Monday, October 31, 2011

Jesus Loves Me This I Know


Jesus loves me this I know!!! I'm never quite sure what Adam can and can't remember and recall so tonight after climbing into bed, just now, before turning on my laptop, I asked Adam to sing to me Jesus Loves Me. After getting him started, he was able to sing the whole entire song and with fluctuation in his voice... this is huge! I asked if Jesus loves me and Adam said "yes, so much".  I love that my man loves Jesus and I love to see my man love Jesus!

This popular song has been loved among children and adults alike since it was written in 1860. Anna B. Warner wrote the original version and later David Rutherford McGuire added verses two and three. Anna’s sister Susan had asked her to write a song for a Sunday School teacher who wanted to cheer a dying boy. No wonder the lyrics have brought a smile to many children and assurance to adults.  I wanted to enclude the lyrics, because I honestly didn't kwow there were more verses...

JESUS LOVES ME
“Jesus loves me! This I know,

For the Bible tells me so.
Little ones to Him belong;
They are weak, but He is strong.

Refrain:
“Yes, Jesus loves me!
Yes, Jesus loves me!
Yes, Jesus loves me!
The Bible tells me so.
“Jesus loves me! This I know,
As He loved so long ago,
Taking children on His knee,
Saying, ‘Let them come to Me.’

Repeat Refrain

“Jesus loves me still today,
Walking with me on my way,
Wanting as a friend to give
Light and love to all who live.

Repeat Refrain

“Jesus loves me! He who died
Heaven’s gate to open wide;
He will wash away my sin,
Let His little child come in.
Repeat Refrain

“Jesus loves me! He will stay
Close beside me all the way;
Thou hast bled and died for me,
I will henceforth live for Thee.

John 15:9  As the Father has loved me, so have I loved you. Now remain in my love.


We have had an easy going weekend.  We didn't do too much this weekend and for the most part took it real easy just spending time as a family.  Today was a treat... Mackenzie didn't have school so we took Adam to work and spent the day together.  When I asked Mackenzie what she wanted to do today, she said she wasn't sure what she wanted to do for the whole day but asked if we could start our day hanging out at Starbucks... is she my kid or what!  We spent 2 and half hours just talking, reading, and hanging out... it was so nice. 

After picking Adam up from work we headed over to our friends the Ciancarelli's house for dinner and trick or treating.  It was such a good time.   The last couple of years I have made Mackenzie's costumes and this year she made her own costume.  She wanted to be a tree.  Mackenzie's really big into "going green", she is consistently telling me all the ways we can be more environment friendly.

My Kenzie tree


She even built a nest with a bird, just like a real tree

Tonight at dinner all the kids were excited and hyper about going out trick or treating, we put Adam in charge  :)


Matt dressed up to be Sophia's groom since she was dressed as a bride (Sophia is Matt's daughter) 

Adam and Matt

James the knight (isn't he so cute?)  I should ask if Adam can use this costume next year, after all he is my knight in shining armor

Thursday, October 27, 2011

God Contiues To Work In Mighty Ways

I am so excited for all that God is doing in Adam's recovery the last couple of weeks.  It's unbelievable!  The way that his therapist can report back to insurance about Adam making specific gains and measuring his progress is through tests. Each month Adam is tested in each discipline of therapy.  This month Adam's tests were improved greatly.  His right side is continuing to gain strength and is very close to matching the strength of his left side.  List endurance has continued to improve as well as his ability to stay focused on a task!  These are all HUGE gains for this past month!  His speaking and ability to communicate is getting so much better.  This week especially I have been praising God for Adam's clarity in communicating his needs.  God continues to be doing a mighty work in my man's restoration.  

I have more faith now than ever, knowing and trusting that God is and will continue to restore Adam and build him back up just like His word promises.  Nearly 9 months ago, the scripture verse Jeremiah 31:4  I will build you up again and you will be rebuilt...  Again you will take up your tambourines and go out to dance with the joyful.  As I approach the Throne of Grace with confidence, asking and believing with all my heart that God is restoring Adam.  He is not building Adam back to be the same man that he was, God is rebuilding Adam for His great and mighty purposes.  After all, my man is a mighty warrior and he has been and will be used in God's army in a mighty way.  This I believe with all my heart. 

While I wait on the Lord in the meantime, I will be praising Him with a heart that is overflowing with joy for all that He has done, all that He is doing in this moment, and all that is still yet to come.  I am trusting Him, believing in Him, and loving Him with all my heart.  I just love my Jesus and so does my man!

I often thank Adam for choosing me to be his wife, this started long before his injury and has continued on.  This week as I have told him thank you for choosing me to be your wife, he looks at me with a huge smile.  I know how much this means to him, even if he can't find the right words to communicate how much it means to him, his face expresses it all.  Wives, I encourage you to thank your man for choosing you.  Look at the way your man has blessed you and blessed your life... don't you want to thank him for it?  If you find it hard or difficult, ask God to reveal to you ways that you can be thankful for your spouse.  Write it in a letter if that would be easier than telling him to his face, but I encourage you to please spend time in prayer asking God to reveal all the ways your spouse has blessed you and then thank your spouse for all that God reveals to you.  Watch your man melt as you tell him!

Dear Jesus, thank you for being with my man as he has embarked on the most difficult journey of his life.  Thank you for being there, comforting him with Your peace.  Thank you for drawing him close to You, I can see how in love he is with You and I know he must of had some tangible taste of your love.  Thank you God for the miracles in Adam's life that You have already done, may we never forget all that You have worked in this journey.  Thank you for the blessing Adam has been to me and the blessings he has poured forth on me.  Thank you for blessing me with such an incredible man that I get to call my husband.  Help me to be the wife you designed for Adam when You created him.  Draw us closer to You, and give us what we need to be obedient to Your calling on our lives and our marriage.  Thank you God that You rescued us from our sin so that we can know fellowship with You.  I know I can speak this for my man... we love You so much.  Thank you that Your presence is surrounding us.  Oh Father we love you and it's in Jesus' name we pray, Amen.

Monday, October 24, 2011

God's Strength At Work

Ephesians 3:16 I pray that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner being

I have witnessed and even experienced that the strength of the Lord is gives to us to endure and persevere life's most difficult challenges.  Adam is living proof of this every day.  His strength and ability is not of his own strength, but clearly that of God's working through him.    Adam perseveres with joy what most of us can't even conceive, he labors harder than I have ever seen anyone.  What he overcomes on a daily basis and with the endurance he possesses is God working through my  husband EVERY day.

2 Corinthians 12:9  But he said to me, "My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness."

In several of the facilities Adam has worked in, he has been complimented on his endurance and perseverance... after hearing it a number of times, I have reflected on this and realized this... based on Adam's injury and all that we have seen in so many others facing similar journeys, it is truly only by the very power of God at work in Adam that allows my man to make it through each and every day, working so hard to gain his own strength back, this is God's gift to me.  By seeing God at work in Adam daily, it's a tangible reminder that He is always with us, that He never leaves us. 

Since the day that I met Adam I knew he was a treasured gift from above, given to me to love, honor, and cherish.  The gift God has given me in allowing me to see Him through Adam is indescribable.  I knew my man loved Jesus, but now with his injury, Adam does not hold back his soul.  In prayer, in conversation, in his work... I see and hear how much my man loves Jesus and I see a glimpse at how much our Savior loves my man.  Through His strength, Adam continues to make strides and gains daily.  Oh how He loves us.

A glimpse of our last few days...

Mackenzie and I enjoyed an evening at the fair last week

 
Mackenzie brushing one of the horses at the Lewis'

Adam helped Wayne paint a shed

Getting ready to start painting

Took a break from painting and had a picnic in the yard

We were so blessed to enjoy a cookout at the Coulter's   Thanks Glen and Debby for such a wonderful Sunday afternoon!

Mackenzie and Einstein (Debby's daughter's dog) enjoying a private picnic moment!

Saturday, October 22, 2011

Prayer Life Part 2

In the last blog post I mentioned how God has been working on my prayer life... this has led me to look at Jesus' prayer life.  The Bible talks about Jesus' prayer life and I wanted to study it, to see what the example God's Son has set forth.

During many times in His life, Jesus withdrew from His disciples and the crowds to be alone to pray. He often went up on a mountainside or went to solitary or lonely places to pray. Sometimes He even went to pray very early in the morning, while it was still dark.  Often I think I'm tired, but when I look at Jesus' life, he must have known exhaustion too, yet He still made His prayer life a priority.  In all 4 of the Gospel books of the Bible Jesus' prayer life is mentioned.

Matthew 14:23 After he had dismissed them, he went up on a mountainside by himself to pray. When evening came, he was there alone

Mark 6:46 After leaving them, he went up on a mountainside to pray.

Luke 5:16 But Jesus often withdrew to lonely places and prayed.

Luke 6:12 One of those days Jesus went out to a mountainside to pray, and spent the night praying to God.

John 6:15 Jesus, knowing that they intended to come and make him king by force, withdrew again to a mountain by himself.


I'm not sure how many topics are discussed in ALL 4 Gospel books, but I know they have my attention when I can see it as clearly as this.  Time alone with God, praying is vital to our relationship with God.
These habits of Jesus teach us some important truths about prayer. Though I may pray while in a group, with a friend, or in a prayer meeting, there is a great need to get alone to pray.  Finding a place within our home or elsewhere, where we will be free from disturbance and where we can be alone with God is important. Though the company of believers is helpful for fellowship, for some intense moments of prayer, one needs to be alone. That is why Jesus got up early and also went to solitary places to pray.

Psalm 23:2 He makes me lie down in green pastures, he leads me beside quiet waters.  It is in such undisturbed quietness that our souls will be ready for sweet communion with God our Father. For often God does not shout His messages to us, but gently whispers them to us. And God will speak thus only to those who have shut down every other sound and every other presence to hear the voice of God.

One thing I know for myself, my soul has to cry out to God... One can have the assurance that God hears it all and answers them all. Therefore let us continue to pray.


 
I am blessed to be able to see so many of your prayers and my prayers being heard and answered by God, just by watching Adam's journey, watching God restore Adam.  Adam is doing incredible and still amazes so many medical professionals.  I know that this is a way that God is showing His power, His might, His miracles, and His love... it's all coming out through my man.  Please keep praying for my man's journey to FULL restoration.  Pray that with every doctor appointment that is yet to come that Adam will continue to baffle the doctors with His progress and that the doctors eyes and hearts would be open to the mighty God we serve.
 
Tomorrow I will share pictures from our day today and the wonderful and beautiful day we shared with the Lewis', what a blessing of a day!

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Adjusting My Prayer Life

If you have been following this blog long or know me then you have probably realized I am not a quick learn, that's why I think when God is trying hard to teach me a lifestyle change, or to know Him more, He usually sends multiple messages, in many different ways.  Lately God has really been sending me messages about prayer, the importance of prayer, and through these messages it has made me evaluate my prayer life. I have been getting the message loud and clear for the last week... from billboards, church signs, even down to the book I've been listening to in the car.  Prayer is as vital as breathing.

I pray that God will  show me daily how to come before Him.  I don't want to busy myself so much that my mind is so cluttered with so many other thoughts, that prayer isn't one of them.  This has happened to me before, I can't even begin to tell you the despair I was in.  I don't even want to experience that ache and loss I felt from grieving the Holy Spirit by not talking to God. My prayer life as a believer will always be a work in progress, but I am so thankful that wants to communicate with me so badly that I can talk to Him directly.  The despair went away almost immediately when I was able to hand God my heart in prayer. There's that old saying "life is fragile, handle with prayer", there is defiantly something to be said for that. 

Jesus sets an amazing example of not only the importance of prayer, but of seeking God out in prayer and time with Him.  Several times the Bible mentions how Jesus went away from the crowds and His disciples and prayed.  Luke 5:16 says "But Jesus often withdrew to lonely places and prayed."  Giving this some thought, I asked myself, how often do I withdraw from the business of of everyday life to pray... the answer, not enough.  This is something that I am trying very hard to do.  I want, I desire this time with my Lord, it is now a priority.  No matter how busy I get or how full my mind fills with thoughts, God is showing me that prayer is a priority and can always be accomplished no matter the task at hand.

There is power in prayer and God does answer prayers, our family is living, walking, talking proof of that.  This evening Adam and I had the amazing privilege to cook together. Adam and I worked side by side chopping up vegetables for soup, Adam even made the broth. I cherished this time together. Prior to Adam's injury we spent many hours in the kitchen cooking side by side and the fact that we were able to do this today, is evidence that God answers prayers.

Please join me in continuing to pray for my man's FULL restoration.  Your prayers are being heard, and God is answering them. 

Thank you so much for you all your prayers, this is the greatest gift we have ever received and it continues to be our greatest need.

Monday, October 17, 2011

One Unforgettable Weekend

We feel so incredibly blessed by the generosity of so many great and wonderful friends. This weekend at the beach with the Hagan's was amazing, it was truly incredible.  The memories our family created were beyond words to describe.  How do you describe something like a family vacation when last year we were being told that it would never be possible.  Even though I never allowed myself to believe that, I also am amazed that we are where we are today... GOD IS SO GOOD!!!  I love that he is restoring us moment by moment.

What we were given this weekend in ways of memories are priceless and tears run down my face as I write this, overwhelmed by good friends, unforgettable memories, and what a mighty God we serve.

This weekend Debbie was telling me about a book she was reading and a story that was within the book about geese... I wanted to share it with you all and I found this story...

Next fall, when you see geese heading north for the winter, flying along in V formation, you might be interested in knowing what science has discovered about why they fly that way. It has been learned that as each bird flaps its wings, it creates an uplift for the bird immediately following. By flying in a V- formation, the whole flock adds at least 71% greater flying range than if each bird flew on its own.
(Christians who share a common direction and a sense of community can get where they are going quicker and easier, because they are travelling on the thrust of one another).

Whenever a goose falls out of formation, it suddenly feels the drag and resistance of trying to go it alone, and quickly gets back into formation to take advantage of the lifting power of the bird immediately in front.
(If we have as much sense as a goose, we will stay in formation with those who are headed the same way we are going).

When the lead goose gets tired, he rotated back in the wing and another goose flies point. (It pays to take turns doing hard jobs - with people at church or with geese flying north). The geese honk from behind to encourage those up front to keep up their speed.

(What do we say when we honk from behind)?

Finally, (now I want to get this) when a goose gets sick, or is wounded by gun shot and falls out, two geese fall out of formation and follow him down to help and protect him. They stay with him until he is either able to fly, or until he is dead, and then they launch out on their own or with another formation to catch up with their original group.

(If people knew we would stand by them like that in church, they would push down these walls to get in).


Habakkuk 3:4 His splendor was like the sunrise; rays flashed from his hand, where his power was hidden.



What an amazing sunrise

Job 26:14 And these are but the outer fringe of his works; how faint the whisper we hear of him! Who then can understand the thunder of his power?"

My man and I enjoying the view, the beach, and eachother

I'm walking on the beach with my man... what a miracle!!! 
Debbie and I... my kindered spirit

John and Adam

2 Samuel 22:32-34 32For who is God besides the Lord? And who is the Rock except our God? It is God who arms me with strengthh and makes my way perfect. He makes my feet like the feet of a deer; he enables me to stand on the heights. He trains my hands for battle; 
 
YES, we are tossing the frisbee, something we used to do often.  Isn't God good!  Adam was able to toss and catch without assistance!

Adam and John, what an amazing example of true friendship, John and Adam sat out here listening to a lot of Adam's favorite music

Debbie and I with our party girl hair on!!!

The Root's

Team Hagan and our family!

Adam and I walking on the pier

Fishing from the pier

Mackenzie baiting the fishing pole


Diana and I... I just love John and Debbie's kids, they make me laugh and teach me to live with an epic face!

Jack and I

John and Debbie, Ijust look at this picture and can't help but laugh

Psalm 54:4 Surely God is my help; the Lord is the one who sustains me.


My beautiful amazing kiddo


Best Friends

 We will not loose our hope in God and we will stand fiim continuing to trust Him as He restore Adam.  Romans 5:5 And hope does not disappoint us, because God has poured out his love into our hearts by the Holy Spirit, whom he has given us.

Psalm 119:116 Sustain me according to your promise, and I will live; do not let my hopes be dashed.


Thank you Hagan family for one unforgettable and incredible weekend! We love you guys!

Friday, October 14, 2011

Praising The Lord... AT THE BEACH!!!!


I can hardly believe that a year ago, Adam and I were living in a hospital... Adam was unresponsive in a coma, doctors were telling us he was never going to have a quality life and probably live his life in a bed the rest of his life...PRAISE THE LORD, GOD IS BIGGER!!!!  Psalm 105:2-5 Sing to him, sing praise to him; tell of all his wonderful acts.  Glory in his holy name; let the hearts of those who seek the Lord rejoice.  Look to the Lord and his strength; seek his face always.  Remember the wonders he has done, his miracles, and the judgements he pronounced.

We are enjoying a FULL and high quality of life every day, but especially today as we joined our friends John and Debbie for a weekend in Myrtle Beach, SC.  ISN'T GOD GOOD?!!!!!!  I am so excited for the memories that we have already begun to create on this trip... miraculous and amazing!

We do serve a God who still performs miracles every day... my man is living, walking, breathing, talking proof of that!!!  I am in awe as I praise Him for His faithfulness, His promises, His works, His mighty hands, His miracle, His guidance... HIS LOVE!  We will continue to seek His face, we continue to trust Him that His joy is our strength.  I love my Jesus!!!

My man and I  

John and Debbie

Believe it or not, this is the best shot I got of Mackenzie and Diana

Jack... he is full of life!

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Hallelujah, Joy, and Devine Appointments

A little over a year ago, all I could offer for praise was a broken hallelujah... today I am proclaim that God, you are my hallelujah. 

Rita Springer sings a song "You Are My Hallelujah"

If this valley and these shadows stay
If broken wings can bring you praise
A promise made but never came
Can show me your unfailing grace
Can light the dark and find my way

If ground and grave can steal my heart
Yet when you save a new song starts
And just your name
Can move me near
Can change my hope, cast out my fear
I need... more of your breath here

YOU ARE MY HALLELUJAH

When slience falls
And then remains
When worn and bruised
I still can raise
My voice to make
You famous still
All of these tears upon your feet
Become the wine you taste in me


I have so much to praise Him for.  A few days ago I blogged about how I indulged myself (not proudly) in a day of self pity... towards the end of the day I turned my pity over to the Lord and trusted His plans were and are higher.  I began to give Him thanks for all that He has done, all that He is doing, and all that is yet to come.  With that always brings contentment to my soul, but I learned more to it... today while I was giving God the glory and thanks for the contentment I have, I turned on my praise worship (Rita Springer) in the car rather than one of my books on CD or talk radio... I just began to praise Him with every fiber of my being and I was filled with such indescribable joy.  Joy, genuine joy that began to seep from my pours, uncontainable joy.  It was then that I had an "ah hah" moment.  With a heart of thanksgiving brings contentment no matter the circumstances, but with praise to God, true, genuine praise, brings joy... indescribable joy.

1 Peter 1:8 Though you have not seen him, you love him; and even though you do not see him now, you believe in him and are filled with an inexpressible and glorious joy

I marvel at how God works... I don't know about you, but when I am filled with so much joy I can't keep it to myself, praise the Lord for devine appointments.  God gave me a devine appointment today where I was able to share of His great and miraculous works, and share the joy of the Lord.  I had went through the drive through at Starbucks for my cup of solace and when I got it my coffee was lukewarm.  Normally I would have just kept going and warmed it in the microwave when I got home, but I was talking with my sister and sharing with her my disappointment in my coffee when I was so looking forward to it, she convinced me to turn around and take it back... I did just that and when I walked into the Starbucks 22 miles away from my home, I run into someone that I know from the brain injury community and I was able to share with him the joy that God has given me and testify of his miracles in our lives... praise the Lord for my cold cup of coffee, amen?!!!

2 Corinthians 2:14 But thanks be to God, who always leads us in triumphal procession in Christ and through us spreads everywhere the fragrance of the knowledge of him.

I just love how the Lord works, He could have and to me had every right to want to smack me up side with this lesson, but He didn't... He delivered by whispering to my heart in a time of praise, through a wonderful song.  Thank you Jesus for your grace.  Thank you Jesus for your joy, for your joy has been, continues to be, and will always be my strength.

I have some exciting news to share regarding Adam... every facility we have been in all have their form of what they call a "family meeting"  these occur regularly so that we can assess goals and be on the same page for the direction we're heading.  Every facility we have been in (until now) has always told me something Adam will never do again, and that I need to grasp the reality of my situation... same old stuff.  What they never get is that my reality can only be determined by God, not by science, not by man.  What they never seem to understand... MY GOD IS BIGGER than Adam's brain injury.  Yesterday however, as I sat through this meeting... everyone was so positive and even excited by Adam's continued daily progress.  Each therapist shared how much they enjoyed working with Adam and each one commented on his endurance and perseverance.  What a gift to see the joy of the Lord even at work in my man!

Your prayers continue to bless our family and touch Adam's healing.  God hears them and is responding.  Even today there was a noticeable difference in Adam... he engaged in conversation, had fluctuation in his tone of voice, and was much more alert... all noticed not just by me, but others that shared in our day.  Praise the Lord for His continued hand of healing upon my man.  I am and will be forever in awe of the mighty God we serve.
This afternoon I was sitting on the couch with my man enjoying the healing that was taking place today, he just looks so good I had to share a picture.  How I love that I can see Jesus in my man.

Monday, October 10, 2011

Trusting In God To Mend This Broken Heart

I spent most of the day feeling sorry for myself today... not a place a like to be, but these feelings have a tendency to creep in.  God must just shake His head at me in wonder sometimes... I know it's a choice and instead of choosing the joy of the Lord, I wallowed in my sorrow.  I allowed my pain to discourage me, both my physical pain and my broken heart... no matter the time that passes my heart ache increases and longs for my man.  It wasn't until late in the afternoon, with every step I took causing pain that I chose to tell God that with every step (or I shall say, with every limp forward, I will trust that it is apart of your plan). 

It's so hard some days to see how all this pain, both physically and emotionally could possibly be apart of His good and perfect plan for our lives.  This is where God helps me regularly to trust Him.  I have come to realize we can't completely depend on Him, we can't trust Him, supernaturally trust Him without His help to enable us to trust when there is no understanding to why we should.  All I know is that I have to choose daily to trust in God and His plans, trusting that His purposes are far greater and higher than I know.  I am trusting that though my heart is broken, He is mending it.  I am praying to have the faith to trust in Him even if His purposes are not revealed until He calls us home.  After all we are called to trust in the Lord with ALL our heart and we are not to lean on our own understanding (Proverbs 3)

Author Marshall Shelley, who suffered the deaths of two of his children, writes in Leadership:
"Even as I child, I loved to read, and I quickly learned that I would most likely be confused during the opening chapters of a novel. New characters were introduced. Disparate, seemingly random events took place. Subplots were complicated and didn't seem to make any sense in relation to the main plot. But I learned to keep reading. Why? Because you know that the author, if he or she is good, will weave them all together by the end of the book. Eventually, each element will be meaningful. At times, such faith has to be a conscious choice. Even when I can't explain why a chromosomal abnormality develops in my son, which prevents him from living on earth more than two minutes ... even when I can't fathom why our daughter has to endure two years of severe and profound retardation and continual seizures ... I choose to trust that before the book closes, the author will make things clear."

Even though this afternoon I realized once again that they way I live is a choice, whether I choose to wallow in my sorrow, in my broken heart, or to choose to live for God's plans and for the joy of the Lord... it's up to me to choose.  God is waiting with His arms open wide to comfort me, to carry me in the palm of His hands or I can choose to be discouraged by my circumstances and to feel sorry for myself concerning myself with my lack of security rather than realizing my security comes from trusting God and choosing to live for Him no matter the cost.

Please pray for us.  If you read this blog, please commit to praying for us.  We need continued prayers for mind, body, and soul.

Sunday, October 9, 2011

Recapping a Busy Week

I want to start by thanking the Jones' family.  Thank you especially to Amy Jones whose has graciously opened her home to us while she has been in Africa serving as a missionary.  The Jones' opened their home and their hearts to us and we are forever grateful and blessed by their generosity. 

We transitioned this weekend from the Jones' house since Amy is returning from the mission field, and we are staying with some very good friends of ours Wayne and Jan Lewis.  We are so excited for this season of getting to stay with the Lewis' and already we have created some wonderful memories with them.  I just love how God uses His people, we have been blessed by so many wonderful people!

(For those of you who love my kiddo and are concerned about her well being... with this transition, she does not have to switch schools.)

This week has been so busy between Adam's folks visiting and moving... it's just been one crazy week, I've barely been able to keep up with the blog.  Here is our week in review...

Monday we took a little road trip with Adam's mom and dad, we drove through the country, to a few small towns and ended up at a county fair in the evening...
Jack and Adam on the pier

Mackenzie taking in the sights

Mackenzie and Adam looking at the wildlife in the water

Mackenzie with the horse at the fair

All of us checking out the horse (there was only one... it must have been a small county)

Gramps spoiled Mackenzie and took her on the rides
 
Jack winning Adam a prize at ring toss

Adam and I at the fair

Adam and Cookie


 One of my good friends Courtnie works for the American Kennel Club and she invited Adam and I to swing into her office and meet her "co-workers"... one of the perks of her job is they can bring their dogs to work, so by co-workers I really mean the employee dogs.  It was so awesome to see so many dogs, Adam had a blast!

Courtnie and Adam






Yesterday we spent the day at the Hagan's, Adam and I got to hang out with Jack and Diana while John and Debbie went to a football game... when they got home, John showed Adam how to wash one of their rugs with a hose.


Mackenzie thinks she might as well have gone to heaven, getting to stay with the Lewis' means Mackenzie gets to see and be around horses every day.  I just loved this moment Mackenzie shared with the horse, I believe Mackenzie was letting the horse know that she was going to like Mackenzie or else...

I am just so thankful and so grateful for all the ways God has provided and continues to provide for us.  He is our Johovah Jireh.  Genesis 22:14 So Abraham called that place The Lord Will Provide. And to this day it is said, "On the mountain of the Lord it will be provided."  He is so faithful!

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