II Chronicles 7:14

If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.

Monday, April 13, 2009

Post-It Notes

So...it's been a while since I've posted. I have "notes" stuck everywhere in my head of things I want to remember to write about when I get the time...and then I just had a clever idea---Just Post-It!
Here is the quick post-it version of all my stories:

Had a FANTASTIC 1st date with my daughter on Friday, April 3rd. We were given this Secret Keeper Girl book a few years ago (before she was really old enough to do it) and God brought it back to my memory a few months back. I told her about it and then I (me only) forgot about it. A couple of weeks ago I found this "invitation" laying on my desk. How could I say no?

It was everything and more that I had hoped it might be. We connected. We looked into each others eyes and talked about the important things. For once, I wasn't folding laundry or washing dishes or typing while she was talking...but I was listening, observing her facial expressions. It was magical. As an added plus, someone in the resturant where we had this little tea party date mysteriously picked up our tab! Wow! And...the waitress was very intruigued as to what we were doing--us 2 girls all by ourselves all dressed up on a Friday night having tea! It was an opportunity to witness, which was the icing on the cake! At the end of the night, we held hands and prayed for each other. God was surely in our presence!! Here are a few pics of us on our 1st of 8 special dates!

Next it was Grant's special turn for some Father-Son time. Matt had taken off work Thursday and Friday to go turkey hunting. After church on Wednesday night we stopped at Wal-Mart for Matt to get his hunting licence. When Grant heard that, he said "Dad! Can I go too???" Matt couldn't turn him down although we weren't sure how he'd do for hours out in the woods having to be still and quiet. When we got home the hunt for anything camo in a size 4T began. This is what we came up with. Here are my boys before their 1st ever hunting trip together. (they didn't end up getting a turkey this time, although they did see a couple while they were driving. Also, Matt said Grant did GREAT and he'll definitely be taking him hunting again! yay!)

As for the other 2 members of our family---they are finally starting to be friends, and at the very least, bed mates. Sam would probably say he just "tolerates" Kinley....but I think he's starting to really love her, even if he won't admit it! hee hee

Easter was yesterday. I was on the schedule to teach the 5-year-old class at church during early service. Usually we don't have very many kids, but I knew it was Easter and we may have a few extras. Boy...was that an understatement. The 4-year-old class teachers didn't show up so we ended up combining classes. Instead of my usual 8-10 kids, we had 33!! Whew! It was a bit chaotic but in all, I think it went really well. The lesson time went exceptionally well and I was actually able to take prayer requests from all 33 kids during our prayer time! What a blessing to let each one of them speak and offer up their requests to the Lord--and then I had the honor of leading the prayer! After church we went to my parents house for lunch where my sister and her family (from Texas) had come to visit and my brother and his family (who lives here) had come. It was a great family dinner with lots and lots of yummy food. My mom took a moment before we ate to read a couple of chapters out of Psalms and I was so proud of her. A lot of our family aren't exactly living for God right now so it was a wonderful opportunity to share the Word with them. They may not have "wanted" to hear it...but they weren't gonna get to fill their plates until she finished reading...so they were stuck! hee hee (take that DEVIL! I've already claimed everyone of them into the Kingdom of Heaven!)

The ONLY picture I took from Easter was this one of Grant hunting eggs. Woops! I've been so busy fiddling with my new touch-screen phone that I forgot to grab the camera this year.

Lastly, I'll leave you with one of my 2 favorite short people. It's rare that I catch them this close to each other and smiling!


Amy said...

I'm so glad you and Brooklyn are going on dates. And how nice of someone to pick up the tab for you! I think when my two get old enough, we're going to have special dates with each of our kids. I think that's really important and fun for everybody. I'd love to hear Brooklyn's opinion of the night with a new post on her blog. Those are so cute!

Jade said...

You have a VERY beautiful family!

Simmons girlz said...

Cool mom and daughter story!
So what kind of phone did you snag? We just got new ones too!!

Kate said...

so many blessings! that's wonderful to hear. I love the date w/ your daughter. My mom and I still do those occassionally and let me tell you, they never grow old. We women try to convince outselves that we know it all and we've got it all under control, but in truth, we still need our moms . . in different ways now. Their wisdom, patience, and insight are such a gift. I'm so glad your mom shared the Word with all of you before dinner. While you think some family may not be listening, you'd be surprised at how many of them just might be yearning for those words at that very time.

Wishing you a great week!
Love you girlie~

KC said...

Sounds like a great Mom/daughter night, and a great Dad/son night. Yea!!! Love the pictures!

Glad you had a wonderful Easter (in spite of the weather). :)

Unknown said...

I've been doing the same thing but on a much smaller scale. Picking one child to run errands with me or attend a Pampered Chef Party with me instead of me going alone but we really need to do a full out date...it's been way too long! Thanks for the awesome reminder Jen!

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