Thursday, September 30, 2010

Pictures- Family

Well Jake's leg is finally healing up, these picts were back in the beginning
We have tried to keep him occupied and smiling while he is on the mend

Sunday afternoons with my family watching football has been tons of fun....

Check out those Steidinger feet in the background ;) or "skis as we like to call them....

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

You're NOT out of Reach!

Found today at:

But Moses said, “Here I am among six hundred thousand men on foot, and you say, ‘I will give them meat to eat for a whole month!’ Would they have enough if flocks and herds were slaughtered for them? The LORD answered Moses, “Is the LORD’s arm too short?
Numbers 11:21-23

The Israelites wanted meat. God said he would provide it. But Moses doubted it because he didn’t see how it was possible. 600,000 men. Not enough corresponding animals.

It seems simple enough, but that’s because Moses’ conclusion is based upon an estimation made from logic. And logic, while God-given is not a reliable companion when it comes to calculating God’s infinitely great power.

In fact, it can be offensive. When we calculate God’s capabilities and limit God according to our logic, it insults His ability. It confines an unlimited God to the realm of possibility that has been constructed by our limited imaginations. It allows His ability to only stretch as far as our minds and our faith allow it to. And that’s infinitesimally small compared to an infinitely great God.

Unfortunately a lot of people still feel that their situation is the first to finally break the limits of God’s abilities. It seems like there’s a natural tendency in us to feel that our present predicament is the one just beyond the reach of God’s arm.

Your financial situation is such that even God can’t provide for it.
Your illness is too strong even for even God’s power to heal it.
Your marriage is too irreparably damaged for even God to restore it.
Your addiction is so overwhelming that even God can’t break it.
Your friends and family are so far from God that even His arm can’t reach them.

But each of these estimations is just like Moses’. Limited by our own conception of what’s logically possible. We have to get used to the fact that God and His abilities don’t make sense. And that’s a good thing.

Because then He can pour out provision that doesn’t make sense.
He can heal in ways that don’t make sense.
He can restore marriages in ways that don’t make sense.
He can break the power of a sin in your life in a way that doesn’t make sense.
He can save the lives of the people who seem the furthest away from Him in ways that don’t make sense.

Whatever situation you’re facing right now, you’re not out of the reach of God’s arm. You are not and never will be the first to break the limits of God’s abilities. It might not seem logically possible to you. But never forget that what seems impossible to us isn’t even remotely difficult for God.

Monday, September 27, 2010

Weekend Recap

1-Pictures will come tomorrow....tonite I'm too tired to load them all.

2-Wabash Festival Saturday was fun fun fun as well as a visit from my sweet friend Sarah.

3- Sunday & Today....our annual Millikin Vocal Festival. We have the best students ever.

4- Left Baby Monkey for the first time.....our first overniter in 7 mths....yay!

5- Food Challenges....funny pictures will explain it all

6- 3 hours at Starbucks today ALL>BY>MYSELF ;) just my caramel macchiato, pumpkin bread with yummy almonds on top, my laptop, and Beth Moore's: Breaking Free.......and made a new friend that was maybe an angel unaware

7- But oh so happy to see our monkies tonite and our own bed ;) Goood night ;)

Sunday, September 26, 2010

Prayer for our Kids

Lysa TerKeurst shared these fundamentals that she adds into the prayers that
she prays over her kids. I love them.....

1. God, make this child one of the most godly people of their generation.

2. God, let them get caught when they make wrong choices.

3. God, save them from the wrong friends and the wrong mate, so they may be saved for the right friends and the right mate.

You can

Saturday, September 25, 2010

Pictures-Visiting Jake

This was back when Jacob was in the hospital. Driving down, we saw flowers on the side of the interstate and Joanna picked them......and Ellie hand delivered them.

He was pretty doped up in this picture ;) And had just woken up....

The super cute balloon Joanna found....

Thursday, September 23, 2010


Psalm 119:32

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Time for A Poll

Ok all you blog stalkers ;) Some of you I know that keep updated with our lives.....
others of you....I don't.

I need to know......I have been uploading all our pictures to facebook lately as it's quicker.
Figured most of you (blogpatrol says just about 40-60 people read the blog every day)
are my friends on facebook and see the picts.

HOWEVER....if there are some of you out there that are not on Facebook and would like
for me to keep putting our picts here on the blog too, please let me know either by email
or post a comment on here.


Thank you! *HUGS*

Pictures-Buckin' Bulls

So I'm behind on posting picts but here are the picts of the night Jake finally got back on the bulls after 1 year break. Also the night he broke two bones and ended up having surgery ;(

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

You Deliver Me

Deep as the ocean
Right as rain
This powerful emotion
lifts me up above the plain
It's taking me to places
I never thought I'd go
Showing me a grace
I never thought I'd know

When I feel like I can't go on
You deliver me
And when the road is winding
And way too long
You deliver me
You deliver me

I feel like a sinner
Whose sins have been washed clean
An absolute beginner
Whose heart has never seen
I must be forgiven
For sometimes asking why
I was chosen to be given
You in this life

When I feel like I can't go on
You deliver me
And when the road is winding
And way too long
You deliver me
You deliver me

When there's a distance
Between what I am
And who I wanna be
You deliver me

When I feel like I can't go on
You deliver me
And when the road is winding
And way too long
You deliver me
You deliver me

When I feel like I can't go on
You deliver me
And when the road is winding
And way too long
You deliver me
You deliver me

Monday, September 20, 2010

7 months!!

Aubrie is 7 months....and has earned the nickname "Smiles" rightfully so ;)

Sunday, September 19, 2010

His Love

17 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
I may post this verse 30 million times on my blog. Because everyone needs to read it some time or other. And then read it again.
And again...
And again....He loves you....He loves you.
He loves you.

Friday, September 17, 2010

God Knows

God knows....
every cry of our heart.
every thought in our head.
every hope in our heart.
every stronghold in our head.
every struggle in our heart.
every doubt in our head.
every beat of our heart.

Tonite.....God met me again.....and spoke thru Angie:

God knows....He cares....He loves......and I'm so humbled.

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Normal Marriages

"Of course marriage is hard. For heaven's sake, bring together a man and a woman-two creatures who think, act, and feel so differently you would think they'd come from separate solar systems--and ask them to get along for the rest of their lives under the same roof. That is like taking Cinderella and Huck Finn, tossing them in a submarine, and closing the hatch. What did you think would happen?

Now, while you are at it, toss into that constantly-in-your-face experience all our fears, our wounded hearts, our self-centeredness, our self-doubt, and our resolute commitment to self-protection. Good Lord. Anyone looking for undeniable proof in the existence of God need look no further--the fact that any marriage makes it is a miracle of the first order. Bona fide proof that there are forces in the universe working on behalf of mankind.

All those fairy tales about a boy and a girl who find themselves thrown together into an adventure in a dangerous land, and how they must come to work together if they have any hope of making it through, but they are both carrying a tragic flaw, an Achilles' heel that pricks the other constantly and they barely do make it through---those fairy tales pretty much have it right.

In fact, if you look back at the first marriage, that almost fairy-tale-like story in Genesis, you will see that Adam and Eve had a pretty rough go at it. And they didn't even have parents to screw them up as children or friends giving them ridiculous advice. My goodness, the fall of man seems to come during the honeymoon, or shortly thereafter. (and how many honeymoon stories reenact that little drama?) They hit rough water as soon as they set sail, poor things. If this is the story of the first marriage, it is a bit sobering.

But it also gives us encouragement, too. It is normal for marriage to be hard. Even the best of marriages."

~John & Stasi Eldredge.....Love & War

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Ellie Update

Thank you so much to all of you who have been praying for Ellie.

A couple nights after I asked for prayer.......she stopped crying and complaining of pain.
When we went to see the specialist on Wednesday last week, her test results were fine.
He seems to think she has a constipation issue going on (even though she flings poo just fine
once every day). He said some kids need to poop more often than that because maybe she
isn't getting rid of "all of it" every time she goes and excess poo can create bacteria.

Sooooooooooo........we have started Metamucil (sp??) I think is what it's called.

But honestly...........she hasn't complained at all the past week. We BELIEVE in the POWER OF PRAYER. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts. You have no idea what a relief it is that she is sleeping peacefully at night and going potty without crying!

Luke 11:9
"So I say to you: Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you.

Pictures-Labor Day Weekend Part 2

Lotsa quality time!!!

Annual Thresherman's Reunion

The little train....

Dad and Daniel checking out all the junky red tractors ;)

Sheesh! Where is the green stuff at????

Pony rides were a huge hit!

Paw-Paw taking baby monkey duty....