Sunday morning, Tootsie, Fitz, Uncle Zac and I loaded up early and went to Mississippi for a quick day trip! It was time for our sweet cousin, Everly, to be dedicated to the Lord! It seems like only yesterday that we were dedicating Fitz, and now he's a big boy wearing a tie!
We got to the church a little early, and Fitz had fun playing with some dogs that were hanging out at the church. He gave them all a hug, over and over:
And then they hugged him...while he squealed!
Glenn and Brianne dedicated Everly...
Could you not just squeeze those sweet cheeks?!?
And then we went to see Grandmama before we headed home.
This is my favorite picture:
It was a quick, but fun, trip and we were so glad to see our family!
Ms. Paula (aka Ninny), Jennifer, Heather, Jessy, Me, Haley and Ms. Pam
After having so much fun at the Donut Dash in January, we decided to try to do a race every month. This month, we did the Chick-Fil-A 5k, to benefit their summer camps for children.
As you all know, we had to have cute accessories to match our race, so Heather and her mom whipped up these adorable head wraps for us to wear. Here we are showing them off:
While we were waiting at the start line to get going, I commented that I hoped there were no hills like the ones we had in the Jingle Bell Run in December. Big mistake. There were several hills in this run, ha!
I was hoping to improve my time, and I'm still pleased with it, but I could have done better without those darn hills! Anyway, I finished in 37:14, which is a 12 minute mile, and I am very happy with that! I finished 8th in my age group out of 16 runners. Woohoo!
It was the first race for our friend, Ms. Pam, and she won a medal for coming in 3rd in her age group! We whooped and hollered so loud when they called out her name!
I can't wait to see what race we find to do next...and what accessories we come up with, too! It's addictive!
Fitz's new favorite thing is to get a treat out of Fancie's treat jar and carry it around the house while she chases him, ha! He will show it to her and laugh, and then run the other direction so she chases after him. He thinks it is hilarious. She does not.
I'm so glad she's not mean to him about it. She just follows him around and waits for him to drop the treat or throw it to her. Bless her heart.
I tried to catch him running with it, but this is the best I could do:
God first loved us, and taught us, and made us, to love each other.
"For God so LOVED the world, that He gave his only son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have everlasting life." John 3:16
He loved us so much that He sent his only son to die for us, so that we may have life eternally, and not die for our sins.
And then, he told us how important love is.
"If I speak in the tongues of men or of angels, but do not have love, I am only a resounding gong or clanging cymbal. If I have the gift of prophecy and can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have faith that can move mountains, but do not have love, I am nothing." 1 Corinthians 13:1-2
"And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love." 1 Corinthians 13:13
God then told us how love should be.
"Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil, but rejoices in the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres." 1 Corinthians 13:4-7
I think many non-believers think that being a follower of Christ, or believing in God is all about all these rules you have to follow, but what it is really about is God's love for us. All of those "rules" were put in place because He loves us. He loves us and wants to have a relationship with us, and THAT is what believing in God is all about. It's all about LOVE.
I'm so thankful that God put John and I together, and that I have someone I love here on Earth on Valentine's Day. There were many Valentine's Days that I spent alone, but I was never really alone because I had God's love always. He is always there, loving us, caring for us, teaching us. Thank you, Lord, for John, and our love, which we learned from what you showed us about love.
If you listen closely, the first one he does is the goat. He makes pretty much the same sound for horse, goat and sheep, and usually does it longer than he does here, but of course, he wouldn't cooperate when I had the camera on him, ha! He does much better with the duck afterwards, then gets tired of playing for the camera.
The toy they are playing with is called a See & Say. When I was a child, it was much bigger, and had a pull string to make the middle plate spin to each animal. Now, it's a smaller toy with a handle that John says is like a slot machine. He says Fitz looks like he's playing the slots when he plays with this toy, haha!! Fitz got two of these toys for Christmas, so one of them is at Tootsie's house, but he loves this thing!
On Friday, Fitz went to work with Mommy! Our (fabulous) babysitter's little boy was sick on Thursday, and since I had a slow day Friday, I just took Fitz to work with me. He had so much fun, and was so well behaved!
We walked across the street to see all of my friends at the courthouse, and got a sucker from one of our judges and her assistant. Then, we headed back to the office to do a little work:
He found my flag from our reading of the Declaration of Independence last July 4, and showed his patriotic spirit by waving it around:
He is still obsessed with red cups, and carried them around ALL day, even to the courthouse and lunch with Mommy and Kristy. After doing a little work and flag waving, it was time to play with his tennis ball.
And then time for a little more work:
Taking after his Mama, he did a little window watching, too. Those windows overlooking the busy street below are too good to pass up, even for a little fella.
We went to lunch with Kristy, and then went home for the day. Work must have been exhausting for Fitz because he took a 2 1/2 hour nap when we got home!
I was so thankful that he was good at the office, and we had a fun day together!
A FB friend of mine sent me a message Wednesday night asking about my "What I'm Loving Wednesday" post, which I had not written or posted. After I picked myself up off the floor from the shock that someone actually reads this blog that faithfully, I told her I just had not done one this week. So, this post is for you, Stephanie!
Of course, I'm always loving Fitz. Lately, he's very into hats. Here he is with Uncle Zac's hat on at Tootsie's house:
Following the Krispy Kreme Doughnut Dash, I decided maybe I CAN be a runner, so I bought some new running shoes and have been running at lunch a few days this week. Wednesday's weather was perfect, and I did better on my time than the day before. I'm at a 12.5 minute mile right now, and hoping to improve that so I can share more results with y'all!
I'm loving my new running shoes:
Fitz loves animals. I've probably told y'all before how he calls them "Shugah" like I call him that. Sunday night during the Super Bowl, we turned the TV to the Puppy Bowl and this is the grin we got:
He was so excited! He loved all the puppies!
I know this was not a super fantastic what I'm loving post, but I'll do better next week!
A few days ago, a friend of mine posted this photo on FB, and commented that she was stating "calm in my heart" over and over until she had it down perfectly:
That particular friend is not a Christian. I have a few friends who are non-believers, and I find myself trying to be careful about what I say around them, not because I don't want to offend them, but maybe because I don't want it to sound wrong, or something...I'm not really sure why. Anyway, I read something the day before that photo was posted about not being a lukewarm Christian. God wants us to be on fire for him, not lukewarm. So, when I saw that photo, my first thought was to say something about how Jesus brings perfect peace, and you don't have to do anything over and over to get it, it's just there, for free, but I wanted to make sure whatever I said was effective. I prayed about it, and of course, the answer was to say something, so I did.
I don't believe my friend took offense to it, as she commented back and said that she respectfully disagreed with me about that, and she can disagree if she wants to, but it doesn't make what I said any less true. Here's what I told her: "Jesus is the only way to achieve a perfect peace that passes understanding. He offers it for free, no work at all on your part :)"
People can say what they want, but God answers prayer, even when we haven't asked for something yet. I opened my Kindle app to read my devotion this morning from the book, "Everyday Prayers" by Scotty Smith, and here it is:
Y'all, this is NOT a coincidence. It is encouragement from my God. He confirmed it for me: the only one who brings peace is Jesus. We are fooling ourselves if we try to say it comes from anywhere else, especially within ourselves. The Bible tells us this over and over again:
"Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. Not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your hearts be troubled, neither let them be afraid." John 14:27
"Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, shall guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus." Philippians 4:6-7
"And let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in one body; and be thankful." Colossians 3:15
A mutual friend of ours (mine and my friend from above) was involved in a tragic traffic accident last weekend. She and her family were hit by a drunk driver. Her husband did not survive, and she is still under heavy sedation in the hospital, unaware of that fact. Her one year old child is fine, but her eight year old is still in the hospital, already had one surgery and faces more. It is an incomprehensible tragedy, and they need our prayers.
I can understand how a non-believer would find it difficult to have any peace about this situation, but God tells us that in this world, we will have trouble, and that He has overcome the world, and will give us His peace, which surpasses all understanding. We live in an evil, fallen world, but take heart, He has overcome it! He can (and will) turn any situation into a blessing for those who love Him, and are called according to His purpose. We may not understand WHY this happened to our friend, but we must believe that God has a bigger plan for her, and He will accomplish it.
Please lift up the Chancellor family in your prayers, and if you don't have peace about it, pray for that, too.