Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Back In The Medical Field

Today I gave my notice at work and tomorrow I am headed to orientation for my new job at a short term rehab center.Nursing School this fall but this is my stepping stone along the way.

Until Next Time! Joni

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Neglected Y'all

I have totally neglected you guys in a major way....promise to TRY to do better......let me show y'all what we've been up to besides enrolling in Nursing School and getting Joseph enrolled for next semester in Ministry...........we did get to spend some time with our little grandson, Caden....smiling like his PawPaw.

Until Next Time! Joni

For Others

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Today's Word comes from Nehemiah 1:1-11

I debated if I should share the verses or have you go read them for yourself and I opted to put them here on the blog so that you may have the opportunity to understand them as I do and then investigate for yourself.

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" The words or story of Nehemiah son of Hacaliah: Now in the month of Chiselev in the twentieth year of the Persian king, as I was in the castle of Shushan.

Hanani, one of my kinsmen, came with certain men from Judah and I asked them about the surviving Jews who had escaped exile and about Jerusalem.

And they said to me, the remnant there in the province who escaped exile are in great trouble and reproach: the walls of Jerusalem is broke down, and its fortified gates are destroyed by fire.

When I hear this, I sat down and wept and mourned for days and fasted and prayed constantly before the God of heaven.

And I said, O Lord God of heaven, the great and terrible God, Who keeps convenant, loving-kindness, and mercy for those who love Him and keep His commandments.

Let your ear now be attentive and Your eyes open to listen to the prayer of Your servant which I pray before You day and night for the Israelites,, Your servants, confessing sin of the Israelites, which we have sinned against You. Yes, I and my father's house have sinned.

We have acted corruptly again You and have not kept the commandments, statues and ordinances which You commanded Your servant Moses.

Remember earnestly what You commanded Your servant Moses: If you transgress and are unfaithful, I will scatter you abroad among the nations. 

But if you return to Me and keep My commandments and do them, though your outcasts were in the farthest part of heavens, yet will I gather them from there and will bring them to the place in which I have chosen to set My Name.

Now these are Your servants and Your people, who You have redeemed by Your great power and by Your strong hand.

O Lord, let Your ear be attentive to the prayer of Your servant and the prayer of Your servants who delight to revere and fear Your name; and prosper, I pray You, Your servant this day and grant him mercy in the sight of this man. For I was cupbearer to the king."

I love God's word. I honestly do. I find something in it for me every single time I hear it. The first thing that stands out to me when I began reading this is that Nehemiah is not close to home but rather away and isn't aware of the condition of his family or the place he is from.

So many times we are so focused on ourselves that we have no idea of those around us. What do you know about your coworker, your next door neighbor or even your own family members? In the day of social media, there isn't much that we don't share but if you are like me, you rarely share the bad because you don't want others to judge you.

The second thing that stands out to me in reading these verses is that here is a man who was emotional for days when he found out that Jerusalem was in despair and the Jews were in trouble. I will admit that I was one of those moms who told her sons to stop crying, be tough, suck it up and I remember when I realized I was doing this I told my boys "It's ok to cry. Just let it out."

Nehemiah cried out to God literally. He admitted his wrongs and the wrongs of those he loved and asked God to forgive them. How wonderful would it be if we stopped praying for things we needed and prayed for the needs of others?

Until Next Time! Joni

Thursday, March 27, 2014

We Are Family ~ Loving My Nieces & Nephews Today

I've been thinking a lot about how God has been healing our land.

New International Version
if my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land.

I recently met my step-brother, his wife (whose dad was my middle school principal and gave me swats) and their children....it's a long story why we met as adults but we welcomed them with open arms. I started thinking about my children and how blessed I am to have all of them in my life. I started thinking about our son in laws and our grandchildren but then my mind went to this other special group of people....our nieces and nephews.

 Two of these kids are my God Children (top middle and bottom right) and they are all my nieces and nephews no matter if we share DNA or not: Shy, Jazzy, Asianna, Jessica & Josh, Justis and Jeremiah. Jess & Josh live close to me but with busy lives, we don't see each other near enough. My other loves live WAY in Virginia. I miss them all the time.
 It's hard to imagine that my nieces and nephews are married and giving us great nieces and nephews but it's true. Datrion's family lives in San Antonio. The kids are getting so big and we are getting so old. Questyn, Carissa, Jaden, Tera, Datrion and last but not least, Kaden. Yes, we have a great nephew Kaden and a grandson named Caden.
 Sebastain and Noah belong to my sister, Debbie, in Ohio. I don't know them near the way I wish I did but how can you resist those cute faces?
 The newest additions to our family belong to my brother Justin. Hayden is a ball of energy and all boy, Hannah is the sweetest thing going around kissing the dogs at mom's and Hayleigh is the Diva Princess.
 I still remember when Nookie and Sam started dating and now they have a family of their own. We spent a good amount of time with these kids when they were much younger. Jessica, Samson, Nookie (Kelvin) family, Stephen, Nooki & Samantha.
 I only have one brother with whom I share both a mom and a dad and these are his amazing little kids. Paisley is a hoot and a half and Brayden is a shy, sweet boy.
 Poor, poor Halle she has 3 brothers (one of whom is not in the picture nor is his son but we still love Vashad and Tyson). Chris is up top and Eriq is down low. These are the countriest kids you will ever meet.
 My sweet baby sister gave me two beautiful nieces: Carerra and Keirstyn.....their smiles don't scream trouble makers at all.
 These are my Puerto Rican nieces and nephews....I have known all of them from the day that they were born and I hope that a long time from now I'm still around when their children are born. Tati belongs to my God sister Cusi and the boys Javi and Alexis belong to my God sister Musica.
 My nephew Joshua and I share a birthday. He was born my freshman year in high school so we automatically have a special bond. My niece Sarah is not afraid to be her own person and express herself.
 Who is this good looking guy? He's my nephew Xavier aka Kittyman or like my niece calls him "The Kitty"
 In life, if we are blessed enough, we will have people come into your life and no matter what you go through and no matter the distance, they are your sisters. Both the boys on the top of this caption and the boys on the bottom belong to ladies that I consider more my sisters than I do my friends. Up top ~ Tre, Calob and Dillon. Below ~ Jaden B (yep we love our Jadens and Kaden/Cadens) and his big brother Will....by the way, Jaden has no B in his name. I started saying that and it stuck.

 The two girls on the left are miracles. Joseph prayed and prayed for the girl on the furthest left, Mylisa. Mataya is the funniest little girl I have ever met and full of energy. Nicole has turned into such a beautiful young lady. 

This group is part family/part friend. I don't know what I would do without these ladies or the kids keeping me on my toes.. Shunta, Ashaunti, Niyah, DJ, Kendra and JuJu.

Last but not least are my cousins/nieces and nephews that Chapins. It gets a little confusing. Kim (far left) and Brandon's dad is the brother to my step-dad's nephew. That same nephew has daughter who is Kirsten's mom but Kirsten is the adopted daughter of Kim and Brandon. So in a sense, Kirsten (yes, we like that name in my family too) is my step cousin but I automatically get to claim Kim and Brandon too and since I am more like Aunt than Cousin, I am Cousin Aunt Joni.

God is so very good to bless me with my not only my own children but to bless my life with these beautiful babies.


Until Next Time! Joni

Thursday, March 6, 2014

Weekend Recap

Sorry guys it's almost the weekend again and I'm just now posting the weekend update but my boss is out due to gall bladder surgery and her assistant is out due to a death in the family which leaves me doing all our jobs and dealing with the new hires....oh boy.

Last weekend was Rattlesnake Round Up in Walnut Springs, TX.
On the way to the place I still consider home, we passed this guy at 10XXX Ranch in Eulogy, TX. 

 I think this is one of the only photos of me and my dad together. Rick is actually my stepdad but sometimes those guys are closer to you than your own daddy.

 My mom decided she would ride the crazy ride with Grant; the day after a stomach bug...needless to say Mom and Grant asked to get off the ride after a few go rounds.
 This is my cousin Gary. He is the lead singer for a band called Three Rivers Shine. I'm super proud of him and one day you will hear him singing country music on the radio.
 Me, my dad, my mom and my cousin Abbie.

 My Love....I swear I love this man.
 My dog sister Maddie.

and my other dog sister, Maddie.

Until Next Time! Joni

Thursday, February 27, 2014

Thursday Thoughts 02-27-2014

Linking Up for this weeks Thursday Thoughts.

Where did my warm weather go? I would love for it to be 80 today, well maybe not since I'm at home today with my stomach, thank you people at work for sharing your tummy bug....you could have kept it to yourself but I'll take a day to lie in bed and do nothing....of course I could do without running to the bathroom every 5 minutes.

They make these for every season and every season I buy a bag. It all started at Christmas 5 years ago when one of my good friends,Jessi, introduced me to theses babies at the Yellow Store (that's what my niece Keirstyn calls it) AKA Dollar General.

Joseph is home from working. I think we will be going to my parent's house for the annual Rattlesnake Roundup....fun, fun.


Katy Perry delivered a baby this week. Sources claim it could be here sister. More power to you girlie but there is no way I want to deliver my sister's babies and no way I want to look at her lady parts. When she gives me a nephew, I'll tweet you and you can deliver him. 

Until Next Time! Joni