28 April 2012

"To bed, to bed," said Sleepy Head

We've known for awhile that Avery was ready to move to a big girl bed. So after a positive experience last week on vacation, we decided to convert her crib to a toddler bed today.

Can you tell how excited she was about this project?

A few weeks ago, Avery chose this adorable bedding set that features flowers and ladybugs. My only requirement was that the bedding match the green walls in her room. She chose the perfect set!

Nap time went very well, and she didn't have any problems going to bed tonight either. But I'm nervous about the freedom she now has. I'm worried that one day I'll find her sitting in the living room at 3 a.m., watching TV and eating candy! So I guess I'm going to have to re-babyproof the house.

11 April 2012

The cutest baby in Japan

9,000 miles, give or take a few hundred. That's how far we are from Casey and his family in Japan. And that's a very long distance when we want to squeeze and love on sweet baby Caden. Thank goodness for the Internet! We love receiving photos and videos of Caden. Here are some recent pictures and one video of our four-month-old nephew (and cousin!)

I don't know which is cuter: Caden rolling over or Elvie cheering for him!

10 April 2012

BSF 2011-2012: James 1-2

The book of James was written (most likely) by Jesus' half-brother James during (most likely) Paul's first missionary journey. James explains how works are involved in the faith process by telling the first Christians that their faith should be expressed in their works. He also encourages the early believers to grow in their new-found faith.

The first chapter begins with James telling us to be joyful in our trials. Why? Because the testing of our faith develops perseverance, which helps us mature spiritually (James 1:2-4). James also tells us to ask God for wisdom during our trials. He may or may not reveal the reasons for our trials, but God always will give wisdom for us to persevere through our trials. Do I view trials in my life as gifts from God? How will I pray for my trials this week? Will I ask for wisdom to understand the trials, wisdom to grow during the trials or wisdom to persevere?

James continues to explain that true faith is demonstrated by our actions. We should be doers of the Word. As we read and study the Bible, our lives should be changed. If we study God's Word but walk away unchanged, what good does the Bible do for our lives? If we are being polluted by the world, we are not being doers of the Word. How well did my words and actions demonstrate my faith today? Can the world see that my faith is real based on my words and actions?

Finally, James explains how works are involved in faith. Real faith will be productive, active and alive. Faith without deeds is dead. We are saved by God's grace alone, but our works prove our faith and serve as a demonstration of our faith. How is my faith being demonstrated for others to see? How active or productive is my faith?

09 April 2012

Never again

Never again will I use one of those grocery carts with the kiddie car at the front. At the request of my sweet daughter, this morning I gave in and pushed one of those contraptions through the grocery store. That thing was so difficult to maneuver. I don't think all four wheels touched the ground at the same time. And thank goodness I didn't buy a lot of groceries because the basket wasn't very big at all.

The upside: Avery was as happy as a clam. And she didn't laugh when I knocked over a Mountain Dew display with said grocery cart. Special thanks to the nice Pepsi delivery man who re-stacked the display for me.

05 April 2012