Saturday, March 31, 2007

"A happy heart makes the face cheerful, but heartache crushes the spirit."

I love Proverbs ! Talk about life instruction. Do ya think God is trying to get a point through?? (many points, actually.) Over and over, different wisdom is could pick one point and find it so many times, and yet half the time, we don't 'get it' do we?

Lori did a great job on her blog, talking about gossip (wince) - her post caused me to go searching (btw; she found many, many excellent Scriptures on the subject) and I found even more! Gossip, our mouths and what comes out of them are pretty serious subjects with know He means business when you read it over and over again throughout the book of Proverbs. ( and elsewhere! )
Why don't we get it? I mean, I know the whole sin nature, and all that - none of us have 'arrived' for that matter - but again, why don't we get it??
When someone told me 'don't touch that or you'll get burned' - or gave me warnings, I listened.
Why don't we listen to His word?
I've learned something - instruction, discipline and correction lead to: wisdom.
Who doesn't want wisdom? We could all use more in our lives some of us more than others - haha ..........
I am learning that the more time I spend in God's word, the more I find the Holy Spirit convicting me in all sorts of areas.......(again, 'wince')
But ya know something?
I like it.

Thursday, March 29, 2007

Whoa, wow,and oh my goodness!

I know I've used this pic before - but ain't it cool??
My sweet Amy in Germany is going to China baby !!!!
That girl has made some bold moves with complete faith this past week.......and let me tell you, God has not only answered prayer, but He's MOVED mountains!
I am lovin this!
Amy ~ we are all so excited for you and your family.

Tuesday, March 27, 2007

I have just finished reading the most.......I don't have words here, folks - the most beautiful post I have ever read on someones blog.
Robin, your entry about your precious Father has changed me......changed how I looked at my own dad. It wasn't always good, but you know what? I will be forever grateful to God for giving me the man He did that was my Father. (he died 9 years ago)
Someday I may just do a post of my own about him.......

Ah - God is so Good

You must (well, you don't HAVE to - but you'll sure be happy if you do!!) go here and welcome Miss Ellie Grace into her new forever family!

Mark and Rachelle; she is precious.

God Bless you guys.
Again, it's hard to fathom that this will be us soon !

Saturday, March 24, 2007

It's RHODY time!

Now is that busy, crazy time of year for us.
We have a rhododendron nursery ( can you say rho-do-den-dron?) and are trying to get these babies dug and shipped outta here to a store near you ! (actually, we only ship to Illinois and all over Oregon.......oh, and to a few surrounding states!)

Soon, when all the plants are in bloom ( I'll post more pics then ), it will look amazing out here - they really are marvelous plants. Truth be told though; they're not my favorite (shhhh) as they are EVERYWHERE here in Oregon. They even grow wild in the mountains. But, I LOVE plants - love love them - therefore, I will love rhodys! In fact, I am a plant f-a-n-a-t-i-c.
So, my cool man is a busy boy right now preparing stock to ship today. Hes in the middle of keepingworkersbusy-balling-diggin-potting-mud-andofcourserain-to get it all done!
If ya think of it; you could pray that his back holds out for him.

I'll leave you with a picture of the nursery a few years back:

I better run, as I'm supposed to be out there trimming!

Have a great weekend!!!

Tuesday, March 20, 2007

Each has their own convictions, I guess

Last night in the car my little man (pictured here with a critter in hand) informed us that God does not want him to say the word 'booger' anymore.
Hmmm. He didn't elaborate either..........okay, then.
I guess we'll have to figure out another word to use instead of b**ger..........
Don't our kids crack us up?
In fact , you need to go visit Robin, and see what her kids have been up to (caution; you will laugh out loud).........
Have an awesome day guys !

Friday, March 16, 2007

Gotta tell you about a cool thing that happened yesterday.....
Okay, so earlier this week I got my hair done. We'll call my hairdresser "hd".
Hd and I are talking about all sorts of things, she mentions that she'd like to find an outdoor patio table set, but doesn't have a whole lot of $$ to spend on one.
Not real exciting, I know but read on......
Go ahead a few days and I'm on Craigslist ( oh yes ) and I find this patio set that had just got listed. It's in my local town, absolutely a-d-o-r-a-b-l-e, and only $40 bucks!
Table, 4 chairs, umbrella, and cushions.
Excitement is now started.
I call thinking " Oh yea, this can go out next to our pool" (which we've yet to purchase......uh huh)
Turns out I can't pick it up until early the next morning cause that's when I can get my man's pickup.
Here is the deal; as soon as I tell the seller that I'll be there to pick it up - "hd" pops into my head. Mmm hmm, you can see where this is going. ALL NIGHT LONG I keep going back and forth; should I offer this to her, should I keep it?
I already have a table set folks, we don't have a pool yet........I still go back and forth tho'...
This is heart of it all: my precious hd does not know the Lord, in fact far from it, and is struggling through a sad/yukky/messy divorce right now.
The next morning during my prayer time, I tell the Lord "okay, Your will here God, not mine - make it clear to me. She can have it, but if something doesn't work out - I'll keep it, alright? ;o)
Just make it clear, Lord"
I go pick this a-d-o-r-a-b-l-e set up without any problems ( for some reason I'm thinking seller will say " $40?, no no I meant $400 " I can be a dork sometimes) and then head to the gym. After we're all done, the kids and I are walking out to the pickup and GUESS WHO IS RIGHT THERE NEXT TO MY TRUCK(that has all the furniture sticking out)??? PARKED TWO CARS AWAY? IN THE PARKING LOT, FOLKS???????
At first I stutter"...uh....Hi, hd..." and then right away ask her if she wants this set, telling
her that I remembered our conversation.
She was in shock.
We even had an hour to kill, so the kids and I ran it over to her house.
NONE of this story is to lift me up here, guys. This is God Almighty Himself wanting this precious woman for His own. The kids and I pray that somehow that little patio set is going to bring a dear woman to salvation.
A place in Heaven.
Would you all please be praying for 'hd'.........
Ah - I love my Creator.
Have an awesome weekend, guys!

Thursday, March 15, 2007

This morning my wonderful friend Rachelle and her family, just found out that
next Friday
they will be on their way to China to go get Miss Ellie Grace!

I always rejoice when one of these families gets to bring home their precious little one!
Isn't God amazing?
Lord Jesus, bless this precious family as they travel to China to bring home their daughter!!

Monday, March 12, 2007

Oh wow

Sometimes perspective slaps you right in the face. I came across a blog this weekend, and I have not been able to stop thinking about it.
It really is a must read.
She is a precious young mother who is dying-who has amazing faith-
here, I'll let you take a little look from Amy's view:
We are heartbroken. This is not the news we wanted to hear. We wanted to raise our son, to grow old together, but God has different plans for our family. And as much as we don't understand them right now, we know that He is sovereign over this as well. Please pray for us, and for my family especially. My part in all of this is rather easy. I get to die and be with my Savior in glory. I get to miss out on all the suffering this world holds. It is my family who bear the grief and the pain day in and day out. It is for them that my heart breaks. Hold your loved ones a little closer for me today. Live life a little more -- wear your dressy clothes around the house just because life is really short and stains don't really matter. Don't get impatient about the little things. Someday we'll understand why.
Heaven is a favorite subject of mine, I do love to think about it - but it's hard to wrap my pea brain around it. She talks about Heaven as an upcoming vacation spot, reading about it.
I want Eternity to always be at the forefront of my thinking. It being why I do what I do-why I say what I say.
I pray that Amy touches you as she has me
(because, ultimately it's the Lord thats working here !)

Saturday, March 10, 2007

Wanted to blog about something

Since my man and my daughter ran to the store, and the boys are watching a movie......

SO - I wanted to brag about where we went to dinner the other night.

Yup. There it is, and it was AMAZING!

Oh yes.

One of them all-you-can-shovel-into-your-gut meals. I would not be kidding you: we ATE. I had so many crab legs, among other things.........the most fantastic food ever!

But the best part was the company.

My husband is my absolute best friend on this earth. There is never a dull moment with him around - he is so much stinkin fun !

And, our dear friends - D & D, you guys are the best! We love you both so much - thanks for such a fun evening.

Ahh yes - life is good. ( and I'm still full! )

Thursday, March 08, 2007

I'd have you all over to my house

I have been so blessed in my little bloggy world. I cannot believe the incredible women that I have met. Let me say that again, I cannot believe the incredible women that I have been privileged to meet.

So I want to talk about a few;

Amy in Germany : truly one of the most selfless women I know. I have come to know and love the person that God has made her to be.

Rachelle : someone who is not afraid to be open and honest with her fears and struggles and has taught me much.

Robin: a person who completely says it like it is, and I love that about her. She totally rocks in my book.

e~mom : oh my goodness. You are precious. I see you all over the blog neighborhood and where ever you go, you are constantly encouraging others.
These gals are only a few of the amazing folks that are a part of my world - there are so many more of you (watch out, your next !!)

God did something incredible in this humble girls life, when He gave me such a passion for people. I truly love people! I'm serious. It may sound kind of hokey, but I take my friendships (cyber & in my neck of the woods) very seriously. It's an honor to pray for you guys, and when I ask "how are you" - I really want to know! I have such a joy in my life that can only be attributed to God himself - and one of those joys are my friends.

You have all made a mark in my life. God has used each of you.
Blessings ~

Wednesday, March 07, 2007

I cannot sleep. I always said if (when)I wake up in the middle of the night, I WOULD (will) NOT go online.


Here I am.

Oh well. So yes, I have been awake since 3:00am. I am totally a morning person. But not at 3:00am.

My hunk of burnin love will be getting up here in a bit. I've already made his lunch (yes, and I do that every morning, thank you.) and I just started the coffee........hey, why not?

I had to turn off the stinkin tv; not only is the crud they show sick in the middle of the night (how about all the time) but now is the time they show the sickest, freakiest movie advertisements. yikes.

I also like to use this time to pray. Yes - I wake up and stay up at least a couple times a week.

No use whining about it (you all don't think I'm whining here, do you?) - I'm just killing time. Hey! Throw some prayer requests my way - and in a few nights when I'm up again, know that your helping me pass the time!

Friday, March 02, 2007

Before we start schooling everyday, the kids and I have a short prayer time. Yesterday, we decided that in that prayer time we would start praying daily that God would use each one of us.
Not really thinking to much more about it (more like forgetting!) we went about our day and ended up at the grocery store.
As we are finishing up and heading to the checkout line, an elderly women in a wheelchair scooter, asks us where the english muffins are. I tell her "oh, your just about there, they are right around the corner" and we go over there together (because I needed them too). She then very sweetly says, " I really like the raisin kind" - oh my word, she really was the cutest thing - my daughter runs up, grabs the raisin ones off the top shelf and puts them in the lady's basket. She then turns to me with huge eyes and says " Mom, He did it !!!"
It took a second for it to click what she meant - I couldn't stop smiling the rest of the trip.

Thursday, March 01, 2007

I serve a pretty big God.

Snippet of conversation over the phone yesterday between ah (amazing husband) and I:

ah: 'open your bible and read Luke 9:48'
me: (flipping pages) 'okay' (reads) 'A person will become great as he sincerely and unpretentiously looks away from self to God'.
ah: 'thats not what verse 48 says?'
me: 'oh, I was just reading the notes for 48' (again reads aloud)
' Whoever welcomes this little child in my name welcomes me; and whoever welcomes me welcomes the one who sent me. For he who is least among you all - he is he greatest.'


me: 'are you referring to this adoption?'
ah: ' have you ever looked at this verse that way before?'
me: (quiet tears) 'no.......'

I have been praying that God would, through my husband, give me answers to struggles that I've been having through this adoption......

I'm sending updated paperwork in today.