Wednesday, December 31, 2008
Monday, December 15, 2008
Come support The Durham Rescue Mission. We are collecting food donations and a love offering to support the ongoing work of the mission. The Durham Rescue Missions’ victory choir will be singing & sharing stories of changed lives. Rev. Ernie Mills will also be sharing a message. Refreshments will be served after the service.
Parkwood Baptist Church
1515 Clermont Rd
Durham, NC 27713
I would love for you all to attend and support this wonderful ministry. Bring some can food and money to donate. Forward this on to all of your friends! Email me if you need more info.
Monday, December 8, 2008
Friday, November 28, 2008
Our CUTE turkeys.
Tuesday, November 25, 2008
Anyway, let's move on to something more encouraging. We have a date!!!! So what do we do??? We need ideas. Carrie and I talked about a movie, but we really want to talk. We haven't seen each other in about 5 months. The last date about 2 years ago, we went out to eat and then to witness at Southpoint. You're thinking "witness" on a date? Yeap!!! The best date ever. We almost got kicked out. I didn't know you couldn't even talk about your faith in the mall. Well, apparently not at Southpoint.
So give us your ideas!!!! I'm so excited!!!! Time with our friends and time with each other.
In the mean time pray for Martie as he has so much to do this week. (papers, reading, sermon prep, oh and he started back UPS this week) He hurt his back a few weeks ago, so he's been out of work for a while.
Saturday, November 22, 2008
November is a busy month for us. Martie and Taylor's birthdays are in November along with my sister and his sister. Tabitha also hit the 6 months mark! Wow, how time flies! My precious "baby" girl Taylor is now 11!!! Can you believe that? This birthday it really hit me. She is growing up so fast. She is becoming such a beautiful and loving young lady. Well here are the newest pictures. Enjoy!
These last pictures were taken last Sunday before church.
Wednesday, November 12, 2008
So here's Ethan prayer...
Please help mommy to feel better and
please God please change mommy's heart.
I could not hold in the laughter! I don't even know what Martie prayed for after that. All I know is my 3 year old just prayed for my heart to be changed. How funny is that, he knows I'm in need of a heart change.
Wednesday, November 5, 2008
The election of Sen. Barack Obama as the 44th President of the United States came as a bang, not a whimper. The tremors had been perceptible for days, maybe even weeks. On Tuesday, America experienced nothing less than a political and cultural earthquake.
The margin of victory for the Democratic ticket was clear. Americans voted in record numbers and with tangible enthusiasm. By the end of the day, it was clear that Barack Obama would be elected with a majority of the popular vote and a near landslide in the Electoral College. When President-Elect Obama greeted the throngs of his supporters in Chicago's Grant Park, he basked in the glory of electoral energy.
For many of us, the end of the night brought disappointment. In this case, the disappointment is compounded by the sense that the issues that did not allow us to support Sen. Obama are matters of life and death -- not just political issues of heated debate. Furthermore, the margin of victory and sense of a shift in the political landscape point to greater disappointments ahead. We all knew that so much was at stake.
For others, the night was magical and momentous. Young and old cried tears of amazement and victory as America elected its first African-American President -- and elected him overwhelmingly. Just forty years after the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King, an African-American stood to claim victory as President-Elect of the nation. As Sen. Obama assured the crowd in Chicago and the watching nation, "We will get there. We will get there." No one hearing those words could fail to hear the refrain of plaintive words spoken in Memphis four decades ago. President-Elect Obama would stand upon the mountaintop that Dr. King had foreseen.
That victory is a hallmark moment in history for all Americans -- not just for those who voted for Sen. Obama. As a nation, we will never think of ourselves the same way again. Americans rich and poor, black and white, old and young, will look to an African-American man and know him as President of the United States. The President. The only President. The elected President. Our President.
Every American should be moved by the sight of young African-Americans who -- for the first time -- now believe that they have a purchase in American democracy. Old men and old women, grandsons and granddaughters of slaves and slaveholders, will look to an African-American as President.
Regardless of politics, could anyone remain unmoved by the sight of Jesse Jackson crying alone amidst the crowd in Chicago? This dimension of Election Day transcends politics and touches the heart of the American people.
Yet, the issues and the politics remain. Given the scale of the Democratic victory, the political landscape will be completely reshaped. The fight for the dignity and sanctity of unborn human beings has been set back by a great loss, and by the election of a President who has announced his intention to sign the Freedom of Choice Act into law. The struggle to protect marriage against its destruction by redefinition is now complicated by the election of a President who has declared his aim to repeal the Defense of Marriage Act. On issue after issue, we face a longer, harder, and more protracted struggle than ever before.
Still, we must press on as advocates for the unborn, for the elderly, for the infirm, and for the vulnerable. We must redouble our efforts to defend marriage and the integrity of the family. We must be vigilant to protect religious liberty and the freedom of the pulpit. We face awesome battles ahead.
At the same time, we must be honest and recognize that the political maps are being redrawn before our eyes. Will the Republican Party decide that conservative Christians are just too troublesome for the party and see the pro-life movement as a liability? There is the real danger that the Republicans, stung by this defeat, will adopt a libertarian approach to divisive moral issues and show conservative Christians the door.
Others will declare these struggles over, arguing that the election of Sen. Obama means that Americans in general -- and many younger Evangelicals in particular -- are ready to "move on" to other issues. This is no time for surrender or the abandonment of our core principles. We face a much harder struggle ahead, but we have no right to abandon the struggle.
We should look for opportunities to work with the new President and his administration where we can. We must hope that he will lead and govern as the bridge-builder he claimed to be in his campaign. We must confront and oppose the Obama administration where conscience demands, but work together where conscience allows.
Evangelical Christians face another challenge with the election of Sen. Obama, and a failure to rise to this challenge will bring disrepute upon the Gospel, as well as upon ourselves. There must be absolutely no denial of the legitimacy of President-Elect Obama's election and no failure to accord this new President the respect and honor due to anyone elected to that high office. Failure in this responsibility is disobedience to a clear biblical command.
Beyond this, we must commit ourselves to pray for this new President, for his wife and family, for his administration, and for the nation. We are commanded to pray for rulers, and this new President faces challenges that are not only daunting but potentially disastrous. May God grant him wisdom. He and his family will face new challenges and the pressures of this office. May God protect them, give them joy in their family life, and hold them close together.
We must pray that God will protect this nation even as the new President settles into his role as Commander in Chief, and that God will grant peace as he leads the nation through times of trial and international conflict and tension.
We must pray that God would change President-Elect Obama's mind and heart on issues of our crucial concern. May God change his heart and open his eyes to see abortion as the murder of the innocent unborn, to see marriage as an institution to be defended, and to see a host of issues in a new light. We must pray this from this day until the day he leaves office. God is sovereign, after all.
Without doubt, we face hard days ahead. Realistically, we must expect to be frustrated and disappointed. We may find ourselves to be defeated and discouraged. We must keep ever in mind that it is God who raises up nations and pulls them down, and who judges both nations and rulers. We must not act or think as unbelievers, or as those who do not trust God.
America has chosen a President. President-Elect Barack Obama is that choice, and he faces a breathtaking array of challenges and choices in days ahead. This is the time for Christians to begin praying in earnest for our new President. There is no time to lose.
Saturday, October 25, 2008
After thinking for a while, we came up with all kinds of answers. Then Martie brought it back to the elementary truths... The Gospel! That is the only thing that can change this world that is the only thing that can change people. We as Christians have failed! When was the last time you shared your faith? When was the last time you were excited about the Lord, and wanted to share it with a LOST person.
Christians, brothers, sisters... we need to get out of our Christian "ghettos". We need to share the gospel. No, it's not going to be easy. People are not going to like you. Jesus said they hated Him first, they will hate us too. That's not very encouraging is it? Why do we act surprised when lost people act lost? Why do we act surprised when elections come around? We can't change the world!!! But, God can, through us.
We need to get out there! Get our hands and feet dirty!!! I challenge you all share your faith with ONE person today. Leave me a comment let me know how it goes. Let's encourage each other, rejoice with each other, sharpen each other.....only to go out and do it again!
Sunday, October 19, 2008
Saturday, October 11, 2008
So here's my new "business":
I have been up very late building the web site, and it's still not finished. I have lot's more pictures to load. I also need to write a lot more info. and prices. Anyway for now you can look and see my idea. Tell me what you think. Taylor is also going to be involved in this, as I seek to train her in taking care of her family. (She also wants me to add a link of some jewelry she's making) :-) That will be coming soon!
Spread the word! Thanks!
Wednesday, October 8, 2008
* Link your tagger and list these rules on your blog.
* Share 7 little known facts about yourself on your blog.
* Tag 7 people at the end of your post by leaving their names as well as links to their blogs.
* Let them know they are tagged by leaving a comment on their blog.
Here we go...
1. I am very passionate about adoption. We'll see where God leads us.
2. I really LOVE my minivan. (bring on the 15 passenger)
3. I really love to help children or teens who don't have much or that come from crazy homes.
4. I love gardening, but hate the work.
5. I'm excited to see how many children God will give us.
6. I'm really o.k. with our small house.
7. I will miss Tuesday nights with my children at chick-fil-a, if my hubby quits UPS. (we won't be able to afford it then. :-)
O.k. so here are the people I tag:
Sunday, October 5, 2008
Friday, October 3, 2008
While we were there, he heard Andrew coughing so he decided to listen to him. He said that he is very close to needing a prescription. Dr. Wang doesn't like kids on antibiotics for just anything. I love that about him. So before we left this is the conclusion we came to... He gave us the prescription for the antibiotic. In a day or so, if Andrew's cough gets any worse, then get the prescription filled. He prescribed one that will be good for his 'cold' and for skin infections.
I thought that was a good decision, and I'm feeling pretty comfortable. It still looks bad, but hopefully we'll see some progress from here on out. Oh, and I took my camera this time and showed him the progression pictures. (I know, I'm slightly crazy)
This evening, after Dr. Wang drained the blister
Wednesday, October 1, 2008
Conclusion.... spider bite.... remember the night before at chick-fil-a? So maybe when Ethan hit him is when we noticed it? After Chick-fil-a we brought him straight home and put him to bed. (he was already asleep)
After the doctor trip, I came home and gave him a bath. They went to my dad and step moms last night. I had a mom's night out. I told them if it looked worse to call me. Around 9:30 they called and said the "pimple" now looked like a wart. A big wart like blister. I told them that Martie would be there in a little while let him look at it. (I would probably over react) He called me at 11:00 pm and asked me to meet him at the hospital. It looked a lot worse. Martie DOESN'T over react.
So the hospital experience was terrible. Three hours later, a doctor comes in and looks at it and says it looks like a burn. I assured her it was NOT a burn. I would know if he burned himself. He would have really cried if he burned himself on something. Well she insisted that it was a burn and put some neosporin on it with a band-aid. Thanks a lot for NOTHING!!! She spent maybe 2 minutes in there. I should have showed her the pictures of the progression, however I didn't think of it.
So, here we are a day later. I think it looks worse, but who knows. At this point I'm starting to think I'm crazy. We didn't get home with all the kids until 3 this morning. What do you all think?
At the hospital Tuesday night. (11:30 pm)
This morning. (Wednesday)
Before church tonight. (Wednesday @ 5:00 pm)
It's hard to see in these pictures, but the blister is the same size as the whole spot.
Tuesday, September 30, 2008
When we got there, they completely made it difficult to resist buying the membership. For joining they give you a $10 coupon, 2 months free, and a bunch of extra coupons. After shopping and using that $10 coupon, I could then decide and if I didn't want the membership I could get a full refund. (what's there to lose?)
So their rules to coupons... They accept all manufacturers coupon, as a matter of fact they will take up to 3 manufacturer coupons for one item. (since things there are sold in bulk) BJ's also puts out there own coupons. You can only use one of their coupons, since they're designed for their store. However, you can use 1 BJ's coupon and 3 manufacturers coupons together! Wow!!! Now that's savings.
Don't forget, you still need to know your prices vs. quantity. Happy shopping!
Tuesday, September 23, 2008
This is a must see video! I want to watch the whole sermon. My hubby emailed it to me.
Here's the link if you're interested in buying the DVD set. Martie said this guy is a solid Christian, he's pretty sure his theology is right on.
Sunday, September 21, 2008
Once she finished that, she walked by the kitchen sink and said, "mom I think the kitchen sink needs to be bleached". I told her I already sprayed it down, it just needed to be wiped. She immediately volunteered. Then she came back into the bathroom, "I'll bleach these sinks now". I had to slow her down. It's o.k. Taylor I already cleaned them with pine sol. She was pretty persistent that we bleach them, but I insisted they were clean enough.
I love this girl!!!
Friday, September 12, 2008
Martie is still having a little dizziness. I think it's from his crazy schedule. (full time pastor, part time UPS, full time seminary, family w/ 4 children) What do you think? I thank God for him and for his willingness to suffer and work hard to support us. God is faithful and will get us or him through this. On the flip side, he LOVES school. Except all the assignments. He was up all night last night working on 2 papers and then went to school all day today.
Tabitha I think is better. It's hard to tell w/her. She's eating a little better. Me, Taylor, and Andrew are all great. So I guess we're on the road to recovery.
Yes he is fast asleep!! (standing up)
Awwww! I love how he loves her.
This is our funny dog eating bubbles.
The boys right before they went to bed.
Can you believe she is 3 months old now?
Poor Ethan felt so sick.
I LOVE his smile!