New kit finished! Nature's Bounty was inspired by my family's recent trip to Zion's National Park. It was sure fun to make! It is currently available as part of my Fall Collection at Scrapbook-Elements
Life continues to move along at a whirlwind pace for us. My oldest is a senior, my youngest a 14-month-old who is still not sleeping through the night (we're working on it), and though I find myself home with "only" two kids during the school day this year, I feel like I have yet to catch my breath.
Searching for a Large Passenger Van
One of the things that has occupied a lot of time and energy the last two months was our search for a family vehicle. Three years ago, we sold our 1999 Chevy Express because we felt like it was mostly taking up space in our driveway. It was older and more beat up than our other two vehicles and we rarely had to take the whole family places around town, so for the most part, we were able to make do with my 8 passenger Sienna and my husband's 7 passenger Highlander. We took the van on trips but otherwise ignored it, poor thing. We figured we'd save on gas, insurance, and the yearly battery replacements caused by having it sit un…
Here's a question for you and your friends who also have big families: Have you suffered any long-term/permanent physical problems because of so many pregnancies?I myself have been very blessed with healthy pregnancies and if I were to answer this on my own, I'd probably say something like this:
Nope! Not unless you count a stomach full of stretch marks and the extra weight I've got hanging around. The stretch marks are definitely tied to the number of pregnancies, but that extra weight would probably have accumulated anyway because I like to eat. But I was grateful to receive this question because I was curious what my friends' experiences have been with their multitude of pregnancies. Melanie and her cute family
First, I should post a disclaimer. There are health problems that prevent women from conceiving and carrying a child to term. By virtue of the fact that all the women in my group have six or more children, we have largely avoided these proble…
Romans can be long and confusing! Our family found these two videos from the Bible Project helpful in giving a good overview of the whole picture:
Marriage Analogy, Romans 7:1-6Paul begins this chapter with an explanation of how the law of Moses is done away and fulfilled in Christ. He compares it to a woman whose husband died so she is free to marry again and not be under the condemnation of adultery if she should do so. The law of Moses died with Christ and now the saints are free to "serve in newness of spirit, and not in the oldness of the letter." In this way, the law of Moses was temporary and conditional.
The Law Defines Sin, Romans 7:7-13Lest the people misunderstand and think Paul is saying the law was or is bad, he explains the purpose of the law was to help the people understand what sin is. The word "concupiscence" in verse 8 is translated as "covetousness" in Wayment. A dictionary says it is a strong, overpowering desire or lust. The…