Thursday, February 2, 2017

Happy Second Spiritual Birthday Colton!

 February 2nd is a special day at our house.  It is Colton's spiritual birthday, because on this day, two years ago, Colton understood God's free gift of salvation and chose to receive it. 

(**Click here to see read the story and see a video of little Colton!**)

We are studying the book of John in BSF this year, and in chapter 3 of John's Gospel it says,

"Very truly I tell you, no one can see the kingdom of God unless they are born again."

Because we were all born into sinful world, we all are tarnished by sin and cannot have fellowship with our Creator.  We were born sinful.  And we can't do ANYTHING about it...on our own.

God wanted to restore the broken fellowship, however, so he sent Jesus Christ, his only Son, to come down from heaven, be born as a baby, and die the sinners' death, taking all of our sins on him and being our punishment for him.  Because he was the only sinless person born on earth, he alone could be a perfect sacrifice for our sins.  When he rose from the dead 3 days later, he conquered death, and became the Way to God.  Through Jesus, God gives the free gift of salvation - being saved from sin - but only to those who receive the gift, admit their sin, and trust in Christ as their Savior.  It is an easy, yet humbling (for prideful man) way to come to God...and it is the only way.  

My biggest prayer both before my kids were born and even now is that each of my three kids would recognize this truth, believe it, and own it.  October 19th (click here to read about Summer's spiritual birthday) and February 2nd (Colton's spiritual birthday) are, to me, the best days of my parenting life, watching my kids choose to follow Jesus.  As a parent I can talk, read, teach, and encourage my kids to follow Christ, but I cannot choose for them.  Only the Holy Spirit can draw their hearts to him.  And I am so grateful that He did and I continually pray that they would stay strong in Him, grow in Him, and share their faith with others.  I cling to Jude 1:24-25 as I pray for them;

"To him who is able to keep you from stumbling and to present you before his glorious presence without fault and with great joy— to the only God our Savior be glory, majesty, power and authority, through Jesus Christ our Lord, before all ages, now and forevermore!"


Part of our celebration for spiritual birthdays includes the kids getting to serve the family by choosing and making the family dinner.  The kids look forward to this night and talk about it months in advance!  This year, Colton chose to make Macaroni and Cheese, and fruit/veggie smoothies, and icecream cake.  He did almost everything by himself this year!

A second part of our celebration for spiritual birthdays includes a gift that will encourage their spiritual growth in Christ.  This year, we chose the Jesus Storybook Bible, as I have read great things about the focus on the Bible as one story all about Jesus!  Colton and I read his Bible each afternoon while Larkyn is napping and I am excited to start this one together tomorrow (actually we were so excited we started it tonight ;) ).  I chose the Bible that comes with the CD's so he can read it on his own and also so we can play them in the van as we drive around.  My kids learn so much that way!

A third part of our celebration for spiritual birthdays includes re-reading the kids' "story".  Recounting his/her spiritual journey to this point.  For us, because I keep our family history blogger style, we go back and read the blog posts/watch the videos of when the kids made the choice to follow Christ.  The Bible is full of times when God's people are encouraged to build/do something to remember how God has been faithful.   These days in our kids' lives are worth talking about and remembering!

Finally, I take a video of each kid on their spiritual birthday with them explaining what a spiritual birthday is and doing a little interview about their current understanding of God's gift of salvation.  IT was funny this year to hear Colton chuckle about his understanding in a past video about being able to take a rocket to heaven ;).  Each year the kids' understanding grows and deepens.  Here is Colton's this year:

Happy 2nd spiritual birthday, Colton!  I pray that God continues to grow you in his understanding and ways and that you are a light for Him wherever you go.  I am so proud of you and love you so much!  Lord please protect Colton physically and spiritually and help him to stay on your straight and narrow path.  Please bless him with godly friends, teachers, and someday spouse and help him to bring glory to your name and others into your kingdom.  I pray you would use him for your glory.  Thank you for our little blessing and thank you for the work you are doing in his life.  Amen.


Tuesday, January 31, 2017

January News

I haven't blogged much this month, so I figured I'd roll all of our January news into one post!  In no particular order, here is some updates on the Tommerdahl kiddos...

Its been a chilly January, which means lots of dollhouse/Barbie house, cars, trains, planes, and Paw Patrol!  (also pictured friends Melanie and Carter)

Summer rocked mis-match day at school.  She even got to help emcee a leadership fest on this day for her elementary school! Go Summer!

Girls are cooking away!

Paul took this snapshot and I love what it encompasses - daily Bible reading one-on-one with each my kiddos is (and always has been) a HUGE priority in our family.  With Summer, we read when I wake her up in the morning before I get up the other kids.  I read with Larkyn before her nap.  I read with Colton after I put Larkyn down for her nap.  The kids also request reading from our "yellow" Bible (and the corresponding verses from our Bibles) and Big Truths for Little Kids during mealtime, and this has turned into a great time for family devotions.  They love answering the questions and I love the truths we get to discuss.  We are truly trying to be so intentional about teaching God's truths to our kids, and are ESPECIALLY intentional this month after getting to attend an AMAZING conference through focusing on how to be an intentional, engaged, informed Christian parent with kids in the public school.  It was sooo good!

Colton continues his weekly Amazing Athletes class.  I have seen so much growth in his coordination in this class.  Colton is on the far right in a blue lighting mcqueen shirt ;).  He just threw a football :).

Me and my favorite nephew cheering on Colton in his Amazing Athletes class!

January is never dull on the health front - my favorite buddy and I at a late night urgent care run for antibiotics ;)

Summer lost her third tooth...and the fourth should come out any day...making her suddenly look a lot older!

Cheering on a friend from church in her floor hockey game!

Colton and the Tommerdahl favorite fish at the zoo

Summer wanted hair like Cinderella for her date to see Cinderella with Grandma and Grandpa K.  I had fun giving her an up-do!

What a fun Christmas gift from Grandma and Grandpa K!

Colton's Christmas date with Grandma and Grandpa K was to see Night Trains - a train museum that has a special nighttime display around Christmas.
Colton LOVED his special time with Grandma and Grandpa seeing, driving, and playing with all the trains!

 Larkyn started dance this January.  A Southview mom teaches dance out of her home and its has been really fun watching Larkyn enjoy the classes!

One of Larkyn's favorite part of dance is when they get to choose wings and tutu's and be fairies!  Here is a video from this morning: (Larkyn is in the purple shirt and chose pink wings and a black/leopoard tutu today).

Here is little gymnastics video of Summer on bars:

We got to have a fun weekend with Grandma and Grandpa T last weekend!  They came for a visit and the older two and I got to go shopping with Uncle Javonte (he got nominated for his class royalty) for clothes to wear for the coronation and that was fun!  We also got to see Uncle Jordan and Auntie Madison.  Here are a few pics from Grandma T.

Thursday, January 5, 2017

New Haircut for Colton

I've always had fun doing the girls hair, but don't usually get to have the same fun with my little boy!  Well, I decided it could be fun to try a new hairstyle for him (why not?!).  Over the past month we have allowed his hair to grow a little longer and I just brought him in yesterday for a new "hipster" cut that it is pretty popular around here.  I'd imagine he will probably look back at pictures of his stylin' hair and wonder why I ever "did that" to him (sorry in advance buddy!) but I do think he looks pretty handsome in it :).  He is such a chill kid ~ he totally doesn't care at all what he looks like, which I love :).

I also think that he is looking older!  Yikes.  He is pretty excited when he tells me he will be going to kindergarten next year.  Slow down time!!! :)