October 28, 2008

Norah Funny

Posted in Mommy Journal at 10:47 pm by timin525

While finishing up going to the bathroom last night, Norah called Tim in to help her get dressed.

“Daddy, hurry, hurry! There’s a ghost chasing me! He’s going to get my underwear!”

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Norah’s Imaginary Friends

Posted in Mommy Journal at 10:44 pm by timin525

Wolfie – is a boy. He has a baby piggy. She is a girl. Wolfie sometimes hurts Norah and she can’t decide if she wants to be friends with him or not. I told her that if he is mean then maybe she should not play with him anymore.

Other friends – she does not remember their names, but they are all pigs. At one point one of their names was Ninca. She is inspired by “Uniqua” from Backyardigans.

I am pretty sure most of her friends are inspired by characters from Super Why and the Piglet movie.

Update on Seminary

Posted in Seminary tagged at 10:35 pm by timin525

Tim was accepted to Mid-America Baptist Theological Seminary last week. Thursday, October 23 to be exact. We are excited. He has jumped one of the many hurdles.

The house has been on the market for three weeks now. We have had 5 Open Houses and only one person has come through. We try not to get our hopes up, but are always disappointed when our agent calls to tell us no one came.

We also have not had any showings. We had a potential showing tonight. The agent called at 5PM(!!) while I was preparing dinner to say that they wanted to be here at 5:30pm!! First of all, I wasn’t sure I heard him correctly and secondly, I was so excited that I could hardly speak. We actually had a showing scheduled. Someone wanted to see our house after 3 weeks of SILENCE. We rushed around to get things ready, took dinner out of the oven and then took everything over to Tim’s parents’ house – all by 5:30. When we returned home at 7:30pm we had a message on our machine saying that they needed to cancel the showing because it was too dark! I wanted to scream! I may have, actually. I wanted to give that agent a lesson in home showing etiquette. I have since calmed down, but am still disappointed. Hopefully the people will come through the Open House tomorrow. If they get here at 5p, it will still be light outside!

We are trying to be patient and calm, but it gets tiring/trying. I cannot imagine doing this for a full year. But, we will do what we need to do to get Tim where he needs to be. We just don’t know when that will happen.

Mommy Education

Posted in Mommy Journal at 10:16 pm by timin525

This is an actual dialogue that took place in my home this evening:

Location – the bathroom, as I was wiping Aubrey up after a bm

“Mommy, did you go to school to learn how to be a mommy?”

“No, babe.”

“So how do you know how to do this?”

“I just know, Aubrey. I just know.”

She just looked at me with a big grin, like I was the smartest person in the world. Now that is pure innocence!

October 9, 2008

When the nudge becomes a shove

Posted in Seminary tagged at 5:08 pm by timin525

I have been wanting to write about the events that have taken place over the last few weeks for, well, the last few weeks, but I have been struggling with how to write it and finding the time to write it. We have been busy.

2 weeks ago tomorrow (Friday), Tim lost his job. He came home from work and said, “Babe, I am sorry, but I don’t have a job. But, it is going to be okay! God told me this week that I would lose my job today, and we are going to be okay.”

I didn’t respond like most probably would. If I remember correctly, I struggled not to laugh. I think I even chuckled a little. We knew it was coming. Business has been slow, and we just did not see how his boss could pay him much longer to screw in lightbulbs and sweep the floors. My thoughts were basically, “well, I guess we had better get a move on.”

Both Tim and I firmly believe that the loss of his job is all part of God’s plan to move us to Memphis. Tim’s desire is to be in seminary, not in a workshop building doors or onsite refinishing doors. And we needed to take the steps to accomplish this, evidently faster than what we were already doing. We spent Tim’s first week “off” working on getting the house ready to sell. This is something that otherwise would have taken over a month to complete. Tuesday of this week we listed our house with CB Gundaker. http://www.cbgundaker.com/search/advanced/detail.jsp?mls_num=80059797&type=res

Now that the majority of the big work is done around the house, Tim is doing some side jobs. Thankfully God has blessed Tim with skills that allow him to bring in some money on his own. This is something Tim does not greatly appreciate, but he is good at it and it does pay well. He will do whatever he needs to do in order to support his family. Even if it involves paint and doors!

Through all of this, I have to keep reminding myself that I need to trust in the Lord, no matter what. A week ago I was saying that I was confident the house would sell fast. Today I am saying that I am confident that the Lord is in control. The housing market is not dependable. People lose their jobs. Money comes and goes. But God never changes. He is the only constant in this ever-changing world. So we are putting our faith in God’s plans for our move, seminary, the sale of the house and our income. We know where He wants us to be, but still are uncertain when and how we will get there.

We are excited to see how everything plays out, but all the hubbub getting the house on the market has been slightly unsettling to the girls. The girls’ world has not changed much, but they know something is different. We appreciate all your prayers during this time!

Keep checking back to this blog for updates. We have an Open House on Sunday, October 12 from 1-3p. Feel free to pass the blogsite or house listing on to anyone who may be interested. It is a nice house for a good price and we only need one buyer. They just have to see it first!

MOPS Devotional – Identity

Posted in MOPS tagged , at 2:17 am by timin525

Our True Identity in Christ

As moms we can get so caught up in the simple tasks of getting through each day. We wake,  change diapers, help go potty, make food, feed food, clean up food, dress, bathe, do laundry, clean house, play, discipline, drive, help, protect, teach, love, hug, kiss, and we do it over and over and over again. Not one of us would choose to do it any other way. But after doing the same thing day in and day out, we tend to define who we are by what we do. Thankfully, though, the Bible tells us that in Christ we are much more than the tasks we perform. As we think about who we are in preparation for this month’s discussion, let’s take a look at who we are in Christ.

Rom 3:24 – We are justified (not guilty of sin)

Rom 8:1 – No condemnation awaits us

Rom 8:2 – We are set free from the law of sin and death

1 Cor 1:2 – We are sanctified and made acceptable in Jesus

1 Cor 1:30 – We are righteous and holy in Christ

1 Cor 15:22 – We will be made alive at the resurrection

2 Cor 5:17 – We are a new creation

2 Cor 5:21 – We receive God’s righteousness

Gal 3:28 – We are one in Christ with all other believers

Eph 1:3 – We are blessed with every spiritual blessing in Christ

Eph 1:4 – We are holy, blameless, and covered with God’s love

Eph 1:5, 6 – We are adopted as God’s children

Eph 1:7 – Our sins are taken away, and we are forgiven

Eph 1:10, 11 – We will be brought under Christ’s headship

Eph 1:13 – We are marked as belonging to God by the Holy Spirit

Eph 2:6 – We have been raised up to sit with Christ in glory

Eph 2:10 – We are God’s work of art

Eph 2:13 – We have been brought near to God

Eph 3:6 – We share in the promise of Christ

Eph 3:12 – We can come with freedom and confidence into God’s presence

Eph 5:29, 30 – We are members of Christ’s body, the church

Col 2:10 – We have been given fullness in Christ

Col 2:11 – We are set free from our sinful nature

2 Tim 2:10 – We will have eternal glory

(list taken from the NIV Life Application Study Bible)

Oh, isn’t it a relief that God does not define who we are by what we do? He defines who we are by what His Son did for us on the cross! Our identity is not dependent upon a clean house or obedient kids. Pheww! Our identity should be wrapped up in the free gift of salvation rather than our accomplishments as mothers. Take some time in the next few days meditating on the truth of who we are in Christ.