Grateful and Humbled

...what I am by each and every single one of your encouraging comments.
Y'all are amazing. 
I sat and cried as I read each comment and felt so unworthy of the time that each of you took out of your busy lives to lift me up and confirm me. 
Thank you. Thank you. Thank you.
God will bless you for glorifying Him!

I promise I am going to get back into blogging again in full force really soon.
This holiday season is just wearing me out this year.
Our practice is insanely busy, which is a blessing.

The biggest monkey on our backs is that we started a mini-construction project in our home.
The project was supposed to be started and completed back in August, but the contractor/builders did not have their acts together. 
So, after several months of patiently waiting and being in limbo, we started from scratch in mid-November.
 The person who built this house had the fireplace in the great room sheetrocked in so that he could put his big screen tv back in the recessed space...
there is a chimney and everything!
Needless to say, this eyesore has been driving us crazy, so I am looking forward to making it a functional space.

While the workers are coming, the project is taking MUCH longer than planned...because they waste an incredible amount of time. 
Plus, I need to be at home while they are working to answer questions, etc.
I am stir crazy. I can't get anything accomplished.
They say they'll be here at 8:30am and they don't show up until 1pm. 
I'm seriously about to pull my hair out. 
This project was supposed to have been completed by last Friday.
They are nowhere near finished as of this evening.
I'm also scheduled to pick up my brother-in-law at the airport tomorrow as he is flying home for Christmas from Vancouver, BC. 
We had hoped for the project to be completed before his arrival as he probably won't be back for another year, but what can you do?

I know I sound terribly spoiled complaining, and I certainly don't mean to.
I am thankful to be getting the project addressed as we have been saving and budgeting for almost 2 years now.
This project is our Christmas present to each other.
Now that we are finally getting the fireplace installed, it will probably be another 2 years before we can afford furniture for the room. Ha!
Oh, well. I am just thankful to have a home.

Another big hiccup for me has been that I maxed out the storage space on our almost 7 year old laptop with pictures, as well as 2 external hard drives.
The poor little machine was like the little engine that could.
The computer started acting up back in June, and so I've been trying to take it easy on it ever since.
Brandon said we were due for a new computer, so we started saving early in the summer.
Last month we finally got our new computer and it works like a dream! 
I've been going through pictures and familiarizing myself with the updated software and such.
Technology is a wonderful thing, but it is scary how dependent we are on it. 

I also traveled to East Tennessee to share my testimony at a private event last week and I can't wait to share more about it, so I spent several weeks preparing for that during any spare time I had.
God is so great and it's incredible how He orchestrates certain relationships and friendships.

So, that's a really quick update...I promise I'll be back!
I hope y'all are having a very blessed and happy holiday season so far!
Love to you all!!


  1. Yay!!! Glad to hear from you. I've been checking in! I can't wait to see the finished fire place. Looking for to hearing about your trip.

  2. Welcome back. You've been missed.

  3. I dealt with horrible contractors for 2 long years before I finally gave up on them, even though they never finished all the work I paid for. I just could not deal with them anymore. I learned my lesson never to pay before the work is done! Next time I will look for people on Angie's list instead of the yellow pages. It might be worth it to find someone else to finish the job...your time is just as valuable as theirs, and your peace of mind is precious too! Maybe you can tell them you'll fire them if they don't stand by their word, and just pay them for the partial job. Hopefully they don't have you locked into a contract like I was. Anyway, I hope this gets straightened out soon, without more stress for you. Best of luck! :)

  4. ALWAYS good to see and hear from you!! I know it's frustrating to deal with contractors who say one thing and DO another! Hang in there and have a wonderful time with your brother in law!!

  5. Been missing you, girly! Miss reading your posts. :)

  6. Cherish~
    So good to hear from you!!! I've been having issues with my internet so could you send me an email and just put hey on it and I'll try to reply off it. Just been behind on things and wanted to let you know a few things. Love and Prayers!!! Jamie Pennington j-pennington@live.com www.penningtontree.blogspot.com

  7. Have a good Christmas sweet girl... Miss you blogging!

  8. Just wanted to wish you and your family a very Merry Christmas and a properous New Year. I pray God's blessings on you into the New Year. Thank you for continuing to encourage and lift us up.

  9. I am so happy to have you posting again! You have inspired me to pick blogging back up. I hope that one day I will have a following and be an inspiration like you!

  10. I cannot wait til you're back to blogging in full force again!
    Your home is absolutely gorgeous.

    Have a Merry Christmas & a Safe New Year. xx

  11. Glad your back Cherish! I miss all of your blog post! Merry Christmas to you and your family! :)

  12. Dear Cherich,
    You have a wonderful and inspiring literary voice that I have enjoyed for several years. I feel as though you and Brandon are a special family and I will always have you in my prayers..I am your anonymous comment of 12/4/13 on you 11/19/13 Blog. I've been given choices that were hard, but would not change any of my life at this time.
    If you need something special ---Write about your's and Brandon's grandparents and how their lives were in the early 20th century . My sister has a blog about our parents and how they meet before WWII. (Fortenberry wordpress.com) We learned alot.
    God Bless

  13. Please oh please let me know if there is ever a time I can listen to your testimony! You are such a blessing. Still keeping my eye out for this years Pearl Event!



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