Saturday, April 23, 2011

Easter Reminder

A friend posted this on her blog this morning, and I thought it was such a poignant reminder of this weekend: Easter weekend. While yes, the guitar arrangement is beautiful and I don't think I've heard a much better singer than Carrie Underwood, just listen to the words...
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How Great Thou Art Hymn

Lord my God! When I in awesome wonder
Consider all the works thy hand hath made,
I see the stars, I hear the mighty thunder,
Thy power throughout the universe displayed;

Then sings my soul, my Saviour God, to Thee,
How great Thou art, how great Thou art!
Then sings my soul, my Saviour God, to Thee,
How great Thou art, how great Thou art!

When through the woods and forest glades I wander
and hear the birds sing sweetly in the trees;
when I look down from lofty mountain grandeur,
and hear the brook, and feel he gentle breeze;


And when I think that God his son not sparing,
Sent him to die - I scarce can take it in,
That on the cross my burden gladly bearing,
He bled and died to take away my sin:


When Christ shall come with shout of acclamation
And take me home- what joy shall fill my heart!
Then I shall bow in humble adoration
And there proclaim, my God, how great thou art!

Then sings my soul, my Saviour God, to Thee,
How great Thou art, how great Thou art!
Then sings my soul, my Saviour God, to Thee,
How great Thou art, how great Thou art!

I can't help but listen to this song with tears in my eyes. Thanks, Sara, so the awesome reminder of what we are truly celebrating Easter morning.

Thursday, April 21, 2011


Our church campus is currently renting a facility on Sunday mornings, so when we go to church on Wednesday mornings, we end up going to the same church that I volunteer at for MOPS. Therefore, every other Tuesday morning and every Wednesday morning, I get to hear two little voices scream from the back seat, "There's the big apple!" as we pass by a local apple orchard and shop. And yes, out front they have a very large apple that the kids were just dying to get out of the car and visit. We finally stopped (again - they've been there before, trust me) and checked out the orchard the other day. Of course, I wasn't really planning on stopping, so all I had on me for pictures was my cell phone, so beware, not-so-great pictures ahead!

We went inside for a donut and apple cider (only $1 because it's their 100th year!) and had to take a quick potty break and came across this cool old car/truck.

We had a lot of fun just running around outside for a little while on a not-totally-freezing-or-down-pouring day this week.

Monday, April 18, 2011

Praise and Worship - Meyers Style

I caught these videos on the way home from church yesterday, while the kids were singing their hearts out to Jesus (along with their VeggieTales Praise and Worship CD). While I probably won't encourage them to pursue a career as a musical artist, I certainly love hearing them singing to Jesus now - even off key and at the top of their lungs. Enjoy.

Jayce singing "Thy Word"


Grayson singing, "Better is One Day"


Thursday, April 14, 2011

Just a Sample

I don't have the time to sit down and publish a whole blog about all the stuff we've been doing around here, bunk beds included, so I thought I'd just show you a couple of pictures...

The boys really like helping to pull the painters tape off the stairs when I was done painting them.
Jeremy and the boys with the finished bunk beds!
We have the kitchen walls finished with painting. Please ignore the soon-to-be-replaced ugly flooring and the leftover tape. I love having a pop of color in my domain.
We pulled down the baby border we had put up when this room was a "baby" room, and touched up the paint and then we put sports themed stickers all over their walls. The boys loved helping with that part!
There will certainly be more to come!

Saturday, April 2, 2011

{Our} April Resolution

I have to admit, I did not do as well as I would have liked for my March resolution. I only got 3 of the books I listed read, although I did read a "fun" book and I started and got about halfway through Rob Bell's new book, Love Wins. My library hold was honored much sooner than I anticipated. Don't ask me what I think of it yet. I really don't know. I've been doing a pretty good job keeping up with the housework schedule I gave myself in February, although a big part of that is nesting, I'm thinking. Also, I'm about 3 or 4 days behind on my bible reading, but I'm keeping up with that too. Now, on to this month!
Last week, we purchased wood, paint, and other needed tools to make the bunk beds! So, while Jeremy was away yesterday working hard on those, I had one of those overwhelming desires to paint the kitchen. We've lived here for nearly 8 years and the kitchen is the only room in the house that we have done nothing with, under the pretense that we are just around the corner from being able to gut it and recreate it exactly how we'd like to. I've come to the conclusion that our complete remodel is never going to happen, and that I need to make the best of what I have. Which meant that I painted, on a whim, while Jeremy was out of the house for the day. Thankfully, he took it well.
He even took my idea for a birthday present for me (yes, I'm going to be 30! on Tuesday - yikes!) of tying up all of the "loose end" projects around the house. We'll see how he feels after the bunk beds are finished. But because of this, my (our) April resolution is going to be to get this house truly ready for a new baby. The hole in the kitchen wall from hooking up new electric? Patched. The wallpaper we started peeling in the stairwell nearly 7 years ago? Completely torn down and painted. Finish painting the hallway, touch up paint in the boys room, clean out the linen closet (seriously, how did that get so much junk in it?), clean out the basement, paint the kitchen cabinets, clean off the back porch, start putting stuff aside for the major garage sale we'll be having this summer. All that good stuff. And of course, bunk beds!! I think we are going to have a busy month. And that Jeremy will never again ask me what I want for my birthday when I'm pregnant. This whole nesting thing is the pits for him!


Lastly, a funny story. Yesterday, as I was getting everything out to paint the kitchen, someone knocked at the front door. I love that our storm door locks and has a screen I can easily slide open for occasions when someone I don't know is knocking at the door, just like yesterday. I said hello, and he said (this is a direct quote), "Hi, is your mom or dad home?" I kid you not. I will be 30 in just a few days, and he's asking to speak to my parents. I informed him that I was indeed the homeowner. I suppose that ought to make me feel better about getting older!