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Friday, December 23, 2011

Aletta: 4 months

Aletta is our little precious. She continues to be very happy and laid back. I just started putting her in her Johnny Jump Up this week and she loves it! She can now roll from her tummy to her back and has very good control of her head. Aletta is still sleeping and eating well. We really enjoy this baby! She goes in for her 4 month appointment after Christmas; I'm curious to see what she weighs.

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Saturday, December 17, 2011

Menu: December 19 - December 25

Monday: Three Cheese Manicotti, Rolls, Steamed Broccoli and Applesauce (Company)

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

Sunday: Leftovers

Monday, December 12, 2011

Menu: December 12 - December 19

* This past week was a little crazy and we didn't get to some of the meals I had scheduled. Some of these are carried over from last week.

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

Saturday, December 10, 2011

Friday, December 9, 2011

Judah Scotty - 20 months

Judah is 20 months today! He is still a little younger than Evelyn was when he was born...that is kind of weird to think about. He has mastered the stairs; going down safely on his tummy. Judah and Evie enjoy playing in their room upstairs together and it is nice to not have to worry about him falling down the stairs (our stairs are very steep).
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

Menu: December 1-December 11

Thursday: Chipotle Burritos, Chips and Salad

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: 3 months

Our baby girl is three months old today! She is such a joy and a wonderful addition to our family. Aletta (also known as Lettie Lou Who, Letta Lou and Ayetta Douise (Ev's name for her) ) is a very happy and content baby. She is often satisfied to sit in her bouncy seat and watch her crazy siblings. It's hard to believe that before too long she will be running around with them.
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

Menu: November 22 - November 30

Tuesday: Burritos, Chips and Salad

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

Day of Worship: Reassessing the Christian Life in Light of the Sabbath

"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

Evelyn: 39 months

It is my plan to give an update on each of the kids once a month. So here goes Evie's update :)

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

Update: Huckie

So Kyle informed me that I needed to give an update on here it goes. Huck is his same annoying self...he sheds all over my house, knocks over our kids, steals their food and drools all over. Besides that he is great. No really, Huck is loved. Judah ADORES his dog and Huck is very good with the kids. I'm happy that the kids will grow up with a dog. I'm not really a dog person but I do like Huck. He is almost 2 1/2 now so he is mellowing out a bit which I am thankful for.

* Taking a picture of your dog with photobooth is harder than you would think :)

Update: Rachel

Here are some of the things going on in my life:
- I am enjoying growing as a wife/mother/homemaker. I've been learning more and more what it means to rely on the strength of the Lord each day and not my own. This has been very good for me! I'm so thankful for the sanctifying work of the Spirit.

- 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 :)

Menu: November 15 - 23

Tuesday: Shepherd's Pie (didn't get to this last week), applesauce

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

Update: Kyle

Kyle is currently keeping busy with:
  • 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!
I'm very thankful for all the work that Kyle does so that I am able to stay home and take care of the children/home.

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Judah Scott-19 months

Our little man is 19 months today! He is such a character and fills our home with a lot of laughter and volume :) Judah walk/runs very well and is getting more proficient at stairs. Reading books and playing outside are Judah's favorite things to do. He says a few words here and there but mostly communicates in grunts. I am VERY excited for him to be able to talk. Judah loves his sisters! He and Evie are best friends and spend their days playing together.

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Aletta has Arrived! (a few months ago ;) )

Aletta Louise Borg was born at 11:37 pm on August 24, 2011. The first contractions started just after midnight on the 24th. By 3:30 am I woke Kyle up to let him know that I was having contractions painful enough that I couldn't sleep. Around 5:30 am we went for a walk around our block to try to keep things moving. We were facing a scheduled C section that Friday if Aletta hadn't arrived by then. Because I had a C section with Judah (he was breech) they wouldn't induce me and the doctor was worried about letting me go too far past my due date (Aletta was born 11 days late).
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.
He is such a good Daddy :)
Evie and Judah came to the hospital the next morning to meet Aletta! They loved her right away :)
Sometimes its hard to believe that we have three children. They are such blessings!
Aletta at about 1 week.
Four weeks!
10 weeks!
Aletta today (11 weeks tomorrow!)
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

Menu: November 7-13

Monday: Chipotle Casserole, Chips and Spinach Salad

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

Menu: October 10-16

Monday: Leftovers

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

Menu: October 3 - October 9

Monday: Cheeseburger Flatbread Melts, Spinach Salad and Fruit

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

39 weeks, 1 Day...

I figured it was about time for a pic :)

Monday, August 1, 2011

Menu: August 1 - August 8

Monday: Oriental Chicken Salad and Bread

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

Judah:15 Months

The little man is 15 months old today! He is running all over the place and understanding more and more everyday. He says Mama, Dada, Kitty, Dog, Hello, Goodbye, Clock and Bekah. He is sleeping very very well which is great; usually 12 hours straight at night as well as a 2-2 1/2 hour nap at the same time as Ev in the afternoon. He is 100% boy and we are so thankful that he is part of our family. I'm looking forward to seeing how he does as a big brother :)

Daddy Date Time!

Kyle and Evie just left to go on a Daddy date tonight. They are going out to Applebee's for dinner and then headed to the park to play :)
We had one excited little girl!
Ah I love these too! She is growing up so fast!

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Aletta Update: 34 Weeks

I had another routine growth ultrasound this morning. Thankfully everything with Aletta looks great; she is growing well and her head is down very low with her spine on top. According to the ultrasound measurements she weighs about 4 lbs 10 oz currently (almost as big as Ev was when she was born). I see the OB next week and will update then if there is anything new to report. Oh and for those of you who have been asking I will try to get a belly pic posted soon :)

Monday, July 4, 2011

Menu: July 4-July 10

Monday: Artichoke Chicken over Egg Noodles, Spinach Salad, Applesauce

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

Menu: June 27-July 3

Monday: Szechwan Shrimp with Stir Fry Veggies and Brown Rice

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

June 26, 2011

Ev all ready for church wearing her new dress from Grandma Lisa.

Thursday, June 23, 2011

June 23rd, 2011

Evie fell asleep during family prayer time

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

June 22nd, 2011

Oh ya know, just Judah and Rapunzel

Ev's favorite fashion

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Menu: June 21 - June 26

Tuesday: Chicken & Broccoli Casserole, Spinach Salad & Fruit

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

Aletta-29 weeks

I had another ultrasound yesterday to monitor Aletta's growth and thankfully all is well! It was fun to see her again :) Good news is that she is currently head down (more than we could ever say for her brother ;)) and weighs in at around 2 lbs 11 oz. Everything is looking good; less than 3 months to go!

Another pic of Aletta's "beautiful feet" according to Ev :)

Thursday, May 26, 2011

Menu Time: May 27 -June 5

Friday - Cobb Salad, Bread & Fruit

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

Aletta Louise Borg

These ultrasound pics were taken at 23 weeks; ah look at her little face :)

Saturday, April 2, 2011

Pregnancy Update

Today marks 21 weeks! Things are going well and thankfully I'm feeling pretty good for the most part. We had our anatomy scan ultrasound on Friday and found out that we are expecting another little girl! I would have been thrilled with either a boy or a girl, but I'm very excited to have a baby girl again. I think it will be super fun for Evie to have a sister and Judah will get to remain Daddy's main man :) Another plus is that she will be able to use Evie's old clothes: they both will have August birthdays.

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

March 22, 2011

Organizing books together :)

Monday, March 21, 2011

March 21, 2011

I'm going to attempt to resume our photo of the day... we will see how long it lasts this time :)

Monday, February 14, 2011

Menu: February 14 - February 21

Monday: Orange Chicken over Rice, Salad

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

Judah is 10 Months!

Yesterday our little man turned 10 months old! We love him so much and are very thankful to have him as a part of our family.
Lately he is gnawing on everything. Judah has two bottom teeth and I is working on the top too.

Saturday, February 5, 2011

Overcoming the Obstacles

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

Borg Family Update

I realize that it has been a LONG time since I posted an update of what has been going on here at the Borg household. So I plan to remedy that is bullet points below (I think that will be the easiest way :)).

  • 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.

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Evie's First Daddy Date

Kyle took Evie on her first Daddy date last night. He had been talking it up for about a week so needless to say we had a VERY excited little girl. Evie and I went to Walmart and picked out a special new dress for her to wear on her date (she actually picked it out herself :)). Kyle bought Ev two pink Gerber daises (she is really into flowers lately) to celebrate. Their date consisted of going to the play place at the mall, eating some m&ms, going to Toys R Us (she got the spend the rest of her Christmas money) and then going to Wendy's for a kid's meal. At Toys R Us Evie chose to get a big stuffed monkey that makes monkey noises when you squeeze its tummy; she has named it cowboy :) The night was a success! Kyle plans on taking Ev on a Daddy date every 3 or 4 months. I really love watching them together; it melts my heart :) I'm very thankful for the earthly example that Kyle strives to provide Evie of her heavenly Father.
Silly Girl!