Monthly Archives: February 2011

Weekend Update

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I know it is only Thursday, but tomorrow our little family moves to our new home…just down the street. Literally.

And that happy picture of me you see? I am totally trying to be happy. 

But I HATE moving. HATE IT!  But I am doing my best to be happy while packing up every single dagum thing we have in this house while at the same time watching two wild and crazy monkeys who have decided that they don't really want to take naps today of all days when packing must be done!

How's that for a run-on sentence.

I think for fun I will post a whole bunch of tweets during our move this weekend. So you all can participate in the hilarity that ensues with the Harper moves.  It never goes smoothly.  Somehow Dan and I end up alive and not killing each other every time we move. Although we cut it close folks! LOL!

It is more me than him folks.  I am a complete control freak and am a little *ahem* uptight about how I want things to go and when I want them. I crave organization during things like this.  

Prayers are much appreciated. šŸ˜‰

What are you all up to this weekend?

Tiff~

P.S. Please keep praying for baby Jaxton and his family. He was born last night and he is still with us!!! Keep praying!

Baby Jaxton

Friends,

 Many of you have read here before about my friend Lisa who is pregnant with her second child.  He had been given a fatal prognosis early on in the pregnancy and the Hussman's have faithfully chosen to carry their sweet boy, Jaxton, til however long God chooses.

Because every child is a gift from our Lord. A precious, beautiful, miraculous gift.

Tomorrow he will be born via C-Section.  Lisa's friend will be updating the blog if you have been following their story and want to be updated on the birth.

Would you please pray for them?

Thank you!

Tiff~

Sunday Worship

"Happy are you, O Israel! Who is like you, a people saved by the Lord, the shield of your help, and the sword of your triumph! Your enemies shall come fawning to you, and you shall tread upon their backs." Deuteronomy 33:29

This verse spoke loud and clear to me on Friday evening.  My strongholds are anxiety, control and worry. Satan has clung to them and used them as weapons upon my thoughtlife.  This ongoing process of holding every thought captive to Christ is a journey and is never done in a day. 

This verse reminded me of the truth.  Who my help is from.  And that my enemies (in the spiritual realm) will be tread upon.  

Another amazing verse for you today:

"For to set the mind on the flesh is death, but to set the mind on the spirit is life and peace." Romans 8:6

Have a blessed Sunday,

Tiff~

Sunday Worship

"Happy are you, O Israel! Who is like you, a people saved by the Lord, the shield of your help, and the sword of your triumph! Your enemies shall come fawning to you, and you shall tread upon their backs." Deuteronomy 33:29

This verse spoke loud and clear to me on Friday evening.  My strongholds are anxiety, control and worry. Satan has clung to them and used them as weapons upon my thoughtlife.  This ongoing process of holding every thought captive to Christ is a journey and is never done in a day. 

This verse reminded me of the truth.  Who my help is from.  And that my enemies (in the spiritual realm) will be tread upon.  

Another amazing verse for you today:

"For to set the mind on the flesh is death, but to set the mind on the spirit is life and peace." Romans 8:6

Have a blessed Sunday,

Tiff~

Oh February

February has been quite a month so far.  Our little family is coming down to the wire in this little condo we have called home for this past year. We are sad to leave, but we are hopeful for a new place to build and create new memories….as well as start working on our future and eventually buy a home. 

God has been faithful to us this year. He has provided for us numerous times, and some of them have been literally at the eleventh hour!  

He likes to keep us on our toes.  It definitely tests my faith as I am a control freak and I don't like the feeling of not knowing what will happen in the future.  Since this is the year of Thanksgiving for me, trust and surrender definitely have been my biggest hurdles.  I have been memorizing several scriptures as well as reading books that deal with my anxiety.  They have become strongholds in my life, and God has been so gracious and merciful in His teaching me as well as having me release those strongholds.  

It has been a journey…and the year isn't over yet! =).  

I just wanted to share some pictures with you all of my little family.  This has been an accumulation of the past couple of months.  Here are a few of my favorites:

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Going on a date with my man….who doesn't like to be photographed.  ha!  So you just get me. Sorry.

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 Farmers Market fresh flowers. My favorite: Gerbera Daisies.

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Playtime with this adorable little man of mine. I cannot believe he will be 2 in  July. There is no way!

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A girls day out.  Cupcakes, shopping and coffee (milk for Madi).  A lovely day indeed!

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 A Gorgeous day outside.  Seriously, as much as I complain about California, I really shouldn't. We more often than not have GORGEOUS weather.  Please don't hate us.  (Of course as I am typing this it pouring outside. ha!)

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I love how these two play together. Of course they are now at the age where they are starting to get on each other's nerves….but that is to be expected with siblings. For the most part, Madi loves Sean and Sean loves Madi. And my heart melts often.

Hope you had a beautiful and blessed Saturday. Oh and…

Happy birthday to my nephew Jared!  We love you!

Tiff~

What I’m Loving February

So you have noticed lately that I have not been blogging as regularly. This is all due to the fact that my house is insane right now and we have to move in the next two weeks and we still have not secured a new place to live. Hopefully that will change by today since we are checking out an apartment in a few hours…but here is to living by the skin of your teeth!

We like adventure in our lives. 

Or is that unneccesary anxiety? I can't tell.

Moving on.

Here are a few things I am loving right now.  Yes I am showing articles of clothing but I do remember my promise to Dan to not buy any new clothes for two months.  

But I still like to look. 

Window shopping anyone?

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LaraBar….Addicting.  I love them. And wouldn't you know that my entire family loves them too. Which means they ate my ENTIRE stash.  So now I have to hide them….hehe.

Endearing royal blue dress

Falling in line sweater

This dress and sweater from Ruche. Ruche is one  of my favorite online shops.  So many cute items. But if you really love something you have to be quick. They sell out fast!

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These shoes from Lulus.

I want to make this heart shaped wand with my babies. Maybe I will make a star for Sean.  They look so fun and adorable. And perhaps it will give me a few minutes of peace ;).

I am loving this book. Beth Moore always gets me thinking.  It is probably one of the most pivotal and thought provoking books I have read this year. If you have read it, then get on that quickly. I promise it will change your life.  Plus, she challenges you to memorize scripture (which we all should be doing anyway if we are a believer) that pertains to being free from bondage and believing God's love for us.  

Powerful stuff.

Financial Peace University. Nuff' Said.

Our Moms Group at Illuminate which launched last Sunday evening.  So amazing.  I met 6 beautiful and amazing women and I hope to meet more.  I can't wait until this coming Sunday.

What are you loving this month?

 

Tiff~

Busy Weekend

This blog may be quiet for a few days as I am away from my computer.

We (as in Dan and I) are having a garage sale in order to rid ourselves of the clutter we have accumulated for the last several years.

It’s time people.

I hope to be able to blog on Sunday.

For those of you visiting from Knott Avenue and Illuminate, don’t forget:

We launch our new series “Ink, Drink and other gray areas of the Bible” as well as our new Mom and Boot Camp Life groups.

Dan and I hope to see you there Sunday night beginning at 5:30 PM. Please visit http://illuminatelive.org for more details.

Tiff~

On My Mind

Last night, I could not sleep. 

I kept thinking of two women going through something that I can very honestly say is my biggest fear.

My heart wanted to burst and I cried soft, silent tears for them.  I just prayed that God in His goodness and mercy to heal and comfort.

One woman I have never met.  Yet, I feel connected to her through our blogs and visiting her site. She is funny, quirky, beautiful, lovely, creative.  She and the love of her life struggled to have a baby, and now they have a beautiful, precious preemie baby.  Things are uncertain.  I can only imagine the hope and despair and frustration she must be experiencing when it comes to her child. My heart aches for her. Yet I hope for her and her baby as well.

The other I have met.  I have had lunches with her, served at church with her, attended her wedding. She is honest, beautiful, sassy and sweet.  She and her husband are in ministry.  They received news about their second pregnancy that I fear hearing every single time I carried a precious life inside of me. I hate that she is going through this. I hate that she has to constantly hear bad news from the doctors.  My heart aches for her as well.  And yet, I have hope.

I know that I cannot predict the outcomes for these two women.  I know that God is good. And I know that these two women believe and know God is good.  

I believe God allowed me a sleepless night to pray for these women and their babies.  To cling to His promises and seek Him when everyone else says to go elsewhere. Even though I am not going through this, I felt that I needed to help carry them through by lifting them to the Father.  

To my sweet friends…praying for you.

Tiff~