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Friday, July 31, 2009

swimming lessons

we signed the boys up for swimming lessons this summer. they were supposed to be semi-private, which would be a half-hour lesson with both boys together. after the first lesson, the instructor said that she had never seen anyone do the crawl stroke as good as aj with no previous swimming lessons. she said that she would be willing to do private lessons at no extra charge, since she thought it would be holding aj back to do the lesson together. they both really enjoyed the first lesson, but they absolutely LOVED the second lesson! riley was having a tough time getting the whole, put his face in, move his arms, AND kick all at the same time! she decided to put goggles on him to see how he would like it, and all of a sudden, he could do the crawl stroke perfectly!! it was amazing! he did a great job, and really loved it.

then it was aj's turn. he did awesome. he treaded water for 25 seconds, and learned how to dive off the diving board! she said he had moved up to a level 3, and riley was at level 2. they are so obedient and respectful to their teacher, and she has commented on that. we are very proud of their swimming but are even more proud of their attitudes that are so glorifying to God! :)

Thursday, July 30, 2009

blueberry picking

this morning, me and the boys went with my mom to our friends (the boulters) and picked blueberries! it started raining a bit when we first got there, but the weather turned out to be great, and we had a really good time. we picked 2 buckets full, and aj found some deer teeth! (gotta love being a boys mommy :)) we are enjoying the blueberries in some fruit salad as i type.

Wednesday, July 29, 2009

new pool

i realize that we aren't quite as cool as those of you with a "real pool" but target was selling this pool for HALF off, and i could NOT pass it up! as i was carrying it to the register, riley kept saying "this is like my best day ever". i felt pretty convinced that i was a pretty amazing momma :)
they have been in it non stop since i set it up! they could not be happier. can you tell??

Tuesday, July 28, 2009

my boys miss their cousins...

just remembering when i could just pack a lunch, and meet my sister at the beach. i miss those days~

Friday, July 24, 2009

Do I fear God?

I stayed up late last night doing a little bit of reading and studying. I started out just needing to finish my reading to keep me up to date on the reaing through the Bible in 90 days. I was reading in Isaiah 65 and I loved how it said "before they call, I will answer". I loved picturing God being able to answer before I even call. Well, since I have a Scofield study Bible, there are always cross references, so I started going here there and everywhere, and soon came to Psalm 25:14. "The secret of the Lord is with those who fear him." I wanted to know this secret!! I got my concordance, and looked up fear. (I have SO missed Faith Bible Institute this summer, and can't wait for classes to start again in the fall!)
Now let me just stop for a second here, and say how much I love my Bible. I have a real problem, at times, when people are so big into reading books. Don't get me wrong, I enjoy a good book and I know that you can learn a lot from other people. HOWEVER - there are so many people who are always talking about this book or that book, and how this book changed their life, and how they never really unederstood something until they read that book. I love this quote from Amy Carmichael "Never let good books take the place of the Bible. Drink from the Well, not from the streams that flow from the Well".
DO WE GET IT???? We have words DIRECTLY from the creator of this universe, the creator of US! Why do we not understand that we do not need to rely on the words of mere humans? There is always going to be the chance that the person's words you are reading could have error in them. God's Word never will. I realize there may be a bit of irony here, since I am human, and you are reading this, but like I said, I don't find anything wrong in reading. I only have a problem when people become so obsessed and consumed with people that they forget they have the all-powerful, life-changing, direct words of GOD!
ok, I will climb down off my soap box now! :)
Anwyways, I started doing all this research on the fear of God. I have studied it before, and I "know" what it means, but the more i researched it, the more I realized how much I do not DO it! I love Deuteronomy, and there are tons of verses that talk about fear in that book. The first thing I realized is that fear is LEARNED! I mean, I guess I knew that, but it makes sense to me. (at least it did at 1am!!) Babies do not fear anything, because they have not learned to fear anything. It's the same way spiritually. We need to learn to fear. Deut. 31:12-13 has an entire 3 point sermon if anyone is ever interested! 1.Hear 2. Learn to fear 3. Observe.
Fearing always starts with hearing! 1.We have to hear God's Word. We have to be listening to know what we are to fear. 2.Then we need to learn to fear him. Read the verses that talk about the wrath of God, what He does when people turn away from Him. Am I afraid of disobeying God? Abraham was! He was so afraid of what disobedience would do, that he was willing to kill his own son! That is true fear! What else would drive you to do that? Fear drives you to do things, and usually NOT to do things! 3.Then we need to observe. Deut. 6:24 says that fearing God is "for our good ALWAYS". ALWAYS!! This is a different kind of fear that we will ever obtain, because we know that God wants what's best for us. Psalm 31:19 says "Oh how great is your goodness, which you have laid up for those who fear you" It's like He's got good things sitting there waiting for us, if we will just fear Him! So what are we waiting for?
I really believe that I will live my life so much differently if I learn to fear God the way that I should. Take a little time and look up fear in a concordance. It will be well worth your time!

Thursday, July 23, 2009

Our God is an Awesome God

I have had so many thoughts about life this last month. There has been a lot going on in my life, and in my mind! Sometimes it just needs to come down to the fact that God is the only constant, and the only one we can always trust in. A good thing to think about before going to bed tonight!

Wednesday, July 08, 2009

thought i would share a few more pics. couldn't pass up this precious picture of leah from last week! and then a few from last weekend's chase family bash :)

Tuesday, July 07, 2009

father's day

so i haven't blogged for a while. what of it. so my sister who just moved to a new state, and has six kids blogs every five seconds. she is an amazing person - no doubt about it it!
well, things have been so crazy and busy around here it's not even funny! also, i don't like to just put up pictures without trying to think of something clever to say. well, i am past that, so here is a picture of the boys giving adam his father's day present, and then the boys wrestling with their grampops!! that's it. nothing clever :)

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