"Your greatest contribution to the Kingdom of God may not be something you do, but someone you raise." ~Andy Stanley

January 10, 2018

Wednesdays In The Word

We are doing a 21 day fast with our church and whenever I fast
 (don't get me wrong, I usually try to avoid that discipline at all costs -LOL)
I read Isaiah 58.
It reminds me of what behavior pleases God during a fast and what doesn't and of the powerful things that happen because of a fast:

-HE looses the bonds of wickedness

-HE lifts heavy burdens

-HE causes the oppressed to go free

-HE breaks every yoke

How awesome is that?!


January 9, 2018

Happy New Year

After being a homeschooling mom for 19 years, I was pretty used to my summer break, winter break and spring break. Thankfully, where I work, the offices are closed for the week between Christmas and New Years so I do actually get a bit of a winter break! And it was great. Can I just say that Christmas festivities had worn me out and I relaxed that whole week? And it was awesome!
My college kids winter breaks' were much longer and so we've pretty much had company over here almost every night for a month. And the funny thing is, they've been addicted to Scrabble.
-Now that is something that makes a homeschool mom proud. LOL Especially when your kids beat you! We had friends from CA come stay with us in shifts, so that meant that alligators were searched for, cute coffee shops were frequented, gourmet Popsicles were consumed and they hung from trees in hammocks.

This past weekend we celebrated Zac's 25th birthday! I can't believe my first born is 25!
We went to a fancy restaurant to celebrate, which served such gorgeous food, we ALL got out our phones and took pictures.
Then we came back to the house where we had decorated the walls with chalkboard stickers that had words on them that we each felt describe Zac. (words like determined, kind, goofy, Mr. Success)
And then we played MORE Scrabble!
Zac has grown into one of the hardest working people I know and my hubby would be so proud. He is a great husband, who works two jobs, goes to school full-time and is in the top 15% at ASU. (which blows my mind) He's leader of this pack and loved all to pieces!

Winter break and all of its fun is officially over now though and we are getting back to the disciplines of normal life after the holidays. The kids are going back to school and our church is doing a 21 day fast. Our family is participating in the Daniel Fast and doing a social media fast. We've had lots of discussions around here about what foods are OK and which aren't. And today it hit me that it basically means we are caffiene-less, sugar-free vegans for 3 weeks. : )
-Except one of us decided they couldn't survive without chicken. LOL
Besides all the food discussions, it is a wonderful time to get quiet and draw near to God and see Him draw near to us and believe for spiritual breakthroughs in our lives.
It is a new year and a new season!



January 3, 2018

Wednesdays in the Word

I've been camping out in the book of Titus lately.
Paul left Titus in Crete to choose elders for the churches there. It lines out the godly character that people in leadership need to have and this got me thinking about leaders who have comprimised.

I'm a Type A, rule-follower by nature, but the Holy Spirit convicted me this week of something I do that is against the rules. Not illegal or anything -LOL. Just something dumb, really. But we can't ever get to a place where we think 'the rules' don't apply to us. Especially, when we claim to follow Christ. Small compromises lead to larger ones. I doubt that moral failures are instantaneous. They happen over a series of compromises.

Titus 2:11-14 says:
"For the grace of God that brings salvation has appeared to all men, teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly in the present age, looking for the blessed hope and glorious appearing of our great God and Savior Jesus Christ,
who gave Himself for us, that He might redeem us from every lawless deed and purify for Himself His own special people, zealous for good works."

This passage tells us that God's grace teaches us to say 'no' to ungodliness and lust. And the cost of this powerful means of self control, came to us at the price of His life, which is so humbling.
To be able to make us His "own special people" He had to "purify us." And then He put His passion on the inside of us and made us "zealous for good works."

We get to wear His jersey, so to speak, and do what He would do. Acts 10:38 tells us that
"He went around doing good and healing all who were under the power of the devil because God was with him." I love that!
As we wait for His "glorious appearing" we get to be His special people and do all the good we can.
Our lives are to be "righteous and godly." We've got to be the people whose talk lines up with their walk. Not the folks who "profess to know God but in works deny Him." We should be the most honest employees and the best citizens. The ones who exemplify excellent character and self control
 because we are His. -And who remember that He paid the ultimate price to make us so.


December 31, 2017

Cruising with the girls

After Thanksgiving, Joy and I went on a mother/daughter birthday cruise with a bunch of our friends. The moms were in one TINY cabin and the daughters in another. It was kind of like a big 4 day slumber party! 🎉

Cozumel had a Starbucks!

It was a very relaxing way to vacation, that's for sure and the food was amazing.  -BTW, never go jeans shopping right after a cruise! LOL 

It was actually a pretty economical vacation.  We picked an older ship so we got a great deal and then we split that four ways! -That cabin for four was smaller than any hotel room or bed and breakfast I've ever stayed in! LOL
It was fun but in the future, I think I'm more of a cabin-in-the-mountains type of person. 

Take a cruise ✔️

December 26, 2017

Merry Christmas!

Hope you had a wonderful day with your loved ones! 

Ugly sweaters care of Aunt Jenny! 
 Since I don't have any grand-babies to buy for yet, the grand-dog had to do!

                                        Here's Khloe in her Christmas dress!
(I never thought I'd be buying a Christmas outfit for a dog but its whatever! LOL)

Nathan was here for a quick visit. Having him home with all of us is always the best gift!❤️  Watching all of our kids interact as adults is such great fun for me.

We all entertained him in shifts since we were all working.
On Christmas Eve Eve, we had Tiffany's parents over for dinner and enjoyed comfort food and played a game that had us laughing until we cried. It was a great break from all the busyness of the season.
We were late to church on Christmas Eve morning and that somehow got us seated on the front row! So, I plan to be on time for all of 2018! LOL 
Our Christmas Eve services that night were absolutely beautiful! Always a highlight of the season for our family!
Then Nathan and I blasted the sound track to the Sound of Music and sang at the top of our lungs all the way home! : )
We had our traditional steak dinner that night and then started watching everyone's favorite Christmas movie -White Christmas, which we never finish. 

It always surprises me how laid back Christmas is now that the kids are young adults. The guy who used to get us up at 6:00 AM had to be woken up this year! 
All the gift giving happened, the ugly sweaters were worn until we got too hot and the Christmas casserole was inhaled! 
We had a quick Christmas dinner and then Nathan and Zac headed to the airport where they plan to road trip around CA to see all our relatives! So jealous! 
Later that night, Andrew's best friend flew in from CA to spend his Christmas vacation with us! 

I have the week off, so I'm planning not to do much of anything and it sounds just glorious!

December 17, 2017

A quick hello

Nathan comes home tomorrow so I've been cooking and making some of his favorite things. ❤
I was making those jalpeno stuffed bacon thingys and I forgot all about the oil in jalpenos and the need to wear gloves. And then I had to blow my nose... and before I knew it I had not only burning hands, but a burning face but burning nostrils too. LOL -What a night!

The first thing the kids have planned to do when we are all together again, is to see the new Star Wars movie. I feel a little lost when it comes to the sequences of all the Star Wars movies. LOL
But we are all excited about having some family time together this week. And then on Christmas day, when Nathan goes home, Zac will go with him for a week of fun seeing all our CA relatives. Yay!

The serial killer that was in the news recently was in our neighborhood! I can't even tell you how stressful that was! So thankful the suspect was arrested! I do love our quirky, historic neighborhood.

I hope you are having a wonderful holiday season with all the people you love.


November 28, 2017

Remembering and celebrating

Last Saturday was THE day.
The anniversary of the day that my hubby went to be with the Lord.
I think all of us thought about it, the moment we entered the month of November. And it was just kind of weighing in the back of our minds for weeks until it came.
The kids weren't up for commemorating the day together in any way, so we all did it on our own and in our own ways. It was a heavy-hearted couple of weeks for all.
But we try to bounce back fast for Joy's birthday a few days later and we always have a great time.
Her wonderful brothers and friends made her wish to once again have a trampoline in our backyard, come true! Even though it took them four hours to assemble it! LOL
Some lovely people didn't want to pass up the opportunity to celebrate her, so she had several celebrations! And if you know her, then I'm sure you'd want to celebrate her too. ❤️

Then Thanksgiving came! The holidays are way easier than they used to be. We've all kind of come to grips with the fact that they will never be the same and we don't put quite so much emphasis on how we spend them as long as we are with family.
We sure missed Aunt Jenny who couldn't make it here this year. She has saved the day and blessed us for the past two Thanksgivings!
Joy, Tiffany and I had fun sleeping in since we weren't hosting it at our house this year. (most relaxing Thanksgiving I've ever had) and then we all cooked our assigned dishes and then we all went to enjoy the evening with Tiffany's family and a bunch of our friends. It was really was a great day.

The day after Thanksgiving is when Christmas starts at our house. Joy stepped in to be by my date for the annual breakfast/Christmas tree shopping fun. Did anyone else think the trees are shorter this year? LOL

On Saturday, she invited me to hang out with her, quite literally, in an Eno between two trees. LOL How fun are hammocks? Especially cute, little, portable ones that set up in less than five minutes when you live close to the water and it is lined with palm trees growing all in a row for you to use! What fun!

It is officially the Christmas season now and I'm soooo glad! Who doesn't love this time of year?
I hope you can see the goodness of God in it and rejoice.