4.30.2013

The Week in End








Emma and I had a wonderful weekend together and Pine Cove ... this is the second Mother/Daughter weekend we've done... it was truly a good time spend together laughing, enjoying nature, talking and just being away from it all...

The moms got to hear an incredible speaker... Esther Shigley... a mom of 7 kids. She's home schooled and her kids are currently in public school. I so enjoyed gleaning from her years of parenting experience...her humble heart and practical words of wisdom. I was challenged, convicted and encouraged.

She talked to the moms about how according to Scripture, (Luke 2:52) Jesus grew in wisdom and in stature and in favor with God and man... and as we should grow in this way to... and teach our children in the same way... I've typed up my notes. If you're interested in seeing them just email me...

I was just so grateful to learn this weekend and be challenged in what I'm doing with my kiddos. You never have this whole parenting figured out. It's important to stay humble and to be teachable. I will not parent perfectly and my kids will not behave perfectly... but I when it's all said and done I want to be able to say... I was not perfect but boy did I seek the Lord's wisdom and the Godly wisdom of others in raising my kiddos...


Tonight... I have a parent meeting for middle school. My first born son is headed to middle school!!! Time is flying by so fast...

*sigh*

3.25.2013

the week in end

One person who inspires me creatively and has for years does "the weekend lens" series every Monday. That person is the Ali Edwards... And although I feel like I know her well... it's only because she is gifted in her photography, she is sincere in her posts and flat out vulnerable at times - I feel like I "know" her...

And today I'm inspired to journal about our weekend...

My husband and son ventured to Webelos Woods camping this weekend. It was a father/son planned event. The weather was cold and a little rainy. But they managed to have an incredible time. I'm very proud of the two of them... venturing out, camping in the cold, lots of boy activity... archery, tomahawks, geocaching, hiking, camp fire...


One thing I'm struggling with my almost 11-year-old son is his picky eating. When he goes camping he's in a position to try new things or go hungry. Sounds harsh... but he's picky. Dad had to deal with it by himself this weekend... the grumpy boy who needs to eat but is refusing. He'll learn. We're making progress. But it's not fun.


Meanwhile... the girls got to hang at home. Getting cleaning done, crocheting, reading, watching movies... and the rain made for soccer games to be canceled... to our excitement! See the paint swatches on the wall? Cant' wait to paint those walls...


The rain did bring the boys home early from the camp-out but late in the night early Sunday morning... after mid-night they sleepily got in and the boy passed out in his bed... while Dad had to unload the camping equipment. He pretty much won Dad of the Year this weekend...

Sunday morning... church as a family. A nice surprise since I thought it would be just us girls. The boys were tired... super tired.

Palm Sunday... what a blessing - our church family. It's a joy teaching Sunday School to a handful of kiddos at our church. It's amazing to hear from their own words what they are learning from God's Word. Precious.

After church we traveled across town for an early Easter with Danny's family... our niece and nephew are moving so it was our last time to see them for a few months until we visit them... I always dis-like saying "good bye" to people... it's about the least favorite thing in life. I can remember being a small child and crying when people would leave/move... some things never change... as this was no different. We're going to miss them so much and we've enjoyed them being in the area this whole time... bitter-sweet for their move is a good one for their family...

And this little pup... we are pet-sitting. This photo is Raven's last good-bye to her Raz. Grammy and Pop-pop are going to keep Raz. He'll have a wonderful home... but until they get back from their travels we'll be foster home to Raz. To Luna the Kitty's frustration!

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3.18.2013

my dear friend... gone too soon

photo taken during choir tour summer 1997
Amy, Kim, Mimi, Jennifer and Missy

Yesterday we remembered my dear friend Jennifer Marie Murphy Martz's ... she died two weeks ago. And today - the day after her memorial service - I still can not wrap my mind around her departure from this world. I do know with certainty that she is praising God, fully whole, in heaven with her Savior.

I know this because we grew up together in school and in church. And although we didn't see eye-to-eye on everything we did agree on one thing... Jesus died on the cross to forgive our sins. And when we repent and ask him in to our hearts he forgives and adopts us as His own...

That if you confess with your mouth, "Jesus is Lord," and believe in your heart that God rasied him from the dead, you will be saved. For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with you mouth that you confess and are saved. As the Scripture says, "Anyone who trusts in him will never be put to shame." (Romans 10:9-11 NIV) 

 from our Napa trip this past summer 2012
Mimi, Kim, Jennifer, Amy and Missy

Jennifer wasn't perfect. Neither am I. It's humbling. But one thing Jennifer was... she was faithful.

She was a faithful mother to her three beautiful children.
She was a faithful employee.
She was a faithful volunteer.
She was faithful in her church.
She was a faithful friend. 

If you had the benefit of knowing her and being her friend you know exactly what I'm talking about... she was there for you. She was faithful. She would be there. She wasn't missing. You could depend on her. She simply didn't miss.

Jennifer's legacy of faithfulness will live on... her children have photos and memories and a foundation their momma gave them that will last a life time. The children she taught will have an imprint of life skills that will go on. The impact of her volunteer work will continue to bless others. Her presence and work in the church will be a legacy of faith, hard work and dedication.

The friend she was challenges me to be a better friend. We will miss Jennifer...  the hole of her missing life here on earth will hurt for a long time. But we will always experience her mark of faithfulness.

We will miss you Jennifer...

"I thank my God every time I remember you. In all my prayers for all of you, I always pray with joy because of your partnership in the gospel from the first day until now, being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus." Phil 1:3-6


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1.11.2013

crochet itty bitty hearts


Crochet hearts... so sweet - so much fun - SO easy... and for me to say that it must be easy...

I used this beautiful tutorial from Salt for the Spirit... she has step-by-step photos and explains the itty bitty crochet heart very well.

however...

I had to watch a uTube video - how to crochet a "magic ring"which is the beginning step... I watched this video by planetjune.

(I'm a visual learner so uTube has been fantastic for me to learn crochet...)

Also... I've made several larger hearts from the super tutorial here at Skip to my Lou...

Hope this helps!

I want to see what you made... so tag me on instagram!


1.01.2013

One Little Word 2013


A tradition I've embraced year to year... the One Little Word... (original idea from the talented Ali Edwards) It helps encompass all your possible goals for the new year in One Little Word.

My One Little Word for 2013 is.... SONG.

Music has been missing in my life for quite some time. Sure... we listen to music on the radio. But being the wanna-be journalist I am... I constantly have the news on in the background. Being that we just left an election year you can only imagine the unnecessary stress having the news on constantly has caused myself...!

Why song?

Music is a gift. It makes you happy. It makes you smart. It is a stress reliever. It can bring you closer to the Lord.

My sweet family gave me a beautiful acoustic Yamaha guitar for Christmas... yes... so... at 40 I will learn to play the guitar. My kids are going to take piano lessons. We've already moved our piano in a better location in the house - easily accessible and less possibility of getting laundry piled up on it! We're going to embrace music, learn about musicians and have the news on less...

"The Lord is my strength and my shield;
my heart trusts in him,
and I am helped.
My heart leaps for joy and I will give thanks to Him in song."
Psalm 28:7

"I will praise God's name in song
and glorify Him with Thanksgiving."
Psalm 69:30

"Worship the Lord with gladness;
come before him with joyful songs."
Psalm 100:2

12.31.2012

December Daily 20, 21, 22, 23, 24 and 25


Day 20: advent calendars... a tradition... Play Mobile and Lego... I love them just as much as the kids!


Day 21: this ornament was calling my name at the store...


Day 22: Made a lot of gifts this year... I've enjoyed my new crochet skills...


Day 23: neighbor baking... needed one more day to get all of this done!


Day 24: lots of traditions on this day... lots of friends pay a visit. Church service, Pajama Scavenger hunt, pajama family photo, advent and reading of Scripture. Hudson said he wanted to read from the Bible this year because Luke Ch. 2 was his favorite and it really seemed clear to him this year... love that boy to pieces.

Day 25:  Christmas Day... presents at our house... then over to Grammy and Pop-pop's for more presents and enjoyable day together. Grammy does such a pretty table...

Another Christmas... another December Daily... every year it goes by faster and faster... and every year we seem busier as much as I try to slow down. I look forward to 2013. I love the new year...

My One Little Word... tomorrow....

Goodbye 2012...

12.30.2012

December Daily 15, 16, 17, 18, 19


Day 15:  So we finally got around to decorating our tree... that had been up since Thanksgiving. Given the schedule my husband keeps it's difficult to be all together... so we finally got it done...


 Day 16: our cute adorable kids at church sang for the congregation... always a special treat.



 Day 17: this is a wall in our school with art work... second grade art work...


Day 18: December Pack Meeting... my "so cool" son in his Santa hat...


Day 19: class party day... such a busy day and so glad it was over...

Better late than never on these.... (:

12.15.2012

December Daily 10, 11, 12, 13, 14


Day 10: Out shopping on Monday... sights and sounds of the season...


Day 11: Patrick the Elf moves around every day... some days he gets creative...


Day 12: the children of our church performed Christmas music and we had a sing-along together... this was a wonderful evening...


 Day 13: Our Frontier Girls badge ceremony... sweet time with our girls and their families.


Day 14: got together with my friends I grew up with. It was out last celebration of our year of turning 40. We all received James Avery rings that truly represent the "ups and downs" in sisterhood. These are precious ladies and our friendships have stood the test of time...

12.10.2012

December Daily 7, 8 and 9



Friday night... 07... big brother had a sleep over at his friend's house... so Emma had her friend over... they were angels! They played and played... and went to sleep like they were told... sweet friends, sweet girls...


Saturday... 08... our sweet friend Ansley performed in the Nutcracker and we went to see her. She did an incredible job. Our other sweet friends Lauren and Sadie joined us... such a fun tradition. Then that night we went to the live Story of Christmas Hayride... it was amazing. Riding a hay ride and seeing 13 scenes from the life of Jesus.


Sunday...  09... time with our church family... the youth group met after church. My sweet 10 year old is now part of the Jr. High group... so hard to believe. Here they are gathered up and praying together with the leaders. Our church is small. It's simple. It's not perfect. I'm learning that's okay. And I truly love this group of people.

12.07.2012

December Daily 5 and 6


December 5th was a busy day and not a whole lot of Christmas happening... but we're always reading, drawing and writing around here. I guess the apple does not fall far from the tree... one thing is certain... our little new addition - Luna the kitty - loves to be near us at all times. If you are working on something she wants to be with you... it's really fun and gives us much joy. We can't help but smile at her no matter our mood...


December 6th... We made salt dough ornaments, more coloring and drawing at the messy table with Luna right in the middle and had Frontier Girls meeting and learned about Gingerbread. It was a full day... looking forward to the weekend...

12.05.2012

December Daily - Day 4


Lots of errands going on this warm December day... the temperatures were just in the 70s... which is what I prefer. Target, Joanne's, Hair Cut... lots going on this day...



12.04.2012

December Daily - Day 3


The weather has been crazy warm here in North Texas... almost 80 degrees yesterday... I had a little photo shoot at the park and dragged these kiddos along with me. They played while I took pictures of our sweet friends. And I got a few shots of these fun kids... and their summer clothes in December!

Here's to mild winters...
 This little girl follows me every where. She's fun to have around and keeps me entertained. I loves to lay down right where I'm working... this is a perfect example. Making lots of lists and trying to stay organized here...

This is the sweet family I had the privileged of photographing in the afternoon... precious!

 And I actually got in a work out yesterday... here we go again... 10K will be here before you know it.