Tuesday, August 25, 2009

The Farm!

So once again it has been awhile since I have updated this! (Does ANYONE read this anyway?) :)... Well, here is what we have been up to... We went to Iowa the beginning of August for my cousin's wedding. Erik and Kristin were able to make a trip there too, so we were able to have all the (Lindeen-Hickle-Smith) family together! We had a GREAT time! We stayed at the Cutty's Resort (That I grew up going to as a kid) in Des Moines, IA and spent 2 nights there~ Swimming, Minni-golf, and just hanging out! Then we headed to the farm to spend a day there! It is always so fun for the kids to spend time on the farm, and I LOVE that they can experience this like I did growing up! Here are some pictures from the farm! (I didn't get many from Cutty's!) Thanks Great Grandpa for showing us ALL your gardens! We LOVED it!!!

Picking Apples!! We had so much fun driving around in Great Grandpa's "Golf Cart" and seeing all of the gardens and fruit trees he has! The kids were able to pick to their heart's content... They had a BLAST!!

We love you Great Grandma and Grandpa! (And of course Cheryl and the cousins too!!) :) Thanks for letting us stay and explore the farm!

Thursday, August 6, 2009

Trusting in the DAY to DAY...

Today I am really meditating on this scripture verse...

"So I tell you, don't worry about everyday life-whether you have enough food, drink, and clothes. Doesn't life consist of more than food and clothing? Look at the birds. They don't need to plant or harvest of put food in barns because your heavenly Father feeds them. And you are far more valuable to him than they are. Can all your worries add a single moment to your life? Of course not. And why worry about your clothes? Look at the lilies and how they grow. They don't work or make their clothing, yet Solomon in all his glory was not dressed as beautifully as they are. And if God cares so wonderfully for flowers that are here today and gone tomorrow, won't he more surely care for you? You have so little faith! So DON'T worry about having enough food or drink or clothing. Why be like the pagans who are so deeply concerned about these things? Your heavenly Father ALREADY knows your needs, and he will give you all you need from day to day if you live for him and make the Kingdom of God your primary concern.

So don't worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will bring its own worries. Today's trouble is enough for today."

I am learning what it means to trust God in the DAY TO DAY... Not month to month, not week to week, but actually day to day... It is not always easy and sometimes I lack the faith that God really will provide and take care of us... but that is when I HAVE to come back to this scripture and TRUST and BELIEVE with everything inside of me that God will provide and take care of us day to day... I am reminded of the story where the Hebrews were in the wilderness- starving, complaining, tired and frustrated, and yet, even in the midst of them complaining,GOD PROVIDED. And instead of providing for the whole month or week... He only provided for that day! He didn't want them to pick up any more Manna or Quail for the days to come and if they did He would cause the extra food to spoil. He was testing them... testing their faith. Would they obey? Or would they get fearful and try to do it their own way...

Today I am praying that God will give me the faith to TRUST Him to provide enough "manna" TODAY... And just rest in the assurance that He will!

Tuesday, August 4, 2009

Toys and Such...

Remember the re-organizing I have been doing? Here are a few things I've been up to...

This is our play-room... I have been re-organizing toys and making it a better & easier place for the kids to play!

I made the kids toy room more of a "play-house" and moved Samuel's toys to the front hall closet. This way they both feel like they have their "own space"

"Samuel's Closet"... He loves having all of his "boy stuff" in one place! (We still need to install some shelves eventually, but it works great for right now!)

This is on the back of the door of our "play room"~ I display all of the kid's art work!

So, that is all for now! Have a great Tuesday!