Through the Valley
Our Family's Miracle Journey
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November 2009

November 2nd, 2009

"And Jesus said to them, “I am the bread of life. He who comes to Me shall never hunger, and he who believes in Me shall never thirst." John 6:35

November is a time for Thanksgiving.  A time for counting our blessings... A time for being thankful for all God has given us.  Yet most of us, view November as a time for gorging ourselves... a time for satisfying our physical hunger.  We think about the month of November and we picture, turkeys, stuffing, pies.  We think about food preparations, catering and costs. Whatever the situation, our minds immediately focus on the physical... But what about Spiritual hunger?  What about all those who are lost, weak and Spiritually hungry?  What about those who thirst for Rivers of Living Water?

"All Who are Thirsty, All who are weak, Just come to the fountain, dip your heart into the stream of life.  Let the pain and the sorrow be washed away in the waves of His mercy as the deep cries out to deep. We sing... Come Lord Jesus Come!"

This Thanksgiving I want to focus on Spiritual hunger... not only that of the lost, but my own as well. I continue to hunger for a deeper relationship. I want to draw closer and closer to my Savior! I want to dive deep into the Rivers of His Glory! With a heart filled with praise and TRUE Thanksgiving, I want to declare

                          "Come Lord Jesus Come"
                 "Nothing but YOUR Will for me!"
                       "I am only free in you!"

"On the last day, that great day of the feast, Jesus stood and cried out, saying, “If anyone thirsts, let him come to Me and drink. He who believes in Me, as the Scripture has said, out of his heart will flow rivers of living water." John 7:37-38

November 3rd, 2009

                   Our BEAUTIFUL blonde haired, blue eyed,
                         Blessing turned nine years old today!
                      The rule is... the birthday girl IS the boss!
           For one whole day, she was granted whatever she wanted.
 So Mommy baked her a YUMMY carrot cake with cream cheese frosting!

We spent the entire day spoiling our little blessing, because she deserves it!

                              Happy Birthday Sweet Kayleigh

                                                                        WE LOVE YOU!

November 7th, 2009

                              And the Birthdays continue....
Guess what healthy & EXTREMELY active miracle baby turned 3 today?

Yep... our very own Reni Rose (or as Gracee use to call her, Weinie Roast)

              She celebrated with her current favorite fascination....
                     Lady Bugs! She absolutely LOVES lady bugs!
                                  We are SO very Blessed!
                               Yes... Blessed beyond Measure!
                   Happy 3rd Birthday, baby girl!  We LOVE you!

November 10th, 2009

For about six months now, Noah has been saving for a new bike.  His old one is very worn out.  It used to be neon orange, but it's become so faded that it's pink now.  All the other little boys in our neighborhood have brand new bikes complete with trick pegs on all the wheels.  They often playfully tease Noah.  So he REALLY wanted a new bike!  Unfortunately, things have been a little tight in our family.  With the fallen economy, it's only by the grace of God that Tommy has a job.  His company had two major layoffs. So when they just merely cut back his hours, we did not complain.  God has always supplied our needs, but we haven't had any extra money in quite a while.  Noah completely understood the need to earn the money himself.  He did not complain. He just started doing some odd jobs for my parents.  It took him several months to earn half the money. Then one day, we needed a few groceries, but were completely strapped for cash.  Noah cheerfully gave us his savings. Once again, he did not complain, or whine.  He was HAPPY to help us out, even if it meant giving up the chance for a new bike. Meanwhile, little did we know, he was secretly praying every night! He stood in faith believing as he placed a detailed request to our Heavenly Father.

It is no secret, that God works in the field of sowing and reaping.  When we plant a seed, we will reap the harvest of that seed.  If we sow sparingly, we will reap sparingly.  When we sow bountiful, we will reap bountiful.  Now God does not measure by quantity, but rather by heart.  Just as Jesus told the little widow lady, who gave less than a penny. She gave more than even the richest tax collector, for she gave out of her need!  God will always honor EVERY gift based on faith.  He LOVES to bless a cheerful giver and we can NEVER out give God! By cheerfully helping out his family, Noah sowed a seed for a new bike.  Then God answered his prayer!

Last Wednesday, Noah arrived home from school to find a brand new bike waiting on our porch! A wonderful anonymous person from our church was obedient when God told them to buy Noah a new bike.  Turns out it was EXACTLY what Noah wanted... down to the very color!


                                God is SOOO Good!

Noah has always been wise to the power of prayer. Hence the reason Eli is here! :) However, this time he learned an equally important lesson... not only does God care about his needs, but He loves him so much that God cares about even his smallest desires!

"Delight yourself in the LORD and he will give you the desires of your heart."   Psalm 37:4

November 12th, 2009

                The Difference in Boys and Girls

The babies decided they wanted to help me carry in groceries today! So I handed them each a bag.  I gave Eli a sack full of light weight boxes.  He grabbed it with one hand and began curling it up and down. Then turned up his lip and scowled out...

"Mom... Give me a bigger one! Member? I am STRONG!"  

"Oh.. So Sorry... My BIG boy!  Here try this one!"

I hand him a sack with several vegetable cans. His whole body tilts to one side with the weight. A smile suddenly brightens his face.

"Aww... That's more liked it!"

He turns around and happily walks away... still tilted like the guy from the V8 commercials!

I shake my head and sigh... "Hmm... Boys!"

Serenity is still waiting patiently for her bag.  I hand her a sack that contains a loaf of bread.  As soon as it hits her hand, she drops it to the ground. She angrily blurts out! 

"MOMMY!  That one is TOO heavy.  What?  You want me to break a nail or sumpthin'?

LOL  "Oh I am SO sorry little miss!  Here try this one." 

I remove the bread and hand her an empty sack!  She happily skips off, confident she's doing her part to help Mom out!

I once again shake my head and sigh.... "Ha...Girls!"

November 17th, 2009

    Twas the month before Christmas and all through the house
      Everyone was screaming because of the pesky ole' mouse!

Gracee ran screaming out of the bathroom this morning...
"Mommy... Mommy! Something is scratching on the bathtub!
 I am NOT going pee in there!"

I walk inside and take a peek.  Sure enough... there is a tiny little mouse stuck inside the bathtub. Hmm...How am I going to get him out of there? For a moment I thought about just leaving him there until Tommy arrived home.  But then again... that would be at least another 10 hours.  That's a long time for him to devise an escape plan.  So I called Tom at work to see if he had any ideas. 

"Go hit me with an old mop!"

"Hit him with my mop?  I can't do that! That's just too cruel."

"Do you want him getting out?


"Do you want to catch him with your hands?"

"NO! Definitely NOT!"

"Then go hit him with an old mop."

Noah was standing next to me soaking in every detail of our conversation.  It didn't take long before he was ready to go to battle.  He immediately came to my rescue.

"I'll do it Mom! I'll get him for you!" 

We grabbed an old empty mop handle from the closet and in we went.  Noah smacked and smacked and smacked the bathtub.  The poor little mouse ran up and down... back and forth... dodging every blow.  Noah tried for several minutes, but unfortunately missed every hit.  Meanwhile, Tom is still waiting on the phone...

"You're gonna have to do it!  Just grab the mop and hit him!"

"I told you, I can't do that!"

He laughs... "Yes you can!" 

About that time, Noah throws one last blow and the mouse lets out a screech.

 Noah yells..."Yay!  I got him."

I slowly lean over the bathtub to take a look.  Hmm...Well... almost!  The mop caught the very end of the mouses tail.  Now his poor little legs are running as fast as they can go... and yet he isn't going anywhere. The kids laugh for a moment as he does his morning workout on our homemade treadmill. Then Noah picks up the mop and off he goes... like lightening! ZOOM!  He runs up the side of the tub and slides right back down!  He looks to the right and looks to the left... Yep... he's surrounded. So he crawls up under a washcloth. 

"Dana... You are gonna have to hit him." 

"I can't do it... He's hiding under a washcloth because he's scared."  

"That's good! Now you can hit him. We can't have him loose in the house....crawling all over our food. Now just hit him!"

"But... he's scared!"

Through laughter..."Will YOU just hit him!"

I raise up the mop and with one swift blow... I smack the washcloth.  I hear a tiny little squeak, followed by several more little squeaks.
A tear rolls down MY cheek.

"Tommy!  He's crying! I made him cry."

Again he laughs at me! "Well...What did you expect him to do? You'll have to hit him again!"

I sadly look at him. I don't want him to suffer anymore. So I hit him again.  The next sound I hear is EVERYONE saying... "Eeewwww!"

Problem solved!

Tom laughs hysterically at me as I say..
"Oh.. It is SO not funny! 
That was the most barbaric thing I have ever had to do!"

"You did fine!"

"Whatever.. Just so you know....I am NOT getting him outta there!"

November 22nd, 2009

Today is a day of mourning and a day of rejoicing.  Tommy's Grandmother Betty went home to be with the Lord this morning!  We rejoice in her eternal life, yet mourn for our loss on this earth!

                                  Great Grandma Betty...
                               Heaven is a family reunion...
                But until then we continue to love and miss you!

                                    Betty Louise Kidd Burk
                        June 16th, 1924 - November 22nd, 2009

November 26th, 2009

"Enter into His gates with thanksgiving, And into His courts with praise. Be thankful to Him, and bless His name."  Psalm 100:4

A thankful heart is something that God requires from us. This should really come very easy! For as born again Christians we have so much to be thankful for.  No matter what trials or tribulations this world brings to us, we always have Victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.  Be thankful for the confident Hope that is in His name!
"But thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ."  1 Corinthians 15:57
Throughout the Bible God commands us to be thankful in all things.
"In everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you." 1 Thessalonians 5:18
He does not command this for His benefit, but rather for our own. God always has our best interest in hand, for He loves us.  Therefore His will is Always best for our mind, body, heart and soul.  So why is it so important to give Him thanks in everything?
"Because, although they knew God, they did not glorify Him as God, nor were thankful, but became futile in their thoughts, and their foolish hearts were darkened."  Romans 1:21
A darkened heart misses out on the most important blessings of God. So remember to give God Glory and Thanks Always, so that your heart may NOT become darkened and you may receive all that God has to offer in this life and the eternity to come.  
Thank you Heavenly Father for All the blessings you bestow!  This is our prayer that we may always offer you praise with a grateful heart! For you are always worthy of our praise!

     This year we had something extra special to be thankful for.
           Gracee turned seven years old on Thanksgiving Day!



Happy Thanksgiving...
     Happy Birthday
to our Beautiful Little Gracee!

"Oh, give thanks to the LORD, for He is good!"                                 Psalm 107:1

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