mornings…

Well, this is what we in the Crenshaw house like to call a RATS NEST.  I mean, we all have them from time to time, but I think this one deserves an award…

From the front, it looks somewhat normal:

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Here it is:

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And…a side view…

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We had to work to get it out…tears… 😦

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Published in: on January 29, 2009 at 9:07 pm  Comments (9)  

Olivia

Okay, first of all, I am so proud that I learned to put the link to another person’s blog in! Did you all notice that in the last post?!? Ashleigh is proud, I know!

Onto the topic…Olivia!  I promised that I would follow up with the post on Austin with the other kids…Eliana’s still to come!

Sweet Olivia Grace Crenshaw…We have one baby in heaven between Austin and Olivia.  That is part of the story of her name.  We started looking up what olive trees were used for Biblically.  One thing is they used some oil from the olives  for healing.  And grace of course means gift.  She is definitely a gift that God has given us, and what a picture of healing for us from the loss of that baby.  Had it not been for that miscarriage, we would never have been able to raise Olivia.  What a joy she is!  That bright smile lights up the room, along with those big beautiful blue eyes!  She is HILARIOUS!  LOVES being a princess, as most girls her age do.  She comes in and says she is a princess, so that means you have to dance with her.  After all, every princess is seen twirling around, right?  She loves to do whatever her big brother wants to do.  She is also very stubborn!  It makes me really laugh sometimes…telling me “I want to do it MYSELF!”  As frustrating as it can be, I am thankful…when she is a teenager and is prayerfully walking with the Lord, I hope that she is stubborn for things of Him…not giving in to things of this world, but keeping a growing passion for the things of God.  We talk about beauty a lot…about what makes her beautiful.  She will tell you that God in her heart makes her pretty.  The funny thing is to see her if she is in trouble or grumpy.  I will ask her what makes her pretty and she will say with the grumpiest face “GOD IN MY Hawwart!”  SO, it is the perfect time to tell her that her heart is not showing God, so that is NOT pretty!  I wish I had a video of her saying it like that to post.

A prayer for her today…

Father God, thank you SO MUCH for who you have created Olivia to be.  Thank you for allowing us to raise her and teach her and nurture her sweet personality.  Thank you for the joy that she brings to us.  Thank you for her sense of humor, and even for her stubbornness.  Reign it in for YOUR GLORY, Lord!  I pray that she would come to know and desire a personal relationship with you.  I pray that she would walk with you passionately.  I pray that she would grow to be a woman after your heart who loves others well and desires to make you known in all the earth.  Lord, give us wisdom on how to teach her, how to love her, how to raise her specific to how you wired her.  We love her SO MUCH.  What a gift you have given us in her.  Thank you.  Guide us each step of the way…I know there are hard times and lessons coming throughout the years.   May we seek you each step.  Thank you, sweet Jesus!  it is in your Name I pray.  Amen.

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I love that girl!

Published in: on January 23, 2009 at 9:45 pm  Comments (6)  

convictions

I have continued to think and pray about motherhood (as I am sure I will continue to all the time for MANY more years!) and seek what God wants for our day to day around the house. As I have been praying about how to teach my children godly character, how to walk with Jesus, and how to love others well, I have been convicted of something: LIVE IT. Not just to the person I meet on the street or in the grocery store, or to our friends . They are all easy to love, b/c you dont’ LIVE with them day in and day out. But how is my character for my husband and my children? They see EVERYthing in me. WHen I am tired, upset, feelings hurt, sick, whatever. Sometimes I feel like I have a “right” to get angry easily when the kids have been wearing on me with no break, when things are busy or stressful, or when I am just grumpy or tired. That is funny…God’s word says to be SLOW to anger. And, it also says in James 1:20 that the anger of man does not achieve the righteousness of God. Isn’t that what we are all striving for? and for our children? Being short-tempered with them doesn’t achieve it. How are my children going to learn to be patient with each other if I am not patient with them? How are they going to be slow to anger, if I am quick to snap? The person they see the most in this world is me, and I have been praying that God would change ME above everything else…He has his work cut out for him!

I LOVED a recent post from my sweet friend Kimberly. You need to read it, but it is basically about love and teaching our kids how to really love…making that the language in our home. The other morning we sat down to talk about the fruit of the spirit and then what love is Biblically. They all really go hand-in-hand. Love is patient. Patience is a fruit of the spirit. Love it kind. Kindness is a fruit of the spirit. and on and on…but one big one we have been talking about is not putting yourself above others. We have been fleshing out what that looks like with mom, dad, brother and sisters all in the house together. More than anything, I want our home to be a home of LOVE. After all, it is WHO God IS. (1 John 4:16)

You guys can pray for me…I have a lot of my old self to put off, and a lot of the new self to put on!

Published in: on January 23, 2009 at 9:15 pm  Comments (1)  

SNOW!!

woo-hoo!!!!  There was SNOW in Memphis today!  I know, I know…it wasn’t very much, but we still had to bundle up and get out in it.  My kids were SO excited!  They think that snow means hot chocolate too, so we had to come inside for some hot chocolate to warm up.  It was fun!

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Brian even came home for a few minutes to play with us…he is such a fun Daddy!

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Fun times!

Published in: on January 21, 2009 at 1:22 am  Comments (3)  

Friday Family Nights!

We decided recently to spend most of our Friday nights with our family, doing something fun and intentional with all 5 of us. So, we decided to make it our movie and “make your own homemade pizza night!” When Chad, Karen, Emily, and Case were in town, Nana and Pa were out with their Sunday school class one night, so we decided to give it a shot. Here are some pictures:

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Daddy/Uncle B helping Case and Olivia roll out the dough

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Austin and Emily were proud of their final product!pizza-night-b-and-chad1

Brian and Chad…also proud of their final product!!

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Karen and Erin trying it out!

So, we are trying to perfect the perfect crust recipe! It was pretty good! We are giving it another go tonight…the dough is rising as we speak, and the kids are excited to make their pizza and watch “Cinderwwella” as Olivia would say!

Published in: on January 9, 2009 at 9:01 pm  Comments (3)  

Christmas!

So, I am a little late with a Christmas post, but I wanted to at least show some pics.  We had a great time!  We went to Newbern first to celebrate with the Crenshaws, and then spent the week of Christmas here, just the five of us.  The kids loved “finding the pickle” (Olivia won this year!), our traditional Christmas breakfast casserole, reading the Christmas story, the Lord’s supper, and opening presents.  It was a sweet time celebrating Jesus’ birthday!

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They were excited!  Christmas Eve pjs!

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We were about to go wake up Daddy to start the fire, even though it was sixty something degrees that day!

Here is a picture of Livi with her prize from finding the pickle hidden in the tree (does anyone else do that?…so fun!):

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Later on Christmas Day, we went over the the Carrolls with the Edwards to eat dinner together…none of us had family here.  It was a fun time with GREAT friends!:

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Here is one of all of the Crenshaw cousins!  What a fun time in Newbern!

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I don’t have one of all the Woelke/Crenshaw clan on my computer, so here is a couple from the day:

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Trying out Emily’s new make-up kit!

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Chad and Case!

Happy Birthday, Jesus!

Published in: on January 8, 2009 at 8:13 pm  Comments (2)  

30 things!

Just a quick note…I have been inspired (thanks, Ashleigh!) to come up with a “30 things to do while I am 30” list! I am so excited and motivated by it. Well, I am working on the list so I will post it before I turn 30 (March 5), but I wanted to get your input. Any ideas?? It can be ANY thing…something tangible, something not so tangible, spiritual, etc. For example, I have down to read and finish a book a month, keep a cleaner car, spent more intentional reflection time on the Word, etc. I need some more…suggestions???

Published in: on January 7, 2009 at 9:11 pm  Leave a Comment  

Motherhood

Hmmm…okay, so one of my goals for 2009 is to update this blog more! And…another one is to be a more patient, fun Mommy. (So you will be seeing more blogs on parenting, I am sure!) I have been convicted lately as we enter 2009 and I ponder motherhood of my impatience and need of control(specifically in parenthood). I really want my children to see Christ in me…to see my love for Him…to learn how to grow in their relationship with Him b/c they see me growing. I know that they also learn forgiveness and repentance, and that is what I feel like they have been getting more of these past few weeks with my “I am sorry, I was wrong…I shouldn’t have been impatient with you!” statements. As our amazing worship pastor pointed out this morning at church, “I really want to leave some things in 2008.” This being one of t hem!I truly truly want to parent out of the fruit of the Spirit…not out of the fruit of the flesh. I don’t want to reap little fruits of the flesh running around. In thinking about all of this, I remember what I read last week in “Jesus Calling” (an awesome devotional that I would highly recommend. It said, “My (Jesus’) abundance and your emptiness are a perfect match.” Such an elementary statement, but when you feel like you are empty (which I feel like right now with my lack of sleep and with the needs of three little ones four and under) this is SO VERY refreshing. Jesus has what I need in abundance…now to abide in Him!…

With that being said, I would love to blog some about my sweet, precious children. I’ll start tonight with my oldest, Austin. He’s 4 1/2 and very creative, fun, energetic, and encouraging. He is also sensitive to the Lord and others. I sat in Starbucks yesterday praying through parenting, and I will share a little prayer I had for him:

As I pray for Austin now, I am reminded of his precious, encouraging spirit. There is rarely a day that goes by that he doesn’t tell me he loves me and that I am the best mommy in the world…thank you for that, Lord! He has an all-boy energy level, loving to battle, fight, wrestle, play sports, and be wild. Oh, Lord, give me wisdom on this. I know that you created boys so differently than girls and as a woman, I do not understand all that he is. I do not want to squash what you are trying to do in his life. I want him to be strong and tough…yet respectful, so help me to create an environment to learn that. We named him Austin Dean Crenshaw partly because it means “magnificent leader.” I pray that he would be just that…for your glory. Give us wisdom to parent his sweet, tender heart. Thank you for the amazing father Brian is to him. What an amazing example of a godly man for him to follow. Thank you that he is Yours. He has a sweet heart for you. Help me to articulate the things of You in a way that he understands. I love you, Lord! Thank you for the gift of Austin! He brings such a joy to my life! Amen.

He really is such a joy…such a gift to me. I praise the Lord that He has allowed us this time with him…to get to know him and to parent him. Here is a picture of my sweet boy (thanks, Cayce!):

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(Olivia and Eliana’s to come soon…)

Published in: on January 5, 2009 at 2:42 am  Comments (4)