Tuesday, November 20, 2012
Monday, November 19, 2012
Tuesday, November 13, 2012
Hi! The holiday season is upon us and things are CRAZY over here!! It surely is 'the most wonderful time of the year' and definitely the busiest for us. The hubs is working about 65 hours a week at this point getting ready for Thanksgiving and Christmas. I have been quite literally stuck at home-we had a HUGE blizzard last week which left us with 16 inches of snow. Not weather for dragging three kids with you to the grocery store! On top of being an almost single Mom right now (you real single Moms are AMAZING!), I am also refinishing a huge dining table and hutch for a client who is having a big Christmas party December 15th. No sweat huh!?
All I got for you today is the pics I've finally downloaded off my phone, some of which are from the summer. Lame, I know. However, if you can make it past all the pics of my cutie pie boys there's some pretty awesome pics from an estate sale I went to last week.
August- Before you all call DFS on me......one day after church this summer we had to run to WalMart. Little man was starving of course (don't babies have the BEST timing!), so Stanley ran in with the older boys and I nursed Isaac in the car. When he was done eating I stuck him in Phin's car seat to chill and he loved it!
This weekend- These two trouble makers took every single sheet, blanket and pillow in our house, piled them up in Isaac's crib and jumped on in. I'm going to give that crib a really good review for not breaking!!
June- The boys getting some Daddy time about two weeks after Isaac came home from the hospital.
Sassy back in September
All bundled up for a walk in October
Snack time theif!!!
Fun at the park in June
Playing in the snow last Friday.
Chalk Superman at the Farmers Market in August.
My brother Mikey came home for our younger brothers wedding reception in September and brought Jude the full Star Wars collection on DVD. After we picked him up at the airport the boys had to come home and take naps. : )
The beautiful Missouri River last month. I wish I had a better camera on my phone....the water was the deepest navy blue that day and this pic sadly doesn't do it justice!
AWESOME (original!) bathroom at the estate sale I went to.
Milo Baughman chrome dining table and 8 chrome chippendale chairs.
My jaw dropped when I saw this dining set not only because of the price-we'll get there in a second- but because I have NEVER seen anything close to this in my town. It's kind of unheard of to have something like this here.
Anyway, whole dining set, table and eight chairs in perfect condition, original (spotless) velvet upholstery........ $1,495!!!!
You can buy a pair of arm chairs here for $2,125 or two arm chairs and two side chairs here for $2,000.
If only I had a spare $1,500! Oh and a huge dining room!
HUGE Hibiscus sputnik!!! Unfortunately was not for sale.
6 piece wicker furniture set (twin headboard, nightstand, dresser with mirror and two pieces shown.) $600
Dresser and mirrors set $300
Yup that is a 1970's Gaetano Sciolari cubist chandelier! Once again, not for sale.
Sunday, November 4, 2012
The past few weeks have been tough ones and my heart is heavy.
Three weeks ago a couple very close to us suffered a miscarriage.
Yet I am always with you;
you hold me by my right hand.
You guide me with your counsel,
and afterward you will take me into glory.
Whom have I in heaven but you?
And earth has nothing I desire besides you.
My flesh and my heart may fail,
but God is the strength of my heart
and my portion forever.
Last week a friend of mine lost her 8 month old baby boy. I'm devastated for her and her husband and their three year old daughter.
But now, this is what the LORD says—
he who created you, O Jacob,
he who formed you, O Israel:
"Fear not, for I have redeemed you;
I have summoned you by name; you are mine.
When you pass through the waters,
I will be with you;
and when you pass through the rivers,
they will not sweep over you.
When you walk through the fire,
you will not be burned;
the flames will not set you ablaze
The Lord is close to the brokenhearted; he rescues those who are crushed in spirit. Psalm 34:18
I've been holding my sweet boys tighter this week.
Every time Isaac gets up to nurse at night I spend the time praying and more often than not crying for my friend and her family. Although they have hard days ahead, I know that the Lord holds them in His hand and that is such a comforting thought!
When something bad happens, the sovereignty of God is a very hard truth to accept, because if he is in control of everything, we wonder why he has allowed this universe to be ordered in a way that causes us pain. But when we begin to think that "the God I know would never allow this," we have taken our first step toward discovering that God is not who we think he is. That is when we can begin to explore the wonder of his sovereignty. Though God's sovereignty can be hard to accept, it is also a soft place to land. It is a rock underfoot when the winds blow in our lives. It confronts what seems absurd in our existence. God's sovereignty is our greatest hope as we face an uncertain and unknown future.
Some days we praise God not with exuberance, but through tears. Some days we praise him not with complete clarity, but with many questions. Some days we praise him not with gratitude for what he's given to us, but with gratitude in spite of what we've lost. Our difficult circumstances do not call his character into question. We know that he is wise and powerful and good, and we praise him for it—continually. In fact, in the darkness of our lives he shines brighter.