Conversation with Caleb

Caleb and I had this conversation tonight:

Caleb: Where do people go when they die?

Me: People who follow and love Jesus go to Heaven.  People who don’t go to hell.

C: What’s hell like?

Me: A very bad place where the devil lives.  Nothing good happens there, but lucky for us, we love Jesus, so we’ll go to Heaven.

C:  What’s Heaven like?

Me:  It’s awesome.  Full of every wonderful thing you can imagine.

C: How do you get there?

Me: Love and follow Jesus.

C:  No, I mean, how do you get there when you die?

Me: Jesus comes down and takes you up there.

C:  He can fly?

Me:  Yes.

C: Does he have a short cape or a long cape?

Me:  He does not need a cape.  He can do anything.

Matthew 18:3- I tell you the truth: Unless you change and become like a little child, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven.”

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Random Dozen and Just Some Random

I started working out yesterday (again). Luke is 4 months old, and with both my other kids, I had lost my baby weight by then. I am ten pounds away. Considering I gained some A LOT of weight during my pregnancy, ten pounds is not bad.  But, my regular clothes still do not fit, and I’d like to not have to buy anymore new clothes.  Anyway, I am happy about working out, but I still cannot find it in me to believe those people who say working out gives you more energy.  Because, I am tired!

So instead of a life update, here is the Random Dozen from The Lid.

1. Would you rather host party or simply attend a party?

Host.  I enjoy being in my home, and I especially love preparing for guests.  Being able to open my home to serve and bless others is a joy to me.  However, during the last year or so, I have been SO thankful for friends who open their home to me.  So I also really enjoy attending a party, especially when life is crazy!

2. Tell us about the most memorable party you’ve been to.

I have been to a lot of fun, memorable parties in my life!  I would have to say my wedding was a pretty fun party!

3. What is one thing you hope for in the after-life?

Meeting my amazing Lord Jesus…in a place where “death is just a memory and tears are no more”  (“You’re Beautiful” by Phil Wickham).

4. What do you enjoy most about sunshine?

I have a pep in my step when the sun shines.  It makes life more cheerful and fun!

5. When you attend a bridal/baby shower, do you prefer to bring your own gift or chip in with others to buy a larger gift?

I do not really have a preference.  If I am just buying off of the registry, I will do either.  If I have a specific gift idea that is more personal and thoughtful, I like to give my own.

6. Would you rather have a FREE week of having your house cleaned or all of your meals cooked for you and your family?

No question.  Cook.   Of all my daily responsibilities, cooking is my absolute least favorite.

7. What song describes your mood today?

I’m way too tired to come up with something thoughtful.

8. What is something you received for your own bridal shower/wedding that you still own or use? (If you are not married, feel free to sub a gift you received a long time ago.)

There are quite a few things I still use.  Probably my most favorite item is a set of tea towels my babysitter (growing up) embroidered for me.  My babysitter was more like a grandma to me.  She watched us after school for as long as I can remember (I think she started when I was 3).  I always admired her craftiness, so it was really cool to get the tea towels from her at my wedding shower.  She also gave me a can of Chef Boyardee Ravioli, because I ate that everday for lunch in Kindergarten (I only went for 1/2 day).  Fun memory!

9. Your favorite flavor of ice cream is?

I actually do not really like ice cream, but if I eat it, I pretty much am a vanilla girl.

10. When was the last time you felt “tested?”

This transition time in our life has been quite testing.  Brett’s health has been bad for about 2 months.  Selling our home was taxing.  And now, leaving the place I have called home for my adult life (because college does not count as adult life) is pretty tough.  Though I know God has great things in store, it’s still hard.


11. “[Fill in the blank] is a food that once I start eating I find really hard to stop.”

Chips and Salsa.  Yummy!

12. “—–” is the best motivation.

The Word of God (and clothes not fitting)

Luke Weston Williams

My amazing third born….

At birth….
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One month….
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Two months….
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Three months….
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Four months….
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My boy is so sweet and precious.  I love my baby!!

Promised Pictures

I recently watched a video of a woman who spoke of raising children.  The thing she misses most about those days is the gift of the perfectly ordinary day.  Our days have not been filled with big events, but rather, we have been enjoying some perfectly ordinary (i.e. crazy and fun) days around here. 

Chloe wanted to go swimming.  This is how we roll in Kansas.  (She was quite content with her swimming pool.)
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All of my kids!!  I love them!
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Just hanging with mom….
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Luke
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Caleb running
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The pink princess
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Chloe “reading” to Luke
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Our neighborhood has a block party almost every weekend
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Blog….to….Print

I just found out you can upload your blog to a website that turns it into a book.  Well, I remember hearing about this a long time ago but I forgot until now.

I uploaded it just to see what it would be like.  And I realize that I have severely lacked in the picture department as of late.  I have always printed my own blog, and when I transfer it to Word, the pictures get deleted.  So I just simply stopped posting as many pictures.  Which is a giant bummer because pictures make the blog book way cuter.  I think I will spend some time tomorrow uploading pictures of recent happenings.  You know, things like the birth of my 3rd child.  Or ones of my kids who, consequently, are growing up way too fast.  Just tonight, my two older kids each went upstairs, picked out matching jammas (pj’s), got dressed, and watched a movie together.  (Chloe did not watch the whole thing.  She would diaper her babies from time to time.)

With our upcoming move to Florida, I feel like I have had little time to do anything but clean and show our house.  We showed our house 43 times before getting an acceptable contract (which ended up being lower than the first contract, but we did not feel a peace with the first contract….so I guess that’s life).  Did I mention we showed our house 43 times in 10 weeks?  With three young children?  God told me at the beginning that His grace would be sufficient.  Sure enough it was, because how else would I have survived that experience??

But our house is under contract.  We are praying it goes through!!  With so much riding on the sale, we are nervous but hopeful.  Of course, we have to find a home in Florida.  We go in a few weeks to do just that.  Brett and I have decided to rent for a year to get a better feel for the area and hopefully get a great deal on a foreclosure/short sale.

Luke turns 4 months old tomorrow.  Which I am not quite sure how that happened so fast.  He is still an amazing baby.  He generally wakes up once during the night, which is very nice.  He smiles all the time and is content almost always (he only fusses when he’s tired).  He rolls over (both ways) and loves to laugh at his older siblings.  I am loving every moment of his babyhood.  Having a third child was the best decision.  He joined our family so easily, and he is just a delight.  I could not have asked for a better/easier baby.

Caleb is all boy.  He loves to wrestle, play guns, knights/pirates, etc.  He adores all superheroes, as well as Star Wars guys (though he has not actually ever watched any of the movies).  I am so proud of my little man.  He has such a tender heart and plays with older boys (our neighbor invited him over the other day…his first time on a play date without me).  Caleb wonders why people do not realize he is actually 7 and a 1/2.  :).  He is such a gentleman:  he tells me I am the best mommy in the world and tells Chloe when she looks really cute.  He told me just yesterday that he does not want to marry any other girls except Chloe.  Caleb is a protector….he hates it when Chloe gets in trouble or does not listen.  He also likes to tell on her, so it is kind of a funny dichotomy.  The reason he does that is because Brett puts him in charge as the man of the house when he’s gone, so Caleb translates that to he and I are in charge of Chloe and Luke.  Caleb is the most awesome boy.  He just warms my heart.  He has become so much more outgoing and loves to spend time with friends.  He prays for his friends each night.  Just being around Caleb makes me happy.  He is so considerate and sweet, yet masculine.

Chloe is still as cute and spunky as ever.  She overflows with joy and loves to make us laugh.  She is really shy in public, but at home, she is so entertaining.  She loves to dance and sing.  She always raises her arms, closes her eyes, and turns in circles when she is singing.  Very cute.  Chloe still does not really enjoy listening, but at least she disobeys in style :).  Chloe’s love language has to be physical touch because she likes to be held, carried, hugged, and loved on.  She would be quite content to be held all day.  It makes me laugh when she asks me to “hold her like a baby”.  Chloe has the best heart and is so fun to be around.  She says the funniest things and loves all people.  I just smile when I think about her.  I know she is going to be an amazing woman of faith and prayer.  She loves Jesus and sings to Him a lot.  She is also the first to pray for everything.  Chloe is definitely still a Daddy’s girl….she adores that man…I could not be more proud of that.  She loves being beautiful, and Brett truly delights in his little girl.  Chloe is our sweet little princess.

We only have about 4 weeks left as Kansans.  That is so hard to believe.  I am very sad to be leaving my friends and home.  I am sentimentally tied to this home because it was the first place I visited Brett when we were dating, my first home as a new wife, and I brought home all of my babies (so far) to this place.  I know I will still have the memories when I go, but just visually looking around and thinking how much Brett and I have changed within these walls is so wonderful.  I love my life here in Kansas.  While I know God has a great new life prepared for me, it is hard to say goodbye.

I am excited to keep up my blog (hopefully) and tell of our Florida adventures.  I plan to print off my blog after my last Kanas entry.  I figure that’s a good time to do that.  Maybe I will start a new blog once I become a Floridian.

My family!