Wednesday, September 29, 2010
It's a little word with big meaning.
Especially during times when you don't feel God. Or your eyes are so focused on the day to day events in your life that you don't see Him. When you are facing struggles and feel alone. It's in these moments that your faith is truly tested.
There's been many times that I feel I failed the "faith test." Situations that I look back on with a heavy heart because I had a great opportunity to lean on my faith in the Lord and know that He would take care of me but instead chose the cheap way out. I chose to wallow in my pain, feel sorry for myself, and only see the down side to the situation.
But there are also those times I trusted Him and I leaned on Him. The times He carried me through the storm and made me a better person because I survived. And with each challenge my faith has grown. I see Him at work in my life and daily I have a choice to make. Am I putting my faith in You today Lord or am I going to try and do it on my own today. I don't always chose the best one, and those are usually the days I added 8 more grey hairs to my head and need a long hot bath at the end of the day. Those grey hairs are reminders in the morning as I brush my hair...."Choose Him today Cricket". He will get you to your desination on a much easier path than you will choose.
I once heard a story that paralled putting your faith in God and His perfect plan for your life. Pretend you are flying on a plane headed for San Francisco. If you have ever flown into San Francisco you know that as you desend all you see is water. As you look out your little circular passenger window you don't see the runway or the land that is coming. It appears as if you are about to crash right into the water. But the pilot is looking out his spacious, front view window and knows what is coming ahead. He knows exactly where and how to land the plane. You trust him because he's the pilot. God is our pilot in life. He knows exactly what is coming and what it will take to get you there safely. We only see life through out little circular eyes as the passenger in this thing called life. We can't see what is coming or how we will get there or what obstacles and struggles we will face. But we can have faith that God knows all this and He prepares us, He equips us, and He watches over us. The passenger knew he was destined for San Francisco but wasn't exactly sure the route, the speed the plane will fly, the altitude, or the amount of gas it will take. If you have the Lord in your heart you know where you are going. The details on how you will get there may be unclear but that's not important. What is important is that your ticket is purchased and the destination is set. Let Him pilot you there because He knows the perfect route!
Of course we all wanted to buy some of the adorable chicks. I couldn't get a good picture of them because they were in a heater with a thick cage. We would absolutely love to have some chickens of our own, have fresh eggs and a new family pet. Backyard chickens has become very popular and we know several friends that have them. Maybe one day we will get chickens....but for today we just enjoyed petting and loving on all the fun animals at Palmer Feed Store!
Monday, September 27, 2010
Friday, September 24, 2010
Here he is walking up to the house to teach about fire safety. It was bright so he was wearing his sunglasses to help sooth his eyes.The fireman talking to the kidsMy precious Dallas Learning how to crawl out of a house if there is a fire with smoke in the house
Thursday, September 23, 2010
Tuesday, September 21, 2010
Monday, September 20, 2010
Sunday, September 19, 2010
Being the Photoshop junkie that I am I designed our own beautiful Family menu, had it printed on at my photo printer shop and framed it with a regular 8x10 frame. Now I just write our menu on it with a dry erase marker each week.
You might notice the theme each day. We have a theme for each day of the week. This makes coming up with meals easier and its more fun for the family and there's some sort of consistency (which is always key when you have a child with Aspergers.)
Our themes are:
Tuesday: Crockpot (we have baseball practice that night and it makes it a lot easier)
Friday: Family Favorites
Sunday: Breakfast 4 Dinner
I can't take the theme idea as my own. I got it from The Food Nanny and changed it around to fit the needs and tastes of our family.
If you don't feel like making your own just send me $15, your family name and the themes you want for your night (or I can take out the themes) and you will get your own framed Family Menu.
Saturday, September 18, 2010
Lisa Leonard and she has so many beautiful and creative designs. Thank you babe for the creative, personalized, perfect gift!
Friday, September 17, 2010
Mr Cole is standing in the heat of the Florida sun calling names on his walkie talkie. My car pulls up to him and Dillard bounds over me to the window, panting and wagging her tail as he reaches into his pocket. A bag of colorful dog bones comes out and Dillard inches closer to him. He carefully picks out a color and smiles as he hands her the extra special treat. It's a little gesture but it means the world to her.....and to me.
Wednesday, September 15, 2010
Monday, September 13, 2010
I had breakfast at Perkins with Sydney, Asher and my parents after I dropped the boys off at school. Last year on my birthday I got one of the greatest gifts ever, i found out a few days before my birthday that I was carring a baby girl in my belly! I was truly a joyous and special birthday. And this year I was blessed to be able to celebrate it with my healthy baby girl.
My baby girl and I
This is her first time sitting in her seat cover. The boys always had one that was red with primary colored animals on it. Of course sydneys is PINK and greenSuzanne came over and spent some time with me and then we went to lunch and my brother Wes joined us. Chevy's knows how to do birthdays right, with a BIG sombrero! My mom watched Asher for me this afternoon while I went to lunch and then I picked the big boys up and went to pick up Asher and he surprised me with a cookie cake that he made with Nena. It was very cute. He picked out all the decorations and insisted on the girls on top.
Saturday, September 11, 2010
their Build and Grow workshop. The boys enjoyed making a pet leash holder. I was so impressed. It was our first time going here and they each got their own work bib, eye goggles, a certificate and a patch and the project was free as well. I would highly recommend doing this with your kids! We will most definitely be back. And our boys are oh so proud of their pet leash holders.
Friday, September 10, 2010
Thursday, September 9, 2010
Saturday, September 4, 2010
Instead of creating mine with paper and modpodge I did it digitally on the computer. I have an empty 24x36 frame that I'm going to use and it's been sent off to the printers. I can't wait to get it hung up!!!
Here's our rules:
Always tell the truth and keep your promises
Obey your parents without challenge, excuse or delay
Forgive easily and quickly
Work cheerfully and never give up
Encourage your siblings....share in their joy
Use your manners - Yes, please.....No, thank you
Husband - love your wife daily and Wife: always be by his side
No fussing, no whining
Sing silly, dance crazy, hug often, snuggle up, say I love you
Be on each others team
Be a blessing in this house and out of it
Use Nice words....Ignore dirty words
Too much TV is bad....Too much reading is good
Hands are for hugging not hitting
Bless your food, be grateful, eat together, clean up after yourself
Share everything expect bad ideas
Say your prayers....thank God for this family.
I copied many of the rules from Pleated Poppy's guest post and other examples and created a few of our own. It was hard to narrow down but I'm happy with the final product. Hope it inspires you. If you create one I would love to see it!