The Yell Jar

 Before we get to today’s scheduled post, I just feel like I need to take a moment and acknowledge the loss of lives yesterday at the Boston Marathon; some meeting death, others facing a life very much unlike the one they had previous to the race.  Lost limbs, lost love ones, lost hope….all things that require a time of mourning.

  It is my utmost prayer, that on their knees in their agony, they find Jesus.  That they feel His gentle touch as He gathers them in His arms of love.  The world we live in, is a dark, scary, sinful place….but friends, we always have hope in Jesus.  In His promise of eternal life after death, in one day coming back and rescuing the lost, taking His children home to be with Him in Paradise.  Oh, how glorious that day will be…….until then, do not lose heart, for He has overcome the world!

John 16:33 “I have said these things to you, that in me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation. But take heart; I have overcome the world.”

Now, on to today’s previously scheduled post:

 

Notice something new in my kitchen?

IMG_3444

  Ok, ok, you are right.  That Kraft Cheese Box didn’t used to be there.  A new antique find from a friend, but nope….that’s not it.    It’s higher up on the shelf…..

IMG_3443

You found it!

The Yell Jar

IMG_3440

  So at our house, we work a lot on FIRST time obedience.  There are seasons of life we all do better about this.  Lately, I have been losing my cool with the kids. 

“I told you to do the DISHWASHER! WHY IS NO ONE OUT HERE DOING IT!?!?!?!?!??!”

  My point could be gotten across just as sweetly, had I walked into the playroom and reminded them to come do it.  This action would be followed up, by giving them all a strike on the Strike Board, because SLOW obedience is the same as NO obedience.

  Dale reads through the board at the end of the day and we talk about the choices that were made, and we discipline accordingly if someone got 3 strikes, or reward accordingly for 3 stars that are a sign of GOOD behavior. 

As you can see, Tylan had slow obedience this morning when I asked him to go get his shoes on and make his bed before school. 

IMG_3446

  Anyhow, back to the topic at hand, yelling. 

  Honestly, I get lazy at times, and its easier to holler across the house, or get their attention by yelling my instructions again, LOUDLY this time!

Dale found himself doing the same thing, sooo, he came up with “The Yell Jar”.  Whoever yells, puts a dollar in the jar.

  HOWEVER, we have kids that forget to use inside voices, and they yell sometimes too, so at that point, THEY put a dollar in.  

The only rule is, NO making someone yell by provoking!!!!!  The provoker gets the dollar charge if this occurs.

  So far, so good!  Except if you look closely at that photo, you will notice that $2 of those $3 in there, are from me. 

{SIGH}

  What can I say, I am a work in progress!

KIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIDDDDDDDS!!!!!
IT IS TIME TO Cleannn
…..

OH, er, um, I meant…….

Oh children, it’s time to clean up, please!!  🙂

~T

 Someone asked a good question: What happens when the yell jar is full?
Dale says the answer is: Go out for ice cream and celebrate that we don’t holler anymore!!!!!
The Yell Jar

2013 Word of the Year

  I had this post planned for Thursday, but I think it’s more fitting to post it New Years Day, don’t you?!  

Each year, I hear families praying about a “Word of the Year”.  I have never done this, but looking back, I think we have had several:

2010: Discipline

  Our year of financial discipline was difficult to say the least. You can read some of the amazing things God did during this time here, the first of a three part series.  I see now, looking back, that this was all a breaking down of Dale, so the truth could come in the summer of 2011.  There was a bigger picture at work, one we could not yet see.  It served a big purpose in my own life, to re-evaluate the important things, to re-define our former comfortable lifestyle, and to let go of the “American Dream” in my head of what our lives should look like.

2011: Broken 

   There is no doubt the word for 2011 was Broken.  Broken hearts, broken dreams, broken marriage vows.  In the end, we learned God desires our brokenness.  And we will never ever forget, that to become broken, is actually to become whole. 

2012: Transparency

  This was a HUGE part of 2012, I kept thinking “Healing” might be our word of the year, but I keep going back to the TRANSPARENCY that had to occur for Dale and I to move forward in our tragedy for God’s glory, and share it both on the world wide web, but also speaking at church events, Encounters, and sitting down with other couples.  Owning our truth was hard, and there were those that judged us harshly for it, but God is so faithful.  Obedience brings blessing!

  I am excited to say, I feel like the Lord is showing me what the 2013 word could be, when I received the SAME word, for the third time in a 2 month period:

RESTORATION.

   I was not praying for a word of the year, but I have been meditating on this verse for the past few months:

“Restore to me the joy of my salvation and renew a right spirit within me.” Psalms 51:12

  I WANT this.  I was asking God for this to happen this year. I feel like after an amazing mountain top high, I am in a Spiritual Valley.  I feel as if my prayers do not reach above the ceiling, and I no longer feel the Lord’s presence constantly, as I did in crisis mode.  I am asking Him to breathe new life into me, I miss the mountain top.  I suppose if we didn’t walk through a Valley, we never would understand the blessing of the view from the top, would we?

   In the midst of this, I was asked to speak at a Women’s event coming up this month, and the key word for the evening was Restoration

Hmm, see a pattern here? 

Then weeks later, I see the words:

RESTORATION 2013. 

My heart jumped as only it can when you are nudged by the Holy Spirit!

RESTORATION! Yes, Lord, yes!

“You crown the year with your bounty, and your carts overflow with abundance.“  Psalms 65:11

I pray our time of famine has passed, and it is my prayer for 2013, that He will abundantly lavish us with restoration of joy, restoration of our financial storehouses full and overflowing with a bountiful harvest, and a year full of blessings.  I cannot WAIT to see what He has in store. 

For He will restore what the locusts have eaten…. {Taken from Joel 2:25}

  So, I shared a little bit of this post on New Years Eve, on the 4 little Ferguson’s facebook page, and you will not BELIEVE the message I got:

Jessica Devine: I just wanted to let you know that my pastor received a Word from God for 2013….the word was RESTORATION!!! I am believing this!!! Amen!
 WHAT?!  Yet, another confirmation!  Praise God and Hallelujah!  She had chills when she read my status update, I had chills when I read her message.
   Listen up, we serve a God who can make beauty from the ashes of our lives, every single time, if only we let Him.  And like the back of a tapestry, we may only see a mess of strings, but He sees a beautiful big picture.

“For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways,” declares the Lord.“As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts. As the rain and the snow come down from heaven, and do not return to it without watering the earth and making it bud and flourish, so that it yields seed for the sower and bread for the eater, so is my word that goes out from my mouth: It will not return to me empty, but will accomplish what I desire and achieve the purpose for which I sent it. You will go out in joy and be led forth in peace; the mountains and hills will burst into song before you, and all the trees of the field will clap their hands. Instead of the thornbush will grow the pine tree, and instead of briers the myrtle will grow. This will be for the Lord’s renown, for an everlasting sign, which will not be destroyed.”
Isaiah 55:8-13

What is your word for 2013?  Want to join me in asking our Heavenly Father for RESTORATION?

Restoration for Marriages. Restoration of a quieter, less busy lifestyle. Restoration of the family unit as it is meant to be. Restoration for the lost.  Restoration for the broken.  Restoration of our Great Nation.  Restoration of the Church, so that is no longer a Museum for the good, but rather a Hospital for the Broken.  

 We cannot even begin to imagine the great things He has in store!

Hugs, T

Restoration

 

Shared with Mercy Ink: Heart Home Link Up

4th of July Fun

  I am happy to report that this years post about 4th of July Fun, does not include any meltdowns from any Firework hating little Fergusons.  For this very reason, last years 4th of July follow-up post was entitled:

 “4 Little Fergusons Fireworks: Fiasco or Fun? Um, Yes.”

  Photo from last year:

2 out of 4 sobbed through the whole thing

2011 4th of July

Photo from this year:

Awe and amazement

2012 4th of July

YAY!

  We had a great time, it’s super duper late, we just showered all the kids and it’s almost 10, so without further ado, 4th of July photos……

~T

Patriotic music  by the Municipal Band the night before……

IMG_2860IMG_2866IMG_2869IMG_2873IMG_2885

Much dancing and marching ensued….

IMG_2907IMG_2911IMG_2932IMG_2934IMG_2936IMG_2938IMG_2944IMG_2945IMG_2948IMG_2951IMG_2954IMG_2957

Never mind, 105* is just too hot for marching and dancing…..

IMG_2854IMG_2858IMG_2900IMG_2903

The next morning:   The 4th of July Parade!

Biggest turn out we’ve seen yet! The streets were packed!

IMG_2982IMG_2969IMG_2971IMG_2975IMG_2976IMG_2977IMG_2984IMG_2980IMG_2983IMG_2985IMG_2986IMG_2991IMG_2995IMG_2997IMG_2996IMG_2999IMG_3000IMG_3010IMG_3020IMG_3026IMG_3028IMG_3030IMG_3031IMG_3036IMG_3037IMG_3038IMG_3047IMG_3049IMG_3077IMG_3050IMG_3051IMG_3053IMG_3056IMG_3055IMG_3058IMG_3061IMG_3065IMG_3069IMG_3073

IMG_3092IMG_3093IMG_3096IMG_3100IMG_3097IMG_3103IMG_3107IMG_3119

Steak Fajitas for supper.

IMG_3132IMG_3134

Secret ingredient?  Herbed Goat Cheese.

OH MY YUMMY GOODNESS!  A must try!

IMG_3136

After supper, Poppers, bike riding and a few fireworks.

IMG_3142IMG_3144

Dale thought it’d be fun to teach Paxton to squeeze the poppers between his fingers since he couldn’t make them snap by throwing them.

IMG_3145IMG_3147IMG_3178

Needless to say, Mommy was NOT impressed and we switched to stomping.

IMG_3149IMG_3152

Destiny and Ty put on a bike show.

IMG_3157IMG_3174IMG_3162IMG_3176

Then, fireworks time!  A short but sweet show, with fireworks found in the shed last time we cleaned up, plus a few daddy bought for a special treat!

IMG_3181IMG_3194IMG_3196

Somebody’s excited!

IMG_3195IMG_3208

Woah!

IMG_3201IMG_3211IMG_3212IMG_3219IMG_3220IMG_3221IMG_3223IMG_3224IMG_3226IMG_3229IMG_3233

Pax wanted to go UP in the sky too!

IMG_3239IMG_3235IMG_3246IMG_3256IMG_3249

Hope you all had a fun and safe 4th!

IMG_3255