August 26, 2008

Homeschool

Posted in Mommy Journal at 11:53 pm by timin525

I started homeschooling the girls this week. They are only pre-k, but I wanted to use this time to test the waters, so to speak. You know, give it a try before I have to start logging hours and making sure the girls are actually learning something. Plus I don’t think we can afford “real” pre-school.

So far I think it is going well. These are the highlights of the week:

Five minutes into it, Aubrey said, “Mommy, I am tired of learning! Are we taking a nap today?”

After telling her that we would be starting pre-school the next morning, Norah said, “Will my teachers be there? Will my friends be there?” in her Norah voice (she is OBSESSED with her teachers – ballet teachers, that is).

Aubrey – “Teacher mommy, are you our teacher?” And then she continued to call me teacher Mommy .

As we were heading to the van, Aubrey asked excitedly – “Is this our school bus?!”

So – I think we are going to have fun. I am excited about all the things I am finding to teach. And I do think the girls are excited about learning new things. We just need to get used to the routine and structure. Thankfully we are only doing Tuesdays and Thursdays. We will do some things, like the calendar and Bible verse everyday, but for now 2 days is all we (I) can handle.

August 22, 2008

Happy Birthday to Me!

Posted in Special Days tagged at 3:18 pm by timin525

It doesn’t get much better than this:

-flowers from your husband (and baby girls)

-babies wishing you happy birthday even before they ask for breakfast

-family and friends calling and e-mailing all day

-a birthday playdate and lunch with a good friend

-mis-spelled and scribbled on birthday banner and cards (okay, so it doesn’t even look like “Happy Birthday,” but that is what makes it great!)

-a child’s excitement that it is mommy’s birthday – “Where are your balloons, mommy? When will the party start? Can I have a cupcake? Open your presents, mommy! Look at what I made you, mommy!”

-smooshed cupcakes – “It’s okay, mommy. They still taste good!” (and they do ;))

-a surprise mocha from Tim and a giftcard from a friend to help satisfy the next craving

I am getting older, yet I feel too young to be blessed in so many ways.

Random, Sleepless Thoughts

Posted in Random Thoughts tagged , at 3:03 pm by timin525

I couldn’t sleep lasnight. I tossed and turned for a little over an hour before I decided to get up and do something productive with my sleeplessness.

While I was flipping over in bed I started to brainstorm for the next MOPS newsletter.                                 www.mops.org

I didn’t get very far, but I will share what I came up with.  

You know you are a frugal mom when you:

1) feel wasteful if you throw the toothpaste out before you have scraped the inside of the tube.

2) make your husband take the kids’ leftovers from dinner to work the next day. 

3) eat the kids’ pb&j scraps before you make yourself a sandwich.

4) save left over drinking water to water the house plants.

And then I got writer’s block. That is when I gave up on sleep and got up to read. Reading always makes me sleepy and I am surprised I lasted as long as I did. I actually finished a book that I have been trying to finish for at least 6 months. It is called Don’t Waste Your Life, by John Piper.  www.desiringGod.org

There are so many quotable lines in this book, but I will only share a few that jumped out at me as I read lastnight. 

“It is true that God can be known and enjoyed in every legitimate vocation; but when he deploys you from one place to the next, he offers fresh and deeper drinking at the fountain of his fellowship. God seldom calls us to an easier life, but always calls us to know more of him and drink more deeply of his sustaining grace.”

Piper quoting J. Campbell White – “Most men are not satisfied with the permanent outcome of their lives. Nothing can wholly satisfy the life of Christ within his followers except the adoption of Christ’s purpose toward the world he came to redeem. Fame, pleasure and riches are but husks and ashes in contrast with the  boundless and abiding joy of working with God for the fulfillment of his eternal plans. The men who are putting everything into Christ’s undertaking are getting out of life its sweetest and most priceless rewards.”

These quotes pretty much speak for themselves. This book has been a challenging read, in that it really puts into perspective the things of this world versus the things that will last. For which do we work so hard day in and day out? Will it all just fade away in the end or does our work have a lasting purpose? An everlasting purpose?

With that, I began to feel sleepy and went to bed.

August 19, 2008

Many are the plans…

Posted in Seminary tagged , , , at 2:14 pm by timin525

“Many are the plans in a man’s heart, but it is the Lord’s purpose that prevails.” Proverbs 19:21

When I was eight years old a missionary family from the International Mission Board came to our church to speak to us about international missions (it was called foreign missions back then). They were serving in Brazil. I don’t remember much of what they said, but I do remember having an overwhelming sense of God telling me that I would do that some day. In my mind (I like to plan everything out well in advance, you see) I would marry the missionaries’ son and we would be missionaries together. But I was only eight and I never saw little Dan Hall again. But I also never forgot what God did in my heart that day.

As the verse above says, “many are the plans of a man’s heart.” As time went on, I made my own plans. I figured I could work God’s call to missions/ministry around my life and plans. I would marry, have a family, make a home, volunteer in the church, etc. All honorable things. And I have done that. I am married to a godly man, have three beautiful little girls, have a nice home with 1/2 acre near family, and work in the church.

“But it is the Lord’s purpose that prevails.” I have the things that I want, planned and worked for, but they are not enough. I have a sense of wanting more, not because what I have is not good, but because God has a bigger plan for my life. The call He placed on my life as a child cannot be buried and forgotten.

Strangely enough (but not really strange, because it is the Lord at work), Tim has been sensing God’s call on his life as well. In fact, he is ready to leave his job, sell our home and move to another state in order to pursue God’s call on his life to ministry. And I am ready to follow. Tim telling me that he felt a call to ministry was like opening a door to a whole new world of possibilities. I was not/am not unhappy living my life the way I have planned. We have it pretty good, actually. But I know that following God’s call on our life will be so much more satisfying than following our own desires, even if some of our temporal satisfactions are removed.

Isn’t it neat?! That is a Tim expression. We work sooooo hard to make things happen. And we even succeed sometimes. But if it is not the will of God, he will make those “good” things we have achieved unsatisfaying. The things the world loves to consume will leave a bad taste in our mouths.

I have said all of this to say, Tim and I are preparing to follow God’s call on our life. We are in the process of getting our house on the market. We are moving to Cordova, TN so that Tim can attend Mid-America Baptist Teological Seminary to pursue a Master of Divinity. We are excited. So many things have to come together that the hand of God will have to be in it for it to happen. It will be “neat” to see God at work in our lives. I don’t want to do it any other way. If it is not the Lord’s will, I don’t want it. I have tried to make my own plans, and I am ready for the Lord to take over. I want His purpose to prevail in our life!

August 15, 2008

My First Attempt

Posted in Uncategorized at 7:58 pm by timin525

It has been suggested to me, by a couple of people, that Tim and I start a blog. First, to keep people up to date on our call to ministry and all that will entail and second, to keep a record of the exciting events that take place while raising three girls 4 and under. I have not yet decided for which purpose this blog will be used. Is it best to have one blog for each purpose? Can husbands and wives share a blog? I guess these are things I will figure out as I gain more experience in this world of blogging.

My main goal right now is to be consistent with posts. My entire life I have really struggled with consistency. I find out about something, think it’s a good idea, get involved, and then lose interest or become side-tracked. My habit is to be bad at developing habits. So we will see how this goes. Maybe you all can keep me motivated.