Saturday, December 19, 2009
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Friday, December 18, 2009
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Thursday, December 10, 2009
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Thursday, November 19, 2009
So what about you? How do you celebrate Thanksgiving? What traditions have you added/changed over the years?
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Thursday, October 29, 2009
Other than that, let's see.... David caught the flu this week which means no Friday School, no Fall Festivals, and possibly no Trick or Treating. Scott and I have almost decided to just buy candy and put it in their buckets when they're sleeping. Still waiting to see if the fever hangs around or not. Awana is about the funnest thing in the world right now. Again, can't believe I get to lead those crazy/awesome girls! I can't believe about 4 years ago I said I'd never work with kids, that's not where God wanted me... what a challenge to God's will! Now not only do I work with kids 24/7 I LOVE doing it! They never fail to amaze me. I swear I must know the world's smartest, funniest, most amazing kids. It's such a priveledge to work with them.
Our family life is better than ever. Homeschool has created the opportunity for the boys to get to spend more time with Scott and that has made ALL the difference. Scott's schedule is out of our control but we have the flexibility now to spend more family time. By following God's plan for our family, we're finding tremendous blessings! What more could a woman want? Now there are some amazing changes in our horizon and I just can't wait. Before I was afraid of God's will - not any more! Good gracious He's got us on a crazy ride! Friends, you get to a point in your faith where there's no time for fear or stalling. You just have to grab the rails and holler, "YEE-HAW!!!" cause He's going to get you there no matter what. You can either have faith and enjoy the ride, or fight Him tooth and nail. I'd rather jump in that front cart and go with God all the way! That's our current mood I think... Bring it on God, we can't wait!
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Saturday, October 10, 2009
So here we go.... *drumroll please.....*
We are on the move. Again. Lol. Some awesome friends of ours are having to move. Hubby is going back to school and so they are leaving at the end of this year to persue God's dream for them. Scary stuff! I wish them all the best and we are going to M.I.S.S. them terribly! I hate losing friends :( . Here's where the move comes in.... we are going to rent their house! How cool is that??? We are both really excited about being able to help each other out. We need a good house with a nice yard for the boys and they will have honest good renters. It is really neat how God worked all of the details out for us! They will move in the last month of our lease! I think that is really neat. They are also open to us painting and all that so we're excited about that. It's bittersweet because for all of this to happen we have to say goodbye to our friends :( . But with God working so much of this out for us, we know it's His will that these moves take place. So there ya go. :) That's all the news I feel like I can share. In a few weeks I believe everyone will know who and where and the other details, but for now my lips are sealed :) We're letting the other couple tell their side of the news when they are ready.
So.... about the house... omg I'm SO excited :) It's a 3 bedroom house with two living room. One will be a sort of "formal" living room, the other a family/homeschool room. It's got a good sized kitchen, plenty of windows, and ... I may faint.... an actual LAUNDRY room!!! I can fit a folding table in there and all! Holy moley Jesus is good to me! :) To top it all off, the front and back yards are amazing! The backyard is big enough for the boys to go crazy in. Scott's planning on putting a little veggie garden in the back and we're going to have a gorgeous flower be in the front. :) So so excited here. :) Oh and, the oven in the kitchen is one of those "in the wall" type ovens, no more bending down and pulling hot heavy stuff out of the oven! Yay! :) It is really a nice house. I am so thankful that God put us on their hearts when they prayed about who would rent their house. We're hoping that within a year or so we'll be able to buy the house from them and make it our very own :) . I would more than love that. :)
So that's what's up with the no updates, lol. I didn't want to spill any beans until we knew this was all for sure and set. Pray for our friends. They are venturing out into the unknown world of God's calling. It is exciting and scary at the same time.
Anyone know of any good decorating ideas for not so much moolah?
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Wednesday, August 26, 2009
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Monday, August 24, 2009
Also, if you need our new address please e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org and I will be happy to send it to you. Please pray for us as we move. We have a lot of helpers this time around and I am deeply moved by their generosity. Please pray that the move is smooth and that nothing gets broken in the process. Particularly my kitchen stuff, I'm quite fond of it :)
See you on the other side blog land!
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Friday, August 14, 2009
Change. It doesn't sit well with me.
But honestly, these boys need a yard to run in so they can get RID of some of the energy that's pent up and coming out in negative ways.
Here they cannot go outside and run and play whenever they want. There they will be able to.
Here they can't ride their bikes much for fear of being run over by people who refuse to SLOW DOWN for children. There they will be able to ride their bikes.
Here we can't walk the dog because even though we warn them not to, people still try to come up and pet her. Pug does NOT like strangers and tries to bite them. They then look at us like it's our fault, even though we warned them the entire time they keep walking up to her. Sigh. (here's your sign dummy!)
Here we get cussed at and called ugly names. There we won't.
So there is a much better place to be. Will someone just come and pack us up and move us there? Wake me up when you're done :) .
Will post pics of the new house when we get some.
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Friday, August 7, 2009
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Friday, July 31, 2009
ps - yes her tongue normally hangs out like that. She is also blind in her left eye and has a tumor on her hind quarters. She is remarkably very healthy (minus a really bad spot two months ago when we thought we were going to lose her) and very happy! She's playful and has a blast with the boys. She's a "rescue" dog by way of my parents. My mom thought she might be allergic to Pug so we took her in. Best decision we've made! Pug completes our family. Her outward looks reflect our inward goofiness. She fits in perfectly with our goofy little family :)
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Tuesday, July 28, 2009
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Saturday, July 25, 2009
Here is one of the shams. I used the last few extra squares from my top to make the top of the shams. :)
And here are the pillow cases. I used the last little bits of fabric I had left to make the little bars. It helped the cases blend in with the quilt top and matched everything up. :)
I am beyond thrilled with this set! I love how it all turned out and I love that it's something I worked really hard on. And I, of course, love that Scott likes the set as much as I do. Somehow that makes it even more special. :)
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Saturday, July 18, 2009
This is one of my favorite songs right now. I love it. I love the line "Don't be afraid to stand out". How far did Christ stand out for us? I can only hope to stand out as much for Him in return! Listen to the words, it's a call to witness. Love it. "Don't let the fire burn out! Somebody needs a reason to believe!"
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Tuesday, July 14, 2009
How's your week going?
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Monday, July 6, 2009
On another note Scott called and found out we've paid off our car! Yay!! We thought we had one more payment left but apparently we do not :) SO excited about that! Neither one of us has ever not had a car payment. It allready feels free-ing to not have to write that check! We should have the title within a week. :) Too cool! We're working on getting ready to buy our first home so this is definatly a step in the right direction! Go us! :)
So how about y'all? What are you up to today?
I think swimming is in our future... our very near future. :) Like... after naptime future. :)
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Sunday, July 5, 2009
We spent quite a while trying to get this bird to stand on David and finally it did! Of course it started walking off of him right when I went to snap the picture. :)
The boys after playing in the sprinkler at Nana's house on the fourth. We bought loads of kid friendly fireworks and spent the afternoon out there playing in the water and popping some loud loud fireworks. The boys had a blast! This was their first year to pop their own.
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Friday, May 29, 2009
I have signed up to teach Sunday School, 2nd and 3rd grade, and will start on Sunday morning. I'm way excited. David's been helping me decorate the room for the last two days.
Scott is working crazy hours, but these days so am I, lol.
Dano is doing great. He's excited to be promoting to Adventure Bay this Sunday.
Other than that it's loads of blah. We are all READY for our vacation in about a week. Four days away from all the mess as a family. I couldn't ask for anything more! We're taking the boys to Sea World in San Antonio. We're also going to the Zoo, The Alamo, and the River Walk. If we have time (and energy!) we're going to try for Natural Bridge Caverns as well. At Sea World we're going to be having lunch with Shamu, I can not wait! I'm bringing the laptop with me so be watching for pics of our fun time :). Not many cause I fully plan on spending every minute enjoying my family! Hopefully these few more weeks of blah will pass quickly!
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Sunday, May 10, 2009
Scott is doing well. He is working crazy hours and many times I wonder if he's really home or just a figment of my imagination. Much prayer is being said over his work hours. I know God has a plan and a reason for him being at work so much so I'm trusting His plan. It is always so much better than mine!
We are headed for vacation in a few weeks, glory hallelujah! We are going to San Antonio the second week of June and will go to Sea World, the SA Zoo, The Alamo, and of course the Riverwalk. We are super excited for the time away as a family.
I am feeling a sense of eagerness about something. I'm a little too freaked out about it to say exactly what, but it is under intense prayer. Would you pray about it too? God will know exactly what you mean if you simply pray over "Jen's freak-out". :)
Onto Mothers Day - This has been the most amazing Mothers Day ever. Not because of the things I got (potted flowers, hanging baskets, chocolates, and sweet cards) but because of the time I got to spend with Scott and the boys. Everytime I turn around one of the boys is hugging me telling me they love me, it is sweetness at it's best. Scott gave me a sweet card and wrote some very nice things inside (I'm keeping them to myself :) ) We spent this morning together, Scott was able to come to church, and we just had fun as a family. I have never felt more appreaciated and loved, and I've never felt more blessed beyond anything I could ever deserve. God had blessed me with some amazing men in my life, but the three I got to spend this morning with take the cake. My boys are amazing. I can't believe I'm lucky enough to have them in my life. God must really love me.
Here are some pics of my pretties :)
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Tuesday, April 14, 2009
The folded sides of the finished piece.
The inside of the finished product. :)
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Sunday, March 29, 2009
Do me a favor and pray for us this week if you think about it. I am anticipating a great week, but am not underestimating the enemy. I know how much satan hates that we are following God's plan, and I know how much he'd love for us not to. Keep us in your prayers my friends.
And please pray for my brother and his family as they are traveling this coming weekend to Abilene!!! Whoohoo! Please pray for safe travels and a great visit!
One more... please pray for a special friend of ours. We have recently found out he and his family are serving the Lord in a restricted country. Please pray for their safety and for their strenth in service to the Lord. They are my heroes.
Love you all, and thank you to everyone who prayed for our sick kiddos this week. We are claiming health from now on and won't take any more of satan's jerky-ness. He needs to get to steppin' before he gets stepped on! Oh yeah, my Jesus already took care of that didn't he? :) Move on satan. Move on.
Posted by jen at 10:39 PM
Friday, March 27, 2009
Now it's time to enter the crazy adventure of homeschooling and I could not be more excited. David either. Right now we've allready started his first science project. We're growing sea monkies for him to look at under his new microscope on Tuesday. Monday will be spent at the library checking out books on the Alamo, then we'll begin our unit on the Alamo and Texas History. We're going to San Antonio on vacatio in June and so David will be learning about all the places we're going to visit. I can't wait to hear him say, "hey, I read about that in my lesson" when we go. :)
So even though it's been a bittersweet day, I'm praising God for the sweet goodbye and for the clarity. It's exactly what my worrysome heart needed.
Posted by jen at 4:16 PM
Wednesday, March 25, 2009
This morning I sat out on the patio watching the day wake up. There was a group of birds trying desperately to get across the blustering cloudy sky. What struck me as odd about this group, is that their "v" shaped flying pattern was all out of whack. Out front in a single line flew 4, sometimes 5, lone birds. The back of the "v" was in shambles. One side was straight and ready, the other was quite crooked and pretty much what that guy from Project Runway would call a "hot mess". (without the 'hot' perhaps). I tried my best to figure out what on earth was wrong with those birds. Then it hit me. They didn't know who to follow. The line of birds out front showed an uprising of those who wanted to lead the pack. The lines to the back showed an utter confusion of whom to follow. Their "v" was very much a "y". I wondered if some of them were actually wondering "y" they were following leaders who seemed to want to argue over who was going to be out front than keeping their flock together. And now tonight after the day I've had emotionally, God's giving me a clue as to what on earth I was witnessing this morning. Crazy pack of birds maybe, lesson from God for sure. You see, I've been arguing with God over who was going to lead my life. My pretty "v" is very much a "y" sometimes. And I get my sides all in a hot mess while I'm blinded by all the junk in front of me. In trying to steal the lead from God, I create quite a mess in my wake. Why am I not content to follow God's lead and let him keep the "v" going. I'm terrified of incredible leaps of faith. I'm so afraid I'll make the wrong choice that often times I make God push me before I'll leap. And too often I don't see the mess I've created until it's too late. But how awesome is God that he still comes and straightens my messes up for me? So Lord tonight with all that's on my heart and mind, even as the tears come down, I'm praying for a V in my life. I don't want a tail of fighting for leadership in my life. I want the courage to follow you wherever you take me. I want the courage to live in a V patterned life, rather than the fear of living in a Y life. Help me to step back and follow you more. And help me to stop second guessing my life. Because you are in the lead.
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Tuesday, March 24, 2009
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Monday, March 23, 2009
Just an aside - while Satan hasn't attacked us yet, I'm not naive enough to think it won't happen. Please keep us in your prayers! You have been so encouraging with your e-mails and letters! Thank you SO much for the support!
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Thursday, March 19, 2009
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Saturday, March 14, 2009
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Wednesday, March 11, 2009
We bought a Yellow rose bush which I believe David is in love with. He keeps saying that it makes the most beautiful flower he's ever seen.
I think he's right.
Hubs cut the first rose for me but couldn't find a vase to put it in. I adore his substitute vase.
The only downside to buying all the plants so soon is that we haven't gotten our last freeze yet. So for now, my "escape pod" is indoors, all over my living room. BUT once the weather perks up, we'll have the prettiest patio ever. :)
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Thursday, February 19, 2009
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Thursday, February 12, 2009
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Wednesday, January 28, 2009
So yes, today I'm feeling blah about much. What are you up to today?
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Sunday, January 18, 2009
Anyone else out there being stirred up?
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Friday, January 16, 2009
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Saturday, January 3, 2009
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