Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Sweets Treats & Sweet deals!

There are a million things to be thankful for and, although I was not surrounded by my family for Thanksgiving, I was surrounded with people I love and that is so important to me. I truly cherish the people in my life and the fact that we could all gather around the table and eat...then shop....and eat some more is reason enough for me to have a permanent smile on my face!
This Thanksgiving I was in charge of the baking which was a fun change! Since I was only making enough for 6 people I decided to just make 2 pies and some cupcakes.......so yummy! I had fun getting all creative with it too. I even got an icing bag to decorate my cupcakes & made homemade cream cheese frosting..YummO! After dinner we did some Black Friday shopping which is always an adventure & we got great deals!

Sweet treats:

Pumpkin Cheesecake was a success!!


CUPCAKES!!!
Final Product [made of Funfetti mix!!]


 Mixing the chocolate pudding pie

 Desserts! My friend made dirt cake too!



Sweet deals & Sweet friends! 
We went to Walmart and boy was that an adventure but we had a blast finding everything we wanted!!

 We were determined ladies....haha! 
We went to the outlets for round 2 of shopping Friday afternoon. 
So many great deals could not be resisted! 



Hope your holiday was as lovely as ever! 
Happy Holiday Season! 

Thursday, November 24, 2011

ThanksGIVING memories!

Phil 1:3  I give thanks to my God for every remembrance of you

YAY! What better way to celebrate the holidays than with people you love! Even though I am so many miles away from home I am grateful for the people in my life and the people I get to share today with!
But for some reason I have the Dominican Republic on my mind. 2 years ago, I went with a group from my church to a little city called Loma de los Palos [I believe that was the name] in Dominican Republic. Even though I was away from my family I really enjoyed being with the special people there. We took a group of 11 from my church and literally preached in the streets, on the side of the mountains and in homes. It was amazing, I loved every minute of it. So today, I am giving thanks for the opportunities in which I was able to be a short term missionary. I was working with kids who literally have nothing but still show so much joy. And today, I'm grateful for a job where I minister to kids from other countries on a daily basis. That is true joy! I'm so thankful to God.....he knows just what we need!
..Some pics of our missionary journey..
My missionary buddy! 

These head lamps came in handy when preaching in the
streets where there was no electricity!



Preaching on the mountain side!

Special lil men!


I wish I could be there today to give a big hug to all the kids I met while I was there. 
Enjoy your day with the ones you love most! 
Happy day to give THANKS! 

1 Thess 1:2 We always thank God for all of you, remembering you constantly in our prayers.

Saturday, November 19, 2011

Looking disappointment in the face!

A couple weeks back I received some amazing news! I got a promotion at my job that was finally in my degree and it would nearly DOUBLE my pay! AHHHH!!! Talk about ecstatic....It was everything I had been praying for. So I began training with my new supervisor then she said that she would speak with my old supervisor to find out when I could fully move into my new position. I went on vacation and when I returned I called my new supervisor to find out when my start date was going to be and the words that came out of her mouth nearly knocked the wind out of me......
She began to tell me that she didn't feel like I had sufficient experience to fill the position [even though we had already discussed that detail in my interview]. Then, she said that since I am not a licensed counselor she would prefer me to work towards that [which was already agreed upon in my initial interview]. Excuses..... more excuses.....and lies is all that followed.
To say that I was furious is an understatement, I believe that my exact words to my husband were "I feel like I just got kicked in the face!" I haven't felt that angry in a long time. Even writing about this now brings tears to my eyes....but I honestly have to say [after a couple of days] although it was a great disappointment, momentarily all I feel is JOY! Don't ask me how that is possible...it's just something that God can work within us when we trust in Him. I had wanted this promotion so bad and I had everyone praying with me for it. Of course I was given advice to fight for it and go to another supervisor and complain, but I just didn't feel like that was the right thing to do. I just think that I need to let God handle this battle for me.
After the initial frustration wore off, I began to feel God's peace like no other. I literally feel like God has given me the weapons of








and 










this week in order to overcome that news and not want to quit my job! So, as I was talking to God about how confused and angry I was, I literally felt Him speak this scripture to me..... from Psalm 28:7 "The LORD is my strength and my shield; my heart trusts in him, and he helps me. My heart leaps for joy, and with my song I praise him."
I just repeated it over and over again. Oh boy, does His word have the power to heal! This has been my go-to scripture for a while now. I know God uses it remind me that my life begins and ends with Him, and I am okay with that, even if it means that He is allowing me to be passed up for a promotion. See, my confidence is in Him, so I trust Him to open & close the doors He sees fit, in order to allow my life to surrender to His will and that is all that I need to know.

I just want to encourage you to find what you need in God's word....it truly is powerful!

My little lesson for this week has been to rejoice in the Lord no matter how life might push me around.
Philippians 4:4 Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice!
*This scripture is so interesting to me because here Paul is really trying to make a point. Everything in scripture should be regarded as highly important, so first Paul says to rejoice in the Lord always! Ok, I get that [noted, point taken]....but then he says "I will say it again" which means he is really trying to get us to understand that REJOICING is really important! It's almost like he is saying, "Umm, just in case you didn't catch that the first time...you need to rejoice." It's a weapon that we have as Christ followers. 
Rejoicing can literally change the outcome, perception, or views of life's situations, etc. So I tell you today......there is nothing that a little rejoicing in the Lord can't fix. 
This week God is molding my faith I can feel it.

Today is for REJOICING! 


Wednesday, November 9, 2011

70's fun!

Last month our music ministry had a 70's Disco party! It was truly a blast to see everyone get all dressed up in there 70's outfits! Hubs and I are so blessed to be a part of a ministry that truly enjoys each other. Just wanted to share some pics with you! Enjoy!


She's so cute!


Eunice is a cute blonde!



Suro the P.I.M.P!
The Harberts! 

The Smartnicks on roller skates....haha! Cutest things ever!



Disco ball!

Me & my buddy!

Hubs & I!


Sunday, November 6, 2011

Our Austin play day!

On my Hubs birthday we decided to spend the day in Austin while we waited for his parents to arrive!
It's such a beautiful city with such a great feel to it. Although we didn't get to explore everything we wanted to, it was fun! And I will definitely be returning for another play day!


 Beautiful buildings and scenery!
  
Lovely Hat store!
 


Stumbed upon this music store with very cool toilets displayed!








I need to make that Guitar lamp!

This photo was made of music notes!! That was very impressive!



This old theater was lovely!
My love!

My hubs has hidden photography talents!


The Capitol bldg




 Inside the Capitol bldg



 Working our way up to the top!





The U.S. Governors meet here!



Resting!



Holding his hand still gives me butterflies in my tummy!

What a pretty church!

Resting some more!

South Congress Ave is filled with fancy lil shops!
Hey Cupcake! Mmmmmmm DELICIOUS! Definitely a must visit!

My in-laws! Love having them here!

Enjoying his ice cream Sundae, he did not share! 


Hope you get to experience Austin....what a lovely city!
Lovely travels to you! 

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