Friday, February 28, 2014


For the grace of God has appeared that offers salvation to all people. It teaches us to say “No” to ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live self-controlled, upright and godly lives in this present age, (Titus 2:11, 12 NIV)

"Grace" teaches and trains us, not guilt, condemnation, legalism, works, rules and regulations. Grace is the ultimate teacher. If you want to live a Godly life, it comes by reminding yourself about the Grace that was given to you. Let grace teach you, not condemnation.

~Pastor Shawn Jensen

Sunday, February 16, 2014

Blessed Beyond Measure

My heart is feeling so full and overwelmed with gratefulness tonight.
Sometimes it feels like life's journey takes us on more roads of heartache than those of joy.
But I've discovered....always, without fail....spring always comes after the long hard winter.
And so it is with this journey...God gifts us with seasons of rest and peace with beautiful scenery.
People come and go into our lives for different purposes....and we have the choice
who we let take up the spaces in the rooms of our hearts.
Tonight, I'm grateful for so much family and so many friends that we have been blessed
over and beyond with. Because life? It's a much more beautiful ride with those who love
you, accept you with your flaws and all, and make the choice to stand beside you and walk
the journey with you. Love is patient and kind. It is not easily provoked. It keeps no record of wrongs. Love is forgiving....and love never gives up on the people that find a home in our hearts. #blessedbeyondmeasure

Monday, February 10, 2014


PapaMonkey comes up behind me and puts his arms around me.....and leans in to whisper
in my ear. I get ready for something really romantical to be spoken.
"Hey know if you can get ready in time and not be late, we can get to church
early before everyone else again like last week."
I roll my eyes....."Yes honey....I can be ready and early for church 2 sundays in a row...I'll prove
it to you!"
He laughs....."No, I'm thinking we could do some donuts again in the parking lot with all this fresh snow."
The monkies all start yelling and cheering with excitement.
"You are the best Daddy ever!!!"
I daddy hubby ever. I hope that little boy part of him never grows up.
This guy knows the way to my heart :)

Monday, February 3, 2014

Choosing Joy and Sparkle and Shine

I really wanted to be grumpy today.
Grumpy that it's still so cold. Grumpy that we still have this much snow.
Grumpy with the weather forecasts that more of this hibity-bibity is coming.
Grumpy that spring seems to be taking forever to get here.
But then the sun started shining really bright.
And I looked out the window and saw a lot of sparkling happening on the white snow on the back
patio. And it just kept sparkling....while I stood there and stared at it with my Sugar Cookie coffee in my hands.
And these 6 little sweet kiddos keep laughing...and playing together so well...having so much fun.
Using their imaginations and acting as if they don't have a care in the world.
And a certain sweet little Baby Monkey...that really isn't a baby monkey anymore....went
to the dryer and started pulling out towels and wash rags and folding them....and all the while,
she was singing and dancing around. Her blond little curls were twirling around as she stood
there and folded all the laundry without me asking.....and she was singing: "Jesus loves me....Jesus loves me....Jesus loves me." It was her own little made up song that she kept singing over and over.
My heart just melted......And I couldn't do it.....I couldn't be grumpy.
Because right now? I'm surrounded with too many reasons to smile and be grateful for.
There's a lot of joy and sparkling and shining going on....and that's what I will focus on today :)


Gabe: Mommy! I can't find my chapstick!
Me: Hmmmm....well did you look for it?
Gabe: Yes! And I can't use the girl's chapstick, I can only use boy chapstick!
Me: Ok....well we can look for it again when we get back home.
Gabe: Well I really think that Daddy went in my room and he snook my boy chapstick cuz
he's a guy and he wouldn't want to use your chapstick Mommy!
Me: {laughing} Did you just say snook?
Gabe: Yes! Daddy is so sneaky! He goes in my room at night and sneaks out my
stuffed animals so I don't suck my thumb at night and I'm doing so good with that!
So that's how I know it was Daddy that snook my chapstick because he's so sneaky!
Me: {laughing so hard} Gabe...let's have a grammar lesson :)