Monday, October 31, 2011

Laughter IS the BEST MEDICINE!!!!!






."L" is for laughter,
 So good for the soul,                                               
An inward feeling of joy,
It can make one feel whole
Laughter is contagious,
So don't let it end,
Once you get started,
Share with a friend!
Some people are shy,
And make barely a sound,
While others guffaw,
With a noise most profound.
They say that laughter,
Can help relieve pain,
Because of an effect,
It has on the brain!
I think that all of us,                                                                                 
Should laugh a bit more,
Be it a giggle,
Or a more hearty roar!
      








The last few weeks have been filled with happiness, fun, memories and laughter..... Laughter is truly the best medicine.  God truly knows what is needed for the soul.  Between sitting around a campfire with new friends, who welcomed us into their home; to playing euchre with a great couple.  We laughed until our bellies hurt! We are currently organizing a new Bunco group, which I miss greatly, as I had the opportunity to play bunco through skype.  The advantages of technology is beyond my understanding, however to hear the voices of  old, dear friends was comforting to my soul.   

 I truly pray God will bless these new friendships! 

NEW FRIENDS AND OLD FRIENDS

Submitted by: busy4
Author: JOSEPH PARRY
MAKE NEW FRIENDS, BUT KEEP THE OLD;  THOSE ARE SILVER, THESE ARE GOLD.
NEW-MADE FRIENDSHIPS, LIKE NEW WINE,   AGE WILL MELLOW AND REFINE.
FRIENDSHIPS THAT HAVE STOOD THE TEST
TIME AND CHANGE ARE SURELY BEST;
BROW MAY WRINKLE, HAIR GROW GRAY,
FRIENDSHIP NEVER KNOWS DECAY.
FOR 'MID OLD FRIENDS TRIED AND TRUE,
ONCE MORE WE OUR YOUTH RENEW.
BUT OLD FRIENDS, ALAS MAY DIE,
NEW FRIENDS MUST THEIR PLACE SUPPLY.
CHERISH FRIENDSHIP IN YOUR BREAST
NEW IS GOOD, BUT OLD IS BEST;
MAKE NEW FRIENDS, BUT KEEP THE OLD;
THOSE ARE SILVER, THESE ARE GOLD.

 

Friday, October 21, 2011

BLESSINGS!!!!


The little blessings in life come in forms of family, friends, fun and a Faithful Father (who loves us unconditionally)!!!!!!  Family: Who love you,  who are a part of who you are no matter the season of life, and what that season brings.  As a family we embrace challenges set forth in our path.  We may fight against them as the fear of the unknown overwhelms us and empowers us.  Or we may accept the challenges as a positive, and benefit from the rewards that come from the risk in life.  In doing so, we grow and mature. We gain a knowledge of life and come to an understanding that happiness isn't found in the securities of life but found in a faith of a heavenly father, who loves us so unconditionally.  An assurance that we know that God is for us and sends a reminder of who he is constantly even in our brokeness.  Friends: (Proverbs 17:17 "A friend loves at all times") Who love us so much that they had to let us go.  A decision that they didn't make, but a willingness to trust our decision and accept us for who we are. An understanding of our unknown path that essentially has us in the best place of our lives, "The Will of God"   The biggest blessing of all is the support, whether near or far.  We may be miles apart but so close to the heart. And the new friends that God puts in our path to love us, accept us and embrace this journey we are on.   FUN: Both family and friends creates such love, fun and memories.  The house is filled with laughter, with love,  and with memories that will never be forgotten. Its what is comfortable which brings peace.  Faithful Father: Who is so patient, merciful, good and true.  We are so unworthy of the blessings he fills us with on a daily basis, but so apprecitive of them.  If God is TRULY for you than Who can be against YOU??? He will never leave you or forsake YOU!!  With all this said, We are extremely blessed with where we are in this journey.  We are so thankful, and feel so honored that God has choosen us to fullfill his plans in us, to bring his father's name glory.  Our goal is to be "less of US and MORE of Him" as we continue this road of the unknown.  Our passion is to show how important family really is and to make it a priority.  We reveal our authenticy and make our lives transparent in doing so,  allowing God to work in us and through us. For years we reaped a harvest of business and now pay the consequences of that dearly. God is a God of forgiveness. IN that, we have the privledge and power to come before him as we are.  He longs for a relationship with YOU! A relationship with the Lord is probably one of the most priceless blessings we may be given!!

 (Lyvvie and Alyssa at the Park... Friendships... A Blessing!!!)

(Lyv with OUR CARE package from a dear friend of mine.. We are so appreciative of her prayers and  support!!!)


(A letter from a family member, who We love, admire, respect and adore... We are graciouly appreciative of the love, and support from so far away, even though sadly missed)


 
 (At Friday Fun Night... God brings friends as a reminder of who he is and how important friendship are-A blessing!!!!)







(FNL.... Kirk's Highschool Group, through CO-OP... which was a complete answer to prayers... Kirk has held friendships at an arm's length away for so long, it is good to see him open up and be willing to BE a friend in order to Find Friends... A great group of KIDS!!! A Blessing!!!)


(Owen: Well.... Our daredevil at heart, a constant reminder of the willingness to take a risk! A blessing!)
 

( Dominck... God has used him to not be a replacement of the whole in our hearts from our lil' Ryan, whom we dearly miss... But as a reminder of the ambition, excitment and the "ornreiness" of a lil' guy who Owen can mentor!! A blessing...)

Monday, October 3, 2011

UPDATE!!!!!!

      Owen had to be seen by a dentist today.  He has an abcess, that needs an antibodic.  He needs two  root canals and will continue to get infections until the procedure is done.  We have no insurance, but lay this burden down at the foot of the cross!!!!
     Because of the appointment: Lyv, Owen and I suffered disappointment as we were not able to go on the Colorado trip with Mike and Kirk. Although,through sadness the waves of peace surround us and we are filled with blessings that have me completely overwhelmed and humbled.  I am reminded daily of God's timing and his perfect plan.  
    Mike and Kirk have the opportunity to spend father/son time,  to build a strong relationship that will be lasting memories.  As they spend the next few days in Estes, Colorado we will find our "special time" aswell..
      **********  Upcoming events************
Mike and I are hosting this weekends groups events
Mike and I are meeting with one of the board members, his wife, and  a couple who is in marriage
counseling.
Mike and I will be watching the children of the Executive Director and his Wife as they go on a retreat

The 3 on 3 basketball tournament is Nov 20th

Please keep these events in your prayers!!!!
Thank YOU!!!