26 January 2011

moving on up

Well, I'm not sure about the "up" part.
But, I am moving...my blog, that is.
I decided that my blog needs a fresh look and feel, something new for the new year.
And try as I may, I can't get my old posts to convert to a new blog on Blogger.
I'm moving to Wordpress.
Come on over and take a look!
I'm at Snapshots & Scribbles.
I hope you like what you see.
And don't forget to subscribe..'cuz that would really make my day!  

22 January 2011

no words

Are you ever in that crazy place where there are tons of things swirling around in your head,
yet you don't have words for any of it? 

That's me right now.

There is so much going on, that the thought of writing about it all is overwhelming to me.
There is school, which is going well, but takes a lot of discipline to stay on task.
There is my dad's health, which is not looking good.
There is Marko's work situation, which has recently taken a turn for the better
(read: he actually has work again! Yay!).
And then there's me, the very pregnant wife, mother, daughter, sister, friend woman trying to stay afloat.
Some days all the balls I'm juggling seem to be made of lead.
Some days I drop them.
Some days I juggle them well, by the grace of God.

And blogging, well it just seems like a chore right now.
So pardon me while I take a breath.
I'll be back when things calm down a bit.
And I might bring some surprises back with me.
So stay tuned.

01 January 2011


I don't know about you,
but the first day of the new year always inspires me with fresh beginnings.
I'm not a resolution maker, but the thought of a clean slate and new chalk is always exciting.
The endless possibilites that lay ahead of me...
New life,
New friends.
New opportunities.
A chance to reconnect.
A chance to dig deeper.
A chance to be the best that I can possibly be.

  "No matter what a man's past may have been, his future is spotless."
John R. Rice

I love this quote, because it's filled with such hope and promise.
A spotless future...how great does that sound?
A future in which I don't yell at my kids,
or get lazy about cleaning my house,
or ignore the opportunity to minister to someone because of my selfishness.
That's the kind of year I want 2011 to be.

So here's a challenge to myself for the new year...
do the right thing,
do it well,
and do it cheerfully.

Happy New Year, Everyone!

30 December 2010

in the midst of the storm

Today I received some hard news.
My dad (who was diagnosed with cancer in October) went in for his second surgery
to remove tumors under his collarbone and on his neck. 
The doctors were not successful.
The tumor is larger than expected and embedded in a major artery.
They will not attempt another surgery.
Radiation and chemo are not viable options.

Reality is setting in,
my Dad will not be around forever.

I wonder how long he'll get to enjoy his new granddaughter.
I wonder if he'll be here for Sam or Ava's next birthdays.
I wonder if he'll enjoy another Christmas with the family.

So many thoughts are swirling through my head.
So many questions that there are no answers to.

But one thing I do know.
My Jesus is in control.
He is my Comfort and Peace,
the Arms That Will Carry Me,
my Assurance and Hope.

So in this moment
I will look to Him and take refuge in His strength.
Tomorrow (or the next hour) has it's own troubles.
But right now I will choose to rest in the soothing embrace of my Savior.

26 December 2010

comfort and joy

God rest ye merry, gentlemen
Let nothing you dismay
Remember, Christ, our Saviour
Was born on Christmas day
To save us all from Satan's power
When we were gone astray
O tidings of comfort and joy,
Comfort and joy
O tidings of comfort and joy

In Bethlehem, in Israel,
This blessed Babe was born
And laid within a manger
Upon this blessed morn
The which His Mother Mary
Did nothing take in scorn
O tidings of comfort and joy,
Comfort and joy
O tidings of comfort and joy

From God our Heavenly Father
A blessed Angel came;
And unto certain Shepherds
Brought tidings of the same:
How that in Bethlehem was born
The Son of God by Name.
O tidings of comfort and joy,
Comfort and joy
O tidings of comfort and joy

"Fear not then," said the Angel,
"Let nothing you affright,
This day is born a Saviour
Of a pure Virgin bright,
To free all those who trust in Him
From Satan's power and might."
O tidings of comfort and joy,
Comfort and joy
O tidings of comfort and joy

Now to the Lord sing praises,
All you within this place,
And with true love and brotherhood
Each other now embrace;
This holy tide of Christmas
All other doth deface.
O tidings of comfort and joy,
Comfort and joy
O tidings of comfort and joy

Wishing you and your family the Comfort and Joy that comes from our Savior!
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

08 December 2010

sam says

The other day Sam asked Marko,
"Do you know why I'm a redneck and you're not?"
"Um, nooo..."
"Because I have camo underwear and you don't!"

This morning was our first real "cold" day.
After Marko went outside and declared that it was 42 degrees, 
Sam said,
"Mom, we're gonna need muffins for our hands!"

And last, an entry from the dictionary of Sam:

PUMBLE: verb
1. Strike repeatedly, typically with the fists.

As in, Sam and Marko were wrestling and Sam said,
"I'm gonna pumble you, Daddy!"

04 December 2010

christmas creativity

Something about Christmas gets my creative juices flowing.
I get this huge urge to craft and create, to give handmade gifts
and invest time in making the perfect offering for my friends and family.

Here is the first item in a clutter of gifts I'll be making this year.

Behold, I have engraved you on the palms of my hands; your walls are continually before me.
Isaiah 49:16

I'd love to know, are you doing any crafting for Christmas this year?