Monthly Archives: April 2012

A child, her sweetness, and love for Jesus.

So tonight we got home from Crusade before Steve. I had the pleasure of putting both girlies to bed, which is usually tag teamed by the hubs. I placed a reusable shopping bag full of snacks and other things in the kitchen and ran off to get Charis nursed and put down to bed. We have quite the routine with both girls and I don’t ever want to skimp on it in the least bit. I usually get Charis and nurse her, sing a few songs to her and finally pray for her. Ava gets a story, songs, and prayer with daddy. Tonight however I asked Ava to sit on the couch while I helped her sister and then we would read her bible and do our bedtime thing. As I was singing away to Charis, I kept hearing loud banging noises from the kitchen. I would then stop the singing, call out to Ava and ask if everything was ok. “I’m just putting my sippy in the sink” she would say. Then it was Charis’ sippy so on and so forth. Finally I was ready to read to her and help her to bed. After she was down I went to the kitchen to remove the contents from my bag and realized my sweet almost three-year old had done it for me. She had placed the Tupperware on the counter, placed the bag of apples on the shelf with the other food, and finally hung the bag back up. My heart just melted. What a lovely little lady this little girl of mine is turning into. I was reminded how blessed I am to have this sweet child. That she is my blessing from the Lord. And what a blessing she is.

Not only does this girl have spunk but she also has heart. She loves people, she loves Jesus, and she just plain loves life. I often hear her belting “bind my wandering heart to thee, let thy goodness like a fetter bind my wandering heart to thee, prone to wander Lord I feel it, prone to leave the God I love….” My heart is forever changed when a child shows fondness or love towards God.

This last weekend Steve took Ava to the park for what we like to call a “daddy date”. This consists of swinging for sometime. As she was pushed in the air she yelled out “look God I’m swinging”. She has started saying these sorts of things, often. The weekend before she was showing God how to blow bubbles. It makes my heart melt every time and I am certain God is just beaming with Joy. Oh the simplicity of child like faith and even a relationship with the Lord. I mean I know my child is a sinner and don’t let me mislead you,  I definitely see plenty of sin, but when I see such kindness and love flow from my child I am just moved to love my Jesus like her. She didn’t think twice about helping this evening put stuff away. She was so innocent in her actions. She expected nothing. And I was blessed by her actions. Oh how much I can learn from such a small little person. Thankful this evening for the ways the Lord blesses me through my sweet family.

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Dance Ava Dance!

So we love love love to dance in our house. I think it may be a daily happening. We dance when coming out of the bathroom, we dance after our bath, we dance while I cook dinner, we just can’t not shake our hips and do a few spins each and every day. When it’s been “one of those days”, you know what I’m speaking of when I say this, especially if you have children. Well this happens to be one of my go to get out of my grouchy, irritable momma mood kind of options. I always know if I turn the tunes way up and start shaking my booty, yes I just said that, shake it till you make it is what my momma always told me (or was it fake it…) my badittude   usually subsides. You really should try it, if you are lacking in the booty shaking, body bobbing department it does wonders for your soul. Here is how we usually start….

Spirit fingers please.

Then things just get plain wild.

 Oh and by the way these reindeer pajamas from Christmas are Ava’s all time favorite pajamas. She asks about them when they are dirty and would stay in them all day when there clean, if I let her, and sometimes I do. 

We even get some bobbing action from Miss Charis. She is obviously taking a break here.

Most danced to music.

The squatting is the most popular of moves by this girl. Run and squat, run and squat.

Oh what would I do without these little girls in my life?

It’s crazy how some tunes about Jesus and two little dancers will brighten you dull and dingy spirits right up!


Easter Sunday

Happy Easter a few days late. Here are some fun pics of Ava finding eggs at the McKinneys parents house. We went there this year for Easter dinner. It was a ton of fun. I think we have been invited to numerous things there for the past, ohhhhhh 8 or so years and have never gone. This was finally the day! I don’t have much to say, so enjoy sweet Miss Ava!