It’s Been Real, 2012

I’m spending New Year’s Eve in St. Louis with my honey. And a LOT of other people.  The Urbana conference had over 16,000 attendees! Pretty sure I talked to most of them;)

I’m looking forward to 2013.  I’m going to focus on my dreams.   You remember, I already told you about it.  If you missed it, read about it on Holley’s blog here.  Or here.

Why don’t you join me?  You know you want to.  We all have a dream….some are hidden way down deep and some are beginning to surface. Why is that? Why are we scared to do what we’re created to do?  Be who we’re created to be? I plan on finding out!  I’ll be writing about it weekly, so you can do the same.  Write in a journal or a blog or anywhere else…..start writing out your dreams.  Then start believing in them. Let’s encourage each other. I’ll be cheering you on!  -TG

Christmas List

Christmas Eve/Day Top Ten:

We spent Christmas in Mobile with our families…..here’s the rundown:

10. Lots of food.

9. Boys acting crazy.

8. Visiting family and friends.

7. Getting my own dirty santa gift.

6. The littles decorating cookies.

5. Cousins having fun.

4. No major meltdowns.

3. Gift lalapalooza.

2. Hiding Caleb’s gift in a nerf box…..buying an extra nerf gun so that trick would work.

1. Finally getting the right toy for J (if you don’t, it stays on his list til next year!)

“Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and comes down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shadow of turning.”

James 1:17

Christmasy

Almost Christmas.  I can hardly believe it! You would think I was through shopping, but nope.  Not quite. Why rush when you can wait, ya know?

My peanut brittle never got hard. WHY?? Someone please tell me. And it’s completely glued to the pan.  I’m tossing it.   I’ll make a few more goodies for this weekend–hopefully, my brownies will get done this time! I promise I can cook. Usually. My chocolate covered pretzels never fail me.

My boys met me for lunch today. I just love them! They’re so excited to be out of school and can hardly wait for Christmas.  Let me just say…Caleb eats like a horse.  I don’t mean quantity…  What in the world? I blame it on rushing through school lunch.  He inhales his food like we’re going to throw it away in 10 minutes if he’s not finished.  Goodness.  He is one of the funniest kids around, too. They both crack me up.  Add Sean into the mix and it’s craziness at the lunch table. Sorry, Memphis Pizza! (about the noise and the mess)

We found a great Japanese restaurant in Southaven.  It’s tiny but yumm-o. That’s where Jacob revealed his chopstick skills.  It’s official–only I can’t use them. Oh well…maybe I’ll get some of those trainer sets. With a cute character on top.  We had takeout tonight and they did NOT send chopsticks.  Bummer.

Adoption Update!  ………….

(You read it right.  Nothing new.  Zilch.)

((Side note: Thank you for buying 31 products, necklaces, bracelets and shirts.  The necklaces have all been sold.  I’ll probably sell some more bracelets after the first of the year. End of side note.))

I hope you’re having a very merry Christmas season!  Eating candy, having better luck with your baking than me, drinking lots of coffee/cider/hot chocolate/hot tea….whatever. We’ll be in bama for Christmas where it should be almost 70 and rainy. Awesome.

Okay, that’s all.  Wasn’t much, was it?? So far I’ve gotten 3 Starbucks gift cards this year:) I do love it!  We should really meet for coffee one day:)  Only 5 more sleeps…

 

 

God Believes in Love

I have a confession.  I want to help every single family I come across with their fundraisers. Not the smartest thing to do when you’re also fundraising, huh?  It’s hard!  All of the bows I’ve bought have been from someone else’s fundraiser, so that’s okay, right?  My girl has to have bows!

Can I tell you why I think this is hard for me?? I firmly believe that God has put the desire in my heart to advocate for the hurting, the children without homes, those who are less fortunate, underprivileged.  The poor.  The “least of these.”   Who speaks for those without a voice if it’s not me? Or you? It can’t always be someone else’s problem.  Jesus offers restoration, not condemnation.  He didn’t create anyone to be disregarded or forgotten. You know that verse in Jeremiah 1 that we all quote? The one we have on our nursery walls?

“Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, before you were born I set you apart; I appointed you as a prophet to the nations.”

That’s not only for the babies whose mamas are thrilled to have them.   Or the moms who wished they could keep their baby but they couldn’t. It’s not only for the good people.  The successful people.  You or me.   It’s for everyone that was created.  The poor and hurting.  The lonely.  Those that are different from me.  The people who we act like we don’t see.

(Remember John 13:34…? “A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another.“)  Since we’re quoting scripture.

I like what 1 John 3 says…but first, here’s my disclaimer.  I am not a theologian.  At all.   (did I even spell that right??)  This is just what resonates within me these days….

16 “This is how we know what love is: Jesus Christ laid down his life for us. And we ought to lay down our lives for our brothers and sisters. 17 If anyone has material possessions and sees a brother or sister in need but has no pity on them, how can the love of God be in that person?18 Dear children, let us not love with words or speech but with actions and in truth.”

A while back I was reading a devotional that I get emailed every day. Within it was a call to other “dreamers.”  The author, Holley Gerth, asked for those who wanted to be connected with other God sized dreamers to apply. She would then choose a number of bloggers to connect and start working on their dreams together and encouraging other women.  I didn’t apply.  The end.   Not really……a couple of weeks later, I remembered the devotion article and thought I would take another look. I almost missed the deadline.  I thought it would already be closed. But I applied anyway. About a month later, I got an email welcoming me to the God Sized Dream Team.  Wha??? Craziness, I tell ya!  I have “met” the other bloggers and I need to let you in on something.  I’m in over my head.  Fo’ real.  There are real bloggers in the group.  (please don’t tell them how I sound when I talk- or that I laugh so loud it’s embarrassing! Or that my banana bread totally flopped this weekend and I am still trying to figure out why! I know. I need to let that go.)

I’m so, so excited to be part of this group. I have no idea what we’ll be doing other than encouraging each other to step out and live our dream.  We all need someone pushing us along-you know, so we don’t “forget” what we were supposed to be doing.  It’s easy to give up when you’re scared of what people will think.  You know what I mean, right? When you share your heart and someone feels led to point out why that won’t work, or was a bad idea.  Oh, you know.  (Please don’t be that person.)

Whatever I gather from this group of ladies,  I will be thankful for.  And I will be passing it right along …..straight to you.  (like it or not!)  In the meantime, I hope to learn how to blog.

 

 

 

 

The Holidays Are Here

I am decorating my tree tonight.  I have not gotten very far BUT I did make a bow! I’m so proud of myself.  It’s looking festive on the door as we speak.

I have about 3 gifts bought. I tend to procrastinate.  I guess I always will because I am almost 40…

I truly wish you could hear Jacob reciting his Christmas wish list.  It’s quite long. Caleb’s is shorter, but way more expensive. We also feel like we should be buying for Julianna.  I know….we really shouldn’t.  But I know I will.  I just can’t help it! I haven’t bought many clothes, but I must confess that I’ve gotten a little carried away with bows.  What if she’s not a bow girl!!? I wasn’t. Oh well…I’ll put them on her for a little while and just hope she doesn’t rip them off.  But, I do remember them taking her headband off at the orphanage before we walked outside.  Hhmmm…..

I told a friend that I need to wear a “I’m adopting!” shirt so people know why I’m half crazy.  It will all be okay, though. Just six months or so, right?? That’s not long.  (yes it is)

If you have any idea why both of my loaves of banana bread fell AND my brownies would never get done, please share.  It was raining yesterday, does that matter??

Okay, back to the tree. If it turns out great, I may post a picture.  Maybe.

Dreamy

We received an update on our little girl today!  It was noted that she was pretty, cute and smiling–yayy!  She is doing well and still loves yoga. She seems to be coming right along with her speech and developmental “issues” since she’s been in preschool.  That’s my girl!! Oh, and her 2 word sentences are “What’s this?” and “Mom! No.”   Huh?? Already?

I needed this today. (Did I mention that I dreamed about going to Korea unannounced? Yeah.)  It’s hard waiting without any word for weeks (months) at a time. I remind myself that no news is good news. But a mama needs to know her children are okay.  When you think about it, pray for our daughter.  When she comes home, it will be difficult for her.  She’ll be leaving all that she knows.  That’s hard.

Did I mention that Caleb was in his first band concert last night? He’s so awesome.   It was fun to see all of the nervous kiddos playing their hearts out.  Caleb is determined to be a movie producer/director. I’ll be the first in line to watch!  (even if it’s through my own camera viewfinder)  I love that he’s not afraid to dream. I’ll be his biggest fan.

If you could be doing anything in the world right now, what would it be? Is it what you’re doing? If not, why not?  What’s stopping you?  One of new favorite verses is Psalm 37:4…Take delight in the Lord,
    and he will give you the desires of your heart.

If He gives us the desires of our heart, what are we afraid of? Go ahead and dare to dream it.  I’ll be cheering you on!