Those who plant in tears will harvest SHOUTS OF JOY. They weep as they plant their seed, but they sing as they return with the HARVEST.

Psalm 126:5-6

Wednesday, January 30, 2008

Livin on a Prayer

I am sure you all remember that old Bon Jovi song, Livin on a Prayer. Well I had forgotten about until yesterday. My sister e-mailed and said that she was sitting on her couch with hair color in her hair listening to 80's music when this song came on. She said she was singing at the top of her lungs and thought that is my sister and her hub. She went on to say you all have been through so many difficult journeys and you held on to each other and prayed. I know these journeys were difficult going through them but it just shows how our faith can get us through anything.

She went on to say that we epitomize the phrase "Living on a prayer." I say to her thank you for seeing that in us.

I sometimes wonder if I am being the hands and feet of Jesus and if I am really affecting people for the good of His Kingdom. I think I am. It is amazing how people are watching us all the time and we don't even notice. I think when people really watch you is when you are going through a hard time. They want to see how you handle it. So I ask you all when something happens in your life that is not what you had planned, do you keep your eyes focused on God and glorify him or do you complain and whine and whimper? We can really be a witness to people with how we react during the hard times.

This last November My husband and I had a miscarriage and lost a precious gift. It hurt really bad and I know it will for a long time, but I told myself I will keep my eyes focused on the Lord and we will get through this with our Father in Heaven. I guess people were watching and I am so glad I kept praising my Father through all of it.

We serve a mighty God and we should all be "Living on a Prayer." It makes life much easier knowing we have our Savior looking out for us.

Tuesday, January 29, 2008

I got tagged!

All right I got tagged by Toni @ and so I am going to finally try this and make it as interesting as possible. First off you need to post the rules.
Here are the rules:

1. You must post the rules on your post before you answer the questions.

2. You need to list one fact about yourself using each letter of your middle name. If you don't have a middle name use your maiden name instead.

3.When you are finished with your answers you tag one person for each letter of your name.

So here I go :

I- Inspired daily by the Word Of God
R-Relational(and sometimes too relational)
N-Nice I hope
E-Experiencing God like never before.

Well I hope that gives you a little of a peek into who I am.

Tag your it:

Have fun everyone!!

Saturday, January 26, 2008

Get out Sunday

O.k. let me explain what this is all about. Last Sunday at church our Pastor told us that this year we were going to be having get out Sundays. He wants us to think of people in our community who we are in contact with and invite them to church with us. Well when I was sitting in church on Sunday a lady in our town was laid on my heart. I knew I was going to see her but was a little nervous about asking her to go to church. I don't see her everyday and when I do see her we are normally driving down the street and we just wave. Well yesterday she called me out of the blue. She said she wanted to come over and just talk. I had just laid down with the baby and told her that 3:00 P.M. would work for me. Well that didn't work for her but we set up a time for Monday afternoons while my kids are at piano.

I was so shocked when I got off of the phone because God is preparing a time and a place for me to invite this woman to church. It is so amazing for me to sit back and watch God orchestrate events in my life. This is amazing to me how much he cares about all of us. He had laid this woman don my heart and she called me out of the blue and now we are going to be meeting on Monday afternoons for 45 minutes. Wow God is amazing.

When God prompts you to do something pray and ask God to open the doors for you. He will not only open them for you he will be there with you when you walk through them.

Friday, January 25, 2008

Reasoning With A 20 Month Old

Everyday in our house when it is quiet time the two older girls fight over who gets to put the baby to bed. I don't know why they think this is such a treat because all they are doing is walking up the stairs and laying her in her bed. Today it was the 11 year olds turn and the baby knows she can get her way with that one. About five minutes after she went upstairs with her she came down the stairs and was holding the baby. I gave her that look like you know better.

The 11 year old said, " Mom I will lay her down after we get done reading our Bible for the day."
I said, "O.k. but I am going upstairs and I want her to lay down when you guys are done with your Bible."

About 10 minutes later I hear the baby down stairs talking an playing.
I called the older one up and told her, "You just need to lay her down and if she cries that is fine because she will fall asleep."

The 11 year old stand in my door way and says, " But mom I was just trying to be reasonable with her."

I stopped her right there and said, "Honey you can't reason with a 20 month old."

She is my softy with the babies and it will be interesting to see what type of a mother she is going to be. I know whatever parenting style she chooses she is going to love them unconditionally.

Thursday, January 24, 2008

My Water Broke

Tonight I laid in bed and was doing some reading while the girls were playing in the other bedrooms. I decided to put my book down and listen to them playing. I love to do this because it is a reflection of what they have seen at home or school or church, etc..

So this is the scenario that was taking place.

3 year old: I am pregnant and having twins this time.

5 year old: O.K. but when your water breaks I have to take you to the hospital.

3 year old: No you don't I will just lay down here.

5 year old: Well hurry up and have your water break.

3 year old: My water broke and the babies just fell out.

O.k. don't we wish it was that simple. I was laughing to myself as they were playing this because the funny thing is they did this many times but each time they would switch places. So I guess they must think that Mommy is always pregnant and having babies.

This was a moment that I sat back and "counted it all JOY."

Thank you Lord for such beautiful little spirits who already have the calling to be a Mommy the best job any Woman could hope or pray for.

Spring Time

My last post was pretty negative so I decided to share some of the things I love about Spring since this is what I am dreaming about.

-I love the first sign of the Tulips beginning to bloom.

-I love to hear the birds chirping in the morning.

-I love seeing the trees get their little buds.

-And the thing I love the most is the laughter of my girls running around in the beautiful sunshine. It is a sound that will stay in my memory for a lifetime.

There this was a more uplifting post. I guess I was forgetting to "Count it all JOY......."

Cabin Fever

We have got cabin fever bad!!!!!!

The kids and I are really starting to get on each others nerves these past couple of days. The weather has been in the single digits and wind chill has been below zero some days. This makes for a long day for all of us because we are not stepping one foot out into that frigid air. This is our third winter here and I am ready for Spring. In case some of you don't know we moved her to the mid west from Phoenix Arizona so this is a culture shock to us.

I was doing fine the first couple of days it was cold but you can only watch so many episodes of Little House on the Prairie and I am sick of watching Facing the Giants. Let me tell you, you can only watch that movie so many times and then you are burnt out. I don't even cry anymore when she finds out she is pregnant, which got me every time. I think I need a break from the Eagles.

I watched the weather today and PRAISE GOD it is supposed to be warming up. Well this is a pretty boring post so I think I will wrap it up and spend some more time couped up and dreaming of the first signs of Spring. Hope all of you are staying warm and toasty.

Tuesday, January 22, 2008

Family Verse

I have wanted to post about this since the beginning of the year but just have never had enough quiet time to put my words and thoughts down. So I am going to attempt this while the kids are all occupied.

This year my husband said that he wanted our family verse to be Romans 1:21-22 Because that, when they knew God they glorified him not as God, neither were thankful; but became vain in their imaginations, and their foolish heart was darkened.
Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools,

When I first read this verse it didn't move me like it did my husband. I have had time to read it many times now and pray about it and it is exciting and awesome to me. I don't ever want to get to the point where I am not glorifying God in everything I do. I want to always have a thankful heart. And I think the hardest part of this verse for me to live by is my imagination. I want to have a healthy imagination, one that does bring thoughts of negativity, despair, turmoil, etc.. I want to always have an imagination of love, hope, peace, patience, kindness, etc.

I think if we can glorify God and have a thankful heart the imaginations of God will all fall into place. Now every time my husband and I pray we always glorify Him and thank Him and I find myself walking around during the day with a more thankful heart. To me it is so amazing to see how the Word of God truly is alive. And when we live it day to day it becomes alive in us.

Last but not least I pray to always remain humble and never become so vain that I become foolish.

Monday, January 21, 2008


My dear friend Tanya at wilderness-shiloh tagged me and I asked me to write 15 things about myself. So here it goes.

1. When I was little I used to tell my Dad I wanted 12 kids.

2. I got married when I was 21 to a wonderful man.

3. I had my first baby 3 weeks before my 23rd birthday.

4. Two weeks after my wedding my husband went out to sea for 6 months.(Man that is a long time for newlyweds)

5. I lived in the same house my whole life until I joined the Navy.

6. I was a band geek in high school and played the saxophone.

7. I have had three babies in the hospital and three babies at home. (Home is the best experience)

8. When I married my husband I told him I wanted to be a doctor and live in Boston someday. (Well that didn't happen but I think the life we are living is much better than what I had wanted)

9. Footloose was my favorite movie in Junior High and High School.

10. I went to all 4 proms when I was in high school. ( I still don't know how I talked my Dad into it when I was only a freshman)

11. I have been watching E/R faithfully since the first show.

12. The thing I hate the most in life is laundry.

13. The thing I love the most in life is Jesus Christ.

14. I am 6 weeks older than my husband which makes me the older woman.

15. My husband baptized me the same weekend our 4th daughter got dedicated. That was a holy weekend.

Well that's about all. Hope you all enjoy.

Thursday, January 17, 2008

Am I really That Old?

A couple of nights ago at dinner we started talking about mommy's favorite activity.

You ask? What is that?

Taking Long Hot Baths.

All of my children know that when I go and take a bath it is my quiet time and they had better leave me alone.

At dinner I told them how when I was pregnant with my oldest I would sit in the bath every night after dinner because it was the only thing that made me feel better.

My oldest one then proceeded to say, " I thought you started taking baths because you were so stressed out."

I told her that when I was a little girl I loved to take baths and play with my Weeble Wobbles. I would slide them down the back of the bath and they would make a huge SPLASH!

The seven year old looked at me with the sweetest look and said, "That sounds like it would have been fun, even though you didn't have a T.V.

I looked at her and almost passed out.

I couldn't say anything so my husband said it for me," How old do you think we are?"

I must be getting older because my children think I lived in the dark ages.

The Five Year Old Again

I am trying not to focus on just one child when I post, but it seems like lately the five year old is just so intrigiing.

The other day we were all having our quiet time and the five year old told me she had to go to the bathroom. That's fine with me so I don't know why she asked but she did. Well she had a little detour along the way and ended up sitting at the bottom of the stairs. I knew she was at the bottom of the stairs because I could hear her singing. I let her continue her detour because it was so very cute. While she was sitting at the bottom of the stairs I could hear her singing praise songs and then I could hear her thanking God.

When she was all finished she came back upstairs and laid back down for quiet time.

After quiet time I had to ask her what she was doing on the stairs.

Mom said: "Honey who were you talking to on the stairs?

She said: " I was thanking Jesus for everything he has given us and I was giving it back to him because everything he gives us Mom is really his."

Mom said: " Well that was nice of you."

She Said " I was also singing to him, and telling Him how much I love Him."

At that point all mommy could do was hug her and tell her how much I love her.

I think my mom is right. God is preparing her for something big. Maybe that preacher's wife like Nana says.

Monday, January 14, 2008

God Is All Fuzzy

Tonight we sat down to do our devotions with the kids and my husband started talking to them about how God was omnipresent. He explained to them that if he was in human form this would not be possible. They all understood and thought that was pretty cool how God is everywhere all the time.

As we were trying to move on with the lesson our five year old popped up and said, "Dad I know what you mean God is with me and he just looks fuzzy." We all looked at here with a strange glance. I asked her what she meant.

She said ,"Well you know mom God is also the Holy Spirit and he lives in us but we can't see him so he is fuzzy."

I asked her, "Do you mean that the Holy Spirit lives in you and he is invisible."

She said, "Yep, mom that's what I mean he is invisible not fuzzy."

It's Christmas All Over Again

I am a little bit embarrassed to be writing a post about this subject but there was so much excitement in our house tonight that I just had to.

For Christmas I asked for Nutrimill Grinder and Bosch to make homemade bread with. I know it sounds like a weird request but I have friends who make bread and it is absolutely to die for. Well last week the UPS man brought us our new toys and all of us girls were so excited. My husband went on Saturday and got the wheat and we were ready to make our first loaves of bread.

Well tonight I finally attempted to make this wonderful, mouth-watering, extremely nutritious bread. It turned out AWESOME. The girls and I stood in the kitchen and devoured half of a loaf in about 30 seconds and that is no lie. The baby would not eat anything at dinner but bread so I guess it was a hit.

The kids were begging to have a piece with dinner but we were having enchiladas and spanish rice so I told them they could wait until the morning. The excitement was so intense in our house it really did feel like Christmas again.

I am so blessed to have children who get this excited about something so little. My nine year old looked at me and said, "Mom your the best." I thought to myself well I'm glad she thinks this and I can only imagine the royal treatment I would get if I took them to Disney world.

This a moment for me to thank God and really see how "Counting it all JOY..." is a wonderful thing.

Saturday, January 12, 2008

Our Eventful Week

Wow I just realized I have not posted anything in almost a week.

You think to yourself I must have had some exciting week.

Well I can't say it was exciting but it was definitely eventful.

Daddy went to Reno Nevada on Wednesday morning so we were left here to keep up the fort for a couple of days. I was actually a little excited because we were going to double up on school and then do what girls do best. Giggle and have snack food and watch movies.

Well that plan came to a screeching halt Wednesday night when my three year old told me her tummy hurt. This was told to me after we had pigged out on pizza. My first thought was she just ate to much and she needed to lay down. At 9:30 P.M. everything changed and that is when all of mommies plans to have fun went straight out the window.

You guessed it the three year old got SICK!!! All over the carpet. Not a big deal just get the steam vac and clean it up but remember we had pizza that night. That's enough of details I am sure you can imagine what I was up against.

With the help of my 11 year old we were able to get the three year old bathed and the carpet cleaned before the wonderful orangish, reddish color set in. I thought after all that we would get some sleep. Well I was wrong it was not just that the three year old had eaten too much it was a full blown case of the stomach flu. Mommy got woke up about every half an hour to help the little one get the bowl situated correctly, so we had no more explosions on the carpet.

We made it through the night and the next day it started all over again with the 7 year old. So this is how we spent our week that was supposed to be fun. We even had two play dates set up that we had to cancel. What a bummer. Maybe next time when daddy is going to be gone I won't plan anything and we will just keep to our regular routine.

Monday, January 7, 2008

Obey Your Elders

As you look at this title we all know that when we have young children we try to teach them how to live in life like a civilized human being. Along with teaching them to Love God, love others, and live out the Golden Rule. Well it seems like the word that is most often used in our house is "OBEY."

Lately we have been talking to the girls about how they have to respect and obey not only God and their parents but also their elders. We tell the younger children that an elder is someone who is older than them and they need to obey them just like they do Mom and Dad. Now when we tell them this we don't mean some freak out on the street. We try to explain it to them as Grandparents older people anyone in an authority position. I am sure you get the point.

Well today we had just started school and I had everyone settled working on their assignments for the day. I went down stairs to bring a load of laundry up to fold while the kids were doing school and when I got up here the three year old was screaming at the top of her lungs. I wasn't even sure who she was mad at she was just screaming "NO YOUR NOT."

Then I heard the 5 year old saying, "Yes I am."

In a not so calm voice I asked, "What is going on?"

The three year old with big tears in her eyes said, "She told me I was little and I had to obey her because she is my elder."

This mysterious little person who thinks she is an elder is our 5 year old who is only 18 months older than her little sister.

I couldn't help but laugh and figured I need to have a new talk about obeying elders and make sure they know it does not mean big sisters.

Sunday, January 6, 2008

My Wonderful Hubby

I was very blessed yesterday by my dear husband. I don't normally blog about him but I have been extremely emotional lately and seem s to be he is the one always feeling my pain. I needed to go grocery shopping and had not done it lately and asked him if it would be o.k. if I went by myself. He said yes go by yourself and have a great time. O.k. how much fun can you have at wal-mart on a Saturday afternoon grocery shopping for a family of 8. Believe me it was not the most exciting trip but at least I had some time alone. I also discovered wal-mart is not the place to be on a Saturday afternoon. I will not be spending my Saturdays their for a long time(hopefully never again). All right back to the rest of the day.

Before I had left I had asked him if he would please take the tree down because I can never get that big thing in the box the right way. I told him I would do the rest and that he didn't need to worry about anything else.

Well when I got home all of the Christmas decorations had been put away and he had the girls cleaning up their room and getting ready to eat supper and put the groceries away. I was so happy but also felt bad because I have been so mean lately. He really does love me the way Christ loves the Church I get unconditional love and for this I am truly a blessed woman.

Thursday, January 3, 2008

Homeschooling Blues and Blessings

Well it is our second day of school during the year of 2008 and we are surviving. I love the fact that my children have always been at home with me and that they will continue to be schooled by Momma. The part I don't like is the everyday in and outs of homeschooling. I know there are mom's that absolutely love it but this mom is not one of them.

So you say to yourself then why is this woman doing this to herself? God laid it on my heart when my oldest who is now 11 was only three years old. He worked everything out for us and every year I see the blessings of this commitment to the Lord and the children. I think it is o.k. for us homeschooling mom's to be honest with each other and let people know that this is not an easy job but it is rewarding.

Last the principal of our school had to have a meeting with the two older ones about math. They both think this subject is just terrible and causes them so much grief in their lives. So the principal had a serious talk with them about not being lazy and respecting their teacher and all the other lectures that principals make. I sat back and listened and was in awe as he went over all the new skills they have learned and how truly smart they are. That was all I needed to know I was doing the right thing and then at the end of all of it today one was beginning to complain and the other sibling said remember we just have to change our attitude and ask Jesus to help us stay diligent. Now what public school kid would have said that to their classmate.

I love the fact that I was the one who taught my kids how to read, write , add, subtract, etc.. but the part I love the most is I have taught them to have Jesus be their helper and turn to him even for the little things.

So this goes out to all you homeschoolers: You ROCK and keep PRESSING ON even when you don't want to.

Wednesday, January 2, 2008

A Door of Hope

Well Happy New Year everyone.

New Year's eve for us was absolutely awesome. We drove 2 hours to an awesome church that we just love. Another family went with us so our 15 passenger van was filled to the brim. Praise God for all of those beautiful little blessings.

Well As everyone knows lately I have really been focused on Hope and how important is in our Faith. Now I have wondered if it was just because we have had a trying year or if God was really telling me to focus on Hope. Well it was God. He really has been talking to me!

As we walked into church Monday night their was a huge red door on the front of the stage. I didn't really pay attention to it until I heard people talking about how it looked like the wardrobe door from Narnia. Then I began to scan the stage and say the word Door of Hope. Still it didn't mean anything to me.

Well as the pastor began to talk he mentioned how he felt like this had been a rough year and God had told him to have this service be about Hope. Thank You God for your confirmation. As he was preaching I felt like he knew everything that I had been through and all of my feelings and thoughts. I just kept on saying to myself this is true God is speaking. Sometimes I think I am just a mom and nothing special or remarkable ever happens in my life. But this night God let me know loud and clear that I have been listening and truly hearing his voice. About 5 hours before this service I blogged about Hope. I don't know why it just had been heavy on my heart.

At the end of the service when the clock struck midnight he opened up those huge red doors and had us all physically walk through those Doors of Hope. I know it sounds crazy but it was an extremely emotional walk down that aisle and walking through those doors I left all of 2007 behind me and walked into a new year of Hope. This was the most awesome experience to see every person in that church experience that feeling of Hope as you came out the other side.

I encourage you all to find a door and walk through your own physical door of Hope, the action of doing this will be more profound than you think.
Hope all of you have a blessed 2008 and have Hope in God.