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Archive for August, 2008

Tonight’s post marks my one hundredth post, it seems hard to believe that I’ve written that many, especially since I haven’t blogged regularly over the summer.  I’ve been pondering what this post should be about,  I’ve read some blogs where they posted one hundred things about themselves when they reached this milestone, and while theirs was interesting I’m afraid mine would bore you to tears even if I could think of that many things to post about myself.  So, I decided to spare you the agony of having to endure such a fate and post 10 things I praise God for.

1. I praise God for my salvation, that His Son, Jesus Christ, died on the cross for my sins, was buried, and resurrected on the third day and is preparing a place for me in Heaven. 

2. I praise God that even when I fail Him, He still loves me and forgives me, without Him I am nothing!

3. I praise God for my godly husband, Ashley, for the miracles He has worked in our marriage, and a love that grows deeper and stronger with each passing year.

4. I praise God for my awesome children, Natalie and Joey, Phillip and Beth, and Drama Queen, they are a blessing to me everyday and I am so proud to be their mom. 

5. I praise God for my precious, adorable grandbabies, Cupcake and Blue Eyes, and Spiderman and Ladybug, they hold my heartstrings and bring so much joy to my life, I am so blessed to be their Nana.

6. I praise God for my parents and the godly heritage they passed on to my siblings and me, my mom whose is still here on earth interceding for our family on a daily basis, and my dad who is dancing on streets of gold praising our Heavenly Father,  he’s free from cancer and whole once again.

7. I praise God for my wonderful in-laws who have been second parents to me, they have taught me so much both in word and deed, for my sweet sister-in-law (though she’s as much a sister to me as my biological ones), she is such an inspiration to me, and for her precious son, Zachary, he is our special boy.

8. I praise God for my three sisters and my brother and their families,  even though I don’t get to see them as often as I’d like, they are always in my heart and just a phone call away.  I love being a part of big family, and when we do all get together, it’s a happily chaotic lovefest!

9. I praise God for my friends, both old and new.  The friends that I’ve had since high school, who’ve stood by me through thick and thin and blessed my life immeasurably, friends I’ve met along the way who have enriched my life in many ways,  the new friends that God has brought into my life recently that I look forward to getting to know better, and my blogging friends whom I only know through their blogs, but bless my heart every time I stop by.

10. And last but not least, I praise God for my health, my home, food to eat, clothes to wear, my church, that I live in a free country, and the list just goes on and on.

The list is endless when it comes to things to praise God for,  but  I’ll just post these top ten.  What’s on your list of top ten things to praise God for?   I’d love to read yours,  just leave me a comment or a link to a post if you’ve written a similar one and want to share.

Have a great night!

Love, Velvia

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Sharing Family Photos

One of my favorite pastimes is scrapbooking and looking at our family photos.  Since I started blogging last November I haven’t spent much time on my scrapbooks, but I do feel as though my blog is a scrapbook of sorts.  I share family photos and activities, and tonight’s post is one of those entries. 

Natalie and Joey are here with their little ones, Cupcake and Blue Eyes.  They came down yesterday afternoon and we were all together as a family, hanging out, playing with the kids, and having dinner together.  They are spending the nights with Joey’s parents ( I guess we do have to share them, sigh!), but they are coming in the morning for breakfast before they head back to N.C.  We had a lot of fun yesterday, so I wanted to share a few of the photos of our time together.

             Ladybug in the pool

    

   Blue Eyes, after helping Papa work on the lawnmower

                              Need a push ?

 Whee! Cupcake and Spiderman splashing

          Cupcake in midair

      Spiderman – He’s flying!

Drama Queen erupting her volcano with a little help from big sister, Natalie

Natalie, Joey, Beth, and Phillip, we’re so proud of them!!

        Goofy Guys ( I just had to post this one!)

I know that I post all the time about how much I love my family and how wonderful they are, but it’s true!  I always knew from a very young age that no matter what else I did in life, I wanted to be a wife and mother more than anything.  I believe God placed that desire in my heart, I don’t have any special gifts or talents to speak of, but I love being a wife to my hubby, a mom to my kids, and Nana to my grandkids.  Nothing brings me greater joy than serving God by taking care of my family.  It’s corny to some I’m sure, but to me it’s the best life I could have.

Have a great night!

Love, Velvia

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I Hope You Dance

My aunt sent me this email today and it really touched my heart so I wanted to share it with you.  The author’s name was not included in the email so I’m unable to give him or her credit for writing it.

 

Dancing With God

 When I meditated on the word Guidance,
I kept seeing ‘dance’ at the end of the word.
I remember reading that doing God’s will is a lot like dancing.
 
When two people try to lead, nothing feels right.
The movement doesn’t flow with the music,
And everything is quite uncomfortable and jerky.   
 
When one person realizes that, and lets the other lead,
Both bodies begin to flow with the music.
One gives gentle cues, perhaps with a nudge to the back
Or by pressing lightly in one direction or another.
 
It’s as if two become one body, moving beautifully.
The dance takes surrender, willingness,
And attentiveness from one person
And gentle guidance and skill from the other.
 
My eyes drew back to the word Guidance.
When I saw ‘G’: I thought of God, followed by ‘U’ and ‘I’.
‘God, ‘U’ and ‘I’ dance.’
God, you, and I dance.
  
As I lowered my head, I became willing to trust
That I would get guidance about my life.
Once again, I became willing to let God lead.
  
My prayer for you today is that God’s blessings
And mercies are upon you on this day and everyday.
May you abide in God, as God abides in you.
Dance together with God, trusting God to lead
And to guide you through each season of your life.  

  
This prayer is powerful and there is nothing attached.
If God has done anything for you in your life,
Please share this message with someone else.
 
 
Interceding in prayer is one of the best gifts we can receive.
There is no cost but a lot of rewards;
So let’s continue to pray for one another.
And I Hope You Dance ! 

 

 

Have a great night!

Love, Velvia

 
***If you happen to know who wrote this please leave me a comment and I’ll be sure to give them credit.

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Open Adoption

Yesterday, Drama Queen had her monthly visit with her birth mom, Marcie came over after church and we went out to lunch and then to the park.  It was a little too hot to stay at the park for very long, so we headed back to the house so they could hang out together.  I think they both had a great time, Drama Queen looks forward to these visits, she plans for days what they will do when Marcie comes.

    Drama Queen and Marcie at the park

I am an advocate of open adoptions whenever the circumstances will allow it,  I know that there are times when it’s just not possible or in the child’s best interest, but it is a blessing when it’s part of God’s plan.  If both the adoptive parents and the birth mother are willing to work together and put the child’s needs first,  it can be a very successful.  It’s not always easy, in fact sometimes it can be stressful, but it’s worth it.

Drama Queen was four years old when she came to live with us and six years old when the adoption was finalized.  We realized early on that an open adoption would be best for everyone involved.   There have been times over the years when we questioned whether we did the right thing by having an open adoption, but we have always come to the conclusion that we did.

We want Drama Queen to always have a good relationship with Marcie, we feel that it’s very beneficial to her emotional well being.  We’re thankful she doesn’t have to wonder about her birth family and why her birth mom decided to let us adopt her.  She knows the circumstances and realizes that Marcie did what was best for her, and she is able to talk to Marcie about it whenever she feels the need.

We love Marcie and consider her part of our family,  we talk about the future and our hopes and dreams for DQ.  Someday, Drama Queen will have both her moms there to watch her graduate from high school and culinary school (if she still wants that), and both of us as mothers of the bride as she walks down the aisle (many years from now!).  I’m blessed to be able to share that honor with Marcie.

Open adoption is not for everyone, but it certainly works for us!

Have a great night!

Love, Velvia

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I received my first blogging award, actually I received two, from a precious blogger friend, Lorie, at Encouragement from My Heart.  The first is the Friendship Award, isn’t it adorable? 

And the second one is Sharing the Love, which is something I hope shines through in my blog, the love of our Heavenly Father, as well as love for one another.  I have been so blessed by other sisters in Christ who share their hearts through their blogs, it is my prayer that God is glorified through mine as well.  Thank you Lorie for bestowing this honor on me!

Well, our homeschooling has gotten off to a great start, we’ve had a wonderful first week so far.  I’m so pleased with the progress Drama Queen has made in the past year.  It’s difficult sometimes to measure academic success when you have a child with a learning disability, but as we begin a new school year I can see definite progress was made last year, and more importantly, that she has grown and matured spiritually.  I’m excited about what God has in store for us this school year,  I am determined to let the Holy Spirit be our guide and to not sweat the small stuff. 

I know God wants to work in me as well, He reminded me of this just today as we were making our volcano out of homemade play clay.  As we were molding the clay to form the volcano, I thought of how He wants me to be pliable in His hands so that He can mold me into the woman He wants me to be.   Even though the shaping process is rarely easy or comfortable, there’s no safer place to be than in the hands of the Father.

Have a great Friday!

Love, Velvia

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Back to School

This post will be short and sweet as I’m trying to finish up last minute details to begin homeschooling tomorrow.  Drama Queen and I will be starting a new school year tomorrow, and we’re both excited about it.  I haven’t been blogging much lately because I’ve been enjoying the final days of our summer break and trying to get organized and prepared for school.  I’ve really missed reading my favorite blogs, and as soon as I get my act together I will be stopping by to catch up with each of you.  I hope you’ve all had a wonderful summer, and that this school year will be fantastic for both you and your children.

Love, Velvia

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