Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Mobile











































Daniel is very mobile now.

video

Just before I shot this video, he had climbed up into the carseat, leaned in, and rocked it forward. He got up laughing, but I couldn't get him to do it again.

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Save the Date

So I don't actually have any sure dates yet, but two very important things will be happening within the next 8 months.














1. Daniel will turn one year on August 24.

2. This December, provided I pass all my classes, I will graduate from UTArlington. Seven and a half years after graduating high school and 12 semesters at a total of 4 different schools, and I will be done. After this current semester, I only need to take 12 hours in the fall. The UTA calendar says graduation is December 10-14th. I know that's a crazy time of year for most people, so don't feel you need to be here to congratulate me, gift cards and checks are welcome in your absence.

Thursday, April 9, 2009

The Gospel


is like a stereogram.

Seeing the big picture doesn't always come easy for me. I have to really focus and think on it.
And sometimes I do. I see it.
And it's incredible.
But just as quickly I loose focus, and it's gone. There's no doubt in my mind that it's still there, even when I can't see it. Each time I go back, it's bigger and more incredible. I can't help but be in awe of those moments when all the pieces come together and everything fits.

Ephesians 3:17 -19 And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, may have power, together with all the saints, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, and to know this love that surpasses knowledge—that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God.

Friday, April 3, 2009

Accomplishments

Daniel has had a busy few weeks. So many new accomplishments in just a short time.

He can now:
feed himself cheerios
drink from a sippy cup himself
sit up by himself
cruise around the ottoman (only counterclockwise)
and crawl!

Here's a short clip of the crawling:

video

Wednesday, April 1, 2009

April For Real

No joke, here are some of our goals for the month of April.

School
Plan and register for the fall semester. I will be taking 12 hours (hopefully fully funded by the Maverick Promise). Tommy will most likely be taking 7 hours. And Daniel will be attending a Mother's Day Out or part-time pre-school while I'm in class.

Financial
We've heard about the envelope system for years, but never had the desire or will power to do it. We will be instituting envelopes of $200 for groceries, $80 for eating out and $10 each for drinks and snacks. We opted not to use one for gas, because as much as I like the idea of saying "My gas envelope is empty and so is the car, guess I can't go to school!" it's just not realistic.

Physical
We plan on running in the Seminary Stride 5K. I've never run a whole 5K before, and am looking forward to it. I am currently "training" for it and ran 2 1/4 miles last night!

Spiritual
I've been greatly enjoying Tommy's new ESV Study Bible lately. I think I use it more than he does! It has motivated me to read through some of the Old Testament that I find intimidating. (I find just about all of the OT intimidating). I'm thinking I'll start reading Ezra this month.

What are some of your goals for the month? How much do you spend on eating in a month? I'd love to know where we stand on this, I know we spend more in Fort Worth than we did in San Antonio where we had the luxury of generous family nearby. Are there parts of scripture that overwhelm or intimidate you? My previous method of dealing has been to just hold my breath and read it, or to stick to the NT.

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