Thursday, December 29, 2011

Thanksgiving Thursday!

Today, the thanksgiving I have to the Lord that I am going to share is....

My Husband!

Therefore shall a man leave his father and mother, and shall cleave unto his wife: and they shall be one flesh.
~Genesis 2:24

I love this man. It is a great prayer of mine that I will submit to his loving headship over me, and when I speak with him, my words would be kind and careful.
I am greatly thankful to the Lord for making me a helper meet for him.

And the Lord God said, It is not good that the man should be alone; I will make a help meet for him.
~Genesis 2:18
(meet- adj. -precisely adapted for a particular situation, NEED, or circumstance)
Meet is an adjective in this verse, describing the helper. What did the man need? He needed a helper, so he wouldn't be alone. It was not good that he was alone.  

I am thankful to the Lord to have been made for this young man as his wife. He loves the Lord, loves and enjoys studying His Word, loves spending time with brothers and sisters in the Lord, and (second best) he loves me. He has been calm and patient with me especially with me "learning" to run a household by myself, however small it may be. He has advised and lead me in things spiritual and practical.

This was going to be last weeks post, but I couldn't find all of the words to finish it. Now I am very glad that the Lord didn't give me the words to use. Last night our Bible study was on the document on Proverbs 12:4 (link below). It was used as a reminder and teaching for wives to reverence and  serve their husbands and not to be odious and rebellious, to be crowns on their heads instead of rottenness in their bones. I am very thankful for the words of description for better understanding given in that document. May I, and all us wives, and training to be wives, learn from this to "seek to exceed everything that the Bible teaches as the standard for great women."

A virtuous woman is a crown to her husband: but she that maketh ashamed is as rottenness in his bones.
~Proverbs 12:4

Commentary on Proverbs 12:4

Tuesday, December 27, 2011

13 Weeks

It is the last week of my first trimester. I am very thankful for the Lord's mercy of growing this baby inside of me.

This week Olive will grow to be about the size of a shrimp (about 3 inches).

Olive has about doubled in weight. Her fingerprints have formed on her fingertips, her organs; some of which are beginning to function; and veins are visible through her thin skin, and her body is beginning to catch up to her head in growth. (Source)

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Week 12

Yesterday began my 12th week of pregnancy!

This week Olive may begin using her reflexes; such as opening and closing her fist, curling her toes, clenching her eye muscles, and beginning to make sucking movements with her mouth! This is amazing! I can do these things and see what she may be able to begin doing. I am taken aback in wondrous awe at God's miracle of growing a child in the womb.

Olive is about the size of a lime and only weighs about half an ounce.

I feel and think that I look the same as last week, so not much new goin on with me.

I am anxious to hear Olive's heartbeat, and to feel her move around. 

*Disclaimer: We do not know the gender of Olive. I just said "her" for ease of typing.

Friday, December 16, 2011

Thanksgiving Thursday

Again on Friday...

Great is the Lord, and greatly to be praised; for his greatness is unsearchable.
Psalm 145:3

Today I am thanking and praising the Lord for his greatness that is so vast, we are unable to search it out. 

How great is our God!

 How great is His praise supposed to be! 

How amazing it is that His greatness is unsearchable by man!

He has shown and proven His greatness to me, though I praise not enough for it.
May I, we, praise and thank Him for his vast, unsearchable greatness!

Praise be to God!

May you all have a wonderful weekend praising our Great God!

Much love,

Photo from our honeymoon

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

11 Weeks

You know what is amazing? How God made babies to grow so rapidly inside the womb...

Olive is now the size of a fig!

And she/he is about one and a half inches long from head to rump!

It is exciting and mystifying how something can grow so fast in such a short amount of time! 

It is amazing that it is not I who told my body to make another, but the Lord!

Now I am going to take something from a gal whose blog I follow. 

Baby's Growth: So fast! Olive is about a half inch longer than last week! His/Her bones are beginning to harden some and toothbuds are beginning to appear in their mouth. Olive is moving a lot, though I won't be able to feel the movements for a few more weeks yet. Bryant puts his ear to my stomach, then sits up and tells me, "Stringbean is doing the back stroke" : ) Watching the video for the 10-14th week was amazing to me, the Lord has made a beautiful creation in every pregnant woman's body!

Maternity Clothes: None as of yet. I am still in most of my normal clothes, and haven't increased the size yet. My mother-in-law has blessed me by giving me some of her maternity clothes, and my mom has taken me shopping to buy a few things of my own. They have both been a blessing with providing things that we need. 

Symptoms: Just nausea and a few headaches is all I have, thank the Lord!

Changes to Mommy: Still, an unnoticeable bump that slowly continues to get bigger.

Food Cravings: Salty flavored things like crackers,Sun Chips, and occasionally dill pickles is pretty much all I crave.

Milestones? I went to the family doctor on Thursday to be officially told that I am indeed pregnant. She was kind and gave me a ton of information on things that I didn't know, and hadn't thought of asking anyone. 

Thank you Anna for the idea of the list! 

The Lord is righteous in all his ways, and holy in all his works.
Psalm 145:17

For his merciful kindness is great toward us: and the truth of the Lord endureth forever. Praise ye the Lord. 
Psalm 117:2

Praise be to God for His merciful kindness to His people!

Thursday, December 8, 2011

Thanksgiving Thursday!

The Lord has blessed us in so many ways. . .

Given us things that we need to live. . . air to breathe

Given us things that we enjoy, but don't necessarily need. . . heat in the winter

Given us things that we enjoy and are useful, but don't need at all. . . computers

Given us things that we enjoy, but don't need and aren't useful. . . video games

Given us life, and the joys. . . and trials therein

He has blessed us by putting us on this side of the cross. In this country where we can freely praise the one true God. Has given us very easy accessibility to His Word. Has given us teachers, so we know how to read. . . so we can read the Bible. Has given us men of God to teach, so we can get an understanding, and understand what our Lord says in His Word.

Our sermon from this past Sunday:
 Reminders (3) - Thankfulness ~Jonathan Crosby - The Church of Greenville

In everything give thanks: for this is the will of Christ Jesus concerning you.
~ 1 Thessalonians 5:18

May we ever thank our Lord for His many blessings towards us!

And it came to pass, as he went to Jerusalem, that he passed through the midst of Samaria and Galilee.
And as he entered into a certain village, there met him ten men that were lepers, which stood afar off:
And they lifted up their voices, and said, Jesus, Master, have mercy on us.
And when he saw them, he said unto them, Go shew yourselves unto the priests. And it cam to pass, that, as they went, they were cleansed.
And one of them, when he saw that he was healed, turned back, and with a loud voice glorified God,
And fell down on his face at his feet, giving him thanks: and he was a Samaritan.
And Jesus answering said, Were there not ten cleansed? but where are the nine?
There are not found that returned to give glory to God, save this stranger.
~Luke 17:11-18

May we be as the one Samaritan who turned back and glorified God, giving thanks, with a loud voice!


Tuesday, December 6, 2011

10 Weeks

I am now 10 weeks through my pregnancy!

Olive is now a fetus! 

He/She is barely the size of a kumquat.

How your baby's growing:

Though he's barely the size of a kumquat — a little over an inch or so long, crown to bottom — and weighs less than a quarter of an ounce, your baby has now completed the most critical portion of his development. This is the beginning of the so-called fetal period, a time when the tissues and organs in his body rapidly grow and mature.
He's swallowing fluid and kicking up a storm. Vital organs — including his kidneys, intestines, brain, and liver (now making red blood cells in place of the disappearing yolk sac) — are in place and starting to function, though they'll continue to develop throughout your pregnancy.
If you could take a peek inside your womb, you'd spot minute details, like tiny nails forming on fingers and toes (no more webbing) and peach-fuzz hair beginning to grow on tender skin.
In other developments: Your baby's limbs can bend now. His hands are flexed at the wrist and meet over his heart, and his feet may be long enough to meet in front of his body. The outline of his spine is clearly visible through translucent skin, and spinal nerves are beginning to stretch out from his spinal cord. Your baby's forehead temporarily bulges with his developing brain and sits very high on his head, which measures half the length of his body. From crown to rump, he's about 1 1/4 inches long. In the coming weeks, your baby will again double in size — to nearly 3 inches.
(this is an approximation of an average fetal development)

Praise be to the Lord for this growth that He is allowing me to nourish and carry! It is an amazing thing to read about the development of a child in the womb. Thanks be to God for the witty inventions of today that we can monitor and see the development!

I will praise the Lord according to his righteousness: and will sing praise to name of the Lord most high.
~Psalm 7:17

Friday, December 2, 2011

Thanksgiving Thursday...

...On Friday

I am thankful for a sister who thanks the Lord for many things.
I'm Thankful ~Brytni Cutler )

I am thankful for friends who are praising and hoping in the Lord; even in the troubles and trials of life.
Canaan Josiah Foy ~Mama and Mrs. Rosana Foy )

I am thankful for the hope that the Lord gives his people when they are going through tough times... or just life.

I am thankful for the Lord's mercy added to His justice.

I am thankful for the Word of God, and the easy access we have to it as Americans.

O give thanks unto the Lord; for he is good: for his mercy endureth for ever.
~Psalm 118:29