*This picture was taken three years ago at my Daddy's 60th b-day party. This is my Dad, my sis Debbie, Me, and my baby brother Billy.
Jul 28, 2007
Jul 26, 2007
Skip joined us, and suggested we just start walking back. I knew my dad and the rest of the family would be worried sick about us because of the storm, so we needed to get back to the RV campsite we were staying at, or at least meet up with him at our ending destination. The rain was not stopping, and the manly man I'm married to would not stop at any of the homes we were passing to ask for help. We walked about a half a mile, and a man in a truck came by to ask if we needed help. Before I could hug the man and give an enthusiastic, "YES!", Skip said, "No, we're fine, we just have a little ways to go." I almost left him standing there alone. After the man drove off, I told Skip, "Don't you know that could have been an angel sent to help us? He just continued walking and said, "We'll be fine." Well, as those words left his mouth and I began to walk on, I heard Skip cry out. He had fallen in a hole in the rocky road we were walking on and completely scraped his knees beyond recognition. Now Skip is hurt, we are walking in a thunderstorm, we have no idea where we are, and my daughter is crying. I continued praying and walking, and we finally make it back to our campsite. Skip gets cleaned up, my dad returns after an hour of looking for us, and all is well. Actually, I have never been so terrified in my life. It was so unreal, but I will never forget the way, we literally cried out to God for protection.
Tragically, when we read the paper the next day, a man from San Antonio was killed by lightning just several miles away from where we were during the same storm. Here is the story. Unbelievable! I was so saddened when I read this. Please pray for this man's family and his sons who witnessed this. The man was a pastor too. I can't imagine what they are going through. I usually take note when I feel the holy spirit telling me to not do something, but I didn't listen this time. I was just so happy to have some time with my husband and daughter. I will know better next time. Sorry this is such a long post, but I thought it was definitely worth sharing.
By the way the song that comforted us was, "You Never Let Go" by Matt Redman. We will have a new appreciation when we hear that song play on the radio next time.
*If you want to read my husband's version of the same time, same day, and same experience, then go here.
Jul 19, 2007
Jul 18, 2007
Tuesday was wonderful! I spent the day hanging out with my friend Liana who was visiting from China. We lounged in the sun, while the kids played in the pool area. Seth made me go down the waterslides with him, and I couldn't stop. So fun!
While the kids were playing in the waves at the beach, I noticed Annie getting very close to deep water. Normally I would just keep a close eye, but instead I joined all the kids and what a blessing that was. The current was so strong, in an instant all of us went off a sandbar and couldn't touch. I was able to get Seth, and Annie and drag them to safety. Ashley and Liana's girls are all pretty good swimmers and followed us. I think the Holy Spirit prompted me at just the right time to go in with them. Needless to say, everyone quickly decided to go back to the pool area. I can see how drownings happen in an instant. Praise God we were protected. It sure taught me a lesson, and I am so thankful.
I'm also thankful my hubby is coming home for a visit today. He is grilling for Liana and her family. Well, for me too! Pray for his safe travels.
Jul 17, 2007
Meet Oakley! He is my sister's dog, but my kids would love to have him for their very own. Just a precious, spoiled rotten dog! We had a chance to play with him yesterday when I made a quick trip to Victoria. My sister is only in town for one week, but I will have a chance to see her more this weekend. We also attended a swim party last night and then rushed back in about 11:30 p.m.
I had to come back last night because I have a wonderful day planned. LIANA IS HERE!!! My dear friend from China is staying at a resort about 30 minutes away and the kids and I are spending the day with her. I'm so excited.
For now I have to go make the house sparkle, smell good, and look invitied. We have some lookers coming the afternoon. Let's join in prayer that this is the one.
Jul 15, 2007
I started with some praise music (Josh Grobin) over at Barb's. I never get sick of this song even though she has probably posted it a hundred times. Don't quit Barb. Next I had a much needed sermon on being critical over at Boomama's. God really spoke to me this week about some issues I had in this area, and this was just what I needed to have the nail hammered in all the way. Next, I heard a great lesson at Penless Writer in realizing that God is never taken by surprise by our circumstances. We need to trust him that he has plans and purposes for all those situations that we are completely floored by when they occur. This is how that lesson played out. Lastly, I was led to part blog/part Joel Osteen over at Oh Fiddle-Dee-Dee. Oh my goodness, this excerpt on "Trusting God's Timing" is exactly what I needed to hear, from start to finish. So good!
I wasn't able to go with Skip to Victoria today, and I didn't feel like heading over to my old church, so the blogging church was the next best thing. It turned out to be the exact thing I think God wanted for his child today.
Jul 12, 2007
Jul 11, 2007
Now, I am completely starting from square one on this, and I would love any advice you veteran homeschool moms may have for me. If you have a ton of info to share, just email me at your convenience, but otherwise leave a comment. I am ordering this and this to get my juices flowing. I have also decided for Ashley I will most likely go with the curriculum she would be using at her old school for 8th if its not too expensive.
I just realized the other day that I only have 5 more years with my sweet Ashley before she leaves for college and then it will only be a matter of time before the other two follow. It's scary for sure, but I think I will that fear will drive me to a life of adventure and knowledge that I am ready to embrace.
Jul 5, 2007
Jul 4, 2007
Toilet shopping, installing a toilet with hubby, playing a bible trivia board game with the kids, date with hubby to Joe's Crabshack for coconut shrimp, and watching the history channel with the family just about sums up my holiday today.
We were very unsocial this year, but it was such a great day of being together as a family. Skip and I were so blessed to have a whole day of no commitments. The kids crack me up with some of the games they come up with when it rains non-stop outside. Today they discovered the blender and made tons of different milkshakes and fruit smoothies. I was their tester, so needless to say, I've probably gained 5lbs. from all the different recipes. They made menus and their own handmade money. Whatever keeps them from saying, "I'm bored."
Earlier tonight Skip was talking with our new pastor on the phone, and he and his family are doing good. Insurance stuff is running quickly and smoothly. Praise God. It is almost time for bed, and Skip and I are watching "Ben Franklin Tech." It is completely unbelievable all the things he invented and did during his lifetime. I wish I had this on dvd, it would be great for my history lessons next year. Oops, did I just say that out loud? Actually, I am not 100% sure I'm homeschooling, but at least I am letting myself go there to think about and prepare.
Oh, I cannot forget to introduce you all to my friend, DeeDee. She leads our church's(oops, my old church's) women's ministry, and she just started blogging!!! She is an amazing writer, singer and bible study teacher. She's lots of other things too, just so sweet! All the women who meet her, fall instantly in love with her beautiful heart. She is madly in love with our Lord, and with helping other women love Him too. Stop by her blog and cheer her on if you get a minute.
Last, but most importantly not least, I want to praise God for this wonderful freedom I have to live in this great country. I want to thank all the men and women serving in our military for their sacrifices and dedication. May God bless you and keep you safe.
Jul 2, 2007
I have my blinds open as I watch the rain come down. I'm smiling as Annie (my sweet 7 yr. old) and Seth (my handsome 10 yr. old) help me make homemade donuts from biscuits. The phone rings and Skip, who is in Victoria, is calling to tell me that he is on his way to help our new pastor's family move some furniture in their home in case the rain starts to come in the home. Well, 10 minutes later he is helping them get their family out as the water begins rushing in their home. Victoria is getting slammed right now, flooding is widespread. I just saw a news report on the weather channel as I began typing that actually mentioned evacuations in parts of Victoria, and the rain is not letting up. Praise God our friends are safe, as well as the friends we housesitted for two weeks ago who live across the street from our pastor. We just heard that Corpus has received 7 and 1/2 inches so far today. My house is high and dry for now, but I wish I was with my hubby. Please join me in prayer for all families suffering right now from the floods in Texas and the surrounding states.
"God is our refuge and strength,
an ever-present help in trouble.
Therefore we will not fear, though the earth give way
and the mountains fall into the heart of the sea,
though its waters roar and foam
and the mountains quake with their surging.
There is a river whose streams make glad the city of God,
the holy place where the Most High dwells.
Jul 1, 2007
I want to not only wish my sweet friend Amy a Happy Birthday, but I also want to highlight her business which I think is spectacular! You can go here to see her wonderful designs, and even make an order while you are there. I have blogged about a few of her things before last November, but I can't seem to link that post. Amy is such an amazing wife, mother, friend, and creatively talented person. I am so blessed to call her friend, and I must share a story. I went to see Amy in the hospital after she had her last baby (number 4) in six years. She was sitting up in the bed, writing thankyou-notes and looking like she had never even been pregnant or just had a baby. I thought to myself, "She is truly a wonder." She is an awesome Godly woman. Also she cries when I tell a story of how God is teaching me something. Don't you just love when someone cries with you? I certainly do. You rock Amy! Happy Birthday friend!