An exciting thing took place at our house this weekend. Malachi prayed to receive Christ as his savior! This is such an answer to prayer! It has been exciting to see each one of our older children make that decision for themselves. Each one with their own story...........
Malachi came into the world with a very exuberant personality! He is strong-willed and at times it has been tough parenting him! :o) I remember when he was three years old, Marc came down the stairs after putting him to bed shaking his head and said, "I am failing him miserably." With Malachi's personality we have always said, he could do mighty things for the Lord........or it could be really bad! When he was around four years old, Malachi was being very disagreeable and Marc said, "Malachi, you need to get saved!" Malachi's response, "That makes me tired." More recently he has been going through some tough spots. Marc purposed to pray hard for Malachi's salvation, but we didn't want to "push" him on it. We wanted it to be the Holy Spirit drawing him and not the "pressure" of us putting expectations on him. Out of the blue Friday night while walking through Wal-Mart with Marc he said, "Daddy, I am ready to ask Jesus into my heart." No, Marc didn't stop in the middle of the store to pray with him. :o) When they got home Malachi didn't say anything and Marc waited for him to mention it again. Early the next morning, on May 25th, Malachi told him again, "I want to ask Jesus into my heart." Our entire household was very excited! Malachi has been on "Cloud 9" all weekend!
"I have no greater joy than to hear that my children walk in truth." 3 John 1:4
Life has been hard for quite a while now. Lots of things have happened over the past year that are completely out of my control. It can all be very overwhelming, and I catch myself just going through the motions of my day. I read this story the other day and it was a good reminder to stop and enjoy each day. Life can change so fast and I don't want to miss out on the blessings of today by worrying about the unknowns of tomorrow.
A man sat
at a metro station in Washington DC and started to play the violin; it was a
cold January morning. He played six Bach pieces for about 45 minutes. During that time,
since it was rush hour, it was calculated that 1,100 people went through the
station, most of them on their way to work.
Three minutes went by, and a
middle aged man noticed there was musician playing. He slowed his pace, and
stopped for a few seconds, and then hurried up to meet his schedule.
minute later, the violinist received his first dollar tip: a woman threw the
money in the till and without stopping, and continued to walk.
minutes later, someone leaned against the wall to listen to him, but the man
looked at his watch and started to walk again. Clearly he was late for
The one who paid the most attention was a 3 year old boy. His
mother tagged him along, hurried, but the kid stopped to look at the violinist.
Finally, the mother pushed hard, and the child continued to walk, turning his
head all the time. This action was repeated by several other children. All the
parents, without exception, forced them to move on.
In the 45 minutes the
musician played, only 6 people stopped and stayed for a while. About 20 gave him
money, but continued to walk their normal pace. He collected $32. When he
finished playing and silence took over, no one noticed it. No one applauded, nor
was there any recognition.
No one knew this, but the violinist was Joshua
Bell, one of the most talented musicians in the world. He had just played one of
the most intricate pieces ever written, on a violin worth $3.5 million
Two days before his playing in the subway, Joshua Bell sold out
at a theater in Boston where the seats averaged $100.
This is a real
story. Joshua Bell playing incognito in the metro station was organized by the
Washington Post as part of a social experiment about perception, taste, and
priorities of people. The outlines were: in a commonplace environment at an
inappropriate hour: Do we perceive beauty? Do we stop to appreciate it? Do we
recognize the talent in an unexpected context?
One of the possible
conclusions from this experience could be:
If we do not have a moment to
stop and listen to one of the best musicians in the world playing the best music
ever written, how many other things are we missing?"
My spontaneous children that ALWAYS stop to smell the roses and enjoy each day! :)
The thrill of "homemade" fun!
"But let all those rejoice who put their trust in You;
Let them ever shout for joy, because You defend them; Let those also who love Your name Be joyful in You. For You, O Lord, will bless the righteous; With favor You will surround him as with a shield." Psalm 5:11-12
*BTW..... I looked up the story and it is true. It happened in 2007. :o)
"[Alot of people] think that Christianity is you doing all the righteous things you hate and avoiding all the wicked things you love in order to go to Heaven. No, that's a lost man with religion. A Christian is a person whose heart has been changed; they have new affections."~Paul Washer
We had Macheus dedicated on Mother's Day Sunday. Like every other special day since my mom died, it was bittersweet.
Our church asked for a family picture to put on the screen during his dedication. We hadn't taken one since Macheus was born, so a friend came to our house and took some for us. I guess for nine people, it turned out decent. :o)
Marc and our pastor did a wonderful job during the dedication. It was a very special and meaningful service. Some friends from our old church came and spent the day with us and of course my dad was here.
"You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your might. And these words that I command you today shall be on your heart. You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, and when you walk by the way, and when you lie down, and when you rise." Deuteronomy 6:5-7
This past Sunday, May 5th was the first anniversary of my mom's death. I can't believe we have now gone through all of the "firsts without her". The year has definitely been an emotional roller coaster.
I wanted to do something out of the normal routine with my dad that day. We packed a picnic and took off for a trip to a wild animal zoo. It had rained ALL week long and was calling for rain that day too. We decided to risk it and go anyway. I am so glad we did because the weather couldn't have been more perfect! God definitely showed His favor on us that day.
Grandpa took the two little boys on a train ride. It was precious. I said the only thing that could have made it more perfect was if Grandma was sitting there too. :o(
Madeline, Myles and I were the only ones that didn't touch the snake!
Matt showing us how strong he is! :o)
He actually slowed down enough for me to take a picture!
It was a good day, and I know we will all cherish the memories we made with "Pa". At the end of the day we all said that Grandma would have approved. We did something fun AND had ice cream. She always wanted the grand kids to have fun!
I can't believe he is already three months old! He has been such a joy!
We snapped a few pictures of him today, just for fun. This next one cracked me up. He is getting so round! :o)
His hair is really curly when I wash it. It gets straighter on the "non-washing" days, except for the little curl on the side always sticks up.
At three months: he sleeps all night long (as in 10 hours straight!) very happy in the mornings, coos and laughs out loud, stares very seriously and even scowls sometimes, fussy in the evenings and wants to be held, we spend lots of evening time on the front porch swing- he loves it, rolls over from front to back, (he did it the first time a few weeks ago when we were at my parents' old house- kind of sad that it was on grandma's bed- she would have thought that was neat), still loves his bouncy seat, swats at the toys hanging in front of him, loves to be held and has many willing arms!
It always amazes me how much love I have for yet another baby. I think one of the bonuses of having babies when you are older and have already raised others is that you appreciate every little moment. I look at him in awe sometimes, how perfectly formed he is. Every little detail- from his eyes, ears, fingernails..... all so perfectly made. It is humbling that God blessed us with him. I am very thankful! He is a precious gift!
"I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are
wonderful, I know that full well." Psalm 139:14
"Behold, children are a heritage from the Lord, The fruit of the womb is a reward. Like arrows in the hand of a warrior, So are the children of one's youth. Happy is the man who has his quiver full of them;" Psalms 127:3-5
"And I looked, and arose and said to the nobles, to the leaders, and to the rest of the people, “Do not be afraid of them. Remember the Lord, great and awesome, and fight for your brethren, your sons, your daughters, your wives, and your houses.” Nehemiah 4:14
Marc and Marcy
McKenzie Elizabeth & Daniel
Matthew Edward Fletcher
"For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, not of works, lest anyone should boast." Ephesians 2:8-9