Monthly Archives: March 2014

The Life of Princess Ava

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There was once a beautiful baby princess who was born into a very loving family

Princess Ava and Mommy

Princess Ava and Mommy

She was beautiful from the moment she was brought into this world!

Sweetest of All!

Sweetest of All!

 

Isn't she lovely?

Isn’t she lovely?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Awake and Aware!

Awake and Aware!

Growing!

Growing!

Mamma's Honey Child

Mamma’s Honey Child

 

 

 

 

 

Mamma and Princess Ava Go Out for Tea!

Mamma and Princess Ava Go Out for Tea!

 

 

Daddy is so glad to have a princess to cherish!

Daddy is so glad to have a princess to cherish!

 

 

 

 

Princess playing with Daddy!

Princess playing with Daddy!

 

Princess Ava's family with Mommy, Daddy and Ezra Skywalker

Princess Ava’s family with Mommy, Daddy and Ezra Skywalker

 

Princess Ava was a happy baby and she blessed the lives of everyone around her!

Princess Ava was a happy baby and she blessed the lives of everyone around her!

Ava was also able to concentrate and she  working on her Jedi skills at an early age!

Princess Ava practicing a strong stare to win staring contests when the need arose.

Ava was also able to concentrate and was working hard on her Jedi skills at an early age!

When it was time, she began her training in Jedi martial arts, and was able to make some great moves.

You can't really tell from the picture but she is holding back a ship from crashing into the dock.

You can’t really tell from the picture but she is holding back a ship from crashing into the dock.

Here she is listening to her instructor.

Here she is listening to her instructor.

 

 

Before long she was able to develop her own models for the galaxy battles!

Before long she was able to develop her own models for the galaxy battle!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Soon she was ready to make her first trip to a far away galaxy to battle the hostile aliens.

Ready for the journey!

Ready for the journey!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

While they were on the far-away planet they traveled by sled over the cold tundra.DSC00235

 

As you can see from these pictures that Zeke Bob Solo is now in the picture and has begun his training too, along with Ezra Skywalker.  (Notice what a powerful Mama they have!)

All the young Jedi in training.

All the young Jedi in training.

 

 

 

Working on Boating Skills

Working on Boating Skills

Back Seat Driving Skills

Back Seat Driving Skills

 

Piano Skills

Piano Skills

Learning to eat nutrionally

Learning to eat nutrionally

 

 

 

Learning Mommy Skills

Learning Mommy Skills

 

 

Milking a Cow Skills

Milking a Cow Skills

 

 

 

Here Princess Ava is Learning how to fly by swinging real high!

Here Princess Ava is Learning how to fly by swinging real high!

Practicing more Jedi Moves with Zeke Bob Solo

Practicing more Jedi Moves with Zeke Bob Solo

Jumping is a vital lesson in a young jedi's life.

Jumping is a vital lesson in a young jedi’s life.

 

She also spent time learning dance moves because some day she would need that skill.

She also spent time learning dance moves because some day she would need that skill.

One of her friends spent time training her in the ways of being a princess!

One of her friends spent time training her in the ways of being a princess!

Here are the Jedi children with their father!

Here are the Jedi children with their father!

 

Every one loved the fair maiden and she was so beautiful inside and out!

Every one loved the fair maiden and she was so beautiful inside and out!

Thank You Anyway!

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From another Ann Voskamp post:

“Last week she called four-year-old J. to come with his journal and she’d record more of his gifts for him. They sit down. She looks across the table at this little man.

“So, what are you thankful for today?” Teren asks J.

“I’m thankful that it’s not my birthday,” says J.

My eyebrows shoot high. Really?

“That’s exactly what I did when he said that,” Teren laughs, gorgeous sky. “So I clarified, ‘You don’t like birthdays, J?’” And J says, “I love birthdays. And I haven’t had one in a long time.”

Then why would he…. ?

Teren leans across the table to me and directly lays the little boy’s words into my hands.

“I’m saying thanks anyway.”

Lightning strikes. I break. Emotion brims, falls, rain watering hard ground in May.

I whisper repeat, “But I am saying thanks anyway.” And Teren nods, this liquid mix of tears and beautiful smile.

Anyway.

Is that it? You only know how to give thanks always when you know how to give thanks anyway” image

Mantle of Humility

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Woke up to a beautiful world this morning.  Old Man Winter has not lost his grip and he laid his mantle of white all around.

Mantle of Snow

Mantle of Snow

 

Hubster and I have been on a journey of humility for a long time.  I think it is a lifetime journey for pretty much everyone.  Pride rears it’s ugly head in my life most often in the area of “I don’t deserve to be treated this way” or “I don’t deserve to go through this trial” or “I deserve more than this…”!  Pride is what causes Hubton and I to spend hours (exaggeration to make a point) talking about the faults of others.  (I will admit, at this point, that usually it is me who starts the ride down the slippery slope dragging my Hubflix along without asking.)  Thankfully, God gets a hold of us and reminds us that finding fault is judging and there is no end to scripture verses that speaks against THAT so one of us usually stops the fall off the cliff by remembering that we have no right to find fault.  BUT, (another BIG one) we want to take it even further and not even go there in the first place.

How?  What can we do to keep from finding fault?  EASY SCHMEASY – PUT ON THE CLOAK OF HUMILITY!  When you operate out of a place of true humility you WILL NOT spend any time FINDING FAULT.

If we look around, I think all of us can think of at least one person who personifies this lifestyle.  Fortunately, one person Hublet and I both had the privilege of spending time with his mother Milly.  (or Mility which is our new name for her -just kidding)   Yes, she was human and she had her faults, and she admitted that she struggled with pride but by the end of her life she had it down pretty good.  She had a way of effacing herself, putting others ALWAYS first, not expecting or feeling like she deserved ANYTHING.  Of course we could not truly know her mind but she demonstrated this lifestyle and we got to witness it and the affect it had on us and others.  She would build others up finding ways to make them feel better about themselves always putting a Godly spin on her words.  She worked tirelessly for others and spent much time with the Lord praying without ceasing.  At the funeral the testimonies were many by those whose lives she touched mostly sharing about her humility.

I was reminded the other day of Jesus’ humility.  One of Ann Voskamp’s post talked about how Jesus came to the earth riding on the back of a humble donkey on the journey to Bethlehem in His mother’s womb.  He again rode a donkey’s back riding into Jerusalem on Palm Sunday and then came the most humiliating death a person could die.

 

Snowy Path

Snowy Path

 

I am reading a book called, “Angels of Humility: A Novel” by Jackie Macgirvin.  It is about a women who comes to the Lord at an old age and yet God uses her to bring about His will.  (I am not done yet so I am assuming that is how it will end.)  The story also brings in the spiritual world with angels and demons.  I am always thankful to be reminded that our world is so small and insignificant while the spiritual world is huge and yet we can play a vital role in advancing the kingdom with our simple prayers.  Anyhoo, when the main character comes to faith she is fitted with a glowing white garment with her spiritual gifts embroidered with white threads followed by a brown cloak that completely covers the white glowing garment and guess what that cloak is?  Yep, the cloak of humility.  Reading that did something to me.  (Does that happen to others?  Going along, minding your own business when “Wham”  “Bammm” something hits you squarely between the eyes – TRUTH!)  Any ministry that anyone could ever have needs to be completely covered with the CLOAK of humility.

Garment of Praise

Garment of Praise

We also wear Garments of Praise which focus on the goodness of God and His glory!  Giving thanks at all times keeps us humble and focused on His ability not our own for without Him we can do nothing.

Glorious White

Glorious White

So… at this point I feel I just need to keep stewing on this… please enjoy the snow!

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Mantle of Snow

Mantle of Snow

 

Your humble servant,

Kimmy

No Matter WHAT – God is GOOD!

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It’s funny how being sick can drag you down!  Yesterday, Hubster and I found ourselves just sitting and looking at each other due to illness.  We could hardly even talk, unless you count groans as communication.  I was thinking it was unfair because I got it first, by a few minutes at least, so I wanted his sympathy and understanding,  He then proceeded to get sick as well and then he topped it by being even worse off.  So to all ya’ll that might want to drop by I am officially putting us on lock down.

I also have to confess that I found myself feeling very hopeless yesterday.  I was feeling so sick, was sad that I was unable to do all the things I wanted to do around the house, didn’t get to spend time with my granddaughter,  and to top it off I bumped my head so hard on the slanted ceiling in our guest room, right where I had a pair of glasses sitting on my head.  That was it… I was “off and running” on a real cry session.  (I think I just needed to release some steam.)  Bad thing then is that I get migraines when I cry – I was proactive and took some pills before it struck and took a nap.

This morning.. not much better.. but some – so there is hope and a knowing that “All will be well”.  Looking at a picture I took yesterday morning lifts my spirit and I am able to see God’s handiwork in the sunrise and am profoundly grateful.

OUR GOD IS AN AWESOME GOD!

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EZRA SKYWALKER

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Long ago, and far away, there was once a handsome boy named Ezra Skywalker.  He was born and raised in a small home in the mountains.

Area Surrounding the young Jedi Skywalker's Home.

Area Surrounding the young Jedi Skywalker’s Home.

Ezra Skywalker's Home

Ezra Skywalker’s Home

He was raised as a small boy to be a Jedi Knight.

Ezra Skywalker Learning to Escape Trouble.

Ezra Skywalker Learning to Escape Trouble.

His father was a great Jedi as was his grandfather before him.

Ezra's Father Training to be Strong with His Jedi Powers (God-Given, of course)

Ezra’s Father Training to be Strong with His Jedi Powers (God-Given, of course)

Grandfather and Great Uncle training to become strong Jedi.

Grandfather and Great Uncle training to become strong Jedi.

His mother loved him dearly and helped him to grow into his calling as a Jedi!

His mother was a powerful warrior who took great care of the young Skywalker.

His mother was a powerful warrior who took great care of the young Skywalker.

His grandmother also was a part of his upbringing.

Mimi Skywalker!

Mimi Skywalker! (Not to be confused with Darth Mimi)

He also had two siblings, Princess Ava and Zekee Bob Solo but their stories will be told another day.

Zekee Bob Hans's home.

Zekee Bob Solo’s home.

 

Princess Ava's Castle.

Princess Ava’s Castle.

All the children rooting for BSU (Big Silly UFOs)

All the children rooting for BSU (Big Silly UFOs)

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ezra worked hard as a young boy.

Ezra in his training gear!

Ezra in his training gear!

When he was told he was expected to become a strong force for good he was a little surprised!

Who me?

Who me?

Soon, he accepted his job and settled down and became serious about his duties.

Willing to learn his job!

Willing to learn his job!

We now flash forward to present day…

Skywalker has become strong with the force!  He is high up in the GGF (Of course we are talking the “Goodness of God Force”.)  He has had to face the mean Darth Mimi several times and lost his hand in one of the battles.  He was given a new robotic hand and now is even stronger than before.

Skywalker begins the battle.

Skywalker begins the battle.

Again and again they battle it out.

Darth Mimi seems to be winning but Skywalker does not give up!

Darth Mimi seems to be winning but Skywalker does not give up!

Princess Ava joins in the fight!

Princess Ava joins in the fight!

Princess Ava begins to have trouble with her weapon so Skywalker is on his own!

Princess Ava begins to have trouble with her weapon so Skywalker is on his own!

Skywalker is working hard.

Skywalker is working hard. Sister, Princess Ava, is still having trouble with her weapon

Soon, Darth Mimi surrenders!

The force is with you Ezra Skywalker!

The force is with you Ezra Skywalker!

I surrender!

I surrender!

To celebrate his victory the family decided to go swimming in the pool of Jedi Streams!

Ezra Skywalker with his Jedi Grandfather.

Ezra Skywalker with his Jedi Grandfather.

Princess Ava and Zekee Bob Solo with Mother!

Princess Ava and Zekee Bob Solo with Mother!

One happy family!

One happy family!

To be continued:  Ezra Skywalker faces the Huge Moose of Park City!

Don't look behind you but I think there will soon be a "MOOSE ON THE LOOSE!"

Don’t look behind you but I think there will soon be a “MOOSE ON THE LOOSE!”

Just had to add pictures of the other two darlings:

Princess Ava

Princess Ava

Princess Ava

Zekee Bob Solo

 

You are Royally Loved! (By the Most High King!)

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bible studyLast night I was reading Imagine by Andre Rabe.  I was reading the chapter about how much God loves us.  He writes that God loves us NOT in spite of all our faults.  NO!  He loves us for what He sees in us!  God does not see my sin, He sees the goodness – the goodness that He put in me because I am made in HIS image!  WHAT JOY!  WHAT PEACE!  I went to sleep thinking about that!

What does this mean for me, for us?

NOTHING!  NO  THING!  NOT  A  THING (nada finga) can SEPARATE us from the love of the Father!

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We see blame and anger – He sees gentle acceptance! DSC00450 We see sin upon ugly sin – He sees a heart white as snow!

Snow Glitter

Snow Glitter

Can we do that in our own lives!  Can we turn the hard, the dark, the ugly around and see these things as He sees them?  So, for instance, as I live my, at times, mundane life – working in a dental office as the person who answers the phone, schedules appointments, and takes money for services rendered – can I see it as God sees it.  Could I dare to say that my ability to multi-task, to hold-up under the pressure of being in the middle of literally six things at one time, to remain pleasant and gracious in the face of shocked accusation (“How can a filling cost THAT much?  I can’t pay that much today!”  When I know full well I told them what to expect.) God sees as willingness to work hard, be kind and use my God-given brains and feel proud of me, His child, that He made in His image?

He has made us wonderfully!  He sees who HE IS in us!  At some point in each of our lives the truth of God becomes our truth – “every knee will bow” – I want to start, RIGHT NOW, living the life that God sees me living, the life He has chosen for me.  One that is pure, gentle, kind-hearted.  I want that, not to make God love me more, that is impossible, I want that to give God all glory possible!  My life, lived to His purpose, gives Him glory!

If you tell yourself often enough that He sees you as good, you will begin to believe you are good because God is good and the more you believe it the more it will become your way of life.  What good does it do God for us to go around thinking less of ourselves then we ought?  We are making less of His creation!  If we believe we are children of the Most High King we will walk with our heads high looking for ways to make our father proud of us by serving others.  The opposite is true as well, if we feel we are less then a lowly worm we will only be looking down and waiting for hand-outs, eeking out an existence in the dirt.

I recently watched a video on a ministry that works with prostitutes in several different countries, including our own.  It showed how so many women are trapped/forced into a living hell.  I didn’t want to watch the documentary at first, who wants to subject themselves to such an ugly sin.  But I was soon asking myself who are we to judge these women, not knowing their circumstances, but guessing that for many their lack of self-worth did not help prevent them from falling into such a pit nor does it help them find a way out.  I am quick to judge and slow to help! Forgive me dear Lord!

Speaking of that… I was called a “harlot” by a man on a crowded street corner in McCall a few weeks ago.  Then he also called me “a Jezzebel” for good measure.  It went like this…  It was Winter Carnival in McCall, the day of the parade, when 50,000 people line up on Main street to watch the colorful parade go by waiting for candy, bead necklaces, frisbees, water bottles with logos, etc, to be thrown at them.  Well, there was a man on a corner  holding up a big sign with a condemning verse and calling out “repent or burn”! (That is a short version of what he was saying.)   I had walked by him twice and on the third pass I just had to say something.  I asked him, “Why do you use that verse?  Our God is a God of love!  There are so many verses about His love and mercy!”  He immediately began to bristle and I quickly moved on knowing that my words were not appreciated.  Half way through the intersection I hear him yell out, “I know a harlot when I see one!  I know a Jezzebel when I see one!”  My first thought was a wish that I could borrow an invisibility cloak and my second thought was to yell back, “I know when God’s heart is grieved when I see it!”  Fortunately, there were enough people around, and I had gotten a head start before he spewed his awful words, that my hope was people didn’t know who was the recipient of his poison.  Of course, there would have been nothing anyone could have said to him to see my point, which is, it is not our place to judge or condemn anyone, but rather to share the love of God that covers all sins, cleans us white as snow, and allows us to lay them at His feet and walk away forgiven and filled with His love!

May you truly see the love the Father has for you, His beloved child!