I love walking through the mall at Christmas time. I don't go often, but I love the music and the decorations this time of year. So this week we headed out to Eastview Mall. It was the first time we went to the mall without a stroller and it felt so weird. The highlight for the boys was when I put cologne on them. Law chose Attitude and Carter chose Boss- so appropriate.
This was so fun because it was like making sugar cookies but no calories! I know I am absolutely no fun, but trust me- I do eat lots of cookies. The sugar ones are my favorite. I got this recipe from heart of the matter. I think the boys will be giving them as gifts too.
Law wanted a Word World cake. He loves the show. If you don't know the show this cake probably really looks weird! I did my best to create something similar to the one on the show and he loved it, especially the m&m's.
Cupcakes too. The yellow ones are duck and the green are frog.
Yesterday Kirsten called in the afternoon and said she had won 4 tickets to see Steven Curtis Chapman and Michael W. Smith. She had replied to an email from the radio and won 2 tickets. She was so excited to take Julia, but had wanted to take Olivia and I as well. Few minutes later she got a call from someone we know and she asked if she wanted 2 more tickets! So Kirsten, Julia, Olivia and I got dressed up and went to the show last night. We had such an amazing time. Michael and Steven sang together, separately, and they sang each others songs too. I had no idea how inspiring it would be to see them singing and to be in an audience where you can feel the presence of the Lord. All I can say is Amazing! Steven lost his 5 year old daughter in May and to hear him sing Cinderella, which he wrote about his daughters, brought me to tears- many.
There were 2 things that were said that stayed with me. Michael said to "live intentionally". It really made me think because our pastor mentioned last Sunday to "live life on purpose". God are you trying to tell me something? Sometimes i am a little slow:) The only way i could rationalize that statement in my head is when my kids hurt each other, i ask was it accidental or on purpose? So i guess when he said to live intentionally it means to have thought about it. Accidental is not meaning to, but intentional is thinking about, planning for, and knowing how you feel about something. I get so caught up in my immediate feeling about something i don't think about the overall picture and how it relates to my life or to God's plan for my life. The other thing that was life changing for me was Steven's song Miracle of the Moment, "this is the only moment we can do anything about, so breathe it in and breathe it out, listen to your heartbeat. there's a wonder in the here and now, its right there in front of you... and if it bring you tears taste them as they fall, let them soften your heart... " He talked about how character building comes when you have been in the valley. To hear him speak on that meant so much to me because of where his family has been the last 6 months.
So when i woke up yesterday and was planning my day, God was laughing and saying- you think you have it all figured out, but i have other plans for you. Don't you love that we have God that not only teaches us, but delights in seeing us giddy and happy. Kirsten and i were dancing when Michael was singing some of his older 90's songs, and Julia said "mom, stop". Kir, i think we are getting old!! Oh well, we still know how to have fun. Thank you for a wonderful evening out with your beautiful girls.
This is where i will share our everyday lives with our family and friends. I am a child of God, wife of an IT guy, and mom to my two boys. I love to read when i have time, taking photos, and spending time with friends. We school our kids at home, but school is usually wherever we happen to be that day. My Real Joy is knowing Jesus as my savior.