24 – the smell of gardenia on a morning run
25 – the smell of jasmine on a morning run
26 – girls that inspire and encourage me on a morning run
27 – rain, but not a downpour on us, during a morning run
28 – co-teaching “Essentials” with Allans on Wednesday nights
29 – watching God’s gifts in Allans as he teaches
30 – lessons learned about “little” so that
31 – I could say “no” to a part-time job/ministry possibility with confidence
32 – boys’ laughter
33 – boys’ creativity
34 – boys’ energy (although many times I want them to settle down!!)
36 – safety at Park Day
37 – my teenager, Nathan, saying “I don’t want to be a bad teenager.”
39 – the opportunities Nathan has to serve at church
40 – Nathan’s perspective: “I don’t need to go to Belle Glade. It’s coming here.” – reference to the opportunities to share Christ with neighbors at the park.
41 – random text from a neighbor asking to help her kid plug into youth group
42 – Birthdays in April (forgot to put that one there! ;-))
43 – the fact that the boys don’t want a ton of stuff or people for birthday celebrations
44 – being able to pull off an outside birthday celebration inside due to rain, but everyone still had a good time!
45 – Night of Worship at Christ Fellowship Royal Palm
46 – seeing worship leaders kneeling before God in prayer and worship on the stage
48 – Freedom in Christ!
49 – Victory in Christ!
50 – “The enemy is under your feet. We are free. We are free!”
51 – “Thank you for caring about me, mommy”
52 – brothers encouraging each other
54 – Youth pastor who encourages my son to go for it and not team-teach with anyone! I think he sees more in my child than I do. Or at least he has more faith than I do!
55 – health
56 – homeschooling and the ability to take an easy day if necessary
57 – boys realizing they need to look to God in tough times
58 – God’s healing hand
59 – unexpected movie days
60 – Grandpa preaching in Philadelphia at the same time Nathan was co-teaching middle school in FL! And his topic was: God can use you at any age!! Only God orchestrates that!! Hallelujah! 🙂
61 – rain! we’ve needed it
62 – running partners and Kerri’s heel being better
63 – no rain during our air soft activity – specific request, specific answer
64 – no rain during our life group picnic
65 – boys working well together without a ref at the air soft activity – specific request, specific answer
66 – boys having fun together at the air soft activity – specific request, specific answer
67 – amazing group of parents who helped out with the life group picnic
68 – seeing maturity and growth in my oldest
69 – seeing God’s word wash the mind of my youngest
70 – hearing brothers ready to defend each other against “the outside” (even though we might need a little coaching on the how of this :-))
71 – boys working hard at school
72 – opportunity to be salt and light in our neighborhood
73 – opportunity for my oldest to be a light in the local middle school during band
74 – laughter
75 – the wisdom of my husband
76 – the confidence of knowing who I am in Christ
78 – a perfect Mother’s Day!
79 – eating wings on Mother’s Day! – yummy!
80 – both feet massaged simultaneously on Mother’s Day! – sigh of happiness 🙂
81 – seeing the boys enjoy the greater gift of giving rather than receiving
82 – compassion in my youngest during his birthday party. Playing Kick The Can and someone from the park came over to play. David said, “I didn’t want to hurt his feelings.” So the new boy played along as well. 🙂
83 – specific Scriptures to help my boy wash his mind with the water of the Word – specific request, specific answer
84 – unexpected credit on a phone bill! Yippee!!
85 – new friends made in blog-world
86 – snuggles in the Big Blue Chair
87 – the beginning of summer for Tim
89 – one graduation speaker was a student of Tim’s who was in a serious car accident last summer, but recovered enough to speak at PBA! Lots of prayers were lifted for her last summer.
90 – Nathan’s reaction when his touch (the one he saved for and bought on his own) shattered as we left for the block party. I still am so proud of how God worked through him in that situation!
91 – our neighbor came to the Block Party, but almost didn’t. The war was won when he got in the van! (see #95)
92 – boys from the life group took our neighbor under their wings during the Block Party. I loved watching them live out their faith!!
93 – watching 1000+ kids have a blast with extreme things – bungee run, mechanical bull, blacklight dodgeball,
laser tag, etc.
94 – great planning by student ministries team to pull off a massive outreach event!
95 – our neighbor trusted Christ at the Block Party!!! and Nathan was able to walk with him to talk with the student ministries team
96 – Nathan saw God work and prayers answered last night!
97 – choosing an orthodontist and knowing there’s another opportunity for God to provide! 🙂
98 – a 2nd successful Birthday party, and my 3rd chocolate cake made in 4 weeks! 🙂
99 – my youngest putting a blanket on me when I fell asleep on the couch
100 – my middle man realizing that he should share goldfish – with his dad
101 – journal proposal finished!
102 – God speaking to me through His word
103 – my youngest following God’s leading to read his Bible before bed
105 – my youngest learning how to meditate and journal. I love that it was an immediate response for him – to pick up his “Hearing God’s Voice” journal and write in it. I have hope!
106 – successful football combine for my middle man
107 – a team in WCFL next year – GO COWBOYS! again. 🙂
108 – an amazingly cool morning to run
109 – a sweet breeze outside that takes some of the sun’s heat away
110 – LOW HUMIDITY today! (one of my favorites! I keep bracing for the onslaught…)
111 – ME “I love you, Michael.” Michael: “I like me, too.” So very thankful for his confidence in who he is. That he’s embraced who God made him to be and is cool with that
112 – Michael’s creativity
113 – feeling like I’m beginning to have some online bloggy friends. yea!
114 – yet so very thankful for the real, physical, touch-y/feel-y friends God has blessed me with.
115 – 2 taco nights in a week. One with the aforementioned real, physical friends, the Duvalls
116 – families who have gone before us in the child-rearing years and are so kind to share their wisdom!
117 – Michael working doubly hard to finish school a day early! Did you hear him yelling in celebration?! 🙂
118 – classes to take at church that help us learn to be better parents
119 – a summer dinner: corn, a swim, and watermelon 🙂
120 – friends with a pool who are willing to share with us, the Duprees
121 – perfect Memorial Day cookout with Woerners, despite the rain.
122 – and even though those friends are moving, at least they’re going to the area where my parents live! This was a blessing in disguise for my youngest, since it’s his best friend moving.
123 – Mr. Nate & Mrs. Tiffany ~ their impact in our kids’ lives and their sacrifice for our country as Mr. Nate continues his deployment.
124 – A new appreciation for Memorial Day and the families that sacrifice right along with the husbands/sons/fathers/ who serve. Thank you Dan & Debbie Roselli, and Lisa Herndon.
125 – my birthday 🙂
126 – summer plans are planned!
129 – a journal order – FROM AUSTRALIA!! Hallelujah!
130 – a prayer team for the journals
131 – a review of the journals from Heart of the Matter online
132 – a journal order today from the USA and one inquiry – FROM AUSTRALIA! ONLY GOD!!!
133 – coffee with one of “my girls”, Becky. Time spent with her is always a blessing. I always leave smiling as I see God working in her life. For example, 3 year ago she was baptized. A year after that she helped baptize one of her friends & discipled her. Last year Becky’s friend led a gal to Christ and helped baptize her! Check out her blog. You’ll see what I mean!
134 – knowing God is in control and He gives wisdom in knowing how to make decisions.