Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Disappointment

Life can be full of disappointment and when your child is going through it, it hurts a Momma's heart. 

You may have read about Bub here.

Just like his Daddy!!

 Well, unfortunately, his thumb is fractured. So he is out of baseball and playing drums for a month. He is funny, goofy, always cutting up and usually goes with the flow. But this has really bummed him out. He LOVE LOVES baseball and he was so excited about the opportunity to play Varsity. He has worked very hard to get where he is and now this has happened. 

I didn't really think about him being so bummed out over it at first. But, when he said, Mom, "you just don't know how it feels." That made me realize that this rough and tumble boy, is not as tough as he lets on. I felt a lump in my throat, because I felt so bad for him and that I didn't think of how disappointed he would be if it were fractured and he couldn't play. 


We had a talk, about everything happens for a reason, God has this in His plan. We don't understand it and we may never know why. But we know it is for our good and His glory. 

"And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, 
 to them who are the called according to his purpose." Romans 8:28

In our lives we face heartache, disappointment and defeat. But, we don't have to let it rule our lives or put us in a pit. Our trials are to make us stronger and to help us grow closer to our Heavenly Father. The enemy wants nothing more than to destroy us and to rob us of our joy. I am praying that Bub will remain strong, grow in his faith and that he will never give in to the wiles of the enemy. 

I do want to PRAISE THE LORD over his thumb!! He just has to wear a brace, not a cast, and it was fractured in such a way that no surgery is needed. So for all that we are very thankful. We are also thankful that his Coach is allowing him to be part of practices (other than any impact with his hand) and he gets to dress out for Varsity games. I think it will be good for Bub that he is still part of that team and hopefully other players will see something in him that is different. Praying God will use this in a way that only HE can!!!

Saturday, February 25, 2012

Let's Hear It for the Girls!!

I realized when I posted the Let's Hear It for the Boys the other day, that I really need to give some blog time to our girls! They deserve some praise too!!

Beautiful inside & out!!


Am & Sis are 8 years apart, but they are so close you would NEVER know it. Am has always adored Sis and Sis, well she adores her right back! When Am got married a few years ago, I was overwhelmed when she asked Sis to be her Maid of Honor. I am getting all teary eyed just writing about it.

Am is now a wife and a mother, yet she still has time for Sis and I think they are even closer now than ever before. When they are together they are always laughing, giggling and just so full of love & joy, it makes me smile myself! 

She is all about this precious boy!!

Silly girl, loves some Zebra!!

Precious Family


Sweet girl!!
Aside from the fact that they are smart, beautiful, fun-loving, and great friends as well as sisters, these girls have such sweet spirits about them. I am honored and proud every week when I can look at them while we are at Bible Study. Yes, we are all in Believing God together. Isn't that awesome? What else could a Momma ask for??? That both of them are seeking the Lord for their lives!! They both love the Lord!!! When I was their age, I was so far away from the Lord. I am so thankful that is not the case for them.

I love these girls and I am so blessed I can't seem to stop my eyes from leaking as I write this! When I grow up, I want to be just like them!!

Thank you Lord for blessing me with our girls!!!



Thursday, February 23, 2012

Let's Hear It for the Boys!!

Yes, it's me again! That MOM.... you know the one that thinks her children are the BOMB!!! 

Well, they are.........I love them and I am so proud of them and since I am writing this post in honor of The MOB Society's "Let's Hear It for the Boys" link up . Today is of course a day to brag on my boys!!! 

There are days that these two can wear this ol' mom to a pulp, make me laugh til I cry, make me want to scream or find a hiding place far far away. But, there are other days that they can make this Momma so proud I could squeeze them in two!

I will start with Bub! He is our family athlete. Do you have one of those that just has that natural athletic talent that just oozes from their pores? Well, his oozes and it runs deep, and on top of that he is very competitive so that makes for a very determined athlete! God has given him a talent that must have come from his Daddy, cause this boy has more athletic ability in his little toe than I do in my whole body!!! 
10-11 years old - I think!



Last year-8th grade



His absolute favorite sport is baseball.... since he was just a toddler he always wanted to catch. All through little league that was his desire. Oh, he can play just about any position, but catching well, he loves it..... and as of last week he is catching on the High School VARSITY Baseball team!!! Whoo Hoo!! All that hard work and determination God has blessed!! And the best part of him making Varsity, he just takes it in stride and is humble about it! God is working in that boy's life! Praise HIM!!!
He looks so little.....but sooo serious!


So grown up!! (tear) 
Warning.... I hope to post lots of pix of the upcoming season (please pray for his thumb....it took a hard hit yesterday during a scrimmage!!) 

Now for Mr. Kea......

I was going through his book bag and getting all his school work out one night and he had an Act of Kindness Citation. It made me wonder why he hadn't mentioned it. He is all about telling about everything and then some....

I asked him about it the next morning, and what he did to earn it. 

He said, "I don't know."
Me "You don't know what you did to deserve such an awesome award? Because I think that's pretty cool."
Kea - "Nope" "I must have done something nice" (well, duh Mom was the look I got)
Me "Really???!" (me laughing inside)
Kea - "Yea" "I am nice you know."
Me (giggling) - "Yes you are. I think you are very nice."

Realizing that the boy of many words didn't know what he did or when and on top of that didn't seem to think it was that big of a deal I just let it go.

Which got me to thanking the Lord for working in his young life. He is naturally a good child. And he doesn't even realize how wonderful that is. He listens to his teachers, he does very well in school, he is a great helper, he is kind to others, and he is always helping others in his class. They call him a Peer Helper with those that struggle in reading...God gave him a special talent and he began reading before he was 4 years old...which can be a challenge for his teachers and for us!

So for him to get the award for just being himself..... makes a Momma Proud, whether he thinks its a big deal or not!!

So very proud of my boys!! And so very thankful for a Heavenly Father that has blessed me so!!!




Friday, February 17, 2012

Friday Flashback!!




Oh my! I ran across this picture the other day!! Haaa!! What fun!!! This is from a few years ago. I almost didn't post it because we look absolutely ridiculous. 

Yes we look ridiculous, but the memories of it made me laugh out loud!! 

 Me, in the bright yellow mini-skirt & Mr Sexy in the Hawaiian shirt were part of a hilarious skit during a Surprise 40th Birthday Celebration for both of us. I am just a smidge older than my hubby (go ahead and call me a cougar if you must, lol) Our friends and family GOT US GOOD!! We had no idea!!

Our precious friends, (with friends like them, we don't need enemies, lol) can come up with some outrageous skits for Birthday/Anniversary parties (they should be for hire!!). We were the not-so- lucky participants of "A California Dreamin' Makeover". They enjoyed it way too much. And I know yellow is NOT my color!

You know what they say about "paybacks".... I am thinking its been way too long!! 

Have a great weekend!!
 

Monday, February 13, 2012

Learning to Be Content

 Not that I speak in respect of want: for I have learned,
in whatsoever state I am, 
therewith to be content. Philippians 4:11

So much for my LoveMonth postings.... 

I had great intentions and as usual life takes over. I have had two posts ready with the exception of adding video clips to them. For some reason they will not UPLOAD... I haven't had a problem before BUT I have tried several times even on different computers and no such luck. And things are so busy, I haven't had time to try to figure it out. But, when and if I do, I will post.

I have also realized that keeping up blogging can be a little stressful when I "vow" to do something that requires a daily post, or thought or whatever. I have also found that I can get so involved in reading many blogs that have been blessings to me as well as my "blog stalking hobby" checking out frugal crafty blogs (there are 100s out there) as well as on Pint*rest (that's another story in itself!!). I could spend hours if I don't pay attention to the time. 

So for that reason, I am going to have to be better about my time management. I say way too much, "I just don't have time." "I am too busy." "I am worn out"  and on and on......

In our Bible study, we were asking God what he would have us give up so that we could have more time to do our homework each week. Some have given up Fac*book, some TV, some a certain food, and take that time that they would have spent doing whatever that is to spend in Bible study or just time with the Lord. It wasn't real clear to me what I should give up..... And now I do know what I am to give up and it goes right along with my on word for 2012. 

I must give up trying to DO EVERYTHING, BE EVERYTHING, AND DO & BE PERFECTLY ....... I must give up trying to keep up with a theme, or a daily blog post (its just too stressful and takes up way too much of my time), I must give up comparing myself to others, I must give up holding on to stuff that doesn't really matter. I have some stuff that just drives me crazy, I need to give that up, too.

Seriously, is it such a big deal that I never see the bottom of the laundry basket? Or that coats are on the chair instead of the closet? Or that I didn't get to post last week. I wasted more time trying to get those videos to work and really does it matter?

I can be anal about so much that really doesn't matter. I say this to my kids when they are fussing over some of the silliest stuff ever, "If Jesus came back tonight, would this really matter??" Yet, I its one of those things I say.....but don't apply to myself. 

I still have a long way to go in seeking the Lord for my contentment. I haven't quite "learned in whatever state I am in to be content". But, I am thankful that He has shown me that there are lots of things that don't really matter. And I am wasting too much of my time spinning my wheels on some of those things. I must work on my time management along with my priorities. It's my nature to be a planner, and its odd how I don't use that "planner" in me to plan my day or my time. Not that I am going to plan everything on my to do list, because I know well enough, that curve balls are thrown and if I am in "PLAN IT" mode, I too will be thrown.

I know I have said this before, yet, I need the constant reminder to
Will you pray for me as I do my best to give up the "stuff" that keeps my focus OFF of the ONE TRUE GOD!! And strive to learn to be content where ever I am!!

Monday, February 6, 2012

Love is .... Day 3


On Day 2, LOVE was shown to me by a dear friend. She is someone that I can count on when I need prayer, when I need a listening ear, one that gives me encouragement and points me to Christ! She had asked me to attend a Women's Conference with her, through some unfortunate circumstances she could not attend. She told me to see if I could find someone to go with me. I knew who to ask and luckily she wanted to go!! We haven't had any bff time in a long while, so this was perfect for us. (you have to know we usually have to plan things weeks in advance because of our schedules...so this was totally God!!)
We were only able to attend the Friday night event, due to our schedules, yet it was such a blessing to me. I was able to have a girls night out, worship the Lord, and see Lisa Welchel!! Don't know her?? Did you ever watch Facts of Life?? She was Blair!! Anyway, what a hoot she was!! The event was about Connections: Woman to Woman, she mentioned how some of our friends are like Teflon and thing just slide right off of them and nothing sticks. And then there are a few that are live Velcro, they stick to you, just the way you are....they are there through the thick and thin of life's ups & downs. Ones that you can be honest with and they can be honest with you, no matter what they say to you, you can handle it coming from them. I got to thinking about all that and I realize that I have a couple of friends like that and what a blessing they are in my life. 

On the other hand I was convicted in a way....

I asked myself some questions.....

Am I the type of friend I would want to have?
Am I the Teflon type of friend, one that just listens to others and then let it just slip off or go in one ear and out the other??
Am I one that is like Velcro, allowing what my friends say stick to me, and hold true in what I do or say? Can I be trusted?
Am I one that says, I will pray for you.... and never prays?
Am I one that gives of myself to my friends?
Do I show my friends love like Jesus would want me to show?
Do I put my friends needs above my own, or am I wallowing in my own problems?
Do I have a pity party when I don't think my friends are really friends at all?
Do I only call on certain friends, when I need something??
Do I tend to avoid my friends when they become needy?

I won't give you my answers to them, but I will tell you I am convicted by several. I know that God has blessed me with some wonderful friends and I am very thankful for them. Friendship is a sacrifice and it can be hard sometimes. But I know that just as in a marriage, at a job, or in our daily lives things get tough. And I know Jesus is a friend that sticks closer than a brother, but I want to take today to thank God for giving me friends that I can count on! May I not forget to have a friend I need to be a friend!! 

A man that hath friends must shew himself friendly: and there is a friend that sticketh closer than a brother. Proverbs 18:24 

May the Lord make your love increase and overflow for each other and for everyone else, just as ours does for you.
1 Thessalonians 3:12

Are you a Teflon friend or a Velcro friend??

Thursday, February 2, 2012

Love is .... Day 2

In my last post I mentioned getting my priorities in the right order, as God would have them to be. My first priority is my relationship with my Heavenly Father. I must do all that I can to be in His will. The only way that I can draw closer to Him is to get into His Word, hide His Word in my heart, talk with him throughout my day,  live each day to praise Him,  to bring honor and glory to His Name. 

Just last week our Women's Bible Study began and it is exactly what I need right now!! We are doing
By Beth Moore


So far I am seeing what God has and wants for me. I have some issues/struggles and most have been  revealed by past Bible studies and for some reason, I am still battling some of the same ol' junk!!! (I may share them one day). I am sick of it! I want to get well!! I want to live the abundant life that Jesus came to give me!! Please pray for me as dig into His word, and focus on what He wants for me. I want to keep HIM on top of my priority list, and as I do, He will get the glory in the rest of my priorities. 

from Believing God:

God is who he says He is.
God can do what He says He can do.
I am who God says I am.
I can do all things through Christ.
God's Word is alive and active in me.

I'm believing God!!

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Love is.....

Believe it or not its February. January has come and gone. Not sure why it chose to fly away so quickly, but it did. My being intentional on some things for 2012 have went by the way side. And I do not want February to get away from me.
Last year my real life blogger friend did a series for Love Month and I loved how she and her family showed God's love to others every day. I want to put a little different twist along with her idea from last year....(hope you don't mind D)
Along with my word CONTENT for 2012 God has shown me that I need to get my priorities in order. So along with the Love Month idea, I am going to attempt to get them in order as God would have me to do. Of course my relationship with my Heavenly Father should always be at the top of my list, unfortunately, that is not always the case. I praise HIM that His mercies are new every morning!! (Can I get a Hallelujah?!)
The rest of this post will feature another blogger, Lori from Always Learning. God led me to the post and I was so convicted about my second priority, MY HUSBAND. Sometimes life gets so busy, that I fail the love of  my life.  I loved how she went through the scripture, and stepped on my toes and pricked my heart. I appreciate her for allowing me to feature her post to begin my Love Month! Thanks again, Lori!!
 
A gift from God!!

Because You Love Him


A challenge came to me...It is to be entitled Imagine The Impossibilities.  A bunch of women are taking the challenge to do something they think is impossible.  I was encouraged to write about loving our husbands.

  I Corinthians 13 gives the best definition of what loving your husband looks like ~

Love is patient ~  Are you patient with your husband and allowing God to work in his life instead of nagging, manipulating, and controlling him?

Love is kind ~  Are you kind to your husband and treating him better than you treat others?

Love is not jealous ~ Are you jealous of your husband, maybe when he goes golfing with the guys while you are stuck at home?  Or do you encourage him and are happy for  him when he gets to have fun and do something he enjoys?

Love does not brag and is not arrogant  ~  Do you respect your husband's ideas and plans?  Do you share your ideas with him in a humble way?

Love does not act unbecomingly ~  Do you put on your best behavior for your husband? This means no pouting, yelling, or silent treatment to get your way.

Loves does not seek its own ~ Do you want your husband's best?  Do you seek to please him and make him happy?

Love does not provoke ~ Do you act gently with your husband?  Do you allow him his opinions and support them, even if you disagree with them?  Do you honor him?

Love does not take into account a wrong suffered ~ Do you hold onto grudges or do you forgive quickly and easily as Christ forgave you?

Love does not rejoice in unrighteousness, but rejoices with the truth!

Love bears all things ~ All those habits that you don't like of his and that annoy you, you bear them, because you love him.  You put up with his in-laws, friends, and the toilet seat up, because you love him.

Love believes all things ~ You believe the best about him.  You know he has faults, but you choose to dwell on his good qualities, because you know everyone has faults and because you love him.

Love hopes all things ~ You hope for the best in him.  You praise him even when he isn't worthy of praise, because you love him.t I have got some work to do!!

Love endures all things ~ You stay married to him until death do you part.  You keep your vows through the good times and the bad, because you love him.

Love never fails ~  Even when you don't "feel" like you love him, you love him because you base your love on a decision and a commitment, not on a feeling.

You love him, because he is your husband and you are commanded by Almighty God to love him.  He is a gift from God to you.  You want to please and obey your Maker and you know His ways are good. 


I don't  know about you, but I am challenged!

Thanks again Lori!!