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Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Run After Me

Recently while listening to one of my favorite Pandora stations, I heard a song that I loved.
It had beautiful harmony and the lyrics that I heard the first time through were great.
I "liked" it immediately and made note to remember the person who sang it so I could look it up later.
Well, then I forgot to look it up later and I forgot the singers name.

I waited and waited to hear it again.
I finally did and I was in the shower so I couldn't jump out and look at the name but I noted more of the lyrics and loved it even more.  
I thought at that moment that this song was exactly what I needed to be praying for.

The third time I heard it, I got smart and took a screen shot. =)
I looked it up then and since that time I have not been able to get the lyrics out of my head.

Read on and you'll see......

Run After Me
Savior, like a shepherd lead me
Closely draw me to Your side
To depend on my own leading
would leave me forever unsatisfied


Savior, like a shepherd save me
Save me from the path I'd choose
Save me with a fierce protection
and a patience I can't refuse



Be to me a shepherd always
Help me walk with Thee
When I start to run alone, Lord
Run after me



Be to me more than a guide, Lord
Be to me more than a road
Be an all consuming fire
Light my pathway and refine my soul



Can you take me, so slow and stubborn?
Would you chase me when I stray?
Could you train me to hear Your voice, Lord?
Will you set my sight upon Your face?




Be to me a shepherd always
Help me walk with Thee
When I start to run alone, Lord
Run after me

This afternoon, I finally found time to look for a video on youtube and to check out the singer.
The singer/songwriter is Lyndsay Taylor and she is incredible.
Go check her out on her website or her youtube channel.
She can sign like a bird and the harmonies are incredible.
Just watch:




I will be snatching up some of her albums asap!
For now, though, I will be buying Run After Me on itunes and downloading it to my phone.
Because this is a prayer I need to pray repeatedly day in and day out.

Jesus, Be to me a shepherd always.  Help me walk with Thee. When I start to run alone, Lord, Run after me.......


Friday, April 11, 2014

Moments {4.11.14}

100 days of taking a picture every day.
I am so glad that I have thus far, kept up!!

This has been the craziest week of all thus far in this Lenten season.
All of the things are taking all of my time.
BUT, I have hope.
I can see the light that is coming on Easter!
In more than one way.
We will celebrate His resurrection AND my chaos will be over.
{At least for the week I plan to take off and get out of dodge over Spring Break}.


Anyway -- this week was nuts.
These few moments don't even begin to tell you all that we had going this week.
I will try to give you the jest of it all.
Here goes.



 Saturday, April 5, 2014--  
As I said last week, we got up early on Saturday for the second day of our "Created By God" Workshop.
It was over around 3 and we stopped for some celebratory fro-yo on the way home.


94/365.....I cannot say enough good things about this workshop.
Can't wait to bring it to MtPUMC in the future.

Sunday, April 6, 2014 --
The day started early with setting up for The Gathering, then worship, children's church, youth, and a meeting.
The lesson of children's church on this day was about Jesus being arrested and Peter's denial of Jesus.

95/365.....The rooster crowed three times.....

By the time I got home on Sunday evening, I was exhausted.
I wanted so badly to read these books that I'm reading with my girls,
 but I fell asleep before I got that far.
And I still haven't gotten any further in these books than I was almost a week ago.


Monday, April 7, 2014 --
When we woke on Monday morning, it was freezing outside and pouring rain.
So, I drove these sweeties down to the bus stop.

I was happy to get a run in on Monday morning and then it was time to get some work done.
I worked all afternoon then went to our youth fundraiser that afternoon.
Then, it was on to {{GASP}} Middle School Orientation.
Allie goes to 7th grade next year.  
I was a bit overwhelmed by it all.

96/365......Once I finally made it home I was drained.
But I went ahead and made chocolate chip banana bread for the next morning's breakfast.

Tuesday, April 8, 2014 --
I worked for the morning and then headed off to Kindergarten Orientation.
My baby boy goes to Kindergarten next year.
Overwhelmed.  That is how I feel about how fast life is going!

After the orientation, I worked a little more.
Then we picked the girls up from school and ran some errands.
My sweet MIL came to babysit for us so that hubs and I could attend a retirement party for one of our office staff.

97/365......BEST WISHES, Nancy! We love you and will miss you around here!


Wednesday, April 9, 2014 --
Hubs left for the hospital at about 5:30 am so I was on my own to get everyone ready and out the door on Wednesday.  
98/365.......Brady "needed" the comic in the Cheerios.

There was also a beautiful sunrise on Wednesday!!

I worked all day long on Wednesday and then ran a few more errands in the late afternoon.  
And picked up pizza on the way home before running off to church again.  

Thursday, April 10, 2014 --
On Thursday, I got to go on a field trip with Miss Lillie.
It was a lovely morning.
99/365......sweet girls.

The field trip was over by noon, so I checked Lillie out and we went to see our friend, Ms. Helen.

Friday, April 11, 2014 --
Today, I got to go on a second field trip with Miss Allie.
To Uptown Charlotte to learn some history of the city.
Gorgeous day in a beautiful city.
More on this to come.

This evening was Miss Maggie's first softball game.
She has never played before and this Mama was nervous for her.

100/365.....my softball girl!


The chaos doesn't look to slow down for at least another week.
But, with Holy Week upon us, I'm hoping to be able to slow down enough to actually prepare my heart for the celebration to come on Easter!!

Linking up at

life rearranged

and

Nurse Loves Farmer

Can't wait to see what y'all have been up to this week!!

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Daniel Stowe Botanical Gardens

We lived in Belmont, NC for 7 years.
In all of that time, I only visited Daniel Stowe Botanical Gardens one time.
For a wedding reception.
And even then, I only went into the main building.

Today, I had the opportunity to go with Lillie on field trip to visit these beautiful gardens.


It was a very pretty place!

Lillie had a great time touring the place with her friends.

Tiny daffodils...

 The kids loved this fountain.

 Go ahead. Tack a chance.

So much fun!

Most of Lillie's 3rd Grade class.

There is an orchid house at this park. 
So very pretty.


The kids got to plant a flower....


and learn about pollinators and pollination.

More gorgeous orchids.




The kids also got to dissect a flower to see what was on the inside.


After lunch the field trip was over, so I checked Lillie out early.

Since we were in town, we couldn't resist stopping to see Ms. Helen.
She has been sick and we wanted to stop by to see how she was doing.

We were excited that Ms. Tina and Wendy were there, too.

It really was a great day. 
Beautiful gardens
and a wonderful visit with friends.

On the way home, Lillie said that this had been the best day!
I agree.

Saturday, April 5, 2014

Moments {4.4.14}

A few of the moments from our week.
I love looking back at what we have done as a family in the past week.
Especially in these days that seem to be flying by.

Here goes.
Saturday, March 29, 2014 --
My husband had an all day meeting at church and Allie was at my sister's house for the weekend.
So the rest of us were on our own.
Maggie had softball practice which was supposed to go from 10AM until 1PM.
The rainy weather cut it short.
She called me about 11:30 to say that it was raining too hard and her friend's mom had offered her a ride home.
She arrived a cold soaking wet mess.
After a warm bath and lunch she felt much better.
We then ran a few errands that included buying a birthday gift for a birthday party the next day.
We got a treat while at Target.
Icees {which totally remind me of being a kid}.

I made the best loaves of bread I have ever made on this day.  It rose beautifully and was even light and airy like the sandwich bread from the grocery store {without all the preservatives}
I will probably never be able to do it again.  lol.

87/365........Whole Wheat Bread


Sunday, March 30, 2014 --
Another busy Sunday.  Church from 8AM - Noon.
Then our youth did a mission right here at our own church. 
We were asked to clean the windows.
Thanks so much to those of you who served by cleaning windows.

88/365......Rachael serving like Jesus

After youth, I came home for a bit and then went back to church for a VBS meeting.
Yep, it's time to get started!!
After my meeting was over and hubs was finished with softball practice, we grabbed some supper.
We were all tired when we got home.
I sat to read for a while.
Allie wants to read this book, so I am reading it first to check it out.
It.is.strange.


Monday, March 31, 2014 --
The kids were supposed to be out of school on this day, 
but due to ice two weeks ago, it was a make up day.
Luckily, it was only a half day so I let Allie 'skip' school and stay at my sisters house until Monday.
I spent my morning working.
Mostly, making lists for things I needed to get done for the rest of the week.
Color coded of course.
Because that's what I do.

I grabbed the rest of the kids as soon as school was out and we drove to a town about an hour and a half away to meet and pick up Allie.
On the way back home, we stopped for supper.
We miss having a Zaxby's nearby.

89/365......buffaloed blue. My fav.

Tuesday, April 1, 2014 --
It was wacky tacky day at school. They were  ready.

90/365...... wacky and tacky.

On Tuesday afternoon, Brady and I headed out to get groceries before picking up the girls from school.
We made a quick stop at Old Navy where I got new shoes.
He got a balloon.


The rest of Tuesday included a meal at home together as a family  and Softball practice for Maggie.

Wednesday, April 2, 2014 --
This day started with work for me.
After picking the kids up from school, Lillie and I ran to BJ's to pick out and order our new glasses.
They should be here in about a week.
We are excited.
We raced back home for Family Night at church.
We had a wonderful cookout since the weather was beautiful.
I know I would never be able to get my children's choir kiddo's to settle down after getting to outside running around so I just joined them.
We had a great night playing on the playground.
Savannah came to help out.

91/365......Silly girls.


After church, I had some laundry to get done.....

Thursday, April 3, 2014 --
On Thursday, Brady's preschool took a field trip to visit the elementary school he will attend next year.
It was so sad to me.  
My oldest moves up to middle school next year and my youngest starts Kindergarten.
I wish time could just slow down for a while.

92/365......Buddies.

He really enjoyed the visit to the elementary school.
While he would run off to look at something with his friends from time to time, he mostly stayed just like this.
I am so aware of time that I'm cherishing these days when he still wants to hold my hand in public.


Friday, April 4, 2014 --
I started out Friday morning at the elementary school again.
This time for the Character Awards Breakfast.
My Maggie received this months award for having a Win- Win Attitude.
So proud of her.

It was then time for some work and errands.
Once that was done, I picked up my kiddos and headed home.
I then headed off  to a "Created By God Workshop" with Allie and Maggie.
Two other Mom's and their daughter's joined us for this workshop.
The first night of it had a kids only session and then a parents session.
We dropped them off and went to get supper until our session started.

93/365......Beautiful girls about to learn about how God created them with a purpose.


I'm so late posting because we got home late last night from the workshop and got up early today for the continuation.
I'm so glad that we did it though.
These girls learned that God created them with purpose.
They learned about how God made their bodies to reproduce and how it all works.
AND the parents were given tools to talk about things with them.
We had some time today to spend together as a family talking together and ended with worship for the God who gave us all life and purpose.  
It was a special weekend.

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and
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