Friday, October 31, 2008

Happy Halloween!

A beautiful butterfly emerges...

Hope and her pumpkin friend.

Mark and Hope carving her little pumpkin (pre-costume).

Hope and her dino friend.

Examining the goods.

She LOVED trick or treating. She was timid at the first house, but after she found out she got candy, she walked very briskly from house to house. (and in between each apartment she would say "more candy, more candy").

The fam.

Hopey and Daddy. We had a great night. Hope is so much fun!

Monday, October 20, 2008

True Woman Conference

I'm a delayed blogger, but I had a great time at the True Woman conference last weekend! I'm thankful that I got to go. It was a rigorous schedule, so I was pretty tired, but I'm glad I went. I have never been to anything quite like it: 6,000 like-minded women and teenagers singing to God and desiring to hear from Him. I appreciate all of the work and prayer that went into the conference and the carefully chosen speakers. All of the sessions are online to listen to for free. I would really recommend taking the time to listen to them all, but a few of my favorites were:

*John Piper - He is always able to give a clear big picture of God and the issue at hand. Why does womanhood and manhood matter? He answers this.

*Mary Kassian - besides the fact that she's a very good speaker, she was able to trace feminism from the 1950's to present day, and show how what has happend historically has greatly influenced how women see their role in the world today. She went from June Cleaver to Sex in the City. It was eye opening.

*Janet Parshall - She broke down I Samuel 1-2, Hannah's story of being barren and then giving her Son to God. She did this in a very vivid way, and in a way that pointed to Hannah's love for and trust in her God. It was a good challenge to give our children to the Lord.

*Joni Earekson Tada - She had to cancel at the last minute due to horrible pain, but managed to record her message. I have heard her once before and she is always a humbling example of joy in the midst of all things, and of a heart that desires nothing more than to live fully for her Savior, even with the great trials that God has placed in her life.

*Nancy Leigh DeMoss - her final talk was challenging and encouraging. She speaks with such grace and humility and strength. I appreciate so much her ability to teach to both married and single ladies with authority. Because she uses the Bible as her authority, she is able to teach on all topics of womanhood. She is all about our hearts being right with God.

Thanks for taking care of Hope and doing all the dishes while I was gone, Mark - you're the best. (Note, we had an unusually large amount of dirty dishes since the water had been turned off and we had to boil all of our water for several days if we were going to consume it. Therefore, no dishes had been done for several days! And no, we don't have a dishwasher.)

Monday, October 06, 2008

Updates, Links and Such

*I am now 33 weeks pregnant for the 3rd time. I had an ultrasound today and little baby Anna is growing big and healthy. She's now about 4 pds, 8 ounces, and has had her hands up by her face in every ultrasound we've had of her. I'm guessing she'll like to be this way when she comes out too. The c-section date is set for November 14th at 8am, 5 1/2 weeks away. That is not very long! I'm running much lower on energy. Here is a preggo picture from this weekend at the pumpkin patch. And this baby will still put on a couple more pounds. We're ready and excited.

*Mark is a published author! Mark's first published book review is in an online journal called Themelios. You can read it here. It's on a book written about the history of giving to the church and how it has changed over the years. On the same note, Mark went to his first academic conference a couple of weeks ago to present his first paper (which basically means he read a somewhat condensed version of his paper to a room full of people who were interested in it).

*I'm going to the True Woman Conference at the end of this week. Mark got me the registration for Mother's Day way back when. It's about a half an hour away from here and I am looking forward to it. It will be a great refresher, encouragement, time to focus on God, and a good time to get to know other ladies in our church. Some of the speakers include, Nancy Leigh DeMoss, John Piper, Joni Erickson Tada, and more.

*Here's a good article I read with a good arguement for those of us who consider ourselves "one issue voters." It was written back during the 2004 elections, but still applies to 2008.

*This month marks one year for Brilliant Bows. We are thankful for how this little endeavor has been a blessing to us. We look forward to seeing how it will grow in the next year. (That is, if I have the energy with the 2 little ones!)