Thursday, December 31, 2009

Our Week

Our week has consisted of this:

Trips to Lowe's, purchasing three new ceiling fans, exterior paint for the house, two new outside light fixtures, new doorbell, etc.


I love the new ceiling fan!

Today will be spent outside painting. Fun! We have the front of the house done, just three more sides to go!

Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Goodbye Christmas

Christmas Eve

Christmas Morning


Christmas Breakfast



Goodbye Christmas

Sunday, December 27, 2009

Nothing is Impossible Part 2

I keep thinking of how with God nothing is impossible.

Kimmie , has this quote on her blog:

It is great to be faced with the impossible, for nothing is impossible if one is meant to do it. Amy Carmichael

While watching the John Adams miniseries this week (only two episodes out of the seven so far) I keep thinking about the impossible. Think about the founding fathers. Isn't it crazy that they thought they had what it takes to start a country? That they could make it on their own without England. And that they could win a war against England. It seemed impossible that they would succeed.

I believe with God all things are impossible. All things, crazy things, big things, and little things.

I heard this story several years ago.

A woman in South America was desperate. She had no food in the house, no money, and no idea what to do. She did the only thing she could, she prayed to God that he would provide food for her family. After praying she felt God tell her to go to the grocery store and put a month's worth of groceries in her cart and that He would provide for her. The woman thought, "Maybe I will run into someone in the parking lot who knows the hard time I am having and will offer to buy my groceries." That didn't happen so she thought, "Maybe while I am shopping some stranger, an angel perhaps, will give me the money that I need for groceries." She shopped and looked expectantly at the other shoppers but nothing happened. She finished her shopping and headed to the front of the store with a full cart. She milled around determined not to get in a line until she had the money for the groceries. After sometime nothing happened, so she prayed again, "God I know you told me to come and pick out my groceries and that you said you would provide, what do I do?" The woman sensed God telling her to get in checkout line number three. She looked at the other shorter checkout lines with their lights on but dutifully got in number three's line. She waited in line and and soon it was her turn. The clerk scanned all of her groceries and told her the total and then asked her to wait a minute that the manager needed to talk with her. The store manager arrived, looked at her total and told her, "Great news, you are our special shopper today and your total purchase is free."

I love that story. Now was she really a winner or were the clerk and manager able to give away some groceries to needy people? Did they notice her reluctance to get in line and know that she didn't have the money? I don't know, but what I do know is that God provided groceries for this woman when it was impossible.

Which brings us back this: with God nothing is impossible.


God can do anything, you know—far more than you could ever imagine or guess or request in your wildest dreams! He does it not by pushing us around but by working within us, his Spirit deeply and
gently within us.
Glory to God in the church!
Glory to God in the Messiah, in Jesus!
Glory down all the generations!
Glory through all millennia! Oh, yes!
Ephesians 3:20-21 The Message

Thursday, December 24, 2009

Christmas Has Started!

The boys opened their presents from Grannie and PawPaw early. The big hit was the Air Hog Zero Gravity Nano R/C Car. They can drive on the floor, wall, and ceiling. The boys love them!









On our dining room wall. Thanks Grannie and PawPaw!

Monday, December 21, 2009

Nothing is Impossible


A mom was tired of her young daughter repeatedly asking for a horse. There was no money for a horse she told her daughter over and over again. The next time her daughter asked for a horse the mom decided to not crush her daughter's dream once again, but to lead her daughter in prayer to God and give the dream to him. Two months later a lady called and asked, "Would it be okay for me to give my grown daughter's horse to your daughter?"
*A homeschool Mom's story, read here.



Two friends were talking about God. One commented that he just couldn't believe that God was real. The other friend, a believer, asked, "What can God do to show you he is real?"

The friend replied, "Well I guess if he could make elephants fly, I would know he is real."

A few days later the top headline on the local newspaper was, "ELEPHANTS FLY!" The circus was in town and their train had broken down. A gigantic cargo plane was used to transport the circus animals to the next city. And the elephants indeed flew.
*A story told by my Dad.


Someone recently told me, "If the Lord puts it on your heart, He will provide!"


Jesus was blunt:
"No chance at all if you think you can pull it off by yourself. Every chance in the world if you let God do it."
Mark 10:27 (The Message)

Sunday, December 20, 2009

Camryn's Birthday

I couldn't let Camryn's birthday go by without a post! Camryn is my niece. Anyone who knows her loves her. She is growing up and is on her way to becoming a young lady. All the cousins look up to her and think she is the greatest. I think she is great too! Happy Birthday Camryn!

Saturday, December 19, 2009

The Graduate

After two days of cold gloomy rain, Friday morning dawned with sunshine and warmth. A sign of good things to come?

I told the boys Friday would be all about Dad, to celebrate his graduation. For lunch we headed to Pappadeaux Seafood Kitchen. We feasted on coconut shrimp, wood-roasted tilapia, blackened catfish, dirty rice, and shrimp creole.


It was delicious and yes we were stuffed! So, time for dessert. I had made Pioneer Woman's Tres Leche Cake.


This is one of Aaron's favorite cakes. It turned out pretty tasty.



The boys gave Aaron pictures they had drawn.



Caleb's creation.



Then on to the ceremony. (Aaron is third from left.)


Can you spot him?



It was an inspiring and moving graduation but most importantly Aaron was awarded his Bachelor of Business Administration in Finance.


Aaron was thrown a curve ball when he was laid off in December 2008. But look what he has done- I'd say hit a home run!


Caleb, Luke and I are so proud of him!


Our graduate!

Friday, December 18, 2009

O Christmas Tree

I give to you our tree.
Cheerful decorators ready for work.


This sweet boy asked could he please put some of his small stuffed animals on the tree.


How could I say no?






Thursday, December 17, 2009

Playroom Trees

The boys love Christmas and in the playroom we put up two small trees. Here is the first one, decorated by Caleb and Luke with cars and Hot Wheels track.


Can you see what Caleb added to this tree?



Army men!

These trees make me happy!
Coming tomorrow our big tree. And BTW tomorrow is Aaron's graduation!!

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

A Gingerbread Story

Enter one Gingerbread House Kit.

Smiles and expectation.
Working hard on their masterpiece.

All of a sudden disaster- the roof slowly starts to slide.
Are the boys upset or sad? No, they think it is hilarious.


Will the roof stay put?



Wait for it,

wait for it,

wait for it.



Our sad gingerbread house. Major structural flaws detected.


I should have known something would happen, I mean look at the sinister look on this guy.



Enter Grandma to save the day.


Grandma assisted us in making Gingerbread cookies.


We may not be able to make a gingerbread house, but we sure can make gingerbread cookies.


Gingerbread house- thumbs down.


Gingerbread cookies- thumbs up!

The End

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Luke

Over the weekend we had been having a little problem with Luke. He had been hitting us countless times, having a very grumpy mood, and talking back. When we would tell him not to hit us he would hit himself. Sunday morning Luke told me he hated church and didn't want to go.

I spend almost the entire day with the boys, but I thought maybe Luke needs more quality time with me. Sunday night we read a chapter book, played Chutes and Ladders, and then we read a Christmas book before bedtime. Then I went in for the talk. I told Luke we do not hit people, and we go to church because we love Jesus and because we are Christians.


Then Luke asked, "Well how do you become a Christian?" So I told him a person needs to ask Jesus to come into their heart to be a Christian. Luke said, "Have you and dad and Caleb done that?" I replied yes. Then he said, "Well I want to too."


So Luke repeated after me, "Jesus please come into my heart. Please forgive me of my sins. And help me to live for you. Amen."


Then Luke said, "Now I am a Christian!" I told him that part of being a Christian is trying to do right and treat people right. I told him that means not to hit people and to talk nice. He said, "That means I shouldn't hit myself too, right Mom?"

Luke is a treasure! And a Christian!