Welcome to my eclectic journey of my life and delights. This year my theme is surrendering my writing pen to the true author, Jesus Christ, while looking forward to the future, reflecting on the past and dancing through my journey.

Friday, October 17, 2014

A Sunny TEXAS Pumpkin Day

We started out with Joshua using a hair clip (isn't that what they are made for?) as shark teeth to bite at Uncle Ben.  The car just filled with laughter.

As mentioned before, we must live in faith and not in fear.  We must pray and then leave the results up to the one Who knows the end results.   What better way to look at the discouraging news in the eye and say, "I have the courage to live", then to do just that.

Now second generation comes to the same pumpkin patch that we have visited for 16 years.

Bill took a half-day off from work.  After reading a quote on Kim's Field of Dreams, I decided the quote was right.  I was tired of just trying to make a living without living.  My husband has had his feet to the income wheel, without a break, for over  year.  I invited him to come join Benjamin and I in taking two of our grands to the pumpkin patch.
Tradition...you all get measured.  What is funny is this is probably the only record I have of must of my children's heights.  Benjamin started off.  I had picked him up from school so he is wearing his school uniform. This was teacher/parent conference week.  May I say, my youngest is doing excellent in school.  The reports were just overwhelming praise and grades for Benjamin.  He has adjusted well to school and I am starting to also.

This is Joshua's second year.  He says "cheese" when you want a picture and holds the "cheeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeessssssssssssssssssseeeeeeeeeeeeeeee"
Age 3 and has his Grand Mommy's heart wrapped around his finger.
This is Maverick's first year and I was determined to get him measured.  He wasn't too thrilled to stand up with us whistling for him to look up at Grand Daddy.  He will pay me back for this one day.
He us all smiles, which just melts your heart.
Picture with my boys and Joshua with "cheeeeeeeesssssssssssseeeeeeeeeeeee".
Now I must do something about that grey in my hair. I am never pleased with pictures of myself, but I am so tired of all the years of not having me in anything, that I am determined to change that.  I was at all those events...................just taking the pictures.
Grand Daddy - Dad... enjoyed the day with us.  He and Mav became friends, which is what I called their bonding time.  Little Mav just giggled and giggled with his Grand Daddy.  Benjamin and I were running to keep up with Joshua.  Bounce houses, wagons, hay ride, pumpkins, snow cones, horses =living life.
I think this says it all.  We all just need to rest in our Father's lap and look for His guidance and relax.  
This eleven month old seems to understand that concept.

Have a wonderful weekend.

Wednesday, October 15, 2014


Thank you all for your prayers as our family deals with loss of a loved one and a precious friend.  Both of their lives are still being celebrated through different services.

May we all continue to pray for those here in Dallas with Ebola, as the numbers begin to increase. May we remember all those who are suffering from this and so many other diseases.

  As we continue to replace fear with faith.  

Prayers - For the staff at the hospitals.  For their families.  For the ones who were serving and are now the patients.  For healing.  For this virus to come to an end.

Friday, October 10, 2014

Courage to Live

Monogrammed pumpkins by "Grand Mommy" for her precious grandsons!  This is the life.

You turn on the radio, the television, the computer, Face Book and any media to hear the latest report.  Yes, I live very near Dallas, Texas (within 30 minutes) and we are now known for the first victim of Ebola to die in the United States; therefore, we live with daily Ebola alerts.

Before Ebola alerts there were alerts for West Nile virus and before that we had daily counts of those infected with and dead from the flu.

If it isn't a health alert, there is something else. There was a time we were cautioned to not gather in large arenas due to terrorist threats on America.

As I strolled, pushing my grandson's stroller, I thought, "you know Lord, it takes Courage to live."

All through scripture the Lord tells us to have courage.  You have to have courage to live each day with all the things threatening to take life from us.
Another pumpkin for one of my three little pumpkins!

As I contemplated not going to our Texas State Fair this year, I decided I was going to live.  As the fear is released through all forms of media, I realized that it takes from us the same thing we are trying to keep.............our life!  We stop living in order to preserve our life.

God didn't give us a spirit of fear.  He sent His son so we could have life and have it more abundantly.  He is the one who knows the day of our birth and the day our earthly lives come to an end. If I allow the enemy to rob me of the life I am trying to preserve, then I have forgotten who holds life in His hands.

Does that mean not to be wise?  No, but even having children takes courage.   Statistics show that one out of every four pregnancies ends in a miscarriage.  I am one of those stats, having had three miscarriages, but I also chose not to let life be taken way by statistics.  Although some never conceive, if I had given into the fear, I wouldn't have the six blessings that call me Mom today.

I will close this week attending a funeral, but I opened today with a resolve to live life to it's fullest and not let the news of the sinful world rob me. The "what-if's " will zap the life straight out of us while we are still alive.   I want to walk in courage to live life.  In so doing, I am also honoring those who have been taken from this life earlier than we would have wanted.  Isn't our best gift to our Creator one of living life to its fullest?   Do you need some courage to live life?   Now where are my tennis shoes so Benjamin and I can go to the Great State Fair of Texas?!?!?!

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