Tuesday, March 3, 2015

some praises....

I've started this blog for days now and keep running around in circles of how or what I want to say.

Bottom line...

God is GOOD.  That's what I keep going back too.  Let's praise Him for a minute....

We have had a great news from our cousins that are battling horrible diseases!  There is still much fight to be had but God is good.

We got great news from a friend this morning....their adoption is a GO!  God is good!

We have seen God work in our kids lives and our church family in huge ways the past few weeks!  God is good!

It's so easy to be in a slump especially with this gloomy weather that we have had.  But God still works.  He works in the small things and even the big things!!!  

After the beauty of last week's snow, I found myself loving the parts that were untouched.  I loved looking at everyone's pictures and the beauty of it.  But would get messed up.  People would walk on it, drive through it, and play in it.  

Sometimes...we get messed up.  We get caught up in the every day and forget that we need to remember that what God has done and is doing.  We need to pull ourselves out of our yucky funk and FOCUS on the beauty of what He is doing.  

I have been refreshed lately and I love seeing what God is doing elsewhere.  

I hope you can be encouraged and then reflect on what He is doing in your life!  

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Live Love

Over Valentine's weekend, Kraig and I took a group of our youth along with our friends at First Baptist Lakeview down to Atlanta to the International Village for a mission trip/retreat.

I have to confess....I was beyond stressed out.  I was imagining anything and everything to go wrong. This was the first trip that we completely did ourselves.  Usually, we go along with others and go to some big retreat where we have to plan NOTHING!  But with this, we had to plan EVERYTHING.  So, I was scared of forgetting things, how everything would work out, and what things could go wrong.

Well, GOD IS GOOD...ALL THE TIME, GOD IS GOOD!  We arrived late Friday night and had a great start off to the weekend.  Mitchell and Kraig did a great job all weekend with the main talks.  And the music was wonderful.  But the main part of the days were doing the missions.

Both Saturday and Sunday we went to different apartment complexes and played with kids and shared bible stories with them.  We just loved on the kids.  We braved the freezing temps, stepped outside of our comfort zones and just had a blast.  The kids were all touched in some way or another. The team we worked with ministered to the refugees that come into the area.  Whirlwind Missions help them with jobs, places to live, and other things to help them get settled in America.  But they love them and share Christ with them.  Its so beautiful to hear their hearts and see the work they do day in and day out throughout the year.

I think it is safe to say our kids came home changed by the Lord.  I can say, I did too.  I try to cram so many things into our days but at the end of the day, I need to be able to say... "did I love on someone?"  "Did I help someone?"  "Did I put others first?"  I mean that's the gospel.  I hope going forward, I can take time and live love instead of cramming things together to just get things be accomplished.

I'm sure this is all just ramblings but it's always good to put into words things we see and do that matter to us.  Well, this weekend was amazing in all sorts of ways and God is good.  Although, we had to cut it short because of the "snow,"  I never heard a complaint...all I heard was "when can we go back?"

I challenge you to look up Whirlwind and plan your next youth trip to visit them!

Hope you all had a great Valentine's weekend.  We sure did!!!

Friday, February 6, 2015

what is my WHY?!

So, as many of you all might know....I started an awesome new nutritional product a couple of months ago.

At first, it was to lose weight, which to be honest, I still haven't reached my goal but I am closer than I was.

But it has evolved.  Now, I want to continue to lose weight but we have some more things on the horizon and I want to be able to pay for those things without going further in debt or having to use money that we already have designated for other places.  So, I want to do this business and make some money.

Here are some of those reasons WHY I want to continue on with this program...

          1.  To get out of debt.  Isn't  that always the thing!  We went through the Dave Ramsey plan before Kraig and I got married and have done OK with sticking with the plan but we have had some unforeseen things come up and we were forced to get into some debt to pay for some home repairs.  Because I stay home, and would love to continue to stay at home with Rett, I want to help us get out of DEBT!!!  I want the freedom that comes with being debt free and being able to still be at home with my kid.

          2.  Next, Rett will probably start school in August at OCA!  We are super excited about the opportunity so we have got to start saving for it now.  I want my income to supplement that payment to OCA so it won't be an added expense out of Kraig's check.

          3.  I believe in this product and if it's helping others get healthy or to become debt free, I want to help.  I have read countless stories of success and I look forward to being successful too.  I want to help my family's finances as well as being with Rett.

I am sure these reasons will continue to evolve more over the months but right now, I want to help get our family out of debt and pay for Rett's school next year!  I hope that eventually my reasons will become less selfish and more selfless so we can give more!  That is my ultimate goal!

Let me help you do the same.  Whether its to be healthier or to become debt free!  I can help!  Let me know what I can do for you!!!

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

For Anna!

My cousin, Anna is a dear soul.  She is a beautiful and caring person.  I love being able to spend time with her.  When my sister and I were little, we would go to Atlanta to spend time with her, her brother Brad and her parents.  Then, they moved to Germany and well, life happened.  We all lost touch and would only see each other on those rare occasions they came back to the states.  Now we are all adults, Anna moved back to the states, we get to talk and see each other more often.  A few weeks ago, she posted a comment and tagged me in it.  I have been really trying to come up with an answer to her questions.  So here goes....this is her post...

Please list the top 3 best things that happened for/to you in 2014, whether it be professionally, personally or whatever. You can put down more or less or whatever. 
I would also like to hear the 3 worst things about your 2014. 
Then finally the 3 most significant things that happened to the world in 2014. 

3 best things in 2014 - 
       1.  Baby Case was born August 7th!  My sister gave birth to a beautiful baby boy.  It was quite a struggle throughout           
             the pregnancy but when it was all said and done, Case and Brittany were healthy and alive.  :)
       2.  We had an awesome year with our youth group.  Lots of growth in their hearts, minds and souls.  It was a great 
             year for both Kraig and me in realizing our path with the youth and realizing how much we care for them and want
             to see them grow.  This really isn't a major thing, it was just a great thing to realize that we are doing what we are 
            supposed to be and we are were the Lord wants us.  
       3.  I had a lot of time with family and friends.  I had lost touch with a few friends over the last few years and a couple of
            those relationships were brought back together this year.  I was even in one of those friend's wedding in December.
           And one of those friends moved away and we still talk over the Internet a lot more.  A lot of our family came back 
           home for visits, so we got to visit more with those members when they came for family get togethers, birthday
           parties or just to visit.  It was a nice year to just have be with family and friends.  Along with that, my dad retired this 
           year so after 3 years of living in Nashville, he came home this year.  This has been so much fun!  It has been 
           awesome to have him back in GA!

3 worst things in 2014 -
        1.  I had 2 family members get very sick this year.  It showed me that life happens.  And it happens to anyone.  
             Although, life does happen and sometimes it sucks....I learned that I just got to fight.  Just like our family members 
             are doing.  I admire them and look forward to a healing in 2015.
         2. We were faced with a huge decision in the fall.  It wasn't a bad thing.  We just weren't ready to make a decision.
             We wanted to do what the Lord wanted for us and we were so torn.  We had a few weeks of just stress and 
             wondering what we should do.  Through much prayer, we finally made the decision and felt a huge sense of relief. 
             So, it wasn't necessarily a bad thing, it was just a stressful time of not knowing the future and what to do.  
        3.  I don't have another one....

3 things that happened in the world - 
        1.  Ebola
        2.  ISIS
        3.  Robin Williams died.  

It was a pretty fun year, some tough things happened but all in all....we just praised the Lord it wasn't worse.  We were thankful for times with family, we learned a whole lot, and we look forward to 2015.  Kraig just turned 30, I turn 30 this year. We have an awesome youth group.  We have a great family full of wonderful cousins and aunts and uncles!  We serve a huge God who can heal and can do "abundantly more" (Eph. 3:20) than we ever can imagine.  He is so faithful through everything and I look forward to seeing whatever happens in 2015.  

I love you, Anna!  I'm so thankful for you and your beautiful heart!  I look forward to what you are going to do in 2015 and seeing you grow like never before!  I wish the best for you and Mateo!