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.


21 February 2013

The Dog, The Kids and more...

I had to let you know that we have had a lot of ups and downs this past week, so I will try to keep it all in snapshot forms...but sometimes you have to roll with the punches!

I'll start with the dog...Parker...
Right after Christmas we found out that Parker had diabetes and has been on insulin since. We first started with prayer. We believe that God can heal our dog, so we prayed. Our goal was simple: help him lose weight, get him on a structured exercise program (as we began ours) and to change the dogs' eating habits (as we began ours). As of yesterday, Parker is off the insulin!!! He has lost a total of 12 pounds so far (that is a lot of weight for a beagle)! God is GOOD!

and now...the rest of the family...the kids were out of school for 2 days this week. This makes for a long week at home and a short week at work. I'm so thankful to work for a company, organization, business that allows me to be a SAHM when I need to be.

Last week my daughter landed wrong on her hand and is now in a soft brace. We are waiting to see if she will need x-rays, but we have another week to wait.

Yesterday...I thought was going to be normal day, but God had other plans. My car broke down right after I dropped the kids off at school. Made me stop a realize just how much I am NOT in control.

Today was a full day that started with the morning show and ending with a fantastic meeting, but then I totally forgot to pick up the youngest from school before getting the other two...good thing the schools are so close to each other.

We have also been very  with work, as in our company, Krouse Drafting Services, LLC. Since '08 with the slump we have struggled to keep our little company going. Again, I have been praying. Praying for my husband, my marriage, my children, and for our finances. It seems that trusting God with our finances is the hardest thing to do. Why is that? I'm sure I'll touch on that in the near future, but I do know this. God listens, and when I am quiet enough...I hear Him answer. God has shown me in the past 3 weeks so many blessings, that I (once again) have no doubt that He is in complete control. 
 Maybe life has been a struggle for you too. You may be asking yourself if you can trust God. If you are reading this blog I want you to stop just for a moment and reflect on all Who God is and all that God is doing. He loves you. It may be hard to trust Him the first time, or even the hundredth time, but you can trust him.

I only want to share with you what God is doing in our lives and to be as transparent as I can so that He can be seen.

~Peace & Blessings~

13 February 2013

In an hour...

it will officially be Valentine's Day. I will be the first to tell you that I'm not big on this day, and I really am not fond of cut flowers and a box of chocolates...cut flowers die, and I always eat the entire box of chocolates in one sitting.

So to my surprise and complete delight my husband brought home this evening an early Valentine's Day gift for me...

I love Cali Lilly. It has been my favorite flower for as long as I can remember, but I've only had them in pictures and once my husband brought some home for me in a vase...cut. These are in soil, and are healthy, and smell wonderful! Now I just hope that I can keep them alive. Anyone who knows me, knows that I'm not the best at keeping plants alive.

What a great symbol of hope and love. I'll be the first to tell you that my marriage has had many ups and downs...more downs than ups at times, but the commitment that I have to my husband and my family has been strengthened over the past few months by friends and family that have been praying for us, and because of God and his never ending love for us.

So if Valentines is a day that you say "keep it or leave it", makes sure that you let your "Valentine" know just how much you love and appreciate them. It doesn't have to be fancy, extravagant, or expensive, it just has to be from your heart to theirs. Do you know your spouses "Love Language"? If you don't may I recommend the book.

It will help keep your marriage humming and your love tank full! Happy Valentines Day!

~Peace & Blessings~

11 February 2013

I feel like a....

slacker. I know deep down I'm not, but last week with a migraine, it put me out of commission. It's amazing to me how something so small can bring you down so fast, but as I think about that statement, I know it's true. It's the small things that bring us out of relationship too. The song "Slow Fade" by Casting Crowns is coming to mind as I write this.

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All this month, at work (90.7FM WAY Radio) we are focusing on praying for our spouses. We are asking our listeners to pray for their spouses, their future spouses, and their friends/families spouses. <> And as you know God never does anything in a small way, so don't you know that our focus as a church is our marital relationships, and how to make them better.

So as I have been praying and reflecting on my marriage, I see how much I have needed this. I take for granted my relationship with my husband, to the point of not regarding it as highly as I should. I have noticed that we tend to disregard the familiar, the usual with ease and many times begin to chase the unfamiliar or even the dangerous. Complacency is not my friend, or yours for that matter! We must guard our hearts, our families, and our marriages like our military guard our freedoms!

My goal is to make the familiar, exciting and make the usual, extraordinary. This is my prayer for my marriage. What's yours?

~Peace & Blessings~