Thursday, July 31, 2008

Blog Game

This was cute and I got it from Annie's Eyes blog:

You Are Not a Wimp
In fact, you are an incredibly tough person.
Your nerves do not get the better of you.

You don't back down from challenges or intimidating situations.
You love the thrill of conquer... so much so that it outweighs the fear of defeat.

Wednesday, July 30, 2008

Seeking Edification

Dear Siestas, Friends and family
I have been trying to find places of edification for myself lately in why I have made the choices in my life I have made. I know they are ordained by Our Lord but when you are in a position that finances are so difficult, Your van breaks down, increase gas prices limit your mobility, increase food prices limit your ability to bring in sufficient amount of food and you are an able body, you need a reminder of why. Why do you stay home? Why do you homeschool? Why, why, why?

This speaker does not give why- but gives me a reminder of what is in my heart!

Monday, July 28, 2008

What is the deepest desires of your heart?

My heart has been so full of things lately but the one nagging thing is, what is the deepest desires of your heart? (of my heart) Mine is to know the Lord's voice, to hear it in my life. To discern the presence and guidance of the Holy Spirit and most of all to know scripture so well that if they banned the bible I would have it in my heart. 

What is your deepest desires of your heart?

Sunday, July 27, 2008

Our Little Noah

We all recieve so much joy from our little Noah. We get excited when he accomplishes something else new. Here is a video of him swimming all by himself. His big Brother Paul- taught him that if he kicks his feet it keeps him a float.  It is the cutest thing to watch him at 20 months swimming!

Saturday, July 26, 2008

What is the meaning of family or extended family to you?

One of the things about moving to Texas that we were "excited" about was the thought of having "all the family" here.(actually extended family) Grandma,grandpa,  Sam's brothers, and sister are all here. 

Well we have been here almost 6 months now. I guess the newness of us being here has worn off, because we do not receive  phone calls, text messages, or emails of;" what are you all doing this weekend?"
 " Do you want to get together?" 
It has turned out to be just like any other time we lived in close vicinity of each other. We have become special occasion, holiday only relations.
 Why is that? 
How does that happen?
 Is it because we live such separate lives?  

Our lives are very uneventful. We spend them each day just surviving that day. We do not think of tomorrow- (that is scriptural) We do not take pleasure in vain things. I hate to shop. I love to sew. I hate going to the beauty parlor. All those things that "woman" are suppose to like to do. Not to mention we just do not have the money to do those things. 

Is that it, since we do not have the money to blow, then we do not get invited to the outings to the beach, or lake? or be considered for a barbecue?

It is a sad state to be in, to have family so close but feel like you have NO one you can depend on or trust. I  appreciate that I do have my children and my husband. They are all healthy- but I left my sister in Missouri- I left a life of her being involved in my life to come here to this. HMM--- makes me just want to just scream! I HATE IT HERE.... 

Ok that is what is on my heart today- what brought it about- I was on myspace- looking at my in-laws site- there were all these recent photos of them at the lake, beach, etc, with friends. 

By the way- we live right down the Texas street from Sam's family- but I guess they just do not want us around. So I guess I had expectations- when I moved here that I should not have. (life lesson)

So what does extended family or family mean to you? To me it means you are there for each other. You spend time together, you live life together. You can be yourself with them and know that you are loved. I truly believe that some of your closest relationships should be with your family. (mother, father, sister, brother, cousin, aunt, uncle) Is that stupid? Is that expectations again?

In the bible, families stayed together- the husband left his father and mother and cleaved to his wife, but it never says anything about her leaving her family behind. I imagine that they lived in the same community. How else would the older woman teach the younger woman to love their husbands if, they do not live close by?

My heart is heavy today dear ones- so I guess I should go and meditate on things of the Lord and not on this!
Many blessings to you and yours!

Friday, July 25, 2008

Most touching Video

Ok Siestas, friends, and family-
It is not often I see or hear something that touch me so deeply that I have to share but this is one so worth it. 

Please watch- it is so worth your time- and a reminder of how precious life is!

Thursday, July 24, 2008

Memorizing Scripture

Hello Siestas, Friends and Family
I have started that memorizing scripture technique and I thought I would give you a report. Thus far I have memorized all 5 of my topical references and my first scripture to go with my first reference. The technique works. For those of you that desire to memorize scripture and have always had a hard time with it, this method works. Try it for yourself.

I have not heard from some of you in a while. I pray all is well.

Life here has been very crazy and we are in need of alot of prayer. Where do I begin- first off we have come to realize that we did not discern the voice of the Holy Spirit in moving to Texas. The whole reason why we came was for a job opportunity for Samuel out of construction, working with his brother. Within a month we could see that the "opportunity" he offered was not quite panning out as he (being Sam's brother) stated. By February Samuel had to make a decision on whether to continue to work for his brother for the "training" income he was giving him, which was only paying food, and gas or go find a different job, which of course he chose the latter. He went back to construction.

The job he has now is not unfamiliar to him. In fact he is working for the same company he worked for when we lived in Texas before. The problem there is he is being taken advantage of by his supervisor/ brother. Yes another brother. His brother knows that Sam was in his position and knows all there is to know on how to do his job(his brother) So he uses Sam to do his own work, and be successful, as well as use Sam to the fullest extent without the pay. Samuel is not being paid for being a supervisor. Needless to say my husband is frustrated. He is frustrated because he was manipulated by his eldest brother to move here and now he is being taken advantage of by his other brother. He is not above working hard, he is not above doing whatever the job requires and more, but he also is not dumb, he can see when someone is using him to make themselves look good. The pay is ok- at the rate that things are increasing around us, we are not going to survive, what we make is what we have to pay out in rent, food, gas, insurance, and car payment.

So please lift my husband in prayer- he is frustrated, discouraged, and so unsure of what to do. He does not want to make any haste decisions based on his frustration. He needs clear answers from the Lord.

On to the next prayer thing- my family van- the only family vehicle we have has quitt working. (the only vehicle that takes us back and forth to church) We can start it but it will not stay started unless you keep your foot on the gas pedal. I just mentioned what our income was like, so taking it to a shop to fix it is not an option. Please pray- pray for a miracle because at this point that is what we are going to need.

It seems lately that Satan has been on my heels with all the things around me, first our AC caught of fire, so we have been without AC since last sunday. For those of you from Houston or even Texas know how hard it is to live without air. Praise the Lord for Hurricane Dolly- I know she did some damage, but she brought relief from the heat with her!!! Right behind the AC was my van not working, Paul (my eldest) knocked his front tooth out of his mouth. It has been a hard week for me- so please lift me in prayer Siestas, sisters, friends and family.

I love you all...

Tuesday, July 22, 2008

How to memorize Scripture

Sermon By Greg Locke
I listen to this sermon yesterday- It gave some great information on memorizing scripture. I was not sure if you would be interested but here are my notes. I am going to put the theory to the test! 

How to Memorize Scripture:

1. Pick your topic- write it on the corner of a 3x5 index card
Once you have picked your topic.

2. Write all references in order from Old to New Testament pertaining to that topic on the card. JUST the references NO VERSES YET!!

3. Memorize References in Order

4. WALK As you work- walk as you try to memorize the references- if you sit not as much oxygen reaches the brain... walk as you try to memorize!

5. Write the verses to each reference on a separate card! Write by hand, not type... writing them yourself- will start the process of memorizing the scripture. 

6.Repetition is the key to learning- Keep at it!

Monday, July 21, 2008

Examine Yourself- Sermon by Paul Washer

Yesterday we listened to the most convicting, and self examining sermon in a long time. It was one that you walked away knowing that the sermon was for you. Here are my notes- please note that this is not everything Mr. Washer said.

May our Lord Jesus use these words to change your lives and open your heart!

Examine Yourself- or in other words test yourself using the Word of God. 
How do you know that you are a believer?

There are 2 Philosophies that are in the church today:

1. Most popular- "Security of a Believer"-
This philosophy tells everyone that if they believe in Jesus Christ they are saved. (Satan believes in Jesus Christ)

2. this one is not as common- we do not hear of it as often - "Doctrine of Assurance"
This philosophy tells everyone that if they prayed the prayer they can be "assured" that they are saved.

How can you know that you are saved?

(scripture reference-2 Corinthians 13:5 )
 5 Try your own selves, whether ye are in the faith; prove your own selves. Or know ye not as to your own selves, that Jesus Christ is in you? unless indeed ye be reprobate.

Test all things- Examine yourself- Well How do you test yourself?
Of course- start with scripture:
1 John 5:13
 These things have I written unto you, that ye may know that ye have eternal life, even unto you that believe on the name of the Son of God.

Here it says that the things that are written -they were done so that we may KNOW that we have eternal life! 
Ok so what is written? 

Well- if we say we are Christians but yet our style of life contradicts scripture then are we not living a LIE?
Examine those secret lives- the ones you do away from the church people. The lives that you live in your home. What do you watch on television? What do you spend time thinking about?

Greatest evidence of a believer is they are sensitive to sin in their lives. When was the last time you wept over the sin in your life? When was the last time you realized the condition of your soul? Are you sensitive to the sin in your life?

No man falls into sin, you slide into it little by little. 

If you say you know the Lord but do NOT keep His commandment - How can you say you know the Lord?

What does it meant to keep His commandments? Does it mean to be perfect?

No it is a style of life. Is your life style marked by keeping the Lord's commandments?

What is the greatest desire in your heart? Is it to walk in the footstep's of Christ?

Do you love your brethern?
1 John 2:9
 9 He that saith he is in the light and hateth his brother, is in the darkness even until now.

Do you love other Christians?
 -A love so great you would risk your own life for that brother.

1 John 2:15
15 Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him.

Everything that comes forth from the world that does not bring Glory to God is of the world.
Many of us who profess our faith in Christ, nail him to the cross again because of the lies we live in our lives. 

A true Christian embraces the fullness of Christ.  Jesus is our Savior, our King, Our Lord, our Prophet etc...
Is Jesus the Lord over your life? do you live by the King's laws? Do you allow him to prophesy in your life?

Are you practicing God's laws, word and ways?

In what ways are you striving after Holiness?
Jesus is the very source of my life!!

If you would like to hear the sermon for yourself please go to

Sermons- then Paul Washer- it is well worth the time to listen!

God Bless each of you!

Monday, July 14, 2008

back to reality

Well my sister left and now it is time to get back to "reality". Whatever that is. The lonely days way out here in no where land Texas, no friends, and definitely no family! Ask me if I am feeling sorry for myself- the answer is yes! It is always so hard to move- because you leave friends behind. This move though was my hardest ever because I was leaving my best friend behind-my sister. I love being with her! I do not have to pretend, be someone else, or just work at it, I can be me! 

 Though the longer I am here nothing changes about how I feel about being here in Texas- that is I do not want to be here. Everything is to far to get too. The people here are rude. The church is too far so we have no way of being involved and others being involved in our lives. Just a vicious cycle! 

Ok moving on- during the time that Missy was here I did alot of sewing for her- She wanted me to sew a skirt for Berty's recital, a body suite for the recital.I made Berty(the 5 year old) a dance bag. I sewed a modest bathing suite for Honor- that turned out great! And a special purse for my sister. Oh and I also crotched Berty a Ponchette- turned out adorable!
On the times we were not running around this is what I did! 
Here are some photos of my completed projects:

We did get to go to the beach one day- I loved Galveston- the water was so tremendously warm! it was great!!

Monday, July 7, 2008

We accomplished painting- I say we- but it was actually my sister and the children- that did the living room and hall way. The house looks great! Now all i need to do is get the carpet replaced!!

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Thursday, July 3, 2008


If you look to the left of the kids, that is the dining room wall-

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The Dining Room Paint

Here is What my sister did- I will post a before!

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Wednesday, July 2, 2008

I am alive

Hello Dear friends, Family and my Sweet Siestas

I am still here, and I am alive. Life in our home has been crazy. Let me share:

On Friday my friend Celina- arrived to spend her last nights here in the great USA- before she headed back out to the mission field in the Philippines, where her husband is at. (We loved having them here. ) It was a crazy night- and I was sitting crocheting before bed, when my sister called- asking me what I was doing.(at 11pm) I was telling her I was getting ready for bed when she stated why don't you come and open the back door for me. YES she was standing on my back porch all the way from Springfield Missouri area! She had come down and surprised me!!! It was the best surprise ever!!! I jumped from my rocking chair and ran to the door, but of course I did not make it before all the children did. They were just as excited to see her as I was!!! (so see I do have a good excuse for my absence)

My sister will be here for two weeks. I have enjoyed having her. Monday-She helped me paint the dining which turned out Gorgeous!(which I will take a photograph of and post it) We are talking about refinishing my dining room table but we are still debating that one,since we need it to eat off, and that "project" will take a "few" days she says!

In the meantime- we have plenty of other projects to accomplish- which I will share in photos soon. 

On to other news:

This award- was given to me by a dear Sweet friend and Siesta Michelle -
She said some fabulous things about me- I was so incredibly touched(sorry Michelle it took me so long to come and get her and respond) I guess the right thing to do is to past her on.... to

Rusty's Wife- Sallye- a determined,loyal and Godly women who loves the Lord tremendously. She is not "fake" or phony- she is real. She is honest, and truly shows that though she has struggles, she is willing to admit to them, and embrace what the Lord has for her next. 
Thank you Sallye for walking with me- for sharing with me, and being such a true encouragement in my life and walk with Christ! May our Lord Jesus bless you- guide you as you seek His face in our Bible study and most of all in HIS Word- may it turn from head knowledge to heart knowledge. ;-) Love you - 

Your Siesta!!


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