Fabulous Father Friday

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As a child, I was blessed with one of those rare dads who was never too busy to skip around the block with me in his best suit or play Little House on the Prairie, converting my canopy bed to a covered wagon. As an adult, the Lord has blessed me with a wonderful godly husband and my daughter with an adoring father who daily showers her with God's love. He often goes the extra mile to lighten my load by taking over the "parental duties" that a six-month old requires as soon as he walks in from another long day at work. I can not tell you how much this means to me and how sharing the joys of parenting have deepened my love and appreciation for him. I can honestly say that I am a better mother because of him and the way that he cares for me. (I love you, honey!)

On that theme, I've decided to take the plunge and start a carnival of sorts here at Notes From My Nest. One Friday a month, beginning today, will be declared Fabulous Father Friday, and just for fun, I'm tying it in with today's giveaway from Pineapple Hill Designs. As a new mom, I've discovered that balancing the roles of wife and mother can be tricky. When he walks in the door, drops his briefcase and jacket in the CLEAN living room, and proceeds to juggle the child who has just consumed half her body weight in pureed carrots over the white sofa, it's easy to suffer a momentary memory lapse and forget that he is not the enemy. For those of you with a fabulous hubby (or father) like mine, this is your chance to tell him everything he's doing right for a change! So here's how it works...

1. Write your own post (or comment to this post) with your own FFF musings. You may write about the father of your children, your own father, or any other beloved father figure in your life, past or present. Your post may take the form of a random assortment of thoughts, an appropriate photo, a poem, a letter to the person (your husband for example), a funny story, or a unique tradition that you (or your kids) have with this person.

2. If you are writing a post on your own blog, please mention Fabulous Father Friday in your post and post a link back here to my FFF post (you're welcome to use this banner if you like) and then enter your link into Mr. Linky at the bottom of this post.

3. Only sign Mr. Linky if you have written your own FFF post.

4. Link ONLY to your FFF post...NOT to the front page of your blog, as this makes browsing more difficult for all of the participants.

5. If you like, send a copy of your post to that person, letting him know how much he is loved. It might make his day!

6. After you link, feel free to leave a comment to this post too and tell me what you think about FFF.

7. If you have time, tag some friends to participate in FFF as well!

Today's sweet shoppe...

Save 20% on your order
at Pineapple Hill Designs!
The code is "NEST". Valid
until Mother's Day, 5.11.08

~ my picks ~

{Teal Flower Dress}

{Monogrammed Photo Album}

Pineapple Hill Designs is
giving away this beautiful
Rosette Wall Hook.

To enter the drawing, just create
your own Fabulous Father Friday
post and sign Mr. Linky (linking
directly to your post). If you're
not a blogger, you can leave your
"FFF" post in the comment section.
Just be sure to include your first
name or screen name, your state
and a valid email address.
You may
also enter by email, {subject: FFF}.
Contest ends at noon, EST 4.24.08.
Winner will be chosen by random

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Lesser things...

We witnessed a funny thing on the way to the pediatrician's office yesterday...a flock of Canadian geese splashing in a drainage ditch while just across the road, a whole pond was there for the taking. "Stupid birds...," I thought, but then I was reminded how many times I've settled for lesser things, myself. I could have "peace that passes all understanding," but spend the day fretting. I could rest in His forgiveness but instead I allow condemnation to steal my joy.

What, then, shall we say in response to this? If God is for us, who can be against us? He who did not spare his own Son, but gave him up for us all—how will he not also, along with him, graciously give us all things? Who will bring any charge against those whom God has chosen? It is God who justifies. Who is he that condemns? Christ Jesus, who died—more than that, who was raised to life—is at the right hand of God and is also interceding for us. (Romans 8:31-34)

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Today's sweet shoppe...

Your comment must include a
valid email address, your first name
or screen name and your state. If you
would prefer not to post your email
address here, you may enter by
sending an email to
subject "peascarrots" and including
the same information. Contest is
open to U.S. residents only.
Winners will be notified by email.
Contest ends 4.22.08 at noon, (EST).

~ my picks~



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It's just the way I am. Or is it?

It's just the way I am. I've been telling myself this for years about my habit of worrying. While that line of thinking might make me feel better about myself, it is just not true. If I believe that Scripture is the authoritative Word of God then I have to align my thoughts with His and He has made his will for me in this area perfectly clear. "For God did not give us a spirit of timidity (of cowardice, of craven and cringing and fawning fear), but [He has given us a spirit] of power and of love and of calm and well-balanced mind and discipline and self-control." (2 Timothy 1:7). He also says "...we have the mind of Christ." (2 Corinthians 2:16). Oswald Chambers expounds on this a little more in this excerpt from My Utmost for His Highest: "Fussing always ends in sin. We imagine that a little anxiety and worry are an indication how really wise we are; it is much more of an indication of how really wicked we are. Fretting springs from a determination to get our own way. Our Lord never worried and He was never anxious...Fretting is wicked if you are a child of God...all our fret and worry is caused by calculating without God." [Oswald Chambers, My Utmost for His Highest (1935; reprint, Uhrichsville, Ohio: Barbour, n.d.), 135.]

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And the winner of the
Blabla Monkey Backpack is...

Jennifer from Muncie, IN


Thank you, Blabla Kids for making
this giveaway possible!

Another great giveaway will be
announced on Wednesday so
stay tuned!

Today's sweet shoppe...

Save 10% on your order from
Gifts Define with coupon code
"GDNEST10". Offer valid thru
April 24th, 2008.

Save 10% on your order from
Gifts Define with coupon code
"GDNEST10". Offer valid thru
April 24th, 2008.

~ my picks ~

{Bannerama Wall Art}

{Conversation Birds}

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