Tuesday, January 2, 2018


I'm reading YOU CAN BEGIN AGAIN, by Joyce Meyer. The following part really spoke to me:

"Anytime you talk about plans, you have to begin by asking, "Whose plan is this anyway?" Is this my plan or is this god's plan?" I say that because the only way you are going to really enjoy your life is if you pursue the plan God has for you. His plan is always best. Sadly, we often forget that. Sometimes we get so impressed by the plans we've made for our lives that we never stop and ask God what He has planned.

In our zeal to accomplish our goals, it's easy to run with the wrong plan. It doesn't mean that you have bad motives or are purposely trying to do the wrong thing; it just means that you still haven't heard God clearly. I'm not saying that you should never make plans; however when you do make plans and set goals for your life, always remember to submit those to the Lord. I think it's wise to go to God and say, "Lord, this is what I'm thinking You want me to do in this situation, or this is what I think You want me to do in my life, but if this isn't Your plan, I trust You to point me in the right direction." And then trust God as you walk that decision out. If it is not His plan for your life, the Lord will show you.

People think God leads us by opening doors of opportunity (and that's true-He often does that), but they don't realize that He can lead you just as easily by closing doors. If you're living for God and trusting His guidance for your life and the plan falls apart, God may be protecting you from something.

Just because something doesn't work out doesn't mean you failed. It may mean God is protecting you and guiding you away fro what was your plan in order to guide you into His plan.

Monday, January 1, 2018


Sam started December by falling on the ice and bruising his face. Thank God it didn't break.

This was his 9th birthday too. Not a very good birthday present.
We learned how to make fake snow out of hair conditioner (1/2 C) and baking soda (2 C).
Then we got our own snow. I had shoveled 3 times, but there is still more.....
Richard coming home from work.
He's trying to get in the garage.
Finally in!
We decorated the town Christmas tree. Then we went to a friend's house decorated cookies.
I had to use the snow rake to pull the 6 inches off the garage.
That's as high as I could get. The rest was up to Richard to remove.
Andrew got to meet Santa at his preschool.
He kept following Santa around and then....
....finally sat on his lap.
We have been snuggling a lot under blankets.....
On Christmas Eve we left out cookies and milk for Santa and when we got up in the morning the boys had letters from him.

 At 5 a.m. we heard little feet coming down the stairs and the unwrapping began.....
 Sam was not impressed with the socks I got him.

 Andrew loved his police man gear.
 On the 27th of December it all came down and I made the tree corner into my reading corner.

Monday, December 25, 2017