We have been a busy bunch over here. Summer is finally here and let me tell you that I absolutely, positively love this season.
Experiencing a couple of changes here. Nothing major. But still, change is fun and can be really exciting:
Like getting a new haircut
Anticipating this little guy's second birthday on the 4th of July
A change in the weather (finally the sun is out!) means spending tons of time in the pool
In the summer I absolutely adore the heat. Call me crazy, but I love 80 degree and above temperatures. I know. I'm nuts.
But I can't help it! Plus, summer to me means:
*Strawberries, blueberries, Raspberries, Watermelon
*Beaches and sunblock
*Pretty maxi dresses with wedges
Yes, this season is pure heaven for me.
What do you love about summer?
This blog may be quiet for a few days as I am away from my computer.
We (as in Dan and I) are having a garage sale in order to rid ourselves of the clutter we have accumulated for the last several years.
It's time people.
I hope to be able to blog on Sunday.
For those of you visiting from Knott Avenue and Illuminate, don't forget:
We launch our new series "Ink, Drink and other gray areas of the Bible" as well as our new Mom and Boot Camp Life groups.
Dan and I hope to see you there Sunday night beginning at 5:30 PM. Please visit http://illuminatelive.org for more details.
Today I got to hang out with a bunch of girls.
Madi, my sister Sheena and I headed out to Old Towne Orange to check out The Perfect Circle Cupcakery. Their adorable, Breakfast at Tiffany's themed bake shop was on Food Network's Cupcake Wars this past week and they won!
So of course there was a line for their cupcakes. And oh my gosh was it so worth the wait. The cupcakes were delicious!!!!! Check them out if you are ever in Orange County.
Madi was so excited to meet the girl she rooted for on the show. Her reason for the owner being her favorite?
She was blonde. Easy enough right?
Sheena and I loved the vintage feel of the shops. I think next time we will go with just the two of us to get our shop on. Hehe.
I think I need more girly dates in my life. I adore being a girl ;).
What did you do this Saturday?
Staying in a small trailer with two children ages four and one is quite possibly the most chaotic and hilarious thing on the planet. Not hilarious to us mind you, but to those watching us trying to contain and quiet down two bundles of energy running around.
If you plan on heading over to Seaport Village and you drive South instead of North, and you see the Mexican flag up ahead as well as signs stating that the Border is coming up next exit...you have gone too far in the wrong direction.
SeaWorld is a lot more fun to experience with the kiddos. Especially when you get to freak them out by telling them that Sharks and Whales eat disobedient and rowdy children. Just kidding, we didn't tell them that. Not exactly anyway.
Vacationing with your family and getting away from it all, even if just for a week, is so good for us. So blessed and excited to have a little family to experience all of these adventures and mishaps with.
Dan and I are so coming back to San Diego for our anniversary in October.
Today we are heading back home. To be honest I wish we could be on vacation forever, but that isn't reality.
Even with our sad start we still enjoyed ourselves. We were still able to celebrate being a family and shower our little ones with adventure and fun. They had such a great time. I can't wait to share with all of you about our little stay in San Diego.
Although I have to say...relaxation is a thing of the past when you have two kids under the age of four. Ha!
Lately, God has been impressing on my heart to really nail down my convictions and theology when it comes to my family. In how I see myself as a woman, wife and mother and how I am to represent Christ in those roles.
I have been eagerly reading the scriptures. Eagerly reading over and over again Ephesians 5, Titus 2.....both which appear to me to be very clear directives of our role as women. I have come upon several blog posts in the last few days that dive into the controversial (working mom vs SAHM; Female pastors/speakers etc).
For someone who loves to research and hear different opinions and thoughts on subjects such as these, it helps to throw myself back into God's word to get a clear understanding of what God wants me to do. And how He wants me to obey.
In the past few months, my convictions about life and family have become strong and steady, standing on the firm foundation of Christ and the Word in which I base all of my actions on. All of my decisions that I agonize over, I look to His word for direction and wisdom...knowing and trusting His guiding hand as I seek Him in this life.
I feel very strongly that a woman should keep her home as her primary focus. I believe that the ideal model for the family is to have the mother at home, for she is the one who sets the tone, who has the ability to create an environment of love and compassion and Christian disciples. When we put our little ones in the hands of someone else to watch while we are at work, another world view is opened up to them. They could be the nicest babysitters in the world...but the point is...someone else is teaching them. Not you.
I was a working mom. I have been on that side of the fence. Everyday, I knew I wasn't supposed to be at my desk staring at a computer. Instead I was to be with my babies, staring into their faces and teaching them God's word and showing them what it means to walk with God. To help them develop godly characteristics. Our babysitter was amazing. One of the sweetest, most caring individuals I have ever encountered...but she was the one teaching my children and not me. It wasn't okay in my heart.
So here I am now at home. Is it hard? You betcha.
However, I am not here to debate whether or not a woman should or should not work. These are convictions that I have based on God's word and my own time of prayer and meditation and discussion with my husband. And while I do believe it is God's ultimate design for the family, due to sin in this world it is unfortunately not always going to be the case.
Which is why we need to exhibit a ton of grace to those who think differently than we do. We don't have to agree with it. We don't need to adapt an attitude of relativism (because that would not make us any different from those who don't know Christ.) But extend grace and no condemnation towards those who think differently. Women staying at home is not a salvation issue. Whether they truly know Christ as Lord and Savior is the biggest issue.
This is my last thought. I realize that this post is mostly about my convictions that I believe are from God in regards to His word.....but truly, if we are spending more time on the internet talking about issues like these and not about those coming to know Christ....we are missing the boat. Big time. We are not fulfilling Christ's Great commission commanding us to go out and make disciples and tell the world about the grace, love and mercy of our God. These issues are important and a friendly, grace-filled dialog is necessary for us to learn and perhaps find our own convictions. Obviously God had something to say about marriage and family life or else He would not have inspired Paul to write about it.
But let's keep the main thing....the main thing.
Blessings to you,