Monday, June 17, 2013

Another Big Announcement

So... I am not sure where to begin. Since Matt and I have been married, we have always planned on adding to our family through adoption. Around Memorial Day, we attended our first adoption meeting. We were very informed at the meeting, and when we got home, we began filling out the paperwork. A few days later, I called a family member, and they began to tell me about this little baby that needed a temporary home. Matt and I didn't hesitate. We both felt it was the right decision to accept this little guy into our family. For now, we are uncertain on how long he will be with us. Our family has a heart for adoption, but God has the whole plan layed out.  My type A personality would normally be crazy trying to control the situation, but I feel totally at peace sitting in a place of limbo. I know it must be God. This sweet baby was dropped off at our house Sunday afternoon, and we will just love him and care for him until God's plan is complete. I do not plan on making this adventure too public because there are so many variables up in the air. I just wanted to let those close to me in on what is happening with our family. Our family needs continual prayer for peace.

Friday, April 6, 2012

A Big Announcement

I wanted to take a minute to kind to share a little about what has been going on in my spiritual life over the last few years. Many of you may know that I was saved at 7, and continued a life in church throughout my life. Growing up in church I was taught Biblical truth. Things like; God answers our prayers, God knows and understands everything we are going through. When I look back on my life I would say that I had experienced these truths, but these specific topics were not something a dwelled on and pondered. Well two years ago, I began a study called “Breaking Free” The study really focused on breaking free from things that hinder a true relationship with God. Old habits, fears, and for me, being apathetic towards my prayer life. At the beginning of this study, I was really struggling to reestablish a relationship with a family member that I used to be close with. One night as I was praying about this relationship, I heard God tell me just to continue to pray for this person. I heard this very clearly and I took away, that I should not act on anything, but just pray. Throughout the next year, I began keeping track of all my answered prayer and really pushing myself to be more aware of how God was answering me. Well, exactly one year later, as I was praying for this same important relationship, I heard God tell me it was time to talk with this person. Although I was fearful about the confrontation, God gave me the strength to reach out. It turned out that this special person in my life was also wanting a closer relationship with me, and we both walked away promising that we would be make the steps to build up what we use to have.

Well, the beginning of this January, I began a new study on the book of James. The introduction of the serious began talking about the relationship of Jesus and his brother James. The speaker helped us imagine what this relationship must have been like. That the two growing up must have been so close because of the culture that they lived, but at the same time James did not believe in Jesus and who he was. This must have put a strain on the relationship. Later in Jesus’ life after his resurrection, Jesus made sure to reestablish his relationship with his brother, because it was such an important thing to him. He no doubtably loved his brother and he knew what his brother needed and when he needed it. I then began to realize the truth that God does know and understand everything we go through because he himself has experienced it. These truths have really rung clear in my spiritual walk and I am so thankful that God saw me through them.

Something else that I learned in James is from the versus 1:5-6 5 If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you. 6 But when you ask, you must believe and not doubt, because the one who doubts is like a wave of the sea, blown and tossed by the wind. It got me thinking that I had never asked God specifically for wisdom. That night I prayed that God would grant me wisdom when it came to making decisions about my family. Like the versus say, ask without doubting that God will give you what you asked for. I asked without any doubt, and God answered as he promised.

The decision that God spoke to me for my family is what I believe is totally a God thing. Without his guidance, I would have followed my own accord in the matter that….

We are pregnant with baby number three.

Most of you may know that Matt has always wanted more children but I was very adamant that I would not have any more. God spoke to me and told me to have another child. He has fully granted me peace on the matter. If you had asked me December 31st my answer was absolutely not. It is amazing where God is leading our family; it is amazing the truths that I have received over the last four years. My God is amazing and through Him all things are possible.

Friday, February 24, 2012

Saying Goodbye

I have been apart of small group for almost six years now. The group has meant so much to me, and the spiritual growth I have acquired while being apart of this Bible study is something I cherish and of course has become a big part of who I am. Each year brings different friends, and although we may not know each other going in, we come out with a special bond. This year our leader Mary is moving to Florida. Mary has been the leader of this small group even before I arrived, but I have spent the past six years getting to know her. The secrets, struggles, and joys we have shared will never be forgotten. I am very thankful for Mary's friendship over the years, and I am blessed that she has been apart of my life. Luckily for us, modern technology will keep us up to date on one another, but I will miss seeing her face in small group.

Monday, December 26, 2011

Christmas Time

At Christmas we usually take video of all the things that happen. So I don't have any photos to share. The girls were at the perfect age this year. Christmas magic is just that. Our elf Relish had a great presence at our house and came in handy when trying to keep Wren in line. They loved going to see Santa and telling him everything that they wanted. This year the girls got lots of Barbies; including the Barbie house that was mine as a child.
Christmas Eve was spent at Aunt Sandra's house with Matt's side of the family. Every year all the cousins, aunts, and uncles come together and share a big meal. For some of us this is the only time we get to see each other. It was nice to catch up with everyone and see how much the kids had grown.
Christmas morning was spent at home and then we headed over to my parents house to celebrate there with the extended family.
Throughout the week we were able to exchange gifts with Matt's parents and my Dad.

Friday, December 2, 2011

Thanksgiving at Granny's

Another year in Alabama at Granny's. We had a great time relaxing, playing games, and of course stuffing ourselves with Granny's home cooking. We could not ask for a better Granny.

Granny's house. Granny grew up in the this house and it has so much history.

Thursday, November 10, 2011

Fall Family Fotos

In the past, family photos have been taken with a tripod and a timer. This year, we decided it was time to have someone else do the work for us.

Saturday, October 29, 2011

What is the Appendix for Anyways

It was the morning of the Fall Festival at church and Matt woke up feeling a little sick. By the afternoon, we decided that I would take the girls to the festival, and Matt would go see the doctor. About an hour later I got a call from Matt saying he was headed to the ER to have his appendix looked at. I later joined Matt at the hospital where the doctors did decide that indeed he needed surgery. at 10p.m. Matt went in for surgery to have his appendix removed. Thankfully, all went well and Matt recovered well. Who needs their appendix anyways?