Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Cooking, Cleaning, and Taking Care of the Babies!

Kaitlyn is so darn cute trying to be a mommy! She got a kitchen set at Grandma Harpers house and will cook and cook and cook....
Chris and I got her a 4-in-1 station that lets you cook, give a baby a bath, feed the baby, and put the baby down for a nap.
I love watching her imitate me :)
And my little one likes to clean like her mama.
She now has a broom, a mop, and a swiffer of her own.

Christmas 2009

Just a couple pictures of our time spent with family.

Thursday, December 24, 2009


I had a couple minutes today to just look back at 2009. The internet has sure made it easy to put your heart out for all to see. Between my blog and facebook I am flooded with entries of God at work in my everyday circumstances. Someone special to me made a collection of all the posts I have made on this blog and I was just so touched (again) at how alive and real my Sweet Savior has been in my life this year. There have been times in my life that I just coasted....just went through life....went through the motions-and honestly, felt content. And then there have been times where God has just worked on my heart and I see fruits of Him in my daily, ordinary, mundane circumstances and it just excites me.

My challenge for 2009 is for God to prune me even more. I really want the evidence of the fruits of the spirit in the everyday moments of life.

Lord, I would not even know where to start. Thank you for your grace. Thank you for your mercy that I am so undeserving of. Thank you for the plan that you have for me. Thank you for blessing me with a loving husband that works so hard to provide and lead our household. Thank you for bringing such joy and laughter into my life with my sweet snuggle bug. Thank you for the legacy that our families have set before us to chase after you and to fight for our not only for our relationship with You, but our relationship with each other. Thank you for surrounding us with friends that hold us accountable to Your word. Thank you for giving some really good best girlfriends this year; tears are running down my face as I think of what a blesssing they are to me.

I pray that you continue to "strip away" anything that is not of You. My Ebenezer (1 Samuel 7) this year of all you have done was so eloquently displayed by the words and thoughts you have birthed within me. Thank you for the gift of Your Son and that my life is forever changed by the change You have made in my heart.

Wednesday, December 23, 2009


I almost could not post these pictures as it breaks my heart seeing that terrified look on her face. Kaitlyn is still not so sure about Santa.

Merry Christmas!

The “true” meaning of Christmas is not the pretty paper,
the lights, the Christmas cards, the presents.
The true meaning of Christmas is Jesus Christ,
our loving Savior and Redeemer.

May you unwrap the gift of Christmas and His
offer of hope, peace, love, and joy.
I pray this Christmas you will take a few moments to
experience His love.

Thursday, December 17, 2009

Chris turns 30!!

For some reason pics of my sweet hubbie don't make it on my blog :(
Here is a picture of Chris on his 30th birthday. He's so handsome!

Sunday, December 13, 2009


Chris and I have the amazing opportunity to serve as facilitators of a small group at our church. This past Sunday we had our COM Christmas party. I laughed so hard I cried...these guys are a hoot! I just love the picture of the boys..they tried to make it look like 5th grade school pictures. Isn't it just so much fun to have friends!

In reading Luke this week to prepare my heart for the celebration of our Savior's birth, I skipped over to chapter 5 and was reminded of the parable of the paralyzed man. I just began to thank God for sending such wonderful friends in our life.

Sometimes I am that paralyzed man-going through something I can't get through on my own and someone comes along, picks me up, and leads me to Jesus. And then sometimes I am the friend-I am the encourager that lifts others up. What a blessing to have a friend. We talk a lot in our group how that we are more than just a small group...we are a group that "does life" together. Thankful today for the blessing of calling you friend.

As iron sharpens iron, so a man sharpens the countenance of his friend. Proverbs 27: 17

Friday, December 11, 2009

The Real Reason...

I have really been searching this year for ways our family can "Be Still" during this busy season long enough to remember why we celebrate Christmas. I have been already been buying ornaments for us to have a Jesse Tree next year.

The Jesse Tree is named from Isaiah 11:1: "A shoot will spring forth from the stump of Jesse, and a branch out of his roots." It is a vehicle to tell the Story of God in the Old Testament, and to connect the Christmas Season with the faithfulness of God across 4,000 years of history.

I can't wait to see how taking the 25 days before Christmas to really piece together the faithfulness, love, and saving grace of our Lord and King will do to our time of remembrance. The basic premise of a Jesse tree is to buy a small separate tree and have a scripture reading each night that accompanies a special ornament to place on the tree.

We are also going to start a Penny Jar tradition. I bought the sweetest children's book called Penny's Christmas Jar Miracle.
Each year after Christmas, our family will decorate a jar that we will use all year to drop change (pennies and such) in. Then, the following Christmas Eve, we will give the jar to a needy family. I can not think of a better way to keep us grounded then to give back what God has blessed us with.

I would love to hear any neat traditions you have or are starting with your family.....

My God Is Able...

My friend Wynne and I braved the West Texas Snow and drove to Oklahoma City to see Kay Arthur, Priscilla Shirer, and Beth Moore at the Deeper Still Conference.

It was soooo good.
Just wanted to share with you some simple truths I learned.

  • God is pursing me!

  • My life is to be a sweet offering; to return His love with my life

  • I am to fix my eyes on the author and perfector of my faith

  • I need to learn to have evidence of the fruits of the spirit in the everyday rhythms of life

  • No matter how deep our pit...He is DEEPER STILL

Thursday, December 3, 2009

It's beginning to look a lot like...

The house is warm and cozy,
holiday music is playing,
the fire is going
I love our home at Christmas time!

Monday, November 30, 2009

The Elf On The Shelf

We got out the too cute story of Christopher Pop-In-Kins. Such a cute story to share. We have also been playing with our nativity set that Grammy Bledsoe got us. Last night Kailtyn told me Baby Jesus was sleeping and for me to "shhh!" So excited to share this wonderful season with my sweet Baby K.

Here I go....

Yikes! I wonder how fast my heart will beat when she gets to drive a real car! She's a little speed demon on this thing...not scared one bit!

Sunday, November 29, 2009


In church today we were reminded to have grateful hearts...not just during this season of Thanksgiving...but at all times. My prayer is to not take a single day for granted. I have so enjoyed these past few days of enjoying my family, especially my little snuggle buddy!

Tuesday, November 24, 2009


Just a couple of pics of our fun time in Aggieland with the Stewart Family!

The Princess....