Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Somebody has a birthday!

On the second anniversary of thirty-nine I haven't changed one bit.  Have I?

This is one time I hope my brother and sister don't read this.  They will want to kill me. (I am smiling)  Do you see I am holding up one finger.  Must have been that I was somewhere around the age of one. And the year was 1970 something.

I have no idea how old I was here.  But I was adorable wasn't I?

And here too!

Then there was this!  Oh my word!  He came along and the rest is history!

Then he came along!


And then him!  His card to me today said to keep smiling.  He could have been twins! lol  Always my comedian.

I can't leave him out!
I will have to say that I had my resolutions for last years birthday.  It was a significant year.  A milestone.  It has taken me a year to come to grips with it.  Why is that so hard?  But today I can say with pleasure (I think)  that I have walked this earth for a full forty years.  Today marks the beginning of forty-one.  There I said it.  I am forty-one today.  God has blessed me far beyond what I deserve.  He has giving far more than what I need.  And I am so thankful.  Many have posted on Facebook.  Many have called.  Many have sent texts.  I thank you all so much.   If you know me at all you know that "It's a Wonderful Life" is one of my all time favorite movies.  At the end Clarence gets his wings and writes in the book to George "A man is no failure who has friends."  I am so thankful for my family and my friends.   So many people live this life and make nothing of it.  They have no one or nothing to show.  I may not have a lot to show, but what I do have, I am ever thankful for it.  And my hope is that in the next forty I will praise Him well.  Because without Him, I have nothing.
Again, now that Christmas of 2011 has come and gone I am ready for warm weather and flip flops.  But until then I literally have some partyin to do today because it is my birthday!!!!!

Monday, December 26, 2011

This is how we do Christmas


We don't do Christmas in a "normal" way.  Since D & I married Christmas begins on Christmas Eve by supper at his mom's.

And since our boys came along it has been, leave her house, go home, get everyone in the bed & wait.  But we don't wait too long.  This year they were up by 2:30 a.m.  Yes, you read it right.  2:30 a.m.  And they are how old?


But before going off to bed to wait, we set out the treats for Santa. 
Yes we still do that.  It just wouldn't be Chritsmas if we didn't.


I would love to be able to tell you that our Pretty Boy was humbly bowing at the Nativity on the table.  But I can't.  He was wanting the cookies!
I love these three!!! This is before it all began.  At what? 3:15?



And here these two are on Christmas morning at 3:20 a.m. or close to it.  After we ripped into our Santa gifts and our gifts from each other, we headed back to bed for a little bit.  Then it was up and at up by 6:15 a.m. to head on back to D's mom's.





These were only three of the thirteen there. 
After this stop we head back home.  Get ready and go to church.
Then it is off to my mom's.  This is what you get there...


Don't ask me why I took a picture of pork tenderloin and country ham. Maybe because this is just how we have always done it.  And it is always served on this platter!


My big brother in his spot ready for presents!  He has sat in this spot for as long as I can remember.




They too, are in there usual spots.



We ended the gift giving back at the house. 
Then the desantafacation began!!!
I am now ready for some warm weather and flip flops!





Friday, December 23, 2011

A promise

Isaiah 9:1a, 2 ,6 & 7: "Nevertheless, there will be no more gloom for those who were in distress.
The people walking in darkness have seen a great light: on those living the the land of the shadow of death a light has dawned. 
For to us a child is born, to us a Son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders.  And He will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.  Of the increase of his government and peace there will be no end.  He will reign on David's throne and over his kingdom, establishing and upholding it with justice and righteousness from that time on and forever.  The zeal of the Lord Almighty will accomplish this."
Folks we have this promise from long ago.  Matthew 2 tells of the Magi visiting this baby.  They fell and worshipped Him long before He turned the water into wine.  They fell and worshipped Him long before He bled and died.  All He had done at this point was enter the world. 
Luke 2 tells of the shepherds visit and how excited they were.  They couldn't keep it a secret. 
Luke 1 tells of the angel telling Mary what will happen and her saying "Yes!"
This Christmas I am so thankful that I have this promise.  To know He came just as it was told in Isaiah.  To know that He is my light in this dark world.  To know that He is my Counselor, my Mighty God, my Everlasting Father, my Prince of Peace.  To know that He is still reigning on His throne.  To know that no matter what I am the apple of His eye and He loves me.
Oh, to have the faith and humbleness that the Magi did.  To have the fire that the shepherds did.  To have the servant's heart that Mary and Joseph did. 
It is Christmas Eve Eve.  As Christmas morning draws closer, my heart melts a little more.  I am drawn a little closer to that stable, to that cross, to that Resurrection.  I am drawn a little closer to the heart of my Father.  My "Daddy".
Oh how He loves us!
Merry Chirstmas!

Monday, December 19, 2011

It's begining to look a lot like Christmas


These are the decorations for our church.  Doesn't it look beautiful?  I think it does.

After a very difficult week, our church family gathered together Sunday morning for our Christmas Cantata.

I will have to say this choir done an excellent job. 


This picture pretty much sums it all up.  O Holy Night!  That babe in a manger.  His willing parents.  All for our messed up world.
Oh how He loves us!

We came back Sunday evening for these little ones to get in line to do this....

They were so excited.  I remember doing this as a little girl.  Oh the memories!!!!

Now I realize that I haven't been too good when it comes to posting these past few months.  Let's just say that my life has gotten busy.  But it is a good busy.  I am thankful for the health to do it.  I am thankful that my boys are both healthy and able to do all that they do.  God has been busy here in this house.  More on that later.
We started our Christmas break Friday.  And believe me, up until today, I haven't had a break.  Have you ever felt like you were drowning in laundry, dust, & junk all over the tables and counter tops?  I have.  It seemed like there was no end in sight.  But today, today, I have made progress.  Clothes have gotten washed.  Floors have been vacuumed.  Food has been cooked.  And last but not least there are gifts under the trees!!! Yes! Thank you Lord!

I am beginning to feel a lot better about it all.  I think I just might make it now. 
So, if I keep with my record, I probably won't be back on to post for a while.  With that being said, let me say on behalf of D, the boys, Samps, and myself, May you all have the very Merriest Christmas yet.  It is our prayer that you really remember the reason of it all.  It isn't about the gifts. How many or how few.  It isn't about the spending.  It is all about Our Lord.  The One and Only who came from on High to save a lost and dying world.  It is His birthday. 

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Sunshine

My heart hurts this morning.   This man pictured above went home for Christmas this morning.  While we celebrate our Savior's birth in a week he will be celebrating face to face.  In fact he already is.  There will be no limit on the ice cream he can have.  However, I don't think he will be too worried about the ice cream.  He is worshiping and singing his lungs out now with his Jesus.  Our loss is heavens gain today. 
He was a humble man.  Quiet.  But boy did he do some aggravating.  I asked D who will I aggravate now and who will you pick on.  He loved his Lord.  And we loved him. 
Sunshine, I'm gonna miss you!!!

Monday, November 21, 2011

Still counting!

I realize it has been, what? a week?  I haven't really stopped counting. Just not posting.  However, I wanted to share this.  This past Saturday morning.  They will want to hurt me, but my heart is in the right place. 

We got together just to have some girl time.  We don't get to do it very often.  If ever.  We are together in Sunday School but we usually get right down to business.  So one decided to call a time out for just girls.
It was nice.  We decided we need to do it more.  I think we will.  So if you missed this one, you may have another chance.


Outside of my family, and a couple of others, these are some of my favorite people.




She had a birthday.  It wasn't intended to be a birthday party.  It just happened that way. 


This chic here was the hostess.  But she is one of the dearest, bestie's ever!!!  To the point we can communicate just by the look on each other's face. Without a word.

There were a few others who couldn't make it.  And let me tell you this group of ladies are serious about having a good time.  Laughing. And loving our "Daddy".  I have never been around a group who is so eager to learn and follow Him. With that said, if you are reading this and you don't have a church home.  You are more than welcome here.  If you attend our church and don't have a home Sunday School class.  Come on in.  We have a ball!

 I just don't believe "Daddy" will ever move us from this church family because it would cause so much havoc.   There would be so many people having to pack their bags and homes to go with us.  Not because they would want to, but because I would insist on it. 
LOL's, you are God's way of holding my feet to the fire.  You are the one's who hold me accountable.  I love you all to pieces. 

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Counting blessings



I used this old song as an example in Sunday School this past Sunday.  We all know how it goes.  We learned it as children in Sunday School and Vacation Bible Schools.  I had no idea when I mentioned it Sunday that God would use it as one of my blessings this week.  If you watched the interview last night with "Diane Sawyer and Gabby Giffords"  you probably saw her and her therapist singing it.   I did.  I just didn't "listen" to it.  But today a sweet friend of mine sent this video to me.  And as I listened, I heard that still, quiet voice.  I've been asking a lot of questions lately and I know He has got to be sick of hearing them.  So He just answered.  For that, I am thankful.

So you know in order to hear the song well, turn off the player at the bottom.

Sunday, November 13, 2011

I realize I didn't post yesterday.  Maybe I am fixing to make up for it.  Today, I am thankful that we serve a mighty God. And today I am thankful that brothers and sisters in Him can come together and do this......



They can fellowship.


The two pastors can laugh together.

They can greet each other in His name..

They can lift their voices together to praise Him..



This man can preach y'all!!!!






And we can come together to share His word.

I am thankful that we serve with a church body who is always seeking our Father's will.  And that our neighbor and sister church joined us today.

It was a blessing and just a glimpse of what is in store for us when we all get there to party with our "Daddy"!  I can't wait!

Friday, November 11, 2011

Counting Blessings day 11 (i think)

I know today's date is the eleventh.  However, my body feels like it might be the thirty second.  I know there aren't that many days in November.  Anyway, it is Friday.  And I am dog gone tired.  But there's no rest for the weary.  Right?  We are just fixing to get started good.  Got a busy weekend ahead.  But on this day, I am thankful for these two.........



They will want to hog tie me and lock me up for posting these.  But y'all they made me laugh tonight.  Well, they do that most days.  Then there are those days when they make me want to pull my hair out.  Mom's you know what I mean?

D was in the dressing room and every time some one went by the bell would ring. 
Plus mom trying to take a photo...it was more than he could stand.



And then there was this.  No it isn't his hat.  Just one he was trying on as the bell rang and mom tried taking a picture.  I am still laughing at the sight of these two.
They bring such joy to this mama's heart.  They just don't realize it.  And they certainly don't want to hear it. But they do.  It was a good day.  A good family night.  And they are my blessings.
Boys, your mama loves you!

Thursday, November 10, 2011

Counting Blessings day 10

This week there's a group of bloggers in Ecuador.  I have been following them as they post each day.  I will have to honestly say that today, I am at a loss for words.  I know hard to believe.  It is so hard to comprehend what others are going through when we are so wrapped up in ourselves.  I have been moved by everyone of their posts.  I encourage you to click on either jonesbones5, a holy experience, or compassion buttons to the right of this page.  They can link you to the other blogger's that are on this trip.  Read their posts from this week.  I can promise they will make you stop and count your blessings.  Really quick.  And you will be surprised at how fast they add up. 

Today I am thankful that I have a job.  I have the health to get up and go.  But so thankful I can come home to a warm house.  With a roof.  Heat and air.  A washing machine and a dryer.  Floors that aren't dirt.  Healthy husband and boys. I am thankful that as time is flying by my boys are reaching milestones.  One got his class ring today.  Be still my heart and stop the tears.  Where in this world has the past seventeen years gone? 

I don't think that "Daddy" has lifted the picture of blessings yet.  He just keeps pouring them out.  May I praise Him well for what He has done for us!

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Counting Blessings Day 9

Tonight, night nine of November and counting blessings, as temps are expected to drop into the low 30's, I am thankful for a warm bed with quilts that were quilted by mom and grandmothers.  I am also thankful for a bathtub of warm water. 

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Counting Blessings day 8


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This months (in)spired deals are all about giving thanks. As I stated in an earlier post to me, this month is just preparing us for December.  Ephesians 5:4 says "Let there be thankfulness to God."  And that is just what we are doing.  Giving thanks to Him for is countless blessings.

I have this apron from dayspring.com.  Now I have to say, if you don't already know, cooking is not my favorite past time.  But if I am gonna have to do it, I have decided I may as well have a cute apron.  You probably can't tell much about it but the top says ever blessed, ever grateful.  And believe me when I tell you it is so much cuter in person than in the picture.  I encourage all of you to go to this website to view all of their cute stuff.  Just click the link above.  It will take you there.

So as I thought about it on this Day eight of counting, I am thankful for the ability to cook.  Although I may not enjoy it I am thankful that I can and I know how.  With that, I am thankful for the electricity and appliances to do it.  I am thankful for the kitchen to do it in.  I am thankful that my floor isn't one made of dirt.  I am thankful for the table in which our family sits at each night for each meal, whether it be frozen pizza or a feast.