Sunday, March 30, 2008

He's Finally Found It

For several years now we have let Jared decide if he wanted to do any kind of sports. He stayed away from baseball for a while, then tried it again. About a month ago he came home form school and said someone had come to do a karate exhibition. He loved it. He could tell me the ABC's of karate and wanted to go to a trial class the following Saturday. So far, so good. I really like the values it teaches and I believe it helps children overall. You get to show your report card for a special star if you get all A's and B's, perfect attendance, etc.. It's funny how Mr. Brown can say the same things I do and, somehow, he listens! "What will Mr. Brown say if you don't pick up your room" is working really good around here. Saturday they talked about self discipline. I think I really like karate. Ha

Thursday, March 27, 2008

Thankful Thursday-Mom

Tuesday was my Mom's birthday. Happy belated birthday Mom! Through the years you have always been there for me, raising three children on your own, working 2 jobs, the list goes on and on. Thank you for taking the trip to Disney with us. I know you didn't feel good after your surgery but you hung in there! Thank you so much for all you have done for all of us! I don't know how you did it. I know I sure couldn't! Now you get to reap the rewards (I hope-ha)! I love you!

I had to add this song. My Mom sang it to me and I sang it to all my kids.

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Monday, March 24, 2008

Blessed Day

I just love Easter. Of course, the fact that Jesus went through what He did is more than I can comprehend. I love starting out the morning with Easter baskets. I told the boys they were too old for baskets this year to kind of trick them into thinking they were not getting one but, of course, they did.

Church is always packed which means a lot of kids for preschool but Easter goes pretty smooth for me. Watching the kids in all their adorable outfits is so precious. I made it into the last service and it was wonderful. The spirit was so powerful.

Our afternoon was very fun and, surprisingly, relaxing. We had a great lunch at NaNa's and a fun egg hunt. Jenna got one of the prize eggs-$10.00. Wow!

Saturday, March 22, 2008

He Is Risen!

Enjoy the music and Happy Resurrection Sunday! May you have a Christ-filled, family-filled day!

Thank you Jesus for all you did for us!

Friday, March 21, 2008

Good Friday

Why GOOD Friday? Christians know the joy of Easter is through Christ's death

By Khalid Moss

Staff Writer

Friday, March 21, 2008

What's so good about Good Friday?

It's the most somber day of the year in Christendom; the day Jesus was mocked by Romans and crucified before an angry mob. You might think not a lot of good can flow from such a scenario.

But miraculously, it did.

"The whole point of Good Friday is that it is this pivotal moment when the death of Christ is the transformative moment," said Alex Tuss of Dayton's Marianist Mission. "And whether you look at it as the passage to death or the passage to life, it's still that pivotal moment.

"Jesus not only lived and ministered as the perfect human but he died and rose to new life as the savior of sinners," Tuss said.

For Catholics and other Christians, the "Triduum" is the three-day period marking the death and burial of Jesus Christ. The Triduum is frequently observed by attending a worship service on each day.

The Triduum

Maundy Thursday: The Thursday before Easter remembers the night before Jesus died when he shared "Last Supper" with his disciples and washed their feet as a sign of the "new commandment."

Good Friday: Called "good" because of the wonder and meaning that flowed from it. On Good Friday, some Christians abstain from meat or refrain from food altogether. It is the only day of the year Catholic Mass is not held.

Holy Saturday: The day of waiting. Not much is said about it in the Bible except that disciples were in hiding and women were preparing to visit the tomb in order to prepare Jesus' body for burial.

What's so good about Good Friday?

"It was one of the saddest days in Christianity, but it was good because it was the day Jesus gave himself for us," said the Rev. James McCellan of St. Luke Missionary Baptist Church. "If he had not died, we wouldn't be at the point of Resurrection Sunday. He took on all the sins of the world that day so we could have an abundant life. That's why Good Friday is good."

Wednesday, March 19, 2008

Thankful Thursday-Open Arms

Since this is Easter week I have been trying to concentrate on the tremendous sacrifice that Jesus made for us. This passage really sums it up. Happy Easter!

Open Arms

The passages below are taken from Max Lucado’s book “No Wonder They Call Him The Saviour,” published in 1998.

They aren’t exactly what you’d call a list of “Who’s Who in Purity and Sainthood.” In fact, some of their antics and attitudes would make you think of the Saturday night crowd at the county jail. What few halos there are among this befuddled bunch could probably use a bit of straightening and polish. Yet, strange as it may seem it is this very humanness that makes these people refreshing. They are so refreshing that should you ever need a reminder of God’s tolerance, you’d find it in these people. If you ever wonder how in the world God could use you to change the world, look at these people.

What people? The people God used to change history. A ragbag of ne’er-do-wells and has-beens who found hope, not in their performance, but in God’s proverbially open arms.

Let start with Abraham. Though eulogized by Paul for his faith, this Father of a Nation wasn’t without his weaknesses. He had a fibbing tongue that wouldn’t stop! One time, in order to save his neck, he let the word get out that Sarah wasn’t his wife but his sister, which was only half true.1 And then, not long later, he did it again! “And Abraham said of Sarah his wife, ‘She is my sister.’”2 Twice he traded in his integrity for security. That’s what you call confidence in God’s promises? Can you build a nation on that kind of faith? God can. God took what was good and forgave what was bad and used “old forked tongue” to start a nation.

Another household name is Moses. Definitely one of history’s greatest. But until he was eighty years old he looked like he wouldn’t amount to much more than a once-upon-a-time prince turned outlaw. Would you choose a wanted murderer to lead a nation out of bondage? Would you call upon a fugitive to carry the Ten Commandments? God did. And he called him, of all places, right out of the sheep pasture. Called his name through a burning bush. Scared old Moses right out of his shoes! There, with knees knocking and “Who me?” written all over his face, Moses agreed to go back into the ring.

And what can you say about a fellow whose lust got so lusty that he got a woman pregnant, tried to blame it on her husband, had her husband killed, and then went on living like nothing ever happened? Well, you could say he was a man after God’s own heart. David’s track record left little to be desired, but his repentant spirit was unquestionable.

Then comes Jonah. God’s ambassador to Nineveh. Jonah, however, had other ideas. He had no desire to go to that heathen city. So he hopped on another boat while God wasn’t looking (or at least that’s what Jonah thought). God put him in a whale’s belly to bring him back to his senses. But even the whale couldn’t stomach this missionary for too long. A good burp and Jonah went flying over the surf and landed big-eyed and repentant on the beach. (Which just goes to show that you can’t keep a good man down.)

And on and on the stories go: Elijah, the prophet who pouted; Solomon, the king who knew too much; Jacob, the wheeler-dealer; Gomer, the prostitute; Sarah, the woman who giggled at God. One story after another of God using man’s best and overcoming man’s worst.

Even the genealogy of Jesus is salted with a dubious character or two—--Tamar the adulteress, Rahab the harlot, and Bathsheba, who tended to take baths in questionable locations.

The reassuring lesson is clear. God used (and uses!) people to change the world. People! Not saints or super humans or geniuses, but people. Crooks, creeps, lovers, and liars—--he uses them all. And what they may lack in perfection, God makes up for in love.

Jesus later summarized God’s stubborn love with a parable. He told about a teenager who decided that life at the farm was too slow for his tastes. So with pockets full of inheritance money, he set out to find the big time. What he found instead were hangovers, fair-weather friends, and long unemployment lines. When he had had just about as much of the pig’s life as he could take, he swallowed his pride, dug his hands deep into his empty pockets, and began the long walk home; all the while rehearsing a speech that he planned to give to his father.

He never used it. Just when he got to the top of the hill, his father, who’d been waiting at the gate, saw him. The boy’s words of apology were quickly muffled by the father’s words of forgiveness. And the boy’s weary body fell into his father’s open arms.

The same open arms welcomed him that had welcomed Abraham, Moses, David, and Jonah. No wagging fingers. No clenched fists. No “I told you so!” slaps or “Where have you been?” interrogations. No crossed arms. No black eyes or fat lips. No. Only sweet, open arms. If you ever wonder how God can use you to make a difference in your world, just look at those he has already used and take heart. Look at the forgiveness found in those open arms and take courage.

And, by the way, never were those arms opened so wide as they were on the Roman cross. One arm extending back into history and the other reaching into the future. An embrace of forgiveness offered for anyone who’ll come. A hen gathering her chicks. A father receiving his own. A redeemer redeeming the world.

No wonder they call him the Savior. (117-120)

1. Genesis 12:10-20

2. Genesis 20:2

I just did this post and found this blog where you can win a Max Lucado book. How cool is that?

Sunday, March 16, 2008


Today was a beautiful day. After storms all weekend in Georgia it was nice to get outside. We had at least 3 places to be today so we decided to scrap them all and play all day. We ended up at Brusters (Roosters, as Jenna says) for some good ole' ice cream.

Oh, we would also like to say congrats to the Georgia Bulldogs basketball team for winning the SEC. Even a tornado could not keep them from winning two games in one day! Sorry, Kentucky family-they deserve it!

Sunday, March 9, 2008

Happy Birthday to Me

This was a wonderful birthday. It started out with breakfast in bed. Jenna made me doritos, peanut butter crackers, and grapes. She brought it to me on her tea set dishes. It was so cute. Jacob brought me toaster waffles with strawberries and whip cream. It was yummy! Then David told me to take a day to myself so I decided to take some pictures of my favorite places that I went to. Corny, isn't it? But, it's my blog and I can do what I want to! I started out at Starbucks's (where else?), then to Ann Taylor Loft, Target, Marshall's and T.J. Maxx. I was shopping for some essentials that take women forever to buy! Nope, not a bathing suit but it does start with a "b". I know you can't buy that at Ann Taylor but I love that store and it sure was fun looking-by myself! Target is a store that I can always find an excuse to go in! My day ended at one of my favorite places to eat-Provino's! The family met there early and had a great dinner. My sweet husband actually bought me candles that showed my age (notice the switch-ha)! I guess I can overlook that considering the day I had! Thank you sweetie!

(Side note: My friend Cheryl's father-in-law passed away this morning. She was on her way to the hopspital and called to wish me a happy birthday. Thank you, dear friend, for thinking of me. I know this will be a huge loss for your family.)

Friday, March 7, 2008

Mug Shot

Well, today I had to get my driver's license renewed. Do you think I could have waited to the last minute? Did I renew by mail? NO. Did I renew by internet? NO. They expire tomorrow (my 42nd birthday-yuck) so I had to go today. In the rain. In the busy Atlanta area traffic. 40 minutes away. The good news is-when I got there it only took 10 minutes. I actually did want a new picture because the last one that was taken was when I had a 10 month old baby and I am a little bit smaller than 4 years ago-just a little. Can't say much about the picture (remember the rain?). Just looks like a mug shot to me. And can you believe it's 20 bucks now? That's for the 5 year. I chose not to get the 10 year because I REALLY didn't want to compare this year's picture and one ten years from now. That would be scary-like this poor lady.

Tuesday, March 4, 2008

Tea Party

Saturday we went to a 5th birthday party for Reece at a children's boutique in a local city. It was very cute. They had a room for dress up and a room with a table all set up for the tea. Of course, all the girls had a good time dressing and eating peanut butter sandwiches, cheetos, grapes, and having pink "tea" (lemonade). Jenna had fun also riding to the party with her friend Savannah (beside her at the table) while Jodi and I got some girl talk in!

Sunday, March 2, 2008

Friday Fun Day

This is Jenna and Annabell. Annabell is her most favorite, sweet baby girl (as she says). She goes everywhere with Jenna. She even takes her to the church nursery where she puts her name on her back and gets a security card! One of our favorite things to do is take Annabell to different stores while I run some errands. I have to make sure I'm not in a big hurry, though. Friday we took Annabell to Academy Sports and the mall. We also had a very important trip to make to Party City to check out birthday themes! I hope I will always remember these trips and how Jenna pushes her baby around in her stroller. (By the way, Annabell has a twin now but we don't have a double stroller!)