Archive for December, 2005
Blest has reworked the 7 Sevens meme with a New Year’s twist and I have once again been tagged. I barely got it up before the new year ….but it is here. And not quite late yet!
The New Year’s Seven Sevens Meme!
7 things I want to do in 2006
1. Go to Acuna, Mexico on a mission trip with my church.
2. Meet some blogging buddies.
3. Take scuba diving lessons (from my neighbor!)
4. Read through the Bible in the year.
5. Take a financial course.
6. Take a photography class.
7. Finish remodeling my house.
Blest has requested that some of her favorite bloggers take up this meme reflecting on the past year. I don’t pretend to be anyone’s favorite blogger but I am a faithful reader of hers so I decided to jump on board!
So, here are my thoughts and reflections! Read with caution!
* What did you do in 2005 that you’ve never done before?
Easy. I got married! In the rain at that…
I also stayed in town for a category 5 hurrincane….
Both things I do not plan on doing again!
Today I was listening to a Focus on the Family broadcast. It was giving information to wives about building up their husbands and how important it was to their marriage.
I must say, I feel blessed to have the resources available with advice on how to be a good wife. The broadcast was very informative and gave lots of great information. Of course, it was part two of three, so I missed part one and will have to listen in tommorrow for the last segment….or I’ll listen in online later today!
There were some really great points about building your husband up. About how important it is to give him affirmation, to support him, to encourage and praise him, and to show him that you desire and love him. If you get a chance, ladies (or men I suppose) you should listen to the broadcast. It was great!
I was thinking how glad I was to have listened to it so early in my marriage. Of course, we always have the Bible to glean advice from for all relationships, do we not? How encouraging that God thought marriage a worthy enough institution to spend a great deal of time giving instruction for it.
21 and be subject to one another in the fear of Christ.
22 Wives, be subject to your own husbands, as to the Lord.
23 For the husband is the head of the wife, as Christ also is the head of the church, He Himself being the Savior of the body.
24 But as the church is subject to Christ, so also the wives ought to be to their husbands in everything.
25 Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ also loved the church and gave Himself up for her,
26 so that He might sanctify her, having cleansed her by the washing of water with the word,
27 that He might present to Himself the church in all her glory, having no spot or wrinkle or any such thing; but that she would be holy and blameless.
28 So husbands ought also to love their own wives as their own bodies. He who loves his own wife loves himself;
29 for no one ever hated his own flesh, but nourishes and cherishes it, just as Christ also does the church,
30 because we are members of His body.
31 FOR THIS REASON A MAN SHALL LEAVE HIS FATHER AND MOTHER AND SHALL BE JOINED TO HIS WIFE, AND THE TWO SHALL BECOME ONE FLESH.
32 This mystery is great; but I am speaking with reference to Christ and the church.
33 Nevertheless, each individual among you also is to love his own wife even as himself, and the wife must see to it that she respects her husband.
I love how God used the differences in men and women and gave instruction best suited for each. I know that lots of women seem to have a problem with this portion:
Wives, be subject to your own husbands, as to the Lord. For the husband is the head of the wife, as Christ also is the head of the church, He Himself being the Savior of the body. But as the church is subject to Christ, so also the wives ought to be to their husbands in everything.
I think it makes a lot of women uncomfortable and so they skim right over it and ignore it. Christian women that is. Non-Christian women tend to mock and ridicule it claiming it dishonors women and makes them a doormat for men.
…is what I am. Since yesterday at 1:27 a.m.
I cannot believe that my little girl is eight! Born two days after Christmas in December of 1997…
Yesterday was Shiloh’s day. We hosted a birthday party at our house. The first in our new house and one of the largest I’ve attempted. It wasn’t your traditional children’s birthday party, but it was quite lovely.
Only family came…but with my recent marriage family has more than doubled in size. (Oh yeah, the neighbors came but they are getting to be more like family all the time!)
We had an enormous feast of turkey, sugar snap peas, corn, baked potatoes, salad, meatballs, and then ice cream and a My Little Pony cake.
My Little Pony is about the girliest my daughter gets with the toys. She cannot abide dolls of any sort, but My Little Ponies are okay because they are animals! If you remember….she’s not your typical girly girl! (Still don’t have all my pictures back ….)
So in honor of her 8th birthday, I shall share eight Shiloh facts:
You gotta love our rained on hair-dos!
I thought I’d share my version of how Joshua and I became a couple to go with my first wedding picture post. You can read his version here.
I knew who Joshua was for a long time…because his mother is the song director at our church. So, actually, I saw him for years before I saw him for the first time. The first time I really noticed him was during a choir presentation.
I joined the choir in February of 2004. I believe he joined it the following summer (he’s not here for me to ask). Our church was having a Night of Praise and the choir was doing some really great music. I remember the music being a lot of fun.
We were supposed to be at the church at 5:00 for a reheresal the night of the performance. I had guitar practice from 4:30-5:30 so I was late for rehersal. There are no assigned seats in choir….you just sit with your section. I’m an alto. He’s a (wonderul, fabulous, talented) tenor. When I got to the rehersal it was packed and there was nowhere for me to sit.
I asked Mrs. Lisa (my mother-in-law, choir director) where she wanted me and she asked her son, Joshua, to scoot over and let me sit by him. (Now, I only found out later that she had been encouraging him to ask me out…isn’t she sneaky?) So, I end up sitting by Joshua.
Now, I had heard from others what a wonderful voice Josh had but I had never actually heard him before. I’ve heard his sister, brother, and mother all sing before and I knew they were quite talented.
But that night I heard him sing. And boy, can he sing! He has a most amazing voice. I also happened to notice that night that he was terribly cute!
I guess I kinda had a crush on him after that. But, I was trying to be a lady and I just cannot stand when girls chase guys. I think it looks desperate and pathetic. And, I really didn’t know anythig about him. So, I just admired him from a distance for a long time.
The day after Christmas. A nice, calm day where you have to unbutton your jeans for that extra inch of room and wade through the wrapping paper to get to your computer…
But wasn’t it a nice Christmas? Ours was. It was busy. And I wondered how hectic it might feel. I really hoped it wouldn’t be just hustling and bustling from one place to another (my in-laws and my parents live an hour apart-we’re right in the middle) but it was quite pleasant.
It was my first time over at my in-laws since I’ve been married. I felt right at home. (I even chipped in with the meal and earned three blisters peeling potatoes!) It was very comfortable (sans the blisters! Ouch!).
Then my parents house was a riot! Many more little ones!! Oy! My sister’s middle boy (Hunter) was extremely tired. He was also tired of opening gifts by the time we gave him the ones from us. All he wanted to do was shoot people or sword fight (Christmas presents). When we gave him his gift from us he just looked at it and walked off. So his mom chased him down and got in his path and shoved the gift right under his face. He gave her a most evil stare and hit the gift out of her hands with his gun and kicked the present away and stalked off.
I know it was terribly bad behavior, but it was incredibly funny. And he’s usually a much more plesant child to be around….he had just been Christmased out! (And he missed his nap!)
And it was our (Josh and I and the kids) first Christmas as a family. And I must say, I was absolutely wonderful.
One I’ll never forget!
Oh yeah…..and today we’ve been married one month!
Hope you all had a lovely Christmas as well! Feel free to share any and all that happened!
More than likely you are busy baking or wrapping presents. But if you take a break from spreading your yuletide cheer and just happen to stop by, I wanted to be sure and wish you a very Merry Christmas holiday.
Under the Mistletoe
Sitting under the mistletoe
(Pale-green, fairy mistletoe),
One last candle burning low,
All the sleepy dancers gone,
Just one candle burning on,
Shadows lurking everywhere:
Some one came, and kissed me there.
Tired I was; my head would go
Nodding under the mistletoe
(Pale-green, fairy mistletoe),
No footsteps came, no voice, but only,
Just as I sat there, sleepy, lonely,
Stooped in the still and shadowy air
Lips unseen – and kissed me there.
-Walter de la Mare
…but I am married to one.
I scored a measly 24 and Joshua walked away with a score of 84. I knew I was a tech support nightmare. I could tell that’s what they thought when I was on the phone with them. Luckily, they get left alone now that I’m married to a Computer High Geek.