Wet Cheeks!

What are your deepest desires for your kids? Your list is probably long like mine but lately what’s continually on my heart and in my prayers is that they have a personal and deep relationship with Christ. It’s not something we can force on them, they were given free will just like us. As my children turn into teenagers and young adults it seems like my time to have an influence on them is slipping out of my hands. The older they get, the more they want to learn from the outside world and not their parents. It’s the natural order of things as they want to become their own person. I pray daily that our tragedy we went through brings them closer to Christ and not the opposite. I know it’s normal to push away from Him at certain times in our lives and they need to find their own path… their own faith… their own life (sniff, sniff).

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So I pray, I pray like crazy that they will lean on him daily. So when the going gets tough they automatically go to him. Let it be the first thing they think to do, reach out to our Heavenly Father. Because of my own personal walk with Christ and knowing that the only way I got through the hard times were because I leaned on him. He was my strength when I had none.

“But those who wait on the Lord shall renew their strength they shall mount up with wings like eagles they shall run and not grow weary they shall walk and not faint.”

Isaiah 40:31

So when Beau and Levi followed in Wyatt’s footsteps and made their own decision to be baptized I was overjoyed!!! Wyatt was baptized a few years ago when he was 10.  I got him a Bible with his name engraved on it at the time and wrote on it the date of his baptism.  Thankfully I did because none of us could remember how old he was.  I wanted to find a picture of him being baptized so I started going back through all my picture from 2011.  No such luck; I couldn’t find it.  I settled for a picture of him at that age.

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Wyatt 2011 wow has he changed!

I mentioned to the boys that they will have the opportunity to say something right before they are baptized if they want to.  Both of them told me “No thanks”, they didn’t want to talk in front of all those people.  Much to my surprise, they both took the microphone and had something to say.  They both thanked the congregation for being there for them, supporting them, and praying for them when we were going through such a hard time.  Levi went on to say how much his Young Life leaders and Malibu last year helped him.

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Needless to say, I had wet cheeks!

I hear God saying PRAY, PRAY for your kids daily.  You never know what life is going to throw at them. It’s the best way to equip them to deal with life.  We all stumble and fall but it’s never to late to start praying.

Also, take comfort in the fact that other people in your children’s lives with different strengths are teaching your children too. There is more than just us shaping our children (thank you Jesus). God uses other people in our lives to help in the areas we are weaker in. I pray God will raise up Godly people around my children because when they turn into teenagers they have heard it all from us before and need a different voice to listen to. I feel like I’ve come up short as a parent in so many different ways, but I know they are in God’s hands and I take comfort from that.  

The time put in, in prayer for our children doesn’t go unnoticed by our savior. The impact prayer has on our children is unmeasurable and isn’t slipping out of God’s hands.

The impression that a praying mother leaves upon her children is life long.

~ Dewight L Moody

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Laughing Is My Favorite

I always love a good laugh!  I mean who doesn’t?  You know in the movie Elf when he says, “Smiling is my favorite.”?  Well,  laughing is my favorite!  Laughing feels good, it warms the soul.  It makes things feel better even if they aren’t. Some of my roughest times in my life I got through because of laughter.  I was a teen when my mom died, but laughter was always part of our house so laughing is a comfort to me.  One day, maybe a year after my mom had died, a friend was driving me home from school.  My grief was heavy that day and I started crying.  It all seemed too much to bear.  So there I was crying while my friend was driving, poor thing she probably had no idea what to do.  She was just a kid herself and these were adult like problems we were dealing with.  After a few minutes of my crying my friend did something so unexpected and so funny.  She broke out in song (yes, car singing again).  She belted out “I said a bird, bird ,bird, bird is the word.”  There I was in my veil of heavy greif…laughing and crying at the same time. It felt so good. It was just what I needed, a good laugh.  It filled me up when I was feeling empty. It restored my soul, it brought me, back to me.  It’s like God’s grace… All who are weary… Come and find rest.  I found rest that day rest from my greif and it felt so good.   If you would have told me that day in the car as i was crying with the heaviest of hearts, “Let me sing you a song and ease your pain, ” I would have laughed out loud.  Some people feel that way about God.  How can something or someone you cant see ease a pain so big?  But he did.  When my bestie wasn’t there to sing to me, he was there.  No, calling on God didn’t bring my mom back or take away the years of grief to come, far from it.  But he eased my pain when I needed it most.  He found me in the darkest of moments and shed new light I had not seen before.  He still does today.

My mom wasn’t with us for long but she gave me and my brother a great gift.  She showed us what it was like to walk with Christ. To lean on him always.  To go to him for your needs and trust that HE was going to care for you.  Let him be your comforter, he knows what we need.  There is a song I love that says it all so well….

In Christ alone, my hope is found, he is my light my strength, my song.  My comforter my all and all here in the love of Christ I stand.

Do you ever feel like you need to be restored?  Bring the YOU back to YOU? there is hope. Let God lift your veil and give you comfort. Just ask him. But still let that bestie sing to you  because God gave you those friends to sing, laugh and grow old with….

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Sugar Cookies

This is it, right here. The VERY LAST SUGAR COOKIE RECIPE you will even need.  We had so much fun laughing at ourselves creating our first baking blog!  (Insert crazy girls giggling here)

 

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 This book was my mom’s. Published in 1963, yep it’s an oldie.  The best part of this book for me is there is a little of mom’s life in here.  Where she scribbled down her instructions, a smudge of the shortening she used, worn pages well loved.  Even in this old book my mom’s memory lives on. One recipe that was a standby for her was Ethel’s sugar cookies and they still rock, even by today’s standards.  Here is what you will need:

 

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Ethel’s Sugar Cookies~ Betty Crocker’s cookie cookbook 1963

3/4 c butter

1 cup sugar. Mix until fluffy.

 

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2 eggs

1tsp. vanilla. Mix some more…

add 2&1/2 cups flour

1tsp. baking soda

1tsp salt….it should look like this….

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Chill at least one hour.

Get your cookie cutters and rolling pin ready, they are going to do some work here!!! This is also a good time to whip up that frosting. Because you know when those cookies pop out of the oven you will want one. Immediately. With frosting.  Duh.

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Heat oven to 400 degrees.  Roll dough about 1/4-1/2″ thick on slightly floured board.  Cut with cookie cutters, bake 6-8 minutes. Watch closely not to brown them.  You just want them a light tan color .

Frost with cream cheese frosting….

1/4 cup butter

4 oz. cream cheese

1 tsp vanilla

2&1/2 cups powdered sugar

Mix together until creamy.  Now taste it.  Does it need more vanilla?  Taste it again and again and again.  (This is a very important part!  Besides it’s a good excuse to have more!!!) Mmmm. It’s a little slice of heaven, right?  My mama could bake cookies like no other.  She taught me well.

Now go fill those pastry bags, grab your kids and get creative! Don’t forget to add some love to ’em, just like my mom did.

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