Friday, December 31, 2010

New Year's Eve

Well, here we are at the end of another year. I thank God for the many blessings He has provided this year. This year has definitely been hard. But I've always heard this will only make us stronger. And we are so looking forward to the great things He has in store for us!
Tonight was pretty low key around our house. Lou, Dawn and Jack came over. Danny stopped by for a little bit since his crew is gone. We played a little Just Dance and laughed at ourselves so hard! Of course the kids had to stay up to watch 'the ball drop.' I remember doing this with my sisters when we were younger. These days I'm doing good to be up at 10:30!
Braeden is celebrating in Florida tonight I'm sure. I miss that little Guy

Thursday, December 30, 2010

Love them like Jesus....

Wow! God can speak to you in so many different ways! I recently had one of those experiences. And I'm so glad!
Have you ever been in a situation where you felt like you have been treated wrong, accused of things that were not true? There were things being said and things that were happening that you just couldn't believe. I have. The only thing I could do was pray about it and try to be the christian that I know God would have me to be. But all along I wanted the truth to come out some way. As many of you know, I love to read blogs. One night I sat down at my computer and came across a blog that I have never read before. There was a post on there that spoke right to me! I will try to paraphrase it for you...
Sometimes we want to hold court and be the judge in certain situations. We want to gather evidence and have our questions ready for the accused party. We wait and wait for the guilty party to be charged. Sometimes we get so angry with what is happening because we feel the other party shows so little care for what they have done or the disrespect they continue to exhibit. Anger and judgement are not the answers.
It is not our place to be the judge. We are so wrong with this attitude. We are wrong to have a desire for them to pay for what they are doing. We have no right to look at their faults and their mess-ups, without looking hard at our own. We need to show love and compassion and a concern for the direction they are headed. Being consumed by this just lead to making sure they were brought to justice. We can't do that! God looks at everyones sin just the same. One persons sin is just as ugly and appalling to Him as another's sin. Even though feeling this way, we can't condone their actions, but we have to be done condemning the person. We don't love what they are doing but we love them. The same God who looks down at their sin looks down at mine too. The same Blood spilled for everyones sins. The same forgiving and gracious God who loves me unconditionally, loves them too. The same God commands me to love others in the same way.

Okay, I don't even know if I did that justice. And maybe you are like what is she talking about. But I wanted to share... When I read that post I was like Wow! I needed to read that. I think HE wanted me to come across that when I did. So I am choosing Love! And leaving the rest up to Him!

John 13:34 ~ "A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another; as I have loved you, that you also love one another."

Wednesday, December 29, 2010

My Little Snowbunny

Poor Lacey didn't like the snow very much...Dean had to make her this little trail to walk in...What a diva!

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

More Christmas Memories...

We couldn't get together with Dean's dad on Christmas day. So they came over on Monday. Braeden had already left so he wasn't here. We had a good time. Sophie is always happy when someone comes over. She loves to take them to her room to play. So Mrs. Betty was the lucky one today. She got to cook and wash dishes at the 'new' kitchen!

Monday, December 27, 2010

It Snowed...

And this little guy was so ready to go play yesterday!

Braeden was so excited today. He is headed to Florida! We were going but decided not to. Then the snow came, and he thought the plans were going to change. Gampa and Mamaw decided to still go. They sure made this guy happy!

So part of the family is headed south and we are here experiencing snow and freezing temps! This snow is something else. The kids ventured out some. Sophia hasn't expressed that much of an interest in playing in the snow. We shall see!

The girls being silly...

One tired little girl...