Monday, December 28, 2009

A New Year...Big Changes!!

I say it EVERY year...I can hardly believe how fast this year has gone by! It is unbelieveable to me. Every single year! Ha! There's just something awesome & bittersweet about the end of something because something new & exciting is coming next.

I think the best part about the end of a year is the reflection process that we go through. Looking back on goals we've accomplished, struggles we've faced & gotten through, mistakes we've made & the little victories & milestones that are spread out along the way. Even in the midst of our mistakes & our victories...God is right there next to us...cheering us on. Desiring for us to live our lives for him, through him & HIM alone.

My reflections for 2009 put me all over the map with how I feel things went. In some areas of my life I grew so much & in some areas, I still struggle or have questions. Neither one is better than the other. It's all a part of life, growing & seeking out our purpose in Christ. I'm really looking forward to 2010. Mainly, because I want to live my life outloud. I want to seek God honestly in every decision; in every opportunity. I'm tired of trying to figure out what we should be moving toward next. I'm tired of making some decisions on the fly & not consulting God in everything. It's so easy to do! We're all guilty of it. However, I know that God always keeps his arms open & his heart full for us. And even in the midst of our selfishness, he still blesses us & shows us the way he wants us to go. Easy? Absolutely not. Essential? Absolutely.

Here's to a new year, a new perspective & a new opportunity to serve on behalf of the one who gives us life! My prayer:
Thank you, God, for all you have given us! Help us to never forget to appreciate all you've done & how you've blessed us because we're so busy trying to "get" to the next place in life or yearning to "have" more in life. We've got each other & our marriage, 3 beautiful, healthy children, a roof over our heads, food on our table, jobs to provide income & an amazing abundance of friends & family. Help us to be more grateful & thankful for what we have rather than what we don't have. Help us to be more appreciative of where we are in life & where you've brought us from. Help us to remember your faithfulness & your sovereignty every single day. Help us to teach our children holy gratitude because of what you've done for us.

Quote from one of the Pastors at our church this past Sunday:

"We would be so much happier if we just appreciated & focused on what we DO have instead of what we don't have.

Isn't that the truth?

2010: Here's to living out our happiness & joy in God for all he has done & given to us!

This is a picture from a few years ago...I can hardly believe how much the kids have grown! See...time goes by SO fast!

Saturday, December 26, 2009

Merry Christmas!!!

It's EXTREMELY hard to believe that I haven't taken my camera out of it's case for at least 2-3 weeks. WOW. Makenzie got a point & shoot camera for Christmas from Tim's parent' she's brought that along to a few places, but I've just been soaking in every moment & doing so without my camera. Sometimes when we get used to doing things a certain way (such as taking pictures of events & happenings from start to finish) we truly MISS so much. Yes, with a camera, we capture so much...but I personally can over do the camera thing with my own family & forget to give it a rest. It was hard not to have lots of pictures from this Christmas...but, what a relaxing, memorable time this Christmas has been. To experience it without being behind the camera. It definitely feels so different. Not that I prefer one over the other...but it was wonderful to step out of my comfort zone of leaving the camera put away. I'm sure my children loved it the most. :-) Every exciting moment wasn't followed by a "hey, look over here".

Anyway, since I don't have any blog worthy pictures to share of our Christmas, I thought I'd share a few Christmas pictures of our children that I took this year. My cards are coming. I just took a while in working on my own Christmas stuff to ensure clients got all of their cards & orders. And, I honestly do not have my address book any more (it was in our storage) so I'm only sending to those who I have an address for or to those who have sent them to us; hence having their address! Enjoy some pics of our cuties. :-)

I absolutely love little Amara in this one. With her little feet...standing on her tip toes. :-)

Love these kiddos. They were so much fun this afternoon. They did such a good job just being themselves. It wasn't a struggle in the least! :-)

Tuesday, December 08, 2009

Pacifiers, Diapers & Pull-ups...

What do all 3 of these things have in common? Nothing in our house! Amara was using a pacifier just at bedtime. I know...I'm a bad mommy! But, she's the youngest & our last one!!! It broke my heart to take it away! But, in my defense...we've had a lot going on the past year with moving & new things I didn't want to change one more thing for her. Anyway...a few weeks ago, Amara lost her one last remaining pacifier before bedtime. And it's been gone ever since! She fussed for about 5 minutes that night & hasn't asked for it since. HOORAY! (By the way...I found her pacifier the next day in the refrigerator. our never know what turns up in the fridge!) So, all in the span of 2009, we've completed the diaper stage, the potty training stage, the pull up stage & now the pacifier stage. And OH MY does it feel so good to not have to buy that stuff anymore!!! These are major milestones here. I tell ya. :-) And on that's Miss Amara. :-)

Tuesday, December 01, 2009

Get out of the way.

Have you ever stopped to think about why things seem so complicated sometimes? Could it be that WE complicate things? Our intellect, our so called wisdom, our ideas, our dreams, our opinions, our feelings...not that we aren't important...but can you imagine if we just learned to get out of the way? Can you imagine if we just completely trusted God with everything & for everything? I mean, really, really did this. I'm thinking that THIS is how the world would would be a better place. Saying this is the easy part. Actually doing it & living it is the hard part. What would this look like in your life? If you were to truly, completely live like this? What is stopping you? Yourself?

Get out of the way.