A Father’s Presence

Since Scott’s been staying with us, the past few days have been really nice. Kyle and Katie aren’t able to see their daddy that often, so when he comes to town, we make sure to spend as much time together as a family as possible. It is so fun to watch all of them interact, but last night, it was particular fun to listen to Kyle and Katie.

We’re all in the living room/kitchen/dining room area, and Kyle and Katie were closer to the kitchen, chatting, planning, scheming about Disneyland. They’re close anyway, but when their father’s in town, they seem closer, happier, more sure of themselves, and I woke up this morning with a revelation: of course they’re more like themselves; they’re in the presence of their father! And then God began to reveal to me how all HIS kids act, when they’re in His Presence. Continue reading

Christmas in June

Do you remember, as a kid growing up, waking up on Christmas morning and being INSTANTLY filled with excitement?! I just woke up like that, and I have a feeling…every day is going to feel like Christmas. When I turned off my alarm (which is Nathan’s giggle), my first thought was, “Thank You, God! I get to work from home! I get to make flags!,” and I was so excited! It felt like Christmas morning. This whole weekend felt different.

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Happy Family Day

You know…I notice mostly that I’ve changed by the atmosphere of my home and the love I receive from my kids. Those two things right there speak louder than words and are worth more than gold. I wouldn’t even BE a mother without my kids, so yesterday, I gave them all gifts and said, “Happy Mother’s Day,” but FIRST, I walked out to my gift.

My gift from Kyle (minus the Efferdent)...so funny that those made it in the picture!
My gift from Kyle (minus the Efferdent)…so funny that those made it in the picture!

Since we’ve lived here (for three years), Kyle has left my gifts for me in the same spot, so when I come out of the bedroom, it’s the first thing I see, and wouldn’t you know it…every time, it surprises me. This year, he gave me a potted plant. He found out these flowers were called “Mums,” so he bought me my favorite color and called me “Mum.” I love it because they’re ALIVE, so I can plant them right outside my bedroom window. What a daily expression of love that will be!

Okay, I’m going to brag about Kyle for a moment. On Saturday, he coached Nathan’s flag football game. At the end of the game, he passed out flowers to the boys to give to their mothers: pink roses. How special is my boy! …so thoughtful! Okay, now I’ll brag about all of them.

Nathan made me a card with coupons for him to clean. In the card, he said he’ll be a husband someday and should get used to cleaning. How adorable is that! Carolyn made me breakfast for lunch: waffles and eggs, and she surprised me by watching one of my favorite movies with me: “Mama Mia.” I love that movie! Katie did the dishes, and we all just spent time together. Katie had to work, but when she was there, she was THERE, and I loved surprising them with gifts.

Baskets made by Sierra Richardson for my girls
Baskets made by Sierra Richardson for my girls

I bought the girls gift baskets with amazing homemade goodies created by Sierra Elise Richardson. I highly recommend buying products from her. They are absolutely amazing, and my girls LOVED them. The boys were given gift cards. It’s the first time I’ve given them things on Mother’s Day. Before, it’s been all-about-me, but this time, I wanted it all-about-us.

And then there’s Kaiden: how sweet he is! We all loved having him here. He’s been so peaceful. He’s still asleep…slept through the whole night. What a joy! If God sent me a husband and it was possible to have another baby, I would say, “Yes!” to both in a heartbeat. If not, I’m going to be a really good grandma.

In the midst of all this goodness, I even had the chance to work on flags AND take a nap. I value my kids but not more than I value God. It’s because I’ve placed Him above all else that everything keeps coming into alignment with heaven, and I love it!

Friends, Not Idols

Okay, guess what I did yesterday? I cried, but it was a good thing.

Yesterday morning, as I was packing a lunch for me and possibly Lee, I realized I needed to go shopping, which I did last night, but I totally ended up taking a “snack-lunch” (instead of a “sack” lunch (ha ha)): watermelon, popcorn, chips, pretzels, and hard boiled eggs, but it was so good, and I didn’t have to eat alone. Continue reading

A Flight of the Heart

Over the past few months, I’ve become good friends with a man named Emil. He “used” to be grumpy, homeless, unapproachable, and then, he encountered Love. After getting over my fear of him, I approached him and kept approaching him. He didn’t believe in God, but then, something happened…an answered prayer.

The first time I prayed for him, he mocked me. I didn’t pay any attention. He was on a very long waiting list for a room; until his name moved to the top of the list, he would remain homeless. After I prayed, he had some “encounters” with God (like not dying, etc), and then, it happened. Supernaturally, he was placed in a room, and he KNEW it was God answering my prayer. Has he “accepted Jesus in his heart?” Only God knows. Has he accepted love, friendship, laughter from me? Absolutely! And it just gets better. Continue reading

Weeping…to Know You More

I am just in awe of Who God is. I’m sitting here weeping and cannot stop. I like to share my intimate moments with you because there may be someone out there who isn’t having them who needs to hear the hope that they do happen.

I was just sitting here thinking about my birthday and how loved I felt, but it wasn’t just love that was felt because of my birthday, I feel so loved every day. I’ve learned to hang around with people who “like” me. I no longer try to “force” myself into anyone’s life, and it has brought me so much freedom.  Continue reading