Wednesday, December 31, 2008
Jimmy & Shelly are both awesome parents to their kids. I am so proud of them. Jimmy is the kid dad of dads if I ever saw one! I love to see him make his kids laugh in the mornings when they are tired and grumpy...he will kiss or tickle or smell up the room, or make faces or funny sounds just to make them laugh. It works every time! He has cooked their meals, combed their hair, taken them to church faithfully, and been MOM and DAD for the past 9 years on his own. Now....there's Shelly....she is the mommy of mommies too! She has very seldom left Morgan with sitter's, and then, with only Buster and I or her Mom. I would guess this has only been done a hand full of times since Morgan was born! She has taken on the responsibility of Brooklynn and Tristen as a new Step Mom like a pro. I appreciate that our grandchildren have a Godly example to look up to at home. She's a good cook, keeps a spotless house, and loves our son. Their first week of marriage included a camping trip with all the kids! If you knew Jimmy then you'll know she's the girl for him! I am happy for the addition of not only Shelly to our family but now....our new little bundle that I will call our JimmyShelly girl. Congradulations to you both! Love you tons, Mom
Friday, December 12, 2008
Monday, December 1, 2008
My sweet girls and boys
The Boys and Me
This one I could not resist putting up. I love this pic of Justin & Baby Jared
Wednesday, November 26, 2008
It starts several days before...sometimes the discussions starts a month or two in advance.
"What are we doing for thanksgiving this year Mom?"
"What's for dinner?"
and most importantly...
"What time are we going to eat?"
As for me, all I care about is getting everything done and work on getting a clean up crew. Let me tell you about this year. I have 4 days off this week! One day for Christmas shopping, the 2nd for cleaning, 3rd-cooking, and the 4th for visiting. I shopped with Shelly, Jimmy, Meagan, & Morgan for groceries. I Christmas & birthday shopped with Shelly, Jimmy, my husband, & Morgan. Cleaned the house today with the "I can always count on" Mari...& "never to be counted on" Meagan. Meg actually cleaned her room, vaccumed the hall. (that is only 3 1/2 feet wide & MAYBE 20 feet long) I am VERY proud of her for doing that! lol Now here I am tonight waiting for Jared & Nicole + gang, Jimmy & Shelly + gang, & Jeffrey & Kristy, so that we can start cooking & undoing everything Mari, Meagan, & I worked all day on. This is one of my favorite nights in the whole year. All my kids here, playing games, cooking, laughing, & just having some fun. Hope your Thanksgiving is as fun filled as mine.
Monday, October 20, 2008
Saturday, October 11, 2008
I will spare you the details but the end result is....Jason & Mari our oldest children, have reconnected spiritually and are being used of the Lord in our church, and Mari just steps in and does whatever needs to be done. Mari...thank you, I always know I can depend on you!
Jared & Nicole have learned what it is to depend on the Lord totally and have made some life changing decisions that Buster & I are so proud of them for. J & N....God is so faithful. I can't wait to be in church with you!
Jimmy & Shelly are newly married this year and we are so happy for them! They have both faced some pretty rough roads in their lives over the past couple of years. The Lord has been good, and has blessed them. They are going to have another baby! Brooklynn & Tristen received the Holy Ghost this year and we expect little Morgan will follow soon. We can't wait for baby London in January.
Jeffrey & Kristy...you two are amazing. Right after they were married they were made youth pastor of Calvery Apostolic Tabernacle in Ontario where they are loved and respected and such a blessing not only to the church but to our entire family as well.
To my husband I say.....thank you for your love and support during this trying year....your getting up in the middle of the night to pray for our children and me this last year has been what brought us through. I am so grateful to you for the changes we have made in our lives and for the decisions we have made together to draw closer to the Lord in this day we are living in. Often we have spoken of the years when we were raising our boys and said, we just needed to go back to those days.....Well.....God has brought us back!
Most of all....I want to give honor to our Pastor Bro Clark, for his courage to stand up and preach the Word like our Elders did so many years ago. It may not be fashionable, or popular anymore but I'll tell you what. The kind of preaching we are hearing is what this world needs more than anything else. People are looking for something to change their lives. The Word does that! We just need someone we can depend on to preach it! Thank you Bro Clark for doing just that!
Bro & Sis Clark are the most loving and sincere people I think we have ever known. We are so happy to call them Pastor and now Family!
With all that said....I know our economy is probably the worst since I was born, and that depression is everywhere, I know we may still face some very hard times in the months and years to come if the Lord does not return, but.....we are the children of God! We are a chosen people, God has a plan for us, and....it's a good plan! Serve the Lord with Gladness! He is our Hope and our Salvation!
To God be the Glory