Tick, tock

Yesterday, I had one of those experiences that just makes time stand still.  Takes your breath away and pulls you back in time.  23 years, to be exact.

23 years ago in the middle of a slumber party.  My sister and some friends and I decided to go tee pee and egg someone’s house.  These boys that lived around the block and were just rotten to us all the time.  I’m sure we gave it back to them too, although those memories are pretty faded now.  We headed over with a bunch of toilet paper, Hershey syrup and a carton of eggs.  My sister and friends let their house and car have it.  I hid under the car.  I was brave that way. 🙂

After we were finished with our horrible mission, we headed back with a couple of eggs left in tow.  There was another boy that lived on that block that one of the girls with us had a crush on forever.  I have no idea why but we threw those eggs in his mailbox.  

Months later he asked me, “Was that you?”  I’m sure I giggled and mumbled something to the effect of, “Oh no, not me.”  Or something to that sort, I was pretty fearful of boys back in those days.  He laughed and just said, “It was you.”  Totally good natured.  He was just that kind of guy.

Soon after my family moved five hours away when my mom got married and I never knew what happened to him.  Yesterday, I found out.

He made a whole lot of friends.  Became a contractor.  Got married.  Had 2 sweet little girls.  Turned 37.  And died yesterday in a terrible drowning accident that no one seems to be able to believe.  And life just keeps on ticking for the people that are left.  Tick, tock, tick, tock…  It seems like it won’t go on, but it does.

So many questions about how unfair life is.  Why would God allow someone like this, someone who has a life and family, to die in such a horrible way.  It’s just devastating.  

Then I remember that we live in a fallen world.  A broken world that is so desperately in need of a Savoir.  Broken hearts, broken lives, hurt, devastation…it’s all so sadly a part of our daily existence because this is not at all what God created us for.  When Adam and Eve took that first bite and every time we take a bite of that proverbial apple, there is a disconnect with a God that created us in his image.  A God that craves relationship with us, and we just keep getting in the way.  So there is death.  

Yet you do not know what your life will be like tomorrow. You are just a vapor that appears for a little while and then vanishes away.  James 4:14

But that is not the end of the story friends.  We can have life eternal with a God who wants reconciliation with us.  He loves you.  He loves me.  He loved my classmate too. 

We all, like sheep, have gone astray, each of us has turned to his own way; and the LORD has laid on him the iniquity of us all.  Isaiah 53:6

If you have not made a commitment to this God that loves you and are interested in finding out more, please do not waste another moment.  Life is just so short and we are not promised tomorrow.  

Here is a great link to tell you more about it.  http://www.areyouagoodperson.org/  

I’m praying for you, dear reader.  I’m praying if not already, today would be your day of salvation.


Ultimate Blog Party 2012

Hello there and welcome to my little party inside the big party!  This is my 3rd or 4th party and I’ve always had a great time and found some awesome bloggers.  I hope to have a chance to find many more this year!
This is me, Amy.  I’m usually the one with the camera in my hand.  I love to take pictures and remember all the fun times in life.  This year I’m also teaching a photography class to fifth and sixth graders at our local homeschool co-op.  That’s been lots of fun and taught me lots in the process.

This is my three year old daughter, Anna.  She’s full of life, laughter and fun.  She’s always into something new and she’s always passionate.  Anna brings lots of joy and hugs to our lives and we can’t wait to see what she’ll do next.  She’s our mechanically inclined daughter, the house comedian and a daddy’s girl.

 This is my six year old daughter, Lilla.  I homeschool her in first grade this year.  She is interested in everything pink, ballet and God.  Lilla is always making us think with the things she says.  She is very bright, very thoughtful and very interested in life.

 We recently obtained 8 baby hens.  They bring lots of entertainment to our house too.  Particularly to our dog!

They are getting ready to be put in the hen house and I’m ready to have them out of my garage!

We have had the privelage of homeschooling our children since the beginning.  We are currently working on 1st grade with Lilla and preschool with Anna is just starting.

My girls are the heart of our home!  They make our home come alive each and every day.

 My husband, Michael, and I have been married for 8 years.  He’s a great guy that is a wonderful provider and friend.  He loves God, his family and his country.  My oldest is a mini me of my husband.

Our youngest is my mini me.

Now that you’ve been introduced to us, I’ll tell you about my blog.  I write when I have time, which doesn’t seem like much lately.  I like to write about the things though that make me think, make me laugh or that I think would be helpful to others.  I also like to record special things in my kids lives.

I hope you will take a minute to say hi and let me know you stopped by so I can say hi to you too!

So full.

Ever just feel really grateful to God?

 This is why I haven’t been blogging lately.

  This has what has been filling my days.

This is why my heart feels so full.

I hope your heart and life is full too!