Ding Dong

29 01 2007

We would like to take this opportunity to welcome Belle. The newest member of the Taylor Family. belle-pictures-004.jpg


Taylor Family Update

26 01 2007

What a whirlwind of a week! Last Saturday we visited an Irish Pub in Fairfax that was playing live music. That was very fun and much more enjoyable because it was spent with our friends Paul and Chrystal. The fiddle, guitar, and accordian make for lively music and great entertainment! But Sunday morning brought a sore throat and fever for me and kept me in bed, and what a day I missed!

Sunday January 21st was our first REAL snow storm here (as in 1 inch accumulation). Everything was white and pretty and I didn’t even realize it until Joshua returned from church around 2:00! Monday brought the Dr. diagnosis of strep and I was put on antibiodics and told to stay at home. So no work for me Monday and Tuesday! Josh came home Monday early, and by that evening had a fever and was naseous. So he accompianed me at home on Tuesday. Wednesday was a turn-around and finally we are both back on our feet.

I must say Monday and Tuesday brought ample time for boredom to set in; so in my search of non-tv related, sedated things to do, I pulled out the 1,000 piece puzzle I recieved for Christmas! Check-out the photos on flikr, its not finished yet but is coming along. I haven’t done a puzzle in who knows how long!

(And if Laura is reading this. . . no workouts this week, but we’ll be back in training mode Monday.)

For those that might occasionaly wonder -“Just what are the Taylors doing with their lives?” Well, that has been a question often pondered. Each time I attempt to measure my life by the “standards” of this world I feel belittled. We don’t own a home, we’ve moved 5 times, we haven’t stayed in the same job long, we don’t have kids, and neither of us have college degrees! There is nothing standard about our lives, no siree! But what joy I can find in God’s word! Colossians 2:20 If with Christ you died to the elemental spirits of the world, why, as if you were still alive in the world, do you submit to regulations. 3:1 If then you have been raised with Christ seek the things that are above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. 3:17 Whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.

Sooo, we are still here in Northern VA, loving God, loving others, and living life out in the day-to-day. And I might add, enjoying every minute of it! God Bless you all!

Countries we’ve visited

11 01 2007

create your own visited country map

Hey! I finally got this to work! Do you sometimes just get the itch to travel? And not just to the 7-Eleven for a slurpy, but to get out of the country for a while. I tried a few months ago to create this map of places we’ve been but it didn’t work, so here it is. If you’ve never been out of the USA you should go, there are people with different ideas about life, different customs, different food. And many people are less fortunate then you and I, they don’t have internet in their homes, iPods, cable, fast food, 75 different outfits, or to get a little more basic- running water, sewage removal, central heat or A/C, electricity. . .etc. And most importantly, many people still live out of reach of a local church. My prayer is that God will continue to use Joshua and I to preach the gospel to people everywhere, and that Jesus Christ will place the same burden upon your heart today.
Note: the countries shown are- Canada, USA, Mexico, Guatemala, Panama, Bolivia, Dominican Republic, United Kingdom, Hungary, Romania, Croatia, South Africa, Namibia, China, and India

Taylor Family Update

10 01 2007

Well, well, well. . . we are finally out of the busyness of the holidays and life is settling back in to a somewhat normal pace. I still haven’t quite gotten used to writing 2007 though, doesn’t seem real. With this dawning of a new year though does come the time of resolutions, and it is said that making your resolutions public helps in making them stick. So, Joshua and I have joined the local rec center and are getting ourselves in shape to run a half-marathon the end of April. I was laughing the other night though because our entire mileage for last week (well the course of 6 days) was 14 miles. . . is 6 days a good 1/2 marathon time???? hmmm, I think the goal is under two hours so we have our work cut out for us!

Many of us have health goals, but it is important to also evaluate our personal and spiritual lives. Josh has stepped up to the plate in leading our family in numerous ways, this year we will be studying Wayne Grudem’s book “Systematic Theology” and I am immensely enjoying my ladies accountability group where we are challenging each other to live godly lives, and to embrace biblical femininity. I want to become better at managing my home and supporting my husband.

Pastor Mark also gave us a list of 31 helpful spiritual questions to ask at the beginning of the new year. I’m listing the top ten, you can find the rest of the questions at http://www.sovgracefairfax.org

1. What’s one thing you could do this year to increase your enjoyment of God?

2. What’s the most humanly impossible thing you will ask God to do this year?

3. What’s the single most important thing you could do to improve the quality of your family life this year?

4. In which spiritual discipline do you most want to make progress this year, and what will you do about it?

5. What is the single biggest time-waster in you life, and what will you do about it this year?

6. What is the most helpful new way you could strengthen your church?

7. For whose salvation will you pray most fervently this year?

8. What’s the most important way you will, by God’s grace, try to make this year different from last year?

9. What one thing could you do to improve your prayer life this year?

10. What single thing that you plan to do this year will matter most in ten years? In eternity?

Good questions to start off with! Joshua and I are going through these in our devotional time, it’s taking some time, but its well worth it. I hope this serves you well.

To finish this up, Joshua and I officially become members of Sovereign Grace Church of Fairfax Saturday January 6th. After an 11 week new members class and a pastoral interview we are official members. Its great! We are being blessed every week here, and are praying about how to get more officially involved at the church.

I love my family

8 01 2007

I got this picture emailed to me today and wish I had been there to have built it. Props to Jillian, Josh, Sarah, Nate, Melissa, Aaron, Isaac, and Luke! You guys rock!