Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Created for eternity

I love this passage from a book I’m reading called A Severe Mercy by Sheldon Vanauken.  It reminds me that it’s okay that I feel that I never have enough time.  I feel overwhelmed and hurried because I subconsciously long to be free from the confines of time.  I hate being bound by time because I am not a temporal being, I was created for eternity!

If, indeed, we all have a kind of appetite for eternity, we have allowed ourselves to be caught up in a society that frustrates our longing at every turn.  Half our inventions are advertised to save time—the washing machine, the fast car, the jet flight—but for what?  Never were people more harried by time: by watches, by buzzers, by time clocks, by precise schedules, by the beginning of the programme.  There is, in fact, some truth in “the good old days”: no other civilisation of the past was ever so harried by time.

And yet, why not?  Time is our natural environment.  We live in time as we live in the air we breathe.  And we love the air—who has not taken deep breaths of pure, fresh country air, just for the pleasure of it?  How strange that we cannot love time.  It spoils our loveliest moments.  Nothing quite comes up to expectations because of it.  We alone: animals, so far as we can see, are unaware of time, untroubled.  Time is their natural environment.  Why do we sense that it is not ours?

C.S. Lewis, in his second letter to me at Oxford, asked how it was that I, as a product of a materialistic universe, was not at home there.  “Do fish complain of the sea for being wet?  Or if they did, would that face itself not strongly suggest that they had not always been, or would not always be, purely aquatic creatures?”  Then, if we complain of time and take such joy in the seemingly timeless moment, what does that suggest?

It suggests that we have not always been or will not always be purely temporal creatures.  It suggests that we were created for eternity.  Not only are we harried by time, we seem unable, despite a thousand generations, even to get used to it.  We are always amazed at it—how fast it goes, how slowly it goes, how much of it is gone.  Where, we cry, has the time gone?  We aren’t adapted to it, not at home in it.  If that is so, it may appear as a proof, or at least a powerful suggestion, that eternity exists and is our home.

A Sacred Obligation

Tell your children of it, and let your children tell their children, and their children to another generation. –Joel 1:3

Encouragement for the day from Spurgeon’s Morning and Evening:

In this simple way, by God’s grace, a living testimony for truth is always to be kept alive in the land: The beloved of  the Lord are to hand down their witness for the Gospel and the covenant to their heirs, and these again to their next descendants.  This is our first duty; we are to begin at the family hearth: He is a bad preacher who does not commence his ministry at home.  The heathen are to be sought by all means, and the highways and hedges are to be searched, but home has prior claim, and woe to those who reverse the order of the Lord’s arrangements.  To teach our children is a personal duty; we cannot delegate it to Sunday school teachers or other friendly helpers.  These can assist us but cannot deliver us from the sacred obligation; substitutes and sponsors are wicked devices in this case: Mothers and fathers must, like Abraham, command their households in the fear of God and talk with their offspring concerning the wondrous works of the Most High.  Parental teaching is a natural duty.  Who is better fitted to look after the child’s well-being than those who are the authors of his actual being?  To neglect the instruction of our children is worse that brutish.  It is a pleasant duty to talk of Jesus to our sons and daughters, and the more so because it has often proved to be an accepted work, for God has saved the children through the parents’ prayers and admonitions.

Reading this today was the encouragement I needed as a mother.  Sometimes it feels that my job as a mom is so monotonous and I feel guilty that I’m not out making a difference in the world.  How refreshing to be reminded that the “home has prior claim” and that this is where our ministry as moms and dads is to begin.  To share Christ with our children is our “first duty” and it is a very personal one.  The best part about this is that God designed it to be this way so the guilt I feel that I’m not out proclaiming the gospel to the lost in the world is not of Him…my mission field at this time in my life is in my home.  What a true blessing!  Thank you, Lord, for using Spurgeon to speak this truth to me this morning. =)

Thursday, June 24, 2010

Bathtime Helper

In the interest of trying to make Charlee feel like a big girl and that she is Mommy’s special helper, I had her help me give Andee a bath.  At first, I wasn’t so sure she’d be interested…after all, this did involve getting close to her sister!  Thankfully, however, she was excited and so proud to help.  I think deep down inside she does love her sister, but she’s just afraid to admit her feelings! Ha!

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Monday, June 21, 2010

Bathing Beauties

Can you tell we’re sisters?

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Saturday, June 19, 2010

Pooltime with Grampa

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The Best Babysitter

Aren’t you jealous you don’t have Uncle Andrew to be your babysitter?  Isn’t this a picture of what you’ve always wanted to see your babysitter doing?  Ha!

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The way to a little girl’s heart

Uncle Andrew seems to know the way to a little girl’s heart.  One way is to play with her in Gramma and Grampa Brockhaus’ pool…specifically to throw her up in the air multiple times in said pool…

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Another way to her heart is to set up a Hot Wheels ramp and play cars with her (yes, cars, not baby dolls because they aren’t near as much fun!)…

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A Visit from Uncle Andrew and Aunt Amy

Yesterday my brother and sister-in-law came into town and got to meet Andee for the first time!

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I think she likes them…

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On another note, Charlee is typically very leery of her Uncle Andrew for whatever reason.  Usually, it takes her an entire weekend to begin to think that maybe he’s not such a bad guy after all…just in time for them to go home, of course!  Anyway, I’m not sure what changed this time, but my little Charlee must be growing up because she was quite enamored with her Uncle Andrew pretty quickly last night.  Yeah!

They even golfed together in the living room (yes, in the living room…the things we allow our children to do inside during summers in AZ!).

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This next picture is truly unbelievable…proof of Charlee warming up quite quickly to Uncle Andrew. =)

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Wednesday, June 16, 2010

True Love

We’re definitely seeing progress here when it comes to the relationship beginning to form between Charlee and Andee.  I must admit I was very concerned at first that Charlee would always despise Andee for coming to live with us, but I am seeing many changes these days and considering it’s only been 8 weeks I think Charlee’s making great strides and it makes me one happy mama! =)

The other day I put Andee in Charlee’s bed while I changed Charlee’s diaper.  When I was done with Charlee, she noticed Andee in her bed and wanted to climb up in there with her.  So, I thought, “What the heck, I’ll take any opportunity that Charlee initiates to be near Andee.”  After that one afternoon, Charlee wants Andee in bed with her all the time.

Tonight, before Charlee went to bed we took the opportunity to get some cute sister pics.  I believe a relationship is blossoming…

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Monday, June 14, 2010

Pull-Ups

…and they’re not what you’re probably thinking!  Here’s Charlee doing the real thing…with some assistance from Daddy of course!

She’s so proud…

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Friday, June 11, 2010

Slowly but surely…

Charlee hasn’t really been super fond of her sister since she realized that when the baby came out of Mommy’s tummy, she wasn’t going to have an immediate playmate.  Not to mention the fact that having the baby here finally would mean less time devoted specifically to Charlee.  Well, I’m finally beginning to see some indication that perhaps Charlee does, in fact, love her sister…love might be a bit of a strong word at this point, but I’m hopeful!

Play mats with baby toys are more exciting to Charlee than to Andee…

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Sisters…deep in conversation…

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Too long…

So, I think it’s a sign that it’s been too long since I’ve posted to my own blog when I can’t even remember it’s address!  Oh my goodness, where does time go?  I hate that it’s been over 6 months since my last post, but that’s the reality I must face…once again I am a blog failure!  Oh well!

So, here’s our family today…clearly we’ve grown as we are now a family of 4!  We welcomed Andee Noelle to our family on April 19, 2010!

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Monday, June 7, 2010

Monster Cookies

Since Charlee has been feeling like her world has been intruded on since the arrival of Andee, I have been seeking opportunities to show her that she’s a big girl and that she gets to do things that Andee can’t…opportunities for Charlee and Mommy time.

So, one of my attempts at making her feel special was to have her help me make Monster Cookies.  The recipe belongs to my dear friend CC and the only bummer was that she couldn’t be here to make them with us. =(  Oh boy, was this an adventure!  I knew she would love this as she would have her hands on “cake” of all kinds…M&Ms, Reeses Pieces and chocolate chips…not to mention getting to lick the beater when we were through mixing.  This little girl was in heaven and Mommy had so much fun, too!

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Saturday, June 5, 2010

Classy

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Enough said, right?  I really think “classy” fully describes the next picture, too…

Go Daddy, go!!!

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Oh the things we will do for relief from the AZ sun!

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This pic was slighty x-rated (but oh so cute) and needed a bit of editing before posting.  We love this little girl’s cheekies! =)

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Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Goin’ Swimmin’

We have a truly amazing setup in our backyard that includes a swimming pool, a water slide and even a little beach area to lounge in.  Are you ready for this?  I’m tellin’ ya, you’re going to be jealous so maybe you don’t really want to look.

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See, what did I tell you?  Ha ha!  Now that you’re so jealous, I’m going to share some pics of Charlee thoroughly enjoying our grand pool set-up…

First, fillin’ the pool…yes, with a hose!IMG_1746

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Big splash!

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