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I started this blog several years ago as an outlet. To whomever reads my blog, I hope you are encouraged. I do my best to keep it short, so it can be a breath of fresh air.

Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Gloria

If ever there was a Kodak moment, it was tonight in the car. RJ lately has been wanting to listen to Bethel's Christmas CD, tonight was one of those nights. As were were driving and listening to the music, Gloria came on and in unison we both broke out in song along with the choir. We sang at the top of our lungs and RJ was so tickled by it, he couldn't stop laughing. It truly was a moment that was captured in my mind and I'll think back of it and smile. These little things make life happier and bring a smile to your hearts and face.
God is Good!

Tuesday, December 27, 2011

63:3

I have to say, 64 is a bit on the defensive side, so I decided to blog this one as well..it's a good one and more on the positive side.
Psalm 63
1O God, thou art my God; early will I seek thee: my soul thirsteth for thee, my flesh longeth for thee in a dry and thirsty land, where no water is;

2To see thy power and thy glory, so as I have seen thee in the sanctuary.

3Because thy lovingkindness is better than life, my lips shall praise thee.

4Thus will I bless thee while I live: I will lift up my hands in thy name.

5My soul shall be satisfied as with marrow and fatness; and my mouth shall praise thee with joyful lips:

6When I remember thee upon my bed, and meditate on thee in the night watches.

7Because thou hast been my help, therefore in the shadow of thy wings will I rejoice.

8My soul followeth hard after thee: thy right hand upholdeth me.

9But those that seek my soul, to destroy it, shall go into the lower parts of the earth.

10They shall fall by the sword: they shall be a portion for foxes.

11But the king shall rejoice in God; every one that sweareth by him shall glory: but the mouth of them that speak lies shall be stopped.

God is Good!

64

Tonight RJ chose to read from Psalms.
We read Psalms chapters 63 to 65.
I really liked chapter 64 and wanted to blog it tonight.
Psalm 64
1Hear my voice, O God, in my prayer: preserve my life from fear of the enemy.

2Hide me from the secret counsel of the wicked; from the insurrection of the workers of iniquity:

3Who whet their tongue like a sword, and bend their bows to shoot their arrows, even bitter words:

4That they may shoot in secret at the perfect: suddenly do they shoot at him, and fear not.

5They encourage themselves in an evil matter: they commune of laying snares privily; they say, Who shall see them?

6They search out iniquities; they accomplish a diligent search: both the inward thought of every one of them, and the heart, is deep.

7But God shall shoot at them with an arrow; suddenly shall they be wounded.

8So they shall make their own tongue to fall upon themselves: all that see them shall flee away.

9And all men shall fear, and shall declare the work of God; for they shall wisely consider of his doing.

10The righteous shall be glad in the LORD, and shall trust in him; and all the upright in heart shall glory.

God is Good!

Monday, December 26, 2011

A Song While In Line

Well, our Christmas celebrations are winding down and I wanted to share a cute RJ story that took place. Last week, while standing in line to enter The Riverside Church sanctuary or as they call it the Naive, RJ was passing time by singing out loud. Of course his selection came from Handle's Messiah and this is what those in line with us heard : " OH, We like SHEEP, dun dun dun, oh we like sheep, dun dun dun dun, OH WE LIKE SHEEP!" You must close you eyes and imagine him, sitting in his stroller, head tilted back, eyes closed, singing out loud and conducting as he sang. Everyone around us was smiling and enjoying the show before the show. Two ladies walked by and Bob overheard them commenting in wonder that a little boy was singing Handles Messiah while waiting in line.
Yes, folks, that is my boy. Handle would have been proud and I think Jesus was happiest of all.

God is Good!

Sunday, December 25, 2011

Christmas Music

Today many celebrated Christmas. Loved ones came together to share gifts and hopefully remembered our Lord and Saviors miraculous birth.
A lot of "work" goes on behind the scenes for one day of huge celebrations. We, the Manners Family, prefer to celebrate it as much as we can. I'm getting better at having all the presents done at an earlier time, so I can sit back and truly enjoy the season. This year, I think we started some new traditions. As you are aware, RJ is very musical, and since he is 4, we figured it was time to bring him to the music that he loves. Here are all the concerts we attended ( please bear in mind, I'm a thrifty shopper and did very well on the ticket prices.):
1.Children's Christmas Concert at Bethel United Pentecostal Church-ADORABLE
2. Handel's Messiah at Carnegie Hall-AMAZING
3. The Nutcracker at Hofstra University-We enjoyed it
4. Holiday Concert by RJ's School- SO CUTE!
5. Bethel United Pentecostal Church- Christmas Concert- AMAZING
6. The Riverside Church in Manhattan- So beautiful and AMAZING
7. St. Paul's Methodist Church in NJ or as RJ calls it " The Big White Church", annual candlelit worship service.-nice way to end the Christmas season.

We spread these out throughout the month of December and are definitely plan to do most of them again next year.
Also, we celebrated Christmas for more than one day. We had dinner with Tim and Claudia and then had Christmas in our home a couple of days before the 25th ( Lisa and Ross were with us this year), then we went to NJ to be with Bob's family and celebrated with a fantastic Italian fish dinner on Christmas Eve and as we stuffed our faces, watched the children open presents. Christmas Day we cooked a turkey and had a yummy feast. We decided to come home tonight(Christmas day)and continue the celebration tomorrow with just us.
We don't know what next year will bring, but this year was filled with many times of " OH LORD, what is going to happen next", followed by,
" OK God, we trust you, no matter what." He has taken us through the valley of the shadow of death and brought us great peace.
We want to celebrate our amazing Lord and celebrate the mercy of God who has kept us and brought us much closer together as a family unit.
By the way, if you ask RJ out of all the concerts he attended, which one did he like he will say:" Carnegie Hall and Bethel's Hallelujah Chorus-it was so beautiful."
God is Good!

Thursday, December 22, 2011

Jesus' Cake

Today we had a wonderful Christmas. RJ loved all his presents and Bob surprised me with a new laptop! It truly was nice to share this day with my sister Lisa and Ross as well. As a tradition we cook a Christmas Goose and let me tell you, Bob cooked an amazing dinner. I'm an ok cook, but Bob, he's amazing.
As you are well aware, we had a fiasco with the birthday cake for Jesus. I was going to get a much better one fit for the King of Kings, but as I was staring at this cake that was heart shaped with the middle sunken in, a thought occurred to me.
He was born in a manger, the King of Kings and Lord of Lords. In all His greatness, He chose to be born in the lowest of places, so that we with our broken lives/hearts could come to Him freely. I left the cake as it was, and we put one candle in it. We sang Happy Birthday to our Lord and Savior and RJ blew out the candle. He sat there staring at his Jesus cake and said these words: " Oh Jesus, I want you to be in my heart." He then proceed to sing Handles Hallelujah chorus, while staring at the cake.
A truly special moment that I believe Jesus showed up for.
He was born in a manger, died on a cross and rose again all for you and I.
It does not matter if your "cake" is burnt, disfigured or even perfect. All He wants is what you have to give to Him.
Jesus, we celebrate you.
God is Good!

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Fire In The Oven

Lisa and Ross have been with us for the week. Since I have not had Christmas with them in years and they leave Friday, we are celebrating it tomorrow. As promised we baked a cake for Jesus birthday. We decided to bake it in a heart shaped cake pan. All was going well, until we smelled something burning. The cake had overflowed and the overflow was burnt. I was not to worried about it and took the cake out. The cake had risen very high like a soufflé and then it went plop and caved in the middle. We were in the process of making chocolate chip cookies and I left the oven on. Well..that was a big mistake. As we were getting ready to put the cookie dough on the cookie sheets, my sister points out to me, while filming the whole entire thing, that the stove was on fire. OK! I yelled for RJ to get out of the kitchen, turned off the stove, grabbed the fire extinguisher and realized I didn't know how to use it. The fire was getting bigger and thankfully the extinguisher had very basic pictures showing you what to do. Meanwhile Lisa is still filming the whole entire thing and Ross is trying to get the phone to work and keep RJ out of the kitchen. I yelled at my sister to turn off the video camera and keep RJ out of the kitchen all while putting the fire out. My kitchen was covered in white ash and the fire was out. It was raining outside, so I was able to open the door and get the smoke out.
Thankfully no one was hurt and my stove was not ruined by the fire. I'm sure it was pretty comical. Isn't that like Jesus try to bake Him a cake and it overflows and then the fire of the Holy Ghost comes and files the whole house in which we were sitting. (laugh..that was meant to make you laugh).
When RJ saw that the caked flopped in the middle he said. " OH NO! Jesus heart has a hole in it. That makes me feel so sad inside." Bob replied; "It has a hole, because He loves the world, He loves us so much, that His heart has a hole in it." Talk about an amazing lesson that came out of a disaster.
The cookies were baked, we ate dinner, did our nightly routine and put to bed a super excited little boy. He promised to stay asleep all night, because he wanted Christmas to come tomorrow.
God is Good!

Friday, December 16, 2011

RJ's Bad Dream

Tonight RJ woke up and said he couldn't sleep because he had a bad dream. I pulled him into my lap and asked him what it was about. Here was his dream: " I dreamt there was a war in the city (he means Manhattan) and all the people died. And the big tree fell over and it started to snow. The big tree fell ( Rockefeller Center), the star fell off, but all the decorations and bulbs were still on it. And the trash man was coming to get the tree with the bulbs still on it. I was so sad because you and daddy died in the war too and I was an Orphan. I was so sad and the trash man came and took the tree away with all the decorations on it. Mommy, what is a war? I had a dream about a war and I don't even know what a war is."
I explained to him what a war was and told him that if he prayed for mommy and daddy, that God would protect us and he would not become an Orphan if there was a war in the city.
He was quiet and then asked if we could read the Bible.
We settled down to read the Bible and he asked if we could read about "the guys in the fire." We read it and assured him that if God was with the 3 Hebrews in the fire, He would be with us if there was a war and that God always takes care of his children.
God is Good!

Thursday, December 15, 2011

Holiday Dinners

Tonight we enjoyed a lovely dinner with my Brother and Sister law, Tim and Claudia. RJ loves going to their house and keeps asking when he is going to spend the night. I am sure once the festivities of this season settle down, he will get his sleepover. I get misty eyed when I watch him giggle and interact with him. Family is so precious and important to me and I really appreciate them and their love for my son. Tonight, they gave him a present and it so happened that he got the same exact gift for his birthday. He of course being a 4 year old blurted out that he had it already. (note to self, work on teaching him polite thank you's when he opens a gift.) I think someone mentioned that it could be replaced and he surprised us all by saying that instead they could send it to the Orphanage. Ok..I had tears streaming down my face. I was already feeling like my cup runneth over just spending time with family and my sweet boy automatically thinks about others. He is not perfect and let me tell you, he will push his boundaries, but I thank God for a good little boy.
I also thank God for family. I thank God for Holiday Dinners that bring loved ones together. This month we will be with all of Bob's family have a big Italian feast. This coming week, my sister Lisa and Ross will be with us and we are going to make a yummy Christmas Dinner. Yes, it's food, but breaking bread with people you love, what more can you ask for?
God is Good!

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

School Concert

Tonight was RJ's School Christmas Concert. He was adorable singing his jingle bell song and Down on the Rooftop. We wish it would been more about God and the true meaning of Christmas. I'm probably going to say something about it. Last year, CHRISTMAS flowed throughout the ceremony. This year, it seemed to be a bit all over the place. I enjoyed watching my son, but I wished it would have been more traditional.
Towards the end of the concert, RJ was sitting on Bob's lap lamenting that he didn't like the concert because it was not praising God and that he wanted to leave. He of course was very upset because they decided to not end with the Hallelujah chorus this year like they did last year. Since RJ's heartbeat is music, it made my heart sad to see him sad. I hope next year they will go back to what Christmas is truly about.
God is Good!

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

RJ as the sheep





As requested here is a videop clip of RJ as a sheep...

God is Good!

Sunday, December 11, 2011

Chameleon

My Father in law has told us that someone with perfect pitch can see music in colors. I don't know how much fact there is to it, but since he is a musician, I will take his word for it.

Tonight gave us some insight into how RJ "see's music". We go to a yearly tree lighting at a nearby church. Before the tree is lit, the band usually plays live with a few musicians singing classic Christmas carols. When the band started to play, RJ was wincing. I have to admit, they were playing in a weird key and all of the singers were not in perfect harmony. Me not being "musical" was able to ignore it. RJ however made this comment: " They are singing in chameleon." At first we were like what? Then we got it, to him they were all over the place and were all kinds of colors. Later in the car we had some classical music on and Bob asked him what the colors were and he said the color was red.

We already knew we had a musical child on our hands, now we are watching to see how this unfolds as he becomes older. Already, he can hear a song, go home and play it on his drums and sort of figure it out on the Piano.
We are so thankful, that already, he wants to play the drums in the church when he grows up.
God is Good!

Saturday, December 10, 2011

Hallelujah and The Nutcracker

The past two nights have been filled with cultural experiences for RJ. As many of you are well aware RJ loves the Hallelujah chorus. We listen to the entire Handel’s' Messiah CD many, many times during the Christmas season. We listen to the Hallelujah chorus year round, just because it's RJ's favorite song as he says "in the whole wide world." Thus, we figured he was ready to hear Handel's The Messiah, live, at Carnegie Hall. We purchased the cheap seats way up in the top, just in case his 4 year oldness kicked in and we had to bow out early. Let me tell you, I have never seen a 4 year old so captivated. He was conducting right along with the conductor. He looked through his binoculars for a close up and overall was very well behaved. After intermission, we were even allowed to go down one level and have a closer view. The workers were impressed at how he was wide awake and it was clear that he was enjoying himself. We left after the Hallelujah Chorus and as we did, one of the Ushers gave him a high five and a candy for being such a good boy. The people around us, were commenting on how well behaved he was and how cute it was that he loved it so much.
Tonight, we took him to see The Nutcracker, that was being put on by a Long Island Ballet Company and performed at Hoftsra University. It was good, but I could tell RJ was getting very bored at the end. He was on my lap making faces and kept asking when it would be over. Such a difference between the child last night and tonight. As we were heading for the car, we asked him what he thought about The Nutcracker and this was his reply. " It was cute, but I liked the Handel’s Hallelujah better, it was so beautiful." He followed that comment, by humming his favorites out loud for all to hear.
God is Good!

Thursday, December 08, 2011

Mistletoe

We decided to hang our yearly mistletoe in the living room. It's in a spot that if you walk down the stairs you are under it and if you go/leave the living room to the front door you walk under it. Bob and I are having lots of fun with it. This morning RJ got excited when he realized we were standing under the mistletoe together. He was jumping up and down, telling me that we get to kiss. So I got down to his level and he threw his arms around me and gave me a big hug followed by a huge kiss on the cheek. It was so cute.
I love being a mommy!
God is Good!

Wednesday, December 07, 2011

Special Memories

This past weekend, Bob's parents came up for the weekend. When they arrived on Friday night the house had been transformed into Christmas. I love the way we set the house up, it's so cozy and warm. Saturday was a whirlwind of a day. We spent the morning together, the afternoon we went to hear our church choir sing at the Broadway mall. They did such a wonderful job singing! Later that evening we drove into the city to see the Rockefeller tree. I think this year it's especially pretty. We could have done without the crowd, however we gained an unexpected treat. St Patrick’s Cathedral was open and there was live singing. RJ was entranced by the children's choir. From there we hailed a taxi and took it to Macy's on 34th street. We love taking RJ to see their Santa land and yes, Santa. The walk through was lovely and we were tickled and thrilled when the Elf asked him what his favorite part of Christmas was his reply " I LOVE the Halleluiah chorus, because it Glorifies God!" She was a bit taken back, but got a kick out of it. Santa was laughing and thankfully agreed with RJ! Sunday was completed by RJ singing as a sheep in the children’s concert. I took some video footage and I'm going to try and figure out how to put it on here for you all to see. We ended our Sunday night eating a fabulous Christmas Goose Dinner cooked by my awesome husband. He can cook some good food!
This whole weekend was so special, our lives get so busy and it was nice to stop for a while and make quality time with Bob's parents. They are nearing their 80's and time with them is precious. We want RJ to have many happy memories with them. Don't forget to spend time with your loved ones this year. Remember, Jesus is the reason for the season.
God is Good!

Monday, December 05, 2011

Amblyopia

A couple of weeks ago, we took RJ for his four year old check up. They gave him a routine eye check and he scored 20/40 in both eyes..OOOK...thus, we had to take him to an Pediatric Ophthalmologist to get his eyes checked. Since Bob and I both had Amblyopia when we were kids, we were very sad and prayed that it was a mistake. RJ went today and was a real trooper when he had to get his eye drops. He did his best with the testing and followed the doctors instructions, if I can boast, he was the only kid in the doctors office that did not cry after he was given the eye drops. Thankfully at this time, he does not need to get glasses, but has to go back next year because the doctor did detect a slightness of Amblyopia in his left eye. It's not enough to require glasses right now, but he may need them next year. We know we can't fight genetics, both of us had it, we have in on both sides of our families. However, I know a God who can move upon RJ's eye and can heal him of this tiny bit of Amblyopia and cause it to not happen. RJ told me that I needed to pray for Jesus to take the Ambylopia out of his eye. Such faith my boy has!
God is Good!

Sunday, December 04, 2011

Fallen Tree and a Sheep

This Friday we picked out our Christmas Tree and had a lot of fun decorating it. RJ was really having a good time, since he was able to put the bulbs on by himself. The house was all decorated and Bob's parents came for the weekend. Around 4am Saturday morning RJ woke us up crying that something very bad had happened. The tree had fallen over, there were busted bulbs all over the place. We cleaned up the mess and RJ was crying saying his Christmas was ruined. That statement prompted a lesson on Jesus being the real reason for Christmas and that we were celebrating His birth. The tree is nice to have, but not what Christmas was all about. This calmed him down and we were able to fix the tree situation. To reinforce what we taught him, on our Christmas Eve, we are going to bake Jesus a cake to celebrate His birth, for He is the reason for the season.
Today(Sunday) RJ had his first concert at church. He was the cutest sheep, I ever saw (Ok I am biased). We were sanctified proud of him because he knew all the words to the song and sang his little heart out. It was a joy to watch him sing and he was super happy his Grandparents were there for the concert.
We are thrilled that he loves to sing for Jesus.
In all this hustle and bustle, remember who this really is about. Don't forget to celebrate Jesus and invite Him to His own party.
God is Good!

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Baking and Gifting

I love this time of the year. Our house if filled with Christmas Music and the aroma of something yummy baking in the oven. We celebrate the birth of our Lord Jesus and we also come together as a family. I LOVE to buy gifts for people, so this gives me an excuse to buy presents for my family and friends. My greatest joy has been that RJ is now saying he is happy with what he has and doesn't need anything. It makes shopping for him all the more fun.
I will say the best part for me was today. We came home and he asked if we could bake cookies. We made special memories today wearing our aprons and getting flour all over us and the counter and the floor. We made a big mess, but enjoyed the whole baking process. The best gift I am giving my son, and he is giving me is stopping and taking time out to do something so simple, bake cookies.
I challenge you, in all this holiday madness...stop take time out and give the gift of self to your family. Isn't that what God did for us?
God is Good!

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Love and Money

Today while RJ was playing cars he was "playing" that the people driving didn't have any money. We decided to talk to him about this and see where it was coming from. It seems that his came from several events. The first being that last week we had an early Thanksgiving dinner and invited a couple we knew over. In our conversation we learned that they were both out of a job. Money was tight for them. Thus, we packed up the dinner and make sure they had plenty to eat for a week. This combined with his newfound knowledge about Orphans has caused him to think that without money you are a sad person. We turned this into a lesson and explained to him that you do not need money to be happy. True, having money does make life a lot easier, but there are a lot of people who have money and are very unhappy. There are a lot of people who have almost no money and are very happy because they have love in thier lives. He didn't say much and asked to have milky so he could go to sleep. We sat down for our nightly prayers and this is what he prayed:" Thank you Jesus for this day. I pray you help all the Oprhans find mommies and daddies." I hope what we told him, helped him see that money is not where happiness comes from. Joy comes from the Lord. Happiness is not determined by what you have or do not have,but if you have love in your life, you have more than enough.
We the Manners Family are blessed beyond measure because our home is filled with love.
God is Good!

Monday, November 28, 2011

Tired Boy

RJ went back to school today and was very happy to be with all his friends again. He didn't take a nap and by 7pm I could tell he was tired since he was walking in circles. He disappeared and Bob went to find him and this the conversation that followed as Bob walked into his room.
RJ was sitting in the rocking chair holding his wallet, Bob gave him a dollar and said " Now you are a rich boy." RJ " I'm not a rich boy, I'm a tired boy, I'm going to sleep on the floor." He then laid down on the floor and closed his eyes.

Children, never a dull moment.

God is Good!

Sunday, November 27, 2011

RJ's Concert Practice

Next Sunday will be our church children's concert. This if the first year that RJ will be able to sing in it. He has been learning his songs ever since they gave us the CD and let me tell you, he is taking this super serious. All he talked about this morning was that we needed to hurry up and get dressed or he was going to miss his practice. Later today after he woke up from his nap he started crying because he thought he slept through the dress rehearsal (which by the way is not until Friday) He is going to be a sheep and wants to invite everyone to come here him sing. He even said he wanted Sis T to fly here from Uganda and come hear him sing..too cute! Either way , we are excited about it too and I am sure he is going to sing with all his heart. If you are in the NY area, you are welcome to come hear the children sing December the 4th at 12:00 @ Bethel United Pentecostal Church 357 Jericho Turnpike, Old Westbury, NY
God is Good

Thursday, November 24, 2011

RJism 11-24-2011

Today we had a time of Thanksgiving with Bob's parents. I decided to share with you some of the things RJ had to say today.
Wow. That's a very big Turkey.
I just love this Turkey.
Mmm this cranberry sauce is tart.
I don't want pie, I want a cheese Danish.
I'm so full, I ate all the Turkey fat!
I asked him what he wanted for Christmas and he said " I don't need anything, I have all I need. "

Folks, that made my Thanksgiving complete. To hear my son content, his belly full and knowing he is safe.
GOD is Good!

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Thanksgiving Day

Tomorrow, we will be coming together to celebrate thanks. I am thankful for freedom, I am thankful for food and I'm thankful for family. Most of all I am thankful for Salvation.
God is Good!

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Sicky

Several days of last week RJ was sick and then Thursday evening RJ was fine. This morning he looked queasy and from there it was all downhill. After a day of lots of TLC and a very long nap, he is wide awake at 10pm and feeling great. I am thankful for this since I want him to enjoy his Thanksgiving time with family and friends. I'm so tired and look forward to sleeping tonight. All in all, I am thankful that RJ is feeling much better and even more thankful that I was able to stay home with him and nurse him back to health.
God is Good!

Monday, November 21, 2011

Little O

We decided to sponsor a child at the Tupelo Childrens Mansion in Mississippi. RJ has been anticipating our letter from them saying who our "kid" was to be. We will call him Little O. He is 2 years old and loves the drums and the color Orange. RJ became so excited that they had a lot in common, that he went to his hot wheels and took out all the orange cars and put them in a bag. Thus, we will be sending a care package to Little O. They are the same size and RJ was going through his clothes wanting to share. I'm very happy to see that our son is a giver. Of course, he tried to give away my Bible!
I love my boy and am glad that we can share our life and give to a little guy who has lost it all, but gained a safe place to stay.
God is Good!

Sunday, November 20, 2011

How Great!

Today during worship in our church service we were singing a song that talked about how great our God is. As we were singing I began to reflect on how great He truly is.
His Magnificence is in the beauty of the rainbow after a rain storm.
His Power is in the roar of thunder and the flash of lightning
His Strength is in the rush of the wind
His Vastness is in the sky and seas
His Peace is in the calm within during life's storms
His Omnipotence is felt when believers come together to worship Him
His Greatness is in the complexity of our human body
He is Victorious in conquering death and the grave
He is strong and mighty.
He is all powerful.
He is a lion when He brings victory into our lives.
He is the lamb when he brings healing and restoration to our souls.
He is alive and on the throne forever more!
Rejoice, lift of your head, for the King of Glory is Emmanuel God with us!
God is Good!

Saturday, November 19, 2011

You Decide

Today our good friends experienced a time of joy mixed with sadness. Their precious boy was born, only to pass from this life and go home to be with Jesus. I admire for them on how they are handling such a time of sorrow and joy mixed together. They were given 2 hours and 17 minutes with him and his passing was peaceful. He knew nothing but unconditional love. They had a choice to be angry and cry or to make that time a time of happiness. They have decided to lean on the Lord and allow Him to carry them through a very rough time. They are hero’s to me. I admire them and respect them all the more. Life brings things our way that we can not understand. We decide how we are going to react to them and if we will let it break us or make us. This is making them stronger together and closer to the Lord. I don't know why this happened to them, but I know that without a doubt God has given them perfect peace.
God is Good!

Thursday, November 17, 2011

All of This

As Christmas is approaching the catalogs are arriving in the mail. This year, RJ is more into it and very excited. He has been going through the catalogs and drawing lines to everything he would like to put on his list of "wants". Every once in a while, he will throw in a name here and there of who he wants to buy something for. Today the Guitar Center catalog came in and he kept say from page 1 to page 103, " I want all this.." pretty much the whole store. I guess I have a musician in the house.
We let him have fun with it, but tell him that he won't get everything on his list and that he must give to those who have nothing. We have another box of things to send to Tupelo Children's Mansion. It's fun to have a wish list, but I do not want RJ to think the world revolves around him. It's so easy to do that with our children. We will drop anything and everything for them. But will we do that for others? Will we give of our time to make life a bit easier for someone else in need? As you come together with your families, keep your eyes and ears open for those who are in greater need than yourself. Give to those who have not. Jesus was the perfect example of a servant. Our society makes it all about "me". Be like Jesus and make it about others. It's hard to apply that to our lives. I am guilty of it. I want to change. We, the Manners Family are going to try to apply this in our lives. Change the world, be like Jesus, be a servant.
God is Good!

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

MRI Results

As expected, all is well. My random headaches are due to the trials of being a parent of a Toddler and life in general. Thankfully, I did not inherit the genetic brain tumor.

On another note, today I was truly missing my family. The holidays always make me miss them and I get homesick. The past few days we have had what I call California weather and it has been so nice, yet has caused me to long for home and family. If you live near your family, hug them, hold them close.
God is good!

Monday, November 14, 2011

Gift

This past Sunday our pastor asked us to give a one time offering and also pledge to give an amount over the next 3 years towards our church Building Fund. I happen to know, he does not like asking for money and is not your typical pastor who is money focused. He was very transparent about how much he is giving on his own and shared some personal sacrifices that he and his wife have made so we could have a bigger building for church services. We are almost done building it and soon will be having services in it.Bob and I by the end of the church service knew how much we were going to give and felt very good inside about it. We were discussing this over dinner that evening and we asked RJ what he thought. He was quiet for a bit and then said.." Well, I think I want to give $10.00 from my piggy bank." Thus, when we give our one time offering, we will have a separate envelope from RJ with his $10.00 in it. He is beginning to see that every time he gives, God always gives back more in return. Not only that you truly feel good inside when you give.
I give myself away, so YOU can use me, give myself away. That is my prayer to the Lord.
If I can give of myself, I can make a difference and impact the world.
God is good!

Sunday, November 13, 2011

Home

It's amazing how much the atmosphere changes in the house when Bob is home. Grant it, this time I have to say that RJ and I had a peaceful week. I am sure it has a lot to do with his getting older and understanding that daddy plans on coming home. RJ becomes more confident when his Dad is around and even though he was sound asleep when Bob got home, RJ had the biggest smile on his face when he heard his daddy's voice.
Today in church, I was thinking about it and started to apply it with my relationship with God. I get so busy at times and I miss my alone time with Him. He is my heavenly father and He wants to hear from me. I love my prayer time and when I miss it, I truly miss it. The day just seems to flow right when I spend time in prayer and reading the Bible. When I am in the presence of the Lord, no matter where I am, I am home.
God is Good!

Saturday, November 12, 2011

Love Covered Cherries

Bob has been gone since Wednesday and ended up staying an extra day. Thankfully he will be home probably by the time I finish this blog. RJ was very sad last night because daddy was not going to be home as planned. I asked him what he wanted to do and he said he wanted to have a date with me at Friendly's. If you have ever been there, you know that it's very kid friendly and have great prices on food for the kids. So, we went there on our date and he was chatting away. When it was time to have his ice cream, he asked me to sit next to him and share his ice cream with him. It was so cute. They brought him about 6 cherries and he would eat one and give me the other one. He wrapped his arms around me, gave me a big kiss and told me how much he loved his mommy. Talk about melting my heart! Today he proclaimed it to be an RJ/Mommy day and we had a blast playing all the instruments at the Guitar Center, Reading Books at Barnes & Noble and then we went to Target to try and find another reindeer. Alas, no reindeer, but we will keep the search one.
I'm wiped out and can't wait for my husband to be home. Once again I salute all the single moms, it's not easy raising a child alone.
I'm blessed to have such a good boy and I enjoyed our love covered cherries.
God is Good!

Thursday, November 10, 2011

Tired Tears

I was sitting trying to think of what to blog about. There are days when I have one thing that stands out and there are days when I have so many thoughts going through my mind that I can't pick just one. Bob is out of town and RJ was doing pretty good until tonight before church. He had a melt down because he dropped his VERY tiny Reindeer that I got him today. he really liked it and wanted to bring it to church. However when we got in the car he dropped it and it was dark that I could not find it. Bless poor Christina who put her flash light app on her phone and tried to find it. He cried all the way to church, cried in church and sweet Tara had a present for him and he was crying to so hard and told her about his reindeer he had lost and all the toys in the world could not replace it. Out of all the toys he has, that one had to get lost. I think really it had to do with the fact that his dad is out of town and he was super tired. Thankfully Bob should be home tomorrow, so that will ease things a bit for him. We have had a wonderful time with Christina Tate...she came over while Bob has been away and it's been wonderful having her here.
In the midst of all this, I have a sadness in my heart. A very special man , Reverend Kenneth Haney passed away today. When I was born, he dedicated me to the Lord. He was my first pastor and a very sweet man. I'm glad his life touched mine and my heart breaks for his family. He was taken sooner than we would like.
The amazing thing is no matter how stressful life can get and how sad things are that come our way, there is a perfect peace that comes from above.
RJ and I prayed together that we would find his reindeer and he is now sound asleep. I say a prayer tonight for the Haney family that God covers them and carries them in His arms..May His perfect peace be with them.
God is Good!

Tuesday, November 08, 2011

IKEA

For a while now RJ has been begging me to shop at IKEA because he wants to try out the play area. So, I decided today that we would give it a try. Wow...why did I take so long to take them up on their wonderful service?!?
I enjoyed a yummy cup of coffee, while my son played until he about dropped. Talk about a stress breaker when winter comes. I did find some cute and very inexpensive presents for RJ and of course he spied one and it's now an "early" gift. I'm a sucker for my son's sweet smile.
I was thinking today that "things" are "crazy" all over the world. I was sitting in IKEA drinking a wonderful cup of coffee and felt such peace in the middle of madness. Our world is upside down, the weather is upside down, the economy is upside down. So many things are uncertain today and I smiled, because in the midst of it all, God has given me perfect peace.
God is Good!

Monday, November 07, 2011

MRI

So, today I had an MRI done on my head. It was very interesting and extremely weird. There is a strange "feeling" when the music coming through your headphones is classical music and the machine is making all these loud noises. I told the tech that I should have played techno music, it would have made more sense.
When I got home, Bob and I looked at the pictures of my brain. It was pretty cool. I'm not a doctor, but everything looked fine to me. So, I think it's safe to say that thank the Lord, I do not have a brain tumor. I appreciate my doctor wanting me to get the MRI, since my grandmother died from a brain tumor and my sister Lisa had one removed.
Thankfully all seems to be well.
God is Good!

Sunday, November 06, 2011

Thankful 2011

In light of it being November and a time to reflect, I thought I would blog on some things I am thankful for.
1. A warm place to sleep, I remember a time as a child when we slept in the car and were cold.
2. Food to eat. Many, many times we were hungry as kids. Now, I have an abundance and I am so glad that when RJ says he is hungry, I can give him healthy food to eat.
3. Family. I have been blessed in abundance with family. I am loved.
4. Friends. When I moved here to NY the only friend I had was Denelle...besides Bob and Tim. Today in church, I realized how many true friends I have..it brought tears to my eyes.
5. Bob and RJ.. wow..I could write all day about how thankful I am for them. I could not have asked for a better husband or sweeter son.
6. America. Yes, America, where I can still worship God freely. Where a person can pursue their dreams and watch it come to life.
7. Jesus Christ...most of all I am thankful for Him. He died for me and rose again so I could have eternal life!
8. RJ's school. The staff is amazing and I truly feel like when I walk on his campus that we step back in time to a better place.
9. Bethel United Pentecostal Church. I am so thankful to have a Pastor that preaches the word of God and truly loves the congregation. The freedom we have there is amazing and I am so thankful for the staff and the worship that flows on a regular basis.
10. Last but not least, the joy filled peace that I have in my life.
God is Good!

Saturday, November 05, 2011

Little Bully

Today I took RJ to the mall so he could run around in a designated children's play area. It was pretty packed, but I figured he would just have a good time running around with all the kids. There is a "horse" he likes to always play on first and he was waiting patiently for a little boy about 2 or 3 years old to finish. The little boy looked at him and walked right up to RJ and pushed him as hard as he could. Ok..the momma bear in me rose up, but I held my peace and was so proud of RJ for not pushing back. The mom sort of patted his hand and told him to be nice and told RJ he could play on the horse. Well this kid was not going to have that and he pushed RJ again. RJ just walked away and played on something else. The kid followed him and began to push RJ trying to nock him down. I will admit I saw red and wanted to tell the mom off. I took RJ out of the play area and he was crying because he didn't understand why he had to leave since he was not fighting. Once he was calm, I explained to him I had to take him out to protect him. The mom was not going to stop the boy from being a bully. However, I was not going to be pushed out and took RJ back in, but on the other side of the play area. Would you believe that boy and his mom came to where we were and he tried it again! RJ decided he would rather leave because it was just "too crazy". I hugged him and told him how proud of was of him for not fighting.
Tonight when we said our prayers this is what he prayed: " Thank you Jesus for this day. I pray you help that little boy to not be mean and to stop pushing people. Thank you that he did not hurt me and that I didn't fight."
OOH I was so proud of my boy. We are trying to teach him to pray for those who are not kind to you. I know some parents would think I should teach him to fight back. I want my son to protect himself, but the answer at times is to not fight with your fist, but to fight by turning the other cheek. That boy could not get the best of RJ.
Was I angry.. yes, VERY, but I knew if I let my anger get to me, I would be teaching my son a very bad lesson. Remember parents, little eyes are watchin you, you are the example for them to follow. We are far from perfect and make a lot of mistakes, but we are trying to lead RJ in the right direction.
God is Good!

Friday, November 04, 2011

An Autumn Daddy Day

Wednesday Bob took half the day off of work and picked RJ up from school. They had a Daddy Day. RJ was very excited about it and had the whole day planned out. Here is what they did: 1) Went to a place called Bouncers and Slydos and they jumped and climbed and slid for almost 2 hours. 2) They went to McDonalds and played some more there in the play area and of course had lunch with a chocolate milk shake thrown in. 3)They ended the day by getting a hair cut.
RJ was so happy to have his Daddy Day.
It is so important for parents to take time out for their children. Bob works hard and long hours, but he he makes sure RJ knows how important he is and will stop to take time out for him.
Parents if you are super busy, stop and take indiviual time for your children. It will make a world of difference for them.
God is Good!

Wednesday, November 02, 2011

A Safe Sheep

Tonight in our Wednesday night Bible Study, Bro. Jonathan Walker and his wife Lindsey were our guest speakers. His topic was " Our Times Are in His Hands." It pretty much focused on trusting the Lord and knowing He has everything in control in our lives. The last scripture that was read really stuck out to me. In John Chapter 10: 27-28 it says: My Sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me. And I give unto them eternal life; and they shall never perish, neither shall any man pluck them out of my hand."

These two scriptures are awesome and can be life changing. The last phrase stood out to me. Never to be plucked out of His hand..Wow..no mattter what is going on in our life, if we trust Him, follow Him and put ourselves wholy into His hands..no one, no man, no trial, no life situation can take you out of His safe harbor of His hands. As long as you stay with Him, He will CARRY YOU.
God is Good!

Monday, October 31, 2011

Faith Builder

So...yesterday the first thing RJ wanted to know is if the sun did come out and melt the snow. He was very happy to see that he did indeed hear from God and the snow was melting away. To solidify his faith that God does hear him, during alter service they sang his favorite song. He was soaring and on cloud nine the rest of the day. So tonight, he prayed a very special prayer. He thanked Jesus for giving him a baby sister. It's been a while since he has said that prayer because he felt like God did not hear him and that he must not know how to pray because he still did not have a baby sister. I am so glad He has faith in God and we are believing with RJ that God is going to give us another baby!
God is Good!

Saturday, October 29, 2011

October Snow

So...as I am sure the whole NY world is abuzz about how it is snowing in NY. RJ at first was so excited he could not contain himself. He went outside and caught flakes on his tongue and was stomping in the puddles. It was rather strange to see snow flakes covering yellow fall leaves. He kept asking why it was snowing in the fall. I did not have a good answer for him and told him to ask God. About 30 minutes later he says to me: " So, Mom...I talked to God about the snow. I told Him I liked it, but didn't like it too because the snow was killing all the pretty flowers in the back yard. He told me he was going to make it stop. So..if God said it, He will do it. I'm so happy to have snow and I'm so happy the sun is going to come out tomorrow and dry up all the snow!"
Well..I like his faith.
God is Good!

Friday, October 28, 2011

Simple 100

This post is my hundredth post. I was trying to think of something witty to write or deep and moving. However I want to make is one of thanksgiving for the simple things. In a couple of days it will be November and many will began to reflect on the things they are thankful for. Tonight I was thinking how thankful I am for the small things. I am VERY thankful for the Big things...however it's the small things that make our own personal world work smoothly. For instance, the temperature has dropped and it's very cold outside. I am inside with my feet up on the couch in a warm/toasty house. Today has been filled with much laughter and I am relaxed drinking a cup of tea. Such simple things, but so very important. The best of all these things is that the simple things are filled with the peace of God in my life.
I'm so grateful for His Mercy and Grace..they may seem small, but are HUGE in what they cover and carry. Take a moment and give thanks for the simple things going on around you. You almost miss the importance of them, but if they were not there, things would not "be" right.
Give your loved one a hug and tell them how much you love them and appreciate them. Something so simple is so profound.
God is Good!

Thursday, October 27, 2011

The Story of Ruth(RJ Version)

We gathered that in Thursday night class tonight,they were teaching about Ruth in the Bible because he said : " So Mom..do you know the story about Ruth? Well, she was so poor she had zero..like this mom, look zero (he makes a zero with his fingers)do you know that zero is nothing..she had zero, nothing. Well..she went and picked up some wheat and made bread..did you know you can't eat wheat? Well..she had nothing and then she had wheat and then she had bread. All the people were hungry, but she had wheat. Yeah..that's the story of Ruth. I like the name Ruth, that's a good name."

We will be working on finishing the story of Ruth with him.
I was thinking tonight about how glad I am that RJ talks about helping others, talks a lot about God and things/stories from the Bible. In this day and age that is not a common thing or topic for children. Most kids his age are into robots, super heroes and many things that have no mention of God. We are choosing to raise him in a way that God is a part of who he is. He stands out in a crowd of children just in what he talks about and what moves his heart. Some parents may think I'm a radical because I want to immerse him in church and God. I think now more than ever, I need to surround him with the God life and language. Yes, he knows about cars and other stuff, but we guard him in what he allow him to watch. We are different, I am not ashamed of it.
God is Good!

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Gift From The Heart

This morning RJ sat down with us and said this: " I have a lot of toys. I need to give some of them to the Orphanage. It would make me feel so happy inside in my heart."

So today after school, we went through his toy boxes and he went through ALL is hot wheels and we ended up with some good toys. He wants to send them to Tuepelo Children's Mansion in Mississippi.

My heart soars with the person he is becoming. He knows that giving is a good thing. I am so proud of him and so happy!
God is Good!

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Anniversary Surprise

Yesterday and today Bob and RJ went for a ride and were gone for several hours both days. They came in last night whispering of a surprise for Mommy. This morning RJ was just bursting to tell me what it was, but Bob told him he had to keep it a secret until tonight.
They came home tonight with a dozen roses, a chocolate cake with a cherry on top and a box of Godiva chocolate. Our Anniversary was earlier this month, but since my husband had been traveling and then we had RJ's birthday party, he had not had time to get me the gifts he wanted to get. It was so much more special to me because RJ was a part of the process of picking everything out. It has been a wonderful 5 years and I'm thankful for my husband. Life has thrown us some bumps in the road, but they caused us to be closer and made our marriage stronger. The best part of this, is that RJ is learning from his dad how to be a good husband. Mixed in all this, they had a wonderful time building a relationship as father and son.
Just as my husband is still courting me, Jesus is still courting us. He loves us and if we stop and take time, we can feel and see His love all around us.
God is Good!

Monday, October 24, 2011

Sis T's Orphans

Lately RJ has been focusing his prayers on Sis T ( Twyla Tolstad Missionary to Uganda). Tonight was a real tear jerker. He did his normal God bless Daddy and Mommy and then said this prayer: " Thank you Jesus for Sis T. God bless her and all her Orphans. God Forgive..I mean thank you Jesus please for sending a bunch of her orphans here to my house. God bless her and thank you Jesus for the orphans and that one of them is going to be my baby sister.Thank you Jesus."

Wow..I had tears streaming down my face when he was done. Such simple and sweet faith. I pray God gives him his desire for a baby sister. Who knows....God does.
God is Good!

Sunday, October 23, 2011

The Quad

We decided to go to NJ this weekend. It was a short trip, but we did enjoy time with the family. While there, RJ kept begging his dad to take him for a ride through the woods on Uncle Joe's Quad. The picture I took of them before they rode off was priceless. It's good to take time off and "play" and be with your family.
God is Good!

Saturday, October 22, 2011

Coonskin Cap

Early this morning Bob came home from his trip. Rj was so happy to see his daddy! Of course after giving his daddy a big hug, he wanted to know where his present was. Bob brought back a racoon hat with a tail!! Rj is loving walking around with it on. All worries are gone, all is well because his daddy is home and his daddy loves him..
God is Good!

Friday, October 21, 2011

Sweet Friday

I look forward to Friday. Friday is the day that after I drop RJ off at school, I come home and spend focused time in prayer. I try to pray and read my Bible every day, but on Friday it's a date with the Lord. I shut all media off and forget about the time and sit down and chat with my Heavenly Father. These moments are very precious to me and always leave me feeling rested and peaceful.
Another reason I like Friday is because when I pick RJ up from school, he and I have a Starbucks date. We go to the same location and try to sit in the same spot. RJ is very picky about chocolate milk, but loves Starbucks chocolate milk. I get a wonderful cup of coffee and then RJ picks out a
"snack" and it's different every time. I treasure these moments, because once we sit down, he starts to talk about his week and whatever is on his mind/heart. Today when we went to have our "date" it was packed more than normal and it looked like we did not have a seat. A very nice man told us we could share his table with him and another lady. The nice lady was reading a book and the young man was reading from his IPad. We sat down and this is how it went:
Me: " RJ, do you have anything you want to talk about?"
RJ: " No, Mom, not today, I have nothing to say, everything is fine."
Me: " Are you sure?"
RJ: " Mom..I told you, I'm fine."
Me: " Ok...if you say so."
RJ: " Fine Mom..if you want to talk, I do have something to say. I don't like hot luch on Friday and I need you to pack me a lunch, because if I don't have my lunch box, I don't eat and I get very hungry."
Me: " Why didn't you tell me earlier?:
RJ: " Well, I'm telling you now."
Me: " Anything else you want to say?"
RJ : " Yes....I don't think Daddy loves me because he is gone a lot and how come some people don't go to church and doesn't that guy outside know he is going to die because he is smoking a cigarette."

Wow.. needless to say, I eased his fears about his dad and let him know that his daddy loves him very much and that is why he works so hard.( I told Bob about this tonight on the phone and he is going to set aside a daddy day very soon) I told him not everyone goes to church and did my best to explain the smoker situation.
He was quiet and then said:" Ok MOM...that's enough, I'm done, I have nothing else to say."
We finished our drinks in peace and then when we were done, left.
The two people are our table, I could tell were having a hard time not laughing out loud. I think we were of great entertainment to them today.
Parents, if you make the time, your children will talk to you. I hope since I am starting this now, that when RJ is older, he will open up to me and share his heart and thoughts. If he knows now that I care, he will remember later during the rough years of teenage life.
God is Good!

Thursday, October 20, 2011

"Auntie"

Our beloved Christina Tate has returned from her time in Belgium. RJ happens to adore her and I didn't tell him she was back. I wanted to surprise him by bringing her to school with me when I picked him up. At first he didn't even "see" her. Until I told him to look up and see who was with me. His face was priceless. The pure joy and happiness at seeing her, actually brought tears to my eyes. He made the happy face and then threw his arms around her. It truly was a very sweet moment. She spent the rest of the day with us and when she went home, he was very sad. He wants her to stay with us forever. I think when he realizes she is going to be around for a while, he is going to be a very happy little boy. I was thinking today how thankful I am for the church. My family live in different states and at times I really miss them. Thankfully at my church, I have been able to form some true friendships. One of them happens to be Christina. He loves her like she was his own flesh and blood. Every child needs that Auntie love...I am so thankful he has his Aunt Claudia ( my sister in law), Auntie Nell Nell and Auntie Christina here in NY. The church truly does become your family-your home away from home.
God is Good!

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Sick Day/ Sis T

So today RJ wanted to have a sick day and asked to stay home. I figured since he is only 4 and I'm blessed to be a stay at home mom, why not. Besides, he does have a runny nose. Well, I am wiped out and my pocketbook is minus $40! At least, he won't be sharing his cold with anyone else and we did have lots of fun together...add to it the yummy crepe we shared!
Tonight, as we said our prayers and we told him that since he is 4 now, he needs to say more than a God bless so and so. This was his prayer tonight: " Thank you Jesus for Sis. T. I ask that you heal her, protect her and do not let her die."
Sis T, if you are reading this..know RJ has covered you with his prayers. Angels are going to watch over you while you are in Uganda!
God is Good!

Monday, October 17, 2011

The Frogs

Tonight in our nightly Bible reading RJ requested to hear the story about the frogs ( He was referring to Moses and the plagues). Bob was reading about all the different places that the frogs would appear as a plague. RJ was very quiet and then sits up and gives his own version of where the plague of frogs will be: " And God said it was going to rain frogs every day in New York. They will be on your glasses, on your Bibles, on your nose, in your mouth, your eyes and even in your underpants!"
Yes, RJ is now 4, here we go, look out world here he comes.
God is Good!

Sunday, October 16, 2011

The Faith Dress

A very good friend of mine gave me a special present today. She gave me a pretty pink dress sized 3 to 6 months. Now that may seem strange since at this time I am not pregnant. She being a good and dear friend knows that for years we have been trying to have another child and that my heart's desire is to have a girl. I have had many people tell me they have had dreams of my daughter. Their descriptions are identical, they all describe the same girl. For a while I had a faith dress and I thanked God for His promises. After my 2nd miscarriage, I became so discouraged and heartbroken that I packed the dress away. Recently I lost another and just felt like maybe God had forgotten me. When she gave me the dress this morning in church, it sparked something inside of me that I have not felt in a long time. Faith, hope and a joy for the expected promises of God. I hung up this pretty, pink dress in my closet, so that every time I get something to wear, I see that dress. I am going to thank the Lord in advance for my daughter that will one day wear the precious dress.
Don't let the cares of life steal your dreams or those things you hold dear. God promised in His word that if you seek Him first, He will give you the desires of your heart. I do my best to put that in practice. I once again feel the hope inside of me.
God is Good!

Saturday, October 15, 2011

4th Bday Party-Amazing Day

Monday was RJ's birthday, but we celebrated it today in our backyard. Normally we have his party in NJ with family, but this year he asked if he could have it in NY with his friends from school and church. We had about 25 kids attend along with their parents. Bob was able to finish the tree house in time and the kids had a blast! The boys all crammed in and jumped up an down and then the girls went in and were screaming on the top of their lungs. We had Pumpkin Painting, A Piñata, YUMMY Birthday cake and opening of presents. The weather was perfect ( We prayed together as a family for good weather and God heard us!). Bob was a great chef on the BarBQ and there was plenty of food for everyone. It seemed like everyone was having a wonderful time. I could not have asked for a better time of celebration. I truly appreciate all the parents who took my camera and took pictures and also video for me. I have some very wonderful pictures and this time I'm actually in them. After the celebration, RJ came inside with all his new presents and the neighbor boys came over and along with his Uncle Tim and Aunt Claudia, showed him how to put his toys together and played with him. It truly was an amazing day and I know RJ was happy because he crawled into my lap and gave me a big kiss and told me how much he loved me and that his party was just perfect.
God is Good!

Friday, October 14, 2011

5 Years

Today is our 5th Wedding Anniversary. I am happy to say my husband didn't forget. In fact he drove 10 hours from Canada in the rain last night, so he could be home for our Anniversary. We enjoyed a lovely dinner ( Thank you Lou and Adrieanne for watching RJ)at Cafe Farmagio, yummy food! We would have liked a quieter place, but all in all it was very nice to be together. The past 5 years have gone by very quickly. I look forward to the next years to come. I can say that our love has grown. I still get the butterflies in my stomach and I still feel the spark. OOH and the older he gets the more handsome he becomes!
There is something of depth that was not there when we first said our vows. We have had some big trials that have come our way, but those things only brought us closer. I'm so glad that I married him. He has truly balanced me in many ways. There is no such thing as the perfect guy, but there is the perfect guy for me as a person. I'm a better person because of being married to him. The best thing I can say is that God was first in our lives on day one of being married and He still is number one. God is the cord that entwines us together.
Thank you Lord for a good, God fearing man, who loves me.
God is Good!

Thursday, October 13, 2011

T.G.I.T

Thank God It's Thursday has been a much desired event for RJ. On Thursday nights during adult Bible Study children from the ages 4 and up to the teenagers attend separate classes. RJ for a year now has been begging to go and I told him he had to wait. Well now that he is 4, he gets to attend. He arrived with Bible and offering in hand. He was so serious and sat down and opened his Bible ready for class. It seems as if over night my baby has morphed into this little boy. I will admit that it was wonderful to enjoy an entire lesson and actually know what the teaching was about. I usually get snippets in-between attending to RJ. When it was alter time, I slipped out and figured I would get him out of class. He was happily coloring and explained to me that he was fine and not ready to go yet. I went back inside wondering once again where my baby boy had gone. When I picked him up he had a packed "lunch" for me to eat tomorrow. He also told me that he was going to help me mop the floor! I'm thrilled he likes class on Thursday nights, so TGIT! To top off a perfect night for him, Tara from our church gave him some wonderful birthday presents.
God is Good!

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

RJ and Sis T

A couple of weeks ago Missionaries Phil and Twyla Tolstad stayed with us. RJ is your typical toddler in his verbal observations. When Sis T walked through the door the first thing he said to her was: " You are very fat and very old!" Of course I was mortified and wanted to crawl under a rock somewhere and hide. She being the wonderful lady she is didn't skip a beat and replied: " In Africa, where I am from, if they tell you, you are fat, they are giving you a compliment. In Africa if you are fat, you must be wealthy because you have food to eat and if you are old, you are healthy and wise because you have lived a long life." He took it in stride and thus began a very special relationship between RJ and Sis T. He moped around the house for a whole day after they were gone and mentions them very often. Last night, took the cake. Normally when we say our prayers, he will "God Bless" one person. It's usually Louis or Daddy..sometimes it's me. He floored us when he in a very serious manner prayed: " Thank you Jesus and God Bless Sis T. Help her to not be fat anymore and please bless her so that she won't be old anymore but become a baby. Amen"
We made sure we did not laugh and told him that was a wonderful prayer. I his own way, he was asking God to bless her. It was so cute and very funny.
Children are very aware of what is going on around them. You may think they are not listening, but they are. Pour good things into their minds and hearts and good things will eventually come out.
God is Good!

Monday, October 10, 2011

4th Birthday

Today was a very big day for RJ, he turned 4. When he woke up he came running into the living room shouting I am four, I am four years old today! He was thrilled with what we had waiting for him. On the coffee table were sunflowers. On the dinning room table were four Happy Birthday balloons and a present from us. On his chair was a huge sign that read " Happy 4th Birthday RJ" He truly was so happy! We spent the day doing what he wanted. This was his day: Breakfast with daddy and mommy, Playing in the back yard with his new rainbow maker,A play date at the park with his best buddy Louis, Hot dog/fries/soda(grandma sent $) for lunch while we watched the dancing water fountain, A very long and AWESOME jam session at the Guitar Center, A trip to ToysRUs to buy whatever he wanted(grandma sent $), followed by the dinner of his choice of : Gnocchi, Tortellini, Chicken Nuggets, Rice,Pork Chops and a Coke, and then Nemo with Daddy on the couch. It was a wonderful and happy day finished off with prayer.
I am so thankful that we had a Sunshine Day!
God is Good!!

Sunday, October 09, 2011

Instant Praise

Today RJ wanted to stay in the church service with us. The Praise and Worship was intense. When the youth choir sang, I thought it was going to be one of those services where there was no preaching. However, things calmed down a bit and Rev. Jonathan Walker preached an awesome sermon on God's mercy and grace and how He gives us the strength to leap up and become over/on top of the high places in our lives that keep us from being who we need to be in Christ. RJ fell asleep right before the preaching. When the Praise team started to sing for the alter call, He sprang up from my lap with his hand's raise and in an instant was clapping his hand and praising the Lord. He was so joyful and his praise was instant.
My mommy heart was overflowing with the sight of my little boy praising the Lord. We live in a day an age where more and more children are distracted by things that really don't matter. Things that make you happy for a moment, but don't last. Today I saw true joy on his face and it has lasted into the evening. People may think we are a bit fanatical when it comes to the things of God. I wouldn't trade the joy I saw on his face today for any other way of life. God gives perfect joy and peace.
God is Good!

Friday, October 07, 2011

Shoes

RJ it seems is growing rapidly. In September I needed to purchase him new tennis shoes. Today I realized this his new shoes were now too tight. I guessed he would now be a size 10 1/2. I was right..however..in tennis shoes a size 11 were the perfect fit. Boys are much different than girls in the fact that they don't need a lot of shoes...unless they are RJ. He likes to give them names too. He has his Peanut Butter shoes ( brown suede), Licorice shoes(black dress church shoes) , flip flop, boots, bug sandals and now his new daddy shoes that make him do the shake the earth run. He really wants rainbow shoes. aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa. Who knows, maybe when I finally have my girl, she may only want one pair of shoes! With my luck she will hate pink..sigh...all kidding aside. I was thanking the Lord today that I could buy RJ shoes. Now if you know me, I got them on sale and used a coupon too! I was very happy with the deal and with the price. More so than that, I truly was giving thanks that I was able to get him something so simple as a shoe. When we ask God for bread, He does not give us a stone. He takes care of the simplest of needs.
God is Good!

Tuesday, October 04, 2011

Nap Time

When RJ had his 3 year old check up his doctor informed me that nap's would start to go away. Thankfully, they stayed around, at least until recently. In the past after we went on one of our "rides" in the car and he would fall asleep, I would easily transfer him from car to bed. I loved these naps because I was able to get rest as well or put the laundry away still folded. Recently when he has fallen asleep, I lay him down in his bed, he sits right up and in a daze proclaims, he is not sleeping. He proceeds to be a bit grumpy the rest of the day. Today I discovered how to keep him asleep. The key is to keep him sitting up. So, today, I took him out of the car and put him carefully on the couch. He slept sitting up on the couch for a hour and woke up rested and happy. I'm not sure how much longer that will last, but for now, it will do. Soon he will be 4, I am sure I will need to be more creative on making sure he get's a nap in, because if he doesn't then he misses out on precious time with his daddy in the evenings.
God is Good!

Sunday, October 02, 2011

"Just Ruined"

The other day I was asking RJ what he wanted for his 4th birthday. He thought about it and replied: " I want a yellow piggy bank. That's all I want and if I don't get it, my birthday will be just ruined." He was not being bratty when he said it, he was telling me what his heart's desire was. Tonight while we were having a yummy dinner at Tim and Claudia's house ( Bob's mom/dad and Claudia's mom and step dad were there too) RJ's Grammy gave him his birthday present. He was so happy when he opened up the gift to see a yellow piggy bank. She had taken a pink piggy bank and painted it yellow. He was hugging it and saying this is all I wanted for my birthday. It truly was sweet. A simple request was granted by his loving Grandmother.
What is your heart's desire? Do you make your request known to the Lord? He tells us to ask for it and it shall be given, to knock on the door and it will be opened. Go to your Heavenly Father and make your request known. Thank Him for it in advance and worship Him in faith that He will bring it to pass. Don't get frustrated when it does not happen right away. God is never late, He is always right on time!
God is Good!

Saturday, October 01, 2011

Phillip and Twyla Tolstad

People come and go in your life. Some make a mark, some make a memory, some just pass through and then there are others who in a short time become a part of you and fill a space in your heart. Missionaries Phillip and Twyla Tolstad are two such people, who have filled our hearts. RJ truly grew to love them deeply. In his sweet 3 year old way he told me he wanted to go with them on their three services on Sunday and would come back next week. He even mentioned he wanted to go to Uganda with them. It was a real tear jerker when he was telling Sis. T he would miss her if she didn't come back. I know this house will miss them greatly and I am sure there are many other lives they have touched in the same way. I am so thankful that we were able to have our paths cross. We have grown to love them dearly and pray that God keeps them safe on their travels and safe in Uganda as well.
If you read this blog and would like to give in support to the schools and orphanages that they run, please let me know and I will give you the information you need. The Tolstad's are special and wonderful people who sacrifice much and give of themselves to the people of Uganda.
God is Good!

Friday, September 30, 2011

Pure, sweet Joy

This week, we have had the pleasure of Phillip and Twyla Tolstad's company in our home. RJ clicked with them very quickly and we are having a wonderful time. Today we were talking about how the Orphans in Uganda have never played with a Hot Wheel car. RJ was thinking about it and I asked him if he would give one for them to take to Uganda. He replied that he couldn't because they were his and continued to try and explain why he could not give even one away. He started to get grumpy about it and I told him he was getting grumpy because he was not willing to give something freely from his heart. We put some music of children singing worship songs on and he jumps up and says " OH, those poor orphans! I need to give them a car." He went to his drawer of cars and at first was only going to give them one, but as he started to pick it out he became excited and by the time we were done, he had 15 cars on my lap. He ran up the stairs to the Tolstad's and joyfully gave his beloved cars to them. He was so happy he proclaimed: " I feel so good in my heart! It felt so good to give my cars away!"
The rest of the evening he was jumping and dancing and singing around the house. He fell asleep tonight a very happy boy. RJ learned there truly is joy in giving!
God is Good!

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Yusef Nadarkhani

I want to post this link regarding a man who in my eyes is a hero of the faith. He is willing to die for what he believes and will not recant his faith in Jesus Christ. I pray Iran releases him and allows him to continue in his walk with the Lord, above this, I pray for God to be with him and keep him in perfect peace and have His perfect will be done.
God is Good!
http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/44707360/ns/world_news-mideast_n_africa/

Friday, September 23, 2011

"What's the Answer?"

Today RJ and I were sitting together on the couch and winding down for the day. I had some music playing in the background and RJ turns to me and says : " So Mom, What is the Answer?" I replied: " Jesus is the answer." He was not satisfied with that answer and was I sitting there thinking uh oh..I have no idea what he is talking about and then I realize that the words to the song we were listening said." Stop for a moment, be still, you are an heir to His will, believe what you say, when you pray in Jesus name, for the prayer that you prayed, the answer's on it's way." So...I figured out he wanted to know what the answer was...I told him that when you pray with faith and ask it in Jesus name that He will answer you, but sometimes you have to wait, that is why the answer is on it's way. He was quiet and then he bowed his head and prayed this prayer: " Jesus, can you please make it rain tomorrow? I want to have a movie day. Amen"
GREAT! So if it rains tomorrow, you will know why. By the way...a movie day means he can watch more than an hour of "shows" on DVD or Netflix. Most of the time they are educational or Biblical and time is very limited. We don't want him to be a couch potato. We want him to use his mind and imagination.
What is your prayer? Did you pray it with faith today? If you did and did so in Jesus name, your answer is on it's way.
God is Good!

Thursday, September 22, 2011

4 am

This morning at 4 am RJ came into our room and asked if we could go into the front room and put on some worship music. I wish I could say I got up, but I didn't. I have been battling a cold and was exhausted from the day before of non stop activities. However Bob was already awake and he went into the living room with RJ and put on a quiet worship CD and for about an hour RJ and Bob in their own quiet ways worshiped the Lord. Since my son has been born he has woken up to the sound of worship music playing softly in the background with the view of his daddy on his hands and knees in prayer. You may wonder why I don't join them. I don't join them because to me it's a sacred time for them with God. I wait until later in the day and I read my Bible with RJ and then we march around the house having exuberant prayer and worship. Sometimes I pray on my knees. Either way we want him to see us in a daily communication with God.
So, this morning when he came in at 4 am instead of getting upset, we went with the flow.
God is Good!

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Autumn in the Air

This week the weather has been cooling down a lot and as usual I caught a cold, combined with my allergies going haywire. In my mind I was grumbling a bit and wishing it would stay summer a little longer. RJ and I were walking to the car and he proclaimed " OH yes, I can feel it..Autumn is here!" He, being born in October and in NY loves this time of the year. He loves the changing of the leaves, wearing his hot pajamas(footies), and all the color that the Fall brings. Once again I was reminded to look at the world through a child's eyes. Instead of complaining, I should find the pure joy in what is around me. The California girl in me still at times has a hard time adjusting to the change of season, but the NYer that is rising up within me is getting excited with anticipation for the new season to come.
This applies to our spiritual lives as well. Sometimes change comes when we least expect it. We start to fight it and long for the way things were, but when God breathes and the season changes, look as He would and find joy in your situation. I admit it's easy to say, not so easy to do, but we can work at putting joy in all seasons of life.

God is Good!

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

A Visit

Tonight we went to visit a couple that Bob lived with during his Law School days. This couple lives about and hour and half away and it has been a while since we have seen them. We will call them Mr. and Mrs. K. Mr. K has just be diagnosed with cancer and has at the most 3 years to live. For an 88 year old man, he looks pretty good. We had a lovely dinner with them and RJ was having a blast. They usually have little surprises for him and give them to him throughout the evening. He was on his best behavior. I have to say I was feeling very good inside to see how well he was behaving. They don't get to see their grandkids very often and you could see they were just itching to pour out their love on our son. When we left I was feeling very thankful that we took time out for them. So many times we forget about the older and wiser folks who can give very good guidance in our lives.
Take time to visit those who in the past poured into your life..pour back into theirs.

God is Good!

Monday, September 19, 2011

Rock Star

As you are aware we are trying to raise our son to be a Christian in a world that is becoming more and more unChrist like..is that a word? Well, I'll use it anyway..blame it on the cold medicine. Today RJ wanted to watch a new show..I can't really remember how to spell the character's name and I'm too tired to look it up, but it starts with a C. So, we will call this character C. Well...RJ was watching it and I was sitting with him because I wanted to make sure it was ok for him to watch. It was ok, typical toddler stuff when C encounters drums. RJ was getting excited about it and I was ok with it until C started to bang on the drums singing he was a rock star. Ok..time to turn it off. To some you would think I was being paranoid...maybe, but for us, we are teaching our son that he plays for Jesus. RJ starts to ask me about being a rock star and I decided to be open with him and I talked with him how a rock star does not play for Jesus. He was quiet and then said this: " Well..we need to call Steve and blue and have him come over our house. When Steve gets here we can squadoo into C's room and tell him about Jesus. This way he will play the drums for Jesus and not to be a rock star." Me being a Christan Parent..I was very happy to hear how he figured out how to let C be a good drummer and still know about Jesus.
You can call me nuts, overprotective even super spiritual, but I want my boy to know who Jesus is. I want his drums to be for good things, not to self glorify.
Like I said you can blame it on the cough medicine, but I stand true and strong. As for me and my house, we will serve the Lord!
God is Good!

Sunday, September 18, 2011

Tara

Tara went home today. I miss her already. RJ keeps asking for her to come back and then starts to ask to go to California to visit everyone. I miss being around my family. I have to admit it was wonderful watching my son bask in his Aunt's love. I wish I could give him more of that. Life will get back to normal. I have plenty of happy memories to keep a smile on my face and in my heart. We visited Times Square, saw the Phantom of the Opera on Broadway ( it had been 11 years since we had seen it!), took RJ to ground zero, had a wonderful 2 hour lunch at the deli near ground zero because RJ fell asleep, baked brownies, ate MacNCheese, and were just us..sisters. Every time I am with my family I remember who I was and see how I have changed. A lot of the changes have been good ones and there are some parts of me that I need to bring back to life again. Tara, I miss you and I pray for you.
If you live near your family, don't take them for granted. Spend time with them, make lasting memories that will carry you when you no longer have them.

God is Good

Thursday, September 15, 2011

Mr. McHiney

I am having a wonderful time with Tara and she has been coming with me to drop RJ off and pick him up from school. On one of the days this week he was in the Business Office and was telling Mrs. Diana one of the stories that he likes to hear his daddy, tell him of when he was a little boy. She was laughing when I picked him up and I was totally embarassed when I realized the story he had told her.
Here is how it goes:
"When daddy was a little boy he had a baby brother and his name was Joe Joe. That's Uncle Joe. Daddy and Joe Joe had a tree house. One day Joe Joe went into the tree house and daddy went out to get his friends. Daddy told all his freinds that Mr. McHiney is in the tree house. And his friends said, who is Mr. McHiney? So they came over to the tree house to see him. When they got there, Joe Joe pulled down his pants and stuck his Hiney out the window. And everybody said, There's Mr. McHiney. And Daddy said, Mr. McHiney, you should tell us a story. And Joe Joe went phphphph."

There you have it folks..first week as PTC(PTA) President and my son tells the staff about Mr. McHiney. No need to break the ice, RJ did it for me!

God is Good!

Monday, September 12, 2011

Celebration Continues

Thankfully Tara and I made it home safely on 9/11 via the Vamoose Bus. I am so glad she is here with us for the week. RJ adores her and is spending as much time with her as he can. He was so happy to see her today when we picked him up from school. Tonight we had my annual birthday dinner in Flushing..so yummy. I love that place! Of course RJ got his fish ball soup and kept declaring it was yummy and his favorite. I look forward to the rest of the week with Tara. I'll be very sad when she leaves. For now, I will be happy and enjoy our time togther! Let the birthday celebrations continue.
God is Good!

Saturday, September 10, 2011

35th Birthday

This weekend I took a bus to DC to be with Tara and Joy. Today is my 35th bday and the church Joy attends was having a ladies tea. The speaker was Jennifer Cobb, I enjoyed hearing her. My one birthday wish was to have a Maryland crab cake......I got to eat one it was the best I have ever had! It's been fun and we will head back to NY tomorrow evening. I miss my hubby and RJ. I pray this year that it's a good year and that God is with me in all I do.
God is good!

Thursday, September 08, 2011

"I'm the Judge"

As you may recall RJ likes to hear the story from the Bible about the Unjust Judge. Today he was upset because Bob had made Mozart go outside due to something the dog did that was wrong. He asked me if Mozart could come in, I told him he had to ask his dad. So he goes to Bob and this is what transpired:
RJ: " Dad, can Mozart come back inside?"
Bob: " No, he was a bad dog, he needs to stay outside for a while."
RJ: " Well, I'm the judge and I say he can come inside."
Bob: " Really, you are the judge eh?"
RJ: " Yes, I am the good judge and because I'm the good judge, I say Mozart is a good dog now and he can come inside."
Bob:" Ok Judge, go let your dog back inside the house."
We are tickled because he was so serious and there was not one ounce of bad attitude when he was talking to his dad. He was speaking with so much compassion, that we decided to let him give grace to his dog.
Tonight the teaching in church was about forgiveness. You can choose to be an unjust Judge and not forgive, or you can be a Compassionate Judge and forgive. Mercy and Grace when applied with Forgiveness, sets you free.
God is Good!

Wednesday, September 07, 2011

Drummer Boy Praise

Today I told RJ I would take him to the Guitar Center since he did not have school. When we arrived the guy working in the drum center had this look of "great a little kid to make noise". RJ asked very nicely for sticks and proceeded to test out all the drums. Finally, He gets on the biggest set they had and starts to play and sing out loud the Hallelujah chorus. The worker stopped what he was doing and just started to stare. RJ then went to two other sets and played and sang other church songs. By the time we got to the electric drums, RJ was in full swing. He was so into it that I could see he was lost in another world. He was belting out the words to "I just feel like something good is about to happen, something good is on it's way.. I can feel it in my hands, I can feel it in my feet, I can feel it in my heart, I can feel it all over me." He then tells me to sing.. I was like why not and sang..but not as loudly. I have never seen my son play like he did. He was in perfect time and beat. We hada all the workers in the room watching him. He ended with a bang, got off the drums and said. " ok I'm done let's go home now, I was so good today!" The workers told us were were welcome anytime. I think he surprised them at how good he was for a three year old. One guy told us that it was clear God had given RJ as gift of playing the drums.
Inside I was beaming and so happy that he sang for Jesus with all he had right in the middle of Guitar Center!
Jesus is the Light of the world..Let His light shine through you!
God is good!

Tuesday, September 06, 2011

Pre-K

Today was RJ's first day of school in Pre-K. I was not sure how he would be, but he walked right in and forgot all about us. We had to remind him to give us a kiss goodbye. I was impressed by how the Teacher started them off. She had a poster outside the classroom that had all the kids names on a little people cut out and the a picture of the child's' face was the head. RJ had to find his "person" and go inside the classroom and then find his name on another poster and Velcro it to where he found his name. From there, he found his cubby box and put his spare clothes in it. After that he hung his coat on a hook with his name over it and put his lunch box in the right spot. When I picked him up from school, he was in such a good mood and was so excited because he is going to to go to school every day. After one half day, he wants to go all day...for now we will keep it to half day.
All in all, we are super happy with the school and are thrilled to see how happy he is.
Today also was my first day as the PTA or as they call it PTC Clerk. I am nervous and hope I don't mess up. Already I am super busy and do not want to be overwhelmed or overcome by it. This is my last year to play with RJ before he becomes a full time student..so I am going to have to keep my balance and my priorities straight. I do love the school and am excited to sever the faculty and staff in this position. I pray I don't fail them.

God is Good!

Monday, September 05, 2011

Jesus on the Rainbow

RJ: " So..Mom..did you know about Jesus and the Rainbow?"
Me: " Tell me about it."
RJ: " Well..you see Jesus died and when he died there was a big rainbow and it went down and up like this. And then Jesus came ALIVE and He went up on the rainbow..and you know what..the disciples were with him on the rainbow. That's the story of Jesus on the Rainbow. I like Rainbows."

There you have it folks! Smile..I think God is.

God is Good!

Saturday, September 03, 2011

Even the Sparrow

Thankfully today we were able to get our house and lives back in order. I didn't realize how much I enjoyed having electricity! Tonight as we were reading our nightly Bible, Bob read about how God even knows when a Sparrow falls. It reminded me of something that happened right before the Hurricane hit. I had taken all the bird houses in my back yard and put them in a safe place. We were doing last minute preparations when we heard a very loud bird in the back yard. When we looked out the window we saw a Female Cardinal on the back porch huffing and puffing her feathers and it seemed like she was giving me a piece of her mind. I opened the back door to see if she would stop and she looked right at me and got even louder and more animated. Bob asked where the bird houses were and it dawned on me that I must have packed away her home. I quickly put them all back in their rightful places and she seemed pleased. As I did this, I realized one of them had a nest inside. Unknowingly I had taken not only her home from her, I had taken her baby's nest from her.
The storm approached and that night we not only prayed for God to keep us safe and our house intact, but we prayed for the bird houses to not be destroyed. When the eye of the storm came and the sun began to shine, I looked outside to see that even though many branches had fallen, not one bird house had fallen to the ground. Better yet, I was greeted by the same mommy who was yelling now for food. I put the bird seeds out and went inside to see what would happen. I was rewarded by not only seeing her eat the food, but her baby came out to eat too. God protected her and her baby during the storm. If God cared enough to keep a bird and her home from breaking, how much more does He loves and care for us. He can see when a sparrow falls, He can see you when you are down and He does hear you when you cry. He is your peace in the middle of the storm and He is your shelter from all harm.
God is Good!

Friday, September 02, 2011

back to normal

I am happy to say that life is going to be back to normal. The electricity came on while we were on our way to NJ to bring him home. School starts Tuesday and I'm looking forward to getting back into a routine. This year I will be PTA president, so I'm excited about it. I'm looking forward to a warm shower in my own home and being able to see where I am going. Reva is on her way home and I miss her already. I am looking forward to seeing Tara and joy next week. Let the birthday celebration continue.
God is good!

Thursday, September 01, 2011

Thankful for family

RJ has been in NJ since Monday, we are so thankful that he has been able to finish his last week of summer with his cousins and away from the lack of electricity. He truly is having a blast at his Aunt Linda and uncle Jeff house of course I can't forget Jake and amber! The plan is to pick him up tomorrow after we take Reva to the airport. Hopefully we will have power by then. It's been fun, that's the joy of being with your best friend, you have fun no matter where you are or what you are doing.
GOD is good!

Wednesday, August 31, 2011

an early present

We are thankful that there was no damage to our home, however we still do not have electricity! Thankfully Tim and Claudia opened their home for the Long family. In the middle of all the ups and Downs I was given the best early birthday present. My best friend Reva showed up at my door on Monday! I was so happy to see her I started to cry. We are having fun pretending that we are back in our youth camp days. Thankfully we can take a shower at the office. Our wonderful neighbors hooked us up to their generator so we can charge our phones, turn ina lamp and plug in the refrigerator.
God is good!

Sunday, August 28, 2011

Hurricane Irene 2011 impact

Hello,

We are doing ok. We do not have power right now, but we do have water. May God bless my wonderful neighbor who had an extra generator and we were able to plug our refrigerator in to it's power source. At least we won't lose our food and we will have plenty to eat. And it may seem small, but coffee in the morning is VERY important in our house! It was extremely windy most of the night and for several hours it became calm. We had a lot of broken branches and our picnic table busted from a large branch. I would rather it hit the table then my house! I am so thankful. We prayed and I know a lot of other people were praying and it's like a big bubble was over our home. The wind is coming back strong again and we may not have power for another day or so. We are staying safe and dry and we are thankful. The Long Family is still with us and we truly enjoy having them with us during this time.
Please continue to pray for us. I know God is with us and I have no fear!
He is our peace in the midst of the storm.
God is Good!

Saturday, August 27, 2011

All is Well

At this present time the rains is coming down pretty hard, but if I didn't know there was a Hurricane watch I would think it was just a bad rain storm. I think we will be ok. I have prepared for the worst, but I think we will be fine in our area.
Either way we have peace and know God is with us.
Due to the storm the Long Family is still here. We are having a wonderful time being shuttered in the house together. So glad to have their company!

God is Good!

Friday, August 26, 2011

Sweet Tears

Yesterday I was on-line checking the news update on Hurricane Irene. I happened to see a video clip about a dog and a fallen marine. I was curious and I played it. RJ was sitting really quiet next to me and the next thing I know he has these big tears rolling down his cheeks. His lips are all puckered up and his shoulders were quietly shaking. He then begins to ask why the dog is crying and why did his owner die. I had no idea it was going to touch him like it did. I explained to him what happened and I thought he was ok. Five minutes later he is just weeping on the couch and this is what he said. " I need to comfort that doggy. I need to skidoo into the computer and go hold the doggy. Who is going to take care of the dog, I need to take care of him." Now skidoo is a word from Blues Clues where the character does this by going into a picture and then you learn something new. Note to self, have RJ watch something else for a while...anyways..I explained to him that he can't do that because Blue is not real and it's just a cartoon. Thankfully Bob came home just as we were having this conversation. He helped me explain that we could pray for the doggy and God would help the dog get a new owner. This made RJ happy and we prayed together for the dog.
The rest of the night every once in a while RJ would just get weepy over the dog. It was so sweet and gave me a window once again to see the tender heart my boy has.
God is Good!

Thursday, August 25, 2011

Power of your Testimony

As you are aware we have the Long Family who are Missionaries to Vanuatu in our home. Hopefully one day they will become Missionaries to Zimbabway in the not too distant future. We truly have enjoyed their company and are glad they will be with us for a couple more days. Tonight He shared with the church his testimony. He shared with us how he was before he came to the Lord and all the steps God took him until he became a Missionary. He was very transparent and honest. He was also VERY funny. Just by telling his story he was a great encouragement to us and I am sure to many others in the congregation. Everyone has a story to tell. The more you tell it, the more people you can help. You don't have to be a preacher to share your life story with someone. Your story can make all the difference in the world to another.
God is Good!

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

"Stuck in my Heart"

Last night RJ wanted to play the drums for the Long Family (Missionaries to Vanuatu). They were delighted and went downstairs to hear him play his drums. He played three songs and I knew that was more than enough since he plays very loud and hard...we are working on him playing softer...I told him it was time to finish the song and he did, but cried all the way up the stairs because he had " Two more songs stuck in his heart." I assured him he could play them the next day. So tonight once Care Group( Bible Study) in our home was over, he asked very nicely if he could play the two other songs for them and then explained to us why it was so important. Here is his explanation:
" Jesus gives me a song in my heart and when I play them they fall out of my heart. They go into Jesus' heart and then He puts them back into my heart. Jesus shares from His heart to mine. So I really need to play the songs so they can fall out of my heart and go to Jesus' heart."
After that explanation, how could we resist. He played them with all he had within him. The songs were: We are the Free and Lord You are Good
Jesus said to let the children come to Him. We allowed him to worship the King of Kings today and he was thrilled. It may have been loud to us, but to the Lord is was pure and beautiful worship.
Sing your song with all you have, the Lord loves your Praise!
God is Good!

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Earthquake and Vanuatu


Today RJ experienced his first earthquake. He was very excited and nervous as the same time. Me being a native to them, I was not bothered by it and life went on as normal.

This week we are privileged to have Mike and Lisa Long Missionaries to Vanuatu in our home this week. I have to say we are having a wonderful time getting to know them. RJ already broke them in by playing three songs on the drums. When we told him three was enough RJ started crying and saying that he had two more songs on his heart to play for them. Later when we did our nightly routine he asked God to bless Vanuatu. Already they are making a positive impact on him as he listens to their stories.
We are looking forward to a wonderful week with them!
God is Good!

Monday, August 22, 2011

Noah's Ark RJ's version

Today RJ started to "read" out loud from a random church pamphlet. Here is what I heard:
" I am going to read about Noah's Ark. God told Noah to build an Ark and Noah obeyed the Lord and the Lord said, You can build a garage out of Lincoln Logs, but you can't build a crazy building out of blocks cause I'll blow it down. You can eat the cherries, but you can't eat the strawberries cause the will make you sick! You can play the drums, but you can't play the piano because it doesn't sound right! You can play with cars, but not the trains. You can eat breakfast but you can't watch a movie it will make your head turn into a potato! And Noah Obeyed the Lord."

That was it...I had a hard time not laughing because he was so serious.
Children are good for the soul. I think RJ must make God smile.
God is Good!!

Sunday, August 21, 2011

"My Favorite Song"

Every Sunday I go through the same "battle" with RJ. He goes from being excited to distressed and whiney. He loves going to church and loves to sing/worship to the Lord. However being the musical child he is he becomes upset because in his words: " They won't sing my favorite song." Which is followed by: " I can't read the words to the new songs." I made a deal with him that I would read the words to him so he could learn the new songs..this made him happy. However the dilemma of his favorite song still stands. For about a month of or so now, I have been telling him to tell the Lord what song he would like to hear and if the Lord lays it on his heart, then He probably will put that song in the mind of who is going to lead worship. I told him that he has to ask for more than one song. His first song of choice starts with Lord I Lift Your Name On High. I don't know the title of the song, but RJ knows it word for word and it's his number one favorite church song. On a steady basis he has been thrilled when the song leader starts to sing at least one of the songs he prayed about. This is teaching my son great faith and that He can talk to the Lord about anything. This morning, he only wanted one and it was his favorite. I told him that sometimes the Lord says no..well...you can guess it...the first song they sang today was his favorite song. He was thanking Jesus for answering his prayers.
Hebrews Chapter 11 verse 1 says: Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.
RJ prays with NO doubt that God is going to answer his prayers. When you pray, pray with Hebrews Chapter 11 faith...you can't see it, but you have faith it will come to pass.
God is Good!

Saturday, August 20, 2011

Psalm 34

This was our reading tonight..I wanted to share the whole thing. Read, rejoice and be glad!

Psalm 34

1I will bless the LORD at all times: his praise shall continually be in my mouth.

2My soul shall make her boast in the LORD: the humble shall hear thereof, and be glad.

3O magnify the LORD with me, and let us exalt his name together.

4I sought the LORD, and he heard me, and delivered me from all my fears.

5They looked unto him, and were lightened: and their faces were not ashamed.

6This poor man cried, and the LORD heard him, and saved him out of all his troubles.

7The angel of the LORD encampeth round about them that fear him, and delivereth them.

8O taste and see that the LORD is good: blessed is the man that trusteth in him.

9O fear the LORD, ye his saints: for there is no want to them that fear him.

10The young lions do lack, and suffer hunger: but they that seek the LORD shall not want any good thing.

11Come, ye children, hearken unto me: I will teach you the fear of the LORD.

12What man is he that desireth life, and loveth many days, that he may see good?

13Keep thy tongue from evil, and thy lips from speaking guile.

14Depart from evil, and do good; seek peace, and pursue it.

15The eyes of the LORD are upon the righteous, and his ears are open unto their cry.

16The face of the LORD is against them that do evil, to cut off the remembrance of them from the earth.

17The righteous cry, and the LORD heareth, and delivereth them out of all their troubles.

18The LORD is nigh unto them that are of a broken heart; and saveth such as be of a contrite spirit.

19Many are the afflictions of the righteous: but the LORD delivereth him out of them all.

20He keepeth all his bones: not one of them is broken.

21Evil shall slay the wicked: and they that hate the righteous shall be desolate.

22The LORD redeemeth the soul of his servants: and none of them that trust in him shall be desolate.

God is Good!