Thursday, August 17, 2017

Thankful Thursday

And just like that it's the middle of August!

Today I am thankful for...
~ the friendship and love my husband and I share. He always shows me his love and takes care of me so well.

~ my teenager!  It was so fun to celebrate him!  He enjoyed his surprises all week.  The biggest surprise came on Saturday at his party. His uncle flew in from Pennsylvania.  Caleb was so surprised and couldn't believe his eyes.  After we ate we had a time of sharing to encourage Caleb as he begins his teen journey.  The other part of the surprise was his uncle asked him to be his Best Man when he gets married next June.  It was so sweet, and I think we all had tears.  I can't really believe I have a teenager now!

~ my little guy's cute giggle when I tickle him.  I love that sound and his sweet smile!

~ the rain we've had lately.  It has been so beautiful to see rain in Texas in August!  The skies are cloudy again this afternoon so we may see more!

~ family all coming for Caleb's birthday.  It was fun to see everyone.  Speaking of rain in Texas.....we had stuff set up to eat outside and then it was kinda hot so my Mom said why don't we put the tables inside so it will be cooler and more enjoyable.  The steak and chicken were done on the grill and we'd gone in and started fixing our plates.  Then it started pouring!  Very hard!!  It was perfect timing after we were inside.  It did not last very long, but we were glad we were inside.

~ having a washer and dryer.  I have not used my clothesline in a long time (after my pregnancy with Titus and now we have a dog in the backyard who would not leave the clothes alone!) but eventually want to do that again.  I'm thankful for the washer and dryer.

Have a day of blessings!

   Bethany

Thursday, August 10, 2017

Thankful Thursday

I am remembering to do my Thankful Thursday today instead of Friday like last week!  This week we have been at home mostly and getting some things ready for Caleb's upcoming birthday party.  We are very excited about that.  More about it next week!

Today I am thankful for...

~ my sweet husband taking our boy on a "father son" trip for a surprise for him turning 13.  They had a good time and came home with many stories and tired out! I am thankful for their relationship and the time they could spend together.

~ my 12  year old boy!  This will be the last Thankful Thursday I can say that about Caleb!  He is growing into a wonderful young man and I am excited to see him grow and mature in the coming years.

~ my sweet baby boy bringing me flowers.  We were sitting in the yard at my Mom's, and he went and picked one of her zinnias. (He was trying to break it off and couldn't so tried to bite the stem!)  He looked so adorable walking over to me with it in his little hand right in front of his body with dirt on his nose.  I wanted to take a picture and went in to get the camera and he didn't want to do that again to reenact it for me.  My Mom told me sometimes the moments are just for me and not to share and just have to remember them.  :)

~ having a good time staying at my Mom's with Titus while my other boys were on their trip. It was relaxing for me and restful.

~ having Caleb's birthday video turn out so great.  I finished it quickly it seemed this time and still need to "publish" it on the computer.  I loved seeing how much he has grown the past year.

~ talking with a little lady in the grocery store this week. I had not seen her there before but she talked to me about Titus.  She said she has a birthday coming up this week and couldn't remember how old she would be but she knew she was born in 1922.  She was a sweet little lady, and it was nice to talk with her for a few minutes.

Have a day of blessings!
   Bethany

Sunday, August 6, 2017

Remembering

Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves receive from God.2 Corinthians 1:3, 4

I am always amazed at how God gives me just what I need to read or hear at just the right time.  The verse above was the passage in the reading today in a devotional called Mornings With Jesus.  

I thought the timing was perfect for this passage.  August 6, 2003 was the due date of our first baby. Reading this passage on this day reminded me of the pain we felt when we had the miscarriage and the love and comfort we received to help us during this time.  I have always felt one of the things I learned from this time was caring for others as they go through loss and trying to be a small comfort to them.  

I will always remember this day and think about our first baby who is in Heaven.  

Have a day of blessings!
  Bethany

Friday, August 4, 2017

Thankful Thursday (on Friday!)

I ran out of time yesterday to post my Thankful Thursday so here it is a day late.  :)

This week I am thankful for....
~ my amazing husband who is a wonderful Daddy to our boys.  I love and appreciate him so much.

~ my son enjoying a football camp this week. He is so excited to play football again this year and was excited about the 3 day camp.  He had some knee pain as well and I went with him at camp drop off one morning to ask the coach about it.  I am thankful for the coach's helpfulness and concern about it. We tried ibuprophen and ice which seemed to help and will ask his doctor about it later this month at his check up. It was just a good feeling as a Mom to know he has a head coach like that.

~ my growing independent little guy.  He is so funny with the things he says.  He's started saying "why not?" when we tell him no about something.  He said this several months ago, and he recently started saying it again.  It's hard not to laugh when he says it.

~ cooler temperatures and rain this week!  It was in the high 70s for a couple days this week which was amazing!  We are not used to those temperatures here at the beginning of August.  The rain was a blessing too.

~ watermelon, cantaloupe,and fresh tomatoes.

~ just being able to enjoy the days of summer and having my boys at home and that I'm able to be a stay at home wife and Mom with them.

Have a day of blessings!
   Bethany

Thursday, July 27, 2017

Thankful Thursday

We will soon be saying good bye to July!  I told Caleb this morning that in one month it will be the day before he starts school.

Today I am thankful for...
~ time to watch Netflix with my hubby.  We don't often have time most weeks so it feels like a fun treat to watch our show.

~ working on birthday plans with my big boy.  He will soon be a teenager.  He drew the picture for the invitation and did so well on it.  He's very talented.

~  my sweet baby boy loving and needing his Mommy.  I know this won't last forever and sometimes he just wants me.  It makes me feel loved.

~ my Mom able to watch the boys while I got continuing education hours. I went last Friday and then saw another one to attend this week so they stayed with her again.

~ visiting at a new church that we all like.  We are looking fora new church home.

~ air conditioning in the van and house.

Have a day of blessings!  
Bethany

Monday, July 24, 2017

Heart on the Line


Today I have another wonderful read to share with you from Karen Witemeyer.  It is book #2 in the Ladies of Harper's Station series.  

About the book:
Grace Mallory is tired of running, of hiding. But when an old friend sends an after-hours telegraph transmission warning Grace that the man who has hunted her for nearly a year has discovered her location, she fears she has no choice. She can't let the villain she believes responsible for her father's death release his wrath in Harper's Station, the town that has sheltered her and blessed her with the dearest friends she's ever known.

Amos Bledsoe prefers bicycles to horses and private conversations over the telegraph wire to social gatherings with young ladies who see him as nothing more than an oddity. His telegraph companion, the mysterious Miss G, listens eagerly to his ramblings every night and delights him with tales all her own. For months, their friendship--dare he believe, courtship?--has fed his hope that he has finally found the woman God intended for him. Yet when he takes the next step to meet her in person, he discovers her life is in peril, and Amos must decide if he can shed the cocoon of his quiet nature to become the hero Grace requires.


My thoughts:
I believe I enjoy each Karen Witemeyer book a little more than the last one!  The characters and story lines are always unique and a little different from your typical historical fiction romance. When you start reading you can sort of guess what will happen but lots of unexpected things are thrown in along the way which make for a great read!  I like the characters of Heart on the Line and how the reader gets to know them.  I appreciate that the hero of the story, Amos, does not fit with the qualities of your stereotypical hero.  I thought the story line having these two "meet" over the telegraph wires was a fun idea and made for a great story.

This was a fairly quick read for me because I wanted to find out what would happen next.  This is a great series, and I highly recommend this book to you if you enjoy historical fiction.

I received a copy of this book from the publisher for my honest review.  Thank you.
Have a day of blessings!
   Bethany

Thursday, July 20, 2017

Thankful Thursday

Is today Thursday?  I feel confused by which day of the week it is after our traveling!  We went to my high school reunion on Saturday and then Sunday came home and loaded back up to go out of town with my husband for a business trip until Wednesday.

This week I am thankful for...
~ my husband being so compassionate and caring towards me.  I appreciate so much that he cares for me and my feelings and physical well being.

~ my big boy being okay after feeling sick after working out.  At the hotel Tuesday night, the boys went swimming and then when Titus was going to sleep Caleb and Dad went to the hotel gym to work out.  He came back and got ready for bed but didn't feel well and thought his heart was racing.  He felt bad for a while but then improved.  We thought about going to the ER but then he started feeling better.

~ my baby boy telling me "I love you Momma" when I picked him up.  It made me smile that he said it so unexpectedly!

~ having a successful 20 year reunion.  I organized the reunion and it turned out well.  I was pleased with how it all came together.  Everyone seemed to have a good time.

~ receiving books to review.  It is always fun to get new ones in the mail to review....some I know that are coming and others are unexpected and just show up.  I finished Heart on the Line by Karen Witemeyer on our trip home (review coming soon) and then started Church of the Small Things by Melanie Shankle.  I love having good books to read!  I've read some good ones from the library too lately.

~ safe travel in all our travels the past week and now being H O M E!!!



Have a day of blessings!

     Bethany