Whiny Highlander

Sunday, January 30, 2011

What a week. Actually, it's been a pretty crazy month. All I can say is thank you Jesus for good family and friends - and complete strangers (who are praying for me & mine ;). I am so grateful. It has been hard to get on my computer in the last few days as we have been super busy. Days filled with lots of craziness.

Wednesday we got to sleep in. If you know about my sweet Siena Joy, you know she has been an amazing sleeper from week four. We had a few hard weeks in the midst of moving and the holidays but she got back on track and was sleeping ten hours straight through. Well, the last two weeks have been a back to newborn stage as she is constantly starving. She has been eating every three hours through the entire day. So... in spite of what others may think (fear of man is really an issue here) we are going to be giving her rice cereal soon. She needs more calories and we want to see if it will help her last longer through the night. I know that many people have differing opinions but I think if it may help, why not try?

Back to Wednesday - we slept in. She actually woke up at 6 to eat and seemed wide awake but boy was I not ready to get up... So, I laid her in her crib and miraculously (Thank you Jesus) she fell back asleep about ten minutes after talking to herself. We all got up around nine and a real evidence that Chris may be on the mend is his desire to go adventure is back. We decided to drive to Snoqualmie Falls to get out and see something in God's creation. I also have a favorite Irish pub in Snoqualmie that I was happy to get to go visit. We got sidetracked with the beauty of the falls and ran into a college friend while looking at Salish Lodge sooo we didn't get to eat the yummy food. We then hurried back to drop Siena off with a sweet friend and get to Chris' dr. appointment. The dr. told us after many questions and an examination that one of two things were true. Chris was either getting over a nasty virus or he may have an issue with his liver. So, please pray & thank you because I already feel your prayers in the way that my hubster is acting and feeling. That night we had community group, which was amazing as we haven't been to church in four weeks...

Thursday, thanks to my amazing husband for a great birthday gift (Yes, my birthday is in April & yes, I just got to use my gift) and for another sweet friend who watched my daughter, I was pampered. I had a facial (delightful!), an eye brow wax (not so delightful but the outcome was very necessary), and a pedi (simply divine). Afterwards I got to stay and hang out at my friends and have dinner with our families.

Aaand... today we had mom's group at my house. I made scrumptious blueberry muffins while I got SJ to sleep in just like the other day... till 10:30! Then, ANOTHER amazing friend watched Siena while I got to pick up my highlander. Ohhh haha. Can't believe I forgot to add that part of the post and it's the title I chose for this post. If it's not your baby waking you up every three hours, or your sick husband every few hours, it's your highlander. The alarm went off about 20 times Wednesday night in increments of 5 mins, 20 mins, and sometimes it would wait 2 hours just until you fell into a good and deep sleep. Anyway, I took it in and they can't even figure out the problem. Hopefully it doesn't happen again.


Friday, January 28, 2011

Each Friday morning I host a mom's group at my home complete with treats, tea, and approximately ten kids. It is wonderful. It has been such a blessing in my life. Hanging out with other mamas and talking about Jesus and how he is changing our lives; it's a gift.

Today I led the devotional on anxiety. When thinking about what to talk about, it was the first thing on my mind. Mark preached on it in the last two months and it really struck me. In the gospels Jesus says do not be anxious about your life. This means everything in life, it's all inclusive. It also means that if I am anxious - then I am disobeying my Savior.

I don't have any wise words on this because I am in the heat of learning and being sanctified. But I do know that the Word tells us some good things about anxiety. I also know that I don't have the power to obey this command on my own but the One living inside me is greater than my flesh.

o Anxiety in a man's heart weighs him down, but a good word makes him glad. – Proverbs 12:25

o Say to those who have an anxious heart, Be strong; fear not! Behold your God will come with vengeance, with the recompense of God. He will come and save you. – Isaiah 35:4

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o Humble yourselves, therefore, under the mighty hand of God so that at the proper time he may exalt you, casting all your anxieties on him, because he cares for you. – 1Peter 5:6-7

o Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. – Phil 4:6

o Therefore I tell you, do not be anxious about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink, nor about your body, what you will put on. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothing? – Matthew 6:25

o Therefore do not be anxious about tomorrow, for tomorrow will be anxious for itself. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble. – Matthew 6:34

o And which of you by being anxious can add a single hour to his span of life? - Luke 12:25

- What have you been anxious about lately?

o Relationship with the Lord, marriage, children, household, eating, clothing, body image, ministry, evangelism, service

- Where are you on the road to obeying Jesus when he says, “Do not be anxious about your life?”

I am tired of living in anxiety. Please Lord help me to live in obedience.

Rest? What?

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

The last two weeks have been crazy. Really fun, busy, crazy days filled with things to do. Not restful though. I'm not sure where we were driving home from, could have been my parents, the Lantings, the Deans, the Claytons, the store - see what I mean & if I keep thinking that list could grow & grow, but I told Chris that I needed rest. That we should have a full day of it. So my creative, come to the rescue, Knight of a husband declared his day off this week as omelette, movie, rest & relax Thursday! YAY!

So, to say the least... I'm very much looking forward to tomorrow. God says we aren't guaranteed tomorrow, that all we may have is today. So, I am also excited for time with amazing friends today, my baby girl, and the moment CK walks in the door tonight.

Oh, and I'm also excited to make Tomato Bisque... which I found out I need a blender for & don't have one. Can I borrow yours?

5am, tippy toes & laundry

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

that is what today is all about.

Siena broke out of her swaddle & woke up at 5am. I fed her because I don't want to spend an hour putting her back to bed. I went back to sleep and drifted in and out because of CK's many snooze attempts and eventually got up to... yes I'll say it on my blog: pump. Afterwards, I realized I hadn't set CK's coffee so I went into the kitchen and all of a sudden he was there.
"How do you get the coffee?" He asked with a grin.
"I stand on my tippy toes." I replied (with a little bit of attitude as you all know)
"You cutest." He said with another smirk.
Yes, I have to get the coffee down while standing on my tippy toes. I cannot reach our highest cabinets and that is where the coffee goes. The coffee I don't drink. The coffee that I make lovingly each morning for my husband unless one of two things happens. 1. I make it the night before - which is amazing if I remember! 2. The baby is up all night and I can't get out of bed to make it.

There is so much laundry all the time. Stacks of laundry waiting to be put in drawers and hung in closets. A
huge bin of laundry in the office waiting to be put in. I'm sick of laundry. & usually I love it.

Something I'm thankful for today:
-Mom coming over
-Seeing Ally
-Community group tonight - a party to bid everyone goodbye as we go our separate ways


Monday, January 24, 2011

This has become my favorite song in the last two weeks. I imagine it will stay there for years to come. Every line has immense meaning & more is packed into this song than almost every other song I've ever heard. I implore you to read the whole thing & then listen to it. It's ok if you don't like rap, you can still appreciate the theology that Lecrae has embedded into this song. Plus if you do like rap, you are blessed because Lecrae is coming to Seattle, March 5th for the Rock and Worship Road Show! It's only $10 at the door!

If this life has anything to gain at all
I count it lost if I can't hear you, feel you, 'cause I need you
Can't walk this earth alone
I recognize I am not my own, so before I fall
I need to hear you, feel you, as I live to make my boast in you alone

With every breath I take, with every heart beat,
Sunrise and the moon lights in the dark street
Every glance, every dance, every note of a song
It's all a gift undeserved that I shouldn't have known
Every day that I lie, every moment I covet
I'm deserving to die, I'm just earning your judgment
I, without the cross there's only condemnation
If Jesus wasn't executed there's no celebration
So in times that are good, in times that are bad
For any times that I've had it all I will be glad
And I will boast in the cross, I boast in my pains
I will boast in the sunshine, boast in his rain

What's my life if it's not praising you
Another dollar in my bank account of vain pursuit, I do
Not count my life as any value or precious at all
Let me finish my race, let me answer my call

Tomorrow's never promised, but it is we swear
Think we holding our own, just a fist full of air

God has never been obligated to give us life
If we fought for our rights, we'd be in hell tonight
Mere sinners own nothing but a fierce hand
We never loved him we pushed away his pierced hands
I rejected his love, grace, kindness, and mercy
Dying of thirst, yet, willing to die thirsty
Eternally worthy, how could I live for less?
Patiently you turn my heart away from selfishness
I volunteer for your sanctifying surgery
I know the spirits purging me of everything that's hurting me
Remove the veil from my darkened eyes
So now every morning I open Your Word and see the sun rise
I hope in nothin', boast in nothin', only in your sufferin'
I live to show your glory, dyin' to tell your story

Glory was solely meant for you
Doing what no one else could do
With all I have to give
I'll use my life, I'll use my lips
I'll only glory in your Word
What gift to me I don't deserve
I'll live in such a way that it reflects to you, my Praise

*More on boasting can be found in 2Corinthians 3:4-5 & 12:9-10


Sunday, January 23, 2011

Yep, I'm a planner. I love to do lists, calendars, notes, and planners... that combine all three of the previous things. I love checking things off on a list. I feel accomplished. This feeling is fine in life until it starts to creep in to your relationship with the Holy One. God does not want us thinking that spending time with him, knowing him, or any of the other facets of our relationship with him are things on a to do list that just get checked off. He desires us to know and treasure him, after all he created us in his image, for his glory and joy. We should find joy in spending time with him.

I do however, find life much easier to be handled when things are written in one place. Which is why I was so excited and almost cried the other day when Shelbs checked my mailbox for me and there was no planner awaiting me. Little did I know the FedEx man would knock on the door with it in his hands a mere 20 mins later.

My friend Lexi introduced me to tinyprints and we got our Christmas cards made through them this year. They have a great feature where you enter addresses and for a small fee they print them and mail them off! It was such a help as a new mama! Anyway, after Christmas I got an email for 1/2 off planners and I still needed one! I absolutely love it! I got to upload a picture and explain how I wanted our names. The inside is cool too, with tons of space to write!

Let me know if you want one! I have coupons for 10% off!
Beautiful Personalized Planners!

God is good.

Thursday, January 20, 2011

That is what is on my mind right now. I can barely wrap my mind around what that means. But I know He is. He cares for me even when I can't feel it. He loves me even when I am unlovable. He pursues me even when I turn my face from him. He gives me rest even when I have been lazy and don't deserve it. He is good.

I read a recent post that gave me this inspiration. I am combining it with my beautiful friend Ally's post that I read this morning that also was inspiration for writing my own. P.S. you should also read this post as it made me incredibly emotional and made my own sweet mama cry.

January 2010 - My last month alone with my man.

February 2010 - We're pregnant!

March 2010 - A fun date with my husband and we saw these animals.
The funny thing is.. I'm not even sure what they are.
(I could be killed for writing that and being a Geiselman)

April 2010 - Our first glimpse at Siena Joy, when we didn't know
if she was a girl or a boy.

May 2010 - Amazing road trip with the Lantings to celebrate the Garbers!

June 2010 - It's a girl!

July 2010 - Multiple camping trips with the Deans!

August 2010 - Celebrating one year of marriage!

September 2010 - A baby shower, isn't my mom gorgeous??

October 2010 - Our precious girl was born!

November 2010 - We meet Maggie Pearl!

December 2010 - Siena's 1st Christmas!