Friday, January 22, 2010

In the TJEd Trenches

Welcome, to my TJEd friends! I hope that you will find encouragement as you visit here often. It is my desire to be a woman that leaves good bread crumbs for anyone following along the trail. We are a family that strives to inspire and lead wherever called. I have come to understand that being an inspiring leader is not an event, an obligation, or a final destination; it is a conscious awareness that I am not alone in my journey, being blessed to be a blessing, a legacy.

I hope that as you get to know me, you will find me to be an honest friend. You can count on me to be open and honest as I share the lessons I learn (many times the hard way). I aspire to be a friend that challenges your greatness, while being open to the same in return. May we find support and love as we move through life together.


Wednesday, January 20, 2010

The beauty AFTER the storm - Breathtaking!

Isn't it amazing how beautiful the world is after a storm? Here in Arizona, it rained most of yesterday. It was colder than normal, dismal, humid, and generally uncomfortable. Likewise, we were introduced to the reality of inheriting a older condo - leaking roof! So, we spent the day with buckets and towels catching water in about 7 places throughout our kitchen area. Today, however, I awoke to a clear blue sky, warm sunshine, lush green grass, and dry kitchen - Beautiful! How true it seems in life, the storms will come and with them generally there is an element of discomfort! Yet, just as true is it that storms will come, it is equally true that they Do pass; and oh, what beauty they bring! There is something that happens during a storm that purifies. I can recount numerous times throughout history that the storms came and went changing life as it had been known. So it is, then, that I am learning to be grateful for the storm - knowing that with a little patience and stretching, there will be a breathtaking outcome! Praise God for loving us enough to provide natural purifying opportunities! May we continue to learn to dance in the rain rather than just waiting for the storms to pass!

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Tony's Impromptu Piano Recital

I love the joy music brings to our home!! Tony is getting more and more comfortable with these keys which just makes me smile!!

Tuesday, January 5, 2010

Happy Holidays at Happy House!

"Count it ALL Joy!!"
-James 1:2

We enjoyed such a Merry Christmas!!
It was SO good to celebrate together in the warmth of Arizona!!
It was fun to celebrate our favorite holiday traditions:
Baked Ziti (pasta) Christmas Eve dinner
Opening coordinating pajamas on Christmas Eve
Prime Rib Christmas Day Dinner
It was especially fun to add a new tradition:
Candlelight Service at church
Although this was not our most expensive Christmas, it was certainly one of our most connected!

As we spent time reflecting on 2009, we found MANY things to be grateful for!!
It has been a season of healing and preparation!
We look forward with great expectations for all that God has in store for us in 2010!!

Thank you for being a part of our journey! Blessings, The Baker Family