Saturday, December 31, 2011

gOoDbYe 2011

dontcha just love new beginnings???
i do...

tonight is the last night of 2011
we have been through so much this year...

we have moved to a new community
our children have started public school for the first time in four years
we bought a golf cart
we have truly slowed down
we are beginning to savor life a bit

god is so good
he is...
forever faithful
always soooo patient
with us

i am so grateful that he is all of those things
where would I be without him
he is the creator of new beginnings

how lucky we are
he created 
a new minute
a new hour
a new day

none of us is promised anything
we only have this moment
embrace it
cherish it
live it

but this evening, i am looking forward to a new year
i want to take some of the good things from 2011
i want to leave some of the not so good things in 2011
i want to make some improvements in 2012

thank you god for new beginnings

may he bless and keep you thoughout 2012

Isaiah 43:18-19
“Forget the former things; do not dwell on the past. See, I am doing a new thing!  Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the wilderness and streams in the wasteland. 

Thursday, December 29, 2011

oH hApPy DaY!!!

Just received the iPad2 for Christmas from the Company I have with my brothers
It is a really cool device!!!  
So, I'm trying to learn the ways of my new toy.  
I will be back shortly.  
I have a lot to say.


Tuesday, December 13, 2011


we moved in september...

we moved
from a house we own
that was built in 1927

to a rental
that was built in 1800 and something...

we moved from a small town
to a speck in the road

my kids went from
being homeschooled

to public school
for the first time in four years

we still own our house on Getty
we just painted it
for the special person who will buy it
its beautiful
it has a new kitchen
new bathrooms
a new roof
new siding
it will go for sale in January

the rental is awesome
it is on an old fort
it has tons of history
it is big enough for all our stuff
it has a screened in front porch
it has walls two feet thick made from solid stone
it has a really ugly kitchen and
bathrooms that aren't necessarily convenient
and I.LOVE.IT!!!!

what i'm saying is that we have made some big changes....

and guess what...
i have NEVER felt god's presence more

he is good

And we know that God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to his purpose for them.
-Romans 8:28

Monday, December 12, 2011


i want to thank my emily
she has worked hard...

very hard...

to bring my blog to today's look

she is awesome...

she is cleaver...

she is busy...

she loves me...

she wants me to have a special place...

just for me


today i am thankful for my beautiful talented girl
God really knew what he was doing when he blessed me with her
the creator of the universe KNEW he would be able to love me perfectly through her

i love you beautiful girl!!!!

thank you

Monday, January 10, 2011

tHiS bOy...

i am forever proud of this boy...
this boy received this lego set for Christmas 2009
this boy was too young and inexperienced to finish this project in 2009

for a whole year it sat...

in a box...

in our schoolroom...

for just the right time...
for this boy
to decide
he was old enough
brave enough
to tackle the project

a few days ago
he did it!!!!
he finished it!!!!

he is proud of himself

and his mama is oh, so proud of him!!!!

Saturday, January 1, 2011


i have never heard of naming years.  it makes sense, though.  instead of a "new year's resolution" that is broken before january 2nd... 

recently, i read this and this and it just seemed to come to me.  as i prayed about what 2011 might look like for me and my family, the words hardly out of my mouth, my word was my mind.  it made perfect sense to me.  i understood EXACTLY what He meant and why this should be my word for 2011.

as a NOUN it means...
  • strong affection for another arising out of kinship or personal ties  
  • affection based on admiration, benevolence, or common interests
  • an assurance of affection
  • warm attachment, enthusiasm, or devotion
  • the object of attachment, devotion, or admiration
  • a beloved person : darling —often used as a term of endearment
  • unselfish loyal and benevolent concern for the good of another 
as a VERB it means...
  • to hold dear : cherish 
  • to like or desire actively : take pleasure in  
  • to thrive in
as an INTRANSITIVE VERB it means
  • to feel affection or experience desire
i need to learn so much about this little four letter word...  i say that i love my family; but, what does that look like?  how does it feel to them?  when i fail, which i do often, do i pray that GOD HIMSELF fills the gap?  i say that i love GOD; but, what does that look like?  am i HIS hands and feet?  do i give the part of me that maybe i want to be selfish with and just let someone else do what HE is asking?

Love never gives up.
Love cares more for others than for self.
Love doesn't want what it doesn't have.
Love doesn't strut,
Doesn't have a swelled head,
Doesn't force itself on others,
Isn't always "me first,"
Doesn't fly off the handle,
Doesn't keep score of the sins of others,
Doesn't revel when others grovel,
Takes pleasure in the flowering of truth,
Puts up with anything,
Trusts God always,
Always looks for the best,
Never looks back,
But keeps going to the end. 

BUT....the BIGGEST HARDEST part for me is to apply all this to myself.  loving myself and letting GOD love me.  accepting HIS love.  accepting the fact that even at my worst, GOD loves me and wants me.  HIS grace is sufficient.  if i don't accept HIS love, i can not accept the love of anyone else; because any persons love will never ever be enough for me.  so....this year, the year of 2011...i will work and pray to remove my walls and just let GOD love me and love others through me.  i have a sneeky suspicion HE's up to something good!!!!

This is what God says..."Forget about what's happened; don't keep going over old history.  Be alert, be present. I'm about to do something brand-new.  It's bursting out! Don't you see it? There it is! I'm making a road through the desert, rivers in the badlands.