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List of Thankfuls

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For the past couple of years I’ve done a November List of Thankfuls or #30daysofthanks on twitter.  It’s something that really helps me realize how blessed I really am.  It usually only ends up on facebook, and since I’ve been anti-facebook these days, I wanted to share what I have so far

I am copying these directly from facebook, and maybe giving more thoughts in italics. 🙂 

Day 1:  Today I am thankful for carports.  They keep my car free from frost and ice.  Silly I know but it’s important to be thankful for the little things.  That day I went to get in my car and noticed my neighbors cars that weren’t under a carport that had frost on them.  I’ve been there.  I will be there again I’m sure. 

Day 2:  Today I am thankful for this little book that came into my life called “Jesus Calling“.  This book has truly changed my life, my thoughts on God, how I interact with God, my walk with God.  SOOO many things.  Everyday as I’m reading it I know that God is using it to speak truth into my life.  It’s not the Bible, but I love it!  There are days when I question if my book reads the same as everyone’s because it’s like they’re written directly for me in THAT moment. 

Day 3:  Today I am thankful for this little house 🙂

I love this house!  My sister lived here before I did, and we hope to pass it to someone we know when I leave.  We have a lot of good memories here.

Day 4:  Today I am thankful that I live in the same town as my sister and bil.. There is a comfort that comes in being near family.. We may not always have that so I will FOREVER be thankful for this time.  This is such a blessing!!! 

Day 5:  Today I am thankful for kids that minister to my soul.. It’s been a day filled with laughter, fun pictures and videos, tickles, ice cream, silly hats and masks, reading time, playing mom and day, and so much more.. #blessed  This was the weekend I kept the kids.. Man it was wonderful! 

Day 6:  I missed yesterday..  I am thankful for the kindness of strangers.  I realized as I was leaving Andy and Jennifer’s neighborhood yesterday that I had a flat tire.  I prayed that God would help me and not 30 seconds later a neighbor called out and changed my tire for me.

Day 7:  Today I am thankful for how God answers prayers.  (See Day 6).  It’s during those quick answers that help me during the times when I have to wait..

Day 8:  I am thankful for the people I work with.  We’ve gone through some major changes in the past year, and it’s been stressful, but I am thankful for the team that has emerged out of this season.  There is a lot of laughing, praying, and loving going on at NLCC.  We are blessed.

Day 9:  Today I am thankful for my sister Jessi.  She is my best friend.  She puts God first and loves me unconditionally.. She has a beautiful heart.. She loves others like Christ commanded us to love others.. She’s forgiving.. She’s fun to be around.. We laugh a lot when we’re together.. We can talk about everything and nothing and still get each other.. She always listens when I need to talk and gives me sound advice.  (As my pastor put it, she is one of the few voices on my playlist.)  I love her soo much and am incredibly thankful for her.

Day 10:  Today I am thankful for Christmas and the joy that comes with this season.  So I maybe put up my Christmas tree this week.

Day 11:  Today I am thankful for New Zealand.. The country, the people, my teammates from America that I met there.  So much of who I am today is because of the year I spent there.  So many wonderful memories.. Happy 11:11:11 day.  We had a special party to celebrate this day while we were there back in 2004, and every year we send each other texts/facebook notes saying that we’re thinking of each other. 

That’s my list so far.. I hope you enjoyed 🙂  What are you thankful for??

Sorry it’s been a while..

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I’m still fairly new to this whole BLOG thing.. so sometimes it’s easy to let blogging fall to the wayside.  Now this doesn’t mean I haven’t been reading blogs.. cause of course.. I wouldn’t miss that!  🙂

 

So for a little recap, I wanted to share with you some pictures  of a concert we took the youth from our church to in August.. HAS IT BEEN THAT LONG??  Oh wow! Anyways.. in August we went to see Hillsong United.  I have seen them several times, but never in America and never on tour.  (Music festivals and small church gatherings in New Zealand before they hit it big.)  I go through phases with United where I really like them, or I’m tired of their music.. hey, I’m a girl.. IT’S ALLOWED! 🙂

Sorry, these were taken with my iPhone and while typically they turn out great.. apparently the lens was dirty here.  Me, Natalie, and Jessi (Hey Sister!!)  Oh and can’t forget Sam and Ethan in the background.

Our seats weren’t the best, but they weren’t the worst either.. and it was worth it for the fun that was had!

 

We had to end the night at Krispy Kreme of course.  That is a Greensboro concert ritual 🙂  Unfortunately, Sam was defeated by his doughnut.

We had a lot of fun, and I am realizing more and more how blessed I am by the people God has put in my life. 

My Heart

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So I just recently let the twitter world know that I have a blog.. And while I think it’s important for people to read what you write, it’s scary knowing that people will. My heart is a mess where this is concerned. I want to be real in ALL areas of my life, but there are some things that it’s hard to share. Are there any fellow bloggers out there that deal with this?? Any suggestions on how to overcome this? Is it ok to keep some things private?

Right now I’m praying through some pretty big stuff, and I’m not quite ready to let the world know all the details. Is that ok?? I guess what I’m saying is please be praying with me. God is doing something and while I don’t know how it’s all going to work out I’m excited. He has put some new dreams in my heart this year. I’m excited about what HE has in store.

And I promise… I will give you more details soon :).

A Post with Pictures

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Last week, I was in Florida with my dad’s whole side of the family.  It was wonderful and I’m ready to go back.  I don’t get to be with this side of the family often, so it truly was a treasure to be with them.  I kept being reminded of what a blessing it was to be there and tried to be grateful through it all.

This was my view on the plane flying to Atlanta.  I flew to ATL on Thursday to drive my Pop (grandpa) down on Friday.  He has cancer and is on major drugs and doesn’t need to be driving.

Breakfast on the road with Pop and Ms Essie

This was my view most days..

Some of the food we ate.  All the families took turns cooking so we didn’t have to eat out every night.  It worked out great and saved money.  We still had our good “Beach” foods.

The Deadliest Pontoon.. Basically we tried to sink our pontoon boat in the ocean.  But we had fun and created lost of fun memories.

Me with my Pop 🙂

Some of my favorite pics from last week!!

And last but not least.. my favorite one of all..
My family minus Aaron (Bil)

Oh wow ya’ll there were so many pictures to choose from.  I hope I haven’t bored you with them all.. there are many more that I didn’t share.  Oh well!

So that was my vacation recap… How have you been??

Adventures with Osbourne

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I prayed for a dog for a long time.  I didn’t want to spend money on one.  I really wanted to help a family in need that either couldn’t take care of it or was moving, but basically they wanted to give a dog away.  I know this seems like a long shot, but God answered my prayers!!  A friend of a friend is building a house and had Oz (they called him Peter Parker) and didn’t have the time to give to a ten month old puppy that he needed.  So they put out something on facebook (see something good can come from it!!) and my friend contacted  me. It only took a couple of days and Oz was mine.  It happened very fast, but remember, this was something I had been praying about for a while.  This is what I remind myself of when he never settles down and only wants to play.  Needless to say having a dog is very rewarding, but it can also be a challenge at times. 

I am hoping that what takes place tomorrow fixes one of those challenges.  Oz is a male dog & tomorrow he goes under the knife and will remain a kid forever more.  Need I say more?  My prayer is that this calms him down, and that it stops his need for excitement.  My sister has two dogs and they can’t hang out because Oz won’t leave them alone.  I’m so excited I can’t sleep!! (This really bothers me because I don’t want to have a dog that is a nuisance.  Thus the excitement!!) 

Oh the joys of owning a dog…

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Vacation

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This picture doesn't have anything to do with a vacation but its relaxing and isn't that what a vacation is all about??

Today was one of those days when I realize how much I am in need of a vacation.  Working for a church, you don’t really get a lot of time off.  Yes you have a day off here & there, but they’re typically not in a row, and you usually have something planned and are always busy.  What’s worse are when you have to work on your off days and you don’t get time off to make up for working those days.  I had a couple of weekends in the Spring when that happened and I think I’m still suffering from it.  Now I’m not complaining, I know there are some perks to working in ministry, and I am very blessed in my job.  But everyone needs a vacation right?? 

My vacation starts next week kinda.  I leave next Thursday night & fly to Atlanta and spend Friday with my grandpa (Pop).  Then Saturday we drive down to Florida and meet the rest of our family.  This is going to be a crazy vacation because not only does it include my parents, sister, bil, & Pop (plus his wife), but ALL my aunts, uncles, and cousins from this side of my family will be there as well.  Needless to say I may need a vacation to recover from this vacation, but I’m grateful for it no matter what!!  To be completely honest, I’m kinda nervous about all the family stuff, but seeing my dad (its been since Feb.) and Pop make it all worth it!! (Disclaimer: I’m excited to see my mom as well, but I saw her last month.  I’m also excited to see the whole family, but its been a LONG time since we’ve spent this amount of time together.) 

What I AM really looking forward to is laughing with my family.  Being together with the people you’ve known forever & knowing that they will always love you.  Playing games after dinner.  The OCEAN!!  (I’m such a beach girl.)   My dad threatening to wake us up with his singing every morning, but him never following through.  Tacos (a family tradition).  Getting some sun.  Reading on the beach.  Long talks about what God is teaching us with my parents, sis & bil.  Having special time with just my Pop who has cancer and we don’t know how long he has.  (I’m driving him down from Atlanta on Saturday.  Is it weird that while I hate driving, this is one of the things I’m looking forward to most?) 

There are a lot of things that I could dread when it comes to next week.  I’m going to be with family and family is messy.  But I’m going to focus on the good moments.  Look for the little God Blessings in the day to day, and really try to enjoy it ALL.  And hopefully somewhere in there I’ll be able to relax.  Cause isn’t that what vacation is all about??