Wednesday, May 28, 2008

Word-Filled Wednesday









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Hello, friends! MAN, I can't believe it's been a whole week since I've last posted. I don't have any grand excuses.. just that summer is HERE and we've been BUSY!

I told my friend Susan that I was hoping to share some "before and after" pictures of what we've got accomplished. It's really funny, I've NEVER been one to care much about the outside of my home. It seemed to be all I could do just to keep the INSIDE clean. HA!! I suppose with the boys being older (and not needing as much supervision) and also that they're helping with the chores - I can FINALLY do other things. Now, when they're "grown and gone" I'm SURE I'll be LONGING for the days that they were ALWAYS under my feet. (Not going there this morning - If I do, I'll start up the waterworks... hehe)

Things have been "okay" here. Link, Zach & Gabe are such BLESSINGS. I'm just so VERY THANKFUL that I have them all in my life. There are some days that just seem unbearable - and one of the 3 of them can almost ALWAYS help me refocus when I just can't "get it together." For whatever reason the holidays seem to make us miss Brent more. I survived Mother's Day and now Link has to get through Father's Day. It's just so hard to "celebrate" being parents with one of our children gone.

With that said, we can ALWAYS be THANKFUL for the fact that CHRIST DID pay for our sins, and because of HIM we KNOW that we WILL see each other again. How could we not be thankful for that? Amen?

Okay.. I'm going to go and look for my camera and will TRY to get my latest pictures loaded. I can't wait to show you all that we've been doing here.

I've MISSED you all tremendously and looking forward to getting caught up with each of you! ;-) Thanks SO MUCH for stopping by!






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28 comments:

Nen said...

i look forward to the pics! sometimes it is nice to be busy and out and about!!

Twinkle Mom said...

That was excellent!!

Kim said...

I can't wait to see your pictures too!!!

So good to see you friend.

Kim~

Susan said...

Hey Girlfriend,

Finally posted!! Looks like I'm into animal pictures!!

So glad to see you back in blogland.

Been missing my friend. I keep coming to your site all day!!

Now, I'm going to keep bugging you until I see those pictures....HINT~HINT!!!!

Love you,

Susan

Tracy said...

Love the thought expressed by your cartoon!

Looking forward to seeing what's been going on your house!

Blessings,
Tracy

Amy said...

thanks for the comment and the link for itchy sunburnt skin. I am glad to hear that you have had the time to get somethings done. I wish I have had it. Maybe starting this next week my schedule will slow up a bit. Can't wait to see the pics. Have a blessed week.

Kelley said...

Hi Tonya,
I Love the Church Mice! Your blog always brings a smile to my face! I will be anxious to see the before and after pictures, I am itching to do a project but I have no idea where to begin (there are so many to be done). Kim just showed some pics on her blog and it got me in the mood to re-do!

Have a good day Tonya and I will remember to be praying for you as these difficult days come upon you!

Love,
Kelley

Melanie said...

Hi, Tonya. It's so nice to hear from you and I'm with everyone else... can't wait to see those pictures.

Happy WFW!

crispy said...

I was thinking and praying for you this past weekend. I am sure it has been hard. Still part of the process of coping with life.

Love you my friend.

Denise said...

Such a great post sweetie.

Faith Hope Love Mama said...

Glad to see you back!
Can't wait to see what you've been up to. Take care. Thinking of you.

lori said...

Hey girl...
You likely will never know how often YOU and your family come to my mind and a prayer goes up...
Your heart has an empty place...but the peace in knowing you will be together again has to fill you with HOPE....

It sounds like a BUSY weekend over there...pics please..but without pressure...I know how it gets..we are in recital week...all week..so I'm running like a crazy person....

Just wanted to say hello and to remind you that I think of you a lot and pray....unceasingly....
funny...huh, God just works like that.....

Take care of each other...
lori

Jenelle said...

We have been in the midst of a lot of projects at my house as well! It's a good time of year to get things done. I enjoyed the comic!

Cheryl said...

Can't wait to see the pics! Thanks so much for the comment to me. You are such a blessing to me today! Thanks again girlfriend!! You have such a sweet heart. Glad you are back!

Sheryl said...

You have been missed, looking forward to the pictures!

Mariposa said...

Nice job there! Happy WFW!

Paula (SweetPea) said...

I can't wait to see you pics. I love before and after pictures of anything...houses, yards, rooms, people, hair. It's so neat!
Love ya,
Paula

Thanks for the email to let me know you are okay but just very busy! It was nice to hear from you!

the160acrewoods said...

okay, you've choked me up.. I'll be praying for you guys through father's day..

God Bless!

(can't wait to see the pictures too!)

Cheryl said...

Tonya,

Great post. I know why you're spending all this time working in the yard, you're putting off working on the 100 things about you post. I've got you figured out!!

Seriously praying for smooth waters in the upcoming days!

Zhohn said...

Glad that you are all well.
Excited to see the pictures!

Praying & Believing

Faith Hope Love Mama said...

Tonya-In regards to your boys teaching mine something naughty-I am sure mine would love to join the fun, teach them a thing or two, and probably truly enjoy concocting new stunts together. I wish we did live closer! I know we would be such great friends. Too bad it's my sister that lives in Mississippi and not me. I'd drive on over and share a glass of tea with you. I could also use the warmth of your great state. My sis said it's hot already. Not July hot but definately nicer than we've got up here. Minnesota forgot to have Spring this year. It's seriously cold! Hoping you have a blessed week-dandelions story was too funny!!

Amy S. said...

hmmmm? Was wondering about those pictures??

Love Ya!


Love and Hugs.

Milk Mama said...

Oh that was fantastic!!! :D

Cant' wait to see the pics!

dena said...

Tonya....the comic is so fun:) I am with the rest of the gals anxious to see your pictures. I am wishing you peace and strength as you face another holiday soon. Have a fun filled weekend.....and enjoy the sonshine around you each day. Love, Dena

Gina@Chats With An "Old Lady" said...

I'm so sorry about the loss of your son. That is an unimaginable loss! He looks like he was such a sweet young man. You have a sweet testimony!
God Bless!

Faithful Froggers said...

Oh, Tonya, I can't wait to see pictures! It is always a great feeling to finish a project!

I have been working on a box for Allie Grace - but I still have a couple more drawers to clean out! :) Most of the clothes are size 6-12 months!

LOVE the mice comic! :)

Hope you all have a busy, but FUN weekend!

jane said...

Lovely to visit and see your work.
I envy you the green and all that space. I grew up on the land but as an adult have lived mainly in suburbia, not far out of Melbourne, Capital City of Victoria the small state on the bottom right of our mainland. Our whole country has been in drought and Victoria has done it tough the last couple of years. I have lost azaelas 10 or more years old and it has been heartbreaking. We are getting some rain but not enough to be off water restrictions and gardens need water. I have learnt something of the truth of the Geoff Bullock song "Just let me say how much I love you'
says something like, I will find you in the desert where the sand is Holy Ground. Well my back lawn turned almost to that sort of bush track so I had to learn to view it as Holy Ground. I was amazed at how depressing it has been and I am planting lots of bulbs for spring as at least they seem to last. All the best for your garden and all that lovely space to plant trees.
I love the hymn, safe in the arms of Jesus and will never forget playing it on an organ when I was only a teenager for a babies funeral. What a place for our children to be if they cannot be with us.

Karen said...

I came over from word filled Wednesday. I love your blog and I thank you for sharing your story. My Caleb's 17th birthday is coming up. (He died at age 3.) God bless you and your family.