Wednesday, December 31, 2008

2009 Resolutions/ Goals

To get back into my prayer journal, and keep up with it!

Ok, here we go again! Another year, another list of goals to fail! Ok, maybe that is not how I should look at it! Maybe that is why I always fail! LOL! Maybe this year, I should look at it as something that can be accomplished with a little work, a little self-control, (we all know how good I am at that one!), a little practice, etc. You know, as a little girl, I always got a diary for Christmas, and I would start on January 1st and write my resolutions. Ok, I am pretty sure now that I did not know or understand what resolutions were. I think I thought that they were something you wrote down, and that they just happened! Funny, it has taken me several decades to realize that those diaries were not magic paper that made things happen!

So, this year I am sharing my resolutions or Goals with you! (I really need to find out how to do that mark through words thing that MckMama does!) Anyway, I hoping that by posting these and making my innermost failures public, that you as my friends will help me to be accountable. After all, as Christians we are called to help keep each other accountable! So, here goes...

1. Stop complaining! Yes, about anything! It is however, ok to tell God about it! I just need to stop telling the whole world! This one is going to be hard! Thanks Suzie for convicting me of this!

2. Be the wife God called me to be! NO MATTER WHAT! Aaaagghhh! This one is going to be even harder than the 1st one! Oh well, life is not easy! What this means to me, is that no matter how he treats me, I am to respect him, love him, and treat him as God calls me to. I did this for a while especially when I was involved in different Bible Studies that helped me do so, but I have definitely slacked lately! And above all to remember that he (Jason) is not the enemy!

3. Have a plan of attack daily- I used to do this too! But, something happened when Dalton started Kindergarten-I don't know what, but it's almost like my whole world and routine fell off its axle! So, this year, I am having my daily list again! Back into routine here we come!

4. Stop Yelling!-Yes, I know, its hard to believe that sweet, little old me could possibly yell! LOL :) But, yes, I do. My goal here, is to stop and give it to God every time that I am frustrated, aggravated, or just plain irritated! By giving it to Him first, then I will not be giving into my flesh as Satan would like for me too!

5. To continue to eat healthy, and watch my portion control. This summer, I started weight watchers, and did very well, and then I somehow got off track. For me, following weight watchers and tracking my points is the only way that I have been able to control my compulsive eating habits. One reason that I am concerned with this, is that God has revealed to me that gluttony is a sin, and if I am not in control of what I put in my body, than I am partaking in gluttonous habits.

6. And above all, to turn to God for all and everything first. For it is not in my ability, strength, or power, to handle anything thrown at me, but only through His strength alone. And how disappointed He must be in me, when I choose to turn to myself or someone else when I should really be turning to Him first!

I hope you all have a wonderful 2009! Happy New Year Everybody!

Mission Completion!

So, about 10 years ago I bought a Daily Walk Bible (Read the Bible in a Year thing). And this January 1st, I started reading it! Ok, some times things take awhile! But this year, I committed to God that I would actually do it! This Bible has daily devotionals and such that go with it that helped me stay focused, and understand it better. Now, don't go thinking that I am perfect or anything, but I actually did it! This morning I finished my one year Bible! YAY! I must say there is a huge since of accomplishment with that, but I do know that I did not do this on my own, only through the strength of God, did this happen.

There were some days that I would miss, or forget, but then the next day I would do 2 or whatever and catch up. One thing that it did for me, was basically force me (that doesn't sound right) it would help me to meet with God everyday! And where do you find God's word and his heart? in the Bible of course!

So, a couple of months ago, I was getting excited that I was nearing the end of the book, and before I could get too excited, I heard God speak to me about recommitting. I figured He meant to commit another year of reading daily and meeting with Him. So, I thought I would find a good daily devotional-linked to verses, etc. I have been wanting to get one of the Oswald Chambers books for a long time now. One of my favorite people, Shuggie Collingsworth, talked very highly of him all the time. Well, just last week during my reading, God spoke to me again! (Funny how that happens when you are in His word!) :) I felt Him telling me to recommitt with the same Bible! "Really? God are you sure?" Ok, dumb question! I am pretty sure that God does not make a statement unless he means it! Duh!

So, I asked "What do you mean?", and what I have got from that, is that this time I am to read it, and dive deeper. There are some parts that have extra verses to go back to, and sometimes jump to. So, 2009 I am going to re-up my commitment! And this time, I am going to try and not miss any days! I am going to try to avoid having to do any make-ups! I hope that 2009 finds you accomplishing your commitments! Happy New Year!

Monday, December 29, 2008

Please Pray

Please pray for Baby Stellan. He has been diagnosed with RSV, and is having severe breathing difficulties. Please read MckMama's blog to find out more details. Thanks ahead of time for all your prayers, this little baby is already a miracle.

Wednesday, December 24, 2008

It's Almost Here!

In 40 more minutes, it will officially be Christmas Day! Happy Birthday Jesus! Merry Christmas to All! Tonight we went to our church's Christmas Eve Service, (my family came with us!) Then we all went back to our house for some awesome potatoe soup and sandwiches made by my amazing husband! Then we all open gifts! The kids made out like bandits of course, and we still have more presents tomorrow! WOW! Well, anyway, we all loved our presents! And we loved hanging out with my family!

And of course, The Pajama Elf came and we all got some super cool new pjs! Here is our Christmas Eve Family Pic. I hope you all have a Very Merry Christmas, and that you will have a great time celebrating in our Savior's Birthday!

Picture Perfect Postcard
What our family is really like!

Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Stressed! Very Stressed!

Please pray for me, I am having a little trouble controlling my anger. I mean, it's like I just get mad, and whoosh-there it goes! I am really trying to use self-control, but it just seems really hard, like I don't think about it until I am already acting out. I mean for pete's sake I had a hissy fit at Santa! I don't know if this is pre-PMS week, or just how I am going to be without medicine, or if I just can't handle my own kids being kids!

It is Christmas, and it doesn't seem so Christmas Cheery at my house. I am usually a lot more organized and together by this point, but I am still running crazy trying to get last minute presents that I thought I had already taken care of everyone! Ooops! I know that my poor husband is probably ready to kill me, and I think it is my fault that he is Bah-Humbug! Way to go Amber! Anyway, just please keep us in your prayers if you think about it! Oh, and if you thought this post was weird, than let me introduce myself...My name is Amber, and I am very transparent!

Monday, December 22, 2008

Security Please!

Ok, so we are a little behind on our traditional trip to The Gaylord Texan for a wonderful leisurely night of enjoying the Christmas lights, seeing Santa, drinking hot chocolate, and buying a way too expensive cookie! Well, pretty much none of that happened! Apparently if you go 3 days before Christmas-it is CRAZY! We waited 30 minutes to see the reindeer and Mrs. Claus. We then head over to Santa's Workshop and wait over an hour! And no, I am not exaggerating! And let me preface this by saying that last year when we saw Santa there (same photography company and all) they let us take all the pictures that we wanted with our own camera! So, I expected the same this year-especially since there wasn't a sign saying any differently any where in line in my hour plus long wait!

Oh wait, there was a sign-right next to Santa's throne! Now, obviously you could only see this sign after waiting an hour...Did I mention that you have to go through the workshop in this tunnel like thing? So, no, there is no way to have seen the sign prior. So, I get up to the front of the line and the lady asks if I am going to buy a package (Hmmmm...before you even take the picture? How should I know? Prepaid Santa pics? Seriously?) So, I said "No" She immediately eyed my camera (I wasn't hiding it or anything) and says "you can't take your own pictures" I said "I'll just take it when he is walking up there" "No, can't even do that" she says. Hmmmm...well they aren't going to take any of him walking up there...Anyway, I then start to tell her that if they are going to change their policy from last year, that they should post the sign at the beginning of the line- you know, over an hour ago! She says that she is going to have to call security if I try to take a picture..."Go Ahead" I said. (Yea I know-real mature) Oh, and by the way, she says "you can take video, but no pictures" "Ok, I say so I will video clip it!" And I proceed to switch my camera over to video.. "oh, no" she says "It has to be a handheld camcorder" Now let me note here-that it was obvious that I did not have a handheld camcorder-just a camera-so why even say that! I tried to show her and prove that I would only video...but noooooo. So, I tell the other lady that walks over my aggravations...again...and how I would love to tell security my feelings on the matter. I am not upset that they are not allowing people to take pictures (well, a little) I am upset that they changed their policies and you have to stand in line over an hour to find that out!

And at this point, I give up..I say "nevermind" "forget it" and pick up my 5 year old to head over to Santa..he starts crying...apparently my actions have upset him and he thinks we are not seeing Santa because security is coming for his Mommy! Poor thing! Once again, something he can tell his therapist in later years! Oh, and here comes my 3 year old running up and jumping in Santa's lap! (Back story, 10 minutes prior-he got in trouble for not listening and Daddy said "That's it! No Santa!" And took him away! Well, apparently he apologized for his misbehavior and was allowed to see Santa after all! So I have one smiling child, one crying child, and absolutely no one taking the picture! What's up with that? I didn't prepay so I don't get the opportunity? So ofcourse, I say "Ok, I'm following your rules-where's the photographer?" She gets in takes the picture....
And then they let me know that they are very sorry for any inconveniences and for my aggravating experience...and they are giving me my picture for free!

This was not my plan when I through my little fit, as a matter of fact-I told them I didn't want anything for free, and apologized for my actions. They gave it to me anyway! And, I am highly embarrassed of my non ability at self-control in this situation, but I am also highly disturbed at the high mark-up rate they put on my precious Christmas memories! Hello-$16.23 after tax really? My husband said that I am the only Mom he knows that stands in line for Santa and gets security called on her! Well, I am unique!

Did I mention that we ran into some friends there that were behind us in line for the whole hour plus? Yes, they saw the whole thing! And, she's a client! Aaagghhh! Oh well, I think they thought the whole thing was pretty comical! Oh, and 15 mintues after the Santa incident, Carson climbed up a rockwall thing, and fell over the back about 3 ft and landed on his head! He's ok though!

Well, anyway, here is the turned out really good, and we have a story to go with it!

Sunday, December 21, 2008


20 Reasons To Be Happy Today

*Getting to sleep in

*Waking up knowing your husband is doing good work helping set up at the Texas Toy Run in the early freezing hours.

*Heading to church and getting a text message from a friend that moved away almost 2 years ago- saying "Are you coming to church today?" Loved that! Loved seeing you Stacey!

*Seeing my children sing at The Exchange for our Christmas Celebration! Well, watching Dalton sing-Carson once again no singing what-so-ever!

*Starting off the service with some awesome music from Joel, Jeff, and the rest of the crew.

*Getting to enjoy all of that with my precious boys in my lap. One at a time of course!

*Having my sweet three year old be the only sound during silence at the end of Holy Night that sound was "Amen!" How sweet!

*Being gone taking my 5 year old to the potty during the sweet moment! Ok, so that maybe wasn't so great! But at least Jason remembered to tell me about it!

*Seeing over 400 people at The Exchange today!

*Having some awesome birthday cake for Jesus' birthday! By the way, super big cakes!

*Did I mention seeing some friends we haven't seen in a while? :) I am super excited about ya'll only being an hour away pretty soon!

*Eating some mean left-over spaghetti for lunch!

*Getting a grip on my email inbox-down from 900 emails to only 71! Woo-hoo!

*Doing this in silence while my family took naps...well...almost everybody! At least Dalton rested for a while!

*Enjoyed an awesome dinner cooked by my wonderful husband! Smothered hamburgers with mashed potatoes and some yummy fried mushrooms!

*Watching Horton Hears a Who with my whole family! Which, by the way, seems to have some great little lead ins to talk about God and not being able to see things even though they are real.

*Doing boxes 5&6 of our nativity scene and then putting the boys to bed.

*Finding out that some friends of ours are going to be having their baby a few weeks early..tonight! And spending some time praying for them with Jason in our living room. (I tried to go to Baylor, but got turned around on the way, so I just went back home!)

*Ending the evening watching TV with my husband while typing my blog!

Knowing that we are celebrating the birth of Jesus in 3 days! O happy day!

Super good day! Below are some pics-check out Carson's face! Oh, and no, you are not seeing things, that is little Brooke in the back!


Thursday, December 18, 2008

WOW-Must Read!

Here is a blog that I read, and her post today was about submission-now whether or not you agree on this subject, please read! It totally brought me back to where I need to be, and haven't been for several months...Thanks God for showing me this through others-since I apparently wasn't listening to you very well!

MckMama's Blog

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Christmas Ornament Tag

This is a few of my handpainted ornaments from my Mimi..she is an AWESOME artist! These pictures don't do them justice!
My Mimi has painted me a ton of globe ornaments, but over the last 2 years Carson broke a bunch of them! So sad! Dalton never touched the tree! She said that in the future she is painting mine on wooden balls! She sure is getting smart! :)
Ofcourse, gotta have the hunting ornaments!
Somehow, I got this pickle-thanks Mimi! There is a tradition of some sort, but I forget how that is supposed to go!
I bought this in Omaha this year, along with "Faith", and "Believe" they look great on my white and gold tree!
And this is this year's new favorite ornament! Carson made this at his pre-school-I love it! He made another really cute handprint ornament on a glass globe-well...I am going to have to attempt to remake that one!

Ok, so following Cristi's tagging, I am tagging some of my blogging friends! Tabitha, Kim, Andrea, Kristin,Terri, Ryndi, Stacey I can't wait to see your ornaments! Most of the rest of you were already tagged by Cristi! If you were not tagged, please feel free to participate anyway!

Sunday, December 14, 2008

Crazy Week

Ok, So I haven't had a lot of time to blog lately, but in a nutshell here goes the happenings. I will post pictures later.

Let's see after putting up the Christmas tree, we have decided to have a Christmas Celebration at our house...and then Jason remodel the boy's/guest bathroom! No stress there...Carson's last day of school before next year was this past Thurs. His class celebrated his and Everett's birthdays on Tues. His new school is super cute and he loves it there! We had his birthday party at McDonald's yesterday! I can't believe he will be three on Fri! Wow! Time really flies bye! The party was a huge non-stresser! MCD's is definitely the way to go! Now of course, we have a bunch of toys all over the house that either make noise or have teeny tiny pieces, or both! And of course, Dalton wants to make sure that Carson knows that he has to share all of his toys with him!

This past Wednesday the Kindergarten department at Lone Star had a field trip to the Stockyards Station to the North Pole Express. I volunteered months ago to be a chaperone. What I didn't think about, was that it was going to be COLD, REALLY COLD! And that there would be like 120 kindergartners! WOW! I was thankfully only in charge of 2! Dalton and his friend RJ. Let me just state that roaming around the stockyards in temperatures of like 27 degrees and windy (while wearing pajamas) was a new thing to put in my list of things that I have done! But, the kids had a blast and so did I! And again, I have been reminded of how much I love Dalton's teacher Mrs. Mabry. She is so good with them, and it is obvious that God placed her as Dalton's teacher for a reason.
And then Wed night, my friend Shelley had her annual Christmas Party with kids welcome. The boys looked so cute (like I said pics to come later). Dalton was officially "embarrassed" of me when he was hanging out with all the 12 year old boys in the game room. I can honestly say that my heart was crushed when I got the hand shoo-ing me away. :(

Thursday after work, I met up with my friend Steph, and we painted some crosses to fill yet another pre-order from our crafting project! Yay! Click here to see pics (they are under her Christmas tree post)

Friday morning, I had a cookie exchange at our MOPS group. Now-if you tell me there's going to be cookies, it is pretty much a done deal that I will be there! I love me some cookies! The speaker that morning was really good, but it definitely worked on me spiritually, and emotionally. (I guess the two go hand in hand) Friday night, we went to Grapevine to our friend Jaden's birthday party on The North Pole Express there. While Dalton went on the train ride, Jason, Carson, and I went up and down Main St in and out of the stores. (I wonder what we were thinking with Carson with us-he is my child that can't help but touch things-uugghhhh) After the train ride, the kids had cupcakes and ran around like crazy people-like I said, they had a really good time! Thanks Jaden for the realistic train whistle!

Sat morning we went to Breakfast with Santa at Central High at like 8:15! The kids had a great time, there was a lot of games and candy, and yummy pancakes! We waited in line for like an hour to see Santa, and guess who was right in front of us in line? Dalton's teacher and her 7 month old daughter! Of course, I had to hold her (my first of 3 girls for my baby fix that day!) After that, we had about 20 min before heading to McDonald's for C's party!

We then came home, and everybody took a nap! YAY! Then we had our friends The Reumans over for dinner. I think that the kids played together better than ever!
Sunday morning church-at The Exchange
Joel led an awesome service on why there is a war on Christmas. And something I never thought of before, but soooo obvious-Satan has been battling Christmas since the birth of Christ! Hello-King Herrod wanting to kill Baby Jesus! Now I look back and say "Duh!" We are in charge of snacks at Life House tonight, so I gotta go cook now...Have a great week!

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Christ's Bell

My friend Ryndi sent me this via email, and it was actually shaped like a bell! I had a hard time trying to make that happen. But I did notice that if you look carefully, that it is shaped like half of a bell...still pretty cool! But it's the words that are important! Have a good read!

I am God ' s child (John 1:12)
I am Christ ' s friend (John 15:15)
I am united with the Lord (1 Cor. 6:17)
I am bought with a price (1 Cor 6:19-20)
I am a saint (set apart for God). (Eph. 1:1)
I am a personal witness of Christ. (Acts 1:8)
I am the salt & light of the earth (Matt 5:13-14)
I am a member of the body of Christ (1 Cor 12:27)
I am free forever from condem nation ( Rom. 8:1-2)
I am a citizen of Heaven. I am significant (Phil 3:20)
I am free from any charge against me (Rom. 8:31-34)
I am a minister of reconciliation for God (2 Cor 5:17-21)
I have access to God through the Holy Spirit (Eph. 2:18)
I am seated with Christ in the heavenly realms (Eph. 2:6)
I cannot be separated from the love of God (Rom 8:35-39)
I am established, anointed, sealed by God (2 Cor 1:21-22)
I am assured all things work together for good (Rom. 8:28)
I have been chosen and appointed to bear fruit (John 15:16)
I may approach God with freedom and confidence (Eph. 3:12)
I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me (Phil. 4:13)
I am the branch of the true vine, a channel of His life (John 15: 1-5)
I am God ' s temple (1 Cor. 3: 16). I am complete in Christ (Col. 2: 10)
I am hidden with Christ in God (Col. 3:3).. I have been justified (Romans 5:1)
I am God ' s co-worker (1 Cor. 3:9; 2 Cor 6:1). I am God ' s workmanship (Eph. 2:10)
I am confident that the good works God has begun in me will be perfected. (Phil. 1: 5)
I have been redeemed and forgiven ( Col 1:14). I have been adopted as God ' s child (Eph 1:5)
I belong to God
Do you know
Who you are?

Sunday, December 7, 2008

Never Let Go

Ok, so this song has really been speaking to me lately. I know, just several weeks ago it was Steven Curtis Chapman's "Yours", and "Here I am Send Me", and now "You Never Let Go" has been really working on me right now. Hmmmmm? I wonder what God is telling me? I have added this song to my playlist at the bottom of my blog. I just wish that I could really truly live these lyrics. I have been in a storm of my own for this past week, (it has been a pretty dark place). But, guess what! God never let go! He is always with me! Now, I just have to work on that whole praising Him in my storm, asking Him for help, etc!

I thought I would share these words with you:

Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death
Your perfect love is casting out fear
And even when I'm caught in the middle of the storms of this life
I won't turn back
I know you are near

And I will fear no evil
For my God is with me
And if my God is with me
Whom then shall I fear?
Whom then shall I fear?

Oh no, You never let go
Through the calm and through the storm
Oh no, You never let go
In every high and every low
Oh no, You never let go
Lord, You never let go of me

And I can see a light that is coming for the heart that holds on
A glorious light beyond all compare
And there will be an end to these troubles
But until that day comes
We'll live to know You here on the earth


Yes, I can see a light that is coming for the heart that holds on
And there will be an end to these troubles
But until that day comes
Still I will praise You, still I will praise You

Saturday, December 6, 2008

Random Pics

Ok, so I realized that I never posted these pictures, so I decided I would put them into a slide show instead of making you scroll down 50 pages! :)

It's Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas

After getting back here after Thanksgiving, life has been a whirlwind. It seems like December is coming and whizzing by even faster than last year. Is it just because I am getting older? Wait-Don't answer that!

So, I finally got all the decorations out, and started putting everything out and WOW! We definitely don't need anymore decorations! Well, maybe just a few more. LOL

I am so excited because this year, I actually have a themed tree! A beautiful white and gold decorated big (and I mean really huge) tree. Thanks Mom! Until now, I have always been a defender of the smorgasboard tree. You know, the kind with ornaments from when I was a baby and all the years after that. I was so sure that I would never have a perfectly organized tree, but apparently things change.

After a few hours of trying to figure out how to put together a tree that I have never even seen put up...Aaaaggghhh.
But now, it is absolutely beautiful! I have posted a few pics, but of course, I am a hair stylist, not a photographer, and it is very, very difficult to capture the beauty of a lighted tree from my camera.

Here is the tree after I finally got it put together, before the actual decorations!
Ofcourse, Dalton had to get in on a pic!
Isn't it beautiful!

And here is Old Faithful!

My Truths From God

*I am daughter of The King
*I am forgiven
*I am not alone Jeremiah 1:8, Isaiah 43:5
*I am not perfect
*I am a sinner
*Jesus died and suffered for ME! (and you)
*God loves me NO MATTER WHAT!
*God has a plan for me Jeremiah 29:11
*He will never leave or forsake me
*He can and will heal me Jeremiah 3:22
*I cannot do anything in my own strength, but through His strength, I can and will survive! Philippians 4:13
*I am always in His thoughts Isaiah 26:3
*I am not alone-others are going through trials and temptations I Peter 5:8-9
*The Lord wants me to bring my problems to Him (nothing is too big or too small) Isaiah 30:18
*He will replenish me with His mighty strength Isaiah 40:29-31
*I am beautiful Psalm 139
*God can and will take all of my worries from me-I just have to relinquish them!
*I am no longer in bondage!
*I have found freedom in Christ!
*Satan will be slayed like a dragon and perish FOREVER! (The end of The Bible)

I felt led to post this today before getting ready for work, I will have to add some later I am sure!

Challenge-Too all my blogger friends-Post your truths for others to read. And please add a comment to mine if you are doing it, so that others can share in your truths also. Come on girls! Don't be afraid to be the first! LOL

You never know, one of your truths may get someone through the day! Ya know-God's plans and all! We are all His instruments!

Also, I thought I would throw out there, that this Sunday Dec 7th Joel is speaking on Surviving Storms in Your Life. I know I need this right now, but if any of you may need this, I am sure it will be magnificent! The Exchange, Keller, Tx meets at 10:15 at Kay Granger Elementary.

Tuesday, December 2, 2008

Our New House Guest

Ok, so thanks to my friend Tabitha for being the reason we got The Elf on The Shelf. She was going to pick up one for her, so we made a day of it and I had her get me one too.

Well, one of Santa's helpers dropped the elf at our front door Monday night. (Helper-meaning me running out through the garage, to the front of the house, ringing the doorbell, and running really, really fast back into the house.) Kids opened door and discovered box. We then read the book as a family, and explained all the rules of the elf, oh by the way they named him Elf E. (pronounced Elfie) very original and creative huh?

So when they were going to bed last night, Carson kept saying "Elf fly away Mommy? Elf fly away? Elf fly to Santa?" Yes Carson the elf is going to fly home to the north pole tonight and will come back in the morning. "Oh, Ok Mommy-goodnight. Elf fly away." Dalton knew that he couldn't look for him until he was dressed fully for school, and his bed was made (his alarm goes off at 6:30). So at 6:37-every light in the house is on, and I find Dalton fully dressed looking all over the house for Elf E. I am thinking at this point, that once in a while, the elf is going to come with a list of chores to do... he he he. Shortly after that, Carson wakes up and they are both on the hunt.

They found him in about 10 minutes, with a few hints from Mom. But it is really cool to see how excited they are about it, and it helps to remind them when they are arguing or something that "The Elf is watching you..."

Here are a few pics
Dalton searching high and low for Elf E.
"Look Mom, there he is!"
Kind of cute and mischevious all at the same time hmmmm?