Sunday, May 31, 2009


Today was such a nice day! We went to church this morning, had a brunch then services. The sermon series has been about missions.... It has been good except Ed nudging me to get up and speak today!

We came home and I took a nap, I don't usually take naps but these allergies are killing me! Aimee just got home from work and said "Are you ok" I said yea why and she said looks like you've been crying... nope just stinking allergies!

We went to Chris and Tami's around 5 so I could help her with her computer... I tried to get a peek at the worker list for her upcoming walk but she out smarted me! =) She made dinner for us and boy was it good! Complete with strawberry pie and all. After that we went outside and sat for a but then took a boat ride. It was such a good time. I snapped a few pics on my phone to share!!

This week is pretty slow until the weekend! Cole has a basketball tournament at Springs Valley and Aimee has a tournament in Terre Haute so we will be going seperate ways.

Tami relaxing

Ed Relaxing
Chris killing a snake

Saturday, May 30, 2009

Today was a great graduation! A little depressing as I got to thinking about next year but it was a very nice ceremony!

Thursday, May 28, 2009

I'm slowly coming back to the land of the living or the land of the thinking that is. I'm amazed at the fog my allergies can put me in. I still don't feel 100% but it's something I deal with each year so I will manage.

What I have noticed is that I did not read my Bible yesterday & let me tell you by last night I had so many thoughts & doubts that were not of God. The ole scum dog slips in when we least expect it through such subtle ways. Even the moment we take our eyes off God he pounces on us. I was back to my disciple study today & the scripture was in Mark. It was just what I needed!

I believe we need to be in the word even more today than ever. What would happen if we would have our Bibles taken from us? Would you know enough scripture to sustain you? I dare say there are very few that could say yes to this. The more you get in the word the more you yearn to read it & get into it. I find it helps to pray before you start reading for God to open your mind to what it is saying to you.

Today is the first official day of summer. Aimee is now a senior & Cole a freshman. Where does the time go? While I enjoy every day with my kids it is sad to think before too long they will be out of our home. Have we done enough for them to be strong Christians outside of our house? Have we given them enough responsibility for them to handle it outside our home? These are the questions that often go through my mind. However, I have the hope of Jesus that he will complete the work he began in them!!

Enjoy this day!! It is the day the Lord has made =)

Tuesday, May 26, 2009


I just cannot function. I can't remember a time when my allergies have been so bad. Yesterday my eyes were swollen, red, burned & itched. When things bloom my allergies act up in mainly my eyes. Convienent since I cannot do eye drops very well. I have extremely sensitive eyes.

I slept 4 hours yesterday afternoon & that didn't help much. Woke up today with the same problems plus sneezing & a headache. I have been trying to use allergy visine, it's not working too well though. I have noticed the past 6 months or so my allergies changing some. I am allergic to some foods, the main ones tree nuts (almonds, pecans etc...) Cole also has had allergies to peanuts & soy.

I made us an appointment on June 18 to be retested & it cannot come too soon! I don't know if you have allergies but if you do then you understand my frustration. My last doctor told me I should live in a bubble.... I think I'm ready for it now =)

Cole leaves this Friday for his first week gone with his dad for the summer. I HATE it when he is gone. Between that & his mission trip we won't see him much the month of June.

Anyway, I hope you all have a great week!!

Sunday, May 24, 2009

Chang's Party

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Wild Olive Tees

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I know my Tams will love the "Consider it joy" one!


Here is Saturday in pictures.... first at home then at Drive In! I'll post more pics later after we have Chang's going away party at church!

Chopper & Ed .... too cute

The Jones Clan

Aimee & Jaden







John, Ethan and Ed

Austin and Chang jamming

Serious convo??

Friday, May 22, 2009

Well this has been a BUSY week! With school getting ready to wrap up, taking care of Insurance junk, & getting the summer schedule planned I've been swamped! I have been driving Ed's truck & he has been driving his white one until the radiator busted last night... That my friends is the Farhar luck! =)

This starts our busy season. In 2 weeks Aimee's travel season kicks off & we will be gone every weekend until the first weekend in August. This year we are going to Bloomington, Columbus, Ohio, Missouri, Terre Haute, Nashville, Tn & Panama City, Fl! So we will be super busy!!!

Cole also has a busy summer with a mission trip in June, & soccer & basketball practices & camps!

Chang leaves on June 10 & Aimee has senior pictures in June so I predict a few tears in there. Heck, who am I kidding. A LOT OF TEARS!!

I am happy for the 3 day weekend! Tomorrow night we are going to our annual drive in movie! We love going to the drive in & Chang has never been so it will be fun!! Sunday we will go to church then a cookout at my Aunt's house so we will be busy but it will be good family fun!!

Enjoy the weekend!!

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Cole finally got his ribbons from the track meets! They ran in five meets (if I counted right) and here is how he did. 2 firsts, 2 seconds, 2 thirds, and a fifth. He was aggravated because at the Blue Chip meet he got fifth in hurdles then that following Monday he won the hurdles at another meet and was one tenth off the first place guy from the Blue Chip meet. But he had a great year!!

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Tuesday Tunes

Chris Tomlin - Made To Worship

Before the day
Before the light
Before the world revolved around the sun
God on high
Stepped down into time
And wrote the story of His love for everyone

He has filled our hearts with wonder
So that we always remember

You and I were made to worship
You and I are called to love
You and I are forgiven and free
When you and I embrace surrender
When you and I choose to believe
Then you and I will see who we were meant to be

All we are
And all we have
Is all a gift from God that we receive
Brought to life
We open up our eyes
To see the majesty and glory of the King

He has filled our hearts with wonder
So that we always remember

Even the rocks cry out
Even the heavens shout
At the sound of His Holy name
So let every voice sing out
Let every knee bow down
He is worthy of all our praise

Monday, May 18, 2009

and the curse continues...

On the way to Seymour to get Cole yesterday Ed decided to go camper shopping......

A car was turning then a truck with a camper and Ed couldn't get stopped in time.... I was asleep!!

This is what I woke up to.... Stuck in the car, thankfully besides soreness and a few scrapes everyone was ok

"Christine" has some internal injuries.....

The worst part....
Thanks to my Mom and Dad for coming to rescue us!!!!

Sunday, May 17, 2009

Sunday School Fish Fry

Myself and Pam in the tent!

Tent again....

Princess Di

The view....

Shirl, Pastor, and moi.... not sure what Pastor is doing....

Steve, Chang, and Syd

Syd, Chang and Aim

Shirl and I

Pastor Jeanne

Derl, Ed, Dennis and Kay

Pam and Lori

Tha gang and Shirl's head lol

Friday, May 15, 2009

On or off the bus

Have you seen the Indiana Atheist Bus Campaign signs? Well, as I was reading the paper this morning there was a picture. It was a pretty picture BUT it says "You can be good without God". Now at least the Bloomington Public Transportation Corp. refused to let them put them on their buses. I have a feeling it may happen anyway as they have sued & the Mayor is distancing himself from it by saying he disagrees with the BT policy & he's asked the city's government legal department not to represent BT in court.


The thing that bothers me is yes while you CAN be good without God that's not the point. God doesn't want us to JUST be "good". He wants a RELATIONSHIP with us so that in turn we will be more Christ like.

You can read more about this group on the Herald Times Online or go to

It's time we as Christians stand up for what we believe in!

Thursday, May 14, 2009

Trip Out

Last night both the track meet & softball game was cancelled so we had a free night. I think Ed sensed I needed a night out so he suggested we go to Jasper to get oil for our Sunday School fish fry on Saturday.

We dropped the boys off at youth group & went down to Jasper. I hate Rural King but that is where we went. We got a cart, got the oil & batter then started to look around. We went to the boot aisle, the discount aisle, the patio furniture aisle, the tool aisle & he saw the baby ducks & chickens that he had to look at. We looked & then I said yes & Ed said what? I said well you asked if I was ready to go and I said yes. He said oh you must have been using your espn. That was me trying to trick him! Lol

So we get to the checkout & Ed said uh Christy there is nothing in our cart. I looked & sure enough nothing in it. We laughed & retraced out steps. Ed found out cart by the baby chicks. He must have accidently switched our cart with someone elses. It was funny! I told him that was the last time I let him be in charge of the cart!

All in all it was a good trip.

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Tuesday Tunes

You Reign - Mercy Me

Even before there was a drop in the ocean even before there was a star in the sky even before
the world was put in motion You were on Your throne You were on Your throne.

You reign glory in the highest You reign let creation testify by Your name every knee will bow
and every tongue proclaim that Jesus reigns.

Even before Your hand made the heavens even before the breath of all mankind even before we
had to be forgiven You were on Your throne You were on Your throne.
Yesterday, today and forever Your are God who was, and is and is to come.

Monday, May 11, 2009

God Talk

Tonight Aimee had a game at Wood Memorial. While I was on the way Joni text me and said Cole won the hurdles at his track meet!! ARGH! I missed it but Ed was there so that was good. Cole called me and he was so excited. The sad thing is he ran fast enough tonight that he could have placed just one tenth of a second behind the winner at Blue Chip last week.

After Aimee's game I took Aim and Jess Jenkins with me. I was on the phone with Ed when I heard their conversation start. Get this, they went out Friday night with their boyfriends and another couple. At Garfields' when their food came the other couple started digging in and the girls said we have to pray and Jess said and hold hands. The other couple said "Are you serious" and they said yes! Can you even imagine what a testament that was to the other people eating there?!?

They talked about God the whole way home (I chimed in some). It was cool to hear them talk about their daily struggles and how they know God is with them. These girls taught me SO much tonight and I am proud of them. Well, gotta run Joey and John are both here so I was to visit =)

Have a great week!!
I saw these at Brenda's Saturday.... How cool is that?!?!

Friday, May 8, 2009

Directions for the Road Ahead by Max Lucado

The key question in life is not “How strong am I?” but rather “How strong is God?”
Focus on his strength, not yours. Occupy yourself with the nature of God, not the size of your biceps.

That’s what God told Moses to do. Remember the conversation at the burning bush? The tone was set in the first sentence. “Take off your sandals because you are standing on holy ground” (Exodus 3:5). With these eleven words Moses is enrolled in a class on God. Immediately the roles are defined. God is holy. Approaching him on even a quarter-inch of leather is too pompous…No time is spent convincing Moses what Moses can do, but much time is spent explaining to Moses what God can do.

You and I tend to do the opposite. We would explain to Moses how he is ideally suited to return to Egypt… Then we’d remind Moses how perfect he is for wilderness travel…We’d spend time reviewing with Moses his résumé and strengths.

But God doesn’t. The strength of Moses is never considered. No pep talk is given, no pats on the backs are offered. Not one word is spoken to recruit Moses. But many words are used to reveal God. The strength of Moses is not the issue; the strength of God is.

From Let the Journey Begin:God’s Roadmap for New Beginnings©
(J Countryman 2009) Max Lucado

Finally Friday!

This has been a long week! Last night Cole had the Blue Chip Conference track meet at Wood Memorial. He placed 5th out of 12 on the Hurdles, & 7th out of 12 in the 400. He didn't do as good as he had hoped but he was pleased so that made me happy. Aimee is supposed to have a game tomorrow but honestly I'm hoping for rain! I've been invited to a prayer and worship service in a friend's home that I would love to go to! Then tomorrow evening we are going to Salem to see the Sonshiners. We used to go see them quite often & haven't been for a while. Cole is excited about it!

After I get off work today Andrea is picking me up so we can go get her hubby a new bible & her boys some things at the Christian bookstore then Ed & I are going to eat with Bobby & Cristy. Should be a good weekend! Sunday we will go to church then to our mom's houses.

I made Aimee's senior pictures appointment & the reality hit me that she will be 18 in 4 months & a Senior. I dread next year. I hate the thought of her going off to college but I too realize that she has to. I just know I will miss her terribly. We have a special relationship that I know will continue but....

Well I hope you all have a great Mothers' Day weekend!!!

Thursday, May 7, 2009


Ok I think there is a lesson in this for me. I hope I get the message clearly, seems self explainatory but...

Last night in Bible study this verse was brought up. Today it was the verse on the top of my list to use to send out for my daily text message. Then just a little bit ago it was the topic of a message I just heard on the radio so if that isn't practically a billboard for me, I don't know what is.

The verse is:

Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous man is powerful and effective. James 5:16

Today is the National Day of Prayer. Prayer is a critical part of living a Christian life. When we talk to people & they ask us to pray for them we must remember it is a great responsibility for us to remember. For me it is easy to stop right then & pray for them or write it down.

Spend some time today talking to your Abba Father.

Wednesday, May 6, 2009

"The Motions"-Matthew West

This might hurt
It’s not safe
But I know that I’ve gotta make a change
I don’t care
If I break
At least I’ll be feeling something
‘Cause just ok
Is not enough
Help me fight through the nothingness of life

I don’t wanna go through the motions
I don’t wanna go one more day
Without Your all consuming passion inside of me
I don’t wanna spend my whole life asking
What if I had given everything?
Instead of going through the motions

No regrets
Not this time
I’m gonna let my heart defeat my mind
Let Your love
Make me whole
I think I’m finally feeling something

Take me all the way
Take me all the way
Take me all the way

Tuesday, May 5, 2009

God is HUGE

If you haven't read Andrea's post from yesterday, stop reading this now & go there then come back.

Ok, so now that you are back I will expand on that. I AM NOT a cryer.... Just not, however, as I scolded Pastor Dan for it, he has had me from laughter to tears two nights in a row. He is doing our renewal services this week & let me tell you as Andrea said God is working overtime!!

Joey came to church with us last night. That in itself made my night! He sat by me in the pew, sang with the songs, read out of the Bible & then started sweating & I mean A LOT as he put it, it was like he was playing a ball game. I knew the Holy Spirit was working on him. Pastor Dan has a way of leading you on a roller coaster just to bring you to such an inspiring invitation & ending. He preached on the big rock we as Christians keep coming to & tend to keep stumbling over instead of turning away. That rock is the sin in our life. He had us think of one sin we continually stumble over & when we do that raise our hands, then look at our hand & say why do we keep doing it??

He had an invitation to come to the altar if we have people we love in our lives that are in the midst of sin & are unsaved or if it is us that struggles with this. Several people went forward. Ed & I went to the altar. I cannot say for him why he went but for me I went to pray for Chad. I was in the midst of it when I felt a person snuggled close to me on my right. I looked & it was Joey. I stopped right there & put my arms around him & prayed & cried.... A lot. I was so thankful that Cole went with him. I was thankful that Andrea went up & laid hands on us. God is working hard on Joey's heart. As well as a lot of folks. I ask for your prayers not only for Chad & Joey but for all those people that you dearly love who do not know Jesus.

I was also proud of my kids. Cole had a track meet & it was a big one. He runs in 3 events but he approached his coach & asked to be taken out of the last race so he could go to church. The coach said of course. He did place 3 out of 8 in the hurdles!! Aimee came after her softball game, thanks to Annette dropping her off. Folks for teenagers that is huge. I am so thankful that my kids are seeking God's face. I know it is not from anything Ed & I have done alone. I am thankful for such a strong youth group that holds kids accountable for their actions.

For so long I lived for this world. I've known God for my whole life but I didn't have that relationship. Over the last few years I have found that. I LOVE Jesus so much I do not want to live for this world. It's hard but as I told a young fellow yesterday our reward is not of this world. We must press on & keep striving to do God's will.

Tonight is the last night for the renewal services. If you aren't busy, come out at 7 & join us. If you want more info call or text me at 709-0778.

Love you all....

Monday, May 4, 2009

Congrats Nic!

Nicole's team won their age division in AAU state this weekend!! This isn't an easy thing to do, we are proud of you Nic!!

Sunday, May 3, 2009

Chicage, Cellphones, and Mary Jane

Well we made it to Chi Town! We had a blast! The show was AWESOME!! (minus a few snags)

We wanted to go eat at Cheesecake Factory so I typed it in my handy gps and Mary Jane (my gps lady) started her work. My mom named her that on our Florida trip. She directed us to the middle of the street and announced "Your destination is on the right". Uhhhh nope it's not. So we continued on went out by the lake and turned around to try again. Same thing... so we spotted a shopping mall and decided to park and go in there. I figured it was in there but noooooo. However I asked a nice gal and she directed us to it. From there we went to the theatre.

We waited and waited. They DO NOT get in a hurry to let you in the theatre. We finally got seated when we kept hearing this phone ring. We were right by the sound and light booth and I assumed it was up there. It rang probably 6 times. I finally ignored it. On the way in the door the lady at the door checking tickets, (I affectionately renamed her the camera Nazi), anyway I digress.... On my way in she said "Mam, I noticed you have a professional camera, I must advise you pictures in the theater are strictly illegal". Well, I laughed and said I am hardly professional but thanks.

As we were sitting we could hear her giving the same speech "Picture taking is strictly illegal inside the theatre". Then she would throw her stuff down and run down the aisle when she saw a flash. At one point she ran and I thought to myself "Self, now would be a good time to snap a shot" WRONG! As I snapped what was SO NOT a professional photo her side kick turned and yelled "NO PICTURES AND SHE ALREADY TOLD YOU" Well, some people!! lol Here is the shot I got off.... not even worth it....

Does this look professional to you????

So, the show started and we hear this ringing AGAIN.... it would ring then stop, ring then stop. Annette was getting SO mad, she looked at me at one point and said "This is really making me mad, can they not hear it" and then "I have had enough of that" when Ash leaned down to her purse and said "Mom, its you!!!" Well I tell you it was all I could do to keep from dying laughing, cause when I do I snort and it's not pretty.... Annette was appaled (if you know her you know she is backward and shy). However the funny thing is that it was her calendar reminding her of Mary Poppins at 2:00.

During intermission the old lady in from of us said "Could you not turn it off". Well what a concept..... DUH!!

All in all we had a great time. The Camera Nazi was fun to watch cause you could tell if a good part was going to happen cause she would go in full camera mode! The show WAS SOOOO GOOD! I think we may have found a new past time. We had never seen a broadway show but it was good. I am still a little tramatized because of the statues (inside joke) but we enjoyed it.

Cadillac Palace

The girls

Ash & Aim

Ash & Aim

Me and Annette!

Aim & I

Our Aisle
Annette & Ashley waiting

Cheesecake Factory