Dec 10, 2008
Yesterday after putting the kids in bed EARLY, I thought either I'm going to take some PM Tylenol or I need to get out of this house...I opted to go to ballet and it was lovely! Just enough of a scenery change to get me out of my funk and trust me I was in a funk! I really didn't want to hang out with myself, hence the just go to bed thing...
Here we are today and I enjoyed my quiet-ish time and the Lord really gave me some direction for For His Glory which is the ministry part of my life, and now here we are. I'm about to get out of here to run errands and I am so excited, it really is a good day!
Dec 9, 2008
I got this off the Simple wife (blog) so I am going to do it and if you would like to join is please do!
1. Egg Nog or Hot Chocolate?Coffee. Or coffee with Hot Chocolate
2.Does Santa wrap presents or just sit them under the tree?Santa doesn't bring us presents
3. Colored lights on house/tree or white?White. with duct tape..LOL
4. Do you hang mistletoe?Nope!
5.When do you put your decorations up? As soon as I want to...usually Mid-November
6. What is your favorite holiday dish ? All the holiday choices!
. 7. Favorite holiday memory as a child? Driving to San Jose and spending the holidays with cousins, and Uncle Joedy
8.When and how did you learn the truth about Santa? Probably around six or seven, and I told everybody else once I learned!
9. Do you open a gift on Christmas Eve?Yes--pajamas.
10. How do you decorate your Christmas tree? Family mish mosh
11. Snow. Love it or dread it?Love it.
12. Can you ice skate?Oh yeah. Backwards a bit too!
13. Do you remember your favorite gift?
14. What is the most important thing about the holidays to you? Jesus.
15. What is your favorite holiday dessert? Sees Candies
16. What is your favorite holiday tradition? Christmas music and playing games, enjoying the days of the season.
17. What tops your Christmas tree? An Angel
18. Which do you prefer giving or receiving?Giving. ( Especially when the funds are there to give)
19. What is your favorite Christmas song?Right now? "Ring the Bells" by Travis Cottrell.(my youngest comes running to me and wants to attach to me while I waltz around.)
20. Candy Canes. Yum or Yuck?I could take them or leave them.
21. What do you want for Christmas? A Christ centered holiday, not just the day, but the whole thing!
22. Do you attend an annual Christmas party? Yep Randall has a party for work that I like to go to, it usually involves a very gourmet dinner.
23. Do you dress up for Christmas Eve or wear PJ's?Dress up for church and ten wear PJ's
24. Do you own a Santa hat?Nope.
25. Who do you normally spend Christmas with?
My immediate family!
Dec 8, 2008
Dec 4, 2008
When the Israelites had just crossed the Red Sea and the Lord led them into the wilderness. They were thirsty. Moses cut down a tree and threw it into the waters of Marah and the waters went from bitter to sweet. I am in a really bitter situation right now and my temptation is to become bitter (I have bowed to that temptation a bit here lately). But I was completely convicted when the realization came that the tree Moses through into the water, the tree??? the cross, the Lords Cross which is mine through salvation, made the waters sweet! I know that the Old Testament is loaded with symbolism and it can be hard to understand, but this one was pretty clear, Jesus, because of His work on the cross, when applied to this bitter soul, will turn my bitterness into sweetness and heal my hurt, my aching heart. That is what I want!
If you are reading this and feel led to pray for me, I humbly say thank~you! But I also return that to you, if you need prayer through something you are working through, I am a willing heart to serve you in this way.
Blessings to you and yours,
Dec 2, 2008
Dec 1, 2008
Nov 24, 2008
The one thing that comes with precious independent kids as they grow, they seem to desire snuggles less and less, the quality time we spend with them becomes more about practicalities and adventure rather than just simply sitting still and being loved. A small child comes to mom and dad with their booboo's and want them to be kissed and cared for, but as that child grows they begin to "suck it up" rather than bother anyone with their pain.
AHHH but sick days...
When my kids get sick, they become a bit more still and receptive to my nurturing touch. I get to put a cloth on their face to cool their fever, rub their backs, even my 5ft 10 year old will sit in my lap and desire sit still time...
As I was pondering sick days, not the kind where the kids are on their "death bed", but the kind that just requires extra R&R...I realized that our sweet Father in Heaven may just also desire us as His children to have sick days, that we might stop our independent ways to climb up into His heavenly lap and let Him love us the way He so desires to! I don't tend to climb into His lap when I'm well and about doing whatever I'm doing..(especially the things I'm doing for Him)and He calls me in sick just so I'll stop and let Him love me..You know I'm a bit convicted!
I hope over the holidays I stop everyday, even as I'm serving all those I'm called to serve, and just climb into His lap and let Him love me. I pray also that you might find a moment where you can play hooky from all you've got going on, just to "hang out" with our God. Blessings to you! Tiffany
Sandra, was getting ready to come upstairs for the evening and heard scratching at the garage door. Thinking it was the cat, she opened it to see a creature with black and white stripes...aka skunk..
After an hour of man vs. wild we finally got the outcome we desired.. removal.
I will post the 18 minute video as soon as it is uploaded into YouTube!!! I hope you enjoy.
Nov 23, 2008
I shouldn't be on here this morning, but I thought I would take the moment to blog a bit. Now I need to get a shower and have some COFFEE!! Love y'all!
Nov 21, 2008
No I didn't start out 13 years ago in my marriage saying we will celebrate Christmas for three months, it kinda just happened. I love to have my house decorated before Thanksgiving so I can enjoy the ambiance for Turkey Day.
I DO NOT enjoy getting up early, but I prepare the turkey the night before, and place it in the oven at 5AM (which on this day I don't mind early) at like 250degrees and it bakes for 8 hours! I put it in a bag and cook it upside down, and the thing is so tender and juicy and oh my so good!!!
By the time I re-wake up, the house smells of Turkey and it's wonderful!
We never have the same crowd twice, as both sides of our family live states away and so we are on our own. I love to cook this meal and regardless it gets made... I put pickles and olives out for the kids to pick at all morning, and they love it!
We eat around 1/2ish and it is lovely, Turkey and mashed potatoes, sweet potatoes, green beans and mac'n'cheese, stuffing/dressing, rolls and lots of gravy! by dinners end football is back on the TV and if there is o company I'll nap, but if there is company, we will fellowship and maybe play a game or something! I love it, I wish every year for a full house, I don't often get one, but that means that those around me are around there own families and they are blessed and not alone and that makes me so Thankful!
We may have Egyptian believers this year as our guests! What a privilege it will be to love on them in our home! Hope you've enjoyed my small glimpse of a holiday tradition from our family to yours!
Nov 19, 2008
Well they would have fallen out of my pocket onto the seat, and the lights were on inside to show off my mistake...
So today, I am stranded at the house with a dead car and keys stuck inside and a husband who is very upset with me. UGH I sure wish I could succeed at more aspects of my life.
Nov 11, 2008
~wake up super early Randall took Sandra to school for a test, I took the kids over to the camp out for breakfast we had eggs BACON and all the fixins...
~ The kids played hard until it was time to go to Joshua's baseball tournament,
~ I laughed so hard with the girls while sitting in front of the fire it was so so refreshing! Pure and sweet fellowship! It does exist!
~Randall took Josh home to get his cleats, he forgot them.
~I picked Sandra up from school drove to get food and take it to the flields
~Spent 4 hours at the baseball fields where we got destroyed...(the team is new)
~vegetated the rest of the evening
~church in the AM,
~left a bit early to go to yet another loss of a baseball game..
~facebooked the rest of the day
For those of you who might have read this whole post and have yet another after it which is just the way they post...I thought you might find our crazy life a bit of a read! If you couldn't bare to get through it, no loss I will blog in a different style most every other time! Love you!! Tiff
~enjoy The Stinky Cheese Man
~receive phone call from Randy the, 50% off sale outer wear Old Navy jackets we ordered for the kids for our trip to ID for Christmas, well this order went through 4 times and overloaded the credit card so it was completely unavailable for Randall's business trip UGH, he was NOT happy!
~Went to Chipotle for lunch!
~On the way home I get a phone call from the lunch lady at the kids school and Joshua lost his lunch from the time he left the house to the time he got to school...really he left it in Randall's car...So Randy had to go over to give it to him...NOT happy!
~Went to Kara's to see the new kitty, so cute
~Kids come home and we get ready for camp out
~Drive over to campgrounds(very happy they are just 5 miles away)
~get lost on site
~husband who still hadn't made it home from work when we set out made it to the campsite before we did!
~Major dinner prepared at 5 star camp set-up!
~Eat and fellowship.
~took a walk and after two hours of quiet time with the Lord went back to enjoy the delights of children playing with out worries, men gathering them together to take a hike(20+ people) took a hike, while the rest of us laughed and relaxed by the fire!
~around 10PM Randall and I headed home to sleep because of his back!
So at the end of a very long day we unwind and vegetate next to each other on Facebook..
Nov 1, 2008
Oct 24, 2008
Oct 22, 2008
Winter, Spring, Summer, or Fall?
Uh-huh. I like all the seasons, Each have benefits and each have down sides!
Who is your favorite Disney princess?
What's the last book you read?
Sunset by Karen Kingsbury...
What book are you reading right now?
Name one "presidential" memory (an election you remember as a child, voting for the first time, etc.)
I remember sitting on my dads shoulders while we were at a Regan rally... Later when it was airing on TV You could see me in the crowd. Kind of fun.
What are 3 things that scare you/freak you out?
1. That I would be out of the Lords will.
2. That I would no longer hear His voice
3. That I can hurt people by careless words
If you were running for office, what would your campaign slogan be?
I'm not sure, anything I'm thinking just sounds cheesy and forced.
What is your favorite football team(s)?
Do you have anything particular that you're looking forward to this Fall?
Yep. Our first fire of the year! I can't wait, oh and decorating the house with lights for Christmas!
Are you craving anything right now?
Nope, I'm good. Oh wait, I'm craving COFFEE!
Oct 21, 2008
Oct 20, 2008
This has been one of the biggest blessings and thrills of my life. I can't believe it. I have to tell you that I can sense the enemy trying to steal my joy where this is concerned and for some reason, I am having to fight to keep my defiant J-O-Y why defiant you might ask, because I desire joy to be defiant of my circumstances. For several weeks really I have some situations that have been highly discouraging and I am having to daily make choices with my attitude and my thoughts. Been there? Funny my circumstances don't seem to be changing any time soon...
Yesterday we enjoyed the going into His Sanctuary and worshipping with other believers and I needed to be there, I have to be honest to say nothing gets in my way to worship more than my own stuff. Bleh! Yesterday was no different, not circumstances, I usually can fight through those and bring the praise due to the LORD, however I stuck my foot in my mouth and hurt someone very unintentionally and well, lets just say, it ruined the rest of the services for me, I just kept journaling and praying and repenting! EEEK! Lord help me will I ever learn, probably not, a great deal of the Bible is discussing how impossible it is to control the tongue.. It is filled with deadly poison. AAAHHH! Funny thing is the words were harmless and in good fun, however when someone else is going through a tough time words can magnify hurt and well yesterday they did. I am very sad!
On another note today is our home school co-op day and I promised Jake if he did his work and brought everything to the school, we could stay all morning and play and eat lunch, so we have a great and fun morning ahead of us there, and I hope to get some work aka Bible study in for teaching tomorrow! If you are moved to pray for Baylor, please do, God is moving in the lives of these girls! It's my privilege to serve them in this way.
I would love to fill you in more, but we're leaving in 5 minutes and I'm still in my PJ's!
Do you know that I love you? Anyone who is checking up on us, and reading this, thanks for being interested in our little corner of the world. Tiffany
Oct 12, 2008
Oct 10, 2008
Jaden was just complaining to me that her friend has become the bossy one, I'm not so sure here is a picture claiming otherwise...AHHH so sweet
Josh watching Jake's game after a sad loss...
You know I think she might be tired! Whats your thoughts? After the talent show, video to follow soon, still uploading...
Sandra is doing well and very busy, looking into her options for next year.
I am running and running and trying to get caught up on sleep any moment I can, building a ministry, running a house and teaching dance, becoming a chauffeur can drain a person, don't you know...what did I do before Coffee??
Oct 8, 2008
Sep 20, 2008
No I haven't fallen off the planet, although I have to admit I feel like I've inherited a life new and unknown. I've not got any new pictures because the battery on my camera is dead and I haven't the mind to take the battery out and charge it, nor do I have the creative posture to take the pictures in the first place. I will I promise take some adorable photos of these kids and our life. LOL I may even allow myself to be in one. We'll see.
As for our happenings, my life is in the car! I officially became the Morse chauffeur! Glory we found a car pool today! I hope it lasts and we can breath from the gas and time it takes to keep this family running smoothly.
Shall I start at the top, Randall is well doing his usual faithful thing, working at the same company and coaching Josh's baseball team. His Eagles are doing well except the disappointing Cowboys fiasco...
Sandra our honorary daughter is in college and working at Starbucks, and going to school.
Jacob (Jake) is going to co-op and loving it! Homeschooling agrees with him! Praise the LORD!! He is playing baseball for a new team and doing well.
Jaden is my hip hop girl. She is working hard at acrobatics and hip hop and feeling her niche. I am soooooooo happy. She is constantly showing her skills to me and excited for me to be proud of her accomplishments. I think its the sweetest thing ever. I keep hearing the same word describing her "she is such a nut" EEK! Tell me about it!
Joshua baseball is his love and he is very talented, but he is now loving basketball. I think it is so cute to watch. He is full of life.
I am waking early to take Sandra to her job, ministry building, teaching dance, getting Sandra to and from school, as I said earlier in this post, we now have a car pool, Yay! I am thrilled. Every other Tuesday I'm at Baylor and meeting with some very precious girls. BSF started and we are studying the life of Moses and I have a wonderful group. Sandra is doing this as well and is enjoying it I think.
I think this post is prob very boring I promise to be more creative in the future. I just didn't want you to think I've fallen off the edge though it's been tempting.
Sep 10, 2008
Sep 9, 2008
Sep 3, 2008
I've been dancing for a week now. Teaching acrobatics,jazz,and ballet. I actually have 2 ballet classes this year. I'm taking Jazz modern tap and ballet. Another year! I love it, I'm so blessed to have this in my life. The kids started school three weeks ago. Jake will start Monday. Randall is working hard and coaching baseball. He is coaching Joshuas team and Jake will play for a rival team this fall.
I will update more later with pictures...Love you all
Tiffany for His Glory
Sep 1, 2008
Aug 27, 2008
My love forever
Tiffany For His Glory
Aug 26, 2008
Here is a Q&A session with Beth, Amanda, and Melissa
Melana, Veronica, me and Adrienne we had so much fun together