Monday, December 22, 2008
Now for all of you who commented.. I am emailing you a little surprise just for commenting. Thank you to all.
We will be hopefully posting some pics of Bella in her Christmas dress here soon!
Saturday, December 20, 2008
Friday, December 19, 2008
Ok so I have decided to give away a book. To those of you who know me you will not find that to be a shock. The book is the best devotional ever, Lies Women Believe - Nancy Lee DeMoss. The winner will also get some Christmas extras so pass it on.... spread the word... and post a comment , then you are entered!! I am drawing on Sunday!!
Good Luck, have fun!!
Thursday, December 18, 2008
For right now, just post a comment as you are signing a guest book - Comment on whatever you want. On Sunday I will draw for a winner and you will be getting a gift from Me!!
Dont ask.. I havent totally decided yet, but it will be awesome!!!
Hope to hear from you all!!
Saturday, December 13, 2008
Anyway. Isabella is making cookies with her cousins and visiting with her Auntie Robyn who just got home from Florida on break from college. She was sooo excited to see her "Wobbyn"
As I said Darrell is working and I have a day to myself. There are so many things that I am wanting to do that I am just worn out thinking about them.
First going to the MOPS meeting, then returning some things and doing a little bit of shopping, stopping at the childrens resale shop to unload some of the recently outgrown clothes (did I mention my Bella is getting so big - thought 18-24 would last us through the winter - think again mommy!). Then back home, get ready for our church Christmas party.. I just cant wait for that.
At the party we give white elephant gifts.. you know stuff that you really dont want or need... those things that you are given and say "Thank you" and in your head you are thinking(wow.. what am I really going to do with that??)
I will post pics of that later!! Well off to my fun exhausting day of freedom. Man I miss Bella already!
Tuesday, December 2, 2008
Today has been one of the hardest since the loss of our son. I got to thinking about the date and realizing that I would be 19 days away from having him. (you know if everything had gone per my plan) I know that he is in such a better place, but the grief is still there.
I am planning to go to his grave on the due date. I havent been there since they day we buried him. I just keep trying to push it down, but I know that this is something that I really want , and need to do.
On this note... ironicly just yesterday I really felt like I should start a Study-support group for those of us who are "Grieving the child we never knew" Amanda from hoyt family and I are really excited about this. If you want more details please email me... not really feeling up to explaining it tonight. But would love to email you more info!
Hope this blog finds you well!
Saturday, November 22, 2008
The Freedom of Choice Act (FOCA) would eliminate every restriction on abortion nationwide.
FOCA will do away with state laws on parental involvement, on partial birth abortion, and on all other protections.
FOCA will compel taxpayer funding of abortions.
FOCA will force faith-based hospitals and healthcare facilities to perform abortions.
Barack Obama believes this legislation will "end the culture wars." To him, "ending the culture wars" means eradicating every state and federal law on abortion — laws that the majority of Americans support.
Americans United for Life (AUL), a pro-life law and policy organization, has prepared an analysis of the "Freedom of Choice Act." Please click here to read AUL Vice President & Legal Director Denise Burke’s analysis of this horrendous legislation.
The time to Fight FOCA is now. With Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid in charge of Congress, we can expect a fight over FOCA to begin as soon as the next Congress begins.
Please add your name to the Fight FOCA petition and let your friends know about President-Elect Barack Obama’s promise to expand abortion throughout the country.
Fight FOCA Petition
I oppose the Freedom of Choice Act (FOCA), because:
FOCA is a radical attempt to enshrine abortion-on-demand into American law;
FOCA seeks to sweep aside existing, protective laws that I and the majority of Americans support;
FOCA will prevent states from enacting protective measures in the future.
The FightFOCA petition will be sent to key Members of Congress upon the re-introduction of the Freedom of Choice Act in the 111th Congress, and to President-Elect Obama.
Ok, so I will (try to) answer the following questions with single word responses. Here goes!
1. Where is your cell phone? purse
2. Where is your significant other? Work
3. Your hair color? brownish
4. Your mother? -home?
5. Your father? Work?
6. Your favorite thing? Music
7. Your dream last night? - No Idea
8. Your dream/goal? No Debt
9. The room you’re in? Music room
10. Your hobby? blogging
11. Your fear? Bella to reject God
12. Where do you want to be in six years? Content
13. Where were you last night? Home
14. What you’re not? patient
15. One of your wish list items? children
16. Where you grew up? Indiana
17. The last thing you did? bake
18. What are you wearing? clothes (one word seriously?)
19. Your T.V.? off
20. Your pet? none
21. Your computer? on
22. Your mood? excited
23. Missing someone? always
24. Your car? Odyssey
25. Something you’re not wearing? socks
26. Favorite store? Gymboree, Gap (oh... you said store-singular!)
27. Your Summer? Blessed
28. Love someone? definitely
29. Your favorite color? pink
30. When is the last time you laughed? today
31. Last time you cried? yesterday
Ok.. I am passing this award on to the following people. Sorry for the links not being up, when I figure it out I will add them Most are on my sidebar.
1)Whispers of Faith - This blog has been an encouragement to me many times. I have learned so much from the Davis family about choosing Joy! Thank you! - My prayer request for her is that the Lord will give continued peace and Joy!
2)Mandy- Our Journey So Far - Its been great getting to know you, and I love that you keep Conner's memory so alive! Pray that God will give her peace, and comfort in the days ahead. Also for her as they try for baby hall #3!
3)Darlene - Have you seen my keys? - I love your blog. Not a post goes by that I don't get a smile added to my day! * Pray for God to give her continued blessings and encouragements for each day!
I will have to add more to the list later, but I really just want to get this posted for now.
Thanks again Amanda! And thank you to the 3 from the blogs I love! Sending you all a hug! Have a great day you all!
Friday, November 21, 2008
I was on my way to church to take some can goods for our Thanksgiving Baskets. At the stop light there was a lady pushing a stroller, with 2 other kids that I could see walking with her. Keep in mind that its in the 20s to the teens here. I felt compelled to offer them a ride ( this is so out of character for me, it usually freaks me out) I did so, of which she declined. Ok.. so I thought that I was released from God to move on down the road and not think of it. Well... not so... As she crossed the road I saw that there was yet another child with her in the basket-cargo area of the stroller. Struggling to keep her head out of the way of her mothers knee. This BROKE my heart. I dont know if it was just the need that I saw or that its this family, but I do know the Lord has laid them on my heart and I have done nothing but pray for them since this happened just awhile ago. So I am asking you , if you are reading this just to say a prayer for them. The unknown family. I am praying for the children and for the family just in every way I can think.
Conversation between Husband and wife - I laughed and Laughed as I read this dialogue!
Wife: Hi, honey, how was your day?
W: Mine too. I took Hope and Ashley for their well checkups today.(Meaning I took the girls to the doctor today, not because they were sick but because it was time for their annual physicals)
H: (Silently wondering what our well water needed to be checked for and how our daughters fit into the same sentence)
W: (Feeling a little frustrated at his silence, which I interpret as a lack of caring) And they were fine... (thinking Not that you seem to care.)
H:(Still wondering what our well water needed to be checked for and how the daughters fit into it.)
W: Anyhow, (obviously annoyed), on the way to the doctor's office I was driving down Providence Road, and I noticed all the trees had black tape wrapped around them. It appears to be some sort of pest control treatment. Do you think that our trees could be in danger of these bugs? Because if so, I think I'd like to try this tape stuff, which is probably a lot sager than spraying chemicals that could harm the children.You know I just don't think that our government is doing enough to protect our kids from dangerous pesticides. So, do you think I should spend extra money at the grocery store of organic produce? If so, I'll need you to add some money to my grocery budget.
H:(Wondering how the well, our daughters, the trees on Providence Road, and the government's stand on pesticides could end in a request to spend more money. He decides to play it safe.) I don't know, honey; I'll have to think about it.
W:(astonished at his lack of concern for our family's health, begins to cry.)You'll have to think about what? We are talking about our daughter's lives here and all you can say is you'll think about it!
H:(Baffled, still not understanding how any of this relates to our daughter's lives but clearly understanding I'm asking for more money again.) Why are you so emotional, and why are you always nagging me for more money? (He realizes he shouldn't have said nagging, remembering he got something thrown at him the last time he used that word. He regrets his choice of word and ducks just in case)
W: Nagging? You call caring for our children,nagging? You are so insensitive..... you're impossible. You're not worth wasting any more of my breath! (Stomp, stomp, stomp, slam.)
H: Women!What's the deal? And what did she ever say was wrong with our well?
Monday, November 17, 2008
My favorite quote... " If you are not satisfied or content with what you already have you will not satisfied with what you are begging God for either once you have attained it."
How true is that... I mean how many times have we thought.. " I would be happy if..." It reminds me of shopping (did I mention I really like to do that?? - but what girl doesn't?). You know.. like shopping for a new outfit. You leave the house thinking 'OK.. if I can just find that WOW dress for this wedding that would be great!' You get to the store and by outfit #32 you find the perfect one. So with all well intended purpose you head to make your purchase. As you are headed there all of the sudden the perfect little denim jacket that just happens to be on the model right by the checkout, is staring at you. Now you are no longer thinking about the perfect dress that is in your arms, you are thinking of the jacket you wish you could get out of line to try on.
How many times do we do this with our life? I would be happy if.... God would let me get pregnant... if... I could just hold my baby again.... if ..... I could have a bigger house.... a better car... make more money.... if my child would just obey..... if I could sleep...
Please hear my heart here. Every single one of those things I have thought and felt. If we could just get a hold of the truth of what we do have and learn to be content. Think of how happy our daily life would be.
Instead of "I would be happy if " we need to say " I am happy and content because"
So here goes... I am content and happy because ...
God has given me the privilege to carry 4 children ..
I am content to know that 3 of the 4 are in the presence of the Awesome God .
I am content because I can hold Isabella and share Gods goodness with her.
I am content because God has given me a house to make a haven for my family.
I am content because we have plenty of room in our van for Isabella and any other purchase I might make while out shopping ( you know I had to put that in!).
I am content that my God shall supply all of my needs.
I am content in the truth "train up a child in the way he should go and when he is old he will not depart from it."
I pray that this post will inspire you to look at contentment in a new way and discover the great gain of Godliness with contentment!
Sunday, November 16, 2008
This is a word that I daily battle with. Isn't it that way really for all of us. What does this word speak to you? Better yet what is it not? I would really love to hear some of you on this one.
Tomorrow I will follow up with some thoughts from Jesus on this topic.
Good night to all,
Saturday, November 15, 2008
I have been emailing with a girl who I met through blogging that just lost her son this last March. Even though we havent talked (emailed) alot I have felt that we were ment to meet each other. So today Darrell and I went to look at sofas.. first to the Gray Mill, but we ended up passing it so we decided to go to the Gallery first. So we did end up at the Gray Mill and as I am walking back I see this couple at the desk and the lady turns around and I am just stunned. I know that I was totally staring just in shock. I couldnt believe it , it was Mandy.
So I ended up going up to her and its like we both had an Ahh haa! moment. How random! Neither of us had a problem talking to each other. Mandy it was so great to talk to you!
So.. just had to add that to our blog. Oh btw Mandy is starting a Run in memory of her son Conner. It will be March 28 - I will keep you posted to the details. But as for me... that will give me time to get ready for a 5k. I know to you avid runners it sound like a small thing, but for someone who hasn't ran... well that will explain it all!
Hope you all are doing well .... oh without this it wouldn't be completely random...
The other you will never guess what thing....
I bought alot of creamer today! No.. really... alot.... I think with coupons, and discounts I ended up paying less than 45 cents for my Mint mocha creamer ..... and the number well... lets say I spent a little under 10.00 . you do the math!! LOL!!
Have a good one!
Thursday, October 30, 2008
Anyway~~~ so getting sidetracked! Well soo as for the daycare-preschool stuff, well tonight was trick or treat night, and we (my sweet husband and I) stayed there tonight to see the kids all dressed up, give them the treats, take the ever traditional pictures of each costume, ect...
This would be our 4th night in a row that we have been busy from dawn till dusk! And yet tomorrow night is our Bowling night!! I am really hoping that we do well tomorrow. Right now we are in 1st place... hoping to hold on to it!
I will post some pics later! Good night for now!
Thursday, October 23, 2008
Today has been crazy but yet a blessing all the same. I made a trip to our closest big town today to get Bella a costume. Just fyi- I always wait untill the last possible minute to get the cheapest deal! So as I am driving the Lord laid someone from church on my heart, so I called her cell and left a message for her. ( This is going somewhere I promise!).
Back to the shopping- we get to the mall and I walk from one end to the other only to really not be happy with anything that I found. I just started praying that God would show me what to do . (I was almost giving in to paying way to much for the cutiest one from Gymbo.) So I decide that I am going to stop to look at some sales. As I am looking my phone rings, and its the lady I called earlier. As we were closing our conversations she says "Oh, I almost forgot. Do you have a costume for Bella yet?" I stand in awe at my God. He is sooo good. So just so you all know... Bella is going to be my little Lady Bug! This costume is sooo adorable and alot nicer than the ones I was finding. I just need to find some black tights that fit her. Thanks Thelma!!
I love my Jesus. I love that even in small things He makes it known that He is taking care of us.
I am going to end this post with one of my favorite verses~The Words however are from a song..
"For I know the plans I have for you says your God, plans to prosper you, not to harm you, Plans to give you hope and a future. BELIEVE in Me , Trust in me, for I am your God."
Wednesday, October 22, 2008
For about a month now I have been struggling with my ministries. Thinking that I just wasnt doing enough for God. Not doing or being involved in the things at church the way I really disire to. I have always been a person who loved to be busy. Tonight I had what I am going to call and AHH ha! moment.
Sharing this exact burden with a dear friend from church the Lord used her in an awesome way to show me the ministries that I do have that I really didnt even relize. I was encouraged to be happy and content in the ones that God has given to me, to do them well, and to quit pining for more.
Little did I know that God was using this to prepare me to share and encourage someone else just moments later. God is so good!
The verse comes to mind "Godliness with contentment is great gain" and I am Ahh haa-ing this one! (yes I know not real words, but this is my blog and I can make them up!! :P )
Sooo long way to say that I am now looking at this blog in a new way. And you will all just have to wait and see what changes are going to take place!!!
Well its late and getting later, so Goodnight for now!
Wednesday, October 8, 2008
Mardi, Michelle S. Sheila, and yours truely :)
Tuesday, October 7, 2008
Please remember a dear sister in Christ Angie. today is marking 6 months since the passing of her sweet daughter. I will be on and update more of what had been going on here, but I am needing to run to the Music store before I start teaching this afternoon.
Thank you for keeping her in your prayers!
Thursday, October 2, 2008
Thursday, September 25, 2008
Then the Monday after that I was given 3-5gal. Buckets full of tomatoes of which I decided to can... have I mentioned I have never done that before?? Again I had some help with that from my friend Felicia! She truly has been a Godly Titus 2 women to me.
Then after getting 15 Quarts of tomatoes canned, I got the bug... I really had fun and my husband got excited about me canning. Still am trying to figure that one out. Anyway, my mother in law had a pear tree that she wasn't going to pick or do anything with... so anyone who knows me knows I get the best deals possible. Sooo......
Yes in deed these are the BIGGEST pears I have ever seen. They were as big as softballs and bigger!! We now have lots of pear preserves, pear sauce (like apple sauce) and pears slices!
I am not going to post pics but I should add that we also were given 25 gal. of apples for applesauce! Yes I know I am officially CRAZY! Oh, oh... but then this was all getting done the week our church had revival services every night! LOL!!
Wednesday, September 10, 2008
Instead of going to the 2nd workshop time some of us went to the Zip line! Loved that...
This is Megan... She was soooo excited to go on the zip line she was jumping up and down all the way there!!LOL!! Here's Darlene striking a pose! Gotta love the hat!!
Speaking of the fun....
After the evening service we all played a game that I was very new to,but it was sooo fun! This is now on my MUST HAVE game list. Here's a very end of day pic with my friend Rebekah.. we are so much alike in alot of areas. She is such a blessing to my life and I thank the Lord for having our lives apart of each others. Thanks for the hug, the understanding ear and the servants heart! You are truly a Proverbs 31~
Well not only are we sweet and innocent.... we also have a blast plotting together. To be honest this was the funniest thing in the world. We did this to Darlene and Michelle(our pastors' wife) and decided not to leave some of the others out!! He he heee!!
We all had such a great time, and enjoyed all of the pranks - late night fun.... if you want to see some more really great pics just go over to Darlenes blog http://kachoo5.blogspot.com .
I was blessed by the Word of God and how it affects our hearts. I am thankful for the opportunity to have gone, for a husband that wanted me to go, and for a great friend(and boss) who let me off of work so that I could go! Love ya! But most of all I thank the Lord for all of the things that He revealed to me, the safety that he gave us and the new friendships formed. Last pic.. Rebekah and I played a good ole game of tether ball.... well lets say she's a pro and leave it at that!
Wednesday, August 20, 2008
It just so happened to be ultrasound day at the office and I was fit in just to get the heart rate checked. Within minutes I was in and seeing the first pictures of our little girl. The next thing that I remember is the technician was doing a blood flow scan and I asked " is that the baby's' blood flow?" I could tell by the cold look on her face that the answer wouldn't be good. Nothing could have prepared me for her answer. "Well dear .." she said "that is your blood flow" I interrupted "well... does that mean what I think it does???" her next words I really don't remember much other than something was said about being so sorry for us and that we needed to move back into the examination room.