2:39 PM

happy new year everyone!!!

My gosh, I can't believe that I haven't posted in almost a month.  Bad, bad, bad!!!  December just flew by...  The holidays were especially busy for us this year.  In addition to our regular Christmas activities, we were also planning our Christmas benefit on the 20th, which by the way, was a huge success, and then getting ready to go to California to spend Christmas with Brian's family.  We just got back yesterday (New Year's Eve) and so really today is my first day to actually sit down and catch my breath.  Here's a couple of fun pics from our trip...


 Here's the tree at Brian's parents, there were tons of presents...


We were cracking up at how Brian's parents got us all the "same thing!"


We took Lily to Knott's Berry farm... So much fun!!!


This is Lily on one of the rides, she looks good as a "trucker" don't you think?

What a year 2008 has been.  God has been so good to us.  As I sit here and reflect today, I'm just amazed at His faithfulness and love.  As we head into 2009, I know it's going to be our best year yet.  That may seem weird to some, given all of the things going on in the world.  But not to me. 

I spent New Year's Eve a little different this year.  After putting Lily to bed and making sure Brian was all settled in, I decided to take some time just to sit quietly before the Lord.  I was reflecting on Jeremiah 29:11.  God has prepared a good year for us.  He's got even greater things for us to accomplish.  He isn't limited by man.  He isn't limited by the economy.  He's only limited by what we believe.

So I'm choosing to believe God for more in 2009.  He's ready, willing and able to do the exceedingly abundantly above...

Check out the Amplified version of Ephesians 4:20:

Now to Him Who, by (in consequence of) the [action of His] power that is at work within us, is able to [carry out His purpose and] do superabundantly, far over and above all that we [dare] ask or think [infinitely beyond our highest prayer, desires, thoughts, hopes, or dreams]

God is not limited.  He's able to do through us superabundantly, far over and above ALL THAT WE DARE TO DREAM!!!

So I don't know about you, but I'm ready to DREAM BIG in 2009 and believe that God meant what he said.