Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Today


This says it all!

Monday, February 23, 2009

Sobering Day at Our House

This morning in my blog rounds I was reading at Making Home, a blog I frequent and enjoy. She posted a review on the book, Abortion: The Silent Holocaust by John Powell Jr. I would recommend you read the review. It so happens that I picked this same book up at a used book sale not too long ago. Her review sparked an interest in reading the book so I ran upstairs and pulled it out for later in the day.

Shortly after returning from the library today I found my oldest daughter Journey lingering at the table reading the cover of the book. It never occured to me until that moment that she might read it. I have often wondered when we would have that first conversation about the taking of innocent life. It's not a topic, nor conversation I looked forward too. I really had no interest in explaining to my young daughter the needless deaths of so many unborn babies. This especially in light of the many losses we as a family have faced and our desire to have many children.
So the conversation began. I asked her if she new what abortion meant. She said no. I then asked her if she knew what Holocaust meant and she shared the bits she had read or heard about. We looked up the word holocaust in the dictionary. It states: a great or total destruction of life. We discussed the Jews and Hitlers systematic destruction of that people group. Then we moved onto what abortion meant. After the explanation she simply looked at me for a minute.
Then she said "Why don't they just have their babies and let people adopt them."
In the back ground my 5 year old son yells (he yells most everything he says) "we like our babies and want to keep them."
I had tears in my eyes explaining this reality to my children all while holding my four month old son. It was sobering to me to realize that she had no idea this was going on everyday all over the world and how little I think about it most days. Their simple logic was refreshing. The issue may be big socially and politically but the bottom line is we are talking about life, not a choice or a mistake. or a (fill in the blank).
These are babies.....people like you and me.

Friday, February 20, 2009

Yummy Baked Oatmeal

This is our new favorite food. If my kids had a choice they would eat this every morning for breakfast....well maybe with a few pancakes thrown in there once in awhile. It really is so good. It calls for apples but we also mix in blueberries from the freezer...yummy! I have tried other baked oatmeal. I have tried the soaking methods but it always tasted not so great. This on the other hand, has never had a complaint no matter what I throw in it.

Baked Oatmeal
2 eggs beaten
1/2 cup brown sugar ( 1 use 1/4c.)
1/2 cup oil (I put slightly less)
2 tsp baking powder
1 tsp cinnamon (I always put more)
2 apples diced (when I add blueberries I only do one)
3 cups of rolled oats
1 cup milk
Mix all together put in a greased 9x13 pan. Sprinkle with brown sugar and cinnamon.
Bake for 25 min @ 350F.


I put mine in an 8x8 glass dish and bake 30 minutes or more because it's thicker.

Wednesday, February 18, 2009

My Desire Today

On the glorious splendor of your majesty,and
on your wondrous works, I will meditate.

They shall speak of the might of your awesome deeds,
and I will declare your greatness.

They shall pour forth the fame of your abundant goodness
and shall sing aloud of your righteousness.

Psalm 145: 4-6

This motivates my heart to JOY!

Bigger God.....smaller Sandi

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Joy

I tend to be one of those people who looks more intently on my sin then I do the savior. I am becoming more and more aware of how this affects my daily life. If I am seeing myself through these eyes then how do you think I view my children or my husband? It just seems so much easier to see the wrong then to grasp for grace. I am also learning and ever so slowly believing that this grace, this mercy is overflowing and waiting for the taking. It's chomping at the bit to be recognized, embraced and relished. I am on a journey to do that very thing. I imagine it will take a life time.

One specific area I desire to grow in is JOY. When my gaze is focused on the sin and not the sin taker there is trouble. I can get so tied in a knot because I sin again in the same way. I am tired of it crouching at my door waiting to pounce on me....that is the battle we are called to in this life. Though I am called to that battle, I am not alone and all I need for this life and godly living is provided. I have no need that has not already been met in His sacrifice on the cross.

When the day goes no where near as planned, when I sin again or when someone sins against me again....I have reason to rejoice and be filled with joy.....because that sacrifice is complete and whole. When I am not continually bringing this truth to mind I get fixated on failing, which really is self worship at the core. I am working at focusing on how big He is. The bigger he becomes to me the less fascination I will have with myself.

God deliver me from self focus. Let me look at you and not myself, to rest in your provision for every detail of this life on earth and the one to come. Let joy be evident in my life because of your complete payment for sin and the faith that you are at work all the time.

Psalm 145:1

I will extol you, my God and King,and bless your name forever and ever.
Every day I will bless you and praise your name forever and ever.
Great is the Lord, and greatly to be praised,and his greatness is unsearchable.

Read the rest here.

Saturday, February 14, 2009

Valentines Day

For us Valentines Day isn't much about chocolate ( of which I love) or mushy love songs. This day serves as a reminder of a blessing that is missing from our family in this earthly life. On February 14, 2002 my husband and I excitedly went off to the ultrasound clinic to meet our second child. It is a day forever etched in my mind and a day that changed life as we knew it forever. They told us the baby in my womb was "incompatible with life" and that he would not survive long outside of my body. One of the clearest memories is the feeling of not being able to breathe on the inside. My body continued to take in air but my heart, my soul felt like it was suffocating.
So today as people receive flowers and chocolate we remember the little life that God blessed us with for a very short time. What a gift and grief it has been. What treasures these memories are though laced with sorrow. We love and miss you Jonah....yet we grieve with hope.

1 Thessalonians 4:13-18
13 But we do not want you to be uninformed, brothers, about those who are asleep, that you may not grieve as others do who have no hope. 14 For since we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so, through Jesus, God will bring with him those who have fallen asleep. 15 For this we declare to you by a word from the Lord, that we who are alive, who are left until the coming of the Lord, will not precede those who have fallen asleep. 16 For the Lord himself will descend from heaven with a cry of command, with the voice of an archangel, and with the sound of the trumpet of God. And the dead in Christ will rise first. 17 Then we who are alive, who are left, will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air, and so we will always be with the Lord. 18 Therefore encourage one another with these words.

Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Heavy Heart

Not much original thought around here lately. I have simply been living life with my family which is full to the brim most days. When I am thinking my thoughts drift to the many people I am aware of right now that are facing loss and hardship.


  • We have a young couple in our church who are facing skin cancer. She has surgery this Friday to remove the cancer and lymph nodes. She is also pregnant with two little guys at home. They are waiting for tests results to see if it has spread. My heart is so burdened for them and all they are facing. Please pray for them as they face the unknown with her health with this little one on the way.

  • I have another friend who had her third early miscarriage this week.

  • Another new friend at church that is possibly facing her 4th loss at 14 weeks.


  • This family is not a personal friend but someone I came across in blogland. Their little baby girl just went home to Jesus after a short battle with stage 4 cancer. To take your little one to the doctor for an ear infection and to then find out she has cancer.....I can't imagine!

My heart is heavy for these families. If you have time today please pray for each of them as they say goodbyes and trust God in the midst of uncertain circumstances.

Friday, February 06, 2009

Guess Who?

Let's play a little game.
Each of these pictures were taken at four months old.
Guess which family member is which.
Bonus question: Who looks the most alike?
Picture #1
(me)

Picture #2
(Eli)
Picture # 3
(Journey)

Picture #4

(Isaac)

Tuesday, February 03, 2009

Reading

I love to read....especially aloud to my children. I have already checked out books from the library for my 3 month old. You know the ones with big baby faces in them. He loves them...as if he doesn't get enough of all the faces constantly cooing back at him everyday.

I read many books to my now 8 year old when she was younger but have found it harder to find interesting read alouds for a very busy, very boy, five year old. Isaac is just this year getting into read alouds where as before he wouldn't sit still long enough to listen. We recently read The Dragon Boy and The Water Horse both by Dick King-Smith. We finished the Water Horse just today. We have very much enjoyed both books. It amazes me how captured Isaac has been by the stories. All of King-Smith's books aren't particularly boy stories. They mostly are about animals and children. He uses humor in his books which the kids really enjoy. I haven't ran across one of his books yet that we didn't like. However, today as I reserved books online at my local library, I came across a book by him about a girl who befriends a talking rabbit who is actually an alien. It gave me a chuckle but not characteristic of his books.

What are some of your favorite read alouds?

How do you like my Shelfari book case ? I have this thing for bookcases because they hold many books :o) It looks much nicer then listing the books we are reading. I saw it on Elise's blog .