Thursday, March 31, 2011

The Christian Lover

On Monday I will be posting the winner of The Christian Lover: The Sweetness of Love and Marriage in a Letter.

  • Books will be given at random to those who have subscribed and confirmed this subscription through email to the blog. You can click HERE or click on the yellow button on the left side of the blog. It is right above where it says "Welcome". An email will be sent to you for you to confirm this subscription.
  • I will email the winner. He/She will have 1 week to respond.

The Christian Lover: The Sweetness of Love and Marriage in the Letters of Believers [Book]

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Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Free Chicken!! of course we're there!

We always look for free fun, and tonight at Chicfila everyone who wore their p.j.s got a free chicken biscuit! All three of us ate it up! Yummmm!!! Then, I won a door prize which contained an awesome mug and 2 coupons for free meals at Chicfila! Yay! The sad part was that Walt was terrified of the Chicfila cow. My nephew continued to touch and give the cow a handshake, but Walt physically quivered and began to scream when the cow touched him. I am not exaggerating! It was sad because the cow is there in p.j.s for the kids!

I am not quite sure what this look is on Noah's face. He has been doing it often because he is trying to smile and contain Walt at the same time.

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Growing Up Fast

It is amazing how fast Walt is growing up. It began yesterday with him eating an apple with the skin on, and today he had cereal with milk for the first time! However, he didn't stick with his spoon for long because he wanted a spoon like the one that I was using!

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Monday, March 28, 2011

Last Day

Today, Monday, is the last day to order March of Dimes shirts. They are $16, and the proceeds go directly to the March of Dimes! If you would like one, you can pay online. You will see it on the left bar on the blog! Don't forget to pay $2.50 if I am shipping the shirt to you! We are so thankful to Marshall Ramsey for the drawing to put on our shirts!

Also, the winner of Don't Wast Your Life is Mandiecar....@... I will be sending you an email! Congratulations on winning an incredible read!

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Friday, March 25, 2011

Cotton Balls

Earlier this week I gave away an incredible book, When Sinners Say I Do, to a reader of the blog. Noah and I are reading through it together, and it does a great job of focusing on getting back to the heart. I am sometimes amazed that we have been married for five years! For some that may seem like a short time, and I do agree, but they have been some condensed years between living in Mexico, seminary, and having two very special children. We have both learned a lot of good and "unique" things about one another, but, also, we have learned a lot of fun things.

I love finding great deals, and we go to some great lengths to saving our money in this house. If Noah goes to the store, I can usually tell him exactly where to go and which one to pick out, and unless stated, always go with generic. He was going to Wal-Mart for a battery, and he agreed to buy me some cotton balls, which I had continuously been forgetting to get. Because I rarely buy them, I didn't really give a description, or think that anything could go wrong. And nothing did go wrong. He brought home plenty of cotton balls, 400 of them! As soon as I saw the bag I laughed asking him why he bought so many. It is hard for me to describe how huge this bag is, and I am laughing now picturing him checking out with a little watch battery and a HUGE bag of cotton balls.

His response to the question was even funnier. He said he was staring at the little and big bag trying to figure out which was the better deal. Then, an episode of Seinfeld, Noah's favorite T.V. show, came to him where Jerry points out that women leave cotton balls everywhere and use them for everything. He figured that I would need the bigger bag.

Maybe you guys aren't laughing, but it was a funny night in our house, and as I try to work my way through 400 cotton balls I will laugh every time. I am blessed to have a man who puts up with all of my sins and gives me a good laugh with cotton balls.

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Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Laura Story - Blessings

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Don't Waste Your Life

Next Monday I will be giving away Don't Waste your Life by John Piper. This is amazing read that will challenge the way that you live your life. Happy Reading!

  • Books will be given at random to those who have subscribed and confirmed this subscription through email to the blog. You can click HERE or click on the yellow button on the left side of the blog. It is right above where it says "Welcome". An email will be sent to you for you to confirm this subscription.
  • I will email the winner. He/She will have 1 week to respond.

Don't Waste Your Life  -              By: John Piper

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Monday, March 21, 2011


My grandmother did not want a party, but she wanted the book that she was going to be getting as a present! The great-grandkids love it when it is someone's birthday! Although we celebrated past her actual birthday, we love celebrating her! Happy Late Birthday Grandmom! We love you!

Some highlights...
Papa trying to show Walt the squirrel in the tree

Grandmom and her cake! The cake doesn't only look good but is delicious! Lori always makes a good birthday cake!

Walt munched on one of Jennifer's cupcakes! And he also tried to sing Happy Birthday along with us! None of us knew that he could do it!

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Yay for Giving Away!

Is the winner of the book When Sinners Say I Do!!! Congratulations! Send me an email with your address so that I can mail you your book!

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Sunday, March 13, 2011

Are You Reading??

When I was dating Noah both of us reading a lot was such a positive, and it still is, except for one "tiny" factor....What do we do with all of the books? A few weeks back we made a huge donation to the local library keeping our favorites and the ones that we like to reread yearly. Not only do we both like to read, but we read a lot of the same types of books, so when we married we ended up with duplicates. Also, sometimes we ended up with two because books are given as gifts to us. We couldn't just get rid of these books because some of them have changed our lives, so Noah and I decided that we share some of our favorites with the blog readers in hopes that they will bless your lives as they did ours.

There are quite a few of the books that are brand new because we read our second copy. If the book has been read but in fabulous condition, I will let you know before posting.

List of books to be Given:

When Sinners Say I Do by Harvey (new), Transforming Grace by Bridges (read), Hearing Jesus Speak into Your Sorrow by Guthrie (new), The Excellent Wife by Peace, Faithful Women & Their Extraordinary God by Piper (read), Don't Waste Your Life by Piper (new), A Severe Mercy by Vanauken (read), Half the Church by James (new - given by Zondervan...I am reading the second copy now!)

  • Books will be given at random to those who have subscribed and confirmed this subscription through email to the blog. You can click HERE or click on the yellow button on the left side of the blog. It is right above where it says "Welcome". An email will be sent to you for you to confirm this subscription.
  • I will email the winner. He/She will have 1 week to respond.

Our first book to be given away is a new copy of When Sinners Say I Do by Dave Harvey. Noah and I are reading this book together right now! The random winner will be announced on Sunday, March 20th by using

When Sinners Say "I Do": Discovering the Power of the Gospel for Marriage

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Friday, March 11, 2011

Grace Update

Especially after writing the news on Jaxton, I am happy to bring you an update on Grace. God shows us Himself through so many situations, and we don't understand how is working. But we can live with the hope in His promises. He does not leave nor forsake us, and His ways are perfect.

Here is what her mommy wrote on her blog as an update.

"We are loving every minute holding our precious Grace like a "normal" baby now! It is amazing! She is doing great! Yesterday, we spent about six hours holding her. Her incision looks great, and her doctors are very happy with how she is doing. We got there and found a sweet pink bow in her hair, thanks to her nurse! They extubated her early yesterday morning, and her vital signs and labs have been great. They discontinued all her IVs except for one, which was giving her IV fluids to keep her hydrated. We got to feed her for the first time after surgery around 2:00 pm yesterday. She did great! She took two ounces! Her Nanny and Pawpaw got to visit with her some yesterday too. We are so happy with how Grace is doing! We may get to bring her home as early as next Wednesday! She is such a miracle, and all praise to our Father!"

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With Jesus

Jaxton is now with Jesus. That is such a promising, encouraging sentence. But it is heartbreaking for the parents as they said goodbye. Please pray for Jaxton's brother, who is young. May this draw him to the cross the rest of his life. I am speechless because I know what their heart is feeling right now. Please send them a word acknowledging their loss.

All letters can be sent to them at 12010 Allisonville Road, Fishers, IN 46038. Please do this, if you are able. So many of you have written to me, and it is such an encouragement. Please continue to pray for this family, especially tomorrow, Saturday, the day of the funeral.

You can read more about Jaxton's amazing life at

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Wednesday, March 09, 2011

Praying for Jaxton and His Family

Not too long I ran across a blog with a special little Trisomy 18 boy and his family. So many of you have prayed for me and the other families that I have posted here. I am asking you to please pray for Jaxton's family as they take him off life support tonight. If God should choose to give Jaxton's body the strength to continue in this earthly life, it is my prayer that glory will belong to God, and yet, if God should call Jaxton home, my God still be glorified.

"Oh Father, please give these parents the strength to endure the unknown. May we praise you whether he should be healed, or if you should bring him home."

You can visit their blog at

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Yay Grace!

I just read on The encephalocele has been removed, vital signs are good, and Mommy and Daddy got to see her! Let's continue to pray for healing! I can't wait to see what God has in store for this special little baby!

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Tuesday, March 08, 2011

Sweet Grace Update

I just read this on and wanted to share what Grace's Mommy, Karen, wrote. Please pray for this special baby tomorrow! There is good news, but she still needs prayer!

"We received Grace's MRI results tonight. Amazingly, and because of the God we serve, Grace's prognosis is much better than expected! The encephalocele (I hope I don't ever have to see that word again!!!) contains mostly CSF and only a very small portion of brain tissue (part of her cerebellum). The rest of her brain looked mostly normal...remember, she has been diagnosed with agenesis of the corpus callosum (this cannot be corrected). Grace will have surgery to remove the encephalocele tomorrow at 9:00 am. SO, the neurosurgeons are hopeful and optimistic that Grace will have quality of life and her functioning could be up to normal. She may still have developmental delays, but we trust that we are able of taking care of her!"

Prayer requests:
-pray for Grace tonight, as she will have to have an IV placed and be on IV fluids and antibiotics, as she can have nothing by mouth after midnight
-pray for Grace's surgeons tomorrow as they operate
-pray that there will be no complications
-pray for peace for us as we wait on Grace's surgery to be finished
-pray that Grace will get to come home as soon as possible

We love her forever. Chad and I could have never imagined the love we would have for her. We are spending our last night in the hospital with her as a family of three!

We are requesting no visitors tomorrow as we wait. We will have our immediate families and a few close friends only with us tomorrow. We will update as soon as possible.

Thank you for your prayers! We are amazed at our miracle baby!

Our precious miracle :)

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Week 15 - Knowing God

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Jeremiah 9:23-24
Thus says the Lord: “Let not the wise man boast in his wisdom, let not the mighty man boast in his might, let not the rich man boast in his riches but let him who boasts boast in this, that he understands and knows me, that I am the Lord who practices steadfast love, justice, and righteousness in the earth. For in these things I delight, declares the Lord.”
I don't see how Nancy did it, but she did. She was able to write about knowing God in just one chapter. What a daunting task to have taken on! There is a book that I read awhile back that I would recommend, and I know that I need to read it again! Knowing God by J.I. Packer takes on knowing God into short chapters to create a whole book. Don't let the number of pages in each chapter fool you though because sometimes they have to be read multiple times. It is a worthwhile read to help you dive into scripture.
"God never has an off day. he is never inconsistent with his character." For us to understand how God is working in our lives, we must understand who he is. God is god, faithful, just, holy, and jealous. It is easy to look at Magdalena's life or any situation that may seem hopeless and ask "how could God allow this to happen?", but it is more challenging to know who He is and see is goodness throughout the situation. Nothing does not pass by without God's approval, but when something bad happens it is because of the sin in the world. He blesses us despite our sin, and there are so many ways that he blessed us throughout Magdalena's sickness if you look more closely knowing that God is good. He allowed us to know in advance so that we could prepare. He placed certain people in our lives to help carry our burdens throughout her life. And he allowed both of us to be there together when she passed away. God may not have done the exact same things in your life, but how was he blessed you? He is good to all those who rest in Him.
The story of Hosea and Gomer (Hosea 1-3, 14) definitely got my attention! No matter how many times Gomer cheated on Hosea, he remained faithful to her! (side note: I am not saying that it is always God's will to remain in this type of relationship.) It was God's will for his life to be married to this woman as a demonstration of how we continue to be unfaithful to Him while He remains faithful, taking us back each time we go astray!
God is fair in all that he does, and I have learned even more over the past few years how small I am to His greatness. Not fully understanding why certain things happen, doesn't mean that who He is has changed. The world does not revolve around us and our actions but who he is and what glorifies Him.
Our lives should be a reflection of all that He is.

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Monday, March 07, 2011

Grace update

Please continue to pray for this family. Here is the news that I got today about Grace.

They tried to do an MRI over the weekend but she was too wiggly. today. they put a tube in yesterday to feed her. she was not getting enough on the bottle. This morning her feeding is much better. they want her to have 50cc and she took 1/2 of that this morning from the bottle and the rest thru the tube. Karen, Grace's mommy, was in a good bit of pain but i think they said that has calmed down and she had a good day yesterday.
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A Little Reading

I have a tendency to read multiple books at one time, but I always finish all of them. To me, not finishing a book is like leaving a friend waiting for you in a restaurant never to really come. I love to read, and my parents always encouraged it by giving me books. Here are the books that I began in the last month and finished over this past weekend.


This was my second time to read To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee, and it won't be my last. It is probably my second most favorite book below Wuthering Heights. It is a story of strong, noble character in a time when ignorance about race was popular, and you see the truth as it exists through the eyes of a child. Here are a few quotes and sections of the book that are worth pointing out.

"The world's endin', Atticus! Please do something--!" I dragged him to the window and pointed. "No it's not, he (Atticus) said. "It's snowing."

"The one thing that doesn't abide by majority rule is a person's conscience."

"It's when you know you're licked before you begin but you begin anyway and you see it through no matter what. You rarely win, but sometimes you do."


This book came recommended to me by a friend, and I was not disappointed. It was a short, light hearted book that was quite funny.

Honestly, I was torn to even admit that I "read" this book because I had so many negative feelings about it. However, in the end I obviously decided to tell you. Before I did, I did a little Google research to find out what other everyday people had to say about the book, and although for not the same reasons, they agreed that it was a terrible book. I read the first tad bit of Prep hoping that something would improve, and then, after one particular scene, I flipped to the end and read one of the last paragraphs. (It bothers me to not finish books.) This book took every small aspect of life that I hold to be sacred, and threw it in the garbage, took it out again to put on a stick and show everyone proudly. Reading secular fiction can be good for the mind, and so much can be learned from it, but I would not consider this to be one of those books.

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Friday, March 04, 2011

Grace Update

A friend of Grace sent me this update. I am not a medical professional, so I don't fully understand Grace's health problem, but we do know that she needs our prayers.

Grace has been born. She is 7 lbs 1 oz. she came into the world crying and fiesty. She has 3" opening inthe back of her head where the brain is coming out. the brain is enclosed in a sac. Decisions will have to be made but do not have to be made today. Apgar is score of 8 out of 10. Too early for prognois.

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Thursday, March 03, 2011

Praying for Grace

Tomorrow Grace will be born. Please pray for this sweet family as they welcome their first child into the world and prepare for so many unknowns. Pray for the health of Baby Grace and the doctors who are caring for her. Here is the blog, and as I find out information, I will write it.

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