Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Life is good, God is GREAT!

So, I am in the mood to COUNT MY BLESSINGS!!
God is great, and has been great to us this past year! I find myself very thankful at the moment for life, love, family, and friends! I have really enjoyed this past year and where God has put us.  We have met some amazing people living here so far. I am very thankful for the uplifting and encouraging relationships we have built with the Granthams, the Amrines, the Kirklands and the Samples....I am thankful that they are God fearing indiviuals that help keep Clayton and I accountable on a daily basis! I am also thankful for the relationships we have here that once started in different towns.  A couple that we have been friends with for years, that started in Abilene, Texas, has continued here in the metroplex.  The Ratliffs moved here not long after we did, and to have them here has been such a comfort and a piece of home! Not only do they have kids that are the same age as Kaycin and Madi, but they share so many of the same interests that we do, and to say that they are our greatest and dearest friends, is not enough...we love them like our own family! We have also reconnected with the Gaddis' and that has proven to be great for us. Coach Gaddis is a great mentor and friend to Clayton, and Gloria is always happy to step in as a 'Gigi' to us and our girls.  We are closer to home (Longview) which has made it easier for us to make trips to visit Clayton's family, as well as my dad and Kristine! And we are now only an hour away from MamaK and PapaT, which is perfect for them to make a quick trip to see their grandbabies!
I am thankful for my girls! They are unbelievably talented and never cease to amaze me! Kaycin is so beautiful inside and out.  She loves BIG and she gets mad even BIGGER. She has a huge passionate heart, and everything is important to her. I love that she has a purpose in everything that she does.  She is so smart and intuitive.  She picks up on things that I dont even notice. Shes funny, and goofy, loves to perform, but is reserved in front of people she isn't sure of, strong-willed, and incredibly talented.  But most importantly, she LOVES her little sister to death! Now, she is two and they have their moments, but she sticks up for her little Madi and loves her with her whole heart!
Madi is my precious little Madi Moo.  She has a cute little quirky personality and her smile will light up any room.  She's a little aggressive and takes up for herself.  She cuddles and talks, and sings, and laughs...she loves to get a reaction and she loves to laugh! Shes very smart, as well....she is a hugger and a comforter! She loves to make people happy and she is really good at it! Her smile is so contagious! She loves her sissy and would do anything for her!
I love that I have been given the opportunity to stay at home with my girls! God is great, and has put us in a position where He provides us with enough so that I can. Clayton works very hard and very long hours for us to do what we do! I am thankful God allowed me to have Clayton! I have loved him since I was 16 and have not stopped once.  Our relationship is very unique and I thank God that he gave me a high school sweetheart that I can now call my husband! Clayton is one of the most talented individuals that I know.  He is smart, very funny, very trustworthy, a man that isn't afraid to admit that he fears God and loves God. His ability to learn and absorb information blows my mind.  He is my little fact-finder! I love that no matter how much I nag or how annoying I can be...he always finds humor in those situations and  has patience where I have none.  We are a great balance and I thank God for my husband FOR LIFE! I LOVE him unconditionally!
I am thankful for my one and only sister, Kristine! She is an amazing God-fearing woman that serves her God with her whole heart! I look up to her more than she knows, and I find great joy in being able to call her my sister! She is my Kaycin, in that, she has always and will always look out for me.  I love her more than LIFE and feel so blessed to have her in my life!
I am thankful for all of my family! My parents...Dad, Mom, and Tracey, Clayton's parents- Charlie and Cindy, his brothers and sisters- Christy, Charla, Cody, and Clinton, my brother and sister in-laws- Adam, Jared, and Jenna and my niece and nephews- Kinzie, Jackson, Blaze, Wade, and Brady.  I am thankful that there is always entertainment and never a dull moment in the Farrell household. 
I am thankful for lifelong friends that I will always love...friends from Longview, Hallsville, Abilene, and Flower Mound.
....and seriously I could go on forever!
But most importantly, I am thankful for the fullness that my heart feels!! God has been so great to us.  I can always say that life could be better, but life could also be way worse, and in no way should I ever complain for what I have or who I have in my life! I have a life that some people may never experience and for that I am eternally grateful!
I could never thank God enough for the blessings he has showered upon me.  So, with all of that being said,  I am MOST thankful for a God that is loving, merciful, graceful, and forgiving! I am thankful that although I am NO WHERE near perfect, God loves and cares for me and calls me His own.  He is jealous for me and wants me to spend eternity with Him in heaven! What JOY I find in that! I am but ONE among billions of people on this planet, and God cares enough about me to know how many hairs are on my head! He is SO HUGE, yet so small so that He can be in my heart and with me always.  I love knowing that I fit in the palm of the hands of THE ONE who created the universe! WHAT A MIGHTY GOD WE SERVE!
I am thankful and my heart is full! God is soo Good!


  1. Amanda,
    You are a beautiful woman who has found the true value of life! What a sweet testimony of your beautiful spirit! Thank you for sharing your heart today!
    Vickie Young

  2. Umm...crying. Thanks a lot! Beautiful words from my even more beautiful sister! I am so thankful that through the many phases of our lives we have become best friends. I seriously hate that, in our adult lives, we have never lived in the same city. That needs to be fixed asap! I love you and I thank God every single day that I get to call you my snot face...I mean, sister! :)

  3. This is so sweet! We are so grateful that you and your awesome family came into our lives. What would I have done without you at all the games? I would have been so bored and lonely! Can't wait to see you tomorrow- feels like it has been forever. Let's reinstitute our family dinners, too!