Tuesday, July 22, 2014

A Lesson to Remember....

The Lord is my shepherd, I lack nothing.
    He makes me lie down in green pastures,
he leads me beside quiet waters,
   he refreshes my soul.
He guides me along the right paths
    for his name’s sake.
 Even though I walk
    through the darkest valley,
I will fear no evil,
    for you are with me;
your rod and your staff,
    they comfort me.
You prepare a table before me
    in the presence of my enemies.
You anoint my head with oil;
    my cup overflows.
Surely your goodness and love will follow me
    all the days of my life,
and I will dwell in the house of the Lord
Psalm 23

My daughter struggles with fear from time to time. The apple doesn't fall far from the tree in this family.

Night time is the hardest for her. She gets fearful many nights.

This one particular night, she had gotten into bed and I told her I would be there shortly to tuck her in.

I took a little longer than expected, and when I finally turned the corner to go to her room, I stopped dead in my tracks.

My daughter was whispering Psalm 23 through tears. She stumbled through the words, but she kept reciting the Psalm over and over.

My heart melted right there in that hallway outside of her bedroom.

The Lord revealed something to me in that moment that I will never forget.

I will not always be able to be with my children, but He will.

There are so many times when I want to be the one to soothe them, to nurse their fears and scary moments away. I want them to know I will always be there to dry their tears, take away their pain.

But, when I am not there, what will they do? How will they cope?

God showed me right there in that hallway that my children need to be taught to depend on Him in these moments.

As they grow older, and further away from the safety of my arms, they need to know where their true security lies...with Him. Not me.

Soon after my daughter prayed and recited Psalm 23, she fell asleep peacefully. You have no idea how much I wanted to wake her up and tell her that I was right there outside of her room. I wanted to tell her that I was just about to go tuck her in and soothe her fears.

However, I didn't.

I knew the Lord was teaching me, as well as her. My job is to train her up in the way she should go, not to train her up to depend on her momma.

"Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it." Proverbs 22:6

My daughter is learning where her strength and peace lie. Her momma is learning the same lesson.

training in progress,


Monday, May 19, 2014

Hill-Ramsey Celebration....

This weekend we celebrated the marriage of Mama Jane and Mr. Rick.
We had the best time!
Fun, family, friends, and LOVE!
What is better than that?
Enjoy the Hill-Ramsey Wedding pictures!
We love you, Jane & Rick!

Danny is 7!

So, I am just about 8 months late on this post! My pictures have been on my camera card for way too long.
When my computer died in November, things got a little behind.
Here are some pictures of our nephew, Danny's, 7th birthday!
We celebrated him in the classroom that day and then partied at our house that night.
He's a cutie--wait and see!
Happy 7th Birthday, Danny!!
We love you!!

Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Just abide....

It's been a while since I have written on here.

So much happening, this is life I suppose.

Lem's grandmother, Granny Hill, died on March 27th. We were all so sad, yet happy for the reunion that was taking place in Heaven.

Since around that time, I have had such a restless spirit. Waking up in sweaty panic, a restless mind, confusion about some things....and the list goes on.

This has truly been going on since March.

Just this week, the Lord has given me a rested heart. A heart at peace. Finally.

Sometimes, my head gets away from me. I think, and think, and think, and then I analyze...everything.

It can be exhausting.  Let me rephrase: It IS exhausting.

However, God has been telling me to "be still". Over and over, I hear Him whisper this to me.

As a wife, momma, daughter, friend.....we play so many roles. It can be overwhelming to say the least.

I'm always doing a mental checklist of the things I need to do, or not do, or check on......

I can get wrapped up in "doing", instead of just "being".

Hence---a restless spirit.

I get caught up in the crazy cycle of chaos---and it takes a while for me to find the exit ramp!

Well this week I found it.

As I was walking in my neighborhood this afternoon,, I just kept hearing this verse:

"But I have calmed and quieted myself, I am like a weaned child with its mother; like a weaned child I am content. " Psalm 131:2

The Lord is so sweet. He is just so gentle when He speaks.

He reminded me of my role: To abide in Him.

Nothing else.

When I abide in Him, the chaos is still there, but my heart is at peace. He is the calm in the storm.

Sometimes I feel like I am just chasing and chasing Him. Which is just funny, because He cannot be chased.

He is " I Am that I Am". He is in the present with me. No need in running after Him, because He is here. With me. All the time.

If only I can remember this. Perhaps, I will need to check back on this post from time to time to remind me.

"Where can I go from your Spirit? Where can I flee from Your presence?" Psalm 139:7

Saturday, April 26, 2014

Spring Break Fun......

We love the beach.

We really do.

As we celebrate the {almost} end of another school year, we are soaking up every ounce of our Spring Break.

I will spare you more descriptive words, and just post the pictures. They tend to speak for themselves.

Happy Spring Break!!

1) Let's GO!!
2) Ice cream at ZuZu's--a beach tradition
3) Presley loves this whale--we took this on our morning walk to the pier.
4) Beach babes
5) Playing at the beach with friends--always fun!
6) a not-so-shy pelican at the pier
7) Practicing my French braiding skills--need more practice.
8) Fun friends at the beach! The Browns, The Spinks, and the Tanners
9) We ate pizza on the beach the night this was taken. So much fun!

Thursday, February 13, 2014

Snow in Love....

So, we are snowed in! And, it's FABULOUS!

I love days when all four of us are here, and we have nothing but time, sweet time together.

This is the second week in less than 3 weeks that we have been home bound due to snow and ice. I see it as such a GIFT! The first one happened the week of my  birthday, so it really was a gift. Two days of no school for the kids=one happy momma!

Here are a few pictures from our week....

Our power went out the first morning...
so, the boys play chess...
the girls play doodle dice. 

my love!

my little loves!

snow is just heavenly!

Presley and her daddy

heading out for a ride on the four wheeler!