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Long time no See

27 Apr

Hello, it’s me! I’ve been unintentionally MIA for almost a year now. I don’t know why I stopped blogging, i just did. I stopped cold turkey…no warning, no reasons, i just stopped.  Maybe because everytime I’d get on my laptop to type, nothing would come to mind, like serious writer’s block, and i got discouraged then the busyness of life kicks in and before you know it…

….i put blogging on the back burner. 

Anyway, I’M BACK…at least i think i am!! LOL

Let’s see if i can give a quick update on what’s been going on in my neck of the woods lately…hmmmmmm…

Jeremiah got his license back in November! I have to admit, at first i was so nervous to let him drive anywhere outside of a 15 mile radius of our house without me or my hubby with him. But with my hubby out evangelizing so much, i would have to be the one with him in the car, and that wasn’t a good thing, because i was always so nervous & constantly telling him to slow down, You’re too close to the car, you didn’t do this or that or…. Oh my Gosh! It wasn’t until Josh finally told me that Jeremiah’s driving is terrible when I’m in the car b/c i make him so nervous! That was when i realized that i had to let him drive…alone…without his mama… That took a lot for this mama bear to do. I had to let my little baby..ahem, my 17 yr old baby, go out into the world of driving, all on his own. I had to learn that even though he’s only 17, he’s growing into a young man….almost an adult. He’s proven himself to be responsible and trustworthy, and I’m happy to say that although I’m still nervous to be In the car when he’s driving, he’s a really good driver. 

Now he just needs his own car! But he ain’t got no shame driving my mini van!! Lol

Jordyn has been staying busy with theatre and school. This month she’ll be playing Ed the Hyena & a lioness in The Lion King Musical! 

Josh is starting his own Pooper Scooper & dog washing business! He’s so excited! I’m praying this works out for him, because he needs something to do with his spare time, plus he could use the extra money because…….

This summer Josh& Jordyn are going with my hubby to BRAZIL and Little Jeremiah is going to S. Africa in November on a missions trip with our church! 

It’s so amazing to me to see my kids do things and go places that i never did growing up. Before i got saved, i rarely left a certain area in Austin, much less go over seas with my dad! (i didn’t even have a dad growing up!) 

Another cool thing that’s happened during my hiatus is that we celebrated our 18 yr anniversary in Feb! We celebrated in Chetumal, MX and Mahahual, Mx.

We had a blast! Mahahual is a beautiful place to visit!

Well…hopefully I’ll be on here more often! 
One last thing, Jordyn started a YouTube channel called The Spunky Magpie. We’re limiting her video upload so you might not see much activity there, but when you do, i know you’ll enjoy!She’s also starting a Blog: http://www.thespunkymagpie.wordpress.com. It’s not up&going yet, but it will be soon.

Thanks for stopping by! 

Life As I Know It

26 Apr

Wow…time sure has been picking up speed lately!

It seems that Life for us has been an adventure lately. We’ve done quite a bit of traveling, which has been fun, but I have to admit, I love being in the comfort of my home.

Back in March, our church took 50 people to Chinle,  AZ for a 4 day invasion team. We had an awesome time in the Navajo Nation!

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The week before Chinle,  my hubby surprised me with a flight to Cancun, MX to be with him there while he preached! He was in Sri Lanka and India for, I think 9 days,  before he flew to Chetumal, MX then to Cancun.  We really didn’t have much time together between trips, so this was a nice surprise! 

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I flew in on a Wednesday night, but I didn’t see him until Thursday afternoon, because he was in Chetumal, MX  finishing up a revival.  The picture above is where I first met up with him in Cancun, which explains the cheesy smiles! 

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We prayed for one of the tour guides who took us snorkeling. (Above pic)

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Many lives were touched during this revival.  There’s more to Cancun than the vacation spot that is advertised.  There are people who are desperate for change in their lives,  who want truth,  who want healing,  who want hope & restoration.  Thankfully, we have a family in that city who have responded to the call of God, and are faithfully sharing Christ’s love.

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Another thing that happened in March is that Jeremiah turned 16!

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We’re really proud of him.  He’s maturing in a lot of areas.  One is in his relationship with Jesus, which is amazing to see.  The other is with his education.  He’s really stepping up his game in both of these areas. A couple of weeks ago, both him&Jordyn took a TSI Assessment through our local community college. If they pass, they’re able to be in the Dual credit program they have.  With lots of prayer&practicing…they both PASSED! We Are beyond proud of them!  My husband told Jeremiah if he passes the assessment then we’ll enroll him in driving school.  So guess what I did yesterday?  Yup, he is paid and ready to start driving school on Monday! 

Remember earlier when I said time seems to be picking up speed?  This is one of the reasons why I say that! 

Although it blows my mind that I’ll have a 16 year old with a driver’s license, I know it’s going to make my life a little easier in the future.

Last weekend, me and 2 of my close friends went on another road trip to Chinle, AZ for a wedding. Tatiana arranged for us to go horseback riding the afternoon that we arrived. 

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Okay,  so I’m not the most adventurous person,  nor have I ever been on a horse without the owner next to me guiding it. So this was a huge thing for me to do. For the most part my horse, who I named Gene Winter, was pretty calm and obedient.  Until one of the other one’s started galloping and he decided he’d better follow in their lead and gallop right along with them.  Nope, I wasn’t down with that!  Scared the bageebers out of me,  to say the least! Tat & Claire had a blast laughing at me, while they were on their beasts
galloping along the canyon, without a care in the world!! All the while,  I’m on mine screaming for it to stop galloping and slow down, as I hold on for dear life! It was a sight to see, that’s for sure!  Tatiana captured a picture of me that pretty much explains how I felt about all of this! My face says it all!

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It started to rain towards the end of our ride, which was about 2 hours long.  The longest 2 hours of my life!!! But we finally made it back safe and sound and SORE!!!  We were walking like old ladies for the next few days. We had so much fun laughing at ourselves and each other, it was great!

It was pretty cold in Chinle that weekend , there was some snow in the mountains….and mud!

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The wedding was so beautiful! The bride and groom both gave amazing testimonies on what God has done in their lives as young adults saving themselves for each other. The bride made a commitment to Christ at a young age that she will serve Him, no matter what life throws her way. 

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I have to say,  this was one of the most beautiful Jesus people weddings I’ve attended in a very long time. In Christ,  it’s possible to date clean and save yourself for marriage. Don’t buy the lie that’s is old fashioned or impossible to do.  With Christ, All things are possible!

February 2016

1 Mar

February seemed to be a very busy month for us.  But we somehow fit a daddy daughter date in and I flew out to Colorado to be with the hubby for a few days.

We decided a few months ago that Jeremiah was going to take Jordyn out to dinner and surprise her with a special gift, which was a beautiful heart shaped necklace with a diamond right in the middle. I’m sure she’s going to blog about it soon, so I won’t give all the details away.  But I will show you a picture! 

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We knew that Jeremiah was gonna be gone a lot more than being home this month,so we planned for me to meet him in Colorado for a few days.  Since he wasn’t here for our 17 year anniversary on the 7th or Valentine’s Day, this was a perfect idea! He booked my flight months ago, but can anyone tell me why he picked a 6:05 am departure??? Man, that was torture to have to be at the airport by 4 am! If anyone knows me, you know that I am not a morning person! I was a zombie that whole entire day.

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Between the early morning,  jet lag,  and the time difference, which was only an hour, I was no good. Oh,  and I stayed at my SIL house so she can take me to the airport, and we were up talking until about 2:30 am! So yeah,  rough 1st day in Colorado,  too say the least! With a little nap and a cup of coffee,  I was able to catch my 2nd wind and we met up with some friends for dinner and a concert that night.  Let me clarify something,  this was actually my first time meeting her in person!  We met when I had an IG account. I knew once I made my decision to let go of IG, that she was one of the  people That I met on there who I wanted to stay in touch with…and I am so glad I did!  Despite my exhaustion, we had a great time getting to know each other, while eating Indian food.

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After dinner, we went to a bluegrass concert and saw The Barefoot Movement.  I really didn’t know what to expect being that this isn’t my type of music.  I mean,  bluegrass, really?  I don’t know how Jeremiah found out about them, but I was impressed.  They’re a young band of 4, super cute and extremely talented in music and voice. I think I can speak on behalf of us all to say  that we really enjoyed their concert.  Thank God for husband’s who think outside the box!

The next day, we hung out in Boulder and walked around Pearl Street.  That evening, we drove up to the mountain to try and watch the sunset. We were actually chasing  the sun!  This is what we got:

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Isn’t that so beautiful?? These pictures don’t even do it justice, but it’s still breathtaking! 

If you ever have a chance to go to Denver,  you have to go shop down town.  I forgot what they call it, but it’s a whole strip of different shops and department stores. Kinda like an outlet mall but in downtown Denver. We went during the day, but I hear that it can get a little crazy at night.  But I will give you a heads up,  the Denver Airport is MASSIVE!  The security checkpoint is never ending,  and you have to get on a train to take you to the departure gates.  All you have to do is follow someone who looks like they know where they’re going and make sure you look like you know where you’re going,too!  That’s what I did, ha! I didn’t give any signs that I was scared out of my mind!  No one knew that it was my first time flying all by myself.  Nope,  i have waaaay too much pride to let that happen!  I looked like I was some sort of world traveler or something!  But that’s our little secret!  (Wink)

My trip went by so fast.  3 days was not nearly enough time to spend with him, but I’m so glad that I at least had that. Because once he was done with his revival there in Denver, he flew to Sri Lanka and now he’s in India.

Since January, he’s been gone a lot and I’m having to get used to living life without him here.  We’re going into our 3rd month, and I think I can say that me & the kids are finally getting into a routine…sorta.  All I know is that I need to find a hobby that doesn’t include me sitting on my bum reading! Because I KNOW I’ve gained a few pounds…I can feel it. But I have been busy with the kids.  Little Jeremiah goes street preaching with the guys on Tuesday nights,  Jordyn is now in drama team and they meet on Thursday nights. Plus she’s in theatre and they’re home school classes are Monday’s & Thursday mornings …we stay pretty around busy here. For those of you who have called or text to see how we’re handling this new life…Yeah,  I think we’re doing pretty good! I’m so grateful that my kids are older and they’re more of a help to me then anything. I guess all those spankings they got when they were little are paying off!  I don’t have rebellious disrespectful kids! 🙂 We actually enjoy each others company…for the most part!

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Since February is Black History Month, we’ve been doing extra activities that pertain to that. We watched the movies Glory and Woodlawn, and had great discussions on them both.  Jeremiah read To Kill A Mockingbird.  Jordyn read All Things New by Lynn Austin. Joshua read The Red Badge of Courage. I also had them pick someone to learn about and to do a project on.

Joshua made a poster on Harriet Tubman.

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Jordyn made a poster on Misty Copeland. 

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And Jeremiah did a power point on Malcolm X.

To finish off our month of Black History learning,  we went to a Baptist Church on Sunday morning, who was honoring their oldest member, Big Mama. She turns 101 years old in March. What makes Big Mama special to us isn’t only the fact that she’s lived almost 101 years,  but she’s one of my best friend’s grandmother.  When I found out about this service, I knew I wanted to take my kids. We had the honor of meeting Big Mama and we even got to hear her sing a song with her two daughters. Just in the few minutes that I talked with her,  I can tell she is spunky and full of life&personality. Can you believe she lives in my subdivision!? I’m hoping to spend an afternoon with her one day, just to hear her story.  She doesn’t look like she’s 100 years old, does she!? (Jeremiah was home sick, just in case you’re wondering! )

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That’s it for now…Thanks for stopping by! 

We’re All Chasing Something

6 Feb

A few months ago, I bought a book for Jordyn called, The Chase by Kyle & Kelsey Kupeky.  I wanted to read it first because it’s about trusting God with your happily ever after,  and I needed to make sure it was aligned with our standards on the  topic of dating,  courting, etc., before I let her get her hands on it. I was pretty pleased with it, aside from some minor things that we as a family have decided to steer away from, but nothing that took away from the point of the book.

So basically the book is their story on what it was like trying to serve God as a teenager/young adult and be set apart from this world in high school and college. It’s their own personal testimony on how they both grew up in Christian homes, they both attended church & youth group regularly, and what they both struggled with when it came to what& who they were, and/or weren’t chasing. They were both very transparent on what they struggled with. Kelsey told her stories and gave her advice from a girl’s point of view, while Kyle gave his from a guy’s point of view. I really liked that he did that because it gives the young readers a little insight on what guys really think about certain topics. There main point is encouraging the youth to chase God.

I started thinking about that: to chase God.  Our youth aren’t the only one’s who struggle with that. It’s in all of us.  We’ve all struggled from time to time in chasing the wrong things or people. We live in a generation that is yearning for love.  They are searching and giving anything to taste and feel love. They are chasing the things of this world in hopes to find love, but only to be left with heartache. It portrays sex as love. Sex isn’t love, and it surely doesn’t fill that void you’re looking for. It does the opposite…leaves you feeling even more empty than you were before.

So what I did was, I bought all the girls in our teenage bible study a copy of The Chase. I bought a box of conversation hearts Candy and found a cute printable on Pinterest about God’s conversation and tied it all together.

Like this:

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I’ll be giving these to the girls tonight! 

Chasing the world always leads you so empty, so broken, so lost.  It takes you farther than you wanna go and lasts longer than you ever planned on staying. Sure, at first it seems cool and fun, but that’s temporary. Before you know it, you find yourself deeper and deeper in a hole, with nothing but broken dreams, broken promises,  and a broken shattered heart.

Chasing God is so much more fulfilling and satisfying and permanent. His love for us never fails.  He loves us like no one in this world could ever love us! He fills us with an everlasting joy and peace. He leaves you feeling worthy and whole, and He keeps His promises. He died for you!

We’re all chasing something.  Who or what are you chasing?

But God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us. Romans 5:8

Leaving Chinle, Day 4

12 Jan

We woke up early Monday morning to go site see at the Canyon before we headed out to Prescott. This wasn’t my first time seeing the Canyon, but my goodness, I’m always in awe of the beauty of God’s masterpiece.

Let me introduce to you a small glimpse of Canyon de Chelly in Chinle, AZ …

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On the Road to Chinle, Day 3

12 Jan

January 10, 2016

Sunday was our final day in Chinle. Jeremiah preached at one of the baby churches in Kayenta, while the rest of us stayed in Chinle to hear their guest preacher from Alaska, Pastor Overson.

I wasn’t able to  take any pictures for that service because my smart phone wasn’t acting very smart.

The sermon was so simple yet so profound. It was on God’s love. Pastor Overson was on fire while he was preaching!  By looking at him, you wouldn’t think he’d bpreach like that,  by oh my word. ..he was anointed and passionate and all over the place! I was immensely blessed by his word. I heard the last 5-10 minutes of Pastor Aragon’s Sunday School and I was ready for the altar call!  Talk about rich ministry!  Oh!  And the Chinle choir did special music and TORE IT UP!

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This is me, Claire, and Michelle from the Chinle church.

In between services we ate at a sister from the church’s house and she hooked us up with some home made fried chicken,  mashed potatoes,  broccoli salad,  homes made dinner rolls, and homemade apple & cherry pies! Are you drooling yet!?! I was so excited to eat I forgot to take a picture of my deliciousness. But I did get a picture of the fellowship.

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The people on the right are from Pastor Overson’s church in Alaska.

After we fellowshipped, we were on the road again with Jeremiah to preach at a different baby church about an hour out in Fort Defiance. Claire did special music and Jeremiah preached his heart out.

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After service we all went to a lady’s house to pray over it and eat some homemade Navajo Tacos! If you ever go to the Navajo Nation, you have to try them!  So so delish!

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        Praying over Jennifer’s house.

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    I love everything about this picture!

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                       Navajo Taco.

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The older lady to the left and her husband would drive to the Chinle church for 10 years faithfully, until they finally opened the church their in  Fort Defiance! Whaaaaat!? I know, convicting! 

That’s it for now, but I’ll leave you with a picture of what we did today before we left Chinle.  It’s gonna take your breathe away…I promise. …

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…Told ya….

Tomorrow I’ll blog about today’s adventure. Cya then!  

On the Road to Chinle, Day 2

10 Jan

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Saturday, January 9, 2016

This was my view when I woke up this morning.  To you, it may not mean much, but to me it was a reminder of where we’re at…Chinle, our home away from home!  Jeremiah had his first taste of our fellowship here when he was a crazy15 year old teenager, with his hair pulled back in a point tail wearing a purple bandana. (Yes, you read that right! ) Hold up, Wait! What am I talking about when he WAS crazy,  he still IS crazy!! There isn’t much here in Chinle, but we come every chance we get…and we never, ever regret it.

Today Pastor Artie took us and 5 folks from our Alaska church on a tour to Monument Valley,  Utah.  All of us except our 3 teenage boys, they went hunting with some other Rez guys. And from what I hear, they had a blast, which doesn’t surprise me one bit! 
Anyways, the drive to Monument Valley was about an hour and a half…not too bad.  Pastor Overson from Alaska showed us lots of pictures from there and told us some pretty cool stories, too.

When we finally got to Our destination, we were all blown away at what we saw…God’s amazing creation! I can’t even describe to you the detail in every single rock, every crevice,  or even the stories behind them. To know that God, in His awesomeness, spoke all of this into existence is mind blowing.  He spoke this into existence, who wouldn’t want to serve a God that could do that!?

I’ll show you what I mean…

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Everything about these pictures are just absolutely beautiful.

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I think it was about 20 degrees or so when we were there. Some areas were covered in snow, while others only had a few patches here and there. Then you had the areas where it was just plain ‘ol muddy! And you better believe it when I say the muddy parts seemed to be the most attractive to the kids when there wasn’t any snow around!  WHY???? Well, I guess they wouldn’t be kids If they didn’t purposely step on the mud,hu?

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Here’s a pic of the 4 of us.  We were trying to look cute but man it was too cold and windy.  There was no time for cuteness, just hurry up and take the picture already! 

I love road trips,  especially with friends.  There’s just something about it that adds to the adventure. It gives the trip a little more meaning. I’m pretty sure when we’re back at home looking back on this weekend, we’re all gonna have a different experience or a story to share. But the one thing I’m sure we’re all gonna agree on is that our friendships got a little stronger, the memories that we’ve made will be unforgettable, and that we all experienced a touch of God in some way or another.

And that’s just from our time here in Chinle. We still have a whole week of conference to go to!

Stay tuned for Day 3…