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Thursday, December 30, 2010

Today...

Lately when I have my quiet time with the Lord I come to chapters or books in the Bible I feel led to read. Today I was led to the Book of Haggai... and wow, what a slap in the face. Oh... how I felt like it was talking to me and the entire world around me.

"Consider your ways! You have sown much, and bring in little;
You eat, but do not have enough; You drink, but you are not filled with drink;
You clothe yourselves, but no one is warm; And he who earns wages,
Earns wages to put into a bag with holes." Haggai 1:5 and 6

First... I felt like I was being told "Wake up and look around you!". Have I done what God has been asking me to do?? Have I done what has been presisting me to do?? No.

I am given so much. More than I can put my mind around... and in return I can't do this one thing He is asking of me. One little thing that really isn't all that important... He just wants me to get rid of.

We all want and want and want and are never satisfied. If we are satisfied it is only for a millisecond until we come across something 'bigger and better'.

We all (even myself) just spend and spend. Sometimes we spend when we don't even have the money to cover it. We turn to our 'trusty' credit card. I am sick to death of it all!!! All of this earthly stuff gets in my way. I am at the end of my string. Maybe this is where God wants me right now. Maybe He has put me here to get me to be obedient.

I am sick and tired!!

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Sewing Projects

Some of you know about my new hobby, sewing but for those of you who don't know... I have taken up sewing. A few years ago my husband, Bob got me a Kenmore sewing machine. I really enjoyed sewing and I sewed curtains for our house, but after that I had to put it up because I had no where to keep my machine. I never got my machine out again until a month ago. I decided I was going to start making my children cute clothes that people charge a butt load for. I told myself "If they can do it... I can do it!"

So, off I went to Hobby Lobby in mid-November and bought fabric to make both the girls skirts. I had an idea in my head on what I wanted to make. I really didn't want to use a pattern, but thought I should check them out. In the end I didn't get a pattern... I knew what I wanted to do. So, I went home and got excited about my new adventure. LOL! Here are the 2 skirts I made...

This is Heidi's skirt. I actually made hers second and learned what I should and shouldn't do from the mistakes I mad on Hailee. :o)




Here is Hailee's skirt. I did make a few mistakes but in the end I think it came out okay.


I took a little break after Thanksgiving, but the machine was still out and waiting for me. FINALLY I got to work again and made a tree skirt. I had a few issues but again it all worked out... EXCEPT my machine decided to act up at the very end. I was in the process of sewing the Velcro on the skirt (so that the cat doesn't go sliding around on the skirt and then we would have to bend down and put back like 20 times a day) and my thread kept breaking. :o) I finally gave in and took it into a sewing store... well they didn't fix Kenmore machines. So I was going to have to take it to another sewing store that fixes all machines. To make a long store short I bought a new sewing machine because the Kenmore machine I had wouldn't be worth getting fixed. So I got a beautiful Elna sewing machine and it is wonderful. Anyways... here is a picture of the tree skirt.

Now that I have my new Elna sewing machine I decided to start my first quilt. I have begun and it is looking great, but I am not going to post pictures until it is complete. I am so excited! I want to thank Mindy, Quilting Queen for all her help (so far).

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

"For with God nothing is impossible."

I can not believe how fast this month is gong by... 4 days until Christmas. It is so amazing! Last year I really felt my feelings and thoughts change toward the big day... Christmas (all for good) and this year they have changed even more. This day is so amazing to me and everything that leads up to the birth of Christ.

Last week I read the first two chapters of Luke and I read it totally different then before... I was at awe. Then this past weekend we (Bob and I) watched The Nativity Story. We have owned this movie for 2 years and this is the first time we sat down and watched it. I am such a visual learner that sitting and watching the movie made it come to life. Then I sat here again today reading the first chapter of Luke and again just taken away by God.

I am taken away by the conceiving of John and Jesus but most of all I am totally blown away by the Holy Spirit. I am blown away by Zacharias and when he was told his wife was going to be pregnant at her well advanced age and that the child would "also be filled with the Holy Spirit, even from his mother's womb" (Luke 1:15). So, I sit here wondering what also means... while Zacharias was in the temple praying to the Lord and once the angel came upon him he then was filled with the Holy Spirit? WOW!! Instantly just like that... BAMMM!!

Then sweet innocent Mary was greeted by an angel and told "Do not be afraid, Mary, for you have found favor with God. And behold, you will conceive in your womb and bring forth a Son, and shall call His name Jesus."(Luke 1: 30,31) WOW! Can you imagine... being so young... engaged to a man... being a virgin... and being told this wonderful news that she has found favor is the eyes of God? I can't. I guess this is why I wasn't chosen :o). But most of all being comforted and given a look to the future a bit "He will be great, and will be called the Son of the Highest; and the Lord God will give Him the throne of His father David." (Luke 1:32). But then the Holy Spirit came upon her... just like that she was filled with everything she needed. Then she had total faith... "Behold the maidservant of the Lord! Let it be to me according to your word." (Luke 1:38). Mary was brave!

Finally, Mary went off to see her relative Elizabeth, who has pregnant with John. When Mary walked into Elizabeth's home and Elizabeth heard Mary "her baby leaped inside her womb; and Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit." (Luke 1:41) WOW!! Isn't that just consuming? Instantly filled with the Holy Spirit. I don't think that leap inside her womb was just any leap... it must have been something so unfathomable. Takes my breath away! The Elizabeth instantly spoke to Mary... "Blessed are you among women, and blessed is the fruit of your womb!" (Luke 1:42). All I can say is... GOD!

I guess I am so taken away by the beginning of this book because they were filled with the Holy Spirit before anyone else... before the death on the cross. They were probably filled to just be able to comprehend what was happening and what was going to happen. I don't know about you but it just makes my jaw drop at the thought.

This Christmas I will be thinking about the Holy Spirit and all Jesus has done for us. I will sit and think about how Mary must have felt when told the news and how honored and humbled she must have felt when holding that sweet baby boy. It gives me tears to even think about that our Savior was born on this earth. That He was God in human flesh. It blows my mind... I don't even have words.

I pray you all will be able to have a moment to sit and ponder on this... ponder on the all consuming Holy Spirit and that you would think about Jesus and how special a gift He was to us.

Thursday, December 16, 2010

Beautiful Prophecy

This is John's father, Zacharias speaking after he was filled with the Holy Spirit...

"Blessed is the Lord God of Israel,
For He has visited and redeemed His people,

And has raised up a horn of salvation for us
In the house of His servant David,
As He spoke by the mouth of His holy prophets,

Who have been since the world began,
That we should be saved from our enemies
And from the hand of all who hates us,
To preform the mercy promised to our fathers

And to remember His holy covenant,
The oath which he swore to our father Abraham:

To grant us that we,
Being delivered from the hand of our enemies,
Might serve Him without fear,
In holiness and righteousness before Him all the days of our life.

"And you child, will be called the prophet of the Highest;
For you will go before the face of the Lord to prepare His ways,
To give knowledge of salvation to His people
By the remission of their sins,
Through the tender mercy of our God,
With which the dayspring from on high has visited us;
To give light to those who sit in darkness and the shadow of death,
To guide our feet into the way of peace." Luke 1:68-79

Such truth, faith, belief, trust, and prophecy in this passage. It just amazes me! I am going to write more tomorrow on more that amazes me, but for right now... I am pondering on these words. WOW! It just blows my mind!







Monday, December 13, 2010

T.M.I. or just total coolness??

Okay... I have been debating about this post but really feel like it is so cool. Sorry to all of you who will think this is to much information. LOL!

As I prepare for the Israel trip in April I have become very at ease with some things I was anxious about and a little uneasy. Such as... the food, sleeping arrangements, showers, and the list can go on. I know all of this doesn't matter and I will be taken care of, but one thing I continue to ponder on is... well.... my once a month 'friend', my period. I DO NOT want to be on my period while traipsing around Israel. The last thing I want to worry about is my once a month 'friend'. God knows this has been one of my concerns because 1. I have brought it before Him and 2. I have been thinking about this and going on and on about it. I had total plans to talk to my O.B. about this and ask her to help me with my 'problem'.

So here is the coolness... My 'friend' comes to visit at the beginning of every month (yes right at the time I would be in the middle of the wilderness) and I knew this was going to be a problem. But... for some reason my 'friend' wasn't visiting her normal time... of course my first thought was.... "I AM NOT PREGNANT!!!". That would just be ridiculous because why would God have me be with child if His plan was for my to go to Israel in April. No way!!! I knew I was not pregnant but still had that thought race through my head. So I waited... if I was pregnant (which I knew I wasn't) I would just wait and if I was not pregnant (which I knew I was) I knew God had a reason for this. I began to ponder what was going on in my body... since I WAS NOT pregnant I began to wonder if my POS (polycycstic ovary syndrome) was back... then I thought "NO WAY!". I have lost 30 lbs. that is a good thing and POS should not be in the picture. I then had crossed pregnancy and POS off my list. I knew this was God... I knew he was answering a prayer. He is beginning to prepare my body for this adventure. My 'friend' came to visit on the 11th instead of the 6th... yes, totally the coolness of God. I knew it was Him... He is getting me ready for the trip of my life. To prepare me for what He has in my path int he future. God is so good!

Friday, December 10, 2010

To Whom It May Concern:

I am terribly hurt (and no it is not my husband). I am hurt by the lacking of the other side. The other side of a relationship I hold dear. I relationship that goes back to the good ol' days when we were carefree of anything important.

I put major effort into relationships that I feel very strong bonds with... it doesn't happen with every person I become close with. I pour into people I grow close to to the extent of exhaustion. I care for close relationships as if they were family. This may sound selfish... but when I don't receive the same effort or something that seems meaningful to me it HURTS and it hurts BAD! Bad to where I don't know what to do... and when I am let down so many times I just don't know where to go with it.

I have become very forgiving since I was born again. Forgiveness I can never explain. I will continue to forgive, but there will still be a wound that has to to heal and this time the wound is deep. Deep to where a sorry won't just mend it, but a lot of prayer and leaning on God is the only cure and way to heal.

While I sit in this quiet house and ponder my own thoughts... I have come to realize how hurt I have become. I need to really pray about this and the next words I chose because who knows how much longer I can go.

Me venting...

This is just me venting... I have no one to talk to about it and the one I do want/need to talk to has gone to bed.

I am SICK TO DEATH of all the hours Bob works!! I am SICK TO DEATH of feeling like a single mom and doing most everything!

I am very grateful for his job... don't get me wrong. He works for a great company that cares for him and he gets paid well.

It is the hours... and it seems like Bob feels like he owes this job every possible hour. Almost to where his family is put on the back burner.

You may be thinking... "Why don't you talk to Bob about this?" And I have. I can only talk so much.... he is the one that has to put it in action.

Bob is so tired and has to get up so early 6 days a week. He doesn't get the rest he needs and then I get the short end of the stick. After the kids go to bed and he gets situated... he plops on the couch and is out instantly... snoozing away. There is absolutely no us time unless we go out on a date.

I am just sick of it!!! We got home from our ABF Christmas party tonight, got the kids in bed, and off to bed Bob goes. He expects me to go to be too, but I need to wind down before sleeping. I am just SICK AND TIRED!!!

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Only a Hippopotamus will do...

I heard this song yesterday on the radio and instantly fell in love with it. As we were listen to this song in the car I asked Hailee if she wanted a Hippopotamus for Christmas and she said "We already have that game." LOL! She was talking about Hungry Hungry Hippo. LOL! That made me laugh and I thought I would share. :o) Here are the words to "I want a hippopotamus for Christmas."

I want a hippopotamus for Christmas
Only a hippopotamus will do
Don't want a doll, no dinky Tinker Toy
I want a hippopotamus to play with and enjoy

I want a hippopotamus for Christmas
I don't think Santa Claus will mind, do you?
He won't have to use our dirty chimney flue
Just bring him through the front door,
that's the easy thing to do

I can see me now on Christmas morning,
creeping down the stairs
Oh what joy and what surprise
when I open up my eyes
to see a hippo hero standing there

I want a hippopotamus for Christmas
Only a hippopotamus will do
No crocodiles, no rhinoceroses
I only like hippopotamuses
And hippopotamuses like me too

(Short Music Interlude)

Mom says the hippo would eat me up, but then
Teacher says a hippo is a vegeterian

(Short Music Interlude)

There's lots of room for him in our two-car garage
I'd feed him there and wash him there and give him his massage

I can see me now on Christmas morning,
creeping down the stairs
Oh what joy and what surprise
when I open up my eyes
to see a hippo hero standing there

I want a hippopotamus for Christmas
Only a hippopotamus will do
No crocodiles or rhinoceroseses
I only like hippopotamuseses
And hippopotamuses like me too!

The Just Live by Faith

Then the Lord answered me (Habakkuk) and said:
"Write the vision
And make it plain on tablets,
That he may run who reads it.
For the vision is yet for an appointed time;
But at the end it will speak, and it will not lie.
Thought it tarries (meaning staying longer than intended), wait for it;
Because it will surely come,
It will not tarry.
Behold the proud,
His soul is not upright in him;
But the just shall live by his faith."

Habakkuk 2:2-4

As I sit and ponder this book of Habakkuk it makes me think about today's world. It is almost like Habakkuk is talking about this world now. But I know God is here and I know He is involved in every detail of today's world. We may not understand his reasoning, but this is when faith comes in and having total faith that He is in control. Habakkuk didn't know about Jesus and all that was going to happen with Him, but God sure did give him a little heads up. I wonder after hearing the assurance from God if it made him feel better and have more faith in Him?

I have to be honest.. I don't have the faith I wish I had. I can't quite put my finger on it, but things I desire and want to change I haven't fallen down on my knees before Him and asked for His grace and mercy. I haven't asked for Him to move in a certain situation to make it all about Him. I know that isn't bringing Him glory by 'keeping it to myself'... I need to just confess and bring it all to Him, but for some reason other things seem to always come first. Why do I do this?

I have grown in my faith and I know He can save, heal, and change any circumstance... I just need to give it up and give it to Him. I know He wants it all for His glory, so I need to just give it up. Be done with it! He has great things waiting for me and my family... now is the time to let Him move.

Thursday, December 2, 2010

He already knows.

Lately, I have been focused more on God. I feel like my heart has been more in line with His than ever before (this is not saying much because I still have things I am wrestling with), but my thoughts are more around Him. I have been repenting more on things I would have never thought I needed to repent before. Things that I thought were just normal... things that everyone struggles with. If everyone struggles with it then it is not a sin I need to worry about? Right? So very wrong.

I have been praying that God be glorified through me actions, words, and attitude. That His thoughts would be my thoughts, His hands be my hands, His feet be my feet, His words be my words. I have these desires to be totally transformed forever and ever. I have desires I don't even know are desires, but He already knows. I sit hear in my own tears... not even knowing what these tears mean... desperately wanting Him to take my life and let it be all for Him and His glory. But, somehow this world creeps in and I let it ruin the desires of my heart. I don't live for this world... I live for bringing glory to my Father, the Most High.

So many things I am wrestling with and so many things I don't even know what to do with. But, I do know... that He already knows and I have faith in Him and His path/adventure He will lead me on.

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Stoked!!!

Last night I was invited to go have dinner with an Israel guide. This guide has lead and taught Pastor Brian Haynes, who will be leading my Israel trip. Yes, my Israel trip... I have total faith that God will provide and have total peace that this is His will. So, it is my Israel trip. LOL! Everything I have been told about this experience is everything I have been expecting. I was told I will come home yearning to study and read God's word. There won't be any... "Oh... I have to read God's word." There will be excitement and it will come alive. I want to be renewed... I want to have new-life in my new-life. I just cannot wait to get there...

I am scared though... that I won't be able to put it into words... that so many will want to hear about my experience that I just won't know how to explain it all. I am planning to journal on my adventure and maybe that will help with me explaining what my 'new' eyes have seen. I still pray God be glorified through it all whatever the outcome may be... but He is providing funds for my trip to the most Holyland and this I am very grateful for.

Another fear I have is that I will want to go again and again and again... I know I will want more. I guess I can't be greedy... and if it is God's will He will make it happen. I know He has mighty plans for my life and I feel this trip will have a lot to do with His wonderful plan. He is so mighty, powerful, loving, merciful, and total light. He is my light and I can not do life without Him.

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Light It Up

This past weekend we lit it up. We turned on our Christmas cheer.... well for some reason I couldn't find the cheer, but by the end of the decorating it was there. LOL! Here is a little look into our decorating time.






Both girls really enjoyed decorating the tree.... Hailee especially. Now her new things is "How much longer until Christmas?" LOL! Tomorrow we begin Attributes of Jesus and putting our own spin on it. :o) Check back tomorrow to see our first Attribute.

Monday, November 29, 2010

Thanksgiving in Tyler

Here is a sneak peek of our Thanksgiving. It was a true blessing to be with family this year. The kiddos had a gerat time together playing and getting tickled to death by Uncle Pat.
Everyone loves some good ol' Uncle Pat abuse. :o)

Heidi being tossed around

Hailee being tossed around...

Uncle Pat with his 3 munchkins
Hailee and Eva ready to go adventure the great outdoors...
Heidi throwing a fit for who knows why...

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

It is that time of year again...

This time of the year really makes me think of all I am thankful for. It makes me put every in perspective and lets me see the big picture. Everyone in my home is healthy and growing and we have not lost anyone to death. During this time of the year I begin to think of the ones who are not so fortunate or the ones have broken families. I have began to make a list (in my head) of all that I am thankful for and I believe over the years it has changed and grown into something deeper. When I say deeper... I mean what is really important and what I really need to focus on more.

I always look forward to this time of the year because it gives off this wonderful feeling. I love the cooler weather, the bustling around, giving gifts to those unexpecting it, and being able to share God's love for us more openly. I also become sad at this time of the year because it has become all about the gifts and how big and expensive these gifts 'have' to be. Sometimes I wish we could just go one year with out gifts and spend the time together concentrating on what this season is truly about. Even though I say this... I love giving my girls gifts. I love seeing their eyes twinkle and their smiles they give while they open and play with their new toys. Then I begin to see a glimpse of what God sees and feels when we trust our faith in Him and when we are obedient to Him and His holy word.

Here is my Thankful list:

1. Thankful that I was made in the image of Christ and that my soul is saved through the blood of Jesus Christ.
2. Thankful for God guiding my life.
3. Thankful for Bob who loves me with all of my flaws.
4. Thankful for being able to live in this free country.
5. Thankful for being able to homeschool Hailee with no questions.
6. Thankful for Hailee's life and all the joy that comes with watching her grow.
7. Thankful for Heidi's life and all the joy that comes with watching her grow.
8. Thankful for Bob's job that supports us all.
9. Thankful for the roof over our head and the A/C and heat.
10. Thankful for the food in our fridge and pantry.
11. Thankful for Kingsland Baptist who continues lead me and Bob on the right path.
12. Thankful for our ABF who are all loving and supportive and continue to help us grow and flourish into the hands and feet of God.
13. Thankful for our family who loves us so much.
14. Thankful for our friends, who I call family.

I could go on and on but... this is the list for now. I hope you will be able to sit (or clean like I did) and think about all God has provided for you. Nothing is ever a coincident... it is always ALL GOD!

Happy Thanksgiving!!!!

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Full of Thankfulness

I am truly thankful for these 2 little girls. Yes, we may have rough days together and get on each others nerves, but really my life would be so boring, lonely, and very dull without them. They make me into a better person and these little girls have helped my grow in my faith. I would not be where I am today if it wasn't for these 2 smiley girls. I love you, Hailee and Heidi!!!!

*Special thanks to my special friend who watch the girls today while I went to the doctor.*

Sunday, November 14, 2010

Happy Birthday Hailee!!!

I can't believe it. Hailee turned 6 years old today. We had a great family day and ended it with some Chuck E Cheese fun! I don't know who was having more fun Bob or Hailee :o)... yes, I have 2 big kids. :o)

I feel like just yesterday I had Hailee and then the first few weeks of her life I slept in our recliner with her in my arms or laying on my chest. It was such a sweet time that I will never forget. I cherish this special time we have together in these early years of hers and I love how Hailee and Heidi have this special time to bond before Hailee wants nothing to do with Heidi anymore. I pray she keeps her innocence and sweet spirit as long as possible. :o)

Here are some pictures of her special day (sorry they are blurry they were done with my cell phone in bad lighting)...



One of Hailee's gifts today... Pepper, a little American Girl pet

Hailee and Heidi watching something at Chuck E Cheese

What we saw on the outside
Games
and more games..

Friday, November 12, 2010

2 months and counting...

Here is my little Hailee; Riding away on Belle. This last Wednesday was the first time she was taken off the lunge line for the entire lesson. Hailee is getting stronger, smarter, and multi-tasking right before my eyes. I am so proud of her!




She is loving her riding lesson and I am loving watching her transform into a little Equestrian.

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Lost in Today's World

We all get lost in today's world. We want the new in thing or we want more of something... we are never fulfilled with what we have. I am just as guilty with wanting more, but I think I will have to say my wants have changed a bit... I want more of God. I want what He wants. I want to do what He wants. I feel very content with what we have and I will have to say it isn't as much as most and occasionally a catch myself wanting my house to look cute or bigger, etc. But, really... I am good. (Except our kitchen faucet which I am about to throw out the window, but that is another story all in its own).

I was brought to Jeremiah chapter 2 today and as I read this chapter I felt like it was speaking to me. I felt like as I was reading this chapter it continued to point towards today's world in the United States. Our country and it's people are so lost.

I have talked to a few people that I don't normally talk to lately and religion and God came up (mostly due to my Israel letter). Their views are totally messed up. They have their own view on God and put Him in a box. They get so lost in what is important to them here on this earth they forget about who made this place they call "home" and they forget who made them. There is so much more to living here and believing in something bigger than you. It is all about living every single day doing, saying, thinking, breathing Jesus. I feel like life here is all about striving to be more holy like the One who made us in His image. It is not about doing things every once in a while in His name or being His hands and feet when we feel like it... but it is all about doing it all the time!

My reason for wanting to go on this Israel trip has been questioned and that is fine. People have the freedom to ask or question me all they want, but when I begin to be questioned about my reasons for going on this trip... it begins to hurt. I feel like I very bluntly put it out there... I want to get as close as possible to where Jesus has been, I want learn and read the Bible and watch it come alive, and I want to be changed forever when I come home to my family. I continue to feel the peace of the Holy Spirit regarding this trip and I know this is His will for me.

All I want to do in this life is grow closer to the holy One and bring Him glory in all I do. I do have my struggles and am not anywhere close to where I know I need to be, but I am trying to concentrate on Him and what He wants for me and my family. I would have to say that is a start.

I pray that this world and the people in it might get a glimpse of it all. Read the Truth and have faith in God's wonderful plan.

Monday, November 8, 2010

Sight Word Caterpillar


Today, we didn't do much school because as you can tell Hailee doesn't feel 100%. We did some math (which took way to long but that is another story) and then we made the Sight Word Caterpillar. These are the sight words she has memorized so far. YAY! Go Hailee!!!
We haven't done much of Five in a Row lately because we have been so busy lately but, we are going to pick it back up during the off time of Friday school (a Co-Op) and WAM. So very soon I will be posting more pictures of school activities.
Have a great Monday!

Saturday, November 6, 2010

How time flies...

Where has the time gone? Hailee had her 6th birthday party today while next weekend is her actually birthday... I can't believe Hailee is 6! I remember being pregnant with her, giving birth to her, and bringing her home for the first time. I guess these memories will always feel like yesterday. Here are some pictures from her birthday party today. I love you more than words, my sweet Hailee.















Much thanks to Jennifer Massey for making this beautiful yummy Hello Kitty cake.

Thursday, November 4, 2010

Prayer

Psalm 27

The Lord is my light and my salvation;
Whom shall I fear?
The Lord is the strength of my life;
Of whom shall I be afraid?
When the wicked some against me
To eat up my flesh,
My enemies and foes,
They stumbled and fell.
Though an army may encamp against me,
My heart shall not fear;
Though a war may rise against me,
In this I will be confident.

One thing I have desired of the Lord;
That will I seek;
That I may dwell in the house of the Lord
All the days of my life,
To behold the beauty of the Lord,
And to inquire in His temple.
For in the time of trouble
You shall hide me in Your pavilion;
In the secret place of Your tabernacle
You shall hide me;
You shall set me high upon a rock.

And now my head shall be lifted up above
my enemies all around me;
Therefore I will offer sacrifices of joy in Your
tabernacle;
I will sing, yes, I will sing praises to the Lord.

Hear, O Lord, when I cry with her voice!
Have mercy up on me, and answer me.
When You said "Seek My face,"
My heart said to You, "Your face, Lord, I will
seek."
Do not hide Your face from me;
Do not turn Your servant away in anger;
You have been my help;
Do not leave me nor forsake me,
O God of my salvation.
When my father and my mother forsake me,
Then the Lord will take care of me.

Teach me Your way, O Lord,
And lead me in a smooth path, because of
her enemies.
Do not deliver me to the will of my adversaries;
For false witness have risen against me,
And such as breathe out violence.
I would have lost heart, unless I had believed
That I would see the goodness of the Lord
In the land of the living.

Wait on the Lord;
Be of good courage,
And He shall strengthen your heart;
Wait, I say on the Lord!!


I came across this verse today and began to feel the urge to pray for a new special friend. I thought I would share this with all of you and hoping it brings you encouragement.

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

My Busy Heidi










Heidi is so busy. She is usually to busy to even acknowledge that I am yelling at her trying to get her attention. This is Heidi and there is nothing I can do about it... except to continue to try to get her attention with whatever I possibly can. Love her!

Monday, November 1, 2010

Growing in Faith

Today I read Acts 20-24 and I dug into it. These chapters are so inspiring! They inspire me to put it all out there and walk only in Faith and totally trust in my God. I really wanted to blog about these chapters, but not really sure what to say... I feel they pretty much explain themselves, but we will see if I am spoken to through them. :o)

Acts 20:17-24
"From Miletus he sent to Ephesus and called for the elders of the church. And when they had come to him, he said to them: "You know, from the first day I came to Asia, in what manner I always lived among you, serving the Lord with all humility, with many tears and trials which happened to me by the plotting of the Jews; how I kept back nothing that was helpful, but proclaimed it to you, and taught you publicly and from house to house, testifying to Jews, and also to Greeks, repentance to God and faith toward our Lord Jesus Christ. And see, now I go bound in the spirit to Jerusalem, not knowing the things that will happen to me there, except that the Holy Spirit testifies in every city, saying that chains and tribulation awaits me. But none of these things move me; nor do I count my life dear to myself, so that I may finish my race with joy, and the ministry which I received from the Lord Jesus, to testify to the gospel of the grace of God."

Paul is so bold with his words. I can't get over how he just lays it out there and how he has total faith that this work he is doing on earth is all for God's glory and that his life here is nothing without Jesus. Just reading these words makes me want to be better... and just dive into whatever God has in store for me.

Acts 21:13
"Paul answered, "What do you mean by weeping and breaking my heart? For I am ready not only to be bound, but also to die at Jerusalem for the name of the Lord Jesus."

Paul was replying to everyone who was telling him not to go to Jerusalem because he could be bound and put to death. But, Paul had no fear because it was all in the name of Jesus. How awesome is that? That is how he should all live every single day. Not scared to share our faith boldly but speak in love and show others what the real love of Jesus is. We shouldn't be scared of other's responses to our faith, but know what we live by is Truth and pray for those who question our faith.

Acts 23:11
"But the following night the Lord stood by him and said, "Be in good cheer, Paul; for as you have testified for Me in Jerusalem, so you must also bear witness to Rome."

WOW!!! The Lord stood by Paul and told him that he was doing well and that it was pleasing Him. How cool is that? Confirmation that all the torture and ridicule that he was going through was bringing glory to the Lord. Paul was being obedient no matter who or what was torturing him. WOW!

Acts 24:14-16
"But this I confess to you, that according to the Way which they call a sect, so I worship the God of my fathers, believing all things which are written by Law and in the Prophets. I have hope in God, which they themselves also accept, that there will be a resurrection of the dead, both of the just and injust. This being so, I myself always strive to have a conscience without offense toward God and men."

I have such faith in the Way because I know it is the only Way... the only way to make it through this life on earth, the only way to bring others to know Christ, the only way to bring glory to my Father, the only way to encourage others in their faith, the only way to grow in my faith, and the only way to make it to my everlasting life in heaven. Paul is such an inspiration. His life my not be my life, but it gives me hope and grows my faith. I pray for this boldness and the words from God to speak into others lives that might help build up their relationship with the Lord Jesus Christ.

Sunday, October 31, 2010

Pumpkin Prayer

Dear Jesus,

As I carve my pumpkin help me pray this prayer:

Open my mind so I can learn about You;
(cut the top off the pumpkin)

Take all my sin and forgive the wrong that I do.
(clean out the inside)

Open my eyes so Your love I will see;
(cute out eyes shaped like hearts)

I'm sorry for the times I've turned up my nose at what You've given to me.
(cut a nose in the shape of the cross)

Open my ears so Your Word I will hear;
(cut ears shaped like the Bible)

Open my mouth to tell others You're near.
(cute the mouth in the shape of a fish)

Let You light shine in all I say and do!
(place a candle inside and light it)

Amen.
Here are some pictures of our pumpkin carving we did last night. I really wanted to emphasis this year about Jesus and all He has and continues to do for us. And no mater what we should shine the light He has given us.


Before we started.

The pumpkin goo

As you can tell neither one of the girls was into the pumpkin goo

Watching intently... making sure daddy doesn't chop a finger off
Lighting the pumpkin up for all to see

We have light... how about you?
Happy Halloween!

Friday, October 29, 2010

Download and Go~ Terrific Tigers Giveaway

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Knowing Real Love

The other day I was talking to my mom about love... we were talking about about real love. I was saying that if someone isn't a Christ follower that they don't know real love. Then we got on the topic that just because they aren't a Christ follower doesn't mean they don't know how to love. I continue to stand firm on if you don't believe Jesus came to this earth and died for you and me while we had such sinful hearts... that you do not know REAL love.

"For God so loved the world that He sent His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life." John 3:16

This is probably one of the most famous verses in the Bible. I knew this verse when I was young and didn't understand it at all! We were told to memorize this verse, but I couldn't because I had no clue what this love was and I wasn't having it poured into me at home. You have to understand this love... God gave His son death. Jesus knew what God wanted from Him and what He wanted Jesus to do... and Jesus was obedient to the plan of His death because He knew this was God's will for Him. We couldn't never ever in a million year wrap our heads around the fact that God's Son died for us... God had this plan for Jesus. I could never kill or have someone kill one of my girls for someone else. I am way to selfish, but God is jealous for me.

"This is My commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you. Greater love has no one than this, than to lay down one's life for his friends." John 15:12,13

I am not saying a non-believer can not love, because that is not true. You can be good and love all day long, but that is not what God wants or calls us to be. He wants us to be truthful and be all that He made us to be. His love is so far above anything we could ever do, but as a Christ follower we can strive to be that loving. Loving is so much more than just love... it is respect, patience, kindness, etc. It is so much more than words.

"Love suffers long and is kind; love does not envy; love does not parade itself, it is not puffed up; does not behave rudely, does not seek its own, is not provoked, thinks no evil; does not rejoice in iniquity, but rejoice in truth; bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. Love never fails."
1 Corinthians 13:4-8

Love is innocence and never to be altered because of anything. If you can not be loving and kind through bad times (or really any times good or bad) than it isn't love. It is merely putting up with that person. But, thankfully we have a good example of love and how it can flourish and be something that grows through any calm or storm.

"By this we know love, because He laid down His life for us. And we also ought to lay down our lives for the brethren. But whoever has this world's goods, and sees his brother in need, and shuts up his heart from him, how does the love of God abide in him? My little children, let us not love in word or in tongue, but in deed and in truth." 1 John 3:16-18

Love is hard. It goes hand in hand with labor... "labor of love" (1 Thessalonians 1:3). No one said it would be easy, but if God can do it we can do it. He made us out of His own image... so anything is possible. Through God all things are possible. No matter where a person comes from or what he or she's background my be... we need to reach out and be the hands and feet of Jesus and love all and show them God's love and be the light.

Thursday, October 28, 2010

Remembering Psalm 103

Last night a wise women reminded me of Psalm 103. God is so merciful to us... we constantly put God in this bubble and do things and think things that are so unpleasing to Him, but He continues to show us mercy. This is mercy we will never see or feel on earth until the 2nd coming of Jesus. This is mercy is unconditional love...

Psalm 103
Praise for the Lord Mercies

Bless the Lord, O my soul;
And that is all within me, bless His holy name!

Bless the Lord, O my soul,
And forget not all His benefits:
Who forgives all your iniquities,
Who heals all you diseases,
Who redeems yours life from destruction,
Who crowns you with lovingkindness and tender mercies,
Who satisfies your mouth with good things,
So that your youth is renewed like the eagle's.

The Lord executes righteousness
And justice for all who are oppressed.
He made known His ways to Moses,
His acts to the children of Israel.
The Lord is merciful and gracious,
Slow to anger, and abounding in mercy.
He will not always strive with us,
Nor will He keep His anger forever.
He has not dealt with us according to our sins,
Nor punished us according to our iniquities.

For the heavens and high above the earth,
So great is His mercy toward those who fear Him;
As far as the east is from the west,
So far has He removed our transgressions from us.
As a father pities his children,
So the lord pities those who fear Him.
For he knows our frame (Psalm 139:15);
He remembers that we are dust.

As for man, his days are like grass;
As a flower of the field, so he flourishes.
For the wind passes over it, and it is gone,
And its place remembers it no more (Job 7:10).
But the mercy of the Lord is from everlasting to everlasting
On those who fear Him,
And His righteousness to children's children,
To such as keep His covenant,
And to those who remember His commandments to do them.

The Lord has established His throne in heaven,
And His kingdom rules over all.

Bless the Lord, you His angels,
Who excel in strength, who do His word,
Heeding the voice of His word.
Bless the Lord, all you His hosts,
You ministers of His, who do His pleasure.
Bless the Lord, all His works,
In all places of His dominion.

Bless the Lord, O my soul!

This scripture really makes me sit and think about my life and what it is about. I don't want any part of my life not to be centered around Christ. Does that make sense? I want every part of everything I do to be pleasing to the Lord. I have figured out that feeling that you get when you know what you did was not what God wanted. Here is an example of that feeling... You all know I LOVE horses! I use to ride and I have missed it. Loving horses and being around them is like breathing for me... just so easy. When we got Hailee involved in horse back riding it made me begin to feel how much I had truly missed it. So, I talked to Hailee's instructor and asked her if she could train me. Of course she said yes... but when I emailed her about me riding I had this funny feeling that I shouldn't. I don't know if you know this but horse back riding is a very EXPENSIVE sport. Anyways... I continued on. I was so excited and let my feelings take control... but I couldn't shake this feeling inside, but I continued on my high. Around the time I had my third lesson I began to feel very overwhelmed with all that was on my plate and beginning to feel the stress financially. Then I began to realize what that unsettling feeling was... it was God. This feeling was not that God doesn't want me to ride, but more of that He doesn't want me to ride right now. He knows I have so much going on and more important things to tend to... like my relationship with Him. This is my example of that feeling... some will say it is your conscience but I say it is all God. It was hard for me to email Hailee's instructor and end my riding lessons, but I knew this was what God wanted... and really that is all I want.

My faith needs to not be in man, but in the One who holds it all in His hands.

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Power of Prayer

*Warning- I did not proof read this blog post.*

I have talked to all of you about my BFF, Lyndsay and her son Aidan. I have told you all how sick Aidan is and how none of the doctors knows what it is that is making him so sick. His symptoms seem to get worse and intensify. Lyndsay and her husband, Ben took Aidan to see a specialist is Illinois last month and it was useless, pointless, and a waste of time. He couldn't help them because Aidan doesn't have the constant symptoms of OMS. Ridiculous! Anyways... Lyndsay took Aidan to the ER a few weeks ago about because Aidan couldn't walk. He wasn't paralyzed, but he couldn't put weight on his legs and couldn't keep them straight. The doctors couldn't do anything... they said it was a virus and they just had to wait it out. To make a long story short... the next day he began to walk a little more and the next a little more than the day before. Aidan continues to have balance issues and issues inside. It seems like his little body is falling apart and gradually giving in, but Aidan continues to fight. He is a strong little boy and very strong heart... and I think it has a lot to do with his Momma.

This day has been good. I feel like prayers have been answered. Today Lyndsay went to see a doctor who specializes in movement. Come to find out the doctor also is a Neurologist. Praise the Lord. She was sweet, concerned (not to concerned to scare Lyndsay), and very thorough. She pulled out Aidan's chart and spoke to Lyndsay about things... asked her about things other doctors hadn't been concerned about. This Neurologist is now specifically on Aidan's case. Praise God! Aidan had a lot of blood taken today to check for all new things that could be wrong and causing Aidan's body to fail. So now we just wait until these test come back.

Another huge reason why today was so great is that our church was having a prayer meeting and asked for anyone who has been ill to come and be prayed over and be anointed with oil. As soon as we walked in that room I felt the Lord's presence. He was there in that room. It was so powerful. Aidan got prayed over by the power of holy words, he got scripture poured over him, and love and encouragement was spoken to Lyndsay. It was an amazing night. All these people that have been praying for Lyndsay and Aidan could put a face with these prayer requests and Lyndsay had a chance to see just a glimpse of who was praying for her and Aidan and hear these wonderful words from so many people. God was glorified tonight! He is so powerful and so able to heal Aidan. We are praying Aidan begins to be healed tonight and that God would completely heal this little boy. He is so worthy!

God is in control... and I need to seek Him more. I need to be obedient to His word and His whisper. He is so worthy of my obedience and I need to continue to remember He is way bigger than me and totally in control of all this chaos here on earth. I love my God and I feel it deepening more and more. My God is greater... stronger than any other...

Monday, October 25, 2010

Struggles...

I struggle with the stupidest stuff! I was reading the Book of Deuteronomy today and reading about how the Israelites continued to question God after all he had done for them and all He has for them still. He wanted them to go to the land He had promised their forefathers too. The land flowing with milk and honey, but they were scared. Scared of who and what was down there.

So I sit and ponder... If I was in that day and age and was about to go into the promise land... would I be questioning God and His promises? I don't know... I am the type of person if you tell me something I am going to believe you and trust what you are telling me is the truth and that you are going to carry it out. I try to be like this. You should know if I tell you something... I am going to do my best to fulfill what I promised. So, yes I think I would be a believer and follow God on His promises. I guess you could call me Caleb. He seemed to be the only one ready to jump into whatever God had. If not there would be consequences.

So why in this day and age do I struggle with obedience. I know this is God telling me to get rid of my cable (one of my struggles). I really do not need it. I don't watch half the channels that we do have... I guess it is the fear of missing the channels we do watch. I know it sounds pretty pathetic. God has been working with me on this for a while and I continue to be disobedient and try to turn it around and make it all about me. Why?

This just makes me sick. Maybe it is making me sick because I have prayed that God would disgust me with sin. I am pretty disgusted with myself. If you could pray for God to continue to peak away at me until I give into His holiness.

Sunday, October 24, 2010

This is all I want my life to be...

Glory to God Forever

Before the world was made
Before you spoke it to be
You were the King of Kings
Yeah you were, yeah you were
And now you’re reigning still
Enthroned above all things
Angels and saints cry out
We join them as we sing

Glory to God, Glory to God
Glory to God, Forever
Glory to God, Glory to God
Glory to God, Forever
Yeah...

Creator God you gave me breath so I could praise
Your great and matchless name
All my days, all my days
So let my whole life be
A blazing offering
A life that shouts and sings
The greatness of the King

Glory to God, Glory to God
Glory to God, Forever
Glory to God, Glory to God
Glory to God, Forever

Take my life and let it be
All for you and for your glory
Take my life and let it be yours
Take my life and let it be
All for you and for your glory
Take my life and let it be yours
We sing…

Glory to God, Glory to God
Glory to God, Forever
Glory to God, Glory to God
Glory to God, Forever

We sing…

Glory to God, Glory to God
Glory to God, Forever
Glory to God, Glory to God
Glory to God, Forever

Take my life and let it be
All for you and for your glory
Take my life and let it be yours
Take my life and let it be
All for you and for your glory
Take my life and let it be yours
We sing…

Glory to God, Glory to God
Glory to God, Forever...


I pray this all the time. That He would take my life and make it all about Him. I don't want anything this world has to offer and I want to do everything for His glory. I also, pray He continues to turn my world upside down and make it feel like chaos, because when it feels like that I know He is at work.

Friday, October 22, 2010

Mistys Blessings Giveaway

My friend, Misty is having a 100 Fan Giveaway!!!! Totally AWESOME! You can register up to 16 times on her blog to get a $10 gift certificate. Go check out all the great things she has in her Etsy store (here).

Thursday, October 21, 2010

The Jig is Up

I guess... "the jig is up" phrase is not right because it means the trick is over. But, I have been messing with some of you and I love it. LOL! Anyways... here is what is going on...

I after an adventure... an adventure I feel I am being called to do. Here it is...

Dear family and friends,

A year ago, I had a stirring of my heart to take a trip to Israel that our church, Kingsland Baptist, goes on every year. I knew this was something I wanted to do, but wanted to make sure that this was God's will and not just an earthly desire of mine. I have prayed about this opportunity and continue to feel the push of the Holy Spirit that I am to continue to pursue this spiritual adventure. I have been praying for each one of you and the reaction you may have to my request.

First let me share my desire to go on this trip. I want to go on the Israel trip and learn and see with my own two eyes what the Bible speaks of. I want to walk where Jesus walked, I want to stand where He spoke His holy words, and I want to be in awe of the holy land I read about. I want to breath in the air and walk through the wilderness; I want to experience the culture and the people. I want to be in view of God with all distractions out of the way. On this trip we (the study group) will be studying as we hike the rocky terrain. We will sit under trees in the wilderness to cool off and study and read more of God's wonderful word. We will stand in the very spot miraculous healings and words took place. We will see things we never thought we would ever see and feel the Holy Spirit consume us in new ways.

I know this sounds like an earthly vacation, but really these are desires of my heart to grow closer to holiness. I believe the love I have for my Father will grow and develop more strongly then I could ever imagine. I know I will come back to my family with more love, compassion, long-suffering, and fruit to share with all. I pray that this trip won't just impact me, but that it will touch everyone I meet. I know I will have a different outlook on life because of the trip to Israel. I pray my family would have a change of heart from what I have to share from going to Israel. I want my eyes to be open and change how I love people, how I speak to people, how I think about people, how I raise my kids, how I love my husband, and how I praise and worship my Father.

I am sending this letter to ask for your help. While Bob and I both agree I should go to Israel we just simply don't have the money. Bob and I are committed to contribute $500 (but will try for more) to the trip which costs $4200. Your sponsorship in the form of a financial contribution will make it possible for me to go to Israel in April 2011. The first payment of $1000 is due on December 31, 2010.

If you are willing to help by sponsoring me on this trip please send a check to the church (address below), made out to Kingsland Baptist noting: Israel Scholarship for Sterling Greene. Any contribution would be greatly appreciated. If you have questions feel free to call or email me or email Brian Haynes, a pastor at Kingsland that will be leading the trip, at bhaynes@kingsland.org .

I will be sending an update in the beginning of next year on how God is working in my life and how everything is coming together. I pray this letter finds you all well and pray you feel the desire of my heart through these words.

20555 Kingsland Blvd.
Katy, TX 77450

Much Love,
Sterling Greene

Most of you have gotten this letter, but some of you who just know me through this blog now know what is going on. God is changing me... changing me from the inside out. I still have a lot of work to do, but know going on this trip will make a drastic dent. A Godly-dent and who doesn't want that? Oh... how I love Godly adventures!



A Good Reminder

Psalm 100

"Make a joyful shout to the Lord, all you lands!
Serve the Lord with gladness;
Come before His presence with singing.
Know that the Lord, He is God;
It is He who has made us, and not we ourselves;
We are His people and the sheep of His pasture.

Enter into His gates with thanksgiving,
And into His courts of praise.
Be thankful to Him, and bless His name.

For the Lord is good;
His mercy is everlasting,
And His truth endures to all generations."

This has not been a great day in the Greene house. There has been lots of crying from the little ones and not much patience from me (the big one). I need to be rejoiceful for this day and for my sweet little ones (who won't be little and sweet for forever). I am so blessed to be able to stay home and homeschool. I need to be praising and rejoicing to my wonderful Father... rather than moaning and groaning about my horrible day.

Monday, October 18, 2010

God or Coincident?

Before I became a follower of Christ I thought everything was luck or coincidence or even karma. Nothing else... but since I became a believer and have been growing in my faith I know it isn't luck or a coincident... it is ALL God. Nothing else!

I see or hear of things happening and I know it is nothing else, but God. My husband, says "That is just our luck." (more times than he should) and I just tell him it isn't luck... just life. There are good and bad times in life, but God is there through it all and that is the time He either wants you to cry out to Him or praise Him.

The reason I am blogging about this... "God or Coincident?" is because I have things stirring inside of me. Some of you know of my spiritual adventure that is stirring in my heart by the Holy Spirit (more on this subject in a couple of days) and with this adventure comes the hard subject of finances. Through this one little struggle I feel God has His hand in it. Today I was kind of offered a "job" but a "job" that would allow me to continue to stay-at-home and homeschool. At first when I was introduced to this oppurtunity I was thinking there is no way. I have no time for anything else in my life, but then began to think of how this could benefit me in my spirtual adventure.

I then went to the Lord in prayer and asked Him what he wants me to do and asked Him to lead me through this. I told Him I don't want to do anything He doesn't want me to do.

God is the One alone, who knows the desires of my heart and knows the struggles I hold inside. He alone is the only One who can help. He is my Helper and my Strong Tower.

Again, this was not a coincidence, but it is God moving and showing me... He does hear me and loves me. He is jealous for me and wants me to want Him and Him alone.

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Fellowship of God

Right now me and my family are in a good place. In the place of calmness. I am praising God for this time of peace. I believe this is a place to catch your breath before God throws something else your way to rock your world and teach you to lean on Him more. I love the upside down world too because I know He is doing something wonderful in His glory and to be any part of that wonderful glory just makes me humble and warm and gracious to even be invited. You know?

He just takes my breath away every single time. Nothing is ever a coincidence... He has His hand in it all. And I am glad about that.

Psalm 63

O God, You are my God;
Early will I seek You;
My soul thirsts for You;
My flesh longs for You
In a dry and thirsty land
Where there is no water.
So I have looked for You in the sanctuary,
To see Your power and Your glory.

Because Your lovingkindness is better than life,
My lips shall praise You.
Thus I will bless You while I live;
I will lift up my hands in Your name.
My soul shall be satisfied as with marrow and fatness,
And my mouth shall praise You with joyful lips.

When I remember You on my bed,
I meditate on You in the night watches.
Because You have been my help,
Therefore in the shadow of Your wings I will rejoice.
My soul follows close behind You;
Your right hand upholds me.

But those who seek my life, to destroy it,
Shall go into the lower parts of the earth.
They shall fall by the sword;
They shall be a portion for jackals.

But the king shall rejoice in God;
Everyone who swears by Him shall glory;
But the mouth of those who speak lies shall be stopped.

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Just a stay-at-home mom??

Yes, I am a stay-at-home mom and I wouldn't have it any other way. This job is very time consuming, hard, tiring, and you really never get a break. I love my job! I may complain about it from time to time but, the bad days or bad attitudes are totally out numbered by the benefits and the priceless moments.

I totally understand that this is not for everyone and that is fine. You will never hear me say anything negative about working moms, because I don't know where they get the energy from working all day and then coming home to play with their kids. It is just exhausting thinking about it.

Here is why I am blogging about this... people that haven't stayed at home with their own child(ren) and think that all we stay-at-home moms do is stay at home... is crazy! Us "stay-at-home" moms are ONLY nurses, teachers, moms, wives, maids, chefs, chauffeur, counselors... the list could go on and on, but I am going to stop. I don't have time for a job/part-time job because even when the weekend comes along I still am working... the mom job never ends.

If you can't tell I was hurt today by some words, but I found refuge in my Father's unfailing love for me....

Psalm 62
1 Truly my soul silently waits for God;
From Him comes my salvation.
2 He only is my rock and my salvation;
He is my defense;
I shall not be greatly moved.

5 My soul, wait silently for God alone,
For my expectation is from Him.
6 He only is my rock and my salvation;
He is my defense;
I shall not be moved.
7 In God is my salvation and my glory;
The rock of my strength,
And my refuge is in God.

8 Trust in at all times, you people;
Pour out your hearts before Him;
God is a refuge to us.

11 God has spoken once,
Twice I have heard this:
That power belongs to God.
12 Also to You, O Lord, belongs mercy;
For You render to each one according to his work.

Friday, October 1, 2010

Colors

So... I am sick and not ready for bed because I took a really long nap this afternoon... and I don't want to have to fight my sickness while I try to fall asleep. Does that make sense? Just thought I would share that. :o) Actually I should be working on my Israel letter, but I will get into that a little later. :o)

The last 2 weeks I have been taken away by colors. The marvelous colors God has made. First, it all started the other day with a beautiful sunset. The brightest most vibrant orange I have ever seen. I wanted to just wrap myself up in that beautiful orange. I then thought of God... Oh my... He made that color. That is what orange is supposed to look like. We try to come close to it with crayons, paints, etc. But, let me just tell you there is no way to even come close to this color orange I saw in the sunset. WOW! It was breath taking.

I think about all the work He put into that color orange... and if He put all that work into a color... how much work does He put into me? WOW! That orange color was gorgeous and I love to look into the sun when it is that bright and beautiful. Then I think of... God thinks that about me and you. We are so beautiful to Him... that He can't take His eyes off of us. We are like those vibrant colors He made... but He loves us way more than a color and puts way more work into us every single day.

I have been marveling at colors and things He has made. Just thinking about clouds and how puffy and soft they look, but really if we were up and wanting to sit or lay on a cloud we would fall right through it. I know not very soothing to think about... but they are all made so differently and they are made with a very important purpose. Then I begin to think about my purpose... Yes, God has a plan for each one of us and we are all in different places in our lives and all doing different things. Sometimes I feel like being a stay-at-home mom/wife isn't making a big enough impact or I am not able to touch other people's lives like I could if I was out working in the "real" world... but that is so not true. Yes, I have an important job to teach my children how love works, love on them, teach them... but I think they learn the most by watching me step out and help and love on others. I have really been trying to put myself out there and show my girls the importance of loving others. I believe God's plan for me right now is to love others in any way I can. So that is my goal.

Next time you get a chance take a look at the sunset. It will take your breath away. Think about God when you look at it and open your mind to bigger things than yourself and your worries. It can swallow you up and take you to a place you didn't think you could go.

Monday, September 27, 2010

Gay Family Reunion

We went to San Antonio this weekend for a family reunion. It is family so extended and once and second removed... you know really extended but, still we try to stay connected because it is so important to have family no matter how far removed you are.





This picture came out so cute of Hailee and Heidi. They were both so good on our way to San Antonio.



3 Generations- Me, Mom (my grandmother), and Tami (my mom)



Our little crazy family.





Great-Uncle Billy and Great-Aunt Marilyn (I love these 2 people).



Lynwood (my 1st cousin twice removed) and Gail (my cousin by marriage).

Heidi, Grammy (my mom), and Hailee






This is the cousin picture. All kinds of different cousins in this picture.



Tami (my mom), Great-Aunt Marilyn, Grandma Virginia (husband of Tony who is Billy's brother), Great-Uncle Billy.



All Great Uncle Clyde's kids and his wife Norma.



Me and Bob.


Great-Aunt Norma (lady in the middle of the sitting people) and her side of her family.



Grampy and his girls.


Hangin' out in the Menger Hotel garden.


My mom and I were super excited about seeing the Menger hotel because one if our all time favorite movie, Giant was filmed in this hotel.


Here is the main part of the Menger Hotel and it was built in the late 1800's... then they added the left part of the hotel later. It is so cool to see old pictures of the the hotel with horse drawn carriages in front of this hotel. I love to think about all the many people that have been to this hotel and all the history the walls could tell us. :o)


Beautiful Hailee outside the Alamo.


Heidi showing us her teeth. :o)


Just the 4 of us.


My mom and Lynn.





Grammy and Heidi.


Heidi saying "Cheese" and sitting in a tree. :o)

Who ever thought sitting in a tree could be so much fun. LOL!


I don't care what anyone says.... the Alamo will never get old to me. I could go in it over and over and over.... It is such a special place. Plus, we are direct descendants of William B. Travis.


Waiting for the shuttle bus and eating snow cones.





Poppo and Mommo


New dresses.


New dresses and Heidi got some beautiful flowers that smelled oh so pretty!
After we got the dresses we went to eat at Casa Rio. We all were in dyer need of margaritas too. After dinner we took a ride in a boat up the river and had a good time. The girls have been so good and behaving nicely. LOL! I have really enjoyed getting to know Aunt Marilyn and Uncle Billy and spending some good time with my mom. Hailee has really missed Grammy too. This has been a wonderful trip and Bob and I have had some good quality times together. My mom and Lynn watched both girls over night last night while we had our own quality time together. This was the first time both of us together have left the kids with someone over night. It was great! I hope you enjoyed pictures of our family. :o)