Selah~Day 116

Friday, September 6

My 28 Thanks:

1. My morning walk was lovely.

2. I passed by a group of kids waiting for the bus stop. They were speaking so sweetly to each other. Thankful that there are still kids out there who communicate appropriately to one another.

3. My brother adjusted my back. So thankful I can just run by his office and get a quick adjustment.

4. We had a relaxing morning at home.

5. Bills are paid for the month. Such a blessing.

6. Housekeeping was completed before noon.

7. Gary, Judah, and I had fun shopping at a new place called 405 Imports in Norman. They had lots of neat, distressed furniture imported from India.

8. Judah was so excited about all the different treasure chests inside the store.

9. Landon’s Pest Control came over and took care of all our pests!

10. Landon and Amber’s business just celebrated one year and they are doing well. So proud of this sweet, young couple!

11. Zach came over to say hello and pick up his going away laundry basket from us. We are going to miss him, but we are so excited for his opportunity with Masters Commission.

12. My back porch swing calls my name daily.

13. Deep discussion with my love.

14. Judah got to spend most of the day at home.

15. Family play time.

16. Hallmark weekend movie never disappoints.

17. Martha was released from the hospital.

18. I was able to speak to my MIL. She sounded well and at peace. Nothing phases this woman.

19. Judah is going through a growth spurt. He ate 3 large meals today.

20. Amy Hoover sent me scriptures to meditate upon.

21. The Word.

22. Life.

23. There is always a reason to Bless the Lord.

24. Lots of homes are being rebuilt in the tornado hit area.

25. God can make beauty from the ashes.

26. He makes beautiful things out of us

27. As for me, Hope remains.

28. He is my portion…He is my more than enough.

Selah~Day 115

My 28 Thanks:

1. My mother in law is alive! After experiencing incredibly high blood pressure and chest pain, she was rushed to the heart hospital by ambulance. They continue to do test, but she is stable and well.

2. When I got the news about my MIL, I was in a meeting at work. My team began to pray with me. After prayer, there is always peace.

3. We have great hospitals in OKC.

4. Medical technology is so advanced.

5. God speaks in random ways sometimes, but at least He speaks.

6. People care about me.

7. I spent the ENTIRE day in one room…meeting! The day went by fast.

8. My husband was able to get leave the fire station rather quickly (not always an option) and go see his mom at the hospital.

9. Suprisingly, Gary got to spend the rest of the shift at home.

10. I had a last minute, great idea for a service opener in KidMotion on Sunday. But, I didn’t think it would be possible. I shared the idea with Jameson and he made it happen in no time! Thank God for techies!

11. Pastor Marcia asked me to read something that she is putting together. It was awesome and I could tell she spent HOURS putting it together. I love that she gives 100+% to all her work.

12. I have worked a lot this week and there is still so much to do…this problem turns into praise because it = job security:)

13. Dorothy brought us Chik-Fil-A for lunch so we could keep right on working.

14. When you work as a team, everyone shares the work load. Glad I work with a team.

15. Pastor and friends have texted or call to check in on my family.

16. The Family ID conference at church this Saturday is FULL. People committed to their family is a beautiful thing.

17. The video that we have been working on for 3 weeks is AMAZING. I got an initial view today and loved it.

18. People who come through for you in a moment’s notice.

19. People who are ready in season and out of season.

20. Gary and I mowed the lawn together in the late evening. The weather was nice. And, if I help, he finishes much quicker.

21. We don’t have to mow on our day off together.

22. While doing the yard work, I was able to clear my mind and focus in on my message for KidMo.

23. I thought of two illustrations.

24. Thursday is my FRIDAY. TGIF!

25. Bedtime Bible stories.

26. Judah makes me laugh all the time.

27. The fall season is fast approaching. I can almost smell “pumpkin spice” in the air.

28. Life is so full…you just have to open your eyes and see. Its all about your perspective. If you don’t like it, change the lens that you are looking through.

Selah~Day 114

My 28 Thanks:

1. I was able to go on a morning walk before work.

2. Talking to God on my morning walk was delightful.

3. I can talk to God.

4. My legs felt sore after my brisk walk. Even though they were sore, it lets me know that I worked them out.

5. It was a most beautifully cool morning.

6. Judah had his first day of preschool.

7. He gets to attend a private, Christian school.

8. Judah got the best two teachers in the school.

9. Laura sent me a text letting me know that Judah was doing well. So glad that I have family working at the school.

10. Jameson helped me record the voice over for a special video. He made it happen with only moments notice.

11. Charlie came quickly to help record too. I have a great team.

12. Gary finished the Shine Your Light set. So glad he helps me in ministry.

13. Gary is super handy and can usually figure out anything.

14. I was able to drop Judah off at school and also pick him up from school.

15. Judah wanted to hold my hand when we were walking to his class.

16. He ate all the healthy food I packed in his lunch box.

17. Judah’s teachers said he did great.

18. Holly made me a BEAUTIFUL, hand sewn pillow. I love it. It has the state of Oklahoma sewn on gray and cream chevron fabric.

19. I am an Oklahoman!

20. Kids service went smoothly.

21. Angela Mondragon is a great blessing and is loving teaching the 5th grade stars. So thankful to have her on my team.

22. Mrs. Lacey, Mrs. Jessica, Mrs. Corrie, and Mrs. Tressa are rockstar 3 year old teachers. Judah loves his class at church.

23. Judah talked about school on the way home from church. I love car ride conversations. I usually keep it very quiet, no radio or other noise,  because it is the perfect opportunity to talk with Judah.

24. Judah told me his favorite part of the day at school was music class. I named him Judah because it means PRAISE.

25. My son has a heart that is sensitive to the Lord.

26. We made it home by 9:30.

27. Jesus is my best friend.

28. He is better than any superhero…I love that song too and we sang it like crazy tonight in KidMotion.


Selah~Day 112 and Day 113

My 28 Thanks: Day 112

1. We actually celebrated the Labor Day Holiday and rested from work.

2. Gary had the Holiday off from the fire station.

3. Time with family.

4. We went to Andy Alligator’s Water Park with Gary’s family. It wasn’t super crowded at first.

5. Sunscreen.

6. Chlorinated water.

7. Even though the lazy river at the park became crowded and congested, I didn’t have any social anxiety. I usually DO NOT like crowded environments at all, but I didn’t mind it much. I stayed calm and cool.

8. I love watching kids have a great time.

9. Judah conquered his fear of the giant water bucket and stood underneath it while it poured. He didn’t stand in the splash zone, but he did go near the bucket.

10. I don’t smoke or have any addictive behaviors.

11. We were able to bless another family with some of our chairs at the water park. They were so thankful.

12. Gary told me multiple times today that he loves me.

13. Gary makes me laugh.

14. The weather was amazing!

15. Gary is an fully involved, amazing dad.

16. Gary’s family decided to take a chance at fantasy football this year. So, we started a family league. It should be fun.

17. We feasted on great food!

18. Everyone loved my broccoli, cauliflower, onion, and cheese salad.

19. Gary and I sat with all the kids on the trampoline. I told them an adventure story. They were all characters in the story who went to hunt butterflies in the butterfly field.

20. They loved helping me “fill in the blanks” of the story.

21. We laughed a lot and had so much fun using our imaginations.

22. We got paper bags and tried to have a “potato sack” race.

23. The game turned into a big chase with Uncle Gary.  Gary is a great play mate!

24. Kids laughter.

25. We spent an hour catching lightning bugs. It brought back memories and was so fun!

26. Memories.

27. Enjoyed an evening outside, relaxing with family.

28. Judah spontaneously told me, “I love you, Mommy.”


My 28 Thanks: Day 113

1. I had a great morning.

2. Jameson made his teaching debut in staff chapel today.  He did great.

3. He switched his teaching rotation with me, so I didn’t have to prepare over a holiday.

4. This allowed me to spend my entire holiday weekend with family (My momma) and free from work related stuff. Thank you, Jameson!

5. The Holy Spirit showed up in staff meeting.

6. We sang “How He Loves Us” this morning.

7. My teammates make me laugh.

8. I got payroll completed before I left for work today.

9. I had lunch with my sweet friend, Jamie. She has been through some tough times with me. I appreciate her friendship and wisdom.

10. She treated me to lunch at Tealicious. The chef for Tealicious was our chef at Camp Wow. It was a super great atmosphere and wonderful food.

11. Jamie shared her heart and insight with me.

12. God is messing with Jamie’s world. Her dreams are going to come true!

13. BIG things happended in my friends, Sam and Starla, lives today.

14. Pastor Marc had a great opportunity to minister to a football team today.

15. I live in Oklahoma…we still allow organizations like Fellowship of Christian Athletes and kids can pray in their schools if they want too!

16. Gary and Judah had a fun day at the park.

17. Today is my baby sister’s birthday. She is 22. I remember changing her diapers, feeding her, and helping her with homework. I can’t believe she is now finishing college. She is a beautiful, talented, and funny young lady.

18. Judah sent Haley the cutest of all birthday videos.

19. Judah was in an amazing, funny mood tonight. Everything made him laugh.

20. We snuggled in the recliner, ate popcorn, and watched an episode of Team Umizoomi.

21. Before there can be a victory, there has to be a trial. Trials lead to victory.

22. Before there can be healing, there has to be a hurt. Hurts lead to healing.

23. I get to lay down in a clean bed with a pillow and a blanket every night.

24. Judah’s 1st day of preschool clothes are laid out and ready to go, his lunch is packed, and his bag is packed. Mommy and daddy are the only ones not ready:( We are excited for this opportunity for our son.

25. Judah’s new school is super close to our home.

26. Judah was in bed by 9:00 p.m. And, after 3 Bible stories, he fell asleep.

27. Shadrach, Meschach, and Abednego were thrown into hot lava and I LOVE how my son tells it that way!

28. The stories in the Bible are true!


Selah~Day 111

When I woke up this morning, this song was blaring in my head:

When I Think about the Lord, 
How He saved me, how He raised me, 
How He filled me, with the Holy Ghost.
How He healed me, to the uttermost. 

When I Think about the Lord, 
How He picked me up and turned me around, 
How He placed my feet on solid ground

It makes me wanna shout, 
Thank you JESUS, 
LORD, your worthy, of all the glory, and all the honor, 
And all the praise… 

How awesome it is to just think about the Lord.

My 28 Thanks:

1. I am excited about Jesus.

2. I think about Him a lot.

3. We had a lot of technical elements in our kids service and everything worked perfectly.

4. Pastor Clayton and family were our special guests and the kids loved the service.

5. I got the morning off from teaching! It was a nice break.

6. I got to enjoy the kids this morning. Instead of being “in the zone” thinking about my lesson, I was able to relax and visit with my sweet kids.

7. I heard kids talking about the fun service as they left with their parents. I love when kids leave excited about church.

8. We had lunch with Clayton and his family.

9. We have only hung out with them 3x, but it feels like we have known them forever. Gary and Clayton really have a great time hanging out.

10. All the video footage and still pictures worked great for Clayton.

11. Jameson came upstairs during service to check on our kids service. It is so nice to know my team supports kids ministry!

12. The kids loved the new song “Shine Your Light.”

13. Debbie and the Kidcrew knocked it out of the park. The stage team was rocking!

14. We had great attendance for a holiday weekend service!

15. My mom made it home safely.

16. Rony and Danielle made it back to California-their home-safely. They had a great roadtrip.

17. Sunday PM church service was cancelled. We are the church. We can “Shine our Light” for our neighborhoods as well. We can be the church anywhere, not just within the walls of a building. Enjoyed the time for fellowship and friendship building.

18. My crescent rolls for the draft party turned out really good. I didn’t burn any of them. Starla showed me up though with the cutest watermelon football helmet filled with yummy fruit. She is so fun and festive.

19. Dori brought bug spray and let me borrow it. It kept the hungry mosquitos away and my legs were safe from those nasty blood suckers.

20. I got first draft pick once again for my fantasy football league. Yes, Adrian Peterson is on my TEAM!

21. I have an awesome team for this year’s fantasy football league. Rony will be happy when I tell him that the 49ers made my roster list.

22. Mentally, I have already won fantasy football. Ha Ha Ha.

23. Pastor Ted and Tami hosted the draft party. It was fun hanging out with all the other fantasy players.

24. New people joined in on the fun this year. Let the smack talk begin!

25. Gary is excited to play too. We are on opposite leagues, so we don’t have to compete against each other. We even have some similar players, so we can kinda play together and cheer on the same groups.

26. Judah was covered in sweat from playing so hard with his friends. He had a fun night.

27. We walked home from the draft party because Pastor lives so close. Judah talked the entire walk home. It was so cute to listen to him retell the fun he had from the night’s events.

28. Judah wanted to hold my hand while we walked because…”Mommy, I want to hold your hand. It is dark outside and I don’t want a car to hit me.” I love my little boy!


Selah~Day 110

My 28 Thanks:

1. I went to Crest at 8:00 a.m. The grocery store is very pleasant early in the morning.

2. Judah was so excited that his Nona bought him a pink donut with sprinkles.

3. Hanging out with my mom is always fun.

4. My nephews, Gage and Kolt, came over to spend the day.

5. I have a great respect for parents of multiple children, especially when they are all boys. Ha Ha Ha

6. The boys had a great time riding bikes, playing in water, eating, building blocks and forts, and so much more.

7. My house still stands.

8. Kyle and Meghan were able to accomplish a task today without the help of little hands.

9. Mom and I had hair appointments together.

10. Madi came over and watched the boys for a couple of hours so we could get our hair done. Madi is so sweet and the boys love her.

11. I love getting my hair fixed. It is so relaxing.

12. April put a new color on my hair and I love it.

13. My mom got sushi and MADE ME TRY IT. I have never eaten sushi before. So, I tried it. Now, I can check it off my “spontaneous, try something new” list. It was as I imagined….GROSS!

14. My grandma and uncle came over to see me house and visit for a while.

15. My Uncle Danny looks so good. I told him that he reminds me of the story of Lazarus.

16. I love living in a cul-de-sac. It is such a great, safe place to ride bikes.

17. Clayton sent a text that he is super pumped to be with us in KidMotion. We are going to have a blast.

–Celebrated my mom today, August 31st. She turned another year lovelier. So, the next few thanks are set aside for her.

18. My mom celebrated another year of life. So thankful for her life and health.

19. She loves unconcditionally.

20. She is bold, persistent, and never gives up on anything or anyone.

21. She loves people.

22. She loves to laugh and she makes other people laugh.

23. She loves her grandsons big time and they think she is the coolest Nona in the world.

24. She has great taste in clothes.

25. She always takes care of herself.

26. The boys fell asleep at 9:00 p.m. They were exhausted from playing so hard today.

27. Gary had a great day at the station.

28. I laid my head down at 9:45 p.m. I don’t remember much after that.