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Friday, January 25, 2013



Thank you for praying for our family. My sweet Grandmama passed away last week. She was such a saint. I will write more about her next week. Thank you for praying as we celebrate her life this weekend. Pray I don't bawl through the songs I'm supposed to sing. Thanks.

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Hello Mornings!

During the summer, I was reading this post on Amanda's blog. I love her ideas. Anyway, in her post she talked about a challenge she took to get up early and spend time with God, plan her day, and exercise before her children woke each day...waking FOR her children and not To them. "Hmm," I thought. Then, the Holy Spirit started tugging on my heart and wouldn't leave me alone until I joined the challenge too. I don't like getting up all! But I started doing it. Some days were easier than others, but I was always blessed when I got up and spent time in the Word before the kids woke. Registration for the next challenge starts today. It's only open for a week, so don't delay too long. This time, I am a group leader. Would love for you to join me. We can hold each other accountable. Have a beautiful day!

Click on the box above and follow the directions to register. If you want to join my group, scroll down through the photos of all the loverly Accountablility Captains until you see my photo. I'm number 59.

Monday, January 14, 2013

Broken down

I'm feeling a bit like my poor Yukon XL (Suburban)...everything is breaking down. Just like her, I want to run, I just need a new fuel pump and my electrical system needs replacing so I don't keep randomly blowing hot air as I go down the road. She's been a good mode of transportation for the past 8 years and 170,000 + miles, but I think it's time to trade her in for a newer model with less wear and tear. I think it's time to trade this overweight, out-of-shape body in for a newer, fitter model as well. Over the past week I've been thinking a lot about what I would like to do. I guess I won't get any fitter or feel any better by just thinking about it though, huh?

The past few days have been pretty dreary. Rain and cold. More rain and cold. (Oh, except for that day last week when it was almost 80 degrees. You never know what you're gonna get!) The rain and cold kind of reflect how I feel. Pretty drab. Winter is hard. It's such a reminder of loss and pain. I cannot believe that in just a few short weeks Emma will have been gone for three years. How is that possible? Her loss doesn't get any easier. Cora has been asking more frequently now when Emma will come back from Heaven. I so wish she had her big sister here and healthy. What precious playmates they would make. Oh, I'm sure they would have their fare share of bickering and fussing. But I know they would have so much fun too...Barbies, dolls, Candyland, tea parties, ballet and gymnastics. My heart hurts.

Thank you for your prayers for my Grandmama. Please continue to pray as the hospice nurse told my family to prepare for her last days. Altzheimer's has stolen my sweet Grandmama. We all had to say good-bye well before today. It's hard though, to have to let go of her completely. To say good-bye a second time. Thank you for keeping my mom, aunt and uncle in your thoughts and prayers as they prepare to let her go. Grandmama has done nothing lately but speak about her Savior, her precious Jesus. Her favorite thing to do the past few years was sing hymns (and the occasional Can-Can loud and proud in the grocery store. :) ) For her 80 birthday three years ago, I had the priviledge of visiting with her and singing with her for a few minutes. She remembered me for a moment. I will treasure the memory.


Sunday, January 6, 2013

HaPpY New Year!

I hope y'all had a wonderful Christmas and fun New Year's Eve. We had a great holiday. Not sure if I mentioned we were blessed with the opportunity to purchase a piece of property not far from our old deer lease, but we closed on the sale in November. We headed up after Christmas for a few days, and Kelvin harvested the first buck off the Dunnam Ranch. :) We are pretty excited about our little piece of heaven in the hill country. We will put a small cabin on it but nothing huge or extravagant AT. ALL. There is no power or water, so we'll keep it simple with solar power and bring in water to fill a tank. We're looking for another lease in the area, because our place isn't really ideal for hunting. Looking forward to the planning and pinning that will surely take place over the nex year. :)

I feel just awful that I have been so behind on posting. I simply do not know where the day goes. Before I know it, the kids are in bed, I straighten up a bit, check a few emails and blogs,  and it's 10 p.m.! I hope to do better managing my time this year. I have several other goals including, but not limited to, cleaning (I mean throwing out most of the stuff) in every room of this house, painting, planting, growing, and losing. Growing in my faith and losing the extra pounds that found their way to my backside and belly are the two biggest goals of the year. I'm excited about another Hello Mornings Challenge, and I've at least tossed around several ideas as to how best to lose those extra pounds. I started this week by being more mindful of drinking water throughout the day and taking note of what I'm putting into my mouth. It's a lot. :( Tomorrow I will jump on the exercise train.

Also, will you please join me in praying for my sweet Grandmama? She has advanced Altzheimer's Disease and this week she has struggled with a really bad cold. Pray for strength for my mom and aunt as they care for her and peace for any future decisions they have to make. Thank you. Also, if you would keep my sister in your continued prayers. She just finished her halfway point of chemo treatments. She is so brave. I'm so proud of her. She feels awful until it's time for the next treatment. I know she is looking forward to spring when all of this will be over. Thank you for praying.

Have a beautiful week!
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