Wednesday, November 22, 2006

Happy Thanksgiving

Happy Thanksgiving
Some things I am thankful for this year..
1. God's love and mercy
2. My terrific husband, Jeff
3. Six amazing children
4. Our health
5. Loving friends
6. Church family
7. Solid employment (this time last year, Jeff was laid off)
8. Our brave military
9. A safe and comfortable home
10. Freedom


Thursday, November 16, 2006

15 years ago....

....I became the wife to a wonderful man.
He is my best friend and I am blessed to have him by my side.

Thank you, God, for the gift of marriage. It is my prayer that our life together is a testimony to your love and grace.

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Friday, November 10, 2006

Pity donations taken here...

I had to have a root canal yesterday. First one. Hopefully last one.
I go back for my crown in about 2 weeks.
Not only does my mouth hurt, a lot, but my checkbook is screaming at me.

Folks, learn from my misfortune. Don't put off your dental visits. Had I gone months ago, I might have been able to avoid the root canal and pain.

Lesson learned.

Thursday, November 09, 2006

"Double digits, mom. Double digits."

That is what P said to me this morning when I wished her a HAPPY BIRTHDAY!
Our cutie #3 celebrates 1o fun filled years today.

Ten things about our love-bug:
1. She has the most beautiful long curly hair.
2. Her button nose is covered in freckles.
3. She adores ballet.
4. She is a whiz with numbers.
5. Jesus is always by her side.
6. Her guinea pig, Pez, is her furry buddy.
7. She cherishes her friends.
8. She loves to read.
9. She is very sensitive.
10. Her laugh is contagious.

We love you sweetie!!!

One of those moments in motherhood when the tears just flow - not from disappointment, but from happiness and joy!

I mentioned in an earlier post that E finished up the volleyball season on a high note. I wanted to elaborate a bit more. The actual playing of the game was exciting and strong, but the character and sportsmanship I witnessed was a huge blessing.

After the tournament, the coaches took the parents and players out for pizza. The adults and players were at separate tables, chatting and laughing. Next thing I know, the player's table went silent. I looked over and let out a "Ohh.."

These lovely young ladies (10 in all ) had were holding hands, heads down, and sharing a moment of prayer together. One by one, they went around the table giving thanks to Him.
I turned to one of the coaches and said, "Look."

For a few minutes it was silent. The adults were smiling with tears and the girls were lost in thankfulness and joy. What an incredible scene. I almost took a picture but I thought better of that idea.

Fast forward to Monday evening - the awards banquet. We enjoyed fellowship and food. We exchanged pictures from the season and signed volleyballs. The award portion arrived and one by one, the girls were called up for various accomplishments. Finally, it was E's turn. If it were possible to literally burst with pride, I would have made the news that evening.

Her coach called this award, "The Heart Award" and only one girl receives this award each season. It goes to the girl that shows kindness, love, strength and determination both on and off the court. Our sweet E was gifted with this award. She received a beautiful heart/cross necklace and plaque.

It's no secret - I think my kids are pretty incredible. When it comes to sports, they are my heroes. I admire their grit and talent. They each bring God's gift to light when they play, dance, perform, etc.
But, to receive this award?

Simply awesome.

Tuesday, November 07, 2006

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Monday, November 06, 2006

Go Team!

<~~"You've been S E R V E D" by Em

E had an end of season tournie up in Michigan on Saturday. There were 6 teams in attendance. After a very long day of rotation play, the Falcons won first place! It was so exciting.

While the JV team was up in Michigan, the varsity team was in Nebraska at the homeschool varsity nationals. After several days of rigorous play, the varsity Falcons took first place in their division. What an accomplishment!

Tonight is the team dinner/award banquet. I will be there with camera (and memory card!)

Wednesday, November 01, 2006

Advent for Evangelicals

We are entering a joyous season. Take a moment and visit Lindsey's blog, Advent for Evangelicals.

Be blessed.