Monday, December 24, 2012

2012 Christmas photo

Merry Christmas!

The Trotters

Heavy Heart

Tonight my heart is so heavy.

Loss is so hard especially around the holidays.

My heart breaks for so many that I love and then it breaks for myself. So many moments I wished we would all get.

It hits suddenly and I feel physical pain.

I want to fix it but I can't.

So I'll pray instead. I'll pray for peace that transcends ALL UNDERSTANDING. I'll pray for comfort from the physical ache of my own and for the physical pain of others that I can't even begin to imagine. I'll pray for strength and for joy in the little things. And mostly I will pray for truth to be found and for relationships with You Jesus to be stronger than ever before and to be unbreakable. I pray for relationships to be born and established forever!

Yes I will pray because I know that is the very best thing that I can do and because I trust in my Heavenly Father with all of my heart!

Hear my heart and my prayers Jesus. We need you, we want you. Amen.

Last Kid Connection service of the year

Today we had the last Kid Connection service of 2012! A whole year of ministry all came together as we partied to celebrate Jesus!

The kids were so wild but they had a great time!

We sang karaoke, ate yummy goodies, made marshmallow snowmen and played many games!!

I have to admit that I did not love the lack of structure of a party but I do love that the kids gad a good time!

What a year we have had! I remember being COMPLETELY terrified of the year to come knowing that for the first time we would be pastors and that we would be responsible for the tiny little hearts and what they learned about God each week and each time they saw me.

I still feel that same sense of responsibility but a lot less terrified of how to do the job. I am thankful!

I am thankful for the year we have had a d for all of its learning moments where we learned from our mistakes sprinkled in with all of the God moments where we saw our work pay off in little ways in The lives of our previous kiddos!

I am so looking forward to the year ahead! We have so much to teach that our hearts are Bursting!!

After service we celebrate a friend's birthday with other friends & then home to nap!

And now it is time to get up & get my Christmas break on! I am off for the rest of the day & for the next two days and I plan to take full advantage!

Merry Christmas! Happy Birthday Jesus!

Saturday, December 22, 2012

A perfect peaceful day

It was such a perfect peaceful day today!
I had coffee with my best friend this morning which just fills my heart!
I then cleaned my lil house! There is just something do calming and peaceful about a clean house!
Then I sat and soaked up the peace with the Christmas tree on and the afternoon sun streaming through the window! Ah peaceful indeed!
Then it was on to a wonderful afternoon nap! Oh how I love naps so much!
Hubby and I then went and set up for out kids Christmas party in the morning!! It's gonna be so fun!
Then my sweet, wonderful, thoughtful hubby stopped and bought us hot chocolate and we set off to see Christmas lights! It was so peaceful and sweet and fun! I absolutely cherish time together like that!
I am just so in love with my hubby and I love how are life is unfolding!

I am thankful for such a peaceful and wonderful day!

Merry Christmas!

Friday, December 21, 2012

Looking forward to 2013

So in the New Year I would really love to get back to blogging and keeping a record of life and thoughts and such. I hope I can pull this off!

I can't believe that it is already Christmas and that a New Year is upon us again. How time does fly!  I still find it quite unbelievable how amazing life is and how much God has done. Everytime I think about it I am truly blown away.

This past year has been so wonderful, we have been working on finishing up school and we have been loving walking daily in our calling as Children's Pastors.

We have learned so much this year and we have just fallen more in love with God!

We have built some truly amazing friendships and we are so thankful for the wonderful people that God has so graciously placed in our lives.

We just have been so abundantly blessed it is mind blowing!

I am looking forward to seeing what God has in store for 2013! I am ready to love people bigger than ever before and minister in any and every single way I can!

Currently I am gearing up for our second annual Girls Only/Friends retreat in March. Last year was so incredible and I cannot wait to see what God does in these girl' lives this year. We are going to be talking about leadership from the inside out. I am also gearing up for Kids Camp in July. Last year we were able to guage where our kids stood and it is sad to say but we were heart broken with the way our kids responded at camp. We did not expect the lack of response we saw. So we go in 2013 better informed on how to better prepare them for camp. I have a plan in place to begin teaching them about the fundamentals and the basics of loving and responding to God. We are going to continue to teach them and encourage them in worship. We are encouraged in that area as we spent all year working with them and we are taking that learning a step further in the new year as well. We are currently up to about a handful of kids who worship completely and it is such a BEAUTIFUL sight indeed.

I know that God has a great plan for these kids and I am so honored to be a part of their journey toward what He has for them. My heart is to teach them and prepare them to be able to recieve everything from Him that He has for them. It is a long journey but I am excited about what lies ahead. I can't wait for the New Year to start so that we can get started teaching them the things that they so desperately need to know! Ahhh!! I really cannot wait! I love them so much!!

It truly is such an honor to get to love and minister to God's people of all ages! I love ministering to our kiddos every week and I love ministering to the youth and I love ministering to adults as well! Oh how I love loving people! I am so blessed to have a Hubby journeying alongside me who loves to love people too!

How blessed we are indeed!

Merry Christmas!

Monday, December 10, 2012


There has begun a stirring,
Deep down in this heart of mine.

There has begun a stirring,
Of the most familiar kind.