Monday, September 27, 2010

Oh boy oh boy! Summer 2010

Summer 2010
A lot has gone on over the last month! I'll try to capture some of little guys actions, trips and outings! He is SUCH a blessing in our lives.

The kiddo started walking....on his own September 9. First steps were Thursday, August 19. I'm working a video, but don't have it up online yet.

We love hanging with E and going outside with him. He is a great eater and LOVES his veggies. We are trying to spend as much time as possible with him despite the busy stuff in our lives.

E picked at shared an apple with daddy-o
Happy on a tractor! Woah, loved it!
Trying to get a cute pic on a pumpkin...this was it.
Loves giving out love! Kisses for daddy-o.
I tried to get the two cousins INSIDE the tepee, but this was as close as I got. Too much to see and do at the Science Center
E is trying to show Grandpa Lummy how to fish! HA. Just teasing!
He is practicing!
"This is my boom stick." Matching orange shirts for J's birthday!
Grandma Alice giving the cousins a bath!
E at the Science Center...boy, he loved those trains!
Noah fishing at the Science Center!
A smoky tornado
My handsome the beginning of our Science Center trip!
J & S in Mexico...Yes, on camels
Steph's fav place...the beach!
At Gma Alice's. Acting silly on the couch
Pirate show at the Science Center with Daddy, Mommy & Eric
Gramps & E after swimming in Grandpa's new pool! FUN

Friday, September 17, 2010

Selective Listening

I seriously write about one to two blogs in my head every day. I just never log in to put them here. I would like to blog more about my thoughts and E's growth. We will see how it goes. Hang in with me on this one!

The other night my hubby said "Huh?" "What?" and was referring to something we spoke about previously. He couldn't remember the details we discussed. The next night, it was me saying "Huh? What are you talking about?" We were both guilty of not FULLY listening to one another.

Both my boys LOVE to talk. I just get so confused about WHAT I should listen to when J wants to talk about his home improvement projects or discuss his career. I know the answer should be that I listen carefully to everything....but when we have a family of talkers, analytical thinkers, and communicators its pretty hard to listen all the time!

This recent week's events got me thinking about how I choose to listen to selective things my husband, mother and coworkers say to me. (I'm being honest here, and I think it could be mutual for most parties. ) I want to know everything, but sometimes I'm so self-centered on my problems, activities or events that I really miss deepening a friendship or relationship with family.

I also realized that this TOTALLY applies to God in my life. I keep praying for an open heart, to be able to listen to God speak to me in my life....but really, I KNOW He is there. I know HE is telling me things, but I am just too busy to listen OR I don't want to do it His way and so I just selectively listen to him. I don't deepen our relationship or grow from the "uh...huh, God. Sounds good. Talk to you later. Ba-bye" conversation with Him. Matt, the lead pastor at my church home Rooftop Community Church, said something a while ago. He said, "God's people do God's Will....GOD'S WAY." I know God was speaking to me that day, I printed out the quote three times and have it in my office. Well, now its been there a few months gathering dust and I just don't listen to it the same way I did when I first put it up there.

I guess my question is facetious, but here it is anyway : How can I be open to hear God when I choose to selectively listen to His word?

I'm challenged to listen more intently and when I spend time with God, to REALLY spend time with him. Proverbs 1:5 tells us "Let the wise listen and add to their learning, and let the discerning get guidance." I hope to be a better listener to gain more knowledge and guidance from the Lord!