Sunday, December 23, 2007

My Favorite Things #10

Seeing the faces of lost souls coming to Christ. This weekend so far 76 people have given their lives to Christ. The last two services this morning I experienced something that really touched my heart. A couple sitting right next to each other, both timidly raising their hands, eyes closed. Then Pastor Rob asks them to keep their hands raised while everyone opens their eyes and the couple looks at each other with the look of "What are they going to think", but then they realize that both of them have stepped out and made that life-changing commitment at the same time!! Wow, I have tears just thinking about it. Praise the Lord!!

My Favorite Things #9

I know it's late and we're just at the beginning of 2 extremely busy days, but I had to get my post in. I've been thinking about it ALL day. Josh Via is one of my favorite things. Yeah I know he's my husband, but he's so much more than that. He's a great dad, one of the most sensitive guys to the Holy Spirit that I know, he loves me unconditionally, he's played the guitar for years but refuses to be at a stand still and is always looking for things that will make him better, he has a beautiful voice, and he is a GIFTED songwriter. When he introduces a new song he always says WE, but I cannot take a lick of credit for any of his beautiful songs. He Craves the Word of God and his time with the Lord, he truly cares for lost souls. No, he is not perfect, but I love him with ALL OF MY HEART!!!

***NOW***if you're looking for a Christmas weekend service or Christmas Eve service to attend, we know of an AWESOME church, we're a little bias, that has a service just right for you.
Southbrook Church
5607 Monroe-Weddington Road
Weddington, NC 28104
Phone: 704-814-7372
Fax: 704-814-9416

Sun. 8:30am, 10:00am, 11:30
AND Christmas Eve Services 4:00pm, 5:30pm, 7:00pm, 8:30pm and 10:00pm
We'll see you there!!

Friday, December 21, 2007

My Favorite Things #8

BEING A MOM. Yes, it's a challenge sometimes, but man, what a blessing! The funny things they do make me laugh, the silly things they say make me wonder "where they got that from", the temper-tantrums they throw remind me of how careful I need to be to control my temper around them, the harsh things they say help me be more aware of the words that come out of my mouth. It is sometimes scary how much they act like me. What a responsibility I have, as a mother, to exemplify Christ through my everyday life. Sometimes I feel like we, as stay-at-home moms, think that we don't have much of a Christian platform in the community, but, our mission, as Christians, is to reach the lost. What better way to reach this world, than through our children. Raising them in the Word, to grow up to want a personal relationship of their own with Christ, and to become Christian leaders and doers. God has called me to be a mom and I want to do it with excellence.

Thursday, December 20, 2007

My Favorite Things #7

Betty Crocker's Quick & Easy Cookbook. The caption written on the bottom of the cover is what sold me; "30 minutes or less to dinner every night"! What else could a traveling momma ask for?

Wednesday, December 19, 2007

My Favorite Things #6

Starbucks Coffee, need I say more! Especially on days like today when I wake up feeling as though I haven't even gone to bed yet. Don't get me wrong, I'm having a GREAT day, but my body is trying to tell me otherwise. I have found that my SMALL addiction can have its toll on the checkbook so I bought an espresso maker on sale at Target and found some GREAT recipes for making my own favorite drinks from Starbucks. I thought I'd share a couple=)

2/3 cup whole milk
6 TBSP white choc. chips
coffee/espresso (I found the cheapest Starbucks coffee is at WalMart)
whipped cream

Mix milk and white choc. Chips to bowl and heat until melted. Meanwhile, make coffee or espresso as directed by machine. Mix the milk and melted chips in a mug with the espresso and top with whipped cream. *This says to split and that it makes two, but I use a pretty big mug and drink the whole thing myself =)*

vanilla syrup
caramel sauce

In regular-sized coffee mug add steamed milk w/ some vanilla syrup (about 1oz.). Add freshly brewed espresso and drizzle w/ caramel sauce.

Tuesday, December 18, 2007

My Favorite Things #5

Christmas Parties!!! Paul Allen, Executive Pastor of Southbrook Church, had a Christmas Open House this past weekend at his house for all the volunteers. It was the coolest thing, to have ALL of our closest friends that we do ministry with in one house! I thought I might be the only bad parent to keep my kids up past bedtime, but we were in good company=) Areyna kept telling me, "I don't WANT to leave, we have so many friends here!" I know this may seem silly to be one of my FAVORITE THINGS, but we came from a very dark time last year and it is so encouraging to have friends that love us and are supporting us this year during this season! So, I guess my favorite thing is really our home church, SOUTHBROOK!! Thank you staff and volunteers, for being committed to Christ and obeying His Calling to reach this lost city!

Saturday, December 15, 2007

My Favorite Things #3

My Job: I am a stay-at-home-mom but I also get to keep my husband organized in the office for our ministry. I love administrating! Here are 10 of my favorite reasons I love my job...
1-I get to listen to this sexy guy play the guitar ALL the time (hey, it's my blog and I can say what I want to=)
2-Me and Josh get to work together.
3-My kids know that their daddy is always close-even if he's "woking in thee office" or away at a meeting with someone.
4-I get to go on business trips with my husband.
5-We can plan our own calendar.
6-There isn't a fear of getting my husband fired-he's the boss=)
7-I very rarely have to get groceries with both of the kids since I can put them down for a nap and leave them here because Josh is home in the office. (This is a definite plus)
8-We get to travel all over and see how God is working in so many different venues.
9-When we play for an event that we can't bring the kids to, the Lord always opens up a place for the kids to stay. Oh...and Josh and I get to have a mini vacation together, just the 2 of us. (it's a rough job, I know)
10-Since we don't get a consistent paycheck we are FORCED to continually rely on God. What a blessing, to see the Lord truly providing for our EVERY NEED!!

Friday, December 14, 2007

My Favorite Things: #2

I love when I walk in the door after being gone somewhere and the kids jump with excitement and shout out that they missed me and loved me=). Usually they are calling for "daddy,daddy" ALL day, but when I'm the one that's been gone it's nice to know that they miss me too!

Thursday, December 13, 2007

My Favorite Things

Last night I caught the re-run of the GREATLY anticipated Oprah's "My Favorite Things" show. Josh and I were rolling as we watched people raising their hands to Jesus and others about to pass out when they saw all the goodies they'd be taking home. Josh put a hilarious video of it on his blog. Anyway, it got me thinking of some of my favorite things. I'm gonna tell you one of my favorite things each day until Christmas.

Here goes...
Yesterday my friend Sara asked me to lead worship with her so I left the kids with Josh and got in the car ALL BY MYSELF and drove with the windows down ALL BY MYSELF and listened to some of MY favorite tunes, not Praise Baby or Hermie and Wormie by the way, REALLY loudly just because I could=)

*You may notice that I link to Josh's blog all the time. First of all, he writes better than I do, second, I haven't figured out how to post videos and third, he can't understand how I get so many comments and he never does. I tried to explain that girls just communicate more in general, but you should go and leave a comment just for fun=)

Tuesday, December 11, 2007

How do YOU conserve water?

Since Josh and I found out about the strict restrictions in our area to conserve water we are evaluating the water usage in our own home, (YES, we do love our environment, but it's mainly so we don't have to pay a butt-load of fines at the end of the month). It's kind of like when you put a budget together and realize exactly where ALL that money has gone. Anyway, here are just a few ways we have been saving water around here. Let me know if you have any other ideas...

1 - Areyna is learning a new rule..."if it's yellow let it mellow and if it's brown flush it down." Laugh if you must, but we're saving loads with this one!! (Very resourceful, thanks Deedee)

2 - We have 2 leaky faucets and the plumber won't be back in town for another week. We have devised yet another plan to use this wasted water. We are putting tupperwear in the sinks under the dripping water and that seems to be more than enough to fill up the coffee pot in the morning and the kids humidifier at night.

3 - Our laundry consists of 1 large dark load and 1 large UNdark load.

4 - Hand soap has been replaced by hand sanitizer.

5 - Clearasil facial wipes have replaced washing with water at night

6 - Paper plates, and plastic cups and silverwear are being used so we only have a couple of dishes to wash.

7 - Lysol wipes have become my best friend.

Last But Definitely Not Least: YOU WON'T WANT TO MISS THIS!

8 - Go to Josh's blog to see our new bathtime ritual for the kids.

Monday, December 10, 2007

That Feeling

Have you ever felt so burdened by someone or something that you felt like you were suffocating and could hardly breathe? Like your anxiety level is so high that your heart is pounding through your chest and it makes you lightheaded? I have only felt this way a handful of times. Two specific times stick out in my head and they both happened around this time last year and both of them were out of my control. This past week I haven't slept well. It's a strange thing, really. I used to deal with sleeping problems, especially in high school and college, but they diminished, for the most part, after I got married. This week has been different, though. It's as if the Lord has been keeping me from sleep because that is the only time I'll hold still long enough for him to speak to me. He has been laying people on my heart to pray for and to find ways to encourage. I have felt this burdened feeling off and on for several days now. Today has been the worst, though. I found out my sister-in-law is in the hospital and the doctors have narrowed it down to 2 different diseases. My heart aches for her and my brother. I've never felt the Lord working on my heart like this before. I want to encourage His people. I want His leaders to feel like they are making a difference, even when they are feeling discouraged and alone. I want to love on my hurting friends, even if I can't relate completely with what they are going through. I want to drive to FL to be with one of my best friends, while he stands by his wife in the hospital. God, the circumstances are out of my control, but you have given me the power to communicate your love. I can do that.

Friday, December 7, 2007

Quote Of The Week

Sitting at the table eating mac-n-cheese before heading out to a Christmas party.

Areyna: out of the blue says "Oh my gosh, it's weak!!"

Me: "What's weak, Areyna?"

Areyna: "The coffee, mom, the coffee's weak!!"

*That's my girl=)

Thursday, December 6, 2007

String Party

When I was little my mom's side of the family started an awesome tradition for New Year's. We would meet at my Aunt's house for our Christmas Celebration. On New Year's Night all the parents and grandparents would stay up past the midnight festivities and play games and do who knows what, but after all that, they would set up the STRING PARTY. Here's how it worked. Each of us kids got a different color of yarn and they would string it ALL OVER THE ROOM. Now remember, I was young and this could be a little exaggerated due to my size (everything looks HUGE when you're little, and a few toys could feel like tons). Anyway, then the grown-ups would proceed to close-pin fun toys to the strings that they had been collecting all year long, such as Chinese yo-yo's, multi-colored crayon balls, animal nose masks etc. After they were done , they left the rolls of yarn sticking out of the room so we could find our color and covered the room off with a sheet so as to hide the long-awaited string party. I remember standing there the next morning with the rest of my siblings and cousins, eyes wide, pulse racing, heart pounding in excited anticipation of what was to come. Then, the sheet was pulled and we would all scramble to find our treasures connected to the spiderweb of colors. My family has such fond memories of those moments that we wanted our own children to experience the thrill of a String Party. So, last year we started it with the next generation. Here are a couple of pictures from this year's string party we held at my sister's for Thanksmas.

Wednesday, December 5, 2007

How do you ration indoor city water???

Well, we're about to find out. We were just informed tonight, that because of the drought, Monroe is in immediate need for changes. We are down to 100 days of water in our county and our water bill is automatically raised by 15%. Not only that, but if we go over the allotted amount per family, which is 6 gallons, we will be getting charged 5 times the normal sum. Looks like we'll be "saving the flushes" again=)

Check It Out

You have got to check out the CUTE picture of Zeke on Josh's Blog!!! He wants to be just like Daddy=)

Tuesday, December 4, 2007

It's Up

We got our Christmas tree tonight! I love the tradition Josh started on the first Christmas we were married. He buys me a new ornament signifying something that has happened that year. For example, the year before Areyna was born he bought me an ornament that was an empty crib that said "Parents To Be". The tradition has passed on to the kids as well. This year Areyna got a little kitty cat that said "3rd Christmas" and Zeke got a puppy dog with a little tool set. Mine, ironically, was a luggage bag, since we started our own TRAVELING MINISTRY. God has been so good to us. Here are a couple of pics. from the night=)

Sunday, December 2, 2007

The Sunday-Night-After-Church-Social Feeling

It is 9pm and Josh and I just got home and put the kids to bed (without brushing their teeth or doing any other night-time routine because they are so tired from not sleeping AT ALL TODAY that they are running into walls and doors) and now we are starving. We've practically been gone since 7:30am this morning leading worship for different churches. Anyway, here we sit, hungry...but we can't eat. We've got, what we have phrased as the "Sunday-night-social feeling". If any of you grew up in church you know what I'm talking about. It would occur after a special Sunday night service and everyone would bring a dessert to share for a pot-luck and there was EVERY DESSERT IMAGINABLE to eat...but you just had that blah feeling, a kind of little stomach cramp that you get when you've waited too long to eat or you eat too late. Ahh, oh well. Maybe we'll just go to bed=)

Saturday, December 1, 2007

Quote Of The Day

Areyna: "That is sooo cool!"

Me and Josh: "What did you say"

Areyna repeats what she just said.

Me and Josh: "Where did you hear that word?" (not that it's bad, it's just a new phrase that she's never said before)

Areyna: "Probably at church or something, mom."

She is starting to sound so grown up lately=)

Thursday, November 29, 2007

Everyone Loves The Christmas Spirit

Lysa TerKeurst is doing a cool thing this December. Click HERE to check out what she's doing and get involved!!!

Read This Blog and You Could Save Hundreds of Dollars!!!

Zeke has battled a runny nose since he was born, almost 17 months ago. I'm embarrassed when I drop him off at the nursery sometimes because they look at me like I'm crazy for bringing such a "sick child" around the other kids. I always have to make sure that I tell them, "He's not contagious, I PROMISE!!". You can check out this FUNNY VIDEO from Josh's blog. I mean, Zeke has been on so many anti-biotics they just have to take one look at his THICK FILE of monthly anti-biotic prescriptions at the Pediatricians office that they don't even make me come in for an appointment anymore. They really are baffled as to what it could be, but we think it's probably an allergy of some sort. Anyway, we have been to the ENT several times for severe double ear infections, had pink eye a half dozen times, bronchitis, and several other side effects, not to mention the terrible snoring we can hear down the hall over the music playing in their room and the fan on high! So, after this last round of anti-biotics my mom suggested taking him off of ALL dairy products. That didn't work either so we kind of gave up on that idea...and then Thanksgiving came. We went to my sisters and she had just gotten a humidifier hooked up because her youngest little boy needed it. By the third day Zeke was SNOT FREE!! We couldn't believe it. But as soon as we got home, the runny nose came back within 24 hr. So, we went out and spent $20 (less than a copay) on a humidifier and wouldn't you know, NO MORE RUNNY NOSE! Yeah. Who would have thought that a $20 humidifier could have saved us hundreds of dollars this past year on doctors visits and prescriptions.

Wednesday, November 28, 2007

3 Meals A Day = PATIENCE

I hate meal time. I hate having to get it all ready (cut up, spread out, filled up, and cooled off) for the kids so much that I even dread the thought of it. Especially when, as soon as I sit down, Areyna needs more juice and Zeke already needs a second helping. I'm feeling a little bit overwhelmed just thinking about it. Therefore, I have become a hard core believer in snacking=) I guess that was easier to keep up with, calorie wise, when I played soccer EVERYDAY! I have always known that I need to eat all three meals of the day, but sometimes I get sidetracked by the kids and getting them fed, or helping Josh in the office, that I "forget" or simply don't put any effort into making breakfast or lunch for myself. I have started noticing a trend in my attitude when I don't get enough calories, though. I tend to get very irritable, light-headed, snappy, and sometimes downright irrational. My patience goes out the window by Zeke's first nap (and that's at 10:30am). Needless to say, I have to really make a conscience effort to eat all my meals. The past 2 days have been catch-up days after being gone and so my meals have been sporadic, but today I have already eaten breakfast AND lunch!! Woohoo!! My energy level is up and my patience level is sky high, even though we've had numerous temper tantrums, fights, bad attitudes AND I've cleaned up Areyna's pee all over the house today=( Have I mentioned I hate potty training! Anyway, today is a day I'm turning over a new leaf. I AM NOT going (well, I'll try not to) fore go another meal EVER least this week.

Tuesday, November 27, 2007

Baanah, Recah and Who?

I have been reading through II Samuel lately. Today I read chapter 4. The Lord really pulled something out of this passage for me today. See, David has already been anointed King, but he is kind of in the transition stages after King Saul's death. He knows God's calling on his life and he trusts the Lord to fulfill his Word, but he is being patient and waiting on the Lord's timing. In the mean time there is a battle going on between the house of Saul and the house of David. If you remember, Saul spent the last several years of his life trying to kill David and Saul's whole house kind of adopted this mentality. It carried on even after Saul died. Slowly David's enemies are turning around and trying to prove to David that they are on his side by "getting rid" of David's enemies. This whole 4th chapter was about these two guys named Baanah and Recah who have quite an agenda. They were leaders of raiding bands who's boss was Saul's son Ish-Bosheth. One day they decided to go kill Ish-Bosheth because he was showing signs of weakness in comparison to David. They wanted a STRONGER leader because I suppose they thought they could get more out of him. So, they go to Ish-Bosheth's house and stab and kill him while he's sleeping. I love David's response when they bring Ish-Bosheth's head to David as a prized possession, "As surely as the Lord lives, who has delivered me out of all trouble, when a man told me, 'Saul is dead,' and thought he was bringing good news, I seized him and put him to death in Ziklag. That was the reward I gave him for his news! How much more-when wicked men have killed an innocent man in his own house and on his own bed-should I not now demand his blood from your hand and rid the earth of you!" See, David knew that the Lord would take care of him and protect him. He didn't need others to go out and dominate the land for him. Even when King Saul was on his heels and about to kill him, he PRAYED for Saul and for his own safety. I pray that God would give me faith like that!

Wednesday, November 21, 2007

Family Togetherness

I'm a little giddy. Josh and I were the first of ALL the family to get to the VIA'S here in VA last night. Then Rick, who has been at a revival 1 1/2 hours away, found out so many of his kids were going to be here and he just couldn't stay away, even though he had responsibilities at 8am back at the church. Then Joy got here after sitting in the traffic we just got out of. Then Jared and Danielle changed their plans from going to her parents house to spending the night here because they wanted to see us before we leave today. Then Jacob and Keesha arrived to "hang out" before going to Keesha's parents house to spend the night. Finally, Jonathan, Kelly, Cana and Kayil showed up. By this time it was around 11pm or so. I just love when the WHOLE family gets together. We stayed up playing Nintendo WII and reminiscing about old inside jokes. We made it to bed a little before 2am. Too bad my kids went to bed on time and got up ON TIME. But it's just the beginning. After lunch we'll pack up the kids, the car and the "Thanksmas" presents and head to my sisters to have a few Needed days of Family Togetherness with my family. I love this time of year, even when this time last year brings back memories of heartache and pain. Our God is SO Good!!

Monday, November 19, 2007

What a GREAT day!

I had such a good day today! Mondays are our days off, our FAMILY day!! We all slept in until around 9:30 and we took our time getting up and at 'em because we had no agenda for the day. Then the kids had a successful room time together with no screaming and fighting. It was so pretty outside that we had lunch outside and then played out there the rest of the day. We did have some last min. stuff to get done around the house because we are leaving for "Thanksmas" at my sister's in MD tomorrow (we are combining Thanksgiving and Christmas because my sister's 3rd baby is due the first week in Jan. and that is usually the time MY family gets together to do Christmas)!! Can you believe Thanksgiving is THIS week? Anway, while the kids played outside Josh finished staining our new deck he built a couple of months ago and I got caught up on phone calls that I've been meaning to make. This is HUGE for those of you who know how much I just LOVE talking on the phone... not really. I love these kind of days.
We had a good day of worship yesterday at South Pointe Fellowship in the morning and then at Ridge Church last night. I'm also so Thankful to be a part of Southbrook Church which had an AWESOME day yesterday too, even though we didn't get to be there. You can check out what happened there on Rob Singleton's blog, and you can read more about our day of ministry on Josh's blog.

Saturday, November 17, 2007

Is This Normal?

Areyna is 2 1/2 years old and is in the process of being potty trained. I really want to be the best mom that I can be and naturally I research things to death to figure out what approach we will take and the ones that don't really go along with the way we want to raise our children. I have looked up potty training in dozens of different places and can't really find a good resource. Here is the background. Areyna started on her own in July when she was 29 months. She gave us the signs that led us to believe that she was interested. She knew she couldn't poop and peepee in the pool outside so we brought her little potty outside and she went in that for a long time. Then on our way out the door one day she went poop in the potty and she was so excited. The problem was, we were heading out the door and wouldn't be returning back home for over a week. That has been the problem all along. We travel so much that by the time she gets back into the swing of things we have to leave again and it's terribly hard to be consistent on the road or in an unfamiliar place. So, we thought she finally had it by the time October rolled around. She was in her "big girl undies", (we don't like the "p" word around here=) ), for about 3 weeks, going EVERY time but then all of a sudden, she quits on us. Then, Josh leaves the country for a couple of weeks and it's down hill from there. Josh came back and she is back to going about 1 time a day. Yesterday, Josh put her in room time and said, "Now Rainy, if you have to go potty tell me and you can get a piece of candy." and wouldn't you know a few minutes into room time she has to go. We used to give her candy after every time she would go for a reward but then she was so consistent with it I weaned her down to just a single sticker. It doesn't seem to be doing it for her though. How do you wean a child from the rewards and how long does this back and forth stage go on in potty training? Is this even normal? If you have ANY advice please pass it on. I know it's all in her timing, but when do you have to pull out the big guns because you KNOW she can do it and she's being lazy?

Friday, November 16, 2007

Stubborn Little Boy

I do believe that we have one of the most stubborn little 16 month olds in the world. He is so hard headed sometimes. Here is just one example of what we are dealing with. Around 6 months of age we started teaching sign language to both of our kids. Areyna was a pro at signing "please", "thank you", "more", "thirsty" and "all done" by the time she was 9 months old. Zeke on the other hand has taken his time learning these signs and tends to only sign on his own terms. Now, I understand that each child will learn things on their own time table and that each child is different, but on the other hand, I do believe that our little guy is just plain stubborn. I have seen him sign ALL of these words at one time or another with my own eyes so I KNOW that he is capable of doing them, but he pretends that he doesn't know what sign language is sometimes. Okay, back to the example. Last night at dinner he had eaten a pretty good dinner and was finishing up with some grapes. Usually we let him get away with certain sounds that inflect a yes or no meaning behind them, but last night I was determined to make him sign or SAY what he wanted. I guess I'm a little stubborn too=) He clearly wanted more grapes but refused to sign "more". He started crying and screaming for more but insisted on standing his ground. He would say "please" and "thank you" but still no "more". Needless to say he didn't get any more grapes and he wasn't gonna give in so he let us know that he was all done and wanted down, so I said "Zeke, say please"...only to get a jerk back and a loud grunt in return. What??? Not even a "please" now? You've got to be kidding me! So, Zeke sat in his seat until we were well done eating and cleaning the kitchen. Finally, Josh gave in and forced his hands in the "please" sign and let him out. But wouldn't you know, as soon as he was down, he was a completely different child. He played and laughed and even signed "please" to get his ball that he dropped on the floor. Unbelievable. This is Zeke sitting in his chair while we waited for a simple gesture to let us know that he would comply with our demands.

Thursday, November 15, 2007

Back In The Swing Of Things

I've got a fresh motivation today. Josh is back home and his jet-lag is SLOWLY fading away. It seemed to have affected us all. It's amazing how the Lord helps us cope with whatever we are going through at the time. God showered me with more patience and endurance than I thought was ever possible. That's how we know it's God. He does something in us that we know WE cannot attain on our own. Anyway, as soon as Josh got in the car at the airport, I felt like I'd been running a marathon myself and just wanted to crash. My body was letting down because I knew that backup had arrived!! Praise The Lord. The past couple of days have been catch-up days in the office, on sleep, and on family time for all of us. The kids have been extra clingy to their daddy and don't want him out of their sight, and Josh is loving every minute of it. During these times when Josh travels is when I really realize how Blessed I am to have married my WONDERFUL husband. What a godly husband, father and example he is! I love you Baby.

Sunday, November 11, 2007

We need your help!!!!

Sara and Kati Scott are part of Return Worship with Josh and I. They won the battle of the bands here in Charlotte and they are going to be interviewed on 91.9FM on Tuesday morning, November 13 at 7am and 7:30am. Along with part, if not all, of "Your Love Does No Wrong" from the Return CD. AFTER it has been aired we need your help. We NEED YOU to call and/or e-mail 91.9 requesting them to play "Your Love Does No Wrong" with Sara and Kati Scott. Here's the info. 704-841-4646 or 704-821-9293 and e-mail: Thanks for ALL your help. If you want to purchase the CD it's on sale now at Southbrook church or on line at the Return Worship website.

Saturday, November 10, 2007

Interstate Traffic and Ginger Plowman

Yesterday I took the kids over to go see a good friend of mine from seminary who now lives near Gastonia. She had told me a couple of months ago about a conference at her church and through further discussion realized that both our husbands were going to be out of town so we decided to go to the conference together. The speaker was Ginger Plowman from Preparing The Way Ministries. She had such good insight and experience. As much as I'd like to think that I've got it all together sometimes as a mother and wife, today I realized that I've got a LONG way to go. I've read a ton of books, Christian books, and heard even more advice, but I wasn't digging deep enough into the Word and realizing that God really wants me to train the heart. I've heard a lot of it before, but I think I finally GOT IT today. Thank you Ginger. Well, just as I got all pumped up to be a godly example to my kids and packed full of new ideas we get in the car to head back home and wouldn't you know we run into construction traffic. Not just any traffic, but MAJOR traffic. It is where 77/85 and 485 all meet and there are 6 lanes at one point. Well, we all had to be merged into 1 lane. We went .9 miles in about an hour, Zeke screaming most of the time. It was 1pm and they hadn't slept or eaten since 7:30 that morning so he was a little cranky. On any other given day I would have gone mad because of the horrendous traffic and my screaming child, but I just kept thanking God for the privilege of being a parent and smiled at the way that He grows us. So, in spite of Zeke's screaming I drove the rest of the way home listening to "I want to hear my daddy sing Father Olights" 20 times as requested by Areyna. Have I mentioned that we're ALL ready to have Josh back home!

Thursday, November 8, 2007


This is Josh's mom and all her grandbabies! Us moms had to help keep them from getting in the water=)

Only 4 more days!!!!!!!!

When Josh leaves on a trip, the first couple of days are usually pretty nice and relaxing. I enjoy having our whole bed to myself, waking up late, watching whatever I want on TV, not cooking, etc. A lot of times I travel around. The key to being alone with the kids ALL day by myself is staying busy so we scheduled some time with friends and family. We got back from Wake Forest yesterday afternoon and the kids were exhausted from being in the car, from eating fast food for 5 days and from playing like crazy with their cousins they haven't seen in forever. Needless to say we all needed a day at home to relax. I did go to church last night and got invited to play with Kati and Sara Scott at the big Youth Pastors Conference in Concord. My awesome friend, Raina Newman is the director at the children's ministry during the week at our church and she pulled some strings so I could drop the kids off at the preschool and I could go play. Areyna never cries and is usually the one in the class that eats all the other kids snacks because she's the only one NOT crying. Well, not today. Remember, we all needed a day at home to cuddle on the couch and do nothing. Raina said she cried almost THE WHOLE TIME! Then I asked about Zeke and he wasn't much better. I felt like a terrible mom!! To make things worse, when we were walking out the car, Areyna's balloon elephant popped that she had made and become best friends with. We all just stopped and you'll never guess who started crying...ME! I started balling. Well, now the kids are down for a nap and I'm getting caught up on a weeks worth of office stuff, and I'm ready for Josh to come home!!

Monday, November 5, 2007

No-good Shopper

You won't hear many girls say this, but, I HATE SHOPPING, for many reasons. First of all, I always want more than I could ever afford, second, I can't ever make up my mind. I'll pick something up and put it down a dozen times and end up walking out of the store without purchasing a single thing. Third, if I'm looking for clothes they never fit right, AHHH. The conclusion is, I'm a no-good shopper. See, my sister-in-law, Keesha Via, just started a home buisiness with AT HOME AMERICA and she had her first party here in Wake Forest tonight. I drove up here to support her, and she did a GREAT job. *By the way, if you are interested in hosting a party or even a catalog party let me know and I'll pass on her information to you. Anyway, I found out tonight that I can't even catalog shop without getting overwhelmed. I sat there looking at the catalog for a good 2 hours during and after the party and changed my mind so many times that I just gave up. I know my husband thinks that I'm just a good wife that doesn't give in to the impulse of shopping, but the truth is, I'm just no good at it. Lucky him, huh.

Saturday, November 3, 2007

The North/South Game

Apparently this is the biggest game of the year! You may have seen the advertisements running on ESPN the past few weeks. And the game traffic, ah... Just kidding, but it is a huge deal at CIU. I'm here, in Columbia, SC with the kids and my mother-in-law. We are spending a little quality time together while our guys are in S.Korea preaching and singing the Word. We still don't understand why they have time to get a quick workout but can't write a quick reply to tell us what they are up to, (j/k babe, I know you're busy!). Anyway, back to CIU. Josh's youngest sibling, Joy is at school here and kept telling us that she couldn't come visit because she had football practice. You see, the school forms 2 girl teams and they practice religiously every week for 2 months for this big game and friends and family come from all over to see the Big Event! We had front row seats, well, I actually ran the track with Zeke as he chased after every ball and dog and Meme followed Areyna around while she got quite a collection of "cool" rocks. Ok, no more suspense, Joy's team won, 12-6. The South dominated, and Joy is stoked b/c she said that they usually lose. So, props for Joy.

I'm Giving In

Well, my husband, Josh Via, has been telling me for months that I should start my own blog. I said that I'd never know what to write about, but I guess it's worth a try. My husband and I work together. We travel around the world, well...mostly up and down the East Coast, playing music together for the Lord. We have a 2 1/2 year old girl named Areyna and a 16 month old little boy named Ezekiel (Zeke). We play in many different churches but the church we call home, here in Charlotte, NC is Southbrook Church. We are part of an AWESOME music team there called Return Worship lead by Dan Rutty. We love to travel together leading worship, but it can get stressful here at home preparing and on the road with two little kids. I'll let you know how it all goes...