Thursday, April 10, 2014

Why I was Born

I heard someone say once that there are two days in your life that are more important than all the rest.

The day you were born and the day you figure out why.

I vividly remember that statement because I thought it was a little harsh. I wondered if I would always wonder myself or if I would figure it out before I was too old to do something about it.

It wasn't long after that that I did. Or better yet, that Jesus Christ led my steps down a road in Mechanicsville that changed everything.

It all began last December.

We were on the hunt for a family to bless at Christmas time. We always do this and it is as much of a fun tradition for us as it is a blessing for another family.

The problem was that this year-we didn't find anybody. I know now that the Lord just wanted to stir our hearts to dig deeper. I have no doubt that there were plenty of families in need.

So we began looking for places that we could instead go and give a few hours of our time. I made a few phone calls and sent a few emails and we ended up at Water Angel Ministries.

God was teaching us that he didn't want our money. He wanted our time.

Boy, did he get that message across.

I really can't explain what happened the first time we came into WA. I am not a superstitious person and Tim would be even less than I. But we immediately felt at home.

We went there thinking we would go fold socks and get shoes ready for the Christmas service. We didn't have any plans of going back after that.

We still haven't left :)

You will find us there every Thursday and Sunday and I have to admit I'd like to be there every day in between. 

Last week the sermon was from Matthew chapter 9. Verse 36 says that When he saw the multitudes he was moved with compassion on them, because they fainted, and were scattered abroad as sheep having no shepherd.

The preacher kept on preaching but I honestly never heard anything past that verse. 

I now live to be an earthly shepherd, leading the way to the One. 

It's what I was made to do.

Monday, April 7, 2014

Soccer 2014

So I took a three month hiatus!

I sort of figured out what I was born to do and dove in head first. Didn't leave much time for blogging. More on that later in the week. It deserves it's own post.

However, this cuteness can not go unnoticed. Consider this my mama entrance back into blog land.

So, without further ado, I present to you one of the Huskies (Quinley) and one of the Wildcats (Tanner) of Concord Soccer 2014.

The season started off this past Saturday with a 9 am opener for each kid. That's something to get your blood pumping on a cool spring morning.

Here's the little miss. She's a little cold…

Here's her team warming up and praying before the game began.

Because both kids played at the same time I didn't get to watch Tanner's game much. Tim, Keith and Wanda mostly watched him and I watched Miss Q.

Tanner's team moved fast-you can hardly see him in these pictures. It was amazing the difference in the four and five year olds.

When did they get big enough to do this?! Tanner had his kindergarten evaluation today. It is really happening. They are getting to be big kids.

I'm excited to spend the next six weeks watching my kids play and enjoy themselves. What a blessing.

Thursday, January 30, 2014

Beautiful Cold

A good camera was one of the best things I ever invested in. 

I haven't invested in much-but that's neither here nor there.

My study bible is the very best big $ I ever spent but the camera is a close second.

I didn't know this five years ago but my very favorite thing about taking my own pictures of the kids is that when I hang them on the wall and walk past them I think about what was happening that day, what they did or said, etc. So the picture is more than a picture. It's a memory.

I took these of my sweet snow bunny yesterday. We weren't expecting snow here in Knoxville so this has been a nice little surprise this week!

We had actually been out playing in the snow about a half hr. before this. We had so much fun! Two of the neighbor kids came out and rode down the hill with us. Little Miss still is afraid to go by herself but she did ride with me. There's just something about having Mama's arm wrapped around you that's comforting I suppose.

Of course it didn't take long for our toes to turn frigid. Just like I expected, Tanner wasn't complaining at all and Quinley and I could barely feel our feet. So the little Mister stayed out to play with his buddies while Q and I headed inside to warm up and get changed. And go back out again :)

Just for the record, she was NOT looking forward to going back out. It is seriously so cold here right now. I promised her we would only be out there for about five minutes and it truly was probably not even that long. I didn't want her to catch pneumonia for the sake of a picture.

I think you can look at these pictures and tell what kind of little girl she is. Very, very sweet. I am blessed to be her mama. She also has a little spunk and is a tad bit hard to handle at times right now. But she's three. I learned last time around that this too shall pass :)

She's my little lady. I couldn't be more proud. I love you Miss Q!

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Let it SNOW

We are housebound today with an unexpected dump of six inches of snow! I love it.

I dropped the kids off for school yesterday and realized that I had forgotten about a special afternoon event at preschool. I called them to ask if I needed to bring any food for the kids etc. and they informed that I needed to look outside because they were closing in thirty minutes. And I needed to pick the kids up now.

What a great mother….."Oh it's snowing outside? Because I was just thinking they would love to stay at school all day today."

This is the second snow storm we've gotten in the past week. The first one was in Ky. while we were visiting mom last weekend. We got to go out in it and (try) to sleigh ride. That didn't work out well so we just rode four wheelers in the snow and pulled each other on an old tube.

You really can't tell what's going on in this picture but the next morning when we woke up I saw the horse trotting down Peters Road. It was so funny. The man in the yellow coat is my uncle David after he caught the horse. 

Who left that gate open….? :)

It is a whopping 1 degree here right now. When it warms up we're headed outside for some more fun!!!

Thursday, January 23, 2014

Update on Life

Every January we take MLK day and have a little fun day as a family.

Tim always gets the day off and for that I am thankful. It's something we're getting used to looking forward to in the brrrr's of the most frigid month of the year.

This year, we went to Wilderness at the Smokies and it did not disappoint.

As a side note for moms….the cool thing is, it doesn't matter how pale you are in the middle of January. Because everyone else is too:)

I was really surprised the kids liked this pool….it had major waves about every five minutes or so. They loved it.

We got to kidnap my little niece for the trip and as you can tell, she loved it.

I feel ya sister….

The temperature there is a balmy 88 perfection. I think the high here at home today is 28.

I'm ready to go back!

Saturday, January 11, 2014

Learning to Pray

Have you ever sat down to pray and just didn't know the right words to say?

Not that you have to say the right words at all. It's more about pouring out your heart go God rather than saying fancy words or phrases.

One thing that I'm trying to teach the kids is that you don't just bring a grocery list of needs to God in prayer. However, it's hard to instruct these things when they pray their precious little prayers. I dare not interrupt.

I hope to instead lead by example.

Last night I sat down and was taking some notes and writing in my prayer journal and Tanner said he wanted to write down some "prayers."

I said, "Ok while you're at it why don't you write some praises too?!"

This is what he came up with.

You can see that he was praising God for vacation (we're planning one now) and getting to eat out for mamaw's birthday yesterday. His requests were for Samuel (a man we know who is struggling), Tareq and Iman (his friends who recently moved away).

I loved this last one. We saw a man get arrested yesterday and he was worried about him last night.

I want to frame this and keep it forever.

On another note, here is the birthday girl and I yesterday.

We went downtown to Market Square to celebrate and had the best time. April and I got so tickled because everyone we know is always posting a ton of selfies and for the life of us-we can't take ONE picture we like. So just trust that she was there and she looked beautiful-but I don't have a photo to document.

I thought this graffiti was pretty and had the kids pose by it. Sort of.

And here's the boy playing video games with grandma. This kind of cracks me up. Mom is game for anything.

That's all for today folks. Bless your sweet hearts and bless the Lord on his day tomorrow. I'm off to get the kids bathed and in bed for Sunday.

So long sweet friends.

Tuesday, January 7, 2014

A Clean Sweep

I'm no different than any other American when it comes to the first of January I suppose. I'm not talking about resolutions here. I'm sure that if I said I was going to lose ten pounds I would drive myself crazy with it and actually gain five.

What I am talking about is that lull of time between Christmas and New Years when it seems like the weekend for a solid month, there are no schedules and the family is seemingly watching bowl games and playing board games every day all day. That is my time to get organized.

Let me clarify before some of you might think that I am in fact an organized person with an organized life… no. That wouldn't be me. Although I like a schedule, I relish the chaos and like to sometimes make decisions on a whim. That's how I roll.

So you probably wont be finding me cleaning our drawers out or organizing closets in the spring-but you might find me doing that in this period of time I'm talking about. Because if I don't do it then, it might not get done.

A few days ago as I was cleaning out the kids toy box I was thinking about my own life and the big bin of "stuff" I would like to get rid of.

Anxiety, hatefulness and most of all my own comfort zone (that's a big one for me right now.)

If I had an imaginary bag for my emotions and the intangible's in my life that weigh me down, those would be the things that would be thrown to the dumpster right away.

Just like having too many clothes in a closet or too many toys in a room can cause you to stumble and fall and not even be able to walk straight through a room at times emotional baggage can do the same. Even worse.

I wish that I could live out Hebrews 11:1 faithfully every day.  If I did, I wouldn't get anxious when I can't see what God is doing in our lives and I have to just close my eyes and trust. I wish that I never got in God's way and tried to take His great plan into my own hands, but I'm afraid that sometimes I do.

I wish I was always one of those chirpy ladies who is singing when she wakes up and smiles automatically all day every day.

I am not. Sometimes I am grumpy and I am hateful.

It causes me to trip up with my kids and my husband and I hate that. Just last night I had to apologize to each of them individually for being a not so nice version of myself for the last hour of the day.

I wish that I knew better how to leave my comfortable life and reach the other side of town. The place where more hurting and hungry people live. Where kids would love for someone to show some interest in them take them to get an ice cream or shoot some hoops with them at the gym.

It is time for me to make a clean sweep.

Because when I get anxious and get in God's way and make a mess of things, when I'm hateful to my people and when I stay on my own side of town out of fear of the unknown I am doing no good for anyone. Not me, not my family or the people I want to reach and definitely not for God.

I've been led to Isaiah 43:19 a lot lately….

See I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up;
do you not perceive it?
I am making a way in the wilderness and streams in the wasteland.

A new year. A new time. A new thing for Christ Jesus.

It's time for me to get out my broom. Will you get yours too?!