Tuesday, November 11, 2014

As Your Day ...

If you follow me on Facebook, you may or may not have seen lots of updates lately with the hashtag #jesuscalling at the end. 

If you don't have a devotion book you adore, get this one.

Jesus Calling is the sweetest, most tender devotion book I have ever read. Man or woman, Daddy or Momma, Grandmother, Teacher, Old or Young - this book is for us all. 

Today's devotion hit me hard and I wanted to share it with you. It read like this:

          "Do not let any set of circumstances intimidate you. The more challenging your day, the more of My Power I place at your disposal. You seem to think that I empower you equally each day, but this is not so. Your tendency upon awakening is to assess the difficulties ahead of you, measuring them against your average strength. This is an exercise in unreality. 
           I know what each of your days will contain, and I empower you accordingly. The degree to which I strengthen you on a given day is based mainly on two variables: the difficulty of your circumstances and your willingness to depend on Me for help.  Try to view challenging days as opportunities to receive more of My Power than usual. Look to Me for all that you need, and watch to see what I will do. As your day, so shall your strength be."

It is that last line that caught my attention. I almost didn't understand it at first. As your day, so shall your strength be. I read that one line over and over. It wasn't until I read in Deuteronomy 33 that I understood what this statement meant. The Bible reads, " Your sandals shall be iron and bronze; as your days, so shall your strength be. There is no one like the God of Jeshurun, who rides the heavens to help you, and in His excellency on the clouds. The eternal God is your refuge, and underneath are the everlasting arms ..."

We have a Father who knows our days ahead of us, who knows the battles we will face. He knows when we need a double dose of His strength, love and power. He knows. Isn't that great? Why in the world do we not lean on Him more? This morning I learned I am going to need Him more some days than others. And He is okay with that. He is already geared up and waiting with the extra umph I'm gonna need that day.

Tonight, Travis and I gathered up the kiddos (minus one who was with MawMaw at karate) and went for a bike ride around the neighborhood. Kruz insisted on riding his own bike, so instead of telling him not to (knowing he would tire out quickly) I rooted him on. I "strengthened" him with my words and for the beginning of the ride, that was all he needed.

Half way through the neighborhood, his little legs tired out and he was starting to lag behind. As he became more and more discouraged, I knew my words were no longer enough. The Hubs loaded up his bike and let him ride the rest of the way with Kohen and Khloe. We knew him well enough to know when he needed extra strength from us, an extra push, as our Heavenly Father does the same way with us. 

So that line. That one line. It means the world to me now. I am reassured that God gives me the exact amount of strength I need each day. 

All we have to do is ask. 

Friday, November 7, 2014

Forced to Rest, Forced to Feel Better ...

Mommas are just not meant to be sick. And as I laid in the bed just about all weekend, listening to the husband practically lose his mind downstairs playing Mommy, I wondered why. Why in the world do Mommas get sick? I mean can't we have a bubble around us or something? At some point though, I heard my sweet Lord whisper in my ear, "Had I not made you rest, when would you have allowed yourself to?" 

There is so much truth in that statement. I won't speak for all of us Mommas, but as for me, I never allow myself to rest. In my restless mind, there is always, always, always something to do. Always laundry, always lessons to plan, always a kitchen to clean, always a baby to change, always a dirty toilet, always a need to vacuum. So I guess sometimes God makes that choice for me. And to Him I say thank you, thank you for the days of rest. Even if a sore throat, cough and fever were necessary to get me there. 

Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays are different than Saturdays and Sundays though. I've been forced to get out of the bed, bathe each day and be Momma again. The Hubs has school and work and the children demand to be fed three times a day. How dare them? Thank the Lord Kollin can be such a big help during weeks like these. 

School this week has been packed. Kollin and Kolt are just about to finish up their first math book. We're learning about space, specifically the Earth and Sun right now. And Kruz is cruising right along in his reading lessons. Between those and our other usuals, we have also added Mother Goose Time in our schedule for Kruz! Mother Goose Time is a preschool curriculum. Each month we get a new box that is packed full of everything you need for the theme that month. This month we are learning about the rainforest, which is really cool because the big boys are even interested! I am going to do an entire blog post really soon about Mother Goose Time, how it works and what all comes with the material. This week one of our beginning projects was making our own rainforest using pictures, tissue paper and lots and lots and lots of glue! 

Life doesn't stop. Ever. But it is important to stop and rest sometimes. I can't wait to share more about what's going on here at Nichols' Prep and more about Mother Goose Time. 

Happy Friday!

Monday, November 3, 2014

First Day - November

I spent Saturday in the bed y'all. Sick.as.a.dog. High fever, coughing, exhausted, nauseous. It was real fun. However, I did grab the camera and managed to snap a few of my not-so-interesting First Day.

Note: You will see a picture or two of my Khloe Ruth since nursing her was still my duty.

(I got all of about no days planned. At least I had good intentions.) 

 (This girl was mesmerized by her fingers.)

 (Courtesy of Kruz. Thank you my little darling.)

(My fever was nearly 104 before the meds kicked in.)

That's it y'all. Sorry if you just totally fell asleep. 

By the way, if you want to see just how much we've grown and changed, here are the past Firsts Days for November.

Friday, October 31, 2014

Trick or Treat ...

This October has been sort of ... bleh. And of course to make it go out with a bang, I came down with something yesterday. A sore throat accompanied with body aches and 103 fever. Gross. 

I managed to get in a little nap this afternoon and was able to go Trick or Treating with my kiddos. Nights like these make me feel extra thankful - all of the running and giggles and candy-eating ... it is all just great. 

As much as I love doing the matchy-matchy costumes with the boys, it seems as though each one had a mind of their own this year. Kollin thought he wanted to be a (insert one million costume ideas here) until I found this Race Car Driver one at Target for $6. Decision made. Kolt, who pretty much eats, sleeps and breaths football was a Football Player. Shocker. 

Kruz begged me to find him an Alligator costume and when that didn't happen he ended up as a Baseball Player. Note: He was also a Cow for the Fall Festival at our church last weekend. Cutest.Cow.Ever. Kohen was a monkey because he loves Curious George and because we already had the costume from when Kollin was little.

Khloe was just along for the stroller ride. 

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Mission Trip to Honduras: Post Five ...

I'd like to say I think I have survived this week. This time tomorrow I will be all snuggled up with my husband and will have all five of my babies under the same roof. 

They finished their job up today. 

The roof and the finishes will be added by the other men there in Honduras. 

Mrs. Susan said it rained every night, but each morning they woke up to beautiful blue skies. We are so thankful God has blessed this trip and made it fruitful! Yesterday I mentioned one of the ladies in the village was hit in the head with a hammer that fell off of the ledge where they were building, I am thankful to let you know this sweet lady is doing fine. She told Mrs. Susan she had a headache and was sore, but that she was going to be fine. Thank you for your prayers.

I am heading to bed knowing my house will be full again tomorrow. Until then it's this Momma, some Family Feud and a Nutty Buddy ice cream cone. It's all about the comfort this week ... 

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Mission Trip To Honduras: Post Four

Y'all. I lied yesterday when I said that was the hardest day. Today has been rough. Can I just say I have no clue how in the world military spouses go without their mate for so long? My hat goes off to them because I cried about a thousand times today and my man has only been gone for a few days. Oh boy, Friday can not get here fast enough ...

(Kollin has enjoyed having a letter from me
 each night to read. And I enjoy hearing
 him read them to me.)

I guess there is no better reason to be missing the Hubs and Kollin than something like this though. Here is a picture of the progress of the church they are building. Looks great huh? 

Just like any other night this week, it ended with FaceTime. Kollin just can't stop talking about all of his new friends. He taught one of his new friends Arnold how to play Thumb War and Slaps. Travis said it's pretty funny to watch Kollin and the other children there communicate. I think they are all learning a lot from this week. 

The husband apparently got a stomach bug or something while he's been down there. On the flip side of that, Kollin said he had the "best chicken of his life" tonight. 

More shoes were handed out today and Travis said the kiddos were pretty excited about it all. Apparently, the brighter the shoes the better! 

"Please pray for one of the church women where we are building the church. She was walking by the church and a hammer fell off the wall and hit her in the head. It made a big gash in her head. One of the guys with us, Travis is a paramedic and tended to it but I know she is in a lot of pain. I am thankful it was not one of the children that was hit."

This note was posted by Mrs. Susan tonight on FaceBook. Travis said there are no hospitals there and there wasn't much they could do other than to clean it up really good. Please pray for this sweet woman from the village there.

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Mission Trip to Honduras: Post Three

The saying is true people, "Distance makes the heart grow fonder".

I think today has been the hardest for me emotionally. Not that I locked myself in a room somewhere and cried uncontrollably or anything, but pretty much every thought that crossed my mind ended with just how much I'm missing my two boys. 

Kollin was beaming on FaceTime tonight. He was telling me all about how much help he was today in helping build the church. In his words he got to "nut and bolt things together" and "haul off wood in buckets". As much as Kollin went on and on about getting to really work today, the husband went on and on about these three little girls he met today and how they thought he was "muy guapo". 

Apparently, they thought my husband was cute. 

Some of our group went to visit the orphanage there this afternoon. Our group was
able to give 16 boys new shoes and socks!

(Those that were able to hand out shoes to the boys at the orphanage.)

There is so much work left to be done in building this new church there. Please pray
they are able to complete the project before Friday!

P.S. There is a PIZZA HUT in Honduras! I bet Kollin was shocked considering he asked
me at one point before the trip if they would have any normal food there.