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My sweet family on my 25th birthday.  Twenty five was a pretty sweet year, and I am so excited to be entering into my twenty sixth year as a family of three. 🙂

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Sweet family!

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And sweet friends..

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The sweetest husband and father. 🙂

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so tiny!

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First night home!

2 years and our little family is growing!

This past year has flown by, and God has used both the joys and difficulties to grow us in so many ways! God has been so faithful to us and our marriage and we look forward to another year together filled with His grace!

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We are especially thankful, and so overjoyed that the Lord has chosen to bless us with a child! 🙂 His ways are perfect.

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Baby Smith is due January 6th, 2014!

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How sweet and aweful

What precious truths!

http://sovereigngracemusic.bandcamp.com/track/how-sweet-and-aweful-is-the-place

How sweet and aweful is the place
With Christ within the doors
While everlasting love displays
The choicest of her stores

While all our hearts and all our songs
Join to admire the feast
Each of us cry with thankful tongues
“Lord, why was I a guest?”

“Why was I made to hear Thy voice
And enter while there’s room
When thousands make a wretched choice
And rather starve than come?”

’Twas the same love that spread the feast
That sweetly drew us in
Else we had still refused to taste
And perished in our sin

Pity the nations, O our God
Constrain the earth to come
Send Thy victorious Word abroad
And bring the strangers home

We long to see Thy churches full
That all the chosen race
May with one voice and heart and soul
Sing Thy redeeming grace

September highlights

1. Our nephew Silas was born!- 10 days early.   We got to go visit our brother and sister and meet Silas this past weekend.  He is so precious and we are praising God for his life!

2. Discovered that the radio program “Revive our hearts” posts all of its programming for downloading/listening online.  I am so encouraged by Nancy Leigh DeMoss and have been devouring the series ‘The Counter-Cultural Woman: A Fresh Look at Proverbs 31’.

http://www.reviveourhearts.com/resource-library/Programs/p/Revive%20Our%20Hearts/series/The%2520Counter-Cultural%2520Woman%253A%2520A%2520Fresh%2520Look%2520at%2520Proverbs%252031/

3. I am eagerly anticipating the arrival of two books I ordered-

There’s no place like home by Mary Larmoyeux and Ethan Pope and

Biblical Womanhood in the home by Nancy Leigh DeMoss

4. Tried several recipes this month the best being this easy Oatmeal Apple Crisp- http://allrecipes.com/recipe/apple-oatmeal-crisp/

& Pioneer Woman’s Restaurant style Salsa- http://thepioneerwoman.com/cooking/2010/01/restaurant-style-salsa/. So delicious and so cheap- 6$ for over 6 cups of Salsa and whatever you don’t use you can just freeze!

5.) I finally made a framed chalkboard for our kitchen with the help and input of my sweet husband.  I purchased a large picture frame at Michael’s when they were 55% off (score!) and the Martha Stewart brand chalkboard paint- which I would not recommend for bigger surfaces like the 20×24 inch surface I was trying to paint.

Nick’s artistry 🙂

Frame painted with Behr’s Spa

6. Got to go on a day trip to the zoo with the family I nanny for today- complete  with 1 minivan, 3 adults, 3 children, lots of caffeine, 1 Bojangles run, 1 trip to Chick-fil- a, 1 stop at Hobby Lobby, minimal grumbling, and lots of animals! Some favorites from the day:

Angry bird.

blurry but he got so close to us!

that face.

Mama gorilla carrying baby on her back. 🙂

Second family 🙂

The internet and my soul

I have been really encouraged and convicted by the Girltalk blog’s (http://www.girltalkhome.com/)  series Our connected heart.  I am working through reading it and this particular article hit home.  Although I do not get on the computer in the mornings on weekdays and by God’s grace often see my need for Christ when I wake up,  throughout the day I can find myself stuffing my soul with ‘small’ things ruining my appetite for the great.

http://www.girltalkhome.com/blog/first-things

To read from the beginning click on ‘Current Series’ under the title.

One year of nannying full-time

I am coming up on one year of nannying full-time and the little girl I nanny for is coming up on one year of life!! I am so thankful for this ‘job’– and everything I have learned from it!  The family I nanny for has really become part of our family and I have learned so much from them! I am so thankful for all 5 of them and the means of God’s mercy and grace they have been to me!

Some pics from a day in the life of an almost one year old:

The makings of a good morning…

 

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