Friday, August 31, 2012

Birthday Blessings

My birthday was an awesome day, but the day after my birthday was even better.  David really spoiled me on my birthday.  He planned, he saved, he plotted, he anticipated, he doted, he catered to me and he loved doing it.  My friends also went out of their way to let me know that I am loved.  So, the day after my birthday I was a little overwhelmed.  I felt extremely loved and I received the love.  I try to apply God's truth to all areas of my life and see what He would have me see.  I'm pretty sure that God's truth is not a focus on the material gifts I received, although they were more than I dreamed.  Oh, and there were flowers delivered at work, I think all girls want flowers at work even though we know they are more expensive. The real gift that occurred to me is that as much as David loves me, Christ loves me more.  So, why do I not fully receive the love Christ has given, gives, and will give?  Why do I ever walk around defeated when I have the greatest Love that ever could be?  So, as I thought this thru I began to feel like a real queen.  Not just the McLean Queen, but His queen!  According to 1 Peter 2:9, we are royalty!

But you are a chosen generation, 
a royal priesthood, a holy nation, 
His own special people, 
that you may proclaim the praises of Him 
who called you out of darkness into His marvelous light.
                                                                     1 Peter 2:9 

I sent David an email when I came to this realization telling him that I wanted to remember this feeling and for him to ask me about it.  I wanted him to know that it wasn't the gifts, but it was his preparation, his saving money, his being so careful to surprise me, his premeditation that made me feel overwhelming love.  It was his display of love for me that concreted HIS love for me.  That is the greatest gift!!

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

I Kinda Cried a Little

Sunday was pretty awesome.  We had an awesome church service and lunch afterwards with great friends.  We talked about silly stuff and serious stuff.  David and I soaked up as much of Shawn as we could before we took him home.  He gave us big hugs and said he wanted the hugs to be big enough to last until we saw him again.  We no sooner dropped him off at home that we missed him. 

David and I started Monday morning with breakfast and a phone call to tell Shawn to have an awesome first day of school.  Shawn said, "Mom, I really missed you last night and I kinda cried a little".  We told him that we missed him too and of course I was kinda crying a little.  He asked us how our hugs were lasting and it was the sweetest phone call.  When he got home from school he called and reported that he had a great day.  He made a friend but he doesn't remember the friends name.  He does know that the friend has a lot of Lego's, but he's pretty sure that he has more than him.

Monday morning when I was getting dressed I noticed that David had hung a necklace holder for me.  I don't know when he did it and I was totally surprised.  He even hung all the necklaces up for me.  I kinda cried a little.

Today is my birthday.  Our Pastor always asks us what we've learned in ____ years of life?  I've become conditioned to think of this question weeks before my birthday.  This year what has come to me is that God is truly a God that heals, restores, and redeems.  I can look back over the years of brokenness and see the purpose for it.  I can look at the struggles and see Him with me.  I can look back at the joy I had and know that it came thru Christ, because there was no way that I could have been joyful on my own.  My life has been restored and I praise God for this most wonderful gift.  I am thankful for my life, especially for my eternal life.

And we know that all things work together for good 
to those who love God, 
to those who are the called according to His purpose.   
                                                                                                                  Romans 8:28

More on my birthday later.  I'm sure there will be some fun stories to share. 

Have a blessed day!

Yolanda, the McLean Queen

Sunday, August 26, 2012

Sometimes I Smell Like Gingerbread

Yesterday when I showed David my first blog post the first thing he did was ask what the title Too Blessed Not To meant.  I told him to just read it!  Then he read two lines and DD wanted some attention, then he read a few more lines and another distraction.  I finally asked him what do you think, he said well I haven't finished it yet.  So, I told him that he needed to read it and follow it.  We decided that blogging was already going to my head.

Yesterday I rode a bike for 17.6 miles!  It was in spin class, and I had forgotten how much I really enjoyed spin class.  The teacher was very energetic and encouraged us to cheer our neighbors on.  Sometimes I don't know how to act right in public, and I was all about cheering my neighbors on.  I knew Cindy, who was on my left, and she was into the encouragement.  The woman on my right didn't appreciate the encouragement near as much.  Eventually she put on invisible blinders and would no longer acknowledge my cheering.  It was a great class and I'll attend again, although the bike to my right may remain empty if word gets out.

Cristy and Linda came over and we visited while the boys swam.  We solved all kinds of problems.  We talked about the next Biggest Loser, and we talked about how badly we need it to start.  We talked about our new focus scripture, Romans 12:1,2.  It was a sweet time together.

David, Shawn, and I spent the rest of the day watching movies.  We all got comfortable and laid around on each other.  We watched three movies.  At the end of each movie Shawn would jump up and say what's our next movie.  He said that he loves Family Movie Night.  Toward the end of the night Shawn laid on me and hugged me tight.  He said, "you smell like flowers".  I told him that I was glad because Mom tries not to stink.  He said, "sometimes you smell like gingerbread".  Now I don't know if I've ever really smelled like gingerbread, but he knows that I love gingerbread and he is a smart boy.

I'm going to finish my coffee that was delivered to me in bed and go spend some time with our church family giving thanks to our most Gracious Savior.

Ya'll have a blessed day.

Yolanda, the McLean Queen

Saturday, August 25, 2012

Too blessed not to!

Here it is, the first blog post!  I have tossed the idea of blogging around for a while, so when my friend, Kellie, said she was jumping in - well I jumped too.  I plan on writing about life, maybe a little about health and fitness goals, a lot about God's grace, and you are sure to hear a lot about my husband and son.  My main hope is that everything I write will be pleasing to God according to Psalm 19:14.  I also hope that I can make someone laugh, maybe change someone's perspective.  I can't possibly detail every way that God has transformed my life, but I'll take you on the journey from here forward. 

At this very moment I am typing this in bed.  Shawn is laying beside me, as close as he can be without laying on me.  DD is curled up on the other side of me.  David had to work at 7:00, and I made him breakfast before he left.  I don't know if that's a newlywed thing, but I like to think that I'll still be doing that ten years from now.  This morning I feel complete.  Shawn and I have plans to spend the day together and we will both be watching the clock for Big Daddy to come home.  

Ya'll have a blessed day!!

Yolanda, the McLean Queen

And whatever you do in word or deed, 
do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, 
giving thanks to God the Father through Him.  
                                              Colossians 3:17