Friday, March 14, 2008

Why I Love This Man!

...because He is the most wonderful,
God loving man.

He is so great for me!

When I'm having my issues...(and trust me I have many)...he's always patient, always willing and wanting to listen to me, always wanting to help me find a solution, and always willing to do whatever he can to make it better (if the Lord allows).

He doesn't always respond the way I think he should, but I am now convinced that the Lord leads me gently through this wonderful man and I am so very grateful!!!!

Clearly the Lord has freed me!

To blog that is :) Here are some fun photos from our Spring Break Vacation.

Sam, Katrina, and Nadia Hodges with Alaiyah and Zo at the Farmer's Market in North Carolina.

We enjoyed hanging out with both Hodges' families soooo much! I can't wait until the next time we can all get together...Wait that was a 12 hour drive...maybe I can wait just a little while :)

I am so grateful for how well these two little people have been playing together lately. I don't even have to send them to their room to play they just end up there anyway. Praise the Lord!!! Their conversation this day at MeMa and PaPa's was really really cute to watch. I'm sure you can imagine!

I'm a Big Kid Now

He got a hair cut!!!!

I both hate it and love it at the same time. He looks like such a big boy now! He is a big boy!

But before we chopped it off I washed and braided it.

No, I didn't do it for photos. I was only trying to keep it untangled until Alonzo got home to cut it, but after seeing how long it really was I couldn't resist.

Aw, he's so cute.

That's my little man!!!

Why am I excited about a rat?



This is my babies sentence that she read all by herself. Not only did she read it but she understood what she was reading. She knew where the rat was and that it was happy. All of you who know her can imagine with what detail and hand movements she explained that!

I am so proud of her. To say she is loving her reading lessons is a gross understatement. She literally begs to do "just one more."

Who would've thought I'd be teaching my child to read (in 100 easy lessons no's a great book...highly recommend it). I surely did not, but I may be teaching her everything she'll know. AGGGGGGHHHHH!!!

I'm sure there will be many more posts about that.

Thursday, March 13, 2008

Watch out world!


We aren't ready for her. She is all over the place. We went to North Carolina to visit friends and to Maryland to visit MeMa and PaPa (my in-laws). In North Carolina Ayden met her match in Miss Amber

I know you can't tell from this picture but Miss Amber can get around. She's one month younger than Ayden but she is walking with the best of them. Ayden spent a few days with her and said, "hey, i think i can do that!"

Well she's no longer thinking. She's been walking ever since. Today was the day of reality. She walked to her brother and sister's kiddie table and ate their food as Zo screamed "AYDEN NOOOOOOOOOOO!!" and she knocked over their cups of water TWICE!!!

Someone please send me a baby gate!! :) I love it!

In God's Place, At God's Pace

"The strength of patience hangs on our capacity to beleive that God is up to something good for us in all our delays and detours." John Piper Future Grace

I feel soooo free and I could not be more gratful to my Lord!!!

This day started off pretty crappy. Alonzo and I talked about it and I realized how difficult this move to Tuskegee has been for me. We were very excited about being here, so even though I'm in the place I expected...I'm nowhere near the place I expected.

I know...doesn't make any since to me either.

God met me though in my confusion. Things will not always go as planned, but they go according to His plan and in that I can


In Future Grace Piper talks about how different our responses to interruptions would be if we knew they were saving our lives. The thing that just amazes me about knowing the Lord is that we don't have to ever know the reasons but can at the same time be 100% confident that there are reasons and that they are GOOD!!!

I don't know why the Lord called us here, away from everything (and I do mean everything) to do a work I can't possibly accomplish. Perhaps he'll do it in a different way. Perhaps it was for some other reason entirely. What I DO know is that my Father in heaven who LOVES ME has a plan and it is good!!

I'm not where I expected to be, but I'm in God's place at God's Pace.

O Lord help me to trust you...when days are long and hard...when I don't know why. Trusting that you will guide me every step and give me grace to glorify you. Amen.