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Unless the Lord builds the house, those who build it labor in vain. Psalm 127:1

Monday, June 22, 2015

Picture Update...


I decided something last week and if you're reading this and have a teenager you will being saying,"AMEN!" as loud as you can and if your kids are still really little let this be a warning to you; The first time you put your teenager in a car, on a train, a plane or anything else that does NOT involve you and you have to walk away YOU WILL cling to God like never before. Your prayer life will sky rocket I can promise you this. We stuck our oldest daughter on a train with roughly 40 other high school kids for a week at the beach with her youth group. I had to drag my husband away from the train station and then talk him off the ledge most of the week. ha! It's really bitter sweet to raise kids if you think about it. I mean the first part of their life you are protecting them and shielding them from as much of the world as you can..then as they grow you are teaching them to do things on their own and be somewhat independent. When they reach high school they start to spread their wings and run with all the things you have taught them. You are so proud of them but everything in you still wants to guard and protect their hearts. It's a really fine balance of holding on and enjoying them and letting go at the same time. I find myself reaching for Gods wisdom more as I find this balance. Also, by the time our girls are grown I should have my counseling degree after all the talks my husband is going to need. ;)

We have been out of school for almost a month and really enjoying our lazy mornings....

We have had some fun adventures with friends as well...We frequent the water park in Palm Springs and drag along friends with us...

We have been mountain bike riding with our friends and loving getting out on the trails near our house...

My cousin and her two kiddos came down from Washington and had never been to Disneyland so off we went to hang with them and enjoy some rides...F.Y.I. teenagers don't like their moms asking them to stand near a life sized Lego girl that looks like them...

We were lucky enough to have pretty cool weather the weekend we were at Disneyland and downtown Disney so it wasn't to bad standing in line and walking around although I think my cousin would have appreciated seeing the sun at least once ha!



While Morgan was at camp we took Ryanne mountain bike riding up in Big Bear...I stopped, looked around and said,"Wow honey, it's so hot and dry up here!" Then the next day the lakes fire started....

Taking a selfie with someone who is 6'5" and someone who is like less than 4' is an art we are trying to master...Dan basically gets on his knees....

This is our front yard view of the Big Bear fire....praying for the firefighters and their families as they are away from home and in the heat.

I got this idea from Pinterest (obviously) and I thought I would clean out my cupboard where it just gets cluttered with cleaning products and everything gets shoved around. This way I know what I have, the kids can reach it and it stays organized.

Happy Fathers Day honey! You have the sweetest heart for your girls and are an AMAZING dad!

We made home made Popsicle's with pineapple, bleberries, orange juice and agave....yum!! And that's our June so far!  

Sunday, June 7, 2015

School Is Out!!!

Schools out! We are enjoying lazy days and counting down to our summer vacation!! 

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Magic 8 ball God?

"Magic 8 ball, does Johnny like me?" OUTLOOK GOOD! "Magic 8 ball, am I going to get an A on my math test?" MY SOURCES SAY NO! "Magic 8 ball, am I going to get grounded for tying my little brother to the tree earlier today?" WITHOUT A DOUBT! "Magic 8 ball, am I crazy for asking a ball full of blue water and a dice inside important life questions?" ASK AGAIN LATER CRAZY PERSON!

Please tell me I am not dating myself and you remember this toy???? I remember shaking it and asking the same question over and over until I got the answer I wanted ha! I don't know why but this morning I was sitting spending some time with the Lord asking Him all these questions & I got to wondering if I treat God like a Magic 8 ball. "God, is my husband going to have to change jobs?" Be still and wait on me. "God, is this decision we are about to make going to be the right one?" Just remain in me. "God, it would be really nice to have some answers here so I'm not stressed." I never promised this life would be without it's trials....be still and know I AM God. I got to thinking, do I keep "shaking" God until I get the answer or result I want? Or am I capable at this time in my life after knowing the Lord for more than 25 years to remain in Him, be still and KNOW that my Jesus who died the cross for me has my best interest at heart. Funny the things you think about when you have a quiet morning with nothing but your bible and journal in front of you.

Monday, May 18, 2015

May....


Our Dane Macy puts up with A LOT from us. We all have our own very unique way of giving her a hard time. Our youngest daughter enjoys dressing her up and as you can see by the look on Macy's face, she is thrilled with the idea! I'm pretty sure on more than one occasion she has given  me the look of,"Tell me again why we keep these children home and home school?" :)

Dan worked all of Mother's Day weekend so I invited his mom, my grandma and my mom over for lunch. We planted succulents in little tea cups,made little goodie bags and tried a new lavender cupcake mix we had bought.

The sun broke through that day and it was a lovely, relaxing day. I was so excited to take a 4 generation picture and then we all got to visiting and I completely forgot. However, I did manage a picture of the cupcakes before everyone got here..priorities!

I woke up to a letter and gift from each of the girls. I love how Ryanne's card says I am better than money. Kids are so great! She also had taken her own money add bought me a little ceramic dish for my kitchen counter that I LOVE! So thoughtful!

I sit here every morning and spend some time in the bible and just praying and thinking through the day (AKA enjoying peace and quiet before everyone gets up) Morgan had set a letter (that I have since framed) and a goodie bag with a sun dress in it on the table next to my chair. I felt thought of and loved and both the girls know the cards and letters mean so much to me. I cannot believe we are wrapping up school this week. Now I just need the weather to cooperate so I can not feel so blah!


Thursday, April 30, 2015

Change is Good.....

So I'm afraid to physically type this out since it's only day 1 and to say I feel like I got my butt kicked would be an understatement. But here it goes; this past week I decided me and the girls (and our poor unsuspecting friend and her son who live down the street) were going to start a new fitness routine. We have been going up to the college and swimming twice a week, riding our mountain bikes on the trails by our house (roughly a 3.1 mile loop) and to top it off we started the couch to 5k program today. Listen, I don't run. Not.even.a.little.bit. Zip. Zero. Nothing. Unless something is chasing me then I will mow you down. Ha! I have never been able to run due to my rheumatoid arthritis and all my joint pain; but I decided a 5k was on my bucket list and so here we are. It's supposed to be a 12 week program but we will probably milk it to October and then do a race. And when I say race I mean crawling over the finishing line last. But we WILL finish.




I'm not one to fear change. It's one thing in my own life and walk with the Lord but it's an entirely different thing to watch your kids mature, seek Gods plan and make their own changes. Our oldest daughter  has been dancing for 5 years and competitively for the last two. In the last two months she had really sensed Gods call to walk away from dance. At first she thought it was just to cut back. She felt the call to pick back up the piano and start learning worship music. She thought maybe she could just slowly cut back on her dance nights and then the craziest thing happened. I was in  the shower one morning and I heard God tell me Morgan was supposed to step away from dance. I thought,"What God? No way am I going to suggest that to my teenage daughter who loves it so much." I didn't want to make her feel bad so I just prayed for wisdom. That very morning Morgan came to me and said,"Mom, I don't know why but I feel God is asking me to walk away from dance and get involved with ministry more. To invest my time in those things more than dance." I shared with her what God had just laid on my heart and it was such a sweet time for us to see God confirm something in our hearts at the same time. She quickly signed up to go with her high school youth group on a summer trip and to serve at other things she had been missing out on. Her piano teacher is helping her learn worship music so she can serve in that area as well. This is the first time we have been home at night in 5 years and it's good. There's time. Time to be still. To seek Gods face away from the busyness. Time to allow God to grow her in this season. I thought of this line from a book I love called Follow Me by David Plat. he said,"The life God has for us is one of abundance. It is meant to be full, not repetitive. He wants us doing things that have eternal impact. He wants us busy expanding his kingdom in one way or another, today and every day." So change is among us. Growth is among us.
The last thing I want to share is that every time around this year I get super excited. On May 8th, it's my moms birthday but it's also the day 8 years ago that I went by ambulance to the hospital and the very day I stopped all chemo drugs, all steroid drugs and all drugs period to treat my rheumatoid arthritis. I have been battling this debilitating disease for nearly 16 years and have had some terrible health issues from it. But for the past 8 years I have been only treating it with food and exercise. I got my blood work back yesterday and at the top it said,"Could not be better!" That's what I'm talking about. I'm like thank you God! I just want to be of good cheer and thankful for ever. single. day! I can be gone tomorrow but I'm here now and I want to live everyday at my best for the Lord and my family. It's not a full proof plan to be clear of medicine but it's the choice I made and I know with God all things are possible. Blessings! 

Thursday, April 23, 2015

Bikes+Beach=My Birthday!!!


This past weekend was busy with fun stuff which included packing around 50,000 meals for Jesus Food...

Really fun working along side some old friends and meeting new people too!


This past Sunday also happened to be my 41st birthday..Whew-Hew!! Dan and the girls worked together to make me a chocolate cake...it was coconut flour based and turned out pretty good.

Made with lots of love and the singing to me just topped it off....

Sunday we headed to the beach to ride bikes and eat at Nick's on 2nd.....

The sun was out and warm and I was just reminded how blessed I truly am.

If you've ever wondered what it's like to own a Great Dane; they think they are human and they basically sit on the furniture next to you because they just want to be with their people. Ya' she's HUGE!

She just loves to lay with the girls and be wherever they are.so sweet.

Friday, April 17, 2015

Gearing Up For Summer....

We had Spring break last week. Dan was stuck working all week so me and my mom took the girls down to Laguna beach for a couple of days....The weather was in the 70's and beautiful! We found a great deal on a room and then spent our time playing at the beach, swimming and of course eating at all of our favorite places down there.
We hiked a little along the cliffs and enjoyed the views....
We are so blessed to live somewhere that in April we are running around in shorts and flip flops.
My mom and Morgan...
Me & my Ry...
Sadly we are back in school full force with state testing and trying to wrap up our subjects. But we are also looking forward to last few weeks of school to finish strong and then being able to enjoy some much needed down time this summer.