Thankful Blogging Fun!!

thankful thursday

 

Just for fun!!

I am thankful for my Savior, Jesus Christ.

I am thankful for my husband who in loving him gave me a family to also be thankful for!

I am thankful for my husband’s job that provides for this family.

I am thankful for so much more too!!

What are you thankful for friend?

Just curious,

Your awesome car?

Your lovingly wonderful Grandma?

Your amazing friends?

A precious dog you rescued and is now the best pet ever??

The new house you just bought?

A sermon your Pastor gave that truly spoke to your heart?

A new book?

A vacation to go somewhere you have always wanted to visit?

So much to be thankful for in this life!!

 I am thankful for you!!

Have a blessed day friend!!

Our Church Loves America

phone3 281Our Pastor loves America!

We celebrate big!

I went to church really early before our America Celebration, while they were still setting up and staked out my spot!

phone3 283phone3 284  phone3 282Then I went home, did some chores, made dinner, served it, then took a ride down to church.

A few other people had gotten there by the time I got back.

So we kind of picnicked with them too.

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Standing room only.

So glad I had my spot already because they were turning people away it was so crowded!!

Lucky me, my friend who just started attending our church was actually sitting right next to us!!

Bonus!!

Worship began, which was incredible, and my littlest got her praise on!!

phone3 288Poor girl, this is all she could see too.

phone3 287Didn’t stop her from singing her heart out though!!

Aimee had fun running into a friend…

phone3 289…the fife and drum was not their favorite.

Look at Rebecca’s reaction to the fife.

phone3 290They just don’t really appreciate the old stuff yet.

That is okay.

Our Pastor started an amazing sermon that ended with fireworks!

(Last year our church accidentally caught the freeway on fire with the fireworks, so we were all surprised we were given a permit to try them again!!)

Here they are!!

phone3 301It was a great night!!

Loved all of it!!

We came home and put this on our chalk board.

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 Have a blessed day friend!!

The Boy Went to Camp

Processed with RookieHe packed his bag, put in his BDU’s and was ready to go!

Marksmanship training camp is what the boy signed up for.

He loves his weapons.

So for a week we sent him off to learn all about as many as he could remember and have the chance to actually fire many of them.

phone3 152They stayed where they would be shooting.

phone3 163Jr looks so happy about the cots!

That is some thick foam there!!

Ha ha ha!!

They had a nice range just for them.

phone3 155Still hard leaving your kiddo for a whole week.

The parents and wives who send their loved one away for 7+ months at a time, they are so strong!!

God is the only way I would be able to make it through that.

Here is the day we picked him up.

phone3 241The boys were so proud they finished and got their hunting licenses too!!

Had to grab his orders and then we got to come back home.

After he said goodbye to all his new friends.

phone3 248These boys all were just like Jr.

I know he really loved finding so many young men that enjoy the same things he does.

They all plan on joining the service in a few years too.

Here is one of the targets Jr brought home that he shot at.

phone3 249From 50 ft away, shooting a rifle for the second time,  I would be lucky to just hit the page.

That is why I have a shotgun!!

Ha ha!

He already has the goal of going back next year and becoming an expert marksman.

I guess he found his calling :)

Have a safe and blessed day friend!

One Thing I Truly Love

 

phone2 005 I love seeing my children pray.

That is such a precious gift.

I was waiting for my daughter to finish helping in Children’s Ministry and they had a tough night.

I love that they all just got together and prayed.

So beautiful!

It made my heart sing,

and still does!

Precious giving women and girls, gathered together, serving others so that they can hear the Word of the Lord from our incredible Pastor, and as tired as they were, found time to honor our Savior together. Thankful that they could serve so that others could worship.

Yes, I love this.

phone2 006Love the team that serves the 2 year olds at our church!

Blessings to you all!!

Jesus is Watching Always

Another adventure we had was on the freeway.

Ugh.

Driving on a busy Friday, a car cut me off, so I slowed down. I glance around as I am slowing and I see a motorcycle at my 3rd row on the passenger side. All of a sudden “BOOM!” and my van was broken. Sparks flying everywhere! The smell of burning rubber is overwhelming and smoke is coming up from the right passenger tire area. Some how I had enough mind to pull my big bad boy to the side of the freeway. My van could not stop! I slammed on the brakes so hard I thought my foot was going to go through the floorboards! I have no idea how I did it or how I avoided running over the man on the motorcycle that was right on the side of me! With God’s grace I made it to the emergency lane in one piece and came to an eventual stop. The motorcycle guy pulled over too and I jumped out and had to be sure he was alive. I have no idea how I missed hitting him. He had no idea either!! I had to physically touch him and be sure he was real and okay. Praise God he was!! He asked if I had a phone to call for help and when I said I did he left. Still amazed he was not hurt. So here we were stuck.

phone2 031I had Aimee and Belle with me.

Aimee could put her hand out the window and touch the wall.

I could put my arm out the window and touch a car going by.

How I jumped out to check on the motorcycle guy and not get hit is another amazing thing.

Okay so our car is lopsided, so I know this has something to do with our tire. I was a bit shakey and was not going back out there again! Called AAA and had the nicest tow truck driver come and serve us! He calmed Belle and Aimee with his humor but firmness that everything would be okay. Got them settled in the tow truck then we focused on the van. He had no idea how I even managed to control the van at all. The ball that holds the a frame to the tire had split and the bar had gone straight through my tire. No rot or corrosion broke the frame, just a straight split, like a samurai sword had just sliced through it. Pretty much no control on the right side of my van. Just to get the van up on the bed of the tow truck was grueling. He had me and him both pulling the steering wheel to the left to try and get the wheels straight. Dang hard!! Then the scraping noise to drag her up there…nails on a chalkboard…ugh. He said he had never seen one break like that and not roll. Again, thank you Jesus.

phone2 033Here she is up on the tow truck.

Sigh.

So he took me home and dropped the van off in the driveway.

We got some 2×4’s to put under her before he put her totally down because there is no way we could have even gotten a jack under her to change the tire otherwise.

Look at this mess.

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Main thing I noticed, in the second picture, there is really not the damage there should have been. I saw the sparks. I smelled the rubber burning. I know just how many car lanes we skidded through. I heard the car dragging over the grates in the emergency lane, all 6 of them. There is not one bit of proof that any of that happened though. Even the parts underneath the van, why are they not all scratched and damaged? Shouldn’t they be torn up to some degree?  This a big and really heavy van. How is that possible?  God. That is the only answer I have. God brought me through that whole thing. So I praise Him with this story as He is the one that saved me and my girls. Thank you Jesus!! Thank you!!

So the story continues, one of our neighbors is in need of money right now and happens to be a mechanic. He is available to fix the van. He comes down, checks it out, the part is $80 and then his time. He really needed the extra money to feed his family that week. He had no idea how he was going to do it. He is not Christian but prayed. Amazing how the Lord works right? So here we are, broken van. He needs money and won’t take charity. Perfect!

Now had we rolled the van, it would have been totaled. We would not have needed him to fix anything. His kids might have been hungry that week. He does not do body work and if we had scraped up the under part of the van he could not have helped us with that…hmmmm…I see God all over this!! Amazing that I got to be a part of it!! Kind of a scary way to help out Jesus plan, but worth it.

Have a blessed and safe day friend!!