Thursday, April 17, 2014

Easter Gratitude

It's been a fun week of Easter break filled with so much to be grateful for...

 Grateful for a the time to pull the house together and bring some order to this crazy life.

 Grateful for quiet mornings and time to drink coffee hot to the last sip.

 Grateful for His reminders along the way that He is enough.

 Grateful for camp outs, and play dates, and lots of laughter with friends.

Grateful for a day in Greenville with my girls, fun lunch with Bethany and her class, and Trader Joes shopping...always a treat!

Grateful for their reflection in the car.... "Momma, God really came up with some clever consequences for sin in the Bible.  Moab wallowed in his vomit (Jeremiah 48:26), the earth split and swallowed up all the men who belonged to Korah (Number 16:32), and Jonah had to sit in the belly of a fish for three days! Ick. (Jonah 2:1)
Grateful that, because of Christ, He deals with me so graciously.  Today, especially, I deserve to sit in the belly of a fish.... among other things.

Grateful for friends who still like to dye eggs and decorate cookies!

Friday, April 11, 2014

Pinewood Derby

There were traffic lights,

and a stop sign,

some dipsticks,

engine heaters,

and grease swabs too!

You can't have a race with out a few spare tires,

and traffic cones are a must!

All "parts" of our first annual NCS Pinewood Derby!

There was a cool race track,

and a whole load of super cool derby cars!

Some to race, and some to eat!

Everybody got "fueled up"...

...and ready to race!

But not without a "Pit Pass!"

There were racers here,

racers there,

racers, racers,


We got our instructions,

started our "engines,"

and cheered for a win!

It was a "fast track finish" for these top five...

... but the jolly good time was a win for all!

I'd say our first derby was a smashing success!

And we can't wait for the next!

Monday, April 7, 2014

My Lighthouse

My girls love to sing.... like ALL.THE.TIME.  They sing pop, Disney, country, Gospel, rap.... you name it, they sing it.  It amazes me that they know the lyrics to so many.  It doesn't matter.  We're in the car, I change the station, they start singing the song.  I remember being able to do that.  Those days are long gone for me.  Even now, Rebecca is in the kitchen singing this little number.

So.... I've been struggling.  I've been having one of those seasons where I wrestle with doubt, feel like I'm failing, feel like He's silent, questioning things.  You ever have those???

We bought some new tunes last week.  Rend Collective's new album.  It's fabulous.  I am partial to their kind of praise.  Anyway, as we drove in the driveway late this afternoon, Caroline punched the CD player to number three... her favorite.  And we sat and sang in the driveway...

He'll use any way He can to remind us of His unconditional love for His children.  

And I'm so grateful.

My Lighthouse

In my wrestling and in my doubts
In my failures You won't walk out
Your great love will lead me through
You are the peace in my troubled sea
You are the peace in my troubled sea

In the silence, You won't let go
In my questions, Your truth will hold
Your great love will lead me through
You are the peace in my troubled sea
You are the peace in my troubled sea

My Lighthouse, my lighthouse
Shining in the darkness, I will follow You
My Lighthouse, my Lighthouse
I will trust the promise,
You will carry me safe to shore (Oh-oh-oh-oh-oh)
Safe to shore (Oh-oh-oh-oh-oh)
Safe to shore (Oh-oh-oh-oh-oh)
Safe to shore

I won't fear what tomorrow brings
With each morning I'll rise and sing
My God's love will lead me through
You are the peace in my troubled sea
You are the peace in my troubled sea

Fire before us, You're the brightest
You will lead us through the storms

(Rend Collective "The Art of Celebration")

Sunday, March 9, 2014

Handmade Hope

For about a year, I felt the Lord poking my soul to use my "sewing" gifts for Him.  I thought that was going to look like an Etsy Shop and a bit of extra cash for our family's extra-curicular activities... and to beef up my fabric stash.

I tossed around some ideas and nothing really ever stuck.  I knew I was not the kind of modern day sewest who enjoyed taking orders and mass producing items for profit.  

I just like to make things!

Through a course of events and some prep work for my Missions Class at school, the light bulb finally came on.  In studying Genesis, I saw the first sign of pride and self-glory.


God created us to be creators.  After all, he gave Adam the privilege to create when he asked him to name the animals.  (What a cool job, by the way.  Can you imagine getting to name all the animals?  I wonder if he thought, "You know, that looks just like an e-l-e-p-h-a-n-t.  I think I'll name it that!")

Anyway, it was in reading about the serpent's conversation with Eve, that the light bulb came on.  She wanted to be like God.  She wanted the glory for herself.  I went to Him again,

"Okay God.  How can I truly do this for Y-O-U?"

And Handmade Hope was born.

Handmade Hope is a non-profit sewing class for girls ages 12-18.  We meet once a week for sewing instruction and fellowship.  

Through much prayer and very specific requests, God provided the place, the materials, the volunteers, and, most importantly, the girls. 

We have been sewing now for about 6 weeks and are having a splendid time!  My heart has never felt so full.  THIS is exactly why He poked my soul. 

I love how He brings about His plans and purposes.

And there is nothing sweeter than sitting in the center of His will.