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Monday, April 28, 2014

Point and Shoot

It was my birthday this past weekend and my sweet husband saved up and bought me a camera. He knows me better than I know myself because I tried to print a few pictures that I had taken with my iphone and although they looked great on my phone, they were pretty blurry once printed. (I am not all that savvy with photo stuff.. so many of you might know how to take a great iphone photo) Anyway, I just thought of all the moments I thought I would miss, that is until Kyle handed me my camera.

It's a nice camera, but nothing too fancy (I'm not trying to start a photography business) just something that I can point and shoot, and print, and save!

He's the best!

So here is my first time taking pictures of J with the new camera.

I'm still figuring out how to use this.. and you can see why I am not going into a photo business for myself.. but I am pretty happy that I can print these and they will come out clear.

Monday, April 21, 2014

Baby Boone Travels.... to Idaho

The trip home was so wonderful. It was simple and sweet and pretty quiet. It was so nice to just wake up every morning and have breakfast with my Dad and Mom. To see my 2 sisters, brother in law, nieces and nephew, grandma and aunt and uncle... (if I am forgetting someone, I am sorry!)

Here are some pictures, (more to come later)  because really, they tell the story better than I could.

It was basically a big Jonathan love fest! I'll share more about the trip soon

Thursday, April 17, 2014

And Can it Be

  • And can it be that I should gain
    An int’rest in the Savior’s blood?
    Died He for me, who caused His pain?
    For me, who Him to death pursued?
    Amazing love! how can it be
    That Thou, my God, shouldst die for me?
    Amazing love! how can it be
    That Thou, my God, shouldst die for me?
  • ’Tis mystery all! The Immortal dies!
    Who can explore His strange design?
    In vain the firstborn seraph tries
    To sound the depths of love Divine!
    ’Tis mercy all! let earth adore,
    Let angel minds inquire no more.
    ’Tis mercy all! let earth adore,
    Let angel minds inquire no more.
  • He left His Father’s throne above,
    So free, so infinite His grace;
    Emptied Himself of all but love,
    And bled for Adam’s helpless race:
    ’Tis mercy all, immense and free;
    For, O my God, it found out me.
    ’Tis mercy all, immense and free;
    For, O my God, it found out me.
  • Long my imprisoned spirit lay
    Fast bound in sin and nature’s night;
    Thine eye diffused a quickening ray,
    I woke, the dungeon flamed with light;
    My chains fell off, my heart was free,
    I rose, went forth, and followed Thee.
    My chains fell off, my heart was free,
    I rose, went forth, and followed Thee.
  • No condemnation now I dread;
    Jesus, and all in Him, is mine!
    Alive in Him, my living Head,
    And clothed in righteousness Divine,
    Bold I approach the eternal throne,
    And claim the crown, through Christ my own.
    Bold I approach the eternal throne,
    And claim the crown, through Christ my own.

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    Friday, April 11, 2014

    Behold Our God | Sovereign Grace Music

    Today's Song is Behold Our God. Just one little note about 2 things I love about this song before I share the lyrics.

    1. The line goes "Behold Our God, seated on His throne".. HIS throne. It could have easily said "seated on the throne" I doubt that anyone would think much about it saying 'the' throne instead of 'His'. But in that one word there is great significance. I believe we can often think of thrones in an earthly way, such as the throne of England. The throne is established and many people have sat on it. In reality there is only one throne, God's throne and it is HIS. No one else can sit on it, no one else can establish it, no one else is worthy. It is His throne for He is King of Kings and Lord of Lords.

    2. This song takes me to Job 40. When we sing "who has held the oceans in his hand? who has numbered every grain of sand?" I think again of who God is. Who can question Him? Who can stand before Him? Go read Job 40 and be amazed at our God

    Who has held the oceans in His hands?
    Who has numbered every grain of sand?
    Kings and nations tremble at His voice
    All creation rises to rejoice

    Behold our God seated on His throne
    Come, let us adore Him
    Behold our King—nothing can compare
    Come, let us adore Him
    Who has given counsel to the Lord?
    Who can question any of His words?
    Who can teach the One who knows all things?
    Who can fathom all His wondrous deeds?

     Who has felt the nails upon His hands?
    Bearing all the guilt of sinful man
    God eternal, humbled to the grave
    Jesus, Savior, risen now to reign

    You will reign forever
    Let Your glory fill the earth

    (This song was written by Sovereign Grace Music, and theirs is my favorite version)

    Thursday, April 10, 2014

    Favorite Worship Songs

    Sovereign Grace Music is coming out with a new album called 30. It's songs that they have done over the last 30 years. The girl talk blog did a bit about it and you should go read what they have to say and then go listen to the album and buy it.

    Anyway, it got me to thinking about worship and the songs that have come to be my favorites.

    I have quite a few (about 10). These are songs that through their words have informed my worship, deepened my theology, and ultimately helped me form a higher view of God. They were able to do this because their words are based in, and found in scripture.

    I probably won't post all 10 of them but I figured over the next week or so leading up to Easter I would post some of the lyrics and hopefully they encourage you and help you focus on this Season that is the foundation and basis for our faith. (You probably already know these songs they have been around for ages, but my favorite versions are from Sovereign Grace Music and Enfield.)

    Here's my song for today.

    Crown Him With Many Crowns
    words by: Matthew Bridges and Godfrey Thring
    (I like Enflied's version of this, you can find it on itunes)

    Crown Him with many crowns, the Lamb upon His throne.
    Hark! How the heavenly anthem drowns all music but its own.
    Awake, my soul, and sing of Him who died for thee,
    And hail Him as thy matchless King through all eternity.

    Crown Him the Son of God, before the worlds began,
    And ye who tread where He hath trod, crown Him the Son of Man;
    Who every grief hath known that wrings the human breast,
    And takes and bears them for His own, that all in Him may rest.

    Crown Him the Lord of life, who triumphed over the grave,
    And rose victorious in the strife for those He came to save.
    His glories now we sing, who died, and rose on high,
    Who died eternal life to bring, and lives that death may die.

    Crown Him the Lord of love, behold His hands and side,
    Those wounds, yet visible above, in beauty glorified.
    No angel in the sky can fully bear that sight,
    But downward bends his burning eye at mysteries so bright.

    Crown Him the Lord of Heaven, enthroned in worlds above,
    Crown Him the King to Whom is given the wondrous name of Love.
    Crown Him with many crowns, as thrones before Him fall;
    Crown Him, ye kings, with many crowns, for He is King of all!

    Crown Him the Lord of lords, who over all doth reign,
    Who once on earth, the incarnate Word, for ransomed sinners slain,
    Now lives in realms of light, where saints with angels sing
    Their songs before Him day and night, their God, Redeemer, King!


    Wednesday, April 9, 2014

    2 months

    I can't believe my little guy is already 2 months old! ( I am pretty sure this is something I will say every month.) he cooperated a little bit more and let me take some pictures of him.

    He is growing so much. I love how he smiles and laughs. He is kicking his legs, and has found his tongue. He's sticking it out all the time.

    I finally got some pictures of him with Aunt Lara and Uncle Jonas! I can't really tell you how sweet it is to watch them love on Jonathan.

    Here is a small list of things you are doing now that I hope I never forget!

    -The way you attack the bottle when you're hungry
    - You're starting to try and hold the bottle
    - You smile and laugh more all the time
    - You enjoy playtime on your mat
    - You still LOVE to snuggle. I hope that never stops
    - You wake up slowly with lots of stretches
    - You love to look at lights
    - Sometimes you smile so big your eyes squint into little half-moons
    - You love to have your hands and arms up. Especially when you sleep

    Monday, April 7, 2014

    The Kindest Act

    Today at Moms by Grace we were posed with this question; "What is the kindest thing anyone has ever done for you?"

    My mind flooded with memories.

    How could I choose one moment above all the others?

    I couldn't.

    I thought about how my Dad came to my bedside and prayed with me and held my hand before my c-section.
    I thought of how my Dad has loved me. 
    I thought about Kyle's unending patience and love and care and provision for me.
    I thought about how my mom chose to adopt 4 girls and marry into a family that moved her across the country.
    I thought of my sisters. Their selfless love, and how above all we have always chosen to be a team.

    I could go on and on and on. Wow! The kindness of the Lord to bless me with such kindness in my life.

    Here is the story I decided to share. I don't know if it's The absolute number 1 kindest thing in my life. But it is tied for first with a couple of other thing things.

    After my mother died, an old college classmate of hers read about it in the school newsletter and decided to to start writing to us girls. The Lord had laid us on her heart and she wanted in some way to let us know that we were prayed for and loved.

    She hadn't kept up with my mom after they left school, but she had fond memories of her and thought being pen pals with us might bring some comfort.

    After a time of sending us letters she spoke with her husband because she felt like she wished she could do more, but saw that there was no real way to do that, as she lived in Iowa and we lived in Montana.

    Her husband had other thoughts. He decided we needed a woman in our lives, and so he told his wife that he would take his vacation time to stay home with his boys (He worked both for Fed Ex and the Army at this time, and vacation time was sweet and rare) and she should come out and stay with us, and send my dad away for a week.

    She thought he was a bit crazy. He stood his ground. He thought of my Dad and what he would pray someone would do for him if his wife died and left him with the boys.

    She came.

    We all fell instantly in love with one another.  The Lord brought us someone who at the very core of her being loved and feared The Lord, was kind, gentle, FUN, loving, and was there for us in a time we needed her most.

    Her and her husband made a commitment to us. Not a verbal one, one that was lived out. They weren't going to enter our lives at the beginning of our grieving after losing our mom and then go away. They were in, for life.

    She came year after year, and continues to come to this day. Even though we are grown. 

    We're all family now. I've only met her husband once ( as he was always home providing a way for her to come to us) but he has my highest respect, love, and admiration.

    She, well, I can't really tell you what I feel for her.

    She is graduating from Grad school at the end of the month. It's a loooong story, but she is accomplishing one of the hardest things she's ever been through. My oldest sister and I are sending my other sister Jess out to be with her at the end of the month.

    It is a very small way to repay the kindness that has been shown. But I hope it's a blessing.

    Thursday, April 3, 2014

    Church History, Memory Verse, Ugly Family Photos

    I have a real desire to study the history of the church. It is a desire that has been growing more and more, and I have sporadically read through Foxe's Book of Martyrs. However, I really want to dig into this and am a bit overwhelmed as to where to start.

    So, any of my friends out there who happen to read this, please give me some tips on where to start. Book Titles, Articles, Sermons, etc.... I'll take any help.

    Send me an email, a comment, a text or just let me know somehow some way.

    P.s. if you are a part of the group memorizing with us. We are finishing up the section of Mark 8. We memorized the first part and then realized we really cut it short by not going to the end.

     So memorize Mark 8:37-38 "For what will a man give in exchange for his soul? For whoever is ashamed of Me and My words in this adulterous and sinful generation, the Son of Man will also be ashamed of him when He comes in the glory of His Father with the holy angels."

    P.s.s I saw an idea on pinterest. It's the ugly family photo album. It's filled with all of those photos that you quickly delete off your phone, un-tag yourself from, and pray that your friend deletes from their camera. Anyway, Kyle and I were talking and thought it would be so funny to have one. Just to keep our vanity in check in this Instagram "selfy" age.

    Soooo, like all good moms our first ugly family photo is of my helpless child, who doesn't even know what a photo is. Mwahahahaha!

    Ok, fine, I will also share one of myself. Thanks to my old roommate for capturing this. Isn't it bad enough that everyone in the airport saw me sleeping like this?

    No one else may find any of this funny, but I am laughing so hard!

    Ah! I posted this and then had to come back and add another one. I just found this. My roommate and I actually dressed up like this on purpose, (matching!) and made a music video when we were stuck on campus alone over winter break. we were going CRAZY!!!! If this doesn't make your day, I don't know what will.

    ( I have a feeling Kyle wont make it into the album)

    Tuesday, April 1, 2014

    He loves me...

    There are a few things that cannot be explained about parenting until you become a parent. Kyle and I have both said many times "Why don't people go around telling others how great being a parent is?!" The consistent response that we get is "How can you explain it? You just have to experience it to understand."

    So true.

    One of the things I love the most about being Jonathan's mom, is how he loves me. There is this little person who is only 7 weeks old, and he already loves me. He smiles at me and laughs, he loves to be held by me and cuddled. I know that it's because I take care of him and that I feed him. I know all of the logical things that go along with his development. But it is just the coolest thing that the Lord gave me a little baby that loves me.

    Being the child, you give little thought to the natural state of loving your parents. They are your comforter, protector, provider, teacher... well, your parent. Of course you love them. But had I known the joy of receiving love from your child, I think I would have shown my parents much better love.