Sunday, January 29, 2012

the mc fam

even when you live close to family, it seems that getting every single person in one place is just hard.

paige is always doing sports or chilling with her friends.  ryan travels.  i work and work out.  my parents travel a bit.  my brother work insane schedules.  my niece is only able to be with us twice a month, so gathering us together and then getting a picture...amazing feat.

McFam 2012

in the past year, we have all seen a variety of things happen.  but as i look at this picture, with my parents as the head, i am continuously reminded that they remain the same.  i mean, we are all getting older and our lives change and all that, but with the steadfast upbringing based on the foundation of God's amazing love for us through his Son, Jesus Christ, i am able to stand and look around and say, "i am blessed."

i think sometimes that life was just simpler when i was a kid.  fewer distractions and more family time.  honestly, just less of us, too.  i mean, we were definitely skinnier...and at least for me, life was more focused and with way less distractions.  you know what those are, right?  distractions!


sometimes that's become super difficult, finances are miserable (can i get an amen?), special needs kids and counselors and psychiatrists and teachers and IA' takes some time.  you get what i mean...

as a kid, i remember my parents reading The Bible to me...and today, i can stand firm on Psalm 91...knowing that the Lord, Most High, is where i find my strength, my shelter, my love, and my Salvation.

Thanks Mom and Dad.  Thanks...

He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High 
   will rest in the shadow of the Almighty.[a] 
2 I will say[b] of the LORD, “He is my refuge and my fortress, 
   my God, in whom I trust.”
 3 Surely he will save you from the fowler’s snare 
   and from the deadly pestilence. 
4 He will cover you with his feathers, 
   and under his wings you will find refuge; 
   his faithfulness will be your shield and rampart. 
5 You will not fear the terror of night, 
   nor the arrow that flies by day, 
6 nor the pestilence that stalks in the darkness, 
   nor the plague that destroys at midday. 
7 A thousand may fall at your side, 
   ten thousand at your right hand, 
   but it will not come near you. 
8 You will only observe with your eyes 
   and see the punishment of the wicked.

 9 If you make the Most High your dwelling— 
   even the LORD, who is my refuge— 
10 then no harm will befall you, 
   no disaster will come near your tent. 
11 For he will command his angels concerning you 
   to guard you in all your ways; 
12 they will lift you up in their hands, 
   so that you will not strike your foot against a stone. 
13 You will tread upon the lion and the cobra; 
   you will trample the great lion and the serpent.

 14 “Because he loves me,” says the LORD, “I will rescue him; 
   I will protect him, for he acknowledges my name. 
15 He will call upon me, and I will answer him; 
   I will be with him in trouble, 
   I will deliver him and honor him. 
16 With long life will I satisfy him 
   and show him my salvation.”  

Psalm 91, NIV 1984

Thursday, January 12, 2012

a little giving

one of the deepest passions i have in life is serving the homeless.  it all started back in 2009 on a mission trip in NYC where we spent 10 days handing out water and snacks to people on the streets for nothing.

people were so hardened they most often would choose to ignore it or refuse to accept a free's a very clear image of grace, actually.  god gives us his grace's just there, but we have to choose to accept it and act on it.

when we all came home from NYC, the students started a not for profit called "the andy project"...and it's going wayyyy strong.  here we are 4 years later and every 2nd and 4th saturday, like 50 people head to indianapolis to love and serve the less fortunate.

my student ministry, student impact of westfield, bring an entire trailer full of clothing, blankets, coats, hats and gloves for families...and we bring along students who just want to serve.   {and the fam comes along some of the time too!!  but always on christmas}

one of the best ways we serve is just being a friend.  i have this amazing friendship with myra, that has developed over the years.  there are so many stories to be told...lives that change and circumstances that bring people to a place where they need help...but in the end, everyone just wants to love and be loved.  we all want validated.  {i mean, i love ethos woman...she's so amazing.  taking care of her 12 grandkids, working and still smiling}



so heavy on my heart today were my homeless friends.  it's snowing and windy and cold for the first time in a few weeks.  please remember them in your prayers...they are the least of these...and it's always a joy to serve them!

don't just think about serving this year...just do it.  and do it well.  happy 2012.

Wednesday, January 04, 2012

'nastics time

it's good old gymnastics time...well, in like 5 hours, but the girls are a little excited.

they get on their leotards {sofia calls it her re-o-tard} as soon as they remember it's 'nastics time!

i think they are pretty cute...

{and yes, i do comb sofia's hair.  she's just a wild one.}

Tuesday, January 03, 2012

the hill is done!

it's a new year...and we have had SNOW!!!!  sweetness...because the girlies love it and it means getting out of the house to play and have some good old fashioned fun!!

sledding on the new sledding hill in town...which is uber awesome.  we watched them building this thing over the last year and there has been tons of anticipation of the first snow.

and it was here!!!

sofia insisted on carrying the sled in front of the end, she has resolved that daddy did know what he was talking about.
sof sledding

and then the snowman time started!

check out miss jada's snowman...with arms!!!

i love the "nose" building the snowman.  sooooo cute!

and brooke built a snow fort with her friends...sweetness!

and look at brooke, with a HUGE smile on her face.  i mean, priceless!

and check out the hours of winter break, by the way.  amazing times!

happy 2012!!!