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

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!


November 8, 2016

Election night ramblings

I loved this book by Beth Moore. Her first novel!
There was mystery, humor, redemption and hope. -Not to mention Beth has the cutest southern phrases sprinkled throughout.

I read this last weekend and loved it. (if you don't count the way it ended!)  ;)
Gotta love a book that includes a discussion on Mr. Darcy and gives high praise to Little Women.

I am watching The Crown on Netflix, which is not nearly as fun as Downton Abbey but it is growing on me. And I dearly love This is Us, on NBC. It has got to be the sweetest show on television.

I didn't expect the election to be this close!

I may have to find out who is going to be in the White House in the morning, but I can always go to bed knowing Who is on the throne!  : )

Florida, please be red!

Yawning and jealous of the Pacific time zone!

November 7, 2016

The upcoming anniversary

My hubby went to be with the Lord, the week before Thanksgiving last year. And the kids and I are very aware of the upcoming anniversary.

I found what I think is the perfect gift to give each of our kids on that day. It is handwritten engraved jewelry. (thanks Etsy)
 -I'm not sure how many cards or letters they saved from their dad, but I'm guessing not too many, so I wanted them to have something he wrote to them in his handwriting to keep forever.

The three boys will have:

Love you,

(taken from a letter he wrote them)

And because Hubby and Joy were the biggest Lord of the Rings fans in the family and would say obscure quotes to one another and change those quotes to match different situations that were going on around them,
hers is going to say:

But it is not this day!

(and if you know the quote then you will know that it makes her smile and inspires her)
He wrote it in a note to all of them several years ago and I'm so glad I saved it.

I got myself something too, but it might turn out to be too painful to wear.

The kids know this is something I wanted to do and that they don't have to ever wear/use them. They can just save theirs in a drawer, if they want to.

The reactions to this idea have been mixed because everyone is processing differently.
One kiddo was happy and thanked me. One was a little indifferent because the thought of all of is was so heavy and painful. Another one loved the idea, and another one became sad and then mad.

Bless our hearts! Rough stuff!

If my hubby were here he would probably try to talk me out of this and remind me that he had messy handwriting
but we of course, don't care.  : )


November 4, 2016

Our family's band

Our family's band is Switchfoot.
They were my Hubby's favorite.
We raised our kids listening to them.
 He and the kids learned to play their favorite songs together on their instruments. We listened to Switchfoot while building an addition onto our house. Hubby chose one of their songs to be our family's anthem during the cancer battle. And my kids sang and played one of their songs at Hubby's memorial service.

They will be in concert in our city tonight! With Relient K! How epic is that!?

Here is an example of how we all differ in regards to this and dealing with grief:

-Two of our kids are going to see the concert and are so excited! They wouldn't miss it for anything!
-One of our kids can't even listen to the band right now and didn't get their new album
-And for the other one, just talking about the band caused so much grief that their body literally, physically hurt

Everyone is different.

I was going to go and then I realized that I
would literally cry through the whole thing. I cry a lot.
 Anyway, I decided I would much rather treasure the memory of seeing them in concert WITH him
than go again without him. :)

So, there you have it. Switchfoot will always have a big piece of our hearts!



November 2, 2016

Wednesdays in the Word

"For we have become partakers (or companions) 
of Christ if we hold the beginning of our confidence steadfast to the end." Heb. 3:14

Friends, holding fast to our confidence in Christ, with everything that life in a fallen world throws at us, is sometimes hard. Amen?
We have got to:
Hold on to what He accomplished on our behalf at the cross.
Hold on to who we know He is,
and to who we know we are, because we are His.

And as a 'companion' of Christ's
we are to "exhort one another daily, while it is called 'today,' (verse 13)
Exhort means to "strongly encourage."
How would our world look different if we made sure that TODAY we are strongly encouraging the people around us?
How would they feel?
How would their confidence be strengthened?
How much more would they persevere?

And what about the honor it is to be a companion of His at all?!
Those are the thoughts in my head tonight. : )