Monday, August 18, 2008

Sunday, Sunday, Sunday!

Yesterday was one of my favorite Sundays ever. Jackson and I hadn't been at our church in two weeks due to travel and it was good to be back. Curt also happened to be preaching at the 10:40 service, so that made it an extra-special day for our family. We woke up bright and early to get to church at 8:45 for Curt's sound check. Jacks and I sat in the back and enjoyed hearing the orchestra warm up. I've been hearing that our traditional service has been awesome and kind of wanted to stay! But I love my Sunday school class. While we waited I got to visit with a senior adult sister that I'd never met and enjoyed that very much.

Afterward Curt and I took Jackson to Sunday school. Sometimes Jacks does really funny things when he walks into class (like sticking fingers in both of his nostrils) but this time he had no antics for us. BTW, have I mentioned that my child calls himself Tachi? He really enjoys abbreviating words (monster truck = monsh, goldfish = goldf) and I think maybe "Jackson" takes too much energy for him to be bothered to say it. So we dropped off Tachi and I headed to class. Curtis got back in the car and went over his sermon some more.

I was super early to class and got to visit with the girls before we started. Usually I get there a minute before we start, which stinks. After that I got to hear my hubby preach and I was so blessed. I had prayed in the car that it would be a demonstration of the Spirit's power and I felt that it was. Praise God! He has been so faithful to provide lots of chances for Curt to serve in various ways since we moved back to Houston. We are grateful to our Pastor Gregg for giving him the opportunity to preach while he was on sabbatical. We look forward to getting our pastor back next week!

I am also really missing First Irving because the beginning of the fall semester is such an exciting time there. It is so fun when the college students come back. I know they are going to have an awesome year with the new minister and the leaders God has put in place. Janelle, you know I miss you every single day, especially Sundays!

We got to have a really fun lunch with my parents at IHOP. Jackson is going through a little growth spurt or something because he ate a whole kids meal with silver dollar pancakes, bacon, and eggs by himself. You won't hear me complain though because if child eats, mommy eats!

We went home for a quick nap. Everyone slept but Jackson, who refuses to sleep on most Sundays. I think it's evidence of his sin nature that he won't sleep on the Sabbath.

At 4:00 we went to Paul and Lara Tate's house for our first Dinner 8 with our Sunday school class. We swam in their pool and had hot dogs, hamburgers, and pie. They have four awesome school age daughters who basically entertained Jackson the entire time. We had so much fun. Their daughter Courtney is about to entire the wonderful world of volleyball and I enjoyed getting to hear about that. Speaking of volleyball, I have to say that Misty May-Treanor and Kerri Walsh are just cool. As I watched them a few days ago, my inner 14-year-old was wondering what I could do to make myself just like them.

Well, that is all I have to say about Sunday. It was a great day. Today was boring and hard discipline-wise. Jackson seems to be regressing in some areas of discipline that we'd had some success with. I'm sure it's normal but it's frustrating! Also, my dishwasher and laundry are currently ruling over me. I have a lot to conquer tonight. Well, at least I have a washing machine and a dish washer, right? Gymnastics awaits! Adios!

P.S. Stephanie Brown Trafton. Knew nothing about her before tonight but I heard her say on TV, "I prayed to God to give me peace of mind..." and I googled her. Read this. Awesome. Okay, how can I make myself like Stephanie?

40 comments:

lori said...

You sound really full of energy!
I love hearing about your sunday.

Big Mama said...

My inner 37 year old is wondering how I could look like Misti May or Kerri Walsh in one of those volleyball uniforms.

Michelle said...

Sounds like a good Sunday...I can attest to the statement "At least I have washer and a dryer." My dryer died last week, just out of the blue. That was not okay with this mother of 4 who happened to be in the middle of our beach laundry...but Hubs and his dad installed the new dryer the very next day. This new dryer is better than the old one, and I sure don't take it for granted!:-)Your son sounds so sweet; I love that name he calls himself. God bless you this week, Amanda! Hugs!

Lauren said...

Amen, sister. I have neither a washing machine nor a dishwasher. (Although the landlady lets us use her washer and dryer in the basement--WAY better than walking down the street in the snow to pay to do laundry, which is what we did at our last place.) The dishwasher thing is just the way it is here. It's an "unspeakable luxury," along with parking spots, as my cousin puts it.

MamaCass said...

Your coffee talk post was hilarious and we miss hearing Curt preach oh so much! And you and tachi too of course.

Lisa Pierre said...

Hi Amanda, your man, Curtis, brought it Sunday with such authority of Truth and ease, with simplicity and difference. My nearly 20-year old son sat at attention after the P&W and baptism, where I tried to whistle like KMAC tried to teach me. Thank Him...

annie's eyes said...

Curt had a magnificent Word on Sunday. Just when I thought I knew everything I needed to know about idols, he hit one out of the park to step on a few of my toes--which always makes a good Sunday lesson. I know you are so proud of him and who he is in the Lord. So glad you all are back in Houston. Love to you, Annette

alicia said...

amanda! Oh how I miss thee. Do you wanna have a phone date one of these days? I love reading about your every day life! Miss you!

The Barfuss Family said...

What a fun day! I too think Misti and Kerri are super cool, and so much fun to watch.

Amy Beth @ Ministry So Fabulous! said...

Last night when Roomie and I were eating dinner, an interview with Michael Phelps came on. Roomie and I started talking about the Olympics and, as the announcer said "Thanks to Michael for joining us all the way from China!" Roomie says "Why in the world would he be in China?"

I kid not.

Nancy Mon said...

Good Morning Amanda! I was really torn whether to go to class Sunday or stay and hear Curtis. I went to class, but Curtis had good buzz going in the office yesterday. :) I will pick up the CD today.

katiegfromtennessee said...

Hey Little Momma (with lemon!:)

That's cool...I love my sunday school class too!:)...Tachi? You make me laugh:)...gotta love your church home, and in your case, church homes:)...Stephanie Brown Trafton is inspiring to me too (after reading that)

Happy developing!

Amor en Jesu Cristo, mi amiga, hermana en Cristo, pequena madre,

katiegfromtennessee

Cathy Davis said...

Gotta love a good Sunday nap! I'm giggling at your comment about Jackson's sin nature. Isn't it when you want him to nap in a really big way that he doesn't want to nap even in a little way?

(This weekend is quickly approaching :-)!)

Mrs. H said...

Just wondering (from a fellow Youth Pastor wife) what's Dinner 8? Thanks!

Mrs. H said...

p.s. My Lindsey was self-named "Dee Dee" and "Dinzy" for awhile! :-) It's cute to hear them introduce themselves in those early stages.

bahead(mimi24) said...

I just knew by watching her that Trafton was a Christian. She was awesome. I believe a lot of the other US athletes are Christian. Most of the time one can just see it without their having to say a word. We must be a light unto the world. Sunday was so great. I love to hear Curt preach. It was a wise and wonderful word.

Speaking Thru Me Ministries said...

Amanda - I was so excited to meet youand the fma this weekend in SA. I have broken my akles and therefore can not travel at this time. I am crushed!!!!!!!!!! Literally!! I am sooooooo sad!!

Ya'll have a great time!! Love, Leigh

Mandi said...

"I think it's evidence of his sin nature that he won't sleep on the Sabbath." - TOO FUNNY!
Sundays are so refreshing with corporate worship, the teaching of God's word, and the opportunity to give our bodies some much needed rest. (:

Holly said...

I wonder what Tashi is short for?

I thoguht of you last night, as I watched the girls win the volleyball game! It was quite exciting!!

Praying that you are more than a conqueror over laundry, dishes and discipline.
Love,
Holly

Wanda said...

Thanks for that tidbit on Tafton! As soon as she spoke last night..I told my family....SHE'S A CHRISTIAN! Yay!

The article was great! I'm going to pass it along. Yes, we need to pray for all the athletes there....what an honor and opportunity to shine for Christ!

Kelly said...

And here I thought this was a post about a monster truck rally.

My husband and I saw Stephanie Brown Trafton last night too and throught she was really cool... thanks for the link!

Oh - I haven't commented before (been lurking, if you must know) - I'm Kelly. A friend of Marla's. You know, over on Xanga. :)

Amazing Racer said...

Curtis' gymnastics comment takes the cake! Too funny.

Gayle @ thewestiecrew said...

Props to Curt for the quick wit about the Chinese gymnast... :D

MITZI said...

Love your posts Amanda. By the way, I'm 58 yrs old and I still think "If I were 40 years younger I'd want to be like so and so, do things like so and so, wear that style etc. Amanda, you're at your age to be. Enjoy your age and all you can do today. Because one day you will be 58 years old. Belive it or not! :)

Also, I haven't had a washer and dryer at least for 30 years and I've NEVER had a dishwasher. I praise God for laundramats so I don't have to go to the riverbed and pound my clothes on rocks. We use alot of disposable plates at house. It's special when I take out the real plates.
I'm sure I'm not the only one in Siestaville who is still in the olden days. Let's come out of the closet sisters!

Love you and your family.

GraceandFaith said...

Amanda, I love reading your blog! I am a 33 year old stay at home mom with a 4 year old and a 16 month old. When I read about Jackson I laugh because it reminds me of what we went through and are fixing to go through again! I can only imagine how amazing it must be to watch your husband preach! I am not married to a minister but on Sunday night I was able to watch my husband be ordained as a deacon. It was a very powerful and moving service. I broke down when my dad (a deacon at his church, who drove in for the service) layed hands on my man and prayed for him. So all that to say...I LOVE Sunday's too!

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katiegfromtennessee said...

Hey Amanda,

I wanted to let you know that I found out this afternoon that my last fertility treatment did not work. I am not a mom yet. I am not pregnant, and I know that God has perfect timing...it still hurts, though, and I still needed to cry to Him, but after that, I talked to my husband and he reassured me that God wants us to be fruitful and multiply and that His timing is best, I am feeling much better. The day started out well...things just happen, don't they?...God is so sweet to me. He is very Good-in Him is light, and there is no darkness at all. Please pray for me Amanda, I need prayer.

Love you and your family and LPM,

katiegfromtennessee

debra said...

Sundays are wonderful. We use to take family naps on Sundays. These days the kids are not into napping at all. What is up with that?

Why is it when you want naps you can't take them...

too sad.

theweaver said...

How cool is that (the 4 Winds & Stephanie thing!) What is Dinner 8? I've heard it around multiple times and places and I understand the concept but how does it work? Maybe you could expand in a blog someday?!?

I feel you on the laundry... I felt success in laundry yesterday (I washed 7 loads...) however, not a single sock, or shirt, was folded until today and the pile on my bed was monsterous! I HATE folding!

kari said...

will pray for you guys as you train and discipline your little man. Be encouraged sis that "The king's heart is like channels of water in the hand of the LORD; He turns it wherever He wishes." prov. 21:1....HOW MUCH MORE can He turn our toddlers' hearts!

Amanda said...

Did you see that you won over at BooMama's giveaway of Hymned Again? I'm pretty jealous. :) Seriously, my heart fluttered when I saw "Amanda" on the list, but then I clicked...and it was you. Enjoy the autographed CD!

Lindsee said...

Jen said that Curt did great on Sunday! I got to hear Stephen Knox and he did fabulous also. I thought I had learned all I could about idols, but I was so wrong!

And your coffee talk post, girl, CRACKED ME UP! My mom is the queen of talking like that. Seriously. She does it AT LEAST once a day! And veklempt is apart of our everyday vocabulary!

Lindsee

P.S. Can't wait to hug you all in SA!

Tales From the Eurovan said...

Sounds like a fun day. Kids say such funny things, don't they? I haven't watched as much of the olympics since Michael Phelps is finished. Although my husband watches table tennis on the computer. Take care, Julie

Anonymous said...

thanks for the link.... i love the extra bible study day scheduling... Praise Him! p.s. has the hfbc web site fixed curtis'
message? i was blessed by his word posted on his "new employer's website" Be Blessed in San Antonio!

Cheri-Beri said...

A two year old boy who requires an entire day of discipline? Seriously? You mean he didn't require any in his sleep, either? LOL It's frustrating and exhausting (I, too was pregnant when my very active son was 2) but it's worth it.

I'll pray that the Lord sustains you in ways you never thought possible this day :-)

Heather said...

"I think it's evidence of his sin nature that he won't sleep on the sabbath!" Hilarious! I will say "amen!" to that!!!!

Vonda said...

Amanda! First...I hope either of you two were not talking about the little boy that Yao was carrying...because that was definitely an earthquake survivor who saved some of his classmates during a chinese earthquake.

I love you guys!

Ang baylis said...

I wish I were going to be able to hear Curtis this weekend when I am in Houston and San Antonio. I hear he is amazing! Thank you again for making this next weekend possible. It's weird trying to explain this whole meeting to people who don't understand this whole blogging thing. It's going to be SO much fun! Looking forward to making some great memories and meeting you guys!
Love to you and your family,
Angie xoxo

Allison said...

Love that Jackoson thinks of himself as Tachi. Isn't that the name of someone we learned about in history??? It just sounds so familiar to me. Like maybe an indian who befriended the pilgrims?

Donny - MarketingTwin #2 said...

Amanda, I came across your blog because of Stephanie. My brother and I are actually going to be interviewing here as part of our series on Faith in the Workplace. I was moved like so many others that have commented about Stephanie's faith that talked about after winning Gold. I was so moved that I requested an interview and I'm thrilled to be chatting with her tomorrow. We will just be doing a phone pre-interview but the real deal is set up for Oct 8th at Noon CST/10:00 PST just so you'll know. You can find out more how to register for this free call at www.1429creative.com/doubletake. Check on Sept 19th when we open up the registration for Stephanie's LIVE interview with us!! We are excited!! Thanks!! -donny-