I really can't believe how many things there are to do on the web. I just got into facebook a couple weeks ago, so now I have just way too much to keep up with. Last night was great study/meeting with my group, but it was hard. I know we have been challenged everyday in the study of Paul, but I also know it is so good. I need to be more consistent in my study of the Word, because I feel like I don't know enough. It is a constant challenge, so I am working on it. I have been feeling so out of whack with how full our schedule is, not eating right and not getting enough exercise. Bailey's last game is Saturday so that will open up some time for me to get back to some form of regular exercise. I can't believe we are half way through October. Halloween will be fun this year, we are doing a family theme. The kids love the cartoon "Chowder" so we are all dressing up in character. I am making most of the costumes, but don't be fooled--it is very simple stuff, some borrowed stuff that I am piecing together. I can't wait to take some pictures of us all, will post them. I love fall, the changing colors of the trees, the warm smells of fresh bread and sweet rolls, a hot cup of cider while curled up under a quilt with a good book, and making piles of leaves to jump into in the yard. I am amazed at God's creation, reflections of Him in nature. I am thankful I can't figure all that out, that most of it is a mystery, something just to gaze upon and be wowed. I don't want to lose sight of that appreciation for the little things, the brief moments in time when we really should stop and ponder His goodness, slow down, no more rushing around. Isn't God good?
I realize by now I should be a 'seasoned' blogger but really I am lucky to get to it once a week. My schedule, my life is one big crazy thing right now. We have so much going on between work, church, school, sports and extracurricular stuff. I am enjoying my Bible study group so much, and the study has been so great for my walk with Christ. We are studying Paul and his life, his ministry. It is amazing to read again about how he endured, all he gave up and all he accomplished for the Kingdom. I hope someday my kids will say some good things about my influence, not that I was just a nagging mom who was always on them about doing this or that. I am seeing some evidence of that as my two older children have come to know Christ personally. My daughter Rylee is going to be baptized this week, thank you Lord! She has considered this decision very carefully for awhile now, I have seen in her the struggle. As we have prayed for her, I know the Holy Spirit has been working on her for a long time. Someday AJ will come to that same point in his life, and we will keep praying for that as he grows and learns. I am so thankful for how the Lord works in his own time, on His own perfect time table. I am very tired today, we had so much fun last weekend with the Popcorn Festival and good worship at church. I can't believe it's October already! Time flies by even faster when you have a full schedule. I love the fall, the cool, crisp mornings and the weather changing, leaves changing. It is cool to see God's creation move with the seasons. God is good, all the time, in all things and through all things. What an awesome God we serve.

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