Friday, May 31, 2013

Just For Fun

Five names you go by:
1. Momma
2. Mrs. Krier
3. Theresa
4. Treese
5. T.T.

Two of your favorite smells:
1. Vanilla
2. Amanda and Daniel's hair after they shower.

Three things you are wearing right now:
1.Capri pants
2. tank top
3. necklace.

Two things you want very badly at the moment:
1. School to be over
2. Cooler weather

Three people who will probably fill this out:
1. Jeannette
2.  Tina
3.  ?

Two things you did last night:
1. take Amanda to the choir banquet
2. sit on my friend's back patio

Two of the last things you cried over:
1. grades
2. lack of trust in the situation

Two things you ate today:
1. raisin toast with cream cheese
2. pepperoni pizza

Two people you last talked to on the phone:
1. Curtis
2. Kimberly 

Five favorite songs:
1.  Lord I Need You
2.  Hello My Name Is...
3. Whom Shall I Fear
4.  Worn
5. Come to the River

Two things that you are proud of:
1. My husband
2. My children

Two things that you are not proud of:
1. My lack of trust and disappointment (see the "crying" question).
2. My recent anger over the situation

Tomorrow:
1.  Ladies Breakfast at Bible Fellowship with Carol
2. Que for the Troops at Falls Township Park

Two longest car rides:
1. Daytona Beach 
2. Kentucky

Two favorite beverages:
1. Coffee
2. White Raspberry Tea by Lipton

Two of your sweetest memories:
1. When my then-boyfriend said he dreams of having a son (and we do!)
2. My mom cutting the cord at Amanda's birth

Two favorite vehicles you have owned:
1. Mustang
2. Not favorite but I owned a Corolla

Two favorite concerts you have been to:
1. Mandisa (at W.O.F last September)
2.  Upcoming Event in August (Mark Redman & Christy Nockels)

Monday, May 20, 2013

Relay for Life 2013

Our 2010 Team
 
 
 
2013 marks our TENTH Relay for Life


The name of our Relay for Life team is The Journey Begins Here (just like the blog). Every year the team has been different. However, there are a few original members: Mom (Bertie) Aunt Virg, Jeannette, Kayla, Amanda and me. We are the ones that have participated on this team since 2006. Amanda, Kayla, Jeannette and me (or is it I...I think it's me?) also participate in the 2002 and 2003 Relay's out in Western PA.

Anyway...Relay for Life means something different for everyone. And every year the dynamics of the Relay are different. But each year has a special meaning to us.

This year I actually sent out letters (two enclosed). The first letter was from 2006. Amanda was eight and Daniel was three. Then I sent a current letter with a current picture of the children, asking for a $2 donation, stating our family goal is $100.

We have received $128.00 already with just five donations.

Relay for Life is June 14th this year. Jeannette, the girls and myself have camped overnight every year. Last year I said that I was feeling a little old to do it again. But I have had a change of heart and we are staying overnight again!

So I will pack my earplugs and my cot. You will find me on the track at 5 am because my back hurts too much to sleep in a tent for one more minute. My goal for this year is sixty laps (15 miles).

Wish me the best, please!


(Oh, and if you want to send a donation please leave a comment. Thanks).



Sunday, May 19, 2013

Our Weekend Events


Our weekends are spent with activities that are usually not our own. Amanda had a competition. She took 2nd place in all four dances. Way to go, Amanda Grace!




 
Fan Club

Daniel is holding one of the trophies. Amanda is holding the pin that he bought her.

This is her totally amazing competition dress!



 
Daniel (as well as Mom and Dad) spend the afternoon on the soccer field (and side lines) in the rain. I love watching my children do...whatever they choose to do!



Sunday, May 12, 2013

Humility

 
Mother's Day Weekend is coming to a close. I had the most wonderful weekend. But my life isn't always what it may seem. I post the happy pictures of us. I have the children "pose". However, we are all struggling in our own different ways. I have issues! I once heard someone say that if we all stood in a circle and put our junk in the middle we most likely would take our own junk back. I have to agree. I don't want  your problems any more than you want mine. So here are some of my thoughts:
 
 
Do you have someone in your life who will speak those hard words to you...in love? I am blessed to have several ladies who do that for me. They love me and my soul and dare to go where no one else wants to. One is so loving that instead of telling me what I need to do, she hands me a book called Humility. LOL
 
I began reading the book on May 1st. I SOOO needed it. I have been angry and arrogant for three months. Actually probably longer. (There is my confession if I haven't said it to you already).
 
I am so glad I journal. It allows me to go back and see where I was and how far I've come. It allows me to see the prayers that have been answered. It allows me to see where I really am experiencing God.
 
" How can anyone be arrogant when he stands beside the cross?" Carl Henry
 
 
The book gives practical ways to weaken pride and cultivate humility.
 
 
1. Begin your day by acknowledging your dependency upon God and your need for God (as well as your confidence in God).
 
2. Begin  your day by expressing gratefulness to God. "Thankfulness is a soil in which pride does not easily grow." Michael Ramsey
 
3. Practice the spiritual disciplines.
  • prayer
  • study of God's Word
  • worship
 
4. Memorize and meditate on Scripture (Allow scripture to transform your thinking).
 
5. Cast your cares upon Him. "Humble yourselves therefore under the might hand of God. (Then He shows us how) "casting all your anxieties on Him, because He cares for you." 1 Peter 5:6-7
 
 
 
The next day (May 2) I open my final chapter in my workbook (Experiencing God). The title is Returning to God.
 
"The LORD will cause you to be defeated before your enemies. You will come at them from one direction but flee from them in seven." Deuteronomy 28:25
 
 
Journal:
 
This is how I feel. So bombarded. I laid in bed and thought about the humility chapter that I read yesterday. I live defeated every day and the victory has been won. The thief comes to kill, steal and destroy. He is stealing my peace. I have been in a spiritual battle since February 2nd. That's 3 months of my life! I think that I am further away than I thought. My reasons are carelessness, not taking precautions and turning aside to distractions.
 
As I am sitting here my cell phone rings. It's a number I don't recognize. I answer it and it's CBN's prayer line from The 700 Club. The man asked me how he could pray for me today. My request is to pray about me returning to God.
 
 
I was sitting there with my workbook open thinking about the last 3 months and saying "God show up". And what happens? The phone rings. Coincidence? You might believe that. But what are the chances that The 700 Club is going to call me to pray for me? What are the chances!?
 
 
I have to remember that whenever I feel buried under care, the real issue is pride and self-sufficiency. I must deliberately and specifically cast my cares upon Him and thereby humble myself. God wants me to learn to depend on Him, to need Him and in the end to give glory to Him with an ever-deepening appreciation for the might hand of God.
 
 
On May 7th I taped a paper with the Practical Ways (listed above) on a piece of furniture in my bedroom. It's the first thing I see when I wake up. We have to start our day right. We are always abruptly awakened...by the alarm, a baby, a teenager, an animal...you name it. We never just wake when our bodies are finished resting. Remember, Satan never sleeps. 
 
 
Here are a couple of pictures of my bedroom:  
 

 

Before I go to bed I review the day and give glory to God for the grace I've experienced throughout the day. Then I accept the gift of sleep. My final thought is gratefulness for the Cross.

For the last 3 months, I have not been able to sleep. I would finally fall asleep and then between 2 and 3 am I would wake up. I would be WIDE awake and go over in my mind the areas of worry currently in my life. Then I would finally fall asleep around 4 am and be totally exhausted when Amanda wakes me at 6 am.

According to my journal, May 8th was my last sleepless night. At 1:20 am I was reading Lamentations 3. Also, I have Matt Maher's song "Lord I Need You" on my mind. It is the first thing I think about when I read Number One on the list.

For the last 3 months, I have been in my pit. But I have returned to God. Jesus was always in the pit with me. I need to remember to look to Him to be enough. He is the perfect example of grace, mercy and most importantly LOVE. If I place my hope in anything but Him then I may lose my belief in the true meaning of love.

Have my areas of worry changed for the better? No. And they may not. But I need to thank God that He even looked my way. I need to count it all joy. (James 1:2-8).  I need to humble myself and be transparent. Why? Because I have two children who are looking at me to be their example!

Happy Mother's Day (Part 2)

 
My morning began with three hours with my church family. (I could be there ALL DAY). After a convicting sermon (the only kind I want), we decided to spend the day at Washington's Crossing Park. The children and Curtis rode their bikes along the canal from Washington's Crossing to New Hope. I enjoyed a relaxing time in my chair with a good book. Here are some pictures of our day.
 
 
 
...to me!
I made sandwiches and packed a picnic.

The children chose to eat potato chips.
Then my three went for a bike ride.

I chose to read (not that I have a bike anyway).

My current read.


Amanda was tired and came back to moan on the blanket.

Close up! (Love her).
 
Love him!


The Love of my life.

Saturday, May 11, 2013

Happy Mother's Day

For some reason we are making this a weekend celebration. And I am not complaining. I was up before six and completed just about all of my tasks by 11 am. Curtis and I went to get the raised bed and plants. Then we took Daniel with us to get the soil. The boys worked for about an hour. Then a special dinner and surprise was given to me. I am truly blessed!
 
 
Her children rise up and call her blessed;
Proverbs 31:28
 
 
 
 
 
Daniel using the power tool!

My boys adding the soil.

My first vegetable garden!

Rest in peace, Tucker.

Appetizer
 
My beverage of choice.

Daniel requested clams for dinner.

Curtis and Daniel eat the crawfish. No thank you!

Two T-bones and a porterhouse (farm fresh!)


So tender I didn't even need a knife.
 
Daniel ate eighteen clams.

The children went to the dollar store and surprised me.

Two very sweet and heartfelt cards, balloons and a BIG cupcake.


 My heart and my soul walking around on the outside!

 
Tomorrow is my favorite day of the week. We are with our church family all morning.
 I can't help to wonder what the afternoon will bring?