Tuesday, February 20, 2007

9 Months and Counting

Our little one turned 9 months on Saturday! She's such a big girl! All she ever wants to do it walk. She has to be holding your fingers, of course, but man she really goes!

Lately she has been doing this face where she squishes up her nose when she smiles or even without smiling, it's hilarious. Here's a good shot of it.

She went to the doctor on Friday for her 9 month checkup and we found out her stats. She's 17 lbs, 1 oz. (25th percentile) and 30 1/2 inches long (WAY off the charts tall!) Everything went great except we had to wait at the lab for like 40 minutes for them to take blood. We seriously had to hold that girl down, and it was so sad. She hated every minute of it. I honestly would have preferred having the shots. She does way better for those.

We went to visit my grandparents and Taylor's great grandparents this weekend and she had a blast. This is Taylor with the other great grandchildren, Kendra and Brooklyn.

She thought she was so big sitting in that chair all by herself. Looks like we'll be getting her one of those!

Apparently Taylor didn't win Regis and Kelly's Beautiful Baby contest...oh well, she's the MOST beautiful baby I've ever seen. How could they turn down this face???

Wednesday, February 14, 2007



I've been going through the HUGE CD Tower of all the CD's I've ever owned and never wanted to do anything with (Allen has suggested at least once that I go through them). Some happened to just be the cases, there for display, no CD to be found. And SOME made me LAUGH OUT LOUD. Get ready...

Boyz II Men, my VERY FIRST CD. Because it's sentimental I kinda don't want to get rid of it. Think about all the hits: On Bended Knee, I'll Make Love to You, 50 Candles, need I go on?

Snow...Informer, anyone? In case you were like me and never knew what he was saying just kinda said "watermelon, watermelon" to the music, I looked it up and here's the lyrics:

"Informer, you no say Daddy me Snow me I'll go blame,
A licky Boom Boom Down.
Detective mon said Daddy me Snow me stab someone down the lane,
A licky Boom Boom Down.
Informer, you no say Daddy me Snow me I'll go blame,
A licky Boom Boom Down.
Detective mon said Daddy me Snow me stab someone down the lane,
A licky Boom Boom Down."

Is this supposed to mean something? I really don't know...

This one was one of my all time favorites when I was younger. Me and my friend Misti used to make up dances to it and even did the Karoake Video thing at Six Flags to "Whatta Man". That's right. The one and only... Salt n' Pepa.

After looking at the names of some of these songs, this has to go IMMEDIATELY. I'm just glad I didn't know what some of this stuff meant then...

One of me and Allen's favorite CD's from high school...funny, right?

Where did this one come from... I seriously have NO idea. I have never listened to this before in my life.

Blaque? What in the world was I thinking?

Who is this guy? He's like an Native American country singer!?!

What happened to this girl? She's so cute!

And lastly, I'm a little embarrassed to say that I really did (do) like this CD. Ha!

Go on and make fun of me or call me if you want to come over and reminisce over "Somebody's Gettin' On My Nerves" or "Shoop"!

Sunday, February 11, 2007

Job and a Book Recommendation

No, not this kind of job...

Nor this kind...

Actually, I'm not even referring to a "jahb" at all, but good ol' "Johb".

I've been reading Job for about a week now and I'm realizing so much about our God.

We don't deserve a thing.

We don't deserve blessings that He pours out on us.

We don't deserve to live an easy life.

We don't deserve understanding when we do go though trials. How presumptuous to think that we do!

"Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near. Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus." Philippians 4: 4-7

Circumstances pass. The Lord is always here for us to rejoice in more than any understanding that we desire. Sometimes we do understand. God graciously shows us how he has used difficulties for our good. Give Him the glory. You didn't figure it out on your own.

Job had no idea what was going on in the heavenlies while he was down there suffering. God and Satan were having a conversation. God was bragging on Job because he was blameless. Satan said the only reason was because God had blessed him so much. Satan asked if he could take everything away to see who was right and God gave him permission. He lost family, wealth, land, animals, health...and you know what?

Job still praised Him. He said this:

"The Lord gave and the Lord has taken away; may the name of the Lord be praised."

"Shall we accept good from God, and not trouble?"

Another favorite verse in the book of Job is 13:5:

"If only you would be altogether silent, for you, that would be wisdom." (how often might silence be wisdom for us???)

This is actually Job talking to his friends who are trying to get him to reveal some horrid sin in his life that God is punishing him for, but because they have no idea about the "conversation" they don't know this is totally false.

How often must this happen in our lives? God is up there planning, maybe having conversations with Satan, hopefully bragging on us, protecting us... but we have no idea. Often we don't look beyond ourselves when things are bad. I hope that we can. I hope we can see His perspective...or at least understand that we can't understand it all.

A book I have been reading is called, "The Message of the Old Testament" by Mark Dever. It's amazing. Really.

If you can't read the whole book of Job or Isaiah in a day, like me, this is great. It gives you the big picture instead of snippets that are nearly forgotten the next day. It gives you the history and background of each book, the rituals and traditions that play into the text. I highly recommend purchasing this book. I think it might be pricey. It's worth it. Allen says the New Testament one is just as great. I'll leave you with an excerpt from Job: Wisdom for Losers in the book.

"God intends to display his glory in your life and in the lives of everyone around you. You can be certain of this...in the context of Job, we can see very clearly that he intends to display his glory in the lives of his children as they continue to serve him amid life's trials. And if you are a child of his, reconciled to him through Christ, realize that your very suffering can exquisitely display the glory of God as you serve and worship him in a way that simply defies the world's comprehension and abilities. If you, Christian, are presently enduring a season of suffering, it may be that God is sitting in the heavenlies right now and saying to the heavenly host about him, "Have you considered my servant?" and then pointing to you. Could it be that one day you will watch as God shows to all creation the presently unrevealed glories of what he has done by making you in his image and then remaking you as his child!"

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