An overdue update…

I should have acknowledged God’s provisions and protection for us on here long ago and just haven’t. My husbands job was kept through the January 31st goal and beyond to even today.

He actually has visitors today and his job is still very much on the line until the end of July when the company would erase all records of coachings and a fresh start could begin with opportunities to transfer and such. He left for work this morning knowing company was there and both of us with a peace that might seem strange, we are welcoming whatever this visit brings. Even if it means he turns his keys in and is unemployed. God gave us this peace and it was with a smile and hug that I could honestly tell him before he left…Ā  I don’t care what happens, as long as God is in control nothing will happen that He didn’t already have planned for us. šŸ™‚

So… I may update tomorrow or this evening with new news, it really won’t be good or bad, just new… and completely in God’s hands. I love this part of faith!

Psalm 33:20 (NIV) We wait in hope for the LORD, He is our help and our shield.

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Have a blessed day! I know I am!!

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Day 34 of prayer for work

My Bible study today was John 1:35-42. I am not a scholar but my take on this passage today has been an encouragement. Ā I love that Jesus is so willing to spend time with those that want to know Him, and that from that time spent with Him, His guests are filled with joy and excitement to share Him with others and introduce those they love to Him. Ā  Sometimes reading the Bible feels less than exciting to me honestly, but how refreshing to be reminded of the joy that comes by spending time with Jesus daily.

Dear Heavenly Father on this day I thank you for another day of work, another day of peace, and for reminding me how you love it when we visit. Thank you for the time to play with our children today and our health in order to do so. Be with our sleep and help us to use the rest and strength it provides us to glorify your name tomorrow. In Jesus name I pray, amen.

Learning curves

I’ve been learning a lot about trust lately.

As someone who has a relationship with the Creator God, I know He alone is in control of all the happenings in my life, and I love having that peace like a child… trusting my Abba Father to take care of me, my family, and those that rise up against us.

Lamentations 3:37Ā  Who can speak and have it happen if the Lord has not decreed it?

My husband’s job is at risk in a big way right now by a person that seems to have been against us since we’ve lived here in NY. Our December felt robbed because of the drama that was brought by this person and the team that stands with her. He had 3 visits in a weeks time at one point and was also told his job would be over in three days and then called back the next day to say no it wouldn’t be, but may be the next time he is visited.

This experience has been so hard for me as a wife to see my best friend and a wonderful leader be so repeatedly professionally bullied when he has done so much good up here. It’s also served as a reminder to me that as a wife, it is not my place to save him, defend him, or retaliate against higher-upsĀ with my words, or even in my heart. I like being in control, so this has been VERY hard for me to concede my will to God’s control and trust that He knows exactly what’s happening and nothing happens without His consent.

My husband is the one that from the beginning has encouraged our family to pray for these people in authority over him up here, I had a hard time doing that without asking for God to leave a mark (yikes!) for a long time. I honestly do pray for each of their hearts now to be reconciled with God and that maybe through this situation they may see Him through our responses to what they mean for harm.

So my prayer now that we are through the holidays (and the safety that they brought by no one wanting to be the one to terminate someone at Christmas) is forĀ 35 more days of work. 35 days gets us to the annual cut-off time for his annual bonus which would be a blessing to have if a job is no longer available. It would also be a blessing to have as we pray that the next step that this will lead our family to is full-time ministry work.

We have been looking for years for full-timeĀ ministry but no doors have been opened for us in that pursuit over the years. Our latest talks have been with Wycliffe Bible Translators in Florida and their need for the business mind and training within my husband. We would LOVE to work amongĀ people who love our Savior, it’s been a decade since we have and we long for that communion again. We continue to search and trust that God will lead and we will be wise enough to see His path and follow it through. Many of these positions are support based so that adds an element of fear for me, but thankfully not for my husband, who keeps pointing my shoulders back to God and reminding me HE has all our needs covered.

God know the plans we have, and I pray they are a copy of His heart upon ours. I covet your prayers with me for these 35 days of prayer.

Today Lord JesusĀ I pray for safety in the physical snow storm that we have here in NY, that the workers would make it to work safely and prepare the business to be approved by authorities over them, I pray for those bosses you know to come to know you as well, I pray that my husband finds his strength in you, pursues your approval above all others, and maintains his testimony for you in his workplace. Thank you for being in control and being worthy of trust and trustworthy. Thank you for the peace you have given us that passes our understanding. Please grant us 35 days of work and help us to stay out of your way while you work in our hearts in this very real way. I love and trust you God. In Jesus name I pray…

Amen

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Amazon deals

This season as you are shopping, I am putting out a shameless plug and asking if you wouldn’t mind coming to my site first and clicking through to amazon with me. I would get a referral fee for any purchases made in click-throughs on my site, just in full disclosure.

I will try to keep an eye out for good grabs and of course share my finds with you. No, my site isn’t going to turn into a product bonanza blog, however, there will be more along that line for this busy season when shopping just naturally happens… and even if it’s not for Christmas, I have a feeling that this holiday season retailers are going to be offering some great savings for us. šŸ™‚


This is a blu-ray, dvd, and digital copy set for $9.99! The basic dvd is only $5.99 if blu-ray isn’t your game. šŸ™‚ This is a family favorite for us!

Here is a personal confession: this next movie is one of the two movies that my husband and I watch regularly when it’s been a rough day and we just need to relax. It’s on Blu-ray right now for only $8.99!

And… here is the other of our “go to” flicks (don’t judge!)
Mr. Deeds! Only $4.98 right now! woohoo!

That’s it for now… can you tell I love movies! Do you?
If there is something you’d like help keeping an eye out for let me know and I’ll do my best hunting with/for you!

I finished a book!

I know, it doesn’t sound like a big deal for most, but for me, reading an entire book within a timeframe that I can actually remember the start when I finish is a big deal these days! I read Indescribable, by Loiue Giglio and Matt Redman. I loved it! It was a fairly easy read and a more avid reader than myself probably could read through it in a few days. I loved the science and the credit given to our great Creator forĀ every cosmic event and well, everything. I loved how my God was shown to be so awesome of a creator in this book, how the Bible speaks to us about stars and we have found through exploration that the statements made about them in the Bible are true!

If you love to see how intimate our God is and how powerful His love and how wide is His omnipresence, I highly recommend this book. I’m in awe once again that a God so big and powerful to breathe stars into existence also created me, and loves me so much that He removed Himself from His Heavenly home and came to make the ultimate sacrifice for my soul, and yours. This fully God, fully man savior named Jesus who died on the cross laid dead in a grave for 3 days and then rose again to defeat sin in all of our lives, humbled Himself greatly because of His awesome love for us. THAT is something to be truly thankful for this season and always.


writers blur

I haven’t blogged for about a month and a half! I wouldn’t really say it was due to writers block though, there is plenty to say and write about! I’ve been in a bit of a blur since we started up school again.

A blur of curriculum tweaks and the daily discipline that it takes to make sure that our children are both educated and growing in wisdom. (those areĀ two separate things by the way)

A blur of being the new coordinator for our church’s MOPS (mothers of preschoolers) group! I love MOPS and have been involved with 6 groups in the last 8 years. I love the community that these groups give to me, mops.org is always one of the first sites I visited for each of our 13 moves, it’s an important part of a mom’s lifeĀ to have that support system close and in REAL life, not just Facebook. šŸ™‚ I almost started a group in GA, but God moved us, and I have been praying for a ministry, a way to feel that my love of Christ can be reflected to others. I love that God answered my prayers and allowed me to step up to coordinate our group this year and He has given me such a wonderful leadership team to support this ministry being all to the glory of God! I don’t have a childcare director yet for our MOPPETSĀ ministry so I have also been working on recruiting workers, and planning each meetings program for the little ones. It’s really not difficult since I already have and have had so many little ones of my own, kids just need to be kept busy and in small spurts of time. It is a time taker though and has challenged my homeschool efforts at times, I pray God will keep tapping on hearts and that someone will come alongside to direct these little one’s, but in the mean time, I’m blessed (really, I am!) to be able to help show these little ones a little bit of Jesus’ love for them two Tuesdays a month! (that photo above is our theme this year, and I LOVE it!)

A blur of field trips! I actually missed an event this morning because I was not showered, dressed, or ready and only remembered it after it had been going for 6 minutes… my kids said… “Oh well!” I loved that they weren’t upset at just staying home. That is probably due to all the trips into town on behalf of MOPS, our new Sunday evening program at church, and we’ve already done multiple field trips this year! It certainly is an exciting blur and I will be posting about those trips in upcoming days. Yay!

A blur of unexpected ministry… I am the Bible teacher for our 3 to 5-year-oldĀ children on Sunday evenings for our new Word of Life Gopher Buddies Club. Honestly, I am kind of aĀ Jonah with this age group and try to run and hide if I know someone is going to ask me to be with them. (Due to my own 5-year-oldĀ being such a strong-willedĀ child and really wearing on me!) I’ve been praying for a way to have a better relationship with said child though and honestly believe this is why God had me placed there. I love it! It brings me back to days of quick set-up children’s programs on NYC streets. I was sick this past week so missed out, but am ready to hop back in there!

A blur of Tuesdays! Ha! This has to do with MOPS since that meets on 2 Tuesdays a month, plus a leadership meeting on the first Tuesday, but in addition to that, I am involved with a Titus 2 women’sĀ mentor/Bible study. It makes Tuesdays a mandatory nap day for me and my two-year old since we are running from early morning and come home around 9pm from the study. I’ve never seen such a diverse group of women in a study and I am enjoying it so far, even if it wasn’t completely what I expected.

A blur of work, my husbands work that is, he’s been super busy there lately with new projects happening and deadlines and visits from bosses. This is what wears my knees out… much prayer daily for his strength, courage, safety, time, and job stability.

Of course there are also the usual and non-stop blurs of keeping a home… laundry, dishes, meals, groceries, planning, diapers, bedtimes, appointments, bills to pay… I’m sure I missed something. šŸ™‚

I’m so thankful I have such a wonderful family and excellent husband to take this sometimes blurry journey with! Even as I write this though, my heart reminds me that while life seems a blur at times, it is SO important, crucial really, that my FOCUS remains on God so that my actions may bring Him glory. Daily spending time with Him (God)Ā in His word and in prayer will allow my perspective to be focused on His will for each day.

I’ll be putting it into focus even moreĀ the rest of this month with more entries of our happenings.

Have a blessed day!

National Zoo trip, Washington DC

I briefly mentioned in a past post that we recently got to go to the DC zoo! It was a beautiful day, although a hot one too and that makes for hiding animals that are keeping cool out of sight. We did get to see some great animals though and the kids got to stand right next to a beautiful peacock that enjoyed his doting fans.

The lions were out too…

Look at those paws! There were about 6 or 7 lioness there that we saw, and three lions. We love big cats!

The kids were able to stop for a lesson on bird feathers and eggs as well, I loved watching them interact and show their excitement as the animal lovers that they are.

Here they are “unzipping and zipping” a feather that was dark on one side and colored on the other. God is an awesome designer.

Here is the dark side of the feather….

and then the colorful flip side! …

It was a hot day and we were definately tired by the end of it. I have to say my favorite parts were my oldest and I seeing flamingo’s fight, and the big cats.

There is also a building called the think tank that houses many brains! It was fun to see theĀ different sizes of brains… but I still like the living animals better. šŸ˜‰

If you go…

1. Take plenty of water, it’s a lot of walking and somewhat hilly.

2. Print a map before your trip, they charge $2 for a map there.

3. Check online or call ahead if there is something specific you want to see, they are doing a lot of construction and many exhibitsĀ were closed in our visit because of it.

Our camping week

Wow! What a week we had last week camping at Word of Life Campground in Pottersville, NY.

There is something about the adirondack mountains, they are majestic and inspiring and oh so calming to my heart.

This was our home for the week! We set up our site first and then tookĀ our sonĀ over to the Ranch to get registered.

This was both boys first camp experience. They were SO excited and both loved their week.Ā Our 6 year old was a day camper this year but already expressed his desire to do overnight camp for next summer.

Once registered we hopped on the Ranch train to set up the cabin and meet the bunkmates for the week!

Note to self: take a sheet next year so if it’s so hot again, we can lay on top of the sleeping bags but still have a cover. šŸ™‚

We went on a paddle boat ride on Andrews Pond! It was a short ride, and I have a small fear of non-motorized boats, but wanted the kids to have the opportunity. They liked it, but didn’t LOVE it… thus, the short ride. šŸ˜‰

Then, the next day we went on a speed boat ride… that was so much more relaxing. šŸ™‚

So much so, that our little one fell asleep!

 

Nightly story time with Daddy, a definate HIT! We were so thankful he could come with us, originally he couldn’t get the time off, but someone needed to give up their week and so he was able to switch! Yay!

This is our camp counselor for the week, he is a second year student at Word of Life and also raising support to be a missionary to Brazil.

We look forward to knowing him for a long time and supporting and following his ministry.

Our speakers at the campground were phenominal, both first time speakers at Word of Life this summer, and I am very thankful we chose this week. I’ll post more on that though…

Hope you’ve enjoyed a peek at our week, we had lots of fun even though it rained a couple of days!

If you go to Sea World…

It’s summer and some are planning staycations, but many will brave the roads or the airports and head away for an adventure. If you are heading to Sea World I recommend taking time for one of the behind the scenes tours, you can read more about them here. We took the behind the scenes tour as a family and loved the experience!

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We got to go see the tanks where they bring animals to rehabilitate them, which at that time included a blind sea turtle, an abandoned baby manatee, and a few dolphins. This is also where they put some of the dolphins for a “time out” if they start getting too aggressive with the others.Ā 

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We also were able to pet small sharks, a very cool experience for all of us.Ā 

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They took us by bus/shuttle to each different attraction to go behind and learn more about them, the beluga was another fun stop. No touching here, but we enjoyed it anyway.Ā 

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The highlight and last part of the tour for us was the penguin house! We learned here that penguins have no bladder to hold waste so don’t stand behind them! šŸ˜‰ We all got to pet a penguin and they are SO soft!

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Lots of fun memories for all of us. We also LOVE the Pets Ahoy show, some don’t go to this because it’s not sea life, but these pets are so fun to watch!Ā 

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Enjoy your vacation where-ever you go or stay!Ā 

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