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a little thing I found…

I recently came across this little website. It is perfect for me. I think it could be perfect for you too. You should check it out. It is called Flourish.

According to the Author, Flourish was created to become a “community where we encourage and learn from one another… a community of women who love each other and love the Lord”. Who doesn’t need that? We need one another. We always need encouragement. We always need God’s word. This site combines them beautifully.

One of the Authors of Flourish I have been following for a while; her Blog is called: The Anderson Crew. You may have checked it out before as it has been on my side-bar for quite sometime. She has a pretty fascinating family dynamic. She is a really gifted photographer and she loves her children.

I don’t know her personally so this is just my opinion.

Check it out wont ya’?

 

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Baby Price #2: 16 Weeks

Well Darling, you are finally starting to allow me to enjoy life again. The nausea is slowly dissipating… I feel better with each day. I am still randomly vomiting but unlike my first pregnancy vomiting actually makes me feel better so I don’t really mind!

Thank you also for allowing me to eat healthy foods again. I really appreciate the gesture. I’m still kind of getting grossed out by vegetables (mainly broccoli) but at least im not craving fast food!! Horay!

You are getting big. Technically you are only the size of an apple but I have a distinctive baby belly that I am pretty sure didn’t show up with Lucy until around 4 1/2-5 mo. I still have only gained a total of 1lb but now that I am allowed to eat more (thanks again) that will probably change by my next appointment.

I really like chocolate and vanilla ice cream mixed together and slightly melted.

My Ultrasound is on March 16 so hopefully we will find out what kind of child you will be. Your sister wants you to be a girl, your Daddy wants you to be a boy. I honestly don’t care what you are. I might cry if you are a boy just because I really want Ryan (your Dad) to have a son. Either way I will be happy that you are healthy and a good sleeper. Right?

Just so you know, among the males and females on your Dad’s side of the family there are seven of each (officially) so you are the tie breaker. No pressure or anything.

I have to tell you also that I am a little nervous about having another child. Growing up I have ALWAYS wanted a massive amount of children. 10. I grew up a little and agreed with your Dad that four would be a good amount. Now I am not so sure.  #1- Birthing you. #2- Lack of sleep. #3- Nursing (love/hate). #4-Sleep training. #5- I’m afraid I wont be a good mother to the both of you equally. I’m afraid that one of you will feel left out or less loved. I’m afraid that Lucy will be jealous and resent you and resent her father and I for bringing another child into the family. I’m afraid you will feel like you are not part of the family.

I know all of these things are probably normal concerns and silly concerns. I know that God will help me every step of the way, like he has and is right now. I know that there is so much love in this family that you and your sister couldn’t possibly feel anything but love from the both of us equally. I know that after I birth you I will eventually get sleep and eventually stop nursing and you will be big and I will miss those things . We already love you and we don’t know anything about you. I hope you’re not ugly. Just kidding.

Oh, and one more interesting factoid. My midwife told me that after you have a Cesarean you should wait two years until you start trying to have another baby (no one ever told me that). Well, we had been trying for you for 8 months and I got pregnant almost exactly two years after I gave birth to Lucy. Isn’t that amazing?! I like to think that God was keeping me from getting pregnant because He was protecting my body from any harm that could come to it from getting pregnant too soon.

I knew that when I was supposed to be pregnant I would be and though I sometimes would get anxious and frustrated because I wasn’t, I knew that God had a reason and I just had to trust Him. Sometimes you never will find out a reason why God does what He does but I like to think that He let me know the reason for this one. God hand-picked you for me. He knew the perfect timing and when the time was right he planted you in my womb. We may not know a single thing about you but He already does. Your days are numbered and He has a good plan for you.

For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb. I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well. My frame was not hidden from you when I was made in the secret place, when I was woven together in the depths of the earth. Your eyes saw my unformed body; all the days ordained for me were written in your book before one of them came to be.
Psalm 139:13-16

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becoming a better wife by “putting off” old behaviors

First I would like to say that I know and understand that not everyone shares the same values and beliefs that I have. I am in no way trying to force my faith or view of anything on anyone. I believe in freedom of speech and I believe that what I believe is right and true. This does not mean that I judge you, criticise you, gossip or look down on you for having your own thoughts or opinions.  I write about my experiences and my life and I do it in hopes to bring joy to others, inspire others and possibly challenge others. This post would be more of a challenge to others.

I write to a very mixed audience and it is hard sometimes to appeal to all audiences. I ask that you read what I have to write with an open mind and open heart. Not because I am trying to change you but because this is how I live my life, and it works for us.  Even if you do not share my beliefs, you have to admit that the principles are good ones and you would probably benefit from trying it out in one way or another. =0P

So, on to my planned post for the day…

Colossians 3:5-14

This passage challenges us to set aside the poor behaviors that always get in the way of a healthy marriage and put on a “new” character (specifically the character of Christ since that is who we should be striving to be like).

As I am reading this passage I am thinking about one specific trait that is the hardest for me to let go, and another godly trait that is hardest for me to “put on”. I call these “put off” and “put on”. You put off a negative behavior and you put on a positive one. It is like trying to quit smoking… you can try, but it is easier if you have something to replace that habit.

Basically what this verse is saying is that once you have committed your life to Christ, to live as a Christian, you are no longer a slave to the world or a slave to sin and the struggles you face. You are alive and have freedom because you trust in Christ and have placed your trust in him. Therefore the sins or the “struggles” that you once were enslaved to or apart of have no hold on you any longer. The passage is asking you to get rid of the “old self” which was you before you “became a Christian”  and put on a “new self”, a positive character, follow Christ’s example. There is more to it… but this is the main point that as I am reading I am trying to think about. It is a brief and rough explanation but I just wanted to give you the gist of the passage incase while you are reading it you have no idea what it is saying. Sometimes the Bible can be like that. I find that the more I read it the more I understand it.

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Put to death, therefore, whatever belongs to your earthly nature: sexual immorality, impurity, lust, evil desires and greed, which is idolatry. Because of these, the wrath of God is coming. You used to walk in these ways, in the life you once lived. But now you must also rid yourselves of all such things as these: anger, rage, malice, slander, and filthy language from your lips. Do not lie to each other, since you have taken off your old self with its practices and have put on the new self, which is being renewed in the image of its Creator. Here there is no Gentile or Jew, circumcised or uncircumcised, barbarian, Scythian, slave or free, but Christ is all, and is in all.

Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience. Bear with each other and forgive one another if any of you has a grievance against someone. Forgive as the Lord forgave you. And over all these virtues put on love, which binds them all together in perfect unity.

Colossians 3:5-14

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Now this verse is not marriage specific, it is appropriate for all seasons of life. I just happen to be thinking about my marriage and how I can apply this verse to my life in a specific area. I know that there are certain people or situations outside of my marriage where I can and should resolve to change but for the sake of this post I am only going to talk about my marriage.

So, what is my “put off”? Well, I guess I am going to have to say lust. Lust (any strong desire; to have a strong desire) in my case would be evident in our relationship like this: I want my house to be prefect, pretty, unique and well decorated. Not a bad desire right? Not really. But, when that desire is so strong that I start to complain about little messes, things I don’t have, things that don’t match, things I want to make our house better, it starts to put a strain on our relationship and causes that little desire to become a big problem.

What is my “put on”? Honestly I could stand to put on every positive trait that is listed but I will pick one that will compliment my put off. Patience. Oh how patience is so important in every area of my life. I ask for patience on the daily because I am not patient. Patience is the ability to endure provocation, annoyance, misfortune or pain with calm and strength. The ability to tolerate delay. Thanks dictionary.com! Well, that is pretty plain and simple if you ask me. God has given me everything I have ever wanted or needed and guess what, I didn’t get it right away, I had to be patient and wait. The dirty sink… it was cleaned. Maybe not when I wanted it done but it is clean now.

So really I think the next step for me would be to confess to Ryan how I recognize that I am failing in this area and ask him to forgive me (really I need to confess this to God first). Just because he is not currently mad about it doesn’t mean I shouldn’t ask his forgiveness. He deserves it. Then I am going to ask him to help me to be more patient. I am going to ask him specific ways and areas I can work on it and allow him to call me out if my desires are causing me to sin against him, my family or our friends.

My desire is to always be striving to be a better wife and a better person (I know “person” is vague but I am too many things to list). I know that I can’t do that on my own and I am glad that I have help. Help through my faith in Jesus and help from my amazing husband, family and friends. Wont you join me in this pursuit to put off our sinful earthly desires and behaviors and put on the positive character of Christ.

❤ y’all

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What is Christmas all about?

And in context…

The Birth of Jesus

In those days Caesar Augustus issued a decree that a census should be taken of the entire Roman world.  (This was the first census that took place whileQuirinius was governor of Syria.) And everyone went to their own town to register.

So Joseph also went up from the town of Nazareth in Galilee to Judea, to Bethlehem the town of David, because he belonged to the house and line of David. He went there to register with Mary, who was pledged to be married to him and was expecting a child. While they were there, the time came for the baby to be born, and she gave birth to her firstborn, a son. She wrapped him in cloths and placed him in a manger, because there was no guest room available for them.

And there were shepherds living out in the fields nearby, keeping watch over their flocks at night. An angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified. But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid. I bring you good news that will cause great joy for all the people. Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is the Messiah, the Lord. This will be a sign to you: You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger.”

Suddenly a great company of the heavenly host appeared with the angel, praising God and saying,

“Glory to God in the highest heaven,    and on earth peace to those on whom his favor rests.”

When the angels had left them and gone into heaven, the shepherds said to one another, “Let’s go to Bethlehem and see this thing that has happened, which the Lord has told us about.”

So they hurried off and found Mary and Joseph, and the baby, who was lying in the manger. When they had seen him, they spread the word concerning what had been told them about this child,  and all who heard it were amazed at what the shepherds said to them. But Mary treasured up all these things and pondered them in her heart. The shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all the things they had heard and seen, which were just as they had been told.

Luke 2:1-20

 

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Get Me Outta Here!!

If you still believe in Santa Clause, do not read beyond this point.

We don’t “do” the whole Santa thing. It is a personal decision. There is no real super educated or in-depth reason as to why we do not, we just don’t feel like we have to.

I found out the “truth” about Santa when I was around 4. I asked my Mom if he was real and she told me the truth (thanks Mom for not lying- I know it was hard for you). So because I never really grew up believing myself, it was never really an exciting magical thing. Therefore I don’t really see what Lucy could be missing by not believing. I don’t think she is really missing out on anything except for disappointment in the future.

I am not judging you if you choose to believe in Santa. I do not care and it does not matter to me whether or not your children do Santa or not.

Oh, but those poor little kids… what will they think when they find out the truth?! The tears…

HaHa.

I do believe that the true meaning of Christmas is the Birth of Jesus Christ. I do not love the whole commercial aspect of Christmas and I don’t like that Santa is taking the place of the real reason for this Holiday. St. Nicholas was a real person and has a real story, and that Santa Lucy will learn about and hopefully follow.

I really love this Veggie Tales Christmas movie. You should watch it.

Okay, so blah-blah-blah… Here is the real reason for this post.

We visited “Santa” today. I did it. I traumatized my child. I never thought I would do it but there wasn’t a long line and he had a great mustache!

Yeah, I couldn’t make her do it alone. So, I traumatized Eli too. I wonder if his Mom will ever let him come back?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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if i died tomorrow…

 If I died tomorrow I would have a very long list of “things I want to do before I die”.

I  have a completely irrational fear of death. I guess it isn’t really irrational because it really could happen at any second, but I actually think I am going to die at any second. Is that weird? I have a huge fear of death. I know I should not be afraid because Heaven is a FAR GREATER place then earth, but obviously, I fear and am deeply saddened by the things I will miss out on if I die. Mostly milestones and events related to Lucy. I can’t imagine not being here for them. I know that if I am dead I will not know the difference, but I allow that thought to make me anxious far too often.

And a word to anyone that might like to take my place as Ryan’s wife after I die, I already promised him that I would haunt him and whoever he takes as his wife. Just so you know…

Now as many of you do probably have some mental note of things you would like to do or accomplish before your death… I have a nice list. And, for someone who is probably going to die soon (from natural causes I hope), I have not checked very many things off that list.

So, Lord, if you would like to keep me around a little longer so that I can accomplish at least half of these items, that would be great!

  •  Go to Paris. I would be nice if I didn’t have to fly. I don’t like flying.
  • Own my own restaurant or create the menu for an existing restaurant.
  • See Lucy and any other children we have get married.
  • Go to New York and be on the Today Show.
  • See my sister graduate college, be successful and live on her own.
  • Own a home on at least three acres of land with a big country porch, a mud room from a Pottery Barn catalog & a Theater Style basement.
  • Teach High School History.
  • Kiss Ryan Price before graduating High School.
  • Get married.
  • Have four children.
  • Be an outcast on American Idol.
  • Buy an outfit from White House Black Market and have somewhere to wear it.
  • Learn how to sew.
  • Go to Disney World.
  • Do a standing back tuck without a spotter.  (I almost accomplished this at one time… I think that ship has sailed.)
  •  Help my Mom start a Bakery.
  • Take Ryan to Vegas and Sponsor him in a poker tournament.
  • Dye my hair and then be able to dye it back to my natural color.
  • Plan someones wedding.
  • Help one person every single day.

 

On a side note. Though I do have a serious fear and concern that I am going to die before I “live”, I have already been blessed in my life. If I do not wake up tomorrow, I know that everyone I know and love will be taken care of. It does no good to worry about tomorrow. Live today as if it is your last.

Naturally I hope that I am missed but I hope that people would see my life as an example of God’s love and kindness. I hope that my life; my past, my present, my struggles and my blessings would be used to help others.

And, pease make sure Ryan doesn’t dress Lucy like a dweeb!

 

 

 

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Welcome Baby Jude!

On November 5th, my sister-in-law gave birth to her 5th child. My heaven is HE a little cutie. Her oldest is a boy followed by three little girls so I know you can imagine how happy they are to have another little boy running around. Well, eventually. He just sleeps, eats and poops right now.

 Hard labor and three weeks early. Praise God everything is okay! Mommy and baby are doing just peachy (if you’re one to consider sleep deprivation peachy).

Remember, Remember, The 5th of November…

No, not V for Vendetta Fans?

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The Excellent Wife

 The Wife of Noble Character: Proverbs 31

Her Character:

Confident – v 25

Courage – v 17

Dignified – v 25

Diligent – v 14

Early Riser – v 15

Faithful – 21

Generous – v 20

Industrious – v 13

Influential – v 10

Kind – v 26

Moral – v 30

Not lazy – v 27

Observant – v 27

Organized – v 15

Prudent – v 16

Reverential – v 30

Sensible – v 18

Strength – v 17

Trustworthy – v 11

Well groomed – v 22

Wise – v 16

Her Skills:

Creative – v 13

Handspinning – v 19

Knowledgeable – v 13

Sewing skills – v 22

Purchaser of choice foods – 14

Supervises meals – v 15

Attention to detail – v 27

Common Sensev 18

Home business – v 24

Investor – v 16

Observant – v 27

Organized – v 15

Overseer – v 15

Philanthropist – v 20

Prepared – v 21

Realistic – v 18

Stewardship – v 18

Successful – v 24

Teaches – v 26

Wise – v 26

Her relationship with her husband:

Appreciation – v 10

Has his best interests at heart – v 10

One of trust – v 11

Praise – v 28

Unity – v 23

Here is the resource in which I stole the above breakdown. 

Who wouldn’t want to be all these things? I know it is overwhelming when I look at how many things I am NOT, but it is encouraging that there probably are a few characteristics that I DO possess. 

I have read this quite often, especially right when I was about to get married (you know, the crash course of “oh crap, I am about to get married and I don’t know what I am doing”). But I think I am going to be spending more time studying this and trying to figure out where in my life I should, could and need to be growing. I want to always be striving to be a better wife and mother and this, for me, is a good place to start. 

My suggestion, if you too are interested in growing in a specific area, pick just one thing. Trying to change in all areas at once will be completely overwhelming. Start with one little bit of scripture and apply it to one little bit of life.  

 Maybe even try asking your Husband or children which thing he/they think you could work on (I know, this will take a lot of humility but often others see us in a better light than we see ourselves). I know what Ryan would say, because he keeps telling me and I am really trying hard to change it. “Well groomed”.

Just kidding. Ha-Ha.

 

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And it rains.

As my Husband is busy soaking up the 106+ gallons of rain that has taken residence in our basement, I am hanging out with the sweetest most beautiful girl in the world.

Because he told me to. Or I’d be helping. Even though I really wouldn’t want to be. It stinks down there.

My soul has been weary of late and I can’t seem to find the joy that once took place in my being. I am feeling very overwhelmed with lots of emotions and I just keep praying that God would restore my joy and give me a new attitude and patience to take on the challenges of the day that is about to face me.  

I just started reading a book (that I am about to finish) that has really been rocking my world. This book has helped me to see life for what it truly is. It has been encouraging me to see everyday gifts as, well, everyday gifts instead of  just another monotonous day.

“Ugh, I don’t want to get out of bed” has turned into “Good morning. What a beautiful day I get to spend with the most beautiful thing in the world”. Every day could be our last day together and I do not want to die, or be at the end of my days, or God forbid something happen to Lucy, and I not have taken every moment as an opportunity to enjoy her every breath.

The book is called Stepping Heavenward.  You should read it. It is a Christian book, for those of you who think I am trying to fool you. Ha.

We are going on Vacation in T minus 2 weeks. Holly-lu-ya. Amen.

Emerald Island NC is the destination. We will be going with a brood of Price family members. It is going to be an exciting and exhilarating time. It probably wont be so peaceful, since, there is about 17 of us all staying in one big house. But, who needs rest on vacation? Each family member is responsible for one night of cooking. I have no idea what to make. I am torn between “breakfast for dinner” and a chicken dish.  I want to go the breakfast route but I know there are a few overly health conscious family members attending and I don’t want to get mad at them or be offended when they make something else to eat because they can’t eat what I made. I just need to get over it. You can’t assume to please all 17 people now can ya?

Ryan and I are pursuing a debt free lifestyle. What this means is that we are trying to pay down debt, to become debt free by sticking to a spending plan we have developed to track all of our spending and saving. So far, not so good. It is amazing how expenses just keep coming up. I know that is is going to happen forever, and I am not surprised. But really, come on. Cut us a break will ya? lol . I must say though that through all of our trials and unexpected expenses, God has provided for us and we have never been in need.

I feel bad for people who do not know the joys of trusting in a God who takes care of their every need. Even if you do not know Him or trust Him, He is still taking care of you. You are just unaware of the peace made available to you through His saving grace. Finance are a huge struggle and burden for many people and I can honestly say that I need not worry or be anxious because our Father in Heaven has taken care of my every need. I do not know how we are going to pay our Mortgage week after week, but we do and I know it is because of God’s mercy and kindness to us.

Speaking of God’s kindness and mercy, here are a few pictures from our summer.

Boo. Summer is over.

Yay. I LOVE fall.

Anyway, here are those pics.

Oh. And a big thumbs up to my long time friend John who just got engaged to a wonderful girl named Sarah. I really like her. And she puts up with him. But mostly, they seem really happy and that makes me happy. Congratulations guys. I am so excited for the two of you!! ❤

Okay, back to the pics…

There are a million from this summer so I am trying to narrow it down to a few of my favorite.

Ok. Rain check (since it is raining). My computer is acting up and I can’t insert any pictures. I’ll hook some up for tomorrow.

 

 

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To Clarify…

Just to clarify a few things that I have previously wrote about…

Easter, though it is about God because he is Creator, it is ultimate celebrating the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead.

Why is this important?

Jesus died to pay the penalty of death that we deserve for our sin, was buried, and rose with a glorified body, gaining victory over death and the grave. When we put our faith in Him by believing through faith alone in Christ alone, we have the promise of one day with Him in heaven.

The resurrection destroys the power of sin.

The resurrection destroys the power of death.

This may or may not make sense to you, and I know it is totally confusing. But, I would love to tell you about it if you really are interested. I too was once a person who could care less about this Holiday and now that I do know, I am forever grateful. Maybe knowing could change your life too?

That is how my previous posts leading up to Easter are pertinent to the topic. Because of Jesus’ death and resurrection, we are able to be saved from our sins and have new life. The Testimonies that were shared are living testimonies of those who have experienced God’s forgiveness (at the cross) and a new life (resurrection). God is changing lives through his son Jesus.

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