Thursday, January 28, 2010

How could someone persecute Jesus!

I have a little desk calendar that I read daily. It gives me a scripture for the day and a brief thought to ponder. Today's was particularly powerful and I thought I would share.

I heard a voice speaking to me..."Saul, Saul, why are you persecuting me?"
Acts 26:14
Stubbornness and selfishness will always stab Jesus Christ. It may hurt no one else, but it wounds His Spirit. Every time we stand on our own rights and insist that this is what we intend to do, we are persecuting Him. And when we finally understand that it is Jesus we have been persecuting all this time, it is the most crushing revelation ever.
Desk Calendar My Utmost for His Highest - Oswald Chambers

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Just call me Pam.

I picked Michael up from school today and he was in a very good mood. I proceeded to ask him some questions about his day.

Me: "Michael how was school today?"

Michael: " Mom can you say Mike how was school today? And I'll call you Pam."

Me: " Is that what your going by now? Mike."

Michael: "yes"

Me: "Mike how was school today?"

Michael: "Great, thanks Pam for asking!"

Seriously, the things this kid says! He is still calling me Pam.

Let them eat cake!

We celebrated Michael's birthday party last night at good ol' Chuck-E-Cheese. This year I had the pleasure of making his birthday cake as I have done in years past. I have made all his cakes except the one for his 2nd birthday. I was too busy gestating to be bothered, but Wal-mart did and excellent job in my place. I have made a train cake for his 1st birthday, and a Wow Wow Wubbzy cake for his 3rd. This years party theme was Wall-e, Michael's favorite movie. Wilton makes a Wall-e cake pan but I decided that I really didn't want to add to the collection of cake pans I already have. Not to mention the time it takes to pipe all the icing stars on the cake. So I went searching for another option. I found on the internet a Wall-e edible icing cake topper, inexpensive with the option to personalize it. So I decided to give it a try.

I ordered the cake topper in a 1/2 sheet cake size. I figured that we certainly did not need a full sheet cake and 1/2 would be plenty big. Lesson learned! You only need a 1/4 sheet cake unless your feeding an army. That small glitch aside, this was the easiest cake I've made yet. I certainly think the Wilton specialty cake pans are far prettier to look at but this cake served our purposes fine. It's just going to get demolished anyway. I was able to get the cake made and decorated while the kids played at my feet. In years past the other cakes took much more effort and I would have to send the kids somewhere else so that I could finish decorating.
Before and after

I will leave you with pictures of the cakes I've done in the past for his birthday.

Saturday, January 23, 2010

Growing pains

Happy birthday Michael!

Today Michael turns 4. I cannot believe four years ago today I gave birth to my precious son. His birth date is very special to me. January 23 is both the worst day of my life and also one of the best. January 23, 2004 was the day I had to kiss my husband good-bye and prayed for his safety as he deployed to Iraq. I was filled with fear that day. I spent my days unable to sleep, eat or think clearly. Every time the phone rang I feared that it was someone calling to tell me he had been hurt. Not knowing exactly where he was stationed for several months added to my anxiety. Every city mentioned in the news where solders were hurt or killed could have been the city he was in. I prayed daily as well as with members of my family for his safety and the well being of his unit. I had to give all my anxiety to the Lord and rely on Him alone to get me through that difficult time. He did, and my husband came home as well as his entire unit.

Fast forward to January 23, 2006. My precious angel son was born. A hefty 8 pounds and 21 inches long. He, in the instant he was born made me a mother. I remember every detail of that day. I had a long unpleasant pregnancy but in one second it was made completely worth it when he took his first breath. I thank you Lord for such a joyful child, full of laughter and play. Intelligent and sweet. I love your kisses and the flowers you bring me to brighten my day. I love to see you develop daily into the man of character your going to be and pray that God will give me wisdom as I guide you on your way. It is only by the graces of God that he can take your worst day and make it the best! Beauty comes from ashes!

Michael you keep me on my toes and I love you. Your growing but the only one having growing pains is me.

Thursday, January 21, 2010

Not so sure.

Well I've gone and done it. I'm blogging! Let me tell you I'm not so sure about this new adventure. I'm wondering if I'll actually have the time to post anything of consequence. I do love reading my friends blogs so why not give it a try. Stay tuned!