Happy Valentine's Day

Two posts in one day, crazy right?

I just had a hard time not acknowledging where the
real focus of love should be on this day when we celebrate “love.”
One can call it a “Hallmark Holiday” because of the
mass amount of profit the company, or similar companies, makes.
One can be cynical because it is a holiday
for those with significant others or close loved ones,
but some are all alone.

But if today is about love,
as Christians we are first and foremost called to
focus our love on our Savior.
The first commandment calls us to solely focus on God,
“You shall have no other gods before me” Exodus 20:3.
And Matthew 22:37-38 tells us Jesus’ reply to the
testing from a Pharisee regarding the greatest commandment.
“Jesus replied: ‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart
and with all your soul and with all your mind.’
This is the first and greatest commandment.”
Often we focus on Matthew 22:37 which is excellent but
too often we leave out verse 38 which is
rather important as well.

Of course we are called to love our spouses, families, friends, neighbors;
but the love we pour out over them comes from the love God pours out over us
(1 John 4:7 “…love comes from God.”).
Without our full love and devotion focused on God,
we cannot properly love those God calls us to love.

It is God who demonstrates perfect love (1 John 4:8 “…God is Love.”).
It is God who gives us strength to love (2 Samuel 22: 33 “It is God who arms me with strength…”).
It is God who first loved (1 John 4:19 “We love because God first loved us.”).

In January God put it on my heart to read Song of Songs on Mondays
and Isaiah through the remainder of the week.
He also called me to fast on Mondays.
Luke 5:33-39 identifies fasting in the absence of Christ.
“Can you make the guests of the bridegroom fast while he is with them?
But the time will come when the bridegroom will be taken from them;
in those days they will fast,” Luke 5:34 & 35.

Reading the Song of Songs which depicts
the Bride/Bridegroom relationship and
fasting for Christ’s return on Mondays lands me
this Monday on Valentine’s Day.
Maybe I’m the only one that finds that fascinating,
but I do.
That my focus on loving God through the Song of Songs,
pressing in to Him through fasting would
align on a day focused on love.
To me, that’s the perfect example of God showing me His love.

Love isn’t candy hearts, chocolates, or teddy bears.
Love is God, our Savior, Christ Jesus.

I love my husband and my children but in order to love them fully
I must love my God first.

Isaiah 2:22 says, “Stop trusting in man, who has but breath in his nostrils. Of what account is he?”

I put my love, trust, and faith in the one who gives me breath.

Happy Valentine’s Day.

Feels Like Home

I love this song and it always makes me cry,
particularly when I think of my "home" now.
So, in honor of Valentine's Day and
my oh-so-gracious and amazing husband...

"Feels Like Home" by Chantal Kreviazuk

Somethin' in your eyes, makes me wanna lose myself
Makes me wanna lose myself, in your arms
There's somethin' in your voice, makes my heart beat fast
Hope this feeling lasts, the rest of my life

If you knew how lonely my life has been
And how long I've been so alone
And if you knew how I wanted someone to come along
And change my life the way you've done

It feels like home to me, it feels like home to me
It feels like I'm all the way back where I come from
It feels like home to me, it feels like home to me
It feels like I'm all the way back where I belong

A window breaks, down a long, dark street
And a siren wails in the night
But I'm alright, 'cause I have you here with me
And I can almost see, through the dark there is light

Well, if you knew how much this moment means to me
And how long I've waited for your touch
And if you knew how happy you are making me
I never thought that I'd love anyone so much

It feels like home to me, it feels like home to me
It feels like I'm all the way the back where I come from
It feels like home to me, it feels like home to me
It feels like I'm all the way back where I belong
It feels like I'm all the way back where I belong

Thanks Hon!

You've made a great home.


Here we go again

Last years birthday weekend in Colorado.




SO excited for this year.

We leave in 6 hours, 36 minutes, 45 seconds, 44, 43, 42...


1 Whole Year

It's hard to believe a whole year has gone by since our last birthday trip to Colorado.

This time last year Elle had just visited the dentist for the first time.  She has now gone a grand total of 3 times, which clearly makes her a pro, and she still LOVES it.  She honestly get so excited to go.

This time last year Elle was starting to initiate dinner time conversations around the table.  Remember Smart Kid and When I Grow Up.  Or good gracious who could forget this one: God Made You Too.  She still talks...a lot.  All things girl of course: dance, princesses, American Girl, MAKE UP!, clothes, shoes, and on and on and on.  She informed me tonight her three favorite movies are her Care Bears movies, The Sound Of Music, and Felicity (her American Girl movie).  I've loved seeing her tastes develop.

This time last year I was so grateful that Elle only had two potty accidents in 5 days.  Thank goodness we've got that under control.  Now we have a daughter going on 4 years old going on 16 years old.  I thought we had until at least 11!  Mind you, its not all bad that she uses these skills for.  For example, just the other day, Elle and Gabe were playing wonderfully together, or apart, and Gabe pulled something out at which point Kyle and I hear, "Whoa, whoa, whoa. Gabe.  You should go ask Mom and Dad before you play with that."  Turns out, he put it away. :)

I can't believe I've been married over 5 years much less that I have a 4 year old!  One that so lovely takes my face in her learning-to-be-graceful hands and says, "Mommy, I'm just so proud of you."  I love that she says that more because it means she's heard it from us than for any other reason.  I am proud of her.  She's smart, she asks questions, she pushes, she (usually) listens, she loves, she helps, she cares, and the best part...that kids got gumption.

So here's to my "baby" girl who is growing up to fast because what would a mother be without her daughter and what would a daughter be without her mother.  Thank you Elle, for teaching me all those lessons your grandmother has been trying to drill in my head for the last...few years.