"I will not leave you as orphans; I will come to you." John 14:18

Saturday, April 26, 2014

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Surprise Date Night

I got a text at work on Monday saying "Don't make plans for Friday and find something fancy to wear." Uh, what?  We are not fancy people and our usual date nights are dinner and maybe some yogurt.  We are fun like that!  But, Joel had a surprise for me.  He knows how much I love surprises.  We ended up going to dinner at the Asian Mint and going to the Dallas Symphony.  I have never been to the symphony, but always have wanted to go.  It was Cirque de Symphony and it was incredible!  I LOVED it.  It was such a fun date night!  

Thursday, April 17, 2014


We started a new tradition this year.  We ate a "traditional" (as traditional as we could make it) Passover meal the night before Jesus would've been arrested and crucified.  This is probably what Jesus would've been eating at the Last Supper with his disciples.  Ann Voskamp has all the information on her blog on how to Celebrate a Christian Passover.   I actually made unleavened bread (better than I make leavened bread!).  We did not have lamb for dinner because I just can't go there.  We had chicken instead.  This Easter has really been so powerful to me this year.  I am so completely overwhelmed at what Jesus did for me on the cross.  I have found myself in tears over and over again this week.  Thank you for the cross.

Monday, April 14, 2014

15 year Awards

I have worked at Baylor University Medical Center at Dallas for almost 16 years.  This is so hard to believe.  I was right out of nursing school when I started.  So young.  Such a baby.  I have worked in the NICU for the entire 16 years.  I am a part of the most amazing group of nurses.  They are my family.  Whitney was a part of my intern group 16 years ago.  I am truly blessed to have such an amazing job!  I got my 15 year pin and also got to order an award and I decided on a smoker.  Joel told me if I ordered the smoker then he would learn how to smoke, so it was a win-win.  He has smoked every weekend since.  
My 15 year smoker!!!   

Saturday, April 12, 2014

God's moving

And then, God did it AGAIN!  So CLOSE!

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Kindergarten Round-up

Insert Big Giant Tear Here.  
I can't believe the time has come.  Where did the time go?
For the longest time, I thought we would wait a year longer to send him to kinder.  He turns 5 in June, so he will be one of the younger kids in his class.  I researched the pros and cons of  holding back kids for years, talked to many people and many teachers and prayed about what we should do, and felt that he is ready and will do great in school next year.  Plus, he asks everyday when he gets to go to school.  If you know Elliot, you will know that he is 4 going on 15.  He thinks he is the biggest and fastest one in the bunch.  He talks to everyone and anyone and doesn't stop. And, he is hilarious.  This will be really hard on me because we have to change schools next year due to re-zoning.  I am so sad that Elliot won't get to be in Mrs. Shehane's class like Clayton and Oliver were.  We don't know anyone and it will be different. But, we will find new teachers to love and that will love on our boys.  
Look at this silly boy.  He is ready for school!

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Praying BIG

Saturday, April 5, 2014

Fairview Half

I woke up so nervous to run my half this morning.  I was nervous because I was running it solo and also because I didn't feel as prepared as I was for the cowtown half.  The best thing was that I live only 15 minutes away and did not have to wake up at the crack of dawn and I slept really well the the night before.  The weather was perfect running weather.  Cool and cloudy.  My Garmin watch did not charge the night before for some reason, so I decided to make it a goal to stick with the 2:20 pacers.  The course had so many hills and was pretty tough.  But, I got to see my boys and Joel around mile 9 cheering for me and Megan, Joey and Hudson around mile 10.  It helped me push through.  I finished at 2 hours 18 minutes and 29 seconds.  8 minutes faster than the Cowtown.  I really wanted to set a new PR, but wasn't sure I could do it...but, I did.  I ran it at a 10:34 miles/hr pace.  Joel, the boys, Megan, Joey, Hudson and CayeDee were all at the finish line cheering me on.  Now trying to decide what is next! 


Wednesday, April 2, 2014

While We Wait...

We CELEBRATE what God has done for us!

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

36 Months

36 months or 3 years or 1097 days...but whose counting?  And the great thing about this is that God is not shocked by this number.  He is writing this story and I am supposed to just walk in obedience.  He has done a huge work in me over the past three years.  It is funny (or not) that I thought I had this all figured out three years ago...

He has pruned me and changed my heart.
He has taught me patience like no other.
My hands have gone from a tight grip of control to completely open in surrender.
He has taught me to lean in and abide in him.
Trust him in the unknown.
He is Big.  So much bigger than I had thought before.
He doesn't fit into a box.
He is merciful when I am acting like a fool and not trusting.
He stills my anxious heart.
He has taught me that this is not about me.  
His timing....Oh his timing...it is perfect. And again, not about me.

You know what has happened to God over the past three years.

He is constant.
He is unchanged.
Hebrews 13:8 "He is the same yesterday, today, and forever."

I am reading "Restless" by Jennie Allen and it is such a great book.  She says "God does not see days, he sees eras."  This has not left me and it has been so powerful to me.  He doesn't see the three years as a wait at all.  He sees the big picture and He is the painter of that picture.  I just need to let Him paint.  I have written in my bible over and over again that "God is God and you are not".  Simple, yet something I obviously need to remember.  I'm not God. Plain and simple.

So, today, I am not concerned about the time, because it will happen when God is ready for it to happen.  I am full of hope because of a God who loves me so intimately. Just recently, I have prayed for some encouragers to come along and speak truth into me along this journey and He did just that.  I have some amazing women in my life that are lifting me up in prayer today and speaking truth into me today.  I woke up this morning filled with peace.  I am not going to say that the day has not been without a few tears.  But, I am confident in God's promises.
"Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we can ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us." Ephesians 3:20

I don't know how much longer.  I don't know when she will be home.  But, I do know that God is sovereign and nothing is impossible for him.  So, I am just going to enjoy the journey and keep my hands wide open in surrender to him and watch him paint this beautiful picture.  And today, we are going to celebrate our GREAT, BIG, AWESOME God that has put this Great, Big calling on our lives.  And we are going to thank him for pursuing us, for changing us and for loving us deeply along the way.