Grace

~Let’s offer grace In the place of judgment~

~Above all else, guard your heart. For everything you do flows from it~

I don’t know about you, but sayings like these make my day and I love sharing them and hope you enjoy them as much as I do.  I read something today and could hear the hurt in the message  and the one thing that came to mind was if we all really stop and think about it, our actions and words show what’s in our hearts.  I tell my children often if we all would treat others the way we want to be treated this world would be a much better place. We never know what others are going through and just a smile or a kind word can go a long way. Did I say its easy? Not always, but that’s where Grace comes in.  I had a precious choir director, Mrs. Hemrick, that would look up and say “Lord, give me Grace!” when some of the students would act up in choir practice. I had no clue back then just how important Grace was, but it didn’t take long to realize its real and we all need it.

Happy Nannah

I’m beyond happy! I have all 6 grand babies and enjoying every diaper change, messy spills, screams, laughter, fights and the few seconds my daughters and I get to enjoy a cup of coffee together!  When all is said and done, moments like these are what life is all about.   ~ I love my amazing crazy life~

Life’s Lessons

Sometimes we must be hurt in order to grow.  Sometimes we must fail in order to know.  Sometimes we must lose in order to gain.  Because some lessons in life are best learned through pain.  ~unknown~

This is so true!  Life is so full of lessons to be learned and they can either help us or hurt us depending on how we respond to them.  I am so thankful for the lessons learned in my life for I feel they have made me a better person.  This might be a simple way of putting it, but I need simple.  When giving my children their lessons in school its up to them how they respond and how much effort they put into their work.  It’s interesing to see who’s all in and who is not quite as enthusiastic about learning.  I truly believe God allows us to go through things in life so that we might help and encourage someone that may go through the very thing we came through. No matter how hard the lessons in life, I know God is in control and knows just what we need. I guess we can all ask ourselves the question, what type of student are we?  Enthusiastic,  wanting to learn and grow from even the most difficult and hard lessons in life or, that one who only cares about getting by not ever knowing the real joy of allowing God to help us through those tough times and knowing in the end it has made us a stronger and much better person.

My little blessings

As I was feeding my sweet Davis this morning I thought about the memories, the bonding and all the fun things that go along with being a Nannah and it came to me that I really don’t have those memories as a child.  I realized this morning that I hope I am to my six little grands everything that I wish I had the memories of.  I’m going to visit the five that live a couple hours away and have a special bag packed just for them as I always do. First and foremost the fruit snacks! I always get the largest box I can find! Ben, (who will always be Baby Ben to me) asked his mother, “do you think Nannah will bring fruit snacks?” A tradition I better never forget!  I love my little blessings and thank God for them! “Happy birthday” to our sweet Bonnie! She is 2 today! Nannah loves you and has your gift packed for the trip! Can’t wait to snuggle all 5 tomorrow!

A little inspiration for your Friday

I read this the other day and it was such an inspiration to me I had to share it

~The deepest level of worship is praising God in spite of the pain, thanking God during the trials, trusting Him when we’re tempted to lose hope and loving Him when He seems so distant and far away.  At my lowest, God is my hope.  At my darkest, God is my light.  At my weakest, God is my strength.  At my saddest, God is my comforter.~

The Weekend!

20150706_185355-1How can it be the weekend again?  I have to say I’m just a little excited because my oldest daughter and sweet grand baby are coming for the weekend! We have the weekend planned and always pack it pretty good!! There is nothing better than spending time with family and those you love! One of my highlights every week is sitting in church with my sweet children.  I was thinking about last Sunday while sitting in church, I looked over at my son and he was drawing the most beautiful picture {yes, in church} but it wasn’t just an ordinary picture that’s why I wanted to share it. His words were, “it’s old looking.”  I agree, its old and beautiful! We never get these moments back so when I say I cherish and make the most of them, that’s exactly what I do! Happy weekend everyone!

My Hannah

I love quiet mornings when I can gather my thoughts and make out my to do list without interruption!  I was in the middle of making out chore lists for the kids when down the stairs comes the happiest go lucky little girl with headphones on dancing like there’s not a care in the world!  I cherish these moments because all to soon she will be grown and gone!  So Hannah, dance like there’s no tomorrow, live life to the fullest, sing as loud as you want, because this mama enjoys moments like these, even the times when you are sad, maybe even a little bad!  You can interrupt my quiet mornings anytime!  I love you!!

Dad

Screenshot_2015-06-20-08-43-05-1This is always a rough time of year for our family without Dad, but, all of us would agree he is in a much better place and suffering no more!  I’ll never forget our first father’s day without him, going to Target to get father’s day cards as usual, and for a split second started picking one out for him when it hit me, he’s not here.  I tried my best to hide the tears in my eyes, but really didn’t care. I’m so thankful for the memories, the things he taught me, the laughs, the discipline and the hard working man he was!  My work ethics are all his fault and I’m so glad he never allowed us to be lazy!  Our sweet mother misses him too and is the strongest, loving lady I know! The two of them together made quite a pair!  Dad was tall and tough, mom is tiny and petite and so soft spoken and if you ever ask her how tall she is, her response is always, “4′ 11″ AND 3/4!”  I love her!!  Dad, you are missed, loved and forever in our hearts!!

Quality time

I am not a fan of big malls, but I have to say its not so bad at 6 a.m., in fact, walking and listening to the music playing throughout the mall just might be my new “happy place!”  What makes it even sweeter is doing it together as a family! With our very busy schedules its hard to find quality time as a family, so if it takes exercise to do it, I’m all for it!   On the way home, Hannah and I were in the back seat and she leaned over, hugged me and said, mom, “I love you for the millionth time!!”  This mother’s heart is so full of love for my precious little ones! As I’m sitting here writing my blog and feeding my sweet granddaughter oatmeal, I’m reminded its the little things in life that are so important!

Memory lane

My oldest daughter  Christa,  and I are so alike its scary! We always have our pen and notebook handy to jot down our grocery list, chores that need to be done,  and to add to our  “wish list.”  Yesterday started with my chore list, so I headed to the Christmas attic.  It’s suppose to be my seasonal attic, but those who know me know just how special Christmas is to me so it’s become all about Christmas in there!  Spring, summer and fall  have a small spot in the corner. I started organizing knowing I had put a few containers in there that didn’t belong, one being filled with loose pictures that haven’t made it in an album yet, (another chore on my to do list) and as I was going through them my youngest daughter  Hannah came in and started looking through them. We sat and talked, Hannah asking a lot of questions about different pictures.  Some questions were sad to answer, others made me laugh. Needless to say, it was a very mixed emotions kind of day in the attic!   We all at some point have said,  “if only I could go back”……I’m no different,  I said those exact words yesterday,  but we can’t and have to remember our past has a lot to do with who we are today.   Even though my past has had its ups and downs I’m thankful because I’ve learned to make the best of everything and as hard as it is I try to see the good in everything and allow it to make me a better person.   None of us are perfect,  we are all human and the best part……?  God knows that. ……He made us!