2 hour delays

Winter months in PA bring 2 hour delays and school closing. needless to say my son is always thrilled. 

i don’t mind them. i enjoy being around my kiddos so him staying home isn’t a bad thing.

However, he gets use to not going to school or not going in early to the point where he got out of bed at his usual time only to come in and tell me, “mom, ahh…i’m to tired to go to school.”

and then goes downstairs.

PAH-HAHAHA …. he cracks me up.

its rare now a days that i have time in the mornings to do anything…at all. including drinking coffee in an actual coffee mug instead of a travel mug. so this is kinda nice. lol

i was just thinking how before probably last winter at the earliest, i was so nervous driving in the snow. i would white knuckle the steering wheel and pray that my employer would cancel work so i don’t have to drive in it. 

now i’m usual out in the middle of it and i could care less about whats on the road. i haven’t figured out what changed though, maybe its my age or experience?

  who knows, i have people depending on me so i feel the need to not let them down, thats the bottom line for me. so maybe that’s what keeps me going on snowy days?
anyways- i’m still in my pjs and my coffee needs refreshing. stay warm my friends!

Snow days

oh to be like Marshall and have zoomies through life- to have a frisbee in your face and to not worry about crashing into a tree…..
seriously though,  my dog is a goof, he LOVES the snow and loves to herd sleds.

The recent snow storm dumped about 6 inches of the white stuff on top of the layer of ice. This was a day after we had 60 degree weather and then record breaking subzero tempts the week before. (i might be exaggerating a little on the subzero)

CRAZY…I know… (but we are use to it)

We love the snow. Sled ridding was always a favorite past time of mine and Geno enjoys it too.

Ella..not so much… but she doesn’t like going down slides at the park either. She is very content staying on solid ground walking around the paths I shoveled through the snow like road ways, on the patio. She also likes to take a badminton racket and sift the snow. 20180113_122721

Geno is very good at maneuvering his sled down our yard. He starts at some point in the woods and makes it past the trees to the driveway.

I am impressed cause i’m certain that id either

1. bail out half way.

2. crash into something or someone.

 

I use to play out in the snow forever as a kid. the snow for some reason makes you feel invincible. like you can just jump and dive on it and not get hurt. but if you tried doing that without snow it will hurt. I always found that interesting. that’s exactly what geno did when we first went out. He just jumped and dived right into it without batting an eye. (mind you its only 6 inches, not 6 feet) 20180113_122715 man oh man though, my mom would always have hot water boiling for me so I can get some hot chocolate. Me and my sister would take bread and dip it in our hot chocolates. any one else do this?

unfortunately, my son doesn’t like chocolate milk so he wouldn’t like hot chocolate, but he does enjoy warm milk which I gladly put in a coffee mug its almost the same. right?

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one thing I dislike about the snow is the fact that we are basically snowed in until some one comes and digs us out.

our driveway is a steep but short hill. enough to cause panic when sliding down it onto a busy road or not being able to get back up it after you’ve slid. down. said. driveway.

we make due. you know you have to. the world doesn’t stop when you have issues like that. you deal with it. You learn to cope.

I’ve gotten pretty good at timing the traffic and WEEEEEE! AWAY WE GO! that was the easy part.

I’ve also gotten good at knowing where to salt and shovel (when i’m on my own) on the driveway to get the right traction to take a running start and gunning it to the top!

ahh….fun times.. fun times..

 

 

family times

I’ve had a lot of down time lately. its nice when the holidays roll around and you’ve got no work or school. 20171225_230309

Jonathan and i had plans to just basically do nothing. go no where. and just simply be at home with the kids.

we don’t ever get that any more we’re always anywhere but home and usually the kids are  bounced from one house to another. i feel that’s just not good for kids to be rushed about all the time.

one night we made pizza. on a whim i was like lets make pizza with the kids. turned out to be a lot of fun and my picky kids, kinda-sorta ate the pizzas they made.

they mostly ate while we were constructing our pizzas.

As a mom i try to make memories with my kids. in this fast paced world we live in things are a lot different than when i was a kid (that wasn’t that long ago). i don’t feel like my parents rushed about or even had to TRY and put memories down in the book.

maybe i am forcing it…. but yet again so many things take our attention even when we are at home, no one is really doing things together any more.

This year Jonathan and i plan on creating some good habits. some Godly habits too.

our family focus for this year is Stewardship. (more in-depth on that later) that encompasses practically everything we want to get better at and take better care of.

time

family

money

things

our bodies and minds (health)

 

…happiness and cheer…

I’ve been a little MIA as of late. Its just that time of year, but I wanted to stop and thank everyone who reads, or follows, or comments, or even shares this blog.

it is truly an honor! For people who may not know me personally to take the time to read it and follow me. I do look forward to seeing your  name pop up on my phone or my computer.

and I think its amazing to see all the different countries represented on the world map when I check my stats. THATS SO cool to me! blows my mind however that any one would want to follow little ol’ me and even take interest in what my mind may say or wonder too.

The Advent season is coming to an end and my church is wrapping its advent teachings all entitled “With Us” we did some AMAZING things for “JOY-With Us” which included balloons and dancing and KIDS!

When I think about joy there are a few things that come to mind.

  1. my kids. or any kid at that matter. they are such a blessing to me and so innocent. They don’t worry about what we adults worry, they just simple…be.
  2. colors. I think about how some days, my daughter is nothing sort of a rainbow…. like this morning she had SO many colors on in an array of so many different patterns it made me so happy.
  3. laughter. I always said that an outward sign of joy was laughter. like a baby’s laugh. that unbridled laugh when something is just SO funny! Don’t hold back.

We recently had a DIY photo session. Probably one of the most fun times I’ve ever had. it brought this VERY busy family together for a few short hours and we did nothing but simple be together and my dear friend caught it all on her phone.

Well I did bring some props and a few photo ideas in mind but really I just wanted it to be genuine and real life. I believe that’s exactly what I got.

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And you know what, these photos give me SO much joy when I think of how we went to our favorite park and played around in the snow.

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however it’s all fun and games until someone falls on the ground or gets plastered in the head with a freak snowball hit.

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anyways. Since I probably won’t post much until after the new year. I just wanted to thank you all and from the bottom of my heart I hope you have a very merry Christmas and very happy new year!

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Peace

i am doing a daily devotional on Youversion called Advent Adoration. todays devo, was SO good!! it really touched my heart. 

Peace= trust in God. its not something you strive to do, you get peace by simply just…………….

trusting. 

peace. 

The Hebrew word for “peace” is the word “shalom.” It means “to be safe, sound, perfect, complete, nothing lacking.” Shalom signifies the presence of well-being and harmony, both within and without. It also signifies the absence of anxiety or stress. Biblically, it is a future-orientated word. 

One would think the birth of the prince of “shalom” must have been peaceful. 

One would think. 

Matthew 1:18-25 

Now the birth of Jesus Christ took place in this way. When his mother Mary had been betrothed to Joseph, before they came together she was found to be with child from the Holy Spirit. And her husband Joseph, being a just man and unwilling to put her to shame, resolved to divorce her quietly. 

We know very little about Joseph, the earthly father of Jesus. He is a carpenter. He’s a blue-collar artisan who works with his hands. He’s not an academic, not a business man, and not a priest. He’s an “honest day’s work for an honest day’s wage” kind of guy. 

When his fiancé gets pregnant (by the Holy Spirit, though he doesn’t know it yet), his response is exemplary. Despite what was most likely deep hurt, he is “unwilling to put her to shame” and decides to deal with the situation quietly, no fuss. He wants to guard her from the shame he knows could come. Joseph is temperate, and he repays what he presumes to be evil with good. In other words, he is a good man. 

At this point in the story, he is most definitely not at peace. 

Matthew 1:20a

But as he considered these things, behold, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream.

Joseph is “considering these things” well into the night. Even his dreams are dominated by the situation. He’s mid-stress-dream when an angel shows up, in his dream, with a job. 

Matthew 1:20b-25

Joseph, son of David, do not fear to take Mary as your wife, for that which is conceived in her is from the Holy Spirit. She will bear a son, and you shall call his name Jesus, for he will save his people from their sins. All this took place to fulfill what the Lord had spoken by the prophet: Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a son, and they shall call his name Immanuel

Angels figure prominently in the birth story of Jesus. They come in a dazzle of brilliance and are notorious for bringing “good news of great joy!” But for Joseph, while this news is indeed good, the implications for him in the here and now are heavy. 

Joseph is to proceed with the marriage. She and her son are very important. Mary is the one of whom the prophet testified. Jesus will save people from their sins. Those are gigantic destinies. 

But what about Joseph? Interestingly, there is nothing about his own life, his own impact. It’s as if his legacy is to be bound up in the life of these two: the virgin and her son. 

“Don’t be a hero, Joe” — I can imagine his friends saying. “It was just a silly dream.” 

Matthew 1:24-25

When Joseph woke from sleep, he did as the angel of the Lord commanded him: he took his wife, but knew her not until she had given birth to a son. And he called his name Jesus.

God commands Joseph to do something, and he intends to do it. Through discomfort, trial, anxiety, challenge and shame (read: non-peace), he will raise the Prince of Peace. 

If I were Joseph, I would have a few follow up questions. But Joseph doesn’t ask a thing. He trusts God and obeys. 

In fact, of all the characters in the early part of Jesus’ life, Joseph gets the most face-time with heavenly messengers. Repeatedly, angels show up with a difficult job. Repeatedly, Joseph trusts and obeys. See for yourself…

Matthew 2:13-14

Now when they had departed, behold, an angel of the Lord appeared to Joseph in a dream and said, “Rise, take the child and his mother, and flee to Egypt, and remain there until I tell you, for Herod is about to search for the child, to destroy him.” And he rose and took the child and his mother by night and departed to Egypt. 

Matthew 2:19-20

But when Herod died, behold, an angel of the Lord appeared in a dream to Joseph in Egypt, saying, “Rise, take the child and his mother and go to the land of Israel, for those who sought the child’s life are dead.” And he rose and took the child and his mother and went to the land of Israel. 

We try so hard to manage our own impact, our own legacies, our own peace . So much anxiety, so much stress, so little peace comes from trying to conjure something eternally meaningful from fleshly strength. God doesn’t ask us to part the sea, but to walk through it. God doesn’t ask Joseph to explain his marriage and family to the world — he asks Joseph to trust and obey. 

Trust and obedience are how we let God make good on His promise. In so doing, as Joseph did, we find peace. 

Philippians 3:13-14; 4:7

But one thing I do: forgetting what lies behind and straining forward to what lies ahead, I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

This Christmas, resolve to entrust your destiny to God, and like Joseph, bind up your legacy with the Prince of Peace. 

Prayer:

God give me your peace. Help me trust and obey

Practice:

What are the ways you have tried to squeeze eternal significance from fleshly strength? 

What are some areas in which God is calling you to trust and obey him, even though it’s difficult? “

hope

in preparing myself for tomorrow’s sermon.

wow that sounds like i’m the one who is going to be preaching..no. not me.

i know it sounds strange but id like to know a little bit about what i’m getting into BEFORE i get into it. helps me better understand what im about to learn a little better. Why not adventure into some study of Advent on my own?

anyways, tomorrow Advent- hope. i presume actually i don’t actually know what is going to be taught…

what is hope? google says “a feeling of expectation and desire for a certain thing to happen.” “a feelig of trust.”

okay- what is the opposite of hope?

despair.

presumption? if you will…

despair- the complete loss or absence of hope. synonyms: disheartenment, discouragment, desperation, distress, anguish, unhappiness…

hope is humble confidence that God wont give up on me. with hope comes MANY different things;

security (job 11:18)

confidence (psalm 25:3)

praise to God (psalm 17:14)

eternal value (proverbs 23:18)

strength (Isaiah 40:31)

goodness (lamentations 3:25)

joy (romans 12:12)

love (romans 5:5)

faith (hebrews 11:11)

It can be as tiny as an atom and still pack a powerful punch in the eye of despair. 


i get the feeling that hope is more than desiring for something to happen such as, “i hope its not going to rain tomorrow.” however, when i say “i hope its not going to rain tomorrow” the state of mind i get up into is almost that of a child staring out into the the backyard and pondering. an expectancy kinda like at Christmas when i wake up and see presents under the tree. will it rain? i dont know- i will have to wait and see……

of course hope in Jesus and during advent season is a bit different than not wanting it to rain, i guess what i’m trying to say is that  we use the word hope so casually in life. do we really understand what it means? my guess is probably not.

In all this preparation i’m still not sure if i fully gasp the concept of hope.

is hope tangable?  and you feel, touch, smell, see hope? *whew…sweet baby Jesus…*

yes- Sweet Jesus……Jesus.

We are the body of Christ- his hands and feet. we can pick any one of those above and be that towards another person and essentally give hope and bring some one out of despair.

i don’t know…do i gotta all wrong? i’m just thinking out loud…..

all i know is- i can place my HOPE in Jesus and i won’t be let down.

if you are in need of some hope I know of a great place to find some. i’ll save you a seat.

Check out the times and locations here!

Christmas time is here…

OMG…back to the daily grind…kind of..well, at least for Geno and Jonathan, I got one more day.20171124_155553

Our Thanksgiving break was AMAZING! I don’t believe we spent that much time together in a LONG time. It was so nice and relaxing……ahhhhhhhhh…. Any who, I promised a few more pictures.

So lets start off by saying, we have this silly little tradition that we randomly started way back when that we wear festive hats while decorating the house for Christmas. I don’t know how it started but we each have a hat to wear, Geno isn’t so much into the whole tradition, Ella seems to like it.

Setting things up seemed to be more challenging this year. Little Hands were in EVERYTHING and EVERYWHERE. 20171124_131940

AND of course she was proud of herself.

I may say, that is NOT the tree we ended up putting up. For some reason pre-lit trees don’t last long in this house, maybe its where we store them, wh20171125_011605o knows, but we ended up going out TWICE and 3 different stores and buying ANOTHER tree (so help me) headache #2 after Ella,

I fell in love with this 7 foot beauty, who’s not pre-lit I may add…

if anyone is wondering, Wally World (Wal-Mart) does have the best prices on Christmas trees.

I decided oh so randomly, which i’m good at, of doing a brown paper packages tied up with string…. cause….

oh you know you want to sing it!

so most of my pictures around the house are wrapped in such a manner. I kinda like the look, if I do say so myself.

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with a few more decorations added and a little upstairs in each room we are in full Christmas season mode!

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isnt he adorable

Moosey always comes out and ONLY at Christmas time for the sake of our sanity. He sings “it’s the most wonderful time of the year.” and we heard it about 100 times in the first 2 minutes he was out. this is probably the only thing Geno will NOT share with Ella and its causing a headache (#3) so i’m sure Moosey will have company in the attic during his off months. Stay tuned for that.

This Thanksgiving has taught me what it means to be grateful and how to live it out in everyday life. This Christmas season is for showing your gratitude and I plan to do so.

Charlie Brown gets quoted a lot around our house, so does Star Wars and the Muppets…I digress…

there’s one quote he says that I like the most,

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Hug your loved ones tight.

life is short.