Wednesday, December 28, 2011

A Glimpse of the Past! Part I

As I was pondering on the next blog idea, I was wondering what it should look like.. I've been so thankful for the blessings God has given me and the path that he has choosen for us I began to think back to where this all started.  With that said, here is a Piece of my TESTIMONY!!!!

       I met Mike when we were only 14 years old.   It didn’t take long for Mike to realize what kind of family he was getting involved with; as much as I thought he wouldn’t be patient, the more he found it a challenge.  Empty promises, broken dreams, and extremely unfair punishments is the price I paid for our relationship; as My mother tried to protect me.  One of the things I admire about Mike to this day is his dedications, perseverance to endure such hardships, even ones that were not his own.  At the time, however I looked to Mike as my savior and my hero.  He was quickly tearing my emotional wall down.  I had very high expectation of Mike. He would make promises and keep them; he actually showed me what true love was. When Mike learned that I was taking pills, and hitting myself he was so disappointed in me.   At first I couldn’t understand his disappointment as I used these things as coping mechanisms.  That was the first time I had realized that I needed to heal from emotional wounds but didn’t know how.  Our relationship developed and I found myself pregnant at just two months before my 17th birthday.  I was so afraid that I actually hid my pregnancy for 5 months.  I was so scared to lose the one good thing in my life.  I was faced with a choice that I had to make, when I saw other peoples reaction and their disapproval it just inspired me to fight.  I was repeatedly given the option of abortion as my safe way out.   I was told that I couldn’t be a mother at such a young age, I would have my youth stolen from me and that it would be irresponsible to raise a child while being a child myself.  To make matters worse Mike was enlisting in the army. Deep down I was resentful and afraid of him leaving me.   The disappointment and disgrace I had brought to my mom was unbearable, however she was supportive. I was determined to prove to the world that I could handle such responsibility.  I had Kirk July 31, 1995 and was the happiest day of my life!

That year was rough, my dad was dying of cancer and moved back home. The army had fallen through for Mike. I was dealing with being a high school parent and all the repercussions that brought.  My mothers and my relationship took a spiral turn for the worse that December when we got into a fight and she kicked me out of her house.  Mike and I found an apartment and Kirk and I left.  A week later my dad died of cancer, I couldn’t grieve because to some level I felt guilty, and ashamed.  I finished school that year, and Mike and I married Sept. 7th, 1995.  We were on the road to a perfect family finally. All my dreams were coming true and I was finally away from the damaged relationship and I wasn’t looking back.  Mike had done want he had promised; he had become my knight and shining armor! 
 I was missing something in my life and found myself back in church.  Mike wanted no part of it, so I went alone. We had our fair share of life dealing us a bunch of disappointments.  Amongst our disappointments however, our second blessing came 2 years later, Owen-Michael, on October 23, 1997.  I wanted to climb the success ladder quickly to prove to everyone I could be the perfect, wife and mother.  So we bought our first home in Sept of 1998.  The one thing I lacked was the responsibility of doing finances and handling money. I would often  go hungry because we were too prideful to ask for help. I ended up needed back surgery, when the boys were 2 and 4, which I felt an immensely amount of guilt. I hated to do anything for myself as a punishment of not knowing how to take care of our finances.  I ended up suffering the loss of two miscarriages the following year.  As a result, I went into a secret depression.  I learned to manipulate everyone around me, and convinced them that everything was perfect. Mike drank all the time, we fought all the time.  Things weren't perfect like I imagine them to be.  But no one would have predicted the storm that was brewing, that would turn our lives upside down and inevitably be the worst thing our family had to endure. The calm before the storm came when our Miracle Daughter was born, on November 13th, 2000.
  She had completed our family in more ways then we could imagine. She was the daughter I longed for and the angel God sent us.  She saved her brothers when she was only 3 1/2 .  As tragedy struck our home, and we were knocked down; we  found out that year that our boys were being abused.  Their innocence had been stolen from them, as a result we had to put a man in jail.  Just like that, Our American Dream had shattered. We lost our home, our vehicle, our hopes and dreams in a bankruptcy!  But with any and all storms; God WILL NOT bring you to a storm HE can NOT WALK YOU THROUGH!! And that year he walked us through some darkest nights.....                                                Psalm 23 

   1 The LORD is my shepherd, I shall not want   He makes me lie down in green pastures, 

      he leads me beside quiet waters,  he refreshes my soul.  He guides me along the right paths 

     for his name’s sake.   Even though I walk  through the darkest valley, I will fear no evil,  for

you  are with me;  your rod and your staff  they comfort me.

 Thank you that take the broken places  in our lives and make them new....
take the bitterness and make it sweet... the destitute places and give us hope.....ashes of our lives you give us beauty..... your unfailing love that keeps giving into our lives....

Friday, December 16, 2011

Christmas FUN!!!!!

Life is a gift we're given each and every day.
Dream about tomorrow, but live for today.
To live a little, you've got to love a whole lot.
Love turns the ordinary into the extraordinary.
Life's a journey always worth taking.
Take time to smell the roses... and tulips...
and daffodils... and lilacs... and sunflowers...
 Count blessings like children count stars.
                              The secret of a happy life isn't buried in a
                               treasure chest... it lies within your heart.
                             It's the little moments that make life big.
                             Don't wait. Make memories today.
                       Celebrate your life!

The kids and I have taken the opportunity to spend time every day having some Christmas FUN!!! What a difference the holidays makes when we are not stressed out!!! Christmas is my favorite time of year..We have hung up lights, put up our tree, baked cookies and even managed to play highly educational games!!! (Ha.ha.ha.) The importance is to develop traditions that will create everlasting memories.  The other day when we were playing a game, Lyvvie goes "I LOVE it when your the fun MOMMY!!"  I would love to be the "fun mommy" all the time, but our children are our responsibiltiy.  We, as parents, have an important job;  raising children who have good morals, high standards, well education and faith that can move mountains!! Unfortunately, this doesn't leave room to BE FUN all the time, however I cherish the time when we can!!!! ***Forever Grateful For being a MOTHER OF THREE... and having some     CHRISTMAS FUN****

Thursday, December 1, 2011

Embracing the Holidays!!!

December 1, 2011
Embracing the Holidays:     
Each stage contains a purpose, a calling, from God. As we travel those phases we need to keep our focus on God who orchestrates every day.  Because it is so easy to run ahead of God and become discontented we must wait on the Lord.  After all he is in control. Waiting is hard to do but is necessary as it teaches us his sovereignty and goodness.  Our family is definitely experiencing his goodness. As we approach the holidays I wondered how it would look for our family. Here is a transparent look into what lies on my heart, an answer from the Lord in his abundant provision for our lives.  Slow down and remember your loved ones.  Reminisce the past holidays; cherishing the memories.  Remember that change is different but we can still enjoy this time of the year, as we make new memories.  Carry out the family traditions, possibly creating new ones. This time of the year offers lots of ways to help people in need. Look for ways to help and give to others and you’ll be blessed. Remember to love others like yourself. Remember you will get through this with God’s help.
 ”I lift up my eyes to the hills. From where does my help come? My help comes from the LORD, who made heaven and earth.  He will not let your foot be moved; he who keeps you will not slumber.” Psalm 121:1-3
Mike and Kirk went to Colorado to a Pastor’s retreat/conference in October.  It was a great chance to bond, and to share the experience together. Michael Frost, Australian missiologist and author was one of the speakers.  He co-wrote The Faith of LEAP which is one of the books we were required to read. To see a list of the other books we have read, please visit my blog.
Mike has been working hard around the camp.  The open house for the new dining hall is this Sunday, December 6th from 2-4.
 The interns are enrolled in EMT classes starting Wednesday December 7th. They will attend every Tuesday and Thursday for three months. 

 Co-op Classes:
We have finished our first semester of co-op classes. We will break for December and January; however, the boys have a service project Dec 16th, to ring the Bells for Salvation Army. The Fremont Art Association has invited us to display our art work in their gallery in February. The children will have the opportunity to work on an art project and get the privilege to participate in the upcoming art gallery.  Mike will work with the High School group when the co-op resumes.  His goal is to allow the children to do volunteer work, which will require hands on activities.
God’s peace is so overwhelming.  We serve such a big God. Over the last few months……
*God met our need for Kirks’ ART SCHOOL classes (even though we have not currently enrolled him at this time)
*God has provided financially, emotionally, and spiritually for our family.  Currently we have met approximately 27% of our goal, financially, for this year! We do not have approximate numbers for our prayers partners; however we have a goal for 100 prayer partners. Would you consider being one, and letting us know? We need all the prayer support we can get!
*God is opening doors for us through our marriage training.
*We have been given an opportunity for this summer to serve.
*We’ve met wonderful friends, who just welcome us with open arms.  Their friendship is heartwarming and much needed.
*Wanda and Ryan came to visit us for 4 DAYS!! A priceless gift that was maximized with wonderful memories will never be forgotten.
Prayer Requests:
 Mike and I are in need of a reliable vehicle. 
Owen needs three root canals, and extensive work done to his teeth.
The following is a list of personal items:
  **Cleaning supplies
  **Laundry detergent    
  **Paper/ink for printer (homeschool)     
**Homeschool supplies

We are confident that as we continue our mission and continue to be faithful to God, he will provide all of our NEEDS according to his riches and glory _Phil 4:19
Thank you and God Bless,