Thursday, January 26, 2017

MoJo Winter Wonderland Wedding

Moriah and Josiah were married on Saturday, January 7. It snowed the night before and, needless to say, created some challenges for the wedding day. But, after some rearranging the timeline, everything was beautiful and they were married on schedule!

The wedding was held at Community Bible Church in Kennesaw and the reception was at The Whitlock Inn in Marietta. The Inn is an old vintage house used for events, specializing in weddings. It was gorgeous! And this was their first reception in the snow!

                                         Mr. and Mrs. Josiah Teague

Monday, January 2, 2017

Wedding Week

It is January 2, 2017. Moriah and Josiah are getting married in just 5 days. I know this week is going to fly by and it will be Saturday before I am ready.

As excited as I am for both of them, there is a sadness attached with Moriah getting married. She is the last of our children to leave home. The term "empy nesters" has been thrown around a lot lately, and frankly, I do not like the term. It sounds so lonely; it makes it sound like you no longer have anything to live for. Sure, our house is going to be a little quieter with no more children living here and only David and I to make noise (and we just do not make that much noise!); but it has been rather quiet for a couple of years now since Hannah got married and moved out. But this time it is different. This time there are no more children left at home.

I have to keep reminding myself that my children will still come to our house for many reasons, not just for holidays. We will still have fun family get-togethers. I will still see my girls and have special times with them. 

I think I am dreading the change way too much. I do not think I am ready to embrace the change just yet; but I probably am looking at the sad and lonely side more than I should. When our homeschool days were finished, I had a similar mindset, thinking what would I do to fill my time. Since then, there have been weeks when I longed for just one day to have a clear schedule and do NOTHING!

I plan to do nothing the week after the wedding. Then it will be back to life as usual, whatever that is going to look like with no children living under our roof; no one to ask "Are you working this week?" or "Will you be home for dinner?;"  no one to text and say "I'm going to the store. Need anything?;" no one to tell to get her things out of the washing machine; no one to steal my socks; no one to "borrow" my mascara or toothpaste; no one to leave piles of her belongings all over the house. Like I said, I am probably thinking about this way too much!

These past 2 years have been good for me and Moriah. We have been able to spend time together that we did not have when her sisters lived at home; being the "baby," she always got the short end of everything, especially my time. I can only pray as she moves on to this new phase of her life, our relationship as mother and married daughter will grow on the foundation we have built with the Lord's help and it will be a blessing in both our lives.

I really do just want to relax and enjoy the entire week and look forward to a wonderful celebration of their new life together as husband and wife. It is going to take divine strength to get through the week, though, and especially the weekend! I am not promising there will not be any tears!! But they will be happy tears!!

Friday, May 20, 2016

Lydia Hazel Parker

Lydia Hazel Parker was born Saturday, May 14, 2016 at 2:54am. She was 5 lbs. 12 oz. and 19 in. She was welcomed by her adoring sisters Amelia, Claire and Emma. Not to mention her parents, grandparents and aunts!!

Tuesday, March 22, 2016

Tuesday of Holy Week 2016

Philippians 2:5-11

"Have this attitude in yourselves which was also in Christ Jesus, who, although He existed in the form of God, did not regard equality with God a thing to be grasped, but emptied Himself, taking the form of a bond servant, and being made in the likeness of men. Being found in appearance as a man, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross. For this reason also, God highly exalted him, and bestowed on Him the name which is above every name, so that at the name of Jesus EVERY KNEE WILL BOW, of those who are in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and that every tongue will confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father."

Sunday is coming!

Tuesday, March 15, 2016

Death, Where is your Victory?

1 Corinthians 15:50-57

"Now I say this, brethren, that flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God; nor does the perishable inherit the imperishable. Behold, I tell you a mystery; we will not all sleep, but we will all be changed, in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet; for the trumpet will sound, and the dead will be raised imperishable, and we will be changed. For this perishable must put on the imperishable, and this mortal must put on immortality; but when this perishable will have put on the imperishable, and this mortal will  have put on immortality, then will come about the saying that is written, 'DEATH IS SWALLOWED UP in victory. O DEATH, WHERE IS YOUR VICTORY? O DEATH, WHERE IS YOUR STING?' The sting of death is sin, and the power of sin is the law; but thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ."

Thursday, March 10, 2016

The Beginnings of Spring

It is March 10 and the sun is shining brightly. The winter did not bring as much cold weather as I had hoped to see. The signs of spring are everywhere. As much as I prefer cooler temperatures, to see color is nice. The gentle breeze of spring is enjoyable. So, even though we did not have the snow or the freezing temperatures of winter, I will embrace the signs of the newness of life that is spring.

Lo, The Winter is Past
For, lo, the winter is past,
The rain is over and gone;
The flowers appear on the earth;
The time of the singing of birds is come,
And the voice of the turtle is heard in our land.

Wednesday, September 9, 2015

Sing Praises to the Lord

Sing praises to the LORD, which dwelleth in Zion; declare among the peoples his doings.
~Psalm 9:11

"The heavenly spirit of praise is gloriously contagious, and he that has it is never content unless he can excite all who surround him to unite in his sweet employ. Singing and preaching, as means of glorifying God, are here joined together, and it is remarkable that, connected with all revivals of gospel ministry, there has been a sudden outburst of the spirit of song."
~Spurgeon on the Psalms