Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Can't Wait To Go Home for the Holidays

So as I mentioned in my previous post, I have experienced being homesick for the first time in my life... it's making time go by so slow, I am counting down the days till we get to go and I can hardly stand how long it's taking.

There is so much waiting for us! Family, Friends, good food, a city, time with Adam... golly why does time have to go by so slow.

Friday, December 4, 2009

"Even if something is left undone, everyone must take time to sit still and watch the leaves turn."

Fall has been a full season in the Root house here what we've been up to...

1. Spent an 80 degree weekend at Myrtle Beach, SC the last weekend of September
2. Little Andrew was born early, but healthy (my friend Dolly's baby)
3. 1st time I ever made Mackenzie's Halloween costume
4. Went to Women of Faith conference for the first time
5. Experienced being homesick (probably the first time in my life)
6. Went to the North Carolina State Fair and tried a deep fried Oreo
7. Made an entire Thanksgiving feast for the 3 of us
8. Started celebrating the Christmas season
9. Mackenzie rescued a kitty

Mackenzie playing at Myrtle Beach

Scott and Stacy... our beach buddies!

Mackenzie and her bear catching some rays

Mackenzie, Adam, and Scott building a small village

Love the beach!

Little Andrew!

So precious!

This is Adam's contribution to this blog entry

I love this man, and he's all mine! Catching a smooch in the corn maze!

Mackenzie on the hay ride at the pumpkin patch

Being silly, what you're not seeing is Mackenzie rolling her eyes :)

Nope that's not a mistake, the windows are open and it's the end of October! 75 degrees!

Carving pumpkins

The end products
Mackenzie in her costume that I made!
The most amazing baker

1 of 3 pies they made, and remember it was just the 3 of us

Thanksgiving day sitting on the front porch sippin on our sweet tea

Harrison Lake Hike

Mackenzie picked out a great tree!
Our newest edition, Hobo

Friday, October 23, 2009

Love My Sibblings!

I have to brag a second for how awesome my siblings are. I might not talk to them that much or hardly get to see them, but that doesn't matter. No matter how long time has passed the quality is there.

I had a wonderful date night last night with my brother over the phone, we chatted about life for quite some time and it was time that was so precious to me. Daniel I want you to know that meant the world to me, and I meant everything I said. Don't forget courage and boldness, because you are a man's man!

I have been missing my family and would say that I have experienced being homesick for the first time ever. Today when I checked the mail my little sister sent me a care package of love! Things that only a sibling would know that would excite me. Brooke that meant so much more than you will ever know. Thank you so much for taking the time to think of me and send me some much needed love.

Then there are the precious few minutes that I treasure getting to talk to my older sibling when she is either on the way to work or on the way home. They are precious because it usually is the only time when we are both kid free and can have a few moments of uninterrupted time to catch up on life. These are moments never taken for granted.

I love you you all so much and I treasure our relationships, ya'll are the only ones that have walked through my life's most difficult trials. Through all the years, good and bad moments, trying and testing moments, fun and exciting moments... thanks for being there all the way with me... I love you!

Thursday, September 17, 2009

Precious Moments

Mackenzie is growing so quickly before my eyes. Day by day I am loosing my little girl to this young tween that she is becoming. So I want to share with you the precious moments that I expericed with her today because in a couple of years, I might need the reminder myself :)

This morning while Mackenzie was upstairs getting ready for school I came downstairs and caught a couple of minutes to myself... so I quietly was kneeling before the Lord this morning in prayer, my eyes were shut and I was quiet and consumed in my few moments of prayer. When I opened my eyes I found Mackenzie kneeling right beside me in prayer. What a precious and beauitful sight that was.

This evening I was tucking Mackenzie into bed and while I was laying with her she said "Mommy, I am really glad you had me when you were young... because I got to see you sooner and be with you sooner."

Why I got both of these in one day I have no clue, but thank you Jesus for my precious gift from above.

James 1:7 "Every good and perfect gift is from above"

Saturday, September 12, 2009

Where does all the time go?

Well, I can honestly say it's been forever.

Spring and summer were busy seasons for the Root household. First there were lots of end of year school events that had to be attended. Then there was the fact that I became a high school youth leader at my church, that took my away to camp for a week (talk about a commitment)... then there was the fact that summer started and for the first 4 weeks of summer I parked it right next to the pool. Can't forget my 5 week trip to the Pacific Northwest (which by the way 5 weeks is a long time to not sleep in your own bed).

And finally we returned just in time for school to start. While on my trip I was convicted of spending to much time on other things than what God has called me to do. So here I am getting back to the basics and blogging again about how amazing my life is and what a wonderful God I worship!

Here are some highlights from our summer!

I do have the cutest nephew ever!

Wine tasting with Adam's Dad, bothers, and teaching our niece the ropes of wine tasting!

Don't I have a hot husband!

Adam and I wine tasting at Chateau Ste. Michelle

Mackenzie's celebrated her 9th birthday... where does all the time go?

Multnomah Falls, OR (For all my NC friends... this is a real water fall!)

Adam's parents farm... isn't it amazing!

Mackenzie with the horses... if she's not in the barn or on a vet call with gramps... she's with the horses!

Mackenzie and the mini donkey :)

My incredible sister-in-law, Shandal... Love her!

YUMMY!!!! Crab with Tristan and Amanda!

One of my favorite places in WA... Edmonds Beach!

The Mariners game with my unkle George... Go Mariners... Go Griffey!

My favorite Washington Festival... Anacortes Arts Festival!

Such an awesome day with my mom, Mackenzie and me!

Mom and Me!

Mackenzie's first day of Fourth Grade :)

Until next time may the Lord keep you and show you His love for you everday.

Monday, March 9, 2009

Soccer Season begins... Go Spirit

Mackenzie played in her first soccer game on Saturday!!! The girls did awesome for this being their first game and playing in the heat... it was 85 degrees.

Mackenzie played midfield for the first half of the game and goalie the second half and she did awesome... she blocked 5 goals!

Saturday, March 7, 2009

What A Beautiful Mornin'

This is on the coast about an hour and half away, what a beautiful sunrise!

I had to look at a calendar this morning to make sure... yup it's only March. I thought for sure it was June, because that's what it looks like outside this morning, and with a high of 80 degrees, it's going to feel like June today!

How much easier it is to rejoice and be glad in the day when it is sunny and warm! I will not be taking this for granted, I believe this was God's way of showing me love today.

Until next time, may the Lord keep you and show you His love for you everyday!

Thursday, March 5, 2009

I woke up on the wrong side of the bed, but I came out the other side

I have a praise...

This morning I was really struggling, or as Mackenzie put it "Mommy, you woke up on the wrong side of the bed."

I did... I was cranky, upset, discouraged, and just mad. After driving Mackenzie to school, I began to explain to God that I was mad at Mackenzie's school and our educational system, I was upset that Adam has had to work so many hours, I was cranky because I was letting this all get to me.

As I was confessing I was reminded that our greatest battles are not of flesh and blood, and the struggles I was facing this morning were schemes the enemy was plotting. I began to weep, and praise God that He has claimed victory over my life, He was already won this battle, that I am His beloved and He is mine. As I began to speak these things out loud, I felt God's amazing peace fall upon me and just like a flood He let His mercy rain on me.

I continued to praise God for all that He has done for me and all that He is doing in me, and all that He is going to do. In a matter of less than 10 minutes of driving the song by Aaron Shust "My Savior, My God" came on twice, the line "My Savior is always there for me" struck me to the core, almost like God was telling me Himself "I am always there for you." Seriously, why else would it have come on twice in such a short period of time.

The thought crossed my mind later today, how amazing that God is so truly in love me that He reached down this morning to remind me that He is ALWAYS there for me, that He will never leave me of forsake me.

Jesus I am so in love with you.

Until next time may the Lord keep you and show you His love for you everyday.

Friday, February 27, 2009

Spring is just around the corner...

The Root household has had a revolving door the last few days... it has been crazy.

I used to think it was just living in Washington that when the weather would start to warm up schedules would increasingly get busier, because people were awakening from there winter hibernation. And who could blame them when all it does in Seattle is rain and snow from Oct to May. But on the other side of the states here in North Carolina it has begun to warm up and sure enough our schedules have been heating up as well.

I'm not sure what has happened, but Mackenzie's schedule has become so busy between sports, church activities, school commitments, I feel like lately we have been consistently coming and going. The next couple of weeks are only scheduled to get busier. There is something about spring and summer being so busy it goes by so quickly.

Ahhh... spring seems to be just around the corner.

One of Mackenzie's many activities

Until next time may the Lord keep you and show you His love for you everday.

Friday, February 20, 2009

My Spiritual Birthday

I grew up in the church and for the most part hated it. I never fit in, and my impressions of Christians were you had to fit into the right clique and/or you were a hypocrite. I am admitting to being a hypocrite, I called myself a christian for many years but had no idea what that meant. It was something I was brought up being forced to think I had to be one, not really understanding it's a choice not something you are born into. I drifted through life being able to talk the talk when I wanted to but by no means did I walk the talk.

In my younger years, middle school in particular, I never fit in. I was out-casted, teased, and even bullied at times... I thought if God loved me, really loved me than my life wouldn't be this bad. As I entered high school I was looking for the wrong kind of attention and was not be guided otherwise because my parents marriage after 20 some odd years was falling apart that I was able to slip on by. In high school I remember thinking my family is suppose to be a christian family and yet there is so much hatred, anger, bitterness, and sin there was no room for love. I strayed far away from God, church, and anything related.

Years later and many life lessons later I was a single parent of an amazing little girl (she still is amazing, I'm just not a single parent any more, praise the Lord!) This little 4 year old asked me why she didn't go to Sunday School like the other kids in her childcare, I told her that Sunday School wasn't for everyone and she kept persisting, my mom had taken her to Sunday School once or twice and she then asked if grandma could take her. At the time my mom and I were not seeing eye to eye so there was no way I was going let my mom take my little girl to Sunday school, if anyone was going to take her to Sunday school it was going to be me... I was just a little stubborn.

The part that I left out was 3 years prior I had a horrific experience in the church where a pastor was not trained well in a particular situation and gave some horrible advice and I vowed that I was never going back to church.

I picked one of the largest churches in the Seattle area (about 10,000 members) and we went to church thinking I could hide, it was so big how could anyone notice if I was coming or going. I wasn't going to church for me I was going to so my daughter could go to Sunday school and get it out of her system, God had other plans for us. You see my daughter met a little friend that day whose parents started holding me accountable for coming to church, but they didn't stop there... they came along side of me and partnered with me and began to show me what Christians were suppose to be like. And 4 years ago on February 20, 2005 I gave my life to Christ once and for all in that very church with that family embraced around me. I have grown a lot in these last 4 years, and I am so excited to see how God is going to continue to grow me and draw me closer to Him.

"But because of his great love for us, God, who is rich in mercy, made us alive with Christ even when we were dead in transgressions - it is by grace you have been saved" Ephesians 2: 4 & 5

A grace that I don't deserve, yet I have... I will forever be in awe of my Savior and Redeemer.

Until next time my the Lord keep you and show you His love for you everyday.

Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Proud Mommy Moment

I had a very proud mommy moment that brought to absolute tears of joy yesterday...

Adam has been working very long hours and has been exhausted, but when he has been home on the weekends he has been shooting hoops in our driveway.

When Mackenzie and I were at the grocery store last night she saw an orange and black basketball (orange and black are Adam's favorite colors because of the Oregon State Beavers), she asked if she could buy it with her own money. She was so proud of her purchase. She then came home and wrote Adam the most beautiful card, it reads...

Dear Adam,
Thank you for choosing me. I know it is a choice for choosing me and my mom. I love you a lot and I try to do my best respecting you.

How amazing is it that she gets it. Love and Respect is a choice, a daily choice. God is so good.

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