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Tuesday, September 30, 2008
Jesus, Jesus, Jesus
Let all heaven & Earth proclaim
Kings & Kingdoms will all pass away
But there is something about that name
Now, don't hold me to these being the correct words. My great- grandmother tought me most of the hymns I know. Well, she was in the early stages of Alzheimer's at the time. So let's just say the words aren't always in the right order... but that is another blog!
Well, I am just singing away. Here comes Trenten running into the kitchen singing:
Pizza, Pizza, Pizza
Kings & kingdoms
Pizza, Pizza, Pizza
Let's just say I'll be praying that he comes to Love Jesus as much as Pizza!
It gave Adam & I a good laugh, hope it will you too!
Until Next Time,
Saturday, September 27, 2008
This is only one of my many "Philosophies on Life". I am sure as time passes you will be blessed by many more. Please note, that was a joke. So, needless to say I thought with all of the trials and tribulation that Job suffered through in his life, that this would be a great book of the Bible to help through my own trials over the next few months. Here are some thoughts out of the Prayer Journal I have been keeping.
Job 1 20-22
At this Job got up & tore his robe & shaved his head. Then he fell to the ground IN WORSHIP & said: "Naked I came from my mother's womb, & Naked I will depart THE LORD GAVE & THE LORD HAS TAKEN AWAY; MAY THE NAME OF THE LORD BE PRAISED." In all this Job did not sin by charging God with wrongdoing. (the all CAPS are the part of the verse that struck my heart)
In case you do not know what happened in the verses leading up to this,here is my short & sweet version. Job was a man of God, who had been very blessed in every way really by God. Satan comes to God, and asks to challenge Job's faith in God. Satan believes he can get Job to curse God. So God allows Satan to test Job's faith, but not to kill him. So Satan basically takes everything from Job. His children, livestock, health,and so on.
Verses 20-22 are Job's reaction to this. I was overwhelmed by the way he was able to Worship the Lord immediately after loosing all of his children at once.This being one of my greatest fears(loosing any of my precious children)having this attitude afterward is hard for me to imagine.
This is what I desire for my heart to be like. I want to Praise the Lord in Good times, Bad times, and all of the in between.I know that this only comes from the Lord. I want to challenge all of you to search your hearts, and to desire a Heart like Job's.
Join me next time, when I will discuss how I have applied Job's life to my own over the last several weeks.
Until Next Time,
Friday, September 26, 2008
I can not wait to share about the last three weeks. To say they have been "fun filled" is an understatement! Tonight we started a Marriage Conference at our church. It has been wonderful so far, and we are both really looking forward to tomorrow. I had to turn in some economics homework before midnight tonight, so it has been a mad dash since I came home to get everything done & turned in. Trenten and I did it though! What a great helper he and his "Thomas the Train" are... I think its time we call it a night.
Looking forward to re-joining the Blogger World, if you will still have me.
Until next time,
Wednesday, August 20, 2008
Until Next Time,
Thursday, August 14, 2008
(Above) Trenten Last weekend swimming at Grandma's
This week I am struggling with something we all know is inevitable. We all want a say in it, but life doesn't always allow us that either. It throws constant battles of adjustment & struggles our way... have you guessed it? That's right Changes. The nothing ever stays the same fact of life. I struggle with the part of balancing ALL the changes in life, all at once.
(Above) Jonah when he was First Born
(Above) Jonah swimming last weekend at Grandma's
As you can see from my pictures I'm struggling with how fast time has gone by with my kids. I keep looking at Jonah, and remembering how it was like yesterday that was Trenten. I look at Trenten and think how tomorrow that will be Jonah. Can I just say, I'm not ready for that! Change is all around us. For example take a look at the last year of our lives.
- I'm 5 months pregnant with Baby # 2
- Adam and I nearly get divorced
- Adam changes from night shift to days to help restore our marriage
- Baby Jonah arrives
- I cut back to Part Time at work
- We sell are nice gas saving car
- Adam changes careers
- Adam goes back to working nights (but don't worry we're not getting divorced)
- Jonah no longer likes coming to work with Mom
- I'm going back to school in the Fall to finish my degree in "Business Administration"
God has brought us through so much, and I know he will continue to take me through all the changes that are coming. This past week in my Woman's Bible Study I learned about turning my worries into prayers. I have been praying all week for me to just have Faith that God will provide for us through all these upcoming changes. It had been a great week of feeling like all my burdens had been lifted. Then last night, after a day of Jonah crying non-stop while I tried to get work done, and situations coming my way all day that I don't know what I'm going to do about. My Spirit was kind of broken, and I found myself worrying & frustrated over everything. So, please pray for me. Pray for strength to deal with what is coming my way right now, pray for me to quit worrying over situations and take them to God where they belong.
Until Next Time,
Wednesday, August 13, 2008
This is what I did this weekend. It was a lot of fun for everyone, let me tell you! Adam left for work early because I was driving him crazy trying to arrange the shape of the frog perfectly! I just could get it just right... Jonah enjoyed hanging out under the table waiting for the green frosting to hit the floor. He enjoyed eating some, and then crawling through the house & spreading it EVERYWHERE! If I never see green frosting again, it wouldn't hurt my feelings a bit. Trenten struggled with the temptation to eat the little yellow flowers off the lilipad cupcakes... but we all survived! Kaleb loved his frog cake, & it made my day to see how his face lit up when he saw it. Anything for my favorite Nephew!
Until Next Time,
Thursday, August 7, 2008
Tuesday, July 29, 2008
I came to a realization yesterday as I was cleaning my house... and I felt like I needed to share it with the rest of you. Yes, I was cleaning my house on my day off, which seems to be how I spend my days off these days! The last 2 weeks has been nothing but hectic & stressful around the Estes household. My work has been really demanding, then all the changes that came with Adam's new night job, let's just say really cleaning my house was on the back burner. So yesterday, after 2 weeks worth of just being "Straightened up" my house needed a good "real" cleaning.
I don't know about the rest of you, but the Kitchen is the Heart of our Home. I can deal with the rest of the house being a little messy, but I can not stand to be in my house if the kitchen is not clean. So yesterday I spent a good part of my morning taking my kitchen from a "Straightened Kitchen status" to a "Immaculate Kitchen Status". As I was slaving away, I started thinking about the last 2 weeks and how the Kitchen got like this. I started thinking, "Am I the ONLY one who can wipe down counters around here? Am I the ONLY one that can use a broom & a mop around here? For crying out loud Jonah crawls all over these floors! Am I the ONLY one who thinks about that! If other people would just help a little, I wouldn't have to spend this much time out of my day CLEANING!" (For the Record, the kitchen really wasn't that bad!)I had to stop myself, and take a deeper look. As the Kitchen is the Heart of our home, the gathering place of our family... What has my Heart been like these past couple of weeks? How did it get like this? I've just been keeping it "Straightened up" I haven't really taken the time to clean it up, make it Immaculate again. My heart is what trickles out to the rest of the family. What kind of Gathering Place have I been for my family the last couple of weeks?
I started to see that I had become this unhappy, almost bitter woman over the last month or so. Really since Adam had started his new job. I had become focused on "me" and what inconveniences his new schedule had put on "me"! I wasn't making time for God everyday, because I had all this responsibility to take care of on my own! Cleaning my Kitchen yesterday I realized I'm trying to handle it all on your own! Don't you get it, you stupid girl! You can't do it all on your own, there are not enough hours in the day! You need God, to renew you, give you strength, to keep your "Heart" & attitude in the right place.
After I was finished, it was like God reminded me of all the things my Husband had try to do over the last month or so to help, that just wasn't enough in my eyes at the time. He would do dishes some mornings after I left for work, before he would go to sleep after working all night. He would change laundry loads when he thought of it. He had tried to help, but I was to busy focusing on what I had done. I couldn't see that he was trying.
This weeks Woman's Bible Study by Angela Thomas challenged me. When she talked about "expecting perfection out of everyone, and things being up to your standards". That's exactly what I have been doing with my house. If anyone else walked in, they would think it was clean, and looked nice. I look around and see things that need done, and consider it "Straightened" not "Clean". I learned that I need to be more merciful, and that comes through God and God alone!
I would like to challenge any Woman who is reading this to take a look into the Heart of your Home. Are you trying to keep it "Straightened up" all by yourself? Do you need God to give you a "real cleaning"?
Until next time,
Wednesday, June 25, 2008
Giant 30th Birthday Cookie cake
Wedding Shower Cake
Upclose Real Flowers atop Wedding Shower Cake
Baby "Paiton" Shower block cake, with cupcakes, & cookies
Upclose of Baby "Paiton" cookies
Monday, June 2, 2008
Friday, May 16, 2008
Until next mess up
Wednesday, May 14, 2008
6"Now may the LORD show lovingkindness and truth to you; and I also will show this goodness to you, because you have done this thing.
Monday, May 12, 2008
Saturday, May 10, 2008
(Above) Trenten Washing his car
(Above) Family Trip to the Cain Center Trenten's 1st Swiming lesson with Mom & Dad
(Above) Trenten & Dad Swiming!
(Above) Tammy Stops by with kids for a short visit
(Above) Trenten, Haleigh, & Hannah Hangin' out in the back yard
(Above) "LITTLE BOB" as I call him, real name Robert Andrew. Miniture version of his Daddy! If there is such a thing! He is only 6 months old here... his dad "BOB" real name Jacob is 6' 9" TALL. (The Name thing is another LONG story!)
(Above) Future of Tri- City Steel! Emma & Jonah holding down the fort at work with Mom's
(Above) Making the Rounds! Trenten & Jonah @ Great Grandparents house in Eustace
(Above) Crye Family "Celebration of the Cousins"! Palestine, TX
Hope you are caught up now! I'll do my best to keep this from happening again!
Until Next time,
Wednesday, April 9, 2008
So, we leave "First Monday all in my Truck. Karen, Cathy, Jonah, Trenten, Duke & myself. We head to Leagueville to Karen & Craig's new house to unload a Kitchen Island that was the original purpose of the trip to "First Monday" to begin with. We stop in Athens to Pick up Adam from work, because he had never seen Craig & Karen's new place either.
Sunday, April 6, 2008
I want Julie to know how much I love her, and the kids. And apologize for me having to work so much. Till next time Adam
Saturday, April 5, 2008
Wednesday, April 2, 2008
From that Summer on, I became the cake girl in our family. I always loved to bake, cook, make "New Creations".. Pretty much anything in the Kitchen other than stinkin' Dishes! I continued on my journey of doing Cakes for all the family Birthdays for years. I had all these cool cake ideas in my head, but when you're using the 4 basic plastic cake tips from Wal-Mart because that's all you have... Your kind of limited! My sweet Husband Adam realized this, so for Christmas in 2006 he bought be a Wilton beginner Cake Kit! Trenten's 1st Birthday was coming up in January, & that was the first cake I used my kit with! It was so much fun... we call it the cake that Started it all! You can see it on my Slide show, it's the Doggy Cake.
I was so excited when My Aunt Carolyn, the one who started my interest in Cake baking moved here to Crossroads TX. Now we've started doing cakes together on the side. It has been great, she has so much experience & expertise. She has been teaching me lots of new tricks! So, check out my Slide show & you can see what we've been up to in our Spare time! These are not all my Cake Pictures, just my Favorites!
Until Next Time,
Saturday, March 29, 2008
I wish I could write more, but I do need to get back home... house work, yard work, & Children are needing me I'm sure! Got to LOVE Saturday's! I remember when I looked forward to Saturday because I got to sleep in.... Sleep? What's that?
Until Next Time,