So Thankful

February 28, 2010

  I am so thankful God has made a way for us to be encouraged not only by His Spirit but through His people. 

Hebrews 10:24-25 says And let us consider one another in order to stir up love and good works, 25 not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as is the manner of some, but exhorting one another, and so much the more as you see the Day approaching.

God knew we would need to STIR up love and good works and we would NEED to exhort one another.  He is so faithful and good to remind us…now if we’ll obey…there’s where His promises are fruitful in our lives

1 Thess 5:11 Encourage one another and build each other up! 

I leave my house to gather with the people of God, fully expecting the Lord to meet us…and not going only for my benefit but for the whole body of Christ.  I go to encourage those with whom God puts in my path.  Who will you encourage today?



February 26, 2010

  I cannot even recall what it was the kids were eating, but they were going through them rapidly, one, two, three…and Trinity was only on her 2nd one.  Trinity was thinking whatever it was, was all gone but I was making more.  Hope said, “This is my third”, Danielle, “This is my third or 4th”, Isaac saying the same.  And Trinity says, “THIS IS ONLY MY TWO-TH!!”  It was hilarious and very cute.

  We know we should, and at times we do correct her grammar, but she being the youngest, we love hearing cute things like that.  So, I don’t think we corrected her and told her it was her second!  🙂  She’ll sound like the rest of us smarties soon enough.

Confession of Complaining

February 24, 2010

  I confess I’ve been grumbling. 

 My children are imitators of me right now and I have some grumblers due to my sinful example.  If it weren’t for God’s mercy

 being new every morning I would feel defeated.  We’re even reading through a history of the bible about how the Israelites complained again and again and God continually showed Himself merciful & provided their every need …yet they continued grumbling.  It’s easy for me to see their sin.. harder to see my own, or should I say, I don’t like seeing my own.  I want to justify my complaints.  Here are the things I am going to work on and pray through!

Phil 2:4  Do all things without grumbling or questioning (complaining), that you may be blameless and innocent, children of God without blemish in the midst of a crooked and twisted generation, among whom you shine as lights in the world.

II Timothy 3:2 in the last days there will come times of difficulty.  For people will be lovers of self.

Ex. 14:14  The Lord will fight for you, and you have only to be silent. (Help me Lord.  Help me to pray and bring my petitions to you.  Help me trust you that you are fighting for me and that you are working all for Your ultimate glory and good.  Help me to be silent.)

I must take the time to list the blessings in my life and keep it, dwell upon it and the goodness of God to me.  If there is a person I am complaining about I need to list qualities about that person to be thankful  

 for and stop complaining against them.  I need to list things to be thankful for in circumstances I am complaining in and

give thanks  and stop complaining.  And most importantly I need to repent for my sin of complaining lest I get the punishment some of the Israelites received in Exodus.  I will boast in the goodness of my God!! 

My Men

February 22, 2010

  My big man and little man are driving to Huntsville today to try out their 2 man blow up kayak.  The girls and I were going to go but with the breeze blowing I think it will be too chilly for us.  They are beginning practice for their Adventure Race in April and will hike (jog), bike and kayak.  I think Darrel is as excited as Isaac. 🙂

Their’s is a 2 man kayak, of which I have no picture, but found this one online so it’s similar. 

  While they’re out having fun Danielle is working on some scrapbooking pages while I’m making some homemade granola.

I used a little bit of Agave Nectar to sweeten, walnuts, pecans, cashews, raisens, dried apricots, oats and some coconut for a little extra sweetness.  I think everyone will like it.

   The girls and I are also going to have some wild salmon for lunch.  Since Isaac is allergic to fish and Darrel doesn’t like it we’re going to have a treat because we girls love fish!  Then tomorrow Danielle, Isaac, Hope and I will start on a 3 day detox plan.  Trinity said she didn’t want to do without food, so she’s going to eat. 🙂  We will start with water, clear juices and broths and dandelion tea tomorrow.  

 Second day we will incorporate some thicker liquids like smoothies and soup and the 3rd day we’ll have fresh fruits and vegee’s only.       

  We’re hoping this will help Hope’s kidney’s and liver!  I originally was going to do this with Hope only but Danielle and Isaac wanted to come along beside her to encourage her.  That’s love!!


February 20, 2010

  You don’t have a problem with selfishness, do you?  Well, I do.  I’m a sinner; saved by grace through faith in Jesus Christ, yes; but I daily fight against my flesh.  My children seem to be fighting this same sin; imagine that!  So, yesterday while shopping I picked up 2 more sets of ruled index cards on spirals that I can write scriptures upon and begin memorizing.  They are so handy to have close by and a quick access to scriptures for fighting sin we are battling.  So, I thought I’d share some of these scriptures on selfishness with anyone who might be dealing with the same struggles.  (definitions in parenthesis are for my benefit in sharing with my children more clearly)

Phil 2:3-4 NKJV  Let nothing be done through selfish ambition or conceit, but in lowliness of mind let each esteem others better than himself.  Let each of you look out not only for his own interests, but also for the interests of others.

ESV Do nothing from rivalry (competition, fierce contention) or conceit (feelings of excessive pride), but in humility (low or inferior, modest) count others more significant (important) than yourselves.  Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also the interests of others.

Proverbs 11:24-25  ESV  One gives freely, yet grows all the richer; another withholds what he should give, and only suffers want (poverty).  Whoever brings blessing (generosity) will be enriched, and one who waters will himself be watered.

Romans 12:20-21  If your enemy is hungry, feed him. (go buy him lunch)  If he is thirsty give him something to drink; for by doing so you will heap burning coals (generosity) on his head (surprise him with goodness).  Do not be overcome by evil, (get the best of you) but overcome evil with good.

Romans 15:1  We who are strong have an obligation (duty) to bear with the failings of the weak, and not to please ourselves.

The Message- Those of us who are strong & able in the faith need to step in and lend a hand to those who falter (unsure/weak) and not just do what is most convenient for us.  Strength is for service, not status.  Look after the good of the people around us, asking “How can I help?”

Galatians 5:13-15  ESV  For you were called to freedom, brothers (sisters).  Only do not use your freedom as an opportunity for the flesh, but through love serve one another.  For the whole law is fulfilled in one word: “You shall love your neighbor as yourself.”  But if you bite and devour one another, watch out that you are not consumed by one another.

The Message-  It is absolutely clear that God has called you to a free life.  Just make sure you don’t use this freedom as an excuse to do whatever you want and destroy your freedom.  Rather, use your freedom to serve one another in love; that’s how freedom grows.  For everything we know about god’s Word is summed up in a single sentence: Love others as you love yourself.  That’s an act of true freedom.  If you bite and ravage each other, watch out– in no time at all you will be annihilating each other, and where will your precious freedom be then?

Gal 6:9  ESV  And let us not grow weary of doing good for in due season we will reap, if we do not give up. (lose heart)  (start with people closest to us [family] in the community of faith)

1 Peter 4:9-11  Show hospitality (kindness) to one another without grumbling.  As each has received a gift, use it to serve one another, as good stewards (managers) of God’s varied grace:  whoever speaks as one who speaks oracles of God (prophets); whoever serves, as one who serves by the strength that God supplies- in order that in everything God may be glorified through Jesus christ.  To Him be glory and dominion forever and ever. Amen.

Vegee Juice & Pizza

February 19, 2010

  Well, this afternoon I made vegetable wraps again but without Nori Rolls (seaweed paper).  I used the clear wraps which are made of rice water and cornstarch.  A hit?  Let me let you guess.  Let’s just say I ate mine and went upstairs for a jacuzzi bath.  🙂 

  SO, this evening everyone was very excited to make homemade pizza.  We decided to try a Gluten free pizza crust, got it all made, added our toppings and popped it into the oven.  After all the work in cutting up vegetables for the wraps at lunch I was not in the mood to make a salad, so I juiced instead.


I juiced 2 beets, 8 carrots, 4 stalks celery, 1 cucumber and lots of apples (about 8-10, I lost count).  This was our ‘vegee’ for the night and I made everyone down a glass before we indulged in our pizza.  Darrel doesn’t like celery (I keep forgetting) and he downed the glass anyway.  Way to go honey!!

  We used turkey pepperoni and it sure looked good, but I tasted it first.  BLAK!  I did not like it!  So, you can imagine Darrel’s response.  He said, “uh oh!”  Since I will eat almost anything, he and the kids know if I don’t like it, it must be bad!  The crust had a very strange taste.  The homemade sauce, made with tomato, sun-dried tomato, garlic, basil, oregano and olive oil was good, cheese good, pepperoni good; just the crust.  Unh, unh, couldn’t do it!

Actually, Hope and Trinity liked it a little and ate a few bites.  The rest of us ate all the topping off and I just ‘happened’ to have a thin crust store bought pizza in the fridge which I popped in very quickly. 

  Ho hum; another lesson learned. I’m thankful gluten free is available for those who really need it but… No gluten free pizza dough for us!   We’ll just limit our pizza to once a month and thin crust only.  🙂

(While blogging about this experience I missed out on the store bought pizza!  hilarious)

Breakfast Smoothie

February 18, 2010

Some ingredients for our breakfast smoothie.  Yes, spinach is involved but you don’t even taste it!!

Here are a couple of the results.


February 17, 2010

  Today is the day we celebrate the birth of a most wonderful man in our household.  His name is honey, sweetie, babe, daddy, papa (sounds like popuh, not pawpaw), otherwise known as Darrel!! 

  I’ve known this man for 23 years and am continually amazed at God’s work in his life.  He has been the mostly Godly example I’ve known and has taught me more than anyone about Who God is and how to walk in a manner worthy of the calling on our lives to Jesus Christ.  He is so discerning and has a gift of asking questions which compel you to probe the depth of your heart.   He is a wonderful father and continually teaches our children faithfully.  He takes time out of each weeks to spend time one on one with them, asking questions, reading and getting them to think through decisions they make.  I know they learn not only by reading and talking but by example and God has been ever faithful to give him grace to be a Godly example.

  So, happy birthday Darrel!  From my heart to yours…” You’re simply the best!”  

Darrel and his smaller family.

Takin’ a ferry ride with family getting a bit larger.

Lovin’ my woman!

Shari’s makin’ me have fun at a party. 🙂 (they didn’t wear Hawaiian so they had to wear the hats)

Lovin’ my Trinity.  Wow, I’m feeling a bit weary. (grin)

Fishing with my family!

Enjoying a night watching my kids playing.  Wait, I’m resting, not watching!  ha

Enjoying a game with my little wifie in Denver, CO.

Lovin’ some more gals in my life! 

Enjoying my family!

Yep, I’ll do just about anything for my family!   Even allowing a dog! 

Taking my wife out on an anniversary date!

Another anniversary outing.  Wow, I sure spoil my wife. 🙂

 Yeah!  You’re wishin’ you could have those yummy cupcakes, don’t ya!  ha  Nah…they weren’t that good.

More fun with the fam at Niagara Falls

Building a swingset for my kiddo’s!

We LOVE you Papa!


February 16, 2010


I am so behind with photo’s and blogging it’s mind boggling.  But glad I have a few photo’s.  This picture was taken Christmas Day.  Can you believe it’s already been almost 2 months since Christmas?  WOW!

Hope asked for a ‘photo shoot’ one evening when Danielle was priviledged to spend the night with a friend.  We took dozens of photo’s and I thought this one was sweet.  This is very  near her 7th birthday.

Cool glow in the dark sticks for Hope’s birthday party brought lots of fun!  Our camera takes some interesting photo’s for us!

Here Hope is very grateful for her older sister, the birthday gift she gave and the love she so cherishes!  Couldn’t ask for a better older sister and Godly example. 

Trinity’s humble attempt at iceskating in Rosharon, Tx.

My sweet, amazing sister, Shelly, turned 40 years on Valentine’s Day.  My feeble attempt to send her an outrageously fun birthday greeting ended up being a hit.  I spent hours decorating a bouncy ball with permanent markers and mailed it, box free! (got the idea off Shark Tank)  The over-sized greeting which said “Have a Ball” was so much fun to make and even more fun to receive.  Who would have thought a ball would travel USPS without a box?  As long as a stamp will stick to it, they’ll send it!  Love you, Sis!!!

Now, what do I do to surprise Darrel for his birthday tomorrow?  Any genius ideas?


February 4, 2010

  I’m planning an April trip to Italy!!  My mother will be having a very special birthday and we are going there to celebrate.  She’s always wanted to visit and now she’s getting the opportunity; and I just get blessed to go along!

  So, while I would love to always write on my blog, my days are full and then nights full of internet surfing  & booking.  Whew!

  I do have another funny story to share about vegee patties but I’m not finished writing it.  For lunch today I made falafel balls with salad which were a HUGE hit and for dinner some Vietnamese noodles which upon first bite were a hit but after chewing well, were not a hit (too rubbery)! 

See full size image Here uncooked.   See full size image Cooked.  But ours were a little more brown from a little soy sauce garlic & onion

For now, it’s back to Venice Gardens. 🙂