Thursday, November 26, 2015


This year my family is spending Thanksgiving all spread out!  The morning started with texts from the boys. They are in Fredericksburg with their dad and spent the morning hunting. 

Then I got a few pictures from Blake in Puerto Rico. 

Mom, Dad, Amber and the gang sent a few pictures of their afternoon.

And Richard, the kids and I spent the day with Richard's parents. 
I am thankful for all my family and especially thankful for the technology that keeps us all connected on a daily basis!
Happy Thanksgiving! 

Monday, November 23, 2015

A SUPER Party!

We finally made it to my parents to celebrate my birthday! And this year she picked the theme Super Mom! Everything was super heroes but in pink! The table had pictures of me with all the kids and special power goodie bags with a powerbar and a powerade.
The banner had each kid on it with a different saying.

She even got me a Super Mom shirt to wear!

And Abby got her a Super Dog dress, too!

Thanks, Mom for another great party! This Super Mom couldn't do it without having a Super Mom herself!!

Monday, November 02, 2015

A challenge...

A little over a year ago when we moved into our new home, I decided to get back into having my daily quiet time in the morning. I asked God to make it easy for me to wake up earlier and to fit it in on a regular basis. From then on all of last year I was awakened from my sleep consistently at 5:30am.  It was so neat as the days and months went on and it just kept happening. I knew it could not be coincidence and to think that God wanted to meet with me to was amazing. When the summer came, I was able to sleep in and whenever I got up I would have my quiet time for as long as I wanted. It was so nice to have the freedom to sit and visit with God for hours on end. 
Then, August rolled back around and I was nervous that I would have to readjust to getting up earlier. So I started setting my alarm for 5:30 AM. It has been a struggle to get up when I hear the alarm go off. So, that got me to thinking back to last year when it seemed so easy. The only difference was that my alarm was set this year and it was not last year. So I decided to ask God to faithfully wake me up again to see if that made a difference. And for the last three weeks I have been able to wake up at 5:30 without any hesitation, and I truly do feel more rested than when the alarm was waking me up. There is something about being nudged awake gently versus the startling jolt you get from the loud buzzing in your ear. The more I thought about it God showed me that the alarm wasn't bad, but it left room for the enemy or myself to whisper lies like "I'm too tired" or "I'll do it later", but when God Himself is sitting at you bedside telling me it's time to wake up, there is no room for lies.  So, I challenge you, if you are having difficulty with an early-morning quiet time, to ask God to wake you up. I have found Him so faithful and I know you will also.