Friday, February 21, 2014

Updated Photos from R

I still visit the page for Ms. Tracie pretty frequently and noticed a new photo recently.  As a result, I ended up spending some time scanning though this page over at RR.  I'm feeling so overwhelmed by the kiddo's who might be finding their forever families but for the adoption ban.

Like many of my fellow bloggers I'm so saddened by the Olympic focus on stray animals and first world issues of misplaced coat racks. I mean, have you ever left the US before?  Do you have any clue how much of the rest of the world lives?  Is your temporary comfort/leisure really THAT important?!

But alas, life moves on and the only person whose actions and priorities anyone can really control is themselves.  So I will focus on my own decisions, determining how to use the blessings God has given me for something that matters!  Now if only I know how I was to do that!

Followup note - I typed up this brief post yesterday and then the link to THIS blog post showed up in my email today ... She says things SO much better than me!

Thursday, November 14, 2013

New Resident

We have a new temporary resident spending some time with my mom and dad ....



I'm not sure he has a name; but i'm voting for Kilpatrick.  It's a perfect compliment to Butch and Sundance


someone's not a huge fan of my camera .... somehow I doubt his owner was quite so friendly and doting as we are :) 

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Help me find it

This morning on my all of 5 minute drive to work, "Help Me Find It" by Sidewalk Prophets played on the radio. Sometimes I feel as though i'm eternally seeking direction for my day, week, month, life from God. And to some degree that is a GOOD thing.

After all, there is no one more qualified as director of my life (or yours!) that the God who created us.

But to another degree its a not-so-good thing. Ya see, I may be a bit misleading when I say i'm eternally seeking direction. I'm afraid somewhat to admit more accurately i'm eternally wishing for direction and trying to divine that direction on my own. There isn't quite so much seeking going on.

And you know what? Seeking is risky! 

I want to marry and adopt myself a houseful of kids to love and parent! 

I want a house with a front porch and a porch swing.  If the house is white and rectangular ... all the better!  

I want a reason to use my crock-pot without creating leftovers for MONTHS!  

But that is just me speaking.  

And I do 'seek'.  I seek the husband, I seek the house and the porch, and I collect the recipes.  And more-often-than-not I do so with my head in the sand to any other possible outcome for life!  

Because seeking God's will .... is risky!

What if I seek and God says - stay with that Fortune 500 company you work for .... make money ... help someone else realize their dream of adoption or perhaps help someone else afford to parent their biological children. Oh My Goodness my heart breaks just considering it. But yet, this is a worthy calling too.  Is it mine - I don't really think so .... but that's just my head and heart talking again .... 

because I don't really seek.  I wish for direction and a plan and a road.  But I don't seek.

Truly seeking God's will demands that I am open to following his will once it is revealed. What if I have other plans? Another direction? Am I really brave enough to seek God's will?

So I leave you with more questions than answers and the lyrics from "Help Me Find It" .... may they be my prayer today and going forward.


I don’t know where to go from here
It all used to seem so clear
I’m finding I can’t do this on my own
I don’t know where to go from here
As long as I know that You are near
I’m done fighting
I’m finally letting go
I will trust in You
You've never failed before
I will trust in You
If there’s a road I should walk
Help me find it
If I need to be still
Give me peace for the moment
Whatever Your will
Whatever Your will
Can you help me find it
Can you help me find it
I’m giving You fear and You give faith
I giving you doubt
You give me grace
For every step I’ve never been alone
Even when it hurts, You’ll have Your way
Even in the valley I will say
With every breath
You’ve never let me go
I will wait for You
You’ve never failed before
I will wait for You
I lift my empty hands (come fill me up again)
Have Your way my King (I give my all to You)
I lift my eyes again (Was blind but now I see)
‘Cause You are all I need

If there’s a road I should walk
Help me find it
If I need to be still
Give me peace for the moment

Whatever Your will
Whatever Your will
Can you help me find it
Can you help me find it

Thursday, October 31, 2013

Pumpkins and the Awesomeness of God

With fall quickly approaching I've been wanting to add some little pumpkins to the hay bales my mom and dad brought to decorate my front yard.  And with good intentions I've forgotten to pick some up every single time I've gone to the store.  Its getting to the point now where most of the stores that used to have pumpkins

just don't have the stock anymore :(  

Today at lunch after visiting three stores I was headed back home before returning to work when I saw a sign at a church that I drive past .... all the time.

Care to guess what that sign said?  

FREE PUMPKINS!

I couldn't believe it.  Literally, I drove in, parked, and waited and watched from my car for a bit.  FREE?  PUMPKINS?  

I'd just been driving around town trying to buy pumpkins!


A family picking out their pumpkins

Now I wish I could tell you that when I first had trouble finding pumpkins (or even before that when I first decided I wanted some) that i'd prayed to God to send me some decor.  I didn't.  It never crossed my mind.  I'm a work in process, what can I say?!

Check it out ... don't the little mini-pumpkins look perfect with my hay?

Seriously!  Awesome!  

The final product ... until I change it.

You may have noticed that in addition to the pumpkins adorning our front-yard hay I added some flowers.  Those I found at our local grocery store for ... wait for it .... $2.50 each. Yep ... Managers Special.  

God is good and seems to know when we need a bit of beauty in our lives, even if we don't ask ... I mean, FREE PUMPKINS!

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Paint!

"If you hear a voice withing you say ... 'I cannot paint', then by all means paint, and that voice will be silenced!"  ~ Vincent Van Gogh


Sunday, October 27, 2013

Women's Conference

This weekend I had the opportunity to attend my church's women's conference.  Our theme was "BE YOU"  We had a great time including fantastic worship, a wonderful speaker, a super-creative photo-booth, 


yummy post session snacks (cookies and cream popcorn ... you want to guess why there is no photo of the cookies and cream popcorn?  Because i ate it all.  Every last bite!), 

some of the most creative and well-put-together decorations I've seen in ages.  I sure am grateful that part of the message of the weekend is that God made us all unique and with different unique giftings such that comparing ourselves with others is a waste of time and not conducive to fulfilling our individual God ordained callings.  ya know why?   Because I could NEVER decorate or create prettyness like these ladies did in preparation for the conference!  



Any guesses what our decorative themes were?  Yellow, grey, and chevron!  There was even a chalkboard set up where all the ladies in attendance could write what makes them Unique!  


So, dear readers, what makes YOU unique!?  Share in the comments!  






Ni Hao Yall

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Happy Fall Y'all

Mom and Dad threw a Happy Fall Party recently~



My mama, who is NOT a fan of Hot Chocolate, even ignore her beverage prejudices to set up a hot chocolate bar complete with mini-marshmallows, sprinkles, and whipped cream!  YUM!



Seriously, SPRINKLES on WHIPPED CREAM! 


 Cupcakes ... how fancy are these!?


As the sun went down, all our guests gathered around the fire pit to keep warm and enjoy each other's company!  


Thank you to Mom and Dad for hosting a great party ... FIRE!!!!