Good to be a Grubbs

"Give thanks to the LORD for He is good; For His lovingkindness is everlasting." (Ps 118:1)

Saturday, July 7, 2012

Grateful for our Country

Yesterday we enjoyed the 4th of July.  We often take our country, and the freedoms we enjoy therein, for granted.  We bicker, complain and even grow cynical.  Yesterday however Natalie and I enjoyed the 4th with renewed gratitude.  We remarked to one another the effect our recent trip to China has had on our family.  We're convinced that international travel is a sure way to prompt gratefulness for what we enjoy in the US.  Observing another country, it's government, and it's people is incredibly eye-opening.

Are there things wrong with our country?  Yes, but so is the case with every country.  We live in a broken world full of broken people.  Scripture says that all of creation presently groans for its Redeemer (and the headlines vouch for such groaning) (Romans 8:22).  But let us not be mistaken, there are tremendous privileges and blessings that come with being an American that we need not overlook.  Let us be grateful people - and give praise to the God who is Sovereign over all (Daniel 2:21).

"Thine, O Lord, is the greatness, and the power, and the glory, and the victory, and the majesty; for all that is in the heaven and in the earth is Thine; Thine is the kingdom, O Lord, and Thou are exalted as Head above all." (1 Chronicles 29:11)
We enjoyed the morning at a 4th of July parade in Peachtree City.  Army cars, veteran soldiers, fire trucks, and free candy was a hit with the boys.

Fletch's heightened anticipation for "fire trucks"!

No Fletch does not have Ruthie in a choke hold - this is classified as a "Fletcher Hug".  The next picture was Ruthie's mouth opening wide to bite in defense...

Thursday, July 5, 2012

Staying Cool in June

Hot June in Atlanta has our family running to the pool, frequenting ice cream shops, and enjoying the summer as a family of 5.  Here are June pics and vids for family and friends.

The girl loves two things for sure: 1) Raisins, & 2) Water

Fletch at VBS this year. 
A big brother has to teach his sister how to fish right?

Ruthie listening intently...?
First visit to "YoTops"

Not sure what Dad's face is here

Celebrating Lawson's 5th birthday!

Our big boy - 5 years have blown by!

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

just some thoughts...

I think I'm just writing to be able to remember what has gone on these past few weeks...not really so that anyone can comment or be amazed.

I find that I go into somewhat of a depression after I have my children.  This is apparently a non hormonal thing, which many people would have told me after giving birth to my boys.  I find that i feel the same way this time...almost "scared" of this person that I don't know yet.  Will she sleep? Will she eat?  Will she like what we're doing right now?  Will she die from her brothers falling on top of her or playing too rough with her?  How do i get her to nap longer?...oh yeah, and this will i "bond" with her?? 

I yet again, am faced with the concept of refuge...where is mine??  And because I have been through this feeling two times, i can see it more easily this time around.  I know I need God to make me joyful.  And the greatest part is that His Word promises me just that when I go to Him.  So I have been running there (still not as much as I should) but running there when i can.  I am meditating in James.  This brings me much comfort that God, in my trial, will produce character and help me throw off my sin...all the things necessary for pleasing Him and having true joy! 

Ruthie is doing really well. She's on her second night of sleeping straight through until morning...YAY!!! And she's eating like a champ again. She loves crackers (I told her that all American children love a good cracker...), carrots, apples, sweet potatoes, pancakes, noodles, and chicken salad. She still does not like pizza too much, but i'm sure with how much we love it, it'll grow on her.  :)  Oh, and her favorite little snack is raisins...I would have never even had these in cute little boxes in my pantry if it weren't for someone else putting them there.  So whoever provided them, thank you!  It's like her little joy.  And she carries that little box around for about 30 minutes trying to dig out all of those raisins. 

She has always let me rock her while singing and recently she touches my face and stares at me while I sing.  She feels like mine.  I know that sounds strange to say, but sometimes it does feel a lot like babysitting.  And I know there will still be some more of those days coming, but today, it feels wonderfully like it it will someday all the time...

She LOVES pouring water all over herself.  In fact, we have this little pool in the back yard, and she gets in there with tons of splashing by her brothers and still pours cold water all over her face...and she doesn't close her eyes to do it. 

Just my thoughts...

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Life At Home

Eleven days down and our family continues to transition from being a family of 4 to now 5.  Ruthie has transitioned well, Lawson and Fletcher are now brave protectors of two pretty ladies in the Grubbs household, and we continue to remember that "It's Good to be a Grubbs!"

Our little ballerina

Say Cheese!
This is a brother up to no good!
Ruthie as the Cat Princess

This girl loves to suck on her towel

Chinese Warrior, CatWoman, Lightning McQueen and Beautiful Mommy 
First exposure to chocolate pudding was a hit