Saturday, May 31, 2014

From my Front Porch ~ May 30, 2014





Welcome back to my weekly series, From my Front Porch, where I share updates from my home and family. My hope is that you'll fix yourself a cup of coffee or tea and imagine us sitting together on my front porch, chatting about life and catching up on the latest news!  I hope you'll join me each Friday on My Front Porch!  






Last Friday morning about 8 am our family circled up in the driveway, held hands, and listened as "Coach" gave out last minute instructions and prayed for God's protection on all of us as we traveled. We had fourteen people traveling together in three vehicles for a total of 650 miles on a holiday weekend!!

Fortunately, God had us all in the "palm of His hand" and carried us safely to our destination in northern Virginia for Alan's nephew's wedding.

The wedding ceremony and reception took place Saturday afternoon in Alan's sister's beautiful backyard! It was a gorgeous day and her yard was so lush and green and very nicely landscaped! It was the perfect setting for a beautiful "garden wedding."  :)

The following collage contains pictures of the bride and groom, Anastasia and Jason, my son, Josh, with his sweet little daughter, Sarah, and my son, Joe, and his wife Abby!  





I was so excited about having the whole family together and had planned to get a family picture taken at the wedding!  Would you believe I let the moment slip by with no picture??  I know, I know! I can't believe it either!  In my defense, there was never really a good time to do it, as Ashlyn and Hannah stayed busy the whole afternoon capturing the wedding with their Nikons.  Fortunately, Alan did manage to capture this picture of all the cousins with his iPhone while Ashlyn was taking the official photo of the group.  So, this picture contains all of the cousins (and spouses) except for Ashlyn!  :(  Janet and Ralph have three sons, the groom, Jason, who is obviously in the center, and Matthew and Zachary, who are on the left with Matthew's girlfriend, Diana.  Everyone else belongs to me and should look familiar to any regular reader of this blog! :)


On Sunday morning, Alan took the family 
sightseeing in DC, while I had some "Marmee" time with sweet Sarah!  :)  

This is what happens when small city peeps ride to the Big City of DC on the Metro!  :)





Alan grew up in the suburbs of DC, so he enjoys leading excursions into the city and sharing our national treasures with others. This was Kristi's and Abby's first time to visit our nation's capital and see the amazing sights, such as these:









As you can tell, everyone had a great time exploring our nation's capital, but they came back exhausted from all the walking and the heat!  We spent the evening with Janet and Ralph and their family.  Monday morning arrived all too soon, and we had to get back in our vehicles and make the long trek back home. Fortunately, we arrived safely and thanks to Josh and Kristi, who ordered and picked up some of our favorite BBQ and a birthday cake, we snuck in a little celebration of Tay's 24th birthday as a grand finale of our whirlwind weekend!  :)

I hope you enjoyed your holiday weekend and made memories with your family too!










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Friday, May 23, 2014

From my Front Porch ~ May 23, 2014





Welcome back to my weekly series, From my Front Porch, where I share updates from my home and family. My hope is that you'll fix yourself a cup of coffee or tea and imagine us sitting together on my front porch, chatting about life and catching up on the latest news!  I hope you'll join me each Friday on My Front Porch!  






I just have a skinny minute to chat, as we are about to embark on another whirlwind weekend that's centered around celebrating a nephew's wedding. Amazingly, the entire family will be together - a rarity these days!!

But before I rush off to launch my weekend, I have some exciting news to share!  Our son, Josh, who recently graduated from college with his BSN degree, has passed the NCLEX and is officially a licensed RN! On top of that, he already has a job working in a hospital!  So, he is very excited and we are very proud of him and his hard work and perseverance!  :)





Josh and Kristi's sweet little dumpling daughter, Sarah, turned six months old this past week, and they bought a new car!!!  So, it has been an exhilarating and eventful week for Josh and Kristi!  :)  

Check out this picture of sweet Sarah, taken by my daughter and resident photographer, Hannah.
  





Isn't she a cutie??  :)


Now for Some Blog Business:

If you follow my Yes They Are All Ours page on Facebook, you may have noticed that my posts are no longer showing up in your newsfeed. This is because of ongoing Facebook changes that greatly restrict who sees the posts that bloggers or business owners post on their fan pages (to try to force them to pay to promote their posts).  :(

If you'd like to see more of what I share on Facebook, including notifications of new posts, please go to my page and click on the drop-down arrow by the "like" button (right under the cover photo).  Then click on "get notifications."  This should allow you to see more of my posts.  

While you're at it, perhaps you'd be interested in "liking" my Lilla Rose Facebook page as well?  :)  Then, you'd need to do the same thing as above.  Just go to my page, click on the drop-down arrow by the "like" button, and click on "get notifications."   

Also, if you comment, like or share my posts, Facebook will allow you to see more of what I post.  :)

Thank you so much for reading, liking, sharing, and commenting!  I really appreciate you "going along for the ride"!!  :)

One more thing, due to our busy weekend and Monday being a holiday, there will be no Marriage Monday post this Monday. Enjoy your holiday weekend and I'll meet you here on my front porch next Friday!  :)










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Monday, May 19, 2014

Marriage Monday: The Wise Wife {Link up}








Welcome back to Marriage Monday!  I'm so glad you've joined me as we focus on strengthening and promoting godly marriages, both in our nation and in our own backyards!

Since the beginning of the year we've been looking at various characteristics of the godly wife.  Today I want to consider the Wise Wife.

The stated purpose of the book of Proverbs is to teach us wisdom and understanding. Solomon accomplishes this by contrasting wisdom with foolishness.  Conveniently, Proverbs is packaged into 31 chapters -- one for each day of the month!  (Some months, you'll have to read two chapters on the last day.)  If you want to be a wise woman, may I suggest that you read a chapter of Proverbs every single day along with your morning coffee (or tea)?  


Proverbs 14:1 says, "Every wise woman builds her house, but the foolish one tears it down with her own hands."  (Amplified version)


Stop and think about what that verse is saying.  Are you building up your house, your home, your marriage?  Or are you tearing it down with your own words and actions??


Let's look at some common ways that we tear down our marriages without even realizing it, and then contrast that with some ways we can build up our marriages instead!


Ten Ways to Tear Down your Marriage:

1. Think negative thoughts about your husband.
2. Criticize and correct your husband every chance you get.
3. Nag him until he changes his bad habits.
4. Assume you are always right and know more than he does on any given topic.
5. Treat your husband like one of the children; be sure to mother him. 
6. Demand your own way and insist that he serve you.
7. Quickly "put your husband in his place" if he gets a little "frisky."  
8. Point out his faults to others, especially to the children.
9. Make jokes at his expense to get a good laugh when in a crowd.
10. Be sure to treat your friends (or pets) better than you treat your husband.


Ten Ways to Build Up your Marriage:

1. Think positive thoughts about your husband and your marriage. Focus on the good things. (Philippians 4:8)
2. Praise your husband for his good qualities every chance you get.
3. Overlook his faults. (1 Peter 4:8) Give him grace! Wisely address the issues that need to be resolved.
4. Be humble. Put his needs above your own. (Philippians 2:3)
5. Treat your husband with respect. Avoid belittling him by treating him as a child. (Ephesians 5:33)
6. Fight selfishness by developing a servant's heart. Serve your husband in love.  (Galations 5:13)
7. Understand your husband's need for physical affection and cultivate that aspect of your relationship.  (Genesis 2:24-25)
8. Encourage his leadership by being willing to follow his direction, his decisions and even his suggestions.  (1 Peter 3:1-2)
9. Point out your husband's good qualities to others! Praise him in front of your children.  Avoid falling into the trap of making fun of your husband to earn a laugh. The laughter soon dies away and your marriage with it.
10. Treat your husband even better than your friends. He should be your top priority (after God).  (Proverbs 31:10-13)



It takes work and commitment to build, while it is easy to tear down and destroy without even realizing what we are doing. It will require being different than the culture around us, sadly, even the predominant church culture. It may require cultivating new habits and establishing a "new normal." Building requires constructive effort, but the results are worth it!

Ready for a challenge?  Let's purpose together this week to identify the areas where we are tearing down our marriages and find ways to build them up instead!

  
All of the posts in this series have been designed to help you build your marriage.  Have you read these posts?


The Abiding Wife

The Respectful Wife

The Accepting Wife

The Admiring Wife

The Supportive Wife

The Humble Wife

The Grateful Wife

The Joyful Wife

The Content Wife

The Trustworthy Wife

The Kind Wife

The Sympathetic Wife

The Pure Wife

The Serene Wife

The Celebrating Wife


Your Turn to Share:



What about you? Are you tearing down or building up your marriage?  What are you teaching your children about building a marriage as they observe your words and actions?  What is one specific way you will purpose to build up your marriage this week?  Please leave a comment here on my blog or over on my Facebook page, so we might all be encouraged! You may also email me at elizabeth@yestheyareallours.com if you wish to share a private testimony.



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Friday, May 16, 2014

From my Front Porch ~ May 16, 2014





Welcome back to my weekly series, From my Front Porch, where I share updates from my home and family. My hope is that you'll fix yourself a cup of coffee or tea and imagine us sitting together on my front porch, chatting about life and catching up on the latest news!  I hope you'll join me each Friday on My Front Porch!  






You'll be glad to know that I somehow managed to not only survive, but enjoy my marathon weekend!  :)


We kicked off the weekend last Friday night with Josh's pinning ceremony!  At the beginning of his nurse's training, his class was warned not to work a job, get married or have a baby during nursing school!  However, Josh did all three!  :)  He was also faced with numerous other challenges and difficulties not of his choosing.  There were times we didn't think he would make it -- but he did!!  We are so proud of his hard work and perseverance that allowed him to complete the arduous RN, BSN program!






After the pinning ceremony, we hurried home to greet Joe and Abby and to put the finishing touches on our supper -- a coastal Georgia favorite -- Shrimp and Grits!!  Yum!!  :)  (You can read about Abby's Graduation here.)





Saturday morning was a beautiful day on the Georgia coast -- perfect for a graduation.  (Or for going to the beach, but we stuck with the graduation!)

We were so proud of both of our boys -- Josh and Tyler!  Josh, who my Mom claims is the most prayed for graduate ever, earned his RN, BSN degree through much blood, sweat and tears!  :)  He is our fourth-born child and the third to graduate from college. Tyler, who became a part of our family when he needed a place to live during his last couple years of college, earned a degree in Elementary Education. Graduating with a perfect 4.0, he was also the Valedictorian and gave an amazing charge to his fellow graduates! He started off boldly giving all the credit to his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, and encouraged all the graduates to use their talents, skills and education to serve others!  He is truly an amazing young man! 
  




Alan and I had the honor of getting our picture taken with this year's top graduate!  :)





That afternoon we hosted a graduation party at our house for Josh and Tyler, where we celebrated their accomplishments.  I lost count, but I think we had about 40 people in our house!!  :)  Crazy, but fun!  :)  We are so thrilled for Josh and Tyler both!!  






We ended the day by pulling together a feast for about 20 people!  :)  Alan grilled chicken thighs and sausage, made baked beans and baked Vidalia onions.  I made Sauteed Cabbage and Bacon, and a vegetable medley of squash, zucchini, onions and mushrooms. 


Believe me, we slept well that night!!  :)


Sunday was a great day at church followed by more celebrating  . . . Mother's Day and Alan's birthday!!  (Yes, we have a special knack for doing everything at once around here!)  :)

Alan and the kids made our delicious Sunday dinner -- Baked Salmon, Orzo pasta with butter and Parmesan cheese, Buttered Carrots and Broccoli.  After dinner, we actually relaxed at a nearby swimming pool, which was Very Nice! 





Then we said good-bye to Joe and Abby, who had to return to Florida, and hello to little Sarah, whom we got to love on for a couple days while her Mommy and Daddy enjoyed some time together.  They celebrated their second anniversary on Monday, and Alan and I celebrated our thirty-first anniversary on Wednesday!  You can read more about our special days by clicking here.

Whew!  I'm tired just telling you all about our busy week!! :)  I bet your week was busy too -- did you have any graduations, weddings, or other celebrations?  I'd love to hear about them!











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