Tuesday, May 12, 2015

In The Storms of This Life


In this world we will go through a storm at some point. Whether it be a small or large storm is uncertain.That storm can be anything that is difficult for you to handle. 

I learned recently that while in the storms of this life the waves outside of your "boat" (self) may be crashing, pushing, pulling, swaying you, freezing, uncomfortable, scary and frightening (that all being life events).

And that gives us 2 options:

We can lay down in our boat & wait (pray)
 OR
we can paddle harder.


What will you choose to do?

And some of the time all we can do is wait, give it to God and trust in Him. And that is a hard thing to do sometimes because we want to try to be strong on our own and do something. But, I promise it is easier to just give it to God right away. I've learned firsthand that doing that is the best way and I'm still learning and working on it. And there is a time to walk in the direction God is leading you.

I am reminded of Matthew 8:23-27. When the disciples were in the boat with Jesus while the storm was brewing Jesus was sleeping. The disciples were all scared and nervous. They shouted for Him to save them. Jesus replied: "You of little faith, why are you so afraid?" He then got up and stopped the storm. And the disciples were amazed! 

It's not whether we face a storm in this life it is HOW we will respond to the storms. If we can manage to trust in our God and His lead...the crashing waves will be much more bearable. 


Promise.


"I will praise you in the storm" (By: Casting Crowns) is such a great song!

I was sure by now
God You would have reached down
And wiped our tears away
Stepped in and saved the day
But once again, I say "Amen", and it's still raining

As the thunder rolls
I barely hear Your whisper through the rain
"I'm with you"
And as Your mercy falls
I raise my hands and praise the God who gives
And takes away

[Chorus:]
And I'll praise You in this storm
And I will lift my hands
For You are who You are
No matter where I am
And every tear I've cried
You hold in Your hand
You never left my side
And though my heart is torn
I will praise You in this storm

I remember when
I stumbled in the wind
You heard my cry to you
And you raised me up again
My strength is almost gone
How can I carry on
If I can't find You

But as the thunder rolls
I barely hear You whisper through the rain
"I'm with you"
And as Your mercy falls
I raise my hands and praise the God who gives
And takes away

[Chorus]

I lift my eyes unto the hills
Where does my help come from?
My help comes from the Lord
The Maker of Heaven and Earth

[Chorus x2]
Sincerely,
Jamie :)

Monday, April 27, 2015

I know this girl...


I know this sweet girl who defines what precious is. She has beautiful eyes that squint when she smiles. Her smile brightens the entire room that she enters. It reminds me of someone very special. Her teeth are adorable. She has a button nose that she likes to wrinkle up. She has such pretty hair that looks absolutely adorable in pig tails. And she has eyelashes for days.



She's brave and independent. She isn't scared to try new things like slides but does not like to be put too high in the air. She is careful when she walks. And always has been very careful not to fall. She is a cute runner. She can kick the ball outside like a little soccer player. Throwing the ball is also one of her favorite things to do. She giggles as she plays. A new favorite is wearing her helmet around the yard and going on bike rides.

Her giggles are so sweet and a very frequent occurrence. She especially laughs when she's on the swing and I say "I'm gonna get you!" and tickle her belly. She's very ticklish around her neck and feet. She's a chatterbox and will attempt to say just about any word. One of her favorite words is "Uh Oh!"and she sure loves to clap.

She is very tuned into details. Looking at pictures around the house is one of her very favorite things to do. And she will point and tell who is who. As well as take a picture down and carry it around kissing the faces and squealing. There are 2 boys who are absolutely smitten by her. She is always on their mind. From the moment they wake up. They would do anything for her and would be lost without her. Oh goodness, how she giggles with them and follows them around. And there is a wonderful & strong man who thinks the entire world of her.


She knows to pray before she eats and begins folding her hands when we say "Let's pray." She isn't very picky with her food except for tomatoes. She prefers ranch dressing for her carrots like some boys I know. And she loves "Wa Wa" (Water) so much along with "Cackers."

She loves to put lip balm on her lips...all by herself. She likes dresses and skirts and twirls in them. She loves her babies and blankies. Shoes are one of her love languages. Wearing shoes/boots around the house is a favorite activity with a stocking hat on. A little fashionista in the making. She's a girly girl for sure but also doesn't mind getting dirty outside.


She is an animal lover. Pup pups, fish, cats, cows, and deer. She squeals with absolute joy when she sees any kind of animal. And she will follow them around the house wherever they may be. Seeing the blow up cows around the local grocery store makes her giddy "Cow!" she says as she points excitedly.

Looking through books are one of her favorite things! Paging through them brings her joy as well as pointing at the pictures. At bedtime she already knows the routine; she cuddles with her blankies as she gets a couple of books read, songs sung and a prayer before going to bed. She loves to be held and cuddled. And gives some of the sweetest kisses of all time.


She loves so many. A pure little princess with a heart full of love is who she is. And how eternally grateful we are for her!


Love Forever

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Joy in a Child's eyes

We've had some really beautiful weather. Last week we had the perfect opportunity to blow some bubbles in the yard. My kids were having a blast running after the ones I was blowing.  And they loved catching and stomping on them. 

Pure joy on their sweet faces!


To watch Troy's expressions when he would catch a bubble and to listen to his giggles & cheers was so refreshing. And then he said it was my turn and wanted to blow them for me to catch. At first I just tried to catch the ones within reach. But he shouted "Mom, get them!! Quick!!" He wanted me to run after those sparkling bubbles as he was. So I started having more fun with it and ran after them with giddy excitement on my face.  

And he was having just as much fun blowing them for me and watching me run after them as he was when it was his turn. I love that! In a child's eyes, those amazing, flying bubbles are so magical. They are one of the only up close things that fly. And children can make them fly all by themselves. Being able to do that is a beautiful feeling. 

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The other day I was vacuuming and found lots of change under the seats, stuck in tiny crevices. I was in a hurry vacuuming while the kids were napping and at first was just vacuuming up the dirty pennies that were really hard to reach. And I thought I'd maybe get them out of the big shop vac canister when I was finished. Maybe.

And THEN I remembered what Austin and Troy do when they see a penny on the side of the road. They RUSH to it and pick it up and stuff it in their pocket.


And they excitedly shout "Look, Mom! I found money!!"

So excited about a penny. What would they do about those pennies under the seats? They would dig their little hands in there and try to be the first to get the coins. They would be grateful.

And at that thought I quickly picked up the penny I was eyeing to vacuum up and stuffed it in my back pocket. It may be just a penny but it still adds up. And I smiled thinking about my sweet kids.

Kids give us great perspective. Whether it be from watching our own child, a niece/nephew, cousin, friend's child or a child at the park.

Jamie :)

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Show and Tell Tuesdays: All about those names

I'm joining the linky party with Andrea @ Momfessionals and talking all about about names.


Starting off with my name.... JAMIE LEE

My Mom and Dad loved the name Jamie and just knew they wanted to name me that. And my middle name is after my Aunt Karen. She is my Mom's only sister and she is extremely special to me. Funny thing is growing up I went by "Jamie Lee." And I honestly thought it was my first name not knowing what my middle name was then. Until I came into middle school and started just going by Jamie just because it was shorter. I still would sign my name on some things as Jamie Lee. My Mom addresses me on cards and such as Jamie Lee and I love it! 

Our first born son, AUSTIN WILLIAM


I show this picture because Austin still believes we named him after the wrestler, Steve Austin. He checked this book out at the school library last year. We didn't name him after him and I have tried to correct Austin but he is certain ;). 

I absolutely loved the name Austin when we were discussing names after finding out I was pregnant.  The girl name we had in mind was Ava. My husband is William III (goes by Billy). And therefore, we were possibly going to name Austin --->William the 4th. However, I thought it would just be too confusing. So we definitely wanted his middle name to be William. And his name is so fitting to him. He just looks like a handsome Austin William. 


Onto our second son, TROY MARKUS



I was on the table after I had just found out we were having a boy from the ultrasound tech. And the sweet lady asked if we were set on a name, yet. We weren't. She said "You know what name I haven't heard for so long? Troy." And I agreed that was a nice name. After she left the room, my Husband said "I REALLY like that name." At first I wasn't so sure because I wanted it to be 2 syllables since our last name is 1 syllable. But it definitely grew on me and I thought it was perfect. His middle name, Markus, is after my Dad. His name is Mark, but again I was thinking about the syllables so added the "us." :) And he sure is a Troy!

I just love reminiscing about names! Such a fun and big decision :)

Jamie

Friday, April 17, 2015

Spring Break '15: Part 2

Since Austin got the chance to go on the big deep sea fishing excursion that I talked about here, Troy got the choice of something fun he would like to do. 

Mini-golfing he chose! And ice-cream at "Coneheads" afterwards. There were 2 super cute mini golf places close by but we chose this one with the pirate ship. It was 18 holes and all were very unique. I didn't play but the 4 boys did. 

He mainly just wanted to hit that golf ball as hard and far as he could :). 


Having a great time!


This boy also was crazy for the sand and water at the beach. 


Running free like he loves to do.



We decided to spend a day walking downtown. Austin and Boppa had a good time reading the signs. At this exact Church, Martin Luther King spoke.


And he stayed overnight in this house.


Austin enjoys learning about all that special history stuff. And he really is inspired by the amazing things that Martin Luther King has done for our country.


"Martin Luther King Slept Here"



There was a really cool Pirate Museum and of course, this little guy wanted in. He got the chance to meet this pirate. Who even gave the kiddos a special golden coin. Troy was pretty astonished!


These kids loved this serious pirate. 


With my sweet Mom!


No flash photography in the museum for fear of ruining the old artifacts. But I still got some decent pics. 


Troy was digging all those big swords.


Steering the big wheel. 


More reading for this big 1st grader.


Arggghhhh! Trying our best pirate face.


The hubby and I.


My Dad loves history and he will read every single thing there is to read. He is a history lover and I love that quality of his. 


After that exhibit, we walked. And started listening to some awesome music and hung with this decked out dog. Apparently the dog use to do tricks in his younger days but now just sits and people watches. Still super adorable.


The kids didn't want to leave.


This free magic show was really neat! The guy with the pink sleeves said "No photography during my magic show because I don't want to give any tricks away and mostly because my Mom thinks I'm a lawyer!" 

Haha! So funny!! And the show was honestly really mind boggling! Stuff was flying and his wallet was in flames. Cool stuff!


After all that walking and sight seeing it was beach time. This lil boy was so excited!!


With his slingshot ready :).


Me and my boys!


And with my Dad.



He told me "Look, Mom, I'm a lizard." He was not at all scared of the chilly water. He had the best time in it.



And Daddy was going to put this big boy right into the water. 


But he didn't. Just a little tease :)


Austin took these photos for me. I love that he can do that now. There were many outtakes but we still got some cute ones. 



Loved the time with the wonderful man on vacation.




Jamie :)