Thursday, November 25, 2010

I am thankful for my Savior, Jesus Christ.  And I am thankful that through Him my family will be complete again one day.

Happy Thanksgiving!

Thank you for your thoughts of thankfulness over the month.  It was encouraging to me and hopefully many others as well.


Wednesday, November 24, 2010

I am thankful for the good job Chad has even though he has to work the holidays at times.  And that we can still celebrate Thanksgiving as a family tomorrow.  

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

I'm thankful for simple things that make life fun; rainy days at home, coffee, cheap lunch buffets, time with friends, wrapping presents, naps, Diet Coke, 3-year-olds doing Kung-Fu, bonfires, bargain shopping...
I could go on and on!  =)

Monday, November 22, 2010

I am thankful my husband is home in his days off and we can all spend time together.

Sunday, November 21, 2010

I am thankful for the reminders about keeping my attitude and motive in check when working to resolve conflict.

Saturday, November 20, 2010

I am thankful for good friends who are willing to give of their time to help us out.

Friday, November 19, 2010

Are you a respecter of persons?

God isn’t.

Deut. 10:17, Gal. 3:28, Romans 3:9, Acts 10:34, James 2:1-13

Do you have a tendency to steer clear of so-and-so at church, work, school, or the store because they are annoying, weird, or just because they get on your nerves?  Do you put yourself into a particular group of people in order to characterize who you are and what crowd you are in?  Better yet, do you make sure you are in the right click, the group everyone wants to be part of? 

Maybe it is more subtle.  You tend to be the person who is friends with everyone but only at certain times.  Perhaps during a time that is significant for them.  Through a birth, a marriage, even a death.  Whatever it is that might be bringing them attention makes you come to their side.  But after the excitement dies down … well you see what I mean.  Or you are outwardly friendly to everyone, but in a patronizing way to some.  You say what sounds good even though you would never intend to “friend up” with them.

Since Audrey was born I have thought about this a lot.  Had she lived, she would have been severely handicapped.  She would have been the one people in the store stared at or made comments about.  It is true, it would not have changed my love for her at all, but it would have given people a definite first impression of her.  That would have been hard to watch since she was my baby girl. 

It reminds me of something my mom always told me as I was growing up.  Whenever you are making fun of someone or putting him or her down, you are only doing it to try to make yourself look bigger.  You think it builds your self-esteem when you put someone else down.  And let me reiterate, this can be done very subtly! 

What about you? (ME)?  Try spending time looking at your own character instead. After all, the only thing that matters is what God sees and He certainly does not look at me in comparison to everyone else.  He looks at me for me, He loves me even when I am being unloving and annoying, and He expects me to love my neighbor.  I believe that is a command, and one that refers to everyone around me.  Does it love when I put them down?  When I slip down an aisle to avoid someone?  When I quickly leave because of they way they smell?  When a past wrong is my reason to cut them off from my life?

Each person is equally in need of Christ, and each one is loved by Christ just as much as I am.  Who am I to look down on them, to belittle them, or to simply avoid them so I do not have to put up with them?  I am nothing without Christ.  With Christ I am considered His child and should be working to become more like Him every day. 

A respecter of persons is not something that falls into His character. 

Don’t belittle…Be Big! 

After all, we will be spending eternity together.

I am thankful for the beautiful sunshine today, and for the beauty God has created on this earth.

Thursday, November 18, 2010

I am thankful for God answering our prayer with a YES -- starting in January Chad will officially be on First Shift!!!

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

I am thankful for the Glory of God and that He uses me to show His glory as I become more Christlike.

Tuesday, November 16, 2010


Ella asked me as we were on our way to visit Audrey's grave.

"What?" I said.

"What is STRUSSED?"

I was trying to figure out what she was asking, "What is stressed?"

"NO, what is STRUST?" she said.

"OH, what is Trust?" I asked.

"Yes, like trust in Jesus." she said.

On another occasion she asked, "When did you ask Jesus in your heart, Mommy?"
So driving along in the van, I told her all about it.

She asks a lot of questions, and each time I ask the Lord to give me more wisdom than ever to know what to say, what not to say, and how much to explain.  And most of all I ask Him to keep burdening her heart for Him.

She really is a sweet, special girl who I am blessed to have in my life.


Long Overdue Updates

Thank you for your prayers! It is an honor that I can tell people I have written a post about them and know that you all will be lifting them up in prayer.

Ashton is doing well.  She spent 2 days in the hospital and only had a fracture to her skull that did not cause any other damage to this precious little girl.  She got some of my cookies and from that point on was good as new!!!

Rick & Lorelei had their little boy with Spina Bifida, but was diagnosed with a lower level of the disease.  He is doing well considering the surgeries and swelling he is experiencing, but they are praising the Lord for their miracle.  Aside from lack of sleep, Rick & Lorelei are enjoying him to pieces.

Trenton is also doing well, here is an update from my friend:
He's actually doing quite well. He was released from the hospital a couple weeks ago. He does have lung disease from the long period of time he was on a ventilator, so they have to keep a very close eye on him over the winter. I don't believe they know all of the long term effects that his several brain bleeds that he had will have...I think they're thinking he might have a case of cerebral palsy...not sure how extreme of a case though. Right now they're counting their blessings and rejoicing in how far he's come. They're family has just made a big move from Dayton to New they'll be transitioning to new specialists as well. I know they had a long tough road and there were several times that they were not expecting him to make it....but God had other plans. 

I'm thankful for a washer and dryer.  Although I dislike doing laundry, I am reminded that it could be much more tedious! =)

Monday, November 15, 2010

I am thankful that we are able to buy Christmas gifts for our family and for great sales at Kohl's. 

Sunday, November 14, 2010

I am thankful that we are going as a family to worship the Lord today.

Saturday, November 13, 2010

I am thankful for my Bible and the truths and lessons God helps me learn when I spend time in it.

Friday, November 12, 2010

I am thankful for the beautiful weather this week and that we were able to be outside several days.

Thursday, November 11, 2010

I am very thankful for the Veterans past, present and those now who are fighting to keep our country free.  

Happy Veteran's Day!!!

God Bless America!

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

I am thankful for those who have sacrificed to keep our country safe.  
Happy Birthday, Marine Corps!

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

I am thankful we get time together as a family almost every day.  And that one day our entire family will be together for eternity, with no broken circles!

Monday, November 8, 2010

I am thankful that God kept Chad safe 6 years ago today as they began the battle of Fallujah, and for continued safety is his job now.

Sunday, November 7, 2010

I am thankful for the assurance that Audrey has touched the hand of Jesus, and that one day I too will be in eternity with Him and reunited with my daughter.

Saturday, November 6, 2010

I am thankful for the peace over the past 6 months and for the promise I have that I will see Audrey again.

Happy 6-months my sweet Audrey!

Friday, November 5, 2010

Psalm 107:1
O Give thanks unto the LORD, for He is good; for His mercy endureth forever.

I am thankful for the goodness of the Lord and for the mercy He has given me!

Thursday, November 4, 2010

I am thankful for good doctors, nurses, and health insurance!

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Sweet Little Ashton

Please keep Ashton in your prayers today as she and her mom were in a car accident.  Kayla is OK and Ashton is at Vanderbilt with a mild fraction on the left side of her head.  Her vitals are good and they are keeping her, but please pray for her complete recovery!


Alli Update

From Kristin:
Alli has officially been diagnosed with High Risk Pre B ALL, which has a survival rate of 80-85%. It's a very common type of leukemia in children. She has already gone through several procedures and has started chemo. Alli has also met with a therapist in order to help her better understand what is going on. She also has an IV port, which she will have for 3 years, but it shouldn't interfere with activities such as swimming. She'll also be at Vanderbilt for 3 more weeks before she can go home. Alli is a little sore today, but she is doing well. April and Trey are exhausted and a bit overwhelmed right now. More details and future updates can be found at her website Kimberly is managing the website until April is ready to take over.
For anyone who wants to help, there are a few things you can do. More than anything the family needs prayer. Prayer for peace and comfort. Pray that little Alli will experience as little pain as possible during procedures and treatments. Pray for wisdom for the doctors and nurses who are treating her. Please Pray, pray, pray. 
Also, April will not be working anymore, and there will definately be medical, travel and other expenses in their future as Alli goes through treatment. Some friends of the Childress family have gotten together to raise support for Trey, April and Alli (if I haven't mentioned, Childress is their last name).

Ryan and India Johnson are in the process of setting up an account at First Commerce Bank for Alli. Some ladies in Lewisburg are also setting up Chili supper benefit on Nov 12th. Details to come!

The Childress family will be back home before we know it and we do not want them to have to go to the store, clean or worry about anything but Alli. So some friends have decided to do a pantry drive. They want to stock them up on  anything they might need. For now I would recommend things like canned chicken, crackers, healthy snacks, nuts, peanut butter and easy items. April probably won't be doing much cooking for a while so it needs to be things they can just grab. They could also use cleaning supplies, antibacterial wipes, ect. Also, Alli wears size 2T-3T Pull Ups so if anyone wants to purchase those or wipes that would be great.

Drop off item locations:
West View Church of Christ  -  Lewisburg
Friday November 5th   9 am - 2 pm

Pediatric Associates of Franklin - 570 Baker's Bridge Ave, Franklin
Saturday November 6th  8 am - 12 pm 

Thanks in advance to anyone who contributes to the pantry drive or the bank account. Also, thank you for the thoughts and prayers. I would like to mention, though, that the family does not want any visitors right now other than family. Alli's immune system is very weak and she cannot afford to get sick at this time. April and Trey are also exhausted and overwhelmed, but they do appreciate everything that is being done and for the prayers. If you want to send Alli or her parents a card or letter, send it to:

Vanderbilt Children's Hospital
c/o Alli Childress
2200 Children's Way
Nashville, TN 37232

For What Purpose?

The "One-year" markers have begun.  It is hard to believe it has been a year since we found out we were expecting Audrey.  What is even harder to comprehend is all that has happened in the past year, especially with that little girl who changed our lives in a way we never dreamed.


I will admit I have asked that more than I can even count.  And I have also come to realize that I may not know every answer to that until I am in heaven.  But this morning my Bible Study gave me a new reminder of why God allows suffering.  Nancy Guthrie said, "Trusting God when the miracle does not come, when the urgent prayer gets no answer, when there is only darkness -- this is the kind of faith God values perhaps most of all."

My sadness returns when other's have prayers answered with a miracle, or when things {seemingly} are going so well for those around me.  I do want others to have joy and happiness, it is not that I wish for everyone to be hurting.  But at times it is hard to find happiness for others when my prayers became answered with "No."  But then I remember, people will either see that God is being glorified through my baby girl, or they will see me angry and upset with God for not answering the way I wanted.

And who am I to tell God what the right answer is?

So the question I was challenged to ask God this morning is "For what purpose?"  What does God want to do through taking my baby to heaven.  And is God going to allow more suffering in my life so that He can be glorified even more?  I will be honest, sometimes I hesitate to give praise to Him for what He has done through Audrey because I fear He will bring more suffering to me.  {Strange, I know.}

John 9:2-3 And the disciples asked Him, saying, "Rabbi, who sinned, this man or his parents, that he was born blind?"  Jesus answered, "Neither this man nor his parents sinned, but that the works of God should be revealed in him."

The purpose of Audrey's life was to bring glory to God.  

And I am striving to look beyond this life to my Redeemer and the future that awaits me!
2 Corinthians 4: 16-18  Therefore we do not lose heart.  Even though our outward man is perishing, yet the inward man is being renewed day by day.  For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, is working for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory, while we do not look at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen.  For the things which are seen are temporary, but the things which are not seen are eternal.

If I focus on my pain and heartache, the results are pain, sadness, and depression.
When I focus on my Redeemer, my future, and the hope I have in Jesus Christ, the result is joy, hope, and anticipation!

I have to make the choice every day, but I am thankful that God's Word keeps reminding me where to focus.

I am thankful for the days that Ella stresses me out, it is a great reminder that I have her here with me!

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

I am thankful for ...

Being able to sleep at night and feel rested in the mornings!

Monday, November 1, 2010

Being Thankful ~ November 1, 2010

I thought it would be uplifting and encouraging for us all to share what we are thankful for throughout the month of November.  We all have difficulties, we all have a story, and we all have been blessed beyond measure.  Do you think we can come up with 1000 things to be thankful for?  I'm willing to try, and I am quite sure none of us will be able to see this month come and go without being reminded of all the good that God has given us.

So please join me by leaving a short comment each day about something you are thankful for!

I am thankful for the privilege of being Mommy to the two most beautiful girls in the world, and for a great husband who works hard so I can stay home and do my dream job!

My beautiful Ballerina

My Beautiful Angel


Please take some time today and in the coming days and weeks to pray for Alli.  A 2-year-old who was diagnosed this morning with leukemia.  She was taken to the ER last night, and then sent to Vanderbilt for testing.
We know who our God is and the miracles He can perform.  We also know that His will is best for us all, so as you pray please ask Him to strengthen Alli, her parents Trey & April, and allow His perfect will to be accomplished through this little girl.

Thank you for your faithful prayers.