Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Love is Not a Fight

"Love Is Not A Fight"
by Warren Barfield
Love is not a place to come and go as we please
It's a house we enter in then commit to never leave
So lock the door behind you Throw away the key
Work it out together Let it bring us to our knees
Love is a shelter in a raging storm
Love is peace in the middle of a war If we try to leave;
May God send angels to guard the door
No, Love is not a fight but its something worth fighting for
Some love is a word that they can fall into.
But when they're falling out keeping that word is hard to do
Love is a shelter in a raging storm
Love is peace in the middle of a war
If we try to leave; May God send angels to guard the door
No, Love is not a fight but its something worth fighting for
Love will come to save us If we'll only call
He will ask nothing from us but demand we give our all
Love is a shelter in a raging storm
Love is peace in the middle of a war
If we try to leave; May God send angels to guard the door
No, Love is not a fight but its something worth fighting for


So someone made the comment: Maybe your kids wouldn't get into so much stuff if you watched
them better and didn't blog so much.


You really think I do all my "unwinding activities" when my monkies are awake?!?!?!?!?

My monkies get into enough trouble and create enough messes and onriness while I am busy folding laundry, doing laundry, washing dishes, cleaning, baking, picking up, etc......

SERIOUSLY.....we are all intitled to our own opinions but I assure you this: Blogging is a relaxing activity for me that gets done at naptime or evenings. Just ask my's part of our evening routine ;)

I love my monkies: onriness and all and I wouldn't trade them for anything. This is how God created them and I will be thankful always for their energy and zest for life.

AND......Mamas like me have to learn how to multitask double time when we get blessed with bundles of never ending energy. I'm not perfect.......but I'm sure learning more each day how to get things done efficiently with little ones underfoot! Only by the grace of God.......

Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Pictures-Millikin Vocal Festival 09

Once again.....we had another great trip to Millikin with our "big kid monkies"....there
was never a dull much fun!!!
Dr. amazing Christian man.....I think one of the kids' favorites!

Dr Holmes' choral group from the university....they knocked our socks off with their beautiful voices!!!!! I always walk away from there thinking, if this sounds this good, the angels in Heaven are REALLY gonna knock our socks off!!!!

The finalists for the solos.....once again, Prairie Central had a student up there!!!!!! Yeah!!!!

Congrats to our guy in the middle, Dan.......great job!

The directors that all brought students got to perform also, very cool...notice Jason in the very middle of the top row, then notice the giant all the way to the left on

Mr. Jason Strough......showing the kids what it's all about.......

The 300+ students that came from all over.....the sound was incredible!!!

Papa & Mama Strough and their kidlings.....we had such a great time.

Seriously....great memories....we get the best kids outa our whole school!!!

The senior guys.....what a riot....

I always enjoy getting to know the kids better.......but REALLY enjoy the Starbucks, hotel, RELAXING......and time with the hubby......great great great eating.....Olive Garden.....Hometown Buffett......Arbys....yum, yum, yum.....

So on Sunday, it was 5 years ago on that day that Jase proposed to we celebrated with our "big kids" at Olive Garden.....good times.
And babe......I'm still so glad I said YES!!!!

Sunday, September 27, 2009


Luke 1:37, "For with God nothing shall be impossible."

LUKE 1:26-38
What a statement! If we just believed this, how different our lives would be!

From birth we are trained to know our limitations. You can't have this. Don't touch that. Don't put things in your mouth. You can't touch the fire. On and on the list goes.

As we grow up, it's actually a sign of maturity to recognize our limitations and learn to live within them. There are limits to everything. It's a fact of life.

But God has no limits. When we enter into the realm of the supernatural, we have to take off all the limits. We have to renew our minds with the truth that God is not like us. He can do anything.

We have an awesome God whose power is so great that we can't even comprehend it. He created the universe and it didn't even tax His ability. Yet many times we find ourselves wondering if our situation is too hard for the Lord. We can't see how even God can pull us through.

The Lord said to Jeremiah, "Behold, I am the Lord, the God of all flesh: is there any thing too hard for me?" (Jer. 32:27) The answer is a resounding NO! The only thing that limits God is our unbelief (Dt. 7:17). Today, let's honor God by believing that nothing is too difficult for Him.

~Andrew Wommack Ministries

Saturday, September 26, 2009

Never Alone

My new favorite, favorite, favorite country group........because they have amazing harmony......voices and songs.

This song is with Jim Brickman....awesome pianist!!!

Pictures-Fall Festival 09

Another great garage saling weekend! 1 load already in washer!
Bake sale goodies......twinkie cake, coconut creme pie, amish friendship bread, cinnamon rolls, streusel am I a pregnant carb lovin' woman or what1?!?!?!??!

Our town had it's annual fall festival.....the rain held off til afternoon and kids had great fun!

Our friend, Kris's adorable little guy....

Annual kiddie tractor pull with Paw-Paw assisting.....

Friend Alan Edelman....the guy that runs the pull

Our friends' Bryan & Whitney's little girl Brenna.....too cute!

The Gabester

A local band....

A great family should sleep good tonite! Hava great rest of the weekend!

Friday, September 25, 2009

How You Live

How You Live (Turn Up The Music)
Verse 1:Wake up to the sunlight
With your windows open
Don't hold in your anger or leave things unspoken
Wear your red dress
Use your good dishes
Make a big mess and make lots of wishes
Have what you want
But want what you have
And don't spend your life lookin' back
Chorus:Turn up the music
Turn it up loud
Take a few chances
Let it all out
You won't regret it
Lookin' back from where you have been
Cuz it's not who you knew
And it's not what you did
It's how you live
Verse 2:So go to the ballgames
And go to the ballet
And go see your folks more than just on the holidays
Kiss all your children
Dance with your wife
Tell your husband you love him every night
Don't run from the truth 'Cause you can't get away
Just face it and you'll be okay
:Oh wherever you are and wherever you've been
Now is the time to begin
Verse 3:So give to the needyAnd pray for the grieving
E'en when you don't think that you can
'Cause all that you do is bound to come back to you
So think of your fellow man
Make peace with God and make peace with yourself
'Cause in the end there's nobody else.
~Point of Grace

Thursday, September 24, 2009


Worship isn’t just about singing, playing instruments or singing on the stage during a weekend experience.

Worship is the outpouring of our hearts, even through the most mundane, regular things we do.

Worship is seeing God’s hand in the beautiful sunrise.
Worship is smiling at that little one while you’re changing his poopy diaper.
Worship is choosing to love that office or school mate, even when they are unlovable.
Worship is embracing your circumstances, not merely enduring them.
Worship is thinking of others as more important than ourselves.
Worship is accepting that He is in control, and I am not.
Worship is serving.
Worship is loving.

Worship is a natural outflow of what is in our heart. It is the River of Life flowing through us.

John 7:38
"Anyone who believes in me may come and drink! For the Scriptures declare, ‘Rivers of living water will flow from his heart.’”

Romans 12:1
"And so, dear brothers and sisters, I plead with you to give your bodies to God because of all he has done for you. Let them be a living and holy sacrifice—the kind he will find acceptable. This is truly the way to worship him."

~By Robin at

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Pictures-Last Days of Summer

Enjoying the last days of summerish weather.....

Look who's copying who again.....

Little Miss Helper always bringing Gabe is particles AND hers....

Mommy painted Daddy a new baggo set!!!

Enjoying the last of summer yumminess too.....

With my little helpers...

Baby belly and beans......

And at the end of the'll always see this in the Gabester's room...

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Tuneful Tuesday

We saw this annointed man, Israel Houghton and New Breed this past year in concert.

Talk about worship......this group knows what it means.
The best part is the first song: Moving Forward: when it gets to minute gets really good.
Makes me think of the angels in Heaven dancing and praising God...I can't wait!!

Monday, September 21, 2009

Just To Take Him at His Word

Greg Sponberg has a gift.....a way with words.....check this out today and be blessed.

And just take Jesus at His Word.

Sunday, September 20, 2009

Sunday Snippets

So this morning I woke up to a hubby not feeling we all stayed home from church.....
and I also found a yucky surprise in my kitchen. It seems we hava furry friend. I thought I heard something last night underneath our oven, but we couldn't find anything. So I thought the best way to test it is leave something on the counter. The little sucker went for bait......yuck.
So I flew to Dollar General as fast as my van would go and purchased 12 DECONS!!!! I will get him......yuck, yuck, yuck.....I hate mices!!!

It rained most of the day....but we didn't care...we got out our fun new fall clothes and snuggled up with movies and then some praise & worship music.....the kids and I......and when Daddy wokeup around 11ish, he was feeling better.

I drank some new yummy Vanilla Biscotti coffee all morning long while the kids entertained me.

.......Legalism does NOT keep you holy.....the Word of God does!!!!
" For Christ is the end of the law for righteousness to everyone who believes." Romans 10:4
.........When Jesus died on the was more legalism!!!
Only freedom in Him!!!!!