As I stated in my last post, this past weekend was spend at a church association meeting in Riverside. A church association meeting consists of our churches in the Old State work join together(as much as can be there), and we get to hear most of the pastors and preaches speak. Sometimes we handle business but it is mostly a great time of fellowship and preaching of the word. So when I say "meeting", it's more so a church service for 3 days. I absolutely LOVE it.
Well the topic of this association was Obedient Living. It got me thinking, am I living my life with as much compassion, zeal, prayer, faithfulness, and love that I can?
I don't like the thought of being a Sunday christian. I mean, I don't believe I am. I am not ashamed of the way I live my life and I really don't have anything to hide. I feel I have a strong relationship with Christ but still, am I doing enough?
How many times a day am I really setting aside to prayer to Him?
How much am I witnessing?
It really got me thinking, even though I go to church twice on Sunday and once on Wednesday night makes me a faithful church member but living my life according to the scriptures the other days as well is faithfulness to Christ. We can all say we love the Lord, but how are you showing it?
I encourage everyone to take a step back and see what more you can do for the Lord :)
We left Friday morning at 5am for southern California. Wow, was that a long drive or what? We actually went to Riverside which took us about 6 hours...and as much as my hubby likes to blame the two stops on Tynlee, lol, it was actually cause he had to potty...I have become the MASTER at nursing her in the car(of course, she's in her seat STRAPPED in, silly!!)We went down south for our church association meeting which was WONDERFUL by the way. Man, we have some AMAZING pastors/preachers in our work! They can REALLY preach the word so powerfully! We stayed in a hotel on Friday night then stayed at my sister in law Stephenie's on Saturday night. It was nice visiting with her. She is very very VERY special to me. Her youngest, Abigail, was SO sweet with Tynlee. She kept saying "Baby!" and pointing to Tynlee. She was so cute trying to stick the passy in Tynlee's mouth. They will have fun when Tynlee gets a little older! They look so much alike too! Both BEAUTIFUL, of course ;)
Stephenie and Nick only live about an hour or less to the Palmdale church where Stephen preached on Sunday. I love going there! Stephen was a member there for a while when he moved down south 5 years ago. It's so nice going there and seeing everyone. They all love my wonderful hubby. We ate lunch after church at Famous Daves! Can you say, YUM!!! We both got Brisket!! If you haven't tried it, you need to! It's the MOST tender, yummy meat ever. I think ;)
We got home around 6:30 last night. We had a great time!! I already finished all the laundry! Go me! Except, I haven't folded it yet..haha..
Now we are off to say "See ya soon" to my sweet sister in law Bryana and my lovely nieces, Payslie & Felicity! This is going to be sooo hard!!! They are moving back to Kentucky and leave tomorrow. My brother went too of course, but he left last week to drive there. Thank God he made it safely!
Last Tuesday, my cousin Jaymi(we are only a year and a half apart) delivered her BEAUTIFUL daughter!!!! She already has a cute son Waylon who turned 2 in May but this is her first girl. Bristol Jade :) She is sooo cute with so much gorgeous hair! Her and Tynlee got to meet and it was so adorable! We know they will be friends...we just hope they don't get into as much trouble as their mommies did ;) hehe just kidding! They will definitely have a special bond only being 6 months apart, which is nothing soon enough!
How has italready been 6 months since you were brought into our lives and we were changed forever???
It feels like you've always been here but it's crazy how fast time has actually flown.
You are half a year old.
I can't believe that! Let me tell you, these have been the most amazing 6 months of my entire life. Things started out kinda scary and rough but our dear & gracious Lord brought us through our trials. You have been pure joy to us. I can't describe to you how much I've always wanted you. I waited for you for so long. And you my dear, were SO worth the wait. You are EVERYTHING I could have imagined in a child. Your my DREAM COME TRUE Tynlee Anne.
I prayed and prayed for you.
Every night before I lay you down to sleep, I pray in your ear. I pray for your health, protection, even your future husband and most importantly, your salvation. EVERY single night.
I hold you and sometimes tears flow down my face because I ask myself how I got so blessed with you? You are perfect to me. I love you more than you'll ever know.
It makes me think about how the Lord loves us, His children, and it's just a glimpse of that! I am reminded you are His, He is just letting me have you for a little while. I am so thankful for that though. You have blessed our life so much. Brought us nothing but MORE love and MORE happiness.
I have loved watching you grow from a tiny little 5 pounder to a whopping 16 pounds!
Watching you change everyday has amazed me.
You have mastered rolling over both ways. I can barely change your diaper anymore. You play on your tummy WAY more than you play on your back. You aren't really into your swing anymore :( It's been replaced by the jumperoo(even though your feet still don't hit the floor, you enjoy playing in it). You can wiggle out of your bumbo so I definitely keep an eye on you! You don't sleep on your back EVER, unless you are in your carseat. If I lay you on your back in bed, you flip over to your tummy immediately and did I mention, usually FACE DOWN. Which of course, scares mommy!
You don't sit up alone yet but we try! Your so close though!! You scoot a lot....Move from one end of the bed or the floor to the other...mostly backwards ;)
You love to play with your hands and feet...they always go in your mouth!
You have began to twirl my hair when you eat, ah, it's precious!
You still LOVE bathtime!!!!!!
Your still not sleeping through the night, but that's okay, we are working on it!
I LOVE YOU SWEETIE!!!
You're my life's one miracle,
Everything I've done that's good.
And you break my heart with tenderness
And I confess it's true
I never knew a love like this 'til you
You're the reason I was born
Now I finally know for sure
And I'm overwhelmed with happiness
So blessed to hold you close
The one that I love most
Though the future has so much for you in store
Who could ever love you more?
The nearest thing to heaven
You're my angel from above
Only God creates such perfect love
When you smile at me I cry
And to save your life I'd die
With a romance that is pure in heart
You are my dearest part
Whatever it requires
I live for your desires
Forget my own, your needs will come before
Who could ever love you more?
There is nothing you could ever do
To make me stop loving you
And every breath I take
Is always for your sake
You sleep inside my dreams
And know for sure
Who could ever love you more?
Well, we had a FABULOUS, fantastic, WONDERFUL, romantic, RELAXING weekend in Monterey.
I didn't want it to end!
To start it off, we were just going to go for the day on Saturday, but I got a sweet call from my "lance romance" hubby on Thursday afternoon telling me he booked us a night at the Marriot for Friday night! What a sweetie!!! We got to head out Friday around 11:30am. It took us about 2.5 hours to get there with a little stop at Taco Bell and Casa De' Fruita(we always stop there!). We got to our hotel and it was beautiful. So clean, so nice, and a 4 star! Way to go baba' :)
After we got all un-packed, we headed down to the Wharf and to Cannery Row. We ate at Bubba Gumps! Love that place :) It's so fun and makes us always want to watch Forrest Gump! We then walked and walked to Peet's coffee then sat and listened to this great band outside a beautiful hotel right on the beach. It was great, just us 3 laughing and taking LOTS of pictures!
Then we headed down to the beach, we were the ONLY ones there. It was so nice and quiet. Just us and the seagles ;) The walk back to our car was so great. There was NO ONE. I've never been to Monterey when there hasn't been a million people walking down the street with you.
We stopped at the yummy candy store on our way back to our hotel.
(I got SOOO spoiled ;))
My wonderful hubby let me take a nice long bath! It was soooo nice! Then we cuddled up and watched a movie. Woke up and ate a great breakfast then headed to the Aquarium...Man, it wasn't as good as I thought it was going to be. You think for $30 a ticket, it would be GREAT but it was just OKAY. Maybe I am just saying that because there were a million billion people in there. People EVERYWHERE. We could BARELY walk. seriously. It was CRAZY!!!! But we still had fun!!!! Tynlee LOVED looking at the fish, she kept trying to grab them! It was adorable!
We then ate a late lunch at the Fish Hopper, which was delicious. We then walked some more then took a nice drive around the ocean and all the cute little homes. We parked ourselves and layed our blanket out on the beach sand for a while. Tynlee loved that too. Stephen took a short nap then we were off. Time to go home... :(
We had a GREAT time!! The BEST time!! Can't wait to go back!!
Thanks to my romantic hubby for the great surprise!!!
Since it IS our anniversary weekend...I have decided to do this week's devotional on
"You have heard that it was said, 'You shall love your neighbor and hate your enemies.' But I say to you, 'Love your enemies, bless those who curse you, do good to those who hate you, and pray for those who spitefully use you and persecute you.' "
It is EASY(most of the time) to LOVE those who also love us like our parents, our spouse, our siblings, our children, etc. But isn't it rather hard to LOVE those or like those for that matter, who you don't agree with, aren't like at all, who do bad things and make bad choices, or just FLAT OUT annoy you??
We aren't called to "like" everyone we meet, but we are called to LOVE them. Christ loved us right? Sinners, left to die. He showed mercy on our selfseeking souls. We are called to love everyone even if we don't agree with what they do or what they are doing. We don't have to accept what they do either, we are only called to love and pray for them!!
Thankfully God allows us to CHOOSE our spouse and CHOOSE our friends because that would be super hard if that had to be chosen for you.
I have had PLENTY of people do me wrong in my life. Go behind my back, spread rumors, say lies about me, curse me, say hurtful things, be fake or just plain RUDE. but hey, I'm sure I've done MANY people wrong to.
With all that being said....let's just LOVE one another!!
So our anniversary was Monday, the 8th......and guess what we did??? Absolutely nothing...besides eat PB&J's at night and watch our wedding video together..We didn't even sleep in the same bed.... :( You know why???
Well, I actually just had a tummy ache all day....Tynlee was fine...but poor Stephen, sick as a dog!!!!
Our weekend started on Friday night, going to my in-laws for Taco Night!! Yummy!!! And playing some "Spaz Ball"(a form of volleyball). Then Saturday going to our sweet little cousin, Lily's 1st Birthday Party in Modesto. Boy was she adorable!?!?! :) She got sooo many adorable & fun things!
We then met my parents and some family from out of state at the Elephant Bar then headed over to my grandma's for dessert and more visiting! It was GREAT to see our family!! :)
Sunday was church day :) Yay!!! We felt great all day. Went to my in-laws for a delicious roast lunch then played some MORE "Spaz Ball" and swam!! It was sure hot Sunday!!
I got a text around 11pm from my sister in-law who had just been visiting us with her family from Southern Cali....she said Garrett and Jake are throwing up...WONDERFUL, I thought :( They were the first to get the epidemic.
We aren't quite sure who started it but someone at the party must of had it.
We went to bed after that and around 1am, my poor husband was SICK :(
He ended up sleeping on the couch and Tynlee and I stayed far away in the bedroom cuz
I really did want my 5 1/2 month old getting the stomach flu.
If you know what I mean.
Stephen and I are generally very HEALTHY people. I have only got the stomach flu like twice my entire life and another time, I had food poisoning(which was HORRID by the way)!!!
The next morning I found out Vince(Lily's dad) also had the flu and so did poor sweet LILY!!! :(
It ended up getting to over 15 people who went to party and our church!!!!
How HORRIBLE is that???
Makes me mad.
I haven't left the house. I feel NORMAL. But just incase my body fought it off and I'm still "contagious",
I don't want to EXPOSE ANYONE ELSE.
That's what I do. Stay home when my family or ME has been sick.
I don't want ANYONE else getting this stomach bug.
I hate the stomach flu.
More than ANYTHING.
Word to the wise: Stay home if your sick.....not trying to be mean but seriously, it just turns into a vicious cycle....
So with all that being said, we are going to Monterey on Saturday...us 3 :)
Together as a family to celebrate our 3 years of wedded bliss!!!
Mama's a LITTLE behind..but I'm blaming it on insurance!
Boy oh boy! Can you guess how big she is now?
15 lbs 5 oz and 25 inches long!
Tripled her birth weight at 5 months old!! Way to go Tynlee!
And that's only from "Mama Milk"
I am proud that I have done so well at nursing. I truly thank the Lord for it because I wanted to nurse her SO bad. It's what's BEST for her. I mean, the Lord gave us those things for a reason right!?!?!
Her check up went great! She is in the 50th percentile for head, weight and height. That's great considering she was a preemie.
She totally ripped and tore up the white peice of paper on the patient "bed".
Stephen and I cracked up.
She was a SUPER happy girl and so easily to "check out".
She was flirting with Dr. Hunt.
-She giggles A LOT!!
-She can roll both ways...very easily now
-She plays with toys and can put them in her mouth
-She sucks on her thumb(sometimes to go to sleep!!!) cutest thing!
-She is still just breastfeeding only
My little Tynlee grows EVERYDAY!! She is seriously growing up WAY too fast!