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Resurrection weekend

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It was a beautiful Resurrection weekend. And not just because the weather was nice.

Friday night Pat and I were able to go on a long overdue date. We went to Fast and the Furious 7 and it was so good. I might have cried at the end. OK, I did cry.

Saturday we helped Pat’s niece and nephew move in the morning and then I had drama practice at 1:00. Pat continued to help them move and I took the kids home. We had some planting to do!

I saw on Facebook or Pinterest a cute idea. Have the kids plant jelly beans, and then before they get up plant suckers. I wanted to connect it with the Resurrection message and so we talked about what happens when we plant Jesus in our life.


I have no idea what we did Saturday night. I think I cleaned and¬†Pat slept (he’s also been sick). Oh ya, we made a little progress on going through Grandma’s Barb’s things and got some of her furniture moved into the house.

Sunday morning I was up bright and early to get ready for church. And to plant suckers.

The kids (especially Angel) were a little suspicious of how the suckers got there.


I was a part of a drama at church and it was such a blessing to be able to share about God’s love. I’m not sure if they recorded the drama, but if so, I’ll post it when it’s available.

At church I was reminded of how cool my friend Christa is. ūüôā


Grandma made an amazing lunch for us, Pat’s sister and our niece and nephews. It was then time for the Jesus Basket Scavenger Hunt.

Mom would have been proud that we did a scavenger hunt. She would not have been proud of how lame my clues were. Oh well, it was last minute and the kids thought it was fun.




I convinced the fam to take some pictures, although the sun wasn’t quite in the right spot.

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This was my view as I walked to church Sunday morning.

The sun had risen. And so had the Son. I’m so thankful.




An overwhelmtion announcement

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The kids, my sister and I went to the Chris Tomlin concert last Sunday night. Danelle had called a few days prior and said, “I’m coming down and we’re going to Chris Tomlin!” Woo hoo!

It was a great night. We also love 10th Avenue North and Rend Collective. It was awesome. It was especially awesome to worship with my daughter and sister. (Caleb said it was too loud.)




The most awesome part of the night was when God started poking me saying, “Did you hear that Missy?”

Chris Tomlin was singing the song I Will Rise.

I’ve heard this song a million times.

And even though I believe every word of the song,¬†since Mom and Dad died, it’s made me a little sad.

We were singing it on Sunday night …

There’s a peace I’ve come to know
Though my heart and flesh may fail
There’s an anchor for my soul
I can say, “It is well”
Jesus has overcome
And the grave is overwhelmed

Wait, what!?

The grave is overwhelmed.

The grave is OVERWHELMED!


Oh. My. Word.

Every time I’ve sung this song, I have never registered the words, “The grave is overwhelmed.”

Sure, I know it. I believe it. My hope is in it.

But this time, God spoke the words to my heart. To me, the overwhelmtion queen.

Missy! The grave is overwhelmed! Yes, you may experience overwhelmtion in this life. But it is temporary! I have overcome the grave. It is overwhelmed through the blood of Jesus.

And for the first time since penning the word overwhelmtion, I really, truly realized that I don’t have to be overwhelmed.

Yes, I probably will be. This world is hard, there is pain and sorrow and a lot of overwhelmtion.

But what does God say to that?

Take heart, for I have overcome the world! (John 16:33)

So take heart today, you of overwhelmed hearts.

The victory is won
He is risen from the dead

May God be blessed this Resurrection weekend, and may you be filled with His overwhelming love,


This is real life

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Life is crazy right now, so as much as I’d like to write a lengthy, humorous, inspiring post, all I can come up with right now are some pictures from the weekend.



Hahahaha. Love that man!


We have lots of babies! I never thought they’d actually grow so it’s been super cool!


This is our chore chart. Let’s be real. I pretty much don’t clean during the week. And then on Saturdays we all tackle the house together. We started doing this chart a couple weeks ago. No tv, no friends, nothing til they get their chores done. There is also no yelling by the mama so that makes everyone happy!


Angel has been coming with me to drama practice. (I’m co-directing a dinner theatre for our church! Ahhh!) She was having a little fun with our costumes.


Caleb wanted to grow his muscles and asked Pat to teach him a real push up. This dude has got some skills!


This is not from an episode of Hoarders. It is my bedroom. But that’s a story for another post.


I found myself in the drive thru at Burger King on Friday. Not sure how that happened. Anyway, this truck was in the parking lot and the occupants were also enjoying a meal with the king. I thought it was a little ironic.

Well that’s all folks. Hope your weekend was great and fun and memorable. Ours sure was! But again, that’s a story for another post!

Blessings, MissyQ

The one with all the eating and relaxing and chasing tumbleweeds

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It was a great Thanksgiving weekend. Although the kids (and their parents) are ready to get back on schedule tomorrow!

Thursday we didn’t have Pat’s family coming over until supper. It was awesome! We stayed in our pj’s until about 1:00, watching movies and just hanging out. Pat ran to the store, for what I can’t remember, but he brought home some flowers for me. Love him!

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It was about 1:00 when Pat said to me, “Should we put the turkey in the oven?”

To which I replied, “I thought you were making the turkey.”

To which he gave me a loving weird look. And then got to work getting the turkey in the oven.

We also got to work on the rest of the meal which was mashed potatoes and gravy, sweet potatoes, ham, green bean casserole, brussel sprouts and stuffing. All your normal stuff, but it all tasted great and we stuffed ourselves!

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(Wow, that’s a really skinny picture!)

We didn’t get to see Holly, Timothy or Cody, or any of my family. Thankfully Jim, Cleo and Aunt Nellie will be here next weekend and Holly and Timothy will be home for Christmas!

We did get a picture from Holly and Timothy with their new baby:


Ooops, a little sideways. That’s Darius in the middle making a funny face at us. He’s so sweet, we can’t wait to meet him!

We also got a picture of Cleo on her first Thanksgiving, eating her first real food Рsweet potatoes!


I had to work Friday for a few hours and on my way to work I decided to drive by some of the stores to see how crazy it was. I couldn’t believe it, it wasn’t the least bit crazy. In fact Toys R Us was pretty much empty. Even though I had vowed to not go Black Friday shopping, I decided to take advantage of the empty stores. I stopped at Toys R Us, Target and Lewis, getting through all three stores in an hour and 1/2 and getting most of our Christmas shopping done. (Which isn’t much, but still.)

I went to work until noon and then went home just in time to drive with Pat to take the kids to Grama Barb’s for a few hours. We went back home and watched a movie, picked the kids up around 5:00 and went home to get ready for the Parade of Lights. I wasn’t feeling very well – my neck and shoulders were killing me, I think from all the chopping the day before. I was just a tad bit happy when Caleb decided he didn’t want to go to the parade. I stayed home with him and we had a mom-son date and Pat and Angel went to the parade for a daddy-daughter date and met up with some of our neighbors.

Saturday we did some more vegging out and then we went and got our Christmas tree. We’ve had an artificial one for probably eight years now and it didn’t make it through our last move. Pat suggested we get a real tree instead of getting another artificial one, and we were able to find a real pretty one for only $15!

We got home and put up all the Christmas decorations. I love, love, love decorating for Christmas! I’m half tempted to leave them up all year. Here are a few pictures of our first Christmas decorating in our new house:


We have a mantel to hang our stockings! So much fun!

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Our soft fuzzy Christmas tree that smells pretty, drinks a gallon a water a day and can’t hold most of our ornaments very well. We still love it!

Today I had the pleasure of singing on the praise team. I’m so thankful the worship director has been so patient with me these last few months, and everyone has been so supportive. It was great to be back!

After church we went on a tumbleweed hunting adventure! You may remember I’ve talked about our tumbleweed Christmas when we were little. Last year we started the tradition of getting our own smaller tumbleweed, in honor of Mom and Dad, and also as a reminder of what Christmas is really about. It’s not about the decorations or the presents or the food – none of that matters if we don’t have Jesus.

We had to drive about 15 miles out-of-town before we found one. Here are the kids running to get it:


And it’s not decorated yet, but here it is:


It’ll look much better when it’s sprayed white and covered in tinsel. But still, it’s just a tumbleweed so don’t get your hopes up!

Like I said, we are looking forward to getting back on schedule tomorrow. Which means the kids are ready to go back to school. We are also ready for Jim, Cleo and Nellie to get here and Caleb is counting down to his birthday – 18 days! Of course, we are mostly ready to celebrate the coming of the Christ child!

I hope you too had a blessed Thanksgiving weekend. Even though everyone may say this is the most hectic time of the year, I pray that you will choose to make it the most wonderful time of the year.