Thursday, April 21, 2011

Where to Start

It has been far too long since my last post...I don't even know where to begin. We've experienced a lot of ups and downs over the past year, but have really seen God's hand at work.

He's really blessing our work right now. We have had quite a few projects come in and are even at the point of possibly hiring an apprentice.

We left our church about 3 months ago. It was really a gut-wrenching decision, but feel that God called us out for a purpose. It has ignited a fire in my husband's heart like I've never seen before. He is now teaching a teen-age Sunday School class. Last week 3 girls gave their heart to Christ after their 3rd meeting. Last night a 4th girl gave her heart to Christ during a youth outing. My husband has always been a great back-up person, but never one to be on the front lines. He was given a burden for these teens that could only have come from the Lord. He has changed in so many ways in the past year. It is awesome to see and experience. God is soo good!

January was the hubby's big 4-0. Along with the help of friends and family, we were able to pull of a surprise party of epic proportions. I really can't believe we pulled it off. I'm just praying the Lord would forgive me for all the little white lies. I've never seen a party like that executed so perfectly. For a few minutes, I thought he was going to pass out on me! It felt so good to bless him and to celebrate his special day with all of the special people in our lives.

Speaking of birthdays...we now officially have a teenager. Dakota is now 13. He has surpassed me in height and is closing in on his dad. He is just an awesome kid...I don't know what else to say.

Autum celebrated her big 11th at the end of March. She is really maturing into a beautiful young lady. She is super intelligent and is still managing all A's in school.

Boogie...well...she's just Boogie. There is not a day that girl doesn't somehow make me laugh out loud over something. I love her sense of humor!

I was just perusing the photos...thought maybe I'd add a few. All I seem to have lately are pictures of the 9 turkeys who have taken up residency in the back yard. Guess I need to get busy!

Have a blessed day!

Tuesday, June 15, 2010


So I blinked and realized it is June already. Hard to believe in my last post I was ushering in the New Year.

The Lord still amazes me with his kindness and mercy. We have experienced his love and grace in many ways these past 6 months. For starters, Steven had a pretty nasty accident on his dirt bike back in April. At times, I still can see it in my mind when I shut my eyes. His breathing, how he looked and that feeling of sheer panic of not knowing if he was going to be okay...the ambulance ride to the hospital. The sights and sounds of the trauma room. My church family surrounding us with their love and prayers. An amazing God. Escaping with a concussion and stitches when it should have been so much worse. Doctors amazed at the miracle of no broken bones. Our God at work.

Almost 2 weeks to the day after that accident, Steven ran himself over with a truck. I know...I asked him the same thing. How did you manage that? He had left it running out in the driveway, was checking the lights and it popped into gear. He ran around to the driver's side to stop it. He is not sure if he fell out, missed or what...just remembers the truck rolling over his left leg. Another trip to the er... and another miracle. No broken bones. Hyper-extended muscles, lots of pain and swelling, but no broken bones. Again, God's hedge of protection.

God is so gracious to us. There were so many blessings that have come out of these accidents, I can't even begin to count them all.

Time to change the subject! The youngins are out of school for the summer. My boy is finished with 6th grade, sis just finished 4th and Boogie completed k-4. The big kids are off to Chicago at the moment with my mother in law taking in the sights and spending money! At last count, Dakota had bought 3 different Lego sets and Sis got an American Girl doll. Steven is out in Iowa wiring a log home. Boogs and I are here holding down the fort until everyone returns on Friday. Sunday Dakota will be off to teen camp with the church.

I can't get over how fast time is flying. As I write, there are so many things flying through my mind...I said goodbye to my Aunt Laura a few weeks ago. She was the last of my great grandmother's surviving siblings. Another generation gone. A sweet cousin graduated. She was 2 when I got married. I recently found a couple of lost relatives online who were about 2 and 4 years of age when I last saw them. They are now 26 and 24.

Can you even begin to imagine how God must feel? Sure makes me appreciate his love all that much more. As much as I desire a relationship with him, he desires fellowship with me all that much more. Makes me realize that time passes too quickly. The enemy throws all sorts of things in our paths to distract us from the one who loves us so much that he sent his son to earth to establish a righteous relationship with us. With that Father and I have some catching up to do.

Blessings friends...

Thursday, December 31, 2009

Happy New Year

As I prepare tonite for our New Year's Eve Party, I just wanted to wish all of you a Happy New Year. I pray that the next year is full of blessings and that you all may experience the presence of God in your lives. 2009 has been an exciting year for us. We saw the Lord work in and through many situations in our lives. He has taught us to be patient and faithful. In turn, he has been patient and faithful to us. He has blessed us with some pretty amazing friends. New relationships were formed, old relationships were strengthened.

We've watched our children grow..taller, more mature, and more responsible. I've stood back and witnessed moments as they interact with friends and family where they are "getting it." They are the kind, caring and godly people I have always prayed they would be.

I've watched my husband deepen his walk with the Lord...fully trusting that He would accomplish the great works in our lives, just as He said in his word.
Just don't tell him I put this picture of him on here. He might not like that so well. I had to show you his deep and mature side. Remember this post about the whole tongue thing?

I've learned a great many things this year. I pray the lessons learned won't soon be forgotten. I pray that I will take these lessons and grow from them and be reminded always of the great things the Lord has done for us.

Goodbye 2009!

Friday, November 20, 2009

Catching up

Where to begin? We have been staying very busy in our little corner of the world. With school being in full swing and lots of work on the books, life has been very full. If I were to sit and list the things we have been doing lately, I am not sure that I could give an accounting. We have been busy, but doing what? I'm not sure!

Last weekend a friend and I took the kids swimming out at the rec center. That was a nice change of pace. Steve has been on the hunt for the ever elusive buck since the beginning of October with no success as of yet.

For the past few months, we have been working on an addition for our house. We are adding on to our bedroom which will be awesome when finished. I'll save all those details for a post with pictures.

I am trying to prepare mentally for Christmas. Where has the year gone? I feel totally clueless as to what to get the kids this year. Normally I am full of ideas. This year? Nothing.

I still sit here in awe of what the Lord has done for us this past year. For the past couple of months we have been swamped with work. Just when we start to feel caught up, the phone rings again. It has been such a great feeling to wake up and not worry about where Steve would be working the next day. With our state being so economically depressed, it is amazing that we can be so busy. I just have to thank the Lord for that.

As we enter into the holidays, there is so much to be thankful for...again, another whole lengthy post will contain my list!

I pray that you have a blessed day today!