Recently I have been spending a lot of time thinking about both the past and the future. I try to imagine what life will be like in the next couple of years. Will Scott and I have another kid? Where will we be living? I have also been thinking about the past and the life Scott and I have started to build together.
Thanksgiving is just days away and I have a lot to be thankful for. Honestly, who doesn’t have a lot to be thankful for. I am not even sure where to start, so I thought I would start with what I have learned about the word “thanksgiving.”
The word thanksgiving is mentioned an average of 32 times throughout the Bible (it depends on the version you are reading). In the original Greek it simply means “thankfulness, gratitude; giving of thanks.” I was not surprised by this definition at all! We have all heard about the first thanksgiving, you know with the pilgrims and Indians but what about all the “thanksgivings” in the Bible. There are many examples throughout the Bible of people feasting simply because they are thankful. The Prodigal Son (Luke 15:11-32), I know this was a parable and therefore didn’t really happen but it is still a great example. One of my favorite examples is in Esther 8:15-17. Esther was a very strong and brave women that obeyed God and saved the Jewish people! They had a lot to be thankful for! These are just a few examples of people demonstrating thanksgiving.
I will praise God’s name in song and glorify him with thanksgiving (Psalm 69:30 NIV).
I am so thankful for a husband that LOVES God and is willing to follow His calling no matter what that looks like. A husband is such a great, hands-on father that loves his son to the moon and back! A husband that loves and respects me the way God loves the church! I have an amazing son that is healthy, crazy smart, and has an amazing sense of humor (he seriously makes me laugh everyday). He brings so much joy and love into my life! I am thankful for a very supportive family. My family has been there for us through so much, thank God for family! I have a job! And not just any job but one where I can opening worship and serve the God I love! That is just the beginning of things that I am thankful for. God is so good, all the time! He has been so faithful to my little family! He is truly GREAT! Praise God from whom all blessings follow!
I hope and pray that everyone takes the time to reflect on what they are thankful for and praise the ONE that blessed you so richly!
Like usual it has been awhile since I have posted anything. The last year has been amazing, difficult, and a learning experience. I started working for a startup company Loxone back in April of 2013. I worked very hard, long hours (some nights until 3am). In April of 2014 I was let go from that job their reason is not important. I struggled to find a new job for a few months.
About three/four weeks ago I received a job at the Free Methodist World Ministry Center in Indianapolis. Having to plan this huge transition has been very stressful. I started the job with no where to live, so I spent the week in a hotel then went home (to Kentucky) on weekends to spend time with Landon and Scott.
About a week ago (give or take a couple of days) Landon and I moved into a small (much smaller than our last place) town home in Indianapolis. Thanks to my wonderful mother we are unpacked and settled it. Scott is going to remain in Wilmore until he finishes school in May then he will be joining us.
Through all of this transition and preparation for our family being split up (again) we have learned a lot about what God wants for our family. I have always loved being involved in ministry. I have volunteered in our church since I could remember. I have always felt that having a job in ministry would be amazing and challenging at the same time, and so far it has been. I have felt that in many ways this job has not only been an answer to prayer but an opportunity to answer a calling that God has placed on my heart for many many years.
There have been many nights, during this transition that I have questioned if Scott and I were making the right choices for our family. In many ways God has shown us that we are making the right decisions for our family. Sometimes in life we have to make really hard choices when obeying God.
In Genesis 22:1-19 Abraham had to make a very difficult decision (one that I am not sure I could make). God gave Abraham specific instructions to sacrifice his only son. WOW talk about difficult, regardless of how many children I had choosing to obey God would be very hard. I can’t imagine the battle that was going on inside of Abraham as he prepared to obey. Ultimately God provided another sacrifice because Abraham was willing to obey without questioning God. What is even more amazing is that Abraham’s son Isaac trusted and obeyed his father without any questions. I don’t know about you but my three year old would be asking “why” (because he is three and that is what he does). I pray that as Landon looks back on the choices that we (Scott and I) have made he will see that we were following God’s call and he will be proud of the sacrifices we have made as a family and for our family.
So far this transition has been difficult on Landon. He is really missing his daddy. There was not really time for Landon to adjust being away from his dad. We moved on Thursday and that next Monday Scott left for a mission trip with the Asbury Tumbling Team so Landon was not able to talk to him for the entire week. I am hoping now that Scott is back in Kentucky we can FaceTime (technology is amazing) often!
I know when you see the title you are thinking “well that’s selfish.” One thing that my new and wonderful has allowed me to do is to take some time for myself. So every night when I put Landon to bed and get my house in order I get to just sit and watch TV or read a book (for fun), finish up some projects around my house, do homework, go to bed early, whatever I want. I don’t think I have ever had a job that allowed me to come home every night at a reasonable time, make dinner, spend much needed time with Landon and time with myself (nights that Scott is home I get to spend time with him).
These last 4 months have been just what I needed. God is so good and provides what we need, when we need it. The Bible talks about not worrying about what tomorrow will bring. This is something that I have always struggled with. Recently I have changed the way I think; why worry about tomorrow when tomorrow is completely out of our control. Only God knows what is going to happen and only He can control it. We need to focus on today otherwise we miss out on all of wonderful things that life has in store for us.
All we need to remember is that God is in control and He will always provide what we need, when we need it (He always keeps His promises)!!
Wow what a year! Scott has just wrapped up his first year of tumbling and about to finish his second semester at Asbury. Last Friday Landon and I went to see the tumbling show that Scott, the other coaches, and students have been working on. It was so amazing!! I was so proud of Scott and the rest of the team.
As the year starts slowing down for Scott it is really starting to pick up for me. I have decided to make a pretty big life change. Last Sunday at a work meeting it was officially announced that I will no longer be working at Apple full time. I accepted a full time position with a company called Loxone here is Lexington. I was hired on to fill the role of Internet Marketing. I am really excited to get started. I feel so honored that they hired me without any work experience (in marketing) and with a year left of school! Scott and I decided that I will also be working at Apple part time at least for a couple of months. So like I said things are getting busy for me here…which is just the way I like it.
This has been a crazy week! Last Thursday I was in a car accident. It is a long story but the important thing is that everyone was ok. I broke my thumb and that was the only injury (it could have been a lot worse)! Thank God Landon was not with me. I just found out today that I will have to have minor surgery to prevent future issues with my thumb nail. You know this has been nothing compared to the news I learned about my cousin’s son the day after my accident. Joel (my cousin’s 6 year old son) was diagnosed with leukemia. They have done a biopsy to see what type of leukemia he has and they will get the results of that later this week. This has completely broken my entire family’s we are such a close family that when one person is hurting we are all hurting. I can’t even imagine going through this with Landon. Everything that has happened this week just proves that EVERYTHING can change in an instant; don’t take one second for granted!!
Please pray for healing for Joel, comfort, rest, and peace for his parents and his twin brother Nathan who is completely heartbroken and lost without his best friend and brother!
Last night I was exploring the internet and cleaning out my email. One site that I love looking at just for fun is totsy.com. They have such cute things for moms and kids of all ages at really really good prices. One of the deals currently going on is for a company call Wummel Box. How it works; every month you get a Wummel Box full of materials for 2 to 3 activities or craft (they provide all the materials; paper, glue sticks, scissors, etc.) and you get to create and learn with your child!
This is one of the coolest things ever for kids. If Landon was older I would be doing this with him.
I’m sure that nobody really cares about why I have not posted anything lately. Honestly nothing is new. Personally I think that is a good thing; like most people I like change but sometimes it is good to just have things be the same. We have been really enjoying our time in Wilmore and our time together as a family. I decided to take a break from blogging for a couple of reasons. During the holiday months work is really really busy (it is crazy when you work in retail). I wanted to take some time to focus both on school and my family amidst my crazy work schedule. I am now back and looking forward to getting back to blogging more often than I have in the past. To keep myself from getting overwhelmed I am going to be keeping my posts pretty short. So stay tuned I’ll be posting my app of the week soon!!
This has been a crazy week so far! Scott started school this week; he is loving it! Along with school Scott has started his coaching position with the Asbury Tumbling Team. He has already met a lot of kids and he is really enjoying the new social life here in Wilmore. Up until now Scott has been so busy working, looking after Landon, and helping me with the house work that he has not had the opportunity to meet a lot of people. As weeks pass by we are becoming more and more involved in our community and it is feeling more and more like home every day. We really love it here; God has been so good! We moved down here with not knowing much of anything as far as what God had planned but He is revealing it a little more everyday. One hard thing about becoming more involved and social is that is very hard to find time for just the two of us.
Landon is at a fun but trying stage in life. He is discovering new things everyday and he is so smart! At the same time he has entered the terrible twos. Oh my goodness it has been hard but fun all at the same time. He is very energetic and always on the go. He is learning new things every day; his patients is amazing he never gives up!
God is so good
It was so good to be able to go home last weekend! I just happened to have a four day weekend the very same weekend of my niece’s first birthday. So I decided to take Landon and go home for the weekend. It was so nice to see my parents, sisters, and some of my other family that I have not seen in a very long time. One of the best parts of the weekend was being able to worship at home (Emmanuel Church) on Sunday Morning! It was wonderful to see so many of my close friends and family! I am so thankful that I have such wonderful people in my life! God is so good and has blessed my family in so many BIG ways. Although it was great to go home for a short trip I am very glad to be back in Wilmore. Scott and I are getting ready to start the next chapter of our lives…Scott starts school! We are very excited! Everyday Wilmore is becoming home more and more. Recently I was asked to teach the Kindergarten Sunday School class (pending I can have Sundays off) if that doesn’t work out I was asked to teach a CLC class on Wednesday nights. I remember growing up going to CLC it was so much fun; I am excited to finally feel like I belong at our church and have been give the opportunity to serve.
I thought I would post a photo or two from the weekend!
|Having breakfast with my cousin
|All the kids!
Alright so I was talking to a friend at work today and he asked me if my parents where going to bring Brats with them the next time they come to visit. I said probably not but beer brats were one of my favorite things. Long story short he wanted to know how to make them.
It is really easy!
Bring the beer of your choice to a boil (you only need about 2 bottles per one package of brats) and carefully place brats in the pot. Be careful the beer can boil over and make a HUGE mess (I learned this the hard way). Once the brats are fully cooked add them to a frying pan and cook for as long as you like. We like them almost burnt! But them in a bun and add your favorite condiments then ENJOY!!
|This is how we like them! YUMMY!