Thursday, November 27, 2008

Give Thanks

TRUE THANKSGIVING

Oh, give thanks to the Lord,
for He is good!

~~ Psalm 107:1 ~~


The Pilgrim Fathers who landed at Plymouth in America in 1620 knew nothing of the bountiful prosperity that so many people enjoy today. During that first long winter, seven times as many graves were made for the dead as homes were built for the living. Seed, imported from England, failed to grow, and a ship that was to bring food and relief, brought thirty-five more mouths to feed, but not an ounce of provisions. They caught fish, hunted wild fowl, and venison. They had a little English meal and some Indian corn.

Yet their lives were marked by a spirit of constant thankfulness. On one occasion, William Brewster, rising from a scanty Plymouth dinner of clams and water, gave thanks to God "for the abundance of the sea and the treasures hid in the sand."

According to today's standards, they had little; but they possessed a sense of great gratitude. Gratitude is one of the greatest Christian graces; ingratitude, one of the most vicious sins. Ask God to open your eyes to all the blessings He has bestowed on you, and to give you a fresh spirit of gratitude - not just at this season of the year, but always.

The Reverend Billy Graham, Hope for Each Day - Words of Wisdom and Faith, Thomas Nelson Inc., Publisher

Monday, November 24, 2008

The Blessing - John Waller - Missions Presentation

Choose to be a blessing...


Let it be said of us...
While we walked among the living
Let it be said of us...
By the ones we leave behind
Let it be said of us...
That we lived to be a blessing for life

Let it be said of us...
That we gave to reach the dying
Let it be said of us...
By the fruit we leave behind
Let it be said of us...
That our legacy is blessing for life

This day...
You set life, you set death right before us,
This day...
Every blessing and curse is a choice now
And we will choose to be a blessing for life

Let it be said of us...
That our hearts belonged to Jesus Let it be said of us
That we spoke the words of life
Let it be said of us...
That our heritage is blessing for life

For your Kingdom, for our Children
For the sake of every nation.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NESkHLKJJH8

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

On the move...


We officially have a crawler! Laura has been trying to master crawling for weeks...but last night she finally figured it all out! We got some video last night that I will try to post later, but here is a quick pic I snapped this morning of Laura on the go...Life will never be the same...gotta finish up that baby-proofing!



Video of crawling

I think this is the first time I've posted video through Blogger..so we'll see how this goes...Eric reduced the quality so it wouldn't take forever to download...

Oh, and I realize the video is kinda long so probably nobody but family will watch the whole thing...! And ignore the piles of baby laundry in the background... recording video was more important :)

video

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

It's been quiet...

Okay, slight blogging break is over... :) The last two weeks have been fairly uneventful...except for a week or so where I thought my head was going to explode...they still aren't really sure what happened...it was either viral meningitis (two failed spinal tap attempts---ouch---so they couldn't get a definite diagnosis) or a 5 day massive migraine (I've never had a migraine before---but the docs said that if it was a migraine, I will definitely have another one..yippe... :( ) The CT scan did confirm I have a brain though (in case anyone had questioned that before)! I was a pretty sick girl for a week or so...but eventually after a half-dozen super-duper painkillers and antibiotics--I finally recovered. During this time, Laura spent her first night away from home...The Gants graciously volunteered to keep Laura while we were in the hospital one of the nights. Thank you! My parents ended up coming back up to help take care of the baby...since Eric was mainly taking care of me (and trying to work a couple of days as well). Of course, even with my exploding head...I still managed to take a couple of pictures :)

On the 7th...I turned 29 years old...! I was still feeling pretty rough...so it was most likely one of my worst birthdays....in comparison, turning 30 next year should be a blast! :) Eric and I did venture down to Gainesville to pick up my Birthday present...I got a video camera! I was quite excited...but of course that means that my blog readers will also be subjected to lots of Laura video :)

Other than all that...life has been fairly quiet...that is good! I aan't believe its almost Thanksgiving and Christmas again--this year has flown by!













Tuesday, November 4, 2008

Pumpkin Farm

This past weekend my parents came up for a whirlwind visit so Daddy could install a part on our air conditioner...and they never turn down an opportunity to visit their grandbaby... :)

Saturday morning we went to Burt's Pumpkin farm in Dawsonville for some fall fun. We bought a couple of pumpkins to bring home and cook. I love fall foods...apples, pumpkins and sweet potatoes :)

Oh, and you may notice it looks like I am squinting in all the pictures...but actually, Friday night I was using some cleaners and things and apparently I guess I touched my eye and my right eye decided to swell. It was a little better Saturday thanks to a visit to the quick care clinic and some prescription eye drops...Cleaning can be hazardous to your health!

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