5in5 Day #3 “I Come”

Well…day 3 is always hard. One of my goals was working on arranging a hymn so I decided to tackle that tonight. My favorite one is “Just As I Am.” This is my attempt at updating it. Sorry…I messed up several times and was a bit passionate but I can’t seem to do it perfectly tonight! I’m too old for these late nights anymore…

“I Come”

Verse 1:

Just as I am, and waiting not, to rid my soul of one dark blot

To Thee whose blood can cleanse each spot, O Lamb I come, I come!

Verse 2:

Just as I am, though tossed about, with many conflicts many doubts,

Fightings within and fears without, O Lamb I come, I come!



Just as I am without one plea, but that your blood was shed for me

And that you bid me come to Thee, O Lamb of God, I come! I come!

Verse 3:

Just as I am, poor wretched, blind, sight riches, healing of the mind

Yes all I need in Thee to find, O Lamb I come! I come!

Verse 4:

Just as I am, You will receive, You welcome, pardon, cleanse, relieve

Because Your promise I believe, O Lamb I come! O Lamb I come!

Ending Chorus:

Just as I am, Thy love unknown, has broken every barrier down,

No to be yours, and yours alone, O Lamb of God, I come, I come!



5in5 Day #2 “All The Days of My Life”

So I had something else planned for today…had even written down a couple of chords at lunch!

BUT…”The great lightening storm of spring 2014″ intervened.


Here’s what I mean.

We were at a softball game tonight (third game of the night). The clouds were amazing…and the lightening started. It was impressive (at least I thought so), but a couple of the kiddos weren’t impressed. They were quite scared! I talked to one about how God was taking care of her and even when she was scared she could trust that Jesus would watch over her. I kind of wished there was a song to sing to take her mind off of the scary display.  So…I wrote one!

“All The Days of My Life” 

Verse 1:

When I lay down and when I’m awake, I know you’re there I just have to take

Your hand in mine, You’re with me all the time

Verse 2:

When I ride my bike or when I play ball, I know you have me through it all

I like knowing you, and that will always be true


Surely goodness and love will follow me, all the days of my life

And I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever and ever!

Verse 3: (Quite possibly my favorite!)

When I go to school and when I’m at home, I gotta try hard not to moan and groan!

Because you’re there with me, it’s as easy as 2+3


It’s a promise from You to me, and I’ll believe in you faithfully

All the days of my life (x4)


5in5 Day #1 “You Answer Me”

Oh how I struggle with words! I think I have so many things to express about what Jesus has done in my life I just freeze because no words are adequate! So, this year I have been making notes from scripture. Can’t really go wrong there, right? This is from Psalm 3.


Verse 1

You O Lord are a shield about me

My glory and the one who lifts my head

Verse 2

You O Lord, You sustain me

I will not fear I will trust instead

Pre Chorus

I cry to the Lord with my voice

And He answered me from His holy mountain


Lord deliver me

God come set me free

I lift up my hands in surrender to You


You Answer Me (3X)

And I am free

When Normal Is Extraordinary


I work in a ministry in the middle of a cornfield. The thing that gets me EVERY time?

When families torn apart by drugs and alcohol are somehow, miraculously put back together. It’s only something that God can do. Every circumstance points to suffering and destruction. And instead there is healing and restoration.

My son Noah plays summer ball. I love it. I love watching him work with a team and getting coached by someone who is passionate about the game. This year, we have a newer kid that came and joined the team…here at Heartland because his family is getting restored. His father should have been in prison. He made some bad choices in his earlier days. Drugs ruled his life…and destroyed his family.

And then…God intervened. Seriously the best words ever.

God changed this man’s life. And his wife’s life. And their families’ life. They got their boys back, have had a brand new tiny baby girl and have become normal.

Normal is extraordinary.


Let’s Try This…Again

I love writing. I love getting thoughts out there for people to read.

But I also love to procrastinate. Waiting to get it done, and when no one expects it, to just not even try.

That’s why I’m starting over. I’m going to try.

This blog might not be interesting to anyone but my mom, but that’s ok. Updates on my boys and our crazy life here in the middle of a cornfield where we serve a risen King is what you will find.  And probably a few opinions. Because what’s a blog without that?

A Prayer From Titus

Dear Jesus, thank you for mommy and daddy. Please help me to not say nasty words like pee, bottom and poop. So I can have God and not go to jail. So no one will pee on me.

Nice. I am thinking he’s got a little bit of the concept?

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Where in the world do I go from here?

Boy oh boy has it been a long time, my friends! I hope to remedy this very soon. My three sons have accomplished so many things in this year and a half. Lance has won overall grand champion with his steer two years in a row, bought a truck, and started wearing braces. Noah can write his first and last name, started K4, and had his first hospital experience. Titus talks a mile a minute, reasons like a 5 year old and is potty trained.

All in all I have a great life. The best life. Why? Well…I am in the best place for me because God has called me to do what I do, where I live.

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What Lance has been up to…

Lance has grown so much in the past few weeks it is amazing. From taking time to help me around the house (without me asking) to taking responsibility to groom his animals everyday to really stepping up and worshiping Jesus with his whole heart, I couldn’t be more proud!

Meet Lady and Wade. Lance saved his own money from last year’s fair and was able to buy this beautiful girl who just had the bull April 23rd. He is a registered bull (VERY big deal) and is the perfect age to show in next year’s fair. This means he doesn’t have to spend any money on a calf for next year if he chooses to make him a steer…the jury is still out on that one! Another picture of Wade…isn’t he cute! I could go into how amazing his build is (how he stands and walks) and stuff, but really…does anyone know what all of that means? I do! Yeah…I am a farm girl!

This is Jess. She is a little Heifer (means she hasn’t had a baby yet, when she does she will graduate to COW status) that is QUITE stubborn. Lance works with her daily to make her walk with him in circles. It is normal for me to find him pinned against the fence with a look of frustration on his face. This is good…God is working on Lance’s desire to want to give up and walk away. I am proud of his determination and endurance. He is so sweet to her!

This good lookin’ guy is named Chip. He is beautiful. Yes, I know…a steer is beautiful?! But really…Lance has worked on him faithfully everyday. Brushing his fur, setting up fans (to keep the fur), walking and feeding him. We are working on winning rate of gain this year with this guy. He started at 870 pounds in February. He is already at 1142, and gaining everyday! This already surpasses the weight of Lance’s steer from last year. I think he will be really sad to see him go in July. We are thinking about taking him to the State Fair, though! He’s nose printed, so he could go… What’s nose printing, you ask? Yeah…weird I know this stuff. It’s like a fingerprint…you can’t switch animals this way and cheat, getting a better animal than the one you have for the fair. Here Lance is trimming his steer. Yes…we cool them off to keep the fur, then trim it up in certain places. It is an art, really…you can trim the animal in such a way that he looks bigger where he needs to look bigger and trim where he needs to look better.

This is Rappie, Lance’s horse. Horse show season starts this month! Lance didn’t ride in the show this past weekend, he is wanting to practice a little before he rides her out in the ring. She has been a part of our farm family since October 2008. He also purchased her on his own! And a trailer…that she will only ride in the right side of. She refuses to get up into the left side. Crazy mare!

Lance, you amaze me at your work ethic and your love for the farm. I am so proud of the man you are becoming and the example you are for Noah and Titus. I pray that you continue to grow wise in the things of God and that you will become more confident in your walk with Jesus. I pray that you will let God take control of your life completely and in that your confidence will grow in everything you do! I love you!

Mother’s Day 2009

What a special day. I love it that Mother’s are celebrated! I love it that I can celebrate being a mommy! Every year Daniel finds the prettiest flowers to plant around the house. I love it because they last so much longer than the cut flowers. They were beautiful this year! He and Lance planned ahead and bought them and hid them from me…then on Mother’s Day he got Noah and Lance (Titus was sleeping) and they started planting them for me! It was great because Noah got to join in this year and kind of understood what the point was! We went out to eat after church and then I got to take a nap! YEAH!! Here are pictures to enjoy…loving the Superman PJ’s on Noah…hehe