Friday, June 10, 2011

Yet another Crossroad

 Along the road in life, we all have choices to make. Like it or not, we have to choose and for better or worse, go forward with that decision. The past few years have brought several crossroads to our family.
 About seven years ago in October, I found out I was expecting our third child. I was 38 at the time Our first child was born in 1988,second in 1993 and now we were expecting a third in 2005. We were surprised,but it was a good surprise. Our home wasn't big enough for another room, so we had to decide whether to move or build on. We decided to put a second floor addition,with a second bathroom! yay! He was already making changes in the family before being born.(changes besides my legs giving way to varicose veins)A month after he was born my oldest went on a missions trip with her youth group. They went to Africa! I was already emotional with having a newborn and the thought of her going there was scary, but she had an awesome trip and we are all so glad she went.
 The year after he was born, we not only celebrated his birthday, but also my daughter's graduation from high school (And I was turning forty!) so many changes in one year. She also went off to college for two years and joined the Air Force Guard.  A year ago she married a nice young man from South Carolina,and then moved there close to his family.I missed her a lot at first but I know she's happy and they're good to each other,We also keep in touch, so it's not so bad.
My middle child has been involved in track,drama club and music. She is an awesome percussionist :) She also likes helping others in need and has wowed me with her writing of her own music, songs and has drawn some really nice sketches. Last week was her last school performance in their pops concert. She played timpani, set and others. This weekend is the town's alumni parade and celebrations.  She'll march in her last school parade and then rush to get on the senior float. So, after next week's graduation she will be at the first major crossroad of  her life: What to do now?
 I am trying to plan her graduation celebration, as well as her brother's sixth birthday party. My parents are coming up from Georgia for the week :) so, my husband and I are putting up a screen house to sit outside in without getting eaten alive by bugs. It's going to be a good week and I'm sure the rest of the year will seem quiet compared to the next few days.
 We always get through each turn and look to the Lord for His strength and wisdom:)
 I'll let you know how it all works out.
God bless,

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

A life lesson by my 5 year old

My five year old son heard the weather report on the way home from kindergarten; it mentioned possible thunderstorms, and a tornado watch. He gets anxious at the thought of storms, and I had a feeling he would this time,too. He asked me if the storm would be loud and will the lights go out. I assured him as best I could that we would be ok,we have a generator and candles,etc.
 He got quiet and I wondered what he would say next. To my pleasant surprise, instead of whining about the weather, he started singing a song he learned in Sunday school. "Read your bibles,pray every day,..., and you'll grow and grow and grow.." He sang it a few times and after opening his eyes he told me it was working. I asked him what? He said the song was making the clouds go away and there would be no storm. I looked up and surveyed the horizon, and by golly, he was right! The sky did look brighter and it did look as though the clouds were clearing. He sang the song a few more times, this time with his eyes open, and he kept saying the clouds were going away.
 By the time we got home it hardly even rained at all, and the clouds did clear up. We ended up having sunshine the rest of the day :)
 Maybe it was coincidence, or maybe it was the heartfelt prayer of a five year old little boy singing the storm away. Either way, he walked a little taller that day and was able to look up at the sky and truly believed his song made the sun come out <3
 I also learned something from him, that when I feel nervous or scared, I should look to what I've learned in church and apply it to my life, no matter what others may think about it.
Have a great day, and remember to 'Read your bibles and pray every day so you can grow and grow and grow' :)
 God bless,