Wednesday, December 24, 2008
Thursday, December 18, 2008
- Peanut Butter Balls
- Peppermint Bark (hers has milk chocolate and white chocolate)
- Cake Balls dipped in chocolate
- Brown Sugar Chewies
It was great time to visit with her and spend some time with a dear sister in Christ. She even fed me lunch. I am reliving my kids younger years through her boys.
Sunday, December 14, 2008
Friday, December 12, 2008
I know many people who are suffering this Christmas. Their trials weigh upon my heart as I cut fresh holly for the mantle and bake cookies with the kids. All the Christmas gaiety—“Have a happy jolly Christmas, the best time of the year…”—feels as out of place as a circus act at a funeral home.
For Christians though, Christmas is never out of place. Sure, the trappings of the holiday may be more painful than pleasant some years. But Christmas for the Christian can be a welcome reminder of our certain hope, a celebration of promises kept by God.
In Come, Thou Long-Expected Jesus: Experiencing the Peace and Promise of Christmas, compiled by Nancy Guthrie, Martyn Lloyd-Jones explains:
“What God did when he sent his Son into the world is an absolute guarantee that he will do everything he has ever promised to do. Look at it in a personal sense: “All things work together for good to them that love God”—that is a promise—“to them who are the called according to his purpose” (Rom 8:28, KJV). “But how can I know that is true for me?” asks someone. The answer is the incarnation. God has given the final proof that all his promises are sure, that he is faithful to everything he has ever said. So that promise is sure for you. Whatever your state or condition may be, whatever may happen to you, he has said, “I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee” (Heb. 13:5, KJV)—and he will not. He has said so, and we have absolute proof that he fulfills his promises. He does not always do it immediately in the way that we think. No, no! But he does it! And he will never fail to do it.”
Whatever your state or condition this Christmas, whatever your future may hold, God’s promises are certain. He kept His promise to send His Son and He will keep His promises to you—to be with you in trial and to deliver you. When Christmas reminds us that God keeps His promises it truly can be “the best time of the year.”
“Sing for joy, O heavens, and exult, O earth; break forth, O mountains, into singing! For the Lord has comforted his people and will have compassion on his afflicted” (Isaiah 49:15).
Sunday, November 30, 2008
Tuesday, November 25, 2008
Friday, November 21, 2008
This year I have experienced some changes and they have all been for my good. I am thankful to the Lord for all he has blessed me with, especially salvation.
"For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast. For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them." Ephesians 2:8-10 ESV
Friday, November 14, 2008
Tuesday, November 11, 2008
Sunday, November 2, 2008
During this time of recovery I have had a lot of time on my hands. I always use to look forward to my time alone at home. Now, I welcome anyone to visit with. I actually look forward to picking up the kids from school just to have people around. The Lord has used this time to show me truly how much I need Him and others in my life. I am so grateful for Tim who was there with me in the hospital, for my parents coming for several days to help out the kiddos and Tim's mom who gave up her weekend to help out. I know I couldn't have gotten better without their help. Also, I have to be thankful for the wonderful people in our care group at church. We enjoyed some yummy meals they so graciously prepared for us. I could get use to that!
So, thank you for your prayers and support during this time.
Friday, October 24, 2008
"Praise the Lord, all nations; Laud Him, all peoples!
For His lovingkindness is great toward us,
And the truth of the Lord is everlasting.
Praise the Lord!"
This reminded so much of the Lord's love for His children and how He cares for us through others. My husband has been absolutely wonderful - always at my side and very helpful. Sometimes our guys don't know always what to do, but he has been there to help in whatever way needed. Also, my dear parents, as I said were wonderful. We have received so much love from our friends at church - meals, flowers, phone calls, visits, etc. The Lord is so kind to bless our lives with wonderful friends and family. I am grateful for all of you! I still have a some more time to go recovering and hope to focus more of the Lord's lovingkindness to me and my family.
Sunday, October 19, 2008
When will it be a moral and political good for the Arkansas government to go into the gambling business? When will it be a moral and political good to place any foster or adoptive child with gay couples? Never, is my answer. Not this year. Not next year. Not 10 years from now. Not 50 years from now. Never. As Arkansas closes in on Election Day, the issues are tightening up. It's going to come down to which registered voters will make going to the polls a priority. Lottery proponents are counting on those of us who have rejected lotteries at least 5 times in my lifetime to have grown weary of the battle, to give up. Groups that have embraced political correctness on gay parenting are hoping that finally, you have too. Please, with all I can ask you, don't give up. Don't EVER give up on your convictions because of weariness. If we do that, it is only a matter of time before we lose every fight. We have to resolve to fight bad policy every time it comes, and support good policy every time it comes, for as long as it comes. Early voting begins this coming Monday, October 20th and ends Tuesday, Nov. 4th. Please vote FOR ACT 1, The Arkansas Adoption and Foster Care Act and AGAINST AMENDMENT 3, the State-run lotteries amendment. Your kids and grandkids need you to stay in the fight. Don't let anything stop you from voting.
Friday, October 17, 2008
Tuesday, October 14, 2008
Sunday, October 12, 2008
- Sweet smile
- Creativeness and ability to create something out of nothing (literally)
- Giftedness in math
- Love of life
- His hugs and yes his kisses
- Cuddling in bed with him at night or early in the morning
These are just a few of the reasons why I love this little guy, but most of all because God created him for our family. He is a perfect fit for us! Happy Birthday Nathan - you are growing into a handsome young man. We love you!
Wednesday, October 8, 2008
Thursday, October 2, 2008
Sunday, September 21, 2008
The Core Values of BCLR are:
- Adherence to a high view of God.
- Recognition of the final authority and total sufficiency of Scripture.
- Teaching an accurate doctrine of man.
- Affirmation of the foundational and functional purpose of the local church.
- Operation upon the priority of biblical leadership.
- Functioning as a community that loves God and loves others.
Having grown up in the Southern Baptist church, there really wasn't a high view of God that I saw displayed. I never heard about man being depraved. I heard that we were sinners, but that we could pray the prayer and then all was okay. As a child, I believed this and did twice walk the aisle and get baptized. I thought I was okay until a few years ago. One night my husband me if I desired God's word and to read it. I honestly said, no. TO which he ask me why. I knew then that I hadn't been saved and wasn't saved. I was so grateful to have people at BCLR to go to and search this out with me. I had been living with a false assurance that I was a Christian and would go to heaven. However, you couldn't tell from my daily life. I never read my Bible or opened it, unless at church, didn't pray much and became very defensive when my husband tried to encourage me to do so. At church I enjoyed the social gatherings that were fun. Although fellowship is good - if that is all I come to church for, what good is my salvation. Soon after, I searched the scriptures and prayed and the Lord did save me. This was all by grace and nothing to do with any prayer I prayed as a child. The Lord choose me to be His and I forever grateful. He came to seek and save the lost and I was one of the lost. Since that time, it is a still a struggle, but I desire it more and more than every before and know I can't live without it. Just recently I attended a conference on worship. This has changed my life - the Lord has changed my life. We are commanded in the scriptures to worship. I am presently reading a book "How to Worship Jesus Christ" by Joseph S. Carroll. It says the following:
"We were created to worship Jesus Christ. We were created for Him, to become something like Him in order that He might find pleasure in us."
"True worship is more than setting aside a few minutes each day to read the Bible and pray. True worship requires complete commitment of emotions, intellect, and will."
(printed from the back cover).
Friday, September 5, 2008
Sunday, August 24, 2008
Natalie started 6th grade - WOW! I can't believe next year we start junior high and youth group at church. She still seems so young. She is having a good year so far - likes all of her teachers and is adjusting well. The teachers really expect a lot from the 6th graders. They really try and prepare them for the next step - teaching responsibility, accountability, etc. Natalie made a new friend the first day and also enjoys seeing her old friends.
Nathan started 4th grade - my baby is growing up! He is so excited to be able to change classes and can't wait for GT to begin. He goes to 4 classes - Reading/Spelling, Science, Math, Language and his homeroom teacher also does Social Studies. He had his first spelling test this week. This is his definite area of weakness, so we are really going to work hard on this.
I ended up subbing Monday - Wednesday and then worked at my other job on Thursday and Friday. I will post some pictures of the kids soon.
Wednesday, August 13, 2008
Wednesday - Hot Dogs on the grill with chips and fruit
Thursday - Chicken & Rice Casserole (Paula Deen's recipe) with Tomatoes and Cucumbers
Friday - Grilled Hamburgers, Chips and Fruit
Saturday - Chicken in the crockpot with Rice and Green Beans
Sunday - eat out for lunch and TGI Fridays frozen appetizers for dinner
Monday - Grilled Chicken with Roasted Potatoes and Broccoli
Tuesday - Poppy Seed Chicken with Rice and Carrots
Wednesday - Crockpot Beef Tips with Rice and Green Beans
Thursday - Spaghetti with Garlic Bread and Ceasar Salad
I know you see a lot of chicken...Tim does prefer beef, but chicken was sale this week at Kroger.
Thursday, August 7, 2008
We had a great family vacation and look forward to looking at all of our pictures. I will upload some soon.
Wednesday, August 6, 2008
This morning, we had our tour of the Capitol. We went through Mark Pryor's office and they did a wonderful job setting this up. We arrived a bit early, but they were ready for us. Becca, a young lady from Russellville was our tour guide. It was interesting to find out that she is from Russellville and grew up 2 doors down from my sister-in-law, Sarah. In fact, Sarah use to babysit her. She did a great job taking us around and explaining some neat things. However, we have agreed Nathan had the line of the day. While looking at some of the statues, there was one with 3 famous women (Susan B. Anthony was one and 2 others) - there was also a empty space. Becca said it has been said that this spot is reserved for the first female president. Without wasting any time, Nathan said "well that won't be happening for the next 4 years." Can you tell he has been around politics. Becca kindly said "you are correct". Afterwards at lunch, we all agreed how funny that one liner was. You never know what that kid is going to say.
After lunch, the kids stopped off at a bookstore to add a new member to the Webkinz collection. So, in the morning we start our trip back home and will spend the remainder of the weekend in Marion. The kids have a week off and start school on August 18th.
The Lord has been so good to provide us with this wonderful time to be with one another. His hand of protection has defintely been upon us. Also, our attitudes have been good with one another. We did it!
Tuesday, August 5, 2008
Monday, August 4, 2008
After breakfast, we loaded the shuttle to head to the metro station. We survived with a little help from the station attendant. At first we were a little nervous, but all went well. We got to the Air & Space Museum as soon as it opened, walked around a bit. Tim then wanted to head outside and look around. We ended up about 2 miles away at The White House fence. It was really nice. We then went back to Air & Space for the remainder of the day. The guys loved it! There were certain things the girls liked - Natalie liked "How Things Fly" - an interactive area for kids. We came back to the hotel and went swimming, followed by Papa Johns Pizza in the room.
Today our day started with the shuttle around 8:30 to the metro. We went to Arlington Cemetary to catch the Tourmobile for a tour of the Washington sites and then back to the Cemetary. The best part was it saved our feet a lot of walking. Defintely worth every penny we paid! At the end of the day we ended up at the Cemetary. We got to see the Changing of the Guard at The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. That was very moving, like nothing I have ever seen. It was very good - the kids liked it as well. We then travelled on to see Arlington House - where Robert E. Lee & family lived for 30 years. We made it back to the hotel to relax and again had dinner in the room.
Tomorrow we are off to see the Museum of Natural History, National Aquarium and I am sure other things.
Tuesday, July 29, 2008
Thursday, July 17, 2008
Sunday, July 13, 2008
Tuesday, July 8, 2008
Thursday, June 19, 2008
Thursday, June 12, 2008
Wednesday, June 11, 2008
Thursday, May 29, 2008
Thursday, May 22, 2008
Thursday, May 8, 2008
At the same time, Natalie and I enjoyed a girls weekend. We made a quick trip to West Memphis for my 8 year old niece's birthday party. It was a swim party at a local hotel. Natalie had a lot of fun. We spent the night at the hotel and then had get back home Saturday for a soccer game. After all of that, we rented a couple of movies and enjoyed relaxing at home. And of course, no girls weekend would be complete without a little shopping. We bought Natalie some summer sandals and I got a new pair of tennis shoes for work (The Container Store). We finished the night off with dinner at Chili's.
It is so great having the kids at the ages they are at - so many fun activities to enjoy!
Thursday, April 17, 2008
I am getting ready to take a part-time job at The Container Store. We are going to give this a trial run for the summer. I am not sure I can do this when school starts back up or not. But we are going to try. It really is a great store - you should go to www.containerstore.com and look at all the great stuff they have.
I'll try and write more soon and maybe include some pics.
Tuesday, March 25, 2008
On March 11, 1997 after being labor for about 15 hours, Tim and I welcomed our new baby girl into the world at 10:45 p.m. At that time it seemed like the sleepless nights would never end, that she would never talk, or be potty trained. On March 11, 2008 this little baby turned 11 years old! WOW! Now we are on to bigger issues - will she ever stay in the same mood longer than day, we always say 'who should wake her'. All in all though, she is a sweet and beautiful girl that I would give my life for. We now do things together and I really enjoy being with her. We go shopping, talk with one another and laugh together. Some of her best qualities are:
- She is so nurturing with smaller children. She really sits down to play with them. I think she will be babysitting soon and probably will be great at it.
- She is a good helper around the house - likes to cook, doesn't so much like to clean.
- She is a good friend to others.
- She has a beautiful smile and gives the best hugs.
Yes we struggle at times - but I am so thankful to have her in my life. She is a blessing!
Tuesday, March 18, 2008
- Morning devotions - this should the first thing we do each morning to get us in the right mindset.
- Make myself look presentable for the day - if for nothing else, to look nice for our husbands before they leave for the day, also you can be ready before your children rise.
- Prepare Breakfast - think the night ahead and prepare (put out bowls, spoons, cereal, etc.)
- Quick house pick up - definitely not in-depth housecleaning, just picking up, cleaning up dishes, throw in a load of laundry, etc.
- Make dinner preparations - Lay out from the freezer what you plan to cook, get all ingredients ready, etc.
Just some words of encouragement. Please visit this blog - Passionate Homemaking - it is neat.
Thursday, March 6, 2008
Wednesday, March 5, 2008
Oh, Tim is feeling better as well. He went to the doctor the same day Natalie was admitted and found out he had a respiratory infection. And today, Nathan had his stitches from his chin removed.
Tuesday, March 4, 2008
Thursday, February 28, 2008
On Wednesday, February 27, I received a call from the school nurse about Nathan. He had fallen in the cafeteria and hit his chin on the table. So, we dashed off to the doctor's office and he received 4 stitches. He was so brave through it all - so we got ice cream on the way home.
Thursday, February 7, 2008
Tuesday, February 5, 2008
"By now, we are accustomed to receiving one-sided "pro" or "con" assessments of a particular candidate (I've even written this one myself). I am now sending what I consider to be a balanced candidate profile of Mitt Romney published last week by the Patriot Post, a conservative journal advocating individual liberty, the restoration of constitutional limits on government and the judiciary, and the promotion of free enterprise, national defense and traditional American values. It's good stuff. Mitt Romney may not be the "ideal" candidate for many conservatives (and he wasn't my first choice). However, this look at his record and experience combined with a view of the remaining field shows that he is the best (and last?) hope for conservatives this presidential cycle. In sum, this article well describes why I am now supporting Mitt, and does so better than I could. Please take a minute to read, especially if you don't know much about Mitt Romney. -" David
Friday, February 1, 2008
Natalie is doing great! She just got her report card - All A's with only one B (89 in math), she is doing so well. Also, she signed up for a school pageant and is so excited. She gets to wear a pretty dress! Her brother doesn't quite get why she wants to do this.
Nathan has started Upward basketball and is doing great. He had all A's on his last report card! We can really tell how he has matured from last year and is doing so much better. Of course, he is still excited about 6th grade math. And he is still as creative as ever.
We covet your prayers as we raise Natalie & Nathan - that we keep pointing them to the Gospel and importance of it in our daily lives.
Sunday, January 13, 2008
At his funeral on January 15, 2007, I shared a tribute I wrote about him. Only the Lord gave me the courage and the words to say. I wanted to offer a memorial to him. My childhood was greatly enriched having him as a "Grandpa". I am thankful he is now in heaven, free from pain, but miss his voice and face.
We celebrated the holidays this year with both sets of family. On Christmas Eve we travelled to Maumelle to have Christmas with the Cain family. We enjoyed a nice lunch and then of course opened presents. The kids received a PS2 from Pepaw and Mawmaw - that was the highlight. Tim got a docking station for his ipod and I received Ann Taylor gift certificates.
That afternoon, we travelled to Marion to have the Harrell Christmas. We stayed the night at my parents' home - which we haven't done in a while. On Christmas morning, we looked in our stockings and opened our gifts to one another. We started a few years ago only getting the kids 3 gifts and this year a friend of mine gave me an even better idea. They get one spiritual gift, one needed gift and one wanted gift. This is very easy for us and cuts down on all the stuff. Nathan received 2 PS2 games - High School Musical Sing it & Meet the Robinsons and Natalie received some American Girl clothing and clothes.
Tim and I returned home on Wednesday, leaving the kids there for a few days. I then went back on Saturday and we drove to Mississippi for the Heair Family Christmas. We stayed at my grandmother's house - a little crowded, but okay. This is the first Christmas without my grandfather and I really missed him. He would always be sitting in his recliner and greeted us as soon as we came in the door. I know he is heaven, but I miss seeing his sweet face. On Sunday, we went to my aunt's house and had lunch and then shared gifts with one another.
The holidays were busy as usual, but enjoyable for the most part.