Wednesday, June 30, 2010

A little Hump Day Humor

Mommy Rhapsody from Church on the Move on Vimeo.

Hope this brings a smile to your face!

Thursday, June 24, 2010

I Want It ALL!

The boys and I went to a restaurant to get a take-out. It's a place where we go frequently, and I always get them the same thing, a kids chicken plate with 2 sides.

The lady who took our order & rang it up was new, or at least I hadn't seen her before. She asked me if I wanted jello or pudding with the kids meal? I didn't know they came with one else has ever asked me that in all the time I've been going there. Then she asked me what type of drink I'd like? I said, is the drink included too? "Yes", she answered. WOW, I didn't know that either.

I was excited about finding out that a drink & dessert was included in the meal, until I realized that I've been getting ripped off all this time. I can't tell you how many times I've gone to that restaurant and no one bothered to let me know what was available to me.

As I was thinking about this on the drive home, I was reminded of a story a friend of mine told recently at a Women's Retreat where she was speaking. She explained how her Dad had saved all the Father's Day gifts he'd received over the years in the top drawer of his dresser. When she and her sister's were helping clean out the drawers, they stumbled upon the un-opened gifts. He was happy to receive the gifts, but for some reason, he just wanted to hide it away and remember it, but not enjoy or use the gift.

My friend was making the point that the gifts of the Spirit are the same way. They are available to every believer, but you first have to receive them, and then you are to use them! They aren't given to be hidden away.

Just like I needed to know what was included in the kids value meal so I could fully take advantage of it, so we need to know all of God's promises for us.
Psalm 103:2 says "bless the Lord, O my soul, and forget not all His benefits".

I want ALL that God has for me, every promise, every benefit, everything He purchased on the cross, as well as with the stripes on His back!

My prayer is that I will keep seeking, asking & knocking, no matter how close I get to God - it is the one time in life where you can be greedy for more.

Sunday, June 20, 2010

Happy Father's Day!

I wanted to do what many of you are already doing, and that is wish all the Dad's out there, especially MY husband, and MY Dad, and MY Father-in-law, a Happy Father's Day! I was blessed enough to spend some time with ALL 3 of them today.

I hope that you are all enjoying the Dad's in your life. I ran across this funny commercial about Father's Day and thought I would share it with you.

I'm sure this was how my Dad probably felt when we were little over some of the gifts we gave him. Thankfully we've gotten a little better at gift giving as we've aged. However, I'm sure that most dad's are just happy to be honored & respected on their "special day".

Friday, June 18, 2010

Funny Friday

Start your weekend off with laughter...

Hope that brought a smile to your face.

Have a great weekend!

Thursday, June 17, 2010

Critter Problem

We live in a rural area - some say it's in the "country", which is funny to me, since we live less than a half a mile from a major Highway & we're 5 minutes from two towns in either direction. Still, we don't live in a neighborhood with houses right on top of each other.

It definitely has it's advantages & disadvantages.

One advantage - we get to commune with nature, LOL. I always laugh when we go places like The Museum of Life & Science and they have the section where you can see things like, an owl, a deer, or a black snake, etc. We have all those things and more in our back yard at any given moment.

One disadvantage - we share our yard with all these critters and they seem to think what's ours is theirs as well. I know they might have been here first, but that doesn't mean they have the right to go through our trashcans and make such a mess!

We've been through at least 10 different trashcans because they've gnawed big holes in all of them. We had to search high & low and finally found some metal trashcans, at $25 each.

Just to find the main culprit, we set these (humane) traps. We had one small trap, and one larger one. So far, we've caught 6 squirrels, a raccoon, and a possum (all in one week).

We're done tracking the enemy and we've removed the traps. We were just curious as to which animal was the guilty party for our trashcan mess. I guess we have our answer...ALL OF THEM!

Let's just say, we have huge critters in this area because we've been feeding them well for the past several years! They won't know what to do now that they have to rely on some other food source rather than our trash can.

Now I can get back to enjoying nature instead of being mad at them for making such a mess.

Thursday, June 10, 2010


It's over! School is finally out for the Summer. I don't know about the rest of you, but I've worked hard this year, LOL. I was watching the end of the year slide show in my son's 2nd grade class.

I was thinking to myself, "I was at that field trip, and that one, yep, that one too.

I was there when...

- they decorated the cookies for the "Winter Holiday" (otherwise known to me as Christmas)
- when they made candles
- when they pet a snake
- when they had "Cultural Day".
- when they had their Talent Show
- they had Field Day
- they had the School Play

I have...

- helped with 180 days of homework for a 2nd & 4th grader
- made countless lunches
- volunteered in the class 2 days a week helping the kids read
- served many a snack to the students for every holiday & special event
- helped throw a baby shower for my oldest son's teacher

on & on & on it's been a wonderful experience. I've enjoyed getting to know the students in my kids classes. I'm extremely grateful that I've been allowed this time as a stay-at-home Mom to invest in my children's lives.

But...I'm exhausted. I don't think I worked this hard at times when I did have a job outside the home.

You know what??? I wouldn't have it any other way.

Congratulations to my boys. I am now the proud parent of a rising 3rd & 5th grader! I can't believe how fast it's going. My oldest only has one more year at elementary and then it's on to Middle School - YIKES!

I know that he probably won't ask me to come to the school and volunteer then, so I better do all I can now.

Happy Summer everyone!

Wednesday, June 9, 2010

A Day of Mixed Emotions

June 9th will always stand out as the day my life changed. Three years ago on this very day, the person with the most influence, my best friend, advocate and prayer covering, my Mom...went home to be with her Savior.

She was diagnosed with stage 4 breast cancer, which eventually went into bone cancer. She walked through this trial from beginning to end (a little over 10 yrs.) with great dignity, strength, and godliness. She was an awesome witness to many in her family, church, and the medical facilities where she was treated.

This is a summary of my journey (so far) since my Mom went to Heaven:

The first year I was obviously still mourning, because it was all so new. Even though I understood she was suffering and tried to accept that her time was close, you can never truly prepare for how you'll feel when they're gone. I would still have moments when I'd want to pick up the phone and tell her something funny the boys did or what happened during the day. We kept her room exactly the same, her clothes still in the closet, with the smell of her perfume lingering in the air. Little by little, we went through her things. She didn't have many valuables, no expensive jewelry or clothes. The most precious possession to me was her Bibles. She had many of them, all written & marked in with her notes. She had Bible studies & lessons from her teaching at her church over the years. I treasured these the most, because it's what she valued above everything else - along with her love for the Lord.

Even though I was mourning my loss, at the same time, I believed that a "mantel" had passed down to me that had been on my Mom. A few days after her funeral a trusted friend of mine confirmed this by saying the same thing without my having told her what I was feeling. From that time on, I felt a new strength in my walk with God.

The second year
, I was hurting a little more because I was really missing her. It had sunk in that she was no longer an active part of our life. I was facing great trials in other areas and longed to have her prayers and advice. At the same time, the boldness & strength that I talked about was still at work. My Mom's passing left us with my Dad, my brother, my husband, my two boys, and myself. Being the only woman, I guess I stepped into the motherly role, and in a way, I guess I had to grow up a little more.

Now, this, the third year...started out with me feeling a little sad & heavy. In some ways it's hard to believe it's been 3 years. On the other hand, so much has happened since she's been gone, it feels like ages ago. I wanted to write this blog as a tribute to my Mom, but I felt like I needed to pray first. So I spent some time praying and confessing to the Lord how much I missed her. I can't explain exactly what happened, but I can tell you that I felt such a peace and joy come over me. I began to feel God's pleasure with having my Mom with Him, and a real sense of her joy in being there too. I know we said "she's in a better place" over & over again when she first passed. While I believed it theologically, and it did help ease the pain of her passing, I actually felt it this morning! I began to cry & laugh at the same time, and I prayed:

"Lord, I could never blame You for wanting her there with You! It's what she's always wanted, what she lived for, to be with You. It was the most important thing to her, just as she taught us to believe it was the only thing in life that mattered. I am so grateful that she's happy and that you're blessed by her being there as well. How can I be sad? I KNOW that I will see her again, there with You for all eternity." Thank You for salvation! Thank You for Heaven! Thank You for all Your promises!

So, that's how I feel today, on this third year of my Mom's homecoming. Thanks for allowing me to write down and share my thoughts & emotions. I pray that whatever you're going through in your own life, that God will give you "revelation knowledge" that will fill you with strength, peace & joy, just like He gave me this morning.

There is nothing like the wisdom & voice of God that can change your heart in an instant!

Monday, June 7, 2010

More Like Falling in Love

I've noticed that there are a lot of people in our society today who are looking for a "cause" to back. Almost as if they can get behind something bigger than themselves, it will bring meaning to their lives. Every one's trying to be so "deep" - movies can't be entertaining anymore because they have to convey a "message". People dress like the magazines show them to, they believe what their professors & the media tell them to, they pick up the "causes" that Hollywood points them to...on & on it goes with this search for significance, they will NEVER find outside of Christ.

Yet, even in the Church, I see people struggling to find their place, find peace, & find meaning for their life. Religion can be a "cause" that some seek after for the very same reasons the world does.

I came across this song that puts into words what I've been thinking. It's called, "More Like Falling in Love" by Jason Gray.

Sometimes people mistakenly lump Christianity in with religion and think it's just another thing to believe in, or get behind. A set of rules, a creed, a doctrine, an ideology...however you want to say it, it doesn't satisfy! Only a relationship with Jesus Christ will fill that void.

I think many of us start off with a relationship through Salvation, but somewhere along the road of growing in the knowledge of Christ, we go back to religion. Much like the first chapter in Galatians where Paul writes "you foolish Galatians, who has bewitched you?" (Gal.3:1-8) "Having begun in the Spirit, are you now being made perfect by the flesh?" Or in other words, you started out with grace & then you started adding your own ability to it, in order to keep your faith.

But think about when you first fell in love...the emotions, the excitement, the commitment. You didn't want to be separated from your love. You would eat, sleep & breathe thinking of them. Even better, think of how you felt when you first came to know Jesus' love for you. The cleansing feeling, the freedom, the overwhelming sense of acceptance.

Now, examine where you are now and where you were then. If you're like me, you might have a little adjusting to do. I know for me, it's time to go back to my first love and renew that passion & zeal. It's gotta be more like "falling in love" and less like "just something to believe in."

Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Okay blogging friends,

Summer break will be here officially next Thursday, June 10th. I am frantically juggling the end of the year events at school for two kids - as well as racking my brain for an inexpensive, appropriate gift to give the boys teachers.

Any suggestions?

Then, it begins - a mixed bag of emotions...on one hand, I'm ecstatic about:

- no more homework

- no more waking up at 6:30 a.m.

- no more bag lunches

- no more volunteering or field trips

- no more constant fund raisers for this or that

On the other hand, this is what I have to look forward to until August 25th

- "I'm bored"

- "what can we do today?"

- "can I have a friend over?"

- "what's for lunch? eeewwwhh, can we go out to eat?"

- "he hit me...well, he started it"

- "It's my turn..."

So, any suggestions about that? Please, please, pllllleeeeaaassseee! Send me some ideas about the sort of things your family likes to do during the summer. Hopefully, things that don't cost too much $$$...things that don't involve me outside in 95 to 100 degree weather would be most appreciated.

Having said all that, I do love my boys and I pray that I'll take the time to really enjoy them this summer. I understand that it won't be long before they'll probably be working summer jobs, or hanging out with their friends, maybe even going on mission trips.

Lord, help me enjoy this season in our lives, as well as this season in the natural.

Have a great week everyone!