"Our family will base our success on one thing...our impact for the Kingdom of Christ." -Rick Burgess

Wednesday, October 31, 2012

31 Days...Day 31

After playing hooky from 31 Days, I'm popping back in on day 31 to say Happy November Eve. The month in which we celebrate gratitude is upon us and I love it!

I can't wait so I'm gonna go ahead and say it...

Happy Thanksgiving!

This October I've counted thanks in pictures. In November, I'll count in words. Looking forward to a great month!

Thank you all for being a part of the journey here at Life of Eucharisteo.

Love you BIG!


Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Day 23...Plus some

Not sure where I’m going today, so here’s a little disclaimer.

Hang on.

Yesterday was a doozy.


A Monday for the record books.



Now I don’t ever want someone to read here and think, “Man, she’s such a complainer!”

I write here to share my reality, and to find gratitude in spite of it.

Sometimes we want to read eloquent words of wisdom. Sometimes we want to read plain ole’ fluff.

Most of the time, I want to read real stuff. You know the nitty-gritty, mundane, scrubbing the toilets kinda stuff.

So if you’ve made this far, your cookie is in the mail. ;)



Yesterday was certifiable.

It didn’t start out that way.

It was like someone flipped a switch and it went from zero to full blown stress-fest in about two seconds.

It went down like this…

I woke up before the alarm. NEVER happens.

I got up and made homemade sticky buns. Should have known something was gonna go wrong when they came out perfect. Again NEVER happens.

Then comes the TEXT.

Hubby’s text tells me that some of his work equipment has been stolen from his truck. (Oklahoma, I’ll try not to hold this against you forever. I’m sure you are a great state. One bad apple, right?) Keep in mind, he has to have this equipment for work, and this is not an inexpensive item.

Meanwhile, as I’m trying to process this beauty of a text, one of the girls yells from the shower, “Hey mama! What’s wrong with the water?”

Apparently there is virtually no water pressure in the shower. Almost down to a trickle. Thankfully, enough left to wash the soap out of her fully lathered head of hair.

I’m wishfully thinking that it’s on the other side of the water meter which would make it….NOT MY PROBLEM.

So much for that.

As I make my way down the driveway, I spot a big ole muddy puddle. A leak. On my side of the meter.

Let me just pause this edge-of-your-seat-nail-bitter to say that it always seems like this kind of stuff happens when my dear husband is out of town working.

Now that I put that out there, let the misery resume.

I call the dear one and give him the same size dose of bad news that he’d given me. Except, this news really doesn’t effect him, cause HE’s NOT HERE! (Bitterness, anyone?)

This means I get to be a plumber.

By the way, when I signed up for this gig, this was NOT in the job description. It’s not a deal breaker mind you. It will after all, look good on a resume. (Bright side)

So after a good bit of foot stomping and door slamming…some might call that pouting…I decided to get on with it. I found the shovel and commenced to digging. I dug what seemed like a hole big enough for Goliath. Okay, so maybe it was just big enough for David, but still it was a lot of digging. A ginormous hole and a backache later I found the leak.

What then, you ask?

This is where the real point of this post comes in. Sorry, I get carried away with the details.

I’m staring at the broken pipe, knowing full well what I have to do to fix it. I’ve seen Jeremy do this a million times. I can DO this! Then…the voice starts. “Are you sure you can do this?” “What if you cut the pipe to short?” What if you don’t get the right angle?” “That glue is permanent and dries quick, you’ll have to cut it out if it’s wrong.” “What then?” I spend the better part of an hour pacing, looking, fighting with the fear of messing it up. In the end, I fixed one part myself, and ended up calling my angel of a neighbor (who, by the way, is a retired water system worker) who made sure I’d done it right and made the final tie-ends.


Again….the point?

God made yesterday’s mess into today’s message.

Why do I always second guess myself?

Better yet, why do I second guess God?

Why do I break under the voice of the enemy?

I MUST stand on the truths that God has freely given me.

Easier said than done?


I still have to try. I have to press on.

I never want my actions, or lack there of, to give the impression that what Jesus did was all for naught.


Having a better day,

Nursing a sore back,



I wound up finding my gratitude in all this. I found it in my neighbors. Two of the most selfless, caring people on Earth. God gave us a precious gift when He placed us across the road from these treasures.

Sunday, October 21, 2012

Photos of Gratitude...Weekend...Day 21



Beautiful Fall days.

There's joy waiting to be found!


Hope your weekend has been peace- filled and soul-refreshing.


Thursday, October 18, 2012

Day 18

Need help finding some gratitude this morning.

This is how my day started. Two inches deep in the mud. Grrrrrr! :/

Just tryin' to keep it real for y'all.

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

31 Days....Photos of Gratitude...Day 16


Thankful for the fifteen years that I've been blessed with to wear this ring.
Help me pray for the sanctity of marriage to  be restored in this world. My heart is burdened with family and friends that have lost sight of this.
Marriage is hard. Don't give up.

Monday, October 15, 2012

Photos of Gratitude...Day 15

"He answered and said to them, He that sows the good seed is the Son of man;"
Matthew 13:37

Thankful today, for good earth and seed,


Sunday, October 14, 2012

31 Days...Weekend Edition

Days 13 & 14

Signs of Fall are everywhere and I love it!

Praying you've all had a chance to enjoy some of the sights and sounds of Fall this weekend.


All photos in the series are courtesy of ME. (Tracey Padgett @ Life of Eucharisteo)

Thursday, October 11, 2012

Day 11

Matthew 7:7
"Ask and it shall be given, seek and ye shall find, knock and the door shall be opened unto you."

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

31 Days...Day 10...Photos of Gratitude

Proverbs 3:5-6 (NKJV)
"Trust in the Lord with all your heart,
And lean not on your own understanding; In all your ways acknowledge Him, And He shall direct your paths."

Fallen trees = Balance beams and jungle gyms.

Thankful for country living.

Reliving my childhood today,
Walking on our nature bridge,


Tuesday, October 9, 2012

31 Days...Day 9

The "Burning of the Boxes" Ceremony
Symbolizing the fact that the house is done and we shall never move again!

I almost broke out it native dance. It was a seriously happy moment for me.

Just curious.

Got any ceremony-worthy moments in your life that you'd like to share with the class?

Monday, October 8, 2012

Photos of Gratitude Day 8

I so enjoy seeing thanks through the lens of a camera. Just another thing to be grateful for. Praying you find thanks everywhere you look today, and praying that someone will let you know how thankful they are for you.

Let me be the first.

I'm thankful that you stopped by today. Thankful that you shared part of your day with me. Thankful for the quiet prayers that you never boast about. Thankful for my sisters in Christ. You are treasured today.  

"And thou shalt write them upon the door posts of thine house,
                                   and upon thy gates"
                                  Deuteronomy 11:20

Sweet memories to hang on these blank walls.

The picture you won't see?
The one that I was too freaked out to take?
That would be the picture of the oak snake that I found on our back porch yesterday afternoon.
In hindsight I say, "Man!! Why didn't I grab my phone or my camera!" In reality, I was yelling to Jeremy, "There's a snake on the porch!!!!"
Now at this point all my bunch would reply with a SMH. {I just figured out what this means so I'm using it *insert dork jokes here*}  They would be shaking their heads, because I'm really making a bigger deals of this than it really was. It was just a baby snake. Whatever! A snake is a snake! I don't care what size it is, they'll still make you hurt yourself getting away. Me and snakes don't jive! You feel me?
Thankful Jeremy was home to handle this little situation. I would have hated to have to send one of the girls out to take care of it. :)

Praying for blessing on top of blessing for you this week,
Praying all of your snakes away,
The ones that crawl and the ones that walk,
Love ya BIG,


Saturday, October 6, 2012

31 Days....6 Days Late

So I've decided to do my own version of "31 Days".

And because it's my own version it's okay that it's six days into October and I'm just getting started.

The plan is to do a photo a day for the remaining days of October.

I think I'll call them Photos of Gratitude.

Sounds good, huh? Probably better for a November post, but like I said I'm doing it MY way. ;)

So let me catch you up on the last six days.

Scratch that.

Let me catch you up on the last month or so.

I'll nutshell it.

We've finished our house enough to move in. When I say move in, I mean throw all of our stuff into the room in which it goes, put up some beds and sleep there. We're waiting on bathroom countertops and a kitchen. We should be fully functional by the end of the month. Praise Jesus!

Having said that....I shall now confess to a few things.

I have fallen into the black hole of materialism in the past few weeks. All I have done is fret about furniture, bedding, and blank walls. I've been bickering with God. He keeps gently saying,  "Be patient. It will all come together. It doesn't have to be perfect. It doesn't have to been done in one day." My reply, "I've been patient for three years waiting for his house! I just want it to be furnished and decorated and just plain lovely! I want it DONE!"

How's that for some big ole ugliness. The epitome of  first-world problems.

Please don't think I talk to God this way all the time. I don't. I have a Holy respect for our Heavenly Father. He knows me. I am His creation....His child. He understands my heart, hears my cries, and is faithful to forgive when I repent.

I sorta feel like I threw myself a little fit and sassed my mama. I know I'm not alone.....right?

So today's a new day, Fall is officially here, and I'm gonna have a kitchen just in time to bake up some pecan pies for Thanksgiving!

NOW I'll catch you up on six days of a-gratitude-photo-a-day-pics......

He was right...like He always is...it's coming together.

She got rid of this cast on Thursday!!!!

The start of a new day..."His mercies are new every morning." Lamentations 3:23

Thankful for the tree He blessed me with that provides pecans for the pie that I will be baking soon! ;)

A sweet card from one of my favorite people. Just opened the mailbox yesterday and there it was! Just when I needed it most. Thank you Lord for precious friends.

Thankful for a four year old who knows how to work an iPhone and walks around taking hundreds of random pictures. Almost always catching us off guard. This time she gave me a chance by saying, "Smile, Mama!"

Praying that you all have a had a blessed beginning to this wonderful Fall season. I hope you'll join me as I count my thanks this month, through pictures. I'd love to hear or even see some of the things that you thank God for. If you have pics or comments to share please stop by my facebook page. Here's a link to take you there...https://www.facebook.com/#!/LifeOfEucharisteo

Thanking Him for crisp, cool, Fall days,

Thanking Him for grace and mercy,