Friday, September 28, 2012

Carpe Diem

9/11 Lycoming Co. Motorcycle Ride
Running and playing like
every toddler boy should!
So it has been a few weeks since I have blogged. I have found myself lately, having to find a "place" for me. We have been here for 12 weeks now and Tony is settled in to a work routine, Chip is settled into being a 4-year old in Pennsylvania, and I am still hunting for my 'place'. I have found that my creative brain can only be set aside for so long before it drives me crazy! I have had the opportunity to do some awesome Very Hungry Caterpillar first birthday invitations for a cute soon-to-be one year old, here in PA, and I have found myself making cutesie door hangers for myself and some new PA friends.

I have found myself thinking a lot lately about my old shop (Sassafrass) and how fun that was and I think that the reason my brain has gone there lately is because that was my most fun, creative, exciting job ever! HOWEVER, I am also so excited and think a lot about my current graphic design company. We possibly having an incredible contract with a Dothan school and have gotten a ton of other opportunities lately.

That's right! I'm a
professional bike rider!
Love us!
When you are a minister's wife, you certainly live in a fishbowl, and have to tread lightly with your life. There is a fine line in everything - and I have to be especially careful, as tact is something I have to work very hard at!!! There is a fine line between 'adjusting' and 'complaining', between 'non-committal' and 'rejection', and everything else in between. Where my thought life has taken me lately, I have found myself walking along the edge of a cliff. Our thoughts, if not taken captive, can destroy us. I still find myself looking for confirmation from the Lord, daily, about our purpose and place here! I find myself talking to Him each day and finding comfort in His arms and in His love. I have to make sure that I find my peace and my comfort in Him alone - not Tony, Chip, PA, or anything else in between.
Fall has begun!!!

on a mission, here!
2 Cor 10:4-5 says "The weapons we fight with are not the weapons of the world. On the contrary, they have divine power to demolish strongholds. We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ."

What a sweet moment captured!
We are here on purpose, even me - the spouse, and 12 weeks is nowhere near long enough to fully understand, get, grasp, or fulfill that purpose. Each day is a day that the Lord has given all three of us to experience Him in a new way, to share Him to a new person, and to love and be loved in a way that only He can provide. So as I find myself typing this, I see a new day to experience, a new road to walk, and a new opportunity to seize. Carpe Diem - Seize the day!

Monday, September 10, 2012

Soccer -aka- kill the kid with the ball!

So last Friday was Chip's first soccer game and I'm not sure who was more excited, me, Tony, or Chip. We showed up for our first game with sneakers, shin guards, tall socks, shorts and our shirt and a whole lot of anticipation and excitement. At this age, score doesn't matter, and winning doesn't matter, just the kids having fun, not getting hurt, and learning the basics. I told someone, that if we could just escape with no broken fingers from him picking the ball up while another kid kicked it, and with Chip wanting to go back next week, we would consider it a success. Well, a success it was. We had no broken bones, Chip had the time of his life, and he loved his coach and teammates. It was in fact, a case of 'kill the man with the ball' and they played on short fields but gosh how fun! Loving being in PA so far, and this was a first in Chip's life that I never would have imagined would have happened in Pennsylvania, but what fun it was! Enjoy the pictures!