Saturday, July 31, 2010

Friday, July 30, 2010

Hold On To Jesus

In the last few weeks, while preparing for the new school year, I have been really thinking about what I want for my girls and praying each day that I could prepare on how to teach them what I think is important. I have been looking for a verse that would represent my prayers, desires and dreams for Taylor and Aubrey. I chose Deuteronomy 30:20 "...that you may love the Lord your God, listen to his voice, and hold fast to him."

My prayer for Taylor and Aubrey is that they both would LOVE God with all their heart, would LISTEN to his voice above all other voices and HOLD FAST to the Lord no matter what they face in life.

This song, Hold On To Jesus by Erin O'Donnell (click on the link below and you can hear the song, the video is not ours, it is all I could find with the song) is perfect in sharing what I want for them. The words of this song are the perfect prayer for any parent. As a mom, there is nothing more I desire to teach my children than to hold on tight to Jesus:

You're a little piece of heaven
You're a golden ray of light
and I wish I could protect you
from the worries of this life
but if there's one thing I could tell you
it's no matter what you do
hold to Jesus, He’s holding onto you

The world will try to tell you
that might is more than right
and beauty's on the outside
and being good is a losing fight
but remember what I've told you
'cause the world will make you choose
hold to Jesus, He’s holding on to you

Hold on to Jesus, and cling to his love
rest deep in his mercy
whenever things get rough
don't lose sight of his goodness
and don't ever doubt this truth
that when you hold on to Jesus
He's holding on to you.

Hear me dear Jesus
rock this little one to sleep
keep her close when she's scared
and give her grace when she is weak
I know she'll stumble, but I know she'll make it through
if you hold on to her just like you said you'd do
hold her Jesus and she'll hold on tight to you

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

What Joy (Psalm 146)

This morning during my devotion time, the song What Joy was referred to. I had not heard the song in awhile so I looked it up on You Tube.

I needed to hear this song because I needed to be reminded of where my peace and joy come from. My joy comes from having hope in the name of the Lord. My peace comes from having confidence in God and God alone.

And I need to be reminded of that. Over and over and over again.

As I was looking online for the lyrics to this song, I read a description that I couldn't agree with more. It said, "This song is so simple, yet so amazing." The words are powerful and filled with truth.

Here's the video. The lyrics are below.

What Joy (Psalm 146) Written by: Sarah Emerson
You made the heavens and the earth,
the sea and all that is in them
Your promises remain

You give justice to the weak,
You care for the widow and orphan
Forever Lord, You reign

What joy, what joy for those whose hope
is in the name of the Lord
What peace, what peace
for those whose confidence is Him alone

You make the blinded eye to see,
and cherish those who seek Your face
Your faithful love endures
You came to let the slave go free,
You cause the sinner to sing praise

In You we are secure

Monday, July 26, 2010

Monday Motivation

"And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, may have power, together with all the saints, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, and to know this love that surpasses knowledge—that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God."
Ephesians 3:17-19

Saturday, July 24, 2010

Funny Video #3

another funny video that makes me smile :)

Monday, July 19, 2010

Monday Motivation

"The LORD your God is with you,
he is mighty to save.
He will take great delight in you,
he will quiet you with his love,
he will rejoice over you with singing"

Zephaniah 3:17

I love this description of how much God loves us.

Saturday, July 17, 2010

Funny Video #2

Here is another funny video that makes me smile :)

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

my prayer for today

God grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change;
courage to change the things I can;
and wisdom to know the difference.

Living one day at a time;
Enjoying one moment at a time;
Accepting hardships as the pathway to peace;
Taking, as He did, this sinful world as it is, not as I would have it;
Trusting that He will make all things right if I surrender to His Will;
That I may be reasonably happy in this life and supremely happy with Him
Forever in the next.


Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Love Never Fails

Tuesday Thought

“Let no one ever come to you without leaving better and happier.”

Mother Teresa

Monday, July 12, 2010

Monday Motivation

" Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us" Ephesians 3:20

Sunday, July 11, 2010

Happy Birthday to Granny and Pops

Happy Birthday to You,
Happy Birthday to You,
Happy Birthday to Granny and Pops,
Happy Birthday to You!!

This week Granny (on Tuesday) and Pops (on Sunday) have a birthday! We celebrated today because Pops will be in Romania on a mission trip for his birthday. We went to lunch and Aubrey made these cupcakes for us to have after lunch. She made the cupcakes and decorated them!! The cupcakes were delicious and so pretty. Aubrey you did a good job.

From 2010-07-10


We went to Dollywood last week. We had a great time and did not let the heat stop us at all!! I hope you enjoy the pictures!


Here are some updated pictures of Maggie. They are also before and after grooming and haircut :)

4th of July weekend

We had a great time celebrating with family and friends for the 4th of July.

Made me Glad

This is such a song of hope and joy.

I will bless the Lord forever
I will trust Him at all times
He has delivered me from all fear
He has set my feet upon a rock
I will not be moved
And I'll say of the Lord
You are my shield, my strength
My portion, deliverer
My shelter, strong tower
My very present help in time of need
Whom have I in heaven but You
There's none I desire beside You
You have made me glad
And I'll say of the Lord
You are my shield, my strength
My portion, deliverer
My shelter, strong tower
My very present help in time of need

Saturday, July 10, 2010

Funny Video

Here is a video that always makes me smile :)

Friday, July 2, 2010

How Great Is Our God

This morning is beautiful in East Tennessee. The weather is wonderful for July 2nd, the skies have been the most beautiful blue for the last couple of days and very few clouds in the sky. It reminds me of how great our God is. No matter when I need to be reminded there are some wonderful reminders everyday in my life that remind me that "Name above all names, Worthy of all praise, My heart will sing, how great is our God..."

Here are the lyrics to How Great is Our God:

The splendor of a King,
clothed in majesty
Let all the earth rejoice,
all the earth rejoice
He wraps himself in light,
and darkness tries to hide
it trembles at his voice,
trembles at his voice

How great is our God,
sing with me
How great is our God,
and all will see
How great
How great is our God

And age to age He stands
and time is in His Hands
Beginning and the End,
Beginning and the End
The Godhead, three in one
Father, Spirit, Son
the Lion and the Lamb,
the Lion and the Lamb

How great is our God,
sing with me
How great is our God,
and all will see
How great,
How great is our God

Name above all names
Worthy of all praise
My heart will sing
how great is our God
Name above all names
you are worthy of all praise
and my heart will sing
how great is our God

Thursday, July 1, 2010


Here are a few pictures of Maggie. She had a birthday on June 11th and was one year old.

Maggie does not like it when there are storms outside. She gets really scared. She usually hides under the kitchen table. On Monday night this week, we had a storm and the girls made Maggie this tent where she could hide. She loved the tent and was happy when the storm was over!!

Also, there is a picture that Aubrey drew as a celebration for the Fourth of July!!

trip to Atlanta

Last Friday and Saturday, we took a trip to Atlanta. We went to the outlet mall in North Atlanta and a trip to the American Girl Store.

Aubrey participated in a hair class for her doll on Friday night. She was able to do 2 different hair styles for her doll. She had a lot of fun at the class. She got an awesome goody bag for going to the class. We also had dinner at the Bistro Cafe at the American Girl Store. It was yummy!

We had a fun trip and found lots of things shopping at the outlets. Nana went with me and the girls and it was a fun girl trip!!

P.S. We were so happy to see an Orange Julius store in the mall :) We had to have a picture!!


It has been awhile since I showed Britton pictures. He is growing so fast and learning so much. He is adorable. We love getting to spend time with him.
Here are some pictures of Britton last week. Sorry they are dark, I should have turned on the flash :( The stair gate is for Maggie, not Britton. He can get up the steps with no problems and it is really good exercise for me!!

Summer Swim

We have been really busy so far this summer. Last week we were able to begin having fun at the pool. The water is warm, the sun is bright, popsicles are delicious, and it is fun to swim with friends. Happy Summer to everyone!