Thursday, January 31, 2008

Good News!

Daddy is home once again from the hospital and he is very excited to be home. He will stay there for sometime to come to keep away from sickness. Although, Mom is on antibiotics herself right now for a sinus infection. It was fun to be there to unload the car, get Rxs and help with as much as I could. I love being in town with my folks once again.

I made it through a full day of taking care of babies plus homeschooling and picking up my nephew from school. The babies were sweet enough to coordinate their naps so that I could feed and play with each one by themselves. They really are super sweet babies.

Tomorrow is my free day so we will spend it together as a family. Catch up on some errands and enjoy the day. Happy Friday to you!

Wednesday, January 30, 2008

Daddy is doing better, no fever in almost 2 days. We hope he may be home before the weekend. Mom sounds terrible with a bad sinus infection and is now on antibiotics herself. Nevertheless, she is by his side, although trying not to get too close to him.

Ivey had her first lesson on Cassie yesterday and she had a ball! Cassie is doing great and for the first time, Ivey can take her horse on trail rides. She is sore all over from riding so much lately and yet asks for more.

Robby is sore all over from taking falls off his skateboard. I don't know why we bought that dangerous thing anyway...what was I thinking. I pray his next broken bone doesn't come anytime soon.

Elijah is doing so good writing! He loves to get my printer paper and a pen and write things. He even moved his table from outside into his room so he could have a desk. I guess like his Daddy's desk here...and just as messy. :)

Church is continuing to go well. We have our first baptism on Feb. 10th, so Keith is scrambling to find something to use for that, since there is no baptistry at the Capital Theatre. They did approve us doing baptisms there, which is a praise!! God continues to show His provision to our family and to this ministry that He has called us to. Just yesterday, New City received a check from someone we do not know and who doesn't even attend the church, but saw some form of publicity about the church and wanted to help support the ministry! Wow!
We are learning and growing in the Word...just lovin' hearing the Word again!! Worship is awesome as well. It is so cool to see different people come and want to help lead worship...people who have a talent and just love to play...

Monday, January 28, 2008

Pray for my Dad. He is in the hospital here in Macon for pneumonia. He has been running very high fevers every afternoon since Thursday and they cannot seem to get those to stop. He also has a bedsore that will not heal and may have staph infection in it. (Yuck) He was admitted late, late Thursday night.

Ivey has been to the barn everyday since we got Cassie and she is enjoying every minute with her. She has ridden bareback, without a bridle, because we had to order new tack for Cassie and it hasn't arrived yet. But, she is having fun nevertheless.

Church was awesome yesterday! I love going! We meet new people every week and God is doing amazing things. The message was incredible and you can hear it on the church website later this week. I learned so much and can't wait to chew on it with more study this week.

Thursday, January 24, 2008

Welcome Cassie! A very exciting day for one sweet girl! It was pretty awesome getting to see our girl lovin' her new friend. We pray they have many yrs to grow together! Hopefully this will keep her away from the boys as well...hee, hee

Tuesday, January 22, 2008

Happy 13th Birthday, Ivey!!!
Sunday, January 22, 1995 was one of the most exciting days of our life. Our firstborn entered our life and forever changed us! We have been blessed beyond measure and cannot, CANNOT believe she is 13!
Everyone who has ever said, "They grow up too quickly!" - they were speaking the truth.
I say it again...we have been so blessed by Ivey and are so grateful for all of these healthy years! She has fought and overcome some very difficult things in her life, and we know that these too will be for her good! She loves her Lord and knows who holds her in the palm of His hand.
Happy Birthday Ivey!! We love you!!

Monday, January 21, 2008

We had a great service yesterday! Our backdrop was painted by someone in our core group of supporters. She did a great job! Also, we had lunch with 2 visitors to New City who are seeking to know what this gospel is all about! God is at work and we are so excited to be a part of it!

Tuesday, January 15, 2008

Well, it is official...Ivey is the proud owner of a new horse named Cassie. She is a 10yr old paint, but is chestnut color. She got a clean bill of health from the vet this morning and Ivey's trainer gave her a thumbs up, so she will be delivered to us in the very near future! We also love the family who previously owned her, they will be forever friends! Needless to say I have a very happy girl!!
( This is our new friend, Makayla, riding Cassie)
I have to tell you this has been a time of growth in our faith and trust in God's perfect timing and provision. When we decided to go and see this horse, we made plans with the owners to drive up on a Saturday, the first chance we had to get up to Social Circle. We got a call from them on Friday night that a family was getting her on trial and if they decided it was not the horse for them she would be returned by the following Wednesday. Well, we kept on praying that God would guide us to the horse for Ivey during this whole process, but Ivey was very disappointed about the horse selling. So, we started searching the internet more and found a few more horses, but nothing like Cassie, she sounded just like what we were searching for. We made a new appt. to see another horse the following weekend and then got an email saying Cassie was available again. I was kinda worried about something being wrong, but the people decided they needed a level 1, dead broke horse for a beginner. So with new excitement we made plans to visit this past Sunday and loved the horse. We then called our trainer and she said the only time she could take a look at her was Tuesday and we then needed to find a vet to look her over as well. So, Monday morning I started calling vets and the 3rd one had an opening to come out to their farm and do a physical. Thank you God! Do you know how hard it should be to coordinate 4 peoples schedules to the same time, same day!!! But it worked out and everything went so smoothly for us. I also enjoyed during this time sharing this faith process with the owners of Cassie, who I found out are christians and had been praying for the new owners of their beloved horse...a faith journey for us both! We found out that when you include God, you can't go wrong!

Monday, January 14, 2008

We had a great second service of the year! I am loving the study in Philippians! Keith is doing a great job explaining and sharing with us Paul's "gospel joy". I am so glad to a part of this church plant.

Sunday after church, Ivey and I drove up to Social Circle, GA to look at a horse. We had a great time getting to know the family (homeschoolers!!) and the day was beautiful! the best part of the day for me was when Ivey had the opportunity to ride the horse, Cassie...she got up on her and rode around the round pen and when she looked up at me, she had the biggest grin on her face. I haven't seen that look in about 2 years! I got tears in my eyes when I saw the joy on her face, a joy that had been stolen from her the day she was severely bitten by dogs. She hasn't had joy, she has had fear and been paralyzed by it at times. I think this new horse will be a new, fresh page in her journey. A gift I feel she has needed to help her gain back that love of riding horses again. Thank you, Father, for allowing that joy back in my little girl!

Here's Cassie:

We will know tomorrow for sure if we are getting Cassie!

Thursday, January 10, 2008

I am really behind with posting, mainly because I've just been busy. I have kept 4 different children this week, added a new baby named Avery to my nest, she is 9 weeks old and her Mommy just returned to work. I a.m helping just a few days a week, part time. SHe is such a sweet baby and already on a great schedule. I am still keeping Harrison 3 days a week and I also had the pleasure of watching my cutie Emily while her Mom went for an appt. Then on Wednesday I kept my cousin's little boy (almost 1), Jackson. he was not feeling well.

So, between that and school and the general things that go along with being a wife and Mom has not left much time for blogging.

My Daddy is doing really well, still at home and receiving in home care several times a week. He looks great and is getting around well. He wants to go with me on Saturday to pick up pecans at his sisters house.

Ivey is looking for a new horse and we are going up near Athens on Sunday afternoon to look at two. She is VERY excited.

I sold the last puppy this week to a woman who bought a male as a Christmas present for her college-age son, this female is for her and her 5 yr. old. Glad they are all at good homes now!

Well, baby is awake and time for a bottle!

Tuesday, January 1, 2008

New blog for NCCd

Thought I would post this on my blog too: check it out and maybe you will enjoy it! Here is a little from Keith about the new blog -
This Sunday marks a great new step in the birth and life of New City Church! This Sunday is the launch of WEEKLY services. This is exciting - and challenging! I hope that you will join us this Sunday for a great day of worrship and a great day of celebration!

One of our future steps will be the addition of Life Groups. Life Groups will be the life of NCCd. Life groups are based on the example of Christs life with his disciples. Life groups will be our "community" groups - a place where fellowship and belonging are joined with worship, discipleship, and service as small groups of NCCd Christ followers gather together throughout the city. The Life Group discipleship will be a time of open dialogue centered primarily on the previous Sunday's teaching/message. Life Group leaders will facilitate the discussion as our community groups unpack the sermon and its application.

While we're not ready to kick off our Life Groups, there's no reason we can't start the discussion! So, in preparation for Life Groups, I have started a new blog - New City Sermons - .
The blog will hopefully be used as a forum for questions, answers, insights, and discussion from upcoming sermons. So, join in the discussion as we grow together in God's Word!