Obviously my uterus isn't the same anymore. My first PP AF showed up and Midol is on the menu. Fetal position, anyone?
Argh. What a crappy freaking day. I'm sure it's because we have had no a/c since Tuesday and it's hotter than a furnace in this house, especially upstairs where it's 89 degrees. Tomorrow promises to be a 95 degree day. And you know what? My attitude sucks horridly and I'm cranky beyond belief. Shame on me.
Who wants a 12 year old preteen?
Were it not for God, I would have gone mental some time ago. Things with the preteen are nuts. I feel like I'm not gonna survive it some days. But then again, none of my children are gonna get away from me praying for them, so really, they don't have a choice but to do it God's way. lol
I'm really proud of the hubs. He's taking initiative to change some things about himself that really do need to change before the real ministry part begins. I can only begin to imagine the frustration he must feel right now. So I do nothing but listen and pray over him. I know God has so much more for us ministry wise and it's really time to move forward.
One of the exciting things about our lives is that we're finally saying adios to state assistance. It takes a lot of time and resources to feed a family of nine... so this is nothing short of a miracle from God. I'm suddenly getting child support consistently and the transcription work is flooding in. Looking around at others in the world and how depressed the economy is... I know God is prospering us. I basically took two weeks off when Ryan's dad died and I've now been working for 12 days straight. That's how busy the transcription world is, especially for the film industry. Plus I get to stay home with the kids!
Speaking of which, time to get back to work.
Say lots of prayers for this family. We need them.
Wow, God. That is all I can say. Two solid years of praying for my hubby and this is such an awesome, jaw-dropping change in him. I like this new husband -- A LOT. Nothing short of you!
Note to self: AF showed up on 7/14. Six weeks between the two. Need I say, ouch?!?!
Ryan's mom is now down in Allen, TX, near her sister, who will be taking care of her closer to home. We weren't expecting that move so quickly.
Two weeks later, and Nate is still recovering from chicken pox. He is such a happy baby -- always smiling and catching everyone's attention.
And then, my Hannah Banana turned two years old on the 13th! She's already growing up so fast, and making us laugh every day.
Yesterday, Nate's first tooth popped through, the one on the bottom right. No wonder he's been cranky.
I have lots of updating to do, but it's difficult at the moment. I've been slammed with a lot of transcription work, and I have to take it, because we've got school supplies to buy!
Sigh. The day I've been dreading has finally happened. My oldest refuses to come visit anymore. He and my DH are constantly butting heads and fighting. He hates my DH so much, he doesn't want to be here. Problem is, my DH is being a jerk and flipping out over the smallest things, and my son is intentionally pushing buttons. They're both putting me in the middle of the quarrel, and I refuse to choose sides. I love both of them. I need me another good cast iron skillet, so when those two start in, I can hit them both over the head. That way I can get rid of the negative behavior by making it painful enough for both of them. Problem is, they both have the stance of "It's all his fault" and point the finger at each other, instead of themselves. Neither one will change until the other one does.
I hate it when my husband tells my son that he can't be at our home. I told him once before that we're a package deal. If Chase goes, I go. Today, DH said, well fine, see ya later when I reminded him of that. Not that he actually meant it, but geez. It's sad when a 35 year old man can't swallow his pride and control his temper.
The other thing we're doing is taking Chase down to our local county jail so he can go through a three hour boot camp there. They also do random, follow-up calls to see if the kids that go through this program are doing what they're supposed to be doing. Right now, Chase is defiant towards any authority figures -- parents, step-parents, teachers, even church workers. He does what he wants and how he wants to do it. I'm just praying my ex will agree to allow Chase to go through some harsh consequences. He's the only one holding this up right now, because even though he sees that Chase is disobedient, he refuses to let me do anything about it. Spanking, grounding, taking away privileges, nothing is working on him anymore.
What we have to thank God for this week:
1. That our rent did not change, even after we reported income changes required!
2. Child support didn't change, and it was supposed to.
3. My SD's SSI was supposed to change, and it didn't.
4. The assistance we get for food didn't change.
5. I was angry b/c my 6 y/o's bike got stolen. We drove home yesterday and I caught the kid that took it riding it!
6. My income continues to increase and I'm home with my children.
7. God confirmed some things I've really been praying about for not only myself, but for my husband. It's exciting watching my husband dreaming again!
8. We have had a revival at church this week, and wow, God. Wow!
9. That not one, but two of our dear friends and sisters in Christ went home to meet Jesus the past few days. Neither one is hurting anymore, and while my heart is sad because they are gone, I rejoice that they now stand with Jesus!
This one is so good, I have to share it here!
Living In An Open Heaven from Destiny World on Vimeo.
Say prayers for DH. He had to let his job go last week. We knew it was coming, as in God had prepared us for this move. He's been working an overnight security job for about a year and half now. That it itself has been stressful on our family. His new site and hours, however, would have taken him out of church all together, and spending that time together is so important to us. We know this is God. Sometimes, we have to let something old go so God can bring us something new!
One word from God can change everything in an instant.
AF is here. Oh, joy.
God is good!
DH got 3 job offers -- one on the 16th, and two on the 17th. He took the very last job offer. $2/hr pay raise AND the 8-5 M-F job we've been asking God for! It's in collections for a bank and a financing company. That's God. It took him 12 days to get a new job. That's a record for him. But that's nothing short of God amazing us nonetheless.
We're seeing God work and move in so many ways, and I want to share it all here, but I've got it all written on the annals of my heart and mind right now and I can't seem to get it all out right here. We're seeing God answer prayers that have been prayed for years in our lives. We're watching God open doors for us into ministry that we never thought possible. We are experiencing a true peace within the walls of our home and our family for the first time. We're experiencing God in a way that has just blown us away, especially at church during every service. To feel God's tangible presence has simply left my flesh in a place where it is absolutely worn out. I can't go to church now without coming home completely full of God's peace and joy and needing an actual nap. All I can say is the simplest of things right now to God, and it means the world to Him -- Abba, I love you with all my heart, soul, mind, and strength.
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I am freaking tired. I've been working 31 days straight now. Thank goodness we have a conference next week, so I'm taking a much-needed vacay. It's gonna be odd not sitting at a computer for several hours a day next week. lol
Yay! Two more transcription files to complete, and it's off to the conference for the week!! I wish it were an away conference, but nope, it's right here in our own town. But still... no work for a whole week. Sleeping in. It's gonna feel rather odd.
Watched Chase play his very first football game yesterday. Well, rather, I paid for me and the kids to get into a neighboring football game that the team lost... and I watched Chase stand on the sidelines all night. I forgot how clumsy kids are when they're first starting out in football. It was rather entertaining!
That conference, that one week? It has changed EVERYTHING in the way only God can. Two years of hell during our marriage? GONE. Fear of rejection, shame, unforgiveness, bitterness? GONE. All dealt with not because of anything I could ever do, but all dealt with on the cross. And you know what? I have a Daddy who loves me. I've never gotten a hug like that from my Father.
Ah, time to go for now. Just got a transcription job that pays $5/audio minute, so time to get it done.
I'm horrible in not getting my journal updated much more often, so I'm going to try to backtrack my last month.
10/22, AF showed up, lasted heavy until Monday evening, and then, I quit bleeding yesterday morning. Today, light spotting. It's strange. I know I can't get pregnant, but there's always a risk of ectopic with Essure. I'm tired of having nightmares that I'm pregnant. Even DH has those dreams at times. But we're both so done with the baby phase.
On 10/1 I took Nate in for a follow-up with the Ortho. The bend in his spine has worsened considerably, and his hips are way out of alignment to compensate.
Okay, time to finish updating:
Nate's scoliosis curve has worsened considerably. We're doing a sedated MRI on 11/8 to see how his spinal cord looks. The doc wants to try to hold off until he's 4 years old to do the surgery if at all possible. It involves something with pins and rods to stabilize that area, but I haven't quite figured it out yet. I really need to talk to a parent that has gone through this kinds of surgery with their child. The sucky part? He'll be in a body cast for two months while that area of his spine stabilizes. All of this bugs me. God, I know this little guy is a good and perfect gift, and God, only you can straighten out his spine and give him the missing vertebrae back. There's not even a guarantee that the surgery will do much to help him.
What else? I've added a few more contractors to my self-employment, so that helps.
The hubs loves his new job. He's doing very well at it! We'll actually have insurance for ourselves come the end of next month for the first time in 3 years. That will be a huge help.
Today we spent some time talking to one of the associate pastors from church about where God is leading us, and that is to get involved with helping with LTS. That 8 days is still changing my life in ways I can't even wrap my mind around at times. I know that I have a Daddy that loves me so very much that he wants the best for me. I don't ever have to wonder if my prayers are being heard, or if he's with me. I know He is, and that's the best part. It really burdens me to realize how many people that even I know who are walking in darkness -- even those I know who already know Christ! If you only realized just how much Jesus really does love you, and how much He cares, and how much He wants freedom for you...
But if you do want to know, I will be more than happy to share...
We just faced the scariest week of our lives. When my purse got stolen back on 10/2, I lost almost $400 in the process that wasn't recoverable (not cash, but a long story as to why). Thus, our rent was late, and our landlord actually took us to eviction court on 11/3. However, one of my contractors whom I pray with weekly told me I needed to be apologetic and humble myself a mile, so I did. It's been a hard learned lesson for my flesh to love my enemies and pray for those who persecute you. I got a text message on 11/2 and praise God! we didn't have to go to court at all b/c he dismissed the case. I spent a couple of nights there not sleeping well and not eating much. I need to work my flesh out of this high/low emotional string, because this isn't how God intended for me to be. So God, you're reading this as I write, and you know how much I want to be like you... keep working, Daddy.
Other than that, we're just praying over our finances for the month... I don't know how all of it's going to happen, but God will provide. Now, it's time for some more sleep. My body is still trying to catch up on what I missed!
Oh, thank you God!!! Just as I hit 'submit' on my last post, we got the email that the hubs' school funds were deposited, so we can pay our bills without worrying now. Whew!!! Thank you, Abba. Thank you. I am so humbled that you care so much about us.
I hate the moments where you and God have to meet up for a pruning session. If you didn't guess, I'm going through one of those as God is molding me to be more like Him. It's in the area of loving people who are completely acting/are unlovable. This is a tough one for my flesh, that's for certain.
There's this empty God-shaped hole in my life that I keep trying to fill with work, family, and me. And it's taken a nice fall down the stairs and a very painful, broken tailbone to get my attention. All I know is that I just wanna go home (as in my Heavenly home) b/c dang, just watching this world is getting kinda depressing.
Ow. Tailbone. Ow.
Well, two weeks have gone by, and still, the tailbone is complainin' and making it difficult to do, well, just about everything! I guess it's God's way of slowing me down.
The hubs and I have been reading a book called Sheet Music by Dr. Lehman. Let me tell you, this is a must read if you're married or about to get married. It will change your sex life drastically! And I'm not ashamed to admit, it's changed ours entirely. There's a lot of us that grew up with sex as a taboo topic. The hubs and I are getting an entirely new take on how God really created sex, and He didn't create it to be dirty, either. It was meant for us to have fun with and communicate about.
Tonight the hubs took me out for a romantic evening. We went to the Elephant Bar and Grill and then saw the new Narnia movie in 3D. I love his romantic side; I've seen it more and more often lately, and it's so wonderful to know how much he is showing how much I matter to him.
The ex is full of manipulation and scare tactics tonight, none of which are working, all over something to do with I can't give him a time over when we'll be back from TX Christmas day. Good grief.
Well, the bummer news is that we won't get to go see my MIL for Christmas. She's so depressed over the loss of my FIL this year that she refused to eat or take meds so they had to admit her to a psych hospital, which means no visitors. I was really hoping to see her as I knew it would be a rough Christmas for her.
I'm flooded with work for the next week. I hope I can get a good chunk of it done before this afternoon, since we're celebrating Christmas this afternoon. We also have the Christmas Eve service at church tonight, which I'm so excited about because I'm usually teaching the 3-year-olds during service. The week after next begins our Wednesday evening services, so I'll be teaching then, too.
Nate is taking a few steps here and there, and how I love it when he and Hannah get to playing and listening to him giggle.
It's official. We have a walker. Nate was walking all over at my dad's house yesterday, but mostly when he thought we weren't looking. It was such a fun day, too. The kids each got a present and a stocking stuffer, and I got some great stuff to decorate my walls with in our new house.
Yep, a new house. We're moving at the end of January. Our landlord failed the yearly inspection and they're coming back on January 7th to do a repeat. He hasn't called, showed up, or fixed anything, so we're moving. In a lot of ways, we are grateful to get out of this house.
My 9 y/o ended up setting our microwave on fire. She reheated leftovers for 60 minutes. lol The smell of burnt plastic still invades our house.
We have a walker AND a clapper. My gosh, Nate is such a ham. He's got this lop-sided smile (thanks to Bells Palsey) and one dimple. It always manages to melt my heart. Hannah is still cute, too. She's so adorable that it's hard to punish her sometimes. She's really talking all the time. I about lost it when she started singing a different version of Jingle Bells that my oldest son taught her, apparently.
Today will be filled with more work and more laundry. Yay, right? I think that pretty much sums up my day. My mom is here to give the kidlets their presents for Christmas, and then she's off to my grandma's this afternoon. I only wish I could send some kids with her! lol
I'm so thankful for my mom, who did a lot of thorough cleaning for me yesterday. I really needed the help. As a mom, that is the absolute best gift I think people can give me. Time and help. It doesn't cost a thing, really.
Today, I'm back off to working. I have 3 files to complete: a 63 minute B-roll, 123 minutes and 124 minutes. Hopefully, I can get the b-roll done quick. I hate those. However, since this one is going to exceed the audio minute length in number of pages, at least I'll get the hourly rate instead of $1/am.
It's a joke, really. The landlord's fix-it gal called yesterday to finally see about fixing these floors. He has 11 days left. 11. Why should our lives be upended because our landlord is a procrastinator and thinks he'll just wait until the very last minute to fix things?
We have an appointment tonight to look at a new house in Yukon tonight. It's only 4 bed/2 bath but I'll downsize to get us out of this nightmare of a neighborhood and landlord. I'm so thankful God's blessed us with this 6 bed/1.5 bath house, but it's been a nightmare with the landlord and the gang-infested neighborhood. I'm ready to get the kids back into a good school district. The new school shouldn't be too far from the new house, but I'll have to wait and see if the kids will actually end up walking there, as I think they'll have to cross a busy street.
I've picked up moving boxes off of freecycle and have the U-haul reserved. 31 days to go time.
Good luck with your move!!!
We're waiting to find out on the house... yuck. It's all up to God, now. That 63 minute file almost doubled in pay because it turned out to be 92 pages. My hands are so sore.
Nate started playing peek-a-boo yesterday
I'd really like to know where my AF is. My last one started Nov. 27th. PMS sucks. Husbands need to understand that when their wives are PMSing, they need to stay away. Leave me in my own hormonal world and stay away.
WE GOT THE HOUSE!!! (And AF finally reared her ugly head 12/30, thank goodness) So instead of New Years Resolutions, I have a to do list for moving 9 people. Yay!
It's 4:00 a.m. and I'm up because well, I just am. lol In all seriousness, though, I'm up because God's really got me reflecting on people. More and more these days, I find myself really wanting to go home. Home in the sense that I don't view this world as my home; I view heaven as my home.
Sadly enough, 2011 is going to be a scary year if you don't live under Christ's protection. The economic part of it will be the worst. If you've accepted Christ as your savior, there isn't much for you to worry about because He promises peace that passes all understanding and joy unspeakable. I can look around at what's going on in the world and know without a doubt that all of this was foretold in the Bible hundreds of thousands of years ago. While that may strike fear in your heart, it brings joy to mine because I know that this means that my Abba's return is so very near.
But it also breaks my heart for people in general. Even compared to 50 years ago, our world is full of sin. It's a morally downtrodden world. People have become self-centered and set in their life of sin. People are chasing after meaningless winds, trying to find something that will satisfy. I'm telling you now: everything in your life will never fill the God-shaped hole you're trying to fill. Living as a Christian doesn't mean life is hunky dory all the time. All you have to do is go back and read through my journal from the past three years to know that. Even what the enemy has thrown at me, God has turned around and used it for my good (Romans 8:28).
At the heart of it all is people. People who are being fought over from a spiritual standpoint every single day. Jesus wants you to be with Him forever; Satan wants to stop God's plan for you and keep you from being with Jesus forever. Because you're God's creation, and Satan and God are at war, Satan will stop at nothing to make sure that he throws it right back in God's face that God created you, but you're destroying your life and snubbing God. Satan loves this, but it breaks God's heart.
Why? Well, because Christ died so that all may have life, and have it abundantly (or to the full)! He would that you would choose life over death; an eternity that promises love, peace, and unfathomable joy over one of pain, darkness, and fire. And see, the thing is, right now, time is on your side. You still have time to make a choice for Christ.
"But I've done such horrible things! God can never love me or forgive me after what I've done," is what you might be thinking right now. There isn't a person in this world that hasn't felt this way at one time or another. But I'm telling you a truth: NOTHING can separate you from the love of Christ. While Jesus was dying on the cross, a criminal hanging next to him was the first person Jesus welcomed into heaven under the new covenant! Nothing is to horrendous for Christ to forgive, and the best part: God forgets our sin and removes it from us as far as the east is from the west! We may remember and the enemy may help us out and condemn us yet again for it (and there is NO condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus), but it's removed from us and never remembered again.
Sounds simple, doesn't it? Yet this is the one choice that both heaven and hell will fight over. It's the very reason that, as you're reading this, you might feel incredibly conflicted. You feel this pull on your heart towards Christ while you feel tortured over the fact of what you've done in your life, your sin. If I could make the choice for Christ for you, I would. But I can't. It's all up to you. "If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and cleanse us from all unrighteousness." (I John 1:9)
Right now, it's between you and God. But He is running quickly towards you, waiting to welcome you home! All you have to do is tell Jesus how thankful you are that he died on the cross for you, tell Him you know that you're a sinner, ask for His forgiveness of your sin, and tell Him that you want Him as the Lord of your life. It's that simple. And then your life really begins for the first time with a fresh start. If you've accepted Him even now as your savior, there is one major party going on in Heaven! The angels rejoice every time someone new enters the kingdom! In other words, God loves you so much that he will stop heaven and Earth just to throw YOU a party!
That's the best thing about who God is: He is a father first, and he has the heart of a father. I know how much God loves me, and I hope you know how much He loves you. And know, whether your moment to meet Him is right now or months from now, I am praying. And you don't even have to know Him for me to pray for you. I will gladly pray with you or for you. Just let me know what I need to pray about. I'll keep it between you, me, and God. I consider it a huge privilege and blessing.
Yep, up at 1:30 a.m. because I'm having a hard time sleeping. I had a rather confusing issue with one of my contracts yesterday, and it's keeping me up simply because I'm confused and don't get what's going on... and I feel absolutely terrible. That being said, the confusion all over it helps me recognize the enemy at work, because God isn't the author of confusion. What I do trust is that God will turn this around for my good. It's also given me the opportunity to pray and act in love towards another, and that's been a tough lesson learned for me over the past year as I experienced my Father's love and have yearned to love others more. Naturally, since I prayed that God would cause me to love people more, He sent people who act horrible at times and need His love the most. It's been absolutely tough to learn to lay aside my own personal feelings about things and see people as He does. Nobody's beyond the love of Jesus. But I am so very thankful for the peace that passes all understanding. I know once I do get back to sleep that I will do so completely at peace and full of joy yet again.
And then, as I was reading through some scripture, the first place I opened up to was Isaiah 54. This scripture passage has been very near to both the heart of my husband and I. It's given us so many promises and we both know this is God's work in our lives both individually and as a married couple. At different times in our lives, we have watched the promises of this chapter of scripture come alive in our lives (and more to come on this later). So early in the morning, I rest in the promise of Isaiah 54:10: "Though the mountains be shaken and the hills be removed, yet my unfailing love for you will not be shaken nor my covenant of peace be removed," says the Lord, who has compassion on you.
I tell you what. I'm wiped out. The past couple of days have been a bit stressful thanks to another lovely CPS visit. My husband is right. The enemy is back trying to work in our home, and we're not going to allow him. All of this after praying that God would give us more wisdom and discernment in raising our children well.
Let's see. Trying to figure out what to do about Rach. A friend and I packed up the girls' bedroom today, and I found several notes where she hasn't gotten homework done and has been in trouble with her teacher for refusing to do her work. At the moment, she's grounded until we do some praying about how to handle this.
I've been awake since roughly 3:30 a.m. this morning. I'm so sleepy. My body is responding to it with the cruddy cold kinda stuff.
I swore I updated the other day, but I guess not. We're moving. We found a house that will be ours, and we start moving in a week. I've got a few rooms packed and have managed to get rid of two sets of furniture, a dresser, a mirror, and a desk on free stuff on craigslist. Other than that I've just been working. I'm so tired. *yawn*
7 Therefore you do not lack any spiritual gift as you eagerly wait for our Lord Jesus Christ to be revealed. 8 He will also keep you firm to the end, so that you will be blameless on the day of our Lord Jesus Christ. 9 God is faithful, who has called you into fellowship with his Son, Jesus Christ our Lord. (I Cor. 1:7-9, NIV)
Have you ever heard that prayer uttered (or, perhaps, uttered it yourself) of, "God, I'm doing so well today. I haven't cursed, been angry, gossiped, lied, cheated, and I've served you. Of course, I haven't gotten out of bed yet, so I need you to help me through this day!"? It reminds me that as much as my perfectionist side wants to get it all right, I often fall far short of my expectations simply because I need to measure myself against God's expectations. Today, I live thankful that His grace covers me, and that He promises to be faithful and to keep me firm to the very end!
In other news, it snowed 12.1 inches here yesterday and everything has shut down. Nate is now walking and talking, and he has his own little amazing personality. We did finally get moved, although we spent a week without internet (Hi, I'm Rachael, and I'm addicted to the internet! ) and so, I couldn't work. Which means I'd better get right back to it.
Went back to see the orthapedic specialist again today. The bend in Nate's spine has worsened even more. Now, they're talking surgery around 3 years old instead of 4 years old. Still trusting God for his healing because I know the God that I serve! Nate is just a ball of happy baby energy and he's got quite a funny personality, too. I am such a blessed mama.
Chase went and broke his arm again last Friday @ a wrestling tournament, so he had to have surgery on Monday afternoon. He'll be having surgery AGAIN in nine months to take the rods out. Poor guy.
Wow, you have so much going on lately! You've moved and people are breaking limbs! Goodness! I will have to stay on top of reading your journal better so I can digest all of your happenings
And just why aren't you updating more, young lady???
I have a nasty sinus infection. I'm so tired right now.
I don't want to complain about this sinus infection. However, it's kicking my butt. Thankfully, the hubs had a snow day from work today. Thankfully, we didn't get the 12 inches of snow they were predicting. We got no more than 8 inches. My day has gone like this: Wake up. Work. Sleep. Wake up. Clean up kool aid mess. Sleep. Wake up. Put together girls' bunk beds. Sleep. Watch church on the Internet. Watch some favorite TV shows. Sleep. I'm hoping Friday I can go to the doc.
And now, I can't really remember why I came on here to post. I think it's time to go back to bed.
Yesterday, I finally went to the doc. I got Mucinex and a great antibiotic. By the end of the day yesterday, I was feeling so much better. Either I've slept so much the past few days or it's a drug reaction, but I just couldn't sleep. I was up until 1:30 last night, which is rare for me. I'm not a night owl. 9:00 p.m., I'm off to bed. It was rather odd. Too bad I didn't have much work or I would've made great time on it.
I picked up another contract for the film industry, which I'm excited about
This weekend, we're off to Dallas to visit Ryan's Bible College pastor and to see his mom. Hopefully, I'll have a chance to meet up with a couple of friends from here on pg.org.
I'm glad that you're feeling better!!! You sound like you're too busy to be sick. ((HUGS))
Good grief. When you have a family of 9, head lice is a PITA to get rid of! We've been dealing with it since December 17th. Gah. I finally threw out all of our pillows and bought a new carpet cleaner and cleaned beds, car seats, and carpets. We now own stock in Robi Combs and shampoo. Combing out hair for days, and days, and days. Just when I think we're done with it, WHAM! Someone else gets it. I think I may just strike a match soon. Hopefully, this meets the end of this plague. I'm taking Abby and Rach to get shorter hair cuts tomorrow.
This weekend means our tax refund and with it, a second car finally. We're going to try to find the hubs something in the $2,000 range so we don't have another car payment. It also means a few other necessary things like a couch and a storage shed for our house. It also means paying off debts (yay!).
This weekend also marks the father/daughter dance. The girls are so excited. Princess dresses and hairstyling all around. I wish I could be there just to take pictures. My husband can't dance. But it will be fun to see them all dressed up and having time together.
I've gone from famine to feast in the transcription world here lately. I can't remember how many days of working straight I'm on. I think it's around 14. I still have 2 1/2 hours of audio to finish by Friday. I'm ready to get it done and take a few days off. I also got hired this week with a proofing company that's going to expand my income threefold and cut way back on my hours. That's so God. This is just as my husband plans to quit his job mid-March because God's telling him that it's time for him to go into business. A lot for me to pray about, of course, but God did it for me and I know He'll do it for him.
More to share, but gotta get back to work.
I live in fear of getting head lice. Hope you all got rid of it, and hope you can get some rest soon. :bigarmhug:
This really is a year of extraordinary favor upon our lives. We've had a large amount of funds left over for the past couple of months. We just found a very decent second car for an amazing price. My workload is nuts, it's so busy. Being that I have a night off, I've got to crash and catch up on sleep. I'll have to write more later.
That very decent car was fraud, and we just lost $3,300 from it. I could be quite angry, but I know that God has brought me to this place. My son's bike was stolen last year; God brought it back. My purse was stolen; God brought it back the same day and we only lost $7.45 from the guys getting some breakfast at McDonalds. When I found out about the fraud, I actually laughed. I laughed not because it's funny, but because the devil is so stupid. He just stole from us and will be repaying us seven times over for what he just stole from us. I have an amazing joy in my heart and that sense of calm and peace. I know that somehow, some way, God will bring all we need and more.
God is really continuing to show us His extraordinary ways this year. The hubs and I have been doing a lot of talking. We got a lot of confirmation tonight through the Affecting Destiny sermon about what God has planned for us this very year. For me, it was amazing just to sit in a service. I've been working with the three year olds since November 1, and I've missed every service. Hearing it on CD just isn't the same as being in a church service. My heart drank in the worship of my Savior. I feel more than full again.
My mind has wondered more and more to the coming of Christ, when we meet Him in the air. How will I feel? I know one thing. I will be leaping into His arms.