Tuesday, August 20, 2013

An Article ~ About Young Children in Church


I really thought this was worth sharing because if you are mom, whether you are at church or just trying to create some type of normalcy after having children such as going to the grocery store, this could be anyone one of us and it could happen just about anywhere as your motor through your days on less than 5 hours and uninterrupted sleep that you might manage to get in one night.

What do you think?  Will it change the way you look at a mom at church and will you take the time to thank her for the effort she made to get to church?

I will say that on many days and mornings on Sunday, I dragged myself to church, no shower, with Demi in tow.  Can I just say how glad I am that I did that...even as she has gotten older, I remember many days when I wasn't going to go and she said, "mom I really want to go" and I am so blessed that she did.  My little 13 year old would go to church every day and night of the week and there isn't any place that I would rather her be and would have her surrounded by than her Godly Girlfriends who share her faith.  I just pray that she continues to grow in her faith and relationship with her Heavenly Father.

On a late note, go and make it an amazing Wednesday!!  I challenge you to bless someone tomorrow with a deliberate act of love...not random but intentional in that you know how you will bless someone but you don't know who until God shows you the opportunity.  Talk about JOY, it will bless you more than you know and if you are struggling right now, this will be an awesome way to make you feel better because you made a difference in the life of someone else.  Try it, you will like it!!


A Bit Of Our Life Making Lasting Memories

I was reflecting on children and the things that bring them the most joy and happiness along with lasting memories. It is not the expensive clothes or the newest gadgets like Iphones, although these things do bring instant gratification. This summer as I was trying to put together Demi's 13th birthday party with a very limited budget, I had prayed and prayed that it would be a very special weekend and birthday, one she would never forget. Little did I know and often forget as I think about my desires, that our children's desires are so different then ours. JOY comes in ways we never expect if we open our hearts and lives to what we have and not what others have and or are doing. I am reminded daily with my sweet angel that it is the simple things, like spending time together that bring so many smiles and amazing fun that have made lasting memories. I could not have imagined how Demi and her friends would feel after spending the weekend on Kristen Angwin's Landen's End on Grapevine Lake. On the way home, I overheard all 4 girls in the back saying this "this was by far the BEST and MOST FUN birthday party ever. It was an extraordinary weekend spent with family and friends tubing, canoeing, surf boarding, swimming, and eating. When we look for the blessings right in front of us, we will often find that He sprinkles us with EVERYTHING we need to enjoy life together even when we think and worry that it is not enough. It reminds me of one of my favorite childhood memories at my dad's uncle's house in MD on the farm. We woke to the roosters and their cock a doodle doos, shucking corn, milking the cows, waiting for the men to come in to line up their dirty rubber boots in a row while the women prepared dinner so we could all eat on a huge picnic table sharing His blessing of food and family, and topping off an amazing day with homemade ice cream that seemed to take forever to make. #beautifullife



Saturday, August 17, 2013

Latest Review on Some Great Books and Blogs ~ Enjoy

As most of you know, I love and enjoy reading.

Here are a few of my new books that I have read and or are reading now.  No judging on how many I have started and plan to read, it is a day by day as to which one I will read :-).

1.  Spirit Hunger by Gari Meacham

2.  Becoming Myself by Stasi Etheridge

3.  Kingdom Woman by Chrystal Evans Hurst

4.  Lifegiving by Tammy Maltby (again)

5.  Circe Maker by Mark Batterson (this is one I pick up to read again and again)

6.  The Book (NIV Bible, it is a must read daily)

7.  Produced by Faith by Devon Franklin (Haven't read this yet because I can't find the book)

8.  http://www.shaunaniequist.com/books/  ( I am so excited to read her new book, Bread and Wine about getting back to eating and fellowship around the dinner table)

9.     http://www.aholyexperience.com/2013/08/how-to-have-the-best-birthday-the-best-today-the-best-any-day/  (Blog post that I love and try to live with my daughter)

10.  Sparkly Green Earrings by Melanie Shankle (This book had my laughing under my breath - motherhood expectations


Thursday, August 15, 2013

BJH Cheer Team at Texas Ranger Game on August 14th, 2013 with Santa ~

Just a quick post with some pictures of  Demi and her cheer team at the Texas Ranger's game on August 14th for a NCA clinic in Arlington, Texas.  Guess who also came to the game?  You got it, Santa himself was there passing out candy and taking pictures and the best part was that after rain storm the weather felt like it was fit for him too!!!