A Day of Good Bye's

Or maybe I should say "A day of see-ya-later's".

Today my family and I said "see ya later" to an old family friend. I have known Don since I was a young girl, and I'm blessed to have had him in my life. Don defined Carpe Diem. Because he was diagnosed with Diabetes as a young boy and was told by Dr's he wasn't going to live past 21...he treated every day as if it was his last. He was always full of life, laughter, and love. His granddaughter said she knows today her grandpa is dancing in heaven. I am sure it's true! So, see you later, Don. We love you! Save a dance for me!! I know I have pictures of my friend, so when I find them I'll post one here.

Today is also the day we said "see you later" to my sister and her family as they return home to Florida. We have been blessed to have them visiting for the last week. Last night, her son D even had the chance to spend the night at Auntie's house! (Side does someone so small take up an ENTIRE bed???) Here is the superstar who can't stand having his picture taken: ha ha

We have so much fun with Bugs, M, and D when they are here, it's always sad to see them go back home to Florida. To them I say "Have a safe trip home; I love you tremendously; come home again soon." Who knows...maybe I'll even get to make it down to FL again this year.

I hope everyone has a wonderful weekend!!!



Lessons in Faith - Feeding Jesus

It's obvious I've been consumed with tornados the past couple days. Every time the wind gusts I'm diving for cover. OK...maybe not that bad, but close.

I've also been consumed with the thought of having to buy a new car. Wondering if we'll be able to afford the downpayment and a car payment. To put it bluntly, I've only been thinking of myself.

Yesterday I was talking to a friend about feeding the homeless this Sunday afternoon. The food bank usually provides the meat, but they are unable to this month. SO (since I was still thinking about myself) I was instantly worried about how i was going to afford to feed 150 homeless people when I need to buy a new car.

So I started talking to my dear husband about it last night and he very sternly (but sweetly) reminded me how blessed we are that all we lost in the tornado was a car, when so many lost all they had. Then he reminded me how all we have isn't ours and if God wants us to put $100 less down on a car so some homeless people can eat, then I shouldn't be getting in the way of God. I don't know what I was so worried about.

I know that once we get there on Sunday, it will be such a blessing. I just need to stop "freaking out" and keep putting my faith where it belongs...with our precious Heavenly Father.

So the lesson for today. In stead of keeping my thoughts on myself...I need to be focusing on Jesus, and in stead of worrying about a car...I should be making some time to feed Jesus.



I don't care to visit Oz

Here is a video of the tornado hitting the building I work. Thanks to all those who called me with your thoughts and prayers during all this. While it was frightening to experience, it's almost worse to watch it from the videos. We received little damage compaired to our neighboring community of Windsor. My heart and prayers go out to the Windsor community.

In this video after the tornado crosses the highway you see a couple buildings on the left side of the screen. I am in the taller building on the right.

The next video is taken from the security cameras on our building.


To my Mom

To my mom: The most amazing, kind, beautiful, strong, compassionate, fun mother in the world. Thank you for everything you've done for me and continue to do. I never want to imagine a world without you in it. I love you more and more every day.


Sleepless nights

The time is 12:48am. Why am I awake when I have to be at work early tomorrow morning? Good questions :o) It started out because I am downloading new songs onto my mp3 player and it is taking FOREVER. I actually kinda feel bad for all the times I've had my husband download songs for me. I had no idea it would take HOURS.

Now I'm just restless. I'm excited for this weekend. I am working , so it will be nice to get some hours at Suppers. I'm excited that Arron, our new senior minister, will be in town this weekend house hunting. I'm hoping I'll get go hang out with Rhonda a little bit. Rhonda is Arron's wife. We only met her over one weekend, but I already like her a lot and hope we can become friends. On top of that I've been worrying about my dear husband. He hasn't been himself for a few weeks but doesn't want to talk about why. Naturally...being the complete woman that I am...I feel like we HAVE to talk about it. ha ha. It's funny though, usually he is Mr. Talkative and has to get all his words I'm complaining that he's not talking. It's funny how in the middle of the night we get our brains all in a tizzy over little things. Thinking through every possible senario and situation. My youth group is on my mind, too. They are a pretty great group of kids. I love them completely and would probably do just about anything (within reason) for any of them. So what's bugging me? I can't help but wonder how many of them actually have a true relationship with Jesus. I think a lot of them simply believe because their parents do. Or are there because they have to be. Sometimes I wonder if I'm really even making a difference, and if I that a difference that is leading them towards the loving arms of Jesus Christ??

It's nights like this I think I'm just really needing to sit down and pray. Maybe I'm awake because I'm needing some one on one time w/ God. So why am I still on the computer? My songs are almost finished downloading. YEAH!!!

I'm thinking I really shouldn't be blogging in the middle of the night because my thoughts are random. Sleep is a beautiful thing...and I apparently don't function well without it. So...while I'm waiting for my last song to download. I'm going to log off and pray. Pray for peace and sleep. :)