Monday, November 30, 2009
I thought about that today. I thought, I read some stories of lives being changed, I thought some more. And guess what.. it does matter.
Tom Davis is in Ethiopia with Children's Hope Chest this week changing the world one life at a time. Orphans with no hope, find hope. With his leadership and our support children will live... it does matter.
DB is in Cambodia saving children from sex trafficking. One child at a time, reaching them, rescuing them, educating them, being Jesus to them... it does matter.
Here at home I encourage, love and invest in my kids knowing... it does matter.
If no one cared what anyone else did.. why did Jesus come?
The world is black and white. There isn't room for gray. No matter how much you want to live in the gray, it does not exist. Choices are either right or their wrong. Words either bless or they curse. Actions either lift up or tear down. We make decisions daily that DO effect the lives of other people around us. Is it showing Jesus or not? That's the bottom line.
One day you live, one day you die. What we do in between that time can change a life.
What is your legacy gonna be? Are you willing to stand for what is right even through the scoffing and the pain? What's it gonna take to realize you do count? You do matter... Are you gonna make today count? You may not be in Ethiopia like Tom but you do have neighbors, you do have family, you do have co-workers, you do have roommates. If they don't know the love and forgivness God offers and you are the only Jesus they will ever hear OR see.. are you making it count?
It does matter.
Tuesday, November 24, 2009
This is my little sister and her family. It was great seeing her after two long years! Two years tooo long.
The Three Sisters... me, Bobbie Jo, and Reginia
Best Buds ... and 1st Cousins. Josh is in on leave for two weeks before being shipped out again overseas. Oh, it's good to see family! These two go right back where they left off. Love it!
Reg and Dave are so happy for this small glimpse of time to spend with Josh. The only thing missing is Jenna Bug... We miss her!
Auntie Gaynell is recovering nicely after her operation. We made a quick stop over night in Vegas to see her.
Family time and good food! Ok.. so just family time. It was great to have all my chickies together at one table.
The Three Amigas...
Thursday, November 19, 2009
Tuesday, November 17, 2009
Gabe: " Hi Mom..sorry to wake you..is Dad there?" in his best cheerful voice.
Me: " Terrell....Gabe's on the phone."
Terrell: " Hey Son. uh huh. Not sure if you should call the police. Has he called his parents. Uh huh. ....Uh huh. Mmm. How are you getting back? Ok.. text me as soon as you know."
Me: "Is he okay?"
Terrell: " Yeah. They're in the hills and Drew's truck is down an embankment. Roads are icy. They're walking down a road trying to get a ride home. He's gonna text us."
Me: Quiet. Stomach aches. Adrenaline going. Glad he called. No ones hurt. It's late. It's cold. Who's picking him up? How far? What hills?
Terrell: " You awake?"
Terrell: "Me too. Let's pray together."
Text comes in finally.... Gabe: "I'm back."
Terrell: texts back " Don't go get the truck tonight. Go in the morning."
Gabe: "Planned on it."
He's safe. I can go back to sleep. Stomach still aches.
Woke up this morning realizing our son STILL calls us. So thankful he knows he can no matter what. No matter what. Also realized how glad I was to hear his voice and not a police officer. Gabe is away at college 2 hours from here. We pray daily...many times for him... and last night was reminder of so many things...Trust. Prayer. Winter icy Scariness. Terrell is always calm. Wisdom. Guidance. Thankful. Oh so Thankful.
This may not be our last middle of the night phone call but I'm here to say... Glad it's us he's calling instead of someone else. I always hate it when it happens, don't sleep much after that, but our kids know that they can count on us and no matter what... we're here.
Go hug your kids!
Monday, November 16, 2009
You gotta check out her story today and see the picture of the baby....
Oh the blessing of children!
Saturday, November 14, 2009
Friday, November 13, 2009
In 10 days I get to see her! I wish she lived closer but for now, I am WAY SUPER glad for technology. I can check out her life here or pick up the ol' telephono and chat...just because.
Monday, November 9, 2009
We stayed at Glenwood Springs Lodge and Hot Springs. I have seen this place online and was really excited about exploring this part of Colorado. Terrell surprised me with a package at the lodge that included two massage treatments; a couples massage and a mineral bath. We soaked in the pool every day...ahhh. This pool is fed by natural hot springs and is so nice and toasty. I wish I had a picture of the geriatric crowd. We were laughing because it reminded us of the movie Cocoon! I was very hopeful it would help my neck and shoulders but no luck. :( The weather couldn't be better and we got enough vitamin D to add color to our skin. A little vitamin D did this gal some good!
The drive was gorgeous. A few mountains had a sprinkling of snow left from the last storm.
And no trip would be complete with out a souvenir. Yep, we are now owners of a pop-up tent trailer. We've been looking for a long time but with the Duggars Motto "Buy used, pocket the rest!" running through our mind we kept searching. This little baby was hidden away in a small but GORGEOUS mountain town and waited 20 years for us to come get her. No not really but it is a 1989 vintage. How appropriate that it was created the same time we married. Oh.. goosh goosh. I can't help but be a hopeless romantic and sentimental fool.
Time away together never gets old. I adore my husband. I love being married and if anyone asks me, I would go back and do it all over again, just as we did. 20 years and counting....