Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Isaac and James GOT BAPTIZED!!!

I could not be more thrilled to announce that Isaac and James were baptized on Sunday, August 28th at our annual church picnic. That was by far my most happy moment as a parent! They were both saved on March 17, 2011. The following is what I wrote in my journal the next day. 

"Isaac (age 6) and James (age 5) both got saved during family devotions last night. I could not be more pleased! I have been reading the book "Missionary Stories with the Millers" to the kids for several weeks now and the stories seemed to have a profound impact on them, especially Isaac, since he is a little older. After reading a story in there about Hudson Taylor, the boys began asking questions and Daniel answered as best he could. Both boys made the decision to become a new creation and prayed. 

Thank you Jesus! I feel that great things are happening in our family! Lindsay"

You can watch the video's of their Baptisms' below

I also want to say that the boys decision to accept Christ is not because of anything we did. We did not prod them or ask them if they wanted to pray the sinners prayer. I do not believe in prodding young children to pray the sinners prayer before their hearts are truly hungry and ready. I thought they might be older before this happened. My parents did a great job of waiting on the Lord for my salvation. Though I went to church every Sunday and sat through all of my mothers homeschool bible lessons, I was not saved until I was 9 years old and I knew it was REAL! We were very careful to let the boys bring up salvation when they were ready. The fruit we have seen in their lives since March has given us confirmation that it was  REAL for them as well. I would like to encourage all the parents of young children out there to pray and wait on the Lord to get a hold of your children's hearts. No matter how much we desire salvation for our kids, It is between them and God. He is their real Father and we are merely in their lives for a short time to help guide them to HIM. 

I know I will need to be reminded of this with our other children as well which is why I am writing it down:-).

I have no greater joy than to hear that my children walk in truth. 
3 John 1:4

Saturday, August 27, 2011

Peanut Butter Pie

My wonderful friend Allison asked me to post my Peanut Butter Pie recipe on the blog and I told her I would, so here it is! I found this recipe when I was a "Lady in Waiting" (aka teenager) and have been making it ever since! It is very easy and I almost always keep the ingredients on hand to make one.

Peanut Butter Pie
(makes 2 pies)

1 cup peanut butter
1 large container cool whip
1 bar cream cheese
1/4 c. milk
2 cups powdered sugar
2 graham cracker pie crusts
Reeses cups (optional)

Beat everything but cool whip together on medium speed. Slowly fold in cool whip on low speed. Pour into the pie crusts and use back of spoon to make it look pretty. Chop up Reeses' cups to garnish the tops of pies if you have some. Refrigerate several hours. 

note: We will usually consume 1 pie for our family dessert nights and then I put the other one in the freezer for later. So easy to just pull out of the freezer when you are taking a meal to someone.

*sometimes to change it up I will use less cool whip in the pie filling and then spread additional cool whip on top of the pie before crumbling the Reses cups on top to make a double layer pie. We love it that way as well! 

Mercy's Nursery is Finally Done!

I know it is ridiculous that I didn't finish Mercy's nursery until this summer when she was 20 months old, but oh well... that is life with 4 kids! I am fortunate that Mercy is tiny and will probably fit in her crib for another 2 years! I am by no means talented at decorating like my Aunt Debbie is, but oh well, here it is! 

I chose pink, black and white for her colors and love how it turned out! I was going to paint the walls pink but then decided on a light beige in case we sell our house soon. I am so glad I did now because I think pink walls would have been too much. I found her bedding on ebay while I was pregnant with her which included her curtains, diaper stacker and everything for $69.99.  Mercy's window was so large that I didn't think her valance was quite enough so I added some long sheer panels and that made it look much better. 

 My Dad made this bookshelf for me when I was a girl. Perfect to hold Mercy's few things! She does not own much yet.

I found her changing table/dresser at a yard sale for $25.00! Yeah, it's a piece of junk and the drawer fronts are always falling off... but hey! It certainly beats nothing!

I got the black and white artist photo done of Mercy at the K-mart Olan Mills very cheaply! I then clipped a 40% coupon to Michaels from the Sunday paper to get the frame.

And here is Princess Mercy herself showing off her $50.00 crib I bought from a friend. The plates were a wedding gift and had green ribbon. I switched the ribbon to black to match her bedding. 

Hope you enjoyed the tour! I hate that it took me so long to get these up! I wanted Mercy to be able to look back and see that even though she was #4, I did eventually decorate a nursery for her:-)