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Hiding God's Word in Their Hearts
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"How can a young man keep his way pure? By living according to YOUR WORD. I seek you with all my heart; do not let me stray from your commands. I have hidden YOUR WORD in my heart that I might not sin against you. "

~ Psalm 119:9-11

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Please receive instruction from His mouth and establish His words in your heart.

~ Job 22:22

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I am continually asking the Lord to help me faithfully and proactively encourage my kids to hide God's Word in their hearts {and mine too}. I desire to bring them up in the discipline and instruction of the Lord. I want to teach them to operate according to the Word which is living and active, to learn to look to Scripture for comfort, guidance and understanding, and to recognize that it's our source of hope, joy, and true riches. I pray that A&A will develop hearts of wisdom that comes from the Lord and not from this world.

Unfortunately it's so easy to get distracted and to start depending on ourselves rather than the Lord. Despite our best intentions, our hearts still tend to wander. This reality makes me all the more determined to be diligent about helping my children develop a proper Biblical worldview and teaching them what it means to abide in Christ.

With this goal in mind, I started Bible memorization with Addie at age 3. And now that AJ is easily taking in Scripture, I realize that kiddos can learn to recall and understand certain verses even at the young age of 2. Toddlers are little sponges, soaking up things left and right! It's really amazing.

These thoughts bring to mind Deuteronomy 6 which contains some excellent verses that signify the importance of teaching our children. Though we now operate under grace and are no longer under the Law, Old Testament passages (like the one that follows) are still "useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness." {2 Tim. 3;16} The overall idea still applies ~ Impress His Word upon the hearts of your children!

Love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength. These commandments that I give you today are to be upon your hearts. IMPRESS THEM ON YOUR CHILDREN. TALK ABOUT THEM when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up. TIE THEM as symbols on your hands and bind them on your foreheads. WRITE THEM on the doorframes of your houses and on your gates.

~ Deuteronomy 6:5-9

Along those lines, one of the tools that I've employed is a chalkboard that hangs on the wall near our kitchen table. Its sole purpose is to display A&A's memory verses so that we can talk about them together as a family at each meal. I've found it to be a great visual reminder to engage the kids while we eat and to encourage them to talk about what they're learning.

{One of A&A's Bible verses from last week ~ 1 Samuel 16:7}

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So thankful for these two.

So thankful that they are best friends.

So thankful that they get to spend everyday together.

Dwelling on That Which Endures
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JD gave me this lovely bouquet on our 10th Anniversary in December. It sits on the window seat in our bedroom, and I often find myself smiling at how the flowers have retained their colors so beautifully.

But what's ironic is that they are just dead flowers. They no longer have life. And like all material things here on earth, they won't last.

So while I enjoy their beauty daily, I find their presence to be unique reminder to myself to dwell on that which endures instead of that which fades away. Which begs the question, what does last?

For you have been born again, not of perishable seed, but of imperishable, through the living and enduring word of God. For, "All men are like grass, and all their glory is like the flowers of the field; the grass withers and the flowers fall, but the word of the Lord stands forever."

~ 1 Peter 1:23-25

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"Finally, brethren, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is of good repute, if there is any excellence and if anything worthy of praise, dwell on these things."

~ Philippians 4:4-8

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Blow Fish
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This past week was a LONG one around here. AJ had three days of fever followed by Addie who is now going on four days. Unfortunately, this is the second time in the recent weeks that the kids have had a virus. Such is life with munchkins though. And hopefully Addie will be her bright and vibrant self again soon.

Due to the fever, we had to cancel a play date with friends not once but twice. By Friday the kids were starting to feel a little stir crazy and AJ, especially, was ready for some action. So was I.

Enter: the Blow Fish.

I had seen a fun idea for a blow fish toy at Made By Joel so we printed out his template for two fish and got busy decorating them. A&A love coloring; they'll do it for hours if we let them. After they prettified their little fishies, we got to work building a zip line across the house using string, straws, and tape. Then the blowing and much needed action began!

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Brent & Erin's Destination Wedding
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A few weeks ago JD got to leave behind the chilly weather of late-winter Colorado for the warm, sunny beaches of the Dominican Republic. Lucky dog! He and Joe met up with David & Connie in Florida then flew off to Punta Cana for a family wedding.

The groom was JD's cousin, Brent. Last fall he and Erin called up JD to see if he'd be their wedding photographer. What a gig! I considered going as well, but in the end decided it was best for me to stay home with the kiddos. I know, I know...you're wondering if I was thinking clearly on that one. I wondered that too. But sometimes you just gotta do what you gotta do, right?

I snagged a few of the photos that were sent the newlyweds for their sneak peek. They look awesome! Beware though ~ these pics will make you want to pull out your swimsuit and grab a beach towel. My toes now have an intense desire to be buried in sand. Like now. Right this very minute. Come summer, come!

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A Spring Break of Sorts
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Last weekend we headed to Dillon, CO for a short getaway. My brother Ryan and some of his co-workers have a condo they've rented for the winter months; I can't even count how many times he's been snowboarding this year. And lucky us, this time he invited us to join him!

So along with our brothers and some friends, JD got to hit the slopes at Breck on Monday. Then Tuesday they headed over to Keystone. That afternoon I got the kids all bundled up so we could meet up with the guys. I had A&A decked out in their winter gear from last season. Somehow we never got around to getting them new stuff this year; maybe due to the {wonderfully} mild winter we've had? So poor Addie was sporting a size 2 bib, but at least she was warm!

While Joe & I hung out at the base of the mountain, JD & Ryan took A&A on an adventure. They rode the gondola up to an awesome snow fort equipped with slides, tunnels, and even an ice chair. Pretty sweet. Later they got to watch the guys take their final run down the mountain. They had a blast!

Much like when we live in Canada, we're only an hour and a half from several mountain resorts. We're hoping for some fun summer trips as well in the coming months. The Rockies are awesome! JD is looking forward to teaching the kids to ski before too long. Every morning AJ would ask me, "Am I big enough to snowboard yet?" I have a feeling he's going to love it! We shall see.

about us

The McCulleys
Married in 2000, we are proud parents of Addison, Ayden & Emryn. Originally from Texas, we moved to Canada for five years of mission service and have now made Denver our home.

When JD isn't hanging out with his awesome family, he keeps busy with nerdy web stuff and photography. Les feels privileged to be a stay at home mom ~ a very rewarding & entertaining way to spend each day!

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