Sunday, February 28, 2010

A Decade!

So, did you figure out what BIG thing was happening for us this week? What was "X"tra special (get it? X = Roman numeral 10 :) )? We celebrated our 10th wedding anniversary! Yay! Wow, how can it be a decade already?! It feels like it's only been 5 years or so!

Us 10 years ago! Awe! :D

We praise God for how he brought us together (TOTALLY a God-thing!). We praise Him for being the center of our lives and marriage! We praise Him for all of the celebrations we've been able to enjoy, e.g. anniversaries, kids' births, and also for the trials we've faced together. We praise God for our unity, our bond, our commitment to and support of one another, our friendship and our love for one another and Jesus.

We pray for God's continued love, strength, patience and joy in our marriage. We pray for each of us to continue to support and build up one another, in words and actions. Ultimately, we pray that we would continue to seek Christ and His will for us and put Him at the center of our lives and marriage and, in that, that we would be a better loving and supportive husband and wife!

Here are some of my favorite verses on marriage and husbands and wives.

1 Peter 3:1-7
Wives, in the same way be submissive to your husbands so that, if any of them do not believe the word, they may be won over without words by the behavior of their wives, when they see the purity and reverence of your lives. Your beauty should not come from outward adornment, such as braided hair and the wearing of gold jewelry and fine clothes. Instead, it should be that of your inner self, the unfading beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is of great worth in God's sight. For this is the way the holy women of the past who put their hope in God used to make themselves beautiful. They were submissive to their own husbands, like Sarah, who obeyed Abraham and called him her master. You are her daughters if you do what is right and do not give way to fear. Husbands, in the same way be considerate as you live with your wives, and treat them with respect as the weaker partner and as heirs with you of the gracious gift of life, so that nothing will hinder your prayers.

Ephesians 5: 22-33
Wives, submit to your husbands as to the Lord. For the husband is the head of the wife as Christ is the head of the church, his body, of which he is the Savior. Now as the church submits to Christ, so also wives should submit to their husbands in everything. Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her to make her holy, cleansing her by the washing with water through the word, and to present her to himself as a radiant church, without stain or wrinkle or any other blemish, but holy and blameless. In this same way, husbands ought to love their wives as their own bodies. He who loves his wife loves himself. After all, no one ever hated his own body, but he feeds and cares for it, just as Christ does the church— for we are members of his body. "For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife, and the two will become one flesh." This is a profound mystery—but I am talking about Christ and the church. However, each one of you also must love his wife as he loves himself, and the wife must respect her husband.

And some verses I have to remind myself of :P

Proverbs 12:4
A wife of noble character is her husband's crown, but a disgraceful wife is like decay in his bones.

Proverbs 27:15
A quarrelsome wife is like a constant dripping on a rainy day.

Proverbs 21:9
Better to live on a corner of the roof than share a house with a quarrelsome wife.

Proverbs 31 is full of what a noble wife looks like. Here's what I like best from the scripture.
v11 - Her husband has full confidence in her and lacks nothing of value.
v12 - She brings him good, not harm, all the days of her life.
v26 - She speaks with wisdom, and faithful instruction is on her tongue.
v 28 & 29 - Her children arise and call her blessed; her husband also, and he praises her: "Many women do noble things, but you surpass them all."

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Sunday, February 21, 2010


Something BIG is happening this week! Can you guess what it is? It is "X"tra special!! :D

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Friday, February 19, 2010

More Sand, Sun, Slide and Swing Time!

Yes, the girlies and I ventured outdoors this morning and enjoyed lots of play time at our neighborhood park. They love that place! Plus, our weather is GORGEOUS this time of year so I figured we might as well get in some outdoor play time while we can. I'm glad we did. The girlies had fun having some more sand, sun, slide and swing time at the park. They also played with some neighborhood friends, a set of BG twins and a little boy with his dad. Enjoy the pics!

Bethany, enjoying the view from the top of the slide equipmentAnna playing under the slide. Looks like she enjoyed a mouthful of sand again ;)Suzan's turn down the slideBethany and Brielle coming down the slides together..."wanna race, sister??" ;)Now it's Anna and Brielle racing!Anna coming down the slideBrielle playing at the "concession stand" - "mama, do you want something to eat or drink while you enjoy the races?"Suzan coming down the slide again. Yes, I think the girlies wore a path in the sand and stairs from going up and down the slide so much ;)Suzan - "weeeeeeeeeeeee!"Smiley Brielle, looking too cute :DBrielle scooting towards the top of the slideSuzan at the stand now. Looks like she's selling wiffle balls and such ;)Bethany's turn at the standAnna's turn again. I just love her look here..."you want WHAT?!?!?!?"Beautiful Bethany!Boisterous Brielle! ;)Here is a picture of one of the twins we met. His name is Laza (meaning "my God has helped"). He was there with his twin sister, Masha (like Miryam which means "wished-for child"), and his grandpa, grandma and great aunt (who are all visiting from Serbia - VERY dedicated and involved grandparents!). It was fun to see the girls play and share with him and his sister. Plus, I loved hearing him, his sister and his family members speak Serbian. A very beautiful language! Isn't he a cutie too!Suzan, playing with the little carrying bag for the sand toys. She's funny with that bag :DBrielle sharing her sand rakeMore slide time for Anna and BrielleBethany coming down the slideWe're going to enjoy all of the park time we can in these last few months before summer hits us! Sand, sun, slide and swing HERE WE COME! ;)

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Sunday, February 14, 2010

Happy Valentine's Day!

Hope you are enjoying your Valentine's Day today. We sure are, with our 5 sweetheart kids here! First, Jared and I had fun yesterday baking, frosting and decorating heart-shaped sugar cookies. YUM! Yeah, I think my tummy has had its fill of them already ;)

Can you say "mmmmm! mm!"?I used my Christmas sugar cookie recipe, which is AWESOME!

Then, we enjoyed our church service this morning. Yes, Mama went crazy and made some Valentine's Day shirts for the girlies. It's just too much fun and too cute! We had some backyard play time when we got back home.

My two peas-in-a-pod, aka Bethany and Anna (the identicals), playing on top of the climberAnna coming down the slideAnd now Bethany coming down the slideBrielle, Bethany, Suzan and Anna. Can you tell that Brielle was just not "feeling the love" today? Yeah, she REALLY wanted her Daddy. The others are just too serious looking :PThe girlies have changed A LOT since last Valentine's Day! Below is Suzan, Anna, Bethany and Brielle in 2009. Barely any hair and not walking/mobile yet.My Handsome Heartbreaker Jared! NOTE: He thought it would be funny to ride his old, and WAY TOO SMALL, trike. Silly boy!Sweetheart Suz!Adorable Anna. I think her shirt fits her - "sweet" That's Anna :DBeautiful Bethany!And Babydoll Brielle. You can see she is more content being in her Daddy's lap :DWe love our 5 sweet valentines and I love my wonderful valentine for life, my hubby! Hope your Valentine's Day is a blessed one!
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Tuesday, February 09, 2010

Backyard Play Time!

I'm trying to take more pictures of the girlies these days. Here are some from our backyard playtime after lunch. Our weather is SOOOO wondeful these days. We have to enjoy it while we can...because then it will be 110*+ around here ;)

Anna playing on top of their new climber (that they received from G&G Carlson for Christmas)My Anna Pie! I LOVE this picture of her. It shows her personality, a gentle and sweet spirit!Then Anna being silly ;)Anna going down the slideBrielle LOVES Jared's old trike. She could sit and be pushed on it for HOURS if she could...or if Mama could ;)Suzan giving me an "okay, i will stop for a second for you to take my picture, mama" smileBethany, stopping to smell, and pick!, the roses. Or I should say daisies.I think Anna was giving her daisy a kiss. How cute!And then blowing on it, like blowing out a candleSuzan liked having the daisies in her curly hair :)Yeah, I think our winter here is over. It felt much like spring. The bees are already buzzing about and flowers are blooming.Anna was twirling her head around and loved whipping her hair back and forth. Yeah, I can see her being my "twirl or spin around in a pretty pink dress" girl :DBrielle'y!!
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