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As some of you know, my hubby and I are church planters.  We have been trying to plant a church where we live for the past four years.  Year one was great….had a lot of people coming.  But then a few people moved away and we have been just struggling to stay alive for the past year or so.

This year we decided that we needed to up our anty a little more, get on the ball, do lots of outreach…even if it’s just my hubby, Big E and I.  For this Sunday we decided to do a 10 foot banana split sundae.  We did this in our other church we were pastoring in New Brunswick and everybody loved it…so we thought…”hey why  not try it here?”

We tried it over the summer with some block parties that we did and it always went over well.  So this past Thursday we decided to go put out posters on the telephone poles around town advertising that we were having “The Best Sunday Ever!” and having a 10 foot long ice cream sundae.

Well Friday and Saturday it rained pretty much so we really didn’t know what would happen on Sunday when we arrived at church.  To be honest….I wasn’t really expecting a whole lot.  The past year has been a very disappointing year for us.  We have been let down, discouraged and frustrated beyond belief.  We thought doors were opening and then they slammed in our face.  Things just weren’t going according to our plan and we thought God had shut some doors.

Well…things aren’t supposed to go according to “our” plan are they?

Last night I was sitting in my chair thinking…”I really don’t want to go to church tomorrow.  It’s going to be discouraging.  Nobody is going to show up.  We have people coming to sing and nobody will be there…and that’s just embarassing.”

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My faith was small.  Smaller than a mustard seed.  So small that you probably wouldn’t be able to see it under a microscope.  I was defeated.  I was ready to give up, throw in the towl….and walk away.

We went to church this morning.  10:00 came…we started church with 10 people.  Better than four…but I could feel that our crew was discouraged.  Then about 10:15 four more people showed up…and then at 10:30 eight others showed up.  So we had 22!  This is great news!!  It’s been a long time since we had 22.

I was excited…but quick to remind myself that I should have believed God would do big things in the first place.  I felt like a little kid who got scolded because my faith was so small….non existant really.

God is bigger than my faith…. THANK GOODNESS!  He can do things….only He can make things happen.  Only He knows the future.  Maybe our church won’t take off this year…(i’m hoping, praying and having faith that it does!) but at least we reached people today that may not have even heard about God before today.

Now….that’s worth more than any number in church attendance.

Praise God!

Laura

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Today I am thankful for:

A Friend who bring me coffee when I really need it.

A Friend who corrects me on my schedule…who knew it better than I did…so I wasn’t getting all flustered.  🙂  Twice so far today.

A Friend who gives me a break doing kids church so I can sit in and hear my hubby speak.

A Friend who listens to me complain ALOT!

A Friend who is always up for pretty much anything.

A Friend who can make me laugh.

A Friend who can keep me up all night.

A Friend who is a great mother and is great with my kid and the kids I babysit.

A Friend who just stops by when I need a visit.

A Friend who coupons just like me

A Friend who will go in on good deals with me.

A Friend who can laugh at me just as much as I can laugh at myself.

A Friend who helps me out with Pampered Chef stuff when I need it.

A Friend who is truly a friend in all ways.

That friend is: ~ MICHELLE ~

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Stop! And smell the blessings!

Life goes by fast.

Too fast.

Everybody is in a hurry….to get from one place to the next…one job to the next with no time to just sit back and reflect on things that have happened throughout the day.

At least this is the way for me.  I get busy and sidetracked on the many things of the day that I rarely have time to reflect on all the things that God has blessed me with throughout that day.

Even though when I look back at my day I really have no idea why I was so busy.  In all reality I am far less busy than when I was working full time outside the home.

Basically I’m busy at just being selfish of the things that I want to do.

Too busy to play with my child because I want to finish my book.  Too busy to be creative because I get sidetracked with a game of “words with friends”.  Too  busy because I do these stupid little things throughout the day that I may say only take a minute but somehow manage to eat up my whole entire day.  Then before I know it…the day is wasted…gone…ate up by the lazy, do nothing monster.  (That’s what I’m calling him..and yes..it’s a him).

I guess I realized this tonight when I was tucking Little E into bed.  I was teaching him a “new to him” Sunday school song that I learned when I was a little girl.  “I’m inright, outright, upright, downright, happy all the time”.  We were having a good old time.  Then I told him goodnight and he started asking me to snuggle with him.  I told him  no, not this time and he proceeded to cry.  I told him that I would another night and that it was time to go to bed.

I know, it’s really sad but I’m not a big cuddler…even with my child (at night time) because I feel like I’m going to fall asleep and never get back up and then I won’t get the stuff done that I need to get done.  (It’s a vicious cycle..see above).

He kept crying as I walked out of the room.  I went to talk to hubby and he said “It’s only ten minutes out of the day…you know he’ll fall asleep…he just wants to spend time with us.”

So I went back in…feeling total mommy guilt and laid down with him.

He proceeded to talk really fast about just wanting to have a camp out with mommy and I said “Ok, I’m here now let’s snuggle.”  I rubbed his head and he was asleep in about two minutes.  But in those two minutes I had a chance to look in my little boy’s face and realize the blessing of the day.

He was right in front of me, in the perfect form that God made him to be.  He gets so crazy throughout the day that I gladly welcome night time but in that moment I realized “my oh my…what a perfect blessing God has given me!”  I can’t imagine my life without him.  What if he was never born, what would have happened if abortion entered the story instead of adoption?  (Not that that was an option….don’t get me wrong, but so many people out there think that way instead of the adoption way.)  So grateful for the choice of life in my sweet little boy.

With the blessing of my little boy comes many other blessings.  For example: A blessing of having a bigger family than we ever had before….family that isn’t related by blood, but by love.  A blessing of a little  boy calling me mom when even five years ago I wondered if anybody would ever call me that.  I still smile sometimes when I hear the word “mom” and know somebody is talking to me, about me.  A blessing of a wonderful example of God’s love for me and His perfect timing in all things.  A blessing of having laughter in my house at least twelve hours a day…oh that laugh…I don’t think I could live without it.

So, for about two or three minutes tonight….because I chose to go back and lay down with my boy, I had a chance to smell the blessings that God has given me today.

I smelled, I cried joy tears, I smiled, I kissed his cheek and then I put this memory in my mind hopefully for a long time.

Thank you Jesus for  my blessings!

Laura

I’d love to hear your blessing that God has given you today.

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Tomorrow I embark on a journey.

A start of a journey that will take me on an even bigger journey.

A journey with three other women without any kids.

Yes….you heard me right.  We are leaving our kids and families behind and heading to a remote island.
Lol…ok maybe it’s not that remote…but it is an island and we are going for four days in total…and do you know what we are going to do?

Anything we want to!

That’s right!  We won’t have any kids saying “mom why are you eating that?  Can I have some?”  “Mom why have you been in that bathroom so long?  I have to pee!”  “Mom can you play with me?”  “Mom he’s hitting me…he’s not sharing!” “Mom, mom, mom!!”

And that’s just my kid.  🙂

And we are going to do anything we want…did I mention that?  ANYTHING!  I am most excited about the possibility of sleeping in past 6:30!

It’s the simple things people…I’ve told you that before.

Anyway…rabbit trail.

All that being said…I’m getting ready to pack.  I pretty much have all the things I want to pack but ever since I went on vacation last month at the beginning of the month I haven’t been able to find one shirt that I really want to take with me.

My bedroom is in shambles so I figured I would just do some extra hunting tomorrow and come across it…but in all reality I thought I left it behind on my last vacation.

Back to today.

I was doing some last minute laundry this morning…hanging it out on the line because let’s face it…nobody can afford to run a dryer these days…and I like to save money in that department and let the good old sun work for it’s money.

Just as I was bringing the last article of clothing in it started raining.  Everything was dry….but while I was in the laundry room (aka the basement) I had put another load in hoping to squeeze one more load in to dry out on the line.

The rain stopped that.

And then I kinda forgot about it.  Then I remembered again, then forgot again, then remembered again…and uh yeah now it’s 10:15 at night and I just remembered again.

So down to the basement I go, hating that I have to use the dryer…but know that I can’t leave my stuff in there or else it will just be gross tomorrow…and ya never know what the weather’s going to be like then.

I open the dryer and then VOILA!  I get giddy…really really really giddy.

Clothes!  My clothes that I have been missing for the last month!  In the dryer!  And there with them?  My favourite shirt!  YAY!!!!!!  YAY ME!!! (that was for Lisa).

Ok ok I know some of you are probably thinking….oh my goodness how could you not have know that your clothes were in the dryer for the last month?  (that friend would probably be Shauna)  🙂

Well you see…I put them in the night before we went on our family vacation (yup…a month ago) and haven’t used the dryer since.  See I told you…I hate using the dryer when the sun can do the work.

I was so giddy with excitement and I came up to tell my hubby and ya…he really didn’t care.

So I thought I would blog about my blessing for today.  It’s small…..but it brought me so much JOY!

How about you?  What was your small blessing today?

Laura

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Today was a CRAZY day!

It started off at 6:30 when Little E woke up.  I knew he wouldn’t go back to sleep as he was coughing and I couldn’t really get him to read in his room as his Aunt Kaka (yes that’s her name) was sleeping in there as well.

So hubby got up to take the dog out and spent the  morning cuddling with Little E until I rolled out of bed.

I’m telling you…men do not know how to be quiet in the mornings…so even though I was still in bed, I was awake.

Thus,  not starting my day off the best.

I got up grumpy.   UH OH!  A mother/woman should never wake up grumpy cause everybody just pays.

Then the kids started rolling in.  I had to read little miss E her breakfast…which I normally don’t mind doing but Wednesdays are my crazy days as I usually have a house full of children.  Feeding her breakfast takes a good twenty minutes….but having to run into the living room to watch and make sure the other children are being good makes feeding her breakfast almost a forty minute ordeal.

After I was done feeding her and all four children were nestled in the living room I looked over by the patio doors and noticed that Little E’s cup was on the floor with the cover off.  Our puppy got at it.  Normally this wouldn’t bother me..BUT there was orange juice in that cup…thus there was orange juice all over my freshly cleaned living room floor.  UGH!

Smoke was starting to come out of my ears.

Cleaned it up…went out to the kitchen…came back and realized the puppy dog had peed on the floor.  UGH!

Cleaned it up…..then some crying began.  Two kids had run into each other and bumped heads.  UGH!

My coffee was cold. UGGH!  (gross)

Snack time came.  Dog tried to eat some of the kids food.  Little E kept whining (remember he was up early).  The phone was ringing and I was trying my best to get coupons off the internet while the kids were having their snack.

Oh did I mention that it was raining out?  Normally that doesn’t bother me cause I love the rain…just not on a Wednesday when I have many kids….and they can’t run off their energy outside.

Next cue puppy…had to go out and use the bathroom.  After he did that I went to get him to come back in and he decided to run laps around the yard while I’m chasing him in the rain.  He thought it was a game..I did not.  However the neighbours probably had a good laugh.

Next is lunch time….lunch time starts at 11:30 for little miss E as I try to get her fed before the rest.  Lunch time ended at 12:45…..clean up ended at 1:30.

Little E and his friend wanted to play moon dough.  We’ve had it before and I swear I would never ever ever ever ever ever use it again or give it as a present…however Little E got it for his birthday and wanted to play it.  So opened it we did.

MESS!…but he had fun.

Cue little Miss E leaving after her nap ended and enter in two after school boys.  (The most relaxing part of my day as Little E loves it when they come).

It may not sound hectic but it was and probably 110% more than normal because I was tired and grumpy.

So at the end of the night when we were putting little E down to bed he asked if daddy could snuggle with him.  I told him that daddy had other stuff to do but mommy was going to.  He was so excited!  It’s not something I do on a regular basis, basically because usually by 7:30 I’m tired and if I lay down I’ll fall asleep.

However, this time I thought…”you know…I’ve been grumpy all day, short tempered and short with him…I’m going to take this time and just be with him.”  We snuggled and he asked me to sing him to sleep so I did and he fell right to sleep after about 10 minutes.

My grumpy mood?  VANISHED the instant I laid down with him.  He’s not going to ask me to do that when he’s 15 (at least he better not) so I’ll take the opportunity now and I’m glad I did.  🙂

Glad I got my LOVE in.

Laura

Blessing:  I got a TON of great stuff in my mail today.  (I was trying to think of something else than what I wrote above)

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Hope everybody had a great Valentine’s day yesterday!  Hubby and I really didn’t do much.  No….haha we didn’t do anything.  I had to go to the walk in clinic and hubby was working.  By the time we both got home and sitting down together I was exhausted and went to bed.  But, we don’t really celebrate Valentine’s Day anyway.

This morning I woke up and realized that I forgot to put money over into our bank account to pay for our mortgage payment that came out last night.  Uggh…With hubby recently being laid off and him working on his own it has become extremely difficult to pay some bills…but we’ve been managing.

This morning when I got up I immediately went to our bank account to transfer some money…only to realize that I couldn’t.  Not sure why.  Didn’t call because yesterday I was on the phone for most of the day dealing with the CRA.  Yup they decided to do an audit on me or something stupid like that and realized that I haven’t been paying my CPP.  Yah who knew  you still had to do that when you are babysitting.  UGH!!  So….now we also have a $500 bill looming over our head.  Just lovely.

So this morning there was minus $93.25 in our account.  I was freaking out a bit because I really wasn’t sure what we were going to do.  I felt helpless but knew that soon money would come in.

Then, today of all days the mail man decided to come early.  Since I have been couponing I get a LOT of mail…so I was super excited that the mail was here.  Before I went out to get it I prayed that God would send some money today so that we could get our bank account back in the positive.

Out to the mailbox I go…hoping that something is in there.  Trusting that God will take care of it…like He always has done before.

What do I find?  Some coupons (which would normally make my day happy) and a letter.  Before I opened the letter I prayed again.  I opened it and in that letter was a cheque that covered the amount that we needed in our bank account and enough for the bill that will come out tonight.

So PRAISE THE LORD.  Not only should I be praising  Him now but for always.  Just another daily reminder that I am sooooo blessed!

Laura

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God knows just when to bless us!

I was going to post another topic for my blog post today but then thought….”Hey my blog is about how blessed I am…and I really should be telling people all about that”.  So…today I’m going to do just that.

Hubby does carpentry for a living besides being a pastor in the church plant here.  The winter is fairly slow for carpentry work.  Actually we thought it was going to be a lot better than this but that’s neither here nor there.  The bottom line is that he hasn’t been getting enough to meet our needs…and my babysitting has dropped by two kids before Christmas.  So needless to say our funds are kinda low.  Actually…really low.

Hubby thought he had some work lined up for this week but that didn’t work out.  So on Sunday we prayed and we prayed again.  We prayed that God would help us in this situation.  He’s done it before and we knew that He would do it again.  However, we are human and we still worried about things.

Sunday afternoon hubby took Little E swimming at the public pool because we had a free admission.  On his way there he received a phone call out of the blue from a guy wanting to know if Kevin could come work for him for a few days and he would get the same pay as his normal job.  All we had to do was say Yes and obviously Praise God for the answered prayer!

While answering yes we found out that the guy would also need hubby to work all next week for him which is AWESOME.

Now, mind you it’s not a full week’s work but you know…it was extra money that we really really needed.

God blessed us tremendously…because without this money we wouldn’t be able to put gas in our car, or pay our power bill.

We were talking again tonight about our financial needs and I mentioned to hubby that we only had an 1/8 of tank of oil.  I told him that we were going to need oil.  Will we worry about it?  Probably…not because we think that God won’t provide for us but because we are human.  Do I think God will take care of it?  I sure do!  He’s proven Himself (even though He doesn’t have to) over and over again!

How has God blessed you this past week or even month?  Tell me about it!  I want to hear your blessings!

Laura

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