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Soup Kettle Lessons

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When we moved to PA in October, packing with three sweet helpers and continuing to work from home was "hectic" to say the least.  Our days were full and went so fast those last couple of weeks in Alma.  Amidst packing, we left out essentials in the kitchen to be packed at the end.  Somehow in all the activity on moving day, I forgot to pack my big soup kettle.  It was one of those nice waterless ones, and a wedding present.  I could have kicked myself for being so careless.

Yet, even in my absent mindedness, God had a lesson to teach me.  Once we arrived in York, our new church family had a "pounding" with all kinds of household items, giftcards, food, and toiletries for our family to help us settle in. I did not even realize my mistake, until a week of unpacking boxes and it was still not to be found.  A phone call to a dear friend in GA confirmed, it was in the parsonage kitchen.  It may not seem like a big deal, just go buy another one...or use other pots.  I t…

Counting My Blessings

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It's not November, and yet...I can't think of a better moment to just sit and bask in the goodness of our Great God.  Currently I am reading along with the "Love God Greatly" Bible study through James. One of the verses to SOAP this week was found in James 1:17 it states, "Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above..."  So as I type these words, I'm just counting my blessings.  Every day. Every breath is one of the good gifts from our Father.  Every moment with my husband.  Every smile from my sweet E babies (not so much babies anymore) is a perfect from above.  Every sip of coffee is his sweet grace.

My Joshua recently wrote an update on life in Pennsylvania, and intentions. While that is definitely a real life account about how we may think things will go versus how they actually happen. He reminded me of the assurance and hope we have in Jesus.  There are so many things that have been unexpected blessings.  For instance, the sweet friendshi…

No New Years Resolutions for Me

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It's been over two years since I logged on for a new post.  Seriously?  Has life gotten that crazy?  Yeah...adding a third precious child, homeschooling, and working from home seriously rocked my world.  We enjoyed a beautiful and loving ministry at Corinth Church in those two years I have been MIA from the blogosphere. As of October 2017, we are Pennsylvania dwellers.  God called us to change our place of ministry back in May.  Since then we visited a few churches sharing the calling God gave our family.  The "arctic" air is definitely an adjustment for my southern soul.  I feel like a sense of normalcy is finally falling into place in our home.  Months of transition, traveling, packing, and unpacking can definitely wreak havoc to schedules.

An update is not the purpose of my need to write today.  It comes from a longing to be intentional.  After four years of skipping resolutions and choosing a word for the year, I wanted to write about this years' word choice.  &q…

Happy 5th Birthday, Ethan!

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The night before my little man turned five, we did as we have done every night for awhile.  He brushed his teeth, got his milk, was tucked in with Corduroy, and we read his favorite books.  It really is the simple things in life that are the best!
 The next morning he got up early, and we looked at his baby book while waiting for little brother and sister to wake up.   When I mentioned what a cute baby he was, he quickly said, "Mommy, five year olds are NOT cute!"  I still can't believe we are at this "not cute" stage.  Oh my!  After everyone was up and ready we went to the Jacksonville Zoo and children's hands on museum.  It was a great day celebrating our little man, and we finished off the day with cupcakes and a pinata with his friends at church.

Ethan, five years ago, I had no clue the impact motherhood would have on our lives.  You are our greatest gift and have changed us for the better in so many ways.  God has such a special plan for your life so…

Of cloudy days and rain showers

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It's really all in perspective.  Matthew 6:22-23 states, "The light of the body is the eye: if therefore thine eye be single, thy whole body shall be full of light.  But if thine eye be evil, thy whole body shall be full of darkness. If therefore the light that is in thee be darkness, how great is that darkness!" It could also be stated "Your eyes are windows into your body.  If you open your eyes wide in wonder and belief, your body fills up with light.  If you live squinty-eyed in greed and distrust, your body is a dan cellar.  If you pull the blinds on your windows, what a dark life you will have!"  Oh it truly is all in the eyes!  We can live in wide eyed wonder and belief that God is good and is in control of all things, or we can live "squinty-eyed" in distrust and fear of what is to come.

Earlier this week, I was reading about Planned Parenthood and the atrocities unborn babies are enduring.  Then in another article, I read how certain companie…

Eliana's 1st Birthday!

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Little girl, you have brought about such delight.  From your darling smiles to your shuffle dances to keeping up with your big brothers we have loved each moment of you being in our lives.  We know that God has beautiful things in store for you, but for now I just want this time to slow.  I want to savor each day, each hour, each minute of being your mommy for it is one of my greatest gifts (apart from salvation and your Daddy).
 That God would bless me with your amazing Daddy and with three miracles I am humbled and reminded once again that all is grace, and in this journey of motherhood, I need grace upon grace heaped upon me.  For you three little dears have been my greatest joys and shown me my greatest weaknesses.  I am reminded daily of my shortcomings, and that in my weakness He is made strong.
 So I pray with Hannah, "'For this child I prayed, and the Lord has granted me my petition which I asked of Him. Therefore I also have lent him to the Lord; as long as he liv…

Elliot is 3, already!

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How can three years have passed already?  Our little Houston baby has grown up into a sweet, loving, rambunctious, cutie pie.
Your curls make me smile.  Your dance moves make me laugh.  The way you run up and say "HUG" with outstretched arms melts my heart.  It seems like I blinked a little too long and you grew up on me!  This season you are in is one of my favorites.  Difficult, but oh so fun!  And the twinkle in your eyes makes me want to pull you in for a quick hug many times over in the day.

Elliot,
How I pray that you see Jesus in us.  We pray that He grow you into a mighty warrior, and that all of your perseverance will be put to use for kingdom work.  But even though that day seems so very far away, it will be here before I'm ready to let go.  So know that even on the days I seem a little frazzled or weary from too many "glasses of spilled milk," or the volume in our home being unseemingly loud due to the amazing fact we have three precious little ones r…