Sunday, March 30, 2008

Moving on up!

Today was Ethan's first day out of the church nursery and into the Toddler class. Yes, my little boy is officially a toddler. He had a hard time in the Toddler class though because he is not walking and all the big 2 year olds were in there. One of the workers agrees with me and believes Ethan will be walking within the next few weeks. I can not believe my "little baby" is now my little boy! Time really does go by so fast. Everyone tells me not to blink because Ethan will be out of the house and grown before I realize what has happened. I hope that is not the case but until that time I am going to enjoy every season of our lives. This is an exciting time as Ethan is learning to walk, talk, and basically learning about this wonderful world. I can not wait until Ethan is one of the big two year olds and he is teaching his little sister or brother the ropes!

Here are some recent pictures that show him growing up!!!

Drinking out of Mommy's glass!

Pushing his stroller..he loves to do this!

Enjoying a nice Spring day in his muscle shirt!

Learning how to drive with Daddy (don't worry the car was

Reading a book!

Friday, March 28, 2008

Stop talking about it and be about it!

There are areas in my life where I am constantly saying..I want to do this or why can't I do that? The problem is I do not move pass the talking stage into action. For example, I have said for over the past year that I want to create a scrapbook of Ethan's first year. I have the empty scrapbook, paper, cute stickers and stamps but no scrapbook! Another thing I have talked and talked about is my Pampered Chef business. I bought the start up kit and have had one catalog show and one cooking show, but have done nothing else for months. I do not want to merely be a "talker" but I want to be "doer". I desire to be a risk taker and pursue my dreams instead of sitting around waiting for tomorrow. Just think about how it would be if we all pursued our dreams instead of letting fear, selfishness, or laziness get in the way. I encourage you to take my friend's advice as well and as she always said "stop talking about it and be about it"!! Just a thought...

Monday, March 24, 2008

Thoughts on Easter

Yesterday Josh, Ethan, and I went to church where the sermon really spoke to my heart. Our pastor focused his message on the Christians in the congregation. He basically asked us to search our hearts and see if we are any different just because we go to church more than those who were visiting for the special holiday. My answer is no I am not really all that different! I struggle with jealousy, laziness, and I am not always content in my current circumstances in life. While I was in Chicago I desired to live a life of simplicity and now that Josh and I are living a simple lifestyle I complain about what we don't have in life. I am embarassed to admit that I was upset because Ethan did not have a cute Easter outfit yesterday and we weren't able to get him an Easter basket. Ethan could care less if he had a cute little Easter outfit or an Easter basket. He had a blast going for a walk and spending time with his mommy and daddy. Why did I care so much? I am not sure, but I believe a lot of it had to do with appearances and keeping up with the Joneses. God is teaching me to be content with our current circumstances. No, we do not have a house with a yard for Ethan to play in and for me to be able to plant a garden, but we get the amazing opportunity to reach out to over 1,000 indivduals who live at our apartment complex. Furthermore, Ethan has been in a multi-cultural environment since he was an infant. Josh and I have been truly blessed. We have a great marriage, an amazing son, wonderful friends and family, and an amazing opportunity to serve in an unique way. We may not have what our family and friends have but the Lord is teaching us through this time period and getting me to realize what is truly important!

A very cute picture of Ethan...I know this is not his 1st Easter, but last Easter he was only 3 weeks old!
On our walk on Easter day!
Watching the kids from our apartment complex at the Easter Egg Hunt we had the day before Easter!
Playing with one of the kids who live at our apartment complex.

Saturday, March 22, 2008

The Munkeby family is blogging

I signed up to blog about a month ago, but true to Michal fashion I did not finish the process ;-)! My sister-in-law recently started blogging and I thought what a good way to keep family and friends updated on our life. Ethan has a web site but this will give me a chance to tell you about our family and what is going on in our life.
I chose the title of our blog because I believe the Lord has been calling Josh and I to trust Him in all areas of our life. We have recently gone through some financial trouble but the Lord has been faithful and last Thursday Josh was offered a job! He has been looking for over two years for a job where his passions and gifts lay. The Lord has provided and Josh will be a in-home therapist for children between the ages of 4-17. He will begin training next week as he is finishing up his last two weeks at Barnes N Noble. He is excited about this opportunity and I can not wait to see what happens.
I hope this blog gives you a glimpse into our lives and allows those people who live far away from us a window into our little part of the world.