Sunday, December 24, 2006

K's New Truck

We've been praying for awhile, for K to get a truck now that he lives in the country. God came through. Between a man in our church and another godly man in our community, K was able to own this 1999 truck. Someone bought his Nissan for almost the same amount and so it hardly has cost us anything. It's raining today, I'm sure I'll post another picture soon with him by his truck. smile. The dogs have already rode around in the back!

Friday, December 22, 2006

Got Milk?????

My good friends know my different food issues. One is my need for milk at night. I have driven my scrapbook friends crazy with needing to purchase a small bottle for after midnight on the way home. If I feel comfortable at a friends's house and it's late; I just help myself to their milk. My precious husband knows there are certain desserts that need milk and will order me a glass when we are out to eat. When I saw this sign on the highway outside our town, I had to have a picture. It's my sentiments exactly!!! My life with milk is being threatened by my precious husband. He is thinking in January we may try a 40 day eating God's way diet. That means almond or rice milk. Yukkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkk! O.K. God I'll do it for you, but this will be a lot harder than going 10 weeks without a coke of any kind. It's a good thing you are faithful, because I'm sure not.

Thursday, December 21, 2006

The Brain

Sh. was given an awesome opportunity through Scottish Rite. A university in cooperation with a medical center is doing research on the brains of dyslexics. They are taking scans with MRI's while the student accomplishes a variety of tasks. They took pictures to see where the blood flow goes. In cooperation with completing this study, they sent her some pictures of her brain and $50. Not bad for helping science. The pictures came this week in the mail. She was able to take them to school and show her teachers and friends. The one picture is pink, because they asked her favorite color to color the brain. Are we surprised it's pink?

Monday, December 18, 2006

Our House

We have had fun decorating our sweet Victorian home. Our neighbors have loved our lights, and have been putting up lots of lights as well. Our little town really gets decked out. I will try to share more pictures later.

Sunday, December 17, 2006

Clowning Around

One of the songs in our Christmas Musical used feather boas. It doesn't take much to entertain my girls. While the girls were waiting our turn at taking our picture after the musical, they became creative with the molten feathers from the boa. Their godsister is always in on the fun. She is a beautiful godly young lady who loves Christ with her whole heart. I can't think of a better mentor in thier lives.

Our God-Family

We met our good friends 17 years ago in this town. They are our children's godparents, godsister and godbrother. We are so blessed to be family. They love my children, come to their games, their programs. They've seen us at our best and seen us at our worst, and yet they love us. We are so blessed!

Our Church Christmas Program

We performed our church musical last night and twice Sunday morning for church. It was a wonderful musical called "Christmas Is Forever." I am able to be in choir at this church because of different scheduling for youth and choir. I didn't realize how much I've missed it! I also was able to be a soloist/ part of a trio in one of the pieces. Sp was the granddaughter in the performance. We have an awesome music minister who did a great job of putting it together. Those of you who know me well, I actually relaxed and enjoyed it. God is helping me make progress!!!Yea God!!!!!!!

Friday, December 15, 2006

13 Years Ago

Thirteen years ago, yesterday I delivered a precious bundle of joy at 8:30 on a Tuesday morning. We partly celebrated yesterday. She had a bball game and we had the baby's musical. We will continue the celebration with some friends this Sunday. She is doing awesome at bball, but most importantly she has a beautiful spirit. I'm so thankful to God for the gift of being her mother.

Incredible Reindeer

My baby was in the Christmas Musical at school. She performed at the school auditorium and at the nursing home. She was Sunny the elf. She did a great job! We are so proud of her.

Tuesday, December 12, 2006

Hug Your Kindergarten Teacher!!!!!

I subbed in Kindergarten today!!! If we could just harness all of that energy and sell it, we'd be so rich. There were 13 little darlings, and according to my sources, these have extra special chemistry when mixed together. They did not disappoint in their reputation. When I taught, I taught older grades. Being in K has given me so much respect for the teachers who teacher the primer grades. They have so much patience! If you read this Tuesday night or Wednesday morning - pray for me!!! I get to go back!!!!!!!!! What new adventure awaits me??????????

Sunday, December 10, 2006

The Nativity Story

The girls, their godmother, and I went to see the Nativity Story the other night. I so enjoyed it. We have a tendency to make the story fairy tale like. I was glad to be reminded of the hostile time period of the Jews unrest with Rome. How the villagers probably treated Mary and Joseph. Today, I taught the Sunday School Lesson to the jr. High girls about the signs of the Messiah. One of them - the virgin birth- was prophesied in Isaiah. So why didn't people believe Mary? Had other girls used this excuse earlier? What faith and trust in God to walk this road alone. No one believed, even Joseph had to be convinced in a dream, and yet God provided Mary with Elizabeth - an older lady - who could walk by her side. The movie also portrayed a lot of the hardships Mary and Joseph probably endured on their way to Bethlehem, and yet God was with them. My spirit was so refreshed and encouraged by this film. Not everything was accurate, but I found myself in an ongoing conversation with God. I praised him for his provision for the family who was to raise his son. I felt encouragement as I visualized how Mary found strength in God in the midst of the trials. Just because she was caring His son, didn't mean everything was rosy. The battle in the heavenlies of the enemy trying to rid the world of God's provision, and yet he was defeated. If you get the chance to watch this movie, you should. There is reality in the unjust treatment of the Jews and the killing of the Jewish boys, so I would't recommend it for young children.

Creative Friend

We had our first deacon/widow Christmas party at a local restaurant Saturday. A sweet couple from our former church came and sang. One of my precious friends helped decorate the tables for the event. She made several of this beautiful, but simple centerpiece. She sent one home for my house. It's greenery, fresh cranberries, water and a candle in the middle. It's amazing how looking at this simple work of art makes me smile.

Monday, December 04, 2006

Young Love

O.K. I am definitely the mother of a teenage girl. She played an amazing game even though the reffing was horrific and the guy running the board unplugged it like two times. What was new was that we stayed to watch the seventh grade boys because "someone" was on the team. How fun! I think I'm going to enjoy this new era, even though some heartaches will certainly be involved. I've been doing some checking on the sly, and it seems my child has chosen well! Yea God!!!!

Saturday, December 02, 2006

God is a God of Mercy and Compassion

This week has been hard, the Lord allowed the enemy to pour some salt in an old wound. The past couple of weeks I've been spent time in Job studying. The pastor's sermon Sunday was on Job and trials. The Lord spoke volumes to me and I knew He was working in my life. I also felt led to share with my accountability partner what God was saying, because I felt some of it applied to her life. Little did I know I would get to practice it as well. I'm so thankful that I was listening, so when it hit I had peace in the midst of the turmoil. In Job we see that the enemy had to ask permission to touch Job. That was such a consolation to me that God was not surprised by this and it was o.k. I could trust Him. I'm not saying that my stomach didn't hurt some or that I didn't catch myself fretting, but it was easier to choose truth and listen to it. God handled it beautifully and even allowed my acct partner and a special long distance friend to call at the right time to ask tough questions but love me without judgment. I don't always understand, but I do so know the love of my Savior. I bought Amy Grant's new cd. She remixed the song "IN a Little While" and a line of the lyrics say "We're just here to learn to love Him." How true that is. Thank you God I'm in your hands, that you have given us godly friends and a godly pastor who speaks truth with deep sincerity. Thank you for my precious husband and girls! I am so blessed!!!!