Friday, February 27, 2009

There Will Be A Day

I am reminded by this song that no matter what we face on our journey, there is One who can take it all away. I can't wait for that day!

Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Oh My...

Our cat "Max" has taken a liking to the kids stuffed bunny...

Tuesday, February 24, 2009

To Forgive...

"To forgive is to set the prisoner free, and then discover that the prisoner was you." -Author Unknown

Monday, February 23, 2009

Sunday, February 22, 2009

Happy Birthday!

Today was Keaton's 4th birthday. We had some family over this afternoon to help us celebrate. Firetrucks are his favorite thing these days so we went with that for a theme.

I even found firetruck candles! He had fun blowing them out.

We had a little too much fun with the party hats!

I blindfolded the kids and they had to try to put the tire on the firetruck.

Keaton got some great gifts. Thanks everyone!

He had a good day! I can't believe my baby is 4.

Saturday, February 21, 2009

Save A Life

Tonight we went to the church for the chicken and noodle dinner. Afterwards, we toured the new youth room. Makenna says she can't wait to be older so she can be in that room. I for one can wait... a very long time... for her to be a teenager! Then, Stacey and I decided to donate blood. I haven't donated in a very long time and seeing the girl a couple people ahead of us pass out cold on the floor made me a bit queasy for a minute. All went well though and we even got t-shirts our kids decided to sleep in tonight.

Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Art Club

Makenna has been in the after school art club at the Cultural Center for about a month and a half. She is really enjoying the hour a week she gets to do art there. She says Abby is really nice. Makenna has learned about the artists. She comes home and teaches us what colors one artist liked to paint with or that one artist painted while he was sad. This was the painting she did today. It is a self portrait with her pet. I am glad she is enjoying it so much.

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Our Valentine's Day

On Saturday the kids and I went with Stacey to the winter guard competition in Ft. Wayne. It was Valentine's Day and the girls/parents made goody bags for the kids to enjoy.

The kids really enjoy being around the girls.

Here is a small piece of the show. The girls did a good job on Saturday and placed 7th.

Saturday, February 14, 2009

When I Am Weak, Then I Am Strong

God said to me, "My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness." Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ's power may rest on me. That is why, for Christ's sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong. (2 Cor 12.9-10)

Thursday, February 12, 2009

Ready For You

This song has been on my playlist lately. The words have become my prayer the past few days.

"I am willing to put all my faith in Your plan...Cleanse all of my mind that is not of You. Break me, teaching me how to find rest in Your hands...I'm needing to make Your will be done and I'm letting go of my control..."

Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Miracle Of The Moment

I think this could be the theme song for Pastor Kris' new series at church. I heard it today and it made me think about what I am doing with "the moment". I don't want to be in the past or the future. I want to be right here. I want to spend as much time with my kids as I can. They are growing up so fast! I don't want to miss a single thing! I want to learn how God wants me to live and show His love. I want my "moment" to be one that makes a difference.

Sunday, February 8, 2009

Spring Fever

It was a little chilly but we went outside for a walk this afternoon. I hope it helped to relieve some "spring fever" the kids have. They love to be outside and can't wait until it warms up a bit. I am ready too.

Saturday, February 7, 2009

What Do You Say?

Today at work a patient wanted to talk about death. He is in physical pain. He is tired of fighting. The machine I hook him to three times a week is keeping him alive. He is struggling with the final decision whether this is how he wants to continue on or not. He loves his family and they love him. He is scared. To be honest, I was scared. What do you say? What would God want me to say? What is the RIGHT response?

I have been there before, during, and after death. I have been the nurse on night shift providing "comfort measures". I have been the nurse making the 3am call to the family to say, "you better come now". I have been the nurse who holds a daughter up as she walks in the room to see her mother taking her last few breaths. I have helped the mortician lay a body in the velvet blanket for transport. I understand the process of death.

I couldn't find the right words to say today. I did tell him I would pray for him. I hope as my faith in God grows I will be able to become bolder...then I could have prayed with him today.

Friday, February 6, 2009


1Therefore, since we have been justified through faith, we[a]have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, 2through whom we have gained access by faith into this grace in which we now stand. And we[b] rejoice in the hope of the glory of God. 3Not only so, but we[c] also rejoice in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; 4perseverance, character; and character, hope. 5And hope does not disappoint us, because God has poured out his love into our hearts by the Holy Spirit, whom he has given us. Romans 5:1-5

Humble yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of God, that in due time he may exalt you. Cast all your anxieties on him, for he cares about you. Be sober, be watchful. Your adversary, the devil prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking some one to devour. Resist him, firm in your faith, knowing that the same experience of suffering is required of your brotherhood throughout the world. After you have suffered a little while, the God of all grace, who has called you to his eternal glory in Christ, will himself restore, establish, and strengthen you. {1 Pet 5:6-10 RSV}

Thursday, February 5, 2009

Prayer For The Day

Prayer for the Day:

Dear Lord,
So far today,
God, I've done alright.
I haven't gossiped,
haven't lost my temper,
haven't been greedy,
grumpy, nasty, selfish,
or over-indulgent.
But in a few minutes, God,
I'm going to get out of bed, and
from then on I'm probably going
to need a lot more help.

Thank You. Amen
-Author Unknown

Wednesday, February 4, 2009

Is Your Hut Burning?

Is Your Hut Burning?

The only survivor of a shipwreck was washed up on a small, uninhabited island. He prayed feverishly for God to rescue him, and everyday he scanned the horizon for help, but none seemed forthcoming. Exhausted, he eventually managed to build a little hut out of driftwood to protect him from the elements, and to store his few possessions. But then one day, after scavenging for food, he arrived home to find his little hut in flames, the smoke rolling up to the sky. The worst had happened; everything was lost. He was stunned with grief and anger. "God, how could you do this to me!" he cried.

Early the next day, however, he was awakened by the sound of a ship that was approaching the island. It had come to rescue him. "How did you know I was here?" asked the weary man of his rescuers. "We saw your smoke signal," they replied.

It is easy to get discouraged when things are going bad. But we shouldn't lose heart, because God is at work in our lives, even in the midst of pain and suffering. Remember, next time your little hut is burning to the ground --- it just may be a smoke signal that summons the grace of God.

-Author Unknown

Tuesday, February 3, 2009

Church Drama - When God Ran

I think this would be neat to be a part of.

Monday, February 2, 2009

Superbowl Sunday

Last night, Stacey had his color guard staff over for a mexican dinner. They are a great bunch and are doing a good job with the students at Monroe Central. Makenna and Keaton really enjoy them too. I even got to play with the baby! It was a fun evening.

Sunday, February 1, 2009

Family Night

Last night was a family night at our house. My brother was in town for the weekend and spent the evening with us. Grandma Sue came over to visit too. We even made hot fudge sundaes! Everyone had a good time and it was really nice to spend some time with Uncle Wyatt.