The Ponderings of a Princess on a journey to be more like the King Who created her...

Thursday, July 24, 2008

16 Days and counting...

Well, we're down to 16 days to go till my due date. I have to be quite honest here and say, I've been feeling anxious. Last night during our family devotional time (Side note...if you're looking for a good book to use for this, "Parenting With Scripture" by Kara Durbin @ Moody Press is excellent!) I was reminded of some wonderful verses I can camp on. The word for the day was "Confidence".

Proverbs 3:25, "Have no fear of sudden disaster or of the ruin that overtakes the wicked, for the LORD will be your confidence and will keep your foot from being snared."

Jeremiah 17:7, "But blessed is the man who trusts in the LORD, whose confidence is in Him."

Philippians 4:13, "I can do everything through Him who gives me strength."

Hebrews 4:16, "Let us then approach the throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need."

Hebrews 10:35-36, "So do not throw away your confidence; it will be richly rewarded. You need to persevere so that when you have done the will of God, you will receive what He has promised."

Hebrews 13;6, "So we say with confidence, "The LORD is my helper; I will not be afraid. What can man do to me?"

So, as you think about these verses today, my prayer is that you will be reminded of God's hand in all you do and in all that comes your way. Let His confidence flood your mind and heart and give you His peace. That's what we want anyway, isn't it?!

Monday, July 21, 2008

Let me brag for a minute...

Our oldest daughter, Demi, participated in her first triathlon this past Saturday. We were so excited for her. She trained w/out complaint and pushed herself farther than any 12 year old girl I've ever known. She's truly an amazing young woman. Well...I'm so proud to say she finished the race w/ grace...AND she came in 3rd in her age group. She had been placed in the 13-15 year olds because she will be 13 before the year is out. Here are some pix of the event!

Swimming 200 meters
(8 laps in the pool)

Biking 5 Miles

Running 1.2 Miles

Receiving the Prize!

Wednesday, July 16, 2008

Friends & Baby Showers

I have some of the most amazing friends on the planet. Really! Last Saturday they gave us a huge baby shower for "Baby Guy". It was wonderful and I felt so special. I have to admit, however, it was all a bit weird to me. I mean, this IS my 4th child and I AM in my 40's. I know we had nothing for a baby, so we really needed a lot of stuff, but it felt like I should have been one of the hostesses for one of the younger ladies at our church. God is good! ;-) I loved visiting w/ all the ladies and playing the games and just seeing them all. My mouth hurt from smiling at the end of the day. Here are some pix of the "event".

Yummy Cake!

A very cool Car Seat/Stroller Combo

My mom and sister-in-law, Norma

Great Friends

My beautiful helpers!

Lyric, Hannah & Demi ~ great friends!

Precious Rhonda!

Monday, July 14, 2008

Live Chickens and fun at the Beach...

We went to the coast (Gulf of Mexico) last week with some of our dearest friends. What an amazing time of hanging out, eating good food, getting sun-tanned and laughing until we couldn't breathe. The baby was particularly active one evening and I was quite uncomfortable. The husbands were teasing that they knew just how I felt. One of them (not sure which one) made the comment, "Yeah, we should swallow a ball to know what it feels like." I said, "If you really want to know what it feels like then try swallowing a live chicken". 8-} Anyway, we all had a great laugh at that one and today, again, I DO feel like I have swallowed a live chicken. I'm sure I'll have the bruises to verify it, too.

Here are some pix from our trip. Hope you enjoy them!

Lyric rode the waves like a pro!

Demi found a live sand-dollar - way cool!

Barry found a LIVE Starfish ~ Way, Way Cool!

Hannah built an awesome sand castle!

Bram & Cade dug a tunnel.