Thursday, July 21, 2011

Arianna Ramirez

Arianna is 5. She lives near Memphis TN. I heard about Arianna Sunday from Joni. Joni and her family have been coming to our church- and her husband is in the military. While living on the military base near Memphis, her family met and became friends with Arianna's family. When Arianna was 3- she battled brain cancer- she was given chemo treatments and had surgery and her ATRT went into remission. On a recent scan- her Doctor confirmed her cancer is back. And this time it has spread to her spine. Arianna loves Christmas- and they are celebrating earlier this year. The prognosis has yet to be determined. And she could very well lose her sight, altogether. I ask you to pray- God is the great physician and is abilities far oversee what any Doctor has expected. Also, please pray for her to be comfortable. As a show of support- we at Calvary Baptist have put up a Christmas Tree, decorated in pink- Arianna's favorite color- and gray- the color for brain cancer awareness. If you feel led to do it- I encourage you to put your tree up. Post pics of it on Facebook to share her story. Even better- I want an outpouring of Christmas cards to be delivered to Arianna. Handmade- store bought- computer generated. I ask you to mail your cards to her. With thoughts of hope and support- prayers and love- to a girl you have never met- because she could be your daughter. She loves pink and loves to play dress up. And she has a terrible cancer. Her parents have put together a "bucket list" for her- and if your heart leads you to- send them a cash donation. In the words of her Mom- they only have one chance- let's encourage a sweet girl who is fighting a battle we cannot even comprehend.
Ari was featured on the Today Show in November of 2009
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Her mailing address is 7193 Chena Bay Lane Cordova TN 38018

Please and Thank you. From the very bottom of my heart.

Thursday, July 14, 2011

A little something you may NOT know about me that MAY cause you to giggle.

Ok-So seriously. I cook dinner every night. Well, most nights. Ok- nearly every night except Wednesdays. And Thursdays. And some Tuesdays.

But I do cook and do a pretty mediocre job of it. My brother thinks I am a good cook, but he still lives with my Mom- and his girlfriend is an EXCELLENT cook- and .. I digress. Some people say I am a great cook. Others, eh.

But I do misunderstand a few things about cooking. My husband and I were invited to a work party- when Dr. Stansbury was my boss. Everyone was making party things- I was asked to make a cheese dip.. (of some sort- I cannot remember) I know it called for Velveeta and at the time I thought that was just a name brand cheese. Kinda like Kraft. Or Laughing cow.. not the case. Needless to say- my dip was THICK and not too great. You could lump it on a chip, but not dip it at all.

I did it again over the 4th of July. Said brother's girlfriend has a great and easy recipe for Apple Pie. And I am such a bad listener. I did not remember what she said she used to the criss cross top so I used Fillo dough. Oops. The topping was "sheet-like" and crunch. Like a cracker. Not great.


Tag this one as "does not follow directions" :)

Friday, June 17, 2011

Summer, summer, summertime!

I did it again. "Create Blog" instead of "New Post". Wow-o-wow.

So. Here we are again. I have a lot to catch you up on. Our family is back at square one with the moving/seminary school thing. Our renter family backed out, and I can't help but praise God-

1. It is all to his honor, anyway.
2. I love our home and our situation, so staying is not painful for me! :)
3. God's time is the best. Maybe there is a new plan that is better that we don't know!
4. I have had a blast meeting some new friends and neighbors this year through Kynsi's kindergarten year.
5. Kynsi got into the "Gifted Education" program at NES.
6. I love my parents, but now we won't be moving into their house. :)

There is a lot going on with us, as usual.

Right now we are the midst of an amazing (and exhausting) 6 night Revival at our Church with the good Dr. D.M. Hardison (seen below with 1 Kynsi Lane)

..and while it has been nothing short of awesome-- we don't finish until 9 PM(I know- as a Baptist, I am not supposed to care..) We are all tired.

Kynsi finished Kindergarten yesterday. Hooray for Summer Vaca! She graduated from Kindergarten!

So at least that pesky necessity "School" is out of the way! :)

We will have a bit of a week off- Kyns will be spending the days at a VBS at a neighborhood Church with one of her sweet girlfriends- and then! The week of the 27th, our BIG APPLE VBS week starts! :) THEN- JULY 1 is Luke's 1st Birthday- the 7th is my Dad's birthday- the 9th is my Kynsi's birthday (and the event that is the double Carnival birthday- complete with jumparoo and PONY!!) and then Mom's birthday. Whew.

All that. I insisted B and I order the party supplies and all the presents for said birthdays- to preserve my own sanity.

I am craft girl-- my fav job of VBS- so organizing all that is a trip.

That is really all! Just that.

What is YOUR fav part of VBS?

Thursday, May 26, 2011

Thumbs up Thursday

I logged on to blogger and can I say- it is amazing how God calls things to my attention- I am rejoicing- long story short- had a Luke scare last night and went to the ER- we are treating him and things are going to be fine and great- but this scare gave me a glimpse into the world of Moms who have babies that get sick.

And how wonderfully strong are they?

And how wonderfully does God equip them?

I am so wonderfully relieved --that I think I may have taken my healthy children for granted. Not anymore.

I am JOYOUS in this day that brings new mercy. I am happy over-the-top about the blessed life I have. Pitts looked at me last night in the waiting room and asked what we do if this happened to Luke and we were in Africa?

Whoa- hello Perspective. Hello, All powerful God.

SO-- thumbs up Thursday! Healthy babies are on the top of my mind now.

Friday, May 13, 2011

My blog entry from yesterday disappeared.

So this one won't be as good as the real one-- but here goes!

I will start with my personal season of social network detox.

It was pretty amazing- I decided to forgo the status updates and in general random updates for additional time in the Word. How amazing was that- As opposed to checking status updates- I grabbed some Lord talk. I was up and in the word faster than you can say "facebook" :) I started a new bible study in Esther with a Beth Moore workbook and have LOVED it. I still crept up on blogger-- I have enjoyed posts too much to miss some of that goodness. And even in those- I was able to store a Word that was renewing. And in short- it helped me to concentrate on that pure something.
Philippians 4:8 Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable--if anything is excellent or praiseworthy--think about such things.

That thing.

Then there was Resurrection Sunday. I had so much fun at church with the whole fam and then a too-big dinner and outside time playing. Wonderful day.

Our LADIES CONFERENCE WAS AMAZING. Lara brought me so much. Like, me. Personally. I was schooled and loved EVERY second. (I have an idea about approaching another dear Sister about another day..) I spend portions of my day NOW claiming those promises. Loving them and being renewed by them.

Let's take it to church.

THERE'S NO GOD LIKE JEHOVAH... (15 times.. I'll let you do that on your own.. bring it.)

And then my Mother's day- Ladies- let's hear it for the nap. And the pedicure package my Babies got me. :) Love.

And a final wrap up. The Pitts fam is still seeking to fulfill God's will for us. Whatever that may be. Pray for us? The house is still up for sale- and we are still looking and praying for a buyer. The stress is amazing- but to let it overcome us is to confess that our Lord is not mighty. And that is one thing you will never hear LPitts say.

Talk to you soon.

Thursday, May 12, 2011

Here it is!

Well, I know is has been too long since I posted because I couldn't find the "new post" button.

Where do I even begin?

My personal season of time off from social media was amazing. Instead of hitting the FB icon on my berry- I hit the Bible one before I got up. As opposed to checking for new statuses I checked for a new word. And I got one. It was such a wonderful break. I thought I might have had some withdrawals- but not really. The time flew by- I did miss some birthdays and some pregnancy announcements- but I had a great alone time- and spend more time in CONVERSATION with Brandon. So much so- that I think he was glad when I DID log back on and SHUT UP! :)

I did miss twitter- I tend to get my news there- I HATE to watch TV- I never seem to have time to sit down and when I do I spend the majority of it with my finger on the mute/power button to, at a moment's notice- save my children's eyes/ears. Twitter is better for me, and much better filtered. (insert plug for twitter followers)

I did cheat- and logged on here to read and occasionally comment- but it was not as consuming as usual.

We had a FANTASTIC ladies' conference. Such a rich time of worship and communing with our ladies! I couldn't BELIEVE how fast the time went by! If you are not familiar with Lara, please click You will thank me. And even subscribe to her blog posts in your email- make use of those smartphones! I am hoping to plan a smaller scale event soon, and I have an amazing women in mind.. :)

As for our family--

You know we have been in a time of transition. The house has been for sale for 2 months as we seek to discern God's will. I know- the church talk- :)- his timing is perfect. I know it is. The time in between is the hard time. I trust in his will ever faithfully- because to show doubt is to doubt his might. (I learned that fully at our conference- knowledge in action!) Please keep us in your prayers- the time is fast approaching to make a decision. We are expected to move in July 15 and he is expected in class in August. West Va is a big step for us. One that excites us- but we don't want it for ourselves unless God intends it for us.

But you know me..

Hope to hear your thoughts.

Friday, March 18, 2011


This may be cheating- but I thought you should know. In my personal season of Lent- I have decided to stay off facebook and twitter until Easter. I labeled it social media- and in that endeavor I guess I have to stay off blogger. But- at this point- in this site- I can commune and glean from those Christian women that I learn so much from. SO- blogger is at 50% participation- and OTHER social is at a negative percent. I even uninstalled the apps from my bb- to strongly resist the click urge. :) So- I will be back in action on the 24th. In the meantime- drop me an email of encouragement.

How silly it is to sacrifice a nonexistent thing in light of God's sacrifice for me.
All praise to my Lord and Savior-