Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Dancing Queen

This morning I started a new Bible Study at my church. They offered two different ones (No Beth Moore this time) and I wasn't sure which one I would do. I ended up in the one I did mostly because most of my friends were going to it. Well - God knew where I needed to be. It's called "Lord, Change my Attitude" by James MacDonald and so far I LOVE it. BOY was I convicted. The first chapter is all on complaining and on how sad and angry that makes God to hear His children grumbling after all He has done for us. I was all fired up to write a book on the topic when I left this morning but right now I'm just too tired. Needless to say - the finger was pointing straight at me. I like to think I have a positive attitude and a thankful heart but I also know I'm guilty at complaining. And I have no right to. God has blessed me so much! Just sending His son to die on the cross for my sins should be ENOUGH!
I was very tickled when I picked up Harper and they told me she had a great day and had been so happy and had been helping them pick up things and playing so well. She was in a wonderful mood when I got her. It made my momma heart so happy. Of course - she would NOT nap. So we ended up going to Sam's and then I talked to Laurie and they were headed to dance lessons so we decided to go watch Emily in action.

Emily is QUITE the dancer! I had a great time watching her!
Harper had so much fun watching the "big girls" dance - she was laughing and clapping her hands! I'm not wishing any time away but I really can't wait until she is this age and can take dance. These girls were precious!
Then we had to go pick up this little handsome fellow because he had gotten groomed today. He wanted to look nice for his little sister's birthday!

Well - I'm off to mop some floors and work on projects! Hope you have a great night!

68 comments:

Kelley said...

So when I read this through at first I thought you had written "I was so very ticked when I picked Harper up..." and it just wasn't making any sense. Ha Ha. Glad you weren't ticked. Isn't great when they make us proud? Enjoy! She's precious.

Danny, Angie, Jacob, and Abigail said...

I am a long time reader of your blog and was led to comment for the first time. Your bible study is something I need. Your commenting on it makes me realize that I should not be complaining like I do. I am blessed with healthy children and my hubby and I have great jobs and good health. Wanted to thank you for your reminder! :)

Marie said...

Isn't it great how the lord leads us to be right where he wants us to be, Harper is so cute and growing fast, I can not believe she is almost one, Can't wait to see her party pictures.

Taylor said...

Oh my gosh, I so want to put Grace in some dancing classes because I just know she would love it!! I've been looking for places to enroll her in!

carissa said...

sounds like a great study. especially for us mommies who get so caught up in ourselves with our daily routines. i always need to nip complaining in the booty! i thank the Lord for His help, b/c i certainly couldn't do it on my own!

H2's Mommy said...

Hey! Dawson looks so cute freshly groomed! and Harper looks precious as usual! Thanks so much for the sweet thank you note!

Kubin's said...

I would love for you to do a post about your bible study (when you have time of course) it's something I need really bad!!!! You seem to put things in words that makes it easy to understand.
Good luck with Harpers party...it will be so much fun!
Christie

D. White said...

Kelly, your bible study sounds great. I'm looking forward to hearing more about it. Harper's photos light up our days. My daughter said she hopes she has a baby as cute as Harper is when she grows up to be a mommy. I hope she has a wonderful birthday. Thanks for the inspiration and your positive outlook.

Summer said...

Harper is such a cutie! Your Bible Study sounds great....oh and the girls looked so cute in dance class.... I can't wait to put Kelcee in dance this fall....I was going to this year, but with me being on Chemo and the risk of S1N1 I had to forgo it til next year.... I can hardly wait....She will be 4 when I put her in....

Dawson looks adorable by the way
Summer :0)

jsiewert said...

I'm glad you enjoyed your new Study. I'm hoping to find a fun one soon.

Ells said...

Such cute ballerinas! Your friendship with Laurie sounds like just thing thing we all need. Makes me thankful for my friend Monica who always says 'come over!' at the right moments. :)

Our ladies' Bible studies kicked off today, too - I'm taking one called "Divine Surrender". Definitely need to become better at that!

By the way, I love it that you're blogging more for yourself this year. Here's to a great year of peace for your family and to God's work in the areas you mentioned in an earlier post!

The Williams' said...

Seeing your pictures of Harper makes me want a girl so bad! Gage is an absolute angel and I wouldn't trade him for the world, but girls look to be so much fun too!

Mallory said...

Your new Bible study sounds great! I think we could all use a lesson like that. :) I am anxious for the day we have children and they are first at Harper's cute stage, and next, doing things like little Emily! Love her bows!

Kristin F. said...

My daughter turned 3 in September and this is her first year of ballet and tap. It is hilarious because the girls are so uncoordinated, but they try SO hard and have such a good time!

Thanks for sharing everyday, I love checking in on you and Harper :).

Jenni said...

Hi Kelly, I did James MacDonald's "Lord Change My Attitude" last year, and so did my mom's bible Study. WOW. That's all i can say. It rocked my world. I am interested in hearing your thoughts too when you have a chance. :)

PS Harper is as cute as ever!

Tara G. said...

We love listening to James MacDonald- my sister-in-law and her husband go to church there. You'll have to share some more!

Brittney Galloway said...

That Bible study does sound great! The little dancers are adorable!

Darla said...

The second picture in the post of Harper is probably my favorite you've ever taken of her. Beautiful!

Silvy said...

parker went to dance lesson's today with his nanny's daughter, kathryn...i wonder if she is in the same class as emily?

harper looks as cute as ever! i love her monogrammed pink outfit!

Pink Slippers said...

I will have to look into that bible study for the ladies at my church.
Wendy

Heather said...

That book you are doing for Bible study sounds great! I need to get myself a copy of that. :)

Paige said...

I need to check into that Bible Study. Sounds like great one as we all start the New Year!

Hope you have a great Wednesday!

noahandlylasmommi said...

sounds like a great bible study. I know sometimes I struggle to have a thankful heart. Glad Harper enjoy herself too :)

Erin said...

You sure do make fun memories with Harper! One day, she'll think so fondly of her childhood and have such a great time reminiscing@

Claire said...

That study sounds amazing! And Dawson looks just darling with his new 'do!

Cxx

Rachel H. said...

Dawson looks great after spending time at the groomer's...sounds like a great day! :)

Tiffany said...

That sounds like a really great study. I love James MacDonald. Thanks for sharing. I look forward to you continuing to share as you go through the Bible Study. Harper is so beautiful in pink. I just LOVE her big brown eyes - they are so stunning with her light hair and rosy complexion. I hope you have a blessed day!

Henley on the Horn said...

They are so darling!!!

Beki said...

OH that Bible Study sounds wonderful...thanks for sharing. I'm going to look into that one for our women's Bible Study at church.

I wanted to share a verse I am memorizing this month that deals w/ this topic...it has helped to refocus my mind/thoughts on what is important..hope it helps you

"Do everything without complaining or arguing so that you may become blameless and pure, children of God without fault in a crooked and and depraved generation, in which you shine like stars in the universe,"
Phil. 2:14-15

Thanks again for sharing!!!

PS. Harpes is a cutie pie!!!

Melissa's Thoughts said...

We all can have that whinny attitude. Thank you for sharing the bible study. Our Women's Retreat is coming up and we are doing a small Beth Moore study. I can't wait.

sandy said...

That Bible study sounds perfect for me! I,too am guilty of complaining! Thanks for the reminder, I really need to work on that!

Harper is precious!

SDD said...

I found your blog through someone else that I read on a regular basis. I love to read your blog daily now!! Harper is adorable. I am also busy decorating and cleaning our house for our youngest daughter's (Lizzy) first birthday on Saturday. She was born January 16, 2009 at 10:15 am. Glad they share a birthday together!! Harper is adorable. Have a wonderful time celebrating Saturday!

Shannon said...

I need that book!! I am like you...I feel so very blessed each and every day and feel as though I do have a thankful heart...yet I do find myself complaining often. And I may not be complaining out loud all of the time (although my husband would probably disagree!), but sometimes I am thinking it. Thanks for convicting me today...I will think before I complain =) Here's to an awesom attitude today!!

Todd and Courtney said...

I love it! I can't wait until Lauren can take dance either. I think it will be so much fun to dress the girls up in tutu and leotards :) Too bad our girlies can't take dance together!

Jessica said...

Your Bible sounds like it would fit my life, as well. It dawned on me while talking on the phone last night that I was complaining about the most unimportant things, and that I had no reason to!

Thank you for the reminder!

Sonya said...

I need that reminder about complaining! I went to a similar bible study once. I think I need to review that one again!

I had never noticed that Harper has green/hazel eyes! So pretty!

Katie said...

SO cute to see those little girls in dance class! :o) Just this past week, I found a place for Amelia Kate to start. It looks so sweet...bless all their little hearts!

Matlock Six said...

I took this bible study last year. It was wonderful. I think I need a refresher course thought. I highley recomend this study.

Mommy said...

Here in the River Valley dance classes start at 18 months. Little Bit just turned 4 in Sept and had her first ballet class last week. Wish we could've started her earlier but she just had too many other things going. Harper is such a doll and will be in dance class before you know it!!!

Mrs. Williams said...

I really enjoyed this post. I really needed to hear this. I have been so blessed with 2 healthy little girls, a good husband and a home. Thanks for this!

Mrs. Fabulous said...

Your bible study sounds great! I need to remember to stop my grumbling. Jesus dying for our sins is definitely enough!

I know you get hundreds and hundreds of comments but God has been laying it on my heart to share with you that you have been such a testament of faith to me through your blog. I have been struggling this past year with my faith and "getting back to basics"

Thank you for your encouragement and positive witness to all of your readers. Your cup runneth over with blessings, girl! :)

I left you a little shout out on my blog. Have a wonderful day!

Blessings,
Heidi

Laurie said...

I love all these pics. Emily said, " you and Kelly didn't watch me very much. Ya'll were talking!" She was really glad ya'll came!

The Allens said...

That's wonderful. I have been very convicted about my attitude lately. I have having a hard time with it. I hope the study goes very well. We started Breaking Free with Beth Moore yesterday and I am very excited. I bet you just can't wait until Miss H is in a little leotard!

Amanda M. said...

As usual Harper is darling, but today I must tell you the pic of your doggie is just TOOOOOOOOOOO cute. That Dawson is one darling dog. :)

Marissa said...

That is so great about your Bible Study!

Holly said...

Oh! My Mom did a ladies Bible Study at her church with that book and got me a copy and I LOVED it too!! It is so convicting I felt like I needed a LOT of time in between chapters to work on things :) It was also great to transfer the topics to my kids and reteach it to them on their level. Enjoy it!

Fran said...

I can't wait to hear about the Bible study....I've heard great things about that one. I need it!!! ;)

Happy evening to y'all too!
Hugs,
Fran

Amy said...

The time will come sooner than you think. My 'baby' just turned three and started ballet last Saturday. TOO cute! :)

Mitzi G.!! said...

Looks like you guys had a fun day together & Harper's big brother looks great after his day at the "spa"!

Tammy518 said...

Awww, that's so sweet! My own baby girl (now 16) has been taking dance lessons since she was three. Besides taking hours of classes a week herself, she assists in a couple of the younger classes (we call them twinkle toes!).

Kelly, I've just got to tell you that lately I've been going through some hard times in my life, but I visit your blog every day just to see Harper's sweet little face, and to hear about what y'all have been up to.

Jennie said...

I love your blog! And Harper, she is too cute for words.

Katie said...

I am a new reader (and will soon be follower :) ) and LOVE your blog! I loved this post, you are especially right about how we think things are so tough sometimes and wonder what God is doing in the midst of all of it when Jesus is ENOUGH. It's enough that He sent us His son to die and reconcile us for our sins ... and we moan and complain about a few tough days ... AMEN sister!

And OMGoodness, I can't handle little girls in tutus/ballerina gear. TOO CUTE FOR WORDS! And your pup is such a handsome boy. Aren't boy dogs just the BEST? :)

Okay, that was a mouthfull of a comment! Have a great day!

Marla Taviano said...

I've read that book. You're so right. Soooooo convicting!

l cummins said...

I started the new version of Beth Moore's "Breaking Free" this morning. I am so looking forward to identifying the strongholds in my life and laying them at the feet of Jesus! The intro talked about how we should live an EFFECTIVE life for Christ. I know you have struggled recently with the overall direction of your blog; how encouraging is it that there are people (that may otherwise never hear the truth of Christ) prompted to read the word of God just because you started a new Bible study this morning? Your real everday life posts of how you love your husband and family, how you are a great mother and friend, and even of how you struggle - but with strength and faith that can only come from God - are a great example to others. That's more of a witness than most of us will ever be...and that's EFFECTIVE! Keep up the good work :)

MrsSchoon said...

Such a cute dress Harper has on!

Girl Child said...

I dunno if u read ur comments.. here's hoping u do =) I have a 16month old son and he is so mean to me.. well, he sometimes acts real mean to me.. like when he grabs for something he can't have and I take it or when he tries to climb the chair and I take him down.. he grunts at me and swats his hand towards me.. but the past couple of days he's actually hitting me!! I tell him "No hit!" but he just keeps doing it. Does Harper have a temper like that or is it just me?! LOL

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Eve said...

Toohey-what kind of a comment is that? What is your problem? I hope your IP address is blocked from this blog-leave Kelly, Harper, Scott and all their readers out of your issues.

What does Haiti have to do with a baby's first birthday? It is a tragedy-but has nothing to do with the party.

Harper-enjoy every second of your birthday!

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Tina said...

The photos of your daughter are adorable! I just found your blog and now I am follower. Look forward to reading more!

HALEY said...

I was asking a friend of mine last night about blogs and she said that she also reads your blog and then in the midst of our conversation we said we "were so excited for Harpers party" like we were coming! We just both giggled! We are so glad you have this beautiful baby and we love you for letting us into your life and inspire us to be better everyday through her!

~Jamie Kubeczka~ said...

Harper is such a cutie! Oh, and I am hosting a baby shower next weekend and put the inner crafty inside me to test- I made the pom poms! They turned out cute and what a neat/in-expensive way to decorate. Love it! Thanks for sharing!

Kel said...

I am a NICU nurse and have been following your blog since Harper was born. As a NICU nurse there is nothing that makes me happier than seeing a little one like her who started out so sick become a happy healthy 1 year old! You have obviously done a great job with her! Congratulations on making it through the first year!

Heidi said...

I also just started that Bible study. Wow it is amazing and really has me searching my words and heart. Harper is beautiful

The Bilslands said...

I am new reader, I have to say Wow!! you really have it together... you should see the chaos of our birthday parties for the boys!

Everything looks amazing! Harper looks adooooorable! =)

Lily

Kim at Polka Dot Thought said...

Slowly getting caught up on reading! I've been MIA for a couple months, but rest assured I'm back and have a ton of catching up to do! Harper has gotten SO big!! I just can't believe it!

Anyway, if you have a chance, swing by my blog and check out my latest post on Faith :) I'll def. be back to continue reading on what I've missed over the past few months!

http://polkadotthought.blogspot.com/2010/01/faith-in-new-year.html

Thank you for your continual support!