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Showing posts from September, 2012

until the whole world hears

The Lord is near all who call out to Him, all who call out to Him with integrity. Psalm 145:18 Thursday evenings find me at soccer practice this fall.  Not only are both my boys playing on teams, I am the assistant coach of a team, too.  This week, our head coach was away. Insert me running practice.
In the middle of practice we huddle up for team devotions.  Sometimes it's very challenging to keep the team's attention during these few moments...distractions are abundant outside in the middle of a field.  Trains, kids, adults, bugs, grass...even the moon, I found out this night...can distract little minds. I had forgotten my coaches' book (Shh! Don't tell anybody!), but knew the verse dealt with authority.  Trying to load up the book on my phone, we began discussing what authority is and who is in authority over us.  We had began this discussion last week, so we just built upon what we had talked about last week.   We discussed how it is important to follow the author…
“Friendship is unnecessary, like philosophy, like art...It has no survival value;  rather it is one of those things which give value to survival.”  ~C.S. Lewis, The Four Loves
This group of TX/AK family of great value to my life!   The other evening, they gathered together for dinner.  I was not there, wished I was, but felt as if I were.   I began getting texts and fb notifications from my friends telling me that they wished I was there and how much they love and miss me.   They even tagged me to be with them at the restaurant even though I was hundreds of miles away.  How sweet is that!?!
One cannot have any better friends than these!  I am blessed!

{photo courtesy of M. Guerra}

the last minutes of summer

As I am typing this, 2 minutes and some odd seconds are what remain of summer 2012.  It has been a wonderful summer...filled with warm weather, sunshine and rain, and many memories.
I was looking back over some of my photos and I realize that I didn't take as many as I probably should have of the normal, everyday kind of days.
We had many a day on the road or airplane leading us on adventures to places known and unknown.  But, equal or more were the days where we basked in the sunlight in our very own yard.
The days of summer went by way too fast as a whole, but some days were long in and of themselves.  If I were to do those long days over again, I would change up our routine and find something else to do in those hours to help pass the time and make special memories along the way.
I have learned (and relearned) a few things this summer...
I overplanned some things and underplanned others.
Comfort doesn't always need to come first.
It's the little things that make b…

Grandma's Visit

Having my mom down to visit for a few days this week was wonderful.  We took the 3 days she was here and simply enjoyed our time with her.  No major plans necessary.  A refreshing time...tons of fun and laughs and Phase 10!
Her only request in coming was to go to Cafe Pig for some of their Brunswick Stew.  I was totally okay with this request...their stew is the best in all of GA and, just possibly, the entire country.  In the opinion of yours truly anyway.
We took Mom out to Cafe Pig for her birthday on Tuesday.  The day it decided to pour down rain.  It made it the perfect weather for a great bowl of stew.  We were not disappointed in our lunch choice, as usual.
Grandma always makes life better.  I'm so thankful we are able to see and visit with her several times each year even though we live 8 hours apart.
Alex and Tim agreed that this was one of the best weeks we've had in a long time.
We love you!

Scripture and a Snapshot: James 1:17

Grandpa's Tree

"A grandfather is someone with silver in his hair and gold in his heart."
~Author Unknown

Earlier this year, while we were visiting Grandma and Grandpa Miller, Alex discovered a little cedar tree growing in a can behind the house.  Excitedly, he showed my mom and I his treasure and asked why it was in a can.  Mom told him that Grandpa Miller had put the tree in that can about a year ago.  He has watered and tended to the little tree, not really having a plan for it, though.
Alex's question was, "Can I have it?" We sent him to find Grandpa Miller to ask him. Of course, the answer was yes. So, the little tree came home with us to Georgia.  And, has sat in that can, being watered and tended to by Alex (and the rest of the fam) all summer long.   This week, however, the tree was given a newer, bigger, although still temporary, home. We are in the process of selling our house.  We are also in the process of building a new one.  Alex did not want to plant the tree at…

it's the simple things...

Come, children, listen to me; I will teach you the fear of the Lord.
Who is the man who delights in life, loving a long life to enjoy what is good?
Keep your tongue from evil and your lips from deceitful speech.
Turn away from evil and do what is good; seek peace and pursue it.

Psalm 34:11-14

a note...

a box of buttons...

a handful of grapes...

a truckload of bees...

using a rolling pin...

a midwestern sunset...

...they make me smile.

Found a blog to link up with about some of our favorite things over at finding joy.

Stationery card...getting a head start!

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