Friday, December 26, 2014

Christmas!

Christmas at home was wonderful. You see, we did not exchange gifts. Instead, we all volunteered in a soup kitchen. Matthew was passed around and adored by all the ladies, while the rest of us served food. It was such an amazing time!

We called our Arkansas friends to wish them the happiest of holidays (Christmas and New Years) and they well wished us back. They seemed a bit perturbed when I told them we were not exchanging gifts this year, instead we were volunteering. They asked if we had plans to visit for the new year, and we said we would consider it.

Tensions have risen since the wedding. It seems our families don't get along like they used to. They understand I had nothing to do with the sudden coverage and they have since forgiven me, but it seems to me that I just do not get along with the parents anymore. Although the eldest children are the ones I am closest to, it is important that I am still close to the parents because they are the ones who have children the same age as mine. The one who is currently pregnant will have her precious boy around the same time my twins are due, so perhaps we will start over and watch as our precious young ones grow up together. It will be a time of love and laughter I am sure.

I hope you all had a safe and merry Christmas, and you all were very happy. I hope you gave plenty, with goodness in your heart.  I hope your Christmas was jolly, and your new years will be everything you need it to be.

Love,

Ashleigh

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas my friends. Always remember to leave the Christ in Christmas! Jesus Is Lord!

Sunday, December 14, 2014

Pride Cometh Before The Fall

I have noticed a lot of pride in a certain friend of mine. This friend feels as if he can do no wrong. He is living on top of the world. He has the perfect family, the perfect house, all the money he can dream of, power, influence, etc. At first, he seemed to genuinely be praising God for the success brought to him and his family. 

Recently, he has started to become prideful. Within the last year or so, he is becoming more blatant in espousing his ideals, not caring what one thinks of him. Where before he would keep his mouth shut and let everyone adore him and assume they knew him, he has been letting his mouth run off. Pride is getting in his way. Fame is getting to his head. The money makes him hungrier and greedier. I'm not even sure he realizes what is going on, but he is stepping further away from God every day, and clearly thinking of himself instead of others. Just the other day, this friend told me that he was confident that he was going to remain at the top for a very long time, and his legacy would be an inspiration to others for many generations to come. I mentioned to him that he sounded a bit prideful, and he became angry. He told me that clearly I did not know what I was talking about, and I needed to get my own life in line with God before I started telling others about pride. He told me that all of his children are safe from the world while mine are in it everyday. Troy told him that our children being in the world is what will make them stronger. Ten years from now, will his youngest ones be as secure being sheltered all their lives as our oldest ones being allowed to venture into the world? Our friend then became irate and asked us to leave.

I'm not sure how to handle this. How do you tell someone you love that they are being prideful? I suppose he won't see it until he falls... but even then, will he see it, or will he blame everyone else around him?

I pray for his wife and his children, as well as for him. I pray they all see what needs to be seen before the fall happens... otherwise the fall will be hard on them all.

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Dinner!

Tonight, we are having chicken, mashed potatoes (real, not instant), and green beans. What are you having?

Friday, December 5, 2014

Sick!

My poor babies! They are all coughing so bad! They are all staying home. Praying there is nothing wrong with them.

I am treating them by mixing a tablespoon of vanilla extract with a tablespoon of honey and making them take it. It tastes good to them, and it helps stop the cough! Hopefully, the older two will return to school Monday after treating them with this.

Please say your prayers for my children. They all are so sick, it hurts my heart so.