Monthly Archives: August 2008

Women of Faith…

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This past weekend a group from church went to WOF in Dallas. We had a blast!!! Due to unfortunate circumstances we had to sit in the nosebleed section and one or two times Christy and I thought we’d never see our families again, but all in all it was good.

I got to see one of my favorite singers, Natalie Grant, perform. MAN, this girl can sing. I knew she could but seeing her live was just such a blessing and an awesome experience. Another awesome singer, Nicole C. Mullen, was there too and I am thinkin’ I need to go get her new album.

And the speakers, don’t even get me started on them. They were hilarious to say the least. Luci Swindoll is a 75 year old lady with an attitude!! (she’ll tell you herself she’s cranky!)  Patsy Clairmont was clearly a crowd favorite and cute as can be. But the one that truly got me, truly spoke to my heart, was Sheila Walsh. She spoke about her dad and how when he was only 34 years old he was put into a mental ward at a prison because he had an inoperable brain tumor that caused violent mood swings. Her mom could no longer care for him at home and it was such a hard decision for her. He ended up escaping one night and was found dead soon after. He had either fallen or jumped into a river to escape the mental anguish he endured.

She had gone back to Scotland to visit her mom and while there decided to take the same fateful walk her dad had taken his last night on Earth. She was very touching when she spoke aloud about “when he jumped, that he jumped right into the arms of Jesus,” and basically talked about his last moments on Earth just before his entrance into Heaven. Of course I was thinking about my own dad and his final moments before he went to Heaven. I guess those emotions have been pushed so far down since last year that they finally saw opportunity to spill out; and spill out they did. I just sat there sobbing and trying to breathe. Thanks to Renae who so sweetly put her arm around me and let me deal with everything. She leaned over and told me that the story was for me. I am sure it was and for countless others there as well.

So, needless to say, I had a great time this weekend. I came back refreshed and renewed and with a fresh sense of God’s love for me. The me that doesn’t do everything perfectly.

Remember, if you meet someone that tells you your crazy for lovin’ Jesus-tell them they need a “Brainwash!”

Peace!

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Homeschooling Here We Come!!

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I have been fretting over the fact that we still needed to get Sam and Noah’s curriculum to start schooling. The new full year set for each of them was about $400 together. And that’s cheap. For curriculum, that is. Trust me.

So, I have been praying and praying about what to do. Do I buy a bunch of used books from various publishers and piece the year together? Do I just buy a little new at a time? I prayed and I prayed and I prayed some more. And you know what? GOD ANSWERED! He amazes me with his provision.

I had asked a question on my homeschool board regarding my curriculum woes and basically asked for some advice. Well, a sweet lady on that board emailed me and told me that she felt led to send me her Rod and Staff Grade 2 Math and English sets. Complete sets at that!!! NEW!!! For FREE. Did I mention she said FREE!? She was going to donate them to a ministry bookfair this weekend but decided that God wanted her to send the books to me. She is not charging me a dime for them, not even shipping costs. How awesome is that!! How awesome is our GOD!!!! This is the exact curriculum we were wanting to purchase for the year too. The one that would cost me $200, but now costs me NOTHING!!! Sorry, can you tell I’m excited…..

THEN, I was pokin’ around on the swap board and saw a lady selling her 5th grade Math teacher and student books by ABEKA for only $18 together! They are new and only a few of the student pages have been used but I don’t mind that at all! I sent her a money order off today. YIPPEE!

Now I have Lizzie’s complete Rod and Staff curriculum and Noah’s and Sam’s will be here before we want to start school!! I am also looking at an English curriculum for Sam on ebay that is a steal, but I gotta keep my eye on it!

I am so excited about homeschooling. What an opportunity to mold and shape my kids for Christ. I am so blessed to be able to stay home with them and have them with me all day every day. Some moms think that is the kiss of death, but I count it a privelege. It is truly God that allows me to stay home. Your eyes would literally roll out of your head if you knew how much money we “live” on with 5 kids. But that’s ok, because God is the giver of all things and I am thankful my hubby still has a job in today’s economy.

I will post some pics of our first day of homeschooling in a few weeks. Since we are homeschooling, we are taking full advantage of that and not starting until after Labor Day!!!

Washer Woes

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My washing machine has been acting weird and finally it decided to go kaput on us Monday. It does everything it should until it is time to spin the clothes. It just acts like it is too much trouble and moves ever so slowly. We really don’t have the extra money right now to call out a repair man or even buy a new one. My washer is only 7-8 years old. It’s still a baby in my opinion. Plus, it is the nice heavy-duty, super capacity one that gets all 7 of our clothes done without taking all day.

My sister had brought hers up when she moved and it was being stored at The Wild West’s place, so we ended up going to get it today. Great, now I could wash clothes again, yippee! I put a third load in about 1 and a half hours ago and I was sitting here minding my own beeswax when all of a sudden I hear water gushing out in the laundry room. I jump up and run in there and there is water POURING out from behind the washing machine. I screamed for Jeremy and remembered to stop the washer. DUH. We had a nice rain, er flood, of about 1-2 inches all over my laundry room, which is not the tiniest of rooms, and also under my kitchen pantry. Thank GOD for shop-vacs. However we still had to pull all the junk out of the laundry room and get everything dry that we could. I was not in a very Christian mood, let’s put it that way. I told Jeremy “when it rains it pours.” And ours unfortunately came pouring out of the washing machine hose. Apparantly the hose on my sister’s washer did not fit our faucet as well as ours did and the thing just blew off of there.

I just wanted to give up. The stress is mounting. We are waiting on a new job for Jeremy, we need to fix the washer, my sister’s van is not running properly, her oldest boys need potty-trained before school starts in a few weeks, I have $400 worth of curriculum to still buy before we can even start schooling and don’t know where that is coming from. I have a tendency to get “paralyzed” when a lot is going on at once. I am a fixer and when I can’t fix it, I don’t like it. But I know that God is my handy-man and that only He can fix most things. It is just so easy to get weary in the waiting. Help me Lord to remember your Word: And we know that ALL things work together for GOOD to them that love God, to them who are the called  according to his purpose.” Romans 8:28

This time last year…

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  we were in Destin, Florida on our first ever REAL family vacation!! OH how we long to go back to our beloved beach! Jeremy didn’t even want to go to the beach in the first place and now he is wishing we were back there. We are actually planning a trip down there in May 2009 with his parents because they want to see the place we have NOT stopped talking about for the past year! This time we are going to stay in a condo right on the beach and just soak it up. I am dying to get my friends down there too because some of them have never seen this place and I know they and their families will love it too.

I am in awe of God’s majesty and how beautiful His earth is. If Destin is this beautiful, I can only wonder how much more beautiful Heaven will be!

Breaktime…

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So I was at the walmart this evening picking up some things for a verrry late dinner. Of course I get in line and who do I see? My hairdresser in the next lane over. The one I love but, unfortunately had to cancel on last month. I need to get my roots redone, but I frankly need to buy curriculum for my kids before I need blonde streaks put back in my hair. What’s that word….oh yeah PRIORITIES! The sad thing is I have seen her out more than once and I know she’s got to be thinking, “oh that girl needs an appointment!” Today though I realize I am looking less than stellar in my pink t-shirt with the blood stain on the left shoulder from one of my children (had NO idea it was there till walmart), and my husbands sandals. Niiiice.

Hopefully I will be able to get back in to see her soon. Although this is not an emergency, I have lived without highlights for 29 years, I would like to go and have a mommy break.

 I will be having a nice break in a few weeks though when I go to Women of Faith. I absolutely cannot wait!!! I want to laugh ’till I cry, cry because I hurt, and carry those hurts to my Saviour. I pray each lady that goes will grow closer to God and each other. Let the countdown begin!!!