Each step of life is a journey that you choose to walk.

Each moment of life is another line, sentence, paragraph and chapter of the book called your life.

Enjoy all that life has to offer, good friends, good food, good coffee and as always wisdom and a good laugh.


25 June 2010

Winding down...

the month of June. It has been a busy one to say the least. Between school break, trip to Atlanta, MIL's B-day, Father's Day & my seems as though it's been non-stop.
Yesterday was nice. We stayed home and watched movies. I did not even turn the computer back on! We enjoyed a family dinner & Mike is working on 2 possibly 3 new jobs! Praise God for His provision. My prayer is to close on one job a month. Just to have work coming in is a blessing. 2010 is looking up for KDS & I am so thankful because 2008 & 2009 were slow to dead as far as business goes!

So the end of June, the start of July & I am wondering if I am really doing everything I am suppose to be doing. Am I being used everyday the way that God intends? I don't think so. I have been abusing my body & not being a very good mom or wife. I struggle with myself & at times question why I am the way I am. I know that He created me, but I can't help but wonder why sometimes, especially when I yell at the kids or don't go to bed on time or act selfish over somthing so small and inconsequential. I just pray that God will continue to work on me and guide me to be the person that He needs me to be.

~Peace & Blessings~

23 June 2010

My Birthday!

Today is my Birthday!!!!! I don't know why I'm so happy about it being my birthday, I have nothing special planned & it's not like I'm taking off or taking a break. I think it's just because I like the fact that I have lived another year & I am so grateful for my life. This is a far cry from 20 years ago. Amazing how God can take what you view as ruined and make it something so beautiful & wonderful. I am so blessed and humbled. So YEAH ~ today is my birthday & I am so thankful. I don't have much to say other than that. I'm at work right now, a meeting @ 1130 & and work this evening. Good thing I love what I do! Well...have a great day!

~Peace & Blessings~

21 June 2010

I am looking forward..

to this week, but first ~ let me tell you how excited I am about this past weekend! First of all ~ I had a great time Friday night with Mike. I just love when I have a date with my husband! We had such a great time & it's been a while since we've had that.

Saturday was all about the kids & my MIL! The kids had Karate practice Saturday morning & then home for lunch before going back for Karate for their belt test. I am so happy that they all memorized their Bible verses & did their Kata w/o hesitation! I am so very proud of them.

Saturday was also my Mother-In-Law's birthday! She came over for dinner & and gifts. That was nice & of course...

Yesterday was Father's Day! The kids prepared breakfast for Daddy & then we went to church. Nichole performed with the stick ministry & we just celebrated with all the people that attend Blythe Island Baptist Church. It was great. We went to lunch & then just relaxed for the day.

Today I started my new journal - a new blog & I am going to reach my weight goal by the end of the year. I am hoping that blogging on a separate blog will help me & maybe help someone else along the way. I'm excited about this and looking forward to losing those last 20 lbs.

That's it for now...have a wonderful day!

~Peace & Blessings~

17 June 2010


I am just a wee bit tired this morning. Last night was great, but this morning I am still trying to get in gear. What kept me up you ask? Chris & Conrad!

They were here in Brunswick for a concert last night & it was good. Jayme, Bart & I enjoyed hanging out with not just Chris and Conrad, but also sisters Tal and Acacia.

We did the promotions for the station and helped Aadam with the World Vision give away they had last night. I had only 2 of my children with me, Logan was a bit too tired to hang last night. He was not happy about the decision, but it was made & we stuck with it. Sometimes the hardest part about being a parent is sticking with the decision that you make for your child.

We took a lot of great photos and my kids had a great time at the concert.

Once I got home I uploaded the pictures on Facebook before heading into bed. I was wired...go figure, but this morning I am paying the price with a foggy head.

Today I need to focus. I have to get my thoughts in order for the BNI meeting at 1030 AND I still have to take the kids shopping. They know what they want to get their Dad for Father's we need to go get that today. On the upside...I have NO place to be this evening!!!! I do need to get my Pampered Chef order done...I hope it's not too late, guess I'll find out.

That's Thursday! This weekend is going to be jammed pack as well...the kids are testing for the Orange Belts in Karate on Saturday & the Nichole is performing with the Stick Ministry on Sunday! I'm so excited to see her performing...I know that she'll do a great job.

Jesus is So Awesome & I am just in Awe at what he is doing in my life and through my family. I just pray that I give Him all the Glory.

Peace & Blessings,

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~Peace & Blessings~Jen

16 June 2010

I am praying...

that Chris & Conrad are OK. They were suppose to be here at the station by 8AM, but it's 0912 & no word on where they are. I'm sure they are fine, but I am praying regardless.

I am actually excited about today ~ today is a great day. God has provided so much for my family & I am just so thankful. I am feeling humble and awed by Him today. I met the some really amazing people last night while I was at work at the Brunswick Millhouse. It is always great to sit down and learn about others...where they are from & what they are doing. I met Suzanne last night. She is going to college in CA. She is finishing her degree in Forensic Psychology . She was a very interesting person & I hope our paths cross again.

I did learn, as I sat and talked with Suzanne, that she lost her older brother when she was 9. She was there with her mom...and she shared a part of her story with me last night after I had told her that I am writing a book about moms & the children that they have lost. I am intrigued by God's working in my life as I still struggle to write this book. I am almost afraid to ask for the stories...I know how difficult it is going to be to retell their stories, but I know that it will help so many others when they read the book. Please pray for me as I continue to work on this project.

Chis & Conrad concert tonight & I am looking forward to it...I will be feeling better about it all once we hear from them, however. Much to be in prayer about today. I'll let you know how God moves today...

~Peace & Blessings~

11 June 2010

A mini break...

was definatly the right thing to do! I know that I have been busy running around all over the place lately, but it has been for everyone buy me & I was really ready to just take a couple of days to catch up with my "other mother" - Martha. I've known Martha since I was 14 and my dad was stationed at Whitman AFB, Knob Noster, MO.

The drive was really quick - as quick as 5 hours can go in a car. The kids did a real good job with keeping the noise down and not fussing. Once we got here we enjoyed brief hello's and got right into pictures. It has been a few years & the kids have grown & changed so much. Pizza was on the menu tonight...the kids loved it and now that I am settled into the evening & wanted to just reflect on today just a bit. Everytime I get with Martha I am just amazed by her wisdom and I learn from her and glean wisdom from her each time we are together.

Martha Hale is just an inspiration to me. To hear stories of her past and to hear of all the places that she has lived I can't help but be inspired to keep going and to keep fighting for what is right and to follow my heart to help each person I meet, no matter the situation or circumstance & to keep fighting for social change without being political.

Lowell, my pastor from MO, is also a man full of wisdom and one whom I have always enjoyed being around. Nichole is so excited to talk to Lowell and learn more about the time that he marched with Martin Luther King, Jr. How great a feeling I have that my daughter is so interested in (to what is to me) current history.

The kids had a chance this evening to catch fireflies or lighting bugs if you prefer. They sure did have fun with that...I hope they let the bugs go when they were done. They sure do seem to love being here just as much as I do. Right now Nichole is learning how to make jewlery with Martha while the boys are settleing in and watching TV before bed.

Tomorrow we are planning to head out to downtown Atlanta with the kids and take them to the King Center & to learn more of Atlanta's rich history. I am sure that I will be excited about all I learn by the end of the day.

As for me...I am so relaxed here. I have always found the Hale home a safe haven and I once again am home away from home.

~Peace & Blessings~

09 June 2010

How can it be...

the middle of the week already? I must say that I really wanted to blog and work yesterday, but I was not motivated enough to even turn the computer on. I have been very tired as of late. More tired than usual & I'm wondering why I'm feeling this way. I think it's time to add more B-Vitamins.

Well I am gearing up for another trip to Atlanta. It will be more of a relaxing get away to visit some friends. Just me and the kids. Nichole is very excited to visit my friends, Martha & Lowell. Nichole has been learning about Martin Luther King, Jr. and wants to ask Lowell his experiences of the Civil Rights Movement. I am glad that she has taken a real interest in how our society has changed in recent history.

Yesterday we took pictures for the station. The photo shoot was a lot of fun & I think that most of the shots are goofy, but we did get some real good ones for the upcoming new and improved website.

Today Bart & I are interviewing Chris & Conrad. They are going to be in Brunswick next Wednesday & it will be great to catch up with them and see how they are doing and what is new in their lives.

Well that's pretty much all I have for now, I have a lot on my mind, but I am not sure how to really put my thoughts into words...praying for God's guidance.

~Peace & Blessings~
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~Peace & Blessings~

04 June 2010

Too Much...

Information (TMI) in my head today! There's so much in my head that I feel like I am going to scream. Bart & I have been "teasing" upcoming events, but we can't really give any details yet & it almost feels like I'm keeping a secret. I guess in a way I am, and I'm terrible at keeping secrets - well exciting news I guess I should say. But I know that I can blog about them so that is what I'm going to do!

This summer starting June 13th we are going to have a Summer Wave Promotional it's WAY RADIO SUNDAYS!! You go to our website,, starting next week & click on the Summer Waves logo for the $9.07 tickets. You'll have to buy 10 @ a time, but that is a great deal!!!

The next big thing is our 8th Annual Beach Concert!!! I'm so excited about this years concert because we are having KUTLESS & DOVE AWARD WINNER'S SIDEWALK PROPHETS! I have really enjoyed watching their careers blossom & I'm looking forward to seeing where God will lead them!

OK...that's off my mind now...I'm looking forward to all the great things that God is doing here in Brunswick & I know that the battle will continue to rage on, as it has for years. I see it ebb & flow and I often wonder if I'm strong enough for this battle. I pray that I am and I pray that I'm raising my children to be strong enough.

That's my thoughts for now.

~Peace & Blessings~

02 June 2010

Mid-Week is here...

and I am very very tired. I really did not want to get up this morning, but I did & I brought my coffee with me today. I had no time to let it brew at home. So yesterday was a very interesting day to say the least. I have to say that the kids are off to a good start with their summer chores & school work.

All of us read for 30 minutes yesterday (some more than others, but all 30 minutes), and the kids all took their 5 minuted AIMS tests so they can stay sharp for the fall. This week we are focusing on piano & I am needing it just as much as they do. I started piano lessons in the fall & we have dropped it because of time, but I really want to continue & it seems that Nichole & Thomas do too.

All the kids practiced their Karate yesterday as well. They are belt testing in 2 weeks so they were working on their moves & scripture. I have to say that when you have structure in place, things seem to run smoothly.

My prayer today is that we maintain on the momentum from yesterday & that things will continue to run smoothly over the summer.

~Peace & Blessings~

01 June 2010

New month...

new work week, new music, new...well new outlook too! I have decided to make June the month of new beginnings. We had a great week last week as we wrapped up the school year & I worked on the summer schedule. I am determined to stay an active part of my children's life and I have planned several family outings & some get out of town adventures for various weekends.

I'm excited that my niece & nephew will be coming down to visit towards the end of the month & I know that the kids will be so happy. We have not told them yet...we are keeping it quiet until just before they are due to arrive.

So I am also looking forward to spending more time in God's Word & to help the kids continue to memorize Bible verses. All of them are preparing to test for the next belt in Karate. They are all doing so well! I am also concentrating on streamlining my home & my doing what I can to downsize while doing so & finding ways to save even more money. We've done all right, but I know that we can do more. beginnings.

My prayer is to be a better Christian and to get closer to Jesus so I am going to keep a journal here as well. If I can pray for you in any way, leave a comment & I will do so. Until next time...

~Peace & Blessings~

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