Friday, March 05, 2010

Dee Going to Haiti

A small group of nine will be leaving April 5-10 2010, to partner with church planters Dony and Sharon St. Germain with El Shaddai Ministries. Both my school (Crossroads Charter HS) and the youth group at my church (Christ Central Church) are joining together to help me go and bring relief to the distressed in Haiti. I will be serving alongside six medical professionals and two other missionary volunteers as the "spiritual leader," as we provide medical care to the victims of the recent earthquake. Cost: $1800 (flight plus all accommodations)

Your prayers and contributions are GREATLY appreciated. Checks can be sent directly to
Christ Central Church
P.O. Box 9894
Charlotte, North Carolina 28299
Crossroads Charter HS
5500 N. Tryon Rd.
Charlotte, NC 28213

Please just put in the memo: Haiti- Lanier.

Tuesday, September 08, 2009

Nothing sweeter...

There's nothing sweeter than the sunlight shining through the window on a precious little 5-day-old girl.

Well, it's also pretty sweet to see her big sister staring in at her, adoring her.

Tuesday, September 01, 2009

September 2, 2009

Well, this will be the birthdate of Landis Alethea Lanier. I am going in tomorrow morning at 7:30 to be induced! I cannot explain how excited I am about this. My appointment today was actually restful and not stressful. I have been anxious about going into labor, being overdue, and this baby continuing to get bigger! Well, today, since I am past my due date, they had to do a non-stress test on the baby to check on her heartrate and movements. So they hooked me up to the monitors and I had the beautiful sound of her heartbeat in the background. Then the in-office music was playing and Stevie Wonder's My Cherie Amor came on. That is the song Dee had played the night we were engaged. So my heart was really at peace and I just layed there listening to Landis' heartbeat. Then the doctor came in and said everything looked good. The baby is really ready and in position. So we're ready to go. Please pray for a safe and quick delivery for both Landis and I.

Friday, August 21, 2009

Whate'er My God Ordains is Right

We sang this song at church Sunday and it spoke to my heart SO much. It is a very simple old hymn without a lot of musical frills. We have great music at Christ Central, I mean GREAT. We have amazing talent in the musicians in instruments and song-writing & those worship times constantly stir my heart to worship. We listen to Christ Central music in our house almost every day & never tire of it! This song however, was very simple, almost unimpressive, but the words pierced my heart and the Lord spoke to me.

Whate'er my God ordains is right, Holy His will abideth.
I will be still whate'er He does, And follow where He guideth.
He is y God, Though dark my road.
He holds me that I shall not fall wherefore to Him I leave it all.

Whate'er my God ordains is right, He never will deceive me
He leads me by the proper path, I know He will not leave me
I take, content What He hath sent
His hand can turn my griefs away And patiently I wait His day

Whate'er my God ordains is right, Though now this cup in drinking
May bitter seem to my faint heart, I take it all unshrinking
My God is true, Each morn anew
Sweet comfort yet shall fill my heart And pain and sorrow shall depart

Whate'er my God ordains is right, Here shall my stand be taken
Though sorrow, need, or death be mine, yet I am not forsaken
My Fathers care is round me there
He holds me that I shall not fall And so to Him I leave it all.

This is so good for me whether I am waiting for a baby or trying to pay a bill. I need to be content and know that whatever my God has ordained is right.

Then I read this today in a book about a totally unrelated topic...
"Viewing life through God's sovereignty and goodness is seeing every tiny detai as arranged for you by God. There is no such thing as fate, luck, or chance. God has purpose in your every circumstance. ... God is in control whether you like it or not!
It will help motivate you when you think "Lord, what do you have planned for me today? You are good, and You do all things well. ..." As you view your life through God's sovereignty and goodness, you will be continuously aware of God's purpose and grace in your life. And you will become more motivated to want to please God."
Martha Peace, The Excellent Wife

hmmm...The Lord really is aiming to teach me and direct my heart to be more content. I should listen. :)

Thursday, August 20, 2009

Karis' new words

I think Karis is trying to use some words she's heard lately. It's been pretty funny.
Here are some of the quotes...

"Oh, that's cool."

"Mommy, look at the awesome stuff in that truck." (referring to a lawn mower & other equipment.)

"That is not perfect television." (when the HD channel froze for a moment.)

Mommy - "Karis, do you want something?"
Karis - "No, I want everything."

Good to have a few laughs from her!

Monday, August 10, 2009

"...his own way..."

The Lord has been so good to meet me today in the midst of so much. It's actually small things, but a lot of them all at once - 38 weeks pregnant & the discomfort that goes along with that, long hours of insomnia the past few nights, a nasty cold & cough, the desire to get so many little things done before I go into labor, & a very challenging little girl today.

I took Tylenol PM last night so I could potentially sleep more & it didn't work at all. I still only slept total for about 4-5 hours. So, I got up not feeling rested, but tired and drugged. Dee has helped me so much this morning giving me more time to rest, but to no avail. I couldn't sleep but for about 30 minutes out of the 2 1/2 hours I tried.

I got up feeling very groggy and walked through my messy house & Karis was having a very hard time with her attitude towards me. It was a very conscious effort to not lose my temper with her after multiple, back-to-back moments of discipline and talks. Even after all of that, she was still challenging me and refusing to obey. I told her again what the expectation was and just sat quiet. It was obvious that more discipline or more talking was not going to change her heart. I sat down to eat lunch and she just stood there. After a few minutes of silence, she said "I want to obey Mommy." And she did. Her attitude and her words completely changed and we talked a little about how God had changed her heart.

Then as I ate lunch, I sat down to write my Scripture Memory verse on a card...
Isaiah 53:6
"All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned - everyone - to his own way; and the Lord has laid on him the iniquity of us all."

I am just like my daughter. I want my own way. I turn from him. Sometimes, I just sit quietly, fighting my own sin, and wait for God to change me. God changes my heart, changes my attitude, changes my words.
It's my sin, my iniquity that was laid on Jesus.

Forgive me, Lord for fighting change so much after multiple moments of discipline from you. Help me to hear you in the quiet.

Monday, August 03, 2009

Random thoughts about prepping for the next one

It has hit me lately that I am spoiled in this stage I am in with one child who is potty trained, communicates pretty well, feeds herself, can mostly dress herself, and loves to "help". But, oh how life is about to change! And although the newborn stage with sleepless nights and lots of clothes changes due to poop & spit up can be challenging, I long to hold this precious little one and do it all over again!

I have typically tried to be consistent with Karis' schedule, getting her up at the same time every day, napping at the same time and training her to stay in her bed until we come to get her. Except the last couple months, I don't sleep too well. I find myself up sometime between 2am and 4am, checking facebook or watching random TV shows (lately ABC world news or Orange County Choppers). So, I sleep as long as I can with no alarm and as long as Karis will stay in her bed content, which can sometimes go until 8:30 or 9. (I know! I know! Landis may not sleep like this at all!)

So, this morning, I really wanted to enjoy a Starbucks biscotti that our dear friend Christy gave me before Karis got up. So, I didn't get Karis up until she stirred and enjoyed a little quiet time with my coffee, biscotti, and computer. Because in case you haven't been around Karis in a while, any waking moment with her is a talking moment! She sits here now in front of her cereal bowl, chatting away!! I know you may be laughing, but oh does it drain me by the end of the day!!

I am "feeling" the imminent arrival of Landis coming on quickly. So, in the next couple days, I will...
  • pack hospital bags
  • wash the covers to all the baby gear (bassinet, car seat, bouncy seat, crib bumper, etc)
  • bake 3-4 loaves of banana bread
  • make 2 extra meatloaves
  • make 2-3 extra batches of pizza dough
We'll see what I get accomplished in between all the chatter :) and having to sit down to rest throughout the day.