Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Things That Make Me Happy

Today I am not feeling fabulous... so rather than being consumed on that, I am going to focus on what makes me happy in hopes that it will take my mind off things...

* Listening to my kids pray.
* Singing worship songs in my car.
* Holding hands with my husband.
* A good cup of coffee.
* Hearing I did a good job on something at work.
* Having my mom to bounce ideas off of.
* Facebook
* Sitting in a bubble bath, reading a book.
* A good talk with an old friend.
* The smell of my new favorite lotion "Dark Kiss" from Bath and Body Works.
* Daisies
* Getting a pedicure.

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

3 Years Ago Today...

3 years ago today, I was introduced to my husband. It was a quiet night at home with the kids, we were just watching TV and hanging out when I got a text from my friend Mary asking if I was seeing someone. I had just started dating Ian again, but it had been an on/off relationship and never anything serious, so I told her nothing exlusive, why?

She told me she works with this guy that I would be perfect for. Uh, yeah... this had disaster written all over it. She told me a little about him and asked if she could give him my number. Sure, whatever. Didnt think a whole lot about it.

A little while later, I got a text saying "Hi, this is Bryan. I'm Mary's friend"... and we started talking and finding out some about each other. This went on for a couple days and he asked if we could meet for dinner that Friday after NYE. Sure, why not... but I had plans with my friends to go out dancing that night, but if we just went to dinner I'd have plenty of time.

We met at Iggy's in Layton. I remember being so nervous. I had never talked to him on the phone, only through text, but when we got there he gave me a hug hello and we went in to eat. We talked for hours, well past the time it took us to eat. Finally I had to go to get over to my friends house to go to SLC so we said goodbye and he said he'd talk to me tomorrow.

I guess when I got to Liz's I was beaming. She said I had a glow around me and she thought I should invite him dancing with us. Uh, ok. I love my friends, dont get me wrong... but they girls are loud and obnoxious (or were, at the time) and the guys were touchy feely. I guess we may as well throw him in b/c this was my life... time to see if he sinks or swims!

I sent him a text to see if he wanted to meet us at Port O'Call and he said yes... and the rest is history. Here we are 3 yrs later in a wonderful marriage and a family of 5. We are going to go to a movie tonight to celebrate, but Saturday is really our "anniversary date" b/c we are going to the Jazz game with great seats!

Thank you Lord, for putting this amazing man in my life. Everything is in Your time and I think my relationship with Bryan is a prime example of that. You put him in my life when I was ready to accept him and see what a good relationship could be. I am so grateful. Amen.

Monday, December 27, 2010

On the 12th Day of Christmas My Blog Swap Friend Gave to Me...

a beautiful necklace... it has 2 charms on it, one is silver and says "Believe" and the other is gold with a cross. I LOVE it!!!!

I am so thankful for everything my Swap Partner got me. Thank you so much Jenny. It's been a lot of fun :)

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

On the 11th day of Christmas my blog swap friend gave to me...

a really cool Psalms calendar. It has a verse for every day and it's small enough that when I rip them off, I can put it in my bible case if I want to save it.

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

On the 10th Day of Christmas my Blog Swap Friend Gave to Me...

a husband that isn't grumpy... No, I'm just teasing... although that is what I sang to him this morning as I was trying to wake him up when he didnt need to (he took the day off) just after he hit me with the pillow. LOL

Seriously, Jenny got me a beautiful journal. The funny thing was as soon as I opened it I thought "What a lovely place to put some of my favorite quotes and bible verses" and then I remembered her note saying to look at the front page b/c she wrote something in it for me... and it was a bible verse. Simply amazing.

Monday, December 20, 2010

On the 9th Day of Christmas my Blog Swap Friend Gave to Me...

A Breast Cancer Awareness Bunco Game!

I am not sure I have ever played before but I know a lot of the gals from church do and it sounds like a lot of fun. My in-laws always play games on New Years Eve, so I think I am going to take it over there to play with them. Very cool gift!

Sunday, December 19, 2010

On the 7th and 8th Days of Christmas my Blog Swap Friend Gave to Me...

A pair of lounge socks infused with vanilla and shea butter and a bottle of lotion, both from Bath and Body Works. Yay!!
                                               Sorry it's a little burry... Drew took it for me :)
                             This stuff is great! I went back and got the bubble bath to match.

Friday, December 17, 2010

All About Forgiveness

The dictionary definition of Forgiveness:

for·give·ness   /fərˈgɪvnɪs/

1. act of forgiving; state of being forgiven.

2. disposition or willingness to forgive.


bef. 900; ME forgifenesse, OE forgifennys. See forgive, -ness

—Related forms

pre·for·give·ness, noun
Bible Verses About Forgiveness:

"For if you forgive men when they sin against you, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. But if you do not forgive men their sins, your Father will not forgive your sins."
Matthew 6:14-15 New International Version

"If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness."
1 John 1:9 New International Version

"In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, in accordance with the riches of God's grace."
Ephesians 1:7 New International Version

Forgiveness has been on my mind a lot lately... A lot of things are going on around me that are terrible and heartbreaking. A lot of broken, hurting people and it makes me wonder about the whole aspect of forgiving.

If you forgive someone, do you have to forget what they did? If you forgive them, does it mean you are ok with their actions?  I guess all I can do is just keep remembering that its not my place to judge them... God has called us to love our brothers inspite of their weaknesses and faults. God sent His son to die for our sins... all of them, not the little ones or the ones that arent "too bad"... all of them. If God can forgive, who am I not to?

I dont know how I would react in the situation that some of my friends are in; and I pray that I never have to deal with that;  however I will just continue to love on them and support them in any way I can. My prayers are with the hurting people around me.

Lord, comfort them. Show your mercy to them. Just hold them and love them and let them know that with You, they will be ok. Amen.

On the 6th Day of Christmas my Blog Swap Friend Gave to Me...

One of her favorite books!

When Jenny and I first started talking, we found out that we both share a love of books. I am so excited to start reading this one. I hadnt heard of it before... so I cant wait to see what its about!

Thursday, December 16, 2010

On the 5th Day of Christmas my Blog Swap Friend Gave to Me...

YUMMY candy!!

I laugh because the kids are so into this... Ty reads the letter. Drew wears the packaging. They fight over who they think gets the first candy, although they are nuts if they think I'm sharing. LOL


Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Encouraging Word 12/15/10

God saved you by his grace when you believed. And you can't take credit for this; it is a gift from God.

~ Ephesians 2:8, NLT

Amen to that!!!

On the 4th Day of Christmas my Blog Swap Friend Gave to Me...

A very awesome candle... cinnamon flavored... that has a ceramic top (that didnt break, btw!!). I love it... I couldn't keep Drew's nose out of it all morning :)

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Encouraging Word 12/14/10

But if we confess our sins to him, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all wickedness.
~ 1 John 1:9, NLT

I have rewritten a post to go along with this bible verse like 3x this morning... and nothing is coming out how I want it to... so I am just going to say thanks.
Thank you Lord, for your forgiveness. We are all broken people, we arent perfect yet you love us inspite of our faults and for that, I am grateful. Amen.

On the 3rd Day of Christmas My Swap Friend Gave to Me...

Ty and I opened my gift for Day 3 this morning before I left for work and the note attached with this one says its a new family tradition of Jenny's that she wanted to share with us... and when we opened it, there is a book call Christmas Jar and then a jar of change. She said to read the book and the 2nd part of the gift will make sense.

The kids told me to read it quickly so we know what to do with change, so that's the plan for tonight!

Monday, December 13, 2010

On the 2nd Day of Christmas My Blog Swap Friend Gave to Me...

Jenny knows that I enjoy spending time with my family... so what a nice treat it was to open Day 2 and find Hot Chocolate packages, mugs for each of us, and a tin with treats in it. Yum!

On the 1st Day of Christmas my Blog Swap Friend Gave to Me...

Oh my! My box came in the mail.... the kids dragged it in off the porch and couldn't wait to see what was inside.

They were bummed that we couldn't open each gift right then and there and they really tempted me...but no, I'll stick to the game and keep the anticipation going.

My Swap partner is Jenny from Oklahoma.... and here is what she sent me for Day 1.

                                            Drew had to get in the action too... lovely bow honey.
 I told Jenny about my mom's fight against breast cancer... so she got me a beautiful Christmas tree ornament, purse hanger, and bracelet that says "Save the TaTas", which matches my car magnet :)

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Christmas Request/Ministry

As some of you know, there is a family that is very dear to me that is going through a difficult time. They are strong and will get through this, however, that does not minimize their pain, their fear, and their feeling of loneliness in this season.

Over the next couple weeks, when you are doing your regular Christmas shopping, would you consider making a few extra purchases in order to bless this family this Christmas? They deserve an amazing Christmas, a small (make that a big) reminder that God loves them and that they still have people who care deeply for them. My hope is that they will be overwhelmed with support during this Christmas season.

Ideas and Areas of need:
Toys for a 10 yr old boy: - he loves LEGOS!
2 teenage girls - girly stuff - make-up, jewelry, etc.
Mom: - jewelry, make-up, dinner gift cards, get her a massage, gift cards to to Bath and Body Works, etc.
If you want to get them clothes, I can get sizes…

Family: they have a Wii so games are a good idea, they play as a family a lot… they also need groceries, gas for the car, etc.

If you feel led, please remember this dear family during this holiday season. Spread the Word. Let's be the body.

"Stop telling us that you're the chosen people. Start living like the chosen people." -Jason Upton-

Encouraging Word 12/8/10

He lifted me out of the pit of despair, out of the mud and the mire. He set my feet on solid ground and steadied me as I walked along.

~ Psalm 40:2, NLT

This bible verse reminds me of a song the youth group at church loves.... "He is... so good, so so good to me. He is... so good, so so good to me. He picked me up and he turned me around and placed my feet up on solid ground, hallelujah... hallelujah!"

Somethings I Love About My Husband

December 27th 2007 was the day I got a text from my friend Mary that said “Are you seeing anyone?”. I remember that dreaded text because I knew what the following one would be… something like “I’ve got this great guy I want you to meet”. Ugh, a blind date!

I had gone through my divorce in 2005 and was in a pretty serious relationship right after that for a year and a half, both which left me absolutely heartbroken and jaded. I took a while to just be me… to be crazy when I wanted to be, to do what I wanted when I wanted, and to not worry about anything (on the weekends I didn’t have my kids, of course!!). So when I finally calmed down, found Jesus, and saw my self-worth again is when I got that text message from my friend.

At the time I had started seeing a guy I had dated before but nothing serious, so I told her sure, why not? She gave Bryan my # and he started texting me… who knew that here we would be, almost 3 yrs later… married… raising a family together…going to church together… and even more in love.

The thing is, I had prayed that God give me balance… and peace… and a faithful, loving man who knew Him. Obviously He does things in His time and not mine… but I am glad that He opened my heart to allow Bryan in. God knows what He’s doing, that’s for sure.

Some of the things I love about my husband…

He treats my kids as if they were his own. He does homework with them, goes to their sports games, and has stayed home sick with them before.

He holds my hand. I think there is nothing more romantic than someone reaching for your hand. It’s a public display of love.

He cleans my house… ‘Nuff said.

He comes to church with me now… he was so anti-church in the beginning until he saw what a relationship with Jesus looked like, rather than religion. It’s great to see him at worship or serving the community.

I am so blessed to have him as my husband. I love him so.

Monday, December 6, 2010

Just a little update from the Erwin-Williams clan…

Ty is doing better at school. We changed some things around in how we do homework and although its taking us longer every night, the grades are going up so we are doing something right.  She just got done with her basketball season. She did great. I am so proud of her… she has improved so much since last time. (My camera battery died on Saturday so I am waiting for the coach's wife to email me the ones she took)

Drew is still a clown… he makes me laugh. He has been very lovey lately so I am getting lots of hugs and kisses from him. I’m not complaining! He is doing pretty good with school, just working on a couple of things with him as well. I hope Santa brings him books for Christmas!

Because of the holidays and visitation weekends, it’s been a while since Taylor has been over… so not a lot of update with him right now, other than in 2 wks he will be 13. We will have a teenager!!! Boy, that makes Bryan old! LOL

Bryan is super busy with work and will be gone a lot over the next two weeks. I would much rather be with him Vegas or Orlando, but instead I am going to be here in this rainy/snowy/yucky weather. Bah!

I am doing good too… busy with church and work and life. I have a couple of things on my heart regarding a missions trip and youth group. I am praying that God shows me where he wants me to be. If it’s meant to be, it will come in His time. We will see how it goes. I think all our Christmas gifts are bought… half are wrapped. Hoping to do all that while Bryan is gone so he doesn’t peek!!

A friend of mine from my old church lost her son on Saturday… so please keep the Barrett family in your prayers.

Everyone have a great week!

Thursday, December 2, 2010

Christmas Craft Idea Needed!!

Somehow I got nominated to come up with the craft for my husband's family Christmas party. I need something that anyone from 5-70 yrs can do... that isnt going to cost a fortune. Help!!!

12 Days of Christmas Swap Update

Sooo… I finished all my shopping for my 12 Days of Christmas Swap. It was harder than I thought it would be. Not because Jenny was difficult to buy for; that was the easy part… we are so similar!

The hard part was keeping it around $50. I found so many things I wanted to get. I finally narrowed it down to things I know I’d be happy if I get, so I hope she feels the same way. It has been fun getting to know my new friend from Oklahoma and I hope we keep in touch after the swap is done.I wrapped up everything last night and got it all ready to be boxed and realized I don’t have any packing tape. Oops! I guess I will have to stop on the way home and get some so I can get the gift out right away.

Although a little blurry and sideways, here is a picture of my wrapped gifts... just to build to her suspense! LOL

Tuesday, November 30, 2010


Last night I went out with some girlfriends to dinner at the Olive Garden. This is a group of ladies that I met when attending church at Ascension Lutheran in Ogden. Our kids are about the same age and most of them went to Sunday school together.

All of us, with the exception of one, no longer go to that church for various reasons; however we try to meet monthly either with the kids or without (Mommy's need breaks too!) and just enjoy each others company.

I am glad for their friendship and enjoy out outtings. Thanks ladies!

Monday, November 29, 2010

Encouraging Word 11/29/10

But I trust in your unfailing love. I will rejoice because you have rescued me. I will sing to the Lord because he is good to me.
~ Psalm 13:5-6, NLT

And whatever you do or say, do it as a representative of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks through him to God the Father.
~ Colossians 3:17, NLT

Always be joyful. Never stop praying. Be thankful in all circumstances, for this is God's will for you who belong to Christ Jesus.
~ 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18, NLT

Couples Survey

What are your middle names?

Mine: Ann

His: Steven

♥ How long have you been together?

3 yrs in December

♥How did you meet? Through my friend, Mary.

♥ How long did you know each other before you started dating?

We texted for about a week before we met.

♥ Who asked who out?

He asked me out to dinner... I already had plans to go out with my friends dancing in SLC later that night, but when I got home from dinner they saw how happy I was, that they told me to invite him along!

♥ How old are each of you?

I am 32, he is 38.

♥ Whose siblings do/ did you see the most?

Actually, our families all hang out together alot. Normally its his brother/wife, mom, us, my parents, and my sister, Heather.

♥ Do you have any children together?

We have 3 kids total, but none together.

♥ What about pets?

Wrigley, our ShihTzu

♥ Which situation is the hardest on you as a couple?

I am not sure that we really have a situation that is hard on us... but if we had to choose, probably money or Ex-spouses.

♥ Did you go to the same school?


♥ Are you from the same home town?

Nope... I am from Indiana origionally, he was born in SLC.

♥ Who is smarter?

At math? He totally is :)

♥ Who is more sensitive?

Hello? Have we met? I'm a bawl baby.

♥ Where do you eat out most as a couple?

City Club

♥ Where is the furthest you two have traveled together as a couple?

Orlando, FL.

♥ Who has the craziest ex?

LOL- Depends on the day.

♥ Who has the worse temper?

Oh, that would be me too... but Im working on it!

♥ Who does the cooking?


♥ Who is more social?

Me, Im a social butterfly!

Who is the neat freak?

He is.

♥ Who is the more stubborn?


♥ Who hogs the bed?

He says its me... I dont believe him.

♥ Who wakes up earlier?

Me, he is a night owl where I am a morning person.

Where was your first date?


♥ Who has the bigger family?

We both have big families.

♥ Do you get flowers often?

NO! I cant remember the last time I got any....

♥ How do you spend the holidays?

Since our families hang out so often, its cool b/c they are usually all together.

♥ Who is more jealous?


♥ How long did it take to get serious?

It took me 1.5 yrs to get over a past relationship... so when I started dating Bryan I didnt think it was going to be anything special. I was very hurt and jaded, but he saw past that and made me fall in love with him.

Who eats more?


♥ Who does/ did the laundry?


♥ Who’s better with the computer?

Both I guess..

♥ Who drives when you are together?


Engaged: April 2008
Married: September 20, 2008

Post-Turkey Day

I hope that everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving. As always, I had so much to be thankful for. This year, we didnt have our kids, but we were able to celebrate with 2 of the 3 the Sunday before and then Taylor did end up coming over to my sister-in-law's after dinner on Thursday.

On Wednesday night, we had dinner at Wingers with some friends and went to see "Unstoppable". I thought it was a good movie. Didnt know it was a true story!

On Thursday we slept in until like 11am... something we NEVER do. We went over to my brother-in-law's for a while to hang out until it was time to go to Joy's for dinner. After dinner, my parents came out to join us and we make Christmas plates. They turned out cute... although I totally forgot to take pictures. Oops!

On Friday we slept in again and went shopping around 10am... still got all the deals on things we wanted without fighting the crowds. Yay for us! That night we went to our usual "No kids on a Friday night" dinner at City Club and then off to Worship at the GP.

Saturday I am not even sure what we did... its all a blur. Sunday I got up to go to church and when I got back, my whole house was clean. Boy, I sure love my Mister Husband!! We went to lunch at Wing Nutz and then went home to wrap some of the gifts before the kids came home from their dad's house.

Had a wonderful weekend with my husband and tonight its dinner at Olive Garden with some of my girlfriends.

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

What makes you happy?

I totally stole this from another blog... but so worth doing to help remind me of the good things I have in my life.

10 SIMPLE things in life that make me happy...

1. Holding hands with my husband

2. getting a pedicure with my mom

3. quiet time with a good book

4. My son’s laugh

5. a clean bathroom (Honey, are you reading this?? LOL)

6. doing community outreach with my church

7. Hugs from my daughter

8. The numbers on the scale going down

9. A great cup of coffee

10. my favorite song coming on the radio

I'm oh-so-thankful.

What are 10 simple things that make you happy?

Monday, November 22, 2010

Encouraging Word 11/22/10

Love never gives up, never loses faith, is always hopeful, and endures through every circumstance.

~ 1 Corinthians 13:7, NLT

And may the Lord make your love for one another and for all people grow and overflow, just as our love for you overflows.

~ 1 Thessalonians 3:12, NLT

Therefore, whenever we have the opportunity, we should do good to everyone especially to those in the family of faith.

~ Galatians 6:10, NLT

Thanksgiving 2010

Every year, my parents do their Thanksgiving meal on the Sunday before that way people arent rushing around from house to house. This year, we had 38.5 (my cousin is pregnant!) people come. Aunts and Uncles, Cousins, my in laws, my siblings. It was fun.

Here are a bunch of random pictures I took...

Ty and Tabitha

Cobin waiting to eat

Levi and Shelby

Drew and Gunner

Gerry and Mason

Bryan and Chris

Danny and G

Chris and Rob

Jaxon, Dylan, and Mason

Me and Bry

Toe Update

Ty's toe looks SOOOOO much better. We got to take the wrapping off yesterday and its healing. Praise God!

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Christmas Swap

I just signed up for a Christmas Swap... if you're interested go to the blog below to sign up!

Ty's Toe

Wow… I should get the Mom of the Year Award (please insert sarcasm here!!)
Yesterday Ty called me at 745 to say they were leaving for the bus stop. Normally, she leaves her phone home and walks with her brother and the neighbor. At 8am, my phone rings and its her telling me she was racing her brother to the bus stop and her shoe fell off and she cut her toe. Realizing that she was about to miss the bus I tell her to slap a bandaid on it and get back down there.
At lunch, she calls me to say that her toe has bled through 5 bandaids and the office wanted her to call me. I was completely swamped at work and she only had an hour left of school for the day so I told her to put another bandaid on it and go home and send me a picture of it so I can see how bad it is and we can decide what to do. I figured that the school secretary would have told me if they thought it needed immediate attention.

When she got home she sent me a picture, but it didn’t look too terrible but she said it was still bleeding a lot so I had her to ask the neighbor to look at it. Nicole said it looked bad and she probably needs stitches. I went home to look at it and it was worse looking than the picture so I called the Dr and we went in.

She ripped the padded part almost all the way off, the nail bed is lifted up and its cut under it. They cleaned it up really good and did a compression dressing that she has to wear for the next 4 days. Poor girl.

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Encouraging Word 11/16/10

Don't just pretend to love others. Really love them. Hate what is wrong. Hold tightly to what is good.

~ Romans 12:9, NLT

How perfect a verse for today. I truly believe God puts little messages in our lives in the most random of ways, including my emailbox.
My exhusband is having problems with everything that is in the news regarding our former pastor/my friend. He is blaming the church and not the individual. He is putting negativitiy into my kids head when he isnt seeing the big picture. My church had nothing to do with the actions of this pastor... his acts were human and inappropriate, but nothing to do with the body of Christ. My ex doesnt see that and doesnt want my kids to return to our place of worship.
We prayed for him at bible study last night, that God will soften his heart and open his eyes. We also prayed for my kids, that they stay strong in their beliefs and that God put a hedge of protection around them. I prayed this morning for the Lord to guide me... to show me when to stand up and fight and when to sit back and listen. This is a hard time for us all... there are side effects to all those who know this pastor, even if we werent directly involved and I continue to pray for him, his family, and our church.

Monday, November 15, 2010

Chicago, South Bend, and Football

Bryan and I along with my parents, my brother and his wife as well as her dad all went to Chicago to drive to South Bend for the Notre Dame/Utah football game. We had a great time… we at deep dish pizza, found a new fav beer (312), walked a ton, took a bunch of pictures, reunited with old friends and family, and in the end had an ND win. Yay!

Here is a massive picture dump… enjoy!

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

I will praise you in this storm

Right now, I am going through some tough times… some things are going on in a couple of families that I am very close to and I am heartbroken for them and anyone else involved.

One of these people is someone I am very close to. Someone who is a confidant and someone who has helped me in my walk with Christ. Parts of me want to ask “Why??” but I know I just need to turn to the Lord and ask for comfort and strength. It isn’t my place to judge… so I turned to the bible and started looking up verses on forgiveness.

"Let us then approach the throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need."
Hebrews 4:16

"Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest."
Matthew 11:28

"Cast your cares on the LORD
and he will sustain you;
he will never let the righteous fall."
Psalm 55:22

"My dear children, I write this to you so that you will not sin. But if anybody does sin, we have one who speaks to the Father in our defense—Jesus Christ, the Righteous One."
1 John 2:1

"Repent, then, and turn to God, so that your sins may be wiped out, that times of refreshing may come from the Lord,"
Acts 3:19

"The Lord our God is merciful and forgiving, even though we have rebelled against him;"
Daniel 9:9

Lord, I don’t know why things happen the way they do. Please help me not to get mixed up in the questioning and finger pointing and to set my eyes on you. Help me to be a strength to those around me and remember that you sent your son to die for our sins, no matter the degree. Lord, I am not worthy… none of us are but I am so thankful for your gift of salvation. Please help me to remember to continue to praise you through the storm.

Monday, November 8, 2010

Encouraging Word 11/08/10

He heals the brokenhearted and bandages their wounds.

~ Psalm 147:3, NLT

I am so thankful for this verse today… out of all the verses of the bible, this one ends up in my email with perfect timing. That’s how God works… he knows what we needs and slips those reminders into our lives.

Right now, I am heartbroken for some dear friends of mine because of some bad stuff that has gone on.I am just lost, heartbroken, sad, and mad… yet this is me as an outsider, I can’t imagine what the families are going through. So today, I am lifting up all my friends in prayer. Asking God to be there for them, to comfort them, to show support to them, to help them make the decisions they need to make, and to just love on them only as He can.

Lord, I love you. I know there is a reason for all this and in time it will be shown, but as of now none of it makes sense so until then continue to hold us in the palm of your hand. Amen.

Thursday, November 4, 2010

How Great is Our God

I am reading Emily's blog... the teenage gal who is battling cancer. She's had a rough couple of days and today she is comforting her mom; telling her it's OK, that Jesus is with her. Instantly tears welled up in my eyes... She has a relationship with Jesus and is at peace and comforted by Him. How amazing is that? How great is our God?

Chris Tomlin's How Great is Our God

The splendor of a King,
clothed in majesty
Let all the earth rejoice,
all the earth rejoice
He wraps himself in light,
and darkness tries to hide
it trembles at his voice,
trembles at his voice

How great is our God,
sing with me
How great is our God,
and all will see
How great
How great is our God

And age to age He stands
and time is in His Hands
Beginning and the End,
Beginning and the End
The Godhead, three in one
Father, Spirit, Son
the Lion and the Lamb,
the Lion and the Lamb

How great is our God,
sing with me
How great is our God,
and all will see
How great,
How great is our God

Name above all names
Worthy of all praise
My heart will sing
how great is our God
Name above all names
you are worthy of all praise
and my heart will sing
how great is our God

How great is our God,
Sing with me
How great is our God,
and all will see
How great,
How great is our God

How great is our God,
Sing with me
How great is our God,
and all will see
How great,
How great is our God
How great is our God,
Sing with me
How great is our God,
and all will see
How great,
How great is our God

Encouraging Word 11/04/10

And may you have the power to understand, as all God's people should, how wide, how long, how high, and how deep his love is.

~ Ephesians 3:18, NLT

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Crazy Coupon Lady

A friend of mine from church invited me to a Coupon Party. I decided to go and check it out since my husband already makes fun of me b/c I always pull some kind of coupon or discount out of my purse when we go to dinner or shopping, so it made sense to him that I’d go.

There was about 20 of us that showed up and the lady lays out all these products on the table and asked what did we think they retailed for? We all murmured some answers and it was about $65. Then she asked how much could we get them if they were on sale? The answer was $43. Then she asked us to guess how much she got them for? $14!!! Are you kidding me? It was all name brand stuff like diapers, detergent, deodorant, toothpaste, etc.

She showed us how to find coupons, how to use coupons, how to use coupons with sales, how to use coupons with rebates, how to do buy 1 get one free and get everything free. It almost seems too good to be true!

I decided I’d try it out… if she went from $600 a month on groceries and household supplies and now only pays $250, its worth the organization time to me. I told myself I’d do it for 3 months before I decided if I like it or not.

I have 4 coupons that I found out the products are on sale at Smiths this week. I am going to head there after work. If things go as planned, I should get all my items for FREE! Yay!

Monday, November 1, 2010

The Carnival was a Success!

Our church carnival went really well… we had over 10,000 people come through the doors. What a turn out!

My husband helped with security and I was at the Information Desk. All day long, I’d get questions like “Where are the bathrooms?” or “How much does it cost to ride?”… nothing big. The one time I get up to go to the bathroom and I leave Bryan there to man the desk, and he gets people asking “What denomination is this church?” or “what does this church believe?”… He told me I didn’t get anymore bathroom breaks after that.

Around 745pm, we left to go get dinner at IHOP before we got the kids from their dad. We had our bright yellow GP shirts on and the waitress immediately recognized we were from the church up the road. She asked us a couple questions, then walked away… then came back 2-3 more times to ask more questions. I thought she was going to sit down with us!

The best part is when I was going to start telling her about the church, my husband jumped in and started talking instead. My “I don’t go to church” husband was witnessing to the lady at IHOP. Praise God!! I’ve been praying for God to open his heart and accept Him in…. and maybe it took acts of community service for the Lord to get in… but whatever the reason, it happened. I was so proud of him and just wanted to cry b/c my heart felt so good.

Thank you Lord for the ability to touch those we have… Thank you for using me to reach those around the city of Ogden as well as right here in my own family. Help me to continue to witness Your love and bring more people to you. I say these things in your name, Amen!

Friday, October 29, 2010

My funny Drew

Here are some of the funny things my Drewby-doo has said lately...

* Can I borrow your cereal? Mine hurts my stomach.
* I'm very sad my DS broke, can I get some kind of electronic for Christmas?
* I am in a bad mood today, but I am better now so can I go play?
* I dont want to get my hair cut, why cant it be long like Ty's?
* Maybe being a ninja wasnt a good idea, you cant be fast with jeans under your costume.

Oh, how I love that boy!! LOL

Thursday, October 28, 2010

Halloween Carnival

On Saturday, my church is having a Halloween Carnival for the community. It has nothing to do with church or religion, it is about serving the community. We just happen to do fun in the name of Jesus.

It's from noon-8pm on 12th Street in Ogden. We are going to have free food, free games, free rides, free music. Just bring your family, your neighbors, your friends, and have fun!!

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Stress and Worry

"Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God." Philippians 4:6

I keep hearing about my friend’s struggles… issues with marriages, issues with the law, issues with health, etc. I am so thankful that my life is pretty calm b/c everyone knows I am the first person to freak out when things go wrong… but now, thanks to my relationship with Jesus, I am much calmer than I used to be and I am so thankful for that.

I know that God won’t give me more than I can handle. Even though some times are going to be rough, those trials will be blessings in the end. When I start to get worked up over something, I turn to Jesus, raise my hands in the air, and say “I surrender”. I turn it over to God and every time I start to get upset about something I remember that He has it in control and I just need to follow Him.

It’s not easy. I stress about my family, my bills, my work… just like anyone else. But knowing that I am part of something bigger than myself, brings such peace to me. So for now, I will pray for those who don’t have that peace, those who don’t have a relationship with Jesus… for those who do and are slipping in their trust a bit…. and I will pray for my fellow believers to maintain their beliefs even when things aren’t going how we feel they should.

Lord, help me to continue to trust in you. Help me to cast my worry aside and believe in Your plan for me. Father God, comfort me, strengthen me, and bring me peace when I do get worked up. You are mighty to save and I am so thankful for the love you have for me. Amen.

Monday, October 25, 2010

Encouraging Word 10/25/10

Don't use foul or abusive language. Let everything you say be good and helpful, so that your words will be an encouragement to those who hear them.

~ Ephesians 4:29, NLT

Boy... dont I need help with this one? I need to watch my mouth. Sometimes I am shocked by what comes out of it. I can be hurtful and that's not what I want. I am making it my goal to clean it up and be encouraging.

Friday, October 22, 2010

Encouraging Word 10/22/10

Be still in the presence of the Lord, and wait patiently for him to act.

~ Psalm 37:7, NLT

Thursday, October 21, 2010

Encouraging Word 10/21/10

Let all that I am praise the Lord; may I never forget the good things he does for me.

~ Psalm 103:2, NLT

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Parenting is hard work...

Earlier this year, Ty’s teacher spoke to her about something that supposedly happened on the playground. I guess a girl went home and told her mom that Ty was shoving her. The mom called the teacher, the teacher spoke to Ty (but not a word to me about it), and then Ty mentioned it to me. Ty told me that she bumped into the girl when they were lining up, but said “Excuse me” and that was that… later that day, Ty told the same girl to quit cheating off her papers and then she gets talked to by the teacher for not being nice.

Yesterday, Ty called me in tears b/c another girls mom was at the bus stop and yelled at her for not being nice to her daughter. I asked her what happened and she said the day before the girl was being rude and telling her and Drew to shut up and Ty said “that’s not very nice to say”… and then after she got home, the girl came over and rang the door bell and asked to take Ty’s picture “so she could show her big sister who Ty was”… Ty told her no and shut the door. I guess the girl went home and told her mom Ty was being mean to her. The mom went to the bus stop to talk to Ty (which I don’t think was the right way to handle it) and said she was going to call the principal and come talk to me. I asked Drew about it since he was there and he said Ty didnt do anything wrong.

If you know my daughter,she is usually a very easy going girl who gets along well with everyone. If she is going to be mean to anyone, its only Drew :) I don’t know what to think about all this b/c it’s out of character for her, but if two different occurrences have happened it makes me wonder. Am I missing something? Is she not being very nice when I am not around? I always have people telling me what a good girl she is, never anything negative about her… I wonder how much I should worry about it? Should I just let it go until the school calls me? Should I ask her teacher if she is having problems? In all 5 yrs she was at the old school I have never heard anything about her being mean to anyone… and now in 2 months I’ve heard it twice.

She is my daughter, so of course she is a smartbutt at times… so I told her to watch what she says. Maybe she was joking and someone didn’t realize, but I cant see her being intentionally mean to anyone. I sent her off to school today telling her to not even worry about the girl… don’t be rude, but don’t talk to her, maybe they need space.

I just pray to know when to step in and when to let her deal with things on her own. I pray that God watch over her and protect her. That God allow her to continue to be the loving, nice girl that I know she is. As she gets older she is going to need her mom less and less, but God more and more and I pray that she turn to him in times of conflict. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Encouraging Word(s)

Some people make cutting remarks, but the words of the wise bring healing.

~ Proverbs 12:18, NLT

Work willingly at whatever you do, as though you were working for the Lord rather than people.

~ Colossians 3:23, NLT

Friday, October 15, 2010

Can't Get Away - Rush of Fools

This is a song that our worship team does and for some reason its in my head today... A lot has gone on this week, a lot of friends confiding in me in some issues they have going on, and I think God has placed on my heart that even though you can try to run from your troubles, He will always be there. Thank you Jesus, for never giving up on us!

I am an arrow, I am a rocket
I am a river and nothing can stop it
Cause you are the target and you are the atmosphere
You are the ocean that keeps pulling me, pulling me near

And I, can’t get away, cant get away
Cant get away, cant get away
I cant get away, cant get away… I keep running into you

I am a beggar, You are the table
I am so helpless, God you are so able
And when I get turned around You change my direction
Youre so perfect, Im so broken, here You come with arms wide open
Chasing after me down every road
Youre always waiting there

And I, can’t get away, cant get away
Cant get away, cant get away
I cant get away, cant get away… I keep running into you

Even when I close my eyes, I cant help but see
Theres no place that I can hide, Youre such a part of me
I cant get away cause I keep running into You
I cant get away…

Encouraging Word 10/15/10

let us strip off every weight that slows us down, especially the sin that so easily trips us up. And let us run with endurance the race God has set before us.

~ Hebrews 12:1, NLT

Thursday, October 7, 2010

Encouraging Word 10/7/10

God blesses those who patiently endure testing and temptation. Afterward they will receive the crown of life that God has promised to those who love him.

~ James 1:12, NLT

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Happy Birthday Drewbie-doo!

I cant believe that 8 years ago today, you came into our lives. You have been such a blessing to me. You have always been such a sweet soul. You are loving, kind, and tender hearted. You are becoming such a man of God, I love to listen to you pray. You are quite the soccer player, you have gotten really good and quick! You've had your struggles, but you have come through them all marvelously. Nothing holds you down, you just keep at it. I've learned a lot from you. You are an amazing son and I love you so much. I am so glad that God chose me to be your momma. I love you!

Encouraging Word 9/29/10

Rejoice in our confident hope. Be patient in trouble, and keep on praying.

~ Romans 12:12, NLT

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

MercyMe Concert

I took Ty to the MercyMe concert at the State Fair a couple weeks ago. We had a great time in the front row. It was neat to see all the Christians there… a lot of people from my church as well as other youth groups and families. MercyMe is just amazing and you could definitely feel the spirit at our fairground worship that night.

Something the lead singer said was “ You will never be shiny or polished enough to earn the grace of God” and that has stuck with me the last little while. When I struggle with feeling like I am supposed to be perfect, I know that God loves me in spite of my faults. He isn’t asking me to be perfect, He is asking me to be me… He knows I am broken and I make mistake and that is ok. You cant earn God's Grace, its yours when you have a relationship with him. Remembering that takes away a lot of undue stress and I am thankful for that.

Monday, September 27, 2010


Wow... what a week.

I am feeling better... if I sit too long, on something that is too hard, it hurts. So I try to stand up as much as possible, I have my pillow to sit on. It will get better day after day. I am so thankful for my family and friends who helped out last week. I couldnt have done it without you!!

My little Drewbie-doo is going to be 8 this week. How the heck did that happen?

We went to a concert last night at church. The band is Julian Drive from Athens, GA. Freaking amazing! They did an acoustic tour b/c they lost alot of their equiptment in the earthquake in Hati earlier this year. We heard their tesitmonies and what was on their heart and they even had my husband thanking God for being in the buisness of doing miracles even today. That's what I love about my God, he is the same today as he was 200 years ago!!

Gonna be busy at work b/c I am trying to squeeze 6 days of work into 3 b/c we are going to Vegas for BikeFest. We arent taking our bike b/c I cant ride right now, but we are still going to go for some RnR. I am looking forward to it!!

Encouraging Word 9/27/10

Lead me by your truth and teach me, for you are the God who saves me. All day long I put my hope in you.

~ Psalm 25:5, NLT

Friday, September 24, 2010

Encouraging Word

God saved you by his grace when you believed. And you can't take credit for this; it is a gift from God.

~ Ephesians 2:8, NLT

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

What a pain in the butt!


Bryan and I along with some other family rode our motorcycles up to Peach Days last weekend. On the way home, he hit a bump that kind of threw me up and slammed my butt down on the seat. Joking, I told him to take it easy or he is going to break my butt.

Well, my tailbone area was sore for a couple of days, nothing bad... Infact, I forgot what happened for a while. Then last Thursday night I couldnt sleep. My butt hurt so bad! I got up every couple of hours, tylenol, hot baths, etc. This continued through the weekend and on Sunday I was laying on my floor with my butt up in the air, just bawling b/c I hurt so bad.

Monday morning I went to my PCP to see what was going on. She took a look and said I needed to go to a GI dr b/c the trauma from the motorcycle caused some problems and thought I had a blood clot. She said that this Dr would be able to lance the blood clot and the pain would be gone. Yay! I looked forward to this appointment, I needed some relief.

So I didnt eat after midnight, had my dad there to drive me, everything they said to do... and when I got to the Dr's office I was told I didnt need to do all that, its just a consult, they wouldnt be doing anything today. Uh, yeah. I freaked out at the receptionist. Pain doesnt make me a nice person.

I went in to see the GI doctor and he said that I would need to see a Colon/Rectal surgeon. Ok, lets do it... I havent eaten so lets get this done. Yeah, that didnt work... b/c his next appt was Oct 5th. That didnt go over so well and I freaked out AGAIN.

I called my mom b/c she works at a hospital in SLC and asked her if there was anyone else I could go see sooner. She gave me the name of a couple of Dr's there and one was able to get me in at 1pm. (Yeah, I resulted to name dropping!)

We drove down there, met with the Dr. After her exam she said she was worried about an abcess and that's whats causing all the pain. She also said she thought I had a broken tailbone. She wanted me to go to the OR to have an exam done under anthesia b/c she couldnt do much without me screaming.

At 530 I was taken to the OR, sedated, and she did her thing. Ends up not to be an abcess, but I do have a blood clot and a broken tail bone. The blood clot is reabsorbing on its own, so we dont have to do anything about that. If the pain from my tail bone doesnt go away in the next couple of weeks I need to follow up with an orthopedic surgeon. She was able to inject some kind of numbing medication when in surgery and the painw as completely gone for about 12 hours so I finally was able to sleep last night, which was much needed.

Today isnt as bad, although I am bruised and sore. I pray for comfort and healing. I have never had pain like this before and I am such a wuss!

Friday, September 17, 2010

Letters 16-18

day 16 — someone that’s not in your state/country

Someone in Ireland,
Can I come visit? All the pictures I see are beautiful!

day 17 — someone from your childhood
My grade school boyfriend.

Hard to believe so much time has passed… some of my memories seem like yesterday, but I’ve lived in Utah now for 18 yrs. I am glad we have reconnected on Facebook and I get to see your cute little family. I am glad you are doing well and wish you the very best. Take care!

day 18 — the person that you wish you could be

Dear Self,
You’ve come a long way! There are still things that could use some work though… like holding back your emotions when you are upset. Crying is the way you vent and I wish you could keep that under control a bit better. Where you aren’t getting yourself as upset at your ex-husband anymore, I wish you would stick up for your daughter more. What’s the worst that’s going to happen, he not want to see her? May not be a downside… Anyway, since you now have Jesus in your heart, you are a much better person. Keep it up!

Thursday, September 16, 2010

Letter 15

day 15 — the person you miss the most
This letter is to my grandpa.

I sure miss you. I remember spending so much time with you when I was little. Doing science experiments, playing in the yard, having you tutor in my class. I remember being at your house every morning before school and being so excited to see you when you picked us up to go home. I love those memories. I prefer those to the ones when you started to go downhill and you didn’t know who we were anymore. I prefer those to the last moments we had together in the hospital ER after you were hit by a truck. I am so glad that I got to say goodbye to you… but I am going to focus on the good times, b/c we had a lot of them.

I love you,
Your cookie bell.

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Letter 14

day 14 — someone you’ve drifted away from

My friend, J-
I feel like we have recently drifted away from each other… and for that I am sorry. I think where you have continuous problems in your home life that you aren’t stepping up to fix, it wears on us as well b/c you ask for help and advice, but never do anything with it. For me now, it’s easier just not to say anything b/c it doesn’t do any good…and when I don’t say anything, neither do you and there we are… drifting. Just because we dont talk as much doesnt mean I dont think of you often, I pray for you daily. I hope that you can overcome your fears and do what's right for you and your boys.

Let’s get back to normal. I miss you. I love you my friend.

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Letter 13

day 13 — someone you wish could forgive you

Over five years have passed now and while I feel things have gotten better over time, I sometimes still get dumped on when you feel your life isn’t what you want. Let go of the negativity and blame and just be happy, cherish the people in your life… your kids, your girlfriend, your family.

I want you to be happy, b/c it does still impact me and those around me. While I don’t think that you want what you used to have, I think you want someone to blame for your circumstances and I am an easy target to vent your frustrations. Someone once told me that you won’t “get it” b/c you don’t have Jesus in your life… so we pray for you often. I hope you can deal with the decisions that have been made and move on with life. Good luck!

Monday, September 13, 2010

Encouraging Word

I took my troubles to the Lord; I cried out to him, and he answered my prayer.
~ Psalm 120:1, NLT

Day 12 Letter

day 12 — the person you hate most/caused you a lot of pain

To my father, Larry.
I struggle to write this letter b/c I don’t know where to begin... b/c it brings up a range of emotions for me. You have missed out on a lot and the part that hurts is b/c you chose to. When you left us, you ran away… no notice or explanation. You didn’t just leave my mom, you abandoned your children. Every once in a while, you’d pop in and try to play Dad, but it was too little too late. By then, I’d lost respect for you.

The last time I saw you was almost 8 yrs ago in RC Willeys when you didn’t even acknowledge that you had a new grandson. Your granddaughter says “Who’s that?” when she comes across pictures of you. You have a severely autistic grandchild, did you know that? The pain you caused me, doesn’t compare to the pain you caused my brother. He lives with that heartache every day.

I don’t know where you are… I don’t know what you are doing. I just pray that you can find a relationship with Jesus so he can help you with your demons and brokenness. Although I will never forget what I’ve been through, I forgive you b/c I believe in the power of forgiveness b/c I need it to move on with my life.

I wish you well.

Friday, September 10, 2010

Letters 9-10-11

Day 9 — someone you wish you could meet
This letter is to someone doing research to cure breast cancer.

Dear Researcher,
Please continue your hard work. So many people are being affected by breast cancer. Families are suffering through treatments and losing loved ones. We have come so far in the past 10 yrs due to the work you are putting in and I want to thank you. My mom has been diagnosed twice in the past 5 yrs and due to advancements in technology, she is a survivor. I want every daughter to be able to have their mom around and where 1 in 8 people get breast cancer, a lot of people are being affected. Please do what you can so one day the only time we hear the word “breast cancer” is in the history books.

Day 10 — someone you don’t talk to as much as you’d like to
To my friend from kindergarten, Angie.

You are one of those people where weeks, months, years can pass by and when we talk or get together, we pick back up exactly where we left off. You are someone I know I can always count on. Growing up, I felt like we were sisters more than friends… even when (or maybe especially when) we bickered! Thank you for being a Godmother to my children, for the support you give me during hard decisions, and for being my friend for the past 27 yrs. I love you!

Day 11 — a deceased person you wish you could talk to
My Grandmother who died in 1989.

I can’t believe you have been gone for 21 yrs already. It seems like yesterday that I was sitting on your lap, eating hard candies from your jar. You were so loving and snuggly, I loved spending as much time with you as possible. I cherish the memories of sleepovers, sitting at your dresser and putting on your perfume, and the family dinners. Your death was so hard on me… it took me years to think of you without crying. I am so thankful that my mom and daughter have the same wonderful relationship that you and I did. My life has taken so many directions, but I know that you are in Heaven looking down on me and I know that one day we will be together again. I love you, Nannie.

Thursday, September 9, 2010

Little victory!!

In support of my husband’s weight loss journey, I started counting calories at the beginning of August b/c I decided I needed to be healthier and had about 15 lbs I would like to lose.

Ever since the first time I heard about about BMI (body mass index) it’s always told me I was overweight. Well, this morning I am down 12lbs which puts me at a BMI of 24.9 and that puts me into the healthy range. Yippee!

My 12lbs isn’t much compared to my husband’s 40 but I am very proud of my little victory... I like to think of it as our household being 62lbs lighter!!

Day 8- your favorite internet friend

This is to a teenage girl named Emily who is dealing with cancer.

I came across your blog online somehow about a month ago and I have to check it daily to see your progress. I pray for you and your family constantly. I know that God gave you cancer for a reason, it’s part of His plan. But quite frankly, it sucks!

You are dealing with it better than I ever could. I can tell from your posts, you are surviving due to your belief of Jesus and the support of your family. I wish you the very best… you have touched a lot of lives and I pray that the treatments and tests you are going through will be successful and sometime soon you can consider yourself cancer free. God bless!

You can check on Emily at

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Is Life a Test?

“This life is a test. Ive known that for as long as I can remember. I have to pass the test in order to gain the eternal rewards. Ive know that too.”

I was reading this on someone’s blog today and it just made me sad. This person is hurting… and broken… and is striving to be perfect which is causing so many more issues. I just want to cry for her b/c she doesn’t get it. She doesn’t realize that it’s ok, she isn’t meant to be perfect. That God is going to love her, broken and all.

Getting to Heaven isn’t dependant on what she does on this earth… if she has a relationship with Jesus and makes the decision to have Him as the leader of her life, it’s going to happen. He made it that easy for us by dying for our sins. That’s why I struggle now with religion vs. relationship b/c some of the man made rules aren’t in line with what Jesus wants, according to the bible. It’s not about the acts you perform here or the perfectness you try to have in your life... those aren't the things that get you to Heaven.

I used to feel so down on myself and so depressed b/c I wasn’t living up to what a priest told me I should… I wasn’t comfortable going to confession b/c why did I need to tell a man my sins, when I felt I had resolved them with God already? I would beat myself up about it and have a lot of anxiety about it until I realized that religion was driving me away from God rather than bringing me to him. It’s all about the relationship you have with Him… accepting him as the Lord and Savior of your life, rather than just being a member of a certain church and following the rules that church leader made. I am free to worship my God how I want… be it in shorts and flip-flops, with music blaring, and a coffee in hand…God loves me all the same. I am so thankful for those who have helped me with my walk in Christ b/c my life is a much better place these days.

day 7 — your ex-boyfriend/girlfriend/love/crush

This letter is to Travis, the boy I met in Hawaii on my Sr Trip.

First of all, it’s hard to believe it’s been 14 yrs since we met. I remember looking across the airport in San Francisco and mentioning to my friends what a cute guy you were. Tall, blue eyed, athletic build… I am not 100% sure how we all ended up going to Hard Rock Café together for dinner that first night, but that lead to us spending a lot of time together that trip… We had a lot of fun exploring the island together and being with all our friends. I remember thinking it was the end of the world as our dream vacation came to an end b/c in what I knew in my whole 17 yrs of existence, I felt like I loved you with all my heart and soul. I remember sitting next to you on the airplane ride home, just bawling.

Our relationship continued long distance for a couple of months before you went away to Pepperdine to college after hurting your knee, rather than going to play for the Angels. I enjoyed coming to visit you and meeting your family and going to Lake Tahoe to see you play ball. I followed you online for a while and was so excited when I saw that you played for the Diamond Backs for a bit. I am glad we have been able to reconnect on Facebook a little bit and see pictures of your wife and baby. I am happy for the short time we had together, what a fun little summer fling it was. Take care, Trav!

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Encouraging Words 9/7/10

Trust in the Lord always, for the Lord God is the eternal Rock.
~ Isaiah 26:4, NLT

For I cried out to him for help, praising him as I spoke.
~ Psalm 66:17, NLT

I am praying to you because I know you will answer, O God. Bend down and listen as I pray.
~ Psalm 17:6, NLT

Day 6 Letter

A letter to a stranger:

Dear Man in Ogden in the wheelchair with the hot pink hair,

I’ve seen you around town, zipping around in your wheelchair. Your arms crooked and legs flailing. I remember thinking “God, help that man b/c I couldn’t imagine being in his place”… and couple of weeks ago, I saw you at church. You gave your testimony about your love for Christ. Due to your disability it took some time to get the words out you were trying to say, but we all understood what you were trying to tell us. The time it took and the words you shared truly brought the Holy Spirit into the room. I was blessed by you that day. I stood there with tears streaming down my face and was so thankful that you found the strength and comfort of our amazing Savior. Although I still don’t know your name, you are no longer a stranger to me… you are my brother in Christ.

Friday, September 3, 2010

My 3-5 Letters

Not sure how much I am going to be around this weekend to update, so I am going to post letters 3-5 now as well.

Letter 3 to a Parent-
• Mom, You are amazing. You are such a source of strength and comfort. You are so loving and see the best in everyone. You have been through so much in the past 5 yrs and you did it with dignity and grace. What an example you have set! You are a great mother, mother in law, and Nannie to us. You are the rock of our family, you are the one who keeps us all together. Thank you for the example that you set… for your love of God, your positiveness, and your willingness to help others. I love you mama.

Letter 4 to a Sibling-
• Heather, Who knew that when we became sisters almost 17 yrs ago we would have the friendship we do today? You have grown into a beautiful woman, a caring mom, a daughter of God, and a great friend. You’ve been through a lot in the past couple of years and as hard as its been, I think its brought us closer. One of my greatest memories is when I was able to share my love of Jesus with you and lead you to Christ. I am so blessed by the relationship you now have with Him. I truly believe your life and the lives of your boys will be much better off with Him as your captain, rather than trying to do it all on your own. I love you sis.

Letter 5 to my Dreams-
• Dear Dreams… Thank you for the flashbacks of my past… its funny how in real life I can forget things that have happened but in my dreams they come back to life and it seems just like yesterday. I often wonder why you take me back to certain places and times… I sometimes wonder if I have unfinished business to attend to. Maybe its God’s way of telling me I need to do something. Thank you for bringing back the people of my past, even for just a little while.