Friday, December 23, 2011
Saturday, December 17, 2011
Tuesday: Leftovers (Kyle gone)
Wednesday: BBQ Chicken Sandwiches, French Fries, Pear and Pomegranate Salad
Thursday: Pepperoni and Pineapple Pizza, Spinach Salad and Applesauce
Friday: Chicken Sate with Peanut Sauce, Chinese Fried Rice and Salad
Saturday: Brunch - Fun Shaped Pancakes , Bacon and Fruit
Supper - Pork Chops with Raspberry Sauce , Mashed Potatos and Pear and Pomegranate Salad
Monday, December 12, 2011
Monday: Pepperoni and Pineapple Pizza
Tuesday: Sour Cream Chicken
Wednesday: Hamburger Soup, Bread and Salad
Thursday: Chicken Cordon Bleu Casserole, Salad and Applesauce
Friday: Beef Enchiladas (this sauce), Chips and Salad
Saturday: Chicken Parmesan with Alfredo Noodles, Salad
Sunday: Chicken and Wild Rice Casserole, Applesauce and Veggies
Monday: Ground Beef Stroganoff and Salad
Friday, December 9, 2011
He has also mastered the word "No," using that as the answer for everything. We are working on that :) The last couple of weeks we've been training Judah to sit through church and he is doing really well. I only had to take him out once last week.
Judah continues to bring joy, testosterone and noise to our home. We love our little man!
Thursday, December 1, 2011
Friday: Dinner at M & R's
Saturday: Chicken Parmesan Spaghetti Pie, Garlic Bread and Salad
Sunday: Turkey Tenderloin, Butternut Squash and Spinach Salad
Monday: Calzones, Applesauce and Mixed Veggies
Tuesday: Chicken Cordon Bleu Casserole and Skillet Corn
Wednesday: Pot Roast, Sweet Potato Casserole and Applesauce
Thursday: Pesto Chicken Stuffed Shells, Garlic Bread and Salad
Friday: Corn Chowder, Cornbread and Salad
Saturday:Chicken Parmesan (this sauce) over Pasta, Fruit and Salad
Sunday: Hamburger Soup
Thursday, November 24, 2011
Aletta is a great sleeper and is currently on a really good schedule. Most days she wakes up at 7:00/7:30 am and eats every three hours during the day and then goes to bed after she eats at around 7:30pm. She still sleeps in our room in the pack n play but I am considering moving her upstairs soon since she is sleeping so well. Aletta is close to rolling over. She probably could do it she just hasn't had the chance to yet (the floor can be a hazardous place for a baby to lay around at our house).
I'm really enjoying having a baby in the family again. It is fun to have children at various stages/ages. There are special things about each age and it is nice to be able to experience them all at once. I love having Evie to teach and have conversations with: she really is my little companion or as she would say she is my "big helper." Judah is all boy and it is great to begin to get a glimpse into what he is thinking as he starts to communicate a little more each day. And I LOVE having a cute little baby to snuggle with.
The Lord has blessed us richly with these little ones and I pray earnestly that we would be good stewards of these eternal souls under our care.
Tuesday, November 22, 2011
Wednesday: Teriyaki Chicken, Brown Rice and Corn
Thursday: Thanksgiving with Family (bringing pie)
Friday: Dinner at Kyle's parents
Saturday: Burgers, Fries and Salad
Sunday: Mongolian Beef, Brown Rice and Steamed Broccoli
Monday: Buffalo Chicken Enchiladas, Chips and Salad
Tuesday: Pepperoni and Pineapple Pizza, Applesauce and Carrots
Wednesday: Turkey Roast and Caramelized Butternut Squash
Sunday, November 20, 2011
"Our aversion to Sabbath-keeping is not always an exegetical or theological problem, but rather a symptom of the greater problem of worldliness."-Ryan M. McGraw
The moral commandment to honor the Sabbath is one of, if not the most, neglected command of the Scriptures. It's not that anyone outright denies the Sabbath command, at least I've never met anyone that does. Rather, the issue primarily lies in the practical observance of the Lord's Day--simply, Christians are not spending the day in public and private worship. For too many the Sabbath has become a day to advance one's own reputation, production, or station in life instead of a day to advance in holiness under the ordinary means of grace. This book, written by my good friend Ryan McGraw, is all about the practical observance of the Sabbath. If you find yourself struggling to even desire or delight in the Sabbath, a symptom all too common in the church, this is the type of book you want to pick up and read. It's not an academic book, he doesn't retrace work already done by guys like Walter Chantry or Joey Pipa. Rather, it's a winsome, pastoral treatment of an issue that is killing the spiritual life and vitality of the Christian church. Buy it, read it, you won't regret it (click on the picture to purchase a copy).
Thursday, November 17, 2011
I love this girl! She is so sweet, tenderhearted and affectionate. There is never a dull moment when Evie is around. She talks CONSTANTLY and Kyle and I are often impressed with her vocabulary. I love being able to have conversations with her and understand what is going on in her head. We are memorizing the childrens' shorter catechism using this book and that has prompted many good discussions about the things of God. We have been encouraged to see the fruit of discipline in Ev; she is much more compliant and obedient than she was a 6 months ago.
Evie is a great big sister. She adores Aletta and Judah is her best buddy. She calls herself my "big helper" and she especially likes to help me cook. Evelyn is Daddy's girl: she looks forward to any time she gets to spend with Kyle. Today she cried for about 15 minutes because she didn't come downstairs in time to get a hug from Daddy before he left for school.
Evie LOVES to "do school": she is constantly asking me to do school with her. I love that she loves to learn and I hope that that will continue for the rest of her life.
I could say a lot more but I think I will stop here for this month :)
Tuesday, November 15, 2011
* Taking a picture of your dog with photobooth is harder than you would think :)
- I LOVE staying home and caring for our children! It gives me great joy to be the one teaching and nurturing them everyday. I'm very grateful for this privilege! We have tons of fun together :)
- I started doing some preschool with Evie this year which has been great! We are doing the Timberdoodle preschool ciriculumm, supplemented with some bible, devotional and catechism material. Evie really enjoys this! Judah is usually doing some sort of "school" along with us. Since Ev just turned 3 this August, we plan on taking this preschool ciriculumm and spreading it out over the next two years. I think it will be good to ease into homeschooling mode :)
- I've been enjoying building deeper relationships with the women at church and finding ways to serve. I'm starting to really feel at "home" at First RP which is a huge blessing.
- I've been finding more time to read lately. I just finished Loving the Little Years: Motherhood in the Trenches (I hope to post a review of it in the next couple of days) and a book by Ian Duguid called Hero of Heroes (some devotional thoughts on the beatitudes). I have a long list of books that I'm working through :)
- I'm thankful to be feeling well physically! I feel better than I have in years (the children have been sleeping well, especially Aletta ;) ) I'm enjoying running on the treadmill most days. I find that this has helped my energy level a lot and it has been great to get back into shape after Aletta's birth.
- I continue to enjoy finding new ways to streamline housework/cooking and things of that nature. I'm growing in my love for organization...maybe that comes with having more kids.
- Well there are some updates. There is more I could write but I will leave it at this for now :)
Wednesday: Pizza Soup, Steamed Broccoli and Orange Wedges
Thursday: Imitation Chipotle Burritos, Chips and Spinach Salad
Friday: Date Night! (kids with Grandpa and Grandma)
Saturday: Mediterranean Chicken Flatbread Melts (my own creation) and Sweet Potato Casserole
Sunday: BBQ Chicken Sandwiches, Homemade French Fries, Spinach Salad and Apple Crisp (Guests)
Monday: Turkey Tenderloin Roast, Baked Potatoes and Steamed Veggies
Tuesday: Pepperoni and Pineapple Pizza and Applesauce
Wednesday: Teriyaki Chicken, Brown Rice and Skillet Corn
Friday, November 11, 2011
- Classes at PRTS - focusing on learning Greek and getting through those courses.
- Preaching both morning and evening services at First RP - He is going through Ephesians in the morning (on chapter 5) and he will be beginning a series on Lamentation this Sunday evening.
- Attending church session meetings - Good experience
- Leading a book study on "The Marrow of Modern Divinity" for church - Meets every other Sunday evening at our house. It has been great so far!
- Working a few hours each week at Reformation Heritage Books - He designs and sends out marketing emails. Also he does some stuff with Twitter as well.
- Being a Husband and Daddy - Since Kyle's parents moved to town we've been able to go out on monthly dates which has been wonderful! Kyle is a great daddy: I love seeing him interact with the kids!
Wednesday, November 9, 2011
Tuesday, November 8, 2011
That whole morning I kept having contractions about 10 minutes apart that were actually pretty intense. Kyle and I went on our 2 mile loop around our neighborhood 4 times that day :) At about 1:00 pm we were getting kind of discouraged. I was having painful enough contractions that I couldn't really focus on anything else but they weren't coming any closer together. At this point I decided to try to lay down and try to rest for a little while. I was able to fitfully sleep until about 3:00 pm. When I got up I decided to call my doctor and see if I could come in and at least get my cervix checked to see if any progress was being made.
We went in at 4:00 pm and I was 3 cm and 70 % effaced. The day before at my appointment I had been 2 cm and 30 % effaced so I had made a little progress. The doctor stripped my membranes again and we headed home to see what would happen. Once we got home my contractions intensified even more but stayed about 8 minutes apart. I just kept doing things around the house and taking care of the kids, stopping to focus when I had a contraction. At around 8:00 pm I was in the kitchen talking to my Mom and I had a contraction. My Mom kept talking and I kind of shortly told her to not talk to me. This signaled to her that my labor was getting pretty serious. She mentioned to Kyle that we might want to head to the hospital (we had been wanted to labor at home as long as we could).
In between contractions I put the kids to bed and finished packing my hospital bag. We left for the hospital at 8:45 pm. It is only a mile down the road so thankfully I didn't have a contraction on the way :) My contractions never got any closer together than 8 minutes which really threw me off. I was discouraged and thought I was still in early labor because of this. When we got to the hospital they put me in a triage room to check me and see if I could be admitted. The nurse checked me at about 9:15 pm and I was 6 cm with a bulging water bag. I was very excited to hear this! I was encouraged that all of these painful contractions had been accomplishing something. At this point Kyle called our friend Heidi (she was acting as our Doula) and told her she better head to the hospital. I kind of regret that we didn't call her earlier because she had a hour to drive, but it all turned out in the end.
I was admitted and taken up to my room at about 9:45. I was still having SUPER intense contractions every eight minutes. I was thankful to have a rest in between contractions but these were worse than the contractions I had with Evie when I was on Pitocin. I decided that I would really like an epidural (they are amazing btw) because we were past the point that it would make my labor stall. I had to get a full bag of fluids before they would give it me so I didn't get the epidural until about 10:30 pm (just shortly after Heidi arrived). I was SOO thankful once the epidural kicked in. I was exhausted from being up the night before and having such intense contractions. Heidi, Kyle and I were able to talk and relax a bit until I was ready to push.
At about 11:10 pm my water broke and they noticed that there was meconium in the water. Because of this there were a few extra nurses present when Aletta was born. Also there were several students that asked to observe because they don't see VBACs very often. Anyway I started pushing at about 11:20 pm and our baby girl was born at 11:37 pm. I was very pleased with how everything turned out. The Lord was very good to us! I'm super thankful to have been able to have a successful VBAC. The recovery this time was so much easier than with Judah. Aletta had to have some deep suction done because of the meconium in the water but otherwise she didn't have any problems. She weighed 6 pounds 7 ounces and was 18.5 inches long.
Our little baby is so precious. She is very happy and content most of the time. Aletta is a great sleeper: usually sleeping from around 9 pm to 6 am. This is a huge blessing! I feel better than I have in a long time. Aletta is very smiley and she just laughed for the first time last week :) Her brother and sister adore her! She keeps pretty entertained during the day sitting in her bouncy seat and watching Evie and Judah. It's hard to believe that before too long she will be playing right alongside them :)
Monday, November 7, 2011
Tuesday: Lasagna, Garlic Bread and Frozen Veggies
Wednesday: Honey Chicken Stir Fry, Applesauce
Thursday: Calzones, Spinach Salad and Fruit
Friday: Buffalo Chicken Wraps
Saturday: Shepherd's Pie and Applesauce
Sunday: Chicken Tortilla Soup and Cornbread
Monday, October 10, 2011
Tuesday: Chicken and Spinach Pasta Bake, Bread and Salad
Wednesday: Creamy Crock Pot Chicken, Brown Rice and Salad
Thursday: Manicotti, Bread and Spinach Salad
Friday: Date Night!
Saturday: Homemade Pizza
Sunday: Church Fellowship Meal (bringing White Chicken Chili and Spinach Salad)
Monday, October 3, 2011
Tuesday: Homemade Pizza and Spinach Salad
Wednesday: Bacon Cheeseburger Chicken, Sweet Potatoes and Fruit
Thursday: Corn Chowder, Cornbread and Salad
Friday: Teriyaki Chicken, Brown Rice and Spinach Salad
Saturday: Adam's Birthday Party (bringing this to share)
Sunday: BBQ Chicken over Baked Potatoes, Salad
Sunday, August 7, 2011
Monday, August 1, 2011
Tuesday: Dinner at M & R's
Wednesday: Homemade Pizza, Applesauce and Spinach Salad
Thursday: Imitation Chipotle Burritos, Chips & Salsa, Salad
Friday: 3 Cheese Chicken Spinach Pasta Bake, Garlic Bread and Steamed Broccoli
Saturday: Chicken Bacon Melts, Homemade Fries, Mixed Veggies
Sunday: Baked Beans, Cornbread and Salad
Monday: Orange Chicken, Brown Rice and Spinach Salad
Saturday, July 9, 2011
Tuesday, July 5, 2011
Monday, July 4, 2011
Tuesday: Egg Salad Sandwiches and Fruit
Wednesday: Baked Beans, Cornbread and Apple Slices
Thursday: Apple Harvest Chicken Salad
Friday: Dinner with Friends
Saturday: Imitation Chipotle Burritos, Chips & Salsa, Salad
Sunday: Fellowship Dinner at Church (bringing Creamed Corn and a Dessert)
Monday, June 27, 2011
Tuesday: Baked Ziti, Steamed Broccoli & Carrots, Garlic Bread
Wednesday: Gourmet Grilled Cheese, Apple Slices and Sweet Corn
Thursday: Chicken Alfredo Pizza and Spinach Salad
Friday: Tacos, Refried Beans and Chips & Salsa
Saturday: Poppy Seed Chicken and Asparagus, Applesauce and Salad
Sunday: Pork Roast, Garlic Mashed Potatoes, Spinach Salad
Sunday, June 26, 2011
Thursday, June 23, 2011
Wednesday, June 22, 2011
Tuesday, June 21, 2011
Wednesday: Pepperoni and Pineapple Pizza, Salad
Thursday: Artichoke Chicken over Egg Noodles, Salad, Applesauce
Friday: Beef Enchiladas, Skillet Corn and Fruit
Saturday: Grill out with Friends
Sunday: Oriental Chicken Salad, Sweet Dinner Rolls
Wednesday, June 1, 2011
Thursday, May 26, 2011
Saturday- Burgers, Fries and Sweet Corn
Sunday- Gourmet Macaroni and Cheese & Salad
Monday- Sour Cream Chicken, Brown Rice and Salad
Tuesday- Black Bean and Rice Enchiladas
Wednesday- Artichoke Chicken over Egg noodles, Salad
Thursday- Breakfast for Dinner
Friday- Salmon with Creamy Dill Sauce, Brown Rice and Veggie
Saturday- BBQ Chicken Pizza
Sunday- Sweet and Sour Chicken over Brown Rice
Wednesday, April 27, 2011
Saturday, April 2, 2011
We have decided to name her Aletta Louise Borg. Aletta was the name of Herman Witsius's (Kyle's favorite theologian) wife. She is renowned for being a very godly and devoted wife. Louise is my my middle name as well as my Moms.
We didn't get any good pictures from the ultrasound. In fact, we really didn't see much besides the sex. Aletta was kind of tucked in a corned laying upside down and the placenta was in the way. Because of this, I have to go back on the 15th for another ultrasound so that they can get the rest of the measurements that they need. Hopefully we will get some good photos then. If we do I will make sure to post a couple :)
Well that's all for now. A week from today our little Judah turns one!
Tuesday, March 22, 2011
Monday, March 21, 2011
Monday, February 14, 2011
Tuesday: Pepperoni and Pineapple Pizza, Applesauce, Salad
Wednesday: Corn Chowder with Chilies, Cornbread, Salad
Thursday: Dinner at Michael and Rachel's
Friday: Poppy Seed Chicken and Asparagus, Applesauce, Salad
Saturday: Beef Roast, Baked Potatoes, Salad
Sunday: BBQ Beef Sandwiches, French Fries, Salad
Monday: Gourmet Macaroni and Cheese, Salad
Thursday, February 10, 2011
Saturday, February 5, 2011
It was really a simple question, yet I found myself grappling for an answer. If the Lord commanded you to keep one day in seven as completely set apart for him, would you even want it? That's the question a friend posed to me a couple years ago. Don't let the weight of that question fall on deaf ears, and don't give it a hasty response. A question of that magnitude deserves a truthful answer, no matter how much it might hurt. Maybe you don't find that to be a hard question. Perhaps you can sincerely respond with the affirmative. If so, I'm glad for you, I really am. Or maybe you're like me, and this question betrays your true sentiments and exposes the remnants of Adam's fallen nature. Would I even want it?
Let's face it, many of us simply wouldn't want a day like that. The idea of spending the whole day worshiping God in public and private doesn't excite us. Taking time to read and study God's Word both corporately, in the family, and in the closet doesn't really satisfy our hunger for entertainment—especially when the Packers and Steelers are playing the Superbowl. Admit it, when God makes demands on our schedule we'd sooner be that child who throws a temper-tantrum crying “It's my day!” or “It's my time!” or “It's my schedule!” then the compliant child who joyfully obeys his Father. I know it's not a definitive argument but it's a good place to start when you come to examine the Scripture's teaching on the Lord's Day. So as you approach this question, for the good of your own soul, be honest with yourself. Would I even want it?
I'm a Reformed Presbyterian, and as such I believe our Confession of Faith rightly divides the Word of truth. The church within my tradition, despite her horrible practices of late, has always believed we should honor the Lord's Day. Unfortunately, the Reformed conviction has not won the day in mainstream American Christianity. There is, among many evangelicals, a prevailing spirit of Dispensationalism. Dispensationalism, in my mind, introduces too much discontinuity between the Old and New Testaments. This same error is now being advocated in Baptistic circles especially in New Covenant Theology. It's true that Israel had some laws that were established only for a season and a time. Now that Christ has ascended to the right hand of the Father, those ordinances have ceased because they found their fulfillment in him. But this is simply not true in regards to the Ten Commandments, which have a perpetual character because they reflect the immutable moral will of God. You'll notice as well that the fourth commandment points us back to creation, its original institution, and points us forward to our eternal sabbath rest. This alone tells us that it transcends the temporary character of the ceremonial laws.
It's not my aim to make a defense of Sabbath keeping, nor to work through the issues it raises. Those are important questions, but before one addresses those one needs to address the sinfulness of their own heart. Natural man and remaining sin are always seeking to worship the creature rather than the Creator. In my opinion this is painstakingly evident in the way Christians view the fourth commandment. We're Americans, and Americans tend to worship their schedule. Sure, every Calvinist I know makes God sovereign in salvation, but sovereign over how I spend the days of my week—no thanks! This is exacerbated when you consider the theological sympathies of our own day, which is continually leaning, in some ways, towards a spirit of lawlessness and getting rid of the relevance of the Old Testament. It's a sad day when confessing Christians exchange the wisdom and goodness of God, both which are at play in designing a Sabbath rest for humanity, and seek to be wiser than he.
I agree that we need to always tread carefully between offending the liberty of conscience on the one hand, and transgressing God's holy law on the other. This is why a question like this must be wrestled with and dealt with. If keeping the Sabbath is no longer relevant then Reformed Christians had better rethink their entire law/gospel paradigm. If it's still binding then the majority of Christians and churches in our land had better earnestly seek repentance. William Symington once cautioned “Our object should not be to have Scripture on our side but to be on the side of Scripture; and however dear any sentiment may have become by doing long entertained, so soon as it is seen to be contrary to the Bible, we must be prepared to abandon it without hesitation.” Are you willing to do that? Even if it means not watching the Superbowl? Even if it means rearranging your entire weekly schedule so as not to be burdened on the Lord's Day? Even if it means say no when the rest of the world is saying yes?
Thursday, January 27, 2011
- Classes started this week for Kyle. This semester he is taking: Anthropology, Greek, Practice Preaching, Prolegomena and a Homiletics course. And auditing the Theology of Aquinas and Lutheran Orthodoxy.
- Kyle has also undertaken permanent pulpit supply through June at a local RPCNA congregation. He will be preaching both morning and evening every Lord's day (under the mentorship of one of his professors, Dr. Vandoodewaard) and attending session meetings. We are very thankful for this opportunity for him to gain experience preaching.
- The church posts all of his sermons online. Here is the link if you are interested :)
- In addition to classes and preaching, Kyle is working Wednesdays at Reformation Heritage Books.
- Today I'm 11 weeks pregnant! I've been pretty tired and nauseous, as I expect to be in the first trimester, but thankfully the kids have started sleeping in later and have been taking a nap at the same time. It helps immensely knowing that I can get a nap in if I need too. Next Friday is my first prenatal appointment. I'm seeing the same group of midwives that I did with Judah; they were great! I'm really hoping and praying that I can have a VBAC (vaginal birth after cesarean) this time.
- I'm really looking forward, Lord willing, to hearing this little baby's heartbeat next week. That has to be one if the best sounds in the whole world!
- Otherwise I'm continuing to enjoy life as a stay at home mom/wife. As exhausting as it can be, it has to be the best "job" ever. I'm so thankful to be able to do it. I love seeing Ev and Judah grow and learn new things.
- Ev is almost 2 1/2 and is talking up a storm. It is so fun to hear her little voice jabbering around the house and to hear her thoughts on everything. She definitely brings a lot of joy to our home! With her becoming more vocal it has been very rewarding to have some deeper talks with her about spiritual things and to hear her pray.
- She recently discovered that she loves singing; we've spent some time in the last couple of weeks teaching her a bunch of songs.
- Evie is a very affectionate little girl, very quick to give hugs, kisses and say "I love you!".
- Evelyn loves being a big sister and spends a lot of time each day playing with Judah. She has just grasped the fact that she is going to be a big sister again and is very excited.
- Judah is our smiley happy little man. He is pretty laid back; enjoying life as an almost ten month old. He loves sitting on the floor playing toys with Evie. It's fun that the two of them can actually play together now.
- He is walking around furniture and standing on his own. Maybe he will be walking in the somewhat near future...
- Judah is a great sleeper which is a blessing.
- He is eating more finger foods lately and doesn't seem to be very picky in what he will eat.
- Judah can often be found following me around the house saying, "mamamamamama." It's pretty endearing :)
- Is the size of a fig this week and measures about an inch and a half long.