Thanksgiving

November 30, 2009 - One Response

We enjoyed Thanksgiving week very much at our house. Kevin was able to take most of the week off. We enjoyed the extra family time immensely! I especially enjoyed Kevin and I’s  walks alone on the new trail behind Steeplechase. I have many, many things to be thankful for. I am thankful that Jesus is with me always, and He is my I Am. Whatever I need Him to be, in Whatever circumstance, even if He’s never had to be that to me before. He is all-sufficient. He is also a blesser by nature. He has poured out MANY blessings on me! My family is at the top of my list! He is also strengthening my marriage! He’s blessed me with an awesome core group at CBS, and many wonderful and godly friends. I also have extended family that love me and mine, and have been there for me through thick and thin. For all these things, I am grateful!

Danielle is 9!

November 30, 2009 - Leave a Response

I realized today that I never did a post on Dani’s b-day. Her b-day is May.28th. She’s my sweet, quiet one. When I was pregnant with her, God told me she would be like me, and she is. Kevin even wanted to name her after me,(my middle name.) This girl could be an interior designer, and she does NOT get her flair for decorating from me! She also has an incredible imagination as well! I love you Danielle!

Christmas Cookies

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Tiffany is 13!

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God granted me the desire of my heart 13 yrs. ago when He gave me a little baby girl! I had my boy, and now I REALLY wanted a little girl as well. Thank you God for Tiffany! Tiffany means,”appearance of God,” and Alexis her middle name means,”helper,” and boy does this girl help! As the oldest girl in the family, she gets called upon often to help in various ways! She has a bold personality that I believe God will use one day mightily for His glory!  He uses her everyday in our home to bless our family. I’m enjoying her as she is growing into a young woman now. Our relationship is changing in a good way. These years are fleeting! I want to enjoy each and every day. Tiffany celebrated with family, and also with friends. I’ve got 2 teenagers in the house now, and they are such a blessing!

Fall Festival

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Fall ’09

November 29, 2009 - Leave a Response

Domestically Challenged

 

Today, I got really inspired, and made a go at making my own laundry detergent! I was just about to pick up yet another box of detergent when a friend mentioned that she had starting making her own. It cost me less than $8 for the 3 items to make it! It should last our family like 5-6 mths! Now that is exciting! My husband was even impressed with my being so frugal! Unfortunately, being frugal is not a strength of mine, but I’m working on it! As his helper, I should do my part to help us save money and cut corners as much as possible. Kevin grated the soap, Tiffany helped with the mixing, and cooking, and Elizabeth helped with the stirring. Who knows what great feat I may attempt next! Maybe there is hope for the domestically challenged!

Easter Pictures/Elizabeth’s Birthday!

July 29, 2009 - One Response

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school and freedom!

July 28, 2009 - Leave a Response

We are back in the swing of school, and I’m probably more excited then ever before about this next school yr. God has helped me make some changes in our schedule that have proved revolutionary thus far! In the past, I always felt I had to have all household chores done before getting started with our day.(ya’ll know I’m a bit oc!) Anyway , this yr. we are starting by 8ish with Bible and have been able to get through our school day by 1pm! Elizabeth has been sleeping till 9:30-10! Such a good baby!
God’s also doing a new thing in me! He’s teaching me how to be content. Lately, I’ve spent some concentrated time in prayer and fasting about a particular area of bondage that I just couldn’t seem to break free from! God is setting me free! I encourage you to pray and fast about any area of your life that seems to be holding you captive. God wants us to have His abundant life! He wants us to go and bear fruit for His glory and honor that others may know Him! We can’t do that when we’re enslaved and miserable! God has taken away my chains, and put a new song in my heart! A song of gratitude, contentment, praise, passion, and excitement about His plans for my future! This all has come through blessed surrender! Cry out to God ! He hears and He acts!
Psalm 70:4-5 ” But may all who seek you rejoice and be glad IN YOU; may those who love your salvation always say, “let God be exalted!” Yet I am poor and needy; come quickly to me, O God. You are my help and my deliverer; O lord, do not delay.”

vacation, graduation, and what God’s teaching me!

June 13, 2009 - 2 Responses

Wow, has it really been a month since I last posted? So much for that posting once a week goal! We had an awesome vacation in Gatlinburg for a week in May! I’ll be posting pictures asap. I still need Miahs help with this. God blessed us abundantly with this vacation! We are so thankful for the opportunity to get away as a family and just enjoy being together and enjoy Gods beautiful creation!
Also Kevin graduated last Sunday night from WOC school of ministry. He was the valedictorian and gave an awesome speech! I’m SO proud of him! We’re both VERY excited about the things God has in store for us in Ministry! Hopefully pictures to come soon!
What God’s teaching me right now? To wait patiently and contently on Him! He is good All the time! Even when I don’t understand, I understand He loves me, and I’m learning to trust HIm!
Psalm 42:5
“Why are you downcast , O my soul? Why so disturbed within me? Put your hope in God, for I will yet praise Him, my savior and my God.”

It’s all about Him!

May 12, 2009 - 2 Responses

This past week, the Lord has been showing me some hard stuff about myself. Things like,”you don’t live for me, you live for yourself, you don’t want my will, you want your own, you are self-absorbed, and selfish. Your focus is inward and not outward like it should be.” No this is not condemnation, this is true conviction from my loving Father God. He is telling me it’s time to grow up in Him, to realize I’m here for Him, and not the other way around. He has been speaking to me through some tough circumstances in my life, showing me the selfishness that’s in my heart. He has also been speaking to me through a GREAT book that I got for Mothers Day called “Crazy Love.” It calls us to have Crazy Love for Jesus. It is a call to walk away from mediocre “Christianity.” I personally want to live the abundant life God’s called me to. I nor will anyone else will find this abundant life if we are on the throne. It’s time for us to dethrone ourselves, and put Jesus back in His rightful place as King, not just of our world, but of our own lives. It boils down to one simple word-Obedience. When the Lord prompts us to go pray with the nurse at the Dr.’s office, or the Librarian at the library. Lets do it! When He tells us to tell that cashier at Walmart that He loves them, lets do it! When He tells us to put our fate in our husbands hands.( which is really putting it in God’s hands, Prov.21:1) lets do it! When He says He’s enough to make us complete and whole, lets believe Him! When we feel like screaming at the kids, lets speak kindly and gently to them. When He says forsake ALL for me, lets do it! Pleasing Him must be more important than pleasing ourselves or anyone else. Lets do it!