Sunday, March 28, 2010

Book Give Away!!!! Please Enter to WIN!!!

If you are a momma (or daddy), you want to read this book!

No doubt, the greatest calling on my life is being the mother to a quiver full of arrows. I love everything about being a mommy. However, I stress about much of the responsibility that goes along with it. I'm constantly praying and searching scripture to satisfy the doubt in my mind. I love to pick the brains of other moms, especially those that have kids older than mine. Of course I stalk many bloggers that also have a bunch of kids and ultimately, I LOVE good books on raising Godly children. So when I came across this book recently, I knew I had to share it.

My prayer is that Shawn and I would equip our kids to love God and love people. I want them to desire to know the LORD intimately and then to be the happiest when they are serving others. That's a pretty tall order and although, all things are possible with God, I'd be a fool to think He doesn't expect me and their daddy to be in charge of laying out the road map for that to happen. Well, here is some wisdom I found in One Million Arrows.

"We can no longer afford to stand by, watching them (our kids) succumb to the devastating lies of the devil and the world, but instead we must be ready to give them what their hearts are deeply longing for: an authentic relationship with their Creator, living out the purpose He created them for in the big picture. I believe our kids are not looking for the easy road; they're looking for the eternal road."

"We want them to follow Jesus, living their lives how He would want them to if He were with them, using their individual personalities, gifts, and talents. We want them to participate with Him in what He's doing now and what He wants to do through them."

If this sounds encouraging to you, please enter to win a FREE copy of the book. Here's how it works. You can leave a comment at the bottom of this post, giving me your name and e-mail address; or you can e-mail me at I will take entries until this Sunday and then draw a winner. After a winner is selected I will contact you to get your mailing address. I hope you will tell your friends to jump on my blog and enter as well. Who knows, we may be choosing more than one winner : )

Saturday, March 13, 2010

Heart's of Servants!!!!

Several weeks ago I put out a call for help for my new friend expecting a baby and in need of basically everything. I knew I could depend on my close friends and expected that we would gather enough stuff to get this mommy and baby off to a good start. What I didn't know was that the LORD had a much bigger plan in mind than we did. When I said, "I need your help", this is what I got!!!

I was in AWE!!! People were dropping stuff off at my house, handing me bags at church, gymnastics, and birthday parties. Even dropping things off at my parents house and mailing boxes from hundreds of miles away. That's CRAZY! Crazy LOVE!!!

So the work at our house began and everyone pitched in to help sort, wash, and organize but we quickly realized something... this is MORE stuff than one baby needs. So we wondered, "what do we do with ALL the extra stuff?". I bet you can guess where I'm going with this : )
As our dinning room begins to look more like a baby store than our school room, I get a phone call: another precious first-time mommy to be expecting a baby in April.....I ask, "what does she need?"..... EVERYTHING! A day or two goes by and a close friend who is helping deliver drop-offs to me, finds out of another girl in the same shape.... only she's not due until July. God had a bigger plan all along. We never had extra baby stuff, we just didn't know the other babies yet. I recently heard Beth Moore say, "It just don't get any cooler than OUR God!"......I think HE just showed Himself to be mighty COOL!

Here is my sweet Lilly sorting lotions, shampoos, and all sorts of goodies!

Maggie works on folding and sorting sizes
Well, my dinning room is now back to a school room but let me tell you, my kids just got a lesson in loving others that trumps reading, writing and math any day : )

Now let me introduce you to the precious baby boy that you all became a hero for:

Introducing the adorable Baby J!!!! and his sweet momma, Joy!

Sons are a heritage from the LORD, children a reward from HIM! Psalm 127:3

(Y'all know how much I love me some newborn baby... I thought I was gonna run out the door with him.)

To the many of you who gave of your love and resources to this child, I say on behalf of his mom as well as myself, Thank you! He only needs one thing from you now, PRAYER! Please pray for his future.

Thursday, March 4, 2010

So What, I'm a Stalker!!!

Here's another family that you have to see. My oldest daughter claims that I stalk these people that I find interesting, so what.... call it what you want.: ) I heard about this couple and was amazed by their story, then we got to meet and share stories with them a few months ago. So technically, now we are FRIENDS : ).... don't you dare e-mail her and ask if they remember US. Actually, I bet they do. I'm pretty certain I was the only fruitcake who was 3 cm dilated with her 7th baby at the adoption conference where we met, which by the way, was 3 hours from home. (We did have a back up labor plan... well, sorta)

So watch this video, then click on the link at the bottom of the post to see her answer to her "Most asked question". Pretty Interesting. Don't forget to stop my music at the bottom of the page before you click play on the video.

Promo for "3 by 3 by 3" Documentary from David Watson on Vimeo.

Get ready for a stiff question!

Most Asked Question

Monday, March 1, 2010

Attention Mommas of Girls!!!!

Ok.... it's late and I'm very tired but I just found a blog that I can't go to sleep with out sharing. If you have a daughter, you must see this. If you have a son, YOU too must see this. We need more teens like this. "Waiting on God to lead us to our future husband" is a hot topic around our house right now as our oldest daughter will be 15 soon. This girl is stepping out and taking a stand for purity.. we need more bold teens like this. Anyway.... I'm not going to say anymore.. my sweet husband just ran my bath water and said, "you coming or not?" I gotta go.... check it out here. Please send comments and let me know what you think.