Wednesday, August 29, 2007
Thursday, August 23, 2007
Monday, August 20, 2007
I thought I would let you know how I came up with the title of my blog just in case any one was interested :)
I was involved in a bible study years ago and one of the verses that stuck out at me was this one. Isaiah 49:16, See I have engraved you on the palms of my hands... The teacher read this to us and told us that once we accept Jesus as our Savior our name is written in the Palms of Christ's hand right next to the nail scars and nothing could erase that. I liked the verse and even memorized it. I was in our church bookstore one day a few years later and I found a framed scripture that had this verse on it. I bought it and have it displayed in our home. As great as I thought this verse was it was not necessarily one that I pondered on all the time I just really liked the imagery of the it. I was grocery shopping one evening in December (1996) when the Salvation Army guy was outside ringing the bell and asking for donations as I left some money in the bucket he handed me a card I thanked him and put it in my sweater pocket.
Fastforward toFebruary(1997) I had just found out I was pregnant and then began to bleed. I was so upset. I went for a walk and just prayed and cried out to God I had already lost one baby , I did have a 3 year old, but had longed for another one and I just could not understand whyI was suffering through this type of loss again. As I was praying I noticed it got colder and I stuck my hands in my pocket. I felt something and pulled it out to see what it was It was the card that the Salvation Army guy gave me that night at the grocery store back in December. It had perferated edges so I tore them to see what it was and a peace came over me as I read the following verse , See I have engraved you in the palms of my hands. I began to cry as I was remined that He really did love me and cared enough to show up that cold February evening to comfort me. Since then I have claimed this verse and love to share it with others. It amazes me how I can read a verse one day and almost not even notice it and then read it again during a different set of circumstances and wow it just jumps off the page. I guess this is why you don't just read the Bible through one time and say "I'm done", it really speaks to us where we are.
I will never fully understand why God allows somethings to happen in our lives but I know He loves us and everything I have gone through has shaped me into the person I am today. I have so many stories relating to my losses. ( we lost another one for a total of 3) In fact there is one in particular I may share in the future as it is extremely sweet. After I publish this post I am going to pray for all of you who have lost a baby,and those who are struggling with infertility. Seek Him. He may not answer the way you desire but he does have a good and perfect will for all of us.
Thursday, August 16, 2007
Wednesday, August 15, 2007
Monday, August 13, 2007
My middle son, Carson began his first official day of K-5. He was so excited to go. We took pictures and all that good stuff (digital is broken that is why I don't have any pics right now). I even had quiet time with him and my youngest, Cameron. We read from a children's devotional and talked about the Lord being the creator of Life. When I picked him up he was still excited about going tomorrow even though he had to move his stick from green to yellow and did not get a sticker. :( Of course I am thinking GREAT, Just GREAT, the first day of school he talked too much and now I am going to teach at his school and of course I had to go there..... I had to think that the K-5 teachers are second guessing the school's decision to hire me I mean come on her kid had to move to yellow on the first day!!!! It did not help that my youngest was jumping all over the place and pulling things off the wall.:)
Yes it was a peaceful, classical musical morning around here NOT!!! Oh by the way, did I mention that my lovely dog Dallas ate a whole bar of soap while we were desperately trying not be late (but we were, another reason not to hire me) for the first day of school.
I have a favorite saying.... Worse things could happen and they absolutely could so I am smiling as I post this and praying that tomorrow will be a little less eventful, but if not, I'm sure the Lord will enable me to endure. :)
Friday, August 10, 2007
Well today is the last official day before school starts. I love having my kids home. I am going to really miss them. Carson is starting K-5 and will only be gone 1/2 day so it won't be too bad, but the oldest starting high school and between being gone all day doing homework and sports practices at night it can become difficult to connect oh and of course the fact that he is a teenager plays a huge part in the connecting department. Anyway I will miss them terribly.
Next year I plan to homeschool my little ones though so I am interested to see the differences within our family of having one in school and the other two at home I really wanted them to do K-5 at a school so that they could get an idea of just what structure is involved in school and that there will be a time for play but also a devoted time for learning.
The Lord has given me an opportunity this year that I could not pass up. I was asked to teach the 4-k class in the preschool program that my little ones attend. The kindergarten is there also and it will only be 3 hours a day and my children will be right there with me in the same location( which we could walk to from home) so I accepted and am looking forward to it. I am a little nervous though as the preschool begins in 2 1/2 weeks and I just found out 2 days ago and I have tons to do to prepare. I really believe the Lord will use this to jump start me into homeschooling next year. The people I will be working with are incredible and I am excited to see what the Lord will teach me this year through these new relationships with my collegues, students and parents. I am praying that as I embark on this new adventure He will give me strength and motivation to keep my home running smoothly so as not to take away from my husband and kids.
I want to leave you another nugget that my pastor would use in the pulpit.
"Never doubt in the dark what God has shown you in the light."
Wednesday, August 8, 2007
Tuesday, August 7, 2007
Monday, August 6, 2007
My sweet sister Sandy, passed this along to me. Thanks Sandy. I have really enjoyed blogging and am grateful that you got me started. I have made some really neat blog buddies. :)
So, I'm passing it on ~
In the south a schmoozer is someone who will 'suck up' in order to be recognized. Here in the blog world things are different. (Thank Goodness!) "This award goes to bloggers “who effortlessly weave their way in and out of the blogosphere, leaving friendly trails and smiles,happily making new friends along the way. They don’t limit their visits to only the rich and successful, but spend some time to say hello to new blogs as well. They are the ones who engage others in meaningful conversations, refusing to let it end at a mere hello - all the while fostering a sense of closeness and friendship.” Don't you just love that description. There are so many of you that I could give this award to but here are the 3 I've decided to pass it along to today, Christina, A very sweet mom and wife that I have enjoyed getting to know through her posts. She loves the Lord and it shows through her posts and she is a homeschool mom which I will be next year so I have enjoyed reading her blog and some of her links to homeschool stuff. Shelly, a very young, spiritually mature woman whose blog has made me think about scripture in ways I never thought before, and Adele, She loves the Lord and her blog connects the bridge between China and America through her details and links about adopting sweet little ones from China. Each of you sweet ladies have been a blessing to me so I hope you will accept this award and pass it along to 3 people that fit the above description.
Thursday, August 2, 2007
High School Questionaire
My sister, Sandy , tagged all who read her post a few days ago . It took me a couple of days to post. Sorry Sandy.
1. Who was your best friend? Sheryl Speck
2. Did you play any sports?If you consider baton twirling a sport then yes. It was a lot of work and did provide a college scholarship.
3. What kind of car did you drive? Ford Maverick
4. It’s Friday night. Where were you?School football game or out with my boyfriend who is now my dh.
5. Were you a party animal? no not at all. I really was always afraid I would get in trouble
6. Were you considered a flirt? yes at times
7. Were you in the band, orchestra or choir?Unfortunatley I did not play an instrument but I did twirl for 1/2 time shows
8. Were you a nerd?when I wasn't so consumed with what people thought I could be really nerdy
9. Were you ever suspended or expelled? no
10. Can you sing the fight song?about 1 line of it
11. Who was your favorite teacher? Mr. McVay
12. What was your school mascot? Trojan
13. Did you go to the Prom?Yes
14. If you could go back, would you? No
15. What do you remember most about graduation? Worrying too much about how my cap made my hair look.
16. Where were you on Senior Skip Day? I was a rule follower, I did not go.
17. Did you have a job your senior year? Yes, I worked at an insurance company and McDonalds
18. Where did you go most often for lunch? school
19. Have you gained weight since then? I'd say a whopping YES
20. What did you do after graduation?went out for a little with my friends
21. What year did you graduate? 1984
22. Who was your Senior Prom Date? David, my dh now
23. Are you going/did you go to your 10 year reunion? I did.
There I finally finished. If you want to answer the questions too feel free just let me know so I can come see your answers. If not no biggie it did take a little time to do.
Posted by Linda at 5:32 PM