Let all that I am praise the Lord; with my whole heart, I will praise his holy name. Psalm 103:1

Archive for September, 2013

Day 17 of my 365 Day Journey

1. I did not feel drained when I woke up this morning.

2. I am finally starting to get good nights of sleep.

3. Fall shows are starting back.

4. Shows for my “mindless time”.

5. I love mindless time. Watching carefree shows or reading.

6. I had a little time this morning to go through our pictures from yesterday.

7. The pics came out great…my love is growing.

8. Our lunch today was free. (To-go plates made for us yesterday at a photography job.)

9. Quiet time was great today.

10. I got a lot done today during quiet time.

11. The kids were all so great this afternoon.

12. Naomi is a great helper.

13. Naomi helped clean up a little today.

14. Jaxton and Emma did a great job at cleaning the room today after play time.

15. I love the comfort of my home.

16. I may not have high class furniture but they are mine and I love them.

17. I can find many things through out our house that we did not pay for.

18. Friends and family who bless you with nice things.

19. Our living room set had been ours for 10 years and was a friends before us. It is still in great condition.

20. My own babies were good while Brad was gone today.

21. The girls had a blast coloring.

22. Naomi wrote a store about our family.

23. Naomi is very creative.

25. Emma so looks up to her sister. They get along so well most of the time.

26. Brad loaded the dishwasher after dinner.

27. The kids and I watched the Voice together tonight.

28. All three kids have a great love for music, like there parents. 🙂

Day 16 of my 365 Day Journey

(Saturday and Sunday combined.)

1. Despite our race being cancelled due to bad weather. Brad and I made it safely back to OKC, through the storms.

2. We have a little free time to sit and talk with his parents when we went to get the kids.

3. I had time to take a nap when we got home, much needed after about an hour of sleep at the hotel.

4. I got to go eat dinner with Cherryl, just me and her!

5. Cherryl and I had a great dinner at McAlester’s and were able to have quality time just of us for almost 2 hours.

6. Brad, Cherryl and I had fun talking and laughing till after 1am.

7. We made it to Sunday School for the first time in a long while. We enjoyed being back in our Sunday School class.

8. The class is doing lessons from the Family ID conference and we received some value able life strategies.

9. Tess and Oliver sat with us again at church and I got to love on baby Oliver during service.

10. Pastors Ted and Tami did a joint lesson this morning at church. I loved being “fed” this morning.

11. Lessons on communication are good for any level of communicators!

12. Daniel sang the Sanctus Real song Lead Me during offering. It was a blessing. I love that song and Daniel did great!

13. Watching Daniel worship or perform is always a blessing because his heart for God is truly authentic.

14. I am blessed to call Daniel a friend.

15. We had an easy meal of left overs for lunch today, taco salads. Yummy and fast!

16. Brad and I were able to rest for about 20 minutes after lunch.

17. So thankful for Grandparents who love to watch their grandkids!

18. Brad and I had an opportunity to take pictures for his Aunt Gail’s church.

19. The pictures were for the two year anniversary of her pastors. It was a blessing to be part of the event.

20. The heart of other ministers is so great to see.

21. The pastors wife truly touched me. One quote I loved, “Our church may not be big but we do big things!”

22. Everyone we talked to was so nice and welcoming.

23. Brad and I are blessed with some great Aunties!

24. We were able to see Grandma Ford as well, she always puts a smile on my face!!

25. We were blessed with a couple plates of food to bring home!

26. Free lunch tomorrow for me and the kiddos!

27. When we picked up the kids at my parents we stayed to watch a Duck Dynasty episode! I am thankful for good clean tv shows. There aren’t many left.

28. Carrot cake…one of my favorites and my parents had some! 🙂

Day 15 of My 365 Day Journey

1. Kids were so excited to have Grandparents day at school with Nana, they woke up great!

2. Nana loves her time with her grand babies.

3. The kids got to have donuts at school with Nana.

4. They enjoyed showing Nana their classrooms.

5. I got a longer quiet time since I did not have to take the kids to school.

6. Red Oak had a fabulous turn out for Grandparents Day.

7. Red Oak is such a great school!

8. God provided us a house in a great school district.

9. I enjoyed some me time watching one of my shows online.

10. I got to eat left over tacos for lunch.

11. I love good left overs.

12. I was able to take Zeke and Naomi to the library after school.

13. Zeke and Naomi love going to the library!!

14. I am blessed with 3 kids that love books!

15. Brad did not have to work at Hobby Lobby this weekend.

16. Brad was able to go to the race with me.

17. After dropping off the kids at grama’s Brad and I enjoyed a yummy meal at Cracker Barrel.

18. Meals just me and Brad!

19. I got to remind Brad of how yummy Cracker Barrel is.

20. Cracker Barrel jelly!

21. Despite forgetting my computer at home and adding an hour to our trip we had a good drive to Bartlesville.

22. I had a chance to attend a pity party and chose not to and tore up the invitation.

23. Kara’s blog on self-pity was in my head as great reminder to not attend! (http://khendricksonblog.com/2013/09/20/selahday-129-self-pity-one-of-the-devils-favorite-weapons/)

24. God will help you not go or if necessary leave a pity party if you ask!

25. I got in the car during this time and Mandisa’s song Stonger came on the radio and was exactly what I needed!

26. Christian radio!

27. Not going to the party feels way better than going!

28. I had a victory today!!

Day 14 of my 365 Day Journey

1. My migraine was gone when I woke up this morning!!

2. Although I got a dull headache this morning it never progressed and slowly faded.

3. God is my healer!

4. The kids were all so good today!!

5. I was able to clean with the kids here, this never happens without them acting crazy. 

6. Emma tried helping Jaxton with his letters today, too sweet.

7. Emma was so good while Jacie and Jaxton napped.

8. I got a lot done during nap time.

9. I was able to go get pick up Zeke and Naomi from school and leave the kids with Brad.

10. Quiet moments in the car by yourself!

11. Zeke and I got to take a quick grocery trip, just us.

12. Zeke doesn’t drive me crazy asking for stuff when I take him to the grocery store. 

13. My kiddo’s left early today allowing me to get more things done.

14. Homework time was so nice and smooth today, even had worship music going.

15. My kids are so good at getting homework done!!

16. Zeke’s progress report was straight A’s!!!!!!!!

17. Naomi’s progress report was 3% away from straight A’s, she is excited to get it up before report cards come out.

18. I had plenty of time to get dinner ready for our company, Paige and Marquis.

19. Marquis likes my taco’s and queso…he’s a picky eater.

20. The kids were good during dinner, despite Emma showing off.

21. Paige brought a super yummy oreo dessert.

22. We had fun going through wedding pictures and remembering funny moments from the wedding.

23. They loved all the pictures.

24. Realizing how sentimental it was is helping me make my decision on whether or not to continue taking wedding pictures.

25. The kids did great going to bed tonight. A surprise when we had company here.

26. Paige, Marquis, Brad and I get along very well….we will have to plan future dinners together.

27. God will put your perfect mate in your life if you will rely on His timing.

28. Paige and Marquis each found their perfect mate. 

Day 13 of my 365 Day Journey

Christ said, “Where your treasure is, there your heart will be also” (Matt 6:21). Your lifestyle is an example to your children of where your heart is. Give your children an example of a lifestyle devoted to God, not the idols of this world.

This was from my devotional today. So glad that Brad and I are teaching our children that our devotion is directed to God!

1. YouVersion.

2. Multiple devotions at my finger tips.

3. God’s word gives us life instruction.

4. Was able to finish editing photos today.

5. Everyone loves the photos so far.

6. I have to decide if I wish to do this in the future and get paid, a good decision to have.

7. God helps us with all decisions!

8. I don’t feel stressed to make this decision, just have to wait on God’s direction.

9. I found out today that a friend reads my blog daily and it blesses her.

10. Blessing friends blesses me!

11. I do this blog for me but it reaches others.

12. With left overs and one can of peas bought on sale, lunch today cost .24 cents. 🙂

13. Jacie took another good nap today, this makes my day so much smoother!

14. Ms. Jaquisha! Or as Emma would say, Ms Maquisha. Today is her birthday!

15. Ms Jaquisha has amazing patience with children.

16. Ms Jaquisha not only works with kids all day but volunteers her time to work in kids ministry at our church.

17. Emma loves homework. 🙂

18. Today Emma and I got to do homework together with no interruptions.

19. All three of my kids love to learn.

20. Cool mornings.

21. Being able to have the windows open in the car and house.

22. My vehicle!

23. I wasn’t ready for a new vehicle earlier this year but God works all things out for our good.

24. Brad got home from work in time to take Zeke to his appointment today.

25. I was able to make it to race timing training on time tonight.

26. I learned more on our new equipment and feel I absorbed a lot!

27. My mom was there to help with the girls so I was able to learn.

28. Great weather for tonight’s training!

Day 12 of my 365 Day Journey

1. Had an upset stomach most of the day….but it did not destroy my day!

2. The kids were in a good mood for a Monday.

3. The one year old I watch, Jacie, made my day when she was asked where’s Missa and she pointed to me!

4. Zeke is getting straight A’s in school!

5. Naomi is 3% away in one subject from straight A’s.

6. I got so many wedding pictured edited today during our quiet time!

7. I believe I have found a new love in picture editing.

8. I have always had a love for photography and having the use of good equipment makes that love greater.

9. Very thankful for my dad for letting me use his Nikon D7000! 🙂

10. Also thankful for the Nikon D70 that he gifted me a couple years ago.

11. My parents love to see my photography.

12. Paige loves all the photos I have shown her so far!

13. Paige and Marquis! God has so much in store for them as a Godly married couple!!

14. Brad got home beforehand had to go pick up the kids so I did not have to wake up Jacie from her nap!

15. Jacie slept for 2 1/2 hours! This is huge for her lately!

16. I was able to make it through a quick grocery trip with no tummy issues.

17. About 7:30ish my tummy started feeling normal again!

18. God will carry you through tummy issues. 🙂

19. Zeke got to go with Brad to his mentoring evening. Love Zeke seeing Brad in ministry.

20. I found time to upload the pictures Brad took at the CYM Block Party.

21. Brad and Chemise took some great pictures!

22. Being able to use what we have for God’s glory!

23. God will use your talent if you will simply give Him your talent.

24. The CYM block Party was a huge success!

25. Over 150 students attended….this was a first time event!

26. Doors are opening for CYM!

27. I am blessed to be a small part of a great ministry!

28. I love being used!!

Day 11 of my 365 day Journey

So I have missed a couple days due do an extremely busy weekend. So day 11 is coming a couple days late. 🙂

1. I slept like a baby last night despite being very sore from being on my feet all day Saturday.

2. The kids did really well getting ready this morning, always a plus on Sundays.

3. Emma wore her flower girl dress to church this morning and got so many compliments. She was in heaven!

4. We had Tess and Oliver sitting with us in service this morning.

5. I am always thankful for some cuddle time with baby Oliver.

6. Daniel and Tammy are amazing worship leaders and so blessed to be lead by them.

7. Neil Kennedy was our guest speaker today and he was so good.

8. I am blessed with a great dad!

9. My kids are blessed with a great dad!

10. Zeke was not able to go to his uncle’s house today and he did ok with the news and did not cause a scene leaving church. This is a big deal for him.

11. We had a nice family lunch at McAlister’s.

12. We walked in the door and went straight to the counter to order!

13. We had a sweet conversation with 3 “grandmas” behind us in line. They were so very sweet. We should be thankful for all generations who came before us.

14. McAlister’s. (one of my favorites)

15. I was able to take a 2 hour nap today! Much needed.

16. We made plans for Marquis and Paige to come to dinner Thursday and look at wedding pictures. I love making plans with family.

17. I was able to edit about 20 pictures from the wedding today. I am learning so much.

18. Between Brad and I we took over 800 pictures yesterday. I am so thankful for his help!

19. I love being able to communicate privately on facebook, sometimes it’s better than texting.

20. I rode my bike down to my parents to borrow something from my parents. Love that they are right down the street.

21. Thankful for my bike so I don’t have to drive the car.

22. The weather outside was beautiful today!!

23. Fall!!! I love fall!

24. Both tires on my bike were a little low. On the way back home a neighbor pointed it out to me and aired them up for me with his electric air pump in his garage. The ride from his house to mine was much better with full tires. J

25. Nice neighbors!

26. The kids were very good this evening and had fun playing video games together.

27. We had a very relaxing evening. Very needed after such a busy day yesterday!

28. I was able to enjoy some quiet time after the rest of the family went to bed tonight.

Day 10 of my 365 day Journey

1. I have made it 10 days!

2. Giving thanks and praise to God each night before bed ends my day on a positive note!

3. 10 days of this journey is already changing me.

4. I got to have a wonderfully quiet morning.

5. Got to have a short chat with my friend Heather.

6. My friend Heather. 🙂

7. Having friends you can turn to or just chat with is such a blessing.

8. Emma and I ended up spending the afternoon just us.

9. God kept my eyes focused on the road during the down pour of rain this afternoon.

10. He protected Emma and I during the heavy rain.

11. I got a sneak peak of the wedding decor and am very excited for Paige and Marquis.

12. My mom, the girls and I had a girls evening.

13. We found shoes at the mall for the girls to wear in the wedding.

14. I had enough money for shoes at the mall. 🙂

15. The girls were good while at the mall and got treated with picking items to buy at Claire’s.

17. We have a great meal at Zios.

18. I got to have an old friend of mine as our waitress.

19. I love seeing old friends.

20. Facebook which keeps me in touch with old friends.

21. The girls were very good at Zios.

22. I was able to bless my friend with a good tip. A great way to end the night.

23. God blesses us when we bless others!

24. Brad and Zeke had a great boys night together.

25. Brad surprised Zeke with CiCi’s.

26. Brad and Zeke had some good bonding time playing video games at home.

27. Zeke got a card in the mail from our children’s pastor. I love the grin Zeke gets when he receives something special. He may not verbalize it but you can see it in his face.

28. Zeke also loved the superman Lego set I got for him from the mall. 🙂

Bonus #29. Today was a good day!!

Day 9 of my 365 Day Journey

As the weekend approaches my mind is on the wedding this weekend of our nephew Marquis and his beautiful bride to be Paige. Weddings always remind me of what it was like in the beginning for Brad and I. I was telling someone of all the things God put into place that allowed me to be with Brad and know beyond a shadow of a doubt that he was the one. I thought that I might start my thanks tonight with some of those things.

1. My first one was kinda silly but God gave me it anyways. I had always wanted my future husbands hand to fit perfectly in mine…the first time. I will never forget us riding home one night, going down I-44, and Brad reached over and took my hand. It fit perfectly, so much so that I turned my head to keep Brad from seeing the tears in my eyes.

2. I knew I needed someone who was spiritually more mature than me, to be my shepherd. One night while I visited youth camp and Brad was interning there, during the altar call I was at the back and Brad was at the front praying for a student. I felt a whisper in my spirit saying, there is what you asked for. I cried like a baby knowing in that moment that I was in love.

3. Brad and I did not kiss for the first three months of our relationship. I had always said I wanted to marry my best friend. In those three months he became my best friend.

4. Just after that God gave me a beyond a shadow of a doubt moment telling me Brad was my forever love! While sitting in the back of the church one night I was praying for God to give me peace and to allow me to know. Brad came up and put his arm around me, saying nothing out loud, and began to pray for me. I knew in that moment when God whispered in my spirit, “he is yours.”

5. God gave me my every want and need when He gave me Brad.

6. Brad puts up with me. 🙂

7. Brad and I both know God put us together and we had no hand in it.

8. When God gave me Brad He gave me an amazing new family.

9. My in-laws treat me like a daughter.

10. I gained not only a great immediate family but a truly blessed extended family.

11. I am love by so many!

12. I have an amazing Grandmother in-law who is an amazing woman of God. She calls me Melisha and I love it!!

13. Our families are both a huge blessing to us.

On to today:

14. Emma helped a little girl at school today who didn’t want to stay.

15. Emma’s teacher was moved by her caring heart.

16. Emma has a true caring heart and loves to help kids who are upset.

17. I paid 4 bills today and there is still plenty of money in the bank.

18. God is our provider!!

19. I got to design a save the date invite for my mom’s office. I love getting to be creative.

20. Mom loved the card. 🙂

21. I got to practice more tonight with my dad’s camera. Wedding pictures Saturday!

22. CYM had a great service tonight!

23. I love having a youth pastor!

24. I got to sit with my friend Cherryl, she makes me smile.

25. I get amazing hugs from my Eddie.

26. Tonight I even got a shoulder rub from him.

27. I also got my back scratched by Uncle Richard, bonus!

28. I have such great people in my life!!

Day 8 of my 365 Journey

1. Another good morning with the kids, I even rewarded them with donuts.

2. I had time to clean my bathroom before my kiddos got here.

3. I have felt great all day. So nice after several days of tummy issues.

4. God will carry you through big and small.

5. I had one of the best days since I began watching kids from here.

6. Jacie, my one year old, had a great day today, which makes my day so much better!

7. The kids loved the pasta I made them today. 🙂

8. Emma does so well handling the asthma and allergy junk.

9. Teachers have email and check it regularly!

10. I was able to email Emma’s teacher to explain her bloody nose issues.

11. Emma has a very loving teacher.

12. Emma’s nose barely bothered her at school.

13. Emma has already made a cute little groups of friends.

14. Emma, Jaxton and Jacie all got along today!! (Has not been like that for over a week.)

15. We had a very relaxing quiet movie time today.

16. Naomi’s report on her dibels testing came home today and she was well above average on every section!

17. I am a proud mom over 3 very smart kids!

18. Zeke liked the book I picked out for him at the library.

19. That book is in a series so there are more for him to get.

20. Brad had his first night back at Inner City church mentoring, Zeke sometimes goes with. I love that they are able to share in this ministry.

21. Brad is such a great Godly example for our son and daughters.

22. Grocery carts with cars attached!

23. I made it through a quick grocery store trip with the girls.

24. I almost always get to go to the grocery store by myself, I am thankful for this! 🙂

25. I have a 4 inch foam mattress pad on my bed!

26. We also have a very nice and kinda pricey comforter on our bed. (Bought with Christmas money last year.)

27. I sleep so comfortable at night.

28. I am going to bed before 10 for the second night in a row…this is a kinda big deal for me.

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