Monday, June 17, 2013

Benjamin Turns 16 Today!!!

Happy 16th Birthday, Benjamin!! time flies!  I still remember so clearly the day that this precious boy was born!  :)  I was at a friend's Birthday Party when her Mom informed me that I had a new baby brother!!  Mom had dropped me off earlier in the day totally not suspecting Ben to arrive that evening and so my Grandparents had to come pick me up from the party.  My little 9 year old heart was SOOOOO excited to have another little brother to love.  <3

This handsome Dude is one hard worker! :) Poor guy...he ended up spending his whole Birthday working...but he was such a good sport about it!  Since Dad is out of town for work we are celebrating it tomorrow...and also we had a million things to do today for Melanie's High School Graduation Open House this Sunday.  

Adam got him some "Man Tools" for his Birthday. ;)  The rest of his presents he'll get tomorrow when we celebrate it for real. 

Two days into my strong antibiotic shots and I am really feeling it...:-/  The dizziness, balance problems, brain fog, the burning pain, in and out of fevers, unable to handle temperature change...yep...that's the Lyme Die off from the it's a GOOD SIGN...just not the most fun to go thru.  But I am grateful for every breath of life Jesus gave today! <3  And although my "to-do list" wasn't even touched...I'm feeling blessed for REST...sweet rest with His Word. <3

As I was reading thru some that really touched my heart was Be Still My Soul. 

Be still, my soul: the Lord is on thy side.
Bear patiently the cross of grief or pain.
Leave to thy God to order and provide;
In every change, He faithful will remain.
Be still, my soul: thy best, thy heavenly Friend
Through thorny ways leads to a joyful end.

Be still, my soul: thy God doth undertake
To guide the future, as He has the past.
Thy hope, thy confidence let nothing shake;
All now mysterious shall be bright at last.
Be still, my soul: the waves and winds still know
His voice Who ruled them while He dwelt below.

Be still, my soul: when dearest friends depart,
And all is darkened in the vale of tears,
Then shalt thou better know His love, His heart,
Who comes to soothe thy sorrow and thy fears.
Be still, my soul: thy Jesus can repay
From His own fullness all He takes away.

Be still, my soul: the hour is hastening on
When we shall be forever with the Lord.
When disappointment, grief and fear are gone,
Sorrow forgot, love’s purest joys restored.
Be still, my soul: when change and tears are past
All safe and blessèd we shall meet at last.

Be still, my soul: begin the song of praise
On earth, believing, to Thy Lord on high;
Acknowledge Him in all thy words and ways,
So shall He view thee with a well pleased eye.
Be still, my soul: the Sun of life divine
Through passing clouds shall but more brightly shine. 

"He who dwells in the *secret* place of the Most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty." ~Psalms 91:1  So beautifully blessed by this verse today. There is no where else I would rather be than dwelling in the *secret* place with Jesus...safely in His loving shadow.*EVERYTHING* I need can be found "under the shadow of the Almighty" while I am dwelling (spending time with Him) in the *Secret Place*. <3 

     Chris (for all practical purposes our adopted sister ;)) and Alivia.

We had three very good friends come over tonight and help us start preparing for Melanie's Open House.  We were all so grateful for their help today!    Me especially...since I feel bad about not being well enough to handle a whole lot right now. I think we are estimating 200-300 people for the open house!! Feels a little overwhelming at the moment...but it's going to be good!

 It's HANNAH!  Love her!!  She was such a big help today finishing up the 300 chocolate chip cookies for Sunday!  Thanks so much, Hannah! <3 How will 300 cookies last in this house with 11 kids til Sunday?? ;)  Good question!  They are all safely put away in bags in the freezer!  ;)  NOT to be touched until Sunday.

LOL!  Look what I caught!! :-D  A little boy trying to steal cookie dough!  haha....;)  We let him eat just a little. ;) 

 BEST chocolate chip cookie makers ever! <3 :) 

 Thank You, Jesus, for another day of LIFE!  Good Night June 17th!  :) 

Love Always,

Monica Nicole


  1. Aww, what a sweet post! Happy Birthday to your brother. I am so encouraged to see how the Lord is working in your life, sweet girl! :D

    1. Thanks for saying "HI" Sweet Girl! I'll tell him you said "Happy Birthday". :) Michigan still misses you. ;) <3

  2. Love that song! Wonderful words of comfort! Can't to see you at Melanie's open house :-)

    1. Looking forward to seeing you at Melanie's Open House, too!! YAY! Praying for your foot to HEAL QUICKLY, Lauren. <3


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