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I will recount the steadfast love of the LORD, the praises of the LORD, according to all that the LORD has granted us. Isaiah 63:7

A Sweet Prayer April 24, 2009

Filed under: Faith,Family,Kids,Parenting — Lori @ 8:57 pm

Bedtime always seems to be a time when kids want to talk.  I am not sure if it is because they finally have a captive audience or their brains are active and they remember everything they have been thinking of asking you all day. 

Kalindi was asking some questions tonight about believing in Jesus.  We have talked about the fact that we can’t trust in God on our own, that we need the Holy Spirit to work in our hearts so that we can repent and believe.  Kalindi has heard this enough times that she knows and understands.  She prayed this very sweet prayer asking God to help her to trust in Him and to forgive her.  I feel this receptiveness on her part to the Lord and it warms my heart.  After we talked some more, I prayed asking God to help her to know that He will answer her prayer to trust in Him.

She asked me if God always answers yes to our prayers.  I said no, he doesn’t always say yes, but He always answers.  We pray for God’s will knowing that He knows best and that is what we want as well.  She asked if God would answer her prayer to give her a new heart.  I said that I knew God would answer that because that was something He wants/wills us to ask Him for.

What a sweetheart.  She has such a tender heart regarding her sin and recognizing her need to repent and believe.   I have been so encouraged by her receptiveness to learning about God, asking questions, and wanting to understand.  What a blessing our little talk was tonight!


Quote of the Day April 17, 2009

Filed under: Family,Kid Sayings — Lori @ 5:13 pm

At dinner during a discussion as to where the next “Nelson” girl was going to have her wedding:

Kira:  I am not going to Kelsey’s wedding.  I will stay home.

Me:  Why?

Kira:  I don’t want to see the kissing part!


You Never Know April 16, 2009

Filed under: Faith,Family,Kids — Lori @ 9:43 am

You know those days when things seem to be humming along just like any other day and then all of a sudden, something comes along and you wonder if your tomorrow will be normal?  There are also times when you look back at a span of an hour and a half and think that if you just hadn’t tried to squeeze too much into one space of time, things would have been completely different.

I had one of those yesterday.  I dropped the girls off at AWANA like I do every Wednesday night at 6:30.  I needed to do some errands and one of those errands involved buying a birthday gift for a little girl in our home school group.  I was hoping I could complete all my errands at Target, but I ended up not being able to find what I considered a suitable birthday gift for this girl.  I looked at my watch and knew that stopping at Barnes and Noble at the mall would be cutting it close for my picking up the girls after AWANA which is out at 8:00.  One of the quirks of my personality is that I can be oddly optimistic at very improper times.  If you know me, you know that realism (pessimism according to my husband) rules my typical behavior.  So, my thinking that I could run in Barnes and Noble, pick out a gift, purchase said gift, get back in my car and drive to AWANA in a span of fifteen minutes was one of those odd optimistic moments in my brain activity.

It turned out that my being late to pick them up led to a series of unfortunate events. 

When I pulled up at the school where AWANA is held, I saw that the family that is in charge of it was waiting outside with Kalindi and Kira and their kids.  I felt awful right away because I knew that I was keeping them from heading home to get their kids to bed.  However, when I pulled up I soon found out that keeping them waiting was the least of my worries. 

It seems that right before I pulled up Kira fell on the concrete sidewalk while playing tag with the kids.  She fell on her knee, braced her fall with her arms and hit her forehead very hard.  When I ran up she was in the arms of the mom and sobbing.  It wasn’t a normal cry and I was instantly worried.  She had a huge bump on her forehead.  She wasn’t responding to me as I thought she should.  My first reaction was that I needed to take her to the hospital.

On the way to the hospital in the car she had very odd breathing and didn’t respond when I spoke to her.  The only thing she would say was that her head hurt.  Kevin and Kelsey met me at the hospital.  Kevin stayed with us and Kelsey took Kalindi home.  Poor Kalindi, I could see how worried she was.  They decided they had better x-ray her arm and wrist because she was complaining about that and do a CT scan on her head.  Luckily the CT showed that there was no bleeding in the brain.  However, the radiologist thought there was a skull fracture.  No matter what, the doctor felt like she needed to be observed all night at the hospital.

Well.  They don’t have pediatric beds at our hospital.  So.  They took Kira and I to Doernbecher at OHSU in an ambulance.  Can you say “ca-ching”?  Anyway, Kevin and I were in complete agreement that professional assessment of her overnight was a good idea. 

Kira began to act like herself sometime after the CT scan and before the ambulance arrived to transfer her. (Around 11 p.m.)  It was reassuring because I don’t mind admitting that her behavior had me worried.  She was breathing so oddly – kind of shallow and not in a normal rhythm.  So, when she started saying that she was hungry (she is ALWAYS hungry) and was all excited about the ambulance, I breathed a sigh of relief and knew in my heart that she was going to be okay.

Kira's head this morning.  The impressive goose egg of last night is mostly gone.

Kira's head this morning. The impressive goose egg of last night is mostly gone.

We are all rather tired today.  Kira and I were awakened every couple of hours for the nurse to check on her vitals and talk to her.  Those recliners they have in hospital rooms – let’s just say that I think they were invented as some form of torture device.  Maybe this is what they should be employing on those suspected terrorists – enemy combatants – contributing members of society, if not slightly misguided – whatever the PC crowd is calling them these days. 🙂  Who needs water boarding!

I am very thankful this morning.  Thankful for God’s mercy on Kira and that her injury is not more serious.  Thankful that we had competent medical intervention available.  Thankful that I have such a wonderful family and friends.  Thankful for my beautiful little girl who puts so much joy in our lives.  God is truly good.

The family on Easter.

The family on Easter.


They Got Them! April 11, 2009

Filed under: Faith,Ministries,Sarah's Covenant Homes — Lori @ 11:23 am

In case you were waiting anxiously to hear and see that the girls at Sarah’s Covenant Homes got their silver ankle bracelets, it has happened.  You can see all the photos at Sarah’s blog


Check out all the photos.  I hope those girls all feel like princesses now.  And, more than that, that they feel and know that they are special and worthy of precious gifts.  Don’t we all want to feel that way? 

Remember the most precious gift given for us,

Acts 2:22-24     “Men of Israel, hear these words: Jesus of Nazareth, a man attested to you by God with mighty works and wonders and signs that God did through him in your midst, as you yourselves know— this Jesus, delivered up according to the definite plan and foreknowledge of God, you crucified and killed by the hands of lawless men.  God raised him up, loosing the pangs of death, because it was not possible for him to be held by it.”


Just Do Something April 10, 2009

Filed under: Books,Faith — Lori @ 7:57 am

I saw a new book advertised for sale and the title and theme reminds me of the video I posted yesterday. 

The book is by Kevin DeYoung and it is called, Just Do Something: A Liberating Approach to Finding God’s Will Or: How to Make a Decision Without Dreams, Visions, Fleeces, Open Doors, Random Bible Verses, Casting Lots, Liver Shivers, Writing in the Sky, etc.

The description they give of the book from the publisher is:  Hyper-spiritual approaches to finding God’s will just don’t work. It’s time to try something new: give up.

Pastor and author Kevin DeYoung counsels Christians to settle down, make choices, and do the hard work of seeing those choices through.

Too often, he writes, God’s people jump from church to church, workplace to workplace, relational circle to relational circle, worrying that they haven’t found God’s perfect will for their lives.

But God doesn’t need to tell us what to do at each fork in the road. He’s already revealed His plan for our lives: to love Him with our whole hearts, to obey His Word, and after that, to do what we like.

No need for hocus-pocus. No reason to be directionally challenged. Just do something.

You can find Just Do Something at Monergism’s online bookstore.

I don’t know about you, but that sounds pretty interesting to me!


Living Safe? April 9, 2009

Filed under: Faith — Lori @ 3:00 pm

I saw this video on another blog.  Thought provoking.


Spring Clothes April 8, 2009

Filed under: Family,Kids — Lori @ 9:40 am

Kalindi, Kira, and I spent several hours the other night going through their spring/summer clothes from last year to make an inventory to see what we had that would fit and what we would need to purchase.  There was much wailing and gnashing of teeth when favorite shorts or tops would not fit from the previous year. 🙂  I didn’t know someone could get so attached to their “butterfly” shorts! (Kalindi)

It was amazing to me that the first set of clothes we bought Kalindi last summer (before buying the second round a month or so later) would fit Kira this year.  Kalindi started the spring/summer wearing an eight slim and needed a ten before it was time for cooler weather.  She also needed her shoes replaced last summer as well, but Kira hasn’t caught up in that department.

We went shopping yesterday since we also needed Easter dresses and shoes – of course!  The girls had a wonderful time and were so thrilled with the shoes and dresses they chose.  It was fun to see their face light up when they tried on the ONE. 🙂  Here they are modeling their finds:


Kalindi is especially proud of her “high heel” shoes.


A couple of fashion models. 

So, when it was all said and done, everyone was happy.  They both got new things for Easter and Kira was thrilled with Kalindi’s last summer’s clothes and Kalindi was happy with some new “bedazzled” shorts we found.  Kira is so thrilled with her new sandals that she came into my room this morning in her pajamas AND wearing her sandals.  So cute.  Don’t you just love a successful shopping trip?!  Ha.  I doubt my own shopping attempts for an Easter outfit will be quite as much fun or as profitable.  It is so much more enjoyable shopping for your kids. 🙂

Oh, here are my students ready for their day (this was last week):


Have a great day.  Lori


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