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Midnight Moments

Every Mama knows the moment I’m about to describe.It’s midnight or a little after, you are snuggled up warm and cozy in your bed and a little voice breaks through on the baby monitor, “Mommy!”Your eyes spring open, and you lay there a moment, hoping and praying that your little gem drifts back to sleep.Sometimes the Lord answers those prayers and sometimes…He doesn’t.This particular EARLY morning He did not.
“Mommy...I need to go potty!” Squeaks a sleepy voice at me.In my world that usually means that she’s already gone potty and her bed usually wet.I roll my pregnant self out of bed stepping on a Big Bird stuffed animal she left in our room the night before, and I make my way to my folding table…which in my house is my dining room table.Feeling through my load of towels that I washed, but didn’t put away, and I locate my robe.“Mommy…I need to go potty!” She says a little more awake and upset.Chasing myself in a circle looking for my tie to tie my robe, like a dog chasing its tail, she…

It's amazing how sin is a lot like cancer.

This past month has just flown by!  We had our local Relay For Life to support the American Cancer Society, our little Gem turned 2, and just last Thursday I had my thyroid removed.  Everything went very well with my surgery.  Praise God!  When I went in for my pre-op screening they asked me tons of questions, especially about my heart.  Everything that the nurse asked me got the answer of, "No."  After she was finished she looked down at her paper, which was very blank, and said, "Girl...you healthy!"  She said she felt like something was missing because she hardly wrote anything down.  We all laughed and I went home with a clean bill of health for my surgery two days later. 

How can I be so healthy and have cancer?  I am very healthy, when I sit and think about it.  I don't have any heart problems, or blood pressure problems, or even high cholesterol.  My thyroid level in my blood work is smack in the middle of normal, and I still had Thyroid cancer.  I don&#…

Biscuits and Black Shirts

My daughter is always amazing me with what she can do just like the Lord does.  Here is my Gem for this week :)

Usually one day a week I spend time at my Mother's after work.  Mother, Gem, and I just talk, laugh, cook, crochet, play outside.  We are usually doing what the little one wants to do, lol.  Tonight we baked.  We made biscuits, YUM!  Who doesn't love a warm flaky biscuit with lots of butter on it?!?!  Baking is not like savory cooking.  You have to follow the basic recipe in order for it to turn out correctly.  If you don't add the right things, baking powder for example, your biscuits will not rise and have all that fluffy goodness.  No Salt and they have no flavor, they are bland.  No fat, either shortening or butter, and they will not flake like an excellent biscuit does.  (Yes, I said Shortening!  If your gonna do it, do it right!)  You must follow the recipe.  Now, baking with a 23 month old complicates things a bit, lol, but I wouldn't trade it for anyt…

Fingerprints of God

Steven Curtis Chapman’s song Fingerprints of God always brings tears to my eyes, especially when I look at my little Gemma.For those of you who don’t know me personally let me catch you up on the last 5 years.My husband and I bought our first house, I became a Jazzercise instructor, I’ve had 2 miscarriages, I had a baby, and in the last 6 months I’ve been diagnosed with 2 different types of cancer.October 1, 2012 I received the diagnosis of Malignant Melanoma from my dermatologist.I had a mole behind my right ear become larger during my pregnancy, and when I went in to have it taken off my doctor said, “It looks angry, but it will most likely come back as nothing.”She said this because it was not a typical looking melanoma.It wasn’t odd shaped, or uneven, and it wasn’t black.It was round, large, and red.I was referred to our local cancer center where I had surgery to excise an area around the cancer site to make sure there was none left on the skin, and they removed 3 lymph nodes to m…

"Mommy, Mommy."

If you’ve had the privilege of having babies you might have had people tell you how much your life is about to get turned upside down.I used to laugh inside when people told me that.I used to think, actually, my life is about to get turned Right Side Up.Having Gem has been such a blessing in my life, my husbands, my family, and my friends.She truly is a Gem, yes, I know I’m her Mother so of course I’ll say that, but it really is true, lol.Please enjoy my Gem for this week.
When you have little ones about you expect to get woke up in the middle of the night.When Gem was younger she would cry to wake me up to her needs.Now she calls out “Mommy, Mommy”.My husband told me one day that he thought it was so adorable how she calls out my name like that.I wasn’t in one of my more graceful moods and my response to him was, “Yeah, adorable, let’s see how adorable it is when she calls out Daddy, Daddy at 3 am.”Let me tell you, the Lord let me experience that one night a couple months ago.I giggle…
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Happy Easter everyone!  He is risen!  My family and I enjoyed a sunrise service with our church this morning.  That is where I snapped this picture :) I love taking pictures...of anything so you might see some silly things from me from time to time.  Here is a Gem the Lord gave me earlier this week, I hope you enjoy it as much as I did.  I couldn't stop crying. God’s love is so amazing. The Lord gave me a sweet vision of his love for me this week. When Jesus died on the cross and he said, “It is finished.” That’s exactly what he meant. Through my faith in Jesus Christ the Father sees me through Jesus. I am in Him. He sees me and says, “This is my daughter in whom I am well pleased.” Then the vision of Gem greeting me when I pick her up from Nana’s house. Arms open wide, huge smile on her face, and then she calls my name as she knows me, “Mommy!” She doesn’t look at me, at least right now, and see my sin, my pride, my selfishness, she sees her “Mommy” whom she loves and who loves he…

Seeing Jesus in Easter Eggs

This is my attempt at a blog :)  hopefully you can find encouragement here to look for Gems from God in your everyday life.  Please enjoy my first post about my daughter Gem (22 months old) and her first experience hunting Easter eggs, and how the Lord spoke to me through my little Gem from God.
Thinking back about this past Wednesday when Gem and I were at Mother’s.We dyed eggs and did an egg hunt.Not really hiding them of course, just placing them here and there on the grass along the path we would lead her on.We gave her a basket, lined with paper towels, I turned on my video camera on my phone and off we went to the back yard.“Gem look for the Easter eggs, find them baby, do you see any?” I said to her as we walked.Her eyes darted here and there looking for those eggs, eager and excited, hopeful that she would find one.Then seeing one ahead of us on the grass, her eyes lit up and she ran to the egg, “Found one!” she screamed and laughed.Putting that egg in the basket she looked bac…