For the Record, We are not Moving to Costa Rica

at least we don't have plans to do that anytime soon...

Apparently, my last post caused some confusion about our next "Adventure"...

So, just to clear some things up:

- Providence Church in Frisco has been our home church for the past 4.5 years

- Providence is planting a new church, Imago Dei Church, in McKinney, 4 minutes from our house

- We are part of the Core Group of about 80 people helping plant this church

- Imago Dei officially launches publicly on Saturday, January 5th and will now be our home church.

- We still work for NEXT Worldwide, a missions organization based in Flower Mound, TX.

- We are not moving locations or jobs, just our church home.

- My last post was an open letter to my Providence Church family.

Check out more info about Imago Dei Church on the website:

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Dear Providence Church

Dear Providence,

Four and a half years ago, with an eight week old baby, a two year old marriage, and all of our hopes and dreams, Kyle and I moved away from home, joyfully following the Lord's direction for our future. The Lord's faithfulness and graciousness to provide us a new home so quickly is one of the biggest blessings I have ever experienced. That new home was Providence Church.

In the past years we have witnessed The Lord do miraculous things in our family and in our church family. We have built life-long friendships. We have learned what it really means to "give your life away". I have learned the true definition of community. I have learned and matured in my role as a wife and mom been taught well, through modeling and Biblical truths, what my responsibility in that role is. In the past four years I have undoubtedly walked through some of the hardest circumstances in my life, and because of the Lord's provision through Providence, I did not walk alone. I have laughed (a lot). I have cried (a lot). I have listened, I have learned. I have poured out, I have received.

And now, with a 6 year old marriage, a four year old, a 21 month old, and a 4 month old, we yet again are faced with the adventure of moving away from home. And again, we choose to walk in joyful obedience for the direction we feel The Lord is calling us to. Our excitement for the coming days in being apart of the Imago Dei church plant grows daily and we know that His provision will prevail in our future just as He has in our past.

So Providence, for the good times, we say, Amen! For the hard times, we say, Amen! For the Past, we say, Amen! And for the future, we say, Amen!

And to you sweet church, sweet family, we say,from the bottom of our hearts, Thank You.

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Cat Litter and a Toddler

The combination of cat litter and a little girl is bad news.

The combination of cat litter and a little boy might just be the end of the world.

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Dear Fischer (4 months)

I love seeing you discover the world around you. You are in awe of the smallest things. You love to stare at your fingers. You are amazed by the lights on the Christmas tree. And you find great delight in listening to you sasster sing and talk.I'm sure there's a lesson there to be learned by people 10 times your age.

It's a lot to take in, our world. God created it and he commands us to be in it but not of it. That's probably my greatest job as your parent is teaching and training you that. It can be difficult since in a lot of ways I'm still learning that myself. But I think that's the point.... Both of us learning to depend on Him for perspective in this world we are discovering. Leaning into Him for direction and leaning on Him for perseverance. I'm so grateful he planned for us to do that together with your daddy and siblings. What a special team he put together!

- you weight 18lbs 7oz (91%) and are 26inches tall (77%)
- you are wearing 3-6 month clothes but only because mommy hasn't changed out your drawers to 6-9 month clothes.
- you wear size 3 diapers
- I guesstimate you wearing size 2 shoes but you've never worn shoes
- you rolled over for the first time and then decided that wasn't all it was cracked up to be so you haven't done it again.
- we are back on your reflux medicine
- you are smitten, completely, with yours truly
- you love to coo and talk
- you are eating every four hours, awake for 2 hours, sleep for 2 hour naps and sleep 9-10 hours at night (4 feedings plus a moonlight, 3 naps)
- you like to sit in the bumbo chair
- you've been fighting your first cold :-(
- you were officially diagnosed with eczema :-(

We love you, sweet Fischer boy. You bring us great delight and add so much joy to our family.



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A Quiver in the Arrow in my Quiver

This morning, while the SBOAM took #1 and #2 out for donuts, I was snuggling with #3 in my bed after I gave him breakfast.

I was explaining to him that one day, some pretty little thing is going to sweep in and fall madly deeply in love with him

And he said, "But mom, no on can be as pretty as you..."

And I said, "I know son, i know. But love blinds a man. And that's the thing, she won't just love you, but you will love her too! "

And he said "gasp! No mommy....I will never love any other woman but you! I do not feel good about this."

And I said, "I know you feel that way now, but apparently you are but an arrow in my quiver and I am to send you out and there is a good chance that will involve a pretty little thing."

And he said , "I do not feel good. I do feel a quiver."

And then he proceeded to throw up his entire breakfast. All over me. All over him. All over my bed.

So I got up changed myself, changed him, took the sheets and bedding and clothes to the laundry picked him up, suctioned out his nose, fed him again, and looked into his bright, handsome eyes, and said:

"You're right son. No one will ever love you like I do."

(I think he was a little young to stomach this conversation.)

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The Twelve Pathways To Christmas (FREE Giveaway!!)

There are very few writers I enjoy reading as much as my dad. So when he asked me to read and review his new book, The Twelve Pathways to Christmas, I was excited and eager.

When it comes to books at the holidays or about the holidays, there are a couple components I find important: you want a "feel good" and you need inspiration. Also a non-negotiable for me is that it always point to Jesus. The beauty of The Twelve Pathways to Christmas is that it does all three. Through believable, relatable characters, you, the reader, are inspired and challenged in a way that makes you feel good, inspires you to live Christmastime a little differently, and every motive and word points to Jesus. Beautifully worded, carefully edited, this story is necessary and good for you to read this Season.

Here's the best part: You can get it and read it. For free. For the next three days (today through Sunday) you can download the book for free from the Kindle Store.

Click Here to get it from the store.

Click Here to hear from the author himself about it.

Click Here to read a review from someone who is not related to the author.

So read it, tell your friends, write a review, and tell more friend. Neither you nor they will be disappointed.

Here's the link one more time. What are you waiting for??
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Snowman Down!

The Sasster's Christmas performance was this weekend and she did not disappoint.

Here we are waiting for it to start:

And here she is...she's the one in the middle (not that you needed me to tell you that!). Enjoy!!!

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