Life…..

6 Feb

It is hard to believe that January is already gone and February is flying by!  February is a great month as we celebrate Kristen’s birthday, Nana gave August his first ice cream cone, August’s first hair cut and my Orchid now has 4 flowers!  Plus, we still have valentines and half the month to go!  Why the Orchid, well I thought the whole plant was dead after being away for a month and it not receiving water.  After some TLC and water it came back with a vengeance and now looks beautiful.  Kristen’s birthday was fun as we celebrated together with food, fun and gifts.  As for August getting his first haircut, needless to say he did not enjoy it at all!  It ended up being fun and he looks so handsome, cute little man!  Something to lift up in prayer.  Michael, Kristen, Jeremy and 4 other people are going to Myanmar on the 17th February for 10 days.  Michael is doing a leadership conference while Kristen, Jeremy and a few others are going to minister in orphanages, parks and bible schools.  It is very exciting for them and plus I get to have August living with me for 10 days!  Oh, how fun and exciting!!!  Hope he feels the same way! Click on this video link to see where they are going.  God is so faithful and good to us.  Sarah is doing awesome and is enjoying her semester at university this term as she is now studying what she is majoring in, counseling.  

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It is the new year….2014

16 Jan

Well, Christmas came and went along with the beginning of a new year! Trust that you celebrated well and enjoyed both Christmas and bringing in the new year. Lots of fun was had by all as we celebrated with our grandson this year, August, he really enjoyed opening presents and loves his new racing car! Having a little one around seems to add to the magic of celebrations that we all share.

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Kristen with August.

Kristen with August.

Enjoying the time with everyone!

Enjoying the time with everyone!

Augusts first race car!

August’s first race car!

Noice maker...drums!

Noise maker…drums!

Sisters.

Sisters.

Papa and August.

Papa and August.

Happy, happy, happy!

Happy, happy, happy!

This is fun.

This is fun.

Wow!

Wow!

Christmas Morning!

Christmas Morning!

We were blessed to go to California for new year and visit with Nate and his family. The weather was awesome and we were able to see lots of Southern California. It was fun bringing in the new year with them all. We were blessed to visit Rick Warren’s church, Saddleback too!

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Christmas is coming….

19 Dec

I wanted to add to my blog today, hoping to get to know you a little better by asking some questions…  We all have so many good ideas around this time of the year, celebrating the reason for the season, Jesus.  Reading about and seeing what everyone does inspired me to ask you a question or two.

What would your ideal Christmas meal be?

We always asked the whole family what meats they would like and we change every year. Lamb is always my favorite (Jeremy and I are the only two that eat it) with a Cornish hen or two. The mashed potatoes, peas, sweet potato casserole, green bean casserole and let’s not forget the corn and trimmings. Dessert would be a trifle but no one in my house would eat it but me, so we always go with the favorite chocolate chip cookie, pies and ice-cream!

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Lamb Roast ~ Yummy!

Fake or real Christmas tree?

My hubby always tries for a real tree but I win over in this one as I really do not enjoy watering it and dealing with all the needles! My husband really just likes the smell I think, so we usually purchase some real wreaths to hang in the house to help with that.

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Oh Christmas Tree…

What is your favorite board game to play with family and friends?

Mexican train, Sequence and Farkle of course! We love to play board games and everyone is really competitive so lots of fun is always had by all. Frosty was won one year when we had a game of Bunko!

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Frost the snowman.

‘Tis the season…..

13 Dec

Well, I missed a month of writing but now is the time to catch up on all the happenings. I thought that it was a little busy before but December has been crazy with Thanksgiving a week later this year. We were blessed to have Thanksgiving day together as a family, decorate for Christmas and then the day after we travelled up to Wichita, KS to be with friends and Mike’s family. It was a great trip and it is always good to catch up with family and friends. August’s birthday celebration was a very exciting event, after it being cancelled on the scheduled day because of a trip to the ER with him. Come to find out, he had a virus that caused the ugly rash on his body and not measles, thank the Lord! We all enjoyed celebrating with him and thank God for a blessed first year of his life, he has brought us all so much joy and entertainment!  As Christmas (and my birthday 🙂 approaches, I am blessed with so many good things in my life and thank God daily for all the blessing my family and friends have been to me. I doubt whether I will be on here again before the New Year, so please have an awesome Christmas and New Year!  Be safe and be blessed!

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My first Birthday!

Click on here to view my Birthday Album!

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Decorating!

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Three Christmas Elves!

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Uncle Brad and August Nov. 2013

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Look at me…last year I fit into that helmet!

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Where are the keys uncle Brad?

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Uncle Brad and August, Nov 2012.

A new years resolution in Sept…..not that I believe in them.

11 Sep

It has been months since I have posted on here, accepting that the resolution I made to write weekly, never came to pass. With that said, I am now committing to write in here monthly. Maybe I can keep to that, so let’s see how it goes…. It is worse that I thought, taking a peek at my last post, it was in January, failed mission I would say!  Well here goes….

Our new grand baby, August, has added so much to our lives with joy and excitement. He turns one year old on October 4th, so the Mickey Mouse party is in full planning with plenty of pictures to follow! Summer was a whirlwind with going to South Africa for three weeks, celebrating with my sister Ann as she turned 70 this year. It was great to see and spend time with family and friends over there. Michael was able to join us as he led a leadership conference in Francistown, Botswana and visited Jerry and Jana Lackey with the Love Botswana Outreach Mission. Sarah had the opportunity of going with us and we enjoyed the visit and travels of Africa together. Now with Sarah in her last year at Concordia University here in Austin, we are kind of empty nesters. It is an adjustment as we really miss having our kids living with us but we really can’t complain as none of them are more than 15 minutes or so from our doorstep! 

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August at the Austin Zoo.

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Celebrating with Ann!

Family!

Family!

September is a really busy month for us at the church with tons of fun things happening plus we are participating in exploreGod.com which is an outreach ministry going on here in the city. God is moving in people’s lives at TOLC and it is exciting to see what God is doing and waiting in anticipation to see what He has planned for us all!  Plus football season has begun so let’s watch some Cowboys!

Today being 9/11, let us never forget the brave heroes who gave their lives trying to say other….I will never forget. Praying today for those who lost their loved ones 12 years ago and praying for the healing and restoration of our Nation.

If My people, who are called by My name, shall humble themselves, pray, seek, crave,and require of necessity My face and turn from their wicked ways, then will I hear from heaven, forgive their sin, and heal their land.” 2 Chronicles 7:14

A New Year…..

3 Jan

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Let me start by saying, happy new year from our home to yours! I am excited to see what the Lord has planned for each of us. I have posted a scripture below that I am praying over all my family and friends this year. I also asked the Lord to give me one word for this year and He said, “Pray.” So I am going to focus on prayer more in everything! Do you have a word, ask God for one and then share it with me in the comment box below. Last year my word was choose, and the year before was hopeful. God defiantly expanded my life in both those areas over the past two years!

“9 For this reason we also, since the day we heard it, do not cease to pray for you, and to ask that you may be filled with the knowledge of His will in all wisdom and spiritual understanding; 10 that you may walk worthy of the Lord, fully pleasing Him,being fruitful in every good work and increasing in the knowledge of God; 11 strengthened with all might, according to His glorious power, for all patience and longsuffering with joy; 12 giving thanks to the Father who has qualified us to be partakers of the inheritance of the saints in the light. 13 He has delivered us from the power of darkness and conveyed us into the kingdom of the Son of His love, 14 in whom we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins.” Col.1:9-14.

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Jeremy, Kristen and August (Batman) enjoying Christmas day.

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Best little Christmas gift, August under the tree.

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Sarah looking so cute!

Michael and Lacy celebrating!

Michael and Lacy celebrating!

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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