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

December 6, 2016

Catching up

During Thanksgiving week, two FIRSTS happened.

1. On Joy's actual birthday, I was too sick with the stomach flu to get out of bed!
And so, for the first time ever, I couldn't make a birthday kid a bear-shaped chocolate chip pancake! I'm pretty sure she would've lived just fine but to me, it was sad!
Because in this family, no matter how old you are turning, you get a bear pancake (that sometimes looks more like a rabbit) staring back at you, while your sleepy siblings and hyper mom sing Happy Birthday to you off key, you even though you aren't really awake yet!

But then Andrew and Tiffany made it happen! Whoo-hoo!So sweet of them! And then my pukey-self felt a teeny,tiny bit better!

2. For the first time in 25 years, I did not make any food on Thanksgiving. Not a thing!
It was a vicious stomach flu that did not need to be passed around to all of our company.
So, everyone chipped in to help! And every dish that makes Thanksgiving, Thanksgiving, to this family, got made. (and then some!)

The house was full of food and people we love.
Minus the flu, it a GREAT Thanksgiving!

Then the kids went Black Friday (or Gray Thursday or whatever it is) shopping and the other half of the fam went to visit other family. So, my sister and her friend, N and I, got cozy in the living room to watch PBS's new version of Anne of Green Gables.
But it was HORRIBLE.
So I dug out my original VHS tape of the Disney version from our teen years, that I had recently found in the attic!!!!
My sister and I atempted to set up the VCR WITHOUT the help of any techie teenagers, which meant it probably took us about two hours. LOL
We thankfully have one TV old enough for the VCR to still work on! Oh my goodness!
Remember rewinding?! Ugh!
But we were driven!
Because N had never seen the original and so Jen and I were consumed with showing her how much better it was than the PBS version. And due to our passion, she thought we were crazy! ; )

But we eventually got it working and she saw why we love the original SO VERY MUCH and agreed with us. (she probably didn't have a choice) ; )
So, it was all 1980's up in here that night and we, sisters enjoyed every minute of our blast from the past together!


December 4, 2016

20 joyous years

It seems like Joy's birthday was ages ago, but really it has just been a couple of weeks. And I couldn't let it pass without getting the pictures from that fun night, posted here. So, here they are:

I still can't believe that she is 20!

 There was pizza,

pokemon hunting downtown and sight seeing with some of her best friends and siblings.

And cake!

 -Gotta love when your kid grow up and wants to make her own cake and it is prettier than any one that you could've bought for her!

There have been some song lyrics that have become like a prayer to her during this time of grief and healing. And when I was trying to learn handlettering, she asked me to make a picture for her with them but I didn't really get the hang of it and didn't make the picture. But for her birthday, I asked a gracphics design artist that I know, to design a print that I could frame.

Well, she didn't actually do that. To my surprise, what she did was PAINT the words!
On wood, no less! She wrapped it for me and when Joy opened it, I was as shocked as she was!
 I love these next photos:

We believe God is going to make it all count
 and even better, somehow work for good! : )

Happy Birthday, sweet Girl!

December 1, 2016

Honoring an amazing man

There are so many things that happened in the last week that I want to blog about, but for now, I've just got time to mention what is happening tonight!
 My hubby's company holds an annual awards banquet each year. We've been attending these for years. -I remember during those first years, taking all four kids when they were quite young and praying they would use good table manners and for heaven's sake, not spill anything. lol

I was invited to attend this year because one of the awards they are presenting is named after my husband! It is going to the person that most exemplifies his spirit! Oh my goodness! What a beautiful award! I'be been asked to present it!
I feel so honored to. So honored!

Here's hoping that I can hold it together through the ceremony. 😭
 Thank you, Zac, for agreeing to go as my 'date.'  -If I'm worried about anyone spilling anything now, it would be me.  ;)

"A good name is more desirable than great riches." Proverbs 22:1


November 24, 2016

Happy Thanksgiving

I hope you All have a wonderful day celebrating the goodness of God in your lives.

Part of our celebration includes my sister flying out to spend the weekend with us!🎉
She has a knack for coming at our low points and saving us!
And this time  she saved the Thanksgiving feast!  :)
(because a wicked stomach virus took me down on Monday night)
She came anyway and then got busy doing the cooking! ❤️Love her! ❤️

She also informed me that a remake of Anne of Green Gables is on PBS tonight!!!!
So, watching that and having her here will pretty much be me reliving my childhood! ❤️

And I'm FINALLY feeling better! Hallelujah!

Hope you have a lovely day with people dear to your heart!


November 18, 2016

Today is that day

Today is the first anniversary of the day my hubby met the Lord face to face and heard those words we all long to hear:
"Well done my good and faithful servant.... Enter in to the joy of thy Lord."

I read this verse this week,which seemed so appropriate, knowing that he is one of those who are
"shining forth as the sun in the Kingdom of their Father." ~ Mt. 10:43

I loved what Zac posted on Facebook on this day last year:

"Today, our hero went to be with his Hero." So true!

Honestly, we are so very happy for him.
We struggle with what we lost, but we are sooo very happy for him.

He was simply the most eternity minded person I have ever met. He lived intentionally.
The kids like to say that 'Dad got a fast pass.'  And if you are a theme park goer you get that.

So, I don't have much to say. Just feeling ALL the FEELINGS  and hanging out with my kids.


November 11, 2016

Some encouragement

I thought this was a great article!

A creative take on C. S. Lewis' Screwtape Letters for wives and mothers! So many nuggets of truth!


November 9, 2016

Wednesdays in the Word

"He is also able to save to the uttermost those who come to God through Him, since He always lives to make intercession for them." ❤️❤️❤️
Heb.. 7:25
How sweet is this truth! It made my heart soar today to think about how He is always able!
And that He lives (and loves) to intercede for us!

Have a blessed day!