Friday, October 27, 2006

A pretty awesome story...

Malachi 3:3 says: "He will sit as a refiner and purifier of silver."

This verse puzzled some women in a Bible study and they wondered what this statement meant about the character and nature of God.

One of the women offered to find out the process of refining silver and get back to the group at their next Bible Study .

That week, the woman called a silversmith and made an appointment to watch him at work. She didn't mention anything about the reason for her interest beyond her curiosity about the process of refining silver.

As she watched the silversmith, he held a piece of silver over the fire and let it heat up. He explained that in refining silver, one needed to hold the silver in the middle of the fire where the flames were hottest as to burn away all the impurities.

The woman thought about God holding us in such a hot spot; then she thought again about the verse that says: "He sits as a refiner and purifier of silver." She asked the silversmith if it was true that he had to sit there in front of the fire the whole time the silver was being refined.

The man answered that yes, he not only had to sit there holding the silver, but he had to keep his eyes on the silver the entire time it was in the fire. If the silver was left a moment too long in the flames, it would be destroyed.

The woman was silent for a moment. Then she asked the silversmith, "How do you know when the silver is fully refined?"

He smiled at her and answered, "Oh, that's easy -- when I see my image in it."

If today you are feeling the heat of the fire, remember that God has his eye on you and will keep watching you until He sees His image in you.

Tuesday, October 24, 2006


We traveled to Fort Hood last Saturday to see James' brother in law off to Iraq. He will be gone for 18 months. I can't imagine not seeing James for that long and having to be a single mom. But, we had a nice visit seeing family that we don't get to see that often. Kaitlyn had a blast with her cousin Lofton. They played so good together and were just really sweet to watch.

Thursday, October 19, 2006

Another photo blog...

This one is for the Grandparents and anyone else who cares to catch up on pictures of sweet Kaitlyn....

Enjoying her "treat" at her favorite ice cream place that she gets to go to on Fridays..

On picture day...

At the ACU Homecoming Parade....

At the parade with Abby and Anna Lea

Asleep with her precious pumpkin. She's had it for about 3 weeks, and sleeps with it every night. It got a crack in it, so she taped it all up with scotch tape.

Tuesday, October 17, 2006

A few pictures

Here are a couple of pictures to go with the post below. Hope you don't mind that I stole them from your blog Sara! :)


Well, I can't find my camera cord anywhere - so I have no pictures yet - but we had a wonderful Homecoming weekend! This was my 5 year reunion, so I got to see lots of fun people that came to town. This is one of the times that I love living in Abilene - because I don't have to go anywhere!

Friday was really busy at work with Preview Weekend - about 100 students and their families were here visiting. It was fun seeing them get excited about being on campus on such a fun weekend. Chapel was great - listening to the singing in Moody just never gets old to me. I got to see Luke, Sara and sweet Cooper in chapel too and that made it even more fun!

Friday afternoon I got to go pick up Meredith from the airport. Kaitlyn was so excited to go with me. She LOVES the airport. Yes, even Abilene Regional. It was so good to see Mere! A year is way too long to go without seeing your BFF.

We went from there to the carnival that they had on campus, which Kaitlyn loved. She got her face painted, took her picture with Willie the Wildcat (last year she was terrified of him), jumped in the Bounce houses, and even attempted the rock climbing wall. They basically had to just manually raise her up the entire thing, but she loved it. It was fun seeing more friends and all of their kids. It's crazy that last year, most of us could just stand around and talk to each other, and this year we could barely get 2 words in because we were chasing all of our kids everywere. So fun though.

Friday night, Mere and I went to Chilis and ate about all of the chips and queso they had in stock.

Saturday morning was the parade - Kaitlyn had been counting down the days for this. She loved "the guys that fell off that thing, and fell down and shot each other." Thanks Gamma Sigs. She probably ate way too much candy that was thrown her way, but she enjoyed all the attention from her cousins and other friends that were around. We stayed after the parade talking to more friends and taking pictures of all of our kids. Hopefully I will get some posted soon!! It was fun to see some Dallas friends that I had not seen in forever!!

James went to the football game - Go Wildcats! 6-0!! I stayed home and snoozed on my couch for awhile.

Saturday night was our reunion dinner. It was so much fun to mingle around, try to remember people's names, tell funny stories from when we were students.... We really do have a fun class.

Sunday was another great day at Highland..

Ok, this post is getting boring. Anyway, it was a fun weekend and just made me again so thankful that I was able to attend ACU.

SIDENOTE: I went to the doctor yesterday for my check-up and found out that I am a little farther along than I thought! My calander says I will be 29 weeks tomorrow, but he said I am 31 weeks. Nice! He also scheduled me to be induced on December 22nd. That's 9 weeks from Friday. Insane. I guess I better start getting things together! That also means it's only 9 weeks until Christmas! Yikes!

Wednesday, October 04, 2006

Precious words....

I just had to write this down. Last night we all just made our own dinner. James was heating up some Chinese food in the microwave. Here's the conversation Kaitlyn and I had:

What's Daddy makin'?
Chinese food.
I know that... what's it called?
Pad Thai.
Oh, like baptized?
Like baptized?
Well, no not really. Where did you learn about baptized?
From everywhere.
What does it mean?
I don't know, you say it.
Well, it means when you grow up and you decide that you want Jesus to live in your heart forever, you get baptized.
Well, I wanna get baptized right now.

So sweet.