Thursday, August 28, 2008

Our God is an Awesome God!!

Ok... I know. I am a slacker. I was going to post every day but then I realized that my life was a little too crazy some days to post something. So now I am shooting for once or twice a week.

I have something that is really weighing on my heart to say. It begin brewing last Thursday when I went with one of my best friends to a Women's Night at her church. The theme for the evening was "Seasons." We had a FABULOUS speaker and she went through the seasons of a woman's life... growing up, maturing, college, marriage, children, raising children... and ended with growing old and moving on to the Ultimate Season, when we are with our Savior Jesus Christ in Heaven. I am the type person that sometimes does not really get the point when I am hearing a speaker... I guess you could say that I am a little ADHD or something... I don't know. But, I remembered what she said and kept thinking about and still am thinking about it now. On the way home that night I began to pray. (I love to pray in my car when I am driving... I really just feel like I connect with the Lord) The more I prayed the more I cried... not crying because I am sad but because I am so blessed. Sometimes I get so wrapped up in everyday life and everyday chores that I tend to not enjoy everything that God has given me. He has given me a wonderful family that I can count on no matter what and that sees past my faults and has unconditional love for me. He has given me a GREAT husband that loves me so much... I have a beautiful, healthy little girl that lights up when she sees me and her family and makes my heart melt... I could go on for days about how many blessings God has given me. But the greatest blessing of all is God's Grace!! He is so forgiving!! and He speaks to me every day and guides me in the right direction. When I stray from the path He has set before me He gets me right back on track. Now... HOW AWESOME IS THAT!?!?!

Before I went to this dinner last week I was feeling pretty down on myself. I have done and said things in my life that I am not really proud of. I also wonder constantly... am I doing everything right for Ava Grace? Am I a good mother to her? Do I make the right choices? Am I being a good wife? daughter? sister? sister in law? daughter in law? I am a HUGE worrier!! I always have been... My point is that after going to this dinner last week I realized something. When I worry and get so caught up in the details of everything I am not able to fully enjoy everything that God has blessed me with. I could die tomorrow or in 60 years... we don't know when that day will come. Starting today I am going to slow down... enjoy life and all it has to offer. I am going to put God first in everything that I do and say. I am going to try not to worry as much and strive to be worry free. Thank you God for Your forgiveness and Love!!!! OUR GOD IS AN AWESOME GOD!!!!

Proverbs 12:25 "Worry makes a person feel as if he is carrying a heavy load. But a kind word cheers up a person."

Proverbs 4:23 & 25-27 "Be very careful about what you think. Your thoughts run your life....Keep your eyes focused on what is right. Keep looking straight ahead to what is good. Be careful what you do. Always do what is right. Do not do anything unless it is right. Stay away from evil."

Have a great day!!

Thursday, August 21, 2008

We're here!!

We're here!! The South Family officially has a blog... I woke up this morning and decided that today would be the day!! Blogging is kind of like a journal that everyone else reads... right? It can't be too hard... can it? So for the next few days - our site will look a little sad but soon enough I will figure out how to work everything. Until then... wish me luck!!

So, what should I talk about on the first blogging day? Well, I will start with my sweet little Ava Grace. She will be one in a couple of weeks, September 2nd 2008 to be exact. I am sending out her Birthday Invites this week and thought it would be really cute if I took some pictures of her in her birthday party hat and tutu. I set up a fake photography set with my white sheet and some props and it was a disaster!! First of all, she thought the party hat was hilarious!! I had a feather boa that she really wanted to eat!! and then she kept pulling her tutu up over her head!! Then in the middle of all of her eating and crawling and pulling and resisting... she did it... she made the perfect pose and smiled so pretty and then... my freakin' camera battery died!! I ran and put it on the charge and then when Daddy got home he helped me get some good pictures and she was a little angel... All of the craziness was definitely worth it!!