Thursday, December 29, 2011

Learning & Growing...

Between 2 different studies, I have been really learning and growing.  Coincidentally, they are both about the marriage relationship and I have been learning (and re-learning) some great things!  I had to post about it just so I can encourage others to read and/or check out these powerful tools to building great marriages!!!

I've been meeting with a group of friends over the last few months doing a book study about God's instructions to wives that has been completely transforming my life and heart toward the role I have been blessed with.  It's been challenging and has caused me to really search the Bible and learn God's instructions in this regard.  I wouldn't say that I like everything Debi Pearl has to say, but I definitely can see the wisdom she is speaking from.  It has gotten me to examine my heart toward what submission really looks like and why we are called to do it, how God has designed women and men to repsond to Him and to each other, and to understand the needs of my husband and how God has allowed me to be the one to bless him with helping him in this life and for an eternal purpose. 
This is the study that we have been doing with our (big) small group.  We have been doing the DVD's rather than the book, but the book is awesome, too.  Right now with childcare issues and whatnot, the guys meet one week and the girls meet the next.  The design is that we are studying the same material, just on different weeks, so that we can talk about it and work on it together with our spouses at home.  It's not going as quite as smooth as we were hoping with that, but we're still getting a lot out of it.  Like last nights session... it gave some specific instructions to men about what women view as loving and to women about what men view as respecting him.  Obviously, I knew the loving things... but gained lots of great insight about what respect looks like in real life to my husband and how to apply it to our marriage in a more consistent way.

As we go into the new year and setting our new goals for 2012, some of this stuff is definitely going to come into play for me.  I pray that I can be the wife God designed me to be, Brian needs me to be, and that I desire to be!  I'm also still trying to determine my 'one word' for 2012.... wonder if it will be born from these studies?

Friday, December 16, 2011

Whew!!!!

Finally, grades are done and posted, class parties are done, and school is out for a couple weeks.  Now we can think about Christmas--yea!!!!

Here's some pictures from the last month to catch up a little bit...

Ethan turned 3!!!
We got to go to Legoland as a family to celebrate!  Super fun and he loves being a 'big boy'--potty trained and all!

My cousin Danielle got married to my new cousin Darius over Veteran's Day weekend.  We were blessed to be a part of the celebration and loved spending time with my family.

The kiddos enjoying the after wedding brunch and the wonderful weather at Aunt Karen's and Uncle Phil's


I finally got my couch!!!  I've been eyeing this one for about 6 years now... and we are soooooo happy with it!

My cousin Melissa and her adorable boys came up for a visit while her hubby was on a work trip.  LOVED spending time with some of my favorite people.  This isn't t the best picture from the entire weekend, but it's the only one that I have of all of them together.  Love this crew (and the missing one, too!)

Ethan is ready for Christmas--3D glasses and all! :)


I got to help in Zeke's class this week with Christmas parties and Gingerbread House making.  This was Zeke's masterpiece in process.


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Lastly, but definitely not least, Emmy has started to read!