Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Happy Thanksgiving!
We are spending the week of Thanksgiving in Florida. We have been to Magic Kingdom, Animal Kingdom, and Hollywood Studio. All the parks have been so much fun. We have been seeing Disney characters, eating turkey legs, watching shows, and riding the rides. We are having a great time!!
I hope you enjoy the pictures -there are lots to post later :)


I was just going to wish everyone a Happy Thanksgiving and not get all crazy about Thanksgiving. However, my plans have changed!!
There is so much to be thankful for and I want to live my life with a thankful heart every day. So, I am going to list some things I am thankful for:

1. I am thankful for a husband who loves me and his daughters.
2. I am thankful for his job and for my job.
3. I am thankful that God gave us the miracle of two daughters.
4. I am thankful for great parents who have loved me for my entire life. I am thankful for my sister and her family.
5. I am thankful for my sweet neighbors.
6. I am thankful for so many simple blessings that come my way~day to day.
7. I am thankful for my home and for the memories that are being made there each day.
8. I am thankful for health.
9. I am thankful I get to spend my days at home with my children. There is never a dull moment. When I look through their eyes I see a world of hope and possibility.
10. I am thankful for the Lord's love and forgiveness.
11. I am thankful for our freedom in America.
12. I am thankful for my church, my pastor, and the church staff.
13. I am thankful for each season and how we can see God's handiwork in each change.
14. I am thankful for my new puppy and the excitement she brings to our home.

Lots to be thankful for. God is so good.

Friday, November 20, 2009

Hungry and Thirsty

I'm hungry and thirsty for more of my Jesus. For more of my Father. For more of Him.

Thursday, November 19, 2009

Thankful Thursday

"All the days ordained for me were written in Your book before one of them came to be."

Psalm 139:13 - 16

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

National Adoption Awareness Month

November is National Adoption Awareness Month. The purpose is to raise awareness about the adoption of children and youth from foster care. This year's theme is:"You don't have to be perfect to be a perfect parent."

The main focus of National Adoption Month is foster care adoptions. There are roughly 129,000 children in foster care in the United States waiting for adoptive homes.

That number is staggering and heart breaking.

I have been thinking about this all week and can you imagine the pain these kids feel longing for a parent and wanting to call someone mom or dad.

I would love to adopt or foster care, clearly there are thousands of kids waiting, wishing and hoping for parents, siblings and a place to call home.

Are you having one of those days?

Dear Lord,

So far today I've done all right. I haven't gossiped, I haven't lost my temper, I haven't been greedy, grumpy, nasty, selfish, or very indulgent. I'm very grateful for that. But in a few minutes, Lord, I'm going to get out of bed, and from then on, I'm going to need a lot more help. Amen.

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

A thought about Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving Day is approaching. We crafted a tree out of poster board and taped it to the wall. I cut out a bunch of leaf shapes, in fall colors, and then the girls and I listed the things that we are thankful for on the leaves, which were then taped to the tree. It is a fun family thing to do that helps us all realize how much we have to be thankful for.

There's just something about being thankful that changes the heart. Why not take a moment and write out what you are thankful for.

"God has two dwellings; one in heaven, and the other in a meek and thankful heart." Izaak Walton

Monday, November 16, 2009

"Something More"

Well it has been one of the days...There has been so many things to do today and I feel like I am not adequate enough. I feel inadequate to care for my family, homeschool my girls, comfort a friend who has a sick and hurt child, visit with neighbors, care for the house, be a good employee, and the list goes on and on.

Why do I want to do all of this? Why do I want to spend all my time doing these things? The reason is because I want and strive to be an example of God's love to my family, my friends, strangers that I meet out in the day to day experiences of life, my employer, neighbors, to everyone I come into contact with on a daily basis. I also want to be an example for my girls of how God's love should radiate through them.

So I found another song. As soon as I heard it I could feel God wrapping His arms around me. I have found myself listening to it many times. The line about "On the days I feel like I failed you". There have been many of these days. I feel like I am constantly not giving God the credit when it is due or relying on him when I should. But have I decided to praise God for I am His. Hallelujah, I am His!!


Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Halloween 2009

We had a fun time on Halloween even though it rained on our trick-or-treating. Taylor dressed up like Raggedy Ann. Aubrey dressed up like a Go-go girl.

We had set up tent outside on the front porch with fire pit (that we never got to start because of the rain) and t.v. for the football games.

We enjoyed trick-or-treating in our neighborhood. We also enjoyed handing out candy at our house and seeing the cute (and some scary) costumes.

Who got their ears pierced?

Also on our last camping trip, the girls got their ears pierced. They both had wanted to do it for a long and never followed through with having it done. So, the week before we went camping they decided that it was time. They had talked about it all week. They thought they were ready!!

Jody and I took the girls to Claire's for the ear piercing. We had checked the day before to find out when 2 people would be at the store to pierce both ears at the same time. I thought it was important to have them done at the same time so that no one would change her mind after one ear was pierced!!

Aubrey went first and did great. She was so excited to have her ears pierced again (she had them done when she was about 3 years old). She was really brave.

Then it was Taylor's time. Taylor had changed her mind about getting her ears pierced during the time Aubrey was getting hers done!! When Aubrey was all done and it was Taylor's turn, Taylor was telling me that she was not getting hers done. After some persuasion and bribing (yes I believe bribing your children is okay at times!) Taylor got her ears pierced. She was so happy afterwards and said it did not hurt as bad as she had thought it would!!

Thanks to the 2 ladies at Clarie's that put up with the drama of ear piercing in the King family. Thanks to Mrs. Carol for your encouragement and help in the ear piercing experience.

I am so proud of Taylor and Aubrey for getting their ears pierced. They have been taking excellent care of them everyday doing exactly what they are suppose to after getting them pierced. They are so excited to start wearing different earrings everyday!!

Happy Birthday Jody

While on the camping trip the last week of October, we celebrated Jody's birthday. His actual birthday had been a couple of weeks before but we never got to celebrate. We tried the day of his birthday but lots was going on already and nothing seemed to work out to get to celebrate. So, we took advantage of our time together and celebrated Jody!!

Jody chose Bubba Gump to eat lunch. It was delicious!!
Then we just strolled around and spent time together as a family.

So, in honor of Jody's birthday that I did not post about almost one month ago...

Happy Birthday to you,
Happy Birthday to you,
Happy Birthday to Jody,
Happy Birthday to you!!

I want to wish my best friend, husband, and father of my children Jody, a belated happy birthday!

I would like to share with you some things I love about my husband...
1.) He loves God.
2.) He is a dedicated family man.
3.) He is a great Dad!
4.) He is creative
5.) He is a faithful husband
6) He does not complain about anything!!
7.) No matter what I want to do, he finds a way for me to do it.
8.) He is talented in music - plays the piano and trumpet and sings.
9.) HE LOVES TAKING US TO DISNEY WORLD!! (will be leaving in a few weeks)

There are many, many other things that I love about him. Jody, I just want you to know that Taylor, Aubrey and I love you so much. We think you are the best husband and father!! We hope you had a great birthday!!


We spent some time camping during the month of October. Our first camping trip was earlier in the month and it rained the ENTIRE time we were camping.
Our second camping trip was better because it only rained some :)
The leaves on the trees were beginning to change and they were beautiful. The pictures of the river is behind our camper at the campground.

One day we spent the afternoon at Dollywood. It was fun because few people were there and we did not have to wait in line for any of the rides!!

We love camping (even Maggie)!!

How Great Thou Art

How Great Thou Art
Carl Boberg

O Lord, my God, When I in awesome wonder,
Consider all the worlds Thy hands have made;
I see the stars, I hear the rolling thunder,
Thy pow'r throughout The universe displayed.
Then sings my soul, My Savior God, to Thee,
How great Thou art! How great Thou art!

When thru the woods and forest glades I wander,
And hear the birds sing sweetly in the trees;
When I look down from lofty mountain grandeur
And hear the brook and feel the gentle breeze.
Then sings my soul, My Savior God, to Thee,
How great Thou art! How great Thou art!

And when I think that God, His Son not sparing,
Sent Him to die, I scarce can take it in;
That on the cross my burden gladly bearing,
He bled and died To take away my sin.
Then sings my soul, My Savior God, to Thee,
How great Thou art! How great Thou art!

When Christ shall come With shout of acclamation
And take me home, What joy shall fill my heart!
Then I shall bow In humble adoration,
And there proclaim, "My God, how great Thou art!"

Then sings my soul, My Savior God, to Thee,
How great Thou art! How great Thou art!
Then sings my soul, My Savior God, to Thee,
How great Thou art! How great Thou art!

Carl Boberg was a Swedish minister and wrote a poem in 1885, when he was 26 years old, that translated very similar to the first verse of this hymn. Stuart Hine, an English missionary, was in Russia when he heard the hymn for the first time. He loved it so much he changed some words and added the last three verses. In 1954 George Beverly Shea heard this song and introduced it to the Billy Graham Crusade team. In the New York Crusade of 1957, Bev Shea sung this hymn ninety-nine times.
*The history for this hymn is taken from Then Sings My Soul by Robert J. Morgan

The mouth of the Righteous

This is the topic of my Bible study today.

Righteous: Doing or conforming to that which is right; just; honorable. (Webster's)

From the reading of Proverbs 10, the mouth of the righteous:

is a fountain of life
is choice silver
nourishes many
brings forth wisdom
knows what is fitting

One small chapter from the entire Bible can set a different tone in our homes, our cars, our places of work and worship if we are obedient to it's commands. This is my goal for the day!

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

A Girl's Day

For Christmas last year, Taylor and I both received a gift certificate for a facial. I do not know why we waited until October to use it?!? It was so much fun and SO relaxing. I would love to have a facial every month or every week. Every day would be awesome! You can see in the pictures, Taylor before and Taylor after...she looks so relaxed and refreshed after her facial :) Thanks Fowlers for the wonderful gift!! It was much loved!!

Rainy Day

Today was rainy all day. This was the first day in awhile that we have not been really busy and had lots of places to go and lots we had to do. So, we took advantage of the rainy day.

We took our time in school today and talked about many new things. We ran a few errands this afternoon and had lunch at Cracker Barrel sitting by a fire, then home for 6 hours straight during the day!! This does not happen very much for us :(

So, what did we do?

Well, I am glad you asked... there was napping (by Maggie!!) , playing Guitar Hero, finishing with the Christmas decorating, laughing, and having fun together!! It was a wonderful rainy afternoon.

We are now getting ready to leave for tap class at the dance studio...not looking forward to getting out in the rain.

Enjoy the rainy evening.

Don't Just Hear It...

listen to it. I've heard the song was in the movie "Fireproof". But I hadn't really listened. God saved it for the perfect moment. When I was getting frustrated and not being patient, this song was posted on another blog and it ministered to my heart.

While I'm Waiting
John Waller

I'm waiting

I'm waiting on You, Lord

And I am hopeful
I'm waiting on You, Lord
Though it is painful
But patiently, I will wait

I will move ahead, bold and confident
Taking every step in obedience
While I'm waiting
I will serve You
While I'm waiting
I will worship
While I'm waiting
I will not faint
I'll be running the race
Even while I wait

I'm waiting
I'm waiting on You, Lord
And I am peaceful
I'm waiting on You, Lord
Though it's not easy
But faithfully, I will wait

Yes, I will wait

I will serve You while I'm waiting
I will worship while I'm waiting
I will serve You while I'm waiting
I will worship while I'm waiting
I will serve you while I'm waiting
I will worship while I'm waiting on You, Lord

John Waller - While I'm Waiting (Official Music Video) from Provident Label Group on Vimeo.

Thursday, November 5, 2009

no, Mr. President :(

Shoes For Haiti

The college ministry at our church, recently did a special mission trip to Haiti. See what they did in the video.

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Safe in the Arms of Jesus

Safe in the Arms of Jesus
Fanny J. Crosby

Safe in arms of Jesus, safe on His gentle breast,
There by His love o'ershadowed, sweetly my soul shall rest.
Hark! 'tis the voice of angels, borne in a song to me.
Over the fields of glory, over the jasper sea.

Safe in the arms of Jesus, safe from corroding care,
Safe from the world's temptations, sin cannot harm me there.
Free from the blight of sorrow, free from my doubts and fears;
Only a few more trials, only a few more tears!

Jesus, my heart's dear Refuge, Jesus has died for me;
Firm on the Rock of Ages, ever my trust shall be.
Here let me wait with patience, wait till the night is o'er;
Wait till I see the morning break on the golden shore.

Fanny Crosby was born blind and on March 5, 1858 she wed Alexander Van Alsteine. A year later she gave birth to a child. No one knows if it was a boy or girl and the only thing she was ever heard saying about it was, "God gave us a tender babe, soon the angels came down and took our infant up to God and His throne." No one could get her to talk about this tragedy. She claimed that "Safe in the Arms of Jesus" was written especially for mothers who had lost children.
*History of hymn was taken from "Then Sings my Soul" by Robert J. Morgan.

Sunday, November 1, 2009

Tell Me Again

This past weekend, I attended Creekfest (much like a Fall Festival) at my former church. This is the church I grew up in and spent over 30 years of my life growing in the Lord and serving the Lord. It is a very special place to me. I got to see many people that are really special to me. It also made me start thinking of other people that are special to me because they helped me to become the person I am today. As I was growing up in the Lord, he made sure I was surrounded by those who were faithful to BE Jesus. I will be forever grateful to my leaders in church who invested their time and their hearts in my life. I am convinced that without them I would not be where I am today.

Jesus Loves Me