Sunday, July 24, 2011

St.Louis Fun

My brother and his wife moved to St.Peters, MO, just outside of St.Louis back at the beginning of the year and we have been waiting to take a trip to visit them. We finally got to go and had a BLAST!!!! The boys love their Uncle JJ and Aunt Brandi so much and really enjoyed the time they got to spend with them.

We got in late Wednesday night and the boys were wound up, even Caden! So of course we put them straight to bed anyways and told them to sleep in in the morning, haha, if you don't know by now but my kids are crazy and wake up every morning at 6. Period. Kinda crazy but they do so Thursday morning in St.Louis they were up at 5:45!!! Ummm, don't think so go get back in bed! They were giggling and having a blast so we let them come out about 6:30, we didn't want to wake Uncle JJ and Aunt Brandi but they did wake the dog that woke them up :) Good birth control for them!

Thursday we got up and went to the Zoo it was so nice and free but oh so hot!! We had a good time and came back home for naps then that night we went to Incredible Pizza. We had so much fun. The boys got to race go carts and even won ribbons for first place. We were sure they were worn out from the heat and the playing but yet again Friday they were up at 6.

We got ready and headed out to Grants Farm Friday morning and it was really neat. Free again and the boys really enjoyed it. Coop got to pet a camel, donkey, and a goat. Pretty cool. Then we went to the Science Museum that afternoon and it was kinda over their heads but it was fun. Next we hit up the mall where Uncle JJ bought them milkshakes :) Then headed off to dinner where the boys didnt eat anything b/c of their milkshakes...but it was my FAVORITE resturant, Fuddruckers. I haven't had it since December 09' in NC. It was sooo yummy.

Of course we never got a family picture or a picture of the boys with Uncle JJ and Aunt Brandi. Why does this always happen? Oh well. 

Saturday we decided to head out a little early so we could eat lunch at Lamberts on the way home. The boys loved the rolls being thrown everywhere and we were safely back home by Saturday afternoon.

We had a great time and loved spending time with Jeremy and Brandi. Coop already has our next trip planned and he is ready to go, too bad school starts next week!

Saturday, July 16, 2011

True Beauty

This is from a book I am currently reading and I loved how they talked about true beauty...

First Peter 3:4-5 tells us, "Let your adorning be the hidden person of the heart with the imperishable beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which in God's sight is very precious. For this is how the holy women who hoped in God used to adorn themselves."

God's definition of beauty stands in stark contrast to the way our culture defines beauty. Our culture defines beauty by how we look on the outside. God defines beauty by what we are like on the inside.

Our culture puts forth a standard of beauty that is unattainable by most. God puts forth a standard of beauty to which we can all attain if we just respond to his work of grace in our lives.

Our culture encourages women to cultivate a beauty that will only last for a brief time. God encourages women to cultivate a beauty that will never fade and that will only grow more attractive with the passing of time.

Our culture calls us to cultivate a beauty that impresses others. God summons us to cultivate a beauty that is first and foremost for his eyes.

Our culture entices us to aspire to the beauty of the latest glamorous model or this season's most popular actress. God bids us to aspire to the beauty of the holy women in the past who put their hope in God.

From Becoming God's True Woman by Nancy Leigh Demoss