Genesis 12:1 The LORD said to Abram, “Leave your country, your people and your father’s household and go to the land I will show you.” v 4 So Abram left, as the LORD had told him.
God says “Go” and Abram says ok Lord, will do! He doesn’t know where he is going, but he knows that God will lead him. Ever wonder about Sarah? Ok Abram, got the part about going…where was that to again? I think I missed that part. And you wanted to leave when? NOW! Deep breath, well then perhaps I should START PACKING!
Who knows how she responded, the bible doesn’t say. But we do know that she went with him. She followed her man even though he had no idea where he was going.
Some days it feels like we have no idea where we are going. May we all be like Sarah, pack up the tent, bake a few extra loaves of bread and be prepared to follow our men where the LORD will lead.

I forgot how to get to my own blog. Obviously it has been a while!
I won’t change my blog name because I love it, but I am no longer hugs4mom, I guess I am more hugs5.1mom. November will make me hugs6mom which is probably one of the strangest things of my life. I grew up with 1 sibling and the largest family I knew had like 3 kids. I never thought about having a large family. I never thought about being a stay at home mom. I never thought about homeschooling. Those things never crossed my mind and yet God is a good God so here I am, staying at home raising and training and schooling my rather largish family and loving it! I never thought I would be driving anything larger than a minivan though…what do you do when you have 6 children, 2 adults and the minivan only holds 7?

SOMETHING!

There are times during the holiday season when I am really creative.  (cookies!)  Then there are times that I really WANT to be creative but know I am not going to be able to pull it off! (Themed trees!)  Then there are those in between areas where one year I will be fabulously creative and the next have nothing.  Christmas cards are one of those areas.  Some years I will amaze even myself and other years if I get an email out in January I am thrilled!

This is where online digital photo stores have come really in handy. I have been using Shutterfly http://www.shutterfly.com/ for photo gifts and prints and cards for some time. I have gotten a bunch of photo greeting cards from them to send out over the course of  the year as thank yous and thinking of yous,but the holiday season is where all the stops are pulled out.  They have 747 different photo cards just for Christmas!  What makes that really nice is that you can have as much or as little help with creativity as you need for that year.  You can go simple like this beauty…

http://www.shutterfly.com/cards-stationery/cards-stationery/peace-on-earth-religious-christmas-5×7-folded-card?sortType=1&storeNode=93496 

or break out all the awesome photos and go crazy with this one!

http://www.shutterfly.com/cards-stationery/cards-stationery/classic-red-square-christmas-card?sortType=1&storeNode=93496

 

 Many of the cards also give you the option of photos on the front AND on the inside of the card so if you have a couple great shots that you can’t decide on you have choices!  I am really excited to do Holiday cards this year and it is really nice to have so many options. Now all I have to do is decide if I want to do kids with preggo belly or wait and do cards with the actual baby! When you get your card you will be able to see what I decide!

Lots of people intersted in my brain! How fun!
I love Miss Mandy and she is so right, what you hear coming out is about what is going on inside of this little head. How cool that she likes what she hears!
I talk to process. Some people think to process…I talk to process. That is because my brain has been generously donated to my four children and so in order for me to have a coherent thought I have to speak it our loud because there is no brain left to store it for later processing. 
So if you meet me and think I talk alot or contradict myself or begin at the end and finish in the middle I do and its because of how my mind works. So thanks for listening it really helps me think!
Hope to see you again sometime soon…maybe I will even post more than every three months…it is a thought!

Have you ever noticed that dust is obnoxious?  I dust, I vacuum, I live and one day  I turn around and there is a fine layer of dust covering all of my previously clean surfaces.  Where does it come from and how do I get rid of it?  You don’t notice dust happening. It’s not like when your youngest child crumbles an entire granola bar all over the floor and you notice that you will need to vacuum like NOW. Dust is more subtle, slow, sneaky.  And for a while you don’t even notice that it is happening, life goes on as the dust falls, collects, clings.  You don’t really have to dust all that often, skip a week no big deal.  But, things don’t look quite as shiny if you don’t dust…they look a bit dull…not quite right. 

So the grand leap between dust on my stereo and dust in my life…not sure.  But are there times when our souls get dusty? We don’t even realize it, but we aren’t quite as shiny as we were after that retreat, things have dulled.  How do we keep our souls from getting dusty?  Do we need to think about it, or is dust for the soul a non issue?  And if my soul is dusty, what do I do to dust? And do I really want to see what is underneath the layer of dust?

I wonder if today is the day I will dust or if I will wait for tomorrow again…

Oh my!! Amazing! Astounding! Unbelievable!
I have been blogging for…gasp…TWO YEARS!!!!
I think I have a total of 23 posts, but STILL 2 years of semi-regular blogging. Wow. Now this is the part of the blog where I say I am going to give something to one of my readers because I love them all so much and I couldn’t have done it without them, so without even needing to fill out an entry form *SMOOCH* to all three of you!
I remember the conversation a little over two years ago like it was yesterday…so its like an online journal?…do you print it out?…people can talk to each other on it?…my biblestudy has never laughed so hard! And now those lovely ladies are strewn accross America, but I still blog spy just to feel connected!
What a ride. What a journey. What a funny sad little blog! I am enjoying this adventure!
Thanks girls for two great years and many more to come! =)

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