Monthly Archives: April 2009

Blog=Fail

LOL! So I guess Daniel didn't feel like blogging. Remember when he had until Wednesday to post?

Yeah….

Anyway, how do you like the blog so far?  I still have so much to learn and because of the type of account I have, I can't do a ton of stuff, but I can do enough to make it as personable as I can.  The templates typepad gives you are LAME (no offense) and I definitely wanted something that was a little more girly.  Maybe eventually I will upgrade but for now….I think this suits me just fine.  It isn't like a million people are following me!

I just wanted to stop by and say hi!  And hubs if you are reading this….we are all waiting ;).

Xoxo,

Tiff~

Have you been reading?

Everyday I have been following along with the India team to read about what they are up to and what God is revealing to them.  It seems like each post I read drives me to tears or makes me do a gut check to see where I am at.

For instance, in reading Angie's blog my heart broke as she talked with a mother who lost her baby at 6 months.  And Angie, having lost her daughter just a year ago…I am sure her heart experienced a rebirth of the pain she felt when Audrey died.  It is so hard to lose a child. 

Or to read Pete's blog and all of the lessons he is learning about true leadership and compassion and what it means to be broken for others. Not just for those in our own immediate circle, but for those around the world who are going hungry, dying, hopeless, without Jesus.  Those who utter the name of Jesus are we really broken for others?  Do we really understand what it means to allow the Lord to humble us and to move mightily among us? 

When I read their stories I forget instantly about the struggles I am currently facing.  Yes my account is constantly overdrawn, there isn't enough money in the bank, I work too long, I am sick of being pregnant, my 3 year old and my husband are making me go crazy (and vice versa) but in reality, I have nothing to complain about. NOTHING.  I see the faces of children who are beginning to dream again. They are being asked what they hope to be when they grow up and they gives answers such as a doctor, scientist, explorers or anything else they can possibly conjure up in their young minds.  I see mom's who in the past had no idea how to care for themselves or their infants. They are being taught tools and using their hands to feed their babies and nourish their spirit.  I see HOPE. That is why I love Compassion.

I get now what they are doing.  I get that they want to tangibly help and create life in a community.  They see a need and they want to fill it.  Not just by praying but by being live hands and reaching out to help and teach others tools that are often taken for granted in the States. I get it now. 

Our family is going to sponsor a child. Will you join us?

Tiff~

Pardon my dust

My blog may look a little incomplete for awhile as I am taking a class over at Scrapinstyle TV.  It is called Bling Out Your Blog 2.0 and let me tell you I am super excited!  I have been dying to give my blog a makeover but I wasn't entirely sure I wanted to pay someone to do it.  I would much rather do it myself.  Hence why taking a class is so important.  So for the next few days expect some random changes going on with my blog.  Most of them won't be permanent. I am learning =).

Oh….and Dan has until Wednesday to post his first blog post here.  Bet you all can't wait πŸ˜‰ I have been asking him what he will write about and he says I will be surprised.  Should I be scared? LOL!

Blessings,

Tiff~

P.S. Please continue to keep the Compassion India team in your prayers.  I am following them on twitter so if you want you can follow me and I will do my best to keep you updated on everything that is happening. I just heard that a couple of the team members are experiencing culture shock as well as stomach bugs.  Please pray for movement of the Spirit and that the enemy is thwarted and that they are not discouraged from the work the Lord wants them to do!

Overwhelmed

Have you ever felt like this?  Where there are a million things going on at once and you haven't a clue how to go about them or even begin praying?  This is me at this very moment.  Right now I am just feeling completely stressed and overwhelmed by the following things:

Finances

Baby Boy Harper's arrival

Finding a new place to live

Finances

Getting the blasted car fixed

Finding a more reliable car for Daniel to drive to work everyday

Finances (Have I already mentioned that?)

I tend to get anxiety when things start toppling on top of me like this.  I tend to shut down and I am no good to anyone.  I feel, let's be honest, depressed and helpless and paralyzed by everything.  I don't even know where to start praying and there is a huge part of me who doesn't even want to!  Even though I know better than to run from Him and that I should give it to Him….I don't really want to.  I am fighting Him and I just want to run away in a little corner and not come out for awhile. 

Have you ever felt like that? Am I alone in feeling this way?  To those who serve in ministry….have you ever just wanted to…give up? 

Please pray for my heart. 

Tiff~

Compassion India

Hello blog friends!

I come to you today with a special request as I have some exciting news but we need your help and prayers.  I am sure many of you have heard of Compassion International, and most recently 5 bloggers were selected to go on a trip to Kolkata, India and bring hope to the children of poverty in Jesus' name!  They leave on Friday April 26th and return May 2nd, 2009. This trip is not without it's challenges already as the enemy is moving swiftly to discourage the team. They will also be faced with extreme heat, typhoid, meningitis and missing loved ones.  Please, please keep them in prayer. 

There is a trip blog set up for you to follow along and catch updates and video of what God is doing through the team and through the people of India. You can follow through those posts or you can follow some of the team through their individual blogs:

Pete Wilson

Anne Jackson

Angie Smith

Melissa Fitzpatrick

Robin Dance

Shaun Groves

Also follow along on twitter.  I will be trying to retweet the updates so that those who follow me can follow along with what is happening and when their is a new post or update.  Or you can subscribe to the feed: http://feeds2.feedburner.com/compassionbloggers

Blessings everyone! May we be moved by the Holy Spirit and continue to bring the hope and love  of Christ to those around the nation!

Tiff~

It is beginning to feel like summer

This weekend was SPECTACULAR!  On Friday I had an ultrasound just to check on BBH's growth and see how he was doing.  He is doing awesome.  In fact, he already weighs in at 3 pounds and I am weighing in to the day of my due date.  I don't think he is going to be tiny.  I think the appropriate word would be tank! That is how the Harper's roll!

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Say hello!!!!! I love his little nose and lips. I just want to kiss him over and over again.  πŸ˜‰

On Saturday evening, we thought we would take a little stroll by the beach and let Madi touch the sand.  It ended up being very chilly at night, but it was so nice to get out and just walk around.  And the ocean is probably one of our favorite places to be. In fact, Dan and I think a trip to Santa Barbara is in order.  It has been awhile since we have been there.

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My husband is totally hot.  I like your pose baby.  hehe.

On Sunday morning, Knott Avenue was blessed by the teachings of Josh McDowell.  KACC is kicking of a brand new series called "Fireproofing your Family" and Josh McDowell was our guest speaker.  I have only read one of his books (More Than A Carpenter) but I was really intrigued by what he had to say in regards to family and to the men.  I noticed my husband paying very special attention to what he had to say regarding fathers and their relationship to their children.  Dan takes that instruction very seriously and I am so thankful that he wants to have a great relationship with Madi and his son.  There are unfortunately many dads who have no clue and it breaks my heart for those children. 

After church in the morning, Madi and I decided to stay home and go to the pool.  It was so hot outside and I thought it would do both of us some good to just get wet and get some Vitamin D.  No worries….I slathered on the sunblock.  I am VERY SERIOUS about my sunblock.  If my husband doesn't start putting more on then I might have to chase after him like I do Madi in order to make sure he is completely covered.  ;)  Now wouldn't that be a funny site to see. A grown woman chasing after a grown man yelling "YOU FORGOT TO PUT ON SUNBLOCK!" I am sure many folks would feel very sorry for Dan. LOL!

Madi takes her swimming very seriously.  And she makes sure she looks the part too.

Diva 

Madi in glasses 

Whoops! Forgot to take of the UV protection sticker. LOL!

Hope you all had a fantastic weekend. 

Tiff~

It’s Friday!!!!!!!!

I am oh so glad that today is Friday.  I have been feeling completely out of sorts this week and it probably has to do with the fact that I am in my 3rd trimester and I am ready to be done!!!!! But I still have 78 days to go so I just need to hang in there and do what I can to get ready for BBH. 

Oh, and to really clarify about yesterday's post since I had a dear commenter worry that I was too harsh for my hubby. I am not mad at him.  I may have been irritated at the time but I got over it.  I know he works really hard for me everyday and he does a million things for me even when I am being moody and the ever so hormonal pregnant woman.  For instance:

He rubs my feet practically every single day!

Plays with Madison

Will cook dinner or bring it home when I am just feeling too tired (which is this last stretch it seems like EVERYDAY!)

Works hard at his job so that he can provide for us.

I try to be mostly positive and only post the good things about our relationship but that isn't always reality. Sometimes we just get on each other's nerves.  I am not one to pretend that I am always happy or that I have the perfect life and the days are always filled with sunshine.  The christian F word is Fine.  Because we work with college students, they want to know about us and our relationship.  And they can smell fake from a mile away.  They know we love each other….but they want to know how we deal with each other and how we get through those oh so annoying and tough times together.  I have found that sharing and having a sense of humor about the things we do to drive each other nuts have helped us as well as others see that we aren't perfect, everyone goes through this and that sometimes you just have to laugh (or blog and get it off your chest!).  In no way was that post to throw him under the bus, although I can see how it could be read that way.  I adore my husband. It was just a pet peeve. 

Sometimes I wish Dan would guest blog on here so you could see two sides of the story…not just one!  Because believe me I am not the easiest woman to live with! Especially when I am pregnant!  I think the last pregnancy Dan thought I was Satan……he really needs to tell his side with that one. LOL!

Okay enough about that. 

So how about some baby stuff. Does anyone know where I can find baby onsies that button to the side or button down?  So I don't have to pull the thing over BBH's head? It would be so much easier when changing him, but I can't seem to find them.  Any advice or links you have would be MUCH APPRECIATED!

Oh and thanks to our good friends Harm and Eric who donated a HUGE BLACK BAG full of baby boy clothes.  Holy cow! I can't wait to go through those.  BBH will be here before you know it!

Now I am off to look at my fave Etsy site for some goodness.  I love that place. Makes me so happy.

Blessings,

Tiff~

A Letter To Hubby

Update: This post is not meant to hurt hubby's feelings.  I don't like to pretend that life is always perfect in the Harper household.  Because it isn't.  Sometimes he does things to annoy me and lately I have done things to drive him crazy…..cause I am pregnant. Please read with a grain of salt. Thank you! 

Dear Hubby,

 First, let me start off by saying that I love you very much.  I am so very glad that you are my husband. I realize that lately I have been, *ahem*, a little hormonal and snap happy.  I will do my best to try and control the raging pregnant hormones I am experiencing daily. 

I do, however, have something that I need to address with you. See, I get so excited when you say you will help do the dishes or clean or whatever else you want to do to help me out. I get REALLY EXCITED! Because it means that I won't have to do it. That being said, when someone says they are going to clean I think they are going to clean. 

Hence why I was kind of disappointed and irritated when I saw this:

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You did rinse them, but they weren't put away and therefore left with all the other dirty dishes so I couldn't tell which ones were dirty and which ones were clean. Meaning I had to do them all. 

But it was a really nice try my dear.

Love you,

Tiff~

P.S. I totally expect a possible post on my blog regarding something I do that irritates you….and I have a feeling it may have to do with sex.