Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Wordless Wednesday

The priceless gift of friendship

Monday, October 26, 2009

1000 Gifts: Life and Blessings

There are so many things this week... I don't know where to start.   Unfortunately, there are no beautiful pictures this week... just words of remembrance.

0040.  a time to get away with women to share and heal

0041.  "wonderful, the matchless grace of Jesus"

0042.  the knowledge that Jesus was with me from the very beginning and didn't ever leave me for one second.

0043.  leaving my garbage at the foot of the cross - never to be picked up and carried by me again!

0044.  the offer from my Father for life and blessings and being able to pass it on to my children and grandchildren

0045.  the beauty and wisdom of a 78 year old friend who loves the Lord and has walked in His path

0046.  FREEDOM!!!!!!!

0047.  the confidence that the Father loves me and doesn't leave me the way I am

0048.  being encircled by caring women praying over me, my family, my life, my future

0049.  holy forgetfulness

0050.  the sweet voice of the Lord

0051.  and a verse impressed upon my heart....

"I call heaven and earth as witnesses today against you.  I set before you life and death, blessing and cursing; therefore choose life that you and your descendants may live; that you may love the Lord your God,  that you may obey His voice, that you may cling to Him, for He is your life and the length of your days, and that you may dwell in the land which the Lord swore to your fathers Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, to give them."

Deuteronomy 30:19-20

Saturday, October 24, 2009

Healing the Hurts

This weekend I started a journey.  I attended a retreat for women entitled Healing the Hurts.  It entailed confronting hurts from your past and wrong thoughts and judgements about self, others, and God.

What a weekend!  I felt as if drinking from a fire hose.  There was so much information and all of it was good and beneficial.  When one has an infected wound and it has not been taken care of it festers and affects other areas of the body.  To get rid of the wound one must clean it out before the true healing can begin.  This weekend was the beginning of the cleaning out process.  I have a lot of junk and there's a lot of cleaning that's needing to be done.  But, oh my!  The LORD was so sweet to me.  He showed me how He was with me from my beginning.  He healed me and gave me a choice of life or death, blessing or cursing.  I choose LIFE! I choose BLESSING... for me and my children and my children's children. 

I need to confess - this journey is NOT easy. But necessary.  It is VITAL to my freedom in Jesus.  Not that my sins hadn't all been taken care of on the cross of Jesus almost 2000 years ago, but I need to confess my sins before holy God acknowledging that HE. IS. HOLY!  That I had sinned against HIM by having incorrect thoughts and judgements of myself, others, and Him.

I praise Him for what He has started and am confident that HE will see through to completion the good work that HE has started in me,  confident that these blessings will flow down to my children and their children.  Not because I say it, but because HE PROMISES IT! To God be the GLORY GREAT THINGS HE HAS DONE!

Deuteronomy 30:19-20

I call heaven and earth as witnesses today against you, that I have set before you life and death, blessing and cursing; therefore choose life that both you and your descendants may live; that you may love the LORD your God, that you may obey His voice, and that you may cling to Him, for HE is your life and the length of your days; and that you may dwell in the land which the Lord swore to your fathers, to Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, to give them.

Bring it LORD JESUS!

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Wordless, I mean Toothless, Wednesday

Alas - it was bound to happen...little signs of my boys getting bigger everyday.  For a few weeks Monkey has had a loose tooth.  He had a difficult time eating apples - they had to be cut up - or anything else that you take a bite out of.  Well today, during naptime, he came out of the room and had a very worried look on his face and a small white shiny tooth in his hand.  He looked  at me and asked, "Is it bleeding?"  With this first experience he was a bit worried that something was terribly wrong.  I sent him to the bathroom to spit out what small amount of blood there was and had him swish out his mouth. Then, of course, pictures.  I HAD to document my not so baby boy losing his first tooth.  Next, I suppose, he'll ask for the keys to the car.   I guess this is just God's way of reminding parents that time with our little ones is so brief.

And now, my toothless wonder!


Tuesday, October 20, 2009


I didn't have time yesterday to post this - but I couldn't NOT post a sweet happy birthday to my sweet, yet sneaky son.  Between the birthday trip to the zoo, lunch at Chic-fli-a (our most favoritest lunch spot), two karate lessons for the Monkster, and then cupcake baking for momma - I had no time to sit and wish my sweet boy Happy Birthday on the blog...

Happy Birthday to my sweet Chops.  I love your smile, your cuddles, and your sticky kisses.  I am so proud of how you've grown this past year.  You always keep your momma on her toes!   I love you to the moon and back!  Happy 3rd Birthday, my boy!

Really Behind

Okay - so I am REALLY behind in my blogging.  Golly, over a month ago we went on a Colonial field trip and have you even seen one photo or story documenting the enormous fun that we had?  No.  Life just has a way of consuming me.  It's funny that way.  I go crazy thinking of all of the things that need to be done in just one day.  Meanwhile, as my days pass into weeks, and months, and seasons, and years my house still needs cleaning, my boys need chasing after, school work needs to be completed, and dinners need to be made.  Where does the time go?  Like sands through the hour glass.... for any of you watcher of soap operas - you know the rest... but who has time to sit and watch tv?   I'd much rather spend my time catching up on my blog.  Hee hee.

So to catch you all up on our field trip pictures from last month - here they are... for the world to see.  We really had a fun time.  I've lived in this state for 13 years now and had never actually done this trip.  Crazy, I know.  I just did the shopping part.  I guess shopping really doesn't count as field trip for a Kindergartener - unless you're trying to teach them the value of a dollar.  We were even able to get a full family photo in - that only happens once in a lifetime - since I'm usually the one on the other side of the camera-  thanks to that kind lady who allowed us all to get into the picture --- I really did attend.













1000 Gifts: Another year

0031.  Remembering soft pink skin, and new beginnings

0032.  a proud moment of trying hard and succeeding

0033. the evidence of hard work and patience


0034.  the familiar voice of an old friend on the other end of the phone - just like home.

0035. the anticipation of a weekend getaway to a favorite spot in the mountains.

0036.  a birthday filled with wild friends, our favorite restaurant in the world, and the sweet fellowship of fun buddies.

0037.  "Daddy's home!"

0038.  afternoon naptime.

0039.  the reminder to give thanks in EVERYTHING - even the struggles - because it shifts my focus to Almighty God instead of my own successes and failures. 

Monday, October 12, 2009

1000 Gifts: Family Time

0021.  a new beginning to school after a week off to regroup

0022.  a chilly morning visit from a 5 year old who still wants to cuddle

0023.  a family hike in the woods at our favorite garden spot

0024. God's wonderful creative side - a camouflaged toad hiding on the forest carpet

0025.   silly faces filled with laughter

0026.  kisses for my growing boy - who still enjoys receiving them

0027. a moment in my "own little world" - and the consequences for taking a minute

0028.  the thought of God's mercy, and if after our discipline, - He ever just can't help but snicker at our ridiculousness.

0029.  the weekly manventure - dad and the boys - so mom can have a few minutes alone to clean house.

0030.  falling asleep at the end of a full day from the exhaustion of keeping up with my blessings.

"How precious are Your thoughts to me, O God.
How vast is the sum of them!
If I should count them, they would outnumber the grains of sand!"

Ps.  139: 17-18


Monday, October 5, 2009

1000 Gifts: A healing touch

My blog has been quiet for a while, but the last post was a beginning to be thankful for the little things in everyday life.  Places where I can look and see the fingerprints of God on my life and just be thankful. My blog has been quiet due to some physical problems... and unfortunately, today is no different.  The issues are still afflicting me, however, because of God's blessings toward me I am choosing to "Give thanks in all circumstances for this is the will of God for you in Christ Jesus, our Lord." 1 Thess. 5:18.

So here is my list, continued...

0011.  A loving husband who comes home early to make dinner for the kids.

0012.  Sweet friends and a Friday evening campout for the kiddies.

0013.  a furry friend always wanting to cuddle.

0014.  the quiet solitude of early morning

0015.  the symphony of God's creation singing His praises.

0016.  a soft cozy blanket on a chilly night.

0017.  sweet words from friends

0018.  the privilege to worship, a glimpse of worship to come

0019. laughter

0020.  the abundant warm smells and colors of autumn

holy experience