Thursday, October 7, 2010

Oh The Beauty

I am sitting here drinking a lovely cup of Starbucks coffee (that I won as a door prize at MOPS on Tuesday), looking out the window at the BEAUTIFUL fall day the Lord has given us, with 2 beautiful babies rolling around at my feet. Silas (3) and Emma (9 mo.) are playing BEAUTIFULLY together...for the moment.

It's day off...and as my to do list sits unchecked, I have to take the time and be truly thankful for the BEAUTY of the moment. As you read in my last post, Texas has really been on my heart lately...the where/when/how has really been pulling me down...however, last night at church...God gave the most amazing sermon to Pastor Fletcher, and it was EXACTLY what I needed to hear. He preached on the Power Of Prayer. There were so many great nuggets of truth, that I am still dwelling on the sermon today. For so long, I have been guilty of not praying in faith about our move to Texas. I pray, but not believing, that anything will change. In I Thessalonians, it says we are to PRAY WITHOUT CEASING. I have NOT been praying without ceasing. I have not really poured my heart out to God daily, hourly, minute by minute like I should. I have just been waiting around to see what doors God will open for us. I was truly convicted last night about how I have been viewing my life as so burdensome because we don't know what's next. But I need to stop and be thankful for the BEAUTY of everything around me. I have an amazing husband that GOD made just for me, I have 3 beautiful children who are healthy, I have wonderful parents who haven't kicked us to the curb after a year of living with them :),I have 2 precious sisters that I have been able to spend SOOO much time with this past year, and EVERYDAY I get to see God's BEAUTIFUL creation. I have taken so many of these things for granted, and I hope and pray that I will not let myself get so burden down with the things in my world, that I forget to embrace the BEAUTY of the moment!

Until Next Time

Friday, October 1, 2010

The Eyes Of Texas

Last time I updated, I said I would dedicate a post to Texas. So, here goes....

Most everyone knows already, but Ed and I feel like the Lord wants us back in Texas. We are not sure about how, when, etc., but we do know that Texas is where we will move next.

We have been living with my parents in NC since October 24, 2009. We are EXTREMELY grateful to my parents for opening up their home to our family of 5. Eight people, three of them being under the age of 8, can be a little crowded at times. I am normally an extremely organized person. I wouldn't go as to say I am obsessive about it, but you can ask Ed, in the past, I was extremely organized. I long to be that way again, but it's been hard for me to organize my life in the our living space in my parent's house. I am so looking forward to having a place of our own again, (not that I'm unhappy here at my parents), but ready to get a structured schedule going for our family. Living with my parents has helped us to get caught up on our bills, and even pay some debt off so it's definitely been a blessing. But after a year, we feel like it's time to grow our roots elsewhere. The question is...where?!?!

We know beyond a shadow of doubt that Texas is where we will be one day. Ed and I have been pursuing employment down in the Austin/Round Rock area. I have even been applying at jobs back at UMHB, but we haven't had much response. Ed did receive a phone interview with Dell Computers back in August, but it didn't pan out. Ed has heard from a couple of companies that says, "When you move down here, give us a call." Well, Ed and I do not have a peace about moving our families to Texas without employment first. When we moved to GA, we struggled for 2 months before employment was obtained. We both have been seeking God's face as to HIS will for us...what's our next step...when do we go.... we wait. We continue with the life we have made for ourselves here, and we wait to hear God say, "Move Now". If you remember, please pray for us as we wait for God's leading. We are anxious to return back "Home" to Texas, and sometimes can become a little impatient.

Until Next Time....

Saturday, September 18, 2010

Where Has The Time Gone?!?

I don't know why, but it seems like my life has been on warp speed for about 10 months or so. I don't know if it was adding a 3rd child to the mix, or if I am just too busy with other things. There has been so much going on in our lives since I last posted, and that I am not sure I can update on everything in this one post.

I will let this post be about our summer, and then I will "try" to update on a more regular basis.

I can't believe that we are already 6 weeks into the new school year. It seems our summer FLEW by. However, this summer, the children and I went to the beach with my family. Boy, was that a dream come true. When we were growing up, a summer beach trip happened pretty much every summer, we would head down to Myrtle Beach, SC around the first of June. There were 3 family birthdays during that first week of June, and inevitably, one of us would celebrate our birthday down there. Anyway....I digress...I have ALWAYS dreamed about going to the beach with my parents and sisters. This week was SO much fun! I wish I would have taken a picture of Silas and Timmy's face when they saw the ocean. It was the first time for Silas, but the first time that Timmy would remember. They were afraid to go in the ocean at first, but then once they realized that the waves went back out, they LOVED it! I loved watching the boys "jumping" the little waves at the shore. It was a very interesting trip having a 5 month old at the beach, and my mom's back was out, so she stayed under the umbrella holding Emma most of the time, but my sisters and I definitely made memories and reminisced while jumping the waves like we did as kids. By far, the one thing I will remember the most is Silas jumping in the pool. Well, it was more like belly flopping, but what was so surprising is that he was fearless. We had to make sure we were standing there because he would just jump/flop without us being ready. I loved hearing him say, "Moove, Moove, Moove", while he used his little arm with the huge floaties to show us where he wanted us to move. He really only wanted us to move back so that he could jump/flop into the water instead of in our arms. Whoever was the lucky one to be the recipient of "Silas' jumping" had to be ready to be exhausted by the end. As soon as he came up from under the water, he was saying, "Gin...Gin". It was a great memory, and we have pictures to prove it.

The 2nd big trip we took was back home to Texas, Even though NC will always be "home" for me since I grew up there, Ed and I feel like Texas is truly where we feel our roots are at. When we got married, we established our home there, and Texas will always be where we belong. We are currently waiting on God's opening the doors for us to move back. We feel a peace that Texas is where HE wants us, we are just waiting on HIS timing. (This topic deserves it's own post...will work on that one next) Anyway, Ed and I drove with the kids, down to Texas the 3rd week in July. Ed and Timmy were in Clayton and Blair Hodges' wedding, so we decided to make a week trip out of it, and make our rounds to visit our friends and family. We REALLY enjoyed our time in Texas. The trip was pretty long though, many, many hours in the van, but overall the kids did wonderful! We tried to do most of our driving at night so that the kids would sleep for us. They did great! I will wait until my TEXAS post to give more details of this trip because God did so much for us while we were there.

I am glad that I decided to post tonight. It really is very therapeutic to journal/blog. I hope to be able to continue to do this more.

Until next time....

Saturday, April 24, 2010

2010 Update

I can't believe I haven't written since I announced the birth of our daughter. Things have been really crazy in this house with 8 people living here, but Ed and I are forever grateful to my parents for allowing us to get back on our feet. My parents and my older sis have been a Godsend when it comes to watching the kids. There is so much to update, that I will just list them out. Hope this isn't too jumbled.

1. Ed is still working at Market America in Greensboro. He has been having mandatory overtime, so his work schedule has been pretty crazy. It's definitely a change from GA when I was working 40 hours a week and he was at home. I am enjoying having so much time with the kids, but I REALLY miss time with Ed too.

2. About 8 weeks ago, I started working part-time for my best friend from high school. He owns 3 different companies, and I am his administrative assistant. I only work between 12 and 15 hours a week, but it's enough time for me to get out of the house and make a little extra money.

3. Timmy is doing pretty well adjusting to NC. He is really enjoying playing with his cousins. He loves going to church and participating in Junior Church activities. He sings in the choir and last week he was an usher. He has joined a coach pitch baseball team, and his first game is this coming Tuesday. He will be 7 years old on this coming Saturday. He has REALLY been asking a lot of questions recently about salvation. So, if you think about it, will you please pray for our little boy. Thanks.

4. Silas has grown SOOO much since we moved to NC. He has started talking much better, and he is DEFINITELY a Nana and Papa's boy. He LOVES keys like they are made of gold and ALWAYS wants the keys as soon as we put his clothes on every morning, even if we aren't going anywhere. He will be 3 on May 5th, and we are going to try and potty train him this summer. I have really enjoyed spending more time with him since we moved to NC.

5. Emma, our new baby girl, she will be 4 months old this week, and I can't believe how big she is. We did have a little scare last month around the middle of March, she got pneumonia and RSV. She was pitiful. It was the 2nd scariest sickness my kids have had. (The first time was when Timmy had to be hospitalized with a severe asthma attack) The coughing was just horrible to hear. I ended up sleeping on the recliner with her on my chest so I could be right there if she got into trouble with her breathing. She has beaten this sickness, and is eating and sleeping great. She has been sleeping through the night for about 3 weeks, but will wake up around 3am wanting her paci. I put it in her mouth, and then she falls back to sleep til 5:30 or 6:00. I am LOVING having a daughter and picking our her clothes and bows. We have been truly blessed with our Emma girl.

Well, this about sums it up...I will try to blog more often and post pictures soon.

I am not sure if anyone is even reading this, but if I still have a few readers out there...sorry for the delay. Thanks for reading....

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Emma Grace Lockwood IS HERE!

Born: January 5, 2010

Time: 7:55 am

Weight: 8 lbs. 15 oz.

Length: 22 inches long

She joins Big Brother Timmy:

and Big Brother Silas:

and we couldn't be more blessed. We have 3 BEAUTIFUL healthy children! I will write more of the birth story later. It's hard to type holding Emma with one arm and typing with the other. Just wanted to inroduce our daughter to the world!