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Thursday, May 31, 2012

Make Disciples

I know I've said it before but sometimes I really believe the messages that God gives Daniel to preach were written for me. I don't mean this in a prideful way because I know God is using D in great ways to reach many, but like last nights message..... it was crunch, crunch on Candace's toes. It was a challenge to me. A wake up call for me.... if no one else got it... I sure did.

The title of the message: Making Disciples. I have heard him preach this many times and yet it's still that convicting. Since we started at Millington, D has been going through a series on Wednesday nights calling it Square 1. He's been going through the basics.The purpose of this is to lay the foundation for the students so they not only know what D believes but so they can see what scripture says about loving God, knowing God and making him known.

The message comes from Matthew 28:18. A verse we all know well. Unfortunately, we don't really understand it because if we did our lives and the lives of the people around us would be different.

"Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.” 

Whats the imperative verb here? Most would say Go and that is important, but here make disciples is more imperative. In the greek, its translated with great urgency as if someone was yelling MAKE DISCIPLES. Its assumed we'll go and we'll baptize, but the imperative here is to MAKE DISCIPLES.

Who? Who's responsibility is it? the church's... believers. Jesus is giving this command not to the lost or unchurched, but to his followers.

What? Make disciples- as easy as...  1 Cor. 11:1 "Follow my example, as I follow the example of Christ"
-first step is evangelism- share Jesus with them.... that leads to baptism
-second step is teaching- simply training others how to know, love, and serve Jesus. We don't have to be theologians or teachers to do this. Simply teaching them what God's been teaching you. You hear a sermon, take notes, and reteach it. 

This verse says make disciples, but doesn't stop there or say make disciples in America... it says to make disciples of all nations. Some give excuses about there's no way they can reach other nations when they can't even afford to go on a mission trip. Well, let me introduce you to Herb Hodges. A great man in the Memphis area who has a heart for discipleship. Because he sees the importance of discipling others, he discipled a guy named will who then discipled D. D is now discipling students. Though D or these students may never meet Herb, their lives are greatly impacted by him. Same for reaching the nations. Herb discipled a group of men who felt called to a foreign country... Sudan I think. So these mean after being discipled by Herb went to Sudan and began discipling pastors there who began to disciple the people of Sudan. So hundreds are being impacted in Sudan and it began with ones man's passion for discipleship. Herb may have never even stepped foot in that country but is still having a huge impact on it. 

When? We don't arrive at a point in our lives that make us ready to disciple others... if we're waiting to arrive at this point we'd never get there. We are to disciple "as we go." Living life with people... encouraging them, challenging them.

How? You disciple others by first spending time with them. Its as simple as taking a hobby and using it as a tool. One of our leaders loves to fish.... and so do a number of the guys in his class. This is a way to disciple his guys. He takes them fishing, but its so much more than just a fishing trip.

Why? Why should we make disciples? Because we are commanded to... it isn't a suggestion but a command. It also is effective... it works. D and I can't personally reach 100 high school students, but we can invest in our leaders and they can disciple their students. Or we can invest handful of students, who could then invest in a handful, who then could invest in a handful... and our students are being discipled and multiplying for the kingdom. This method is effective.

I hear many who say but I screw up too much. Thats ok. We are all screw ups deserving death and hell but b/c God loved us so much he sent his son to redeem us. Here on earth though we will still make mistakes, but as long as we are progressing closer to Christ then we are on the right track. It's about progress, not success. Its ok to admit you mess up. In fact you gain credibility when people realize you aren't perfect.

What now? Truely follow Jesus. Don't merely say it, back it up with your life. If your life doesn't look any different then you don't really know Jesus. So... as you go... as you live your life.... MAKE DISCIPLES.

Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Baby Wilbur

Several months ago I was sitting at one of the boys basketball games when my sister shows me this:

....and says don't freak out. I couldn't scream, jump up and down... NOTHING. What a terrible way to tell your sister you're having a baby! I quickly got over being mad at her for telling me like that and got so excited that we'll have a new baby around this December! I can not wait to meet this precious baby Wilbur!.... who by the way I keep referring to as "he" completely unintentionally. Prophesy? :)

Memorial Day Weekend

(Warning: this is really long and you probably won't care about much about our weekend. I like writing down these memories for our sake.)

Since my last post I had my last day of school, celebrated 6 years of being married to the greatest guy on earth, and had several fun family gatherings.

Last Friday was our last day of school... aka... water day. We had a blast. The weather was perfect. Last year it was so cold we didn't dare hook up the hoses to the inflatables bc it was 50 degrees and cloudy that day. This year it was in the mid 80's and sunny. I couldn't decide who had more fun the kids or the teachers... bc you better believe we participated!

We had 2 slides, 3 slip in slides, and a big soapy tarp... covered in baby shampoo. We smelled fantastic.

After a fun morning of playing in the water, it was time to say goodbye to my kids and do some serious cleaning in my classroom. By the time I left school I was exhausted! I went home and flopped on the couch and didn't move until after D got home from work. We had planned on going out for our anniversary that night but I was too tired to shower and get dressed up so we opted for a laid back night at home with a movie, but a trip to Jerry's was needed first. I got a snow cone supreme for the first time and all I can say is that I'm in love. Plus, we watched our new favorite show: Duck Dynasty.

So our real anniversary date is still to be determined. And our anniversary gift is a trip... somewhere. Again to be determined... most likely in the fall.

Saturday started out with a long run with my friend Allie. What I thought was a 6 mile route ended up being  7. Good in the long run, but we were worn out! This was an eventful run too.... through sprinklers and even a  bathroom stop at a gas station. :) With lots of weird stairs bc we looked so rough!

After my run, I went home and did necessary things around the house: laundry, watered our flowers, cleaned base boards, deep cleaned the kitchen...mostly the things I neglect until its unbearable.... all while d mowed our yard.

After a productive morning around the house we headed to my in laws for an afternoon at the pool. It was so good to catch up with the Jules, sister and Jeremy as well as Dan and Leah who came by later. I love that we are such good friends with our families... some think its weird... but seriously they're the people we'd rather be around more than anyone else. These 3 couples are the greatest.

After lots of catching up we were starving and after a long discussion of what to do for dinner we finally decided to go to Off the Hoof. It was fantastic! A fairly new little place in Arlington and it did not disappoint. From the fried pickles,sweet potato fries, to the delicious hamburgers... it was heavenly. So since I missed yesterday just consider Try It Tuesday for the week to be: Off the Hoof.

Sunday was pretty normal church in the morning, but Sunday night church was a little different. We had a picnic in our grove. It was a smaller group, everyone brought their own food and chairs, and we had a little patriotic service with our orchestra. One of the songs they did was the one where the play all of the armed forces songs. Then the men and women who served or are currently serving stand. This gets me every time. It was a great reminder how appreciative we should be to these men and women and their families who sacrifice(d) greatly for our country. It was a great way to prepare for Memorial day. We also got to spend time with some sweet friends and students.

Monday was a fun, relaxing day. D played golf in the morning so I hit up the gym and went shopping. Before we knew it it was time to go back to the big Jerkins' to meet everyone to swim again. A little time in the sun over there and then d and I went to my grandmother's house. We had a great meal and spent most of the night on the back porch. It was very relaxing day full of good food and family time.

I've taught her well.

Yesterday was my paper work day for school, but we didn't have to be there until 9:00 so allie and I decided it was a  good idea to go run at shelby farms at 6:00a.m.Well, lets not forget that I went to the gym on Monday with her and we did strength stuff for an hour and 15 minutes. We were dead... but we were worse yesterday! Strength stuff is so good, but the next couple of days prove to be brutal as your muscles respond to the hard work.I'm talking it felt like I had 50 lbs strapped to both legs. Some runs are easy and some are brutal.... yesterday was not an easy run. I kept thinking of that saying that I pinned on pinterest, "Unless you puke, faint, or die keep going..." well yesterday I was close! I love good runs so though it was very challenging, I know it was good for my body to push through. We redefined what "hot mess" looks like. I'm talking drenched in sweat, so stinking hot... and we left there ar 7:30!

After my paper work was filed I met D for a celebratory lunch and then dessert at Jerry's. Afterwards I was tired from getting up so early and working my butt off at shelby farms.... I felt like I barely made it home to crash on the couch. My nap was wonderful, but short lived. I had to go to our end of the year staff picnic. We were all sweaty mess. We ate some good food and got fun awards... it was a  fun night despite the sweat.

My award for this year:

We are now in summer mode and so grateful that its finally here!

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

We will remember...

Life has been crazy for us lately. Both good and not so good. I heard this song Sunday at church and it was such an encouragement to me. I was reminded that truely... He is faithful. He really is our Sustainer, Deliverer, Comfort, Joy and Peace.

 We will remember we will remember
We will remember the works of Your hands
We will stop and give You praise
For great is Thy faithfulness

You're our creator our life sustainer
Deliverer our comfort our joy
Throughout the ages You've been our shelter
Our peace in the midst of the storm

With signs and wonders You've shown Your power
With precious blood You showed us Your grace
You've been our helper our liberator
The giver of life with no end

When we walk through life's darkest valleys
We will look back at all You have done
And we will shout our God is good
And He is the faithful one

Hallelujah hallelujah
To the one from whom all blessings flow
Hallelujah hallelujah
To the one whose glory has been shown

I still remember the day You saved me
The day I heard You call out my name
You said You loved me and would never leave me
And I've never been the same

Friday, May 18, 2012

5 days

5 days stand in between me and summer break. 5 days. I'm always ready for summer. Its always been my favorite season... it doesn't hurt that mine and d's birthdays are both in June either.

 I always have mixed emotions this time of year. I'm ready for a break, but sad to say goodbye to 11 little faces that I have grown to love so much. I really love my job. Sometimes I love it more than others, but in general, I love my job and wouldn't want to do anything else.

I had such expectations of this summer because we had so many fun things planned, then God said your plans are not my plans. So although this summer isn't quite what I expected, I'm looking forward to what He is going to do.

5 days.

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Try It Tuesday

Lucky Charms Frozen Yogurt... no I'm not kidding. Its heavenly. Its actually just strawberry and white chocolate mousse swirled. I am not a white chocolate mousse fan but the strawberry makes it so good. It seriously tastes Lucky Charm-ish.

This fantastic combo can be found at The Great Yogurt Factory located at Hwy 64 and Canada Rd. beside the Little Caesars.

Add some fruity pebbles, captain crunch berries and some colorful sprinkles and its like a party in your cup. So good and so worth the calories!

Monday, May 14, 2012


Our weekend ended up being just what we needed. Not a whole of official plans... although there were some... it was just a  much more relaxing weekend than we've had in a while. It began with D playing in a golf tournament Friday afternoon. I knew he would be home most likely after dinner so I took this extra time and went shopping! I use to love shopping... I still do... but not like before. I've turned into my sister in the sense that I tire easily and get annoyed when I can't find what I want quickly. I don't want to browse. I want what I want and I want to find it quickly and be done.

I was on a mission. Swimsuits, shirts, and work out clothes. I haven't really updated my wardrobe since I lost weight and was tired of my sister making fun of may baggy swimsuit and of course the fear that it would fall off while I was trying to wakeboard... so I needed some new stuff.

Thankfully I was very successful. I got everything I was looking for and for very reasonable prices... even better. We're talking shirts on sale for $4.99. Cha-ching!

Once I was finally exhausted and my shopping high had deteriorated... I headed home. D got home about the same time I did...conveniently just int time for the grizzlies game. Since I worked so hard walking around the mall, I decided to soak in the tub and read my book while he watched the game. I have to say if you have a bath tub and aren't using it shame on you. I love ours and use it often!

I was getting dressed and heard the doorbell ring. By this time it was 9:30 and in the second half of the game so I thought it was weird for someone to be stopping by that we weren't expecting- until we opened the door... and were elated to see these guys... and girls. What a sweet surprise! They watched the 2nd half of the game with us. Man was it good to see these faces. We love them so much.

Saturday morning was a productive morning of housework, workouts, and lunch with our favorite Foremans... well most of them. We had planned to hang out by the big jerkins pool but it was cool and cloudy so we opted to just do lunch. It worked out well because we were able to take a nap before we celebrated Mother's Day with my family. Everyone came to our house and we had my favorite food of all time: daddy's french toast.

It was unbelievably good. So we stuffed our faces with a super sweet dinner and as if that wasn't sweet enough we later went to The Great Yogurt Factory behind our house where I had the most amazing yogurt. (it'll be my try it tuesday tomorrow so stay tuned)

Sunday morning came early, but we had a great morning at church and then lunch with D's family... we're talking his grandmother's side of the family. Lots of people, lots of food, but mostly lots of great conversations. We are so thankful to have such great families.

Then we headed to Fayette County.

Several months ago Fayette Academy seniors got to nominate possible speakers for their baccalaureate. Out of the ones nominated, D was chosen after everyone voted. It did help that 10% of the senior class were our students and lobbied hard for him. He did a fantastic job last night challenging the students to keep Christ as their chief cornerstone, their only hope for a solid foundation.

Afterwards we attended their special dinner and then a slideshow of pictures of all the graduates. It was a sweet night of reconnecting with FA friends and students.

We were so thankful for a relaxing yet full weekend with people that we love.

Friday, May 11, 2012

Teacher Appreciation Week

I love this week. Not just because I like stuff... because lets be honest, I do. I just love that parents go out of their way to make us feel loved and appreciated. An amazing lady who subs for us and is also a school mom took control of this week and blew us away.

Monday: School Supply Day

Tuesday: Flower Day

Wednesday:Goodies Day

Thursday: Gift Card Day

Friday: More Happies and Teacher Lunch
The teacher lunch was probably our favorite thing all week. Normally we sit at the table with our kids and eat so to be bale to have a special meal prepared for us (including cheesecake for dessert!) and on top of that to get to eat together as just teachers... in a quiet room... was wonderful.

So thank you to all who contributed to making this week so wonderful for us! It's amazing how refreshing just a little appreciation is for a teacher. Mommas, remember that!

Thursday, May 10, 2012

Verses for Life

A friend introduced me to this awesome blog. It is written by a pastor's wife and I have been so encouraged by her words. Yesterday's post was no exception. It was so good I wanted to keep it for myself and what better way to keep it than to blog about it and then you could be encouraged and use it as well.

"Every time, I am reminded that ministry done in His name is never in vain, and that I must press on. His Word, the true soundtrack of my life, speaks joy to my heart when I need it most."

When I'm questioning myself and wanting to give up:
Therefore (because He gives us the victory), my beloved brethren, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that your labor is not in vain in the Lord. 1 Corinthians 15:58

When it feels like my service doesn't matter:
For God is not unjust to forget your work and labor of love which you have shown toward His name, that you have ministered to the saints, and do minister. Hebrews 6:10

When ministry seems to require too much:
I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God, which is your reasonable service. Romans 12:1

When I don't know what to say or what to do to help someone:
When I came to you, brothers and sisters, I did not come proclaiming the mystery of God to you in lofty words or wisdom. For I decided to know nothing among you except Jesus Christ, and him crucified. And I came to you in weakness and in fear and in much trembling. My speech and my proclamation were not with plausible words of wisdom, but with a demonstration of the Spirit and of power, so that your faith might not rest on human wisdom but on the power of God. 1 Corinthians 2:1-2

When I don't want to sacrifice:
Do nothing from selfish ambition or conceit, but in humility regard others as better than yourselves. Let each of you look not to your own interests, but to the interests of others. Let the same mind be in you that was in Christ Jesus, who, though he was in the form of God, did not regard equality with God as something to be exploited, but emptied himself, taking the form of a slave, being born in human likeness. And being found in human form, he humbled himself and became obedient to the point of death--even death on a cross. Philippians 2:3-8

When I am wondering what other people think of me or my husband:
Am I now seeking human approval, or God's approval? Or am I trying to please people? If I were still pleasing people, I would not be a servant of Christ. Galatians 1:10

When I feel misunderstood:
The Lord will fight for you, and you have only to keep still. Exodus 14:14

When I wish others would serve me:
In all this I have given you an example that by such work we must support the weak, remembering the words of the Lord Jesus, for he himself said, "It is more blessed to give than to receive." Acts 20:35

When I am wounded:
With my voice I cry to the Lord; with my voice I make supplication to the Lord. I pour out my complaint before him; I tell my trouble before him. When my spirit is faint, you know my way. In the path where I walk they have hidden a trap for me. Look on my right hand and see--there is no one who takes notice of me; no refuge remains to me; no one cares for me. I cry to you, O Lord; I say, "You are my refuge, my portion in the land of the living." Give heed to my cry, for I am brought very low. Save me from my persecutors, for they are too strong for me. Bring me out of prison, so that I may give thanks to your name. The righteous will surround me, for you will deal bountifully with me. Psalm 142

When I'm just going through the motions:
If I speak in the tongues of mortals and of angels, but do not have love, I am a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal. And if I have prophetic powers, and understand all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have all faith, so as to remove mountains, but do not have love, I am nothing. 1 Corinthians 13:1-2

When I think I can do it:
Whoever speaks must do so as one speaking the very words of God; whoever serves must do so with the strength that God supplies, so that God may be glorified in all things through Jesus Christ. 1 Peter 4:11

When I don't necessarily want to be the example:
Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and the God of all consolation, who consoles us in all our affliction, so that we may be able to console those who are in any affliction with the consolation with which we ourselves are consoled by God. For just as the sufferings of Christ are abundant for us, so also our consolation is abundant through Christ. If we are being afflicted, it is for your consolation and salvation; if we are being consoled, it is for your consolation, which you experience when you patiently endure the same sufferings that we are also suffering. 2 Corinthians 1:3-7

When I feel like others have an easier road:
(After Jesus told Peter that Peter would die a martyr's death): Then Peter, turn around, saw the disciple whom Jesus loved following....Peter, seeing him, said to Jesus, "But Lord, what about this man?" Jesus said to him, "If I will that he remains till I come, what is that to you? You follow Me." John 21:20-21

When I'm discouraged:
The One who called you is faithful, and He will do it. 1 Thessalonians 5:24

Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Staff Retreat

This week D has been at a staff retreat with the other minister's from our church in Moscow at  Country Place. It sounds like they have been busy planning and evaluating next year. I am most thrilled that this retreat fell when it did. What a great opportunity for D to get to know the other staff members on a much more laid back level... and setting. Now I know guys are different so he probably could have cared less about the bonding time, but I was excited for him.

Last night, the wives were invited to come out for dinner and for a fun hang out time afterwards. I was thrilled to see my hubs, but also it was a great opportunity to hang out with other minister wives as we made the 45 minute drive there and back. It was also so fun to see everyone together. I'm still trying to figure out who goes with who so this was great.

Country Place is beautiful. D led a project graduation event there several years ago for Fayette Academy, but it started at midnight and ended at 5:00am so all I remember was a place in the middle of nowhere with lots of land and darkness. It is in the middle of nowhere but its really very cool. A great retreat place... seems very relaxing. They have built new buildings that include meeting rooms, fireplaces, and several rooms for lodging that you can rent out... which is what the church did for this event. I was excited when I heard the church does a ladies retreat there in October. It will be gorgeous then!

Dining Hall

Meeting room and lodging

Last night was so refreshing. Dinner was served in the dining hall. And our view out the large windows was phenomenal... beautiful pastors, animals, and the sunset. After dinner, we went back to the building where the guys were staying and Pastor David filled us in on some future plans of the church they had discussed. Some of which is very exciting. Then we played the newlywed game. This was a blast. There were 11 couples and it seemed as if we laughed the whole time. This was a great way for us to get to know people... however some I may never be able to look at the same. :)

 I am very thankful that our new normal is becoming more and more normal. And more importantly I am thankful for these new staff friends that have made us feel so loved and welcomed.

Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Try It Tuesday

I should really call this MUST LISTEN Tuesday. My friend, Angie, was interviewed by Dr. Dobson a while back and the interview recently aired. Her story is amazing. This is def. worth a listen. I promise you'll be encouraged!


Monday, May 7, 2012

Prom Alternative

Friday night was our first youth event... outside of the church building. This was already on the calendar when we started so we didn't know anything about it other than we were to attend. We weren't really sure what to expect. We grew up with somewhat of a similar thing but it was a banquet not a dance. I was very excited though that I got to wear my sister's cute bridesmaid dress again. Thanks sister for choosing such a cute one!

This was the 3rd year for this event and three different churches put it on. Sadly, there wasn't a very good student turn out. The last 2 years they've had this event at the zoo and on a river boat... which sounds super fun. This time it was at a banquet hall. A different church is in charge each year and so this year the church in charge, I thought, did a great job decorating... these columns in the foyer with bows aren't a good indication of the cute decorating but inside was very nicely done. Some said the low turn out was because of the location, but after talking to several students who didn't attend it was more because they thought it was lame. I can't altogether blame them. The idea is nice to give the students who wouldn't go to their school prom a safe place to come and dance, dress up and have a good time, however most that we talked to still planned on going to their prom so I'm not sure what purpose this event is really serving...if its not really a prom alternative. Its just an additional prom...with a mix of secular and Christian dance music. Even home schoolers now have proms so its not their only opportunity either. And with numbers so low is it worth doing again? Maybe. We still had a good time though as did most of our students.

Some of the staff wives from left to right: me, Natalee (Jr. High minister's wife), Vicki (Pastor's wife), Erin  (Young adult minister's wife) I love these ladies. They have all been so good to us. In fact, Erin actually taught D in high school at ECS. Small world.

 One thing I've come to respect about D is how he evaluates our youth events. This is helpful for any healthy ministry. We can thank Phil Newberry for this. Back in the day...the theme was simplify. It helped open the staff's eyes to their ministry as a whole. They looked at each event they did and asked several questions. What purpose does this event serve? Is it meeting our ministry goals? Is it helping to point our students to Christ? Or are we doing it just because its always been done?

We are all about having fun so I'm not saying we shouldn't offer fun events, but let the fun be the hook and make sure the gospel is the focus. Fun things def. draw students, but there needs to be a balance.

I'm not saying I am opposed to this prom alternative because I def. see some positive things about this event. I'm just evaluating it. What are your thoughts? Is it the church's place to provide a prom alternative? As a parent would you like for your church to offer this? Would your child still attend their school prom? 

Ok, mommas... and anyone else who'd like to share their thoughts... let me hear ya.

Friday, May 4, 2012

Day 4: (insert new topic)

Today's photo challenge was LEAVES. And I think that's stupid, so I'm making my own. Today's topic: D's new office. On our first visit to the church,  we got the whole tour... the office included. At this time we still didn't think God was saying Go so we walked around politely, but when we got to the office something inside of me changed. Not dramatically, but I became a little bit more open to the possibility when I saw this...

It was then that it became real. These weren't some foreigners that don't speak our language but students who were excited about a new senior high youth pastor coming. The fact that they had no idea who would be hired, yet so willingly offered their immediate love and support spoke volumes to me.

After getting past the sweet sign, I (the decorator- immediately went into design mode) No we weren't hired, no we weren't even sure we'd tell them yes IF they even offered us the job... yet I thought how would we decorate this? Set up? What furniture would we move around? Its such an odd shape. It's basically a rectangle. It's totally do-able but he's use to having kids come in and talk with  him often... where would we put the couch so that could continue?!

After we felt God's prompting, accepted the job, and got officially voted in, the real work  began... Well actually 2 weeks later the work began.

This is what the office looked like Sunday morning before church....

Then after lunch the decorating and organizing began. We quickly realized not much of the furniture could move or we dared to move so we ended up with this...

 I'm standing in the doorway taking this. The wall that his diplomas are on was the wall that had a huge bulletin board on it and the pink welcome sign. We decided to take the bulletin board down and make better use of the wall.

  Scanning to my right...


These were the best I could get with my iphone and a tired husband rushing me out the door. So there you have it. Day 4: D's office.

Happy 7th Birthday, Maggie Ann!

7 years ago today, our world got rocked with the first little Foreman. I am so thankful to have this little girl in my life. I can't believe how fast she's growing up! I loved her baby stage. Then I loved her toddler stage. I didn't think it was possible to love her anymore... boy was I wrong. I love the big girl that she has become. She is very compassionate, helpful, loving and well mannered. I love that we share a love for playing sports and animal print stuff together. I'm also excited that she has already made the best decision of her life and trusted Jesus as her Savior... and to make it more exciting she wanted D to baptize her.

Maggie Ann, we love you so much and can't wait to celebrate with you tonight!

Thursday, May 3, 2012

Day 3: Happiness

This is so broad. Lots of things make me happy, but one of my favorite 'happies' are these munchkins- our precious nieces and nephew.... from left to right Hallie, Maggie, Lily, and Will. They are all so drastically different... all with big personalities perfectly unique. These 4 kids bring such great joy and laughter to our family. No matter what kind of mood we're in when these kids smile and run to us with excitement, nothing else matters. I can't imagine our lives without these 4 Foreman's. Thanks for making our world happier!

Wednesday, May 2, 2012

I caved...

I've always thought this 30 day photo challenge thing was a cool way to learn things about people or annoy them :) however I never thought I'd actually do it... until now. I agree some of these are dumb so I'm changing them to whatever I feel like that day.

I'm behind so...

Day 1: Favorite Food

Hands down my dad's french toast! This is not a picture of his, but just imagine this but 100 times better.

Day 2: Someone who can always make you laugh

No contest: Sister. And as I was flipping through my iphone pics I knew I had a winner with this one. I'm pretty sure we were down by at least 10 runs at this point.

 Hope you enjoy the next 30 days of randomness... and other Jerkins updates b/c this is a crazy month!

Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Dear May

Dear May,

You are a very important month for the Jerkins' and here's why:

 The first being I only have 3 weeks of school left! And all God's teachers said... AMEN. D is especially thrilled because it will mean that I'll stay up past 9:30.

The second being it begins our anniversary month celebration... hence the wedding picture. Its crazy how much we've changed in 6 years. We looked like babies. I guess we were... 20 is pretty young, but outside of Christ, it was the best decision I ever made.

Here's the deal, May. I love you and all, but please don't bring hot, humid temperatures with you.

Thanks and much love.

Try It Tuesday

Trix Krispies

  • 1 x 400g bag of mini marshmallows (about 2 cups)
  • 10 cups Trix cereal
  • 1/4 cup butter
  1. Place the butter and marshmallows in a glass bowl and pop in the microwave for about 2 to 3 minutes to melt.
  2. Stir well.
  3. Mix in your trix and stir.
  4. Pour into a large greased pan (9 x 13 or 11 x 11) and press down with a spoon.
  5. Cut into squares.
If you spray your spoon with non stick spray before using it to press down the krispies it works really well.