God has been so good to me!! I hope you take the time to listen to this song. When I look back over the last 7 months of my life, I can honestly say, I wouldn't have changed a thing. The valley was long and rough, but my Lord was with me all of the way. He taught me things that I needed to learn. I want to have the same relationship with Him when I am on the mountaintop as when I was in the valley. There are several good things about being in the valley. One is the closeness you feel to your Lord and Saviour. Oh, how often we forget how much we need Him when things are going our way. God has been my provider, my protector and He has proven himself over and over again in my life. I can't imagine going through life with out Him. I would love to hear how good God has been in your life. God's been good in my life!!!
I often am humbled by what an amazing life I have and I know it is only by the GRACE of GOD!! Why HE has blessed me so when I am so undeserving. I guess compared to the world's "standards" we may not have much, but according to God's standards, we are RICH!!! We see His mercies each and everyday. Brad recently started working again after being laid off for 6 1/2 months. It was hard, but I wouldn't trade it for the world. I have always known my husband was a man a character, but during this valley in our lives, he really proved to be the man I knew he already was. He is strong and smart and dedicated. He is honorable and humble. When I think about what a good husband and daddy he is, it just melts my heart. He loves me and I know it!! I just wanted to yell it from the mountaintops that I love him and am so proud of who he is!!
Eight years ago today I was in Tallahassee, Florida attending classes in photography school. One of my classmates was outside talking to her mother when she ran in and told us a plane had hit a building in NYC. We had a small TV in one of our rooms and we scurried to find a channel that would work to see what was happening. We finally found one that was barely visible. Through the static, we could see one of the most horrific scenes I had ever witnessed thus far in my lifetime. Just then, plane number 2 hit! I literally thought I was going to be sick. I felt such a sense of doom and despair. Within 20 minutes, school was closed and we were all sent home. I had an hour commute back home and I cried the entire way home. I was all alone in my car and I couldn't wait to see my husband and hold my son. Although, this was many miles away from me, this was on our turf. My country!! The country I love, the country that stands for freedom, justice and liberty!! I remember the rest of the day and the next I sat GLUED in front of the TV watching and replaying the graphic scene over and over again. People crying, mourning, stunned, angry,scared, praying. Our country had turned for the most part to God. Attending church, praying, feeling more patriotic than ever before. Eight years later.......... 2009............our country isn't doing that so much anymore. Today I fear for our country, but not so much because of terrorism. I fear how our country will be when my children are adults. Oh, let us not forget those who have died for our freedom. Let's not forget those who are telling their loved ones goodbye. Let's not let these fallen heroes die in vain. AMERICA NEEDS ANOTHER AWAKENING!! We need to pray for our country that was once "IN GOD WE TRUST", that once was a CHRISTAIN nation, that now our own President won't even put his hand over his heart to pledge allegiance to the flag....the flag that was bought with blood!! I pray for our President!! What a great task he has on his shoulders...............HE NEEDS CHRIST OUR LORD to help him make wise decisions, decisions that will help our country, NOT HURT!!!! Our country is heading down a road that is going in the wrong direction! GOD has shown much grace and mercy to our nation! We live in AMERICA!!!!! The greatest country in the world! Where is Patriotism in our country, in this generation??? Last week in our neighborhood, the street was lined with flags. A soldier was returning home. There was a banner and ribbons. As we rode through and honked our horn and waived to him thanking him, I told my son who is almost 11......."Tyler, those are the REAL heroes." Not the baseball players, the football players, the actors.......NO, son! The ones that have given their lives for our freedom!!" As you think back to where you were on that faithful day 8 years ago........remember to say a pray. Our country needs to go back to it's roots. Our country needs to go back to being "ONE NATION UNDER GOD"
My little Emma is so artistic!! Her coloring and cutting are incredible!! She has excellent fine motor skills. I hope and pray she takes after my mom and brother artistically. The other day I gave her a picture of a turkey and set out her paints and left her to it!! When she finished, she ran into the room showing off her work(which she seemed to be very proud of). She had painted the turkey with all of these colors. I love this picture. Enjoy!!