Thursday, October 23, 2008

A New site!

Hi everyone!
I started a new blog to keep track of the things I'm learning! It'll sort of be like an online journal of the thoughts on what I've been reading about and learning from various places. You can find the site at: http://millsapmarvels.blogspot.com

Sunday, October 19, 2008

October

We thank the Lord for answered prayers!

This week has been big for our family :)
Tuesday morning, I had 4 wisdom teeth pulled. I've heard so many horror stories of friends experiences! My Mom and sister Holly came for two days to help take care of our family and we were so blessed by that! I am so thankful for all the prayers received as I'm feeling great with very little pain! Tuesday I have my 1 set of stitches removed.

Last Friday marked a huge milestone! Christian celebrated his 1st year of life! We are do thankful for the 2 children Gods given us to care for. He's now 23 pounds and has started to walk! He says "Mama, Dada, more, up and Ab (Abby) :) He can also sign "more, all done and please".




In other family news....
My father, Don, underwent heart valve replacement surgery 1 year ago and is doing great! We also received word, my sisters husband arrived home Sunday from his 15 month tour in Iraq! This was his 3rd tour.





Continued prayer for Robby's dad Greg is appreciated. His latest bone marrow biopsy showed no change. His Doctor started him on chemo, every 3 weeks for the next 15 weeks.

Things at the Millsaps are always busy! We continue to serve the Lord at Compass Bible Church and find ourselves there numerous times a week and loving it!

Abbys growing up so fast. She's going to be 3 in January and trying more and more to tell us when she needs to use the potty! :)

The kids are up and running so it's time to end this blog!

Friday, September 19, 2008

Baby Items

Hello friends!

Some of you may have a new baby, are expecting a new baby, or, know of someone who could use some items! I currently have these things I'd love to borrow out so others can use!

Within Arms Reach Side Co Sleeper crib-

Boppy cloud pattern-

Bathtub that fold down for easy storage- Jen Gray

Black Baby Bjorn-

Baby swing Laura Ashley pattern-

Infant Car Seat Laura Ashley pattern-

Extra Infant Car Seat base- Chiara Hawley

Toy mobile- Katy McCrory

Bouncy Seat Fisher Price- Katy McCrory

Nursing shawl and burp clothes- Katy McCrory

If you'd like to borrow something listed above, please just leave me a comment or send an email to rebeccamillsap@yahoo.com!

Thursday, September 4, 2008

Race for the Cure

My friend Katy and I have signed up to do the 5k for the breast cancer run/walk! That's 3.11 miles ;) It's in Newport Beach on Sunday, September 28th! The race we're doing starts at 9:45 and you can sign up to race or donate funds to help support the cause! You're also allowed to bring a stroller along! The kids will be joining me!

Breast cancer is a cause that's very dear to my heart. My next door neighbor and I were very close. She gave me lots of motherly advice, spent lots of time with me when I was a child, and encouraged me in so many ways. I was the Junior bridesmaid in her wedding :) She passed away from breast cancer at 38 when I was 11 years old. Her name was Abbe, who we named our daughter after :)

http://www.komenoc.org/

My fundraiser link if you're so inclined! http://www.ockomen.org/race/rebeccamillsap
Katy's fundraiser link! http://www.ockomen.org/race/runsuperkaterun

Monday, September 1, 2008

I'm still here :)

I do apologize for not blogging more :( I haven't had a lot to write about other than that we're still here! The kids are getting big, Christian's 10 months and has 8 TEETH and Abby's 2 1/2 and very talkative! Robby's working hard still for our family. Being self employed, he's busy being our family provider. As for me, I've gotten involved in helping with the Care ministry at church this Summer and love being able to serve our church family! We're gearing up for the Thrive marriage ministry to start again this Fall! Our small group we lead is already full with 10 couples and 25 children (3 of those haven't arrived just yet!). Robby's still loving serving whenever he can on the worship team. We're looking forward to men and women's Bible study starting up next week too! We both are attending church retreats this Fall too!

We still have Disneyland passes through March and, recently joined the YMCA! I've loved taking the water aerobics course! (I've gone 4 times in 6 days!)! It's been 3 1/2 years since I stepped foot in a "GYM". Robby's swimming laps too on his lunch breaks!

We are still praying fervently for Robby's Dad who has been battling stage 4 cancer since diagnosed in May. The Doctors are still trying to find the right medication to treat all his symptoms. Please remember to keep the Millsap family in your prayers.

Also, Robby and I have joined www.facebook.com and update that often with what we're up to! If you join, let us know! :)

Tuesday, June 17, 2008

Latest update on Robby's Dad

Last week he went in to his Doctor in Bakersfield who recommended they remove his spleen and then start chemotherapy. He's been diagnosed with Stage 4 B cell lymphoma.

Greg decided to a second opinion and switched Doctors! This new Doctor works at a Cancer Crisis center and has a whole team he works with! The other Doctor commuted between hospitals, was a hematologist and not a specialist in cancer, and he hadn't seen many cases like Dad's.

The new Doctor is treating Greg with with a chemical treatment to try and get his body to start producing blood again. They are hoping to see results this week! Once all his treatments are completed, he'll start chemo.

The first day of treatment (Wed. the 11th) the Doctor had to stop because Greg's body started shaking and when they'd ask him questions, he was unresponsive and wouldn't answer them. He received half the treatment he needed and went back again Thursday for the second half. This time, there wasn't a bad reaction, which is a praise!

Greg had his blood drawn yesterday (Monday, the 16th) and we should know the results tomorrow (Wednesday, the 18th) to see if his blood level has increased.

Thank you for your continued prayers and concern for Greg.

Thursday, June 5, 2008

Latest news

Robby got a call tonight at 7:15PM from his parents. The Doctors have confirmed Greg has B cell lymphoma. Greg has been diagnosed with B Cell Lymphoma. The Doctors have said they believe it’s low grade and that it’s treatable!

He’s having a heart scan performed Friday, June 6th to make sure it’s in good condition. Greg starts chemotherapy on Tuesday, June 10th, every three weeks for the next 6 months. Another huge praise is that he won't have to be admitted to undergo treatment! (thanks Katie for reminding me!)

Pray that the chemotherapy would be effective
Pray that attitudes stay positive and for their spirits to be up as they focus on God during this time
Pray that the Lord would bless Greg with excellent medical care and the Doctors will have wisdom
Pray that their hearts would draw great comfort in knowing God's love for them.

Thank you all for your continued prayers! We've appreciated all the emails, posts, comments and phone calls!

Not much to report!

Robby arrived home Wednesday afternoon! The kids and I are happy to see him :)

We are still waiting to hear back from Greg's doctors about his culture samples and what "for sure" he has. Once there's a firm diagnosis, treatment can be scheduled and he can be readmitted to the hospital. Once we know, I'll do another post. They said either tonight or tomorrow.

Tuesday, June 3, 2008

Update. Greg is home :)

Hi everyone!
Robby's Dad is HOME!

The Doctors still aren't 100% sure what he has. Apparently, both these diagnoses' have specific signs and symptoms that Doctors look for and these signs just aren't present! Robby said tonight that the Doctors say it's most likely B Cell Lymphoma but the tell tale sign usually is swollen lymph nodes and he doesn't have that symptom. The CT Scan came back looking good so that's a praise :) The Doctors are going to run a few more tests to try and further filter down what Greg has.

Most likely, he'll be admitted to a different hospital for treatment, as early as Monday. The hospital where he was doesn't do chemo. Robby said he'll most likely need a round of chemotherapy every three weeks for the next few months.

His body still is not producing blood on it's own. The Doctors gave him two blood transfusions again today since his count began to drop. This should "hold him over" till he's re-admitted next week. The procedure usually is out patient but they'll keep him overnight the first time since it can be rough on your body.

Robby's said too that with chemo, his hair will fall out and there will be side effects. We're still so thankful that Dad is still living and can be treated for whatever this is! The Doctors still are very positive and say whatever this is, is very treatable!

My husband said he'll try and return home tomorrow sometime during the afternoon so please be praying for a safe drive! Bakersfield to Mission Viejo can take a few hours!

Thank you to all our friends and family who've been praying! Thank you too for being so willing to help out while Robby's been gone! I've enjoyed some great fellowship this week! My inbox every time I open my laptop is just flooded with support and prayers!

Please continue to pray for Dad as his body fights this and pray for a FIRM diagnosis since the Doctors still aren't sure!

Robby's Facebook page summed it up the other day. He wrote "Thanking God for another day." James 4:14 says "you do not know what your life will be like tomorrow. You are just a vapor that appears for a little while and then vanishes away." We don't know when our last day on earth might be. This really makes you wonder, what happens after I die? That's a good question! I'm glad you're thinking that! If you're wondering, please, please, call me, let's chat! There's a wonderful place called heaven that has it's doors ready to open up just for you and in heaven, there's no more death, pain or sorrow, only love. God sent His son Jesus Christ to die for our sins so that we could live with Him one day. Do you have a personal relationship with Jesus Christ? Again, an awesome site to read... www.howtogeteternallife.com and click on the "Umbrella Analogy" in the top right corner! It'll walk you through just a basic description on how to become a Christian today! We're not guaranteed a tomorrow!

Monday, June 2, 2008

Update! Good news :)

We'll know more tomorrow, they did a CT Scan tonight. The Doctors think that it's 1 of 2 things.

1) Hairy Cell Leukemia

2) Lymphoma

I got to talk to Robby for about 5 minutes. He said that if it's leukemia, (his symptoms are very much like Hairy Cell Leukemia) they can start treatment on Wednesday and can take as little at 5 days or as many as 14 days to treat. It's a form of cancer that's not "curable" but can be put into remission!

Lymphoma is some sort of tumor Robby said it they might need treat for 3 months.

Either case, this looks very very treatable and the Doctor sounded very positive! Robby's Dad and family are very happy! Praise God!

Robby said he'll probably come home Tuesday.

Thank you for your prayers!!!

No update yet...new test to be done today

Greg is having a CAT scan on his stomach and chest at 6:00PM tonight (Monday), no word yet on bone marrow test results! Please be praying :)

Saturday, May 31, 2008

Prayers appreciated :)


Hello!
Our daily Bible reading today was 1 Kings 18. I especially remember this passage because our Pastors wife Carlynn did an awesome study about prayer and used this example in the Old Testament. We find the people of Samaria in a great famine. There hadn't been any rain in 3 years. In verse 42 we learn how Elijah prayed. He crouched down on the earth and put his face between his knees. He continued to pray this way, 7 times be bowed his face to the ground and he didn't stop praying until a rain cloud appeared. Great passage!

Last night, Robby and I came before our Heavenly Father in prayer. We prayed in this same way, faces to the ground, united in prayer for Robby's Dad.

Thursday night Greg (Robby's Dad) was admitted to the hospital with a very low platelet count. The Doctors said they were surprised he hadn't died and that if he'd cut himself, he would have bled to death. Since then, he's been receiving blood transfusions, trying to get his blood level to increase. It appears his body has stopped producing blood. We're not sure why but we do know that God is in control. They didn't have to give him a transfusion today so the blood they've given him is staying in his body. That's a praise! Today, the Doctors did a bone marrow test today at 11:30. They won't know the results until Monday. His Dad is 50 years old.


Psalm 139:13-16 "You created my inmost being; you knit me together in my Mother's womb. I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well. My frame was not hidden from you when I was made in the secret place. When I was woven together in the depths of the earth, your eyes saw my unformed body. All the days ordained for me were written in your book before one of them came to be."

Another note, it's important too when faced with serious conditions like this to make sure that you're right with God. We believe there's more to this life than just Earth. We believe and hope in Heaven and the saving power of Jesus Christ. All of our days on this earth are numbered. We know it's just a matter of time before we die. If you haven't accepted Christ as your personal Lord and Savior, if you haven't surrendered your whole life to Him and His will, or if you're not living a life that's praiseworthy and glorifying Him, you can do that today!!! Visit www.howtogeteternallife.com to learn more. Feel free to contact me if you want to know more about Christ and how much He loves us and wants us to spend an eternity with Him! We have hope! We know that when we die, we go to a better place! We know there's more to this life! :) We can look at this grim situation with Robby's Dad and find joy! Knowing that when we die, in heaven there will be no more death, pain or sorrow, only rejoicing and incredible worship!

Please be praying for Robby and his family. His Dad's name is Greg, Mom is Terry and sister is Katie.

Our family is praying God's will be done for his Dad. Robby and I are at peace knowing that God can heal and God can call people home. We will rejoice no matter what the answer is. Thank you for your prayers!

Saturday, May 3, 2008

Central Coast! 2 new posts!

Robby and I have taken a Coastal vacation every year for the last 5 years. We absolutely LOVE it! The last 3 years we've stayed in Cambria http://www.seecambria.com/"where the pines meet the sea!" This is a little town that's filled with so much fun! There's little shops, great coffee, a cute grocery store http://www.cookiecrock.com/.

Another area we love to visit is Solvang. http://www.solvangusa.com/ This is a sweet Dutch Village where you'll find lots of fun little shops and some great food!

Something we noticed during our visit is how badly these towns have been effected by the economy and also the gas prices! A lot of the stores are closing and homes and businesses are being put up for sale! These towns thrive off of tourism! Without tourists, I'm afraid these wonderful little cities might cease to exist!

We rented a vacation home in Cambria (we've visited the same home for the last 3 years) and it's comparable to what you'd pay for a hotel room in Pismo Beach! The home we rent is a 3 bedroom, 2 1/2 bath, 2 living rooms, a dining room and a walk in kitchen in office. It's very spacious and there's also wireless Internet in case you need to look up directions anywhere!



If you're looking for a fun family vacation, there's SO much to see along the Central Coast! Having gone up there so much, we're still finding fun things to do as a couple and as a family! We've picked fruit off the vine, we've gone to Maritime Museum in Ventura, Aquariums, drive-in movie theatre in San Luis Obispo, picnic lunch by Nojoqui Falls, Danish chocolate malts in Solvang at www.ingeborgs.com. We've yet to go to Santa Barbara but I'm sure there are fun things to do there too!

If you haven't gone up the Coast before, I'd encourage you to look in to it! :)

Friday, May 2, 2008

Our vacation! :)

This blog is long overdue!

Technically, our vacation started last Thursday! Robby took the entire day off work and we went to Disneyland. The kids were SO good! We spent most of the day riding NEW rides which really kept Abby's attention! We did Jungle Cruise and Autopia Cars which Abby just LOVED! We had an awesome lunch too at Country Bear! Their bacon cheeseburgers are DELICIOUS!

We drove home just in time for the kids to have a short nap in the car, grabbed our Thrive notebooks and went to church!

Friday morning, we woke up early and headed up to LA to visit with my parents :) They offered to watch our doggy Paris while we were away! Abby cried when we left, missing her grandparents and her dog! The kids love seeing their grandparents and Auntie Holly :) My Mom also lent us an awesome square pack n play which Abby slept really well in!

After leaving my parents house, the kids fell asleep and we drove all the way to Buellton! We stopped at Taco Bell for lunch and gassed up the car, then, back on the road. We stopped and shopped for a bit in San Luis Obispo then drove through to Cambria! One of our favorite things to do in Cambria is visit their grocery store! It's called Cookie Crock. What's neat is, Camrbia doesn't have any major chain stores. You won't find a Starbucks, a Blockbuster, an Albertsons, a CVS Pharmacy. We picked up some snacks and drinks then headed home after ordering dinner from Moustache Pete's alfredo to-go! Robby and I watched "Cloverfield" which was a little scary but very entertaining!

Saturday, we woke up and took the kids to the beach! This was Christian's first time! Abby loved running through the waves, getting her clothes all wet! We came home, did naps then went to a JJ's Pizza in town :)

Sunday morning, the family went SHOPPING! We hit the Pismo Outlet mall where Abby bought a new Minnie Mouse doll. We went to Gottchalks in San Luis Obispo and purchased some new shirts! We also got 2 new beach towels ;) While out shopping, Abby's window got stuck. It rolled down but refused to roll back up! The two beach towels provided a safe "window" for Abby till we were able to get it repaired (Monday morning)! We drove to dinner with the window rolled down which Abby thought was hilarious, having never really experienced wind blowing in her face on the freeway! We ate at our favorite steak restaurant in Pismo Beach called McClintocks. They have the best bacon wrapped filet mignon and comes with a TON of sides. You get salad, potato wedges, garlic bread, beans and ice cream :) After eating such a filling meal, we drove back home and everyone went to bed early! We did watch a little bit of "Monster In Law" which was playing on TV.

Robby woke up Monday and took the truck to the Ford dealership in San Luis Obispo. They were able to fix Abby's window and he was back at the house before lunch time! We had talked about possibly driving up to Monterey that day to go to the Aquarium which we'd heard was so great! We had lunch in Cambria, the kids fell asleep in the car and 2 1/2 hours later, we arrived in Monterey! It was a MUCH longer drive than Robby and I had expected! Still, Abby had fun and the kids were PERFECT on the car ride! After spending a few hours at the aquarium, we turned around and headed back home since it was 4:30 and would be DARK by the time we arrived back! I'd wanted to go on the 17 mile scenic drive that so many people have said is so fun and also romantic. Maybe another trip!

Some cute memories:
Abby saw the sea otters and kept says "SEE WATER"!
Christian was drinking his bottle when we stumbled across an exhibit for baby whales. They drink 2,000 bottles a day vs. Christian's 6 bottles a day. Facinating ;)
It was pretty cold in Monterey SO I took a cute pic of Robby, Abby and Christian in their hooded sweatshirts!

Tuesday, it was time to head back home. Even though Cambria is a 5 hour drive, we like to stop so much that it really takes about 8 hours, start to finish! We started our morning with breakfast at a nice French Cafe. We dined on hot chocolate and croissants, reminiscing of our trip to Paris last year :) Ahh :) After we ate, it was time to get everything loaded in the truck and ready to go! We left at 10-, drove to Solvang which is about 70 miles South of Cambria. This quaint little Dutch Village holds a lot of childhood memories for me. We used to go there a lot with my parents and grandparents and, I have an adorable little Dutch dress from my childhood that I keep meaning to get a photo of Abby in before she grows out of it! We enjoyed going in a few of the shops there but our kids are still too little to really ENJOY shopping or behave well while shopping! We had a nice pizza lunch, Abby enjoyed a chocolate ice cream and then we started driving again! We tried to stop at the Toy Shop in Carpenteria off of Santa Claus Lane but, it's GONE! The store went out of business :(

We went shopping in Camarillo :) It's always fun to get some new things while away from home. Robby came back with a pair of Lucky Brand Jeans and a new pair of shoes from Kenneth Cole! I enjoyed going in Ann Taylor and Gap!

Our trip ended at Grammy and Grandpa's! We enjoyed a nice Chinese Food dinner and conversation :) Our dog had enjoyed her stay and Abby was especially glad to see her!

We got home Tuesday night around 9- and I'm still unpacking from our trip! It's amazing how much laundry you go through when you're gone for 5 days! :)

I'm very thankful we were able to take this family vacation and just spend quality time together. This was our first time away from home since Christian was born :)

Thursday, April 10, 2008

Testimony. Have you thought it through?

Having just read Shannon's blog, this really had permeated my mind today and has inspired me to really reevaluate things and write some stuff out!

A few weeks ago at Women's Bible study, our group leader challenged us to share our testimony. The room went silent! Having gone through the Partners Discipleship Program with church, I'd had to share my testimony with my friend Chiara who was taking me through the book. It's still a work in progress :)

Here's my testimony:
I grew up in a Christian home but I know that doesn't make me a Christian. I went to church every Sunday as a kid, again, doesn't make me a Christian. The church I went to was very much into "the sinners prayer" which you won't find written out in the Bible. As friends around me were getting saved, I came to my parents and asked them, how do I become a Christian? At 11 years old, I had a desire in my heart to become a Christian. I knew that there was heaven and hell and knew that Jesus had died on the cross to save me from sin. My parents helped lead me to the Lord through reading me scripture, praying with me and having me pray on my own, making sure that this life of becoming a Christian was what I really wanted. In March of 1992, I got baptized. This gave me a feeling of freshness, a symbol to me of being buried with Christ in His death and then raised to walk in a new life. I grew up believing that my heart had be washed of my sin through baptism.

In High School, through AWANA Scholarship Camp is when I really started to take my faith seriously. The speaker showed 2 Ray Boltz videos. The images were of a man and his son, imprisoned in modern day, because he believed in God. Another video a man was taken to trial and with the scales on the desk, they measured to see if there was enough evidence in his life to convict him of being a Christian. This pierced me. I pictured my life. Would there be enough evidence in my life to prove that I'm a Christian? I cried and I remember rededicating my life to Him.

Since then, I've tried to live a life that would show that, I believe in God, that I'm a Christian saved by faith and by grace, and that I live my life for Him.

I came home from Camp that year and put my faith in to practice. I started serving whole heartedly in our AWANA program, having a great desire for Jr. High kids to come to know Him. I felt that's such a trying time for kids, going through so many changes in life, you want to guide them on the right path. I reevaluated the relationships I had with people. Are these friends who are helping my walk or hindering my walk? I made a dating standards checklist for guys to determine who I would go out with. I trusted God with my future, having Him direct my path out of High School.

At 20, while serving on the worship team at church, God blessed me with Robby, my husband of 6 years. He's the answer to my prayers. Through everything we've been through in our marriage, God has proven to be faithful to us both and bless us in our life together. We're continually growing together in our walks, we serve together, and we're developing more of a relationship with Him. We have the same goal, to know God, to serve God and now to raise our children to know and serve Him too.

Here are the Ray Boltz videos that had such a deep impact on me.
"One Drop Of Blood"


"I Pledge Allegiance To The Lamb"


Definition of Allegiance: Commitment, the act of binding yourself (intellectually or emotionally) to a course of action.

For everyone 29 and under!

Did that title line catch your attention? The following statistics a girlfriend of mine sent me and I seriously couldn't sleep until I posted this for all of my friends to read. It really makes you reevaluate! I know I'm 27 and fall under the category of being "saved" in High School. Please, take a few minutes to read below.

My girlfriend Shannon (she's on my myspace top 8) and also on my friends links on the right under Primicerio) is a Christian author/speaker to teenage girls. She wrote this on her blog this week and it really had an impact on me.
It's 1:25am and this just kept running through my mind! :)

I'll list the statistics that really hit me first, then you can read her post!

61% of young adults who attended church as a teen become completely spiritually disengaged during their twenties.

Only 20% of young adults who attended church in their teen years remain spiritually active by the age of 29.

http://yourmomentisnow.com The post is Debunking the teenage alter call

Please take a few moments to read it!

Friday, April 4, 2008

Photos, finally! More another day!



Our last trip to Disneyland, Robby sat with Christian while I took Abby on Dumbo! During the 30 minute wait, as Christian just kept staring at Daddy, daddy taught him how to say "Dada"! I'll try and get a video of him saying it soon!

Monday, March 31, 2008

Spontaneity! :)

I hardly ever take time out to write a blog and appreciate my husband much. Yes, my birthday post did mention some of his great gift purchases but, none give justice to how great of a hubby he is :)

There are three things that make me very happy in life! 1) when someone helps me with the kiddos 2) when someone helps me with housework 3) when I get to go to Disneyland!!! Bear with me, I'll link them all together later on in this post!

Robby's always helpful with the kids AND cooking, but, there are some recent incidents I thought I'd share!

Yesterday, I'd helped assemble prayer journals for church! I was supposed to be there at 8:30 to help! Running late, Robby came out of worship practice, unloaded the stroller and both kids while I was able to place random items in their diaper bags! Then, he picked them both up from Sunday school, got Abby donuts and entertained them in the stroller till the team finished the notebooks!

On Good Friday, my friend Jen had asked me to help with the Eggstravaganza. I had no clue how I'd be able to help much with my two kiddos in tow! Robby took the entire day off from work, strapped Christian in the baby bjorn and entertained the kids for HOURS! Then, he loaded them both in the car, took them home, fed them both and got them down to nap at the same time! That's HUGE!

I recently took on a new responsibility, helping with the Care ministry at church! I found myself Wednesday night, doors closed in my room cause Christian was awake from his nap and grumpy and Abby was crying cause I was on the phone :) Then, I heard the door open. My husband was home! There wasn't a dinner on the table, or, a happy family to greet him at the door (something I try and do!)! He immediately changed both kids attitudes from sad to happy, scooping them both up! I was able to complete my call knowing both kids were being well care for.

Sundays are family days these days! Since getting Disneyland passes, we've loved trying to take the kids there every Sunday after nap! Yesterday, Abby asked for Chuck E. Cheese instead :) We had such a great day! Chuck E. Cheese, then we got a sitter and Robby and I went to Disneyland together ALONE for the first time since November 10th, 2006!

While preparing to go, the house needed a quick pickup! Christian was a little fussy and wanted Mommy! Daddy showed awesome initiative and picked up everything that needed to be cleaned before the sitter arrived! He did this on Saturday too when a couple of friends came over to play xbox after helping a friend from Thrive move.

Robby and I had a blast @ Disneyland! There wasn't more than a 5 minute wait for anything (except for Space Mountain, 30 minutes)! In two hours, we tackled Haunted Mansion, Splash Mountain, Thunder Mountain, Space Mountain and Buzz Lightyear!

It was so fun cuddling on the tram, walking hand in hand (not having to navigate the stroller through the crowds!)! We LOVED our time together!

When Robby had asked me to get a sitter for Sunday night, I figured we'd do the normal dinner and a movie but he spontaneously suggested Disneyland and we had SUCH a GREAT time!

Last night when we got ready to leave Disneyland, Robby looked at me and said, 6 years and we're happier than ever! :) Every year gets better and better!

I can't get the photo feature to work right now so I'll post more later! Gotta get busy! I have 181 photos to be downloaded from the camera right now!!!

I love you Robby :) (April 13th will mark 7 years we've been together!)

Tuesday, March 25, 2008

Blessed! :)

What a great Easter! We were able to visit with both sets of family over the weekend :) we've been feeling so blessed lately by family!

I just wanted to mention something our Pastor talked about on Sunday. He asked, if my home burned down tomorrow, how many homes across Orange County would take his family in? We don't just have blood related family, we have extended church family!

Both our parents blessed us immensely this week. Robby's parents brought us their extra car since our Honda was totaled. Also, my parents fixed our water heater within 24 hours of it breaking when it gave out this week!

In addition, I have to note that numerous people over this course of this month have offered us their cars, to give us rides places, to use their shower while ours had cold water! I had a 7 month pregnant girlfriend of mine offer me her car cause she and the kids could walk back and forth from school and work so that I could have a car! I also had a girlfriend last week come babysit my 2 children plus her child for 3 1/2 hours while I attended a Care meeting at church! We appreciated all offers of help and truly feel so blessed!

I'd told both sets of parents this weekend how much we just love our church and, that if our kids aren't home, they're usually at church or visiting with friends from church! I love that! How great to immerse ourselves with Christian family!

I just want to say thank you to everyone, our parents, our friends from church, everyone :) My heart overflows!

Monday, March 17, 2008

Eggstravaganza!





This is an awesome FREE event our church does for the community! It's THIS Friday from 9:30am to 11:30am at the dinosaur Park. It's off of Alicia Parkway and Paseo De Valencia. Robby and I will be there with both of the kids! Come check it out and invite all your friends!

Sunday, March 9, 2008

2 fun Disneyland Sundays :)

Last Sunday, after returning home from the marriage retreat, we took the kids to Disneyland! Abby got to see the princess parade for the first time and loved it! She was having so much fun, she held on to Robby's hair! Sleeping Beauty blew a kiss her way and Abby blew a kiss right back! She got so sad when the parade ended. We told her that the princesses went to bed :)



Today, we met up with the Hawley bunch! They did a great job showing us the lay of the land! We took Abby to "the island" for the first time and had fun running in and out of the caves!


Here are some photos from our 2 Sundays at Disneyland!

Monday, March 3, 2008

Crunch


Ouch!

Robby and I were stopped on the 15 freeway Friday night and were hit in the back by 2 other cars.

Right before we got hit, we'd enjoyed a nice dinner and a movie. It was 9:30pm and we were discussing how early it was and how we could watch another movie in our hotel room cause it was so early! We were waiting in a backed up line to exit the freeway when we heard a crash behind us. There was a few seconds of pause and relief where Robby and I thought we'd missed the accident and then BAM!!! The Tahoe that hit the Civic that hit our Accord, both cars had their airbags deployed but we were able to drive our car after the accident!

Our Honda sustained a substantial amount of damage. The Insurance assessor came today and said there's $3,200- worth of damage and until the body shop gives a final estimate, we're not sure if the car will be "TOTALED" or not. Either way, we're thankful to have not sustained any injuries other than whiplash and that our kiddos were safe at home, and not in the back seat!

Thrive :)






Robby and I were so happy to see SO many Thrive couples at the Marriage Retreat! There were 12 couples!

We sat at a table with Mike and Shannon Primicerio and Kristi and Michael Carlson and got to know them better :)

We also enjoyed talking with the other Thrive couples there, the Grays, Darms, Kroekers, Donaldsons, McCrorys, Youngmans, Konkins and Sanchezs!

3 couples from group 6 were there :) James and Katy, Taylor and Becky and Robby and I :)


We had SUCH a great time and, if you can go next year, I'd highly recommend it! We each received mini-piggy banks to start saving up for Marriage Retreat 2009! What an awesome time to reconnect with our spouses!

We're Home! ! ! ! ! :)

Things are almost back to normal at the Millsap house! ;)

My Mom came early Friday morning and we took the kiddos to the Mall for a 3 hour shopping spree! It was so much fun! We also did lunch @ Ruby's and the kids came home and took a great nap!

I frantically packed and we left the kids in my Mom's capable hands! I didn't worry at all the whole time we were gone! My Mom even found time to send us email updates on how things were going at the house!

We came home to two happy children! Abby was coloring with markers with Grammy when we walked in! She said "Mommy, Daddy, I color!"

Thank you Mom for taking on the tremendous job of watching our two kiddos for 48 hours BY YOURSELF!!! You did an awesome job and we're so thankful for you :)

Thursday, February 28, 2008

Leaving the kiddos!

This weekend, Robby reserved us two nights @ the Temecula Creek Inn! Our church is hosting it's annual marriage retreat there! We are so excited to go but I find myself a little timid!

My Mom (who raised four kids) is coming to our home to watch our two kids! This will be the first time I've left Christian overnight and, we've never stayed away from Abby for 2 nights! As I'm writing up their schedules for my Mom, I'm already beginning to miss them :) I know they'll be in great hands! I'm just nervous!

I know too that these "feelings" I feel aren't right. The worry, fear, anxiety, timidity, nervousness, these aren't from the Lord.

Matthew 6:34 says (and I'm going to post it in a few different translations)
Do not be anxious for tomorrow; for tomorrow will care for itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own. (NASB)

"Do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself" (NIV)


This whole passage talks about how God provides for and meets all our needs and that I can trust in Him that all things will be taken care of :)

If you want to say a prayer that Abby and Christian will be on their best behavior for Grammy and that Robby and I will have an awesome time investing in our marriage while we're gone, that'd be awesome! Prayers are always appreciated!

Pastor Mike reminds us all the time that, our spouses should be our first priority over our children. Usually, kids grow up and move out. It's the spousal relationship that lasts.

PS After putting this post up, I checked on Abby. She'd gotten into my purse and put Mommy's lipstick on ;) This is not the first time I've left Abby unattended where she's put on Mommy's makeup. A few weeks ago she coated her eyes with mascara!


Favorite worship song?

I've been meaning to write a post on a worship song that I can't seem to listen to enough these days. I find this praise song chorus so powerful that some days I can seriously be moved to tears, it's that Good. I want to share the words with you.

My iPod is full of randomly picked songs, not albums. Most of these songs, I've heard on Robby's iPod and ended up downloading them! I'm always looking for new Christian music to listen to! A girlfriend of mine just recommended Mandisa (American Idol) and it's really rockin!!! What songs do you enjoy?

The splendor of a King,
Clothed in majesty
Let all the earth rejoice,
All the earth rejoice

He wraps himself in light,
And darkness tries to hide
And trembles at his voice,
And trembles at his voice

CHORUS(1):
How great is our God,
sing with me
How great is our God,
and all who sing
How great, How great
Is our God

VERSE(2):
Age to age he stands
And time is in His Hands
Beginning and the End,
Beginning and the End

The Godhead, Three in one
Father, Spirit, Son
The Lion and the Lamb,
The Lion and the Lamb

CHORUS(1):
How great is our God,
sing with me
How great is our God,
and all who sing
How great, How great
Is our God

CHORUS(2)
Name above all names
You are Worthy of all praise
and My heart will sing how great
Is our God
(x2)

CHORUS(1):
How great is our God,
Sing with me
How great is our God,
and all who sing
How great, How great
Is our God


CHORUS(1):
How great is our God,
Sing with me
How great is our God,
and who sing
How great, How great
Is our God


It's just so awesome to think about how Great our God is :)

Another song I love is by Nicole C. Mullen. It's called "Redeemer". I love just listening to this song and thinking how great our God is, that He created the world we live in and how soverign He is over everything.

Who taught the sun where to stand in the morning?
and Who told the ocean you can only come this far?
and Who showed the moon where to hide 'til evening?

Whose words alone can catch a falling star?

Well I know my Redeemer lives
I know my Redeemer lives:
All of creation testifies
This life within me cry
I know my Redeemer lives, yeah.

The very same God that spins things in orbit
runs to the weary, the worn and the weak
And the same gentle hands that hold me when I'm broken
They conquered death to bring me victory

Now I know my Redeemer lives
I know my Redeemer lives
Let all creation testify
Let this life within we cry
I know my Redeemer, He lives
To take away my shame
And He lives forever, I'll proclaim
That the payment for my sin
Was the precious life He gave

But now He's alive and
There's an empty grave.


And I know my Redeemer lives
I know my Redeemer lives
Let all creation testify
Let this life within me cry
I know my Redeemer,
I know my Redeemer
I know my Redeemer lives
I know my Redeemer lives
I know that I know that I know that I know that I know my redeemer lives
Because He lives I can face tomorrow
I Know I know
He lives He lives yeah, yeah I spoke with him this morning
He lives He lives, the tomb is empty,
He lives I gotta tell everybody

Tuesday, February 26, 2008

WOW! What a birthday!!!!!

Gosh, where do I begin!?!

Hmm, let's start with Saturday! Our Thrive Small Group met at Chuck E. Cheese for our monthly get together :) Our friends the McCrorys brought my favorite dessert, Trader Joe's Cheesecake (with chocolate to top it off)! We also had a gift of free pizza and tokens from our friends the Larsons! Our whole group sang happy birthday! We had such a fun time running around playing games, switching tables, and talking!

Saturday evening we had the opportunity to visit Robby's Mom. She was in Garden Grove for a teacher's conference so we drove up to Mainplace Mall and met her for dinner :) We were able to go back to the Hyatt and the kids got to play with "Mimi" in her hotel room! I got to open my present, a cute green top, some nice flower petal soaps and comfy white slippers!

Monday night, our family drove to see my family in Manhattan Beach. My Mom had made potato cheese soup and turkey sandwiches for dinner with carmel cake for dessert! I received a bunch of sentimental gifts, including a snowflake pin that was my grandmothers. I also got 2 cute movies, "Mr. Mom" and "Baby Boom"!

My gifts from Robby and the kids were a complete shock! First, a gift from Robby. "Phantom Of The Opera" tickets that are in row H of the orchestra! It's coming to the Orange County Performing Art Center! Then, from the kids :) Premium Disneyland Passes!!! I was SO surprised! I wasn't expecting either of these gifts!!!

Today is my actual birthday! I had a lot of fun celebrating today! :) I met some girlfriends for playtime at the Mall and lunch! Chiara brought chocolate cupcakes!!! I was even blessed with gifts, a sweet smelling candle, some nummy lip gloss, cute notepad and post its, a Busy Mom's Guide to Bible Study book and an Olive Garden gift certificate!!!

Then, Robby came home early from work and we took the kids to Disneyland and Rain Forest Cafe! This is my absolute favorite place to go with Robby :) We always have a blast! We'd had passes for 2 years prior to the kids being born. It used to be a weekly date night for us, listening to the violinist play while we enjoyed Italian food @ Naples. Abby's favorite ride, Tea Cups! She also wasn't too big of a fan of the gorillas at Rain Forest. She ended up eating her entire dinner and dessert sitting on Mommy's lap! Christian slept through the entire "rain storm"!!!

It's now 10-! Both kids are asleep and I've been able to listen to voicemails, emails, instant messages and myspace messages from girlfriends and family and received cards in the mail. Today, I'm just feeling so blessed, special and loved by SO many! Thank you so much for making my 27th birthday SO special!

Thanks to:
Robby, Rosemary, Robby's grandparents, my Mom and Dad, Robby's Mom, Holly, Aunt Julie, Chiara, Laura, Alycia, Rachel, Carrie, Megan, Paula, Meg, Lindsey, Kana, Jen T., Lori, Katy & James :)

This weekend should be awesome too as Robby reserved us 2 nights at the Temecula Creek Inn for our church Marriage Retreat! My Mom is coming to watch the kids for the 3 days we'll be gone :) Thank you Mom and Robby! :) This will be our first time leaving Christian overnight and, we've never left Abby for 2 nights! This should be a fun new experience for our family! :)


Monday, February 25, 2008

Mike's Message

James 1:22- Be doers of the word, and not hearers only.

This week, our church hosted a ministry fair. Pastor Mike put together a 55 page book of all the ministry needs and opportunities in our church! They passed them out last weekend, asked us to thumb through it and pray about where we need to serve.

His message was short, but very good! He said that in most churches, 20% of the people do 80% of the work. Yet, we're all given gifts, that means each of us. 1 Corinthians 12:7 says "Each one is given the manifestation of the Spirit for the common good." This means that every person should be involved in some aspect of service. God has enabled YOU to fulfill a particular role! :) Service should permeate our lives! We're to always be growing, moving forward in our Spiritual walk and maturing.

I thought about my friend Chiara. Thursday nights, she and her husband lead our Thrive Marriage ministry at church. On Wednesday, she co-leads a Women's Bible Study table and every other Sunday she blesses Mommies of the church by watching the babies in the nursery! I think about Jen who teaches the 2's class on Saturdays and leads a table at Navigating Motherhood. Sarah also leads at Navigating Motherhood and leads a group with her husband at Thrive. There are a lot of other things these women are involved in at church too including accountability and leading women through the partners program.

I really started to evaluate what I do for the church and felt very convicted. I don't merely want to be a consumer. I bring the kids to church Sunday to "hear" but, I don't "do" anything for the church. I come on Wednesday mornings to Bible study to "hear" but I don't "do" anything.

Pastor Mike said that it's his job as Pastor to instruct the people of the church so they can be adequately prepared to do something. We're not supposed to be there to "get" something. Also, when we serve at church, it's the MOST important way we can spend our time here on earth because, when we're serving God's people, I'm serving God! The longer we've been attending church, the more prepared we should be to lead.

I really liked another thing Pastor Mike said regarding "Spiritual Gifts". So often we take the "spiritual gifts" test when, in the Bible there's no set list of gifts presented! We stumble over this "gift list" so much that we don't get involved cause, "it's not my gift". We need to have more of the "ATAPAT" attitude. That means "Any Thing, Any Place, Any Time", just be willing to "do"!

I liked too that it doesn't have to be a lifelong commitment to one ministry. We can try things out for a few months and see how we like it. Also, sometimes God may call us to different ministries. I LOVED serving in AWANA for years but our AWANA ministry at church meets the same night as our Thrive Marriage Ministry. I'd love to get involved in AWANA again someday but right now we're serving in Thrive! (and loving it by the way!)

This week, I started putting Christian in the nursery! That's probably why I was able to hear all of this weeks sermon! ;) Before he was born, Abby and I were serving in Navigating Motherhood kids ministry and doing Saturday night toddler ministry. It's time for me to get involved again! :)

I really enjoyed reading through the "Opportunities to Serve" booklet. It's amazing seeing how God is working in our church! I had a lot of fun running from table to table signing up for different ministries to help in!

If you're free on May 10th, we're having Compass Bible Church's 3rd Annual Spring Tea from 11:00am to 2:00pm and Pastor Mike's wife Carlynn will be speaking! I'll be hosting a table too! :) My Haviland China and Heisey Crystal will finally get some use! ;)

Something else to think about...
What church do you call home? Are you 100% committed to one church? How are we serving?

Remember, we're not supposed to jog our way through the Christian life. We're running the race to win the prize.

1 Corinthians 9:24 Do you not know that those who run in a race all run, but only one receives the prize? Run in such a way that you may win.

Hebrews 12:1-3 Since we have so great a cloud of witnesses surrounding us, let us also lay aside every encumbrance, and the sin which so easily entangles us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of faith, who for the joy set before Him, endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. For consider Him who has endured such hostility by sinners against Himself, so that you may not grow weary and lose heart.

Wednesday, February 20, 2008

Good verse for me to remember

Philippians 2:14-15 says (New International Version)
Do everything without complaining or arguing, so that you may become blameless and pure, children of God without fault in a crooked and depraved generation, in which you shine like stars in the universe.

The Message Bible Translations says it this way:
Do everything readily and cheerfully- no bickering, no second-guessing allowed! Go out into the world uncorrupted, a breath of fresh air in this squalid and polluted society. Provide people with a glimpse of good living and of the living God. Carry the light0giving Message into the night so I'll have good cause to be proud of you on the day that Christ returns. You'll be living proof that I didn't go to all this work for nothing.

Thinking about the last couple of posts I've done, I feel like I've complained in them. So, if you're wondering what happened to my posts, I deleted them! I'm sorry for grumbling. I really need to work on my attitude, my negativity and my responses. Friends, hold me accountable to this! :) Thanks for all the comments on my posts too! Keep em coming!

Friday, February 15, 2008

Happy Valentine's Day! (a day late!) ;)

Just thought I'd share some photos from this week!



Also, my Mom sent me a great Bible verse that spells out the word Valentine ;) I can't make it show up in a line when I type it out though! Basically it's John 3:16 but you highlight in red the letters that spell out VALENTINE. I can't do it justice on here!
For God so loVed the world,
That He gAve
His onLy
BegottEn
SoN
That whosoever
Believeth In Him
Should Not perish,
But have Everlasting life;

A HUGE thank you to Thrive for hosting a very Romantic Valentine's Dinner! Chiara did such a GREAT job making heart shaped cake centerpieces for each of the tables plus decorating! Thank you :)

For fun, we got to go play with some friends this week and decorate cards and cupcakes!

A few of these photos are of Abby making Valentine's for "friends"! She got to pass them out last night :) She carefully put stickers and foam hearts on each paper plus colored on each one very carefully :) Thanks Jen for the awesome clothes saver apron!

I also put some pics of the kids Dr's appointments! Abby's big enough now that she stands on the big person scale! They gave her a gown to wear in the hallway :) Too cute!

Monday, February 11, 2008

Growing up too fast :'-(

I took both kids to the Doctors today for their "well check ups". Christian is now 16 pounds, 4 ounces and is 25 1/2 inches long. Abigail is 26 pounds and is 34 1/4 inches tall! That puts her at 45% for her weight and 70% for her height. I told Abby's Dr. I'm a little concerned by her eating habits. She nibbles at food and then after a few days downs 3 plates full of whatever we're having! The dr. told me that kids are like gasoline tanks. When they are on empty, they refuel! That made me feel a lot better! I took pictures of the kids but can't find the cord to take the pictures off at the moment! Will update this post later ;)

Friday, February 8, 2008

AMAZING WEEK!!! :)



Ok, I'm too excited to go to sleep right now SO I thought I'd catch up on my blogging! Wow, it's been a while! A lot has been going on!

First off, I'll start with tonight! Our church marriage group (Thrive) hosted a FREE babysitting night! For 3 hours, these couples watched our kids at the church so other couples could go on a date night! Robby and I went to a movie for the first time since November 23rd! It's also been our 3rd date since Christian was born (he'll be four months old on Sunday!)! This was SUCH a fun night, getting out with Robby to see a romantic comedy :) Abby had a BLAST too! She did not want to leave her class when we came to pick her up!

In other news, last Saturday, (02/02) Robby and I celebrated our 6th year of being married! He made reservations at Ruth's Chris Steakhouse! We'd never been before and it was AWESOME! The steaks are served on a 500 degree plate so that each bite of your steak stays warm! The server makes sure that any extraneous dish or utensil you're finished using is removed from the table immediately. The person that seats us, greeted us by name! Robby made our reservation on Tuesday and the earliest dinner time slot available was 8:30! it was SO nice! They also gave us a complimentary dessert :) The cheesecake with fresh berries was so good, it made my mouth water! I had to close my eyes and saver EACH bite! I brought that dessert home and enjoyed it again!!!

My sister Rosemary has been in town visiting from Germany! We enjoyed getting together numerous times over the past few weeks! I planned a surprise dinner get together with some friends of ours from High School. It was fun reminiscing and being together again!

My brother Phil turned 20 this week! For the first time since last January, my entire family got together. All my siblings and both my parents were present. With my brother being away at school in Michigan and then my sister living in Germany, it's been difficult getting us all in the same place at the same time! Rose and Phil were both home in October but my Dad was still in the hospital. Then, Nathan and Rosemary were here in July but Phil was in school. I got a group picture of all of us.

The kids are still enjoying their new beds! I included some recent pics of them! Christian LOVES this glow worm toy! It sings and it's face lights up! He sleeps with it every night! Abby has to have her 2 bobo's (blankets)! It's neat cause each of these items came from a set of grandparents and our kids LOVE them! (Glow worm from Millsaps, blankets from Archibalds) Both kids go to the Dr's on Monday for their well check ups! Christian will be getting his 4 month shots :(

We have a busy month ahead of us :) Robby and I are leaving the kids with my Mom for 2 days to attend our Church Marriage Retreat! This will be the longest the two of us have ever been away from either of them! Also, my 27th birthday is coming up :) Stay tuned....

Tuesday, January 22, 2008

Abby is 2 :) (Note: 1 of 3 posts from today! Scroll down!)

We had a little party for Abby's 2nd birthday! The pics are long overdue :) We had a tough time planning this one since Abby knows so many friends from all her activities at church. These are pics of the 27 kids and 23 adults that were present!

We're so blessed to have such an awesome church family!

Thank you too to my parents, brother and sister who came and kept my 2 kids entertained! Christian slept on my Dad the entire time, my Mom made the mac and cheese, Phil entertained our dog, and Holly chased Abby around the house!

Abby loves the show "Blue's Clues"so we had a Blue themed party!

Her best bud Carter was out of town for her party so we had CarCar and Chiara over for a playdate and cupcakes!

Today :)





Today, my girlfriend Jamie drove down from Torrance to visit :) She and I have known each other since 8th grade. We met through AWANA at Community Baptist Church in Manhattan Beach. We went to AWANA Scholarship Camp together, competed in AWANA National Competitions together in Chicago, camping in Joshua Tree, I introduced her to her husband, we've been in each others weddings, I was at the hospital when she had her 1st child :)

I had a fun time today reminiscing :) I don't have a lot of friends that I can say I've known for oh my goodness, 13 years! We've been through good and bad times, high school boyfriends, parents having scary surgeries. It's neat to see how our relationship changes throughout the years, how we've gone from two 14 year olds to married adults with kids!

Here are some pictures of our 5 children! Shannon is 7, Jacob is 5, Kaitlyn is almost 2, Abby is now 2 and Christian 3 months!

Sad




In the past week, 2 young actors have died of apparent drug overdose. These were guys my age, who I grew up watching in films like "Tom and Huck" and "First Knight". Heath Ledger, age 28, has a 2 year old little girl. I think about how sad it'll be for his little girl not to grow up knowing her father. Brad Renfro was 25.

News like this makes me sad. How there's something inside all of us that's missing, that's longing for completion. These guys turned to drugs instead of to Jesus. :(

Wednesday, January 16, 2008

My sister, Rose



Yesterday, my sister Rosemary turned 24. I wanted to take a moment to talk about how I'm so proud of the woman she's becoming :)

Almost 2 years ago (this May) she married her High School sweetheart Nathan. Shortly after that, she moved to a foreign land, Germany to begin their life together. She's been living there for over a year now. Nathan is deployed currently in Iraq but she's been a pillar of strength. She found a great job working on base with preschoolers, one of her favorite ages. She does a great job :)

My sister and I are hardly alike at all, night and day! we've had our ups and downs but we're family and I'm so happy she's in my life. I can learn a lot from my sister. Rose has a good heart. If/whenever we fight or have a disagreement, she's always the first to apologize or make things right, even when she didn't start it or cause it or was in the wrong! She's very selfless, wanting to help others wherever there's a need, great at putting others above herself. These are two things I struggle with! She also is very committed. Once she makes up her mind to do something, she's 100% about it. She's also great at keeping in touch with me. Keeping up with the two kids, I can get pretty awful at writing or calling people. Rosemary remembers every date, every birthday, every anniversary and is great at sending cards, letters, calling, etc! She's also very independent.

I admire her for moving across the World to a foreign Country where she didn't know anyone besides her husband and had a good attitude about doing it too! This was way different from me. When Robby and I got married, the first 3 years we spent living less than 10 minutes away from my parents house and saw them usually 3 times a week. That changed a lot when we decided to move to Orange County. The thought of moving 50 miles away from everything I knew was a little scary for me!

I still remember when we brought Rose home from the hospital. We had a lot of fun growing up, playing with dolls, dressing in twin dresses, roller blading, bike riding, making "fast food" mud pies! We also loved torturing our little brother Phil and making Holly get things for us since she was the baby! We have a lot of good memories together!

Happy birthday sis. I love you :)

Updates on the family :)

Well after a whole 9 days of Abby sleeping in her toddler bed, she's totally grasped the concept! She goes down for her nap but I need to be diligent in making sure she has her lunch first and gets in her bed before 12:30! she has a short window for nap and if I pass it, she can't/won't fall asleep!

We moved Christian into his crib last week and it's been tough! He was waking up at 3:30 or 4:30 in the morning and would just cry. Abby even walked in to comfort him one night :) So sweet! Sunday night, he cried for 30 minutes before he finally conked out! Monday night, it took him 12 minutes to calm down before I heard him playing with his toys. He eventually fell asleep without another peep! Last night, Robby laid him down and he didn't fuss ONCE! He's getting the hang of it! Yeah!

Did I mention too that Abby's started potty training herself? For her birthday, I'd purchased a potty chair, knowing we'd start that sometime during her 2nd year of life. She's totally got it down. She comes running to me saying "POTTY ChAIR POTTY CHAIR" when she needs to go! Unfortunately for me, I'm not always able to drop what I'm doing to take her! She doesn't really want to wear diapers anymore either. We bought special princess pull ups, big girl diapers for her. This is a fun experience :) I'm not ready to switch to big girl UNDERWARE but we'll get there eventually. Right now we're enjoying our tries!

Robby and I have been getting up at 6- to read the Bible together and do our Bible study. I haven't been going to bed early enough either to feel rested when the alarm goes off at 6-! I also GAINED back 1 of the 6 pounds I'd lost. Bleah.

That's all the new news going on here :) Eventually, I'll get some pics up from Abby's little birthday party!

Thursday, January 10, 2008

SO PROUD! :)

Things are going well here @ the Millsaps house. Abby's getting accustomed to her big girl bed :) She knows not to come out of her room at night once we've put her to bed. Last night it took her about 30 minutes to call asleep, yesterdays nap was 15 minutes, todays nap, we'll see :) We also transitioned Christian into his own room yesterday. He didn't like his big boy crib :( He cried and cried, we went in a lot to calm him down and hold him. Abby was even saying "it's ok baby". So sweet! He's in there napping right now, doing great :)

This morning, Christian was up at 5- sad in his room so by the time I got him back to sleep at 6-, I was exhausted! Plus, we were up late watching Pirates 3 ;) Abby woke up at 8- and came running in, in a great mood and said "Mommy up"! haha It was funny having her come tell me to get up outta bed! Sweet moments! She was surprised too that Christian wasn't in our room!

I had to blog about my great day yesterday though. Abby was such a sweetheart. We got her haircut at the mall and I told her if she was a good girl she could have cookies. Well, we bought 6 mini-chocolate chip cookies then swung by Robby's office to say hello. When I gave her a cookie, she asked "one more for Daddy"? The look in her face and the way she said that meant that she wouldn't eat that cookie unless there was one for daddy. That was such a selfless act, wanting daddy to have one since she'd already had one :) Ah, melted my heart! (BTW, we're not eating desserts these days, New Years Resolutions!!!!! We're both 6 pounds thinner, believe it or not! Amazing how much weight we lose when I cook! ha!)

Christian is 3 months old today. This is my all time FAVORITE age of babies! He's so much more alert, on a schedule, sleeping through the night! Everything is exciting to him! He loves sisters kisses too :) He's reaching for toys and able to hit and grab at things now too. His hand/eye coordination skills are really starting to show! So impressive!

Life is so good. God is good :) Robby has been awesome this week too helping me get everything done around here, furniture moved, tree put away. He even took my truck in for an oil change (I also had a light out) so that I wouldn't have to take the kids and entertain them while we waited :)

I thought I'd post this cute picture of the kids today! Now that Abby has her own TV, I posed some pics with her and Christian :)

On a spiritual note...

Our Pastors wife spoke yesterday at Bible study and I wanted to share some of the points that stuck with me :)

First, how we're called to obey the law of the land even down to the littlest rules. How we need to set an example for our children and for people around us. This means, obeying traffic laws which are there for our safety. Bringing the trash cans in on time, not taking candy and drinks into the movies when it says "NO OUTSIDE FOOD". Obeying the Home Owners association laws. Putting our grocery carts back in the holders when we're done instead of abandoning them in the parking lot! (I'm especially guilty of that one since I have both kids in the cart, I just leave it wherever I parked!) This will help teach our children to respect authority, ultimately God is the authority in our lives and if we don't obey the laws, why would our children? We need to not disregard the authorities in our life. That means, our bosses, our government and our Pastors. We submit ourselves to authorities for "the Lord's sake". Honoring the laws honors and gives glory to Him :) We don't want our children to think that God's rules are too restrictive and reject Him. We do not want to be the reason our kids deny Christ.

Romans 13:1-2 Let every person be in subjection to the governing authorities. For there is no authority except from God, and those which exist are established by God. Therefore he who resists authority has opposed the ordinance of God; and they who have opposed will receive condemnation upon themselves.

Another authority over us is our spouses. Recognizing that God put Robby as the head of our household and learning to submit to and obey what he says. This has always been tough for me, I always have comebacks or an opinion to share. Bear with me, I'm working on it! A great book I'm reading (slowly) which I recommend, "The Excellent Wife". Someday I'll grab my book and do a post on all I've been learning from it!

Carlynn also spoke on what would our society be like if we did not have laws? Laws are in place to commend those who do right and punish those who do wrong. We would be in danger if we lived in a lawless society.

Thankfully, the small sacrifices God asks of us in this age are miniscule compared to Christians who lived before us. We're not stoned in the streets or cruicified for preaching Gods word. Daniel 6:4-5 shows a great example of how others should view us. "The commissioners and satraps began trying to find a ground of accusation against Daniel in regard to government affairs; but they could find no ground of accusation or evidence of corruption, inasmuch as he was faithful, and no negligence or corruption was to be found in him. Then these men said, "We shall not find any ground of accusation against this Daniel unless we find it against him with regard to the law of his God. Reading this passage, if we do the right thing, if we keep the rules, others will only be able to slander us for doing the right thing and obeying the rules! we want to make sure we're a good example too, to our neighbors, in line at the grocery store, driving on the roads. People are watching :)

Another good point. How often do we take advantage of the grace God has given us? Do we continue to sin, knowing He's forgiven us anyway? James 4:17 Therefore, to one who knows the right thing to do, and does not do it, to him it is sin. This great verse found in Romans 6:1-2 says What shall we say then? Are we to continue in sin that grace might increase? May it never be! How shall we who died to sin still live in it? Another verse, Hebrews 10:26 For it we go on sinning willfully after receiving the knowledge of truth, there no longer remains a sacrifice for sins.

The choices we make daily, are they going to help or hinder others? Heaven or Hell is in the balance! We do live forever, it's our choice where we will spend eternity.

Tuesday, January 8, 2008

Favorite moments of the holiday season


This year, Robby and I invested in a manger scene for our front yard. We thought, it'd be great for our neighbors to see, plus, we didn't put my Grandpa's hand crafted manger out this year so the kids wouldn't destroy it! Well, every day, multiple times a day, Abby loved to see the manger scene. In the morning, afternoon and night time, she'd look out the window to see if the wind had blown Mary, Joseph and Jesus over. We'd go get the mail and she'd have to run over and give these life size statues kisses and say hello. When we'd leave the driveway, Abby'd wave and excitedly say "bye Jesus!"

It was exciting to see Abby learn about Jesus this year. We'd read her the story of Jesus being born in a manger, Mary riding a donkey, there was no room in the inn, angels shouting glory in the highest! We'd fish reading and she'd say "again, read again please".

We put Mary, Joseph and Jesus away today but I had to take a picture of them to help remember this special Christmas moment :)

Crazy few days

I'm taking a few minutes away from my non napped toddler to write a blog about what's been going on this week at the Millsaps :)

This past weekend, Robby and I took the kids up to Ikea to invest in a new "big girl bed" for Abby. That involved painting Christian's bedroom, disassembling Abby's crib for Christian's room, reassembling the crib, assembling the big girl bed and washing sheets for both bed and crib. We also moved out the entertainment cabinet from Christians room to put in the playroom so the kids can watch DVDs. We still have yet to put the TV and DVD player back and move Christian's dresser.

This has been quite a challenging week with Abby since we're trying to get her to sleep in her new bed. The first night (Sunday), we didn't have her nap in the afternoon and it took her 90 minutes before she fell asleep. The next day, she fell asleep at nap time in 30 minutes. Last night, she went to bed in 30 minutes, no complaint at all. Today........NO NAP! She stayed in her room for almost 2 HOURS and no nap. :( Hopefully it won't be this challenging tonight. It's been cute hearing her wake up in the morning though, she won't come out of her room until we say ok :) She just stands at her door and talks to me till I say, you can get up now :)

Christian will be 3 months old on the 10th. He's getting so big and so much more alert! He's still sleeping through the night (8:00pm to 6:00am) which I am SO thankful for. I have yet to transfer him into his own room. Robby says he's an easy roommate ;) Abby will be 2 on Saturday the 12th :)

It'll be nice to be back in a routine this week. Women's Bible Study resumes tomorrow and Thrive Thursday! For now it's back to watching Abby who's entertaining herself quietly in the playroom next to me. She loves to put her toys away in the new entertainment cabinet :)

Wednesday, January 2, 2008

Christmas photos :)

We're home! The Millsaps have been on an extended vacation! We visited my parents, sister Holly and brother Phil Christmas Eve and Christmas Day then came home that evening! I enjoyed all of my favorite homecooked meals, potato soup and sausage biscuits and gravy! Abby packed her toys in the cute new bags my sister Rose sent from Germany!

Wednesday, we washed clothes, cleaned house and packed our bags for a trip to Bakersfield. The kids were SO good! We left Thursday morning and came back home Sunday afternoon. We enjoyed visiting so much family over the holiday! Check out some of the pictures below :)

We're still adjusting to being back home after being gone so much! I'll catch up later :)