Saturday, April 26, 2008

Random Thoughts...

Hello Friends, No posting in a long, long has taken many twists and turns over the past few weeks. Seems like I have found myself in a very different and new "season of life". Professionally - I am not working much at all for the first time since I was 14 years old. Personally - I find myself still overwhelmed with grief and sadness over the senseless loss of a young man's life. Kelly finishes school here next week and heads to NC to be with Kaiti and Collin for a month. I will feel so much better about the three of them once she gets there. My niece and Kaiti's 1st cousin spent this past week with them. What a blessing for both of them!! Thank you Phillip and Anita!!!! David and I are flying to NC to spend Mother's Day with the girls and Collin. We will celebrate Mother's Day and Kaiti's birthday. Over Memorial Day we will meet the girls and Collin in Charleston to get Kelly settled in for summer school. Then David heads to Uganda with Kelly Green, and I will head back to NC to play with Collin while Kaiti works for two weeks!! We are all just praying and hoping that we make it through everything that we have going on so that by July 4th we will all be back in Tampa together for a month. Somewhere in all of the comings and goings - we have the small project of putting new carpet in all of the bedrooms upstairs and putting in wood floors in the halls. Hmmm - just not quite sure how that is going to play will. Spiritually - I know that my faith is being tested through grief, but I also know that the testing and questioning only serve to make me stronger and to hang on to God even tighter. I was challenged beyond belief by the Beth Moore conference. I am so excited about beginning a new study in the next few weeks - even if it's only two of us Kristin!! I know that the women that God wants to be here on Monday nights are the ones who will be here - I am not going to worry or fret over that one any longer. BUT, I am keeping my house open. BTW, did anyone see Jennifer Rothschild on Good Morning America this past week!?! Our Sunday School Department class is splitting up with some major changes going on at church - this is sad, but we need to look at this as an exciting time for us to ramp up our class.

AGH!!! Another hard drive crash late yesterday. I am hoping, hoping that the information on the crashed drive can be saved and I am sooo thankful that I renewed the warranty program on the computer!!!!

All of that being said - I have a great photo from Iraq. God's world is so very small - a friend in Tampa out of McDill AFB traveled over to Iraq this week. He located Robert - was able to spend some time with him and assured us that he is OK.

Sunday, April 06, 2008

Collin - 2 Months Old

What a Week!!!!

So it has been awhile since I have been able to post on here. What a week!! Wednesday, a week ago - March 26th, David flew up to NC to be with Kaiti when Robert left. Robert deployed on Thursday. Thanks to each of you who are praying for his safety!! Friday morning, I dropped Walker off for boarding and headed to Jacksonville for the Beth Moore conference. We had a group of 15 Sonshine State Siestas that made it safely in unbelievable traffic from Tampa to Jacksonville. What should have been a 3 hour drive took some of us 7 hours!! AND...a dear new friend who I had only met by way of the blogging siestas, Annie's Eyes, flew in from Texas with her sister. Meeting them, spending a few precious hours with them made this weekend so very special. Who but our Lord could put relationships like this into place? But it was worth it!! Beth's scripture just happened to be my "life verse" - when I saw this on the huge screen as Friday evening's session was beginning I couldn't believe it....

Pressing on Toward the Goal - Philippians 3:12-14

Not that I have already obtained all this, or have already been made perfect, but I press on to take hold of that for which Christ Jesus took hold of me. 13Brothers, I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, 14I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.
So I am not looking back - I am not wasting energy on what could have been. The future is always in front of us - so face forward and meet Christ!! If we keep looking backwards we will miss all that God has for us!! So Siestas - face forward and run!!