Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Crafts and a snow day!

Happy Leap Day!

Ava is making progress every day in her vocabulary. She said "ready go" the other day.

We had an unexpected snow day today! Jack couldn't wait to get out in it. I think we all are a little stir crazy lately. I keep trying to find things to work on in the house. Jack jumps around the furniture, and Ava even runs laps around the kitchen/dining room circle.

We are looking forward to our missions month at our church, having some new mission works presented, and enjoying our Taste of the World night. So March and April will be busy with missions, vacation, awana, and finishing up our moms group and ladies fellowship meetings before our summer break. And spring and Easter will be here soon!

I have been reading the book Made to Crave by Lysa Terkeurst. It has really impacted me. The main idea is that God has created us to crave Him and Satan wants to replace our cravings for God with any fleshly pleasure he can use to entice us. So anything we feel we can't give up, we are relying on that thing more than we are relying on God, and therefore sinning. The book mostly deals with food cravings but again the principle applies to anything we put before the Lord. After having Ava and dealing with postpartum issues, I became emotionally attached to food and was afraid to give up certain foods I was attached to. As soon as I read the book, I gave up those foods. This was almost 8 weeks ago, and I have lost almost 20 pounds. I still have a ways to go, but I'm glad to finally be dealing with this. As Lysa says in her book, we were made for more than this!

So that's our week and a look into the next few. Everyone is healthy and happy, so praise the Lord! February has been kind of quiet which we've also enjoyed, but come on March!

Thursday, February 9, 2012

Weird Winter

This has definitely been a strange winter here in Minnesota. I can't remember a winter here being so mild and snowless. There have been some cold days but nowhere near as many as usual. Along with the cold days we had some days in January when we were close to or at 50 degrees. That's unheard of in Minnesota. Last year was one of the snowiest years ever and this year has been one of the least snowiest ever. Today was not exactly warm but it wasn't too bad so I took Jack outside and we rode bikes for a while and played a little baseball.

Thursday, February 2, 2012

New word

Ava has said shoes a few times now and points to them, so I know it's not a fluke! She has lately started sitting on the counter while I get ready in the morning. She likes to try to put the lipstick in her hair. Luckily she hasn't figured out how to roll the tube up yet.

Jack is growing up more every day. He copies phrases we use like Ava is out of it when she's tired. He wanted to know how many more sleeps until we go to Florida. And there are 50 just in case you are wondering too!