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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.