Monday, December 27, 2010

The end of 2010

Christmas has come and gone yet the reason for the season remains the same. It isn't only about the birth of our Savior, but the death and resurrection as well. Christmas time is to remind us that there was no way to get to God so he came to us to save us all.

The kids enjoyed Christmas this year since we had snowflakes dancing in air on Christmas Day. What a beautiful sight. It also reminded me of child like faith. You see my youngest son (12), Dustin said to me Christmas Eve that we would get snow on Christmas day. When I asked him what made him think that, he simply told me that he asked God to allow it to snow. It made me think hard about the things we ask God for that we simply ask for but don't believe will happen. He asked, believed it would happen, and then it did. Oh, what a reminder it is to have child-like faith.

Both the boys left this morning with their youth group for their youth winter retreat. I know that they will receive a blessing out of it and I am so blessed that this is where they wanted to be instead of anywhere else.

That leaves Dad working, with us girls working here at the house. We just might have to do some after Christmas shopping as well.

My mom came up for Christmas as did my sister-in-law and her family. We have a great time Christmas Eve. Now we have my husband's uncle with his two grandchildren here all week with more family coming in this week. Just a reminder that the best gifts in this world are FREE! Our family & friends.

As we get ready to say good-bye to 2010 it is easy to see how blessed we are. We are in our finished house, yes, it took us 3 years but it is completely paid for. We are debt-free, owing only our monthly utility bills, we have 3 healthy children that are amazing and teach us everyday something new about being a parent or about ourselves. It is easy to allow our fears of what can happen to them to consume our lives instead of enjoying them today and letting the problems of tomorrow to come tomorrow. I pray daily that I will focus on the right here, right now. Not allowing Satan to take control of my thoughts of What If. But most of all, I am thankful that my family & myself know Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior. That we will be enjoying treasures that are far more important than anything that can be found here on earth.

As we enter 2011, my question to you is....Do you know where you are going to spend eternity?

Thursday, December 23, 2010

Dash Away~Dash Away

It's that time of year again, where people are rushing around decorating, visiting, baking, and writting out cards. Last night we did our candle light Lord's Supper. A time to reflect on this past year and the many blessing that we have. We can complain the roses have thorns or we can rejoice that the thorns have roses. I choose to rejoice.

Our Ladies Sunday School class decided that this year again we would adopt a family from our area plea. It was such a blessing to help another family with the essentials that are so needed. Our Youth Group decided to adopt a family as well instead of giving each other gifts. Teaching our children that the best gift comes from the heart is the best gift we can teach them.

This year has been a year that many families are going back to the basics. Making candy & cookies to give as gifts. Crafting through out the year to give as gifts.

This Christmas build up the treasures that are so important. Family, Friends, love ones, and those that are no longer here with us.

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

So ashamed

That I have been neglecting my blog. Life has just be in the way. I can't believe the kids are through with the first half of the school year, it seems like they just started. I really have to learn to say no. I have let other things occupy my time and that has caused a little disorder in our lives.

School started and then I was voted in as Vice President of the TAG program. So we spent time working on the fundraisers and all the fun things that go along with it.
Then my oldest was playing football after church on a Wednesday night and we ended up in the emergency room. Where we found out that his left arm was broke right at teh growth plate at his shoulder and had two hairline fractures at his wrist. We were referred to a specialist. We feared surgery and the specialist even spoke of it but with God's blessing we skidded by. He was just released after 6 weeks of back & forth to the specialist.

Shelby was out of school with strep at the worst posstible time. She missed her assessment tests that she had to make up and then take her nine weeks tests.

Isn't it funny that when we think we can't take anymore something else happends. I firmly believe that it is God's way of saying~Excuse me~ I am here to help.

Our Sunday School class went to see Kay Arthur, Pricillia Shrier, & Beth Moore at the Deeper Still Conference in B'ham. What a true blessing that was. It was a firm confirmation that as women we are expected to play many roles but we are not helpless at all. Our God provides the strength we need to get through anything. We simply need to empty our quiver and say Yes, Lord I am willing!

It is amazing what God will show us, if we simply open our eyes to see.

God Bless~
Tina