Monday, October 16, 2017

Retreat 2017

Every year, in January, as I'm putting things on my calendar, 
this one event gets penciled in first!!!
It takes high priority for my whole family,
and my husband looks forward to taking time off to stay with the kids 
and have some fun time with them!!
Ladies Retreat means so much to me,
and I always come away refreshed and ready to advance back
into what God has called me to do with my life.
This year was no exception.
I had absolutely no idea what was about to come down the pike
into our lives!

It has become a bit of a running joke in our house that every time I go away
on ladies retreat, no matter how much time I spend planning and preparing
for those left home, some kind of "disaster" happens.
It has always been something that my husband could usually handle on his own.
Things like a son's poison ivy swelling his face up like a pumpkin requiring
the dad to make a trip to the pediatrician and pharmacy for a prescription.
 Terrible storms blowing through and knocking the power out for two days
requiring the emptying of freezers and refrigerators.
I've come home to stories of infected tiny toes that needed to be lanced,
and the dog getting out of the house, racing through the neighborhood,
with all six of my children running behind her trying to catch her 
before she bit another dog or small human!!
But nothing in this world could have prepared us for what would happen this year,
and the phone call I would receive while I was nearly 250 miles away.
God knew.
And He knew I would need to hear the theme song several times
to be constantly reminded of this truth in spite of what was about to change our lives
in a drastic way!

You Are Always Good
by Jonathan Hamilton


"Looking back, I can see Your fingerprints
Upon my life, always seeking my best.
There were times when Your way would make no sense,
But as You said, You have never left.

You are always good, You are only good;
You are always good to me.
Though my eyes can't see, help my heart believe
You are always, only good.

Looking in, I can see my frailty;
My sin is great, and my strength is so small.
Still You stay, and Your mercy shelters me;
You hold my hand, and You hear my call.

You are always good, You are only good;
You are always good to me.
Though my eyes can't see, help my heart believe
You are always, only good.

Looking up, I can see Your sympathy;
I doubt myself, but I'm sure of Your love.
Lavish grace was poured out at Calvary,
Securing me for our home above.

You are always good, You are only good;
You are always good to me.
Though my eyes can't see, help my heart believe
You are always, only good.
You are good."













Autumn Breakfast

Recently, I had a quiet Saturday in front of me, 
and felt the urge to do something fun for our family!
I was finally ready to pull out the fall decorations,
and to celebrate I decided to slow down the morning 
and have an "Autumn Breakfast."

My oldest daughter picked up a bunch of gorgeous roses
and they were the highlight of the table.
Grandma's homemade cinnamon sugar donuts, bacon, apple cider,
cinnamon apples, and mexican hot chocolate were on the menu!!
I pulled out my wedding china to share with my children
and the stemware is from my husband's side of the family.









Monday, October 2, 2017

Family Reunion 2017

Recently, we spent a Saturday with my husband's side of the family
for their annual family reunion.
Just so much fun!
Lots of fabulous homemade food!
New babies to meet!
Hikes to take!!