Benjamin's Well-Visit

Hello all! Benjamin had his 9 month well visit today and for those that keep up with these things, Benjamin is 18lbs 9oz and 27in long. He is getting so big! They had to draw some blood to check iron levels- he did great, but got a little upset when we wouldn't let him play with the tubing. Silly goober. He got a Nemo sticker that says, "I was a brave patient," and he certainly was. Praise the Lord for the blessings of a healthy baby boy!


It's good to laugh...

Today at precisely 4:21pm I realized that my shirt was on backwards. I had been wearing the same shirt since 8am this morning. Maybe that is the best description of how my day went. But I sure am laughing about it now!

"Blessed are they who can laugh at themselves,
For they shall never cease to be amused."


Happy Nine Month Birthday Benjamin!

Nine months ago today, we had a beautiful baby boy.

Today, he is getting into everything, cutting his fifth tooth, with a runny nose and a little fever. Bummer. But he sure is cute! We love you Benjamin Luke!


Motivation to do Laundry

I mean, with a helper this adorable, wouldn't you want to do laundry?

A Word About Praise

We always hope that when trials come we will be strong and courageous and face them with the joy of the Lord. We never want to forget how blessed we are and let our circumstances dictate how we act or feel. Unfortunately, as of late, I have been "that person"- the one who just couldn't seem to get past the circumstances. I would remind myself of God's goodness and all the ways He has blessed me; I felt like an ungrateful child (which is exactly what I was). But the Lord is good. His Word tells us so. This is what He showed me today.

On Wednesdays at Camp Tejas is D-ship day. I did not really want to go today- I was in a spectacular mood and quite frankly would have been content to hole up somewhere and cry. But, I know I need the fellowship and a good dose of His word so Benjamin and I head up to the dining hall. We were studying Psalm 92 and verse 4 really struck me. I read the NASB but today we read part of it in the New Living Translation. I am not always a fan of this translation, but today it got through my head in a way my Bible just hadn't been. This is what it says:

"You thrill me, Lord, with all you have done for me!
I sing for joy because of what you have done."

The NASB mentions praise and being happy, but something about being thrilled by the Lord and singing for joy really captured the emotion I desire to have towards Him. It is hard to admit that I don't always feel this way, but I do sing for joy for the work He has done and continues to do in me!

One final thought to wrap this all up: praising Him is directly linked to my satisfaction in Him. This song has been in my head all day and I wanted to share the lyrics with you!

Praise you in the morning
Praise you in the evening
Praise you when I'm young and when I'm old
Praise you when I'm laughing
Praise you when I'm grieving
Praise you every season of my soul
If we could see how much your worth
Your power your might your endless love
Then surely we would never cease to praise you

Praise you with the heavens,
Joining with the angels
Praising you forever and a day
Praise you on the earth now,
Joining with creation
Calling all the nations to your praise
If they could see how much your worth
Your power your might your endless love
Then surely they would never cease to praise you


Benjamin Update

Some exciting new updates for the youngest member of the Tribe -- this week Benjamin started crawling AND managed to pull himself up to standing! For a week or so now, he has been pulling himself to sitting on his knees, but hadn't quite gotten to his feet. That changed today! He pushed his diaper box a short way to the wall, got himself to his knees and then popped right up to his feet! He was so surprised and excited; absolutely precious. Pictures to follow...


A Haiku

Tonight's awful snack,
A small bowl of 'Easy Mac',
Tastes like brocolli.



Story Time with Daddy

Splish, Splash, I Was Takin' a Bath...

Busy Bug Part 2

As promised, a few pictures from the Women's Retreat!


Attack of the busyness bug, November in April, etc.

Sorry it has been a while since we have posted! Internet has been "touch-and-go" this week, so it is nice to be back writing to you all.

This past weekend I had the privilege of attending the Meadowbrook Baptist Women's Retreat at Camp Buckner. We had a guest speaker, Laurie Miracle, talk to us about the "Busyness Bug" with some practical ways to abide in Christ. I will be writing a separate post soon as to what I learned from that weekend. Several things she spoke on were an encouragement to me and the time away with a group of beautiful sisters was refreshing. Plus, I got to spend some time with family who attended the retreat- what a blessing! I am having some issues uploading pictures to the computer, so hopefully I will get some pictures of the weekend up soon!

Also, due to some mid-week vacationers to all the craft/antique fairs going on in the Hill Country of Texas this week, we have been moved to the newly built "4 Seasons" here at Camp Tejas. We are staying in November and it has certainly been a fun adventure! They are still doing construction on the building, so right now we are having to go back over to the Barn214 to eat (as there is not a finished kitchen at the 4 Seasons). We truly are blessed by getting to stay here at the camp, but at times it is still hard feeling "homeless."

On that subject, I recently read an article on "The American Dream" and it got me thinking. I am very thankful that the Lord has looked deep into my heart and provided me with the living condition that will keep me most focused on Him and His ability to provide me with abundantly more than I need. He is so good!

And just for fun, a picture of Benjamin when he was about 2 months old. Gotta love that expression!