Wednesday, January 28, 2009


Sunday pastor preched the best and i was very encouraging.. I think a lot of people really needed it. To hear it go to I know that with everything going on here i have been more than overwhelmed.
here are a few scriptures that have encouraged me this week.
Humble yourselves before the Lord, and he will lift you up. --James 4:10
Our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand. --Ephesians 6:12-13
God is spirit, and his worshipers must worship him in spirit and in truth. --John 4:24
Sitting down, Jesus called the twelve and said, "If anyone wants to be first, he must be the very last, and the servant of all." --Mark 9:35
Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love. --Ephesians 4:2
You are forgiving and good, O Lord, abounding in love to all who call on you. Psalm 86:5
Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one. Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength. --Deuteronomy 6:4-5
Hope you are encouraged as well;)

Wordless Wednesday!!!!!!!!

Diva Whitney!!!

Happy Birthday Haley!!!!!!!!

Happy Birthday my beautiful Baby girl!!!!!!

9 years old!!!! Where does the time go!

Wednesday, January 21, 2009

changes are coming.

We have made some big decisions recently. We are moving. We cannot afford this house anymore and as much as we hate it we have made the decision to downsize. This also means that home we have found is in a new school district and as much as i dislike the decision i am moving the kids to linden schools. our landlord does not want us to leave and to be perfectly honest i am not sure how i feel either. I am kanda excited about the change but I want to know that it is Gods will. I know we cannot stay hereand this is the only door that has opened. We have made financial mistakes before, BIG ones, and we are really tying to be careful. We cannot live like this anymore we really need to cut expenses and this is a big way. i REALLY JUST WANT TO BE SURE. I ask you to pray for wisdom and provision.

Wordless Wednesday.....

Sunday, January 18, 2009

my week...........

i blogged earlier about being alone for the week. well I survived lol but it was a challenge. i woke up Monday with the worse migrain i have ever had. I could not lift my head lift my head off the pillow. I ended up calling a babysitter and a friend to help me get the kids from school. Thank you Sarah, Lori and Audrey. i was really hoping to feel better on tuesday but I felt worse. i called another friend(Thanks Becky) to help get the kids to school and then called the Doctor. I got an appiontment that afternoon and worked up the strength to go. I was given imitrex and it did help take the edge off a so i could get dinner and a couple things done but I really was not feeling well. i shut off all the lights and tvs and turned on the worship at 8pm and we all crawled in my bed and took a good nights rest. (at least the kids did)I decided to keep Noah and Kelsey home with me on Wednesday since i still did not feel good. My mom came and helped and i also went to the chiropractor and that really made a world of difference to. I was able to go to youth. although that was loud and I underestimated how good i felt by th time it was all over I went home and crashed. wow what a week so far. my mom and I had good time on thursday even though i was still very weak. I was able to get the kids home and clean up the house. I was really excited just to go to Bible Study. and to my surprise Terry came home Thursday Night!!!!!!!!!!!!

a little part of my story....

I just had to write apaper about why i decided to go back to school. In it i gave a part of my testimony and i thought i would share it.

I am continually asking myself why I bother going to school because I do not have the best record of accomplishment. I was an average student in high school. I could have been better but I did not apply myself. I was to busy fighting off bullies and trying to fit in anywhere I could. I regret it now because I really would have had a better self-image and maybe I could have a better choice of colleges. Of course I had I not made the choice I did I would not have met husband and would not have had the experiences that make me who I am today.

After High School, I went to Baker College and decided that I was going to reinvent myself even though I really had no idea how or what I wanted to do. I really just wanted out of my parent’s house and live my life somehow. I started the party lifestyle and I went to class because I had to. Once again, I did not apply myself. After feeling like I had nothing or no one to live for I gave up and started partying with whoever happened to cross my path at that moment. This leads me to how I met my husband. He was a gang leader and I happened to be at a party where he was only I was with a friend of his. Eventually we ended up as a couple lived an interesting life in the gang. To make a long story short my parents found out about my life and his and tried an intervention. It partially worked and not only for me but for him too. We both got out of the lifestyle and got clean. We were married and started going to church where we both have devoted our lives. We now have five children and they are five reasons I am going back to school.

Another motivation for returning to school is that I have learned through the years many lessons about life and have learned that the trials I have faced and the choices I have made are now the backbone of whom I am. They are necessary for the future in my chosen career and my compassion for those I serve. As a Christian, I am called to love the unlovely and serve others before I serve myself. I have a passion for children and teenagers. I have a heart for children who do not have anyone to turn to and who feel they have no hope. I am going to school to get my degree in social work so I can help those in need. My ultimate dream is to work within the foster care and adoption system or with at risk teens. I can volunteer in these areas but to make it my work is where my heart is and would be a dream come true. I can not achieve this dream unless I go to school.

I am determined to use the experiences and skills I have learned to succeed in my dreams and further my education. I have the support of my family and a God given desire to pursue my dream. I am prepared to use my time wisely and make necessary sacrifices to achieve my goals. I intend to study and show my kids the value of what an education can do for you.

This is just a small part of of our story. God has been so good and merciful and I thank Him for all he has Done and is doing still.

Sunday, January 11, 2009

on my own.....

well starting tomorrow i am on my own for the week. Terry is going to be in Grand Rapids for the week. Im not sure i am ready for that because i am very overwhelmed trying to figure out things and keeping up with my busy family. I am joining the club of wives that have traveling husbands. any tips?