Thursday, July 12, 2018

Me too...MINUS!!!

Sooooooooo I'm UBERRRR excited in general about our church going to the Heritage Conference next week. The plan IS, leaving at 3 AM on Tuesday morning,  getting there for the Meet and Greet BBQ singspiration on Tuesday Eve, then Wednesday during the day, which ALSO happens to be MY 35th BIRTHDAY, (Not that it's a big deal or anything;)  we are going WHITE WATER RIVER RAFTING!!! I am BEYOND excited about this if you couldn't tell, everyone at my church knows that I have NOT SHUT UP about this for the last month...NO JOKE...I've literally talked about it more than the whole entire conference, they're like, is there a conference this year??? WE JUST KEEP HEARING ABOUT WHITE WATER RIVER RAFTING!!! Ahahahahahahaaaaa!!! 
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You guys don't understand, I couldn't do this BEFORE my weight loss, AND NOW I CAN!!! This is WHY I lost weight, SOOOOOOOOOOO I COULD GO WHITE WATER RIVER RAFTING!!! (And horseback riding, and hiking and to run races and fit on ALL the crazy rides, and to not need a seat belt extenstion on the airplane to wear cute belts and cute dresses, oh annnnnnnnd also to be healthy and NOT to die on early death!!!;) THEN on Thursday in between church services to go to WHIT'S END...(that's ANOTHER reason I've lost weight, to go down Wooton's slide and not worry about getting stuck...ahahahaaaa!!!) Okaaaaaaaay I haven't gotten that officially approved yet, buuuuuuut I'm pretty sure I can PUSH it on through...hee, hee!!! 
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Sooooooooooooo my good friend, Courtney Thaler, is joining our church group for this trip, which I'm absolutely ESTATIC about!!! Anywayz, she was texting me about some details of the hotel and such and then she's like, So do you just roll your clothes when you pack and then iron when you get there???I was like, 
YEEEEEEEEEEESSSSS!!!
MINUS THE IRONING PART!!!! 
AHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAAAAA!!!

♥Mary Frances :)

Monday, July 9, 2018

Are you dumpster diving???

A few years ago, we had a fellowship meeting with the Lacour's church in Cave Creek. During the service Bro. Lacour got up and was talking about NOT forgetting where God brought you from. And he was talking about how he STILL REMEMBERS where God brought him from. He STILL REMEMBERS as a child being so hungry that he would go dumpster diving for food. And I turned to the person next to me  and said, YEAH, I REMEMBER DOING THAT TOO!!! And the person sitting next to me said, WELL I STILL DO!!! So I started laughing and said...YEAH sometimes I still do too AND I don't need to either!!! (Okaaaaaay not FOR FOOD people!  Buuuut ya know sometimes ya just happen to come across a good item that is being thrown away! Like the dresser in my room, and the flowers hanging from my ceiling, my bookshelves...well you get the point...I'm a CHEAP GIRL!)
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I really do remember though as a child going DUMPSTER DIVING as a family for food...we were THAT POOR growing up! We would pull up behind the Safeway grocery store and sometimes there would be all kinds of produce my mom would cook with, outdated bread that was still in the package, canned goods, Now you all know why i'm NOT scared of an EXPIRATION DATE...Hogwash I tell ya! If your hungry, YOUR HUNGRY!!! My mom always said, "Beggars can NOT be CHOOSERS!" You may be reading this right now and feeling appalled and DISGUSTED, but don't judge until you've been that poor that you didn't have a choice, till dumpster diving was your ONLY option.
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Now if you go dumpster diving for food and you don't NEED to, you've got issues!!! Your probably never going to hear about Bill Gates going dumpster diving for food! Rich people don't NEED to go dumpster diving. But once you learn the trade its something you'll never forget and every once in a while you'll be like ME, whispering to my friend on Saturday, "Sometimes I STILL DO, and I DON'T NEED TOO EITHER!!!"
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There was a time in each and everyone of our lives, when SPIRITUALLY we were SO DESPERATE that we would SPIRITUALLY go dumpster diving. A time where you found yourself a midst a HUGE mess in your life and you were scrounging around amongst all the muck of hopelessness and despair, TRYING to find something edible to fill the empty aching in your soul. Maybe I can find it on TV , a radio preacher an uplifting song, good deeds, anything to try and feed your soul and bring meaning to your life! We were DESPERATE!!! You found yourself like the Canaanite woman, begging for just the scraps. "And she said... yet the dogs eat of the crumbs which fall from their masters' table." (Matthew 15:27)

We were POOR! We were begging for just THE CRUMBS that were leftover from the blessings of God's table. However, we have overcome that kind of a life. We were drafted into God's kingdom! We were called to a higher life! We're chosen people! Living for God is a BLESSED LIFE!!! We have been adopted in to God's family! We are no longer beggars!!! We are no longer orphans! We are children of God! We are THE KINGS KIDS! We get THE BEST! We are royalty!!! Yet I ask you this question,
HOW OFTEN do THE CHILDREN OF GOD, find themselves SPIRITUALLY DUMPSTER DIVING, and they DON'T NEED TOO????
Our daddy is RICH!!! There is a feast of SPIRITUAL goodness that is laid before! A table that is spread with the good things of God and yet we don't eat of it. This food that has been prepared for us, its THE BEST there is! Our father has THE FINEST of EVERYTHING prepared for us! No generic brands for daddies kids! Its NOT Mr. Pibb, its Dr. Pepper! Its THE REAL DEAL!!! Its THE GOOD STUFF!!!This feast is not some ghetto Chinese buffet or even the elite Golden Corral. Each plate that is served has been specifically cooked JUST FOR YOU!  Because, daddy knows just what each and every one of his children needs! And yet each plate you push away, your to busy, your to tired other things fill your belly and after just few bites your done. 
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Then all of the sudden life happens, problems, heartache and confusion come your way and suddenly your desperate. You don't know what to do, your hungry, your thirsty, OH if only you had eaten a little more of daddy's food. And you begin to search for it! You scrounge around for the leftovers that have been thrown into the trash because you wouldn't eat! Where's that scripture? Where's that preaching message? Your spiritually dumpster diving, AND YOU DON'T NEED TOO!!! Your RICH! Your the King's Kid! Your ROYALTY!!! You don't need to go dumpster diving,
JUST ASK DADDY FOR ANOTHER PLATE!!!
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King Saul was a SPIRITUAL DUMPSTER DIVER!!! "Then said Saul unto his servants, Seek me a woman that hath a familiar spirit, that I may go to her, and inquire of her..." (1Samuel 28:7) The king allowed himself to come to a place in his life that he was spiritually so desperate that he would go and seek answers from God through a witch. He never would have gotten to this place of desperation if he would have just listened to the man of God in his life. But he wouldn't eat when it was laid before him.
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How twisted was this man's mind that he actually believed he could get answers from God THROUGH A WITCH???  But that's what can happen when you allow yourself to get desperate. When you allow yourself to become so spiritually deprived. You don't eat and then you find yourself in the middle of life crisis, Spiritually dumpster diving, and you don't need too!!! There is a feast, THERE IS A FEAST, a fine, well prepared meal that is spread before you!

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Are YOU dumpster diving??? You don't need too!!! There's a feast awaiting you! You say, "oh I'm too tired, i'll just sleep a little longer"...NO, Get up and EAT...Its time to PRAY! "Well I think I'll just skip reading my Bible today"...
NO! EAT!!!
Your gonna need it for the journey! "Ugh, I'm just in a rotten mood, I think I'll skip church today"....NO you HAVE TO GO! Its the biggest meal ever...Stuff your face and then some... EAT!!! Don't let the feast, the well prepared meals go to waste..You've got to EAT!!! There's PLENTY! You can have all you want and there will ALWAYS BE MORE!!! Daddy keeps the storehouses stocked, just ask for MORE, He'll NEVER RUN OUT!!! Its TIME to give up your dumpster diving...
TAKE A SEAT AT THE FATHER'S TABLE...
LETS EAT!!!
"Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies: thou anointest my head with oil; my cup runneth over. Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life: and I will dwell in the house of the LORD for ever." (Psalm 23:5-6) 
♥Mary Frances :)

Thursday, July 5, 2018

LPC and Ginty 4th Of July!!!

Soooooooooo being the festive person that I am, I enticed my whole church to come Tuesday evening dressed patriotic, with promises of an XTRA treat to all that did!!!
Juuuuuuuuuuust about everyone participated!!! 

 Sooooooooooooooo cuuuuuuuuuuuute!!!

OF COURSE I went ALL OUT!!! 
My sister and I made sour-patch-firework-sundaes for EVERYONE...
they turned out pretty BOMB!!! 
THE NEXT DAY...
Started with breakfast with Kelsey at SUGAR JAMS
If you've never been to Sugar Jams, I'm telling you, YOU MUST GO!!! 
It's soooooooo YUUUUUUUUUMMMMMMMMMMMMM!!!!!!!!!


Soooooo some of my friends sent me pictures of them and they were wearing sweaters ACTUAL SWEATERS...I said I couldn't even fathom!!! Buuuuuuuuuuuut the bright side is that, WE DO GET TO GO SWIMMING!!!!!!!! Wooooooooooohooooooooooooo!!!!





Look at this handsome lil dude!!!!
Soooooooooo much cuuuuuuteness!!!

Wednesday, June 27, 2018

I may NEVERRRRR...

I may NEVERRR have a doctorate,
 (Or ANY degree for that matter;)
 BUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUT, 
People with their doctorate's degree...
ASK ME...
Where to go for their DEFENSIVE DRIVING COURSE!!!
HEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEYYY!!!
♥Mary Frances :)
P.S. Btw: just look on your ticket, it's usually either got a number or a website that will give you your location!!! Hee, hee!!! 

Monday, June 25, 2018

Need sleep???

Let's face it, some nights we all have trouble falling asleep. We toss and we turn, we flip and we roll until its time for a potty break, which usually ends up with a stroll to the kitchen, a look through the fridge and a midnight snack. Well at least that's how they go for ME! :)
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I've always heard this saying growing up, "If you can't fall asleep, COUNT SHEEP!" I'm like, sheep??? What sheep? Where are they? This is AZ we don't just have sheep WONDERING through the desert. They'll either die of starvation for the lack of grass and water, or become DESSERT for a coyote. Count sheep, I just don't get it!!!! I asked my mom one time what that was supposed to mean and she explained to me that BACK IN THE DAY, people had herds of sheep and they would tell their children to picture the herd in their minds and to try and count them all and before they could count them all, they would fall asleep!
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I'm like, hmmmm...maybe we could move up in the times and think of something a LITTLE more exciting!!! THEN my mom heard this saying...
"Instead of counting sheep, talk to THE SHEPHERD!!!"
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I thought, that's REALLY GOOD!!! Why NOT talk to Jesus! However, I just recently learned something else to do that helps you fall asleep...AND I've done it and have had great success with so far! Soooooo I thought I would share it with you all!
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 The tip is simply this; If you can't fall asleep at night, Go through the alphabet in order and think of ONE thing you are thankful for that goes with THAT letter! So basically, this is STILL talking to THE SHEPHERD but in a specific way...GIVING HIM THANKS!!! Only two times I have had to go through the alphabet twice and most of the time I don't even get through the whole alphabet before I am asleep!
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Sometimes I like to switch things up so that I don't get into a rut and always thank God for the same exact things...you know like every night starting off with thanking God for Apples, Books, Cats and Dogs! Sometimes I'll thank God for in Alphabetical order for things about my family, or my friends or my church or my week and sometimes ill just do in general...tonight I'm going to try thanking God in Alphabetical order what I'm thankful about for STILL being single...HA!...it may be a, UH, LOOOOOONG night...OR maybe it'll just put me to sleep REALLLLLY FAST!!!! AHAHAHAHA!!! JK!!! ;)

 Anyways, if you can't fall asleep one night, try this idea! I truly can't think of a better way to end my day than to think of different things to THANK MY GOD for!!! Have a blessed night and start THANKING!!! :)))
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"Now therefore, our God, we thank thee, and praise thy glorious name." (1 Chronicles 29:13)
♥Mary Frances :)

Saturday, June 23, 2018

Roswell & Ruidoso!!!

I had to do things to entertain myself on the 10 hr drive to Roswell...Hee, hee!!!
Writer's gonna write, write, write, write, WRIIIIIIIIIITE,  write it up, write it up!!!! 
Soooooooo when we got to Joe and Anali's in Roswell, THE FIRST thing lil Miss Alina did after she saw me, was reach for the toy I had given her for Christmas!!! Not sure if it was a coincidence or NOT, buuuuuuuuuut I LIKE TO THINK that she remembered that I had given it to her!!! Hee, hee!!! 
MAKING HER to get pics with her Auntie Mary!!!
The three of us, look at that lil smile on her face!!!
The next day we headed out to Ruidoso about 1.5 away from Roswell
What I looooove about this town is that theme is BEARS...Liiiiiiike MAR BEAR...sooooo my home!!! hee, hee!!!
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Okaaaaaaaaaaaaay so Anali told us about this AMAAAAAZING lil coffee shop in Ruidoso called SACRED GROUNDS, if you all go there, YOU HAAAAAAVE to try it, it's SOOOOOOOOOOO GOOOOOOOOOD!!!!

BREAKFAST TIME!!!
My sister and I split the breakfast sandwich, egg, ham, pepper jack cheese and green chilis on  a FLUFFY cheddar cream cheese biscuit...it was SOOOOOOOOOOO GOOOOOOOOOOD!!! and honestly it was HUGE!!! I ate half of my half and then saved the other half of my half for later!!!
The thing that was sooooooooo cool about this café was that there was an outdoor deck that you could sit on to enjoy eating from...with the forest and a creek to overlook, with GORGOUSE WEATHER...it was PERFECT!!! 
After breakfast were going to go down to the creek, buuuuuuuuut ANOTHER man that was eating breakfast on the deck, told us that the town of Ruidoso was having a BED-RACING-FLOAT-PARADE-RACE that was starting in 10 minutes, weeeeeeeelllll of course we couldn't just miss an a once in a life time opportunity like this....LOL...
Really, it almost seemed like the kinda thing that would be going on in ROSWELL, only it woulda been ALIENS in UFOs … HA!!! 
After the parade, we walked back to Sacred Grounds and went exploring behind by the creek, 
it was sooooooooooo PRETTY, I just loved it!!! 

Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Just call me Aunt_____!!!

So one morning recently, we were out doing our early morning hike and for whatever reason, Odie was being rude to me...can't quite remember WHY at the moment, most likely because I was telling him to do something he didn't want to do...LOL!!! So I'm like, Say sorry for being rude! He says, NO! I'm like, You say sorry to me! Once again, NO! I'm like, NO! SAY IT! Weeeeeeellll we're go back and forth, both being equally stubborn. So when he isn't in school, I take him swimming in the afternoons, I'm like, YOU SAY SORRY  for being rude AUNT MARY, or else we're NOT going swimming later! 
So he looks at me with a HUGE GRIN and says,
 SORRY AUNT RUDE!!!
Sooooooo there you have it my friends, JUST CALL ME
AUNT RUDE!!!
AHAHAHAAAAAA!!! Such a little stinker!!! Just kinda, IMPROVISED what I told hem to say!!! LOL Annnnnnnnnnd YES, he did win the battle, I was laughing too hard to continue it!!!! BAHAHAHAHAHAHAAAA!!! Oh man, I sooooo love this high maintenance little blessing!!!!
♥Mary Frances :)

Monday, June 18, 2018

More than just passing!!!


Just passing emissions...you JUST GOTTA PASS EMISSIONS!!! I remember sever years ago, while lying in bed, about to drift to sleep, that thought kept running through my mind. All you gotta do to keep your car is to get it to PASS EMISSIONS...if it doesn't pass...you gotta get it fixed or get a new car...JUS PASS EMISSIONS. I'm not trying to win any car races, i'm not trying to do any fancy tricks or show off my stuff, I just need a mode of transportation that is reliable, I just need something that will get me from point A to point B and as I lay there with this RANDOM thought running through my mind... I had to get up out of bed to write down the thought that began to formulate in my mind...
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Sometimes that's how we are in our walk with God, we're JUST TRYING TO PASS EMISSIONS!!! We live with mindset of, I just wanna make it to heaven! Now don't get me wrong, I JUST WANT TO MAKE IT TO HEANEN TOO!!! There is NO greater goal that I strive for in this life than t make it to heaven. That is THE HOPE that we live for in this life...HEAVEN!!!
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Everyone will always tell me, JUST MAKE SURE that your check engine light isn't on when you go to get your checked for emissions, because they will NEVER pass a car with that on...
Annnnnd we start to live with that same check engine concept in our own life. Just so long as there is no sin in my life, I'll make it to heaven and we're not striving for anything MORE...I just got to NOT SIN!!! I know we've got to continually live in a state of repentance. However, there is something in my heart that wants to do MORE than, just MAKE IT TO HEAVEN!!! There is a song that we used to listen to as kids, and the lyrics to that song said, ♪You can't get to heaven on roller skates, cuz you'll ROLL right by those pearly gates...♪ And it seems like sometimes that's how we are living our lives, just skating a long. We're NOT sinning, we've obeyed Acts 2:38, buuuuut we're NOT really do anything MORE for God, than JUST MAKING IT TO HEAVEN!!! There is SOMETHING in my heart that says, ITS NOT ENOUGH for me to do just be GOOD!!!
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 I remember my brother's eating the dinner I had cooked one time, and I asked them how it was and they said, yeah it was good. And I said THATS IT??? JUST GOOD??? I wanted to hear them say it was MORE than just good, I wanted them to hear them say it was AWESOME!!! Another time, I made these homemade twix bars and I asked the guys at my church to rate them from 1-10 and they came up with an 8.5! I was like, WHAAAAT??? Just an 8.5??? One of them explained to me, that's pretty good! A 5 is AVERAGE, so an 8.5 is definitely ABOVE average. But there is something inside of me that just isn't satisfied with just being ABOVE average...I WANT TO BE A TEN!!! Annnnnd when I finally reach a TEN I'm gonna start going for an 11!!!
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The Bible says that Daniel had an EXCELLENT SPIRIT!!! "Then this Daniel was preferred above the presidents and princes, because an excellent spirit was in him..." (Daniel 6:3) I want to have an EXCELLENT spirit within me. I don't want to waste my life living for God. Its not enough for me to just have a GOOD spirit, I'm striving for EXCELLENCE!!!!  I don't want to look back at the end of my life and say, "Weeeeeeeelllll...at least I'm saved!" At least I'm going to make it to heaven!!! Why should I wait till I get to heaven to experience the miraculous, when its RIGHT HERE, RIGHT NOW!!! There is something in my heart that wants to do MORE than just make it to heaven!!! I want to share this gospel message with as many people as possible! I want to take souls to heaven WITH ME!!! I want to know God to the fullest extent that I can possibly know him here on earth. I want to dig deeper. I want to go further! I want to knock harder! I want to be EVERYTHING that God wants me to be. 
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   In my own life I pray against a spirit of complacency, against a spirit of mediocrity! I don't ever want to get so comfortable that there is not a longing in my heart for something MORE. I don't want to become passive about the things of God! I don't ever want to forget what Jesus did for me, where he brought me from! I don't ever want to become so satisfied in my walk with God that I lose that hunger to talk to him, to be with him, to feel his presence! I don't ever want my life to be SO GOOD, that I begin to FORGET THAT THIS WORLD IS NOT MY HOME!!! I want to live with a dual feeling of homesickness for heaven and yet a desperate knowledge of the fact that there are people all around me on their way to hell.
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There is a quote that says, "When I stand before God at the end of my life, I would hope that I would not have a single bit of talent left, and could say, 'I used everthing you gave me."I want God to use me to make a difference. I want to be a blessing to those around me! I want my life to bring him glory. I REFUSE TO JUST PASS through this life...Its NOT enough for me to just be passing the emissions of my heart, I want to soar. To one, not just slide my way into heaven, but to have an assurance of knowing that my time on earth is complete and the Lord is going to WELCOME me home...
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"His lord said unto him, Well done, good and faithful servant; thou hast been faithful over a few things, I will make thee ruler over many things: enter thou into the joy of thy lord." (Matthew 25:23)
♥Mary Frances :)

Wednesday, June 13, 2018

GirlsBeLike #28374628

AHAHAHAHAHAHAAAAAA!!!!!

♥Mary Frances :)

Monday, June 11, 2018

Beyond the struggle

HIKING
So as you all know at this point, I LOVE hiking, and in this recent year, I've gotten my sister to start enjoying it as well. However, with the weather changing into summer, we've had to find a new time to go hiking, because as you know, summers here in Arizona do NOT play around, with the temperature changing, we hadn't gone hiking for about a month or so.
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My sister and I decided that  we'd start waking up at 5 am and go for a morning hike, the weather is PERFECT at this time, although by the end of June, I'm sure we'll have to change our time til 4 am...EEEEEEKS!!!  
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Well we figured with it being our first day back on last Monday, the struggle up would be the hardest first day. However tho, it was not! I mean, we pretty much just FLEW up the mountain, weeeeeeellll...NOT LITERALLY but you know, it was pretty easy going up, we were like WOW, that's cool!
AND THEN SURPRISE
We figured it'd be EVEN EASIER the next day, buuuuuut surprise of all surprises, IT WASN'T, it was harder!!! Annnnnd the next day even more, it was like that the rest of the week. I realized it was because the first day our muscles weren't sore because we hadn't been hiking, but NOW they were, causing the hike to be more of a struggle than the first time. It seems so strange that it we would feel MORE RESISTANCE in our hiking than we did in the beginning, but that's just the way it is, you can't sit down and just give up, you've got to KEEP PUSHING through it every day, until you've broken through.
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Spiritual Hiking
Did you know that it's the SAME way in our walk with the Lord? Sometimes, it's later on in your walk with God that you REALLY start feeling the struggle!!! It may have been the easiest thing to  make that decision to live for God, or to walk away from sin, or turn yourself in a different direction. It makes sense and you knew it was right, so you do it. It's NOT until the next day that you start feeling it, the resistance to your decision, it's pulling at you. AWW MAN, today it's harder, I'm out of breath, I didn't realize it would be like this. And you just want give up,
to SIT DOWN...
Keep Pushing forward
Buuuuuuuuuuuuut you got to keep going, you've gotta PUSH THROUGH THE STRUGGLE, it won't always be THIS HARD if you'll just keep pressing on!!! Beyond the struggle, there is VICTORY!!! Don't give up my brother's and sister's, catch your breath, TAKE A DRINK and keep on moving!!!
VICTORY IS YOURS,
IF YOU'LL KEEP ON KEEPING ON!!! 
" I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus." (Philippians 3:14)
♥Mary Frances :)

Friday, June 8, 2018

May Update!!!

Weeeeeelllll May just LITERALLY flew by and before you know it, 
it's a typical AZ summer!!! 
One day, I was just craving frozen waffles like my mom used to make them!!! 
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Annnnnnnnnnnd the best thing everrrrr is the All Natural mocha cold brew...seriously, that stuff is sooooooooooo YUMMMMMM!!!! 
Glow in the dark Family worship for the kids night!!!! 
The BEST EVERRRRRRRR Ice cream, don't even diss it TIL YOU TASTED IT!!! 

Messing with pic aps!!!!



Denae and Sis. Abbott wore purple on Mother's day in honor of my mom!!! 
With my adorbs lil bear!!! 
PEACH FESTIVAL!!!






When your craving Ethiopian food, buuuuuuuuut your favorite Ethiopian cook lives in Cali, sooooooooo you gotta settle for Whole foods Ethiopian food til you go out!!!
Odin GOT ADOPTED!!! 
I'm going to be a AUNTIE... AGAIN!!! 

Not everyone is that excited about waking up at 5 am to beat the summer heat and still go hiking!!! LOL


I want this sign!!! 
My new hat, that I just LOOOOOOOOOOOOVE!!!
It was one of those, I'm supposed to be buying camp supplies buuuuuuuuuuut... OMW how cute!!!
Next Friday will be my Roswell, Ruidoso annnnnnnd AMA Camp trip post!!!
♥Mary Frances :)