Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Let the SWEET memories begin.

In our home we look forward to the holidays all year. One special treat we love is cookies and hot cocoa.
We have special mugs and the kids cant wait to put them to use.

There is music playing in the background, Silver Bells. There is laughter and joy in the air. Yes I wait all year for these enchanted days

 I love my life and my family, how I wish one more baby boy was here snuggling tonight.


There are days were the anxieties are many but the sweet call of my Savior and my children's voice quietens me. They are telling me to enjoy every minute, these are precious moments indeed.
Visions of sugarplums dance in Shayla's head as she fall asleep under the Christmas tree. As I go to sleep tonight. I am so thankful for my children. I am so thankful to experience the magic with them. I am so thankful that they are more concerned about what we are doing together as a family than items wanted on a Christmas list.

I am so thankful for my Saviors birth and the ultimate month long party we will have to celebrate him.


Through him then let us continually offer up a sacrifice of praise to God, that is, the fruit of lips that acknowledge his name.
~Hebrews 13:15 

Saturday, November 24, 2012

Thanks GIVING



It seems like at the holidays I have get to give so much. A lot of energy and time goes into making everything special for my family. Two days after Thanksgiving and I feel give out. I am tiered from all the giving and I know that I will be giving so much more it the next few weeks as Christmas approaches. 

To a child the holidays just happen, lovely decorations, delicious food and enchanted memories. I remember my Mamaw working tirelessly when I was little to make everything so special. She seemed to never run out of energy. There were always cookies, homemade candy and music playing on the record player. It seemed like she did it all just for me and I felt so loved.

 I have to ask myself what kind of memories do I want my kids to have of the holidays? A mommy that is giving with a thankful heart or a mommy that is just give out. As I was praying I asked, "How do I guard against the holiday giving burnout"?
......Stay THANKFUL!

Thank you Lord for all these gifts

~little boys loving each other.

~Turkey leftovers.

~Boxes of Christmas decorations.

~ Stitches removed from a happy, infection free boy.

~The fun of Christmas shopping for little people.

~ Pumpkin pie with whipped cream.

~A fixed computer after living without one for a week.

~Cute Christmas sweaters and a fancy little dress for pictures.

~My Mother-in-love that opens her home and makes our holidays special.

~A bad cold that is not to bad.

~six new stockings ready to hang

~A home and life that I love.

As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them. ~ John Fitzgerald Kennedy

You will be made rich in every way so that you can be generous on every occasion, and through us your generosity will result in thanksgiving to God.
2 Corinthians 9:11

Monday, November 12, 2012

thank-FULL-ness

This last week has been so busy. We just finished Harvester Homecoming, our church conference where all the pioneer pastors return home to preach. What did God speak to me in fifteen sermons over five days? That I need to be FULL of Thanks! Instead of worry, doubt, sadness, insecurity, anxiety, fear, and the list could go on and on.

I have been struggling with thanksgiving lately. This is sad for me because I know God has already specifically told me to be thankful and concerning Jonathan, I have been. In June at our Bible conference I felt like I got the answer to my grief. It was to be thankful for Jonathan's life. I used to get up everyday and look at his little urn and such sadness would fill my heart, I almost could not bear it. Since my change of perspective I get up in the morning and look at the sweet picture of his precious face. I usually touch his cheek and whisper, "I am so thankful for you baby boy". However this thankful spirit has not translated to the other areas of my life.

I am regularly irritated that my house seems to be falling apart all around me. We put one thing back together only to have something else break. I have been so upset and often complaining that I am in pain due to some female issues. I have found myself worried and down right depressed that a rainbow is not on the horizon. If I can be full of thanks for Jonathan why do I struggle so much to be thankful in other areas?

Last Tuesday I was running around trying to get the kids clothes ready for our conference. I had a doctors appointment in the afternoon so my to do list was long. All of the sudden I heard a loud crash and a scream. It was the kind of sound that a mommy dreads. Right away I knew that something serious had happened.

 I rushed into the boys room to find Jadon shrieking in pain and blood running down his back. The light fixture had fallen off the ceiling and the glass had left a deep gash right over his spine. I knew immediately it was bad and quickly got him in the car and headed to the hospital. After seven stitches and X-rays to confirm he was OK we were on our way home. I rejoiced all the way signing songs of thanksgiving. I knew how much worse the outcome of that light falling could of been. To say I was full of thanks would have been an understatement.

Then a few short hours later my doctor gave me some news I did not want to hear. Quickly my thankful heart was gone. In the blink of an eye sadness and worry choked out thankfulness. Over the next few days as I listen to sermons they each seem to speak the same message to me. I really need to work on having a thankful heart in all areas.

I read One Thousand Gifts a while back and began my thankful journal. I quickly fizzled out and told myself I did not need to write it down, I would just say them in my head. Well I now see part of the gift is in the writing, so when dark days come there are many testimony's to carry me through. Today I will start my thankful list again. I can't not put all of them on my blog but I hope to do a thankful post once a week or so to recorded some of them here.

Thank you Lord for all these gifts!
  1. Sermons that convict and inspire.
  2. A little boy patched up with seven stitches.
  3. Your power to miraculously heal.
  4. Your wisdom to give me what is best even if it is not what I want.
  5. A visiting preacher that so encouraged and inspired my Oldest Son.
  6. My sweet Sister-in-law, mentioning Jonathan because she knows I love to hear his name.
  7. A husband that has put up with some serious complaining, and not complained about it :)
  8. The sweet sound of "I forgive you" whispered by my child.
  9. Laundry hammers overflowing from last weeks services, our drawers are empty but our hearts are full.
  10. The grace of a new day, a new chance to practice                            thank-FULL-ness.

The LORD is my strength and my shield; My heart trusts in Him, and I am helped; Therefore my heart exults, And with my song 
I shall thank Him.
~Psalm 28:7 

Monday, November 5, 2012

Haunted Heats

The boys recently had fun in another surf contest. They wanted to make sure their pictures made it on the blog :) 
 
They had to wear a costume for this contest.
Getting ready to paddle out
Jesse
Jadon

Even the winds and the waves obey him!"
~Matthew 8:27

Thursday, November 1, 2012

Halloween 2012

We had a lot of fun on Halloween. We spent the morning rummaging through the dress up box looking for costumes. I shed a tear when I came across the baby lion costume. How I wish Jonathan was in these pictures as a warm fuzzy lion. We usually go trick or treating and pass out tracks as the kids go from house to house. This year our mother church had a carnival so we went there. The kids so looked so cute and enjoyed seeing there friend at church.
So then, be very careful how you live. Don't live like foolish people but like wise people, redeeming the time, because the days are evil.
Ephesians 5:16
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