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A Sprinkling of Us

Thursday, February 17th, 2011

Life has been so crazy the last few weeks. We seem to do a weird cycle every few months where there is always something on the calendar, and I long for rest. I think that’s why I’m so dead-set on Sundays being slow-down-and-do-nothing days. You may have noticed that I simply haven’t posted everyday lately. Part of that is due to the busyness of things lately, and partly due to my computer being commandeered in the late evenings by my sister. Her laptop’s wireless card broke, so that’s her only chance to get online and take care of some things.

Anyway, I thought I would take a break from the photo challenge to just share a few pieces of my life lately. Probably not in any particular order either.

Schel likes making new friends. Even if she has to tackle them to do it. Big Audrey definitely doesn’t mind, though.

These sillies joined little C in his “I’m-so-tired” rocking ritual. They added some serious decibels to it as well. (See video below.)

For Valentine’s Day, Levi took me to a local micro-brewery, where I had a glass of “Passed Stout” along with my smoked salmon enchildadas, which were amazing! Yet another new place to try, and I’d like to go back. Only this time, I want to take a group of people – this place has a marvelously laid-back “hanging out” feel to it.

Check out the beer menu:

That is some serious creativity, folks. They have a bumper sticker above their kitchen entrance that says “No crap on tap.”

I always thought I didn’t like beer. Turns out I am actually a beer snob, and I don’t actually know anything about beer. I can’t stand Coors or Bud or anything like that. I prefer darker “hoppy” beers. Whatever “hoppy” means. This amuses me.

I had my first public speaking engagement last night at our local Birth Network chapter meeting. I spoke on how changing positions can make your labor go faster (yes, it really can), and I loved it!

I was kind of nervous about my approach. I was confident in my ability to speak, and my knowledge of the subject, but a bit worried about the “fill-in-the-blank” handout I chose to use to help folks remember what they learned. I thought it might be a little cheesy, but the response was really positive!

A huge shout-out to my good friend and fellow doula, Carrie A, for the loan of her pelvis and baby, as well as being a kind moral supporter for me. I really was nervous, and her presence really helped me stay calm and confident. Her hubby was kind enough to get a couple of shots for me too, and here is one of them:

Other News of Note in the Faery Inn:

  • Dain is mastering the art of potty-ing with quicker success than I thought he would. I think the “Marshmallow-for-Everyone” approach is working well.
  • All four kiddos have come down with some sort of nasty fever/cough/puke bug. Thankfully, the puking seems to be finished, but the fevers are sticking around.
  • AJ and Schel are moving out this weekend. That is just weird. They’ll be moving into a friend’s basement temporarily, as this will be a mutual benefit. I think she’s planning on getting her really and truly own place by summertime, with the help of tax return funds.
  • I finally read “Mansfield Park” for the first time, thanks to Sabrina. And I loved it. A very different feel to this one than other Jane Austen books.
  • Schel is signing “Eat,” “More,” “All done,” and is waving “Hi” and “Bye” with much enthusiasm!
  • My Dad is off of his self-injections. Now we’re just keeping an eye on the brain tumors. His appetite is back, for the most part, though Mom still has to drive him around everywhere.
  • My mom is back on facebook, and I’ve really had a blast chatting with her when she’s on. I love my Mom. She’s sort of awesome and stuff.

I realize I haven’t done Thankful Thursday for a couple of weeks now. Honestly, it has simply slipped my mind. How about I promise to be back next week? Good.

How about you? What’s going on in your life?

~Tiffany

Double Post! Thankful Thursday + Photo Challenge Day 3

Thursday, February 3rd, 2011

First of all, I just wanted to update everyone on my dad. He had his latest MRI yesterday, and we have some mixed news to report. Three of the four tumors they killed a couple of months ago have shrunk in size. One of them stayed the same. That fourth one will be watched carefully, and Dad is still not allowed to drive. It may be incurable, but there’s still a chance of it going into remission, as a good friend reminded me.

My hope has not died. My faith has not left. Thank you so much for praying – please don’t stop! I am so uplifted, convicted, and encouraged by your prayers. Encouraged to live in repentance, and to press in closer to my Abba Father. After all:

“In his hand is the life of every creature and the breath of all mankind.” ~Job 12:10 (NIV)

What have I to really worry about? Nothing.

Today, I am thankful that my dad’s tumors are mostly shrinking. I am thankful that there are no new ones to report. I am thankful for the prayers and support of so many people, I couldn’t begin to name them all. I am thankful for people who are willing to drop everything and just pray with me over the phone. I am thankful that God the Creator will not take his hand away from those who love him.

I’m thankful for the 30 Day Photo Challenge. It’s given me something fun to do, and easy. (Nice segway, right?) I am thankful for good entertainment, that lets me laugh and enjoy someone else’s God-given creativity:

30 Day Photo Challenge, Day 3: A Picture of the Cast From Your Favorite TV Show

Levi and I haven’t watched TV regularly since the series finale of the show which shall not be named. We were turned on to this series awhile back, by I forget who. (Was it you?)

I am thankful for Firefly. The only show in history to get canceled, then have a movie made of it! Joss Whedon created something amazing here. Kind of a western-meets-Star Wars. Only, it’s way better than Star Wars. (No offense.) It’s that good, people.

And the movie? Oh! That’s called Serenity, and it ties up all the wide-open loose ends the show wasn’t able to.

If you don’t like brilliant writing, great action, plot twists, or characters with quirky depth, then don’t bother. If you do like all those things, then pop yourself some popcorn and let yourself be amazed.

Shiny!

This month’s host for Thankful Thursday is Iris at Grace Alone. Link up with the other participants there.

What are you thankful for this week? What’s your favorite show?

Thanks again for all your prayers. I’m truly blessed to know you.

~Tiffany

Thankful Thursday

Thursday, January 27th, 2011

Today, I am thankful just to have survived two days in a row with eight children under the age of seven in my home. The days were far from bad ones – just a little noisier and a lot more chaotic in general.

I’m thankful for the sweet burden of prayer one precious little boy has laid on my heart over the last couple of days. A genuine prayer, stemming from compassion and hope, for a prodigal to return.

I’m thankful for the innocence and bright-eyed joy that has filled my home.

I’m thankful for new little readers, and the confidence I see growing in them, one word at a time.

I am thankful for midwives, and the work they do.

I am thankful for the doulas I am getting to know more and more. Such incredible women.

I’m thankful for how easy homemade mac n’ cheese is to make in big batches.

I’m thankful for the gorgeous green of lightly steamed peas.

I’m thankful for my camera.

I’m thankful for all the snot, spit-up, dirt, and miscellaneous food on my shirt. It just means I’ve been loved on and needed by lots of little ones. Who cares if the house went to crap yesterday and today? I really did try to keep up. Not possible, though.

I’m thankful for the light praise station playing really calming, quiet music at this time of night, which encourages these three little sparrows to wait a little more patiently for their Daddy to come get them.

I’m thankful my calendar was clear, since their momma got stuck in New York while she was there on business. It means I get to be a blessing to a very dear friend, whose children are very special kiddos in my life.

I’m thankful for YOU, who keep coming back, despite my inconsistent writing habits. You are lovely folks. 🙂

Visit Lynn at Spiritually Unequal Marriage if you would like to participate this month.

What are you thankful for this week?

~Tiffany

Thankful Thursday

Thursday, January 20th, 2011

Today, I am thankful for new days, a full mug of coffee, dark chocolate cream (real cream!), and my cozy robe.

I am thankful for clear, blue, sunshiney skies when it was supposed to be storming. I’m thankful for the gorgeous, great big mountain outside my window – though the view is somewhat obscured by the tree in my front yard. Just knowing that majestic thing is there is something to be thankful for.

I am thankful for kids who get along more often than not.

I am thankful for mornings.

I am thankful for my chiropractor, who has been so generous.

I am thankful for the class I am currently teaching. This one is going so much better than the last one!

I am thankful that I serve a God of justice. The justice system in this country is so very broken, that it’s nice to know that Perfect Justice is real.

I am thankful for the grace and mercy of that same God, which took the justice I deserved, and placed it squarely on the shoulders of my Savior, Jesus.

I am thankful that grace and mercy is available to anyone who wants it, just for the asking. And I am thankful for those who do, indeed, ask, because it means one more victory over death.

I am thankful for my place in Heaven, where I will no longer have to read headlines like this: Dr. Killed Babies with Scissors.

Sigh…I know I need to be praying for this man’s repentance and salvation, but at this moment, I can’t. By tonight, I’ll be able to, but not right now. Right now, I am praying for all his poor victims, none of whom went into that illegal clinic with any sort of malicious joy in what they were about to allow to be done to themselves and their babies. May God truly have mercy on each one of them, and bring them to a place of healing, hope, and restoration.

Thank you to our January host, Lynn. Visit her blog to see more thankful posts, and to link your own. Click on the button at the top of this post, or in the sidebar, to be taken to the Thankful Thursday blogroll, where you can grab the code yourself.

What are you thankful for today?

A very merry Thursday to you!
~Tiffany

Thankful Thursday

Thursday, January 13th, 2011

This week, I am just going to jump right in. I am emotionally and physically exhausted this week, for various reasons, and I just need to stop for a little while and spend some time in thankfulness.

So, this week, I am thankful…

…that I am free from bitterness, by the grace and mercy of God. Those shackles used to be so heavy, and I marvel at their conspicuous absence. No matter how much pain I feel at the hands of some others right now, it doesn’t take root. It’s weird, and unbelievable, but so wonderful!

…that I can see clearly the path set before me in one particular area of my life, and the confidence that comes with that knowledge. Even if it is only in that one area, it means so much to know once in awhile.

…for all the snow, and it’s precious reminder of what Jesus has done for me. (Isaiah 1:18)

…for a baby’s very first kisses! Just today, at lunch, I asked Schel for kisses, and she leaned in and gave me one!

…that it’s been so cold, that individual snowflakes could be examined. The kids and I stood enthralled with the majestic, tiny beauty resting on my dark brown wool coat sleeve on Sunday.

…for sincere and lovely compliments, that always seem to come at the right time.

…for our dinosaur excavating kits, and the kids getting clay all over their hands and faces as they take turns chipping away.

…for a Goodwill just outside of a very nice neighborhood. I see a shopping spree in my future!

…for everything I call mine. What a good God I serve, to share such bounty with me. May I always be ready and willing to share it.

“The LORD is my strength and my shield;
my heart trusts in him, and I am helped.
My heart leaps for joy and I will give thanks to him in song.”

~Psalm 28:7 (NIV)

For more thankful posts, visit our host for the month: Lynn at Spiritually Unequal Marriage.

What about you? What are you thankful for this week? Do share!

~Tiffany

Thankful Thursday: Snow Day!

Thursday, January 6th, 2011

This week, I am thankful for the simple fact that it finally snowed here! Starting last Thursday, I might add! The kids (and the grown-ups) were all so excited to see big, fluffy white flakes coming down hard and fast. It snowed all afternoon, through the night, and into the next morning. We got about four inches or so at our house, I think. I don’t really know for sure.

Immediately, the kids were just itching to get outside and go sledding or build a snowman. However, since the temperatures were still well below freezing, Mommy just wasn’t willing to let them go out. Fortunately, Daddy’s day off came on the first day it began to warm up enough that the snow would be nice and sticky, but not so much that it melted off in one day. There wasn’t enough left to go sledding, but there was plenty for a snowman!

I am thankful that the father of my children is playful.

I am thankful for the love on his face – his heart is so tender toward his kids. Dain was throwing a very tiny snowball at him, and Daddy obligingly let himself be “gotten.”

I am thankful for these kiddos, and the unbounded joy they bring me, without even trying.

I am thankful for bundled-up babies experiencing snow for the first time. Oddly enough, she’s not screaming about the snow – she HATES the snow suit, because it doesn’t allow her to move like she wants to!

Such a lovely day they had, and came inside to enjoy hot chocolate with marshmallows. The big ol’ pile of wet snow gear on my carpet (of course), and the muddy snow tracked across my kitchen floor went largely unnoticed by me.

Days and moments like these slip too easily away, like pearls from a string. Having kids has taught me how to catch those pearls, and cherish each one as a treasure. I am thankful for these simple lessons, simple moments, and the ability to share them with YOU. Thank you, ever so much, for visiting my little corner of the internet today. Have a blessed and joyful day today!

~Tiffany

To join Thankful Thursday, click on the button at the top of this post, and go from there. If you would like to read more of this week’s Thankful posts, visit our host for the month: Lynn at Spiritually Unequal Marriage.

What are you thankful for this week?

Thankful Thursday: Hope and a Smile

Thursday, December 30th, 2010

Another week, come and gone. Another Christmas, celebrated and enjoyed. Another New Year looms ahead.

The future is on my mind this week, but worry is not. Not today, anyway. When it comes again, as it most certainly will; I can turn to Jesus and lay it at His feet in return for peace. In the meantime, I will focus on what I have to be thankful for.

As I look forward, to the New Year, I am thankful…

…that I can forget what is behind me, especially my failings, and move on to whatever is next in this race I am running.

“Not that I have already obtained all this, or have already been made perfect, but I press on to take hold of that for which Christ Jesus took hold of me. Brothers, I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.”
~Philippians 3:12-14 (NIV – emphasis mine)

…that I will never be alone in this walk of mine.

“…Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you.“So we say with confidence, “The Lord is my helper; I will not be afraid. What can man do to me?”
~Hebrews 13:5b-6 (NIV – click HERE for context, emphasis mine)

…that there is no condemnation that has the power to bring me down.

“Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus, because through Christ Jesus the law of the Spirit of life set me free from the law of sin and death.”
~Romans 8:1 & 2 (NIV – emphasis mine)

…that ALL things will work together for my ultimate good, and to glorify Him Who Saved Me.

“And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.”
~Romans 8:28 (NIV -emphasis mine)

…that anything this world (and the enemy) can throw at me is light and momentary, not worth one breath of anxiety, because what awaits me, in the end, will triumph thoroughly over any troubles here.

“Therefore we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day. For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all. So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen. For what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.”
~2 Corinthians 4:16-18 (NIV – emphasis mine)

…that God’s plans for my life give me hope, and something to live for.

“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”
~Jeremiah 29:11 (NIV – emphasis mine)

I am thankful that the New Year finds me looking forward with eagerness and hope, my eyes on Jesus, the author and finisher of my faith. I am thankful I serve a God who is real, is good, and loves me more deeply than I could ever speak or imagine. I am thankful for His goodness. Without it, He would not really be God – He would be no better than a man. I am thankful that I am His, bought with a price.

“Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy set before him endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.”
~Hebrews 12:2 (NIV – emphasis mine)

I am thankful that I am the joy that was set before Him – that it was for me He died.

And God has a “No Returns” policy. My future is secure in Him. Not because I have done a thing to earn it, but because He did everything to earn it on my behalf.

“For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.”
~Romans 8:38-39 (NIV)

I cannot be separated from the love of God. Awesome. If I had nothing else but Him, I would be content. It feels so good to be able to say that truthfully. His love is enough – and because of that Love, I look forward to 2011 with hope and a smile.

Be sure to visit Iris at Grace Alone if you would like to read more Thankful posts. Next month, our hostess will be Lynn at Spiritually Unequal Marriage. Click the button at the top of this post to get the code.

What are you thankful for this week?

August In Pictures

Wednesday, August 27th, 2008

I have to start this post out by saying that I am rather excited by how many pictures I have to show you, considering that the Faery Inn was taken over by the bubonic plague (hey, it felt like it) for two solid weeks!

This month, our Bubbers turned one, there was a major rearranging of furniture (exciting, I know), we took several trips to the doctor for various ailments and injuries, and a friend from the old school came to visit.

We also have (almost) accomplished the high art of potty-training a certain little redhead I know. The only thing holding us back is that she does way better while “open to the breeze.” Put anything on her little behind, and she just…goes wherever. Sigh. This too shall pass!

To me, this month felt very very full. And, all I can see looming on the horizon is more fullness. As excited as I am for all that seems to be coming our way, I have to admit that I’m feeling nervous. I wonder if I will handle what I see to be more “busyness” with the grace that I see so many other moms exhibiting. Yes, I know that behind closed doors, we’re all a little nuts, but I am glad to have some role models I can look up to and respect. And learn from.

Well, this post is titled “August in Pictures”, so I guess I’d better deliver. This first slideshow is devoted exclusively to Bubbers, being that he hit a benchmark this month. Not only did he turn one, he learned to crawl just before his birthday, he had his first spaghetti, his first PB&J, cut a couple of teeth, and moved into Turbo’s room (which has since become “the boys’ room”). He sleeps through the night more consistently, but there are still at least 3 nights a week that he wakes more often.

I’m cherishing these days, even though they turn me into Zombie Mom, because I know that these just might be my last days with a real live baby. Taking it slow is my new goal…as much as life will let me! Anyway, enjoy “A Month of Bubbers”.

Here is the rest of our August in Pictures:

The Rearranging of the Furniture actually warrants another post, for another day. It involves a bit more verbage, and will include Turbo’s First Day of School Pictures.

Ok…Enjoy.

Thankful Thursday

Thursday, July 31st, 2008

This week, I am thankful for…

Freecycle.
It has been the means of our procuring some things we need, but do not have ready money for. It is one way the Lord has used to allow us to do some much-needed budget adjusting.

…Repentance.
I am so glad that it doesn’t matter how many times I come to the Lord, ashamed, guilty, having sinned yet again. He is “faithful and just to forgive us and cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” Even a Pharisee like me.

…Hugs from tiny arms.

…Friends who love me for who I am.

For more thankful posts, visit Sting My Heart.

Thankful Thursday: Answered prayers.

Thursday, May 29th, 2008

This week, I am thankful for…

…how easy it is to please a child. How much they just naturally love. How much they teach me about contentment.

…my husband’s change of heart regarding our eating habits. He announced to me yesterday that he wants to walk as a family to a local park when he gets home from work in the mornings, spend some time playing, and walk back. And he wants to “eat healthier” and cut back on his soda. HALLELUJAH! I’ve been praying for this for a long time. And trying not to bug him. What a mighty God we serve! 😀

…the fact that, no matter how hot it gets here, there is always a breeze blowing. I love the weather here!

…God’s unchanging grace. His unending acceptance of me and my faults, His forgiveness that doesn’t quit, and His reassurances that I am truly His child. No matter how many times I make an idiot or a rebel of myself.

Read more thankful posts at Sting My Heart.