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mollie is enjoying they great outdoors this week

This picture pretty much sums up our week.  Although the weather has been gorgeous up here in New England we have not been feeling too great.  My apologies for neglecting my blog in the last several days.  Here is why:

  • Mollie came down with a nasty cold/fever last Friday and the boogies and cough are still hanging around.  Fortunately she is back to sleeping 11+ hours, although we had a few rough nights at the beginning.
  • Erik and I promptly got the cold on Sunday/Monday and now we are trying to recover.
  • I got my first ever UTI today.  Yay.  Thank you Jesus for antibiotics (and for Jan and Mary willing to watch the baby while I went to the doctor).

Hope life is treating you well… we’ll see you when the snot clears.

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I just confirmed our reservations for Disney World!  We are taking a vacation to Florida in a few months and part of that time will be spent at Disney World with our close friends who are celebrating an end to a year of chemo. (YAY!) I have been to Disney a few times since I have been married and I am looking forward to exploring it again, this time with Mollie (which I know will be a whole new experience).

I’m linking up to ohamanda’s Top Ten Tuesday today.  Here are 10 of the things that I want to do:

1. Buzz Lightyear’s Space Ranger Spin – This was one of our favorite rides that last 2 times we were at Disney, and yes that was without kids.  Maybe it is because of the ‘video game’ element and the fact that we are actively participating, or the short lines, but we went through it 2 or 3 times in a row.  Erik beat me every time.

me and hubby fighting off Zurg

2.  Hoop De Do Review – I feel like I am hearing about this one a lot lately.  My parent’s just mentioned to me that they went to it when they visited Disney before I was born.  Has it been around that long?  We have already made our reservations and will be going with our friends as a ‘date night’ (without the kiddos! – thanks Grammy C!).

3. Test Track – Super fun ride at Epcot!  Someone will have to watch the baby, though.

4. Toy Story Mania – Haven’t been to this attraction before, but from what I have read it looks fantastic.  Have you been on this?

5. Mickey’s PhilharMagic – Loved the music and the true Disney style entertainment.  And the wicked cool glasses.

me and hubby before the show

6. Space Mountain – I’m pretty sure that I chickened out on this ride when I was 8… or 13.  I know.  But it’s a great roller coaster, and still freaks me out because we are in the dark.

7. Twilight Zone Tower of Terror – My sister-in-law took us on this at night.  A-maz-ing.  Seeing out over the parks at night like that was a highlight of my visit.

8. Splash Mountain – One thing I remember thinking about this ride was that it was really long.  Was that my imagination? 

9. The Crystal Palace – I’m looking forward to having lunch here again with all the characters.  I can’t wait to see the kids reactions to them!  Hopefully, my almost 1 year old, won’t be too freaked out.

10. Pirates of the Caribbean – I remember when I went on this for the first time as an adult thinking that it was slightly inappropriate, and I didn’t remember it being that way as a child.  Am I the only one that thinks that?  Of course, it’s still a favorite for me… do you think Mollie will get scared?  Can she even go on it?

disney 2006

Having a 1 year old will definitely make this Disney trip a little different for us.  What are some things we should expect?  Do you have any suggestions for going to Disney World with a toddler?

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Growing up I didn’t really know a whole lot about Lent.  Even though my dad was a pastor, it just wasn’t something that we observed in our family’s Easter traditions.  It wasn’t until after college that I began to learn more about the tradition and participate in different aspects of observing Lent and it has become a very meaningful experience for me.

Lent is a time of preparation  for Easter.  A time of ‘getting ready’ to remember and celebrate Jesus death and resurrection.  In the early days of the Church it was a time for new believers to learn about their faith and prepare to be baptized.  Traditionally, Lent is the forty days before Easter (not counting Sundays) and begins on Ash Wednesday.  Many people use this time as a season of repentance and inward reflection.

There are 4 spiritual acts of Lent that have historically been practiced among believers during the Lenten season.

  • giving to the poor
  • prayer
  • fasting (or abstaining)
  • repentance

Recognizing Lent as a family can offer a valuable time for your family to create traditions together.  These traditions will help your children understand the celebration of Easter and will create meaningful memories for your family.  Participating in Lent can also open up a spiritual dialogue within your family to discuss why we celebrate Easter and why it is important. 

Here are some different activities to consider doing with your family:

Donate  As a family, gather items from around your house that could be donated to a local organization.  Clothing, gently used toys, and non-perishable food items could help families in need.  Discuss with your children why you are doing this and where the items are going.

Collect Save your spare change or designate a certain amount of money each week to go toward a charity or ministry that helps the poor.  Consider having your child give a portion of their own money or allowance toward this.

Volunteer  Find a local organization (soup kitchen, homeless shelter, neighbor in need) that you can volunteer some time at as a family.

Pray  Create a prayer list or prayer box where you can write down different items to pray for as a family.  Set aside a time each day to pray together and recognize how God has answered your prayers.

Memorize  Read the Lord’s Prayer together and set a goal to memorize it as a family.  (Matthew 6:9-13)

Fasting  Give up something together as a family.  It could be for the entire season of Lent or just focus on one week or even one activity.  Replace that thing with a God-focused experience if possible.  Some suggestions would be giving up a favorite family TV show or take the money you would have spent to go out to dinner together and buy food for a food pantry.

New Life  Find an activity to do with your children that can represent the ‘new life’ we have in Christ.  This could be a
special craft/activity, planting some spring flowers, or making resurrection eggs.

Family Devotions  Spend some time during the Lent season reading the Bible together and talking about repentance.  The ministry of Jesus, Jonah, and the Easter Story (Mark 14-16; Luke 22-24) are some passages you can focus on.

Download a copy of  the Family Activities for Lent to use with your family.

You can also find some additional resources on Family Activities for Lent here or here.

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Little late in the day but I’m still linking up to ohamanda’s top ten tuesday!  In honor of Valentine’s Day here are the top ten reasons I love my husband:

10. he looks like someone famous
People always say my husband looks like someone famous.  The top 3 are Steven Curtis Chapman, Michael J. Fox, and David Spade.  Which one do you think?

my hubby - Erik

   

9. he does the dishes
Like every night.  Enough said.

8. he plays guitar
That’s right.  He’s a rockstar.  Actually, when I first met him, I thought he was a little too SCC for my FIF taste.  But I was quickly won over, and chose my seat in church each Sunday so that I could get a good view of him on the platform during worship.   I know… not my proudest moment… but this was my biggest crush ever.

7. he laughs with me
We share the same quirky humor, which works out well when it comes to tv and movies.  I love to laugh with him.

6. he is a computer geek
He amazes me with the things he understands and can do when it comes to technology.  He basically developed this.  His name is on the patent.

5. he is humble
He has so many amazing attributes, but this one is one of my favorites. 

4. he loves God
I can’t say enough about how wonderful it is to share our faith and values.

3. he can sleep through my snoring
Big bonus for me.  Although, I guess when I was pregnant it got worse… and we exchanged some words.  But it has not been an issue since.

2. he loves his family
My husband has a great relationship with his family which has allowed me to develop some wonderful relationships with them as well.  I love my in-laws!

1. he loves me
We pre-dated and dated for over 3 years, but I knew when he made the choice to spend his life with me, he was all mine.  Forever and ever. Amen.

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my busy girl

Mollie is  2 and 1/2 weeks old and so far she has had many adventures.  She has been to her first birthday party, church (and heard Grandpa preach!), a huge combined worship service, her first photo shoot, the grocery store, walmart, work with mommy, the doctor and has had lots of time with family and friends.

Yesterday she weighed in at 7lbs 14 oz… that is over a pound that she has gained since she was born!  Good girl!


Mollie with her BFFs at home group… their boyfriends weren’t there last night


At cousin A’s 1st birthday party


chillin with cousin M

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Yesterday, an historic campground that my family has been connected to for several generations suffered a massive fire burning nearly 40 cottages.  You can read about the fire here and here.  Several families lost cottages that had been in their families for years, however, thankfully none of the homes were occupied when the fire began.

I spent six summers working at the campground as a camp counselor and program director, and several more summers visiting and vacationing with my family as I was growing up.  Just a few years ago my parents received ownership of a cottage that had been in our family since my great-grandfather built it (after another fire at the campground in the forties, I think).  I am grateful that our cottage was spared but my heart breaks for close friends who have lost theirs.

my family’s cottage

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Erik came home on Friday and took care of our wild animal issues…

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