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Saturday, December 26, 2009

Christmas Morning…

Hello dear friends

Christmas morning brought a bittersweet end to a sweet time we have had for the last 12 days. We got up, made hot chocolate and lit our candles for our last time of Candle light devotions. What a sweet time in of reading, prayer, and singing it has been reflecting on the coming of our Savior and the reason we made purposed for such as a time as this.. Christmas.

 

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Adding the last piece was so joyous, but so sad…

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Christmas morning was sweet. Each child opening 3 presents a piece. Not expensive things, but things we knew they would enjoy.

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Tuesday, December 22, 2009

our Babe and Dad

One thing about having a little one “later” in life- (since I had the older ones by the time I was 26 years old) is knowing and appreciating how quickly time flies and to enjoy each minute with these little developing souls. I sure do wish I had this wisdom when I was younger, but I didn’t. 

Our babe may not have the over energetic parents, that could run, jump and crawl, but he has the gracious, more calm more patient parents.

 

Here are photos of our Babe- painting with his daddy a train that we bought at hobby lobby for a $1! What a joy it was to see the two of them putting their minds together to paint this wooden train.

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These are the times he will never forget!

Friday, December 18, 2009

Traditions…

At this time of the year everyone is filled with traditions. Things they do every year  to prepare their hearts to celebrate the greatest, and truest meaning of this season- celebrating the Birth of our Savior.

We are no exception.. we started this tradition last year. Our hearts were to focus ourselves completely on what we are celebrating and why we are celebrating it so every evening, we light these candles…

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gather around the table to read the scripture for the night, we sing the corresponding carol/hymn, then daddy reads a story. The story normally goes with which every figure we must pull and set up for our nativity scene. So far this is what we have out:IMG_1074

The Donkey was first- because he carried Mary to Bethlehem, then the cow- was probably in the stable, the sheep were probably brought by the Shepherds who came to see the Savior, and then the Shepherd. This scene is such a humbling scene, one that reminds us that our Lord did not arrive in a mansion, or place beyond our comprehension, but in the most humbling place of all! 

If our Savior will come in such meek, and humbling surroundings, living a life in total humility- how come it seems so impossible for us to do the same?

Our Father- who is in heaven- OH DEAR Father lend us your ear – HOLY is your name- you sent your Son for us Father, and we are so unworthy to receive this great gift, but we ask that YOUR will be done within us. Help us Father and provide all our needs, because nothing comes to us without your hand, or guidance. Lord forgive us and keep us from temptation because we are unable to be who You want us to be or bring Glory to your name without Your Guidance, your hand or your strength within us. Help us  to love each other, be kind, generous and encouraging to all we come in contact with. Lord Help us to forgive others, as you forgiven us. For thine is the kingdom, the power and the Glory forever and ever- In Jesus Amen.

 

Dear friends- as the days grows closer where the worlds stop- to celebrate the birth of our Savior Jesus Christ. Rejoice- sing and Give thanks for we are so unworthy of the gift!

 

Angie

Thursday, December 17, 2009

Baking and Celebrating the big boy

The one thing I love about Christmas is baking. I am NOT a baker!!! (to say the least- my sister Melissa has that gift)

My Allie- has a hidden talent none of us  knew about…..

 

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The most delicious chocolate chip cookies we have ever had.

 

 

Last night our Babe slept in his own bed all night long without waking up till morning! HURRAY  to our Big Boy.

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Mom and Dad are doing the happy dance!!!

 

 

Ugh some sobering news and MUCH prayer needed. I have been having a bit of car problems lately, so my beloved said it was time to take it in to my trusted mechanic. Well- it is the radiator- ugh it is leaking, and at the time had NO fluid in it. He was amazed the car did not over heat. (thank you Lord for your constant protection)  By the Grace of God it is a slow leak but will worsen over time, which means the radiator will need to be replaced!!! (At $400.00) This what we need prayer on- we do not have that kind of money and now a days many are in our same boat!- but we must have this vehicle fixed since it is our ONLY reliable family vehicle. OUR God is able to provide all our needs!!! Would you join us in praying for provision in this area?

 

Thank you

Angie

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Wordless Wednesday

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Dealing with unbelieving family members during the Christmas season

 

I read a post this morning that I thought I would past on. 5 Tips to handling Unbelieving family during the Holiday- all her suggestions where great, and the post is so worth reading. I wanted to add though that I do not think this is left for just Unbelieving family members. Her suggestions are a great way to handle any differences or conviction differences with family members period. All of her suggestion where grace filled, and kind, though still standing on the convictions they live for.   (protecting their children)

 

If you have a challenges during this season because of family, read it just might give you some ideas.

 

May the peace of our Lord that pass all understanding be with you.

 

Angie

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

HP TouchSmart 600 Giveaway

no I am not the one giving it away over at BooMama’s blog, she is giving it away. I really do hope NO one goes and checks it out, or even enters a comment, which gives me more of chance of NOT winning it. See I don’t win things. Let me correct myself in the past year that I have enter give aways I won ONE- yes just one.

(thanks again Angee)

So there you have it- my blog on the best give away of the year, which I know I won’t win. Open-mouthedTongue out

Women’s Bible Study

 

 

At church last week we started something new, a women’s and men’s bible study. Each gender oriented, not to divide or separate the family, but for each to learn on specifically what God has called each gender to do.

In today’s society the gender lines are so grey. There are times I have run into to someone and I truly could not tell if they were male or a female, even by their voice. God has called each of us, male and female to be different from each other. Not to dress alike, or even act alike.

My beloved is a scaffold builders, he lifts anywhere from 30lbs to 70 lbs of material on his back and climb anywhere from 30 feet to more than 100 feet in the air. The strength in his arms, and legs surpass mine. I could never lift that much for 8 hours every day! My body was not made to do those things, but he was.

I was made to do things differently… to be a tender, loving, caring to my children, to be frugal when it comes to caring for them all, to be sure they are all clothed well, and to be sure they eat well.

Is my value less than his because of what he is capable of doing? Or his less because he is not as tender, frugal, or mindful of things around the house as I am?

NO, each of us were made for a different purpose. Him, to work by the sweat of his brow and lead all of  us spiritually and some day stand before our Lord and Savior for each  person in His care.

I was made to be submissive to him, to love him, to love my children, to be chaste,  to be sober in all things, to be the keeper at home, and good, obedient to him so that the Word of God not be blasphemed.(Titus 2)

That word BLASPHEMED-  always stands out to me.. it always tears into my heart.  Because I know that I struggle in the being '”obedient to him” part.( As any woman of today would.) We are raised to be independent, strong willed, career women.

So what does that be obedient mean?- It means to let go of your will, for his will. Following His commands, his desires, and his will whether HE IS RIGHT OR NOT!

What does the blasphemed mean- to insult, slander, curse or defame the Word of God.

To think every time I allowed my will to over rule the will of my beloved’s I am blaspheming the Word of God. I am slandering, cursing or defaming his Word in the eyes of others, and my beloved.  A wave of shame enters my heart because I know it is not God’s will for me to live in disobedience or rebellion.

Am I being the example to my children on rebellion Or disobedience by not honoring or obeying my beloved?

God’s Word sets our lives in order, and we can not pick and choose the things we want to obey.

 

John 14

12Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on me, the works that I do shall he do also; and greater works than these shall he do; because I go unto my Father.

13And whatsoever ye shall ask in my name, that will I do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son.

14If ye shall ask any thing in my name, I will do it.

15If ye love me, keep my commandments.

16And I will pray the Father, and he shall give you another Comforter, that he may abide with you for ever;

There are those that many think there are just the 10 commandments, but there are more than that. There  are over 600 commandments in the Word- each narrowing down to the Ten Commandments, and the two that the Lord Jesus emphasizes.

But we are told by Jesus to KEEP MY COMMANDMENTS.. if you love HIM.

OH Lord Help me- help me to be the Woman you have called me to be. Help me to love you, to love my husband and my children. Help me to obey, when my will, and mind wants to get in the way.

My heart is not to defame or slander your Word, but to bring your Word and you Glory. Give me strength beyond myself.

In Jesus Name- Amen

 

Sisters- it is not always easy to do the will of God, but we have to remember it is not in our own strength, but it is the strength of the Father, that we are able to live, and obey His commandments!

Thursday, December 10, 2009

Here I am..

Hello Ya’LL!!! I am here. I am alive. I can not believe that this week has gone by. It is Thursday already? I started to feel bad in the beginning of the week, so I fought not feeling a hundred percent all week.

Christmas was looking pretty dim around here because I was a bit slow in the decorating department. The children decided they were going to help mom get motivatedOpen-mouthed So up went the stockings and the wreath on the door.

I took PM to get his Texas driver’s liscense, did you know it is a two day process? First day you take the written test, then you have to come back VERY early in the morning to take the driver’s test. Wow- first time I ever experience a process like it!

So in a nutshell that was my week.

Talk to you again soon

Angie

Saturday, December 5, 2009

Christmas?- what is it really?

I will share I am not a big Holiday fan. I am a Christ fan, but I am  not a fan of what this season always seems to be about: spending,sales, and presents. You read over and over and over again in people's blog, twitters, etc how they are struggling to buy presents. Why? 

Are we not to be celebrating HIM? This season some how has turn into a season of presents, instead of a season of THE ONE AND ONLY GREATEST GIFT OF ALL.  If I could wrap salvation in a box I would give this gift to people, because that is “truly” what  people need more than anything else.

This season is not suppose to be about the best present you get or give, or the shopping, or being sucked in by every Christmas bargain out there. It should be about HIM- celebrating his birth. A gift for us believers that is matchless!

 

Teaching the true meaning of this season is what we focus on. We want to make sure that our children know  who this season is about and what it all truly means.

We also know,  this is not the time of the year our Savior was born, and we also know that this was integrated into the church to counteract a pagan holiday.  Another important consideration!

 

Jesus says himself

Matthew 22:29

29Jesus answered and said unto them, Ye do err, not knowing the scriptures, nor the power of God.

(now he was speaking of other things in this verse, but can’t it be applied to anything in our lives?) Yes!

We error because we do not know the scriptures, we do not read them enough, we do not study the true meaning of the words, and we do not exam things that we read, hear or even know as “tradition”.

 

There are pastors that state their is nothing wrong with “celebrating” Christmas. I agree- as long it is truly about Christ.

We do decorate a tiny bit, but for the most part, we focus on the nativity scene. We have a devotion each night that focus on each part of this precious scene. We spend time reading the word, singing, and praying: as each day gets closer and closer to the nativity  figure of baby Jesus (which you take out on Christmas day)! What a joyous day that is for all of us!  This year we will make a birthday cake for him(chocolate at little Duck’s request) and we will sing Happy birthday to our Savior!

 

Let’s us take time to remember Christ this season!

 

Angie

Friday, December 4, 2009

Snow in Texas


Can u believe we have snow in Texas?








It seems that we have brought the snow back with us from PA. I just wish it would last longer and not turn into a mucky,slushy mess.


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Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Thanksgiving Photo Shoots

 

I did a few photo shoots for  the Williams family

 

 

The Sellers Family

 

My family

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