying over nothing.  I’m sure none of you do that.  I need to be more like you🙂

Anyway, now we’re on to Christmas.  We decorated the house yesterday, and it’s all warm and fuzzy feeling with Christmas music and hot cocoa and such.  Now comes the task of keeping our heads “in the game”.  I know I’ve quoted him more than once, but our former pastor’s line is worth repeating.  He used to say, “The main thing is to make the main thing the main thing.  It’s no small feat folks.  I know you know what I’m talking about.  With the calendar full, gifts to buy and wrap, goodies to bake, memories to make and correspondence with everyone we have ever known, we have to have the attitude of being willing to pitch it all, if that’s what it takes, in order to bow our heads and heart in worship of Jesus.  Man, I love Him!

You’re IT Lord.  Help us through the maze of distractions, and show us how to make you the “main thing”.

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