Friday, July 31, 2009

Speechless...

Had a phenomenal night(I'm not even sure how to spell that) Anyway....I am having an incredible time. It is something else to be with 500 like minded women(I saw you roll your eyes Greg:). The first message I heard was "finding your own remarkABLE" it was by Lisa Terkeurst. She had so many awesome points but the verse that I can't get out of my head is Acts 4:13. It says:

When they saw the courage of Peter and John and realized that they were unschooled, ordinary men, they were astonished and they took note that these men had been with Jesus.

And Acts 4:20 says:

For we cannot help speaking about what we have seen and heard.

That just sums it all up for me. Even though I am unschooled and ordinary I just can't stop talking about Him and what He has done in my life. I had so many doubts coming into this weekend. I am speaking tomorrow on confidence and ironically it is just the thing that I am lacking most right now.

I also heard an awesome message on fear from Micca Campbell and with all my fear issues the timing of that message was perfect. After that it was off to an evaluation group where I had to share "my story" in 3 minutes. Very challenging. There are 11 ladies in my group plus one of the Proverbs 31 ladies, Lynn Cowell. They all filled out evaluation sheets and gave me some great feedback. Now I am off to work on my presentation for tomorrow and hopefully get some sleep. I will update again as soon as I can. Have a blessed night and if you think of it pray for my little grandbaby. He was a little jaundice and he is sooo tiny but other than that he is doing good. God is so great!

She Speaks!

Just wanted to let you all know I made it! The hotel is beautiful, I traveled with no complications, and I am ready to see what God has planned for me. It is a very strange feeling to be alone. I shared earlier this week that I really don't like to be alone. I am sure this will be a learning and growing experience. Can't wait to share more later! Have a blessed day.

Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Honest Scrap Award



Heather Kay at Beauty for Ashes gave me this award. Thank you, Heather Kay!!

Here are the rules:

1) Say thank you to the presenter of the award and link back to them

2) Share 10 honest things about yourself

3) Present this award to 7 other people whose blogs you find brilliant in content and/or design, or those who have encouraged you.

4) Tell those 7 people that they've been awarded HONEST SCRAP and inform them of these guidelines in receiving it.

Here are my 10 honest things:

1. I am deathly afraid of throwing up. Being sick is one of my biggest fears.

2. I am a procrastinator. I should be getting ready for this weekend and instead I am doing this:)

3. I only had one brother and no sisters. I thought I really didn't want any children. I have seven......I love being a mom more than anything else I do. God does have a sense of humor!

4. One of my favorite foods is cereal. I could live on Cheerios and Lucky Charms if I had to and I would probably be happy.

5. I HATE to cook thus the love for cereal I guess.

6. I hate to exercise and getting up early. I do it because I know I should. I can never fully understand people (like my dear husband) who love it.

7. One of the first places I worked out of high school was an internship at the Dauphin County Public Defender's Office. I went to Dauphin County Prison every day and interviewed prisoners.

8. I hate to be alone.

9. I love to shop. Well, DUH! Guess you probably knew that about me already.

10. I never had any pets growing up. I guess that explains why I love my dog sooo much.

I am going to award Jen at My Life, Carla at Celebrating the Beautiful Mystery, and Bonni at Let's Make A Difference. I can't wait to see their responses. Now I am off to get ready for the weekend! Have a blessed day.

Monday, July 27, 2009

Make a Choice Monday

What a beautiful Monday morning! The sun is shining. My life is returning to normal, well sort of....What is normal anyway???? I think it is overrated:) I am feeling a little tired. Becoming a new "mimi" isn't easy. I had to stop over yesterday just to give the little guy a kiss. Alicia thought about coming to church and in between services I found Greg pacing in the lobby. He is handling this "pop-pop" thing so well. I am excited to be back at posting. I have a lot lined up this week. Hopefully life will remain calm and I will accomplish it all. I leave for She Speaks on Friday morning and I couldn't be more excited although I am feeling a bit under attack. Starting to doubt my ability to do this thing. I have been wanting to tell you about Pittsburgh all last week so I thought I would incorporate it into "Make a Choice Monday".

Today's choice is all about learning to serve and doing it alongside our children. Cayla and I have gone to Pittsburgh two years in a row and it has been such a blessing. Not only do we work with one another but we have some one on one time we would not usually have and each night she sat in my bunk with me and we had some really cool talks. The Pittsburgh Project exists to help vulnerable homeowners in need of serious home repair. They bring in groups to do the work on the homes so that the elderly and disadvantaged people of Pittsburgh can keep their homes and their dignity. We worked all day and then we would have a time of worship and fun at night. On Wednesday night our homeowners would come to dinner with us and we would have a chance to get to know them better. We painted an enormous chain link fence that was all rusted and covered with vines. We also did some yard clean up. Our homeowners, the Parsons, were an elderly couple. She was 71 and he was 80. They lived in an enormous old home that sat up on a hill with a beautiful view of the city.

Here are some pictures of our week....

Our "homeowners" - The Parsons


Their house on a hill!


Vines needing removed before we paint!


Painting!


Taking a break.



Our Group!



Me and My girl!


It was an awesome week. So today let's choose to serve others around us. You don't need to leave the country or even the state. You can look for things to do right in your community. We have served meals at Water Street and Bethesda Mission. We also sponsor a child through Compassion and do Christmas Child boxes as a family each year. I am hoping to teach my children that its not all about them and that we need to be God's hands and feet. I will leave you with some verses that Cayla and I meditated on while we were away and also a You Tube Video about the Pittsburgh Project. Have a blessed day!

Matthew 5:13-15
13 "You are the salt of the earth. But if the salt loses its saltiness, how can it be made salty again? It is no longer good for anything, except to be thrown out and trampled by men. 14 "You are the light of the world. A city on a hill cannot be hidden. 15 Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. 16 In the same way, let your light shine before men, that they may see your good deeds and praise your Father in heaven.

Saturday, July 25, 2009

Oh Baby!

I'm back and I'm a grandma. After a prolonged labor and being sent home from the hospital 4 times last week they broke my daughter's water on Thursday morning around 8:30 am and Nathan Adam Melton was born at 4:22 pm. He weighed in at 5 lbs 12 ozs and was 18 1/2 inches long. He is so beautiful. Watching my grandchild be born was one of the most amazing things ever. It was also one of the most challenging days ever. I was forced to face head on one of my biggest fears. Alicia's birth mother,who I haven't seen since prior to the adotion almost ten years ago, was there. It really was ok. I was on one side and she was on the other and for Alicia's sake we put everthing aside and it was all ok. I will leave you with some pictures.







Monday, July 20, 2009

I'm Still Here!

I hope anyone who reads my blog is still with me:) I had NO TIME to get back on the computer last week. I am dying to tell you all about my week. I got home at midnight on Friday night after a late white water rafting trip with the kids. Didn't go to bed until 2:00 am and the kids got us up early. I am having a ababy shower for Alicia this week and we had one for my niece yesterday. I spent Saturday shopping for that. On Sunday after church Greg had a double header and then it was off to my nieces shower. After the shower I ran to do some more shopping and on the way home got a phone call that my daughter was in labor. I headed to Women's and Babies and was there until 1:30. They ended up keeping her but the labor stoppped. She is 2 1/2 - 3 centimeters dialated. She got sent home this morning. She is on;y 35 weeks.

All this to say I am more tired then I have been in a long, long time. I am overwhelmed and feel very much under attack. Please pray for me. I just found out that some family from Texas is coming in this week. It was a last minute decision and this is my week with 3 Bible studies. My sister-in-laws dad died unexpectantly last week and we have the funeral today. I am leaving for She Speaks next Friday and I really feel that all this is happening so I lose focus. Please pray hard against that for me and also pray for my daughter. I am a little afraid to leave now.

Well thats the best update I can give you for now. I will keep you up to date this week but I am sure my blog is going to be a little different for a few weeks. Have a blessed day!

Monday, July 13, 2009

Blogging Loser.....



Ok I get the blogging loser award. Didn't get to post last night and didn't get "Make a Choice Monday" up. Sorry. We made it to Pittsburgh. I am tired already. Greg put pictures on Facebook of the kids holding "Happy Birthday Mommy" signs and I cried. I miss them soooo much. We have a huge work project ahead of us this week and I am feeling a bit overwhelmed and inadequate. I am praying for God to show up in a BIG way! I will leave you with some pictures....Have a blessed night!







Sunday, July 12, 2009

Sunday, Sunday!

Just wanted to do a quick post and let you all know I am still here(just in case you were wondering)! We yard saled hard this week and made $250. I was excited about that. I leave for Pittsburgh tomorrow. We have a graduation party today. I have a Make a Choice Monday I am going to try and have run tomorrow. It is based on what I am teaching today in Sunday School. I was also given an "honest scrap" award by one of my bloggy friends. I am going to try and do that for you all tonight! Hope your day is blessed!

Friday, July 10, 2009

No Fashion Friday this week :(

Sorry that I have been quiet all week. I started not feeling well at Bible study on Tuesday and just started to feel a little better yesterday. Carla and I are doing a yard sale yesterday and today and I leave for Pittsburgh on Monday. I know sounds like a bunch of excuses :) Anyway, I am hoping to post this weekend and I am considering taking my laptop next week so I can share my experience. There has been a lot going on here and I can't wait to update you all! Have a blessed day!

Monday, July 6, 2009

Make a Choice Monday

Good Monday morning. I hope you had a wonderful holiday weekend with family and friends. This post should have been titled "NO Make a Choice Monday" but I decided to make the choice to not write a blog entry my choice:) I have a lot to do today with being away all weekend and then coming home and heading straight to fireworks and getting home very late. Had Bible study with Cayla this morning and now I have a lot to do not to mention maybe some pool time with the kids! So because of all this I was going to skip the blog today. That is my choice today. Do you have something that needs to be done? Let's choose to prioritize and get done what we need to. Hope you have a blessed day. Heard a rumor that t-shirts were not a dollar at Old Navy. Please forgive me if I lead any of you astray.....I need to check my sources better next time:)

Friday, July 3, 2009

Fashion Friday

In the mountains....The kids were up late and back up early. I am feeling tired already. I don't have much to share today but there were some deals at Old Navy that I wanted to make sure you were aware of.

Starting July 2nd-July 4th all Capris for women and girls will be just $9. This is only available while supplies last! Don't forget that you can also use coupons that are available to print on OldNavyWeekly.com.

Also, on July 3rd Old Navy is offering up $1 Flag Tees! There is a limit of 5 per person!

I won't be getting there because there is not an Old Navy within a 100 miles of where I am at:)

Hope you have a blessed day!

Wednesday, July 1, 2009

Scripture #13 and other tidbits of info....

I am onto verse 13 for the year. I chose this one out of my current Bible study I am doing. It is Psalm 19:14:

May the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be pleasing in your sight, O Lord, my Rock and my Redeemer.

It is my desire that not only the things I say be pleasing to God but also the things I meditate on. I want to meditate on truth and truth only. That is very difficult especially amidst trials and a life that is very full. I also get hung up on the things other people have. Not usually material things although I do go there occasionally but things like relationships or opportunities. I am trying to live a very transparent life and I have a strong desire to change what I meditate on to honor God.

The study I am in(Me, Myself, and Lies by Jennifer Rothschild) has been very good. She is actually going to be on Dr. Phil tomorrow if anyone is interested in hearing her story. Some things that really spoke to me last week were:

Feelings are powerful but they don't always represent truth. We have two choices. Act according to truth or react according to our emotions.

A surplus of emotion usually precedes acting without wisdom. Since feelings are powerful, our thought closet must be full of wisdom. Wisdom is the watchman at our thought closet door. Without it's protection untruth can sneak in when it feels true.

Until we revere God most highly in your life, you will never find true wisdom.

To hear His counsel we have to quiet ourselves and truly listen.


These truths spoke volumes to this emotionally charged woman who never sits still long enough to be able to listen. So much to learn. Such a gracious God.

I met with the girls this week and their mom's. I am excited to teach the next generation about lies and truth. I passed a sign at a church that said something like this: "To learn God's truths - teach them to someone else". I guess that is why my life is saturated with studies right now. It is the best way for me to learn. Summer is what I consider my big Bible study season. Once school starts I will only participate in one group and I welcome the rest but in the mean time I thrive on it. I ma having a blast with all three groups.

I finally put my schedule up on the blog. I am a little behind:) Maybe I will actually get some photos up soon.

I am off tonight to meet with the ladies in Lancaster. The rest of my family is off to Bible school. My husband loves it and does such and awesome job with kids. Who knew the man who thought he wouldn't have children has 7 and teaches kids regularly???? God so does have a sense of humor:) We leave for the mountains tomorrow. I hope to have a Fashion Friday post from there. Have a blessed day!