Friday, February 26, 2016


I have come across several Facebook surveys that includes lists. One of the items on the list is four things you hate. On these lists people often write things that pertain to hurt. More specifically types of people that have hurt them.

Recently, one of my children and I have been discussing this exact topic. My child has a lot of anger in their heart due to past hurts. This anger comes out in rages, argumentative behavior, tears, and inability to focus. You see, this anger is not hurting the person that it is aimed at. This anger is hurting my child.

I looked this child in the eye recently and asked, "Do you think all that anger in your heart is hurting the person you are mad at?" The child answered, "yes." I said, "You mean all the hurt you are feeling is hurting that person." The child immediately looked up and said, "I'm hurting myself." It was definitely an "aha" moment for my child.

Hate is a strong emotion that causes even more hurt in a person's life. It does not allow the person to heal, move forward, or enjoy life. Hate destroys lives. As I read through those lists on Facebook, I realized that the one thing I hate is hate itself.

What would life be like if we decided not to hate? What if we prayed instead? What if we aimed to make a difference? What if we had GRACE? What if we forgave? These are the things I have been discussing with my child.

Matthew 5:43-44
“You have heard that it was said, ‘Love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’ 44 But I tell you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you,"

Ephesians 4:32    
Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave you.


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Friday, February 5, 2016

Updates on the Littles

Little man is going to be starting baseball soon and I have to admit, I am SUPER excited. He thrives in sports and through all of the practices and games his confidence grows. He continues to improve in school. The other day he was walking through the house reading a book! You read that right, He was reading a book on his own and laughing throughout it! This is BIG you guys, BIG! Legos continue to be his escape. I should take some pictures of his creations and post them for you all. He makes things in five minutes that I would have trouble making in four hours.

Beautiful butterfly continues to travel through mountains and valleys, but she is making progress. Our poor girl has been through so much in her life and it is overwhelming for her. I pray for her all the time and work hard to make her feel loved. I thrive on those moments filled with smiles, giggles, and silliness and I pray that one day those type of moments will outweigh the hard moments. On a happier note, she loves gymnastics. I think she probably does 500 carwheels everyday, no exaggeration. Even more than gymnastics, she loves to curl up with a good book. These days, I tend to see her walking around the house with Miss Junie B. Jones in hand.

Peanut is still doing her gymnastics. She practices the splits all the time. She is determined! She is also learning to read. Her favorite books right now are Biscuit books. She even took one to school and read it for her class. She was so proud of herself. She then said, "Mommy, the teacher made me do the 'woof woofs,'" as she looked up at me with her little look. I said, "Honey, you have to read it all." She then says, "Mommy I really don't like those woof woofs." What a little personality she has. She also likes to sing songs in the shower that have words, such as, "Washing, washing, washing, washing all those stinkies off." This is all while she is shaking her hips and bobbing her head. Oh, I love how she makes me laugh.

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Updates on the Littles

Our knight is growing so fast! I cannot believe he will be eleven this year! He loves sports. He just finished basketball and will be start...