Thursday, May 26, 2016

A Lamp Unto My Feet

I love, love, love Bible journaling! It is so much fun & it really helps me to spend time in the Word! It has been very therapeutic and has helped me during this transition in our life. Someday I hope to have every single page in my Bible filled! What a neat way to look back and remember all the ways God spoke to me over the years! Here are a few of the recent things I have done.

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Wherever We Are Together...

I found this picture at Hobby Lobby the other day, and I knew I just had to have it! 
What a wonderful statement...
"Wherever we are together, that is Home!" 
So. Very. True. 
I mean, I really, really like my house & I'm so sad to move away from it...but it really is just a shell...what makes a "home" is the love that fills it. 
As we are trying to sell our house and get ready to move to Falls Creek for the summer and then to the Edmond/OKC area at the end of summer, I find myself becoming very overwhelmed and sad at times about being "misplaced." As human beings, we like to be comfortable. Safe. Stable. We don't like change. At All. But, I have come to the conclusion that the only thing that stays the same is that everything is always changing! =0) 
You know, a few summers ago when we sold our old house and built this new house, we were essentially "homeless" for 3 months. I think in some ways, God was using that time to show us that we CAN do it, and we really do have such sweet, fun memories of that summer. I can look back and think that yes...whether it was camping in a tent in the pouring rain, staying in a hotel in Memphis or Myrtle Beach, sleeping on the floor of a church on Choir Tour, living in the Steen's upstairs "apartment," spending weekends at G-Ma's house or Lake Eufaula, or staying for a week in a cabin at Falls Creek...we were "HOME" and we were okay, because we were "Together." 
Soooo...we have been there, done that, and survived it, with sweet memories we will do it again...and hopefully two years from now, we will be sitting in our new house, looking back and thinking "Wow, that wasn't so bad! But I'm sure glad we don't have to do it again anytime soon!" =0)
At the end of the day, as long as we are together, we are "home," and that makes my heart happy!

Tell Your Heart To Beat Again...

God has really used music to help me through the past few months. I bet I have listened to this song no less than 200 times within the past month. 

The lyrics are so, so good...I feel like they were written just for me! I have admittedly struggled with this transition, but my favorite part of this song is the line that says...

BEGINNING, just let that word wash over you. It's alright now, love's healing hands have pulled you through. SO GET BACK UP, TAKE STEP ONE...LEAVE THE DARKNESS, FEEL THE SUN! Cause your story's far from over, and your journey's just begun! 

Oh, thank you Lord, for these words...thank you that you have walked with us through the past several months, and you will continue to be with us as we embark on this new beginning! Help me to let go...yesterday's a closing door...I don't live there anymore...Help me to say goodbye to where I've been and tell my heart to beat again.

In some ways, I think having to wait for school to end and still being here these past two months has made the transition harder. After all, it's hard to "say goodbye to where you've been" when you're still living there. I think now that summer is here, it will be easier...I just know that I'm really ready to leave the darkness & feel the sun! 
Shattered, like you've never been before
The life you knew

In a thousand pieces on the floor
Words fall short in times like these
When this world drives you to your knees
You think you're never gonna get back
To the you that used to be

Tell your heart to beat again
Close your eyes and breathe it in
Let the shadows fall away
Step into the light of Grace
Yesterday's a closing door
You don't live there anymore
Say goodbye to where you've been
And tell your heart to beat again

just let that word wash over you
It's alright now
Love's healing hands have pulled you through
So get back up and take step one
Leave the darkness feel the sun
Cause your story's far from over
And your journey's just begun

Tell your heart to beat again
Close your eyes and breathe it in
Let the shadows fall away
Step into the light of Grace
Yesterday's a closing door
You don t live there anymore
Say goodbye to where you've been
And tell your heart to beat again

Let every heartbreak and every scar
Be a picture that reminds you Who has carried you this far
‘Cause love sees farther than you ever could
In this moment Heaven's working everything for your good

Tell your heart to beat again
Close your eyes and breathe it in
Let the shadows fall away
Step into the light of Grace
Yesterday's a closing door
You don't live there anymore
Say goodbye to where you've been
And tell your heart to beat again
Your heart to beat again, beat again

Oh, so tell your heart to beat again

Monday, May 23, 2016

A Great Day! (For Them...And me!)

After making it through the last week of school, we started our first "official" week of summer with the kids taking a trip to OKC for the day with Daddy, which meant a FREE DAY for me!!! I mean...from 7:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. I was on my own!!! (Can you tell by the exclamation marks that I was excited about this?!) 
Shopping and lunch at Taziki's with Connie, and then dinner at Chili's with Kari & was like medicine to my soul after the hard week before. Even the rain couldn't dampen my mood! Mackenzie loved spending a day with Daddy at his new office, and Madison & Jonah spent the day with Poppa & Louise. It was a 100% win for everyone!
She even wore her "business outfit!" 
This was at a park Poppa & Louise took the kids to. Looks fun! 

Saturday, May 21, 2016

A Beautiful Zoo Wedding

We had such a good time at Jake & Rebecca's wedding at the Tulsa Zoo! It has been fun for us to watch these two grow up together in the youth group at STBC, and now here they are getting married. The Romoser's are like family and have been a God-give blessing to us during our time here in Tulsa. Our friendship with them is one that will always remain, regardless of our location. This was probably the most fun wedding for kids that we've ever been to...I mean, riding the train around the zoo and looking at animals, eating good food & cookies (that I made!) and dancing the night away with friends...yep, good times! Jonah really did have fun, even though he looks mad and mean in this picture above. LOL! We wish Jake & Rebecca all the best and pray that God will bless their marriage and life together in every way! 
There are so many things I could write, but I'm just going to put it this way...
I am so very thankful to God for this beautiful friend of mine! No one makes me laugh quite like she does & I love her dearly! And one more thing...I was honored to get to go shopping with Kari to find her dress for the wedding, and I just have to say...she looked beautiful & I get credit for picking it out! =0)
Not on purpose, but they all matched!
While they took pictures in between the service and the reception, we had about an hour to ride the train and look at the animals. 
We love us some Easterwood's!! 
I got my nails done to match my fun! (Kari has been my inspiration to do my ring fingernails different.)
And then there's this...I know this is weird, but I just have to include it somewhere, because it's too funny! One day we were talking and I looked down and realized both of us had black nails & our thumb nails had come off. It just made me laugh! There are so many reasons we are such good friends. =0)))
Okay, back to the wedding...
Brian took Madison around to look at some animals, and I guess he made a new friend! LOL!  
They are still best buddies! 
I really don't know what I would've done without the friendships of Connie & Kari these past few months...well, this past year really. I love how God has grown each of our friendships and deepened them in different ways. It makes moving away that much harder, but thank goodness for unlimited text and talk, that its only an hour and a half away, and the fact that friendships like this aren't dependent on geography. 
The girls danced their hearts out! 

Thursday, May 19, 2016

Readers Theater & Awards Ceremony

On Thursday afternoon, Mackenzie had a little Awards Ceremony and Reader's Theater presentation of Charlotte's Web in her classroom. This was also Jonah's last day of ELP, so the combination of all of these "lasts" pretty much had me in tears all day long. (An afternoon shopping spree did provide a little retail therapy for me!) Mrs. English gave Mackenzie the Character Trait Award of "Diligence," which fits her perfectly. Mackenzie also completed the Readers are Leaders requirements of reading 10,000 words this year, so she received a certificate for that. One of Mackenzie's favorite things from 3rd grade was making a salt dough map. They broke up into groups of 4 and made them, and each group got to pick one person to take the map home at the end of the year. Well, Mackenzie and one of the boys in her group both wanted it, so they picked a number and he won. Mackenzie was all but devastated over this, and nearly burst into tears at the end of the day. The sweetest thing happened...the little boy saw that she was upset and brought the salt dough map over and gave it to her to take home. I was doing a decent job of holding back my tears until this point...I burst into tears and told his mom how much that meant to me. It was a small thing really, but HUGE to Mackenzie. Almost like a little piece of Regent that she was getting to take with her. (WHERE in the world we are going to put it, I don't know, but that's beside the point!) It has been a great year of 3rd grade for Mackenzie in Mrs. English's class. Whether we were moving or not, I would be sad to see it coming to an end. These years at Regent have grown Mackenzie into a smart, confident little girl, and I know that will go with her no matter where she goes in her life! Thankful for such a firm foundation that we have gained here! 
Madison got to come watch the Charlotte's Web Reader's Theater too! Daddy wanted to be there, but he had to work. 
I have cried many tears, but I've tried not to do it in front of them. 
Mackenzie wasn't too excited that she was "just" a narrator, but when I reminded her that she did get a big part (Mary) at Christmas, she understood! She was determined to "dress the part" in her little business suit though! 
Mrs. English has been absolutely wonderful! We will miss her soooo much! 
Best Friends Forever...