Smile-Makers and Heart-Warmers

I’ve got a couple of things I want to share with you today. These will make you smile and warm your heart. I got an email yesterday from my friend Suzanne which included several “Dear God” letters from little kids. I just LOVED these. I’ve posted a few below. Check ’em out:

THROUGH A CHILD’S EYES

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I also want to share with you a very cute and sweet post by my little girl.  Sarah wrote a special post for her daddy, and she showed it to me this morning.  This message of hers brought the pictures below to mind:

When you visit Sarah’s blog and read her post, you’ll understand…  You may click here.



The Power…

I’m Thankful for:

The Power of the Holy Spirit…the power God gives us to handle situations in life, when we receive His spirit and let Him guide us…

In VBS last week, the kids were taught 5 Bible points, which concern the power of the indwelling Holy Spirit…

God gives us the power:

  • to be THANKFUL:
  • ~~~~“Always be thankful.” –Colossians 3:15
  • to HELP OTHERS:
  • ~~~~“Be ready to help.” –Romans 12:13
  • to BE BRAVE:
  • ~~~~ “I will not be afraid for you are close beside me.” –Psalm 23:4
  • to LIVE FOREVER: (to spend eternity with Him in Heaven)
  • ~~~~“Since I live, you also will live.” –John 14:10
  • to SHARE CHRIST WITH OTHERS: (to share His love and the good news of His salvation)
  • ~~~~ “Preach the good news to everyone.” –Mark 16:15

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**For more Thankful Thursday posts and participants, please visit Iris @ Sting My Heart.

Happy Birthday, Honey

My hubby’s birthday is tomorrow–Friday, June 27th.  In ’bout all the current pictures I have of Scott, he is either holding one or both kids or giving one or both children a “piggy back ride.”  Actually, though, these pictures are the best ones of him because he’s smiling the most and looks the happiest.  The following are two of my favorite photos of Scott:

I especially REALLY love this second picture above!  I LOVE this photo of both Scott and our son Kerry. We hadn’t planned for or told little Kerry to do that.  He threw his cowboy hat up like that and said “Hee Haw!!,” and the photographer captured and snapped the shot!  I adore the way Scott is laughing and watching Kerry.

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**To You, Honey:

Happy Birthday!!

I love you very much!

Kiddo Stuff…

…on Wordless Wednesday–June 25th:

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A Monday Meme

I found this meme at Gina’s site and decided to join in the fun! I discovered it on Monday and started it that night, but I’m finishing it up today.

Gina says to “tag yourself if you want to play!” So here goes:

  1. What was I doing 10 years ago? I was in my second year of marriage. My husband and I were living in a 1 bedroom apartment and were starting to look at houses. I was just getting ready to change jobs also (from one county to another county…public school system). I was also hoping and praying to pay off some debt and start having some babies in 2-3 years!
  2. What are 5 things on my to-do list for today? –(1)Pick up my 9 yr. old niece, run a couple of errands (pick up med., go to store, pick up film, etc.), and take kids to the library; –(2)Work on budgeting, fixing up bills, subtracting checks, etc.; –(3)Household chores (piles of laundry, dishes, cleaning up, cooking dinner, etc.); –(4)Work on paper-work (Program Application for Classical Conversations for homeschooling next year…9 pages altogether, Dentist new patient information…4 pages, calendar stuff, and planning for summer and next school year; –(5)Catch up on blog, emails, etc.
  3. Snacks I enjoy: Popcorn, peanuts, and yogurt (…Well, o.k., I used to REALLY enjoy chocolate snacks, but not so much any more…I mean I would of course enjoy them if I let myself have them. Well, that is I would enjoy just about anything chocolate until I felt guilty afterward!! ) )
  4. Things I would do if I was a billionaire: To be honest…I really haven’t given this much thought before. I would just be SO EXCITED and happy to get all our debt paid off (old college loans, credit cards, and consolidation loans). So, if I suddenly became a billionaire, I would promptly pay off all our debts (including our house payment) and be DEBT-FREE!! Immediately, I would call and tell my husband to quit his job too (and we could start some kind of home business and some sort of ministry). I would also help out my family members and friends. I would give to my church, World Missions, orphanages, pet shelters, etc. I would also want to take some family vacations, do some traveling, and go visit all our different relatives in different towns and states. Finally, I would set up some AWESOME college funds for the kiddos!! ) **P.S. Oh, and I would also have all our carpet torn out and replaced with hard-wood floors! Then, I would hire a maid!! ) Oh, and perhaps I would hire a chef and personal trainer too!! (You know, while I’m dreaming, I might as well make it really good!!)
  5. Places I have lived: I grew up and lived in the same house my entire childhood. Since then, I’ve still stayed mostly in N.C. (I’ve lived in at least 4 different towns/cities in N.C.) I also lived in Panama City Beach, Florida for one summer.
  6. Jobs I have had: **See prior post…“13 Jobs I’ve Had.”

Do You Know How To Smile…

…or do you have to practice?!

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Well, today’s been a tad frustrating, but what can I say? It’s just been one of those Mondays! You see, I had several family administrative-type things and domestic chores I was trying to get done today, but the kids had other ideas. Some days they do well with entertaining themselves some, especially when their cousin Rachel comes over. However, even though their cousin was here, today was not one of those days!

Anyway, instead of “going with the flow” today, I found myself constantly trying to swim up-steam. Inevitably, I let myself get very frustrated and stressed out. In fact, while I was cleaning up after dinner tonight, I realized that I had hardly even smiled today!

So, suddenly I broke out in a huge, forced smile (remembering things I’ve read about purposely smiling when one has had a stressful day). I didn’t realize anyone else had seen me, until my little Kerry broke my train of thought…

“Mommy, what are you doing…why are you smiling like that?” Kerry asked.

“Oh…I’m practicing smiling,” I replied.

“Well, I already know how to smile,” Kerry confidently replied. “You wanna see?” He asked, (as the goofiest, cutest, biggest smile spread across his little face).

Well, I guess little Kerry showed me! Some folk already know how to smile. They don’t need to practice! )

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P.S. Have you smiled today? )

It’s Thursday!

It’s Thursday…which means it’s time to give thanks! Well, I mean, every day is a time to be thankful, but today’s the day that I put it in writing! Today I would like to start out with a couple of verses from my devotional reading this morning:

“But God be thanked, that ye were the servants of sin, but ye have obeyed from the heart that form of doctrine which was delivered you. Being then made free from sin, ye became the servants of righteousness.” –Romans 6:17-18

“But now being made free from sin, and become servants to God, ye have your fruit unto holiness, and the end everlasting life. For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.” –Romans 6:22-23

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I thank the Lord for:

–Freedom from the bondage of sin

–The honor of being a servant of righteousness

–The gift of Eternal Life

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I am also thankful to the Lord for:

–This week’s VBS at our church

–For all the youth leaders, helpers, and everyone who has contributed to and participated in VBS

–Every good thing the kids are learning this week

–The youth

–Father’s Day, a great dad, and a wonderful husband

–All my family and friends

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**P.S. Update: I love how Iris (the host of this meme) thanks the Lord for her “Beloved!” Lately, I have felt more thankful than ever for mine, and her post has inspired me to say more about Scott!  My husband loves the Lord and serves Him and does so much for us and for our church.  Scott has truly encouraged me lately to want to “go the extra mile” and to do more for Christ and for others and to have a better attitude. I thank the Lord for him and his example to the kids and I.  I am also thankful for Scott’s love and provision for his family.   What a blessing it is to have a hubby who loves the Lord and loves the kids and I so much!

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**For more Thankful Thursday posts and participants, please visit Iris @ Sting My Heart.