Monday, June 9, 2008

Breaking the Bloggy Silence...

How do I know when it's been too long since I've last blogged?
When my beloved comes to me and says
that he's noticed I haven't blogged in a while. lol
When he was in Iraq, I knew he read our blog almost daily
but I had no idea he continued to when he returned home.

I'm not sure why I haven't blogged lately.
We've been keeping busy with life and tending to hearts,
and I, also, confess that my blogging motivation has been down.
The Lord has been Faithful in revealing many areas
that I need to be working on
and that it really is okay to let my blog go unattended.
In addition, my mama has been in the hospital
for the past few weeks
(she has kidney disease, congestive heart failure, and pneumonia
and underwent open heart surgery last week)
and has been unable to read our blog
and I guess I just didn't want her to miss out
on seeing photos of her grandchildren. ;o)

Though I don't have much time to write this morning,
I wanted to bring our photos up-to-date.
Also, thank you to those that were praying
for my beloved and I as we travelled to SC.
We spent four days cleaning our house there
and are praying the Lord will sell it soon.
We sure would appreciate your prayers, too.


Before I close and begin our day,
here are a few moments from our weeks past...



Carolynne doing her copywork


Beth doing her copywork


Will working on his typing skills


Ally improving her cooking skills ;o)
It's been a blessing to have her "taking over" the kitchen.
She is enjoying to opportunity to practice
her keeping the home skills, too!



Ally working with Carolynne during her piano lesson



Ally working with Beth during her violin lesson



Will and Ally working together during his piano lesson


Ally enjoying her own time at the piano


We, also, managed to 'squeeze in'
a particular event last week... ;o)



(wearing the dress that Ally made me for my birthday)


Discovering the children doing a Bible lesson together...

(and drawing outlines to go with the lesson!)


Ally's new objects of affection...

"Cutes & Puff"


Dad and Will having a 'man moment'
as they make hamburger patties together...


It was Will's first time to 'get his hands dirty'
in preparing supper on the grill...



The younger ones enjoying and examining
God's creation in their fascination...


the object of fasination...

a toad!

It is such a delight to intently watch and observe
these precious blessings that the Lord
has entrusted us with!
And I delight, though not necessarily an easy task,
in tending to their hearts.
What a calling and responsibility we have as mothers!
May I not falter nor grow weary
nor pursue my own selfish desires.
May I fight the good fight and finish my course (2 Tim.4:7).
May I be diligent to know the state of my flocks
and to look well to my herds (Prov. 27:23).
May I reach Heaven's door and it be said of me
"...well done, thou good and faithful servant..." (Matt.25:21)




30 comments:

Pam--in Jerusalem said...

So good to see you back! Don't be afraid to take a break when the Lord leads you... we'll be here when you get back ;)
So sorry to hear about your mother; I'll pray for her health.

!!!Happy Birthday!!!
I love the dress that Ally made for you. I'm sure that was a very precious gift to you.

Tracy said...

Christina,
I'm lifting your mom up in prayer this morning. I pray that she is able to rest peacefully during this trying time. I pray that the Lord draws near to her.

My beloved enjoys reading my blog as well. What a blessing!

Dina said...

It's been so long since I had time to sit down and read blogs i enjoy. I will pray for your mother and also pray that you sell your house as you wish. god bless you all.

A Note From Theresa said...

Praying for your Mother.

Grafted Branch@Restoring the Years said...

That Ally! Musician, teacher, patient sister and SEAMSTRESS enough to gift you a dress! WOW! God bless her!

And happy birthday to you, btw.

It's nice to see you writing again. I'm right there with you with the lowered bloggy motivation. :(

momofmhasr said...

Happy Belated Birthday! Praying for your Mother.I love the Pics of the kids! I pray all is well with you and yours.

Mrs. C said...

I've missed seeing all your pics! :)

Continuing to pray for the house to sell, for your mom's health, and for our little "challenge" we started on last year. ;)

Happy belated birthday, too. Now I'm all caught up. ;)

Marci said...

We missed your posts, but we sure understand. I love all your family time pictures. I will pray for your Mom.

Michelle-ozark crafter said...

Happy belated birthday hon! I pray God will comfort and heal your mom and that He keeps all of you in His tender loving care.
It is so good to see you and pictures of you and your dear family. Love the little keets! They are such fun birds to have. Be blessed and huggles!

CONNIE'S THOUGHTS FROM THE HEART said...

Christiana, Please don't lose your motivation to do this blog. I am sure that it has been a real testimony and encouragment to many. to me I know it has. I love the pictures and have grown to love your family.

I am so sorry to hear about your Mother's bad health. I pray that if it be God's will that He will touch her and give her many more days on this earth to be enjoyed and loved by her family.

I am so glad to see you are back but it does not hurt for you to take a break at times. We all need that. Take care, connie from texas

Happymama said...

I'll pray for your mother. Daddy has been through all of these things, so I know, that as a daughter, is probably difficult for you as well.

~Kristi

HsKubes said...

Thank you ladies, so much, for your encouragement, belated birthday wishes, kind words, and prayers. They are all such a blessing!

~ Christina

1Cor1031 said...

Happy Birthday! Hope you had a wonderful day.
Praying for your mother & the house to sell.
God Bless
Tanya

Mrs. Taft said...

I was *just* going to comment and say that I've been thinking of you and missing you! Glad that all went well, sorry to hear about your mom and I pray she recovers fully quickly.

Happy Birthday! Thank you for sharing all the pictures, they are all so precious. You have a ministry of encouragement just sharing about your life! I love the dress your daughter made for you as well.

Nikki said...

We have been missing you.

Looks like you had a fun birthday.

I can't believe how much your children have grown over the last couple of years that I've been reading your blog. Wow!! Time flies, doesn't it?

MrsMelody said...

Good to hear things are going ok. I was beginning to wonder about you. Hope your Mom is doing well.

Enjoyed the pictures.

Happy belated Birthday!

Blessings

Kristy... said...

Well HAPPY (LATE) BIRTHDAY!

Hope ya had a wonderful one! Looks like ya did, that cake looks good enough to eat :)

AS always seeing pictures of your kids is so neat! I always enjoy it..
we've mssed ya! :)

Cathy said...

Goodness, with all that going on, I can see why you would be very busy. I found you on Deborah's Blogroll. :o)
You have some precious, talented children. It is so wonderful they play the piano.
Praying your house will sell and for you mother also.

PlainJane said...

Hi Christina,
So glad to know you are back - you always make up for lost time with all your wonderful photos. Praying for your mom with her health issues and for your family as well & the sale of the house.

HAPPY BELATED BIRTHDAY! I hope you had a fun and memoriable day. What a nice and thoughtful gift - a dress by Ally.

Isn't it such a blessing to see our children playing and doing things that honor God at such a young age all on their own. Your photo of the children doing a Bible lesson is such a blessing. It looks like they have the SOW routine down pat already. :)

Have a Blessed Week!

Deborah said...

Happy belated birthday! I love your pictures....Aly looks like she is a great help to you.
I'm sorry to hear about your mom....my dad went through heart surgery last summer, so I understand what you are going through. I'll pray for your mom.

Madeleine said...

Happy (terribly late) Birthday!!

What a blessing that your daughter made you a dress!! Thats remarkable and so precious!

I am glad you are back. It is always a joy to pop in here and be blessed.

Great pictures!

Rebekah said...

Missed you and the little ones today. Have a safe trip. We'll be praying for you all. (Oh, and I got the cd's back - thanks!)

~Rebekah

cristal said...

Hi Christina,
Our family will be praying for your Mother. Thank you for sharing all these special times, reminding us to cherish our own families. I sure enjoy your blog.

Your Sister in Christ,
Cristal

regina said...

i feel so blesswd with your blog. hope you can drop by in my blog also. :D

Godbless. :D

Mrs. Taft said...

Happy Father's Day to your beloved!

Kelly Tillotson said...

I came across your daughter's blog and I just have to say she is such a doll! I didnt see where to comment on her space, but if you want to pass the compliment on to her, I think she's a darling young lady! I hope you all have a nice week!

Pam said...

So good to see you! Happy Belated Birthday to you as well. I know the feeling of not being motivated to post as much when you realize certain loved ones aren't going to be able to read your blog. I go through that when my missionary sister and niece are traveling or somewhere without internet access. I know when your hubby was in Iraq, blogging and posting must have helped you feel more connected to him. I know it helps me feel like a part in the life of my niece in Paraguay and sister in South America. Loved the photos-as usual!

Heather said...

Christina your blog is such a blessing! I love coming here and always being pointed to God's best.

On a side note, I met Jody, who says she knows you :)

Lisa said...

Christina
I will be praying for your Mom.
Happy Belated birthday! I to have been in a blogger slow down. It's good we know where our hearts are.
Blessings. Lisa

maranatha777 said...

Glad to see you blogging again :-)

Kate

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