Tuesday, December 30, 2008
Monday, December 29, 2008
We have been serving the Lord here at Temple Baptist Church for 5 1/2 years. The Lord has used us and done many wonderful things here during our time. The attendance has increased and others have become more faithful. We have been able to really grow the Sunday School ministry. We have noticed lately that most of our Sunday morning attenders now come to Sunday School also. On a regular basis we have less than 10 who only come for the worship service. Praise the Lord! We have been able to buy a van and begin a van route. We have been able to build a new building. I could go on and on about all of the many amazing things that the Lord has allowed us to be a part of here. We have grown and learned a great deal spiritually. However, the Lord is now moving us on. Aaron is the new pastor at Crossroads Baptist in Mobile, Alabama. Our last Sunday here will be January 25th. We announced this to our church here yesterday. This was a hard task to do.
I often say God's will is not just looking forward and saying what is God's will for my life. If you want God's will for your life, it begins moment by moment. If you are doing what God wants you to do right now at this moment, you will be able to look back and say I did God's will for my life, because you made the right decisions moment by moment and day by day. God's will is not just long term; it is right now. What you do with your time, what you say with your words, what you think in your mind are all part of doing God's will for your life.
I said all of this to say God has made it very clear to us that this is His will. We followed through the doors that He opened for us, and this is the direction He has led us. We have such a peace about this decision that words can't even describe. We just know that we are following the Lord. We know that staying here at our current church would be disobedient. We have come to the realization that if this is God's will for us, this is God's will for Temple Baptist Church. We are excited about what God has in store for us.
We would appreciate your prayers for us during this transition time--prayers for us and our new church, Crossroads Baptist and prayers for Temple Baptist as they begin the pastor search process.
We also have a special prayer request regarding our housing situation. We are going to rent a home in Alabama. However, we have not settled on one yet. It is very hard for me to pick a home to live in that I can't see in person. Money is going to be an issue also. The upfront costs of moving into a rental can get quite pricey. Pray that we will find the house that the Lord has for us quickly. We only have a few weeks. Pray that I will know which one it is that He has for us. Another enormous burden we have is our home here in Indiana. The housing market being what it is and our little town being a town people are moving out of rather than into makes selling our home right now difficult. We know that God is moving us and will take care of us, however the financial burden of renting a home in AL and having a mortgage here on a pastor's salary is going to be heavy. We are praying that we will be able to rent our home to a good family that will take care of it or that it will sell quickly. It is not impossible that it will sell. Our God makes all things possible. The sell of our home would be a huge burden lifted!!! We really do covet your prayers in this area.
Friday, December 26, 2008
We had a wonderful Christmas here at home and with family. After church on Christmas Eve I had a little party prepared for "just us", as Abbie called it, here at home. I pulled out the Christmas serving trays and had homemade queso dip and chips, little sandwiches, chocolate covered pretzels , cookies. etc --you know holiday party foods-- all eaten on candy cane party plates and napkins and with green and red plastic utensils. It was special having all of this for "just us." The kids each were able to pick two presents to open that night. Then we stayed up late watching movies in the living room. We had a special time.
Christmas morning we got up early of course to let the kids open the rest of their gifts. I cooked a full Christmas dinner with turkey and ALL of the trimmings--again for "just us." We have a lot of left overs, which I love--only at the holidays though. Christmas late afternoon and evening we were at Emily's ( Aaron's mom) for fellowship, food, and gifts with the family. We had a wonderful and blessed Christmas.
Today is a day of cleaning up the boxes and trashbags, putting together toys, finding and installing batteries, reorganizing, and after all of that some rest!
Scroll down more for pictures and a video (hopefully).
The kids got new slippers!
Wow! Thank you Nana and Papa!
Asher posed with his new belt, and Justus tried to figure out what to do with it.
Justus liked his new play table. He found all kinds of ways to play with it. Just try to ignore the nasty milk running all down his shirt.
All of the girl cousins opening gifts at Grandmama's.
Tuesday, December 23, 2008
Friday, December 19, 2008
Thursday, December 18, 2008
Happy 4th Birthday Asher!
Wednesday, December 17, 2008
Nine years and four kids later.....December 13, 2008
Monday, December 15, 2008
Another beautiful home that is not on this tour but is a definate must see is here at Warm Pie, Happy Home. This woman has some great decorating ideas. You really must go see it.
Here are some extras of the kids.
So I have two things for you to comment on, please. Do you have any ideas of what is going on with my video uploading problem and which family pic would you choose?
Friday, December 12, 2008
They are anxiously awaiting their turn to line up...
She has such an important part that she plans to play that no one knows about!
Asher Forrest Smith- Preschool-choir
Abigail Geneva Smith- Kindergarten- choir and her surprise role as "the girl in the red bow" (explanation below)
Chloe Irene Smith- 2nd grade- choir and playing the baby sister, Kelly
(1st-12th). She was casted as the 5 year old baby sister, mostly due to her small size, but she didn't miss a single line. She also did an excellent job speaking up where everyone could hear her.
After the play, I was "the mom of the girl in the red bow". Chloe was the one with the speaking part, but Abbie stole the role as "the star of the show" from everyone who had a part. I am serious! I am not just bragging on my child. Believe me; I was a little embarassed at times. She really got into her singing. She was sooooo loud.She projected very well, one parent told me. Even when all 53 students were singing, the main voice was Abbie. It was like we were listening to "Abbie, the girl in the red bow, and her back up singers the BBA Choir." We laughed and laughed along with everyone else. She had no clue. She was just having a good time!! I do have a video of her singing. I am going to try to figure out how to put it on here sometime today. I haven't advanced that far in the blogging world yet. For another example, I can't figure out why all of this writing is large. I didn't set it that way, but I can't get it to change. It happens again at the bottom of this post.
The kids had to sit and wait patiently while the junior high and high school kids were singing. During Silent Night, they played with--I mean held-- candles.
And other times he did not. Here he is eating his fruit snacks.
Afterwards we all gathered in the classrooms and fellowship hall to look at the kids artwork and enjoy cookies and milk. --- By the way, I had the absolute best cookies. They were chocolate with peppermint patties in them. I am going to search for a recipe. Does anyone have one?
After a long night of being the mother of such stars, I am glad to be home in my favorite sweatshirt and pj's.