Happy New Year's Ya'll!
Thursday, December 31, 2009
Happy New Year's Ya'll!
Wednesday, December 30, 2009
Saturday, December 26, 2009
Wednesday, December 23, 2009
Last year's Christmas was what I like to think of as the culmination of "all I could handle." The fall was the busiest and frazzled I've ever felt even after carefully and prayerfully planning our calendar. I think God wanted to teach me lessons that I had to be in this totally depleted, totally dependant mindset to understand.
"The virgin will be with child and will give birth to a son, and they will call him Immanuel" —which means, "God with us." Matthew 1:23
Tuesday, December 22, 2009
Saturday, December 19, 2009
Upon hearing of Andrew’s death I was speechless and numb. As I began to weep, I started to pray.
“Lord, you know I love you. You know I trust you. You know I believe you are good. But, Lord, you know I have to ask ‘Why?’”
“Why now? At Christmastime?”
“I hate that I am preparing to go buy my children Christmas presents and Melanie is preparing to bury her son.”
And quietly, in my questioning, He spoke.
Lisa, why are you buying your children gifts?
“Because I love them, Lord and I want to shower them with affection. I want them to celebrate an outward expression of my love.”
And what will you do with the gifts that you buy?
“I’ll wrap them and place them under the tree for my children on Christmas Day, Lord.”
What will your children do with the gifts?
“Why they’ll take delight in them and enjoy them and use them.”
What will Melanie do with Andrew?
Me, softly, “She’ll place him in a box and present him to you, Lord.”
And I will take great delight in him and enjoy him and use him.You may not see it yet, but Melanie is blessed among women. She has the opportunity to give me a very precious, rare and costly gift that most can never give. She knows I will use his story.
Friday, December 18, 2009
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Sunday, December 13, 2009
Thursday, December 10, 2009
As if my fall wasn't exciting enough already, I met Barbara. I just call her B like lots of you.
Connecting with family and cousins. Here we are having fun with my brother and his family. My family is truly one of my greatest blessings. So, so thankful for them. All of them!
And Lainie, one of the girls I spent most of my junior year with as we were on the same drill team squad. We went to summer dance camp and roomed together when hazing was still legal and let's just say that I'm not sure I would've survived those senior girls without her. Love, love Lainie!