Friday, March 30, 2012

It's Official...

We have 4 teenagers in our home!

Our latest addition to the grouping is:


I have LOVED watching her grow from a little girl into an amazing young lady!

It will be so much fun to watch her grow into a woman of God in the coming years!

Happy Birthday our sweet girl! 

We love you!

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Thursday, March 22, 2012

Foto Friday~ entertaining boys

 Whatever would keep boys gathered at a fence...
 for sooooo very long?

It is sure to make a boys day complete!
Happy Weekend!

Friday, March 16, 2012

Foto Friday~To my Daddy...

Tomorrow is my daddy's birthday.  He choose me!  He married my mom when I was 2 and I am SO thankful God brought us together!  I don't remember life without him but he could have chosen life without me.  I am so grateful for him loving me as his own!  The way he loves my children and his concern for them, is such a reflection of Christ!  I am so very blessed! 

Thank you, Daddy, for believing in me, choosing me and loving me better than any daddy ever could!

You are a blessing and I love you!

Happy Birthday!

Sunday, March 11, 2012


Trials can...
  • Destroy us
  • weaken us
  • leave us desperate and alone
  • leave us feeling sorry for ourselves
  • seclude us
  • depress us

Trials can...
  • refine us
  • strengthen us
  • break us of our selfishness
  • help us look to others
  • make us able to seek those to support us
  • lift us up to the only who has the strength to carry us

It is not fun to go through trials.  (We have had our share lately!)  It is what we do with our trials that leads to what the outcome will be.  We can sit and pout and complain to God (believe me, I have done that!) or we can continually remind ourselves what the bible says and know that it IS truth! 

When we are truly desperate, we hopefully will learn what God is trying to teach us...we CANNOT do ANYTHING without Him!  When we give all of our brokenness to Him and surrender it and lay it at His feet, He can then pick up the pieces and do what He desires.  I did this but it was after MUCH kicking and screaming!  I would like to say that I have taken everything in stride and just watched with a trusting heart, everything unfold.  Not so!  I had some pity parties and times of just plain UGLY moments of flesh!  I have reacted in ways to my children and husband that I am not proud of!  I had to come to a place that I knew my own idea's were NOT working!  I finally came to the point that all of my resources were totally gone!  I had no more answers and I was weary of doing it on my own.  I have always desired to be a living sacrifice and I really began praying that months ago.  Little did I know that the path to that would mean giving it ALL up to Him!  I thought I was okay with that! But little by little, God began to show me of my pride and selfishness and weed out the things that were getting in the way of a true living-sacrifice to Him.  Painful, yes!  However, I am free now!  Brokenness and surrender led me to a place of humility and exposure.  I can say that there is NOT one thing in my life that I care if it is exposed!  To God or to anyone!  I have nothing  more to hide, nothing to defend, nothing to do but give my life to Him.  He has taken it all!  Does that mean I am perfect and the refining process won't continue?  Absolutely not!  But I am determined through Christ, that I will be broken before Him and continue to see His face and heart. 

Christ died for us!  He took ALL of our sin and brokenness and hung it on the cross!  It is not for us to carry!  He never intends for us to.  It is our choice what we do with the trials that surround us.  Allow Him to carry it or try to carry it ourselves.  I have done both!  I give you my word, it is best to give it to Him to carry!  Try it, you won't be let down!  Rest in Him and He will carry you!

Psalm 73:28
But it is good for me to draw near to God; I have put my trust in the Lord GOD, That I may declare all Your works.

Philippians 1:6
being confident of this very thing, that He who has begun a good work in you will complete it until the day of Jesus Christ;

Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Month in review With Pictures

This is what the kitchen in the home we are living in looked like BEFORE we moved in...

No pictures of the living room before but here is the after 
 We are now settled in and enjoying it so much
This is the after...
It was a TOTAL reconstruction!

 Birthday's were celebrated
 First-time piggie tails
 Big brother shares his hat
 Big sister shares her lap
 Unusually warm winter hike

playtime with trains
puppy is weary after keeping up with all the boys

Reading books

One more Baby and puppy picture
I could not resist!

It has been a month of transitions in so many ways!
We have been stretched and pulled in so many ways.
We are learning to continually lean on the Everlasting arms of our loving Savior!

More focusing on day to day and learning what our new normal might be.

Not sure what that is yet, and if there even is a "normal" but we will be sure to allow God's plan for our lives be fullfilled!  I don't want it any other way!

We are reminded that He who has begun a good work in us, will be faithful to complete it!


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