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Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Journey with Josiah {4}

Josiah will turn three come August.  I sure did think that he would have been talking by now. And goodness knows that I have tried so hard to get him to....from diets, to speech therapy, to supplements, different doctors, etc. (you can read about these avenues that we have explored in my three previous posts titled "Journey with Josiah") The gluten free diet that we had him on was unrealistic for us.  It was too hard and too expensive to see as little results as we were seeing. Also, he made no improvement from the speech therapy that he received for several months.  And the supplements and detoxification? Well, shortly after we moved to Lawton, Josiah got sick with the flu and for a few days, he couldn't keep anything down. We had been dissolving his supplements and detoxosode in water and adding the mixture to juice and he took this without a problem....until he got sick.  Once he was finally able to keep food and liquid down again, he refused to take his juice "mixture" and to this day he still refuses...forcing it down him makes him upset, gag and throw up. 

So what's the next step?

To enjoy him.... 

This age is so fleeting and it seems like I have spent the last year doing more worrying about him than I have spent enjoying him.  So much time, energy and money has been used to explore so many different avenues....avenues that I have ventured down just because they have helped other children and not necessarily because God wanted me to.  So right now I am doing what God wants me to do. I am casting this burden completely on Him and trusting that He will give Josiah a voice in His own time. If He tells me to try something different, I will, but in the mean time, I'm going to focus on the joy that Josiah brings to my life...I'm going to focus on how smart he loving he has become with his hugs and fast he climbs up in his eating chair when he sees me fixing his he runs straight for his bed when we say "night night time" he has a favorite new toy every he runs and jumps with so much excitement when he is playing he tries to tap dance like the penguins on Happy Feet...I could do on and on.  I am so blessed to be Josiah's mommy. 

Friday, April 20, 2012

Go and Do and Explore...rinse, repeat!

Well, there's one thing that I know for sure and that is that my boys like to go and do and explore and then go and do and explore some more.  They keep us on our toes for sure. But I love this about them....this curiousity...this need to learn and explore.  I pray that this personality trait sticks with them...that it would follow them into adulthood.  And most of all that their love for the Lord would be the driving factor to seek to learn all that they can about Him.  I pray that Jordan and I will continue to be parents who help to feed this hunger within them.

Here's what they have been up to the past couple of weeks:

Bob the Stroller has been getting ALOT of action the past few weeks as we have been exploring the country around our new home. 

We stroll through Letitia Cemetery almost everyday.  These lizards (Mountain Boomers) are everywhere out there. We like to make a habit of counting how many lizards we see on each walk.  So far our record is 13...

Here's a little more of what we have seen on our walks:

Josiah was crazy about these guys!...and the llama...

I absolutely love the view out here:

...but I love this view even more:

We also went into town and visited Elmer Thomas Park and Museum:

These little guys were everywhere....

In other news, do you remember Josiah's love for penguins? Well, he has passed that love on to Elijah.  So without further adieu, let me introduce Pepper:

So this is a random picture but this is a random blog post altogether so it works...Can you tell that this boy likes cake???

And last but not least, the weather has been beautiful this past week so we finally got to pull out one of Eli's birthday presents and put it to good use:

I'll end with this next one because the red hair is sure to make you smile:

Thursday, April 12, 2012

Resurrection Day {2012}

On April 1st, our church had its egg hunt. This was the first egg hunt that both of our boys had ever participated was very special watching them figure it all out. Eli figured it out realy quick and was practically throwing the eggs in his basket...then he would sit down on the ground and take a break...then he was at it again! (oh, and I would like to mention that Eli's lunch found its way all over his shirt which is why my pasty, little read head is hunting eggs without a shirt...I've gotta start remembering to take his shirt off when he eats)

Watching Josiah hunt eggs was pretty entertaining.  He would gather up as many eggs as his two arms could carry...but instead of putting them in his basket, he would dump them in a pile and gaurd over them. We tried to put some of his eggs in his basket but he just took them back out...

This past Sunday (8th) was actually Resurrection Day. We had a great day celebrating our risen Savior.  The message that the Lord spoke through Jordan was truly amazing, the boys enjoyed their goodies (Tarzan dvd, Leap Frog dvd, books, and bath letters), and we had a great lunch with a dear, sweet lady in our church. 

Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Humbled Here

We moved to Lawton, Oklahoma on February 26th.  Though I have blogged since we moved here six weeks ago, I have not officially blogged about the move. 

One Wednesday night in January we got a call from a guy named Chad calling from Letitia Baptist Church. It was about 9:30 pm.  I remember exactly what we were doing when Jordan received the call.  We were sitting on our couch going through Mark and Grace Driscoll's Real Marriage book. (great book by the way). We were completely taken back because normally pulpit committees do not call at that time of night.  But Chad was beside himself and couldn't conceal his excitement.  He had to make the call.  He began to tell Jordan how he had had a vision from God and that Jordan was going to be their next pastor. This excited us as well.  For months we had been praying that God would just tell us where He wanted us to go.  Little did we know that He was going to use Chad to speak to us.

So after an initial phone interview with the pulpit committee, we set up an actual interview for January 28th.  The committee voted to proceed and on February 5th the committee traveled to Bonham, Texas to hear Jordan preach at a Super Bowl event.  Once again the commitee voted to proceed with Jordan as their candidate for their senior pastor position and on Sunday, February 26th, Jordan preached in view of a call.  The church body voted yes and because our house in Vernon was already packed, they were able to move us into the parsonage that same day. 

The last six weeks have been a wonderful whirlwind. We love it here.  Although I told the Lord a few years back when we entered the ministry that I would go wherever he led, I never actually imagined Him leading this Texas girl out of Texas.  In fact, when he moved us to Vernon (which is still Texas) I felt completely uprooted and lost in a world completely different from my East Texas upbringing. So the thought of us moving any further North did not thrill my soul at first.  But when we came to Lawton for the interview, I fell in love with this place.  And not just this place but the people even more so. 

I'm going to be perfectly honest here and say that before the Lord moved us to Lawton, I went through a period of being angry at God and questioning why things happened the way they did in Vernon. Didn't two servants who unashamedly proclaim His Word deserve to be treated better? .....Don't we all find ourselves in this very place from time to time?...When we feel that the world is out to get us? But it took me awhile to realize that I don't deserve anything from God. He owes me nothing.  And who am I to question my Maker? Everything He does is good.  Even if it seems bad to us.  (I feel a sermon coming on....ha...I'm going to stop now and leave the preaching to Jordan)

Anyway, once we offically move to Lawton, I became even more convicted of the way I had questioned my Maker.  For so long I thought that Jordan and I deserved this...this place of healing...this place where the people are truly hungry for the Word...this people who make the bible their sole authority...this people who don't place events and sports and other idols above the importance of sound preaching...this people who truly know that all that other stuff just falls into place when they make God their number one....isn't this the church that we thought we deserved?...the church that Jordan deserved to pastor? Truth be told, now that we're here, I feel completely humbled.  I feel completely overwhelmed by God's grace.  The truth is that we don't deserve one deserves God's goodness...but isn't that what grace is all about?...the Lord giving us something that we don't deserve? Yes, thank you God! I am completely humbled and in awe of Him.

Did I mention that Josiah and Elijah love it here, too? This thrills my soul as well!

Here are some pics from the last few weeks: