Monday, December 31, 2007

In just a few more hours 2008 will be here. We will be partaking of Communion and footwashing. I hope to send this year out and bring the new one in, praying for my friends and praising my God. 2007 held many blessings and I wonder what 2008 holds for us? It has been a full year since I started this blog and I want to thank all of my friends who have read and commented on it. You have blessed me with your comments and the writings of your blogs as well. The year has held many smiles and times of laughter and some times of tears as well, but God has been faithful to me and I thank Him that I still walk with Him tonight.
I would like to again thank all of the clients that have helped me have another great year in real estate. I appreciate your loyalty, your good will and your confidence in referring your friends and family members to me. I hope God blesses all of you this year.
Lots of love to Everyone

Sunday, December 30, 2007

New Listing in Valley Ridge $519900

trial run for live writer

I am just testing this new program

Monday, December 17, 2007

This was so funny. Lexy would not let me take her picture! Everytime she saw the camera, she would get upset and try to get away from it!! On the other hand, Carter was more that willing to pose for the camera and was wondering what her problem was!

Our annual end of the year church celebration, where we get together and watch a slide presentation of the events of the past year . The pastor's yearly awards are also presented at this time. It is a very enjoyable time and one that we look forward to each year.

Our wonderful pastor's wife( I guess I missed Pastor King) and my own wonderful son (who is hiding behind the sticks)and daughter in law. (Sorry Jolene, but you look beautiful and I have to show you off a little!)

Some of the decor.

Some of the wonderful people of our church.

another one of my sons in the green

Merrily, who calls herself the old leather boot, but is actually one of the winners of the pastor's award. She was awarded the best "pastor's family helper" or something like that.

Sorry Lila, I did get you!

Saturday, December 15, 2007

Here is another cute picture! Check out the dog's expression! Thanks Paula. I got a good smile out of this.
The dog kinda looks like the same one as in the picture below in the relationships post. He must be a dog with many talents!LOL

This was so touching and neat! I got it from another blog.

RELATIONSHIPS (sometimes the most unlikely and unexpected are the sweetest)

I have been thinking lately about relationships as it relates to the people that cause problems. I have been thinking about the backbiting, gossipy, negative behaviors of people. Now I know that these are all works of the flesh, and we all need to, and have had to, and will likely have to again, fight these things at some time in our lives, but I just got to thinking about the causes. We often point the finger and accuse them of having bad attitudes that need to change and that is very true, but what if we looked at the 3 fingers pointing back at us and say "what about me, are my actions or lack thereof having a negative affect on this person? Is there something that I could do to alleviate the bad feelings? ( You could say you don't really care if they like you or not,that that is their problem not yours, but just remember that if there are feelings then there is a hurting person. If you then don't care, then maybe you need to take a closer look at your love level) I think there is fine line between animosity and loyalty. I'm thinking that people want to be accepted, to be a part of the inner circle. The more a person loves, respects, or admires someone, the more sensitive they become to the acceptance of that individual. If they then feel rejected by that person, bitterness sets in and gossip and backstabbing ensue. Is the probem with that individual? Yes I believe it is and they do need to work on some things, but I also believe that a little love could cover a multitude of sins. I know that there are all kinds of personalities and that we click with some people easier than others, but it would be an interesting experiment to take someone who seems to be dislike you, that gossips about you, that seems to hold some animosity against you and allow them into your life. Open yourself up to them, invite them to help you do things, not just a quick hello as you walk by, but to really make an effort to make a friend of them, share yourself with them, to really let them into the inner circle of your life. I wonder if it would turn the individual from your worst enemy to your staunchest defender. I propose that 90% of the gossipy, negative behavior stems from jeolousy and feelings of rejection from people they wanted to be accepted by.. How much would it really cost us and how great the rewards could be to both our life and to the lives of countless others if we could just open up and let more people in? I dare you try it. Next time someone seems to really dislike you, spreads rumors about you etc., with a heart full of love, include them in your life in a very personal way and see if you don't find a treasure trove of loyal friends that enrich your life and because of your love they are able to enrich the lives of many others as well.

Ps Just a little note to the resentful, bitter person, reach out to some one who needs you and let go of the ugliness. Pray for the ones who don't allow you in and don't give in to gossip. That will ust complicate yourlife and make you less acceptable to people and God. Make your own party. Oh, and if you find yourself being accepted and feelin "in" don't get on a high horse and become a snob, but make sure that you reach to include someone else.
Whatever side of the spectrum we find ourselves on, we must strive to let the love of God be spread abroud in our hearts.

That is my ramblings for today and I don't really have the patience to put this all into a nice disertation, so you get it raw from my mind
Blessings to all and remember when someone is being mean or ugly, chances are they are really saying ,"Let me in! I want to love you and I want you to love me!!!"

Saturday, December 08, 2007

Last night I hosted the Christmas party for our care group. I think everyone had a great time. I know I enjoyed having them all in my home. I hope each and every one has a great year!

Some pics of our house with a christmas flair for Sheena and anyone else who cares to look! I am new to this seasonal decorating stuff.

Friday, November 30, 2007

John with his new Toyota Tundra! I am so happy for him. Congratulations, son, you work very hard and you deserve it!!

Drive Safe!!!