Playing Catch-Up

It’s been a little while since I’ve given an update. Life is going well. I certainly can’t complain even if the weather has been a bit of a drag. Lots of dark, dreary, rainy days with high humidity. We do get some sunny afternoons and I try to take advantage of them whenever I can! I love to walk around Treasure Lake and soak in the beauty of creation around me. I try to walk about 4 miles to keep active and to try (in a small way) to keep fit and trim during this third trimester.

“The man” has been working long days and some weekends. I miss him and try to stop by the store to chat for a bit when I’m out and about. On his days off, we try to enjoy our quality time together. Just this past week, we took a little trip to the Elk Center. We saw a few elk but found out that it’s best to go during their mating season when hundreds can be found in the fields! 🙂

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This past weekend, our town geared up for the annual community days. This is a big time for kids and adults alike with food, music, prizes, competitions, a parade, and fireworks! Our church had a booth and gave out about 1200 hugs as well as the book of Romans. So great to be able to spread the love of Jesus to hurting and lonely people and to get the Word of God in their hands!

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Of course, I have to include a few recent baby bump pics! I’m excited to be 30 weeks at this point – this means the countdown is in the single digits now! Perhaps 9 more weeks to go – although I wouldn’t complain it the wee one would decide to make her grand debut just a tad earlier! I’ll hope for the best! 😉

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Haven’t had terrible cravings during this pregnancy. I may get in the “mood” for something every now and then but nothing that has lasted to entitle it as a “craving”. I do try to keep hydrated and drink a lot of water. And of course, with a little human growing inside of me….I’ll admit that I like to snack. I think this pic says it all – haha! 😉IMG_8989

 

Of course, I can’t finish this post without saying that I still love my man and enjoy being married to him. He is my best friend and we have some of the greatest times together!

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For those who don’t like “mushy gushy” posts – you may want to skip this one. 😉

Ya know sometimes in life we take the little things for granted. Sometimes despite how little they may seem, these are the things that touch us the most and our lives wouldn’t be the same without them.

God has blessed my husband with a job and I am blessed by this man working hard to provide for us as a family. The man doesn’t have a set schedule each week. Day to day and week to week varies. Sometimes he is off weekends and other times he has a week day off. Sometimes he goes in early and comes home around 4pm while other days he doesn’t get home till after 7pm.

I usually always have a dinner prepared for us to enjoy when he walks in the door. Now don’t get the wrong impression. I’m not super-wife by any means! Some dinners may be more lavish than others I will admit. I like to experiment and sometimes we have good hearty meat/potato meals, sometimes rice/veggie meals, and other times it’s just a baked potato and a can of chili. 🙂 At any rate, on his late-working days when we are finished eating and cleaning up, there isn’t much extra time to enjoy together before I am getting sleepy and ready to call the day quits. But you see, the man is more of a night-owl. He’ll stay up for a couple more hours to read and pray or to get a good workout in.

It’s when I’ve gotten ready for my “beauty rest”, that he’ll tuck me in and then lay beside me propped up on his elbow looking into my eyes and caressing my cheek and telling me how beautiful I am, what a wonderful wife I am, and how lucky he is to have me in his life.

I smile. I’m humbled. I feel so loved. I feel so cherished.

I don’t deserve these words. And I try to argue telling him that I’m the lucky one but he always disagrees.

It’s times like these when I realize more and more how blessed I am. It’s times like these when I realize more and more that God gives us exceedingly abundantly more than we could ever ask or think. For a certainty, God loves to give good gifts to His children.

So…”Babe (to “my man”) if you’re reading this…….from the bottom of my heart I thank you for ALL that you are. I love you.”

This is my man. This is my husband. This is my friend.

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What Should I “Put On”?

This morning during my devotions, I was reading Colossians 3. It’s a chapter that has been read and even memorized by many. As I read verses 12-14, I read yet again the qualities of a holy and beloved child of God. Qualities that should be “put on” every day because the tendency of selfishness and a lackadaisical attitude can often hamper these qualities from manifesting themselves in our daily actions and words.

I wanted to dig a little deeper in knowing the exact definition of these words that we are instructed to “put on”. First, there’s bowels of mercies: showing compassion and pity. Kindness: moral goodness, integrity. Humbleness of mind: having a deep sense (humble opinion) of one’s littleness. Meekness: gentleness, mildness. Longsuffering: patience, endurance, slowness in avenging wrongs. Forbearing one another: to hold up, to sustain. Forgiving one another: to do something pleasant, to freely give, to pardon, to restore. And then finally above all these great qualities we are to put on charity: love which binds us together in all perfection. Along with the word charity, it is also described as a “love feast”. How often do others get to enjoy our heartfelt, unbiased love when they’re around us? Is it a quick moment of affection or is it an ongoing practice that they can just feast on and feel full in their hearts?

Wow – to go about our life radiating this type of Christianity would stop the mouths of the mockers! This would be true Christianity lived out. No hypocrisy would be seen in the life of the one living like this!

I read these verses and thought of my marriage. Do I show compassion and pity to “the man” when he may have had a hard day at work or do I think to myself that he should just bear it as the man?! Do I offer kindness to him by keeping myself moral in body, deed, and thought? Do I present myself in such a way that honors him above myself realizing that his desires are much more important than my own?! Am I gentle in the way I converse or react to him?! If I feel that he has wronged me, am I slow to be angry and show patience in trying to work it out rather than retaliate or shut down?! Do I hold him up in high esteem in my heart as well as to others? Do I quickly forgive him and act as if the wrong has never been committed against me and then if that’s not enough….do something nice for him?! Finally, do I give him my full agape love that will lead to a marriage bound together in harmony and perfection?! Sadly, I must confess I often do not. It is my desire though. I will fail but God’s grace is greater than my failures. He renews my heart and gives me the ability to live in victory. I must try my best, of course. But I can do so while looking to Him – the Source of my strength.

So as you start out the rest of your days this week, dress yourself with these amazing qualities and see what happens!