Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Tuesday

Well yesterday was a good day...as are most days around here...no special events just a normal day. We started out the morning by going to bible study and arriving on time-ish. It starts at 9:00 so I consider that a victory. After that we had lunch with Matt at the house. We were able to have pleasant conversation despite the noisy children that belong to us. Haha. Then, it was nap time! It really is a magical time that must never be taken for granted...but I digress. After naps, we played outside and the kids cracked me up! Lilly has this bouncy-dog and she kept getting on it and "accidentally" falling over and saying "Whoaaaa".
I think you can tell by the smile that she was just fine....even though she "fell" like 70 times.
Reid just sat in his Cozy Coupe and chillaxed for a bit.
The boy LOVES his car and making the horn go "beep beep".
Poor Tank--every time the kids are outside, one of them (Reid...if I were to mention names) dumps his water out. Lilly was hilarious because she ran inside and got a kitchen towel and ran back outside and started cleaning the water up. I didn't have the heart to tell her that the sun would do it for her--I was also excited at her initiative!
She also took everything (including the ball pictured) out of the playhouse and kept saying "wet". Matt came home from work as I was in the middle of fixing pork burritos (OMGOSH they are good) so he played with the kids outside while I finished dinner. We ate and then went for a walk to the nearby school playground, let the kids play for awhile, and then walked back home and got the kids ready for bed! All in all, it was a pretty sweet day!
Now, for those of you who are interested in my bible study, I thought I would share a couple of highlights from this week. This weeks topic was on how men are secretly insecure and feel like at any moment they could be "found out" and lose everything.
  • I came to a realization this week....Matt has given up his "back-up income" security for me to stay at home with our babies. As I read about how deeply rooted the need for the man to be the "provider" of the home is and how scared he is to fail at that--it really made me appreciate that security sacrifice that he is making for us!
  • A big focus was on how important it is for us wives to affirm our husbands! They need to know that we honestly appreciate their efforts and are proud of them. We also talked about how important it is to focus on the "praise-worthy" characters of your spouse. Philippians 4:8 says "Finally brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable--if there is any moral excellence and if there is any praise--DWELL ON THESE THINGS." We also made a list of praise-worthy traits of our hubby's to help us focus on those qualities. I have a good hubby so that was easy!
  • Another good point was that home needs to be the "safety zone"...your husband needs to know that no matter what is happening at work or in his life, that you are in his corner (so to speak) to support him and back him up.
  • I would also like to note that we talked about things that get in our way of loving our husbands in this way...and for many...it pretty much boils down to....selfishness. He isn't doing these things for me...why should I do them for him?? I think what we should remember is that God recognizes your sacrifice and your selflessness and blesses it.

So, all in all, this study is going great. Matt and I have a great marriage but it is still IMPROVING it and making it better. I have been expressing to him every day things that I appreciate or reasons I am proud of him. It is funny and awkward at times but I can tell he likes it. I also make sure that when I talk to others about him, I speak of him in a positive manner. The challenge this week is to try and ease the burden of being the provider a little bit. I am making a tight budget and sticking to it.

2 comments:

Todd and Courtney said...

I really should read that book too!! I love the backyard play time. Lauren would love it.

Ginger said...

I think it's great your not only doing a bible study but one to enrich your greatest relationship other than with God your marriage. I think the greatest gift we can give our children is a godly marriage. I have really noticed how you are growing in Christ recently. I am excited for you!! I also am proud of all the posts you've been writing recently. What a good girl!! Anyway have a great weekend!