Thursday, December 24, 2009
Sunday, December 20, 2009
Thursday, December 17, 2009
Tuesday, December 15, 2009
This couple lived right next door to us in our first house.
Our husbands were both in the Air Force and we lived on base.
They have been married two weeks longer than we had.
We both got dogs at the same time...theirs lasted in their family longer than ours did :).
We went together and purchased a picnic table to put between our houses so that we could share meals together when the weather was nice.
We ate at each other's homes at least once a week.
We went out together as couples to dinner, movies, shopping, etc...
We shared each other's first year anniversary wedding cake. The top of the cake that had been frozen for the first year.
Our first children were born within months of each other.
They were even in Little Rock when we moved there. She and I would go once a month or so to lunch and catch up and enjoy each other's company.
Why are they quitting? It is devastatingly sad to me. What struggles did they face that we haven't faced? Why have they allowed divorce to even be an option? I am sad for me...sad for their kids...and sad for them.
Monday, December 14, 2009
Thursday, December 10, 2009
Wednesday, December 9, 2009
I have been taking a room a day and going over it top to bottom...cleaning out the trash I find under beds....finding clothes once thought long lost...bringing out toys that had been forgotten. There have been bags of trash, lots of laundry, and many bags of give away items. We do that to bless others and to make room for the new things that will be found under the tree in a few weeks.
So far I have done two complete rooms. I have three more rooms upstairs and then I work downstairs as Bailey's arrival date gets closer and closer.
As satisfying and refreshing as this is, I have been thinking about all the energy, time, and thought I have put into preparing for Bailey's return. Now, Jesus is returning also. I am to be preparing for His return...which is even more important than Bailey's return. I am to be ready. Am I? Am I doing the things I need to be doing to be prepared for Jesus' return? Am I putting in the same amount of energy, time, and thought into His return? He is coming back just as surely as Bailey is. It is guaranteed. He has promised it. Just as Bailey has return tickets to come home....Jesus has a time to come back too...
Saturday, December 5, 2009
The cutie patootie at the end is a sweet, sweet girl. Our dear friends just brought her back from Korea and this was the first time we were able to meet her in person! Almost makes me want another baby....I did say almost!
Thursday, December 3, 2009
Daddy was always my SuperMan! He could do anything. He could fix anything. He knew so much about so much. He is the most gentle man I know. I have never heard him raise his voice ever. He has a great sense of humor. He loves his family more than life itself. He has followed Jesus since he was a little boy. I have always been proud to say that Doug Burgess is my daddy.
Life is changing for all of us because of his Alzheimers. He gets confused on where he is. He can't find the words to say. He gets more and more uncomfortable around too many people. (and the number of "too many" is getting smaller and smaller every day)
His mind is getting more and more fogged over. That is hard to watch. The fog lifts right now for long periods and then suddenly it settles back again; but we all know the day is coming when the fog doesn't lift, but will get thicker and denser. The day that daddy doesn't recognize me is going to be, up to that point, the most painful day of my life. I know it's coming. I know God has a plan for all of us in this. I know that in Heaven, daddy will have the clearest mind and the strongest body!
I'm glad that when we are weak, then Jesus is strong! Because daddy is getting weaker, so I can rest in the promise that Jesus is getting stronger and stronger in him. Praise God!
Tuesday, December 1, 2009
Waiting for Bailey to get home. Waiting for my 3 yr. old to grow out of certain behaviors. Waiting for things that are planned to happen on Women's Ministry Council at our church. Waiting for co-op to begin again. Waiting for Jesus' birth. Waiting for Ben to begin his seminary classes at Dallas Theological. Waiting for decisions on things that are pending.
Monday, November 30, 2009
Over the years, I have heard my friend ask:
1. What is the base for this sauce? Sour cream or mayonnaise?
2. I want the salad, but I would like the dressing on the side.
3. How is this served? Can I get ______on the side?
(In other words, I have yet to see her order something straight from the menu without changing something)
Well, she topped herself the other day as we ate breakfast at IHOP. The waitress came to our table and was ready to take our order. I give my order (regular off the menu...no special instructions), the girls give their orders, and then it's my friend's turn. Here's how it goes:
W: Are you ready for me to take your order?
L: Yes. I would like the pumpkin pancakes with the eggs. I would like the eggs on a separate plate and I would like the pancakes cooked all the way through. I really want them on the griddle for a bit longer than usual. I don't want the middles mushy. Please keep them on the griddle for a few extra minutes. I don't like when the middles are not solid, all the way cooked.
W: (with eyes wide) Will that be all?
Really? Will that be all? What more could there be? I was laughing so hard the whole time I was crying! For those of you who know how I laugh...you can only imagine how funny this was to me.
Let me end by saying that this is the kind of thing that makes my friend, my friend! I wouldn't change one thing about her! First of all, she provides many hours of laughing for me ( I love to laugh). But she is never, ever dull! I love that! Thanks friend, for all the great times you have given me. I hope they never end.
The kids were thrilled to be able to get the boxes out of the shed...all 30 of them! Yep! I said 30! I do love Christmas..have I mentioned that before? Anyway, they loved putting the ornaments on and I must say I only unwrapped and handed them to the kids to hang up. They did it all!
The only downside was the Bailey still isn't home and this is one of her very favorite things to do all year. She will be on hand for the taking down...but who really likes to do that?
A few more little touches need to be handled and then we have a month of festivities to look forward to!!
I love this time of year...I love the decorations....I love getting gifts for others...and I love the best gift of all-Jesus!
Saturday, November 28, 2009
Tuesday, November 17, 2009
Do you gals remember when we all felt so strongly that God was doing something? Do you remember when all those specific prayers were answered in amazing ways? Do you remember the babies that were conceived and then born after pointed, direct prayers for those very babies? Do you remember crying at the grace of God and feeling His very presence?
I do! I remember each and every one of those! It was probably one of the best times of spiritual growth in my life! Seeing the very hand of God intervene in our puny lives. Seeing your faith grow also! Watching the way you began raising your children because God had made Himself so real!
I am in that time again! Now...how do I get so blessed to have this happen to me twice in such a mighty way? I have no clue...I know I am not worthy of seeing God move and work and intervene, and grant grace...I know this...But He is at work in our church and He has allowed me to be a part of it.
I am humbled by His mercy, love, grace!
If you have forgotten those times...please ask God to remind you of it! Get back there and remember that the God of the universe cares about your every issue! He is moving among us!
As they said in Chronicles of Narnia: "Aslan is on the move!"
How exciting it all has been! I have been reminded of people that we think of as "overnight sensations". Rarely, if ever, does that literally happen! There is usually a lot of waiting and preparation on the front end that never gets seen and then, to us, the public, one day there they are...up on the big screen entertaining us! That's what it might seem like to those of us watching this adoption happen....like all of a sudden they are in Korea getting their little girl!
There has been so much behind the scenes to prepare and get ready. They have been diligent, patient, and dedicated to much prayer and searching the Scriptures during the year and a half that this process has really taken. There have been tears, anger, and the squeals of delight as they received their first pictures of the girl God picked for them!
But God has been in control the whole time! He has been holding Carys in the palm of His hand just waiting for our friends. What a joy to know that He has been monitoring the whole situation. What a pleasure to realize that God has also adopted us into His family...maybe even exhibiting sadness, anger, and then squeals of delight as He has watched and helped us in our growth. What a joy divine to be part of His plan...no matter how small!
Monday, November 16, 2009
I can't wait until this event!
Wednesday, November 11, 2009
Tuesday, November 10, 2009
Sunday, November 8, 2009
If I could, I would watch TV, surf the web, nap, and eat all day long! I am inherently lazy and slothful and I know this about myself. I completely understand that part of my sin nature. I don't like it, but I understand it...
There are some people who can only be involved in one thing at a time, and they do that one thing with excellence. They are quickly overwhelmed by the mere thought of adding more to their plate...so they don't. And that works for them.
I am not that way. I have always needed more of a three-ring-circus type life so that I will do even one thing well. If I don't have deadlines and commitments, not much happens. So...not that my way is good at all, but it helps me to serve better.
I do sense God's pleasure in my life. Though I get tired, I am peaceful about where I am and what I am doing.
When do you sense God's pleasure? What makes you tick? Are you a one-ring, two-ring, or three-ring kind of person? I challenge you to figure it out....and then go do it...all for the glory of God!
Saturday, October 31, 2009
Thursday, October 29, 2009
Please click http://www.baileysbellavita.blogspot.com to read her most current entry. You, too, will see a little of what God is doing in Italy, in Bailey, and in others!
Oh how He loves you and me! Oh how He loves you and me! He gave His life. What more can He give? Oh how He loves you! Oh how He loves me! Oh how He loves you and me.
Wednesday, October 28, 2009
I have done pretty well with this issue and have seen how mightily God has invaded me by the lack of need for using my tongue viciously! He has done a great work in me. Praise God!
Today, I realized that I had fallen back into the familiar pattern of using my tongue too much and in the wrong manner. OUCH! The pain I am feeling at this moment after having God reveal this to me is almost too much to bear! How could I do this again? When will I really learn this? Why do I let Satan overcome me with such force? Why am I so weak?
So...I am human and not God. I am fallible and He is not. I am weak and He is strong. I am a sinner and He is perfect. But I am also seeing that He is with me working in me and through me and I know that even the depth of my sorrow at this failing is evidence of the Spirit in me.
Thank you God for loving me enough to continue working on me.
Monday, October 26, 2009
Kally with the beginning of her decorated pumpkin...cutie patootie...
Rainey with his....is he cute or what?
Darby's...she didn't want me to take her pic this morning...obliged this time, but can't count on that every time :)
The final results! They are fun looking on my island!
More.....it was a great day...raining (pouring actually!) and cold outside and fabulous, fun, and festive inside...doesn't get much better than that!
Saturday, October 24, 2009
Thursday, October 22, 2009
We got to make our "molecules" with marshmallows! Yum!
Darby had to make different molecules...bigger ones! I think that means more marshmallows!
Everyone got in the act...Rawley especially loved being part of the fun today.
I love homeschooling!
Ingredients: oregano, pepperoni, red onion, green bell pepper, Italian sausage, basil leaves, cherry tomatoes, mozzarella cheese, pasta, pizza sauce, mushrooms
You cut up the veggies and put in slow cooker. The quarter the pepperoni, slice the sausage and put in also. Put in one jar of pizza sauce (I used my homemade spaghetti sauce since I had a ton of it) and then three jars of water. 1 T. oregano and 8 basil leaves chopped...add it to the slow cooker. Cook on low for 6-8 hours.
Put the pasta in the last 20 minutes and then top off your bowl with mozzarella cheese. It tastes just like a supreme pizza! It was yummy...a bit spicy for my kids, but Ben and I loved it!
Wednesday, October 21, 2009
So...after trying to be obedient back then, and giving me more situations over the ensuing years where I would work with women, He is now giving me this opportunity.
My prayer is two-fold:
1. That all I do would bring glory to the Lord!
2. That the women would feel loved, encouraged, and challenged in what God is calling them to.
I am humbled and excited at this new opportunity God has given to me...may I be weighed and not found wanting.
Tuesday, October 20, 2009
This is the day that the Lord has made. Let us rejoice and be glad in it!
Monday, October 19, 2009
1. He has helped me to memorize easily...which isn't always the case.
2. He has brought these Scriptures to mind time and time again as I go through my day or in different situations where I might be able to help others.
So far, I have worked on John 1 and Ephesians 6 and tomorrow I begin a third large passage. I have been immensely blessed by this and challenge you to receive some great blessings by doing the same thing! Let's memorize Scripture together and really get God's Word in our hearts.
What will you do when the day comes that our Bibles are taken away from us (and it HAS happened in the past and currently in other places) and we are left without our ability to pull it off the shelf to reference?