Suddenly Seven Months

Here’s lookin’ at you, cutie-pie!



Growth spurt much?

Weighing in at 22 pounds, you definitely do not look like a seven month old baby. You’re still wearing size 4 diapers and 9-12 month clothes.


The time has come to put you in a bigger carseat; Your feet hang over the carrier!

Now that you’ve passed the halfway mark of your first year, it saddens me to think of you closer to a toddler, rather than an infant. I often look through the last seven months of pictures and videos that take up the entire storage capacity of my phone… This is just happening so fast! Time sure flies when you’re having fun! My heart overflows with joy!



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The Incarnation of the Word of Life

Verse of the Day

If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.

1 John 1:9 NIV

God is light; in him there is no darkness at all.

Life Through the Spirit

Verse of the Day

because through Christ Jesus the law of the Spirit who gives life has set you free from the law of sin and death.

Romans 8:2 NIV

For those who are led by the spirit of God are the children of God.

My 34th Birthday Adventure

It’s been sixteen years since I graduated from Kermit High School in Kermit, Texas, America. SIXTEEN YEARS. I’m not quite sure why I look at my age with my high school graduation as a determining factor, but I’m guessing it’s because that’s when I became an adult. It was June 1999… seventeen years old and in my own apartment. Good times were had.

Now, I’d say, I’m adulting quite well. Married, four kids, dream job, dream home, dream car, dream city… ha! No really, life is great. I have no complaints that would hold water, so let’s focus on the awesomeness that was my 34th birthday weekend. I tried to take it all in and take pictures so that I could write it down to be remembered some day later down the road.

My dear husband tells me to “Get ready, we’re going to dinner at Lindsay and Jason’s house.” Sweet! I don’t have to worry about dinner! We’re mid-meal and Lindsay hands me a little gift bag with a piece of paper in it. It read:

Birthdays are special, just like you. So the 4 of us knew we had some planning to do. We put together a list, and made it quite quick. Vegas didn’t make it, but we will still take a trip. Telling you is no fun; a mystery is better. A weekend has 3 days, so for each day a letter. So if Friday is A, where should we stay? We selected a place that is a dangerous play. You might need a knife, so keep it close. It could save your life. Can you guess what it is? 

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On Denying the Incarnation

Verse of the Day

This is love: not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins.

1 John 4:10 NIV

There is no fear in love.

An Open Letter to THAT Mom

Sometimes more than one kid goes to a sleepover on the same night, and it is glorious. This happened to us last night, leaving us with only the baby and our teenager to feed. Since we are desperately trying to be more disciplined with eating out vs. eating at home, we took that as a green light an excuse to go to one of our favorite Chinese buffets in Tulsa, Beijing Gourmet on 61st and Memorial.

We sat at a 4-top table right next to a family with what appeared to be a mom, dad, teen, and a baby. Hayyyy! Same! Anyway… Upon returning to our table with my first plate, I couldn’t help looking over, as their baby (9-12 months-ish) was extremely loud. Now, obviously… this ain’t my first rodeo. Game recognize game. A loud baby doesn’t pierce my ears as much as it would most people; It just caught my attention and I looked over. It took about 2.5 seconds for my eyes to notice the floor beneath the highchair, covered with debris.


There were grapes and noodles and rice and napkins and straws, oh my!

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Closing Appeal for Steadfastness and Unity

Verse of the Day

Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable – if anything is excellent or praiseworthy – think about such things.

Philippians 4:8 NIV

Rejoice in the Lord always!

Ministering Before the Ark

Verse of the Day

Give praise to the Lord, proclaim his name; make known among the nations what he has done.

Chronicles 16:8 NIV

Glory in his holy name; let the hearts of those who seek the Lord rejoice.