Dec 21, 2009

In the Mood to Blog . . .

but nothing very specific to say.

So I will simply proceed with randomness from this point on.

  • I can't wait to find out if we are having a boy or a girl. We didn't find out with Matthew, we are finding out this time. It's going to be fun. And then I get to decorate some kid rooms! yehaw!!
  • We moved about a month ago. That was crazy. I am so thankful to be where we are.
  • Mandie's pretty good about only sucking her thumb in bed now! Praise the Lord!
  • Luke and I spent the afternoon hanging stuff on the walls today. Starting to feel more and more like home!
  • I made an appointment to have my dogs groomed, never done that before. I always just gave them a bath in the tub.
  • I watched the movie Julie and Julia last night and was so inspired I got on amazon and ordered 2 cookbooks. Don't expect a year of blogs about that any time soon!
  • My pregnancy vericose (that's not how you spell it I'm sure!) that I had with Matthew are already back with this one and I'm only 12 weeks along . . . pouty sigh.
  • I think I'm just falling more and more in love with Jesus. And I'm really enjoying all of the talk about Him this Christmas season.
  • Finally, the pastor of our church, Pastor Don Lane of City Church, passed away a few days ago and his services will be tomorrow. I'm still a little shocked that he's gone. But mostly, I'm grateful to have known him, and felt the powerful effects of a life of service to the Lord. His effect on this city will still ripple for years to come. I can't imagine what life would be like if we all lived with such clear purpose, passion, and love.

Merry Christmas!

Nov 28, 2009

Hungry, tired, excited . . .

and PREGNANT!


Another baby on the way, estimated arrival date: July 3rd 2010!
Thank you, Lord!!

Nov 4, 2009

Praying for Pop-C

Hello Family and Friends,



I want to take a moment to honor Pop-C. Pop-C is my Dad's dad. He turned 95 years old on Saturday, Halloween Day. Pop-C is one of the sweetest, most caring and nurturing men I have ever known. For several years my Mom-C was in a wheelchair and he happily cared for her and pushed her around well into his 80's. Pop-C is also a highly intelegent man. In fact, he was one of the engineers that created the paint that is used on roads. He helped figure out how to make the paint reflective at the correct angle at night. He would be happy to tell you all about it. What I remember most strongly about Pop-C is that every time we went to visit him he would try to teach us about our ancestors back for generations. My brother and I would sit and listen to him and try our very hardest to act interested. What I appreciate most about Pop-C was his ability to work with his hands. He was a wood worker. He built a kitchen set for me when I was a little girl that Mandie plays with daily now. He could fix anything, anywhere, anytime.



This past Friday night, the day before his 95th birthday, Pop-C was admitted into the emergency room. He is having a lot of trouble taking in oxygen. And the doctors are still unable to get his oxygen levels under control. This afternoon, Pop-C will head back to his house. He is not expected to make it very long. Please say a prayer for my family at this time. Especially for my Aunt LaJean who has been his primary care-giver for the past few years. It is an honor to be the grand daughter of a man like Pop-C. It is a privalege to cary on his legacy. His life will be celebrated and honored, but it is always hard seeing life come to an end. But our great hope, that guides us everyday, is that the Lord Jesus Christ died for us, saved us from our sin, and accepted us into his family. He is teaching us how to live on earth, and he has a room waiting for sweet Pop-C in Heaven. I hope it's close to mine!



I love you Pop-C. Thank you for your righteous life, your wise words, and your steady example!

**Update: Pop-C passed away on Friday afternoon. Funeral services will be held in Lubbock on Monday morning. Thank you for your thoughts and prayers, Pop-C's passing was very peaceful.

Oct 22, 2009

Ephesians 2:10

While tucking Mandie in tonight I was telling her that her Dad and I had been discussing an allowance for her. I told her, in short, that she would have to do some chores (age appropriate of course), and if she completed her chores she would recieve an allowance. Mandie got the saddest look on her face and started to cry. She said, "No Mommy! I don't want to do any chores! Cinderella had to do chores and she did not like them! ahu ahu ahu ahu ahu . . . " So I giggled at her and explained that we would not be treating her like Cinderella, and I told her that if she did not like the word 'chores' we could pick another word, like 'job', or 'work'. She decided she likes the word 'work'. So she was very happy about that, and as I was getting up to leave the room so she could go to sleep, I heard that precious little girl say, "I am cweated to do good work" as her little eyes shined up at me from under her comforter.

Oh, that just filled my heart in so many ways. I teach Mandie's little Sunday School Class on Sunday mornings, and that is the verse we have been remembering for the past several weeks (Ephesians 2:10). It's nice to know that it's sinking in. And it's nice to see her making some good connections. The Lord is so good to His little children!

Oct 20, 2009

Feeling a little crafty!







Well, I don't even want to know how much I've spent on craft projects lately. (The price is probably not as shocking as the sheer volume). But I've decided that I need to do a little less purchasing and a little more crafting. So tonight and tomorrow are official craft days for me! I'm excited. Also, did you check out some of our new family pics!

Oct 12, 2009

Man on a Mission

OK, make that woman on a mission. Here's my plan:

Well, let me begin by giving you a little history. For a long time, most of the spring and about half of the summer I had a very distinct prayer that cam from Psalm 51 (NCV). My prayer was, "Lord, make me want to obey you". I needed Him to give me the motivation and clear direction for what he wanted me to do. And, of course, he came through, and here I am working at the King's Academy and feeling like I am in accordance with the will of God for me, the best feeling in the world!

So, back to now. For several weeks my new prayer has been, "Lord, teach me how to live". Meaning, teach me how spend a day the right way. Lately, I have been feeling at the end of every day like I am missing something, and I like I am doing something wrong. So last night I finished up the book of Psalms (which took me about 27 years to complete!), and I moved along to the book of Proverbs. I am reading in 'The Message' version. The intro to the book of proverbs basically said, "this is a book that will teach you how to live your everyday life". So, yet again, the Lord has come through (Big shocker right!!) Why am I always surprised when he does what he always does every time?

Anyway, here's my mission. To gain wisdom, understanding, insight, and 'Fear of God'. Thus yeilding a full life lived without regret, to gain favor with God and man. My plain is to read the book of Proverbs in every version I have available, and to pray diligently for the afore mentioned qualities.

I am pumped! I can't wait to learn what the Lord has to teach me!! I can't wait to see how my life begins to change for the better! Praise be to the God, our Father, who daily bears our burdens!

Oct 2, 2009

Sigh . . .

I am one tired chick. I haven't even looked at blogs or checked my email in days. I just read all of the great updates ( I especially enjoyed the story about the Lord in Martin Memoirs on my side bar . . . check it out!!) I'm now very ready to hit the sack! Good night!!

Sep 23, 2009

Extra, Extra, Read All About It!

You won't believe this!!

I had a doctor's appointment today at the ICAM clinic. I needed to consult with my naturopath about some blood work I had done a couple of weeks ago. At this point I should probably mention, even though you probably know this, I have rheumatoid arthritis. You may not know, however, that the diagnosis for RA is usually nailed in by either a high Rheumatoid Factor or a high C-Reactive Protein in your blood work (in addition to noticably swollen joints symmetrically on the body). I had a very high CRP, and a little high RH Factor. I found out today . . .



OK, this news is very big and exciting. I feel as though I am having a hard time making it big enough and exciting enough in typed words. So please take this moment to feel great anticipation, and excitement. And please pretend that you can see the huge grin on my face.






. . . BOTH OF MY NUMBERS ARE BACK IN THE NORMAL RANGE!

Hooray!! So, even though I still have swollen fingers, and some days are not great, most of my days are great, and the proof is in the pudding that my immune system is chilling out a little!! Hooray!!!

The other interesting thing I found out is that I tested positive for the Epstein Bar Virus (may not have spelled that right). Which a normal person might think was bad news, but I think is great news, because it is now a known, treatable problem that I will soon be able to cross off of my list of things that are contributing to my RA. Hooray again!

I am so happy that my "scarry" numbers are back down to normal, and I am so excited to see how my body continues to improve as time goes on. And I am giving ALL of the glory and credit to Jesus Christ my Lord and Savior! He has saved me from my sins, he will save me from my RA, and He will save me from anything else I need saving from. Because he is faithful, he is good, and I belong to him, and I will worship and praise him and love him and honor him until the day that I die!! AMEN!!

Sep 13, 2009

I ADORE . . .

BATHTUB PICTURES!!

The other day M&M were playing really well and cracking up in the tub. So I pulled out my camera to take some pictures. I love 'em, so I thought I'd share 'em. . .












BTW, Matthew has a 'DANGER' pirate tattoo. Scary, huh??

Sep 3, 2009

Excited

I just went through my ENTIRE blog. I mean I read all of my previous blogs. Well, I at least skimmed them. It was so fun to relive my journey over the past couple of years. To see the path the Lord has led me down. And now I am SO excited about what the next few months/years will hold. I can't wait!! Fall is coming, Hooray!!

Thank you, Lord for seasons!! Thank you for change. Thank you for making life good. AMEN!

Sep 1, 2009

Lord, I'm Amazed

Today I completed my second day with students at the King's Academy. My time there has left me amazed. Amazed that the Lord has provided all of the needs for the school and the students. Amazed that I have found a job that allows me to spend so much time with my kids while I'm there. Amazed that when I got home from work today my entire house had been cleaned top to bottom by my most amazing husband. Amazed at how tired I truly am. And amazed at the route the school is taking to get where it's going. I'll try to remember little anecdotal stories to share on my blog.

Here is a little something that happened today:
We were talking about what sin is. Mrs. O was giving an example that stealing candy from walmart would be considered a sin. One little boy raised his hand to get her attention and blurted out enthusiastically, "Mrs. O, my mom stealed a cake for me before my birthday!!". Yeah, he was pretty proud of his Mom.

I know the kids at our school may have a different 'norm' than I'm used to. But I also know that God will whisper in their hearts, He will draw them near to Him, and He alone can change their direction and direct their path. I'm AMAZED that I'll get to watch Him do it for these kids. Please continue to pray for the 'King's Kids', and for the teachers up there, too!

Aug 30, 2009

"How I Love You Child, I Love You"

At church this morning all of the students for the King's Academy, along with their families, were asked to come to church for the dedication service followed by a tour of the school and a meet the teacher day. Officially, school starts tomorrow. Donnie was sharing the gospel with all of these people that are not usually there (I don't if or where they usually go to church), and during the invitation several of the family members who came responded to the invitation including a 9 year old girl who wanted to pray for her family because they "just aren't doing that good". The little girl recieved Jesus, and her family went home with a load of groceries along with some other needs that were met. Her little sister will be in the Kindergarten class at the King's Academy. Please pray for this family, and for all of the students at the school and their families.

Aug 25, 2009

Wonderland and Texas

Last week my Aunt Sandi and Uncle Ronnie came to Amarillo with their Granddaughter, Kara. We went with them, and my parents, and my niece, Whitney, to Wonderland. We also went to see the play TEXAS in Canyon. Here are our family pictures from said events . . .
Dad, Mom, and Mandie on the Tilt-A-Whirl. Mandie was smiling, but you wouldn't know it from the picture . . .
Matthew and Poppy, two silly guys . . .

Mom, Dad, and Mandie on the . . . huh, I just don't know the name of this one. We were not brave enough to take Matt up there without a seat belt or harness or something.


Dad and Matt watching Mom and Mandie on the Tilt-A-Whirl. Can you tell this picture was taken after the Log Ride?


Mom, Dad, and Mandie on the Log Ride. Mandie was in front of me but she couldn't see anything. She did bonk her forehead on the 'log' on the way down, but she thougt that was
funny. . .

Mandie and I on the Tilt-A-Whirl, I think we did this one 4 times . . .


I thought she would be scared of the Frog Hopper, but she laughed and laughed . . .


Mandie found her dream car . . .


Mandie riding the helicopter . . .


Mandie and Matt riding the boat . . .


The next three pictures are from the play TEXAS in Canyon. As you can see, Matthew was kind enough to let Dad borrow his hat in the last one.
Mandie. 'nuf said.


Matthew . . .


Dad and his little cow-princess . . .


We had so much fun with my Aunt and Uncle. I guess next time we'll head to Odessa and see what fun that city has to offer, surely nothing as fun as our exciting Amarillo attractions!!


Aug 22, 2009

Mysterious Ways

I am going to try to re-cap a conversation Mandie and I had this morning. First of all, let me say that Mandie is at a point in her life where she is trying to figure out what it means to get married. A couple from our church re-newed their vows a few weeks ago which had a big impression on her, she has a princess movie where the princess marries her prince, and other stuff like that seems to make her little mind start ticking away, because she's really trying to figure it out.

So this morning I was in my bathroom getting ready, and Mandie was in my bedroom talking to me and she looked up at the picture from our wedding. She said with lots of excitement, "Oh Mommy! You're getting married!! Do you want to get married again, today??"

I replied, "I'm not planning on getting married again today, but if your Daddy asked me, then I would marry him again!"

Mandie: "Or if God asked you? You could marry him."

Mom: "Ya, if God asked me to marry him I would marry him, too."

Mandie: "God is in my belly button Mommy, if I can find a way to get in my belly button then I can get married with him!!!!"

Mom: "What? God is in your belly button? Why?"

Mandie: "I don't know, He just is. And I can get married with Him when he is in my belly button."

What is that!! I don't know what she is thinking! Hopefully she will eventually come to the realization that God, who may or may not be in her belly button (because all things are possible with Him right??), loves her very much and has a perfect plan for her that may very well include marraige and children. But I'm kinda wondering how we will get from here to there.

What I think is so precious is that anyone who knows Mandie knows that she loves her belly button. Ever since she was little, she would suck her thumb and tug on her belly button to fall asleep or find comfort. I think it is so interesting that she has somehow made an association between her belly button and her Lord.

Who knows?? Anyway, this was a conversation that I did not want to forget.

Aug 17, 2009

The Message Planted in Your Heart

I want to share a verse that has been quitly convicting me lately. It comes from James chapter one. The first part of the message is one that is probably very familiar to most Christians," My dear brothers and sisters, be quick to listen, slow to speak, and slow to get angry. Your anger can never make things right in God's sight." This is not the part that hit home with me, although it is extremely convicting for us all I am sure. The following lines are amazing, and somehow they are words that I have never really dwelt on before:

"So get rid of all the filth and evil in your lives, and humbly accept the message God has planted in your hearts, for it is strong enough to save your souls."

My mind has chased tangents about all different facets of this verse. The part about being saved, the part about humbly accepting God's will over my own, the part about the filth and evil in my own life, and maybe I am most taken by the part about "the message" that God himself planted in my heart.

This verse does not say, "humbly accept the random seed that happened to land on your heart and take root". We all know that a lot of things grow that way, something sprouts a seed and the wind blows it to an acceptable enough plot of land and boom ~ plant. Or worse, some cow or bird eats up a seed and four hours later, boom ~ plant. I dare say that more often than not this kind of planting usually yeilds what we all just LOVE to have in our own yards . . . WEEDS!

No, this is not how our convictions have come to us. The Lord PLANTED a message in my heart. This requires (and I know because I watch Gardening by the Yard!) preparing the soil, providing irrigation, digging a hole, inserting a seed, covering the hole to the right depth and spacing, fertilizing the hole (organically I hope!) and waiting and waiting and waiting until, boom ~ the perfect, beautiful, lush healthy plant in the perfect location yeilding all of the right flowers/fruit.

When I think about this, I reflect back on all of the events in my life that have shaped my heart. My pains, my joys, watching others who are suffering, and my basic realizations as a young one that some things are simply "not right". This verse helps me in realizing that this was all the planting of the message in my heart. It has made me very passionate about certain things, and yet there are other things that I simply do not feel "called" to do.

I could go on even more about the words "humbly accept" in this passage, but I'll spare you all my tears. All I know is that I am so so so grateful to God to be given the opportunity to serve Him. There was a time in my life that I most decidedly did NOT accept the message in my heart, I did not follow it, and it led me down a road into the darkest place I have ever been. Now that the Lord has allowed me to come back to Him, I am most honored to accept the message in my heart, and I am speechless before Him with gratefulness and dumbstruck by His faithfulness.

*Sigh*, God is so Good.

Goodnight.

Aug 4, 2009

Nosey Rosey

This morning Mandie made a pig nose, looked up and me and asked "Mommy, is there paper up my nose?" I looked deep inside her nose and sure enough there was a little wad of paper. Turns out she ripped a little piece of paper off of a book (which she got in trouble for), wadded it up, and proceeded to stick it up her nose.

Turns out all her nose needed was a good nap to get that little wad of paper out. She woke up, and out it came. A few hours with paper up your nose never hurt anybody, right?

Aug 2, 2009

Be Happy

I just went through our pictures from July. I decided to take a few that make me laugh and share them with you.
The following three pictures were taken in succession, each about 4 seconds apart. This makes me giggle . . . I just can't stop laughing!





This is Mandie and her friend Paisley who lives in Abilene, are they hot stuff or what!


After Mandie got the '12 Dancing Princesses' DVD for her birthday, she really wanted to wear her hair in a bun like the dancers . . . this probably won't be happening again for a while now that Mandie is her own hairdresser.



This is Mandie with her girlfriends, Elli and Brooklyn. I love all of Mandie's sweet little friends!


This is the first time any of my children have ever done this. One minute Matthew is eating goldfish, the next he's eating goldfish with his eyes closed, the next . . .

HA! Good memories!!

Jul 31, 2009

Awesome

Just ran to Mardel for about 25 minutes.








Came home, Mandie had cut herself some bangs.








Awesome.

Jul 30, 2009

Good Boy, Mama

Today I was changing Matthew's diaper. While I was bent over trying to pull a diaper out of one of the over-stuffed baskets under the changing table, Matt sat up and started patting me on the back saying "Good Boy" like he does to the dog. It was funny.

Jul 26, 2009

Question

Hello blog world! I have a question for all you girls living in A-town. Do you know of anyone here who homeschools their children? Have you ever considered homeschooling your children? I am not necessarily for it, or against it at this point. I just want to know if there is anyone around who does it? Thanks for your input!

Note: The purpose of this post is not to affend anyone, or get anyone going crazy! If you comment, please be considerate of someone who may not feel the same way you do.

Jul 16, 2009

Reuniting with Family!

Well, tomorrow we are packing up and heading to Fredericksberg (sp??) for the annual family reunion. We are spending tomorrow night with some of our dear frieds that we never get to see enough of, and then on to the schnitzel! (like I really eat schnitzel . . . ugh!) To all we will see there, can't wait to see you! And Mom, can't wait for our date tonight!

Jun 29, 2009

The Way, The Truth, and The

WARM BRIGHT LIGHT

OK, I have a great desire to give the Lord a lot of glory and this seems to be a great way to do it. So here I go.

I feel great. I have RA, but I feel great. The Lord has taken me from a rather dark and stiff place and he has graciously allowed me to have comfort and light. He is the reason I feel good. He has done this to me, and for me, and he alone should receive all the glory.

Thank you Lord for all you have done. For forgiving my sins, and giving ease, rest, and comfort to my body. Amen.

Thank you also to all of my sweet friends for your tender prayers and heartfelt words. I am so grateful for the way I feel, and so awestruck by God's Love and faithfulness.

Jun 19, 2009

Pool Fun!

Ok, clearly this picture has nothing to do with the pool . . . but it is so darn cute!

On to Pool Fun!
That was Nana with all her grandkids!

Matthew was turning blue and shivering . . . so he had to take a nacho break.

Mom and Matt ~ love that boy!

She's just getting sweeter and sweeter! Love her, too!

Jun 11, 2009

I Love the Flower Girl . . . and Boy


Today I put my kids in the jogging stroller and walked over to what I told them was the "flower park" (Heaven forbid we get in the stroller and don't go to a park-even though we did end up going to the real park, too) It's just this nice old man who loves flowers, plants hundreds of them, and then invites you to come enjoy them! He was outside when we arrived and he was very friendly! He said they could pull on the sprinkler heads, and pick the flowers, and walk in the flowers . . . which was very nice even though I did not allow them to do any of those things. Anyway, here are my favorite pictures from today:










Happy Birthday Mandie!


Last Sunday we celebrated Mandie's 3rd birthday! Luke and I gave her swim lessons for her birthday which she did at ATC. She FINALLY learned to put her face in the water and blow bubbles out of her nose! HOORAY!! Also, she floated on her back and learned to make strokes with her hands and kick her feet in the water (but not at the same time). She was SCARED to death of jumping into the pool, I guess we'll have to work on that this summer. Mandie is getting to be such a big girl!! I can't believe it. Here's a little word to the wise by the way, if your child's actual birthday does not fall on the day of the party (which Mandie's didn't), just pretend like the party day is the birthday-day (which we did not) it could save days of anticipation and confusion for the poor child! Anyway, Mandie wanted a Little Mermaid party. So we made Little Mermaid invitations, and ordered a Little Mermaid cake (which barely made it to the party), and Mandie got lots of WONDERFUL little mermaid toys (along with a bunch of other GREAT toys and outfits). We celebrated at Medi-Park. We had cake and juice (but no candles because it was just too darn windy!) We fed the ducks, and we played on the playground. Mandie has told me several times since then that she wants to have another party, and invite ________ (insert a long list of every person in attendance at her party). I have assured her that we will have another party for her when she turns 4. Here are some pictures from the blessed event! (These pictures are in no particular order, blogger's not letting me cut and paste them . . . sorry!)









Thank you all for celebrating Mandie with us! We love ya'll!
!

Jun 6, 2009

The Jokes on You

This is a new twist on Mandie's favorite joke:

Mom: Knock, Knock

Mandie: Who's there?

Mom: Ya

Mandie: Ya who?

Mom: Yahoo! Mandie, I didn't know you were a cowgirl!

Mandie: No mom, I'm not a cowgirl . . . I'm a cowPRINCESS!

May 27, 2009

Wednesday in the Word

But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people belonging to God, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light. Once you were not a people, but now you are the people of God; once you had not received mercy, but now you have received mercy. 

1 Peter 2:9-10

At this moment, I am in awe of the Word of God. I am in awe that there is such a thing as the Word of God. I mean Word of GOD. God himself gave us his words. Not only that, he made us his people. His people. God gave his words to his people. He really loves us. He is truly glorious! And I am so glad that this person has the rest of his people to be his people with. 

May 26, 2009

Putting things together

Tonight at dinner Mandie said, "Mommy, I love Jesus".

So I said, "Mandie, that is so wonderful. I am so glad that you love Jesus."

Then Mandie looked like she was thinking pretty hard and she said, " No, not Jesus. What's that girl's name, Mommy?"

"Oh, you mean Mary?"

"Yes, I love Mary, Mommy." she said.

I replied, "that's good honey, I'm glad you love Mary".

"Mommy, did Mary have a little lamb?"

I debated for a moment and then simply replied, "Yes, Mary did have a little lamb". 

Isaiah 53:7~"He was oppressed and afflicted, yet he did not open his mouth; he was led like a lamb to the slaughter, and as a sheep before ther shearers is silent, so he did not open his mouth."

Later tonight when I was tucking her into bed, Mandie wanted to read about Mary and Jesus. So I opened up her little Bible to the few pages about Mary and Jesus. There was a picture in there of the wise man looking at Jesus. Mandie pointed to the man and said, "Who is that, Mommy?".

I replied, "That is the wise man".

"Did he build his house upon the rock?"


Going to the big D, and I do mean Dallas

My Mom and I had a fabulous time in Dallas! Here are a few pics of us girls hanging out:



I love you Mom!