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!