Daily Verse

"How can a young man keep his way pure? By guarding it according to your word. With my whole heart I seek you; let me not wander from you commandments! I have stored up your word in my heart, that I might not sin against you." Psalm 119:9-11

Why do we try to conform God to our will? Live in His word and know true joy.

"Make me to know your ways, O LORD, teach me your paths. Lead me in your truth and teach me, for you are the God of my salvation; for you I wait all the day long. Remember your mercy, O LORD, and your steadfast love, for they have been from of old."
Psalm 25:4-6

God reveals the truth of our time and all time to us through Scripture.

"The law of the LORD is perfect, reviving the soul; the tstimony of the LORD is sure, making wise the simple: the precepts of the LORD are right, rejoicing the heart; the commandment of the LORD is pure, enlightening the eyes; the fear of the LORD is clean, enduring forever; the rules of the LORD are true, and righteous altogether. More to be desired are they than gold, even much fine gold; sweeter also than honey and drippings of the honeycomb."
Psalm 19:7-10

All the laws in all the books in all the libraries of the world are but a footnote to the law of God.

"Trust in the LORD with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways ackowledge him, and he will make straight your paths."
Proverbs 3:5-6

To know and understand God comes not through our intellect, but through the wisdom given to us by the grace of God.

"My son, do not forget my teaching, but let your heart keep my commandments, for length of days and years of life and peace they will add to you. Let not steadfast love and faithfulness forsake you; bind them around your neck; write them on the tablet of your heart."
Proverbs 3:1-3

Don't measure success by society's standards. Use Christ as your measuring stick.

"The the LORD answered Job our of the whirlwind and said: 'Where were you when I laid the foundation of the earth? Tell me, if you have understanding, Who determined its measurements - surely you know! Or who stretched the line upon it? Or who laid its cornerstond...?'"
Job 38:1, 4-6

When we measure God by our limited standards, we attempt to measure the elephant by weighing one strand of its hair.

"Philip said to him, 'Lord, show us the Father, and it is enough for us.' Jesus said to him, 'Have I been with you so lon, and you still do not know me, Philip? Whoever has seen me has seen the Father. How can you say, Show us the Father?'"
John 14:8-9

Christ is God made flesh. If you want to know God, you must draw closer to Jesus.








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Sunday, September 27, 2009

Happy Birthday my Princess...

Thank you FAMILY TO FAMILY ADOPTIONS INC. for making it possible for me to write a post like this...for without you our family would still be two!

It is so hard for me to believe that time flies so fast. The 3 years before you came seem like eternity and the 3 years since you have been in our life feel like they have just slipped away! It is so much fun to see your personality grow and bud with each passing day. I hope that you will be able to see in your Mommy & Daddy's heart that even before we knew you that we loved you more than ANY words can discribe! When we made our trip to Texas the day you were born we were SOOO excited to meet you, and once we arrived your Daddy was able to hold you first, then Mommy, then Grandma. We were exhausted, but we wanted to be there for you SOOOO bad! The next day that we spent in the hospital waiting for the 48 hour mark was scary, but marvelous at the same time! Once we were able to bring you 'home' all we did was watch and snuggle you. The faces you made, the sounds you made...they are forever etched in my memory. We went to the Gulf of Mexico and you put your feet in at just 3 days old. We had to say good-bye to Daddy & Grandma that day...but you and Mommy then had 6 days to be alone, just getting to know eachother. You were welcomed home to SD at the airport by so many people it was great. Grandma surprized Mommy and was there too! Everyone was soooo excited to meet you! It was just the beginning of a great journey.

I remember your first smile, your first baby shower, the first time you were so mad with your huge tears and pouty lips....from the day you entered our lives you have been our Princess. I could never have understood how much you can love someone you just met, but wow!

It was amazing to me how easy going you were when at 3 months old you graciously welcomed your brother into our family and really never had a problem with it! How fun to watch you learn to crawl, go up steps, walk, feed yourself, talk, dance, love, and just live. You are so sweet, your heart is so kind (most of the time), and your personality is so fun! And your newest thing to stop me in the middle of something and ask to pray for your brother or sister to come home soon is melting my heart. I know you are getting that off of our desire to grow our family, but the fact that you are so tender is hunbling!

I know we have only 3 years under our belt with 15 to go until you are an adult and many more after that...but while I am thankful for your health and the fact that you are growing, sometimes Mommies just want to keep their little ones little. The days slip away minute by minute and the years slip away day by day. But I try not to let a day go by without telling you I love you.

Happy Birthday my Princess...

Saturday, September 26, 2009

Old Married Couple???

So I cracked up the morning of our Anniversary (August 10th 2002)...I handed my wonderful Handsome husband his card and he opened it and without really reading it he ran to the bedroom and returned with mine laughing the entire time! I opened my card to find the exact same card that I had just given him! We even shopped in two different stores and I had mine over a month before he did (but he didn't know that.)

So this makes me wonder...does Hal.Mark just make cards that well that there is one for every occasion with JUST.THE.RIGHT words? Or is 7 years just that much time that we are now so much alike? Either way, it was a great way to start the day. We really didn't celebrate much around that time because it was Sturgis.Rally that week and who wants to go out in that? But we will be attending a Weekend.To.Remember conference in two weeks and we are looking forward to it! Our dear friends Mark&Teresa will be watching the kids from Friday afternoon until Sunday afternoon. THANKS GUYS!

Friday, September 25, 2009

August fun!

I just love the bond that our kids are developing with each and every day that goes by! I do hope that they will continue to be close!

Thursday, September 24, 2009

GAP contest!

Ashley Norgaard Hartung please vote for Ethan & Ada Grace in the Gap casting call here {vote for us} you can search me but member name can vote once a day per child through November 17th....the leader is at 251 votes already E has 1 and AG has 0...please help us out!

You all know how much I like GAP jeans for my kids and also the GAP hoodies! Please help to win the $1000 gift card!

Wednesday, September 23, 2009


We were able to go back "home" the last weekend in July and were able to get together with my Great Aunt Arleen & Great Uncle Bob, also Aunt Lisa & Cousin Sara! It was a great time!

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Not to Worry...

I have been working today on editing 300+ pictures so there will be blog posts here once again! I couldn't believe that I hadn't uploaded/edited since August 7th! Hopefully tomorrow will bring the first of several posts in a row! Please stick with me!

Friday, September 18, 2009

Thankful Thursday

I now realize that yesterday was Thursday and for some reason I sat down to do a "Thankful" post and thought it was it comes a day late again this week! Please forgive me...

What I am thankful for this week is love. There are many different types of love a person gets to experience throughout their life and without love, life wouldn't be much! I have been surrounded by love for most of my life, and believe I have had the chance to go through many different kinds of love.

Each love God has used to mold me into the person I am today, and while certain people think that person isn't one worthy of much, there are other people that disagree. I believe, and maybe I am wrong, for some reason God has given us several tests in our 7 years of marriage and without the love from my parents, my children, my friends, and my husband it would have been difficult to carry on. I do not know how many people read this blog any more, and I do not know of that number how many are IRL (in real life) and how many are bloggies...but if you know us IRL you understand a tip of the iceburg of the different things we have gone through. If you know me in blogland you many understand a different side of me, the PCOS & babylost side.

I read many blogs, and try to keep up with friends and family through how is one to express their love for people through text. Sure love is something we can type, but how to you wrap your arms around someone to back up your words. So I guess my thankful Thursday post for this week is going to be a myself, and to any of you that are sticking with me through my blog break...make it a point over the next week to back up your words with your actions. We are living in a stressed time with not knowing where the economy is taking us and wouldn't you just love someone to back up their words with actions? I know I would...if you truly love someone; a parent, a child, a friend, a spouse, a fellow believer: please show them some way this week...without words! Bake a cake, give a hug, rake a yard, take someone out for lunch...just do something to SHOW that you love!

♥Thank you Mom & Dad for loving me even through the teenage years!
♥Thank you God for NEVER giving up on me!
♥Thank you Handsome for loving me even through my miscarriages when I wasn't a lovely person!
♥Thank you Princess & Boo for loving me when I am not the most patient Mommy sometimes...
♥Thank you to our REAL friends (I think of 4 people, 2 couples right off the bat) for standing with us and being there!
♥I have a list that could go on and on, but for the sake of the little Pumpkins I must go do my job!

Sunday, September 13, 2009

"Home" by Daughtry


I'm staring out into the night,
Trying to hide the pain.
I'm going to the place where love
And feeling good don't ever cost a thing.
And the pain you feel's a different kind of pain.

Well I'm going home,
Back to the place where I belong,
And where your love has always been enough for me.
I'm not running from.
No, I think you got me all wrong.
I don't regret this life I chose for me.
But these places and these faces are getting old,
So I'm going home.
Well I'm going home.

The miles are getting longer, it seems,
The closer I get to you.
I've not always been the best man or friend for you.
But your love remains true.
And I don't know why.
You always seem to give me another try.

So I'm going home,
Back to the place where I belong,
And where your love has always been enough for me.
I'm not running from.
No, I think you got me all wrong.
I don't regret this life I chose for me.
But these places and these faces are getting old,

Be careful what you wish for,
'Cause you just might get it all.
You just might get it all,
And then some you don't want.
Be careful what you wish for,
'Cause you just might get it all.
You just might get it all, yeah.

Oh, well I'm going home,
Back to the place where I belong,
And where your love has always been enough for me.
I'm not running from.
No, I think you got me all wrong.
I don't regret this life I chose for me.
But these places and these faces are getting old.
I said these places and these faces are getting old,
So I'm going home.
I'm going home.

Thursday, September 10, 2009

Thankful Thursday

So I had my first "me" day since I was a Mommy last week. Friday the kids and I had a date in the morning and we were able to have a special breakfast, then go to the park and spend some time without rushing. Then after their early naps a dear friend watched the kids until Handsome got off work. So I had from 1:30 until 9 all to myself. What did I do with my time? SHOP! Not really shopping, but looking...but it was fun to not have to rush out of a store because we needed to change a stinky diaper or because the kids were getting to meltdown-time-for-nap stage. I also got my first pedicure and was great. I am hoping to maybe to one every month or every other month! It was hard to step out of my hot pink toe nail polish box, but I managed and picked a very pretty spiced pumpkin fall tone!

Saturday we were able to have Daddy/son & Mommy/daughter time in the morning. The boys went to look at the mustangs in the mustang rally and us girls took our time getting ready and went to the Princess' fav restaurant for a brunch. The kids then were able to take a little nap and Handsome & I just hung out and did a few things around. That evening he took us to Chinese (I have been craving it for a while.) We hadn't eaten Chinese in over a year, so there many "what's this" and "can I try that" comments being made with the kids. Boo loved the food and couldn't get enough...Princess, not so much! After that we decided it was a BEAUTIFUL night so we were going to go for a 'little walk' {no walk with my husband is little} and we were able to see a classic mini doxie that was playing the catch me if you can game with her owner and we just had alot of fun. We then stopped by the same dear friends house that watched the kids for us the day before do drop something off and ended up sticking around there for over an hour! What a blessed day it was!

Sunday we had church and did our traditional Sunday lunch at our favorite Mexican place in town. They have .99 kids meals on Sunday and Handsome and I share a meal so we eat cheaper than I could make something at home! We all were able to take short naps on Sunday...then we watched two movies...the first was a waste of our time, the second was MUCH better!

Monday we decided to take the kids to a fairly local free kids attraction that I had been wanting to get to all summer. Labor Day was their final regular season day for the year and the kids LOVED it! They have all these different characters that kids like, someDisney and some others plus a little barrel train the kids can ride for $1...I think that was their favorite part. Although they have been talking about Jack having an owie on his head alot since then..."Jack & Jill" After this we did our Christmas shopping and got that all done and just looked...probably the best day we have had as a family for a long time!

All around the best weekend I have enjoyed for the longest of time! I am truly thankful for the wonderful family that God has blessed me with and cannot wait until we get to spend more time was wonderful, for this I am thankful!

Saturday, September 05, 2009

A new blog to check out...

Some of our best friends are expecting their first baby (I think {hope} babies) and she has joined blogland....go check them out here! If you want to check them out they have been included in some posts here on lovebeingmama several times....but here, here, and here are just a few! Go check them out and follow along on her journey through pregnancy and then parenthood! We are so excited to be able to raise our children with them!

Thursday, September 03, 2009

Thankful Thursday

I am thankful for

My wonderful helpful handsome husband

My beautiful lively happy princess

My quiet intelligent snugglie boo boo