Saturday, September 5, 2009

Sarah

A trial date has been set for November 23rd, to decide who will have custody of Sarah. There is now a cousin from Florida who is seeking custody as well as her grandparents on her father's side. I think her aunt and uncle are still in, but not really fighting for her, because of her aunt's health. It is very hard to not have a say in any of this. We have kept Sarah the majority of this time since her mom died. I have been taking her to counseling for 6 months and pouring my heart into her. It has been VERY hard on our family. I do believe that we have all grown and been stretched through it. I would do it again in a second. Sarah is in Florida with her cousin this weekend. She was really nervous about going. They are hoping this will help her to bond with them. Pray for God's will. She met them in December and liked them. Pray that if this is what is supposed to happen, that all will have a love for each other. Please pray for little Sarah as she is going to be transitioning "again". We love her and want what is best for her. Most of all, what God wants for her. Please pray for wisdom for us as we know how to talk to her and just how to follow Christ in the next few months throughout this whole thing.

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Cars, Motorcycles, and Jonas



Jared made it home! We sold his car so that he could buy a newer, nicer car....but....he bought a motorcycle! My prayer life is much more active! He got enrolled and starts college next week!

Maci got her first car today! We got a GREAT deal on a Acura Legend! It's pretty sweet! I'd love to have it! We totally give God the glory for it. We prayed that we would find something in our price range that was a "good" car. This car should have been much more expensive. It was bought new by an older couple who only drove about 6,000 miles a year! Wow!

Maci and Molly got to meet Nick Jonas yesterday! We were looking at a car at Belmont, and heard they were eating breakfast somewhere. So, we went to eat lunch at the Pancake Pantry! There he was! Pretty cool. Then they went to the concert last night. Fun for them.

Sarah got enrolled in her new school and seems to really like her teacher and classmates. Her next court date is Sept. 2nd. Pray that we will know more about where she will live by then.

Kent and I are praying about our next step in ministry. We're not sure which road God is leading us down. Believing that His sheep hear His voice and follow, we are trying to be still and listen. I continue to be reminded through all that is happening in our life, that God uses us in many ways. It's not always in an assigned roll. If we just open our eyes and look, we can see the opportunities to serve others. The question I too often ask myself is "Do I want to serve?" Sometimes I just want to go into comfort mode. Relax and focus on what is easy. During those times, when I'm trying to focus more on myself and MY needs, I often begin to feel WORSE about myself. The more we look inward for wholeness, the more we see the inward holes! We need Jesus. We need to be joining Him in order to feel complete. Well, I guess I'm rambling. Just preaching to myself again. I have to remind myself of these things often. Thanks sweet friends for the encouragement over the last few months.

That's the Shingletons! Tell me about you! What's going on in your world?

Thursday, July 23, 2009

Brighten the World!

One of things Jared had asked us to pray for him, was that he would represent Jesus to those he met while in Brazil. I've thought about that so much this summer. I have always prayed over my kids that God's light would shine through them as they went about their day. How funny that I want that for my kids, but I don't often pray it for myself. My quiet time this week has been reminding me of that each day. Todays devotion says: I am the light of the world...The Holy Spirit that lives in you can shine from your face, making Me visible to people around you....The Light of My Presence is shining upon you. Brighten up the world by reflecting who I AM. I want that for myself too! I want to be His hand and feet to the world, to those I come in contact with everyday. I often fail. I often get caught up in my circumstances and choose to spend my time focusing on them instead of on my Creator. Then, they bogg me down with overwhelming stress and busyness. Today, I stop and ask my Father, to make His Holy Spirit shine on me, that others might see Him today! "Hold His hand in joyful trust, for He never leaves my side". My burdens are not my own. I am blessed. Today, I want to brighten up the world!

Thank you for praying for Sarah. The next court date is Sept. 2nd. Continue to pray for Jared while in Brazil, and for Maci and Molly as our family has so many changes going on right now. Pray for Kent and I as we make decisions on church related stuff with his interim having just ended.

John 8:12 I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.

Go Brighten Your World !

Monday, July 13, 2009

Court date


For those of you who know what's going on, please pray for Sarah on Wednesday. I will be able to write more later. Pray for God's will in her life. She is so ready to know where "home" is. Please pray that we will find out more details and that things will move faster than they have been. She is starting to have problems with her tummy, I think from nerves. Please lift up Sarah's aunt and uncle as well as her dad and grandparents. Please pray for our family as well. A lot of people are involved, but we pray that Sarah will be exactly where God wants her to be.

Tuesday, July 7, 2009

Gabe

"We must be willing to sacrifice everything, to truly follow Christ. "
Chris Brewer wrote these words this morning as he is preparing to preach his 17 year old son's funeral today. He is asking God to use the "very hands you used to rip out my heart" use to change lives for your Kingdom.
My heart is broken for Chris and Judy. I cannot imagine the yearning for their child that they must be feeling.
I believe God has a mighty plan to use Gabe's life and death to do amazing things through those who knew and loved Gabe.

I continue to cling to Ephesians 3:20: Now glory be to God who by his mighty power at work within us is able to do more than we would ever dare to ask or even dream of-infinitely beyond our highest prayers, desires, thoughts, and hopes.

Father, we cling to this promise and will give you glory.

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Jared in Brazil and Super Summer

Summer is officially in full swing at the Shingleton home! Two weeks of Bible school under our belt(Donelson View and LifePoint). Jared is in Brazil for the next two months and we are Super Summering it! So sad to be here without Jared! Everyone is asking
about him and all of his friends are here that he has been with for so many years! I'm really missing him. Check out his blog at http://www.jaredshingleton.wordpress.com/ to keep up with him. He downloaded some new pictures last night.
Hope your summer is going great and you are having fun!

Wednesday, May 27, 2009

GRADUATION!

WOW! It's really going to happen! My baby boy has really grown up. People told me it would happen. It did. I'm so proud of him. It will be a crazy weekend. Kent's mom will get here on Thursday and my parents will get here on Friday. I'm excited for the weekend. When I think back about Jared as a baby and a little boy, it makes me sad to leave those times. He was so cute and so sweet. He had such a deep spirit and heart for people even then. I was so lucky to have had the opportunity to raise him. At the same time, I look at him NOW, and feel so lucky to be a part of his life NOW, and would never want to miss him being just who he is NOW. My mom always told me that every stage of raising kids was fun for her. She liked them all in different ways. I now believe that I can say the same thing. I might skip the 13-14 year old stage with him, lol, no, even that was such an incredible learning and self discovery experience for him. I wouldn't have wanted to miss seeing the person he came out to be at 15, and all that he went through to become that person. I remember him wearing his blue pre-school cap and gown. He will trade it for a much larger red one this weekend. What a joy to raise a man of God. Thank you, Heavenly Father, for this blessing in my life!
Shawnah

Tuesday, May 5, 2009

Chick-fil-a Ice Dream


So, I've always been a "raving fan" of Chick-fil-a ice dream! It's good stuff. But what happened today? I visited the Brentwood, TN Chick-fil-a. I normally order the small cone and always get a fair serving. But take a look at my serving today! Yes, that is a mustard packet next to my cone. Come on people! It was the store manager who served me. When he handed me the cone I looked at it and said, "wow, that is definitely a small cone." He did not laugh, did not smile, did not offer to give me a little more.
Chick-fil-a, will you please make up for this on my next visit. Yes, I'll keep going back for more Christian chicken...all I ask is that you open the soft serve floodgates for me.

Monday, May 4, 2009

Badger 9

Well, I did it! I just installed a new Badger 9 in sink food disposer! Our old disposer (the Badger 5) died last week. It was a good disposer. 15 years of faithful grinding, shredding, and disposing of all kinds of stuff. I'm sure you are just dying to know the difference between the Badger 5 and the 9....right? Well, thanks for asking. We're talking upgrade baby! I went from 1/2 horsepower to 3/4 horsepower! In the food disposer world that just has to be good. I almost upgraded to an even fancier disposer, but I figured...do I really need a "fancy" disposer? After all, it just hangs there under the sink with all of our cleaning stuff. You know, the windex, formula 409, trash bags, dishwashing detergent, light bulbs, and countless other bottles and cans of crap that we never use. This project was also a good reason to get rid of some of that stuff.
At first, one of my plumbing connections had a small water leak. But...after some tightening, no more leaks! Can't wait to dump some old leftovers down the drain and experience the grinding on demand. Maybe later this week! One final thought - yes, this is the genuine, exciting, non-stop fun that happens at the Shingleton household all the time. Peace out, Kent

P.S. - If you like this post, let me know, and I will be sure to blog about my next project...whatever that may be.

Saturday, April 25, 2009

Good/Bad

As much as I HATE having garage sales, I love having extra money at the end of the day. Wednesday, Kent decided we needed to clean out our garage and make a little extra money. Friday, he started setting up tables and putting stuff from the garage shclves on them. I came in that evening and put some pre-priced stickers on things. Saturday, Garage Sale! Kent was so great, the work for me was pretty easy. We ended up getting rid of a lot of stuff, and made a little money! Great!

As we sat down to dinner, we did our "Go around the table and tell good and bad part of the day". I couldn't help but think how blessed we are that there were more "goods" than "bads". Almost everyone had extra "goods" to share! I was thankful as I realized that the "bads" really aren't that bad!

How often do we spend too much time thinking about the "bads" that we close our eyes to the GREAT things that God has placed in our lives? I am thankful that God will even turn the bad things in our lives to good so that we can glorify Him more!

Even though my kids are getting older, I still love these times at the dinner table. I hope that somehow they might be 'getting' that it is much more than just what's gone on in their day. It is learning that it's all important, but it's the good that out-weighs the bad most of the time, and that we are all here for each other all of the time!

Romans 12:9-10
Love must be sincere. Hate what is evil; cling to what is good. Be devoted to one another in brotherly love. Honor one another above yourselves.

Thursday, April 16, 2009

Big Decisions


Pray for Jared. He's making some pretty big decisions right now. I'm really proud of him. It's really hard, I want to make the "easy" decisions. I want what is easiest for him. But I've always prayed that God would do mighty things through him. It takes mighty steps to follow God in mighty ways.

Here's what I really want to talk about...last night, Maci and I were driving home. She told me that she wished there were more guys out there like Jared. She said that Jared is what gives her hope that she will find a Christian guy who really served the Lord. She said that she didn't look to "just have a boyfriend". She was waiting to find someone who really was a great guy. Someone like Jared. How proud does that make me?? Not only in my son, but in my daughter. I am so proud that they are both looking to God more than themselves. And there's Molly. I hear often from Molly's small group leaders and moms of her friends, what an influence she is on her peers. Last night, after I prayed with her, I told her I was proud of her. She said, "Do you just say that out of habit?" I was a little surprised. But I told her that everyday, I think of how proud I am of her character and how she stands up for what she believes. I am proud that she chooses to follow Christ and be an example to her friends. Molly is so service gifted. She will do anything for anybody. I truly am proud of her.


I don't mean to brag on my kids. But they are at an age, that I can say, these are all things that I have NOTHING to do with. These are all choices they have made and are making daily. Yes, it all could change, tomorrow. But today, and no matter what tomorrow holds, I am so proud of my kids.

Friday, April 10, 2009

Storms!

Storms...today there were several tornadoes that touched down in Murfreesburo. For those of you who don't know, Murfreesburo is in our county, about 10 minutes from my house. Many homes were destroyed and lives were lost. The devastation made me think of our everyday lives.

Storms...Jared is trying to decide what to do next year. He has several really tough decisions to make about college and ministry opportunities.

Storms...Sarah is trying to figure out where she belongs and we are trying to follow God's leading in how we are supposed to be involved in that.

Storms...we are all involved in them in one way or another at almost any given time in our lives. Sometimes they can be severe. Sometimes they roll through barely noticed.

Luke 8:22-25 tells us about Jesus and the disciples being out on the boat in the storm. The disciples got scared. Jesus rebuked the wind and the raging waters; the storm subsided, and all was calm, "Where is your faith?" Jesus asked.

Storms...so often, I just need to read this over and over, and remember that JESUS, Himself, rebukes the storms for me! He goes before my Father and all is calm.

Monday, March 30, 2009

Our weekend!

Jared got home yesterday morning! (Sunday) So great to hear all about the many things God did in and through him on this trip to Brazil. This was Jared's 3rd time to Brazil. He truly loves the people. You can see his blog at www.jaredshingleton.wordpress.com He has some great pictures and blogs about his trip.

We also got a new oven! Kent got a great deal! I'm back to cooking:) Tonight I use "both" the top and bottom oven! Woo Hoo! How old does that make me?? To be excited about using two ovens. Sad...

Kent, the girls, and I went to the symphony this weekend. THANKS to Bobby Brantley who gave us his boxseats. It was a great experience. We went to eat at a little Italian place first. We were all dressed up, my girls even wore heels! They were beautiful!

We had Sarah for the weekend. It was fun. She is fitting in great with our family. It just seems "normal" for her to be here. Life has had to change in some ways, but God is blessing that, and I believe He is changing us for the better. My prayer is that we are helping her in this VERY difficult time. We have had some great talks about her mom. Friday night we were laying in bed, and I asked her what she missed most about her mom. We talked for a long time. It was a little emotional, but I think healing for her. Please pray for her. She holds most of her feelings in, so when she talks about things, I see more hurt than what we realize just being around her daily.
Continue to pray for Maci and Molly also, as this is life changing for them, too. We don't know if we will be able to have this time with her for just a few more months or if God will open the door for it to be on a longer basis. Our prayer is that we are open to His will and that we will know His voice as we continue to follow in whatever way He leads.

I was a little sad taking Maci back to school today. I have had a great spring break spending time with my girls. I am so proud of them. I'm now looking even more forward to summer and having ALL my kids home together!

I am so thankful that we are not on this earth to simply be about US! These scriptures stood out to me this weekend:

"As the Father has loved me , so have I loved you. Now remain in my love. If you obey my commands, you will remain in my love, just as I have obeyed my Father's commands and remain in his love. I have told you this so that my joy may be in you and that your joy may be complete. My comand is this: Love each other as I have loved you. Greater love has no one than this, that he lay down his life for his friends. You are my friends if you do what I command. I no longer call you servants, because a servant does not know his master's business. Instead, I have called you friends, for everything that I learned from my Father I have made known to you You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you to go and bear fruit-fruit that will last. Then the Father will give you whatever you ask in my name. This is my command: Love each other.

Thursday, March 26, 2009

Why?

Why do ovens cost so much?? I'm thinking, we should go back to using the fireplace to cook in! It would be so much cheaper! I've also enjoyed all the delicious grilled food my husband has been preparing on the outdoor grill:) I've also enjoyed getting to eat out more often. Hmm...if I figured up the price of a new electric range (the one with the double oven is my favorite) and compared it to eating out...no...but cooking on the grill and in the fireplace would work...hmmm....and I would just be in charge of the veggies...I LIKE IT!!

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

He Called!!

We were in WalMart tonight and JARED called!!! He was using April's international phone! I couldn't believe it when I heard his voice! So exciting :))) He sounded like a man though...Kent reminded me that HE IS A MAN :( He said he was sitting outside looking at the most beautiful stars and it was so peaceful. Then he said that he saw an owl staring at him from a tree. Pretty creepy he said. Anyway, he is loving it. He sounded really happy, yet hurting for some of the people there. He asked us to pray for the people that they are meeting and talking to. He said the stories of their lives just make you cry. Pray that although they may not be able to change their circumstances on earth, they can lead them to Christ who can change their eternity! Make sure and pray for him at about 1:00 tomorrow afternoon. He is talking with a little girl, I think she's about 10 or 11, that he met last year. She's really had a rough time. You can read more about her on his blog www.jaredshingleton.wordpress.com It was so great to hear from him. It made me cry when I hung up the phone, not just because I miss him, but because I know that God is using him and it makes me so proud.
Jared, if you're reading this, "I love you, Son!"

Monday, March 23, 2009

Gatlinburg and Brazil!

jared in brazil, 2008

It's been a busy weekend! We left for Gatlinburg on Friday and Jared left for San Paulo, Brazil.

Kent and I led break out sessions at the state WMU/Acteens conference. It was fun. I enjoy speaking to girls about using the strengths and gifts that God has given them. We took Maci and Molly and Sarah. Maci and Molly helped sell t-shirts in the exhibit hall while I watched Sarah play on the escalator when I wasn't leading a conference. I hadn't thought about it, but I guess with her mom having had cerebral palsy, she didn't ride on escalators much. I bet Sarah rode up and down them 100 times! We rode the Sky Lift, which Sarah loved and she swam and even rode go-carts. She decided she wants to live in Gatlinburg. Hmmm.....I know I just taught that God made us all different, but... I think He can use my unique self on this side of Tennesse. :) I don't think I was created to live in East TN. GREAT! Now that I say that, God will probably call Kent that direction just to show me that it's Him who decides these things, not me. Sorry God!

Speaking of where we are called...Jared is in Brazil. He says he feels like he's home!!!!!! He has said many times that he would love to live there and minister to the people of Brazil. God could be calling him south! We'll see. This is his third time to Brazil and he loves the people. They are pretty amazing. I must say that I don't blame him. Pray for him this week. They will leave on Saturday night and fly overnight. He gets home on Sun. morning at 10:45. You can see his blog at http://www.jaredshingleton.wordpress.com/ He is updating quite often. YEA for me! It definitely helps to hear from him about what God is doing through him.

Maci and Molly (and I) are enjoying Spring Break!! Kent took us fishing today. Not many fish, but we caught a few brim. It was fun. Hope you're having a great week! Let me know what is keeping you busy this spring!??

Wednesday, March 4, 2009

YEC, sleepover, and more of our crazy life!

YEC is this weekend! I hate how hard Kent has to work the weeks leading up to the conference, but it always comes off so great! I'm so proud of my husband. His heart's desire is to do this to glorify God so that as many teenagers as possible will have life-changing experiences! We are excited that Sarah is going with us this year.

Speaking of S...we had her birthday sleepover this past weekend! On Friday, I was set for 13 little girls to show up at my home. I took cupcakes to her school and by the time we got to our house, the phone had started ringing. More RSVP's. (I finally quit answering the phone when I didn't recognize the number, bad?) S had filled out more invitations and taken them to school. Moms started telling me that they were bringing extra siblings that weren't invited. When I protested, they offered to bring more goody bags and food, but insisted on bringing their other kids! We ended up with 21 little girls. 3 went home by midnight. We played games, facepainted, made bracelets, picture frames, and book marks. We danced and watched movies and ate! It was FUN! S spent the night away from her mom or aunt for the first time. She decided she could do it as long as we promised to make biscuits and gravy the next morning!! Sweet! She ended up spending the next night too! She said, "It's funny how I couldn't sleep away from home when I was 7, but when I turned 8, now I can!" We are loving pouring our hearts into this little girl. She is so smart and beautiful. Please continue to pray for her.

Kent and I are also leading a the Fireproof class at Donelson View. It is challenging me to pray for him and show him respect even more. I am thankful to have a husband that makes it easy. I know I am blessed.

Jared leaves for Brazil in just over 2 weeks. We still have 4 large t-shirts for sale. That would complete the cost of his trip! If anyone wants one??? $20. Jared has such a passion for the people of Brazil. We know that God will use him there.

God is truly working in our home right now. We are having more opportunities to serve Him than we have had in a long time. It is a joy to feel that you are right on His path. Knowing that He is leading us each step of the way, we follow. We are guarding ourselves against Satan right now. We know that with all that is happening, he could attack us. We are praying. Please join us in praying for God's protection on our lives.

Thursday, February 26, 2009

Life with a 7-almost-8-year old!

Well, I know I haven't had much time to blog lately, but our life has been crazy, but good. We have gotten to spend a lot of time with Sarah. She is a joy. Lot's of spunk! She keeps our family on our toes. Tomorrow is her 8th birthday. We are having a sleepover! I can't remember if 8-year olds sleep or stay awake all night?? January help Maci and Molly's sleepovers, and the girls were up most of the night, but I'm thinking they fall asleep when they're younger. I've planned lots of activities to make them sleepy then ending with a movie in their pj's and sleeping bags! Pray that Sarah doesn't get scared and that she is able to stay here all night. I think it will be fun.

Also, I don't think I have told you about our new puppy! Grandma came to town, and bought Molly a malti-poo for her birthday. We had a great time with her. I wish they lived closer!! I miss her already. I'll put pictures of little Tucker, up later!

What's going on with you? What's keeping you busy?

Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Sweet Sarah, Please Pray

I don't know how many of you still read my blog, we're all so into Facebook now, but I need to ask you to pray and this seemed the best way.
Last Friday afternoon there was a fire at 7-year old, Sarah's duplex. She was still at school. Her Mom died of smoke inhalation and her side of the duplex was completely destroyed. Her aunt and uncle lived on the other side and their home is badly damaged. Luckily, they are safe. Sarah has been spending the nights with them at a hotel, and the days with me. We have gone shopping and to a movie. She's gotten pretty good at bowling on the Wii. She loves the trampoline. She asks a lot of questions. I am so very thankful that God has placed me here to help cushion her. I guess that sounds like a strange term for it, but it's how I feel. I feel like I'm just the part that may make the fall a little easier. Sarah loved her Mommy. When I asked her what about some toys she might want to get to play with, I said, "What did you play with at home?" She said, "I just played with my mommy." Sarah's mom had cerebral palsy. She could take great care of Sarah, but it made things a little different. Sarah took on a lot more responsibility than most 7-year olds. It made the time with her mom, maybe even a little closer, more special. Here's where I need your prayers. Sarah has a dad. He's coming for the funeral tomorrow (Thursaday). I don't believe he's in any shape to take care of Sarah. Her aunt and uncle have gotten temporary custody. I can't say a lot, but I'm asking you to pray God's will for Sarah's life. Please ask for protection. Please ask for peace and comfort for all of the family. Yesterday, Sarah and Molly made matching bracelets for her and her mommy. She is going to put one on her in the casket. Pray for her as she sees her for the first time today.
Again, I am so thankful for my time with Sarah. I am blessed that I have been able to listen to her heart. Someday soon, I want to write all the things she has said down. They are precious. Many things could be learned by all of us from the eyes of this little girl. Her mommy taught her about Jesus's love. She knows without a doubt that her mommy is singing loudly with the angels and that she will be with her again one day.

Thursday, February 12, 2009


I am lucky to be in love with my best friend! What a great song by Jason Mraz. Maci downloaded it onto a CD and I can't stop listening to it.
How great is it to still love the man that I married, almost 20 years ago.
My mom left this up without posting it!
OH!&& this is Mollay!:p
Ok what I have ta say is...
uhm yeah... I love my parents&& I
know I am lucky for them to still
be in love cause a lot of my friends
parents aren't....
BUT! ewww! I don't wanna hear
about their love life!
And uhm, yeah, I am sorry but
that was my favorite song first!:p
Peace out bby!

Friday, February 6, 2009

My mom's coming to Nashville!

I can't wait! My mom will be here tomorrow at 4:10pm! I love when my mom comes. I wish my dad were coming too, but I'll take whatever I can get!

Monday, February 2, 2009

My Baby is 14!


Molly has always been my clown. Not too concerned about being silly and not worried about what everyone will think of her! I wish I would have had that confidence at her age. She is beautiful and kind. She has a servants heart. I have always believed that God would use her to serve others and that many people would come to know Him through seeing Molly's heart for those around her. I am already seeing that! When she was little, she was always the first to help clean up someone else's mess. Now she is the first to want to go help when someone is in need. Kids LOVE her, and she is so good with them. Her friends come to her for advice and for someone to listen. She's great at it! She cares deeply. She loves deeply. I can't believe how quickly she is growing up. Although I wish I could keep her little, I am so proud of the young lady she is becoming. No matter how old she gets, she will always be my baby girl. I love you Molly Polywog!

Wednesday, January 28, 2009

We might be adopting!!

Okay, I knew that would get you to read this!!! I've gotten so bad about posting over the holidays, that I think you have quit reading my blog! But...we're not adopting a baby (although I would in a heartbeat if Kent wanted to), we ARE looking into adopting a puppy! Molly has wanted a puppy for about 2 years. Yes, we have Pogo and LOVE him, but Molly wants a baby to take care of and raise. Since Cayden and Deacon moved, she hasn't been able to use her nurturing skills very much. Her birthday is this Friday, so we'll see...

Friday, January 23, 2009

25 Things

I've been tagged. Not sure how to do this, but here goes.

Are these things that people don't know about me or things that everyone knows? I'm so transparent, everyone knows everything about me if they know me!

1. I never knew that I would be sooooo much in love with my husband almost 20 years after our wedding!
2. I have an amazing son, who is graduating in May. His relationship with Christ, makes me want to get closer to Him as well!
3. I have an incredible daughter who just turned 16. She faces challenges in a way that encourages me to believe that I too, can do anything!
4. I have a precious daughter who is almost 14. She teaches me, daily, to laugh at myself and never get too serious that I miss out on the joys of life!
5. I never expected to love Donelson View Baptist Church, the way that I do!
6. I am now a life coach!
7. I have a fashion merchandising degree, but don't like spending money on my clothes!
8. I love teaching my kids! I love to see their expression when they figure out something that was really tough!
9. I love tutoring other kids.
10. I just love kids!
11. I have the greatest friends in the world. I feel that my best friends from OK, AR, and TN will be my best friends forever! Just because I move, they are still soooo close to my heart.
12. I love people. I love finding out about their lives and what makes them tick!
`3. I miss the Iveys! I can cry at any given moment when I think of not getting to see them very much!
14. I love when other people tell me how great my kids are or how great my husband is. (that's not bragging is it?)
15. I love the beach! Sure Hawaii would be great, but Gulf Shores or Orange Beach works for me!16. My parents live wayyyy too far away! OKLAHOMA! I get to see them about 4 times a year, but it's never enough.
17. I talk to my mom several times a day. My dad calls to ask if I know where she is. I know if she's at the grocery store or nail shop. He doesn't!
18. I love planting flowers and gardening, but hate pulling weeds.
19. I love watching Jared drum and my girls play volleyball.
20. I love reading, especially in the summer.
21. I love the times that I am in that place of "abiding" in the Lord. It is when I am focusing on ONLY Him and His love for me! It is that "me time" that I feel most confident and at peace with who I am.
22. I love hearing my husband preach! I learn more from him than from anyone else. Maybe it's becasue I know that he relies on God so much for the words that he says. I believe God speaks through him to me.
23. I love being a mom to teenagers. Maybe you got that from #2, #3, and #4! It was so hard at first, but now I think I'm getting it down:) Sorry Jared, that it's taken me so long.
24. Although I love the beach, I LOVE skiing also. I wish I were skiing with Jared right now! LUCKY!
25. When people say, "Can you believe that she's a minister's wife?" about me, I wonder if that's a compliment or complaint!
I've been tagged to do this a million times, but haven't taken the time to do it, so here goes.

Time to relax!

Kent and I talked to Maci's teacher yesterday. I don't know if he will change anything, but at least I feel like he knows what the students are feeling now. We'll see. My sweet husband is so good with people. I sort of wanted to tell the teacher that he was totally confused on how to teach and on what his expectations were of the students. Kent kept it all warm and friendly. I didn't explode and the teacher really listened. I love having Kent with me in these moments. He keeps me balanced.

I almost had to drive Jared's car to pick up Maci!! Jared has gone snowboarding and they took my car. Kent is out of town. Soooo...J wanted me to go drive his car last night so that I could get used to it. I told him that I was NOT driving his car. I haven't driven a stick since I was 20. I drove my car to tutor today and then came home. Jared left on his trip. I had arranged for Molly to get a ride home. Then at 3:00 it hit me! I have to pick up Maci! I started thinking of all the hills between my house and Lancaster!! All the stop lights and intersections! Oh my gosh!! What if I roll into someone or stall in the middle of the light! Or worse, stall in the line in front of all Maci's teachers and friends. She will kill me! Just then Molly called and said that she would be home a little late because the people picking her up (the Lefevres) had to go by the dump!!!! The dump is not far from Maci's school!! Needless to say, I humbled myself and begged, well, they didn't make me beg, I just felt like I should. They said they would pick Maci up too! THANK YOU LEFEVRE FAMILY!

I'm so ready for the weekend! For several reasons this week has been draining. I'm ready to relax. Hope you have a great weekend!

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Frustrated!

Question. How many of you know what an annotated bibliography is? Did you have to do them on highschool history papers? Did your English teacher teach it first?? Did your highschool history teachers assign you a 4-6 page paper at the same time you were supposed to be working on a 7 page term paper? Oh, and none can be done in class. All homework. Just wondering.

Maci Rae is 16!!

I can't get these off!! I have to wait to get to Kent's computer when he gets home. I tried the other day and I couldn't connect with it and now my computer is so messed up that it won't even open a new window. Soooo......turn off you sound unless you're still wanting a little Christmas spirit with the snow outside and all!

Yes, my sweet Maci is 16! I can't believe it. I am so proud of her. She hasn't got her license yet. She doesn't seem to prioritize getting her permit, which works for us! No license, no need for a car! Hopefully she will get on that soon. Although I don't know if any of us REALLY want her on the road :)
She is such a good girl with a true love for the Lord. She is funny, kind, encouraging, and merciful. I love the time we spend together. I love the relationship that she has with Molly. They are like best friends. I always thought I would have liked to have had a sister. The relationship they have is exactly what I would have wanted. What a joy to be given the privilege to be her mom!

I hope you had a chance to look at the Ivey families blog or Aaron's blog. (They're on my sidebar). I am so humbled to see what their family does for the glory of the kingdom. They have taken in a little girl from Haiti, who has spina bifida (sp), and are hosting her while she had surgery and is now recovering. Jamie spent 7 LONG days in the hospital with her, making decisions out of love for a child that is not her own. WOW! I can't say enough about how proud of them that I am (I feel like I'm the (much) older sister). I met Jamie when she was pregnant with Cayden. It is nothing short of amazing to watch a young couple, who follows Christ so faithfully, allow God to shape their lives and see His blessings over them.

I can't believe that Cayden is 5! The first time we kept him he was 7 months old. Aaron and Jamie had gone to Chicago for a long weekend. My front room was completely full with all the stuff they brought for me to take care of him. Johnny Jumper, stroller, CD player with lullaby tapes, monitor, suitcases with clothes, suitcase with bottles and formula and food. And....the pages of instructions. Although I tried to follow them closely, Kent did let him have his first taste of Dr. Pepper. I'm so sorry Jamie! I think it was later that he gave him his first ice cream?? Or was it on that visit. Not sure. I still treasure the times we had keeping Cayden and Deacon. We miss them so much now that they are in Austin.

Well, that is a little bit of an update. Hope your January is going great! Stay warm!

Saturday, January 17, 2009

so much to say, so little time!


I must first say that Maci Rae put the heading on this picture! lol! She cracks me up-always!

I promise to get back to this! At least I got my background changed!! Woo hoo!


I'd love to talk about Fedna, so please go to "The Ivey Family" blog on my list to see all about her.


I'd love to talk about my excitement over becoming a "Life Coach".




I'd love to talk about my sweet Maci turning 16!!!!!




I'd love to talk about Big Boy Cayden turning 5! (unbelievable).




But...I"ll have to get back to you on all of it!!




Tonight is Maci's party and I've got to clean house! My husband also wants something clean to wear...




Lot's to do, I promise to get back soon! Here's a few pictures in the mean time :)

Friday, January 2, 2009

Returns and Exchanges

Off to make the exchanges for Christmas presents that didn't fit or maybe another color would be nice. My mom got me a great warm-up suit to wear on those cold winter days when I'm staying home to sit by the fire and eat bon bons (ya, right)...Kent said I look like a lima bean. I'm going to find another color. I actually LOVE having things to exchange. It gives me the chance to pick out exactly what I would want without spending the money. This time it's a warm-up suit in a different color! My family knows what I like, so it doesn't happen very often. Do you think that is being ungrateful? Should I keep it and wear it anyway, like when Kent is out of town!!?? How did your Christmas presents work out?