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Sunday, December 26, 2010

Sweet

A little more photo playing.

Our little family

We did not get a chance to type up a letter or get a picture taken to send out for Christmas this year. However, we did manage to get one single family picture in front of our Christmas tree right before Christmas. So here it is...our little family. Maybe if I get a chance over break, I'll write a little Christmas letter and send it out, blog.style.

Miss Baby Doll

Rylie got three baby dolls (make that 5 or 6 if you count the smaller ones) for Christmas this year, and many accessories to go with them. She is a great little mother, and has been since she could even hold a doll before she was 1 year old. She especially loves to push her babies around in the stroller, or pretend to feed them in the new high chair she got. In this picture, she's opening the first new baby doll of the season, one that she can take a bath with. Thanks grandma and grandpa!

Miss Cowgirl

Jordan has attached herself to Toy Story 3 since she got to watch it at school right before Thanksgiving break. She can't get enough of it...asks to watch it everyday, acts out scenes, and recites lines from it constantly. So for Christmas, we got her a little cowgirl hat and little pink boots. We also got her Jesse (her favorite character) and Woody dolls that she loves to playand sleep with. Here is a picture of her trying out her new hat. I'm also showing this picture because of the cool effects that I can do on my new computer that Justin surprised me with!

Sunday, October 17, 2010

Rest

Can you tell it's been busy around here? School is in full swing and there's barely time to do anything "extra" like update this blog. The girls are settled into their new routines at school, Justin is really enjoying his new school (and got A's in both seminary classes he just finished!), and I'm really loving my students and department this year. Praise God for His goodness! Though, I pray that I would say the same praise even if things were not so great. We went to the pumpkin patch yesterday and I hope to get pictures up soon. Jordan had a great time...her favorite was the giant slide! But, the pumpkin patch is not what this blog post is about.

Like I said already, our lives have been stuffed full of busy! We're pulled in every direction and I've felt overwhelmed and exhausted pretty much since school started. Mostly, there has been an overwhelming sense of unrest in my heart and life. These feelings were normal on a good day. Imagine the stress when my kids got sick or something came up unexpected. It was all downhill from there! I was beginning to dream of summer again, looking forward to the peace and rest that would come only when school was out in May. But, through God's Word and conviction, He exclaimed, "Rest in me! Not when summer gets here, but now!" And you know what He asked me to do? The same thing He asked His people to do thousands of years ago...take a day of rest. How simple! One of the Ten Commandments! If I think it important enough not to steal or kill another person (also among the Ten Commandments), then shouldn't I also think it important enough to take a day of rest? So, last week started my "official" day of rest. I got to have a little Bible study with my girls, play with them, read the Word, journal, and pray. I didn't worry about the chores that needed done (at least tried not to!). I simply got to rest in God. And today is my second day of rest. It has been REALLY good. Praise Him in His Holiness and Faithfulness!