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Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Belmont Trip 2009


Last week my girls were invited to come stay a week with some friends in Belmont, NC. They had a blast. They got to attend bible school at the church we served while we were there. M and L really don't remember being there at all since they were 17 months and 2 1/2 when we moved. A remembers somethings since she was 4 when we moved. It was nice for them to get to meet new (old) friends and know the people they hear their dad and I talk about.

I drove down on Thursday afternoon and went to VBS myself. It was wonderful getting to see all those dear friends again! And see how much their kids had grown, too. I wish I would've had more time to sit and chat with all those folks.....maybe next time!

On Friday, the girls went over to Mrs. Tina's house while her daughter, Wendy, B and I went shopping in Charlotte. I had two gift cards for this store that had been burning a hold in my pocket since Christmas and I finally got to go use them. I was very overwhelmed when I got to the store though. There are just SO many things that I love at this place.....I had a hard time choosing.....I mean I really wanted just about everything in the store. I finally settled on these two planters.....They look just beautiful on my patio.....now I just have to find some thing to plant in them. Any suggestions?


Then we moved on to this mall. If you live near Charlotte or you go there to visit, you should go to this mall. It is the best!!!! Matter of fact, I'm planning a trip to Charlotte for our youth girls in the fall to go to this event. We might just stay a day longer so we can get some shopping in!!!! =)

We spent the night on Friday and then played in Mrs. Tina's pool on Saturday morning for a while longer before we had to leave. Mrs. Tina and Mr. Donald Duck (as the girl's call him) are another set of grandparents to my kids. And their three kids are like more aunts and uncles. We love you, W family, so much and appreciate all you do for us more than we can ever say.


Here are a few pictures of the fun on Saturday.




Miss M jumping in!
I love the look on her face!


And now it's A's turn.

Miss L. won't let got of the side to jump in yet....

Mr. B was cheering everyone on!



Here are all the girls in their get-up's. No one in our family swims yet. We are signed up for lessons in a few weeks. And since we joined the pool, I'm hoping we learn this year.

After we got out of the pool, M had to read us the book she had made. This book included the words "pbskidsdotorg". She is so funny. And in typical M fashion, she made the reading of her book and long dramatic event.


Here is A with Julie listening to M.'s story.

Reading the story took so long, now A is sitting with Wendy.

Here is a shot of the W ladies and our kids.

Then they insisted on taking a picture of me with my kids. It is a terrible shot of me but I love that you can see Mrs. Tina in the door in the background trying to get everyone to smile.


Ya'll have a great Thursday! We are headed to a church member's pool this afternoon where some of the youth girls are going to be. I'm hoping they can teach my kids to swim!!!!

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Gosselin Sadness!

Oh, ya'll! Remember a while back when I wrote this? Well, last night was even more gut wrenching! They've decided to seperate.....I am so sad about this. I might have even teared up a little bit. Jon and Kate are going to switch in and out of the house and the kids will stay put in "their" house. While I find it admirable that they are trying to provide stability for their children, I was horrified watching this last night. To see them talk about ending their marriage in such a matter of fact way. To hear Jon say he is 'excited' was really sad. To hear Kate say that 'you can find happy in any situation' was really sad. How can the seperation of a family be exciting and happy in any way?


And, just as an aside, can I say how disgusted I've become with where this show is going? It used to be a show about a couple with twins and sextuplets and how they deal with their lives.....NOW, it is a show about all the things that the Gosslins get .....I mean really, the new season just started a few weeks ago and already they've had Kate's birthday at Ace of Cakes, they've had the guys American Chopper come and bring Jon a chopper and a scooter for Kate.
Too much stuff and not really what the show set out to be I dont think.

SO, so sad!

So, SO sad!!!

Monday, June 22, 2009

"The Last Lecture"

Have you two been wondering where I've been? Well - my girls were out of town all last week visiting friends (pictures coming soon) and so Mr. B and I went down on Thursday and stayed until Saturday with our friends and returned with the girls on Saturday.

And, then, of course, yesterday was Father's Day. That was fun. My girls are cracking me up these days.....secrets are hardly kept around here.....=)

SO, on this Monday morning I've got tons to do. I just had to take a moment, though, to share with you all a wonderful book I just finished reading.....I read most of it yesterday while hubs was at church doing this. (Another great thing you should check out). It seems to be a promising way to get those strong, silent men in our lives to share their heart felt feelings. I cannot tell you how happy it makes me in anticipation!

The book is called "The Last Lecture". Have you read it? It is awesome.

Go here to find out more about it. Seriously, one of the best books I've ever read!!!!

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

My Prayer Today. May it be the same for you!




Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Catching My Breath

In my bible study this morning, I came across Psalm 34. I looked it up in the Message and this is what I found....

Psalm 34: 17- 19 (The Message)

Is anyone crying out for help? God is listening, ready to rescue you.
If your heart is broken, you'll find God right there.
If you're kicked in the gut, he'll help you catch your breath.
Disciples so often get in trouble; Still God is there every time

I don't know about for you, but for me that is good news! Cause girls, I can get myself in whole heap of trouble. I'm so glad to know that he is ready to rescue me when I cry out for his help and when I'm brokenhearted.
Today though, the line in this that is speaking to me the most is the one that speaks of being kicked in the gut. There are many, many things in the life of a pastor's family that make me feel like I've been kicked in the gut.....

Moving to a new place and realizing that people don't like you simply because you aren't someone else.....

Thinking that real relationships are being created and then something happens that shows you how far away from friendship you really are....

The realization that people don't want to be your friend because you are the "preacher's family" and you wouldn't understand their struggles.....

The hurtful rumors that get spread about you and your family....

The situations that make you feel like you're "damned if you do and your damned if you don't" in the real sense of that saying......

When you are trying so hard to pray and seek God's will for a place and yet no on gets that.....

And to be truthful, there are many things in our lives individually that make us feel like we've been kicked in the gut, too, huh?

Like when we are trying to do something for our spouse and it is taken the wrong way......

Or when we are doing what is best for our children and they tell us they hate us or that we are ruining their lives.....

When our friends seem not to want us around anymore.....


I wonder today, how many of you out there need to catch your breath? I know that there are others out there who need that this day. Praise the Lord that HE will help us all catch out breath!

Let it be, Lord. Let it be.

Monday, June 15, 2009

Today's Guilt

Today, I'm feeling guilty.

Today, I'm feeling guilty that I want for my girls to have nice clothing. Things from here or here or here. Or that I am wanting new clothes myself, when there are people who have nothing and I do have plenty of clothes in my closet.

Today I'm feeling guilty that I really want a blackberry.....when I have a phone already. And even though it is doing some crazy things and not letting calls through.....it works most of the time.

Today, I'm feeling guilty that there are people out there who are very sick....and I'm complaining about why my back won't stop hurting.


Today, I'm feeling guilty that I don't trust God and like Peter, I'm sinking in the water.
On the news today, I saw that 3 more people in my state have come down with the swine flu.....makes me nervous.

Today, I'm feeling guilty that I am not the person that I want to be. I want to be more like Jesus and love everyone. I feel guilty that there are people that I am just not feeling too loving toward today.

Today, I'm feeling guilty that my marriage isn't as godly as I want it to be. I'm feeling guilty that I'm not the mother I want to be.

And that is just a few of the things I'm feeling guilty about today.

I think the devil is on attack today,girls......I want to be strong in the Lord. I want to be able to fight through this.....
But, right now I'm feeling guilty. Guilty and weak.....UGGHHH!!!!

Saturday, June 13, 2009

Let Nothing Faze Me

I was blessed in reading this today and I hope you will be, too!

Romans 8:28-39 (The Message)
26-28Meanwhile, the moment we get tired in the waiting, God's Spirit is right alongside helping us along. If we don't know how or what to pray, it doesn't matter. He does our praying in and for us, making prayer out of our wordless sighs, our aching groans. He knows us far better than we know ourselves, knows our pregnant condition, and keeps us present before God. That's why we can be so sure that every detail in our lives of love for God is worked into something good.


29-30God knew what he was doing from the very beginning. He decided from the outset to shape the lives of those who love him along the same lines as the life of his Son. The Son stands first in the line of humanity he restored. We see the original and intended shape of our lives there in him. After God made that decision of what his children should be like, he followed it up by calling people by name. After he called them by name, he set them on a solid basis with himself. And then, after getting them established, he stayed with them to the end, gloriously completing what he had begun.

31-39So, what do you think? With God on our side like this, how can we lose? If God didn't hesitate to put everything on the line for us, embracing our condition and exposing himself to the worst by sending his own Son, is there anything else he wouldn't gladly and freely do for us? And who would dare tangle with God by messing with one of God's chosen? Who would dare even to point a finger? The One who died for us—who was raised to life for us!—is in the presence of God at this very moment sticking up for us. Do you think anyone is going to be able to drive a wedge between us and Christ's love for us? There is no way! Not trouble, not hard times, not hatred, not hunger, not homelessness, not bullying threats, not backstabbing, not even the worst sins listed in Scripture: They kill us in cold blood because they hate you. We're sitting ducks; they pick us off one by one.None of this fazes us because Jesus loves us. I'm absolutely convinced that nothing—nothing living or dead, angelic or demonic, today or tomorrow, high or low, thinkable or unthinkable—absolutely nothing can get between us and God's love because of the way that Jesus our Master has embraced us.

I cannot tell you how much I long for NOTHING to faze me because Jesus Loves me!!!!

Let it be, Lord! Let it be!!!!

Thursday, June 11, 2009

Living In HIS Power

I think that I mentioned before that I was starting a new bible study at church. We are doing Beth Moore's Stepping Up. My friend, Deidre, told me that it was awesome and she was right!

This morning we were studying Psalm 124. And Ms. Beth was talking about how Satan hates us and that he is out to destroy us. But, our Lord, He is on our side and HE saves us often. What a wonderful thought that our Lord has gotten us out of more predicaments that we can count. Beth asked that we spend some time thinking back over our lives and looking at how God had rescued us. I have no doubt looking back on my life that God has saved me more times than I even know about! Some of them I realize, some I'm sure I won't even know til I'm in heaven and Jesus tells me all about it.

Then gave us some examples of things she knew God had saved her from and then she said this.....and it knocked me out of my seat!

"I'm not talking about what my future would have been like apart from salvation. I'm describing what my future would have been without the rip-roaring radical deliverance of Jesus Christ and His complete overthrow of every false Christ in my life."

Then she gave us room for our own how Jesus saved me thoughts.....that is when God used Beth's statement to really convict me.

While what I said above is true, I know that HE has and continues to save me often, I began to wonder how many times I (in my humanness) have gotten in his way? I'm not saying I messed up HIS plan but he gives me a choice how to respond to him and what he is saving me from. How many times have I hung on to those "false Christs" in my life?
How many times have I failed to tap into HIS power and tried to fight Satan alone?
It doesn't work, my friends!

This is my prayer this day.


Dear Lord, help me to be fully aware of you in my life. Help me KNOW you are with me and remember you each and every moment of the day. I long to live my life in your rip-roaring radical deliverance. Help me to let go of the things that get in the way of that.....including myself! I want everyone in my life to see YOU shining through and not me....especially the little people who you gave to me. In Your Holy Name - Amen.

Monday, June 8, 2009

Ch...Ch...Ch...Changes

I was thinking about how much my girls have changed and grown this past school year.....wow! check it out!









L was in a 3 morning a week preschool this year. She loved it!


L has gotten longer and leaner this year. She no longer looks like the baby girl she resembled at the beginning of the year.






And next there's Miss M. She was in Kindergarten this year. She lost her first two teeth. That excited her very much.











A was in 1st grade this year. I think she has changed the most. She lost both of her top two front teeth this year and now the "big" teeth are coming in. She is looking so, so grown up.....





Looking at these and seeing how much they've changed, makes me really sad. I just want time to STOP!!!!



Please dear Lord, burn their faces at each stage in my brain. I never want to forget what gifts you've given me Slow me down---make me stop and pay attention.Help me to remember to always stop and spend time with them over all the other craziness that keeps me busy. Amen!







Another Weekend Update


We had a big weekend around here!


On Friday morning, M graduated from Kindergarten. They sang some songs and got their 'diploma's'. After the graduation, she was allowed to go home. No more Kindergarten, she is officially considering herself a 1st grader now.
Here she is getting that diploma!

Waiting to be picked up after the graduation. The little girl to her left is E, our neighbor and one of M's favorite friends.


Here is M hugging Ms. Brooke, her teacher, goodbye.

And hugging Ms. Sandra, her Assistant Teacher, goodbye.


After graduation, she had a playdate at a friends house which pretty much made for a perfect Friday for Miss M.


On Friday evening the youth from my home church in North Georgia arrived in town. They spent the night on the floor of our CLC. On Saturday, they went rafting and then they performed a program at our church that evening. The program was awesome with skits and singing. Here are a a few pictures of the evening.

This skit was called "Who Wants to Be A Christian"

I can't remember the name of this one, but it was about the new guy -- the one in the green shirt -- trying to fit in but being left out by the rest....pretty common struggle, I'd say....

This skit was called "Love Brain". It was great for the other teens in the audience!

Apparently, I didn't get a picture of my favorite skit. It was about Jesus walking on water. It started out with the kids in a boat out on the water looking for Jesus in the fog.....and the best line I've heard in a while: "Where the heck is Jesus?!!?" Don't we all feel that way sometimes?

Anyone out there in North GA/TN/ AL (hint, hint Lisa at the Preacher's Wife) looking for an awesome group to come in a present the gospel, let me know --- I will hook you up. They had such a wonderful program. It had lots of multi media, too!!!

Here is the whole group. I didn't take this picture. I totally stole it from the group leader who emailed it to me since 3 of my kids are in the picture with them. My kids LOVED getting to see these kids and hang out with them. So, NS Youth, just be prepared when we come home again.....my girls will be looking for you!

Pa Pa and Na Na (my dad and his girlfriend) were also here Saturday and Sunday. It was a great weekend full of family and friends and ended just perfectly with my bible study last night. If you've not done Psalms of Ascent by Beth Moore, you should! SO far it is awesome!

Have a great Monday, I gotta go figure out what my family is eating this week and get on to the laundry that piled up over the weekend.

Thursday, June 4, 2009

Camp Patton Springs in pictures

Over the weekend my family experienced another first at this church. Every year the Children/ Youth department puts on a weekend camp called Camp Patton Springs for kids that are rising 2nd - 12th grade. The only child we have that qualified to attend as a camper was A. Which made her very, very happy. Not to mention that it was her first trip to camp. K and I were both campers for a lot of our childhood so we were hoping she would love it.


She was very excited about sleeping on the top bunk!
K was asked to come and lead vespers on Friday night so even though we dropped A off as a camper, the rest of us got to stay over night. Which A didn't mind because she was in her cabin and we were in a totally different place. We had a delicious supper of homemade pizza made by a husband and wife team at our church and then it was time for some singing. But first, time to initiate the new preacher.
"There's a Bear! Where? Over There"
But wait -- you have to hear that with the right accent --
"Thare's a bar! Whare? Over Thare!"
I had seen this at boy scout camp long ago....but I think they got hubs.
You know how it ends right? They go down the line telling this line to the next person in line. Then they instructed hubs to tell it to the first person in line. They point with both arms and get down on one knee.....until they start the domino effect and knock the preacher down. I missed that shot. I was too far back...Maybe someone else got it.
Then we really did do some singing.
M singing with the kids.
After then singing, we hung out and played 4 Square while the groups went to work on their campsites waiting on 10PM vespers to get here. Hubs had the kids do an improve of the story of Joseph. Updated for today, of course. It was great!!!
After vespers we went to bed for the night.
On Saturday morning, we got up and had a big breakfast that was wonderful made by the same couple. After singing some more, the groups headed out to work on their campsites and K and I took the girls up to play at the playground.
Here is K and M.....
And Miss L.
B loved playing in (and trying to eat) the grass. And, yes, we did need the jacket. It was quite chilly in the NC mountains on Saturday morning -- I was even forced to buy a sweatshirt from the camp because I remembered everyone else a sweatshirt except for myself. It's a cute sweatshirt, though ;).
Each group of kids and their counselors had to create a campsite. They also had to cook their hotdog lunch on the fire and had to have a worship area in their site. The sites were to be judged and have a winner by the end of the weekend. We traveled around and visited the sites. The theme for the weekend was "No Fear, Just Faith!". (Thus the story of Joseph). The Junior High Group came up with the name Fear Shakers, Faith Seekers (I think that was it) for their group. They made this as part of their worship center at their campsite. It is made of Rhododendron blossoms. Pretty cool, huh!?


Then A took us to her group's campsite. It was great. They created an arbor!, and had a welcome mat made from moss. I decided not to add more pictures here.
One of the other things that happens at Camp Patton Springs is that the campers earn and share beads with one another. Here is A with her "name bead" and a "Z" bead for actually going to sleep the night before.

THEN it was time that my other two had been waiting for ALL day. Lake time. I just wanted to show you this shot of L. Isn't she funny with her lifejacket and goggles on?!!?

After swim time, it was supper time again and we had one of my new favorites. Something I never knew existed before I came to this place and something I've only had once before this weekend but I. LOVE. IT. It is Indian Fry Bread. The couple who did our cooking, the husband is a member of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians. It's like an Indian taco salad. Delicious. Apparently, you can also have it for dessert with powdered sugar on top which to this Southern girl sounds a lot like a funnel cake. Anyway - it was awesome!!!!
After supper, we left A at camp and made our trek back home. Hard for this Mama, but A loved it.
She arrived home Sunday afternoon the proud new owner of many beads for many things including the Art Award. She was very proud.....And I was too. But I was a bit dismayed that she arrived home wearing the exact same clothing she had on when I left on Saturday......

Tuesday, June 2, 2009

Under Construction

So.....I've been wanting a change for a while now. But now I'm totally undecided. I loved my custom header but was just ready for different look.

I'm not sure this is it.....I do like the pink and green but we shall see......

I totally wish I could just pay for new custom look....but it isn't in the budget right now or as I say "Dave Ramsey won't let me...."

Anyway -- bear with me as I figure this all out.

I am still coming back to tell you about camp. But right now I MUST go on to bed on this Tuesday night.

Monday, June 1, 2009

L "Watow" Day

This past year for preschool, we decided to send L to school three mornings a week. Usually she went to school on a M,W,F schedule. But this past Thursday, the preschool had a special day for the kids. It was "Watow" day as L called it. So, she, B and I went down to school just in time for the water day. BUT first -we ran real fast to get a new memory card for my camera so I could take pictures.
She was a little unsure about getting in the water at first....



They had little pools to sit and play in.



She got her face painted....



They had big, HUGE water guns....

And then there was this.....

All the kids loved it!!


L and her water gun.
And then there were snow cones...



The next day was the very last day of preschool. Here is a picture of L and her teachers (and another little girl who loves the camera). Ms. Carolyn and Ms. Eryn. We love you and thank you for all you did this year. You made L's first year of school amazing. She loves school. We will really miss you Ms. Eryn when you move. Ms. Carolyn, we hope you have a great summer and look forward to seeing you in the fall.

Ya'll have a great Monday. I MUST go. I have a million and one things to do today....Aren't Monday's that way for all of us? Hopefully, I will make it back tomorrow to share with you our weekend at Camp!!!