Saturday, December 19, 2015


Assuming how someone else feels by the look on their face is not a good idea. But we all do it. I have been accused of being mad or stuck up even when I have said nothing at all. I guess it's the expression on my face.

I have also done the same thing to others. It is very hard to read a persons body language if they are not talking at all. I am usually a very outgoing person. So when I get around quiet people its hard to read them. Sooooo....

We assume we know what they are thinking or how they feel. Just because someone is skinny doesn't mean they have an eating disorder. They might be sick or on chemo. And when we see an overweight person we should not assume they are just addicted to food. There are some diseases that cause uncontrollable weight gain. And when you see a person crying never assume you know whats wrong. We don't know what kind of battle they might have faced that day. If you see someone walking down the road don't assume they are homeless. Maybe they just don't have a car. If we notice a child getting disciplined, don't assume anything. We do not know what happened.

Our appearance doesn't always reflect how we think and feel inside. Our clothes DO make a statement about our personality. But every day is different and the challenges that come our way do not change the fact that we are still human and we still have emotions. Life is hard! Be considerate.

 "And of some have compassion, making a difference" Jude 1:22

God made us all so different and we should be thankful for that. If everyone was like me the world would be boring. So until we get to know a person we should not assume we know anything about them.

I am still learning this myself. Its a hard thing to do when you see a person wearing a bathing suit in walmart. I am trying to see them as Jesus sees them. A SOUL with a body. The soul is what matters most. Are They prepared to meet God? Do they know Jesus as their personal savoir? Appearance matters but people don't care what you know until they know that you care.

How you make others feel about themselves says a lot about you.

There is only one way to avoid criticism: do nothing, say nothing and be nothing.

The ugliest thing I have ever seen is a human being without compassion.

Sunday, December 13, 2015

Moving on Up....

We have been praying for God to send a buyer or a renter for our home in GA so we can get out to South Dakota. We repaired our badly rotting back deck with the help from a man at church.

We painted the outside of the house and the shed to make it more presentable.

We have found what looks to be a good candidate for renting. Just praying for the financial support we need to make the move. So if all goes as planned we will be packing everything we have accumulated the last 13 years of being in the house and moving out to South Dakota. It's going to be quite a big job to pack and drive 1300 miles with 4 boys & a U Haul. But we know God will provide. Chris has a job out there, but its a pay cut. We are just trusting God will provide the rest. We have seen Him do too many things for us over the years so we are not going to doubt Him now.
Please remember us when you pray. They have already gotten snow in South Dakota and we will be driving out in there the first week of January.

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Sunday Funday!

 The boys love getting dressed up for church on Sundays. We found Jacob a suit that fits him perfectly at the Goodwill.

Homemade cookies are the best kind!

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

When I'm Gone

Before I was a mother I always thought I would die before my husband. I am not sure why but I just know. Maybe it's because I have so many headaches and he doesn't have any medical problems. I am not sure the root of these thoughts or why I feel this so strongly but we have....

Sunday, November 08, 2015

Holy Ghost v/s Devil

This is an old post but a day I will NEVER FORGET:

I got up one December Monday morning in 2005 to take Jaron to NYU for another NAM adjustment. We changed our return flight to stop in Boston before coming home. I wanted to meet the surgeon there and see what he thought about Jaron's mouth. Needless to say it was a long day and I was exhausted. I had a headache and was starving. Our flight from Boston back to Atlanta was delayed but the flight leaving 1 hour before was allowing some passengers to get on with them right then. I RAN to the

Thursday, October 29, 2015

When I don't feel good enough....

Being a mother is a very hard job and sometimes I feel like I'm not doing it right.
Well---most of the time I feel like I'm not doing it right. I feel like a failure when my children don't behave. I feel like I did not teach them good manners and I blame myself for more things than I probably should. maybe it's just me being really hard on myself and I want everything to be perfect but that is impossible so I need

Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Sunday, October 04, 2015

Geography Fair

We joined the other homeschoolers in our county for the first Geography Fair.
The boys chose their location and researched it themselves. I bought the boards and they decorated them with information all about their place. Jacob chose 

Saturday, September 19, 2015

Mt Carmel Baptist Campmeeting

For the last 3 years we have attended the Mt. Carmel Baptist Campmeeting in Hendersonville, NC the 3rd week in September. Our boys enjoy playing with friends every day outside and we all enjoy the morning and evening church services. There is always lots of great singing and preaching and praising the LORD!

The weather was great this year. No rain and a little cooler at night. We are thankful for all God did for us at this Campmeeting!

Wednesday, September 09, 2015

Accepting God's Plan for Our Lives

Sometimes we don't understand what is happening in our lives. I think God allows things in order to see how much faith we have or maybe to see if we are going to follow Him.

When we were first told about the church in South Dakota in Sept. 2014 we never imagined we would move out there. Over several months so many people had approached us about the need out there. So Chris flew out in May on a survey trip and preached for them. After coming home

Tuesday, September 01, 2015

When the bathtub leaks....

 Our bathroom floor was feeling a little warped in some places around the toilet so we called a company to come out for a free estimate. When they found the leak and saw some mold in the

Thursday, July 23, 2015

Road Trip to South Dakota

Last week we made a road trip out to South Dakota and it was Beautiful! Our boys had never been out west and neither had I.
 We put our two suitcases on top of the van to make more room in the trunk and covered them in plastic. That was not a good idea. The plastic ended up getting shredded from all the

Sunday, June 28, 2015

Adventures in Boston

Jaron and I got home yesterday from his clinic visit in Boston. We flew up Friday and went to straight to the hospital. His appointment was at 1:00pm.

We met with the dental team first to look at the position of his teeth and they reviewed his x-rays sent to them by our local dentist. We discussed a palate expander for Jaron and then Dr. Padwa came in to talk more about his bone graft surgery. She said

Saturday, June 20, 2015

No place like home

There really is no place like home.
No awkwardness
No uncomfortable feelings
No one is being shunned
No critical looks
No judgemental whispering
No favoritism
Just because I don't react

Saturday, June 13, 2015

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Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Baseball Season

So Jacob and Jaron played baseball this spring and they had so much fun! Even though it got rained out a couple times they made up for it with double headers. In the beginning of the season it was cold and as the weeks went by it got HOT!

The teams were split up into age groups ages 9-12 on one team. So they got to be together on the Oriels.

Sunday, May 03, 2015

Enjoying My Children

 So after Jacob and I dug up our flowers in the flowerbed to start our garden, we found TONS of worms! Which of course meant we HAD to go fishing. Daddy caught one fish and the boys enjoyed trying.
 We went to party city to shop for supplies for the Mothers & Sons ladies meeting and we had some fun playing with hats & props.
We have been stuck the house the last couple weeks with a lot of rain.
Found this wig in Books A Million! LOL

Then we had the Mother/Son ladies meeting at church and the boys enjoyed the mustaches and hats.

Thursday, April 09, 2015

Happy 7th Birthday Jonah!!!

Our boys are growing up way too fast! I cannot believe our 3rd son Jonah turned 7 this past weekend!
 He loves to wear suits to church and "look like preacher".
 He got a pretty big gift for his birthday, After daddy put it together I covered it with a blanket for him to find when he woke up that morning.
He is VERY smart and loves numbers like his mommy. He loves school and has a very compassionate heart. He can always tell when I have a headache and says he feels bad for me and sorry that I don't feel good. I love this little boy with all of me. 

Sunday, April 05, 2015

Silly rabbit Easter is for Jesus!

Well if you've been reading my blog long enough you know we do not celebrate Easter like most of the world. Because we are Christians we choose to focus on Jesus and what He did for us at Calvary. Our celebrations include Resurrection Eggs. I think they cost $12-$15 in the stores but I bought the eggs for $1 and had the rest here at home or printed it on the computer.
We read each numbered egg that coordinated with the plastic egg and what was inside.
They told the story of Jesus at the Last Supper and how he was betrayed, nailed to the cross with a crown of thorns, died and rose again on the 3rd day.

The kids love them!

The I asked the boys to collect 5 rocks each in their "Un-Easter" baskets. They thought is was a little weird but they did it. We brought them in the house and wrote our sins on the rocks and read Ezekiel 36:26 and we talked about how our sins are like rocks in our hearts. The we reminded them when Jesus dies on the cross He shed His blood to cover our sins. So we covered the baskets with a red cloth and explained how Jesus can't see ours sins when they are covered by His blood.
We also made Resurrection Rolls
You need:
One can of crescent roll dough
8 large marshmallows (or one for each roll you’ll be making)
Melted butter
Cinnamon sugar
Read John 19 while the oven is preheating to 350.
Unroll the crescent rolls and place on a rimmed baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Explain that this is like the cloth they wrapped Jesus in.
Give your child a marshmallow and explain that it represents Jesus,
Roll the marshmallows in the melted butter.
This symbolizes the embalming oils.
Roll the marshmallows in the cinnamon sugar.
This is like the spices used to prepare his body for burial.
Wrap the marshmallow in the crescent roll cloth, pinching the dough together securely. This represents how they wrapped Jesus’ body.
Put the rolls in the oven (symbolizing the tomb) and bake for 12 minutes.
all white and pure because He was without sin.
While the rolls are baking, read John 20:1-18.
Open the tomb and remove the rolls. When they’re cool enough to handle, break one open and discover what happened to the marshmallow.
Open the tomb and remove the rolls. When they’re cool enough to handle, break one open and discover what happened to the marshmallow.