Saturday, February 9, 2013


It is so strange how two people could come from the same parents and home; but be so different.  Aaliyah is very obedient, eager to please, and cautious.  Cassidy obeys most of the time; but with some reluctance, is super affectionate, and takes every opportunity to throw caution to the wind.  I took the girls to the park recently and Aaliyah did what she always does.  She went straight to the swings.  She doesn't really like to slide because she doesn't like to "fall".  I demonstrated climbing the monkey bars to them and after about three times with assistance, Aaliyah was climbing on her own.  Cassidy on the other hand, whom I did not want on the monkey bars; decided that if her Mama and sister could do it, so could she.  Life with children is so much fun!!!

Until next time,

Our "New" Home

We are excited to be a real house!!!  We were able to move into the parsonage and be somewhat settled by Thanksgiving of last year.  There are still many projects that need to be done; but slowly we are making this house our home.  I am very excited about certain features of this old house.  Two of my favorite are it's hardwood floors and the fireplace in the living room. 

One of the most hilarious things about us moving into the parsonage is the fact that the girls had to get used to walls.  The church fellowship area was just one huge room; but now we have many walls and many doors.  I remember our first night at home.  I was making the girls' beds in their room and Cassie and Aaliyah were in the living room.  I called the girls into their room Aaliyah came immediately; but Cassidy stood by the wall seperating the two rooms crying.  She could hear my voice; but she didn't know how to get to me!  I thought it was hilarious; she wasn't laughing. 

Until next time,

Tuesday, February 5, 2013


My little Cassidy and Aaliyah the Sunday before Christmas.

Cassidy is very serious about her music!
I never in a million years would have pictured myself as a wife and mother, especially not a great wife and mother.   Then one day I found myself married with two precious little girls .  What do I do?  Do I just expect my natural instincts to help me along? Do I follow the examples of the women in my family before me?  Do I subscribe to Parenting magazinse and use them like a Bible?...
When I first became a mom someone sent me a free years subscription to Parents and Babytalk magazines.  I was so the beginning.  As I read, I realized how much awful advice was being dished out as fact based on what Dr. such and such found in his/her research.  Most of the mom's they interview in such magazines are celebrities who don't even raise the one or two children they have.  I also noticed that they only interviewed mothers with small children. 

As mothers, we cannot expect being a good mom to just "come naturally" to us. In 2 Timothy 2:15 Paul encourages us to - Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.

If you want to be a great mother, study.  Study women who have gone on before you and experienced a measure of success with their children.  Remember that from some you may learn what not to do.  I know women who spend years studying to be a great nurse, lawyer, doctor, business woman, etc; but they leave rearing their children to someone else or "do their best and hope and pray" for the everything to turn out ok.  My encouragement to you today is to Study to be the best wife and or mother that you can be. Having a great home where your spouse and children are nurtured and cared for in a way that honors God is the best, and most fulfilling, job you can have!  Invest  your time well.

Until next time,


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