Going to the chapel…soon

What an awesome celebration it was! Thank you to everyone who made this the most beautiful and wonderful bridal shower for Sarah and our family. I wish everyone in the whole world could have been there. Many said that it was so beautiful she could just have married there! Special thanks to my faithful friend forever, Laura Schnucker, who helped put it all together with my wonderful daughter, Kristen, who spend many hours shopping, buying goodies and expressing her love so graciously to her sister. It is so inspiring to see my children when they speak and interact with people and each other, they are just blessed with grace, honesty and love.  I thank God daily for all three of them. Now, Mike and I have an a amazing son-in-law, Jeremy, future son-in-law, Nate plus two fantastic grand sons, August and Caleb to love too! Counting my blessing……

The Bridal Shower Album

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Sarah enjoying her Bridal Shower.

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Time of reflection…

Time is drawing close to my youngest child getting married in May and there are a lot of emotions flying around in my heart. As many of you know, she is a miracle child and for me to see her maturing and growing in so many ways, is a blessing and yet a little unnerving. Many of you know the story of Sarah, how we nearly lost her 7 years ago to the chronic illness of Takayasu Arteritis. Well, God brought her through a very trying time and is continuing to heal her daily. For me to see her taking steps forward in life can be tough at times, but I know that God has blessed her with a wonderful, Godly man, who is to be her future husband. Saturday is her bridal shower at the church and I am just so blessed to celebrate, not only her marriage but her LIFE! It’s not about the gifts and everything having to be perfect, just the fact that we have this to celebrate together, is a blessing!   God has shown Himself faithful in so many areas, I cannot even begin to explain and I know that He has a plan for her and Nate’s future. We all have dreams for our children to grow up healthy, happy and fulfilled and to see this in her life is amazing and I thank God daily! 

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Nate and Sarah.

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Enjoying the engagement party.

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Showers of blessings!

Happy New year…a little late.

Yes, it is a late start to my 2015 as far as blogging goes. I really wanted to do this once a month but that has not happened. Never to late to try again, right? So much has happened since last August….birthdays, thanksgiving, Christmas, a Colorado vacation, a new grandson and the list goes on. One other thing ongoing is that I am training for a 5K! Yes, you read right. I always wanted to run some kind of race and planned on doing it before I turned 40, well now after turning 50, here goes! I joined a running group and my run is March 22nd, so far I have managed not to die trying and I am determined to finish the race well!  Sarah and Nate’s wedding is approaching fast and we are so excited. He bridal shower is March 21st and lots of fun is planned. We are so blessed to have my sister, Ann and her husband Rob, from South Africa, here to celebrate the wedding with us too! Baby Caleb Robert Sistrunk was born February 3rd to Jeremy and Kristen, we are blessed to have our second grandson here to enjoy alongside August. God has been so faithful to us, the phrase that He shared with me for this year is: ” I want to love you more.” At first I thought, how can God love me more, He already loves me as much as He can? Then He showed me that it was for me to say as I walked through each day ~ love needs to increase in my heart towards those around me, as He loves me, I need to love others! I pray that I see people the way God sees them, I need the Fathers heart beating in me. Please share your dreams and hope with me as we walk out this year together!

Here are some pictures to look at: Christmas 2014  Caleb’s Shower August’s 2nd Birthday

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Winning with Wisdom ….. drive-thru God.

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While exiting a drive-thru today, there was a sign posted, ‘see you tomorrow.’ My first thought was, I am so glad God doesn’t treat me that way! I can chat with Him anywhere, anytime and never have to sit and wait, especially until tomorrow! No appointment necessary, plus He is never too busy!

“I lift up my voice to You, Eternal One, and You answer me from Your sacred heights!” Ps. 3:4

Winning with Wisdom…

We face a challenge whDSC_1003en we feel sadness, despair and heaviness. We have the tendency to want to isolate and separate ourselves from others. Our choices seem like none, our minds become foggy with a lack of clear direction. Know that there is always someone who is willing to listen, to take time to open up and talk. You don’t have to walk this alone. One of the biggest schemes of the enemy is to separate or isolate you.

God sees you through, when you think you’re through!

“A friend loves you all the time, and a brother helps you in times of trouble.” Pro.17:17 

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Summertime is fun time!

Summertime has been busy but so much fun! One of the things that I did, I baked my first apple pies ever. I even made the crust from scratch. JR & DeeAnn Ragaisis, Nate’s parents, visited us from California and were the ones to taste test them, they said they were delicious ~ yeah! They may not look that pretty but I have to admit they tasted scrumptious! IMG_3916The visit was mainly to bring their daughter, Mel, to school here at Concordia and visit with Nate. She has now joined Nate and Sarah at the college. Yes, I had to send Sarah off for her last year at university on Sunday and it was actually very hard. Not only emotionally but also physically (Mainly for the guys), she moved into a room on the 3rd floor and the elevator was broken. Ahhhhh… I did get stuck in the elevator too, 20 minutes of that was not fun!! Regardless, Mike and Nate did an amazing job climbing those stairs with heavy containers – it was fixed towards the end and their last two loads were easier. I miss her a LOT!

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Kristen organized a visit to the new Aquarium in Austin and we had tons of fun! Tina and Owen joined us along with friends from church. 

We could not miss going to the Thinkery here seeing that we had so much fun at the Aquarium….

We also went to Mt. Playmore here in Austin ~ let me just say the indoor play ground is a dream especially when the temperatures outside read 104 degrees!!

We celebrated another water baptism and had a great time with fellowship and praise!

Last but not least, August went to his first softball game and watched his hero play ~ Nate Ragaisis!IMG_3925

As you can see we have had a fun month and looking forward to the fall with some cooler weather!                                           Football has started and kids are back in school so some new beginnings and things ahead.




Christmas in July, oh no, it is August!

Where does time fly when you are having fun! Life marches on and I am not doing the greatest job at blogging. I was very inspired today when I watched a blogger on a cooking show today, she managed to keep up easily enough! Oh well, I will try again and not be such a sluggish blogger…. So many fun things and events have happened since we last chatted but I will try to share them with you. In February the team went to Myanmar and they loved every minute of it. Jeremy and Kristen worked in an orphanage and loved the kids. Jeremy also got to preach once along with the other team members, Jack and my hubby. Of course, I had a blast with August for 10 days and we had no problems at all. He acted very cold towards his mom and dad when they came back but that soon passed. Here are some pictures from our great summer so far!

Firstly, one of the greatest events…… we are going to be grandparents again!! Yippeeeeeee  Plus Jeremy and Kristen purchased their first home. So happy and blessed.

Congratulations Jeremy, Kristen and August.

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IMG_3263I went to see Loretta Lynn with Tiffany & Bobby! I was awesome!

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Whew, and that was just some of the fun stuff we did!

Michael leaves in a few weeks for India with Jack and Anson to do some ministry over there. Keep them in your prayers please. I promise to post again soon and not overload you!

So what did you do this summer so far?