Friday, March 13, 2009

My Husband Rocks Friday!

As there is no prompt for this week, I'll just brag in general about my husband.

I am so grateful that my husband allows Rusty to sleep with us! Co-sleeping is so easy! He wakes up and I nurse him laying down as we both drift off to sleep.

I have been extremely tired lately and I cringe thinking about how much more tired I would feel if I had to get up and go into another room every time our baby boy cried.

The down fall lately is in our love life. Rusty doesn't sleep as well in the cosleeper. He's not very tired by the time we get to bed and so I have to nurse him down. I'll pick him up, trying not to change his position, and put him in the sleeper. Soon enough he starts making nervous breathing noises and like he's trying to suck his fist. A few minutes later he's making it known he's awake and not happy.

Another inconvenience is that, since our bed is so soft, Rusty keeps moving closer to me throughout the night. Big Red barely gets his half of the bed at times and he just curls up near the edge and keeps on sleeping.

He hasn't complained once. In fact, I've heard him tell his friends how great it is since we don't have to get up and heat up and prepare a bottle. He encourages me in it!

Thanks honey for sharing our bed with our little one!

Thursday, March 12, 2009

Thankful Thursday

  • Karrots is getting better at communicating.
  • Karrots' heart for worship. She's now singing with her twirling and lifting hands!
  • We can afford to eat out numerous times!
  • Testimonies! Our church had a brunch on Sunday and just about everyone hung out an extra 2 hours so everyone could tell a bit about their testimonies.
  • Our church family: our kids have a bunch of adopted uncles, aunts, and grandparents. One couple took to bringing yogurt drops every week for Karrots.
  • Birthdays! It's Big Red's and both my parents' birthdays this month.
  • Cooing conversations with Rusty.
  • Yummy recipes from friends and family.
  • Removable and machine washable car seat covers...need I say more?!
  • A christian college education
  • Everyday grace!
  • That Karrots obeys when we're in a parking lot.
  • We have a DVD-R!
  • Digital cameras...take as many pix as you want!

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Bragging Rights?

I went by the pediatricians to pick up a paper for Rusty's proof of birth and the nurses there informed me that he's the biggest baby they have as a patient. The next biggest was 10 lbs.

Probably doesn't hurt he was 12 days "late".

Yes...we make 'em big!

Prophetic Word from a Friend...

Hi, this is something that the Lord gave me on the airplane to Rebecca's. I couldn't even think about what I was writing, He just said write. It started with that cruise while I was on the ship and goes....I know it's long but I really felt maybe it will give you all some insight or revelation......................Do not have expectations or hope in others, but rather expect God to give others hope and expectation through you. Be filled with the Spirit, saturated in the oil of the Spirit. Trust in the Lord with all your heart. A lot of problems come from having expectations. Expectations are believing in and hoping for. Despite what trust you put in mankind, you cannot control the outcome. You are believing in & hoping in someone who is fallible. God is not. You put your trust in God. So what should you do?...Endure with, live with, and lOVE people. Some will keep their word, some will be faithful, some will have integrity & character, but your trust will be in Christ. When man fails you, you should be saddened or grieved for them because they missed the opportunity to glorify (reveal) Christ but you should not be sad that they "let you down". Perfect love will grieve for them and not yourself. No matter what others do, remain faithful, keep your word, be trustworthy, and trust in the Lord. When you cease your expectations of others, you will live in peace. As you see and know of others weaknesses you do not judge them, as though you stand and see from a mountain of wisdom, but rather cover with mercy & grace as you also need to be covered. It's like the waves of the sea, they withdraw and they return (ebb/flow). It's freely done, natural. However, if you put expectations in them, then you force it, like building a dam to give & receive at will, it may give some satisfaction but it's not "natural". It's not "free". In Christ is freedom. Love, in it's perfect state, is completely free; so if you force love or force giving & receiving through expectations you bring under bondage. Bondage smothers, restricts, and entangles. To be in bondage is not being free, therefore, to have expectations of others is actually putting you and others in bondage. Why do we want someone or something bound? To control it. Controlling people are insecure, have all kinds of expectations, are bound themselves. To be free you must trust in the Lord and nobody else. When they give you love, receive it. When they do something that is wonderful & awesome, or they keep their word, be thankful for it and enjoy that day under the sun. Think about all the fights, arguments, wranglings, and broken hearts that have came from expectations. A controlling and insecure person is bound by fear and fear hath torment. Are you tormented? Ask God to set you free from expectations of others. Let your yes be yes and your no be no, all else comes from evil. When you stop expecting you will begin to enjoy what comes to you. You'll enjoy the things that people do. Guard against all the darts of the enemy that says "It isn't fair, look at all I do and they don't do anything. I give & give and get back nothing" Oh, if you only gave freely out of love, with no expectation. That's why Mother Teresa had peace. Comparing your actions against others is not how God measures things. You have to have Kingdom thinking. Remember the two workers, one came at the end of day and both got the same wages. Maybe you need to question your motive for the things you do. Look around and watch. The more peace a person has, the less they trust in mankind. The more free and joyful a person is, the more that person is free from bondage. All this peace can be yours by these simple principles...choose to trust in GOD. Think about all He is...shelter, priest, hope, etc. For example, when you go to a restaurant the person who takes your order brings food because that's their job. Should you put your expectations in them? No. If they bring you food, be grateful. If they don't you will find another way to get some food. If others do their part all falls into place, but if they don't your life still moves forward (or it can) because you find another SOURCE. That's how a river flows. If it can't go thru one area, it finds another source. It's expectations are not on that first area. If we don't allow God to use us when He wants to, He will find another source! He doesn't have expectations in us. He only knows that IF we do our part, our job, we will reap the benefits, get the tips, get the paycheck, etc. There is that sowing/reaping effect but it's not brought about by expectations. If a husband/wife does their part according to what God says, it will be proven in what the harvest is that comes forth in their marrige. Therefore, expectations are worthless. They are like the dust devils in the wilderness that get things stirred up, put fear in some, expectations in others, but along the way nothing is produced. What about a tornado you ask? It produces something, right? It wreaks havoc & produces nothing good. It starts like a small dust devil that being fed by consistent expectations. It gets big & you think it's in control because of the havoc it wreaks, but it's really out of control. It's so out of control and when it's finished, people are left picking up the pieces and finding out they need to trust in God to even get through it! When you marry, let your yes be yes and your no be no. This is your part: Love them. Keep your word. Submit to them. Show kindness and put them first. If they do any less, they will be dealt with by God. Make no mistake. You are called to run the race, stay the course despite what anyone else does. Set them free and set yourself free & allow God to bring about the changes that He wants to in their lives. Your happiness doesn't depend upon someon elses expectations. God will not let you down and you cannot let God down. It's not between you and others. It's between you and God. You get so caught up thinking it's between you and them. When you have problems with others, it's because you are not in that perfect right relationship with God. When your relationship is right with God, you will never have an issue or expectations of others because you are free. They may have issues with you but IF you are walking correctly, (agape love) then you will not be swayed. You will be persecuted for righteousness sake but it will not change who you are. I have give you the key to victorious living. Place all your trust, hope, and expectations in Christ. Walk in holiness so as not to be a stumblingblock to another & let your yes be yes and your no be no. Finally, walk in love. Others will have expectations of you. They will revile, persecute, and judge you but you are free in Christ because of your OBEDIENCE. I'll take care of the rest of the world. Guard your eyes, mouth, ears, and heart.

Monday, March 9, 2009

Spinach Burritos

My mother-in-law made these burritos when she was staying with us after the baby. When I heard there was spinach in them I was extremely skeptical as I've never liked it frozen or canned. This is a great way to get the Vitamin K and iron in your diet without the nasty canned spinach taste! (Hint, hint for those of us not giving our babies the Vitamin K shot and still circumcising.)
  • 1 1/4 pounds hamburger
  • 1 Tbs. chili powder
  • 1/2 tsp. cumin
  • 10 oz. package frozen chopped spinach, thawed and well drained
  • 1 1/4 cups chunky salsa
  • 1 cup shredded cheddar or Mexican mix cheese
  • 8 medium flour tortillas, warmed

Brown hamburger in nonstick skillet over medium heat until no longer pink (10-12 minutes), stirring occasionally. Pour off fat. Add chili powder, cumin, 1/2 tsp. salt, and 1/4 tsp. pepper. Stir in spinach and salsa; heat through. Remove from heat and stir in cheese. Spoon about 1/2 cup mixture into center of each tortilla. Fold as a burrito. Makes 8.

I recently doubled the recipe and used extra large tortillas I got at Costco as these are great for freezing!

Karrots Worshipping

At least until she got distracted...

One of the reasons I love our church!:


Remember how I said he was talking at the pediatrician's? Here's a little example: