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Oh, Joy! Sweet Joy!

There are many things that fill my heart with joy, but few as much as hearing a child singing praises to our Lord.

Oh, the joy that filled my heart one evening this week!

The house was actually quiet except for music on KLOVE playing in the background.

I was working in the kitchen getting supper ready.

Daniel was in the living room playing a game on his Nexus and Sarah was on the floor coloring.

That’s when I heard the sweet soft voice.

Sarah singing along with the song on the radio.

Bless the Lord, O my soul
O my soul
Worship His holy name
Sing like never before
O my soul
I’ll worship Your holy name

This song stirs my soul each time I hear it and I can’t help but join my (off key) voice in praise.

To hear Sarah singing along was such a beautiful moment!

10,000 Reasons by Matt Redman

Bless the Lord, O my soul
O my soul
Worship His holy name
Sing like never before
O my soul
I’ll worship Your holy name

The sun comes up, it’s a new day dawning
It’s time to sing Your song again
Whatever may pass, and whatever lies before me
Let me be singing when the evening comes


You’re rich in love, and You’re slow to anger
Your name is great, and Your heart is kind
For all Your goodness I will keep on singing
Ten thousand reasons for my heart to find


And on that day when my strength is failing
The end draws near and my time has come
Still my soul will sing Your praise unending
Ten thousand years and then forevermore

(Chorus x2)

Jesus, I’ll worship Your holy name
Lord, I’ll worship Your holy name

Sing like never before
O my soul
I’ll worship Your holy name
Jesus, I’ll worship Your holy name
I’ll worship Your holy name

Living thru faith,



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A New Kind of Snow Dance

I’ve heard of a rain dance and even a snow dance, but this is the first I’ve heard of this kind of snow ritual!

The weatherman has been talking about snow all week with the best possibility beginning last night.

Kids around here have been waiting anxiously to find out if they would get the ever coveted SNOW DAY.

So, Sarah comes home Thursday after school pronouncing exactly what she needs to do according to her teacher.

Wear my pajamas inside out.

Sleep with a spoon under my pillow.

And flush ice down the toilet.

So that’s what she did!

snow ritual

And the first thing she said when she woke up this morning…

“It worked!”

(We really didn’t get much of anything, but the roads were slick especially considering the rural roads the buses would have to go down. No making snowmen today.  Maybe next time.)

Living thru faith,


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Country Come to Town

I’m not really a country girl, but I’m not a city girl either.  I’m more like a small town Southern gal.

You know the kind of place where you smile at a stranger as you walk past, a gentleman still opens a door for a lady, you always say “yes, ma’am” or “no, ma’am”, going across town only takes 15 minutes (20 minutes in heavy traffic), the first thing you do when a friend is hurting is deliver food, and if you ask someone if they want a “coke” you are referring to any soft drink not just coca-cola.

So, when we get a chance to stay in a REALLY nice hotel, I’m just not sure I know what to do!  🙂

We stayed at the Washington Duke Inn & Golf Club for a conference a few weekends ago.  It was a lovely place and we really did enjoy our stay, but in some ways it also made me a little uncomfortable.  There was always someone there to help us out of the vehicle, we were always greeted with a smile and hello when you passed an employee, and the furnishings were comfy and cozy.  I think it was the opulence that made me feel uncomfortable and I’m much more comfortable serving others than being served.

The room was beautifully decorated in calming blues and yellows, with a very comfortable four poster bed.  It felt like we were staying in someone’s guest room, not a hotel room.


Once I got past the $7 bottle of water…


and $3 bowls of goldfish…


I settled into the perfect reading chair.


Of course, Brian’s favorite part was the Keurig coffee pot in the room!


The bathroom was luxurious and even had a phone by the toilet (I’m sorry, but I just couldn’t bring myself to take a picture of that!).


Unfortunately, I didn’t get a chance to take pictures while we were on the Duke campus, but I couldn’t resist stopping to take a picture of the chapel lit up one night.


One day I hope we will be able to go back and walk around the campus.  It looked like it was a beautiful place to be.  Of course, unless we are there for a conference, I’m sure we will be staying in a not-so-high-falutin’ hotel. 🙂

Living thru faith,


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My Unexpected Shopping Trip

I really didn’t intend to go anywhere on Monday, but I ended up with a change of plans after my washing machine decided not to drain out the water.

Thankfully Brian was able to get the thing to work; however, we have been having minor issues with it now and then and hearing new noises from time to time.  The thing is about 10 years old and they definitely don’t make them the way the used to, so we decided it was probably time to start looking for a replacement before we ended up desperate.

After a little online research, off to Lowe’s we went.  My home away from home…

It took a little bit of maneuvering to get it into the car. I felt so sorry for the poor guy helping us since he didn’t have a coat on and the wind was brutal, but eventually we headed out of the parking lot bringing my new baby home!

Oh, the things that thrill me these days!!! 🙂


(And it really was rather comical how Brian and I stood there and watched the first load just a tumble!)

Living thru faith,


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My New Favorite Cookie Recipe

Matt has been begging for me to make cookies for a week.  I finally broke down on Sunday and got to bakin’.

I’ve been trying several different chocolate chip recipes lately and just haven’t found the ONE.

None of them have been bad, but I just haven’t found one that I really loved…until now!

And, of course, I found the recipe on Pinterest!  Gotta love Pinterest!

The mix ended up making 3 dozen nice sized cookies and the kids absolutely loved them!

My plan next is to make up an extra batch of dough and freeze the roll for future baking.  


So I suggest you click on the source above and get yourself to bakin’ too!

Living thru faith,


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She Did It Again…Again

There are two things that Sarah loves to do that drives us absolutely nuts.

The girl loves to draw…on anything.

Sidewalk chalk drawing SU12

We have found lovely murals on all sorts of surfaces.  Thankfully, we have been able to remove those creations that were drawn on walls, furniture, and carpet.  We have tried all sorts of things to break her of this desire and just when we think she has grown out of the phase, she graces us with another lovely creation in an unexpected place.

The other thing she doesn’t seem to get out of her system is cutting her hair.

The first time was Martin Luther King, Jr. Day two years ago.  And, as with most everything she does, she definitely put all her efforts into that one.  She cut some off of each side and more off of one side than the other.  It definitely took professional help to fix that one.  She has managed to cut her bangs twice more since that day, once at the daycare and once right before we left on a trip. (You can read more about that and see pictures back at the previous blog address.)

So, I guess it’s appropriate that on this 2 year anniversary of the first self haircut she does again!

I found this pile underneath the coffee table.

haircut 2013

Thankfully, she has gotten better at choosing areas that is more inconspicuous and less noticeable than the first time!

selfcut bangs

We don’t know what we are going to do with her!  She’s still so stinkin’ cute!


Living thru faith,


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One Flew Into the Cuckoo’s Nest

I have to say that yesterday was a first!

I opened the door to reenter the house after getting Sarah on the bus, looked down and said “Eewww!  What is that?!”  There were brown splattered spots on the floor that I didn’t remember seeing there before.  My first thought is that something got tracked inside, but it looked like it was coming from the living room.  In the seconds that I stood there trying to figure out what it was, I hear Brian jump out of his chair hollering “You let a bird in the house!”  (Really? Like I stood at the door and invited the thing in…”here birdie, birdie”…)


The next 10 minutes was a rather comical scene.  Here we are chasing the bird from the living room to the kitchen to the living room to the kitchen, with an occasional trip down the hallway.  Thankfully, Brian thought to shut all the doors in the hall.  The little stinker kept flying through the pass-through from the kitchen to the main room.  He would light on the top of the kitchen cabinets, then fly into the living room and hide under the couch, then fly back into the kitchen, down the hallway, and back into the living room.  If he wasn’t flying, he was running.  You could hear his little twig legs scooting across the carpet from one hiding place to another.  All the while, we’re swinging brooms at him driving to drive him to the front door, of which he seemed to be oblivious.  Finally, he flew from the kitchen straight into the wreath hanging on the front door, I swooped in to close it, and off he flew to freedom!  The poor little guy probably needed a little birdie Valium after his harrowing adventure inside our home!

The boys, of course, were sorry they missed the circus performance of their parents, but were still glad to have not been wakened out of their slumber to witness it.  When I told Sarah about the whole experience, her little shoulders slumped and she said “But I want to see the bird.  You could have put it in a birdcage!”  (She asked Santa for a pet bird for Christmas and Santa was not given permission to fulfill that wish.  I guess she thought she had gotten her bird after all.)

And, I think we all know what that brown splattered stuff was on my floor…

Living thru faith,


(And, yes, we still have the Christmas decorations up outside.  The weather is not cooperating with our schedule, but at least they are not plugged in.)