Thursday, May 29, 2008

Thankful Thursday



Today's focus is easy. My little girl is 1 today.


Smiles,
I am so thankful God chose you for our family. It has been an incredible year!
I am thankful for your smiles.
I am thankful for your personality (which can be a little spirited at times).
I am thankful you are different from your sister.
I am thankful you have finally learned to sit up on your own.
I am thankful you have a different time-table then your sister or your cousin - it causes me to love you for who you are.
I am thankful for the kisses and hugs you are beginning to give.
I am thankful all the little things you are learning everyday.
I am thankful you are learning to sign with me, it makes (and will make) our life easier.
I am thankful for the way you light up when Daddy walks in the room.
I am thankful for the grins you give me first thing in the morning.
I am thankful for the church family that is loving on you, helping us raise you in God's Love.
I am thankful for every moment I get to spend with you.
I love you!
Love,
Mommy

(sorry about the paragraph. I changed fonts and it took away all of my returns in the post, but showed them in the preview!)

Friday, May 23, 2008

Then Sings my Soul

This song carried me through the early part of the week. Tuesday was a rough day. I got in the car and this song came on; I almost had to pull over to have a good cry!! I love the line about being "broken in my melody." For some reason that line resonates with me.
This week I had to stand firm on this Promise of a Lifetime - God will never walk away from me. He promises that in His Word. I cling to that promise!!


"Promise Of A Lifetime" by Kutless

I have fallen to my knees
As I sing a lullaby of pain
I'm feeling broken in my melody
As I sing to help the tears go away

Then I remember the pledge you made to me

[CHORUS:]
I know you're always there
To hear my every prayer inside
I'm clinging to the promise of a lifetime
I hear the words you say
To never walk away from me and leave behind
The promise of a lifetime

Will you help me fall apart
Pick me up, take me in your arms
Find my way back from the storm
And you show me how to grow
Through the change

I still remember the pledge you made to me

[BRIDGE:]
I am holding on to the hope I have inside
With you I will stay through every day
Putting my understanding aside

And I am comforted

Join Amy for more great songs.

Thursday, May 22, 2008

Thankful Thursday


Psalm 141:8
But my eyes are fixed on you, O Sovereign LORD;
in you I take refuge—do not give me over to death.

God is sovereign and He is the same yesterday, today, and tomorrow. I have had to cling to that TRUTH this week. Satan tried very hard to have his way but "my eyes are fixed on you!"

Dear Lord,
Thank you for your sovereignty. Thank you for having a plan for our life as a family. I firmly believe that You know the desire of my heart and You will honor that desire in YOUR timing. Thank you for speaking TRUTH into my life this week. Thank you for helping me stand strong against Satan's lies. Thank you for deep friendships that encourage my faith. Thank you for my husband's understanding and compassion. Thank you for this past week and all of its' ups and downs!!
Amen

Join us at Sting my Heart for more Thankful Thursday!!

Thursday, May 15, 2008

Thankful Thursday


Family has been on my mind this past week. Somewhere along in my life I developed a deep sense of family. It is not that my family got together a lot or even communicated well together. I believe it is God-given! My extended family is scattered all over the US. I am incredibly excited that in the course of one month I will have seen ALL of my Aunts and Uncles and several of my cousins.

This week I am thankful for my family!

I am thankful my parents live 10 minutes away and are an active part of our lives.
I am thankful that my brother and his wife and daughter live close by also.
I am thankful for my new niece or nephew!! Thank you for caring for that tiny baby growing inside my sister in love!
I am thankful my dad has developed a deep sense of family and encourages us to gather together on a weekly basis.
I am thankful for the gathering of my mom's family last Saturday. It was an awesome time of just being together!
I am thankful for the celebration that will be on Saturday for Granddaddy. Lord, I pray and thank you for moving in the details of the day. Thank you in advance for providing a wonderful time with my dad's family.
I am thankful my in love's live close enough to be able to come watch the girls on Saturday.
I am also thankful for my church family. My girls are growing up surrounded by God's love!!

Join us at Sting my Heart for more Thankful Thursday!!

Wednesday, May 14, 2008

Family Night #1

"Then we saw him step in on the mat!
We looked!
And we saw him!
The Cat in the Hat!"
"Say!
I like green eggs and ham!
I do! I like them, Sam-I-am!"Look at me! Look at me!
Look at me now!
It is fun to have fun but you have to know how."


Monday, May 12, 2008

Weight loss update

So it has been awhile since I posted about the weight loss goal.
I am now 183.!! This means I have lost BOTH pregnancies!! I am back to the weight I was when I got pregnant almost 4 years ago.
So now I need to keep it off and keep on track to lost more!!

Saturday, May 10, 2008

Then Sings my Soul

Happy Saturday!
Well, Amy took my top choice this week...but I will just save it for another week!
I am going to write about "Your Grace is Enough" (if I have time later I may add a video)

I am just learning about God's grace and truly understanding it. This song is so powerful. But right it is my three year old daughter that makes this song so cool! She runs around the house singing the chorus! It does my heart good to know that good things are going into her head and heart! How cool that I get to teach her at THREE what I am just learning at 31!!!
Here are the lyrics and the song is on my playlist --->

Great is your faithfulness oh God
You wrestle with the sinner's heart
You lead us by still waters into mercy
And nothing can keep us apart

Pre Chorus:
So remember your people
Remember your children
Remember your promise, oh God

Chorus:
Your grace is enough.
Your grace is enough.
Your grace is enough.
Your grace is enough for me.

Verse 2:
Great is your love and justice God.
You use the weak to lead the strong.
You lead us in the song of your salvation
And all your people sing along.

Pre Chorus:
So remember your people.
Remember your children.
Remember your promise, oh God.

Chorus x3

Chorus 2:
Your Grace is enough
Heaven reaching down to us
Your Grace is enough for me

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God, I see your grace is enough
I'm covered in your love
Your grace is enough for me

For me
Have a blessed weekend
Join us at Signs, Miracles, and Wonders for more great music!!!

Friday, May 9, 2008

Family Night Ideas

Dr. Seuss Night
  • have green eggs and ham
  • make red and white hats for all
  • Follow the Cat
  • Balancing Relay (or just practice balancing items on your head)
Gardening
  • do some real planting
  • have dirt cake
  • eat spaghetti (as worms!)
Super Why
  • create problem to solve
  • make caps for everyone
Curious George
  • simple science experiments
  • donuts for dessert (he loves donuts)
  • watch the movie/ read CG books
  • Ted Says
Tie Tye
  • make family shirts
  • coffee filter butterflies
Pool party
  • dinner by the pool
  • swimming/water fight
  • obstacle course with beach ball
Tea Party
  • (manly) tea sandwiches
  • make hats for family
Fire Truck/ Fighter
Flip Flop
  • flip flop dessert (Bright ideas M&M site)
  • Decorate flip flops
  • relay race in flip flops
Space
Frogs
  • Lily pad hop
Mexican Fiesta
Ice Cream Parlor
Cowboy
  • Galloping Horse relay (riding on a broom)
  • Pin the tail on the horse
  • Hot Dogs, Beans, Corn on the cob, Cowboy cake
Farm
Zoo
Camping
  • make a tent under the table
  • s'mores
  • sleeping bags
Hawaiian
Circus
Puppets

Here are some websites I found in generating this list:
Family Fun
The GIANT list of Birthday parties

Have fun coming up with your own themes and PLEASE share them!!!

New Tradition I am starting

Heather is doing the coolest thing with her family. Wednesday is Family Night and each week she has a different theme! They are so simple but so cool!! Here are the ones she has done so far:
Backwards Night
Movie Night
Strawberry Shortcake Night
Under the Sea
Princess Night

Heather is so creative, the nights look like a lot of fun without being TOO much extra work. I think the nights could be as simple or elaborate as you want.

I am going to start my own list. I will have a link on the side to my list. I will try and post pictures from the evenings too. I think our night is going to be Tuesday night, I think that will work best with Hubbie's schedule.

Please leave a comment if you think of another theme!!

Wednesday, May 7, 2008

Thankful Thursday



"always giving thanks to God the Father for everything,
in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ."

Ephesians 5:20


It has been one of those weeks at our house! I am called to be thankful for the illness that has woken me up for four nights!!
So here is my list:
I am thankful for the illness that has invaded my house.
I am thankful for the snuggles I have received this week because of said illness.
I am thankful for a great washer and dryer that helped clean up (every night)!
I am thankful for my husband's understanding and help this week.
I am thankful for the break I got last night with a dear friend!! (we rearranged her bedroom at 10 last night!! Call me crazy but that was just what I needed!!)
I am thankful God heard and answered my prayers last night!!!
I am thankful no one redecorated their beds last night!!! Whoo Hoo!!
Praise God!!!!

Join us over at Sting My Heart to see what other people are thankful for this week!

Rough times

This past week has been rough.
My Granddaddy past away on Saturday. I am having a harder time processing this than I thought I would. His service is the 17th. I am looking forward to the closure I pray that brings.

Early Sunday morning (4:00am) my youngest let me know that she had caught a tummy bug. So for the next three nights she decorated her crib for me.
Then last night my oldest let me know that she too had caught the tummy bug! Oh Joy!!

The really strange thing is that they are only getting sick once at night. But it makes me wary during the day, "How much do I let them eat? If I let them eat are they going to get sick again?" I HATE tummy bugs!!!

SO because of the bug in the house, I have been pretty isolated too, can't go out (don't want to have to bleach the car!!) can't have people here! I am a people person. I get my energy from being with my friends.

Lord, please provide for me. Please provide wisdom and discernment in caring for my girls. Please provide rest and peace for all of us. Please lay your healing hand on my girls! Please fill me with your Spirit until You overflow into my family's lives.

Monday, May 5, 2008

Marriage Monday

The Crazy Way We Met

Sitting at my desk answering the phones. Enters a quiet shy guy, "Here are your copies."
"Thank you"

That was the first conversation Hubbie and I had with each other. I was a student assistant in a Small Business Development Center on campus. He was a student assistant in the copy center. We carried on that lengthy conversation for about 2 months.

Then I joined the Wesley Foundation on campus and guess who was there: "Here are your copies." Over the course of 6 months we got to know each other in a group setting, until he finally arranged a "date" without having to ask just me!! (He tells a different story!)

Our relationship developed very slowly: we became good friends, we started dating, we talked for hours and hours, we prayed together. All of a sudden we realized we wanted to spend forever together. I can still remember the day that it felt wrong to leave him in the evening, my place was next to him.

And as they say, "The rest is history."

I don't have a clear picture of how He brought us together but we have certainly seen His hand in our life. Small little details changed our course forever. We know beyond a shadow of a doubt that we belong together!!

Saturday, May 3, 2008

Granddaddy

June 14, 1927 - May 3, 2008
Dearest Granddaddy,
I am not sure where to begin. You lived a tumultuous life that really impacted your family. As I reflect on your life, I wish I had done things differently. I wish I had been in a position to do things differently. I can only pray that you knew that I loved you and desired a better relationship with you.

I do have some fond memories of times with you. The time we went fishing stands out. You made me hook that nasty worm. I am not even sure I caught fish after all of that!!

I remember coming to your beautiful home that you build. I remember loving the view off the back deck. You did such neat things with wood, your creations were all over the house. I remember going out to the shed/barn where you were making soda cozies.

I remember that you always liked "big and scary" dogs!! You always had some dog I was scared to death of! It was an odd mix because after you remarried you have HUGE dogs outside and tiny dogs inside!

I loved sitting quietly listening to you and your children recount stories from their childhood. Some of them made me really glad you were not MY dad! Cherry cobbler comes to mind!

I remember your smile and your laugh. I loved the way you looked over your glasses at me to make a point. Your eyes carried such a twinkle.

You will be missed.

Then Sings my Soul


I am excited about joining this meme because God uses songs in my life to remind me to pray for specific people.

This week is a song that I first heard in middle school. I got to hear it again live for the first time in years!! Michael W. Smith performed "Friends" last night. You could tell he is still amazed at how much people like this song.

My heart was heavy last night as I listened to the words again. I have a dear friend who is moving to Georgia, obeying God's call on her husband's life (and her life). She is currently in Ghana as her husband moves their girls to a new city. I prayed this song over her last night as I sang.

Randel, this song is dedicated to you! You will be greatly missed! May God place his guiding hand on your shoulder and direct your every move! Love you!!

(this was the best video I could find! LOL!)

Friday, May 2, 2008

God is so Good!!!

I got an unexpected call today at 3:30. A friend had two extra tickets to the Michael W. Smith concert, would Hubbie and I like to go?
Ummm...let me think about that for two seconds...a resounding YES!!
I had planned on surprising Hubbie with tickets, but we decided not to go (we had small group scheduled for that night, we don't really know his current stuff, yada, yada, yada).
We did ditch our girls on our small group and skipped out on them (Thank you, Thank you, Thank you!! We could not have gone if you all did not say yes!! We hear we missed a great movie! lol)

The concert was AMAZING!!! Smitty is just as good as ever. God was in the house in a mighty way!! The music was phenomenal and uplifting!! I for warned Hubbie that he might disown me by the end of the concert (I am a standing on my feet, hands in the air kind of worshiper, when I don't feel self-conscious!). He played Secret Ambition and Friends from the "old" days! It warmed my heart. Those are both songs from the beginning of my faith.

Another really cool thing about that evening was that Compassion was there. This guy was there too. (I knew that from reading his blog.) I worked up the nerve to meet him. I have been reading his blog since February. Spence works for Compassion and gets to work with the different artists that promote the work that Compassion does. He was happy to meet someone that read his blog. It was neat to be able to meet him in person.

It was a great evening. Again, I felt God confirming His call on my life to look beyond myself and my world. Hubbie got to hear the Compassion promo for himself. I can't tell you how hard it was not to raise my hand to receive a child to sponsor, but I am trusting that God knows the desire of my heart. In His time, He will grant that desire! For now, I will continue to pray for "our girls", trusting that He knows who they are!!

Thank you Jacqueline for thinking of us! God used you in a mighty way tonight!!

God is moving...

in my heart. Praise God!!
But it is really uncomfortable. He is broadening my world.
Since February I have been following several bloggers that went to Uganda on a Compassion International trip. That was the beginning of the "movement" within my heart. Their trip changed me. I became aware of just how selfish and greedy I am and our country is. I have no NEEDS that are not met, but I am not satisfied with that, I want my WANTS fulfilled too.

One of the bloggers I have been following is Shaun Groves. He does some amazing work with Compassion. Right now he is in the Dominican Republic shooting some footage about Compassion's work there. Once again I am blown away by the circumstances people are living in. The really sad part is that a U.S. company is the one causing some of the conditions! It breaks my heart to think that people are so greedy that they would abuse another people to make a profit (I know this has been going on for generations).

For awhile I felt helpless. I can't sponsor a child yet (we are working on that). I can't write the company and demand they change their ways. I can't write to my government and demand that they demand the company change their ways. I can't make a difference in those people's lives.

Satan has been lying to me and I have been believing that lie. "prayer isn't enough. prayer can't change things, especially not your prayers!"
Praise God that His voice has broken through the lies. God is telling me something different, He is telling me the Truth. Prayer is a great place for me to start!!

Lord,
I "approach your throne of grace with confidence" on behalf of those around the world that live in poverty. Father, I pray you would provide for their needs. Please provide food, clean water, shelter, protection from diseases. Please provide comfort and peace for their hearts.
I pray specifically for the workers in the sugar plantation in the Dominican Republic. I pray, Holy Spirit, you convict the company of their vile ways. I pray for change from the inside of the company. I pray that you would move in the hearts of those that have the power to affect that change.
Father, show me ways I can help your children, here in my own community, and around the world. Teach me to be grateful for the many blessings in my life, teach me to be content!
Amen

That seems like such a small thing for me to do, but I believe, have faith, that it will make a difference!
Matthew 17:20 says: "I tell you the truth, if you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mountain, 'Move from here to there' and it will move. Nothing will be impossible for you."

Thursday, May 1, 2008

Thankful Thursday



I am thankful for God's provision this week.
I am thankful I have a luxurious house and plenty of room for my family.
I am thankful I have a huge closet of clean clothes to chose from in the morning.
I am thankful I can provide healthy, clean food for my girls until they are full.
I am thankful I have a car that gets me from point A to point B safely.
I am thankful I have a husband that loves and honors me.
I am thankful God has reminded me of His children that do not have those basic needs fulled on a daily basis.
I am thankful that prayer is a good place for me to start caring for His children.