Wednesday, February 27, 2013

27 million

Well, today was a day to disappear off from social media to be a voice for the 27 million people who are currently in slavery around the world.  There is a really good website that I highly recommend that has started a movement to end modern day slavery.  It is called

Not only does it sadden me to know that there is that many slaves in our world, it also angers me as a parent.  There are children as young as Josiah and Sophie who are working in fields or factories.  The thing that turns my stomach the most is that there are children as young as them who are being kidnapped and sold for sex.  It was last year, when Chris and I are were watching Passion 2012 that we really heard about modern slavery.  Over the last year, this topic has been brought to the forefront and people are starting to do things to free these slaves.  There is a tremendous ministry called "International Justice Mission" that are going out to the front lines and doing what they need to do to free these slaves around the world.  Not only are they freeing these slaves, but they offer them help afterwards. 

So today, I spent quite a bit of time...the time that I normally would be on the Internet...praying and asking God what He wanted me to learn from this day.  The thing that kept coming back up is that even though I might not physically be in slavery/bondage, there are many things that I am a slave to.  Some things are...having a clean house, making sure the kids are behaving, FaceBook/Internet, making sure that I have fun/interesting things to do during our school time, cooking nice meals, taking naps, watching TV shows.  Sure these things don't seem like BIG offenses, but when I find other things to do instead of spending time with my Lord, then I am living a life of slavery.  I absolutely don't want to minimalize what 27 million people are living like currently, but I often wonder if some of them have a better relationship with God than I do.  Because of their dire living conditions, they feel a great desire to spend time with fellowship with Him...than I do on a daily basis. 

I know I haven't learned everything that God wants me to from this day, but He has started something in me.  I know  He wants me to be more intentional about how I spend my time...what I worry about, what I do to unwind, what I do to have fun.  I know my desire from today is to no longer be a slave to the world, but to be a slave to the ways of my Savior and King.

Sunday, February 17, 2013

It's a...


We had a gender reveal party today after church to share with our "family" what Baby G4 is going to be.  Chris and I found out a few days ago, but were waiting until now to share with everyone.  So enjoy some pictures from our special day when we announced that Richard "Tobias" will be joining our family. 

Working on the name board.  If it is a girl, she will be Zoey Elizabeth.  If it is a boy, he will be Richard "Tobias."

The cake with the gender

Josiah helping Daddy cut the cake

It is BLUE!

Mommy and Kyrie excited for a baby boy

There is the BLUE frosting

Such a handsome BIG brother

Such a pretty BIG sister

There is the name board

All of my cravings...tied!

People casting their votes...not very many for a Lil' Miss

It looks like Lil' Man has the vote

Saturday, February 16, 2013

Valentine's Day

Well, we continued our tradition this year of taking the kids out for Valentine's Day dates.  Sophie and Chris went earlier in the week.  They both got dressed up and headed to Cracker Barrel...Sophie's choice, which made her daddy so proud.  As they were leaving the restaurant, the sun was setting.  So Chris took a moment to stop and enjoy it with her, since she hasn't seen very many sunsets.  Chris said that she told him that she was very thankful that God had made such a pretty sunset for them.  She is such a thankful girl!

Chris was going to take Kyrie in the middle of the week, but she started running a fever and having a runny nose.  We later discovered that two of her bottom molars had come in.  So, he is going to take her out this coming week for her special date. 

Josiah and I went out to dinner on Thursday.  His choice was to take me to IHOP.  Chris had given Josiah some money to pay for my dinner without me knowing.  On the way to IHOP, Josiah told me that I needed to close my eyes when we got to the counter. On our way in to the restaurant, I told him that the hostess would ask how many and told him what he needed to say.  So when she asked him how many, he gave his answer and whipped the money out of his pocket to put on the counter.  It brought the biggest smile to my face.  We had a great dinner and just enjoyed talking with him.  On the way home, he sang me a song that said how much he loved me and how glad that he had me for his Mommy because I love him every day and teach him new things.  He is such a sweet boy!! 

I can't believe that next year at this time, we will have four little ones to take out.  I am so thankful for this tradition...teaching our children how to treat others and how to be treated when going out on a date. 

We hope everyone had a wonderful Valentine's Day and enjoyed their day with their loved ones...however, it may have been spent.

20 Weeks

Well, I am a little late on writing this, since I am almost 22 weeks.  Better late than never.  We had our ultrasound at 20 weeks and found out that you are a healthy baby.  She did say that you are measuring about 5 days bigger than what the OB thinks, so we will find out on Monday if our due date will be changing.  You were so very wiggly that the tech had a hard time getting pictures of you.  I was a little worried while they were looking at your heart, but she said not to worry because everything looked fine...she was just trying get a certain picture.  Normally, with the other kiddos we got around 10 pictures, but only got two pictures because of all the already are your own person! 

You have been moving around a lot more lately.  Daddy was able to feel you move the first time around 18 weeks.  This week, Josiah felt you moving.  Tonight, I was sitting on the couch and could see my belly moving. 

Tomorrow, we are having our gender reveal at church.  Daddy and I found out last weekend when we went away for the weekend.  We called all the grandparents to let them know.  We are all very excited and can't wait to meet you in person. 

Well, keeping growing Little Baby.  We are more than half way there!