Sunday, April 29, 2012

The God-Size Miracle & A Sleepover On The Farm

Papa had some testing he had to do that morning. 
Papaw quietly snuck down to the trailer that we had stashed it in for the night and set it right there off to the side of the driveway....

It's no coincidence how it got here. In fact, it's straight up Jesus who brought it! Siah had told us at the dinner table one night, how he longed for that motor and four wheels. The Cowboy and I looked at each other, smiled. Even though we knew we couldn't afford it, it was still fun to dream about. 
We told our Siah that it was awful expensive and that he would have to pray and ask the Lord to provide a miracle. We told him that even if God didn't bring the money, God was and is, still good. We told him that this was a great opportunity to choose gratitude no matter what was to come.

Then, on a Friday night, the kids were in bed and the Cowboy and I were on the porch, praying up prayers and asking if the Lord would want to provide money for a quad. 
It was frivolous and we knew it. 
But that's the thing about the Lord. For some reason He even cares about the frivolous.

And on Saturday afternoon, the Cowboy went to the mailbox and there was a check in the mail from a woman who simply wanted to be generous! 
The Cowboy came walking into the kitchen with our birthday miracle in his hand. 
He picked me up and twirled me around right there by the sink. 

And I don't know why, after all these years, after all these times, all these stories, all these miracles... we still find our hearts surprised when He provides so miraculously?
Silly us!! :)

And oh, that morning, the morning of his 7th birthday, that morning that I'll remember till I'm old and grey. 
Our Siah walked out onto the farm porch and his eyes got all big and that toothless grin took over his face and__ HE__WAS__STOKED!!!!

It was freezing outside, but nobody cared. He started rattling off all his questions, trying to figure out how to use the thing. And each and every time my Siah started up that quad, the little charmer would run and hide behind a tree, the loud noise making him cry. :(
Siah figured it out real quick and he rode it nearly the whole day. He'd come inside only to warm up his hands or get something to eat, then he was back at it again. :)

Then on a Saturday night, we had our very first birthday sleepover here on the farm. Pizza and Mama's last minute cake creation. There were Rocket Pops and glow in the dark spy glasses, riding bikes and games of tag out in the farm fields, movies and a late-night dance party. The Charmer just wanted to keep up with the big boys and had quite a few tears. The girls stuck close to their Papaw. Everyone was out cold by 10':15... and the littlest one was up at 5:30. :) 

We'll all be taking naps on this lovely Sunday afternoon. 

This year has been a year of shifting for me with my oldest treasures. Birthdays are different, attitudes are different, hearts are growing and changing. I've love that things aren't always the same, that I get to watch the Lord mold them and shape them into the little people that He wants them to be for His glory. But there's also a tiny bit of sadness that always hits me when another birthday just passes swiftly by. Saturday came and went and now he'll never be six again. He's taller now and in the last eight weeks he's eaten me out of house and home and he's gained six pounds. He's learning the art of self-control over his emotions, an art that I'm convinced just might take a lifetime, but still most certainly worth the pursuit. :) He's growing up and I find it to be this unspeakable privilege to grow up with him under this farmhouse roof. 

Happy 7th birthday sweet boy of mine! I love living this life with you! 

Saturday, April 28, 2012

Papaw's In Town

Papaw came to town and brought a couple of helicopters... one for my Siah's seventh birthday and one for the Cowboy, just because. :)
"This is the coolest present ever!" ... 
That's what he said with the controls in his hands and that little boy grin lighting up his face.
We love when Papaw comes to town...

Tonight, we're having some pizza and a sleepover... and a little surprise that I can't wait to give to my Siah!! :) Woohoo! :)

Friday, April 27, 2012

A Letter To My Siah On His 7th Birthday


Are you really seven. I went to sleep one night and woke up and found your again toothless grin looking straight into me, into my Mama heart. You are your Papa's son, nearly to a T__ and we all know how I feel about your Papa__ I'm giddy over that man. (We have a dog don't we?? :)

You like to have things all in order. You like to know the timing of everything even though you still are trying to truly grasp time. After waiting five whole minutes for your new helicopter to charge today, you were convinced that surely an hour had passed and you could play with the copter again. :) 

I thought the day would never come, but together we've learned the art of learning how to read. I'm so proud of you and your perseverance in the whole thing. You've taught me that it really is possible to read while switching positions 50 times or more in a minute or less. You make me smile.

You're teacher called me the other day and told me how well you were doing in your classes. She told me that you were the best in the class, knowing all 70 of your phonograms. She said that she has you sitting at the back of the room because you like to stand most of the day. And one day when she asked you why you weren't writing that one word down on your paper and you told her, "Mrs. Nosal, this grammar stuff is BORING!" I'm glad you don't struggle with being honest. :)

You are this Mama's biggest helper. I can't thank you enough for the way you do your chores without arguing or complaining. 

You love on your little brother in a way that lights up my soul. It's my favorite when I look out the tall windows and see the two of you cruising in the jeep, Jeddy laughing and you grinning from ear to ear, the wind blowing wild in both your faces. I love the way you tell everyone that your brother is your "first" best friend. 

Lately you have grown so much in your passion for God's Word. A few times a day you ask me to show where things are in that big book and you tell  me how you want to learn to read the whole thing yourself. I pray with all my heart that that passion never fades. As Deuteronomy 32:47 says, "These instructions are not mere words... they are YOUR LIFE!" Yes my sweet son, may His Words truly, throughout these years under this farmhouse roof, become your life. :)

Sweet Siah man... I have loved you like crazy since the day you were born! I hope that today and everyday, you never doubt my beyond words love for you. But above all, like we pray every last night together as I tuck you in tight under your cars-comforter, I hope that you KNOW more than ANYTHING, HIS Never stopping, Never giving up, Unbreaking, Always and Forever love for you!

Happy Happy Happy 7th Birthday to my amazing Siah! 

Love you true, 

All His Benefits

Psalm 103

Praise the Lord, oh my soul; (a definition of soul: mind to think, emotions to respond and a will to choose... in praising Him with my soul, I am submitting my mind, my emotions and my will to whatever pleases Him. Awesome? Yes!)
all my inmost being, praise his holy name.

Praise the Lord, oh my soul,
and forget not all his benefits__

who FORGIVES all your sins (literally meaning, "to show oneself gentle, a lightness, a lifting up." I love how in the listing, forgiveness, "a weight lifted," is mentioned first.:)
and HEALS all your diseases,
who REDEEMS your life from the pit (literally, "the bringing back of purpose, of identity, of love. Like the fatherless child who gets adopted, rescued!" He_Redeems_US! Amazing!)
and CROWNS you with love and compassion, (The word "compassion" used here is a word that is only used in the Bible to describe God, never people. His compassion towards us is far beyond human ability.)
who SATISFIES your desires with good things (The word satisfy, is "ascribed to the soul, and to the eye which is satisfied in seeing." He satisfies our souls in allowing us to see more and more of Himself...)
so that your youth is RENEWED like the eagles. (Each and every year, an eagle receives a brand new set of feathers.The Lord will always renew. He is faithful to make all things new.)

He forgives and heals,
redeems and crowns,
satisfies and renews...
daily, hourly, moment by moment.
He is all these things, in me and through me, without fail. Life can't get much sweeter than that. :)

On the messy days, I need only to think upon all His benefits.

Sunday, April 22, 2012

Planting Seeds Against Social Injustice

He's a really bad man who takes children from their homes and trains them to be soldiers, trains them to kill strangers, and even worse, trains them to kill their own. He's been doing this for decades and has never been caught, or served time for his heinous acts of injustice.

But one group dared to be bold. 
One group has spent the past decade working together with the media, with the government, with anyone who has been willing to listen, and willing to fight for what they've know all along to be right... They've fought for justice. They've fought for those who are unable to fight for themselves.

And last Friday night they gave the world an opportunity to come together and let the nations know that this yucky, yucky man needs to be brought to justice. They challenged the world to "Cover The Night,"  with posters of this yucky man's face, to make him famous. Not famous to applaud him, but famous for the sake of a desperate desire for justice. Their hope was to tell the leaders of all nations that it's important to millions of people around the entire world that this man should no longer be able to take children and use them for such evil.

The Cowboy and I have watched this video together countless times... We're always asking the Lord to lead us into opportunities to serve around the world, even though we know that it will often times look different for us in this season with many small children.

How could we help fight against this yucky man and include our kids in the fight without scaring the pants off of them?

Cover The Night was an incredible opportunity for us live out the blessing of serving others with our children. With discretion we were able to explain to them that we had an opportunity to help put a bad man in jail. And together with our treasure friends and neighbors we were able to "Cover The Farm" with 
"Kony 2012 " posters.

When we told our Siah about Kony, he assured us that he never wanted to go to Africa. I can only imagine the things that were going on in his little mind and he tried to grasp the things that are happening around the world. But it opened up an opportunity to chat with our boy. He might be afraid now, but as he grows, who knows, maybe the Lord will give him passion and courage to stand up for those who are unable to stand up for themselves.

One of my absolute favorite things about being a parent are the days when we get to give the treasures opportunities to think outside themselves, and to at least plant possibilities in their hearts. 

Truthfully, the idea of social injustice might be way over their heads at this stage in their little lives.
But my theory is that there is never any harm in the planting. After all, it is the Lord that grows the seeds. :)

So the Cowboy and I, we plant at every opportunity, and believe with every ounce of our being that HE will be faithful to grow up in them whatever will bring HIM the most glory. :)