Monday, August 22, 2011


     God chose me to be mother to some beautiful girls!  It is hard work but I feel like I have been given such an AWESOME privilege.  Sometimes I wonder why God thinks I was the best person to entrust these  amazing little beings to.  You know, on those days when I have no idea what I'm supposed to do in a parenting situation.
     However, today we hit a milestone!!  My beautiful daughter, Ansley started kindergarten today.  I'll say I had a few moments where I was sad.  I guess I feel like today marks the day when I get less and less influence in her life.  I know I still have a lot of time with her, but we all know that parents get increasing less cool to their children with each passing year.  I'm gonna try not to live with that thought in the front of my mind but today it has been staring me in the face.

     I have NO doubt that Ansley will do great.  She is very outgoing and energetic.  Her "I can" attitude is exactly what she needs to succeed in school and life.  I do have to remind myself sometimes that her independence is a wonderful thing. :) We have a long way to go but starting this journey today has been exciting.  It also makes you dream of what all her future holds.  I am confident that He who began a good work will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ (Phil. 1:6).
     If you are a daughter or have a daughter please take some time to listen to this great new song from Shane and Shane.  Lets praise the one who is our hero!

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

I'm back

      The problem with taking long absences from blogging is not knowing where to pick up.  I'll start by saying my baby girl turned one a couple weeks ago.  CRAZY!!  Next, my oldest baby girl starts kindergarten in a couple weeks.  CRAZY!!  That will make ya feel old.
      Some of you may know that I went to Nashville this past weekend for the MOPS convention.  I had never been before.  This will be my first year in MOPS leadership.  Really, I'm still not exactly sure how that happened or what I'm supposed to be doing.  HA!  The only thing I do know is that my heart SO longs for families in our community to know the power of Christ.  Hearing about the students Jay works with and how the majority of them come from rough family situations breaks my heart.  I have no idea how to help with this growing trend other than to start where I'm at.  For me I am a mom.  So what better place to start serving and telling people about "The Remedy" (as David Crowder so beautifully puts it) than MOPS.
       I took away so many great things from convention.  For one Jon Acuff is hilarious, but I think what stuck with me most from my time in Nashville was the simple fact that our marriages need to be nurtured.  That sounds so simple, doesn't it.  So why are so many marriages less than what they could be?  For me the answer is selfishness.  I've apologized to Jay several times for my blatant selfishness.  But after this weekend I'm ready to do something about it rather than to only acknowledge it.  The awesome thing is, that I really am married to the best man on the planet.  Obviously no one is perfect but Jay never ceases to amaze me.  I love him so much and I am so grateful that he chose me to journey through life with.  I only hope that I can return to him the blessing that he is to me.