Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Operation Catfish Rescue

It's so funny how the most insignificant and crazy moments can become the most memorable.  I love how God throws these silly mishaps into our daily lives that help us create some amazing life long memories.  I always keep my eye's out for these little blessings!

Last week the part of Texas we live in received a humongous amount of rain!  It was well needed.  After the heavy down poor the pond began to spill over at one end, and hundreds of baby catfish began to wash into the woods between mine and my parents house. I had never seen anything like it.  Baby fish were everywhere!  Among the baby fish caught, there were also about 15 larger catfish that had spilled out of the pond. 

We all donned our mud boots and headed out on operation catfish rescue...


Several large catfish and numerous baby catfish had spilled into this hole. 



Bre's first experience with noodling!  There is no way my arm was going in there after a fish!



They would fill the buckets with babies and then return them to the pond...



Sweet little Luci and her uncle Chad...
Luci was part of the crew too! She was having a blast stomping around in puddles in her mud boots!


Bre and her cousin Dalton.  These two never fail to go to the extreme.  When we heard screaming coming from the woods, we knew exactly what these two were up to!  Mud fights, pushing each other in the creek...they wouldn't do it any other way. :)

These are the moments.......

Friday, March 23, 2012

Unity

It's been such a breakthrough week for me.  Focusing and praying on unity this week God has revealed to me that some walls must come down.  Over the past few years I've really struggled in relationships and community.  I've been emotionally beat up and burned by people who I was really close to.  It wasn't just me who was hurt, it was my family as well.  In turn, I just completely shut out the possibility of building new relationships.  I had this idea of..."all we need is each other and we'll be fine."  That would keep us protected and we wouldn't have to deal with any drama.  Well, let me just tell you that putting up these walls of protection have only built a cage of loneliness. It didn't stop the attacks by others either.

This has not only affected me, but also my daughter.  She's built up the same walls of protection because she has been so beaten up, bullied, and attacked by other girls and parents that she didn't think she needed nor did she want friends.  We both lacked that trust in others.

God has really convicted me this week.  Not only do we need to build unity in our family, but we have to build unity with others outside as well.  But we also must be careful who we allow to speak into our lives and the lives of our children. I've made the mistake of practically selling my soul to the devil just to be a part of certain group, or clique and it got me nothing but heartache.  Lord forgive me for being a part of that and thinking it was important. 

What I've realized is that I don't need these walls.  When I stand in unity with people who genuinely love and follow Jesus Christ right along beside our family satan can throw those daggers and attack, but we still stand and we stand much stronger than before.  We stand against the slander, the hatred, the threats, the gossip and rumors, and we stand with boldness..HOLY BOLDNESS!

Thank you Lord for your mercy and forgiveness.  I am also thankful for some amazing new relationships that we've made.  Thankful for those friends who correct me when I'm wrong.  My world has just been rocked by the love and support our family has been shown lately.  People standing up for our family! Wow!  I am amazed at the emails and text messages from people out of the blue just telling me how proud they are of my children.  I am excited about the awesome things happening in our church.  The love and unity taking place excites me!  Big things are happening!  God is speaking to me in so many area's concerning my family, my future, my purpose.  We are loving these changes!

Btw, I have to add that I absolutely love the pastor at our church.  Not only is he my pastor, but he's my cousin, my best friend.  He is always there for me when I need him and I him also.  He knows my heart, he knows my faults, and he loves me anyway.  I don't have to put on a "facade" for him.  He's just amazing, and has been such a rock for our family for many years.

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Breanna's Biggest Fan!


I'm amazed at how much my oldest and my youngest are alike!  I feel like I'm raising another Breanna.  They look alike and act alike.  Luci has that same goofy, determined, and fiesty personality just like her big sister.  I couldn't be more thrilled.  Breanna is one of the most amazing teenagers I know!  She is an amazing God fearing young woman who has big dreams, and high expectations of herself.  She has no problems demonstrating her morals and values.  She is a daughter of the King, no doubt!  I see so much of her in Luci, and I'm so thankful that Luci has such an amazing sister to look up to. I couldn't ask for a better example for my younger daughters than Bre.  She isn't perfect, but she loves them with everything she has and would do anything for her brothers and sisters! 

Luci adores her!  She is definitely Breanna's Biggest Fan!  She has finally learned to say her name.  It comes out something like "Bree-uh."  It melts my heart everytime I hear her call her name.  I just love it! 


We love you BRE!!!  I thank God everyday that he chose me to be your mother!  Your're amazing! 

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