Friday, April 15, 2011
Thursday, March 31, 2011
He had a blast at his cousin Connor's birthday...
I try so hard to get him to smile for me and this is what I get.....he is so silly!!
Someone made a mess.... uh oh!!!
For great is his love for us, and the faithfulness of the Lord enudres forever.
Praise the Lord.
Monday, March 14, 2011
"Consider it pure joy, my brothers, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith develops perseverance. Perseverance must finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything."
James 1:2-4 (NIV)
Today, I am thankful that the plans I might have for myself are not always the Lord's plans. I find complete joy and excitement in that. Though trials may come, I know the Lord has HUGE plans for my life and for my family. I believe the will of God is never exactly what you expect it to be. It may seem to be much worse, but I know and believe that in the end it's going to be a lot better and a lot bigger than I could EVER imagine. Even watching the news about the devastation in Japan at the end of the day God is still God and He is good. For those who are in Christ Jesus...our present sufferings are not worth comparing with the future glory that will be revealed in us. Praise God!!!!!
I've always prayed for the Lord to grow my testimony. Scary prayer to pray at times, but I sincerely meant every word of it. Praying this, I knew this couldn't happen without the testing of my faith. But if that's what it takes for my relationship with Christ to grow...so be it:)
Tuesday, March 1, 2011
"Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy set before Him endured the cross, scorning its shame and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God" Hebrews 12:2 (NIV)
I read this verse and I immediately asked myself, "What are the things in my life that are a hindrance to my relationship with Christ?" It's my prayer I recognize those thing even if their not all together bad. It's so easy to get caught up in the world and I do not want anything to hinder my relationship with Christ. It's my desire to be free in Christ and fix my eyes on Him daily.
Lord, help me to run from ALL hindrances straight to YOU!!!
Thursday, February 24, 2011
Tuesday, February 22, 2011
One good thing about staying in the French Quarter...besides the good food...was having to walk everywhere. That way I didn't feel so bad about eating so much:)
Graham stayed with his PawPaw, GiGi, and Aunt Savannah and had a blast. He watched tractor videos each morning with his PawPaw and on the first morning we were all back home he brought me the remote and said "mama...tractors." Rotten!!!! He didn't understand that we don't have the technology that his PawPaw has:) This was the longest he had been away from me. I missed him so much and couldn't wait to see his sweet face when we got home. His birthday is Friday so I've been busy this week preparing for his big tractor party: ) For those of you that do not know Graham is slightly obsessed with tractors so I thought it was only appropriate to have a John Deere party:)
So in preparation for Graham's birthday I decided it was time for his first haircut:( I wasn't too sure how Graham would act but he did perfect. My friend, Mandi, did a great job......
Oh, my sweet boy is growing up!!!!
Tuesday, February 15, 2011
Romans 15:13 -
"May the God of hope fill you with all the joy and peace as you trust in Him so that you may overflow with the hope by the power of the Holy Spirit. " NIV
I claim this verse because as a parent of a young toddler, facing the joys and frustrations of daily life can be exhausting. I am so thankful for my little blessing but at times it can just be HARD. We hit the terrible two's long ago and I feel most days are a battle of the wills. I pray for patience and a calm spirit everyday for me and Graham both. I also pray for Graham that he will desire righteousness. I pray that the Lord put respect and trust in Graham's heart for us and authority and to also give me wisdom about anything that I can do that I'm neglecting.
Lord, grant us joy and peace as we trust in you. I leave everything in your hands.
I know what you're thinking.....how can life be hard with this sweet face? He only smiled because I bribed him with candy:) HA!!
Monday, February 14, 2011
2 1/2 cups plus 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
1 cup plus 2 tablespoons unsweetened Dutch-process cocoa powder
2 teaspoons baking soda
1/8 teaspoon salt
1 cup plus 2 tablespoons (2 1/4 sticks) unsalted butter, room temperature
1 cup granulated sugar
1 cup packed dark-brown sugar
3 large eggs, room temperature
3/4 cup sour cream
1 1/2 cups buttermilk
2. With an electric mixer on medium-high speed, cream butter and granulated sugar until pale and fluffy. Add brown sugar, and beat until fluffy. Add eggs, one at a time, beating until well incorporated, scraping down sides of bowl as needed. Mix in sour cream. Reduce speed to low. Add flour mixture in three batches, alternating with two additions of buttermilk, and mixing until just combined after each.
3. Divide batter evenly among prepared cups, filling each three-quarters full. Bake, rotating tins halfway through, until tops are firm to the touch and a cake tester inserted in centers comes out clean, 25 to 30 minutes. Transfer tins to wire racks to cool completely before removing cupcakes. Cupcakes can be stored overnight at room temperature, or frozen up to 2 months, in airtight containers.
4 sticks (1 pound) unsalted butter, softened ......yes, 4 STICKS!!!
6 cups sifted confectioners' sugar
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 pinch of salt
Put butter in bowl of an electric mixer. Beat on medium-high speed until pale and creamy, about 2 minutes. Reduce speed to medium; add sugar 1/2 cup at a time, mixing well, about 5 minutes total. Add food coloring, vanilla, and salt. Raise speed to medium-high; beat until smooth, about 1 minute more.
Tuesday, February 1, 2011
Saturday, January 15, 2011
Whether you turn to the right or to the left, your ears will hear a voice behind you, saying, "This is the way; walk in it."
Isaiah 30:21 (NIV)
Isn't it true that we all have struggles? I certainly do. DAILY!! However, it is a constant prayer of mine that I continue to walk in the truth and hear the Lord's voice....daily. How do we hear His voice? I believe that through prayer and reading God's Word is a sure way to discern the voice of God.
When I read this scripture I also can't help but think of Graham. I want Graham to see Christ in me. I want him to see me walking with the Lord, reading His word, and doing what He says...even in my times of struggle ;)
Tuesday, January 4, 2011
And the saddest part was......we actually had to leave..........
Sunday, January 2, 2011
So here is verse #1
For the Lord is good and His love endures forever; His faithfulness continues through all generations. Psalm 100:5 NIV
I read that verse with lots of hope and excitement!!! Whatever this year brings the most important thing I want to remember is that HE is GOOD and FAITHFUL!!!
And as Graham would say "Happy New Ears Everyone!!!"