Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Why We Don't Celebrate Halloween

I'd like to start this blog by saying I have nothing against those of you who have decided to participate in Halloween. My entire family celebrates Halloween and I love them just the same. But, after Kevin and I were baptized last Easter we decided as a family that we were not going to celebrate Halloween. This was a very long conversation and entailed a lot of research.

Halloween has strong roots in paganism and is glorifying the worship of satan. I don't know about you, but I don't want to be celebrating or worshiping satan nor do I want my child. No one can deny that this is a "holiday" for evil.

Dressing up: God made us, His children, in image of Himself. He thinks so highly of us. We are His number one! He made animals well below us yet we insist on dressing our kids up as animals. Why? We are above that. Witches, goblins, vampires, bloody zombies etc..... There is nothing holy or Christian about them. So why do we dress our kids like them?

Decorations: I don't decorate for Halloween but I do decorate for Fall. I love Fall. The changing of the leaves, pumpkins and gourds, crisp cool air and the smell. Ahhh..... and by the way, I don't carve my pumpkins. I think they're beautiful and of Gods creation just the way they are.

I've heard it from many, including my family, "Why are you allowing your child to miss out on the fun and enjoyment of trick or treating? Firstly, my child just turned two, she has no idea what Halloween is right now, therefore she isn't missing out. Secondly, growing up not celebrating it is not going to be any type of deprivation. That's just silly. And thirdly, I don't feel she will be missing out. There are another 364 days of the year she can have candy and can play "dress up". I feel Halloween will be a good time to show we are Christians, we are different and we are not of this world.

Lastly, again we are not against those who celebrate or promote Halloween but "...against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places. (Ephesians 6:12 KJV)

Scripture to ponder:

Deuteronomy 18:9 When thou art come into the land which the LORD thy God giveth thee, thou shalt not learn to do after the abominations of those nations. KJV

1 Timothy 4:1 Now the Spirit speaketh expressly, that in the latter times some shall depart from the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits, and doctrines of devils; KJV

1 Corinthians 10:31 Whether therefore ye eat, or drink, or whatsoever ye do, do all to the glory of God. KJV

James 4:7 Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. KJV

2 Chronicles 7:14 If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land. KJV

Proverbs 22:6 Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it. KJV

Matthew 18:6 But whoso shall offend one of these little ones which believe in me, it were better for him that a millstone were hanged about his neck, and that he were drowned in the depth of the sea. KJV

Ephesians 6:11 Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. KJV

Monday, October 29, 2012

Roll Tide Photo Shoot

So, my mom got Kensley some really cute football leg warmers for some pictures and I put those to use today! Here are some of our favorite photos from today! Enjoy!

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Getting Closer to God

I sit in awe sometimes over how absolutely amazing God is. Do you ever look around, whether it be indoors or outdoors, and stand there mouth wide open in amazement at Gods work? I do all of the time. God is an artist and you don't have to look far to see His masterpieces. For instance, go look into the mirror! You are Gods art! You are His masterpiece!! Look outside. All of it!!! That's Gods work!! How amazing is that?!?

Next question. Do you ever just talk to God? About anything on your mind? You don't just have to talk to God in prayer. He listens whenever you need to talk. You can talk to Him about absolutely anything your heart desires. He has no rules about what the two of you can talk about. How great is that?!? Anything at all you need to get off your chest God is there. Give Him all of your worries, He will take care of them! He loves you that much! That He will carry your worries and burdens and fears so you don't have to!

I highly suggest to those of you who don't know God, give Him a try. What's it going to hurt? Jesus died for us. The least we could do is live for Him. I can't express to you what an awesome feeling it is knowing someone loves you as much as God! And to spread His word is so rewarding when you see His children open their heart to Him and you helped! You brought one of Gods children to Him!!! What a feeling!!

I just felt in my heart that I needed to write this blog tonight. I really think someone is going to read it and it will change their outlook on God. Something amazing is going to be a result of this. Open your heart and ask your Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ into your heart tonight. I guarantee you won't be sorry you did. God has amazing love.

God bless each and every one of you. Good night.

Saturday, October 20, 2012

A Yearly Comparison

I, like any other mommy, want to have traditions that I do every year to make things fun and memorable. So last year on Kensley's birthday I decided that it would be fun to take her picture every year on her birthday at the exact time she was born, 6:20. So here are her birthday/birth time pictures.

Then I thought what a fun idea to do "yearly birthday party family portraits". So.....

Lastly, one of my favorite and most memorable parts of Kensley's first birthday party was of her standing on her tip toes to see out of the windows on the doors inside the civic center where we have her parties. Where did she head to as soon as we got there today? To those same windows to take a quick peek. So, here is that comparison shot. <3

Birthday Party Pictures

There is major significance behind this photo. Please refer to my next post to see why. :)

My better half. My rock. My best friend. My soulmate. My husband, Kevin.

Does this group look like trouble or what? lol

Sweet Jayden. He is 1 week to the day younger than my Boo.

My should have been sister. My best friend. Shawna. <3

So silly.


"You want to me to stick my hand in that? hmmm...No"

The Cramers

Me and my sweet two year old.

The Cramers....again. You can never have too many family photos.

My Shawnadoo, me and Boo.

My Brother and his girlfriend, Anna.

Birthday cake at Mimi's

Nom Nom


Shes still too cute, icing included.

Boo and her cousin Mason. She loved when he squealed.




I'm TWOOO!!!

My sweet girl and myself

My second heartbeat