Nov 30, 2009

Time to re-access...

We are one more day away from December, which completely struck me this morning in my quiet time~ I spent a wonderful four hours with the Lord last New Years Eve praying about the previous year and dedicating 2009 to Him. Here we are closing in on the end of this year and I can't believe it! I have grown so much, and my children have grown so much!

I can sense a season of change approaching, and while I laid in my bed this morning not wanting to get up, I could make a check list of all the things I would like to change and not change and what I could do better and perhaps not do at all! I am sure though that I am going to seek the Lord desperately in the coming year! That is the one thing I am most excited about! I don't know much else the Lord has in store, I just know that in order to be prepared and equipped to do whatever He has for me I much make sense of the world that I am called to here in the home! That includes parenting, marriage, schedules, schooling, seeking my God! Everything else is going to have to wait and be placed on hold for a little while! I need to get back to the basics and make sure the Lord is ordaining these steps of mine!

Do you ever just take a step back and re-access your life and make sure it is as the Lord is wanting it to be!!?? I need to do that every so often because I can get so comfortable in my "routines" that I am not walking in His best for me! So I am reevaluating and looking forward to what is in the "next" of my life! Some things may not change...I will just have to wait upon the LORD and see His direction!

I do hope to blog more...because I treasure the blogs I read and hope to be a treasure to someone as well!

Have a blessed day,

Sep 16, 2009

Entitled (rambling thoughts that are in my mind and not proof read!)

Wow, I'm so thrilled that I am posting twice in one week! I am astounded at how sweetly the Lord is speaking and teaching me! I love seasons of life that are like that!

I am reminded as speaking with a sweet sister this morning, and I was fired up again about my purpose on this earth! So many things in our political climate that are changing, so many freedoms that are at stake...In our nation have a responsibility to speak forth and exercise our freedoms, and we have the freedom to hold our government accountable, and vote in leaders and out leaders that will uphold our values and protect the freedoms that the blood of our soldiers testifies of. We are seeing so many things happening and changing and they are scary and uncertain, history repeating itself in ways that did not bade well, and ended in disastrous casualties...all the things the Bible speaks of in
2 Timothy 3:1-7,
Dear friends, this is now my second letter to you. I have written both of them as reminders to stimulate you to wholesome thinking. 2I want you to recall the words spoken in the past by the holy prophets and the command given by our Lord and Savior through your apostles.
3First of all, you must understand that in the last days scoffers will come, scoffing and following their own evil desires. 4They will say, "Where is this 'coming' he promised? Ever since our fathers died, everything goes on as it has since the beginning of creation." 5But they deliberately forget that long ago by God's word the heavens existed and the earth was formed out of water and by water. 6By these waters also the world of that time was deluged and destroyed. 7By the same word the present heavens and earth are reserved for fire, being kept for the day of judgment and destruction of ungodly men.

and also

Matt 24:3-14
3As Jesus was sitting on the Mount of Olives, the disciples came to him privately. "Tell us," they said, "when will this happen, and what will be the sign of your coming and of the end of the age?"
4Jesus answered: "Watch out that no one deceives you. 5For many will come in my name, claiming, 'I am the Christ,[a]' and will deceive many. 6You will hear of wars and rumors of wars, but see to it that you are not alarmed. Such things must happen, but the end is still to come. 7Nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. There will be famines and earthquakes in various places. 8All these are the beginning of birth pains.
9"Then you will be handed over to be persecuted and put to death, and you will be hated by all nations because of me. 10At that time many will turn away from the faith and will betray and hate each other, 11and many false prophets will appear and deceive many people. 12Because of the increase of wickedness, the love of most will grow cold, 13but he who stands firm to the end will be saved. 14And this gospel of the kingdom will be preached in the whole world as a testimony to all nations, and then the end will come.

Listen, I am not saying I'm not a bit worried about things that "could" happen over the next years...I am a mom with kids completely focused on spreading the gospel of Jesus Christ, I know what prophesies say about persecution in the last days...I just know this, I have a burning in my soul to preach Jesus Christ...

1Cor 2

1When I came to you, brothers, I did not come with eloquence or superior wisdom as I proclaimed to you the testimony about God.[a] 2For I resolved to know nothing while I was with you except Jesus Christ and him crucified. 3I came to you in weakness and fear, and with much trembling. 4My message and my preaching were not with wise and persuasive words, but with a demonstration of the Spirit's power, 5so that your faith might not rest on men's wisdom, but on God's power.

Whew, if ever there were words of my own, these are mine right here...

I am not qualified to do this thing that I do, but what I do, I hope to do in the power of the Holy Spirit...

I challenge you to know that we are called to love the Lord our God with everything we are and we are to love others as we love ourselves...If you love God with all you are, you know the best way to love others is with the mind of the midst of a hurting and desperate world, one which may meet their Creator sooner rather than later I sure hope to preach Christ in love with the power of the Holy Spirit and see a lost and hurting world begin to heal from the inside out because of Christ Jesus!!!

I love you friends and readers, more than you could know!!

Sep 13, 2009

I am a bad blogger

I have come to the conclusion that I am not a great blogger!

I want to keep it up because of the sweet friendships I have developed because of it, and I so enjoy reading others blogs, so I want to keep y'all updated, but I'm not sure during this EXTREMELY busy season in my life where it fits! But don't give up on me, I really do want to keep my friends from afar updated on our going ons...

As for today, I have been up since 2AM and finally got out of bed at 5 and have been just doing what ever and getting myself organized and ready for the week ahead..

This weekend has been rainy and in the (wait for it) in the 70's....oh my it was a wonderful Sat of painting and crafting...I am redoing my daughters room for her 10th birthday, so I'm going completely all out! It's going to be darling...Yes, I plan on showing the finished product when it is done!

Today I am going to be seeing my brother for lunch, which I'm so excited...he has been a tremendous asset to my journey of founding a non-profit ministry. Not too much further in the process, but getting closer! I have a lawyer to do the legal that is something..there are so many profound decisions that seem scary to me...positions to be filled with people who share the same heart and passions(not paid of course) , and all the words that must fit into sentences just so to articulate the purpose and mission of our ministry...I know how the heart beats to serve, but to place that in business type terms with out it losing it's umph seems, well, HARD!!

All I know is when I have the opportunity to teach the Word and love people for the sake of Christ, everything is right in my world. Other people in ministry seem to complicate all those things and that is the most frustrating part I have found as pursuit of ministry has been more intentional..

I have to be honest, why do we complicate the simplicity of Christ? He is truly what life is about, and I am confused how so many in ministry and leadership seem to think it is their responsibility to critique and complicate...I am not polished yet I'm teachable, I am not eloquent, yet my speech is filled with love and grace...I see the heart of a people who want to go deep into relationship with the Lord and are overwhelmed with programs and "perfectly structured" fill in the blanks.....________________!!

I know my calling is to Love the Lord my God with all my heart soul mind and strength, and to love others as I love myself...(simple concept)

My heart is broken from some things I have seen lately in ministry...ministry is about serving others, loving others, leading others to Christ...not personal agenda's..

Yeah I am founding a ministry, and you may ask well, don't you have an agenda...the answer..
YES!! My agenda is what the Lord desires! To teach His Word to who ever will listen...Paul says he didn't have eloquent speech or persuasive words, yet he reached multitudes, he was unpolished and rough, yet the Lord esteemed him to do great things for the kingdom. There is a lost and hurting world out there and I desire to love them and serve them like nobodies business!! Whew..

When I knew for sure the Lord was calling me into full time ministry, there was one thing I knew for sure...I am not qualified for this!! However, my heart before the Lord, you say in your word you use the foolish things of this earth to confound the wise, there is none more foolish than me, so i am going to trust you can do what You say You can do in me...I am amazed at what the Lord has shown me in the last 5 years, talk about an thing is for certain, He Is the Lord and I am amazed...

I'm not sure how to close this post because it is a culmination of scattered thoughts, so I will close with prayer..

Lord Jesus, you are the one and only! How I ache to serve You! How I desire to see Your return and to see Your bride as spotless and beautiful as You see her! I love you so...
Give me a heart to love You and to know You more than anything else on this earth, You are so worthy!

Jun 17, 2009

I will NOT be the same!

THE QUESTION that CHANGED MY LIFE-by David Ryser.A number of years ago, I had the privilege of teaching at a school of ministry. My students were hungry for God, and I was constantly searching for ways to challenge them to fall more in love with Jesus and to become voices for revival in the Church. I came across a quote attributed most often to Rev. Sam Pascoe. It is a short version of the history of Christianity, and it goes like this: Christianity started in Palestine as a fellowship; it moved to Greece and became a philosophy; it moved to Italy and became an institution; it moved to Europe and became a culture; it came to America and became an enterprise. Some of the students were only 18 or 19 years old--barely out of diapers--and I wanted them to understand and appreciate the import of the last line, so I clarified it by adding, "An enterprise. That's a business." After a few moments Martha, the youngest student in the class, raised her hand. I could not imagine what her question might be. I thought the little vignette was self-explanatory, and that I had performed it brilliantly. Nevertheless, I acknowledged Martha's raised hand, "Yes, Martha." She asked such a simple question, "A business? But isn't it supposed to be a body?" I could not envision where this line of questioning was going, and the only response I could think of was, "Yes." She continued, "But when a body becomes a business, isn't that a prostitute?"The room went dead silent. For several seconds no one moved or spoke. We were stunned, afraid to make a sound because the presence of God had flooded into the room, and we knew we were on holy ground. All I could think in those sacred moments was, "Wow, I wish I'd thought of that." I didn't dare express that thought aloud. God had taken over the class.Martha's question changed my life. For six months, I thought about her question at least once every day. "When a body becomes a business, isn't that a prostitute?" There is only one answer to her question. The answer is "Yes." The American Church, tragically, is heavily populated by people who do not love God. How can we love Him? We don't even know Him; and I mean really know Him.... I stand by my statement that most American Christians do not know God--much less love Him. The root of this condition originates in how we came to God. Most of us came to Him because of what we were told He would do for us. We were promised that He would bless us in life and take us to heaven after death. We married Him for His money, and we don't care if He lives or dies as long as we can get His stuff. We have made the Kingdom of God into a business, merchandising His anointing. This should not be. We are commanded to love God, and are called to be the Bride of Christ--that's pretty intimate stuff. We are supposed to be His lovers. How can we love someone we don't even know? And even if we do know someone, is that a guarantee that we truly love them? Are we lovers or prostitutes?I was pondering Martha's question again one day, and considered the question, "What's the difference between a lover and a prostitute?" I realized that both do many of the same things, but a lover does what she does because she loves. A prostitute pretends to love, but only as long as you pay. Then I asked the question, "What would happen if God stopped paying me?"For the next several months, I allowed God to search me to uncover my motives for loving and serving Him. Was I really a true lover of God? What would happen if He stopped blessing me? What if He never did another thing for me? Would I still love Him? Please understand, I believe in the promises and blessings of God. The issue here is not whether God blesses His children; the issue is the condition of my heart. Why do I serve Him? Are His blessings in my life the gifts of a loving Father, or are they a wage that I have earned or a bribe/payment to love Him? Do I love God without any conditions? It took several months to work through these questions. Even now I wonder if my desire to love God is always matched by my attitude and behavior. I still catch myself being disappointed with God and angry that He has not met some perceived need in my life. I suspect this is something which is never fully resolved, but I want more than anything else to be a true lover of God.So what is it going to be? Which are we, lover or prostitute? There are no prostitutes in heaven, or in the Kingdom of God for that matter, but there are plenty of former prostitutes in both places. Take it from a recovering prostitute when I say there is no substitute for unconditional, intimate relationship with God. And I mean there is no palatable substitute available to us (take another look at Matthew 7:21-23 sometime). We must choose.-Dr. David Ryser.

Jun 15, 2009

Creatively trying to discipline...

My two youngest kiddo's have been so mean to each other lately.

So when we were out at the awards ceremony, they were just picking and picking at each other so I allowed them to enjoy each other's company by way of holding hands. Josh cried and Jaden egged him on, but after a good 30 minutes they pulled it together and had a great day! Praise the Lord!

Jun 14, 2009

Day at the lake..

Ode to our toilet...

****I'm sure you are thrilled I chose to share this****

I just have to share that in our kids bathroom has had a tragic loss! We haven't got the courage to discover what else may have been it's demise...Inside we found a plastic hanger and a bouncy ball. I think after these two items and the adventure of having to saw the screws in order to remove it from it's base my father and husband decided not to go digging for anything else...

Here is hubs!! I'm sure he was thrilled to spend his Thursday night removing a hopeless cause of a toilet!

Jun 4, 2009

Totally out there...

Some blogs are funny...
Some blogs are memory makers....
Some blogs are devotional style...
Some blogs are scheduled and diverse...

My blog is an eclectic collection of me..I am a goofy, driven, struggling, passionate, loving, ministry minded believer trying to make sense of all the seasons of my life in a way that honors the Lord..

I will probably go back to more goofy stuff on the blog and "sitcom" moments that constantly occur in our home, but for today, I'm going to bare my heart...

Well thanks to the world wide web, and facebook, lots and lots of friends from the past have been resurfacing. I love it! However, while some connections are amazing to have, others have taken me back in time to memories and insecurities that have been left un-dealt with. Mostly stuff from my childhood...

Some may ask why oh why would you subject yourself to that?? Well let me tell you some things I've learned since those days...
~Most every one deals with some form of insecurity from their past and present...
(so I choose to face it and get over it rather than run and hide from it)
~I desire to deal with my past failures and allow the Lord to heal my heart!
~I serve and surrender to a huge loving God, who has given me life and purpose regardless of my past, and in fact He desires to use it...I trust Him in that, and so I'm excited to see what he has in store.
~While I am disappointed that I am not the tiny girl from day's past, it does not change my value and my sweet loving Jesus has opened doors to live my passions and for that I am more than humbled!
~I'm totally forgiven!
Do you struggle with insecurities from your past??

Jun 2, 2009

"June Gloom"??? I don't think so!!

I have pictures on here of my kiddo's...

Jaden is so fun I love her so!

Could you just eat them up?? I'm such a proud mama!!

My passionate, imaginative, baseball loving dude!

Apr 25, 2009

Saturday happies...

I think I stole that blog title from someone, if is was you...I'm sorry, I just couldn't come up with one on my own...

Went to bed last night at 8:15 and woke at 9:30 AM...You think I was tired?? I was, well I drove and got a Delicious cup of coffee, dropped my daughter at her very own tap class, (that she is wanting and happy to attend***GASP***) and headed to the baseball fields...Josh's team mercied the other team. Jake's team won also! Since Josh's team scored max runs, Coach treated the team to ice was awesome... came home, watched my very favorite show Gilmore Girls and cooked for two hours did dishes, had half my homemade salsa spill all over the floor...UGH cleaned it up and I'm going to get cleaned up before eating a yummy Mexican meal with friends! Yeah, boring post to read, but it was an incredibly great and wonderful day! Oh yeah, I've not taken many pictures lately because my camera is messed up, but here is a sweet one of my youngest at last weekends tournament..

Apr 21, 2009

A note to say HI and a bit of ramblings beside...

Well, what a whirlwind life has been for the past school year! Seems for the last three years each year has held a new and unique flavor of difficulty and trial. Yet tucked in the midst, some of the most amazing treasures have been added to my life! About 7 years ago, I really came to a place in my life where I felt the call of full time ministry and in my very immature mind, I was like, how could I be so blessed to be called to such a task?? While I do agree it is a great blessing, the ideal of the form that blessing comes has taken a great shift! I have no right in and of myself to minister to one single soul, I realize how quickly the flesh takes residence and will win the battle of my will with out a proper and intimate relationship with the Lord Jesus! Even then there is a walking out life's circumstances in the power of the Holy Spirit every day that we are all learning to do effectively!

I have recently had a great moment of discouragement and glory to His Name, I'm not going to relive it here and describe it yet again! Every time I go back to the place, the tears come flooding my eyes and heart...but not I am just saying I theoretically fell hard in something I desperately wanted and worked hard for and fell in fact in front of some people I greatly respect and love! What a lesson I will have learned once it is all said and done! But, I am choosing to get back up and try again, but not until after I allow the Lord to tend to some hurts and broken places that I certainly am aware of at this minute!! LOL, don't you love the vague-ness of this post! Sorry, it is a bit of therapy!

As for the future of this ministry venture???!!! I am pressing on toward the goal of Christ Jesus! However He leads me, I will go! I an heading into His sweet presence for a season, I am taking the summer for intense study and time with leadership, no ministry(other than family and friends) I have a great outline of some studies I would like to complete and some straight through some different books of the Bible! I am so excited! Time alone with my savior! Oh what a delight!

As for the sweetest blessings, there are some amazing friendships the Lord has placed in my life, some that I wouldn't even have known had I not stepped out in faith as we changed churches a year ago! I am so thankful to the Lord for that! I am so thankful His Word is truth and how He says so perfectly that the Truth shall set you free! And whom the Lord set free is free indeed! I want to be free! Praise the Lord! I have one very dear friend the Lord has taken the sweetest of circumstances to develop! Praise the Lord for He has shown me that there are sweet lasting friendships to be had! I almost had given up on that thought...not a poor me, I just so have desired that and have had it taken from me so often! I love godly friends! Oh my and the world of blogger friends that are being sweetly developed whew...I love that there are some precious friends that are around the country studying the Word together and being real with one another and loving together and laughing together and hurting together and praying for one another...Oh my how I see the Lords creative use of this technology thing and using it for His sweet glory and purposes! What a sweet delight! Worship is a great delight! What a motivator and time of conviction and blessing to worship the God of creation!

I told you this would be a rambling...

I have found that I don't blog often because I am a relational person and since so rarely do people comment I don't really know if anyone even reads my blog or even cares...LOL, not a poor me thing, just I formed this blog for friends and family to follow what we are up to since we are so long distance from EVERYONE, I don't even think family reads it...LOL.. so that is the reason I don't really blog very often! I should do a better job of daily life blog entries, because we are a hysterical bunch with goofy things happening everyday...

OK well, I'm going to head off my kids are getting a bit demanding and I need to attend to them... I love you all.....


Apr 17, 2009

Well, it is noon and we have arrived at the day of the event! Oh my is it raining! Oh my is it just coming down! Last night the Lord gave me such scriptures that would encourage my heart! We have prayed for this event for so many weeks, for me it has been months and months...We are going down in faith the Lord has a plan and a place for us!

Deut. 32:1-4
Give ear O heavens, and I will speak;
And hear I earth, the words of my mouth.
Let my teaching drop as the rain,
My speech distill as the dew,
as raindrops on the tender herb,
And as showers on the grass,
For I proclaim the name of the LORD
Ascribe the greatness to our God
He is the Rock, His work is perfect
For all His ways are justice
A God of truth and without injustice
Righteous and upright is He.

Whew...what a word! I Pray that the Lord will use my mouth like clay and mold is how He sees fit! That all praise and all glory be unto Him alone, I have been touched and blessed and quickened and changed by the message He has to speak!

LORD, You are holy and just! You are the ONE we love and adore! We come to serve You and lift you up!
As to the interactive radar, the storms look to be moving out of the area with in an hour or so! Dry ground Lord...please give us dry ground, yet the hearts of the people Lord would be fertile ground for the planting of the seed of Your Word!!! Oh that the hearts of these students would be drawn to the hearing of Your Word tonight! That we would have such favor...super natural favor in the hearts of students as they plan their evening draw them Lord draw them! That the people in Common Grounds would be drawn to enter Your Holy Presence as we worship and adore You! Let not one leave unchanged for Your glory! You Lord it is all about You and we are so privileged to serve You! Let the sound be with out glitch Lord bless the Worship team and their hearts as they lead us into Your sweet presence Lord that You would richly abide in our midst tonight and throughout the ministry at Baylor! Loft up the whole team tonight, what a sacrifice to get down there and time away from families and Lord I ask you to bless the families! Bless my family Lord as they are sharing me for the furtherance of Your amazing Gospel! Lord God you are everything to me and to us...

Tiffany Morse
For His Glory

Mar 6, 2009

I wish all my days with the kids were this sweet!

What is going on in our world???

Well, this is the busiest time of the year! Baseball season! Practices are in full swing and recital preparations are under way. I love this time of year as it flies by and before we know it we will be back on the boat (thank you Daddy) basking in the sun! I love this time of year! I'm preparing the garden for planting (love that it is early March and I'm in the garden already) , and getting all the ideas in place for the next phase of backyard landscape. I love it!

I got a swivel chair for my study! My rear kept going numb from the dining chair that I was sitting in. I'm not sure hubs was thrilled I chose this paycheck to purchase in, but I assure you, my rump is thrilled and not feeling the least bit guilty.

My husband is slowly becoming a master griller! We love to BBQ and I'm so thankful we have moved past the everything jerky stage! YUM!!!

Oh and I'm going to the LPL conference in Memphis this year! I am sooooooooooo excited to meet up with all the Siestas and learn and laugh and eat and you name it we are going to have a blast. That isn't until October, and we have a lot of living to do before that takes place!

Last thing, 6 weeks exactly until Baylor "live"...that is 42 days!!

Happy Friday...

Have you ever noticed I never and I do mean never have any creative titles for my blog posts...

OK, so this has been a fabulous week indeed. I had my brother here Monday-Thursday and we had the best time.. one thing about Johnny, he never changes, his humor gets me to the gut every time! I have to say, in the stage of life that I am in (creating a non-prof ministry) he was right on time! God's time! What a blast to have the Lord open my ears and my understanding to hear some of the advice he had to give...
~People over estimate what they can do in a year, but under estimate what they can do in ten. Perhaps this is old news to you, but to me it was a huge challenge!
~As I head into this ministry I need a business plan, normally I would have rolled my eyes and smiled politely, but I am going into a world of chaos and I definitely need a clear plan.
~Set the bar high!! It will determine how far you can go! Normally this would be like nails on a chalk board to me, but in all actuality, after the past two years of ministry with people I can see the value of this! Not perfect people, intentional and consistent. Indeed gifted in the area's they are called to serve in...hmmm food for thought!
~ I think I even agreed to read some books on business***gasp*** if you know me at all you know that I am VERY selective of the things I read! Has to be God!

We were undoubtedly disappointed to see him go! But since he is going to be serving Texas in his job from time to time, we shall see him a lot more! My kids need their Uncle Johnny, so I am VERY VERY thrilled with this arrangement!

Today we are going to go to the zoo. The kids and I are going to head over after the field trip kids leave and enjoy a few hours looking at animals and playing around. Since we are going to have a windy 80 degree day, I think it will be lovely! I'm charging the camera battery as we speak.

I'll check in with you later and post about the zoo and other stuff that is going on in our world! To anyone who is out there reading...BECAUSE I NEVER HEAR FROM ANY OF YOU!!!! UGH!!!

Love ya!

Mar 4, 2009

The best part of waking up...

It is 8AM in our home, the dogs are fighting and Jake and I are hanging a few minutes he will help me clean the kitchen and we will head off to his school! The two younger kiddo's are still sleeping. I know this post is riveting, but Jake thought is would be interesting to see how this blogging thing works!

Jake does say "HI" perhaps he will come up with something far more insightful for the next time we post together! Blessings from the the Morse Family!!

Mar 3, 2009

Check this out!

I was floored and completely blessed by this web site!! I kept seeing Jason Castro's picture on this billboard around town with the web address, I wanted to check it out and now today through a face book post of a friend, I checked it out and I was completely blessed!

Feb 27, 2009

I have an announcement!!!!

I have not made a huge point of talking about my ministry ventures on this blog and I will probably keep it randomly added as this blog is more for other things but I can't resist!!!! As many of you know, I have been in college ministry for the past few years! I have been all over the map emotionally with it as real live ministry is messy and hard...there are ups and downs and *whew* it is a roller coaster...

So this year the Lord has led me to Baylor University to disciple a group of girls, which I will continue to do as he allows, but in addition to this wonderful ministry the Lord has led me to put on a "live" event. Crazy!!! As most of you know I am completely administratively challenged, it is simply not my gifting and so this has been an adventure to say the least! But Glory to the Name of my Lord Jesus...and after much faith whew...we are booked for our very first For His Glory event!! How on earth I am privileged to be able to lead this ministry in that direction is beyond me, but nonetheless, it is happening. I didn't sleep a wink last night, my mind was racing and racing...who knows if anyone will show up, but now we actually get to advertise and proactively plan...

I am so excited and blessed and floored and nervous and name it I'm going crazy! Those of you who know me well I am an over enthusiastic exclamation mark of a person...Crazy in love with Jesus! I just can't believe I get to really do this thing...

Feb 6, 2009

Y'all I needed a cup of coffee today...

Good morning, my bloggy peeps! I am sitting in my study getting ready to head on down to Baylor, my windows are open and there is this delicious whisper of a wonderful worship is filling my home with sounds of a faithful God being praised and out side my window somewhere I seriously here baby birds chirping. My cup runneth over!

Then to top it all off, the Lord has given me the most amazing Word for my Baylor discipleship group. I hope to share some of it, if you want to hear please comment, or I will forget to post it!

A big shout out to my dearest friend in the whole world Kara who gave me this Giant coffee mug to enjoy this morning...

Jan 28, 2009

Welcome back to the blogger world, one might say! Yes it has been awhile and I honestly cannot say how often and consistently I will write, but what I do know is that I love to update family and friends on the happenings in our world, I value each and every person who may happen upon this blog!

So I've included pictures here but my text is not going to necessarily go with it so I will at least give you the run down in this paragraph...We now have two puppies! Chloe we got two months ago, is the sweetest animal we have ever known. she is tender and obedient and smart, however, we desire to have some extra protection since we live in an area that while it is beautiful, is unpredictable in the times in which we live. So we got another pup yesterday to provide some companionship and extra security.
"Preacher" is his name. He is so little, smaller than Chloe was when we got her...he is 8 weeks old today while Chloe is 17 weeks...

My kids are getting older and so stinking fun.

Jake will be 11 in March and is just simply a delight. He is excited for some baseball. He is totally enthralled with the guitar and practices on the electric guitar nonstop. I have to say I do love it and do not mind. I can totally tune out the nonsense of loudness if I have too.

Jaden is 9 and loves singing and hip hop. It is so cute! I love to watch her concentrate as she learns a new combination and then as she works to learn it. It's fun to watch your children apply themselves don't you think? She may play softball this spring, which will be fun, baseball genes run deep in our family so...

Josh is 7 and baseball all the wars and light savers..and
cars and tools and taking everything apart! Cannot wash his clothes with out checking the pockets! At night he is always cuddled with various goodies like batteries and parts to different
expensive flashlights.

As some of the pictures might elude, we are in the process of changing the house up a bit! I'm painting the house a grey color and will be using black and red to accent..I was so tired of looking at stained carpet so I ripped it out, why not?? Now we look at the messy concrete slab, which honestly I don't mind at all!!! Perfect for training puppies! Dust has gone down and now we will get our wood back!

I love the picture here, you see where we left off painting! LOL, don't you just love it!

Well, I'm going to head off for now, I hope to write again soon. Blessings..

Jan 22, 2009


Her worth is far above rubies!
She girds herself with strength and strengthens her arms.
She extends her hand to the poor.
She is not afraid of the snow for her household, For all her house is clothed!
Strength and honor are her clothing.
She shall rejoice in the time to come.
She opens her mouth with wisdom.
She watches over household and does not eat the bread of idleness.
Charm is deceitful and beauty is passing, but a woman who fears the LORD she shall be praised!
~This is my mother, isn't she beautiful? I wish to proclaim that what Satan meant for evil the LORD GOD has made good! The ashes God has turned to beauty! My mother carries the weight of a testimony one would dread, but she has transparently shared the Gospel of Jesus Christ and many will see the glory of salvation because she chose to fight..
I honor you mom! May my daughter carry on your testimony and walk in the ways of the Lord as you!

My Daddy!

I know this is a random post, but I have this wonderful picture of my father and I thought I would post and say...I love my father, he had worked faithfully to allow my mom to stay home and raise 3 kids allow for her to do full time ministry and he himself to love people for the Lord Jesus! I love you daddy, thank you for loving unconditionally always. Love hopes all things, believes all things, always patient, always kind, it does not envy and it is not self seeking! I am not writing this Scripture out verbatim, I just out of memory am throwing out the attributes I know of your character..I bless you!

Jan 1, 2009

Happy New Year

Good Morning/afternoon/evening/night!

It is January 1, my whole family is still in bed, I'm up putzing through my morning in total silence. It is wonderful. I have so much on my heart and so many bloggable moments over the past month, I wonder if they will ever make it to the page, nonetheless, I shall try to give both family fodder and depth of insight(LOL) as I can muster the intelligence to pull together.

I suppose the best way to publish this post is to make a running countdown for the events of December and a few reflective anecdotes of the year in review.

Thanksgiving, we had friends new and old over for a wonderful meal and time of fellowship(that sounds stuffy) Soon after, Maybe it was even that morning, Randall and I decided to let the kids have their Christmas gifts since we weren't going to take our Christmas up to New Meadows, ID(more details later on). those who know Randall and I would not be the least surprised at this nonsense as we don't always do things traditionally or in a way that makes sense to every one. Can I say that this make for one of the best Christmases ever! I not once heard can I have...I want...I need...blah blah blah...We spent the entire month of December attending all the Christmas traditions for the typical American Christian family(i.e.childrens programs, choir performance, parties...)Everything seemed to have different meaning.

The first weekend in Dec, was our "nerdy Christmas party". I hung the lights on the house this year with duct tape, (Randall hasn't helped me hang lights in 4 years and I was determined to get them up, brick doesn't make that an easy task) just in time for the guests showing up. We had so much fun...(posting pictures below). Randall really gets into this kind of stuff for some reason...

Jaden sung in the Christmas children's choir and she made me so proud.

The following week end was the Church choir performance...I had choreographed for one of the adult #'s and it was nice to see it come together. Meanwhile I had a terrible case of strep..oh well there is too much to do...that is what medicine is for...I had to skip out on one night of the performances to go to Randall's annual company holiday party, they take us out to a fabulously fancy restaurant and I get to dress up and hang out with my man. We went to this organic pasta restaurant in Downtown Dallas called VillaO. I spent two hours curling my hair(huge feet for me, I don't take time to do stuff like that) I got several compliments, felt very embarrassed and got to be pretty for the night...Randalls company is owned by a Jewish family and I was honored to sit next to the wife, I was completely smitten listening to her talk about their visits to Israel, there is something so cool about seeing Israel through the eyes of a Jew! Made my whole night! Good hair and talking to a Jew. What can I say I'm odd!

Third week was pretty much uneventful, Just preparing for the trip, teaching classes as usual and getting excited and nervous for the drive and time in one cabin with all the family.

We left for ID on Thursday night, I had the through the night shift and was supposed to be able to sleep during the day(not). I knew I was in trouble when two Benadryl didn't take the edge off and I was up and hour later.. In Colorado Springs, I met up with a blogger friend and it was the coolest thing ever. We had Starbucks and talked... I slept a bit through the Rockies and then...night fall and Randall starts getting tired...UGH I took over in Salt Lake City...I DO NOT LIKE SALT LAKE CITY NIGHT TIME SNOW DRIVING IN SALT LAKE CITY!!! Especially after a NoDoz...When the roads began to look different like are they wet?? are they ice??? is tat snow?? I couldn't tell, mind you my heart is now pounding, Randall is asleep and...tired and caffeine and snow on bridges don't go together for me! I woke Randall and not two seconds after I lifted my foot off the gas, a car comes by my and skids out of control and crashes into the center median...Praise you Jesus! I was OK, but ten as we passed about 3-5 other crashes I'm like get me off this road!


We made it after 36 hours...UGH

I will continue this post another time!! Starting with the vacation!