Tuesday, August 14, 2018

Testy Tuesdays

It's that time again. Just below are the pet peeves that are driving us crazy this week. Add your own in the comments, or ditto someone else. Commiserate with each other, blow off steam and go on your merry way.

Kylee: When you go to get your clothes from the dryer, only to realize you never actually started it.

Stephanie:  packing, organizing, limited space on airplanes, cleaning, goodbyes, and running out of hot water.... to name a few 

Jill:  When your children grow up, get married, have kids, and then move to another continent.😢

Now it's your turn. What's bugging you?

Monday, August 13, 2018

Bon Voyage

  Tomorrow is the day! We load up ourselves and our three littles and our 25 pieces of checked luggage and off to the airport we go!  Yes, you read that right, 25.  Don't believe me?? 

  That's our belongings right there in those containers. We've widdled everything else down to this. There were some things that were hard to let go of, like the $20 quilt that for some reason I cried over leaving. Then my husband so sweetly found room for said quilt. My hero!

  Because of this craziness in our lives right now, I won't be posting for a few weeks. Maybe by the time I come back, I'll stop being so late with my posts! 😲 For the next several weeks we will be posting some pictures on Mondays of our progress getting settled in Brazil.  So make sure your still stopping by on Mondays! Until then, So long for now!

Friday, August 10, 2018

How Do You Say It?




I've been thinking about this lately. There's a lot of ways to say goodbye. Some ways are hard. Some are fun. Some are awkward. It takes a lot of finesse to be able to say goodbye properly.

Some people do it quick. They don't like to linger. They don't want to show emotion. They give a quick hug or better yet a nod and then they're on to other things. Men and toddlers tend to be the best at this type of farewell.

Some people just can't seem to rip the bandaid off. They've announced that they have to go. They've got their coat on. Their keys are in their hand, jingling, as they linger over bits of trivia and mind-numbing small talk. All the things of importance have been said, but they can't quite get to that last farewell. Those last few minutes are punctuated with long awkward silences because nothing more needs to be said. Then one or the other finally says, "Well ...". And then another round of awkward pauses and more awkward small talk.

Then there's the surprise goodbyes. The goodbye itself isn't a surprise, but the person saying it will suddenly throw out a comment containing the most important information of the entire weekend. "Well, you take care now. By the way, Uncle Ryan wrote you out of the will. Have a good trip!" They've been sitting on that little tidbit all weekend, and they finally work up the courage to say something as you're heading out to the car.

You also have the clingers. They go in for a hug and don't let go, sometimes squeezing your neck until you're gasping for air.

It's adorable when you're two.

Not so much when you're thirty.

I think the goodbyes that I hate the most, though, are the crying goodbyes. If someone cries when they tell me goodbye, then I end up crying.

I prefer to do my crying in private so usually I swallow back the tears, put on a brave smile and say a quick goodbye. Then after the leave I can go back in the house and sob. This doesn't work so well if you're saying goodbye to someone who always hurries back because they forgot something, though.

I'm thinking about goodbyes because I have to say some this weekend. I am not looking forward to them. I'll probably stand around making awkward small talk. Hopefully I won't have any last minute surprises, but I probably will hug and squeeze for as long as they'll let me.

I'll do my best to hold back the tears. After all, I've got a nine hour drive after they get on the plane. That's almost enough time to get all the tears out.

So how do you say goodbye?

Thursday, August 9, 2018

Happy Thoughts Thursday

So you've made it through half the week, but it's still not Friday yet. Sometimes by Thursday you need a little lift to make it to the weekend.

Our solution? Happy Thought Thursday. On Tuesdays you can drop a pet peeve or an irritation. On Thursdays, give us a praise, a thankfulness, or something that just makes you happy. Your contributions on Thursday can be deep and spiritual, such as thankfulness for your salvation, or as shallow as a cup of coffee or a good hair day.  Here are our happy thoughts for this week:

Stephanie: my parents are coming in two days!
Kylee: only 14 weeks until baby is here!

Jill:  just attended two great nights of revival. Love being in God’s house with God’s people!

 what about you? What makes you happy today?

Wednesday, August 8, 2018

Where is our Faith?

How many of you worry about different things in your life whether it be your spouse, your children, your finances, people in your church or events going on in your ministry? I think that would probably be the majority of us. How many of you would say that you have put your fear of things in front of your faith?

Psalm 118:6 The Lord is on my side; I will not fear: what can man do unto me?

Psalm 56:3 What time I am afraid, I will trust in thee.

Recently, there was something we were working on for our church. There were a couple of different times concerning this event that we had wondered if it would even be worth the money or the time. We worried about the attendance, money, and everything falling into place. Where was our Faith?

Oftentimes we forget to pray and ask God for guidance and wisdom in whatever situation we are dealing with.

Hebrews 11:1 Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.

Jeremiah 32:27 Behold I am the Lord, the God of all flesh: is there anything too hard for me?

God already knew what we wanted and what we needed, but how can He give provide it for us if we don’t ask Him for it?

It was a Wednesday that we had been worried about all of these things, and It wasn’t until I was reminded that we just needed to pray and ask God for what we needed. The very next day He showed us in two very big ways that He can provide, we just have to give it to Him. God is good, All the time!

Matthew 21:22 And all things, whatsoever ye shall ask in prayer, believing, ye shall receive.

So, next time you fear that you may not be able to pay your bill on time, or whatever the situation is where you might find yourself putting your fear before your Faith, remember to do one simply thing: Pray! Pray and ask God for Wisdom and Provision.

Isaiah 41:10 Fear thou not; for I am with thee: be not dismayed; for I am thy God: I will strengthen thee; yea, I will help thee; yea, I will uphold thee with the right hand of my righteousness.

Do you have a time that you can think of that you put your Faith in front of your fear and God provided?

Tuesday, August 7, 2018

Testy Tuesdays

It's that time again. Just below are the pet peeves that are driving us crazy this week. Add your own in the comments, or ditto someone else. Commiserate with each other, blow off steam and go on your merry way.

Kylee: when people don't pick up there feet when the walk..

Stephanie:  when I forget to pack important things, like phone chargers 

Jill:  When someone always makes everything about them.

Now it's your turn. What's bugging you?

Monday, August 6, 2018

Monday Musings

I recently stumbled upon some totally useless facts that I thought you all might find interesting... or not, but regardless I'm going to share them.

  • Shakespeare invented the words "assassination" and "bump"
  • If you keep a goldfish in a dark room, it will eventually turn white
  • Right handed people live, on average, nine years longer than left handed people 
  • If the population of China walked past you in a single line, the line would never end because of the rate of reproduction
  • Most lipstick contains fish scales   (EWWW!)
  • Over 2500 left handed people a year are killed from using products made for right handed people
  • More people are killed by donkeys annually than by plane crashes
  • Every time you lick a stamp, you're consuming 1/10 of a calorie. (Don't forget to add that in your calorie count!)
  • It's against the law to burp or sneeze in a certain church in Omaha, Nebraska. (Well, my brother's would end up in jail there)
  • the starfish is one of the only animals who can turn it's stomach inside out.
  • Hershey's kisses are called that because the machine that makes them looks like it's kissing the conveyor belt
  • Lastly, left handed people make better artists. Or so the internet says. You would disagree too if you saw my mom try to be artsy. 😁😁
How's your Monday going??