Saturday, January 30, 2010
My daughter Whitney, Chris and Christopher...The beginning of a beautiful lil family!!
Christopher's 1st Christmas (2008). He was 11 months old and in to E.V.E.R.Y.T.H.I.N.G. But, he was also SO MUCH FUN!!
How to help his GiGi grocery shop....
And...most importantly.....How to be a big brother to Collin....
Well, almost...he's still learning the "sharing" part of being a big brother. But he's getting there.
Christopher's 2nd Christmas and Collin's 1st (2009). Christopher is 1 year and 11 months old. He was such a big boy. He had his own personality and he knew what he wanted...when he wanted it...and what to do to get it..... He'd take it....
I told ya..he hasn't mastered the "sharing" part of being a big brother just yet...but he's getting there.....
The growing family......
January 18, 2010: Christopher is 2 years old!!!
Happy Birthday Christopher....Your GiGi loves you very much!!!
And so does your mommy and daddy.....
And your Aunt NeNe and Uncle Tim....
Friday, January 29, 2010
Thursday, January 28, 2010
But for now....
The next time you feel God can't use YOU...just remember:
a.....Noah was a drunk
b.....Abraham was too old
c.....Isaac was a daydreamer
d.....Jacob was a liar
e.....Leah was ugly
f.....Joseph was abused
g.....Moses had a stuttering problem
h.....Gideon was afraid
i.....Sampson had long hair and was a womanizer
j.....Rahab was a prostitute
k.....Jeremiah and Timothy were too young
l.....David had an affair and was a murderer
m....Elijah was suicidal
n....Isaiah preached naked
o.....Jonah ran from God
p.....Naomi was a widow
q.....Job went bankrupt
r.....John the Baptist ate bugs
s.....Peter denied Christ
t.....The Disciples fell asleep while praying
u.....Martha worried about everything
v.....The Samaritan woman was divorced....more than once
w.....Zaccheus was too small
x.....Paul was too religious
y.....Timothy had an ulcer
z.....Lazarus was dead!!
NO MORE EXCUSES NOW!!! God can use anyone!!
Besides, you aren't the message, you are just the messenger!!!
Wednesday, January 20, 2010
Discipline is one of the most hated terms of our times...right alongside patience and self-control. But have you noticed how often it comes up in the testimonies of those who win?
No runner completes the training or a race without it.
No human body is kept fit without it.
No temptation is overcome without it.
If you want to put a stop to mediocrity, to replace excuses with fresh determination,...you need discipline.
Walk in a manner worthy of the Lord, to please Him in all respects.
Consider the Lilies;
Do unto other as you would have them do unto you;
Give to one from whom you will not receive;
Knock and the door will be opened to you;
Love your neighbor as yourself;
do not Neglect the gift that is within you;
Owe no one;
be Quick to listen;
strive to eXcel;
enter into joY;
be Zealous for the good.
Tuesday, January 19, 2010
Ok, I realize I said 2008-2009 but I have to give a BIG SHOUT OUT to my beautiful daughter, Jennifer....SHE GRADUATED!!! Well, read below and you'll see for yourself:
First...December 2007 - My beautiful daughter Jennifer graduated from Camp Shelby!!!
January 18, 2008 - My precious grandson, Christopher Brian Maples was born.
August 3, 2008 - We had a BIG birthday celebration today. My son Brian would have been 20 years old today. My other son, Aaron, joined the United States Navy. He was leaving for boot camp in Great Lakes, Illinois on August 5, 2008 ~ his 21st birthday was going to be August 18th, so we had a birthday party for both Brian and Aaron. Happy Birthday boys...I love you both!!!
September 26, 2008 - Aaron graduates from Great Lakes. Me, Jennifer and Justin attend his graduation.
September 30, 2008 - Aaron comes home from Great Lakes and we take him to the Naval base in Meridian for his school.
November 7, 2008 - Aaron is finished with his school and has some time with us before he has to leave to report to base in Bremerton, Washington. He is going to be stationed on the USS John C. Stennis.
December 2008 - (Yeah I forgot the exact date) Aaron leaves for Washington. I am so proud of him!!!
December 25, 2008 - We get a call from the nursing home. Mom is wanting to talk to us. The thing is....up until this point. She hasn't really spoken much to anyone but my dad....and hasn't known hardly any of us...but my dad. This truly was our CHRISTMAS MIRCLE!!
February 13, 2009 - I lost my job ~ a job that I absolutely LOVED by the way!! I worked with Vicki Gilliam, an attorney in Clinton. The picture below is Vicki and her two kids....Ferris and Grant.
February 17, 2009 - My mom (who had been in the nursing home since 2005) became ill and was admitted into the hospital.
February 24, 2009 - The hospital called about 12am and informed us that my mom had passed away.
February 27, 2009 - We say our final goodbyes to my mother.
March 11, 2009 - I get another job.
April 10, 2009 - My precious grandson, Collin Ray Maples is born!!
April 18, 2009 - My mom's birthday.
May 31, 2009 - I turn 43. At this point I begin earnestly praying for a Christian man. I began to focus on my life in Christ and doing a lot of soul searching.
September 9, 2009 - Jennifer and I move out of my dad's house and in with my friends/roommates ~ Jim and Shell.
October 9, 2009 - Mercy Me (the Christian group) came to First Baptist of Jackson. Johnny Diaz and FEE opened up for Mercy Me. WHAT A NIGHT!!!
November 2009 - I began talking with Chas Yates.
December 7, 2009 - Chas and I meet at Micky D's in Pearl. It was love at first sight!!!
December 8, 2009 - I meet Chas for coffee at the donut shop in Pearl. He tells me he knew that morning that he loved me.
December 11, 2009 - Chas and I meet for dinner at Shoney's in Pearl. We talk for 3 hours.
December 13, 2009 - I invite Chas to church with me. Unfortunately he got sick and was unable to go.
December 16, 2009 - Chas and I see each other again.
December 20, 2009 - Chas invites me to his daughter's Christmas program at her church. We go and afterwards I meet his kids. Sydnee, his daughter, is 10 and is the spitting image of her father. Cade, his son, is 15 and looks just like his mom. Cade reminds me so much of Aaron!! After the Christmas program we all ~ yes, all of us...me, Chas, Sydnee, Cade, Tosha (Chas' exwife) and Curtis (Tosha's husband) go to dinner. During conversation we learn that Curtis and I actually went to school together when I lived in Kosciusko for a bit. He knows my cousins, Tonya and Vicky.
After Chas and I got back in from the Christmas program,.....he asked me to marry him. I said YES!!!
December 28, 2009 - Chas and I went to Memphis, TN and got married. Jennifer (my daughter), Sydnee and Cade (Chas' kids) and Teresa (my best friend) went with us. WHAT A TRIP!!!
This is our first "official" photo as husband and wife!!!
January 18, 2010 - My precious grandson, Christopher, turned 2 years old!!!
Wednesday, January 13, 2010
Well that's what I have. That is my husband. And I thank God every single day for my husband. I can now say that I know what it feels like to be whole. He was the missing piece in my life...and I praise God for bringing him to me. God is Good, all the time!!! All the time, God is Good!!!!
I love you Chas!!!....with all of my heart!!!
Thursday, January 07, 2010
Wednesday, January 06, 2010
Cast your cares on the Lord (Webster defines "cast" as: to cause to move or send forth by throwing; to deposit) and He will sustain you (Webster defines "sustain" as: to give support or relief to; to supply with sustenance; to support the weight of); He will never let the righteous fall. (Webster defines "righteous" as: acting in accord with divine or moral law; free from guilt or sin.
Sounds easy enough don't 'cha think? No? Well, I agree. I forget that my time and God's time aren't always the same...ok..they are NEVER the same. I want what I want...when I want it. Afterall, who knows what I need better then I do...right? O wait, on second thought, maybe the God of the universe knows better...maybe the all knowing God knows better. And I hate interruptions to my day. How many times has something happened to "interrupt" your day? We've gotten a flat tire? Run out of gas? Locked the keys in the car? I'm sure I could go on and on, but I won't. You get the picture. And...how many times have we viewed that "interruption" as just that...an INTERRUPTION, and not something greater.
I'll be the first to admit that my life is chaotic!! It seems at time I can't hear myself think, much less hear the flutter of angels' wings. But, maybe, just maybe, that's when God says, "Ok Rita, time to slow down" and He allows me to get a cold that puts me in bed for a day or so. Or He allows me to have a flat tire or run out of gas or a million different other things. It's during these times, during these "interruptions" that instead of getting angry about the interruption, I should stop...take a deep breath...and just be still and listen. Listen for the voice of God. Listen for the flutter of angels' wings.
And that is my prayer for my 2010. That I recognize the "interruptions" not as interruptions, but as opportunities. Opportunities to be still ~ even if only for 5 minutes ~ but be still nonetheless.....and listen.
Until next time....
Tuesday, January 05, 2010
"To get something you never had, you have to do something you never did." When God takes something from your grasp, He's not punishing you, but merely opening your hands to receive something better. Concentrate on this sentence, 'The Will of God will never take you where the Grace of God will not protect you!' Something good will happen to you today, something that you have been waiting to hear.
And then, after you read whatever is sent, you are instructed to email/text a certain number of people within a certain amount of time in order for whatever "good" thing that is suppose to happen to you...to happen to you.
Well, I'm not sure about you guys, but the way my luck has been running, I can't afford NOT to send the email/text out to as many people that are in my address/phone contacts.
So, if you get an email/text from me saying LORD ONLY KNOWS what....just humor me. Read it...and say to yourself....'that crazy Rita is at it again....'
Until next time.....