Col. 3:16 "Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly as you teach and admonish one another with all wisdom, and as you sing psalms, hymns and spiritual songs with gratitude in your hearts to God."

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Bearcats Homecoming

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I can't believe how grown up she looks!  This was her first date, and first Homecoming dance.  I'm sure not the last!  They were so adorable and sweet.  He was quite the gentleman — holding doors for her, opening the car door for her and letting her get in.  Very sweet.  Joe and I got to chaperone them to the restaurant.  We sat at a different table, but were close enough to see they were having a good time.  Then dropped them off at the dance.  It took everything I had to not go in with her so that I could watch.  This is my baby, and she's growing up so fast. 

I remember when I went to my first dance as a freshman.  I went with a senior — who happened to be Hannah's dad!  I asked my mom this last month "what were you thinking!??"  lol  Obviously, I couldn't tell Hannah she couldn't go, but was thankful that the young man she went with was only 14, so she wouldn't be going unsupervised.  So that eased many of my worries! 

sob sob sob — I remember when she was just a baby!  wow.  It really was a lot of fun helping her with her dress, the jewelry, etc.  So much fun — so many great memories.  Love it.  Life is good — God is good!

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Things I Love – more Top 11

1.  Sneezing!  I LOVE IT!  If I eat mint gum it makes me sneeze.  Therefore, I eat mint gum.

2.  The scene in My Big Fat Greek Wedding about the "hormonies" — it is above — it is a GREAT laugh.  Makes me laugh every time.

3.  The movie, My Big Fat Greek Wedding.

4.  When I can wear sweats to work!  Awesome! 

5.  Pepperidge Farm Strawberry Verona cookies — yum!

6.  Homemade chilli!  Made it last night with corn bread — yum!

7.  Going to a party and meeting new people.  Did that on Saturday, and had a blast!

8.  HOT showers!  Oh, they are the BEST!

9.  Lounging in bed on Saturday mornings…..mmmm yah.

10.  Sea Kayaking in La Jolla, California in the hot sun!

11.  Southern accents, Australian accents, English accents, Scottish accents, Irish accents.



Phil 2:3 "Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit, but in humility consider others better than yourselves."

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What Am I Doing Now?

Proverbs 22:6 "Train a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not turn from it." 

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I had someone ask me a couple of weeks ago, "so now what are you doing?"  You see, I used to lead a ministry at our church, Celebrate Recovery, and in May the Lord released us from it.  I did this for almost 4 years.  Since that time, we haven't gotten involved in any other ministries, and have been okay with that. 

We have a full plate as it is with our life.  I married Joe and his four teens in February 2007, and brought my daughter into our marriage as well.  So, we have 5 teenagers!  Yes, I said FIVE!  Four of them live with us all the time.  So when we got married, we were doing basically full-time ministry, working full-time (both of us), and trying to raise four healthy well-adjusted teenagers.  Not an easy task to balance all of the above.

Since we have not been doing Celebrate Recovery, we have had the time to minister and disciple our own children and their friends more than we had been, the time to get to know each other as a couple, and the time to build relationship as a family.  It has been an awesome and amazing time, and we are thoroughly enjoying every moment.  Joe and I both work full-time — he works for a feed store as the manager, and I work as a paralegal for a local attorney.  My hours alone can be 8-10 hours per day, and then go home and do dinner, take care of kids and house and husband.

You see, the advantage that some people have when their children are younger, or they are their own children, is that they have had a life time to build a relationship with them.  My children are my most important "ministry" at the moment.   Many evenings we shut off the tv, and pull out the Word and answer the kids' questions.  I never realized how much knowledge my husband had about the Bible — he's usually so quiet, but he simply comes alive when he gets into the word.  It's awesome!

I think people think that when they don't see you at church doing something, that you have fallen away.  This couldn't be further from the truth.  We are raising up our children in the way that they should go, so that when they are old they will not depart from it!  Thank you Lord! 

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Friends – Part 2

Ecclesiastes 4:9-10 "Two are better than one, because they have a good return for their work:  10.  If one falls down, his friend can help him up. But pity the man who falls and has no one to help him up!" 

Prov. 18:24 "A man of many companions may come to ruin, but there is a friend who sticks closer than a brother."

I've heard the statement made along the lines that maybe this person was my friend for just a "season."  (Sorry Laurie, I saw this on yours, and brought back a memory.)  I had a friend say that to me a couple of months back to my face, that maybe our friendship was just for a season.  I don't understand that.  Do friends do that when it gets uncomfortable, or there is a little abrasiveness, and that is the easy way out?  Oh, yours was just a friendship for a season, see ya later.  Keep in mind, I've made the choice to forgive, but I still don't understand it, so hence my question. 

The two people in my life who have stuck with me closer than a brother has been my own mother and sister.  I am so blessed beyond measure for their friendship.  I consider them both my best friends.  Yes, there have been times of difficulty over the years, and like many families (or friends) we could have chosen to opt out, but we pressed on through to a new level of intimacy and friendship, and I'm so grateful for them both. 

I think that many people look at friendships as disposable.  If the going gets tough, the tough get going.  See ya on down the road Jack — too difficult, so see ya!  I think in a world of McDonalds, fax machines, email, credit cards, instant gratification society, we look at friendships much the same way.  It makes me so sad that we have gotten to that point. 

Now keep in mind, the Lord has blessed me with some absolutely amazing friendships, and I'm so grateful for them.  So grateful that they don't just abandon me at the slightest twinge of uncomfortableness, but instead press on through with me no matter what.  I had one friend, about 4 years ago, that we had a disagreement, and I kept trying to sort it through with her.  I was very non-confrontational, and wanted to work through the misunderstanding.  She simply wouldn't return my calls.  My comment was that if we can't handle this minor disagreement, this could forever shape our friendship, and how things are handled.  Needless to say, that was several years ago, and she still to this day won't talk to me about it, and it did forever shape our friendship. 

These moments have taught me much though, and for that I am grateful.  Its taught me how to NOT be, and its taught me on how TO be.  So, in a sense, I should be very thankful.  So, maybe friendships can be for a season, but we shouldn't look at them that way for the easy way out.

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