Feb 17, 2011

Happy Birthday Matthew!

I can't believe that Matthew is already 3!! Holy Moly!! I do love it, though! I am so excited to see how three year old Matthew is different than two year old Matthew as the year progresses! Here are some interesting facts about Matthew as of late:

-He loves to play "tiger tomcat". He thinks they are the coolest animals around, and only he seems to know exactly what they are! One of our "Animals on the Farm" books mentions a tiger tomcat, I guess that's where this whole thing started.
-He loves, loves, loves to sing. He sings himself to sleep in bed at night. He sings in the car. He sings while he plays in the living room. He sings at the table. He makes up some songs. He sings songs he knows. When he wants to learn a song, he will ask me to sing it a hundred times over until he learns the words. His favorite songs are "I love you with the love of the Lord", "How I Love You Child I Love you", "Jesus Loves the Little Children", "The animals came in 2 by 2", and "The Bad Guy Song" that he made up.
-He loves to line up his toys. He lines up his dinosaurs, his cars, rocks outside, pieces of paper, markers . . . everything!
-He loves for his Dad to chase him around and grab him a tickle him.
-He absolutely loves to jump, off of everything and onto everything.
-He thinks swords are awesome.
-He loves potty talk. He can't say the word "toot" without cracking up, and he says it often. He also likes poop, and pootie. This is my least favorite of his likes.
-He loves to take baths. The other day he was lying in the bath tub as still as could be, looking up into the water faucet. He stayed there for like 10 minutes, motionless.
-He loves to make jokes.
-He loves to play with the big boys down the street
-He loves going on walks.
-He loves books.

Happy Birthday Matthew! You are one great kid! I love to watch you grow, play, and learn! You are no longer a toddler, your like a little kid now!! I can't believe it! I can't wait to see who you turn into! I love you so much!

Feb 5, 2011

Attitude Adjustment

Well, you might think from the title of this post I am going to vent about my 4 1/2 year old, or maybe the almost 3 year old.


I've got the attitude problem around here. I think it comes from some kind of inward struggle I am having. I have felt the call from the Lord, I know what His plans are for me and for this family. I know that homeschooling is the journey we will take. But I am feeling the pressure from the world to make my life look like the other young mom's I know. I am feeling the pressure to make my kids "fit in" with the other kids around. I am struggling to keep my focus on the only thing that matters, loving and obeying the Lord. I am feeling a sense of failure because I know to "succeed" at being like every one else is to fail at fullfilling God's call on me.

When I step back, way back, and consider life I realize that things that are not in the Bible just don't matter. The Bible did not instruct us to send our kids to public school. For that matter, the Bible has a lot of negative things to say about the knowledge from the world. The Bible does not teach us to make ourselves and our families great, but it teaches us to make ourselves less.

I guess the ultimate issue going on in my heart, is the division I feel. Part of my heart wants to do what God wants me to do, but my "sinful nature" has such a strong influence over me, telling me to judge myself and my kids by the worlds standards. Hopefully just the awareness of the struggle will keep on the straight and narrow!

It reminds me of the song:

This world is not my home,
I'm just a passing through
If Heaven's not my home,
then, Lord what will I do?
The angels beckon me
to Heaven's open door.
And I can't feel at home
In this world anymore.

And now I am feeling the blessed assurance that with Christ comes freedom. Freedom from the demands, pressures, and critical eye of the world. Freedom to make serving God my only concern. Freedom to find peace and rest in Him.

“The Bible makes no room for the idea of the secular. In biblical worldview, there is only the sacred and the profane, and the profane is just the sacred abused, unkempt, trampled down, trivialized, turned inside out. It is just the holy treated in an unholy way.” ~Buchanan