Friday, September 28, 2012
You gals have been there supporting me with comments and emails and I just want to thank you!! I've been able to share my heart which sometimes hasn't been that "cheery". Thanks for sticking by me!!
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Thursday, September 27, 2012
Lordy, time is just flying by and I'm trying to catch up.... Which means my friends short post and to the point!! Ready... Go!
Tomorrow's post READ IT!! Its my one year blogiversary! I'm so excited :) And I think you will be too!
I finished my class with an A!! Praise the Lord!!
I'm back to one class a week again! I made it :)
I have not washed or packed anything for the retreat this weekend! eeEEEkkk!! That means after class tonight I will be doing laundry and packing... at about 11 o'clock
Oh yeah that amazing retreat I've mentioned, its THIS weekend! I'm leaving tomorrow!! :)
I miss my niece and nephews so much. My heart aches with out them. But I know they are in God's hands.
I hope you all have an amazing weekend!!
Tuesday, September 25, 2012
Monday, September 24, 2012
I'm not talking your middle school friendships. I'm talk those adult friendships. The girl/guy friends you call first with good news or when you going through something.
What makes those people your true friends?
I sit here pondering this thought. Am I a good friend in my book? I may be, but what counts is that am I a good friend in YOUR book?
In my book a good friend is...
THERE. Sometimes you need word, sometimes just a hug. One thing important to me is when I a person is there through the events in my life. Good. Bad. And the ugly. When you need someone to sympathize they are there. When you are so mad they are there mad with you.
THOUGHTFULNESS. We as a couple try to practice this. But I think with friends its just as important. Texts. Cards. Emails. Facebook post. A call. Something to let them know "Hey, I was thinking about you. Honestly, I'm going to try and do better with this. The friends I see regualary I'm good at it. But the friends I don't I seem to be slack, if your one of those I'm sorry! I DO love you!
LISTEN. Did you know it is not all about you? That is a question that I've wanted to ask many times on the phone/in person/in class. And sometimes its a question I've asked myself. Have you asked YOUR friend how they were doing? Or did you instead immediately start on your band wagon of "WOE IS ME" ?
Friday, September 21, 2012
Thursday, September 20, 2012
|Taken a couple months ago.. I couldn't find a cute recent one :)|
Tuesday, September 18, 2012
Monday, September 17, 2012
But last week was a bear! I won't go into all the details but remember my precious niece and nephews (O, J, and E) ... Love those kiddos!
Saturday was four months since we lost our Hope. Honestly I've been so upset its almost as if my mind wouldn't let myself think about it. I don't think I have still let myself think on it. It brings up so much emotion. I will probably have some quiet time today just to think on our baby girl. However something that brought a huge smile to my face was the drawing I received from my friend Nancy.
Is that not beautiful! I got it in the mail on Saturday morning :) It was perfect timing, God knew my heart needed this.
My brother moved into his new apartment! I'm am so excited for him and this new journey. Big changes for the kids. But they are such troopers! They love Dada's new place.
|E loves his dada!|
|Aren't they sweet!!??|
Talking with Josh this morning about our devotional we came to an agreement. When we are faced with life's trials and hurts- there are two things you can do.
You can CHOOSE to try and handle things your self, sulk, and have a nice pity party.
You can CHOOSE to continue to lay all these worries, cares, hurts, disappointments at Jesus's feet. Now, that doesn't mean that a miracle happens and POOF everything is fine. But by making a CHOICE to give it to him and TRUST him you will receive ...
PEACE, HOPE, JOY, & LOVE
God is the ONLY true joy and happiness you will find. The only one who will never fail us.
Thats all for today folks!
Friday, September 14, 2012
Thursday, September 13, 2012
Doctor comes in. Looks at your chart. You know she looks straight away at your weight loss or gain. Then she eyes your blood pressure. All while your sitting there in awkward silence. UGH!
Maybe I shouldn't have wrote about this, its making it worse! LOL
Of course they will want labs, that means blood being sucked from your body ... OK thats a bit dramatic. :)
Am I alone here? Do you have a total unrealistic view of going to the doctor?
Is this normal?
I need some one to psychoanalyze me .... besides me :)
Don't worry I will be a good girl and go... but I WILL NOT like it
I sound like a six year old... geeze
On another note I start my new psych class tonight! So for the next 3 weeks I will be SWAMPED but I will fly by.
Only 15 days until the retreat!!!
Until tomorrow, Happy Blogging!
Wednesday, September 12, 2012
I'm on the teaching team for older elementary. Grades 3rd - 5th.
On my Sundays I always have a lesson prepared... However some tines the kids are full of questions. Nothing that had anything pertaining to my lesson. The questions that they ask someone throw me off guard. For instance...
This Sunday we were continuing our lesson on Moses. When were talking about the burning bush, and things we sometimes do not understand things that happens...
L- "I have a question Miss Lauren. When Jesus comes back for us.."
Me- "the rapture?"
L- "Yes, are our clothes going to be still here and bodies be gone? Or will our clothes go with us?
L- "what if one if my friends doesn't go, can I sneak back down here and get them?"
L- "so there is no sickness in Heaven? There is no vomit!!??"
This child had a fear of vomit. Long story.
D- "do our bodies go or just our souls?"
J- "I want to know why the people on (some ghost hunting show) find stuff? Because its real miss lauren, it is."
J- "how do we get them unstuck?"
Needles to say our Q& A wore me out :)
I love that they are asking questions. Thee burning bush would have to wait. :)
Love, Aunt LaLa
Ps. This the wreath I made for our front door
Tuesday, September 11, 2012
I wonder if our country will ever become patriotic again and stay that way. I remember the way we all rallied together. Our country changes more and more for the worse in my opinion.
My heart and prayers go out to all who have suffered because of this senseless act of murder, selfishness, and rage.
Please do not forget that we have heroes still fighting for our country to this day. It doesn't matter if you agree with the war or hate politics... These men and women live in war! Leaving their families and fighting for you and I. The LEAST we can do is say a prayer and honor them today.
Here is a web site dedicated to the memorial 911 Memorial
May we NEVER forgot...
This is my favorite!!
Monday, September 10, 2012
Praises are on my lips for him.
This weekend has held lawnmowers breaking, car not starting, a flat tire (2nd one in 2 weeks), lack of funds...
But you know what. I still praise him.
He is faithful. He has provided every time. There was always some one there to help.
A sweet moment from this weekend. As we are changing the tire in the pouring rain, running late for a very important meeting.. I heard my husband singing a worship song. My heart just swelled. Because that's what its about, things may not go the way we think they should but I will still praise God! He has a plan. I will praise him in every circumstance!
1 Thessalonians "Give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you."
Really think about what this scripture is saying. All circumstance are his will? That's a hard thing to swallow.
Losing our Hope was his will? Yes. I don't know why. But I know there is a reason. I'm a different, better person because of her. Lives have been touched by her. God has moved in women's hearts because of our story.
I will praise him.
He does NOT waste our pain. It will work out to give him Glory!
I don't know what God is up to, I don't know what tomorrow holds... But I stand steadfast in him...
1 Corinthians 15:58 "So, my dear brothers and sisters, be strong and immovable. Always work enthusiastically for the Lord, for you know that nothing you do for the Lord is ever useless."
Friday, September 7, 2012
Thursday, September 6, 2012
- The judger is called "the critic".
- To engage in criticism is "to criticize".
- One specific item of criticism is called "a criticism".This article provides information only about basic kinds of criticism, which are used generally by almost everybody at one time or another (for more specific types or areas of criticism, see the list at the bottom of this page, the (incomplete) category list for "criticism", Varieties of criticism and the criticism of (disambiguation) page).Criticism can be:
- directed toward a person or an animal; at a group, authority or organization; at a specific behaviour; or at an object of some kind (an idea, a relationship, a condition, a process, or a thing).
- personal (delivered directly from one person to another, in a personal capacity), or impersonal (expressing the view of an organization, and not aimed at anyone personally).
- highly specific and detailed, or very abstract and general.
- verbal (expressed in language) or non-verbal (expressed symbolically, or expressed through an action or a way of behaving).
- explicit (the criticism is clearly stated) or implicit (a criticism is implied by what is being said, but it is not stated openly).
- the result of critical thinking or spontaneous impulse.
After reading this... I can see where I've done these things. I have been guilty of a critical spirit/attitude.
For instance I've been guilty in the past to have no patients with some one who is struggling with their faith. To me its a no brainer. God is God. How can someone doubt that? What is wrong with you that you can see that is so amazing?
I was critical of their behavior. If they were claiming to be Christian and continued to struggle or blatantly sinned... Well you can imagine the self-righteous anger I felt. How horrible these people were!
Now, I'm not saying that their sin wasn't sin. And that God may have not been pleased. But my job isn't to judge them or to make sure they know their wrong. NO. My job is to LOVE. To SHOW them how God tells us to be.
I didn't have that compassion for people's faults. In fact I struggle still with my own faults. When I was younger I refused to see my own sin and faults... I was so zealous.
I made a measuring stick in my head for people and if they didn't make the mark, well they were wrong. My critical spirit affected my relationships. And I still work on mending them today. My measuring stick for myself is even worse, but thats another post.
But PRAISE THE LORD for his forgiveness, mercy, and grace. He changed my heart. Not saying I don't struggle, but God has placed a compassion in my heart...
Before you get offended, angry, self-righteous, judgmental remember... You DO NOT know their hearts or stories. Be compassionate. Serve them , love them, pray for them. Thats YOUR job. Let God do his. Because if we working on our relationship with him we would be too busy to worry about someone else's.
Do you know why I feel this is so important? Because Christ was MOVED with compassion.
Mark 1:40 (AI)And a leper *came to Jesus, beseeching Him and (AJ)falling on his knees before Him, and saying, “If You are willing, You can make me clean.” 41 Moved with compassion, Jesus stretched out His hand and touched him, and *said to him, “I am willing; be cleansed.
Matthew 9:35 (F)And Jesus went throughout all the cities and villages, teaching in their synagogues and proclaiming the gospel of the kingdom and healing every disease and every affliction. 36 (G)When he saw the crowds, (H)he had compassion for them, because they were harassed and helpless, (I)like sheep without a shepherd.
Matthew 14: 13 Now when Jesus heard this, (B)he withdrew from there in a boat to a desolate place by himself.**He has just learned the John the Baptist his cousin, had been beheaded.** But when the crowds heard it, they followed him on foot from the towns. 14 When he went ashore he (C)saw a great crowd, and (D)he had compassion on them and healed their sick.
Christ was MOVED with compassion. Even when he was grieving, his compassion for the ones struggling over came that and he helped OTHERS. Not himself.
Lord, may I not be so wrapped up in me that I forget I'm here to serve, love, and pray. Let me not be critical father, but have compassion and love sweep through my heart! Let it all be unto your Glory! -Amen
Wednesday, September 5, 2012
I'm going to finish up our first date, when he told me he loved me, enagement, and a wedding post ...probably around our anniversary in December. It is fun to reminice about our love story while we are TTC.
TMI? Sorry but you know my rule.Lets be transparent. I'm not going to pretend we aren't and I know all of you want to stay updated on our progress. So on tomorrow will be an update. :)
Starting where we left at in Part 5 (this is a tad bit longer... but our date lasted 10 hours..I know right??)
When Josh handed Lauren the directions she couldn't help but chuckle.
"What, are they are hard to understand?"
"No,its just how many times have you heard of couples fighting over directions? And we are tackling this the first date?"
After both laughing at the irony they continued into the park. After about 40 minutes of trying to find their way they realized they were lost. Already about 20 minutes late they figured they needed to find someone for directions. However they couldn't figure out how to even exit :)
After all the driving up and down the mountainous hills Josh's car began to smoke. Apparently it was leaking power steering fluid. Then the squeaking began. (If you have never had this problem, well after all the fluid is gone every time you try to turn the wheel its screeches , loudly.) And the wheel begins to get harder to turn.
Even bigger problem: NO cell service.
By some miracle they come up on a gas station. Josh continues to grow more embarrassed and apologizes. Lauren assured him that it was fine. Her family always had older cars and knew the problems. But Josh grew increasingly embarrassed. They headed into the gas station. He bought Lauren a drink
*By the way when he bought me that drink it melted my heart. I told you I had been surrounded by toads*
As they made it back to the car and replenshed the power steering wheel fluid they headed out again.
A miracle happened they ran into Josh's co worker and they followed him to the long lost cabin. Once at the cabin there was the entire company. Everyone was playing games and eating. A few times Lauren was asked how long her and Josh had been married, and Josh experienced the same. Imagine the shock when they found out it was their first date.
The picnic was drawing to an end and they decided to leave when one of Josh's friends left so their would be no more getting lost. As they were leaving Josh's transmission started to slip, thankfully they made it out.
One cell phone service was reached both of their phones went CRAZY they both had several voice mails and text. Both of their families were a little edge about if they were ok. Once text were answered and everyone knew they neither of them were murders. :)
Josh's mom and dad were eating at a local restaurant, they invited them to join. Lauren agreed even though she hadn't really prepared herself to meet HIS parents on the first date. Josh assured her they were friendly and he had been talking about me a lot. So they went.
Getting to the restaurant she met his parents and they were very kind. Even forcing them to eat LOL. After an embarrasing moment when his mom made him take some gas coupons from a local grocery store they left.
By this time it was around 6pm.
Josh and Lauren had laughed all day. Josh got a call from his best friend and he needed to give him something for the next day. After getting off the phone Josh asked Lauren if she wanted to go home before he has to do an errand but Lauren decided to ride along. Now, Josh's best friend was also his Pastors son. So Lauren had met the best friend at the picnic but now she was meeting some other important people to Josh. His Pastors.
After spending some time with Josh's pastors and friend Lauren and Josh still didn't want the date to end. So Lauren had mentioned that she needed to shop for her grandfathers birthday.
It was about 7pm.
After shopping for a bit. They started their way back to Lauren's grandparents. The whole day Lauren felt like it was a whirlwind. They joked about how they had the craziest first date ever. Meeting parents and other important people, getting lost, car problems, shopping...
Pulling up they both got quiet. Josh asked Lauren if she would want to go on a second date. It was now 9pm and almost completely dark. Lauren sat there giving a chance to turn off the car and walk her to the door, but he just sat there. So Lauren said good-bye and got out of the car.
Even thought confused by his actions Lauren still felt like she was floating. She could tell he was nervous and might have seen a twitch :) So she forgave him...
That's our first date folks! A long one but so much fun! I knew that this guy was going to be such an awesome friend and hopefully more. <3
Tuesday, September 4, 2012
Saturday morning it was time for some top secret shopping for my teams project for the retreat. Oh we got some goodies! It was so much fun seeing our vision come together... What are we doing we ask?? Well....I can't tell you! Women from this retreat read this blog and I'm not giving anything away! Except our projects name is
"Meet Me at the Fair"
This weekend was full of celebration. We celebrated my moms birthday Saturday afternoon at her favourite Mexican restaraunt. We had a blast.
By Sunday morning I felt so horrible. I woke up with a migraine at 5 or 6. My blood pressure shot up. I took some Tylenol. The only thing I was willing to take with us trying to get pregnant. After sleeping for another six hours my migraine went to a headache and my BP normal. I've been testing it. It has been normal since. Nurse grandma says it was from me being in pain so long.
Needless to say I didn't make it to church. Which I just made me sad, I look forward to that time of rejuvination.
After waking up my little cousin was having her 2nd birthday. I couldn't miss that. So we went to my aunt and uncles for her birthday. My niece and nephew were there. It was just a great day. Until started feeling bad again. So we headed home.
After getting home and going to bed early and resting ALL day yesterday I am starting to feel better :)
So until tomorrow...
Here is just a cute pic of my little