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One thousand gifts: 6-15

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An upcoming trip to Israel. I know it will be life changing and I feel so blessed to be able to go with our fellow church members, pastor and John Maxwell. How amazing it will be to walk where Jesus walked!

Having the honor of knowing K.S. who was an amazing woman of faith and who taught me what it looks like in the face of adversity as she bravely battled cancer over the past 8 months. Meeting her has been one of the blessings in my life.

A room of my own. I love having this space perfectly designed for me. It is where I work, write, teach, read and scrapbook. Like me, it is still a work in progress, yet it makes me so happy to have this room.
Friends who “show up.”


The privilege of being a stay at home mother.

The gift of homeschooling my children.

Our amazing church and church family. What a blessing our church and church family have been to our family.


Blogging, Blog Conferences, and of course Bloggy Friends…


Online friends who become friends in real life (IRL).

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My Journey with Jesus

I am on my way to Israel with my husband to tour the Holy Land with our church, Pastor and John Maxwell!

On our first day in Israel we will travel north along the Mediterranean Sea to visit Caesarea, the ancicent sea port built by Herod the Great. This is where Paul was imprisoned and was the site of Peter’s first Gentile convert. From there we ascent to Mount Carmel, the site of Elijah and the prophets of Baal. From here we have an astounding view of the Jezreel Valley/Valley of Armageddon. Then, we bisit Megiddo with its 24 layers of civilizations. This was Ahab’s chariot city and one of the most strategic crossroads of the world in the Old Testament times. Finally, we proceed to Nazareth, the boyhood home of Jesus. We will tour the Nazareth Village, a re-creation of Nazareth when Jesus grew up there. Afterwards, we drive to Cana of Galilee where Jesus performed His first miracle, then on to Tiberas where we have our first view of the beautiful sea of Galilee. Our hotel is located on the sea shore and it is here we will have dinner overlooking the beautiful sea and no doubt dining on fish and reflecting on the miracle of it all.

Day Two

We will view the sunrise over the tranquil Sea of Galilee. After breakfast we take a boat ride across the Sea of Galilee, stopping on the Sea for a brief service! We will stop at Nof Ginossar to see the recently discovered ancient boat from the time of Jesus and then proceed to the Mount of Batitudes, where Jesus spoke the Sermon on the Mount. There we will have another service overlooking the Sea of Galilee. We then proceed to Tabgha, site of the multiplication of loaves and fishes. A very short drive will bring us to Capernaum, the center of Jesus’ ministry. A St. Peter’s fish lunch awaits us at the famous Kibbutz beside the sea. We then drive up the Golan Heights to overlook the spectacular vistas of the entire Sea of Galilee region. our day ends at the Jordan River with an opportunity for baptism.

Day Three

Is our day of adventure! We drive to Golan Height and visit an excellent light show depicting the battles which took place on the Golan Heights during the Yom Kippor war. We ascent Mt. Ben-Tal and tour old Syrian bunkers and enjoy the view into Syria. Driving down from Golan Heights we see the crusader fortress known as Nimrod’s Castle. We travel to Caesarea Phillipi/Banias, the site of Peter’s confession: “Thou art the Christ.” Ther we will stand at the headwaters of the Jordan River, visit the ruins of ancient temples and have time for a walk by the stream and water fall.

Day Four
Takes us to Bet Shean, Jericho, Qumran, Masada and the Dead Sea. We will see the largest archaeological excavation in Israel. We will drive near Jericho, viewing the Mount of Temptation and Mount Nebo in Jordan, from which Moses viewed the Promised Land. After lunch we travel along the Dead Sea to Masada and ascend by cable cars to visit the mountain top palace of Herod the Great and the famous fortress. We will view the remains of Herod’s palace, storehouses, cistems, and an ancient synagogue. Afterward we will visit the Dead Sea- the lowest point on earth, where we can swim and enjoy the therapeutic properties of the water without any possibility of sinking. We then begin ou ascent of nearly 4000 feet to Jerusalem.

Day 5
We begin our first day in Jerusalem at the Mount of Olives. From there we descent by foot on the Palm Sunday Road to the Garden of Gethsemane for a service in the garden. Some of the olive trees are perhaps 2,000 years old! We will then travel around the Old City walls, viewing the tombs of Absalom and Zachariah and continue to the House of Caiphas, where Jesus was held the night before his crucifixion…there we will stand on the same stone steps Jesus would have walked up Mount Zion. We will then visit the Upper Room (Last Supper Room) and have a brief service. After lunch we travel the Bethlehem. There we will view the Shepherd’s Fields and tour the Shepherd’s Caves and teh 1600 year-old Church of the Nativity.

Day 6
We will motor through modern Jerusalem, go tot he Shrine of the Book (where the Dead Sea Scrolls are displayed), walk through Cardo (heart of ancient Jerusalem) visit the Wailing Wall and place our prayers in the niches of the wall. Afterwards, we proceed to the Pool of Bethesda and the Church of St. Anne, where we can sing in a church with a 10-second echo! I will not be singing knowing that my off key note will echo back for 10 additional seconds, but thankfully we have some good singers coming with us! We will leave the Old City through Lion’s Gate

Day 7
We will start the day with a tour of the City of David. We will walk the Via Dolorosa, passing the markets and bazaars and visit the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, believed by many to be the site of Jesus’ crucifixion and burial. Afterwards, we will visit the Garden Tomb where we will worship and celebrate communion beside the empty tomb. How lucky we are that He is risen; He is not here!

Day 8
We will spend the day at leisure, shopping and maybe even revisiting a favorite spot.

Will you please hold my family in prayer during this journey? It is always hard to leave your children behind, and though we are leaving them in good hands (and ultimately God’s hands) this Mama cannot help but worry.

I am so excited for this opportunity to renew my spirit and feel God’s love washing through me once again. I do believe this trip will be life changing. Our Pastor said that you will never read the bible the same way again after visiting the Holy Land.

I cannot wait to share it with you!
Until then, please hold us in prayer.

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If you’ve never seen a miracle

Open your eyes, heart and soul and watch this

To Him be the glory.

Forever and ever


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One Thousand Gifts: 1-5

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The man I don’t deserve, but have been married to for 9 years, becoming a Christian in the last 2 years.


The pregnancy I thought I never would have. That led to the beautiful twin boys they didn’t think would make it when I was admitted to the hospital at 23 weeks and 1 day with preterm labor. Yet, after 3 1/2 months on complete bed rest they were born weighing over 6lbs each. Healthy, beautiful, and a true miracle that I could see & hold…and I’ve been holding onto them ever since.


The daughter I always dreamed of having who exceeds all expectations. She is everything I wish I could be, and then some. I believe she will change the world. No, I know she will.


The blessing of my youngest daughter who lights up a room and makes my heart sing. Who loves her Mama, her Daddy, her sister and her brothers. Maybe she knew how much we all prayed for the blessing of her?

The house we labored over custom building for the past two years, that has now become our fixer upper, since the day we moved in. It is what is going to grow me. It is what is going to stretch me. It serves as a reminder that nothing is perfect on earth (no matter how hard I work) and this is not our true home and our true dream home is in heaven with Him. I know that, I believe that. I guess I just needed a big ole (expensive) reminder to help me remember.

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you can make a centerpiece out of anything

This was the centerpiece at Friday’s luncheon at Blissdom. I swear I’m not going to talk about the conference anymore. I just wanted to show off this center piece.

All you need is a couple of tomatoes, a can of Hunts tomato sauce and some flowers. Clever, huh?

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