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

March 12, 2017

Switching it up

I recently went to a furniture store's outlet store, which was having what I call a 'scratch and dent sale.' I picked out a sofa that looked flawless and a matching love seat that only had small tear on the back. I was pretty excited about my great deal. Then I found out that I could "make an offer" lower than the sale price! Yahoo! They took my offer and I felt like quite the wheeler and dealer.  (which I'm totally not) Then, in my excitment I took photos with my phone to send to my kids.

The last time we got a sofa and loveseat was twelve years ago! And believe me, they had been well lived on by the 6 of us and two dogs.
That furniture was special to us because it was a surprise from our dear friend, Carlos. He had just finished an addition on our house and then he had a brand new leather sofa and loveseat delievered!!! It was an amazing surprise!

Back to my furniture adventure..
The big day for delivery came and I was at work but the kids were there to receive the furniture and when I got home, I found out that the company had switched the loveseat with one that had a really worn out spot ON THE FRONT of it.
HOLY COW and OH MY STARS, I was so mad.

I just can't even, with the thought of being cheated!!!

And then, praise the Lord, I remembered the photos!
So, I called the store and told them that my pictures proved that this wasn't the loveseat I bought. Then I added  "Add I'm pretty sure it is illegal to bait and switch furniture!!!."
-Except Andrew swears that I told them it was illegal to "switch and bait furniture!" LOL
-Yeah, well, whatever! I was really mad. ; )

It was an "all sales are final" kind of a sale, so without the photos, I'd have been out of luck.
But, guess who is getting a brand new one that isn't from the scratch and dent section?
Yay, God!

Here's hoping I will not have to think about furniture shopping again for twelve more years!

March 10, 2017

Time for senior pics

I love that Andrew's senior pictures were taken by Nathan. I think he did a great job!
And Zac went along to make things fun, which must have worked!


Since I was at work, he was the one doing this instead of me:

I love this picture!
I know Andrew looks less than thrilled here but I think this is just the sweetest picture. And I love that Nathan knew I would love it and captured it.
I had a hard time NOT being there for this special milestone, but I love that Andrew's big brothers made it happen.

And just like with baby pictures, by the time it is kiddo number four's turn, you realize that you don't actually need 900 senior photos.
I really do have 900 senior pics of Zac. LOL! And room on our walls for one apiece!

Here are some of my favorites:

People who haven't seen him in awhile remarked that he looks so much like his dad. He reminds me of him all the time. He has his quick wit, love for people and passion for the Bible. He's a quite a guy! So proud!


March 8, 2017

Wednesdays in the Word

"He heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds.
He counts the number of the stars,
He calls them all by name.
Great is our Lord,
and mighty in power,
His understanding is infinite.
The Lord lifts up the humble."
Psalm 143:3-6

After I graduated from high school, I went on a trip with some friends and relatives and spent a week on a houseboat in Nevada. (on Lake Mead, I think it was)
That was ages ago but I will always remember laying on the roof of the boat's cabin at night and seeing the sky completely filled with stars. It was breathtaking.
I love that the One who has the ability to not only count those stars but name them all, loves and cares for the condition of our hearts. Our hurts aren't beyond His healing touch.
He bandages our wounds and heals our heartbreaks. He gets it. "His understanding is infinite." There isn't anything He doesn't understand.
"Great is our Lord."


February 17, 2017

Jobs and things

Have I whined here about how exhausting a full-time job outside the home is lately? : )
For many years I had an exhausting full-time job INSIDE the home. LOL
(yes and amen!)
At this job, I get to do a gazillion things that my Type A personality actually finds to be fun.  I love it and the people, all to pieces.

Every day is different and I'm always learning something new and feeling stretched. But it is all very rewarding and how fun are paychecks? And weekends?
I'm a big fan of the weekend now!
(which totally makes me think of Lady Violet from Downton Abbey asking "What is a weekend?")

I keep thinking I should get a Fit Bit, because I bet I would totally have those steps by lunch!
I have a question. Are there cute, dressy, COMFORTABLE shoes in the world? Ones that you can run in, if you don't happen to be near the phone when it rings?! Because I have yet to find them.-It is Friday and my feet hate me.
But tomorrow is Saturday and that means leggings, a sweatshirt, tennis shoes and no make up! Yahoo! I'm determined to make sure my weekends include something fun because grocery shopping and house cleaning totally don't count!

And speaking of jobs, today is Andrew's first day on his new job! Yay! It is his second job, that is. And tomorrow is his final day at his temporary job. Proud of that guy!

Hope you all have a lovely and restful weekend!


February 14, 2017

Not just Valentine's Day

Apparently, it was also Spoil Your Mom Day!
My kiddos absolutely blessed my socks off in so many surprise ways!
They made sure I felt all the love today! ❤

One of the surprises they gave me was a video clip that Joy had been saving for me,
for a time when it would be 'a happy gift.'
Today was that day! And my tears were happy ones!
It is a 20 second video clip of my hubby and I dancing to Frank Sinatra or Bing Crosby or somebody! LOL
He liked to interrupt my dinner preparations to dance me around the kitchen. ❤
Sometimes he would sing "You Light Up My Life" or he would play music or we would dance without any. It didn't matter.
Dancing in the kitchen happened a lot.
-And not because this white girl has any rhythm either! Because I don't. But he didn't mind that I always ended up stepping on his feet. 😀
(Y'all not even a ballroom dancing lesson helped!) 😂

I'm so grateful for all the times he didn't care when dinner would be ready because he'd rather dance. And I'm grateful  that one random day, Joy thought to film us.❤

Life is short!
Be sure to dance.


February 9, 2017

February 8, 2017

Wednesdays in the Word

These verses in Psalm 73 have been a blessing that have been repeating in my mind and heart lately and are great to combat worries of all kinds. Amen!

"... I am continually with You,
You hold me by my right hand,
You will guide me with Your counsel,
And afterward receive me to glory." 

So comforting!
And it gets better.
For some reason, I didn't read the preceding verse which says:

"Thus my heart was grieved and I was vexed in my mind,
I was so foolish and ignorant,
I was like a beast before You." 

"NEVERTHELESS I am continually with You..."

Don't be like me and miss the "nevertheless." because how awesome is it that when we've done or said dumb and feel like we've blown it in someway,
His Word to us is NEVERTHELESS!
(and I happen to like it in all caps!) : )

NEVERTHELESS we are continually with Him.
NEVERTHELESS our right hand is still held by Him.
NEVERTHELESS He will guide us with His counsel.
NEVERTHELESS He will receive us at the end of our days.

How blessed are we? To serve the God who loves us, holds us and guides us until we see Him face to face.