One of Those Did That Really Happen? Kind of Weeks

Let all those who fear the LORD repeat: “His faithful love endures forever. In my distress I prayed to the LORD, and the LORD answered me and set me free. The LORD is for me, so I will have no fear. What can mere people do to me? Yes the LORD is for me, he will help me. ~Psalm 118:4-7 NLT

I am finding myself crawling out of one of those “did that really happen?” kind of weeks.

You know the kind?

The kind that leaves your head and heart spinning.

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Friday with Freda ~ Assisted Living is Kind of Like College

Thank you friends for all of your prayers yesterday. It took all day, but Jeff and I were able to get Grandma all set up in her new digs. I am excited that I was able to find a place for her that is a true assisted living facility that suits her needs. It also helps that this place is only two minutes from my work. So I have quick access during my lunch and after work to visit her.

Freda right away has fallen in love with the staff. She is excited to have her own room now, and although she hasn’t said it, I’m pretty sure she likes the idea being off the Jeff’s Crazy Idea routine a bit. They served spaghetti and garlic bread last night for dinner and she was in heaven. [Read more…]

Friday with Freda ~ Prayers for Transition

I have so many things to write about my life with Freda since she moved in with our family. So many funny, hard, sweet and long-lasting memories have been made with her and my kids.

But today, I just can’t. Today, I need your prayers. Today Jeff and I are taking Grandma to visit a assisted living facility, because we are at the point where her needs are becoming move than our family can provide.

And this is hard to accept.

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A Christian Who Loves Halloween

Hello. My name is Julie and I am a Christian who loves Halloween. 

It is actually my favorite holiday. I don’t apologize for it any more or feel guilty about it. I used to but now I embrace it. Indulge me a bit as I tell you little bit why…

As a child this holiday brought me so much fun and happy family memories. My mom and dad took me to Halloween events, haunted houses, and GASP let me watch horror movies with my older brother. My parents also allowed me to read scary stories, and create over the top crazy costumes every year for my school parties. At these parties, I would win prizes almost every year, because of the creativity they allowed me to display.

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A Stewardship Challenge

My Journey

Many of you know that our family has been on an amazing journey since January when my husband got this crazy idea to get healthy. I thought it was going to be all him. Looking back, I too needed to make some personal changes.

It has not always been easy. At the beginning of the year when I chose my one word for 2012 as Steward, I had no idea that this concept would permeate everything.

Work and Family.

How silly of me.

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Get Your October On Friends

I promise I have not abandoned this blog. I promise. But Autumn is here in Colorado with full force and things get a little nutty in the Abel Abode. Football games, parent teacher conferences, fun clients and week-long trainings for Rocky Mountain Media Group. This list doesn’t even include the amazing activity going on at Family Life Services. All of these beautiful wonderful things keep me insanely busy.

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Friday with Freda ~ Lunch Anyone?

This week’s Friday with Freda is simple. I have shared with you before about how Grandma likes Jeff more than me. Here is one of the reasons why.

I make her simple oatmeal for breakfast. When he is home he fixes stuff like this:

Then there is lunch. Most of the time, I have to make her something to stick in the fridge, like a salad. Very uninspiring. [Read more…]

Liebster Blog Awards

Recently my friend Sarah Warren over at The Accidental Okie nominated my blog for a Liebster Award. Liebster is German, it means precious and dear.

The Liebster blog awards are one of the things that makes blogging with friends fun. This award is for up-and-coming bloggers who have less than 200 followers.  After Sarah nominated me, I had to write a blog post telling 11 things about me and answering 11 questions from Sarah.  Next, I got to nominate a few of my favorite bloggers and ask them 11 questions as well. I love it that this process is all about networking smaller blogs that may not have the exposure of the biggies.

Thanks Sarah for your dear heart, your nomination is so sweet! Everyone needs to check out your amazing blog as well. You like me, you really like me!

Here are my questions from Sarah with my answers:

  1. As a child, what did you want to do when you grew up? I wanted so badly to be a country music singer, until I realized I couldn’t sing, then I changed that to wanting to be either a news anchor or writer. The writer bit hasn’t changed, but I know my calling is truly helping those who are in need within their local communities. No kid ever wakes up and says, “I want to be a non-profit leader when I grow up.” But that has been His path for me. So that is the one I accept and love. [Read more…]

To Forge A New Trail

This verse always seems to creep up on me when I find myself in any kind of season of change or new opportunity. I know that I am not the first pilgrim who has walked this earth who has drawn strength and excitement from the words of Isaiah the Prophet:

For I am about to do something new. See, I have already begun! Do you not see it? I will make a pathway through the wilderness. I will create rivers in the dry wasteland. Isaiah 43: 19 NLT

I got a visual picture of this a few weeks ago when I was in Pennsylvania on a trip to the Laurel Highlands Jeep Jamboree. Jeff and I got an amazing opportunity to go to this event and represent Jeep as band advocates. There in the middle of a tree dense forest, our Jeep Rubicon started making a new pathway through the wilderness. [Read more…]

Abiding in Praise ~ A Psalm for Vocation

Yesterday I posted this status on Facebook. As I read over it later, and talked with folks who inquired privately about my passion for my work something dawned on me. I realized what I had posted was kind of personal psalm to the Lord:

The stillness of this house and the beautiful light that comes shining through on Fridays when I am here by myself is rest for my soul. I know the calm comes after an evening of intense ministry where hurting families have gathered to find peace. The ticking of the clock serves as a wonderful reminder to me of the rhythm of ministry that has taken place here for 70 years. I am thankful to be apart of it ~Family Life Services.

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