Friday, December 31, 2010

Eighteen Candles... and a Happy New Year!

Yes, today is my eighteenth birthday!
And it really is hard to believe. Where did all the time go?

This morning my mom and I drove to our local DPS office so that I could take my driving test with the prospect of finally obtaining my drivers license.  I have to admit I was a tad nervous; mostly because I'm not a consistent parallel parker. *nervous chuckle*  I was so afraid I would fail that part of the test. SoOo... I prayed a lot!  And guess what? 

***  I passed!!! ***

I have to give all the credit to the Lord for supplying me with the wisdom and guidance that I needed.  He is so faithful and I am just jumping for joy inside.  Left to myself, there's no way I would've walked out of that office today with a license in hand.  But -- praise God -- I'm now a licensed driver!  Eep! 

This is just an added blessing to the many I've experienced this past year.  I can't thank God enough for walking with my family through these last 365 days. 

People, let me just tell you,

Without His hand of providence leading and guiding, protecting and sustaining, nurturing and holding us up this past year... I don't know where my family would be.  I am truly in awe of his awesomeness right now.  And that's what I love about this time of year: the opportunity it gives me to really reflect on all God has done in my life.

Elisabeth Elliot speaking of Amy Carmichael

"The preoccupations of
seventeen-year-old girls
-- their looks, their clothes, their social life -- do
not change much from generation to generation. But in 
every generation
there seem to be a few who make other choices. 
Amy was one of the few." 

...And I pray I was too.

Now, as an eighteen-year-old, I look forward to continuing to live out my life to the glory of my precious Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ!  He is certainly worthy. :)

I pray you all have a supernaturally blessed new year!

Saturday, December 25, 2010

Merry Christmas

"For unto us a Child is born,
Unto us a Son is given;
And the government will be upon His shoulder.
And His name will be called
Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God,
Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace."
{Isaiah 9:6}

I pray you all have a very blessed day as you
celebrate the birth of our Lord Jesus Christ!


Friday, December 24, 2010

This Christmas Eve...

My soul glorifies the Lord
and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior,
for he has been mindful
of the humble state of his servant.
From now on all generations will call me blessed,
for the Mighty One has done great things for me—
holy is his name.

 His mercy extends to those who fear him,
from generation to generation.
He has performed mighty deeds with his arm;
he has scattered those who are proud in their inmost thoughts.
He has brought down rulers from their thrones
but has lifted up the humble.
He has filled the hungry with good things
but has sent the rich away empty.

He has helped his servant Israel,
remembering to be merciful
to Abraham and his descendants forever,
just as he promised our ancestors.

Luke 1:46:55

I find myself feeling the same way I imagine Mary felt when she first spoke these words.  In many ways this passage says exactly what I'd like to say as the year comes to an end and we celebrate the birth of our Savior!  God has been so good to my family, and I'm so thankful for his constant protection and provision.  Only He knows exactly what each year will bring, and this one has had its fill of surprises for sure. ;-)  Needless to say, He is faithful and has sustained us through it all. 


Blessed be the Lord, God of heaven and earth, who has done great things for me!
Holy is his name.

Sunday, December 19, 2010

Happy Birthday to My Littlest Sis . . .

Who isn't so little anymore!

Dear Samantha,  It's hard to believe we're celebrating your 12th birthday!  It's at times like these when I'm reminded of all the memories we've made together, and just how precious of a gift you are.  My life has been so richly blessed because of you.  And I mean that with all of my heart.  I love you.  And I pray God's best for you each day! Remember to seek first His kingdom and His righteousness... 

Happy birthday, little Sis!

Love Always,
your forever...

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

It's the *Greatest* and *Busiest* Time of Year...

Which explains the lack of posts around here! 
So, what things have I been up to? 
Well, here are a few...

(Did I seriously just make all that rhyme?
That was totally un NOT intentional! lol)

Watching Christmas movies.

This was the most recent:


You gotta love these 'wise guys'!

Drinking hot chocolate.

But I have such a hard time choosing which brand of instant cocoa is better! 


I just can't decide!

Reading the TRUE Christmas story
. . . and singing Christmas songs!

Luke 2 and Matthew 1 are read and re-read quite often during this time of year. :)
And some of my favorite Christmas songs include:
  • What Child is This?
  • O Come, O Come Emmanuel
  • Silent Night
  • O Holy Night
  • Away in a Manger
    And many more! ;-)

Last-minute prep for our church's outdoor drama performance!
For the past three years our family has participated in our church's annual Christmas drama on the life of Jesus Christ. However, this year we didn't sign up because we knew we wouldn't be able to fully commit with Dad's health issues. That is, until we found out last Saturday that there were still a few roles that needed to be filled! So... Shelly, Eliza, and I have joined in pretty much at the last minute. Yesterday was our very first practice--and the program is this weekend! Needless to say, we have a LOT to figure out between now and Saturday evening. :)

A scene from last year's drama -- 2009. 
I'm Mary, Shelly is the middle angel on the left,
and Eliza is the middle angel on the right. 
(Sorry... Had to blur our faces! :)

Oh! And I bet you'll NEVER guess what roles we're playing this year.

We're 'disguising' as three of the twelve disciples!!

...Shh!  It's a secret. ;-D

Well, I hope you enjoyed seeing some of what I've
been up to lately. Have a blessed Thursday, everyone!


Wednesday, December 1, 2010

'Tis the Season for Miracles

Yesterday my dad finally got his very first Tysabri infusion!  After three months of trying to get things worked out and approved, God finally made it possible for an appointment to be set up.  Daddy was soooo happy!  It's been about a year and a half since his sickness began and it's steadily progressed since then.  Each time he has more lesions grow, more symptoms come on, and more hospital stays, he says, "I don't want to do it again."  It's heartbreaking, but we find peace in knowing the Lord is watching over him and that He's in complete control.  Needless to say, it's been a loooong year and a half.  So we really are thrilled to finally have some treatment going!

While we're excited, we're also aware of the risks involved.  Basically, this drug will either kill you or 'heal' you.  There's actually no known cure for multiple sclerosis, but this drug has put many people into remission or at least lessened the severity of their exacerbations.  Honestly, either one would be great.  And guess what?  We're already seeing a bit of improvement!  Dad's walking is a little better and he's thinking more clearly too!  Praise Jesus!

Please pray with us that this drug will not cause any harm or damage to his body, and that it will keep him from having any more lesions grow!  We know Dad's healing will ultimately come from the Lord, but we also know God can use this treatment to cure him.  ...And it will be nothing short of a miracle when it does! ;)
"Then Jesus said to them,
'With man this is impossible, but with God
all things are possible.'"

Matthew 26:19

Well, I hope you all are enjoying the first days of December!
It's hard to believe this year is almost over. Christmas will be
here before we know it!!  Until then... let's enjoy what God has
in store for us each day as we celebrate the season of the birth
of Jesus Christ. :)

...This MIRACLE season! :)

"I will bring health and healing...
I will heal my people and will let them
enjoy abundant peace and security."

Jeremiah 33:6