A treasured moment in time.

I am flooded with emotions this week. The last few weeks have certainly been a whirlwind but as I slow down and take in everything that is happening I am overwhelmed with the reality of it all.

Our oldest has turned 14 years old and is graduating 8th grade all in the same week.  Please stop , slow down!  This is too much for this momma’s heart to take in all at once.

Last day of 8th grade😀

 

My letter to you Joshua James on this day, the first day of the rest of your life:

Congratulations my son! You have worked so hard and come so far in your young life already.  I am very proud of everything you have already accomplished and am excited to see what God has planned for you.  You have such a drive and passion that is inspiring to watch you.  Your determination is incredible.  I pray that this continues as you enter high school, this will take you far.

  • When you feel like you are failing and struggling, look to the Lord, He will be with and give you strength and courage.
  • When you achieve goals and great accomplishments, look to the Lord and thank Him.
  • When you feel lost and do not know where you are, look to the Lord, he will guide and direct you.
  • When peer pressure attacks and the world around you is pulling, stand strong and look to the Lord, He will never leave you or forsake you.
  • When you have made a mistake or have a regret, confess to the Lord, He will forgive and He loves you.

You have such a good heart, full of love and compassion. Your faith will be tested over the coming years, the sin of the world all around us is going to pull and call you.  You will be faced with many hard decisions, many challenges in the upcoming season of your life.  You are human and you are young, you will make mistakes along the way.  I pray that when you do it is a learning experience for you and with every mistake you grow closer to the Lord.  Deep down you have such a passion for Jesus and sharing His love with those around you, remember ‘Romans 1:16, I am not ashamed’.  If you remain faithful to the Lord you will be successful in anything you set out to do.

“Don’t let anyone look down on you because you are young, but set an example for the believers in speech, in conduct, in love, in faith and in purity.” ‭‭1 Timothy‬ ‭4:12‬ ‭

I pray as you continue to grow you will use the gifts and talents God has given you.

“Listen to advice and accept discipline, and at the end you will be counted among the wise. Many are the plans in a person’s heart, but it is the Lord’s purpose that prevails.”                  ‭‭Proverbs‬ ‭19:20-21‬

I have been praying for you and I will continue praying for you. I will always be here for you cheering you on.

Joshua always ‘Remember who you are.’

  • You are faithful
  • You are intelligent
  • You are courageous
  • You have a servant’s heart
  • You are determined
  • You are strong
  • You are a beloved warrior of Christ
  • You are adventurous
  • You are compassionate
  • You are generous

You are my first born, you made me a mother. My love for you goes to depths that words cannot adequately describe.  I cherish every moment of your life and I am truly BLESSED to have the awesome privilege of being your mother.  I have loved you unconditionally from the moment I knew you were on your way and I will love you until my last breath.

 

April 29,2017 Nashville TN

Successfully ran his 1st half marathon age 13!!!

1st day of Kindergarten

Passion for soccer since age 3

This smile! 😀😀😀

5th grade chorus

JV cross country during 8th grade

Fall 2016

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Shhhhh! They still don’t know….

About a year and a half ago I started selecting a verse a week with the intention of memorizing them.  With the chaos our house calls life this was not as successful as I had hoped so very soon had changed my intentions to have a ‘study verse’ rather than a memory verse.  I write it in my journal and notecards to keep with me.  

Some weeks I do actually commit the verse to memory, while some weeks are more along the lines of reading the verse several times a day as a reminder.  I also plug it into scripture typer app on my phone and review all the verses I have studied week to week.

Then last month started feeling like I could be doing more with this study verse challenge.  Doing it on my own just felt like something was missing and that I could be getting more out of this.  My intentions were good but my methods needed some upgrading.

So I spread out my mission to include my husband and our older children without them knowing what I was up to!  

I have been writing out the verse on a notecard complete with color and occasional artwork for each one of them.  I pass them out with a love note on the back telling them that Jesus loves them and so do I.  

I have not once told them to memorize these or that they were supposed to do anything with them.  I simply pass them out and ask them at different times in the car ride to read it to me, so they can help me remember it 😉. And the end result the first week was all three older kids memorized it!  

The second youngest, Richard is not quite up to the ability of memorizing these but he is up to having 3 almost 4 commandments memorized.  Just by talking about them and quizzing the other kids who know them and race to answer them first.

So at the end of that first week a success we made a 711 stop for some slurpees as a treat!  I’m so proud of how well they have all done with this.  We are on week three as last week was a success as well.  I’m praying for slurpees again this Friday 😀


This is our study verse for the week.  

‘For the wages of sin is death but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.’  Romans 6:23



Love them! ❤️😀😎