Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Wordless Wednesday.... Halloween 2010

My Nephew's car wreck

Last night we got a awful phone call that my nephew had been in a bad car accident. My sister calls me and we rush to the hospital, when we got there they were doing x-ray so we did not know yet how he was doing and know one had told us for sure how he was. Finally we get to see him and he looked really bad but from the past of me dealing with Katie's 4 wheeler wreck I knew that the looks of a wreck are usually always going to be scary. Then they started telling us how bad it was. They said his femer bone had been broke completely into and the bones in his heel were just crushed. He actually had bones sticking out of his skin. He also had a lot of gashes in his head and arms. They got him relaxed with some pain meds and today they did operate on him. It was a 3 hour surgery. We waited and my sister came home to get some things and as soon as she got home she got a call from the doctor during the surgery saying she needed to get back to the hospital to sign a consent form saying it was okay to give a blood transfusion. It seemed that he had lost a lot of blood or more than they expected. We got back to the hospital and waited for the doctor and finally he came and we did not get great news. The doctor told us that is was worse than he was hoping. The leg was broke in four places but that was not his main concern, it was the bones crushed in his heel. He said he was scared that the skin there was already dead and would not be able to heal. If it did not heal he said they would have to take his leg off!!! That is just devastating news. My nephew is only 23 years old and I am just praying that he will heal and they will not have to do this. My nephew just dealt with his dad not being in his life but then seeing him on his death bed two days before he died.
 I love my nephew so much!! We have always been there for each other and I sometimes feel like he is another child of mine or one of my best friends. I am praying that God will just hold Bradley close to his heart.
The other big thing that happened with Bradley is that when her wrecked he was driving drunk so he go a DUI. I just feel so bad and wish he would not have been driving while drinking. That is now the past and we have to move past that and just take care of Bradley. Please Do Not Drink and Drive!!!

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Ada's 2nd Birthday!!!

Ada's second birthday just came and now is gone. My baby is now a toddler. It is just so hard to believe she is two. I am still in shock but let me share the joys of her party.

This year we had her party at the fellowship hall at church. We had her and Miss. Kendall's party together. We had it right after church, so it did not turn out as big as we had hoped but the girls had fun and got lots of gifts so that is all that mattered. So, let me share some pictures of my babies second birthday!!

slowly going up the hill

 I for sure have not blogged in a long time, but with good reason. We went about a month with no cable and that means on Internet service. Things are slowly but surely getting better. Since I last blogged, Michael got a really good job but has only got one check so we are on our way to the top it is just I don't think we realize how much our bills had got behind. I know one thing is for sure, I will never complain about always wanting more. With Michael's last job, we had enough to pay our bills but we was always wanting to do this or do that. God has been good to us and I am well aware now. I am so thankful to have a wonderful God in my life. He is so good.

Wordless Wednesday....Ada's second birthda!!

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

one step forward and quite a few backwards:(

 It seems we are taking one step forward and about twenty steps back. Michael just got an email that he did not get the job he had been waiting weeks to get. It is hard to be positive because we both were so excited about this job and it sounded so promising. I know we have got to pick ourselves up and keep looking. I am trying so hard to not be depressed in front on Michael because I know he is so down. It is just so hard sometimes. I just really feel like it is our time to get something good. I mean we really would not have any luck at all if it was not for bad luck. I know if we stay strong that God does have a plan I hope he doesn't get upset with me whining at this time because I do have faith. I really do, I am just down and depressed at this time. I don't know the answer to making yourself not be depressed because I have tried everything and sometimes it just hits me. I am praying that God just take us in his hands and make it to where we can just have somewhat of a worry free life.

Tuesday, August 31, 2010

The past month summed up...

This time I have really went to long without blogging but I felt like I was whining about the same thing every time I got on here. The face that Michael lost his job. Well an update would be, he still has not found a job but he is still having promising interviews. God has still took really great care of us. We do want him to find a job but we can't complain as far as our needs because that story is just to amazing on how he has taken care of us. I know this time has been a blessing in disguise but sometimes it is hard to see it but I know one day we will see it. 
Other things that happened is Josh and Katie started school again. Josh went to the third grade and so far he is very happy with his teacher. I also like her and that is always a plus. Katie started second grade and at first she had Miss.Parris and she was so so so happy but they changed her teacher and I don't know how that will be yet. We will update on that later.
 Josh also started football and he is kicking butt!!! I am proud of him. Katie was supposed to start cheer leading but there is not enough to sign up for a team so I am now in the process of trying to start Girl Scouts in our area. So far it is looking good.
 Michael started playing softball and he is really really enjoying it. I feel bad because I am missing some of it because of Josh's football practice. I hope things will work out and I can see some of the games.
 A really awesome thing happened at church, my dad got saved, became a member of Mayo and is getting baptized. I can't explain the awesome feeling that was. I am proud of him....
 A bad thing that happened is Michael and I don't have Medicaid so I am worried about him running out of his meds and I am worried about running out of mine also. I hate that I take pain medication but I have tried to go without and I know I need it. I hate the fact of knowing I need  meds to not have a head ache, but I figure all I can do is be happy about it.
 My baby girl Ada is growing up, she will be two in October and I am just shocked of how she is growing. My baby is growing up but we can for sure tell we are hitting the terrible two's....
Well that is pretty much what has happened  to me the past month. I hope my next blog will be talking about Michaels new job!!! God is Great All the Time!!!

Friday, August 6, 2010

Tamara Lowe at Christ Fellowship

Can't say how many times I have watched this!! I love it!!

Five Question Friday

1. Are you a neat sleeper or a messy sleeper?
Usually a neat sleeper but sometimes messy
2. Fill in the blank. I wish I was more ________________.
3. What is something that you wish you had been warned about?
how important it is to further you education
4. What was the best thing you ever found at a garage sale/flea market?
I guess some really great clothes for the kids
5. If you could have any meal brought to you right now, what would it be?
A rib eye steak cooked med. with some peppers and onions, broccoli, and baked potato

Thursday, August 5, 2010

My wonderful church

Yesterday had to be one of my most depressing days and to be honest I am not really sure why. I know Michael does not have a job at this time and we are broke but when I think about it, I have not wanted for anything!! We are eating good and my kids are not going to start school wanting anything.
 I think sometimes staying inside a house all day can just get to ya. My point in my story is that I am so lucky to be part of the wonderful church that I am a part of. They really reached out for me just because they seen I was having a bad day. I tell ya I think if I could go to church everyday, I  would. I just go to church and forget about everything else and just really feel good inside. I am so thankful that I made to choice to let Jesus be my savior!! It don't matter that the devil is trying really hard to pull my family down because God is making it that I always come out on top. I pray that anyone that is curious about the bible like I was and wondering if they can live for God, that they act on it because it is so amazing the works of GOD.

Sunday, August 1, 2010

My Katie is growing up before my eyes!!

A couple of days ago I was going through my photo albums and looked a pics of my babies when they were babies!! Wow!! How do they grow up so fast?? 

At this time I am just doing a few memories of my Katie bug!! My girl that lights up the room when she walks in!! She is now 7 and I am just amazed by her everyday!!! I love you Katie, for ever and always!!! You are the light of my day!! 
 She is my sweet, pretty girl!!

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

A trip to Dolly wood

Last week my dad, Michael, Josh, Katie, Ada, and myself took a trip to Dolly wood!! I did not have camera since mine is broke so I figured I for sure need to blog about our small but expensive trip!!
 The morning started with getting the kids up and letting them know we are about to take a trip!!! Josh was so excited on the way to Tennessee he could not hush!! Katie was very excited too but she was able to go back to sleep. We finally get there and I am so very thankful for my dad because those tickets were so expensive and God knows we could not afford those at this time. Without my dad, I would not have been able to do anything for my kids this summer. I love him and am so thankful for him in our lives.
 We get inside the park and it was so so very hot and I also was feeling bad for my dad because I know his foot was hurting him but he still had fun!! He rode the roller coasters like he was a kid. Those were memories I will always cherish and I know my kids will also.
 I got to say I was very proud of Ada!! It was so hot and she did really good. She did want out of the stroller but she did really well. Poor Katie had a little bit of a hard time because she was to small to ride the big rides but she made the best of it.
I hope to maybe next year buy season passes to Carowinds because I know they enjoyed the rides so much.
Thanks so much to my Dad for caring for my babies....

Thursday, July 15, 2010

Things looking up

 Things seem to be looking up for us!! A hiring place called Michael and the interview went really well. His boss at the place he got laid off of gave him as a referral to this place to that is great news. Two jobs they are trying to get him on at and they both start at a dollar more that what he was making at his last job.
 Naturally I am a little worried with school shopping coming up but I am not giving up my faith. Everything has really worked out so amazing for us. I don't think my faith has ever been so strong. When you are at your lowest and God just reaches out and helps you, I don't see how anyone could not let there faith just grow stronger and stronger with the power of God!! We are going to keep praying and trusting in God and just see where it leads us.

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Mighty to Save - Don Moen - Lyrics on Screen [HQ]

Wordless Wednesday... Spagetti anyone??

I am so thankful

In just a few more days Michael, Katie, and myself will be getting baptized! We are all excited! We have really worked hard to get where we are in our lives. It is not easy to give up a way of living that you have just become use to. The hardest thing for us would had to be and sometimes still is having faith. It is so amazing how GOD has been to us, just to show us we are doing the right thing. Last night Michael and I were talking about how we would be right now if we did not have God in our lives and I would be a wreck. I am a worry wort!! I sometimes cannot believe that I am not worried. I am just very cool about everything. We have been really broke this week. Michael has not got a unemployment check yet and also has not received his last paycheck but GOD has took care of us. We have managed to pay our bill and we are not starving.
 I have never felt like GOD was truly there for me, but I do now and I am so thankful to him for showing me his love. I don't want to bash Jehovah's Witness but growing up I never felt like I was good enough or that GOD loved me like he did everyone else. I pray for all the children that have to grow up the way I did. I just hope that they too can find out that it is not all about preparing yourself to the end of the world. I hope they to are strong enough to walk into  a church with a open mind and see that you are not going to get screamed at and told you are going to burn forever in a lake of fire. I have been going pretty steady for two years and not one time have I been told that I am going to hell.
 Thank you so much GOD for showing me a brighter way of life. Thank you for answering my prayers. You did hear my prayers of me asking you please show me the way. Thank you so much!

Monday, July 5, 2010

still being tested

It seems we are really being tested left and right are everything is just going wrong!! So far the second week on Michael being laid off the water pump went out on the van so we just have the Saturn to drive that has no air, I went to get my medications and had to pay full price because apparently mine and the kids medicaid had ran out, Michael's check did not go in when it normally does, so we are broke because that check has to be mailed, and my camera broke.
 The water pump went out and the belt broke on our van!! My dad said he will be able to fix it pretty cheap so I am not to worried about that because I know my dad has always taken care of my cars and if he says not to worry then I trust him. This weekend we just had to pile up in the small Saturn that has not air but at least we had a back up car!! I do realize how lucky we are to have my dad!!
 The Medicaid going out, I am just hoping after I go and apply again my kids will at least get it back. Josh has to take allergy shots twice a month and four different medications everyday for his allergies and asthma. I do take meds daily but I would much rather just be happy if I can get it for them. My fingers are crossed on that situation and I am praying. Josh has got very sick and even got pneumonia before without his medications.
 We was expecting his last check this past Friday to be in the bank but it was not there!! The money we did have is what I got my medications with because I thought his check was going in. They are mailing it and of course this is a holiday week! That just messed us up so much because of the bills we pay on that day so I will not be surprised if Charter does not cut the cable and Internet off before we get his check. That is not the big worry though it is just scary when you have NO MONEY!!
 And the last but not least, is my camera broke:( that just hurt my feelings. When you have kids a camera is a lot. I still enjoy looking at all my pictures of my babies because it is memories you cannot get back. This is not a life or death thing but just something I cherished and with our money situation I don't know when we will be able to get another one.
 All these things are going wrong but I am just glad we did kinda prepare ourselves for things to go wrong when we decided to live our lives for Jesus. I got to say that Michael and I have got down but it is amazing that we still felt so incredible when we went to church. We really are staying strong and we do know that everything will be okay. If God was not on our side I don't think we would have such a calm feeling inside as we do. I am so thankful that I do have God on my side now and we do have the people in our lives that we do have. I can't imagine going through these challenges we are facing, without hope. It is sad to look at the unemployment status and know that  most of those people don't have God in their lives. We are just so thankful to have something to look forward to.

Saturday, July 3, 2010

Josh's Baptism

The 18 of this month Michael, Katie, and myself are supposed to get baptized and I just seen that I had not blogged about Josh's baptism and how proud I was of him.
For about two years Josh has been telling me he wanted to get baptized but I wanted to be sure he knew what he was doing. I talked to our new preacher about it and Josh had already spoken to him so I felt he was ready. I sure don't want to hold my kids back from wanting to live for the Lord.
 He was so happy!! It was so touching to watch your child do this, I had tears going down my face. I am very proud of my little man!!!! I feel so blessed to have such wonderful kids and it is an even greater feeling to know that they are happy worshiping God!!
Afterward we took him out to eat and he was just so proud of his Bible that he took it inside to eat with us:) I love my baby boy!

Kenny Chesney - You Had Me From Hello W/ Lyrics

This has been mine and Michael
s song from day one of our relationship. I had to share when I seen it with lyrics. I love you Michael!!

Five Question Friday

Five Question Friday!! 7/2/10

Welcome to 5QF!! New comers...glad to have ya!! It's about dang time that you found your way over here!

Who's ready for a little Five Question Friday action?!!
community, and leave your best question suggestions!!)

1. What is one thing you miss the most about childhood?
Not paying bills!!
2. Are you still friends with your friends from high school?
  Yes U am for the most part
3. Is there a catch phrase, cliche, or word that just drives you bonkers every time you hear it?
"Get her done" I hate that saying
4. What is one thing that you think symbolizes America...besides "Old Glory"?
 I think anytime you see a strong independent person standing up for what they believe, you see America!
5. What are your 4th of July weekend plans?
 The third we will go swimming and to the battlefield and Sunday we are going to church and then a church block party

Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Hello God - A Religious and Spiritual Poem

Hello God, I called tonight
To talk a little while...
I need a friend who'll listen,
To my anxieties and trials...

You see, I can't quite make it
Through a day just on my own...
I need your love to guide me,
So I'll never feel alone.

I want to ask you please to keep
My family safe and sound.
Come and fill their lives with confidence,
For whatever fate they're bound.

Give me faith, dear God, to face
Each hour throughout the day,
And not to worry over things,
I can't change in any way.

I thank you God, for being home,
And listening to my call,
For giving me such good advice,
When I stumble and fall.

Your number, God, is the only one
That answers every time.
I never get a busy signal,
Never had to pay a dime.

So thank you, God, for listening,
To my troubles and my sorrow.
Good night, God, I love You, too,
And I'll call again tomorrow! Hello God - A Religious and Spiritual Poem

Gift of Life - A Self-Esteem Poem

I value the life God has given to me
It is my life and I can live it as I please
My life may not mean much to someone else
And how I live it is up to God and myself

Only God knows how many years I have remaining
But I intend to live them all without complaining
I will treasure each day and rejoice in its pleasures
Practicing His righteousness as a means of measure

I will do my daily chores with a song in my heart
Singing God's praises until the day I depart
And while I am living out my disappearing years
I will be grateful to Him for putting me hereGift of Life - A Self-Esteem Poem

Trust in the Lord - A Religious and Spiritual Poem

Trust in the L

Trust in the Lord

The wind's not always at our back,
The sky is not always blue.
Sometimes we crave the things we lack,
And don't know what to do.

Sometimes life's an uphill ride,
With mountains we must climb.
At times the river's deep and wide,
And crossing takes some time.

No one said that life is easy,
There are no guarantees.
So Trust in the Lord continually,
On calm or stormy seas.

The challenges we face today,
Prepares us for tomorrow.
For faith takes our fears away,
And peace replaces sorrow.
ord - A Religious and Spiritual Poem

My wedding day...

My Wedding... On May 21st 2010 Michael and I got married and it was so much nicer that I would have ever imagined. The day was perfect for us..
 Everything was put together for us by mostly members of Mayo First Baptist. The preacher came to us after he heard of our engagement and asked our plans. We told him that we was not really sure yet. Our finical plans were just not really good enough to think about a date. We told him really wanted to just were waiting on the time he told us if we kept waiting on the money to be right it would never happen. That thought stayed with us and we finally made the choice to do it no matter what...
 At this time we were thinking we would just go into the preacher's office and say our I  do's and then we would be married. Everyone made it so much better than we ever dreamed.

 The Rev. Daryl Tollenson married us, my dad walked me down the isle, the most awesome Libby Chapman played the piano, Tammy and Tim Burrow played music, my kids got to stand with me, Kerry and Dunn got to stand with us( the couple that set us up), Christie and Frank was standing with us( friends that have really been there for us), Ashley Tollenson took pictures for us and made us a cake, Kathy Williams decorated the church, and I know I missed some names and I will feel bad if I know they read this and I did not mention there name because I am so grateful...
 All of the guest that came would have been the only thing that made me a little sad because none of my mom's family was there but I am aware that I must respect my mom's religion if I want her to respect my wishes. She is a Jehovah's Witness and they do not believe in going into a church so I must be OK with it. She is my mom and I do wish she would have been there and she would be proud of the happiness I have found in my search for God, but that is a whole new blog. I was missing a lot of my family but just about all  of Michael's family was there, I was very glad of that. There was also a lot of people from church that took the time out of there day to come and see Michael and I get married. I was amazed in that. I just did not think people cared enough to come but I am so thankful and blessed.
Those people at MFB will never know how happy they made me. I will never be able to tell them thank you enough. I pray that I can one day make someone as happy as they have made me.
 Michael and I truly do love each other and he is just the most sweetest, loving man that I always dreamed of finding. We would have been just fine with a courthouse wedding but having the wedding we did have is just beyond our dreams.

 I am so very thankful to have the wonderful man I have, the most awesome children, and such a wonderful church family..... I never dreamed I could find this kind of happiness!!

Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Days seem smoother

 I think things are starting to look a little brighter... I don't think Michael being laid off was ever as bad as maybe it sounded. Today he went to the child support office to see about getting the payments lower and they said for sure that would happen. This is something Michael has been meaning to do since we had Ada but he just never got around to it. He has been paying way to much for a long time. This is a good thing... He is finally getting around to getting it lowered and this is something that  would have never got done if  he was working.
 Other good things in the coming is tomorrow he goes to his unemployment appointment and the person that is seeing him tomorrow is someone he knows from high school. He told Michael that he would do everything he could to get him a job. That is great news!!!
 It isn't that we have really got great news but it is kinda like things are not seeming to be as bad. One thing for sure is I am so glad we are good with God at this time. People are losing there jobs everyday and I can't not imagine going through this without having God in my life. We have been upset and scared but at least we have been able to find comfort in his word and had assurance that everything was going to be ok. As each day goes on I am getting more of a since of ease that things are going to be great.
 Thanks to my Lord for everything and just holding our hands through this time in our life's.

Friday, June 25, 2010

A small mishap...

I have not posted a blog in a few days and that is because my family has been dealing with a lot of stress. Wednesday, June 23rd Michael was permanently laid off of his job that he has had for 11 years. 
I really am staying positive for the most part but I must admit it gets really hard. When you know you got kids to take care of. I do trust that everything will be ok because I know that this is not the worst thing that has ever happened and also along with Michael, 49 other people got laid off. I am trusting in God because I know he will take care of us. When I decided to change my life for God, it was for good and and I will not let the Devil get me this soon because I worked too hard to get to where I am at in my life.
 I told Michael the day we decided to get saved that we should expect something bad  to happen.  I was right on that one. We are still really shocked and I guess I do keep worrying about Michael running out of his medicine. He is a diabetic and has seizures without medicine. The 30th of this month he will not have health insurance. He has already began looking for jobs so I am just praying that something comes soon enough so that he will not run out of medicine. I know it will work out.
 We really should feel lucky that this has not already happened to us. When you look at the BIG picture, the government does not even have enough money to pay people because of so much unemployment. We are lucky that Michael does have a good trade and that he kept that job as long as he did. Now we just got to pray that a job will come along that needs his trade.
 It is really a shame that our economy is in such a sad shape. It is so sad that it has to be so hard to work and take care of your family. I know for sure we will not take for granted any other job again. I know we did make enough to pay our bills and maybe we struggled around holidays but I also remember just never being grateful for us having a income we did have. It usually always takes something like this to make you become a stronger and more grateful person.
To sum it all up, we don't know what the future holds for us at this point but I think it is ironic of these scriptures I have ran across while we were put in this situation...
 Philippians 4:13- I can do all things through Christ witch strengthens me
 Psalm 91:15-  He shall call upon me, and I will answer him:
I will be with him in trouble; I will deliver him and honor him.
 Matthew 6:8- The Father knows what things we are in need of before we ask him
  Psalm 37:5- Commit to the way of the Lord; trust also in him; and he shall bring it to pass
 1 John 5 :14- In the confidence we have in him, that, if we ask anything according to his will, he will hear us
 Just seeing those scriptures assures me that everything will be just fine if I just trust in God.

Sunday, June 20, 2010

Fathers Day 2010

Today is Father's Day.. I always feel so blessed on this day because I know I am very lucky for the two main father's in my life.
My Dad, The one man that has always been there for me..I love that man. Today the kids and I got him his favorite kind of cake witch would be a white cake with whipped topping from Ingles and a gas gift card. He will fuss like he does about every gift I ever get him but at the end of the day almost all of the cake will be gone. He will say, I told you not to spend your money on me, take it back but I know that is just my dad and that he really loves his gifts.
My Husband and Children's dad, We got him a Bible with a Bible carrier and also a devotional book for Dads. I decided to go spiritual with Michael's gifts since that is where we are both at in our life. I know he will love his gifts as well. Each year I want Michael to know how blessed I feel to have him in my life. He is such a dream come true. I remember just praying that I would meet a man that would love my kids as his own and that is exactly what he has done.
I love both to the Father's in my life and can't imagine life without them. I am so thankful for them being in my life and my kids life.
I almost forgot.. I am also cooking for my men. I am starting a chuck roast in the morning before church with all the fixings of cream potatoes, green beans, egg noodles, biscuits, and sweet tea.
I love you Daddy and Michael.....