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Thursday, December 18, 2008

reflections

++Not finished.





WHO AM I? And who is my family that you have brought us this far?


My pictures are in no particular order...I may have to come back and add stuff because it is 1:25am.


This would be my sisters child kenley...she is hilarious!


As you know, this is my first born Shelby. Her life brought God glory and she was only meant to grace this earth for 30 minutes. Jesus weeps for the Mary and Martha's that have lost their Lazarus because we were not meant for death. He set eternity in our hearts.


This is my man (the dude in the white with a back brace on). When I first saw him it stopped me dead in my tracks. I was like who is that? Later I told my bff Angela, that I was going to marry him (she used to date him to). He is still the most handsome man I have ever laid eyes on. Man have we had our times but when I stop and think about things...I am so thankful to have a gentle man who has taught me a lot about faith, grace, and forgiveness. Being married has also taught me that no one will meet my needs like the Lord. I have to have the Lord. He is my all in all.


I could bawl my eyes out right now but I don't have the energy. Plus I spray painted some stuff in the house and the fumes are getting to me. Maybe it wasn't a good idea!! This child has rocked my world. No one but the Lord can know what she means to me. The past 3 1/2 years have been the best years of my life. Still I have to have Jesus. I pray that He helps me to be the mother she deserves.


This would be Heather, my much older sister. 16 months older...and her twins James and Maddie. She stole the name I was going to name my next girl Madison Blair Williams...and she named her Madison Brooke Williams. We both married a Williams (not from the same family). I told her that was my name before she ever named her. If I have a girl again I will name her what I planned.



This little dude is Spencer. He makes me laugh my head off. He is so smart and loves to fix things. He is always trying to help me...and he lets me beat him at connect four.

This is Kate-bug and ye-ye Rods brothers girls. They are precious and as different as night and day and they love that Morgan!!!


My Siestas. I thank God for you. You have no idea.


Um why didn't God make me darker? j/k I need a tan!! This is Jessica another one of my bff's. I don't know what I would do without her and she has seen me through a whole lot. She loves the Lord so much.





I think she is praying here.



Who knew a 5 lb little girl would grab hold of all of my heart!


Sweet april when she was pregnant. This is one of the sweetest people you will ever meet. She has been such a good friend to me and encourager.




Bre my niece who stole my heart from day 1. Stephanie my little sister 8 yrs younger her man and my morgs.


I would die without His word. DIE!



This is Amy. Long time, enduring, giving, talented, and special friend. She is so precious and has spurred me on in the Lord for a long time.

Dedicating our baby to the Lord.



I married a hunter. I knew it when I married him. I love that his name is Rod and that Nimrod in the bible was a mighty hunter before the Lord. Two of his passions AU football and hunting. He also loves his little girl fiercely.


More of my siestas


I just need to stop right here. This woman is in no way an idol to me. She has taught me for 10 solid years in the Lord. I owe my life to her. Listen, she was THE FIRST PERSON that I ever saw that had a passion for the Lord. As I set in a small dry bone church and watched her on VHS I said Lord, whatever she has I want it. I have been discipled, mothered, and mentored by her for a decade and I DO NOT KNOW WHERE I WOULD BE without that. All Praise and honor to the Lord. She has been my mother in the faith and has done nothing but point me to Jesus.


This is me and my blankie with my granddad and heather


Holly (twin), Heather, and me.


Me (All gut and no butt, big-un these were my nicknames) Heather, Holly, and Glenn our dad who adopted us.


Me on the right again with the gut hanging out.


This would be what I would like to call my sperm-donor. He had nothing to do with us and has about 15 or so other kids...maybe more. I have never wanted to search for him. I have been thankful that I know that even if your father or mother forsake you the Lord will NEVER leave you or forsake you.


my mom, heather, me, and holly

When I was little I used to ask my mom if I could go to the courthouse and get a divorce from my twin sister so that I could have my own birthday.


20 comments:

Leah said...

Sweet, sweet pics. They tell a beautiful story!!

Leah

Leah said...

Oh and Happy Birthday!!!!!

BTW I am married to a hunter as well. Oh the joy of having dead animals hanging all over the place in your home!!! And I do mean all over the place!!

Leah

Yolanda said...

Happy Birthday! I saw it on the Siesta Fiesta Blog and knew I had to stop in. I was richly blessed by doing so, and just needed this as today I celebrate my Mom's homecoming to Jesus of 6 years. I miss her like crazy and enough said, this just touched me. Thanks!

HAPPY HAPPY BIRTHDAY from a fellow Siesta.

Lovingly and reaching for Higher Grounds,
Yolanda

ocean mommy said...

LOVE the photos. :) HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO YOUUUUUUUU!!!!!!!!

LOVE you and pray that today is an incredible day. :) Make Rod take you someplace fabulous for dinner and eat some cake for me! Do you know that I did not have ANY cake last Saturday? NONE! I had ice cream but no cake!

Love you girl
steph.

Toknowhim said...

I enjoyed your reflections Jenny... You have lived a lot of life in your short years... Blessings to you sweet one!!

connorcolesmom said...

First I want to say HAPPY BIRTHDAY!
YOu are a true treasure and a blessing to all
I never knew that 2 yrs ago when I met you that I would come to adore your sweet self
You are so honest, real and passionate for Jesus and it is contagious!
I love all the pics - you showed us a glimpse of your life and I thank you for sharing!
Much love sweet Friend
May God bless you with a life full of health, love, joy, prosperity and a rich relationship with HIM!
Kim

Haley said...

Enjoyed looking at your pics! commented on your last blog and made a blog yesterday. Thanks for sharing your precious family with us!

Holly said...

HAPPY BIRTHDAY JENNY!!!

You know, I do believe that you have certainly caught that passion Beth has and are fanning that flame. Praying for you...that this year would be the best, yet!
Love,
Holly

Melinda said...

Loved all these pics!

Happy Birthday Jenny!
Melinda

Andreea said...

Such amazing pictures! I love looking at pictures. THe one of you and Beth makes me smile. I totally agree with you about her. She's amazing! Have a great afternoon!

P.S. LOL about you wanting to go to the courthouse and divorce your twin sister so you could have your on birthday! That is hilarious!

He Knows My Name said...

Such nice pictures. I love looking at where we came, what influenced us. It is truly amazing how God has choosen us, sought us out, loved us so much to go after us that "one" lost sheep! Jenny you love the Lord so much. When I read what you have to say, always lifting up Jesus, I am blessed, encouraged and challenged.

I love reading your words about Rod. How tender your love is for him. I too have a gentle "giant", I'm short he is tall (to me) and he has so blessed me with unconditional love. In the grand scheme of things having a husband who loves the Lord is the bottom line. I could have screwed that one up as young and foolish as I was and God in His infinite wisdom took care of me there.

You are so dear to me.

Janel

April in real life said...

Happy Birthday Sweet Friend! I love you and looking at your reflections... precious memories and people! Thank you for showing me a passion for the Lord that I had never seen before being lived out! Thank you for introducing me to the Sunday school class, singles group, Beth Moore bible studies and so many other rich blessings that have so touched and changed my life for the ever (all gifts from God and all for His glory)... Love you!

Fran said...

I love you Jenny Hope. I love these pictures. Each one brought a sincere tear to my eye. Each one made me smile. Each one made my heart melt. You are such a blessing to so many.

Happy birthday!!
You are fabulous. Blessings over you and your family.
Fran

Cindy said...

Happy Birthday Jenny Hope! I hope your day was fabulous.

Cindy

Jennifer said...

What a beautiful reflection! Thank you for sharing & thank you for being so real!
Happy Birthday & Merry Christmas!
From a Georgia Siesta :-)
~Jennifer

Jean Stockdale said...

What a great idea to do a "this is your life". I loved seeing the path the Lord has led you on-both the joys and the sorrows-and your testimony of His faithfulness! Blessings.

Patty said...

I loved this post! You are just so special beyond words my siesta girlfriend and co- rockstar!!

Love you!
Patty

Faith said...

Awww I loved so much seeing these pics and reading your captions! And did another "aww" at that last caption; I hope our boys are OK with sharing a birthday! (Or maybe I should just try to give birth to one right before midnight and the other right after. ;))

Leigh said...

Sweet pictures, Jenny!
I wanted to share this poem with you.

I see the countless CHRISTMAS TREES around the world below
with tiny lights like HEAVEN’S STARS reflecting on the snow.

The sight is so SPECTACULAR please wipe away that tear
for I am spending CHRISTMAS WITH JESUS CHRIST this year.

I hear the many CHRISTMAS SONGS that people hold so dear
but the SOUND OF MUSIC can't compare with the CHRISTMAS CHOIR up here.

I have no words to tell you of the JOY their voices bring
for it is beyond description to HEAR THE ANGELS SING.

I know HOW MUCH YOU MISS ME, I see the pain inside your heart
for I am spending CHRISTMAS WITH JESUS CHRIST this year.

I can't tell you of the SPLENDOR or the PEACE here in this place
Can you just imagine CHRISTMAS WITH OUR SAVIOR face to face

I'll ask him to LIFT YOUR SPIRIT as I tell him of your love
so then PRAY FOR ONE ANOTHER as you lift your eyes above.

Please let your HEARTS BE JOYFUL and let your SPIRIT SING
for I am spending CHRISTMAS IN HEAVEN and I’m walking WITH THE KING.

~ by Wanda Bencke
© Copyright 1999

Bev Brandon said...

HAPPY BIRTHDAY JENNY HOPE!!!!!!
I so loved trapsing through your journey. Where you have ended up is full of faith and full of HIM. It's a beautiful LORD that pours out of you, Psalm 50:2. There were moments in your pictures that made me sad but in your suffering, you found your beautiful God and you are finding HIM. You're a daughter we'd love to have for you have found that treasure of great price...and you are living it! Love to you on your birthday. So grateful to God for your life, His Life in you and through you! I think Beth fanned that flame of faith and it is glowing! Love, Bev