|Pappa Charlie and his Little Charlie, August 2010|
|Gift from Sopheak ...for our hay bale out back...|
|My honey and me at Malachi's wedding|
| A few weeks PRE-Charlie|
|Labor day morning. Of course, a cell phone and a popsicle|
|Early evening on Septmeber 14 Charlie David arrived. Hannah was a |
|Three months old Our favorite Christmas Elf!|
|September 11, 2010 First Fund Raiser: helping his Mommy|
This week we will have a birthday party for he and his big sister Madyson whose 6th brithday is later in September.
IF the weather holds, we'll have a BBQ and pool party at none other than G-Ma and Pappa Charlie's CALICO ACRES FARM. If it too cool the lauau will be a bon fire and horse back riding event!!
|Here's Mady this spring when she and Naomi went berry picking in our back yard.|
Such a pretty Grand daughter!
And then there are Engagements and wedding plans ...
|Emily this June at her high school graduation|
Emily with Dad Joshua and
MY oldest Granddaugther is
TO BE MARRIED!!!!!!!!!
ALWAYS an event to celebrate or to plan for around here! How I praise God for all of the blessings which bind this family together and for all the answers to prayer we have experienced over the years as we have grown from a divorced single mom -Nursing student and a Forestry-turned- Geology student who married over a free weekend to start married life that following Monday, to the couple and family that God has been growing and cultivating ever since!!! My favorite verse for our family is in the header of this blog....."And all your children shall be taught of the Lord and great will be the peace of your children" Its my challenge with every new day and its often the answer to my prayers at the end of the day. Truly I can say that "The joy of the Lord IS my strength!" I know it is not me. One translation of Colossians 1:29 says... "And this is my work . I can do it only because of God's mighty power at work within me." I love that verse too!! It is a reminder to me that IT IS only God's mighty power, at work within me that accomplishes anything, and then , only when I allow my Heavenly Father free reign, and stay in a right , loving relationship with Him. Those things I launch out and attempt on my own may look "great" for a while, but .... When they are NOT the steps ordered ( not as in BOSSED AROUND) by God for me to be taking, it is not until my awareness of self, my repentance, and restoration -after- forgivness, when I open my heart again for God to direct and for me to follow., THEN those things can be made right, be re-directed or scrapped. We've made plenty of" those decisions " along the way in 28 years!!! God is always so gracious and merciful ( a number of times I have KNOWN very very well, it was only mercy that sustained us ) as He showers us with His love and continues to call us the "apple of His eye" and to sing over us. How can I not be totally in love with God my Heavenly Father? How can I not want to serve Him and follow Him EVERYWHERE, ANY WHERE? How can I not want to know Him better and better, more and more closely? And yet there have been, there are: days, weeks , that I don't. I get lazy, self-sufficicent, too busy to commune with my God, and zap, slip slide boom..............I've fussed at a child too harshly, not recognized my husband's needs anywhere close to adequately, wasted way too much time, not loved on my children or taught them as they need me to! My favorite Scripture verses are not "pats on my back" by any stretch. They are reminders to me of who I am called to be, and WHO calls me. Thirty six years of being a mom, 28 years of mariage and I KNOW that I know that I KNOW that I know I still have a LOT to learn! I do have a lot to share, and I am so aware of that too. . We are all people, in need of a Savior, not a pedestal or a perpetual critic. We all need encouraging, teaching, correction, fellowship; .we all need Jesus. We need the Word. John said, "In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God and the Word WAS God. The same was in the beginning with God." God is and is IN His Word. We all need Him desperately!!
I want to encourage you, I want to be encouraged too.
Its great to celebrate family, but so much greater still to share what God has taught through the blessings of a family life being lived, learning how to know God better!