I know I have shared how I love to read others blogs. I follow way too many. Mmy friends make fun of me when I mentioned something I read in this blog or that. I think that one of the reasons I love following certian blogs so much is the challenge they bring in my life. After reading them, I am encouraged to pursue more of what God has for me. Some of them are teaching a truth, while others just help me identify with a certian situation. I am often amazed how the struggles I am going through right now are not unknown to others.
I think that is why I post now. "Others" in my life is a cool thing. I am not sure how or what God is thinking right now in regards to my relationship with "others". Why are some no longer as previlant as others? Why are some not what I thought they would be or look like what I expected? How "others" are transforming into something more beautiful than I could imagine. Bottom line . . . I am thankful that the Lord did not want me to walk through this life alone. I am thankful that He is so sweet to provide me "others" to expereince this life I live.
While I am not clear on what direction He is guiding me at the moment (in so many ways), I am thankful for His presence being so near to me right now. I am thankful that while I don't have much to share with "others" in my journey with Him out loud right now, I am experiencing so much of the fullness of God that it seems as if I might explode. Sounds pretty messy, but a wonderful messy.
I hope those few who read this would seek out a way to find your "others". Make sure you are not alone. If you are, ask Him to provide you some and keep your eyes open to the "others" that are already there. He is faithful. You will not be disappointed! God want to use them to bless us in our lives. He doesn't want us to be alone. Who knows how many people might even consider us the "others" in their life!
Friday, May 29, 2009
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Saturday, May 23, 2009
Sydney did a great job at her recital. Only the die hards may dare to watch this 3 minutes of joy for her mother! She is the one in the middle with the darker hair in case you can't tell which one is her. Enjoy!
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Monday, May 18, 2009
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Hmmmmm . . . where to begin! I guess I am amazed at how just when you think the roller coaster of life can't get any crazier, you reach the top of the hill. I really can't believe how much is going on in the midst of normal every day life. Is that possible?
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Wednesday, May 13, 2009
Hard to believe that Jackson has been around for five whole months! It is amazing the transformation he has gone through . . . me too . . . from birth to today. As I type he is laying in his crib on his tummy. He started rolling over last weekend and now I find he enjoys the tummy more or else he doesn' t want to bother turning back over. He now will lose the bald spot on the back of his for a permanently red cheek! He sleeeps at least ten hours each night and is due to mommy's hesitiancy will not be eating anything exciting for another month. He absolutely loves to be in the noisy toy . . . the jumperoo. Sometimes I am thrown off by the new voice he has been using lately. I am not sure first of all who it is and second of all is that a happy sound or one that needs me.
Sydney and Jacob are doing such a great job taking care of him and he is learning how to laugh without sounding like he is in pain when he does it. He loves to grab onto things, especially his sisters' hair that gets to close to his open hand.
I must confess I thought that going from three to four might not be that big of deal based on what I heard, but I would be lying if I said this was a cake walk. I am glad to start seeing that each day is easier than the day before . . . but then let me see how this weekend goes with my husband gone from Thursday to Sunday!
What a blessed woman I am to have four beautiful healthy children. I am so thankful each day how each one has enriched my life in a different way. Now, off to do some laundry, some more after that, and so on and so on . . . . is that one of the perks of being a mom?
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Tuesday, May 12, 2009
It is funny how one thing leads you to another and sometimes you wonder how did you get where you are. This post is about following one gals blog leading me to another, that led me to her husband's and then to his friend's blog. Did you follow that?
I am so amazed at the power of hope. Not just hope in general, but the hope that is only found in Christ. I am a living testimony to the power of God when we choose to trust what his word, the Bible, says over what we feel. When we look to him to provide us with our every need instead of our family, friends, or things that we are surrounded with.
One of the most powerful statements I heard on this video is:
There will be a moment when you feel like you have no options, you will feel like the darkness is closing in around you, you will feel like you are all alone . . .
God will allow pain and God will allow sufferings, God will allow unexpected crisis, in order to detach our hope from other things and attach it to himself.
I don't know what you have experienced in your life, but I do know that there is athat moment of darkness in all of our lives. It is then when we have see if what we believe is really that hope that the Bible talks about.
I know this is a 27 minute video, but get in a comfy chair and listen to just a simple presntation of what it means when the worst thing you could imagine stares you down and you have to find what it is that truly holds you together . . .not the church, not religion, but God.
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Friday, May 8, 2009
I will never forget the days of sponge culers. My grandma would roll up my hair . . . my mom too . . . and I would have the ever coveted curly hair. My hair was straight as a board and wouldn't curl for anything. I will never forget one particular morning when I my mom unveiled my hair before school. I had hair that was down to the middle of my back. When she took out the curlers it was above my shoulders. I was mortified! I thought I looked like Shirley Temple but it didn't make me feel good.
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We had a playdate planned at my house today. Little did I know that it would be so hot! I pleaded with Pat to put up the slide before he left so we could use it in case the kids got bored. Well, after maybe 10 mintues everyone was in their suit and ready to get wet. I must say that out of six kids (two being under 1 year) we had a great time. Thanks to our wonderfully cleaned off back porch and oh so soft grass (minus a few stickers) the kids played until we told them to come in. I think they were out there from 11:00 until 3:00(minus the younger ones who had to take a nap and time to eat a quick bite to eat).
Here are a few pictures of our fun. I am so thankful we have this slide to use again this summer (Shout out to Grandma!). Even though the kids had a blast, I think I had an equally great one as well. I love getting to sit with friends a chat about this and that. I think it is in those times that you can actually have a great conversation and not even know that you would. I am learning that you can't plan these things . . . they just happen while you are just "being" with some one. So thanks to Cindy and Nicole for just being with me today. Maybe some of you others might want to join us next time. The more the merrier . . . outside! :)
By the way, I made my monkey bread again and it was crispy just like you like it grandma! I might have to cook it for you again.
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