This Abundant Life

This Abundant Life
"I came that they may have life and have it abundantly." - John 10:10

Wednesday, June 30, 2010



As we plan for a new baby and doing the whole infant thing all over again, many questions come to my wandering mind...all relating to how we did things the first time around. I'm sure that's totally normal.

Being a parent is a strange thing. It's like you are learning and growing, just like the baby...but no one cares when you are hungry and if you start screaming and crying in the middle of the grocery store, you will just get weird looks and asked to leave.

Never-the-less, as we write our birth plan and prepare this new baby's sleeping arrangements, I can't help but wonder about the things that people talk about a lot.

Like...
  • If Gwendolyn had been laid in my arms right away, would she be more cuddly now?
  • If I wasn't such a basket-case after her birth, would she be calmer and less dramatic?
  • If we had let her fall asleep on us more, would she be more flexible and restful, now?
I mean, there are some things that I think are evidenced to be more true than not...babies seem to pick up on their mother's demeanor and I would argue that it absolutely does effect them. If you have a stressed-out mom...I think you often get a stressed-out baby. Also, I now truly believe that the best chance you have at making Breastfeeding work is to FEED the baby...a lot...when he wants to be fed...at least in the beginning.

But, as I lay awake at night because I'm so uncomfortable and have to pee at all times, there are those things that truly make me wonder...does the way a baby comes into this world and is nurtured in the first few days, weeks have a life-long impact on the person they become?

But, last night I was thinking about something else, as well. Let's say it's all true...the decisions we make in those first days with our baby are going to totally impact his personality and ability to cope with certain situations...and it will effect the rest of his life. Well, I thought, SO BE IT.

I began to remember that this life is short. It will have sorrow and hardship. It will be a journey of learning and growing. This life is temporary and we can take nothing from it when we die. The only hope any of my babies have is the Hope that is promised in the free gift of GRACE given by Jesus Christ, in His death on the cross, as he took the weight of our shortcomings, our complete failures, our down-right evil and wrong behavior.

I'm not going to stop preparing for my baby or making decisions that I think are best for his quality of life here, but I think the chance I will not screw him up in some way is slim to none. I guess he will have to rely on the One who made him, to redeem him.

Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Costco Comparison List !

Print it out and take it to the grocery store! Very helpful...don't you just love when other people do the work for you!

Costco Comparison List from PYP!

My Family

I finally found a way around my photo upload problem! It's such a treat to have these pictures. I just wish that Amber Lea Russell Photography would follow us around on a daily basis and record all the beautiful moments : ).


















Monday, June 28, 2010

It's HOT




It's Tucson; late June. Just your basic heat exhaustion...no big deal.



Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Our Family Photos


Amber Lea Russell Photography
did our photos and they are so great. I am having a really hard time uploading anything to Blogger, these days...but this one actually went through. Isn't that little Crazy Girl so cute!

Friday, June 11, 2010

Family Membership to the Reid Park ZOO ($24)




Great Deal for Tucson Families! Check it out!

Groupon Coupon!
deal expires 6/14/10

Monday, June 07, 2010

My Redeemer

Quoting a reflection from John MacArthur's Study on Ephesians:

The German poet Heinrich Heine once said to some Christians: "You show me your redeemed life and I might be inclined to believe in your Redeemer."

Tuesday, June 01, 2010

Take Every Thought Captive


In the big mess out there of condemnation, criticism, and angry opinion regarding nutrition, parenting, etc...It's always so nice when the word of God jumps off the computer screen and reminds me of the joy I have and the REAL meaning of LIFE.

I was doing a web search for a bread recipe that someone had told me about, and when I found it, I also found a Blog with a beautiful heading that read Take Every Thought Captive.

Thank you, Marilyn. Thank you for your recipes, your great tips and good products, but most importantly, Thank you for reminding your readers to Take EVERY Thought Captive...for we know, "Man cannot live on bread alone!"

From Marilyn's Blog:

Take Every Thought Captive

I have had plenty of challenges in the last year and you probably have to.
Phillippians 4:8 tells us:

“Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable–if anything is excellent or praiseworthy–think about such things.”

Translate this counsel to practical everyday advise by:

  • Choose to give your anxieties to God.
  • Choose to pray specifically.
  • Choose to be thankful.
  • Choose to dwell on the positive.
  • Never allow yourself to complain about anything.
  • Never picture yourself in any other circumstance or someplace else.
  • Never compare your lot with another’s.
  • Never allow yourself to wish this or that had been otherwise.
  • Never dwell on tomorrow – today’s troubles are enough for today.

How are you doing today? His mercies are new every morning.