Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways
acknowledge him,and he will make your paths straight. Proverbs 3:5-6

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

It's All In The Moo

One has to laugh when they can hear a cow "moo" and realize it doesn't sound like one of their cows... Especially when that person is me who has minimal experience with cattle in general and can't possibly recognize a difference in one "moo"from another.  Maybe it wasn't the sound that was different, but the timing of the "moo" itself that was out of place and not something of the norm.  This I expect is something my ears could detect as being different.

We have cows.  If you've read any of my posts you know that already.  I've had this bunch long enough that I'm pretty familiar with their behaviors.  So, when we heard a randomly loud, blasting "MOO" coming from the backyard as we were getting ready for church Sunday morning, I knew something had to be amiss.

I made my way to our bedroom window, looked out, and low and behold there was the biggest cow I'd ever been that close to.  She put our big girls to shame in size.  Or, maybe it was her color that made her look bigger, a dark, rich, reddish brown, and her HORNS!  Yes, nice big scary looking horns!  LOL   No, as I think back, she really was a lot bigger than our girls.  I took in the scene, counting, one - two - three - four - five - six.....yes, six extra cows traipsing through my backyard, walking along our fences.  She was the biggest, and there was another good size one who was rather pretty and had a speckled coat.  Behind her were four others in random sizes, but definitely all babies.

Monday, September 26, 2011

Treasured Moments

I'm so excited to share an awesome blessing from today.  It's a special moment that I'm going to tuck in my heart and when things in life get rough I'm going to think back on THIS day to help me remember all the GOOD!!

I've been gathering some outfits for my granddaughter A. for the last little while.  I wanted her to have a few new outfits from Grandma Pam to wear when she went back to school.  I bought a couple of things for my grandson H. also and wanted to keep things as fair and square as possible.

Well, sadly, it turned into a bit of a fiasco as the items I ordered (online) did not come in the right sizes.  I had to reorder, swap things out, and get it all worked out.  Finally, long after all the kids have gone back to school, I had all the items I needed in the right sizes to give to her.

So, with sort of an impromptu visit today, I met up with my grandkids A. & H. at the library.  My sweet daughter-in-law, M., let me steal some of their time so that I could deliver the clothes.  I have to say I received one of the best greetings ever from precious A.  I saw her in between an aisle of books.  I bent over and said, "hey you," in a soft voice.  She turned, looked at me, eyes got big and she quickly discarded her armful of books, ran and leaped into my arms.  Talk about melting a Grandma's heart!!

Sunday, September 25, 2011

Soccer Season Has Begun

A little later than last year, but here we are as our soccer season is underway.  A little background.  My sweet husband very generously told the mom's at soccer sign-up that he would be a coach as a last resort.  Well, since Caleb is only 6 and hasn't been involved in many team sports as of yet, he didn't realize that giving them a maybe allows them to put their whole foot in the door.  So, who is coach of the "Cyclone's?"  Yes, my Johnny.  :o)   Neck brace and all.  Our dear friend, Richard, has graciously agreed to help him out and for that we are grateful!

Unfortunately, it seems the organizers are running a little bit behind the 8-Ball and we just received the names of our players with only a little over 1 week until our first game.  Not sure what's going on there, but we will definitely do the best we can.

Here are some pictures from our first practice:

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Wordless Wednesday - Water Thief

Is ANYONE watching????

Ah, a drink at last!!!

Gotta get away before they see me!!

Whew!  I'm safe!

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Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Saturday, September 3, 2011

God's Making a Move!

I am so excited to share with you a new ministry that our church is going to become a part of.  It's called Packs for Pups.  Packs for Pups provides nourishment for Pre-K through 3rd graders at the local elementary school.  The school system provides, to those that need it, a hot breakfast and lunch all throughout the school week.

But, what happens to those kids in need when the weekend comes around?  What happens when they are missing a father from their life and their mother is an absent role model?  Or vice versa.    And what about the ones who are completely left to fend for themselves and food sources are scarce or non-existent?  

These kids go hungry that's what happens.  My heart breaks at the notion of starving children.  We've all seen the commercials on TV that tug on your heart strings.  And many times we turn the channel, because that's a long way away, or we don't have $30 a month to spare, or any number of other reasons that are unique to our situation.

A need was presented to one of the local churches in Sinton.  My brother, Rick, attends this church and when he heard about the needs of these children he was deeply touched.  He said this was a need that spoke directly to him and told him to get off his butt and do something!  He wasn't the only one at his church that was touched either.  Rick felt called to do something about this and reached out to my church for assistance.  

No one has an endless pile of funds available to save the world.  But, if we each have a little bit that we can add to the pile, it can be enough to make a difference.

Packs for Pups is starting small with only 5 children on the list.  And that's okay, but I have a vision that this ministry will grow in a way we can't even imagine.  We aren't allowed to know who they are.  Our churches are going to be silent partners in this ministry.  For now, backpacks will be filled on Friday's and sent home with children that need them.  They will return those same backpacks on Monday where they will be filled again for the following weekend.  So on, and so forth.

What will come of this ministry?  It remains to be seen.  Our God is a big God and who knows the miracles that can come from this.  I'm expecting big ones!!  He is the one telling us to care for those in need and we as His followers need to obey....

When you harvest the crops of your land, do not harvest the grain along the edges of your fields, and do not pick up what the harvesters drop.  It is the same with your grape crop -- do not strip every last bunch of grapes from the vines, and do not pick up the grapes that fall to the ground.  Leave them for the poor and the foreigners living among you.  I am the Lord your God.  Leviticus 19:9-10


I look forward to updating you on the blessings received as a result of this ministry.

Walking with the King,
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Friday, September 2, 2011

Facing Fears


What can I say?  You never know when God is going to make you face your fears....or, on any given day make you face at least one of them.  Am I convinced it's God that wants me to get over this fear I'm referring to?  Pretty much.  Because we're really only supposed to fear God.  And to let fear of other things into our lives is not healthy.

Are you wondering what my fear is?  First, let me warn you this is a rather long post.  Secondly, if you've been reading this blog of mine for any time at all you've read a few stories I've told about ours cows now and again.  One of the most annoying things they do is to knock over the feed trough EVERY SINGLE DAY.  It's as though they want to get every single morsel and the only way to do that is to knock it over and get it out of the way to get the bits that have landed on the ground.

They aren't the neatest of eaters in case you didn't know.  I've stood there and watched them a few times...not graceful, I promise you. {Head shake and shoulder shutter.}