Monday, November 28, 2011

Getting Ready for Christmas!!! :)

I love decorating for Christmas!! Now we just need SNOW!!! :)
The day after Thanksgiving, the kids and I had decorated the house as much as we could. All we needed was the tree!!
Saturday evening, Jason, the kids, and I had gone shopping for Christmas lights. Weeeeell, we ended up getting some new stars for the tree upstairs and the kids' tree for downstairs, some bell lights that play music, scented candles, Christmas lights, and candy for our advent calendar.
Sunday, we had gone to Farm n' Fleet to get some much needed pants and sweatshirts and gloves for Jason. While we were there, I had seen a friend of mine, Cindy! I haven't seen her since before we had moved up North, so it was fun seeing her.
After we had gone to Farm n' Fleet, we had gone to pick up a Christmas tree. When we got home, we quickly realized that the tree was most definitely too tall for our living room! So Jason not only had to trim the bottom, but the top as well. Finally after many attempts and a broken brand new star that was fixed after a few alterations, we had gotten the tree upright and fitting perfectly!! :) While listening to Christmas music, we all worked on decorating the tree.
When the tree was finished, Jason thought it was fitting to watch a Christmas movie with the kids. We watched Home Alone and The Grinch Who Stole Christmas. While we watched the first movie, I was stringing popcorn for the kids' little tree for downstairs. It was such a relaxing way to end our Thanksgiving weekend!!
Today, I had hung hooks down the railing to hang our stockings. Yesterday, Jason had evenly marked where I needed to put the hooks :)

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Roller Derby!!

Yesterday was my nephew's 8th birthday! So my sister had invited us to come and go roller skating.
Ha! Ok, so it wasn't a roller derby, only a roller skating rink...BUT if it was, there was one person who I had thought of who would have joined me and it would have been sooooo much fun!! Lol!!
We were told at one point that it was going to be a certain cost to get in...no prob. So Joshua, Jessica, and I had gotten our skates to bring to help cut the cost. My skates were waaaaaaay up on the rafters of the garage. So I had to get a ladder and use my wimpy muscles to jump up on to the board that Jason had up there and then find the bin they were in. I finally found my skates, got down, and the phone rang...it was my sister telling me that she read the info wrong about the cost and that it was more...yikes! I almost didn't go, but the kids were so excited to go and I hadn't gone in years. So I made Jacob wear skates that were a little too big, but it helped with the cost. I tried telling the lady at the Skate Barn that he was two for the day (2 and under was free)...lol...she laughed at me :)
Jason didn't go with us, he had just gotten home from work and was too tired feeling to go. :(
So we get there and Joshua and Jessica were the first ones out there. I had to get skates for Jesse and Jacob was too scared to go himself for the first time. Over the summer Joshua, Jessica, and Jacob had practiced roller skating, to whereas, Jesse didn't have any, therefore, he didn't know how to skate. Jesse and I had gotten our skates on and I had went out with Jacob first. Once going around once with me, Jacob felt comfortable to go himself. Joshua and Jessica were skating with Ethan and his friends. Jesse was a little apprehensive and was embarrassed for not knowing how to skate. I tried to have him not think of that and just encouraged him and skated with him. By the end of our two hours there, Jacob was brave enough to skate out towards the middle. Jesse still needed help and needs more courage to just give it a try by himself, but I stayed with him the whole time.
There were a few times where I could take off without helping the kids. I did twirls like a figure skater, skated backwards, did crisscross skating, speed skating, did the limbo and won.....ok, ok, so I didn't do ANY of that and am not a Miss Professional skater, but at least I didn't fall down and I skated fast enough to put a breeze through my hair!! Lol!! There were some adults who skated real well and I was impressed.
By the end of evening, our legs and feet were sore...yes, we are out of shape!!
We all had fun! Jacob now wants to go for HIS birthday :) If we do, I sure hope Jason comes so at least I won't be the only sad looking adult skater out there :)
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Monday, November 21, 2011

Excited and Scared to DEATH!!

Today I had the opportunity to talk with Jackie Koster, Executive Director of Life Choices for two hours of orientation. She walked me through on many different things that I will be doing and the many training videos that I will be watching and soooo much more!! I felt slightly overwhelmed, but more so, anxious over the thought of me being there by myself once a week for 2 and a half hours AAAANDD "what if" a girl DID walk through those doors in need of a pregnancy test only to find out she's pregnant then for me to try and talk to her, what would I say or do, how would I react if she said she'd abort, and what if I messed up the whole encounter, what if that was my only "window" of opportunity with that girl and I blew it???!!!!??? AAAAAHHHHHHHH!!!!!
But then....as all that was racing through my head, I knew, I just knew that when all was said and done, that God would be with me!! He would give me the right words to speak at the right moment!! And THAT was a great sigh of relief. "I" cannot do this alone, it will be God and God alone Who will get me through when the moment comes. So for now, I will watch as much training videos as I can and read as much material and information that I can to help better educate and prepare myself. When I feel the timing is right, I will begin to counsel young ladies and women.
I may feel scared, but I need to remind myself that God is with me!
Prayers, prayers, and more prayers are needed for me as God takes me through this new journey in life! I pray that I can be a blessing to others, but most importantly, that a little life will be rescued!

Life Choices website:
http://burlcrisispregnancy.com/
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Saturday, November 19, 2011

Day of Service

Friday, the kids and I had gone on a little "field trip" with a bunch of home schoolers from the Kenosha area. We had gone to Claire Bridge nursing home to help with a craft with the clients.
When I had first heard of this outing, I was like, "Yes! We'll go!" I had no clue what craft we were doing (except that it was an easy craft that the kids could do), what songs we were going to sing, or what snack to make.
As we arrived and walked with the group to the area where they were working on their craft, I realized that they were making seat cushions...easy ones too by taking two different pieces of material and cutting each four sides into strips and then tying the two pieces of material together and then before closing it all together, they stuffed it. Two of the clients had shown the boys what to do and they then took over and helped finish the project. Jessica helped for a bit but due to lack of sleep the night before, she was extremely tired. Jacob had tied one knot but then was clinging to me.
It was fun talking with the clients and learning a little bit about their background. Many of them "ooed" and "ahhed" over the kids, especially Jessica and her hair :)
The younger two were a little bit hesitant conversing, but the two older boys jumped right in and did great!
Once the project was finished (which we finished first and one of the ladies had to make mention of that to everyone how WE were the first ones done...sounds like she's an instigator!! Lol!!) we then had snacks. All the home school families that came, made something to bring for snack. We had made chocolate peanut butter bars. After snack, all the kids and parents stood before the clients and sang "Jesus Loves Me" and "The B-I-B-L-E."
We said our "good-byes" and were reminded of how it makes you feel good when you do something for others.
I am thankful to have had the opportunity to have gone with the kids :)

Thursday, November 17, 2011

You Can Hide the External Pain, but Not the Internal

"For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.
For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved." John 3:16-17
"I came not to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance." Luke 5:32
"For the Son of man is come to seek and save that which was lost." Luke 19:10

Tuesday afternoon, a friend had called me asking to pray for her friend who just found out that she was 4 weeks pregnant. She has two small children and her youngest is only 4 months old. She had gotten pregnant again for the second time by her abusive boyfriend and was planning to kill the baby the next day! As my friend was telling me this, my heart was racing and my mind was running a million miles!! I had wanted to jump in the car and go to her!! I didn't know who she was or where she lived. I asked, "How can I help?" My friend said, "Pray." She had told me that another friend, who is pro-life, was with her helping to get this young mom to change her mind. I started praying the moment I had gotten off the phone, I prayed with my kids, I had put word on Facebook for prayer, and I had emailed Life Choices to get the word spread so a prayer chain could start.
Sadly, this young mom chose to kill her unborn baby. The lady who had tried to counsel her was devastated.
It may seem like the "easy way out," but the deep emotional effect goes beyond words. The stories I have been reading are just devastating. Not only have I read the horror stories of what takes place in those murder mills, but the tragedy of the loss of a baby and the emotional side effects. These women are now faced with the reality of what they had done. Some for years seem just fine, until one day the truth comes and it hits them hard. They are left wondering with the "what ifs" or what their child may have looked like, sound like, smell, touch, and so much more...
Many suffer from depression...
But there is hope for these women. They can find hope in Jesus! Once they see their need for a Savior, they need to repent and know that they are forgiven. They can hold on to Jesus and look to Him to give them strength to carry on.
But who's going to be that person that will be there for them to help show them the way and the hope they can find in Jesus?
I sadly admit, I was not that person years ago when someone I knew was in need of help after they had chose death for their child, not once, but twice. I was devastated, hurt, and angry over the choice they made.
I pray now, that I can be that person who can be there for that hurting woman. I will never support their decision to kill their child, but I pray that God can use me to minister to them even after they made their choice.
Please pray for me. I want to show others who Jesus is through me. Pray for me, as I am scared to death if and when I do have the opportunity to talk a woman out of having an abortion. I tried twice years ago and failed. I pray that God will give me the words to speak!
Thank you for your prayers!

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

SO EXCITED!!!!

I am so excited to be apart of the Life Choices team in Burlington!! Saturday I will be meeting with the Executive Director of Life Choices to talk about what I will be doing and what one day I will be able to come in and what time frame. I don't know yet what God has planned for me as how or where I can be of help to this ministry, but I pray that when I meet with Jackie on Saturday, that He will make known what His plans are for me. I feel blessed and honored to be a part of this ministry. I pray that every young girl or woman that come through those doors, that all I say or do will bring honor and glory unto God.
Please keep Life Choices in your prayers as we minister to the hearts of the women who come in!
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Wednesday, November 2, 2011

PRAY FOR MISSISSIPPI!!!

On November 8th, the state of Mississippi will have the privilege to vote for Amendment 26 which states that life begins at the moment of conception!! If passed, it will end abortion for the state of Mississippi!! Satan has been at work down their deceiving many, but thanks to God and to the many men and women who are helping spread the truth about abortion, I sure feel a VICTORY!! I am praying to have an opportunity to help out!! I am waiting for an email with a list of churches to call to urge them to remind their congregation to vote for Life on November 8th!! Please keep Mississippi in prayer!! God is moving in mighty ways!!
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Sharing the Truth!!

I am sooooo excited!!! My 180movie stuff has arrived!! I had gotten 10 videos and 100 witnessing cards to pass out!!! I am anxious to start sharing!! :)
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