Saturday, December 24, 2011

Merry Christmas

Our Father, who art in heaven
Hallowed be Your name
Your kingdom come
Your will be done
on earth as it is in Heaven
Give us this day our daily bread
and forgive us our trespasses
as we forgive those who trespass against us
lead us not into temptation
but deliver us from evil
for the kingdom, the power, and glory are Yours
now and forever.

Thursday, December 15, 2011

The opening of the miracle at 2701 E. Bristol Stree

The back story..

Our church,,, has been a satellite campus simply called GCC-Elkhart.  We have been a mobile site for about 3 years now since the campus was first started.  We have been blessed and have loved doing God's work through our campus. 

Several months ago, another church approached the leadership of GCC and offered to GIVE us their building.  Let me say that again...they offered to GIVE  us their building!!!   After a short time, we accepted their gracious offer. 

Last Sunday was the 1st time that we met at 2701 E. Bristol Street.  It was an amazing day!! To see the building full and alive was such a humbling site to witness.  I am so excited to have a  permanent location that we can set down roots in.  To be an outpost 24/7 365 days a year to spread and show the love of Jesus.

I took some pictures.  They focus on the children's ministry.  That's the ministry I help in.  That's the ministry that has my heart. 

One of the kids wrote this on the board
Awesome Mr. Joe playing with the 2 year olds
The song and praise time for the K-5th graders 
We are sending cards and these are what the kids wrote
Sing & praise time with the 3-5 year olds

It was an amazing day! I look forward to where God leads us in the coming days!!!

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

This is GENIUS!

I recently purchased a winter coat for my 2 year old.  I purchased it because she needed it, but I got an extra bonus with it...

This is the coat.  Pretty cute, huh?

This is the pocket that is in the back of the jacket! It's to hold the hat and gloves!  GENIUS, right?!!!!!!

Friday, December 2, 2011

Our family from my 7 year old's perspective

I was going through Reagan's school folder and found this assignment.  These are her own words..

"My name is Reagan Erin Hartzell.  My favrite animal is a pony, horse, cat and dog.  I have 3 sisters   my oldest sister is Shelby.  She is 14,  she is very funny.  She never gets in trouble only sometimes.  Because she is so funny she makes my parents in a good mood.  My Middle sister is named August her birthday is  in August.  She is 12 years old.  She is a swimmer a very very good swimmer.  Her and my dad could talk about swimming all day going blah bal bla blah and she loves to make fun of me and call me Brat, but then she asks me politely to play Just Dance 2 with her.  Because she is afraid of the spiders downstairs.  And last but not least also the cutest Rori She is 2 years old.  She is very,  very, cute! Cute , oh and the cutest thing ever is when she sings Na a Na Na hey hey hey goodbye.  She loves to sing that song.  And I have a half brother Jeremy and there's nothing really to say about him.   I never get to see him that much.  I can' really tell you about him.  All I can tell you is that he is 21.  And my mom loves to go on facebook and twitter.  She will be on there for two hours and phone she loves! And old daddy, my dad loves to play with games and go golfing.  He works very, very hard to keep the outside of the house clean.  Sometimes I ask him to play Mario Kart downstairs.  It is fun.  And that is all of my family!"

If you ever want to know what your 2nd grader thinks of you, just have them write a letter. 

Here is the video of the very, very, very cute Rori singing her song...

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Our weekly M.O.M's (Meeting Other Mom's) group full of crafting!!!

We had sooo much fun at our weekly M.O.M's group!  We were crafting away this week. 

Casey & Jami prepping their frames.  Notice Ava hanging on tight to her mama's leg :)

Kris & Christy doing some damage with a staple gun

The frame that was made into a bow holder

The scarf  I made (!!!) from a tshirt

Consider this the start of my crafting "stash"
Rori & Ruby practicing being best friends

We got the ideas from the site Pinterest.  It is an extremely addicting site, but has a TON of ideas on any subject you could ever want to know about.
I love doing simple crafts.  Using a staple gun gives me the feeling of power!!!

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

What if your husband wants the house to be cleaner?

Darlene and her friends recently addressed a viewers question about what to do if your husband wants the house to be cleaner. I love all of the practical God centered advice these ladies give. LOVE IT! As I was watching this one other thought came to mind.

This is a personal issue for me. My husband LOOOOVES to have the house clean (we have 4 kids). For years it was a matter of contention between us. I felt like he was attacking me and he felt like I wasn't listening and didn't care. It wasn't until I read the book "The Five Love Languages" that I understood where my husband was coming from. Acts of Service is his love language. BIG TIME! I was neglecting his love language not on purpose but just because I didn't know. Once I realized how important it was to him, it became important to me too. Not important to have the house clean, but important to make my husband happy. If me cleaning the house makes him happy, I can do that. Really, it's just a small thing for me to do and it has made a HUGE difference in our marriage. His tank is full (read the book & you'll understand what I mean by this :) and it made a difference. Now he will help with things around the house. Just the other night he offered to do the dishes after dinner for me!!! Now that's a happy man right there!!!

Reagan is on FIRE for her new Kindle Fire

Reagan got an early Christmas present from her daddy.  I captured her response to share with you all.  It's priceless.

Monday, November 14, 2011

Reward for Rori

We are in the midst of potty training Rori.  She loves to wash her hands when she is done going potty.  I captured some cute pictures that I wanted to share.

I tried to take the picture without her noticing.  No such luck!

She was standing there talking away.  Couldn't understand many words, but she was having a great time!

Saturday, November 12, 2011

Friday night tradidion

Every Friday night at the Hartzell house we have a tradition.  We always have homemade pizza for dinner.  I've experimented with different combinations of toppings and we've found a pie that works for us.

 Can you say CHEESE?!! We put 4 cups of cheese on 1 pizza pie. 

Rori watching and waiting for the "peeepa" to cook
The finished pizza.  It doesn't take long for us to conquer this beast!

I love that we have this tradition.  My family looks forward to this night all week. 

Friday, November 11, 2011

My guest blogging debut!

Today is the day I've been anxiously awaiting!  I was blessed to contribute to a  blog of a lady that I admire.  Her challenge focuses on ways to love on your husband.  During the time that I've shared the daily blogs, I've had ladies ask me "GEE! Is there a blog like that for husbands too?!" While I'm sure there are, let me offer this one bit of advice.  Don't wait for you husband to start "doing" stuff for/to you before you reciprocate.  There is a huge amount of responsibility  to be a biblical husband.  We should be our husband's biggest cheerleaders.  While your needs and desires are important, don't solely focus on  them.  I know that there are situations that this will not work in, but I STRONGLY feel that if you love on your husband -  he will love on you back.

How do you love on your husband? I recommend the book "The Five Love Languages" by Gary Chapman.  This book will help you see how to best love on YOUR husband.


I also want you to know that no one is perfect.  My husband and I still argue and fight from time to time.  It's bound to happen.  We are such different people.  That's OK.  Just redirect and refocus and keep on moving!!! Always go forward, never backward.

Thursday, November 10, 2011

Helping hands

Reagan helped me make supper the other night.  She is a great assistant.

Rolling up her sleeves and diggin in!

She's the best 7 year old helper I know! And she did a GREAT job! The chicken tasted wonderful!!!

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

My take on the Duggars

Yesterday, the Duggars announced they are expecting their 20th child.  Everybody has an opinion on this, and I'm not going to add mine.

When I heard this news yesterday, I will admit, my initial reaction was "why in the world would you have 20 children?!!"  Today I think "why not?"  Let me explain my change of thinking.  I read  an article that said the Duggars are debt free.  They teach their children responsibility. They live in a house that they built.  They have a deep faith in Jesus.  Their children are happy and very well cared for.  You tell me, what's wrong with this picture? NOT A THING!

How many stories do we hear on the news where children are NOT taken care of? NOT loved? NOT raised in Christ centered homes? In my opinion, one story is way too many and we definitely  hear more than one. It's not up to me to judge them because they make a different choice than I do.  Very possibly we could both be right even though we've each taken a different approach.

I choose to celebrate with the Duggars.  Every child IS a blessing from God.  I will not judge them or give any negative attitude.  Congratulations, Duggar family! Many blessings to you all.

Matthew 7:1 Do not judge, or you too will be judged  

Friday, November 4, 2011

Hartzell girls circa 2011

We have an amazingly talented friend who has taken our family pictures.  We do not buy the pictures from the school because I choose to feed my family for a week instead.  Besides, these pictures are waaaay better!  Have a look for yourself!

Thursday, November 3, 2011


I am so thankful for our church.  Not only do they have an awesome ministry for adults, but their ministry for students is OFF THE HOOK!  Recently, August was blessed to be able to attend a middle school retreat called RENEWAL.  It was such a great weekend for all of the kids.  I'm so thankful for this chance for the kids to get away mid year to re-focus and get charged up for JESUS!!
Huffy keeping everyone organized til time to get on the bus!
The Pink team!
Pink team so excited they can't stay on the ground!!

Thankful for other teenagers willing to speak truth to August!

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

My first mammogram

The suggested age to get a first mammogram (providing there's no family history) is 40.  Since I hit that milestone last August, I scheduled to get my first mammogram.  While I had heard from others what it was like, I really was not prepared for how it really was.

They set you up before you go inside.  "The Retreat" sounds like you're going in for a massage or something.

It doesn't look so bad does it? Nice and clean and white.  Almost friendly...Almost.

Then they turn it THIS way!  By the way, I had to face forward even though the machine was at this angle.

Some key things to know if you're experiencing this for the first time..

* Do not wear deodorant or powder.  You will be asked to remove it.

* "flat as a pancake" is relevant.

* while your ta-tas are being smooshed, you will be asked to HOLD YOUR BREATH!

* just when you think you are pressed as flat as they can be, they will push the down button once more

* you might want to practice standing with your ta-tas to your extreme left or right while keeping your toes facing forward while holding your breath.

While I am making lite of this, I certainly don't take this test for granted.  It is a HUGE way of catching the horrible and nasty breast cancer.  I have had friends who have had to suffer from this disease and be taken from their families way too soon. 

After all of that, I received a letter in the mail saying "We are pleased to inform you that the results of your screening indicate no suspicion of breast cancer".  I do not take this for granted and am so thankful for the blessings that God gives me.  Including the clear bill of health for breast cancer.

Praise God from whom all blessings flow.