Friday, October 24, 2014

Faith and Fellowship Blog Hop

Who has believed what he has heard from us?
And to whom has the arm of the Lord been revealed?
For he grew up before him like a young plant,
and like a root out of dry ground;
he had no form or majesty that we should look at him,
and no beauty that we should desire him.
He was despised and rejected by men;

a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief;
and as one from whom men hide their faces
he was despised, and we esteemed him not.

Surely he has borne our griefs
and carried our sorrows;
yet we esteemed him stricken,
smitten by God, and afflicted.
But he was pierced for our transgressions;
he was crushed for our iniquities;
upon him was the chastisement that brought us peace,
and with his wounds we are healed.
All we like sheep have gone astray;
we have turned—every one—to his own way;
and the Lord has laid on him
the iniquity of us all.

He was oppressed, and he was afflicted,
yet he opened not his mouth;
like a lamb that is led to the slaughter,
and like a sheep that before its shearers is silent,
so he opened not his mouth.
By oppression and judgment he was taken away;
and as for his generation, who considered
that he was cut off out of the land of the living,
stricken for the transgression of my people?
And they made his grave with the wicked
and with a rich man in his death,
although he had done no violence,
and there was no deceit in his mouth.

Yet it was the will of the Lord to crush him;
he has put him to grief:
when his soul makes an offering for guilt,
he shall see his offspring; he shall prolong his days;
the will of the Lord shall prosper in his hand.
Out of the anguish of his soul he shall see and be satisfied;
by his knowledge shall the righteous one, my servant,
make many to be accounted righteous,
and he shall bear their iniquities.
Therefore I will divide him a portion with the many,
and he shall divide the spoil with the strong,
because he poured out his soul to death
and was numbered with the transgressors;
yet he bore the sin of many,
and makes intercession for the transgressors.
Isaiah 53
Faith and Fellowship Guidelines

1.  Link up a post (not just the link to your blog) from the week that shares what the Lord's been doing in your life or speaking to you.
2.  Put the button on your blog post or blog so that others can hear about this wonderful group of Godly women.
3.  Visit as many blogs as you're able and get to know your sisters in Christ!
4.  Share this blog hop on social media using #faithandfellowship or pin the button on pinterest.

Faith and Fellowship Blog Hop

Your Host:

Susannah1Susannah from Simple Moments Stick


Meet This Week's Cohost



Hi, I'm Anne – child of God, writer, missionary, advocate, linguist, wife, and mama. I write about my family’s journey of living out our faith. God has placed us in a special neighborhood, one that is home to people from around the globe. Through this experience, we are learning about living missionally and opening our doors to the nations. I try to share this experience on Front Porch, Inspired and to encourage others to embrace the everyday divine - may you be inspired to live intentionally, wherever God has you!

If you'd like to cohost in the future, please email Susannah at susannah.kellogg (at) gmail.com


Thursday, October 23, 2014

We're a Month Away!

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Dearest Caleb,

One month from tomorrow you are expected to come into the world.  I can't believe you're going to be here so soon!  It feels like just yesterday I saw the two little pink lines on that pregnancy test.

Your daddy and I can't wait to meet you, little man, and get to know who you are.  As we lie in bed watching and feeling you wiggle around in my stomach, we imagine who you might grow up to be.  Could your wiggly-ness mean that you're going to be a soccer player?  Could it mean you're going to be a dancer?  Could it mean that you just don't like being in confined places and once you're out in the world you won't have to wiggle so much?  We imagine what traits we hope you get from each of us and try to picture what kind of traits you'll have all on your own. 

We know that whatever ideas are in our head for who you will be are probably dead wrong.  You're going to be exactly the person God created you to be and we're so excited to find out who that is.

My dear son, we pray for you all the time.  We pray that you'll be a smart, healthy, and wise person.  We pray that you'll consistently choose right over wrong.  We pray that when you do mess up (and we know you will) you won't hold the guilt in but will know that you are loved and that mess ups don't change that.

Dear Caleb, we pray that you grow into a man who treats women with respect and cherishes them.  We pray that you view women as equals - children of God who are to be treated as such.  Although we know it will be so hard for you, your daddy and I pray that you will keep your mind pure, keeping yourself from the lust that so easily could entangle you and protecting your gaze from pornography and anything else that would feed that lust.  We are already praying for your future wife and family.  We pray that she is growing into a wonderful woman of God.  We pray that God directs the two of you - through good situations and bad - to each other and that He molds your relationship to be exactly what He desires for the two of you.

Above all, we pray that you'll grow up to fall in love with Jesus.  We pray that you won't get caught up in the legalism, rules, and regulations so many Christians fall prey to.  We pray that you'll experience the true Grace of the Lord and know that His Grace is sufficient for you.  Nothing you can do deserves that Grace.  It is freely given.  We pray that your love for Jesus leads you to do amazing things.  Whether that leads you overseas, into the business world, into full time ministry, or where ever else, we pray that you live your life for His glory.

Dear little man, come out and meet us soon!  I can't wait to kiss your little cheeks and rock your little body.  You are so loved and that will NEVER change!

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Thanks, Angie! You Rock!

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Have any of you participated in a blogger swap before???  I've participated in a few and I have to say that The Etsy Swap hosted by Amy from Taking Steps Home and Megan from Rivers and Roads.  These girls ROCK and make sure that everyone is kept informed about the timeline, partners, and even sent out suggestions for what to get on Etsy.  I'll definitely be participating again.

This fall, the amazing Angie from My So Called Chaos was the blogger who got me.  I felt SO loved when I got my present.  Of course, since my mind is all baby all the time my Etsy wish list displayed that and Angie certainly picked up on that theme.  She spoiled baby Caleb like crazy!

Here's the lowdown on the loot I got:

Raccoon Hat, Outfit and Bib from Target
Pirate Onsies from Target
Notepad and Kleenex
Monkey Hat and Chap Stick Holder - Crochet by Carla on Etsy
"Once Upon a Fantasy" Light Up Glitter Bottle - Growing Up Geeky on Etsy
Stuffed Fox - A Little Bit of Joy on Etsy

Thank you so much, Angie, for all the amazing gifts!  You made my heart so happy!  Caleb will love all the fun stuff you got him!

I'd encourage each and every one of you to sign up for the next Etsy swap!  It's so totally worth it!

Did any of you participate in the Etsy Swap?
What are your favorite swaps to be a part of?

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Kid and Family (and Dog) Costume Ideas

Kid and Family CostumesAngry Birds

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Angry Birds
Sara from Uncommon Grace (Formerly Adventures of an Everyday Girl)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Artist

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Artist
Amy from Fig Milkshakes

 

 

 

 

Bagpiper

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bagpiper
Ashley from From Ashley to Awesome

 

 

 

 

Batman and Superman

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Superheros
Ashley from Dancing with Ashley

 

 

 

 

Batman

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Batman
Cheryl at Since I Became a Mom

 

 

 

 

 

 

Butterfly

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Butterfly
Amber at Airing My Dirty Laundry

 

 

 

 

Cinderella Pre-Fairy Godmother

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cinderella (Pre-Fairy Godmother)
Courtney from A+ Life

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cooks and a Cupcake

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cooks and a Cupcake
Breenah from By Breenah

 

 

 

Damsel in Distress, Knight, and Dragon

 

 

 

 

 

 

Damsel in Distress, Knight in Shining Armor, and Dragon
Sarah from Foxy's Domestic Side

 

 

 

 

Elphaba

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Elphaba
Amber from Airing My Dirty Laundry

 

 

 

 

 

Ladybug

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ladybug
Lauren from The Lucky Laymans

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Leelah, Frye, and Nibbler from Futurama

 

 

 

 

 

 

Leelah, Frye, and Nibbler from Futurama
Breenah from By Breenah

 

 

 

 

Mickey and Minnie Mouse

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mickey and Minnie Mouse
Hena from Hena Tayeb Photography

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Minions

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Minions
Amy from Wife Hat, Mom Hat

 

 

 

 

 

Olympians Michael Phelps and Gabby Douglas

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Olympians Michael Phelps and Gabby Douglas
Amy from Wife Hat, Mom Hat

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Peacock

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Peacock
Amber from Airing My Dirty Laundry

 

 

 

Pirate

 

 

 

 

 

Pirate
Ashley from From Ashley to Awesome

 

 

 

 

 

 

Power Rangers

 

 

 

 

 

 

Power Rangers
Kelly from Kelly's Kinda Crazy

 

 

 

 

 

Rabbit

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bunny Rabbit
Courtney from A+ Life

 

 

 

Raccoon

 

 

 

 

 

 

Raccoon
Hannah from My Delicious Adventures

 

 

 

 

Scarlett O'Hara

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Scarlett O'Hara
Ashley from From Ashley to Awesome

 

 

 

 

Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs

 

 

 

 

 

Snow White and the Seven Dwarves
Shauna from What I Love

 

 

Spider

 

 

 

 

 

 

Spider
Ashley from From Ashley to Awesome

 

 

 

 

The Avengers

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Avengers
Cheryl at Since I Became a Mom

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Three Bears

 

 

 

 

 

The Three Bears
Sarah from Foxy's Domestic Side

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bumblebee
Lindsay from The Newlywed Notebook

 

 

 

 

Minnie Mouse


 

 

 

 

Minnie Mouse
Ashley from Have Ashley Will Travel

 

Queen Bee

 

 

 

 

 

 

Queen Bee
The Gals from The Sequin Notebook

 

 

 

 

 

The Headless Horseman

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Headless Horseman
Ashley from Have Ashley Will Travel

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Want more kid, family, and dog costume ideas???  Check out this post.
Link up any of your posts with kid, family, or dog costumes in the comment section!

Monday, October 20, 2014

He Will Move Mountains

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This past Saturday I was loved on by my friends here in Portland as they threw Caleb and me a baby shower!  Two of my dear friends put it all together and made me feel so loved and special.  I had such a marvelous time laughing, eating, and chatting with some wonderful women in my life!

I absolutely adored the cake that the girls had made for me.  There's a print hanging in the nursery (nursery tour to come once it's finished!) that says "Let him sleep for when he wakes he will move mountains."  I was so honored that my lovely friends used that as inspiration for Caleb's cake.

Check out my family baby shower here.
What are some fun things your friends have done for you?
Can you pick out Stephanie from Just a Little Bit Louder?  It's like Where's Waldo.  :-)

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