Selah~Day 102

For 102 days, I have been very aware of the blessings that surround my life. How good God is to us. I realize that as an American, I am blessed to live on this great soil. Sometimes, if I am not careful, I can take my blessings for granted. As I record my 28 thanks, I am not just pulling thanks out of hat to fill space on a blog page. I actually thank God in the moment for the particular blessing.

Blessings are truly all around us and surround the moments in our days. We just have to open our eyes and be aware. I have learned that even in moments of despair and tragedy, my heart can still find ways to Bless the Lord.

My 28 Thanks:

1. Gary starts his “platinum” 4 day this weekend. It is my favorite set of consecutive 4 days off.

2. We spent some time outside on the back porch. I love mornings.

3. Gary and I teamed up and cleaned our house well. Inside and Outside.

4. Cleanliness is next to Godliness…right? I love clean.

5. Bills are paid.

6. Judah loves to be with me.

7. Skyler sent me a really funny picture and it made me laugh. The picture brought back to memory a really funny story. I love memories.

8. Talking smack with my team mates is fun! Glad we all love each other.

9. My car is parked in a garage. It stays cooler in the summer and warmer in the winter. I missed the garage while we were building this house. Glad to have it back.

10. We had a fun, family trip to Hobby Lobby. I love that place.

11. Judah had fallen asleep in the car ride to Hobby Lobby and  Gary carried him in the store the entire time.

12. My husband is strong and never complains.

13. He does things like shopping just because he wants to be with me.

14. My niece, Abby, made it through surgery just fine.

15. After removing her tonsils, she shouldn’t have anymore episodes of strep and sleepless nights. Her breathing should improve too.

16. Gary and I were able to help out Laura with Abby while she picked up Morgan from school.

17. We got a lot accomplished, but still had a wonderful, relaxing day.

18. I was spontaneous today and diverted a few times from my plan.

19. Judah and I had a fun time playing in the water.

20. We had a relaxing evening out front. We sat in our cul-de-sac and visited with neighbors and watched Judah ride his bike.

21. We live in a cul-de-sac. It is such a quiet street and a safe extended place for Judah to play.

22. Gary and Judah played and allowed me some down time to relax.

23. Judah went to sleep at 9:00 p.m.

24. Gary and I had some time together to chit chat without any interruptions.

25. God cares about me, every little thing, every part of me.

26. He knows me and still loves me.

27. God made rest and He wants us to partake in it.

28. I spent an entire Friday free from work.

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Selah~Day 101

My 28 Thanks:

1. It is well with my soul.

2. God is my anchor, my steadfast.

3. Judah and I played a fun game of “pirate” in the car. It was a cute game that didn’t make much since. But, he made it up and thought it was so fun. At least I wasn’t a bad pirate.

4. I got to talk to my friend, Holly, about dreams on my way into work.

5. Dreams.

6. Lunch was catered by Johnny Carinos and it was so good.

7. We celebrated Shea today. It was her last day on staff at Crossroads. She has been a bright face and a sweet hug in my life. I am going to miss her dearly.

8. Shea is “punching fear in the face”, leaving her comfort zone, and following God’s will into the mission field. Wow! So proud of her.

9. My creative mind was active today.

10. Creative meeting was successful.

11. The team liked my pitch for the Christmas production. I even had several laughs when acting out some parts.

12. I am almost finished with a writing project.  I have invested a great deal of time and thought.

13. The completion of tasks feels so good.

14. I had an amazing conversation with our new youth pastor’s wife, Talena. Really excited to get to know her more. She is a very sweet, neat lady.

15. Pastor Marc and I had a great brainstorm session discussing the “gap” we have from kidz ministry to youth ministry. We have some great things planned to fill that gap.

16. Thursday is my Friday.

17. The lady at the library was super helpful and kind.

18. The library has a drive thru book drop-off. I didn’t have to get out of my car to return 20 books.

19. Judah loves for us to read to him.

20. The back porch swing. I love spending time out there.

21. Every conversation I have with Judah is something to treasure. He cracks me up and continually reminds me how much he soaks in from his daily activity.

22. I got to spend the evening with my friend, Danielle.

23. We talked about the future. It is so much better than the past.

24. Your better days can always be before you! You can choose that!

25. I have learned so much about transition and response in the last 7 years.

26. Judah took a shower and that makes bath time so much easier.

27. Judah and I watched 5,000 episodes of Phinneas and Ferb. (Okay, big exaggeration, but it felt like that!)

28. Late night chick-flick to end a great day. It was relaxing.

 

Selah~Day 100 “2,800 and then Forevermore!”

This morning, I ate a cup of grape nuts while driving to work. Now, before you judge, please note that I was careful and I only took bites when I came to a stop. After a couple of bites, I realized these were not real Grape Nuts. Gary bought the knock off Best Choice brand. While I support the Best Choice and Great Value brands, there are a few items like Saran Wrap and Grape Nuts that don’t work or taste the same as the real thing!

When I saw the knock off brand in the pantry the day before, I commented to Gary and said, “Honey, you bought the Best Choice kind?.?.?” To which he responded, “Yes, I have had them before and they taste exactly the same as Post Grape Nuts.”

Well, I quickly called him after I had my few bites in the car. I wanted to make sure he knew that they were not the same thing! Ha Ha Ha…When I got off the phone with Gary, I swallowed a few more bites of the “want to be” grape nut cereal and started thinking about counterfeit products or knock-offs. After I made a list in my head, I came to the conclusion that nothing is ever as good as the real thing. Whether it be a purse, shoes, love, friendship, or perfume, to name a few, nothing looks as good, feels as good, or works as good as the real deal (at least in my opinion).

Thankfully, Jesus is the real deal. There is no other substitution for Him. No other love, no other peace, no other joy can compare to the love, peace, and joy He has to offer. Today, I celebrate 100 days of giving Him thanks. He is the real deal in my life and no other “brand” can satisfy like He can.

My 28 Thanks:

1. Jesus is the real deal.

2. Judah gave me extra hugs and kisses before I left for work this morning.

3. Judah has never had to go to daycare. That is a huge savings and blessing.

4. Today is the 100th day of my 10,000 reasons journey.

5. !00 days means 2,800 reasons for my heart to Bless the Lord.

6. I get to do this forevermore.

7. I still have my heart “attacks” on my door and when I saw it this morning it reminded me of how thoughtful is my friend, Danielle. She is an encourager.

8. Lori and Aaron came to the church and helped set up kids ministry for tonight. It is a part of their weekly routine. So thankful for their servant’s hearts!

9. Gary brought up lunch and helped setup for ministry tonight too.

10. I got to see Judah on my lunchbreak too. He always brings so much ENERGY to my life.

11. I finalized my teaching notes for Sunday. Going to use Zaccheus to talk aobut friendships.

12. I am a Friend of God.

13. Pastor Marc is letting us borrow some youth stage props for our new Shine Your Light series.

14. We recieved a HUGE blessing this week from some amazing people in our lives.

15. God is faithful and He is true to His Word. Give and it shall be given unto you.

16. Judah and I had a very funny conversation in the bathroom today. Even at 3, boys love to talk about poop.

17. I had an awesome visit with Pastor Marcia today. She and Dorothy are one-of-a-kind, out of this world, wonderful ladies.

18. I only had about 15 minutes at home between work and church. So, I wore my outfit from work to church. I got several compliments. People are not used to seeing me in a skirt.

19.  I received great responses from an email opinion poll that I conducted.

20. I got excited while teaching my “In His Image” lesson tonight.

21. God made me in His image.

22. Angela Mondragon is going to be a great addition to our team. I love her energy and excitement for kids.

23. Ministry went very smooth tonight. Every one was in the right place at the right time.

24. The kids loved our version of Words with Friends and they want to play it again.

25. The game was fun and it required little props!

26. Compromise…it can be a beautiful, powerful thing.

27. I saw big smiles on a lot of faces tonight. I think we sometimes underestimate the power of a smile.

28. Restoration.

Selah~Day Ninety Nine “I am actually ready for football…”

On Sunday evenings or Monday mornings, I love to read weekend church reports from ministries all across the USA. Usually, I get those reports from my twitter feed or facebook posts. I follow some great, growing ministries of all different denominations in the US and I love to see the pictures of people standing in line for church, or read about overflow rooms having to be opened up, or hear that extra service times are being added to accomodate growth. People are hungry. And, the local church is the HOPE for the hungry.

Each week I celebrate what God has done at Crossroads Church, as well as around the world. I am so glad that in the Kingdom of God, we are really all one church with multiple locations. I love being a part of God’s great team who has one goal in mind: Leading people to Jesus. In my seven years of “ministry”, I have learned that our approaches in ministry may vary from team to team, but our goal remains the same.

Regardless of the approach, we (the church) are all moving the team towards a common purpose.

In a week or so, I will participate in my second fantasy football season. I had so much fun last year picking players, forming teams, and winning games. Shockingly, my mind is thinking football right now. So, I thought I would throw in a litle football jargon to make my point even clearer and intimidate the guys who think I am unqualified for this year’s draft! Ha Ha Ha…

I have watched a lot of football in my 33 years of life and in every single game each player has one thing in mind: the endzone. Now, the way the teams get to their endzone differs. I have seen risky, give it all  plays, like the infamous Hail Mary. I have bit my nails while watching the, pray to God it works, on-side kick. And, the fake punt always excites the fans. I have also seen more strategic, slow approaches, like the inside draw. I have, at times, questioned a Quarterback keeper approach, but they seem to always get some yards and every once in a while you catch a big break. Then, there is the ever so popular, if well-executed, screen play.

Regardless of the team or the approach, every offense wants to move the ball forward. They don’t want to ever fumble or lose yards! Never! It happens, but it is never the plan.

I am thankful that I am on a great team, made up of all different players from different locations, who all want to move the ball towards the end goal…the endzone. Tonight, I celebrate those different plays and hope that we all score touchdowns on a daily basis.

My 28 Thanks:

1. I enjoy Mondays.

2. I get a lot of work done on Mondays.

3. I worked from home Monday morning.

4. I wrote a lot on a video project script. I like the direction it is going.

5. Gary made it home early from the fire station, which means he was up all night working. But, he was home early.

6. He brought home milk and eggs and saved me from having to go to the store.

7. We were able to help out Laura with Abby Grace once again. She is so funny and loves wearing pajamas.

8. My niece, Morgan has started Pre-K. She loves school and loves to learn. I am sure she is going to be the teacher’s favorite. Her big blue eyes and curly blonde hair are pretty cute!

9. Starla rode with me to lunch. We always have fun conversation. She is such a funny person and makes me laugh.

10. Starla is growing in ministry on a daily basis. I am proud of her.

11. I was able to discern that a friend was having a bad day. So, I went to her and prayed for her. I believe it was strategic.

12. I choose to be available and allow the Lord to use me.

13. My feelings were considered by others today.

14. Truth and transparency.

15. I am learning leadership principles on a daily basis.

16. I am a part of a much bigger team who works for a common purpose.

17. I celebrate different approaches and thank God that we all have the same purpose.

18. Pastor Ted and Dustin Drewery helped me with my football lingo so I didn’t look like a dork over the world wide web.

19. My friend, Debby, wrote me the most beautiful letter. Her words are a treasure to me.

20. Danielle has opened up her life to this amazing writing journey. It has changed her life too.

21. Gary and I blessed some friends, who just lost a loved one, with dinner. I miss Kenneth and Jenny so much. Their little boy, Joel, is precious! I am so glad I got to see them.

22. God has a bright future planned for my friends.

23. There is a place for everyone.

24. I am reading a new book called, Relaunch, by Mark Rutland. His book is amazing and I am only on chapter 4.

25. I have heard Mark Rutland in person 2x. He is one of my most favorite speakers.

26. Found out today that my mom is going to spend her birthday weekend with me!

27. My sister Haley is coming too! I see a Girl’s weekend in my future.

28. The Lord brings PEACE to every storm, big or small, He brings peace.

Selah~Day Ninety Eight “The S Word”

I am sure several “S” words ran across your mind upon reading the title of this blog. But, I highly doubt the word SUBMISSION was on the list. Submission isn’t four letters, but sometimes we like to classify it in the “4-letter” curse word category.

When I was in the 3rd grade, my teacher, Mrs. Dark assigned us to do a poster project for the Presidential Campaign that was taking place that year. The campaign was between Republican Candidate George Bush and Democratic Candidate Michael Dukakis. Interestingly, in my younger years I was pretty active in the political arena. I was chairman of the college republicans, worked with a couple campaigns, and spent a summer interning for Congressman Watkins in Washington, D.C. This love for politics began as early as 3rd grade. So, when Mrs. Dark split the two rooms in half and I ended up on the Dukakis side, I knew trouble was in store because he was not the candidate I was supporting that year.

I remember going home that day and immediately telling my mom. I asked her to call Mrs. Dark and demand that I get switched to the other side of the room. Even at the age of 8, I had a strong opinion and did not want to sumbit to this project assignment. My mom called her, but the conversation went no where. Mrs. Dark refused to allow me to switch. She said that it was just an assingment and it didn’t matter in the long run because we were 3rd graders who couldn’t sway public opinion anyway, right? Didn’t matter? EVERYTHING MATTERS, right?

Because the hate for failure was greater than the political affiliation, I made the poster. But, I can promise you it didn’t win the class poster project prize. I am sure I approached it with a bad attitude, little respect, and little effort.

This life experience flooded my mind last night during our “Blessed Woman” Bible study group. We were discussing Debbie Morris’ chapter on submission when I remembered the Lord convicting me about this very topic in college. My strong opinions about politics and people in certain positions in office didn’t end in the 3rd grade, but rather grew the older I got. In college, the Lord kindly reprimanded me for some of the strong opinions I voiced against people in authority. Submission does not mean that I agree with them, but it does mean that I respect their position and I honor them with my words and actions. I also learned that submission isn’t a blessing that I give to others, but rather  when I submit to authority it is a blessing I give to myself! Submission is like forgiveness. It isn’t for the benefit of the other person, it is for my benefit!

I have learned that we SIN against God when we don’t SUBMIT to the authority that He has placed in our lives. Whether we like the person or not, God is a God of order and authority. In The Blessed Woman, Debbie Morris writes, “When we step out from under our delegated authority, our faith is weakened, our own authority is undermined, and we become open prey for the enemy. Therefore, if we want to live in victory, we must learn to submit to the authority structure of God.”

Jesus himself submitted to authority. Not only to His Heavenly Father, but also to earthly authority.  He submitted to His earthly parents (Luke 2:51), He submitted to water baptism by John (Matthew 3:15), He submitted to the religious rulers and paid the Temple tax (Matthew 17:27), and He told the disciples to submit to the Scribes and Pharisees (Matthew 23:2). There are other examples in the Gospels, but what I notice about the four examples listed is that Jesus submitted to both those He trusted and had a relationship with, like John the Baptist, but also submited to those who didn’t care for Him, like the Scribes and Pharisees.

I think submission is easy when you are submitting to a person you like. But, it isn’t so easy when you have to submit to someone you don’t agree with, don’t trust, or don’t relate.

In my home, I submit to the loving leadership of Gary. God placed Him as the Head of our home and I honor and respect his position. I have found that the more I submit and support him in decisions, the more I build him up as a man. We experience great peace and unity in our home because of the act of submission. By no means does Gary rule over me. Our wills are so united that submission has never really been a topic for us to address. We have a mutual understanding that we move together as one, like in a dance. He leads and I follow. Thankfully, Gary always wants my opinion on matters. He always wants me involved in the decision making process. Submission thrives in our relationship because Gary sets an atmosphere of love and freedom.

(Even though I am a fan of submission and believe in its benefits, one DOES NOT have to submit to an environment of abuse, neglect, or sin!)

Submission doesn’t have to be an ugly S word that traps you and holds you back, but rather can bring great freedom in your life.

My 28 Thanks:

1. I have learned a lot about submission.

2. I got to go to 30 minutes of the women’s Bible study.

3. God showed me something about submission during that class.

4. Jesus submitted to both those who loved Him and hated Him.

5. Submissions brings unity in my home and in my relationship with Gary.

6. A young, 6th grade girl asked me to lead her in a rededication pray before kids service started this morning!

7. Even though we had several technical difficulties, KidMotion rocked today!

8. As I think about all the leaders who serve with me, from check-in to nursery to preschool to kidmotion, I am overwhelmed with appreciation. Our kids are so blessed with leadership from the finest of men and women.

9. Several of my teammates are really growing in stage presentation.

10. Judah and I had a great, restful afternoon.

11. Judah was so helpful today…he helped me before church, during church, and after church.

12. Mr. Jerald lets Judah have a donut every Sunday morning even though they are reserved for the boys in the 5th and 6th grade class. Mr. Jerald told me that he is bringing Judah a Strawberry, sprinkled donut next week.

13. Judah is using his manners more and more when communicating with adults.

14. Kids with manners.

15. Mrs. Debbie and the kidcrew are ready to perform Shine Your Light. They have worked hard and it looks good.

16. We have come so far in kidz ministry over the last 6.5 years.

17. Danielle told me how encouraging my after service text messages are to the team.

18. Laura let Judah come over and play with Morgan and Abby tonight.

19. I had a meeting after church and I didn’t have to keep up with Judah and his restlessness. I actually got to sit through the entire team leader’s meeting.

20. Judah had a blast at his Aunt Laura’s house.

21. Laura gave Judah a bath tonight.

22. Gary has had a great day at the fire station.

23. Jameson, my newest co-worker, told me that he thought about Gary and I yesterday and prayed for us.

24. Olivia, the new youth pastor’s daughter, sat by me tonight. She is my new little friend. Such a sweet girl.

25. Paul Days, a Faithful volunteer at the church, received Volunteer of the Month tonight.

26. Pastor Marcia spent hours on her statistics presentation. The results were awesome. I love her attention to detail.

27. Judah was super excited to come home with me when I picked him up from Laura’s house.

28. Gary and I always say goodnight, whether in person or over the phone.

Selah~Day Ninety Seven “The Day I Dreaded”

Saturday, August 17th was a day I had been dreading for months. You see, in December of last year, I marked this day with the words “Due Date.” Unfortunately, it would not be a due date for our precious baby, but rather, just another day in the life of the Hendricksons. Yesterday morning I was spending some time with the Lord, sharing my heart with Him. Out of nowhere, the Lord reminded me of the day my husband proposed to me. Gary and I celebrate our wedding anniversary, as well as the day he asked me on our first date. But, we have never really celebrated our proposal date.

When he woke up that morning, I asked him, “Gary, when did you propose to me? Was it the 16th, 17th, or 18th?” We both thought for a moment and he said, “I think it was the 18th?” I dug through some boxes that still house our books and I found my journal that I wrote in while we were dating. Quickly, I found the page the held all the details of that great day. Sure enough, Gary asked for my hand in marriage on August 17th at 5:00 p.m. in the backyard of his parent’s house.

Once again…it is all about how you look at things. So, I decided to change the eyes of my heart and look at August 17th through a different lens…a lens filled with sweet memories and hope for an even greater future.

My 28 Thanks:

1. Gary asked me to marry him.

2. I can change the way I look at things.

3. August 17th was a great day.

4. Judah had a great day at his cousin’s birthday party.

5. Jump Zone wasn’t very crowded.

6. The twins loved their gift from Judah.

7. Rony and Danielle came by our house to surprise me with a pampering gift. The gift included Sees Chocolates.

8. They wanted to make my day sweeter and happy. They are such a blessing in my life.

9. My sweet friend, Amy, flooded me with scripture verses.

10. I had close friends thinking about me and praying for me.

11. We met some more of our neighbors.

12. My in-law’s garden is doing so well. The tomatos are awesome.

13. The weather was amazing.

14. I have hope.

15. The best days of my life are ahead of me.

16. I have thoughtful people in my life.

17. Received some really sweet emails from people who thanked me for praying for them this week.

18. I feel like Gary and I have been friends with Rony and Danielle forever. And, I found out that Rony lived with my cousin in San Diego…what a SMALL WORLD!!!!!

19. I found my journal that I wrote in when Gary and I were dating.

20. Clayton, a Kid’s Ministry friend and leader for Kidz Blitz, asked us if he could do a service in KidMotion! My answer, “YES!” Super excited to host him on our stage.

21. Camp WOW emailed me and asked us to come back again next year and do another kids camp for them. Several other churches heard how awesome our camp was and want to join us.

22. I play a role in leading the best generation of people-KIDS!

23. All of the Hendrickson grandkids who live in the OKC metro are going to the same preschool.

24. Eric and Laci are strongly considering moving closer to all of us!

25. We enjoyed an evening at Gary’s parents. They have an awesome yard. I love relaxing outside.

26. Evening chats with family.

27. Gary held my hand a lot today.

28. Hope is never lost.

 

Selah~Day Ninety Six “Honor is Heavy”

Did you know that the soldiers who have the honorable duty of marching in front of the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier spend 40-50 hours preparring their shoes for the task? Then, they spend 4-6 hours each day just shinning their shoes in between guard walks.

I am currently reading a book about Honor. In the book, the author, Robert Barriger, talks some about the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, as well as the soldiers who guard the tomb everyday. Stories about our military always inspire me, convict me, and challenge me.

For 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year since 1937, soldiers have kept watch. Or, it equals 76 years, 27,740 days, 665,760 hours, that soldiers have kept watch! And, they are doing it right now even as I type this blog. Soldiers who are assigned to this regimen consider it the highest honor that can be afforded to a service person.

The three soldiers who lay in this tomb are known only to God. Nevertheless, the soldiers who keep guard do so with the utmost honor and respect. They show honor and respect for the three soldiers who sacrificed their future so that they might have one. So, we might have one.

The protocol established and the act of honor for these unknown soldiers is deeply humbling.

Even in the midst of storms, soldiers keep watch. When Hurricane Isabel and Sandy threatened the East coast, including Washington, D.C., the soldiers where given an option to stand down if conditions got too dangerous. I am sure you can all guess what their response was to the “Stand Down” option. Yes, you are right. They responded by saying, “No way, Sir!”

In spite of hours of marching in soaking rain and high powered winds of a tropical storm, the Soldiers assigned to the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier saw it as more than a job assignment, but rather the highest honor of their life.

As I think about the respect and honor our soldiers pay towards one another, I also think about the level of honor and respect I pay towards others, including the one who died for me and my everlasting future.

Over the last year, my faith has been challenged. But, there is a reason why Paul said to “fight the good fight of Faith.” I have experienced challenges, trials, tests, and heartache that have been so difficuIt. But, we were never promised that this so-called life would be easy. I have learned that having FAITH means that I will also have questions that may never be answered.

In the wee hours of the morning that dreadful day in February as I drove home from the hospital, I kept saying over and over and over again, “I don’t understand, Lord, but I trust you.” Daily I have been on a mission to figure out exactly what that phrase looks like in my life. It is one thing to make a profound statement, but it is a totally different thing to walk it out.

Bottom line…it simply means that it doesn’t matter what we go through or what happens…God is still God. And, I have decided that I trust Him. I want to honor my Lord like the soldiers honor the tomb. High winds, rain, hurricane conditions, strict shoe shinning regimen, and more, they consider their assignment as the greatest of honors. Like them, regardless of the “storms or regimens” that life throws at me, I want to stand guard and keep watch over the Faith I have in the One who gave it all for me.

My 28 Thanks:

1. I can fight the good fight of Faith.

2. Soldiers who are a perfect example of respect and honor.

3. The ones who fight on my behalf for the freedom I so enjoy.

4. Those whose names are known only by God.

5. The weather was amazing today.

6. My niece Abby came over to play this morning. She is so cute and sweet.

7. My mother-in-law got some answers from the doctor today. She is on the road to wellness.

8. Gary, Judah, and I had a fun day running errands.

9. 40% off coupons at Hobby Lobby.

10. Judah is starting to use his manners without us having to remind him.

11. I took a walk by myself this morning.

12. I can talk to the Lord.

13. He listens to me.

14. Gary and I shared a powerful conversation today about our life.

15. Judah has amazing eye sight. He can see things that are really far away.

16. My brother waited on me at his office so I could get an adjustment.

17. I have wanted an “I Love Oklahoma” shirt since they became so popular after the tornado. I finally got one today and it is AWESOME. I do love Oklahoma.

18. Pastor Tim and family came to OKC so Karissa could be honored tonight at the crowning celebration. It was so good to see them all.

19. Five of our girls were crowned honor stars tonight.

20. They looked beautiful in their white dresses. Thankful for moms and dads who invest in their kids.

21. I have an awesome team of ladies who help these girls achieve such big goals.

22. John Stimson can make the most boring moments of a ceremony funny!

23. Judah was amazing in the 2 hour ceremony.

24. Holly is getting a sectional couch. She has wanted one forever. So so so glad it is finally happening.

25. Hemispheres is now open in Moore. I haven’t purchased anything yet, but I love to look.

26. We sat on the floor tonight, ate Chinese together, and played a fishing game.

27. My dad won 3rd place today in a Crossfit tournament in Dallas. He was the OLDEST competitior. Yep…my dad is pretty cool.

28. Bedtime Stories with the family. Judah has a new favorite book called “Where do Diggers Sleep at Night?” Have you ever thought about where bull-dozers lay their head at night?