Wednesday, April 25, 2012


It's crazy to think that only a few short years ago I had never been on a plane. Now I've been on more than I can count. Wonderful world of technology, I'm sitting in one now as I write this, headed off to Florida for a work trip. I'm SO READY for the sunshine! I see God's grace on me being sick all this past week, especially during a time when I'm NOT traveling. This past week I've been so sick, but even in the midst of very real trials, He whispers to my heart through His Word. God works even the worst circumstances together for my good (Romans 8:28)- I can be encouraged by this through it all.

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Update: Recuperating

 The Lord is good and full or grace---
when I'm healthy
and when I'm sick too.
His mercies are still new every morning.
I talked about the nasty virus 
my body has been battling these days

I think it's safe to say now 
that I'm recuperating and doing better.

Thank you so much for your prayers, THANK YOU!
Please continue to pray as I get back into the swing of things
after being down for a week with it.

Monday, April 23, 2012

God Story- Lilies of the Field

Don't you love these Spring blooms? 

Last Saturday night I was given an unexpected amount of money.

And on Sunday morning, the very next day...
I was surprised by an unexpected need that had to be met.

The amount of money was exactly the same 
to the dollar and cent.

WOW God!!!

He met the need before I ever knew there
was going to be one the next day.

Just another reminder of many that...

He is Faithful to provide the exact need!

Which reminds me of these verses:

“So why do you worry about clothing? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin; and yet I say to you that even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these.  Now if God so clothes the grass of the field, which today is, and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, will He not much more clothe you, O you of little faith?

  “Therefore do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ For after all these things the Gentiles seek. For your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things. But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you. Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about its own things. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble.   

-Matthew 6:28-34

How have you seen His Faithfulness 
in your life lately?

Sunday, April 22, 2012

Please pray

Hi everyone, I'm updating on my phone asking for prayer. I'm still sick, with what's believed to be a horrible virus (stomach flu like). This is the 5th day I've been fighting it. Unable to keep food or water down. I'm dehydrated and concerned mainly about that because last year I had acute kidney failure and was in the hospital for 6 days then. Please pray I keep enough fluids in my body and recover quickly. Thank you dear friends!

Friday, April 20, 2012

First Time Seeing The West Coast (Part 1)

Last week Wednesday
a little before 4am
I drove myself to Detroit Metro Airport

                               to head 
                                   to The West Coast 
                                        to visit my friend Dana
                                                       eeeekkk! :)

Here is a glimpse of my trip there:


                Took early connecting flight and landed in Texas y'all! 
                                                   Then hello Reno, Nevada

 Settled in and relaxed for a few hours at Dana's
then we drove to Virgina City, Nevada

Had a great day and dinner with Dana's family.
And enjoyed the view in their neighborhood. 
 It's something pretty special to see
since I live in Michigan.


We took turns driving to California.
First we had to go into the mountains to get there.

Many had to stop and put chains on their tires 
because of the snow in the mountains

We quickly went from this:

To this (stopping in Sacramento, California): 

Then we drove to San Francisco, California

Do these houses below look familiar?
(I'll give you a clue: they were in the intro to a popular TV show
in the late 80's to early 90's. )

Thursday, April 19, 2012


I've been back in Michigan since Monday
One of the boys I nanny for (poor guy) 
passed along something to me when I got home:
 the stomach flu. 

It is as miserable as it sounds. 
 My nausea comes and goes. 
Then comes again.
Headache, chills/fever, dizzy, unable to get up. 
Yesterday evening I thought I was on the mend.
But I was wrong, last night was rough.
And today my body is still fighting it.

Yesterday I wanted to blog, but just physically couldn't.
That's how bad it was.
Hopefully I can catch up on here soon. 
Beautiful view- picture I took last Friday in Sausalito, California

Saturday, April 14, 2012

At The Pacific Ocean

How precious also are Your thoughts to me, O God!
How great is the sum of them! 
 If I should count them, they would be more in number
 than the sand;
When I awake, I am still with You.

     Psalm 139:17-18 

Remember my friend Dana from THIS STORY?
And from HERE too?

Well... I've been on the other side of the country
this week visiting her (and traveling lots!)
We took a road trip from Nevada to California. 

These pictures are from yesterday
which was my first time seeing The Pacific Ocean.

God's creations are breathtaking
(more pictures to come in the days ahead ;) 

Monday, April 9, 2012

Blessed by 7

I have three beautiful nieces 
 four handsome nephews

It's been a little over a week now 
since my sister Rachel's wedding

And yesterday I kept thinking...
 I'm an aunt to 7 now... WOW!

I just love em' all :)

I am a blessed, blessed, blessed auntie!!!

Here is a pic I took yesterday 
at the park of the littlest of the bunch...

My sister Cassie's daughter,
my 15 month old niece, Miss. Charlotte Wren:

I was pushing her on the "big girl" swing, don't you just love that smile?!?!

Saturday, April 7, 2012


Then one of the criminals who were hanged blasphemed Him, saying, “If You are the Christ, save Yourself and us.”
But the other, answering, rebuked him, saying, “Do you not even fear God, seeing you are under the same condemnation? And we indeed justly, for we receive the due reward of our deeds; but this Man has done nothing wrong.”  Then he said to Jesus, “Lord,  remember me when You come into Your kingdom.”

  And Jesus said to him, “Assuredly, I say to you, today you will be with Me in Paradise.”

                                                               -Luke 23:39-43

Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Happy Tears (moments I want to remember forever)

It's been almost 3 days now since my sister,
 Rachel walked down the aisle.

I managed to keep my bridesmaid's bouquet semi-alive still ;)

But long after these flowers die
and long after the cake is eaten
and even after blisters heal from dancing in heels all night...

There are some moments I want to remember forever.
Some happy tears I want to never fade away from my heart.

I managed to take a few pictures on my phone
in all the hustle and bustle of the day.

I never want to forget how proud my dad was of his family.

Here is my dad looking out the window right before
he took my sister to walk her down the aisle.

Here he is looking at how beautiful my mom looked
(his bride of almost 34 years)

And lastly here he is with my 11-year old niece Mackenzie.

Years ago her dad died, 
but God knew she'd be in good hands with her papa.

I cannot help, but have happy tears when I remember her
wanting to dance with him and he took her hand just like that...
And they danced together.

What a beautiful wedding. What a beautiful day.
Thank You God for moments like this.
Thank You for family.