Sunday, February 24, 2008

Weekend in Burnet

This past weekend Wyatt and I made the drive to Burnet to visit my parents, see my brother play baseball and get some "family-time" in. Jen and Charlie made it with the kids so we were all accounted for! We had a blast spending time with everyone and can't wait till March when we head back up there for a family photo shoot! Here are some cute photos from our fun weekend!

MeMaw and her two grandkids!

Karlie loves the loves to be on that side of the camera ;)

in the stands, watching Brandon play baseball! Definitely sporting the #10!!

After the game, getting autographs :) or sister/brother love

Kaden thinks B is a Hero..."he plays like the Astros!"

Kaden and I with the MVP

worn out, how sweet it is to be loved by you...

brother and sisters...the shirts were his Christmas gifts to us both!

playing with my niece, I have never seen a bigger smile on a 11 month old!

peek-a-boo with mommy

Kaden is using PePaw's belly as a race track...HAHAHA

my dad pastors a church in Burnet, the Church at the Epicenter. WE LOVE IT THERE! this is him showing off his little ones before the 10:30 service

mom and her girls...even Karlie, asleep on my shoulder...couldn't ask for more

when she gets heavy, Wyatt gets her. Doesn't he look like a natural?!?! ;)

We had such a great weekend...we have such a great family...we serve such an awesome God. Who else can give all this and still have even more to give? We cannot even fathom the depth of His mercy...His love is new everyday. All our love and prayers to all our friends and family in this blog-dom, until next time!

Monday, February 18, 2008

crazy changes in the Sbrusch household!

Hello everyone! Welcome back to my blogdom! Take a deep breath with me...nice huh!? I think sometimes I forget to do that. Lately, in our house, things have been crazy, lots of changes! First, and foremost, Wyatt quit his partnership with Wilcom. After a series of "shady" events Wyatt and I both decided to follow our hearts and "get out!" It was a tricky decision because on one hand, we knew God was in control; but on the other hand we knew giving up his partnership meant giving up a monthly salary! So, needless to say we are back to our old ways...every time we think we have it figured out, God says "Hold on...I am in control, not you!" That is a hard thing to hear, understand and follow! Coming from a family that lived off of a faith based salary (my dad's evangelical career) alone, I was okay with following my heart. I have never in 23 years wanted or needed for anything and I can honestly say everything I have came from Him, so all I know is full faith in God. Wyatt on the other hand, was a bit scared at first but with good reason. He made a commitment to me and my family...mainly my dad :) take care of me physically, emotionally, spiritually and monetarily. No salary means no that okay? am I a good husband if I do this? can I trust this 'voice'? We really prayed about this...and here we are, a month later, and we are better than before! Wyatt is on his own, working with a great IT consultant and making more money than he was with Wilcom...God is GREAT!

Another change in our lives has been with myself and my career in Nursing. As most of you know, I haven't been working as a nurse since late October. It was then that I chose to be a house wife for a while, to get our lives situated, our home in order and all our "ducks lined up" so to speak. I had to take the time to do all my name change stuff, both with the state and the Board of Nursing, learn to cook :) , learn how to be the wife God gave to Wyatt and spend time in the Word. I started to substitute on the side a little bit to make a little spending money and ended up really enjoying that more than I thought I would. But, I could only do that for so hat is OFF to teachers! You are gifts from heaven...Lord have mercy! That is HARD work, especially in elementary school! I, to say the least, am not cut out for that. So, it is back to my roots...about two weeks ago a friend of mine set me up with a OB/GYN (obstetrics and gynecology) who needed help. We got into contact with each other and here we are in a working relationship! God really knows how to hand things out on silver platters! I am back doing what I love, dealing with hormonal women and crying babies...I know that sounds so weird! But, imagine spending your time doing every thing from conception planning, going through the ups and downs of pregnancy and delivery of the biggest ball of blessings God can give with a mother and tell me it isn't worth it! The joy that brings is well deserved and worked hard for! So, for now, I am comfortable in this private practice...who knows what tomorrow brings! I dare not say it is in my hands :)

Lastly, Wyatt and I have finally joined a "home" church. We have been attending Creekside Christian Fellowship for about 6 months and have really grown to love the people we come into contact with there. They are so down to earth, REAL, not afraid to be themselves--honest, sinners, hard workers, Christian, catholic, doesn't matter...we are a collective group of worshipers. Made for one purpose - to serve and praise Him daily! Things are really taking off at Creekside and in that, the church is having such a great impact in the community, we couldn't be more blessed by the friendships we have there...

...and couldn't be more excited about our future...we are starting to look into buying a new home, investing in land, new cars (finally my BMW !! ) and kids, well, give that a few more years...I, still, am too selfish with Wyatt's attention and time. :)

All our love and please, continue to keep us in your prayers as you all are in ours daily!

Friday, February 15, 2008

Happy Valentine's Day!

Well, another year and another Valentine's Day...another day men are set up for failure, unless, of course, they have planned in advance and made a lovely day for their lovely wife! Which, coincidently, was the case for my loving husband!

Wyatt and I have never really gotten into Valentine's Day. We don't like to fight crowded restaurants and I, personally, believe we should celebrate love every day...not just one day in February. But, taking into consideration that we are celebrating our first Valentine's Day as husband and wife, we decided to do a little something.

Our day consisted of exchange of sweet cards, chocolate covered strawberries, flowers, a home-made dinner and a movie in the comforts of our living room!

YES...I COOKED!!! ...and it was great!

I hope everyone had a great day, and even if you didn't celebrate, I hope you took time to tell the ones you loved, "I love you!"

As for the Sbrusch household...we love you guys and are so blessed by all our friendships! All our Love and may God continue to bless those who serve Him faithfully!

Happy Valentine's Day, Love.

Saturday, February 9, 2008

how sweet it is to be loved by You...

Even if you dont believe it...everything happens according to His plan. Here is a bit of proof I stumbled across in studying today!

You may not know me, but I know everything about you... Psalm 139:1
I know when you sit down and when you rise up... Psalm 139:2
I am familiar with all your ways... Psalm 139:3
Even the very hairs on your head are numbered... Matthew 10:29-31
For you were made in my image... Genesis 1:27
In me you live and move and have your being... Acts 17:28
For you are my offspring.... Acts 17:28
I knew you even before you were conceived... Jeremiah 1:4-5
I chose you when I planned creation... Ephesians 1: 11-12
You were not a mistake, for all your days are written in my book... Psalm 139:15-16
I determined the exact time of your birth and where you would live... Acts 17:26
You are fearfully and wonderfully made... Psalm 139:14
I knit you together in your mother's womb... Psalm 139:13
And brought you forth on the day you were born... Psalm 71:6
I have been misrepresented by those who don't know me... John 8:41-44
I am not distant and angry, but am the complete expression of love... I John4:16
And it is my desire to lavish my love on you simply because you are my child and I am your father... 1 John3:1
I offer you more than your earthlyparents ever could... Matthew 7:11
For I am the perfect father/mother... Matthew 5:48
Every good gift that you receive comes from my hand... James 1:17
For I am your provider and I meet all your needs... Matthew 6:31-33
My plan for your future has always been filled with hope... Jeremiah 29:11
Because I love you with an everlasting love... Jeremiah 31:3
My thoughts towards you are countless as the sand on the seashore... Psalm 139:17-18
And I rejoice over you with singing... Zephania 3:17
I will never stop doing good to you... Jeremiah 32:40
For you are my treasured possession... Exodus 19:5
I desire to establish you with all my heart and all my soul... Jeremiah 32:41
And I want to show you great and marvelous things... Jeremiah 33:3
If you seek me with all your heart, you will find me... Deuteronomy 4:29
Delight in me and I will give you the desires of your heart... Psalm 37:4
For it is I who gave you those desires... Phillipians 2:13
I am able to do more for you than you could possibly imagine... Ephesians 3:20
For I am your greatest encourager... 2 Thessalonians 2:16-17
I am also the Father/Mother who comforts you in all your troubles... 2 Corinthians 1:3-4
When you are brokenhearted, I am close to you... Psalm 34:18
As a shepherd carries a lamb, I have carried you close you my heart... Isaiah 40:11
One day I will wipe away every tear from your eyes and will take away all the pain you have suffered on this earth.... Revelation 21:3-4
I am your Father, and I love you even as I love my son, Jesus... John 17:23
For in Jesus, my love for you is revealed... John 17:26
He is the exact representation of my being... Hebrews 1:3
He came to demonstrate that I am for you, not against you... Romans 8:31
And to tell you that I am not counting your sins... 2 Corinthians 5:18-19
Jesus died so that I could be reconciled... 2 Corinthians 5:18-19
His death was the ultimate expression of my love for you... I John 4:10
I gave up everything I loved that I might gain your love... Romans 8:38-39
Come home and I'll throw the biggest party heaven has ever seen... Luke 15:7
I have always been your Parent, and will always be your Parent... Ephesians 3:14-15
My question is ... Will you be my child? John 1:12-13
I am waiting for you ... Luke 15:11-32

Thursday, February 7, 2008

Captivating...Unveiling The Mystery of a Woman's Soul

get lost in this for a while...

Every woman was once a little girl. and every little girl holds in her heart her most precious dreams. She longs to be swept up into a romance, to play an irreplaceable role in a great adventure, to be the Beauty of the story. Those desires are far more than child's play. They are the secret to the feminine heart.
And yet--how many women do you know who ever find that life? As years pass by, the heart of a woman gets pushed aside, wounded buried. She finds no romance except in novels, no adventure except on television, and she doubts very much that she will ever be the Beauty in any tale.
BUT her heart is still there. Sometimes when she watches a movie, sometimes in the wee hours of the night, her heart begins to speak again. A thirst rises within her to find the life she was meant to live--the life she dreamed of as a little girl.
The message of Captivating is this: Your heart matters more than anything else in all creation. The desires you had as a little girl and the longings you still feel as a woman--they are telling you of the life God created you to live. He offers to come now as the Hero of your story, to rescue your heart and release you to live as a fully alive and feminine woman. A woman who is truly captivating!

so after finishing ths book I have realized that my life is its own adventure; I have plenty of romance, I have a life as I know it to be "perfect" and I do feel as though I am Beauty in my fairytale...but I am a newlywed!!! What comes to me in the future lays in my hands. I refuse to forget about my heart. I refuse to let my light grow dim, I refuse to hide my personality and shade my passion for life...I AM WOMAN! I AM CAPTIVATING! Beauty is powerful. it speaks, it invites, it nourishes, comforts and inspires. Beauty is transcendent and without question the most essential and the most misunderstood of all qualities--I take this to mean the beauty of my heart is of the image of God...

read "Captivating" by John and Stasi Eldridge, your heart will never feel the same!