Facebook memories reminded me this morning of the year that I attempted to post pictures every day of December. I thought I’d give it a try again.
Just a little festive happenings at the Horne house. I debated starting with the huge pile of food I swept up since Elliot is eating finger food now. That is boring, but my life. So don’t let these pictures deceive you into thinking that my house is always clean and decorated:)
And a little beauty from Downtown Wyoming in the Winter.
Every once in a while I buy something to go with our printables (besides a dry erase marker) these include:
– chocolate chips– if they can name the State, letter, shape, etc. I put it on, they get to eat it:) –magnetic letters– we put the printable on a cookie sheet and match
–velcro– to get the puzzles to stick for puzzles on the go.
We also love finding YouTube videos that go with them.
I’m an Amazon Prime lover because I don’t have to load three kids in the car and then listen to them whine while I shop;) so this is the one I got and I love it so far.
oh and little brothers can’t eat them:)
Check out my pinterest boards for more printable ideas.
Do you have any printables you love? Please share in the comments!
The baby didn’t sleep.
My days are busy.
I have so much to do.
I stayed up talking to a friend.
I stayed up too late watching Netflix.
We usually associate rest with sleep. Sleep is important and sometimes the most important thing you can do is take a nap (He gives to his beloved sleep Psalm127:2) but there is so much more to rest than sleep.
I have been tired lately so naturally I have been studying rest <I guess my personality is showing>
Our exhaustion shows us that we are finite. Our need for sleep reminds us daily that we can’t do it all. At some point we must stop, let everything fall, and sleep. I can’t think of a better way for God to say, “Hey Kayla, I am God and you are not.” It also encourages me to look into eternity knowing that I will not ever be wishing I had more sleep when Jesus comes back. So today I can praise God because He is God, not me, and He is coming back. When he comes back we will fully experience rest… for all eternity.
God rested from His work in creation providing a model for us. God took a day of rest to ENJOY his work. It is more productive to stop and rest than continuing on in exhaustion. Put down your regular work, enjoy what you have done, and rest from it. Even moms!
True Rest is finding contentment in the finished work of Christ. It is hard to rest when there is still work to be done! The most important “work” is that of Jesus doing all of the “work” for us. He Lived a perfect life and died so that we might live by grace not by works. Did you catch all those uses of work… THE work is done! Believe in the finished work of Jesus. In the midst of the craziness of life, breathe deeply in complete satisfaction that you have the righteousness of Christ, you can’t earn any better standing before God than you already have if you have trusted Jesus.
I find great comfort in this because God does not look down on the state of my house, the pile of laundry, the unfinished dishes, the person I wanted to call but didn’t get around to and He is also the encouragement for me to continue working because a day is coming when Jesus will return saying, “It is done. I am the Alpha and the Omega the beginning and the End.” Rev. 21:6
“Gradually, I saw that Joe’s chief purpose was just to let us see Jesus a little bigger and better than we’d seen him before.” – Show Them Jesus
Teaching the Gospel to Kids was enough to peak our interest and Klumpenhower definitely came through. Too many times we look at “stories” in the Bible and boil them down to a moral lesson, an easy application, but that is missing the point. We shouldn’t miss the fact that our sin is the giant and Jesus is the one who defeated sin and death because we are looking at the “giants” in our life and thinking we are the hero. Matt and I are going to walk through this book and we hope you join us.
If you are a Sunday School teacher at Cornerstone, you should have a copy already. (If not, talk to Matt) But anyone is welcome to this conversation.
We will start with the first chapter next week!
And if you would like to read more from Jack Klumpenhower (He has even more great resources) check out his website.
Summer goes by so fast! I’m still thinking it should be June but my calendar tells me it is the middle of August. Matt leaves for a short term exploratory trip to Zambia on Monday and it will be September when he gets back so I guess I should be preparing for my love of pumpkin:)
So many great books have been released recently that I might have to start feeding my Ramen for every meal so I can afford them;)
But I didn’t know about the beauty of gel stain. I like saving time just about as much as I love saving money.
My grandparents gave us this dining table that they always kept a table cloth on. With the gel stain I was able to refinish it in a few hours. No sanding or stripping or hours of children screaming while they were ignored.
And since there were only 4 chairs, I found this bench for $50 and made it to match. I’m not going to give you a tutorial because there are literally hundreds… but I would help you if you have a project and I would highly recommend it. The brand I bought is General Finishes in the Java color.
Since I was covered in paint…
Julia decided she should also be covered in paint.
Siblings“Vegas Baby” oh the things littles say! We actually stayed at lake Las Vegas and it was wonderful to get some sun and be away from the Crazy!
The last two weeks seam like they have flown by! We found a house to buy and are set to close May 13. We are so excited and it was a total answer to prayer. We have been enjoying some beautiful spring weather… and now some snow:) oh Wyoming!
Favorite pictures of the week:
Favorite links: The Postpartum- searching for joy while waiting for a new normal.
Resurrection realities that reorient our evangelism- “if the resurrection is true, every Christian should be compelled to share this good news liberally and with great joy.”
A clean house and a wasted life- “If you do the things God tells you to do, messes will inevitably follow. But take heart: According to the wisest man who ever lived, these messes are not proof of a wasted life, but of a productive one.”
(We are on a princess kick after we got to see some of them at Jump Craze on Monday)
This morning the kids and I were snuggling on the couch watching Disney Jr.’s Princess Sophia. Sophia was getting to sing a song for a bunch of people and it was a really big deal. She was bragging to her friends about it and then all of a sudden she had a frog in her throat. (Just to clarify, the show is for children so she had a literal croak coming from her throat.) It would of course be very difficult to sing in that condition so she went to see what was wrong.
She discovered she had been cursed for doing something wrong.
Her solution was to discover what she had done wrong and say sorry so that the curse would be broken and she would get to sing like she wanted.
I refer to these as “band-aide apologies”. I am going to say sorry without feeling any regret, without true repentance because it will make you feel good and everything will be better for me.
That didn’t solve the problem so in the end she does her good dead and lets her friends sing instead of her. And she got her voice back… Happily Ever After…
I was thinking about the Last Supper and Maundy Thursday and then I was bombarded by band-aide apologies and good deeds. Jesus said here is my body and here is my blood that I give for you.
If He would have said, “Here is how to give a band-aide apology and do a good deed like me and the curse of sin will be broken.” then he could have returned to heaven without the whole cross part in between.
Sophia was right about the curse. It began in the garden with Adam and Eve and was passed on to all of human kind. But the curse has been broken! Not with good deeds and saying sorry, but with the blood of Jesus, 100% God and 100% man. He was perfect so He was able, He became man so that he was like us in humanity, and He was willing to die to redeem us. The curse in not a froggy throat. It is separation from God, and Jesus came and died to pay for our sin and bring us into relationship with God.
Everything will not be “Happily Ever After” with a band-aide apology and a nice gesture. The happily even after is by believing in the Lord Jesus Christ and His death and His death and resurrection.
The Curse of sin is Broken!
May God be glorified the Maundy Thursday.
Not that bright- “You don’t have to bear the burdens of the planet, just bear witness to the one who can. You don’t have die for the sins of the world, just introduce people to the one who has. You are not the light.”