Tuesday, January 25, 2011

mid week momfessions!

My momfession this week is...I want my child to be organized!

And he seems to be jumping on board...I love it!  When I thought Elijah was playing with his trains in his room this morning he was actually organizing his train accessories and his cars.  Reason #3498 why I love that kid!

Mom disclaimer...I actually did not teach him to do this...

Have a "momfession" of your own?  Join in at my friend Sheila's blog!

Thursday, January 13, 2011

One down...

To tell you the truth, I'm not doing so well with my goals for this year.  And yes, I know it's only the 13th of January.  At least since it is the 13th of January I still have hope for the rest of the year.  It's as if I wrote down these goals and every lazy bone in my body (all of them) decided to kick into full gear.  Ugh.

BUT...I have completed one goal!  We went to a great concert Sunday night.  Justin and I had talked about going to Winter Jam and I'm so glad we did.  We paid extra for VIP open seating and ended up on the FRONT ROW!  It was just so great to be out with my husband for a night...enjoying time together and worshiping beside him.  I love that he's a worship pastor, but I do miss getting to sing beside him in church sometimes.

ANYWAYS...here are some pictures we got at the concert.  *Spoiler Alert* if you're planning to go to Winter Jam this year!

Chris Sligh

Chris August

Sidewalk Prophets



Francesca Battistelli

David Crowder Band

Us waiting on the final two groups!


Very genuine group...loved them!

Michael Tate of the Newsboys

Newsboys drummer...hilarious!

I felt kind of old hearing some of my favorite Newsboys songs from "back in the day" that not too many people around us seemed to know!  But at the same time...going to great concerts makes me feel younger....It was a great concert and time of worship!

Monday, January 3, 2011

Being Intentional

Investing time purposefully 
iN order 
To be 
that God
iNtended for me to be! 
This takes planning, sacrificing my desires, and being 
Interested in the things that really matter each day.  I can 
Only do this with God's power at work within me.  
Nothing I do in my own strength has ever helped me to 
Accomplish being intentional in the things that are most important in my 

Heavenly Father, you know that I desire to live with intentionality and quit only having good intentions in every area of my life.  Help me to rely on your strength each day, taking one day at a time to intentionally accomplish what You have placed before me to do.  You are so patient with me and I'm humbled again and again that You will even allow me to be a part of Your great plan in people's lives.  Help me to make my life matter for your kingdom by living intentionally with your purpose each day.


Sunday, January 2, 2011

Phillipians 4:4-9

Here is the first passage I am starting to memorize this year.  Feel free to join in and let me know that you are working on memorizing scripture as well!  These are some of my favorite verses to use in counseling, so I decided to start here.

[4] Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, Rejoice. [5] Let your reasonableness be known to everyone. The Lord is at hand; [6] do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. [7] And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. 
[8] Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things. [9] What you have learned and received and heard and seen in me—practice these things, and the God of peace will be with you. 
(Philippians 4:4-9 ESV)

Saturday, January 1, 2011

Welcome 2011!

I'm sad that the 2010 Christmas season is over because I think it was one of my favorites.  Our family enjoyed witnessing Elijah's first glimpse of the live nativity at our church, Justin and I got to lead the music at our first ever church Christmas Eve service, Christmas presents for our little man mostly involved trains and the names Thomas...and Emily...and James...and Henry....and Edward...(if you know what I mean!) and we were blessed by a sweet time of worship at our home with some musician friends and their families which we hope will be a first annual tradition.  I'm blown away by God's goodness in our lives in 2010 and I really could enjoy another month just like our December was.  

BUT I'm ready for 2011 as well.  I'm entering this new year with great expectations for what God has planned for our family and how He can help me to reach some lofty goals I have set for myself!  I want to share my goals with you for this year. I feel like they have been constantly on my mind, so I'm ready to get them in print and hit the ground running.  Please join me in praying that we become the women (and men) God wants us to be in this new year.  If any of these goals are similar to mine, let me know and we can check in on one another!

Personal Goals...
  • Memorize 30 scripture passages
  • Read every chapter in the Bible (though not necessarily in order because I have failed at that so many times)
  • Read 10 books (that I already own but haven't read)
  • Establish a consistent morning routine (exercise, prayer, reading God's word)
  • Establish a consistent nighttime routine (cleaning up the house, early bedtime)
  • Stop biting my fingernails
  • Go to a concert (or two!)
  • Merge this blog and my family blog (look for this in the near future!)
  • Establish consistent hours for counseling
  • Create monthly goals to accomplish as well
Household goals...
  • Not be embarrassed when anyone shows up unexpectedly (keep the house presentable!)
  • Find 2 more ways to be a little more green - and start doing it
  • Save for a new dining room table and chandelier (quit just wishing they would appear!)
Family goals...
  • Intentionally have guests over 2 times a month
  • Look for or make items to use for our Jesse Tree/Advent Calendar
  • Read Elijah's new Bible with him each day before breakfast and watch the DVD
  • Have many more times of family worship in 2011 than we did in 2010
If you are making your own goals this year, I'd love to hear about them! Also, feel free to print out a goals worksheet here.  This is what I plan to laminate (with my laminator I got for Christmas!!) and put on my bathroom mirror for daily reminders of what I would like to accomplish this year.

Happy New Year!