Then Samuel took a stone and set it up between Misphah and Shen. He named it Ebenezar, saying , "Thus far the Lord has helped us." 1 Samuel 7:12

Thursday, April 26, 2012


So it's been over 10 days since I've posted.
What have we been up to?
Lots I guess.

I've decided to go back to the home organization binder I used for so many years, it consists of a monthly and weekly calendar as well as sections for phone #'s, important paperwork to be dealt with, virtual schooling scope and sequence and meal planning.

Our front courtyard is taking shape-- the 18x30 foot section has been paved, tonight the kids mom and grandparents came over and swam and played for hours out there.

Love that.

Speaking of the kids mom, we had such a breakthrough yesterday.
It was amazing.

I think this whole experience has been life stretching and growing.
Life is all about change, 
full of change, 
it's so much about whether we wanna grow and learn from that change.

I am thinking more and more of sharing details; it's just hard when other people's lives are so much a part of mine. Makes me wonder what's appropriate to share and what's not.

Like when my kids got old enough to say, "Don't blog about this"

I can say that 2 huge things have happened in my heart.
First, and the not so good thing, is that I have never truly hated anyone like I have in the past few months.
Until recently I had never felt such strong dislike toward anyone that I just thought, "I hate them".
Second, I have never felt so much love, forgiveness, compassion and hurt for the same someone.
It's like my emotions are bi-polar just toward 1 or 2 people.

The one thing I do know is that when it comes to relationships, the enemy of my soul, the devil, would love for hurt and anger to divide my extended family.
if I know tha,t then why in the world would I allow feeling of hate to grab hold.
Why would we not call it what it s.
Face the fact that this is all about a spiritual battle and so need to live,
knowing that the battle has been won.
That love, forgiveness, those are what matter.
Giving thanks to God,
giving glory to God,
worshiping God through all of this junk-- yeah that is what this is about.

So with all that said I close letting you all know my phone will no longer let me take pictures because it is too full,
so that means the lack of posting here has played out in more pictures being taken,
which in turn means I should post a bunch so you all can see the craziness that we live.

Later, peace, love and Jesus-- 

Saturday, April 14, 2012


As tomorrow approaches,
I am reminded that Christ died for me, to live in me.
Through me.
That's it.
That enough.

And with His sacrifice,
with my tomorrow before me,
I can do this.
With His strength I can do this.
The harsh words,
the ignoring as if I am not even there,
the false blame.

I can do this.

It is through these hard times that I am formed,
drawn closer to my Christ.

As Easter season is still upon us I think of my part in crucifying Him
and yet,
he still chose me.

Tomorrow I can do this,
I can do it with joy.
With love.
With a deeper tug on my heart to seek hard after my Savior.
With a deeper pull that draws me toward the Living Water,
poured out,
for me.
For you.

Christ is risen indeed.

The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the one and only Son, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth. John 1:14

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

More Easter Pictures

We saw this idea on Pinterest and since it was a last minute find tweaked the idea using cedar clippings to cover the tomb. Before we went to bed our table centerpiece looked like this:

Then since Nik and I were the first up we quickly went to see what had happened to our tomb and found this:
 Aubry has been sick and teething so she slept a lot in the day and stayed up and "partied" all night, I did pick out a cute little pink dress for here and some bunny slippers.
 Getting a still shot of Illana is a miracle in itself, these two are so cute together.
Happy day!

Sunday, April 08, 2012

Saturday, April 07, 2012


Today I am prepping the house for Easter.
My only responsibility this year is to set the table!
I am working on making something like this for our table centerpiece,
we'll wake up and enjoy these yummy rolls, also found here, with a story, in addition to our traditional Sunday morning pancakes.
After eating lunch on Sunday we'll do a small Easter eggs hunt for the little ones.

Excited for a relaxing day, celebrating the resurrection of my Savior!
How wonderful it is that I serve a living God, 
a God who became man,
experienced all it is to be a man, 
to be a me,
then conquered death so that I might live.
Glory to God!
Peace to all!
Shalom friends,


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