Tuesday, October 30, 2012

The beautiful random times in our days!

I love getting to wake up not knowing exactly what will come of our day.  Soren has 7 1/2 hours of preschool a week, Maeta has 45 min. of gymnastics a week, I have 3 hours of MOMS every other week, and we have 1 1/2 hours of church a week.  Other than those scheduled events, we pretty much just see where the day takes us.  Here are some of the blessings of our random days.
Sweet Selah usually gets interrupted naps...
 Apple Orchards...

 Super Heroes with Cousins...
 Boo Bash at Kowolskis...
 Morning devotions in front of the fire...
 Being trapped by your siblings...
 Snuggles with daddy...
 Nature Hikes...
 Dressing warm to still enjoy being outside for a few more weeks...
 Hot Coco with marshmallows...
 Eating Fall leaves!
 Splits in boots by an almost frozen lake...
 The little girls trying to act so big playing with trains, and Selah standing for the first time on her own (holding something)...
Maeta working on her hand writing and getting very good at what sounds each letter makes...
Blessings!

Thursday, October 25, 2012

Forgivness

I have days when I am frozen at the reality and vastness of my sin.  How could I have done that in the past.  How am I currently still struggling with this even after know it is wrong?  How can I see my sin, repent and turn from it only to revisit it within the same day?  How can I love God with a burning passion and still struggle with this.  How could I have loved God in the past and lived in a way that didn't show it.  How am I not showing it now?  

I believe that Jesus knew I was going to sin, but did he really know I would sin this bad???  YES.  He knew every sin of mine before creating me, before He knit me together in my mother's womb.  AND HE STILL CHOSE TO GIVE ME LIFE.  Some days I feel so ashamed, so sad, so frozen at the reality of my sin, BUT those are days when I am believing the lie.  Satan's lie.  The lie that I am expected to be good enough for God on my own.  God knew this would be impossible for me to achieve so that is why His plan before the Creation of the World was to send His only Son to die for sinners like me.  I believe all these verses to be true...

Isaiah 1:18 "though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be as white as snow"

2 Corinthians 5:17  "Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation.  The old has passed away; behold, the new has come."

1 John 1:9  "If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness."

Romans 3:23 "for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, and are justified by his grace as a gift, through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus, whom God put forward as a propitiation by his blood, to be received by faith.  This was to show God's righteousness, because in his divine forbearance he had passed over former sins.  It was to show his righteousness at the present time, so that he might be just and the justifier of the one who has faith in Jesus."
*Propitiation: reconciling God and me through the blood of Jesus

Romans 10:9  "because, if you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved."

So today, when Satan is tempting me to feel ashamed, frozen, a failure, I STAND ON THE WORD OF GOD, and trust that I am washed clean.  I cannot and will never be "good enough" for my Heavenly Father, but Jesus covers me so that my Father sees me as WHITE AS SNOW.  Satan you don't win this one, I won't believe your lies.  I belong to my Father and I am precious in His sight.

Sunday, October 21, 2012

Cabin 2012

We enjoyed a beautiful and fun weekend at the Cabin with the Opsahl gang this past weekend.  We left Friday morning and since the Dustin and Luke had to work Courtney and Finn rode with us.  The kids were so excited to have baby Finn in the car!
 I can't believe that the # of kids is getting closer and closer to the # of adults.  There are a lot of babies!  Lots of baby holding, feeding, gear, toys, and pictures!  I guess that is what you get when there are 3 born within 8 months! 
 Here is how our days were spent...
When we got there we just settled in and began playing with babies & kids...
 We went hiking in the woods.  Here are Lucy and Maeta on the hike...
 And Alicia with Ruthann and me with Selah...
 Maeta's little body had trouble picking up those heavy boots around all the woods so Nana came to the rescue!
 Then we built a fire.  I loved watching the boys this weekend.  They both seemed so grown up and loved doing "boy" stuff with the dads and papa.  
 The kids tried to keep getting Nana to give them more marshmallows.  
 The next morning we woke up and started playing baseball...
 ERGOs:  The 3 of us did all the babies naps in these.  We and they LOVE them.  You just put the little cover over them and asleep they go!  Just about every picture has a baby in the Ergo...
 My man and I (and Selah)
 The little girls love uncle Luke and usually giggle around him!
Lots of snuggles...
 Puzzles
Playing...
 Eating/snacking...
 Watching mom make dinner...
A few pictures of baby Finn...
 Sam is always so great at helping us out with the kids.  She can even get the babies to sleep in the Ergo!
 Soren and Maeta loved holding baby Finn...

 It was fun to get to see Courtney and Luke in action as parents.  They seem so natural at it!
 Papa Thomas with Finn Thomas...
 Every year we write ghost stories, so here we are writing them and then Dustin read them all!
 Good morning!
 Family walk...
 Courtney and Finn...
 Daddies are the greatest!
 Finn getting his first ever bottle...
 I laughed on the car ride home because Maeta was just lounging in her jammies, shoes off, feet up, eating McDonald's!


Carolyn and Paul, thank you so much for blessing our family again with a weekend up at your cabin.  We had such a wonderful time!

Thursday, October 18, 2012

Selah & Finn

What a blessing cousins are!  So fun watching them grow up with each other!  Selah and Finn are just shy of 6 months apart.  We love you Finn!

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Fall 2012

I absolutely LOVE Selah's little face in this picture!
Someday we might get a picture with everyone looking and smiling!

Sunday, October 14, 2012

Selah 6 Months (late)

Sweet Selah you are 6 months old.  You fit so perfectly into our family and we are so inlove with you.  Daddy, Soren, Maeta and I can't believe how cute and smiley you are.  You barely ever denie someone a smile.  Most of the time you smile at someone and bashfully snuggle your face into the person holding you.  Sweet.
 You love to sit and are so proud of yourself!  I give you a bucket of toys and you are set! 
 You also love commotion around you.  You quietly observe the world around!  You rarely cry but you  hate the car at night.  You will scream almost everytime we drive somewhere in the dark.  
You are pretty attached to mom.  You have been wanting to snuggle and eat all night long, but I don't sleep very well doing that so I am trying to teach you to sleep in your crib!
You still only really like to eat avocadoes but barely eat any before acting sooooo full!  You are still a peanut weighing 13.4 lbs. 
 We love you so much baby girl.  We praise God for making you the way HE did.