Thursday, May 31, 2007

A Visit to Krispy Kreme

Daddy came home one day last week and decided it was time for us to fully experience Krispy Kreme. You may or may not have heard that I, like my Papa, have an affinity for dow-dows (translation: donuts). In fact, I like them so much I almost can deal with the sticky finger syndrome which is bound to set in after eating them.

Anyway, here's a few pictures Mama will one day stick in our family scrapbook.

Peace, jay-dub

Daddy took this picture of us. Can you tell Mama's a wee bit nervous about the effect the dow-dows will have on us? She was stunned when the lady behind the counter gave each of us kiddos our very own hot, sweet, yummy treat! Clearly this is her first real experience at a Krispy Kreme too.


Daddy took me aside so we could have some manly bonding time. He showed me where they make those delicious treats. We both started to salivate over them.


Me with a dow-dow of my very own!


And another picture of me enjoying the sugar rush.


And Sissy can't handle too much sugar. It was like she was going to go into a sugar coma.

A Few Recent Pictures

Joshua and his manly chest as he finished running through the water sprinklers at the park


Joshua and Saraina just "hanging out" at the playground


Saraina walking with the grandparents on Memorial Day


Kadin flying in Grammy's arms

Caught!

Don't you hate it when you get caught in your sin? I do! But, as Mama gently reminded me, God sees everything. There is never a time when I am out of his sight or care. So, even when I get myself in a bind, I can ALWAYS pray and ask Him to help me. It's a good thing we're never alone!

~saraina

Friday, May 18, 2007

Micah

Most of you out there know who little Micah is. We've been praying for him for over a year now as he's been fighting an extremely rare type of cancer. Well, this little three year old has been given only 1 or 2 weeks to live. As a Mama, I try to imagine what Luke and Kriscinda, his parents, are going through and my mind can't even get a grip on their reality. PLEASE, would you take a moment now and lift this little guy and his family up to the Lord of lord, King of kings, the One who works ALL things together for His glory and our good.

And check out their blog by clicking HERE. If you've got a pulse, you're going to cry. But if you know the Savior, you'll be reminded that death is not the end...

Humbly,
kia (aka mama whitney)

Thursday, May 17, 2007

5.5 Years... and Counting!


my wonderful prince,

you are a gift from THE KING. absolutely the best gift AFTER salvation! let me take a hot minute (as legos and trucks and a hummer await!) to say I LOVE YOU! happy five and a half years anniversary, hby!

wow! 66 months of marriage and I STILL DO. and I’d do it all again.

thank you for exercising SO much patience with me. I know how difficult I am yet I am aware of how much you pray for me, care for me, honor me, encourage me, and point me to the Savior. I don’t deserve you but I thank God for graciously creating me to be your helper. my walk with the Lord is so much more vivid, real, meaningful because of your godly leadership of our family.

may we continue to grow closer to the Savior together.

loving being your wife… and yo babies’ mama,
~wfy

oh- and some other shots peeps may dig are below.

Saraina chillin' in her Pop's lap









Joshua looking really tall all of a sudden. When did that happen??









Special K in his crib this morning after rolling over.









Me and little Saraina-bug last night at bedtime.


Remembering Si Si

Today I came across a picture of my old bud in MD, Silas. I liked to call him Si Si. Mommy thought it was too cute so she got a little on video.

And to Silas: we rememer you, buddy!

love, Saraina

Note about video clips

Please let us know if you are having a hard time viewing any of the clips. If there's one you weren't able to view, try now. We labeled some PRIVATE on YouTube and needed to change it to PUBLIC, we think.

Romans 6:11

Here we are enjoying saying Romans 6:11. Oh, click HERE to read what we are saying.

Ephesians 6:1

The kiddos excited about OBEYING!!!! Click HERE to read what we are saying.

Wednesday, May 16, 2007

Lesson to be Learned

Our Mama is pretty strange. That's a fact. But her recent decision is downright FOOLISH... or is it!

Yesterday she had a busy day. After getting us all dressed and fed in the morning we all took a trip to Walmart and Costco. Truth be told, we did remarkably well. All praise to the LORD for that!

Anyway, we ge to the checkout at Walmart and the cashier proceeds to do what most people do to Mama when she's out with all of us alone:

"Wow! How old are they?" (asking about me and Saraina)
"And you've even got a little one in there!" (speaking of Kadin in the infant carrier)
"You're a busy woman!"

But then she decides to get a little more information.

"Are they all in diapers still? That must be expensive." (at which point they always look at me!)
"You know what I did to get MY kids potty-trained, I gave them a sweet treat every time they went on the potty. And it took no time at all. They were all potty-trained by the time they were 2."

So, Mama, looks from the lady to me to the items she'd just purchased (diapers for Kadin b/c the Costco out here doesn't sell his size! Urgh!) and grabs a pack of M&Ms and tells her to, "Ring this up too."

Being the perceptive boy that I am, I took full advantage of this and was quickly agreeable with the "do pee on potty, get M&M treat."

But the evening comes. I'm wearing some cool Elmo undies I got from my grandparents and I get a bit thirsty. I have a glass of apple juice. I have half a cup of milk. I then water with dinner. The whole time Mama keeps asking, "Do you need to do pees on the potty?"

Well, I finish dinner and Mama asks me once more, about 45-60 minutes since I had juice. "Booooww!" I say. (Translation: Noooo!) Not 3 minutes later, when the folks are to arrive to look at the house we're renting, I let out a little scream and out it flows. Yep! All over the carpet and one of the pillows from the couch.

Lesson for Mama: You are the adult. You say when and where. That's your job.

Lesson for me: Save some pees for the potty so you can still get a sweet treat!

~joshua whitney

Oh- and you can see my cool undies below!!!



Tuesday, May 15, 2007

Mother's Day Reflections

I don't know about you other mothers out there but it is still strange being called Mom and VERY strange having people wish me a Happy Mother's Day. Will I ever get used it?

My Mother's Day was very special. But it didn't start out that way. My "wanter" was on full capacity. ("Wanter" is a term my old, old senior pastor Joshua Harris at Covenant Life used to teach his kids how to guard their hearts as they went to the mall and would inevitably "want" stuff.) Why is that bad? Doesn't God WANT me to have stuff and be happy? Well, it's a little more complicated than that.

My desires were sinful as I placed my hope, longings, and happiness in those things which can NEVER satisfy. God's desire is for me to WANT Him above EVERYTHING!

So, this morning I rose with my wanter beeping loudly.

I WANT a day off.
I WANT my back pain to be gone.
I WANT all of my kids to sleep through the night.
I WANT my body to be somewhat "normal." (whatever that is!)
I WANT someone else to do the work that is in front of me.

Clearly, I have some strong fears lying in front of me this day. Hby had a change at work so although he's sleeping at home, he has to be in the Hammond, IN office by 8:15 AM. He's leaving today around 6:30AM. SOOOOO I'm with the kiddos all day, we've got to get out before Kadin has to wear Saraina's diapers because we're that low in size 2. That one big feat brings on much fear for me. Choosing the best time to go inevitably means it's not good for 1 of the 3. Who will be my screamer today?

Aside from that fear, cleaning this place up while doing our normal things is a big temptation for me to not trust God. Someone's scheduled to check out the house we're renting so that means I've gotta have a plan. They're coming b/w 6 and 7 PM and our usual dinnertime mess would deter any potential buyers. What will be my priority?

But, thanks be to God for His Word! Psalm 118 spoke to me this morning. Phrases like,

(verse 5) "out of my distress I called on the LORD"
(verse 6) "The LORD is on my side; I will not fear"
(verse 7) "The LORD is on my side as a helper"
(verse 17) "I shall not die, but live and recount the deeds of the LORD"
(verse 18) "The LORD has disciplined me severely but he has not given me over to death."
(verse 24) "This is the day that the LORD has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it."
(verse 28) "You are my God, and I will give thanks to you; you are my God; I will extol you."


Yes, LORD God, I will give thanks to You because you are my God! Although I am weak, prone to fear, You will not abandon me this day or the days to come. Be my help. I see that I cannot do it apart from You and Your grace. Strengthen this weak vessel.

Sunday, May 13, 2007

Happy Mother's Day!

This is a special Mother's Day greeting to our grandmothers, Grammy and Granny.

Dada and Mama say today's a special day
So hear's a little something to get you on your way

You both are cool and over the top
Your love for us can't be stopped

One is like coffee, the other like cream
We look like we're caramel, something in between

God uniquely chose you for us
We're humbled by His goodness and filled with greater trust

So many qualities that we admire about you both
Point us to the Savior and His work on the cross

Passion, care, and love you demonstrate so clearly
Thank you for praying for us so diligently

Happy, happy Mother's Day, Granny and Grammy
you're the best ever, and there's nothing more to say!

written by Saraina (with help from the folks)

Saturday, May 12, 2007

What NOT to get for Mother's Day

this is from a posting on Craigslist. don't get your mama this for Mother's Day!!!
~kadin, officially FOUR months old today


Old Milk Cans - Perfect Mothers Day Gift......

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Date: 2007-05-12, 11:49AM CDT


I have one old rusty milk can from a dairy farm and one stainless steel can from a creamery. What better way to say "I Love You" on Mothers Day then to give her these two milk cans. This could be a Mothers Day she'll never forget. I'm located in Downers Grove so give me a call and come pick up these great Mothers Day gifts. 445-9207.....call now!




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Friday, May 11, 2007

My New Trick!

Look what I can do!

House Update

Well, bought the pastor's house! They signed off on it and it's ours!!!!

More later!
~saraina

Hby, This is For YOU!

Look at your wild children! This is what they were doing while I was in the shower!
~wfy

Week One Ends

Let it be known (to my children, especially) that Mama checks this blog - OFTEN. And you kiddos need to remember that! And I thought it time to make my voice heard.

Friends and Family,

After the week I had without my prince Hubby Bubby, aka Daddy or Pops or Slick Willy, I needed to share just how the Lord graciously filled my soul this morning. Read below.

Oh- and we continue to covet all your prayers for our family!
~kia

Psalm 116 (ESV)

I love the Lord, because he has heardmy voice and my pleas for mercy.
Because he inclined his ear to me,therefore I will call on him as long as I live.
The snares of death encompassed me;the pangs of Sheol laid hold on me;I suffered distress and anguish.
Then I called on the name of the Lord:“O Lord, I pray, deliver my soul!”
Gracious is the Lord, and righteous;our God is merciful.

The Lord preserves the simple;when I was brought low, he saved me.
Return, O my soul, to your rest;for the Lord has dealt bountifully with you.
For you have delivered my soul from death,my eyes from tears,my feet from stumbling;

I will walk before the Lordin the land of the living.
I believed, even when I spoke,“I am greatly afflicted”;

I said in my alarm,“All mankind are liars.”
What shall I render to the Lordfor all his benefits to me?

I will lift up the cup of salvationand call on the name of the Lord,
I will pay my vows to the Lordin the presence of all his people.
Precious in the sight of the Lordis the death of his saints.

O Lord, I am your servant;I am your servant, the son of your maidservant.You have loosed my bonds.
I will offer to you the sacrifice of thanksgivingand call on the name of the Lord.
I will pay my vows to the Lordin the presence of all his people,
in the courts of the house of the Lord,in your midst, O Jerusalem.Praise the Lord!

And my "go to" when I am more aware of my sin than His goodness is from the book The Valley of Vision (you can get it here). Check out an excerpt below:

LORD, HIGH AND HOLY, MEEK AND LOWLY,
Thou hast brought me to the valley of vision,
where I live in the depths but see thee in the heights;
hemmed in by mountains of sin I behold thy glory.

Let me learn by paradox
that the way down is the way up,
that to be low is to be high,
that the broken heart is the healed heart,
that the contrite spirit is the rejoicing spirit,
that the repenting soul is the victorious soul,
that to have nothing is to possess all,
that to bear the cross is to wear the crown,
that to give is to receive,
that the valley is the place of vision...

Oh yes! It is good to be in the valley and behold His goodness!

Thursday, May 10, 2007

Oops!

Sorry everyone about the sloppy job Mama did posting the pics from the entry below. We know it's hard to read and understand! She'll get it together one day!

Pastor Papa?

Top of the morning to everyone!

Well, we are REEEAAALLL close to the bank signing on the dotted line for our new house. And then we can start calling Daddy 'Pastor Papa' or something like that. Seriously, all things are looking real good for this deal.

Mama was ablemake the inspection but who knows what help that was. She gets REAL freaked out about stuff like that. She can't remember anything of importance. Daddy kept asking her questions about the inspection and she was really having a tough time keeping all the info straight. Overall, Mr. Inspector said for a home over 100 years old, she's looking real good. And he was really helpful in pointing out some safety things we'd want to do sooner rather than later to protect us littles.

Well, here are some more pictures of the place. As you will be able to see, we'll be spending the next 10 years working on her. But, how cool is that!?


view of the front


another view of the front of the house and the 2nd floor. We'll need to paint that porch. What an eye sore! Our realtor found the original porch railing in the garage. It is different from how this one looks.


view of side of the house (and our minivan!) from the front with North Ave. on our right.


This is a view from the backyard to the front. the garage is on the left and the church is on the right. and weeds galore everywhere else!!!


This is a view from the front of the house to the back with the church on the side.

the weedy backyard that needs some serious attention and our closest neighbor


full bath upstairs


the half bath off the foyer


view from top of stairs looking down at the 1st landing


view from bedroom 1 of the hallway. on the left are the stairs going down, bathroom, closet. on the right bedroom 2, bedroom 3 (probably the master), bedroom 4, and a thin closet which you can't see. straight ahead is bedroom 5 with the "narnia" stairs that lead to the attic.




the narnia stairs that lead to the attic







the neat built-in dresser/closet combo from the outside





the built in dresser/closet combo in bedroom 4 from the inside







this view is from the basement stairs. the garage door is on the left, pantry on the right, and kitchen straight up those stairs. and the fridge is right in front there.


the kitchen cabinets go way up

Tuesday, May 08, 2007

We Miss Daddy!

Daddy,

We know you miss us. How could you not? Our smelly diapers, our tantrums, our fussing over toys, how quickly we eat are such memories to cherish!

We wanted you to know just how much WE miss YOU though. And Mama misses you even more. She doesn't like being away from you.

Here are some pictures for you (and whoever else checks this blog) to enjoy.

Can't wait to wrestle you again!
love, ~joshua










Monday, May 07, 2007

OUR HOUSE?????



Here is our new home. Ugh... maybe our new home?

As most of you out there know , our parents are WACKED OUT! Here's the recent list of just how crazy they are:

Monday, 4/30 - Daddy gets a job!!

Tuesday, 5/1 - Grammy babysits while the folks go look at houses.

Wednesday, 5/2 - Daddy and Mommy put a bid in on a house but get upset b/c the sellers only come down $1K. (Hello! Don't they know it's a buyers market!?!?!)

Thursday, 5/3 - Daddy and Mommy look at more houses and bring us along.

Friday, 5/4 - Daddy and Mommy withdraw their offer from the 1st home and thensucker some friends from church to check out another house they like. They gave good counsel and so we said NO to that one too.

Saturday, 5/5 - Saraina's officially 18 months and to celebrate the folks go to look at 2 different houses. Before leaving Daddy says, "We're bringing the checkbook. I've got a feeling about this one!" And a couple hours later we're chillin' at DQ eating ice cream while the realtor draws up the bid.

The story to this big bad beast of a home is this:

It's a bank-owned forclosure and the price was just lower on Saturday, putting it on the folks radar for the 1st time. It was built in 1900 and was used as a church parsonage. The church is our next door neighbor!

What's the draw to this house / how do the folks know THIS is the one? Check out this list:

FIVE bedrooms
original hardwood floors
fairly large kitchen
front porch
central air
1/2 bath on main floor
beautiful woodwork throughout
2 car ATTACHED garage
and it's in good shape!

This house is like a retreat house or something! Who's up for a visit b/c we got room for you to stay!!!!

The reason it's not a done deal is b/c the seller (the bank) is selling the home AS IS and they want us to get the home inspection BEFORE they sign on the dotted line. Basically, this covers them and us in case something major pops up in the inspection phase. So, even though we had the offer in on Saturday, it wasn't really in since banks have those weird hours. We just heard this evening that they are close to accepting our offer!!!

Here are some more pictures of what is really close to being our new home! Please post a comment and let us know what you think!!!!


~saraina (for the rest of the kiddos)

a side view of the house showing our garage and you can see the church in the background


the foyer and hallway


the foyer is HUGE (13 x 7 ft)


will be the dining room after we take up the carpet here


staircase