Monday, March 30, 2009

At the mention of the name of Jesus...

On Saturday, I went to a Celebration of Life for a sweet person - Kaye Jones. She won her battle with brain cancer on Wednesday. The choir of Mount Olive Baptist Church sung this song. I had to post it for you, it was such a beautiful song. This is not Mount Olive Baptist Church choir singing on the video but it is the song.

Please pray for Kent and Hannah (Kaye's husband and 6 year old daughter) as they adjust to their new life without wife and mom.

Faithfulness in Everything

From my daily devotion book:

In August 2007, a major bridge in Minneapolis collapsed into the Mississippi River, killing 13 people. In the weeks that followed, it was difficult for me not to think about that tragedy whenever crossing a bridge over a body of water.
Some time later, I was watching an episode of Dirty Jobs on the Discovery Channel. Host Mike Rowe was talking to an industrial painter whose work he was trying to duplicate. “There’s really no glory in what you do,” he said. “No,” the painter agreed, “but it’s a job that needs to be done.”

You see, that man paints the inside of the Mackinac Bridge towers in Northern Michigan. His unnoticed job is done to ensure that the steel of the magnificent suspended structure won’t rust from the inside out, compromising the integrity of the bridge. Most of the 12,000 people who cross the Straits of Mackinac each day aren’t even aware that they are depending on workers like this painter to faithfully do their jobs well.

God also sees our faithfulness in the things we do. Though we may think our deeds—big and small—sometimes go un-noticed, they are being observed by the One who matters most. Whatever our task today, let’s “do all in the name of the Lord Jesus” (Col. 3:17). — Cindy Hess Kasper.

Whatever task you find to do,
Regardless if it’s big or small,
Perform it well, with all your might,
Because there’s One who sees it all. —Sper

"Daily work takes on eternal value when it is done for God."

Friday, March 27, 2009

More Wedding Music

This is what the bridal party walked into the church to. It was beautiful!

Thursday, March 26, 2009

The Father Says I Do

Another Song!! (None of the video that is shown is our wedding!!) It was sung after my Dad gave me away. I believe this was a hard day for my Dad. I was his first daughter to get married. He was so great on this day. There were tears and hugs and probably for him lots of memories of the past 22 years. It was a special day for me and I am so lucky that my Dad was there to be a part of it that I will never forget.

Wednesday, March 25, 2009

You Will Always Be A Child

This song was at our wedding (without the spanish subtitles!!)

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Happy Birthday Taylor

My baby girl Taylor is turning 12 years old today. March 24, 1997 was one of the happiest days in my life. The day Taylor made me a mommy for the first time. From the time of her birth, she has been a joy to me. I could not have dreamed for a more wonderful first daughter. Taylor, I hope you have a great day and remember that I love today and always!!

Here are 12 things that I love about Taylor...
1. She has a sweet and caring heart. She will do anything for anyone at anytime. She has a servant's heart.
2. She is so funny. She keeps us laughing all the time.
3. She has a sweet laugh.
4. she loves to sing and dance. She is very talented.
5. She loves her family.
6. She is becoming who God has created her to be.
7. She loves her church and her leaders in church.
8. She loves to shop.
9. She is a great big sister and friend.
10. She is smart and she loves to learn new things.
11. She loves to be with children and take care of them.
12. She will watch Jon and Kate Plus 8 and my other favorite shows with me.

This is the Bible Verse I claim for her ...

Jeremiah 29:11 "For I know the plans I have for you," declares the Lord, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future."

Happy Birthday Taylor!!
You are so loved!!

Monday, March 23, 2009

Every Road Leads Back To You...

Here is another song from our wedding(without Bette Midler and the lighters!!) Hope you enjoy!!

Sunday, March 22, 2009

Happy Anniversary Mom and Dad

Today is my mom and dad's wedding anniversary. They have been married for 41 years!!

They have given my sister and I a great example of what a marriage is suppose to be like. We have been so lucky to have parents that have loved each other and stayed married for so many years.

Mom and Dad - I hope you have a great day and I hope you enjoyed your trip to the cabin.


I have been a horrible blogger. I have so much to post. I will get busy and get caught up in the next couple of days. Sorry!!

Friday, March 20, 2009

Happy Anniversary to us!

Friday was mine and Jody's 16th anniversary. It is hard for me to believe that I have been married for 16 years, where has the time gone? We have been in love for many, many years. As long as I can remember!!! When we first were married, we were so young. We did not have a clue what was going to happen. We did not know that there would be so many happy times, we did not know there would be some bad times. We did not know that we would be so excited about two births - Taylor and Aubrey. We did not know we would be so scared when one of them was taken to the NICU after birth to spend time there. We did not know that having a family would bring so much blessing and joy!! The road has been hard, fun, scary, crazy, and perfect!! I would not have imagined life any other way.

Here is a song we had at the wedding. I am going to post songs on here all week that we had at our wedding. They were all great!! Hope you enjoy!

Thursday, March 19, 2009

But the Greatest of These is Love...

If I spend my days building skyscrapers with blocks,
assembling cool stuff out of LEGO's and creating
relationships with other moms at Starbucks, but have
not love, I am only the siren of the kids' ride on firetruck,
annoyingly stuck on hold.

If I have the gift of knowing which child attempted
to flush the Hot Wheels down the toilet and which one
pushed her sister, and if I have faith that somehow
we'll survive life's emergencies,
but have not love, I am nothing.

If I save all my box tops for school and give outgrown
clothing to the local shelter, and if I surrender my body
to stretch marks and under eye circles (without the
benefit of botox, tanning salons, or diet bars), but have
not love, I gain nothing.

Love is patient when someone isn't ready to use the
big girl potty. It is kind when my husband has a hard
day. It doesn't envy my neighbor who drives the new
sport utility vehicle I can't afford.

It is not rude, snapping at my spouse or children when
things don't go my way. It is not easily angered at
perceived or real injustices.

It always protects the smallest, sweetest family
confidences; always trusts God to provide my children's
needs; always hopes in the freshness of tomorrow
and the bright future of family; always perseveres amid
hardship and doubt.

Where there are sleepless nights, they shall end. Where
there are diapers, Little leagues and dioramas built from
shoe boxes, they will cease.

Where there is knowledge of baby care trends,
discipline strategies and boy-girl
problems, it will pass away.

Now these three remain: faith, lived out in my daily
circumstances and instilled in my children;
hope, of one day rejoicing with my family in heaven;
and love, which covers over a multitude of less than perfect moments.

But the greatest of these is love. It is what remains.....long after I am gone.

Written by Cindy Sigler Dagnan for Focus on the Family

Sunday, March 8, 2009

The importance of Life

No, I have not switched to a Florida Gators Football fan (sorry Amy F.)!!

You may or may not know who Tim Tebow is. He is a quarterback for the Florida Gators who is outspoken Christian and openly shares his faith. He has been a great light in the world of college football and a role model for many young Christian men.

This is a powerful story. I copied this story from another blog I hope it reminds you how the power and love of God and how far He will go when we choose to honor Him.

Tim's mom, Pam, knows about the pain of considering abortion. More than 21 years ago, she and her husband, Bob, were serving as missionaries to the Philippines and praying for a fifth child. Pam contracted amoebic dysentery, an infection of the intestine caused by a parasite found in a contaminated food or drink. She entered into a coma and was treated with strong antibiotics before they discovered she was pregnant. Doctors urged her to abort the baby for her own safety and told her that the medicines had caused irreversible damage to her baby. She refused the abortion and cited her Christian faith as the reason for her hope that her son would be born without the devastating disabilities physicians predicted.The doctors "didn't think of it as a life, they thought of it as a mass of fetal tissue," Pam said. While pregnant, Pam nearly lost their baby four times but refused to consider abortion. She recalled making a pledge to God with her husband, "If you will give us a son, we'll name him 'Timothy,' and we'll make him a preacher."Pam ultimately spent the last two months of her pregnancy in bed and, eventually, gave birth to a health baby boy August 14, 1987.Pam's youngest son is indeed a preacher. He preaches in prisons, makes hospital visits, and serves with his father's ministry in the Philippines. He also plays football. Pam's son is Tim Tebow. Tim, the University of Florida's star quarterback, became the first sophomore in history to win college football's highest award, the Heisman Trophy. Tim's notoriety and the family's inspiring story have given Pam numerous opportunities to speak on behalf of women's centers across the country.She was the keynote speaker at the Oct. 23, 2008, benefit banquet for two Louisville ministries. A Woman's Choice Resource Center offers such services as free pregnancy tests, post-abortion counseling, adoption information, and material support. Necole's Place is a companion ministry that provides support services for women in need.Several Louisville-area Kentucky Baptist churches and Long Run Baptist Association help support both ministries.A Woman's Choice board chairman, John Schmitt, reported at the banquet that in the 20 years since the resource center opened, 4,500 children have been saved from abortion -- 400 in this year alone.Speaking of the thousands of lives saved, Pam Tebow said, "That just blows my mind. Every little baby you save matters."

Thursday, March 5, 2009

We all have a story...

Many churches have done cardboard testomies lately. I saw this one and wanted to share it with everyone. Hope you enjoy!

Sunday, March 1, 2009

Flowers in San Diego

The flowers in San Diego are beautiful this week. I want to bring some home with me. They are in bloom and makes me ready for spring in Knoxville!!

Touring San Diego

On Saturday, we went on a tour of San Diego. This was one of the best tours I have been on anywhere. It was a 32 mile tour with 10 stops that you could get off the tour trolley and visit. It was a great day learning about San Diego and visiting the sites of San Diego.

Beaches in San Diego

On Friday, we visited beaches in San Diego. The beaches are beautiful. We also saw seals that were sunning on the rocks at the beach and swimming in the ocean.

Hot Air Ballons in San Diego

No we did not ride one!! I just think they are so pretty and they are floating around San Diego all day long.

San Diego Zoo

On Sunday, we visited the San Diego Zoo. It is a good zoo with lots of animals. Here are a few things we saw.

Torrey Pines Golf Course in San Diego

On Friday, we visited Torrey Pines golf course in San Diego. It is a beautiful golf course on the ocean. I hope you enjoy the pictures.