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Women’s Weekend

I am not one to go off by myself.  In fact, I NEVER do.  NEVER.  BUT, last weekend, on very short notice, I got the opportunity to go to Middle TN to hear Priscilla Shirer.  PRISCILLA SHIRER, people.  If you do not know who she is, she is the daughter of evangelist Tony Evans, who is himself, amazing!  Anyway, I have done two of her Bible Studies and absolutely love her.  She is right up there with Beth Moore.  In fact, don’t tell anyone, but I might even like her a little bit better…and I LOVE me some Beth Moore!

Anywhoo, to make a long story longer, I searched and searched for someone to go with me but could not find anyone who could.  I had about decided not to go, but Tigerfan talked me into it and I decided to do something totally out of character and go with a bunch of women I had never met.  In fact, the lady who offered me the chance was someone I had only met once about two weeks before.  I decided the opportunity was just too good and I would be a big girl.  As it turned out, about three days before we were set to go, one of my friends worked things out and was able to go with me.  So, I did go out on a limb and made myself willing, but my Precious Heavenly Father chose to bless me by sending me a little lifeline!  Praise Him!

I went nuts trying to get things in order before leaving.  Poor Tigerfan even had to leave work early to take us to the meeting place and then keep the kids all afternoon.  He was so gracious (he really is a good egg!).  We had a fun little trip on the church van and ate an early lunch before the evening session.

And then…we worshipped.  Girls, I am telling you, we worshipped!  The singing was amazing, the message was amazing.  She talked (Friday night) about the children of Israel leaving Egypt and how we are freed by Christ when we receive him but that so many times we remain in captivity on our own.  Just like the Israelites begged to be returned to Egypt rather than wandering in the wilderness–often we go back to what is comfortable even though it keeps us captive!  That is so me!  She also talked about how important it was to expect to hear from God and we spent time just praying silently getting prepared to hear from Him.  It was really amazing!

Afterward 23 of us went to Shoney’s for a little treat.  My friend and I had decided just to visit and withstand the temptation of sugar at 10:00 at night, however, the waitress accidentally brought out four too many hot fudge cakes and we felt it our duty to help her out and eat one.  But we shared.  And we did not eat it all.  Really!  We had another surprise when we returned to the room to find our roommates had checked out.  It seems they did not want to share a room.  So, we even got our own beds to sleep in  aaaaaaagh!

We got up bright and early on Saturday for the second session.  More great music and then teaching on how to have a more meaningful Bible study time.  She gave a great plan for studying on your own without a “published” aid and let us practice with a few verses.  What an amazing thing–this has been something I have always struggled with.  I do great as long as I am doing a structured Study but when I am in between books, I flounder.  I have been using this method for a few days and while  I am still getting used to it, I can see where it can be really great and life changing.  After a short break (outside where we could thaw out because surely that church was only about 30 degrees), we met back for the final session where she talked about the Children of Israel finally making it into the promised land and being obedient.  She also stressed that that obedience was IMMEDIATE.  Wow, how hard is that?  And yet, our God is so faithful.  I tend to really question, wonder, pray, make sure that HE really means what He says and THEN obey.   So, I was really challenged to just obey (like I always tell my own children to do) and not question.

When we finally made it home, Tigerfan had vacuumed the whole house, done the laundry, cleaned the laundry room and bathed all the children.  Why is it that he can accomplish in two days what I cannot do in two months?  He even made a welcome home card/banner type thing including a “picture” of me with very ample “girls” and a nice tight, flat tummy complete with belly button ring.  Don’t you just love a good photo shop session!

Anyway, I do not for one moment regret going off with a bunch of strangers.  I would do it again in an instant even if my surprise friend didn’t get to join in at the last minute.  In fact, I think perhaps I saw God’s hand a little more and felt less pressure to “perform” because of the situation.  I am really going to try to implement the things I learned this weekend and really be prepared to hear from God and allow Him to work in me.  It really was a great weekend and I am so thankful to Tigerfan for letting me go.

I’ll be back later this week and get back to my normal, meaningless posting, but thanks for letting me share a little about the weekend!  I love all my sweet internet friends!!!

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Merry Christmas

Just a quick word to say Merry Christmas.  I hope everyone had a great day!  We had a wonderful day minus one expected baby who seems very content to stay where he is indefinitely.  However, after the day of noise that we  have had after Football boy got an electric guitar, Baseball boy got a drum set, and Dancer got an acoustic guitar, I cannot blame him for wanting to stay in the relative peace and quiet of the womb–I would like to go there myself!  Tomorrow, we return to the doctor and I am just praying for a date, I just need to see the light at the end of the tunnel.  I f they deny me that, they may possibly have a postal pregnant woman on there hands and really, nobody wants that!  🙂  I will keep you posted!

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Surprise, Surprise, Surprise!

What a day we had yesterday!  I had not one, not two, but three, yes THREE surprise showers.  In one day!  Let me assure you, we are now ready for a baby!  It began with tutorial yesterday morning.  Our director had called a meeting for 8:00 in the morning.  I know for all of you who go to “real school” that is no big deal, but getting my crew up and going and at the tutorial and in a meeting by 8:00 is somewhat of a challenge.  Not one I am apparently up to, because we were late.  I wish I could say I was sweet and loving and understanding, but much of the ride to the church consisted of me fussing about never being anywhere on time….the fussing continued inside the building, into the elevator and down the hall as I was rushing the children to their respective places, trying to get my bags to my room to set them down and to rush into the meeting (late, of course).  I was still fussing when I walked into the meeting room to be greeted with surprise!  It was sooo sweet (and a little embarassing)!  There was a beautiful cake, breakfast casserole, fruit, etc.  The other teachers had all gone together and gotten a basketfull of baby things (photo album, travel diaper kit, toys, etc.) and  a BEAUTIFUL, handmade diaper bag with our last initial monogrammed on it (because we cannot commit to baby’s name) AND they had a smaller version made for Dancer. How sweet is that.  She informed me yesterday afternoon that she would be carrying baby’s wipes in her bag!

We then had to go to class where I had a test for my kiddos.  As soon as the test was completed, THEY had a surprise shower for me!  We received even more baby necessities and oh the soft sweetness of brand new baby blankets and winter sleepers!  I could have wrapped myself in all that softness and taken me a nap right on the spot! 

 That was immediately followed up by a goodbye party for one of our students that will be moving this weekend, so we did not get a lot accomplished at tutorial–but boy did we have fun!

Last night, I had a fellowship with my Bible Study.  I always look forward to “girl time” nights like that so I headed off as soon as Tigerfan got home and settled with the kiddos.  They also had a surprise diaper shower last night.  We now have over 600 diapers ranging from newborn to size 3 to start off this little fellow’s life!  And while I realize those will disappear with a rapidity that will startle me, it is such a blessing!  We have truly been “showered” with blessings the past couple of weeks!

Sometimes I can get very “melancholoy” with circumstances.  Life isn’t always fun or glamorous or even funny.  Especially when you are as big as a barn, all your maternity clothes are a little too snug and you still have six weeks lift to wear them (and grow even bigger), and something on you hurts all the time (oh! the joys of being pregnant at an “advanced maternal age”).  It is easy to get down and frustrated with the dailyness of things.  But God is sooooo good!  He is so loving.  Why does He even know who I am?  I feel so small and unimportant, but He knows me and loves me.  He knows we need to clothe our daughter and sends me Aimee from sewsensible.  He knows we have baby needs and sends us four showers (people, this is child number 4, we shouldn’t have even had one!), he knows I need an encouraging word and he sends my son’s second grade tutorial teacher who truly has to be the sweetest, most sincere, most encouraging person ever created.  I may suffer from a lack of feeling significant.  But God doesn’t see me that way.  He has a plan for my future and for yours.  I just feel sooooo blessed today.  My house looks like the baby aisle from Target just exploded here.  Two weeks ago, we had nothing (NOTHING) and yesterday Tigerfan decided we were going to have to build an extra room to house all the baby supplies.  Two weeks ago I was struggling with totally overwhelming feelings of “what will we do with another baby?” and today I am just ready to meet the little guy.  Everyone keeps saying that he will be extra special because he is God’s little surprise for us and I think I am beginning to agree!

Look for God’s blessings today..You just might be surprised what you find.  He is so Good–All the time!

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From Distressed to Blessed

I have found myself quite frustrated lately because of the attire available for purchase for our sweet Dancer girl.  One blessing with boys is you can pretty much get away with jeans and T-shirts and be pretty safe.  Dressing a girl, however is quite different.  This year has been especially difficult because she is truly out of the toddler size and has moved into what I consider the dreadful little girl section.  No longer can you find a reasonably priced swing top and pants or sweet little dress.  Now we have the choice of the outfit with words across the backside (I am sorry, I know this is fashionable, but in a few years aren’t I going to want to prevent people from looking there instead of encouraging it?), the outfit that looks like it was involved in an explosion at the glitter factory, or an outfit clearly made for a sixteen year old that was apparently shrunk into miniature.  People, she is FOUR!!  I do not want her to look like a tiny teen, I want her to look four, she is growing up too fast already!!!

Okay, I am through with my ranting, but the point is, I have been seriously challenged in finding her winter clothing which was okay until the past couple of weeks when the temperature finally dropped low enough to consider long pants/sleeves.  She has three pairs of blue jeans, a couple of t-shirts and a “warm-up” suit left over from last year.  That is it.  So we began last weekend urgently searching for some winter clothes.  The search continued to this weekend when my MIL and I went to the flea market to a booth from a boutique in our area.  While I did find a few cute outfits, even at 1/2 price they were $35.00 apiece and the regular priced were about $60.  I tried a couple on her, willing by this point to pay whatever, but could not find pants that were the right length.  I was soooo frustrated.  When we got home, I began searching the computer for anything she could wear that looked like a little girl, was modest, and affordable.  Frustrated with that search, I decided I was going to have to use my very modest sewing abilities and just make her something.  I figured I could make a simple A-line dress or swing top but was a little worried about pants.  As I began searching for simple patterns, I ran across the blog of an angel in disguise.  The blog is called sewsensible and it had a pattern in it for a very cute dress/top and pants.  I wondered if I could make this, even just the pants and just posted a comment on the blog asking the blogger/Aimee/Angel if she thought with my lack of skill I could do this and how to get the pattern.  People, she emailed me back in no time and just blessed my socks off.  She encouraged me that I could, indeed do this, sent me a pattern and offered to help me or walk me through it if I got stuck and gave me her email address to contact her if needed.  I cannot tell you how I felt after communicating with her.  She was just a picture of grace to me!  This whole pattern can be made with about 2 yards of fabric and a little thread and elastic and can be made in an afternoon (by her probably in an hour, but it is me we are talking about!).  The outfits are versatile, adorable and could reasonably come in at between $10-$15 dollars as opposed to $60.  I am telling you…God is good!

Anyway, in case someone with little girls were to stumble across this blog, I want to encourage you to check her out and if you are interested, the patterns can be purchased at another great site called youcanmakethis.com.  She also has a cute pattern for an all in one romper.

I am going to give this a try this week, so I will keep you posted on the results.  I do not have tremendous confidence in myself, but I am soooo encouraged I have high hopes!

I hope you have been blessed this weekend, I certainly have and I hope I can be a blessing to someone this week.  Have a great week and I will definitely be praying for you and for my new “friend” Aimee.  god bless!

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