Life Lately – Via Cell Phone Pics

feb16-8

“In the future, when your children ask you, ‘What do these stones mean?’
tell them that the flow of the Jordan was cut off before the ark of the covenant of the Lord.
When it crossed the Jordan, the waters of the Jordan were cut off.
These stones are to be a memorial to the people of Israel forever.” Joshua 4:6-7

After Joshua led the people through the Jordan he told them to collect 12 stones (one for each tribe) as a reminder of what God did for them that day.

A few weeks ago our pastor encouraged us to make a list of our own “12 stones,” so I spent some time writing my list. And as I wrote down specific times (many of them are specific dates burned into my mind) when God came through for me, I was reminded of his unfailing faithfulness in my life.

Sometimes when we’re in a spiritual desert clawing our way through the sand, wondering why we aren’t hearing from God,
why he isn’t moving on our behalf, it’s easy to forget the waters he’s parted in the past.
Those are the times we have to look at the stones we’ve collected and remember what we know to be true:
God is good. And he is faithful. And he always comes through for his children!

feb16 -1

These boots are over 20 years old!
They were my brother’s when he was in 6th or 7th grade and are in desperate need of a re-sole, but I can’t stop wearing them.
I feel like a legit cowgirl bc these are workin’ ropers, not some glitzy going out boots! 🙂 #ihavenoideawhatimtalkingabout

feb16-3

“And the things of earth will grow strangely dim. In the light of His glory and grace.”

feb16-7

We sort of stumbled upon an old bus. Kingston is obsessed. If I have one more “abandoned bus” conversation…
JK. I love how he talks nonstop!

feb16-16

Some days I walk through our house and say, “Thank you God for giving me Anderson.”
Because most people would not put up with my decorating shenanigans. (I painted stripes on another entryway!)

feb16-4

We thoroughly enjoyed Valentine’s Day – art projects and sugar overload!

feb16-2

Valentine’s party day is a big deal in preschool land. Kingston even sprayed a little cologne before he left the house that morning. 🙂
I’m so thankful that we live close to my parents, and they get to come to all the school festivities!

feb16-5

More Love Day fun! These are some of the notes we put on Kingston’s bedroom door every morning leading up to V Day.

feb16-6

Poor little guy was so sick earlier this month. 🙁

feb16-9

HA!

feb16-10

Oh. So that’s where he gets the faces from. 🙂

feb16-17

Sweet Friends! Also, K stayed with my parents while we were at a marriage conference and came home with pockets full of candy.

feb16-11

Lots of time outside enjoying the beautiful weather! (And lots of allergy meds.) Yay for springtime in FL!

feb16-12

We’re still doing regular dates and loving it! If you don’t do this, try it!

feb16-13

“Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous.
Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.” Joshua 1:9

We’ve been teaching Kingston this verse, and as we say those words over and over (and over!)
I’m reminded that the source of our strength and courage is in the last part of the verse: the Lord your God is with you wherever you go!
My prayer for our family this year is that as God continues to push us to do things that highlight our weaknesses and fears,
we will remember where our strength and courage comes from!

feb16-14

Every school day starts in the parking lot when he climbs into the front seat with me, and we pray together. First me; then him. Even if we’re late!

feb16-15

Take your mini-me to work day. 🙂