Friday, February 27, 2009

Spring is just around the corner...

The Root household has had a revolving door the last few days... it has been crazy.

I used to think it was just living in Washington that when the weather would start to warm up schedules would increasingly get busier, because people were awakening from there winter hibernation. And who could blame them when all it does in Seattle is rain and snow from Oct to May. But on the other side of the states here in North Carolina it has begun to warm up and sure enough our schedules have been heating up as well.

I'm not sure what has happened, but Mackenzie's schedule has become so busy between sports, church activities, school commitments, I feel like lately we have been consistently coming and going. The next couple of weeks are only scheduled to get busier. There is something about spring and summer being so busy it goes by so quickly.

Ahhh... spring seems to be just around the corner.

One of Mackenzie's many activities

Until next time may the Lord keep you and show you His love for you everday.

Friday, February 20, 2009

My Spiritual Birthday

I grew up in the church and for the most part hated it. I never fit in, and my impressions of Christians were you had to fit into the right clique and/or you were a hypocrite. I am admitting to being a hypocrite, I called myself a christian for many years but had no idea what that meant. It was something I was brought up being forced to think I had to be one, not really understanding it's a choice not something you are born into. I drifted through life being able to talk the talk when I wanted to but by no means did I walk the talk.

In my younger years, middle school in particular, I never fit in. I was out-casted, teased, and even bullied at times... I thought if God loved me, really loved me than my life wouldn't be this bad. As I entered high school I was looking for the wrong kind of attention and was not be guided otherwise because my parents marriage after 20 some odd years was falling apart that I was able to slip on by. In high school I remember thinking my family is suppose to be a christian family and yet there is so much hatred, anger, bitterness, and sin there was no room for love. I strayed far away from God, church, and anything related.

Years later and many life lessons later I was a single parent of an amazing little girl (she still is amazing, I'm just not a single parent any more, praise the Lord!) This little 4 year old asked me why she didn't go to Sunday School like the other kids in her childcare, I told her that Sunday School wasn't for everyone and she kept persisting, my mom had taken her to Sunday School once or twice and she then asked if grandma could take her. At the time my mom and I were not seeing eye to eye so there was no way I was going let my mom take my little girl to Sunday school, if anyone was going to take her to Sunday school it was going to be me... I was just a little stubborn.

The part that I left out was 3 years prior I had a horrific experience in the church where a pastor was not trained well in a particular situation and gave some horrible advice and I vowed that I was never going back to church.

I picked one of the largest churches in the Seattle area (about 10,000 members) and we went to church thinking I could hide, it was so big how could anyone notice if I was coming or going. I wasn't going to church for me I was going to so my daughter could go to Sunday school and get it out of her system, God had other plans for us. You see my daughter met a little friend that day whose parents started holding me accountable for coming to church, but they didn't stop there... they came along side of me and partnered with me and began to show me what Christians were suppose to be like. And 4 years ago on February 20, 2005 I gave my life to Christ once and for all in that very church with that family embraced around me. I have grown a lot in these last 4 years, and I am so excited to see how God is going to continue to grow me and draw me closer to Him.

"But because of his great love for us, God, who is rich in mercy, made us alive with Christ even when we were dead in transgressions - it is by grace you have been saved" Ephesians 2: 4 & 5

A grace that I don't deserve, yet I have... I will forever be in awe of my Savior and Redeemer.

Until next time my the Lord keep you and show you His love for you everyday.

Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Proud Mommy Moment

I had a very proud mommy moment that brought to absolute tears of joy yesterday...

Adam has been working very long hours and has been exhausted, but when he has been home on the weekends he has been shooting hoops in our driveway.

When Mackenzie and I were at the grocery store last night she saw an orange and black basketball (orange and black are Adam's favorite colors because of the Oregon State Beavers), she asked if she could buy it with her own money. She was so proud of her purchase. She then came home and wrote Adam the most beautiful card, it reads...

Dear Adam,
Thank you for choosing me. I know it is a choice for choosing me and my mom. I love you a lot and I try to do my best respecting you.

How amazing is it that she gets it. Love and Respect is a choice, a daily choice. God is so good.

Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Repecting My Husband Is About The Little Things

Scripture tells us in simple words how to make a marriage work. Men are to love their wives as Christ loves the church (unconditionally) and we are to respect our husbands (unconditionally).

I used to always think I totally respect Adam but it wasn't until I started paying attention that I realized that wasn't always the case. My disrespect was not intentional, it was that I just didn't know any better. It was never modeled or taught. However this is not excuse, with God's help I have become a student of my husband since August and I have learned it's about the little things.

Speaking specifically to women right now... think about it we too "love"the little things, the flowers just because, the call in the middle of the day just to see how we are doing, an evening walk together, a cup of coffee together and the list could go on. When our husbands do these little gestures it reminds us that we are loved, and unfortunately when we reciprocate these little gestures it might not mean as much to them if anything at all. DO NOT be discouraged by this, this is just how we are designed, so uniquely in His Image.

There is a reason that love comes so naturally for us to do and respect is something we have to really think about and learn, by learning and growing in this area we are being refined in His Image to be more like Christ. To do what does not come naturally and to do it UNCONDITIONALLY. By unconditionally respecting our husbands in our words, actions, and attitudes we are communicating to them that we love them and that we are madly in love with them. I am speaking not because I know better, but because I too am on this journey of learning what it means to respect unconditionally and grow to become more like Christ.

We are designed to operate differently; Men the provider and protector and women, the caretaker and nurturer. I am grateful for our differences I love being protected and I love the security that I have in Adam providing for us. It's so easy to get caught up in the "what has he done for me lately?" attitude rather than the "what have I done for him lately?" attitude. I encourage you to start looking at all the things that your husband is and what he does do rather than what he isn't and what he does do.

I am writing this to encourage you to look for the little ways that you can show him respect. I failed to this one Sunday a couple of weeks ago... It was raining outside and we pulled into the church parking lot and Adam stopped the car right outside the church entrance so that I wouldn't have to walk in the rain (sweet I know). But I declined and said that's okay I can walk with you, not knowing what I had just done. You see this was a new church for us and I was too insecure in walking into the church by myself that I missed out on my husband serving me. He later told me that by me not letting him drop me off he wasn't able to feel like the MAN that he is. Ouch... by responding to that small gesture and putting my own insecurities aside I would have been able to respect my husband and allowed him to serve me. You see, it is about the little things. Ask God for help in becoming a student of your husband, it's worth all the studying!

Hold on to the truth that "You are fearfully and wonderfully made" (Psalm 139:14) God calls you His Masterpiece. He knows you and sees into the depths of your soul and loves you anyway. How undeserving am I to know such grace.

Until next time my the Lord keep you and show you His love for you everyday.

Sunday, February 8, 2009

Welcome Shea Grace Root To The World!!!

Adam and I have a brand new niece!!!

Shea Grace Root was born yesterday, February 7th weighing in at 7 pounds 3 ounces and 21 inches long. Congratulations Tristan and Amanda on your new bundle of joy, we can't wait to meet her.

I looked it up and found that Shea means Admirable and Grace means Favor or Blessing!

To Shea Grace:
Bless You Precious Girl
May you be gentle but strong, humble but confident,
and innocent yet wise in all you do.
May your beauty be rooted deeply within finding strength in your character, your compassion, and your courage.
May you always know that you are valued and prized with a love that provides your needs, satisfies your desires, builds your character, and prizes your purity.
May you follow the hand of God every day of your life.

Thursday, February 5, 2009

My Amazing Husband's Birthday Celebration

About a month ago Adam asked if I had any interest in learning to cook Chinese food... he then expressed interest in having me learn. So for the last month I have been collecting and researching recipes.

I planned the menu and decorated the house with Chinese New Year decorations. On the menu we had... Orange chicken Kung Pao chicken, Mongolian Beef, and Sweet and Sour chicken. For appetizers we had Pot Stickers and Egg Rolls. And for Dessert Adam's favorite Cake.

A few of our close friends were able to join us for the celebration. It was fun seeing Adam enjoy his birthday since birthdays are really never a big deal to him. Birthdays are the one day that is just for you so "This is the day that the Lord has made, let us rejoice and be glad in it" Psalms 118:24. I love serving my husband he is such an amazing man.

Sweet & Sour Chicken

Mongolian Beef

Kung Pao Chicken

Orange Chicken

Tivian, Camden, Jay, Adam, Don, & Mackenzie
Mackenzie being goofy

"Happy Birthday to you, Happy Birthday to you, Happy Birthday dear Adam, Happy Birthday to you"

Mackenzie and I got him a guitar

The yummy cake

The Bomholt Family... Camden saying... "No, No, No!!!"

The happiest kid I know, he is an amazing blessing!

Until next time my the Lord be with you and show you His love for you everyday!

Monday, February 2, 2009

A Weekend with Friends, Seafood, and the Beach... What more could a girl ask for!

We spent this last weekend up at Virginia Beach. We had a great time with friends and, good food, and the beach what more could you want!

Chicks Seafood in VA Beach the best!

Mackenzie playing on the beach
Braden playing on the beach
Those who know me will know why this is so funny