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Tis the season

10 Dec

Yes, it is that time of the year, tinsel, trees and celebrating the birth of our Savior. There has been a lot happening over the past three months. We celebrated Jasmines marriage, Charlotte came for a visit from England and the boys had lots of adventures in our backyard in their pool and  playscape. My trip to South Africa was so much fun with lots of different activities. I was very spoiled with homemade karingmelk buskuit (buttermilk rusks) and coffee in bed every morning that my sister Linda made. Samantha, my niece Bronwyn’s daughter, performed in the play ‘Cats’ which was excellent.  Rhys, my other niece Tracy’s son,  braaied for us at their home which was delicious. Michael had a very successful trip to Lusaka, Zambia along with Rob and a great team.  After arriving home it was time to celebrate August’s 4th birthday, with Peppa Pig and Chuck e Cheese, then off to Mexico on a cruise to celebrate the marriage of Shawn and Iris. Michael’s sister, Dayna, and her husband Gary, along with friends of ours, Steve and Pam Bostick, joined us ~ thus lots of fun was had by all especially seeing that both couples were on their first cruise ever 🙂  Two days after arriving home, I fell off a curb and broke my foot!  Having a boot on for 6 weeks was no fun but helped slow life down a little which I secretly enjoyed….  August did a round of gymnastics and both he and Caleb started attending Mother’s Day Out with Kristen and have enjoy every minute of it. Thanksgiving and decorating  is done and I love watching the awe and wonder as the grand babies experience such excitement and joy at this time of the year. Our annual visit to Wichita, Ks. was exciting as August had the time of his life driving the Corvette that Brad and Malinda bought for him.  Last night we went to Burnet and walked through ‘The Town of Bethlehem’ with friends and thoroughly enjoyed the lights and finding baby Jesus.  I can honestly say that it has been busy but I have enjoyed each and every minute of all the happenings.  At this time of the year I love reflecting on the divine interruption that took place 2000 years ago on this earth, fulfilling prophecy, and giving us the hope of glory. He gave us a gift that goes on and on. I thank God daily for interrupting my life nearly 40 years ago. Oh my word, that makes me sound old but then again I do have kids that are 34, 29 and 25.  God is awesome and so faithful ~ Thy Kingdom come, Thy will be done as it is in heaven.

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My heart is heavy…

17 Dec

I planned on sharing a gift-related and holiday family fun post today, especially seeing that my birthday is in two days but in wake of last weeks tragedy here in the USA I decided to change gears. It is simply not possible to ignore or act like nothing has happened at Sandy Hook Elementary School. Sadness and anxiety is felt in most places and close to the surface. I am reminded how precious life and time really is. I am sure people and family around me have noticed that my mood is not as jolly as usual even though I am still going around tackling all the tasks and events around me. I do not have all the answers to tragedy and trials but one things I do know is, “The Lord is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit.”

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Made of Clay…

25 Apr

” . . . will they revive the stones from the heaps of rubbish-

. . . stones that were burned?” Nehemiah 4:2

Made of Clay
A man was exploring caves by the seashore. In one of the caves he found a canvas bag with a bunch of hardened clay balls. It was like someone had rolled clay balls and left them out in the sun to
bake. They didn’t look like much, but they intrigued the man, so he took the bag out of the cave with him. As he strolled along the beach, he would throw the clay balls one at a time out into the ocean as far as he could.
He thought little about it, until he dropped one of the clay balls and it cracked open on a rock .. Inside was a beautiful, precious stone!
Excited, the man started breaking open the remaining clay balls. Each contained a similar treasure. He found thousands of dollars worth of jewels in the 20 or so clay balls he had left.
Then it struck him. He had been on the beach a long time. He had thrown maybe 50 or 60 of the clay balls with their hidden treasure into the ocean waves. Instead of thousands of dollars in treasure, he could have taken home tens of thousands, but he had just thrown it away!
It’s like that with people. We look at someone, maybe even ourselves, and we see the external clay vessel. It doesn’t look like much from the outside. It isn’t always beautiful or sparkling, so we discount it.
We see that person as less important than someone more beautiful or stylish or well-known or wealthy. But we have not taken the time to find the treasure hidden inside that person.
There is a treasure in each and every one of us. If we take the time to get to know that person, and if we ask God to show us that person the way He sees them, then the clay begins to peel away and the brilliant gem begins to shine forth.
May we not come to the end of our lives and find out that we have thrown away a fortune in friendships because the gems were hidden in bits of clay. May we see the people in our world as God sees them.

And our family grows…

18 Feb

I was really trying to write in this blog at least once a week and so far I have failed miserably, now hoping to change that as I try again. No excuses to make, so let’s just move on. The year has started out with tons of stuff going on but at least they are things that I enjoy and cherish doing. I am so excited to share the great news regarding our new grand-baby that is on the way! Congratulations to Jeremy and Kristen, my middle child, who will be having their first child in October this year.  Words cannot explain the joy and excitement that I felt as we watched the little one’s heart beating at the doctors office this week.

Our newest addition to the family!

Another great milestone in my life is the fact that I have been at the gym working out which I thought I would never do.  The word choose, which I felt was my word for the year, has been interesting for me. One of the areas of choice has been in the area of my well-being. I started at the gym, working out 5-6 days a week and really did not believe that I would do it. Notice I did not say could not but would not, as I really dislike gyms, especially how they smell!  Well, I have been very consistent and realized that it really is my choice if I do this or not. I know that this is a very important choice to stick to and hope to stay faithful with this choice.  I must admit that going has been becoming easier and I think I am starting to enjoy the torture just a little!  Let me know if you have started doing anything new this year which you thought you would never do or could not do. I would also love to hear about any new exciting events that have happend or going to happen this year for you.

Steve Jobs will be remembered

8 Oct

His story

It was a sad night when I heard that Steve Jobs had passed away. He has helped bring a lot of happiness into my life with all the amazing gadgets that I get to play with.

One of my biggest questions and concerns is something that not many people have brought up or discussed. Where did he stand spiritually?  I found a really good article on that so I wanted to share it with you.                Let me know what you think of it.

Steve Jobs Article ~ praying for his wife and children

This was a great day….

24 Apr

The day started off a little rough with me over sleeping but made it out the door in 35 minutes!! Church was great and everyone did a great job at ministering the wonderful gospel of our resurrected Christ! Resurrection Day Pictures!  Daniel joined us at TOLC so that was a blessing to have all my kids under the same roof.  After church we came home and had lasagna together and then my awesome son-in-law put the grill together that my hubby received for his birthday from the family. Well done and a big thank you Jeremy!  Sarah made dessert, red velvet, bird nest cup cakes ~ they are delicious!  We then took all three mutts to run at the park and they loved every minute.  Lacy then went home with Noel for a sleep-over ~ LOL!  A great day was had by all!

"The Power of the Cross."

Red Velvet Bird Nest Cupcakes made by Sarah ~ Yummy!

Love seeing God …

22 Apr

I wanted to post this amazing web sight as it is resurrection week-end and what a great way celebrate His life and healing power!

The Lenhart Family.