Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Words Worth Remembering

Jude: "Mommy, Ju-Ju eat Ju-Ju's candy kingth"
(translation: mommy, I ate my candy cane)

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Cai:"One time I thought I lost a tooth in my bed...but it was just trash."

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Jude: "Ah! I see a more kwimpin yites!"
(translation: Yay, I see more Christmas lights!)

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Areyna: "Hey, I wanna see the slunk."
(slunk = SLOTH)

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Zeke:"Woah, look at all those logs daddy has for the fire!"
Cai:"Why are they called logs?  I thought logs were only in rivers."

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Jude: "Mommy, I saw a hop a ah boon!"
(translation: Mommy, I saw another hot air balloon!)

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Cai:"How can God fit in our hearts?  Is he bigger than Goliath?"

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Zeke heard Cai say: "I'm glad to see you so I can eat your feet."
He was thoroughly disgusted.
But Cai ACTUALLY said: "I'm glad to see you so I can bring you food."

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Cai: "Do sometimes when foxes see us they think we're ginger bread mans?"

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Cai:"...but I don't have any squooshy pillow room!"

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Alethia:"Why do I have so many nerds in my hair?"
nerds = knots

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Josh, reading Ferdinand to Cai, "...and he sat under the cork tree..."
Jude chimes in: "I like cookie trees!"

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Cai:"Jude, don't unlock your diaper yet, k."

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Zeke:"Dad, how many hours until it's morning?"
Dad:"What? Why?"
Zeke:"Cuz I'm hungry!"

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Jude talking to me:"You are beautiful, daddy is handsome and I am a BIG BOY!"

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Zeke (to me after showing him a new place for his toothbrush): "MOoooooommmm, this is a FABULOUS idea!"

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Become A Missional Minded Family - KITW


Missions runs deep in our family.
Josh grew up as a Pastor’s Kid, but his father has since been a world-wide evangelist for nearly 20 years. In turn, Josh has traveled the world with his family, serving the Lord.
I grew up falling in love with the mission fields during our yearly Missions Emphasis Sundays at church. Then, several years ago my parents became one of those families through Equip International.
Josh and I have been on several short-term mission trips together since being married. And then, of course, was our stint living in Uganda as we worked on our adoption. I’m pretty sure Areyna would live in Africa if she were to be given that choice today. :)
But our family goes far beyond the traveling missionaries and short-term now...[Read More]

Monday, January 26, 2015

Not Me Monday ~ School Schmool

Remember that day last week?

Yeah, the one after MLK.

Yup, it was a Tuesday.  The Tuesday AFTER the holiday off of school.

The Colony calendar had a teacher work day marked on that Tuesday.

Which means it's a freebie day!  NO SCHOOL!  Woohoo!!!

It was the day we woke up with a huge plan, and a gorgeous forecast in our favor.

We went over to our friends house in the woods and you all played in the cold creek under the sunshine the entire day as I helped her work on the interior of her home.

You had so much fun using your imaginations and eating picnics and getting so dirty that I still can't get your clothes clean and your shoes finally dried out YESTERDAY!

Then, we came home to put Jude down for a nap and he slept that GREAT nap after running around outside all day.  And as soon as we got home to put Jude in bed the rest of you went out and played even more.  Taking snacks in your secret outdoor forts and playing until the sun went down.

Remember that wonderful day?

And then I had the best.shower.ever!  Cleaning off all the paint and grime from working so hard on my friends house.  Ahhh...

And then I hopped out of the shower, feeling so accomplished, and motivated, and happy, and joyful after such a fun day.

*sigh*

But for some reason, when I checked my phone I had 4 messages from the school attendance office saying that "Ezekiel, Areyna, Alethia and Cai have been marked absent from school today."

Hmmm...

Wait a minute....

That means this mama missed something...

...something like SCHOOL!

No way, NOT this mama, NOT ME!


Friday, January 23, 2015

Letting Go A Little Bit At A Time

Now, I wouldn't go as far as to call myself a control freak...
...but...
ok, OK, I'm a control freak!

It's true.
I have now spoken it into the universe and will work on accepting my true nature.

But when it comes to my home I can go a little overboard.
Ok, good grief, a LOT overboard!

I can go only so long with the mess and the creative "spirits" in this house before I flip my lid and have to call in the reserves (ie. Daddy) to help me get through the mucky waters of clean clothes piled under beds and play-do stuck in my favorite blanket.

And then I enter the girls bedroom.

Ah, the bedroom which consists of fairies, little families of barking and purring animals, Barbie clothing, books books books, smelly good lotions and hair accessories galore.  I have already placed their furniture in their appropriate places, keeping within the mental rules of room layout appropriate for our home.  I hate furniture in front of windows. I like the room to flow.  Things should be placed in the drawers and bins appropriately designated for similar items.  It all makes sense and looks perfectly in place to me.

The girls are getting older and more particular about how their room is arranged and where they want to place their belongings. And herein lies the problem.  They think differently than I do.  (I know, how DARE them?!;).

They want their desk at the foot of their bed (partially covering a window...NOT EVEN CENTERED!), not tucked under the shelves in the corner.  They want jars with pens and pencils, stacks of note cards and all their quiet time stuff laid out on top of their desk, not properly placed in their organizer underneath.  They want the chair in the middle of the wall instead of catercorner in the back corner of the room.  They like to lay their clothes out on the floor each night for the next day instead of laying them over the chair.  To them, bins fit better under beds instead of on the shelves, and science kits are better on bookshelves with the contents ready to use as soon as a bug is captured for dissection, instead of in its appropriate box in the closet.

One day, in the middle of a mom vs. girls heated argument debate over where the Barbie house should be located, the dad of the house entered the bedroom and offered some very pointed and convicting advice.  He very simply said, "Babe, I know you have a certain way of doing things in the house, but you don't live in this room.  The girls are the ones who have to live in this room.  This is their corner of the home and I have to side with them on this one.  Unless it violates our rules for the family or is disrespecting our belongings, they I think they should be able to decide where they put their stuff."

Of course I took the advice in love and joyfully helped the girls put the room back the way they wanted.

Actually, no I didn't.  I was offended that Josh would side with the girls and just got up and left.

But I KNEW he was right.

I just needed to let it sink in a bit.

After a few minutes the Lord softened my heart to this silly little piece of control that I was trying to place over my girls.  I began to realize that they are just growing up and are actually beginning to make choices of their own.  And if the biggest struggle we have right now is wether their dress-up clothes are in the closet or under the bed then I am going to just respect their judgement and choose not to fight that battle, because one day they are going to have to make much more difficult decisions and I want them to know that I will work WITH them to get to the other side, not AGAINST them.

Parenting = the always-changing, forever-soul-refining job that I wouldn't trade for the world


Thursday, January 22, 2015

Glimpses

Sometimes, right in the middle of a bleak, cold and dreary winter

you are given a glimpse of sunshine


in the midst of a season where you feel like you cannot keep up with life
and you are working so hard
with nothing to show for it


He shows us His beautiful face
His hope shining through


so we lay down our hard work
and fall at His feet


and rely on Him and the Body of Christ He has surrounded us with


and soak in the Son

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Making HIS Word the Last Word of the Day - KITW


It’s the beginning of the year.
2015
I can hardly believe it, even after writing it out.
If you are like me you spent the majority of December re-evaluating what worked and didn’t work in 2014 as well as praying about what the Lord wants to teach you through a renewed resolution to live for Him.
But I’m not one to make a long list of things I want to change anymore. I love lists more than the average person (obsessed is a better word, ha!), but over the past few years I began to see a pattern in my New Year’s Resolutions. The same things would be on my list year after year, until about 3 years ago...[Read More]

Friday, January 16, 2015

Finding The Light For Yourself

My Pastor is such a godly man.
He hears from the Lord and I can count on him to bring a message that the Lord lays on his heart every single week.

My husband is a brilliant man.
He is smart.
He is sensitive to the Holy Spirit.

My girlfriends know me inside and out.
They know when to correct.
They know when to encourage.
They always speak truth.

My parents are godly examples.
They taught me the true way of life.
They taught me where to turn.
They exemplified who Hope is.

There are endless blogs and books that can speak to every season I walk in.
Offering steps to heal.
Steps to make it right.
Steps to make me better.
Advice in godly parenting, a submissive marriage and even a stronger walk with Christ.

But nothing compares to my own personal relationship with Christ.

If you are depending on your pastor, husband, family, friends or social media outlets to be your connection to the Almighty God I would encourage you to sit down and open your Bible for YOURSELF.

What is God telling YOU to sacrifice?
What is He speaking to YOU about?
How is the Holy Spirit gently nudging YOUR soul?

The Christian walk isn't about the knowledge of Christ.
It is about falling head over heals with Him and longing, with every fiber of your being, to be just like Him, and sharing Him with others so they can have their own personal relationship with Him.

All those other influences are good.
Very good.
Healthy.

But God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit are better.
They are the BEST.

Seek Him first.

Monday, January 12, 2015

The Gift Of Time

Our family really tried to strip down Christmas this year.  We really thought through the gifting process and were intentional to give gifts that promoted creativity, thoughtfulness and family togetherness.  One of the things we put together for the kids was a "Colony Coupon" book.  I tried to think of things they are always asking me to do toward the end of the night when I am exhausted and tired, or a time when I seem to be more distracted than others.  More often than not I dismiss their request because, for some reason, when 8pm hits this evil witch comes out and eats this sweet mommy and takes over...ahem...

I thought they would think it was a great idea and then lose the books after a couple of days, but wouldn't you know, they each have a special place they put those coupons (even Jude!) and they plan days in advance as to when to use each one.

Now, sometimes we get home super late or life just happens throughout the day so I have to communicate that it is a no-coupon day/evening and they are totally fine with it.

Josh and I have noticed their love tanks filling up way quicker and they are more eager to obey and stay in bed at night because they have had a few minutes of individual time with mommy or daddy.

They each got 3 coupons of each of these:

  1. 1 five-minute back scratch
  2. 1 five-minute one-on-one cuddle time
  3. Pick out a book to read
  4. Run an errand with mommy or daddy
  5. Help out in the kitchen with dinner
It may not have been the latest and greatest toy on the market, and it certainly wasn't a gift of monetary sacrifice, but to them, this was a gift of undivided attention from a mommy and daddy who love them very much and sometimes need a reminder that their tanks can begin to fill up, one coupon at a time:)

Friday, January 9, 2015

Take 5

Band:  Radiohead

Song Title: Separator

Timer set on five minutes.

Go!

Yes, we started school again this week, but it has been anything but the routine and structure that school usually brings.  We've been out and about getting a lot of necessary things done that we haven't had much of home time, but today...today has been nice and relaxing.  I am still in my jammies and Jude is decorating me with stickers as I type.  All is well in the Colony home.

Josh had his week intensive in school this week so that has added to the un-structured week, but he is done with the class today.  Even though I know papers and more reading are always to follow it'll be nice to have his class time over.

I got the Young Living essential oils starter kit as a Christmas gift a few weeks ago and I am now able to sell it.  Crazy.  I don't even know how to do it yet, but just FYI, if you need YL oils I can be your go-to girl:)

I am about to be knee deep in a 50-item order for the ColonyShop.  It is my largest order to date!  Pretty excited to see the finished product!

I also just wrote a promo for KITW about my book because Holy Week is right around the corner.  How in the world?!

I wouldn't mind if time just decided to stand still for a few minutes today...

Timer off.

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