Friday, January 29, 2010

I've pressed it it, now I can pass it on!

Last weekend, I had the honor of traveling to Houston with Emmy, and other "Georgia girls" for a Beth Moore Scripture Memory Team celebration. (a group of women that memorized 24 scriptures for an entire year, Siestas, as we are called on the LPM blog) It's kind of one of those things in life, when I explain it to people including my family members, they really just don't "get it". Many were proud of me, happy for me to go, but I think in their minds they were thinking, is that really for real?, safe?, and smart? Aren't we supposed to be leery of people on the Internet? Well. . the reality is, many of these women I know in real life, and our common ground in Christ. So, I know for a fact. . this was where I was meant to be. God had a word for me!

Our journey started last Thursday as we met up at the Atlanta airport. . leaving behind rainy, cold weather, and finding ourselves in warm, sunny Houston. Houston was having a warm front even by their standards. . sunny and in the 70s. It was a taste of spring. Friday morning we had a treat awaiting us at the Mokara Spa at the Omni Hotel in Houston. Hands down, one of the best spas I have ever been to. My precious hubby had called ahead and had a credit in my account, so thoughtful. I was treated to a massage, facial, pedicure, and leg and foot treatment. I think the total time I was there was 4 hrs. . I was pampered, relaxed and ready for our conference for the remainder of the weekend.

We were finally there!

Friday evening we headed over to Houston's First and staked our place in line. Emmy and I have been known to be ready for a good seat. . we have decided it's from days of being PK's (preacher's kids) to the regular lay person. Grin. We are used to being in the front! From the moment the conference started by a greeting from Beth and her girls. . to Travis leading in praise and worship, I was so blessed. The conference continued into Saturday morning with teaching from Mrs. Beth on Psalm 119. What an awesome passage to place an emphasis on the word of God. God has blessed me this past year by teaching me His word is our weapon, His word is alive and active in me, and His word is the main offensive weapon we have upon the Enemy. When we speak it, it is real and alive. We learned. .

I am a resident alien... seeking direction... in deep want of wonder.. in peril and need... troubled by humanity... especially my own... knowing that to follow is the only road... to a straying sheep longing to be found!

Awesome stuff! Mrs. Beth encouraged us to "hide God's word in our heart", which actually means to press it in. Take the time to totally take in God's word, let it change you, help you, heal you, mend you, and fulfill your cup before you just pass it onto someone else. In a world of Facebook, Twittering, and blogs, we so often forget to do this! So. . due to reality of my life, I have finally pressed in all I took in, and am finally updating and passing onto all of you! I loved it!

The Georgia Girls with Beth!

The rest of the weekend included Food, food, food, and fun fellowship with awesome sisters in Christ. We finally found ourselves at a sit down meal, right on Georgia Jan, at Pappasito's, hands down the best Tex-Mex food I have ever put in my mouth! Georgia Jan LOVED this restaurant even more than me!

The lunch gang, what a fun time of fellowship!

Thanks to Lindsee for being the most awesome Houstonian tour guide ever. . she then led us to Crave cupcakes and the Houston Galleria for shopping!

Sunday morning we attended Houston's First Baptist Church just for a little more teaching from their awesome pastor Gregg Matte. What an incredible sight and how I miss a large church gathering. (Don't get me wrong, I love my current church family, but there is such power in worshipping with large numbers of people)

Our journey was finally over as we slowly headed north to the airport, re-entry back into reality has been busy this week. . but oh how I missed my babies by Sunday morning. So thankful for all those that made it possible for me to get away. To Georgia Jan, Twinkle, and Emmy. . your presence in my life is different because I know you. I had a blast!

Friday, January 8, 2010

Snow Day!

I know, I know all of my friends that live in the North are thinking, "what, a snow day for 1/2 inch of snow?" Remember I live in the south, snow and ice are not a good combo for those of us that have rarely seen such a sight. Growing up in this town, I have fond memories of at least 2-3 good snows a year. I am not an advocate for the Global Warming campaign, but my sweet S is a decade old and I am certain she has only had 2-3 good snows in her lifetime!

Needless to say, when flakes started flying Thursday around lunch. . the call was made and school was canceled for the next day. Snow started accumulating slowly and by late afternoon there was enough to see. . the kids immediately bundled up and headed to make snowballs. Due to the Arctic blast the weather channel has advertised very well the last week, the driveway quickly froze and the sleds were found. The kids were able to get a good slide or two in before needing to come in and warm up.

This morning, the snow was still around, so once temperatures were above 20 degrees, the kids bundled up for another run or two. J even found a few good, tall hills to sled on. . and they had a blast. We snapped a few photos. The cutest of course was AC and seeing her enjoy her first snow. (of course she was only outside for maybe 3 minutes!)

Enjoy and stay warm wherever you are!

Uggs, the new family fashion. . . in and out of the house! Thanks Uncle Rob for AC's, they fit great!

Thanks to Mrs. Emmy for AC's bunny coat!

Friday, January 1, 2010

Happy New Year

As we face a new year, let's be eager with anticipation for all the blessings God continues to bestow upon us. Today we are enjoying a relaxing day. The kids slept in until 10:30 am after a late night welcoming in the new year. We attended a bowl game last night in Hotlanta and watched Virginia Tech cream Tennessee. It was an awesome time with friends, and all the kids.

Today I am attempting to send you greetings from my new mini lap top. M. E and I have had fun playing with the webcam. This afternoon we will feast on our traditional New Year's dinner: ham, greens, black eyed peas and cornbread. I think I will have the kids all work on resolutions, mine will be a diet that will start tomorrow!