One Year Anniversary!

Today I celebrate one year in the marriage covenant with my husband. The past year has been full of trials and joys. God has blessed us in more ways than we can imagine. A year ago we promised these words to each other:

“I take you, Hollie, to be my wife and I promise before God and all who are present here to be your loving and faithful husband, as long as our lives shall last. I will love you and give myself up for you, as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her. I will serve you with tenderness and respect, and encourage you to develop the gifts that God has given you.”
“I take you, Joshua, to be my husband, and I promise before God and all who are present here to be your loving and faithful wife, as long as our lives shall last. I will love you and submit to you, as the church loves and submits to Christ. I will serve you with tenderness and respect, and encourage you to develop the gifts that God has given you.”

On our anniversary, I wanted to share one of my favorite little pieces on marriage. Enjoy 🙂

A little nook in the very heart of God

(J. R. Miller, “The Marriage Altar” 1898)

God’s plan for every marriage is happiness.

Marriage is meant to be a miniature of heaven—a
fragment of the celestial blessedness, let down into
this world.

Marriage is meant to be a little sanctuary, into which
husband and wife may flee from earth’s storms and
dangers, where in love’s shelter, their hearts fed with
affection’s daily bread—they may dwell in quiet peace.

Marriage is meant to be a shelter in which, covered
from the frosts of the world and shielded from its cold
and tempests—two lives may grow together into richest
beauty, realizing their sweetest dreams of happiness,
blending in whatever things are true, whatever things
are pure, and attaining the finest possibilities of godly
character.

Marriage is meant to be a holy ark, floating on the wild
floods of human life—like Noah’s ark on the deluge,
bearing to heaven’s gates, to the harbor of glory—the
lives which God has shut within its doors.

A godly marriage is a little nook in the very heart of
God
, where faithful souls are held close to the Father’s
heart, and carried safely, amid dangers and sorrows, to
the home above!

Taken from Grace Gems. Original post .

In Christ,

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Happy Reformation Day!

Happy Reformation Day! A joyous day indeed. Today we look back and see saints gone before us that gave their lives to stand firm in the gospel of Jesus Christ. These men and women gave their lives to free people, not just believers, from the tyranny and oppressions of the Mid-evil Roman Church. 
  • Do you enjoy Scripture in your common language? 
  • Do you enjoy Sunday sermons in a language you can understand? 
  • Do you own your own Bible without fear of death for doing so? 
  • Have you benefited from Capitalism? 
  • Are you a woman, if so do you enjoy being deemed worthy and important instead of viewed as property? 
  • Can you deny all people have benefited from the elevation of marriage and family? 

If you enjoy ANY of these things you are indebted to the work of the Reformers. Take a moment to thank God for raising them up and for the fruits of their labors which ultimately come from God almighty who reigns sovereign over all.

To be sure, the Reformers weren’t perfect … no one inhabiting this fallen world is, but God used these imperfect men and women to accomplish much good. Kicking off today and following into November my dear, sweet sister in Christ, Christina, is hosting a series on her blog highlighting some women of the Reformation. Please join us to learn more about these wonderful women. Tomorrow I will be posting a piece on Katharina Von Bora, also known as Katie Luther — the dear wife of Dr. Luther. Hope to see you there!

Christmas 2010

 I hope you all had a nice Christmas! We did 🙂 We opt to celebrate Christmas pretty traditionally around here. We decorate a tree and exchange a few gifts. What we don’t do is consumerism or Santa Clause. And of course, we remember the cause for our celebration — Jesus! 
This was our first Christmas with Josh here. It was so nice! That photo up there is one Josh snapped Christmas morning. I love it! It cracks me up every time I look at it! We woke up Christmas morning around 7:45 and I made coffee and cinnamon rolls (that ended up being burnt, but the effort counts … right?). After that we all snuggled in on the couch and Josh read Luke 2 from the Geneva Bible. It is neat establishing traditions like that! 

Afterwards, we exchaged gifts before getting dressed and finishing the day out at my parents. There we had dinner and wonderful family fellowship! It was one of the best Christmas days I’ve ever had.  God’s graciousness toward us is astounding! We are truly a blessed people!
Sunday, Josh was finally able to see me church here! I was excited to take him. Everyone was very welcoming to him. I actually talked to more people with Josh there then I ever have since I started attending. That’s because he’s the extrovert to my introvert. 
Sadly, after church we said goodbye. I hate our goodbyes. They get harder each time. Thankfully, we shouldn’t have to keep this up too much longer! And, I will be seeing him on Wednesday when I travel out there, so it’s not as terrible this time.
Be Blessed,

Rylee’s Birthday Party

Rylee’s party Saturday went pretty well. I did mess up the cake a little. I didn’t realize I needed two cake mixes for the pan I was using. So, as a result the cake was a little flat. I also was still icing the cake when my former in-laws arrived. Luckily, no one seemed to care. They were helpful getting the finishing touches on. It was a really small party — just Karen (former MIL), Casey (Ry’s aunt on her dad’s side), Curtis (Uncle on her Dad’s side), and my mom. Of course Emma and I were there too. And Emma’s Grandma, Betsy, stopped by in between her jobs. It was a really good time though. After cake and gifts the kids (Curtis, Rylee and Emma) played downstairs while my mom, Karen, Casey and I sat upstairs and talked. It was nice to catch up with everyone and just enjoy the company :)Here’s a few photos from the party. They include the food spread, Ry with her new pillow pet, Ry with all her new stuff, and one of me and my baby girl 🙂

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Also, while I’m here I wanted to ask if you could keep me in prayer. There’s a lot of planning and questions about the future happening in my life right now. It’s very exciting! I’m just asking that you keep me (and Josh) in prayer that we continue to seek God’s will first as we make these decisions. Thank you! 

Be Blessed,

Happy Birthday Rylee

 Thank you God for bestowing the amazing gift of motherhood upon me!

 Most days, I love being a mom. People talk about having different callings in life, well I know for sure mothering is mine. Even on the worse days I wouldn’t trade it for anything. It’s an amazingly humbling experience every. single. day. Each day, at least once, I marvel at the fact that I have been entrusted with two little souls. The Lord is trusting me to raise them according to His ways laid before me in His word. Every day I am presented with a numerous opportunities to point my children to Christ. The Gospel is the answer to every problem. Any issue that arises points to Jesus. Any joy that comes our way point to Jesus. If I am looking it is easy to see how every aspect of life points to the Christ. This comes into play in our lives … around the dinner table, in the kitchen, during sibling arguments, during this mother’s moments of weakness and harshness, at bedtime, when we are scared, when we are happy, outside, in school … He is everywhere in every moment.

Today I celebrate the birthday of my youngest child. Rylee Lynn is four today. FOUR! I’m not entirely sure how it is possible that she’s made it to that age marker already. I am rejoicing that she has made it that far though, for I know it’s only by the grace of God that any of us make it from one second into the next.  God has given me four gracious years of parenting this child so far. How am I doing? Far from perfect. As we trek off into the next year of her life I am reminded that parenting needs to be so much less about me, the parenting experts, and my friends and family and so much more about our Lord and Savior.

How are we celebrating? We are having a small birthday party on Saturday. We’ll have family over and I’m making cake and some finger foods. Rylee has requested a star cake so I’m heading to Hobby Lobby tonight to see if they have a star shaped pan. It will be nice to gather with family to celebrate the blessing the Lord has gave all of us through this sweet girl 🙂



Be Blessed,