Thursday, January 29, 2009

How can I forget???

I was having so much fun looking at some of my pictures on my computer...I could not help but share some random pictures & a few are some of my favorites from the past year or so...some silly, some sweet, some just pics. :-)

I am SOOOO sorry Madden! But, this is adorable!!!
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This is what it actually looks like when you ask someone if you could hide in their luggage and go along with them on vacation...
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Monday, January 26, 2009

Crazy Love...

I love to read. I love to read, A LOT! But, over the last few years, I haven't been able to pick up many books...just because. Having little ones just didn't allow me to spare a few minutes of reading...so I just got used to reading Rainbow Fish & The Napping House...a few of my favorite children's books I might add. :-)

Anyway, Tim had purchased this book called "Crazy Love", by Francis Chan. It took him a while to actually start reading it...but once he did, he shared bits & pieces of what he was reading. I was reading something else at the moment so I wasn't sure I'd read it. But, then one day, I wasn't feeling very good...so I was lounging and picked up this book. I was hooked. I felt like I could relate to the author so much and it made me want to dig deep into God's word, study and just read his word. I finished Crazy Love in a matter of a few days and I can honestly say that my life has never been the same. Nor can it. This book tugs deep at the heart of humanity and creates a desire to live like Jesus and be all that you were made to be. So, on that note...I am recommending it to EVERYONE! Please, even if you don't love to read...it is an easy read, it's not long...but it is filled with so much awesome stuff. :-) I just ordered the teaching dvd today as I am going to be leading a small group of girls with this book & dvd guide. I am so excited!!!

You can go visit the website:
http://www.crazylovebook.com/

And my picture stolen from amazon.com...clearly identifiable by the "Look Inside" image. LOL! :-)

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We are extremely grateful...

After 4 1/2 months of living here in Wisconsin and searching for a job, Tim has finally gotten a job! We are so extremely grateful and so blessed. God knows just what we need...and when we need it. :-) Although, I've been very busy with my photography and was able to contribute and help with the bills...we were in great need for Tim to get a stable job. He had applied EVERYWHERE and only had 2 interviews. In this economy and so many people looking for work and businesses firing and laying off employees and not hiring...Tim is so fortunate to have gotten this job. It is exactly what we needed! And although the waiting, stress and uncertainty was difficult...God had plans of his own to do some wonderful things in our hearts and in our lives. A different perspective and looking at the world through the eyes of having very little taught us so much about ourselves and what we want to make important and strive to do in our lives. We may not have millions, we may not have a big house and fancy things...but we have each other, beautiful, healthy children and a love secured on the grace of God...not on anything else. What the world may view as important is not our perspective and we find great peace in knowing that we should never expect to have tons of things, nor should we ever believe we deserve more than we have through the efforts of our own hands. It is God who supplies all of what we have and these "things" in life can be gone tomorrow. If God so chooses to bless us with worldly possessions, that is up to him. But it is not our job to seek after those things. If we trust him, trust in his word and live our lives according to the example Jesus gave us...we know that we are fulfilling the purposes we were created for. Everyone has their opinions on worldly possessions and not everyone agrees with how we feel...neither are we saying that you have to be poor or should we strive to be poor...but everything in our lives...whether worldly riches or relationships...they are all a matter of our hearts. That is the truth of it all...our motives, the reasons we do what we do and don't do and who we truly are...that is what is most important.

We'd like to thank everyone for your support and prayers on behalf of our family. Tim started last Monday...so he is in week 2. He really likes what he is learning and feels it will be a great job. He is working for Apria Healthcare & is responsible for distributing all of the medical supplies to the hospitals, clinics and/or homes receiving care. He will also be setting up some of the equipment for the homes that require oxygen and other various technical supplies. He said it is a lot of paperwork so some of his day will spent at his desk completing those types of duties. The hours are 8:30-5:00 M-F & full benefits. We are looking forward to the stability of a full time job with stable income and benefits. It's been a long time because of Tim being self employed for so many years in the past. The hours are perfect for my still being able to keep doing my photography business and having the weekends to either spend together and for me to do photo sessions. I am expecting a full work load this summer...so we may have the kids in some sort of care (either with family or a program) during the summer 2 days per week so I can get my work done...so hopefully that will work out well so I can get my work done during the day as I don't think I can handle pulling all nighters and/or working until 3 a.m. anymore. It gets really wearing and I don't think it's healthy either! Plus...I want to be able to be with my children and not be exhausted!

God is good...ALL the time. :-)

Saturday, January 17, 2009

A few Christmas pics...

Granted...I took these at the end of October on a 65 degree day...but I had a few on my computer...so I figured I would post them since I forgot to do it during the holidays...then it counts as a blog update. :-)

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Saturday, January 10, 2009

Infamous Cookie Making :: The Snowmen

These snowmen cookies have quite the history. For the past 3 years (or more??) I had participated in the BEST cookie exchange of all time! And Karen made the BEST snowmen cookies. Every year...I would look forward to eating them! Well, since I am not in PA anymore, I attempted to participate...um, not so hot. I make a batch worth of 5 recipes of my cookies...note to self...do not attempt to do more than a double-batch. Yep, the first time ever...Staci's Chocolate Chip Cookies did not turn out. I didn't say they didn't taste good...they just were flatter and thinner than I have ever seen. :-) So, needless to say...in the midst of a snowstorm/blizzard...I was not able to go and get more cookie supplies...so I had to disappoint. :-( BUT, I had the recipe for the snowmen cookies...so I gathered my kids and their cousins & we rolled up our sleeves, got our taste buds out & made the delicious snowmen cookies! YUMMMMMMMM!!!!!!!!!! They were good!
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Makenzie decorating & tasting...
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Amara's delicious creations...
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I thought this picture was funny...sisters...both tasting their frosting! :-)
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Ya gotta taste some of the fixins'!!!
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