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Saturday, September 27, 2008

Lonely Quiet Saturday

Hello Friends-Siestas, family-
It seems like ages since I last blogged, even though I posted something yesterday- it was more of a "HELLO I AM ALIVE" post then a post of things on my heart.

Going through a crisis like a hurricane surely reminds us of how much power the earth has, and how much we must rest in the arms of our Lord. When the winds were blowing, hearing all trees falling, the whole time I kept praying to the Lord for protection over the house, and my family. Fear slowly was creeping in when I started to cry out to the Lord. As quickly as that fear came, is as quickly as that same fear disappear. The Holy Spirit was with us, protecting us through the storm, as He promises in His word. We are to rest in His arms and find the peace only He can give!

Earlier in my posts- I shared a photo of a VERY large tree that feel in our yard... there is a story that goes with that tree-

The first part of the storm came with LOTS of heavy wind, but not so much rain. It seemed to last forever- but all of sudden it got quiet- around 4am- Sam and Mike(his brother) did a quick survey of any damage around the property to be sure that there was not any hazards or concerns we should have in the second part of the storm. Everything look good. The winds started again around 6:45am- which was when daylight appeared, the children seemed to find peace so each of them started to drift into sleep. Sam and I slept on and off through out the night- not really a solid sleep but rested none the same. The boys(Paul and Sammy) were in the kitchen at the dinnette playing cards- still unable to rest. I was making my rounds, checking on each them to be sure they were ok, when I spotted the tree on the ground. I could not believe it. I asked the boys did they hear the tree fall. They both said No. I stood in awe- of the vision of this tree on the ground. Where this tree stood is exactly in front of where my two boys were playing cards. As I looked at this tree- I was overwhelmed with a feeling of Gratitude towards the Lord. I know it was HIS hand that not only protected my babies from harm, but also protected them from hearing this 80 foot tree crash to the ground. He took His hand, and gently laid that tree to the ground!!! I get overwhelmed every time I think of HOW wonderful the Lord is and that even through a storm like a Hurricane- you can look around and see His protective hands!

I have missed you my friends and have missed hearing from you- please tell what is new?!!!



Thursday, September 25, 2008

A picture is worth 1000 words!!!

This is just how I have been feeling all week. I have spent the week cleaning up the house, because it looked like the Hurricane happened in my house. The boys have spent their time cleaning up the yard. I also have been trying to get my computer up and running again. Long story short- it started giving me problems. It is frustrating when you have computer issues!!! Now that I have the issues-somewhat taken care of - I am now trying to catch up in, inputting all my grades for school so we can have a normal week of schooling next week! Noticed I said the word "normal"- I often wonder what that word really means. What is normal, anyway?

What have all of you been up to this week???
Looking forward to hearing from all my bloggie sisters!







Thursday, September 18, 2008

As we wait....

As we wait for our lives to go back to normal it is so hard to depend on others. At the moment we are at Mr. and Mrs. Sellers home in Missouri City, which is an hour southwest of where we live. It is amazing though to look around this suburb of Houston and see that it is up and running with normal opertions, while other cities still suffer without power. Most everything is up in running here. I arrived here on Wednesday, I dropped all my things off and went on a mad hunt for a laundrymat. I was not the only one with the idea either. There were TONS of people there. I waited my turn to wash, and my turn to dry. The process was a 3-4 hour process. The children were helpful!(Praise the Lord) The poor baby was so tired though! Laundry was washed. 

I walked back into Mrs. Sellers- and was not here 10 minutes and her power was back on. Noah and I were doing "the praise the Lord dance". If you have never done the Praise the Lord dance you ought to try it! It makes you feel so good! 

So she has power- which has made communication much easier. My family has been frantic trying to get a hold of me. Cellular service is suffering here. Of course- No power means, no phone, and no internet.

I have looked online for our estimated time for us to have power- they are saying Oct 5th- Can you believe it? We are to stay away from our home till Oct 5th- I just can not do it. I can not stay away, and live that long away from my own things! But I must praise HIM for a  place to come to, and for the fact we still have a place to go home to. Many here lost there homes- I will upload photos of the devistation so you can see!

I pray all is well with you!


Thankful Thursday

As I sit here contemplating what it is I am Thankful for- there are so many things!!! I am so thankful for the Lord's grace- and HIS visible hand in our life. As we weathered Ike- and visibly saw the power that has been given here on earth- it amazes me that I am here to say- THANK YOU LORD! The wind was strong, the house was shaking, the trees were snapping all around us- in the midst I was praying- not for me but for the safety of my beloved childrenand my husband! HE heard my cries- my fears, He knew my fears and answered my prayers.  I am thankful for that. I am thankful that He has kept my family together. I am thankful for my husband, his level head in times of crisis. I am thankful- for the fact I can say I have a home still! (though NO power)
I am thankful for the Love He bestows upon me through others!

Thank you Lord for blessing me so- 

I have so many stories- of the grace and hand of God- I will post soon- and some photos of the area! 






Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Hurricane Ike


Well here is a photo of a tree that fell during Ike. Notice the flooding. I took this photo during the storm. I was praising the Lord that the tree fell away from the house instead of towards the house!

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Tuesday, September 9, 2008

Why I love Baby Signing Time

Why do I love Baby Signing Time, One reason is  the creative way Little Hands Productions creates each video with song, and Hopkins. I love the way it gives children a way to communicate before words are even capable of being formed.





I love to watch Noah as he is totally enthrawed in the Baby signing time show. I love to watch him attempt to follow Rachel as she signs and how he points Hopkins out to the family when he hops on the screen.  What I love most- is that fact that Noah seems to know and understand us when we use signs to communicate to him, or to try to understand what his wants or needs are. 
I truly believe that Baby signing Time is a great way for families to gather together in a learning atmosphere whether you have a need for sign language or not. 






Saturday, September 6, 2008

Give ear to my prayer O Lord-


Psalm 84:8-12 (New King James Version)

Psalm 84


 8 O LORD God of hosts, hear my prayer;
         Give ear, O God of Jacob!  Selah  
 9 O God, behold our shield,
         And look upon the face of Your anointed. 
         
 10 For a day in Your courts is better than a thousand.
         I would rather be a doorkeeper in the house of my God 
         Than dwell in the tents of wickedness.
 11 For the LORD God is a sun and shield;
         The LORD will give grace and glory; 
         No good thing will He withhold 
         From those who walk uprightly. 
         
 12 O LORD of hosts,
         Blessed is the man who trusts in You!


The prayer of my heart this morning. I would rather be a doorkeeper in the house of the Lord than to dwell in the tents in sin! He is my sun and my shield. He gives me grace even in my times of blunders! I praise HIM because NO Good thing will HE withhold from me as I walk uprightly! I know Lord that those GOOD things are not things in my understanding or things of this World, they are things of God! The things that I desire! Lord help me to trust fully in you!



Lunch With Annette


Here is me and Annette-at Italianos!


Me and my beloved in my new Siesta shirt- Thank you Angie!!!!



I was so excited to meet Annette. She was so gracious to come in my direction for lunch. We met at a small little Italian restaraunt in Humble- (said Umble) true Texans do not say their H-(another topic)
Funny- we both got there- she must have beat me to the restaraunt and they sat her right away. I get there thinking that she had not arrived, and they seat me, on the other side of the restaraunt- where I could not see her. After like 10 minutes, I thought-hmm wonder if she got lost or could not find the place- inspite of GPS. So I call- and she is sitting on the other side of the partition!

I was so excited and nervous I could not even eat! I was truly out of my element. I talked, and talked and talked!!!( I truly hope I did not scare her away!) She is truly beautiful inside and out! Did you all know she goes to Beth Moore's church? I thought that was an awesome tidbit of information!(haha) We talked about our husbands, our children, moving to Texas, just about everything under the sun. I was so sad when it had to end- I could not believe the time went so fast. I was so beside myself- that our dear Annette pick up lunch and I never thanked her- Isnt that so RUDE of me? I feel terrible- absolutely Terrible!!!!! I hope I really did not blow it with her! The icing on the cake- I had prepared a small bagged gift for her- and left it at home, and did not even remember it till I was pulling out of the parking lot! BOY do I feel stupid!

So tell me ladies have you ever had moments in your life where you feel like you really messed it all up with someone?
Time to SHARE!!!! (help me feel better!)



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Friday, September 5, 2008

Thursday, September 4, 2008

If God is Way up there





Sometimes I wonder that myself- When I wonder if He truly hears me or even hears my heart. 

I know the answer is yes- but even though I know the answer- I still wonder...




Thankful Thursday

I always have to take a moment and think of all the things I am thankful for... Not because I have NOTHING to be thankful for, but because I have so many things to be thankful for.

I am thankful that Noah is so healthy. We went to the doctor for a well baby and he said he is developing wonderfully.

I am thankful for my older children- they are truly so loving and helpful, it leaves a mother who should be so EXTREMELY busy without much to do. 

I am thankful for my Beloved- whose desire in life is to leave a Godly heritage. 

I am thankful for the Lord's provisions in our life. 

I am thankful for my Siestas in Christ!

I am most thankful for Christ!!



"If Only I Had Listened"


By Alex 
A true story

I sat down at the table, eyeballing the cornbread like a shark with a sweet tooth. After saying grace, we commenced to eating.

"May I have some cornbread, please?" I asked
"Sure" came the reply

I placed my beautiful cornbread on my place. I looked at it and concluded that it was missing something. Hmm, I thought. What could this perfect piece of cornbread be missing? Then it hit me, BUTTER! So I asked my mother for some butter.

"No", she said, " the butter is too hard."

What! I was mortified, denied butter because it was too hard. How could she? So, I tried again.

"Please, may I have some butter?", I said, trying to look as cute as possible.

" NO, its still too hard," she said.

I'll get her, I thought.

" Pretty, please?" I pleaded.
"OK" she said, with a mischevious look in her eye. " I'll give you some butter."

Then taking my perfect piece of cornbread she did the UNTHINKABLE, she smashed the butter onto the bread. I watched it crumble like playdough in a baby's hand. I was humiliated. With the laughter of everyone ringing in my head the only thought I had was, IF ONLY I HAD LISTENED!


I had to share with all of you the true story that Alex wrote in English class today. I never laughed so hard in my life. He articulated himself so well, and I truly believe those were his thoughts at the time of this incident which happened about 6 years ago!(making him 10 years old at the time!)


Wednesday, September 3, 2008

Laughing

Living with my beloved is always so much fun. He brings laughter all the way to my soul! He is so much fun. He has shown me in our marriage what it is like to be happy, to laugh and to love.

Here he is doing what he does best- being the best daddy!





Tuesday, September 2, 2008

Spending the day...


Spending the day with my beloved is always an adventure..
Here is a video that will make you die laughing...
And a photo to go with the Video


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Our First Day of schooling....

Today was our first day of schooling. I always start off slow, we will
do two subjects, and another subject next and keep going till we are on
a full schedule. The children were more than ready. I barely got my cup of
coffee, they were wanting to sit and get started. This year I wanted
to start the school year differently, so we gathered in a circle and
prayed over the year, over being diligent, patient, loving and
understanding. All things I desperately need today.

I still can not get over that it is September-the summer went so fast! I
wish I was in the north, with all the rain we had - the colors of the
trees will be so Gorgeous!

Have a great day y'all

Angie

So funny...

Each night we read the Word. We have committed as a family to read
through the year. Well tonight we read Genesis chapters 8-11, the
story of Noah and his sons. As my husband read through those difficult
names he starts just rolling his tongue and being silly. He gets to Jobab and instead of say Jobab he says Jobob. Which
of course made all of us die laughing.

Just had to share.

Angie

Monday, September 1, 2008

Did you know this?

Hebrews 11:6 (King James Version)


6But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.

I often think of the times- I did not have faith in the Lord and His abilities to help me through MY BIG problems or issues. But I came to him, asking Him for help, answers and often times direction, obviously never believing that I would actually get an answer. I always had hope, but never truly understanding, that I needed faith more than hope. I needed to know,understand and stand on what the Word said. Believing that 1 John 3:1
1Behold, what manner of love the Father hath bestowed upon us, that we should be called the sons of God: therefore the world knoweth us not, because it knew him not.

I am a daughter of Christ. If I truly understood that in my heart, to my soul would I ever doubt that HE is working things out? Being a parent myself- I always do what is best for my children. Why wouldn't the Lord?
Why is it so hard to understand- that His actions, decisions, and direction, are better than what I would do. Is it because I can not see Him? I know He is there, I can feel Him, He speaks to me, and through me.


Lord-
I ask that you be with me. I ask that you help me to be strong in faith. Help me to know that you have the answer to all things before I ask. Help me to know that you have placed desires in my heart and you will meet those desires.
I praise you Lord for loving me. I praise you my Father for calling me your own.
In Jesus Name- Amen

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