Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Perseverance Then Endurance!

I am in awe of my heavenly father. I am in awe that he has something for me always and that if I truly seek him I will find Him and he will transform me from the inside out - something I need so desperately. I am so in awe!

In my time with Gods awesome word it seemed like everything I read lately either said to persevere or talked about persevering. I was/am really trying to take hold of that and walk that everyday with the tools God is giving me.

Then my sister was given a passage Romans 15:5 "May the God who gives endurance and encouragement give you a spirit of unity among yourselves as you follow Christ Jesus,"

That was yesterday and then in my morning time this morning I was reading in Revelations and it was talking about "patient endurance"(Rev 13:10). I had been thinking about "patient endurance" and what that meant all day and then my sister pointed out that that was exactly what the Romans verse was talking about. I perked up and realized I better get into this, God is trying to teach me something here. I looked up the definition of endurance and in one of the definitions it said - The state or fact of persevering. I just about jumped out of my seat! That told me I am IN the race now is time to endure! Wow! Oh how I want to be in the race for Christ Jesus.

Thank you Jesus for choosing me to be in the race. I pray you lead me along this trail and help me to patiently endure. Amen

Friday, December 26, 2008

Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Friday, December 19, 2008

Merry Christmas from The Vaughan's!

Merry Chirstmas!

Our view as we headed to hunt for our Christmas Tree!
Like father like son!

Hunting for that perfect tree.

Hunter & Dawson (and Daddy) did a good job cutting it down.

Merry Christmas!

Thursday, December 18, 2008


I was sitting here listening to a couple of songs that have come to mean a great deal to me. In fact this summer Brandon Heath's song "Give Me Your Eyes" became a prayer of mine - well be careful what you pray for God just might give it to you!

Look down from a broken sky
Traced out by the city lights
My world from a mile high
Best seat in the house tonight

Touch down on the cold black top
Hold on for the sudden stop
Breath in the familiar shock
Of confusion and chaos
All those people going somewhere
Why have I never cared

Give me your eyes for just one second
Give me your eyes so I can see
Everything that I keep missing
Give me your love for humanity
Give me your arms for the broken hearted
The ones that are far beyond my reach
Give me you heart for the ones forgotten
Give me your eyes so I can see

Yeah Yeah Yeah Yeah

Step out on a busy street
See a girl and our eyes meet
Does her best to smile at me
To hide what's underneath
There's a man just to her right
Black suit and a bright red tie
Too ashamed to tell his wife
He's out of work, He's buying time


I’ve been here a million times
A couple of million eyes
Just move and pass me by
I swear I never thought that I was wrong
I need a second glance
Give me a second chance
To see the way you’ve seen the people all along


The other song that I could/can relate with is Sanctus Real - "Whatever You're Doing"

It’s time for healing, time to move on,
it’s time to fix what’s been broken too long
Time to make right what has been wrong;
it’s time to find my way to where I belong

There’s a wave that’s crashing over me, and all I can do is surrender
Whatever You’re doing inside of me
It feels like chaos, but somehow there’s peace
And it’s hard to surrender to what I can’t see, but I’m giving in to something heavenly

Time for a milestone, time to begin again, re-evaluate who I really am
Am I doing everything to follow Your will or just climbing aimlessly over these hills?
So show me what it is You want from me
I give everything – I surrender


Time to face up, clean this old house
Time to breathe in and let everything out that I’ve wanted to say for so many years
Time to release all my held back tears

Whatever You’re doing inside of me
It feels like chaos, but I believe …
You’re up to something bigger than me
Larger than life, something heavenly

Whatever You’re doing inside of me
It feels like chaos, but now I can see
This is something bigger than me
Larger than life
Something heavenly, something heavenly

Time to face up, clean this old house
Time to breathe in and let everything out

When I sit back and reflect upon God's amazing forgiveness, mercy, grace, and all that is good I am humbled. What an amazing God we serve!

Tuesday, December 2, 2008

*Verses and Prayer for the week*

James 1:24 "Consider it pure joy, my brothers, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know the testing of you faith develops perseverance. Perseverance must finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything."

Galatians 5:7 "You were running a good race. Who cut in on you and kept you from obeying the truth? That kind of persuasion does not come from the one who calls you."

Lord I will look to you for all things for You are the one who has called me. I will keep my eyes upon You. Thank you for Your renewing, refreshing Word. Thank you for being my compass pointing me to the truth. Amen

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

They work!

OK, some of you may not understand this but last evening was one of the most exciting nights at our house........
Our chickens laid their first egg! The kids were so excited, the neighbor called and asked if everything was OK! Hey, to a 9, 7, 4 and 1 year old this is a BIG deal!

Saturday, November 1, 2008

Harvest Party!!

We had such a great party on the 25th! We danced the night away. Everyone had to dress up - kids and adults.

We had 85 people ! Good friends, good food, good music, good games, great kids = a time to remember!

Swingin' with my "hot" guy!

And a party is not a real party with out the "macarena."

"Find the candy in the hay" game!

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Verse for the day!

"Faithful is he who calleth you, who also will do it." 1 Thessalonians 5:24

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Grandma came to visit!

Grandma came to visit for four days. We had such a great time! She gave us all gifts from the "Jajaz"(the grandma's) in Uganda that are taking care of their orphaned grandchildren. They presented Kathy with presents for her whole family - we were very touched. For those of you who do not know Kathy, in obedience to God, opened a small orphanage called "The Redeemer House." We are very excited to see these seven orphans now have a place to call home and a mommy named, Gracious. Gracious said, "these children are no longer orphans, they are my children." What a miracle that must be to to go from going having nothing and doing whatever it took to survive to now having a mommy, home, food, bed, blankets and for the first time have the opportunity to go to school! I will be starting a blog for her to update us on the goings on at The Redeemer House soon.

Grandma loves to dress the kids up and let them pretend to be whatever they want to be. Well.........my boys thought the sparkly dresses were very pretty.............

I am pretty sure daddy is going to have them out hunting every night for the next week because of these pictures - haha!

Here are some other pics of their dress up day!
I will leave you with the cutest pics of all - Grandma was telling Lily to say "Hallelujah!"

Thanks Grandma for all the fun!

Sunday, October 12, 2008

Fall is here but I am still in summer!

Fall is here and it is my favorite time of year but I am really not ready for my favorite time of year!

Hunter had such a great time making a little Indian village - until......... Barbie, the goat, walked through it. I saw him crying outside and helped him rebuild it - poor thing, naughty goat! haha

Sunday, October 5, 2008

Horseopoly Marathon

Horseopoly Marathon!

1st place goes to - Daddy (big surprise)

2nd - Dawson

3rd - Ashton

4th - Hunter

Wednesday, October 1, 2008

What if.....

What if we obey the call? What if we go from a stand of faith to a walk of faith? What if we start looking less and less like the world? What if we are sold out for the Lord, completely reliant on Him - to be the provider in every way? What if it logically does not make sense...............

God's word says - "So, I say, live by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the sinful nature. For the sinful nature desires what is contrary to the Spirit, and the Spirit what is contrary to the sinful nature." - Galatians 5:16

And then he goes on to say my favorite part and the point to my thoughts today.

"But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control..." - Galatians 5:22-23

Isn't that what we all strive for? We are so busy trying all other ways to achieve these things - when God is saying all you have to do is live by the Spirit! God's way is always so simple and the best, yet pride of our self keeps us from the very thing we are trying to achieve.

I am in amazing bible study and I can not get enough of His word. I feel like I have been living off bread crumbs and I am finally getting some meat. I humbly pray that I look less like the world every day and resemble ( just a little, I pray) my heavenly Father.

Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Ashton made banana bread all by herself last night - she was excited to give some to our awesome bus driver this morning!

Monday, September 29, 2008


Hello all! I have enjoyed reading so many of your blogs I decided to start one. I love sharing our life with family and friends - and this is a great way!