Tuesday, September 30, 2008

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I really don't like seeing or hearing myself on video, but this is for Ms. Lidna!! Here I is! ;)


Monday, September 29, 2008

New Beginnings

It's a special day at my house. 10 years ago today our lives changed forever. You can read our story here.

Each year, this day is bittersweet. Knowing that God blessed us with an incredible son in Boo, but yet wondering what it would be like if our triplets had been able to live here on earth with us. Through the last 10 years it's sometimes been overwhelmingly emotional for me, and I choose to retreat, just for a day, to grieve and pray and just be sad. But this year is a year of new beginnings and it starts today. I still miss my babies. I still get sad and cry and grieve, but I'm beginning a new Journey today, and I'm claiming victory over many obstacles in my life.

I don't believe in coincidence. I know that this is part of God's plan, and I'm looking forward, from this day, to greater, healthier things.

Be Blessed!

Wednesday, September 24, 2008

I'm travelin'!

Boo has a school trip to Chicago for two days. Tomorrow and Friday. I've been the first parent on the waiting list for several weeks. Today I found out that I'm GOING!! YIPPEE!!!! I'm sorry that someone else isn't going to be able to go, but I'm really excited that I get to take this trip with my Boo. So many sights, so little time!!!! Better go get on the laundry and pack our bags!! See ya this weekend!

Sunday, September 21, 2008

Football, Determination and Broken Fingers

Boo is playing tackle football for the first time this year. Youth League. 3rd grade. In the beginning, it was really difficult for him for several reasons. First of all, he's big. He's 5' tall and weighs in at 132 lbs. He's rock solid. And he was out of shape. And he's had to get used to the pads and the helmet, etc.

But by golly, he's done it! He's stuck it out, ran drills with the smaller guys, worked through plays, cried a lot of tears, but he's NEVER given up! And we couldn't possibly be prouder. He's got great ball handling, and the coaches recognize that. He's the starting center, and loves every minute of it.

Even when he's doing bear crawls, bends his pinky finger backward, and then....falls on it. :( UGH!!

Saturday, September 6, 2008

I lived the 80's!

I'm a new reader of Tabitha's, and she's posted a lovely 80's picture, so I thought I'd share one as well....some of you have seen this one, but I love to look at it and PRAISE GOD that we definitely get better with age! ;)

Thursday, September 4, 2008

Peacemaker or Peacekeeper?

I had a thought-provoking discussion with a couple of my gal friends this morning while working on invites to kick off our Women of Hope year.

One of them has been faced with a situation with a fellow believer where she has witnessed a deep lack of integrity of this person. (they aren't close friends....but co-workers) She's praying about whether she's feeling led to actually confront this person, or if she's to simply pray for them and hope that they see the "error of their ways".

Her argument for doing the latter was that she is a "peacemaker". To which my other friend responded..."a peaceMAKER or peaceKEEPER? Peacemakers tend to have to sacrifice something in order to bring about peace in a situation. Whether it be the possibility of losing a relationship, a job, a life (?)......Peacekeepers tend to be more passive and not want to 'stir the pot', so therefore 'keep' the peace." Then we looked at Ezekiel 3:1-11, 16-21 (this is the New Living Translation) where Ezekiel was commanded by God to go into Israel to deliver a message because of their rebellion against God.

1 The voice said to me, “Son of man, eat what I am giving you—eat this scroll! Then go and give its message to the people of Israel.” 2 So I opened my mouth, and he fed me the scroll. 3 “Fill your stomach with this,” he said. And when I ate it, it tasted as sweet as honey in my mouth.

4 Then he said, “Son of man, go to the people of Israel and give them my messages. 5 I am not sending you to a foreign people whose language you cannot understand. 6 No, I am not sending you to people with strange and difficult speech. If I did, they would listen! 7 But the people of Israel won’t listen to you any more than they listen to me! For the whole lot of them are hard-hearted and stubborn. 8 But look, I have made you as obstinate and hard-hearted as they are. 9 I have made your forehead as hard as the hardest rock! So don’t be afraid of them or fear their angry looks, even though they are rebels.”

10 Then he added, “Son of man, let all my words sink deep into your own heart first. Listen to them carefully for yourself. 11 Then go to your people in exile and say to them, ‘This is what the Sovereign Lord says!’ Do this whether they listen to you or not.”

16 After seven days the Lord gave me a message. He said, 17 “Son of man, I have appointed you as a watchman for Israel. Whenever you receive a message from me, warn people immediately. 18 If I warn the wicked, saying, ‘You are under the penalty of death,’ but you fail to deliver the warning, they will die in their sins. And I will hold you responsible for their deaths. 19 If you warn them and they refuse to repent and keep on sinning, they will die in their sins. But you will have saved yourself because you obeyed me.

20 “If righteous people turn away from their righteous behavior and ignore the obstacles I put in their way, they will die. And if you do not warn them, they will die in their sins. None of their righteous acts will be remembered, and I will hold you responsible for their deaths. 21 But if you warn righteous people not to sin and they listen to you and do not sin, they will live, and you will have saved yourself, too.”

Being a peaceMAKER is quite obviously the more difficult for someone who is generally a 'KEEPER'.