Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Quitting Facebook

I quit Facebook tonight. I will admit, it was a little hard to do. Kind of like when we canceled our cable. I knew it would be hard at first - like a detox phase - but then I wouldn't miss it anymore.

If you are interested here is why: I was a little obsessive compulsive with it. I knew it wasn't good when I was telling Hope to "hold on a minute" while I finished reading people's status updates. I certainly don't want the girls staring at the back of my head while I read about what other people are doing :) They are only young once, right?

I heard a thing on Moody radio a few weeks ago about being desensitized to things because of information overload. I think that is me a bit. I want to be really excited about my friends having babies and getting married and such, but when I read about 2 (facebook)"friends" a week having babies, then it gets monotonous. Know what I mean? Maybe I shouldn't have just written that.

Anyway, it just wasn't good for me at this stage in my life. Maybe if its still around in a few more years, then I'll be back. And everybody will still probably be there for me to get back into touch with.

For now, I'm sticking with good, old-fashioned e-mail ;) Send me one when you get the chance!

Friday, April 24, 2009

Here Comes the Sun... Little Darlin

It was in the 80's today! There is nothing quite like Spring after a long, cold, dark winter. There still aren't leaves on the trees yet, but little buds. We saw all the little apartment complex kids out playing today and they all looked so much bigger (since we hadn't seen them all winter).

This past week Nate and Patrick were here for the Gospel Coalition conference. Mark and the guys stayed near the conference at O'Hare so I didn't get to see them much, but it is always fun to have friends come and visit. They really enjoyed the conference and were encouraged by it. The girls and I survived quite nicely :)

Here are some recent pictures:

Tummy time for Baby Anna!

I finally decided it was time to name the babies. It was just getting too confusing. So, here they are from left to right: Baby Faith, Baby Charity, Baby Grace, and Baby Joy. Surprisingly, it didn't take long for Hope to learn them all. Baby Grace is still the favorite. This is how Hope likes for me to play babies with her: we put them to bed, and then we tell them all of the "sleep rules." (Don't get up, don't talk, close your eyes, and go to sleep!) Fun times!

Cuddling with Dad and trying so hard to eat the cow.

Anna's new favorite past-time: watching the world go by in her Bumbo.

Hope likes to "help" wash Anna. I make sure she only washes the feet.

Anna LOVES Hope and it is so fun to watch them enjoy each other. No one can make Anna giggle like Hope can!

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Auntie Sherry's Visit, Happy Easter, and Anna is 5 Months!

Here are some recent Rogers family pictures.

Hope painting eggs. I thought I had bought a dye kit, but she liked it anyway :)

Sweet little Anna... who is now 5 months old! She cut her first tooth this month and is working on the second one. Mark and I both think she looks a lot bigger this week. She's still as sweet as can be and we are so thankful for her!

Cuddly girls. (Hope likes to pick out her own jammies these days - can you tell?)

Hope with her Easter basket.

Sherry came to visit for Easter! It was so great to have her here. I'm grateful for her long-time friendship. I'm also grateful for the way she loves our girls! Here's a picture of Sherry and Hope putting together a puzzle.

We spent a few hours downtown on Monday. However, it became very cold and rainy while we were there, so we didn't stay too long and ran in the freezing cold, pelting rain to our car. Here's Hope and Sherry at the American Girl store.

We really enjoyed Good Friday and Easter Sunday with our church this year. Here is a picture of the girls on Easter Sunday.

Friday, April 10, 2009

Happy 4th Birthday, Paul

One of my favorite stories is found in Genesis 45. Jacob had lost his son, Joseph, years earlier. His other sons had told him that Joseph was killed by wild beasts. It broke his heart. Then one day, his sons came back from Egypt with news. Joseph was alive! At first he did not believe them. But when they showed him proof, “the spirit of their father Jacob revived,” and he said, “Joseph my son is still alive. I will go and see him before I die.”

Four years ago, our first son, Paul Hudson, was stillborn the day before his due date. He weighed 8 lbs 15 oz, and was 21 ½ inches long. He had a large head, thick legs, big hands and feet, and was incredibly beautiful. Just hours before we held him in our arms, his heart had stopped. As we bathed him with tears, our hearts broke. Our family came from all over the country. We said goodbye. Then we laid his body in the ground.

In the past four years, God has sustained our faith and filled our home with a joy we once thought impossible. But our hearts still hurt. We still miss our son. We still wish he was here. Time and grace have healed many wounds, but not all. So this Good Friday, we look forward to the resurrection: “For the trumpet will sound, and the dead will be raised imperishable.” Yes. My son is still alive. I will go and see him when I die.

We miss you, Paul. See you soon.

Thursday, April 09, 2009

What Is It to Have a god?

From Martin Luther's Large Catechism:

He is discussing the first commandment: "You shall have no other gods."

What is it to have a god? What is God?

Answer: A god is that to which we look for all good and in which we find refuge in every time of need. To have a god is nothing else than to trust and believe him with our whole heart. . . .

The purpose of this commandment, therefore, is to require true faith and confidence of the heart and these fly straight to the one true God and cling to him alone. "The meaning is; 'See to it that you let me alone be your God, and never seek another.' In other words: 'Whatever good thing you lack, look to me for it and seek it from me, and whenever you suffer misfortune and distress, come and cling to me. I am the one who will satisfy you and help you out of every need. Only let your heart cling to no one else.

. . . . Many a person thinks he has God and everything he needs when he has money and property; in them he trusts and of them he boasts so stubbornly and securley that he cares for no one. Surely such a man also has a go--mammon by name, that is, money and possessions--on which he fixes his whole heart. It is the most common idol on earth. He who has money and property feels secure, happy fearless, as if he were sitting in the midst of paradise. On the other hand, he who has nothing doubts and despairs as if he never heard of God. Very few there are who are cheerful, who do not fret and complain, if they do not have mammon. . . .

So, too, if anyone boasts of great learning, wisdom, power, prestige, family, and honor, and trusts in them, he also has a god, but not the one, true God. Notice, again, how presumptuous, secure, and proud people become because of such possessions, and how despondent when they lack them or are deprived of them. Therefore, I repeat, to have a God properly means to have something in which the heart trusts completely."

- In The Book of Concord: The Confessions of the Evangelical Lutheran Church, translated and edited by Theodore G. Tappert (Philadelphia: Muhlenberg Press, 1959), 365-66.

Monday, April 06, 2009

So Thankful

I have been especially grateful for these two lately. What a joy it is to be their Mama. I'm so thankful that God lets us enjoy raising Hope and Anna! They light up our lives. (I'm pretty sure we'd be pretty boring without them :)

Saturday, April 04, 2009

A Sermon for Every Man

Every man in America needs to hear this sermon. (Many already have. It was the most viewed religious video for a while this week) Mark Driscoll speaks a strong, straightforward word to all of us men who need to be the men God has called us to be. Some weak or domineering men need desperately to hear this message. But even strong, godly men need to listen closely for areas they are not measuring up to God's word. So, like I said, every man should listen to this.

It would be good for women to hear also, especially if you are single and looking for a godly man. But, be warned, Driscoll is speaking as a man to men, so his tone is strong and forceful.

Here it is: Driscoll on Men and Marriage