Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Getting Real

Can I be real for just a moment?  Just one post of realness?

Back burner.  Struggling.   Lack of effort.  The list could go on.  It's a list of words that describe my relationship with the Lord lately.

I have not been doing my part to maintain the relationship.  Life has been extremely busy and I have allowed Satan to use the busyness of life as a way to hurt my relationship with God.  I have been going going going for the past couple of months and I've let time with God slip to the bottom of my priority list.

I don't want it to be there, but I'm struggling to change that.  I'm struggling to put in the effort that God deserves from me.

My sweet friend, Miranda, and I are reading Not A Fan by Kyle Idleman and I'm really enjoying it, but man is it convicting.  The chapter I just read was about how fans following a list of rules rather than loving God.  In this chapter, Kyle compares it to his relationship with his wife.  He talks about the list of rules he agreed to when he married his wife.  He agreed to be faithful to her and to stick by her side in health and in sickness.  He goes on to say that he didn't receive the full list of rules on their wedding day.  Rules such as keeping his closet clean, leaving the toilet seat down at all times, not making fun of her before 10 AM, and having an opinion about two dresses that look exactly alike.  HA!

He didn't see marrying his wife as a list of rules.  He does those things because he loves his wife.

When I read that I immediately begin to think of my list of unspoken rules that came with marrying my husband.

I watch Fox News nightly and without interrupting.

I watch and even play golf.

I shop alone and text him dressing room photos instead of dragging him along to shop.

There are things that I do and have learned to enjoy out of love for my husband.  He does the same for me.

That's how it should be with God.   Fruit will be produced out of love for Him.  It's not about having a list of rules.  It's about loving him and therefore wanting to do things that please Him.

I don't know.  I've just been struggling lately.  Today I helped lead a Bible study for 8th grade girls.  I pray that as we continue to meet once a month and study the women of the Bible that God will use that time to grow them and me.  I believe God has put me in that position for a reason.  I pray that I would allow him to use that time in my life.

I don't want to be a fan.  I want to be a follower.

Thursday, September 13, 2012

Our Busy Family

We are still waiting for life to slow down here at The Weaver House.  We seem to just go go go all the time. I say that as I'm home from work today.  Ha!

Last weekend we went to the Razorback game in Little Rock.  We had a good time despite how bad the game went.  I'm glad we decided to leave at the end of the third quarter and we weren't there to witness the horrible ending.

The main reason we left early was to drive north to help with the launch of Verge Church.  Andrew's brother, Cary, and his wife, Sara, along with a couple of friends are planting a church.  We had the blessing of going up and being there for their first service.  Andrew helped set up and run sound.  They are renting part of a theater which means they turn it into a church every Sunday and then take it all back down after service.

They had a great turnout.  I'm excited to see how God uses them to reach people for His kingdom.

Last night we were able to drive to Memphis for a concert.  We saw Andy Grammer, Mat Kearney, and Train.  It was such a great show!  We had so much fun.  I don't have any pics because all I had with me was my phone and it just wasn't getting any good pics.

That's why I'm home today.  I knew it would be late when we got back so i decided to take the day off.  We spent the night in Memphis last night and then drove home this morning so Andrew could go to work.  I'm using the day to get caught up on planning and grading for school, or at least that how I'm supposed to be using the day.

This weekend we are heading north again to attend Verge Church.  We are also going to celebrate my father-in-law's birthday.  It should be a fun weekend.

On top of all that I'm helping my mom plan my little brother's wedding.  I cannot believe he will be married in less than a month.  I'm so happy for them.  They are thrilled.  I'm having fun designing invitation and planning decor.  They are also giving me the HUGE honor of being their photographer.  I am so excited about it.  I've been pinning tons of ideas on pinterest.

Do you have a "MUST GET" wedding shot?

Sunday, September 2, 2012

Life Lately

The last two weeks have been a crazy blur of busy.  School started, fundraisers began, and a new puppy entered our lives.

School has kept me busy with the planning and typical school stuff.  On top of that I've been attending football games, skate nights, and dances.  I have enjoyed each event, but they mean getting home later than normal which means getting to bed later than I like.

Last Saturday Andrew and I drove to Ozark to pick up our new sweet boy.

He is so small and cuddly.  We fell in love instantly.

As soon as we got home I took the little guy shopping for a collar and some chew toys.  He slept the entire time we were in the store.  I don't think we walked by a single person who didn't stop and and comment on how cute he was.

For the first couple of days, the poor little guy didn't have a name.  His original name was Logan.  Before we ever met him, we wanted to name him Lincoln.  He was so small though, that we didn't feel like he was a Lincoln.  So he went a few days with no name.  I finally came back around to Lincoln and then we spent another three or four days trying to find a middle name.

Our sweet boy is now Lincoln Baxter Weaver and we couldn't love him more.

He is already spoiled rotten.

Liberty was not too sure about this new guy at first.  She avoided him at all cost.  If he was on my left, she was on my right.  In the last few days she had decided she likes him.  They play so hard together.  It scares me because Liberty is so much bigger than he is.

Liberty Belle & Lincoln Baxter

I also celebrated a birthday last week.  29!  I cannot believe that 30 is only a year away.  I try not to think about it because it totally bums me out.

Andrew took me out for dinner and dessert.  I barely had the energy to go. I woke up sick.  No fun at all!  I have an awful head cold that I'm more than ready to get rid of.

I celebrated with my fam Friday night.  It was fun to get together and let them meet Lincoln.  Mommom made me dumplings.  YUM!!

We are enjoying a three day weekend and working on house training.  We are also working on learning to sleep in.  Lincoln like to get up at 4:30 in the morning.  

Andrew and I have gone back and forth on getting a second dog ever since Liam Bailey ran away.  We felt that Liberty needed a companion.  I think she missed Liam more than either one of us.  But we weren't real sure our hearts were ready.

I've called about a handful of puppies over the past few months and every time I would call I would hear "He's just been adopted."  Logan was the first puppy that was still available when I called.

I am so happy we decided to adopt him.  Our home feels "normal" again with two dogs.  He is no way a replacement for Liam Bailey, but a new bouncy playful crazy addition to our little family.

And I can't end my first post in September without saying WOO PIG SOOIE!!