Monday, January 31, 2011


God spoke to me today. He told me that I am too distracted to really listen to Him.  So this week I am going to unplug. No facebook, No twitter. I'm turning off my cell phone. I won't blog.  I'm only checking my Email at work. ( I feel like I need to stay employed). I'm turning off my TV. Ok, well I am not watching TV, my family would stage a revolt if I literally unplugged the TV.

Instead, I am going to try to be intentional in spending time reading the Bible, talking to God while I take some long walks.  I want to spend  some time praying over each one of my girls and Wayne.  I want to write some notes to people I care about.  I want to spend some time talking (you know, old fashioned face to face conversation) with some friends I never seem to find time to talk to.

I will hopefully find my self more centered and less distracted at the end of the week.   I know that God has something He wants to tell me, I've been way to busy to stop and listen.

Thursday, January 27, 2011

Babies and faith

Tonight I went to visit a friend of mine who just had twins!  The baby boy is still in the hospital, but I got to see sweet baby girl C.
This little angel is not even 5 lbs.  So precious with her cupid bow lips that were stained with dried milk.  Her little fingers were almost translucent.  I could smell her new born baby scent.  Her little feet were no longer than my thumb and the most precious new skin with tiny wrinkles covered a sole that has yet to touch the ground.

She made small stretches and tiny grunts and gave me a scowl when I laughed too loud. Her mama says she sleeps so good and mostly wants to drink her mama's milk and lay on her mama's chest.  This sweet one does not care about where the milk comes from.  She doesn't worry if it will run out.  She just knows and trusts.  She has not spent the afternoon fussing about her brother so far away and wondering when he will return.  She graciously accepted the tiny purple cap I knit for her and drifted back to dream land, perfectly content to be snuggled in its warmth.

Child like faith.  A beautiful picture of what how I am to be.  I want to trust, not in the quality or quantity of my supply, but in my Abba who has promised to care for me, His child.

Monday, January 24, 2011

Light Affliction

My newest addiction is twitter.  You can find me on twitter at:  @waynes3girls.  It is the beauty of Facebook without the stupidity of games, worthless comments, etc. etc.  I follow our pastor Andy, and he just left a tweet that made me think.........

........If you are called you must answer the call. There is a one of a kind message Jesus wants to speak through you.  The walk will not be easy, but this small affliction is but for a moment....."

If it is true (and I believe based on Matt. 4:19 it is) that Christ has called every believer to follow Him, if it is true that He has designed a plan specifically for my life (and I believe based on Ephesians 2:10 He has) and  if it is true that every believer will suffer hardships ( and I believe we will based on I Peter 4:12) then God must have an answer for me when I feel discouraged.

He tells us "What you suffer now is just a momentary light affliction".  It doesn't feel light. It hurts. I am tired. Somedays I think I could just turn and walk away from it all.

But Christ tells me, "It's a small thing really". 

"Based on what?" I ask.  According to how it feels it seems very hard, very large.

"Based on what I have prepared for you." He answers.

"Did you forget that I have prepared a place that you, with your limited human mind, human eyes and ears, could never take in?  Why it would terrify you in it's splendor?"

So I hand him the momentary light affliction and ask Him if He would carry it for me.  He gently lifts it from my back and with the kind hand of a Father, places it on His shoulder.  He sees me bent low. He knows it's hard for me to see the ending as bright as it may be. He knows my legs ache from the race I'm running, so in His tenderness, He swings me up and carries me for a while. Until I'm stronger, Until I'm ready to run again.  Until I realize that the burden is a light affliction.

What do you carry that seems so heavy?  It's a light affliction..............

Sunday, January 23, 2011

Just what I needed

This morning I had the most delicious coffee ever! It was just what I needed.

Sunday School ( I really love those girls) was chapter 3 of "Crazy Love"  Ah the love God has for us....overwhelming!  Please remind me God that it really is all about You, and I have to daily ask You to help me love you.  Just what I needed.

Worship was  awesome.  Funny how when you ask God to meet you, He does.  When I sat in the pew after singing I said to Worth, "I'm about to shout! " :)  Singing about "Holy is the Lord", one of my favorite songs, hearing the boys in the band bring it, well it was just what I needed.

Andy preached on four steps to Christian growth from Colossians.  One thing he said that really blew me away was,  everything I need, to do exactly what God wants me to do, I have in Christ.  He is sufficient for everything I need.  What a precious promise!  It was just what I needed.

Wayne took me out for lunch.  I had a turkey on wheat at Subway.  I wanted something fattening, but the turkey on wheat was....just what I needed.

Michelle and Christine and I rode bikes all afternoon.  We are slowly but surely progressing on our quest to finish a triathlon.  We biked 12 miles in 52 minutes!  You know I would have much rather just run, but the bike ride.....was just what I needed.

Tonight I listened to Andy talk about one of my most favorite books in Scripture. We are "Rediscovering John".  I love that book! I love John, the disciple Jesus loved. I can't wait to meet him. He saw Jesus perform more miracles than he could write down.  He authored the  seven "I AM's".  He reminds us in chapter 17 that while Jesus was walking on earth over two thousand years ago, he was praying for me. Wow!To know that God does not need me, but wants me well, that was just what I needed.

Friday, January 21, 2011


Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Just cuz.....

Tonight I'm happy...just cuz.......

Wayne left me a few pieces of bacon on the stove when I got in from a meeting late

I ran 4 miles today and I hit my groove at 1 mile

Tina text me to say she ran 2 miles

Leah made me laugh really hard at work today

It was a good hair day

It's supposed to be beautiful tomorrow

I've got a new Prevention magazine to read when I go snuggle up in bed in a minute

The girls chatted with me tonight...about nothing very important...but that made the chat even better

Now matter what...I'm beautiful girls, a strong handsome man, and the God who made it all and hold it all together

Monday, January 17, 2011


Do you like to eat breakfast? It is the most important meal of the day. I eat breakfast most everyday, so does Ginny my youngest. Leslie and her Daddy will probably meet an early demise because they refuse to obey this important health rule. Dpending on the day, it can be elaborate, or eaten on the run.  In honor of the perfect French toast I made, and am eating while I type, here are some important tidbits about my love of breakfast:

1. Coffee is a MUST.  No decent self respecting breakfast is complete without it.  Coffee can turn a handfull of cookies into a sensible breakfast.

2. I used to love to make my babies rice cereal and applesauce for breakfast. They were so happy in the morning and so ready to eat.  They would laugh and coo and spray me with rice cereal.

3. Breakfast burritos are probably my family's favorite and we eat it for supper alot too.

4.Waffle House trumps Huddle House every time.

5. Eggs, bacon and smokey toast best camping breakfast ever.  It's even better when you chase it with an ice cold Coke from the cooler, and it's just cold enough to make you wear your jacket.  The camp chair are a little damp still and the squirrels are running around like crazy hoping you drop a crumb or two.

6. When you cruise, always go to breakfast in the dining hall vs. the buffet.

7. Oatmeal with raisins and a sprinkle of cinnamon and sugar is the best day in-day out breakfast ever.

8. Before I die I want to learn how to poach an egg and make hollendaise sauce.

9.  When I was a kid, we were so poor, my mom would make rice or cooked bran cereal before we went to school.  We never got sugar cereal, it cost too much, and she made breakfast alsmost every morning I can remember.

10. Can you think of a better feeling than to wake up and smell bacon frying?  No matter where you are, it means your home.

Sunday, January 16, 2011

Just Stop and Think

Saturday, January 15, 2011

Bits of utter randomness

If you happen to care...........

 Look at these sweet little slipper socks I am knitting. They are for a friend of mine whose birthday is this month. I took the handmade pledge and everyone gets hand made gift from me this year.

 This pretty yarn reminds me of pistachio ice cream

Well, we are keeping our 30 day pledge of not eating out. Last night may have been somewhat of a cheat.  We got 2 for 1 subs at Subway which turned out a whole lot cheaper than buying stuff to make subs at home.  Wayne was hungry for nachos, so I managed to make nachos that were less than 500 calories for me....don't get too excited, I've had better.

Training for my half is going well. Tomorrow I am running 5 to maybe 8 depending on the weather and my ability to keep up with L&C my running buddies.  Made reservations at the OMNI HOTEL for the night before the race. It's gonna be so much fun!

I am mulling over the idea of a container garden this year. I would love to have cucumbers, but will they grow well in a container.

Last night we watched Georgia Traveler (I'm not making this up folks, this is what we do on Friday nights, eat nachos and watch GPB) and I fell in love with Okeefenokee Swamp. It is a must see place for 2011. It is gorgeous down there. 

After sooooo many days of cloudy skies and dreary weather, This was a beautiful sunset to watch......

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Come take a walk with us

Wayne and I have cabin fever.  While I strongly believe that rest is good for the soul  mind and body, anyone can get a little stir crazy.  So Wayne just pulled on his boots and told me to get mine on, so come go with us. The woods are beautiful when there is snow on the ground and there is nothing on TV right now except Jerry Springer.

 Ever since Wayne was a little boy, he wanted to own land and live in the country. Now we own around 14 acres. That's not a huge amount, but it's just enough to ensure no one is right up next to you. We don't get back in the woods much because it's either hunting season, or summer with snakes around.  So today, which is neither, is a pefect day for a walk. Come on........

I love to walk back through the woods to the creek.  Wayne will hold the limbs and make sure you don't get hit in the face, but he doesn't let you talk above  whisper so you won't scare the deer (As if the loud crunching of the snow/ice mix can't be heard all over the place.)

He's quite the outdoorsman. I always feel safe when he's leading me in the woods. After about 20 feet in it all looks the same to me, and I ask him where our house is from here. He can point directly to it.  He has made me love nature more than I ever thought I could.  If you're quiet, and stand still, you can hear the ice melting from the trees above and  feel it pelting us on the head.

When we reach the bottom, look down at all the ferns.  In the summer time, I feel like I'm a little fairy in the middle of a magic forest, but today they are frozen in time.  Bright green leaves covered in a layer of ice.

Here is where Wayne spends early morning and late evenings in the fall. His beloved deer stand.  This is where he does his best thinking...and dozing.

Well, we made it. Here's the creek. It's gotten alot bigger becasue of the beavers that are damming it up.  Lets stop for a minute and just get really quiet.  It is so cool to know that we are all alone in the middle of this picture perfect spot. 

Time to head back,  Look at these tracks. I tell Wayne I think they are deer, tracks, He tells me that they are probably Willow tracks. She thinks she owns these woods. She spends countless hours roaming, sniffing, chasing squirrels. Perfect life for a country dog.

Well, thanks for walking with us. This is why God makes snow days. He wants us to slow down and be still.  He wants us to take a walk in the snowy woods with the ones we love. He can talk to us with less interruption.  We notice Him more, and appreciate Him for Who He is.  You smell that?  Leslie and Virginia are up and cooking us a plate of hot pancakes and bacon. The coffee is hot.
Thanks for walking with us!

Monday, January 10, 2011

Snow days are the best days

Sunday, January 9, 2011

pretty man pizza

I am not just married to the prettiest man in Putnam county....
but the best pizza maker too!
Maybe we should make, packge and sell
"Pretty Man Pizza"

Saturday, January 8, 2011

Hard lessons

This week I learned that.........

.........sticking to a budget means I have to tell myself no even when I'm dying for Blackbirds...or Chik-Fil-A....or  Lands End clearance.

.........investing in relationships is hard work, and sometimes I'm just lazy.

.........running in the cold with no gloves is hard on the eczema on my left hand.

..........not everyone wants or needs my opinion.

.........there are only two people in this world that I am responsible for besides me.. Leslie and Virginia....and even they
         don't always listen to me.

.........if you don't speak clearly and carefully, you will be sure to be misunderstood.

.........if I want to save the last little bit of milk for my coffee in the morning, I better hide it in the vegetable bin, no one looks in there. is too short to hold grudges.

Monday, January 3, 2011

No time like the present

In celebration of the beginning of 2011 I am casting on this beautiful baby watermelon hat.  Isn't it precious?  Two identical hats for my precious twin nieces that are coming in May.

You can find the pattern here

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