Sunday, May 22, 2011

Where did all the time go.....

So life has been so crazy busy!!!

I'm still working on my Master's Degree...4 classes to go.

I'm working out on average 3 days a week with my trainer, Laurie Graves.

Kurt's finishing his BSW this summer and thus working his regular 40 hours a week at CPS and then 15 hours a week at Union Gospel Mission.

Joseph turns 5 tomorrow!!  He's growing up so fast and getting big.

10 more school days with students and 1 more work day and then summer vacation!!!!

That's the quick update.  I'll hopefully get back to updating weekly or more soon.  I've missed reading blogs and updating mine!

Monday, April 25, 2011

The Easter Bunny is "Mascot"

So this weekend, Joseph and I had a conversation about the Easter Bunny.  I asked him if the Easter Bunny was real and he said, "Mommy, isn't the Easter Bunny like a mascot?"  I jumped on that and said, "Yes, he's kinda like a mascot.  He's fun to pretend is real, but is not."

Easter has been a low-key holiday for us as far as the secular side goes.  We've never given Joseph an Easter basket with toys or gifts.  For a few years we would hang out with our friends in Waco, the Howard's, and hunted eggs with little toys in them, or just hung out with family.  I LOVE Easter for its meaning spiritually.  I just cant find myself to do a bunch of Easter Bunny stuff.  I realize that most people celebrate the Easter Bunny and I don't think there's anything wrong with it....AT ALL.  Sometimes it's easier to go along with it until the kids get older, but we've just been able to avoid it for whatever reason.

Well, this evening while eating dinner Joseph asked me, "How come the Easter Bunny didn't come to our house yesterday?"  (Doh!!!  He goes to school with 15 other kids who had a visit from the Easter Bunny!!) I quickly reminded Joseph that the Easter Bunny was like a mascot.  He rebuttled with, "But mommy, I didn't get anything."  I again, quickly, reminded him that we painted eggs, and hunted eggs with coins in them at Gran-mommie Joe's house.  He was satisfied with that.  I hope that he doesn't crush his little friend's hearts by sharing the fact that the Easter Bunny is 'like a mascot'.

Tuesday, April 19, 2011


Just had to dedicate this post to one thing....A MAJOR WEIGHT LOSS MILESTONE....

I can't remember the last time I could take my wedding ring off.....tonight I took it off!!!!!!

Milestones ROCK!!

Sunday, April 17, 2011

I Corinthians 6:19-20

Wanted to share what God put on my heart...short and sweet.  I'll blog more about it later, but I just wanted to share in hopes that it would bless you.

I Corinthians 6:19-20 - "Do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own; you were bought at a price. Therefore honor God with your body."

Wake Up!! Don’t you see? The Holy Spirit lives inside you and inside of me.

He lives inside us and make us his home. Is He comfortable or does he feel all cramped and alone?

I hear you say, “I don’t have a fancy house, I’m not made of wealth”, but can you at least say, “Everything’s put away on the shelf?”

“No.” You say. Is it a mess or full of junk? Now aren’t you embarrassed that the Holy Spirit, King of Kings, Lord of Lords abides amidst this funk?

The things you put in your body should add fuel to the fire; to do God’s will and never, ever tire.

The things in your body should not hold you down; depress you, suppress you or keep you from moving around.

This freedom we have came at a very costly price. God has made the ultimate sacrifice.

You see this body that you have that you claim is full of junk, messed up and decayed, has been purchased by the pain and suffering of Jesus’ death on that gloomy day.

All those tears, all that pain, all the suffering that happened, was it all done in vain?

Surely you can now come to agree all the responsibility we have because Jesus hung on that tree.

Honor your body and in turn you honor our God, our Creator and our Maker.

Jodi Pafford 4/6/2011

Saturday, April 2, 2011

Feelin' Good....or NOT

So, I'm ready to actually feel better with the weight I've lost.  I'm ready to wake up skinny!  Oh, wait, that's not how it works!!  I've really had to do some soul searching to find things that have changed over the last few weeks.  I want to feel that my clothes are too big; I want to feel different when I climb a flight of stairs; I want to run around with Joseph and not get wore out; I want to go more than 2 minutes on the elliptical!!  So after searching and searching my brain for some encouragement that I, personally, can see/feel/tell...I am no longer eat TUMS 3-4 times a week!!!  That's huge!  For the past year I've had to eat TUMS like they're going out of style.  I've had to make sure when going out of time, I stick some in my luggage.  I've only had to take TUMS once in the last 2 weeks!!  YIPPEE...finally a milestone I can recognize personally!!   It's not like I'm getting frustrated and want to far from that, but I'm just ready to see changes!  In time, in time.... 

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Some Memories Never Fade

As I've grown up I'm realizing that many of my childhood memories are faded.  It's not like I'm old...yet, it's just that there are periods throughout my time growing up that seem to be much more muddled than others.  I won't hurt your feelings and tell you which memories I can barely remember...but I wanted to share some memories that are as clear as day even though it was 20 years ago!!

In December/January of my 4th grade year my family moved to Holland/The Netherlands.  No, my dad was not in the military, but he worked for Amoco, an oil company. We stayed in Holland until the end of my 5th grade year.  There are many things about living there that I remember as if it literally were yesterday.  I'm butchering some of the spelling but I'm going off of memory and phonetics!!!  Here are a few memories:

Shopping:  I remember that we lived right down the street from the local grocery store (Albert Heijn).  I remember that Joni and I would get a grocery list from Mom and go by ourselves.  We pulled a little black cart on wheels to bring our things home in.  I remember 'secretly' spending some extra change on candy. (sorry if you're hearing this for the first time Mom/Dad)  I remember the building right by our house (may have been Albert Heijn) having a digital flashing clock and temperature.  I remember trying to guess what the Fahrenheit temperature was based on the Celsius shown (yes I was even a nerd then!).  Looking back I think it was really neat how we'd park our car/bikes and walk down a big long street with shops. I think it was called the Longstraat or something like that.

Bicycle Rides:  I remember packing up our bicycles and riding them around the sand dunes in Rotterdam. (I think it was Rotterdam).  My bicycle had really big fenders and a basket.

The American School:  I remember riding in charter buses everyday to school.  That was the school bus.  I remember school dances and 'head-banging' for the first time.  I remember being dared to do many things at those dances (ask guys out, run into the boys restroom...).  I thought it was so cool that in 5th grade you got to take an overnight field trip.  We went to a monkey zoo where monkeys roamed freely.  I remember a talent show during the trip and we used a sheet we decorated as the back-drop.  I remember "Mr. Small But He's Tall", Mr. Klein.   I remember forging my parent's signature for the first (and only!!!) time in Ms. Parmeter's class.  I think I had to write sentences for that one!  I remember having my first class that I really, really struggled in, Dutch!!  I can still count, say 'I am Jodi' and...umm...that's about it.  (My favorite number is 88 because it's fun to say in Dutch)

Food:  I remember these big GIANT pancakes (called Panokoken) that we used to get at 'The Pancake House' in the nearby town Liden.  My favorite food was Stroop Waffles.  We would buys these fresh, hot off the griddle by a guy in Albert Heijn.

'Home':  Our house was a 4 story (if you counted the basement/garage) row house.  Joni and I shared the top floor.  We had a big window in the back and birds used to smack into it.  Our backyard sloped down to a canal below.  I fell into the canal on my first visit to see the house.  It was frozen (but not all the way) and I fell thru.  Before we moved in our house we lived in a Holiday Inn.  The Holiday Inn had a life-size chess set and putt-putt inside.

I'm really not sure why I'm writing all this, but some of these memories came back to me recently and I wanted to share.  Aside from my years in high school band, the year and a half I spent in Holland was probably my favorite memory of growing up.  Thanks Mom and Dad for allowing that to happen!!!

**To confirm some of my memories after I wrote this, I just went to Google Maps.  Surreal.  Wassenaar, The Netherlands

Saturday, March 26, 2011

Family Fun Day - Pafford Style

Family Fun Day - Pafford Style

We ended our spring break last week with a treat for Joseph.  On Friday evening we went to dinner at Olive Garden and then took Joseph to Putt-Putt Golf and Games by North East Mall.  Here are some photos of that fun.

Kurt and Joseph rode together on the 'big' race course in, appropriately enough, the Cheerios Car!!  I realize my iPhone is not the best at action shots, but I have to share these next photos.  Joseph got to ride the Jr. Track all by himself!! He actually did very well!!!  He took turns like a pro, passing people in his way.  I was completely shocked.  I thought he'd get scared after pushing the accelerator and seeing how fast he was boy's growing up!!!!

Joseph was in the purple car number 1!

Next we played putt-putt and Joseph did great at that too...when he was patient enough to let the ball stop before he hit it again.  Joseph and I tied for 2nd place against Kurt on the first 9 holes (max score of 4 hits per hole).  We had a family with cute boys behind us who kept cheering for me, saying, "Go Mamma, go Mamma"!!  It was really sweet.  I took a few videos of golfing but no pics.  
We then went inside and played some of the games to get tickets and he picked out a bear with his tickets.  This photo was taken at close to 10:00 pm.  He was so tired!!  I had to beg him to smile and when he finally did, it didn't even turn out to look like a smile!!

Thursday, March 17, 2011

How could this be?

How could it already be March 17th and I haven't written a blog post since the end of February!!  Well, life happens, and happens fast sometimes.  Here's a recap of the Pafford's last few weeks....

Kurt and I went to Weekend to Remember conference at the Gaylord with a great couple from church.  It was a great experience.

I once again auditioned for Biggest Loser this past Saturday.  It was great fun even though I didn't get a call back.  So my quest to lose weight won't be done on live television, but I'm thinking of ways to do so somewhat publicly via my blog or FaceBook.  More to come on that.

In what has turned out to be a total "God-incidence" (verses coincidence), I have met a wonderful new friend/mentor/trainer.  I start officially training with her on Saturday.  If you follow me on FaceBook, then you probably saw the pictures from Biggest Loser auditions.  Laurie was there supporting one of her other clients so she took some pictures for me.  Laurie is a wonderful lady who literally is a God-Send.  I can't wait to officially start working with her.  (a little plug for her.... )

Spring Break has consisted of lots of cleaning, playing, some family time and fun!!

That's all for's hoping I can be more active with my postings!!

Sunday, February 27, 2011

Excuse me: I need a moment...

Okay, today I had a moment...
You know.  One of those moments where some sort of reality just sinks in.  It could be a moment when you realize how big your kid is.  It could be a moment when you just think about how much you love your spouse.  It could be a moment when you just feel all warm and fuzzy from God's love.  Yeah, you know what I'm talking about.  Today, I had one of those moments, but it wasn't quite like that.

My moment happened while tagging and tagging and tagging of all of Joseph's old clothes.  I was tagging items for this week's Just Between Friends sale in Fort Worth.  So I know what you're thinking.  Why was this a 'moment'?  Well, it was the moment that I realized that Joseph is almost 5 years old and his 3-6 month clothes look SO SMALL!  It's a moment I realize that he's still the only child.  It's the moment I realize that my poor dietary choices is probably the reason all the previous is true.  I also tagged some maternity clothes.  Talk about a moment during a moment.  All of the clothes I tagged were just XL!!!  How could I have let myself go that bad!?

I had a moment!!!  Lord help me change!!!

Monday, February 21, 2011

Kroger Coupon Warning....answers?

Okay, so another successful shopping trip.  It was long and made for an even longer day after an ordeal at work.  So before I get to my warning and questions, here's this week's (or two week's) shopping summary....
Total before savings: $130.86
- Kroger Plus Savings - 24.63
- Coupon Savings - $24.45
Total Discount - $49.08 or 37.5%
Total Cost - $81.78

Now here's the warning I have...
According to Kroger's website - Ecoupons (the coupons you add to your Kroger card electronically) are NOT, I repeat NOT, doubled or tripled!!!  I only found this out after looking at my receipt and going online to look at the FAQs

My example: I had a coupon on my card for $.30 off of 2 cans of biscuits.  I had in my hand a clipped $.40 off of 3 cans of biscuits.  I chose to use my $.30 off of 2 cans because when it's tripled, it would have been $.90 off.  Well, they are NOT doubled or tripled.  Now granted, I only lost $.60, but yes, it matters.

Another issue...I think...Here's where I need help.  If I decide I don't want to use the coupon on the card and instead want to use my paper coupon..what do I do?  I bought some things with coupons that I already had ecoupons on my card.  The cashier didn't tell me that I had already used my ecoupon and can't use the paper one, she just kept scanning.  I thought I was watching carefully and it sounded like everything 'beeped' when she scanned.  So, she kept some of my coupons even though I didn't use them!!  OR even though the Kroger website says you can't use both ecoupons and paper coupons, can you??

I feel like this post is VERY jumbled.  I'm still not quite feeling up to par and my nose is raw from sneezing and blowing it.  I hope this makes sense and some of you readers can help clear this up for me!! :-D
Jodi Pafford

Friday, February 11, 2011

Verizon iPhone vs. Droid: A lay-woman's review

Okay, so I went out and got the new Verizon iPhone yesterday.  I've always wanted an iPhone and here is my thoughts...

Dear Verizon Droid,
I'm sorry we had to break-up.  I miss you dearly, I really do.  I miss the ease of your spelling auto-correct.  I miss the fact that I can 'kill' apps easily.  Oh Droid, how I loved your free apps.  I will always remember the way that you have a dedicated camera button.  It will be hard to replace all your menu buttons at the bottom of the phone.  Even though your are bigger than my iPhone, I appreciate your bulkiness so I didn't feel like I'd drop you.  I know you may be mad that I have so many wonderful things to say about you but I'm still not coming back.  It just wasn't meant to be.  You were too slow.  You sometimes didn't recognize me when I pushed your 'unstandby' button.  I was tired of not being able to get some very important apps to me.  I know you are hurt by my abrupt break-up, but you must have known it was coming.  After all, I have really always loved Apple and always will!!
Take care Droid, you are still a good phone!  Keep your head up and press on! 
Jodi Pafford

Okay, Okay, that was cheesy, but I kept thinking to myself about what all I missed about my droid.  However, I've always wanted an iPhone and now I have one.  I'm not going back to droid and I think it's just a learning curve to get use to.  In time, I will get used to it and find apps to help with things that bug me about my iPhone.

Monday, February 7, 2011

Less is MORE!!

So I've found my passion, my calling in life, my new love!
Okay, just kidding!!  But seriously, I don't know what's wrong with me...

I      L-O-V-E      C-O-U-P-O-N-I-N-G!!

I've been recently inspired to delve 'back' into the world of couponing that somewhat haunted me during my childhood.  I enjoyed it as a child, when our family would jump store to store with coupons.  I would stand in line by myself with $10 worth of groceries and sodas at age 12 because we were over the limit for the cheap price.  I remember periodically purging the coupon basket of all expired coupons.  I remember coupons with 'no expiration date' being around sometimes FOREVER! Okay - {insert big nostalgic sigh here}.  As an adult, I just haven't seem to get the hang of it....until now...

So, for a while we were getting a Sunday paper only for the coupons and ads but I guess I didn't really have direction in my couponing and I might only get 3 or 4 coupons with each week of things I thought I MIGHT buy.  Hardly worth the price we paid for the paper.  So we stopped.  Well, in the last 4 weeks I've been clipping coupons again.  This time I have to help me out.  MoneySavingMom is a blog created by someone to spread the word on good deals.  Each week good deals are posted for various grocery stores using an item on sale and a coupon to create said good deal.

So today after leaving the house at 7:00am and picking Joseph up from school at nearly 6:00pm, I picked Joseph up a Happy Meal and we truck over to Kroger.  I should be tired.  I should be exhausted.  However, there's something sneaky and unassuming about using coupons and sales to get things nearly free.  It's those such things that gave me a little adrenaline rush to complete shopping even though I hadn't been home in almost 12 hours.  So at the checkout, I'm anxiously waiting to see what kind of damage I was able to do...
The original total was $136.05
 - $15 for Mix and Match 10 items get $5 off (x3)
 - $15.27 on things on sale using Kroger Plus Card
 - $22.64 for coupons (of which $3.95 was due to double or triple coupons)
I walked out of the store only paying $83.14!!  That's a total savings of 38.8%!!!
I got home at 7:45 joyfully putting away the groceries and enjoying the fact that even though I didn't take off my shoes for almost 13 hours, I was still happy with today!!

Friday, February 4, 2011

Snow Days February 1-4, 2011

Run Scooter, Run!

Hurry Bella, it's cold!!

I was about to make a snow angel!

Joseph 'snow-angeling'!

Joseph's perfect snow angel!

Fresh snow...YUMMY!

Ice Day 1 - who knew it would end with 4 inches of snow!

The roof day one!

Geeze Mommy, I want to go outside!!

Out front, day one!

Reminders of God's Protection

I've had a somewhat personal experience in the last week or so.  I've not posted on facebook because I didn't want the world to know, so I thought I'd post here for those that are reading my blog.

Here it goes...
About 2 weeks ago I found a lump in one of my breasts.  I immediately scheduled an appointment with my doctor to get it checked out.  With some family history I knew this was nothing to guess about on my own. My appointment was scheduled for Tuesday morning, but was canceled due to the weather.  Luckily, I had one of the first appointments, so I got first dibs on rescheduling.  I got it scheduled for Thursday morning.

Luckily even though the weather was still icy and cold, I made it to my appointment and the office was open.  We switched doctor's at the New Year so this was my first visit to this doctor.  She proved to be wonderful.  She spent a good 20+ minutes with  me discussing lots of health issues.  She thought that my lump was probably a cyst which, as she said was 'not scary'.  She sent me to schedule an ultrasound of the area to confirm her thoughts.  I called Tuesday afternoon to schedule and to my surprise there was an appointment available at 8:00 Friday morning!!

So this morning, despite the 4+ inches of snow, I called the office and it was open.  I made the slow trek to the office to have the ultrasound.  As the nurse was doing the ultrasound, I could see the spot on the screen as it looked very different from the rest.  Thankfully, as soon as she was done she told me the radiologist would be in to discuss what was seen.  PRAISE THE is indeed a cyst.  Nothing to be concerned about.  Because of the family history and the cyst, I will have my first mammogram at age 35 instead of 40, but I'll take it!!

Praise the Lord for his protection!!

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

My life: consumed with remodel

I know, I know, I'm way behind on updating my blog!!  My life has been consumed with finishing our master bath remodel.  The contractor is almost done and we are making finishing touches.  

This week's ice has made finishing the bathroom easier but also slower because the contractor was supposed to install the shower door Tuesday, but didn't make it because of the roads yesterday and today.  I'm hoping they come tomorrow.  

Joseph is doing good with being inside.  He has bouts of dancing around the house singing made up songs.  Today's was "Pants on the ground" mixed with "B-I-N-G-O".  It was really funny.

I'm enjoying having Kurt home.  The last time we had this many days off unexpectedly Kurt didn't get them off (that was 2 years ago during the FLU scare).  

Well, that's all for now.  I know it's a short update, but it's an update.  I'm going to post all the pictures of the bathroom remodel soon.

Friday, January 14, 2011

A Week of New Things

This week at the Pafford house has proved to be full of changes and new things.

Sunday offered a very nice surprise with some snow.  I didn't exactly win best mom of the year on that day.  The snow was large fluffy flakes, but the ground was so warm that it didn't stick.  We expected snow all day.  I told Joseph that he needed to take a good nap and then we would go play in the snow.  About 30 minutes after he went to sleep the snow stopped and everything started to dry-up.  Joseph woke up from his nap expecting to play in the snow but when he woke up it not only wasn't snowing, but it was all gone!!  Joseph cried and was upset.  He wasn't mad at me for making him nap, but just mad that there was no snow.  

On Monday Kurt started his internship at a homeless shelter.  He's closing in on his last few months of school!  Unfortunately for us as a family, that means Kurt has to be away a lot!  He works his regular job 8-5 and then works at the shelter from 5-10.  Joseph misses having Kurt around in the evenings, but this has forced us to purposely plan family time during the weekend which is a habit we will probably keep.  Kurt even got to take Joseph to McDonald's for breakfast Friday morning.  Each time I'm wishing that Kurt was here in the evenings, I am reminded of the verse Ecclesiastes 3:1 - There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under heaven.  This is just a small nugget of time in our lives.  This is where God has us now, so we need to enjoy it and learn what we can from it.

On Wednesday Joseph had Pajama Day at school.  He has wanted to wear pajamas to school for a long time so this was a big ordeal!  He left school on Tuesday asking me if he could put his pajamas on when he got home so he didn't have to change in the morning.  I rolled with it!  So when we got home, he changed in his pajamas and we had an omelet for dinner.  He loved his day in pajamas!

On Thursday I joined a new gym...Snap Fitness.  I decided that the fast past, busy atmosphere of 24-hr fitness was just not my thing.  I also think a change will be good since I've been just making monthly donations to the gym for the last 6 months or so!!  So I worked out Friday morning and it felt great!  I'm praying that I stay motivated.

One last change in our household:  We dropped our cable bill!!!  We've really tried to cut back and buckle down.  We decided to cut the cable.  Joseph wasn't too upset to lose all his disney and nickjr shows.  We swapped our $90 cable bill (by the time you added all our extras) for $18 Netflix and Hulu-plus.  As I type, I'm watching plain-jane TV.   Did you know that TV with just an antenna has Qubo and Ion.  Two cool channels I didn't know were free! 

Well that's all from the Pafford home.  One day I'll learn how to easily add my pictures.

Saturday, January 8, 2011

Pafford Family Day/Movie Night

We spend the morning clearing out Joseph's closet of boxes of too small Joseph clothes from birth till now. In the midst of that, we compiled a car load of things to bring to good will that were not clothes. We also came across the 'missing' (until he got older) tub of army men. Well, Joseph is older and he got a kick out of playing with them today!! I love to watch him play!

Late afternoon we went to the park where we let Joseph ride in cirlce after cirlce after circle on his power wheels motorcycle. Go Joseph, Go!

My attempt for a first ever Pafford Movie Night Homemade! Or so I thought. I realized my last rolling pin gave in a long time ago and I never bought a new one...that created a problem for rolling out the dough. At that point I wasn't sure it would even work right, so we turned the unure pizza dough into cheesy bread and off to Wal-Mart i went.

The end result was not bad at all!! The cheesy bread was decent and the Chicken, Bacon, Ranch Pizza from Wal-Mart wasn't bad either!! Yumm-O

Oh, the movie we watched was G-Force. Joseph bought it for Kurt for Christmas. It was alright. We laughed a lot!! Fun, cherishable family time!!
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Thursday, January 6, 2011

What does _________ mean? - a conversation with my little man

On the way home from school today...

Joseph:  Why are we stopped at the red light so long?
Mommy: I'm not sure, but it looks like there's an accident over there.
Joseph:  Oh, okay.  What does 'not sure' mean?
Mommy: It means, I might know, but I'm not for sure.
Joseph:  Why won't the light turn green?
Mommy:  Remember Joseph, I said I think there's an accident there where the lights are flashing.
Joseph:  What does 'flashing' mean?
Mommy: Flashing is when a light goes on and off really quickly.
Joseph: Okay.  So if a police car's lights are flashing, then we might go to jail.
Mommy:  No, Joseph, not necessarily.  I don't think we'll ever go to jail.
Joseph:  What does 'not ness-ary' mean?
Mommy:  <as I 1/2 listen to questioning at this point> Oh, Joseph, I don't know.
Joseph: You don't know what you just said?
Mommy: <as I now realize, I should be paying more attention> Sorry Joseph, 'not necessarily' means that it might not always be true or might not always happen.
Joseph:  Is that like a lie?
Mommy:........<silently beating my head against the steering wheel asking myself why I can't just talk in 3 or 4 letter 'little kid' words>....this was the conversation for the 15 minute ride home from thankful it wasn't a 30 minute ride!!!

I love my curious Joseph, but some words are really hard to explain!!!  Joseph's poor Kindergarten teacher next year!!!! :-)

Monday, January 3, 2011

Not to be cliche, but...

Not to be cliche, but it's a new year and that means a lot of new things for us.  This past year has flown by and I, personally, have been like a butterfly floating from one great idea or tangent to another.   I have had very little focus in my life and I've been going thru the motions of roles I'm supposed to have and things I'm supposed to do.  So here I sit, no farther along in my long list of goals as I was a year ago (or maybe 2 years ago).  Now, don't get me wrong, there have been plenty of wonderful things that have happened in the last year, but as far as my personal goals....they've been a stagnant puddle of water collecting all sorts of nasty organisms unknown.

So what's new, you ask....Well, Kurt and I have decided to focus on commitment and contentment.  We are committing to weight loss and healthy living.  We are committed to our debt reduction plan.  We are committed to spending time with the Lord as a family and individually.  We are to be content in where we are and not try to get too far ahead of where God wants us.  We are to be content with each accomplishment, no matter how small.  One way to remind ourselves of this contentment, is the phrase, "All I need, I have in Christ".

So here's to the Pafford's new year!