Monday, January 19, 2009

Me. Taken by my sister, Kelly at the end of a lovely day at the farm.
Strange to post a picture of myself, but I remember that day distinctly being in such a peaceful and trusting  place with God. 
I just needed to be reminded of that place and well, this is for my Mom too.

I woke up to my early morning quiet time with God. Some mornings He does seem to wake me up earlier than others, smile! I hope it is Him waking me at least and not me trying to win his favor with am I good enough..., yet, or just coffee calling as I could hear it in the coffee maker as I was still under the covers. I am more bold with myself in talk so pray it is more him waking my heart to his whisper of "Good morning, come on downstairs and spend a little time with me before you get in your daily schedule, and allow me to order your day". I heard these words (summarized) and I think it is brilliant to live out in a day, but fall much in my own shortcomings or A-Type personality that does not allow room for error, especially concerning myself. Thought I would put on my blog to see and remind myself how Christ is always, so hopefully I can reflect a glimmer of him and sunshine to other's souls.

Be a blessing and not a burden today. Love and don't exasperate others and don't allow others to exasperate you by turning your face a bit towards God and know that your confidence, integrity and character rest in him and that he is the one to whom you answer for your actions at the end of every day. Forgive others, as you have many faults too. Show others the same grace that God has given you, because this side of heaven we all need it. Your actions will be what turns faces towards God. Use words only when necessary. Listen big and lastly, just smile, be real and be grateful for the little things and God will certainly smile back at you.

A special thanks to my mom. I call her "Mon Amie" (My friend in French), for just being my friend, my mentor and such a good example to walk by. You are my special blessing in life and I am so grateful to know you and hope I can be as big a blessing and support right back to you.

This link below is a sermon from Joel for me to remind me of some things. If you would like click on the link. It might be something for you too. Thought this was the best place to keep it to listen to.
Living Without Crutches - Joel

Thursday, January 8, 2009

Family Christmas

Sweet Wendy and I
Zach thought he was being cool when I jumped in the shot and kissed him on his head! Ha! He actually loved it that I did this! He actually says that I am cool.  Take that!
Peyton Grace and I on our way to feed JJ the Donkey and other horses. How every morning in life should begin!
Peyton Grace being consoled by Anthony after she and my shoulder collided, ...oops.

Kelly with her kids Zach, Gabrielle and Jake. Love this shot!
Peyton Grace being Zena the Make up artist.  My lips were quivering because I was giggling.
Can you tell I love this little girl like she is my own!
Her Mommy above (Gretchen loves her more!). I know she will not be happy with me posting this but I think Gretchen twinkles in this image. I love it and Gretchen you are beautiful, even without makeup!
 This one above is my favorite.  Everyone was resting on Christmas Day and she and I were watching a movie.  I love times like this! She is such a snuggle bunny, however during the whole movie I got play by play action prior to it ever happening.  We then went to feed her pseudo adopted Donkey JJ and the other horses there. The donkey actually cries like a baby when she walks away as if she is his very best friend in the world. I don't often like to post personal pictures of my family, but I will be posting many from the holidays of my family, home decor and Christmas for my family and people close to my heart to see. I love all of these people above greatly. Thank you for allowing me to indulge in a little personal photo show and no time for touch-ups or Photoshop manipulation. You get what you get and you don't pitch a fit. Enjoy.