Monday, July 22, 2013

Hope in the Lord Becky!

My Soul Waits for the Lord

Out of the depths I cry to you, O Lord!
    O Lord, hear my voice!
Let your ears be attentive
    to the voice of my pleas for mercy!
If you, O Lord, should mark iniquities,
    O Lord, who could stand?
But with you there is forgiveness,
    that you may be feared.
I wait for the Lord, my soul waits,
    and in his word I hope;
my soul waits for the Lord
    more than watchmen for the morning,
    more than watchmen for the morning.
O Israel, hope in the Lord!
    For with the Lord there is steadfast love,
    and with him is plentiful redemption.
And he will redeem Israel
    from all his iniquities.

Hope.  Hope in the Lord Becky. 
   I had a moment today with the Lord that I will never forget.  A grace moment, a full, rushing peace moment that will stick with me forever.  
I was dropping Reese off at day camp.  Now this is a camp that I have never been to or seen and my “plan”, a good sturdy plan I might add, was to park, walk him in, meet his counselor and “create” comfort in the mist of the unknown and my anxiety.  I just had to ward off the anxiety...I knew I could do it...this was a good plan...comfort was in reach. I crave the comfort.  
Well this plan, my expectation to “create” peace in my unsettled heart was blown the moment we drove up.  No place to park, no time for hugs and kisses, just a quick goodbye and he was gone. Gone.  
My plan was blown and I began to unravel.  What???  This is not how I planned.  My desire for comfort soared and I felt like I was drowning under it’s weight...suffocation consumed me.  I drove off uneasy, thinking and creating worst case scenarios in my head...he didn’t find his counselor, he panicked and is looking for me....and then there it was....HOPE IN THE LORD BECKY.  What? How Lord?  What has happened here? efforts, my plans, my expectations for peace have been what?  What is left?  Me. It was all about matter what I was going to get comfort, get the peace I so desired. I was trying to be my own creator.  
See the Lord gave me something today...a grace beyond measure.  He didn’t allow me to create my comfort, to steady my world in my own efforts. 
He gracious allowed two amazing things this morning.  
One: He was my only comforter.  He showed me that in my life I worship the created moments that only bring brief comfort and peace.  In my everyday happens I squeeze God out and get busy making life work for me. “Get busy!”, I say to better get busy or things are going to be a mess if you don’t make something happen quick! I then create moments of peace that give me a feeling of being alive apart from my Creator.     I become my own creator of hope. 
But his grace allowed for me to unravel today...I searched, I cried out and found that my efforts were in vain.  Hope in the Lord Becky...hope in Him alone. 
He gave me pure hope.  He is the protector and sovereign God over my children and no amount of my effort or control will create safety for either of them.  I find though that often times, if I am really honest, I really want these moments of peace for me.  For my “self” kingdom-my sinful selfish world of pleasure. It makes me feel good to know my kids are safe.  It makes me feel good to control and have comfort over them and my immediate surrounds. So really I am doing all this for me...not them. 
What a grace.  He opens eyes to see the ugly...the sin and then he pours He unrelenting, never-failing love over you and with plentiful pleasure He redeems.  Plentiful redemption...thank you Jesus!

Second; His love and grace did not allow me to be comfort for my son.  No, only Jesus was...He is his only comfort and for me to walk around designing and orchestrating a mirage of comfort for him will do a mighty disservice to him creating a lifetime of disappointments and frustrations.  See, as we all know, kids grow up, they move on and then what?  Who comes along and “creates” avenues of pleasure and pain-free events for them? 
See these are the moments...those hard pressing moments where all we want to do is scoop up and mend all the wounds and what they need more than ever is to be loving directed to their only Savior.; their Creator...their only healer and peace giver! Oh Lord give me strength to direct and gently press them to their Creator! 
Thank you Jesus not only for creating the world and each one of us but also creating little profound moments of grace, everyday grace, that redeem and give life to all. 

Hope in the Lord.

Saturday, July 13, 2013


This girl is growing way too fast!  It won't be long and I will be the shortest person in the family!!!

Friday, June 28, 2013

Long time no POST!

Wow it's been awhile and I bet no one even reads this anymore but I thought I would at least update a little bit.  We have been up to our eyeballs in baseball all-stars this summer and it has been NUTS around here!  Reese has been doing a great job pitching and playing shortstop.  It has also been hard though because the competition is tough and the boys aren't so used to losing...this is new for them!
It has been great character building though....for us and Reese:)
I thought I would do a little catch up on the summer so far....hopes this covers everything!
Pool time...the only way to keep cool here in Texas!

The crazy jump picture...classic:)

Abby's art from art class this summer

Greg and I went to NYC for 4 days--I tagged along for a business trip!  So much fun!

Eating in NYC!

Eating at Cafe Lalo! (Restaurant in the movie You've Got Mail)

Very cool bridge over Chelsea Market--it's an old railroad track that they made into a park.

Reese at the batting cages....we have had alot of  baseball this summer:)

We have NOT gone to a game yet this season...I repeat the Stamps have not seen the Rangers play this season....this game rained out and we had to go home!  So sad!

End of year party for Abby's class....she's now a 5th grader!

Hip-hop dance recital!  She did so good!!!

Reese got a new UT hat....he has gotten ALOT of slack about this hat!  Lots of A&M friends around these parts:)

Abby teaching me some brake-dancing! I still got it folks:)

Granny and Papa came to visit!

Greg and I headed to NYC

Hotel in Times Square

Us sad that the Rangers got rained out.  Finally got to a game and it was cancelled!! BOO!

House under construction!!! 

Got new floors throughout the house and retiled the front bathroom

Greg (Head Coach) giving Reese his trophy for the Spring season of Royals baseball

goofy time with this gal.

She LOVES Sushi....loves...loves...loves it.  Weirdo;)

Reese loves pizza....alot:)  Not so unusual.

new haircut....stud.

Father's Day Daddy ever!

Wednesday, May 01, 2013

Black-footed Ferret

Today Reese has a presentation at it is!
Way to go Reese, great job!

Monday, April 08, 2013


Abby decided to play softball this year and she is doing SO good!  Her friend Jordan is on the team so Abby has really liked that!  She had her first games on Saturday and has really gotten better even from her first practice....we have a fun season ahead of us and I'm even helping coach a little...SO FUN!

Greg is the head coach of Reese's team this season but is trying his best to help out as much as possible on Abby's team too!

Abby and Jordan before their first game!

dodging a wild pitch:)  


We have a new family member!  Reese bought himself a dwarf hamster and named him Toby!
He has been fitting in quite nicely and so far Reeser has been taking great care of him!  Abby was also very excited about getting the hamster and has offered to babysit him whenever Reese needs her to:)
I must admit he's a pretty cute little guy even if he is a rodent and he poops on you when he gets nervous;)

Getting all the necessary accessories!

Toby's home!

picking out the perfect one!

He paid for Toby all by himself! 

waiting is so hard to do:)

Monday, March 18, 2013

Passport to Purity

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A little junk food at midnight:)

a cool hotal always has a cool elevator!

Breakfast of  crepes GONE!

Before crepes...

painting pottery together!


Celebration dinner!

CHEESECAKE to finish the weekend off right!

A few weeks back Abby and I went on a special “girls only” weekend to go through Passport to Purity, a 5 session study about scripture's views of Sex, Purity and Relationships...and much more!  You can go check it out here.

Abby, for some time now, has been asking more and more questions about sex, boys, relationships,...etc. and after much prayer and researching Greg and I decided she was ready to hear ALL about it.  One thing I feel very strongly about is that I want Abby to hear about sex and God’s view of it from ME!  After talking to many of my friends I discovered that most had never even had a sex talk with their Moms and none of them had a weekend away dedicated to I decided to change that for Abby:)
I found a hotel in Dallas and we spent the weekend together going through the sessions and had wonderful, deep, (some uncomfortable) conversations.  She was very open and asked a TON of questions.  It has been such a blessing to see how much our relationship has changed since that weekend.  She definitely matured a ton but also she and I bonded and she really appreciated me telling her and respecting her by entrusting her with all this information.  
It honestly was better than I could have ever imagined!  I highly recommend using this resource for your kids!  I think for too long parents have been silent on the issue of sex, or at least too quiet about it. They shy away from certain topics in fear that if their kids learn about it or are exposed to it that they would automatically be tempted or desire to engaged in it.  They need to hear about it from us and be warned about the traps of the devil and be aware how he tries to enslave us to sexual sin, pornography, same sex attraction...etc.  It is all over and not knowing about it causes confusion and I don’t want them getting false information from their friends, media, billboards, etc.  This program talks about everything from friendships, dating, kissing, puberty, insecurity, peer pressure, marriage and God’s intent for sex to be saved for marriage and much, much more.  There is also an additional optional CD that goes a bit deeper and more intense which I thought was very tastefully done.  

I think the biggest blessing and take away from the weekend is the fruit I have been seeing in her and me since.  We have been relating more like sisters in Christ and out of no where she will say the most wise and profoundly deep things that I am certain is the Lord working in her heart.  What an amazing answer to prayer....I'm so grateful.

I’m kinda sad it’s over and that I don’t get to do the “talk” again for another girl:(....but I am passing the baton to Greg...may the force be with you honey!  Praying for that day already:)