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Monday Morning Mug: New York... again

Kimmy LaMee

so I had a big fail.... I totally didn't check to see if I had used this Mug before for Monday Morning Mug... and I had.... oops! I guess New York just needed some extra love and prayers... or I just needed more sleep!?! It's probably a little bit of both...

 

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Monday Morning Mug: Bahamas

Kimmy LaMee

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This morning was crazy... the girls slept in a little bit which always then makes for a crazy morning.  At times I just rather choose crazy and well rested, than crazy and sleepy and grouchy... We had quite a few fits from the oldest over her hair being combed, her shoes, and not wanting a bow.... and I don't even remember what else. By the time we left for work and school, I was exhausted and felt like I had put in a full day... haha 

oh little did I know... I got to the church, my youngest had Spit up on her outfit and pooped and my oldest was screaming she was "hungry".... all the way to her class (cue eye roll...) 

And then I had to prepare to share with the sweet WMU ladies about On Mission Moms...  

I didn't get to really sit and enjoy my yummy coffee this morning - how ironic... but while Nora was jabbering in the back and Ivey was singing at the top of her lungs to Frozen, I reminisced and prayed for sweet friends who have journeyed to the Bahamas with me! I've been so blessed to visit several times with dear friends - from my senior year in high school, to my summer MFUGE staff, to a dear friend from New Orleans. 

Now, for real... can I just go back and enjoy another cruise....  

Monday Morning Mug: Tampa

Kimmy LaMee

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I went to Tampa while living in New Orleans and working with the youth at First Baptist LaPlace. Ron Wilson - one of my favorite all time youth pastors - planned a destination unknown trip for the students and I went along to chaperone! I don't remember much about Tampa. I do remember that I had to wear a boot on my foot for a ridiculously long time after I broke it, so that got us on rides much faster at one of the theme parks that we visited. I also remember some of my favorite youth who are now all grown up, married and have babies of their own... how is that even possible?!? I spent time remembering those sweet days, the joys and the challenges. I'm so thankful for sweet memories this morning and I spent time praying for some of those students today- many of whom I get to follow on facebook. (One of my favorite things about social media - the distance and years don't seem so far) I pray that they continue to love Jesus and make Him known wherever they are! I'm thankful for trips like Tampa and the Sundays and Wednesdays and other times I could love those kiddos - now adults! (Cue more tears...) 

I also spent time praising the Lord for Ron and Keri Wilson and their fun kiddos who loved me through seminary in New Orleans and walked with me through some pretty hard days and even though they live halfway across the country - they are some of my most favorite people! They are currently serving with Next Worldwide - and you should totally check out what they are doing!  

Ivey is THREE!

Kimmy LaMee

 

This was written back in February.... but you know... babies and busy.... oh my... 

 

 Ivey is Three... I can hardly type that without shedding a tear or two or three...

She's growing up into quite a spunky, fun, caring and kind little gal. She loves to go to school and learn. She loves to point out her letters to us and counts to 13 before she skips over to 16 and then 22. We have to work on that... She also LOVES PUZZLES! The girl is already putting together 24 and 36 piece puzzles together "all by herself", which we hear quite often. She also LOVES to go to church on Sunday although she stays quite confused about what we are doing - are we going to mommy's office, to church, or to school... I think I stay confused about that as a matter of fact!

She loves all things Minnie, Sophia & Duck, StoryBots, and Owlegories. She also loves all things pink and blue. She was convinced for Christmas that she would get a pink and blue present - Santa, missed that memo I guess. 

She's an incredible big sister and loves to kiss and hold and talk to "Noria" as she has started calling her.

As we begin this third year of her life, our prayer for Ivey as we pray for her each night is that she would learn to honor the Lord in all that she does, all that she says, and all that she thinks...

 

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just wood...

Kimmy LaMee

There's been a theme running through my life the last few weeks and it's not one I really like.  it's a theme that I have seen played out since I was a little girl, growing up on my daddy's peach farm. He spent a huge amount of time focused on just this.

Pruning.. 

It's a crucial task that brings life, but there's just something about it that seems painful and it hurts at time. As I search through scripture though, Jesus also reminds us that it's crucial and brings life. Jesus says, "Every branch in Me that does not produce fruit He removes, and He prunes every branch that produces fruit so that it will produce more fruit." (John 15:2)

As I studied God's word, it led me to chat with my daddy about why it's so important to prune and his answer was so profound to me...  He said, "well Kimmy, if you don't prune, you'll just get wood..." If you know my daddy, that should make you giggle just a bit. He's a simple farmer yet so very wise. 

I don't know about you, but I don't want just wood - I want the fruit... 

So, as I read God's word, seek His face, and allow Him to prune me, I am reminded that it's for my good and for His glory that I bear much fruit. 

What in your life is God pruning away? While it may hurt for the season, be reminded that it's so worth it.

You don't want to be just wood, do you?