I still have not completed painting my kitchen cabinets. Sigh. We are starting school on Monday, and I had hoped to be done with it. I am determined to get it done though, after all it's only Wednesday! I am trying to decide if I just am going to 'go for it' and get it all done today, or if I am going to tackle a section at a time. Prayers and good wishes appreciated!
Keepin' it real with the clean hand washed dishes on the counter, and the bottle of Nyquil! ha ha!
My parents are nothing like they were when they got married. Neither are Tim and I. As we have walked with the Lord, we have been changed. We've matured, become more compassionate, learned to serve others better, realize that its about HIM not us.
Photo from their anniversary dinner last night.
I'm not the same mother I was when I had my first child 27 years ago. I'm very grateful for that! I always wanted to be a mother and I love being one, but I didn't know about grace the way I do now. I am passionate in my mothering. My goal is to disciple my children and to support them in becoming who God intends for them to be!
Taken last night. Out to dinner to celebrate my parents anniversary.
I love seeing growth in my kids, too. To see them thrive in their work and relationships and to know they are on a life long journey as well.
Sometimes the growing process is slow and painful, but if we trust Him, it yields beautiful things in our lives.
I'm thankful for the Lord's love and mercy that does not leave us where we are, but grows us to become more like him.
24 The earth is the Lord's and the fullness thereof, the world and those who dwell therein, 2 for he has founded it upon the seas and established it upon the rivers.
3 Who shall ascend the hill of the Lord? And who shall stand in his holy place? 4 He who has clean hands and a pure heart, who does not lift up his soul to what is false and does not swear deceitfully. 5 He will receive blessing from the Lord and righteousness from the God of his salvation. 6 Such is the generation of those who seek him, who seek the face of the God of Jacob. Selah
7 Lift up your heads, O gates! And be lifted up, O ancient doors, that the King of glory may come in. 8 Who is this King of glory? The Lord, strong and mighty, the Lord, mighty in battle! 9 Lift up your heads, O gates! And lift them up, O ancient doors, that the King of glory may come in. 10 Who is this King of glory? The Lord of hosts, he is the King of glory! Selah
After a very beautiful and mild June and most of July we have HOT temps. I'll be staying in the AC most of the week, or you'll find us at Camp Geezer in the pool. It's hotter here than in Senegal where my brother and sister in law work as missionaries! What's it like where you live?
Our sweet family arrived home safe and sound! What a treat to have them visit these past two weeks.
Alicia is doing the same eating plan that I am on (Trim Healthy Mama) and we did very well eating on plan, even though we were on the go so much. She texted me today that after two weeks of vacation, where we ate chicken alfredo, eggs and bacon, pizza, and ice cream, she lost four more pounds! I have been losing again too! After 10 months and going up and then back down 5-7 pounds over and over, I got back on track and the weight is dropping again! I'm a very happy girl! ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ With the weather heating up, I got out this morning and did the mowing, before the heat really kicked in. Since it takes me about and hour and a half, I use the time to listen to music, or a sermon (Truth for Life app) by Alistair Begg, or a podcast. The last two times I've mowed I have been listening to Sally Clarkson. Her podcast, At Home With Sally, is so encouraging!
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ This morning Tim mentioned that the fridge didn't seem to be very cold and was concerned. After a long day of working outside doing inspections, he came home and checked it out, then called the guy who repaired it five years ago. He's coming in the morning. In the meantime, we moved everything from the freezer to our big freezer downstairs and are using a cooler box, Tim made a few years ago, with ice to keep the milk and other dairy products cold. Hopefully it will be an easy fix and not too expensive!
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Lee Ann asked for the punch recipe that I used for Emma's baby shower. It's very simple. We used equal parts of lemon juice (freshly squeezed) and sugar and then we added some water and a bottle of Sprite. Then I pureed some strawberries and added them to the punch. It was simple and good (or so I'm told. I didn't drink it due to the sugar!) Hope you'll all having a wonderful summer!