So Cal Harvest 2015

How I forgot to post this I have no idea!!

Yes we went to Harvest again. I loved it as much as I did the first time I went!

This time was special though because we got to bring some friends with us :)

Super sweet girls who are friends of my daughter wanted to go and see what Harvest was all about and have the chance to see Phil Whickham live!

Major bonus to have Citizens and Saints performing there too!!

We got there early. It was hot. Oh my goodness, I really do not enjoy the hot at all. Nope, I do not. I was not going with a joyful heart knowing I was going to have to walk far and stand in the sun to bake to a sunny California crisp. God was so good though. Parking was perfect! Uber close to the Stadium and I could throw a ball (well almost, maybe with a tennis racket) to where we would line up.  Then He was even more good and gave us a spot in line in the shade, at least enough in the shade, that this is the first year I did not turn a delightful shade of crimson in line!! Whoo hoo!!

We were blessed again. Look how amazingly close we are to the stage! Man these girls got shade and great seats!!

076I watched the seats while the girls went out shopping for shirts.

You can’t go to a concert and not get shirts.

The stadium began to slowly but consistantly fill. It was a Friday night so we were not planning on there being a ton of people, but there were quite a few!!

What do you think? Not bad for a steamy Friday night in Anaheim!

I have no problem being wrong. I was elated as to the number of people that turned out that night!

079I love seeing so many people gathered praising God!!

Yes, I got teary eyed.  Especially when the music starts and I hear all the people worshiping the Lord, my cup runneth over.

083Oh my gosh, I forgot THIRD DAY was there too!!

Pastor Laurie was fabulous as usual. I enjoy hearing him speak.

I was hoping the girls we brought did too.

Then came the alter call down to the field for those who wanted to make the public profession of faith.  I was so excited to get to see all the people flood the grass in their new found joy when…”Would you mind if I went down to the field?” came a few seats down from me. ” What sweetie?” I asked. ” Would you mind if I went down to the field?” she asked again. Then another girl “I wanna go to. Is that okay?”

Oh dear sweet Jesus!! I had missed them accepting the Lord into their hearts!! I thought they were just there for the free concert!

“You know it!! Come on, I will go with you!” I cried. We all went down to the field, me trying to contain my emotions. I wanted to cry. I wanted to cheer. I just wanted to hug those girls so hard!! I had to focus on getting them to the field though.

087Here we are at the back of the stage praying with Pastor Greg. In the front again. Perfect for these girls!!

Two of the girls we brought gave their lives to Christ that night. The other girl rededicated herself to the Lord.

I let the tears flow and so did the girls.

Oh we got them their start bibles, we prayed and I hugged them so tight!!

What an unexpected blessing that Friday became in my life! You never know how God will work, but if you heed His calling, He does all the real work. We just planted the seed and He made it grow.

Then to wrap their night up with a bow, we got to meet…

090Citizens and Saints!!

Yes, it was an unforgettable night.

Thank you God for letting me and my family be a part of Your plan.

Rebecca’s Resurrection Gardens

I am so proud of my Rebecca!

She is just amazing and has been blessed with a servants heart!

She has decided that she would like to focus her studies on becoming a Children’s Ministry Leader.

She has been serving for a few years now and really enjoys it!

So since this is her passion, I have had her do interviews with members of our church’s Children’s Ministry and look into how to become one since High School is in a few months and we need to direct her studies.  That being said, this is the second time I have asked Rebecca to make a lesson plan and run a “mini” lesson. Here is the project she came up with, to go along with her teaching,  since Easter is on its way…

Resurrection Gardens!

reserection projectToo cute right?

It was the perfect time to do this fun activity too!!

Really fun way for the kids to wait for Resurrection Day!!

We just found $.89 plant trays, $3.00 dirt and $4.00 grass seed at Home Depot. Then at Dollar Tree we got 12 seed starter cups for $1.00. We already had the Popsicle sticks, so those were free.

As the girls keep watering the grass seed it should sprout by Easter.

I told the mommas that Easter morning they should put a small piece of cloth in the “tomb” to show He has risen!!

I know we did this craft at home originally, but I love that she incorporated it in a lesson for others so that they could remember to focus on the meaning of this time of year daily too.

I am so proud of her!!

Great job Rebecca!

6 He is not here; he has risen! Remember how he told you, while he was still with you in Galilee:
7 ‘The Son of Man must be delivered into the hands of sinful men, be crucified and on the third day be raised again.’
Luke 24:6-7

She is Another Year Older

Processed with RookieMy little girl is growing up!

Just a few years ago,

Becca spring 2008 001Look how cute my little girl was!!

037So happy and cheerful to have around…

Becca's 7th Birthday 006Such a joy she has been to us!!

020Growing into a more Godly young woman every single day.

021You surround yourself with good Godly friends too.

019You are wise beyond your years.

Processed with VSCOcam with p5 presetYour a princess of the most High God!

Processed with VSCOcam with m2 presetIt was a pleasure to get to surprise you with some happiness on the anniversary of the day you took your first breath and I got to hold you for the first time in my arms though you have always been in my heart sweet girl.

011 010 016 012Love you BEAUTIFUL DAUGHTER!!

You are so special to me!!

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Christmas Stuff

December phone photos 059I was so busy I did not have a chance to post anything from CHRISTmas!!

Can you believe how quick time went? Wow.

Here is a picture of my girl in her new shirt from TT& Twins :)

She loves it!! She wears it often!!

Then she and her sister also got these…

December phone photos 062 December phone photos 061Yes, they were spoiled :)

The boy got a training and new uniform (pictures of that later)

and the oldest got new jammies and a new purse.

She will not allow pictures in the jammies on the internet, LOL!!!

Belle also got another one of her favorites…

December phone photos 069Legos!!

This is a horse stable set with a food court.

It is so cute!!

December phone photos 075The Lego girls can even do tricks on the Lego horses!!

Whoo hoo!!

We took the kiddos to see the lights up the hill. Some of the houses are amazing!

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We made little houses, as our family tradition dictates.

December phone photos 027 December phone photos 032 December phone photos 033 December phone photos 037Yes, that is a ton of sugar!!

They had fun making (& eating) them though!!

December phone photos 063Most important, we celebrated Jesus birthday :)

He is the reason for everything!

Hope  your CHRISTmas  was blessed and filled with much joy!!

Lights 4 Laiken

This beautiful little girl’s name was Laiken

laikenThis is how we celebrated her today.019It was the 7th Annual “Lights 4 Laiken”. My friend Stacie’s daughter passed away a few years ago, her name was Laiken. They have this amazing celebration to remember her every Christmas. The Police and Fire Departments come down, block off the street and honor her memory as well. We were so blessed to get to enjoy some hot chocolate and cookies as they lit  the Christmas lights on Laiken’s  home for the first time this year. This was the 7th Christmas without Laiken . They are such an amazing family that they bless others as a way to remember her. They do this all as a gift for their friends and family.

041 028The cookie and cocoa bar!! That made Belle happy!!

Then the photo booth with her buddie!!

025 027Time for the house lighting :)

 

030Look!

They have tattoos!!

038 039 040To add to the magic of the night,

Santa showed up to take pictures with the kids and hear their holiday wishes!!

034Stacie made an ornament for every single family that came by.

Here is ours on our tree.

046So touched that we got to be a part of this :)

Have a blessed day my friend!!