Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Walt's 1st Birthday!!!


Oh my goodness! I can't believe that my little man is 1 year old!! We had a great celebration where I took A LOT of pictures, and I had the hardest time choosing which ones to show you! Thanks to my handy Cricut machine I made everything for the party including invitations and games! We made it a fun, small, family party.

Pin the nose on Elmo game, which all of the kids LOVED to play!
(eyes and noses made with Cricut. Elmo head cut out, thanks to Aimsey, and mouth drawn on.)

How many of Elmo's favorite fish are in the jar? Coloring Books printed from my computer.

Thanks, Mimi, for the balloons!

I had 2/buy 1 pizza get 1 free coupons from Little Caesars.

Grandmom and Walt. You can't tell buy the following pictures, but Walt was so tired and definitely not his normal, smiley self.

Walt and his Gigi

Walt and Aunt Beuk

Walt and Daddy

Loli, Stephen, Caroline, and Emma gave Walt this super cool chair!!

He is already enjoying it!

Colorbooks were homemade and I bought the colors at Wal-mart for 0.30/box at Walmart at the back to school sale.

Enjoying time with the cousins

Cousins helping Walt to open his presents

All of the cousins join in on the fun of opening presents!

Aimsey and Kiki bought this amazing stool for Walt. It is a puzzle with a really cool engraving.



It is a tradition for Loli to make every child's first birthday cake, and here is Walt's cake! Look how precious his green, block cake is! Loli is the best cake maker!!

He wasn't fussy once he got a taste of that cake!











Grandmom gave me this antique Wilton big bird cake pan. Thanks to Kiki's awesome icing skills, this cake turned out great! I was going to give up!

Old Friends drive into town for the party.

My little man in his new stroller.

We had his party with the family on the weekend before his birthday, so we reused all of the decorations on his actual birthday! All of the neighborhood kids knew that it was Walt's special day!

I took so many pictures!

Our next door neighbor added this adorable picture to our door when we put our decorations outside!


Walt did not feel well on his birthday, so this picture really sums up his big day!

Another birthday cake!


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Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Winner!

I am sorry that I forgot to post this yesterday, but Ann Wrigley won the watch using Random.org!! Congratulations!! Please send me an email to let me know where to mail it!!
Stay around because Gigi's donated some luggage to be given away, which I will post soon!

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Thursday, September 23, 2010

Birthday Balloons Video

Don't forget that there will be a GIVEAWAY on Monday. Click HERE for more information!!


Danica donated so much of her time to take these incredible pictures for us from the party and creating this video! Thank you!!! (Be sure to push pause on the blog music before playing this video.)

Thank you so much to all of you who came and/or sent gifts to help us celebrate the day that we met Magdalena face to face. She sure was a beauty! I know that the kids at the Blair E. Batson hosptal are going to love all of the wonderful gifts that were given. Thank you for helping us to honor Magdalena's sweet life in such a very special way. You guys are amazing!



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Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Giveaway!!


GIGI'S is giving away a watch!! You can have multiple entries to your name! For each entry, post a comment saying which of the following you did!

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If have already done any or all of the following, simply leave a comment for each one saying how you are already ahead of the game! These will be checked!

Winner will be announced Monday, September 27, 2010!

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You know how there are movies that you want to see, but you aren't sure if it will be worth it to pay money for curiosity's sake? After much interest, I finally was able to watch The Nativity Story, which tells the story from the point when an angel visits Mary to bring her the news that she is with child to Jesus' birth. It does assume some of the character's feelings, but they were not too extreme and probably safe assumptions. For example, Mary and Joseph share that they both fear what lies ahead for them carrying this child, but, yet, the honor that they feel is obvious. What I really liked most about the movie were a lot of the culture aspects that you have to study beyond The Bible to know. To see a very pregnant woman on a donkey was painful! However, the traveling to Bethlehem had to have been a difficult journey for Mary. Also, the wisemen journeying and the king's quest for full power were connected in the story too.

I would definitely recommend this as a good watch and a sweet reminder of how our Savior came to us. He lowered himself to be a human, and when he came, all who heard of him either feared him or came to worship him.

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Monday, September 20, 2010

Week 10 - Sovereignty of God

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"God's sovereignty is our greatest hope as we face an uncertain an unknown future."

The plans of the heart belong to man but the answer of the tongue is from the Lord. - Proverbs 16:1

Many are the plans in the mind of a man, but it is the purpose of the Lord that will stand. - Proverbs 19:21

When Noah and I returned from Mexico we were desperately looking for jobs. It was July so that meant that most of the "good" teaching positions had been filled, and I was certain that I would not find one. But Noah and I need insurance, money, and what we thought was most important, security. Within the first week of our arrival in the states, I sat next to a pregnant woman at the pool and as we talked my future insurance plans began to be formed. She told me of how her husband drove a school bus in order to provide insurance for the family, and just as we were talking her husband walked up and handed me all of the information that Noah would need to apply. This is Noah's third year as a school bus driver, and it has been one of our greatest blessings. But I continued to look for a job, and one became available right where I was living. Oh, I was so excited! After the interview I received a call from the principal telling me that I had been chosen for the position, but I had to pass a literacy test in order to work for the district. This was a counting lunch money kind of test, not something to worry about, so I went and took it. I did NOT pass this test, so I did NOT get the job. I was mortified. How did this happen? I am not a genius, but how is it possible that I took the ACT, GRE, had a license to teach, and had almost completed graduate school, but, yet, I could not pass a literacy test?!

Noah and I were back at square one with finding a job. Since nothing had come through, Noah and I decided that I would spend the year finishing my Master's, and then, resume looking for a job in the spring. This change in plans was not easy for me, and I was so upset. We were both upset. Noah was supposed to begin seminary. We had our plans on how we would serve and provide for our family. Within a few months, and through a few connections, I got an incredible job teaching English Language Learners in a nearby district. (It is very rare to get a job within a district in October.) My supervisor even agreed to work with my schedule so that I could continue with my plans to finish graduate school that year.

By December I discovered that I was pregnant, and by spring time we found out that sweet baby was Magdalena and how special she would be.

I tell you this long and extremely embarrassing story because this was not Plan B. This was God's Plan A, and by my "inability" to count milk money on the day of the literacy test, Noah and I would be blessed with an amazing work atmosphere for three years. If I had not gone ahead with graduate school, I don't see how I would have finished once Magdalena arrived, and now, having the opportunity to work from home. Or how I would work with people who allowed me room to break down realizing that work was important but not as important as family. (love ya, Kam!)

God does not make mistakes or wrong choices. He uses the sin (diseases and chromosome issues) to mold and shape us into who is wants us to be. Each of us are created in His image, and our lives glorify Him. "God's plan for your life is unfolding, and nothing and nobody can hinder it-not even Satan, not your spouse or your ex-spouse, not your sickness. Whatever is happening in your life, you can welcome it as God's sovereign Plan A. God carries out his own good purposes without mistakes or regrets, and his plan is never thwarted." - Nancy Guthrie

We do not always know why God chooses certain suffering amongst some and not others, but he is molding us. Sometimes he chooses to reveal this to us, and sometimes not. He has used so many of you to show me how Magdalena was used. Every email, comment, and letter has been another reminder that Magdalena was used, and in her life she did exactly what God created her for, to be in His image and to glorify Him.

For we are God's workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do. - Ephesians 2:10

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Friday, September 17, 2010

Where's Walt?

Trying to juggle my time as a work-from-home mom has been the toughest thing about the change from working full-time. No matter how early I awake or how late I go to sleep, there never seems to be enough time in the day. On days when I feel like I have been pushed to the max I get little moments like these below are just a reminder of why I am doing this. God has blessed me with a job where I can do things as Walt naps or Noah studies, and when it seems to be too much, God always finds a way to remind me that this was the journey that he called me on. But if you would say a small prayer for me I would appreciate it...that I would let the little things go so that I can focus on the bigger picture. Also, that I would do everything to the best of my ability, work, wife, and mommy so that God may be glorified in it all. God is definitely molding me, and just as Magdalena showed me so many of my sins, Walt does the same. Children are such an amazing gift. I think they have both taught me more than I could ever teach them.

and said, “Truly, I say to you, unless you turn and become like children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven. - Matthew 18:3

It seems as though he is trying to pull of his shirt, but really we are playing the "where's Walt?" game.







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