Tuesday, October 25, 2011

my three words

Recently  I spotted on Facebook that a church in Rochester took their own spin ABC's News' segment "tell us your three words".  Not sure on all the details that the church went into, but they captured many of the people in the church's life based "three words".  I watched the short video and really got to thinking and praying in my quiet time, God what are MY three words?  It's a lot harder than I thought,
What three words do I want to live by, to be remembered for, and stand up to protect in my life? 

Because of Him

God created me, loves me, and made me who I am today.  My life would be completely different if I didn't have Jesus.  I do what I do today because of Him.  My life, my marraige, children, friends, work, and hope in life is because God is God, and because of what He has done for me and everyone else in this world.  I take my three words as a stepping stone to show others that their lives can be changed, can be made whole again, and they can live life because of Him too. 

Everyone has a story, and I think looking at these people on the video really helped to show a little glimpse into their story based on their three words.  How does God want us to share our three words, and with who?  I guess you never know how your three words, and someone else's three words can really further what God has us on this Earth to do.  To share the love of Jesus to everyone we can each and everyday. 

 Here's a link to the clip!

Monday, October 17, 2011

Donut Date

Today we spent at home, I have a feeling Aiden is feeling a bit under the weather, so we hung around home for the day.  After his nap I decided to take him for a mommy and me little treat, so we got dressed and headed out to Tim Hortons for a donut.  While it cost very little, its impact was so big for each of us.  I have a friend who has kids and he takes them out on "dates" and this didn't start out as my intention, but as we sat in Tim Hortons and enjoyed our time together, it was such a special time for just him and me.  We spent time doing something he wanted to, sitting in the seats, looking out the window at the truck and buses that passed by.  Today i realized how lucky i am to have so much one on one time with him and i treasure it deeply, but it also made me realize that i want to do this with all my kids.  It may not be donuts each time, but doing something with them one on one, sharing in the time together really is priceless. 

Here's a little window into our mommy Aiden date!

Friday, October 14, 2011

Update on Our Little Miss

We went to our monthly check up at the OB this morning and got some great news, our little girl is actually on the charts with weight!!  I have to say I've never had a child that's been on the charts, this is new for us!  Our last ultrasound left the doctor with lots of questions about baby girl's growth, and weight so we scheduled another ultrasound.  After the blessings of lots of friends and families praying for us, and for her, we come back with more than encouraging news...she weighs in at the 18th percentile at 1 lb. 4 oz. big!!  She's growing well and seems to be out of the cautionary doctor radar for now.  We breath easier and are thankful once again for our healthy baby girl on the way.  We will prob. have another ultrasound in another month or so to ensure she stays on her curve but the doctor seems pleased.

We got some of the best yet pictures of her, so crazy how much she changes at every ultrasound! 

she looks so much like Aiden in the picture! 

We thank everyone for your support prayer and love, we are so greatful that things are going smoothly and pray that they continue that way!

Monday, October 3, 2011

On October 3rd

oh yes, a much needed Monday spent at home, in the PJ's doing housework, homework and snuggling my little boy that is quickly growing out of my lap!  These past few weeks have felt like a marathon, however even though the race is far from done, I have today to be home, relax and enjoy being a mother. 

Sadly blogging has taken a backseat to life recently so hopefully as things settle and we get back into a routine i can start posting our life events again. 

Baby girl Switzer is doing well, measuring on the small side so they are keeping an extra keen eye on her, but still doing well.  I've always said we weren't meant to produce big kids, so God's peace is with us and after all we've been through with Aiden I know what to look for as warnings signs when she arrives.  Right now I'm spending the days enjoying feeling her moving around, the hugs and kisses to my belly from her big brother and feeling good all together.  We are officially 24 weeks down with 16 short weeks to go.  This week she measures out at about the size of an ear of corn, how fitting for this fall season! 

Aiden spends his days looking at all the trucks, buses, trains and planes that are all around.  I love watching him as he grows up before my eyes each day into more of a boy than a baby.  It's sad on one hand but just makes me more of a proud momma on the other.  He goes for his 2 year well child visit today, so we pray for big scale tipping numbers and a good bill of health for the year! 

Well that's all for now, I hope to update more often of all our fun filled fall adventures to come so stay tuned!

Sunday, October 2, 2011

Dreams to Reality As We Offically Walk On

Today we took a far out dream, and watched it break into reality.  This morning at 11am on October 2nd, 2011 South campus at Northgate launched its first official service.  God was there, people were blessed and awesomeness took place at that church this morning. 

Our family went to service on Saturday night so we could worship all together, and our new sermon series started.  Our series BIG took off starting talking about how big things in our life aren’t all that big and take up room for the thing that we want to make really big.  This week we talked about how big we make worry, and rather than focus on our worry if we made our purpose the big thing and gave our worry over to God.  This whole journey, started way back in February, where my dreams of directing children's ministry for a church started to become a reality, but within all of it I still has worry.  Worry about our family finances, worry about actually being good enough to do this job, worry about so very much that throughout this journey I’ve continued to give over to God.  I choose so many times to give the worry of who would volunteer where, what program we would use, when carpet might go into classrooms over to God who has had complete control over South from day 1.  I'm proud to say He never let us down, today was such a testament to how faithful God has been and will continue to be throughout the life of Northgate. 

Before we left service last night Pastor Andy was talking to Brandon and me about how awesome it was going to be, and to really put all of our worries away and enjoy the truly memorable experience that awaited us that next day.  I tell you between the sermon and that conversation so much changed within me and my heart.  Who knew 1 day before launch I would have such a peace come over me about everything.  This morning went beyond good, it was truly amazing and I’ve spent my time afterward just thanking God for giving me the privilege of being a part of all of this.  I truly pray that south touches people in a new way and we continue to show God’s love and word to each and every person that walks through our doors. 

Thanks to all that helped make this day so wonderful, this is a day that is truly history in the making for Northgate and one I’ll never forget!