Sunday, September 4, 2016

God vs. gods

I love how God works.

The right song plays on the radio at just the right moment.
A Sunday school lesson addresses one particular need.
The message from a pastor's sermon touches a heart that needs healing.

Only God can orchestrate so many different pieces into such a beautiful symphony.

How long will it take to realize that only God has all the answers I need in my life?
How long will I continue to chase dream after dream instead of following my Lord?
When will I realize that God and only God must take first priority?

Husbands can leave.
Children grow up and move away.
Family and friends can let us down.

God always loves us.
God will never leave us.
God wants us to come running back to him.

We all have so many balls up in the air.  Balls which demand that we catch them, else they all come raining down upon our heads.  Marriage, children, jobs, family, friends, social obligations, and more demand our time and energy.  Some demand more than others, and sometimes they demand more than we have available to give.

What if... What if we put God first in our lives?  What if we give all our cares and worries to Him? What if we made our main focus building our relationship with the Creator of the universe?

Don't get me wrong.  I love my husband and children.  I love my family and friends.  Somewhere along the way, I put my status as a wife, mother, daughter, sister, niece, friend, etc in positions of greater importance than being a child of God.  At some point, I realized how alone I had become. Now, I know why.  So, let me re-introduce myself...

Hello, my name is Maggie, and I'm a child of God.

Monday, August 22, 2016


Life has a way of, well, getting in the way.

At least that what it feels like sometimes.

I have begun to think that maybe, just maybe, I have been what's been getting in the way.

Saturday, October 10, 2009

I'm here, I'm alive, I'm drowning... Figuratively of course. There have been many days when I have wondered what on earth possessed me to go back to school... then I go up to the kids school and am reminded of my reasons behind all the madness. And, as if being a full-time student (17 hrs) and a mother of 4 kids, the kids were all sick one week, possibly the flu, and I made it to only one class and one test that week. I'm still trying to play catch up.

But it's late (or should I say early), so I'm off. A stack of homework awaits my attention... after sleep of course.

Saturday, June 20, 2009

Update to Update

I found a link to the Odessa American's story about Hadassh.

Oh, and did I mention that it is the 3rd year in a row that she has had the most AR points in the school?


So much time has passed since my last post.

The kids and I got chased out of our house by a hard cold snap at the end of January. Ronnie came home from Tyler, found out we didn't have hardly insulation left in the attic. Then the company he worked for went under, so he had plenty of time to do some work to the house. Our living room is gorgeous!

I have finished my first semester back in college, and on the Dean's List no less. I'm taking another class this summer. After Ronnie's job went the way of almost all the other oilfield jobs, I worried about how to pay for school and if I would ever be able to finish. Oddly, more financial aid has since been applied to my account.

The kids finished school quite well. Kimberly showed marked improvement over the beginning of the year (my little Energizer bunny). Michael made the A honor roll, commended performance on both his TAKS tests, and did exceptionally well in the AR reading program. He was knighted. Hadassah made 1st division on her viola solo, A honor roll, commended performance on both of her TAKS tests, and she was crowned queen in the AR reading program. I will try to get the pictures off of Ronnie's computer and post them. Stephan will start PK-3 at Austin next year with Ms Richter (Kimberly's teacher from PK-4 & Kindergarten). Hadassah was accepted into the AP program at Bowie. She will continue to study viola in Bowie's orchestra and is going to try tennis this next year.

Hadassah was also nominated by her teacher for the National Junior Leadership Conference in Washington DC. She will be attending the Discover Medicine & Science conference at Johns Hopkins University July 6-11. We have only one more tuition payment, airfare, and incidentals; so, we're still trying to raise money for her. Speaking of, I have spent enough time on here... I have to get busy and nudge her along as well.

See you all later!

Sunday, January 4, 2009

Memories Made & Memories to Make

I mean to write, I really do, but life happens.

The kids go back to school tomorrow. Already?!? Where did the Christmas holidays go? For that matter, where did 2008 go? I guess they weren't kidding when they said time goes faster the older you get, but then why does my 12 year old say this year (oops, last year) went by so fast? She's not old.

Speaking of my children... what's up with them? Hadassah is 12 and half-way through her last year of elementary. Her teacher nominated her for the National Junior Leaders Conference, and the one she chose to go to is Discover Medicine. We're thinking about junior high... has it really been that long since she was sitting in Grandpa's lap drawing little circles in the blanks on his crossword puzzles?

Michael is already 8. I know it couldn't have been that long ago when he was born, and we had the twins come live with us... at this very age! Michael even starts taking the state standardized tests this year, which of course, he should have no problem with. Wasn't it just yesterday though that he started kindergarten at Austin?

Kindergartners... I already have another one of those as well. I was just holding Kimberly trying to get a view from my hospital window of the July 4th fireworks being set off at the end of the Rangers' game. She's already in kindergarten.

Then, there is Erin Dominique (peace, belonging to the Lord) who went to play with angels and Grandpa, on his birthday. That does seem like ages ago though.

Of course, I can't forget little Stephan. My baby boy, who apparently isn't going to stay a baby either, is going to be 3 in only a few more months. My little jellybean, isn't so little anymore. He'll probably even be going to pk-3 next school year.

They grow up so fast, but I have so many memories (as I'm sure you all do), and I'm looking forward to many more memories to come. However, it is late, so I'll just have to write another post on everything that is happening around here.

Saturday, December 6, 2008

Hadassah's 1st Orchestra Concert

Note: I forgot about trying to post this. Sadly, I still haven't figured out how to upload the video.

Yes, I know I am WAY overdue (again) for an update, but I just wanted to give everyone a chance to see Hadassah in her first orchestra concert. So, from the ECISD Music Department's "A West Side Orchestra Concert" presenting the orchestras from Odessa HS, Ector JHS, Bowie JHS, Crockett JHS, and introducing the 6th grade elementary orchestra students from Austin, Alamo, Blackshear, Burleson, Cameron, Noel, Pease, San Jacinto, Travis, and Zvala Elementaries.... here is the First Year Orchestra, conducted by Dr Larisa Bairamova (Hadassah's orchestra teacher) performing "Aunt Rhodie's Appetite"