Is It Morning Already?!

Scott and I still don’t understand it, but somehow our little boy is quite an early riser. Kerry truly seems to be the happiest when he gets up “at the crack of dawn.” To Scott, it just seems WRONG!! Needless to say, Scott is definitely not a morning person! If he didn’t have to be at work 5 days a week and church on Sunday mornings, I don’t think he’d be up until about 10:00 am most days! (Well, he might try that, I mean, but good luck!) 😀

However, it’s really kind of surprising to us both that our son could be so happy so early in the morning! I’m more of a morning person than Scott, but I’ve mostly just learned to get up a lot earlier (out of necessity). I like to be the first one up, so I can have some time to myself. Of course, even though I may get up early, I usually do not like to talk when I first awake. So, this is yet another reason why it’s almost a race for me to arise before little Kerry! He can be quite chatty when he first gets out of bed. Therefore, I find it’s helpful to our relationship, if I can be a little more coherent when the chatter commences! 😉

You know, even our family dog doesn’t “do” mornings. In fact, it was 7:50 am when I wrote this first draft, and Gracie was the only one not out of bed! Usually, when Kerry and/or I get up before dawn, if Gracie wakes up at all, she just looks up blearily eyed for about a second. Then she promptly lays her head back down and goes right back to sleep! I think if Gracie could talk, she would say, “Hey, what’s wrong with you people? Don’t you know it’s still dark outside?!”

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How about you all? Do you have “morning people,” “night owls,” or a combination in your family?

Precious Pets…Part 2

A-w-w-w, ain’t this just the most precious, sweet, (yet sad) picture you’ve ever seen?! You know you want to say it too. Go ahead and say, “A-w-w-w!!

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But, hey, this next picture shows how dreams really can come true!

funny dog picture, loldogs, cute, outside, happy dog

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It’s Been 2 Years Now…

…since I started this homeschooling thing, that is. Yep, at the end of January, 2006, I had to pull Sarah and Kerry out of Christian preschool. Sarah was about four and a half, and Kerry was about two and a half.

O.k., I’m not going to lie here–I was slightly devastated. You see, once I was honest with myself and before God, I knew I really didn’t have a choice in the matter. None of my part-time job ventures had really panned out, and we simply could not afford the tuition any longer!

I really didn’t understand it or like it, but I had to face the facts and trust God. Sarah had seemed to be doing so well at her preschool–she was actually already reading very well. Of course, let me also tell you, I LOVED my “breaks” from the kids. In fact, even though these breaks never seemed long enough to actually accomplish much, I wasn’t about to give them up on my own! However, God had a different plan, and I admit I was scared to death!

Well, I had already bought all of the Abeka curriculum for the pre-K (K4) school year, so Sarah’s preschool teacher gave me the rest to take home. We finished up that year’s curriculum at home, and then it was time for Kindergarten. Early that summer, I took Sarah for her check-up and made sure she was up-to-date on all her immunizations, including her 5 yr. old ones that she would need before starting school. I even took her to Kindergarten pre-registration at the local public elementary school (the one for our area).

However, God had been dealing with Scott and I both over the past few months, and something about sending Sarah to public school just didn’t “sit right with me.” Even though it’s known to be “one of the better public schools,” I still didn’t feel good about the whole situation at all. Now, I’m not one of those mothers who just can’t be away from her kids, and I didn’t even envision Sarah or I crying when she went off to Kindergarten. Let’s also not forget, that part of me was really looking forward to Sarah starting public school!

Yet, friend, let me tell you, when you’re not following God’s plan, He will not let you have peace until you get on the right path. There were several things that God made happen along the way during those few months, to help steer us back to His plan. I won’t get into all of them right now (I’ll save those for another post in the near future).

Anyway, once again, at first, I was “scared out of my mind!” Whenever I would think about homeschooling without prayerful consideration, I’ll admit I didn’t exactly feel confident. However, when I did pray, the Lord would always give me a special peace and let me know that He would help me every step of the way.

Well, after two years, I’m finally starting to get a little organized and to feel more hopeful about this actually working! Just in the last couple of days, I’ve had some breakthroughs with Kerry. The last month or so, I have seen more improvement with Sarah, and the Lord has been showing me in several little ways that He is still here, helping me through. I’m finding more little changes I can make that have a great result, as I keep praying and asking for God’s guidance to work “smarter,” not just “harder!”

You see, this stuff doesn’t exactly come naturally to me in many ways. However, over the years, I can recall several things God has led me to do that did not come easily for me. He’s helped me through them all; even helping me to excel at some, even though none of them started out easy.

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Well, Lord, I think I’m finally beginning to see…You’re doing it again, aren’t You? Even though I haven’t seen how it would be possible. Once again, I was just about to give up, right before You were about to start turning things around. I know, like so many times before, you’re showing me how…little by little…and day by day…

Thank You Lord. Let my heart always trust in You…

Wisdom To Know The Difference

O.k. , sometimes I wake up feeling a little tired, (but more so “down”), and I just need to press on. The problem, however, is that once “I get on a roll,” I don’t always know when to stop and rest! So, I am continuously praying for the wisdom to know the difference in when I need to “pull myself up by my bootstraps,” and when I just need to quit stressing and relax a little.

When I start to get sick, I often refuse to say that I am sick, and I can keep going and “fight it off” for a while. However, I am starting to learn the hard way that if I don’t take extra good care of myself and at least take more breaks, it all certainly has a way of catching up with me! Well, today is one of those days– my body is in full rebellion toward me and will not let me ignore it’s cries any longer! Yes, today, on top of the cold I’ve been fighting, there is also something horrid and quite unpleasant occurring in my stomach. It’s like there’s a beast in there, trying to find a way out, while tying my insides up in knots!!

I guess you get the picture–enough with the imagery, huh?! 🙂 So, anyway, the body wins out today, I tell you. Yep, today is truly a day of rest for me…and chicken noodle soup, plain white rice, and ginger ale. 😀

However, tomorrow’s another day. I’m praying that I’ll feel better of course. I’m also praying for that special wisdom and discernment that I need from on high…to handle each and every day as it comes!

Get On Up!!

I was praying this morning for help and strength, while struggling to get on up this cold and dark morning, when a fantastic “oldie, but goodie” came to mind! I haven’t heard or thought of this song in more than decade, but I believe God gave it to me this morning, and oh, what a gift! It was just what I needed!

Our Daily Bread for today is actually entitled, “The Most Depressing Day.” The key verse comes from Matthew 14:7, which says, “Be of good cheer! It is I; do not be afraid.” The key line in bold at the bottom says, “When you feel hopeless, look to the God of hope.” The writer, Julie Ackerman Link, says:

“Scientists in the UK have calculated that the most depressing day of the year comes in the third week of January. Winter days are dark and cold, holiday excitement has worn off just as Christmas debts are coming due, and New Year’s resolutions have all been broken. The celebrations, gift-giving, and good intentions that once made us feel happy now press us down and leave us feeling hopeless.”

Can you identify? I sure can. The tendency toward depression is something I’ve always struggled with, and it’s particularly difficult this time of year. Furthermore, certain very trying circumstances still continue to loom over our heads, but we don’t have to just look at the situation. Instead, we must look to God for strength to carry on and to keep fighting the good battle of faith, until He says, “It’s enough.”

So, without further ado, here’s my song for the day:

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Walk Right Out Of This Valley

By: Hazel J. Trubee

Chorus:
Well I’m gonna walk right out of this valley
Lift my hands and praise the Lord
Said I ain’t gonna let old Satan get me down, down, down
Why should I sit here till I die?
Heaven is a waiting up a little bit higher
I’m gonna walk out of this valley with my Lord

Now the Lord let down the hedge on Job to try him
Took all of his children and everything that he owned (all he owned)
But no Job didn’t sit down and cry
No he lifted his head up high, and came out of that valley
Praised God with a whole lot more!

Repeat Chorus

Well now the road that we’ve got to travel to that city
Well it won’t always be on the mountaintop (mountaintop)
But you know the valley that we’ve got to face
God said He’s gonna give us grace
To come up on the hill where the sun is shining bright

Repeat Chorus (x2)

Well I’m gonna walk right out of this valley
Lift my hands and praise the Lord
Said I ain’t gonna let old Satan get me down, down, down
Down, down, down
I’m gonna walk out of this valley with my Lord

Scriptural Reference:

“After Job had prayed for his friends, the Lord made him prosperous again and gave him twice as much as he had before.” Job 41:10
“Now there were four men with leprosy at the entrance of the city gate. They said to each other, ‘Why stay here until we die?'” 2 Kings 7:3

**Note: To read today’s devotional from Our Daily Bread in its entirety, you may visit here. Also, you may listen to the above song, here.

Alright Kid–“Crack Me Up…”

…Here’s more comments from my son Kerry, and he’s still “cracking me up!” O.k., but I guess the laughing really is a lot better than the crying! Yep, I have done a little crying too, believe me!

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–The other morning, I woke up quite early and would have gone straight back to sleep… However, little Kerry is a morning person, and he was already awake and quite determined that I would stay that way too! I was telling Kerry that he should go back to bed because it was still dark. Unfortunately for me, though, Kerry was not deterred in the least.

“It’s almost morning,” Kerry replied with confidence.

“How do you know?” I asked. (It was about 5:00 am, and still completely dark).

With more confidence than ever, Kerry quickly and simply replied, “I just know. I know lots of things.”

–The other day, Kerry and I had the following dialogue:

“Do you remember when you used to go stay with Aunt Lisa some–before she started working more?” I asked.

Sounding more like a 4o year old, than a 4 year old, Kerry replied, “Oh, yes, good times, Mommy…those were good times.”

–I thought little Kerry and I were sharing a special, tender moment the other morning. Then, while I was hugging him, Kerry suddenly looked at me and said:

“Mommy, your head looks like a watermelon!”

–During the family prayer tonight, when it was little Kerry’s turn, he finished up with:

“…and thank you Lord for sleep…to help make our heads grow bigger!

More Kitty stuff…

I know it’s just plain silly and ridiculous, but I can’t help it–it just “cracks me up” every time I see this picture. …And yes, I am easily amused! Check out the newest in “Kitty wear”:

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A-w-w–parents and their expectations. Is anything ever enough for them?!

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**Lolcats ‘n’ Funny Pictures

Update: Family Prayer Requests…

 **Note:    First posted on Jan. 24th, 2008, and I am updating today, on Fri., Jan. 25th.  (All other current prayer requests can be found on the prayer page–see tab at top).  I just received the following email message from Tiff concerning Uncle Sammy:

Dad is doing great.  He’s home and my aunt Judy is having a hard time keeping up with him!  haha!  He’s doing well and is scheduled to go back on Wednesday to have his feeding tube removed (if not earlier).  Please continue to pray for continued good health and optimism for dad and our family.  His smile is definitely contagious!  Thank you for your continued prayers! 

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Originally posted Thurs., Jan. 24th

My cousin Tiff sends the following updates:

Update on dad, he’s coming home today! He came through his surgery fine and the doctor feels confident that they removed all the cancer. It was all contained and he saw nothing above or below the site. The doctors at Wake are amazed at how fast dad is healing and at how optimistic he is! The nurses in ICU even nick-named dad smiley. And as most of you know, mom’s nickname when she was in the hospital is smiley. So this tickled dad tremendously! Carrying on mom’s light for the Lord! But the doctor’s gave dad the option of either coming home with a feeding tube, or staying at the hospital until they take it out. So dad, without hesitation, chose to come home and he’ll go back next week to have the feeding tube removed. He will only have the feeding tube in until his throat heals enough to pass the “swallow test” and he’s able to eat non-solid foods.

Please also keep my niece Bailey in your prayers. She is one sick little girl. The doctors have diagnosed that she has caught RSV. She has a double ear infection and feeling very bad right now. Derek and Shawn have to administer a breathing treatment to her every 2-4 hours or as often as needed until she’s well again. I know that they desire your prayers… as does Bailey too.

THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU all for praying! We have seen evidences of God’s grace and answered prayer everywhere. Please continue to pray as the coming months will prove to be trying as well. But with God’s grace and dad’s great attitude… we’re looking forward to big things.

Glory Be To God–Hallelujah!

I woke up this morning warring in the Spirit. I wanted to be cranky, snappy, and snippy…and for a little while I was. The flesh is weak, I tell you…the flesh is weak! However, His Holy Spirit is stronger! Glory Be To God–Hallelujah!!

This is the song He gave me in the midst of my battle this morning, and this song has been with me all day long…to help carry me through…

Our Great God

By: Todd Agnew and Rebecca St. James

Eternal God, unchanging
Mysterious and unknown
Your boundless love, unfailing
In grace and mercy shown

Bright seraphim in ceaseless flight around Your glorious throne
They raise their voices day and night in praise to You alone

Hallelujah, Glory be to our great God

Lord, we are weak and frail
Helpless in the storm
Surround us with Your angels
Hold us in Your arms

Our cold and ruthless enemy, his pleasure is our harm
Rise up, O Lord, and he will flee before our sovereign God

Let every creature in the sea and every flying bird
Let every mountain, every field and valley of the earth

Let all the moons and all the stars in all the universe
Sing praises to the living God who rules them by His word

A Few Of My Son’s Latest…

…meaning here’s a few of Kerry’s recent, funny comments (he’s 4, by the way):

Kerry: “Mommy, what’s wrong?”

Me: “I’m just getting tired.”

Kerry: “Well, you’re getting pretty cranky too, aren’t you?!”

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Sarah (my 6 yo): “What does ‘brainwash’ mean?”

Kerry: “I think it means your head has been washed.”

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Me: “I told you both to put those poles away or someone is going to get hurt! (I meant that someone might be accidentally impaled with the tent poles).

Kerry: Please…Let it be Sarah!!