Friday, December 12, 2008

Our Christmas Update 2008

Hello Everyone and thanks for visiting our blog!

This has been a great year for us and as you can see from our page here, the addition of Samuel to our family is the most noteworthy. He was born September 5th 2008 and since we didn't findout gender ahead of time was quite the surprise! What a joy to have a son.
We have all been keeping pretty busy this year. Here is the year in capsule from each of us.

Aaron: He continues to amaze me every year. This year he has been working very hard keeping up with the youth ministry at Cordova as well as launching a new ministry that will begin in January. Under his guidance we will be starting a new small group ministry we call mgroups in 2009. It's exciting to see him teach the training for the leaders and members for these small groups, and it makes me so proud.
He has not only been busy with work at Church, but also here at home. Our front yard had weeds taller than me before Sammy came to us this fall. Aaron (and some teens from Church) took a few days to landscape our front yard. After eight truck loads of dirt were taken to the dump it was time to plant some foliage and lay the beauty bark! It took some time, but it looks amazing! He also laid a drip line from our sprinker system to water the plants. The back yard is a work in progress and he has put in many hours already tearing out all the "volunteer" trees and clearing an area for my garden next summer. We love our home and the fact that we are so close to the church building.
Aaron is also excited to have started graduate school this year. He took his first class at Harding grad school, and is looking forward to many more on his way to a Masters of Divinity.

Amy: I have been keeping very BUSY this year. Being a stay at home mother of three is a full time job, and I wouldn't trade it for anything! I so enjoy my children (at least most days ;) and love being home with them to see them learn and grow in the Lord. I attend a MOPS (mothers of preschoolers) group on Tuesdays which is a much needed break from my busy week. It's a time to visit with other mommy's and be refreshed. I am teaching twice a month in a preschool co-op with some friends from Church. It's been a wonderful experience and I hope to continue next year for Noraa. Having Samuel in September was one of the most amazing experiences of my life! I delivered naturally, and thankfully he made his entrance to the world rather quickly. Although I had been contracting off and on for a few days the first "real" contractions started at midnight on the 5th. He was born at 3:18AM! I never knew having a son would mean so much to me.
Since having three children four and under, being a youth minister's wife, and a preschool teacher isn't enough for one woman to juggle I also just recently took on the role of "nursery coordinator" at Church. Though it adds a lot to my schedule I am honored to be in charge of making sure our littlest souls at Cordova are loved and cared for properly.
That's about it for me, but check in with me periodically on our blog here to see the latest!

Grace: Grace turned 4 this year and measures everything by being a "big four year old now". She attends the preschool co-op that I teach in twice a week and is learning so much already. She can write her name, and daily amazes me with how she is grasping the concepts taught in pre-school. She is totally in love with her baby brother and does all she can to help mommy with his care. She LOVES Christmas and is in awe of all the fun things the season brings. Our Church puts on a Christmas play and she has enjoyed watching the rehearsals and learning about the birth of our Savior.

Noraa: What can I say? She is our character! Noraa is in her own little world most of the time, and just enjoys life. Now 2 years old she is learning about asserting her independence. I think this is a good thing right??? She loves playing with the Polly Pockets and will sit at the table dressing and undressing the dolls for an hour! It's one of mommy's favorite before dinner activities!

Samuel: As I mentioned earlier, Sam is such a joy! He is such a good baby and when he smiles he brightens up the room. One of the things people comment on most is his name! Samuel Harrison Churchill Redelsperger is a big name for such a small boy, but we are confident that he will grow into it!

Children amaze me

This morning my four year old reminded me of a great lesson. She reminded me of Grace. In the Bible children were named for their attributes or a vision of what the parents had for their child. Little did we know that when we named our daughter Grace that we were naming her appropriately.

Noraa (our two year old) got a puzzle out before breakfast. The pieces were in the walk way and her father and I asked her to pick them up a number of times. I gave her a time out and still she stood there beside the puzzle sucking her thumb looking at me. She did not want to clean up the puzzle. I was fed up with her blatant disobedience so I told her I was going to the other room and when I came out if the puzzle was not cleaned up I would spank her. I came out to the kitchen and the puzzle was cleaned up. I praised Noraa for cleaning it up and obeying Mama; however as I did so I saw a twinkle in my four year olds' eyes. I asked her if she cleaned up the puzzle for sister and she said she did.

Grace. She knew Noraa would get a spanking if it wasn't cleaned up. She didn't want her sister to get a spank, so she did it for her. "I tell you the truth, anyone who will not receive the kingdom of God like a little child will never enter it." Luke 18:17

Thank you God for the sweet heart of my daughter that daily shows me your grace.

Thursday, December 4, 2008

Communion/Giving Thought

Sometimes I am pondering the things of God and I come up with what I think would make a great communion thought. Until now I've never really had a way to voice those thoughts where others might benefit from them. Not that my thoughts are in any way profound or deep, but they are my tiny insights into God, and I think they are pretty neat!
This morning I was wondering what my son's love language will be as he grows up. Aaron and I had been discussing the day before what our older children's love languages were and it lead me to think about Sammy's. As I was thinking through the five love languages I realized that God himself not only speaks all five fluently, but receives love by all five as well.
Extended Time- When Christ walked the earth, he not only took time to be with his disciples for some quality time together, He also made sure to carve out time for the Father. The fact that God gives us His full attention whenever we need Him is pretty amazing. Giving quality time is easy for God, sometimes it's not so easy for us.
Physical Touch- When Jesus healed the sick did He take a few steps back, pull out a magic wand or potion and stay out of the situation? No, he TOUCHED people. The blind man, the leper, the girl who was already dead...even the woman who touched the hem of his garment knew the power of the touch of Christ. How many times have you ever really needed a hug and a Christian brother or sister was right there for you? Even today He is reaching out to touch us in a very physical way through the body of Christ.
Words of Affirmation-"I will never leave you nor forsake you" "I am with you always..." "I am the Good Shepherd" He speaks to us daily affirming His love for us. And Oh, how He loves to hear us say we love Him too! Our praises are a sweet sacrifice to Him.
Gifts- Does our Father know how to give good gifts or what? He truly blesses us. The gifts that come from our Father are beyond compare. I often times try to reflect on the giving of His Son/Himself and the magnitude is too great. And what can we give the One who has everything? Nothing really, but in doing so, in giving to God we are communicating our love for Him and to Him. It's like the gifts our children make in Bible class... to some they are insignificant, but to the parent that receives it; priceless!
Acts of Service- Here is where He makes His mark. What greater love than to serve the Church daily through the outpouring of His Spirit? And our service to our Maker is different for each and every one of us; however do not doubt that He hears your love. Big or small, your service to Christ means more than He can say!

And there you have it folks, my thoughts on Gods' languages of love. How amazing that we once again can parallel the marriage relationship to Christ and the Church!

Monday, November 10, 2008

Mommy Musings

Sometimes I can't believe how lucky I am. My kids are so sweet! A few years ago when Grace started talking and she would say a word wrong, or mispronounce it in her little baby way I thought she couldn't get much cuter. However I'm finding that as she grows and can articulate what she's thinking and feeling, but doesn't have quite the vocabulary she's even funnier than before.
For example, a few months ago I was very upset with something she had done. I put her in a time out on the guest bed and told her I was too angry to deal with her at the moment. She was in tears and looked at me with a very angry face and said "I'm nervous!". I left the room very confused by what she had just done. It wasn't until she used it a number of times in place of the word "angry" that I realized what she meant. Tonight as I was getting dinner and the house ready for company she made a BIG mess in her room, mixing both clean and dirty laundry. Again, very upset with what she had done (and with company coming in about 10 minutes) I expressed to her how upset I was. When Aaron came home with our guests a few minutes later she told Daddy that "Momma was nervous at me!". As I was helping her clean up, she told me that I needed to say "I'm Sorry". When I asked her why, she told me I needed to apologize because I had used "nervous words" with her.
Or last night at dinner when she didn't want to eat what was in front of her she said "but I am just scared and nervous, and confused, and frustrated" (better translated: I don't want to eat it!)
She has also started using some our our words in order to be more grown up. Like when she told her sister not to "exasperate" her brother in the car!
She has also recently decided that she likes the word "weird". We were sitting on the couch reading books the other day when she pops out with "Mommy, you're weird!" It took all I had not to laugh out loud. If there's a food she doesn't care for, it tastes "weird".
Noraa this morning brought a smile to my face when she made up her own song. I tried so hard to memorize her lyrics, but this is all I can remember...
" I'm going to be a ladybug for Haloweeeeeen. My daddy is a funny for Halloweeeeeen. The dog says woof woof for Halloweeeeeeen, and my sister is a princess for Halloweeeeeeen and I like to wear my shoes. And I like my food. And I like my juice...." It went on and on with a list of things that she likes (I wish I could remember then all!)
She LOVES to imitate mommy and the smile that she gets on her face when I pretend and go along with her games is so sweet it melts me like butter. I can't believe I am so blessed.
Tonight as they said their prayers and the both thanked God for their Mommy and Daddy, I uttered a prayer of my own, amazed that God would grace me with such great kids.
I hope you enjoy hearing about my kids silly little sayings and sweetness. I'll try to be better about sharing their daily doings! Thanks for checking in!

Monday, October 27, 2008

The Closing of a Great Legacy

Today I heard some news that truly saddened me. The college I attended will be closing at the end of this accademic year.
For me the journey began back in 1986... my oldest sister Shawna started attending a small Christian college in Portland, Oregon. Our family would go visit her from time to time and I would get to stay in her dorm room occasionally. I played pool in the "lower JC" and ran around the campus as a young child loving the attention of all the really cool college students. I knew that someday I would attend this same school. The doors closing of Columbia Christian College was devastating to me, but as it re-opened a year later as Cascade College I was not truly affected by the transition. My turn came in 1997 when I finally stepped foot on the campus as a full fledged college student. This was MY school now!

I will not be able to recount for you the knowledge, the memories, the friends and the spiritual growth attained in my four years there. If I were to try, the list would be longer than a list of promises from a politician!
Cascade has given me so much. Sure, I paid for a degree from this school, but what I got was so much more than a piece of paper. I found the love of my life through this school. I found my best friend at this school. I learned about Christ's love as a relationship not just a religion. I became a lot less judgemental, and I believe, a lot more caring and more of what Christ would have me to be.
So I have to say Thank You; to all who were a part of my journey there. To those that played small roles and those who had big ones. I would not be where and who I am today if it were not for you! May God bless all who have ever graced the campus!

Wednesday, October 22, 2008


Okay, so I know that I tend to be a bit cluttered, but when I see pictures like this I am reminded of the fact that at least I am CLEAN!!!! I need to print off pictures like this of every room in a house and post them by my mirror. Maybe this is the motivation I need to clean my house every day!

Sunday, October 19, 2008

My Family

I'm overwhelmed with love for my family. My two year old is sitting at the kitchen table doing her puzzle sweetly and quietly. My four year old is laying on the floor playing footsie with me and laughing with her fake laugh, and my son lay sleeping in his room. I've had a lazy afternoon and it's given me some time to reflect on my amazing family.
You know what's great about being a Christian? My family doesn't just stop with my adorable children and incredible husband, it extends well beyond that. My kids call our friends Aunt & Uncle, and I love that we share in those relationships that are truly beautiful because of our relationship through Christ. We have brothers and sister, moms and dads, aunts and uncles, all bonded by the blood of Christ! Blood really does run thicker, because the blood that Jesus shed is the strongest common denominator.

Saturday, September 20, 2008

Need to Blog?

I feel this compelling need to blog, so I sit down at the computer to write and my mind goes blank. There are a number of things that I would love to blog about; however none of them seem to be of any substance that others may want to read about. Then again, isn't that what a blog is for? It doesn't matter really what you write as long as you are writing about your thoughts and your life.
Today our family also started a "video blog". We each took a turn sitting in front of the camera telling what is going on in our lives. It was a kick to see Grace cheese it up for the camera and tell her version of what's happening in life. 20 years from now when we are showing her future husband these blogs she's going to be so embarrassed and Aaron and I will have tears in our eyes as we see our baby girls grow up to be lovely ladies. We plan on "video blogging" every six months. Wow, how fast we change in six months! I can't wait to have the girls thoughts on camera.
Today also marked a change of schedule for me as Sammy is two weeks old now and I will begin to schedule his feeding times and nap times. I always love the first two weeks when I don't watch the clock but just focus on being there for every little whimper and cry. I know though that continuing this pattern is unhealthy for Sam and that in order to truly get good rest he needs a schedule. Babies and children thrive on knowing routine, so I will give that to my son. It worked with Grace, it worked with Noraa, and for the sanity of our family I will work it with Sam.
Aaron commented earlier that Samuel is my "Joseph". I told him this was not true and parents are not supposed to have favorites. However, I will say this: loving my son is different than loving my daughters. I can't even really explain it quite yet, but I just know that my bond with my son will be somehow different from the beautiful relationships I share with my girls. Each of my children are special in their own way, and I am SO blessed by their individual personalities. I cannot imagine my life with out them!
Well, I suppose that's about it for now. I have company coming in an hour and 15 minutes. This means I need to get the bathroom cleaned as well as my kitchen floor mopped and the living room de-cluttered of toys before they all arrive. The kids are all sleeping so I'd better get on it!
Mommy of three=Super Mom!!!!!

Saturday, September 6, 2008

Samuel is finally here. He was born on September 5 at 3:18am. Amy labored for 3 hours and had one good push, and there he was. Both Amy and Sam are doing great! Grace is very happy to be a big sister and Noraa has kind of noticed he's here. We've had lots of visitors and everyone is so excited that he's a boy. It seems like a lot of friends had been hoping that he would be a boy. I would have been glad either way, but I am definitely looking forward to the Father/Son experience. The other thing that people comment on the most is his name. He has 4 names including 35 letters! Samuel is one of our favorite Bible characters. He responded when the Lord called his name, and he also anointed King David. Harrison is a family name. My cousin Brooke had a son named Harrison who was born with Spina Bifida, and spent his life in a wheelchair. He was a major blessing and inspiration to our family and everyone who knew him. He was extremely smart and I can't really say enough here to capture who he was. Harrison passed away when he was 9 years old due to complications in surgery. So, Samuel having his name is to remember and honor Harrison. Churchill is also a family name. My Grandpa on my mom's side was Harry Churchill. My middle name is Churchill and because my grandfather had no sons, the name would end with me, if I didn't carry it on. My mom and my Aunt Paula regularly mention how much I remind them of Grandpa Churchill. These names are important and mean something, and it just so happens that the name sounds really cool, at least I think so. Sam is the next step in a legacy from Amy's side of the family and mine. My dad gave me a name and my responsibility is to keep the name respectable and solid. I will do that and pass the name to Samuel as solid as it came to me. However with all that said, my most important prayer is that Samuel will answer when the Lord calls his name.

Thursday, September 4, 2008

Hmmm... still waiting!

Well, I was wrong! It's Thursday night the 4th and I'm still pregnant. It may not seem like much to everyone else, but to me it seems like an eternity! My poor sister in law who was seven days and 23 hours past her due date... my respect for her has grown beyond measure. So because this morning I was so emotionally and physically exhausted and borderline "depressed" I decided to GET OVER IT! We picked up Grandad from the airport and I decided that I would be content and plan out my weekend. Tomorrow we will go to Funderland with the kids, this will of course take all morning, then we can either picnic or come home for lunch. The kids will take naps at which time I may be able to talk Aaron into taking me to the cheap movie at the mall. Aunt Mary will arrive in the afternoon, so our evening will be spent catching up with her. Saturday we will go wine tasting at the winery we are members at in Shenendoa. Aunt Mary LOVES wine and I can't wait to take her tasting. Note: always take a pregnant woman with you when you go wine tasting, it's a built in designated driver!!! That will take up most of Saturday, so then that leaves me Sunday which needs no planning! It's already full enough on it's own. Monday I have my appointment at which time they will decide if I need to be induced! So there you go... I have no time in my schedule to be cranky or anticipate the arrival of little Sperger! Thanks for the prayers!

Tuesday, September 2, 2008

My Aversion to a version

So my Dr.'s appointment was this morning at 10:30. I love Dr. Kholer, she is so sweet and as she is due with a baby in October she empathizes with me! She checked me to see how things were going and though the baby's heartbeat was steady & strong, the head was not fully down in the way she wanted it to be. The baby was laying almost side ways! She called over to the hospital and scheduled me for a version as well as possible induction. Needless to say, I was a little nervous. Having someone turn your baby from the outside just doesn't seem comfortable to me. Thankfully when we arrived and they hooked me up to the monitors, the Dr. checked me and said that the baby's head was down where it needed to be. Praise be to God! (and thank you to everyone who sent up prayers for me!) They have to monitor you for a minimum of 20 minutes before you can leave the hospital, so after that they released me and I went on my merry way. Since then my contractions have been anywhere from 2-5 minutes apart and gaining in intensity! Maybe I'll have this baby after all!

Sunday, August 31, 2008

Here I sit

So, here I sit. I should be out walking laps in the Church parking lot trying to get this baby out... but here I am sitting at the computer blogging my thoughts for the world to see. I'm tired. I feel huge. My feet hurt. My back hurts. I've tried spicy foods, I've tried walking, I've tried bouncing on the big exercise ball. Here I sit.

Again the lyrics to Jon Foreman's song come to my mind... I'll share them with you this time!

Here, my dear
This is where
We'll shake the nightmares free
I dream to hold you in my arms
I dream to hold you in my arms
To hold you in my arms
Wide awake in my arms

I think I figured it out
We need to be together
Like the shore and the sea
We are not one thing
We're drawn here together
My ocean and me

I dream to hold you in my arms
I dream to hold you in my arms
To hold you in my arms
Wide awake in my arms

Love we sleep apart
For the last time
For the last time

I dream to hold you in my arms
I dream to hold you in my arms
To hold you in my arms
Wide awake in my arms
Wide awake in my arms
Wide awake in my arms
Wide awake in my arms

I can't wait to hold this sweet new baby in my arms, to sing to her, to kiss the sweet smelling head of our brand new baby. To share in the precious moments of this child's life. God knit him together in my womb and He alone knows when and how this child will make it's way into the world. So instead of walking, eating spicy foods and bouncing on balls, I will pray: labor on Labor Day!



Saturday, August 30, 2008

Aren't they angelic when they are sleeping...? Yesterday was a long day for the girls and I. Each day that ebbs closer to my due date seems longer and longer to all of us. I'm sure they feel some of the same anxiety that I do anticipating this baby. I know for a fact they sense my moodiness; it is more than obvious to pretty much everyone. There are times when I sure don't act loving, sweet, and kind toward my children, but then they take a nap; and my heart swells with love. I love it when they are sleeping! These sweet creatures are God's greatest blessings.
"Sons are a heritage from the Lord, children a reward from him. Like arrows in the hands of a warrior are sons born in one's youth. Blessed is the man whose quiver is full of them." Psalm 127:3-5

Thursday, August 28, 2008

Male Nesting

Whoever said that "nesting" is something only pregnant women do has it all wrong. As you see from our previous posts, we are expecting this child to make an appearance any day now. Aaron is just as anxious as I am and hence has started "nesting". Last week, he took three days off work to landscape the front yard that has been the eyesore of the neighborhood since we moved in a year ago February. My computer which has been prehistorically slow for over a year now has recently been re-formatted, and suddenly there's a need to move the desk from the spare room to the kitchen. Not that I am opposed to any of these changes in our household; it just makes me smile knowing I'm not alone in wanting our house to be a home for the new little one growing inside of me. In fact, his "nesting" serves as a great reminder to me of the altruistic heart that dwells within the man I married.
Well, I sign off with toilets & showers to scrub, floors to be vacuumed and other menial household chores waiting to be done...somehow a woman's "nesting" just doesn't seem as glamorous!

Wednesday, August 27, 2008

Time Bomb!

If you've ever been 39 weeks pregnant you know what I'm feeling right now... tick, tick, tick, tick, tick... When will this baby arrive? Will my water break? Will it be at night, or after a well rested sleep? Will I deliver on the side of the road like Jenni? Is it a boy or a girl? After Friday when I thought I was headed to the hospital, I'm so done anticipating! Friday the contractions were 15 minutes apart all day long and in the evening they were even about 10 minutes apart. Of course around 12:30am-1:00ish they tapered off and totally stopped. Grrrrr. Now, I just don't care! This baby could stay in until his 18th birthday for all I care! (okay not really, but can you tell that I'm moody and a bit apathetic?) Well, seeing as though this is my very first blog entry on our happy family page, I'll end on a much sweeter note.
Every morning as I'm laying in bed I use Aaron's iphone and play our baby the song by Jon Foreman "In My Arms". It makes me long to hold this sweet baby in my arms, look into it's sweet baby face and realize the Majesty of our God. That He allows us to play a part in creating and bearing life is truly amazing and I am so blessed to be able to participate in this grand cycle of life! Blessings, Amy

Tuesday, August 26, 2008

Baby due any day now.

We're just playing the waiting game. We've pretty much got everything ready...Diapers are bought, bags are packed, babysitters for the girls are on call, work notified of impending time off. Let's have this baby! The one thing we're not quite sure about yet is a name. Details details.