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One Final Introduction

16 Mar

Just when you thought you’d gone through all of the introductions…

My name is Dina Saweriss, and I have the privilege of being the Friday Blogger for This Passing Life! Being a Friday blogger has its potential ups and downs…on the upside, everyone looks forward to Fridays, so perhaps by association you’ll also forward to my entry! On the down side, as the final entry each week, I feel a tiiiiny bit pressured to sign off the week with a particularly humorous, insightful or helpful post. I make no promises, but let’s see how I do!

So, a little about me.  I am 34 years old (yes, that definitely makes me the YOUNGEST member on this blogging team!). I’m married to Shady Saweriss who I personally believe I don’t deserve, and who I thank God for from the bottom of my heart. We are members of the Grace Chapel family and are incredibly grateful for this body of Christ to which we belong!

Six months ago we welcomed beautiful baby Amanda into our home, and nothing has been the same ever since. I have to admit that one of the best parts of having Amanda was that I was no longer pregnant! I was not a graceful pregnant, and I made sure everyone knew how uncomfortable I was!!! In fact I distinctly remember Georgie calling me after Amanda was born and congratulating me on no longer being pregnant! More stories on that in the future…

Having Amanda has been one of the most life changing experiences! Since her arrival, we smile SOOOO much, yawn continuously, and have mastered the art of getting out of the house in fifty minutes flat (according to Serge we are still rookies!). I can’t wait to share some of the stories of being a new mom…even though some of them won’t make me look as put together and under control as I would like!

I’ve always wants to blog! Sometimes as I go through various situations I find myself blogging in my mind (I know, that’s not normal) and have a pages full of blogging ideas that have never come alive. You know how people keep a to do list….well for the longest time now, “blog” has been on my to do list! So Maja, thank you for giving me an opportunity to live out one of my life goals!!!

Aside from writing, I love to spend time with my husband and daughter. We love to be with our family and friends, try new restaurants, go for walks, and I absolutely love to knit. For my birthday, I would reeeeally like a sewing machine, but to be honest I have no clue what I would do with it, especially considering I don’t know how to sew! I also love to worship on the guitar!

I am so looking forward to reading the variety of posts that will come from this dynamic group of women. How exciting to not only read the blog, but be a part of contributing to it. I hope to learn from their wisdom, pick up lots of cooking tips along the way, and perhaps learn a few things about the Leafs….Did I mention that I have zero interest in watching sports? I actually don’t have a competitive bone in my body (Sorry Amy, but wouldn’t it be better if everyone just played for fun??)

So, happy weekend to all…only two more days till Sunday, the best day of the week!

One more surprise guest?

16 Mar

Hello! I’m kind of cheating because I’m not supposed to post today, but it wasn’t fair that all the other ladies got intros and not our next guest who will be joining us to make the team a group of five!

I’ll let her do her thing but I just wanted to say that my good friend Dina is someone who I love and respect and have been so blessed to get to know over the past few years. We have had the pleasure of serving alongside one another at Grace Chapel, seeing to it that wedding decor gets set up and taken down (thanks D!) at ungodly hours of the night, sharing lots of laughs, and just doing all sorts of fun things. But Dina is not just fun- she’s deep. Hence “Digging Deep with Dina”, which I hope she’ll explain at a later time 😉 Seriously though, she’s got a lot of wise advice to share, lots of funny stories, and is just a great friend who loves the Lord, and loves the people He’s placed in her life. I hope you come to love her just as much as I do!

Welcome to the team-blogging world my friend!

Postponded

15 Mar

I was attempting a play on words with my title (post-poned…get it?). Whatever the case, my post will have to wait until next week due to a sick child (throwing up all night) and no sleep.

Until then, here is a link to an interview with Noel Piper who gives us a very brief sketch of her life (I think Noel Piper is alluding to the same quote I gave you last week!)

Enjoy.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=drZ28MYS5OE

Entitlement and Our Responsibility

14 Mar

Entitlement – even though we all struggle with it at times, we all generally know it’s not the right attitude to have. The idea that as citizens we are entitled to any number of things from external government services, takes the focus away from our responsibility as Christians to serve our communities and those around us that are in need. I recently read a great post on Tim Challies’ blog on entitlement, which touched on the same idea. More and more these days society expects that teachers and other community professionals take on responsibilities that were never meant to be theirs to begin with. Where is this coming from? We can all probably list a million reasons why we struggle with this attitude at times, but I want to focus to two things. First, we are all prone to think we’re better than we really are, and this is the very thought that leads to feeling entitled to something more than what we deserve. I have families come into the office and the children often sit in front of their parents and make huge demands that they genuinely feel their parents owe them (cars, electronics, trips etc.). Many times they are there because the children have made some pretty big mistakes, and you would think that they would be hanging their heads in shame, but it’s quite the opposite. We all behave that way sometimes; sinners deserving nothing, yet expecting everything. Second, we live in a selfish society, and it’s hard to escape this mentality when we are surrounded by it. Unless we are constantly doing some Jonathan Edwards’ style self-examination, we can easily be sucked into this same entitled pattern of living, and not even realize it. Sure, children need to be taught more than the core subjects, people struggling financially need support, and people seeking help need to be helped. Whose responsibility is it to meet these needs? Let’s look to Christ as the ultimate example. We all know that Jesus spent so much of his time with the poor, the sick, and the vulnerable, ministering to them and meeting their spiritual, physical, and practical needs. So, this is a challenge to myself and anyone who would like to join me: I will make a conscious effort to step outside of myself, outside of my own needs, and work at getting to know people around me a little more in order to understand how I can better serve them. The struggle is that we live in a self-motivated and self-centred society, so how can I keep from getting trapped. Unless there is a conscious choice to die to myself and serve others daily, then I can easily begin to justify putting my own needs first and expecting that external resources help “the others” and me because after all, we deserve it – faulty thinking is easily perpetuated if not extinguished by a reality check. We all know very well what we truly deserve, and if it weren’t for Grace we would all be heading down that path. So with that in mind daily, I will try to not behave like a spoiled brat when things do not go my way, and instead support others in my church and in my community by giving my time and resources which God has blessed me with. We begin a destructive cycle when we don’t step up and take responsibility for that which is ours, and instead expect that government services take on the role that was originally meant to be ours.

“As each has received a gift, use it to serve one another, as good stewards of God’s varied grace: whoever speaks, as one who speaks oracles of God; whoever serves, as one who serves by the strength that God supplies – in order that in everything God may be glorified through Jesus Christ. To him belong glory and dominion forever and ever Amen.” 1 Peter 4: 10-11

Lessons from the Leafs

We can all stand to learn a few things from the Leafs, and as promised before, I won’t do this every time, but it seems fitting today. In my opinion, each team in the NHL has its own personality and plays with a certain style. Since today’s post is on entitlement, I’d like us to turn our thoughts to the Leafs and consider their hard work and motivation. At times, things go really well for them, and like any team they’ve had their rough patches as well. Despite being attacked by Gionta’s cheap shot to their star goalie who was then injured, and seems to have not been able to fully recover since the hit, they continue to press on with good attitudes and minds fixed on their main goal. With every difficult patch they’ve hit whether tough losing streaks, injuries, Burke failing to do everything in his power to get Nash, coaching changes, they do not stop working hard and fighting to move up the standings. This can’t be said for all teams (*cough Canucks cough*); some teams play with a sense of entitlement. They let the puck in the net once, and sticks start flying on the ice. A linesman or ref makes one bad call, and curse words start shooting out of their mouths (grow up Luongo, Bieksa, and Kesler and quit throwing temper tantrums during games cough*). Some teams play as though they deserve more, regardless of what they are willing to put forth. I’m thankful that we back a team that plays with integrity and is motivated to put in the hard work in order to achieve what they are looking for. In my heart, I still believe this might be the year, but whether it’s this year or next, it will come, and it will have been well worth the wait.

My Favourite Buttermilk Biscuits

13 Mar

I got a DSLR camera for my birthday in December.  I love it. I don’t know how to use it, but I love it.  I want to take amazing pictures of my kids, but they move around a lot, so I’m practicing on food.

That’s not the whole truth.  I’ve had this lifelong dream of being a food blogger….well, not that long, since food blogging is a recent phenomenon, but I really think it would be cool to be a food blogger.  Like Mel, or Joy.

Not gonna happen anytime soon for me though, if ever. I can barely get dinner on the table, let alone snap fancy pictures of what we’re going to eat.  I did it tonight though!  Just for you.  I had to banish my kids to the basement, but I took some pictures of my most favourite tea biscuits.  I love these things.  They’re super easy, incredibly versatile and they don’t take long at all.  I even use these as the base for cinnamon buns.

I found the recipe in an old Robin Hood cookbook.  I’m pretty sure it was this one. Here she is!  Enjoy.

Don’t be too critical of my pictures.  They’re some of my firsts!

Buttermilk Biscuits

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups All-Purpose Flour
  • 2 ½ tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp salt
  • ½ tsp baking soda
  • ½ cup shortening or butter (I use butter)
  • 1 cup buttermilk

Preparation:

Combine flour, baking powder, salt and baking soda in a mixing bowl.  Using two knives, a pastry blender or your fingers, cut in shortening until mixture resembles coarse crumbs.

Add buttermilk all at once to dry ingredients and stir with a fork until a soft dough forms.  Turn dough out onto a lightly floured surface and knead gently eight to 10 times.  Roll or pat to ¾ – inch thickness.  Cut with a round cutter.  Place on ungreased baking sheet.

Bake in a 425 degrees F oven for 12 to 15 minutes or until light golden.  Serve warm.

Variations:

  • Brush tops with melted butter and sprinkle with sugar for a finishing touch.
  • Stir in about 1 cup shredded Cheddar cheese for a savory biscuit.
  • Add 2 tbsp sugar to the dough for a sweet biscuit that you can use a base for shortcake.

Pragmatism vs. Principles

12 Mar

Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect. – Romans 2:12 

Pragmatism vs. Principles

 –       We’re leaving the church because there is no children’s program

–       Teens won’t listen to “just” the Bible being preached- they need stories and personal anecdotes to make it relevant!

–       We don’t have very much money coming in these days so we just won’t give any offering

–       How could we not both work? There’s no way we can give up my benefits or extra income. This city is just too expensive to live in to even consider giving up one job to stay home with the kids

–       I know how our money should be spent so even if my husband [wife] disagrees with me, I’ll just keep pushing until I get my way- after all, it’s for our family’s well being!

–       If I confront my friend about that issue, I’m worried she’ll be upset with me so it’s best just to avoid it rather than stir things up.

–       As long as I’m being a good example to my friends in the workplace, it’s not that big of a deal if I don’t share the Gospel with my words. I wouldn’t want to make things awkward. After all, didn’t someone once say “Preach Christ, and if you must, use words”?

–       I can’t make it to evening service, AND prayer meeting every week. What do they expect of me, I have a baby and it’s hard to get out of the house with her or find someone to watch her for me!

I have to include a disclaimer before I try to tease out this thought I’ve been wrestling with. Every point above (except for maybe one or two), are things that I have personally struggled with. Personally as in, “I’m the one dealing with the issues”, not “I’m the one looking at other people dealing with the issues”. Although, I do think these are common things that people generally struggle with.  And the list isn’t exhaustive; I’ve just tried to come up with a few that happen to have been issues over the past few years. So what is the problem with answering questions in the way I’ve suggested above? The problem begins with the types of questions we’re asking, and the place we’re going to find the answers.

That word pragmatism has a positive connotation that’s usually associated with it. If a person is pragmatic, they’re looking at ways to practically make decisions with the information they’re given. So if a principle is by definition a “basic truth, law, or assumption” or “A rule or standard, especially of good behavior”, then how do we practically make decisions based on principles and avoid going down the road of being pragmatic at the expense of our principles? We need to go backwards a few steps in our thought process to get to the heart of the problem.

Our first response isn’t always the best or right response. A good friend of mine named Amy 😉 once told me that the first thoughts we think in any given situation are often wrong and if we stopped to think about why we want to do a particular thing, or why we’re thinking a particular thought, we’d see that we are not thinking rightly. Every day we are faced with choices to make. What should I eat for breakfast? What car should I buy? Where should I go on vacation? How should I spend my paycheck? Probably the majority of our choices are ones that are fairly inconsequential, but there are many decisions we need to make that will have serious affect on our lives and the lives of those around us.

The problem begins when we don’t want to think things through or when we want to think them through primarily based on the way our situation appears, rather than what God’s word says. By default, we assume that our thoughts are the right thoughts or our ways are the right ways. But isn’t that the way sin is? Just like in the garden when Adam and Eve were presented with choices to make, they believed that choosing their way seemed best, in spite of what God had instructed them. Rather than thinking of His word to them first, and believing it and applying it to their situation, they believed themselves. That verse I started off with from Romans should be a sort of compass that helps us think about the direction we need to go everyday, every moment, with all our thoughts. If we start out on the basis that our minds need to be renewed because they don’t think the right way and they don’t understand everything clearly, then we will have a starting point at which we begin to make choices. Rather than decide to do something because “it works” or “everyone else does it that way” or “I can’t think of any other way that this could be done”, we would begin by saying, “What does God’s word say?” It is easy as Christians to say that we believe God’s word is perfect, God’s word is true, and God’s word is sufficient. But, I think that we don’t always live that way in the choices we make. Our culture promotes and encourages self-reliance and conformity to its ways. And avoiding conformity to the world isn’t just adhering to clearly marked out dos and like “do not get drunk on wine”. There are many subtler, and maybe even more dangerous ways that we begin to make way for sinfulness when we don’t realize that the word applies to every situation and decision. There are choices we need to make that require wisdom and discernment, and when we are unwilling to think through the impact, consequences, or implications of our choices and what they say about what we believe, then we’re walking a slippery slope downwards to disobedience. Just because a choice we have to make doesn’t scream “WRONG!” or “SIN!”, it doesn’t mean that it might not stem from a wrong understanding of scripture, or lead to a bad outcome.

If we begin by believing that the Bible teaches that our hearts are deceitful and wicked, and that in order to walk pleasing to God, we need to know what His will is, and so we must go back to the book. We must everyday be asking ourselves the same questions. Will my decision in this situation bring God the most glory? Am I doing what He wants according to His will, or according to my way of making choices? His word is what will ultimately transform our thinking and enable it to be pleasing to Him, and bring about the most good and blessing in our lives.

The story of King Uzziah in 2 Kings 14 is a telling one. The king had experienced numerous military successes. He was loved by the people and had built up for himself a strong kingdom. And then, one day he decided that he would act as a priest and enter the temple to offer sacrifices. This was a proud, arrogant assumption of a role that God had clearly commanded no one except the priests to fulfill. But he decided that his way was best. I’m sure he had lots of reasons to justify that choice. Maybe he thought that God had shown him favor in the past, or that he had earned the right. Either way, he decided to do things his own way, rather than God’s, and he was struck immediately with leprosy. The point of this passage is to illustrate that God’s word is given for us to obey, not for us to choose which points suit our circumstances and situations. And if he’s called us to do something, He most certainly will enable us to do it. This doesn’t diminish the fact that He is gracious and forgiving to us in spite of our bad choices, but it does highlight that we need to obey and we need to do it to honor Him, to show that we believe and trust His word, and to do it for our good. This also serves to remind us that we need to be wary of pride and confidence in our own understanding of things- like I said, often our first response (or even our second or third!), isn’t the one that would be most honoring and glorifying to God.

“Be transformed by the renewal of your mind”- it’s an ongoing, continuous, life-long command and process; one that we need to be consciously engaged in, not passively assuming that it’s already happened. Why? So that we can know what God’s will is, remembering that it is GOOD, it is PERFECT, and it is PLEASING. And that’s what will enable us to then make the right choices and keep us from conformity.

The Four A.M. Frenzy

9 Mar

So is it just me or do things become waaaayy more serious after midnight? It’s like a steep hill down with your thoughts and musings. The outlook is grim. Today was just a mess, and well tomorrow, let’s not go there. I can already see the problems piling up like that mound of laundry that sits, eyeing me in the corner of my bedroom. I’ve been having these after-midnight moments over the past few weeks where life just feels a tinge hopeless, and when I think about the hopelessness, I begin to despair.

Take for example the other night as Serge and I were going to bed. He’d had a particularly long day and was just wiped out. I could see him fading quickly, but thought it would be the right time to put on my sad/pensive face so that he could lovingly ask me what was the matter. And he did. Cue the weepy violins and there I went.

Serge: “What’s wrong, you look sad.”

Me: “I am.”

Serge: “Why, what happened?”

Me: “I don’t know, I’m just feeling down.”

Serge: “Why?”

Me: (In my head I’m thinking, “Don’t you just know? Can’t you understand all the things that I’ve gone through today?”) “I just feel sad that I have been busy during the day. I’m not spending enough focused time with Emma. It’s like, I am cleaning, and cooking, and then I have to catch up on business emails, and, it’s just so bad. Like, I haven’t even gotten to do important things with her, like finger-painting, or go to the petting zoo.” (I’m telling you, tragedies are happening in households across the nation, every night after midnight! It’s not just me, I swear!!)

Serge: “What? What are you talking about?”

Me: “I don’t know, I just feel so bad, like I want to do all these things and I don’t have time!” (Then the thoughts start coming about how I am behind on Emma’s developmental milestones, and how now that I’ve not done the fingerprinting she might be a little behind in a few years when she starts kindergarten)

Serge: “I don’t know, maybe you just need to manage your time better.”

Me: “What? What? I am managing my time, I just don’t have enough!!!” (then, the anger starts mounting and I’m thinking to myself “How can he say that, he’s sooo unaware of all the things I have to do in the day. We’re going to have to talk about this too. This is a new issue that we’ll have to deal with before the night is over.”)

Me again: “Serge, I feel like, if we’re so busy and we don’t spend enough time together as a family, then we are just going to be such a bad example to Emmy. Like what is the point of having a family if we’re not being a “real” one?” (I don’t know where I got that line “a real one”. Things get really deep after midnight)

Me again: Some more talking, and then some crying, and then a bit more talking, and then a pause…. “Serge?”

Serge: Silence. Deafening silence. And a little snore.

Me: Oh my gosh… How could he have done this to me? (some more crying for about a minute, and then, I fell into a deep sleep)

K, so I’m replaying this conversation for you to illustrate how awful things can get when you’re tired. You know the kind of tired I’m talking about. You had a million things to do during the day, many of which didn’t get done, and now you’re going to bed thinking about all the ways in which you’ve failed individually, or as a family. You’re kids are dead. They’ve just got no hope now that you haven’t introduced them to the wonders of farm animals and free-play with paint.

It’s bad isn’t it? My point in all this is just to say that, often times we make major issues out of minor things. Things that, if we took time, when we were well-rested to assess and think through, we’d realize weren’t that big of a deal. And even if they were big deals, we’d have a little more wisdom and energy to figure them out. Four a.m., or any time when you’re tired for that matter, is not a good time to try to sort out life lessons, reorganize family goal setting, assess the state of your marriage, or feel guilty about not getting to the petting zoo. Thank God for rest and the way it recharges your batteries. It isn’t a good idea to do the heavy mental lifting when you have no gas in the tank. Fill her up and then consider what to do with the issues that arise. You’ll probably realize that most of the things that were disasters looming on the forefront are things that can be dismissed as really not that important. Or if they are important, you can deal with them in a reasonable way, not in a tragic, self-pitying, apocalyptic way.

Thank God for the weekend, and especially thank Him for Sunday! That one day of the week, that we are called to rest. We rest because it is, of many things, a practice for the day when we will be with the Lord and have true rest in His presence. With that in mind, I hope you get some sleep. Stop panicking about whatever you’re panicking about and try to sort things out in good time.

Oh ya, and make this pie. It’s really good and REALLY easy. Thank you to my cousins’ grandma Melva, we can all enjoy a slice of Trackside Pie (don’t ask about the name, I don’t know why it’s called that!) with very little preparation! I’m excited for you if you can’t tell by all the exclaiming. I’m not kidding, you don’t need to make crust and the ingredients literally involve a little measuring and mixing, nothing fancy.

Until Monday,

Maja

Yet Another…

8 Mar

So I am the last to introduce myself to you all. I will start with the basics: My name is Georgie, I just turned 30 (yikes) and I’ve been married to Paul McDonald since October 2009. I have a 15 month old son named Caleb and one more on the way (due in July). I am a homemaker, a lover of Jesus Christ and a member of Grace Fellowship Church Don Mills.

I found Maja’s “proposition” very intriguing and, like Amy, could not pass up the opportunity to blog with all these lovely women! It’ll be a new experience for me to try to write a post every week, but one that I’m very excited about. My plan is to write about things that are of interest to me and hopefully beneficial to those who’ll read this blog. Some of those things would include theology, parenting, philosophy, books that I am reading, other posts that I have found to be a blessing or just entertaining…I think the only things I will stay away from are sports (that’s your job Amy), and cooking (I cannot content with the other cooks on this blog!!).

I am reading through a really great book by Dr. Helen Roseveare right now. It has been such a blessing to read about her life and learn from her incredible example of godliness. I anticipate that the next few posts will be related to that…so I hope you are looking forward to it! Here is a taste of her writing, just to wet your appetite. She explains how God met with her when she was beaten by rebel soldiers during her time serving in the Congo:

“In the darkness and loneliness, He met with me. He was right there, a great, wonderful, almighty God. His love enveloped me. Suddenly the “Why?” dropped away from me, and an unbelievable peace flowed in, even in the midst of the wickedness. And He breathed a word into my troubled mind: the word privilege.” (Living Sacrifice, 22)

I am really looking forward to blogging with you all (writers and readers!!).

Another Introduction

7 Mar

So how does one begin an intro blog post? I think I need a quick tutorial, because there is no way this is the right way to do it – here goes. My name is Amy. I am a 27 year old child of God, daughter, sister, friend, – excited to say- member of the Grace Chapel family, major Toronto Maple Leafs fan, and full time social worker. I think that pretty much sums it up.

I checked my email a few weeks ago, and I was so pumped to see an email from my good friend Maja titled, “A proposition”. As I read it I became even more excited to accept her proposal to team up with three women I respect and admire a great deal. The idea was to join Maja’s existing blog and take turns writing about topics that are important to us. I have been following This Passing Life since it began, and it has been such a blessing to me over the years; so there was no way I was going to turn down the opportunity to contribute to this blog by sharing some fun and challenging topics along with my friends.

My job allows me the privilege and opportunity to speak to various people from different walks of life, different life stages, different problems, perspectives, ideas, and worries. I love being able to have a job that provides support to people who need it, and are willing to engage in conversation, one hour at a time with a complete stranger. In the process of supporting, I end up learning so much about myself, relational interactions, families, societal expectations, social problems, and the list goes on. I often find myself working to figure out what the Bible has to say about these lessons that arise from my daily conversations. As I share some of my thoughts and readings, I promise to do my best not to relate every post to the Leafs, but quite frankly, I do believe that most life lessons can be directly linked to the Leafs’ journey over the years. So, while our home team works hard and presses on towards the playoffs, I will try to do the same in my contributions to this blog. I am excited to learn more and grow as I follow along with the other posts and contribute my own, and I hope the same for anyone else who may be following along with This Passing Life.

An Introduction

6 Mar

So I was hoping to begin my first blog post with some sort of witty or insightful  word, but alas, I couldn’t come up with anything, so we’ll just have to dive right into  talking about me!

I was definitely very excited when Maja asked me to start blogging with her and with the two other ladies that will be joining us as well.  I had a blog of my own back in the day, however, due to a growing family I just couldn’t maintain it anymore.  I won’t give the link, because I may steal some old posts and put them up here, for those days when I just have nothing exciting or helpful to share!

Anyhow, moving along, as Maja mentioned, I’m Stacey and I’m a 30 year old wife to Julian Freeman and mom of three beautiful little ladies, Susannah Lynn (5), Caitlyn Adele (4) and Madalyn Joy (almost 2), whom I love with all my heart… so much it hurts.

Jesus Christ is my Lord and Saviour and He saved me from my sin when I was about 12 years old.  He is the reason for my joy and hope in life.

I have been blessed abundantly by the Lord as He has given me many good and perfect gifts, like that amazing family I mentioned above.  I have also been blessed with an amazing church family at Grace Fellowship Church Don Mills, which my husband planted and has been pastoring at for just over a year.

I LOVE cooking, like way more than Maja even does (that’s a joke, in case it wasn’t clear).  I spend too much time looking at food blogs and finding new recipes to try out for my family.  I’m always looking to make new traditions in our home and they typically revolve around food!  I’ll give you all a list of my favourite food blogs at a later date…don’t worry, I will talk about food again.  And again.

I like swimming.  Notice I didn’t say love.  I like it while I’m doing it; I love it when I’m done. It’s tiring and difficult for me.  After all, it is exercise.

I love hanging out with friends.  I am a crazy extrovert and cannot say no to being with people.  My poor husband didn’t know what he was getting himself into when he married me. I like playing games with said friends, just chatting with them about casual things, but mostly I love talking about our good and amazing God.  I love theology.

And finally I love being a mom.  I love watching my kids grow and learn and I love snuggling with them and nurturing and nourishing them! I love teaching them about God.  I’m not gonna lie though, it’s way harder than I anticipated and there are many aspects that I find incredibly challenging and some aspects that I just don’t love. Like going to the park with my kids in the winter, sometimes even the summer, or playing imagination games.  Is that terrible?  I do it (when I can), and I love their joy, but it’s crazy hard for me.  I don’t love when they disobey, but mostly I don’t love it when I fail miserably. I just wanted to let you in on that.  This mom thing is really hard, but thankfully, God gives grace!

I think that’s enough about me for now.  I look forward to blogging more and my hope with writing is that somehow something here might be a blessing to you, that you would grow in your love for the only one worthy of our love and adoration, our Lord Jesus Christ.