Monday, February 18, 2013

A break

I love these sweeties *so* much!
It has been busy around here lately, trying to get into the swing of things now that I'm emerging from the newborn daze. Add to that a broken washing machine, a broken oven (both of which are fixed now, thankfully!), a house full of sick children (all three), a mama who feels like she's coming down with whatever yuck the kiddos have, getting ready to go out of town for a family wedding, AND getting ready to launch a new site next month--phew!

I have just decided that rather than half-hearted blogging in the midst of the crazy, I'm going to take the rest of the month off 'officially'. During the next couple weeks, I'm going to try to take some time to write ahead, work on my new site, and make some plans for both blogs for the coming months. 

"See" you all soon!

Tuesday, February 5, 2013

55 Things I Love About My Dad

I have been so very blessed with a godly father who is not only my dad, but one of my dearest friends. Tomorrow is his 55th birthday. To honor him on his special day, here are 55 things I love about him (in no specific order).

  1. His faithfulness to Christ. 
  2. After over 25 years of marriage, he still adores his bride, my mama.
  3. The way he laughs ("HA!").
  4. He talks to my babies on the phone. 
  5. He loves the Church. 
  6. His generosity.  
  7. He plays in the mud with his grandchildren. 
  8. He gave me to an amazing husband. 
  9. Growing up, he allowed space for me to become me while still guiding and protecting me. 
  10. He's practical. 
  11. His determination. 
  12. He's handsome. 
  13. He's smart.
  14. He put up with me (really, that's saying something!). 
  15. He is a good provider. 
  16. He is diligent. 
  17. He's thoughtful. 
  18. He took me golfing even though I was awful not very good. 
  19. He was always there for me (and still is).
  20. He is wise. 
  21. He's faithful in evangelism. 
  22. He's fun to be around. 
  23. He's humble. 
  24. He's a great writer.
  25. He is frugal.  
  26. He drives Volvos. 
  27. His excellent leadership. 
  28. He prayed for me when I was apathetic towards Christ and didn't give up on me.
  29. He taught me how to share the gospel with the lost.
  30. He's a great boss (I work for his company from home).
  31. He doesn't waste his time.
  32. He is diligent in his study of Scripture.
  33. He says what people need to hear even when they don't want to hear it.
  34. He's quick to apologize when he wrongs someone.
  35. He gets along well with my husband.
  36. He respects Ben's authority in my life.
  37. I never for a moment in my entire life doubted his love for me.
  38. He provided me with excellent educational opportunities and chances to pursue my interests and grow my talents.
  39. He submits to authority in his life.
  40. He made me focus on my studies when my head was in the clouds during my courtship with Ben.
  41. He taught me the value of studying something because it's good to always be learning--even if you won't necessarily use the knowledge (think: advanced math classes).
  42. He isn't disappointed in who I've become even though he probably never imagined I'd get married at 18 and have three children by the time most of my peers were finishing college.
  43. Dad is a good teacher.
  44. He's a great radio show host.
  45. He has good taste.
  46. He taught me how to drive.
  47. He tried to teach me how to ride a bike (a story for another day... *grin*).
  48. He is friends with my in-laws (so thankful our families enjoy each other's company!)
  49. He lets Mom come see me even though he misses her while she's gone.
  50. He makes time for me when I call (unless he absolutely can't).
  51. He is incredibly hospitable.
  52. He doesn't think I'm quack-y when I talk about natural health.
  53. He loves our [extended] family and makes every effort to spend time with them.
  54. He is wonderful with my children.
  55. He willingly changes his mind when he is convinced by Scripture.
See? He's an amazing guy, and I am so very blessed to be his daughter.

Happy birthday, Dad! I love you!

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Saturday, February 2, 2013

Goals for 2013, February Update

I can't believe it's already February! I am excited about the progress I've been able to make this month. Making weekly goals and working on them each day makes such a big difference.

Here's where I am after January:
::Read through the BibleI have stayed caught up with this.
::Memorize Psalm 119I am on track here (should finish up memorizing verses 13-16 today).
::Lose my remaining baby weight plus 14 pounds by the end of OctoberI started with 30 pounds to go. After January, I have 25 pounds left. I have been doing Weight Watchers Online and exercising three times a week with Postnatal Boot Camp.
::Upload/organize photos each month and make a family photo book at the end of the yearI was a lot better about taking photos this month! I plan to upload and organize January's photos tomorrow while we're hanging out at the farm.
::Go through 21 Days to a More Disciplined Life each quarterHaven't done this yet.
::Complete Family Herbalist Course, begin Certified Holistic Wellness Professional courseI spent this month reviewing as I had taken a few months off around Joshua's birth. My review is completed and I'll be starting on new material this week.
::Launch my new website (more soon!)I've been working on the design as well as getting posts in the queue. I am hoping to launch it this month.
::Have bi-monthly at-home "dates" with BenDid this in January.
::Have a monthly "business meeting" with Ben Did this in January.
::Enter the Trinity Foundation essay contestNothing here yet.
::Start Kindergarten with KatieI have been doing "school time" every week day with Katie. Right now it consists of singing the Books of the Bible song and reviewing catechism after devotions. This week I'm going to try to start her with reading lessons and see how she does.
::Get through Question 75 with Katie in the catechismWe are working on 34 & 35.
::Teach Benjamin 10 catechism questionsHe has Question 1 down and is pretty close to having Question 2.
::Work with Katie to learn one new chore each month::Work with Benjamin to learn one new chore each quarterIn January, I worked with both children on picking up their toys each day. I think we're going to give it another month before adding anything new.
How are y'all doing on your goals for this year?