Tuesday, March 30, 2010


I asked Noah what he wanted to be when he grew up. His response:

"Nothing. I just want to be with you and daddy."

Sunday, March 28, 2010

Women's Retreat

This past weekend, I was able to go to a women's retreat with some awesome ladies. After last week, it felt like a breath of fresh air. It was so good to connect with some of the other ladies that I have met in our network. I got some good prayer, had good chats with the ladies, and learned some good principles about God's sovereignty and being unafraid.

I came back feeling totally refreshed and ready to face the week. If only Dave had had the same opportunity. He had to work on Saturday.

A shout out to Heather and Kristin who I know will probably read this. It was a great weekend wasn't it?? Leave some love ladies.

Have a great night!

Thursday, March 25, 2010


Dave woke up this morning feeling much better. Thank you Jesus!! I'm going to pray that it continues throughout the day.

Digging Deep

When our GPS was stolen, I was crying to my friend Sarah. It felt like another kick in the gut. She encouraged me by saying that I had faith when Dave lost his job. She reminded me that when this happened, I had to fight for my faith. And I did. I had to dig deep, but I still have faith in God's plan. It seems we're still fighting.

Dave has basically been sick since this weekend. Stress has a way of wrecking havoc on Dave's body, and I would consider the news on Thursday, and working 40 hours in 3 days significant stressors. He's been miserable the last few days. Last night was the worst. He was up most of the night. About 4am, he finally decided to go to the ER, the pain was so bad. I was frantically praying that God would just heal him. About 30 minutes after he had left, he called me. He was sitting outside the ER, and he felt better. The car ride seemed to have helped him. He rested outside the ER for a little while to make sure, and then drove home. He is still sleeping, thankfully. I am fervently praying that God heals his body. He can't keep going like this.

Because he's on call this week, he found out that he has to work overnight tonight for another doctor. Besides the fact that he is still not feeling well, it poses other problems for us as well. I leave for a woman's conference tomorrow morning at 5:30am and he doesn't get off work until 8. We'll figure it out, but it's yet another thing to consider.

Lord, I'm digging deep. I still trust you have a plan for us. Please heal and restore Dave's body. I know that you have a plan for our life. We love you.

Sarah reminded me of these verses the other day:

We rejoice in the hope of the glory of God. Not only so, but we also rejoice in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope. And hope does not disappoint us, because God has poured out his love into our hearts by the Holy Spirit, whom he has given us. Romans 5:2b-5

Monday, March 22, 2010

Life changing

Where to start? I've learned a lot about faith and hope this week. On Thursday, we had a great family day. We helped our friends pack their house, went home and mulched our front yard. It looks beautiful. Afterwards we ran some errands. Dave had a doctors meeting that night. It was supposed to be about a specific case that had gone awry. It apparently wasn't.

We found out that the Animal Emergency Clinic is closing. Either July 1st, or whenever two doctors leave. It was a major blow mostly because we didn't see it coming at all. We processed it on our drive home (I had dropped him off since we were already running errands). As shell-shocked as I felt, I also felt immediate assurance that God would provide for our needs. That He would provide the right job for Dave, and not just any job, and that it would be OK.

If you know anything about me, you know that I'm a recovering worrier. So, for me to feel this way is a little uncharacteristic. The last few months, my faith has felt a bit helter-skelter. It's been there, but has felt foggy. Having this happen, it felt like everything realigned and became clear again. I have this saying written in my bible, "Never doubt in the dark what you have seen in the light". I trust that God will take care of all our needs. We'll be OK.

I haven't been at liberty to blog about this until Dave told the technicians at their meeting last night. Now, Dave is updating his resume and going to make some calls. He's willing to explore all his options. Things are still very unknown at this point.

To top it off, Dave came home this morning from work and found our van door cracked open. Someone had stolen our GPS. Super. It's partially my fault. We usually leave the van in the garage, but our garage has a lot of stuff in it for our garage sale, so the van has been sitting out. I usually lock the doors, but last night I was carrying in bags of groceries and library books and my hands were full. I must have forgotten to come back out and lock it. Still, I feel violated and icky that someone was rooting around in our van. Ugh. Weirder still, although I generally am not bothered when Dave is at work overnight, (mostly because we have Chester) last night I had a hard time falling asleep because I was thinking someone would break in to the house. I had to rethink if I had locked all the doors...and I had, just not apparently the van door.

When I was writing the first part of this last night, I was completely filled with hope. The GPS being stolen this morning knocked me down a little bit. Yet, as I continue to rally this morning, I am still hopeful that God's plan is bigger than my own. I still trust Him. Even when I don't understand.

Thank you God for never leaving or forsaking us. We are trusting you with our situation and pray that you would lead us in these next steps. We love you Lord.

Sunday, March 21, 2010

Heard around the house

Callie just woke up from a nap and walks into where Noah is:

Noah: Hi Callie! Hi princess!

Sunday, March 14, 2010

Kid updates

Callie- POOPED IN THE POTTY! We have been loosely potty training Callie the last few days. When we are home, she is running around in underwear and we are setting her on the potty. Tonight she let me know when she had to poop, so we sat her on the potty...and well, I'm sure you can imagine the rest...it was successful. We were so excited. Dancing around, clapping. She just looked at us, like we were a little strange. :-)

Her new phrase is, "My do it". We're apparently very independent now.

Noah- Well, let's say that Noah's behavior seems to be in direct correlation to the weather. :-) February was brutal. March has been significantly better. I mean phenomenal. He's been so good. Listening, following directions, minimal to no fits. We've been playing outside as much as we can, and I think that helps all our moods immensely. The last few days it's been raining...making today a little harder, but not too bad. He's quite creative. He made a "machine" today out of chairs and kept crawling over it multiple times like he was on a conveyer belt. It kept him busy for about 45 minutes. It was fantastic. I love seeing Noah's smile and even watching his silly antics. He's a fun kid.

It's been nice though...I've had really great cuddle time with both of them this week. Callie fell asleep on me the other day. That hasn't happened in so long...I cherished the moment. Noah and I stayed up and cuddled together watching a movie last night just the two of us. It was incredibly sweet. I won't get these moment's forever, so I'm definitely treasuring them now.

Friday, March 12, 2010

Your love never fails

Last weekend, we had our Spring leaders retreat at Ross camp. It was amazing on so many levels. Not to mention, the weather was AMAZING!

A few highlights:

* Dinner on Friday night: A mother of highschoolers, an actual highschool student, and myself all had an amazing chat about parenting different ages. It was such an interesting conversation...and at one point I just thought, this is really cool. Thanks God.

* I got some REALLY good prayer from my dear friend during the first worship set. She's one of those who seems to always know when to pray for me and I'm so thankful for her. My words seem really cheap to explain what it means to me. I just sat there SOBBING as she was praying over me. One of those great holy spirit moments where you don't care what's going on around you, you just want to keep experiencing God's presence.

* The stars were so beautiful where we were staying. Honestly, God really outdoes himself sometimes...they were stunning.

* I had a great time connecting with friends that I don't get to see all that often, and make some new ones as well.

* On Saturday afternoon, the weather was beautiful! A few of us just laid out in the sun, basking in the wonders of it. It feels so good to be able to be outdoors again.

* I felt refreshed. We had a full 24 hours away from the kids. It was so needed to just be able to be refueled, get some solid prayer, get some rest...so that we could come back better parents. Thanks Dad and Kat for watching them while we were gone!

* They played this song this weekend...and I LOVE it. It's called Your Love Never Fails by Jesus Culture.

Your Love Never Fails

Nothing can separate
Even if I ran away
Your love never fails

I know I still make mistakes
But You have new mercies for me everyday
Your love never fails

You stay the same through the ages
Your love never changes
There maybe pain in the night but joy comes in the morning

And when the oceans rage
I don't have to be afraid
Because I know that You love me
Your love never fails

Verse 2:
The wind is strong and the water's deep
But I'm not alone in these open seas
Cause Your love never fails

The chasm is far too wide
I never thought I'd reach the other side
But Your love never fails

You make all things work together for my good

So, I haven't had much time to jot down my thoughts from the weekend. I feel that these don't really give the weekend justice, but they are at least the highlights. And, listen to the song...it's amazing.

Tuesday, March 2, 2010


So, last week I randomly decided to paint Callie's room. I love the finished product. Dave finished the entry way and it looks great. Here's a few pics...

old color/trim

New color/trim

The entry way- I LOVE IT!!