What’s Up Wednesday?

What’s Up Wednesday?

I have been a negligent blogger lately and for that I apologize, but I don’t mean it!  We have had a full plate these last few weeks and it has been wonderful and so full of family and fun!

I saw on Kelly’s blog today that there was a thing called “What’s Up Wednesday?” and it seemed like a good way to reconnect with my blog readers…so here goes.

These are the questions I am supposed to answer:

WUWquestions-edit-969x1024.jpgWhat we are eating this week?  We are eating a lot of picnics and I have learned to have fresh veggies on a tray around the clock for us to munch on.  It saves us on time and calories!  We have also been enjoying Beanito chips this summer…if you have not tried them, you must!  The Garden Salsa flavor is my favorite!

What I am reminiscing about:  The last eleven to thirteen years…where has the time gone?  I have been a mother for eleven years and a wife for almost thirteen…wow!  Time does fly when you are having fun!

What I am loving: Time together.  This last month we have had too many days where I went this way and Dustin went that way and the girls were with one or the other or grandparents…so we are enjoying our time together.  We like each other pretty good.

What I am dreading:  Cleaning the floors…I always dread cleaning the floors.

What I am working on:  School lesson plans and our Christmas play…I love the Christmas play…

What I am excited about:  Getting back into a normal routine with school starting soon!

What I am watching/reading:  We started watching Studio C on the Youtube this week.  I am reading “Choosing Gratitude” by Nancy Leigh DeMoss and “Simplify Your Day” by T. Childers.

What I am listening to:  Instrumental Hymns (Does that make me a senior citizen?)

What I am wearing:  I am wearing a lot of leggings and dresses this summer…and of course, my Chacos…they are a standard around our house.

What I am doing this weekend:  NOTHING.  There is nothing on our calendar…this is the first time since April that we have had a clear weekend.  Praise the Lord!

What I am looking forward to next month:  Getting into a routine.  I love the ministry of a good routine.

What else is new?  I had two book signings this month and the Lord has been so good to give me opportunities to share my story.  I am praying that He will open doors to get the word out about I Have a Brother.

The Lord is so faithful…that’s nothing new, but I have been reminded of His faithfulness throughout this whole book process and I trust Him with it!   Great is His Faithfulness!  (That may have been playing on my Pandora earlier today 🙂

“Trust in the Lord with all of your heart and lean not on your own understanding.  In all your ways acknowledge Him and He will make your paths straight.”  Proverbs 3:5-6

God Gave Me You

God Gave Me You

I wrote this poem a few weeks before LeeAnne was born and today we are celebrating her 8th birthday.  I realized the other day that I had never printed this poem out and put it in her baby book…it’s nothing spectacular, but it brings back all the emotions I felt as I went through her pregnancy…


God Gave Me You

God gave me you

On a cold autumn day

My heart was half-beating

When God gave me you

Not sure that our family

Would grow over three

What did God want from me

Then God gave me you

Your sister’s a blessing

Your brother’s in heaven

With one other sibling

And God gave me you

Skeptical at best

Would this pregnancy last

But at eight weeks we checked

And God gave us you

The days felt like months

The weeks felt like years

July would never come

And still, God gave me you

Finally you would move

And I’d know you’re o.k.

You’d punch my rib cage

Oh, God gave me you

I’m counting the days

‘Till I meet your cute gaze

Always remember

That God gave me you




Lists and other great things

Lists and other great things


Today I feel like I have finally gotten most areas of my life back in order.  The last few weeks have been a little busier than normal and after two weddings and a week at Bible school, I pretty much felt like this picture.  Isn’t that one cute tired little girl???  I like her a little 😍

So today I am just going to share with you some fabulousness that has been going on around here lately.  And I am going to use a list format because lists are so much easier than paragraphs (see the above picture)

  1.  VBS – We have never done VBS before but this year we went all out for “Cave Quest!”  The host church did a fabulous job and it didn’t hurt that Dustin’s parents and sister were leaders there also.                 image
  2. Chick-Fil-A free fruit cup.  It comes on the calendar card this month and it has twice saved me from my “needed” sweet tea.  Praise the Lord!  (Yes, I have more than one card)
  3. Fiddle Camp – every year the Cockman family hosts a free fiddle camp in Blowing Rock park.  This is our first year doing it and it has been fabulous!  The girls love to play their violins and their fiddles!  (Okay…it is one in the same…just depends on how you play it!)
  4. Our community – with these weddings and VBS, I have been so overwhelmed by the support in our community.  People coming together to help others out because that is what we do as brothers/sisters in Christ.  It is all for His glory!
  5. The little gals that God has entrusted to our care…they have worked hard these last two weeks (and rested well!), but I cannot thank the Lord enough for them.  We make a great team!!!
  6. My sister-in-love, Molls…she has been my right hand for these last two weddings -wait, she has done all the weddings with me this year!  I thank the Lord for her help and for her friendship!  She always brings a smile…image
  7. July…it is birthday month up in here and I have some excited little ladies!  And in a few more days I will be down to one booster seat…praise the Lord!!!!

What do you praise the Lord for today?  At Bible school, we called these things “God-sightings,”  things that remind us that God loves us.  I would love to read your “God-sightings” in the comments below.  Go ahead – give Him praise!

“I will sing to the Lord as long as I live; I will sing praise to my God while I have being.”             Psalm 104:33