Thursday, March 12, 2015

I think Rhett is potty trained.

Well, I should be cleaning the house! Rhett is watching Robin Hood for the millionth time! I'm getting to a point where I can mouth the dialogue along with the movie. Vivi is napping. Still no two month photos. It's been so cloudy! Rhett, Vivi, and I ate out with one of my best friends, Cady, today! It was so much fun!

Rhett enjoyed watching the military special on the flatscreen at the restaurant and playing with Cady's brother's Star Wars action figures... and drinking Coke. However, he didn't wet his pants! Yay! We ate lunch with Nanny and Papa, spent an hour and a half at the restaurant, and went shopping at Wal-mart. Completely dry - no accidents.

Actually, we never really have accidents anymore! Occasionally we have a leak at Grammie's house but very little. The only problem we have is an occasional failure to ummmm... aim, causing his pants and the surrounding area to suffer the consequences. Oh yeah- he will go #2 in the toilet now.

So, potty trained officially.... Maybe. 

My parents came down last week! It was fun!

Here are some pictures. 

Thursday, March 5, 2015

The Kind of Man I Married

Here is the kind of man I married: he has already called in to work and gotten the day off but he worked hard and managed to get in the iced-up car and has now left to try to make it to work even though he can't see the road because he wants to fulfill his obligation. They aren't expecting him, but he knows they will need him, and he wants to be there if at all possible.

It was dark and snowing very hard when he left. The above pictures are from when it cleared. 

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

A bunch of pictures!

I feel like when you write a blog post, you are supposed to have a coherent theme. I have zilch coherent theme. Here's a bunch of pictures. Ohhhh, that can be my coherent theme!

Lady Card Shark

My friend calls this her poker face.

My happy little girl

She started a new special formula yesterday and it's been scary how well she has done. She hasn't even needed to burp after several feedings, she slept like a rock last night, and her skin is scary clear. No fussing or wiggling or spit-up. I'm freaking out.

Don't let her face fool you. She loves it.  

Lisa asked him to smile. 

We tried the MeiTai again but didn't like it. Maybe when she is older. 

Happy girl in her K'tan. 

The mower Rhett built. The two red Legos are the seat. The yellow and orange nearest us are the blades. And then there's the handy windshield. 

Now it's an air crane. He learned about them yesterday. They are super-powered helicopters with jet engines used to lift massive objects to the top of skyscrapers and other large or wide buildings. 

Legit air cranes, in case anyone is wondering. 

Today's hairstyle and me... And my thumb. I liked the picture though. 

Okay. All done. 

Oh yeah...

Rhett is obsessed with watching videos of all the colors and shapes and various vehicles, etc in Russian. He's always asking to watch them. I'm like, "Okay, Buddy. It's going to be awkward if you learn Russian and I don't, but whatever floats your boat..." 
Or your лодка.
You get the picture. 

Sunday Sermon 3/1/2015: Serving Others

Now there are different gifts, but the same Spirit. There are different ministries, but the same Lord. And there are different activities, but the same God activates each gift in each person. A demonstration of the Spirit is given to each person to produce what is beneficial: (1 Corinthians 12:4-7 HCSB)

Now as we have many parts in one body, and all the parts do not have the same function, in the same way we who are many are one body in Christ and individually members of one another. According to the grace given to us, we have different gifts: If prophecy, use it according to the standard of one’s faith; if service, in service; if teaching, in teaching; if exhorting, in exhortation; giving, with generosity; leading, with diligence; showing mercy, with cheerfulness. (Romans 12:4-8 HCSB)

And He personally gave some to be apostles, some prophets, some evangelists, some pastors and teachers, for the training of the saints in the work of ministry, to build up the body of Christ, (Ephesians 4:11-12 HCSB)

I. General Information
  1. Every genuine follower of Christ has a spiritual gift or supernatural power to serve the church. 
A demonstration of the Spirit is given to each person to produce what is beneficial: (1 Corinthians 12:7 HCSB)
  2. God is the One Who picks yours. 
According to the grace given to us, we have different gifts: If prophecy, use it according to the standard of one’s faith; (Romans 12:6 HCSB)
  3. It is a Spirit-empowered gift. 
And there are different activities, but the same God activates each gift in each person. A demonstration of the Spirit is given to each person to produce what is beneficial: (1 Corinthians 12:6-7 HCSB)
  4. We don't all have the same gifts. 
And He personally gave some to be apostles, some prophets, some evangelists, some pastors and teachers, (Ephesians 4:11 HCSB)
 5. Gifts are action oriented. 
According to the grace given to us, we have different gifts: If prophecy, use it according to the standard of one’s faith; (Romans 12:6 HCSB)
II. How to be a Superhero
  You will never know what your gift is until you get involved. A hero isn't a hero until he DOES something. Experiment to find out where your strength is. It's okay to fail. How are you going to know if you don't check it out? Migrate from one service that doesn't work to another if you need to! Develop your talents and give grace to others who are developing theirs. 
Hebrews 11: What is the common factor that makes these men heroes? The willingness to serve. 

Now faith is the reality of what is hoped for, the proof of what is not seen. For our ancestors won God’s approval by it. By faith we understand that the universe was created by God’s command, so that what is seen has been made from things that are not visible. By faith Abel offered to God a better sacrifice than Cain did. By faith he was approved as a righteous man, because God approved his gifts, and even though he is dead, he still speaks through his faith. By faith Enoch was taken away so he did not experience death, and he was not to be found because God took him away. For prior to his removal he was approved, since he had pleased God. Now without faith it is impossible to please God, for the one who draws near to Him must believe that He exists and rewards those who seek Him. By faith Noah, after he was warned about what was not yet seen and motivated by godly fear, built an ark to deliver his family. By faith he condemned the world and became an heir of the righteousness that comes by faith. By faith Abraham, when he was called, obeyed and went out to a place he was going to receive as an inheritance. He went out, not knowing where he was going. By faith he stayed as a foreigner in the land of promise, living in tents with Isaac and Jacob, coheirs of the same promise. For he was looking forward to the city that has foundations, whose architect and builder is God. By faith even Sarah herself, when she was unable to have children, received power to conceive offspring, even though she was past the age, since she considered that the One who had promised was faithful. Therefore from one man — in fact, from one as good as dead — came offspring as numerous as the stars of heaven and as innumerable as the grains of sand by the seashore. These all died in faith without having received the promises, but they saw them from a distance, greeted them, and confessed that they were foreigners and temporary residents on the earth. Now those who say such things make it clear that they are seeking a homeland. If they were thinking about where they came from, they would have had an opportunity to return. But they now desire a better place — a heavenly one. Therefore God is not ashamed to be called their God, for He has prepared a city for them. By faith Abraham, when he was tested, offered up Isaac. He received the promises and he was offering his unique son, the one it had been said about, Your seed will be traced through Isaac. He considered God to be able even to raise someone from the dead, and as an illustration, he received him back. By faith Isaac blessed Jacob and Esau concerning things to come. By faith Jacob, when he was dying, blessed each of the sons of Joseph, and he worshiped, leaning on the top of his staff. By faith Joseph, as he was nearing the end of his life, mentioned the exodus of the Israelites and gave instructions concerning his bones. By faith, after Moses was born, he was hidden by his parents for three months, because they saw that the child was beautiful, and they didn’t fear the king’s edict. By faith Moses, when he had grown up, refused to be called the son of Pharaoh’s daughter and chose to suffer with the people of God rather than to enjoy the short-lived pleasure of sin. For he considered the reproach because of the Messiah to be greater wealth than the treasures of Egypt, since his attention was on the reward. By faith he left Egypt behind, not being afraid of the king’s anger, for Moses persevered as one who sees Him who is invisible. By faith he instituted the Passover and the sprinkling of the blood, so that the destroyer of the firstborn might not touch the Israelites. By faith they crossed the Red Sea as though they were on dry land. When the Egyptians attempted to do this, they were drowned. By faith the walls of Jericho fell down after being encircled by the Israelites for seven days. By faith Rahab the prostitute received the spies in peace and didn’t perish with those who disobeyed. And what more can I say? Time is too short for me to tell about Gideon, Barak, Samson, Jephthah, David, Samuel, and the prophets, who by faith conquered kingdoms, administered justice, obtained promises, shut the mouths of lions, quenched the raging of fire, escaped the edge of the sword, gained strength after being weak, became mighty in battle, and put foreign armies to flight. Women received their dead — they were raised to life again. Some men were tortured, not accepting release, so that they might gain a better resurrection, and others experienced mockings and scourgings, as well as bonds and imprisonment. They were stoned, they were sawed in two, they died by the sword, they wandered about in sheepskins, in goatskins, destitute, afflicted, and mistreated. The world was not worthy of them. They wandered in deserts and on mountains, hiding in caves and holes in the ground. All these were approved through their faith, but they did not receive what was promised, since God had provided something better for us, so that they would not be made perfect without us. (Hebrews 11:1-40 HCSB)

III. The Superhero Team
If the church were a football team, Jesus is the quarterback, not the pastor. You are accountable to Jesus for instructions and to give an account of your actions. The pastor does not tell you how to give your gift, God does. 

Tuesday, March 3, 2015



               Costume Decision

           Obligatory Muscle Flex 

  Crazy excited for that immunization!

         Waiting in a hibernation state

Waiting to get weighed and measured

                Delicious Rotavirus 

                          Natural Killer Cells!!!

              Also engaging: Similac


                Hanging out cookie-cuttering some anti-bodies!

I'm so thankful that God has allowed me to live in not only an era but a nation where healthcare and immunizations are readily available to my children and myself! What a blessing that so many world-wide do not have! Thank you, Lord.

Monday, March 2, 2015

Vivi is Two Months! My Pox Shot!

We are picking up Nanny and heading out for my chicken pox shot in an hour!

Rhett is very excited about my shot. He's like,"You're getting a shot and I'M GOING TO WATCH YOU." All. Morning. Long. I told him that he is actually ahead of me in the game here: he has had his pox shot already. 

He super stoked sbout picking up Nanny as well. I can't keep count of how many times he asked if it's time to get Nanny yet. Four in the last hour and a gazillion before that.
We go get Nanny now?

I told him to look at the camera, so he squeezed his eyes closed. 


We picked up Nanny finally and went to Selmer but it turned out my appointment was with their Jackson South office.
We rushed there and they called me back almost immediately. I had to wait for an hour and a half in the exam room though!
The doctor even came back and said hello but didn't immunize me. Finally a nurse came in, vaccinated me, and we were able to leave.
Literally, called back at 2:40 and they popped the shot at 4. Nurses talked and laughed in the hallway. Nobody gave me my shot so could leave though.

The good news is that all this waiting gave Rhett time to earn a medical degree so I was able to speak to a doctor while I waited. He put my feet in the stirrups for a pre-shot leg exam. 

Then he gave me a shot. 

After my leg shot, we Facetimed DG, read a Bible story, and discussed giraffes. It turns out that Rhett is not only an amazing medical professional, he is also a Giraffe Expert. He was able impart some neat giraffe facts, one of which was fairly new to me.

That's not a giraffe, Mama. See the antlers? That's a giraffe-reindeer. 

A juvenile giraffe-reindeer. 

After my vaccination, Rhett received two superhero stickers and a sucker for being so brave and watching me get the shot. 

Then we headed to McD's for a Coke. Thankfully we didn't have any warrants out on us because we got into the drive-thru line right behind some bounty hunters. 

Now we are home and happy. 

Vivi is two months old! Tomorrow she gets her first shots. I called today and found out that Rhett isn't due for anymore until he is five! Yay! So only flu shots. Flu shots rock. 

I'm taking her two months pictures on the next sunny day! Yay!