Sunday, November 23, 2008

I'm so tired!!!!

Well, way too much is going on here in this little town in WV...ok, not a town just a little "oh,that was it?' type of place. In my younger years I was not very satisified with living in WV,but as I mature(sounds better than getting old) I have found more and more to be thankful for. Such as the fact that no matter how young,scroungy,dirty,etc....that males are in this part of the woods...they always open the door for you. Anyway, I'm trying to do too much...trying to spend as much time as possible with Benjamin before he gets deployed, trying to get him a quilt done,trying to get a few things ready for a craft fair, trying to spend more time reading my Bible...and the list just goes on and on. So, where did I hear the phrase "this too shall pass"? Ok, I thought I knew but I was wrong!!!! I guess I really am tired.
But, I will never regret trying to spend as much time with him and all of my family as possible. I have no doubt that God will be with the boys while they're in Iraq, and that if it is his will they will come home safely, my sadness comes from the fact that they will be so far away. I would feel the same if Miranda and her family moved far away. I love having my family within driving distance.
The furnace in our church was on the fritz today, so church was called off, we went to our home churcn, it was really good to get to see everyone. It's one of those places where you are always made to feel welcome. The pastor shared part of his life and the fact that as his mother got older and couldn't get around very well,she would take a few steps and then say "Praise the Lord!" What a reminder that we should praise the Lord with every step that we take.
I hate the fact that our church was called off, the devil has really been busy lately discouraging some of the families, and I just sort of feel like he won a battle today.....but not the war.
We had two big blessings this weekend....our daugher-in- law wrecked Friday evening, totalled her vehicle, but was unhurt....and then our 6 yr old gs called to say that he got saved this a.m. in church.....praise the Lord!!
Well, now that I have rested awhile I feel better. I still have a lot to do but..."PRAISE THE LORD"

Thursday, November 13, 2008

More blessings....

In my last post I commented that our children had been raised to be servants of the Lord, that includes my only dd-Miranda, Miranda serves in the Lord's army every day. Her goal in life as a teenager was to marry a pastor, and God provided her a pastor/preacher husband. Not only does she play piano in church, she also homeskools my two wonderful grandsons..while caring for her beautiful 8 month old daughter. Pete(her husband) teaches classes, preaches, and he and Miranda sing beautifully together. Miranda is also the piano player. If you'd like to take a peek at the most beautiful kids in the world check out her sight at
Christopher married a wonderful Christian lady named Heather. They are very active in their church...Heather plays the piano and together her and Chris sing wonderfully. I praise the Lord for Heather every day because Chris is quite a personality and only Heather could put up with him. They were best friends for about 6 yrs before marriage, so there was no surprises for Heather. As my middle child Chris is the most sensitive, caring person of the whole family...but he hides it well.
Benjamin hasn't been as active in church in the last few months because of working a strange shift, but whenever possible he knows that church comes first. He is engaged to a very nice young woman named Stephanie, but praise the Lord they have decided to wait for him to serve in Iraq, before they get married. Both need to mature a little before they take this step. Stephanie fits very well into our family....that means that she puts up with us without too many gasps at our form of humor. She loves going to church with us, and being part of our family.

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

This is the day.....

As we prepare for the first of our sons (our youngest) to be deployed (until March he will still be in the U.S.) my heart is heavy. But, sitting here this morning the Holy Spirit has reminded me that we raised our children to be in the Lord's Army, to be his servants wherever they are and whatever they are instead of a heavy heart I this morning I have to thank my Lord for allowing my children to serve him and this country.

Sunday, November 9, 2008

I'm in the Lord's Army

This blog was started to let all the members of my family keep in touch while my two sons are deployed. They will be serving in the Army of the United States of America, but as Christians they serve in the Lord's Army every day of their lives

We are a conservative Baptist family living in West Virginia. The family consists of me(Barb),Geary(bi-vocational preacher), daughter and family(Miranda,dh Pete,kids-Jacob,Caleb,and our newest addition-Liberty), Chris and wife Heather, Ben and fiancee Stephanie.

Chris and Ben will be deployed in the US, then on to Iraq. They will be in the same squadron, but different units. As a mother, I am both proud and sad. My kids have all lived close to us, so this will be a hard time for us. I thank the Lord that we have been so close in distance for so long. Ben still lives at home (he's 19), which I'm sure will change when he gets home. God is already comforting Geary and I....and we put all of our trust in him. In the meantime we are spending all the time we can all together.