Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Happy St. Patty's Day!

Hope you have a blessed day!

Matthew 6:33 "But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you."

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Children's Museum

A couple of weeks ago a friend treated us to a family day out. I guess we have been so cooped up over the past 3 1/2 months that they truly understood we needed a day to do something different. This is one of the sacrifices we have had to make while hubby is without employment. Though I must say we typically do things on the inexpensive side anyway so giving up "family outings" really wasn't that much of a stretch. Let me just clarify that we still do "family outings."  Only it requires a little more creative thinking on my(our) part to keep it from being so monotonous. We would typically pick one weekend out of the month that required a little money spent for the day. I guess I say all that to remind myself that you honestly don't have to spend money in order to have a "fun family outing."  We are bike, picnic, and playground people anyway so there you go.

Sorry didn't mean to go on and on about finances! Anyway, we picked the Children Museum for many reasons. One, it was different and we have never done it before. Two, I had a coupon. Three, you could bring your own food but had to eat it in certain areas. I could go on and on and on. It was a blast! I had no idea they had a "toddler area." Though it was hard to get little man upstairs to the "toddler area" since we passed by a car to climb  in and an ambulance that made noise! We really enjoyed watching our son play and discover things. I love this the most about being a parent. Just the pure innocent discovering that children do in their learning process. Children's Museum gets an A+ from me!

In ambulance having a great time!

This was his favorite in the toddler area. Open door, shut door, turn on light switch, turn off light switch, and of course ring the door bell!

slide, slide, and more slide!!!

cars on a ramp! so cool!

Outside water play downstairs.

more water fun!

I have more pictures but this is what I will share for now! Just a quick side note. It cost $7.00 each to get in and parking is no more than $7.00 for the day. You can also bring food like I mentioned previously. They have benches outside their cafe area for people who do choose to save money that way. Don't quote me but I believe the benches are off to the side away from he cafe area. They have signs inside the cafe stating clearly "for cafe patrons only."  The Toddler Area upstairs requires anyone to either remove your shoes or wear bootie covers. Plus every hour on the hour they switch toys out to be sanitized. All in all it truly is a safe environment for the kiddos. Any place that has stroller parking on their maps has to be good!

Monday, March 15, 2010


Last week we as a family visited the downtown Arboretum. It is a beautiful place right smack dab in the middle of the city. I encourage you to visit this one if you have not already! Here are some pictures that were taken! Enjoy!

Thursday, March 11, 2010

Faithful Moment

I have had a lot on my mind. I have been thinking about the whole "job search" process that we have been enduring now for over 3 months. Somedays are better than others but most days I believe we have our chin up. Our chin is up because we are in Christ. I have a "bible study" that I do every morning. Well, it is more of a 5-10 minute devotional that puts me in the right mind set. God works in mysteries ways and so far each little paragraph of scripture and words has had a impact on my day. Whether I needed to hear those words because the Heavenly Father knew what kind of a day was before me or some situation would arise that was reflective on just those particular words.

Today was just that! Hubby got a "cold call." For those who don't know, it is a pre-interview process. Basically the person picks your brain of  what you do know to see if you are a likely candidate for the job. One of the questions that was asked had to do with relocating. Uh-oh! Hubby responded with a "well, I am not ruling it out." Now, let me emphasize here that nothing and I mean noTHING is set in place. He has not even been on a  face to face interview so we are in what we call the preliminary stage of this process. I will not say where! First, just the thought of leaving this area scares me. Second, I DO NOT need rumors nor do I need anyone telling my hubby" heard the news!" I would be in big T-R-O-U-B-L-E!  I am only sharing this with you now because of the powerful words that penetrated my heart and hubby's as well this morning.

This is just a piece of it but here they are!

"Walk by faith and not by sight! As you take steps of faith depending on ME, I will show you how much I can do for you.If you live your life too safely, you will never know the thrill of seeing ME work through you."

While hubby is telling me about a possible move and what do I think of it, these words came back to me! WHAM! There they were! Not only in my mind but I just happened to have the book in the car. It is never in the car! I can not tell you the "place" but it would definitely take us way out of our comfort zone. Nothing may come out this other than God really wants our full on trust! I know we all know this but when God sends you, do you trust HIM fully?

9 years ago we felt the same tug when God moved us to Houston. We knew it was what he wanted us to do but we could not see the full picture yet. I am not sure if we still have the full picture!  For many reason it was the single best decision that God put forth for us!

So, today I hope God has challenged you and pushed you just a little out of your comfort zone. It is never easy but oh man, HE takes you places that you never thought you would go.

blessings my friends....

p.s. please do not spread rumors that we are moving b/c we're not...=0)