Friday, November 29, 2013
to buy things I don't need because they are a great deal today on Black Friday. Last night, Thanksgiving night, we loaded up to return some Redbox movies. I told the kids we will just run into Wal-Mart, return the movies and grab some milk...and then I remembered the sales had already started. We live in a small town and I wondered how many people would actually be at Wal-Mart. As we drove by I looked back and could see my children's eyes getting big...Carson said, "Mom, just look at all those cars!" It was a sight. The lot was full and they had parked all up and down the access road and across the street. There were people crossing the four lane road to get to Wal-Mart by foot. Wow! We continued on and pulled up to Kroger instead. It was dark and a sign on the door said, "We will be closing at 5pm to allow employees time with family." I found myself proud of Kroger even though I did some bad planning and still needed milk. We returned the movies in the Redbox with the empty parking lot and made our way back home. I cannot tell you how many emails I have received in the past 24 hours to let me know what great Black Friday deals are just waiting for me. It makes me feel tempted to buy. I don't need anything. All of our Christmas shopping list has been checked twice and purchased before Thanksgiving. Why? Because I knew that the commercialism of Christmas would get me. If I didn't get the shopping done before then I would be frenzied, concerned and overbuy things that weren't even on the list simply because they were such a great deal. I am not tempted to load up and shop with a gazillion people at our local stores but I am tempted to participate online and that may be even worse. I can access it anytime and my purchase will come straight to me. No fuss there. Here is what the Lord keeps whispering to my heart, "Be content." There will always be something I can chase after and on black Friday great deals are at the top of the list but I need to stop and not be consumed by the temptation to buy. I can choose to be content. I wrote this on my Facebook post this morning: "Being that today is Black Friday may we be a people that learns to be content with what we have and not constantly pursuing the next great deal that we cannot afford or that we truly don't need. Phillipians 4:11" I can choose to be content. I can choose not to fall for the temptation to buy.
Posted by The Cupp Crew at 5:37 AM
Thursday, November 28, 2013
Dad is covering the hospital today so this day of Thanksgiving is a little different for us. We are not with family. We didn't watch any Thanksgiving parades. There is no pie cooling on the counter. We ate Mexican for lunch but we did spend some time today during our school time to search our hearts in how thankful we are to God for all that He has done, is doing and will do in the days to come. Carson, Andrew and Abby compiled this list of things they are thankful for.
2. Jesus and God
5. Toys God gave us not to be bored
6. Crayons to create and draw
7. Our homes (We are still waiting on the Lord to provide a buyer for our home in Cushing)
8. Family and Church
10. Clothes and drinks
11. Cars to be able to travel
12. Kids in Haiti
13. Trains and Planes..Traveling things
14. Bathroom in our home
16. The world..a place to live
17. The sun that warms us and gives us light
18. Electricity so we can turn things on
19. Trees so we can breathe...they produce free air
20. Garbage trucks to take the trash away
21. The sky so we can see how God paints the sunset
22. Heaven so we can live with Jesus
23. The Moon and Stars so its not dark at night
24. Soft beds to sleep in
25. Shoes that protect our feet
26. For dirt and grass so the worms can go through and make flowers
27. The Bible so we can read God's word and know who He is.
28. Butterflies so we can see their beautiful colors
30. Hats to keep our heads warm in winter
31. Vocal Chords so we can talk to one another
32. Music so we can sing and dance
33. Hot water tank so we can have warm showers
34. Brains so we can learn, read, write and spell
35. Our Body and bones so we can move and play
I love the silly things and the deep things. I love that the Lord is opening their eyes to all the things that He has blessed us with. We ended our day of study with this song. The Doxology. It seems so fitting.
Praise God, from Whom all blessings flow;
Praise Him, all creatures here below;
Praise Him above, ye heavenly host;
Praise Father, Son, and Holy Ghost.
Everything we have is from Him. Everything. We should praise Him alone in ALL things ALL of the time! Continually. Consistently. He alone is worthy! May we never forget His goodness. His faithfulness. May we never forget that everything that we have comes from Him. Everything that we are is because of his riches in glory through His son Christ Jesus who made a way for us and satisfied the greatest need in our lives. We need a Savior. We cannot do it on our own. Only through the blood of Jesus can our relationship with God be made right. Thank you Jesus! May our family never cease to give God thanks for all that He has done, is doing and continues to do. To God be the Glory! Glory in the Highest!
Posted by The Cupp Crew at 12:49 PM
Tuesday, November 26, 2013
Monday, November 25, 2013
Carson, took this picture! He did such a great job!
Let us Celebrate the newborn King!!
Posted by The Cupp Crew at 6:27 AM
Claire taking a Sunday afternoon nap. Such a sweet little one.
Posted by The Cupp Crew at 6:04 AM
Friday, November 22, 2013
This girl is funny. Yesterday out of the blue she decided she was going to be a lefty. Claire has been choosing that hand most often and we were talking about it a couple of days ago how Claire and Carson are so similar. I guess Roo grabbed onto that and decided she wanted to be a left too. She tried writing with the left hand. She tried cutting with the left hand. No success. But finally she had an idea. "I know Mommy," she told me, "I will just be a lefty gluer." Oh my, and so she is!
Posted by The Cupp Crew at 6:06 AM
Friday, November 15, 2013
Abigail has been working on an activity called Mat Man where it teaches children to draw a person with all the right body parts. Until now she has drawn people with one big head, two eyes, a mouth. She usually drew the legs and arms coming out of their head. This was her very first attempt and she did it all by herself!! This is Wonder Woman. She is really into Wonder Woman these days. She told me, "Momma, Wonder Woman is awesome because she has really cool panties..." I have never even noticed really what she wears...Hmmm...but my four year has.... She colored the panties pink and then decided to put green pants on her legs so no one could see them! Very good choice there.
Things that make you go hmm....
Things that make you go hmm....
Posted by The Cupp Crew at 6:23 PM
I found myself sitting at ballet one night waiting for Abigail to finish and I looked up to see this. Both of my boys reading. I felt such joy for my boys. I am so thrilled that they love to read! We have intentionally spent lots of time this year replacing the desire to play with phones, electronics and such and encouraged them to take a book and read instead. It has been a great thing! They are learning to be more patient and content. They are learning that they do not have to be entertained at every waking moment but they can use their imagination through play and reading to have lots of fun in far off places! This is a blessing. This thrills this Momma's heart! I sure love my boys!
Posted by The Cupp Crew at 6:16 PM
We attended the Global Health Missions Conference in Louisville this year and had a great time. It was at Kyle Idleman's church, Southeast Christian Church, and it was wonderful. The church is huge. Carson asked if it was the biggest church in the world! The kids and I got to play at the Science Museum and Zoo. We all got to go to Louisville sluggers museum. So much fun for all of us!
Posted by The Cupp Crew at 6:07 PM
Haiti. I am not sure if anything could have prepared my heart for this trip. I know that God was continuing to deepen my relationship with him. I know that He knew we would be serving in Haiti during this week even before the foundations of the earth were laid. Eph 2:10.
This is Naidine. She is one of the girls we sponsor at the Jacmel location. She is shy but precious. I adore her smile and sweet heart.
Coming Home. Leaving Haiti was hard. I know that may sound strange. My week was filled with cold showers, spotty electricity and air conditioning, bugs, little sleep, and an upset tummy due to the Haitian cuisine. These are all just comfort things. I realized I really don't need those things to have joy. My joy in Haiti in walking obediently with the Lord and in doing what He had called me to do far out weighed any minor inconveniences that I really take for granted every day any way. The good in Haiti and what God is doing at the Hands and Feet Project was hard to leave. I had four wonderful children to come home to but a part of my heart was longing to stay in Haiti. The pace is really just a different world there. There are so many less distractions. No Tv. No internet. No phone access. I really didn't look at my watch much at all. We just worked hard and when we heard the bell we knew it was time to eat. There was lots of time to reflect and spend with the Lord. One of the things the Lord really opened my eyes to the week we were there is the great responsibility that He has given the Hands and Feet Project. I can't help but chuckle as I think maybe oh how this little band was thinking one night about starting this little project never knowing what HUGE plans the Lord had in store. They now have a total of 97 children. They have basically adopted these children into their 2 villages to care for them forever. That is what God does for us. We are adopted into His family forever. What a great picture of God's love and grace on display. I felt the weight of that responsibility as we have helped to establish and continue medical care for these kids. There is great responsibility there. God has great plans and purposes for these children. He alone is worthy! I am so thankful He chose us and equipped us to serve alongside the Hands and Feet Project this week. A piece of my heart will forever be in Haiti now. God knew that it belonged there all along.
We got home and came home to a room decorated by our little blessings!
It was good to be home. We could not have done it without these great peeps: Mimi & Papa! They held down the fort and took super great care of our kids so we could go and serve the kids in Haiti. So, So thankful for them and their sacrifice to enable us to go and obey where the Lord is leading us. They are the best Mimi & Papa and these kids know it!
Posted by The Cupp Crew at 1:59 PM