Monday, September 12, 2016

Eye of the Storm

I love this song, heard it this morning and the beat and message is just, well, wonderful.



Monday, August 15, 2016

Food for Thought

Sometimes I receive something I want to share with all my friends and family. And I want to selfishly keep forever, this is one of those things.



LYSA TERKEURST
“Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer. Share with the Lord’s people who are in need. Practice hospitality.” Romans 12:12-13 (NIV)
I remember sitting in the smelly middle school gym like it was yesterday.
I’d survived the awkward and much-dreaded moments of changing into my PE uniform in the girls’ locker room. And now I sat on the hard bleachers listening to the squeak of tennis shoes, the uneven cadence of bouncing balls, the teacher’s sharp whistle and the girls laughing behind me.
They weren’t laughing with me. That would have meant I was accepted, wanted and invited in to be a part of their group.
No, they were laughing at me.
I was the subject of their gossip. I was the punch line of their jokes.
And it hurt.
I imagine you know that hurt too. Change the scenery and people, and this same hurt can be found in most of our lives:
  • When your coworkers all make plans to go to lunch, but you weren’t invited.
  • When that other preschool mom says, “Several of us moms are concerned with how aggressive your child seems on the playground.”
  • When everyone else’s social media makes marriage look dreamy and uber-romantic as you’re crying yourself to sleep.
Then a friend steps in with a gentle smile and a few simple words of encouragement and suddenly you’re not alone.
I want to be that friend for you today.
In the midst of whatever made your heart feel knocked off-kilter, can I whisper what I believe are the 5 best things one can say to a friend? And then might you give the gift of saying these things to a friend today?
This list is from our key verses, Romans 12:12-13, in a section titled “Love.”
1. “You’re wonderful.”
(Romans 12:12, “Be joyful in hope …”)
The world is quick to tell us all the ways we fall short. We are hyperaware of our faults and frailties.
So, what a precious gift to remind a friend of specific ways she’s a wonderful friend, a wonderful mom, a wonderful Jesus girl, a wonderful wife, a wonderful co-worker, a wonderful person.
2. “Me too.”
(Romans 12:12, “… patient in affliction …”)
What a blessing to remind a friend we all have afflictions, hurts, faults and tender places. We all get sick both emotionally and physically.
The patient friend freely gives grace because she so desperately needs it herself. “Me too” acknowledges I’m no better than you, but together we are stronger. It’s such a loving and disarming admission that we’re all in this together.
3. “I’ll pray.”
(Romans 12:12, “… faithful in prayer.”)
Wouldn’t it be wonderful to tell a friend you will absolutely be faithful in praying for her? I have someone who prays for me faithfully and even texts me Scriptures she’s praying.
But here’s what I really love about her. She doesn’t just pray about my situations: She prays me through them.
4. “I’ll share.”
(Romans 12:13, “Share with the Lord’s people who are in need …”)
When we notice a need in a friend’s life, might we be willing to step in and be part of the solution?
I have a friend who lost every possession she owned due to a chemical spill in her home. So, we threw her a “Job Party” (like the man in the Bible). Each of us brought a few things to help her family start over.
We didn’t come close to fully meeting their financial needs. But we helped build a foundation of restoration and gave this family the assurance God was working on their behalf.
5. “Come over.”
(Romans 12:13, “Practice hospitality.”)
Welcoming a friend inside the sacred space of our home is such a needed gesture. There’s just something about relationships that are less pixelated when we get eye-to-eye, voice-to-voice and talk. Really talk.
Over broken bread we share broken hearts. And then we celebrate the parts of us that are still intact. We reach across the table and across our differences to grab hold of the glorious bond of friendship.
Yes, these are 5 great things to say to a friend.
And I’ve found as we purposefully ease the loneliness ache in others, we will see it is beautifully eased in us.
Dear Lord, thank You for the gift of friendship. Please show me who I can encourage today. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.
TRUTH FOR TODAY:
Hebrews 13:16, “And do not forget to do good and to share with others, for with such sacrifices God is pleased.” (NIV)

Friday, August 12, 2016

Book Review - American Patriots





Book Summary:

American Patriots, is a book written by Rick Santorum, it covers the stories of ordinary, regular American's and their role in our history.

My Review:

My opinion of this book, is hard written.  I am not a fan of the author and found this book very hard to read. I love history but maybe like my high school history teacher said you want to feel like you were there not like you are reading an account of it.  The people this book covered for the most part I had never heard of which did lead it's hand to keeping my interest but also had my mind wandering wondering more about the people.  Wanting to see pictures of them, wondering if other books/publications covered them.  For the history buff that likes short stories this might be a good read, however for me it was painful, long and very worded.


I did receive a complimentary copy of this book for review purposes from Tyndale House.

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Please go visit this little blog

So I have a friend, (well maybe I have a few), but this friend blogs and I want to share her blog with you.

Please go check out 

And give her some feedback, love, praise and really take to heart her message. 

Great job Sara I am really enjoying your new venture.


Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Karma


I love this and there are some days I need the reminder more than once, I am human after all.

What goes around comes around. So I keep my circle positive, I do not seek revenge because I know those who are selfish, conniving, deceitful, and scheming will burn their own bridge. Nothing good comes from bad behavior. I say what I mean and don’t take others actions personally, the battle they are fighting isn’t with me it is their own. I will not smile when they fail I will be reminded that their failure was a direct result of their own actions.
Say good words. Think good thoughts. Do good deeds.

Thursday, June 16, 2016

Slacking and Celebrating

Oh my you can say slacking? Well I can say it, and see it my last post was in December YIKES!!

Well there is a very special reason I am posting this man right here!!


You see he is another year old today and the best daddy to our girls. Every year he gets crap because my birthday and Christmas fall on the same day and he has to double buy presents. What not everyone realizes is that his birthday is really close to Fathers Day and sometimes on the same day.  So I get the same fun.  Not complaining just always think it's funny when people are like man I feel so bad for you.  

So to Shane, thank you for the last almost 16 years of us, and almost 7 years of marriage, and for our beautiful crazy life.  You and I have been opposites from the start, you being the wild to my calm, and the spontaneous to my planning, the ying to my yang.  I love that you bring me out of my shell, make me try new things, and remind me all the time that I am more than just a mom, I am your wife, a sister, friend, daughter, cousin, granddaughter, aunt, niece, and so much more. You push me to try harder, to reach for more, to relax and enjoy this ride we are on. Thank you for always making me feel beautiful, keeping me laughing, and for the days when it wasn't always easy loving me.

When it comes to our girls you can do no wrong.  They think you are a superhero, and I am thankful for that. You teach them that they are only limited by their minds, they will never know what they can attain if they don't try.  You are a friend, but parent and except manners and respect. Your relationship with them is setting the bar high for the men who are lucky enough to snag them.  They are going to expect someone hardworking, passionate, fun-loving, and caring. Thank you for always making sure that they have that example and always being there for them.

Now to that grandson title of yours.  If someone wants to see how grandparents are supposed to be treated they just have to watch you with your grandma. She is pretty sure you are perfect, and while you may have her fooled I love that she thinks that of you and that you have such a great relationship with her. I know you are lucky to have her and she is just as lucky to have you. 

To be honest and finish, you AMAZE me.  We have been together for a long time, but I am still learning things about you, and falling more in love with you.  I thank God for carpet glue every day!!

Love you babe, I hope this year is one of the best yet!!

HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!






Thursday, December 17, 2015

12 Days of Christmas for my Husband 2015

I love Christmas and every year I try to remind the man that I married that I love that he is appreciated and important to me.  I think it was about 5 years ago I started the tradition of 12 days of Christmas just for him.  Now I know the 12 days don't actually traditionally start until after Christmas but we do it before. To each their own.  This year and most years he forgets about this and is surprised when he sees them hanging or stuffed in a basket.  Some years there has been fun little poems with each, some have gone with a theme, this year no poems or cute sayings, and kind of a theme. There are 12 packages of things he likes and things he needs, it is a mix for sure.

Now I am fairly certain he won't read my post as he is super busy, I will post the days below.  If you are said husband and you are reading stop right here.






So this is the basket full of fun, did I mention I truly love brown paper wrapping, you can write on it, draw on it, and dress it up as much as you like.

On the ... day of Christmas

1st
There was one list of reasons I am thankful for him, I did this during November, every day I wrote one thing I was thankful or loved him for
2nd
One pair of gloves
3rd
Three Cello Cherries, he loves these
4th
One package of razor blades, there were 4 in there
5th
One package of underwear, yeah I know romantic :) 
6th
6 Monsters, yes that green drink he loves them
7th
One, Lucky 7's lottery scratch ticket
8th
Two boxes of 4, Slim Jim's
9th
This one was tricky, three boxes of 3oz of his favorite candies, Skittles, Gummy Lifesavers, and Sour Patch Kids
10th
Two packages of cigars, now I don't love encouraging this habit but he does like them and they come 5 to a box
11th
Eleven packages of fun fruits (fruit snacks) 
12th
One case of Raspberry Cream from Van's he loves that pop 

Just a little planning and this was all put together and he just picks the day out of the basket every day and it is a nice surprise. This definitely makes his stocking slim on Christmas morning but he never seems to mind.

Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Ain't About Easy

Heard this song today and I had to share, it's life, and it's worth all the work.



Wednesday, October 14, 2015

Day 13 & 14 - Patience & Fly


These are combining today in this post, because well I was busy getting stuff ready for youth hunting that starts tomorrow.  I believe we are ready to go and tackle our second year of youth hunting and I am so thankful it is a family affair.

So patience comes with one year of hunting under their belts, this is daddy and daughters.  Hubby has been hunting for years, however last year was his first with two 12 year olds and let me tell you if that doesn't test your patience I am pretty sure you are unshakable. They did awesome, they listened, they waited, and they learned.  They learned with us, things we do instinctively after years of hunting, they have to be taught.  They have to be taught just like we were taught, only we as adults forget we were taught and now take it as common sense. Funny how that works isn't it. I think I went along to remind all that and there is nothing better than spending time together. Our patience is greater and our memories are forever in our hearts.



Fly, to be who you are whether that is great or small, everyone has a place in this world.  We are always telling the girls we want you to go to college. Hubby and I have not finished college I am working on it but it is slow and that is ok, I have to admit I know plenty of people that did not complete college that have good jobs and do what they enjoy.  I have a job I enjoy, it is not my dream job of teaching but I can't complain I have a great boss and fabulous coworkers.  The thing is that every job has a place in this world, you might think he is just the garbage truck driver, but to someone else he is a dad, a brother, a husband, and without him you would be doing it yourself so just because it isn't your place in this world don't knock someone else's place. Fly to where you want to be, take chances keep stepping out on that limb and take flight.  You might be surprised where you land.


Monday, October 12, 2015

Day 12 - Storm

Not too much to say today, was just thinking about the word and all the storms we have all weathered that we didn't think we would make it through.  Every fork in the road, every rough sea, thinking back on all the storms that God has brought me to and through.  This songs always makes me sing along as it is so true. They have all run out of rain, because I have never given up.