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Baby #3

I don’t think anyone reads this blog so, if you do and I offend you, I am truly sorry. I use this blog as a private place for getting things down that I just can’t share with everyone.

On January 16, my Mom’s birthday, we found out about Baby #3. To say I was shocked, would be a total understatement! I did not plan on any more children and I have depressive episodes so, I have a lot going on with the two children we already have.

However, God has a plan and it is not always what my plan would be. I am growing to love this little human and thinking about it often and what it will be like with 3 children! Trying really hard not to panic and to just place it all in the Lord’s hands! :o)

We already have names picked out. So, we are getting pretty excited to meet this baby who will be a wonderful addition to our family and I am sure Claire & Lily will come to adore their new brother or sister! (I am hoping)lol.

So, I guess that is my update. I just felt like I needed to write something here. I haven’t in a while. Maybe I will write more when I need to rant from the pregnancy hormones! :o)

Love, Prayers & Peace,

Julie 

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Powerful verse

James 4:7 (New International Version)

7Submit yourselves, then, to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.

Just wanted to write a quick post and update on our Christmas, just in case anyone was wondering. I have no pictures because the girls were sick and extremely worn out and I just forgot to take my camera or even snap any shots Christmas morning at the house. So, I am a bad mother! I hate that but we do have shots of them under the tree in their Christmas pj’s that are adorable, I will try to post some this week when I have more time.

They got loads of stuff because the kids buy for every single person in the family with their own money, which means that we take them to the Dollar Tree and they pick out gifts for everyone. We took Claire to Atwood’s (a farm and ranch store) and she came up with some interesting and thoughtful inexpensive gifts. It was adorable to watch her put so much thought into it. She was more worried about what everyone got than what she got. I was very thankful to see this at such a young age and hope it continues! :o)

She bought both MeMe’s a pair of gardening gloves (pretty purple and green with flowers) and MeMe Fogg got a snowman house and MeMe Ferguson got socks (which she needed). Papaw’s both got gloves and Papaw Fogg got pipe clamps and jelly beans and Papaw Ferguson got a statue of an old cowboy (very appropriate) and jelly beans. 

She was also very picky about buying for her cousins but I can’t post everything she bought here, it would take forever! Lily also got in on the fun, tearing wrapping paper as fast as she could and trying to swallow it whole! The only bad thing is, I was waiting on Charlie to be off work to go Christmas shopping with me and we tried to go Saturday but got about halfway there and Claire threw up so we turned around and came back. The throwing up and crying happened off and on the rest of the day but I did get some shopping done that night but it was stressful as well and I just couldn’t get it together this Christmas. Finally finished our shopping on Christmas Eve day with both kids with us, that was a blast, lol.

We went Christmas day to my parents and ate leftovers from Christmas Eve supper and then to Charlie’s parents and had leftovers from Christmas Eve supper.  So, it was pretty low key Christmas day and I only got to make a cheesecake which was devoured in about 2 minutes, no joke! I guess it was good. lol.  Although,we did make some red and green  sugar cookies shaped like candy canes for our Christmas thing at church Sunday night. We had caroling and finger food and just good fellowship. That was stressful too, though, because Claire was so cranky, still sick, I guess. 

Anyway, we got in bed about midnight every night until Christmas night and then we went to bed at 8:30 pm and slept until 8:00 the next morning, Charlie had to get up at 6:00 though and go to work. Poor thing. So, yesterday, I cleaned and organized and bought groceries and payed bills. So, that was stressful too, town was a madhouse. And, on top of it all, Lily has an evil diaper rash but we are dealing with it. Here’s a tip, we use Corona ointment. IT’s what we use on horses and cattle when they get scrapes and cuts and saddle sores.  It is full of lanolin and it is an antiseptic. If you can get it, try it. It doesn’t hurt the baby. It heals up the rash that day and if it is bad, in just a couple of days it will be almost completely gone! Anyway, just a friendly tip.

My  little sister made me an adorable snowpeople apron! I LOVE IT!!!!!!! :o)   I used it on Christmas day and felt so cute, haha. But, I really did! Thanks, Sis! Love you!   my big sister got me some foot cream, salt scrub and some other awesome bath stuff, it was great, I always need some and just never seem to buy it for myself. Thanks, sis! Love you, too! Charlie got a gift card to Tractor Supply and we got a card for Applebee’s. So, that was good.

We got Lily’s picture put in the paper for Baby’s 1st Christmas and Jase’s too. But, I didn’t get their Santa Claus  letters written  in time. So, we just framed them and we hung them up in the house with our Christmas decor. It’s cute! :o)

So, last night we were sick of Christmas food! I made some turkey enchiladas, Mexican rice (not Spanish) Refried beans (cooked pintos mashed up with a little of the juice and cooked in a hot skillet with olive oil until heated through) Sweet tea, leftover desserts and then I made Charlie some Chex Mix (it’s Pioneer Woman’s) to take to work this week! So yummy! You must try this recipe, not your normal everyday Chex Mix! I can’t stop eating it!

TOnight we are having hash with leftover roast and carrots and fried  baked potatoes with green beans on the side. One of Claire’s favorite meals and some great comfort food, especially good in cold weather, very filling!

For New Year’s Eve I am making some Gumbo and Jambalaya, can’t wait to see if I can make it just like Granny! Probably not! Still not perfect yet. Uncle Kermit was missed so much. I got some wonderful family photos that my Mother gave to us as a gift. She had them restored and enlarged. Thanks Mama! It was so wonderful to receive pictures of my uncle and my dad together and of me and my sisters and my uncle and my dad and pictures of my grandpa and mamaw and grandma. I started crying on Christmas day! And, our nieces Allison and Ann Mary made the girls beautiful pink and brown John Deere quilts. They are so pretty and the girls love them! :o) Thanks to Beth and Blake as well for the super cute care bears! :o)

Anyway, it was a happy Christmas all around and sweet memories were made. What great family we have. Looking forward to another sweet Christmas next year!

Happy New Year’s Everyone!

Love,

Julie

A man named Jesus

My husband sat down and wrote this tonight. I thought it was beautiful and wanted to share it with you.

A man named Jesus

Let me tell you of a man named Jesus. who came from glory to pay the cost for you and for me.

He bore burdens and suffered in agony, to set us free.

His love SO strong, He was tortured, battered and beat, and HE carried the cross, for you and for me.

Though He was His Son, He let us betray Him, and mock His name and spit on Him, He bore such agony.

They bound his hands and nailed Him to the tree.

Even though His wounds were deep, He cried, “Father forgive them”  and He died alone for you and for me.

This is simple but so very true. It is beautiful and straight from a heart that is very humbled right now by Jesus Christ amazing love and saving grace. I thank my husband for writing this tonight, what a beautiful reminder to think upon as we drift off to sleep!

Love and Prayers,

Julie 

Wow, this will make you think. Click here for a VERY thought provoking blog post.

Love,

Julie 

Women of Christmas

My friend, Denise, shared this with me, it’s wonderful and I wanted to share it with you!

The Women of Christmas

Sharon Jaynes

Today’s Truth

“Surely the arm of the Lord is not to short to save, nor his ear to dull to hear.” Isaiah 59:1 NIV

Friend to Friend

When the writers of the Old Testament penned the words to the long lists of lineages, the so-and-so begat so-and-so’s, they always listed the males. Nary a time do you find a woman’s name in the list. But when we turn the page from the Old Testament to the New Testament, we see God honoring women in a brand new way. Even in the lineage of Jesus recorded in Matthew chapter one, we see four women in addition to Mary in the list! For that time in history, that was quite radical!

Now, if you were going to be part of this liberating radical movement to recognize women in the Holy Scriptures, whom would you pick? Oh, I’d probably include Mrs. Noah. She had to be a very patient, submissive wife to be able to put up with all those animals and Noah’s wild ideas.

Or perhaps I’d pick Mrs. Moses. Zipporah must have been a very godly woman to allow her husband to travel about in the dessert for all those years. Besides, any woman who has a husband in leadership knows the sacrifices she must have made.

Or perhaps I’d pick Sarah. After all, she did bear a child when she was ninety and was married to the Father of many nations.

But no. God did not choose one of these women to be listed in the lineage of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. He chose Rahab – a redeemed woman who had been a prostitute before she joined the children of God. He chose Tamar – who had an incestuous relationship with her father-in-law. He chose Bathsheba – who had an affair with King David and bore a son. And He chose Ruth – a woman from a cursed nation.

Oh friend. Do you see it? I am so glad that God chose these women. Through their lives, God shows us that there is no place so far from God that He cannot save us, redeem us, and ultimately use us for His glory. His arm is not too short to save us from the deepest pit imaginable. That was true for those four women, and it is true for you and me. That, dear one, is the story of Christmas.

Let’s Pray

Dear Heavenly Redeemer, I am so thankful that You chose the weak things of the world to shame the wise. I am one of those “weak things” and I am constantly amazed that You chose me and use me for Your glory. Praise You, Lord.

In Jesus’ Name,

Amen

Now It’s Your Turn

Over the next few days, go back, read the stories of three women listed in Jesus’ genealogy, and see what you can learn about their lives.

Rahab: Joshua 2

Tamar: Genesis 38:1-30

Bathsheba: 2 Samuel 11

After reading about them, answer these questions:

What did God take them from?

What did God take them to?

What does this tell you about the people that God can use?

Merry Christmas,

 Love,

Julie

 

To Charlie

Charlie,
I love you so very much! Thank you for this amazing day, we are so blessed to have Claire& Lily but I truly thank you for realizing how much I needed a break! I promise to always strive to be as dedicated to you as you are to me. You make me feel so special and beautiful. You are the most amazing wonderful man. Again, I love you so very much!

Julie (aka “Fred”)