A Praise Report!

In the midst of our heartache, God has brought us a great blessing!  A couple of Sundays ago, during Awana, God worked in our son’s heart, drawing him unto Himself, and our son heeded His calling!  Praise God, our son gave his life to Christ!

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Even though this picture is from almost a year ago (and he has changed so much in that time – Michael is now 13), I still wanted to give you a face to go with this praise report!  Rejoice with us in this answered prayer, and pray for him as he begins his journey following God’s path for his life.

The Day My Life Changed Forever (otherwise known as, The Most Difficult Post I’ve Ever Had to Write)

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I can’t tell you how many times I’ve started to submit this post only to decide that I wasn’t ready just before clicking the “publish” button. But, I feel that it’s now time.

I vaguely mentioned that my family had recently gone through a dramatic change recently.  I wasn’t sure about sharing it here, but I feel that God is directing me that direction.  While I will not be giving every detail, I will share my story and how God is working in my life.

On the afternoon of January 19th, our lives were thrown a HUGE blow that we are still reeling from!  While I wish that I could say that we had no idea that it was coming, we had been praying and praying that God would not allow it to come to this.  On this day, our oldest daughter decided that she was moving out and moving in with her boyfriend, his mother, his mother’s boyfriend, his sister, and his young twin brothers.  She came home early from work and had already packed her bags the night before.  She had been planning this for a long time.

Over the last several months, he has convinced her that our beliefs are not for her, that there is no God, and that he means more to her than anything else.  Our hearts are just breaking.  We had put rules in place to help protect her, yet give them the space to get to know each other in a safe setting here at home.  We wanted them to get to know each other, as well as allow us to get to know him.  They both chose to ignore this rule and take matters into their own hands, and continually deceive us about everything.  While we definitely were not happy about this and both said some things that we know we shouldn’t have out of hurt and anger, we would always ask her for forgiveness.  We were/are hurting, scared parents who cannot save our 19-year-old daughter from the very bad choices that she is making.

 We had told her months ago what the consequences of moving out and going down a path that we could not/would not sanction would be, but she still chose to follow whatever bad advice that she was receiving from him.  He and his family are a godless family with no desire to have Christ in their lives.  She sees this as an acceptable way of life.

We took back her car, which was part of the lease program through my husband’s work, and she had to buy her own car.  We also found out that the day she moved out, she was fired from the job that she has loved.  She would not tell us the reason.

Our hearts are so heavy right now.  I’ve cried harder and sobbed louder than I ever thought possible.  My husband and our other two children are just as heartbroken and confused about things as I am.  Please don’t think that I’m saying that we are perfect and have made all the right decisions.  I’m sure that we have made mistakes, and will make many more before it’s all said and done.   The decisions we’ve had to make since this has happened have not been easy.  Some have caused my heart to break even more, even though I didn’t think that was possible.  We are having to let her go physically, but we have the promise that He has never left her, regardless of what she thinks.  Our prayer is that God will use her poor choices to draw her to him, and that He will soften her heart toward Him.  We are also praying that He will give us the peace & comfort that we need right now during this difficult time so that we can be the parents that we need to be not only to her, but to our other two children, as well.  While we can’t answer the “why’s”, we are here to show them what God says in His Word.  I could list dozens of verses that He has shown me since this all happened about peace, comfort, how we battle sin on a daily basis, how he gives us the strength to get through each minute, each heartache, each spiritual battle, etc.

While we don’t understand why this is happening to our family, we do know that God knew that it was going to happen, and that He will walk with us through this battle.  He will bring us through it.  She is His, as is the rest of my family.  Just because she chooses not to acknowledge Him right now, doesn’t mean that He doesn’t love her.

I don’t know what the future holds for my oldest daughter, but I do know that I still love her, and I will always love her.  She knows that she is welcome to come home, but our rules will still apply.  Please, if you feel led, lift my family up in prayer as we go through this difficult time.  I’m not looking for sympathy or criticism, but just asking for prayers.

God is using this time to draw my family (especially me), closer to Himself.  My biggest prayer is that He uses this situation to draw her to Himself.  I pray that my family and I will allow God to take this situation and use it for His Glory.  Will you pray with me?

Long Time, No Post!

Hello, everyone!  Wow!  I can’t believe it’s been so long since I’ve really been able to post.  Not only has my life been a whirlwind of activities, but it’s also recently went through a dramatic change.  But, I’m praying that I may now have a bit more time to think about blogging again.  I really have missed it, but it had to go on the back burner while I dealt with everything going on around me.  My family comes first.

 

I hope everyone had a wonderful holiday season, celebrating our Savior, and a great start to the New Year.  While our New Year started out very well, it has become very rocky, very quickly.  But, God has it in control & I know that everything that is going on came as no surprise to Him.

 

So, be looking (hopefully) for more posts from me in the near future.

Happy Anniversary to Us!

April is one of my favorite months out of the year.  But, this year, I think I was so busy that I almost missed it!  One of the reason’s that it’s one of my favorite months is it’s our anniversary.  This year, we celebrated 20 wonderful years together!  Brian and I decided to get away for a few days and went to one of our favorite places to go:  Pigeon Forge, TN!  The weather was absolutely perfect!  No rain, warm during the day, and nice, cool nights.  Perfect for a couple’s retreat!

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Our Wedding Pic 1994

Big change in 20 years, huh?

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Anniversary Pic 2014

For our actual anniversary day, we met for breakfast at the local Cracker Barrel restaurant, and my sweet husband bought me a dozen red roses!  ❤  We had treated ourselves to new wedding rings while we were away, so we didn’t really do anything else that day.  Of course, his working night shift at the time also had something to do with that.

While I didn’t take a lot of pics this time, we had a wonderful time seeing some of our favorite sites, looking at all the cars that had come to the annual “Rod Run,” and just enjoying being together.  While our marriage has had its fair share of ups and downs, we have weathered it all together.  I love him more now than I ever thought possible, even 20 years ago!  I knew he was the man God had chosen for me and I have never had any doubts.

“Happy Anniversary, Brian! May God bless us with many more happy years together!”

When things are out of our control………

For some reason, WP has not liked my domain name & I’ve been struggling for months to get the two to agree to like each other & cooperate.  Now, for whatever reason, it seems that they are playing nice with each other and all is working well again.  Anything I tried to post would post to my blog, but it would not show up on my blog.  Instead, it would post on the free domain that I don’t use.  UGH!  So, since everything seems to be working again, I’m going to try to get back to blogging 2-3 times a week.  With our school schedule this year, I don’t know that I’ll be able to do more than that.  But, oh, how I’ve missed blogging!  I’ve missed hearing from my readers.  I do know that I am looking to move my blog to a paid hosting site before too long because I never want this to happen again, so there might be a short down time in the future, but nothing like the months that I’ve not been able to post anything!

Birthday Celebration & Legos™

I know it’s been a few days since I last posted, but I was very busy getting things ready to celebrate Michael’s 11th birthday!  It’s hard to believe that it’s been 11 years since my last baby was born.  I’m so very thankful that God chose to bless us with him.  This year, his birthday had a Lego ™ theme.  I made his cake to look like a Lego ™ building & used some of his Lego ™ figurines & blocks as decorations. 

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Birthday boy blowing out his candles:

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His actual birthday was on Monday, & we had a big surprise in store for him!  I didn’t get a pic of his face when he first saw where we were taking it, but he was very surprised, & he had a great time!  Can you guess where we took him?

 

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Yep.  You guessed it!  The Lego ™ Store!  It was so amazing to see all of the different types of sets that they had, and they had activity centers for kids to build & create right there in the store. 

 

 

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I even got proof that teenagers CAN be kept occupied AND entertained!

 

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And then there was the WALL OF LEGOS™!!!!

 

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Whoever thought of this one was a genius!

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And we all LOVED R2-D2!

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Of course, Katie would try to pick a fight IN the store, but I think she had an unfair advantage. What do you think?

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He was given money for his birthday by pretty much everyone, so he got to go shopping.  He bought a Lego™ Ningago set & a cup full of Legos™, and he still has money leftover.  He did very well.  After that, we took him out to eat at the restaurant of his choice, and he chose one of our favorite pizza buffet places, Stevi B’s! It was a long day, but we all had so much fun!  Now, Katie wants to go back for her birthday!  Wonder if she’ll change her 14-year-old mind between now & then?