insights from a daughter of the King, teacher, farmer's wife, and Mommy


thankful thursday week 4

Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good;
    his love endures forever.
Psalm 118:1

76.  surprises

77.  lunch with Kendal

78.  my super awesome students

79.  50 years of thanksgiving traditions

80. finding my camera

81. a new vacuum cleaner

82.  consignment stores

83.  homemade gifts

84.  thanksgiving at Rebecca's this year

85. my husband's family

86.  the sound of music {i used to come home from school and watch this movie over and over and over, i could watch it with no volume and say all the words....yeah, i'm a nerd}

87.  mercy and grace

88. always feeling at home at my mom's house no matter how old i get

89.  my granaw....i aspire to be as smart, understanding, and helpful as her

90.  cousins

91. watching the Macy's Parade with Addie and Mom

92.  the natives brought food to those stubborn white men on that first thanksgiving

93.  snow that is beautiful falling but doesn't stick

94.  going to the movies with my husband spontanteously

95.  time with family

96. comfy chairs

97. morning snuggles in the bed

98. home cooking

99.  jokes

100. thanksgiving texts

I want to wish you and yours a happy thanksgiving.  May we find time every day, all year long to be thankful for all our many blessings!
What are you most thankful for today?


counting your blessings literally {a challenge for you}

the ladies at my church have challenged us this season 
are you ready for a challenge??
do you realize just how blessed you are?
with more than one in five children at risk for hunger in the U.S
it is easy to forget how good we got it

so how the challenge works:
{read through them, they will make you think!}

my kids made blessing banks out of old formula cartons
but you could use a mason jar or a real bank
Owen has 1-30 written on the side of his bank. 
 He is writing his daily totals (GREAT math activity).

we are giving how money to Relay for Life
but you could choose a charity of your choice

are you in?
let me know. or leave a comment below

we will post our reflections and totals at the beginning of the year.

count your blessings this season.

you and i are blessed beyond what we deserve.  


thanksgiving ramblings and a prayer

the tears fell before i could stop them this morning
10 more thanksgivings with him under my roof
that's all i have left with my little baby boy
he will be 18 in 10 ten years

i'm not ready to think like this
i'm not ready, Lord

and the mind reels  10 more Christmas', Easter's, Birthday's with him not being an adult
.......................if i'm lucky

and then the backhand of the Holy Spirit hits from the blindside
why are you sitting around crying about it
there are memories to be made
lessons to teach
a child to be raised and be ready to be a man
and you just have 10 years to go
have you seen him lately???
you have your work cut out for you
stop feeling sorry for yourself and get to work

today's list in no particular order:
christmas countdown chain 
blessing boxes (more on that tomorrow)
listen to him read
listen to him play his mandolin
play battleship
make cookies
eat lunch
give him space
make him be nice to his sister
make him pick up his dishes
listen to him whine
listen to him laugh
make him brush his teeth
let him be an almost 8 year old 

make the most of your day, your thanksgiving, your time
it will be gone just like that

(this was read at our 50th Community Thanksgiving Service held last night, 
it speaks to the heart)

A Thanksgiving Day Prayer

by Scott Wesemann 

Lord, so often times, as any other day
When we sit down to our meal and pray

We hurry along and make fast the blessing
Thanks, amen. Now please pass the dressing

We're slaves to the olfactory overload
We must rush our prayer before the food gets cold

But Lord, I'd like to take a few minutes more
To really give thanks to what I'm thankful for

For my family, my health, a nice soft bed
My friends, my freedom, a roof over my head

I'm thankful right now to be surrounded by those
Whose lives touch me more than they'll ever possibly know

Thankful Lord, that You've blessed me beyond measure
Thankful that in my heart lives life's greatest treasure

That You, dear Jesus, reside in that place
And I'm ever so grateful for Your unending grace

So please, heavenly Father, bless this food You've provided
And bless each and every person invited



thankful thursday week 3

Oh come, let us sing to the Lord!

Let us shout joyfully to the Rock of our salvation.
Let us come before His presence with thanksgiving;
Let us shout joyfully to Him with psalms.
For the Lord is the great God,
And the great King above all gods.
Psalm 95:1-3

51.  past students who yell "hey mama combs" across the parking lot when you are going into the grocery store.

52.  christmas cards

53.  my kids playing hide-n-seek

54.  Jessica, my best friend, my sister in law, my go to mommy, we can complain together and laugh together and yell at each others children

55.  the chance to hear a holocaust survivor speak ---- WOW

56.  my moma and daddy

57.  collegues who take care of things when you have sick babies

58.  and email for a mom  of one of owen's friends asking if he's ok

59.  jalking (jog/walking) 2 miles

60.  the beauty of the moon and stars

61.  104 shoeboxes packed and delivered 

62.  a surprise present from my friend hannah - love her

63.  Hearing addie say I love you mommy

64. No more tangles spray

65. Homemade soup

66. Talks about scripture

67. A week off school for thanksgiving

68. A note on the board from a student "I love you even when you think I don't"

69. A hard working husband

70. Christmas plans - 34 days!

71. A camera phone

72. Owen is feeling better

73. Facebook message that says "you inspire me" from someone who inspires me

74. Sock monkeys

75. My brother - he makes me laugh and cry

what are you thankful for this week??


God always makes it enough

shoebox packing party 
i look forward to this for months
it is our second year (first year)

2:00pm (starting time of said party) and i looked at the tables and thought well i don't think we going to have that many

there is no way will have as many as last year

the tables had just a few items
and i thought it doesn't matter though 
what matters is that we will have good shoeboxes for a little boy or girl 

we will fill them with love and prayers
and even if it was one that would be enough

but we packed and we packed and we loved and we prayed 
the kids colored their sheets and I spelled North Carolina at least 10 times 

we carried them up and around the alter 
we bowed our heads and we prayed one more time for these boxes and the children they will greet
and we walked away 
and they were loaded up

when they walked downstairs and said 104

104 shoeboxes

i had to laugh 

and to think I had doubted 
I had thought there wouldn't be enough

you see God is always MORE

more than enough

He is...

More than we thought
More than we imagined

and if we take the first step
if we reach out just a little bit
He will prove it time and time again

He doesn't use the extraordinary, He uses the ordinary to do extraordinary.

How has God used your service lately to do more than you thought?

If you aren't familar with the organization Samaritan's Purse, let me introduce you.
They do service and they do it well, from diaster relief to operation christmas child they reach out to those who need and you can easily get involved, which I encourage you to do.
Operation Christmas Child


thankful thursday week 2 2013

......another week to be be thankful.......

26.  Veterans, especially Fred Norman, a WWII vet, who spoke at my church Sunday.  One of my favorite quotes from the day.  "There are no atheists in foxholes."

27.  Christmas plays

28.  my sister-in-law, Rebecca - love her
date night!

29.  date nights with my husband, even if we do the same thing every time

30.  talking college and careers with 8th graders

31.  soup lunch made by my team

32.  my daddy for taking owen to mandolin when i can't

33.  soap and water, washes away the dirt in our clothes and yuck on our plates

34.  free printables

35.  owen's jokes {what did the mitten say to the hat?  you go on ahead.}

36. baked spaghetti

37. hearing what my colleagues are thankful for

38.   “For the foundations of the earth are the Lord’s; on them he has set the world.  He will guard the feet of his faithful servants, but the wicked will be silenced in the place of darkness." 1 Samuel 2:9  Thank you, Father!
baked spaghetti

39.  the sound of silent reading

40.  my car

41.  listening to the children say prayer before we eat

42. the spirit of christmas

43.  laughter

44. my tervis coffee cup jamie bought me 

45. sweater shoes

46. Owen waking me up this morning so i wouldn't be late for school

47. the kindle, my kids and i love this app toca hair salon  (addie and owen laugh and laugh) 

48. the feeling of being needed

49. ticonderoga pencils

50. a day with no meetings

Owen's thankfuls for the week......

1.  my family
2. sister
3. my four wheeler
4. God
5.  freedom
6. a roof
7.  the sky
8.  my books
9.  crayons
10.  heat

what are you thankful for this week?


first world problems

it is 27 degrees outside
my little fashionista,
notice her sock glove on one hand
and my heat blows full blast
i stepped into my walk in closet this morning
which doesn't have a heat vent 
and for a second
i almost let it out
the complaint
but then i stopped
and looked at the clothes 
all the way down both sides of the closet bigger than some peoples bedrooms
and swallowed down words in my mouth
i said a prayer for the philippines
i said a prayer for myself
i said a prayer for the first world problems that shouldn't ruin my day

how do you approach the first world problems of your life?


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truth is

truth is difficult
truth isn't what you want to hear
truth shows up when you didn't want it there

but truth
oh, truth

is forgiving
is change
is light 

truth isn't the lie 
you have told yourself

the truth is are beautiful are loved are more than you believe you are are the salt and the light

lovely linkys
five minute friday w/ Lisa Jo


thankful thursday week 1 2013 {woohoo}

1.  writing thankfuls in november for 4 last week i have been going back and reading them and i am truly amazed by God's work in my life

2.  my mom, she makes me sausage balls, cheese balls, cleans my kitchen, loves my children, and gives me something to complain about ;)

3.  my house, it is truly my haven

4.  opportunity,  i have been given so many chances at life, love, my truly is a blessing

5.  8th graders - they make me laugh and cry and mad and happy...but i love them

6.  listening to Owen read, i hope he always loves it

7.  the rebels of the colonies in 1770's, who didn't settle for British tyranny (I think i would have)

8.  cereal, it works for breakfast, lunch, and supper

9.  work, i love having something to do

10.  Addie playing tea party, wish i could keep her right here

11.  my sunday school class, we share bible stores, laughter, friendship, hard times, and good times....i love them so much

12.  God's plan, thank goodness He is in control and not me

13.  binoculars - so i live in the middle of no where, on any given day all kinds of wild life can be the last two days alone, there has been a bald eagle, 24 turkeys, herons, and deer

14.  working with my middle school social studies teacher this year, he's smart and knows what he is doing 

15.  phone calls from my husband - :), just nice to know he is thinking about me

16.  the ability to change, i think we take this one for granted but every day we have a choice to do it different

17.  people who say "good morning" with a smile

18.  GRACE!
God, being rich in mercy, for his great love wherewith he loved us,
even when we were dead through our trespasses, made us alive together with Christ (by grace have ye been saved), and raised us up with him, and made us to sit with him in the heavenly places, in Christ Jesus: that in the ages to come he might show the exceeding riches of his grace in kindness toward us in Christ Jesus:for by grace have ye been saved through faith; and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God; not of works, that no man should glory.  Ephesians 2:4 - 8

19.  47 days till Christmas!!!!!!!!!

20.  Halloween costumes 75% off - Spiderman for $5.00 and Supergirl $2.50....its going to be a SUPER year next year

21.  Oakly Bee Wittkamper {and his mommy} - I love him!!  I can't believe he is finally here. He is beautiful and has the best mommy in the world, and I can't wait to share mommyhood with her.

22.  my house is dirty, because it means i have been blessed beyond what i deserve

23.  satellite radio - gosh i love it

24.  my kids drinking milk, even if it is with halloween candy (will it ever all be gone)

25.  heat....i'm already cold and its just the beginning of november

Come back every Thursday in November :)  
What are you thankful for today?


a list of things you may or may not about me

i'm weird.  aren't we all? {yes i talk to myself, and answer}
  • my socks rarely match, and i'm ok with it.  i have even thought that they should just sell socks in singles because really, who keeps them in pairs.  oh may actually not have a sock monster
  • i love fall time change.  i like going to work after the sun comes up.  i love that my husband comes home before the kids go to bed.  i like that it is dark at bed time.
  • taking my family to tweetsie in blowing rock, nc is one of my favorite days of the whole year, right next to christmas morning.  it isn't disney world or myrtle beach.  it is small and simple, if you go on the right day there are no lines at all and the people there are friendly and relaxed.  it is big enough to make me forget the stress of life, but not so big it adds stress if that makes sense. and who doesn't love a train ride through the mountains, singing mice, the tilt a whirl, a chair lift

  • i'm not doing thankful days on facebook.  and i'm a social mediaite.  but i'm loving that when i scroll i find thankful hearts from my friends on my newsfeed.  come thursday though i'll have my 4th annual thankful thursday's on the blog!  here's one from 2010, 2011, 2012 .  It is an amazing thing to see how God has worked and blessed me so
  • i'm training to run a 5k...WHAT...i know its even hard for me to read.  i'm not a runner.  God blessed me by always making me last, and i was perfectly fine being last and just happy i finished.  But a few weeks ago God said you need to run and i've been fascinated with The Color Run.  i did some research and there is one close in winston salem.  so i discussed it with some of coworkers who are runners and my sister in law who runs and we were all ready to go, and then God really spoke.  i had no idea that my best friend was starting a program called Run for God, with 5k at the end in memory of her sweet Jude, but i knew the real reason God said run.....He really is at work in all things
  • i think this video is hilarous and i know it has been overplayed and over done and its secular, but i love it
  • i warned you i was weird

lovely linky

Jen @ Finding Heaven


offer some grace

here's to grace...
  • stretchy pants on the day after holidays
  • shared smiles between stressed hearts
  • grandma's who give whole pineapples, bananas, and apples for halloween
  • those who forgive
  • long conversations about hard topics that end in i love yous
  • love in spite of faults
  • trees whose leaves turn colors and fall off, only to receive new ones come spring
  • the beginning of every morning
  • motherhood and marriage

these moments that offer us the opportunity to give free and unmerited favor just because....

that's what grace is

forgiving even though it is undeserved

i often wonder where and how in life we unlearn grace 

if you think about small children even up to teens and the forgiveness they offer

no matter how bad you suck as a mom sometimes....and believe me sometimes i do

they still look at me with love, just as His eyes from about do.......

offering unmerited, undeserved grace

i hope you offer some to someone today 

and remember those who have offered it to you

lovely linkys

5 minute friday w/ Lisa Jo
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