Sunday, September 28, 2014

How Can It Be?

How can it be? I think as Christians, we ask ourselves this a lot. We know that God loves us unconditionally, but as humans, we still doubt. How can He love me when I am broken? How can He love me when I have sinned SO. MANY. TIMES? How can He truly forgive me of all my past transgressions? HOW CAN IT BE?

I was talking on the phone with my sister today and she was telling me about some people getting saved today at our home church in Oklahoma. One of the guys is in his 30s and thought he was saved as a child, but was having some doubts and really wanted to nail it down and just know for sure. I was so proud of him because I know how hard that is for an adult to do. As we were talking some more, I was telling her that I have mixed feelings about end of service invitations. On the one hand, I think it gives people a great opportunity to make a public decision for Christ, on the other hand, I feel like it can produce a lot of doubt. At least for me. I can't tell you how many times during invitation that I have wondered if I am REALLY saved and going to Heaven. Doubt is a horrible feeling.

I got saved when I was 9 years old and I have obviously changed a lot since then, so sometimes it's hard to remember that though my faith isn't like that of a child anymore, I did TRULY accept Christ into my heart and make a decision to live for Him. Have I failed Him everyday since then? Of course. Thankfully we are covered by grace and He forgives us of our sins when we truly repent.

You HAVE to watch this video and really listen to the words. Lauren has a BEAUTIFUL voice and it will speak right to you, I just know it!

Do you ever have doubts about your salvation? How do you deal with that?


Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Hospital Stay.


Ugh. So sorry I have been MIA from the blog, friends. My baby boy is in the hospital. He has a respiratory virus, and coupled with his asthma, it's ugly!

I am really just dropping in so you don't think I've completely gone off the grid. I would love it if you would say some prayers for my baby. Hopefully we will be headed home tomorrow!



Friday, September 19, 2014

Fear Not.

I guess for all of my life, I will worry and have doubt. Although I don't know why, because God ALWAYS provides.

We have only 6 months until we pack up and head out of Montana, back to our motherland, O-K-L-A-H-O-M-A. To say we are excited would be a major understatement. But there have still been a lot of unknowns as well. Such as where we will work and where we will live. I pray about these things daily...and I worry about them...and I stress about them...and I TRY to trust God with them...but mainly I just worry about them. Just being honest here.

SO this past weekend, my parents flew me and Kanaan home while Brendan was at work. Nice, right? After their trip up here on Labor Day weekend, they were having withdrawals from their grandbaby. I ain't even mad! Anyway, while we were home we had a get together with my dad's side of the family and I was talking to my cousin-in-law Britney who I just love, and she was stelling me that her and Bailey(my cousin) are wanting to move. They want to sell their house to someone in the family though because it is surrounded by a bunch of our other family members and they wanted to know if we would be interested?! UMMM, YEAHHHHHH!!! Y'all they have a really nice house and they are making us a great deal on it. I can't even explain what an answered prayer this is! Now I am just praying that we will qualify for a VA home loan and everything will just fall into place. Brendan and I are both thrilled and feel such a burden lifted!

Also, seeing my baby run around with all of his cousins, ride the 4wheeler, check the cows with grandad, and love every second of it?! It just made me that more ready to move back home and be there for good! We are blessed with an incredible, tight-knit family and I am so ready to be back HOME!

++Little man on grandads 4wheeler after a sweaty night of fun with his cousins!++

Has God really calmed any of your fears with answered prayer lately?! I would love to hear about it!


Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Countdown to Christmas: September Wishlist Edition.

Ahhh! Its 50 degrees in our Montana town today and I am feeling all the best Fall feelings! I LOVE this time of year! The time where you pull out all of the hoodies and booties and start dusting off Fall decorations, it makes me happy and puts a pep in my step.

So in honor of the cool weather and my childlike sense of wonder when it comes to ALL things holiday, I am going to make a monthly wishlist each month through December! Some of the stuff is for me, some is for Kanaan, some is for my nieces...well, you get the idea. This Christmas, I want all things Noonday Collection! Not only are their jewelry and accessories beautiful, but I LOVE what they stand for. They empower artisans from across the world, and well, what better way to celebrate Christmas than that?! So without further ado...

Mama's List
From Left to Right:

Now of course I can't leave my baby out. Shopping for my little man brings me great joy, even if I know he is going to lose interest in it within 5 minutes...those 5 minutes he loves it are AWESOME! Ha! So here is what I have on his wishlist...

Kanaan's List
 From Left to Right:

Kanaan's list isn't near as pretty as mine, but it sure does look fun! His grandad would LOVE for him to have that tractor so hopefully that will be a present from Gigi & him. I think I am most excited for him to have the  kitchen, of course I will buy him some play food and cooking utensils to go with it! *sigh* he is so spoiled and it is all our fault. 

Now don't leave me hangin', I know you have been plotting your wishlist, too. What have you been drooling over? I can't wait to hear!


Monday, September 8, 2014

Blogging Community & Giveaway!!

Hey pretty friends! Recently I have gotten involved with a pretty awesome blogging community! It started when I joined the Peony Project that is headed up by my bloggy friend, Betsy! It is a group of Jesus-loving, women bloggers and let me tell ya, they are pretty neat! Well anyway,Betsy turned 25 yesterday and to celebrate, she is giving YOU some pretty incredible prizes...see below!

Yep, that's right!! Pretty awesome, huh?! So to enter, just head on over to her blog and follow the instructions!! Eeek, I can't wait to see who gets their hands on all these yummy prizes!

Have fun, ladies and gents!


Sunday, September 7, 2014

Whistleblower. Installment 4. {Falling Whistles}.


 Hey friends! It is that time again! Okay okay, it's actually 2 days past "that time". Oops! Anyway, today I am bringing you another INCREDIBLE organization that are LITERALLY blowing the whistle on injustice. Falling Whistles is one of the very first organizations I knew and really felt passionate about! They are working toward peace in the Congo, where there has been a war going on for YEARS that uses children as soldiers. STOP!!! Y'all, if that doesn't get your blood boiling, ya need to go get checked out!

Here is an excerpt from their website:

We are breaking the spiral of silence.

Congo is home to our world’s deadliest war, and yet it goes largely ignored.  So we wear the news around our necks, and educate the world one by one.  Falling Whistles is building a global coalition of those willing to speak up against the great injustices of our time. Our coalition is built upon a rich and colorful fabric of activists, artists, entrepreneurs, creators, students, actors, mothers, fathers, sons, and daughters. From Congo to Seoul, Stockholm to Ohio, Bahrain to Toronto, we are a global and growing group of passionate individuals who believe peace is possible.

Not only is the organization doing an amazing work, but it is also a pretty neat fashion statement and conversation starter! I can't tell you how many people have asked about the whistle I am wearing around my neck...what an awesome way to be an advocate and educate people on this crisis happening!

So what are you waiting on?! Go buy a whistle and send me a picture of you wearing it!!

+++Be sure to let me know what organization you would like me to highlight on the Whistleblower series!!+++


Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Labor Day Weekend.

My parents came up this past week/weekend and it fed my soul! My mom comes up pretty often, but this is the first time my dad has been back in 2 years, so it was an extra special treat! We went to Whitefish and Glacier National Park and it was so beautiful! The biggest negative was all the car time for little man, he was very glad to be home! ;)

Now I'm going to overload you with some pictures! Enjoy! :)


Me & my babe at Flathead Lake // Gigi & Grandad with little man // me & my mama being twinsies // Kanaan had to strike a pose
Kanaan & Grandad // someone is a HAM! // so much love between these 3 // Kanaan and my dad had some great bonding time
Gigi loves her Kanaan boy // the Backseaters // I was super groggy from taking Dramamine on the drive up // love my baby goose

Do I even need to explain these?! He's too much.

I am so glad we got to make these memories with my parents! Seeing Kanaan with them just warms my heart! PLUS + I gotto mark a couple of things off my bucket list! That's always a bonus ;)

Did you do anything fun or make any special memories over Labor Day weekend? Fill me in!