Bless the Lord…

I’m posting over at Meditations of His Love today. =]

Psalm 34:1

“Isn’t it a glorious thing to stop and simply praise the Lord for the wonderful things He has done for us? I am overwhelmed daily as I observe the many blessings He has given to us.

β€œI will bless the Lord at all times; his praise shall continually be in my mouth. My soul makes its boast in the Lord; let the humble hear and be glad. Oh, magnify the Lord with me, and let us exalt his name together!” {Psalm 34:1-3}”

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Sweet Home Alabama

(still taking photos with my cell phone. I really hope I find that camera charger soon! :/)

I’m listening to Meredith singing “Sweet Home Alabama” while she plays. All she knows from the song is “Sweet home Alabama, where the skies are so blue!”, and she is singing it over and over while she and Darby and pretending to drive to their make-believe destination.

It’s rather sweet. :)

Today the sky isn’t so blue, but Alabama does certainly remain our sweet home. I feel so blessed to live in such a beautiful state! =]

We’ve been up to all sorts of things lately. As Sinatra is *still* in the shop, I’ve been continuing to drive around the Snow Beast to do errands and our other activities.

And this is where you get to see how eclectically odd and eccentric I am. =D

For a long time, I had a really hard time parking correctly with any of our vehicles, so whenever I would park correctly in the spot, nice and even like everyone else in the parking lot, I would stop and take a picture. I’ve been doing that off-and-on now since I got my driver’s license a few years back.

I present *drum roll* the evidence:

Matthew and I were the chief errand runners this past Saturday. Our first stop was Staples, as opposed to paper clips, of course.

I forgot to take a picture of the parking job there. Oh well.

Next was Walmart! I forgot to take a picture of the front of Walmart, but since we all probably know what Walmart looks like anyway, I’ll just show you a picture of my parking job:

Perfectly in the spot! *gives myself a fist pump* (I guess that’s sort of odd, but parking correctly totally made my day! :) )

Then we went to Aldi’s. And I’m IN THE SPOT, Y’ALL!

I love Aldi’s. The manager knows us now and he asks how we’re doing or if there’s anything they can help with. They also lent us a quarter one week when we had forgotten one. Awesomundo, I tell you. =] We can go in there, get exactly what we need for less than we would pay nearly anywhere else, and get right back out extremely quickly. I’ve said it before, but I’ll say it again: I love Aldi’s. =]

But, now I’m off the point. Where were we? Oh yeah, my parking skills.

Matthew begged pleaded asked if we might be able to make a coffee stop on the way home. I decided to be responsible and go on home take his idea and off to the Flying J for Pilot coffee we went! I’ve got to use my frequent customer card sometime, y’all. πŸ˜‰

We were playing the “how many Schneider trucks can you see” game on the way there since we have to go via interstate, and I was very excited, because turning into the Flying J, there were 11 Schneider trucks parked in a row. So excited in fact, that I forgot to take a picture of them all in a row. Or a picture of the parking job. Ah, well, such is life.

I did get a picture of the guilty parties though, and if anyone asks, it was Matthew’s fault we stopped for coffee since it was his idea in the first place. :)

A very happy Tuesday to all of y’all. May you feel the joy-filled and peaceful presence of the Lord with you immensely through the coming week. <3 ~Court

Living life

{continuing to update with recent pictures…I’ve done something with the battery charger for my SLR, so the all of the photos taken in this post (with the exception of the photo of Josh and Kylie) were taken with my cell phone. That’s why they look a little unusual. :) }

It’s rather interesting. Looking towards this year from last year, I figured this year would be a more quiet year. I would never have imagined all of the things we would be doing, nor all of the events that have taken place thus far.

The most recent piece of news is that my brother, Josh, is courting a neighbor of ours and a dear friend of mine, Kylie. It has been incredible to see all the ways the Lord has worked already thus far through this process. Kylie and her family are truly like family to us. We are all excited to see where the Lord leads! =]

In the meantime, our normal life activities roll on. =]

We’re continuing to attend art class on Friday afternoons. Our art teacher, Mr Elam, has been teaching me to paint in watercolours. As I’ve shared before, watercolour painting holds a special place in my heart, and it has been a blessing to learn how to use them properly.

This is my most recent project:

I love these cute little snowmen. They have definitely made a great prop to practice my watercolour skills!

Of course, as life gets more full, the coffee mug does too, so this has been my mug of choice over the past couple of weeks:

no, it’s not completely full… =]
 

While we’re on the coffee subject, Sinatra, our Tahoe, has been in the shop for the past couple of weeks, so I’ve been driving the Snow Beast quite a bit more. In celebration of my first time to drive the Snow Beast on the interstate, I stopped for a coffee at Pilot. You know, celebration coffee.

And then there’s been music practice. Lots and lots of music practice! We were a bit concerned about the dust from the drywall getting inside of the piano and damaging it, so we moved the piano down to our new resource closet until the new family room is finished. Now I have a dedicated music room! πŸ˜‰

I’ve been trying to be more diligent to practice violin this week as well. That’s always a lot of fun!

We’ve definitely enjoyed having the windows open over the past few days during the current “heat wave” we’re experiencing. =]

For personal goals, I’m working on finishing two books I started last year, All Things Bright and Beautiful by James Herriot and The Holiness of God by R.C. Sproul. Both books have been really good, and it has been wonderful to catch up on some of the reading goals I completely missed last year!

I’ve got my Goodreads goal counter set back up for this year, so hopefully, the Lord willing, there will be progress made on that over the coming months.

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Another new thing this year has been blogging for Meditations of His Love with the rest of the MOHL team! It has been a lot of fun to get to know the other gals, and I’m praying that the posts written over there by all of us are an encouragement to our readers. It has definitely been a learning experience for me, and a great exercise in keeping a regular writing schedule. =]

With our new activities, my veterinary scheduling job, and church work, I was having a hard time keeping track of what all needed to be done on specific days to keep up with my commitments. Mama found this great wipe-off board while she was out shopping one day, and it has proved itself to be incredibly valuable thus far! It has been so nice to see at a glance what all needs to be done each week. The calendar below the wipe-off board was given to us by the oral surgeon who did my wisdom teeth removal, and it has a more general glance of everything that needs to be done during the month.

Last, but certainly not least, I went out to do my run this morning and saw that our daffodils are blooming. I love daffodils. <3

And with that dear reader, I’ll close for now. I pray you have a blessed evening!
~Court

Ice in Dixie?

(Continuing to try and catch the blog up… I’ve taken several pictures but haven’t sat down to actually write about them yet. Hopefully I’ll be all caught up soon! =] )

We received quite a shock a few weeks back. We had a snowstorm come through, bringing us 4+ inches of snow and lots of ice where the snow had melted a bit and then froze completely solid. God’s hand was clearly at work, and at the end, we all ended up home safe and sound. My dad and brother, Matthew, were working in Mississippi, so they were able to stay there and work until the worst of it blew over here. My other brother, Jacob, was at work when the roads began to freeze over, and he slid off the road in Blue Belle, our 1987 Chevy Suburban. We knew we wouldn’t be able to go and get him, as we were iced in as well. The Lord was working in a major way, and we remembered that a friend of ours, Mr. J, lives in the same town Jacob works in, so Jacob was able to walk to his house and stay there. Mr. J graciously allowed him to stay the night and was able to bring him home the next day in his 4-wheel-drive vehicle. Blue Belle didn’t even have a scratch, and the town there towed it to a public lot, where we were able to bring it home. I am so thankful the Lord kept everyone safe in what could have been a major life-threatening situation.

Tim and I ran down to the local corner store when it first started for some extra gas for our generators. It was almost fairytale-ish seeing the stores with a bit of snow. =]

By the time we made it back, it was really coming down!

The dreaded ice!! :p

And of course, I couldn’t resist a snow picture with the boots. πŸ˜‰

All in all, I thoroughly enjoyed the snow…. the ice? Not so much. I feel blessed that the Lord sent us some snow. I loved taking pictures of it, and eating snow cream, and looking at the way the clouds looked as the first snowflakes began to fall. Despite the hardships caused by it’s arrival, the snow was a blessing, to be sure. <3

Concert!

We were so excited to hear that the Wissmann family would be coming to Alabama earlier this year, back in January. I wrote to find out if they might come by and play at our church, and we set a date. :)

We thoroughly enjoyed sharing a meal before the concert and being able to fellowship for a bit. It’s always a blessing to fellowship with other like-minded folks!


Unpacking the envelope full of promotional materials for the concert


Our friend, Mr. J, had a banner made for outside of our church building to spread the news about the concert


The banner and I. =]


CONCERT DAY! We couldn’t have asked for better weather. After the ice/snowpocalypse of the previous few days, the sunshine was such a blessing!


They’re here!


Instruments being set out


CD table set up and ready to go!


It’s nearly time to start…


And here we go!

We so very blessed by their beautiful testimonies and music, and greatly enjoyed the fellowship before and after the concert. The Lord worked in some amazing ways while they were down here, and while I can’t share particulars, it was a blessing to my heart and really touched some family friends of ours in a very neat and amazing way that only the Lord could have orchestrated. It was incredible to be able to witness this particular situation! We are all looking forward to more fellowship in person and another concert next year, the Lord willing. Thank you again to the Wissmann family! =]

Posting over at Meditations of His Love today. =]

joyinthejourney

“Finding joy and being content in where the Lord has me has been somewhat of a struggle for me at different times through my life. I wrote a little bit earlier about struggling last year with a lot of things, and through that time, one of the things the Lord was teaching me through those struggles was that I was to find joy in the very journey of life. He wanted me to find joy in the little things, in the blessings we often ignore or don’t slow down enough to see and appreciate…”

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