Tuesday, June 25, 2013

The godly walk with integrity; blessed are their children who follow them.
Daniel's move-up day.

Sunday, June 16, 2013

Relay 2013

Daniel and Curtis setting up the tent...

...for the last time!

First lap (Kayla, Ashley, Amanda and Curtis).

Daniel and Curtis playing soccer

Aunt Virgie and Mom

Ashley, Kayla and Amanda

Awww, my family!

Daniel and Mom Mom

Our camp site

Aunt Jeannette and Amanda

Relay Idol

The Cousins (Ashley stepped in for Daniel).

Mom, Jeannette, Michael and me

The Journey Begins Here 2013

Theresa, Kimberly and Jeannette

Friends since the sixth grade (33 years)!

Mom and Jeannette

Mom and the Robbins

Amanda's birthday

Breakfast sandwich from Dunkin.

Mocha coffee from Dunkin (not like Starbucks).

The first photo of my fifteen year old!

Dinner...chicken lo mein.

Kyra and Amanda with the birthday cookies.



Thursday, June 13, 2013

Happy 15th, Amanda Grace!

It almost seems like a dream that fifteen years have gone by so quickly. I see facebook friends post pictures of their little ones and I think "my girl was that small just yesterday". "Don't blink because they will be all grown up".  How true is that?
Breakfast was a special trip to Dunkin Donuts, for a crescent sandwich and a mocha iced coffee. Then it's off to school for the dreaded French final.
Amanda at 3 months old. (This is my favorite picture).

These are Irish Soft Shoe cookies (Ghillies)

This is what she wanted. But absolutely no belly button or tongue piercings.
The last photo of Amanda at age 14.

Balloons, cookies and a homemade sign.

The link didn't work so just google Dingbats and Doodles to see more homemade signs.
Dinner tonight will be Chinese food with Amanda's best bud, Kyra. And next week we will go out to dinner at an All You Can Eat Crab Legs place!

I will post pictures of the 15 year old at another time!

Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Maybe you need this today

Today on KLove's page:
For my yoke is easy to bear, and the burden I give you is light.
Matthew 11:30
Today on Biblegateway:
He says, “Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth.” Psalm 46:10
Sunday's Service:
What Should A Christian Do When Overwhelmed?
Danger - Anxiety weighs down the heart, but a kind word cheers it up. Proverbs 12:25
Promise - When, then, shall we say in response to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us? Romans 8:31
Reality - Can anyone of you by worrying add a single hour to your life? But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. Therefore do not worry about tomorrow for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own. Matthew 6:27, 34
Truth - No temptation has overtaken you except what is common to mankind. And God is faithful, he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, he will also provide a way out so that you can endure it. 1 Corinthians 10:13
Confront the fear to self (Psalm 42 )
action = confront
issue = fear
direction = self
Talk to yourself!
Confess the reality to God (Psalm 77 )
action = confess
issue = reality
direction = God
Share the struggle with someone (James 5:13-20 )
action = share
issue = struggle
direction = someone

Monday, June 10, 2013

Swim Suit Season

I saw this posted on Facebook on the Time-Warp Wife's page: click this to read the article. The video is a little lengthy but worth the watch. We cannot use the excuse of ignorance our entire life...oh, I didn't know...only goes so far people.

Last summer I was convicted to buy Amanda a tankini. My one girlfriend thanked me when I told her. She said Amanda is adorable and she could not take her eyes off of my 13 year old in her little bikini. She was concerned because there are always boys around.

We cannot blame the boys (or even the men) for staring at her (or us) if that's how we dress. I do not want boys or men looking at my soon to be 15 year old like "that".

Well that suit lasted one season. So again I announced that she would be getting a modest bathing suit. She said "I won't wear it". Ugh.

Well she was not going to win this one.

Just before we left for the mall, Amanda decided to change...in the living room. She was in her bra when the front door comes flying open. It's Daniel! She gasped and covered herself because she was in a bra. After the commotion was over and the boy left, I asked her "You can wear a bikini but he can't see you in a bra?"

"Well, I thought maybe someone was with him."

Again, I said "but it's ok for them to see you in a bikini top?"

The face!

We went to Starbuck's then Sears. Nothing. Then we went to Macy's. She said, "Mom look." It was an adorable blue "one-piece" suit. We found one that appeared to be her size. She tried it on, then a bigger size. Then one in black. She was set on the black one. Ten minutes! Our shopping trip was complete. She looked adorable. I was happy.

Then she looked at the tag. I told her that I would pay any price. I could hear my girlfriend saying "Get her a good one and pay whatever it cost".

It was pricey but worth every penny.

Pastor Joe said yesterday "We are not Super Christians. Yes, we make mistakes. Yes, there is sin in my life. But we need to ask ourselves, is my life being defined by God or others? I don't have to try to impress anyone. I just have to ask "What does God think of me?

Do you feel the presence of God with you?

I know God was pleased with the suit.

And that's all that matters.

Tuesday, June 4, 2013

Deuteronomy 7:6-10


The Message (MSG)
Do this because you are a people set apart as holy to God, your God. God, your God, chose you out of all the people on Earth for himself as a cherished, personal treasure.
7-10 God wasn’t attracted to you and didn’t choose you because you were big and important—the fact is, there was almost nothing to you. He did it out of sheer love, keeping the promise he made to your ancestors. God stepped in and mightily bought you back out of that world of slavery, freed you from the iron grip of Pharaoh king of Egypt. Know this: God, your God, is God indeed, a God you can depend upon. He keeps his covenant of loyal love with those who love him and observe his commandments for a thousand generations. But he also pays back those who hate him, pays them the wages of death; he isn’t slow to pay them off—those who hate him, he pays right on time.


New International Version (NIV)
For you are a people holy to the Lord your God. The Lord your God has chosen you out of all the peoples on the face of the earth to be his people, his treasured possession.
The Lord did not set his affection on you and choose you because you were more numerous than other peoples, for you were the fewest of all peoples. But it was because the Lord loved you and kept the oath he swore to your ancestors that he brought you out with a mighty hand and redeemed you from the land of slavery, from the power of Pharaoh king of Egypt. Know therefore that the Lord your God is God; he is the faithful God, keeping his covenant of love to a thousand generations of those who love him and keep his commandments.