Saturday, January 31, 2009

Paid to exercise ???

Good morning friends and family,

I stumbled upon an idea that pays you to exercise ! I had to follow the link....I need the motivation to exercise. This lady has a great concept and I thought I would share her link with you........ out her post on January 28 and see if you are up to the challenge. I am busy trying to come up with a vacation destination so I can figure out how much I can get paid for my exercise. Hmmmm.......enjoy !


Friday, January 23, 2009

Parenting -Is it worth it ??

Parenting...probably the most difficult task set before us but also one of the most rewarding !

While my first born has stayed true to her firstborn nature, I have to let the world know how much I enjoy her ! She is creative (she did the blog creating for our family blog), she started her own blog (see the link on the right side of this page), she knows what she believes and more importantly, she knows how to ask questions to determine if what she believes lines up with Scripture, and she is growing into a beautiful Godly young lady ! Ahhh.....what a joy !

I write this post so you can link to her blog and check out the pictures she included of her brother and extended family and friends. Her blog is

Now, allow me a few more sentences to tell you about my second born and only son.....while he is a boy complete with boy traits, he is sensitive and tender-hearted. He would gladly give you the shirt off his back if he thought you needed it. He recently wrote a paragraph about our neighbor's little boy that brought smiles and delight to the child and his family. He, too, is creative and uses his creativity mostly in music and now in his writings. He is growing into a Godly young man as he searches for what it means to live a Christ-like life. Oftentimes, he asks us question after question to be sure he understands what God expects of him. What joy to know that your children understand about having a personal relationship with Christ in spite of all the mistakes we make as parents and despite all our sins that they see ! God is faithful.

Parenting...yes, it is hard, but the rewards are worth every difficult moment, hour, and day. So, endure....stand firm.....continue to disciple them....and thank God for every moment He gives you with them.

Blessings to all,

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

First Gift of the New Year

Hello Everyone,

So sorry for the delay in posting. I would think about it and then get distracted. But here we are now.

I wanted to follow up on our "giving bank" we started this year. In a matter of a few weeks, we collected almost $30 in change (that is very sad to think we had that much change around the house and in the cars, etc.) During our family Bible study one Monday night, Craig asked us to start to pray about what organization we would give to for January. The very next day we received a request in the mail to participate in a "Swim for Life" that would benefit Camp Smile-a-Mile ( This young lady was going to raise money by swimming 200 laps during the event ! All to benefit cancer patients and their families. Fully believing that God had answered our prayer quickly, we decided to contribute some of those funds. We already have a goal for our next request (and for February) which is from another young lady who is walking in the Sav-a-Life event to raise money for the local Sav-a-Life organization. Her reason for participating in this event is that she personally was given life by her birth mother and released for her the loving parents she has today. So, we are eagerly watching for change to put in the bank !

We hope this encourages you, too, to find ways to help those around you. And, if you have a special organization or event that is near and dear to your heart, please share it with us.

Many blessings to you,