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Now may the God of peace, who brought up from the dead our Lord Jesus-the great Shepherd of the sheep-with the blood of the everlasting covenant, equip you with all that is good to do His will, working in us what is pleasing in His sight, through Jesus Christ. Glory belongs to Him forever and ever. Amen.  Hebrews 13:20-21 Sweeping out the garage was the task at hand.  The garage was empty aside from the dirt on the floor.  I even had a broom.  Why did I feel like I was David facing Goliath?  The muddy floor spanned out for what seemed forever in front of me and my broom. I was overwhelmed. The job was well defined and I knew how to do it, but although I was coming at it with a broom, it was only a regular broom.  A push broom would have been a more appropriate tool for this particular task. As I spent my minutes attacking that clumped, dried up mud on the floor with my non-push broom, God began speaking to my heart. {I love it when He does this!} He gently reminded me that with Him, I…

MtR: He Is Just That Good

"You hem me in - behind and before; you have laid your hand upon me."  Psalm 139:5 Rick looked at me Sunday afternoon and told me that he believes my being at camp this weekend was putting me smack dab in the center of God's will.
"You have to be kidding me!" I thought to myself for a moment before saying anything.  "Did he really just say that?"
Really.  He did.  He even repeated it when I needed him to.
I smiled and chuckled, then told him that it was funny that he said that because I could name about 5 really good reasons why I should not have been there.  In reality there were even more...some I would find out about as the days went on.
It's true, too.  Just a week before as I sat in church, knowing how my gut feeling was that I needed to bring the boys North, I sat and looked at the calendar of events telling me it just wasn't possible.
Too many meetings...too many other peoples' expectations.
In my spirit I knew I had to go.
So I c…

MtR: jealousy

Then God spoke all these words:
I am the Lord your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the place of slavery.
Do not have other gods besides Me.
Do not make an idol for yourself, whether in the shape of anything in the heavens above or on the earth below or in the waters under the earth. You must not bow down to them or worship them; for I, the Lord your God, am a jealous God, punishing the children for the fathers’ sin, to the third and fourth generations of those who hate Me, but showing faithful love to a thousand generations of those who love Me and keep My commands.
Exodus 20:1-6 I was not prepared for it.  Had no idea the fierceness with which it came forth was possible.  It overwhelmed me...consumed me without hesitation.
The anticipatory fear of losing something one has to someone else. -Alia Hoyt Yes.  Brewing up inside of me. Wanting to erupt.  Clouding my thinking.  Leading to conclusions that may or may not be truth.  Leaving me empty.  Stealin…

Memories, Dreams, and Reflections 2012

Just like in January 2012, I have again enjoyed reflecting over this past year while finding photos to match the themes listed by Jaymi over at Live.Love.Travel...

me in 2012...Alaska, South Africa, Atlantic Ocean, Home

i ♥ little Alaskan Princesses

still laughing at the hobo sign (not visible is an actual hobo next to the sign, digging through the dumpster)

winter wonderland...the only snowflakes last winter

birthday present of NASCAR driving experience

friends encourage you to keep going to reach your goals (FlatTop Mountain, AK)

i was inspired to make the boys' memory blankets {finally}

spring fever broke out bad for me when in Cape Town, South Africa

vacation to South Africa

summer days of sun and swimming suits

a day in my cream treats are always requested

all smiles...NBC's mission team to Alaska

autumn...Mom's mums in Indiana

family...Candace and Murray Skyping with family on their wedding day

celebrate...happy dance over my first passport stamp

let's do it ag…

DPP 31: last hoorah

The tree came down today...well, earlier, on the's always a bittersweet moment when the lights give off their last minutes of twinkling joy.  
Happy New Year!

"What Will They Say Next?!" 3rd Edition

A 5 yr old little girl, Harbor, had her older brother, Alex, and Tim all at her beck and call while playing together. Her favorite being Alex, she told him when he asked her why she had been sitting on the side by herself, "I was waiting for you to check on should have come over and checked on me!" He apologized. She put him back on her A-list. :) 12.29

Alex was singing "The First Noel" while building a sandcastle sweet! 12.27

"Being a Ninja Turtle is hard work!" said Tim, as he finished fighting off the bad guys (a stuffed moose and bear) in the living room while pretending to be Michelangelo. 12.25

The boys had so much fun last night at their SS Christmas party. They were telling us all about it on the way home and their rendition was filled with laughter, some singing of the "new" 12 Days of Christmas, and ending with Tim saying, "Good times...good times!" 12.18

Sitting beside Tim on the couch, I noticed how …