Like Mother, Like Daughter

I have a strange habit of eating crackers with ice cream. I'll dip the crackers in the ice cream and then eat them. This is not a pregnancy thing...just something I like to do.
We were at Jason's Deli the other day for lunch and after eating, I went and got the girls some ice cream. Well, wouldn't you know it, little Claire picked up the closest cracker, dipped it in her ice cream and then ate it. Other strange things she dips are goldfish in cupcake icing and cheese quesadilla in pudding. I love that girl!


Blessings from God

This blog post by Jason Dollar of the Apologetics Resource Center provides yet another reminder of how children are a blessing from God.

Bunny Rabbits?

Rick (to Peggy): Do you think when Adam was naming all the animals he called the bunny, "Bunny" or "Rabbit" or did he give it both names?

Peggy: Well, it probably wasn't in english, so....

I quickly realized Peggy had a good point and that the in-depth reading and studying for seminary is getting to me.


Be Fruitful and Multiply

We are currently participating in a Bible study covering the covenant of redemption. Tonight's discussion centered around man being made in God's image and God's desire for man to be fruitful and multiply. After Peggy's post yesterday, this study was timely for me.

Genesis 1

27So God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created
him; male and female he created them. 28And God blessed them.
And God said to them, "Be fruitful and multiply and fill the earth and subdue it
and have dominion over .....
Two things were noted from the above verses:
1. Mankind was made to be "imagers" of God
2. Mankind is commanded to be fruitful and multiply

Genesis 6

1When man began to multiply on the face of the land.... 5The LORD saw
that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every intention of
the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually. 6And the LORD was sorry
that he had made man on the earth, and it grieved him to his heart.

It was then noted in Genesis 6 that God was sorry after man began to fulfill the command to multiply. Why is this? He is sorry because man's thoughts are evil continually. So, men were multiplying enemies of God.

Genesis 9
1And God blessed Noah and his sons and said to them, "Be fruitful and multiply and fill the earth.

After leaving the Ark, Noah is told to be fruitful and multiply. God's desire for man to fill the earth has not ceased. His anger and wrath from previous chapters was a result of man's wickedness and in multiplying that wickedness.

God desires His imagers to be fruitful and multiply. He desires His people to teach those under our care to know Him. Remember that both believers and non-believers are being fruitful and multiplying and it is a great privilege to raise children in God's truth.

Conversations with Kate

Rick: What is this? (Pointing to a picture of rocks in the ocean)

Kate: THOSE are Lobsters!

Rick: No, they're rocks.

Kate: (Pointing at a fish) And those are Fishes

Rick: You mean Fish not fishes

Kate: No, they're fishes

Rick: You don't say Fishes. You are supposed to say Fish

Kate: No, I say Fishes

Must be a little early to teach grammar....


Pregnancy - 25 weeks

Each pregnancy seems harder.
For me, there are only 2 reasons:
I think the first reason is that with each pregnancy I am older. Ok, I'm only 28 but still older than I was the first time at 25. In "those days", I'd eat 3 cookies and a big bowl of ice cream every night and still hardly gained any weight. This time around, I work out at the gym about 45 min 3 times a week (well...I've only been doing this for the past month since Rick's work started paying for our membership...thanks Daxko) and I'll eat only ice cream and still feel like I'm gaining weight too quickly.
The second reason is that since this is my 3rd pregnancy, the majority of people think I'm crazy. Rick just finished reading a history book for seminary that stated that at times in our own country, people had 12 children and it wasn't that unusual. Today if you have 12 children you get your own TV show. I've heard countless times, "you're crazy/nuts." Granted, we will have 3 children under 3 when our son is born (but only for about 2 weeks...then Kate will turn 3!) :)
Normally I try and not let things get to me but sometimes this really bothers me.
I am thankful for all of my children and this new one not yet born. Of course it is hard and I rarely have "alone time." But I must look to eternity, not to today. The Lord has blessed us with the opportunity to effect the next generation and thereby effect enternity. I am able to live the gospel out for my young girls day in and day out. I am feeling my weakness these days so I am thankful that "he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me." 2 Corinthians 12:9-10.
So, the next time you meet someone with 2 children and one on the way, just say "Congratulations" to her face...once she leaves you can say "she's nuts"....at least she won't know!


Throw Your Hands in the Air!

Well, I've never been much of a hand raiser during worship (in fact, I never have) and neither are most people in my denomination (PCA.) Maybe this will change in the next generation.
Today during worship, our 2.5 year old was "singing" along like she always does (never knows the words...just makes funny singing noises) when out of nowhere, she just raised her right hand for the rest of the song. I looked around and not a single other person in the entire congregation was doing this so I guess she was just moved by the Spirit. Rick and I started laughing and she just looked up and said "What Mommy"?


Phone Manners

I'm trying to teach our 2.5 year old not to interrupt me when I'm on the phone. She'll be playing just fine and them someone calls and all of a sudden, she needs something from me.
A few nights ago she was walking around the house with her play phone up to her ear singing the doxology (yes the doxology) and I asked her something and she held up her hand and said,

"Please don't interrupt me when I'm on the phone."


Quote of the Week

From the online giving page of a local church's website:

"An Eternal Investment
Even when the stock market's down, you can make an investment that pays dividends for a lifetime and beyond. Only two things will last forever: People and The Church. By investing in the life-changing message of the church, you can leverage your money for eternity. (I Timothy 6:7) "