a child’s insight

By Moriah on February 24th, 2014

I’m part of a women’s small group on Thursday nights and it is different than any other I’ve ever been a part of. Those women are real. They are in the Word. They also aren’t afraid to lay open their issues and struggles and be honest about our humanity and sinfulness. Jesus is there! We’re already forgiven and so there’s nothing left to hide. His is the only opinion that matters, anyway.

So a couple weeks ago the gal that generally leads the discussion shared about how she is having her 8 or 9 year old daughter read her own Bible and then come talk to her mom about what she just read. In this instance she was reading the passage where Peter walks on the water towards Christ. Her mom said “okay, tell me about that story!” and the daughter says something along the lines of “well, Peter was walking on the water to Jesus, and he was doing okay until he turned around to see if his friends were watching.”

Um, WOW.

What tremendous insight from a child! Of course the account mentions Peter seeing the wind and the waves and getting fearful and scared. Either way, he had his eye on his circumstances and not on Christ. And how often ARE we paying more attention to see if our friends are watching? I’m just still so blown away by her answer and have been thinking about it ever since.

No ordinary Tuesday

By Moriah on May 10th, 2011

We had a birthday party for a little friend last night at the pool. (Today’s high is supposed to be 90 – hello, summer.) My mom is staying until Saturday (let’s all say a prayer of thanksgiving) and so she kept Arianna while the rest of us went to the party.

(I love my baby girl but) I cannot tell you how relaxing it was to just SIT and CHAT and EAT and not chase or feed anyone. I love parties where the dads play, too.

Andy’s first house is closing today. We are SO thankful to be on this side of the process! Lots of lessons learned and I’m sure more to come. He kept telling me through the job hunting that he had a feeling we’d be pleasantly surprised “when all this is over” and I couldn’t help sometimes but to smirk. I KNOW God is faithful and I KNOW He always had a plan for us. But sometimes it’s hard to see and it’s hard to keep going, blind and without any sort of reassurance.

And yet here we are.

Welp, I’m meeting a friend for tea in just a bit and have an OB appointment later this afternoon. (So I guess I should at least wash my face.) Oh, speaking of OB appointments, I haven’t gone to any in at least 2 months. Sick kids, no babysitter, storms, no power… I had to cancel several times. That glucose test? Still haven’t had it. I thought I could squeeze by without it since I’m rather close but no, the nurse wants me to take it anyway. (Ugh.)

And G sent me a coupon for kids-eat-free at Chili’s so I’m thinkin’ we’re going to do that tonight. Celebrate Andy’s first closing – why not? (He can eat vegan there, right? ;) Besides, our 9th anniversary is tomorrow and he turns 30 on Thursday. Enough to celebrate for an entire week, yes?

Friday morning, with muffins

By Moriah on April 15th, 2011

This looked so bright and cheery on the kids’ breakfast table this morning. We’re expecting a storm today so I’ve got all the lights on and I’m staying in my comfy pants. I can’t go anywhere either, since our mechanic is attempting to slide our van past the state emissions test today. (Let’s all groan together now.)

In other news, Andy is LOVING his new work. He is sooooooo busy though. (Like came home from the office past midnight a few days last week.) I did text him one night and said “you better be working and not just shooting the breeze!!!!” He wrote back “ha!” (I’m always a little suspicious because he’s working with a good friend and they have a really great time together.) But, regardless, sooo thankful. Now if we can just eek by until the first closing (earlyish May). God is faithful and does provide. The end.

there’s a boy in my belly

By Moriah on January 15th, 2011

Another post I’ve been putting off!!

Alternate title: What I Really Look Like

Sooo, surprise? Us, too! I’ve been (rather foolishly, apparently) waiting for Andy to get a job before I announced this pregnancy because, well, the timing.

BUT. I know God is faithful and He cares for ALL of His children. We’re leaning hard on that.

And yes! We already know it’s a boy. (Long story.) So, while we probably wouldn’t have chosen to have Number 5 at this particular moment in our lives, we ARE excited AND thankful.

More of our story

By Moriah on October 28th, 2010

Since my blog is public, there are things that I can’t and won’t share here. Things that have become common knowledge, however, (or that I’d say out loud at a coffee shop – HT to J’net) I feel comfortable writing and blogging about.  I’m all for openness and honesty, when appropriate; our lives are not always roses.  One of those things now getting the green light is that a little while back Andy resigned from his position at the restaurant.

There were a number of personal reasons, none of which ultimately matter; we simply needed to move on.  There were SO many little God-things, nudging, pointing, directing our path.  Only problem is that it’s taken longer for other things to settle, and we’ve needed lots of extra grace and patience.  (Thank goodness grace doesn’t just, like, run out.)

So we’re beginning to feel the pinch; starting to look around and determine what is absolutely necessary.  God’s provision has been over-abundant so far and we have everything we need for today.  I know that He will not fail us, even as we wonder at the next step.

I feel compelled to share this little story because it’s such a picture of what these last two months have been like.  Our dental insurance is set to expire at the end of this month.  Of course I kept forgetting to call for possible appointments for Andy and me and HERE IT IS, the end of October.  I finally called yesterday morning and explained our situation.  The receptionist said “well you’re in luck because I have a cancellation open for today and one for tomorrow!”

I took the first available appointment, yesterday afternoon.  I can hardly remember the last time I went to the dentist, definitely before Drew was born.  The technology now is pretty amazing – they found 3 tiny cavities before they were really an issue.  But my heart sank.  Surely there was no way they’d be able to fit me back in for fillings before the end of this month.

I pretty much shrugged my shoulders: oh well.

She said she’d be right back.

The next thing I know she’s looking in my eyes and said “we’re going to do them today.”  And that was that!  I had all three teeth filled less than an hour and a half later.  Sure, we have a bill with co-pays.  But it’s less than a third of what it would have been in a mere couple of days.  (And let’s just pray Andy has none.)

Anyway, so yeah.  Trying not to stress.  Keeping my eyes fixed on TODAY.  Trusting that He hasn’t led us this far to drop us off a cliff.  It’s hard, too, because of that tricky balance between finding the perfect job and taking what’s available.  And furthermore, he needs something flexible enough he can continue his master’s program in music (the end goal).  I can’t remember if I ever mentioned he started that this semester.

Pray with us?


By Moriah on September 23rd, 2010

Y’all.  I know I have sweet internet friends that come check here every day for an update or a laugh or a photo.  I know it’s frustrating to have the same old post show up day after day.  But our lives are topsy turvy right now and some days I’m hanging on by a thread, no room for extras.  There are things I wish I could say here but I really just can’t.  The story is not [only] mine to tell.  And God is in the very middle of showing us what He’s written.

So we wait.  We follow.

We live each day.  One at a time.

And it is enough.

(“Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.” – Matthew 6:34)

DPP Day 5: Getting Ready

By Moriah on December 5th, 2009


Arianna’s baptism is tomorrow!

Posted in conjunction with the December Photo Project.

An Observer

By Moriah on September 14th, 2009

About once a month there is a children’s sermon at our church and all the kids are invited to walk down to the front steps and participate. Yesterday was the day. (Also, Adelaide’s first time since we started having her in the service with us.)

I was also signed up for infant nursery duty. I had sat in there for about a half an hour with two other ladies, and no babies came, so I ended up going back to the sanctuary. Andy and the kids had sat up in the balcony, him being alone with the three kids. (There’s an iffy situation if I ever saw one.)

By the time I sat down, he had walked the girls down to the front of the church. (Drew was using the bathroom and missed it.)

So I got to be a helpless observer for Adelaide’s, um, performance. She initially sat down, but then jumped up and started heading up the choir stairs. Madeline, ever the big sister, tried to grab her hand and pull her back to her seat.

Adelaide snatched her hand away and sat back down, only to jump and run up the stairs again.

Rinse and repeat about six times with an increasing amount of drama.

Finally Andy had to walk down and sit in the front pew so she wouldn’t be tempted to continue her self-endorsed playtime.

But the thought struck me as I sat there and watched; I could do nothing. I couldn’t control her, especially at such a distance. I was obliged to simply be an observer.

Sure, yes, we can train and teach and try to mold our kids and lead them in the way they should go. But ultimately, it IS the Holy Spirit who works in our kids’ lives and hearts. We do nothing but watch.

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