Friday, October 14, 2011

We are paci-free!

Carter gave up his paci last Saturday! Woo-hoo! He didn't do it intentionally. He actually got way too excited, took it out of his mouth, and threw it- right into the fireplace. Um, sorry, dude- it's gone! He went to be without it that night and didn't ask for it again until Sunday evening. He asked for it when I picked him up from school on Monday, just like I knew he would, but when we reminded him he'd thrown it away, all he could say was, "oh". We've officially gone 6 nights without it so we're calling it GONE for GOOD! Yahoo!

Sunday, September 11, 2011

Friday, July 8, 2011

I opted not to write what all I had contemplated writing

The last couple of years have been roller coasters for me. So many good things. Carter's birth. Saralynn's starting Pre-K. Garrett starting a new job. So many valleys. Garrett's new job being third shift and the adjustment that comes along with it. Carter's sicknesses and the 2 resulting hospital stays. But, notice I called them valleys. My daddy once said "you can't have a valley without a mountain on each side". So that tells me, and has been shown to me, that even when I find myself in the low parts of my life, there's something better on the other side. I ran across a Caedmon's Call song a few weeks back called "Valleys Fill First" and it was so timely for me. Even when we are in the valleys- and they are plentiful- when it rains, they are the first to be filled! Ah! Such solace for me!

I've tiptoed a time or two around part of why I've been so unhappy but I've come to realize that by doing so I'm not doing anyone any favors. So, here goes. Disclaimer: I'm pouring my heart out here. Feel free to stop reading.

I've written in great detail before about the touch Jesus put on my life at summer camp when I was in the 7th grade. It was so real, so fresh, it makes my heart race to think about it, even as I type. I was called then, as I am called now, to sing, and by doing that, to lead God's people to His feet, where we will lay all we have and all we are, in total surrender. I had visions. I audibly heard the voice of the One who called out to me (think Samuel for a minute). God didn't reveal Himself so clearly, with such attention to detail, for nothing. I know in my heart that I am supposed to sing. I even saw where.

Why is that so heartbreaking? Because I can't. I want to. I've asked to. I've been told I would. And yet, nothing. The one time I was given the chance, I turned plans on their heads to get to sing because I knew deep down that was my shot. And I blew it. I messed up the words. I didn't sound like I was supposed to. Something. But I've never been given the chance again.

In that setting.

That sentence brings me to the point of all this. I saw myself in a vision that night on the stage in a building that wasn't even built yet. I didn't even know what it was. But the day I stepped foot into the New Life Building on our church's campus, I stopped in my tracks. This. Was. It. The place I was supposed to be.

But I'm not. And I probably won't be. But it won't be for a lack of trying on my account. I asked. I pleaded my case. I've shared my heart. The ugly parts. The pure parts. And though I didn't handle myself the best I could've along the way, my heart has been ever so pure from the start. I just wanted a shot to do what I was called to do.

Enter One Accord. A beautiful bunch of ladies I have the privilege to sing with here and there. We've sung once and are scheduled twice more. We meet every other Monday. We sing. We laugh. We cry. We pray. We tackle life together.

And they love me. They let me sing. They asked me to sing. Just when I had almost given up on it completely, there came Jesus in the form of Misty Anderson- "we need another singer and we would love it if you would join us". Was it the setting I'd longed for? No. Was it the music? Nope. Was it alongside my husband? (We've prayed for years for a chance to serve TOGETHER) Not this time. But, it was the fulfillment of a calling. Just the very day Misty approached me, I had decided it was time to look for another church, where I could hopefully use my talents. I had been saying it for months and Garrett kept prompting me away from that thought. But I was at my breaking point. I asked for a clear sign that we were meant to stay at First Baptist. I wanted my kids to experience what I did as a child and youth- something no other church can offer- mission tours, a dynamic youth group, so many things rolled into one. But I was MISERABLE. Garrett didn't want to leave- he was scared of smaller churches after watching his childhood church close its doors. So I tried to honor my husband and his wish to stay put, but deep down inside I was miserable, and I knew that wasn't honoring him either. So I asked God for a sign. Enter Misty.

So, at this point in my life, I'm doing the best I can to put the past behind me and trek forward. My reasons for staying at FBC are my Sunday School teacher, my music minister, and my ladies' ensemble. It's my sincere prayer every time I step foot into worship that my heart will lighten and let me experience all He has in store for me. And sometimes I don't succeed. But I'm trying.

Because the valleys fill first. Rain comes at unexpected, inopportune times, like in the middle of a summer afternoon with plans of a pool party. Other times it comes when it's expected to. In the dead of winter. But, it comes, and each time it brings refreshment. Maybe not right away. Maybe it seems like it made the hot day more humid. Maybe it caused ice to form on the roads. But later on, even after it has dissipated, we see the refreshment it came to bring.

So, next time you see me and I'm sopping wet, don't feel sorry for me. I may still be in the valley, but I'm on the way up. Part of why I'm wet is because I'm sweating and fighting my way up the mountain. The other is because I'm in the valley.

And when it rains, it fills first.

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

It's Been a While

I haven't posted in a while. No reason in particular, but I just haven't. I'm going to get better at it, though, I promise. Lots brewing in my heart to say. Stay tuned!

Thursday, April 14, 2011

Such Cuteness!

Sorry- I'm not referring to my kids THIS time, though they are very cute. I promise to get back on the blogging wagon soon- ALOT is going on in the Pelt family right now- some that is blog-worthy, some that is not, but we'll be back in all our glory soon, I promise. But for now, I'm talking about the Epic Letterpress Machine! Oh.My.Goodness. This thing is PRECIOUS! To see all about it and its cuteness, go to http://www.positivelysplendid.com/2011/04/epic-letterpress-giveaway.html. Happy Viewing! I'm super excited about this thing!

Monday, January 17, 2011

Scripture #2

The wise counsel God gives when I'm awake is confirmed by my sleeping heart. Day and night I'll stick with God; I've got a good thing going and I'm not letting go. Psalm 16:7-8 (MSG)

Monday, January 3, 2011

First Scripture

"Whatever happens, conduct yourselves in a manner worthy of the gospel of Christ. Then, whether I come and see you or only hear about you in my absence, I will know that you stand firm in the Spirit, striving together as one for the faith of the gospel." -Philippians 1:27

This is the first piece of scripture I'm going to try to memorize this year. Lord, soften my heart to the words!

Resolutions

I'm not usually one for resolutions, only because I never keep them. But this year, I decided to give it a shot. I've heard that writing them down helps, so here goes nothin'...

1. I'm hoping to hand-write at least one letter a day this year and either mail it or hand-deliver it. I've realized how much social media has cut down on hand-written letters, and that makes me sad. Sure, I can drop a line on Facebook to someone I haven't talked to in a while that I might not otherwise get to talk to because I don't have their address, etc., etc., but the art (and love) shown in a hand-written letter is quickly dying. I hope to keep this one going!

2. I'm trying to cut back on my soft drink intake. It's now January 3rd and none consumed so far. I don't really expect to cut it out completely, but cutting back will surely help.

3. Along with Beth Moore and the girls at Living Proof Ministries, I'm going to attempt to memorize more scripture this year. I'm amazed at people who can spout scripture like their spouting their phone number. I'm hoping to get better at this one, too.

4. I'm going to try and get better about writing on this blog. It is such a help to me when I can. Here's hoping for a better blogging year!

5. We're starting a chore chart for Saralynn in hopes of helping her become more organized and keeping our household a little less stressful. This will help everyone, but she's really seemed to soak in the chill-time she's had at home lately. As a result, when she does freak out, it seems pretty bad, so we're going to try and chill out some this year by organizing and see what happens!

Do you have any resolutions you'd like to share?

The first weekend of 2011...

Whew! And the year is off to a fast start!

New Year's Day is my Great-Aunt Elsie's birthday, so we started off the year with lunch. Aunt Elsie is my PaClyde's only living sister. Sister Ruth and PaClyde are in Heaven with Jesus, but Aunt Elsie keeps their legacy alive! She turned 92 (I think), and is so spry and chipper! We had lunch with her daughter and grandkids and great-grandkids. Oh, what a fun day it was! I hope my children know what a cool thing it is to have a great-great aunt that they can know and love.

We then moved on to one of the most beautifully simple and elegant weddings I think I've ever been to. Jennifer and Cory, thank you for allowing us the opportunity to witness your union. May you forever feel the love you shared that day!

I sang the special music at church on January 2nd, and got some beautiful comments from some beautiful people all throughout the day. It is always such a blessing to me to start off the worship experience at church each year. I think I put more pressure on myself than I should, but I just always want it to be perfect. And I'm always reminded that as long as I go into it with a heart that longs to give back to God what's already HIS, it will be perfect. Thankfully it's NOT ABOUT ME!

And now, it's back to work. Whew. The few days I spent at home with my family were so precious. Mom, Dad, and Garrett were all off of work from December 24th through January 3rd, and Saralynn was out of school. Carter went to day care a few days. I was off the 24th, 27th, and 31st. I would've surely loved to have been off more, but duty calls. :)

I hope everyone is enjoying the year so far!

Happy New Year!

From our family to yours, may 2011 be your greatest year yet!