Friday, November 13, 2015


Our pastor began leading our church on a Journey through the Epistles beginning in November that will last through December.  We are all reading the same section of Scripture each day and sharing what it means to us or how it encourages us.  We recently finished up Romans and although I've read the Bible through on many occasions, I've never really paid close attention to just how much grace is focused on in this book.  I have to say I was/am completely overwhelmed by God's grace in my life.

I feel as though I've kind of lived in a sweet little bubble all of my life.  That's not to say I haven't been through difficult times, because I have.  It's not to say my life has been all peachy, because it certainly hasn't.  It's not to say I've always done good and made wise decisions, because that couldn't be farther from the truth.  It does say however, that now more than ever, I recognize God's goodness and grace in my life from the time I was born. I was born and raised in a Christian family.  I was raised in church all of my life.  I married a man who loves the Lord and has grown SO much since the time I met him, it's absolutely incredible, because he desires to be closer to the Lord each and every day for His glory and honor.  That man is a wonderful pastor, so a lot of our life revolves around church and Christians.  Now, not all Christians act like Christians, but that's where grace comes in of course.

I see and hear lots of things in this world that people have gone through or are going through and sometimes it still just blows my mind even though I know evil and sin exist in this fallen world in which we live.  I think it kind of goes back to that bubble:)  While I can find it difficult to relate to some people and where they've been or where they are, I wouldn't trade my raising or my life now for anything in this world.  I'm am SO beyond grateful that God placed me in the family I was raised in and gave me the husband and kids that He has.  He is a great God and I never want to take His wonderful blessings for granted.

Hard times will come, and I want to praise Him.
Good times will be had, and I want to praise Him.
Doubts will arise, and I want to praise Him.

Thank you Lord for your goodness, grace, mercy, forgiveness, discipline (although it doesn't feel nice at the time), and love!  May I grow closer to You daily, and bring You much Glory!

Yet God, with undeserved kindness, declares that we are righteous.  He did this through Christ Jesus when he freed us from the penalty for our sins.  Romans 3:24

Monday, November 9, 2015


I remember hearing about Crossfit several years ago when it seemed to be getting really popular.  I also remember thinking, that's definitely not for me, I will stick to my regular workout.

A couple of months ago, a guy came to our church and spoke during our missions moment about a gym he opened up here in our town called Breaking Addictions Crossfit, here is their website, where he uses Crossfit to bring together people who are recovering addicts and shares the Lord with them.  He leads them in Bible studies and during the workouts they share encouragement and different things and he closes the workouts in prayer.  It's really neat in my opinion.  A couple of weeks ago, Craig and I went to check out a workout and well, I'm hooked! HA  I am loving the workouts.  I walk away feeling like I really got in a great workout every time.  I really love that it's supporting a ministry too.  Several of the churches in town support them, which is great too. 

Saturday, November 7, 2015

Warm weather

We are having some unseasonably warm weather these days.  I mean, we are usually bundled up in November, but the girls and I went for a nice walk the other day with no jackets.  I was even able to go for a run outside that same day.  It's been SO nice.  I will take every warm day we get!

Thursday, November 5, 2015

Field trip & Curls

A couple of weeks ago, AC had her first field trip.  We went to see a play here in town.  We saw Goodnight Moon and some Bunny one, but I don't remember the name!  She loved it and had so much fun.  It was fun to get to have this experience with her.  I'm sure we will go to more plays in our future!

She also loves to have her hair put in rollers before bed.  She ask me about 2-3 times a week to do it.  And, she always wants it in a ponytail the next morning!  She looks so cute too:)

Tuesday, November 3, 2015

Trunk or Treat

Our church had it's 2nd Trunk or Treat Saturday afternoon.  It went really well and we all had lots of fun.  The girls had a blast.  It was a beautiful day and not too chilly till about the last hour.  This was my first year, because last year I was in AL.  Craig and the girls said it was Much colder last year.  We had several cars lined up and decorated cute, an obstacle course which was a huge hit, hot cocoa under the prayer tent, and a bean bag toss game.  Folks seemed to really enjoy it!

Sunday, November 1, 2015

It's been a while...

since I last posted.  I don't really have a reason why other than life is busy, and I spend most of my extra time studying.  Oh, and it's just easier and less time consuming to post on IG and FB.  However, I love having this blog for my kids and my family.

So, soccer has ended, thankfully because their last games were freeeeeeeezing.  Gymnastics is still going very well.  They are all getting better each week and love every minute of it.  Basketball will start in January and the 2 big girls plan to play.  Sewing is going well for Kyndal and she has been taking one lesson a week.  We just finished our first 9 weeks of school and have turned in our grades.  Both big girls did really well and little bit is coming along well too.  I think next year, I will put her in co-op one day a week along with our Abeka studies at home.  I think she will really enjoy it.

My nutrition class is going well, I just finished one book and have moved on to the next.  It's a lot of information, but I enjoy it all.  I'm also doing children's church, and that too is going well.

Craig and I went to our first Crossfit class this past week and I absolutely loved it.  I mean it was hard, very hard, but I loved it:)  I will definitely be going back, I hope 3 days a week.  I will still do some running too, to stay on track for next year's races.  We plan to run a marathon sometime next year!

I can hardly believe we only have 2 months left of this year and I'm sure they will fly by.  These are usually 2 very busy months.  They are especially busy for Craig! One week out of theses 2 months I get to go visit my family and new nephew.  I'm just a "little" excited!!!